Venture Heights organizes inaugural basketball palooza

Members of the Martensville High and Valley Manor junior basketball teams both vie for possession of the ball during the inaugural basketball palooza at the MAP on November 28

Junior basketball teams gained valuable court time at the inaugural Basketball Palooza hosted by Venture Heights Elementary School at the Martensville Athletic Pavilion (MAP) November 28 and 30. Continue reading “Venture Heights organizes inaugural basketball palooza”

No cell phone? No problem… students benefit from limitations

Venture Heights Elementary School students Kylie Hackl, Kaylee Ayotte, Lexi Hradecki and Jada Kennon work on their presentation on cell phone limitations at their school

Cell phones are off-limits to students at Venture Heights Elementary School in Martensville during school hours.
The kids turn their devices in at the beginning of the day to their teacher, and get them back when the final bell rings in the afternoon.
And ironically, the overwhelming majority of phone-addicted youngsters are more than happy to comply. Continue reading “No cell phone? No problem… students benefit from limitations”

Venture Heights students excited about new options

Grades 7 and 8 students at Venture Heights School in Martensville have a lot more choices this year when it comes to classes..

Venture Heights School teacher Karen Heit

A new program at the school gives the senior elementary school students a variety of elective classes ranging from digital photography to debating, drawing, painting, ceramics, woodworking and drama.
The program is designed to build on the band program that was introduced last year, according to school principal Ron Biberdorf. Students enrolled in band classes take instruction during regular school class time.
But that meant students who weren’t taking band had idle time on their hands during the day.
“Rather than have a period of ‘non-band’ when they weren’t getting any instruction, we thought it might be a good idea to offer other options,” said Venture Heights teacher Karen Heit. “So the Grade 7 and 8 teachers came up with a list of creative classes that aren’t necessarily part of the academic curriculum.”
Heit said she based the idea on a successful program in Alberta. Continue reading “Venture Heights students excited about new options”