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The Peace Wapiti Public School Division (PWPSD)'s Good News is a collection of stories from schools throughout the Division. Stories are published monthly, before the upcoming Board meeting. Please check back regularly for updates.

PWPSD News

NOVEMBER

Staff attend ATLE Conference
ATLE
Administrative Assistants Sonja Paulson (Hythe Regional School), Amanda White (Eaglesham School), and Renay Morgan (Hythe Regional School)
 
At the end of October, PWPSD staff attended the Alberta Technology Leaders in Education (ATLE) Conference in Red Deer. Those in attendance participated in learning sessions on PowerSchool, Alberta Education, Professional Resilience, Rycor, Google, and more.

OCTOBER

Orange Shirt Day at PWPSD
OSD
PWPSD Trustees and staff show their support for Orange Shirt Day at the September 29 Board meeting.
 
Trustees excited for the return of school tours
Trapper
Board Chair, Trustee Lori Grant - Ward 3, with Trapper Wilde at Beaverlodge Elementary School.
BRHS
Principal Michael Rourke shows off different classrooms at Beaverlodge Regional High School.
HRS
The Board meets with Barb Belcourt, Indigenous Liaison, at Hythe Regional School.
 
October 6 brought the return of school tours for our Board of Trustees. Since the pandemic, school tours had been put on hold. Veteran Trustees were happy to be back in the schools and our newer Trustees, who joined the Board last year, were excited to see where all the action takes place. The Board's first day of tours brought them to Beaverlodge Elementary School, Beaverlodge Regional High School, and Hythe Regional School, where they met with students and staff and had the opportunity to ask questions. The Board is planning another school tour day in the new year.
 

SEPTEMBER

Follow us on Instagram!
Instagram
PWPSD is now on Instagram! Follow us @thepwpsd for fun Division updates.
 
Work on the Harry Balfour replacement school has begun
HBS
Aman Builders has been awarded the Harry Balfour Replacement School project, and has begun work at the Five Mile Hall site, which is where the school will be located.

NOVEMBER

Mindful moments
Walk
PWEC students have been enjoying the beautiful fall weather by heading out for mindful walks along the Muskoseepi Park trails.
 
Learning life skills
VW
Brad and Paige from Grande Prairie Volkswagen paid a visit to Peace Wapiti Enterprise Centre to teach the students about the car business, how to buy a car, and lots more!
 

OCTOBER

Students learn new golf skills
Golf
Golf
PWEC students hit the links at Bear Creek Country Club as part of their course on athletic development. They practiced some new skills and enjoyed playing a few holes to put those skills to the test!
 
Truth and Reconciliation through WordArt
WordArt
Grade 12 K&E students participated in a Truth and Reconciliation activity where they learned about residential school survivors and created art pieces to depict the ideal school. Tristan Smith's piece showcases the characteristics of the individuals who would attend such a school.
 

SEPTMBER

The Virtual Equine Academy
Charlee
Grade 11 PWEC student Charlee Park is an avid rider and competitive barrel racer.
 
Horse enthusiasts in Grades 10-12 have been invited to join The Virtual Equine Academy, where they will explore their passion for horses, while working with a teacher mentor to earn credits toward their high school diploma.
 
Students explore technology-based programs
Tech
Leland Hornbrook and Assistant Principal Rob Robinson set up the facilities.
 
PWEC students have been exploring technology-based programs such as Multimedia Production and Computer Information Technology. The popularity of the programs had led to a new extracurricular offering for the 2022-2023 school year: PWEC eSports!

NOVEMBER

Tri-Trapper Days
Trapper Days
Plunger Race
The students at Beaverlodge Elementary School have been enjoying a little friendly competition thanks to the school's Tri-Trapper Days. From meeting new teammates to crushing Mr. Lojczyc in the Plunger Race, everyone has been having a great time!
Whitecap
 
Lego Club
Lego Lego
Students show off some of their creations during Lego Club, hosted by parent volunteer Harmony Freeman.
 
BES Nutrition Program receives financial support
Pembina IODE
Thank you Pembina Gas Infrastructure and IODE for supporting the Snack Shack and Breakfast Bin programs at Beaverlodge Elementary School!
Snack Shack
Kaylin Korzenowski and Davis Wells share some of the healthy snacks available.
IODE
On behalf of the Leadership Team, Isla Rutherford and Ashley Hedlund accept the generous donation from IODE.
 
Elle Salon donates to BES
Elle Salon
Clayton Bowman and Axl Moran receive a donation from Elle Salon for the Grade 6 trip and the school's hotdog sale fundraiser.
 
Supporting seniors
Shovelling
The BES Leadership Team head out to support some local seniors and Veterans by shoveling their walkways.
 
BES honours Remembrance Day
RD
RD
Students and staff thank Andy Meggitt, member of the local Legion, for attending their Remembrance Day ceremony on November 10.
 

