Welcome to the Newest Members of “The WolfPack”

On behalf of the staff of Woodhaven Middle School, I would like to welcome all of our incoming grade 5 students and their parents to Woodhaven, Home of “The Wolfpack”.

Over the next few months I will share some information with our new families through this blog, and encourage any of our new parents to contact me at the school with any questions you may have. It is our goal to ensure a smooth transition to middle school for every student!

We know that the transition to middle school raises many questions for our incoming students and parents so today’s message focuses on the many events and opportunities that we provide to our incoming grade 5 students so please read on!

Spring League 2018 – April-May

Spring League is almost here:) Spring League is a great opportunity for students currently in grades 4-6 to come to Woodhaven Middle School to meet teachers, fellow students, and learn the game of basketball. Our fantastic PE team and some of our awesome grade 8&9 players help develop skills and a joy for the game of basketball, all the while helping our incoming grade 5 students to become more comfortable within our school.

We are very proud of our grade 8&9 students who take on a leadership role during these sessions and help run the drills and games for our participants. It’s a great way for the younger students to connect with our older kids!

Information on Spring League was delivered to your child’s school earlier in April. If you did not receive this information please do not hesitate to contact your child’s school for another copy.

May 4th ~ Visits to Early Years Schools

I will be joining Mrs. Darla Villeneuve (Principal of Greystone Centennial Middle School) and Mrs. Karen Stride Goudie (Principal of Prescott Learning Centre)  to visit Grade 4 classes at Brookwood & Millgrove Schools. During our visit, we bring several current grade 5 students to provide a their perspective on life at Woodhaven Middle School.  Students will receive some paperwork during this visit which we would ask parents to look for and review. 

May 10th ~ Wolf Pack Night

Your child’s future grade five teachers and our Senior Choir students will be hosting an Open House for our incoming students and families.  Join us at Woodhaven Middle School starting at 5:30 p.m. to meet your teachers and take a look around the school!  This is a great opportunity for students and parents to learn more about our school, to meet their child’s teachers and other Woodhaven Staff, and to ask questions that you may have.

May 14th ~ WolfPack Morning

Grade 4 students will come to Woodhaven Middle School for the morning from approximately 9-11 a.m.  Our grade 5 students will host a morning of activities and our “future grade wolfpack members” will see what it is like to be in Middle School.  Students will be provided with a light snack during this morning.

Should you have any questions regarding these transition events, please do not hesitate to call. We are looking forward to welcoming our new grade five students and parents to our community!

I would also encourage you to get to know our school a bit by checking out our website . Also, you can receive ongoing updates about what’s happening within our learning community by subscribing to the Principal’s Blog.   You can learn about what happens in our school on a daily basis through our daily announcements. I also encourage you to join us for a School Council meeting to meet other parents and learn more about our school.

Yours truly,

Mr. Shaye Patras

Principal, Woodhaven Middle School

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3 Quick Tips For Our New Families..and Great Reminders For Our Current Ones

Another school year is upon us and with it comes much excitement… and many questions 🙂

We are excited to welcome so many new students and families to the Woodhaven learning community  again this year. With all the arrival of so many new students within our school, I would like to share with our new families, and perhaps remind our current ones of a few helpful features within our learning community that will help make your middle school experience just a bit more easier.

  1. Communication through technology!

At Woodhaven Middle School we are committed to keeping our families informed of what’s happening in our school. You can connect with us in so many ways, a few of which are listed below.

Definitely do not hesitate to call us or to arrange an appointment. Nothing takes the place of sitting down and talking about our kids together!

2. Not quite 7-11.

While we aren’t exactly open 24 hours, access to our school is available after school until approximately 6 p.m. on most nights as we have sports happening in our gym daily! Don’t let your middle schooler tell you (s)he forgot his homework!

3. School Council.

You will not be asked to sell anything! We are extremely fortunate to have 2 separate, dedicated groups of amazing parents. One is dedicated to fundraising and is, of course, always willing to accept more help but our School Council meets monthly. If you choose to attend, you have an opportunity to hear what’s happening at our school, speak with our Trustees and administration and have input into our school. Consider attending a meeting in the future 🙂 Our first meeting of the year is Thursday, Sept 20th at 6:00 p.m. at Woodhaven Middle School. Dates for further meetings are posted on our school sign board, our website and information comes home monthly regarding these meetings.

We are excited that you have joined our learning community and look forward to spending time with your and your child. Please come in and introduce yourself. We would love to meet you!

Sincerely,

Mr. S. 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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Spring Updates at Woodhaven Middle School

It appears that Spring has finally arrived, just as many of our students are taking off on some fantastic learning adventures! We have students traveling everywhere from Anaheim, California to Vancouver, British Columbia and Edson, Alberta. Read on to find out why 🙂

Further down in this post is information on our Jr. Badminton Tournament, Marketplace, Registration for 2018-19 and the “No Child Without” program.

Canadian Music Festival -Anaheim, California

We are really proud of our Senior Choir, under the direction of Ms. Young and Ms. Weimer, who are returning from Anaheim, California performing in Disneyland! Not only do these students get to share their talents, they receive instruction from industry experts and of course have a bit of fun shopping and enjoying the rides!

Take a moment to check out the awesome pictures and video Ms. Young has posted to Instagram by clicking on the links within her tweets below.

You can access more awesome pictures and videos of our students’ experiences on the Woodhaven Fine Arts Instagram Account.

