By Amore du Toit
Twenty three eager and excited Stettler Elementary cross country runners participated in the Peace Hills invitational cross- country meet in Wetaskiwin on Saturday, Sept. 25th. Runners in grades two to five and have been training with coaches/teachers Sarah Chapman, Jodie Limpert, Stefan Olafson, Kim Poapst, and Cindy Starling.
In the Grade 2-3 division, the boys’ team captured the first place team event with the following runners: Daylan Kuefler winning first, Grady Jackson (7), Zack Chapman-English (8th) Kirk Kromm (13), Cameron Walker, and Douglas Kultgen.
In the Grade 2-3 girls division, our hard working girls finished second in the team category with Aspen Norman finishing sixth, Chelsea York, Cassidy Braun, and Elisa Collard having great runs. In the Grade 4-5 boys’ division, we had a strong showing from team members James Switenky, who received a silver medal, Erik Rost (8), Derek Smyth (9), and Riley Norman (10). They were a competitive group that was fun to watch. The Grade 4-5 girls also captured the top prize as the winning girls team, with Sydney Poapst running to a second place finish, Krysta Froese was sixth, Reese Frank (11), Madison Kuefler (20), after stopping to help an injured runner, Rachael Vogel, Rachael Deaver, Hannah Jackson, Melissa Smith, and Cassidy Dubber.
There were 47 runners in this category and our girls made us proud to have so many and to run so well. With these results Stettler elementary captured the top elementary girls’ team, the top elementary boys’ team and the over all aggregate for the best elementary team. We would like to congratulate all our runners and thank their parents for their encouragement and support.
Our students are not only enthusiastic athletes. They also enjoy arts and culture in the form our Show Choir. At present the Show Choir consists of approximately 30 enthusiastic members who sing very nicely together. The Show Choir practices Tuesdays after school and Thursday at noon. The first performance will be the Remembrance Day ceremony at school. Mrs. Kirby is inviting any interested Grade 4 and 5 students to join. As reported last week Mayor Dick Richards and Mr. Penner visited our school on Friday, September 24, to meet with the entire grade four students about recycling. Our students explained to them the problem we face of having nowhere to recycle our school waste paper. Mayor Richards and Mr. Penner presented facts about our landfill and about the recycling program in the Town of Stettler and answered many thought-provoking questions from the students. They helped us find the next step in solving our problem. The mayor said he was impressed that students are taking recycling so seriously and suggested we visit the local landfill and transfer station to see what happens to our waste.
Mrs. Sylvester’s Grade 1 class is excited to be meeting every Tuesday with their high school reading buddies from Miss Howell’s class. The Grade 1s have the opportunity to teach their new buddies how to picture sort. They are happy to welcome Reagan Robbins to Stettler and to SES.
1MS says thank you to Mr. McElroy and Mrs. Ternes for taking the time out of their schedule to be interviewed about their jobs at the school.
In conjunction with the plants science unit, 4SC and 4MP from Stettler Elementary School walked to the community garden just south of the school last week. Mr. Rob Spencer, district horticulturist, helped the students discover what some vegetable crops look like and what parts of the plants are harvested and eaten. Students also learned how gardens can be negatively affected by insect pests or by too much water in low lying areas. Harvesting various species of wheat to take home to dry was definitely a highlight for many children. Our students also had fun participating in the Terry Fox Run on Friday, Oct. 1. We will share their good fundraising result for cancer research next week. In the mean time enjoy the beautiful autumn leaves.