IT’S ALL ABOUT LEARNING ………..
Parents and students can choose the best learning paths to meet their needs. Wetaskiwin Regional Public Schools has committed support to enhance Home Education in our community by offering many flexible alternatives for Home Educators. Home Educators can create a Parent Directed Home Education program, use ADLC resources, choose to blend a program with another WRPS School or take part in individual workshops that will be offered throughout the year.
If you are interested in any of these alternatives please call Kathy Stephanson at 312-3000 for more information.
Board Proposed Strategic Direction
Coming Soon .... April 26th and onward the Discovery Phase on the conversation about the Board Proposed Strategic Direction.
DISCOVER THE RESULTS April 26th & onward
You still have an opportunity to attend a Board open house on:
May 4, 2016 at the Griffiths Scott School in Millet @ 7:00 p.m.
May 10, 2016 at Ecole Queen Elizabeth School in Wetaskiwin @ 7:00 p.m.
Beginning on April 26th, 2016 and onward the results of this online conversation can be viewed.
Forum for Young Albertans
The Forum for Young Albertans is a non-partisan political learning opportunity for high school students. Through speaker presentations, group discussions, tours and formal activities students are given the opportunity to listen, learn from and question the decision makers and those who influence their lives.
In a private audience with Forum participants, politicians debate one another on a variety of topics including education, the environment and the economy. Lobby groups have discussed tips and strategies for exerting political pressure. Political observers, university professors and the media provide students with a special analysis of provincial and local politics.
Students also examine and review concerns of the day through work shops, mock council meetings and parliamentary discussions. Issues addressed in the past have ranged from smoking by-laws to legislated drinking ages. National unity has been an ever-present topic of discussion during the Forum's 28 year history. Each Forum day will also include opportunities for students to relax, have fun and get to know other young Albertans.
The Federal Government will be conducting a census in 2016. This is a great opportunity to teach your children about census taking and how the results are used by our Federal Governemnt.
Finding out about possible careers and career paths is always exciting. There will be over 150 exhibitors in Red Deer at the Career Expo on April 28, 2016 for you to check out.
Mental Health Resource Online
One in five children and youth, which is approximately 200,000 young people in Alberta, experience mental health problems. More than 125,000 of them are not receiving treatment.
If you are looking for resources on Mental Health to use check out the resources at MORE.
Canada Day Challenge
What makes you proud to be Canadian?
Every year, we ask youth from 8 to 18 years old across Canada to tell us what makes them proud to be Canadian by submitting their best, most dynamic drawings, photos or pieces of creative writing.
For the 2016 Canada Day Challenge, the winners will receive great prizes, including all-expenses paid trip for two to Ottawa to celebrate Canada Day on Parliament Hill: go backstage, meet some of Canada’s most inspiring people, tour museums, galleries, the iconic Parliament Buildings and be part of a special summer exhibit at the Canadian Museum of History.
Winners will also receive the opportunity to work with the amazingly talented team of education specialists from the National Film Board of Canada to create their very own short films about their adventures in Ottawa.
Read more on how to participate in the Canada Day Challenge for more information.
On Jan. 12, 2016 Angela Dearing from WRPS shared her expertise on Google Apps that could be used to enhance your Home Education program. Thanks Angela for sharing your wealth of knowledge!!
Human Rights Poetry Contest
To raise awareness on Human Rights and to reflect on the situation of the refugees, the Canadian Commission for UNESCO, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and COSTI Immigrant Services are inviting students grade 4 to 12 to write a poem on the theme of ''Refugees and Human Rights''.
The winners’ poems will be read at an award ceremony on World Refugee Day on June 20, 2016! Participants can also win many interesting prizes such as an iPad mini! Deadline: April 29, 2016
Nature In Alberta
The Environmental Artworks Foundation of Alberta invites you to demonstrate, through a poster or a digital picture, "Nature in Action"
Please submit entries in one of the following categories:
Grade 4-6 students are encouraged to submit an 11" x 17" poster. Hand drawn only, no computer imaging.
Grades 7-9 and 10-12 are encouraged to submit in the following two categories: Original Digital Photograph (min. 1 MB ) and Original Art (minimum of 11" x 17" to maximum of 24" x 36")
- Participants must live in and attend a school in Alberta
- All submissions must convey a positive message
- All Grades: Original Art Only
- Limit of one entry per person
Submissions will be judged on originality, composition, quality and relevance to the theme.
Submissions must be postmarked NO later than March 11, 2016.
Entries received after the deadline will NOT be considered.
Winners will be announced on Earth Day, April 22, 2015
Power for Bones
Power4Bones is a FREE program that focusses on the importance of nutrition and physical activity in developing strong bones and healthy habits for life. Check it out!!!
