Lots of Action for the Wolfpack in 2018!

We are really excited for the opportunities that 2018 will bring for our students, parents and staff! I am hoping to share just a few of the upcoming events with you in this post so please take a moment to read on.

The Wolfpack wrapped up a busy 2017, with lots of learning and fun! I encourage you to take a moment to learn about just a few of the recent activities of our students in my previous post, “Wrapping up the Year“.

The staff of Woodhaven Middle School works extremely hard to help each of our students find a connection to our school. While we know that the learning that happens within our classrooms throughout the day is absolutely critical, we also know that our students and parents truly appreciate the extracurricular opportunities we provide to our kids.

Here are just a few of the opportunities happening in January for your children.

Wrestling Club

We are pleased to be able to partner with Spruce Grove Composite High School and Greystone Centennial Middle School to offer a Wrestling program for both boys and girls in grades 5-9.  This program will be offered at Woodhaven Middle School, each Tuesday afternoon at 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. starting on Tuesday, January 16th and running throughout the spring. There is no fee for this club!

Wrestling is a unique sport in so many ways, offering a different opportunity for our students. “Wrestling is one of the few sports that does not requires a certain physical aspect in order to be successful. An athlete does not need to be large or small, heavy or light in order to be a good competitor in wrestling.” (Alberta Amateur Wrestling Association)

We are fortunate to have a highly qualified Wrestling coach, Mr. James Pratt who will be leading the program for our students. Mr. Pratt will be supported by staff from Greystone and Woodhaven throughout the program.

Permission forms for this program can be picked up in the office and must be completed and returned to the office prior to participation. Please feel free to direct any questions to Mr. Patras at Woodhaven Middle School.

Art Club

If Wrestling isn’t your child’s thing, perhaps Art Club is! Mrs. Smith has been running an art club for the past several weeks on Tuesdays from 3:15 – 4:15 p.m. in her classroom. Students are given a few choices of the type of artwork they would like to create and Mrs. Smith is there to help! This club is drop in style, meaning that students do not need to commit to every week if they are unable to do so. Art club is free of charge and a lot of fun! Feel free to contact Mrs. Smith if you have any questions about this great opportunity!

Homework Club

This one is pretty self-explanatory 🙂 On Wednesdays from 3:15 – 4:15 Mrs. Wolfert, and Educational Assistant in grade 6, is available to support any students who require some extra help and time to complete work, study or catch up on the learning in their classes! This opportunity is absolutely free and a great opportunity for your child. If you would like your child to participate in this activity please feel free to email any one of your child’s teachers to let them know.

Basketball

We are very proud to again be offering 6 basketball teams this season! While the tryouts for these teams were completed just before Christmas, we have over 70 kids participating on these teams and representing the Wolfpack! All students are encouraged to come out and cheer on our teams throughout the week at our home games. Games are announced each week during morning announcements.

Triple Threat Theatre

Under the direction of Ms. Young and Ms. Weimer, we are really excited to see the upcoming performances of “Beauty and the Beast” at Horizon Stage in just a few months! Our talented actors and actresses have been rehearsing almost everyday for the past several weeks and will continue to do so!

These are just a few of the opportunities available to our students currently at Woodhaven Middle School. Please continue to check our school announcements, which are posted on our website daily to learn about more exciting upcoming opportunities such as intramurals and Spring League Basketball.

Until next time…

Mr. S. Patras

Principal, Woodhaven Middle School

 

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Wrapping Up the Year!

It is almost impossible to believe that we are already at the Christmas break and approaching a new year! So much has happened at Woodhaven  that the time has flown by. Before I get into sharing some of the most recent events at our school I want to make sure that. on behalf of the staff of Woodhaven Middle School, I take a moment to wish all of our families a safe, restful and fun holiday season with family and friends.

Just this week we have had so many events that I want to share with our families. Most recently, today we hosted our Wolfpack Winter Celebration where we invited all 630 students and our staff into the gym to celebrate the contributions our kids have made to their communities. Our kids did everything from making Christmas cards and delivering them to people within our community, to signing Christmas Carols in our community, to organizing door decorating contests, to volunteering in shelters within the inner city of Edmonton.

On Thursday evening we were entertained by the gr 6/7 band and the gr 8/9 band at Spruce Grove Composite High School as they performed several pieces and shared their musical talents with us. It is amazing to see how quickly they have progressed with their musical skills!

 

We were also very fortunate to have had the opportunity to join the MCP students and staff of Brookwood School on Wednesday for our second Joint Chapel of the school year. It was a great opportunity to bring our entire MCP program together to share and celebrate.

