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PWPSD Good News Report – October 2018

October 16, 2018

​The following Good News Report from Peace Wapiti Public School Division (PWPSD) and its schools will be shared at the upcoming Board Meeting on Thursday, October 18, 2018.

News from PWPSD:

PWPSD high school students to explore the world of broadcasting during inaugural Women in Media Luncheon

Seven PWPSD students will be among a group of 11 young women selected to participate in the inaugural Jim Pattison Women in Media Luncheon on October 24 in Grande Prairie. The event will welcome Grades 11-12 students from across the Peace Region who have expressed interest in pursuing a career in broadcasting, including Ridgevalley School Grade 11 students Alina Rose and Julia Desnoyers; Peace Wapiti Academy Grade 11 students Emma Robins, Tianna Frey and Maddi Windley; and Grade 12 students Dakota Bohnke of Eaglesham School and Devyn Pieroy of Spirit River Regional Academy. The group will interact with female radio and television broadcasting mentors and learn about post-secondary programs and the Jim Pattison Broadcast Equity Scholarship. The event will run during 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. and includes a station tour and hands-on experience in the newsroom, production and on-air studios. "With nine female mentors from all departments across the company, we are providing a very unique experience to see all sides of the business of broadcasting," says Cristy Ellen, Q99 Afternoon Drive Show Host and event organizer.

PWPSD schools generate more than $50,000 for cancer research through Terry Fox School Run events

Whispering Ridge Community School was the top fundraising school, donating $7,619.70 to cancer research.

PWPSD schools honoured the 38th anniversary of the Terry Fox Run with fundraising campaigns and school run events this fall, generating a total of $50,028.80 for cancer research, up slightly over last year's $49,460.22.

Whispering Ridge Community School was this year's top fundraising school, collecting $7,619.70 for the cause. Beaverlodge Elementary School followed closely with $7,295.00. Wembley Elementary School (WES) rounded out the top three, raising $4,683.60.

Despite less than ideal weather for their walk around the town of Wembley on Friday, October 12, Principal Holly Gould said WES students knew that Terry was out there, rain or shine. As a reward for exceeding their $4,000 goal, Ms. Gould will dress as a superhero for a day on Thursday, October 18.

Many thanks to all PWPSD students for your efforts to support cancer research. 

Tour the Trades event exposes students to future career paths

Pictured left-right: Wayne Orosz, Shop Foreman at Ken Sargent GMC Buick, shares advice on the automotive mechanic trade with PWA shop teacher Riley Morrison, PWA students Sydney Olderskog and Kattie Williams, and Susan Ramroop of CAREERS: The Next Generation during one of two Tour the Trades events held during the 2017-2018 school year.

A group of PWPSD high school students have joined with students from the two other local districts for a 'Tour the Trades' event today, October 16. During the tour, the group will be exposed to potential work experience opportunities and future career paths at trades-based businesses in Grande Prairie. Trades featured on the tour are in high demand and provide opportunities for students to talk with tradespeople on the job and learn about the trades and the steps required for certification. Prior to the tour, students completed the Alberta Education Workplace Safety Systems HCS-3000 course.

PWPSD students boarded the bus at Peace Wapiti Academy (PWA) 8:45 a.m. this morning and traveled to IPAC Services Corp. in Clairmont to learn about the construction and maintenance services the company provides to industry in Western Canada. A visit to Grande Prairie Hyundai offered insights into automotive-related career paths. The tour will also stop at Kaymor Machining & Welding Ltd. in Clairmont before wrapping up at 3:00 p.m.

Through a partnership between CAREERS: The Next Generation and school-based off-campus coordinators, students can complete a three-day job shadowing experience at one of the industry partners during the summer months. Students who missed this opportunity can sign up for a second 'Tour the Trades' day in the second semester. 

