Theresetta School incorporating ‘Leader in Me’ teaching techniques


Taylor Rowland, Alyssa Kuefler, Berlin Schnell and Samantha Wold gave residents at the Castor Lodge a manicure on Tues. Jan. 31 as the final project in their junior high option class, Cosmetology. ECA Review/Submitted

With semester one coming to an end, the student in the junior high active living class went to Red Deer Jan. 27 and were opened up to a day of new activities.
Students had the option to pursue swimming, rock wall climbing, “Skyball”, or various open gym games at the Collicutt Centre.
The group then went to Jump 360 Trampoline Park and played a variety of trampoline games including dodgeball. Lastly, they went to LazerForce and played laser tag as a private group.
Another junior high option class, Cosmetology, went on an outing to the Castor Lodge as a wrap up to semester one on Tues., Jan. 31.
As part of their final project for the term they gave some of the residents manicures.
The junior high students got to go to a curling clinic on Feb. 2 where they got to learn from champion curler, Heather Nedohin.
The Castor Curling club, with sponsorship from Paintearth Gas Co-op, hosted Heather and Sarah Brown, who taught the kids the basics about sliding, sweeping and game etiquette.
The students were only there for two short hours but they really looked like curlers at the end of the clinic.
While students were home sleeping and relaxing on Fri., Feb. 3, the teachers travelled to Stettler for a ‘Leader in Me’ session.
Being a Seven Habits school, we are always trying to improve and incorporate the Seven Habits and ‘Leader in Me’ ideas into our everyday teaching.
Teachers had the chance that day to listen to Mike Suto explain about the practical use of setting and implementing WIGs (Wildly Important Goals).
Since that day, the teachers have come back to school and tried setting a couple WIGs with some of their classes.
Students are currently using the WIG format to work on planning the grade 5/6 field trip and improve their homework completion average.
In the past two weeks it seems like everyone at Theresetta has caught Basketball Fever! Even the 1/2 class is getting in on the fun as they are having a blast beginning to learn new dribbling techniques and drills with the basketballs.
They even surprise themselves a little bit when their ball goes into the hoop!
On Sat. Jan. 28, Theresetta played host to six girls junior high basketball teams as they hosted their home tournament. It was a long day of some great basketball games!
The Consort Stingers, Coronation Angels, Brownfield Bobcats, Gus Wetter Tigers and Forestburg Falcons all attended the tournament, fighting for top honours.
The tournament draw was organized into two pools of three teams.  Each team played three games. Forestburg finished first, Gus Wetter second, and Coronation third.
On Feb. 1, the Knights hosted the Gus Wetter basketball teams for some league play.
The boys played first and the amount of improvement from the pre-Christmas break exhibition game to last week’s game was incredible!
The boys lead for a vast majority of the game and only came up two baskets short in the end.
Not only were there many great individual plays by the players, with them looking more comfortable and at ease with difficult situations, but also as a team they made huge strides in setting up and executing plays.
The girls played second against Gus Wetter and their game did not go as planned but was tightly contested. They girls worked hard but there were several lead changes throughout the game and eventually the girls fell behind and couldn’t catch up.
They kept playing the entire game, though and tried their best to slow down the Tigers.
The junior high girls travelled to Consort for the Stingers home tournament on Feb. 4 and got to play some teams they don’t often see.
First, they played Veteran and lost a heartbreaker by only one basket. They then played Oyen in the 3rd/4th place final and squeaked out a one point win!
Both the girls and boys basketball teams travelled to Coronation on Wed., Feb. 8 for league games.
The boys had a close and exciting game for three quarters, with the boys needing to play to their full potential and intelligently.
They are using what their have learned in practice more fluidly and efficiently and managed to stretch out the score to 39 – 30.
The girls were not so lucky and came up just short against the Angels losing by a small margin. The girls are doing a good job improving their offensive skills.
Their coaches say it is nice to see the girls hustle and to see some of the girls gaining confidence competing against some teams that are much larger than them.
The girls team were off to Forestburg for a two-day tournament on Feb. 10 – 11.

by K. Smawley

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