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Walmart and The East Kootenay Wild Turkey Association Raise Funds for Schools
Diana Zielinski hands Superintendent Bendina Miller and Director of Instruction Brent Reimer a cheque in the amount of $1200 from funds raised in Walmart's Anti-Bullying campaign for schools. Money was also donated by the East Kootenay Wild Turkey Association in Cranbrook. Thank you for your support! The money will be used to support the District's Roots of Empathy and Friends Programs.
Project Heavy Duty 2013
A select group of students from Fernie Secondary, Sparwood Secondary, and Elkford Secondary schools got the chance to get behind the wheels of some real life, heavy duty equipment last week. Project Heavy Duty saw eight students from each school spend four days learning safe heavy equipment operation, while gaining some valuable safety certifications at the same time. Project Heavy Duty runs every two years in the Elk Valley and students that attend receive two credits for Work Experience 12 after completing the program.
The Tooth Fairy Visits FJMES
On Wednesday, April 24th, Mrs. Fraser's Kindergarten students welcomed the arrival of a very special visitor to celebrate Dental Health Month!
Jump Rope/Hoops for Heart at Rocky Mountain Elementary School
On April 26 students from RMES raised over $12,500.00 for the Canadian Heart & Stroke Foundation so far this year and there are still on-line donations coming in! This is amazing for a small school of 222 students! We would like to thank RMES families, friends and neighbours for their generous donations!
Music Monday - "Is Somebody Singing"
Students from School District 5 enjoyed the glorious sunshine while singing the song "Is Somebody Singing" co-written by astronaut Chris Hadfield and The Barenaked Ladies' Ed Robertson in Rotary Park on Monday, May 6. This song was sung all across Canada to celebrate music in schools. Music teacher Carla Erichsen helps conduct the mass choir!
Rocky Mountain Elementary students receive "Gold"
Students at Rocky Mountain Elementary have recently completed their Grizzly Reading Club for the 2012/13 school year. Mrs. Robert's grade 2/3 class reached the "Gold" level along with 4 other classes. Rocky Mountain Elementary students are sending books earned through the program to a Primary School in Ghana.
Spring at Frank J. Mitchell
Kindergarten students at Frank J. Mitchell welcomed the arrival of 10 healthy chicks!
Souls 4 Souls Event
A big thanks to the Grade 9 Class at Jaffray School and others volunteers who participated in the Soles 4 Souls event. They collected a trailer full of new and used shoes, as well as some cash donations. They also held a school dance and sold t-shirts to raise funds to help with the shipping. The shoes were dropped of in Nelson and sent to the main depot in Kelowna. The shoes will be sorted and distributed to the areas of most need. Jaffray Rebels truly showed they have a "HEART" for humanitarian work! Special thanks to our project leaders - Emma, Savanah and Bryce.
Mt. Baker Students Bring Home Medals
On Wednesday, April 17, six MBSS students competed at the Skills BC competition in Abbotsford, bringing home gold and silver medals. In Mechanical Drafting, Simon Eaton won silver, and Landon Harvey, Derek Johnson, and Edmund Yoo grabbed the gold for Robotics.
As a result of their victory, the Robotics team has been invited to represent British Columbia at the National level of the Skills Canada competition, held this year in Vancouver, June 5-8.
If you are interested in donating to help these talented Mt. Baker students get to the national competition to pursue their dream of winning the Canadian championship, please contact Paul Knipe or Karen Kettenacker, Community Work Experience Coordinators at Mt. Baker Secondary School (426-5241 Paul – ext 657 and Karen ext 641). Thank you.
Education Minister Don McRae Visits SD5 Schools
BC Minister of Education Don McRae and MLA Bill Bennett work on their letters with the kindergarten students in Leah Spergel's class during a recent
visit to Isabella Dicken Elementary School while Parent Advisory President Arlene Dykhuizen and SD5 School Board Chairperson Frank Lento look on.
The Minister toured the school visiting with students and staff.
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Elkford and Sparwood Students Show Off Their Mittens!
Aboriginal students from Elkford and Sparwood show off their beautiful Metis Gauntlet-style mittens with their workshop instructor Dawn-Lea, a very talented Aboriginal artisan from Golden. Students met for 2 days and learned about the history of beads used for decoration in First Nation and Metis culture and their significance in the fur trade. They then learned to decorate their mittens with traditional applique and beading techniques and completed them using creative duffle stitching. This craft opportunity was coordinated by Aboriginal Education Support Workers Colleen Trozzo and Natasha Gamache and funded through a Metis Youth Cultural Grant.
Pinewood's musical "It's Saturday" was performed March 4 at the Key City Theatre. The whole school took part.
GTES Grizzlies Against Local RCMP
The boys and girls basketball teams played against some of our local RCMP officers after school on March 4th. There were a lot of laughs shared and some great skills displayed by both teams. The height advantage allowed the RCMP to forge ahead with a few extra points, but the GT Grizzlies put everything they had into trying to hold back the local constabulary.
International Students Enjoy Dog Sledding
On Wednesday, February 27, our international students enjoyed an afternoon of dog sledding, a great Canadian activity!
Fernie Secondary School's Anti-Bullying Day message
Superintendent Miller, Principal Johnson and students at Fernie Secondary School promoting Anti-Bullying day!
SD5 Board Office Supports Anti-Bullying
Staff at the District Office all wearing their pink shirts in support of anti-bullying day!
safeTALK at Elkford Secondary School
Congratulations to thirty one ESS students who participated in safeTALK; a suicide awareness training on Feb 22nd! safeTALK teaches participants how to identify someone who may be thinking of suicide and how to link persons with suicide thoughts to local suicide intervention resources. The safeTALK training is safe and effective. This training is part of our school's SAFER schools initiative, sponsored by TECK, and ESS CounterAttack.
Adapted Technology Workskills Class Teams up with Top Crop!
