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

Congratulations To Our Grade 3 Fire Chief For A Day!

Congratulations to Avery! He was the lucky winner of the Fire Chief for the Day event sponsored by the Stony Plain Fire Hall to promote fire safety week.  He was picked up early in the morning and taken to the fire hall where he experienced life as a fire personnel including lunch at Dairy Queen!  What an exciting event to remember from grade three!

In Avery’s words…

My name is Avery and I was the Fire Chief for the day! It was really fun when I got to spray the fire hose. I also had a good time when I went on the ladder and it went up. I had a really good time when I rode in the fire truck and the fireman drove it. I got a CD and a plaque that says Avery Junior Fire Chief For A Day 2013.

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

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:

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.