NSO Weekly News
April 17-22, 2023
Sherwood Park - Fort Saskatchewan - Vegreville
We hope everyone had a wonderful weekend! Monday is Instructional day #43 of 85, as such we are now 51% of the way through semester 2 for non-diploma courses. 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 may be removed from the course. Have a great week! #gogreen
Mr. B. Spady Principal & Mrs. K. Porter Assistant Principal
April 16-22 is Volunteer Week! We recognize that many of our students may be involved in volunteer opportunities. To celebrate our students who give back to the community, please fill out this form if you, or someone you know volunteers!
School Advisory Council Meeting
Our last hybrid meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, April 18 in Sherwood Park. 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. Agenda and last meeting Minutes below. Sign Up HERE or Join Google Meet
Summer School runs July 4-28 at Bev Facey Community High. Diploma Exams August 1-10.
Virtual Presentation on Cultivating Compassion in Our School Community
Open to all Next Step Parents & Caregivers. David will speak to the following points.
- Build confidence in your contribution to your school community: shift from a chore to a contribution.
- Be reminded of the importance of compassion and grace with ourselves and with those around us.
- Build a stronger community of support for each other so we can best support our children.
- Learn how to build bridges of trust to ensure a stronger school community amid diversity.
- Leave with practical strategies for putting compassion to work to promote meaningful connections, facilitate problem-solving, foster reciprocal responsibility, and improve overall well-being.
Virtual Presentation on April 19 at 7 p.m. Registration require click HERE
June 8-10 ELA 30-1 and Social 30-1, June 10-11 Math 30-1 and Math 30-2 and June 17-18 Biology 30, Chemistry 30, Physics 30, and Science 30
April 16-22: National Volunteer Week
April 17: ELA 30-1/2 Part A Diploma (Quarter 3)
April 18: Social Studies 30-1/2 Part A Diploma (Quarter 3)
April 18: Young Leaders Summit
April 18: School Advisory Council 6 p.m. Sign Up HERE
April 19: Math 30-1/2 & Biology 30 Diploma (Quarter 3)
April 19: Cultivating Compassion virtual presentation 7 p.m. Register HERE
April 20: ELA 30-1/2 Part B Diploma (Quarter 3)
April 21: Social Studies 30-1/2 Part B & Chemistry 30 Diploma (Quarter 3)
April 22: Earth Day
April 22: Headstrong GSA Mental Health Conference
April 24: Physics 30 & Science 30 Diploma (Quarter 3)
April 25: Parent Teacher Conferences (FSO) Sign up HERE (event code k2xan)
April 26: Parent Teacher Conferences (SPO, VGO) Sign up HERE (event code k2xan)
May 3: Hats On for Mental Health
UofA: Augustana Showcase
Want to show senior high students what post-secondary learning is like? The University of Alberta (UofA) Augustana Campus welcomes you to their Augustana Showcase. Visiting students will have the opportunity to hear from current students and alumni on research they've conducted in the arts, sciences and across disciplines. With concurrent presentations, students can choose the topics that best match their interests, allowing them to hear different research ideas, ask questions of the presenters and open up new ways of thinking for their own studies! For more information, contact the Augustana Campus team. Tuesday, April 18 12:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. UofA Augustana Campus Register
Order your personalized Next Step clothing gear via Entripy Shops!
April Parent Teacher Conferences
In-person Conferences are scheduled for the following times:
Fort Saskatchewan campus Tuesday, April 25 from 4:30 to 7 p.m.
Sherwood Park and Vegreville campuses Wednesday, April 26 from 4:30 to 7 p.m.
Families are asked to schedule appointments in advance. Please Sign up HERE to book your interview time or use the attached QR Code. (event code k2xan)
The April edition of the Alberta Health Services Addiction and Mental Health Newsletter focuses on language.
Edmonton Community Foundation's Young Edmonton Grants program
WHAT ARE YOUNG EDMONTON GRANTS (VEG)?
YEG supports projects initiated, led, and organized by young Edmonton and area residents. These grants range from $500-$3,000 and are available for residents between the ages of 13 and 24. Applicants will need to partner with their school or a registered charity to accept the money on their behalf. Application deadline May 15
For more information https://www.ecfoundation.org/grants/young-edmonton-grants/
The Moose Hide Campaign began as a BC-born Indigenous-led grassroots movement to engage men and boys in ending violence towards women and children.
Bayer Crop Science Opportunity Scholarship
Are you a graduating Grade 12 student looking for help to finance your post-secondary education in agriculture, food science or culinary arts? If so, apply for one of 32 scholarships, each valued at $3,000, offered by Bayer Crop Science. The deadline is June 8.
The Bayer Crop Science Opportunity Scholarship program is available to graduating Grade 12 students entering their first year of post-secondary education in agriculture, food science or a culinary program at a Canadian university or college of their choice in the fall of 2023. Scholarships will be awarded to students based on demonstrated academic achievement, leadership in their community and their vision for how they’ll contribute to Canadian agriculture in the future. scholarship details
Next Step Graduation Ceremony is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. Friday, June 9 at the Shell Theatre, (DOW Centre) Fort Saskatchewan. Tickets will be available at no cost to families. Each graduate will be able to receive up to 8 tickets. Students will receive their graduation gown, cap, tassel and stole prior to the graduation ceremony. Students keep their cap, tassel and stole. There is no cost to students for taking Grad portraits.
Support your well-being. Check out free online programming, workshops and services available for adults and seniors, youth parents/caregivers, counselling and support services.
Complete your Parent/Guardian Information Verification Form
Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) is currently reviewing and updating all parent and guardian contact information within the Division’s student information system. This one-time, full-scale review is to ensure the Division has complete and accurate data on file as Alberta Education moves to a new way of capturing information in the provincial database.
As part of the data review, EIPS requires all families to carefully review the parent and guardian information on file for each student in your family—even if you’ve recently completed a Student Correction and Verification Form. Families can quickly and easily indicate no updates are needed, if that’s the case, or provide updated contact information as needed. The form also includes a handful of new questions to help the Division understand each parent and guardian’s relationship to the student and their preferences for receiving communication from the school and Division.
To review your information, simply log in to your PowerSchool Parent Portal and open the “Parent/Guardian Information Verification Form” from the left-hand menu or notification at the top of the page. Review all information carefully, provide updates where needed and submit your form by April 30. One form is required for each student currently registered at an EIPS school. Only one parent/guardian will complete the form for each student—all associated parent/guardian information for each student is available to review on the same form.
If you have any questions about your Parent/Guardian Information Verification Form, please reach out to Next Step 780-464-1899.
Thinking about life after high school? Explore your options and discover how other students are forging their paths.
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.