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World Teachers’ Day 2019.10.05

​World Teachers' Day is Saturday, October 5, 2019 – an opportunity to express our awareness, understanding and appreciation for the vital contribution teachers make to education and development.

Peace Wapiti Public School Division (PWPSD) joins with more than 100 countries around the world in celebrating World Teachers' Day. PWPSD employs the full-time equivalent of 375 teachers who make a difference in the lives of 6,000 students in our 36 schools. 

The Canadian Teachers' Federation website provides the history of World Teachers' Day. In 1994, UNESCO inaugurated October 5 as World Teachers' Day to commemorate the joint UNESCO and International Labour Organization's (ILO) signing of the Recommendations Concerning the Status of Teachers.


Sears, Angela10/4/2019 9:00 AM04 Oct, 2019
PWPSD releases results of 2018-2019 Provincial Achievement Tests and Diploma Exams

​Grande Prairie, AB – Students of Peace Wapiti Public School Division (PWPSD) continue to demonstrate success on the Provincial Achievement Tests (PATs), administered annually by Alberta Education to students in Grades 6 and 9, and the Grade 12 Diploma Exams. 

Provincial Achievement Test results are good news for PWPSD's Grades 6 and 9 students
The percentage of Grade 6 students achieving the Acceptable Standard exceeds the provincial outcome in Social Studies, and comes within close proximity of Language Arts, Math and Science results. The percentage of Standard of Excellence achievers went up in both Math and Social Studies, while Language Arts and Science outcomes hover close to last year's results.

The percentage of Grade 9 students achieving the Acceptable Standard outperforms provincial outcomes in Math and Science, with a tie in Social Studies, and lands just shy of average provincial results in Language Arts. The percentage of Grade 9 students achieving the Standard of Excellence improved year-over-year in Math and Social Studies. The slight year-over-year declines seen in Language Arts and Science – 1.3 and 0.4 per cent respectively – are not concerning.

Diploma Exam results within range of provincial outcomes
The percentage of PWPSD students achieving the Acceptable Standard exceeded provincial outcomes in three areas: English 30-1 and 30-2, and Math 30-2 – the latter a record high for the division. Also notable is a tie with the province in Physics outcomes, and close alignment on the majority of other subject areas.

Improvements in the percentage of students achieving the Standard of Excellence is encouraging, with English 30-2 students slightly above the provincial outcome. Results also show year-over-year improvements in English 30-1, Math 30-2, Biology 30, Physics 30 and Social 30-1.

Deputy Superintendent Darren Young said decreases to Science 30 in both the Acceptable Standard and Standard of Excellence averages are still within range of provincial outcomes, adding that schools will analyze Social 30-2 results to look for areas of instruction that represent opportunities for growth moving forward this school year.

"We are pleased with the results overall," says Superintendent Bob Stewart. "Seeing our Grade 9 Acceptable Standards outcomes mirror those of the province in all four subject areas is cause for celebration. In our quest for areas of improvement, our Education Officers will work with Principals to identify supports to increase the percentage of Grade 9 and Grade 12 students achieving the Standard of Excellence."

"With this goal in mind, we will continue to direct funds to support coaching projects, mentorship programs, reading intervention programs, Indigenous Education programming and our Collaborative Response Model (CRM) – a system-wide framework that promotes an educational team approach to the individual needs of all students. These projects support teachers in developing new strategies to deliver curriculum."


Sears, Angela10/2/2019 10:47 AM02 Oct, 2019
PWPSD Board News – September 26, 2019

​A report on news from the Peace Wapiti Public School Division Board meeting held on September 26, 2019. 

Annual ASBA Zone 1 Awards –
PWPSD names firefighters 'Friends of Education', honours 2019 Edwin Parr Nominee

PWPSD presented six volunteer and municipal fire departments with a Friends of Education Award during a special luncheon on September 11, part of the annual Alberta School Boards Association (ASBA) Zone 1 meeting in Peace River. The award provides an opportunity for each Zone 1 school division to acknowledge local organizations for their contributions to education. Savanna School teacher Anastasia Potratz was among the Edwin Parr Teacher Award nominees also honoured by each Zone 1 school division for their outstanding first year of teaching. Read the full media release

Pictured above: Trustee Stefanie Clarke (holding certificate) was joined by Trustees Wendy Kelm (far left) and Dana McIntosh (second from left) to present the Friends of Education Award to representatives from five volunteer and municipal fire departments. Pictured back, left-right: Brian Kroes, Manager/Fire Chief, Central Peace Fire and Rescue Commission; Tom Morgan, Fire Chief, Birch Hills County; Brian Ballard, Director of Community and Protective Services, Saddle Hills County; Ken Atamanchuk (holding certificate), Fire Marshall, County of Grande Prairie Regional Fire Service; and Dan Verdun, Fire Chief, County of Grande Prairie Regional Fire Service. Missing from photo: Trevor Grant, City of Grande Prairie Fire Chief and Riley Hillis, Grovedale Deputy Fire Chief, M.D. of Greenview.

