Woodhaven Middle School Homepage News en-us Mon, 12 Nov 2018 13:32:08 MST Breeze for Teachers 5.0 http://woodhaven.psd70.ab.ca Great Kids Award November 8, 2018 - The nomination period for the Alberta government’s 19th Annual Great Kids Award is now open, providing all Albertans with an opportunity to recognize remarkable young leaders. Since 1999, the Great Kids Award has recognized remarkable children and youth who positively impact their communities. These great kids have made a difference while overcoming challenging circumstances including managing a physical or mental illness, a difficult living situation or standing up against bullying. These great kids deserve recognition because they are examples to all Albertans of what can be accomplished in the face of adversity. Next spring, the Alberta government will recognize 16 young Albertans with a Great Kids Award during a ceremony at Fantasyland Hotel in Edmonton. Do you know a great kid in your community? Consider nominating them for a Great Kid Award! Most recently, 7-year old Izabelle Gaskarth from Brookwood School was among the 2018 award recipients. Nominations are open until 4 p.m. on November 30, 2018. Click here for the the nomination form. For more information, visit www.greatkids.alberta.ca   http://woodhaven.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=18405&stream=Homepage News http://woodhaven.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=18405&stream=Homepage News Regular Board Meeting Highlights - November 6, 2018 November 6, 2018 - The Board of Trustees is pleased to share with all education stakeholders the highlights of our recent Board meeting held on Tuesday, November 6, 2018. The adopted minutes will be available on our website following the next Regular Board meeting. The Board welcomed a delegation from Stony Plain Central School who have been working with Ever Active Schools promoting Active School Travel. Student leadership groups have taken the lead on identifying safety concerns and coming up with solutions to traffic and safety issues that will ultimately create safer environments for students to safely walk or ride their bikes to school. Their efforts involve encouraging students to walk and wheel to and from school creating less vehicle traffic in the school area. The campaign also encourages parents to drop off their students further away (arena parking lot, north of outdoor pool) so that students can walk to school safely without adding to the traffic in the school area. Ever Active Schools is currently leading Active School Travel programming with École Broxton Park School, Stony Plain Central School and Tomahawk School. Check out Broxton Park's video from last spring. The Board received as information the 2017-2017 Provincial Achievement Tests and Diploma Exams Report.  Highlights from the report include continued improvement for Parkland School Division students meeting the province's Acceptable Standard in 11 out of 12 Diploma Examinations (up from 9 last year). A construction update is a standing item in the Superintendent's Report. Superintendent Boyce shared that construction has already begun on Copperhaven School's playground with a completion date set for around the Fall Break. Meanwhile, progress has been made on finishing the gymnasium space in the school. Barring any major delays, that could be ready when students return from their Christmas Break. Next Regular Board Meeting will be held on November 27, 2018 at the Centre for Education at 6pm. http://woodhaven.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=18381&stream=Homepage News http://woodhaven.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=18381&stream=Homepage News Den Days!!!! As part of our Den Days activities students have the option to purchase a Woodhaven Den Days shirt in the color of their Den group. The cost of the shirt is $10, and orders will be accepted until Friday Nov. 9th. Please see the attached order form for the details. To process an order, complete the order form with payment and return to the school office by Nov. 9th.    http://woodhaven.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=18265&stream=Homepage News http://woodhaven.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=18265&stream=Homepage News RCMP Activity at School Thursday November 1, 2018 - We just wanted to provide our parents and guardians an update regarding the RCMP activity on our school grounds during the afternoon of Thursday, November 1, 2018.  RCMP were on scene quickly to deal with an incident involving one student outside the school. There was no safety concern for students or staff inside the school at any time. As always, in accordance with the School Act, Woodhaven Middle School respects the privacy for individuals in circumstances like this. At Parkland School Division, the safety and well-being of all our students is of the utmost priority.  We'd like to extend a thank you to the local RCMP detachment for their assistance on this matter. Thankfully, this was not an emergency and happened to be a situation that needed to be dealt with in our school parking lot. To familiarize yourself with Division and school emergency procedures, please click here. For more information contact: Woodhaven Middle School Phone: 780-962-2626 Email: Woodhaven@psd70.ab.ca   http://woodhaven.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=18251&stream=Homepage News http://woodhaven.