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PWSD Good News Report – May 2018

May 29, 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, May 31, 2018.

News from PWSD:

PWSD schools make plans to celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day
The following PWSD schools have plans in place for National Indigenous Peoples Day celebrations. Additional events will be included in a media release prior to the official National Indigenous Peoples Day on June 21.

Traditional food, crafts and games will be the focus of events at Harry Balfour School/Whispering Ridge Community School on Thursday, June 21. Grades 1-2 students will learn about Cree storytelling traditions during a reading of The Bear Story, enjoy crafting, and play match pull and run-and-scream games. Grades 4-5 students will circulate through traditional games stations, including kadoma, hand pulls, match stick, foot pulls, stick pulls, and run-and-scream. Grades 6 and 8 students will play lacrosse, while Grades 5 and 7 will enjoy catapult. Bannock will be served to all students. Rain date is Monday, June 25.

Beaverlodge Regional High School will host a two-part event to accommodate students' final exam schedules. Students and staff may attend one of two sessions in Lab 150, led by Connie Calliou, First Nations, Métis and Inuit (FNMI) Liaison Worker and Peter Joachim, Elder in Residence. An afternoon session will take place on Tuesday, June 5 during 1:30 p.m. - 2:10 p.m., followed by a morning session on Thursday, June 7 at 10:03 a.m. - 10:43 a.m. Sessions will begin by singing 'O Canada' in Cree, followed by a sharing circle of items of cultural importance.

For the past number of months, Robert W. Zahara Public School has been focusing on Indigenous culture, beginning in January with a bannock and stew lunch prepared by PWSD's FNMI Liaison Worker team. Grade 6 students are working on "A Project of Heart," a legacy art project (pictured right) to be unveiled at an upcoming ceremony as a gift to the school from the 2017-2018 class. Students and staff will salute Indigenous history by painting healing, celebratory or mindful words and quotes on rocks and decorating feathers of peace, to be placed around the school. The annual RWZ Sports Day on Friday, June 15 will feature Indigenous games. Rain date is Monday, June 18.

Teepee Creek School students will participate in traditional Indigenous games of the Dene Tha First Nation, and try the game of lacrosse during the afternoon of June 21. If time permits, Grades 7-8 teacher Darren Clarkson will lead a session on how to make Wampum belts out of shell beads.


News from PWSD Schools:

Bezanson School

County of Grande Prairie hosts Bezanson Streetscape Design Project

In celebration of Public Works Week, the County of Grande Prairie hosted the Bezanson Streetscape Design Project and public barbecue. Bezanson School students Alandra Humbke and Taryn Cissell designed the winning logos. On May 23-24, Bezanson students painted the two winning designs on intersections in the hamlet. Many thanks to the County for organizing the event, and for providing lunch on both days. Read the full story on the County of Grande Prairie website.

Upcoming events:              

  • June 1: Elementary students are looking forward to a fun-filled Play Day at Ridgevalley School.
  • June 7: Celebration for Grade 9 students who will move on to Peace Wapiti Academy in September.
  • June 14: Awards Ceremony, 1:00 p.m., to celebrate student accomplishments during the past year.
  • June 26-28: Grades 5-6 Edmonton trip. Students worked hard to fundraise during the past year and a half.

Clairmont Community School

3D Charity presents scooter to CCS student

Grade 2 student Kamryn Bond was presented with a scooter on May 28 by Darren Foley, founder of the 3D Charity Hockey and Soccer Tournament, and sponsors from ATB Investor Services, Valard Construction, Secure Energy, Status Energy, Encana, Canadian Tire, Prairie Mall, Betterlife Home Medical, Remax Matt Chomyc, and Brandt Tractor. The friendly hockey and soccer competitions, held annually in April, generate funds to support the health needs of children in the three local school districts. 

