Welcome To HD Staffford Middle School

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Located in the heart of Langley City, HD Stafford Middle School came into existence in September of 2008 as the first “stand alone” Middle School in School District #35 (Langley).  Our school takes advantage of incredible facilities by providing all of our students with a variety of programming options that including Woodworking, Metalwork, Electronics, Cooking, Sewing, Fine Art and Physical Activity classes which we call “Explorations”.

In addition to our Academic program, H.D.S.M.S. also features an optional Integrated Fine Arts program for students in grades 6 & 7 and Intensive Fine Arts for Grade 8’s.  At Stafford Middle we believe that young adolescents need to explore and have opportunities to be successful in a wide array of areas in addition to their academic pursuits, to this end we have a huge variety of athletic teams, clubs and fine arts opportunities for all of our students.

Principal: Mr. G. McCuaig                  Co-Principal: Mr. S. Davids

Phone: 604-534-9285

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Hawk Squawk: March 13th

This is our last Hawk Squawk before Spring Break! Hard to believe how fast the time has gone. The learning and spirit at HD Stafford Middle certainly keeps things hopping. Hopefully everyone enjoys a great two weeks. And as a send off, here is the Hawk Squawk: March 13th. Be sure to share with your family and friends.

IMG_22261. IFA Students Rap Their Way To A Drug-Free Life: It is amazing how powerful learning can be when we integrate different subjects and talents together, adding a heavy dose of creativity. This past week, the students in our Integrated Fine IMG_2261Arts program have been using iPad apps such as Garageband and Google Docs to collaborate on original rap songs. They created their own beats and then recorded raps they wrote based on the information they learned. The process was amazing, leading to some powerful, deep learning.

1607079_10206062604783069_3400512868015171218_n2. Mr Sandquist Shoots His Way To Third Place: While most of our Hawk Squawk posts are to celebrate the amazing success of our students, it is also important that from time to time, we share the amazing success of our staff as well. This past week, one of our grade eight teachers, Mr. Sandquist, competed in11034234_10206106241393957_7157284690446782253_n a Regional Canadian Indoor Competition for bare bow recurve archery. After shooting sixty arrows he ended up third place in all of British Columbia and eighth in the entire country! We are lucky to have such a talent heading up the archery club here at HDSMS for students (Fridays after school). Next up is the BC Indoors Championship in May in Oliver, BC.

IMG_22673. Staff Vs Students Basketball Game: It is a tradition at HDSMS that the basketball season wraps up with a staff versus grade eight game in the gym. This year, it was an awesome school spirit afternoon as the boys and girls alternated shifts playing
against the HDSMS staff. As usual, the students played a strong IMG_2270game but came up short against the talent of the staff. Thanks to Mrs Saumier, Mya and Cassie for being excellent referees!

IMG_22244. Batteries … Me To We: Throughout the course of this year (and several before) our students have been working on a variety of Me To We projects to help out a variety of charities. This past week, they took in a collection of 4032 batteries for www.zincsaveslives.com. That means we have saved 24 192 IMG_2223people from death due to zinc deficiency (6 lives saved per battery). It is so amazing the altruistic characteristics these kinds of projects build for our students and the community. Thanks to Mrs Bhamra for her work with this great group of students.

IMG_22585. Medieval Feast Takes Over HDSMS: Over the past few weeks, students in our grade eight classes have been participating in an integrated unit on Medieval times. They have investigated a variety of inquiry questions while also engaging in a role playing game depicting what life was like IMG_2256during this time. And the students LOVED it and learned a ton. It all culminated on Friday with a huge feast in the small gym. Thanks to Mr Rowe, Mr Sandquist and Mrs Lacroix for their hard work on this great learning project.

