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Your success for tomorrow begins right now – PWSD’s Alternate Education Program provides options for high school courses, diploma
​ The Alternate Education Program (AEP) at Peace Wapiti Public School Division (PWSD) is setting students up for success. The program offers opportunities to upgrade course results, study additional courses, or complete the requirements of an Alberta High School Diploma or equivalent. The best part? It's free and open to youth under the age of 20 as of September 1 of the current year.

Korbyn Belcourt, 18, says he found the program helpful because he couldn't concentrate in a classroom setting and preferred working in the comfort of his own home. "The program helped me grasp concepts and understand what was required. With the assistance of the AEP team, I earned my high school diploma in 2016."

Coordinator Randy Horneland became a member of the...
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Young Spirit River students provide hope to Kenyan orphans
​Spirit River Regional Academy’s Grade 2 students were recently given a glimpse of the impact they have made on orphaned and abandoned children at Hope Homes International in Eldoret, Kenya. Read the full story here .
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You Can Now Follow PWSD on Facebook
In response to requests from our parents and friends on Facebook, Peace Wapiti School Division has a newly established Facebook presence.  If you have an account with Facebook, you will be able to keep up-to-date regarding PWSD news and announcements by connecting to our site.  If you go to our Facebook site and add us as a "friend", updates will automatically post to your own Facebook page.  We look forward to connecting with you in this new format.
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Writing workshop, author visit set for Woking School
​A small PWSD school will host a couple of big events in the coming weeks. Starting on Monday, September 16, elementary students at Woking School will learn storyboarding, while Grades 5-8 students at the school will focus on developing story writing skills during a week-long residency with Dr. Lyle Weis, a writer, teacher and public speaker. On October 1, budding writers and avid readers alike will enjoy a visit from author Marty Chan. For more information, read the full story here .
WRCS News – May 2017
​ For the latest news on Whispering Ridge Community School, read the May 2017 edition of WRCS News at http://bit.ly/WRCS-News-May2017 . Sign up to receive future editions of WRCS News by email:
  • Visit http://www.pwsd76.ab.ca/schools/wrcs .
  • Scroll down to the bottom of the page.
  • Enter your email address and click GO. In this issue:
  • Message from Principal Shawn O'Shea
  • Meet Mrs. Abby Stilwell – Assistant Principal at WRCS
  • WRCS construction update
  • WRCS to receive $250,000 AB Government playground grant
  • WRCS Playground Society update 
  • New official school boundary map
  • WRCS Playschool set to open with school in January 2018
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  • WRCS News – March, 2017
    ​ For the latest news on the new Whispering Ridge Community School (WRCS), check out the March edition of WRCS News at http://bit.ly/WRCSNews-March2017 .

    Sign up to receive future editions of WRCS News by email:
  • Visit http://www.pwsd76.ab.ca/schools/wrcs .
  • Scroll down to the bottom of the page.
  • Enter your email address and click GO. In this issue:
  • Message from Principal O'Shea
  • Construction update
  • Fundraising update and upcoming events
  • Meet Ms. Jenny McAusland, WRCS Assistant Principal
  • We want to hear from you – Intent forms
  • Attendance boundary map
  • Kindergarten Registration begins on March 21
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  • WRCS named top 3D Charity fundraising school, awarded inaugural Ryan Wagner Memorial banner

    Left-right: City Councillor Chris Theissen, 3D Children's Society Chair Darren Foley, WRCS teacher Lorne Kimble, Donna Wagner (Ryan's mother), County Councillor Daryl Beeston, and Wagner family members Evan (Ryan's brother) and Dean (Ryan's father).   Grande Prairie, October 16, 2019 – Earlier today, students and staff at Whispering Ridge Community School (WRCS) were honoured during a special ceremony for the inaugural Ryan Wagner Memorial Award banner presentation, recognizing them as the top fundraising school for this year's 3D Charity Hockey and Soccer Tournament, held in February in support of seriously ill children. WRCS students raised $5,186.

    The 3D Charity Tournament started in 1999 as a fundraiser to help one high school student with medical needs. Since then, the tournament has grown to include hockey teams...
    WRCS completion date impacted by loss of contractor – School opening to coincide with first day of classes on September 4
    ​ Positive changes in the local economy that created trade shortages and slowed construction progress at Whispering Ridge Community School (WRCS) in the fall of 2017 did not come soon enough for some.

    "With the mechanical contractor going into receivership, general contractor Graham Construction has had to reset the timeline for completion of the new WRCS," says David Michalko, PWSD Facilities Director. "The loss of this service provider is significant, impacting several new school projects in northern Alberta. Unfortunately, our school is included among that list."

    A replacement contractor was hired as quickly as possible, but the unexpected change has significantly altered the project schedule.

    "Accepting the fact that the post-spring break opening we were aiming for will not happen is disappointing for everyone...
    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.

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    Work at schools in Teepee Creek, Clairmont and Sexsmith well underway –
    ​ Board awaits further announcement on new Whispering Ridge School start date

    Improvements to Peace Wapiti Academy’s façade, along with a roof replacement and landscaping work have wrapped up, but there’s still plenty of construction activity happening around Peace Wapiti Public School Division as a number of schools receive much-needed improvements. At Teepee Creek School, a modernization project is reaching the midway point, and the addition of two new modular classrooms and a link at Clairmont Community School is nearing completion. In Sexsmith, the replacement Robert W. Zahara Public School began to take shape when steel workers arrived on site earlier this month.

    In preparation for the arrival of two new modular classrooms at Teepee Creek School , extensive ground work was completed this...
    Wireless Public Alert System Test on Wednesday, November 28, 2018 at 1:55 p.m.
    ​ The Deputy Minister of Education has informed Alberta school divisions of the following test: 
    On Wednesday, November 28, 2018 at 1:55 p.m., the national wireless public alerting system Alert Ready will issue a test alert across Alberta.

    This system allows governments to deliver critical and potentially life-saving alerts to Albertans through compatible cell phones.

    Alberta will also test its Alberta Emergency Alert system, which also includes an app, social media, radio and television.

    During the test, you may hear the emergency tone and see a message similar to this on your phone:

    "Alberta Emergency Alert - Test Alert - The Alberta Emergency Management Agency has issued a Province Wide Test Alert on November 28, 1:55 PM. This is only a TEST. If this had been an...
    Winning submission in Division-wide art contest featured on 2018 Christmas card
    ​ Congratulations to Grade 2 student Lheanna Basilan of Beaverlodge Elementary School, winner of the 2018 Peace Wapiti Public School Division (PWPSD) Christmas card art contest.

    The contest cycles through the four Grade divisions annually. This year, 283 Grades 1-3 students submitted entries under the theme, "The best thing about Christmas is…" PWPSD Trustees chose the winning artwork.

    Lheanna's colourful scene, featuring a snowman surrounded by Christmas trees against a starlit background, earned her a swag bag and a $100 pizza party for her class. Congratulations to Lheanna and thanks to all who participated in the contest.  -30-



    Whispering Ridge School project receives Ministerial approval –
    Construction to begin once additional requirements are met
    Peace Wapiti Public School Division (PWSD) is pleased to announce that Education Minister David Eggen has provided full approval for the new Kindergarten - Grade 8 school project, to be located in Whispering Ridge subdivision.

    The new school was part of a larger announcement made last fall by the former government .

    Board Chair Dana McIntosh received news of the approval by way of a letter from the Minister, which she shared with Trustees during yesterday’s Board Meeting.

    The letter informed the Board that they may proceed with the project once all requirements, as outlined in the School Capital Manual, are satisfied, including confirmation of project scope and site availability.

    The Minister’s letter went on to...
    Whispering Ridge Community School construction set to begin – Attendance boundary adjustments completed following community consultations
    ​ Peace Wapiti Public School Division (PWSD) is pleased to announce that Graham Construction is the successful bidder for the construction of Whispering Ridge Community School (WRCS). The tendering process closed on April 12. In their bid, the company set estimated construction costs at $15,792,000. The school was initially included in a larger announcement by the former government in October, 2014.

    With a head office located in Calgary, Graham Construction is noted for many large scale projects throughout North America. Locally, the company is currently constructing the new Grande Prairie Regional Hospital. The company has collaborated with the Alberta Education and Infrastructure ministries on a number of school builds throughout the Edmonton and Calgary areas. Graham's impressive project roster also includes the Canadian Forces Military...
    Whispering Ridge Community School – Construction update as of May 8, 2018
    ​ Classrooms, the exterior, gym, washrooms and public areas of the new Whispering Ridge Community School are all nearing completion.

