Hawk Squawk: May 1st

Has been a great week at HD Stafford Middle School. There has been so much powerful learning within the classrooms as well as performances and success among our sports teams. Here is the Hawk Squawk: May 1st! Please be sure to share with your family and friends.

IMG_27181. HDSMS Students Shine in Dance Performance: This past week, we were excited to welcome Lisa School Of Dance to HD Stafford Middle school for a performance. While the choreographies were amazing and costumes stunning, the best IMG_2719part was seeing some of our own Skyhawks on stage with the group. It is so important to recognize the talents within our school but also those that shine during extra-curricular time. Thank you to Mrs Coleman for organizing this great show!

IMG_27262. Staff Learn to Empower Learning With Technology: While students enjoyed a long weekend, the staff at HDSMS were busy developing their own professional growth in a variety of learning activities. Many teachers and SEAs spent time learning how to use technology to IMG_2355empower learning for students. They examined a variety of iPad apps and learned how Google Classroom can be used to help students make their learning visible while collaborating and sharing with their peers. Was a great use of the day!

Screen Shot 2015-05-01 at 12.21.09 PM3. Scratching The Surface In IFA: This past week, the grade 7 students in Mrs Courtney’s visual art class had the opportunity to play around with a new art medium. Students used a scratch board to develop imagery. They had to focus on not only the mainScreen Shot 2015-05-01 at 12.21.15 PM
image, but the negative space around their drawings. And as you can see, they are well on their way to creating some great pieces. Stay tuned for their final projects using this exciting and challenging medium!

IMG_27074. HDSMS Roadshow Hits Feeder Schools: This past week HD Stafford Middle School continued with transition activities at our local feeder school for our incoming grade sixes. Mr Davids and Mr Hofbauer visited Blacklock Fine Arts, Douglas Park, James Hill, Nicomekl, IMG_2722Simonds and Uplands to speak with grade five students about our school and answer questions. In a couple weeks, our current grade six students will be visiting their old elementary schools as part of a mentoring activity. That is always a very exciting day for both groups of students.

IMG_02915. Students Get Into Role For Ancient India: One of the most powerful forms of learning is through role play and empathy. In Mrs Bhamra’s class, students were able to get a real sense of what life was like in Ancient India by doing drama activities to feel what the different levels of the social hierarchy were during that time. Based on the Hindu caste system, student took on a variety of roles to envision what it would be like to live during that time among that culture. Always great to see the power of fine arts as a tool for learning.


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