Immunizations often take place in the school setting and sometimes parents that educate their children at home may have questions about getting their child immunized. If you are wanting information on the Alberta Health Services immunization schedule visit the Alberta Health Services website or call the health centre at 780-361-4333.
Canadian Ski Associations are again offering Grade 4 and 5 students the opportunity to purchase a Snowpass for $29.95. This pass allows you to ski or snowboard three times at each of the registered participating hills. Check out this great deal!!
Looking for resources to supplement your Homeschool Health Curriculum?? Alberta Health Services has coordinated lessons and resources into a user friendly wiki. All items are organized by grade and topic.
Rutherford House is a historic site on the University of Alberta campus that offers many programs for people wanting to experience life in the early 1900s.
ENCOUNTERS WITH CANADA is a unique opportunity for Canadian teens to meet other young people from across the country. Spend an adventure-filled week in your nation’s capital! Check out future career options, discover your country, share your hopes and dreams. For 33 years, EWC has delivered a rich and varied, bilingual program. To date, more than 100,000 youth have lived the EWC experience… now it’s your turn!
Kids ages 8 and older get hands-on experience with the latest technology as they learn how to code, create games, and use their creativity and imagination.
This summer's four camps are all-new, with two designed for coding beginners and two for intermediates looking to take their skills to the next level with Project Spark, Kodu, and TouchDevelop, and more.
YouthSpark Summer Camps:
• Smart Game Coding (Beginner, ages 8 to 11)
• Smart Game Design (Beginner, ages 8 to 11)
• Smart Game Coding (Intermediate, ages 11 and older)
• Smart Game Design (Intermediate, ages 11 and older)
Each camp run four consecutive days, and last two hours per day. While your child is in camp, parents can learn about online safety for their kids, try out a Surface 3, get a PC tune-up, and more.
The Wheat Orbit
The Wheat Orbit is an interactive blog about the transformation of a wheat seed into a loaf of bread. This educational blog will explain the decisions that a farmer goes through during the seasons as he posts about his journey from now until October.
Cool Science is a great website where you can see video demonstrations of many science experiments.
Get To Know
The Get To Know program is a great way to integrate art and the outdoors.
The National Hockey League (NHL®), the National Hockey League Players' Association, and the 30 NHL Club Teams have partnered to launch Future Goals - Hockey ScholarTM, an online learning course, for grades 5-7, that brings science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) concepts to life through the exciting, fast-paced game of hockey. This course, available in summer 2015, is offered to schools and districts across North America at no cost. if you are interested there are webinars coming up that will further explain their online program.
Sarah, who is a mom of 4 busy boys, has created a website full of ideas to engage her boys in learning. It is full of ideas on how to parent boys, teach boys and just keep them busy. If you have a busy boy in your home check out the website Frugalfun4boys.
My Blueprint Education Planner
My Blueprint Planner is an educational tool used to help students set goals, plan their educational future, build a resume, explore their financial future and plan a career all in an interactive web-based way.This program is available to any students registered with WRPS. Contact me if you would like more information.
One of the ways to demonstrate true understanding is to be able to explain your knowledge to someone else. Now there is a website that focusses on helping you to make a digital presentation to explain a concept or subject to another person. Check out Explain Everything for a new way to demonstrate your understandings.
If you are interested in having your child write
to a PenPal in the UK or other locations
check out the Teacher's Corner at
Scienceman.com is a website that provides information about science topics using many forms of technology (Blogs, Twitter and YouTube). Check it out!!
Let's Talk Science
Energy4Travel Action Project is a national citizen science data collection project.
As citizen scientists, students will be able to individually collect data about their personal transportation usage and then compare their data with their classmates and other students across Canada.
By participating in this project, students will think critically about energy they consume just about every day but often take for granted - the energy consumed to get from place to place. Curriculum-aligned educator resources will be available at no cost to groups participating in the project.
For more information about this project go to http://www.explorecuriocity.org/Research/ActionProjects/Energy4Travel.aspx?utm_source=4EDU_CCAd1&utm_medium=enewsletter&utm_campaign=4EDU_Newsletter
Board Meeting Highlights June 14, 2016
Posted on Jun 21 2016
Acquisition of Locally Developed CoursesThe Board has authorized the re-acquisition of the following locally develop courses from the Board of Education. Instrumental Jazz, Vocal Jazz and Reading. Transportation Appeal - Decision…
Board Meeting Highlights May 24, 2016
Posted on May 30 2016
Local Student Wins – Great Kid Award Zander Johnson, a Wetaskiwin Regional Public Schools Student has demonstrated leadership by empowering First Nations students to take pride in their culture and help create a learning environment…