Thank you…

Dear Parents,

I know you are very aware that we are on our last day of school for the year. You might also be aware that I will be joining the Ecole Meridian Heights School community in the fall, with Mr. Chris Shaw coming to join Woodhaven Middle School. Before I leave our community I wanted to take one last opportunity to say THANK YOU…

…for welcoming me to our school 5 years ago! It has been a whirlwind of action and excitement. I can’t believe it’s actually been 5 years already!

…to all of you, our parents, for your ongoing support, communication and effort to help guide our kids through the various academic, social and emotional challenges of middle school…

…to our students for the energy, excitement and enthusiasm you bring to our school everyday! There have been really hard days for all of us where I find myself struggling with you through the challenges with friends, with the learning in our classrooms and so much more. There are also so many days where we laugh together at the funny things you guys say and do!

…to our School Council and Parents’ Association! Your dedication and support go unnoticed by at times, but not me. You have helped lead us through so many challenges ranging from big events like the boundary changes to smaller conversations like how we use technology (and everything in between!). Woodhaven Middle School could not thrive without you!

…to our Maranatha Christian Program (MCP) for joining us and bringing with you a new energy and passion into our school. You quickly became an integral part of our community!

…for the opportunity to coach your kids in Basketball and Volleyball over the past two years.

…for allowing your son to join me for the Perpetual Fitness Workout Group this year!

…for sharing your daughters with us for the Paradigm Esteem program over the past 3 years.

…for not laughing too hard when a 5’6″ middle aged Principal “competes” in our slam dunk competition!

…for allowing me to serve in your learning community… to learn with our students, staff and with you, our parents… and for everything you’ve done to make the past 5 years the best learning opportunity of my career.

…to the most fantastic staff I have ever had the opportunity to work with. You are so dedicated to our kids. You model empathy, respect and caring to our kids everyday. You work tirelessly in the classroom to meet the academic, social and emotional needs of our kids. You have fun with our kids and each other…you are an amazing team and I am honoured to have worked with each of you.

I have been truly blessed to be a part of this community and am thankful for having had the opportunity.

One last time…

Sincerely,

Mr. S. Patras

Principal, Woodhaven Middle School

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Some Final Updates for the Year!

Once again this year has flown by for staff and students alike! Before we wish everyone a happy and restful summer holidays there is quite a bit to finish off at Woodhaven Middle School.   Please read on to learn more about our upcoming school events for the final few weeks.

Provincial Achievement Tests… are underway!

If you have a child in grade 6 or 9, you are very likely aware that your child has been completing the Provincial Achievement Tests (PAT’s) this week and into early next week. You can find the entire PAT schedule on our school calendar.

PAT’s provide valuable information to students, parents and our school staff. They provide one more piece of assessment evidence that is used in determining students marks. Additionally, teachers and administration examine the data from these exams in the fall to determine areas of strength as well as areas that we can continue to focus our efforts on within our teaching and learning.

If you have any questions about these tests, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s teacher or Ms. Enders or myself in the school office.

Awards Celebration

You should have recently received an email reminding you that our Annual Awards Celebration will be happening on the final day of the school year, Thursday, June 27th from 10:30 a.m. to approximately 12:00 noon.

While we are happy to have the opportunity to recognize our students throughout the year through programs such as our Pack Pride and Athlete of the Month, to name just a few, this final celebration provides one last opportunity to acknowledge the efforts of our kids.

Students who will be receiving an award will be provided with a letter to be taken home at the end of the week. All parents and community members are welcome to join us for this celebration. Should you have any questions, please reach out to us at the school.

Grade 9 Farewell

If you have a child in Grade 9, you have certainly heard about our fast approaching Grade 9 Farewell Celebration. At this time you should have purchased your tickets for this event, which will be coming home soon with your child.

We are excited to celebrate with our students and families and look forward to seeing you there on Tuesday, June 25th from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. in our school gymnasium.

Joint Chapel

We are eagerly anticipating our final joint chapel of the school year as one more opportunity to celebrate and worship with our fellow MCP students at Brookwood School.

