NSO Weekly News

October 16-21, 2023

Registered Apprenticeship Program

Find out more about the trades, Registered Apprenticeship Program (RAP)

Sherwood Park - Fort Saskatchewan - Vegreville

We hope everyone had a wonderful weekend! Monday is Instructional day #30 of 85 or 35% of the way through semester 1, for non-diploma courses. Parent Teacher Conferences are scheduled this week for October 17 (FSO) and October 19 (SPO). Please book in advance through our website. https://www.eipsnextstep.ca/bookings

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

Parent Teacher Student Conferences Bookings

We hope you can join us in-person or virtually! Please book your through: https://www.eipsnextstep.ca/bookings

Please join us Tuesday, October 17 to speak with our teachers in Fort Saskatchewan from 5:00 to 7:30 p.m. Our next scheduled Conference date at FSO is Thursday, November 23.

Please join us Thursday, October 19 to speak with our teachers in Sherwood Park from 5:00 to 7:30 p.m. Our next scheduled Conference date at SPO is Tuesday, November 21.

Student CAREER Fair – Edmonton October 20

Join CAREERS and employer partners at West Edmonton Mall showcasing career pathways for Alberta youth. Students can explore paid internship opportunities, network, and attend industry presentations.

Post Secondary dates & applications

October 21 Augustana (University of Alberta Campus) Registration

October 21 Concordia University Registration

October 21 King’s University Registration

October 21 Mount Royal University Registration

October 21 University of Lethbridge 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/

Post-secondary Fair

The Educational Liaison Association of Alberta (ELAA) is hosting local post-secondary fair's. Students will have the chance to learn more about post-secondary opportunities available in Alberta, exploring a variety of career options, programs and course offerings.

Scheduled ELAA Post-secondary Fair Dates

  • October 18 – Salisbury Composite High
  • November 17 – Fort Saskatchewan Senior High
  • November 21 – EIPS Your Future Career and Post-secondary Fair at Strathcona Community Centre

These events are open to all EIPS students. It is recommended grade 9-12 students attend and explore potential future pathways.

Upcoming events

October 17 Parent Teacher Conferences 5-7:30pm (FSO) Booking required

October 18 ELAA post-secondary fair at Sal from 9:45 to 11:45 a.m.

October 19 Parent Teacher Conferences 5-7:30pm (SPO) Booking required

October 20 Student Career Fair at WEM

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 Skills Canada Alberta Try-A-Trade & Take Our Kids to Work Day

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 11 Remembrance Day

November 12 Diwali

November 13-18 Bullying Awareness & Metis Week

November 17 ELAA post-secondary fair at Fort High

Navigating local resources and support for your child


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 Pediatric Services, Robin Hood Association, and Family and Community Services will help parents and caregivers understand how to access local resources and services available to them. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions and interact with the speakers.

Type of Event: Parent education

Category: County sponsored event

Audience: Adult, Caregivers

Cost: Free

Contact Information: For more information email; FamilyResourceNetwork@strathcona.ca

School Spirit Wear

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.

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RAP Prep Virtual Information Sessions

The Registered Apprenticeship Program (RAP) is a highly competitive program that requires significant student preparation to be successful. Career Pathways will be hosting monthly virtual RAP Prep information sessions to help students and families better understand the requirements:

For more information, contact Kristin Oleksyn at kristin.oleksyn@eips.ca

Alberta Farm Mental Health Network

Mission is to de-stigmatize mental health and promote resilience among farmers and farm families so they can all lead fulfilling and productive lives.

MyPass accounts

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)

Students, parents or guardians can sign up at the student’s high school or online with myPass. Please contact our Guidance Counsellor at 780-410-2952 or via email elli.hansen@eips.ca for assistance.

School Advisory Council Meeting October 24

Our first 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: October 24, November 28, January 23, February 27, April 23

Parent Resources

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/

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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.

Learning Clicks

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

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Our Vision

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.

Fort Saskatchewan High

Fort High Information Bulletin

Sabre Scene

Salisbury Sabres parent Information.

Hours of Operation

Students, parents, and caregivers can access our campus locations 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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