CCS holds 30-Hour Famine event
Grades 7 and 8 students participated in a 30-Hour Famine event at Clairmont Community School on May 24-25, to raise funds for World Vision Canada and bring awareness to the global issue of hunger.

Talent Show and Fine Arts Night
Join CCS on Thursday, June 7 at 7:00 p.m. for an evening of fine arts. Enjoy a few numbers from the school band and top acts from the Talent Show. Artwork will on display throughout the gathering area. Those unable to attend the evening performance may attend a preview on the same day taking place during 12:30 - 3:00 p.m.

Eaglesham School

Recent and upcoming events

Grade 3-4 class have created bike trails and are enjoying daily bike rides. Grades 1-6 students raised more than $3,000 for the Heart and Stroke Foundation during their fundraising campaign and Jump Rope for Heart event. Two students participated and saw very good results at the Grande Prairie Track Meet on May 25. The school will send off eight graduates during a country and western themed high school graduation ceremony at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 9.

Elmworth School

Students attend Trauma Drama in Hythe
Grade 9 students attended a Trauma Drama event on May 23 at Hythe Regional School featuring guest speaker Keisha Mastrodimos, in a talk entitled, "Fall Down Seven Times, Stand Up Eight."

Success at Track and Field Zones

Three Elmworth School junior high student-athletes participated at the Track and Field Zones. Left - right: Nathan Cheryk placed third in the Intermediate Boys Discus; Cort Field placed sixth in the Intermediate Boys 200m Dash; and Emma Busson placed first in Junior Girls Discus.

Upcoming event:
The Grade 9 farewell and awards ceremony will be held on June 7 at 6:00 p.m. in the Elmworth School gym. Junior high awards will be presented during 7:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. A dance will follow the awards ceremonies.

Harry Balfour School

Breakout Boxes a fun way to build problem-solving skills

French as a Second Language (FSL) classes enjoyed solving Breakout EDU challenges. Developed by the PWSD Education Technologist team, the challenges are contained within locked boxes built by Riley Morrison's Building Construction class at Peace Wapiti Academy. To open the variety of locks, students collaborated to solve a series of riddles and critical thinking puzzles in French.

Project-based learning showcased at HBS Heritage Fair

During the month of April, Grade 5 students explored project-based learning as part of their social studies curriculum, researching a group of people or an event of interest. Students honed research skills, and learned how to narrow down topics and assess reliable sources. On April 24, students presented their findings at the school's Heritage Fair Project and discussed their projects with peers, parents and community members.

Other recent events

Several HBS students performed as part of the PWSD Honor Band and traveled to Red Deer to participate in the three-day 2018 Festival of Bands. 

HBS students and host families welcomed three exchange students from the Ombrosa International School in Lyon, France, providing an opportunity for HBS FSL students to practice their French and learn about Francophone culture and traditions.  The visiting girls enjoyed uniquely Northern Albertan activities and experiences. They arrived to -20 Celsius and a record snowfall, but by the end of their month, they were pleased to experience the swing of spring with +20 Celsius and summer-like weather. 

Five HBS/WRCS students, under the supervision of Ms. Chandler, traveled to the Niagara and Toronto region during the May long weekend. Highlights of the trip included a Blue Jays game, tour of the falls, and exploring the downtown district.

Grade 7 HBS/WRCS students experienced post-secondary programs during GPRC's Grade 7 Day. Sessions covered the faculties of English, Biology, Nursing, Art, Business, Trades, Math, Chemistry, and Psychology. Lunch was provided courtesy of Pizza Hut, Conoco-Phillips and Save-On Foods.

Helen E. Taylor School

Open house event for Grades 4 and 5 students and families on May 31
Effective the 2018-2019 school year, Helen E. Taylor School (HET) will officially become a Grades 4-9 school. Staff at both HET and Wembley Elementary School (WES) are hard at work, ensuring a smooth transition for all students. There will be numerous opportunities during May and June for new Grades 4 and 5 students to visit HET to get to know staff and students, become familiar with the school building, and check out the programs. Both student cohorts will participate in mentorship activities with current HET students during this time. Families of new HET students are invited to attend an open house and school tour on Thursday, May 31 at 7:00 p.m.

