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PWPSD Good News Report – September 2018

September 25, 2018

The following Good News Report from Peace Wapiti Public School Division (PWPSD) and its schools will be shared at the upcoming Board Meeting on Thursday, September 27, 2018.

News from PWPSD:

Think Equal session brings together PWPSD Kindergarten teachers, County of Grande Prairie Playschool representatives

PWPSD Kindergarten teachers representing more than 15 schools were joined by representatives from the County of Grande Prairie Playschools to participate in a Think Equal training session at Central Office on Friday, September 14. A global initiative targeting social/emotional learning through narrative, Think Equal was adopted by PWPSD in 2017 and uses 35 existing storybooks and play-based lessons to help children learn empathy skills and grow socially and emotionally. During the training session, Stacey Pelland, Director of Think Equal Canada, shared the importance of social/emotional learning with the group. Think Equal CEO and Founder Leslee Udwin welcomed the group via Skype and provided an overview of the program. To learn more, visit www.thinkequal.com.

PWPSD schools hosting Terry Fox Run events
Peace Wapiti Public Schools are honouring the 38th anniversary of the Terry Fox Run through fundraising campaigns and school run events. For details on the nineteen school run events scheduled during September 13 - October 12, visit http://bit.ly/PWPSD-TFR2018.

Orange Shirt Day at PWPSD schools – Every Child Matters
PWPSD schools will reflect on the legacy of residential schools at Orange Shirt Day events, to be held in advance of and following this year's official observance, which falls on Sunday, September 30. View the schedule of PWPSD school events at http://bit.ly/PWPSD-OSD2018. PWPSD Indigenous Educator Brigitte Benning will be among the keynote speakers at the City of Grande Prairie observance, to be held during 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. at Centre 2000 on Sunday.

News from PWPSD Schools:

Beaverlodge Regional High School

Call for volunteers – BRHS to host Girls 3A Volleyball Provincials in November
BRHS will play host to the Girls 3A Volleyball Provincials in November and is in need of volunteers to make this event a success. To express your interest in volunteering, contact the school at (780) 354-2189.

Eaglesham School

Recent and upcoming events:

  • Students from a number of area Hutterite Colony schools joined Eaglesham students for a Farm Safety Day on Thursday, September 20.
  • The Senior Boys Volleyball program is up and running after a 10-year absence.
  • Terry Fox Run: September 27

Hythe Regional School

Grade 1 students learn about sorting
Stephanie Godel's Grade 1 students at HRS have thoroughly enjoyed learning how to sort based on one attribute. Ms. Godel says the highlight was when they disassembled VCRs and sorted the contents.

Peace Wapiti Academy

PWA students to develop horror short during five-day film camp

Left-right: Olivia Simpson, Hannah Williams, Joshua Hunter, Aaron Frey, Sam Hatch, Gavin Moulon and Nicole Giesbrecht. Missing from photo: Mia Cook, Ashton Haglund and Keaton Southam-Cardinal.

Twelve Peace Wapiti Academy (PWA) students are rubbing shoulders with industry professionals to learn the ins and outs of creating a horror short film this week. The intensive five-day film camp began on Monday, September 24 and is being conducted by CIA Solutions Inc., with funding support from Telus Storyhive. In addition to a screening just before Halloween at the Phillip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum, the short will also be shared on social media.

Teacher Amanda Crouse is thrilled to offer this exciting opportunity to her Media, AV Film Production, and Career and Technology Studies (CTS) classes. "It's important for high school students to have hands-on experiences in industry, and realize they can work in their chosen field here at home, without having to move away and take their skills elsewhere."  

Participants will rotate through all the roles involved in creating a film, from cinematography to wardrobing, lighting, sound, and acting. Filming will take place at the Grande Prairie Friendship Centre and the Blachford Field of Nightmares at Evergreen Park.

Last year, Mr. Morrisette worked with Ms. Crouse's students to develop a dance video and behind-the-scenes documentary on the making of the production, also supported by Telus Storyhive.

"We're pleased to partner with Peace Wapiti Academy on this project," Mr. Morissette says. "It's a way to help stimulate the film industry in the region. We're planting the seeds for future Indigenous and non-Indigenous generations. We applaud the school for thinking outside the box to allow students to learn tangible skills in this way."

