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PWSD Good News Report – December, 2016

December 06, 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, December 8, 2016.

News from PWSD:

PWSD 'On Your Mark' free Diploma Exam tutorials to be offered in January
PWSD's free diploma exam tutorial sessions will be back by popular demand in January. The comprehensive six-hour weekend tutorials, known throughout the Division as 'On Your Mark!' sessions, will be open to all PWSD students, free of charge, and lunch and snacks will be provided by PWSD. The schedule for the tutorials has been formed and more details will be released in January. 

  • Math 30-1 and 30-2 Tutorials: Saturday, January 14, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., GPRC, rooms D208/D308.
  • Social Studies 30-1 and 30-2 Tutorials: Sunday, January 15, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., Peace Wapiti Academy.
  • Biology 30 and Chemistry 30 Tutorials: Saturday, January 21, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., GPRC, rooms A211/A210.
  • Science 30 Tutorial: Friday, January 27, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., Peace Wapiti Academy.

PWSD student-athletes selected for annual Peace Country High School Volleyball All Star Game at GPRC
The annual Peace Country High School Volleyball All-Star Game features the best volleyball players throughout the region. Through a nomination process, high school coaches in the region were invited to submit their top student-athlete choices, both male and female. The student-athletes were invited to practice with GPRC varsity athletes prior to the exhibition game held on Thursday, December 1 in the GPRC gym. Students-athletes were selected from PWSD high schools in Beaverlodge, Eaglesham, Grande Prairie, Sexsmith and Spirit River.

Beaverlodge Regional High School Royals
Mens: Owen Frederiksen, Ethan Toews and Mack Scorgie, Grade 12
Womens: Cassidy Rheaume, Grade 12

Eaglesham School
Womens: Tori Wells, Grade 10

Peace Wapiti Academy Titans
Mens: Ryan Schwindt, Grade 12
Womens: Ainsley Wolstenholme, Grade 10; Karly Burkinshaw, Chloe Keay, and Taylor Polacik, Grade 12

Sexsmith Secondary School Sabres
Mens: Ryan Breen, Grade 11
Womens: Keyana Anderson and Sophia Balderston, Grade 11

Spirit River Regional Academy Renegades
Womens: Sarah Phillips, Grade 11; Hannah Potratz, Grade 11; Quinn Pelland, Grade 12;

Dual Credit Water and Wastewater Operations students recognized by Aquatera, CAREERS: The Next Generation
PWSD high school students from Beaverlodge Regional High School, Sexsmith Secondary School and Spirit River Regional Academy were among those recognized by Aquatera Utilities Inc. and CAREERS: The Next Generation on November 21 for their participation in the Dual Credit Water and Wastewater Operations (WWO) pathway program. To find out more about enroling in the WWO career pathway, which includes summer internships, while completing the requirements for a high school diploma, visit https://aquatera.ca/news-events/aquatera-recognizes-intern-students. Pictured: Grade 11 student Cauy Lutz, Sexsmith Secondary School; Grade 12 students Devon Danylchuk and Travis Hatfield, Spirit River Regional Academy; Missing from photos: Grade 12 students Tanner Fountain and Colton Grammer, Spirit River Regional Academy; and participating students from Beaverlodge Regional High School.

News from PWSD schools:

Beaverlodge Regional High School

Elder Success Coach joins BRHS
Peter Joachim has been appointed as the Elder Success Coach at BRHS. Mr. Joachim started in his new role at the school on November 22. The position is supported by the PWSD-Horse Lake First Nation Collaborative School Initiative. In his introductory letter in the school's December newsletter, Mr. Joachim said he was born in Hythe in 1953 and he and his wife of 30 years have lived in Horse Lake for most of their lives, raising their three children along with a number of adopted children. "I am glad to help the school program and get the kids through high school. It gives me great pleasure to talk to the young students…, to talk about life's journey and hard work, as well as to understand about life itself. I am looking forward to the new task that's waiting for me."

Bezanson School

Bezanson students embrace new learning opportunities

  • During the month of November, the Bezanson School Grade 7 Leadership class ran a Value Village Donation Drive, resulting in 3,746 pounds of used items.
  • Last week, Grades 7-9 classes participated in a Curling workshop at the Debolt Curling Rink.
  • Grade 9 Science students created age-appropriate presentations on acid rain, global warming and biomagnification for elementary students (pictured). 
  • Grades 1-6 students are looking forward to this week's Farm Safety Centre Safety Smarts presentation.
  • Ms. Galbraith's Grade 5/6 class are wrapping up the Leaps and Bounds program offered through Alberta Health Services Addiction Services. In the past eight weeks, the class has been involved in engaging, interactive lessons which fulfill Grade 5 health outcomes and teach life skills. The program included lessons on discussing drugs in detail, drug deliberation, gambling, addictions, advertising, relationships, being positive, and the media.
  • Students and staff are working hard on the school Christmas concert which was written by Grade 7 students Hannah S, Danika C, and Mia W.

