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November 20 is National Child Day

November 15, 2017
​ The theme of National Child Day 2017 is "All Children have the Right to Be Safe." National Child Day is celebrated to mark two historic events: the 1959 signing of the UN Declaration of the Rights of the Child and the adoption of the UN Convention on the Rights of...
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PWSD schools remember

November 07, 2017
​ With Remembrance Day falling on a Saturday this year, and Friday, November 10 designated as a planned district-wide day off in lieu of parent-teacher interviews, Peace Wapiti Public Schools will host Remembrance Day ceremonies earlier in the week, as outlined below. Members of the media who wish to attend school-based...
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Determining when to cancel buses – PWSD exercises care and caution during times of inclement weather

October 31, 2017
​ Weather has been mild this fall, but the Transportation Department at Peace Wapiti Public School Division (PWSD) has already declared one regional cancellation of buses due to inclement weather in the Bonanza, Savanna and Spirit River attendance areas on October 25. 

Superintendent Sheldon Rowe says a lot of thought goes...
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Notice of a confirmed case of Pertussis (Whooping Cough) at Beaverlodge Regional High School

October 31, 2017
​ The following Alberta Health Services (AHS) health advisory was issued to  Beaverlodge Regional High School today, October 31, 2017, regarding a confirmed case of pertussis (whooping cough) at the school. 

To view a PDF of the original advisory, click the attachment link included at the end of this announcement.

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PWSD Christmas Card Art Contest, open to Grades 10-12 students

October 31, 2017
​ "The best thing about Christmas is..." is the theme of PWSD's 2017 Christmas card art contest – open to PWSD students in Grades 10-12. Each year, PWSD cycles the contest by grade division.

Students must submit their artwork to their classroom teacher on or before Friday, November 17. Artwork...
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Economic upturn, weather extend completion of new PWSD school

October 27, 2017
​ "The recent recovery in the local economy is good news, but is creating challenges in securing skilled trades in four vital areas necessary for completion of the new Whispering Ridge Community School (WRCS)," says David Michalko, Facilities Director at Peace Wapiti Public School Division (PWSD).

Mr. Michalko is responsible for...
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PWSD Board takes office during organizational meeting

October 27, 2017
​ Trustees for the 2017-2021 term took their Oath of Office, elected this year's Board Chair and Vice-Chair, established committee membership, and reviewed policies relating to trusteeship at the annual Peace Wapiti Public School Division (PWSD) organizational meeting of the Board on Thursday, October 26, 2017.

By acclamation, Dana McIntosh will...
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3-D Children’s Charity presents inaugural post-secondary scholarships

October 26, 2017
​ Keisha Mastrodimos, 2014 Beaverlodge Regional High School graduate and second-year student at Grande Prairie Regional College (GPRC), received one of two $1,000 inaugural 3-D Children's Society post-secondary scholarships, awarded on October 26, 2017. Miss Mastrodimos is enroled in the second year of a Bachelor of Arts degree at GPRC, with...
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Dana McIntosh acclaimed as Chair, Stefanie Clarke elected Vice-Chair during 2017-2018 Organizational Meeting

October 26, 2017
​Trustees for the 2017-2021 term took their Oath of Office, elected this year’s Board Chair and Vice-Chair, established committee membership, and reviewed policies relating to trusteeship at the annual Peace Wapiti Public School Division (PWSD) organizational meeting of the Board on Thursday, October 26, 2017.

Dana McIntosh was acclaimed as Chair...
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PWSD Division Update - October 2017

October 25, 2017
​ Find out what's new at PWSD. Read the October 2017 edition of PWSD Division Update , a report on news from Peace Wapiti Public School Division, produced for the Spring and Fall General School Councils' Meetings.

Online edition: http://bit.ly/PWSD-DivUpdate-Oct2017
A print-friendly PDF is also attached. 

In this...
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Notice of a confirmed case of Pertussis (Whooping Cough) at Hythe Regional School

October 24, 2017
​ The following Alberta Health Services (AHS) health advisory was issued to Hythe Regional School today, October 24, 2017, regarding a confirmed case of pertussis (whooping cough) at the school. 

To view a PDF of the original advisory, click the attachment link included at the end of this announcement.

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Organizational meeting of the Board – Peace Wapiti Public School Division

October 24, 2017
​ Trustees for the 2017-2021 term will convene at Peace Wapiti Public School Division's Central Office in Grande Prairie for their annual organizational meeting at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, October 26, 2017. The meeting will include the annual election of the Board Chair and Vice-Chair, trustees will take the Oath of...
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PWSD Good News Report – October 26, 2017

October 24, 2017
​ The following Good News Report from Peace Wapiti Public School Division (PWSD) and its schools will be shared at the upcoming Board Meeting on Thursday, October 26, 2017.



News from PWSD: PWSD schools generate nearly $50,000 for cancer research at annual Terry Fox Run events

Seventeen PWSD schools...
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PWSD schools raise nearly $50,000 for cancer research

October 24, 2017
​ The last coin has been counted and students throughout Peace Wapiti Public School Division (PWSD) have come through once again for cancer research, raising an astounding $49,460.22.

Among the 17 schools participating in Terry Fox School Run events this year, the top fundraising title goes to students at the combined...
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Notice of a confirmed case of Pertussis (Whooping Cough) at Beaverlodge Elementary School

October 23, 2017
​ The following Alberta Health Services (AHS) health advisory was issued to Beaverlodge Elementary School today, October 23, 2017, regarding a confirmed case of pertussis (whooping cough) at the school. 

To view a PDF of the original advisory, click the attachment link included at the end of this announcement.


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October 23, 2017

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PWSD Principal selected to participate in Teachers Institute on Canadian Parliamentary Democracy in Ottawa

October 23, 2017
​ Peace Wapiti Public School Division (PWSD) is pleased to announce that Casey Brown, Principal of Teepee Creek School, has been selected to participate in the Teachers Institute on Canadian Parliamentary Democracy in Ottawa on November 5-10, 2017.

