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Good News Report - December 10, 2015

December 08, 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, December 10, 2015.

News from PWSD schools:

Christmas concerts
Ignite the spirit of the season – plan to attend a Christmas concert at a PWSD school in your community. The joy of Christmas will be shared at 29 school concerts across the Division during November 30th – December 17th. View the schedule at http://bit.ly/pwsd-concerts-2015. Admission is free. Many schools are accepting donations of non-perishable food items for local food banks.


Top student-athletes compete in GPRC Wolves High School All-Star Volleyball Game
Fifteen students from PWSD's high schools were selected to compete in the annual GPRC Wolves High School All-Star Volleyball games held at GPRC on Thursday, December 3rd.

    • Beaverlodge Regional High School: Owen Frederikson and Ethan Toews, Gr. 11; Savannah McKay and Tyson Walker, Gr. 12.
    • Peace Wapiti Academy: Shawn Gallant, Gr. 10; Katrina Dawe, Kelsey Gitzel, McKenna Wolstenholme, and Tristan Moon – all in Gr. 12.
    • Sexsmith Secondary School: Keyana Anderson, Sophia Balderston and Ryan Breen – all in Gr. 10.
    • Spirit River Regional Academy: Tori Macooh, Gr. 10; Quinn Pelland, Gr. 11; and Teneille Jarvis, Gr. 12.

Beaverlodge Elementary School

Stocking Stuffer Variety Show raises money for local FCSS
Grade 3 teacher Maxine Hauger received a hands-on learning experience about snakes from student Madison Steele and her father, Ryan during the school's annual Stocking Stuffer Variety Show. The event featured entertaining acts by the students and staff and raised more $230, along with a van-load of donated toys, for the Beaverlodge Family Community Support Services' Christmas hamper campaign.


Students say "thank-you" with community barbecue
Mr. Andrew Lojczyc's Grade 4 class recently hosted a community barbecue to thank to a variety of Beaverlodge community organizations, including members of the Beaverlodge RCMP, Fire Department, EMS, and health care professionals. The idea for the event was developed by the Grade 4 students who are participating in the Encana Classroom Champions program.

Bezanson School

Class project impacts municipal government
In their mini-Area Structure Plan presentation, Grades 5 and 6 students at Bezanson School highlighted the need for a cell tower in the area. The County of Grande Prairie Council is now exploring options, proving you're never too young to make a difference. For more on this story, see coverage by local media:

Clairmont Community School

Twelve days of "Fitmas"
As part of the Healthy Schools, Healthy Futures initiative, the school's Student Wellness Action Team (SWAT) will lead the school in 12 days of fitness. Each day will begin with a song, to the tune of The Twelve Days of Christmas, and fitness activity. Day 1 promises to be very easy, but Day 12? "We will see," says the SWAT team.

Giving back
The school is collecting non-perishable food items and selling $2 snowflake ornaments for the CCS Christmas tree. Food and funds will be donated to the local food bank.

Harry Balfour School
Sending love from head to toe – Students inspired by Olympic athlete-mentor to help those in need
Students in the 3S and 3P classes at Harry Balfour School have been inspired by Monique Sullivan, a track cyclist and Olympic athlete-mentor with Classroom Champions, to give back to the community. During the first half of December, the Grade 3 classes are hosting a school-wide collection of new hats, mittens and socks to donate to the homeless this holiday season. Donations may be dropped in boxes located throughout the school. The boxes are labelled by Grade division and students would like to see which division can make their box overflow with love for others. Collected items will be distributed at Grande Prairie's Dinner for the Homeless event on December 18th.

On November 25th, Kasia Pfefferle's Grade 3P class participated in a live chat with Ms. Sullivan who is currently training in New Zealand for upcoming Olympic-qualifying races. Through the Classroom Champions program, Ms. Sullivan shares lessons on goal setting, perseverance and leadership. The program is made possible by Encana Corporation. During the video chat session, students asked Ms. Sullivan what it takes to become an Olympic athlete, where in the world she has traveled, and how she found her passion. Following the question-and-answer session, the students performed a song and posed for group photos with Ms. Sullivan, including one that showcased their "stronger" pose which reflects their goal to become better, stronger people through the Classroom Champions program.

When asked how she discovered her passion to become an Olympic track cyclist, Ms. Sullivan offered words of encouragement to the young students. "All of you will find something that you love…Always keep trying new things so you find that thing you love. Don't be afraid to work hard at it."

After signing off from the video chat, the class erupted in cheering, with high-fives all around. One student noted that the thing that stood out to them was how Ms. Sullivan seems to love spending time with Classroom Champions kids all over the world. The class hopes to see Ms. Sullivan compete in the upcoming 2016 Summer Olympics in Brazil.

Horizon Group Home

Art gala and bake sale offers support to Sunrise House Youth Shelter
Horizon Group Home students hosted a successful art gala fundraiser and Christmas bake sale at the Creative Centre for the Arts on December 4th. Approximately $800 generated by the event will be donated to the Sunrise House Youth Centre – a very successful event thanks to the hard work of only four students.

Helen E. Taylor School

Robotics program wraps up
Students at HET enjoyed getting creative with technology, challenging themselves and their teachers as they created robotic gremlins, puppies, fork lifts and an elephant.


Grade 6 students impacted by Classroom Champions program
Olympic cyclist Monique Sullivan regularly interacts with students via video chat to discuss goal setting, leadership, fair play, healthy living, friendships, community service, perseverance, steps to success, and being a champion. The class anticipates a possible visit with Monique at the school.

