India Supper Night
The India Canada Association of Saskatchewan hosted its 32nd Annual India Supper Night at the Conexus Arts Centre on September 26, 2015. As the premier celebration of Indian culture and cuisine, this event has raised more than $700,000 for local charities. Mother Teresa Middle School was chosen as the recipient this year and a record $61,169 was raised for MTMS. We are truly thankful to the ICA and to the community for their support.
WE Day Ottawa
In mid-November Mr. Rieder’s Grade 8 class was given the opportunity to attend “WE Day” in Ottawa, thanks to the Free the Children charity and our sponsor WestJet. In preparation for the trip the Grade 8’s wrote expository essays about our nation’s capital and had a tour of the Regina airport so they were familiar with the security implications of flying.
At 6:45 am on Monday, November 9th, 16 Grade 8’s along with Mr. Rieder, Ms. Cote, Ms. Brundige, and Ms. Bernhardt departed for Ottawa. Highlights of the trip included: “WE Day” where students heard empowering messages from dozens of celebrities including “Free The Children” founders Craig and Mark Kielberger, and our new Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his wife Sofie Gregoire. On Remembrance Day we went to Parliament Hill, took a tour of The Peace Tower and Centre Block, went on a ghost tour of the former Ottawa Jail, and did tours of the National War Museum and the Canadian Museum of History in Hull, Quebec. It was a jam packed week of incredible experiences for our Grade 8’s many of whom are now the most accomplished travellers in their families.
Worker’s Compensation Board Luncheon
Worker’s Compensation Board (WCB) sponsored a luncheon at Mother Teresa Middle School in October. Peter Federko, Chief Executive Officer at WCB, Donna Kane, Vice-President, Human Resources & Communications at WCB and their team provided our 54 students with an incredible lunch that was filled with great learning and fun. Peter talked to our 6th, 7th and 8th grade students about work place safety and his team shared some delicious Mission Zero cookies. Mission: Zero was developed as a call to action and a goal for employers and companies to achieve zero workplace injuries. Our students received safety glasses to take home to their families and were encouraged to practice and share the safety messages imparted. We are grateful for the relationship that we share with Peter, Donna and the extended WCB team. We appreciate the support and love they have given to all of our students at MTMS.
Sled Project - STEM: Science Technology Engineering Mathematics
Students were introduced to this inquiry unit first by understanding the scientific process. Students used their technology and research skills to find information and design ideas for their sleds. Students researched about the friction and strength properties of cardboard and duct tape as well as aerodynamic properties of sleds.
After the individual research they met with their group members and shared their ideas and research. After everyone shared their ideas they began to build their prototypes.
The students made small scale prototypes and tested their designs outside. Every single sled design was unique in its size and functionality. The students then tweaked their designs and made final improvements. Next came the full scale sled building. All of the groups were given a certain amount of cardboard, rope, and duct tape. They began recreating their small scale model and adjusted the large scale models to be functional. On the last day of school in December we travelled to Mount Pleasant Hill where we tested our designs and ultimately awarded a first place prize to the winning team.
All of this would not have been possible without the following companies/people donating cardboard and resources to the project:
Welldone Plumbing and Heating; Koko Patisserie; Sleek Signs; Crocus & Ivy; Donnie McKay