NSO Weekly News
October 23-28, 2023
Find out more about the trades, Registered Apprenticeship Program (RAP)
Sherwood Park - Fort Saskatchewan - Vegreville
We hope everyone had a fantastic weekend! Monday is Instructional day #35 of 85 or 41% of the way through semester 1, for non-diploma courses. Thank you to all the families who attended Parent Teacher Student Conferences last week. Our next conference dates are November 21 & 23.
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
School Advisory Council Meeting October 24
Our next hybrid meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, October 24 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: November 28, January 23, February 27, April 23
Post Secondary dates & applications
October 28 NorQuest College Information
October 28 NAIT Registration
October 28 Red Deer Polytechnic Information
October 28 University of Calgary Registration
November 3-4 SAIT Information
November 4 MacEwan University Information
Applications open October 1: ApplyAlberta is an online application and transcript transfer system that anyone can use to apply to undergraduate programs at one or more of Alberta's post-secondary institutions https://www.applyalberta.ca/
Official online shopping portal for Next Step. Enjoy a wide selection of products that you can customize. Site lets you choose to fit with no minimum order.
October 24 School Advisory Council 6pm (Virtual & in-person) Join meeting HERE
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 ELA 30-1/2 Diploma Part B (Quarterly schedule)
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 8-11 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
Navigating local resources & support for your child
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 26, 6 – 8 PM (Online) SIGN UP
This online session is for parents and caregivers who may be concerned about their child’s development and feel overwhelmed navigating how to get extra support for their child at home or in their school. In this session, representatives from CASA, Glenrose, and Family and Community Services will help parents and caregivers understand how to access local resources and services available to them.
Contact Information: For more information email; FamilyResourceNetwork@strathcona.ca
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.
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.
6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Strathcona County Agora, 401 Festival Lane, Sherwood Park
myPass is an Alberta Education self-service website for students to:
- Order high school transcripts in English and French
- View diploma exam marks
- Register to write or rewrite diploma exams with online payment
- View and print Detailed Academic Reports (DAR)
- View progress towards a credential (diploma or certificate)
Required information to sign up for myPass to sign up, you must have:
- an Education Account (current students can contact their school and former students can contact Help Desk)
- the student's Alberta Student Number Look up ASN, learn more about your ASN
- the student's date of birth
- a current personal email address (school emails are not recommended)
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.
Immunize Alberta: www.immunizealberta.ca provides information about vaccines and vaccine preventable diseases along with frequently asked questions.
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.