NSO Weekly News

June 5-10, 2023 Grad Week

Sherwood Park - Fort Saskatchewan - Vegreville

We hope everyone had a wonderful weekend and is excited for grad week activities! Monday is Instructional day #75 of 85, as such we only have 10 days remaining in semester 2 to complete non-diploma high school courses. Monday, June 19 is the last instructional day for high school non-diploma courses. *Please be aware on Friday, June 9 all three campus locations will close early at 12:30 p.m.

Reminder Diploma Exams are provincial exams and accordingly students must write on the scheduled date & time. Additionally, students cannot have a digital device on their person or in the examination room and they require photo identification. Any government issued identification, school ID card or current picture from PowerSchool picture ID is acceptable.

Please return all textbooks to your teacher as soon as you are completed the course or done using them to avoid potential future textbook replacement costs. Your support getting all items returned is greatly appreciated. Have a great week! #gogreen

Mr. B. Spady Principal & Mrs. K. Porter Assistant Principal

Grad Information Friday, June 9

Next Step Graduation Ceremony is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. Friday, June 9 at the Shell Theatre, (DOW Centre) Fort Saskatchewan. Doors will open at 1:45 p.m. Tickets are available at no cost to families and are available at each campus location. Students will receive their graduation gown, cap, tassel and stole this week prior to the ceremony. Students will keep their cap, tassel and stole but need to return the gown.

Other Information:

June 1 – Grad Goose Chase launch – participate in graduation photos! Download the Goosechase app and enter in the code LP76WK

June 2 – Grad Gowns and tickets can be picked up at the schools.

June 6 – Grad Lunch – grads are invited to school between 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. for a special lunch. There will be pasta and cupcakes and opportunities for goose chase photos!

June 9 – Graduation Ceremony starts at 2:30 p.m. (Shell Theatre, DOW Centre Fort Saskatchewan)

Grad Valedictorian

Next Step is proud to announce that our 2023 Valedictorian is Mia Drozda. In her time at Next Step Mia has demonstrated and modelled the school virtues of accepting, flexible, individualized, respect and responsibility. Congratulation Mia! #gogreen

Upcoming events

June 7: Early Dismissal

June 8-10: ELA 30 & Social 30 Diploma Exam Prep Sign Up

June 9: Next Step Graduation Ceremony 2:30 p.m. Shell Theatre

June 10-11: Math 30-1/2 Diploma Exam Prep Sign Up

June 12: ELA 30-1/2 Part A Diploma

June 13: Social 30-1/2 Part A Diploma

June 16: Math 30-1/2 Diploma

June 16: Grade 9 Farewell Celebration

June 17-18: Biology, Chemistry, Physics Diploma Exam Prep Sign Up

June 19: Last Instructional Day for grades 10-12 & ELA 30-1/2 Part B Diploma

June 20: Social 30-1/2 Part A Diploma & ELA PAT Part B

June 21: National Indigenous Peoples Day

June 22: Biology 30 Diploma & Math PAT Part A

June 23: Chemistry 30 Diploma & Math PAT Part B

June 26: Physics 30 Diploma & Social Studies PAT

June 27: Science 30 Diploma & Science PAT

June 28: Last operational day

Summer School Registration

Summer School runs July 4-28 at Bev Facey Community High. Diploma Exams August 1-10.

2022-23 EIPS Parent Feedback Survey Results

The results are available for the 2022-23 EIPS Annual Feedback Surveys: For Parents and Caregivers and For Students conducted. The surveys included a series of questions related to the three priorities outlined in the EIPS Four-Year Education Plan: 2022-26 (Year 1).

· Priority 1: Promote growth and success for all students

· Priority 2: Enhance high-quality learning and working environments

· Priority 3: Enhance public education through effective engagement

Next Step Parent & Caregiver areas of strength:

  • There is open and honest communication within my child's school. (82.35% strongly agree, 11.76% agree)
  • My child's individual needs are met. (74.29% strongly agree, 22.86% agree)
  • School staff care about my child. (86.96% strongly agree, 8.70% agree)
  • How satisfied are you with the quality of education your child's receiving at school? (79.41% strongly satisfied, 16.18 % satisfied)
  • How satisfied are you with the leadership at your child's school? (85.51% strongly satisfied, 8.70% satisfied)
  • In your opinion, has the quality of education your child's experienced improved, stayed the same or declined in the past three years? (75.36% improved, 8.70% stayed the same)
  • How satisfied are you with opportunities provided to be involved in your child's education? (66.18% strongly satisfied, 29.41% satisfied)
  • The school keeps me informed about my child's progress and achievement. (79.41% strongly agree, 19.12% agree)