On Thursday February 21, the Adapted Technology Workskills class went to Top Crop. The staff worked with the students to plant a variety of flowers and herbs. The results of this project will be flowers and herbs that can be purchased along with planter boxes that the students will be making. The class will also be making and selling hotdog roasting sticks and writing pens. Please contact Paul Knipe at 426-5241 ext 657 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org for orders or further information.
School of Pink
Highlands School showed off their school spirit with almost everyone dressing up for Valentines Day. Students really got into the "spirit of giving" and being especially nice to others.
SD5 Elementary Basketball
The elementary school basketball season wound up yesterday (Tuesday, February 19). In this picture, Amy Woodland hosts Pinewood Elementary School.
T.M. Roberts vs. St. Mary's
Science Fair at Isabella Dicken Elementary
Isabella Dicken Elementary School recently held their annual Science Fair where 150 grade four through six students proudly displayed their knowledge and understanding
PAC Family Night at Isabella Dicken Elementary
IDES students are greeted by Bonhomme, the Quebec winter mascot, at their Family Night which was held recently and was organized by the school's Parents' Advisory
Council. Families enjoyed an outdoor evening of activities, songs, and frozen maple and chocolate snow treats.
Frank J. Mitchell Elementary teams up with the ICE
On February 5th, two of the Kootenay Ice hockey players, Joey Leach and Jeff Hubic, came to visit our grade 4 students. They were accompanied by Mr. Nutini, from the RCMP. Together, they presented the Jr. P.A.R.T.Y program to our students.
The main message of the program was to make Intelligent Choices Everyday (I.C.E.).
The presentation was excellent! The children listened to interesting stories from the hockey players who went to Vancouver to see young people who are living on the streets of the city. They learned about using positive defense in their lives. The program ended with the signing of autographs and a fun visit.
Pinewood Elementary Celebrates Robbie Burns' Day
The annual Robbie Burns' Day celebration at Pinewood Elementary School was a huge success. Students and staff were piped in by Bill Plant, were treated to traditional Haggis, participated in the "Heavy" games and watched performances from fellow students Ellen and Desirae in Highland dance. Ronalie James gave a wonderful performance of "Address to the Haggis."
The Maple Man Visits T.M. Roberts Elementary
René Turmel, a Quebécois maple syrup farmer shows T.M. Roberts Elementary School students how maple sap comes from the maple trees on his farm and how he makes maple syrup and other maple products. The kids also got the chance to learn some traditional Quebécois dances and then watched René make tire d'érable- maple taffy on snow.
Canadian Parents for French sponsored the event by paying for 1/2 of the cost and organizing the entire event.
Rocky Mountain Elementary Kindergarten Class Project
Mrs. Robertson's Kindergarten class at Rocky Mountain Elementary at the Elkford Post Office mailing postcards to a kindergarten student in Quebec that is trying to collect 100 postcards for a school project. You can visit Cate's website at http://postcardcatie.wordpress.com/ to track her progress.
Fernie Secondary School Students and Overwaitea Foods donate $1200 of food to the Fernie Food Bank
The students raised enough money for 6 complete Christmas dinners and Overwaitea provided additional food item supplies to last well into the new year. The students raised money by selling hotdogs at Overwaitea and by organizing a school coin drive. They also raised money for the local Womens Shelter by starting a gift wrap program over two weekends. In addition, the students volunteered at the Salvation Army kettles over a course of two weeks.
A Time of Sharing
On December 19th, kindergarten students from Rocky Mountain Elementary School (RMES) joined the Elkford Secondary School Biology 12 class for a Christmas craft. The next day, the grade 12's went over to RMES to share stories and hot chocolate.
Mt. Baker Secondary School Jazz Choir Performs at District Office
Cranbrook Food Bank Benefits from Food Challenge
Highlands Elementary and Kootenay Orchards Elementary schools challenged each other last week to see who could raise the most food items for the Cranbrook Food Bank. Both schools were very successful in their food drives and were proud to help out. Highlands' students left to right are Macky Walburger, Lily Swetlishoff, TJ Moulton, and Ricky Aldrich. These Highlands' students are presenting the food items along with $500 in Safeway gift cards to Mr. Ken Wiens, a Cranbrook Food Bank volunteer. The principal of the school which raised the least amount of food has to wear the challenging school's T-shirt for a day.
District Student Advisory Council (DSAC) meets at Regional Student Voice Conference in Elkford
Student leaders from all across SD5, members from the District Student Advisory Council (DSAC) and a Board of Education Representative, Trustee Bev Bellina, met in Elkford Secondary School on December 6, 2012 at the annual Regional Student Voice Conference to discuss provincial issues such as bullying and resources for youth.
"Running With the Power of the Panther Spirit"
Students at Isabella Dicken Elementary recently spent a morning with singer and songwriter Lowry Olafson, creating the words and music
for a school song. The new song, titled "Running with the Power of the Panther Spirit" focused on the themes of belonging and respect and was
performed for the entire school as students and staff sang along.
Sparwood Secondary Sr. Boys Volleyball
Congratulations to the Sparwood Secondary Sr. Boys Volleyball Team on their 6th place finish, as well as, being named "The Most Sportsmanlike Team", at the BC School Sports 'A' Provincial Volleyball Championships.
Team Canada off to Taiwan for the February 2013 Science Fair
At the Science Fair Foundation BC, Innovation Exploration gathering at the Museum of Anthropology at UBC, it was announced that Cranbrook student Keltie Murdoch, Fort St. John student Kevala Von Volkenburg, and delegate Sandi Lavery were selected to represent Canada at the Taiwan International Science Fair in February 2013.
