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Good News Report - October 27, 2016

October 19, 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, October 27, 2016.

News from PWSD:

Grand opening events postponed until spring for R. W. Zahara Public School and Teepee Creek School
Grand opening event plans for the replacement Robert W. Zahara Public School in Sexsmith and the modernized Teepee Creek School fell victim to the early arrival of winter on Friday, October 14. Although all parties involved were disappointed by the cancellations, everyone agreed that 'safety first' was the best choice. PWSD's Communications Committee members and Principals Lawrie McKeith and Casey Brown will put their heads together to come up with a new date for the spring of 2017. A formal announcement will be released as soon as a decision on the date and time for both events has been reached.

Trustees engage with students of Spirit River Regional Academy and LaGlace School
On October 13, 2016, PWSD Trustees and Superintendent Sheldon Rowe toured Spirit River Regional Academy and LaGlace School. Following the tours, Trustees met with students for an engagement activity on School Board governance, and gathered feedback on what is working well at both schools. Groups worked together to come up with three words to describe what makes their school special. The words were entered into a 'Wordle' – a digital application used to create a visual word cloud in which words that appear most frequently are given greater prominence – that can be printed as a poster for the school. At first glance, which word you see in each Wordle?  

Spirit River Regional Academy's Wordle (above) and LaGlace School's Wordle (below).

Do you 'Know the Zone'?
October 16-22, 2016 is School Bus Safety Week. The Alberta Student Transportation Advisory Council (ASTAC) is sponsoring a provincial poster contest to promote School Bus Safety Week. Entries must be submitted by October 31, 2016. The poster contest is open to Kindergarten – Grade 6 students. For contest rules and the entry form, visit http://www.astac.ca/index.php/school-bus-safety-week.

Terry Fox Run events at PWSD schools net more than $42,000 for cancer research
PWSD student have come through once again for cancer research, raising $42,786.14. Pictured are students of Beaverlodge Regional High School with social studies and health teacher Scott Bowen (far left), who went good on his promise to dye his hair pink if the school exceeded their $1,000 goal.

  • Harry Balfour School: $11,523.50
  • Beaverlodge Elementary School: $5,333.19
  • Wembley Elementary School: $4,282.60
  • Rycroft School/Teepee Creek School combined run total: $4,083.40
  • R. W. Zahara Public School: $3,059.80
  • Penson School: $2,358.20
  • Bezanson School: $2,176.50
  • Clairmont Community School: $1,744.10
  • LaGlace School: $1,635.00
  • Bonanza School: $1,620.00
  • Savanna School: $1,377.00
  • Spirit River Regional Academy: $1,313.25
  • Beaverlodge Regional High School: $1,253.05
  • Peace Wapiti Academy: $1,026.55

News from PWSD schools:

Beaverlodge Regional High School

BC Lions champion J.R. LaRose visits BRHS
J.R. LaRose, member of the BC Lions, 2011 Grey Cup champion, and proud member of One Arrow First Nation brought his motivational message of perseverance, dedication and the importance of goal-setting to students and staff of Beaverlodge Regional High School on October 18. An accomplished speaker, Mr. LaRose is an ambassador for Aboriginal peoples, facilitating more than 400 presentations throughout Canada and the United States since 2008. A proud family man, he speaks about his long, hard-fought journey to success, which started out in low income housing in Edmonton's inner city.

Bonanza School

First School Spirit Day held on September 28
Bonanza School kicked off its first school spirit day on Wednesday, September 28 with a Super Hero Day. Each month, the school's Students' Union, made up of students from the Grades 7-8 class, chooses a theme for school spirit day. Pictured is Mrs. Roszmann's Grades 1-2 class, ready to save the day.

Bonanza Terry Fox Run
Bonanza School hosted their fifth consecutive Terry Fox Run event on Thursday, September 29. It was a beautiful day, resulting in $1,620 for the Terry Fox Foundation. Five students were recognized as the top pledge earners for their class. Pictured left-right: Kindergarten student Eli Weber; Austin Gorday, Grades 1-2 class; Lincoln Schulze, Grades 3-4 class; Kieran Lowes, Grades 5-6 class; and Lauren Konashuk, Grades 7-8 class.

School magazine fundraiser covers cost of swimming lessons for all students
Bonanza School's annual QSP magazine subscription fundraiser supports their Swim at School Program, which takes place in June.  Students participate in a week of swimming lessons at the Kenn Borek Aquatic Centre in Dawson Creek, BC, at no cost to parents.  The fundraiser covers the costs of busing and lessons for students. Funds are still trickling in, but the school's preliminary total is already at more than $3,000 in sales this year, thanks to the nearly 100 subscriptions to date.

