Hawk Talk : Sports Slowdown

Things may have slowed down with sports somewhat recently, but J.C. Charyk Hanna School is still a beehive of activity. There have been lots of events, guests, meetings, and even an assembly.

JCC’s School Council met on March 21st in the new theatre. The meeting was well attended with a discussion about the use of school facilities by the public, the installation of the elementary playground, staffing issues, and an introduction of Ms. Angela Boyes, our new vice principal who replaces former VP Mr. Scott Koller (now the principal at Veteran School).

The Hanna Youth Club brought in Peter Katz, a youth speaker, to present at J.C. Charyk Hanna School on March 22nd. Our new performing arts room was full up with grade six through nine students from both JCC and Youngstown School. Peter has a tremendous passion for working with youth. He was here to raise awareness for our upcoming Teen Activity Fair in September.

Sadly, the grade 4-6 ski trip on March 23rd was canceled due to a lack of snow on the hill. Here’s hoping the weather is more accommodating next year.

Grade one students have adopted grandparents at Hanna Lodge. Both kids and grandparents had a lot of fun visiting, reading together, and engaging in activities like shuffleboard on March 24th.

Dr. Jody Carrington is a psychologist who helps others, particularly youth, form healthy and lasting relationships, and to learn to manage stress in their own lives. JCC’s Leadership Group had her come in and speak to students at the school on March 24th. As well, she was interviewed by Mrs. McCormick’s COM TECH class for Radio Hanna.

Congratulations to J.C. Charyk Hanna School grade ten student Ashlyn McCormick who took third place in senior presentations at the East Central Alberta 4-H Regional Presentations in Veteran, Alberta, on March 25th. Praise also goes to grade eight student Abbeygale Brady who took first in East Central Alberta 4-H Regional Public speaking on March 26th.

On March 29th, Roxanne Clark, manager of Western Financial Group’s Hanna branch, presented a cheque for $600 for advertising on Radio Hanna to Mrs. Jennifer McCormick, one of the program’s founders who teaches high school English at JCC. The advertising funds from Western Financial Group will go towards purchasing hardware for kids to use at the school.

Mrs. LaClaire’s grade five class took a trip to the Drumheller Music Festival on Thursday the 29th where they took part in the festivities by singing, reading poems out loud, and so on.

JCC also had its annual Career fair on the 29th. Colleges from Western Canada come to our school and educated students about the programs they offer. There were a large number of colleges on hand. The fair was well attended by high school students from across our school division. Thanks to Emily and Katie Kurbis, JCC students who were on hand to help cover the fair on Radio Hanna.

Elementary parent/teacher interviews were held on the 29th and 30th. Thank you to all of those parents who made the time to come visit with teachers about their children.

There was a Jump Rope for Heart kick-off assembly on the 30th. Parents and students can expect to receive fundraising forms shortly. The Jump Rope for Heart event itself takes place on April 28th.

For upcoming events, junior and senior high reports cards come out on April 13th. Easter Break will be from April 14th to the 23rd. Students return to school on April 24th. JCC’s official grand re-opening that celebrates the completion of our modernization is taking place on April 25th. The community is invited to come tour our newly upgraded facilities.

Hawk Talk will be back on April 19th, bringing you more of the exciting goings on at our school. Until then the staff and students at JCC wish everyone in Hanna a safe and happy Easter.

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

(This item was published in the April 5th, 2017 edition of the Hanna Herald.)

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