Student Success at Roland Michener Secondary School

Student Success at Roland Michener Secondary School
Posted on 04/21/2017

Slave Lake, Alberta – Roland Michener Secondary School has many reasons to be proud of their students. RMS students are exceeding provincial averages for academic achievement and surpassing expectations for exemplary citizenship. Although the following are but a few examples of both, they are certainly not the only ones. If “cos(x – 20°) = 1/2 , where 0° < x < 90°, then the value of x, to the nearest degree, is ____°” has ever crossed your mind, then the student to speak to is Campbell Rea, Grade 12 student at RMS, who received a perfect mark on his diploma exam in Math 30-1. Campbell is going into an engineering program at the University of Alberta this Fall after he graduates from RMS and is one of 250 Alberta students to achieve 100% on the Math 30-1 exam taken this past January. Campbell is no stranger to the U of A as he spent time there last summer with other exceptional students from across the province taking part in the U of A’s STEM summer program. Specifically, Campbell was working on scoliosis research. Campbell is also an avid hockey player and coaches one of the local hockey teams in Slave Lake. When asked about where he would see himself in 5 years, Campbell stated he would like to be finishing his Ph.D. Campbell is not the only student in our Division to have received a perfect mark on the Math 30-1 exam. Rayeann Saitz of Kinuso School also realized that same achievement this year.

Spring break usually means enjoying some much-needed rest before completing the final leg of the academic year. This also tends to be the time when our students travel to far-off destinations to experience different cultures, broaden their perspectives, escape their comfort zone, and try new things. As Mark Twain said, “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime”. Two students at RMS have decided to take this sound advice to heart and have planned a trip that will leave a lasting impression. Hayley Vance and Emma Brandle have decided to transform the traditional Spring Break and put the knowledge and values they learned in their Mentorship 10 class to work as they plan a working/humanitarian trip to Argentina. The trip will be for a small group of students to work in orphanages and after-school programs with local children. The students will be working 7 hour days with 4 to 6-year-old children over the 10 days they are in Argentina. Both students are looking forward to the adventure and are seeking like-minded, mature classmates to take part in this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Supporting them through this process are teachers Tammy Syslak who taught Mentorship 10 and Scott Allan. Emma and Hayley plan to pack light and fill their suitcases with school supplies to give out to the many children they will be working with.
Lastly, Maria Doroshenko and her Cooking for Charity class have been cooking up a storm and fundraising for charities that her students have identified. This past semester the students raised over $2,000 for charities including the Juvenile Diabetes Association, the Stollery Children’s Hospital, the Slave Lake Animal Shelter, and the Cross Cancer Institute. They have cooked for events hosted by Team EPIC, volunteered at C.J. Schurter School, and participated in the mat program at the Slave Lake Native Friendship Centre. The class focuses on giving back to their community and is just one of the quality character education programs offered at RMS.

Congratulations to the staff and students at Roland Michener Secondary School for the excellent achievements you have earned. We are very proud of your accomplishments!


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