Please consider joining us on Friday, June 21st at 9:00 a.m. in the Woodhaven Middle School gymnasium.

While these are a few of the big events coming our way, we are excited about the many field trips, National Indigenous Day and several other events that are helping us to wind up the current school year.

Until next time,

Shaye Patras

Principal, Woodhaven Middle School

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May Updates

It’s been a little while since we last connected so I would like to provide you with updates on what’s coming during this busy month of May for the Wolfpack! Feel free to read it all or skip to the sections that pertain directly to your child(ren)!

Modernization Updates

If you’ve been by our school lately, you can’t help but notice there’s a lot of construction action! Student safety and routine school operation remain our highest priority during this work. You can support us by reminding your child to obey all signage and to ensure that they are not trying to move any of the temporary fencing that has been installed. Also please remind your child that while it may seem exciting to watch the heavy equipment at work, we need the kids to be in the supervised areas of the school before school, during recess (at the park and back field) and after school.

You may also notice that the grade 5/6 doors on the front of our school are no longer accessible. We are asking all gr 5/6 students to enter through the main doors of the school. We will be finalizing some additional adjustments to entrance and exit doors for our kids this week and will send those updates as soon as they are ready.

You can stay up to date with all construction and modernization updates on our school website.

If you, or your child have any questions at all about the construction please do not hesitate to contact me at the school.

Bell Schedule for 2019-2020

Necessary changes are being made to Parkland School Division’s Regional Transportation System that will affect some students and families more than others. These adjustments will allow our existing transportation system to better adapt to the current funding model for bus transportation in the province given the addition of the two new schools Parkland School Division so desperately needed in Spruce Grove.

Please note, our bus arrival and departure time will only be shifted by  5 minutes earlier, with buses arriving at 8:15 in 2019-2020 as opposed to the current arrival time of 8:20 a.m. Similarly, buses will depart Woodhaven Middle School at 3:15 p.m. in 2019-2020 as opposed to the current departure time of 3:21.

For full details, check out the news article on our school website. You can access (and compare) our revised bell schedule on our school website.

PAT’s Starting this week!

Provincial Achievement Tests for students in grades 6&9 are starting this week. Grade 6 students will be writing their Language Arts Part A (written test) this Thursday, May 9th from 9 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Grade 9 students will be writing their Language Arts Part A (written test) on Wednesday, May 7th from 9 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

The remainder of the PAT’s will be written in June. You can access the complete PAT schedule on our school website.

Track Meets Coming Soon

Despite the snowy and unseasonably cold weather lately, track season is fast approaching! Woodhaven Middle School will be hosting our Grade 7-9 Track Meet on Thursday, May 16th. The gr 4-6 Track Meet will be held on Wednesday, May 22nd. Please feel free to come out and cheer on our kids!

Until next time,

Mr. S. Patras

Principal, Woodhaven Middle School

 

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Spring Is Upon Us – Two Quick Reminders

I hope that everyone had an opportunity to spend a little bit of time with family and friends over our recent Spring Break. It looks like the weather is going to continue to improve in the upcoming weeks. I would like to touch on on two timely topics… Dress Code and Off Campus Privileges.

Dress Code

While the specifics of any dress code tend to be somewhat of a moving target with changes in fashion from year to year, we know that working together with our parents and students we will be able to figure this out together.

You may recall that last year we reviewed our dress code with a thorough process that involved a student advisory group, staff conversation, and feedback from our School Council.

As you review our Dress Code on our school website (scroll down just a bit) you may notice that some of the language is a bit “informal”. This is because it is the language that our students provided to us as we worked with on our school dress code.

If you, or your child have any questions about our dress code, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s teacher or our school administration.

Off Campus Privileges (gr 7-9 only)

We strongly encourage students to remain on campus throughout the day as we cannot provide supervision for students who are off campus. With that said, we know that with the weather warming up some kids who have parental permission to leave campus during our lunch recess will begin to do so. With that in mind, we wanted to ask you to remind your child of the following expectations.

