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, April 28, 2016.
News from PWSD:
- Hats on for Mental Health – Mental Health Awareness Week, May 2-6, 2016
On Wednesday, May 4, many PWSD schools will show their support for mental health awareness by participating in 'Hats On! For Mental Health' on Wednesday, May 4. The event is sponsored by the Alberta Teachers' Association, the Canadian Mental Health Association, and Global TV. Learn more at http://canwetalk.ca.
- Classroom Champions Olympic athlete-mentor Monique Sullivan – Classroom visits and community ceremony
Students at Harry Balfour School, Helen E. Taylor School, Beaverlodge Elementary School and Hythe Regional School will welcome Olympic track cyclist Monique Sullivan to their classrooms on April 26-27, and will join families at 5:00 p.m. on April 26 for a community barbeque and certificate presentation at the Wembley Recreation Centre. Through her involvement with the Classroom Champions program, Ms. Sullivan has been mentoring students via video lessons which have been complimented by curriculum-based activities delivered by teachers throughout the school year.
- PWSD Trustees tour Bonanza and Savanna Schools
On April 14, Trustees visited PWSD's most northern schools, located in the communities of Bonanza and Savanna. Their first stop was Bonanza School where they were warmly greeted by Principal Randy Carlstad and Penny LePage, Administrative Assistant. The school's 56 students were participating in the annual Farm Safety Day at the nearby Bonanza Agricultural Society building. A drive further north brought Trustees to Savanna School where families had turned out in droves for the school's annual Spring Concert, Art Show and Sale. Spring was definitely in the air as the talented group of students sang, rapped, tapped, and danced their way through the afternoon. Read more about the school visits at http://bit.ly/1XESWoC.
- PWSD to bid farewell to 348 graduates in the Class of 2016
- Peace Wapiti Academy: Saturday, May 14
- Spirit River Regional Academy: Friday, May 20
- Ridgevalley School: Saturday, May 21
- Beaverlodge Regional High School: Friday, May 27
- Sexsmith Secondary School: Friday, May 27
- Eaglesham School: Saturday, June 4
- Peace Academy of Virtual Education (PAVE): Friday, June 10
- Savanna School: Saturday, August 6
Stay tuned for a press release outlining specific details about each event.
News from PWSD schools:
Beaverlodge Elementary School
- Grade 5 class to host annual Spring Tea
During the afternoon of Thursday, April 28th, Grade 5 students at BES will host their annual Spring Tea. The event gives students the opportunity to thank community members for their positive influence.
- Bezanson's Got Talent
The event will be held on May 5 at 1:00 p.m. and will include a showcase of Grade 1-4 student talents, while Grades 5-9 student talents will be open for voting and prizes. The community is invited to attend this event.
- Volunteer Tea to recognize parent support
Parent volunteers who have given of their time during hot dog days, as classroom helpers, by coaching a sports team, or with larger school-wide events, were commended during the school's annual Volunteer Tea on April 21.
- Missoula Theatre drama residency wraps with two performances of Aladdin
Grades 1-9 students at Bezanson School participated in a week-long Missoula Theatre drama residency on April 4-8, which began with 90 students auditioning for roles in the production of Aladdin. The week wrapped with public performances on Friday and Saturday.
- Grade 7 students compete in Peace Country Regional Science Fair
Bezanson School entered three projects in the Peace Country Regional Science Fair on March 26-27 in Peace River. Pictured are Cameron MacGillivray and Gage LaValley with their Wind Power project; Madison Bulford with her Pearly Whites project; and Tabor Cissell and Daven Maurer (missing from photo) entered a project called The Brighter Side.
- Alberta Opera production brings together students from Bonanza and Savanna Schools
On Wednesday, April 27, students from Bonanza School will be joined by Kindergarten-Grade 6 students from Savanna School in an exciting performance of The Steadfast Tin Soldier, produced by the Alberta Opera. Students from both schools participated in acting and production roles, under the direction of a professional team.
- Bonanza School celebrates Earth Day
In honour of Earth Day on April 22, the school hosted their annual school area and yard clean-up "Pitch In" event. Saddle Hills County thanked the school for their hard work by sponsoring a lunch for students and staff.
- Saddle Hills County presents certificates for naming contest
Saddle Hills County hosted a naming contest for their new facility. For their participation in the contest, students in Mrs. Simmond's Grades 5 and 6 class were awarded certificates of achievement on April 22, presented by Saddle Hills County Reeve Alvin Hubert.
Clairmont Community School
- Sugar Shocker
On April 6, the Student Wellness Action Team (SWAT) at Clairmont Community School gave students and staff a shocking glimpse of how favourite sugary treats can really start to add up over the course of a year. In their "Sugar Shocker" presentation, the group also discussed how consuming large amounts of sugar can lead to obesity, heart disease, diabetes, dental cavities and poor nutrition. Three SWAT members wrote and performed a rap song on the impact of poor eating habits, to the tune of Bruno Mars' Uptown Funk.
