It was a very different fall for STS outdoor education trips. Adaptability and personal agency* are two of the life skills we hope students will further develop through their STS outdoor experiences and there have been few years when the learning opportunities have been more broad, real, and obvious than this year.
Middle School - No middle ground
STS Middle School students enjoy a safe-haven where they can explore this new chapter in their education and their burgeoning independence.
Grounded in the International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Programme (MYP), students experience course content through real-life context and state of the art technology. They are encouraged to ask questions, think critically, and work collaboratively.
Students benefit from highly-qualified, dedicated faculty and a learning environment with a small teacher-student ratio, consistent homeroom groupings, and individual teacher-advisors. Students build supportive relationships while maximizing their full potential.
Middle School students are provided with an excellent foundation in the core academic subject areas of math, science, English, and social studies, with equal time dedicated to languages, fine and performing arts, design, and physical education including exploring the great outdoors. Outside the classroom, students can follow their passions and explore new talents by joining student-led clubs, speech and debate, athletic teams, community service and leadership activities.
The opportunities provided both in and out of the classroom inspire students to move forward as well-balanced, confident individuals who go on to lead purposeful lives.
Middle School Fast Facts
- Grade 7 = 3 classes with 22 students
- Grade 8 = 3 classes with 22 students
- Grade 9 = 4 classes with 18 students
- Subjects studied: English, French or Spanish, math, sciences, design, art, band, drama, music, physical education, social studies, health, debate (Grade 7), classics (Grade 8)
From the Blog
This year, instead of our annual run on campus, we have been celebrating Terry Fox with a week of activities – kicking off with 80s dress day on Friday, September 18 and its Prefect-run photo booth.
Riviera Steinberg, 14, sews scrub bags for healthcare workers on COVID-19 floors at Calgary-area hospitals in her spare time.
In March 2020, when schools around the world had to close their doors to keep students, staff and their loved ones safe, at STS we made a firm commitment to our families: a promise to not only finish the school year and cover the required outcomes, but to continue to provide enrichment and a strong sense of community while ensuring our students flourished and succeeded.
Many parents are wondering how they can help their kids continue learning over the summer months. We may picture summer learning as something similar to some of our school experiences- worksheets, textbooks, memorization and a lot of reading books we didn’t really enjoy.
Under normal circumstances STS would host a physical exhibition to share and celebrate the enormous work that our Grade 10 students have put into their Middle Years Programme (MYP) Personal Projects. This year, due to the closure of our school campus to limit the spread of COVID-19, we have opted to post our Exhibition online instead.
Getting outside has always been good for one's learning, health and wellbeing, but with the current orders to stay home and social distance, it's become essential now more than ever to keep moving and stay active.
STS recognizes that we are all experiencing trying circumstances that create increased stress for students and their families. Families are experiencing increased pressure as living rooms, dining rooms and kitchens become classrooms and office spaces, as parents evolve as 'triple-threats' with working, parenting and now, home-schooling.