Pizza slice of democracy at Stettler Middle School

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Pyramid approach — Grade 8 students Austin Rosland and Jordon Bauer

Erin Prehn

SMS SCOOP

Devouring “democracy pizzas,” delving into various ecosystems, and discovering and designing our personal bucket lists — who says learning isn’t any fun?

This week, our Grade 6 classes have been putting their new knowledge of decision-making and democracy to the test by collaborating with group members to construct a pizza with toppings agreed upon by the individual groups.

And then, of course, each class will be rewarded with the best part … getting to sample the masterful creation.

While the Grade 6 students are busy building pizzas, the Grade 7 classes are exploring ecosystems and getting into the minds of predators and prey.

Various outdoor tasks are prepared and ready for the students to take the challenge to experience survival firsthand.

And thirdly, a number of our Grade 8 classes took time to reflect on their wants in life and created their own bucket lists.

Throughout the classrooms arose discussions of swimming with great white sharks, writing a novel, being captain of the Canadian hockey team, riding a camel in Egypt, witnessing the magnificent aurora borealis of the north, skydiving, and much, much more.

We want to ensure our students don’t miss a thing, and as the saying goes, “If you don’t know what the targets are in your life, it’s awfully hard to hit them.”

We all made sure to put on our best smiling faces Monday, as it was our school wide picture day. Our students definitely clean up nicely (too bad the staff couldn’t follow suit).

As for upcoming activities and events, the PD Monday and Physical Friday programs are back. They enable students to participate in various activities in the elementary gym every early dismissal day.

These supervised times run from right after school until 5 p.m. The program began last Friday.

This fun and helpful opportunity is organized and run by our HEaRT program. HEaRT has also started a Boys Group, which meets every Thursday for lunch. It’s open to all boys in grades 6, 7 and 8 interested in participating and just “hangin’ with the guys.”

One of our major fundraisers kicks off today. Our entire school takes part in selling magazines. With each new subscription and renewal through our students, we receive a portion of the profits.

Our student union uses the proceeds to help fund dances, various reward programs and other specialty events. Your support is greatly appreciated.

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