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For the Week of May 30, 2011

Communications Bulletin MUSIC MONDAY CELEBRATED AT DINSMORE COMPOSITE SCHOOL Submitted by: Jeff Lawrence, Teacher, Dinsmore Composite School

On Monday, May 2, Mr. Lawrence's Grade 4 class hosted their annual Music Monday program. The class had a nice turnout of community members to their classroom who enjoyed hearing the new Music Monday song, some classroom favorites, a sing-along, and the class's Music Festival pieces. It was a fun way to join thousands of other school children across Canada to acknowledge and celebrate the way music enhances everyone's life!

Inside this issue: LOREBURN STUDENT BRINGS HOME GOLD

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BCS STUDENT HAS ART IN THE LEGISLATURE

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NEW LEADERSHIP AT 2 SCHOOLS IN SUN WEST P.A.R.T.Y IN KINDERSLEY

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IN-SERVICES FOR 4 SCHOOL COMMUNITY COUNCILS RETIREMENT WISHES 4

SUN WEST YOUTH CONSULTATION GROUP WRAPS UP SESSION WITH BOARD OF EDUCATION! On May 12th, student representatives from 11 Sun West schools (Youth Consultation Group) attended a special meeting with the Board of Education. They provided the Board with input and feedback from sections of the “Draft Strategic Plan” that they gathered from their peers at their schools and at the Student Leadership Conference in April. The Board of Education will now consider all input and feedback that was gathered from various meetings with parents, stakeholders, teachers and students to prepare the final multi-year “Strategic Plan.”


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Congratulations to some new Sun West Leaders! Principal Davidson School

Jason Low

Vice-Principal Davidson School

Cathy Rettger

Vice-Principal Kenaston School

Ryan Johnson

Vice-Principal North West Central School

LOREBURN CENTRAL STUDENT BRINGS HOME SILVER Loreburn Central School’s, Ian Abbott is a Sliver medal winner after competing in Boys Singles at Badminton Provincials in Biggar. He won all three round robin games to advance to semi-final action against Matthew Hildebrandt from Rosthern, where he also won 21-17 and 26-24 to move to the Provincial Final. Ian took on Jeremy Sylvester from Regina Riffel and after some really close matches, ended up with a silver medal. Way to go Ian!

Trish McDonald

KYLE COMPOSITE STUDENT COMPETES FOR A SECOND TIME AT SKILLS CANADA COMPETITION! SUBMITTED BY: DENISE SCHNEIDER, CAREER DEVELOPMENT TEACHER

Savannah Cheney, a grade 11 student at Kyle Composite school won a silver medal at the Skills Canada Provincial Competition in Moose Jaw last month. She was competing in the Job Interview Category. Last year Savannah won gold in this competition and advanced to the National Competition in Ontario where she also came home with a silver!

(Savannah Cheney is second from the left)

BCS 2000 STUDENT’S ART DISPLAYED IN LEGISLATURE Sun West Teacher Wins Prestigious Award! Visit: http:// www.sunwestsd.ca/ Spotlight/May% 2011/Miles% 20Award.pdf

SUBMITTED BY: CAROLYN GOSSELIN, TEACHER, BCS 2000

Congratulations to Bailey Seidl, a Visual Art student in Grade 10 has the honor of having her art work displayed in the Cumberland Art Gallery in the Saskatchewan Legislative Building. Bailey's work was selected from student art work province wide. The Saskatchewan Art Education Collective holds this competition every year in which students from Kindergarten through Grade 12 are able to compete. Her work titled Blue Turtle, will be displayed for a year in the legislature building. There was a ceremony on May 9th that honoured Bailey and the other 41 students whose art was chosen. Congratulations Bailey!


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P.A.R.T.Y AT KINDERSLEY COMPOSITE SCHOOL ON MAY 12TH! Students in grade 10 in Kindersley Composite School and Westcliffe Composite School participated in the P.A.R.T.Y. (Prevent Alcohol and Risk Related Trauma in Youth) program on May 12th in Kindersley. Staff from Heartland Health Region, Sun West School Division and volunteers and professionals from the Community partnered again with the Acquired Brain Injury Prevention Program from the Saskatoon Health Region to offer the program in Kindersley. This was the first time the community of Kindersley participated in the P.A.R.T.Y. program. The Kindersley Fire Department, Kindersley EMS, Kindersley Funeral Home and the RCMP put on a mock crash demonstration during the day’s presentations. Kindersley EMS were the narrators of the mock crash. The greatest incidence of serious injury and death is the 15 to 24 year old age group. Dangerous behaviour such as speeding, drinking and driving, not wearing a seatbelt or other protective equipment, reckless skiing or diving into shallow water can have tragic consequences. Consequences that often could have been prevented. Promoting injury prevention through reality education can decrease the number of teens killed or disabled in our community. Early education about consequences of risk-taking behaviours can change behaviour. Rather than discouraging kids from participating in fun activities, P.A.R.T.Y. encourages the consideration of consequences. The grade 10 students followed the path of an injury survivor and met the professionals who are involved with them in a trauma situation. Emergency Services, RCMP, Therapists, Emergency Room nurses and Addictions counselors assisted the students to experience the difficult journey of a trauma patient. Facts were presented about brain and spinal cord injury and the students have hands on experience with the equipment used in trauma care and rehabilitation. The students were challenged at lunchtime as the volunteers in the program assisted the students to simulate a “disability’” This intended to provide some difficulty to the students as they eat their lunch and to remind them that we often take simple tasks for granted. The students also listened to an injury survivor talk about their personal experience in the afternoon. Nolan Barnes who participated in the P.A.R.T.Y. programs in Rosetown and Outlook as an injury survivor speaker shared his story with the students involved in the Kindersley program. He is quite a remarkable young man and has some great messages for the students.


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Check out the 2011-12 School Calendar! http:// www.sunwestsd.ca/20 11-2012%20Calendar% 20Approved% 20110426%20final.pdf

We will miss you! Teaching Staff: Margo Day Debbie Banks Nancy McCrea Denise Warrington Avis Dahl Jill Martin Ament Kevin Gawletz Jenny McPherson Carol Peters Support Staff: Mary Hayes Bob Brown Driver Instructor: Darlene Ellis Thank you for all of your work and Happy Retirement!

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SCHOOL COMMUNITY COUNCIL IN-SERVICES HELD AROUND THE DIVISION Close to 80 people attended two SCC in-services in Rosetown and Outlook on May 11th and 12th. Led and facilitated by BCS 2000 Vice-principal Kim Fick, NWCS Principal Cindy Thomson and Eston SCC member Keith Powers. Attendees included teachers, principals, parents, and new and experienced SCC members, each of whom learned about their roles and responsibilities with their School Community Councils. Participants also discussed centralized budgets, receiving donations and how SCCs need to be involved in their school’s learning improvement plan (SLIP) and help their students achieve at another level. There was also discussion around the fact that each school and community is different, however the sharing of information and networking between the SCC and school members was invaluable. The Board of Education moved SCC elections to the spring last year so that newly elected SCC members could participate more fully in their school’s SLIP summary and would be ready to go for the start of the school year. Going forward, SCC members will now plan to meet with school staff in August to help with school learning improvement planning.

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