Keltie Murdoch, Grade 12 MBSS student from Cranbrook
Kevala Von Volkenburg, Grade 12 student from Fort St John
Sandi Lavery, past chair EKRSF, Instructor & Coordinator for the UVIC Teacher Education Prpogram & COTR Kinesiology in Cranbrook
Adapted Technology Class at Mt. Baker Builds Play Structure
In partnership with the Tobacco Plains Indian Band, the Adapted Technology class at Mount Baker has built a play structure. This structure has been placed at the Big Springs Campground at Lake Koocanusa. This is a beautiful campground being developed by the Tobacco Plains Indian Band. This project started as a result of the Adapted Technology class building the play structure in exchange for project material for students at MBSS. This project began last May and was completed this week. The structure is built from wood milled at the Tobacco Plains Indian Band Sawmill in Grasmere. The design includes: a tire swing, climbing wall, slide and covered tower. There is also a ladder to climb up and down to the tower. This project represents approximately 400 hours of instruction and construction time in order put it all together! This has been a great opportunity for the students to contribute to the development of their community. Thanks to all who participated!
Space Camp was a BLAST!!!
Along with four other BC students with visual impairments, Rebecca White, Grade 11 Mt. Baker student and Cheryl Knipe, Vision Resource Teacher, travelled to Huntsville, Alabama, September 21-28. They went to the US Space and Rocket Center to attend Space Camp for Interested Visually Impaired Students. There were 160 students from places such as Ireland, Israel, Australia, Canada and United States who participated in either the Aviation Challenge or Astronaut programs. Rebecca participated in Astronaut Advanced Academy. She had the opportunity to be a mission specialist, communications officer, and station scientist. Rebecca took part in the Leadership Ropes Course: High ropes (zip line and rock wall) and low ropes (pamper pole). Her rocket launch was a success! “This camp proves that if you are disabled in any way, it’s still possible to do things that people think that you can’t.” (Rebecca) A special thanks goes to the Military Police and Human Ware for their financial support.
Bus Safety Lessons at District Bus Shop
Kindergarten students from Pinewood had a bus safety lesson that included a tour of the bus shop.
Superintendent Receives Diamond Jubilee Medal
School District 5 Superintendent, Bendina Miller, receives the Diamond Jubilee Medal award at a recent ceremony for her work in advocating for the rights of individuals living with intellectual disabilities. Congratulations Bendina!
Terry Fox Run
FJ Mitchell Elementary School raised over $1,100 for the Terry Fox Run!
Students from Fernie Secondary and Isabella Dicken Elementary enjoyed their annual Welcome Back Pancake Breakfast and Terry Fox Run under sunny skies.
The Terry Fox Run was organized by the senior PE classes at FSS and included cheerleaders along the route. The amount raised for cancer research
was over $4000 and still climbing.
Running Club at Pinewood Elementary
The Running Club at Pinewood Elementary School is in full-swing. Payton, Tanner & Wyatt receive running club sticks from Eric & Mac. The students are running every recess and lunch.
Mt. Baker "Wild"
Football season has started for the Mt.Baker "Wild"
SD5 Transportation Department gearing up for start-up!
The District's transportation department is hard at work ensuring all our busses are safe and in top condition inside and out for the start of school in September. Christine Portsmouth is applying a last coat of touch up paint to one of our 17 busses in the Cranbrook part of our district.
Jaffray Elementary Junior Secondary Students visit Peru
Jaffray Elementary Junior Secondary Grade 10 students spent 9 days in Peru. The highlights of the trip included visiting Machu Picchu, one of the Seven Wonders of the World, and donating school supplies and toys to an elementary school.
Kyle Booker, 2012 Valedictorian, Mt. Baker Secondary School
"I can't tell you how blessed I feel, how much I appreciate, growing up with all of you, and I can confidently say I am proud to be a part of the Class of 2012. I am proud to call every one of you a member of my class. We have been in of each other's lives for the past three, six, and for some, eighteen, years. And today, in one single day, we finally move on. High school is not without its mistakes, and I don’t think it ever should be any different. There are things that we may regret, or wish we had done differently, but it’s these mistakes that have shaped us into the people I see standing in front of me today. We will remember what have learned in this time, and use what we know to create the rest of our lives."
Superintendent Bill Gook and Elkford Trustee Curtis Helgeson congratulate Elkford Secondary School Graduate, Top Student Award recipient for Elkford Secondary School and District Student Advisory Council member Nancy Regular.
National Aboriginal Day
Mount Baker Secondary School staff, students and guests participated in the Ktunaxa Flag Raising Ceremony on June 14th in honour of the Ktunaxa Nation and in celebration of National Aboriginal Day.
Erica Wray, Elkford Secondary School Valedictorian
"To my fellow graduates and friends, we did it! Twelve years ago we were those silly little kindergartens, who were afraid of colouring outside of the lines and being called down to the principal’s office. I do not know about the rest of you, but I am scared. All that time wishing we could grow up, and now, we finally have. From now on, our memories and experiences will not necessarily be with each other, but with new friends we will make along the way. To the graduating class of 2012, as you walk off the stage and start a new chapter in your life, just remember, “A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.”"
Tyrel Sulzer Fernie Secondary School, Valedictorian
"Fellow grads, our horizons are bright, let us not squander them by getting lost along the way. Ultimately, the work ethic you’ve shown here in the last 12 years must continue on. All of you have the capacity to not only find your passion, but to also make a living doing it. With that, graduates, I would wish you good luck and a safe summer. To the rest of you here who’ve brought us so far already, we thank you. To the world I say, our grad class is ready to compete with anybody and anything it would throw at us, because this is what we have done, this is what we are doing and this is what we are going to do! Thank you!"
Governor General Award Recipient - SSS
Congratulations to Maureen Nadeau for winning the 2012 Sparwood Secondary Governor General's Award
Jaffray Elementary Junior Secondary Graduation
Superintendent Gook and Trustee Damstrom pictured here with two DSAC students, Heidi Anderson and Shacarra Orr who are graduating from Jaffray Elementary Junior Secondary School. Below...the whole graduating class from Jaffray Elementary Junior Secondary School. Congratulations!!
Good News! "Le chat a trouvé une famille."
