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PWSD Good News – September 8, 2016

September 07, 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, September 8, 2016.

News from PWSD:

Terry Fox Run events at PWSD schools

To date, the following schools have made plans to host Terry Fox Run events. Stay tuned for a press release in the coming weeks which will provide additional details and events.

  • Wednesday, September 28:
    • LaGlace School, 12:30 p.m. at the school.
  • Thursday, September 29:
    • Bonanza School, 1:00 p.m. at the school.
    • Harry Balfour School's event will begin with Grade 8 students leaving the school at 10:45 a.m., running through Muskoseepi Park, and heading west around the reservoir. Due to the number of students, progressively younger grades will join the run every ten minutes.  
    • Penson School
  • Friday, September 30:
    • Beaverlodge Regional High School, 10:30 a.m., starting at the main entrance of the school.
  • Monday, October 3:
    • Rycroft School will travel to Teepee Creek School for a joint run event. 

Back-to-back hockey-themed FNMI school tours in September

PWSD is pleased to announce two consecutive hockey-themed FNMI school tours during the month of September. Back by popular demand are NHL father-son duo Reggie and Jamie Leach. The pair visited a number of schools in 2014, and will cover seven additional schools during this year's tour on September 12-16. On September 19-22, eight PWSD schools will welcome Brigette Lacquette, a member of the National Women's Team since 2013, and current member of the Canadian Women's Hockey League's Calgary Inferno team. A detailed press release, including tour stops, will be issued later this week.

Grand opening events planned for October 14

A grand opening celebration at the replacement Robert W. Zahara Public School in Sexsmith will take place on Friday, October 14, beginning at 11:00 a.m., followed by a grand re-opening celebration at the newly modernized Teepee Creek School at 1:30 p.m.

PWSD music teachers participate in 'Orff in the North'

In August, PWSD music teachers Rhonda Johnson (back row, far left), Adele Lowen (back row, third from right) and Janina Carlstad (back row, far right) joined teachers from local school divisions for 'Orff in the North'. During the one-week course, participants learned the 'Orff Approach' to music education – a method of introducing and teaching children about music at a level that they can easily comprehend – and received introductory Orff certification. Photo courtesy of Grande Prairie Public School Division.

Saddle Hills County to host second 'Leaders of Tomorrow' event

Saddle Hills County Complex will welcome Grade 6 students of Saddle Hills County and the surrounding areas for a second 'Leaders of Tomorrow' event at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, September 21. The event will include a mock council meeting, tour of the facility, and municipal government information session. Lunch will be provided for students and teachers. Participating schools will select two students to act as council members who will follow a set meeting agenda. To view photos and read an overview of last year's event, click here.

News from PWSD schools:

Eaglesham School

What's new at Eaglesham School
Eaglesham School is pleased to report that at least eight of the school's 12 graduates have enroled in post-secondary education. This year, the school welcomed 12 new students to Kindergarten. Enrolment has seen modest growth, resulting in an increase in staffing to the full-time equivalent of eight teachers. The school will continue with last year's successful partnership with Finnish and French schools. Principal Terry Pattison has returned to his post and welcomes Fiona Logan to share administrative duties as Co-Principal of the school.

Harry Balfour School

HBS ranked third in the province on Heart and Stroke Foundation's list of top 10 fundraising schools
Congratulations to Harry Balfour School for placing third among the Heart and Stroke Foundation's list of top 10 fundraising schools in Alberta. The school raised a total of $18,649.50 for the cause during their 2015-2016 Jump Rope for Heart event. The announcement was made by the Foundation in July.

Upcoming events at HBS:

  • The annual corn boil in celebration of fall, a 25-year tradition at HBS, will take place on Thursday, September 8. The school plans to cook more than 800 cobs of corn to feed all students and staff.
  • Student Council elections will take place on Tuesday, September 13. HBS Student Council is made up of representatives from all Grades 5-8 homeroom classes. Last year marked the first year of Student Council at HBS. Students were able to plan and facilitate actionable items which had a positive impact on the school and greater community. Thanks to teacher-overseers, Miss Chandler and Mr. Groff.
  • Grades 4-8 students will attend a talk by FNMI school tour guests Reggie and Jaime Leach on Friday, September 16.  
  • School Council AGM and Meet the Teacher Night will take place on Wednesday, September 21, with School Council elections at 6:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m., followed by Meet the Teacher at 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. All families welcome.

LaGlace School

Upcoming events at LaGlace School
Students at LaGlace School will participate in a number of events in the coming weeks. Grades 5-9 students will attend a talk by FNMI school tour guests Reggie and Jamie Leach on Thursday, September 15. On Friday, September 23, students, staff and families are invited to a welcome-back assembly at 3:00 p.m., followed by student-led tours to complete Welcome Back BBQ Passports which will act as tickets to a free barbecue. On Thursday, September 29, Kindergarten - Grade 6 students will enjoy Motivational Magic, presented by visiting magician and inspirational speaker Steve Harmer. In celebration of fall harvest, there will be a school-wide Thanksgiving veggie share on Thursday, October 6.

Rycroft School

Author, circus performer to present to students
During the afternoon of Monday, September 26, author Robert Graham will share with Grades 1-4 students, followed by Grades 5-8. Students will enjoy a presentation by Safire, Calgary-based motivational speaker and circus performer, on Monday, October 24. To learn more about Safire's show, visit http://safiredance.com/artists/anti-bullying-motivational-show.

Savanna School

Off to a great start
Staff and students at Savanna School are excited to be back in school and are looking forward to fun days ahead. The Boys and Girls Volleyball Team will head out on tournaments this month. Students will attend a talk by FNMI school tour guests Reggie and Jamie Leach on Monday, September 12 and view their Stanley Cup rings.

xsmith Secondary School

SSS student to attend Rotary International Zone Institute in Winnipeg
Grade 11 student Jeremy Hammel, President of the Sexsmith Secondary School (SSS) Interact Club, has been selected along with other local students to attend the Rotary International Zone Institute in Winnipeg on September 30 - October 1. Jeremy, who is also active in football and Leadership group, says he would like to enhance his leadership skills to help others to be the best they can be. At the Institute, he will experience a weekend of fun and learning alongside Rotary leaders, while challenging himself. Local students will be sponsored by Rotary International District 5370. To learn more about the event, visit http://portal.clubrunner.ca/50077/SitePage/rotary-now-be-a-leader-make-a-difference-change-the-world.

Woking School

Pokemon Go craze theme

Students of Woking School were thrilled to return from summer break to see Pokemon Go-themed bulletin boards at their school, which were decorated by staff as a welcome back to another great year.

The year ahead
The school welcomed a new teacher, Jamie Tomaszewicz, which will to allow Grades 1 and 2 students to be split during morning classes. Math and Language Arts will be taught separately during the 2016-2017 school year. Guitar will be a first term option for Grades 6, 7 and 8 students. On Friday, September 23, Grades 5-8 students will participate in Nitehawk Mountain Biking at the school. Upcoming special guests include Brigette Lacquette and Reggie and Jamie Leach, as part of the annual FNMI school tours. Author Robert Graham will also visit the school.

Recent Press Releases:

Other news:

  • PWSD and its schools were featured in more than 20 media stories during the summer break, bringing the total for the 2015-2016 school year to more than 580 stories. Many thanks to local media for their continuing coverage of good news at PWSD and its 33 schools.
  • 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.