TA groups

Hello AOB students.

As you may have noticed on your PowerSchool accounts you have all been placed in an Advisor Counselor Holding Bin. This is not an error nor is it a class that you should be attending right now.

This Advisor Counselor Holding Bin simply indicates who your Teacher Advisor will be this year and every year until you graduate.

Next Thursday, February 21 between Block 4 and Block 5 we will be having our first Teacher Advisor meeting. Every student in the building has been assigned to a teacher in the building and this first meeting will simply be to meet your Advisor and all the other students in your Advisee Group.

If you are unsure of whom your Advisor is please check your PowerSchool account or look for the posters around the school indicating who your Advisor is and what room you will be meeting them in on Thursday.

Furthermore, if you have any questions please feel free to ask any of your current teachers.

Thanks You!!

Alex Buttigieg

Teacher, Graduation Coach


iPad app of the week – Skitch


Skitch is an app, made by Evernote, that allows you to write, draw and add pictures to photos, web pages and maps. It is so easy to easy and has tons of educational value. Rather than explain the things that you can do with Skitch, I will show you some creations.

This photo was taken at a recent PD session. With a few additions from Skitch, the photo takes on more personality…wouldn’t you agree? It also allows some lame attempts of humour.

I love the fact that you can fuzz things out to protect privacy. This is a great feature for school use.

Web pages
This is the site which we were introduced to at the PD session. Using Skitch, I can show how to use the web tool.


Skitch is easy to use with maps to show locations and to give directions.


All of your Skitch notes can be saved within the application and can be accessed on a computer. You can also save your Skitch photos to your Camera Roll on your iPad.

iPad App of the week – Haiku Deck


Haiku Deck is an amazing presentation tool that is so easy to use. If you are tired of PowerPoint presentations, you will love Haiku Deck. This tool allows you pick a great, high definition image which is associated to the text that you use on the slide. You can also use your own images. When you add the text to a slide, the size is automatically adjusted so that everything fits. You can share your Haiku Deck creations easily and you can also embed them. The presentations look amazing on an iPad but they can also be accessed on the web.

This Haiku Deck was created yesterday after we attended the 21st Century Fluencies session hosted by Lee Crockett and Andrew Churches.

21C Learning


We look forward to seeing your Haiku Deck creations!

Jan/Feb 2013 Newsletter



The January/February Newsletter is available here. Best of luck on your exams!

iPad App of the week – Apps Gone Free

apps gone free

As you may know, the Apple app store puts apps on sale, sometimes for a limited time. Apps Gone Free lists apps (on a daily basis) that are being offered for free in the app store. It also allows you to go back in time and check to see if apps that were offered for free are still available. This is a great app which allows you to check out some awesome apps…and it doesn’t cost you a cent!

Enjoy checking out apps and please share when you find a good one!

iPad App of the Week – Songza


Relaxing…working out…studying…chilling with friends…whatever you are doing, Songza will play the appropriate music. This free app starts by welcoming you. For example, “It’s Wednesday morning, play music for: Waking up happy, Singing in the shower, Reading the paper.” You can also choose from a wide assortment of other playlists. If you sign up with Songza, it will remember your playlists and allow you to share them.

There is also a web version of Songza. You will be blown away when you see how much great music is available through Songza!

Thanks Alex B. for sharing this awesome app.

Food Hampers

This is a story of Christmas spirit and school spirit.

A month or so ago, we started collecting food for Christmas hampers which will be delivered to some less fortunate families in our community by St. Michael Resurrection Parish.  St. Michael is the parish for the family of schools in our area.  The school part of this food hamper project was spearheaded by our school Chaplain, Mrs. Kim Bremault.

Each block 4 class was given a decorated box and a list of non-perishable food items. For the next few weeks, students were responsible for bringing a food item to add to the hamper. Yesterday, all of the food items were brought down to the staff room so that the hampers could be prepared for today’s delivery.  The staff room looked like the food bank! A group of volunteers prepared the hampers, ensuring that each one contained all of the required items. Some of the hampers were short some of the items so an announcement was made over the intercom, encouraging students and staff to give a cash donation so that last minute items could be purchased.  In ten minutes, we had OVER 700 DOLLARS…this is amazing and shows what is possible when we work together to make a difference.  This not only allowed groceries to be purchased but it will also enable us to provide a large donation on behalf of Austin O’Brien High School.

We were so happy that we were able to put together 30 hampers, in all. These will be delivered to 30 Edmonton families hopefully making their Christmas a little bit brighter. Some of our classes even wrapped Christmas gifts to add to the hampers.  Also, our Foods classes baked cookies and put them in awesome Christmas tins.

All of the hampers were loaded on to one of our school vehicles and we headed over to the Parish.


Father Mitch and Mrs. Lynn Smarsh (a former ECSD teacher who now volunteers at the Parish) were so glad to receive the donation of the 30 food hampers plus all the additional food which was donated by our extremely generous school community.


In the words of our school Principal, Mrs. Debbie Rowley in a message to Mrs. Bremault:


Thank you for the tremendous amount of work you put in to coordinate the hamper project– it was a huge success. Your daily reminders and challenges out to the kids really made a difference. Thanks to everyone on staff and our student teachers for your contributions.

Many people in our school community and at large, will have a brighter Christmas because of the generosity of Austin O’Brien 🙂

It is amazing what can happen when a school community works together in a well-connected and meaningful way.  A proud day to be a Crusader!