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At Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School (STS), we seek to create an environment that encourages engaging and empowered learning, while prioritizing future-ready skills for our students. Through transformative spaces such as DaVinci Studios, Maker Spaces, and Innovations Studios, we can create programming that achieves this goal across all three divisions at STS.
“In the Enrollment office at STS, I see the profound impact of removing financial barriers for amazing students to attend our school first-hand. Our financial assistance program literally changes the lives of many incredible young people, and they in turn, add to our community in countless positive ways. With a focus on great kids attending STS, not on their ability to pay, we are attracting the brightest, and most innovative, creative and caring students in the region. That sets our school apart.”
Through the generous gifting of exceptional land and facilities by our community, Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School (STS) is well-positioned to be a global hub of teaching and learning excellence in a natural setting. Our grounds, pond, woods, trails and creek are all excellent schoolmasters, helping faculty to teach Spartans about how to live on the land we inhabit and how to steward that land for future generations.
When we got to the game, the kids were beyond excited to see a number of their STS friends in our section. We were greeted by Brian Uzick, Community Engagement Coordinator for 50th Anniversary of STS, and Brenda Thompson, Director Community Engagement, as well as a few other STS staff and faculty. When the game started the kids were screaming, dancing, and anxiously awaiting the time to start tossing.
It all started with a phone call from our daughter Randi Hardy (Thorbjornsen) ’13 “Hey mom, we are coming up to see you in a couple of weeks”. We were excited to see our out-of-town family, but in reality they were not making the drive from Lethbridge to see us, but to partake in the STS Beer Tasting & Unveiling of the STS Anniversary Beer event.
What better way to catch up with both old and new friends alike than the excuse of a birthday party? On October 2, 48 STS community members attended the STS 50th anniversary event at McMahon Stadium. Fifty years is a good reason to sit front and center at a football home game on the Telus Patio.
October 18-22, Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School students and employees took part in numerous activities for the 37th annual celebration of Marti McKay Week. Founded in 1984, Marti McKay Week promotes the creative arts, honouring the memory of Marti McKay, an STS student and gifted poet who passed away in 1981.
When discussing the global industries that have been most impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Fine Arts are often left off the list. With traditional venues currently closed to the public, and several revenue streams temporarily suspended, connecting patrons to artists and their work has become a greater challenge than ever before. Now, by harnessing the full potential of social media, Mackenzie Roth ’17 is using new technology to bring attention to an age-old art form.
On Friday, May 28, 2021, we officially named our Elementary School facility the Rose Elementary Wing. This momentous occasion commemorates the Rose family’s incredible generosity which allowed the dream and vision of our state-of-the-art new Elementary School to be realized two years ago.
Our STS Alumni Association hosted a virtual evening of celebration on May 6, 2021. Our alumni community came together to honour 2020 Distinguished Alumni Award recipient, Mr. Paul Storwick ’78, and welcome retiring faculty and staff to the Alumni Association: Mrs. Nola Adam (35 years), Mr. David Milne-Ives (25 years), Mr. Larry Clark (20 years), Mrs. Elaine Chotowetz (17 years) and Mr. Jim Yurchevich (10 years).
It was Grade 5 at STS, and Ms. Duncan-Moore let Jyoti Ruparell ’18, a nine-year-old at the time, put a mason jar in the classroom to ask students to bring their own change to buy books for a school in Calgary. The class raised $36, enough to buy three books, and a life-long passion was born.
After 12 years of studies, Dr. Eve Purdy ’08 is proud to be an Emergency Medicine Attending Physician at Queens University in the Emergency Department in Kingston. It took three years at McMaster University in Health Sciences, four years in Medical School at Queens University, and another five years in Emergency Medicine Specialist training (residency) at Queens, and she knows exactly why she did it all. “I’m using my skills in a needed way and thereby living my purpose. Every day, I show up to work to make the patients I care for and the people I work with feel valued.”
Living near the Rockies, it’s apropos for Jeff Kahane ’89 to use a mountain analogy when talking about his life. “When hiking, enjoy every step and the journey on the way, not only the waterfall at the end. Just being there, in nature, is beautiful,” says Jeff. “I translate that to everyday life.”