Madame Carolyn's Kindergarten French Immersion class at TM Roberts Elementary respond to questions from the audience after their last performance. Merci and tres bien!
Ou est ma famille?
Preparations are almost finished for "Le Petit Chat Cherche une Famille" a play by Madame Carolyn's Kindergarten French Immersion class at TM Roberts Elementary.
New Playground at Pinewood Elementary School
Bill Bennett, MLA for the East Kootenays, presented Pinewood School with $50,000
for playground upgrades.
Ministry Provides Funding For New Playground at TM Roberts Elementary
Students, Vice-Principal Aaron Thorn, Tracy Adams and Kristen Simek (PAC) and Superintendent Bill Gook celebrate the $25,000 from the Ministry for playground upgrades at TM Roberts Elementary School.
Congratulations Isabella Dicken Elementary School
Track and Field Team
Isabella Dicken Elementary School took first place in the School District 5 (Elk Valley) Elementary Track Meet on June 7th!!
SD5 Honours this year's Retirees
Cathy Borggard, Yee Von Kosiec, Candy Rivers, Kathleen Donald, Cynthia Stuart and Linda Malesza retire from School District 5. These ladies have over 190 years of combined service to School District 5! Congratulations!
Robotics at the Board Meeting
Mt. Baker students William and Wade demonstrated their award winning robot at Tuesday's Meeting of the Board. Also in the photo are Trustee Chris Johns and Trustee Gail Brown.
Valedictorian Jay Marshall
Sparwood Secondary School
"I never thought the day would come that I would get the opportunity to represent such a great group of people!! I would like to thank my classmates for this great privilege!
Graduation is a time to reflect on the past and cherish the memories we have made together, as well as look forward to the good times to come in our future.
Along with the academics, school has also been a great part of our social lives. We have developed special bonds with one another, ones stronger than any chemical bond known to man! These bonds of friendship grew from trust, respect and great times spent together!
I believe in each and every person in this class and I know we will all achieve our goals in life! For our futures, I hope everyone follows their dreams and succeeds in being happy and having fun!
Congratulations Grads!! This is our time to shine!! This is GRAD 2012!!"
Sparwood Secondary Graduation
Superintendent Bill Gook and Sparwood Trustee Bev Bellina stand with Sparwood Secondary School graduates and departing members of the District Student Advisory Council Carmen Gauthier, Kirstin Drader, and Brianna Willet. The occasion was the Sparwood Secondary School 2012 Commencement Ceremony.
Laurie Middle School in Disneyland
The Laurie School Grade 8/9 Concert band travelled to Disneyland from May 16-21.
Celebration of Aboriginal Culture
Joe Pierrre, our Aboriginal Education Enhancement Agreement Facilitator, took part in the the annual Elk Valley Gr. 4 Celebration of Aboriginal Culture. Grade 4 students from Elkford and Sparwood participated.
Kootenay Orchard's Kindergarten class visits Mt. Baker Secondary
Ms. Cross' Kindergarten class partnered with students from Mr. Duczek's girls' woodworking class to complete a woodworking project.
Superintendent Bill Gook visited Mt. Baker Secondary to congratulate Keltie Murdoch for her outstanding results at the Canada-Wide Science Fair in Charlottetown, PEI.
Mt. Baker student Bryce Bostock is nearing completion of his fireplace mantle project in his Carpentry/Joinery 12 class.
SD 5 International Students sponsor a Multicultural Day at Amy Woodland Elementary and Kootenay Orchards Elementary. Click here for more photos...
Canada-Wide Science Fair
Mt. Baker students Keltie Murdoch and Luke Baxter at the Canada-Wide Science Fair in P.E.I.
Keltie Murdoch - GeoAir
Luke Baxter - Preventing Potholes
Kikomun Run Champions 2012 - IDES
Isabella Dicken Elementary School in Fernie is the 2012 Kikomun Run Champions for 2012! Congratulations!
BC Secondary Schools Math Contest Participants
Students from Mt. Baker, Parkland Middle and Laurie Middle Schools participated in the BC Secondary Schools Math Contest at the College of the Rockies.
A New Canadian Citizen
District Office staff were there to celebrate with Nahoko Sugihara at her Canadian Citizenship Ceremony on May 10, 2012! Congratulations Nahoko!
31st Annual Kikomun Run
Preparations are underway for the 31st Annual Kikomun Run today, May 10, 2012
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Salut et Felicitations!! Congratulations Concours Oratoire Team Members:
Grade 7 - Taryn Kelly, Fynley Kuijt, Sonia Mendes and Allison Wager (Canadian Parents for French)
Grade 9 -
McKinley Richards, Kimberley Huisman, Tyler Bush and Allison Wager(Canadian Parents for French)
Red Cedar Readers' Celebration
Over 200 students from 6 Cranbrook Elementary Schools came together to hear authors Rachelle Delaney and Gillian Richardson and to celebrate another successful year of Red Cedar reading.
Rick Hansen 25th Anniversary Relay
Tanner Lento, a student at Isabella Dicken Elementary, is supported by his friends and family as he proudly carries the Rick Hansen medal in the 25th Anniversary Rick Hansen Relay which recently passed through Cranbrook.
Pinewood Elementary School held its DARE Graduation on Thursday, April 26. Pictured are Zac Hessler (grade 5) and Cst. Lisa
Mt. Baker Secondary in New York
Mt. Baker students take time from their busy schedule to pause for a photo on the rock in Central Park, New York!
"Imagine" Fernie Secondary School in New York
Fernie Secondary School Drama students spent 7 days during Spring Break touring New York City. Highlights included 4 Broadway musical presentations, 3 improv shows, NBC Studios, Katt's Deli and riding the subway!
Michael Galla, a recent Fernie Secondary School graduate, was presented a $1000 Ministry of Education Scholarship for his outstanding work in his apprenticeship program. Board Chair, Frank Lento, presented the scholarship on behalf of the Ministry of Education. Trustee, Bev Bellina, joined Chairperson Lento in congratulating Michael.
