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PWSD Good News Report – April 2018

April 24, 2018

​The following Good News Report from Peace Wapiti Public School Division (PWSD) and its schools will be shared at the upcoming Board Meeting on Thursday, April 26, 2018.

News from PWSD:

Five schools share innovative programs at General School Councils' Meeting
The second annual General School Councils' Meeting of the school year was held at Sexsmith Secondary School on April 10, 2018. Board Chair Dana McIntosh opened the meeting with the latest news from around the division. Representatives from five schools presented their unique and innovative programs:      

  • Inclusive Education Coordinator and teacher Joelanne Liland of Helen E. Taylor School in Wembley presented on Social-Emotional/Mental Health.
  • Assistant Principal Kate Thon shared how Painted Ponies, an equestrian-assisted learning program, is providing social/emotional supports to students at Peace Wapiti Academy.
  • Eaglesham School Co-Principals Terry Pattison and Paula Taylor discussed how Comprehensive School Health initiatives such as a new breakfast program, lunch hour physical activities and the Eaglesham Outdoor Pursuits Program have reduced discipline issues.
  • Beaverlodge Regional High School Principal Anna Nelson and high school science teacher Amy Dzus-Clarke discussed the impact of the school's Elder in Residence program since its launch in November 2016. Elder Peter Joachim has been exploring academic and personal pathways with students while patiently teaching staff new ways of knowing and understanding.
  • Principal Lawrie McKeith presented on R.W. Zahara Public School's partnership with Peace Collaborative Services to train teachers and educational assistants to understand and identify potential sensory issues in students, and how a sensory diet can help students self-regulate.                                              

Learning is a Journey: Celebrate Education Week, April 30 - May 4

Education Week provides all Albertans with an opportunity to highlight the important role education plays in shaping the future of our province. Learn more about Education Week at https://education.alberta.ca/education-week/education-week-2018.

PWSD trustees tour Wembley Elementary, Helen E. Taylor and Clairmont Community Schools

On Thursday, April 19, PWSD Trustees visited three schools in the district (pictured below) as part of their annual school visit schedule. Read the full story on the PWSD website at http://bit.ly/Tour-HET-WES-CCS-Apr2018. For photos, visit the PWSD Facebook page:  

News from PWSD schools:

Bonanza School

Upcoming events:

  • Talent showcase: Friday, April 27 at 1:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome.

Beaverlodge Regional High School

Coach Martin to be inducted into ASAA Hall of Fame
Erin Martin (right) will be inducted into the Alberta Schools' Athletic Association (ASAA) Hall of Fame on Thursday, May 10 at a ceremony in Leduc, in recognition of her contributions as a volleyball coach at Beaverlodge Regional High School and in the North West Zone.

Helen E. Taylor School

Recent events at HET

More than 100 community members joined students and staff for a chili supper, while an additional 100 toured the student art fair (pictured). On Monday, April 23, Grade 9 students participated in a Trauma Drama event to learn about the dangers of driving under the influence.

Hythe Regional School

Barbecue and bake sale for Humboldt Broncos
On April 17, Hythe Regional School and community hosted a barbecue and bake sale, raising nearly $5,000 for the Humboldt Broncos tragedy. A donated cake (right) listing team members' names generated $100 in the event's silent auction. Assistant Principal Holly Gould thanked administrative assistant Renay Morgan for organizing the event, and credited the help and support of staff, students and community members for the event's huge success. 

Gold, silver and top honours at Grande Prairie Music Festival

Under the leadership of music teacher Mrs. Lowen, the HRS choir (pictured above with Miss Watson) earned a silver medal for their singing at the Grande Prairie Music Festival. Miss Watson's Grades 4 and 5 students (pictured above) earned gold for choral speaking and top honours in their category. They recited the poems Sick and Lion. The school will display the choral speaking plaque for a year.

LaGlace School

Washboard Union awards backstage passes, private music session to LaGlace students


After learning about LaGlace School's plan to hold a special Washboard Union Day on April 17, that included students dressing up as the band and recording a video of their song Shine, the band returned thanks to the students with a surprise of their own. Along with a delivery of free ice cream for all students, the band sent along a short video to view at their April assembly, announcing free backstage passes for all students to watch their sound check at the upcoming Small Town Bringdown Concert in LaGlace on May 5. Following the concert, the band will join students at LaGlace School for an hour-long interactive music session.

Penson School

Stone Soup

Grades 1-4 students celebrated the folk story Stone Soup on March 27, written by Ann McGovern. The story recounts how strangers who came to a town hungry and looking for food begin to make soup with just a small stone. As the villagers take notice, they all contribute to making a delicious pot of soup. The Penson School Stone Soup activity saw students working as a school community to create a shared meal. In addition, groups of students rotated through centers managed by Grade 4 students, featuring board games, bloxels and writing, stone painting, scavenger hunts, and puppets that were used to retell the story. The Grade 4 students took great pride in their work. The event was so enjoyable for students that it will become an annual occurrence at the school.

Peace Wapiti Academy

PWA Band earns gold, outstanding performers recognition at local music festival

It was gold for the 61 members of the PWA Band and Director Mrs. Nielsen at the 2018 Grande Prairie Music Festival held earlier this month. Principal Wanda Gerard described their tribute to James Dean as a moving, amazing performance. Following the event, the band learned that they also received recognition as Outstanding Performers in the Grade III Music Category.

PWA students selected for international assessment study

On April 30, 38 PWA students will participate in the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) – an international study that measures the competencies of 15-year-olds from 80 countries. Schools and students are randomly selected to represent Canada. Learn more about PISA at http://www.oecd.org/pisa.

