BYOD Info Session & Open House


BYODWe are excited to be hosting our annual BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) parent information session and Open House.

When: Wednesday, May 18th, 6:30 – 7:30 pm

Where: Muir Lake School Library Learning Commons

Who: Grade 3 parents, New Parents to Muir Lake, and any parent looking for more information about Muir Lake School’s  BYOD initiative

Our students in grades 4-9 are all welcome to participate in BYOD. This session is an opportunity for you to come and learn about our BYOD initiative at Muir Lake School, as well as to get and idea of the type of device recommended. We will have a presentation to show some of the work that students are able to do using their device to extend their learning.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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CTF Term 2 Course Registration

register nowCTF Term 2 Registration is NOW OPEN!!!

Please have your grade 6 to 9 students go to http://bit.ly/CTFTerm2  to register. Course information is available at http://bit.ly/CTFRegInfo. These links are also available on this Blog page at www.psdblogs.ca/muirlake. They are on the lower left hand side under “LINKS”.

Group #2 of the grade 6 students will be taking Art with Ms Wayken, so they will not need to register this time around. Group lists are available from the grade 6 teachers.

ALSO . . . .  if your grade 7 to 9 student are currently enrolled in FRENCH with either Mrs. van Beek or Mrs. Arnold on Monday & Friday, they will continue with this for the whole year. They still go online to register for CTF the same as always, but there is a question as to whether or not they are in FSL and they just answer it accordingly.

We need these online CTF registrations done by the end of the school day this THURSDAY December 10th.

 

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Assistant Principal @ MLS

We have EXCITING news to share with our Muir Lake School Community!

Please join me in welcoming Treena Neumann as the Assistant Principal at Muir Lake School.

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Treena Neumann, Assistant Principal
Muir Lake School (Gr. K – 9)

Ms. Neumann earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in 2001, with a major focus of Drama. In 2004, Treena earned her Bachelor of Education with Distinction – after degree, both from the University of Alberta. Ms. Neumann’s teaching career began in 2004, working with various school divisions in Alberta, with a focus on Middle Years. Treena started with Parkland School Division in 2006 at Woodhaven Middle School, where she has taught Grade 8/9 English, Social and Drama. She began her administrative career as an Assistant Principal at Woodhaven Middle School in 2011.

“I am excited to meet and learn from the students, staff and community at Muir Lake.” said Neumann. “This is a great opportunity to learn about a new community and Muir Lake offers great opportunities and has amazing programs. Although, I will miss the relationships I have built at Woodhaven Middle School. I am looking forward to building new relationships and growing my leadership experiences.”

Muir Lake Grade 8 teacher Nealle Dickson will assume the role of Acting Assistant Principal while Mrs. Neumann is on maternity leave.

Please join me in welcoming Nealle Dickson in her new role as the Acting Assistant Principal at Muir Lake School.
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“I am really excited to have the opportunity to continue working with the staff, students and parents of Muir Lake School in this new role. As a community, we have worked hard to advance initiatives within the school that support the development of 21st century literacy skills within our students. I am truly looking forward to continuing as a member of this great team, providing support in any way I can. Muir Lake School truly feels like home to me and now my kids as well. We have a school environment that all students including my own children are excited and happy to come to, and that is why I am so grateful for this awesome opportunity!”

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BYOD 1-to-1 Parent Information Session Dates & Info

Dear Parents/Guardians:

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

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Technology & Leadership

On Monday, Parkland School Division hosted the CASS (Council of Alberta School Superintendents) Professional Learning Day – Engaging and Inspiring Leaders and Learners. There were various workshops throughout the day on Technology and Innovation, facilitated by PSD staff.
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Travis McNaughton facilitated a workshop on BYOD in the Middle Years. It was an opportunity for us to celebrate and highlight some of the amazing learning opportunities that our students are experiencing in our classrooms. Thank you staff and parents for your dedication and commitment to transforming learning for our students.

