PWSD trustees toured Sexsmith Secondary School and met with students for an engagement activity on Thursday, March 30, 2017.
Principal Mike Lauzon greeted the group and led them to the school's photography classroom where Grade 10 student Samantha McCarthy was waiting to shoot 'green screen' photos – a technique used in the photography, television and film industries to apply alternative backgrounds to images (pictured).
Journalism is a new course at Sexsmith Secondary, and students Shae Brumwell (left) and David Huls (right) were on hand to document the trustee's visit to their school.
The group detoured through the school cafeteria where three provincial wrestling banners are proudly displayed (pictured).
Adirondack chairs on display in the school's wood shop served as an example of the skills acquired by students in the course (pictured).
Automotive students are able to gain real world experience repairing and servicing the school's Ram Charger (pictured), thanks to donated parts from Sexsmith Farm Parts.
Students in Alison Lario's Biology 20 class were working hard to raise their heart rates for a graphing lab on diastolic and systolic blood pressure, using the school's class set of TI-nspire handheld tools (pictured) that come equipped with chemistry, physics and biology software. Rango the bearded dragon (pictured), who makes a regular appearance in the class, calmly snacked on an apple despite the noise and level of activity happening around him.
Ms. Hartman's Drama students presented a one-act play (pictured) directed by Grade 11 student Shayla Foley. The play recently won awards for best director and best technical in the Peace Region High School One-Act Play Festival held on March 27-28 at Grande Prairie Live Theatre. Guitar accompaniment was by Grade 12 student Christopher Erno.
After the tour, Trustees met with students in the cafeteria for a question-and-answer session and engagement activity on School Board governance (pictured), and gathered feedback on what is working well at the school. 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 (pictured) – that can be printed as a poster for the school.
For additional photos from the tour, visit PWSD's Facebook page.