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.
1. 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 Arts 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.
2. 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 in 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.
3. 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 game but came up short against the talent of the staff. Thanks to Mrs Saumier, Mya and Cassie for being excellent referees!
4. 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 people 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.
5. 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 during 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.