OCTOBER

Patroller of the Month
Patroller of the Month
Beaverlodge Elementary School is excited to have its Patrol Team up and running again! This month's Patroller of the Month was James Longson, congratulations!
 
BES participates in 4th annual Boogie Race
Boogie Race
Many students participated in the annual Beaverlodge Boogie Race, a community cross-country race with a wide range of competitors, that raises money to be put back into the community. After the event Christine Teasdale and Corrie Nordhagen presented a cheque of $800 to Beaverlodge Elementary School!
 

SEPTEMBER

Students prepare for the end of the world
Grade 6s Plan
Grade 6 students kicked off their school year by preparing for the destruction of the Earth. They were tasked with devising a plan that would keep a group of 200 people safe. Through their discussions and debates, vocabulary aligning with their Social Studies unit (government, constitution, society, issues, justice and services) began to emerge. Planning for a person's needs rather than wants, and keeping everyone happy proved to be a challenge!
 
AMA Patrol Team prepares for a new year
AMA
BES is very happy to start the training for the AMA Patrol Team in Beaverlodge. Jaxon Mack and Brayson O'Connell are two of 32 students who took the training to help keep kids safe in the crosswalks. 

NOVEMBER

Students named to NWP Wolves Volleyball All-Star teams
Congratulations to Kami Babuik, Jace Lunn, Owen Schmidt, and Ethan Villiger on being named to the NWP Wolves Volleyball All-Star teams! The games will be played at Northwestern Polytechnic on Saturday, December 10.
 
Fashion fun
Jeans Bag
Bag
Senior Fashion Studies students have been showing off their amazing skills. Laney Smith models her repurposed pair of jeans and new purse!
 
Cooking with Mrs. Bell
Foods
Food Studies students, Darius, Cashton, and Keaton, have been having a great time making new and delicious creations with Mrs. Bell!
Potato
Jasmine's perfect hasselback potato.
 
Leaders of Tomorrow Awards
Students and staff at BRHS are proud to have an ATCO Leader of Tomorrow walking among them. The Leaders of Tomorrow Awards, presented by ATCO and the Grande Prairie Regional Association of Volunteer Organizations, honour outstanding young Leaders in Grande Prairie and surrounding area. These awards are presented in two age categories: Junior (13-15 years) and Senior (16-18 years).
 
This year's Awards will be presented at the Annual Volunteer Awards Ceremony on December 5, 2022.
 
BRHS represented at Titans football year end awards
Three BRHS football players were recognized for their excellent contributions to the PWA Titans football team during the year end awards last week. Awards were given out for Defensive Lineman of the Year, MVP, Most Improved Player, and Titan of Tomorrow. Well done and congratulations on a great season!
 

OCTOBER

Town Council and BRHS students create reconciliation crosswalk
Crosswalk
Students at BRHS were invited by Beaverlodge Town Council to participate in the creation of a reconciliation crosswalk; the results are beautiful and impactful.
 
Cupcake Wars
Cupcakes Cupcakes
Cupcakes Cupcakes
Cupcakes
Cupcake Wars have returned to BRHS! Under the leadership of Foods teacher Tracy Bell, the junior high students baked and decorated their cupcakes keeping with their Halloween theme. Judges were treated to stories, pumpkins, zombies, and some delicious snacks!
 

SEPTEMBER

Future veterinarian
Anastasia
Anastasia Shalagan has been expanding her volunteer horizons! With the leadership of community member and bird of prey rehabilitator Rex Coupland, Anastasia will have the opportunity to work with native birds of prey in the area. She has done a fantastic job of working toward her goal of becoming a veterinarian!

NOVEMBER

The Maple Man visits Bezanson
Maple Man Maple Man
Bezanson School welcomed the Maple Man to share a French presentation for the Grade 4-9 students. He regaled them in song, played the accordion, and taught them how to play the spoons! The Maple Man also filled the school with the tantalizing smell of hot maple syrup, collected from his maple grove in Québec, which he served by pouring over popsicle sticks on ice.
 

OCTOBER

Breakfast Bins get a boost
Breakfast bins
A big thank you to the Booster Club for their generous donation toward the Bezanson School Breakfast Bins! In addition to the daily fruit trays that are available, students are welcome to choose between two different breakfast items each morning.
 
Students' Union
Ms. Galbraith, Student Union facilitator, is excited to spend this year working with Student Union President Logan, Vice-President Madilyn, Secretary Anwyn, Treasurer Rhys, and classroom representatives Grant, Connor, Sloane, Jace, and Khloe.
 
Trailblazing Bulldog Awards
Students and staff celebrated a number of students for their accomplishments in the first month of school. A big congratulations to Marcus, Briar, Rylee, Sawyer, Madison, Ellie, Ryker, Danica, Laila, Emery, Chasz, Max, Celeste, Dihan, Levi, Hunter, Raeann, and Teagan on a job very well done!

NOVEMBER

Teddy Bear picnic
TBP
Cookies 
The kindergarten students had a great time during their teddy bear picnic. They spent the day baking their own bear paw cookies and using gummy bears to create graphs.
 