The annual one-week professional development opportunity brings 85 outstanding teachers from across Canada together...
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PWSD releases official results of 2017 Trustee Election – Incumbents Wendy Kelm and Stefanie Clarke re-elected in Wards 5 and 7

October 20, 2017
Peace Wapiti Public School Division (PWSD) is pleased to announce the official results of the 2017 School Board Election, held on Monday, October 16. Re-elected for the 2017-2021 term are incumbents Wendy Kelm in Ward 5, representing Grande Prairie West and Wembley, and Stefanie Clarke in Ward 7, representing Grande Prairie...
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PWSD releases results of 2016-2017 Provincial Achievement Tests and Diploma Exams

October 18, 2017
​ Students of Peace Wapiti Public School Division (PWSD) continue to demonstrate success on the Provincial Achievement Tests (PATs), administered annually by Alberta Education to students in Grades 6 and 9, and the Diploma Exams, administered to Grade 12 students.

Provincial Achievement Test results are good news for PWSD's Grades...
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PWSD releases unofficial results of 2017 Trustee Election

October 16, 2017
The following are the unofficial results of the Peace Wapiti Public School Division (PWSD) 2017 Trustee Election for Ward 5 (Grande Prairie West and Wembley) and Ward 7 (Grande Prairie East and Grovedale):
Ward 5 – Grande Prairie West and Wembley Total Votes Cameron Donald 115 Wendy Kelm 332 TOTAL...
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October 15-21 is School Bus Safety Week 2017

October 16, 2017
​ The Alberta Student Transportation Advisory Council (ASTAC) is sponsoring a provincial poster contest using the theme Rider Rules = Safe to School to promote School Bus Safety Week . Entries must be submitted by October 31, 2017. The poster contest is open to Kindergarten - Grade 6 students. For contest rules...
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PWSD Mentorship Program brings together new and experienced teachers

October 11, 2017
PWSD, in partnership with the Northern Spirit Alberta Teachers Association (ATA) Local No. 6, offers a valuable mentorship program aimed at welcoming and supporting new teachers. The program pairs protégé (first-year) teachers with experienced teachers for two full days of workshops annually in October and February. Pairs may also meet to...
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PWSD Board News – October 5, 2017

October 10, 2017
For news from the Peace Wapiti Public School Division Board meeting held on October 5, 2017, read the latest edition of Board News at http://bit.ly/PWSD-BN-Oct-5-17 .   In this issue: PWSD Superintendent Sheldon Rowe to retire at the end of August 2018 Vote on October 16 – Multiple candidates nominated in...
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PWSD Superintendent Sheldon Rowe to retire at the end of August 2018

October 05, 2017
​October 5, 2017: During this morning's Board meeting, Peace Wapiti Public School Division (PWSD) Board Chair Dana McIntosh shared that Superintendent Sheldon Rowe has formally announced his retirement following 37 years of service at PWSD, and that the Board has accepted his resignation, effective the end of August 2018.

The following...
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Good News Report - October 2017

October 04, 2017
​ The following Good News Report from Peace Wapiti Public School Division (PWSD) and its schools will be shared at the Board Meeting on Thursday, October 5, 2017.

News from PWSD: Beaverlodge Regional High School alumni named 2017 Belcourt Brosseau Métis Award winners
Three Beaverlodge Regional High School Class...
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Candidate acclaimed in Ward 3

September 26, 2017
Peace Wapiti Public School Division (PWSD) is pleased to announce that nomination papers were filed for Ward 3 – Beaverlodge, Elmworth prior to the noon deadline on Monday, September 25, 2017.  

Ward 3 – Beaverlodge, Elmworth:                                    Lori Grant              Acclaimed
 
This announcement marks the official end of nominations at...
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Orange Shirt Day at PWSD schools – Every Child Matters

September 25, 2017
​ Schools within Peace Wapiti Public School Division (PWSD) will reflect on the legacy of residential schools at Orange Shirt Day events this week. The events will take place in advance of this year's official observance, which falls on Saturday, September 30.

The Orange Shirt Day Campaign – Every Child Matters...
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Cree musician returning for FNMI school tour

September 19, 2017
Ten Peace Wapiti Public School Division (PWSD) schools will welcome Cree musician Jason Chamakese during the First Nations, Métis, Inuit (FNMI) school tour on September 25-29, 2017. Darrell Willier, FNMI Education Coordinator at PWSD, who organizes the tours, says this will be Mr. Chamakese's fourth visit to PWSD and students and...
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PWSD announces official results of Nomination Day 2017

September 19, 2017
​Nominations for School Board Trustees for Peace Wapiti Public School Division were held on Monday, September 18, 2017.

The following wards were acclaimed:
​ Ward 1 – Eaglesham, Woking, Rycroft: ​Kari Scheers  ​Acclaimed ​ Ward 2 – Bonanza, Savanna, Spirit River: ​Sharilyn Anderson  ​Acclaimed ​ Ward 4 – Hythe,...
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PWSD announces unofficial results of Nomination Day 2017

September 18, 2017
​ Nominations for School Board Trustees for Peace Wapiti Public School Division were held today, Monday, September 18, 2017.

The following wards were acclaimed: ​ Ward 1 – Eaglesham, Woking, Rycroft: ​Kari Scheers  ​Acclaimed ​ Ward 2 – Bonanza, Savanna, Spirit River: ​Sharilyn Anderson  ​Acclaimed ​ Ward 4 – Hythe,...
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Merv Crouse Coats for Kids Campaign

September 14, 2017
Donations of winter wear through the annual Merv Crouse Coats for Kids Campaign will be accepted during September 15 - October 14, 2017. The Coats for Kids Store will be open during October 2 - 31. Collection of items:
Runs Friday, September 15 through to Saturday, October 14.
Accepting gently-used winter-wear (excluding wool, leather,...
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PWSD names RCMP ‘Friends of Education’ at regional ASBA Awards luncheon

September 14, 2017
​ The Alberta School Boards Association (ASBA) Zone 1 Awards luncheon held yesterday in Peace River provided an opportunity for Peace Wapiti Public School Division (PWSD) Trustees to recognize members of the three local Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) Detachments in Grande Prairie, Beaverlodge and Spirit River for their contributions to...
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PWSD schools to host Terry Fox Run events

September 13, 2017
​ Peace Wapiti Public Schools will honour the 37 th anniversary of the Terry Fox Run through fundraising campaigns and school run events. Local media are welcome to attend the following events – please RSVP to angelasears@pwsd76.ab.ca.   Date / Time School Event details Monday, Sept. 11, 1:40 p.m. Savanna School The...
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PWSD Board News – September 7, 2017

September 11, 2017
​ For news from the Peace Wapiti Public School Division Board meeting held on September 7, 2017, read the latest edition of Board News at http://bit.ly/PWSD-BN-Sept-7-17 . In this issue: Election 2017 – Become a school board trustee Alternate Education Program Report Minister approves transfer of PWSD funds to cover...
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Spirit River Regional Academy student Olivia Sekulic selected to 2017-2018 Minister’s Youth Council

September 07, 2017
​ 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...
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New roles for PWSD staff – Leadership update for the 2017-2018 school year

August 30, 2017
​ Peace Wapiti Public School Division (PWSD) is pleased to announce the following changes to school leadership staffing, effective the start of the 2017-2018 school year. Students will return to class on Tuesday, September 5.

