The following Good News Report from PWSD and its schools will be shared at the upcoming Board Meeting scheduled for Thursday, September 10, 2015.
- Healthy Active School Symposium (HASS) will take place on Tuesday, November 3 at the Grande Prairie Alliance Church. www.everactive.org/hass Tweet #HASS2015 @everactiveab.
- Random Act of Kindness Day, Friday, November 6, 2015.
- Terry Fox Run events planned at PWSD schools:
- Peace Wapiti Academy: Wednesday, September 16.
- Beaverlodge Elementary School: Thursday, September 17 at 2:00 p.m.
- Harry Balfour School: Friday, September 18. The school is excited to exceed last year's impressive $16,482.45 raised for cancer research.
- Teepee Creek School: Friday, September 25. The event will begin with a welcome-back barbecue at noon, followed by a walk at 1:00 p.m. in the school yard. In honour of 35 years of Terry Fox Run events, the school has set a goal to raise at least $3,500. To spice things up, the 74 students at TCS have also issued a challenge to Rycroft School's 110 students: the school with the most money raised for the cause by September 30 will receive a small prize from the losing school.
- Rycroft School: Friday, September 25 at 1:00 p.m.
- Bonanza School: Wednesday, September 30 at 2:00 p.m.
- Spirit River Regional Academy: Wednesday, September 30.
News from PWSD schools:
Beaverlodge Elementary School
- The school hosted a successful 'Meet the Teacher' event on August 31, prior to the first day of school. Families met teachers, and checked out classrooms, desks and lockers, making the first day much easier on both parents and students.
- On September 3, students participated in the town of Beaverlodge's Tour of Alberta activities, which included a dunk tank featuring Principal Paul Cincurak (l) and Assistant Principal Andrew Lojczyc (r).
- On September 28-30, Les Boucherons, a French Canadian Theatre Troup will work with BES students as part of the school's Artist in Residence Program. Through story, drama and song, members of the ensemble will work with students over a three-day period to create a school-wide presentation to be shared with the public during the afternoon of Wednesday, Sept. 30th.
Birch Meadows Colony School
- The school has seen an enrolment increase of approximately 30 per cent thanks to the addition of seven new Primary students.
- New this year: junior high students will experience Eaglesham Outdoor Pursuits Program-style activities as part of their physical education programming.
- Grades 5-6 students will be corresponding with a school in Espoo, Finland.
Harry Balfour School
- The official dedication of the school's new fitness playground and the annual corn boil will take place a noon on Thursday, September 10, celebrating the success of a three-year fundraising initiative by parents, students and the Participarent group.
- Four Grade 8 students volunteered to 'stuff a bus' at the annual Tools for School initiative – an event aimed at collecting donations of school supplies for students in need, hosted by United Way Alberta Northwest, Costco and Staples. Thanks to (pictured l-r) Jhett O'Greysek, Shamus Bower, Drey Russell and Emma Young.
- A welcome-back barbecue is planned for Wednesday, September 16 at 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. The event will include a garage sale, student-led tours, and information booths sponsored by the student leadership group and sports teams.
Peace Wapiti Academy
- Dwayne Pearce of Dare to Care will be working with PWA students on Monday-Thursday, September 21-24. He will offer a parent session during the evening of Wednesday, September 23.
- The school participated in the Tour of Alberta celebration at the Grovedale museum on September 3. Students enjoyed burgers, games and Cycleworx exhibits, and received "swag" from the M.D. of Greenview. Pictured: Grade 2 teacher Courtney Woods and Penson students braved cold temperatures while waiting roadside to cheer on the Tour of AB cyclists. Students and community members enjoyed the excitement of the event and seeing themselves on national television.
- Penson School has developed a Google Form for School Volunteers. Parents and community members who are interested in volunteering at the school may access the form at http://goo.gl/forms/F6Akd09Vl2.
- The school finished the first week of school with a Meet the Teacher pancake breakfast on Friday, September 4, hosted by the Friends of Rycroft School.
Sexsmith Secondary School
Spirit River Regional Academy
- SRRA will once again play host to an early bird High School Volleyball Tournament on September 11-12. The tournament will take place on five courts at five different venues (two at SRRA, and one at each of Rycroft School, Ste. Marie's Catholic School and Centennial Hall). Approximately 45 teams are expected.
Teepee Creek School
- A celebration in honour of Queen Elizabeth II is planned for Wednesday, September 9, when the Queen will become known as the longest reigning monarch in British history. Students will dress in red, white and blue in honour of the British flag. Activities include classroom-based learning, British games in gym, a visual tour of England, a proper English tea party, and learning the colloquial phrases. Students will receive British treat bags complete with sweets, chocolate, crisps and, of course…a tea bag!
- The school is reporting a slight increase in enrolment for the 2015-2016 school year.
- Woking students are looking forward to Steve Harmer's magic show on September 28. They will be joined by Rycroft School for the presentation.
- Grades 1-8 students are preparing for the annual cross-country run at Dreamers Lake.
News and Press Releases:
- Sept. 08, 2015 New faces, new roles at PWSD – Leadership staffing update for the 2015-2016 school year
- Sept. 08, 2015 Organizational Meeting of the Board
- Sept. 03, 2015 Tools for School donations ensure student success
- Sept. 03, 2015 Education Act, stable funding, new schools – PWSD Board voices concerns to Education Minister
- Sept. 02, 2015 Sign up today for bus route notifications by email
- Aug. 27, 2015 Welcome back to the 2015-2016 school year
- Aug. 26, 2015 Alberta Health Services (North Zone) declares whooping cough outbreak
- PWSD and its schools were featured in 35 media stories during the summer months, bringing the total published during the 2014-2015 school year to more than 660 stories. Thank-you to local media for their continuing coverage of good news at PWSD and its 32 schools.