First Responders integral part of PWA

Established in 2008 with the goal of increasing community safety, the First Responders program trains high school students to recognize and respond to emergencies. At the beginning of the year, participants complete a three-day training course and must achieve a minimum grade of 80 per cent on both the practical and written parts of the exam. First Responders are on call for any medical emergencies during their scheduled weekly shifts and maintain the inventory of medical supplies. They can be found on duty at PWA extracurricular sports events. Pictured: PWA First Responders sporting their new jackets.

Upcoming events at PWA:

  • April 21-26: French students writing DELF exam.
  • May 2: Prevent Alcohol and Risk-Related Trauma in Youth (P.A.R.T.Y.) program for all Grade 9 students.
  • May 3-7: PWA band trip to San Francisco to participate in the Forum Music Festival on May 4. While there, the band will attend the musical The Color Purple, attend an Oakland A's baseball game and visit Alcatraz.
  • May 12: PWA graduation ceremony at 10:30 a.m., followed by the grand march at 7:30 p.m., Entrec Centre.

Ridgevalley School  

Ridgevalley wrestling student-athlete medals at Arctic Winter Games
Grade 10 student Sarah Anderson returned from the Arctic Winter Games with three gold medals for wrestling in the team, individual and Inuit wrestling categories. The school also participated in the Jersey Day and Green Shirt Day for the Humboldt Broncos.

Rycroft School

Recent and upcoming events at Rycroft School:

  • Project celebrates 'One Family': All students participated in a 'One Family' cross-graded project (above). Each student and staff member contributed a decorative hand tracing. The finished bulletin board displays the beauty and uniqueness of each individual, and the greatness that can be created when everyone works together.

  • FCSS Community Kitchen: Four Grade 7-8 students participated in the local FCSS Community Kitchen event on April 18. Students helped make noodles from scratch, a ground beef entrΓ©e and pumpkin squares. The group said they learned new cooking skills, enjoyed interacting with FCSS coordinators and community members, and sampled everything.
  • Upcoming Science Fair: Classrooms at Rycroft School are buzzing as students in ECS - Grade 8 prepare for the upcoming school Science Fair on Friday, April 27. There are some very interesting projects in progress and the judges will be challenged to pick the winners. Parents and community members can view projects at 2:30 p.m. in the gym.

Savanna School

Annual Spring Fling celebrates arts

Savanna School's Spring Fling in celebration of the arts was held on Friday, April 20. K-12 students displayed their works of art (above), some of which were for sale in the silent auction. K-6 students presented a variety of poems and musical pieces, and junior high student Leah Warren performed a tap dance number. A potluck supper and family dance, open to all community members, followed the performance portion of the event. For photos, visit https://drive.google.com/open?id=13cFaH5jNEBV_63a-9IrylybgX6Uh86ns.

Teepee Creek School

Busy May planned for TCS students

  • Mental Health Hat Day, Wednesday, May 2: Staff and students will pay $2 to wear a hat in support of Mental Health Hat Day, with all proceeds directed to The Hub in Grande Prairie, run by Canadian Mental Health. Participating students will be entered in a draw for a $50.00 gift card donated by Keddie's Tack and Western Wear.

  • Author visit, Tuesday, May 8: An afternoon session with Canadian children's author Lana Button during her Canadian Children's Book Week tour. Ms. Button's books open up discussions around empathy, self-esteem and self-reliance. 

  • Joint school author visit, Tuesday, May 15: TCS Grades 1-6 students will join Bezanson School for a morning session with Canadian children's author Marty Chan whose passion is to inspire children to be lifelong readers and writers.

  • Ryan Laird presentation, Wednesday, May 16: Ryan Laird will visit TCS as part of his "Bigger Than That!" tour. Using his love for county music, Ryan will share his experiences with being bullied and how he was able to rise above it to follow his dream of being a singer/songwriter.

  • Air band concert, Thursday, May 17: Open to Grades 3-8 students. Concert begins at 1:50 p.m. 

  • Grande Prairie Children's Festival, Thursday, May 24: Kindergarten - Grade 4 students will attend festival sessions to experience sounds, art and cultural storytelling.  

Wembley Elementary School

Three cheers for volunteers

Many thanks to The Breakfast Club of Canada, Pembina, and the parent and staff volunteers (pictured) who make the Wembley Elementary School breakfast program a reality. Grade 4 classes have recently started growing beans (pictured top right).  

Recent and upcoming events at WES

  • April 25: Assembly at 8:45 a.m. with presentations by Kindergarten and 4B classes.
  • May 3: Alberta Opera will work with students on a production Jack and the Beanstalk.
  • May 8 and 15: Pembina volunteers returning to serve breakfast.
  • May 16: Assembly at 9:00 a.m. with presentations by the 1R class.
  • May 17: Volunteer Tea during 2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. in appreciation of amazing parent and community volunteers.
  • May 23-24: Students will attend the Grande Prairie Children's Festival.

Woking School

Recent and upcoming events:

  • April 12 – Music Alive: Sheryl Seewpaghan (left) and Daniel Gervais (right) spent the day working with classes, teaching drumming and French dancing and singing. A school-wide concert (middle) gave students the opportunity to showcase their learning from individual workshops. A bursary obtained by Woking School staff supported the event.
  • April 17 and 24: School wide dance lessons.

  • April 23: As a citizenship learning opportunity, Grades 3-4 students tied three quilts (above) made by the Goodwill Quilting Club. The finished quilts will be donated to the Tabono Youth Centre, to be used by teens aged 12 - 17.
  • April 27: Grade 6/7/8 Option class will take a class in macramΓ©.

Recent Press Releases:

Other news:

  • PWSD and its schools were featured in 30 media stories during the month of April 2018.
  • 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.
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