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Elementary programs offer unique experiences to students

February 22, 2021

uniqueelem_news.jpgFive programs that offer Saskatoon Public Schools' elementary students specialized learning experiences are accepting applications for the 2021-22 school year.

Four programs for Grade 8 students — Creative Action, Ecoquest, ScienceTrek and Let's Lead - Nīkānētān — along with the iGen program for Grade 6 engage students in a learning opportunity filled with unique, hands-on experiences. The programs are open to any Saskatoon Public Schools' student however students must apply to be a part of the programs.

Creative Action is a Grade 8 program at North Park Wilson School that welcomes students who have shown leadership potential and a desire to cultivate their passion in the arts to make a difference in their community. Students collaborate with a variety of artists/partnerships while working on curriculum in a creative and experiential classroom. A virtual open house to provide information and answer questions about the program will be held Wednesday, March 10, 7 p.m. Email program teachers for an invitation and link to the event. Application deadline is April 30, 2021.

The Ecoquest program for Grade 8 is based at City Park School, but its mobile classroom approach to education allows students to experience everyday adventures while learning in urban and wilderness settings. Learning experiences are based on seasons, student ability, and the focus of study. A virtual open house to provide information and answer questions about the program will be held Wednesday, March 17, 7 p.m. Email program teachers for an invitation and link to the event. Application deadline is April 30, 2021.

Based at Westmount Community School, Let's Lead—Nīkānētān is a full-year program for Grade 8 students who want to learn through hands-on, out-of-school experiences. The program is particularly geared toward students who have leadership potential but may not have been able to develop it due to financial barriers. A virtual open house to provide information and answer questions about the program will be held Tuesday, March 9, 7 p.m. Email program teachers for an invitation and link to the event. Application deadline is April 30, 2021.

ScienceTrek combines hands-on science opportunities with outdoor pursuits to create an exciting learning environment. Located at Montgomery School, ScienceTrek is a field-based science program created to inspire Grade 8 students to grow academically, socially, personally, and culturally. A virtual open house to provide information and answer questions about the program will be held Thursday, March 11, 7 p.m. Email program teachers for an invitation and link to the event. Application deadline is April 30, 2021.

iGen, short for Intergenerational Classroom, brings Grade 6 students together to spend a full school year in a unique classroom experience at Sherbrooke Community Centre. Students learn and work with their teachers alongside Sherbrooke residents and staff. Current Saskatoon Public Schools' Grade 5 students are invited to apply. Applications open March 12, 2021, and must be received by April 16, 2021, at École College Park School. The program will hold a virtual open house on Tuesday, March 30, beginning at 6:30 p.m. to provide information and answer questions. Email the program teacher for an invitation and link to the event. 

More information on Saskatoon Public Schools unique programs for elementary students is available on the program websites. Information on these programs and other unique learning opportunities in Saskatoon Public Schools is also available in our Unique Programs Handbook