The Coolest School Trip Ever!
Story courtesy of Lyndsay McCready, the Moose Jaw Times Herald
Winning Canada's Coolest School Trip, the Grade 8 class at Caronport Elementary School was surprised with the news they would be travelling to Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site and Cape Breton Highlands this summer, early Monday morning.
"This is so awesome," said Gr. 8 student, Chiante Guretzki.
Although she personally felt the news was coming during Monday's assembly, Guretzki said when the big announcement was finally made, she couldn't help but jump for joy with the rest of her classmates.
"It is just really neat to think that we did this. It is just going to be a really awesome experience."
Canada's Coolest School Trip contest is part of the My Parks Pass program, which grants grade 8 and secondary 2 students across Canada free access for one year to any national park, national historic site and national marine area in the country, said Ellen Bertrand, director of external relations for Parks Canada.
"The My Parks Program really is about helping reengage youth with discovering the parks of Canada and all the different places out there for them, that belong to them."
And what better way encourage students to participate in a program than to have a contest and give away a free trip, said Bertrand.
As part of the contest, classes had to submit a video, audio or print advertisement-encouraging Canadians to explore Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site.
Before being considered by a panel of judges, the projects had to make it into the top five of their categories through public voting.
That is where the community really played a big role in the success of the Gr. 8 class, said Lloyd Friesen, the elementary school's principal.
"I just really want to congratulate the students and the community for coming together on this."
GES Student will Represent Saskatchewan at International Dictée in Montreal
We are thrilled to announce that for a third year in a row, a Gravelbourg Elementary School student will represent Saskatchewan at the International finals in Montreal!
GES immersion students in grades 3 to 7 participated in the Dictée PGL this year. Students had weekly lessons and banks of words to study in preparation for the school finals in February.
Competitors at the Grade 5 and 6 levels competed for the chance to represent our school at the provincial finals. GES is proud to announce that Tarah T represented our school at the provincial level and won! Tarah has earned herself the honour of taking part in La Grande Finale Internationale de La Dictée P.G.L. This event will take place in Montrealin May. Dictée sponsor, the Paul Gérin-Lajoie Foundation, will be providing transportation by plane and accommodations for Tarah. Félicitations Tarah and best of luck!
The International final will gather participants from all over Canada, the United States, Senegal, Mali, Benin, Niger and Burkina Faso. For one last time, they will compete in an ultimate dictation.
La Dictée P.G.L. est un grand projet éducatif qui s'adresse à tous les élèves du primaire des classes francophones et des classes d'immersion en français, à partir de la maternelle. Il vise trois grands objectifs fondamentaux :- éveiller les jeunes aux réalités internationales;- les sensibiliser à la protection de l'environnement;- leur permettre d'accroître la maîtrise du français écrit.
Spring Break at Prairie South
It's Spring Break for Prairie South! Just a reminder that school is out until Monday, April 8. Please take extra care while driving and watch for playing children.
Have a safe and happy Spring Break!
Prairiesouth Teacher Shoots for the Stars!
Stephen Lys, a science teacher at Peacock Collegiate has taken on an ambitious project. He has entered himself in a competition to become a space tourist aboard the Lynx suborbital space craft managed by private space technology company SXC. The contest, open to people across Canada, consists of three phases. The first phase, which he is currently in, requires people with a valid Facebook account to cast a single vote for the contestant of their choice. The top two Canadian contestants will advance to the second phase, an Astronaut training camp in Orlando next December, along with successful contestants from 60 other countries. A pretty good prize in itself. Following the Camp, one of the two Canadians will be selected for Space flight. If successful, Stephen hopes to use this experience to motivate students in PSS210 to pursue studies and careers in Science and technological development. "We could have a living resource here in the school division that could speak to students about Physics, The Environment, Earth and Space, Achieving Goals. It touches so many different aspects of the curriculum. I see a tremendous amount of positive spin-off for the Division and the province if this campaign is successful."
"There are thousands of Canadian hopefuls, who all want to go to space because "It would be so cool!" I want to go so I can use this experience to inspire students and show them that Science is not just the memorization of facts, but rather a dynamic field of innovation and development, existing on the boundary of human understanding. There are hundreds of teachers in this division with access to thousands of students, who are connected to tens of thousands of friends and family. If we all get behind this, we have a very good shot at putting a Saskatchewan teacher in orbit! There has never been a practicing teacher in space, but the first could be from right here in Prairie South.
Stephen has opened a Facebook page through which people can follow his progress. The page is also home to interesting science facts and information. People interested in voting can find the link to the voting site on the Facebook page, or by clicking below. You can only vote once, so please pass it on to your friends and family. Together we can ensure that the potential benefits of this unique opportunity are maximized by sharing it with the students of Prairie South!
Experience CHS on March 22, 2013
Caronport High School is currently inviting applications for the 2013/2014 school year. Please click here to apply online.
Private tours of the high school campus can be arranged by calling Cat at 306-756-3298.
All interested students and parents are welcome to attend "Experience CHS" on March 22, 2013 from 9am – 4pm; please register online by clicking here or by phone at 306-756-3408.
Principal: Deborah Ike; Vice-Principal: George Willatt; 306-756-3303