NSO Weekly News
October 30-November 11, 2023
TOKW has been engaging youth with adults and the community for nearly 30 years. Now, with the Students Commission of Canada (SCC) as the leader, we will create new opportunities for both virtual and in-person experiences.
Sherwood Park - Fort Saskatchewan - Vegreville
We hope everyone had a wonderful weekend! Busy week ahead prior to November break. Monday is Instructional day #40 of 85 or 47% of the way through semester 1, for non-diploma courses. On Friday, November 3 we will be conducting Remembrance Services from 10:45-11:15 a.m. at each campus. All students, staff and guests on site will take part in our ceremony to commemorate and pause in a silent moment of remembrance for the men and women who have served, and continue to serve our country during times of war, conflict and peace.
High School students are required to check in and meet with their instructor(s) weekly. It is recommended that multiple check ins occur each week to ensure successful completion of academic course work. Students not adhering to the weekly check in schedule or failing to engage in the learning process will be removed from their course.
Have a great week! #gogreen Mr. B. Spady Principal & Mrs. K. Porter Assistant Principal
Find out more about the trades, Registered Apprenticeship Program (RAP)
October 30 ELA 30-1/2 Diploma Part A (Quarterly schedule)
October 31 Social 30-1/2 Diploma Part A (Quarterly schedule)
October 31 Halloween
November 1 Early dismissal (2:15 p.m.)
November 2 Math 30-1/2 Diploma (Quarterly schedule)
November 3 Remembrance Service 10:45-11:15 a.m.
November 3 ELA 30-1/2 Diploma Part B (Quarterly schedule)
November 3-4 SAIT Open House Information
November 4 MacEwan University Open House Information
November 4-12 November Break- no school
November 6 Social 30-1/2 Part B & Chemistry 30 Diploma (Quarterly schedule)
November 7 Physics 30 & Biology 30 Diploma (Quarterly schedule)
November 8 Science 30 Diploma (Quarterly schedule)
November 8 Indigenous Veterans Day
November 8-11 FARMFAIR International https://farmfairinternational.com/
November 10 Young Women in Trades & Technologies Discovery Day
November 11 Remembrance Day
November 12 Diwali
November 13-18 Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week & Metis Week
November 14 RAP Information Session
November 17 ELAA post-secondary fair at Fort High
November 20 National Child Day
November 21 EIPS Your Future Post-Secondary and Career Fair
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Indigenous Resource for students
Are you a Grade 11 or 12 Indigenous student who needs some extra help with schoolwork? We’ve got you covered. Indspire’s Rivers to Success program is offering FREE personalized online tutoring!
This program is designed to help you overcome obstacles, build confidence, and reach the next stage in your educational journey. Whether you need help with math, science, English, or any other subject, dedicated tutors are here to assist you. You can choose from a wide variety of tutors.
Jill of All Trades
A day to inspire a career in the skilled trades for young women in grades 10-12. Jill of all Trades is a day-long event with the goal of introducing female and female identifying high school students to the prospect of a rewarding career in the skilled trades. You will participate in hands-on workshops across NAIT’s main campus and hear from women currently working in the field to discover a trade you can pursue.
You will also participate in up to 3 hands-on workshops in trades of your choice. These include trades that can begin a career in:
Manufacturing, fabrication, and maintenance
Industrial automation and design
November 23, 2023 Register today!
6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Strathcona County Agora, 401 Festival Lane, Sherwood Park
Navigating ADHD: Understanding, Managing, and Thriving Parent Presentation
Parent session at Sherwood Heights Junior High on Wednesday, November 29 at 6:30pm.
We will be hosting ADHD Edmonton’s President Rachel Rogers who is a psychologist that specializes in supporting families with children managing ADHD. Rachel has worked with Edmonton Public Schools as a teacher, counselor, and Psychologist on multidisciplinary teams and is a wealth of knowledge to parents.
Rachel will be talking about the history of neurodivergences, what is ADHD and the brain, will briefly talk about the role of medication, multimodal treatment, strategies, and self-regulation. She will also talk about ADHD Edmonton and the supports available (there’s a lot!) and finish with Q&A to address questions.
School Advisory Council Meeting Nov. 28
Our next hybrid meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, November 28 at the Sherwood Park campus. We hope you can join us in-person or virtually. Meeting starts at 6 p.m. Regular attendance is not required. Please check out our school calendar and NSO Weekly News for scheduled School Advisory Council Meetings. Join meeting HERE
Agenda and last meeting Minutes to follow. Future meeting dates: January 23, February 27, April 23
Cannabis: Get to know more about cannabis and explore the effects that early use of cannabis products can have on a young person’s life, then have a conversation with your child.
Health Education and Learning Website: www.ahs.ca/heal is a resource aimed at providing families easily accessible, reliable information about common minor illness and injuries in children. This resource offers general information about the causes, symptoms and home management options for common minor illnesses and injuries, and when to seek medical care.
Parent Support Hub: is safe virtual space for parents, guardians and families to get guidance and support. This free service is available 24/7 for anyone who is concerned about the use of substances by a young person in their life.
Vaping: Vaping’s popularity among youth has grown significantly over the past five years – and there is a lot of concern that this increase may have a negative impact on the overall health of young people. https://www.drugfreekidscanada.org/issues/vaping/
Teaching Sexual Health: For up to date, evidence based information and strategies for parents to deliver effective sexual health education https://teachingsexualhealth.ca/
Careers, Learning and Employment is a great resource. Get help writing your resume or cover letter, learn how to network and prepare for your interview and check out job search resources and labour market information.
Thinking about life after high school? Explore your options and discover how other students are forging their paths.
Next Step envisions itself as not just an educational institution, but a vibrant community of learners deeply committed to virtues that go beyond the classroom. Here's a brief overview of the core values that make up the vision:
Acceptance- We strive for a diverse and inclusive environment where every student, parent, caregiver, and staff member feels accepted, irrespective of their background, beliefs, or circumstances. We believe that learning is most effective when everyone feels like they belong.
Flexibility- Understanding that each learner is unique, we aim to offer flexible learning and a range of teaching methodologies to cater to individual needs. Whether through elective courses, extracurricular activities, or personalized learning paths, flexibility is at the heart of our educational approach.
Individualization- Building on the concept of flexibility, we focus on personalized education. Our staff are committed to identifying each student’s strengths, and areas for growth, allowing for a more tailored educational experience while maintaining a high academic standard. This individual attention ensures that every student is equipped with the tools they need to succeed both academically and personally.
Respect- In our community, respect is mutual. Staff, students, caregivers, and parents are encouraged to show respect for each other's ideas, feelings, and contributions. We believe that open dialogue, grounded in respect, fosters a rich learning environment where complex issues can be discussed and dissected.
Responsibility- While our staff are committed to providing the best educational experience possible, we also encourage students, caregivers and parents to take responsibility for their learning journey. This includes active participation in school activities, regular communication with staff, and a commitment to personal and academic growth.
For parents, caregivers, and families, becoming a part of the Next Step community means joining a network committed to these virtues. Together, we work toward providing an educational experience that values the uniqueness of each student, respects the input of each community member, and prepares learners for a future full of possibilities.
During an emergency, our first priority is the safety of our students and staff. In order to provide an effective response to any school crisis, the division has developed an Emergency Response Plan.