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PWPSD Good News Report – November 2018

November 26, 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, November 29, 2018.

News from PWPSD:

PWPSD Inclusive Education Coaches win Council for Inclusive Education Award
PWPSD's Inclusive Education Coaches were presented with the Carmela Amelio McCaw Inclusive Education Award from the Council for Inclusive Education (CIE) on October 18, 2018. The annual award recognizes outstanding contributions and achievements in support of public education in Alberta, and provides an opportunity to celebrate a teaching team for their effective programming in supporting students with diverse needs. Recipients receive a certificate and a $1,000 award to support continued implementation of the program. The team was nominated by Peace Wapiti Academy Assistant Principal Kaila Villiger.

In her letter of reference for the nomination package, Assistant Superintendent Heather Putio, who oversees and works with PWPSD's Inclusive Education Coaching Team, said, "I count my work with this talented and insightful team to be one of the best things I do in my role."

To be eligible, nominees must be certified teachers, Alberta residents and members of the ATA Council for Inclusive Education. They must also show evidence of positive results over time; support for students with a wide range of needs; development of physical, social, emotional and intellectual growth; collaborative practice; and innovative and research-based practice(s).

PWPSD IT Coordinator receives 'Making IT Happen' Award

Darcy Bromling was honoured with a 'Making IT Happen' Award, presented by the Alberta Technology Leaders in Education (ATLE) on behalf of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) during the Convergence Conference held on October 24-26 in Calgary. The award honors outstanding educators and leaders who demonstrate extraordinary commitment, leadership, courage and persistence in improving digital learning opportunities for students. Since its inception in 1995, more than 600 educators from around the world have received the award. Mr. Bromling received a jacket, pin, certificate and a one-year Basic ISTE membership and promotional materials. Learn more at https://www.iste.org/membership/awards/making-it-happen-award.

PWPSD Indigenous Educator part of Louis Riel Day Métis flag raising at City Hall

On November 16, the Métis Flag was raised at Grande Prairie City Hall in honour of Louis Riel Day, marking 133 years since Métis leader Louis Riel was executed for treason on November 16, 1885. Part of Métis Week, Louis Riel Day is a commemoration of Riel's contributions to Métis people and Canada as a whole. Pictured left-right: Mayor Bill Given, Métis Local 1990 President Angie Crerar, and PWPSD Indigenous Educator Brigitte Benning.

Upcoming Tour the Trades event will expose students to future career paths
A group of PWPSD high school students will join with students from the two other local districts for a 'Tour the Trades' event on Tuesday, December 4. 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 tours, students complete the Alberta Education Workplace Safety Systems HCS-3000 course. Students will begin the full-day tour at the Aquatera Wastewater Treatment Plant to see the Millwright and Waste Water Operator trades. The next stop will be Stahl Peterbilt Incorporated to learn about the Parts and Heavy Equipment Technician trades. Lastly, the group will visit the County of Grande Prairie to observe the Welding and Heavy Equipment Technician trades. Students can complete a three-day job shadowing experience at one of the industry partners during the summer months, thanks to a partnership between CAREERS: The Next Generation and school-based off-campus coordinators.

PWPSD schools invite you to celebrate the joy of Christmas

Awaken the spirit of the season by attending a Christmas event at a Peace Wapiti Public School in your community. A media release containing concert information for participating PWPSD schools will be released on November 30. In the event of cancellations due to inclement weather, revised dates and times will be added to the online schedule available under the 'News & Announcements' section on the PWPSD website and all school websites.


News from PWPSD Schools:

Alternative Education

New Peace Wapiti Enterprise Centre now serving Alternative Education students; grand opening planned for January

Construction is now complete on the Peace Wapiti Enterprise Centre (PWEC), located in Royal Oaks subdivision in Grande Prairie at 11735-105 Street, Unit #106. A grand opening is planned for January – stay tuned for an upcoming media release. In the interim, PWEC is currently running a soft opening with doors open during 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. on regular school days, serving Grades 7-12 students registered in PWPSD's Alternative Education Program, to provide a space to do course work and meet with and receive support from their teachers. In February, the program will expand, offering classes with a social-emotional focus to Grades 7-12 students. View the new Alternative Education website at www.pwsd76.ab.ca/schools/alted.

