Den Days – The Latest and Greatest At Woodhaven!

We are excited to tell you about another great program we are creating for our students and staff here at Woodhaven Middle School.

The staff at Woodhaven have been working extremely hard to create our new “Den Days” project. This initiative is one more way in which we are working together with our students to build our positive school culture and a strong community.

While there’s much to explain for Den Days here’s a bit of info to start you off!

Every student in Woodhaven Middle School has been assigned to one of 6 dens, as have all staff members. Each Den consists of students from grades 5-9, who will be working together as a team on various activities throughout the school year. We have already seen some great relationships starting to form between our younger and older students Each Den has been assigned a colour to represent their team. Today students were receiving tickets for their Den team for wearing their den colours!

Already this month we have had some staff competitions where teachers were trying to win points for their Den teams. Check out the video below.

Other events have included our Citizenship focus this week (Oct 28th – Nov 2nd) where students have been awarded tickets throughout the week for demonstrating great citizenship characteristics. The Den with the most tickets at the end of the week will win points for their team!

Our PE team hosted Den Intramurals today (Friday, Nov 2nd) where Dens will competed against each other in a game of Muriel’s slide! There are many more plans in the works for the upcoming weeks.

In the meantime, please ask your child about Den Days. What’s happening with them? What colour Den are they on? Who are their staff members?

Students are encouraged to welcome to order their own Den colours on our Den days. For those students who would like, they are welcome to order our School Den T-shirts  with their Den Colours and the message “The strength of the Wolf is the Pack” (ordering information is available on our website).

We are excited about the many opportunities our Den Days will provide to our students and school community.

Until next time,

Mr. S. Patras

Woodhaven Middle School Principal

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Looking Back

While it’s hard to believe we have already celebrated Thanksgiving within our communities, here we are in mid October finally enjoying some great weather! I would like to take this opportunity to share with you some of the fantastic opportunities that have been provided to our kids in the Woodhaven learning community. Not only has there  been tons of fun in our extracurricular sports, but also within our fine arts programming as well as through our Library and School Council!

Extracurricular Sports

Woodhaven Middle School is known for the athletic opportunities that we provide to our students, and this year is no exception. The year started out with students joining our X-Country team. What I love about this opportunity is that every student who wants to participate is welcomed! No tryout and a super low-cost (usually $2/race!). Under the coaching of Mr. Rink and Mr. Bock, students run Monday and Wednesday before school starts and compete in races once/week. We even recently hosted our race at Brookwood School, (due to the construction on our site) where almost 500 kids from throughout Parkland School Division competed!

 

Volleyball

We are proud, once again, to be offering 6 different Volleyball teams for students ranging from grades 6-9. I can’t go forward without giving a shout out to our Jr. B Boys and Girls teams which Mrs. Woitas and I are proud to co-coach. We have 17 girls and 9 boys learning the game and having fun doing it!

Not only do our teams provide an opportunity for over 80 kids to play Volleyball, Fall Ball will be coming soon. This will provide an opportunity for some of our awesome Sr. Players and PE team to provide a development league for students in grades 5&6 to learn the game as well!

Fine Arts

Although I don’t have a lot of pictures yet, rest assured that not only is our Sr. Choir already underway under the direction of the talented Ms. Weimer, casting has just been completed for this year’s production of High School Musical with Ms. Young leading the way once again!

Author Judith Graves Visits Woodhaven

We were extremely fortunate that our awesomely talented Mrs. Traxel (our School Librarian) was able to arrange to have Judith Graves visit our school this year and work with our gr 7-9 students on Fan Fiction!

Check out this video to learn with our kids!

 

Maranatha Christian Program Updates

Other events that we can’t forget about include our MCP students participating in See You at the Pole, as well as our gr 7-9 students bonding and learning at their Spiritual Retreat at Ross Haven Bible Camp.

While this is only a snapshot of some of the action at Woodhaven Middle School last month, we are excited for what the upcoming weeks have in store for us!

Until next time,

Shaye Patras

Principal, Woodhaven Middle School

 

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Off and Running!!!

With the return of over 450 excited kids on Tuesday at Woodhaven Middle School was a busy place! It was fantastic to see so many smiling faces. Kids were showing off their first day outfits, telling stories of their summer adventures and getting to know their new teachers and classmates. I had the good fortune of stopping into each class with our new Assistant Principal, Ms. Enders and welcoming back all of our kids!