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=18251&stream=Homepage News Strong Families Series: Real-ationships October 30, 2018 - Parkland School Division is proud to present another FREE information session for caregivers. Our upcoming session will be facilitated by Registered Psychologist Dawn Chalas of Aspire Psychological Services. Strong Families Series: Real-ationships Date: Tuesday, November 20, 2018 Time: 6-7:30pm Location: Parkland School Division Centre For Education Board Room (4603 48th Street, Stony Plain) Healthier relationships are just a conversation away. Join us for an interactive session and explore new ways to understand the perspective of others and become more effective in communicating your own.  A light supper will be provided. Limited childcare is available.  Space is limited, so please register early to reserve your spot.   To register, please contact: Sandra Goldschmidt Phone: 780-963-8458 Email: sgoldschmidt@psd70.ab.ca http://woodhaven.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=18203&stream=Homepage News http://woodhaven.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=18203&stream=Homepage News Transportation Services Parent/Guardian Hotline Transportation Services regularly experiences a high call volume, which has sometimes made it difficult for parents to contact the department if their child has not arrived at their destination as scheduled. As such, Parkland School Division has established a hotline solely for parents and guardians to use in these scenarios, which will remain open on school days from our scheduled first pick up in the morning to our scheduled final drop off in the afternoon between the hours of 6:30am-5:30pm. To ensure the hotline is used only for its intended purpose, we ask all parents and guardians to consider the following before calling the hotline to check on the status of their bus students.   Checklist: Have you checked the Bus Status page to see if the bus is running late or has been cancelled?   Is your child in an after school program? (e.g. volleyball, running club, etc.)   Do you have Alternate Seat Transportation arrangements and is there a chance your child went to the destination scheduled for an alternate day? (e.g. daycare, dayhome, mom or dad's home (in shared custody situations), etc.)   Has someone else potentially picked them up? (e.g. grandparent, other parent, friend, etc.) If you've checked on all the above possibilities and none of them serve as an explanation for your situation, please contact Transportation Services via the hotline. Parent/Guardian Hotline: 780-591-5567 For all other general transportation-related inquiries, please contact Transportation Services at 780-963-8452 or Transportation@psd70.ab.ca.   For more information contact: Transportation Services Phone: 780-963-8452 Email: Transportation@psd70.ab.ca http://woodhaven.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=18181&stream=Homepage News http://woodhaven.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=18181&stream=Homepage News Fall Ball 2018 Woodhaven Middle School is pleased to announce the launching of the 2018 Fall Volleyball League. Please see the attached form for more information and to register your child for this upcoming season! http://woodhaven.psd70.ab.ca/documents/general/WH Fall Vball Letter 2018.pdf http://woodhaven.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=17945&stream=Homepage News http://woodhaven.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=17945&stream=Homepage News Modulars Moving September 26, 2018 - The next step in the modernization of our school is here and we would like to provide our students, parents, guardians and community members a brief update. Construction activity will pick up in the coming weeks as the first phase of the modernization is completed.   The first phase includes the moving of modular classrooms currently on the site. The three modulars that were on the south west corner of the school located closest to our running track have been demolished to make room for the re-location of the 9 modular classrooms currently on the north east side of the building closest to the intersection of King Street and Woodhaven Drive. Thanks again to all staff and students for their patience as existing space in the school has been adjusted to accommodate students in the meantime. Once phase one is complete, phase two which consists of the construction of the new areas of the school, can begin. The construction contractor has aligned with Parkland School Division to make student safety the number one priority. We ask that students please observe all construction signage and exercise all caution as the heavy duty machinery activity increases to complete the modular classroom moves. In the end, bright, modern and flexible learning spaces will ultimately help us achieve our ultimate goal of Student Success & Well-being for all students. We will also have a lot more of that space with the school’s core capacity increasing from 450 to 885 students. For more on updated floor plans and information on planned summer work, visit the Modernization Page on our website. For further information, contact: Woodhaven School Phone: 780-962-2626 Email: woodhaven@psd70.ab.ca http://woodhaven.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=17583&stream=Homepage News http://woodhaven.