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PWPSD Good News Report – June 2019

June 18, 2019

​The following Good News Report from Peace Wapiti Public School Division (PWPSD) and its schools will be shared at the final Board meeting of the 2018-2019 school year on Thursday, June 20, 2019.

News from PWPSD:

Grade 9 students take first and third place in FCSS Trauma Drama Essay Contest

Organizers of the Trauma Drama event hosted by FCSS on May 28 invited Grade 9 students at participating schools to submit an essay discussing the impacts of impaired driving, including the legal, financial, social and emotional consequences that drunk drivers face. PWPSD students from Elmworth, Helen E. Taylor, Hythe Regional, and LaGlace Schools were invited to submit essays to the contest, along with other schools in the region. Essays were judged by Trauma Drama Committee members Pam Decker, Town of Wembley FCSS Director; Matt Smith, Fire Chief, Wembley Fire Department; Samantha Cabral, Program Manager, Beaverlodge Victims Services; and Trudy Hodges, Town of Beaverlodge FCSS Community Programmer. The Town of Wembley FCSS sponsored the prizes.
Photo credit: Chipabirdee Images by Marilyn Grubb Photography & Digital Art

Congratulations to two Grade 9 students from Helen E. Taylor School who placed first and third in the contest:

  • "The Effects of Driving While Intoxicated" by Nevaeh Gundersen, first place, $150 prize.
  • "Consequences for Impaired Driving" by Jessica Huebschwerlen, third place, $50 prize.

PWPSD schools celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day

A number of schools have made plans to celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day 2019 on Friday, June 21 or on an alternate day to accommodate exam schedules. For event details, read the media release found at http://bit.ly/PWPSD-NIPD-2019

County distributes operating assistance grants to community groups

Many thanks to the County of Grande Prairie for providing grants to six PWPSD schools:

  • $2,500 to Beaverlodge Elementary School for the Grade 6 trip to Edmonton
  • $3,153 to Bezanson School for sports and arts funding
  • $4,000 to Bezanson Booster Club for playground equipment
  • $4,000 to Clairmont Community School for swimming lessons
  • $2,500 to Clairmont Partici-Parent Society to upgrade their projector
  • $4,100 to LaGlace School for swimming lessons
  • $2,500 to LaGlace School for the Grades 5-6 trip to Edmonton
  • $5,000 to Robert W. Zahara Public School for swimming lessons
  • $3,700 to Wembley Elementary School for gymnastics programming


News from PWPSD Schools:

Bezanson School

Sensory room and tower garden coming to Bezanson School
Bezanson School is pleased to announce that they have received two grants for a sensory room and a tower garden, both of which will be set up early in 2019-2020 school year.  

Bezanson's Got Talent

Thursday, June 6 was a celebration of the many student accomplishments and talents with art displays in the library and a skills showcase in the gym. Grades 1-4 students shared their talents during an assembly, including singing, gymnastics, videos of horse riding, cheerleading demonstrations, Highland dancing, piano, a display of "sword-fighting" using cardboard swords, skits, hula-hooping, hula dancing and skipping. The Grade 3 class performed a song they wrote using instruments they made in class. Grades 5-9 students participated in a talent contest with voting from the student body and guests. Performances included ventriloquism, a gymnastics/workout demonstration, Glo Stix dance, baking video with samples of cake provided in the library after the show, and singers accompanied by ukulele players who wowed the audience with their ability. Congratulations to Grade 6 students Kiana and Katie (pictured) who placed first for their singing and ukulele accompaniment.

Clairmont Community School

CCS hosts first Rainbow Day on June 5
The CCS Student Council selected the theme to recognize the importance of accepting everyone while celebrating what makes us unique and what brings us together. The month of June includes LGBTQ2 Pride celebrations, National Indigenous Peoples Day, CCS's 10th anniversary, Saint-Jean-Baptise Day, Canadian Multiculturalism Day, and the eve of Canada Day – truly a time to learn about others while demonstrating pride in our diverse country. The day celebrated the school's inclusiveness and encouraged students to be proud of their differences, whether it be orientation, race, religion, physical ability or culture. Students were encouraged to wear something colourful on the day of celebration.

Elmworth School

Elmworth students produce puppet show by local artist/author

Pictured top left: Oliver and Mary with their children and pets. Bottom left: More characters, including Chief LaGlace, Big Bear, Flying Eagle, Black Wolf and Little Horseman. Pictured right: The set design.

The Elmworth Library Drama Club presented Oliver and the Giant Rutabagas for their final performance of the year on June 5, written and directed by local artist and author Astrid Noga. The play was an adaptation of the Beaverlodge pioneer Oliver "Rutabaga" Johnson's story and an old Ukrainian folktale. Ten puppeteers and many other students were involved in the set design, digital media, and stage management. A professional freelance musician/audio engineer produced an audio recording of the play, creating a rich experience for the students. The school says, "Overall, the production was a very steep learning curve for the students who learned a lot about theatre, drama, professionalism, hard work and discipline."