    To view construction progress on the new school, visit the Whispering Ridge Community School Facebook photo album at bit.ly/WRCS-May-2-18 .

    For details on the school, including floor plans, architectural renderings, quick facts, press releases, media coverage, newsletters, and answers to frequently asked questions, visit http://www.pwsd76.ab.ca/SchoolInfo/Pages/New-Schools.aspx .

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    What’s new at PWSD - Division Update
    ​ Division Update is a report on news from PWSD, produced for the spring and fall General School Councils' meetings. Read the latest edition online at http://bit.ly/PWSD-DivUpdate-Oct2016 .

    In this issue: 
  • Robert W. Zahara Public School and Teepee Creek School grand opening events postponed until spring
  • Enrolment and Staffing Report
  • New Vice-Principals named at three PWSD schools
  • PWSD Board selects leadership for 2016-2017 school year
  • Education Officers receive school leadership portfolios
  • PWSD viewbook highlights successes of students, staff and programs
  • PWSD's FNMI Scholarship awarded to PWA graduate Dustin Kaufmann
  • Terry Fox School Run events at PWSD schools net more than $42,000 for cancer research
  • Council Corner
  • Awards and achievements
  • School news
  • Upcoming events To download a printable PDF of Division Update , visit http://www.pwsd76.ab.ca/Publications/PWSD-Division-Update-October-2016.pdf . -30- ...
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    Wembley students to benefit from new breakfast programs
    ​Students at two Wembley-based schools will receive a kick-start to their day, thanks to a recent donation by Encana Corporation. The new Encana-sponsored breakfast programs at Wembley Elementary School and Helen E. Taylor School will be developed with input and start-up financing from the Breakfast Club of Canada. Read the full story  here .  
    Wembley Grade 4 Consultation Meeting
    ​ More than 70 people attended the Wembley Grade 4 Consultation Meeting held Thursday evening, April 19, 2018. Following a presentation by PWSD Superintendent Sheldon Rowe, attendees were encouraged to express feedback on two possible options:  
  • Addition of two modular classrooms at Wembley Elementary School : Maintain the status quo – Grade 4 remains at Wembley Elementary School.

  • Addition of two modular classrooms at Helen E. Taylor School : Grade 4 moves to Helen E. Taylor School, creating a K-Grade 3 (with additional space that could be used for a Junior Kindergarten) and a Grades 4-9 school.   PWSD trustees and executive team members gathered input from each table, recording comments on benefits/concerns forms. One representative from each table was selected...
  • Welcome to Kindergarten – Online registration opens on March 19
    ​ A warm welcome is extended to parents and children as they take the first step in their educational journey when Kindergarten online registration for the upcoming 2019-2020 school year opens at Peace Wapiti Public School Division (PWPSD) on Tuesday, March 19. Registration will be open to all children turning five in 2019, and can be completed online from the comfort of home at www.pwpsd.ca/registration .

    First-time users will need to set up an online registration account, and then complete the registration process. Families with children already enrolled at a PWPSD school can simply log in to their existing account and complete the steps to add another child. Those without access to the Internet should contact their school. A birth certificate and proof of residency are...
    Welcome to Kindergarten – Online registration opens on March 19
    A warm welcome is extended to parents and children as they take the first step in their educational journey when Kindergarten online registration for the upcoming 2019-2020 school year opens at Peace Wapiti Public School Division (PWPSD) on Tuesday, March 19. Registration will be open to all children turning five in 2019, and can be completed online from the comfort of home at  
    www.pwpsd.ca/registration .
    First-time users will need to set up an online registration account, and then complete the registration process. Families with children already enrolled at a PWPSD school can simply log in to their existing account and complete the steps to add another child. Those without access to the Internet should contact their school. A birth certificate and proof of residency...
    Welcome to Kindergarten – Online registration opens March 27
    ​ A warm welcome is extended to parents and children as they take the first step in their educational journey when Kindergarten online registration opens at Peace Wapiti Public School Division (PWSD) on Tuesday, March 27, 2018. Registration will be open to all children turning five in 2018, and can be completed online from the comfort of home at www.pwsd76.ab.ca/registration .

    First-time users will need to set up an online registration account, and then complete the registration process. A birth certificate and proof of residency are requirements for online or in-person registration. PWSD's registration webpage also provides a helpful ' How-to Register Online ' document and other valuable resources, including a link to the Kindergarten webpage . Those who do not have access to...
    Welcome back to the 2019-2020 school year – School starts on Tuesday, September 3, 2019
    ​ Grande Prairie, AB – Peace Wapiti Public School Division (PWPSD) extends a warm welcome to new and familiar faces as students and staff return to the classroom on Tuesday, September 3, 2019. The following resources will help families transition from summer break to school year immediately following the Labour Day long weekend. 


    School office reopening dates 
    School offices are now open and ready to accept fees payment and answer questions. For a list of office hours by school, visit http://bit.ly/PWPSD-Back-to-School-2019-20 . 


    School supply lists and fees 
    Families should click the 'Registration' tab on their school website to access school supply lists and fees. Find a list of PWPSD school websites at www.pwpsd.ca/SchoolInfo . School websites also offer a place to sign...
    Welcome back to the 2018-2019 school year – School starts on Tuesday, September 4, 2018
    ​ With the first day of the 2018-2019 school year just days away on Tuesday, September 4, Peace Wapiti Public School Division (PWPSD) offers resources to help families transition from summer break immediately following the Labour Day holiday.

    School office reopening dates
    School offices are now open and ready to accept fees payment and answer questions. For a list of office hours by school, visit http://bit.ly/Back-to-School-2018-19 .

    School supply lists and fees  
    Families should click the 'Registration' tab on their school website to access school supply lists and fees. Find a list of PWPSD school websites at www.pwsd76.ab.ca/SchoolInfo . School websites also offer a place to sign up for electronic newsletters.

    Online registration for new and transferring students; demographic review...
    Welcome back to the 2017-2018 school year
    With the first day of the 2017-2018 school year now less than one week away on Tuesday, September 5, Peace Wapiti Public School Division (PWSD) offers resources to help families transition from summer break immediately following the Labour Day holiday. Families are encouraged to visit school websites to view user-friendly school year calendars, school supply lists and school fees, and sign up for electronic newsletters and email notifications on the status of bus routes. Early in the school year, participating schools will offer bus safety demonstrations and personalized Kindergarten orientation sessions.

    2017-2018 school year calendar
    PWSD's printable school year calendar is available online at http://www.pwsd76.ab.ca/Resources/ParentResources/calendars . The calendar includes statutory holidays and professional development days. To facilitate blended high school and elementary busing at...
    Welcome back to the 2016-2017 school year – School construction, Kindergarten start-up, bus safety top PWSD’s back-to-school list
    The first day of school can prove hectic, even for the most organized, but Peace Wapiti Public School Division (PWSD) can help make things run smoothly. Personalized Kindergarten orientation sessions, school-based bus safety demonstrations, email notifications on the status of bus routes, and a user-friendly school year calendar will help families transition from summer break to the start of the 2016-2017 school year on Thursday, September 1, 2016.

    Construction projects respond to steady enrolment growth
    Enrolment remains stable at PWSD's 33 schools, with early projections at approximately 6,000 students in Kindergarten to Grade 12.

    In June, the Board approved the addition of Silver Valley Colony School to serve Hutterite students of the newly-established Silver Valley Colony.

    Construction continues on the new Whispering Ridge...
    Welcome back to the 2015-2016 school year
    ​ School construction, Kindergarten start-up, bus safety top PWSD's back-to-school list
    The first day of school can prove hectic, even for the most organized, but Peace Wapiti Public School Division (PWSD) can help make things run smoothly. Personalized Kindergarten orientation sessions, school-based bus safety sessions, email notifications on the status of bus routes, and a user-friendly school year calendar will prove helpful as families transition from summer break to the start of the 2015-2016 school year on Tuesday, September 1, 2015.


    Construction projects respond to enrolment growth
    After a notable increase last year, enrolment remains stable at PWSD schools. Early projections show more than 6,000 students enroled in Kindergarten to Grade 12 at PWSD's 32 schools.

