Cross-country runners bound for Big Valley season finale

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Keeping fit — Students from Stettler Middle School round the track last week during the annual turkey trot.

ERIN PREHN

SMS Scoop

It seems our hectic Stettler Middle School schedule never takes a break … and that’s how we like it!

Today is the final day for our magazine sale fundraiser. Although we don’t have any final numbers yet, it appears we have had yet another successful round of sales.

At our wind-up assembly, various students will receive some great prizes selected by our student council. The top seller will receive a signed Sidney Crosby rookie jersey.

Thanks again to all of our students for all their hard work and also to those who supported them.

Our cross-country running season is coming to the finish, as about 90 students will participate in their final CWAJHAA meet Thursday in Big Valley.

We had 103 participants attend the CARA meet in Castor last Tuesday, coming home with a number of ribbons.

The following students placed in the top five: Grade 6 boys — James Switenky, Dawson Van Hecke and Clayton Smith; Grade 6 girls — Krysta Froese, Maddie Kuefler and Keyonna Derr; Grade 7 boys — Rylee Jacobson and Tye Mulgrove; Grade 7 girls — Alyssa Henderson and Ally Hamelin; Grade 8 boys — Quade Cassidy, Brendan Peterson and Todd Yaremcio; Grade 8 girls — Tyra Ganser, Kathryn Dolliver and Emily Wright.

Thus far, our cross-country running team and our entire school have run about 6,100 kilometres.

The volleyball teams are in full swing. With practices taking place on Tuesdays and Thursdays and league games on Wednesdays, our players are kept quite busy. Both our senior girls’ and boys’ teams have home games today, so make sure to swing by the school and catch some great volleyball action.

Our next home games will be Oct. 26. The girls are also participating in a tournament in Erskine this weekend.

We were lucky enough to have a guest speaker for our Grade 6 students last Friday. To conclude our Peace and Conflict unit in Language Arts, we had Don Anderson give a presentation on various war memorials. A few of these memorials included Passchendaele, St. Julien Memorial, Vimy Ridge and Essex Farm Cemetery, where the John McCrae memorial plaque provides a brief biography of the doctor who composed the poem, “In Flanders Fields.”

Mr. Anderson was able to visit those sites on his trip through Europe this past summer. His vivid photos and interesting facts made it all quite real for our students. Thanks again to Mr. Anderson for his time, photos and wisdom.

The Stettler Middle School Band is sending 40 to 46 members of the grades 7 and 8 class to Edmonton on Saturday, Oct. 22, to play at Sutton Place for the provincial public school trustees general meeting. The band will perform O Canada, plus a few other selections, for a crowd of 300-plus.

The students, staff and supervisors have to leave at a crazy time of 5:30 a.m., but it will be very exciting and worth the early wake-up.

On the way home, they will get the opportunity to stop at the West Edmonton Mall Waterpark for a bit of water fun.

Our after-school program on early dismissal days is proving to be a great success, as we had 52 kids last PD Monday.

A reminder to all parents and interested community members that our next school council meeting is this coming Monday, Oct. 17.

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