A Magical Performance at the Magic Kingdom
Elkford Secondary School's Concert Band performed their "magic" at the Carnation Plaza Gardens during their trip tp Disneyland.
Fernie Secondary Science 8 Students and their "Yellow Fish Initiative"
Mr. Tomney's Science 8 students from Fernie Secondary recently made a presentation to Fernie City Council requesting support for their Yellow Fish Initiative. The students will be painting yellow fish on storm drain covers throughout Fernie to help raise awareness of the negative impact that the dumping of chemicals down storm drains has on the plants and animals that rely on our local watershed.
Next stop - the Briar
Cranbrook Elementary School students learning the sport of curling.
Celebrating Music at IDES
Isabella Dicken grade 3 students performed the Children's Toy Symphony with the Fernie Chamber Orchestra during their Celebrate Music assembly.
Concours d'Art Oratoire begins today at T.M. Roberts
The annual Concours d'Art Oratoire, the French public-speaking event for students from
grades four through 12 sponsored by the Canadian Parents for French took place today
at T.M. Roberts Elementary School. Congratulations to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place finishers
for grades 4, 5, and 6.
Congratulations to the Mt. Baker combined ski team for winning the provincial championships at Whistler. Men's ski team 2nd overall - Glenn Nowicki, Scott Bedell, Cole Tepper, Ryan Grady, Axel Chore and Connor Schartner. Women's ski team 4th overall: Becky Bedell, Hope Blissett, Morgan Kerr, Kaylie Mitchell, Carina Wagner and Helena Betz. Katie Anderson 1st in combined snowboard, Andre Volard - 2nd in combined snowboard.
K Registration taking place across the district
New Fountain at Jaffray Elementary Jr Secondary
Shaccara Orr fills the first water bottle from the new environmentally friendly water fountain installed at JESS. Shacarra was instrumental in obtaining fountains for all our Middle and Secondary Schools. With Shacarra is Trustee Shaun Damstrom and Vice Principal, Erin Boehm.
Fernie Girls #1 in the Kootenays
The Fernie Secondary School Senior Girls' Basketball Team won the right to represent the Kootenays in the 'A' Sr. Girls' Basketball Provincial Championships in Prince George March 7-10, 2012. The Falcons defeated the the number one ranked Rossland Secondary School 78-62 in the Kootenay Championships. Good luck, girls!
Students at Highlands Elementary School show their spirit on Valentine's Day and the school Friendship Day by wearing red, pink and white.
Adapted Technology Program at Mount Baker Secondary
At February's Board Meeting, students and staff from the Mt. Baker Adaptive Technology program described their program. The students, David Bernier and Lynden Phillips, shared their stories and displayed their projects. Teacher, Paul Knipe, Education Assistant, Brad Tadey, Board Chair Frank Lento and Trustee Chris Johns stand with David and Lynden admiring their work.
Education Minister George Abbott Visits Mt. Baker
Minister Abbott, Trustee Chris Johns, MLA Bill Bennett and Mt. Baker students discuss the importance of replacing Mt. Baker.
Congratulations Sparwood Secondary School Curlers
Sparwood Secondary School's Boys and Girls curling teams both took silver medals at the East Kootenay Curling playdowns.
Pictured: Skip: Jade Martin, Ashley Patmore, Kristi Hawley and Kyra von Matt; Coach: David Endicott; Brayden Zimmer, Skip: Curtis Hawley, missing: Bailey Cibulka and Keyten Kunst.
Family Literacy Day at Gordon Terrace Elementary
Education Minister George Abbott and MLA Bill Bennett took part in Family Literacy Day at Gordon Terrace Elementary. Also participating were teacher librarian Wendy Gook, Deanne Perreault,
Children's & Youth Librarian, and Ursula Brigl, Chief Librarian from the Cranbrook Public Library.
Future Scientists at Rocky Mountain Elementary School
Outstanding Science Fair projects were presented at the annual Rocky Mountain Elementary School Science Fair.
Pinewood's "Robbie Burns Day Assembly"
Grade two students Dom and Jereme show off their handmade kilts and bagpipes as they parade into the gym.
Education Minister George Abbott Visits Cranbrook Schools
Education Minister George Abbott visits the Amy Woodland Elementary
"Strong Start" Program
Minister of Education, George Abbott participates in a "Sound Connections" lesson with Gordon Terrace students and Annette Rogers, Speech Language Pathologist.
Carnaval at Ecole TM Roberts School
Students in Mme. Sylvie's K/1 French Immersion class began Carnaval season with a traditional French Canadian meal.
Greenthumb Theatre Performs at FJMES
Greenthumb Theatre performed "500 Words" for the students of FJMES. The PAC brought in the group as an enhancement to our Fine Arts Program. Thank you PAC!
We CAN Be Friends - Pinewood Elementary
As part of the We CAN Be Friends program, sponsored by the Canucks Autism Network and Finning, Grade 2 student, Jereme Vancura, is attempting to thread beads on a string while wearing over-sized gloves. The students rotated through stations which were designed so students could feel what it might be like to experience some of the challenges of Autism.
FUTURE "ICE" PLAYERS
Members of the Kootenay Orchards' "Mini-ICE" hockey team get ready for their recess match.
FOOTBALL IN JANUARY!
Kootenay Orchards' students take advantage of the warm weather to have a quick game of football at recess.
The Christmas Spirit is Alive in SD5 Schools
Bullying Awareness at Jaffray
Austen Radowits came to Jaffray Elementary Jr. Secondary School to give a powerful bullying presentation Called "Inner Strength". Austen is from Drayton Valley AB and travels around Canada to raise awarness about bullying and to share his story about bullying and a tragic accident that changed his life forever. Thank you to Shacarra Orr, student council president, for the photo and the information.
