The following Good News Report from Peace Wapiti Public School Division (PWSD) and its schools will be shared at the Board Meeting on Thursday, October 5, 2017.
News from PWSD:
Beaverlodge Regional High School alumni named 2017 Belcourt Brosseau Métis Award winners
Three Beaverlodge Regional High School Class of 2017 alumni received Belcourt Brosseau Métis Awards at a gala event in Edmonton on September 23. Pictured left-right are Jesse Villiger and Ty May (missing from photo: Shalynn Wolansky). The awards, ranging between $2,000 and $10,000, are open to Métis students entering their first year of post-secondary education. Of this year's 450 applicants, 170 students were presented with awards.
Two PWSD students compete at ASAA Golf Provincials
Spirit River Regional Academy Grade 10 student Theo Sekulic and Ridgevalley School Grade 11 student Riley Kern competed at the two-day 2017 Alberta Schools' Athletic Association (ASAA) Golf Provincials in Spruce Grove on September 25-26. See results at http://www.asaa.ca/championships/site/2017-golf-provincials.
Mentorship Program bringing together new and experienced teachers in October
PWSD, in partnership with the Northern Spirit Alberta Teachers Association (ATA) Local No. 6, offers a valuable mentorship program aimed at welcoming and supporting new teachers. The program pairs protégé (first-year) teachers with experienced teachers for two full days of workshops annually in October and February. Pairs may also meet to work together on two additional days throughout the school year. The first full-day workshop will take place on Wednesday, October 11 at PWSD Central Office. Following the welcome and introductions, Monique Gravel, Executive Staff Officer for ATA Region A and member of PWSD's Mentorship Steering Committee, will work with mentors. PWSD teacher and Mentorship Program Coordinator Adele Lowen will conduct a separate session with protégés. During the afternoon, the groups will come together for Assistant Superintendent Darren Young's overview on the PWSD Collaborative Response Model (CRM). In the final session of the day, partner teachers will have time to work together, including goal setting using Mentorship Action Plans.
News from PWSD schools:
Beaverlodge Elementary School
Trickster Theatre and BES celebrate Canada's sport history
Students at BES learned the ins and outs of the stage during a one-week artist-in-residency with Trickster Theatre on September 25-29. The troupe, formed in 1980, has performed at children's festivals around the world and facilitated more than 3,000 performances in schools across Canada. In celebration of Canada 150, BES students explored their connection to Canadian sport and presented their final play, "Canada through the Years in Sport," on Friday afternoon, September 29. The residency was supported by the Alberta Foundation of the Arts. Learn more about Trickster Theatre at http://www.trickstertheatre.com/residency.html
- October 8-14 is Fire Prevention Week. The County Fire Chief will visit Kindergarten, Grade 1, and Grade 2 classes
- Michael Mitchell will present "Canada is For Kids" on Wednesday, October 25, featuring songs and stories of Canada's heritage.
- Michael Mitchell will present "Canada is For Kids" at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 24 in the school gym. His inspiring presentation of music and song will cover topics relating to Canada's heritage, including historical feats and amazing places to visit – a fun and educational experience for Bonanza students.
- The Senior Girls Volleyball team earned gold at the Grimshaw tournament on Sept. 22-23 and silver at the Spirit River Regional Academy tourney on Sept. 8-9.
- Eaglesham School has Junior Boys and Girls Volleyball teams this year, with plans to compete in four local tournaments.
- Last year's Grade 5-6 class received a banner for completing Canada 150 challenge activities.
- Eaglesham Outdoor Pursuits' class will be learning kayaking on September 29 - October 1.
- The month of October will bring Roots of Empathy to the Grade 7 class.
- The Terry Fox Run is back. For the first time in 37 years, Eaglesham will host a run event on October 5.
The school's Terry Fox Run on September 29 generated $1,432 for cancer research. Students and staff enjoyed a barbecue lunch hosted by Cenovus Energy, who also ran water stations and assisted the County Peace Office with traffic control during the run.
Helen E. Taylor School
- October 18: Talent Show hosted by the Student Leadership Team.
- October 19: Identity Day. Kindergarten - Grade 9 students will share their unique talents and interests. Presentations will remain on display during Parent-Teacher Interviews that evening.
New initiatives at HET – Tower gardening and Equine Assisted Learning
HET is integrating tower gardening as part of their General Living Skills program. Students will grow, harvest and cook their produce for the school. Many thanks to Canadian Tire for supporting this initiative. Learn more about tower gardening at http://shawnabougiridis.towergarden.ca.
A group of Grade 6 students (pictured) will benefit from Equine Assisted Learning, thanks to a partnership with Rural Wonders. Their website, https://www.ruralwonders.com, outlines goals for the program, stating, "This unique horse-child bond can serve to help children develop patience, respect, empathy, acceptance, confidence, assertiveness, and responsibility." Students will participate in one classroom session and two in-field sessions.
- A team from HET, led by teacher Josh Boettcher, will compete in the APEGA Science Olympics in Grande Prairie on Saturday, October 28.
