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Good News Report – June 18, 2015

June 16, 2015

​Read PWSD's Good News report, published on the Tuesday prior to a Board Meeting. The next Board Meeting is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, June 18, 2015 at Central Office:

Congratulations to:

  • PWSD's First Nations, MΓ©tis, and Inuit (FNMI) Education Coordinator to present at Listening, Understanding and Moving Forward Together – First annual Alberta FNMI Education Symposium: Darrell Willier, PWSD's FNMI Education Coordinator, recently learned that his proposal to present at Alberta's first annual 2015 FNMI Education Symposium has been accepted by the event's planning committee. The symposium will be held at the Fantasyland Hotel in Edmonton on October 7-9, 2015. Mr. Willier's presentation, An FNMI Journey with Peace Wapiti School Division, will celebrate the growth and positive impact of the FNMI program at PWSD during the past 12 years. A province-wide call for proposals was issued by the College of Alberta School Superintendents (CASS) and Alberta Education.


  • Peace Wapiti Academy students selected to Power Engineering Dual Credit Program: Grade 9 students Rhett Sutherland (left) and Kade Lyons (right) of Peace Wapiti Academy have been accepted into the CAREERS: The Next Generation's Power Engineering Dual Credit Program for intake in September, 2015. The students will complete the theory component through Northern Lakes College and the steam time component at Weyerhaeuser Grande Prairie. 

  • PWSD students off to National High School Finals Rodeo: Dustin Shaver, a Grade 10 student at Peace Wapiti Academy, was named Provincial Champion in the Bare Back Rider category of the Alberta High School Rodeo finals, earning him a spot in the National High School Finals Rodeo in Rock Springs, Wyoming on July 12-18. He will be joined at Nationals by Colton Klassen, a Grade 10 student at Ridgevalley School, who placed second in steer wrestling.

    Pictured: Dustin Shaver shows off his buckles. Photo courtesy of Alyssa LaValley, PWA.

  • Sexsmith grad recipient of 2015 ATB Loran Provincial Award: Annika Rorem, a member of Sexsmith Secondary School's Class of 2015, has been recognized with a 2015 ATB Loran Provincial Award. As a provincial award winner, Ms. Rorem received $2,000 at a ceremony in Edmonton on March 24, 2015. Ms. Rorem has been accepted to the University of Alberta's Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) program. About the award: In addition to selecting 30 Loran Scholars, the Loran Scholars foundation offers finalist and provincial awards to the top three per cent of 3,800 candidates. Finalist and provincial award winners are recognized on the basis of character, service and leadership potential, and are tenable at any public university in Canada. For more information, visit http://loranscholar.ca.  

  • Beaverlodge graduate receives PWSD's FNMI Scholarship: Darrion Letendre, a member of Beaverlodge Regional High School's (BRHS) Class of 2014, has been selected as the recipient of the 2015 PWSD First Nations, MΓ©tis, and Inuit (FNMI) Scholarship, valued at $1,000. Mr. Letendre has completed his first year at Augustana University in Camrose where he is majoring in Kinesiology and Sports Studies. The scholarship will be presented at PWSD's Central Office on June 24 by Connie Calliou, FNMI Liaison Worker at BRHS. About the award: PWSD's FNMI Scholarship receives numerous applications, and is awarded annually by random selection to an FNMI graduate of a PWSD high school who has declared his/her FNMI status on the PWSD registration form, and has registered in a post-secondary institution immediately following high school graduation.

  • PWSD students selected to Alberta Education's Summer Camp in China 2015: Two Grade 11 students from Peace Wapiti Public School Division have been selected to participate in Alberta Education's 2015 Summer Camp in China. Danielle Laurin (left) of Eaglesham School and Kaitlynn Douglas (right) of Beaverlodge Regional High School will be part of a group of 20 students from across Alberta to travel to China for two weeks at the end of July. Alberta Education will supply $1,500 in airfare to the camp participants, and costs associated with food, transportation and sightseeing in China will be subsidized by the host school, Qinglai School.

Upcoming Events and News from PWSD Schools:

  • Graduation Ceremony:
    • Savanna School: Dinner at 4:30 p.m. followed by a ceremony at 6:00 p.m., Saturday, August 8 at the Savanna Rec Plex. Theme: Red Carpet.

  • Organizational Meeting of the Board for the 2015-2016 School Year: Thursday, September 10, 10:30 a.m., Central Office.
  • First Board Meeting of the 2015-2016 School Year: Thursday, September 10, 11:30 a.m., Central Office.


Beaverlodge Elementary School

  • Tim Toews of Conoco-Phillips recently made a generous donation which will be directed to new technology and sports equipment for the school.
  • Grade 3B honey and lip balm sales β€” making a difference half a world away: Grade 3 students in Mrs. Brown's class held a honey and lip balm fundraiser. Proceeds from the sale will directly benefit Zambian farmers and their families through World Vision. A total of $1,070 was raised and will be directed toward purchasing two goats, a moringa tree, two mosquito nets, a community latrine, an alpaca, and clean water. Additionally, the remaining funds will cover the cost of educating one girl and provide support to Nepal earthquake survivors.
  • Play Day β€” June 24: Mrs. Nayko and her committee have been busy organizing a fun-filled day and a barbecue lunch for the school.
  • Year End Assembly – June 25: The event will include a farewell to Sheree Loberg, ECS Educational Assistant, who is retiring after 28 years of service.
  • Grade 6 class off to Edmonton: Grade 6 teachers Linda Burgess and Devany May are in the final stages of planning for the annual end-of-the-year trip to Edmonton.

