On Thursday, April 19, 2018, PWSD Trustees visited three schools in the district as part of their annual school visit schedule.
The group received a warm greeting at Helen E. Taylor School from Principal Jen Clevette and student tour guides Neala Lafond, Grade 5; Zander Noppibul, Grade 7; and Sophia LeBlanc, Grade 9. Trustees visited Ms. Grinde's Grade 5 classroom, checked out the school's tower garden and sensory room, and heard about the Grade 9 spring break trip. As trustees moved through the school, they stopped often to admire the eye-catching artwork adorning the hallways. After a quick visit to the library and the music room, the group toured the Art Fair on display in the gym (pictured). Trustees admired the stunning artwork created by talented Grades 5-9 students. Well done, Helen E. Taylor School!
Over at Wembley Elementary School, Acting Principal Abby Stilwell and teacher Nicole Badger led trustees through the classrooms surrounding the school's central library. Grade 2 students were busy working on Chromebooks. In Grade 3, students were writing alternative endings for fairy tales while surrounded by a sea of purple – teacher Bev Marshall's favourite colour. The school's tower garden provides hands-on learning and wonderful green ingredients for students to sample. Small groups in Rayel Lockhart's Grade 4 class (pictured) were busy working on Earth Day-themed worksheets. The school also features a large, well-equipped sensory room for providing therapeutic services.
Clairmont Community School was the final stop on the tour. Student Council members Taya Adams, Grade 7, and Grade 8 students Trista Thompson, Jaron Fischer and Ryley Hughes presented trustees with school tour passports featuring 11 points of interest that celebrate community, citizenship and learning. This year, the school is offering a free breakfast and lunch nutrition program (pictured) to Kindergarten - Grade 6 students, managed by Norma Steeves and supported by the Alberta Education School Nutrition Program. While the grant focuses specifically on meeting the needs of K-6 students, there was sufficient funding to offer the lunch menu to junior high students at a reduced rate of three dollars per meal. Down the hallway, the Reading Buddies program was underway (pictured), with older students reading to small groups from lower grades. Grade 2 students were busy researching projects using Chromebooks that the school provides to K-3 classes via a traveling cart, in addition to individual devices for all Grades 4-8 students. Hallway displays celebrating Math Week in May are already in place, and students are enjoying entering their answers in 'Math Problem of the Week' draws. The school displays 'Kodiak Code of Conduct' tips and employs a reward system that encourages students to exhibit respect, responsibility and resilience in all areas of the school. At the end of the tour, trustees were able to catch some of the monthly Division 2 (Grades 4-6) Kodiak Awards ceremony already underway.
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