May 19, 2017
As we head into the final long weekend of the school year, it was certainly a unique week at HDSMS. And yet the amazing things continued to occur both in the classroom and around the school. As you get ready to celebrate the May Long Weekend, here is the Hawk Squawk: May 19th.
HDSMS Community Strengthens: One of our goals at HD Stafford Middle over the past few years has been to strengthen our sense of positive culture both within our own walls and in connection with our surrounding community. And in the spirit of the saying “from every bad comes something good,” the events of this past week have only demonstrated the resilience, strength and spirit of our Skyhawks community. Watching staff, students, parents and others collectively deal with the events and then process them in the following days was inspiring. We are proud to be Skyhawks!
Boys Rugby Head To The Finals: On Thursday, our boys rugby team played in the Lower Valley semi final match against Lord Tweedsmuir. Coming off a 70 – 5 victory, the Surrey School was ready to play our #1 ranked Skyhawks for a chance to play for a banner. It was a very hard fought game with our boys pulling out a victory at the very end! Congratulations to Mr. Horrocks, Coach Colleen and all the players on a tremendous win! Next Wednesday we play our cross district rivals, WA Fraser, for the championship! Good Luck!
Race for Inclusion: Ms Lacroix’s class has been weaving Indigenous stories throughout this term as they focus on how we can help break down stereotypes and discrimination across all races and cultures. They read an Indigenous story story by Richard Wagamese on how leaders are chosen. Based off an idea gleaned from a Pro D event, students in groups created hands where the fingers represent the top 5 leadership traits that students believed were the most important. Students then had to explain why they chose those traits along with a short paragraph summing up how a leader should be chosen. So powerful to consciously think about our own role in stereo-typing and how we can proactively lead against it!
Motion Geometry: The students in Mrs Coleman’s class have been integrating Math with Visual Art! This past week, they were learning about patterns and created amazing tesselations. They were given a basic pattern and then let their creativity run wild. The final results were amazing!!!!! it is so aligned with the re-designed curriculum and the kids had a blast.
Building Buddies A Huge Success: For the past two weeks, HD Stafford Middle has partnered with the Langley District Career Department to offer an amazing opportunity for our feeder school students. The Building Buddies program invited students and their parents into our woodwork shop to design and build a planter box. This not only aligned with the Applied Design, Skills, Technology curriculum, but also connected our younger kids with HDSMS. We look forward to continuing this program next year.