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Hawk Squawk: March 6th

It has been another awesome week here at HD Stafford Middle! Even as Spring Break draws near, the learning is going full tilt. Please be sure to check out our Hawk Squawk: March 6th and as usual, share with your family and friends.

image11. Grade Eights Discover Trades At UFV: On Thursday, our grade eights boarded a bus for Chilliwack to check out the Discover Trades event at the University of the Fraser Valley. Students had the opportunity to check out a variety of stations, most of which had hands-on activities for our students to IMG_2154participate in. They explored piping and plumbing, automotive technology, hair dressing, carpentry and electrical just to name a few. It is so important at the middle school level that students are exposed to a variety of options prior to making those kinds of decisions in high school. This field trip was an awesome part of that experience. Check out this YouTube video of pictures from the day.

IMG_21882. Skyhawks Rugby Gets Going With Games: Over the past few years, HD Stafford Middle has developed a rugby program that is respected across the entire province. And this year’s roster is no exception. Mr Anderson and Mr Hunter have assembled an IMG_2129amazing team of grade 6, 7 and 8 to play teams locally and across districts. This past week, the Skyhawks beat Brookswood 44 – 0 in an exhibition game and also played in two separate Sevens Tournaments at Fraser Middle and RE Mountain. Regular season play starts next week with WA Fraser Middle playing here on Thursday March 12th.

IMG_21263. Ms Welsh’s Class Keep Eye On Science: This past week provided a powerful, interactive learning activity for our grade eight students. During their Science time with Ms Welsh, the students took their unit on vision and the eye to a new level by IMG_2123dissecting a real cow’s eye. Wearing lab coats and googles, the students used scalpels and tweezers to carefully and strategically dissect and observe the cow’s eye, while comparing it to their own. There is no doubt this learning activity will be a memory for years to come.

image14. Ms Kim Gets Creative With Inquiry: The grade six students in Ms Kim’s class have been learning about electricity. And while they have been accessing many theories and diagrams about this topic, they also got to bear witness to it in action. While learning about how electrical energy can be transformed into image3other kinds of energy they did an experiment that created a laser cutter. The students were clearly impressed with what electricity can do when transformed into heat energy. Check out this cool video of science in action.

5. Grade Sixes Go To Court: The students in Mrs Liebel’s drama class have been combining their own creativity, persuasive skills and popular fairy tales to create court scenes. For example, these pictures show students arguing a case IMG_6535based on the Old Lady Who Lived In A Shoe. On trial for poor living conditions, students debated whether or not it was the room in the toe or the one in the heel that was the worse. So great to see our students being so confident and expressive through what they experience in drama class.

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Hawk Squawk: February 27th

 

Has been another great week at HD Stafford Middle School. Our staff and students have been going full tilt with Spring Break only a couple weeks away. Lots to celebrate so please be sure to share our Hawk Squawk: February 27th with you family and friends.

IMG_20821. Pink Out At HDSMS Raises Awareness For Anti-Bullying: This past Wednesday was Pink Shirt Day across all of Canada. Staff and students at all schools sported pink to stand up against bullying, while promoting kindness and respect. We had a great assembly with two guest speakers from Big Brother Canada 2, Sarah Miller and Heather Decksheimer, who spoke about IMG_2077digital citizenship on social media. Then Mr. Hofbauer, our counsellor shared with students the impact of using expressions like “that’s so gay” and other derogatory comments. Of course the main message of the day was to remember that it was about treating others with kindness and respect EVERYDAY, not just on Pink Shirt Day. Huge thanks to our leadership students Tio and Elise for emceeing the assembly for us.

IMG_20402. Mrs Bhamra’s Class Travels The World: The grade six students in Mrs Bhamra’s class have been given the task of researching a country of their choice. During the past week, they have been leveraging the power of technology through Google IMG_2044Apps to create slide presentations, spreadsheets and graphs based on the information they are learning. It is great when we can use devices such as iPads and computers to empower learning. Another tool in the tool belt of learning.

IMG_20463. Drawing Explorations Get Cubist: The students in Mr. Sandquist’s Grade 8 Drawing Explorations class have been studying Cubist Art. Through this, they are learning to be analytical as they create their own still life drawings. As you can see from the images, they have captured thisIMG_2045 art form extremely well. Be sure to stop by our main foyer to see all the art work displayed in the showcase. 