Pictured above left: PWPSD Trustees and Central Office staff toured the new Peace Wapiti Enterprise Centre on November 22, 2018. During the visit, Peace Wapiti Academy's Grade 9 Knowledge and Employability class stopped by to check out the new space.

Above right: Alternative Education teacher Michelle Scarrow invited the visiting students to provide feedback to questions posted around the room, noting that, in addition to academics, teachers are concerned about students' mental health.

Beaverlodge Regional High School

BRHS student-athlete selected for Nissan Kickoff Project
Congratulations to Beaverlodge Regional High School student and Peace Wapiti Academy Titans Football team member Kaleb McGladdery who was among 70 student-athletes selected for the Canada-wide Nissan Kickoff Project. The selection of football players traveled to Edmonton for the 106th Grey Cup festivities where they also played an exhibition game on Sunday, November 25, the day before the CFL championship event. Read the full release at https://nissannews.com/en-CA/nissan/canada/channels/ca-canada-nissan/releases/nissan-rewards-young-football-leaders-with-sporting-opportunity-of-a-lifetime-at-the-106th-grey-cup.

Bezanson School

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Grande Prairie coming to Bezanson School

As Canada's leading child and youth mentoring charity, Big Brothers Big Sisters facilitates life-changing relationships that inspire and empower children and youth to reach their potential, both as individuals and citizens. Bezanson junior high students can apply to become mentors to the school's elementary students.

Clairmont Community School

CCS celebrates Indigenous culture

Clairmont Community School had fun celebrating Indigenous culture during a two-week period. Indigenous Liaison Worker Jackie Benning said, "The level of participation and pride during Rock Your Mocs Day (pictured left) on November 15 was great to see. There was also a voluntary option to Métis Jig (pictured right) in the gym during last recess. We saw more than 100 students take part in this awesome physical, cultural activity in celebration of Métis Week."

Left: Cree Class led by Alfred Beaver from Big Stone Cree Nation. Right: The October Beading Night led by Gwich'in artisan Felicia Nazon. 

Clairmont Community School also hosted its first evening Cree Class on November 21, led by Alfred Beaver from Big Stone Cree Nation. The dozen participants included teachers, parents, PWPSD Central Office staff, and students. The class will focus on introductory Cree and Cree syllabics. The school looks forward to offering more language opportunities.

"Cree Class and Beading Night are part of the family culture events being hosted by CCS's Indigenous Culture Team this year," adds Ms. Benning. "We hosted two evenings where families could come learn to bead."

Recent events:

  • The CCS Kodiak Singers and Junior High Band performed at The Festival of Trees at the Entrec Centre in Evergreen Park on November 23.

Eaglesham School

Eaglesham Outdoor Pursuits Program featured in textbook used in France

Staff at Eaglesham School were surprised to receive scanned pages from the textbook, Give Me Five, featuring the Eaglesham Outdoor Pursuits Program. A letter, sent by Stéphanie Mezailles, English teacher at Collège Stella Blandy in Montesquieu-Volvestre in the south of France, explained that the textbook is used to teach English to Year 7 to Year 10 students. In her letter, Ms. Mezailles said her Year 10 students were "surprised to realize we can teach in such different ways." She said her students were particularly touched by the school's annual "Night in the Trenches" Remembrance Day event. "They really felt like packing their luggage and flying to Canada," she added. The teacher expressed an interest in having her students write letters to the Eaglesham students, asking questions as a means of improving their English while helping the Eaglesham students with their French.

