Hawk Talk : Open House

The return from Easter break saw students coming out of their chocolate comas, and staff emerging from a well-deserved vacation, with some even returning from Japan.

Over the Easter break, Mr.Breadner and Miss Hiles chaperoned Troy McKeage and Tia Schnurer on the EF trip to Japan. We hear tell that they sampled unique cuisine (wasabi Kit Kats anyone?), bullet trains, and crowds.

The hottest thing around JCC nowadays continues to be the brand new playground and outdoor exercise equipment that was installed at the south end of the school. Big thank you to all the volunteers and PLRD staff who built and installed the equipment.

Over the break, our school got tricked out in preparation for our grand opening. Gratitude is extended to Mrs. Forsyth for planting one of the Garden Towers during Easter break. The space sure seems a whole lot brighter! Thank you also to the maintenance and custodial staff who worked hard to make sure that the school was prepped for the Grand Opening on April 25.

Although the weather prevented the morning’s ribbon-cutting ceremony, the evening tours and cake went on. Radio Hanna volunteer broadcasters were there to mark the event, and play some good music while we’re at it. Thank you to Mr. John Deadlock, Aiden Campbell, Sarah Creasy, and Ashlyn McCormick for filling the airwaves. Thanks to Mr. and Mrs. McCormick for tech and moral support. A date will be announced later for the rescheduled ribbon-cutting ceremony.

A huge congratulations and thank you to educational assistant Mrs. Marla Wallace who retired on Friday, April 28th. We will miss you, and wish you the best in your well-deserved retirement!
There were archery provincials in Drayton Valley on April 28th. The team included: Devin Buchwitz, Aiden Campbell, Tanner Cormier, Reece Fandrich, Braydon Foden, Britney Gross, Holly Karg, Ashlyn McCormick, Zinhle Mdawe, Grace Scheler, and Josh Weich. Congratulations on your performances!

While the archers were off, many other students in our school participated in the Jump Rope for Heart celebration organized by Mrs. Koller. Thanks to everyone who participated and raised money for our worthy cause.

We know that the end of the year is approaching as portfolios, achievement tests, field trips, and provincial testing are on tap. This year’s graduates presented their portfolios to a panel of community members during the week of May 3. Thanks go out to Mrs. Fredericks for organizing this and the panel members who volunteered their time to listen to the students’ achievements and aspirations.

Ms. Stalter’s Biology 20 students will be participating in a curriculum-related field study on Wednesday, May 3rd at the Des Crossley Demonstration Forest near Rocky Mountain House. Let’s hope the weather doesn’t turn on them!

The afternoon of May 5th is the elementary talent show. As well, the high school rodeo event at Hand Hills will be kicking off for the weekend.
Another sign that the end of the school year is near is senior high registration for next year’s classes that will be taking place the first week of May, as well as ELA 6 and 9 Part A of the provincial achievement tests taking place on May 11 and 9 respectively. Our grade 12s will be celebrating the closing of their final school year with a graduation ceremony on Friday, May 19th at the school. May 19th is also a divisional professional development day for staff, so there will not be classes that day for students. As well, Monday, May 22nd is a class-free day as it is Victoria Day.

That’s all folks! Catch us again in two weeks for what’s new and cool at JCC!

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

(This item was published in the May 3rd, 2017 edition of the Hanna Herald.)

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