IMG_20954. HDSMS Engaging ALL Students In Learning: There is no question that HD Stafford Middle School has a vast diversity of students. That is one of the things that makes it so amazing. We are proud to have a variety of students with special needs that we support not only socially and emotionally but also IMG_2097academically. The district program at HD Stafford is truly second to none when it comes to supporting the learning of these students. Using personalized, adapted strategies and materials each and every child receives a quality education. Thanks to Mr Bedard and the amazing SEA team that makes this possible.

IMG_20495. Student Made Anti Bullying Video Goes Viral: The students in Mrs Lacroix’s leadership class wanted to create a video that would be impactful regarding the effects of bullying while offering practical ways students (and adults) could prevent it from happening in the future. And what they created was amazing. Posted to YouTube (click here to view video) it garnered over 6000 views in just a few days, spreading across Canada and south of the border. Huge thanks to Mrs. Lacroix for her hard work on this project and of course to the students for they authentic message.  

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Hawk Squawk: February 20th

With the end of another week comes more things to celebrate at HD Stafford Middle School. We are so proud of the amazing things staff and students are doing at our school and love being able to share our stories. Here is the Hawk Squawk for February 23rd. Please feel free to share with your family and friends.

IMG_19841. School Board Trustees Vote To Keep HD Stafford A Middle School: This past week was significant for the history of our school as the School Board Trustees voted on the future of our feeder high school, LSS. In a 5 – 2 vote, they decided to keep that school open, which in turn allows HD Stafford to remain a middle school. We believe strongly in the power of a successful middleIMG_1978 years program for students. It gives them that vital time to develop through their pre-teen years in an environment best suited to meet their learning needs as well as their social-emotional development. We are excited by this decision and look forward to many more great years at HD Stafford Middle School.

IMG_20082. Dancing With The Stars: The students in grade eight have the amazing opportunity to choose different electives based on areas they are passionate about. One of the options this term is Hip Hop dance with Ms Liebel. Students already have had the IMG_2007chance to dance to numbers put together by the teacher and are currently working on their own choreography. We are looking forward to seeing the final products!

IMG_20053. Staff Collaboration Means Better Learning For Students: This past week, not only the students at HDSMS were actively learning. Our staff participated in a couple great learning opportunities as well! The Humanities teachers did some work with District Teacher Lynie Tener on literacy while all staff IMG_1999engaged in our District-wide Odyssey Pro D sessions at Langley Secondary. In fact some of our teachers even shared the amazing things they do here at Stafford with others. So great to see our staff modelling the learning we want to see in our students.

IMG_19934. Mr Main’s Class Buries The Hatchet: The grade seven students in Division 10 and 11 worked collaboratively this past week analyzing and sorting vocabulary from the novel they are IMG_1996working on called The Hatchet. Students spent time mixing and matching the words while having to work co-operatively with each other. It is great to see more hands on learning occurring in our academic classes!

IMG_69145. Mr Cavalli’s Class Plays Around: One of the key learning goals in a middle school is to be able to synthesize information and then demonstrate learning in a variety of ways. This was evident in Mr. Cavalli’s class as students made their own board games based on the novel Ghost Canoe. IMG_6927And then they got to participate in the fun of playing each other’s games in class. And research is clear that when learning is fun, it is longer lasting!

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Hawk Squawk: February 13th

Even when we have a short week, it’s full of amazing learning and awesome spirit! HD Stafford Middle was hopping with parent teacher interviews, basketball playoffs and lots of incredible learning in the classroom. Here is our Hawk Squawk: February 13th. Please be sure to share with you family and friends.

IMG_19341. Parents And Teachers Collaborate On Learning: This past week was our second term parent teacher interviews. This is such an important time for parents and staff to collaborate together for the improvement of student learning. Many parentsIMG_1933 came to talk with teachers about specific learning goals for their children prior to report cards coming out. This will allow students the opportunity to make adjustments before the next formal reporting period.

