Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Thank You!

Today the students at MidSun Junior High School participated in the Junior Achievement Dollars with Sense (DWS) and the Economics for Success (EFS) programs. These programs were presented by parents from our school and other community volunteers.

DWS (Grades 7-8) encouraged students to develop the financial literacy necessary to make informed decisions in their financial futures using budgeting, planning and investments. EFS (Grade 9) assisted students in developing a positive attitude towards education, and career planning while recognizing the financial costs of living on their own. 

Both volunteers and students had great fun with the program and students appreciated the efforts that the volunteers took to make this program a success.

These programs were delivered by Junior Achievement - a non-profit organization that provides business and finance programs free of charge to schools.  

Thank you again to all of our volunteers for their great work in making this programs a memorable event for our students!

News from the Wrestling Team

The MidSun Wrestling Team had 5 entries to the big Constrictor Classic Open tournament at Tom Baines last Saturday.  There was some very high level wrestling going on, and the team did us proud!  In the end, we congratulate Connor V in grade 8 for winning a Bronze medal, and Josh W in grade 8 for winning a Gold medal!  The team is pumped and ready for our Divisional meet Today!  Finally, we are thrilled to be participating in the U of C Jr. Olympic tournament this coming Saturday December 3rd!  Stay tuned for more results and wrestling information!  Go Lakers!

Dance on Thursday!

Get ready to kick up your heels at the Dance on December 1st from 6-8PM.  VIP tickets are on sale at lunch for $3 but are $5 at the door.  Don't miss out.  Be sure to have your ride home ready to pick up at 8PM at the school.

Lost & Found items will be sent to good will on Thursday afterschool so be sure to check it for any missing items!

Monday, 28 November 2011

Give your input!

Thomas Lukaszuk, Minister of Education, has set up a teleconference to talk directly with Alberta parents and school councils on Tuesday, Nov. 29 at 7:45 p.m. This is a unique opportunity for
CBE parents to have a voice in government priorities.

An Opportunity for ALL Parents, Students and Community Members
Alberta Education is offerring an opportunity for parents, students and community to provide input to the changes to the Education Act.  Consultations will be held in seven Alberta communities.  For additional information please access the following link - http://bit.ly/sRP9xV

Wednesday, 23 November 2011

Report Cards and Email Update!

The next Mark report updates will be e-mailed on Dec 9.
In addition, on Dec 9, Ends and ELL Report Cards will be sent home

A full calendar of reporting dates can be found on the website!
Just go to:

Under parents
Under for parents
“Reporting Calendar”

Monday, 21 November 2011

Attention Grade 9 Parents

The Career and Technology Centre will be hosting an open house on Thursday November 24, 6:00-9:00 PM, at 2336 53 Ave SW.  This will be an evening dedicated to "Finding your Future". You will be able to see their four new learning suites (Pre-engineering, Autobody, Welding and Cosmetology) and learn how students can explore, specialize and /or credential in journey person trades and/or post secondary pursuits.

Thursday, 17 November 2011

News from the Debate Union

Last night was the Calgary Science School Tournament
Student debated the right to strike for Emregency worker.
Our best Open Team was Emily S and Brad H.
Brad H. was our best Open Speaker.
Our best Beginner team was Nathan F. & Louai E.
Sara L won Silver for Speaker in beginner

Nathan won Gold for Speaker in Beginner

Tuesday, 15 November 2011

News from School Council

Thank you to those who participated in the Epicure Fundraising project!
Thanks to your support, the school earned a total of $510.00!

The MSEE Society would also like to remind everyone that the Purdy’s Chocolates
school fundraiser is underway now, with orders being accepted online up until November 22nd.

If you are still interested in making a donation directly to the school that is eligible for a
Tax Receipt for 2011, and you have not had an opportunity to do so yet, cheques will be
accepted at the MidSun school office up until December 9th. (Cheques need to be payable to the
Calgary Board of Education.)

Thank you for everyone’s continued support!

Monday, 14 November 2011

Sweets for smartboards

Information about our Purdy's fundraiser is available at: http://schools.cbe.ab.ca/b691/pdfs/sc_fundraiser.pdf
Help our School Council put a Smartboard in every classroom and spread the cheer at Christmas!

Sr. Boys Volleyball

Congratulations to our Sr. Boys volleyball team who finished their season in 3rd place!
They fought hard in the semi final against Nickle.  Thanks to Coaches
Mr. M. Harris and Mr. M. McGhan and to the boys for representing our school so well all season!
Jesse A., Aaron B., James B., Ellis D., Benson E., Sean H., Reeve H., Jim, K., Justin L., Jacob R.  John T., Kyle T.

Thank you MidSun!

We had a wonderful Remembrance day assembly on Thursday.  Our band played and Mr. Blevis, Chairman for the Veteran's Food bank and the Poppy Fund was here to speak to us about the importance of remembering our veterans all year.  Our students donated over $1100.00 and many food bank items to help support needy veterans.  I am proud that our school continues to live up to our motto of "Building a better world, one student at a time.