Sports and science news from Eaglesham

  • Eaglesham School hosted the annual Elementary Volleyball Tournament on November 16, with visiting teams from Spirit River Regional Academy; Bezanson, Woking, and Savanna Schools; and Ste. Marie Catholic School from Spirit River.
  • The Senior Boys Volleyball Team participated in Zones on November 16, and scored a second place finish, bringing home a silver medal from a very close final competition.
  • The school is working to secure a chemistry presentation by Dr. Lucio Gelmini on December 10. Known as "Dr. Boom", the Assistant Professor of Chemistry at MacEwan University in Edmonton visits Kindergarten - Grade 12 classrooms to give chemistry/science demonstrations that encourage interest in careers in science. Learn more about the Chemistry All Around You presentation at https://www.albertasciencenetwork.ca/programs_chemistry.html.
  • The school received approval for its application to the University of Alberta's Centre for Mathematics, Science and Technology Education (CMASTE) to bring an electron microscope to the school for one week. Stay tuned for the dates and more details in a future announcement.

Elmworth School

Mentorship Hour a boost for younger and older students alike

Elmworth School has introduced Mentorship Hour, a new initiative held weekly on Wednesdays, which sees all Grades 5-9 students paired with a Grades 1-4 student to participate in activities planned by the supervising teachers. The hour is divided into three 20-minute increments and older students mentor the younger in practicing math and literacy skills, and participating in "brain breaks",  such as exploring personal interests, playing games, making crafts, and completing puzzles. In addition to the benefit for younger students, the Big Buddies are honing their literacy, citizenship, leadership and social skills. One Wednesday per month is set aside for the school's Student Leadership Team to facilitate team-building activities for the entire school. Staff say they look forward to seeing the resulting benefits of Mentorship Hour in the coming months.

Upcoming events:

  • School & Community Talent Show: November 29, 7:00 p.m. Community talent is invited to join with students for an evening of fun. Contact the Principal to book a spot on the stage.

Hythe Regional School

Alberta School Nutrition Program providing free daily lunches at HRS
The new free lunch program at Hythe Regional School is a success! Thanks to funding provided by the Alberta School Nutrition Program, approximately 130 Kindergarten - Grade 6 students are fed free nutritious lunches, Monday-Friday, that adhere to the Alberta Nutrition Guidelines for Children and Youth. Local catering business, Made For You, prepares lunches for students at the school. Assistant Principal Darren Robinson says, "We are very grateful for the program and the delicious food that is MADE FOR US!"

Grade 1 students learning how to structure numbers

Students in Mrs. Godel's Grade 1 class at HRS are learning how to structure numbers in the range of 1 - 10.
Pictured left-right: Damond, Logan, Darrin, Braylee and Kole play the game Five-Wise to help them understand that five is an important referent number.

Peace Wapiti Academy

Community Spotlight event provides resources to students

During the morning of November 7, representatives from HIV North, Young Life, Sunrise House, Community Helpers, FNMI/Youth Advocate/GP Youth.ca, along with PWA school counsellors and the school nurse set up displays in the library to highlight community resources available to students (pictured left and middle). Grade 11 students visited the displays as part of their Career and Life Management (CALM) course requirements, and all PWA students were given an opportunity to interact with the community groups during lunch hour. 

Students create butterfly display
Ms. Vogan's classes created a beautiful butterfly that has been installed in a PWA hallway (pictured right). Students coloured many individual wings and assembled them into a large group art piece.

Recent and upcoming events

  • The Senior Boys and Senior Girls Volleyball teams brought home silver medals from the 3A ASAA Provincials.
  • Ms. Crouse's photo and media students are creating and selling a 2019 calendar. Proceeds will fund their trip to the Skills Canada Competition.
  • Christmas Showcase on December 13: During iPlan period, students will participate in a variety of Christmas activities, including a Santa photo booth, cookie decorating, making gingerbread houses, Christmas nail art, gift-wrapping, making Christmas cards and building snowmen.  

Ridgevalley School

Ridgevalley student pursuing hockey dreams in Calgary this semester 

Grade 12 student Devan Klassen (right) has been attending high school in Calgary this semester while playing defense for the major junior Calgary Hitmen Western Hockey League (WHL) team. He has been a Ridgevalley student since Kindergarten. Congratulations on achieving this step in your hockey career.