Grade 5/6 students enjoy their feathered classmates
Bird Bird
 

OCTOBER

Detectives in the making
Analysis Tracks
The Grade 5-6 students have been learning about evidence and investigation in Science. They have been working on handwriting analysis, forensic science research projects, and even casting tracks! It has been a unit filled with many interesting lessons and lots of new knowledge.
 
Meet Munchie and Babs
Bots Bots
The Grade 5-6 students have been working with the school's new robots Munchie and Babs in CTF; while the Grade 3-4 students have been enjoying their Digital Literacy class with Mrs. Simmonds!
 

SEPTEMBER

A successful start
Kindergarten
Bonanza's Kindergarten students had a great, tear-free start to their school year!

NOVEMBER

Halloween parade
Halloween
Halloween
Story submitted by Grade 8 student Lilith Monk
 
This Halloween many of our students and faculty got dressed up for our Halloween Parade. The school hadn't been able to do this for three years and I was happy to see how many people got dressed up. We had a little carnival made by a few grade eights and the kids loved it. I know that because when Mr. Bowen was talking all their heads were turned to the carnival. And we cannot forget about the Preschoolers. There are two classes so they walked into some classes showing off their outfits. It was adorable. I can't wait till next year. 
 
CCS honours Remembrance Day
Cadets
Story submitted by Grade 8 student Brayden Manley
 
Our school had a school-wide Remembrance Day assembly. We had many students participate and lead the assembly. With Raeleigh Donaldson as M.C., Grade 7-8 JH band played O Canada, 1/2A class recited Little Poppy and 2P sang Sing for Peace and more. After there was a moment of silence, Mr. Falk and Ms. Abbott performed the song In Flanders Fields while the cadets and cubs marched to lay wreaths and a wreath was also laid on behalf of War Amps. The reason our school does this is to honour those who fought for our freedom and so we never forget the sacrifices they made.
 
Students experience the magic of PARDS
Horse Horse
Barret and Tristan enjoy some time riding horses.
 
Over the past nine weeks, the students had the opportunity to visit PARDS, where they learned about and rode horses. According to Grade 5 student Dominic Hussey and Grade 7 student Mathias Nellis, the best part of PARDS was riding the horses. The school hopes to attend another session in the 2023-2024 school year.
 

OCTOBER

CCS raises record breaking amount for Terry Fox Foundation
TFR TFR
TFR
Pizza lunch
Students and staff at Clairmont Community School have plenty to be proud of this month! Students were encouraged to collect donations for the school's annual Terry Fox Run and the top fundraisers were awarded with a 2022 Terry Fox t-shirt. The class that raised the most donations was also awarded a pizza lunch from Panago and ice cream from the Ice Cream Barn.
 
The encouragement paid off as the school brought in a total of $8,547.70 for the Terry Fox Foundation, a new school record! Congratulations to everyone who fundraised and participated in such a monumental event!
 
Top Fundraisers:
Adrian Brochu (Grade 7) - $540
James Balsillie (Grade 1) - $500
Peyton House (Grade 5) - $445
Brody House (Grade 6) - $445
Top Class: 4B - More than $2000
 

SEPTEMBER

Students celebrate Gratitude Day
Gratitude Ribbons
On September 21 Clairmont Community School celebrated Gratitude Day by taking a moment to talk about what gratitude is, why it's important, and how to practice gratitude. Students and staff were asked to reflect on what they are grateful for and then wrote these on ribbons that have since adorned the school's fences.

SEPTEMBER

Welcome back!
BBQ
On September 20 students, staff and families enjoyed hot dogs and hamburgers at the school's Welcome Back BBQ.

SEPTEMBER

Students spend time learning on the land
Tree Rosehips
The junior high students spent the day with PWPSD's Indigenous Education Services at Pipestone Creek Park, where they participated in a Blanket Exercise, which led to meaningful conversation. The students were led through different stations consisting of a forest walk collecting rosehips, bannock on a stick over a fire, and land-based activities utilizing resources from Ever Active Schools.

NOVEMBER

Mr. Groff is Jonathan Groff
Halloween
For Halloween this year Mr. Groff dressed up as Jonathan Groff, the actor who played King George III in Hamilton. The suggestion was from one of his Grade 8 students whose idea won from roughly 35 entries. In the end, it came down to Jonathan Groff or Fairy Princess Gru, and Groff became Groff largely because the student who entered the idea know all about the fun fact that Mr. Groff would be dressing up as the actor who stole his name.
 
Bengal Bites now open
BB
New to HBS this year is the student-run canteen! With the assistance of Miss Vigen, Mr. Twelvetree, Miss Odenbach, and Mrs. McDermott, Grade 7 and 8 students are learning how to order, inventory, and cash in and out.
 
Light it up BLUE
Blue
Blue
Students and staff showed their support for their colleagues and classmates living with diabetes.
 
