NSO Weekly News

May 29-June 3, 2023

Sherwood Park - Fort Saskatchewan - Vegreville

We hope everyone had a wonderful weekend! Monday is Instructional day #70 of 85, as such we are now 82% 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. Have a great week and stay safe! #gogreen

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

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

2022-23 EIPS Annual Feedback Survey Results Report

The results are now available for the 2022-23 EIPS Annual Feedback Surveys: For Parents and Caregivers and For Students conducted in March. Thank you to all families and students who took the time to share their feedback with the Division. 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

The overall Division results represent 2,709 responses from parents and caregivers and 1,980 responses from grades 9 and 12 students from across the Division. The survey results for Next Step have helped us identify the following areas of strength and opportunities for growth.

Next Step 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)

The feedback gathered in the survey 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 wider community moving forward.

Annual Feedback Survey Results: Division

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

June Diploma Exam Prep Sessions

June 8-10 ELA 30-1 & Social 30-1, June 10-11 Math 30-1/2 and June 17-18 Biology 30, Chemistry 30 & Physics 30

Upcoming events

May 29: Provincial Election

May 30: Fort Saskatchewan First Nations Family Social 6-7 p.m.

May 31: Red Shirt Day Action for AccessAbility and Inclusion More Info

June 7: Early Dismissal

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

June 9: Next Step Graduation Ceremony 2:30pm 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

Red Shirt Day May 31

Red Shirt Day (for AccessAbility and Inclusion) is a day when people across Canada come together and wear red – in order to create a visible display of solidarity.

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

Summer School Registration

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

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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
Next Step & Grad Clothing order

Order your personalized Next Step clothing gear via Entripy Shops!

Grad Information

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.

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.

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.

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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.


Our Indigenous Education Awards Program supports students from First Nation, Métis and Inuit communities who demonstrate a balanced lifestyle and commitment in their quest for education. The Merit, Bursary, Scholarship and Bridging Awards are available to select students who demonstrate leadership capabilities and strive to be role models in their school and community. Apply Today Application deadline is August 15!

Various Awards:

  • Merit Awards ($750) for students completing Grades 9 – 12
  • Bursaries ($1200) for students enrolled in trade/community technical college diploma or certificate program
  • Scholarship ($1800) for students enrolled in degree or graduate programs
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Bayer Crop Science Opportunity Scholarship

Are you a graduating Grade 12 student looking for help to finance your post-secondary education in agriculture, food science or culinary arts? If so, apply for one of 32 scholarships, each valued at $3,000, offered by Bayer Crop Science. The deadline is June 8.

The Bayer Crop Science Opportunity Scholarship program is available to graduating Grade 12 students entering their first year of post-secondary education in agriculture, food science or a culinary program at a Canadian university or college of their choice in the fall of 2023. Scholarships will be awarded to students based on demonstrated academic achievement, leadership in their community and their vision for how they’ll contribute to Canadian agriculture in the future. scholarship details

EIPS Career Pathways News

Preparing students for life after school.

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REMINDER: 2022-23 school fees

School fees for the 2022-23 school year are posted on the PowerSchool Parent Portal. All fees are due within 30 days of being posted. Throughout the year, fees are often added to cover the costs for various activities, such as field trips, extracurricular activities, and late, damaged or lost textbooks. To access your fee information, simply log in to the PowerSchool Parent Portal and go to “Student Fees.” There you can view fees and pay them online using a credit card. Make sure to monitor your child’s account on an ongoing basis.

For more information about school fees, waivers and payment deadlines, visit eips.ca/schools/fees. And, if you have questions, think there is an error or need help creating a PowerSchool Parent Portal account, contact your child’s school directly before the summer break.

NOTE: Pursuant to Board Policy 23: School Fees and Administrative Procedure 505: School and Administrative Fees, EIPS will forward any unpaid 2022-23 fee amounts to a collection agency. To prevent this from happening, remember to pay your fees before Aug. 31, 2023.

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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