Division News

Caring and Sharing in our schools

December 7th, 2018

Photo Above – Pembina North Community School students sang Christmas carols at the Smithfield and Pembina Lodges in Westlock. Throughout the year, our schools have a tradition of giving to those in need. Here is a snapshot of some of the things our schools take part in. Barrhead Composite High School – Junior and Senior high students […]

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Find out how we did last year: Annual Summary

December 7th, 2018

Each year, the provincial government gives each school board a report card describing how it performed on 16 key measures. A school board’s results are based on surveys of students, parents and teachers; how students perform on Provincial Achievement Tests and Provincial Diploma Exams; how many students drop out; how many students complete high school […]

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What we heard: Student citizenship awards

December 6th, 2018

Earlier this fall, the school board discussed revising the criteria for the division Student Citizenship Award, including eliminating the academic requirement. To help guide their decision, the board used an online platform called Thoughtexchange to ask parents, school councils, students, principals, staff and community members this question: As we re-examine our Division Citizenship Awards, what are […]

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Christmas Break is less than 3 weeks away!

December 5th, 2018

All year we have been posting stories to help explain the school year calendar. This month’s story is one of that series. While the positioning of Christmas Break is less mysterious than some of our other dates, we asked Assistant Superintendent Mark Thiesen to tell us a little about this break. Despite the obvious, placing […]

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Jessica Stevens enhancing Physical Education at Eleanor Hall School

December 5th, 2018

Parent volunteer Jessica Stevens shares her passion for Physical Education with the students at Eleanor Hall School. Last year Jessica was instrumental in implementing the school’s archery program, the after-school running club, as well as creating a three-day summer volleyball and basketball camp for students in Grades 2-6. The time and effort she contributes to the […]

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Kyle Laughy Receives Exemplary Teacher Award

December 3rd, 2018

Kyle Laughy, teacher at Eleanor Hall School, is referred to as the ‘glue guy’ by fellow co-worker Chris Lantz. Why? Chris says, “Well as any sports fan knows, every team needs a ‘glue guy’- someone who holds the team together and keeps the focus on the goal ahead.”  Kyle is that guy at Eleanor Hall […]

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Education Plan and Annual Results presented to the board

November 30th, 2018

At the November 28 board meeting, Assistant Superintendent Mark Thiesen presented the combined Education Plan and Annual Education Results Report to the school board for approval prior to publishing and submission to Alberta Education. In December, we will publish a summary report for parents and community members. Also at the meeting: Secretary Treasurer Tracy Meunier presented […]

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NPCS program status not at risk

November 29th, 2018

School compliant with Bill 24: An Act to Support Gay-Straight Alliances As a result of recent media articles, some concerns have been raised by members of the Neerlandia community regarding how government legislation affects Neerlandia Public Christian School. In response to the changes to the School Act regarding a board’s responsibility to provide its students […]

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Critical bus driver shortage

November 23rd, 2018

We are experiencing a critical shortage of bus drivers across our school division. We’ve done our best to avoid route cancellations, but we simply don’t have enough spare drivers to support all our routes. Why the shortage? We have recently recruited new drivers, and although they are cleared and ready to begin training, they need […]

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Why do schools have another PD Day in November?

November 20th, 2018

In previous articles in this series on the school year calendar, Assistant Superintendent Mark Thiesen has explained the reasons for teacher professional development (PD). Our community is pleased that our teachers want the very best for our students. It’s great that they want to learn and improve in their jobs, but why do they have […]

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