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Trustee tour and engagement activity at Elmworth SchoolNew

PWSD trustees toured Elmworth School and met with students for an engagement activity during the morning of Thursday, April 13, 2017 – the last day of classes prior to spring break.

Principal Cynthia Gauthier welcomed the trustees and Superintendent Sheldon Rowe to her Grades 7-9 Language Arts and Health class (pictured). Students shared their Twenty Percent topics, a project-based learning assignment that spans the entire school year and encourages students to pursue creative interests of their choice. Ms. Walker, the school's science teacher, is also involved in the project.

The project draws on advice from a book by Kevin Brookhouser, The 20time Project, which challenges teachers to move away from the 'sage on the stage' model of teaching into the role of 'guide on the side', and provides a weekly time for students – approximately 20 percent of the school year – to work on personal projects. At the end of the year, students will rehearse and deliver recorded TED-style presentations to the school's staff and 70-member student body.

At the beginning of the school year, students brainstormed to develop project proposals, and teamwork was encouraged. Once approved, students moved quickly from the idea phase into focusing on the finished product, with the added challenge to make it beneficial to the greater community. Students sought out adult mentors and regularly record their progress and challenges in weekly journal entries.

"We need to provide opportunities for students to become responsible young adults," says Ms. Gauthier.

Among the student presenters was Miranda Smith who is developing a program to provide backcountry skills. Hunter Jacklin (pictured) is using her artistic talents to work on community art projects. Cort Field, Ryan Collett and Cameron Wright are producing a comedy horror movie using iMovie software and homemade props to bring entertainment to their community. Four students are capitalizing on the school-based greenhouse to grow and then sell produce and flowers in Elmworth during the month of June. Jayden Lunn will use her experience coaching the Elmworth School boys' basketball team to host a summer camp for local kids. Daniel Smith and Jace Grant have paired up to maintain the local rink, repainting the boards, and flooding and clearing the ice for the community.

Following the presentation, Trustees toured Ms. Lieverse's Kindergarten class, Ms. Gundersen's Grades 1-2 class, and met Grades 3-4 students and their Educational Assistant Ms. Smith (pictured).

After a tour of the adjacent school greenhouse (pictured), the group met with Ms. Kelly's Grade 6 class for a question-and-answer session and engagement activity on school board governance (pictured), and gathered feedback on what is working well at the school. Groups worked together to come up with three words to describe what makes their school special. The words were entered into a 'Wordle' – a digital application used to create a visual word cloud in which words that appear most frequently are given greater prominence – that can be printed as a poster for the school (pictured).

For more photos, visit PWSD's Facebook page.



Sears, Angela4/24/2017 11:53 AM24 Apr, 2017
PWSD to host two school grand opening events on June 9, 2017

Peace Wapiti Public School Division (PWSD) will celebrate two school grand opening events on Friday, June 9, 2017. Families, community members, and local media are invited to attend the following events.

Grand Opening: Replacement Robert W. Zahara Public School
Location: 9802 - 93 Street, Sexsmith
Ceremony and Ribbon Cutting: 11:00 a.m.
Guided Tours: 11:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Robert W. Zahara (R.W.Z.) Public School is located in the town of Sexsmith. The Kindergarten - Grade 6 school serves 415 students and provides educational services to an equal mixture of rural and urban students. The school is staffed by 24 teachers and a large support team of 24 teaching assistants, librarians, administrative assistants, and speech assistants. The original R.W.Z. Public School was erected in 1978-1979. The replacement school, which opened following the 2016 spring break, is designed to accommodate 550 students and features a bright foyer and spacious classrooms with enhanced instructional features. The learning commons boasts a curved wall of floor-to-ceiling windows, creating an attractive, naturally-lit space for reading and learning activities. Other special features include an oversize gymnasium, dedicated speech therapy and occupational therapy rooms, a servery, and a large music room.


Grand Opening: Modernized Teepee Creek School
Location: 10101 - 100 Street, Teepee Creek, AB
Ceremony and Ribbon Cutting: 1:30 p.m.
Guided Tours: 2:15 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. 
Teepee Creek School is located in the village of Teepee Creek. The Kindergarten – Grade 8 school serves 75 students and is the sole provider of educational services within the rural community. The school is staffed by six teachers and a five-member support team consisting of teaching assistants, a librarian, and an administrative assistant. The school was erected in 1955, followed by the addition of a gymnasium, classroom and office space in 1965. To accommodate student population growth, a modular classroom was added in 1982. The PWSD Board identified modernization of the school as the top capital priority for the 2013-2016 term. The project, announced in January 2014, included an exterior facelift, landscaping, a new administrative office, the addition of a kitchen and two new modular classrooms with a hallway link, and renovations to existing washrooms, gymnasium and classroom spaces. The school launched a new Junior Kindergarten program in September 2016.


Sears, Angela4/20/2017 2:19 PM20 Apr, 2017
Hold and Secure issued for Beaverlodge schools while RCMP responded to a situation in the area this afternoon

Beaverlodge, April 13, 2017, 2:30 p.m. – Students and staff at Beaverlodge Elementary and Regional High Schools were briefly under a Hold and Secure this afternoon while the RCMP responded to a propane tank explosion within the town. Students and staff were safe inside the school. At 2:30 p.m. staff were advised by the RCMP that the Hold and Secure period had ended.

Hold and Secure is a response to a threat and or incident in the general vicinity of a school, but not related to the school. School life continues as normal inside the school, however, the precautionary measure to lock school doors is taken to ensure staff and students are safe, and to reduce activity while local officials conduct their work.  

Sears, Angela4/13/2017 3:04 PM13 Apr, 2017