In the afternoon, there were opportunities to hear from PSD 70 students from various schools in Parkland on how technology is transforming their learning.
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We were privileged to bring representatives from our Student Tech Team (Patryk, Bradley, Joey, Matthew and Colton) to share their experiences. THANK YOU gentlemen for sharing your passion and commitment to integrating Technology and Leadership in our school … Creativity, Innovation and Leadership … are all skills you use each day to do your job … and you do it with excellence!! Thank you!

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“The suspense is terrible . . . I hope it’ll last.” – Willy Wonka

Something exciting is coming to Muir Lake School! This year the grade 7-9 students will have the opportunity to participate in the production of Willy Wonka. In the Term 3 Musical Theatre Option students will work as cast and supporting crew to bring this musical to the stage. Interested in taking part? Auditions for major roles will be held on Monday, February 24th and Tuesday, February 25th in the music room. Details on what to prepare and which roles are being cast are posted in the hallway near the library.

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Innovation Week: Dream and Discover

This week, all grade 6-9 students were given an introduction to “Innovation Week”.  This is an opportunity for students to follow their own passions and direct their own learning about something that interests them. We encourage you to go through the presentation that the students participated in and view the videos that are in the presentation.

Innovation week is more than a “science fair” or “invention fair”, as it is not limited to only science-based projects.  Students are encouraged to pursue any area that is important to them – something they feel passionate about, or wonder about, or want to learn about.  It might be in the area of science, computers, drama, design, history, media, social justice, music, art, writing…the possibilities really are endless.

Last year, the staff and students at Greystone Centennial Middle School launched “Innovation Week”.  This year, Muir Lake is geared up to initiate the process here for our own middle years staff and students.

What is Innovation Week?

Innovation Week is an opportunity for students to engage in meaningful learning experiences, to pursue their own learning interests, and to develop the skills and thought processes to become lifelong, passionate learners.  This is not a traditional “stand and deliver” classroom environment.  Teachers are facilitators in the process.  They are there to guide, to question, to encourage and to focus, but the students are the “innovators” and will take the lead in their learning.

How will it work?

Students from grades 6-9 will be given the option to participate in this learning opportunity.  Those that choose to participate will be given the time and space to plan, research and create their projects at school during the week of December 16, before eventually sharing with the school and community at the Showcase on the morning of December 20.  Please be our guest on the 20th to share in our learning.

We can’t wait to see what our students will dream and I’m sure we’ll be in awe of what they will discover!

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HAVE A FANTASTIC SUMMER !!

Hi there everyone.

Just a few reflective thoughts as we head into summer …

Leader In Me …

Our students have consistently demonstrated the 7 Habits this year and it was incredible to witness their leadership in our Celebration Assemblies.  Our students see a leadership opportunity and they … go for it. I am grateful for the Leader in Me Initiative, which is giving us a framework and a common language for leadership.

Technology …

Thank you again for an AMAZING year at Muir Lake School ! Mr. McNaughton and I were reflecting Friday afternoon after the hallways were quiet.  We were talking about how proud we are of our learning journey this year … especially in technology. As a staff, we have all taken risks as learners … and our students and community have truly benefitted. It is very, very exciting!!!

Staff …

As we held our final staff meeting of the year. We took time to give thanks for this year.  Mr Rowse kicked off our Round Robin in style … ” I am grateful for everyone in this room”, he stated.

We proceeded around the room to hear many comments such as

… how truly GREAT our students are

… how much we are going to miss this group of grade nines  — they have touched our hearts deeply …

… we have a very supportive parent community

… we are really blessed here at Muir Lake

… what a great place this is to work

… what an awesome place this is for their own children

…”I love it here!”

… etc …

On behalf of the staff …  have a GREAT summer …     

… Synergize … Sharpen the saw  …Think win win …

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1 to 1 BYOD Parent Information Sessions

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:

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