Vancouver Sun Run 2018

Not to be outdone, we have a fantastic group of students at the Vancouver Sun Run with Mrs. Bradshaw and Mr. Rink. This group of dedicated kids trained throughout the Winter at home and in the early spring at school to prepare for this adventure. In addition to participating in the run on Sunday, April 22nd, the kids had the opportunity to bike through Stanley Park, check out the Aquarium and much more! They had a blast and represented the Wolfpack well.

One Acts Festival – Edson, Alberta

Later this week we will be wishing our One Acts performers, under the leadership of Ms. Butler and Mrs. Jacobs good luck as they compete in the One Act Festival in Edson! This group has been rehearsing for weeks now and will be performing for Woodhaven students this week.

Opportunities a Little closer to home…

Marketplace

Just last week, our grade 9 Maranatha Christian Program students extended their learning beyond the classroom, for the benefit of all Woodhaven students through their annual Marketplace program.

The Marketplace project allowed our gr 9 MCP students an opportunity to develop their skills as entrepreneurs, by creating a business and running it within our school. Students created several food services businesses and sold their products to all students at Woodhaven during the lunch break last week.

Not only was this a great opportunity for our students to learn the skills of entrepreneurship in a real life context, with connections to their math program of studies as well as Social Studies, they provided a much appreciated service to their peers. check it out below!

Jr. Badminton Tournament

This past weekend our Junior Badminton teams represent the Wolfpack with great sportsmanship and skill! Thanks to all of our students, parents and coaches Mr. McLachlan and Mrs. Imeson for making time for our kids!

Online Registration/Data Verification

New this year in Parkland School Division is the Online Registration/Data Verification for new and returning students. It is imperative that parents take a moment to complete this process for their child as soon as possible. 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!

No Child Without

Parkland School Division is proud to be able to support the No Child Without program through MedicAlert Canada.  This program provides students with a free medicalert ID and service plan. Brochures for this program can be found in our school office.

Well that was a long post, Congratulations if you made it through! As you can see there’s lots happening for Wolfpack students.

Until next time…

Mr. S. Patras

Principal, Woodhaven Middle School

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Spring has Sprung for the Wolfpack!

Returning from Spring Break I hope that all of our parents and students had an opportunity to spend time together and to relax, as we prepare for the final few months of the school year. Thank you for taking the time to read about some of the recent events  at Woodhaven Middle School (like our awesome Talent Show and Slam Dunk Contest) and for learning what’s coming soon in our school community.

Report Cards and Parent/Student/Teacher Conferences

As you are aware, term 2 report cards were made available on Friday, March 16th on your child’s Powerschool Account. If you have had any difficulties accessing the report card, please do not hesitate to contact one of our secretaries.

We were very pleased with the turnout at our recent Parent/Student/Teacher Conferences in March. These conferences provide a great opportunity to check in on student progress, discuss learning and answer any questions students and parents may have. We truly appreciate the commitment of our parents in working with us to support our students.

*A special thank you goes out to so many of our MCP families who graciously offered to provide a potluck supper for our teachers during these evenings! Your generosity was truly appreciated!

If you were unable to attend these conferences, you are welcome to contact your child’s teacher(s) directly to make alternate arrangements for a conference. You can access your child’s teacher(s) contact info on our school website.

2018-19 Student Registration

Parkland School Division is implementing changes to the registration process for the upcoming school year. It is imperative that ALL parents have completed the registration/verification process as soon as possible.

All information necessary to complete the registration/verification process can be found on the Parkland School Division website. Should you have any questions, or require any support through this process, please do not hesitate to contact our secretaries at the school office at 780-962-2626.

Talent Show & Slam Dunk Competition

 

While those are just a few of the events that have happened recently at Woodhaven, read on to learn about some more learning and fun coming soon.

Joint Chapel

I would like to close by thanking Brookwood School for hosting our Maranatha Christian Program students, staff and our myself and Mrs. Kronewitt for our recent Easter Joint Chapel on Wednesday, March 21st.

This gathering provided an opportunity for our program to share time together and celebrate Easter together.

Staff/Student Hockey Game

Our Annual Staff/Student Hockey game will be taking place on Friday, April 13th at approximately 1:30 p.m. at the Stu Barnes arena. We are looking forward to another fun-filled school event for our students.

Human Sexuality Health Day

The second Human Sexuality Health Day will be held on Friday, April 13th during our morning classes. Information on this day, as well as the previous Health Day on the Human Sexuality was sent home earlier this year.

Teachers will again be sending a reminder to all parents on the specific topics being explored on this Health Day for their students. You can learn more about the Human Sexuality portion of the Health Curriculum on the Alberta Education Website. In addition, the Teaching Sexual Health website offers additional information and resources.

Should you have questions about our upcoming Health Day, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s homeroom teacher. Should you choose to exempt your child from this portion of the curriculum, we just ask that you inform your child’s homeroom teacher so that alternate learning opportunities can be made available for your child.

Grade 9 Farewell

During our recent Woodhaven Middle School Council Meeting, we had the opportunity to discuss our fast approaching Grade 9 Farewell. Please take a moment to view the informative… and humorous video below to learn all that you need to know.

If you’ve made it this far in the post… THANK YOU! I look forward to seeing many of you around the school in the weeks to come.

Until next time,

Mr. S. Patras

Principal, Woodhaven Middle School

 

 

 

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