Triple Ball
TB
The Grade 5/6 students have been enjoying triple ball, with the Grade 7 and 8 students acting as peer coaches.
 
Volleyball wraps up
Girls
VB boys
Congratulations to the HBS girls and boys volleyball teams for both placing third in the GP Comp tournament! All players had a great season! To wrap up the year, the players played against the staff where the first set went to the staff and the second ended in a tie.
Staff game
Staff
 
Welcome Mrs. Edwards
Mrs. Edwards
Mrs. Allison Edwards was inducted into the teaching profession this year.
 
Remembrance Day at HBS
Postcards
Grade 3 students made postcards addressed to Brave Soldiers.
In Flanders Fields
Lincoln, Mason, Brynnlee, Amelia, Brody, and Joey recite In Flanders Fields during the school's annual Remembrance Day ceremony.
 

OCTOBER

NWP volleyball clinic
VB VB
Northwestern Polytechnic athletes visited the school to host a volleyball clinic for the Grade 7/8 Volleyball option students!
 
Run Club finishes off strong
Run Club
The Grade 3-6 Run Club has wrapped up another successful year. Led by Grade 3 teacher Karen Pascut and supported by staff, Mel Hanna, Sabina Gibson, Megan Hutchison, and Kim Carroll, and a number of parents, 30-60 students ran in Muskoseepi Park every Wednesday!
 
Stone Soup
Soup
The Grade 1 and 2 students enjoyed their very own Stone Soup together!
 
School Family Teams
Assembly
Family Teams Family Teams
Family Teams
Students and staff attended their first in-person assembly of the school year! Students were introduced to staff and then put into their School Family Teams. They enjoyed a fun balloon game before splitting into their families to participate in an introductory activity, create a craft, and enjoy a snack.
 

SEPTEMBER

KinderSmart off to a great start
KSmart KSmart
KinderSmart, a new Kindergarten option offered at Harry Balfour School, allows students to attend four full school days opposed to the regular two. Students spend two days a week working with a Kindergarten teacher, and the other two days with a Kindergarten instructor who works under a teacher's supervision. For $325 a month, students attend Monday to Thursday and enjoy increased instructional time and play at school.
 
Breakfast Program offered each school day
Breakfast
Thank you to Educational Assistant Melissa Hanna for ensuring that at least three options are offered in the breakfast bins five days a week!
 
Junior high students participate in Cree language course
Cree language
Six junior high students from Harry Balfour School have joined the virtual Cree language pilot course being offered by PWPSD's Indigenous Education Services. Barb Belcourt, Educational Assistant at Hythe Regional School delivers three live Cree classes each week via Google Meet. Students then practice and complete their lessons the other two days of the week.
 
Grade 6 students visit Grande Prairie Friendship Centre
Tipi 
The Grade 6 students spent a wonderful day learning about Indigenous culture. After a scavenger hunt through Muskoseepi Park and a tour through the Grande Prairie Friendship Centre's Healing Garden, students were led by Elder Len Auger in putting up a tipi and learning about its significance.

NOVEMBER

Haunted Halloween
HH
HH HH HH
HET celebrated Halloween with a very spooky haunted house!
 
Mad scientists
Science Science Science
Science
Mrs. Martin's junior high science classes did some spooky Halloween experiments.
Towers
The Grade 8 students spent their science class making Density Towers and then reversing them.
DNA
The Grade 9 students built edible DNA strands.
 
Helen E. Taylor Remembers
RD
RD
Helen E. Taylor hosted a Remembrance Day ceremony where Grade 5 students read poems.

NOVEMBER

Take Our Kids to Work Day
TKTW
TKTW TKTW
TKTW
TKTW TKTW
On November 2, the Grade 9 students participated in Take Our Kids to Work Day with their parents and hosts.
 
Earth Rangers
Earth Rangers
On November 15, Earth Rangers presented an engaging and educational show to students and staff.
 

OCTOBER

Edible DNA
DNA
DNA DNA
DNA
Mrs. Harris' Grade 9 students created their own edible DNA models while learning about the structure and function of DNA in Science.
 

SEPTEMBER

Taking things to a new dimension
3D
The Grade 2 students have been hard at work learning about two and three dimensional shapes in Math.

NOVEMBER

Golden Girls
VB
A big congratulations goes out to the girls volleyball team for finishing FIRST at Zones! Thank you Mrs. Moodie, Sadie Barid, and Shaely Moodie for coaching!
 
Remembrance Day
RD
RD
On November 10, La Glace School hosted another successful Remembrance Day ceremony. Thank you to the organizers Mrs. Smith and Mrs. Richards for creating a beautiful tribute. A special thank you to Steven Chateauneuf for playing the Lament on the bagpipes and to all the families that joined us at the school.
 
Learning outside of the classroom
Court
Mr. Campbell and Mr. Goleniec took the Grade 7-9 students to the court house to learn and experience a hands-on court setting; and then to the Nordic Trails to enjoy some alternative education programming in Physical Education.
NT
 
Cosmetology program receives donation
Donation
A huge thank you to Kelt Exploration for their $3000 donation to the school's cosmetology program. The school is looking forward to purchasing new mannequins and hot tools for the junior high options programming.
 