  • Woodhaven students who leave campus are members of the larger community of Spruce Grove. As such, we ask that they be respectful of our community with their language and behavior while off campus. The behavior expectations that are in place while students are at school remain as the expectations that we would hold students to while off campus.
  • Students who wish to leave campus must have a signed, dated note from a parent providing them permission to do so. This note must be given to office staff prior to any student leaving campus. Texts from parents to students are not sufficient for our staff.
  • Students are NOT permitted to leave campus during the morning recess.
  • When students who do have signed parental permission return to campus at the end of the lunch recess, they are not permitted to return with energy drinks, pop or slushes. If they return with these drinks, they will be stored for the student by school staff until the end of the day and returned at that time.

We appreciate your support in assisting our students to understand the Dress Code and the expectations if they are off campus during the lunch recess. We know that working together, our kids will continue to demonstrate their great citizenship both within our school and our community.

If you have any questions at all about our Dress Code or Off Campus Privileges, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s teacher or school administration.

Thank you for your support.

Sincerely,

Mr. S. Patras

Principal, Woodhaven Middle School

 

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Important Reminders for March

As we make the final push towards Spring Break I would like to take a few moments to remind our parents of some important dates and events that are fast approaching for Woodhaven Middle School families.

Registration Timeline for 2019-2020

As you can see , registration for the upcoming year must be completed by March 22nd, 2019. You can learn more on our website. 

Report Cards Coming Soon

As you may be aware, Term 2 report cards are available on Friday, March 15th at 3:30 p.m. You can access your child’s report card through your PowerSchool account. If you require any assistance with this, please do not hesitate to contact our school office, where we will be happy to help.

Should you wish to have a printed copy of your child’s report card, please just call our office and we will make one available to you.

Parent/Student/Teacher Conferences

We are excited to be able to meet with our parents and students again to discuss your child’s learning progress. We are holding our Term 2 Parent/Student/Teacher conferences next Wednesday, March 20th and Thursday, March 21st from 4 – 7 p.m.

You can register for an appointment with your child’s teachers on our website.

As we are talking about the progress of your child, we strongly encourage you to have your child with you to contribute to the conversation.

ThoughtExchange

At Woodhaven Middle School we continually strive to improve upon the good work already happening in our school. It is with this in mind that we would ask you to consider taking just a few minutes to complete the ThoughtExchange survey that Parkland School Division is conducting. Hearing from you is very important to us in our efforts to provide the best possible education and experience for all of our kids. You can learn more about this process and how to access the survey on our website.

Thank you for taking your time to learn a bit more about what is happening in our school and for all that you do to contribute to our kids’ success!

 

Until next time,

Mr. S. Patras

Principal, Woodhaven Middle School

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February Updates

Things continue to move forward at Woodhaven Middle School, despite the extremely cold weather we continue to deal with! Take a quick read of what’s happening for our kids.

Ski Club and Marmot Trip

Students in grades 5-8 have been enjoying our weekly Ski Club at Snow Valley. It’s been great to see so many kids excited to be active and outside!

Our Marmot trip is fast approaching for students in grades 7-9.  On Friday, March 8th Woodhaven Middle School students will travel to Marmot to enjoy a day on the slopes! It’s going to be a long, fun day!

Vancouver Sun Run

While training has been temporarily postponed due to weather conditions, we are excited for the 15 Woodhaven students who will be joining approximately 200 other Parkland School Divisions for this fantastic trip this Spring.

Basketball 

Our Basketball season is well under way with 6 separate Wolfpack teams representing our school with skill and pride! We have over 100 players developing their skills and having fun!

Den Days

You may have heard about our Den Days in this previous post . During the month of February students can earn points for their Dens by finding the hidden wolves around the school and by demonstrating positive citizenship.

2019-2020 Registrations 

Registration for the upcoming school year is underway. Please take a few moments to complete your child’s registration prior to March 22, 2019. You can find more details about the registration process on our school website.

Drama Production – High School Musical… Jr.

