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Grade 8 Trip to Camp YoWoChAs - May 24-26, 2022

Our grade 8 students are having a blast at Camp YoWoChAs, an activity centre located on Lake Wabamun which focuses on outdoor education, team building, experiential education, leadership development, environmental education, and outdoor recreation. Many of our students say it is the highlight of their final year at T.A. Norris Middle School.  Judging from these photos, this year's graduating class will agree.

Bike Road-e-o! - May 17, 2022

What a perfect spring weather day to learn about #bikesafety! Thank you to Angela Leadlay and Emily Smith from Alberta Health Services, and Constable Mitch Guenette from the RCMP, for organizing a Bike Road-e-o for our grade 5 students to hear first-hand about the importance of helmets, check that helmets are propertly fitted, and practice street and crosswalk protocol.

Mental Health Week - May 3-6, 2022

Did you know that the majority of people who suffer from a mental illness do not seek the help they need due to the stigma associated with being labelled mentally ill? During Mental Health Week we undertake various initiatives to show that we will not discriminate against those who experience mental illness and that we will take the steps needed to protect our own physical AND mental health.

Monday - PD Day (no school)

Tuesday - Fresh Air Classes
Many of our lessons are taking place outdoors knowing that fresh air and a connection to our natural environment is good for both the mind and body. Pictured are our Top Wolves students on their Empathy Walk this afternoon and a small sample of grade 6 students working on assignments in the courtyard.

Wednesday - Hats on for Mental Health
The wearing of hats and hoodies is discouraged on regular school days, but today is an exception. Students are encouraged to put something on top as a reminder to take care of what's underneath that hat!

Thursday - Wear Green
Green is the desginated colour of the mental health awareness campaign ribbon. May 5 is also Red Dress Day across Canada to acknowledge missing and murdered Indigenous women.  Students can wear red ... or green ... or both!

Friday - Deadline for Magnet Design
Project PEACE is encouraging students to come up with a new design for a fridge magnet which conveys a message about mental health. Every school will get their own unique magnet and the winner of each design will get bragging rights and a set of bluetooth headphones.  On Friday afternoon, our Top Wolves will also be passing out bags to each classroom with a treat they baked in the Foods Lab plus other goodies.  

Swimming - January 19, 2022

Swimming is part of the physical education program for all of our grade 5 and 6 students. Check out these photos Mrs. Smar took ofher 5A students having fun and improving their swimming skills at the Peace Regional Pool.

Fun in the Snow - January 14, 2022

It's so nice to see a return of warmer temperatures so we can spend our recess time outdoors in the snow! Here's wishing you a wonderful weekend. Follow the lead of the students in these photos by bundling up and heading out to the toboggan hills or whatever else your family does to have fun outdoors. No matter what your age, fresh air and exercise is great for your body and mental health. 
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Mornings at TAN: September 10, 2021

Mornings are fun here at T.A. Norris. When the supervisors are ready at 8:25, the hallway lights go on and children can head to their lockers, play games in the library, hang out in the hallways with their friends, grab a snack from the breakfast window, find a quiet place to read, or work independently in their classrooms. We'll open up the gymnasium after Thanksgiving, but for now the outdoor basketball court is a great way to burn off some energy before heading to class at 8:48 a.m.

Last Day of School: June 25, 2021

Our last day of school on Friday was a blast! Thank you to the Peace River Fire Department for providing a fabulous sprinkler system to keep our kiddos cool in the hot sun. Here's hoping all our T.A. Norris families have a wonderful summer with lots of great memories to bring back to us at the end of August. Keep smiling, keep laughing, and keep learning.

Long Service Awards: June 9, 2021

Superintendent Paul Bennett and School Trustee Crystal Owens made a special presentation to two of our teachers with the entire staff in attendance to cheer them on. Mrs. Strachan received her five-year award and Mr. Schamehorn was acknowledged for his fifteen years with the Division. Following the presentation, Mr. Johnson stepped forward to thank the retiring Mr. Bennett for his committment to PRSD ... and make sure he brings a bit of T.A. Norris back with him to Newfoundland. Congratulations to all!

