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PWSD Good News Report – March 2018

March 27, 2018

​The following Good News Report from Peace Wapiti Public School Division (PWSD) and its schools will be shared at the upcoming Board Meeting on Thursday, March 29, 2018.

News from PWSD:

Kindergarten Registration now open at PWSD schools

Open to children turning five in 2018. All families welcome. Register online and learn more about Kindergarten at www.pwsd76.ab.ca/registration.

Nominate a PWSD student for a Leaders of Tomorrow Award by March 28

The Leaders of Tomorrow Awards program recognizes students who exhibit dedication and excellence in any field of volunteer work (school, community, social activism, church, athletics, and/or fine arts, etc.), inspire the spirit of volunteerism in others, and exhibit leadership in their volunteer activities. Individuals, community groups, educational institutions, and volunteer organizations are invited to nominate youth between the ages of 13 and 18. Nomination deadline is Wednesday, March 28. Awards will be presented at a luncheon on April 18 at Revolution Place in Grande Prairie. For more information and the nomination package, visit https://www.gpvsb.com/services/recognition-programs/leaders-of-tomorrow.

Students: Join the Minister's Youth Council – Application deadline is March 30

Are you passionate about education? Are you in junior or senior high and between the ages of 13 and 19 (as of September 1, 2018)? Alberta Education is looking for 32 students with diverse interests, identities, backgrounds and perspectives from all across Alberta to form the second Minister's Youth Council. Participate as partners in contributing to our education system. Apply online by Monday, March 30 at www.education.alberta.ca/myc. Meetings will be held in Edmonton on three weekends during the school year, typically in September, February and May.

Student-athletes selected for annual All-Star High School Basketball game

Congratulations to 12 student-athletes from four PWSD high schools who were selected to play in the annual All-Star High School Basketball game at Grande Prairie Regional College GPRC on Thursday, March 22:


  • Krista Frey, Peace Wapiti Academy, Team Black
  • Mallory Gravengard, Peace Wapiti Academy, Team Black
  • Jane Villiger, Beaverlodge Regional High School, Team Black
  • Mackenzie Cooke, Sexsmith Secondary School, Team Black
  • Raylene Badger, Sexsmith Secondary School, Team White


  • Josh Robe-From, Peace Wapiti Academy, Team Red
  • Aidan Denboer, Beaverlodge Regional High School, Team Red
  • Matthew McNaught, Spirit River Regional Academy, Team Red
  • Damon Nayko, Beaverlodge Regional High School, Team Red
  • Bryan Robinson, Peace Wapiti Academy, Team Grey
  • Bradley Sakundiak, Sexsmith Secondary School,  Team Grey
  • Jared Trudel, Beaverlodge Regional High School, Team Grey

PWSD students receive Northern AB Indigenous Youth Awards

Congratulations to those who received Indigenous Youth Role Model Awards at the 2018 Spirit Seekers Youth Conference at GPRC. Among the winners were Peace Wapiti Academy students (left-right) Tyler Funk, Grade 11, Athletic Achievement Award; Emma Young, Grade 10, Community Service Award; Samuel Gerard, Grade 12, Health and Wellness Award (senior); Melody Mattson-Smith, Grade 10, Health and Wellness Award (junior); and Charleigh Norquay, Grade 7 student at Clairmont Community School who was recognized with a Culture and Heritage Award.

Grade 9 students explore trades at Eastlink Centre

A group of Grade 9 students from Sexsmith Secondary School learned there is a lot more to swimming than meets the eye when they toured the mechanical areas of the Eastlink Centre in Grande Prairie on March 14, 2018. Gordon Tait, an electrician at the Eastlink Centre, and facilities worker Griffon Davis provided students with an overview of how the electrical, plumbing and power engineering trades come into play in a recreational facility. Grade 9 students from Peace Wapiti Academy participated in the same tour later that day. The groups received behind-the-scenes access during the tours, including the basement area below the pools that houses the filters, surge tank, ultra violet lights, chemicals, pumps and motors responsible for the safe and smooth running of the facility's indoor water park. Supported by CAREERS: The Next Generation, Explore the Trades is an innovative approach for students to gain firsthand experiences for consideration when charting their future educational and career paths. Trades featured on the tours are in high demand and provide an opportunity for students to talk with tradespeople on the job and learn about the trades and the steps required for certification. To view additional photos from the tour, visit PWSD's Facebook page.

