Hawk Squawk: June 5

What an action packed week at HD Stafford Middle School. Many students are gearing up for year end assessments while planning for some fun activities to round out the year. We have lots to celebrate from this past week so here is the Hawk Squawk: June 5th. Be sure to share with your family and friends.

IMG_32031. Inaugural Middle School Track Meet A Success: This past Monday, HDSMS participated in the first ever Langley District Middle School Track Meet. Along with Yorkson Creek, Betty Gilbert and Langley Fundamental, student competed in a variety of track and field events. And our students performed IMG_3201extremely well! Several students finished in the top three for their events! We are so proud of all our athletes. Huge thanks to Mr Grill, Mrs Courtney, Mrs Caines and Mr Reynaud for making this possible for our students.

Photo on 2015-06-04 at 10.56 AM2. Playing Games And Learning Numeracy: Mrs Narang’s classes have been working on Math board games this week. They were asked to create a board game using the math skills which they have learnt and practiced during the school year. They did this with a purpose of final review Photo on 2015-06-04 at 10.23 AMbefore they head out for summer. Students are really doing a wonderful, creative job. They are not only showing the math part perfectly but they are also participating creatively. Can’t wait to see the final products.

IMG_32053. Grade Sevens Go Back In Time At Science World: The students in Mr Calderon and Mr Main’s classes took the trip into Vancouver this past week to participate in the amazing learning offered at Science World. Not only did they get to explore the many experiments they have at this IMG_3206wonderful facility, but they also got to attend the “Ultimate Dinosaurs” exhibit. And by all accounts it was AMAZING! There’s no question this field trip created some learning that will last a lifetime.

IMG_09484. Grade Sixes Go Home … To Their Elementary Schools: One of the wonderful traditions at HDSMS is having our grade six students return to their former elementary schools to help welcome the new grade five students coming to HD Stafford in September. The students write welcome letters and talk with theirIMG_2173.JPG little buddies about what it means to be a Skyhawk. It is awesome to see the smiles on everyone’s faces as they reminisce about the old times while building excitement for the future.

IMG_27525. HDSMS Tap Their Way To Germany: It is always great to celebrate the amazing talents and successes our students enjoy outside of school time. This past week we found out that two of our students will be representing Team Canada for a tap dance IMG_2700competition in Germany! This December Kyla and Kaprice will be travelling to Europe as part of an elite group to dance against other teams from around the world! So proud of our Skyhawks and we wish them all the best!



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Hawk Squawk: May 29th

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Hawk Squawk: May 22nd

It has been an awesome week in the Hawk’s Nest! There has been so much amazing learning going on at HD Stafford Middle as we approach the last few weeks of school. Here is the Hawk Squawk: May 22nd. Please be sure to share with your family and friends.

IMG_4756.JPG1. HDSMS Take On Gauss Math Contest: This one happened late in the previous week, but is definitely worth celebrating. Several of our students participated in the annual Gauss Math Contest, put on by Waterloo University and the Centre for IMG_4759.JPG
Education in Math and Computing. Mr Brandolini worked with these students on high level mathematic problems in preparation for this competition. We are very proud of all the students who participated. Good luck with the results.

IMG_20922. Collaborative Fairy Tales Come To Life: There is some real creativity going on in our Integrated Fine Arts classes lately. Students have been working on creating their own original fairy tale stories. After studying the aspects of traditional fairy tales, they have been working in teams to write IMG_7366their own using those elements. They have created written books but don’t plan to stop there. They will be creating plays, soundtracks and a dance to go along with their story. Love the integrated learning happening with these students.

IMG_46923. Grade Sixes Prepare To Welcome Newest Skyhawks: We are so proud of the efforts at HD Stafford Middle to help our newest Skyhawks feel extra welcome when they arrive in September. In preparation for visits to the feeder schools on June 5th, our grade 6 students have been working on writing a script in drama called “Grade 6 Survival.” This will be a bit of a how-to guide when it comes to transitioning to HDSMS. Looking forward to seeing the final performances.

4. Getting In Shape In Skyhawk Fitness: Our grade eight students have a great IMG_2136selection of electives throughout their final year at HD Stafford Middle. One of the more popular ones is our Skyhawk Fitness. During this course, students are exposed to the latest workout FullSizeRender-5technology (speed ladders, battle ropes, etc) and given excellent instruction to create fitness routines catered to their specific needs and goals. There is no question this is learning that will extend long after they leave HDSMS.

5. Rugby Team Fraser Valley Champions: This past week was historic for our rugby team. On Wednesday, they travelled to Semiahmoo Secondary to play against Lord DSC_0073Tweedsmuir for the Tier 1 Fraser Valley Championship. The beginning of the game was extremely tight, with our opponents taking a lead early in the second half. It was the first time all season the boys had fallen behind in a game. But showing true character and heart, they rallied back to win 32 – 17, capping an extremely successful season! We are so proud of all the players and a huge thanks to their coaches, Mr Anderson and Mr Hunter for all their dedication.