Bezanson School

  • At the start of the school year, the Students' Union at Bezanson School was approached by an anonymous benefactor who committed to donating $200 per month. The Students' Union dubbed the gift The Mystery Money Project and opted to save the funds until the end of the year to have a greater impact. Students in Grades 1-9 were surveyed to determine how to spend the donation. The funds were used for a field trip to see the movie Home; $400 was directed toward furnishing two classrooms through World Vision; $480 will be donated to the planned Ronald McDonald House in Grande Prairie; and the remaining funds were used to purchase watermelon, ice cream treats and beverages for the school-wide picnic held on Friday, June 12.

Bonanza School

  • Farm Safety Day is scheduled for Thursday, June 18 at the Spirit River Arena. Students in Grades 3-5 will participate in 10 safety stations, including electricity, farm equipment, grain bins and augers, tractor PTO, ATV operation, ambulance response, Fire Smart, hearing and chemicals, horse behaviour and Bear Smart. A complimentary lunch will be provided.
  • Grade 9 Orientation Day will be held at 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 pm. on Friday, June 19 in Savanna for current Grade 8 students and their parents.
  • Kindergarten Orientation Day will be held on Monday, June 22.
  • A year-end awards day will be held on Thursday, June 25 beginning at 10:30 a.m. with a barbecue lunch sponsored by Secure Energy.

Eaglesham School

Hythe Regional School

  • On June 6, the Hythe Regional Panthers relay team competed in The Banff Jasper Relay in support of the Brain Tumor Foundation of Canada, bringing home a bronze medal for a third-place finish in the Corporate Mixed category. The Hythe team raised more than $1,200 for the cause. A total of 57 teams were registered for the event. The relay is made up of 15 stages with a total distance of 256 kilometres. To learn more about the relay, visit http://www.bjr.ca/.
    Hythe's team included the following teaching staff:
    • Holly Martin             Gr. 2                      Stage 2 – 17.7 km
    • Ashton Kyle             Gr. 3                      Stage 5 – 17.5 km
    • Tricia Klassen          Gr. 3-4                   Stage 6 – 18.3 km
    • Erin Lacey                Gr. 9E                   Stage 7 – 16.4 km
    • Dawn Kuz                Sub                        Stage 8 – 17.5 km
    • Holly Gould              Asst. Principal       Stage 12 – 16.1 km
    • Leah Moon               Inclusive Ed.         Stage 13 – 14 km
    • Dwayne Speager     Principal                Stage 14 – 19.1 km
    • Caroline Crowe        Gr. 6                      Stage 15 – 19.6 km

  • Thanks to a generous donation from Viking North Ventures, Hythe Regional School was able to purchase new furniture for the school's main foyer.
  • The school's National Aboriginal Day event planned for Friday, June 19 has been cancelled.

Peace Wapiti Academy

  • Waxing for Cancer – PWA teachers offer "leg up" for the cause: Grade 12 student Megan Renner of Peace Wapiti Academy (PWA) recently formed an 18-member Relay for Life team and developed a hair-raising approach to cancer research fundraising. Three teachers – Randy Nagel, physical education teacher and coach; Farouq Hassanali, physics and math teacher, and Division-wide Learning Coach; and Joshua Kostanuick, CTS teacher and Titans football coach – generously offered a "leg up" for the cause by agreeing to have their legs waxed during two fundraising events at the school. The 'Waxing for Cancer' events took place on June 9th and 11th during IPlan period. Funds were generated through a two-dollar admission fee to the event, plus the sale of wax strip priced at three and five dollars, which were donated by Paulette Durand, the school's cosmetology teacher. Approximately $560 was raised from the two events. The school's Relay for Life team donated the funds during the Relay for Life event held on Friday, June 12 at Evergreen Park in Grande Prairie.

Ridgevalley School

  • The annual school and community barbecue and sports day will take place on Thursday, June 25.

R. W. Zahara Public School

  • The school has hosted a number of events in May and June:
    • A Talent Show featuring student singers dancers and musicians, followed by a Spring Concert featuring extracurricular music groups: Early Bird Choir, FBO, Rising Windz Flute Circle, and Heartbeat Drummers.
    • Malina Dawn visited Grades 5 and 6 students and shared drumming and storytelling, along with an impromptu round dance. Students learned new songs and gained a stronger understanding of MΓ©tis culture.
    • Bike Rodeo for Grades 1 and 3 students in cooperation with the Town of Sexsmith, AHS, AMA, Ernie's Sports Experts, and local firefighters and law enforcement. The event included fitting and adjustment of bike helmets and bicycle servicing.
    • Roots of Empathy Wrap-Up Party: Four "Roots" babies and their moms gathered in the gym with their classes (1A, 1B, 1C, and 3C) to celebrate a wonderful year of learning and growing together.
    • The WE Club donated $1,000 to the Mighty Peace Youth Society for the community of Verdara, India to purchase 20 goats. Last year, RWZ fundraised through Free the Children to build a school in this community.

Rycroft School

  • Kindergarten graduation will be held at 11:00 a.m. at the school on Tuesday, June 23.

Savanna School

  • Grade 9 student Dawson Elliot has been chosen to represent Canada in the Dominican Republic this August to play baseball.

Spirit River Regional Academy

  • Grade 1 students participated in a Fun Run for Feet on June 10 at the school track to raise funds for shoes for the orphans of Hope Homes International in Eldoret, Kenya. Funds were raised through community donations and sales of sundaes and freezies at school.
  • The elementary awards ceremony will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, June 24.

News and Press Releases:

Other news:

  • PWSD and its schools were featured in more than 60 media stories to date during the month of June, 2015.