    As a short-term solution to last year's...
    Welcome back to the 2014-2015 school year – Enrolment growth, Kindergarten start-up, bus safety top PWSD’s back-to-school list
      August 29, 2014: The first day of school can prove hectic, even for the most organized, but Peace Wapiti Public School Division (PWSD) can help make things run smoothly. Personalized Kindergarten orientation sessions, school-based bus safety sessions, email updates on the status of bus routes, and a user-friendly school year calendar will prove helpful as families transition from summer break to the start of the 2014-2015 school year on Tuesday, September 2, 2014.

    E nrolment growth
    Enrolment is up between 1 and 1.5 per cent at PWSD schools, with the majority of the growth experienced at Clairmont Community School and Harry Balfour School in Grande Prairie.

    "Due to growth in the Whispering Ridge and Westlake Village subdivisions, our schools are feeling...
    We Want to Hear from You – WES/HET Grade 4 Consultation Meeting
    ​ Due to population growth in the Wembley area, Peace Wapiti Public School Division has received provincial support for two modular classrooms, creating a unique opportunity to discuss programming at Wembley Elementary School and Helen E. Taylor School. We invite Wembley and area community members and school staff to attend a meeting to provide feedback to Trustees.
    When:   Thursday, April 19 at 6:00 p.m. Snacks will be provided. Where: Wembley Elementary School, 9601-96 Street
    Attendees will be encouraged to express feedback on two possible options:
  • Addition of two modular classrooms at Wembley Elementary School.
    Maintain the status quo – Grade 4 remains at Wembley Elementary School. 

  • Addition of two modular classrooms at Helen E. Taylor School.
    Grade 4 moves to...
  • Waxing for Cancer – PWA teachers offer “leg up” for the cause
    ​ Grade 12 student Megan Renner of Peace Wapiti Academy (PWA) recently formed an 18-member Relay for Life team and developed a hair-raising approach to cancer research fundraising. Three teachers – Randy Nagel, physical education teacher and coach; Farouq Hassanali, physics and math teacher, and Division-wide Learning Coach; and Joshua Kostanuick, CTS teacher and Titans football coach – have generously offered a "leg up" for the cause by agreeing to have their legs waxed during two fundraising events at the school. The first 'Waxing for Cancer' event took place today, Tuesday, June 9, during iPlan period. A second event is planned for Thursday, June 11. Admission is a two-dollar donation to the cause. Students and staff may purchase small or large wax strips, priced...
    Water service interruption at BRHS, 9:00 a.m. - noon, Thursday, March 14
    ​ Due to ongoing water testing in Beaverlodge, there will be a water service interruption at Beaverlodge Regional High School on Thursday, March 14, 2019, beginning at 9:00 a.m. and ending at noon. School will be open during the outage, and water will be provided for drinking and flushing toilets. -30- 

    Veresen Midstream to present $10,000 to Cree Language Program at Hythe Regional School


    Peace Wapiti Public School Division (PWSD) is pleased to announce that Veresen Midstream will present a $10,000 cheque in support of the Cree Language Program at Hythe Regional School (HRS) at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 5, 2018. The company has a significant presence in the community and owns a gas plant west of Hythe, operated by Pembina Pipelines.

    The connection was initiated last August when Barb Belcourt (pictured), First Nations, Métis, Inuit (FNMI) Liaison Worker and Cree Instructor at the school, shared her passion for the Cree Language Program during a conversation with Leanne Chartrand, Community Affairs Advisor with Veresen Midstream.  

    Ms. Belcourt said she was thrilled to receive a call from Ms. Chartrand in April, asking how they could support the program....
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    Using Online Resources to Enrich Learning
    There are many excellent online resources that can be accessed directly by parents or students for tutorial purposes, to enhance learning or to investigate areas of interest. (Find details here.) 1) PWSD has its own E-Community website with courses matching classroom curriculum in most subject areas. 2) Learn Alberta is a provincial site offering access to the full range of course and curriculum supports.  3) We encourage you to take a look at TeacherTube and YouTube, as well, for information on most subjects. KhanAchademy is an excellent resource with instructive videos on a vast range of education based topics.
    Updated: Leak contained at Sexsmith Secondary School. Classes have resumed.
    Monday, February 25, 2019, 10:40 a.m. – The leak at Sexsmith Secondary School from a burst water line has been contained. Students and staff have returned to the school and classes have resumed. The affected area of the school will be blocked off while PWPSD Maintenance staff conduct their work.
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    Sexsmith Secondary School evacuated to Sexsmith Arena due to burst water line

    Monday, February 25, 2019, 10:10 a.m. – Sexsmith Secondary School students and staff have evacuated to the nearby Sexsmith Arena due to a burst water line at the school. All students are safe and accounted for. School administrators are releasing students to any parents who wish to pick up their child(ren), as outlined in the PWPSD...
    UPDATE: Hold and Secure at Harry Balfour School has ended
    ​ Tuesday, November 6, 2018, 11:25 a.m. – The Hold and Secure at Harry Balfour School has been lifted by the RCMP. The situation that occurred in the general vicinity of the school has ended. 

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    UPDATE: ATCO determines building safe for occupancy after odour detected at WRCS
    ​ UPDATE: Tuesday, February 12, 2019, 4:45 p.m. – ATCO tested Whispering Ridge Community School and determined that the building is safe for occupancy. 

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    Odour detected at WRCS after school day had ended

    Tuesday, February 12, 2019, 4:30 p.m. – At approximately 3:50 p.m. today, an odour, thought to be natural gas, was detected by staff at Whispering Ridge Community School. The odour was detected after the school day had ended and students had left for the day. As a safety precaution, ATCO requested that staff and any remaining students evacuate the building. ATCO is currently assessing the school. We are awaiting an update from ATCO.   What is an evacuation?
  • A response to a possible danger INSIDE the school.
  • Staff...
  • UPDATE: All students/staff have arrived at WRCS after evacuation due to odour.
    UPDATE #3: Fri., Feb. 22, 2019, 11:35 a.m.: All WRCS staff and students have arrived safely back at the school. The evacuation has ended. 

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    UPDATE #2: Fri., Feb. 22, 2019, 11:00 a.m.: ATCO and the Fire Department have checked Whispering Ridge Community School and deemed it safe for occupancy. Staff and students are now walking back to the school from the Grande Prairie Alliance Church. A PWPSD bus has been dispatched for any students with mobility issues. PWPSD has received reports that the odour was possibly due to escaping sewer gases in the area. 

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    UPDATE:  Fri., Feb. 22, 2019, 10:30 a.m.: All WRCS students/staff have safely arrived at the Grande Prairie Alliance Church. ATCO and the fire department are checking the school. 

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    Unplanned power outage at PWPSD Central Office, beginning at 11:45 a.m.
    ​ Update #2: Monday, June 24, 2019, 2:20 p.m.: Power has been restored at Central Office. Thank you for your patience. *************** Update: Monday, June 24, 2019, 10:50 a.m.: ATCO has informed staff that the unplanned power outage at Central Office will begin at 11:45 a.m. today, and last approximately two to three hours.  ******** Monday, June 24, 2019, 10:40 a.m.: There will be an unplanned power outage at PWPSD Central Office, beginning this morning and lasting approximately 2-3 hours, while ATCO replaces three transformers. An updated message will be posted when service has been restored.
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    University of Calgary hosts Cybermentor workshop for girls at Ridgevalley School
    Approximately 40 female Grades 6-12 Ridgevalley students participated in an afternoon of science during a Cybermentor workshop on Tuesday, November 15.

    Cybermentor is an online mentoring program for girls in Grades 6 to 12 across Alberta. Following the school-based workshop, each girl is matched with her own carefully-screened mentor and the two connect online throughout the school y ear. Girls learn about the wealth of careers and opportunities in science and engineering, discover new interests, and gain confidence. The mentors enjoy the experience of being a role model and motivating the next generation of scientists and engineers.

    At the workshop, Ridgevalley students participated in an engineering design competition to create a mechanical ball launcher; discussed the importance of design, creativity, budgeting and teamwork in...
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    Two PWSD teachers receive Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medals
    Two PWSD teachers have received exciting news – both have learned they will be awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for their volunteer work.

