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Twins share the valedictorian spot at Senator Gershaw School in Bow Island
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Twins share the valedictorian spot at Senator Gershaw School in Bow Island

The co- valedictorians at Senator Gershaw School for 2024 are twins Ria and Gabe Thacker. The two have been competing academically since Grade 5, which will end in September when Ria heads to the University of Calgary for nursing and Gabe to the University of Alberta for engineering. Gabe’s last year of high school is ending on a high note after he was recently awarded a $120,000 Schulich Leader Scholarship.
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New Dual Credit Programs for MHPSD Students in Trades & Healthcare
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New Dual Credit Programs for MHPSD Students in Trades & Healthcare

Trades exploration and health care aide education are two new opportunities available to students in the Medicine Hat Public School Division (MHPSD) through Medicine Hat College (MHC) starting this September. These dual credit programs make it possible for students to pursue areas of interest and discover career pathways, completing postsecondary courses, while earning college and high school credits.
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Valedictorian for South Central High School in Oyen is Treyson Girletz
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Valedictorian for South Central High School in Oyen is Treyson Girletz

Treyson Girletz intends to pursue a degree in software engineering this coming September and finished off high school at South Central in Oyen by being named the 2024 valedictorian. For the past two years, he’s also played on the U18 AA hockey team in Medicine Hat while managing to keep up with his studies. He plans to enjoy the summer in Oyen and will cross the hurdle of moving away from friends and family when the time comes.
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Alyssa Jaeger is the 2024 Valedictorian for Eagle Butte High School
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Alyssa Jaeger is the 2024 Valedictorian for Eagle Butte High School

Alyssa Jaeger has always been a high achieving academic student and her hard work paid off when she was named the 2024 valedictorian for Eagle Butte High School. Growing up in Redcliff, it will be a big transition for Jaeger when she starts attending the University of Calgary next year.
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New MHC program offers valuable analytical skills to working professionals
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New MHC program offers valuable analytical skills to working professionals

A new Medicine Hat College (MHC) program builds analytical skills in an online delivery format designed for working professionals. Launching in Fall 2024, the eight month Data Analytics for Business certificate provides an intensive learning experience for employed individuals and enhances their ability to transform the workplace data they already have into practical intelligence that can be used to inform decision making.
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Appreciation Day Breakfast for Irvine School bus drivers
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Appreciation Day Breakfast for Irvine School bus drivers

Irvine School parent council holds a bus driver appreciation breakfast each year on the first Monday in May. This year, they also created a basket of goodies for each driver, which included a bus driver survival kit. The parents cooked the breakfast and students served the bus drivers.
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Ralston School Celebrates their Diversity and Military Connections
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Ralston School Celebrates their Diversity and Military Connections

As Ralston School is on a military base, celebrating Month of the Military Child, which occurs in April each year, is important. Near the end of the month the entire school attended a hotdog lunch at the Military Family Resource Centre with Kiddie Care, the local daycare, also joining them.
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Jenner School focused on community this year
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Jenner School focused on community this year

Students and staff at Jenner School have focused on a commitment to community this year making their Exhibition of Learning, which will be in June, a year-long project. Community members have come into the school to talk with the K-3 students, Grades 4-6 students have made murals to give to local post offices and the junior high students worked together to create a new sign for the town of Jenner.
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Administrative Assistants wear many hats to keep schools running smoothly
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Administrative Assistants wear many hats to keep schools running smoothly

Wednesday, April 24 was Administrative Professional’s Day and a time to honour and celebrate these unsung heroes. As the go-to person for staff and students for everything from organizing school events to fundraising or administering first-aid, their role is dictated by whatever is going on in the school they work in on a particular day.
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Being a trustee for Prairie Rose keeps getting better
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Being a trustee for Prairie Rose keeps getting better