New Principal appointments at PWSD schools

Rod Vanstone has been appointed Principal of Penson...
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Busing information

August 30, 2017
​ As of Tuesday, September 5, school zones will be in effect on school days. Drivers are reminded to exercise caution and adhere to posted speed limits. Drivers should also note that it is illegal to pass a school bus in rural areas when red lights are flashing.

Families should provide...
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Welcome back to the 2017-2018 school year

August 30, 2017
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...
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Bill 1: An Act to Reduce School Fees – What is covered? What is not covered?

August 22, 2017
​Announced in the spring of 2017, the Alberta Government's Bill 1: An Act to Reduce School Fees will cover basic instructional supplies at Peace Wapiti Public Schools, defined as textbooks, workbooks, photocopying, printing and paper. Additional revenue provided by the province will cover Career and Technology Foundations (CTF) fees for students...
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School’s out for summer: PWSD wishes students and staff a safe and enjoyable holiday – see you in September!

June 29, 2017
​ Today marks the final day of classes for the 2016-2017 school year for approximately 6,000 students, more than 360 teachers, and 600 non-teaching staff in the 33 schools that make up Peace Wapiti Public School Division (PWSD). Central Office in Grande Prairie will maintain regular office hours throughout the summer,...
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Your success for tomorrow begins right now – PWSD’s Alternate Education Program provides options for high school courses, diploma

June 21, 2017
​ 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...
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PWSD Good News Report – June 2017

June 20, 2017
​ The following Good News Report from Peace Wapiti Public School Division (PWSD) and its schools will be shared at the upcoming Board Meeting on Thursday, June 22, 2017.

News from PWSD: National Aboriginal Day celebrations planned across PWSD

A number of PWSD schools will celebrate National Aboriginal Day...
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PWSD schools celebrate National Aboriginal Day

June 19, 2017
​ A number of Peace Wapiti Public Schools will celebrate National Aboriginal Day (NAD) on Wednesday, June 21.

Hythe Regional School: The event will begin in the gym at 9:00 a.m. with an opening prayer by Elder Peter Joachim, followed by a dance troupe performance led by Marlene Letendre. Throughout the...
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Two PWSD schools celebrate grand opening events

June 12, 2017
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...
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WRCS News – May 2017

June 07, 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...
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On Your Mark! PWSD students benefit from free diploma exam tutorial sessions

June 07, 2017
​ Free diploma exam tutorial sessions will be offered to students of Peace Wapiti Public School Division (PWSD) starting this weekend. The comprehensive six-hour tutorials, known throughout the Division as 'On Your Mark!' sessions, will be open to students enroled at PWSD high schools. The sessions provide opportunities to review course...
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PWSD to host two school grand opening events on June 9, 2017

June 06, 2017
​ Peace Wapiti Public School Division (PWSD) will celebrate two school grand opening events on Friday, June 9, 2017. Families, community members, and local media are invited to attend the following events.

Members of the media who wish to attend one or both events:
Please RSVP to angelasears@pwsd76.ab.ca .



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Fast Track to the Trades Program opening doors for students –

May 31, 2017
​ Sexsmith and Beaverlodge students gaining valuable career experience through partnerships with Merit Contractors Association and local industry

Two Grade 10 students from Beaverlodge Regional High School (BRHS) and six from Sexsmith Secondary School (SSS) are among those taking advantage of the new Fast Track to the Trades Program that...
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PWSD school bus driver places first in Zone 5 Bus Roadeo in High Prairie

May 29, 2017
​ Congratulations to PWSD school bus driver Melody Tollefsrud, Beaverlodge area, who placed first in the Zone 5 Bus Roadeo held in High Prairie on May 27, 2017. Ms. Tollefsrud is pictured with Ted Gobin, PWSD Transportation Director.

Five PWSD drivers were among the 15 competitors at the event. Pictured below,...
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PWSD Board News – May 25, 2017

May 29, 2017
​ For news from the Peace Wapiti Public School Division Board Meeting held on May 25, 2017, read the latest edition of Board News at http://bit.ly/PWSD-BN-May-25-2017 . In this issue: Free On Your Mark! Diploma Exam tutorial sessions offered in June to PWSD students Collaborative Response Model nearing end of...
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Fast Track to the Trades: Tri-District partnership with Merit Contractors Association and GPRC

May 26, 2017
​ Luncheon to recognize partners and students

GRANDE PRAIRIE, AB – The three local School Districts, Grande Prairie Public School District (GPPSD), Peace Wapiti School Division (PWSD) and Grande Prairie Catholic School District (GPCSD), have partnered with Merit Contractors Association, Grande Prairie Regional College (GPRC) and industry to allow twenty...
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PWSD Good News Report – May 2017

May 19, 2017
​ The following Good News Report from Peace Wapiti Public School Division (PWSD) and its schools will be shared at the upcoming Board Meeting on Thursday, May 25, 2017.

News from PWSD: PWSD to host two school grand opening events on June 9, 2017
PWSD will celebrate two school...
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Three Peace Wapiti Academy students advance to National Skills Canada Competition

May 18, 2017
​ 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...
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PWSD to host annual division-wide Dave Bleile Track Meet

May 16, 2017
​ Event: Annual Dave Bleile Track Meet, hosted by Peace Wapiti Public School Division (PWSD)
When: 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, May 17, 2017. Awards ceremony at 1:30 p.m.
Rain date: Wednesday, May 24.
Where: Legion Field, 11313-105 Street, Grande Prairie Junior high student-athletes from across Peace Wapiti...
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PWSD staff recognized with Long Service Awards

May 15, 2017
​ Each year, Peace Wapiti Public School Division (PWSD) recognizes staff members for their dedication and years of service during three separate ceremonies around the Division. Long Service Awards will be presented at three regional events on May 16, 24 and June 1, to the following staff members who have achieved...
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Fred Fox, brother of Terry Fox, to visit R.W.Z. Public School – Student letter-writing project elicits personal reply from Terry Fox Foundation

May 10, 2017
​ What started out as a Language Arts letter-writing project for the Grade 6C students at Robert W. Zahara (R.W.Z.) Public School in Sexsmith has resulted in a personal reply from Fred Fox, brother of Canadian icon Terry Fox, along with an offer to visit the school. Mr. Fox will meet...
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Clairmont Community School, Helen E. Taylor School receive donation of sports equipment from Jumpstart

May 09, 2017
​ When Assistant Superintendent Darren Young delivered the Jumpstart donation of sports equipment to Clairmont Community School (CCS) on May 9, 2017, he was met by a group of eager Grade 5 students who were ready to unpack the items and begin playing.   

