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Good News Report

April 14, 2015

Read PWSD's Good News report, presented during the Board Meeting at 10:30 a.m. at the Spirit River Sub-Office on April 16, 2015:

News from PWSD schools:

  • PWSD's Student Leadership Initiative Meeting: The first meeting of PWSD's Student Leadership Team will take place on Tuesday, May 5, 2015, 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. at the Stonebridge Hotel, 12102-100 Street, Grande Prairie. Facilitators from Alberta Education will be in attendance and there will be a mixture of sessions. The whole group will meet for a period of time, and students and staff members will also have separate facilitated sessions.

  • PWSD's Grade 6 Honour Band will perform at the Grande Prairie and District Music Festival on Monday, April 20 at 6:55 p.m. at the Douglas J. Cardinal Theatre, GPRC.

  • Olympian Akeem Haynes will attend a community event and barbecue in celebration of the Classroom Champions program on Tuesday, April 21, 5:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at the Wembley Recreation Centre. Students from participating schools (Beaverlodge Elementary, Harry Balfour School, Helen E. Taylor School, Hythe Regional School, LaGlace School, and Aspen Grove School) will be in attendance. The event will feature a certificate presentation, local entertainment and a chance to meet Olympian and Classroom Champion Athlete-Mentor Akeem Haynes.

  • Twenty-seven PWSD students to compete at upcoming North West Regional Skills Canada Competition event in Fairview, April 23-24:
    • Alicia Jones, a Grade 12 at Spirit River Regional Academy, will compete in the Culinary Arts category.
    • Beaverlodge Regional High School will send six students: Pictured are Back (l-r): Sandy Nitschke, Grade 11, Baking; Nicole Jones, Grade 12, Fashion Technology. Front (l-r): Baeley Lowen, Grade 12, Intermediate Hairstyling; Darci Peterson, Grade 11, Junior Hairstyling; Daytona Barclay, Grade 11, Intermediate Hairstyling; and Sarah Taylor, Grade 10, Junior Hairstyling. (with photo)
    • Savanna School will send three Grade 10 students to compete in three separate events: Madison Fedorvich, Junior Hairstyling; Michaela Huber, Culinary Arts; and Bailey McKay, Baking.
    • Peace Wapiti Academy Peace Wapiti Academy's eight competitors include Kristin Cardinal, Grade 10, Junior Hairstyling; Grade 12 students Tessa Grimm and Haley Carlyle in Intermediate Hairstyling: Emma Fletcher, Grade 11, Culinary Arts; Megan Casavant, Grade 10, Baking; Nicholas Bailey, Grade 11, Carpentry; Michael Jabs, Grade 11, Cabinet Making; and Jamie Cote, Grade 12, Outdoor Power and Recreation Equipment.
    • Sexsmith Secondary School will be well represented with nine competitors, including Grade 10 students Duncan De Graaf and Ethan Jaarsma who will compete in the Outdoor Power and Recreation Equipment category, while Brandi Brothen will prove her skills in Junior Hairstyling. Grade 11 students Dallen Liland and Jaidyn Gardner will face off in Cabinet Making, and Justin Krahn will compete in the Carpentry category. Competitors from the Grade 12 class include Santanna Cuddy, Welding; Alex Holmes, Carpentry; and Ines Gerber, Intermediate Hairstyling.
    • For a schedule of events, competition locations within the town of Fairview, and results, visit http://skillsalberta.com/region/north-west.

Beaverlodge Elementary School

  • Community members will be thanked at a Spring Tea during the afternoon of Thursday, April 30, hosted by Grade 5 students, with presentations from the Grades 1-6 classes. The event is held annually in conjunction with Education Week.

Bezanson School

  • The Grades 5/6 class will participate in the County of Grande Prairie's Mini Area Structure Plan Fair on Friday, April 17, 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. at Bezanson School. This event is open to the public. The class has provided the County of Grande Prairie with a youthful voice on the Bezanson Area Structure Plan.
  • Student Sadie LaValley's story, Wild, placed second in the Grande Prairie Public Library's 27th annual Collins Writing Contest. Sadie won a cash prize of $150 and a copy of the anthology of the contest's winning stories. The public is invited to an awards ceremony on June 13, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., in the Rotary Community Room of the library.

Beaverlodge Regional High School

  • Ten Grade 10 French as a Second Language (FSL) students recently wrote the French proficiency DELF exam and received diplomas. Back, l-r: Teacher Lynn Nordhagen, Kelsie Bader, Shalynn Wolansky, Hallie Moutray, Cassidy Rheaume, Tyler Campbell and Heather Sand. Front, l-r: Brooke Richer, Bethany Bateman, Sierra Gustafson and Maya Schmidt. The DELF (diplôme d'études en langue française) is an exam for beginner and intermediate-level learners, issued by the French Ministry for National Education, to certify the language skills of persons whose mother tongue is not French.

