Summer is just around the corner and it’s getting harder for both students and teachers to stay on task in the classroom. The smell of grass and flowers coming in through our classroom windows is not helping.
The school triathlon that was scheduled for June 14th was canceled due to poor weather conditions. Thanks to Mr. Davies for planning this, we’re just sorry that all of his hard work was for naught. Also on the 14th, our Media Club held their last meeting and enjoyed a small party. Thanks to those who came out this year to be a part of the Radio Hanna project at JCC.
The grade 2 classes went to Heritage Park on June 16th where a good time was had by all. The last Spirit Dress up Day for the year was also on the 16th, with the theme of Dress Up Wars. Many grades had wonderfully coordinated costumes from Greek togas to Crayola crayons. The winning teams were as follows: 3rd place to Ms. Campbell’s grade 9 crew in their depiction of 101 Dalmations. Second place went to Mrs. McDonald’s class who were all Ol’ McDonald’s farm animals. First place was taken by Ms. Gibbons’ geriatric crew of grade 4s who let us all know what senior citizens look like.
The grade 5 classes went on field trip to Red Deer where they visited Fort Normandeau. They got to role play as fur traders and First Nations before stopping in Trochu for a dip in their pool on the way back.
The grade 8’s and 9’s went to Prairie Oasis on Friday, June 23rd to celebrate their WeCanada program completion taught by Miss Campbell and Mr. Mohl. Among other activities, the students had a class competition to see who could build the best Canadian emblem in the sand. The afternoon was a success and everyone had a great time!
The 4-6 track meet was held on Monday, June 26th and the 1-3 track meet was held on June 27th. Thanks to everyone who participated and gave their best.
The grade 6 teachers took their classes for the annual overnight camping trip to Morrin Campground on Tuesday, June 27th, returning on the morning of the 28th. It was everyone’s first year without Mrs. Deb Corry overseeing the grade 6 trip, but everyone is proud to have kept her camping tradition going.
Coming up, the exams have begun. The week of June 19th will have Grade 6’s strutting their stuff on their Provincial Achievement Tests. As well, the Grade 12s wrap up their humanities diplomas. The last day of classes for grade senior high students is June 23. Exam week starts on June 26. Elementary classes will wrap up on June 29th.
Report cards for K-8 students will be sent home with students at the end of the day on Thursday when they are dismissed early at 1:30 pm. This will be followed by a school-wide BBQ and all students are welcome to grab a smokie and a juice box before heading home. Report cards for 9-12 students will be available for pickup on June 30th after 2:00 pm. (Report cards not picked up will be mailed home.)
We would like to say farewell to this year’s departing staff at J.C. Charyk Hanna School. Mr. Sean Christensen is about to leave for a stint teaching in Abu Dhabi. Mrs. Kealey Gordon has taken teaching a position at Morrin School. Mrs. Lisa Cowell is going on maternity leave. Mrs. Angela Boyes, our replacement VP for Mr. Scott Koller this year, is departing for Assumption School in Oyen, where she is their new principal. Mrs. Koller will be leaving to teach in Consort, which is a lot closer to Mr. Koller! Finally, we would like to bid farewell to aide Mrs. Marla Wallace, who has retired. We thank all of you for your dedication to the students in our school and wish you all the best in the future!
That wraps up JCC’s Hawk Talk for another school year. Also, on a personal note, this is my last Hawk Talk column, as I will be passing the mantle on to another student next year. Thanks to all those for reading my work and their kind words over these past two years.
Ashlyn McCormick (Grade 10)
J.C. Charyk Hanna School
(This item was published in the June 28th, 2017 edition of the Hanna Herald.)