Read PWSD's Good News report, presented during the Board Meeting at 10:30 a.m. at Central Office on March 19, 2015:
News from PWSD schools:
- PWSD's Band Concert will take place at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, March 23rd at the Douglas J. Cardinal Theatre at GPRC. The event will showcase Peace Wapiti Academy's ensemble, Savanna School's band, Clairmont Community School's junior high band, and Harry Balfour School's junior high band.
- Kindergarten Registration is ongoing at PWSD's 18 elementary schools.
Beaverlodge Elementary School
- The School Council and the school's new Earth Rangers Club will host a Family Movie Night on March 27th beginning at 6:30 p.m. This event has grown in popularity, with more than 100 regular attendees. All proceeds from snack sales and donations are split equally between the School Council for their Breakfast Bin Program and the Earth Rangers Club to support endangered species in Alberta.
- Congratulations to Grade 4 student William Evans for his honourable mention in the Royal Tyrell Museum Paleo Art contest. More than 400 entries were received from schools across Alberta. William received a $50 prize for his entry.
- This month, Encana donated $2,500.00 to the Bonanza Students' Union to purchase a movie screen for Movie Night Fundraising events. This donation will ensure that the Students' Union is able to sustain their fundraising efforts, with the first Movie Night fundraiser resulting in $1,399.00. Encana representatives Shawn Simmonds and Brian Lieverse (pictured second and third from left) were thanked for their donation at the school's month-end assembly.
- Students are pursing personal interest projects during academic block on Fridays, including construction of dog houses, doll houses and go-carts; photography; mechanics; and sculpture.
At 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 31st, students will enjoy milk and cookies courtesy of Club Moo, as a thank-you from Alberta Milk for the school's 30-year participation in the milk program.
Clairmont Community School
- The school now offers parents access to an online booking tool for scheduling parent/teacher interviews. To book an interview, click the Parent/Teacher Interviews tab on CCS's website and enter the booking code information at the link provided on this page.
- Missoula Theatre will begin rehearsals for The Little Mermaid on Monday, March 23rd. The production is scheduled for Friday, March 27th at 1:30 p.m.
Harry Balfour School
- Tip your hat for a goat: On March 9-20, Grades 3-8 students will pay a dollar per day to wear a hat to school, with all proceeds going toward purchasing goats through Free the Children, at a price of $50 per goat, for families in developing nations. The class to raise the most funds will win a poster and be permitted to wear their hats in school from March 23rd – April 1st.
- The school hosted the 33rd International Food Fair on Wednesday, March 18th.
- GPRC sports administration students and the Harry Balfour Health Ninjas will host a Health Fair on Thursday, March 19th at 3:45 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at Harry Balfour School to showcase healthy resources offered within the city of Grande Prairie. This event will be held in conjunction with parent/teacher interview night.
Helen E. Taylor School
- Jump Rope for Heart: On February 27th, 24 students raised more than $5,100 for the Heart & Stroke Foundation by collecting pledges and hosting individual Classroom Change Challenges to collect loose change.
- Pi Day: The school celebrated this global event on March 14th by making circle art and bracelets, and participating in contests and movement activities in the gym. Students wrapped up the day with a slice of fresh pie.
- The Forum for Young Canadians: Helen E. Taylor School and PWSD were very positively represented in Ottawa by Grade 9 students Heather Taylor and Hannah Wood when they attended The Forum for Young Canadians in Ottawa on March 8-13. The adventure included sessions in the House of Commons and Senate, Question Period, and a personal visit on 'The Hill' with MP Chris Warkentin. The students engaged in thorough negotiation and election simulations with 86 other like-minded young people from across Canada and learned about national governance and the importance of responsible citizenship.
- Speak Out 2015: Helen E. Taylor School will send five students to the Speak Out conference in Edmonton on April 17-19. They will travel to the event with eight students from Beaverlodge Regional High School and their respective chaperones. http://www.speakout.alberta.ca/
- Classroom Champions year-end community celebration: Grade 6 students participated in the Classroom Champions Program this year and will be hosting the year-end community celebration on April 21 at 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. at the Wembley Rec Centre. All Classroom Champions teachers, students, principals, families and PWSD Trustees are invited for a community barbecue compliments of EnCana, sponsor of the Classroom Champions Program. During the school year, the Grade 6 class was paired with Olympic mentor Akeem Haynes, a Canadian sprinter. Akeem was born in Jamaica, but moved with his family to Yellowknife, NT at age seven, followed by a move to Calgary at the age of 10. Other schools involved in the program will be joining H.E.T. School at the community event:
- Beaverlodge Elementary: Grade 4, Mr. Lojczyc
- Harry Balfour School: Grade 3, Mrs. Simpson
- Hythe Regional School: Grade 6, Ms. Crowe
- La Glace School: Grade 4, Ms. Wade
- Aspen Grove School: Grade 2, Mrs. Hay
- The Grade 1 class learned about inclusion on Tuesday, March 17th when a representative from the CNIB spoke to them about functioning in the world with a vision impairment. The students learned how to make their own Braille nametags.