Clairmont Community School

  • The school hosted its first Annual Student Convention during the afternoon on Friday, March 27. Students selected two options from a list of workshop sessions which included scrapbooking, outdoor pursuits, yoga, baking, indigenous drumming, and technology. The convention began with a pep rally in the gym, followed by the workshops which were taught by CCS staff.
  • Annual Crown and Anchor Fundraiser results in nearly $10,000 for CCS school. The school thanks all individuals and businesses who donated auction items, volunteered their time to help run the fundraiser, and those who purchased tickets and came out to support the school.
  • The school's 'Me to We' group will participate in Free the Children's We Are Silent campaign on Thursday, April 16 to bring attention to those around the world whose voices are not heard. Participating students have collected pledges and will remain silent for 24 hours.

Eaglesham School

  • Fiona Logan, a teacher at Eaglesham School, has returned from two weeks in Nancy, France. Ms. Logan focused on learning and sharing best practices in second language pedagogy while improving her French language skills. This exciting opportunity was part of a recent Memorandum of Understanding with the Nancy-Metz region of France, secured by Lesley Doell, Executive Director of the French Language Resource Centre in Grande Prairie. The partnership will include a number of projects aimed at recognizing the importance of global education and intercultural development. Under the agreement, three Peace-region teachers will job shadow with teachers in France, while bringing their home classrooms together with students in Nancy. Ms. Logan was featured in the Tuesday, April 7th edition of Nancy's L'Est Républicain newspaper. http://www.estrepublicain.fr/edition-de-nancy-agglomeration/2015/04/07/houdemont-fiona-logan-canadienne-observe-le-systeme-scolaire-francais
  • On Friday, May 5, the school will participate in an emergency preparedness drill in conjunction with the Fire Department, RCMP, First Responders and possibly STARS. This will be the first of three events. The next event will be an abduction simulation. The third drill will be an active shooter simulation.
  • Grades 5 and 6 students will travel to Edmonton to visit the Legislature on Thursday, April 16.
  • Grades 3- 6 students are making good use of the Chrome Books.
  • All Grade 6 students completed the DELF exam on Tuesday, April 14. Grades 9-12 students will complete the exam in the coming weeks.

Harry Balfour School

  • In March, Harry Balfour Healthy Ninjas worked on healthy school announcements, researching topics such as happiness, water intake, healthy snacks and exercise. Working in pairs, the Ninjas will present their findings via morning announcements, newsletters and videos. Last month's Health Fair, held during parent/teacher interviews and hosted by the Healthy Ninjas, resulted in a $252.50 donation to the SPCA (see photo).
  • Harry Balfour School will host three French exchange students from Ombrose Multilingual School in Lyon, France on April 16 - May 13. The students will be staying with families of Harry Balfour students.
  • Last month's 'Tip Your Hat for a Goat' event saw Grades 3-8 students paying a dollar per day to wear a hat in school. The fundraiser resulted in more than $3,000 which was used to purchase 62 goats through Free the Children for families in developing nations, at a price of $50 per goat. Principal Darren Young said, "This fundraiser was especially significant in that it was entirely a student-generated idea, which they presented to school staff."
  • The Partici-Parent Group has ordered athletic playground equipment and anticipate a summer installation, with an official ribbon cutting planned for the fall.
  • Students made posters for the Special Olympics (see photo).
  • A Teacher Appreciation Luncheon, hosted by the School Council, will be held at the school on Wednesday, May 27 at 11:00 a.m. – 1: 00 p.m.

Helen E. Taylor School

  • The school will host an Art Fair on Wednesday, May 13 at 6:30 p.m.

Robert W. Zahara Public School

  • Students will present Peter Pan on Friday May 1, followed by two performances on Saturday, May 2. Tickets are now available at the school. Pictured: Tinkerbell will be played by Areigha Hoetmer, Grade 2 (left), and the role of Peter Pan will be performed by Kameron Hague, Grade 6 (right).

Rycroft School

  • Rycroft School will host a Multi-Cultural Learning Fair on Thursday, April 23, 9: 30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Join students and staff in a celebration of all that is great and different about the school, community and country. The fair, inspired by recent growth and diversity in the community and student body, will be a perfect opportunity to celebrate what makes us unique and similar. Enjoy student artwork, stories, booths, costumes, food and fun from many countries and ethnicities. The event will feature student projects, Ukrainian dance demonstrations, Chinese cuisine and Native Canadian apparel.

Sexsmith Secondary School

  • The Drama Club will compete in the Northwest Zone High School One Act Drama Festival on April 24-25 at the Composite High School in Grande Prairie, performing three plays: Harlequin Rhapsody, And, and Have you Heard.
  • A Thirty-Hour Famine event will be held on April 17-18.
  • The Mechanics 10 class is offering spring tire changes and repair, and lawnmower maintenance. Contact Mr. Bogdanek. The Cosmetology class is taking public appointments at 2:00 p.m. daily. Contact Mrs. Temple.
  • A new sports option: Cheerleading. A school-wide demonstration is planned for the end of the year.

Teepee Creek School

  • One of three teams selected from the Grande Prairie Destination Imagination event, The Amazing 5 team competed in Vancouver during Spring Break.

News from Press Releases and Announcements:

Other news:

  • PWSD and its schools were featured a total of 80 media stories during the month of March, 2015.