The donation, which will help facilitate noon hour and...
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Trustees engage with students, tour schools in Rycroft, Eaglesham and Birch Hills

May 09, 2017
​ 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,...
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Jumpstart supports sports equipment donation to two PWSD schools in Clairmont and Wembley

May 08, 2017
​ Peace Wapiti Public School Division (PWSD) is pleased to announce that students at Clairmont Community School and Helen E. Taylor School will receive donations of sports equipment for yoga, lacrosse and basketball on Tuesday, May 9, 2017, thanks to funding supplied by Jumpstart. The resources will help facilitate noon hour...
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R.W.Z. Public School presents The Lion King Jr. – Students and teachers introduced to wide range of theatrical skills using Disney® curriculum

May 08, 2017
Robert W. Zahara Public School (R.W.Z.) in Sexsmith is pleased to present The Lion King Jr. , produced by MTI's Broadway Collection. The play will be held in the school gymnasium and will open to the public at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, May 12; followed by two performances on Saturday, May...
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Election 2017 dates set – Be a leader in your community, become a school board trustee

May 03, 2017
Peace Wapiti Public School Division (PWSD) invites you to become a leader in your community by running for school board trusteeship in 2017. A person may be nominated as a candidate if, on nomination day, the person: is eligible to vote in the election; has been a resident of the local...
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Ten PWSD students qualify for Provincial Skills Canada Competition

May 02, 2017
​ 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...
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PWSD Board News – April 27, 2017

May 01, 2017
​ For news from the Peace Wapiti Public School Division Board Meeting held on April 27, 2017, read the latest edition of Board News at http://bit.ly/PWSD-BN-Apr-27-17 . In this issue: Election 2017 dates set – Be a leader in your community, become a school board trustee Board applauds Alberta Education's...
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PWSD to bid farewell to 346 graduates in the Class of 2017

April 28, 2017
​ The month of May marks the start of a succession of high school graduation ceremonies throughout Peace Wapiti Public School Division (PWSD).

PWSD's Grande Prairie-based high school, Peace Wapiti Academy (PWA) , will host a commencement ceremony for 103 graduates at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 6 at Evergreen Park's...
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School Bus Driver Appreciation Day – May 1, 2017

April 28, 2017
​ School bus drivers arriving at PWSD schools on Monday morning will be greeted by Principals and presented with School Bus Driver Appreciation Day chocolate bars (pictured below).

The first Monday in May is set aside annually as School Bus Driver Appreciation Day. Students, parents and staff of Peace Wapiti Public...
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Support seriously ill children by attending the 3D Charity Hockey and Soccer Tournaments on May 4-6, 2017

April 27, 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...
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PWSD students named ‘Leaders of Tomorrow’

April 27, 2017
​ Peace Wapiti Public School Division (PWSD) congratulates two Beaverlodge Regional High School (BRHS) students who were among those recognized by the Grande Prairie Volunteer Service Bureau with Leaders of Tomorrow Awards at the annual volunteer appreciation luncheon on Wednesday, April 26, 2017. The awards, presented by ATCO, recognize students aged...
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PWSD Good News Report – April 2017

April 26, 2017
​ The following Good News Report from Peace Wapiti Public School Division (PWSD) and its schools will be shared at the upcoming Board Meeting on Thursday, April 27, 2017.




News from PWSD: Peace Country Thunder U-17 Girls Club Basketball team gives back to Grande Prairie Youth Emergency Shelter Society
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PWSD students ready for Regional Skills Canada Competition

April 25, 2017
​ Peace Wapiti Public School Division (PWSD) will be rooting for 29 students as they face off against others in the region at the annual North West Regional Skills Canada Competition (RSCC) on April 27-28 in Fairview. Skills Canada competitions feature the talents of Alberta's trade and technology students. The regional...
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Trustee tour and engagement activity at Elmworth School

April 24, 2017
​ 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...
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PWSD to host two school grand opening events on June 9, 2017

April 20, 2017
​ Peace Wapiti Public School Division (PWSD) will celebrate two school grand opening events on Friday, June 9, 2017. Families, community members, and local media are invited to attend the following events.
Grand Opening: Replacement Robert W. Zahara Public School
Location: 9802 - 93 Street, Sexsmith, AB
Ceremony and Ribbon Cutting:...
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Hold and Secure issued for Beaverlodge schools while RCMP responded to a situation in the area this afternoon

April 13, 2017
Bea verlodge, April 13, 2017, 2:30 p.m. – Students and staff at Beaverlodge Elementary and Regional High Schools were briefly under a Hold and Secure this afternoon while the RCMP responded to a propane tank explosion within the town. Students and staff were safe inside the school. At 2:30 p.m. staff were advised...
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Leadership development and Google technology focus of second annual JSET meeting

April 11, 2017
​ Approximately 60 students and 20 teacher champions from across Peace Wapiti Public School Division (PWSD) came together at the Stonebridge Inn in Grande Prairie on Tuesday, April 11 for the second Jurisdictional Student Engagement Team (JSET) meeting of the 2016-2017 school year. Trustees Wendy Kelm and Stefanie Clarke also participated...
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Robert W. Zahara Public School presents Disney's The Lion King Jr.

April 10, 2017
​ Robert W. Zahara Public School in Sexsmith presents Disney's The Lion King Jr., performed by a cast of students.

Public opening:
Friday, May 12, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.
Or catch it on:
Saturday, May 13, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.

Location:
Robert W. Zahara Public...
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NuVista Energy gift provides significant funding, career opportunities for local students

April 04, 2017
​ Peace Wapiti Public School Division (PWSD) expresses thanks to NuVista Energy Ltd. for its support of dual credit programming at local schools.

