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Good News Report – March 17, 2016

March 15, 2016

​The following Good News Report from Peace Wapiti Public School Division (PWSD) and its schools will be shared at the upcoming Board Meeting scheduled for Thursday, March 17, 2016.

News from PWSD:

  • PWSD celebrates first "virtual" graduate
    Bethany Isaac was recognized at Central Office on March 9th as the first student to complete all Alberta high school diploma credit requirements virtually through PWSD's Alternate Education program and/or the Alberta Distance Learning Centre (ADLC). She received her diploma from Jim Venhola, Alternate Education Coordinator at PWSD (pictured right). Miss Isaac is currently enroled in the Licensed Practical Nurse program offered by Northern Lakes College at Grande Prairie Regional College.


  • Five PWSD students recognized as Aboriginal Youth Role Models
    PWSD congratulates Peace Wapiti Academy students Leighton Alook, Brian Bohler, Janine Willier, Angela Maki and Donald Moberly (posthumous) on being recognized with Aboriginal Youth Role Model Awards during the 2016 Spirit Seekers Conference on March 5th at Grande Prairie Regional College. The five were among twenty outstanding youth award winners from all over the Peace Country. Read the full story on the PWSD website at http://bit.ly/1VQOoea.


  • PWSD Spring Band Concert
    The annual concert will take place on Tuesday, March 22nd at 7:00 p.m. at Grande Prairie Regional College, featuring junior high bands from Harry Balfour School and Clairmont Community School, and the Peace Wapiti Academy High School Band. The event will close with two mass band performances. Admission is free and open to everyone. Donations to cover the facility rental are appreciated.  


  • Two PWSD teachers nominated for Sport Excellence Awards
    Two PWSD teachers who exhibit dedication to student-athletes and school sports were nominated for Sport Excellence Awards from the Grande Prairie Sport Council. James McGuigan, a teacher at Ridgevalley School, was nominated for a Developmental Coach of the Year Award. Joshua Kostanuick, a teacher and coach of the Titans Football and Rugby teams at Peace Wapiti Academy, was nominated for the Unsung Hero Award. To read the nominee biographies, visit http://gpsportcouncil.ca/event/sport-gala/2016nominees. The awards were presented at the Stonebridge Hotel on March 12, 2016.

News from PWSD schools:

Bezanson School

  • Leadership Team raising funds for friendship bench
    The Leadership Team at Bezanson School is fundraising to install a friendship bench at their playground. Friendship benches offer students a place to sit to let others know they would like someone to invite them to play. The school hosted Toonie Hat Days on February 19th and March 2nd with proceeds directed toward purchasing the bench.  
  • Grade 3 bake sale proceeds donated to SPCA
    After researching local charities and presenting the idea of a fundraiser to their class, two Grade 3 students at Bezanson School settled on the SPCA as the recipient of the proceeds generated from a bake sale held on March 15th. When they first learned about the idea, the remaining 14 Grade 3 students quickly jumped on board by volunteering to make posters and send a letter to parents announcing their fundraiser. Principal Barb Arend said it was nice to see elementary students taking on a leadership role in support of a local cause.

  • Five students from Bezanson School will compete at the Peace Country Regional Science Fair in Peace River on Thursday and Friday, March 26-27. For more information and results, visit http://peacecountryrsf.sfiab.com.

Bonanza School

  • Jump Rope for Heart fundraiser
    Including proceeds from candy-gram sales by junior high students and online pledges, students at Bonanza School raised $2,318.25 through their Jump Rope for Heart event in support of the Heart and Stroke Foundation. With an enrolment of only 56 students, this tally equates to $41 per student! Students and staff enjoyed supporting this great cause on February 11th.
  • Anti-bullying awareness focus of month-end assembly
    The Grades 1-2 class and the Grades 3-4 class are pictured sporting pink shirts on National Pink Shirt Day on February 24th. The school-wide assembly focused on anti-bullying awareness topics.