Hythe Regional School

Essay earns student a spot on Team Laycock at Canada Cup of Curling
An essay entry in the New Horizon Co-op Junior Stars contest earned Will Stockman, a Grade 8 student at HRS, a spot on Team Laycock and the opportunity to participate in the Canada Cup of Curling event hosted in Grande Prairie last week. The contest was open to junior curlers and winners received VIP treatment at the event. As an honorary team-member, Will's name was announced and displayed on big screen during the parade of teams at Revolution Place on December 2nd.  He received a team jacket, and spoke with the producer of TSN to learn about the behind-the-scenes aspects of producing a sporting event.

LaGlace School

Hour of Code
LaGlace School will participate in the largest learning event in history, Hour of Code, during Computer Science Education Week on December 7-13. More than 100 million students worldwide have already tried an Hour of Code. By participating in this event, LaGlace School is making a statement that it is ready to teach foundational 21st Century skills, which includes bringing programming activities to students. Visit http://hourofcode.com/ca for more details.

Peace Wapiti Academy

Free First Aid course through One-Credit Wonders Program
PWA offered a free course in First Aid on December 5-6. One-Credit Wonders courses, typically valued at one credit, are offered to students during a number of weekends throughout the school year. The First Aid course was valued at two credits and was an excellent opportunity for students considering careers in the medical field, or for those looking to fulfill the requirements of upcoming summer jobs.

Giving back
Students will be filling backpacks with toiletries and treats, to be donated to Rotary House. 

On Your Mark! Diploma exam tutorials
Sessions will be held on three Saturdays in January – the 9th, 16th and 23rd. Each six-hour session will review course content and further develop strategies to tackle questions. There is no need to register – sessions are open to all PWSD students – simply show up ready to learn. Lunch and snacks will be provided by PWSD.

Robert W. Zahara Public School

We Club collecting donations to make backpacks for homeless
The group is seeking donations of socks, mittens, gloves, hats, personal hygiene products, and individually packaged snacks and hot drinks. Backpacks will be delivered to the local Rotary House.

Support for Ronald McDonald House
RWZ will offer support to Ronald McDonald House through sales of 'White2Red' ornaments, available for purchase at $2 each.

And the winner is....
Alexa Doyle, a Grade 4 student at RWZ, is the winner of PWSD's 2015 Christmas card art contest. Her artwork is featured on PWSD's Christmas card and she and her class will enjoy the $100 pizza party prize.

Sexsmith Secondary School

High School wrestlers bring home medals from Wetaskiwin Classic
Congrats to SSS student-athletes who brought home medals from this event, held during the last weekend of November – Devon Barnfield, Kaden Link, Tim Dueck, Ty Plamondon and Zach Seguin – two gold, three silver and a bronze.


Wrestlers to participate in Alberta Winter Games, Arctic Games
SSS wrestlers Devon Barnfield, Kaden Link and Landen Badger will represent Team Alberta North Zone 8 in Medicine Hat at the Alberta Winter Games on February 13-16. In March, Kinley Link, Alex Barnfield and Devon Barnfield will travel to Nuuk, Greenland to participate in the Arctic Winter Games. They will be accompanied by Zach Sequin and Ty Plamondon who have earned spots as alternates for their weight classes at the Arctic Winter Games.


Food and Photography classes unite
As part of the school's cross-curricular teaching opportunities, Photography and Foods classes combined a cooking activity with a food styling and photography activity. Under the guidance of Foods teacher Mrs. Caldwell and Australian exchange art teacher Mr. Grover, students cooked Australian hamburgers "with the lot" and photographed them using food styling principles in a studio setting. While there was some hesitation about putting beetroot, pineapple and fried eggs on burgers, students enjoyed the challenges presented by the combined learning activity.  

Spirit River Regional Academy

Bronze medal at Provincials
The Renegades Girls Volleyball team at SRRA won the 2A NWASAA Zone Volleyball Championship held at SRRA on November 20-21, and continue to hold the record for consecutive zone wins, which now sits at seven years in a row for the Renegades. The team went on to nab a bronze medal at Provincials in Vauxhall on November 26-28, marking their seventh consecutive year on the Provincial podium.

Teepee Creek School

Modernization work progressing

As part of the modernization project, work has begun on the school's library and home economics room, with a tentative completion date set for mid- to late-January.

TCS students give back this Christmas
TCS's annual food drive is underway and accepting donations of non-perishable food items, as well as toiletries and unwrapped new toys. Students have brought in more than 260 pairs of new socks for the homeless, and hope to reach 350 pairs by the school Christmas concert on December 16th. Students also collected enough toys, toiletries and school supplies to fill 39 Christmas shoeboxes which were sent to Operation Christmas Child, an initiative of Samaritan's Purse.

Woking School

Support for Ronald McDonald House
Woking students will offer support to Ronald McDonald House through sales of 'White2Red' ornaments, available for purchase at $2 each. For each paper bulb ornament sold, a red bulb will be added to strings of lights decorating the school hallway. Students were permitted to wear hats in school on December 8th in exchange for a $2 donation to the cause.

Rocks and Rings Program
Grade 3-8 students participated in the Rocks and Rings program in November to learn about the sport of curling. Students attended the Canada Cup of Curling on December 2nd

News and Press Releases:

Dec. 02, 2015  And the winner is…
Dec. 02, 2015  Top student-athletes to compete in GPRC Wolves High School All-Star Volleyball Games
Nov. 30, 2015  PWSD schools invite you to celebrate the joy of Christmas
Nov. 27, 2015  PWSD asks families to reinforce safety with children following abduction attempt in Grande Prairie
Nov. 26, 2015  Peace Wapiti Academy welcomes teams to 3A Boys Volleyball Provincials
Nov. 25, 2015  Sending love from head to toe – Students inspired by Olympic athlete-mentor to help those in need

Other news:

  • PWSD and its schools have been featured in approximately 20 media stories during the month of December, 2015.