Today, Vern Crone, Production Superintendent at NuVista Energy Ltd. presented a $25,000 cheque to the Superintendents and students of the three local school districts. The donation means that...
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Trustee tour and engagement activity at Sexsmith Secondary School

April 03, 2017
​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...
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Second annual General School Councils’ meeting for 2016-2017 hosted at Sexsmith Secondary School

March 31, 2017
​ PWSD School Council Chairs and members came together at Sexsmith Secondary School on March 28, 2017 for the second General School Council meeting of the 2016-2017 school year.  

Board Chair Dana McIntosh opened the meeting with introductions of trustees and Central Office staff, and provided an update from the Division....
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Trustee tour and engagement activity at Penson School

March 31, 2017
​ 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...
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Tri-District Partnership with NuVista Energy Ltd.

March 29, 2017
​ 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...
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PWSD Division Update – March 2017

March 28, 2017
Find out what's new at PWSD. Read the March, 2017 edition of PWSD Division Update, a report on news from Peace Wapiti Public School Division, produced for the Spring and Fall General School Councils' Meetings. In this issue: New leadership for upcoming school year Whispering Ridge Community School progressing on...
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PWSD Board News – March 23, 2017

March 27, 2017
For news from the Peace Wapiti Public School Division Board Meeting held on March 23, 2017, read the latest edition of Board News at http://bit.ly/PWSD-BN-Mar-23-17 .   In this issue: New schools focus of PWSD's Three-Year Capital Plan Annual Inclusive Education and Learning Coaches Report Annual FNMI Report highlights program improvements...
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Good News Report – March 23, 2017

March 21, 2017
​ The following Good News Report from Peace Wapiti Public School Division (PWSD) and its schools will be shared at the upcoming Board Meeting on Thursday, March 23, 2017.

News from PWSD: Awards and Announcements

PWSD's FNMI Scholarship awarded to Spirit River Regional Academy graduate Katelyn Byam
...
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Funding for enrolment growth and stable grant rates positives for PWSD – Transportation deficit remains an area of concern in Budget 2017

March 17, 2017
​ Peace Wapiti Public School Division (PWSD) is pleased to see funded enrolment growth and stable grant rates included in Budget 2017.

Superintendent Sheldon Rowe says the government is living up to its commitment to support education by maintaining existing grants. 

If the recently tabled Bill 1: An Act to Reduce...
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Clairmont Community School to host third annual Student Convention

March 15, 2017
​ Clairmont Community School (CCS) will host its third annual Student Convention on Friday, March 17, 2017. The event line-up promises students an engaging day of discovery, exploration and positive energy.

The day will kick off with a performance by country music duo Trin and Ariane at 8:45 a.m., followed by...
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Celebrate Substitute Teachers’ Appreciation Week on March 13-17, 2017

March 14, 2017
​ Did you know Peace Wapiti Public School Division (PWSD) employs 200 substitute teachers who provide an essential service within our 33 schools?

The role of the substitute teacher includes many of the daily responsibilities of instruction, marking, discipline and supervision. In addition, the substitute teacher rises to the challenge of working with students on a...
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A day in the life of a high school student – PWSD Trustees tour Peace Wapiti Academy

March 09, 2017
​ Peace Wapiti Academy (PWA) may be buzzing with Mighty Peace Teachers' Convention activity today, but one week ago, PWSD Trustees received a firsthand look at a different kind of activity – a day in the life of a PWA student – during their tour of the school on March 2, 2017.

The...
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Educating today for success tomorrow – Peace Wapiti Public Schools welcome all families to Kindergarten

March 08, 2017
​ A warm welcome is extended to parents and children as they begin their educational journey when Peace Wapiti Public School Division's (PWSD's) annual Kindergarten online registration opens next week on Tuesday, March 21, 2017.

Kindergarten registration for the upcoming 2017-2018 school year is open to all children born in 2012....
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Duane Howard of The Revenant set to star in upcoming FNMI school tour

March 08, 2017
​ Ten Peace Wapiti Public School Division (PWSD) schools will welcome actor and stuntman Duane Howard during the FNMI school tour on March 13-17, 2017.

Among his achievements, Mr. Howard is known for his portrayal of 'Elk Dog' in the 20 th Century Fox film, The Revenant . His biography also...
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WRCS News – March, 2017

March 07, 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...
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Information regarding Bill 1 - Letter to Families from Minister Eggen

March 06, 2017
On March 2, 2017, the Government of Alberta tabled Bill 1: An Act to Reduce School Fees. If Bill 1 is passed, it will come into effect in the 2017-2018 school year.

We invite families to read the following letter from Education Minister David Eggen for information on Bill 1. You may view...
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PWSD’s annual FNMI Scholarship awarded to Spirit River Regional Academy graduate

March 01, 2017
​ Peace Wapiti Public School Division (PWSD) is pleased to announce that Katelyn Byam, a member of Spirit River Regional Academy's Class of 2016, has been awarded the 2015-2016 PWSD First Nations, Métis, and Inuit (FNMI) Scholarship, valued at $1,000. Ms. Byam is currently enroled in the Bachelor of Science in...
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Hold and Secure issued at Hythe Regional School this morning while RCMP responded to a situation in the area

February 28, 2017
Hythe, February 28, 2017, 11:15 a.m . – Students and staff at Hythe Regional School were under a Hold and Secure for a period of time this morning while the RCMP responded to a situation in the area. Students and staff were safe inside the school. At 11:10 a.m., staff were advised by the...
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PWSD honours top academic students of past school year

February 27, 2017
​ PWSD's Board of Trustees honoured seven former students for outstanding academic achievement during the 2015-2016 school year at a ceremony and luncheon held during the Board meeting on February 23, 2017. Those in attendance were on study break from post-secondary institutions.

Mikayla Watt (pictured below), a graduate of Beaverlodge Regional High...
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Board News - February 23, 2017

February 27, 2017
​ For news from the Peace Wapiti Public School Division Board Meeting held on February 23, 2017, read the latest edition of Board News at http://bit.ly/PWSD-BN-Feb-23-17 . In this issue: PWSD honours top academic students of past school year Locally developed ASL course receives approval Savanna students planning trip to...
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February 22 is Pink Shirt Day – Make Nice

February 21, 2017
​ Kindness is universal – a trait we encourage everyone to openly express every day. The phrase "Make Nice" has been selected as the theme of Pink Shirt Day 2017, and is a friendly reminder that no matter our differences, kindness is always a choice worth making. Being kind and "making...
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Good News Report – February, 2017

February 17, 2017
​ The following Good News Report from Peace Wapiti Public School Division (PWSD) and its schools will be shared at the upcoming Board Meeting on Thursday, February 23, 2017.