Pictured above: Savanna School Co-Principal Chris Young (left) presented PWPSD's 2019 Edwin Parr Teacher Award to Anastasia Potratz.


Saddle Hills County to assume ownership of sewage lagoons at Savanna and Bonanza schools

Since connecting additional facilities and residences, Saddle Hills County has determined that it is no longer equitable for PWPSD to cover the operation and maintenance costs associated with two wastewater lagoons and associated low pressure sewer lines that were originally constructed to provide service to Savanna School and Bonanza School.

The PWPSD Board agreed to transfer the Savanna Sewage Lagoon and the Bonanza Sewage Lagoon to Saddle Hills County, pending written approval from the Minister of Education, which is required for disposition of property, as outlined in Section 192 of the Education Act. 


Reading University presentation

Reading University co-founders Linda Side (left) and Rhonda Side (right) with Reading University Principal Helen Neufeld (middle) during their presentation to the PWPSD Board (pictured below).

Reading University is a three-week summer program offered at Grande Prairie Regional College that provides remedial reading support to Grade 3 children based on referrals by teachers from the three local school divisions. In their presentation to the Board, Reading University co-founders Linda Side and Rhonda Side and Reading University Principal Helen Neufeld noted that the program, now in its 11th year, is free for families and provides a non-competitive supportive learning environment where all students can experience success. All associated costs are fully funded by community support, including busing, snacks and lunches, T-shirts, backpacks and supplies. The summer 2019 program provided support to 195 Grade 3 students. Learn more about the program at https://readingu.org

The Administrative Procedure associated with PWPSD Policy JOBA - Contributions to Individuals, Groups or Organizations includes annual support in the amount of $200 for each resident PWPSD student enrolled in Reading University.


Policy Review Committee Report

The Board approved the following Policy Review Committee Report, as presented by Trustee McIntosh: 

Review of: 

AHS Oral Health Program continues at PWPSD schools

The Board received a letter from Steven K. Patterson, Associate Dental Public Health Officer for Alberta Health Services (AHS), thanking PWPSD for its ongoing support of the AHS Oral Health Program. The program provides preventative services to Kindergarten - Grade 2 students in targeted schools. In some selected schools, additional grades may be included. The letter went on to say that Principals of targeted schools will receive more information directly from Oral Health Program staff. 


Committee & meeting reports

Trustee Crane reported on the Grande Prairie Chamber of Commerce round table meeting held on September 16 that included representatives from several local organizations and the three local school boards. Minister Travis Toews and MLA Tracy Allard also attended the meeting. Trustee Crane thanked the County of Grande Prairie Council for their work on the Five Mile Hall school site and distributed copies of The Unfolding Journey brochure which outlines the funding shortfall for PWPSD transportation. 

Trustee Knull shared the PSBC report and a report from the meeting of ASBA Board Chairs. 

Trustee Clarke provided the ASBA Zone 1 report. 

Trustee Grant provided the Health & Safety Committee report.

Trustee McIntosh shared a report on the Funding Formula Review Consultations with Alberta Education.

The Board approved trustee attendance at the Canadian School Boards Association Annual Congress and National Trustee Gathering on Indigenous Education on July 2-5, 2020.

The Board approved Trustee Clarke's attendance at the Shaping the Future 2020 conference hosted by Ever Active Schools on January 30 - February 1, 2020. 

The Board approved trustee attendance at the Mamawhitowin "Coming Together" Conference 2019 on October 17-18, 2019. 


Travel requests reviewed by Board

The Board provided approval in principle for two Peace Wapiti Academy student groups to travel to Hawaii and Europe in April 2020. Approval for all travel is pending compliance with Policy HGCG – Off-Site Activities.


Upcoming events


Sears, Angela9/30/2019 11:45 AM30 Sep, 2019