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Good News Report - February 18, 2016

February 16, 2016

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, February 18, 2016.

News from PWSD:

  • Kindergarten Registration begins on March 10th
    Is your child is turning five in 2016? Register them for Kindergarten at a PWSD school near you. Registration opens at PWSD schools on Thursday, March 10th. A birth certificate and proof of county address are required at the time of registration. Some schools complete registration by appointment only, while other schools welcome drop-ins, or are planning an evening registration event. Contact your school for details. For a list of PWSD schools and contact information, visit http://www.pwsd76.ab.ca/SchoolInfo. New this year: As of March 10th, families will be able to complete PWSD's new student registration form online. Families who do not have access to a computer or the internet at home may complete the form at their school. Stay tuned for additional information about the new online registration process.

  • National Pink Shirt Day
    PWSD schools will participate in this annual event by wearing pink on February 24th to symbolize that bullying is not tolerated anywhere. Pink Shirt Day was inspired by two Nova Scotia high school students who stood up for a peer who was being bullied for wearing a pink shirt. For more information, visit http://pinkshirtday.ca

  • PWSD Learning Coaches recognized for outstanding service during 10th Annual Passionate Heart Awards Luncheon

    PWSD's team of Learning Coaches: (front, l-r) Kaila Villiger, District Principal Karen Chrenek, Penny Calvert, Liz Linfield and Rochelle Dempsey, (back, l-r) Rowena Stewart, Deb Reynolds, Assistant Superintendent Heather Putio, District Principal Cynthia Gauthier, Kathy Mykyte, and Tatum Doris.

    On February 12th, PWSD's Learning Coaches were recognized with a Passionate Heart Exceptional Team Award at the 10th Annual Passionate Heart Awards Luncheon in Grande Prairie. Sponsored by the Family Community Support Services (FCSS) in the City of Grande Prairie, County of Grande Prairie, Sexsmith, Wembley, Beaverlodge, and Hythe, the Passionate Heart Awards recognize outstanding contributions in the area of social services within the region.
    The team is led by Assistant Superintendent Heather Putio and District Principals Karen Chrenek and Cynthia Gauthier, and includes Learning Coaches Deb Reynolds, Kathy Mykyte, Penny Calvert, Rochelle Dempsey, Rowena Stewart, Kaila Villiger, Liz Linfield and Tatum Doris.

    County of Grande Prairie FCSS Community School Liaison Counsellor Gabrielle Boulet Frattini was also recognized at the event, and was awarded a Passionate Heart Exceptional Service Award as a result of a nomination by Helen E. Taylor School in Wembley. She is pictured with City of Grande Prairie Councilor MacLean (left) and County of Grande Prairie Councilor Daryl Beeston (right).


News from PWSD schools:

Bezanson School

  • National Pink Shirt Day challenge and assembly
    Bezanson's colour teams will engage in friendly competition to see who can wear the most pink on February 24th. The school's leadership team will host an assembly to discuss the history of the day and its importance.

Clairmont Community School

  • Upcoming leadership changes at CCS
    Principal Shawn O'Shea has been appointed Principal Designate of Whispering Ridge Community School, PWSD's new Kindergarten - Grade 8 school, to be located in Whispering Ridge subdivision. Principal O'Shea will continue in his role as Principal of CCS for the remainder of the current school year. Kevin Elias has been appointed Principal of Clairmont Community School, effective the start of the upcoming 2016-2017 school year. Mr. Elias began his teaching career in 2003 at Fort Vermillion School Division, followed by a move to PWSD in 2014 when he assumed the role of Assistant Principal at Clairmont Community School.

Colony Schools

  • First Aid training offered at Colony Schools
    Students at Birch Hills, Codesa, Birch Meadows, Shady Lane and Crooked Creek Colony Schools will receive instruction in First Aid this semester.

Eaglesham School

  • Celebrating 100 days at Eaglesham School
    The Grade 1-2 class will celebrate the 100th day of school by inviting parents to listen to them read.

  • Bienvenue à Madame Pardieu
    Anne Pardieu, an exchange teacher from France, will be at Eaglesham School on February 6-20th. Last spring, Eaglesham teacher Fiona Logan spent two weeks in Nancy, France, learning and sharing best practices in second language pedagogy while improving her French language skills. While in France, Ms. Logan and Ms. Pardieu collaborated to enhance their respective French and English classes. The pair created a Google community to establish active communication and sharing activities between their Grades 3-4 students. Mme. Pardieu is writing a blog about her experiences at Eaglesham: http://eamaz.ovh.

Elmworth School

  • Busy start to the New Year
    Junior high students at Elmworth School have received certification in First Aid, completed a campus tour at GPRC Fairview, and had an exciting trip to Quebec City. 


Harry Balfour School

  • Children's Literature Roundtable Contest winners
    Many HBS classrooms submitted entries to the Children's Literature Roundtable Contest and won books for their classrooms. Winning classes include 2W, Mrs. Winia; 1H, Miss Horrigan; 2F, Ms. Flemming; 5F, Ms. Fraser; 7C, Miss Chandler; and 4E, Miss Eldon.


