Division News

Cheryl Frose inspires teachers and students

March 20th, 2019

“Cheryl is committed to meeting the needs of her students and ensuring their success.” As a teacher and the Department Head of Elementary / Junior High at the Alberta Distance Learning Centre, Cheryl shares her experience, knowledge, and enthusiasm to help students achieve their very best.   The confidence she has in her colleagues and her […]

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Thank a Substitute Teacher

March 11th, 2019

All across Alberta, the week of March 11-15 is set aside for Substitute Teacher Appreciation. This is just one week out of so many to say thank you to our amazing subsitute teachers for all they do for our kids, communities and the future. We are thankful that our substitute teachers are there to embrace […]

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Swan Hills teacher nominated for provincial award

March 6th, 2019

Each year the Alberta School Boards Association (ASBA) recognizes first-year teachers for their outstanding efforts, with the Edwin Parr Teacher Award. This year the school board received recommendations from principals for two very deserving first-year teachers; however, each school board is allowed to submit only one nominee. We are pleased to announce that Swan Hills […]

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School bus “fly-by” incidents up 40%

March 4th, 2019

“When the flashing reds are on and the stop arm is out, you must stop.” That’s the message from Pembina Hills Public Schools and the RCMP. But many people aren’t stopping. It’s called a ‘fly-by’—and it’s happening far too often. Last school year the division transportation office received a whopping 123 reports of fly-by incidents […]

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Catherine Kraft-Urkow — a valuable member of the Early Learning team!

March 4th, 2019

Catherine Kraft-Urkow works as a contract Speech-Language Pathologist supporting children at École Westlock Elementary School (SPICE), Westlock Community Preschool, and Eleanor Hall School (C-PREP) for numerous years.  Catherine is compassionate, has a kind and gentle nature, puts families at ease and makes the whole experience a positive one.  Her colleagues say, “Her dedication, expertise and […]

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Momo Challenge – What you need to know

March 1st, 2019

Recent media attention about the “Momo challenge” has raised concerns for many parents and school staff. Some reports are suggesting that the Momo challenge is a hoax. We recognize the importance of sharing accurate information. Whether this is a hoax or not, it reminds us all to discuss online safety with our children. Parents may […]

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Ongoing need for mental health supports

February 15th, 2019

At the February 13th board meeting, Director Rob McGarva provided a Student Services Assurance Report to the board, highlighting ways in which Student Services provides support to schools and students in the division. In his report, McGarva highlighted data and examples of students who, as a result of receiving higher levels of support in their early […]

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Alberta Education surveys underway

January 29th, 2019

Parents and guardians of students in Grades 4, 7 & 10 can expect to recieve an Accountability Pillar Survey from Alberta Education. Watch for your survey to arrive by mail. Although participation in the survey is voluntary, we encourage you to complete the survey and share your thoughts. It provides important information used by Alberta Education […]

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Gift of Giving 2018

January 22nd, 2019

 PHPS employees contribute each day to making the lives of our students better. Daily they share their gifts and talents with our students and communities. Professional development (PD) days offer staff an opportunity to grow professionally, and improve their knowledge, competence, skill and effectiveness. The school board believes strongly in supporting our staff PD. For the […]

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