BTPS Newsletter

May 29, 2023

Superintendent's Memo

Hi Team,

May continues a busy month for graduations, with more graduations at the Learning Hub, Marwayne, Irma, Dr. Folkins, and Mannville. WHS is right around the corner with a June 3 celebration. Congratulations to all of our graduating students, and we wish them all the best in future endeavors.

In addition to graduations, our students have been participating in track and field events, and I want to take this opportunity to congratulate all of our athletes for their hard work and dedication. Thank you to the coaches who support our athletes.

June is National Indigenous History Month. This month provides us with an opportunity to reflect on our shared history and to learn about the diverse cultures, languages, and traditions of Indigenous peoples. National Indigenous History Month is a great opportunity for schools to celebrate the rich culture and contributions of Indigenous peoples in Canada. Our schools will also participate in the National Indigenous Peoples Day celebrations on June 21st.

Here are a few links to Canadian resources that schools may find helpful:

Let us continue to create inclusive and equitable learning environments where all students feel valued and respected. Our students are fortunate to have our amazing staff creating caring and safe learning spaces.

Thank you all for your hard work and commitment to our BTPS students.

Take care,

Rhae-Ann Holoien

Upcoming Dual Credit opportunities for the 2023-2024 school year

BTPS will hold 2 online information sessions for parents and guardians covering the following Dual Credits:

  1. (University Transfer) Psychology 104 - June 6, 2023 @7pm

  2. (Trades) Automotive Service Technician - June 7, 2023 @7pm

Dual Credit provides our BTPS high school students with the opportunity to explore post-secondary education and career pathways at Lakeland College while earning both high school and post-secondary credits.

The meeting links will be shared by your school.

Technology Department

BTPS and Telus Exclusive Partner Program

Check out this link to save on your personal Telus Mobility and Home Services account. Contact directly with any questions.

BTPS - Google OAuth 2.0 policy

Please read this message from Google Workspace For Education, this will affect all BTPS users who are using Google to authenticate to third-party webviews. No action is required on your part this is for your information and a heads-up for the change coming in July 2023.

To help protect your institution, we will not be supporting "Sign in with Google" for requests coming from embedded webview libraries, starting July 24, 2023.

Dear EDU Administrator,

We're writing to let you know that we are expanding the application of our Google OAuth 2.0 policy. Starting July 24, 2023, we will no longer support the use of embedded webview libraries to access Google account data through OAuth 2.0 on Android and iOS applications for users.

You're receiving this notification because we've detected that some users within your institution have used "Sign in with Google" within embedded webviews in the past 120 days.

What does this mean for your institution?

Applications attempting to authorize access to Google within an embedded webview could open Google and your institution to "man-in-the-middle" attacks. Starting July 24, 2023, we're expanding the application of our existing Google OAuth 2.0 policies to increase protection for your institution from embedded webview libraries.

Moving forward, users won't be able to sign in with their Google account or authorize access to Google APIs through apps using embedded webview libraries such as:

  • Android WebView

  • WKWebView on iOS

  • UIWebView on iOS

What's changing for users?

  • A user-facing warning message will appear in impacted sign-in attempts effective immediately.

  • Starting on July 24, 2023, users who try to sign in to their Google account from embedded webviews will not be able to sign in and will receive a disallowed_useragent response.

The Google Workspace for Education Team

Human Resources Department

Criminal Record Checks for Support Staff

As you are aware we have updated all of our teaching staff this year and now we are moving onto stage 2, updating all support staff in the fall when the 2023-2024 school year commences. Hoping everyone enjoys their summer.

Learning Services Department


Thank you to everyone who joined us for our new curriculum sessions. A lot of resources and information was thrown your way! Of course, the Learning Services team is here for continued support when you’re needing it. All of the resources and links we presented are here in this 2023 General Curriculum Support Hapara Workspace. To gain access to all of the curriculum Hapara Workspaces, follow these steps:

  1. Go to

  2. Click on “Our Library” under the Workspace tab

  3. On the left-hand side (you will see the course options), scroll down to the bottom until you see “Teacher Resources for Curriculum” (there you will find all of our 2022 and 2023 curriculum support Workspaces)

More questions regarding new curriculum and resources? Feel free to send us an email!

EdTech Tips with Stacy:

Needing some help creating audio assessments or looking to save time when marking? Try Mote. Mote is a Chrome browser extension that allows users to attach voice-recorded comments and feedback to a variety of Google-based products. Once installed on Chrome, teachers and students can use Mote to insert recordings in Google Docs, Sheets, Forms, Slides, and Classroom and in Gmail messages, making feedback and communication simple, effective, and more meaningful.

Inclusive Learning Department

Pride Event

The Pride Community of Wainwright is hosting our 3rd annual Pride Event June 10, 1-3, Bevans Park! In honour of celebrating diversity and promoting inclusion in our community we would like to invite community agencies to join us during our event. Participation could include coming out and joining the walk around Bevans and listening to our speaker OR bringing a table and your agency information to show your pride!

Wainwright & District Family & Community Support Services - June Newsletter

Please see the attached Wainwright & District FCSS newsletter that is packed full of very fun opportunities in June.

JR Robson School Stand with Ukraine T-Shirt Fundraiser

J.R. Robson School along with Mr. Zorniak’s shop classes worked hard over the past two years to make t-shirts and stickers to sell as a fundraiser to help out the Vegreville and Area Stand with Ukraine organization. Which helps with humanitarian aid and the many Ukrainian families that have had to leave Ukraine during this time of war and find a new place to live in Canada. The JR Robson School should be extremely proud as they have made and sold 250 shirts. After all expenses were paid in making and purchasing the t-shirts we are happy to present a cheque for $2,025.00 which will help provide aid and support to the woman and children who have had to leave Ukraine and start fresh in a new country.

Mr. Zorniak’s shop classes all worked together to make t-shirts that are for sale for $20.00. If you wish to purchase or order a t-shirt, please email Curtis at The t-shirts come in sizes small, medium, large, XL, and XXL. Also, if you wish to make a donation, the Vegreville Chamber of Commerce is also working with the Vegreville and Area Stand with Ukraine and can provide you with a charitable tax receipt.

I would like to thank all of the people that have purchased a t-shirt and supported this great cause, I would especially like to thank the students at J.R. Robson School that worked and helped to make the t-shirts and stickers. They have shown amazing spirit and empathy during this unbelievable time, as the war is still going on!

Thank you

Mr. Curtis Zorniak

JR Robson School

On Monday, May 15, Tigra-Lee Campbell (Green Party), Darrell Dunn (Alberta Party), and Garth Rowswell (UCP) visited JR Robson School to speak to students and answer their questions as candidates running in the Vermilion-Lloydminster-Wainwright constitution in the 2023 Alberta provincial election. Their visit was part of JR Robson's tradition in involving students in Student Vote, where students from across Alberta have an opportunity to vote a few days prior to the provincial election. Campbell, Dunn, and Rowswell each were impressed with the student's questions and engagement with politics and the election. The other three candidates (Dawn Flaata - NDP, Danny Hozak - Wildrose, and Mathew Powell - independent) will try to visit JR Robson School at a later opportunity before the election. JR Robson School students will vote in Student Vote on Friday, May 26th.

The Irma School Story

First Nations, Metis and Inuit Education Gathering 2023

The Irma School Story - Our Journey to Truth and Reconciliation

The Irma School Story - Video

Password: gathering2023

Buffalo Trail Public Schools

Location: 1041 10A Street, Wainwright, AB, Canada
Phone: 7808426144
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