This past September the grade 6’s journeyed to have an adventure at Camp Sweet. The grade 6’s camp activity happened near Olds,Alberta. This event happens for 3 days and 2 nights.
The grade 6’s loved playing the animal game because they got to explore the beautiful woods and get to understand a little food chain of different animal species.Also they liked building dams at the river because they enjoyed catching fishes with their bare hands. Brianna Davie from 6.1 says “I liked river time because I found my own area in the water that was hot.”
Mr.Sweet is the owner at camp sweet. Mr.sweet’s name matches with his personality.There are a lot of reasons why students love going to camp sweet to meet Mr.Sweet. A student from 6.2 says “I loved that Mr.sweet played guitar and sang songs in the hot TEE PEE,I also liked the idea of him showing us around around the woods at night with all of the grade 6’s holding lanterns in our hands and calling out to the coyotes.
All the students in grade 6 say “ It turned out to be a great experience and we would love to go back,it was a blast!!
11 year old Cameron helps elderly Harvey and Steffi and Kim who is allergic to grass. Cameron helps mow there lawns in Calgary. Camerondoes Harvey and Steffi lawn for $20. Harvey Said, “my back hurts when I cut the grass so I let the Young fellow do it.”
Cameron does Kim’s lawn for $30 because she agreed with her neighbours that Cameron does there lawns too. Cameron sometimes has to compete for Kim’s lawn. On the ether side of the street there is a nether kid that does Kim’s lawn too.
Cameron gets some pocket money and his customers get there lawns mowed.
Lloyd’s Rollerblading Centre is shutting down permanently after 53 years
On February 19th 2018 at 7520 Macleod Trail SE you’ll see a uninhabited black and red building. Lloyd’s Rollerblading Centre out of business. Some reasons Lloyd’s is shutting down are: the owner passed away, the building is sold already and, the building doesn’t have accessibility for people with disabilities. At the request of the owner, Flo Cooper, the money will go to charity. “I really don’t like Lloyd’s closure.” said Orion, a grade 6th student, “I will miss the music and rollerblading with my friends.”
“I go to Lloyd’s once in a few weeks.” Orion stated. Lloyd’s is a place were you can rollerblade and listen to requested music from the DJ. Lloyd Cooper the founder of Lloyd’s passed away in 2002. Lloyd’s first opened on March 15, 1964. This place is a recommendation by Calgarians because it’s rated 4.2 stars on Google. People typically spend 1-2.5 hours at Lloyd’s. Lloyd’s phone number is (403) 252-0146. If you want to go to Lloyd’s before it closes and you don’t have roller skates they have rentals but, you are permitted to bring your own helmet.
Calgarians will miss it especially kids because it’s a Calgary icon. The city will miss it, will you?
5 month old child, Jackie Jordan dies from disease while his father is fighting in World War 2.
Peter Jordan was fighting for Britain in the Black Watch Military because of the ongoing battles of World War Two, from 1939 through to 1945, against the axis nations. In order to contribute to the peace and freedom we enjoy today, Peter Jordan had to answer duty’s call and go out to war. Even though Peter missed his son, Jackie Jordan’s birth, he fought and persevered through the war to help keep peace. Unfortunately, in June of the year 1944 Pneumonia claimed young Jackie’s life.
Before the war Peter was a coat maker, he was the second of ten children. “Peter Jordan was working in London at the start of the war but he knew he would be called up, so he went to Glasgow and registered” stated his son Peter Jordan Jr. Peter Jordan was part of a convoy, he was on ships fighting Germans and he was on rescue ships saving other soldiers. “The convoys would stay together because they knew the German ships couldn’t sink all of them” mentioned Peter Jr. During the war it was a “big secret” how many ships were sunk, the information was not published because it would be demoralizing to the people reading the newspaper.
Peter Jordan was on one of the first rescue ships, the name of his ship was the “Dundee”. Peter Jr says,“Peter liked being on rescue ships because they sometimes went to Glasgow. This gave him a chance to visit with his family.” Sometimes the Germans sunk the rescue ships, Peter’s best friend Miller Green was on a rescue ship when it sunk, he survived but was in the water for a long time and was injured. Peter rarely got to see his wife, Janet while in the war, they mostly wrote to each other. At Christmas when Peter Jordan got a break from fighting he married Janet even though they had only met four months earlier. Janet was a director in the war but one day she fainted, and was discharged because she was pregnant and later gave birth to Peter Jr.
In 1944 Janet Jordan gave birth to her second son, Jackie Jordan. Peter Jordan was away as a gunner defending troop ships and rescue ships, missing the birth of his son. Before Peter Jordan ever got a chance to meet his little boy tragedy struck and pneumonia stole Jackie’s life. This news was devastating for Peter when he found out but since he was at war Peter and Janet had to grieve separately.
“My Grandpa spoke of Jackie up until my last visit to Glasgow for his 90th birthday, he never forgot him”, Peter Jordan’s granddaughter, Sarah Olson said “He was very touched that we named our daughter Jackie” Peter Jordan didn’t talk of the war very often because it was painful for him, the war made him miss the chance of ever seeing his son. Peter Jordan died in 2011 at the age of ninety five, he was still in good physical condition well into his nineties.
