Hawk Squawk: September 30th

September 30, 2016

It is already feeling like the weeks are flying by! Hard to believe we are hitting October tomorrow. We had a great week at HD Stafford Middle School with plenty to celebrate. Here is the Hawk Squawk: September 30th. Please be sure to share with your family and friends.

IMG_0312HDSMS Continues The Work Of Truth And Reconciliation With Orange Shirt Day: On Thursday, the entire Langley School District recognized Orange Shirt Day. This important event is in honour of those Aboriginal children who survived the era of residential schools and to remember those who did not. The focus is that “every childIMG_0310 matters.” Students learned about the origin of Orange Shirt Day and reflected on their role in moving the work of Truth and Reconciliation forward. We are looking forward to our upcoming blanket activity with staff and Aboriginal Plaque ceremony in the spring.

IMG_0270Grade 8s Volunteer As Tribute: This past week, our grade 8 students went up to Camp Kawkawa for a few days of bonding, team building and fun! Since they have been studying the Hunger Games, it made sense that this was the theme of the four day event. Students participated in a variety of different activity both in the water and on land … kayaking, archery, campfire and a night game called “The Seige” game to name a few. But most importantly, they had the opportunity to get to know each other in a whole new way, creating newfound bonds andIMG_0302 friendships that will last all year long. A huge thank you to Mrs. Lacroix and Mr. Rowe for all their work in organizing this amazing tradition. Thank you also to Mr Sandquist, Ms Elstak, Ms Janzen, Ms Donaldson, Ms Welsh and Mr Jung for attending and a HUGE thanks to the parents who came up as chaperones!

FullSizeRenderCreativity Comes Out In Awesome Ways: It is so important that in our weekly Hawk Squawk, we celebrate the big and the small things. This past week, one of our new students showed us a whole different side of him through some amazing creations he made while in “trouble.” While sitting in a back room, he decided to use the tub of unifix cubes to build a toy dog. Then he created another animal. Then he used the math pattern blocks to IMG_0315develop an intricate symmetrical design. Kudos to the teacher for tapping into this talent as now this student has a complicated Sphinx model he is working on as a reward to being successful in class. It is powerful when we tap into the strengths of our students!

IMG_0262Summer Programs Recognized At District Luncheon: We are very proud of the two summer sessions we run at HD Stafford Middle School. And this past week, to thank one of the main sponsors of those programs, our staff and students were recognized at a special luncheon. The Tzu Chi Foundation donates money making possible both our six week 212 summer session as well as our 2 week transition program. Students benefit greatly from these opportunities and hit the ground running in September. Thanks to Ms Janzen, Mr. Bedard, Mr Piche, Ms MacDonald, Mrs Hamilton and Mrs Gollner for all their hard work.

Artist In Residence Goes On Floral Walk For Upcoming Mural: We are beyond excited toIMG_0298 have local artist, Oksana Gaidacheva attached to our school for the next few months. She will be working with many of our students to co-create a mural that embodies the spirit and hopes of our HD IMG_0285Stafford Skyhawks. This past week, she met classes and went on a focussed walk to delve deeper into the details of our local fauna which will be included in the mural. Students drew sketches of what they saw as they work to their final drawings for the mural. Stay tuned as we progress through this exciting project!

HD Stafford Middle School

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