Nancy Haraga is the Ward 6 trustee for Prairie Rose Public Schools (PRPS) and says she enjoys the role and it only keep getting better. A fourth-generation rancher in Skiff, AB, all three of her children attend Foremost School. One of the best parts of the position, is getting out to all the different schools within PRPS to meet students, staff and parents.
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Eagle Butte students compete at Totem Torus Math Competition
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Eagle Butte students compete at Totem Torus Math Competition

Two teams, the Denominators and Casual Mathletes, of Grade 12 students in the Eagle Butte calculus class went up to Edmonton to participate in the Totem Torus Math Competition on April 11. The students results compared well with other public high school students across Alberta, they had fun and felt it was a great experience.
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Education Week celebrated at Margaret Wooding School
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Education Week celebrated at Margaret Wooding School

Students and staff at Margaret Wooding School in Redcliff participated in a variety of activities for Education Week starting April 15. Students in the running club had a visit from the Medicine Hat Rattlers running team and the Outdoor Education option class learned survival skills from members of Southeastern Alberta Search and Rescue.
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Successful PRPS Spring Council of School Councils
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Successful PRPS Spring Council of School Councils

Prairie Rose Public Schools hosted the spring Council of School Councils recently and had a good turnout, with parent representatives from schools who have never attended before. The activity was learning how to make a vermicomposting bin, which everyone present engaged in with enthusiasm.
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First student organized and run Wellness Day at Senator Gershaw School
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First student organized and run Wellness Day at Senator Gershaw School

Members of the student Wellness Committee at Senator Gershaw School in Bow Island held their first successful Wellness Day on the Thursday before Easter weekend. Staff and students took part in a variety of activities aimed at promoting personal wellness while having fun and connecting with each other.
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Prairie Rose Home Plus Learning Network fits around different family circumstances
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Prairie Rose Home Plus Learning Network fits around different family circumstances

Prairie Rose Public Schools Home Plus Learning Network supports about 50 students who, for various reasons, do not attend a regular school. The majority of the programming is a parent-choice model, which can work better for certain family circumstances.
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AgPRO students at Irvine School excelled in course
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AgPRO students at Irvine School excelled in course

New agricultural related option courses are now available at Irvine School and the first AgPRO Beef six-week course recently wrapped up. In addition to a variety of field trips, many guest speakers came to speak with the students. At the last class of the course, students presented models of their low-stress cattle handling system with first and second place winners taking home prizes.
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New Equine Program Starting at Eagle Butte High School in September
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New Equine Program Starting at Eagle Butte High School in September

Registration is now open for a new equine program at Eagle Butte High School that will start in September 2024. The school has partnered with Coyote Creek Riding Arena and students interested do not need to own a horse to be eligible for the program. Students will have two hours each school day in the program with three of them at the arena and the other two dedicated to completing certificate requirements, undertaking physical training and hearing guest speakers.
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Rodeo Academy at Foremost School continues to look for ways to improve and grow
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Rodeo Academy at Foremost School continues to look for ways to improve and grow

Foremost School Rodeo Academy gives students enrolled something to look forward to each day, which motivates them to get their other schoolwork done. The Academy is looking for interest from students in Medicine Hat and will explore transportation options if there is enough.
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Prairie Rose Public Schools announces Brooklyn Burzminski as the 2024 Edwin Parr nominee
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Prairie Rose Public Schools announces Brooklyn Burzminski as the 2024 Edwin Parr nominee

Brooklyn Burzminski teaches science and English at Eagle Butte High School. She completed a degree in pharmacology prior to completing her education degree. In her first year of teaching, she feels this is her perfect job. Students are excelling in her classes due to Burzminski's teaching style and caring manner.
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Eagle Butte teacher earns commercial pilot's license
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Eagle Butte teacher earns commercial pilot's license

Getting a commercial pilot’s license can be a fulltime endeavor, yet Eagle Butte teacher and co-lead of the DR South Alberta Flight Academy managed to achieve this goal last month.
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School Resource Officers

It’s time to head back to school and our Medicine Hat Police Service School Resource Officers (SRO) are excited for the start of a new school year!