Just how much sugar do we intake when we consume treats, and how does it add up when they are consumed daily for a year? Using donated sugar, SWAT illustrated the following:
- Lollipop = 2.5 tsp of sugar. One per day for a year = 4.5 kg of sugar.
- Can of pop = 10 tsp of sugar. One per day for a year = 14.6 kg of sugar.
- Bottle of iced tea = 13 tsp of sugar. One per day for a year = 19 kg of sugar.
- Bottle of pop = 18 tsp of sugar. One per day for a year = 26.3 kg of sugar.
- Large fountain pop = 57 tsp of sugar. One per day for a year = 83.2 kg of sugar.
- Student art highlight of CCS Participarent Fundraiser
The annual Clairmont Community School Participarent fundraising dinner held on March 19 brought in more than $12,000. The event included a silent auction featuring art donated by the school's talented students. Picture left-right are: Sophia Monks, Grade 3; Leland Smith, Grade 4; Alexis Sache, Grade 5; and Serenity Davis, Grade 7.
- Eaglesham Outdoor Pursuits Program – New developments
Eaglesham School's Outdoor Pursuits Program (EOPP) will welcome student intern Alex Keet, a post-secondary student from Mount Royal College, during May and June. During his internship, Mr. Keet will earn credits towards his Bachelor of Health and Physical Education degree.
Lorraine Cardinal-Roy, FNMI Director at Northland School Division (NSD), will visit Eaglesham School on April 27 to see the EOPP in action, and look for ways to incorporate experiential learning into their curriculum. Ms. Cardinal-Roy will meet with EOPP instructor Mike McKay during the morning to examine how Eaglesham School awards Career and Technology Studies (CTS) credits through the program, and will participate in outdoor activities with Patsy Blois and students during the afternoon. The visit will be quite a compliment to Eaglesham School staff who have worked hard to create a program worthy of inspiring others.
The school is looking into an exciting opportunity in paleontology for EOPP students for the upcoming school year, and more details will be released as they develop. Early in June, EOPP students will visit the Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum in Wembley, followed by a field trip on June 10th to a local site where artifacts have been found. Students will be accompanied by local paleontologist Dr. Matthew Vaverek on both excursions.
Harry Balfour School
- Learn-a-Palooza band fundraiser introduces families to a variety of new skills
The Participarent Group at Harry Balfour School hosted a Learn-a-Palooza family fundraising event on Saturday, April 23. Participation was by donation, with all proceeds directed to the Harry Balfour School Band. The event featured sessions on building a birdhouse, learning to crochet and sew, hip hop dance lessons, Zumba, yoga fusion, lego challenge, calligraphy, cupcake decorating and science experiments.
- Harry Balfour School sets $10,000 goal for Jump Rope for Heart fundraiser
HBS is at the mid-way point of their annual Jump Rope for Heart fundraising. To date, the school has raised more than $4,000 of their $10,000 goal. As an incentive, teachers have set fundraising milestones – at $4000, Ms. Fleming and Ms. Cote will dress up in crazy outfits; at $6,000, Mrs. Stillwell, Mrs. Wrozsek and Mrs. Pfefferle will participate in an air band performance for students; at $8,000, students will paint Principal Young's head; and at $10,000, students will enjoy a movie afternoon. Fundraising will wrap up on April 29 – the school-wide jump day.
Helen E. Taylor School
- Helen E. Taylor adds ukuleles to elementary music class
Students at HET have a renewed love of learning music thanks to the addition of new ukuleles. Principal Lynda Miller gathered comments from the students on how they feel about the new instrument.
- "Ukuleles have changed my life, it is my new passion. My favourite thing is learning new things every day." – Haven
- "Ukuleles are neat, they teach you to use your fingers and prepare for guitars. When you learn to play a song on a ukulele, you feel proud and happy! I'm so happy Helen E. Taylor School gave us the privilege to have this." – Willow
- "When Mrs. Johnson told us that we get to play ukuleles, I thought, 'This is going to be awesome!' I think it's more than awesome now! We have been playing them for about one month now and you can see and hear the improvement. Thank you for giving us the privilege of playing these beautiful instruments, Mrs. Miller!" – Amber
- "Ukuleles are so much fun to play and it is also easy. We have learned to play Don't Worry Be Happy and Stand By Me." – Nellie
- Ukuleles are great. I love to play them, and when I do play them, I get super excited inside! You learn something new every time we do music. When we started, I wasn't so excited, but man, this is fun. I wouldn't be able to do this without Mrs. Johnson or Mrs. Miller! Thank you." – Kenadie
Hythe Regional School
- The school's annual Spring Concert will take place on Tuesday, April 26. On May 18, the school will host an air band competition – a 30-year tradition at the school.