IMG_7983_1_12. Grade 8 Girls Basketball Playoffs: This past week, our grade eight girls basketball team played in the Langley playoffs. After beating Credo Christian to move on the Langley Event Centre, they lost to top ranked Walnut Grove and ended up playing Langley Christian for third place. The game was a nail biter but the girls came out on IMG_7963_1top with a 26 – 22 victory. Next week, they will be playing in the Fraser Valley tournament and we wish them all the best.

IMG_13043. Individualized Learning Empowering Students: One of the main pillars of a successful middle school is that every child have a positive relationship with at least one adult in the building. And to this end, our staff work to find a connection with each child, often tapping into a personal interest for some of our IMG_1301hardest to reach. Mr. Bailie, one of our SEAs has been working with this particular student on woodworking projects, all while developing skills that will transcend beyond the walls of our school. It is this kind of passion and commitment that makes HD Stafford Middle such an amazing school.

IMG_19394. Mrs Courtney’s Science Classes Get Down To The Matter: Science is one of those subject areas that captures the natural curiosity of humankind. So you can imagine how interested in learning our IFA students were when a guest scientist came to conduct some lab experiments related to matter. The experiments were an introduction to our chemistry IMG_1941unit and explored such concepts as states of matter, density, solutions, mixtures, acids and bases, as well as solubility! The presenter is a UBC grad student who volunteers with Science World and is part of their SIS (Scientists and Innovators in Schools) program. Both classes loved the experiments she demonstrated! Check out a short video of one of the experiments by clicking here.

IMG_19325. Mr Camara Gives Students A Global Perspective: One of the powerful growths we see in middle school students is from an egocentric mindset to one that is able to look outwards to others. This past week, Mr. Camara talked with our entire student body about how they could help out on a global scale with his “Aid for Africa” initiative. He shared this great video about his last trip to his home country and talked with kids about how they could help. So important that we encourage this kind of global empathy with our children as the world continues to get smaller and smaller.

 

 

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Hawk Squawk: Week of February 6th

What an amazing week at HD Stafford Middle School. As we reach the halfway point of the year, things are running along incredibly well. The power of a great middle school is facilitating that transition from elementary to high school both academically and social-emotionally. We are so proud of how well our entire staff do that day in and day out. Here is our Hawk Squawk: February 10th. Please share with your family and friends.

1. Grade Sevens And Eights Get A Taste Of LSS: As we continue to build continuity between the learning that occurs at HD Stafford Middle and the opportunities available at Langley Secondary School, this past week, our grade seven and eight students had the chance to spend the day at LSS seeing first hand what high school has in store. They were able to do some hands on building in the trades classes, play games in the gym, do science labs and participate in other team building activities. We are so lucky to have a great relationship with our local secondary school and look forward to creating even more transition opportunities in the future.

IMG_18242. HD Stafford Comes Alive: This past week, the group from Nights Alive were in the halls at lunch to promote an upcoming program they will be offering at HD Stafford Middle school. On Tuesdays starting February 17th, our students are invited to drop in (free of charge) on Tuesday nights from 6 – 8 to participate in IMG_1823games and other team building activities in our gym. The sessions are organized by the Momentum After School group with Langley Secondary students helping to facilitate the activities. It is a great way for our students to positively connect with the community, learning from local mentors.

IMG_18083. Le Diner Est Pret: Yes, “dinner is ready” in Mrs Courtney’s class as the students have been learning about how to translate different foods into French. And to add some creativity to this language acquisition, students created amazing menus, all writtenIMG_1807 in French, demonstrating their understanding of the outcomes. In fact, they even took it to the next level by performing skits pretending to be in their restaurants ordering a meal. It is amazing how powerful learning can be when we connect it to something in the world around us.