'Showcase' initiative exposes students to new activities
During the first week of school, PWA students enjoyed 'Showcase' – a new initiative designed to help current students meet new students while receiving a mental health break during the busy transition of back-to-school. Classrooms were set up with activities for students to choose from during their daily iPlan period, including board games, knitting, puzzles, colouring, Lego, yoga, MarioKart, paper airplanes, and cooking.

Recent and upcoming events:

  • PWA is pleased to report that their two new much-needed modular classrooms opened on Monday, September 17.  
  • The PWA Academy Awards will be held on Thursday, October 4 at 7:00 p.m. in the PWA gym.

Rycroft School

Annual pancake breakfast a community event

Rycroft School hosted their annual pancake breakfast on Friday, September 9. The school expressed thanks to parents Mr. Hynes, Mr. Selbach and Mr. Hjelsing for cooking sausages and pancakes; Miss Howard of Birch Hills County for helping to serve; the Rycroft New Horizon Co-op for supplying juice, margarine and syrup; and the parents who came to enjoy breakfast with their children. 

Spirit River Regional Academy

Welcome back breakfast tradition continues at SRRA

SRRA staff officially welcomed back students by hosting their semi-annual pancake breakfast on Thursday, September 13. Staff cooked and served pancakes and sausages to all Kindergarten - Grade 12 students. Local community leaders, such as members of the RCMP and EMS, school bus drivers and the fire chief, were invited to enjoy breakfast with students and staff.

SRRA to host Dreamer's Lake Slog on Thursday, September 27
Cross-country competitors have been invited to the Dreamer's Lake Slog, with racing beginning at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, September 27 at the Dreamer's Lake Recreation Association campsite in Wanham. Students will compete in the Grades 1-3, 4-6, 7-9 and 10-12 categories.

Teepee Creek School

September a busy and exciting month

Teepee Creek School hosted a successful welcome back and meet-the-staff barbecue on September 4. The school is pleased to report that Junior Kindergarten to Grade 2 students make up half of the total enrolment. In addition to the many new students, the school extends a warm welcome to new staff members. Here's to another great school year!

Whispering Ridge Community School

Pictured: Grades 7-8 students are collaborating with Kindergartens to design and create "worry monsters" during their sewing class.

Left: Students enjoy disc golf during Options. Right: Mr. O'Shea pushes students at the new WRCS playground after school.

Current and upcoming events:

  • Junior High Volleyball: Teams have been selected and the season is underway.
  • Terry Fox Run on September 27: Kindergarten - Grade 8 students will join staff and participating families to run a 3 km loop around the community pond. WRCS has set a goal to raise $5,000.
  • Upcoming AHS sessions on Parenting Anxious Children and Youth: WRCS will host the first of four sessions at 6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 27.
  • First ever Whispering Ridge Community School 'Prides' Activity: All students and staff have been sorted into teams called "prides" to participate in monthly fun, engaging, community-building activities beginning Friday, September 28.

Woking School

Woking students keeping active
Nitehawk Mountain Biking will lead Grades 5-8 students around the rural Woking area to practice their mountain biking skills on roads and trails. Members of the school's new Walk and Run Club will walk/run around the community of Woking one day per week for added physical activity.

Breakout Edu kits build critical thinking skills, teamwork

The school purchased two kits for teachers to create critical thinking and teamwork activities for their students across the curriculum. The Grade 3/4/5 Music class split into two teams and successfully completed their challenge, including dancing the "Butterfly" to receive a key for a lock. Teachers are looking forward to using the lock boxes to teach a variety of skills and outcomes.

Growth mindset a focus for Woking School

Using the Jason Mraz song "Have it All" as a focus on all the good things life can bring, teachers are leading discussions and activities about fixed and growth mindsets.

Upcoming events:

  • Saddle Hills County 'Leaders of Tomorrow' workshop: Grades 5 and 6 students will learn about the services provided by Saddle Hills County on Friday afternoon, September 28. Students will participate in a mini council meeting and tour the complex before returning to the school for afternoon dismissal. Lunch will be provided by Saddle Hills County.  

Recent Media Releases:

Other News:

  • PWPSD and its schools were featured in approximately 30 media stories to date during the month of September 2018.
  • To keep up-to-date with the latest news from PWPSD, and local media coverage, check out PWSD's online Media Room at http://www.pwsd76.ab.ca/mediaroom.
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