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Good News – October 29, 2015

October 27, 2015

​The following Good News Report from Peace Wapiti Public School Division (PWSD) and its schools will be shared at the upcoming Board Meeting scheduled for Thursday, October 29th, 2015.

News from PWSD schools:

  • PWSD schools raise $58,789.80 for cancer research through Terry Fox School Run events: Among the 14 schools that participated in run events this year, Harry Balfour School's 788 students were the top fundraisers, bringing in a total of $16,324.50 for cancer research. The Alberta/Northwest Territories/Nunavut office of the Terry Fox Foundation will announce the top fundraising school for the province in December. At press time, HBS was the top fundraiser in the province, with a school in Calgary in second place.
  • Classroom Champions brings Olympic athletes to PWSD: This year, cyclist Monique Sullivan, a triple gold medalist from the Pan Am Games, will interact with students of Beaverlodge Elementary, Harry Balfour, Helen E. Taylor, Hythe Regional and LaGlace Schools through the Classroom Champion Olympic Athlete Mentorship Program.
  • Name That School: During the month of November, PWSD will be seeking input from students and residents of the Harry Balfour School attendance area on a name for the new Kindergarten-Grade 8 public school, to be located in Whispering Ridge subdivision. Naming suggestions may be entered on PWSD's website or Harry Balfour School's website on November 1-30. 
  • Random Acts of Kindness Day will be celebrated at schools throughout the Division on November 6th.

Beaverlodge Regional High School

  • BRHS students exercised their democratic rights during the nation-wide Student Vote event held prior to the federal election. This was the school's largest turnout for a Student Vote event, thanks to the combined efforts of Deputy Returning Officer Chris Green, Mrs. Nordhagen's Social 30-1 class and the volunteers who ran the polling station. Local candidates visited the school to share their party platforms with Grade 12 students and emphasized the importance of exercising one of our most important rightsβ€”voting. The outcome of the BRHS Student Vote was similar to that of the constituency – a Conservative win, followed by Liberal, NDP, Green, and Libertarian.
  • Kailey Bratland and Troy Morgan were among the top finishers in the Alberta School's Athletic Association's (ASAA) Cross Country Provincials held in Grande Prairie on October 17th. Both placed ninth in their age division.

Bezanson School

  • Bezanson students participated in the Farm Credit Canada (FCC) Drive Away Hunger campaign, collecting more than 50 bags of food bank donations.

Bonanza School

  • Proceeds from the September magazine sales fundraiser covered the school's Swim at School Program and busing. The program is offered at the Kenn Borek Aquatic Centre in Dawson Creek. This year, the school surpassed last year's fundraising efforts by $1,000.
  • As promised, on October 29th Principal Randy Carlstad will be duct-taped to a wall and pied by the top three fundraisers from the school's Terry Fox Run event. Students exceeded their $1,356 goal, raising a total of $2,040 for the cause. 
  • Bonanza students participated in the FCC Drive Away Hunger campaign, filling more than 20 bags of food which they delivered to the Anglican church for distribution to the homeless and families in need.  

Peace Wapiti Academy

  • Grades 9 and 10 students and teachers attended PWA's Google Apps for Education (GAFE) mini-conference on October 27th.  New this year – 25 student-teachers enroled in the Bachelor of Education Teaching Education North (TEN) collaborative degree program at Grande Prairie Regional College were also invited to benefit from this learning opportunity. The mini-conference supports PWA's one-to-one Google Chromebook implementation program, the teachers' desire to learn alongside their students, and PWSD's Personal Device Project.
  • A group of PWA students attended We Day in Calgary on October 27th.
  • Students in Foods 20/30 classes developed a food truck concept and recently presented their products to classmates, teacher Miss Erker, and other teacher volunteers for feedback. The classes will host Food Truck Face Offs on Tuesday, October 27th and Monday, November 2nd. Food will be sold from mobile carts during the school's iPlan period. 

Penson School

  • Penson School is pleased to be named District Divisional 1J Volleyball Champions for the current school year.  The school had not received a banner since 2005, but this year they are celebrating with two – a gold from the Girls team and silver from the Boys team. Special thanks to coaches Mr. Russell Penson and Mr. Mitchell Foisy. 

Ridgevalley School

  • On the night of November 10th, students from Kennedy School in Grimshaw will join students at Ridgevalley School to commemorate Remembrance Day by spending the night reenacting the soldiers' experiences.

Robert W. Zahara Public School

  • On October 16th, the school hosted World Food Day activities including a week-long food drive during which spirit teams competed to see who could bring in the most items. All food was donated to the Sexsmith Food Bank. 
  • The school's annual Veggie Share was held on October 14th.  Families of students in Grades 4-6 donated vegetables to be shared with staff and students. A group of devoted parent volunteers sorted, arranged and served the vegetables. The next day, the leftover vegetables were turned into a delicious soup for everyone. Many of the classes enjoyed reading and listening to the story, Stone Soup.
  • A group of Grade 6 students chose to spend some extra time at school on Election Night. Mrs. Stark hosted a pizza party for the students as they watched the election results come in. Prior to election night, Social Studies curriculum came alive as students researched platforms, met candidates and asked great questions, kept track of public opinion polls, visited the local polling station, and participated in Student Vote. Assistant Principal Stacey Rorem said it was inspiring to see so many young people engaged in the political process.

Sexsmith Secondary School

  • On October 2nd the Sexsmith Sabres Girls Volleyball team purchased and delivered toys to children on the Day Surgery and Pediatric floors of the QEII Hospital in Grande Prairie.  

Spirit River Regional Academy

  • Parents and community members are invited to attend SRRA's Remembrance Day ceremony on Tuesday, November 10th at 10:30 a.m. in the school gymnasium.

Woking School

  • Visiting author Joan Galat will present to Grades 4-8 students at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, October 28th. Her books include the Dot to Dot in the Sky series and Day Trips from Edmonton. Her visit is sponsored by the Woking Municipal Library.
  • The school will give a musical presentation and interact with residents of Pleasant View Lodge in Spirit River on November 6th in recognition of Random Acts of Kindness Day. The Grades 6-8 Foods class will prepare snacks to share with the seniors.

News and Press Releases:

Other news:

  • PWSD and its schools were featured in more than 40 media stories to date during the month of October, 2015.