Clairmont Community School

  • Kindness Wands encourage students to spread the magic of kindness
    Inspired by Kindness Day which took place in February, the Grade 5 art class at CCS created Kindness Wands to hide throughout their school and community. Attached to each wand is information about finding a Kindness Wand and an invitation to complete three acts of kindness to spread the magic to others. When the finder has completed the kindness acts, they must leave the wand for someone else to find. To learn more about this project which originated in Virginia, visit http://kindnessgirl.com/the-magic-wand-project-for-kids/.

  • Bake sale proceeds donated to SPCA
    A recent bake sale at CCS netted $460 for the Grande Prairie SPCA. A representative from the SPCA visited the school to share information about how the shelter operates and helps animals. Students discussed responsible pet ownership and the importance of animal welfare.

  • Jump Rope for Heart an amazing success
    The CCS Jump Rope for Heart fundraiser in support of the Heart and Stroke Foundation resulted in a $6,620 donation to the cause. As a reward for their efforts, students enjoyed a scooter race, watching teachers get "pied", and other fun activities.

Harry Balfour School

  • HBS celebrates culture at 34th Annual International Food Fair on March 17
    On Thursday, March 17th, all HBS students in Grades 1-8 will celebrate international culture through food. This HBS tradition is now in its 34th year. Students will bring international food from home to share at a potluck lunch.

  • Junior High band to perform at Alberta International Band Festival on March 14-18
    While in Edmonton for the festival, the band will see performances by the New Edmonton Wind Sinfonia and the River City Big Band.  

Hythe Regional School

  • Basketball success
    Following this month's bronze medal finish to their season, three members of the Hythe Panthers Girls Basketball Team have been invited to join the Peace Country Thunder club team: Abi House, Darci Bader and Adara Sperling. Adara will also join the Swoosh Canada Basketball team for the 2016 United States Tour which takes place this summer.

Peace Wapiti Academy

  • Girls Basketball Titans take 3A Zone title, heading to Provincials this week
    Peace Wapiti Academy Girls Basketball Titans have been named NWASAA 3A Girls Basketball Zone champions. The team will compete at Provincials on March 16-19 in Olds, AB. PWA staff and students are thrilled to see the team move on to the next level, and express thanks to the coaches who have volunteered their time over the past five years. Team photo courtesy of Carolyn Pilgrim.

Penson School

  • Pi Day celebrated at Penson
    Grades 5-9 celebrated Pi Day on March 14th with all things Pi – learning about Pi, calculating Pi, competing to see who could memorize the most digits of Pi, building a paper chain to represent the infinite decimal that is Pi, and eating pie. The person to memorize the most digits of Pi threw a pie in the math teacher's face. The pies were donated by Southview IGA. Students are picturing below holding their paper chain in front of the school.

Sexsmith Secondary School

  • Hoops for Heart fundraiser
    On February 18th, SSS students and staff participated in a Hoops for Heart fundraiser, raising $2,022 for the Heart and Stroke Foundation.
  • SSS to host Alberta Northwest Zone One-Act Play Festival
    Experience local amateur theatre featuring plays directed and performed by high school students from across the Zone at the upcoming Alberta Northwest Zone One-Act Play Festival on April 15-16, hosted by Sexsmith Secondary School. The event will feature afternoon and evening performances.

Spirit River Regional Academy

  • Students and chaperones visited La Paz, Mexico and sailed around the Gulf of California, also known as the Sea of Cortez, on February 13-20. The group enjoyed encounters with exotic marine life while learning about the marine ecosystem. While in the area, students also delivered school supplies and toiletries to a children's polio vaccination clinic.


Wembley Elementary School

  • Alberta Opera visits Wembley
    On March 7th, students at Wembley Elementary performed The Steadfast Tin Soldier (pictured right), under the direction of the Alberta Opera, for visiting classes from Helen E. Taylor School and Elmworth School.

Woking School

  • Drama residency to celebrate Spring
    Students at Woking School will work with a drama expert during the week of April 18-22, focusing on themes of spring, Earth Day and the return of the swans to the Peace Region. Students will learn about props, music, and how to develop a play. The residency week will culminate with a Spring Fling evening performance on Friday, April 22.
  • Students at Woking School will compete in Destination Imagination at Charles Spencer High School on Saturday, March 19.

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Other news:

  • PWSD and its schools have been featured in more than 340 media stories to date this year.