Mt. Baker students do well at Mulgrave Zoom Film Festival
Mt. Baker film students took first place in the Script to Screen category and second place overall at the Mulgrave Zoom Film Festival held in North Vancouver. Aislyn Standing won for Best Actor Female, Jarod Kurtenbach took 2nd place overall in the Male Actor category. Members of the team are: Hailey-Wynne Cartier, Thea Rodgers, Alysha Seriani, Chase Hansen, Theo Moore and Aislyn Standing.
Board of Education of School District 5
The Board of Education of School District 5 was sworn in on Monday, December 5, 2011. Left to right top row: Trustee Curtis Helgesen, Trustee Olivia Besanger, Trustee Gail Brown, Trustee Chris Johns, Trustee Trina Ayling. Bottom row, lef to right: Trustee Bev Bellina, Trustee Patricia Whalen and Chairperson Frank Lento. Missing is Trustee Shaun Damstrom.
Elk Valley Volleyball Championships
Rocky Mountain Elementary School in Elkford hosted the annual Elk Valley Elementary School Volleyball Championships at the Elkford Secondary Gymnasium. Congratulations to all teams for a great tournament and special congratulations to this year's champions - for the boys Isabella Dicken from Fernie and Rocky Mountain from Elkford and, for the girls, Jaffray.
TM Roberts Choir Opens Second Round of the Canada Cup
Students from École TM Roberts School performed O Canada during the second round of the Canada Cup.
Elkford Secondary Girls off to BC Championship
The Elkford Secondary School Senior Girls "Celtics" Volleyball Team have earned a spot at the BC Championships for the second year in a row. Team members are: Nikki Scott, Erica Wray, Jessalyn Parker, Courtney Culver, Taryn Paton, Corissa Mildenberger, Shaelan Bauer, Megan Nixon, Shelby Wurmlinger, Lewai Ratudradra and coaches Dustin Murray and Eric Canlas.
Congratulations and Good Luck!
Winter Has Arrived at Highlands Elementary
Highlands students enjoy the snow during their recess break.
Metis Flag Raising Event
Students and staff from Cranbrook schools met outside the Cranbrook City Hall to participate in a celebration and acknowledgement of the Metis culture and history in Canada. Students performed a traditional Metis dance to conclude the celebration. Thank you to the Mt. Baker Secondary School "Wild Warriors" for bringing this activity to fruition.
Regional Student Voice Conference
Almost 60 student leaders, along with Trustee Bellina, from across School District 5 took part in the Regional Student Voice Conference held at Elkford Secondary School on December 16, 2011. Issues discussed at the conference will be addressed at the Provincial Student Voice Conference in Vancouver in March, 2012.
Annette Rogers Receives Award for Sound Connections
Board Chair Frank Lento congratulates Annette Rogers, District Speech Language Pathologist, on the success of her Sound Connections Program and for receiving an Honourable Mention Literacy Award from the Canadian Council of the Federation.
DPAC's All Candidate Trustee Forum
Present and future Trustees respond during the District Parent Advisory Council (DPAC) Trustee Forum held on Wednesday, November 9, 2011.
TM Roberts Elementary School Students at the District's Bus Shop
TM Roberts Elementary K and Grade 1 students visited the Bus Shop at the District Office to participate in our School Bus Safety Program.
Halloween at Kootenay Orchards Elementary
Mrs. Rokosh and her grade 6 students put on a "Haunted Hallway" for all the students at Kootenay Orchards Elementary.
SPCA Bake Sale at T.M. Roberts Elementary
École TM Roberts School student McKayla Robinson (right) organized a bake sale for the SPCA with help from her friend Kaleigh Sandberg. McKayla spearheaded the event by speaking with her parents, her teachers and her classmates. All proceeds from the sale will be helping our friends at the SPCA.
Story Time at Rocky Mountain Elementary
Mr. Joe Pierre shares an Aboriginal story with Mrs. Regular's grade 1/2 class. The students were as enthralled as Mr. Pierre.
Rob Allen, Maintenance/Custodial Foreman Retires
Rob Allen started his career with School District 5 on February 1, 1995 as a Journeyman Electrician. We wish Rob all the best in his retirement!
RECESS AT KOOTENAY ORCHARDS ELEMENTARY
Grade 6 "buddies" Sam, Reece and Halle are part of the school's program to assist the new Kindergarten students.
Aboriginal Career Fair at St. Eugene Mission Resort
Fernie Secondary Aboriginal learners attended the Career Fair at St. Eugene Mission Resort and experienced the BC Hydro bucket truck.
Love is Louder - Elkford Secondary School
Love is Louder is a is a movement created to support anyone feeling mistreated, alone, or misunderstood. It works to combat depression, bullying and suicide in teens. Elkford Secondary School students recently organized a "Love is Louder Day" to show struggling students in their school that they are not alone and support is available. This initiative was coordinated by student Nancy Regular.
Fernie Secondary School's French Immersion students
Ms. Kuijt’s French Immersion Leadership class shows off some of the trash that they collected while cleaning up the shores of Maiden Lake and the Elk River during this year’s
BC Rivers Day.
Outstanding Attendance at Pinewood Elementary
First Nations students at Pinewood Elementary School receive t-shirts from the Seventh Generation Club for 95% attendance or better for the 2010-2011 school year at the school's "Celebrating Excellence" assembly.
Jaffray Elementary Jr. Secondary School's annual Terry Fox Run
Jaffray Elementary Junior Secondary School raised over $1000 for Cancer Research during their annual Terry Fox Run. Miss Salanski, grade 3/4 teacher, and Mrs. Boehm, Vice-Principal, celebrate the school's successful run with "crazy hair"!. Congratulations and thank you JESS for a job well done.
École TM Roberts School hosted two Paarlauf relay races this week.
Traffic Safety Patrol Team - Highlands Elementary
Skylar and Kaitlin, along with "Franklin", prepare for a morning of assisting students, staff, and parents to safely cross the street in front of Highlands Elementary School. Kaitlin and Skylar are part of a group of 14 student crossing guards at the school. The girls would like to say to all drivers and pedestrians, "please watch out for each other and obey the crossing guards."
