It’s been a busy April so far, filled with book fairs, ski trips, and fabulous plays in our new theater facility here at JCC. A book fair was held for the for the elementary students from April 4th to 6th to help promote literacy in the primary end of the school. There were many happy bookworms departing the fair with their newfound treasures.
On April 7th, the junior/senior high students went to Lake Louise for their ski trip. We are pleased to report that everyone returned intact, sporting all of the limbs they departed with.
JCC’s archery team went to Youngstown for their annual archery tournament on April 7th. Holly Karg was the top shooter amongst the elementary girls with a score of 266! Their next trip is to the Alberta NASP Provincials, which are coming up on the 28th in Drayton Valley, Alberta.
Mrs. LaClaire’s junior high drama class performed “But We Don’t” on the evening of the 12th and then again on the afternoon of the 13th. The performances were well-received.
Grade seven students Owen Olsen and Jacob Maynes were the big winners of the Leadership Raffle on April 13th. The chocolate bunny that went as first prize was nearly as tall as Owen, who won it. We hope he doesn’t try to eat it all in one day. Jacob scored the jar full of goodies from the candy guess contest.
The Leadership Group also picked the winners of the colouring contest: Ryley Hickle in grade 1 and Nuri Lee in grade 2 tied for first place, second place went to Piper Renaud in grade 3, and third place went to Kiara Yalte-Wright in grade 2.
Also on the 13th, JCC’s High School Rodeo crew journeyed to PLRD’s Central Office here in Hanna to make a presentation to the Board of Trustees. Abigail Warwick, Walker Hutton, Reggie Hutton, Abby Grantham, Denton Burns, and Hallie Sunstrum educated the board about what comes with being involved in High School Rodeo (e.g. having good attendance and being in good academic standing to be allowed to participate) and explored ways that PLRD could help support their program.
JCC finally has a new playground for the primary kids and they are LOVING IT! Huge shout outs to volunteers from ATCO, the Town of Hanna, and Carillion for providing bodies to help with the install. Much love goes to Jackie Gold and Jean Beckie for keeping the volunteers full of coffee and snacks. Finally, thanks so much to the Hanna Community School Enhancement Society (HCSES) folks for raising the necessary funds, and to all those who donated to make this playground become a reality.
Thursday, April 13th was the last day of school before the Easter break, so report cards were sent home with everyone. Those parents who haven’t seen one yet may want to start making inquiries at this point.
Despite it being a week off from school, some intrepid senior high students are taking on a First Aid course on April 21st and 22nd at the school. Education on days off — now that’s commitment! (And hopefully a ‘get out of jail free’ card with Mrs. Limpert later in the year.)
Upcoming news includes the Grand Opening of the JCC modernization which will be on April 25th. At 10 am there will be a ribbon cutting ceremony. From 4-6:30 pm will be the open house and tours. Student broadcasters for Radio Hanna will be livecasting at both those times. School Council meets that same day at 6:30 pm.
The junior/senior high parent-teacher interviews will be on Thursday, April 27 from 4-7 pm in the North Gym.
That sums up this week’s edition of Hawk Talk. We’ll be back in a few weeks after we finish all of our Easter candy.
Ashlyn McCormick (Grade 10)
J.C. Charyk Hanna School
(This item was published in the April 19th, 2017 edition of the Hanna Herald.)