There will be a parent and student information meeting on Tuesday June 10th at 7 pm for any of the current grade 6 – 9 Muir Lake School students that are interested in going to Greece during the 2014-2015 school-year Spring Break. This meeting is to determine interest for the EF Tours “Grecian Oddessy”. Click HERE to view an info packet in PDF format about the tour.
Attention Grade 9 Parents
If you have not yet purchased your Gr 9 Farewell tickets, please do so from Mrs. Garley in the school office. Purchase deadline is Friday May 30th as they would like to have a headcount for seating, food, and programs. Tickets are $5 each and your grade 9 student does NOT need a ticket. Click HERE for a copy of the ticket request form.
Another year, another dominant performance by the Muir Lake Mustangs Track & Field team. Muir Lake broke 6 Zone records and are sending a remarkable 42 Mustangs to the County Track Meet this Friday, May 30th. Individual recognition goes to . . .
- Tyler Corbiere as he broke 3 records and won the Aggregate Award as the top Jr. Athlete
- Kirstin Park broke the 200m record
- Bryn Fisher broke the Triple Jump record
- and Cara Park, Tasha Bahr, Kirstin Park & Carrie Jespersen broke the Sr. Girls Relay record
WAY TO GO MUSTANGS!
Back in December, we decided to try out Innovation Week at Muir Lake School. Throughout the week, we saw some incredible things happen! We saw students take control of their learning. We saw them explore their passions and interests. We saw them work through problems and think critically and we saw them share their learning with the rest of the school and community.
This week, the students from grades 6-9 were given an introduction to our new theme – “Entrepreneurial Spirit” (one of the key qualities outlined in Alberta Education’s Framework for Student Learning). Although they might have had some background knowledge of the term, students were given an opportunity through the following presentation to see entrepreneurial spirit as:
“…a process that results in CREATIVITY, INNOVATION and GROWTH. Innovative entrepreneurs come in all shapes and forms; its benefits are not limited to startups, innovative ventures and new jobs. Entrepreneurship refers to an individual’s ability to TURN IDEAS INTO ACTION…”
Again, this opportunity is voluntary for students. We are making this voluntary because Innovation Week is an amazing opportunity for students to make choices about their learning which empowers and engages them in exploring their own passions and interests. Although participation is by choice, we truly believe in the great value and unbelievable learning that a project like this offers to all students, and greatly encourage participation in it. Students who choose not to submit a proposal for Innovation Week will be participating in teacher directed learning for the week.
Innovation Week Timeline
June 13 – Proposals approved
June 24 – Day 1 – Work on projects in assigned rooms
June 25 – Day 2 – Work on projects in assigned rooms
June 26 – Day 3 – Work on presentations in assigned rooms, set-up gym for showcase
June 27 – Showcase – open to public 9:55am-11:25am
Please plan to join us on June 27 for the showcase and thank-you so much for your support of Muir Lake’s Innovation Week.
With the weather getting warmer every day, we wanted to remind our students and their parents of our dress code. We thank you in advance for your support.
We are excited to be continuing with the grade 4 through 9 1-to-1 Technology Learning Initiative. This initiative is to have our students learning with access to their own electronic device (chromebook, laptop, etc.) both in the classroom and at home. We have now completed our second year of the program and continue to receive positive feedback. Both staff and students involved in the initiative have reported a great impact on learning.
- increased student engagement and motivation
- improved organization and academic achievement
- increased creativity, innovation and opportunity for student choice
- increased collaboration and communication among students, staff, and parents
- improved digital literacy and digital citizenship skills
- improved preparation for students future
This 1-to-1 technology program is a bring your own device (BYOD) initiative. We are encouraging students to bring a laptop they already own or purchase a laptop to use in the classroom. If you are looking for more direction and information about the program or some guidance on what to purchase please visit bit.ly/mls1to1. Here you will find links to additional information and resources such as our 1:1 Technology Initiative Frequently Asked Questions.
We will be offering two parent information sessions where we will be sharing the initiative in greater detail. The information sessions cover:
- why this is important and how it impacts student learning
- our journey to implementation
- student, staff, and parent feedback from current participants in the initiative
- details of the program and opportunity for question & answers
The BYOD 1-to-1 information sessions are scheduled for Wednesday May 28th from 6:00 to 7:30 and on Thursday May 29th from 3:30 to 5 pm. All parents are welcome, but it is especially important for parents of students entering into grade 4 next school year and any parents of new students to attend. Please take 1 minute to provide feedback by visiting bit.ly/BYODInfoSession to help us plan for these sessions.
We are very excited for the learning opportunities and possibilities this initiative is providing for our students. We value your input and appreciate your partnership with us to continue to work together to create powerful learning environments for our students. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s teacher or school administration.
Please indicate when and if you will be attending!
This is especially important for:
Grade 3 parents
Parents of new students
Click the link or fill out the form below
I am sure that many of our families have had questions with regard to the recent measles outbreaks in the province; please read the letter from Alberta Health Services that has been sent to school divisions province-wide as to what they are advising. The letter is available in PDF format by clicking HERE. Should you have any further questions please call Alberta Health Services directly.
On April 17, fifty 6-9 students from our school chose to participate in Free the Children’s fundraising campaign “We Are Silent”. By participating they chose to take a vow of silence for 24 hours. Their silence was a show of support for children around the world whose voices are not heard. Children locally who are bullied as well as for children around the world who are living in poverty. Students asked family and friends for pledges. Collectively these students raised $2598.00. Wow! Well Done!! Congratulations also going out to students in the following classes for participating and raising donations; Mrs. Montgomery, Mrs. Daub, Mrs. Van Beek and Mrs. Matsuba. Thanks to all of our friends and family for supporting this worthy campaign.
The grade 9 farewell presentation disc is almost complete and ready to put onto CD’s. There are 6 baby pictures missing. If you have not yet forwarded a baby picture, please do so by Thursday 15 May. We cannot guarantee that pictures can be added to the disc after that time. Please forward your picture to firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you for your help.