Blustery winter weather didn’t deter PWSD Board members from venturing out to tour three schools within the Division on Thursday, February 5, 2015.
Grade 6 students at Ridgevalley School greeted the Trustees in the school’s library. Having just completed a chapter on local governance in Social Studies, the students were armed with questions for the group. The Trustees were also impressed by a visit to Jonathan Groff’s Grade 10 English class where students were quietly working on essays using Google Chromebooks. In this interactive setting, Mr. Groff was able to provide feedback on the essays while students worked.
At Bezanson School, Trustees dropped in on a ‘Circle of Courage’ lesson in positive behaviour modelling, led by Darrell Willier, PWSD’s First Nations, Métis and Inuit (FNMI) Education Coordinator. Mr. Willier asked each Trustee to use one or two words to express the type of leader they aim to be. Holly Galbraith’s Grades 5 and 6 class presented a replica of Bezanson’s 100th anniversary flag to Board Chair Dana McIntosh, which was designed by the class for the 2014 community celebration. The class will meet with the County of Grande Prairie in April to offer youthful opinions on municipal planning.
The Board checked in on the progress of the modernization project at Teepee Creek School, the final stop on the tour. Two new modular classrooms have been added to the school and the junior high students are enjoying their new space. Thanks to a donation of $1,000 from the County of Grande Prairie’s Bottle Recycling Program, both rooms feature mini-refrigerators filled with grab-and-go foods for the school’s breakfast program. The new classrooms have freed up space to create a multipurpose room for art and robotics courses, and a storage area for laptop carts which have eliminated the need for a dedicated computer lab. In preparation for the upcoming renovations to the gymnasium, the school ran a logo contest which saw a total of 40 submissions. The top two designs were digitized by a graphic artist and are now open for voting. In an effort to celebrate student leadership traits, the school advertises opportunities on a ‘Leader Board’ located in the main hallway. To be considered for a role, students must first complete a job application and then be interviewed by Principal Barb Arend. The Leader Board also features classroom mission statements. The school will send 12 teams to share their “Create a New Animal” themed projects at the Destination Imagination tournament scheduled for March 14 at Charles Spencer High School in Grande Prairie.
Photo: Student Kylie Binks, editor of theTeepee Creek School newspaper, joined Principal Barb Arend (far left) and members of PWSD's Board of Trustees during a tour of the school on February 5, 2015.
For more photos from the tour, visit PWSD's Facebook page.