Collecting for the food bank
La Glace School is collecting donations for the food bank until December 3. The school-wide goal is set at 1000 items, and if the students reach it, they'll earn themselves a Christmas movie in the gym!
 

OCTOBER

La Glace School raises $3855 for Terry Fox Foundation
TFR
TFR
TFR
If the school raised over $2000, the students would get to tape Mr. Goleniec to the wall; each student got to place a piece of tape over him.
 
Congratulations to everyone who participated in the annual Terry Fox Run and who helped raise $3855 for cancer research! The students ran and walked with enthusiasm during the October 6 event.
 
Musicians in the making
Guitars
The Grade 3/4 students made their own guitars to explore pitch and sound in Science. Thank you Mrs. Ottahal for the fun hands-on lesson!
 
Wrestle Mania
Wrestling
Mr. Goleniec has successful started a wrestling program at La Glace School; 16 junior high students have been learning the proper techniques to grapple safely. The program has been a hit with the students and a great confidence booster for all who partake.
 

SEPTEMBER

Coding is cool
Coding Coding
Mrs. Ottahal's Grade 3/4 class has been busy programming Ozobots from the ATA Library. Ozobots are desk-friendly coding robots that relate to technology and science. The students used colours to program a visual code.
 
Bonding one step at a time
Walk Run Club
The Walk Run Club started the year off at the Dreamer's Lake Run, which was an excellent bonding experience for the Grade 4-6 teammates. Thank you to the parent volunteers who made this experience a success!
 
A visit from Amanda Panda
Amanda Panda Amanda Panda
Students enjoyed a presentation from Amanda Panda, after which each class received individual workshops to learn the proper techniques of hula hooping.
 
Yoda or Dumbledore?
Debate
Court was in order for Mr. Goleniec's Grade 7/8 English students! The class worked in teams to find facts to debate which was better: Star Wars or Harry Potter. They worked on using persuasive tactics to convince the judge of what movie should reign champion for the title of The Best Film of ALL Time.

NOVEMBER

Bowling on a budget
bowling bowling
The GLSP students have had a very busy month! They were tasked with planning a fun day and one of the students did all the work of booking an afternoon at the bowling alley. They had a fabulous time and showed how to plan an activity, how to research to see if the activity was feasible, and how to make changes to the plan to work within the allotted budget.
 
Freaky Foods
Cake Cake
Cake
Cake Cake
Foods 20/30 students made some excellent monster cakes and flower bouquets.
 
Volleyball wraps up
Volleyball
Congratulation to the junior boys volleyball team for winning bronze at Zones in Sexsmith! They had a successful season with three second place finishes and two third place finishes at tournaments throughout the season, and finished third in the league. The junior girls volleyball team finished sixth at Zones at Peace Wapiti Academy, and finished fifth in the league.
 
The senior boys team is headed to volleyball provincials in Lethbridge on November 23. They will represent the Northwest Zone for 3A schools.
 

OCTOBER

Truth and Reconciliation at PWA
NDTR
Leading up to the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, students had the opportunity to learn about and lead various initiatives. On September 28, five classes toured the Grande Prairie Friendship Centre's Traditional Healing Garden where they had the choice to make healing salve medicine, their own herbal tea blends, and paint rocks to decorate the garden space.
 
The Student Leadership Team also launched a #heartgarden initiative. This display is to show love and care for Indigenous residential school survivors, as well as the children who did not make it home. A big thank you to the students and staff for your contributions!
 
Students visit Cutbank
Cutbank
Dr. Vavrek took the Outdoor Ed. students on a day trip to Cutbank.
 

SEPTEMBER

PWA competes in Golf Provincials
Golf
Golf
On September 26 and 27 Peace Wapiti Academy's golf team competed at the 2022 ASAA Provincial Championship. Four boys, three Grade 10s and one Grade 11, represented the school in High River and Turner Valley. They competed as a team, each hole taking the best three scores for a final team score. The boys scored 251 at Zones, held in Valleyview, to earn their spot on the provincial stage.

NOVEMBER

3D Children's Charity leaves mark on Penson families
3D
3D
Representatives from the 3D Children's Charity visited Penson School to present to three students.
 
Skills Alberta visits Penson
SA
The Grade 7-8 students participated in a presentation from Skills Alberta, where Hayley spoke about the different trade sectors and what each trade does; she also showed the students some examples of how to find a job in the skills sector.
 
Penson hosts Remembrance Day ceremony
Lt. P RD
Penson School held a very touching and personal Remembrance Day ceremony that included a presentation from Lt. Earl Phillips and a slideshow featuring Penson families that have had members in the military. Thank you to the junior kindergarten students, who painted the poppy that was on stage during the ceremony. 
 

