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                                                                                                    May 1, 2008
                                                                                                    For Immediate Release



Elk Island Public Schools is pleased to bring you What’s New, a monthly celebration of the positive things happening for
students and learning throughout the division.

Ardrossan Junior Senior High Student Receives U of A Chancellor’s Citation
Congratulations to Blake Williams of Ardrossan Junior Senior High for being chosen from over 250 applicants as one of 22
recipients of the Chancellor’s Citation, one of the most prestigious entrance awards offered by the University of Alberta. This
scholarship is valued at over $20,000 and is awarded to students who maintain a minimum 95 per cent average in their
academic subjects from grades 10 to 12. The scholarship selection is also based on the student’s academic ranking in their
graduating class, an essay, and an academic reference. Described by Principal Dan Vanderburgh as “striving for excellence in
everything he does, always giving his personal best,” Blake also plays flute in the school’s concert band, tutors other students,
and is a member of the Strathcona County Youth Council. Blake is planning to enter engineering at the University of Alberta,
eventually pursuing a career in nanotechnology research.

Andrew School Reads to Benefit Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
Students from Andrew School are participating in the MS Read-A-Thon, a fundraising activity that encourages students to read
as many books or newspaper and magazine articles as they can within a three-week period while collecting pledges from
family and friends. The activity commenced with guest speaker Diana Zoeller from the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada
addressing students on April 24 about the disabling disease and how there currently is no cure. In addition to raising funds to
support the search for a cure for MS, this activity encourages students to hone their literacy skills.

Bruderheim Students Committed to Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Thanks to the Grade 3 class recycling over 6,000 juice boxes, water bottles, and pop cans so far this year, Bruderheim
Elementary School has attained Level 1 in the Alberta Beverage Container School Recycling Program. Grade 2 students,
assisted by the Grade 5 class, are responsible for recycling paper and cardboard. The entire school continues to reduce,
reuse, and recycle as part of its Earth School status, and students also volunteer to recycle on their own time.

École Campbelltown Students Write Recipe of Hope “Une recette d’espoir”
Students from École Campbelltown met in their school-based Houses of Virtue to collaboratively write a recipe of hope (une
recette d’espoir) on April 27. Led by the Grade 6 peer support team, students brainstormed ideas about what to include and
peer support leaders scribed and drew pictures for the recipe. The project is tied to the school’s annual theme, Harmonious in
Hope – l’espoir nous enlace, and brings into focus its current service project to raise two miles of money ($1688) in pennies
and change to support building a water well in Africa. “By thinking and writing about what we can do to help inspire hope, and
by contributing to hope in the lives of others, our world becomes a more hopeful place,” says Principal Colleen Alpern.

Colchester Elementary Students Depict May Flowers
Colchester Elementary students are creating pictures of flowers and fairies in conjunction with the theme of Country Roads
Greenhouses Mother's Day promotion. Organized by the School Council group—which has purchased a computer, scanner,
printer, card stock, and envelopes—the student's artwork will be scanned and printed onto cards as part of the school’s art
card project. Country Roads Greenhouses will hold a draw for one student from each class to take home a Mother's Day
potted arrangement, and the cards will be displayed at the greenhouse.

James Mowat Community School Celebrates 25 Years
Current and former staff and students of James Mowat Community School will celebrate 25 years of learning on May 1.
Students will participate in a school assembly at 11:00 a.m. and an open house will be held at 4:30 p.m. including guest
speakers, a choir presentation, staff presentations, and refreshments.
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Lamont High School Teacher Nominated for APEGGA Award
Congratulations to Mr. Kristian Basaraba for being nominated by his students, peers, and school administration for The
Association of Professional Engineers, Geologists, and Geophysicists of Alberta (APEGGA) Science Teacher Award. Every
year APEGGA recognizes exceptional elementary, junior high, and senior high school teachers through the Teacher Awards
program with 14 awards of $2,000 each. Recipients are chosen for their superior teaching skills and ability to inspire learning
in math and science. Judging criteria include: variety of nominations (students, parents, teachers, administrators, etc.),
inspiration to students, extracurricular activities of teacher, and teacher qualities.

Ministik Elementary Celebrates 100 Years of Community Education
Ministik Elementary is planning a series of events to mark its 100 anniversary beginning this May. The Spring Tea, which is
scheduled for Friday, May 2 at 1:00 p.m., will serve as the official kick off. Other events include a special anniversary
celebration and the unveiling of a much anticipated new playground this fall. Several curriculum-based student activities will
enhance the celebration, including a student inquiry project for the 2008/09 school year. Those individuals with a connection to
the school community as alumni, former staff, or residents of the area are invited to get involved in the project by calling the
school at 662-2478. Ministik Elementary opened to 14 students in 1908, and although it has undergone many changes over
the years, the school still maintains the same charm and close-knit feeling as when it opened 100 years ago.

Win Ferguson Kindergarten Students Treat Special Ladies to Spa Day
Kindergarten students from Win Ferguson Community School will host a "Special Lady Spa Day" on May 9. This day is
scheduled for the children to acknowledge and show appreciation for a special lady in their lives in relation to Mother’s Day
(May 11). Students will administer spa treatments, such as hair, nails, massage, exercise, snacks, and crafts. The morning
class will participate between 8:30 and 11:00 a.m., while two afternoon classes run concurrently from 12:30 to 3:00 p.m.

Win Ferguson Students Participate in Edmonton Oilers ICE School Program
Students in Mrs. Kjenner's Grade 2 class at Win Ferguson Community School are relocating their classroom to Rexall Place
everyday during the week of April 28 to May 2 as they take part in the Edmonton Oilers ICE School program. The students
represent one of 22 classes selected to participate in the program for the 2007/2008 season. Made possible through funding
from the Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation and operated in cooperation with Northlands, ICE School is a site-based
educational initiative that provides the opportunity for teachers and students to participate in extended study with the
assistance of a Program Coordinator.

Woodbridge Farms Elementary Hosts Science Olympics, Jump Rope for Heart Events
Kindergarten to Grade 6 student teams from Woodbridge Farms Elementary will experiment, explore, and expand their
knowledge by building structures out of marshmallows, spaghetti, and aluminum as part of the school’s Science Olympics
event on May 1. The Egg Drop challenges Grade 5 students to construct an apparatus that will protect an egg being dropped
from a distance of one metre and increasing by 0.5 metres thereafter. Twenty points will be awarded for the apparatus that
protects the egg dropped from the greatest height, and lesser points will be awarded as the height decreases. In the Space
Odyssey activity, students are to build a flying rocket using a pop bottle with points awarded based on the distance traveled.
All of the Science Olympic activities require students to work as a team to create and experiment with a given set of
construction materials. Woodbridge Farms Elementary staff and students wish to thank all the parent volunteers for their
assistance with this day of learning.

F.R. Haythorne Junior High Teacher/Coach Congratulated for Volleyball Victory
Elk Island Public Schools congratulates F.R. Haythorne Junior High teacher Wendy Van Drunen and her Sherwood Park
under-13 girls volleyball team for capturing the gold medal at the recent Alberta Volleyball Provincial Championships.

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