The following Good News Report from Peace Wapiti Public School Division (PWSD) and its schools will be shared at the final Board Meeting of the 2015-2016 school year, scheduled for Thursday, June 16, 2016.
News from PWSD:
- Phillip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum to provide additional Paleontology course opportunities for PWSD students
Following the successful implementation of Palaeo 10 during the 2015-2016 school year, the Phillip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum will offer Palaeo 25 in the fall, with Palaeo 35 available for student enrolment in January, 2017. Palaeo 25 will build on this year's introductory lessons, examining topics related to geological time, evolutionary history, and the evolution, social behaviour and extinction of dinosaurs. Course theory will be reinforced by hands-on interactive lessons with a paleontology expert, presentations, videos, skits, report-writing, poster projects, and museum exhibits.
- PWSD schools wish Classroom Champions Olympian Monique Sullivan all the best at Rio Olympics
On April 26-27, Monique Sullivan, Classroom Champions Olympic athlete-mentor, visited five PWSD schools along with Encana sponsor representatives Fiona Liebelt and Don Rowan, and Classroom Champion spokesperson Michelle Comeau. PWSD teacher-champion Collette Simpson says, "This experience will forever be remembered by students long after other lessons have faded away. We were mentored by the best. Now it is our turn to return the favor by gathering up all our positive energy to send to Monique as she travels to the Olympics in Rio to participate in her track cycling events." To read Ms. Simpson's account of the five-school tour, visit http://www.pwsd76.ab.ca/Documents/MoniqueSullivan-visits-PWSD-ColletteSimpson.pdf.
Pictured left-right are PWSD's teacher-champions who helped make the program a great success: Tricia Klassen, Randy Hopkins, Rhonda Johnson, Classroom Champion Olympic mentor-athlete Monique Sullivan, Kasia Pfefferle, Collette Simpson and Jeannine Hay.
- Peace Country Thunder four-for-four
The Peace Country Thunder Girls Club Basketball team competed in the Shooting Stars Tournament in Calgary on June 10-11, bringing home their fourth tournament title in as many tournaments. The team is made up of student-athletes from PWSD schools in Beaverlodge, Bezanson, Hythe, Grande Prairie, Ridgevalley and Sexsmith.
News from PWSD schools:
Beaverlodge Elementary School
- Grade 6 student places in local and district Royal Canadian Legion Remembrance Day contests
Joshua House placed second in both the Grande Prairie and the Alberta Northwest District Remembrance Day contests for his essay, We Remember. His essay was published in the BES June school newsletter, available online at http://bit.ly/1UNVbph.
- The gift that keeps on giving
Last year, a mystery benefactor donated $200 per month for the ten months of the school year to the Students' Union at Bezanson School. Wanting to make the most of the donation, the students decided to direct the funds toward creating fun student experiences – a group movie, Rob Nash concert, and the Kindergarten year-end party. On May 18, the school welcomed Rob Nash and his team to the school, along with junior high students from Ridgevalley and Teepee Creek Schools. The concert was a hit with the students, especially Sarah Wai who was invited on stage to perform a duet of Adele's Rolling in the Deep with Rob Nash.
- Fundraising provides free swimming lessons for all Bonanza students
Bonanza School students enjoyed the annual swimming lessons week at Kenn Borek Aquatic Centre in Dawson Creek on May 30 – June 3. The cost of lessons and busing are covered by proceeds from the school pizza program and fall magazine fundraiser. Students and staff look forward to annual week not just for the fun, but for the important water safety skills provided free of charge to all.
- Day at the museum
On June 9, Grades 1-8 students travelled to the Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum – a first opportunity for many to check out the facility and take advantage of the learning opportunities it provides. Proceeds from school goodie days covered the cost of busing and lunch, and fruit trays were supplied by the Bonanza School Council Healthy Choices Committee.
- Bonanza School celebrates Kindergarten Graduation
It was an evening of celebration on June 9 as the 2015-2016 Kindergarten class celebrated their first year of education with a graduation ceremony. Family members and invited guests were entertained by songs, recitations and a diploma ceremony. Pictured: The Class of 2028 with Brenda Kutschinski, ECS instructor at Bonanza School.
Clairmont Community School
- Grade 8 Farewell
A dinner and ceremony will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, June 17 to celebrate the Grade 8 transition to high school.
- Off to the races
Grade 12 student-athlete Brittany Duvall qualified for Provincial Track and Field after recently winning 800m, 1500m and 3000m races. She competed in Provincials in Edmonton on June 3. In September, she will join the GPRC Wolves team.