PWSD Spring Band Concert at GPRC

On March 13, bands from Clairmont Community School, Harry Balfour School and Peace Wapiti Academy came together for the annual PWSD Spring Band Concert at Grande Prairie Regional College (GPRC). The event, which began at 7:00 p.m., featured performances by each school. The evening wrapped up with a mass band piece by more than 100 Grades 7-12 student musicians. 

News from PWSD schools:

Beaverlodge Elementary School

BES student places third in elementary category of province-wide design contest

Congratulations to Ashton Nicholas, Grade 6 student at Beaverlodge Elementary School, on placing third in the elementary category of the 2017 Liquor Bag Design Contest, hosted by the Students Against Drinking & Driving Association of Alberta (SADD) and the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission (AGLC). Ashton is included among a list of ten students in Alberta who were named first, second or third in the elementary, junior high and high school categories, and the overall provincial winner. The campaign leads to discussions about the dangers of driving while impaired or riding as a passenger with an impaired driver. More than 300 bag designs were submitted to the 2017 design contest, with more than 65,000 bags decorated annually by students for use in local liquor stores.

Beaverlodge Regional High School

BRHS students recognized for French language proficiency

Six Beaverlodge Regional High School students achieved Diplôme d'Etudes en Langue Française (DELF) exam success in March. DELF is the internationally recognized French proficiency exam, with certificates awarded by the French Ministry of Education – a prestigious addition to the students' resumes. Congratulations to (left-right) Grade 12 student Sarah Beaudoin and Grade 10 students Lolita Isaak, Hanna Nayko, Justine Hanson, Kirstin Hanson and Logan McCallum, pictured with their French teacher, Lynn Nordhagen (far left).

In sports: Girls Basketball all the way to Provincials, ASAA Hall of Fame induction for Volleyball coach

The BRHS Girls Royals Basketball team competed at Provincials in Cochrane, AB on March 14- 16 and came close to winning some games. Erin Martin (right) will be inducted into the Alberta Schools' Athletic Association (ASAA) Hall of Fame on May 10 at a ceremony in Edmonton in recognition of her contributions as a Volleyball coach.

Bezanson School

Busy April planned for Bezanson School

  • April 9 - 14: Missoula Children's Theatre will spend a week working with students on a performance of Beauty Lou and the Country Beast, to be presented in the school gym on Friday, April 13 at 7:00 p.m. and Saturday, April 14 at 1:00 p.m. Tickets at the door are $5/person or $20/family.
  • April 24: Bezanson's Got Talent. A student showcase featuring artwork, impressive LEGO creations, and performances, including singing, dancing, instrumentals, lip-syncing, and bicycle trick riding.
  • April 25: Grade 9 "Take Your Kid to Work Day"
  • April 26: DELF exam for a group of Grade 9 students; Junior High Badminton Districts in Grande Prairie at Peace Wapiti Academy and Harry Balfour School.
  • April 30 - May 5: Bon Voyage to Grade 9 students as they head off for an adventure in Quebec.

Clairmont Community School

Fourth annual CCS Student Convention on March 23

Clairmont Community School (CCS) hosted its fourth annual Student Convention on Friday, March 23. The event line-up offered an engaging day of discovery, exploration and positive energy for students. The event has grown from a half-day event in the first year to a full day of keynote speakers, musical performances, a wide variety of sessions and nutritious meals and snacks. This year's student convention kicked off with a musical performance by local country singer Wendy Bredeson, followed by learning sessions in classrooms, the gym, the attached Wellington Resource Centre, and the Clairmont Rink. The varied sessions, led by teachers and external presenters, encouraged students to explore beading, CPR and AEDs, crafting, clay techniques, fashion, skating, dancing, basket making, cheerleading, cooking, cake decorating, carpentry, physics, soccer, board game design, drumming, fitness, drawing, yoga, science and ice sculpting. At the end of the day, students wore their coloured house team shirts and competed in their first school-wide dodgeball tournament. The event is supported by the generosity of local businesses.

