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Classroom Learning

An Eye for Science - April 18, 2024

Our grade 8 students have been studying how the human eye works. What better way to see all the parts up close than by dissecting a preserved sheep's eye under another watchful eye -- that of Mr. Schamehorn -- during science class this morning?

Aztec Civiliation Comes to Life - April 12, 2024

As part of their study of the Aztecs, Mr. Danielewicz's grade 8 students had to research, prepare a slideshow presentation, and recreate a part of Azetc civilization. Today, they displayed their projects and filled out questionnaires describing what they learned from each others' displays.

Tasty Nest Eggs - March 25, 2024

We are getting excited for the Spring Break holiday! Here are some yummy treats Mrs. Fortin's class made during their Grade 6 Foods Exploratory Class. Thank you to Mr. Pittman for the Easter Egg-cellent idea.

CineImagine - March 6, 2024

Our French Immersion students had the opportunity to put their comprehension skills to the test today as they gathered with students from other schools in Peace River that offer French programs and watch one of two French-language movies at River City Cinema. The event was organized by #cineimagine, an organization which promotes francophone culture through film and supports future filmmaking potential in Alberta. Une belle sortie, merci!

Mentorship Program - February 21, 2024

Grade 7 students Ella Dallyn and Arianna Tomlinson show off a new bulletin board display to help students at T.A. Norris better understand the Braille system of reading/writing. Ella and Arianna have been paired together in our Mentorship program which runs during the MWF 7/8 Exploratory period. Ella was presented with several project ideas and came up with this one using felt pad furniture protectors. Well done, Ella! We're "touched" by your thoughtfulness and creativity.

Preparing for the Performing Arts Festival - February 20, 2024

We were so fortunate this afternoon to have Lynn Page-Scott, a retired teacher and experienced Festival Speech Arts coach, help our students prepare for this year's North Peace Performing Arts Festival. We have 23 students who have challenged themselves to tell a story, recite a poem, or deliver a speech in front of an audience next month. Ms. Page-Scott had some very helpful presentation and content suggestions which the students will be implementing as they continue to hone their performance skills and build confidence over the next few weeks.

Dragon Tangrams - February 12, 2024

Happy Year of the Dragon! The library started preparing for the Chinese New Year two weeks ago with books about Dragons. Last week students were challenged with creating a dragon shape from the seven traditional Chinese tangram pieces. This week, we're featuring Dragon poems and finishing up our Year of the Dragon colouring contest. Gong Xi Fa Cai!

Grade 8 Science Dissection Project - February 7 & 8, 2024

Mention hearts to these students, and it's not Valentine's Day they're thinking about, but aortas, valves and chambers. Mr. Schamehorn's grade 8 science classes are dissecting pig hearts as they learn more about human anatomy. They're pumped! Pun intended.

Pig Dissection - February 2, 2024

8A Science students watched with fascination this afternoon as Mr. Schamehorn dissected a piglet, explaining the various body parts and how they function. The students have been studying human anatomy with textbooks and illustrations, but they all agreed that being able to see the organs and listen to their teacher's play-by-play helps to make the abstract easier to understand.

Back to school, back to routines - January 8, 2024

Ukelele Learning - January 8, 2024

The hallway next to the music room came to life again today as grade 5B students were heard chording along to "Stand By Me." In the process of developing fine motor skills and a sense of rhythm, they also "discovered" harmonic analysis. Such fun!

Over the Moon with Oreos - December 4, 2023

Today, the moon is in the Waning Gibbous phase of its lunar cycle. Our grade 6s might be able to tell you this ... or they might simply be able to tell you that Oreo cookies are delicious. Either way, the students in Ms. Dryden's 6C class had fun earlier this year learning about phases of the moon.

Traplilne Maintenance - November 30, 2023

Our 7/8 Careers & Finance Exploratory students were visited this afternoon by Tina Laliberte who talked about working on her trapline in the Deadwood area. The students were fully engaged and spent a good 45 minutes asking questions about her experiences. Thank you, Tina, for sharing your insights with us!

Smart Money Winners - November 17, 2023

Mme Meghan's 8Fr class started their day today with a curated-to-taste collection of beignets et boissons.  Last month, they participated in a 30-minute financial literacy course offered by Enriched Academy, an online education resource for kids and young adults to get practicial "how-to" advice about managing money. At the end of the Smart Money session, they played a synchronous Kahoot game with over a hundred high school classrooms across Canada and won! Janaya, who secured the #1 spot was rather modest in explaining her strategy: "The questions were actually pretty easy ... you just had to be FAST!"

Enjoy your doughnut party prize, 8Fr!



Black Death Card Simulation - October 23, 2023

The bubonic plague has hit students in grade 8!

As part of their social studies unit on life in the Middle Ages, Mr. Danielewicz' 8B class played a card-trading game today in which students were assigned roles of being peasants, merchants or nobility. They were dealt cards with suits representing food (clubs), money (diamonds), status (spades) and health (hearts), then had to trade according to their most pressing needs, all the time avoiding wild cards which would infect them with The Black Death. The unmarked grave of victims grew with each round, and at the end, points were tallied and students had to answer questions about how the game represented what really happened in the mid-1300's.

What a clever way to make history come to life ... or death, as the case may be.

Adventures in Cartooning - September 21, 2023

With the assistance of the French Language Resource Centre, we were thrilled to welcome Francophone cartoonist, author, and animator Tristan Demers to our school today. Our grade 7 & 8 French Immersion students got to learn the ABCs of comics as he guided them in the creation of their own comic strip during a morning of literacy, art, and amusement! Check out his website for more information:

Water Treatment Plant Tour - June 6, 2023

Mr. Schamehorn’s grade 8 science classes toured the water treatment and wastewater treatment plants this week as part of their unit on Freshwater systems. Thank-you to the Town of Peace River, especially Dana, Ben, Joe and Randy, for hosting us and making sure that the best water in the land is always working!

The classes then did some of their own water testing down at Pat’s Creek. The Canadian Guidelines for Drinking Water Quality suggest that the pH of drinking water should be between 7.0 and 10.5. Our results showed the pH of Pat's Creek to be at an ideal 8.0.

Tipi Teachings - June 5, 2023

Indigenous Peoples Month kicked off last week with tipi teachings in the courtyard. Allan and Anne Koski from Sucker Creek First Nation taught students the meaning behind each tipi pole and how the shelters are set up in certain ways to survive each season of the year. Students had the opportunity to help put up the poles, lace the covering, and hammer in the stakes before entering the tipi for storytelling sessions. We are so grateful for our Elders who eagerly share their wisdom and culture with us.