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.

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