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Good News Report – October 6, 2016

October 05, 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, October 6, 2016.

News from PWSD:

Merv Crouse Coats for Kids Campaign underway
Donations of winter wear are being accepted at Crouse's Cleaners in Grande Prairie, Monday to Saturday 6:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. until October 15. Drop off jackets, pants, snowsuits, mitts and toques. Items of all sizes, including adult, will be accepted, but materials must be washable. Donations will be cleaned and redistributed free-of-charge to those in need during the month of October at the Coats for Kids Distribution Centre located next to the Hallmark store at the Prairie Mall, Monday - Saturday, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., closed on Sundays and Thanksgiving Monday. PWSD Trustees will be volunteering at the store on Friday, October 7 and 28.

Drive to Stay Alive at PWSD schools
An educational program presented by Red Deer-based race car driver Parker Thompson in partnership with Global Traffic Group, focusing on the dangers of distracted driving, was shared with the students of Peace Wapiti Academy at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 27; Bezanson and Teepee Creek Schools at 10:30 p.m., followed by Eaglesham School at 2:00 p.m., on Wednesday, September 28; and Spirit River Regional Academy at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, September 29. For more information about the program, visit www.drivetostayalive.ca website.

Two school grand opening events planned for October 14
The grand opening of the replacement Robert W. Zahara Public School in Sexsmith will take place at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, October 14. Construction of the new school was completed ahead of schedule in April, and the school's 415 Kindergarten - Grade 6 students were welcomed immediately following spring break. A celebration of the recently-modernized Teepee Creek School will be held at 1:30 p.m. on the same day. The school provides programming for 75 Kindergarten - Grade 8 students, along with enrollees in a new Junior Kindergarten program launched this year. The modernization project, announced in January, 2014, included additions at both ends of the school, along with significant renovations to the existing building which was erected in 1955.  

News from PWSD schools:

Eaglesham School

Finnish Headmaster to visit Eaglesham School
Eaglesham School will welcome Headmaster Olli-Pekka Hiipakka for a week of studying FNMI education and multiculturalism on October 29-November 5. Mr. Hiipakka is the Headmaster of Latokasken School in Espoo, Finland. The partnership was initially formed when Eaglesham Principal Terry Pattison visited the school, which brought about a correspondence relationship between the students of both schools.

Harry Balfour School

Latest news from Harry Balfour School

  • The HBS Terry Fox Run included approximately 800 staff, students and parents in a run around the reservoir on Thursday, September 29, raising $11,523.50 for the Terry Fox Foundation.

  • On October 5, Will Stroet from CBC will be presenting to Kindergarten - Grade 3 students. Through his interactive music, students and teachers will be engaged in a variety of wordplay including puns, spoonerisms, anagrams, palindromes, spelling, hink pinks, synonyms/antonyms, poetry and rap. Students and teachers will leave the show inspired to create their own wordplay games and songs.

  • School Community Time is a new program at HBS to improve the sense of community and connectedness within the school. Grades 7 and 8 students have been matched with Kindergarten - Grade 6 classrooms. It creates an opportunity for all to continue building a strong sense of community and belonging, while strengthening students' leadership capacity and promoting strong relationships.

  • Junior Achievement North will work with Grade 7 students on a Diversity in Action program on October 20. Grade 8 students will participate in the Dollars with Sense program.

  • On October 24, the John Howard Society will present to Grades 7 and 8 students on the Youth Criminal Justice Act, positive interactions on social media, and appropriate use of technology.

  • Science in Motion program for Grades 5, 6 and 7 will begin on October 27.

  • Students and staff continue to enjoy the exercise equipment playground.
  • HBS Junior High students have reimaged its "rewards" program to be inclusive for all and promote self-reflection and citizenship. Students will reflect upon the acronym BENGALS, the school mascot, and strive to actively improve upon themselves. Each letter represents attributes that the students will strive to achieve: Bright, Enthusiastic, Nurturing, Greatness, Accepting, Leadership, and Success. Students will plan, promote and contribute to the community and the greater good throughout the year by being active citizens. They will also enjoy time together to celebrate their hard work and bond as a team.

