Turkey trot on Thanksgiving menu


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Erin Prehn


It’s hard to believe that September is officially over. Although it might have been rather hectic and chaotic at times, we made it through the first month back at school — parents, teachers and students alike. And not only did we “survive,” we were able to make September a huge success — a ton of learning and laughter has taken place over the past few weeks.

Stettler Middle School’s cross-country running team attended its first meet in Wetaskiwin on Sept. 24 and made our school proud by demonstrating great effort and attitude, and bringing home some titles, to boot.

Both our Grade 6/7 boys and 6/7 girls teams were awarded first place. The boys were also named overall champions in the junior high category, with the girls finishing an impressive second.

Our next battle was scheduled for Tuesday in Castor at the CARA cross-country meet.

This Monday night, we presented was our SMS awards for the 2010-11 school year. We were extremely pleased to recognize all of our outstanding students. We are very lucky to have such a talented group of young individuals to work with.

Our annual Grade 8 leadership expedition to Red Deer is scheduled for Thursday. The Grade 8 students will participate in various leadership and teambuilding activities, such as rock climbing, cycling, trail riding, swimming and hiking.

A number of students will also get an opportunity to visit the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame.

At the end of the day, all groups will engage in teambuilding challenges and a wiener roast at Rotary Park.

As Thanksgiving approaches, SMS is organizing its turkey trot to send our students off for the long weekend with a bit of exercise and fun.

So, this Friday, keep your eyes open for trotting turkeys. We are fortunate enough to have a turkeycall expert on our staff, so Mr. Poapst will kick off the run with his infamous Wild Turkey Gobble to start the race.

We hope the students will have a blast cheering each other on and trying to beat their own personal times from PE.

Prizes will be awarded for various categories.

I hope everyone has an enjoyable long weekend and a very happy Thanksgiving.

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