Remembrance Day Ceremonies at PWPSD schools

With Remembrance Day falling on a Sunday this year, and Monday, November 12 designated as a planned district-wide day off in lieu of parent-teacher interviews, Peace Wapiti Public Schools will host Remembrance Day ceremonies prior to the official observance. At press time, the following schools had provided Remembrance Day ceremony info. A more extensive list, including ceremony details, will be released closer to Remembrance Day. Members of the media who wish to attend school events must RSVP to angelasears@pwsd76.ab.ca. Please check in at the school office upon arrival.

Thursday, November 8:

  • Beaverlodge Elementary School, 11:00 a.m.
  • Bezanson School, 10:30 a.m.
  • Clairmont Community School, 10:30 a.m.
  • Elmworth School, 10:00 a.m.
  • Rycroft School, 10:45 a.m.
  • Teepee Creek School, 10:50 a.m.
  • Whispering Ridge Community School, 11:00 a.m.
  • Woking School, 10:30 a.m.

Friday, November 9:

  • Harry Balfour School, 11:00 a.m.
  • Robert W. Zahara Public School, 10:35 a.m.
  • Ridgevalley School, 9:50 a.m.
  • Savanna School, 10:00 a.m.
  • Sexsmith Secondary School, 10:00 a.m.

Annual Night in the Trenches event:

  • Eaglesham School, Saturday evening/overnight, followed by a community ceremony on Sun., Nov. 11, 10:30 a.m.

News from PWPSD Schools:

Clairmont Community School

Collaborative memorial art piece honours those who attended residential schools

Students and staff at Clairmont Community School created a collaborative memorial Medicine Wheel art piece during Orange Shirt Day 2018. The piece features student and staff handprints on a large Medicine Wheel with the words "Every Child Matters." The Medicine Wheel represents a message of wholeness and balance in Indigenous culture. In creating the piece, students learned that all people are equal, all people matter, and because everyone has a place in the circle, everyone is needed to make a circle complete.

Candy Man returningEarly in November, CCS students will once again donate their Halloween candy in exchange for a healthy snack. All candy collected inside the Candy Man will be delivered to the Northern Addictions Centre to assist clients in their recovery. Pictured: CCS students filling a Candy Man in 2015. 

Upcoming events:

  • Kodiak Singers: The CCS student choir will sing O Canada at a flag ceremony at the Lakeview Seniors Centre on October 17. The group will also perform at the Festival of Trees in November.

  • #CCSKODIACTIVE: In addition to organized sports, Junior High students will enjoy a number of new ways to be active this year through the school's new #CCSKODIACTIVE initiative. Students can sign up for dodgeball and ultimate Frisbee, offered on Oct. 30 and Nov. 1; floor hockey and hockey at the rink on Nov. 6 and 8; and yoga and fitness on Nov. 13 and 15.   

Eaglesham School

Eaglesham School to play host to Elementary Volleyball Tournament in November
The tournament will be held on Friday November 16, 2018. Games will begin at 10:00 a.m. and wrap up at approximately 2:00 p.m., depending on the number of teams entered. This round-robin volleyball tournament is open to PWPSD students in Grades 4-6. Medals will be awarded to first and second place teams in each division. Team entry fee is $50.00 and schools can enter up to two teams. Entries are due on November 1 and the final schedule will be released on November 5. Food and drinks will be sold at the event.

Varied student experiences
In addition to the regular curriculum, Eaglesham School students are participating in the upcoming Women in Media luncheon, Tour the Trades, and Encounters Canada. Some students are completing their second year of Oil and Gas Production Operator certificate, while a number are participating in Drivers' Education. As a fun reward for students' Terry Fox Run fundraising efforts, some staff members will get "pied", dye their hair or be duct taped to a wall. The school will welcome an elder to support Indigenous education.

Harry Balfour School

Big Brothers and Sisters Program coming to HBS
The in-school mentoring program provides youth with a role model and friend to talk to and share the experiences of growing up. For an hour each week during the school year, student mentors from Peace Wapiti Academy will meet with their mentees at Harry Balfour School to engage in activities such as board games, crafts or hanging out on school grounds.

