Hawk Squawk: April 3rd

It has been a lightening fast week coming out of Spring Break, but the staff and students at HD Stafford Middle were ready to go! Was lots of amazing learning going on in our classes as well as plenty of spirit building throughout the school and beyond. Here is the Hawk Squawk: April 3rd … please be sure to share with your family and friends.

IMG_24191. Students Dance Up A Storm: We are so lucky to have many extra-curricular clubs and teams our students can join. As we continue to implement the middle school philosophy here at HDSMS, one of the key components is exposure to a variety of IMG_2420different areas so students can discover where their passions and talents lie. Mrs Liebel continues to run Dance Club during lunch time so students can really get moving while learning routines and choreographing their own. Who knows, maybe some will even end up as part of our upcoming talent show next month!

IMG_23882. Room 212 Is Off To The Races: Students in our 212 program work very hard in both and the community. They focus on strategies that help them meet a variety of different learning needs while exploring ways to be positive contributors to the IMG_2387community as well. For example, they often work at a local farm building houses to store bees. However, they also earn incentive points to attend fun field trips and this past week some of our students went go kart racing at a local track. And as you can imagine, they had a blast! Thanks to Mrs Janzen, Mr Hendy and Mr Baillie for all their hard work on behalf of students in this program.

3. HDSMS Students Recognized For Keen Mathematical Mind: We spend time IMG_2405celebrating the talents of students while they are at our school however, we know that they have many talents that extend beyond our four walls. Recently one of our grade 6 students, John K participated in some contests put on by the Canadian National Mathematics League. Based on a series of tests, John ranked number 16 for his age group in all of Canada and was 5th in the province of British Columbia. We are proud of John’s accomplishments and wish him all the best in future contests.

Bailey4. Mrs Burke’s Daughter Curls To A Provincial Championship: While we spend most of the time in this blog sharing our student successes, it is important that we celebrate our staff (and their family) successes as well. This past week, one of our SEAs, Mrs Burke and her daughter spent time in Edmonton at the Optimist U18 International Curling Championships. Bailey Burke has been with the the Cloverdale Curling Club for five years and is a member of a group skipped by Heather Drexel of Coquitlam which won the recent Tim Horton’s B.C. Juvenile Women’s Championship in Lake Cowichan qualifying them for the National Tournament. On behalf of the entire HDSMS community, we wish Bailey and her team the best of luck! Be sure to check out results here.

IMG_24135. Mr Grill’s Class Travel The World: As part of the grade six curriculum, students do a lot work learning about other countries around the world, often comparing it to our own country of Canada. This past week, after doing research on a variety of IMG_2411countries, worked to create travel brochures to share what they had learned. They used technology to empower this learning by creating colourful, informative pamphlets to share with others. And the final products will be awesome!

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