IMG_17994. Mr Safiq’s Class Gets Global: This past week, the students in Mr Safiq’s grade seven class used a variety of research tools to learn about countries around the world. Whether it was a library book, computer or iPad, students developed inquiry questions IMG_1797about a country of their choice and then set out to learn answers to these questions. Was great to see the students engaged in their learning, even sharing some of their new found knowledge with others in the library.

IMG_18475. Mr Brandolini’s Class Rocks Out: One of the things that makes learning powerful for students, especially at the middle school level is the opportunity to participate in hands-on experimentation and inquiry. And the grade seven students had that opportunity this past week as part IMG_1848of their Geology unit with Mr. Brandolini. Students got to conduct several tests on different rock samples, comparing and contrasting their observations and then synthesizing that in written form. The opportunities for high level scientific study at the middle level is truly awesome. 

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Hawk Squawk: Week of January 30th

What an awesomely busy week at HD Stafford Middle School. There is no question that the middle level is the most passionate, energetic building in the school system. There are so many incredible learning activities available for students in and beyond their classrooms. This week was no exception. Here is our Hawk Squawk for the week of January 30th. Please be sure to share with your family and friends.

IMG_17331. Extra Extra! Newsies A Huge Hit: After months and months of extremely hard work, the cast of approximately 50 HDSMS students took to the stage this past week performing Newsies, The Musical. And the show was AMAZING!!! We were so excited to have 5 of our 6 feeder schools be able to come and see the production as well as many of our own classes. We also had two evening shows where parents, IMG_1683grand-parents and everyone from our community could come enjoy this amazing production. The students simply got better and better with each performance! A huge thank you to Mrs Liebel for her tremendous hard work and passion in putting this together. Also thank you to Mrs Coleman, Mr. Sandquist and Mrs Courtney for helping out backstage. We are already looking forward to the next production from HD Stafford Middle School. Click here for a great slideshow video of the pictures.

 

IMG_16902. Ms Zawaduk’s Class Gets Wild: The grade six students in Ms Zawaduk’s class have been learning about animal adaptations in their Science unit. So as a way to make a personal connection to that, they went the computer lab to create adaptations of IMG_1689themselves for different environments. Using the “BuildYourselfWild” website, they were able to add different feet, arms, bodies, etc depending on the environment they need to survive in. So great when technology can empower learning for students!

IMG_17223. Snow Tubing At 212 Degrees: One of the great programs we have at HD Stafford Middle School is Room 212! Inspired by the short film “212 Degrees” it is based on the notion that the one extra degree can make all the difference! Students who are part of this program work towards incentive based goals and this past IMG_1718week, reaped the benefits of their hard work with a trip up the mountain to go snow tubing. And even with a short amount of snowfall, they had a blast. Huge thanks to Ms Janzen for organizing this great day as well as Mr Bailie and Mr Hendy for their amazing work in the 212 program.

IMG_17324. Learning Gets Static With Ms McArthur: One of the best parts of Science in a Middle School is the focus towards hands-on learning! And with our amazing facilities at HDSMS, student have many opportunities to access great equipment and even a full IMG_1730science lab. The students in Ms McArthur grade six class used some everyday items to learn about static electricity as part of their current unit. It really makes learning connected and powerful when there is the opportunity to have a hands-on experience.

IMG_17425. The Ying and Yang Of Woodwork: The students in Mrs Rimaldi’s grade 8 woodwork class have been learning some awesome skills in the shop. The chance to have a real hands-on experience working on a project translates to so many different IMG_1744aspect of a young person’s life. These students decided to a make “ying-yang” boxes, a project usually done by older grades. They made difficult cuts, extensive sanding and then stained these awesome and functional works of art. So great when learning yields something so tangible.

 

 

 

 

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Hawk Squawk: Week of January 23rd

It has been another great week of learning and spirit here at HD Stafford Middle School. Staff have been working hard on making learning connected and authentic for students while also spreading plenty of Skyhawk pride. Here is our Hawk Squawk for the week of January 23rd. Please be sure to share with your family and friends.