For more Information about the Black Watch Military you can go to this link: https://www.forces-war-records.co.uk/units/236/black-watch-royal-highlanders/
Making Curriculum Relevant to Students in Real Life
EXPO is a new program at Connect Charter that was introduced last year and has started this year. EXPO was created for hands-on learning experiences and enhanced learning in topics students are already studying about. Classes go on trips or stay in their class where someone experienced in the profession teaches students and teachers more about the topic in inclusive ways. In Grade 6 EXPO, they have experienced: MRU journalist, Police Interpretive Centre, Ward 11 Candidates, Saw Mill, and Camp Sweet. A Grade 6 student, Teni, he reflected on his experience on EXPO: “Well at the Saw Mill, one thing that I learned was there obviously different ranks. There were people in warm glass boxes that would control lots of sophisticated mechanics. Then there were people down were it's loud hand flipping logs. I think EXPO has taught me that getting a job comes with a lot of steps. Learning about these professions made me aware that all jobs come with an certain amount of effort."
Students still learns the regular curriculum but their knowledge can deepen to a new understanding with these experiences. For example, the content on municipal governments became more real and relevant as the students participated in creating questions for the current candidates in Calgary’s Ward 11 municipal election. They learned about issues, terminology and the voting process. It was not only useful for students in school but when they are old enough to vote.
It also helps expose students to new ideas and different points of view on the same topic. This is important especially for students today and in the future because it brings a greater awareness like how life choices can have real impacts when they visited the Police Interpretative Centre. With the new EXPO program, students have the opportunity for insightful learning and an adventurous experience that can last a lifetime. It helps them become more well-rounded students who can think, inquire, interview and research to figure out the best outcomes to a specific question or problem.
Grade six boy does 72 hours of lawn mowing to get RC truck.
Grade six student Ryan spends summer lawn mowing his dads school yard sized lawn, to get traxxs 2wd ford raptor. Ryan’s dad said that Ryan would have to use made money to buy the car which is why Ryan did the lawn. Ryan’s dad lives in a area of spring bank that has lawns the size of school yards. Because of that it took Ryan 6 hours to do the lawn, 50$ each time. Ryan said that when he got the ford raptor he felt like he was in a dream.
What motivated Ryan to get the Rc truck was when Ryan was in Canmore. Ryan and his friend decided to go the the dirt park. But instead they ended up watching a person who had a rc truck. When Ryan was 5 his family went camping, on that camping trip there was a adult driving his rc car. So that’s what motivated Ryan. Lawn mowing for 6 hours a weekend every second week was sort of boring, but Ryan’s dad had gotten a radio station set of earmuffs so that helped, the main thing was that at some spots you can hardly tell where you have mowed and where you haven’t so that got frustrating.
The RC truck goes roughly 40 km as a top speed but if geared differently it will go 50 km. Ryan got to use a ride on mower instead of the average push mower that is found in the city. Before Ryan got it he did a few days worth of researching to get the right one. Also because Ryan was using the lawn mower he had to help his dad do maintenance. When Ryan the reporter asked Ryan’s dad what he thought about lawn mowing and the rc car, he said that he was very proud that Ryan had done the lawn well and safely. he was happy Ryan found something he was passionate about.
After all the difficulties and lawn mowing Ryan did get his Rc car. Ryan’s thoughts after the event where happy ones because now he has a good quality Rc car, and now he has a summer job! Next summer Ryan plans to do his dads lawn also.
If you went blind there probably would be nothing that could fix it. But some times it just tacks a little hope for a 13 year old dog to see again. On September 2end 2017 a dog in Calgary went blind. This dog has been through a lot and none of his family members thought at this time something bad would happen. Some times when we call him he will look at ever thing but us. And we couldn't do anything with him because he could not find us Michell said. It was a very devastating time for us. he just could not find us he would fall on the steps and fall on the deck or just on the floor. It was just so sudden Gus is his name. He has one sister and they have been through a lot when they were just puppy's Danny said with sadness. So me and Danny new we had to do something about this so we took him to this pet hospital it was not a vet. And we would pay any thing for him to see again Michell said. We were just waiting and waiting for a phone call saying come get him he's all right. But three days later we got a phone call as we pick up the phone Danny said. There he was he was barking his head off at that hospital he came home about an hour later and we were so pleased Michell said. But it was hard to watch the effects were off he had a yellow eye and we could just see the pain he was in at this time. But the next week he was okay and he was jumping up and down he was so happy Danny said with happiness.
How Such a Little Gecko Can Change A Lot
By Matthew B
The Braun family’s speedy adorable little pet gecko turns two. He has made quite an impact from all the living food they have to buy him to the amount of cleaning they have to do. This merry day will take place on February 10th at there house. Allison Braun says that “She loves to make sure Leo is happy and healthy”. They love to see Leo grow and handle him.