Hythe Regional School

HRS Grade 1 students celebrate Mother's Day, Father's Day

Pictured: This year's Mother's Day Tea was a time for moms, aunts and grandmothers to enjoy tea and cake, along with poetry recitals, songs, a video of students answering questions about their moms, and spa day activities. "Super Hero" was the theme of last year's Father's Day event. 

HRS teacher Adele Lowen says, "For the past number of years, Stephanie Godel, a Grade 1 teacher at HRS, has organized Mother's Day and Father's Day celebrations of epic proportions." This year's Father's Day celebration took place on Friday, June 14, with machinery as the theme. Ms. Godel, with help from fellow Grade 1 teacher Erin Lacey, arranged for machinery, cars, and equipment of all sorts to be set up at school for Grade 1 students and their dads to explore together. The event included a barbecue lunch and centers where students and dads explored hammering, building trucks, car racing, and a wrecking ball. The "Touch-a-Truck" centre gave students an opportunity to explore fire, ambulance, police, water, oil field and farming trucks. Students performed a song, a poem, and a parody of an Ed Sheeran song. Event costs are covered by fundraising throughout the school year, led by the two teachers. Ms. Lowen adds that Ms. Godel and Ms. Lacey "put hours and hours into planning and organizing the two special days that parents and families in our area look forward to when their child enters Grade 1."

Panting for a cause – Hythe Regional 'Panters' Relay Team runs for Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada

Eight members of the HRS staff were joined by spouses, siblings and former students to form a 15-member relay team, the Hythe Regional 'Panters', to compete in the Jasper Banff Relay on June 1. This year marks the eighth time the school has entered a team to run the 260 km relay in 15 stages through the Rocky Mountains in support of the Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada. The team members say they are recreational runners, or have no running experience at all, and wish to thank all who supported them and made donations, helping them to raise $2,340 this year, exceeding their $2,000 goal. The team finished fifth in the corporate mixed category. Learn more at https://www.banff-jasper-relay.com/

Grade 2s send messages of cheer to students in areas affected by forest fires

Pictured l-r, Hythe Regional School Grade 2 students Chelsey Trieber, Lexi Heslop and Quinn Harris.

"Due to the heavy smoke in the area on Friday, May 31 from the forest fires in northern Alberta, all outside activities, including gym, recess and field trips, were cancelled," says Naomi Trieber, a Grade 2 teacher at HRS. "Some of my students began to express concern for the children and their families who live near the fires. As we talked about those who lost their homes, the students wondered how they could help. The Grade 2s decided to invite other students to spread cheer by creating cards, pictures and letters to send to students at schools in areas affected by the fires."

Ridgevalley School

RVS students, staff participate in fundraiser for childhood cancer organizations
RVS student Jordan Cartwright rang the bell on June 10, marking his final chemotherapy treatment. To celebrate, his Grade 4 classmates joined him at Scotty's Burger Shack in Crooked Creek for a fundraiser hosted by his family in support of the Kids With Cancer Society and Ronald MacDonald House Charity (Northern Alberta). All RVS students and staff were invited to participate by ordering a burger and a drink for delivery to the school. A total of $4,000 was raised through the event.

Royal Canadian Legion Poster and Literary Contest winners announced

  • Aanick Huberdeau, Grade 7 – Second in the Intermediate Black-and-White Poster category.
  • Journey Moody, Grade 7 – First in the Intermediate Essay category.
  • Waylon Tindale, Grade 7 – Second in the Intermediate Essay category.
  • Kashton Wiens, Grade 6 – First in the Junior Essay category.

RVS, Bezanson joint elementary play day
RVS and Bezanson School held a joint elementary play day on June 13 at Bezanson School. Students participated in track and field activities.

Savanna School

Savanna teacher receives Rotary Excellence in Education "Service Above Self" Award

Congratulations to Naomi Aloysius, Grades 5-6 teacher at Savanna School, on being awarded a Swan City Rotary Club Excellence in Education "Service Above Self" Award. Savanna School Council Chair Candace Dolen (pictured right) presented the award to Ms. Aloysius (left) in her classroom. Ms. Aloysius was unable to attend the awards banquet due to volunteering for the Grades 7-8 field trip.