Bus Driver Appreciation Day: May 7, 2021

Provincial Bus Driver Appreciation Day was officially on May 4, but since Monday was a PD Day, we waited until today to pass out little tokens of thanks to the dedicated drivers who bring our students safely to and from school each day. It's been a challenging year for everyone and we are so thankful for our bus drivers. Although it was Mr. Pittman and Mr. Guey who had the pleasure of chatting with each of them at the end of the day, the sentiment comes from all of us at T.A. Norris Middle School: THANK YOU FOR YOUR MILES AND MILES OF SERVICE!

Top Wolves Strike Again: Mar 31, 2021

Austin shows off the bag of Easter candy he received today as a send-off to Spring Break. Parents of online students, you can come to the school to pick up your child's treats. Thank you to the Top Wolves Leadership exploratory class for filling 200+ bags of goodies this week and to Mr. Pittman for your role in nurturing our next generation of community-minded leaders.

My Teacher is Awesome: Mar 30, 2021

Congratulations to Jordan Bennett, 5A who won an amazing basket of goodies from the Town of Peace River today for telling them why his teacher is AWESOME. Jordon wrote that Mr. Andersen “makes math make sense.” Mr. Andersen also got an assortment of treats including gift certificates to local businesses and dozens of items which had funny little messages of appreciation attached to them. Thank you to Jenny Sasseville,of Peace River Community Services for organizing the contest. We certainly appreciate all the teachers at T.A. Norris Middle School and we are lucky to live in a town which recognizes their many efforts to go above and beyond.

Amazing Race Parents Edition: Nov 16-20, 2020

Our Top Wolves Exploratory students planned an Amazing Race to celebrate Parents Matter Week in which students and their parents were required to travel to predetermined locations around town where activities had been set up and left for Parents Matter Week. Families were able to participate at a time that worked best for them and were required to send in photos of them doing the activities. 

Thank you to our community partners/sponsors:
Nic at River City Cinema (family movie passes)
Melanie at Green Valley Dental
Benjie at Mr. Mikes Steakhouse Casual (gift certificate)
Cole at Boston Pizza (gift certificate)
Peter at Mighty Peace Chevrolet Buick GMC (vehicle detailing)

The two grand prize winners were the Davies family and the Leroux family.

A gift from Northern Sunrise County: Nov 2, 2020

Riley from Grade 7 shows off the handy cutlery set he and every student in the school received today, thanks to a grant from Northern Sunrise County. The sets will help reduce the waste of single-use plastics as students will be able to wash them after each lunch and store them in their lockers for use all year long. A big thank you from all of us to Carolyn Kolebaba (Reeve) Corinna Williams (Deputy Reeve) and councillors Audrey Gall, Dan Boisvert, and Gaylene Whitehead for approving our donation request.

We appreciate our Custodial Staff: Oct. 2, 2020

Today is National Custodial Staff Appreciation Day! We cannot say enough about our custodial staff here at T.A. Norris Middle School. They are thorough, kind, would do anything to help, and so much more!!! We could not operate without them, especially with this pandemic going on. They have really had to do so much more than they have always donearound here! Thank you all from the bottom of our hearts! You rock and are truly a part of Team Awesome!!!

Colouring Contests: 2020-2021

Mrs. Hamilton encouraged our students to show their artistic side on more than one occasion before she moved to Drumheller and Mrs. Blench continued the tradition with colouring contests held through the library.  

Winners of the Remembrance Day Colouring Contest were:
1st place - Makayla van Tamelen, 2nd place - Elizabeth Vassallo, 3rd place - Esha Shukla

Winners of the Timberwolves Colouring Contest Winners were:
1st place - Janaya Leadlay, 2nd place - Ashlynn Frayne, 3rd place - Ava Lunn. 

Wnners of the Christmas Ornament Colouring Contest were:
1st place - Macey Clements, 2nd place - Ava Lunn, 3rd place - Conan Still

Winners of the Candy Cane Colouring Contest were:
1st place - Esha Shukla, 2nd place - Emma Blohm, 3rd place - Delaney Kyluik.