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Hawk Squawk: May 15th

As we head into the May Long Weekend (there is no school Monday), it is crazy to think we only have 6 weeks left. Things have been cooking along here at HD Stafford Middle with learning hitting its peak. There is lots to celebrate so be sure to check out the Hawk Squawk: May 15th. As always, share with your family and friends.

image31. HDSMS Creates Racquet At Badminton Tournament: This past week, some of our students competed in the badminton Upper Fraser Valley playoffs at Yorkson Creek Middle School. Out of eight teams for MIXED DOUBLES, Brian C and Anne L received silver trophies. Also, out of 13 teams for image1GIRLS DOUBLES Pe Lay P and Ludee L received silver trophies. The top 8 teams in each event qualify to participate in the Fraser Valley Championships next week. We have several students who qualified and we wish them all the best. Huge thanks to Ms Kim for coaching them this season.

IMG_28622. Renaissance Inquiry Begins: The grade eight students kicked off another integrated unit of study this past week by using art mediums to explore different aspects of the Renaissance period. They participated in painting, clay sculptures and IMG_2866construction to explore what it was like to live during this time. They even recreated the act of painting the Sistine Chapel but laying on their backs to paint under their desks. Michelangelo would have been proud.

IMG_1549.JPG3. Aboriginal Students Visit Museum Of Anthropology: This past week, our amazing Aboriginal Support Worker, Mrs Matthews took several of our students on a field trip to the Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia. There they learned a great deal about the lives of First Nations Peoples while seeing actual IMG_1551.JPGartifacts from their history. It is great when learning can be connected to the real world for our students.

IMG_28534. Learning Gets Static In Ms Hamilton’s Room: We’ve all had that shock touching a door handle after dragging our feet along the carpet. And who hasn’t rubbed a balloon in their hair and “stuck” it to the wall. The grade six students in Ms Hamilton’sIMG_2855 class learned the science behind this by conducting different experiments involving static electricity. And it was clear that they were having some fun while experiencing authentic learning.

IMG_28955. Stafford’s Got Talent: One of the awesome annual events at our school is the Stafford’s Got Talent Show! Each year we are amazing by a variety of different performances from our amazing students. This year we had singing, dancing and even some cultural drumming and bagpipes!IMG_2893 Huge thanks to Mr Rowe and Mrs Liebel for all their incredible work in putting this show together.

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Hawk Squawk: May 8th

First of all, a very Happy Mother’s Day to all the amazing women out there who have such an important role in raising our children. Whether you are a biological mom, step mom, grandma, or aunt, you are important to our future generation. Have a great Sunday! Here is our Hawk Squawk: May 8th. Please share with your family and friends.

IMG_27611. Science of Fun At Playland: This past week, all of our grade 8 students hopped on busses and headed to Playland as part of their science unit in Physics. While the day was full of fun on the rides, there was plenty of learning to be had as the students IMG_4655.JPGapplied Newton’s Laws and other concepts to the rides in the park. It is another awesome example of connecting classroom learning to the world around us. There is no doubt the day produced memories for a life time.

IMG_27522. HDSMS Ready For Inaugural Middle School Track Meet: This past week, our students competed against one another for the right to represent HD Stafford Middle at the first ever District Middle School Track and Field Meet on June 1st. Students participated in running races (100m, 400m, 800m & 1500m) as well at field events (high jump,IMG_2750 ball throw, shot put, discus, long jump) with our top athletes now training to go up against Yorkson Creek, Betty Gilbert and Langley Fundamental. Will be a great day of athletics. Thank you to Mr Grill and Mrs Courtney for all their work in putting this day together.

IMG_03303. Goats For Mother’s Day: This weekend, many of us will be celebrating our mothers in honour of Mother’s Day. As a way of learning about long term aid vs short term aid in socials studies, Div 14 and 15 have decided to donate $1 each to buy a dairy goat for a mother in a developing nation for Mother’s Day. This fundraiser from the Free The Children group is a powerful way to give students a direct hand in changing the lives of those less fortunate. Maybe next year some of our own HDSMS moms will have a goat donated in their honour!

-10945336242F74B1324. LSS Students For Change Visit HDSMS: For the past few weeks, Mrs Stewart-Lee, counsellor at Langley Secondary School has been visiting some of our grade six students with LSS students to work on strategies related to dealing with bullying. The “Students For 20720709830FC5D76AChange” leadership group worked with our HDSMS students defining different roles like bully, victim and bystander to help increase understanding on how to minimize bullying in schools. Check out more pictures by clicking here.

IMG_27935. HDSMS Art Work Shown Off At Community Event: This past week, the City of Langley held its annual Youth Week. Part of the amazing events was a Youth Art Show held at Frostings Cupcakery and Bake Shop. Several students from HD Stafford Middle School participated, celebrating their amazing pieces of work. As we often say, one of IMG_2792the best parts of being at a middle school is the opportunity to explore a child’s talents and passions. The work shared at the Art Show was another example of that talent and passion being celebrated. A huge thanks to Mr. Sandquist for organizing this.


