NSO Weekly News
April 3-7, 2023
Sherwood Park - Fort Saskatchewan - Vegreville
We hope everyone had a wonderful and restful Spring Break! Reminder there is no school on Good Friday. Monday is Instructional day #35 of 85, as such we are now 41% 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! Mr. Spady Principal & Mrs. Porter Assistant Principal
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April 7: Good Friday No School
April 9: Vimy Ridge Day
April 10: Easter Monday No School
April 12: Registered Apprenticeship Info evening 6:30 p.m.
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.
April 19: Math 30-1/2 & Biology 30 Diploma (Quarter 3)
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)
April 26: Parent Teacher Conferences (SPO, VGO)
Summer School runs July 4-28 at Bev Facey Community High. Diploma Exams August 1-10.
Registered Apprenticeship Info Night
EIPS will hold a Registered Apprenticeship Program (RAP) information session for grades 9-12 students and their families on April 12. Attendees will have an opportunity to learn more about how they can gain work experience and earn diploma credits at the same time through RAP. Wednesday, April 12 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Ardrossan Junior Senior High.
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
Virtual Presentation April 19 on Cultivating Compassion in Our School Community
Open to all Next Step Parents & Caregivers. During the presentation, 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 with David Irvine, MSW
April 19, 2023, 7:00 pm.
Zoom platform, REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED Click HERE to register
The April edition of the Alberta Health Services Addiction and Mental Health Newsletter focuses on language.
Skilled Labor for Alberta Jobsites
We provide FREE simulated workplace training & sustainable employment leads. Skill-Bit is a full-time 12-week Simulated Workplace Training Program designed to get oilfield and construction labor ready for any job site. The program combines essential skills training (i.e., soft skills) and technical job site training to prepare prospective workers for diverse job sites in Alberta. Skill-Bit is funded by the Government of Alberta and is free for students to attend. Call 780-992-0250 or email email@example.com
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.
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 to follow. Sign Up HERE
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.
EIPS Annual Education Results Report
Every year, Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) publishes an Annual Education Results Report, which outlines the Division’s Four-Year Education Plan, opportunities for growth and how it’s supporting students to achieve the best possible outcomes. Read through this year’s EIPS Annual Education Results Report 2021-22 and discover how EIPS fosters learning environments for all students to learn, grow and thrive—and why it matters.
April Spotlight: Student Growth and Success
- Early Learning: Ensuring early learners reach developmental milestones
- Culture of Literacy: Dive deep into the data and learn how students are developing strong literacy skills
- Math Matters: Enhancing reasoning, understanding and achievement through numeracy-rich classrooms
- Boosting Educational Outcomes: Discover how EIPS supports the growth and achievement of students who self-identified First Nations, Metis and Inuit
- Beyond high school: Supports and strategies that are creating real-life career pathways for learners
EIPS Four-Year Education Plan: 2022-26
EIPS Three-Year Capital Plan: 2024-27
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.