    Chris Young, a first-year teacher at Savanna School, is being recognized for his work with the Army Cadet Expedition program. He will be honoured during a ceremony at the school on Monday, Feb. 25 at 2:45 pm.   

    Mike McKay, who is in his sixteenth year of teaching at Eaglesham School, will receive his medal during a ceremony beginning at noon on Tuesday, Feb. 26 at Coco Hall in Wanham. McKay is being recognized for his work on the Remembrance Day project he has been running at the school for several years. For more information, read the full press release...
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    Two PWSD staffers recognized for contributions to sports
    We’ve all heard the saying, “If you want something done, ask a busy person.” That statement couldn’t be truer for two Peace Wapiti Public School Division (PWSD) staffers, Perry Schofield and Darrell Willier, who have poured their heart and soul into the world of junior and senior high sports. The pair will soon receive much deserved recognition for their dedication to students. Read the full story here .
    Two PWSD staffers receive Passionate Heart Awards – Beaverlodge Elementary School’s Andrew Lojczyc and Lisa Cage Ostaszewski recognized for outstanding service
    ​ Congratulations are in order for Beaverlodge Elementary School's Assistant Principal Andrew Lojczyc and Lisa Cage Ostaszewski, Administrative Assistant. The pair were among those recognized with Passionate Heart Exceptional Service Awards during the 11 th annual Passionate Heart Awards luncheon held yesterday in Grande Prairie.

    Sponsored by Family and Community Support Services (FCSS) in the City of Grande Prairie, County of Grande Prairie, Sexsmith, Hythe, Beaverlodge and Wembley, the awards recognize outstanding contributions in the area of social services. Nominations typically come from colleagues or those directly impacted by the individuals.

    Mr. Lojczyc says he and Ms. Cage Ostaszewski are humbled to share in this award.

    "Our awards belong to all the staff. We work as a team and community to serve the kids. We...
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    Two PWSD schools receive generous donations
    ConocoPhillips Canada and Encana Corporation fund technology improvements and sporting equipment for Peace Wapiti schools located in Elmworth and Wembley. For more information, read the full press release here .
    Two PWSD schools celebrate grand opening events
    Replacement Robert W. Zahara Public School and modernized Teepee Creek School Friday, June 9, 2017 marked a day of celebration for Peace Wapiti Public School Division (PWSD), with the official grand opening of the replacement Kindergarten-Grade 6 Robert. W. Zahara (RWZ) Public School in Sexsmith during the morning, followed by an afternoon event at the modernized Kindergarten-Grade 8 Teepee Creek School (TCS) in Teepee Creek.

    RWZ Principal Lawrie McKeith kicked off the morning event with a multi-cultural welcome and reminded everyone that, from the beginning, the focus of the project was on students.

    "I am humbled and awed to stand here before those of you who have worked tirelessly to make this building a reality," said Ms. McKeith. "I listened, watched, and observed as...
    Twelve PWPSD students off to Provincial Skills Canada Competition
    ​ Grande Prairie, AB – Peace Wapiti Public School Division (PWPSD) congratulates all participants in the Regional Skills Canada Competition (RSCC) held on April 26 in Fairview, AB, and is pleased to announce that nine students received medals at the event – five gold, two silver, and two bronze. Gold and silver medalists* from the RSCC will advance to the Provincial Skills Canada Competition (PSCC) on May 8-9, 2019 at the Edmonton EXPO Centre. A list of medalists is included below.

    RSCC Medalists: Category Name Grade School Medal Automobile Technology David Romanuik 11 Sexsmith Secondary School Gold* Cabinet Making Blake Souther 12 Beaverlodge Regional High School Gold* Carpentry Chase Boivin      11 Peace Wapiti Academy Gold* Carpentry Noah Palfy 10 Sexsmith Secondary School Bronze Hair...
    Trustees engage with students, tour schools in Rycroft, Eaglesham and Birch Hills
    ​ On Thursday, May 4, PWSD Trustees wrapped up their school tour schedule for the 2016-2017 school year with visits to Rycroft School, Eaglesham School, and Birch Meadows Colony School.

    Rycroft School
    In keeping with the "May the fourth be with you" Star Wars theme celebrated worldwide on May 4, Principal Julie Hynes was joined by a Storm Trooper and Captain Phasma in welcoming PWSD Trustees and Superintendent Sheldon Rowe to Rycroft School.

    Grade 8 student tour guides Dylan Gellings and Kayla Paulson led the group on a tour of Mrs. Vinck's class where Grade 1 students were lining up for a field trip to Safety City in Grande Prairie. After the Grade 1 class headed out, 16 Kindergarten students returned from recess and were...
    Trustees engage with students at Harry Balfour School
    ​ Following the Board meeting held on Thursday, January 19, Trustees toured Harry Balfour School, PWSD's only Kindergarten - Grade 8 school located inside Grande Prairie city limits.

    The opening of the new Whispering Ridge Community School (WRCS) during the 2017-2018 school year will address student enrolment growth experienced at HBS in recent years. When WRCS opens, approximately half of HBS's current 840 students and 84 staff members will move together to the new facility. A second request for a K-8 school, located southeast of Grande Prairie, part of the Board's 2016-2019 Three-Year Plan, will see closure of the current HBS, and will also bring an end to busing young rural students through the city's busy central core.

    After touring the school, Trustees...
    Trustee tour and engagement activity at Sexsmith Secondary School
    ​PWSD trustees toured Sexsmith Secondary School and met with students for an engagement activity on Thursday, March 30, 2017.

    Principal Mike Lauzon greeted the group and led them to the school's photography classroom where Grade 10 student Samantha McCarthy was waiting to shoot 'green screen' photos – a technique used in the photography, television and film industries to apply alternative backgrounds to images (pictured).  

    Journalism is a new course at Sexsmith Secondary, and students Shae Brumwell (left) and David Huls (right) were on hand to document the trustee's visit to their school.

    The group detoured through the school cafeteria where three provincial wrestling banners are proudly displayed (pictured).

    Adirondack chairs on display in the school's wood shop served as an example of the skills...
    Trustee tour and engagement activity at Penson School
    ​ PWSD trustees toured Penson School and met with students for an engagement activity on Thursday, March 30, 2017.

    At Penson School, Principal Jenny McAusland and Grade 7 students Keyton Murray and Reece Hutchinson (pictured left-right) led two groups of trustees on a tour of Kindergarten - Grade 8 classes.

    The group visited Mrs. Van Natter's Kindergarten class, followed by visits to Mrs. Hutchison's Grade 1A and Ms. Dalen's 1B classes. This year marks the first time Penson School has seen a spike in enrolment numbers to warrant dividing a grade. Students in 1A were eager to show off their reading skills to Trustees Stefanie Clarke and Wendy Kelm (pictured).

    While touring classes, trustees were drawn to the gym where a lively game between Mr....
    Trustee tour and engagement activity at Elmworth School
    ​ PWSD trustees toured Elmworth School and met with students for an engagement activity during the morning of Thursday, April 13, 2017 – the last day of classes prior to spring break.

    Principal Cynthia Gauthier welcomed the trustees and Superintendent Sheldon Rowe to her Grades 7-9 Language Arts and Health class (pictured). Students shared their Twenty Percent topics, a project-based learning assignment that spans the entire school year and encourages students to pursue creative interests of their choice. Ms. Walker, the school's science teacher, is also involved in the project.

    The project draws on advice from a book by Kevin Brookhouser, The 20time Project, which challenges teachers to move away from the 'sage on the stage' model of teaching into the role of 'guide on the...
    Tri-district school fundraiser nets more than $40,000 for Fort McMurray evacuees
    During the month of May, the students and staff of schools within Grande Prairie Public School Division, Grande Prairie Catholic School Division and Peace Wapiti Public School Division accepted a challenge to join forces in raising funds for those impacted by the Fort McMurray and area wildfire.

    Student-led fundraisers, ranging from popcorn sales to community barbecues and car wash events, have generated $40,628.48 to date, along with donated goods. Fundraising is ongoing at many schools, and additional dollars raised beyond the initial tally will also be donated to the Canadian Red Cross Alberta Fires Appeal.

