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Curriculum connections at Tyrrell

Grade 6 interacting on line with Tyrrell  

 St. Anthony’s School continues to build relationships in the community, and has forged a strong partnership with the Royal Tyrrell Museum.
    While often students from the area will take in the Tyrrell as a field trip, the school is working with the museum and its education department to cater its museum experiences to what is relevant to students.
    “Teachers were going on field trips, maybe they were not always thinking about the curriculum connections,” explains St. Anthony’s principal JoAnne Akerboom. “We have really started thinking intentionally about the purpose of field trips to make the classroom alive. To learn something in the class and then get to see it in application in the world. The Museum is a really nice hands on space, and it has lots of things kids can do that are really activity based.”
    Recently the Grade 6 class had a connection with the Tyrrell and will be working on producing an educational video. They had a lesson in class on how to prepare the video through the smartboard, and next week will be heading to the Tyrrell to make their video. This will be delivered to students from Oyen at the same time.
    “All of this connects to the science and language arts curriculum. There is a lot of flexibility. It is outcome based, and how to teach it is up to the teacher,” she said.
    The relationship is also beneficial to the Tyrrell. It’s education department delivers programs live and in person, as well as through communication technology around the world.
        “They are doing experiments with us because it is really good for them to see what works in the classroom,” explains Akerboom.
         The Grade 6 class are not the only students who will benefit from working with the Tyrrell. These connections go from Kindergarten all the way up to high school and cover all subject matter. The Grade 4 class, for example, are looking at simple machines in science as well as the history of Alberta, the prairies and the Badlands have a social studies connection. The kindergarten classes work on developing environmental and community awareness
         Akerboom said her Grade 11 Career and Life Management class has connected with the museum to discover different career options in an organization such as the museum.
    “The flexibility that is happening in school now, there are some core areas that students have to do, but after that there is tons of flexibility,” she said.

Village of Hussar 2016 initiatives look promising

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    The Village of Hussar 2015 Council had several initiatives to participate in. The Viability Study began and the public put forth their views and ideas at an open house.  
    Council is starting an Infrastructure Study in 2016, which will be the main part of the Viability Study. Once Council has this critical information, a fair and impartial decision can be made on the viability of the Village.
 The Village will be moving ahead in 2016 with Service Organization ownership of the Arena and Community Hall.  Depending on the member’s wishes, the Sundowner Centre may also become Service Organization ownership.  Council anticipates transition of ownership, with little or no effect on the Village.  “Though it may look to you that these ownership transfers indicate we have already decided on the viability of the Village, this is not the case.  Viability will be largely determined by the state of our infrastructure – our water/sewer lines and buildings and equipment.” said Mayor Tim Frank.
    Council continued to deal with animal control and other issues such as noise, nuisance property issues; they will ultimately lead to new Bylaw Enforcement measures in 2016.
    Council addressed the Lift Station and ground water issues that have plagued the village over the last few years.  The Fire Association has ordered a new fire truck. Council is also working on the 2016 budget.  
    Mayor Tim Frank expressed, “Thank you to everyone for making this the special village it is and thanks to all who work for and represent this village so well.”

Badlands Community Facility hosting 2016 Wedding Showcase March 13

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    Badlands Community Facility (BCF) will be hosting their second annual Wedding Showcase Sunday, March 13, from noon till 3:00 PM.
    BCF Market and Sales Officer Charlotte Stalgitis explained, “The showcase calls out to all newly engaged couples, their families and bridal parties looking for a unique and elegant venue for the Bride and Groom’s special day.”  
    Stalgitis further commented, “Come experience the gorgeous facility, meet the local wedding vendors and see for yourself how we can make your wedding dreams come true. Not sure of the theme of your wedding?  We have you covered.  A New Faye’s Rentals will be setting up 10 different theme tables for you to pick and choose from.  Pearls and lace, country chic, modern elegance, we will have it displayed.”
    The entrance at the BCF will be all dressed up, inviting you up the stairs to the Wedding Showcase.  Music by Apache Moon will be entertaining guests with country, rock and blues genre.
    The Novia Mia Bridal and Evening Wear from Red Deer is providing model(s) wearing bridal gowns and the BCF male staff will be wearing tuxedos.  Twenty vendors have already signed up.
     Please contact Charlotte Stalgitis at the BCF 403-618-3743 if you are interested in setting up a booth.  The booths are free of charge and vendors are still required for flower girl and mother of the bride dresses.

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