Have a FANTASTIC summer!

Just a quick blog post to wish all of our Muir Lake students and families a FANTASTIC summer!

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“All the really great things in life are expressed in the simplest words: friends and family; purpose and meaning; love and work; caring and community; appreciation and gratitude.” Dan Zadra

We appreciate the privilege of working with your children! Have a BLESSED summer with family and friends!

Muir Lake School Staff

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!”

We LOVE Music @ MLS

Don’t you just LOVE five year olds! They are so excited, enthusiastic and engaged in their learning. I was privileged to hang out with our Kindergarten students this morning during their Music class. It was their first experience with xylophones … WOW!!

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This afternoon … Speed Control ROCKED the house with their Rags to Rock Showcase, which demonstrated the evolution of rock music from 1898 to the present. A fun-filled school-wide concert – YEH!

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Kindergarten Open House

Muir Lake School was a buzz of activity last night! We were delighted to welcome Kindergarten students and parents. Students had fun with blocks, playdough, lego, puzzles, books etc.

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Thank you to Mrs. Bursey and Mrs. Brownlee for hosting our evening. Thank you to Fallon and Kaylee for being such AMAZING helpers and tour guides!

We look forward to welcoming new students and families to Muir Lake School! We are excited to be partnering with you in your child’s education!

We would appreciate receiving your registrations as soon as possible. Thank you!

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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STUDENT ADVISORY in Parkland School Division

Muir Lake School is privileged to have two student advisors representing our school this year: Ethan Maze (Grade 8) and Megan Smith (Grade 9). These students exemplify the 7 Habits and are role models and leaders in our school. Thank you so much Ethan and Megan for your valuable contributions!

Let’s hear from Ethan and Megan …

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During the course of our February student advisory meeting we discussed student success in the classroom and why students may be struggling. First of all what is student advisory? Student Advisory is where two or three students from all over Parkland School Division in grade eight and nine come together and discuss with the trustees and superintendents issues concerning schools and students today. When we discussed student success some of the factors that came up were the teacher, the subject, and the personal problems in the home. Some of the keys to student success are having an interesting subject, being open to learning a new subject and having the confidence to participate in class. … (Ethan)

My name is Megan Smith and I am talking to you about March student advisory. It is a meeting that I was recommended to attend and I am glad to say that I am enjoying it very much. In our latest session we were talking about school health. We had a group discussion for what other schools are doing to help keep their schools healthy. … We were then temporary health detectives to find a way to improve our school. A few of the ways that were recommended was for the students to be more involved in the school, like doing announcements and assemblies. Our school is already into that but I think we can do even more. We can have the students help the younger grades to strengthen the bond between the schools kids.  The reason we go to this meeting, the students, is because no one knows a student like a student. I am at the advisory to give a voice to my school and the students in it.  (Megan)

Canada helps Afghanistan …

Canada has played a role in helping Afghanistan in a variety of ways including helping feed people living in poverty, improving the health care system, working to improve the lives of women and children in Afghanistan and helping build a strong education system.

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Today, March 12,  we celebrate the end of the Canadian mission in Afghanistan and recognize the sacrifice that so many Canadians have made. Today is a significant day for Canada and Alberta.

 

Today we pause and say THANK YOU … by wearing RED … and participating in a flag raising ceremony.

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