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    Tri-District Partnership with NuVista Energy Ltd.
    ​ Tri-District Partnership with NuVista Energy Ltd. – Grande Prairie Public School District, Grande Prairie and District Catholic Schools and Peace Wapiti Public School Division

    As Dual Credit opportunities become a reality for more high school students in Alberta, the three local school districts are pleased to announce a unique opportunity for two groups of grade twelve students. Students will have access to a blended learning environment, in partnership with Grande Prairie Regional College (GPRC), where they will complete the requirements for eight industry standard tickets: Confined Spaces Awareness/Rescue, Detection and Control of Flammable Substances (ENFORM), Fall Protection, Ground Disturbance Supervisor, H2S Alive (ENFORM), Transportation of Dangerous Goods (TDG), Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) and Construction Safety Training System (CSTS), while also earning...
    Tri-District Dual Credit Partnership Announcement
    ​Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT), Aquatera, Enform Energy, and administration from the three school districts will be making a joint statement and will be available tomorrow, Thursday, May 21, to release details about a unique partnership that will benefit regional high school students. What: Joint statement and comment partnership and program offerings for students When: Thursday, May 21 at Noon Where: Grande Prairie. Aquatera Office  11101 – 104 Avenue Grande Prairie, AB

    Staff from participating districts will be available for comment.

    Transportation Update for families who reside in the Westlake Village subdivision
    ​ The following information was emailed on March 1, 2018 to families who reside in the Westlake Village subdivision. Parents/guardians who have not supplied an email address to their child's school will receive the information by mail. Those wishing to receive future notices by email should provide an email address to their child's school.  
    Dear Parents/Guardians,

    The Peace Wapiti Public School Division (PWSD) Board has been awaiting information from the Minister of Education regarding updated student transportation regulations as part of the School Amendment Act . An announcement issued by the Government of Alberta on November 15, 2017, School Act amendments to improve student success , outlined the amendments passed, including changes to student transportation, specifically, "Ensuring the government can provide clear and updated...
    Transportation Survey Results
    ​ In December 2014, Peace Wapiti Public School Division conducted an online survey of families in Whispering Ridge and Westlake Village subdivisions, and those located along Bus Routes 322, 382 and 406. The purpose of the survey was to determine the feasibility of offering busing to Clairmont Community School for students who live in Whispering Ridge and Westlake Village subdivisions. Please be advised that, while the results of the survey indicated a slight preference for a choice in busing to either Harry Balfour School or Clairmont Community School, more than 46 per cent of respondents indicated that they would like to receive this option free of charge . Given the current transportation deficit at Peace Wapiti Public School Division, a final decision whether or...
    Transportation Survey
    Residents of Whispering Ridge and Westlake Village subdivisions, as well as families with children who ride Bus Routes 322, 382 or 406, are asked to complete a Transportation Survey by midnight on January 4, 2015 . Door hangers containing survey details will be distributed to homes throughout both subdivisions during the weekend of December 13-14, and bus students on the three affected routes will also receive copies for their families. 

    To access the survey, visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/pwsdbusing or scan the QR code with your mobile device.
           


      Currently, students in Kindergarten to Grade 8 who live in Whispering Ridge and Westlake Village subdivisions belong in Harry Balfour School’s attendance area and receive transportation to this school at no cost. Families...
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    Transcript Requests
    Students needing their transcript to get into a college can download the form that includes instructions on how to request.  There is also a form for those students needing a re-issue of their diploma.
    Tour the Trades event exposes students to future career paths
    ​ Grades 12 students Sjoerd Hoekstra and Cauy Lutz of Sexsmith Secondary School, and Grade 10 student Dustin Blackmore and Grade 12 student Russel Thatcher from Peace Wapiti Academy joined with students from the two other local districts for a 'Tour the Trades' event on December 6. During the tour, the group was exposed to potential work experience opportunities and future career paths at trades-based businesses in Grande Prairie. Trades featured on the tour are in high demand and provided an opportunity for students to talk with tradespeople on the job and learn about the trades and the steps required for certification. Prior to the tour, students completed the Alberta Education Workplace Safety Systems HCS-3000 course.

    The group donned the appropriate safety gear before...
    Tour the Trades event exposes students to future career paths
    ​ This year's second 'Tour the Trades' event was held on February 14, 2018, to introduce students to potential work experience opportunities and future career paths at four trades-based businesses in Grande Prairie. Participating in the tour were Peace Wapiti Academy (PWA) Grade 11 students Sydney Olderskog and Kattie Williams, along with students from the two other local districts.

    The group boarded a bus at Charles Spencer High School at 8:15 a.m. to see the sheet metal trade in action at Lee's Sheet Metal Shop. From there, the group visted M & R Plumbing. After lunch at the Muskoseepi Pavilion, students visited Lonnie's Auto Body, before moving on to Ken Sargent GMC Buick Ltd. (pictured) where they learned about career opportunities as an auto...
    Tour the Trades event exposes students to future career paths
    ​ Three PWPSD high school students joined with students from the two other local districts for a 'Tour the Trades' event on Tuesday, December 4. During the tour, the group was exposed to potential work experience opportunities and future career paths at trades-based businesses in Grande Prairie. 
    Trades featured on the tour are in high demand and provide opportunities for students to talk with tradespeople on the job and learn about the trades and the steps required for certification. Prior to the tours, students complete the Alberta Education Workplace Safety Systems HCS-3000 course.

    Students began the full-day tour at the Aquatera Wastewater Treatment Plant, followed by a visit to Stahl Peterbilt Incorporated. Lastly, the group toured the Public Works Department at the County of...
    Top student-athletes to compete in GPRC Wolves High School All-Star Volleyball Games
    ​ Fifteen students from PWSD's high schools have been selected to compete in the annual Grande Prairie Regional College (GPRC) Wolves High School All-Star Volleyball games on Thursday, December 3 rd . Girls will play at 6:30 p.m., followed by the boys at 8:00 p.m. Admission is $5. Congratulations and best of luck to PWSD's student-athletes:
  • Beaverlodge Regional High School: Owen Frederikson and Ethan Toews, Gr. 11; Savannah McKay and Tyson Walker, Gr. 12.
  • Peace Wapiti Academy: Shawn Gallant, Gr. 10; Katrina Dawe, Kelsey Gitzel, McKenna Wolstenholme, and Tristan Moon – all in Gr. 12.
  • Sexsmith Secondary School: Keyana Anderson, Sophia Balderston and Ryan Breen – all in Gr. 10.
  • Spirit River Regional Academy: Tori Macooh, Gr. 10; Quinn Pelland,...
  • Tools for School donations ensure student success
    ​ Not even the wind and rain could dampen spirits at this morning's Tools for School "stuff a bus" event, an annual initiative sponsored by United Way Albert North West, Costco, Staples, and the three local School Boards – Peace Wapiti Public School Division (PWSD), Grande Prairie Catholic School Division (GPCSD) and Grande Prairie Public School Division (GPPSD).

    Executive members from the sponsoring organizations were joined by MLA Wayne Drysdale and staff, students and volunteers from PWSD, GPCSD and GPPSD. Through teamwork, a school bus supplied by PWSD was stuffed with donations of more than 800 backpacks and extra supplies in less than 30 minutes. The bus traveled to the three Board offices where the supplies were unloaded for distribution to area schools.

    To...
    Tools for School donations ensure student success
    ​ The spirit of giving was in the air at this morning's Tools for School "stuff a bus" event, an annual initiative sponsored by United Way Alberta North West, Costco, Staples, and the three local School Boards – Peace Wapiti Public School Division (PWSD), Grande Prairie Catholic School Division (GPCSD) and Grande Prairie Public School Division (GPPSD).

    Executive members from the sponsoring organizations were joined by volunteers, and through teamwork, a PWSD school bus was stuffed with donations of backpacks and school supplies in less than 30 minutes. The bus traveled to the three Board offices where the supplies were unloaded for distribution to area schools. Supplies were also delivered to the City of Grande Prairie's Community Homeless Initiative partner agencies, including the Canadian...
    Tools 4 School campaign provides school supplies to families in need
    ​ On Monday, August 27, 2018, representatives from the United Way Alberta Northwest and local school boards came together to stuff a bus, part of the United Way's annual Tools 4 School campaign to provide donations of school supplies to families in need.

    The United Way AB NW website says their aim is to reduce one of the known barriers preventing children and youth from successfully learning and participating in school. Their goal is to ensure no student begins the 2018/19 school year without needed school supplies. Families requiring assistance should complete the Tools 4 School online registration form at https://unitedwayabnw.org/images/news/events/2018/toolsforschools/Agency-Recipient-Registration-Form_Tools-for-School-Fillable.pdf or call (780) 532-1105.

    To learn how you can donate to this cause, visit https://unitedwayabnw.org/toolsforschooldrive . -30- 
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    Today, January 30, is Bell Let’s Talk Day
    ​ You are not alone. If you think that you might be having a mental health issue or a friend is, please reach out to your teacher, guidance counsellor or principal. They're here to listen.

    Simple kindness can make the world of difference. Whether it's a smile or being a good listener, these simple acts of kindness can help open up the conversation and let someone know you are there for them. Ask what you can do to help.

    The best way to end the stigma is to talk about it! Break the silence. Talk about how mental illness touches us all in some way directly or through a friend, family member or fellow student. 

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    Time to Sign Up for Summer Work Experience
    Work Experience 15-25-35 are separate courses for credit that provide experiential learning activities in a workplace setting, undertaken by a student as part of a planned school program under the cooperative supervision of a teacher-coordinator and employer.  These courses provide opportunities for the student to:  apply, in the workplace, knowledge, skills and attitudes acquired through other course work, discover their career interests and aptitudes in meaningful work activities, situated in community-based work stations and work sites in business, industry, community service and agriculture, make use of opportunities to further their personal development, career planning and employability skills, acquire the skills demanded by business and gain recognized experience to assist in making the transition from school to work, and meet a sometimes critical graduation requirement...
    Three PWA Band members to perform with UAlberta Symphonic Wind Ensemble at Winspear Centre

    This weekend, Peace Wapiti Academy band members (left-right) Maryn Johnson, Grade 10; Tayvis Rodacker, Grade 11; and Adam Harris, Grade 12 will be found among Alberta’s most talented high school students at the annual Honour Band Weekend, hosted by the University of Alberta (UAlberta). The students will participate in workshops on Friday - Sunday, February 9-11. The High School Honour Band joins the Symphonic Wind Ensemble and the winner of the Department of Music Concerto Competition in a grand weekend finale at the Winspear Centre on Sunday, February 11 at 3:00 p.m. “A very exciting opportunity for our students,” says PWA Band teacher Darcy Nielsen. -30-
    Three Peace Wapiti Academy students advance to National Skills Canada Competition
    ​ Peace Wapiti Public School Division (PWSD) congratulates three Peace Wapiti Academy students who will advance to the National Skills Canada Competition in Winnipeg, Manitoba on May 31 - June 2, 2017, following gold medal wins at the Provincial Skills Canada Competition (PSCC) in Edmonton on May 10-11, 2017. Gold medalists from the provincial event formed Team Alberta, earning a place at the national event.

    Grade 11 student Brandon Toews teamed up with Grade 12 student Morgan Embree for the PSCC gold medal win in the Robotics category.

    "This whole experience has been surreal," says Brandon. "Having the opportunity to compete in an event such as Robotics is a gift on its own. Going to nationals is something I didn't expect, but I'm going...
    Three new modular classrooms at Harry Balfour School
    ​ In May, three new modular classrooms arrived at PWSD's Central Office in Grande Prairie. Today, June 2, 2015, they are sitting on piles at their new home – Harry Balfour School . The new classrooms, located at the back of the school, will be used by Grade 6 students and will be ready to be occupied in September, 2015. They will be equipped with new furniture, SMART boards and integrated sound field systems – a much-needed addition to the school. Stay tuned for more photos as the installation process continues over the summer months.  

    For more photos, visit PWSD's Facebook page .
    Three local School Districts join forces with NAIT, Aquatera, Ensign Energy Services and Careers: The Next Generation to offer two new Dual Credit programs in 2015-16 –
    Oil and Gas Field Production Operator, Water and Wastewater Operator As Dual Credit opportunities become a reality for more high school students in Alberta, the three local School Districts are pleased to announce two additional unique opportunities for students, to be offered in the upcoming school year. In partnership with NAIT, Aquatera, Ensign Energy, and Careers: The Next Generation, students will have access to a blended learning environment where they will complete the requirements for certificates from NAIT in Oil and Gas Field Production Operator or Water and Wastewater Operator, over a two-year period.

    When the Provincial Dual Credit Strategy was first announced by the Government of Alberta, local School Boards formed a partnership with NAIT and Careers: The Next Generation to offer students post-secondary...
    The unfolding journey – Transportation funding crisis to headline upcoming meeting with local MLAs
    ​ Grande Prairie, AB – It may be difficult to imagine an educational disadvantage in our communities, yet even the youngest students at Peace Wapiti Public School Division (PWPSD) can tell stories of transportation disparity. This Friday, PWPSD trustees will bring their ongoing fight for equitable transportation funding to the table during a meeting with local MLAs Wayne Drysdale and Todd Loewen, and Margaret McCuaig-Boyd, Minister of Energy and MLA for Dunvegan-Central Peace-Notley.

    Top of mind for trustees is the amount of time students are spending on school buses, in relation to students in larger centers.

    "Imagine boarding a school bus in the dark prior to 7:00 a.m., to return home 10 hours later at 5:00 p.m. Now imagine doing that at six years of...
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    The results are in – PWSD students bring home the hardware from Regional Skills Canada Competition
    Peace Wapiti Public School Division No. 76 is pleased to announce that six of its students received medals at the Regional Skills Canada Competition (RSCC) in Fairview, AB which took place on April 25-26, 2013. For further details, read the full release here .
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    The results are in – PWSD students bring home the hardware from Regional Skills Canada Competition
    May 6, 2014: PWSD congratulates all students who participated in the Regional Skills Canada Competition (RSCC) which took place on May 1-2 in Fairview, AB, and is pleased to announce that nine students received medals at the event. In the compulsory events, PWSD students dominated the intermediate hairstyling competition, bringing home gold and silver medals. Gold medals were also earned in baking, culinary arts and junior hairstyling, along with silver medals for cabinet making and carpentry, and a bronze in junior hairstyling. Gold and silver medalists in the compulsory events have secured their place at the 22nd Provincial Skills Canada Competition (PSCC) planned for May 14-15, 2014 at the Edmonton Expo Centre. In the non-compulsory events, one PWSD student received a bronze medal in...
    The results are in – PWSD students bring home the hardware from Regional Skills Canada Competition
    Peace Wapiti Public School Division (PWSD) congratulates all students who participated in the Regional Skills Canada Competition (RSCC) on April 23-24 in Fairview, AB, and is pleased to announce that nine students received medals at the event.

    To qualify for the 23 rd Provincial Skills Canada Competition planned for May 13-14, 2015 at the Edmonton Expo Centre, students competing in the regionalized events at the RSCC in Fairview had to achieve either a first- or second-place finish. PWSD students earned three gold medals in the culinary arts, intermediate hairstyling and junior hairstyling categories; and a silver medal was awarded for cabinet making. Also notable were three bronze medals in the welding, intermediate hairstyling and junior hairstyling categories.

    Only those receiving gold medals in the non-regionalized...
    The results are in – PWSD students bring home the hardware from Regional Skills Canada Competition
    ​ Peace Wapiti Public School Division (PWSD) congratulates all students who participated in the Regional Skills Canada Competition (RSCC) on April 21-22 in Fairview, AB, and is pleased to announce that 17 students received medals at the event.

    A list of medallists is included below. Only those who placed in qualifying regionalized events will progress to the Provincial Skills Canada Competition (PSCC) planned for May 11-12, 2016 at the Edmonton EXPO Centre. See note below.

    *Bolded text denotes provincial progression.

    Baking
    Silver - Sven Dietsche, Grade 10, Savanna School*
    Bronze - Lalita Janke, Grade 11, Beaverlodge Regional High School

    Cabinet Making
    Silver - Michael Jabs, Grade 12, Peace Wapiti Academy*
    Bronze - Jared Fehr, Grade 10, Sexsmith...
    The importance of immunization
      Please read this important notice on immunization from James Talbot, Chief Medical Office of Health, dated September 24, 2014. If you have questions, please visit Alberta Health Services' immunization web page at www.immunizealberta.ca .  Albertans who are uncertain of their immunization history or their child's immunization history can call Health Link Alberta at 1-866-408-5465.
    The importance of completing the Returning Student Update Form
    ​Parents and Guardians: Please complete the Returning Student Update Form. You were emailed a Snap Code during the first week of school – click the link below to enter your code and complete the form today. Contact your school if you did not receive a code via email.
    Three important reasons why you need to complete the form:
  • It is mandatory.
    The School Act requires that a Board maintain a student record for each student, and that the information is updated annually. 

  • In the event of a crisis or an emergency.
    School staff may need to act quickly. It is critical to have current contact information for parents and guardians.

  • To meet your child's needs.
    To best serve the specific...
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    The ‘Thunder’ rolls – Peace Wapiti U-17 girls’ basketball players find success through sport
    ​Black clouds have been hanging over Grande Prairie as of late, and on more than one occasion, we’ve heard the not-so-distant roll of thunder. Last week, the Peace Country Thunder Under-17 girls’ basketball team made some noise of their own, ending their season with a bang by placing second in the Chestermere and Calgary Tournament held on June 7 and 8. Read the full press release here to find out how these girls are finding even further success through sport.
    Thank you!
    ​ During Thanksgiving, there is no better time to acknowledge the important people in our schools who are celebrated during the month of October. Please say 'thank you' to your school custodians, principals and teachers in the comments section of our Facebook page .

    From Peace Wapiti Public School Division, thank you to our custodians, principals and teachers!
  • Custodial Appreciation Day: October 2
  • World Teacher Day : October 5
  • National Principal's Month: October
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  • Ten PWSD students qualify for Provincial Skills Canada Competition
    ​ The results are in. Peace Wapiti Public School Division (PWSD) congratulates all participants in the Regional Skills Canada Competition (RSCC) held on April 27-28 in Fairview, AB, and is pleased to announce that 12 students were awarded medals at the event – eight gold, three silver, and one bronze. Of the winners, ten medalists placed in qualifying RSCC events, and will advance to the Provincial Skills Canada Competition (PSCC) on May 10-11, 2017 at the Edmonton EXPO Centre. A list of medalists is included below. ( * Denotes provincial progression.)

    Auto Service
    David Romanuik, Grade 9, Sexsmith Secondary School - BRONZE

    Cabinet Making
    *Jared Fehr, Grade 11, Sexsmith Secondary School – GOLD

    Carpentry
    *Landon Cook, Grade 12, Peace Wapiti...
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    Teepee Creek School to host local artist
    Students at Teepee Creek School will host a guest artist-in-residence on Monday, April 14, 2014. Gordon Mackey will set up shop in the front hallway of the school for the day, and will work on a painting that will be raffled at a later date as a fundraiser for the school. Members of the media are invited to this event. WHO:       Gordon Mackey, artist
    WHAT:     Artist-in-residence fundraising initiative for Teepee Creek School
    WHEN:     Monday, April 14, 2014, 8:30 a.m. – 3:45 p.m.
    WHERE:   Teepee Creek School - North on Highway 2, East on Secondary Highway 674, North on Range Road 34 for one block.   -30-
    Teepee Creek School ready for Destination Imagination challenge
    ​ Teepee Creek School invites the community to see imagination at work when they participate in the Alberta North Destination Imagination (DI) tournament on Saturday, March 14 th , taking place at 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at Charles Spencer High School.

    Teepee Creek School has been competing at the local DI event since 2011. This year, the school will send 10 teams to the tournament, made up of 35 students ranging from Grades 1-8.

    The DI tournament offers seven challenges to choose from, but Teepee Creek students have opted to focus in on two areas. In the Creature Feature challenge, teams built a creature that uses technical methods to perform team-chosen actions. However, it’s not all science; the team must use their arts skills...
    Teepee Creek School engages in “cardboard challenge” to support local cancer organization
    ​ Students at Teepee Creek School are engaging in a project that puts the ‘fun’ in fundraising. 

    “Our students are participating in a ‘cardboard challenge’ – a multi-age project which encourages students to use recycled cardboard boxes to create games for each other to play,” says Principal Barb Arend.

    The students were initially inspired by two YouTube videos, Caine’s Arcade and Caine’s Arcade 2 , featuring the story of a 9-year-old boy who built an elaborate cardboard arcade in his father’s store, catching the attention of a local filmmaker and, eventually, the world. The Global Cardboard Challenge is now an annual event hosted by the Imagination Foundation to celebrate child creativity and the role communities can play in fostering it.

    The school will open...
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    Teachers at Hythe Regional School willing to shave their heads in support of cancer research – for a price!
    Teachers at Hythe Regional School have named their price. Upon learning of their students’ goal to reach $5,000 in support of cancer research, f ive teachers boldly stepped up with a challenge: for every thousand dollars of funds raised, a teacher will shave their head . Other teachers have agreed to an extreme dye job to the tune of $500 in fundraising dollars.

    To find out who has made it to the barber's chair, read the full press release here .
    Teacher exchange a positive for French program at Eaglesham School
    ​ It's a long way from Nancy, France to Eaglesham, Alberta, but thanks to a teacher job shadowing opportunity, the gap has lessened considerably for two teachers.

    Last spring, Eaglesham teacher Fiona Logan spent two weeks in Nancy, France, learning and sharing best practices in second language pedagogy while improving her French language skills. This month, Ms. Logan welcomed her partner teacher, Anne Pardieu, to Canada for two weeks.

    While in France, Ms. Logan and Mme. Pardieu collaborated to enhance their respective French and English classes. The pair created a Google community to establish active communication and sharing activities between their Grades 3 and 4 students.

    The opportunity was the result of a Memorandum of Understanding with the Nancy-Metz region in France, signed last year by...
    Taqa North Ltd. provides $1,500 boost, ongoing support for LaGlace and Penson School nutrition programs
    ​ Grande Prairie, AB – Taqa North Limited's slogan, " We mean energy " will be particularly meaningful to students at LaGlace and Penson Schools after the company committed ongoing support to childhood nutrition yesterday. Robin McCullough, Field Administrator and Carleen Floyd, Production Administrator with the Grande Prairie office of the global company presented a $1,500 cheque for the current school year to Superintendent Bob Stewart at Peace Wapiti Public School Division (PWPSD) Central Office on Thursday, May 9, 2019.

    Ron Chernuka, Superintendent of Taqa North Limited says, "We are pleased to expand our support of school nutrition to include two PWPSD schools. We endeavor to provide ongoing support in the communities where our employees live and work."

    PWPSD Superintendent Bob Stewart says, "A child who...
    Take 20 – PWPSD schools celebrate literacy
    ​ Family Literacy Day, celebrated annually on January 27, is a national awareness initiative created by ABC Life Literacy Canada. Some PWPSD schools extend the event to a week of literacy activities, or celebrate on an alternate day. In honour of this year's 20 th  anniversary, Literacy Day 2019 encourages families to "Take 20" by incorporating 20-minute literacy activities into everyday family activities, such as singing karaoke, following a recipe to make a batch of playdough, or creating a different ending for a favourite story. Families can find additional tips in the Take 20 Literacy Day resource , and from the following school-based activities: School Date Details Beaverlodge Elementary School
    Monday - Friday, January 21-25 This year's theme is "Find Your Treasure…in books." Daily...
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    Survey - PWSD Electoral Ward Boundaries
    Peace Wapiti is now conducting consultations with our stakeholders-parents, school councils and members of the public to discuss our electoral ward boundaries. One way to participate is to provide input in this short survey about possible alternatives: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/PWSD-WardBoundarySurvey
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    Supporting Success – PWSD’s northern students and families to benefit from new Family First Centre
    ​ On Friday, September 5th, families, community members and the media are invited to celebrate the grand opening of the Family First Centre located at Rycroft School. The event will begin with a ‘Meet the Staff’ pancake breakfast at 9:00 a.m., followed by the official grand opening at 10:00 a.m., and an open house until 2:00 pm.
    “The Family First Centre developed from discussions between members of the Rycroft School/Spirit River Regional Academy School Community Team (SCT) concerning the lack of resources in the area. The new Centre is located within Rycroft School and will be open during school days from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.,” says Rycroft School Principal Casey Brown.   “The Centre will provide access to information and resources to support...
    Support seriously ill children by attending the 3D Charity Hockey and Soccer Tournaments on May 4-6, 2017
    ​ Since 1999, the 3D Charity Hockey Tournament has grown to become the largest three-on-three event of its kind in the Grande Prairie region. Students from the three local school divisions – Grande Prairie Public School District, Grande Prairie and District Catholic Schools, and Peace Wapiti Public School Division – will participate in this tournament that benefits seriously ill children in our community.

    Hockey Tournament details:
    The 16 th annual 3D Charity Hockey Tournament will take place on May 4-5, 2017 at the Coca Cola Centre in Grande Prairie.

    New this year – Soccer Tournament:
    The 1 st annual 3D Charity Soccer Tournament will take place on May 5-6, 2017 at St. Joseph Catholic High School in Grande Prairie.

    How can you...
    Substitute Teachers’ Appreciation Week, March 14-18
    ​ This year, March 14-18 has been designated as Substitute Teachers' Appreciation Week by the Alberta Teachers' Association (ATA).

    " Every day substitute teachers provide professional service in schools throughout Alberta. The role of the substitute teacher may be different from that of the regular teacher in some respects, but it is equally demanding, equally essential and equally professional. Without substitute teachers, the education of all students in our school system would take a giant step backward ." – ATA  

    PWSD currently employs approximately 230 substitute teachers who provide the flexibility required to accommodate the needs presented by 32 schools across a vast geographical area. They play a significant role in creating an educational environment that enables all students to achieve their potential....
    Students and teachers discuss PWSD’s Quality Learning Environment at first JSET meeting of 2016-2017 school year
    ​ Approximately 70 PWSD students and 20 teacher champions from across Peace Wapiti Public School Division (PWSD) came together at the Stonebridge Inn in Grande Prairie on Wednesday, November 16 for the first Jurisdictional Student Engagement Team (JSET) meeting of the school year.

    The PWSD JSET, established in 2014 to provide collaborative opportunities for students to offer perspectives on education issues, meets twice annually, in addition to virtual meetings via Google Hangout.

    During the first half of the day, the JSET broke into small groups to offer feedback on PWSD's Quality Learning Environment (QLE) implementation. Assistant Superintendent Darren Young facilitated the meeting and encouraged students to provide honest opinions. "It's important to tell us what you feel, not what you think we want...
    Student leadership focus of ‘TP WE’ event
    ​ Peace Wapiti Public School Division (PWSD) is pleased to announce that Teepee Creek School (TCS) will host a 'TP WE' event for more than 160 Grades 5-8 students from LaGlace, Woking, Rycroft and Teepee Creek Schools on Friday, May 6. The event will feature guest speakers who will encourage students to become leaders. Students will also participate in group activities designed to develop team-building skills, including hooping, drama, technology sessions, outdoor games, and farm safety.

    Principal Casey Brown says the idea for a school-based TP WE event began developing when they learned there would be no Mighty Peace Day event in Grande Prairie this year.

    "Our students had been looking forward to Mighty Peace Day, and were disappointed when they learned they would have...
    Spirit River Regional Academy student Olivia Sekulic selected to 2017-2018 Minister’s Youth Council
    ​ Peace Wapiti Public School Division (PWSD) congratulates Olivia Sekulic, Grade 11 student at Spirit River Regional Academy (SRRA), who has been selected to the 32-member 2017-2018 Minister's Youth Council . Recruitment for the Minister's Youth Council took place during February - May 2017. All junior and senior high students from across Alberta were eligible to apply.

    In the announcement released on June 29, Education Minister David Eggen congratulated Youth Council members. "Though their backgrounds are diverse – from rural to urban – these incredible young people are united in their passion for education and their desire to ensure that every Alberta student is given the best opportunities for success."

    In total, the Ministry received 232 applications from junior and senior high students.

    Miss Sekulic...
    Sparks Fly stationary bicycles set Penson School in motion
    ​ On November 3, 2016, the M.D. of Greenview Family and Community Support Services (FCSS) hosted a media event to launch the Sparks Fly program at Penson School. The Sparks Fly stationary bikes help students develop and improve self-regulation skills by burning off energy and reducing stress, while remaining in the classroom. The stationary bicycles are being implemented using MindUp curriculum, a six-week program that aims to teach children how their brain works to handle stress, facilitated by the M.D. of Greenview FCSS Youth Coordinator.

    The bikes come in two sizes to suit both younger and older students, and cost approximately $700 each. Penson School Principal Jenny McAusland expressed thanks to the M.D. of Greenview, represented at the event by FCSS Manager Lisa Hannaford...
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    So, you want to be a palaeontologist?
    Picture yourself cooking your meals outdoors and over an open flame. Feel the cool lap of water against your skin as you wade into a nearby river to do your laundry, followed by hanging it to dry on a tree. Then, imagine perching for hours on the face of a cliff as you unearth a fossilized dinosaur skeleton. Suddenly, you drop everything and run for cover inside your vehicle as the force of a passing sandstorm leaves the windshield permanently etched. If none of this scares you, then maybe palaeontology is for you! Pipestone Creek Dinosaur Initiative’s (PCDI) head palaeontologist, Dr. Phil Bell, recently gave an edge-of-your-seat presentation with the help of his assistant, Robin Simmons at Wembley Elementary School. Students at the school...
    Sign up today for bus route notifications by email
    ​ Receive timely alerts on the status of your route. Sign up for bus route notifications by email at http://transportation.pwsd76.ab.ca  or scan the QR code. It's easy!

    1. Select your bus route number(s)
    2. Enter your email address
    3. Click 'Subscribe' Please note: Effective September, 2015, only Division-wide cancellations and emergency notifications will be posted on PWSD's Facebook and Twitter feeds. When signing up for email notifications, please ensure that a valid email address has been entered. Your email provider may file the initial notification in your junk email folder – please approve it under your “Safe Senders List”.
    Shawn O’Shea appointed Principal of new school in Whispering Ridge
    ​ Peace Wapiti Public School Division (PWSD) is pleased to announce the appointment of Shawn O'Shea as Principal Designate of the new Kindergarten-Grade 8 school, to be located in Whispering Ridge subdivision. Mr. O'Shea will continue to serve as Principal of Clairmont Community School for the remainder of the current school year.

    A native of the Grande Prairie area, Mr. O'Shea brings more than a decade of school administrative experience to the role. In addition to five years as Principal of Clairmont Community School, he also served as Principal of Woking School, and Assistant Principal at Peace Wapiti Academy. He holds a Master's degree in Administration and Leadership, combined with fourteen years of teaching experience ranging from Kindergarten to Grade 12. Prior to joining...
    Sexsmith student selected to CBC Radio high school election panel
    ​ Austin Patrick to offer youthful perspectives on upcoming provincial election

    A student in Peace Wapiti Public School Division (PWSD) has been selected to participate in a three-member high school panel which will air on CBC Radio One's provincial program, Alberta@Noon.

    Austin Patrick, a Grade 12 student at Sexsmith Secondary School, will offer provincial election commentary along with fellow panelists – two Grade 12 students from Olds and Canmore.

    Participation in the panel discussion will be by telephone. In putting together the three-member panel, CBC Radio sought student representation from south, central and northern Alberta.

    "We wanted the perspective of interested and engaged young people from across the province to share their thoughts on the provincial election campaign – what they think are the main...
    Senior high students gain valuable credits through PWSD’s summer work program
    ​​ New employers invited to sign up to hire a student
    Peace Wapiti Public School Division (PWSD) offers a unique opportunity for high school students to earn extra credits during the summer months. Under the supervision of three teachers, students enroled in PWSD's Summer Work Experience Program (SWEP) may earn up to 10 high school credits each summer. Grades 10, 11, and 12 students from all eight PWSD high schools are eligible to register, providing that a job-site prep prerequisite course has been completed. Credits earned are applied directly on student transcripts to meet graduation requirements.

    Now in its 17 th year, the program is much more than just a summer job. On top of the extra credits, students also earn valuable skills...
    Sending love from head to toe – Students inspired by Olympic athlete-mentor to help those in need
    ​ Students in the 3S and 3P classes at Harry Balfour School have been inspired by Monique Sullivan, a track cyclist and Olympic athlete-mentor with Classroom Champions, to give back to the community. During the first half of December, the Grade 3 classes will host a school-wide collection of new hats, mittens and socks to donate to the homeless this holiday season. Donations may be dropped in boxes located throughout the school. The boxes are labelled by Grade division and students would like to see which division can make their box overflow with love for others. Collected items will be distributed at Grande Prairie's Dinner for the Homeless event on December 18 th .

    On November 25 th , Kasia Pfefferle's Grade 3P class...