Citizenship & Workplace Prep
Healthy Buddies - May 4
Today was our final Healthy Buddies day. Our grade 7 students have so enjoyed getting to know the students from Springfield grade 4 as they've toured the school and engaged in various activities together over the past two months. Today, the Healthy Buddies got to experience the foods lab by making no-bake energy balls. They also got an orientation of the library and had time to try out some of the library board games afterward. Our grade 7s have learned leadership skills and our incoming students are feeling more confident about their transition here in the fall. Win-win all around.
Healthy Buddies - April 5, 2022
We are thrilled to be able to reinstate our Healthy Buddies program, a chance for our grade 7s to connect with grade 4 students from Springfield Elementary to help them alleviate some of the anxiety they may face about the transition to Middle School. This week, our students went to Springfield to to meet their partners on comfortable home turf. Over the next few weeks, the Springfield kiddos will tour T.A. Norris and pair up with their mentors to observe typical activities and -- one of the most fearsome unknowns -- learn how to use a combination lock!
Spring cleanup - April 5, 2022
Our grade 5/6 Gymnastics Health class took to the streets yesterday to do some community sevice work. They picked garbage on the berm across from Kinsmen park and cleaned up any trash they found on the dike or on the new bridge walkway ... which also provided an opportunity to show off their handstand skills. It's wonderful to see our #teamawesome students helping spruce up our town and having fun at the same time.
Goats in the Courtyard - January 28, 2022
Today, our students were able to meet some of the goats they've been feeding with their food scraps as part of our TAN Green Team garbage reduction program. Mrs. Frizzell from Kiss Someone Cute Ranch brought Creamsicle, a one year old, Juice & Opie, six weeks each, and two brand new babies (Miss Delaney and Misdemeanor) born only ten days ago. The goats were a big hit with plenty of ooohs and aaaahs eminating from the courtyard during lunch recess.
It was a win-win visit for everyone. Our students gained experience dealing with animals and learned the value of their food scrap collection program while the goats learned how to interact with humans, an important trait for when they need to have their hooves trimmed or go to the vet. And just like human babies, they were exhausted from all the stimulation and slept all the way back to the farm.
Bottom line: If your child comes home from school asking you for a pet goat, what else can we say but we're sorry - they were SOOOO cute.
Food Bank Challenge - October 29, 2021
Blown away. That was the response frm Peter Herritt, the General Manager of Mighty Peace Chevrolet Buick GMC, as our students helped his team load a trailer with 1690 kg of non-perishable items for the Peace River Food bank this morning. The food was donated by T.A. Norris students and families in a class-to-class competiton during the month of October. We cannot thank our #teamawesome families enough for their generousity. Your contributions will go a long way towards providing healthy food options for people who are struggling to make ends meet right now. What a great display of community citizenship and practical math skills as the students had to tally all 1,690,057 grams of food in order to determine the top four homerooms.
1st place (360.5 kg) - Mr. Schamehorn's 8A homeroom wins a class pizza lunch courtesy of Mighty Peace GM.
2nd place (311.8 kg) - Mr. Chalifoux's 5Fr students get to come to school in their pajamas on the day of their choice and watch a movie with popcorn supplied by the school.
3rd place (308.9 kg) - The 6Fr students get ice cream or popsicles plus they get to choose something for Mme Leflar to do or wear.
4th place (282.8 kg) - Mme Rosevear's 7Fr students get free time for one period plus they can wear their hats or hoodies up all day.
Orange Ribbons - October 1, 2021
As an end to our week of reflection for Truth & Reconciliation week, T.A. Norris students and staff were given an orange ribbon today upon which they wrote words of encouragement, support, and empathy for those impacted by Residential Schools from the past to present. Come take a look at the playground fence along 95th Street. It's so inspiring to see the various messages!
