In true “Wapiti Wild Thing” spirit our students have adapted to distance learning, and continue to learn in new and technologically advanced ways. With their families' help they are showing amazing resilience as they navigate through this challenging time.
Head Teacher and 3-5 grade teacher Mrs. Dominick has expressed her gratitude at how independent and resourceful her students are. “It is a joy to see their faces everyday on our zoom meeting, they continue to be supportive and excited for one another. Sharing their achievements and struggles, they lean on their classmates to help each other in this new learning format. I am so proud of them all. I was worried we might lose the supportive dynamic that we had built in the school year, but they seemed to understand the unprecedented times and adapted without too much trouble. We’ve had a few bumps in the road, but we’ve got through it and we continue to grow together.
K-2 teacher Mrs. Audevart has designed a webpage for her K-2 families. With 3 grade levels in her class at Wapiti and many young learners, she realized the importance of designing a system that was easy for parents to find everything they needed in one spot. With the help of the Park 6 technology department she has developed a webpage where her parents and students can access their core subjects, resource materials and her daily read aloud. “The response has been great. I understand the parents of my students need to be more available for their children while they are learning. I try to help them as much as I can. We all know there will be good days and bad days. We just do the best we can and support one another.”
We have been fortunate to have the ability to stay connected through zoom meetings. Our Parent Teacher Group was able to hold their last meeting of the school year through Zoom. They elected new officers, and discussed issues related to their cancelled fundraiser.
“It was good to wrap up the year. There was so much unfinished business and it was nice to get those things taken care of.” explained PT Co-Chair - Manda Siebert.
While the hallways at Wapiti Elementary School remain eerily quiet, the foursquare court lacks the usual action at recess time, and we miss our students beyond measure. We are grateful for the supportive families and hard working students and staff that embody the strong independent spirit that makes Wapiti School such a fantastic place to learn. Wapiti students have a tendency to march to the beat of their own drum, and through this pandemic we have witnessed the strength in that beat, through their willingness to adapt and a determination to succeed.
Wapiti Wild Things - Thank you!