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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.

Speech Arts at the North Peace Performing Arts Festival - March 20 & 21

What an impressive showing at the Speech Arts competetion at the North Peace Performing Arts Festival. Our students were nervous but they got all those butterflies to fly in formation as they recited their speeches, poems, and stories. Thank you to adjudicator Tina Alexander-Luna for your helpful comments and encouragement. Each of our students gained insight on how to communicate more effectively and several are already making plans for next year.


Rexleye Besuyen (poetry), George Barkwell (public speaking), Catherine Hepburn (public speaking, storytelling), Mateah Forman (prose and public speaking solo), Lyra Bicknell (storytelling), Shresta Angusamy (storytelling), Lauren Smith (storytelling), Delaney Kyluik and Ava Lunn (public speaking); Samantha McTavish (poetry); Ashlynn Frayne (scenes); Elizabeth Vassallo (original poetry).

Ms. Dryden's Fabulous 5C class (choral speech); Abigail Elkins, Aftyn Martin, Kenzie Schilds and Kacie Whitmey (group mime); Tatum Burns, Lauren Smith, Shyla Stewart, and Ashlynn Frayne (reader's theatre); Thomas Cardinal, Eli Bergen, and Gabe Grant (reader's theatre); Hannah Black and Hailey Murphy (public speaking)


A Visit from our MLA - March 17, 2023

MLA Dan Williams visited our school this morning to talk to our grade 6 students about how the provincial government works and his experiences being the Representative for the Peace River Constituency. Our students are studying the democratic process and will be visiting the legislature as part of their trip to Edmonton this spring. Thank you, Dan Williams, for taking the time to engage with us today!

Carnaval de St. Isidore - February 14, 2023

Our Grade 5 and 6 French Immersion students had une journée formidable today at the Carnaval de St. Isidore. The hall was decked out in a Harry Potter style theme and students rotated through various outdoor activities including a hay maze, maple syrup on the snow, the big ski, ball toss, hayride through the woods, and so much more.

Un grand merci to all the organizers for hosting us! This year's Carnaval de St. Isidore runs February 17-19 with traditional Québecois food and entertainment,

Amusez-vous bien!

"The Outsiders" Novel Study - January 26, 2023

Mr. Danielewicz's grade 8 students are reading "The Outsiders," a classic novel about rival gangs and the struggles faced by a 14-year-old boy and his friends on the fringe of society. On some days, the students read quietly to themselves; on other days, they practice reading aloud to each other.

Peer Tutoring en français - January 19, 2023

Today our Grade 6 French Immersion students got to put their teaching skills to the test by helping Grade 5 (English) students with some basic French vocabulary. How do you ask to go to the bathroom in French? Fill up your water bottle? Borrow a pencil? Our fifth graders get some practical advice through peer-tutoring.