October 31, 2015
What an awesome week! So much excitement and energy as we head into Halloween and the month of November. Here is the Hawk Squawk: October 30th. Please be sure to share with your family and friends.
1. Peer Tutors Empower Learning In Room 121: One of the core beliefs at HD Stafford Middle School is that learning can happen at anytime from anyone. We are so excited that in one of our classrooms, we have established some amazing peer tutoring to empower student learning. The relationships and connections have been amazing as some of our students with special needs are interacting and learning along side other students. The mutual benefits are amazing. We look forward to watching this grow and develop over the course of the year.
2. Douglas Park Earns $10,000 Prize For Books: It has been a very interesting week for one of our feeder schools, Douglas Park Elementary, that had a very happy conclusion. Many in our community supported their bid to win the Indigo Adopt-a-School campaign by voting daily for this amazing school. The grand prize was $10,000 in books! And at the end of the contest, Douglas Park had the most votes, only to find out they had been disqualified for a technicality. However, the community bonded together and through the help of Shelby Thom at CKNW, ended up receiving a $10,000 donation from Indigo as well as an additional 1000 books from Black Bond books. There are so many great lessons in this story and, most importantly, a great infusion of literacy into our that school!
3. Student Learning Empowered By Technology: Mr. Main’s division seven and eight classes have been learning about current events and their place in the world around them. And given how fast the news cycle is these days, it is imperative they have access to technology to get a true sense of global issues. So, this past week, they used Google Docs and hyperlinked YouTube videos to learn more about current news issues in the world around them. Part of school is to give student attributes and skills that connect to the “real world.” There is no question this assignment did just that.
4. HD Stafford Middle Haunted House: This past week, we hosted our annual Haunted House, inviting our feeder schools and the surrounding community in for a good scare. With our students as the actors, parents and children alike were amazed by how intricate and entertaining the maze was. It is a great fundraiser as well, brining in almost $2500. Thank you to Mr Hendy and Mr Mitchell for all of their tremendous work in organizing this great community event.
5. Halloween Fun At HD Stafford Middle School: What a great way to end the week! The staff and students at our school got into the Halloween spirit, showing up in amazing costumes and spreading lots of Halloween joy. They worked on Halloween infused learning activities and then spent the afternoon participating in a fun activity of their choice, the most popular being the dance of course. On behalf of everyone, we want to wish the entire HD Stafford Middle community a safe and fun Halloween tomorrow!