Please take a moment to check out this welcome back video

 

A quick note about an important change at our school this year:

  • The timing of our lunch break has changed this year to accommodate our new 7 block schedule. Lunch is now from 11:57 – 12:45 and is structured as follows:
    • 11:57 – 12:21 – Gr 5&6 students on recess at the park and back field
    • 11:57 – 12:21 – Gr 7-9 students are eating lunch in classrooms
    • 12:21 – 12:45 – Gr 5&6 students are eating lunch in classrooms
    • 12:21 – 12:45 – Gr 7-9 students are on recess in the gym, library or front park
  • You can find our complete bell schedule on our website.

Other important information:

  • Our staff list can be found here on our website
  • Students in grades 7-9 have begun choosing their options. You can learn more about our options on our website.
  • Meet the Staff barbeque – on Thursday, September 13th from 5:30 – 7 p.m. we will once again be hosting our Meet the Staff barbeque at Woodhaven. This is a great opportunity to come in to see you child’s teachers and say hello. Cost for the barbecue is by donation. The suggested donation for your hot dog, chips and juice/water is $2 with all proceeds going to our Fine Arts program. We look forward to seeing you there!
  • School Council Meeting and Elections – Our first School Council meeting of the year will also serve as our elections. Please consider coming out to join this dedicated group of parents. School Council provides a great opportunity to learn about what’s happening within our school and to provide input. We hope to see some new faces again this year.

I would like to wrap things up… for now… with a few pictures from our First Day “Omniken and Tug Of War Challenge”.

Until next time,

Mr. S. Patras

Principal, Woodhaven Middle School

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Staffing Updates for 2018-19

With school year coming to an end in just a few days, I wanted to take a moment to share with our parents some of the changes that will be happening within the Wolfpack Staff for the 2018-19 school year.

As you are aware, with the opening of Copperhaven School for the 2018-19 school year, many students who currently attend Woodhaven Middle School will be transitioning to Copperhaven. While we are sad to see so many awesome Wolfpack members leaving our school, we are excited for the new opportunities that will be provided for them at Copperhaven, and are thankful for the breathing room some decreased enrolment will provide within our school.

With all of these changes, there will be changes to our staff for the upcoming year as well. We would like to wish the following staff members the best in their professional journey.

Mrs. Lovsund – Assistant Principal – Mrs. Lovsund was a welcome addition to our team this year. We were really fortunate to have had her supporting our students and families. Mrs. Lovsund will continue to support some of our families as she, and they, are transitioning together to Copperhaven School where Mrs. Lovsund will serve as the Assistant Principal.

Mrs. Kronewitt – Assistant Principal – Over the past 4 years, Mrs. Kronewitt has served our students and families extraordinarily well. She has helped forge strong community based connections for students with Family and Children’s Support Services (FCSS) and Children’s Mental Health (CMH) to name just a few of the significant contributions she has made to our community. Mrs. Kronewitt will be truly missed by staff, students and our community as a whole. We wish her all the best as she returns to her passion of teaching early years students at Copperhaven School.

Mrs. Anderson – Secretary – Mrs. Anderson is one of those cheerful voices you hear on the phone when you call to remind us your child is sick, or if you need help with powerschool or are wanting to figure out if Spring League is happening after school! Mrs. Anderson will be missed by all in our school community. We wish her well in her role as Secretary at Greystone Centennial Middle School.

Mr. Grier – Grade 5 Teacher – Mr. Grier was a welcome addition to our team this year. He has done an amazing job supporting our students in grade 5 as well as coaching badminton and serving our community behind the scenes in so many ways this year! We wish Mr. Grier all the best as he continues his journey at Prescott Learning Centre.

Mrs. Jacobs – Grade 5 Teacher – Mrs. Jacobs will truly be missed. Her work behind the scenes on Health Days, her willingness to step in and help any staff member, and her caring and compassionate relationships with kids is truly appreciated. We wish Mrs. Jacobs the best in her position at Graminia School next year.

Mrs. J. Smith – Grade 6 Teacher – Mrs. Smith has made an amazing impact on our school in just a short time with us. Through her daily work with students in grades 6&7 and her amazing Art Club, as well as serving as our coordinator for the Visual Arts Celebration Mrs. Smith has had a busy year! We wish Mrs. Smith all the best as she continues her journey at Prescott Learning Centre in 2018-19.

Mr. Dhaliwal – Grade 7 Teacher – Mr. Dhaliwal has been with us for the last few years and has built his relationships with kids not only in the classroom but through his coaching of various sports teams over the past few years, with his true passion coming through in Basketball! Thank you Mr. Dhaliwal for all that you’ve done for our kids!

