At Muir Lake School, we believe that everything has a time. A time for laughing, a time for learning, and a time for being creative. Students are always awarded with opportunities to express our ideas and views in a clever and innovative way, and that’s one of my favorite things about our school. The staff are continuously coming up with fun and exciting ways to teach and help us explore not only our curriculum, but also what it’s like to think critically. On March 15th, Mrs. Badry came to us with an activity in mind. She gave us criteria, and asked us to create captions for each picture that she showed. It really opened up my eyes on how many different ideas we could come up with when we all put our heads together.
Some examples of captions were:
His dream was to be a boxer.
They told me to think inside the box.
They said I could never teach a box to walk.
Create, learn, explore – that’s why we have an imagination.
Muir Lake school inspiring dreams.
Muir lake school inspires creativity and makes dreams come true.
Dream. Believe. Create. Inspire. Together, we can accomplish anything.
The Muir Lake Students found this to be a very exciting and fun activity.
As well as the captions, Mrs. Badry had another well-organized exercise for us. There was a picture, and we were trying to guess what it was, but she only showed it bit by bit. Not only was this activity creative, but it was also inspiring. With each part of the picture she unveiled, each of us brainstormed our own ideas of what it could have been. Both of these activities were a great way to get us to… Think outside of the box.
Written by Serenity Vanner-Vevoda, grade 9 student
At the end of each school year, teachers devote a considerable amount of time and effort toward the composition of class lists. Many factors are considered in this process. In many cases from grade 4 and beyond, students work with many different teachers as there is tremendous collaboration between our teachers at each grade level. The ultimate goal in all cases is to provide the best possible learning environment for all of our students.
Should you wish to contribute input regarding the placement of your child fill out this form and return it to the school office no later than Friday May 31, 2013. These forms are received by administration and then shared with the teachers so that your input will be taken into consideration. Due to the complexity of factors involved, we are not always able to fulfil specific requests. Should this happen, we ask for your cooperation in making the assigned placement work for your child.
In kindergarten, we use CRITERIA when discussing behaviours in and out of the classroom. Recently we used criteria to enhance the quality and relevance of the questions students ask of visitors, and of their classmates during show and share. Both classes worked through a series of activities that had the students define, sort and find powerful questions, before creating their own.
On April 18, thirty one Jr. High students chose to participate in a “Free the Children” fundraising campaign called “We are Silent.” These students collected pledges from their friends and family and in return they took a 24 hour vow of silence. The student’s silence was a show of support for children around the world who do not have a voice of their own. Children who are silenced by violence, poverty, hunger, war, and lack of education. As a group these students collected 2245 dollars that is being sent to “Free the Children”. Congratulations to these students who are making effort to improve the lives of children around the world. Thanks also to the grade one class and the grade two students who also participated by taking a vow of silence for one hour during their school day. We are very proud of these global thinking students. “Be the change you wish to see in the world” -Ghandi
Muir Lake School is very proud to show off their NEW Mustang! Mrs. Sander’s grade 7 to 9 Mural Creation option class assembled this wonderful piece of art. Be sure to check it out the next time your are in the school – it is proudly displayed at the front entrance. Thank you to all of the students in the class and to Mrs. Sander for leading them on this quest. Well done everyone!
Students have the opportunity to order a Dairy Queen Blizzard which will be delivered to the school on Friday May 17th and Friday May 24th. Order forms have been sent home with the students and orders are due back by Friday May 7th. If your child did NOT receive a form from his/her teacher, you can print off your own copy by clicking HERE. Please be sure to check your child’s field trip schedule before ordering. Thank you for your continued support of Muir Lake School’s fundraising projects.
We are excited to be extending our 1-to-1 Technology Learning Initiative into the 2013/2014 school year. This initiative will continue to have our students learning with access to their own electronic device (chromebook, laptop, etc.) in the classroom to be used when it is the best tool for the learning activity. This 1-to-1 pilot began with our grade 9 and grade 4 classes; however, we are excited to expand this initiative to invite all of our students from grades 4-9 to participate.
Research indicates and we believe that creating a 1-to-1 learning environment will: