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School Bus Safety Week: October 21-27, 2018 New

In recognition of School Bus Safety Week, October 21-27, 2018, the Alberta Student Transportation Advisory Council (ASTAC) is sponsoring a provincial poster contest, open to Kindergarten - Grade 6 students, to promote school bus safety.

ASTAC Poster Contest: 

Theme:
School Bus – Bully Free Zone!
Deadline: Entries must be submitted by October 31, 2018. 
Open to: Kindergarten - Grade 6 students.
Contest Rules/Submission: See the contest entry form PDF below.


Peace Wapiti Public School Division (PWPSD) owns and operates its own fleet of school buses, plus passenger buses which are equipped for extracurricular trips. More than 4,000 students are transported daily to 29 schools in three school districts.

PWPSD manages one of the largest transportation system in the province of Alberta. Each day, more than 100 school bus drivers travel more than 14,225 kilometres in a total service area of 16,159 square kilometres.

PWPSD's Transportation Department garages are located in both Grande Prairie and Spirit River. Safety is undoubtedly PWPSD's highest priority. A regular and thorough maintenance and inspection program is in place to ensure the fleet is mechanically safe.

For transportation to run smoothly, everyone must work together – school staff, employees, parents and students.

For more information about School Bus Safety Week, visit https://astac.ca/safety-week

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Sears, Angela10/19/2018 4:33 PM19 Oct, 2018Attachment
PWPSD releases results of 2017-2018 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

Grade 6 students continue to perform near provincial results. The percentage of students achieving the Acceptable Standard saw improvement over the 2016-2017 school year in all four subjects – Language Arts, Math, Science and Social Studies – while the percentage achieving the Standard of Excellence improved in three of the four subject areas, with Science remaining on par with the previous year's outcome. 

The percentage of Grade 9 students achieving the Acceptable Standard in Science saw an increase over the 2016-17 school year, while Social Studies and Language Arts remained on par. The decline seen in Math was reflected in the provincial outcome. The percentage of Grade 9 students achieving the Standard of Excellence improved year-over-year in Language Arts, Science and Social Studies. The 2.7 per cent drop in the Grade 9 Math Standard of Excellence is not concerning, given that the provincial data declined by more than 4 per cent. 

Diploma Exam results show significant improvement

The percentage of students achieving the Acceptable Standard saw significant improvement over 2016-17 results in seven of ten courses. Most significant were the increases seen in Math 30-1 and Math 30-2, with outcomes now hovering near provincial averages. In his analysis of the data, Deputy Superintendent Darren Young remarked that the math results are the highest on record for PWPSD. Also, the percentage of PWPSD students achieving the Acceptable Standard was higher than that of the province in English 30-1 and 30-2, Physics 30 and Science 30. Slight year-over-year drops in Biology 30 and Chemistry 30 percentages – by 2 and 2.3 per cent respectively – are not concerning. Social Studies 30-2 results improved by nearly five per cent, bringing students within close range of provincial outcomes.

Improvements in the percentage of students achieving the Standard of Excellence is encouraging, with English 30-2 and Science 30 results out-ranking provincial outcomes. Math 30-1 showed a significant year-over-year increase. Chemistry 30 and Social Studies 30-2 results are up, while English 30-1, Biology 30, Physics 30, Math 30-2 and Social Studies 30-1 outcomes are at or near 2016-17 results.

"Our PAT results remain on par or near provincial averages," says Superintendent Bob Stewart. "We are particularly pleased with Grade 6 results overall, and the Grade 9 Language Arts and Science outcomes. PWPSD's Education Officers will work with Principals to identify supports to improve Grade 9 performance in Social Studies and Math. To maintain our improvement in PAT results, we have directed 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. We are also pleased with our Diploma Exam results, in both the Acceptable Standard and the Standard of Excellence categories."

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Sears, Angela10/18/2018 11:22 AM18 Oct, 2018
Gas leak in Teepee Creek – Students and staff evacuated as a safety precaution

Tuesday, October 16, 2018, 2.45 p.m. – Due to a gas leak in the Teepee Creek area, at the advice of ATCO, Teepee Creek School enacted the Evacuation Emergency Response Protocol (see below). Students and staff were safely escorted to the school playground. Students will be bused home at the usual time at the end of the day. ATCO has contained the leak and will conduct testing inside the school before authorizing re-entry.

 

EVACUATION:

  • A response to a possible danger INSIDE the school.
  • Staff will escort students to a safe area, away from the school.
  • If necessary, students will be transported to the school's predetermined safe location.
  • Examples: Strong odours, fire, chemical spill, gas leak, etc.

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Sears, Angela10/16/2018 2:58 PM16 Oct, 2018