Early Dismissal Monday, January 20, 2014
Early Dismissal on Monday, January 20!
The early dismissals allow our teachers to work together in teams to address student learning. These teams are referred to as Learning Improvement Teams (LITs) and will be the focus of school goals this year. An abundance of research shows that when teachers work collaboratively, student learning improves as the specific needs of students at our school are addressed.
Should you have any questions or concerns about the LITs, please do not hesitate to contact your local school. We look forward to an exciting year of learning together!
Upcoming Early Dismissal Days:
February 10, 24
March 10, 24
May 12, 26
Playing hockey, earning credits
Riverview holds annual skills academy program - The next hockey star could be from Riverview Collegiate.
Article by Katie Brickman, Moose Jaw Times Herald
Published on January 15, 2014
Jeff Kitts, a teacher at Riverview Collegiate and organizer of the third annual Hockey Canada Skills Academy day celebrates with his team after a game at the Bert Hunt arena on Wednesday afternoon.
The school held their third annual Hockey Canada Skills Academy at the Bert Hunt Arena on Wednesday afternoon with players from different grades showing off what they learned in the last five months.
"It is a celebration of the success throughout the semester with the hockey class. For us, it is a celebration of the program, as it is in the third year now," said Jeff Kitts, teacher at Riverview and an organizer of the program. "The kids put in a lot of time and a lot of organization goes into it, so we just want to give everyone a pat on the back."
The program begins in September and goes until the end of January, when the first semester ends. The students can sign up for this class and get a credit for it.
"We run in semester one, as the ice is more available then. We do dry-land training in September and October," said Kitts. "Then we get on the ice three days a week starting at the beginning of October until the end of January."
When Kitts and other organizers decided to bring the program in three years ago, they wanted to bring something exclusive to the city of Moose Jaw.
"We wanted to try something different. This was unique, as there were only four programs in the province. We made the fourth in the province," explained Kitts. "There was nothing of this kind in the city and the rink was sitting vacant all day. We wanted to try something different and it became a big success."
Since the program began, Riverview has seen it grow to include students from elementary schools on South Hill.
"It has really grown. This year, we have expanded to Grades 4, 5 and 6 in South Hill public schools, said Kitts. "So, now we are up to 53 students. In Grades 4-6, we had 26 kids. In Grades 7-8, we had 12 (kids) and then in the high school, we have 15 (kids)."
Kate Scidmore has been playing hockey for many years, but the experience of the skills academy program helped her excel into a role with the Swift Current Diamond Energy Wildcats.
"It has improved my game immensely. Two years I have been in it, Grade 7 and 8 and now I am in Swift Current. I can honestly say that it has helped me get there," said Scidmore. "It is a great experience. Coming to school and playing hockey during your classes is amazing. I love it so much."
Typically the students are on the ice for three days a week for a combined 60 hours. The skill level is various — from those that play minor hockey to those that are beginners. However, they all develop throughout the semester, which Kitts feels is the most important.
"For the hockey kids that are registered in minor hockey, we see a lot of development, as they have more time with their stick skills, but the kids that have never played hockey, they grow immensely through the semester," said Kitts. "With the younger kids, we have five of them that have never played and now want to register for hockey next year. That is success right there."
For Brandon Harris, this program is his hockey team, as he does not play organized hockey. He started in Grade 9 and has continued now into Grade 11.
"This is really fun. I get to be with my friends and learn to play hockey," he said. "I think I have progressed a lot. I couldn't really do crossovers and now I am pretty good at them and shooting got a lot better and my overall skating."
It may look like an easy credit, but camaraderie is established. The most important thing is that they all have fun.
"They love it. For them, they get away from the school environment and into something unique," said Kitts. "The parents have really adopted the program and are here watching all the time. For all the kids, it becomes their team, even though it is a class that they get a credit for."
Times Herald article available here: http://www.mjtimes.sk.ca/Sports/Hockey/2014-01-15/article-3578096/Playing-hockey%2C-earning-credits/1
3rd Annual Hockey Day at Riverview!
Riverview Collegiate's Hockey Canada Skills Academy is hosting its 3rd Annual "Hockey Day at Riverview" today (Wednesday, January 15). Grade 4-12 students from Riverview, Empire, Westmount, and Cornerstone schools will have the opportunity to participate in an afternoon of on-ice drills and scrimmages as a way of celebrating the successes of another hockey season at RVCI.
Parents and guardians are welcome to come watch the on-ice activities and there will be hot chocolate and treats available in the Pla-Mor lobby. We hope this will be a great chance for enthusiastic student athletes to demonstrate their skills and for their parents and guardians to cheer them on. The day gets underway at 11:00am and ends with the South Hill Alumni vs. senior students/coaches game!
School bus cancellations for Monday, January 6
Due to extreme windchills today, all Prairie South School bus routes have been cancelled. Bus route information, updates and cancellations can always be found at http://www.prairiesouth.ca/transportation
Classes resume Monday, January 6
We can't wait to see everyone back at school!! Classes for Prairie South students resume on Monday, January 6th.