  • Gr 4-6 Geography Challenge winners
    Pictured are Terrance May, 1st place; Raiden Chadwick-Schur, 2nd place; and Ethan Keddie, 3rd place.

  • Curling fever at HBS
    After completing a fun in-school Rocks and Rings program last week, Grades 4, 7 and 8 students will be attending the upcoming Scotties Tournament of Hearts in Grande Prairie.

Helen E. Taylor School

  • Jump Rope for Heart
    Helen E. Taylor School kicked off their annual Jump Rope for Heart event on February 2nd and will wrap up the fundraising initiative with a party on February 25th.
  • Playground fundraising ongoing
    Fundraising for the new HET playground continues with three fundraisers:  Make it sow with garden seeds, Purdy's Chocolates for Easter, and Vesy's Bulbs just in time for spring.

  • HET Basketball teams versus Wembley and District Firefighters
    HET basketball teams will host a pep rally on February 19th and challenge the Wembley and District Firefighters to a fun game of basketball.

  • National Pink Shirt Day at HET
    In addition to wearing pink shirts on February 24th, the story "Why a Pink Shirt?" will be shared with all students. Other anti-bullying initiatives at the school will include a review of Dare to Care material and Bullying Basics information found online at www.NoBullies.ca. All students and staff will take a Stop Bullying pledge. Teachers received an information package covering bullying topics and helpful advice to share with their classes.

Hythe Regional School

  • HRS represented at Alberta Winter Games
    Four students competed in the Alberta Winter Games in Medicine Hat on February 13-16: Jensyn Wallan, Girls Hockey; Dayne Tews, Boys Hockey; Jonah Harder, Snowboarding; and Reece Lojczyc, Volleyball.


Robert W. Zahara Public School

  • Modular classroom installation underway at replacement RWZ

    All six modular classrooms are on site at the east side of the school and crews are working on placing them on pilings. Plans are underway for a move to the new school during spring break. To accommodate the move, RWZ students will receive a three-day extension to the break, returning to their new school on Wednesday, April 6
    th. A grand opening of the new facility will take place in the fall.
  • Jump Rope for Heart
    In support of the cause, RWZ has issued a skipping challenge to its staff. To date, Miss Lieverse and Mr. Mueller are the top jumpers. Other staff are training for the school's month-end assembly.
  • Edmonton folk singer Mohsin Zaman performed during lunch at RWZ on Tuesday, February 16th. Lunar New Year was celebrated at RWZ with a Dragon Dance during the school's January assembly.
  • Running Club record breaker
    He has been working hard all year, and last week, Kale Stalker achieved his goal of breaking RWZ's long-standing Running Club record of 1,531 laps around the school track.


Rycroft School

  • The Friends of Rycroft School purchased 38 pairs of snowshoes for students to enjoy. 


Teepee Creek School

  • Hoop Dancing Residency, February 16-19
    Teddy Anderson will be spending this week teaching students of Teepee Creek School the ins and outs of hoop dancing, including its significance, how to make their own hoops, and learn to dance with them. A public performance will be held at the gym at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, February 19th
  • Scotties Tournament of Hearts
    Grades 4-7 students will attend the Scotties Tournament of Hearts in Grande Prairie to watch as Canada's top women's teams compete for the title.

  • D.A.R.E. Program
    Constable Alex Holdway with the Grande Prairie RCMP will offer the D.A.R.E. Program to Grade 5/6 students for an hour on Wednesday mornings over the course of the next few weeks. D.A.R.E. is a police officer-led series of classroom lessons designed to teach children how to resist peer pressure and live productive drug and violence-free lives. To learn more about the program, visit www.dare.org.

Sexsmith Secondary School

  • Hoops for Hearts
    Sexsmith Secondary School's 2nd annual Hoops for Hearts event will be held on Friday, February 19th. This 3-on-3 basketball activity will raise funds in support of the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Last year, the school raised more than $1,200 for the cause through this event.
  • School-sponsored Driver Education training
    In September, students at SSS will be able to earn three credits while completing theory and practical driver training delivered by AMA.

Woking School

  • Literacy Day
    On January 27th, Woking School held an afternoon of fun for Literacy Day, and welcomed parents and community members to read with students. After a snack of cake and hot chocolate, students played board games in the gym.
  • Outdoor Phys. Ed. at the local rink

    Students are enjoying school skating parties and Phys. Ed. classes at the local rink.

  • Lego Club kick-off
    On, February 19th, Woking students will begin designing and creating Lego egg racers. Small groups of students will work together to create a small racer that will hold an egg. On February 24th, students will gather in the gym to test their cars in a race.

  • Friendship picnic on Pink Shirt Day
    On February 24th, National Pink Shirt Day, Woking School will host a potluck friendship picnic which will pair students of various ages together to enjoy lunch.

  • Destination Imagination
    Kindergarten - Grade 8 students are preparing for their first tournament in March.

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Other news:

  • PWSD and its schools were featured in more than 40 media stories during the month of January, 2016. To keep up-to-date with the latest news from PWSD, and local media coverage, check out PWSD's online Media Room at http://www.pwsd76.ab.ca/mediaroom. ​