News from PWSD: February 22 is Pink Shirt Day – Make Nice Kindness is universal – a trait we encourage everyone...
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Two PWSD staffers receive Passionate Heart Awards – Beaverlodge Elementary School’s Andrew Lojczyc and Lisa Cage Ostaszewski recognized for outstanding service

February 15, 2017
​ 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...
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Natural Gas Outage Update #4

February 06, 2017
​ Update #4 For Immediate Release February 6, 2017 8:45 p.m. Natural Gas Outage Update #4 ATCO representatives will continue working quickly and safely throughout the night going door-to-door to relight natural gas appliances in households located in the residential subdivisions of Brookside, Meadow Brook, Aspen Ridge, Sunnybrook, Eastland Acres, Triple...
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Important information for PWSD parents – Have your say in education

February 01, 2017
​ What if you could have a direct impact on education and play a role in ensuring that your school is equipping your child for success? You can. Peace Wapiti Public School Division (PWSD) reminds parents to complete and return Alberta Education's annual Accountability Pillar Survey by February 24 th ,...
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Bezanson School awarded three new modular classrooms – Delivery and construction planned for summer months

January 31, 2017
​ Peace Wapiti Public School Division (PWSD) has received word that three fully funded new modular classrooms have been approved for Bezanson School. As part of the package, Alberta Education will cover reasonable costs associated with delivery and set-up of the units, including $12,000 per unit for furniture and equipment. Costs...
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First edition of WRCS News launched

January 25, 2017
​ For the latest news on the new Whispering Ridge Community School (WRCS), check out the first edition of our monthly newsletter, WRCS News , at http://bit.ly/WRCS-News-Jan2017 .

Sign up to receive future editions of WRCS News: Visit http://www.pwsd76.ab.ca/schools/wrcs. Scroll down to the bottom of the page. Enter your...
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Trustees engage with students at Harry Balfour School

January 24, 2017
​ 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...
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​Family Literacy Day 2017

January 17, 2017
Family Literacy Day, a national awareness initiative created by ABC Life Literacy Canada, is celebrated annually on January 27. Some PWSD school extend the day into a week of literacy activities, or celebrate on an alternate day – consult your school newsletter for details.

More than reading stories together as a...
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PWSD Good News Report – January, 2017

January 17, 2017
​ The following Good News Report from Peace Wapiti Public School Division (PWSD) and its schools will be shared at the upcoming Board Meeting scheduled for Thursday, January 19, 2017.

News from PWSD: Sexsmith Principal wins national Principals of Music Award
Congratulations to Principal Lawrie McKeith of Robert W....
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On Your Mark! PWSD students benefit from free diploma exam tutorial sessions

January 11, 2017
​ Free diploma exam tutorial sessions will be offered to students of Peace Wapiti Public School Division (PWSD) starting this weekend.

The comprehensive six-hour tutorials, known throughout the Division as 'On Your Mark!' sessions, will be open to students enroled at PWSD high schools. The sessions provide an opportunity to review...
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PWSD employees recognized with Long Service Awards

December 14, 2016
​ On December 14, 2016, Peace Wapiti Public School Division (PWSD) recognized 11 employees with Long Service Awards. Congratulations are extended to the following staff on reaching significant career milestones.
40 years of service: Robert Zahara, Principal, Hutterite Schools 35 years of service: Sheldon Rowe, Superintendent 30 years of service:...
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Boil Water Advisory issued for the Town of Beaverlodge

December 13, 2016
​UPDATE: DECEMBER 21, 2016: Precautionary Boil Water Advisory Lifted for the Town of Beaverlodge. For more information, please read the notice on the Town of Beaverlodge website.

December 13, 2016 – Alberta Health Services has issued a Boil Water Advisory for the Town of Beaverlodge . This advisory will impact...
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County of Grande Prairie grant announcement includes funding for several PWSD schools

December 13, 2016
​ Many thanks to the County of Grande Prairie for their continuing support of PWSD schools. Their lengthy list of grants announced on December 12, 2016 included: $40,000 for new playground base at Hythe Regional School $25,000 to the Whispering Ridge Playground Society for Whispering Ridge Community School $11,000 to Sexsmith...
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Peace Wapiti Public School Division – Board News

December 12, 2016
​ For news from the Peace Wapiti Public School Division Board Meeting held on December 8, 2016, read the latest edition of Board News at http://bit.ly/PWSD-BN-Dec-8-16 .   In this issue: Average class sizes experience slight increase Trustees engage with PAVE students Season's Greetings from PWSD – Winning submission in Division-wide...
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It feels like winter is here! What can you do to be prepared?

December 07, 2016
Sign up for bus route email notifications at http://transportation.pwsd76.ab.ca .   Dress warmly. It's not cool to be cold. Read the PWSD Policy EEAF – Buses and School Operation during Inclement Weather . -30-
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PWSD Good News Report – December, 2016

December 06, 2016
​ The following Good News Report from Peace Wapiti Public School Division (PWSD) and its schools will be shared at the upcoming Board Meeting scheduled for Thursday, December 8, 2016.

News from PWSD: PWSD 'On Your Mark' free Diploma Exam tutorials to be offered in January
PWSD's free diploma...
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New Whispering Ridge Community School on schedule

December 06, 2016
​ Despite November's wet and unpredictable weather, construction is progressing on schedule on the new Whispering Ridge Community School (WRCS). Crews have been battling muddy conditions which are common for this time of year with Grande Prairie's clay-rich soil. Block layers arrived on site in November and considerable progress has been...
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Hold and Secure at Peace Wapiti Academy and Harry Balfour School

December 02, 2016
​ UPDATE: December 2, 2016, 3:40 p.m.: The Hold and Secure has been officially lifted.   Grande Prairie, December 2, 2016, 3:30 p.m . – Students and staff at Peace Wapiti Academy and Harry Balfour School are currently under a Hold and Secure while the RCMP assess a situation in the area....
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And the winner is…

December 01, 2016
​ Peace Wapiti Public School Division is pleased to announce that Hunter Jacklin, a Grade 9 student at Elmworth School, is the winner of the 2016 Christmas card art contest .

