Jayna Gottenbos Receives Scholarship!

Jayna Gottenbos was granted a scholarship from Horizon Stage to attend Artstrek, a summer school for teens that explores the exciting world of theatre and theatre production. Over the course of a week in residence at Red Deer College, Artstrek students discover acting, voice, movement, directing, sound/music, design, creation and collaboration. Jayna’s passion, enthusiasm, and desire for perfection in Theatre were rewarded with recognition from the committee at Horizon Stage. We are proud to have this gifted student represent the school amongst the finest in the province!

Way to go Jayna! Continue reading

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.

Placing First At Aboriginal Days… Congratulations Tyler!

On June 15 Tyler Stamp, a Grade 8 student was awarded first place for his piece of art entitled “More Meat For The Village” at the Aboriginal Days Celebration in Stony Plain. He was prompted to enter the art by close family members and associates, as it demonstrated his heritage with the Cree and his passion for drawing. Tyler was also eager to see how his skills compared to others.

“First place shows I have potential and encourages me to make art part of my career.” Continue reading

You Are Invited to the 1-To-1 Technology Parent Information Session!!!

We are excited to explore the possibility of piloting a 1-to-1 Technology Learning Initiative in the 2012/2013 school year. 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. This 1-to-1 pilot would begin with our grade 9’s and one grade 4 class. Research indicates and we believe that creating a 1-to-1 learning environment will:

  • increase student engagement and motivation
  • improve academic achievement
  • foster creativity and innovation
  • increase collaboration and communication among students, staff, and parents
  • improve digital literacy skills that will equip students for the future

In preparation for this initiative, we are taking a thoughtful and deliberate approach that includes research, input and feedback, plan development, preparation, implementation and evaluation. Continue reading