Students at Isabella Dicken Elementary School
support the Terry Fox Run
Isabella Dicken Elementary Students count out over $1000 in donations for their
annual Terry Fox Run.
Congratulations Fernie Secondary's first French Immersion Graduates
Superintendent Bill Gook, Principal Diane Casault, and teachers Patrice Oscienny and Janet Kuijt celebrate with the 4 first French Immersion Class graduates from Fernie Secondary School at the school's graduation ceremonies.
Fernie Secondary School Class Valedictorian 2011
- Chase Henze
"Graduation. To some this is a rite of passage into the world, to others a happy breath they can finally let out, and to some the first major step toward many great legacies. Nevertheless it is a fantastic time. We have come through twelve years of school, thirteen including kindergarten, to arrive at this moment.
To all my fellow graduates, I wish you good fortunes on your journeys into the world of independence. And I hope that you do paint your canvas with the colors & techniques of experience, you do walk the road your feet take you to, you do bring about a masterpiece of your own design, and, above all, you let yourself be happy. Congratulations!"
Elford Secondary School Class Valedictorian 2011
- Emily Betts
"I would like to start by saying that I am deeply honoured to have been selected as this year`s valedictorian. I realize that there are others capable of undertaking this honour, and I hope that they will be pleased with my efforts on their behalf. I would also like to take this time to thank all who have helped us reach this point in our lives.
No matter where we end up or how old we may grow, we will always encounter challenges. Our class has always been a little headstrong, and sometimes downright stubborn. I can think of no one I would rather have defending me than these young adults sitting right here. I pity anyone who wishes to oppose them - you have another thing coming.
In closing, I have these words of advice for my fellow students. This chapter of our lives may have ended, but the story has just begun. Make the most of it and live life like there’s no tomorrow. I am confident that the Class of 2011 will take the world by storm."
FERNIE SECONDARY "Take Five Room"
This room at Fernie Secondary opened on June 14th and was specially designed for students with severe disabilities to participate in accessible play/leisure through sensations. The unusual and uniquely beautiful lights, sounds, and smells in the room have some therapeutic by-products for everyone who visits the room. Students participate with their Educational Assistants and each student's session is recorded. The student is assisted to make more choices and take active control in their play whether it be choosing to gently swing, press switches to make lights and columns of bubbles appear or take turns operating a light effect game. Thanks to everyone who donated equipment and time to get this project up and running!
Congratulations Mt. Baker Vocal Jazz
Performing Arts BC has just awarded the M.t Baker Vocal Jazz Ensemble the distinction of being the 2nd best high school choir in the province!!
Kootenay Educational Services Graduation
Kootenay Educational Services student Evan Burwash receives his Dogwood Diploma from KES teachers Jack Van Leusden and Karen Bidder. Evan, who was one of 5 students who successfully completed their graduating requirements through KES, has also completed his first year plumbing through the ACE-IT program. This year KES helped 115 students complete over 90 ministry approved courses.
TM Roberts' Students Do Well at Provincial Concours
Superintendent Bill Gook visited TM Roberts Elementary School to congratulate Kendra Ackerman and Kaia Barth-Lessard on their outstanding performance at the Provincial Concours d'Art Oratoire held in Surrey. Kendra came 1st and Kaia came 2nd in their grade 6 immersion category. Well done, girls!
Highlands Elementary Annual Bike Trip
Highlands Elementary School students from Mr. Stocknow's Grade 6 class inside and outside on the annual "bike trip".
Sparwood Secondary School 2011 Class Valedictorian
- Alicia Matt
“Good Evening ladies and gentlemen, distinguished faculty of Sparwood Secondary, administrators, family, friends and of course the stunningly gorgeous class of 2011!!! First off, I would like to thank the grad class for bestowing this honor upon me to speak to you here tonight as your valedictorian.
We are all gathered here on this special evening to celebrate one of life’s rare occasions. We are here to celebrate graduation, but with this comes the unique experience of celebrating both an end and a beginning. The end of a very significant phase of life, one which I have been told is the best phase of life.
Teachers, you truly are an amazing breed of humans. We will never forget the life lessons you have taught us.
Where would we be without friends? The memories, the laughs, the shenanigans, the truth or dare, the fights, the forgiveness and love. Without each other we would not have had the time of our lives.
To the graduating class of 2011, enjoy the rest of your evening, your future, and thank-you for the memorable past we will never forget.”...Alicia Matt
Track Meet Champions
FJ Mitchell Elementary School's track team was the overall champions of the annual Elk Valley Elementary Schools' track meet. FJ Mitchell was also awarded the all round aggregate award for all sports for the school year! Congratulations!
School District 5 signs 2nd Aboriginal Education
The Aboriginal Education Enhancement Agreement between School District 5, Ktunaxa Nation (St. Mary's Band and Tobacco Plains Band), College of the Rockies, Kootenay Region Metis President's Council and the Ministry of Education was signed on May 26, 2011 at Jaffray Elementary Junior Secondary School. The purpose of the Agreement is to enhance Aboriginal learner achievement and success. This Agreement is in effect from May 26, 2011 to June 30, 2016.
Aboriginal Culture Day
Grade 4 classes at FJMES and RMES celebrate Aboriginal Culture Day. Most of the activities were moved inside to the Elkford Curling Rink because of the inclement weather but it was still at great learning experience. Thank you to Aboriginal Education Support Workers Natasha Gamache and
Colleen Trozzo. The classes rotated through stations in the Elkford Curling
Rink and in the Elkford Campground, where they learned about Survival Skills
with Dan Joe, Ktunaxa Storytelling in the Tipi with Joe Pierre Jr., First
Nation Dance and Regalia with Norm Jr. Allard from Creston, BC and the
Bannock on a Stick station with Metis Elder Terry Anonson, his wife Karen
and fire keeper, Frank Trozzo. The day was a great learning experience for
the students and a tremendous success in spite of the inclement weather!