Mrs. K. Bradshaw – Gr 7&9 Teacher – Mrs. Bradshaw has been a member of the Wolfpack for around a decade! During her time she has coached everything from Volleyball to Soccer and has helped develop the culinary talents of hundreds of students as one of our awesome Foods Teachers! Mrs. Bradshaw will be truly missed in our community, but we wish her the best in her teaching assignment at Copperhaven next year.

Mrs. Mcclean – Gr 9 Teacher – While Mrs. Mcclean has just recently joined us this year, she has been a welcome addition to our grade 9 team. Her contributions to our Farewell and work behind the scenes with staff on several initiatives was truly appreciated. We wish Mrs. Mcclean all the best in her work at Greystone Centennial Middle School next year.

Mrs. Fijala – Community Support Worker – Despite having been with our team for only a short time, Mrs. Fijala has proven to be an amazing support to our students and families. We truly appreciate her work in supporting our kids at school through programming such as Rainbows and Recess Club, and her work connecting families to community based resources.

Mrs. Lyster – Inclusive Education Lead Teacher – Mrs. Lyster re-joined our team this year after a few years away and was immediately welcomed back by our students, parents and staff. Her availability to support of students and families in her kind and caring way was truly a blessing to have within our community. We wish Mrs. Lyster the best next year as her career continues as a teacher at Greystone Centennial Middle School.

Mrs. C. Pitchford – Educational Assistant – Mrs. Pitchford’s willingness to help out in any way possible with our students was greatly appreciated during her work this year with our students. We wish her the best next year.

We are excited to welcome Ms. Marcie Enders to our team as the Assistant Principal and Inclusive Education Lead. Marcie joins us having previously served as the Assistant Principal at Forest Green School. Please feel free to learn more about Marcie on our website.

As you can see there are many changes on the horizon for the Wolfpack. Some future additions to our team will be a Grade 5 MCP teacher and Mrs. Murphy as a member of our grade 6 teaching team.

Thank you for helping us to celebrate and acknowledge those staff members moving onto new opportunities, and for welcoming Ms. Marcie Enders to our team.

Until next time,

Mr. Patras

Principal, Woodhaven Middle School

 

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Important Year End Info

While it’s hard to believe that another school year has come and gone, this post is focused on the important information that our parents and students need to know as we wrap up the school year and begin preparations for 2018-19.

Year End Wrap Up Info

Online Registration/Verification – If you have not yet completed the registration/verification for your child, it is imperative that you do so prior to this Friday, June 29th, 2018. You can learn more about this process on the PSD website. This information is relied upon in emergency situations so that the school can contact parents in a timely fashion. Any students whose registration has not been completed by this Friday will not be eligible for busing to start the upcoming school year.  Please call the school for any support you may require in this process. We are happy to help!

Bus Pass Distribution – PSD will be doing bus pass distribution a little bit different for next school year. We will be handing out bus passes at schools rather than from division office.  What does this mean for you?  For those families who have completed the online registration/verification by Friday, June 29th, we will have bus passes available to be picked up starting on August 22nd at Woodhaven Middle School.  More information will be available on our website as the time draws closer.  If you have questions, please let us know!

Year End Report Cards – Year-end report cards will be online using Powerschool again this term.  They will be posted on Jun 28th at 3:15, should you run into issues accessing them please contact us at the office on the 29th or email woodhaven@psd70.ab.ca and we will get you a copy.  If you requested a paper copy from the last round of report cards we will send them home that way again on the 28th, if you would like a paper copy of the report card on the 28th but didn’t request one for term 2 please contact the school via email at  woodhaven@psd70.ab.ca or by phone at 780-962-2626 with your request and we will make sure a paper copy is sent home.

PAT Results –  For parents of students in grades 6 & 9, the Preliminary Results of your child’s PAT’s will be sent home with your child this week. Please watch for these and feel free to contact your child’s teacher with any questions you might have.

Office Opens August 22nd – We will be back in the office on August 20th to start preparing for next year.  Typical office hours are 9:00-3:30 during the summer, however, there are several meetings scheduled so please call ahead if you are coming in during this week so we can make sure someone is there.

School Supply Lists – Supply lists for the upcoming year have been posted to our website. Please feel free to contact the school with any questions you might have.

2018-19 Preliminary Information

Preparations for the upcoming year are underway. As we continue to register students in June and August for the upcoming school year, class lists have not been completed and finalized yet. With that said, we have an initial outline of our homeroom teachers for the upcoming year and wanted to share that information with each of you.