Wednesday, 9 November 2011

News from School Council

  • Don't forget to ask your child about our Purdy's fundraiser!  You can pay and order online with this one so it is so convenient.
  • LINKages representative, Graham Harder presented at last night's council meeting.  He works for the non profit organization who helps link MidSun students with seniors at the McKenzie Town Centre. Our students visit the seniors twice a month and engage in intergenerational programing that is beneficial to both the student and the senior. MidSun has been working with the program for over 4 years now. Unfortunately,  there are no sponsors for the program this year, contact him if you would like to make a donation to help out: 403-249-0853
  • We are looking for volunteers who are willing to help with writing grant proposals.  Please contact School council at midsunparentcouncil@gmail.com if you can help!
  • Remembrance Day Assembly will be held on Thursday November 10 at 9AM. Parents are welcome.
Well done to our Senior Girls Volleyball team who placed first tonight in a great match against the Storm!  Proud coaches are Ms. N. Amirault and Ms. D. Ochoa.  Thanks to these girls for a great season:
Megan A., Bianca B., Tatiana C., √Črica F., Nicole J., Tasia K., Ala L., Jena M., Toro P.
Heather S., Emma T., Marvel Y.
The Junior Boys volleyball team finished the regular season with a 16-12 record, which put them in 3rd place out of 5 teams in their division. In Playoff action last night, the boys fought hard and came in third!  Congratulations to Coach Mr. Pratt and players:
Jeremy D., Tommy D., Jacob F., Colby F., Cordell H., Jason I., Ben J., Malik J., Chris K., Asher L., Matt T., Josh W.

Tuesday, 8 November 2011

Junior girls Volleyball place 4th!

Well done to our Junior Girls Volleyball team who improved steadily throughout the season and have placed forth overall in an exciting playoff game tonight!  Congratulations to Coach Miss Miles and players: 
Mia A., Mary A., Danni C., Lauren C., Emily C., Meagan G., Hailey H., Meaghan K., Nicole L., Hannah M., Tami O., Gabi S.

Monday, 7 November 2011

Attention Grade 9 Parents

Centennial High School is hosting their Grade 9 Open House on Thursday, November 24th at 7:00 p.m.  Their program includes presentations by their Guidance Counsellors, Advanced Placement Coordinators, Career Practitioner and RAP/Work Experience Coordinator.  Throughout the evening, parents and students are encouraged to walk through the school and embrace the culture.

More information about the Grade 9 Open House can be found here:


Friday, 4 November 2011

Bus passes needed by Monday November 7

On Monday bus students need their bus pass to get on the bus. All bus students need to ride their assigned bus to and from school. Non bussed students will no longer be able to ride the bus.  If a student wants to go to a friend's afterschool, alternate travel arrangements for them need to be made.  We need to be sure there are enough seats on the bus for those who have paid for them.  Thanks!

Reminder School opens at 8:30 AM

With the cold weather approaching we, at MidSun School,  are becoming concerned for the students who are dropped off before the school opens at 8:30 AM.  Parents are asked to make arrangements so that their child does not arrive at school prior to 8:30 AM unless they are participating in a supervised activity.  Thank you for your help with this!

Wednesday, 2 November 2011

News from the MidSun Debate Union

Brad H & Vivian S won the silver medal at the John Ware tournament
Brad H also won the silver as speaker

Our next tournament is taking place at Calgary Science School on Wed Nov 16.
It is still time to join the Debate Union. Meeting every Monday in room 33 & 25 at lunch

Welcome Ryan Sherin

We have been working hard to create the new IG for our grade 8 students and reduce class sizes to 30 or 31 students.  The new class is slated to start on Monday. Today we are able to confirm that we will be able to hire Ryan Sherin as a new teacher at MidSun.  He will work with Mr. Deighton to teach the newly formed grade 8 class.  Many students already know Mr. Sherin as he was substitute teaching for Mr. McGhan last week.  In addition to language arts and social studies, Mr. Sherin will teach physical education and living skills.  Welcome to MidSun Mr. Sherin!


Thank you to the 18 parent volunteers who have already registered to help deliver Junior Achievement Budgeting and Life Skills workshops on Nov. 29th!

However, we still need 28 more parent volunteers to meet the number required to deliver the material throughout the school.

Training will be provided in advance (likely on Nov. 23rd).

Please contact Debra Hidson at 403-781-2584, as soon as possible, if you are able to help out.

Tuesday, 1 November 2011

Smartboards in action

Today grade seven students in Ms. McIver's science class were working on their food webs at the smartboard.  The files were captured and saved for Ms. McIver to mark.  Our School Council is working to get a smartboard in every classroom so that this interactive and versatile tool can be used by all teachers.
Thank you to everyone who is participating in the Epicure Fundraiser.  Look out for news about our Christmas Purdy's chocolate Fundraiser in the coming weeks.