The past couple of weeks have been full of drama and trauma, although thankfully the trauma was mostly fake (more on that in a bit), except for our grade six and nines having to write their ELA Provincial Achievement Tests.
The majority of students from grades seven through nine were bussed out to be part of the Handhills High School Rodeo on Friday, May 5th. Students left at noon and were back in time for the 3:15 dismissal. As well that afternoon, the elementary strutted their talents with over forty different acts for viewing.
The JCC Concession was open for snacks only from May 8th through 11th, which caused some serious cases of “Bridget withdrawal”. Mrs. Karg was on-hand to council the distressed.
Our grade six and nine students suffered through their English Provincial Achievement Tests. The grade nines wrote theirs on Tuesday, May 9th, and the grade sixes on Thursday, May 11th. We’re keeping our fingers crossed for excellent results.
On Wednesday, May 10th the grade nine students from around the division came to Hanna for Impact. This is a one-day program that focuses on what can happen when distracted driving and/or drunk driving occurs. Students witness a mock accident scene where the injured are teen volunteers from across the division as well. All emergency service groups were present, and the day is very realistic (and traumatic). Students quickly understand the seriousness of the situation and the impact it has when they see first-hand people they know involved and the level of action the various emergency personnel take.
Our PLRD rugby girls won their first game ever even though their captain said they weren’t entirely sure of all the rules. Good job ladies! Thanks to Mr. Fielding of Delia and Mr. McKeage for getting this team together.
Miss Nissen and Miss Stanger’s Grade 5 class surprised their moms with Mother’s Day greetings on Radio Hanna. If you’re a mom who missed hearing your greeting on air, you can still find the recording archived at www.radiohanna.ca.
Great job shoutouts to the kindergarten teachers and those involved in Buddy Day last Thursday and Friday, Mr. MacKay for posting pictures of the grade 6 class and their Dream catchers for Mother’s Day, Tristan and Abby in grade six who have taken over putting up a daily question on the whiteboard in the lobby, Miss Campbell and the leadership class for the Famous Duo dress-up day last Friday, Mr. Davies and the PE class for cleaning the shed, and the maintenance crew for building our new school garden.
On Friday, May 19th, the Grad Class of 2017 will be walking the stage to commemorate twelve years of hard work. The ceremony starts at 7 pm. Thanks to Mrs. King for being the grad advisor again this year. Congratulations Class of 2017! Want to congratulate your graduate? Call in to Radio Hanna’s toll-free number at 1-800-552-3592 and leave a message for your favourite grad. They’ll be played all day Friday, May 19th.
With the warmer weather upon us, students and staff alike are wanting to get outdoors and shake off the winter dust. On May 18 classes that are able will be participating in Outdoor Classroom Day. On June 2, social studies students will be planting a garden in accordance with the FNMI Honouring Memories Planting Dreams project. This garden will be outside the west doors of the concession.
On May 23rd, the grade 9 students and their parents are invited to the grade 10 orientation evening to find out all about the rigours and opportunities that come with entering high school. Please see the school website or contact the office for more details. Also on the evening of the 23rd, School Council meets at 6:30 pm in the new theatre.
Students have a four-day break this coming weekend from May 19th to the 22nd. Staff and students at JCC send congratulations out to this year’s grads and wish everyone safe and fun celebrations.
Ashlyn McCormick (Grade 10)
J.C. Charyk Hanna School
(This item was published in the May 17th, 2017 edition of the Hanna Herald.)