Toad River School: Student Recognition Evening and Graduation June 27, 2018
Toad River School has had a busy and fun-filled year and it is hard to believe that another great year has gone by. Family and friends gathered with the students of Toad River School, on June 27th at the school to celebrate the success and accomplishments of the Toad River students. The student recognition evening began with a community BBQ supper, followed by Classroom awards presented to the students by Teacher, Mrs. Whyte, and School-wide awards presented by Principal, Lynne MacNeil.
Athlete of the year was presented to two students demonstrating excellence in sportsmanship, excellence in athletic ability and participation in school activities.
Athletes of the Year – Harley Steward (Grade 9)/Max Whyte (Grade 8)
Most Improved Student was presented for demonstrated improvement in academics, regular attendance and maintaining good behaviour.
Elementary student- Alaina Kolkert (Grade 5)/Secondary student- Benjamin Kolkert (Grade 8)
Best All-Round Student Award was presented to an outstanding student for their demonstrated excellence in academic work, regular attendance, participation in school activities and demonstrated excellence in citizenship.
Best All-Round Student- Madison Olsen (Grade 10)
Ms. Sue Hay assisted in the presentation of theFine Arts Award;this award presented to two talented students who demonstrate a passion and enthusiasm for creative arts.
Elementary – Keely Steward (Grade 7)/Secondary – Shawn Tiedemann (Grade 11)
Diana Samchuck, Superintendent of schools for SD #81, presented theActs of Kindness (Nexen) Awardto Kyley Steward (Grade 8) and David Dennis (Grade 12). These two students are dedicated to performing deliberate selfless acts (acts of kindness and compassion), such as assisting others, cheering someone up. Using unconditional kindness without expecting anything in return, in other words, not for self-gratification, but as a gesture of kindness.
Along with their academic skills the students have independently been developing their musical skills. As a part of the evening the guests were treated to a mini-concert bythe Toad River School Musicians (Harley Steward, Madison Olsen, Alaina Kolkert, Shawn Tiedemann, David Dennis, Keely Steward and Ben Kolkert).
Toad River School Class of 2018 Graduation.
Following the recognition event and concert the students, family and friends gathered in the Toad River Hall to celebrate with our graduating student. This year, David Dennis was recognized as the Graduate of Toad River School; with words of commendation and encouragement from his Teacher Mrs. Whyte, Principal Mrs. MacNeil, Board of Education, Mrs. Linda Dolen and Superintendent of School District # 81, Mrs. Samchuck.
David has plans to become a Heavy-Duty Mechanic, and he has been accepted the Northern Lights College, Heavy Mechanical Foundations program in September.
Field Trip to Whitehorse
The school wide Field Trip to Whitehorse was another highlight of the year. The PAC and students fundraised over the last few years for this 4-day long trip to whitehorse.
On June 19th, the Students, Staff and Chaperones loaded up a school bus at 7am and headed for Whitehorse. It was a long day drive but they made it to Whitehorse around supper time.
Students engaged in a variety of activities; visits to museums, (McBride, Transportation and Beringia) Cultural Centres, (Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centreand Teslin Tlingit Heritage Centre), physical activities (rock climbing and swimming). Our students represented the school well, with comments from various people and tour leaders about how engaged, interested, asking “good” questions, willing to try and learn new things, and polite our students were.
By all reports the students had “a blast”.
The students brought the iPads to document the trip and they continue to work on creating journals/portfolios of information learned on the trip that they will share in September.
Field Trip to Fort Nelson
The whole school loaded onto a bus for a school trip into Fort Nelson on May 28thand 29th, to participate in the ARTSTARTS program, that featured Boris Sichon. The trip began with a Youth Explore Trades – Maker activity; where the students spent the afternoon in the Fort Nelson Secondary Shop using various tools to construct birdhouses. It was a very rainy day, but the students ventured down to the Rec Centre for Pickle Ball and Basketball followed by a pizza supper at the Rec Centre sponsored by Friends of Rachel. The students returned to FNSS and slept over at the school.
Next day they joined the FNSS Band class for the presentation by Boris.Boris took the students on a musical journey to different cultures and countries. They learned about and listen to various instruments from Boris’ unique collection of ethnic musical instruments and made a little music, themselves. Duringthe afternoon, the Toad River students went by bus out to Chalo School, where they joined the culture class in their activities.
Western Night Fundraiser
The Toad River students are becoming independent and self-regulated learners demonstrating school and community connectedness. The Western Night Fund Raiser, held on February 2ndwas not only a fun community event but had the students developing and using skills in a wide variety of academic (Math, Language Arts, Applied Skills, Fine Arts, Health) and core competencies areas.
This event was truly a multi-grade, integrated activity that began with a goal to purchase hockey jersey for each student. The students were involved in all aspects, from the initial concept and to the menu planning, calculating the amounts of food/ingredients, contacting the grocery stores, placing orders, cooking with the assistance/guidance of parents, advertising the event, creating a power-point presentation for the audience, decorating, welcoming, MC-ing, and 4 students painting pictures for door prize raffles.
After a tasty dinner of cowboy caviar (tortilla chips and bean salsa), stew, chicken and cheese casserole, steak bites, potato rounds, salad and dessert; the students organized themselves and provided the musical entertainment. These students are truly talented!
The fundraising goal was reached and “Toad River Rams” hockey jerseys are on order.
Toad River School Students get introduced to Robotics.
In mid-January Mrs. Gilbert, the teacher librarian for RL Angus School accompanied me to Toad River School. Mrs. Gilbert engaged the student in a variety of introductory robotics activities and then in the afternoon the students began work with our Edison “robots”. Mrs. Gilbert commented on how patient and engaged all the students were, regardless of grade level. The students were eager to demonstrate how the robots worked and followed the paths they had created. Ongoing coding and robotic activities with the Edison’s and VEX continue to be favoured activities at Toad River School.
Annual Community Christmas Dinner and Concert
The Annual Toad River Christmas Dinner and School Concert was once again a hit, with many family and friends attending the event on December 14th. As always, there was a terrific turkey dinner with all the trimmings and Santa stopped by for a visit following the students’ performance of Alice in Christmas Land.
Thanks to the PAC who helped to coordinate and assist with the evening. The next morning, I was able to share some Christmas stories and activities with the students.
Once again the Community Christmas Dinner and Concert was a great event. We had well over 60 people join for a Traditional Christmas Dinner of Turkey, Ham and all the fixings including yummy desserts. (Thanks to all who contributed.)
The students presented “North Pole’s Got Talent”.
Judges included Santa S. Claus and M. Janit Her.
Remembrance Day Assembly
On November 10th most of the parents and I were able to attend the Remembrance Day program David (Gr.12) was the MC of the program that featured a power-point put together by Madison (Gr. 10); each student’s posters was displayed and then each student spoke about their poster, after 2 minutes of silence there was a recitation of “In Flanders’s Field” by Shawn (Gr. 11) and Harley (Gr. 9). Then all the guests joined the students for tea and cookies that the students had baked.
October saw family and friends join the students for a pumpkin-carving event, 2 preschoolers also participated in this fun event as a Ready, Set, Learn Activity. Thanks to Overwaitea for the donation of a pumpkin for each child again this year.
Here is our Graduating student reading Halloween Stories to the junior students
and some fun and games with students.