On Thursday, March 12, 2015, PWSD Board members headed west for the second leg of a series of planned school tours.
At Wembley Elementary School, the Board heard about the success of the breakfast program, made possible by the combined efforts of parent volunteers, local businesses, Encana Corporation and Breakfast Club of Canada. The school recently purchased new furniture, including wobble stools and rocking chairs which encourage students to move while learning. The Board found Grade 4 students busy at work in Mrs. Nikki Wilson’s class, and admired their detailed “Living with the Land” dioramas on display outside the classroom.
When the Board stopped by Danika Hynes’ Grade 6 class at Helen E. Taylor School, they discovered a dynamic learning environment where students were reading The Breadwinner and re-creating experiences from the book to better understand how the lead character felt while living under Taliban rule in Afghanistan. Seated on rugs on the floor, students were engaged in writing letters to imaginary friends who had escaped Afghanistan, while snacking on tea and Naan bread – foods mentioned in the book. The next stop was a science class taught by Josh Boettcher, a first-year teacher who left a career in the oil and gas industry to return to university to become a teacher. He hosts a website, www.mrboettcher.com, where students and parents can access classroom work and assignments.
At Grandview Colony School, the Board visited the Kindergarten-Grade 1 class where students, led by Louise Keith, Educational Assistant, were busy learning about numbers and counting. It was craft time in the Grades 2-5 classroom, and math class was in full swing in Mr. Phillip Robe-From’s Grades 6-9 classroom. Due to the proximity of colony houses to the school, older students often opt to personalize their learning space by bringing comfortable office chairs from home.
To view photos from the tour, visit PWSD’s Facebook page.