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=17583&stream=Homepage News Regular Board Meeting Highlights - September 11, 2018 September 11, 2018 - The Board of Trustees is pleased to share with all education stakeholders the highlights of our recent Board meeting held on Tuesday, September 11, 2018. The adopted minutes will be available on our website following the next Regular Board meeting. Update: The Board approved the Statement of Revenues and Expenses for the period ending July 31, 2018. As of July 31st, 2018, 92.28% of revenues have been collected for the year compared to 93.11% of expenses paid out to date resulting in total year-to-date deficit of $1,769,057. The Board received as information, a letter dated August 15, 2018 from the Town of Stony Plain outlining an appeal process, should the Board of Trustees wish to appeal the development permit application for location #105, 4600 - 48 Street. The Board received as information, the Facilities Services Summer Work Report, as presented by the Director of Facilities Services, Serge LaBrie. The Board received as information, the Strategic Planning and Communications Services Report, as presented by Director of Strategic Planning and Communications, Jordi Weidman.   The Board will have its Organization Meeting for 2018-2019 on Tuesday, October 2, 2018 at 5:30pm, Centre for Education Next Regular Board meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 2, 2018 at 6pm, Centre for Education http://woodhaven.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=17237&stream=Homepage News http://woodhaven.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=17237&stream=Homepage News Fair Notice - Violence Threat Risk Assessment September 10, 2018 - The goal of Violence/Threat Risk Assessment (VTRA) process is is that every incident of youth violence in our communities be addressed. VTRA is early intervention – which is quite possibly prevention. The process is initiated and managed by school administrators who have received VTRA training from the Canadian Center for Threat Assessment and Trauma Response. Duty to Report There is zero tolerance for not responding. Prevention of youth violence is a community responsibility and it is everybody’s duty to report. Under-reaction is epidemic and a chief factor of escalation from thought to action. What is a Threat? A threat is an expression of intent to do harm or act out violently against someone or something. Threats may be verbal, written, drawn, posted on the internet, or made by gesture. Threats must be taken seriously, investigated, and responded to. In a culture of responsible reporting, students need to believe that they will be believed when they confide; their identity will be kept confidential; their information will be acted upon promptly; and their concern will be investigated thoroughly. Who is on a Threat Assessment Team? Each threat assessment team is multi agency. The team may include school staff, psychologist, police, child protection agencies, community mental health workers, hospitals, probation/parole and other professionals. What is the Main Purpose of a Threat Assessment? To ensure the safety of students, staff, parents, and others. To ensure a full understanding of the context of the threat. To begin to understand the factors that contribute to the threat maker’s behaviour. To view the student as in need of intervention rather than to be disciplined. To be proactive in developing an intervention plan that addresses the emotional and physical safety of the threat maker. It may include disciplinary action but will include appropriate supports to aid the student in developing and using positive strategies. To promote the emotional and physical safety of all. To ensure all school and agency partners are working together with a common understanding and protocol. What happens in a Student Threat Assessment? All threat making behaviour by a student(s) shall be reported to the Principal who will activate the protocol for the initial response. Once the team has been activated, interviews may be held with students, the threat maker(s), parents and staff to determine the level of risk and develop an appropriate response to the incident. Intervention plans will be developed and shared with parents, staff, and students as required and as appropriate. The Partners Education partners are committed to creating and maintain school environments in which students, staff, parents and others feel safe. Parkland School Division, Evergreen Catholic Separate Regional Division, Living Waters Christian Academy, Mother Earth’s Childrens’ Charter School, St. Matthew Lutheran School, and Columbus Academy - Bosco Homes have taken a lead role as there is a direct application to the health and safety of the school environment. Community Supports Aboriginal Parent Link - Native Counselling Services of Alberta Alberta Health Services – Childrens’ Mental Health Alberta Human Services – Children & Family Services Alberta Parenting for the Future Canadian Center for Threat Assessment and Trauma Response City of Spruce Grove Columbus Academy - Bosco Homes Schools Evergreen Catholic Separate Regional School Division No. 2 Family and Community Support Services – Spruce Grove Family and Community Support Services – Stony Plain Living Waters Christian Academy Mother Earth Children’s Charter School Parkland County Parkland School Division No. 70 RCMP SML Christian Academy Spruce Grove Fire Department Town of Stony Plain Additional information is available in the VTRA Fair Notice and Practice Information Brochure. For more information contact:  Learning Services   Phone: 780-963-8458  Email: LearningServices@psd70.ab.ca http://woodhaven.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=11877&stream=Homepage News http://woodhaven.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=11877&stream=Homepage News