Hythe Regional School

Panther Pride Awards event on June 20
The annual HRS Panther Pride Awards evening will take place on Wednesday, June 20 beginning at 6:30 p.m.

School champions

HRS took home three plaques from the Dave Bleile Track Meet on May 11, placing first in the Junior, Intermediate and Senior categories among the competing large schools.

Peace Wapiti Academy

Five new Journeyman Hairstylists ready to enter the workforce

Five apprentice cosmetology students will have completed their full technical training as Hairstyling Journeymen at Peace Wapiti Academy as of June 15. The students will need to complete additional practical hours in a salon and write government exams to become fully certified. Some started the process last year and will finish just a few months after graduating high school. Congratulations, students!

Back, l-r: Students Mackenzie Gagnon, Brianne Rowney and Kristen Cardinal. Front, l-r: Sierra Arlint, Teacher Mrs. Durand and Kaylia Hall.

Thanks to parents
On Friday, May 25, the PWA Acti-Parent group hosted a luncheon in the library for approximately 50 people who have volunteered their time this year. Many thanks to Acti-Parent and teacher-representative Kim Houlder for all that you have done for PWA this school year.

PWA student-athlete results from Track and Field Zones

PWA student-athletes brought back nine gold medals, eight silver and eight bronze, for a total of 25 medals. Of those, seven students will compete at Provincials on Thursday, May 31. Congratulations to the following Zone medalists:

  • Brandi Moody: silver, High Jump
  • Kirsten Tangen: bronze, 1500m
  • Cheyanne Kraig: silver, 100m; silver, Hurdles; silver 200m; and bronze, 4 x 100m Relay
  • Danielle Strayer: silver, 3000m
  • Lydia Steinke: silver, 1500m; gold 3000m
  • Anson Tangen: bronze 100m; bronze 400m; bronze 4 x 100m Relay
  • Levi Grose: silver 100m; gold Hurdles; gold, High jump; bronze, 4 x 100m Relay
  • Gavin Driedger: gold, 400m; gold, Long Jump; bronze, 800m; gold, Shot Put
  • Wesley Larochelle: silver, Discus; bronze, Shot Put
  • Jordan Lundstrom: gold, 1500m; silver, 800m; gold 3000m
  • Noah Ruxton: bronze, Pentathlon
  • Ben Davison: bronze, 4 x 100m Relay

Acting debut, en Français
On May 11, PWA's French 10 class performed four French children's fairy tales for the Grades 1-4 students at Spirit River Regional Academy, marking their acting debut on the French stage.

Celebration of the Arts at PWA on June 6
Plan to attend PWA's Celebration of the Arts at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 6. See amazing student artwork and photography, watch a play presented by the PWA Drama students, listen to the PWA Band perform, and enjoy snacks prepared by Foods students.

Ridgevalley School

Grade 1 students host successful Humboldt Broncos fundraiser

 Grade 1 students at Ridgevalley School recently completed 16 random acts of kindness in honour of each of the Humboldt Broncos team members who lost their lives in the bus accident in April. Random acts of kindness included delivering muffins to the Grade 2 class and hot chocolate to junior and senior high students. A bake sale on May 7 generated $1,045 for the Humboldt Strong Community Foundation.

Students qualify for Track and Field Zones
Nine student-athletes qualified for Track and Field Zones: Allison Harvey, Carter Hatch, Rilyn Clegg, Paige Cauchie, Sydnee Loewen, Connor Klassen, Keenan Aldrich, Sammi Hatch and Daylon Jantz. Keenan Aldrich placed second in his age category for all-around athlete at districts. 