- Mr. Warr is aiming to make his unit on "Building and Testing Materials" an authentic one for his Grade 3 science students by creating dynamic learning environments, including visits from two guest speakers who will speak with the class on three separate occasions. Daniel Chrenek, a Transportation Engineer with WSP Canada in Edmonton will Skype with the class to share what an engineer thinks about when selecting materials; what makes a strong design; and a third session topic which is TBA. Adam Hutchison, a Master Builder, will present on how a blueprint is made, from customer to builder; materials used in construction (tin, welds, rivets, bolts, wood), along with a possible building component; and how a truck is organized to keep the work area clean. Students will update their bridge plan and build a bridge as a final project to show Adam and Daniel.
- Unique Grade 9 Art Project: Two musically inclined Grade 9 students really impressed their art teacher Mike Shell with their latest project. Dylan Thomas and David Reimer incorporated their musical interests into their final assignment which involved airbrushing old acoustic guitars. After practicing with the airbrush, both students created some fantastic designs. They worked hard, combining their creativity with new techniques.
- Last week, Miss Brown's Grades 3 and 4 Science students were given a box of odds and ends to create Thing-a-ma-jigs.
- Junior High Teen Wellness Fair: 9:15 a.m. – 2:15 p.m., Thursday, March 19th at Rycroft School. Presented by the Rycroft and Spirit River Regional Academy School Community Team, in partnership with the Central Peace FCSS. Grades 7-9 students will hear presentations by keynote speaker Shay Esposito, a 17-year-old singer/songwriter; followed by breakout sessions by the John Howard Society, Alberta Health Services, Suicide Prevention Resource Centre, and Odyssey House.
- Multicultural Learning Fair: Thursday, April 23rd. This year, Rycroft School will replace the Science Fair with a Multicultural Learning Fair to reflect the growing diversity of the school community. Parents and community members are invited to share their talents by providing ethnic foods for students to sample, teaching a traditional craft to students, and displaying family artifacts. Volunteers are needed – contact Principal Casey Brown at 780-765-3830.
- Students raised $1,772 for the Heart & Stroke Foundation through the school's Jump Rope for Heart event.
- National Cerebral Palsy Awareness Day: Students and staff will wear green to show their support on March 25th.
- Calgary-based singer/songwriter Kinnie Starr will offer a presentation at the school at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 26th.
- The Family First Centre will offer a second session on Dealing with Grief on Thursday, March 26th at 2:00 p.m.
- The Family First Centre offers a Moms and Tots Program on Mondays, 10:30 a.m. – noon.
- sdrawkcaB yaD: Everything will be backwards at Rycroft School on April 1.
Sprit River Regional Academy
- Students will attend the Junior High Teen Wellness Fair at Rycroft School on Thursday, March 19th. On the same day, the school will host a "What I want to be when I grow up" Career Day.
- Kinnie Star, a Calgary-based singer/songwriter will offer a presentation to Grades 1-6 students at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, March 25th.
- A three-part Spring Concert will begin at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 31st. Part 1 will feature Elementary students singing and playing instruments; Part 2 will be Spaced Out, a mini-musical by Grades 1-6; and Part 3 will be a play, Snow White Lite, by the Grades 7-12 drama club.
News and Press Releases:
- Teepee Creek School ready for Destination Imagination Challenge – The school sent 10 teams made up of 35 students ranging from Grades 1-8 to the Peace region tournament at Charles Spencer High School in Grande Prairie on Saturday, March 14th. Teepee Creek School's Amazing 5 team, along with two other teams from the Peace region, were selected to compete at the DI event in Vancouver in April.
- Encana donates additional equipment grants to breakfast programs – Both Helen E. Taylor and Wembley Elementary Schools have received a dishwasher and two Vitamix blenders to offer enhanced breakfast programs which will include smoothies. To celebrate the donation, representatives from Encana and Breakfast Club of Canada hosted a smoothie competition at Helen E. Taylor School on March 10th.
- New Junior Kindergarten at Beaverlodge Elementary School – Following the dissolution of the Beaverlodge Playschool Society at the end of the current school year, Beaverlodge Elementary School will offer a 33-week Junior Kindergarten program focusing on 'learn through play' and Kindergarten readiness.
- Free weekend courses offer expanded credit options for students – 'One Credit Wonders' let senior high students explore areas of interest for high school credit, such as Computer Aided Drafting, Nature and Wellness, and Fashion Illustration. A one-credit course in Companion Animals will be offered in April, and a special two-day, two credit course in First Aid is planned for a weekend in May.
- Pink Shirt Day 2015 – Information on anti-bullying resources available to students within the Division.
- PWSD and its schools were featured in a total of 48 media stories during the month of February, 2015; and an additional 41 stories to date for the month of March, 2015.