OCTOBER

Penson donates over $3000 to cancer research
Harlyn Assembly
First photo: Harlyn with mom Kayla and big sister Kashtyn
Second photo: Harlyn holds up the treatment necklace
TFR Winner
Students and staff at Penson School learned what impact their efforts make when they had the privilege to hear from Harlyn, a Penson student, her mom Kayla and sister Kashtyn about Harlyn's journey with cancer. Their bravery and strength was evident through their words and the students found a lot of meaning from their presentation. The school raised just over $3000 for the Terry Fox Foundation, and Eva Rhodes brought home the title of Top Fundraiser with $275. The students earned themselves an extra recess and had the opportunity to choose a teacher to pie in the face!
 

SEPTEMBER

Strong school spirit
Volleyball Pep rally
On September 21, Penson School held a pep rally to spread school spirit and get ready for its first volleyball game, where both the boys' and girls' teams played.

NOVEMBER

Students design their own talking sticks
Talking sticks
The Grade 2 students learned about talking sticks and the importance of taking turns and respecting one another while discussing topics in class. They then had the opportunity to harvest and design their very own talking stick to use in the future.
 
RVS honours Remembrance Day
RD
RD
Ridgevalley School hosted its annual Remembrance Day ceremony on November 10.
 
Boys place at Zones
VB
The junior boys volleyball team brought home the bronze medal from Zones. Ridgevalley School's first volleyball Zones medal in over five years! Congratulations!
 

OCTOBER

Truth and Reconciliation in Ridgevalley
Tipi Tipi
In recognition of Orange Shirt Day and the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, students at Ridgevalley School, with the help of Elder Len Auger, raised a tipi in honour of Indigenous history and culture. The Grade 10 students, who received tipi raising teachings from Elder Auger, have taken on the role of stewards of the tipi for the school year. Students and staff alike are looking forward to working with Elder Auger, and the PWPSD Indigenous Education Services team, to broaden their understanding and live up to their commitments made in the school's Land Acknowledgement.
 
Boats and buoyancy
Boats
Boats
The Grade 2 students have been putting their buoyancy knowledge to the test with their own plasticine boats. They were tasked with building a boat that floats, holds some weight, and can handle small waves.
 

SEPTEMBER

Class of 2022 leaves inspirational mark
Gym doors
Thank you to the RVS Class of 2022 and Sunburst Graphics for donating the wrapping of the gym doors, leaving an inspirational reminder of school spirit for current and future students.
 
Gym receives new bleachers
Bleachers
A huge thank you to the RVS School Council Society and the amazing community support to fund the new gym bleachers!
 
Try Like Terry
TFR
Students participated in the annual Terry Fox Run on Tuesday, September 20.

NOVEMBER

Movember Madness
MM MM
Movember 2014 and 2015
MM
Movember 2018
MM
Movember 2019
MM
Movember 2022
 
Since 2014 Mr. Wilson has been convincing his male colleagues at RWZ to participate in the Movember movement. What started as a trickle of two has grown into a tsunami, with all six of the male staff members committing to grow moustaches to raise awareness and money for men's mental and physical health.
 
The students and rest of the staff get on board by buying fake moustaches and paying to cast a vote for their favourite stache. Since 2014 Team RWZ has raised over $12,000 for the Movember movement and, more importantly, made it okay for men to talk about their mental and physical health, which is the real goal.
 
If you would like to support Team RWZ and help them reach their goal click here. You will also get a chance to vote for your favourite moustache on the school's Facebook page at the end of the month. Who will win this year's title? Will it be Mr. C, Mr. Hovdebo, Mr. Wilson, Mr. Toews, Mr. Warr, or Mr. Forney?
 
Aquatera to the rescue
Water
On October 27 the Town of Sexsmith was put under a boil water advisory, which sent staff into a bit of a panic. However, there was no need for concern as Aquatera was at the school first thing the next morning with a pallet of water for students and staff, and returned the following Monday with even more. 
Donation
During this time the school was hosting a food drive for the Sexsmith Food Bank. Not only were they able to collect over 1000 food items, but they were able to present a cheque of $178.20 from the water bottles they recycled. Students and staff were excited to be able to pass on the kindness!
 

OCTOBER

Celebrating five cancer-free years
RWZ
The entire RWZ community came together to not only blow their fundraising goal out of the water, but to set a new school record! To celebrate Mrs. Rorem's fifth year of being cancer-free, the school set an ambitious goal to raise $5555 for the Terry Fox Foundation. The students and staff worked hard and their efforts paid off with a grand total of $7877! Congratulations Robert W. Zahara students and staff, and a big congratulations to Mrs. Rorem!
1A
1A earned themselves a pizza party as the top K-3 class, raising $795.
5C
5C was the top 4-6 class with a total of $1531, thanks in large part to Evan Sellwood who raised over $1000 himself!
Evan
Top fundraiser Even Sellwood with his new Terry Fox t-shirt.
 