Robert W. Zahara Public School

Wellness Wednesday/Relaxation Wellness Zone

RWZ's Jurisdictional Student Engagement Team (JSET) leaders have been busy throughout the school, putting their Comprehensive School Health Plan in place. Grade 6 students Holly Palfy, Danica Wories, and Hunter Tkach, along with teacher champion Janina Carlstad set about to plan a "Wellness Wednesday" on May 2, which incorporated salad-making for the upper grades, fruit emojis for ECS classes, deep stretching for Grades 1-3 with yoga teacher Randi McFaul, and relaxation breathing for Grades 4-6 with AHS worker Lois Kurlovich. The school's JSET and We Club joined fundraising forces to create a Relaxation Wellness Zone in the school's flex space. The entirely transportable relaxation zone is available for teachers to book out for their classrooms whenever they wish. "It feels really good to get these things accomplished in this school year while we're here," s Hunter, one of the student leaders.

Savanna School

Recent events

Savanna School held a family lunch on May 22 as a reward for surpassing the $2,000 fundraising goal for the Heart and Stroke Foundation, generated by the Hoops for Heart and Jump Rope for Heart events held in February. That same day, Bonanza School joined Savanna students for a performance by Hoja. On May 23, Savanna School hosted Bonanza School for the annual track meet for Kindergarten-Grade 8 students. On May 24, senior physical education students held a bike rodeo for the Kindergarten-Grade 6 students.

Upcoming events

  • June 28: Awards Day.
  • August 4: High school graduation ceremony.

Spirit River Regional Academy

SRRA students place at Dave Bleile Track Meet
SRRA competed at the Dave Bleile Track Meet on May 11, landing first place for the senior team in the Small School category. They also won in both the Boys and Girls Small School Relays. Dayle Ross was named top senior female athlete and set a new record for the Senior Girls 1500m.

Teepee Creek School

Teepee Creek making plans to visit Historic Dunvegan
On June 1, Grade 1-6 students will visit Historic Dunvegan Provincial Park where they will enjoy a curricular-based program for the first half of the day, followed by making bannock and enjoying the park. Grades 1-3 students will participate in the "Just for Fun: Voyageur Challenge" program while Grades 4-6 students participate in the "Trappers and Traders" program.

TCS Learning Fair set for June 14
"All About Me" is the topic of this year's annual Learning Fair on Thursday, June 14, to be held in the school gym during 1:05 - 3:20 p.m. Students will share their interests, family pictures, and any other details that make them unique. Family and community members are welcome to attend this event.

Wembley Elementary School

Upcoming events at WES

  • May 28: Grade 4 trip to Dunvegan Provincial Park 
  • May 31: Grade 1 trip to Dunvegan Provincial Park 
  • May 31: Grades 3 and 4 students will make the first step in their transition to Helen E. Taylor School with a fun mentorship activity in the afternoon, followed by an evening open house for families.
  • June 1: Registration opens for the new WES Junior Kindergarten Program.
  • June 1: Grade 3 trip to the Grande Prairie library and art gallery, followed by bowling.
  • June 4-14: Grande Prairie Gymniks gymnastics program for all phys. ed. classes.
  • May 29 and June 5: Triple P Parenting sessions by Lisa Wiseman, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. at WES.
  • Early June: The Breakfast Program of Canada will be filming at WES as part of their promotional work.
  • June 14: Grade 2 trip to the South Peace Centennial Museum.
  • June 19: Bike Rodeo.
  • June 20-21: End-of-the-year Kindergarten celebrations.
  • June 22: Welcome to Kindergarten and Junior Kindergarten events, 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
  • June 26: Year-end field trip to Cineplex and Saskatoon Island Park.   

Pictured: Students worked hard to clean up the WES playground and surrounding neighbourhood. The Alberta Opera performance of Jack and the Beanstalk was a hit with students.


Recent Media Releases:

Other News:

  • PWSD and its schools have been featured in 45 media stories during the month of May 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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