- Eaglesham students show their support for Heart and Stroke Foundation
Elementary students raised more than $5,000 for the Heart and Stroke Foundation during a Jump Rope for Heart event.
- Eaglesham School hosts Fine Arts Night, raises funds for wildfire relief
On June 9, Eaglesham students showcased their artistic talents at the school's annual Fine Arts Night. The event included displays of student artwork, the Grade 9 Language Arts class performed plays they had written, and there were singing and musical performances by students of all ages. The Grade 10 Science class sold plants they had grown, and donations were collected at the door, with proceeds totaling $530 directed to the Red Cross Alberta Wildfire Relief Program.
Harry Balfour School
- Grade 8 Farewell
A ceremony will be held on Monday, June 27 at 7:00 p.m – 8:00 p.m. in the school gymnasium.
Helen E. Taylor School
- Trauma Drama
On May 31, Grade 9 students from LaGlace School, St. Mary's Catholic and Elmworth School joined with students of Helen E. Taylor School to participate in a Trauma Drama event, presented by Oliver's Funeral Home and Chapel, Wembley Fire Department, Alberta Health Emergency Medical Services, RCMP and Alberta Health Services. The mock crash scene showed the effects of a collision caused by driving while under the influence of alcohol. Presenters used skills which they employ in their field of expertise during a real crisis. The experience was realistic and gave students a gripping glimpse into the tragic realities of drinking and driving. The dramatization featured students in the roles of impaired driver, injured passenger and a deceased passenger thrown from the vehicle; and included emergency response measures, notification of next of kin enactment, and the coroner's role in a fatal collision.
- Synergy Group donates SmartBoard to H.E.T. School
Helen E. Taylor School received a SmartBoard donation from the Synergy Group, for use in the music room. Representatives from the group made the formal presentation on June 7, 2016. Synergy Groups are made up of residents, industry, and government/regulatory representatives who come together to share information and work cooperatively in addressing impacts of resource development in their community. The gift was in appreciation for the use of meeting space at H.E.T. School.
Hythe Regional School
- Hythe Regional staff mark five years of participation in Banff Jasper Relay
On June 4, the Hythe Regional Panthers relay team competed in The Banff Jasper Relay in support of the Brain Tumor Foundation of Canada, achieving a fifth-place finish in the Corporate Mixed category. A total of 60 teams registered for this popular event. The relay is made up of 15 stages with a total distance of 256 kilometres. This year marked the fifth year in a row that Hythe Regional has participated in the relay. To learn more about the relay, visit http://www.bjr.ca/. Hythe's team was made up of the following teaching staff:
- Leah Moon Inclusive Ed. Stage 1 – 14.8 km
- Caroline Crowe Jr. High LA Stage 2 – 17.7 km
- Christy Teasdale Sub Stage 5 – 17.5 km
- Tricia Klassen Grade 3 Stage 6 – 18.3 km
- Halle Tollefson EA Stage 7 – 16.4 km
- Ashton Kyle Grade 3 Stage 10 – 17.1 km
- Holly Gould Asst. Principal Stage 12 – 16.1 km
- Shae Wallan EA Stage 14 – 19.1 km
- Dwayne Speager Principal Stage 15 – 19.6 km
- Hythe Regional School Annual Awards Afternoon and Evening Events
On Friday, June 17, an awards ceremony will be held at 2:15 p.m. to celebrate students receiving honours in up to three core subjects. A second ceremony will be held on Monday, June 20 at 6:30 p.m. for those receiving honours in four core subjects, along with other special award presentations. Both events will take place in the school gymnasium.
- Farewell to Grade 9
Penson School bid farewell to its Grade 9 class during a ceremony on June 9, complete with great food and memorable reflections under the theme "Sweet endings to new beginnings." A decision to move Grade 9 programming to Peace Wapiti Academy was made in the spring, in consultation with Penson staff, school council and families.
Robert W. Zahara Public School
- Removal of former R.W.Z. School will make way for new parking lots
On June 7, the former R.W.Z. Public School was demolished. Space created by the removal of the building will make way for an 11-stall bus parking lot and dedicated staff parking lot.
- Upcoming events for R.W.Z students
- Science in Motion at the Telus World of Science in Edmonton on June 21-22.
- Sports Day at R.W.Z. Public School on Friday, June 24.