Travelling Anne Frank House Exhibition to make first Alberta tour stop at Ridgevalley School in February
In February 2019, Ridgevalley School will host the Anne Frank House Exhibition in partnership with the Anne Frank House Museum in Amsterdam, Veterans Affairs Canada and the DeBolt and District Museum. Several RVS high school students will be trained as guides. The exhibit will be open to the public after school hours during evenings and weekends. Principal Penny Rose says, "We are the first Alberta school to partner with the Anne Frank House to host this exhibition. The idea is to also have schools book tours for their classes to come experience it." Learn more at https://www.annefrank.org/en/about-us/what-we-do/worldwide-activities/canada.

Recent and upcoming events:

  • Buddy reading is held at least once monthly. The activity pairs Grades 1 and 8 students and Grades 2 and 9 students.
  • Grade 11 students Julia DesNoyers and Alina Rose were among students selected to attend the inaugural Women in Media Luncheon hosted by the Grande Prairie division of the Jim Pattison Broadcast Group on October 24. The event showcased career opportunities in the broadcasting industry and included mentors from both television and radio. Attendees received a tour of the station and gained hands-on experience in the newsroom, production and on-air studios.
  • A Lego Club will soon be starting at the school. Grades 1-6 will meet once or twice weekly during lunch hour.

R. W. Zahara Public School

'Socktober' Drive a huge success

The R.W.Z. We Club organized a sock drive for the month of October that wrapped up on November 2 – Random Acts of Kindness Day. Thanks to all who donated socks, gloves, mittens, toques, coats, blankets, towels, toiletry items, food, and much more for those in need. A special shout out to Mrs. Wilson's 3C class who collected 436 items and challenged other classes to do the same.

Rycroft School

Upcoming events celebrate the spirit of the season

  • Rycroft School will host its annual Christmas store during recess breaks on December 3-7 for students wishing to purchase gifts for family members.
  • On Friday, December 7, the Friends of Rycroft School will host a free Christmas supper for invited community members and students' families.

Spirit River Regional Academy

Honouring the next generation of skilled tradespeople –
2018 SRRA graduate Brandon Leibel awarded Registered Apprenticeship Program (RAP) Scholarship
SRRA graduate Brandon Leibel was awarded an Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training Board RAP Scholarship during a ceremony on November 16 in Edmonton, hosted by CAREERS: The Next Generation and the Alberta Apprenticeship Industry Training Board. The event invitation SRRA received said, "This is a fantastic achievement for your student and one that's been made possible with your support. You have shown your commitment to training young people and preparing them for the demands of work by taking the time to guide these students. We thank you for helping build a strong Alberta through skill development and training."

Teepee Creek School

Teepee Creek students focusing on helping others
The school is hosting its annual Food Bank and Sock Drive until December 13. The Kindness Club sold Little Caesar's Pizza Kits during November 7-23, with all proceeds directed toward making comfort bags for those in need. Students have set a goal to fill 150 comfort bags.

Pictured: Teepee Creek School hosted a Remembrance Day ceremony on November 8. Ken Cooper (left) spoke about his peace-keeping missions during his time in the military. Ms. Funk also shared a display of her grandfather's military memorabilia (right).

Whispering Ridge Community School

Community Pride events growing WRCS school culture
Community Pride Time continues to be a success in bringing all students together to build a strong sense of community. 

Pictured: Students enjoyed a variety of team-building activities during the second WRCS Community Pride Day, held on November 16.

Pictured: Mrs. Fisher's Grades 7 and 8 sewing class created "worry monsters" based on designs by Mrs. Rohatinsky's Tuesday/Thursday Kindergarten class. On November 22, the Grades 7 and 8 students presented the handmade worry monsters to the younger students.

Recent and upcoming events

  • To mark the end of the season, the Volleyball team gathered for a photo (above).
  • The Grades 4-8 Curling Club has also wrapped for the season. Many thanks to Mrs. Fisher for organizing this activity.  
  • Grades 7-8 Basketball tryouts were held on November 27.
  • Grades 5-6 Triple Ball Club is up and running, thanks to Mrs. Herman and Mr. McKechnie. The club meets after school twice weekly.    
  • The Grades 6-8 Snow Ball school dance will be held on December 7.

Recent Media Releases:

Other News:
  • PWPSD and its schools have been featured in approximately 20 media stories to date during the month of November 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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