Off To Another Great Start!

We are extremely excited for this new school year as the leadership team at Muir Lake School. We look forward to continuing to build strong relationships with the students, staff and parents of the school community.

We anticipate this year to be an excellent year of continuing to provide a safe, caring and stimulating environment in which students can grow intellectually, emotionally, and socially.
As your educational leaders at Muir Lake School our foundational “BIG ROCKS” or “core values” are:

  1. Excellence in Academics and Citizenship
  2. Respect
  3. Integrity
  4. Community

Our vision is that we will empower Muir Lake School to become more vibrant, strong, and successful as we celebrate the unique talents and abilities of all learners. Every child learns, every child succeeds.

A couple items to note at the beginning of this school year.

  1. In an effort to reduce our consumption of paper, we encourage our students and their families to view newsletters and calendars on our school website or here on our school blog. If you haven’t already signed up to receive email notifications when new information is posted to the blog we would encourage you to do so.
  2. We have created a Muir Lake School YouTube channel! We encourage you to view the photo slideshow (embedded above) that was shown to the students on the first school day during the assembly as a celebration of the leadership demonstrated last year and a challenge to continue to develop leadership this year. Subscribe and stay tuned for future videos!
  3. Our 1 to 1 technology initiative is moving forward with our learning communities 4 and 9 classes. This initiative is about increasing access to technology for our students to be used when it is the best learning tool available at anytime in the class. We are doing this by encouraging students to bring their own laptops to be used at school. You can read more information about this by clicking on the 1-to-1 Technology in the Classroom category on the sidebar of this blog. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact the office or speak with your child’s teacher.

As your educational leaders, we look forward to collaborating with the staff and parents as we work together on critical thinking, leadership and ethical citizenship, inclusion, and technology integration. We are committed to building a strong partnership between home and school. Please feel free to contact us at the school by telephone 780.963.3535 or email: kstridegoudie@psd70.ab.ca and tmcnaughton@psd70.ab.ca.

We look forward to sharing more details with you at our Muir Lake School Council Meeting on Monday, September 17 at 7:00 p.m.

1-To-1 Technology Initiative Parent Information Sessions

Thank-you to all who attended the parent information sessions regarding the 1-to-1 technology initiative that we are piloting in the 2012/2013 school year in the grade 4 and 9 learning community classrooms. We appreciated the interest shown and the great conversation we had at these sessions.

As discussed at these sessions, the 1-to-1 technology initiative is to provide access to a laptop for all of our students in every class to be used as a tool to enhance and extend learning when appropriate. The mission of this initiative is:

“Our students will innovate, collaborate, and be highly motivated about their learning.”

We are very excited to see the positive impact this will have on our students’ learning and the amazing learning opportunities this will create as we continue to move forward with our Technology Innovation Plan. In case you were not able to attend, this 1-to-1 Technology Learning Communities  presentation was given at these parent information sessions.

Merry Christmas!

We are excited to launch our new school blog. This blog is a collaborative project that students, staff, and parents can contribute to through posts and comments. It will be a great way for our community to communicate and share regarding news, upcoming events, learning, and happenings at the school.  All posts will be organized by categories which you can find on the right side menu so you can sort posts according to the topic in which you are interested. We would invite you to subscribe to the blog to receive an email. You can either subscribe to the whole blog or just subscribe to specific categories. We would also encourage you to participate in the blog by sharing your thoughts either through comments or by submitting a post. If you have any questions about the blog feel free to contact us at the office.

Our best wishes to you all during the Christmas season from the staff at Muir Lake School. Our Christmas break is quickly approaching. The last day of school for Muir Lake students is December 23rd and classes resume on January 9th.

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