Bonanza School

Volleyball season wraps up
The Grades 6-8 Bonanza Bulldog Volleyball team wrapped up a great season at the end of November. The team is coached by Mr. Troy Read and assistant coach and Grade 9 student Jackson Giesbrecht. The team competed at area schools, hosted games, and are already looking forward to next year's season with some strong players coming up through the ranks.

School trip fundraisers underway
The Junior High class, which includes the Students' Union executive, have been busy fundraising for their bi-annual spring field trip. The group raised $1,500 through a bingo at the community hall, with some help from the Bonanza School Parents' Association. A movie night and silent auction were held last Friday, and two additional movie nights are planned for 2017. Proceeds from the school's combined banquet and Christmas concert on Wednesday, December 21 at the Bonanza Community Hall will also help fund the trip. This highly-anticipated event brings students, family and community members together, with a visit from Santa at the end of the evening.

Grade 1/2 class express Random Acts of Kindness
Inspired by Random Acts of Kindness Day 2016, the Grade 1/2 students have been looking for ways to express kindness. The class has tidied the school; written encouraging letters to staff, students, and parents; and challenged each other to look for unexpected acts of kindness from their classmates. The young students led a kindness-themed assembly on November 29 which challenged all students to develop a selfless mindset. Many students were recognized for their kind contributions, and the school looks forward to continuing kindness activities to build integrity and character.

Hythe Regional School

HRS choir and handbell groups bring Christmas cheer to seniors
The HRS elementary choir and handbell groups will perform for seniors at the Hythe Continuing Care Centre on Monday, December 12 and the Hythe Pioneer Home on Tuesday, December 20. The junior high handbell group will perform at the Hythe Continuing Care Centre on Friday, December 16.

Ridgevalley School

Family Literacy Bedtime Story PJ Party sponsored by Valleyview and Area Early Childhood Coalition
On November 30, Ridgevalley School hosted a Family Literacy Bedtime Story PJ Party event for playschool-aged to Grade 6 children. The event was sponsored by the Valleyview and Area Early Childhood Coalition who provided books for all participating ECS-Grade 6 students and any younger children. Extra children's books were donated to the Ridgevalley Play School Association which operates out of Ridgevalley School. Many thanks to the Valleyview and Area Early Childhood Coalition for hosting the event, and for providing the books and a snack of milk and donuts.

Bus safety presentation for K-3 students
Kindergarten to Grade 3 students participated in a school-based bus safety presentation on November 23, hosted by their PWSD school bus drivers. With a large percentage of students who ride the bus, safety is very important at RVS. Students gained hands-on experience through practice drills which focused on the appropriate distance to wait for the bus, how to evacuate in the event of a fire, and when and how to cross the road safely.

Cybermentor workshop a hit with Ridgevalley students
On November 15, approximately 40 female Grades 6-12 Ridgevalley students participated in a Cybermentor workshop – an online mentoring program for Grades 6 to 12 girls across Alberta. Following the school-based workshop, each girl was matched with her own carefully-screened mentor and the two will connect online throughout the school year. Cybermentor operates out of the Schulich School of Engineering at the University of Calgary and in collaboration with the University of Alberta's Faculty of Engineering. Pictured, Ridgevalley students Alina, Julia and Denise participate in an engineering design competition during the Cybermentor workshop.

Sexsmith Secondary School

Wrestling starts up again at SSS
The Sabres Wrestling Room has been packed with action and there are many new wrestlers this year. Student-athletes Zack Sequin, Tim Dueck, Hunter Stredulinski, Sarah Palfy, Heather Lewchuk and Kinley Link, along with their coaches Henry Mitton and Adam Link, competed in the Wetaskiwin Classic Wrestling Tournament on December 1, their first tournament of the season which saw Zack Seguin and Tim Dueck place first, and Heather Lewchuk finish in third. The SSS Wrestling team will compete at the Northern Lights Wrestling Tournament in Grande Prairie at St. Joe's High School on December 17, beginning at 9:00 a.m.

Spirit River Regional Academy

Spirit River captures ASAA 2A Provincial Volleyball title
Congratulations to the Spirit River Regional Academy Women's Renegades Volleyball Team on being named champions at the Alberta Schools' Athletic Association (ASAA) 2A Provincials on November 24-26. The team faced off for the win against Rimbey Junior Senior High. Their gold medal win was added to four other provincial titles since 2009: two silver and two bronze.

Recent Press Releases:

Other news:

  • PWSD and its schools were featured in a total of 55 media stories during the month of November, 2016.