ML Blooms Community Project

Happy Spring!  We are “budding” with excitement about our “Muir Lake Blooms Community Project” and we are hoping that you will be interested in participating.

We, at Muir Lake School, are intentional in providing students with meaningful opportunities to learn more about their natural Muir Lake surroundings and Alberta’s flora. In this project, students will be involved in the process of designing, building and maintaining gardens at Muir Lake School beginning this spring. This will give hands on learning experiences and a practical application to their school programs.  We have ideas, but are also looking to have parent and community input.  

Please plan to attend an informational session on Tuesday, April 18th at 7 p.m.

When: Tuesday, April 18th, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.
What: Muir Lake School Community Blooms Project
Where: In the Library Learning Commons at Muir Lake School
Who: Anyone who is interested in planning and helping
Why:  A unique opportunity for students and the community to come together to:

  • learn more about gardening and plants that are native to Alberta,
  • help beautify Muir Lake School,
  • participate in a project to commemorate Canada’s 150th Birthday
  • and get to know and socialize within the Muir Lake Community

If you can donate an hour or more of your time and/or are handy with a hammer, love to build or plant, have access to gardening tools or machines, have gardening experience and would love to participate in this project, we would love to see you at the meeting. Please let us know if you are able to attend the Muir Lake Blooms Community Project meeting by returning the bottom portion of the letter that will be going out or by clicking HERE by Monday, April 17th, 2017 so that we may plan accordingly.

Should you have any questions or comments, feel free to contact us at 780-963-3535 or email us at muirlake@psd70.ab.ca.  We look forward to you joining us!

Gail Ferguson   Darci Maser   Jill Remillard

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Students Sharing Their Imagination Projects

It was awesome to come and visit the grade 7 science classes and see the incredible projects and ideas that the students had come up with for their Imagination Foundation Project. What stood out to me the most was the level of creativity, innovation and engagement all of the students displayed. It was easy to see the students’ passion in every conversation that I had with them. Some of them shared their learning and their project on their e-portfolio. Below are only a couple examples of the amazing projects that took place taken from the students’ e-portfolios.

Jake, Ethan and Aaron – Grade 8

Project based learning is when students use projects to learn the curriculum and life skills through a creative and enjoyable manner. We found project based learning extremely beneficial because we were able to express our interests. We believe that project based learning was an exceptionally useful way to educate our fellow students compared to book learning were all you had to do was memorize the material.

During the construction of the mini ballista we went through a voluminous amount of different experiences. Continue reading

Hands On In LA 9: Student Writing About Learning

*This is a student writing about their learning activity in LA 9 with the novel “Touching Spirit Bear”.*

Cole Matthews is a very troubled boy. The word troubled doesn’t even begin to cover his issues. After sending classmate Peter Driscal to the hospital by smashing his head into the sidewalk, Cole is put in a detention center, where he meets Garvey, and is introduced to Circle Justice. Circle justice is a method of healing that involves gathering with other citizens and discussing the problem at hand. Much conversing brings the Circle members to a decision, which is sending Cole to a remote island in Alaska.

Throughout his time on the island, Cole begins to change.

Part of his healing involves him carving a totem pole. Everyday, Cole etches and picks at the wood with his knife, and everyday he bases his next sculpture on an animal that he has seen and finds positive traits in. But these characteristics aren’t based just on the animals, but on himself, too. As he creates the structure, he delves inside his own being to pull out the good things that he knows he has in himself. This self-reflection helps Cole bring himself to serenity and peace, and allows him to quiet down his anger.

Through building totem poles of our own, we can follow Cole’s path, and experience what he had. Choosing animals that we see ourselves in, we have created pieces of art that show our own self-reflection. The class is etching, carving and writing down personal perspectives of ourselves. Following our totems, we are writing narrative essays that explain why we have chosen the animals in our art, using particular experiences of our lives to justify our choices.

As a student participating in this activity, I believe that I understand how Cole Matthews felt as he made his totem pole. Self-reflection does show you how you act not just towards others, but towards yourself as well.