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Hawk Talk : Running Start

The Hawk Talk nest has expanded! Our new reporter, Aiden Campbell (grade six), will be spotlighting the latest happenings in grades five and six at CC in the elementary news. Welcome to the nest, Aiden.

The elementary is off to a great start with our grades five and six classes already moving at full speed. Mrs. Jackie Kaster continues to teach one of the two grade six classes, while Mr. Michael MacKay who has replaced Mrs. Deb Corry, teaches the other. Mr. MacKay comes to us from Youngstown School. Mr. MacKay has also been busy building computers for his students to use in his classroom from donated computers and parts, which has been great as everyone now has a computer to use.

Mr. MacKay will be starting a new after-school club called the Maker’s Club. The Maker’s Club will be doing things such as game development, robotics, and creating 3-D shapes using a 3D printer. This club is inspired by the maker’s movement which is helping school kids try new things like coding, game development, and robotics. Mr. MacKay will be using a website that allows you to create anything from Space Invaders to a hide and seek game, to games like Battleship. Mr. MacKay’s grade six class can use this website and it is very user-friendly! There will be two groups of students in the club. One of the groups will be for grades 5 to 8, and the other will be for grades 9 to 12. The club follows the acronym: S.T.E.A.M (Science Technology Engineering Art Mathematics). The younger group of students will be focusing mainly on game development, while the older group will be working on robotics, traditional coding, and designing 3D projects for output on a 3D printer.

It was Meet the Teacher morning on Monday, September 12th at 8 am. A few parents showed up to say hello to their children’s teachers and to have a coffee and a muffin.

The first pep rally of the year was held on Friday, September 16th. The entire school got together to cheer on both the senior girls volleyball team who were heading to their first tournament in Three Hills, and the football team who were heading to Sedgewick, as well as introducing us to the junior high girls volleyball squad and the newly reformed tennis team. To see which team was the “best” a friendly competition ensued. The footballers won that contest.

Our Hanna Hawks football team won their first regular season game against Sedgewick Rams 13 to 11 on Friday, September 16th. Unfortunately, the game was called minutes into the third quarter on account of injuries suffered by Sedgewick, who could no longer field a team. Best wishes for a speedy recovery for the Sedgewick players. A big thanks goes out to parents Mr. Francis and Mr. Beckie, and student Nathan Limpert who covered the game live on Radio Hanna.

The school’s New Media Club run by Mrs. McCormick, and Yearbook Club run by Mrs. Ayrey, have officially started. If anybody is interested in joining, please talk to the respective teachers in charge, there is still room left in both clubs! As well, our S.W.A.T. (Student Wellness Action Team) is looking to recruit new members, so please talk to Miss Nissen or Mrs. Forsyth if you are thinking of getting involved.

Former students who have a used TI/83 or TI/84 calculator they no longer need and would like to sell are asked to contact our front office staff as we have students needing these calculators for math classes and the new ones are very pricey.

Coming up this month at JCC, on the 23rd of September, the Hanna Hawks will be having their home opener game at 4:30 pm. If you are unable to attend, please tune into www.radiohanna.ca for the live cast of this game. There will be a Terry Fox run on the 29th and last but not least, and there will be no school on the 30th as it will be a professional development day for the staff.

It has been a good start to the school year so far, with all of the usual activities back up to full speed and some new ones added to the list. Aiden and I look forward to bringing you more updates in a couple of weeks once all the local rodeo madness has passed.

Ashlyn McCormick (Grade 10)
Aiden Campbell (Grade 6)
J.C. Charyk Hanna School

(This item was published in the September 21st edition of the Hanna Herald.)

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