Eaglesham School

Remembrance Day 'Night in the Trenches' tradition continues at Eaglesham School
Once again, Eaglesham students will dig and sleep in trenches on the night before Remembrance Day, and conduct the November 11 Remembrance Day Ceremony at Eaglesham Hall, beginning at 10:30 a.m. This activity is open to Grades 7-12 students. All first-time participants will present information on a family member or family friend who served during war or peace times.

Events at Eaglesham School
Students and staff will soon bid farewell to their visiting student from France, and say hello to Finnish Headmaster Olli-Pekka Hiipakka who will visit the school for a week of studying FNMI education and multiculturalism on October 29-November 5. During the month of October, Eaglesham students may participate in weekly anxiety workshops. PACE presentations will be offered during the week of October 24. A solar power presentation held on Tuesday, October 18 was open to the public.

Elmworth School

Elmworth School participates in Wishmaker Walk
On September 29, Elmworth School participated in The Children's Wish Foundation Wishmaker Walk and raised $1,607.95 for the cause. ConocoPhillips held their annual barbecue for the school on the same day.

Upcoming events at Elmworth School

  • October 27: School Halloween Carnival
  • November 10: Remembrance Day Ceremony
  • November 16: Parent/Teacher Interviews

Harry Balfour School

School Community Time is a new program at HBS to improve the sense of community and connectedness within the school. Grades 7 and 8 students have been matched with Kindergarten - Grade 6 classrooms. It creates an opportunity for all to continue building a strong sense of community and belonging, while strengthening students' leadership capacity and promoting strong relationships. Pictured are Grade 8 students working with the Kindergarten class.

Upcoming events:

  • Grades 4-6 Curling Club begins on Thursday, October 20, and will be offered every Thursday until December 1.
  • Run Club has been a huge success, with many students and staff members participating. The season wraps up on Wednesday, October 26.
  • Telus Science in Motion presentations begin Thursday, October 27 and will continue throughout November and December.
  • The Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) Program, offered to all four Grade 6 classes, will be presented by Cst. Daniel Hines beginning Friday, October 28.
  • Healthy Ninjas, a student group, will be planning and supporting healthy initiatives at HBS again this year.
  • The Motivational Circus presentation on Tuesday, November 15 will bring an anti-bullying/cyberbullying message to Grades 6-8 students, and also discuss goal attainment and achieving dreams.

Hythe Regional School

HRS Identity Day rescheduled for Thursday, October 20
Due to the cancellation of buses on Friday, October 14, Hythe Regional School's junior high students and staff will showcase their Identity Day projects to the school and community on Thursday, October 20, 1:40 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. The basis of the project is the question, "What is one thing you would like everyone to know about you?"

Penson School

Sparks Fly Stationary Bicycles to be unveiled at Penson School
On November 3, the M.D. of Greenview FCSS team will host a media event at Penson School to showcase the new Sparks Fly Stationary Bicycles – a tool designed to help children and youth develop and improve self-regulation skills. By having bicycles located directly in classrooms, students can regulate their emotions without having to miss out on learning. In the past, teachers may have suggested students take a brief walk to help clear their mind and refocus. The Sparks Fly Bicycle acts in a similar manner, but the child is able to remain in the classroom. The Sparks Fly Stationary Bicycles will be implemented through MindUp curriculum, a six-week program that aims to teach children how their brain works to handle stress, facilitated by the M.D. of Greenview FCSS Youth Coordinator.

Savanna School

News from Savanna

  • Junior High students have produced amazing robots through the Encana Traveling Trades Robotics Program. Students enjoyed modifying and presenting their projects.
  • Senior and Junior High Volleyball is winding down, with Basketball right around the corner. 
  • The Savanna Fire Department demonstrated fire safety to Kindergarten – Grade 6 students on October 18.

Sexsmith Secondary School

SSS to welcome Dwayne Peace, facilitator with Life Synergy for Youth – A Life Skills Program
Sexsmith Secondary School is pleased to announce the return of Dwayne Peace, a facilitator with Life Synergy for Youth – A Life Skills Program, on October 26, 27 and 28. He will deliver his program to students on October 26, followed by small group sessions delivered to groups of 25 students. His presentation covers a wide range of issues, including leadership, self-esteem, physical and mental bullying, drug abuse, violence, texting and sexting. An evening parent session will be offered on October 27.

Recent Press Releases:

Other news:

  • PWSD and its schools have been featured in a total of 24 media stories to date during the month of October, 2016.