Connecting the Dots at Blueberry School

As I reflect on the month of April in the Blueberry learning community there seem to be a few themes of particular importance.   This month much of our work continued to support students in dreaming big dreams!

Recently, we were extremely fortunate to welcome professional race car driver Alex Tagliani to Blueberry School.  Alex talked with our students about his allergies and the challenges these allergies presented to his dream of racing professionally. Most importantly, Alex shared how he overcame these challenges to live his dream!  Many of our kids were inspired by Alex’s message, but none more than the group of Kindergarten students who spent much of their centre time building race cars with their blocks and lego!  Dare to dream!

Also during April was an excellent opportunity for grade 6 students at Blueberry School to connect their learning to the world outside of our walls.  Blueberry students participated in the Parklandia project where they worked with staff from Parkland County to gain an understanding of what it takes to run a municipality.  Students explored everything from municipal governance to how to create an exciting and realistic community with all of the amenities that citizens would expect.

On a slightly different note, after attending the Women in Technology Conference with our grade 9 teacher, Mrs. Maycher, several students were so engaged in a presentation titled “What Happens When You Press Send” that they wanted more students to hear this important message.  Not only did bringing this presentation to Blueberry School for students from gr 4-9 honour the voice of our students, it also supported the ongoing efforts of Blueberry staff to continue to build the digital citizenship of our students.

In addition to these great experiences for our students, recognizing that we are truly a community of learners, the Blueberry School Council facilitated a learning opportunity titled “Current Practices in Education”.  I was excited to be able to work with Parkland School Division Curriculum Facilitator Diane Lander in this workshop to share with parents how instruction, assessment and evaluation has continued to evolve over the past several years.

While these are only a few of the fantastic events in the month of April at Blueberry School, we are excited for another month of engaging learning where students continue to dream big and to connect their learning in school to the world outside of our walls!

Shaye Patras

Principal, Blueberry School



About Shaye Patras

I am a husband and father of two fantastic girls. I currently work as the Principal of Ecole Meridian Heights School in Parkland School Division in Alberta, Canada. I am excited to be continuing my administrative career in this learning community!
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