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FMPSD to Launch PACE for Accelerated Learners - Information Session on May 29

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FMPSD to Launch PACE for Accelerated Learners - Information Session on May 29

Back: Principal Roxanne Fudge, Principal Dave McNeilly Public School (left) and Jordana Smythe with Charmy and Moksharth Shukla, both cousins are in grade 5 at the school, and excited for PACE to start this fallBack: Principal Roxanne Fudge, Principal Dave McNeilly Public School (left) and Jordana Smythe with Charmy and Moksharth Shukla, both cousins are in grade 5 at the school, and excited for PACE to start this fall

Fort McMurray Public School District (FMPSD) is all set to launch PACE - Program for Academic Challenge and Enrichment. Parents and guardians are invited to an information session on May 29, 2019 - 7 p.m., at Dave McNeilly Public School where PACE will be housed.

The academy will be geared towards students who will be in grades 4 to 6 in 2019-2020, and are accelerated learners. This includes having extraordinary literacy and/or numeracy skills, being independent and responsible learners, enjoying academic challenges, and being highly motivated to learn.

Charmy and Moksharth Shukla are cousins, and in grade 5 at Dave McNeilly Public School. They are already registered for PACE, and can’t wait for the program to start this fall. Charmy is excited for quite a few things.

“PACE could really help us in different ways, by making us independent, but also working in groups. I just want to learn many things to challenge myself, meet new people, and having an open mind,” said the 10-year-old.

Moksharth, also 10, is looking forward to doing well in junior high because of PACE.

“It’ll make me smarter for grade seven, and this way I can ace my final exams. I’m excited to learn challenging things, and if we do well, they can increase our challenges. It will help in high school too. I’m also looking forward to speakers, and guests so they can share their knowledge. It’ll be fun,” he shared.

Centred on project based learning, and technology infused instruction, PACE will feature a robust learning environment with many leadership opportunities for students. Debate, guest speakers, second language learning, and enhanced academic study are a few of the many elements making up PACE. Students will need school referrals and go through an application process in order to be selected for the program.

Jordana Smythe, Dave McNeilly Public School teacher, will be overseeing the academy. She explains more on what students and parents can expect.

“Students will be challenged through project based learning that will integrate cross curricular outcomes. Fostering skills that learners will need in the 21st century will be the priority of the program such as collaborative, critical thinking, problem solving and communication skills. Students will also be interacting with members of the community to help create real authentic learning experiences.”

Roxanne Fudge, Principal, Dave McNeilly Public School can’t wait for the program, and encourages parents to attend the information session.

“Parents should attend to find out what exciting opportunities we have in store for next year, have a look at our beautiful facility and meet some of the school staff. We are thrilled to host this innovative new program, which will challenge our students to reach their full academic potential in a supportive and encouraging environment. We look forward to meeting parents at our information session,” explained Fudge.

Doug Nicholls, Superintendent, FMPSD, is looking forward to starting the program.

“PACE is the latest innovative program that our District has initiated. Having this type of opportunity for grade 4 through 6 students is something we believe the parents of Wood Buffalo will appreciate. This will be a very diverse, differentiated program for students looking for a challenging and dynamic learning environment. Any parent with a child who is well above grade level in literacy or numeracy should closely examine PACE. We believe it will be an incredible program for students,” Superintendent Nicholls noted.

Dave McNeilly Public School is located in Parsons Creek North on 431 Callen Drive.

For more information, please contact:

Roxanne Fudge

Principal, Dave McNeilly Public School/PACE Coordinator