 

As you can see, there’s been lots going on within the Wolfpack just this last week, and much more to come in the new year! Keep an eye out for information on our newly formed Wrestling Club, which will be open to all students, male and female in grades 5-9 starting on Tuesday, January 16th!

Have a wonderful Holiday break. We look forward to seeing you all in the new year!

Sincerely,

 

Mr. S. Patras

Principal, Woodhaven Middle School

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Coming Soon… Report Cards

As many of our parents know, Woodhaven Middle School will be issuing our report cards this Friday, December 1st. With this in mind, there is much to share and discuss.

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Report Cards Available on Powerschool

First, a reminder that report cards will be available through your child’s Powerschool account again this year. If you need any help setting up your account or accessing the report card, please call one of our awesome secretaries (Mrs. Golinowski, Mrs. Anderson or Mrs. Farris) who will step you through the process. If you require a hard copy of the report card, you simply need to call the office to let us know and we will be happy to send one home with your child.

Revisions to the report card for 2017-18

Parkland School Division No. 70 has been listening to feedback from parents, students and teachers and has made some revisions to the report card that you will see coming home.  In this video Superintendent Tim Monds discusses much of our journey thus far.

While you will see several changes to the report card this year, I would like to bring a few to your attention. You can also find a great summary of the revisions to the report card on the PSD website with this link.

Samples of the Gr 4-6 report card can be viewed here, with the 7-9 report card being found here.

Citizenship and Social Responsibility (CSR)

You will notice that the revised report card no longer has a section dedicated to CSR. Rest assured that staff continue to support the development of our students not only as learners but as people as well. Our work through Health Days at Woodhaven Middle School, our “Connects” projects and guest speakers such as Wade Sorochan who spoke on the topic of Social Media and it’s impact on our relationships are just a few of the ways we continue this important work.

21st Century Learner Competencies

Students are the artists, scientists, thinkers, innovators and leaders of the future. They will be tasked with solving the problems of today, while imagining and creating a new tomorrow. Competencies are critical for equipping students with the knowledge, skills and attitudes that they will need to successfully navigate their personal journeys in learning, living and working. (Ministerial Order on Student Learning #001/2013)

I can’t really say it any better than that!

  1. CRITICAL THINKING
  2. COMMUNICATION
  3. PROBLEM SOLVING
  4. COLLABORATION
  5. MANAGING INFORMATION
  6. CULTURAL AND GLOBAL CITIZENSHIP
  7. CREATIVITY AND INNOVATION
  8. PERSONAL GROWTH AND WELL-BEING

You will find brief comments on your child’s progress on the competencies listed above within our report card. More information about the competencies can be learned with the “Competencies: Frequently Asked Questions” .

Grade Level of Achievement

You will see, within each subject area, an indication of the grade level your child is currently achieving at. Based on the level of understanding your child has demonstrated of the learning outcomes and skills to this point, teachers will determine whether your child is either “At” or “Below” grade level at this point in the school year.

How is my child doing? A clear answer

You will see a much more clear explanation on the Achievement Indicators within the report card as the wording has been changed as shown below.

BEG (Beginning) – Achievement is not yet at what is expected for the grade level
APP (Approaching Proficiency) – Achievement is close but not yet at what is expected for the grade level
PRF (Proficient) – Achievement at what is expected for the grade level
EXM (Exemplary) – Achievement extends beyond what is expected for the grade level
U Unable to assess – outcomes not taught, insufficient evidence to assess

In addition to the achievement indicators being provided for the various skills within each subject, teachers will be clearly indicating if a student is currently performing AT, or BELOW their grade level of instruction at that point of the year.

Report Card Comments

On the revised report card, you will find the comments to be shorter, and they will no longer be exclusively on the last page. You will find comments embedded throughout the report card, with the corresponding subject.

Our aim with these comments is to provide you just a quick snapshot of your child’s learning. Please feel free to email, call or set up a meeting with your teacher to review your child’s progress. We are always happy to get together with you and your child to discuss progress.

So Many Ways to Communicate Learning

While the report card remains an important piece of the reporting puzzle, please know that at Woodhaven Middle School we work hard to communicate about your child’s learning throughout the year.

You may be receiving emails, phone calls, or blog posts discussing the learning happening in your child’s classroom. Our recent Parent/Student/Teacher Interviews provided a great opportunity to discuss the progress of our kids. While we look forward to the chance to connect with you during these scheduled interview times, please do not hesitate to call us anytime to arrange a meeting to discuss your child’s learning progress at any point within the school year.