Hutterite Colony Schools
German exchange teacher to visit Hutterite students in October
Rebecca Jobson (pictured), teacher at Shady Lane Colony School, will welcome fellow teacher Uta Koch from Germany on October 3-13. The pair connected in Seeheim, Germany, approximately 50 kilometres south of Frankfurt, during two weeks in August when Ms. Jobson participated in a short-term teacher exchange opportunity arranged by the Alberta Teachers' Association (ATA). Seeheim's students return to class in August, so Ms. Jobson spent her days observing education at The State International School Seeheim (SISS) with Ms. Koch, who is fluent in four languages and teaches language courses at the school. The early start to the school year hearkens back to the area's past agricultural roots, and the traditional October harvest holiday is still observed.
"With its 2,000 students, the German public school was much larger than the 26 students I am accustomed to interacting with at Shady Lane Colony School," says Ms. Jobson. "I really improved my German and saw firsthand the value of an immersion experience for second language learners. Staying with Ms. Koch, a local who lives in the culture, was also a wonderful opportunity because my experience was focused less on the tourism aspects of the area, and more on authentic German culture."
Ms. Jobson and Ms. Koch spent a time hiking around the pretty village and exploring the area's three castle ruins. "I really like history, so the experience was perfect for me," adds Ms. Jobson who also managed to squeeze in a trip down the Autobahn to tour the walled medieval village of Rothenburg.
Bob Zahara, District Principal of PWSD Hutterite Colony schools, will introduce Ms. Koch to students at six Hutterite schools on October 4-6 – Grandview, Crooked Creek, Birch Hills, Codesa, Birch Meadows and Shady Lane Colonies. Her visit will also include a stop at PWSD Central Office and classroom observation at Sexsmith Secondary School. Following the Thanksgiving holiday, she will visit a school in Grande Prairie.
Pictured: The entire student body at LaGlace School came together for a group photo on Orange Shirt Day.
- October 10: Grade 3 and 4 students will visit the Aquatera Landfill and Water Treatment Facility.
- October 12: Run Club will compete in a run hosted by R.W.Z. Public School at Spruce Meadows.
- October 24: Grades 1-8 will attend the Michael Mitchell performance at Teepee Creek School.
Peace Wapiti Academy
One-Credit Wonders – Free First Aid course for PWSD students in October
PWSD high school students can register with their school counselor or contact firstname.lastname@example.org to attend an upcoming free One-Credit Wonder course in First Aid at Peace Wapiti Academy. The weekend courses provide additional learning opportunities for students, based on expressed areas of interest and instructor availability. Courses are typically valued at one high school credit, but a two-day course such as First Aid is worth two credits. The course will run on Saturday and Sunday, October 28-29, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. One-Credit Wonder courses are free and lunch is provided.
PWA to host 16th annual Academy Awards night
The school will host its 16th annual Academy Awards night on Thursday, October 5 at 7:00 p.m. in the school gymnasium. A list of scholarships, bursaries and awards will be released on Friday, October 6.
- October 6-7: Rycroft Raiders Girls Volleyball team will compete in Sexsmith.
- October 10: The school will host the Harry Balfour Boys Volleyball team.
- October 10: Children's author and storyteller Gail de Vos will visit Rycroft School during the afternoon.
Spirit River Regional Academy
- Junior/Senior High SRRA Awards Presentation: Thursday, October 5 at 2:00 p.m. in the gym.
- Halloween Food Drive: SRRA's Student Leadership Team is hosting a We Scare Hunger food drive campaign in October to illustrate that no one should go hungry.
Teepee Creek School
- World-class hoop dancer Teddy Anderson (pictured) returns to Teepee Creek School on October 2-5 with his message of peace and unity of all Nations. Students will make hoops and learn a dance routine. Students will present their dance on Thursday, October 5 at 1:15 p.m., followed by a performance by Mr. Anderson.
- In celebration of Canada 150, Michael Mitchell, Canadian singer songwriter will return to Teepee Creek School on October 24 at 10:00 a.m. to perform his unique songs that celebrate all things Canadian.
- Grades 6-8 option classes are enjoying the Foods program. In November, they will learn carpentry using resources from the Carpentry Traveling Trades trailer.
- Approximately 35 students participated in the Dreamers Lake Cross Country run on September 28.
- October 11: A visit by children's authour and storyteller Gail de Vos, sponsored by the Young Alberta Books Society (YABS). Kindergarten - Grade 4 students will attend a presentation at 8:45 a.m. -9:45 a.m., followed by Grade 5-8 students at 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Parents are welcome to attend.
- October 13: Student Vote for Grades 5-8.
Recent Press Releases:
- Sept. 26, 2017 Candidate acclaimed in Ward 3
- Sept. 25, 2017 Orange Shirt Day at PWSD schools – Every Child Matters
- Sept. 19, 2017 Cree musician returning for FNMI school tour
- Sept. 19, 2017 PWSD announces official results of Nomination Day 2017
- Sept. 18, 2017 PWSD announces unofficial results of Nomination Day 2017
- Sept. 14, 2017 Merv Crouse Coats for Kids Campaign
- Sept. 14, 2017 PWSD names RCMP 'Friends of Education' at regional ASBA Awards luncheon
- Sept. 13, 2017 PWSD schools to host Terry Fox Run events
- Sept. 11, 2017 PWSD Board News – September 7, 2017
- Sept. 07, 2017 Spirit River Regional Academy student Olivia Sekulic selected to 2017-2018 Minister's Youth Council
- PWSD and its schools were featured in a total of 44 media stories during the month of September 2017.