  • Grade 4 students are once again doing an amazing job at running the HBS recycling program.

Hythe Regional School

Orange Shirt Day event at HRS – Remembering the experiences of residential school survivors
HRS hosted its first Orange Shirt Day event on Thursday, September 29, 2016. The Orange Shirt Campaign – Every Child Matters remembers the experiences of former students of Indian Residential Schools and is a commitment to ongoing reconciliation in Canada. The ceremony began with a prayer in Cree and English, followed by a brief explanation of the significance of Orange Shirt Day and the Every Child Matters tree which was made by HRS students and staff. HRS FNMI Liaison Worker Barb Belcourt acknowledged the elders in attendance, who are also residential school survivors. Mr. Wayne Drysdale, MLA for Grande Prairie-Wapiti, brought greetings, followed by a round dance accompanied by local drummers, and closing remarks by Assistant Principal Holly Gould. For more information about Orange Shirt Day, visit http://safeandcaring.ca/orangeshirtday2016

2016-2017 HRS Cross-Country Run
HRS held a cross-country run event near the end of September. Results from the event:

  • Gr. 7 Boy: Nate Lojczyc, 21:05, record for Gr. 7 Boys.
  • Gr. 7 Girl: Raelynn Horseman, 26:15.
  • Gr. 8 Boy: Dayne Tews, 22:77.
  • Gr. 8 Girl: Emily Dwernychuk, 27:05, won two years in a row.
  • Gr. 9 Boy: Kobe Grocholski, 18:38, won three years in a row and record for Gr. 9 Boys.
  • Gr. 9 Girl: Georgie Murphy, 29:59, won three years in a row.
  • Overall time: 1:16:51 .

HRS Identity Day on October 14
Hythe Regional School junior high students and staff have been working on Identity Day projects to showcase to the school and community. The basis of the project is the question, "What is one thing you would like everyone to know about you?" Students and staff will share their projects at 12:40 p.m.-2:00 p.m. on Friday, October 14.

LaGlace School

Great things are happening at LaGlace School:

  • October 4: John Howard Society Cyber Crime presentation for junior high students.
  • October 13: Favorite Sport Day led by junior leadership students. Students may dress for their favorite sport.
  • October 14 – School Wide Event led by senior leadership students to promote activity.
  • October 17 – Visiting author Rita Feutl will present to junior high students.
  • October 20 – Career Day led by junior leadership students. Students may dress for their preferred career.
  • October 26 – Charity of the Month: Grilled cheese sandwich sale in support of Unicef.

Peace Wapiti Academy

Peace Wapiti Academy to host 15th annual Academy Awards
The event will take place at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 6, 2016 at Peace Wapiti Academy, 11410-104 Street. Members of the local media are invited to attend this event. A list of scholarships, bursaries and awards will be released on Friday, October 7.

One-Credit Wonders and dual credit opportunities 
Peace Wapiti Academy will offer One-Credit Wonders courses to PWSD high school students again this year. The courses offer additional opportunities to earn high school credits while learning an interesting new skill. Courses are free and lunch is provided. Students must register with their school counselor or contact debbieterceros@pwsd76.ab.ca. Upcoming courses include:

  • Nature and Wellness, Saturday, October 29
  • Workplace Safety Practices, Wednesday, November 2
  • First-Aid training, Saturday-Sunday, November 19-20
  • Introduction to Animal Basics, Saturday, November 26
  • Companion Animals, Saturday, December 10

In addition, dual credit courses are offered in partnership with GPRC to provide students with opportunities to earn high school and post-secondary credits. GPRC is offering students safety training in Confined Space Awareness Rescue, Detection and Control of Flammable Substances, Fall Protection, Ground Disturbance Supervisor, H2S01/H2S Alive, and Transportation of Dangerous Goods. Students can also try their hand at cooking during iPlan period.