No Idling at Sparwood Secondary School
Sparwood Trustee Bev Belina and three Sparwood Secondary School members of our District Student Advisory Council "stand" in front of one of the recently installed "No Idling" signs. These DSAC members were instrumental in the acquisition and posting of these signs.
Daffodil Day - Elkford Secondary School
Staff and students of Elkford Secondary School wore yellow daffodil pins on April 27th (Daffodil Day) to show cancer survivors and patients that they are not alone. The daffodil campaign was brought to ESS Student Council by Elkford Daffodil Campaign coordinator and ESS teacher Stephanie Hrisook. The support of this event was outstanding.
Music Monday - Amy Woodland Elementary School
Amy Woodland School performed a music concert on May 2nd to celebrate Music Monday – a Canada-wide simultaneous concert to celebrate the power of music and the importance of keeping music programs alive in our schools. Here is the Grade 2 class performing their song on hand bells under the direction of Miss Patti Radies.
Circle Group Field Trip
Forty-eight Aboriginal students from Elkford and Sparwood spent the day at Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump. Students participated in the guided tour "Living Off The Land". It included the cliff top trail tour, buffalo culture displays, artifact exhibits and a threatre presentation.
Red Cedar Readers
The Red Cedar Readers from grades 4, 5 and 6 at Amy Woodland, Gordon Terrace, Highlands, Kootenay Orchard, Pinewood, and TM Roberts Elementary Schools came together at Gordon Terrace for a culminating celebration of their reading and participation in the Children's Choice Awards. Luanne Armstrong, author of Pete's Gold which was set in the Kootenays, gave two entertaining sessions. This event was jointly sponsored by School District No. 5 and the Cranbrook Public Library. As well, we appreciate the support of Canada Safeway and Mr. Simek who kindly donated the beautiful and delicious cakes and Joanne and Trevor of Lotus Books who prepared special bookmarks and donated book prizes for the draws.
FJ Mitchell Tea
Superintendent, Bill Gook and F J Mitchell Prinicpal, Trudy Colonello enjoyed the refreshments and service at the FJ Mitchell Spring Tea.
The annual F J Mitchell Spring Tea sponsored by the FJ Mitchell PAC was held on May 6th. The PAC did a fabulous job serving 470 most appreciative people. The FJM students decorated the gym with their artwork and the grade six students served the food and beverages to all guests.
Project Heavy Duty - Elk Valley
Twenty- three grade 10 and 11 students from Fernie, Sparwood, and Elkford took part in this year's Project Heavy Duty. Superintendent, Bill Gook, Acting Mayor of Sparwood, Margaret McKie. and Christian Power
Sparwood student stand beside one of the graders that the students "practiced" on.
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Fitness Challenge at Pinewood Elementary
PES is one of 2,500 elementary schools across Canada participating in the 6th annual WonderCares™ Fitness Challenge. As of Week 3 of the Fitness Challenge, Pinewood students have exercised a total of 203,680 minutes! This is 40% of their 8 week goal of 510,000 minutes!!!
"TECK and LMS Team up for Science"
Mr. Goodwin's Science 8 class at Laurie Middle School try on their new lab coats before starting their digestion lab on the effects of amylase. Thank you to TECK for providing this class set of lab coats!
Gordon Terrace Elementary Students "Pitch-In"
Grade 6 students and their Grade 3 "buddies" from gordon Terrace Elementary School spent an afternoon cleaning up Joseph Creek by the Tamarack
Mall as part of the Pitch In Canada Campaign. Both classes encourage everyone to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle
East Kootenay Performing Arts
Gretchen Fletcher's Grade 1/2 class at Steeples Elementary took part in the East Kootenay Performing Arts Festival at Knox Presbyterian Church earlier this month
Drum Making Workshop at Isabella Dicken Elementary School
IDES students recently attended an Aboriginal Education Hand Drum making workshop in Cranbrook as part of the School District 5 program.
Pictured with the drums that they made are grade 5 and 6 students (front) McKenzie Braconnier, Kirsty Andrews (L) and Lisa Ross and Aboriginal Support Worker Lois Elia
Laurie Middle School Mural
The entrance mural at Laurie Middle School has been completed. Many thanks to all that were involved. Mary Elliott for the idea and project management and for coming in Saturdays and keeping the artists fed. Marissa Phillips for being the lead artist and the many hours she committed. Thanks to Alison Roberts and Darynn Bednarczyk for assisting and mentoring under Marissa.
Easter at T.M. Roberts Elementary School
Kindergarten students in Mme. Carolyn's class at École TM Roberts School partnered with students in Mr. Taylor's Gr. 6 class to work on some Easter crafts.
Life long learning at Fernie Secondary School
Through a partnership with Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy and Fernie Secondary School, senior citizens have an opportunity to return to school to stay current with technolgy. A ten week program, "Seniors' Computers", is being offered every Tuesday in the computer lab at Fernie Secondary School.
Concours d'Art d'Oratoire
Superintendent Bill Gook visited Mt. Baker Secondary School to congratulate Jacki Potter for her fine performance at the recent regional Concours d'Art d'Oratoire held in Cranbrook. Jacki, along with 6 other French Immersion students will represent their school and our District in the Provincial Concours in May.
Fernie Secondary School Gets A New Hoist
Fernie Secondary School has received funding through the School Community Connection Program to have a new hoist installed in the Automotive Department. The funding was a joint application with the City of Fernie and SD5. The new hoist will allow for the Automotive Service Technician program to be expanded.
"Ready Set Learn" at FJ Mitchell
FJ Mitchell Elementary School in Sparwood recently hosted the "Ready Set Learn" program for 3 year olds and, in anticipation of starting full day kindergarten in September, a special kindergarten welcome and orientation