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PWPSD Good News Report – December 2018

December 11, 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, December 13, 2018.

News from PWPSD:

Christmas concerts and events at PWPSD schools

Looking for information about PWPSD school Christmas concerts and events? Visit http://bit.ly/PWPSD-Christmas-Events-2018. Submitted changes to the schedule, such as cancellations due to inclement weather and new information, will be posted in red.

PWPSD student-athletes among those chosen for annual GPRC High School Volleyball All-Star Game
Each year, GPRC invites the best Peace Country volleyball players to play in its Annual High School Volleyball All-Star Game. High school coaches receive nominations and then submit their top male and female athletes from their school teams. This year's game was held on Thursday, December 6, 2018, beginning with the women's competition at 6:30 p.m., followed by the men's. Players of the game were Tori Wells from Peace Wapiti Academy for Team Black, and Kristin Badger from Sexsmith Secondary School for Team Red. On the boy's side, Lee Lappenbush from Beaverlodge Regional High School was the Team Red player of the game. For more results and photos from the event, visit https://www.gprc.ab.ca/athletics/events/volleyball/allstar.html. Congratulations to the following PWPSD student-athletes on being chosen to play in the all-star game:

2018 BoysGradeHigh School2018 GirlsGradeHigh School
Cam Copely12Peace Wapiti AcademyAinsley Wolstenholme12Peace Wapiti Academy
Cole Drader12Eaglesham SchoolBrooklyn Wright11Peace Wapiti Academy
Ernest Braun12Sexsmith Sec. SchoolKristin Badger12Sexsmith Sec. School
Lee Lappenbush12Beaverlodge Reg. High SchoolMelissa Hatfield11Beaverlodge Reg. High School
Levi Grose12Peace Wapiti AcademyMeryn Pipegrass11Peace Wapiti Academy
Matt Mizzaro12Peace Wapiti AcademyPaige Wells11Peace Wapiti Academy
Thomas Chmilar12Peace Wapiti AcademyRaylene Badger11Sexsmith Sec. School
Tyler Funk12Peace Wapiti AcademyRyan Wiebe11Beaverlodge Reg. High School
   Tori Wells12Peace Wapiti Academy

News from PWPSD Schools:

Beaverlodge Elementary School

Annual Stocking Stuffer Talent Show provides support to FCSS Christmas Hamper program

Beaverlodge Elementary School kicked off the Christmas season with its annual Stocking Stuffer Talent Show. Principal Paul Cincurak says, "BES is fortunate to have so many students with incredible talent in singing, dancing, gymnastics/parkour, magic, sculpting, barrel riding, and slap stick comedy. Our student love to showcase their talents for the school community." The event brought in donations of $310 for the local FCSS Christmas Hamper program, plus enough toys to fill four large boxes. Pictured: Reese Sather brought down the house with her beautiful rendition of the Tommy Petty song, Walls.

Beaverlodge Regional High School

Health tour to expose BRHS students to possible career options
BRHS students will participate in a tour of the Beaverlodge Health Facility on December 12 during 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. to discover possible career options in the health industry. The event is hosted by PWPSD, CAREERS: The Next Generation, and Alberta Health Services.

Clairmont Community School

CCS kicks off the 2018 concert season at PWPSD

Clairmont Community School held a wonderful Christmas concert on December 4 at the Grande Prairie Alliance Church. The school presented the classic musical, The Nutcracker, with traditional Christmas songs and their versions of dances from the famous ballet. The event included performances by Grades K-8 students, the Junior High Kodiak Band, and songs by the Kodiak Choir. Staff and students wish to thank all who attended. 

Elmworth School

An awesome night – Elmworth School and Community Talent Show

Elmworth School threw their doors and stage wide open for a school and community talent night on November 29. Principal Cynthia Gauthier offered praise her drama students who took leadership of the production. "This drama option was one of the most rewarding classes I can remember teaching. I believe it was because the students were motivated from day one. They were invested in every step of the process, from the music, to choosing the slides, writing the scripts, deciding which costumes to wear, building the set, and managing the technology." She says the drama students took risks, had fun learning and came together for their final performance, creating memories to last a long time. "It is an important reminder that some of the best learning takes place outside the classroom, and that we need to continue to recognize all abilities, gifts and talents in our schools," adds Ms. Gauthier. Community talent included Trustee Lori Grant as Elvis, and Elmworth School Council Chair Sandra Petherbridge who was reported as having great dance moves.

Eaglesham School

Eaglesham Christmas concert to feature two special guests
In addition to Santa, the Eaglesham School Christmas concert on Thursday, December 20 will feature two special guests – Jesper Rothman who works for the Aarhus Theater House in Demark will play the trumpet, and music teacher Carina Blois Rothman, also from Denmark, will play the flute. Principal Terry Pattison says, "Jesper and Carina are incredibly talented musicians. They are spending a year in Eaglesham and we have been fortunate to have them practice at our school. I have found students standing outside their practice room, just listening. We look forward their performances at our Christmas concert."

Peace Wapiti Academy

PWA leadership students and teacher make plans for Christmas events
Ms. Houlder and her leadership students are busy creating fun events for PWA students to enjoy.

  • Dec 7: Snowman Soup and Minute to Win It
  • Dec 12: PJ Day and Hayley's Angels Cookies
  • Dec 14: Ugly Christmas Sweater Day
  • Dec 20: Food Bank Challenge
  • Dec 21: Santa Hat Day

Pictured: Eighteen students from Mrs. Nielsen's Yoga class visited the Raining Relief Yoga studio on November 30 to learn aerial yoga.

Rycroft School

Recent and upcoming events:

  • On December 7, the school welcomed parents and community members to a Christmas lunch at noon. Everyone was invited to wear their special Christmas sweaters.
  • Talent Show: December 19, 1:30 p.m. Students can sign up to show their talents. Parents welcome.
  • Skating with a special guest: Afternoon of December 20.

Sexsmith Secondary School

SSS Interact Club supports In the Woods Animal Shelter

The SSS Interact Club chose In the Woods Animal Shelter as one of their community projects to support for this year. The group built a large doghouse. The school says five high school boys tested its capacity by crawling inside. The group expresses thanks to Wade at Grande Prairie Home Hardware for helping to provide materials, and teacher Mr. Bogdanek for his expertise and sharing the school wood shop space. Interact Club members Kaden Link and Brynn Lutz were primarily responsible for the work on the dog house. Interactors Brooklyn Lario, Sarah Palfy and Hailee Luchka went on a shopping spree for dog and cat food, toys, and kitty litter. On December 1, Kelly Liland and Kaden Link delivered the dog house and goodies to the animal shelter and then volunteered their time to help care for some of the animals.

Social studies class knits, donates scarves to Lakeview Seniors Complex

SSS social studies classes have a community service component built into their curriculum. Seventh graders Joel Guynup, Logan Skarberg, Alyssa Brown and Danica Wories used "loop-it" yarn to create scarves. It took the students three weeks' worth of lunch hours to finish the scarves, which they donated to the Lakeview Seniors Complex in Clairmont, to be used as door prizes at the Christmas banquet.

Teepee Creek School

TCS students give back this Christmas

Teepee Creek School held a very successful combined food/toy/sock drive (right). The Kindness Club raised more than $800 from the Little Caesars Pizza Fundraiser to make comfort bags for the homeless. On December 5, the school enjoyed The Grinch movie and staff decorated a Grinch-themed tree (left).

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