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Hawk Talk : Fear the Beard

If you thought Duck Dynasty had arrived in Hanna, you weren’t half wrong! Mrs. LaClaire’s drama class interviewed Mr. Tim Martin and then wrote a skit about him, which they performed on Friday, November 27th. The students enjoyed learning about the life of Hanna’s most hirsute teacher and then sharing things they liked about him in their performance. There were a lot of kids sporting epic beards! Coffee cups, too.

Hanna Primary School and JCC are working together to create enhanced programming for phys-ed students. Cooperative basketball clinics were held between HPS grades 3 and 4 classes, Mrs. Kukurudza, and Mr. Davies senior phys-ed classes in the week of November 23rd. It culminated with the Grade 3/4 group coming over to JCC on Nov 27th. There were teacher vs student games, which resulted in a bit of boisterous name calling. It was a fun way to finish up the clinics and also a great cooperative/mentorship opportunity.

The post-secondary institutions that made presentations to Mrs. McCormick’s Life and Safety Ed class and any other interested senior high students were SAIT on November 25th, and the University of Lethbridge on November 30th.

We’ve had a hard time prying sports information out of our basketball coaches, so we’ve had to resort to creeping the Facebook pages of basketball parents for news. Congrats to the Hawks Sr. Boys basketball team for defeating Drumheller 84-50 and then Crossfield 103-30 on November 29th. Wish we had more to share here, but no such luck…..

Mrs. Fredericks reports that some folks from Medicine Hat College came on November 27/28 to review career assessments with several of our grade 12 students. As well, portfolio sessions continue for the grade 12 students. Please be sure to sign up and attend so you can put your most awesomest foot forward when developing your portfolio. We’d also like to say a HUGE thank you to Cactus Corridor Economic Development Corporation for donating some extremely nice binders for students to use for their grade 12 portfolios.

The annual milk contest ended December 4th! Any students that ordered milk at the fabulous concession were given scratch tickets as well. Their names were intered in a draw to win an iPad. Here’s hoping a JCC student is the lucky winner!

Mr. Kukurdudza and Mr. White want to acknowledge the incredible work that Curtis J. is doing with JCC’s recycling program. He has recently taken on an additional student (Josie) under his wing and is teaching her the ropes about what he does for the school and how he does it. Everyone appreciates how hard Curtis has been working in this program and how cheerfully he goes about this work. Thanks so much Curtis!

The drama group will be doing a Christmas play called Alice in Winterland written by Elizabeth Marks. Come see why the Queen of Hearts becomes a “ba-humbug Scrooge” for Christmas. The play will be at 2:30 in the afternoon and again at 7:15pm on Tuesday, December 15, 2015. Anyone is welcome. It should be lots of fun so we’re hoping for a good turnout from the community. The drama group will have a donation jar by the door for the evening performance to raise funds for future drama projects.

Finally, phase one of the modernization is wrapping up and we are getting ready for phase two. This will mean grade five and six students will be moving from the north end of the school to the south end soon, and this involves a tonne of work for our poor elementary teachers. There will be a bit of upheaval because of this, and we hope all students and parents will bear with us through these changes as JCC works towards becoming a more modern school. As our school motto says, “we’re all in this together.”

Ashlyn McCormick
Grade 9B
J.C. Charyk Hanna School

(Published in the December 9th, 2015 edition of the Hanna Herald.)

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