Eaglesham School

Sports update
Grades 4-6 students competed in a floor hockey tournament at Rycroft School. The Badminton team competed in High Prairie on March 24. Grades 5-6 will travel to Wembley for basketball in April. On April 21, the Badminton team will compete in Grimshaw. Students will participate in the 3D Soccer Tournament at the Eastlink Centre on April 27-28.

Mini Arctic Games

The Grade 5-6 class finished their Arctic art projects and hosted their own Arctic Games in the gym for Grades 1-3 students.

Elmworth School

Recent and upcoming events:

  • March 7: Grades 4-6 cross-country skiing trip to Nordic Ski Club (pictured right).
  • March 13: Junior high trip to Nitehawk (pictured left).
  • March 28: Darrell Willier, FNMI Education Coordinator at PWSD, will present to the students.
  • April 23: Presentation by multi-award-winning author Karen Bass who writes young adult novels.

Harry Balfour School/Whispering Ridge Community School

Students celebrate French culture at Carnaval de St-Isidore

A group of Grades 5 and 6 students from HBS/WRCS were immersed in French culture on Saturday, February 17 at the 36th annual Carnaval de St-Isidore. Support for the event was provided by the French Language Resource Centre under the direction of Diana Boisvert, and the Whispering Ridge Participarent group. Since 1982, the annual celebration has provided a taste of the vibrant francophone culture of Northern Alberta. The Carnaval attracts Francophones and Francophiles from all over Alberta and many Canadian provinces. This year's Pirates du Nord edition featured music, dance, winter fun, traditional dishes, snow sculptures and pirate cheer. Students practiced their French in an authentic setting and experienced a sampling of Franco-Albertan and Quebeçois culture. 

Harry Balfour and Whispering Ridge Community Schools raise more than $10K for Heart and Stroke Foundation
Students at the combined Harry Balfour School/Whispering Ridge Community School raised $10,421.95 through their annual Jump Rope for Heart charity drive. The jump event was held on February 15 at the school. As a reward for their efforts, teachers provided plenty of fun and entertainment during a special Teacher Wacky Dress-Up Day on Friday, March 16. Students also enjoyed an extended recess break.

Who packs your parachute?

Corporal Axel Lubeck, Canadian paratrooper and member of the Skyhawks, visited Miss. Furstenwerth's Grade 3 classroom at Harry Balfour School on March 1 for a talk entitled, Who packs your parachute? In addition to the fun-filled morning of great discussions about perseverance, dedication, and following a dream, the class actually packed his parachute for his next jump.

Helen E. Taylor School

Upcoming events:

  • Grade 5-6 Basketball Jamboree: Rescheduled to April 14 at HET. Elementary teams from across the district – from Savanna School and Spirit River Regional Academy, to Harry Balfour School and Penson School – will complete in 20-minute games refereed by Beaverlodge Regional High students.
  • Art Fair: Plan to attend this annual HET event during the evening of Wednesday, April 18. Art projects from all Grade 5-9 students will on display and up for auction. This is a family friendly event. The canteen be open and supper will be served.

Hythe Regional School

Build a Village Fair a hit at HRS

Kindergarten - Grade 6 students at Hythe Regional School welcomed parents and community members to an open house event on Wednesday, February 21 to share their Build a Village models. The group projects, part of social studies course work, were designed to broaden students' understanding of an area.

HRS students compete at 2018 Arctic Winter Games

Congratulations to Ella Kuhn (pictured center on the podium), a Grade 8 student at Hythe Regional School and snowboarder who won gold and silver medals in snowboarding at the Arctic Winter Games, held March 17-24. Grade 7 student Ethan Alook-Ferguson and Grade 8 student Cooper Coates also competed at the games in hockey.

Learning about the needs of living things through chicks

Grade 1 students have been learning about living and non-living, and the needs of all living things. The students incubated and monitored eggs in the class for a period of 21 days, and were delighted when seven chicks hatched on Tuesday, March 20 – the first day of spring! Students have enjoyed learning about chicks through listening to stories and writing about their developmental stages.

