BTPS Newsletter

May 15, 2023

Superintendent's Memo

Hi Team,

I hope this message finds you all well and you are enjoying the beautiful spring weather. I am pleased to share with you some exciting updates from our schools.

Graduations have been celebrated at Delnorte School, Provost Public School, Kitscoty Jr/Sr High School and Edgerton Public School. I want to congratulate all of our graduating students and wish them success in their future endeavors. Our radio congratulations from Zach at PPS is available here.

I am also thrilled to share that our teacher nominee for the Edwin Parr Award, Stehsha Zayac, is from Delnorte School. This is a significant achievement, and I want to extend my warmest congratulations to Stehsha for her outstanding contribution to our students and their learning.

I was thrilled to be able to tour the Lloydminster Campus of Lakeland College with over 370 grade 9 students. This was an exciting opportunity for them to see the different courses and programs that are available to them. If you see a grade 9 student, ask them what their favourite part of the tour was!

Lastly, the walking challenge has begun, and I hope everyone has had the opportunity to get outside and enjoy some fresh air and sunshine. I can’t believe how far some of you go each day - you motivate me!! As we head into the final stretch of the school year, it's essential to take care of ourselves both physically and mentally. I see that I will need to step up my game if I am going to win this challenge.

You may have already heard but I wanted to share with you that after so much deliberation, I have accepted a job at Battle River School Division. My three years here have shown me that you are all amazing and dedicated people. BTPS is so fortunate to have each and every one of you as part of our team. I have been honoured to work with you the last three years. Your support over the past three years has been so very much appreciated.

I hope you all have a wonderful long weekend!

Take care,

Rhae-Ann Holoien

Media, Communications, Celebrations

Media Releases

Red Dress Day Honors Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls

BTPS Shares Awareness for Mental Health Week and Participates in Hats On! For Mental Health Day

Exciting Opportunity for Grade 9 Students in BTPS Lakeland College to Host Division-Wide Visit

Superintendent Resignation

Letter to Parents and Guardians

New Curriculum to be Implemented in 2023-2024

BTPS Learning on the Trail Podcast

Learn about Autism and Entrepreneurship with Ling Huang

In this episode, learn how Brian's diagnosis with autism became the inspiration for his father, Ling Huang, to create a unique focus for his IT business (Technology North).

Curriculum Implementation Parent and Guardian Information Session

BTPS will hold an online curriculum information session for parents and guardians. This session will be held May 24, 2023, at 7:00pm. The link to join the meeting will be shared out by your school.

Technology Department

BTPS and Telus Exclusive Partner Program

Check out this link to save on your personal Telus Mobility and Home Services account. Contact directly with any questions.

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Learning Services Department

EdTech Tips with Stacy:

Have you checked out the new Instructional Strategies Google Sheet? It is jam-packed with resources to elevate your pedagogical repertoire! Also, if you haven’t yet, peruse through the EdTech Teacher Tutorial sheet to help support your EdTech journey in the classroom.


Thank you to everyone who joined us for our new curriculum sessions this past Thursday and Friday. A lot of resources and information were thrown your way! Of course, the Learning Services team is here for continued support when you’re needing it. All of the resources and links we presented are here in this 2023 General Curriculum Support Hapara Workspace. To gain access to all of the curriculum Hapara Workspaces, follow these steps:

  1. Go to

  2. Click on “Our Library” under the Workspace tab

  3. On the left-hand side (you will see the course options), scroll down to the bottom until you see “Teacher Resources for Curriculum” (there you will find all of our 2022 and 2023 curriculum support Workspaces)

More questions regarding new curriculum and resources? Feel free to send us an email!


Looking for ways to get students excited to read? Try a book tasting. A book tasting is an awesome way for students to choose new books (boosting that autonomy piece), and they get to work on their literacy skills at the same time (think-alouds, read-alouds, conversations, etc.). Book tastings are great for any grade level! From the early years to high school - students will love it! This could also be an idea for RTI time. Working on building literacy but have reluctant readers? Give them the chance to look at different genres of books - there's bound to be something they're interested in (ex: graphic novels might be a good pick for those reluctant ones!). Here are some resources that can help you plan your first (or next) book tasting:
Miss Hall - Elementary

FreeThinkingTeacher's Book Tasting

Book Tasting Templates

BTPS-CUPE Joint Committee


School Programs at the Art Gallery of Ontario

Here at the AGO we created a platform to host school field trips. We called it Virtual School Programs. We are invite students in the classroom or at home, to connect via Zoom for a new series of guided art conversations, happening every weekday, Monday to Friday, in real time. All free of charge!

Registration and program descriptions are on our website under Virtual School Programs. Please share widely with your teams.

Also find our TAP (Teacher Access Program) which promotes teacher engagement with the gallery, as well as our Teacher Resources to enhance classroom learning. We are here to support teachers, students, parents and caregivers through learning with art.

The Irma School Story

First Nations, Metis and Inuit Education Gathering 2023

The Irma School Story - Our Journey to Truth and Reconciliation

The Irma School Story - Video

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