Robert W. Zahara Public School

Latest news from R.W.Z. Public School

  • Participated in the Terry Fox Run, raising well over $2,000.
  • Sent 110 cross country runners to Dreamer's Lake, bringing home 16 of 24 medals.
  • Partnered with LaGlace and St. Mary's Schools for cross country running.
  • A new gazebo and greenhouse has been installed on site.
  • Progress is being made on paving, landscaping, and playground installation.
  • Plans are underway for a Veggie Share event on October 13, followed by Stone Soup on October 17.
  • Planning for a food drive after Thanksgiving.

Sexsmith Secondary School

Kinley Link to wrestle at Worlds 
Grade 11 SSS student Kinley Link represented Canada on the international wrestling stage when she traveled to the United World Wrestling Cadet World Championships on September 13-18 in Tbilisi, Georgia. She was featured in a Daily Herald Tribune story on September 11. Photo courtesy of the Daily Herald Tribune.


Sabres at the top of Tier IV Football
The Sexsmith Sabres Football team has been ranked number one by Football Alberta in the Tier IV category, which includes all schools across the province with an enrolment of 449 students or less. Read the full story in the September 28th edition of the Daily Herald Tribune. http://www.dailyheraldtribune.com/2016/09/28/sabres-earn-top-spot-in-tier-iv

Colour Me Fun event 
Students from Sexsmith Secondary School and St. Mary's had a blast at the third annual Colour Me Fun teen event held in Sexsmith on September 23.

Spirit River Regional Academy

Dwayne Peace to bring two-day Life's Challenges in Secondary Schools presentation to SRRA junior and senior high
On October 24, Spirit River Regional Academy will welcome Dwayne Peace from Life Synergy for Youth Organization. Over the course of two days, Dwayne will present Life's Challenges in Secondary Schools to students in Grades 8-12. This in-school presentation will cover issues that secondary school students face, such as bullying, cyber-bullying and online behaviour, body image, suicide, rumours, gossip, drama and more. Parents are invited to come and hear Dwayne's powerful message on Tuesday, October 25 at 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. in the gym.

Teepee Creek School

Successful joint Terry Fox Run event
On Monday, October 3, Teepee Creek and Rycroft Schools participated in a joint Terry Fox Run event, raising nearly $4,000 for the cause.

Wembley Elementary School

WES Learning Commons is starting to take shape
WES is creating a unique learning commons work space for students. The room includes 12 standing desks and six white board flip tables. The school is looking forward to further enhancements, such as ambient lighting and music to create a warm and enjoyable working environment for math, art, and various projects across the curriculum. Parents and guests can also enjoy comfortable and stylish new seating in the school's lobby.

Woking School

A busy September at Woking School
On September 23, Grade 5-8 students participated in a mountain biking clinic offered through Nitehawk. Bikes and helmets were supplied and students spent three hours learning to ride on flat ground and inclined slopes. After some practice in the school yard, they headed North down to the Burnt River and spent time on trails and hills.

Bob Graham (pictured), a storyteller from Ontario, visited Woking School on September 26. His visit was partially funded by TD Canada's Book Week. Students enjoyed hearing Mr. Graham's stories of growing up on a lake in Northern Ontario.

On September 29, 38 Woking students were among 500 who took part in the Dreamer's Lake Cross-Country Run at Dreamers Lake. 

Recent Press Releases:

Oct. 04, 2016  Peace Wapiti Academy to host 15th annual Academy Awards
Sep. 28, 2016  Two school grand opening events on October 14, 2016
Sep. 28, 2016  Orange Shirt Day event at Hythe Regional School – Special event to remember the experiences of former students of residential schools
Sep. 27, 2016  Edwin Parr nominee, Rotary Clubs honoured at regional ASBA awards luncheon
Sep. 26, 2016  'Drive to Stay Alive' presentation at PWSD schools
Sep. 14, 2016  PWSD schools to host Terry Fox Run events

Other news:

  • PWSD and its schools were featured in more than 50 media stories during the month of September, 2016.