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October Newsletter

Student Success in Okotoks

Student Success in Okotoks

The start of the year at Ecole Okotoks Junior High has been full of positive energy. Our players continued pursuit of being great athletes not just hockey players have provided some serious accomplishments this fall. Erika Cunniam, a 2-year veteran of the Global program, obtained first at both the Divisional and Zones Cross Country meets. She crossed the finish line 50 seconds ahead of the nearest competitor. Great Work Erika. She was not the only athlete to have such fantastic results. Ivan Kedron in our Grade 7 male academy also took home back to back Gold medals. Our grade 7 males were a force with Carter Anderson finishing second and third in the events and Jaylan Forsyth and Luke McCrady both finishing top 10. Kaleb Brown in our grade 8 group was also able to crack a top ten. All our global athletes have really embraced the opportunities afforded them at O.J. We have had several players participate in Flag Football and Volleyball. Please note that Learner Profiles will be sent out at the end of November and you should expect them in the mail shortly after.

 

Additionally, we welcome Alexis Sikora as our new Global Math and Science Academic Coach at the Comp. Alexis has a wealth of experience and will provide an extra layer of support for our Global students on a weekly basis.

Airdrie: The First of its Kind

Airdrie: The First of its Kind

Global:

New, full-time English teacher, Miss. Kendall Kilgour who is a Mount Royal Cougars Woman’s Hockey alumni. She will be taking the ice occasionally.

Throughout our program, we are about to begin our Mentorship program with the Boys and Girls Club (November 9) with an after-school program at RJ Hawkey Elementary School. These will occur two times per month on Thursdays from 4-5:30pm. The boys will be helping serve at the Boys and Girls Club Soup and a Bun event on November 15th

Athletic Performance:

We have seen almost every student-athlete perform in a game and have been able to provide 1on1 video feedback to each athlete Our monthly competitions have gained great traction by the boys and have helped improve our expected behaviors in our Global culture.

Bisons:

First program of its kind in Alberta where an AMHL Midget AAA team is fully integrated into a public-school division. Despite many inevitable roadblocks with a new program, the boys have done a great job handling the adversity. The academy has begun volunteering their time and expertise to help coach with local minor hockey teams and programs in Airdrie, Cochrane, Beiseker and other surrounding areas. Each athlete has shown great commitment towards improving every day, on the ice, in the weight room and most importantly, in the classroom.

Springbank Strives for Excellence

Springbank Strives for Excellence

We are extremely proud to launch a new project with the Big Brothers and Big Sisters for our grade 11's and 12's to help mentor elementary students at the Springbank School. This provides a great mentorship opportunity, and as a bonus looks fantastic on University resumes. CTS Classroom sessions have included: Grade 10's: Sport Psychology, Inner Mind Sports, and Mindful Athletic Sessions. Grade 11's: Coaching 1, Visual Comp (Athletic and Academic Resume Building). Included in this unit was a post-secondary and scholarship information session with Coach Maloney. Grade 12's: Sport Psychology 2, Coaching 2 where students received their Coach Level Certification.

Multi-Sport Activities for this month included Rugby, Floorball, Badminton, Soccer

Sport Specific Sessions
Hockey: Sessions have included skill development in the areas of shooting mechanics and quick releases; over speed hand training using wood stick-handling balls; and attacking/defending tactics on 1v1's. Our games have included the Eye Opener Cup to see where everyone's skills is at/progressed to and Multi-Directional games to help players with thinking and decision skills on both sides of the puck

Golf: Mother Nature has provided some interesting situations on the golf course with our players having to battle high winds and cold conditions through much of October. Golfers were still able to get a lot of individual work and video done with Coach Terry Carter and his team, as well as on course time at River Spirit. We look forward to getting into the gym to work on mobility, strength and stabilization and using the Riverside Club for technical training.

Multi-Sport: Our Multi-Sports athletes have done an incredible job so far being adaptable to weather conditions but have been able to work on their athleticism through a variety of games and sports. In the last week of October, they will transition to sport specific training with PEAK Power, and participate in several activities to build their athletic spectrum.

October Student of the Month for Springbank is Grade 10 Hockey's Tyler Wallace of the Minor Midget AAA Stamps (Shooting Top Photo). Fueled by a 5-point night, Tyler is cruising along with 2.0 pts/game having 14 points in 7 games. Keep up the amazing work Tyler and we are very happy to have you and your brother Jake a part of our Global Family! Congrats also to Raveena Musuta and Brooke Cumming for Winning the Provincial Golf Championship and Connor Maloney for his winning low round score of 71 at Zones.