IMG_16011. Grade Sixes Get Moving With French: One of the key aspects of a successful middle school is understanding that adolescents don’t sit still for very long. So when Ms Saumier decided to take her students out of class to practice their French IMG_1600vocabulary, the energy was instantly raised with each and every student. While learning about the French words for different clothing items, the students did a form of “speed studying” rotating partners while use their flashcards to drive home better understanding.

IMG_15942. A Musical Taste Of LSS: This past week, we had some students from Langley Secondary School come to HD Stafford Middle along with their teacher, Mrs Thorpe to share the musical opportunities available during their high school years. Our IMG_1592students enjoyed the band play as well as a great vocal arrangement of “Rumour Has It” by a quartet of girls. It is so great that our students get to transition into a school that builds on the great learning they have here at HDSMS.

IMG_15973. Connected Learning Is Powerful Learning:  Students in Mr Safiq’s grade seven class participated in some powerful learning this past week, by connecting new ideas to their own constructed ideas. Before reading a passage about the extinction of a prehistoric animal as part of their Humanities class, students worked collaboratively to sort some of the key vocabulary words. IMG_1595They had to not only define the words, but group them according to their own ideas. Then as they read through the passage, they were able to adapt their previous connections between the words to that presented in the article. Great to see such effective learning strategies being used in our classrooms.

IMG_16294. Grade Eights Get Feudal In Humanities: One of the best parts of a Middle School is the ability for teachers to integrate subject areas while still teaching to their passions. And in grade eight humanities, the passion for studying the Feudal System has been contagious and definitely caught by the students. In an IMG_1627elaborate role playing unit, students have been seen getting ‘knighted,’ stealing each others land, acquiring peasants, and many of the other aspects of feudal life, bringing their learning alive. Will be great to see as they continue to learn about this important time in history.

IMG_16315. Honour Roll Assembly Recognizes Some Of Our Skyhawk Talent: On Friday, we held our First Term Honour Roll Assembly. It was great to have our students in each grade recognized for their outstanding work in the fall months of school. Student received certificates for
Effort Honour Roll, A and B Honour Roll as well as the prestigious Skyhawk Award for having straight As in all their classes. Congratulations to all our recipients. All of our students at HD Stafford Middle bring so many talents to our school. It is great to recognize these particular talents this past week.

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Hawk Squawk: Week of January 16th

We had another amazing week here at HD Stafford Middle School. Students and staff were working hard on their learning activities while different teams and clubs were ensuring the positive culture of our school was vibrant and alive! Here is our Hawk Squawk for the week of January 16th. Please be sure to share with your family and friends.

IMG_14641. Explorations Give Students Hands On Learning: One of the powerful pillars of a middle school is Explorations. This time gives our grade 6 & 7 students time to explore different learning subjects in areas such as fine arts and industrial trades. This past week, our grade 6 students who are currently in woodwork with IMG_1476Ms Rimaldi has the chance to use the “tools of the trade” as they worked with a drill press to make a wooden puzzle game. Students in Mrs Coleman’s dance class worked on a “bowl dance” based on a video they saw. They were able to use our great dance facility to experiment with different movements using the prop. It is great that our students get the opportunity to explore where their learning passions might lie.

IMG_14772. Sock Puppets Come Alive In Our Integrated Fine Arts Class: Students in Ms Courtney’s art class have been working diligently on making amazing sock puppets from scratch. Using only an old wool sock, some stuffing and a few accessories, the students have been creating amazing replications of themselves IMG_1479through this 3D animated stuffy. They are learning some hands-on skills in creating these personalized puppets. Will be great to see the end product.

IMG_14703. Safety Get Visual During Health And Career Education: There is no question that part of being an adolescent is that transition from childhood into adulthood. And as our students grow more and more independent, knowing how to deal with different safety situations is important. Therefore, it was great to see Mrs Bhamra’s students integrating their visual art skills to create IMG_1471booklets and posters on how to remain safe if they happened upon a dangerous situation. And having them displayed in the hall allows other students to learn as well.