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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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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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Hawk Squawk: April 17th

Happy Friday! It has been an incredible week, and not just because of the awesome weather. The learning and positive spirit at HD Stafford Middle was evident throughout the school and beyond the walls. You can definitely tell that Spring has sprung! Here is our Hawk Squawk: April 18th. Please be sure to share with your family and friends.

1. Grade Fives Get A Taste Of HDSMS:
This week, the halls of HD Stafford we full of an extra level of energy as the grade fives from our feeder schools spent time getting comfortable as the being to make the transition into middle school. Students from Blacklock Fine Arts, Douglas Park, James Hill, Nicomekl, IMG_2590Simonds and Uplands spent a couple hours learning how to open locks, find their way around the school and get to know the amazing Skyhawk spirit that permeates our halls. A huge thanks to Mr Hofbauer, Mrs Lacroix and the incredible Leadership Team for all their work in putt the activities together.

IMG_26162. Skyhawk Honours Effort And Academics: Today was our term two honour roll assembly where we recognized our HD Stafford Middle students for excellence during the second reporting term. A variety of students were recognized for their IMG_2609achievements in academics as well as for effort. Students received certificates for the A honour roll, B honour roll, Effort honour roll as well as for our Skyhawk award. It is one of the many aspects that of HDSMS that makes being a Skyhawk so amazing!

IMG_25923. Science Takes A Close Eye At The Sheep: The students in Mr. Hunter’s grade eight science class got their lab coats on and got dirty in the science lab. As part of their unit on the human body, they used a sheep’s eye to do a comparison with those in IMG_2597humans. They carefully dissected the specimen, taking the time to analyze and document each part. Again, it is so great to see powerful, authentic learning happening in the middle school environment

IMG_26034. Skyhawks Rugby Continues Its Domination: There is no question that over the past few years, the rugby program has gained a reputation as being extremely hard-working and competitive. But this year, the team is IMG_2602definitely seeing the fruits of their hard work and they continue to not only defeat, but dominate league play. This past week, the boys won a game against Abby Middle 56 – 17. Next up is a game on Thursday in Abbotsford versus Chief Dan Middle School.

IMG_26145. New Vice Principal Visits HDSMS: On Friday, we were excited to have Mrs Iha Hayer stop by HD Stafford Middle School to come say hello to some students, parents and staff. Mrs Hayer is joining us from Burnaby starting in September but stopped by the last honour roll assembly to meet our grade 6 students. We are excited about the passion and knowledge Mrs Hayer will bring to HDSMS!

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Hawk Squawk: April 10th

Another great week at HD Stafford Middle School. So much amazing learning going on both within the school and beyond! Below is our Hawk Squawk: April 10th. Be sure to share with your family and friends.

IMG_24761. Skyhawk Cross Country Off To The Races: It was a beautiful week to have our first cross country competition out at Aldergrove Lake as our Skyhawk runners ran against other schools in the beautiful sunshine. Our team, coached by Mr. Grill IMG_1061and Mrs Courtney did an amazing job on the 2.2 km course and represented our school extremely well. There will be two more races before the championship contest in a few weeks. Good luck in the future Skyhawks.

IMG_10742. Grade Eights Create Stop Motion Masterpieces: The students in Mrs Lacroix’s grade eight leadership class have been working on a awesome inquiry problem. They had to come up with a school related issue as well as a solution to the problem. They are now in the process of IMG_9566putting all that thinking into stop motion videos! They are using lego, clay and other artistic mediums to create awesome videos to showcase their learning. We are looking forward to seeing the finished products!

IMG_36313. Things Get Electric In Grade Six IFA: This past week, our grade six students from the IFA program took what they have been learning about electricity on the road during a field trip to BC Hydro at Stave Lake. Students have been learning about this IMG_7359topic in class, but saw it in real-life action during an awesome day of exploring and learning. So powerful when we can connect the classroom to authentic situations in our community. Huge thanks to Ms. McArthur for organizing this awesome learning experience.

4. More Stop Motion In Dance: The students in Mrs Liebel’s Hip Hop class using the iPads and a stop motion movie apps to create an awesome dance. They were focusing on isolation … moving particular parts of the body at individual times. They choreographed the moves and then took hundreds of stop motion photos to create the animation below. It is so awesome to see technology being used to truly empower learning. Click here to check out an example.

Stop Motion Dance

IMG_25175. Sock Puppets Come Alive In Mrs Courtney’s Class: For the past few weeks, students in Mrs. Courtney’s grade seven class have been working on creating sock puppets with a variety of characteristic. It has been awesome watching them throughout IMG_2508this process as they develop these personalized puppets. They are now finished and they look great! Perhaps a puppet show is in the future?

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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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