Sexsmith Secondary School
- SSS Sabres named Grande Prairie and Area High School Girls Rugby League champions
Congratulations to the SSS Sabres Women's Rugby team on their 15-12 victory over the Peace Wapiti Academy Titans on June 1. The Sabres were named champions of the Grande Prairie and Area High School Girls Rugby League.
- Changing lives with loans
The SSS Interact Club recently received a generous donation of $950 towards their ongoing KIVA microloan project. To date, the Club has lent $5,775 in 47 countries around the world. The loans have helped individuals and groups with a number of initiatives – from purchasing goats and chickens, to establishing auto-repair businesses and small retail stores.
- Water/Waste Water Management Dual Credit Program
Congratulations to Cauy Lutz on his recent offer of summer employment at Aquatera. Cauy is completing the requirements of the Dual Credit Water/Waste Water Management Program in conjunction with NAIT. Through the Dual Credit Program, students achieve credits toward their high school diploma and post-secondary education.
- Three students selected as Fire Cadet recruits
Pictured left-right: Cauy Lutz, Grade 10; Alex McCarthy, Grade 11; and Sydney Martell, Grade 12 have been selected to train as Fire Cadet recruits with the Sexsmith Fire Department as part of the process of achieving 10-01 Firefighter certification, which also doubles as high school credits. The students may complete the exam for certification once they turn 18 years of age and complete all required training.
Teepee Creek School
- Modernization update
Renovations to two classrooms are nearing completion, with millwork installation and painting remaining. The next phase of the modernization project will involve updates to the classrooms on the east side of the school and the washrooms. Planning and measuring for lockers has been completed and requests for furniture quotes have been sent out.
- TCS to offer Junior Kindergarten in 2016-2017 – Afternoon welcome event on June 22
A new Junior Kindergarten program will be offered at Teepee Creek School (TCS) starting in September, 2016. The program, open to children turning four in 2016, will run on Monday and Wednesday afternoons at 12:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Families will be responsible for transporting their child to the school, but return busing may be possibile – contact the PWSD Transportation Office to arrange busing, (780) 532-7734. To register for Junior K online, click the 'Registration' tab on the Teepee Creek School website, www.pwsd76.ab.ca/schools/tcs, followed by clicking the Register Online button. Questions? Call the school office, (780) 568-2265. With photo (use group of kids from the mini-billboards).
- On Wednesday, June 22, TCS will host a Junior Kindergarten/Kindergarten Welcome Afternoon at 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. Families are invited to bring Jr. K/K students enroling in the upcoming 2016-2017 school year for a school visit and learn more about the plans for next year. Please check in at the office upon arrival for directions to the event.
- Kindergarten Graduation, Grade 8 Farewell and Fun Day events
Kindergarten Graduation will be held 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 23. A ceremony to bid farewell to the Grade 8 class will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, June 24. Both events will be held in the school gymnasium. On June 27, students will enjoy year-end celebrations during a Fun Day event at the school.
- Teepee Creek Stampede history week
Grade 1 student Tyler Hoag, pictured with Corry Stark, Teepee Creek Stampede representative and PWSD teacher, won four tickets to the David Lee Murphy family concert happening on July 14 during the Teepee Creek Stampede 100th Anniversary Celebration. Tyler's family participated in the "Wanted" Poster Contest, open to all TCS families, as part of a week of activities focusing on the history of the Teepee Creek Stampede.
- National Aboriginal Day Learning Fair
At Teepee Creek School, classes have been researching, planning and creating projects about various Aboriginal groups in Canada in anticipation of Teepee Creek School’s first Learning Fair in conjunction with National Aboriginal Day. The fair run from 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. at the school on Tuesday, June 21. Families are invited to attend the event which will feature presentations by students on what they have learned about Aboriginal communities.
- Kidsport Day planned for June 17
The Grades 6/7/8 Leadership Class will host a Kidsport Day on June 17. Students will be grouped in teams to participate in a number of track and field stations, including obstacle courses, hurdles and high jump.
- Grade 8 Farewell
A ceremony will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, June 24 in the school gymnasium.
- Woking students beautify community, learn about the past
Junior High Leadership Program students helped Woking Communities in Bloom prepare soil and plant flowers around the Hamlet. Kindergarten - Grade 8 students will learn about the past during a visit to Historic Dunvegan Provincial Park on June 14.
Recent Press Releases:
- PWSD and its schools have been featured in more than 500 media stories to date during the 2015-2016 school year. Many thanks to the media for their continuing coverage of PWSD news and events, and for expanding our ability to engage with PWSD families and communities.