You can find more information about the revised report cards on the PSD website, or by calling me at the school. I welcome your questions.

Until next time…

Mr. S. Patras

Principal, Woodhaven Middle School

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Newest Members of the Wolfpack

We are excited to welcome a few new members to the Wolfpack Staff. You may have heard that Mrs. Cherie Lovsund has joined our team as an Assistant Principal. Mrs. Lovsund brings many strengths to our team, including her background in Literacy.

Also new to the Wolfpack is Mrs. Amber Fijala, our Community Support Worker, who will work alongside Mrs. Scheidl (our School Counselor) to support our students and families. Mrs. Fijala sends the following message to our school community:

I’m very excited to be joining Woodhaven Middle School as a Community Support Worker! I will be working alongside Mrs. Scheidl to provide support to students and families, and will most often be working TuesdayThursday, and Friday.

I reside in Stony Plain with my husband and two children and enjoy spending time outdoors and attending various events offered throughout the communities of Spruce Grove and Stony Plain. I look forward to learning, sharing my knowledge, meeting new faces, and becoming a valuable member within the school community!

Finally, we are excited to have Mrs. Cindy Pitchford joining our team as an Educational Assistant.

Until next time…

Mr. S. Patras

Principal, Woodhaven Middle School

 

 

 

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October Arrives!

While the month of September has flown by, there is much happening at Woodhaven Middle School in October. The calendar on our public website offers a quick glance at many of the events and activities of September & October, but I will highlight just a few of these.

School Council

We were very appreciative to have a great turnout at our first School Council meeting, filling all of our positions! You will receive information and an invitation to our October meeting in the upcoming weeks.

A few items of particular interest at this meeting was the discussion on school fees and communication between school and home. I will be presenting additional information to council on fees ranging from Volleyball and CTF/Option Fees to Field Trip Fees during our October meeting.

Council asked that I remind parents that there are many ways to stay connected with what’s happening at Woodhaven Middle School so I thought I would highlight these briefly once again.

Home/School Communication

Perhaps the most important source of information from our school comes from our School Website . Please subscribe on the bottom right corner. This subscription allows us to keep you informed of important events such as Hot Lunch, Yearbook purchases, and School Pictures to name just a few.

We would encourage you to consider following us on our Facebook Page, or our Twitter Account.  Another great source of school information are our daily announcements which are posted to our website by noon each day.  If you have a question you would like to ask of any staff member, you can find the email addresses on our staff list. If your child is on one of our many extracurricular teams or in Fall Ball, you can find information from our Physical Education team on our PE Blog, or the PE Instagram Account. Of course, we always welcome a phone call or the opportunity to schedule an appointment to meet and discuss your questions.

Other Important Events

We have a few important, upcoming events that I would like to remind you of.

Parent/Student/Teacher Conferences

Parent/Student/Teacher Conferences are fast approaching on October 18th and 19th. Parents and students are encouraged to book an appointment with their child’s teachers to discuss the learning thus far. You should have received an email outlining how to register for these appointments online. If you require any support with this process, please do not hesitate to contact on our school office at 780-962-2626.  If these dates do not work for you, please feel free to contact your child’s teachers directly to make alternate arrangements.

Woodhaven Middle School Parents’ Association

The Parents’ Association will be holding its first meeting and elections this Friday, October 14th at 4:00 p.m. in our school library. All are welcome and encouraged to consider attending. Positions available range from President to Casino Coordinator. The Woodhaven Middle School Parents’ Association typically meets 3 or 4 times per year and supports the fundraising efforts of our school with initiatives ranging from Booster Juice coupon sales to our Bi-Annual Casino. This group of dedicated volunteers provides so many opportunities and items to the students of our school and we are greatly appreciative of their efforts.

At Woodhaven Middle School we are proud of the various opportunities that we provide to our students ranging from our Fine Arts to Extracurricular Sports and clubs. Please continue to stay connected with these opportunities through our website to make the most of your child’s middle school experience!

Until next time…

Mr. S. Patras

Principal, Woodhaven Middle School

 

 

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Into October!

It’s hard to believe that we are already moving into October at Woodhaven Middle School!  Before we look ahead, we should quickly touch on a few of the many great events from September.

Very recently, we were excited to welcome Wade Sorochan to Woodhaven to speak to our students in grades 7-9 on the impact of Social Media on their personal wellness. Wade also spoke to parents in an evening session on Thursday, September 26th at Stony Plain Central School.

Also last week, our Maranatha Christian Program participated in See You At the Pole and many students at Woodhaven participated in Orange Shirt Day.