- Medal finishes at Grande Prairie and District Music Festival
Grade 1 students in Miss Linssen's class earned a gold placement in the Choral Speech category at the Grande Prairie and District Music Festival held on April 18 at St. Paul's United Church in Grande Prairie. The Grades 1-6 Choir and beginner Handbell Choir both received silver. In addition to receiving a gold medal, the experienced Handbell Choir earned the highest mark, which means the school will display the plaque for the next year.
- Education Week, May 2-6: Learning Together
Students will combine their love of reading with their commitment to community by participating in the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation's Read-a-thon during Education Week. Kindergarten - Grade 9 students will participate in a variety of reading events to raise funds for this worthy cause.
Peace Wapiti Academy
- PWA student-athletes selected for Wolves High School All-Star team
Congratulations to three student-athletes from Peace Wapiti Academy who were selected to compete in the annual Wolves High School All-Star Games at Grande Prairie Regional College GPRC on March 24. Pictured are Ally Pilgrim, Grant Calvert and Chiara Gorgichuk. Missing from photo is Coach Lenka Rohova. Congratulations to all other PWSD student-athletes who were also selected for this honour.
- ASAA Sportsmanship Award presented to PWA Titans Girls Basketball team, individual player at 3A Provincials
The PWA Titans Senior Girls Basketball team received the Alberta Schools' Athletic Association (ASAA) Sportsmanship Team Award at the Girls Basketball 3A Provincials in Olds on March 16-19. Ally Pilgrim, a member of the team, was recognized with an Alberta Schools' Athletic Association (ASAA) Individual Sportsmanship Award. The ASAA Sportsmanship pin, which originated in 2009, is presented to individuals who show acts of sportsmanship at provincial events. Recognized teams receive a banner. (Submitted photos).
- PWA Titan committed to Dalhousie Tigers for upcoming school year
Grade 12 student Zachary Otterbein, starting quarterback and 2015 MVP award winner with the Peace Wapiti Titans Football Team, has committed to play on the Dalhousie Tigers Football Team at Dalhousie University in Halifax, NS for the upcoming school year.
- HOJA concert spans generation gap
Savanna School will host a concert by Canadian a cappella group HOJA on April 28 at 1:30 p.m. The group, formed in 1998 in Saskatoon, SK, has recorded five CDs and performed for more than 3,000 audiences across Canada. Their repertoire includes favorite songs from the fifties to present day, spanning every style of music. HOJA band members sing a variety of voice parts, including bass lines, lead vocals, tenor and baritone parts, and create instrument sounds with their voices, including guitars and trumpets, beatboxing and drum noises, and other sound effects. To learn more about this creative band, visit www.hojaworld.com.
Teepee Creek School
- 'TP We' event – A celebration of leadership skills
Teepee Creek School will host a 'TP We' event for more than 160 Grades 5-8 students from LaGlace, Woking, Rycroft and Teepee Creek on Friday, May 6. The event will feature guest speakers who will encourage students to become leaders. Students will also participate in group activities designed to develop team-building skills, including hooping, drama, technology sessions, outdoor games, and farm safety.
- Greenhouse addition to support science curriculum
Woking School will be adding a new greenhouse to the school this spring. Each science class is focusing on some facet of plants this year, and the greenhouse will provide hands-on learning in this area.
- Drama residency celebrates swans
Students participated in a drama residency on April 18-22, under the direction of Annie Smith. Their production, Saving the Swans, celebrated the trumpeter swan and their importance to the Peace region. Students took on acting roles and managed props, backdrops and sound effects. The week wrapped up with a public performance on April 22.
Recent press releases:
- Apr. 26, 2016 The results are in – PWSD students bring home the hardware from Regional Skills Canada Competition
- Apr. 26, 2016 Plan to attend the 3D Charity Hockey Tournament, April 28-30
- Apr. 20, 2016 PWSD students heading to Regional Skills Canada Competition
- Apr. 18, 2016 PWSD students recognized as 'Leaders of Tomorrow'
- Apr. 18, 2016 PWSD Trustees tour Bonanza and Savanna Schools
- Apr. 11, 2016 Division Update – April, 2016
- Apr. 06, 2016 New Robert W. Zahara Public School welcomes students
- Mar. 22, 2016 PWSD selects 2016 Edwin Parr Teacher Award nominee – Geoff Berg, Grade 3 teacher at Clairmont Community School
- PWSD and its schools were featured in approximately 50 media stories during the month of March, 2016.