100_03074. HD Stafford Middle Students Take Aim: This past week, Mr Sandquist and Mrs Lacroix introduced a popular new club to our school, archery. Students are invited to the small gym to learn how to shoot an arrow and develop their marksman skills. And judging by the 100_0301faces on those who came this past week, the enjoyment of learning this ancient art was very positive. We look forward to watching the students continue to develop their skills as they practice and learn more technique.

IMG_15105. Ms Zawaduk’s Class Stands Up For Themselves And Others: The grade six students in Ms Zawaduk’s class spent some time this week learning about how to stand up for themselves and others in different situations. More specifically, they were focussing on the concept of being assertive versus being aggressive or passive. IMG_1511Through collaborative skits, the students were able to share their learning with others, sparking some great scenarios and conversations connected to their real world situations. Learning how to be assertive is a skill that will last with them a lifetime.

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Hawk Squawk: Week of January 9th

HD Stafford Middle School is an amazing place, where meaningful, authentic and powerful learning occurs everyday. We have an wonderful school culture built around our values … S.O.A.R. (Strive, Overcome, Achieve, Respect). And our staff and students also know how to have fun! So each Friday, we will be sending out our “Hawk Squawk: Celebrating the Week” highlighting five awesome things that happened during the past week. We will be touching on different aspects of our school, sharing with our entire community the many successes and celebrations we enjoy here at HD Stafford Middle School. So without further adieu, here is “Hawk Squawk: Celebrating the Week of January 9th. Please be sure to share with your family and friends.

IMG_13811. Things Get Cooking With Ms. Caines: As our students continue with their Grade 6/7 Exploration classes, classes in Ms Caines class were cooking up a storm their first week back in class. The grade sevens made Chocolate Chip Oatmeal cookies. Needless to say, they were extremely tasty. And the best part it, with the IMG_1406ingredients at home, they can now make these awesome cookies for their entire family (hint hint). Our grade sixes were working on making grilled cheese sandwiches, ensuring they will never go hungry when they finally move out on their own. Regardless of who’s down there, things always smell great near the Home Ec room.

IMG_14042. Grade Eight Boys Basketball Lose Close One: This past week, our grade eight boys basketball team played a hard fought game against the team from Langley Fundamental. Our boys started out slow, getting lots of opportunities without any baskets going in. But once the ball started to drop, they were on fire. It was a well played game and in the end, the final score was 20 – 16 for LFMS. Next up for our grade eights is an away game on Monday, January 12th against Yorkson Middle School.

IMG_14073. Mrs Lacroix & Mr Rowe Create Stories From Imagery: They say a picture says a thousands words. Well the grade eight students in Mrs Lacroix and Mr Rowe’s Humanities classes took that one step further this past week using classic imagery to create and develop their own stories. Students worked collaboratively in groups using an assigned picture to create a setting, characters, plot designs and a IMG_1401conclusion based solely on the image. And while they are still in the early stages of the process, the creativity has been amazing! We can’t wait to see the final products.

IMG_13894. Inquiring Minds Want To Know: Learning is always one of the main goals of schools and at HD Stafford Middle School, passionate, inquiry-based learning can be seen everyday. During this past week in the “Genius Hour” grade 8 elective, students have been working on inquiry questions based on areas they are passionate about. SomeIMG_1390 students are examining the effects of video games on brain activity while another student is conducting rocket launch trials. What an amazing opportunity to really delve deep into passion-based learning.

IMG_13875. Rehearsals In Full Swing For Newsies: Mrs Liebel and the students in the cast of Newsies have been hard at work getting ready for their upcoming performances. It was clear that everyone put in a ton or work over the break as scenes, songs and choreography started coming together during rehearsals this past week. And there is IMG_1397no doubt that after the last couple weeks of rehearsals, the show will be top notch when the curtains open. Be sure to make time on either January 28th or January 29th to come check out this amazing show!

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