NSO Weekly News

October 10-15, 2022

Sherwood Park - Fort Saskatchewan - Vegreville

Hey all, we hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend spent with family and friends! Tuesday is Instructional day 27 of 90, and we are now 30% of the way through semester 1. Please encourage students to routinely check in with teachers and proceed with in-person assessments. Have a great week! Mr. Spady Principal & Mrs. Porter Assistant Principal

School Advisory Council 2022-23

Please join us for our first Next Step School Advisory Council Meeting of the year on Thursday, October 20 at 6:00 p.m. This will be an in-person and virtual event to accommodate families. If you are interested in participating in-person or virtually please fill out the link: October 20 Sign Up
Learn About trades and apprenticeships

The Tradesecrets website is your source for information on trades and apprenticeship programs in Alberta.

Parent Teacher Student Conference Sign-Up

Conferences are scheduled for the following times:

Sherwood Park & Vegreville campuses October 25 from 5:00-7:30 p.m.

Fort Saskatchewan campus October 26 from 5:00-7:30 p.m.


Families are required to pre-book meeting times in advance. Please CLICK HERE to book your conference appointment. Or visit https://www.schoolinterviews.ca/ and use Next Step Booking Code qnrv4. We look forward to meeting with you!


If you are unable to attend we will be hosting our next round of Conferences on November 16/17.

Upcoming events

October 13-15: Outreach Council Conference

October 16-22: Bus Safety Week

October 19: Your Future: Post-Secondary and Career Fair 6-8 p.m. Strathcona County Agora

October 20: School Advisory Council meeting 6 p.m.

October 25/26: Parent Student Teacher Conferences via pre-booking

October 29: Strathcona County Youth Job Fair

October 31: Halloween

November 2: Grade 9 Take Our Kids To Work Day

November 4: Remembrance Service

November 2-9: Diploma Exams

November 5-13: November Fall Break

November 11: Remembrance Day

November 12: Discover your future at Youth Day - Farmfair International

Accessing supports for Indigenous students

From scholarships and bursaries to aboriginal education offices, there are supports to help you succeed in post-secondary.

Post Secondary Open House Information

UBC Engineering October 13-15

Olds College October 14

University of Alberta October 15

The King's University October 15

European Institute of Esthetics October 17

Lakeland College October 21-22

Concordia University of Edmonton October 22

Norquest College October 22

University of Calgary October 22

University of Lethbridge October 29

Mount Royal University October 29

NAIT October 29

Portage College November 1-3

MacEwan University November 5

Red Deer Polytechnic Call to book


ApplyAlberta is an online application system that allows you to apply to one or more of Alberta’s public post-secondary institutions through a common starting point. ApplyAlberta allows you to apply to multiple schools from a single webpage. Please contact Guidance Counsellor elli.hansen@eips.ca for assistance.

Your Future: Post-Secondary and Career Fair October 19

Thinking about attending post-secondary school after graduation? Not sure on the career or sector? Plan to attend this year’s Your Future: Post-Secondary and Career Fair. Hosted by Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS), Your Future brings together colleges, universities, polytechnic and private schools, and sector experts in one place—one of the largest events of its kind in Alberta. The event is free and open to all students in grades 9 through 12. Both students and family members will have the opportunity to meet with representatives from each attending post-secondary institutions; ask questions; talk to experts about various career sectors; learn about future career trends; and much more.


Wednesday, Oct. 19 from 6-8 p.m. at Strathcona County Agora 401 Festival Lane, Sherwood Park

Figuring myself out after high school

How going to university helped me to discover my passions and my learning style.

Are you looking to explore future career options and plan your high school courses?

Alberta Student Aid can help you pay for school

Student aid funding can help you pay for your education with loans, grants, bursaries, and scholarships.

Learning Clicks

Learning Clicks is a motivational program that encourages students in Alberta to pursue education and training after high school. Explore your options and discover how other students are forging their paths. http://learningclicks.alberta.ca/


Steps to plan your future https://youtu.be/SgJQ_f1tOqE

Education and career planning tools

Need help planning your next step after high school? Below are some tools to help you figure things out.

YEG Youth Economic Gatherings Oct 13 & Oct 15

Register at tinyurl.com/youth-edmonton or scan the QR Code. Questions? Please contact tricia.boonstra@edmonton.ca


WHAT ARE THESE SESSIONS FOR? Network + get your voice heard by decision makers in the education system, government, and private sector. You'll be able to connect with employers and employment programs. Plus, this is a great experience to add to your resume/use as volunteer hours!

Advice for researching careers online

The ALIS website will help you figure out your education and career path after high school with quizzes and research tools.

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Peer Group- Sherwood Park

Are you interested in connecting with other students at Next Step in Sherwood Park? Are you looking for ways to be involved with the community, giving back and learning about mindfulness, self-care? Are you looking for a way to share your journey or support others with theirs?


Success Coach Aley is leading a Peer Group of students looking to connect, not only individually, but with other students! The group meets 3:30-4:30 pm every Monday. If you are interested please email the Success Coach Aley at aley.kulbaba@eips.ca

Plan your Career with ALIS

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.

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Seven tips for a better night’s sleep

The blue light emitted from screens can cause sleep disturbances, and the stimulation from the technology can delay bedtime.

Tuesday Luncheon

Sandwich Luncheon at Sherwood Park campus every Tuesday from 11:30 am -12:30 pm. Staff and students will come together to make sandwiches, eat and connect together!
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Student Services- Wellness

Practicing Self Care and Mindfulness is super important for our mental health and success in school. By practicing self care and mindfulness activities, you are learning how to manage stress, worries and anxiety. To learn more about mindfulness, selfcare or to access support please reach out to our Success Coaches Aley.Kulbaba@eips.ca , Janet.Clarkson@eips.ca or our School Counsellor Elli.Hansen@eips.ca


Mindfulness Activity Week 4: Call to mind a time when someone helped you. Invite a feeling of thankfulness into your body, heart and mind. Why were you grateful for that help? What difference did it make? Raye, J. A year of mindfulness.

Alberta Health Resources

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Falcons View

Bev Facey Falcons View Parent Newsletter

Fort Saskatchewan High

Fort High's Weekly Bulletin

Sabre Scene

Salisbury Sabres parent Information.

Hours of Operation

Students & families can access our campus during the following times:

Monday 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Tuesday 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Wednesday 8:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

Thursday 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Friday 8:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

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