Building connection through food
RWZ
Food has a way of bringing people together, and that has definitely been true at RWZ. The giant fruit bowl is back, and the students have been excited to be able to wander down to the flex space to get a healthy snack.
Veggies
Veggie Share returns after a three year hiatus! Families send in vegetables and help create massive trays of colourful goodness for each class.
Soup Soup
Mrs. Rose Shmyruk, former Administrative Assistant and Ukrainian egg decorator and translator, made fresh stone soup with the leftover vegetables!
 

SEPTEMBER

RWZ excited to welcome Ukrainian family
Welcome
At the end of September, students at RWZ will welcome a new friend all the way from Ukraine. The 1C class has been busy making a welcome poster and slideshow to greet their new classmate. The presentation includes a photo and introduction of each student, and is being translated into Ukrainian so their classmate's parents can help them feel welcomed into the RWZ family.
 
Connecting with the community
BBQ
On September 15, the school hosted its Back to School barbeque. RWZ was thrilled to be able to host its families and connect with everyone after so long. A big thank you goes out to the event sponsor, Dynamic Energy, and to Jesse Morgan and Brett Kachmarski, who stood at the barbeque and cooked hundreds of hot dogs and hamburgers for the appreciative crowd!
 
Reading Buddies
Reading Reading
Students are excited to be able to have Reading Buddies this year. The program is a great way to build relationships between the older and younger students, while boosting their confidence and reading skills.
 
On Fridays we wear red
Red
September 16 was the school's first Red Shirt Day of the school year. Each Friday, students and staff are invited to show their school spirit and rock the school's colour. If you're walking through the halls on a Friday, you might even hear the school's song, "We've got spirit at RWZ. Show Gecko pride and wear your red!"
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NOVEMBER

Student impact goes beyond SSS walls
Interact
One of the projects that the Interact Club has taken on over the past couple of years is sponsoring a child in Peru; money has been used to help pay for the child's school and to send Christmas gifts. Throughout November the students held a draw for two goodie pails and a bake sale, which raised money to go toward their sponsor child's education.
 
Silver at Zones
VB
Congratulations to the junior girls volleyball team for winning silver at Zones!
 
A magical evening
SW
Earlier this year both bands had the opportunity to watch a Broadway performance of Snow White in Grande Prairie and they had an absolute blast!
 
Senior girls take gold
Gold
Congratulations to the senior girls volleyball team for taking gold at the Fairview tournament!
 

OCTOBER

Welcome to the Health and Wellness Club
Health and Wellness
Students who want to work out and improve their form in a no judgement, no pressure environment are invited to join the new Health and Wellness Club! Led by Mr. Umbach, students are given the opportunity to learn new exercises and take control of their wellbeing.
 
Graffiti as art
Graffiti
The Level 1/2 Art 9 group had the opportunity to create their own graffiti tag artwork to apply to the community graffiti board at the Sexsmith Skate Park.
 
Orange Shirt Day at SSS
OSD
On September 29, students and staff participated in Orange Shirt Day activities to recognize the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.
 
Digging for dinos
Bones
Mrs. Kotyk took the Biology 20 and Science 20 students to the Phillip J. Currie Museum for a fun day of bones!
 
Bowling buddies
Bowling
On October 11 the PE 20 and 30 students took it to the lanes and knocked down some 10-pins.
 

SEPTEMBER

Sabres return to the court
Junior A Junior B
The Sexsmith Junior A and B girls' volleyball teams were shining bright as they started their seasons off with two gold medals.
Boys VBall
The boys' volleyball team played an excellent tournament, finishing off in a tight bronze medal game loss against the Ridgevalley Raiders.

NOVEMBER

Another spooktacular Halloween
HH
Cake Cupcakes
SRRA had a spooktacular Halloween! The senior high Foods class dabbled in decorating delicious and spooky Halloween treats, while the leadership group worked hard to provide an enjoyable and fear-filled experience through the annual Haunted Hallway. The Grade 2/3 class concluded their poetry unit with a spooky Halloween poetry café, where parents came to drink swamp water, and be amazed by the students' acrostics, limericks, haikus, and rhyming couplets.
 
Métis Week
MW
The Grade 1-3 students were very excited to take part in the Métis Heroes presentation delivered by the fabulous Indigenous Education Services team. Students learned about what makes a good leader and Indigenous heroes like Louis Riel and Sacagawea.
 
SRRA hosts Remembrance Day ceremony
RD RD
RD
RD
On November 10, SRRA honoured Remembrance Day with a school ceremony. Students in the Grade 1/2, Grade 2/3, and Grade 4 classes practiced and performed poems, and elementary classes created art to decorate the gym. The local Girl Guides were the colour guard for the ceremony.
 

SEPTEMBER

Students welcomed back with pancake breakfast
Pancake Breakfast Pancakes
Staff at Spirit River Regional Academy hosted a pancake breakfast, complete with pancakes, strawberries, syrup, whipped cream, and sausage, to welcome back their students.
 
