Hawk Squawk: November 13th

November 13, 2015

Another amazing week as our school community, along with the rest of the country stopped for Remembrance Day to honour those who sacrificed and those who continue to keep peace around the world. There are many things to celebrate in this week’s Hawk Squawk. Please be sure to share with your family and friends.

IMG_60871. HD Stafford Middle School Remembers: This past Tuesday, the staff, students and parents at HD Stafford Middle School took time to remember all those who served in World War One, World War Two, The Korean War and The Afghanistan Wars as well as soldiers maintaining peace around the world. Our Remembrance Day assembly included IMG_6083powerful performance all geared to help students reflect on their role in shaping the world around them. Thank you to our IFA students for their performance and to Mrs Coleman and Mr Rowe for organizing the assembly.

2. Aboriginal Archery Camp A Huge Success At HDSMS: Over the past couple years, HD Stafford Middle School has established itself as the go-Archery Campto place for archery! Mr Sandquist has built a wonderful program for our own students and this past week, invited Aboriginal youth from around the district to participate in an afternoon of learning and shooting. We had a great turnout and saw awesome growth in just one session. And the best part is, a passion for the sport was sparked, hopefully spreading archery to more and more schools. Thank you to Mrs Matthews and Mr Sandquist for hosting this great event.

IMG_61113. Empowering French Language With Technology: The grade six students in Ms Coopers class put what they have been using in their Core French class to good use as they were given the task of creating genuine dialogues in French. Then they used the video app on the iPad to record IMG_6110themselves. The best part was they were able to reflect and assess along the way by watching the video back, ensuring their final product was the best that it could be. So amazing to see learning empowered by technology like that.

IMG_60704. BC Lions Teach Life Skills Through Sport: Last weekend, two of our HD Stafford Middle students had the opportunity to attend the BC Lions Skills For Life Summit in downtown Vancouver. Trenton and Jesse enjoyed a day of powerful speakers and leadership activities before hitting the sidelines of the football field to meet some of the BC Lions. They enjoyed VIP seats to the game against IMG_6071Calgary and then got to go paddling in False Creek on Sunday. There is no question these boys developed memories and skills that will last with them for years to come. A huge thank you to Mr. Kemp for chaperoning this wonderful opportunity.

5. Literacy As A Game: Reading is a such a powerful skill for students of all ages. At the middle years level, there is a focus not only on decoding and comprehension but the ability to synthesize and analyze the concepts novels and other written sources have to offer. In Mr. Cavalli’s class, the students took their understanding of Will Hobb’s Ghost Canoe to the next level by creating games that pulled out some of the key literacy ideas. The students had fun playing each other’s games but more importantly, were fully immersed in the writing.

HD Stafford Middle School

20441 - Grade Crescent, Langley
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