As we look forward to October we have quite a bit happening that I would like to tell you about.

Later this week, on October 4th at 8:30 a.m. our Maranatha Christian Program (MCP) will be hosting the first Joint Chapel, inviting our friends from Brookwood School. All parents are invited to join us for this opportunity.

On October 5th our public health nurse will be coming out to discuss the impending immunizations for our gr 5&9 students. This will be followed up with forms coming home for those parents, so please keep an eye out.

As you are likely aware, Friday October 6th is a Professional Development Day in Parkland School Division, so students will be excited for a super long weekend, as they are not required to attend on Friday, or on Monday October 9th as it is Thanksgiving.

Also coming soon are our 1st Parent/Student/Teacher Interviews on October 18th and 19th. You will be receiving information soon on how to book an appointment for this next opportunity to discuss your child’s progress so far. We strongly encourage parents to bring their children with them, as they are the focus of all of our efforts and have much to contribute!

There’s so much happening at Woodhaven, (just a bit of what I’ve touched on here) and so many ways to learn about it. Please continue to check out our Facebook Page, our Twitter Feed, the PE blog and Instagram Account and our Daily Announcements!

Until next time,

Mr. S. Patras

Principal, Woodhaven Middle School

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What’s Happening With the Wolfpack

I would like to start by thanking all of our parents for your efforts in supporting your kids through the start of the school year. We have seen lots of smiling faces and excited learners over the past two weeks.

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We are grateful that so many of you were able to attend our recent Meet the Staff Night where we served over 650 Hot Dogs! It was a fantastic evening of food and conversation. If you were unable to join us for that evening, don’t hesitate to contact your child’s teachers to arrange an alternate time to meet them. You can find your child’s teachers on our website .

Woodhaven students also enjoyed a great afternoon this past Friday raising funds for the Terry Fox foundation with our annual Terry Fox Run.

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While the first two weeks of the year have flown by, there’s much more coming our way that I wanted to share with you.

School Pictures

Our school pictures are happening tomorrow, Monday September 18th. If you did not receive the reminder email you have not yet subscribed to our school email list. Please consider doing so for important information such as hot lunches, school presentations and upcoming events just to name a few.

You can subscribe to our emailing list by scrolling down to the bottom right corner of our website and entering your email address, then clicking “subscribe”.

Extracurricular Sports

Our Cross Country team recently participated in the Tomahawk run and won several medals and top 10 finishes! All students are welcome to join this team, just see Mr. Bock. This Thursday, September 21st we are hosting the Woodhaven Cross Country run so come on out and cheer on the Wolfpack!

Our volleyball teams are beginning to take shape and are excited to represent our school this season. More updates to come as the season progresses.

School Choirs

Ms. Young and Ms. Weimer are excited to share that they have over 60 students participating in our Senior Choir this year! More info to come on the other choirs in the upcoming weeks.

School Council

Our School Council’s AGM and elections are being held this Thursday, September 21st at 6:00 p.m. in our School Library Commons. All are welcome to attend and share their thoughts. School Council is a great way to connect with other parents, School Administration and our Trustees.

Social Media Learning Opportunity for Students and Parents

Woodhaven Middle School is proud to be partnering with several other PSD schools to bring Wade Sorochan to our school on Wednesday, September 27th to speak with our grade 7-9 students on the impacts of Social Media. Wayne’s presentation, titled “Unsocial Media; Virtual World Causing Real World Anxiety” takes a look at the effects that social media can have on our children. Wade will speak to our students about the importance of maintaining a healthy balance between the real and digital worlds.  Wade will share his story with students and will discuss some strategies that can be used to help address some of the negative feelings that people sometimes experience as a result of their time online.

One of the things that is also clear in looking at research around resiliency and supporting students is the importance of having a strong connection with the adults in their lives.  As a result, in addition to the student session that will be delivered on the 27th at Woodhaven Middle School, we will also be hosting a parent information session on the evening of September 28th from 6:30-8:00 at Stony Plain Central School.  To get an idea of numbers we are asking that parents register in order to confirm attendance and ensure that we have enough space.  There will be no charge for this event.  To register please go to http://bit.ly/WSParentinfo.

You can look forward to another message in the upcoming weeks with information on the various ways to stay informed about what’s happening at Woodhaven Middle School. In the meantime, please don’t hesitate to call, email or simply stop by the school to introduce yourself and ask questions.

Sincerely,

Mr. S. Patras

Principal, Woodhaven Middle School

 

 

 

 

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