Hawk Squawk: April 24th

It has been an awesome week at HD Stafford Middle School! The students have been fully engaged in some amazing learning activities both at school and beyond! There have been so many things to celebrate. Here is our Hawk Squawk: April 24th. Please be sure to share with your family and friends.

IMG_26511. HDSMS Students Speak Out At Speech Fest: This past week we had our annual grade 6 & 7 HDSMS Speech Fest. Students prepared and presented speeches in their classrooms with the best ones being selected to share in front of the school. Twenty three students presented on Monday and they were IMG_2694excellent. Topics ranged from Cyberbullying to Climate Change. From that group, Zoe and Hazam were selected by our panel of judges to represent HDSMS at the district Speech Fest today. They both did an excellent job. Hazam even earned a third place medal in the District event. Huge thanks to our judges, Mr Wejr (Principal of James Hill), Mrs Driver (Vice Principal of Langley Meadows and Constable Law.

IMG_48942. Divisions 19 & 20 Make A Shocking Discovery: The grade six students in Ms Zawaduk and Mrs Saumier’s classes went on an amazing field trip to the BC Hydro Centre at Stave Falls. Here students got a first hand look at what they had been IMG_2464learning about in class. They saw how electricity is made in our province while learning through hand-on activities about conservation and electric power. It is so incredible for students then they are able to authenticate their learning by connecting it to the world around them.

DSC006453. Aboriginal Transitions Event A Huge Success: This past week, the Langley School District held its annual Aboriginal Transition event at Newlands Golf And Country Club. This is an amazing opportunity for some of our HDSMS students to meet and connect with other students in the district also transitioningDSC00660 into high school. They got to participate in a variety of activities, listen to amazing presentations and of course, enjoy a delicious lunch. Huge thanks to Mrs Matthews for taking a group from our school over to this awesome event.

Alice In Wonderland4. IFA Checks Out Alice In Wonderland At LFA: The students in our grade 6 & 7 Intensive Fine Arts program took a trip to the Langley Fine Arts school to see their production of Alice In Wonderland. They were treated to Q & A with the cast and director prior to enjoying this excellent Alice In Wonderland(2)production. They then toured the school checking out their music program and art gallery. It is amazing when we can connect our students to other learners in our district who share similar passions.

Screen Shot 2015-04-24 at 2.23.05 PM5. Grade Sevens Walk Like An Egyptian: The students in Mr Safiq’s Humanities classes have been studying Ancient Egypt. They have using a variety of learning activities to get a real sense of what life was like during this historic time. One of the activities Screen Shot 2015-04-24 at 2.22.30 PMhad students really examine this picture, trying to decipher and analyze what was there. They created questions through a “see, think, wonder” activity and even created original poems and prose based on the image. Great when we can connect cultures of the past with how we live today.Screen Shot 2015-04-24 at 2.22.45 PM


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