This year's contest was open to all Grades 7-9 students within the Division. Students submitted artwork under the theme, "The...
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PWSD schools invite you to celebrate the joy of Christmas

December 01, 2016
Awaken the spirit of the season by attending a Christmas event at a Peace Wapiti Public School in your community. In the event of cancellations due to inclement weather, revised dates and times will be posted on PWSD's website and school websites. School Date Time Additional Info Beaverlodge Elem. School Wed.,...
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PWSD Board News - November 24, 2016

November 28, 2016
​ For news from the Peace Wapiti Public School Division Board Meeting held on November 24, 2016, read the latest edition of Board News at http://bit.ly/PWSD-BN-Nov-24-16 . In this issue: Audited financial statements approved Fall budget update Funds set aside for new school opening Approval granted for temporary access road...
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Good News Report – November 24, 2016

November 22, 2016
​ The following Good News Report from Peace Wapiti Public School Division (PWSD) and its schools will be shared at the upcoming Board Meeting scheduled for Thursday, November 24, 2016.

News from PWSD: PWSD JSET holds first meeting of 2016-2017 school year
PWSD's Jurisdictional Student Engagement Team (JSET) held...
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Students and teachers discuss PWSD’s Quality Learning Environment at first JSET meeting of 2016-2017 school year

November 17, 2016
​ 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...
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Determining when to cancel buses – PWSD exercises care and caution during times of inclement weather

November 16, 2016
​ This year, the month of November has been kinder than most, but the Transportation Department at Peace Wapiti Public School Division (PWSD) has already declared one Division-wide cancellation of buses due to inclement weather this fall, on October 14. 

Superintendent Sheldon Rowe says a lot of thought goes into deciding to...
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University of Calgary hosts Cybermentor workshop for girls at Ridgevalley School

November 16, 2016
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...
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PWSD JSET to hold first meeting of 2016-2017 school year

November 15, 2016
PWSD’s Jurisdictional Student Engagement Team (JSET) will hold their first meeting of the 2016-2017 school year at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, November 16 at the Stonebridge Hotel, located at 12102-100 Street in Grande Prairie.

JSET is made up of approximately 75 Grades 5-12 students and 20 teacher champions from across PWSD,...
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Online help for youth – New Grande Prairie Youth Help website supported by Peace Wapiti Academy

November 09, 2016
​ Youth in search of help have a new place to turn, thanks to a website initiative supported by Peace Wapiti Academy (PWA) and created by PWA Youth Advocate Mhairi Elliot.

The Grande Prairie Youth Help website, accessible at www.gpyouth.ca , offers free help and explanations of services to assist...
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PWSD schools remember

November 08, 2016
​ Peace Wapiti Public Schools will observe Remembrance Day at school-based ceremonies on Thursday, November 10. In honour of Remembrance Day, all PWSD schools and offices will be closed on Friday, November 11, 2016.
School Time Event details Beaverlodge Elementary School 2:30 p.m. Annual Remembrance Day assembly in the gymnasium,...
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PWSD Christmas Card Art Contest

November 07, 2016
PWSD's 2016 Christmas Card Art contest is open to PWSD students in Grades 7-9.

Theme: “The best thing about Christmas is…”

Deadline: Students must submit artwork to their classroom teacher by Friday, November 18, 2016.
Artwork can be completed outside of school hours, but must be submitted to Central Office by the teacher.

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Sparks Fly stationary bicycles set Penson School in motion

November 03, 2016
​ 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...
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PWSD Board News - October 27, 2016

November 02, 2016
​ For news from the Peace Wapiti Public School Division Board Meeting held on October 27, 2016, read the latest edition of Board News at http://bit.ly/PWSD-BN-Oct-27-16 . In this issue: PWSD celebrates 2015-2016 retirees, long service award recipients Interactive School Councils' meeting at Sexsmith Secondary School Safe and Caring Committee...
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Safe and Caring Committee

November 01, 2016
​ In response to a petition, Peace Wapiti Public School Division will host a public meeting. The School Act (sections 263- 265, 269-270) explains the process for petitions and public meetings.
Date:                      Tuesday, September 13, 2016
Time:                       6:15 p.m. - 6:45 p.m. – Registration to obtain...
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What’s new at PWSD - Division Update

October 26, 2016
​ 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...
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Good News Report - October 27, 2016

October 19, 2016
The following Good News Report from Peace Wapiti Public School Division (PWSD) and its schools will be shared at the upcoming Board Meeting scheduled for Thursday, October 27, 2016.

News from PWSD: Grand opening events postponed until spring for R. W. Zahara Public School and Teepee Creek School
Grand...
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PWSD Trustees engage with students of Spirit River Regional Academy and LaGlace School

October 17, 2016
​ On October 13, 2016, PWSD Trustees and Superintendent Sheldon Rowe toured Spirit River Regional Academy and LaGlace School. Following the tours, Trustees met with students for an engagement activity on School Board governance, and gathered feedback on what is working well at both schools. Groups worked together to come up...
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Do you ‘Know the Zone’?

October 17, 2016
​October 16-22, 2016 is School Bus Safety Week . The Alberta Student Transportation Advisory Council (ASTAC) is sponsoring a provincial poster contest to promote School Bus Safety Week. Entries must be submitted by October 31, 2016. The poster contest is open to Kindergarten – Grade 6 students. For contest rules and...
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PWSD Board News - October 6, 2016

October 07, 2016
​ For news from the Peace Wapiti Public School Division Board Meeting held on October 6, 2016, read the latest edition of Board News at http://bit.ly/PWSD-BN-Oct-6-16 . In this issue:
• Edwin Parr nominee, Rotary Clubs honoured at ASBA awards luncheon
• Education Services Agreement approved
• Enrolment and Staffing Report – PWSD's...
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Peace Wapiti Academy hosts 15th annual Academy Awards

October 07, 2016
​ Last night, Peace Wapiti Academy (PWA), Peace Wapiti Public School Division's Grande Prairie-based high school, hosted its annual Academy Awards event in recognition of excellence achieved during the 2015-2016 school year. The ceremony celebrated Grades 9-12 honours students, star athletes, and excellence in the areas of French, art, band and...
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PWSD releases results of 2015-2016 Provincial Achievement Tests and Diploma Exams

October 07, 2016
​ Students of Peace Wapiti Public School Division (PWSD) continue to demonstrate success on the Provincial Achievement Tests (PATs) administered annually by Alberta Education to students in Grades 6 and 9, and the Diploma Exams, administered to Grade 12 students. PWSD's Grade 3 students were not selected to participate in the...
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Good News Report – October 6, 2016

October 05, 2016
​ The following Good News Report from Peace Wapiti Public School Division (PWSD) and its schools will be shared at the upcoming Board Meeting scheduled for Thursday, October 6, 2016.