SRRA's Teegan Shura takes first place in Dreamer's Lake Run
Teegan Shura
Grade 10 runner Teegan Shura ran her way to first place in the Senior High Girls category at this year's Dreamer's Lake cross country race.
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NOVEMBER

Breakfast program offers new options
Food Food
The Wembley Elementary School breakfast program has expanded to include hard boiled eggs, as well as hummus and pretzels, or carrots. Students also have access to fresh fruit, cheese, granola bars, and yogurt, and are welcome to snack at any point during the day. The hummus and pretzels have quickly become a favourite!
 
Snowmen at Night
Snowmen
The three-year-old junior kindergarten students have been learning about snowmen and reading the book, Snowmen at Night by Caralyn Buehner. They even made their own snowmen out of playdoh!
 
It's a teddy bear picnic!
Teddy Bears
The four-year-old junior kindergarten class had a teddy bear picnic and they were all very excited to bring their stuffed animals to join in on the fun!
 

OCTOBER

The 7 Sacred Teachings
7 Sacred Teachings
Meghan Badger from the PWPSD Indigenous Education Services team stopped by the school to present about 'Respect', which is one of the 7 Sacred Teachings. She read stories to the students and handed out fun activity sheets for them to work on. Meghan has also started to create a permanent space in the school library for Indigenous stories and artwork.
 
Fire Prevention Week
A big thank you to the Fire Department for visiting the school and observing a fire drill. The firefighters reported that the drill was quick and efficient! They also brought their fire engine to show the students, who were all very excited. The firefighters plan to visit the school again later this month to discuss their 'Learn Not to Burn' presentation with the students.
 
First Veggie Share a success
WES held its first Veggie Share, where each family sent in a bag or container of fresh vegetables. Parent volunteers arranged trays of fresh veggies and dip for each class. The overwhelming support was amazing, and staff and volunteers were able to fill two full fridges of fresh vegetables for the students. Thank you for helping promote community, thankfulness, and giving!
 

SEPTEMBER

... but what if you fly?
Wings Wings 
To kick off the school year, each student and staff member was given a pair of feathers to decorate. Together, they created a beautiful set of wings with inspiration coming from the motivational saying, "What if I fall? Oh, but darling what if you fly?" As they decorated their feathers, students and staff were encouraged to decide what the saying meant to them and the answers were heartfelt and encouraging.
 
Grade 2s make ice cream
Ice cream
Mrs. Goodward's Grade 2 students made their own ice cream as a way to practice following directions! Students reflected on what went right and what they would change the next time they made it. They had enough supplies to make it again the next day, and it turned out even better!
 
Making models
Earth
Miss LaValley's Grade 3 class created models of the Earth's layers using plasticine. It was a fun way to bring art and science together!

NOVEMBER

Remembrance Day at WRCS
RD
Remembrance Day ceremonies were lead by the Student Council President Avyn Riewe and Vice-President Logan Pfefferle. Last Post was played live by Pastor Scott Brayall, and the WRCS Grade 8 band played O Canada and a march while the procession of student ambassadors carried in handmade wreaths. Mrs. Paquin's Grade 2 class recited a poem, and two wreathes with blue and yellow poppies were created to show support and to stand with Ukraine.
 
Métis Week
Elder Angie
WRCS celebrated Métis Week and Rock Your Mocs with a visit from Elder Angie and her daughter Brenda, who beautifully sang the Métis anthem for students and staff. Grade 8 student Avyn Riewe and Grade 3 student Danica Bidwell shared what it means to them to be Métis, while Elder Angie shared her own personal experiences. Students and staff were all inspired by Elder Angie's strength and unique stories and felt truly star struck. A big thank you to Elder Angie and Brenda for visiting the school and for exuding love and care to everyone.
Rock Your Mocs
 

OCTOBER

WRCS raises over $15,000 for Terry Fox Foundation
TFR
This year's Terry Fox Run theme was #TryLikeTerry and that is exactly what the students and staff at Whispering Ridge Community School did! Their collective efforts carried them to a grand total of $15,018.40 in donations for the Terry Fox Foundation! Congratulations!
 
WRCS receives Ryan Wagner Memorial Award
Ryan Wagner Award
The Ryan Wagner Memorial Award is presented annually by the 3D Children's Society to the school that raises the most money for the 3D Charity Hockey and Soccer Tournament, held each spring. WRCS raised over $4,500, which earned them the title for the 2021-2022 school year.
 
Wildcats volleyball
Gold
VBall
VBall
The WRCS volleyball teams have been having a great season. The teams competed in the Howler Cup at Northwestern Polytechnic and one of the girls teams brought home gold! The teams enjoy competing in friendly matches against Harry Balfour School and Clairmont Community School. With the season wrapping up in early November, a big thank you goes out to all the amazing coaches!
  • Next Board Meeting: Thursday, December 8 at 10:30 a.m.

  • School Christmas Concerts: December 6, 13, 15, 19, 20 & 21

  • No School: Friday, December 23

  • Christmas Break: December 26 - January 6, 2023

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