Recent events at HBS

Junior High students spent an amazing day outdoors at Camp Tamarack where they engaged in team-building activities to build trust and encourage communication and problem-solving.

The school held its first Annual Mini County Fair on October 5. Multi-graded groupings of students who will stay together for the remainder of the school year rotated through a variety of county fair activities, including games, a photo booth, crafts, and a food booth.

Dez the Certified Therapy Dog, a retired champion show dog (pictured left), will visit the HBS library with his handler during one day per week.

New Options at Grades 4-6: Students rotate through one Option course per term. Students are enjoying Art (pictured right), Keep Calm and Build Something, Book and Reel, Readers Theatre, and Robotics.

Congrats to the Boys Volleyball team – Super Red Tournament champions! The largest volleyball event in the Peace Country, this tournament combines the annual Big Red and Little Red Tournaments into one thrilling weekend of volleyball. The HBS team remained undefeated this season. 

Hythe Regional School

Grade 1s "Build It"

Stephanie Godel's Grade 1 class enjoyed a "Build It" session hosted by the Telus World of Science at Hythe Regional School on Thursday, October 4. During the session, students helped the three little pigs escape the wolf while learning the importance of materials used in building through three building challenges: build a house, a tower, and something that rolls using a variety of creative materials. The models were tested against the "wolf" in a custom-designed testing area.

Peace Wapiti Academy

PWA to host Indigenous Bursaries and Scholarships presentation on October 29
PWPSD parents of Indigenous Grades 11-12 students are invited to attend a presentation on Indigenous Bursaries and Scholarships at 5:00 p.m. on Monday, October 29 at Peace Wapiti Academy. This event is open to the community and interested individuals from all schools are welcome to attend with their family members. See the event poster for details.

PWA Orange Shirt Day

French 30 students shared the Orange Shirt Day story through collages and sketches that they wrote and performed in French. A wall display shared images and statistics about Residential Schools. Staff and students dressed in orange shirts and wore orange ribbons prepared by students enroled in the GLSP. All students watched Phyllis Webstad's video during Block A classes. View additional photos at https://photos.app.goo.gl/YcuqDPeJeemv9kpe6.

Current and upcoming events:

  • "Socktober" community event during October: Drop a new pair of winter socks in the donation bin set up near the PWA school office and enter your name for a dinner at Mr. Mike's and two movie tickets. The socks will be donated to Grande Prairie's homeless shelters.

  • Painted Ponies is a multi-dimensional wellness program at PWA, geared toward Grade 10 students. The group recently visited residents at Points West Living and will return for a second visit on October 18. Learn more about Painted Ponies at www.pwsd76.ab.ca/schools/pwa/Students/painted-ponies.

  • A Career and Life Management (CALM) Community Spotlight will be held in the PWA library on November 7 during 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Local community groups will showcase programs available to students, host information and games stations, and answer questions. Groups will include HIV North, MΓ©tis Local, Sunrise House, School Nurse, School Resource Officer, Suicide Prevention, Odyssey House, and Young Life.

Peace Wapiti Alternative Education Program

Families enjoy bowling during first Alternative Education Program get-together of the year
The Alternative Education Program hosted a fun time of bowling and friendly competition for students and their families at Bowling Stones on Thursday, October 11.  The Alternative Education Program offers frequent opportunities for families to get together and experience the fun that the Peace Region has to offer. 

Ridgevalley School

Meet Star – Ridgevalley's fully trained and certified therapy dog

Star will be available to visit classrooms or work with individual students as required, to provide comfort, companionship and a calming, empathetic influence. 

Robert W. Zahara Public School

R.W.Z. Public School to host elementary Cross-Country race
PWPSD Grades 1-6 students have been invited to join R.W.Z Public School's Cross-Country Running Club for a race on October 17.