Terry Fox School Run - Sept 29, 2021
Terry Fox began his Marathon of Hope when he was 21 years old in St. John’s, Newfoundland. Terry ran through rain, snow, heavy winds and hail as he made his way west towards British Columbia. He started each day early at 4 am and ran 12 miles (approximately 20k) and then had breakfast before taking a nap and running the remaining 14 miles (~22k). He did this every day for 143 days. Terry persevered because he felt the need to help those who have cancer. Because of his determination and courage, Terry Fox will always be remembered as a Canadian Hero.
Today our students walked and ran along the dike in memory of Terry Fox. Several also collected pledges beforehand to support Cancer research. It was a beautiful day to enjoy the fall foliage and get some healthy fresh air.
Student Vote: September 17, 2021
Student Vote is a national program giving children the opportunity to become engaged in the democratic process. Students came to the library polling station where they had to to prove their identity, be checked off of the voters list, mark their ballot behind a privacy screen, and drop it in the ballot box, all under the watchful eyes of an official teacher/scrutineer.
Here at T.A. Norris, the students chose Arnold Viersen to be our next MP, which was the same outcome as the adult choice for Peace River-Westlock. The graph below shows how TAN students voted.
Across Canada, 5,478 schools practiced the democratic process representing all 338 federal ridings. Students chose a Liberal minority government, but they gave the NDP party significantly more seats than their adult counterparts:
Liberals: 117 seats, 24% of the vote
NDP: 107 seats, 29% of the vote
Conservatives: 91 seats, 25% of the vote
Bloc Québecois: 20 seats, 2% of the vote
Green Party: 3 seats, 10% of the vote
Thank you to all the students who took the time to cast their ballots. We trust that you will be informed and engaged citizens throughout your adult life.
Trees for the Future: May 27, 2021
TAN (Take Action Now!) Green Team members gathered today in the courtyard to watch Mr. Johnson plant a new spruce tree which will provide future students with shade and enjoyment. There is a Chinese proverb which says the best time to plant a tree was twenty years ago; the second best time is now. Every one of our students had the opportunity to bring home a seedling in an effort to nurture our planet and our mental health. Thank you to Al Benson from Alberta Forestry for helping us with this project and to all our wonderful families who will be finding homes for our seedlings.
Earth Day: April 22, 2021
Happy Earth Day! We held our first-ever Eco-Fair in the library and it was a resounding success. Members of our TAN Green Team made booths with information on various issues and initiatives. Each class booked a 20-minute slot throughout the day to visit the fair where students could view exhibits, enter their names for prizes, and commit to taking action to reduce their carbon footprint by adding a leaf to the pledge tree. Check out some of the highlights and take comfort in knowing that our earth really is in good hands!
2nd Annual Christmas Market: Dec, 2020
For two years, the staff of T.A. Norris Middle School have contributed items for our "Christmas Market". This market is to allow students who may not get a chance to go shopping to pick an item to put under their tree at home for that special family member. This has been a pilot project for the last two years and with its success, we will be making it an annual event.
Preparing for Christmas: Nov 27, 2020
As a final gift to the school before heading home for provincial-mandated online learning, our Top Wolves leadership group set up a tree for the grade 5s and 6s to enjoy during the weeks leading up to Christmas. As per tradition, Mr. Johnson had the honours of placing the star on top of the tree.
Terry Fox Fundraising: Sept, 2020
Ava Lunn (5FI) led the school with $260 in donations to the Terry Fox Foundation. Way to go Ava!!! She was awarded with a Terry Fox T-shirt, a T.A. Norris water bottle, and some T.A. Norris gloves.
Tatum Burns & Charlie Jeffs (6FI) each raised $100, for the Terry Fox Foundation. Great job, you two! They were awarded with T.A. Norris water bottles, for their efforts.
Anonymous donations equalled $100, which brought our school total to $560.
Thank you to everyone who donated to the Terry Fox Foundation whose purpose is "To maintain the vision and principles of Terry Fox while raising money for cancer research through the annual Terry Fox Run, Terry Fox School Run, as well as via memoriam donations and planned giving."