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Fine Arts Day – Better than Christmas!

Posted by rockyviewstudent March - 14 - 2014 1 Comment

Guest Blog – Sadie, Grade 7 Student – Banded Peak School had their 3rd annual Fine Arts day on January 23, 2014. Students in all grades around the school enjoyed many different types of arts, including: felting fun for the kindergartens and grade 2s; balloon twisting was offered to grades 3-6; and bucket drumming for grades 7-8. The art courses offered to students were a great way for the school  [ Read More ]

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Fine Arts at a Fine School

Posted by rockyviewstudent March - 14 - 2014 0 Comment

RVS Guest Author: Blake, Grade 8 Student-  The 3rd Annual Fine Arts Day was held on January 23, 2014. The event started at the beginning of the day at my school – Banded Peak. It started off by each student receiving a special Fine Arts Day shirt to show their appreciation for the fun day. The students headed out to rooms all across the school to experience different arts and  [ Read More ]

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A Lagoon Full of Ideas

Posted by rockyviewstudent March - 11 - 2014 0 Comment
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Guest Blog:  Julie, Rocky View Student  – At Banded Peak School, on Monday, December 16th, the creative juices really started flowing. When everyone was called to a school-wide assembly, no one had any idea why. Definitely no one expected what happened next. Every student in every grade was given an opportunity to actually make a difference in their community. To participate in a project that went beyond the standard “me”  [ Read More ]

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A Hole in The Wall

Posted by cameronmay March - 11 - 2014 2 Comments

Guest Blog: Cameron May, Substitute Teacher – There is a movement in many schools to try to achieve a 1:1 ratio of computers to students, essentially giving each student a personal computer. In the 21st century, technology is going to be vital and learning how to use these tools is paramount. Therefore, the question is not if we should be using computers in schools but how. The notion of having  [ Read More ]

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Empowering Youth Through Video

Posted by saradrennan March - 6 - 2014 3 Comments

Guest Author: Sara Drennan, Teacher, George McDougall High School – February 20 was declared World Justice Day by the UN in 2007, and every year since then it has been celebrated. This year Secretary-General of the UN, Ban Ki-Moon, delivered a message about removing the barrier of inequality to human dignity. He said that we must ensure that the voices of the poor and marginalized are heard to empower individuals.  [ Read More ]

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Claymation: Rolling English and Science into One Project

Posted by rockyviewstudent March - 5 - 2014 3 Comments
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Guest Blog – Eric, Grade 9 Student – My name is Eric. I am in Grade 9. In the first semester this year, my classmates and I had to do a project that combined facts and principles we learned my Science class with a novel we read in my English class. We combined these into a claymation video. This was the first time I have ever done one project that  [ Read More ]

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Building Futures – Adam and Nate’s Perspective

Posted by rockyviewstudent February - 27 - 2014 1 Comment

 Building Futures and School: What’s the Difference? – Adam, Grade 10 Student – Building Futures and school: what’s the difference? With normal school, it’s usually the same stuff every day. With Building Futures, you never know what you will be doing the day ahead. Instead of working on what everyone else is working on, you get to work on what you need to get done or whatever subject you need  [ Read More ]

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Building Futures – Christina and Erinn’s Perspective

Posted by rockyviewstudent February - 26 - 2014 0 Comment
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Succeeding Outside of School – Christina, Grade 10 Student -First and foremost, being in Building Futures has made my grades go so much higher. It’s not just sitting in a classroom with a desk in front of you, worrying about a scheduled bell. The scheduled bell puts pressure on you to get your work done in that certain period of time. Your teachers aren’t yelling at you saying you have  [ Read More ]

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Building Futures – Daryenne and Christina’s Perspectives

Posted by rockyviewstudent February - 25 - 2014 0 Comment

The Building Futures Experience – Daryenne, Grade 10 Student – When we walk through the garage door we never know what our day will entail. There is no mapped-out schedule to follow and to get bored with after redundancy ensues. Behind the sound of crunching dirt, beneath the tires of trucks, lie an exciting day of work and a new experience ahead. From dry walling one day, to installing light  [ Read More ]

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Building Futures – One Nail at a Time

Posted by edpolhill February - 12 - 2014 4 Comments

Guest Blog – Ed Polhill, Principal of George McDougall High School – When two of my teachers approached me last spring and proposed their idea to take 32, grade 10 students off campus for a year and teach them their entire curriculum while building a house, my first thought was, “What could possibly go wrong with this plan?”.  Although there were many obvious logistical details to consider, I didn’t hesitate  [ Read More ]

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