In case you haven’t heard, our awesomely talented Drama students will be performing High School Musical Jr. this week at Horizon Stage. Performances begin on Wednesday and end Friday. Limited seats for the various shows remain. Please contact the school office to purchase a ticket.

Gr. 9 Farewell

Plans are underway to provide our Grade 9 students with a fantastic Farewell celebration again this year. Grade 9 parents please be watching your email in the upcoming days for more information on this event.

High School Open House

All current grade 9 students are encouraged to attend the Open House at Spruce Grove Composite High School on Thursday, February 28th from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. You can learn a bit more about what’s happening with this link.

Grade 9 High School Transition Meeting

As we continue to prepare our grade 9 students for their transition to High School next year, we are excited to welcome the high school staff to our school on Tuesday, February 19th in the morning. At this time high school administration and grade level counselors will introduce themselves to our students, talk a bit about what kids can expect at SGCHS and answer a few questions.

Those are just a few of the highlights during a busy time at Woodhaven Middle School.

Until next time,

 

Mr. S. Patras

Principal, Woodhaven Middle School

 

 

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Updates for the New Year

As we begin our second week back in the new year, I would like to take a moment to share with all of our families just a few of the things coming soon in our learning community. Please read on to learn more.

Basketball Season

Basketball Season is underway. Woodhaven is again very proud to have 6 teams developing our players from grades 6-9. So far this season our teams have been playing well, winning some games and representing the Wolfpack with pride! You can keep up to date with what’s happening for our teams on the  Athletics Blog  and on our website in our daily announcements.

We would like to extend a special thank you to Mr. John Tucker and Mr. Blaine Weiss who have both stepped up to coach teams within our school. We couldn’t do it without our dedicated coaches, parents and players!

Triple Threat Theatre – High School Musical

Rehearsals are ramping up for our awesome students and staff as they prepare for their production of “High School Musical” at Horizon Stage from Feb 13-15. The evening performance will be on Thursday, February 14th at 7 p.m. at Horizon Stage. It’s a great way to celebrate Valentines Day! Tickets are available through the school office.

Jr. And Senior Choir

Under the direction of Ms. Weimer, the Woodhaven Sr. Choir has been very busy. Their participation in the Festival of Trees and their joint Christmas Concert with Copperhaven at Horizon Stage were both wonderful events. Stay tuned for information on the start of Jr. Choir coming soon. In the meantime check out the short video below from their recent Christmas Concert.

Education Plan Parent meeting

At Woodhaven we value parent input and strive to keep our parents informed of how we are supporting the learning and development of our students. To this end, we will be reviewing parts of our education plan this Thursday, January 17th at 9 a.m. in our school library commons. All parents are welcome to come and learn about our plan and provide their input and insights. Please RSVP to our secretary, Mrs. Deanna Farris at dfarris@psd70.ab.ca if you are able to join us.

You can view our entire education plan on our school website.

School Council Meeting

Our next School Council meeting is coming soon. On Thursday, January 24th at 6 p.m. our council will be meeting in our school library commons. All parents are welcome to join us for this opportunity to learn more about what’s happening in our school and to provide their thoughts in input.

Accountability Pillar Survey

Parents of students in grade 7 will soon be receiving an Accountability Pillar survey from Alberta Education. Your child will be bringing home information explaining this process fully. This survey provides valuable parent input to our school staff to inform our Education planning and daily work.

Students in grade 7 will be completing this survey as well in the upcoming weeks. If you have any questions about this survey please do not hesitate to contact me at the school.

Woodhaven Middle School Student Safety Survey

As discussed at our School Council at meetings throughout this school year, Woodhaven Middle School will be surveying our students for their perspectives on learning and school safety within our school community. This survey is a result of information received by our parents and students in the Accountability Pillar from 2018, and from our student round table discussions prior to Christmas. We wish to learn more about our students’ perspectives in order to best meet their needs and this is one more way to provide our kids with input into their education and school.

More information will be provided before this survey is provided to our students.

Thank you for taking the time to read this post and for all that you do to support our school and our kids!

Until next time,

Mr. S. Patras

Principal, Woodhaven Middle School

 

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