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!



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


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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2 Responses to Looking Back

  1. Elinor Tofin says:

    Great photos and video.
    Nice updates.
    Thanks for all you do.

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