Hawk Squawk: October 14th

October 15, 2016

What a great week! After recovering from turkey overload, the learning was fast and furious during our short week. Here is the Hawk Squawk: October 14th. As always, please share with your family and friends.

IMG_2076Skyhawk Staff Attend Huge Middle Conference: As many of you know, working with middle years students requires a special skill set for staff coupled with an in-depth understanding of the adolescent years. This past week, Mr. Grill, Ms McArthur and Mr Jung went to Austin, TX to attend the annual Association of Middle Level Education (AMLE) conference. This is the largest conference in North America Screen Shot 2016-10-15 at 8.11.51 AMbringing together thousands of middle school teachers and administrators. They attended amazing sessions and have brought back great learning to share with their colleagues. We are already looking forward to sending another team to Philadelphia next year.

IMG_2117Pancake Breakfast In Home Arts: One of the great opportunities for kids at middle school are the explorations. Those currently rotating through Home Arts are getting exposed to some great recipes they can easily make at home. This past week, students learned how to make pancakes. They not only participate in making them, but Ms LeeIMG_2116 shows them how to adapt the recipe for a variety of needs (gluten-free, whole wheat, etc) while learning very practical skills. Be sure to ask your child to try their new skills at home … and serve you breakfast in bed.

IMG_0496Access Visits Dave’s Orchard: Now that Fall definitely has arrived, our students are starting to participate in field trips to some of our local farms. The students in our Access program visited Dave’s Orchard here in Langley and loved every minute of it!! They got to pick pumpkins, squash and even sunflower seeds, all while learning a IMG_0497variety of things about each. There is no question they have experienced memories that will last a lifetime.

IMG_0520212 Gives Back: One of the things students discover during their middle years is the power of giving back to the community around them. This past week students in our 212 program connected with one of our community partners, Koko, to help those less fortunate on the Downtown Eastside. They helped load the van that goes to Main and Hastings. They helped prepare theIMG_0519 1000 pairs of socks that were given out and made all the breakfast cereal kits. So important for our students to understand the power of kindness.

IMG_0518PUCKS Helps Skyhawks Take To The Ice: We are very fortunate to have many important community partners that support our kids. Youth UnLimited is a group that has had a long-standing positive influence, giving our students several awesome opportunities. This past week students who have never or rarely had the opportunity to learn how to play hockey got all gearedIMG_0517 up and hit the local rink for lessons. It was a great bonding opportunity for our students as the learned a new skill. They have several more lessons coming up as they continue to discover passions and talents they never knew they had!

 

 

HD Stafford Middle School

20441 - Grade Crescent, Langley
BC, V3A 4J8
Phone: 604-534-9285
Fax: 604-534-8986