Gr 5 – Mrs. Weimer, Mr. Thibault

Gr 5/6 – Mrs. Aberle

Gr 5 MCP – Mr. Rink & another teacher soon to be determined

Gr 6 – Ms. Butler, Ms. Murphy

Gr 6 – MCP – Mrs. Woitas

Gr 7 – Mr. Hardman, Mr. Peet

Gr 7/8 – Mrs. Schaber

Gr 7 MCP – Mr. Bock

Gr 8 – Mrs. Denet, Mrs. Imeson

Gr 8 MCP – Mrs. Cresswell

Gr 9 – Mr. Teliani, Mrs. Glegloff, Mr. Huedepohl

Gr 9 MCP – Mr. Schock

On behalf of the staff of Woodhaven Middle School, it has been our pleasure to see the growth and development your children this year. Thank you for your ongoing support. We are looking forward to a fantastic final week.

Sincerely,

Mr. S. Patras

Principal, Woodhaven Middle School

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Stay Calm and Study On…

While we say it every year, it remains true this year as well. It’s hard to believe we are in the middle of June already! The year has once again flown by and Provincial Achievement Tests (PAT’s) are here once again. At the end of this post you will see the PAT schedule for Woodhaven Middle School students.

Grade 6 and 9 students at Woodhaven Middle School will again be writing their Provincial Achievement Tests (PATs) in the upcoming days and weeks. We would like to provide parents with a few suggestions to support our kids through these tests.

  1. Balance – Contrary to popular opinion, these tests DO “count for marks“. With that said, they are only one piece of evidence teachers use to evaluate student learning and achievement. Teachers have been gathering evidence of our kids’ understanding of concepts and skills throughout the year. Encourage your kids to simply do their best.
  2. Rest and Breakfast – In order to help your child do his or her best work, support them by ensuring they get a good night’s sleep before any PAT and that they have a healthy breakfast to start their day.
  3. No need to “cram” – Teachers have been working with our students throughout the year through their lessons and assessments to provide purposeful, deep learning for our kids. It is this learning that has prepared our kids for these exams our kids are ready to show off what they know! Teachers have been reviewing this learning with their students over the past weeks in preparation for the PAT’s. While a little bit of daily review at home is a great strategy, don’t allow your kids to overdo the review! If you are unsure what they can do to prepare or how much review is appropriate just check in with your child’s teacher.

You may be aware that PAT’s provide the school with valuable data to help us inform our teaching and assessment as we move forward. We examine the data purposefully in order to see where we are succeeding with our kids and where we can continue to focus our efforts to improve the learning of our kids. If you would like to learn more about this process keep your eyes posted for our Education Plan School Council meeting in the fall and join us!

If you, or your child has any questions about the PAT’s, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s teacher, we are here to help!

PAT Schedule – Woodhaven Middle School June 2018

Grade 6:
Tuesday, June 12 – ELA  Part B
Tuesday, June 19 – Science
Wednesday, June 20 – Math
Friday, June 22 – Social Studies
Gr 9
Thursday, June 14: Math Part A (mental math, no calculator)
Tuesday, June 19th: Math Part B
Wednesday, June 20: ELA Part B
Monday, June 25: Social Studies
Tuesday, June 26: Science
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May Updates from the Wolfpack

The past few weeks have been extremely busy at Woodhaven Middle School, with the next week or two looking just as full!

Just this past weekend our Badminton team wrapped up another successful season at the Division Championships. Congratulations to all of our athletes for representing our school with skill and pride.

Earlier last week learning came alive for our grade 6 students who were fortunate to have the Bennett Centre come to Woodhaven to provide engaging, hands on learning and review for our students.

Just last Thursday we were excited to welcome many of our incoming grade 5 students for our Wolfpack night. It was a great opportunity for our newest students to learn a bit more about middle school and to meet some staff and students.

As if this wasn’t enough, our awesome Librarian, Mrs. Traxel invited local author and illustrator Mike Boldt in to Woodhaven. It’s great to have local experts working with our kids, showing them that anything is possible!

Before I go onto sharing the events that are coming in the near future, it’s very important that I remind all of our parents to ensure that you’ve completed the mandatory online verification for your children for the 2018-19 school year. Your help with this verification is truly appreciated.

You can learn more about this quick and easy task on our website. Thank you for taking the time to help us prepare for the upcoming school year and to ensure your child is registered for 2018-19. We look forward to another great year next year!

Coming soon

  • Gr 7-9 track meet this Thursday, May 17th on our back field
  • Gr 4/6 track meet Wednesday, May 23rd on our back field
  • Woodhaven Middle School Council Meeting in our Library Commons Thursday, May 24th – 6:00 p.m.
  • Gr 9 Farewell in our school gym Friday, May 25th

We look forward to seeing many of you at these upcoming events.

Sincerely,

Mr. S. Patras

Principal, Woodhaven Middle School

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