Sexsmith Secondary School

MMIWG2+ event at SSS

The SSS Indigenous Studies Class invited the community to a tribute event for Missing and Murdered Indigenous, Women, Girls and Two-Spirited People (MMIWG2+) on Friday, May 31. To mark the event, the class planted a tree ahead of the ceremony, courtesy of the Kelly Lake Cree Nation, Braeheid Gardens and anonymous donors. The Bear Creek Funeral Home and Edmonton Granite Memorials donated a commemorative tree plaque, with the Cree translation provided by Barb Belcourt, a First Nations, MΓ©tis, Inuit Liaison Worker at Hythe Regional School. Indigenous Studies students made red dress cookies to mark the event. Grade 11 student Tasha Herbison emceed the event that was facilitated by Indigenous Studies teacher Nicole Caldwell and Angela Dougal, First Nation, MΓ©tis and Inuit Liaison Worker at SSS.

PWPSD Indigenous Educator Brigitte Benning brought greetings on behalf of the school division and presented gifts for the Indigenous Studies class. Delaine Lambert-English, co-founder of HugaSister, spoke at the event. Mayor Kate Potter brought greetings from the Town of Sexsmith. Flute player Lindy Beauchamp-Chester performed while students wrapped the ceremonial tree in a garland of red origami dresses made by the Indigenous Studies class. The event included time for sharing of personal stories from the community. Lonny Potts opened the event with a prayer and provided drumming for the closing round dance.

Results from Provincial Track and Field

Nine student-athletes represented SSS at the Provincial Track and Field Meet in Calgary on June 7-8. Overall results saw the team place fifth out of the province's 60 2A schools.

Five SSS student-athletes were among the top ten finishers:

  • Luke Yakemchuk: 8th in the Junior 200 m, 6th in the Junior 100 m, 13th in the Junior Long Jump.
  • Arlo Hamilton: 10th in the Junior Triple Jump, 10th in the 4 x 400 m Relay.
  • Chase Jonzon: 10th in the 4 x 400 m Relay, 10th in the Junior 1500 m.
  • Gracie Smith: 8th in the Pentathlon, 10th in the Senior Triple Jump.
  • Vanessa Spenner: Silver in Senior Discus.

SSS Sabres Girls Rugby celebrate near-perfect season

The SSS Sabres Girls Rugby team closed the season with a fourth place finish and a record of 2-1 at Provincials on June 7-8. The event also marked the team's only loss for the year – overall, a very a strong showing for the team.

SSS student competing in Ball Hockey World Cup

Based on his performance at this year's Canadian Ball Hockey Association Junior National Championships in Fredericton, SSS Grade 10 student Kjelt Sandboe was selected to represent the Canada at the 2019 International Street & Ball Hockey Federation (ISBHF) U16 World Cup on June 27-30 in the Czech Republic. Learn more about the event at https://juniorworldcup.cz.

Teepee Creek School

Recent and upcoming events

  • June 10: TCS students participated in a coding workshop.
  • June 26: Year-End Fun Day – The event will include a mini baseball tournament for Grades 5-8 students and their parents, an old-time carnival for Grades 1-4 featuring game booths and contests, followed by a food truck lunch and afternoon awards presentation.

As part of her persuasion assignment, a student convinced Principal Casey Brown to try activity she does not like. Ms. Brown fulfilled her promise – riding a horse. The school posted a video of the event on Facebook with the caption, "Hopefully it will inspire TCS students to do the things they don't think they can!"

Wembley Elementary School

Local businesses, County of Grande Prairie support WES nutrition/wellness program, gymnastics
Wembley Elementary expresses thanks to two local businesses, Grande Prairie Re/Max and Tidewater Midstream and Infrastructure, for committing $2,000 each in support of the school's nutrition/wellness program.

WES was also pleased to receive a $3,700 grant for gymnastics programming that was included in the County of Grande Prairie grant announcement on June 10, 2019.

Whispering Ridge Community School

The latest from WRCS – in pictures

Left: The new WRCS mascot has arrived and will be named by students. Right: Grades 4 and 5 students took field trips to Saskatoon Island Provincial Park to experience outdoor learning.

Grade 6 teachers and students enjoyed a great three-day trip to Crimson Lake.

After completing a unit on life cycles, Grade 2 students invited local seniors to join them for a butterfly release on June 10.

Three cheers for volunteers!

The WRCS Partici-Parent group is helping with getting a new asphalt pad installed in the school field, to accommodate more outdoor play for students.

Recent and upcoming events:

  • June 12: Grades 4-6 Track Meet.
  • June 19: Kindergarten graduation celebration (Monday/Wednesday class).
  • June 20: Kindergarten graduation celebrations (Tuesday/Thursday class).
  • June 20: Grade 1 classes are off to Muskoseepi Park to enjoy a full day of learning and playing outside.
  • June 24: Grades 7 & 8 students will enjoy an activity-filled day the County Crosslink facility.
  • June 25: Welcome to Kindergarten Day (for students starting kindergarten in the fall).
  • June 25: Grades 1-3 Play Day.
  • June 25: Grade 8 Farewell with a ceremony and dance to follow, 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
  • June 26: Some Grade 7 students will tour the Peace Area Riding for the Disabled Society (PARDS).                

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