New method of word study explained to parents during Stettler Elementary School open house on Sept.16

by Amore du Toit

At Stettler Elementary School, our staff continually tries to learn about new teaching methods that will make school more rewarding, enjoyable and educational for each of our students. Last year, staff trained with a new teaching method called “Smart Learning.” One of the changes parents will see as a result of our training is a new way to teach spelling called “Words Their Way.” With this new way, students learn phonics, spelling, and vocabulary based on their developmental or instructional level. Students will learn by comparing and contrasting word features and discovering similarities between words (word study), rather than memorization activities designed to ensure repeated mechanical practice. Word study encourages active exploration and examination of word features through guided activity and games. Active, thoughtful practice helps students internalize word features and become automatic in using what they have learned. Teachers will be using “words their way” in place of spelling workbooks this year.

This new method was explained and demonstrated to parents at our open house on Thursday, Sept. 16. Families were invited to stay for the movie ”Cars” and popcorn in the gym. We value the importance of family, friendship and good citizenship. We want our students to be real SES heroes.

Mrs. Sylvester’s Grade 1s have been busy learning what a true SES hero looks like. Everyday the students pledge to: “Have respect for myself and others. Expect to do my best. Remember to be responsible. Offer my best attitude.” The students have been brainstorming different ideas and examples of respect, responsibility, effort and attitude (very big words for six-year-olds). All five Grade 1 classes have also had the opportunity to watch, role play and listen to examples of heroes, recognizing that they are surrounded by heroes everyday and that they themselves can be heroes by making good simple choices. We realize that it is a real heroic thing to be thankful.

We would like to thank our friends at Superfluity for their continued support and generous donation to our school. Your generosity is most appreciated.

Mrs. Nielsen’s Grade 4 class is happy to welcome a new student, Nicholas Ruddell.

All grade four and five classes are “entering fall with a splash” as they are taking swimming lessons this month at the Stettler swimming pool.

Mrs. Limpert’s class started the year on an energetic note as they are learning how to do cup stacking. 1JL is also having fun with their new learning centers called ILT (Intense Learning Time).Wow who could have ever thought that learning could be this much fun.

Students at SES are not only exercising their brains. They are getting active by joining the running club which has started. Grade 2-5 students have been meeting Monday, Wednesday and Friday during lunch recess. On Mondays, we practice our running drills and skills. On Wednesdays, we play running games. On Fridays, we do an endurance run. Some of the children are preparing for a cross-country run in Wetaskiwin on Sept. 25.

Mrs. Rachar’s class has had an “explosive week”. They have been studying rocks and minerals and just finished making volcanoes to show how igneous rocks are formed. It is great to see how educational a volcanic eruption can be.

Feel free to “fall” through our main doors to come and enjoy the beautiful “Falling” display created by Mrs. Hunter’s Grade 2 class and Mrs. Fischer’s Grade 5 class. This display is evidence of great team effort this week at SES.

Just Posted

World Champion Saddle Bronc rider, Zeke Thurston of Big Valley consistent at NFR

Donalda’s Curtis Cassidy third overall and wins $15,653

Local cowboys Zeke Thurston and Curtis Cassidy have solid night at NFR

Big Valley’s Thurston has wild ride. Donalda’s Cassidy ranked number one steer wrestler in world

Annual Charity Checkstop set for Stettler

Accepting cash, food and toy donations

Girl opens Christmas present she gave to boy when she dumped him in 1971

Adrian Pearce, now a married father of two, received the small present from his highschool sweetheart

WATCH: CP Holiday Train rolls into Lacombe

Kelly Prescott performed for hundreds of Central Albertans

In Canada, the term ‘nationalism’ doesn’t seem to have a bad rap. Here’s why

Data suggest that Canadians don’t see the concept of nationalism the way people do in the United States

Canadians spent $1.7 billion dollars online in December 2017

Online retail sales accounted for 3.4 per cent of total retail sales

China: Canada’s detention of Huawei exec ‘vile in nature’

Huawei is the biggest global supplier of network gear for phone and internet company

Hawk Tail Brewery ready to open doors

New Rimbey business to begin operation

Canadian community rallies behind hundreds who lost their jobs ahead of holidays

ServiCom facility closure in Nova Scotia was announced Thursday, following weeks of pay delays

Canada seeking new members of anti-coal alliance at climate meeting

Poland relies on coal for almost 80 per cent of its electricity, more than double the global average

Shoppers Drug Mart granted licence to sell medical marijuana online

Shoppers was granted a medical marijuana producer licence in September, after applying in October 2016

Most Read