As students at Stanley Humphries wrap up Term One, teachers have been hard at work getting everyone’s report cards ready to go! Report cards are available for parents to open on the family portal.
Congratulations to the senior girls volleyball team on a successful season! Last month the girls won gold in the Trail tournament, and then they finished up the season by winning the silver medal in Kimberley. Way to go, SH girls volleyball! Thank you to the coaches Ms. Levick and Ms. King for all your support and hard work with the team! A big thanks also goes out to parent drivers who made it possible for our team to travel!
The grads have once again started up their big annual poinsettia plant fundraiser, and it is well on its way! The grads were split into teams to compete to see which team could sell the most poinsettias. Students brought order forms to local businesses as well as neighbours, family and friends to ask for their support of this year’s class. The students all worked hard, and they were able to achieve their goal for funds for their safe grad events. Thank you to everyone who purchased poinsettias, wreaths, holiday planters and helped support the grads.
The poinsettias will be delivered this week.
The student council is buzzing about new SHSS merchandise ideas to get students involved and representing our school. We just received new SHSS long sleeve shirts that everyone is so excited about and many are already showing them off at school and in the community. They are available to purchase at the office for $15. Other SHSS merchandise for sale includes toques, lanyards, hoodies, and t-shirt. Check them all out in the display case by the office in the front hallway. Before ordering other new merchandise, the student council would like to revamp the school logo and give the SHSS coyote a name. Students have been asked to submit their ideas. Once that is complete the student council will pick five names and leave it up to a school-wide vote.
Some students and staff at SH have taken on an indoor tower garden project to grow vegetables within the school to use for healthy meals. The three towers within the school have individual planter pods for the plants to grow in and are watered through a water system that runs inside of the tower. The outside has long bright lights that provide the plants with the photosynthesis they require to grow. The plants are thriving and we now have a great supply of lettuce, kale, spinach, Swiss chard, herbs and soon, a supply of tomatoes. The second part of the project will entail the building of an outside garden on the school grounds that the students will use for healthy food options. This project teaches the students how to grow their own healthy food and the skills of maintaining a garden.
On Nov. 21, Ms. Kuiper’s leadership class traveled to Vancouver to attend WE Day at Rogers Arena. WE Day is an event for youth that empowers them to make a difference in their community and the world. Guest performers and speakers shared their stories of making changes in the world through their experiences. The audience was entertained and humbled by the power of those that shared their life journeys and how they have made a difference one experience at a time.
The students had a great time at the event and by the end they were all inspired to find new ways to make a difference in our school and community and make where we live a better place. While in Vancouver they also volunteered at the Salvation Army Belkin House preparing and serving dinner to those in need. Everyone was grateful to see young cheery faces there to serve them a hot meal and give them a warm place to eat and relax. The staff at Belkin House was grateful to have the help of the students for the day, and the students saw the difference they can make in the lives of others.
Mrs. McKay has spiffed up her classroom in hopes of discovering what helps kids learn better. She has brought in all kinds of different seating arrangements including a couch, stand up desks, and wobbly chairs for students to try out and see where and how they learn best. As traditional desks can be uncomfortable for long periods of time, this now allows students to try learning while sitting or standing in different ways during instruction time. The furniture helps students adjust themselves as needed to get the most out of their time in the classroom. Everyone loves going to Mrs. McKay’s room because it always has the coolest and most comfortable chairs in the school!
Stanley Humprhies Secondary student Emily Ashton writes here monthly.