Leo loves to zip around his tank when Gary Braun first met he couldn’t wait to play with him. Leo was six months old when they first adopted him. They were really nervous about the crickets after a friends cricket terrarium broke loose around there house. They really care about his health when they go on trips they pay a neighbour to feed him and operate his heating. Leo’s length has nearly doubled since they first adopted him. Lucas Braun says “It is so fascinating to watch him stalk insects then leap into action”.
There biggest challenge was learning how to feed him and adapt to the crickets and trying to learn how to use hands instead of pliers. The worst part was when a cricket jumped out and they had to catch it. Lucas thought his mom Allison would get livid and he would get grounded or something.
Leo has been an amazing addition to there family by being handled by everyone to being showed to friends and family. Leo has changed a lot in the Braun house and will keep doing so for the rest of his life.
taking a peek into branding on Rivercross ranch
Once every spring, Rivercross ranch hosts a branding event. They separate the calves from the cows, and then Release a group of calves into a fenced off field. The men and women who work on the ranch, and those with permission, then they start wrestling and holding the calves firmly on their sides. They give the calves vaccines, antibiotics, an ear tag with the calves number to tell each calf apart, they sear the horns off if needed and the castrate the male calves.
“We give the calves vaccines to prevent them from getting harmful diseases, and we castrate and cut their horns off to prevent them from turning into bulls.” Samantha Robinson, worker on Rivercross ranch explained, “If a calf became a bull, it would be much harder to handle because bulls are much stronger than a cow. We raise beef cows, and bulls are not the greatest for meat, because they are all muscle. We sear off the horns because they can be dangerous to the other cows and the ranchers.”
Many people don't approve of eating beef that was raised antibiotics. Because of this, the antibiotics they give the calves have to be a one time thing at branding. “The antibiotics are just to make sure the calves become a healthy adult cow, and to make sure that nothing at branding affected their health somehow. The antibiotics we give them all wash out within two months.” Explained Samantha Robinson. They give the calves a respiratory vaccine and a blackleg vaccine. Blackleg is a very dangerous disease to cows, creating an infection in the cow leg, this infection creates blood poisoning and often leads to death. The blackleg vaccine prevents cows from getting this fatal disease. The respiratory disease is an infection in the lungs, causing pneumonia for the cow, the respiratory vaccine is given to calves at branding to prevent this terrible disease.
Castrating is an important part of branding preventing the calves from turning into bulls. They neuter the male calves because bulls often tend to fight with each other, and are likely to attack a human, or at least try to. “Male cows that have been castrated are called steers. Steers are easily herded, and they do not resist the ranchers. Bulls however, are harder to get to go where you want them to go, and they often times like to resist rather than be controlled. Bulls are also bad in this case because they are much more muscular than a steer, and provide very little beef.” Samantha Robinson explained. The women cows are not spayed for reproductive purposes. It is rarely required, but when a calf has horns that are growing, they cut them off at branding for the safety of other cows and ranchers.
The calves are also given ear tags, these ear tags they give them on branding day are to tell each calf apart. Each calf is given a four digit number, for example 2709, this tag also contains the calves gender.
Calves are also given a brand usually, however this year Rivercross decided not to give them the brand, because it causes stress on the cows while it was being placed on them. The brand can also cause infection if done improperly. Because of these reasons, Rivercross decided it was best not to burn the brand this year. Branding is a crucial part in a cows life, giving cows the healthy life that they need to become good, healthy beef.
Youth learns about safety and how police officers work.
On November 16th Connect Charter grade sixes take an exhilarating adventure to the YouthLink Museum in Calgary, Alberta. The YouthLink Museum also known as the police interpretive centre contains a K-9 area which are the police dogs, Blue Hawcs area which is about the Calgary police helicopters, a internet safety area, and there is so much more. Just keep reading and you will find out.
The Calgary police K-9 unit exhibit area gives you a understanding of why only certain dog breeds are chosen for the job in the K-9 unit. The K-9 unit will choose a breed that has a good sense of smell and has a lot energy over a dog breed that has a better sense of smell but less energy for example the K-9 unit chooses German Shepherds over Blood Hounds. They chose the German Shepherd because police work late at night so they need energetic dogs to be ready for action.
In the Blue Hawc exhibit there is a helicopter suspended from the ceiling of the museum. There is also a helicopter simulator that shows what the Calgary police Blue Hawcs does when supporting officers on the ground in a chase. It shows what the helicopter pilots see when they are flying in the sky. Both the simulator and the suspended helicopter can tell you how the Blue Hawks support Calgary police department.
The YouthLink Museum has a wonderful internet safety exhibit. The exhibit demonstrates how to make a safe profile and safe passwords. This is to keep your online account safe from the internet and online hackers trying to steal information from you and your family. The exhibit also gives some background information about the timeline of the computer.
Teni stated “ I liked the science lab. How you can tell how long ago the person died by the type of bugs and what stage it is at.”
The Police Interpretive Centre is a place you will never forget with it’s exhibits about your safety and how the police work in their units. If you want to enrol your child in Connect Charter you can visit connectcharter.ca. If you want to visit or find out more about the exhibits in the YouthLink Museum go to www.youthlinkcalgary.com.
Fawcett News Network
A collection of news articles written by students of 6.1 and 6.2