Next Step Student areas of strength:

  • I can openly and honestly communicate with teachers, staff and students at my school. (50.89% Strongly agree, 46.43% agree)
  • At school, my individual learning needs are met. (56.14% Strongly agree, 41.43% agree)
  • At school, I’m encouraged to do my best. (62.61% Strongly agree, 34.78% agree)
  • The staff at my school care about me. (75.44% Strongly agree, 20.18% agree)
  • How satisfied are you with the quality of education you’re receiving at your school? (62.28% Strongly agree, 31.58% agree)
  • How satisfied are you with the leadership at your school? (62.28% Strongly agree, 28.07% agree)
  • In your opinion, has the quality of education you’ve experienced improved, stayed the same or declined in the past three years? (77.19% Strongly agree, 13.16% agree)
  • I’m learning the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to be successful in life. (26.96% Strongly agree, 67.83% agree)
  • I feel supported by my school as I prepare for life beyond high school. (26.96% Strongly agree, 66.96% agree)

The feedback gathered will help our school and the Division measure its progress toward meeting the priorities and goals outlined in the EIPS Four-Year Education Plan and develop strategies to better serve students and the community moving forward.

Next Step Parent Results: Next Step Parent Survey Results 2023
Next Step Student Results: Next Step Student Survey Results 2023

Foundations in Industry Workplace Safety Opportunity

Next Step is offering Foundations in Industry Workplace Safety during July 4-14. In addition to earning five 30-level high school credits, students will also obtain credentials in specific areas of workplace safety in partnership with industry-safety experts. Upon successful completion of the course, students will be credentialed in:

  • Construction Safety Training(CSTS2020)
  • Confined Space
  • Detection and Control of Flammable Substances
  • Fall Protection Awareness
  • Ground Disturbance
  • H2S Alive
  • Transportation of Dangerous Goods
  • WHMIS 2015

Plus: Job Preparation (CTR1010) – resume & cover letter, application and interview prep.

Students must complete all learning components of the course to receive credentialing. Register

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Breaking the Silence Walk/Run June 17

Mental health awareness campaign. Our mission is to raise mental health awareness in all communities and among people from all walks of life.

MAE Indigenous Education Scholarship

the MAE Indigenous Education Fund available to self-identifying Indigenous students studying full-time Science, Technology, Mathematics, or Engineering (STEM) fields at any post-secondary school in Canada. $1000 will be awarded annually to one student based on a review of applicants. If two applicants are selected, each will receive $500. Application deadline June 30, 2023. https://www.mccuaig.net/scholarship.html

Student Transportation: 2023-24 registration

Planning to use Student Transportation in the 2023-24 school year? If so, make sure your child is registered so Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) can plan routes and send your child a bus pass before the first day of school. All students who indicated needing transportation services through the returning student or new student registration processes are now registered. Those families have also received tentative route schedules and invoices—fees are due June 30, 2023.

For those students who didn’t indicate needing transportation services during the registration process and want to now register, simply fill out this registration form. For more information about EIPS Student Transportation, visit www.eips.ca/transportation.

NOTE: Families can pay fees online using the PowerSchool Parent Portal. To pay in-person, visit the EIPS Student Transportation building during its office hours—Monday to Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on school days and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on non-school days.

Next Step & Grad Clothing order

Order your personalized Next Step clothing gear via Entripy Shops!

Accessing User Accounts: Students Leaving EIPS

Is your child graduating from or leaving EIPS at the end of the school year? If so, they must ensure any information they want to retain from their school cloud accounts is downloaded onto a personal device before leaving.

  • Google account – Students must download any wanted content before August 1—download files either individually or in bulk using Google Takeout.
  • Microsoft account – Students must download any wanted content from their OneDrive account before August 1.

After Aug. 1, 2023, EIPS will deactivate the account and delete all remaining files. For more information, contact the school at 780.464.1899 or via email at nextstep@eips.ca

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Strathcona County Family and Community Services

Support your well-being. Check out free online programming, workshops and services available for adults and seniors, youth parents/caregivers, counselling and support services.

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Learning Clicks

Thinking about life after high school? Explore your options and discover how other students are forging their paths.

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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Fort Saskatchewan High

Fort High Information 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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