HRS students ready for Grande Prairie Music Festival and school spring concert
On April 11, HRS students will perform at the Grande Prairie Music Festival. Grades 4-5 students will perform in the Choral Speech category. The school choir and both handbell choirs will perform. On April 25, plan to attend the annual HRS spring concert.

LaGlace School

Hockey day for muscular sclerosis

LaGlace students participated in an all-day hockey event on March 20, raising approximately $650 for muscular sclerosis (pictured).

Upcoming school spirit activities at Nitehawk
LaGlace students will be off to Nitehawk on March 28 for a day of fresh air and fun. Grades 1-4 students will enjoy a winter carnival, while Grades 5-8 hit the slopes. Grade 9 students are looking forward to a trip to Jasper in April.

Washboard Union Day
On April 17, LaGlace students will dress up as the band Washboard Union and record a video of their song Shine, to be posted on the LaGlace Agriculture Board's Facebook page to promote the upcoming Small Town Bringdown Concert on May 5, featuring Washboard Union, Charlie Major, and special guest Matt Patershuk.

Peace Wapiti Academy

Students learn Cree during Fantastic Fridays language event

Grade 9 students enroled in Sheryl Deimert's French and Spanish courses at Peace Wapiti Academy are being exposed to nine different languages this year, thanks to a new 'Fantastic Fridays' initiative she developed to enhance her students' second language experience. This month's event was rescheduled to March 21-22, and featured a presentation by GPRC Cree language instructor Darlene Horseman in the school's library. To date this year, the Grade 9 classes have received special presentations in German, French, Spanish, American Sign Language (ASL) and Arabic. Upcoming Fantastic Friday language days in April and May will feature Korean and Japanese, and wrap up in June with a session in Mandarin.

PWA teachers breaking out

PWA teachers successfully "broke out" during their professional development day in February (pictured). The school is now equipped with ten breakout boxes suitable for use across all subject areas. Teachers can create their own or seek resources online.

Fundraiser and play in support of PWA drama trip to Edmonton
The PWA Drama class will be performing a full length play on April 20 in the PWA theatre. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. for a 6:30 p.m. start. A silent auction and finger foods will round out this fundraising event in support of Drama class trip to Edmonton's Citadel and Jubilations dinner theatre. The group will also participate in acting and improv workshops while in Edmonton.

Germany Trip
On March 27, 24 students in the travel club will leave for a 10-day tour of Germany and the Alps, along with Mrs. Rief, Mr. Hassanali, Ms. Bednard and Mrs. Nielsen.

Penson School

Spring fundraising gala planned for May
Planning for a fundraising gala is underway at Penson School. The event will be held on Thursday, May 3, beginning with snacks and a silent auction at 5:00 p.m. Students and community members will share their talents at 6:00 p.m., followed by announcements of the silent auction winners. Gala tickets are $3.00 per person, or $5.00 per family. Performers receive free admission.

Ridgevalley School

Healthy active living at Ridgevalley School
Students in Grades 2-6 are learning to swim at the Greenview Regional Multiplex. Outdoor Education students are enjoying cross-country skiing.

Robert W. Zahara Public School

It's all about the arts at RWZ
On March 29, students will enjoy a performance of Jack and the Beanstalk by the Alberta Opera at 9:30 a.m. Grades 1-4 students will perform in the Choral Speech category and 40 students will perform in the Solo Speech category at the Grande Prairie Music Festival on April 11-12.

Teepee Creek School

Makerspace session in April
PWSD Education Technologist Memorese Walter will host a Makerspace presentation for Grades 3-8 students on April 13. Following the presentation, students will apply the learning to create their own projects. The Makerspace program encourages students to work together to imagine, invent and create a project out of supplied materials.

Recent Press Releases:

Other news:

  • PWSD and its schools were featured in a total of 30 media stories during the month of March 2018.
  • To keep up-to-date with the latest news from PWSD, and local media coverage, check out PWSD's online Media Room at http://www.pwsd76.ab.ca/mediaroom.
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