Rycroft School

Upcoming events:

  • Grades 7 and 8 students will host a school-wide Halloween Carnival.
  • Grades 1 and 2 will enjoy the Peter Puffin's Whale Tales concert at Teepee Creek School on October 23.
  • Grades 4-8 will travel to LaGlace School on October 26 for the Vive La Culture concert.
  • Junior ATB Program Grand Opening and first deposit day: November 14.

Spirit River Regional Academy

Students experience the drama of Parliament –
Speaker's Outreach program brings mock Legislature event to SRRA

A Speaker's Outreach event, facilitated by the Visitor Services Heritage Interpreter and led by members of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta, took place at Spirit River Regional Academy on October 1. The event, open to Grade 9 students, featured a mock legislature activity resembling the official Chamber at the Alberta Legislature, with time allotted for students to ask questions. The following visitors from the Alberta Legislature used roleplaying and debate to guide students through the steps of turning a Bill into a Law:  

  • Hon. Robert Wanner: Speaker of the Assembly
  • Mr. Alex McCuaig: Chief of Staff to the Speaker
  • Mr. Brian Hodgson: Sergeant-at-Arms and Director of Visitor, Ceremonial and Security Services
  • Ms. Joan Fitzpatrick: Supervisor, Program Services (Visitor Services)
  • Ms. Grace McNeely: Heritage Interpreter (Visitor Services)
  • Hon. Margaret McCuaig-Boyd: MLA for Dunvegan-Central Peace-Notley

Recent and upcoming events:

  • The SRRA Junior/Senior High 2017-2018 Awards presentation was held on October 4.

  • Elementary students enjoyed a Harvest Stone Soup lunch on October 4. Grades 1-6 students each contributed one vegetable item to the soup.

  • The school is seeking parent volunteers to do prep work to assist with a new breakfast program, developed by the newly-formed SRRA staff Health Committee. Breakfast snacks will include healthy foods such as yogurt, fruit, muffins, cheese, and juice boxes. Tubs of snacks prepared by the parent volunteers will be delivered to elementary classrooms for teachers to distribute.


Teepee Creek School

Sorkenville book makes it way to Halifax

Laurie Tarulli, librarian at Sacred Heart School of Halifax in Nova Scotia, submitted a picture of Grade 4 students holding the Sorkenville book, produced last year by Teepee Creek School. The librarian says their school music teacher, Ms. Merrit added the book to the library after receiving it from a member of the PWPSD community during a conversation in an airport. Ms. Tarulli says the students were excited to look at Teepee Creek School's Sorkenville book, and commented on how "cool" it was and how impressed they were by the artwork.


Whispering Ridge Community School

Pictured left: In keeping with the WRCS wildcat theme, students were organized in their "pride" groups during the school's first Community Pride Day. Middle: Volleyball action from the first games against Harry Balfour School. Right: Grade 1 students use multi-sensory methods to explore letter formation and sounds. 

Recent and upcoming events

  • In keeping with the school's wildcat theme, students were introduced to their "pride" during the first WRCS Community Pride Day event on October 4. Prides are a collaboration of K-8 students who will work together for the entire year to help establish a sense of community and connectedness.
  • The new WRCS lunch program, offering online ordering, will soon be up and running.

  • The Grades 5-8 Run Club continues to be a success. Students meet with Mr. Watson during lunch on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

  • WRCS Junior High Volleyball teams hosted a triple ball tournament on October 13.

  • The County of Grande Prairie Fire Department presented to Kindergarten - Grade 2 classes on October 15-16.

  • To promote French culture and language, Grades 4-8 students will enjoy a DJ DELF concert on October 22.

  • WRCS is hosting four Alberta Health Services (AHS) sessions on Supporting Anxious Children and Youth. Session 2 takes place on November 15 during 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. in the Learning Commons. 

  • WRCS is planning to launch a student Curling Club this winter.

Recent Media Releases:

Other News:

  • PWPSD and its schools have been featured in 17 media stories during the first half of October 2018.
  • To keep up-to-date with the latest news from PWPSD, and local media coverage, check out PWPSD's online Media Room at http://www.pwsd76.ab.ca/mediaroom.
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