News from PWSD: Merv Crouse Coats for Kids Campaign underway
Donations of winter wear are being accepted at Crouse's...
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Peace Wapiti Academy to host 15th annual Academy Awards

October 04, 2016
​ Peace Wapiti Academy, Peace Wapiti Public School Division's Grande Prairie-based high school, will host its annual Academy Awards event at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 6, 2016 in the school gymnasium.

Members of the local media are invited to attend this event.

A list of scholarships, bursaries and awards will...
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CANCELLED: PWSD to host two school grand opening events on October 14, 2016

September 28, 2016
UPDATE: ​Due to deteriorating road conditions, the school grand opening events planned for Friday, October 14, at Robert W. Zahara Public School in Sexsmith and Teepee Creek School, have been CANCELLED . An announcement will be sent out when the events have been rescheduled.
Peace Wapiti Public School Division (PWSD) will...
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Orange Shirt Day event at Hythe Regional School – Special event to remember the experiences of former students of residential schools

September 28, 2016
​ Peace Wapiti Public School Division (PWSD) is pleased to announce that Hythe Regional School (HRS) will host its first Orange Shirt Day event on Thursday, September 29, 2016 .

The Orange Shirt Campaign – Every Child Matters remembers the experiences of former students of Indian Residential Schools and is a...
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Edwin Parr nominee, Rotary Clubs honoured at regional ASBA awards luncheon

September 27, 2016
​ Peace Wapiti Public School Division's (PWSD) Board of Trustees honoured their 2016 Edwin Parr Teacher Award nominee and Rotary Clubs of Grande Prairie for their contributions to education during the annual Alberta School Boards Association (ASBA) Zone One awards luncheon in Peace River on September 22.  

Geoff Berg, a Grade 3...
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‘Drive to Stay Alive’ presentation at PWSD schools

September 26, 2016
​ An educational program presented by Red Deer-based race car driver Parker Thompson in partnership with Global Traffic Group, focusing on the dangers of distracted driving, will be shared with students at five PWSD schools on Tuesday, September 27 – Thursday, September 29.  
Peace Wapiti Academy at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday,...
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PWSD schools to host Terry Fox Run events

September 14, 2016
​ A number of schools within Peace Wapiti Public School Division (PWSD) will honour the 36 th anniversary of the Terry Fox Run through fundraising campaigns and school run events. Local media are invited to attend the following events.
Date / Time School Event details Monday, September 19 at 1:45...
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Board News - Sept. 8, 2016

September 12, 2016
​ For news from the Peace Wapiti Public School Division Board Meeting held on September 8, 2016, read the latest edition of  Board News at http://bit.ly/PWSD-BN-Sept-8-16 .

In this issue: PWSD Board selects leadership for 2016-2017 school year Alternate Education Report Locally-developed Astronomy course approved Public meeting Looking back –...
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Back-to-back FNMI hockey-themed tours planned for September at PWSD schools

September 09, 2016
PWSD is pleased to announce two consecutive hockey-themed FNMI school tours which will take place during the month of September.

Back by popular demand are NHL father-son duo Reggie and Jamie Leach. The pair visited a number of schools in 2014, and will cover seven additional schools during this year's tour...
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PWSD Good News – September 8, 2016

September 07, 2016
​ The following Good News Report from Peace Wapiti Public School Division (PWSD) and its schools will be shared at the upcoming Board Meeting scheduled for Thursday, September 8, 2016.

News from PWSD: Terry Fox Run events at PWSD schools

To date, the following schools have made plans to host...
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Organizational Meeting of the PWSD Board

September 06, 2016
​ Trustees for the 2013-2017 term will convene at Peace Wapiti Public School Division's Central Office in Grande Prairie for the annual Organizational Meeting at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, September 8, 2016. The meeting will include the annual election of the Board Chair and Vice-Chair, and committee membership and structure will...
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Public Meeting - September 13, 2016

September 02, 2016
​ In response to a petition, Peace Wapiti Public School Division will host a public meeting. The School Act (sections 263- 265, 269-270) explains the process for petitions and public meetings.
Date:                      Tuesday, September 13, 2016
Time:                       6:15 p.m. - 6:45 p.m. – Registration to obtain...
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Tools for School donations ensure student success

August 30, 2016
​ 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...
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Welcome back to the 2016-2017 school year – School construction, Kindergarten start-up, bus safety top PWSD’s back-to-school list

August 25, 2016
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...
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New roles for PWSD staff – Leadership update for the 2016-2017 school year

August 24, 2016
​ Peace Wapiti Public School Division (PWSD) is pleased to announce the following changes to leadership staffing, effective the start of the 2016-2017 school year. Students will return to classes on Thursday, September 1.


Executive staffing update

Bob Stewart has been named Deputy Superintendent at PWSD. Mr. Stewart served...
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School’s out for summer!

June 28, 2016
​ PWSD wishes students and staff a safe and enjoyable holiday – see you in September!
Today marks the final day of the 2015-2016 school year for approximately 6,000 students, 345 teachers, and more than 600 non-teaching staff in the 32 schools that make up Peace Wapiti Public School Division (PWSD)....
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Passing the torch – New director for French Language Resource Centre

June 22, 2016
​ Peace Wapiti Public School Division (PWSD), the banker School Board for Grande Prairie's French Language Resource Centre (FLRC), is pleased to announce that Diana Boisvert will assume the role of Director of the FLRC. She will also serve as Vice-President of Second Languages and Intercultural Council (SLIC).

Lesley Doell, FLRC Director...
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PWSD schools celebrate National Aboriginal Day

June 20, 2016
​ Two schools in Peace Wapiti Public School Division (PWSD) will celebrate National Aboriginal Day on June 21.

At Teepee Creek School , classes have been researching, planning and creating projects about various Aboriginal groups in Canada in anticipation of the school's first Learning Fair, to be held in conjunction with...
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Board News - June 16, 2016

June 17, 2016
​ For news from the Peace Wapiti Public School Division Board meeting held on June 16, 2016, read the Board News newsletter online at http://bit.ly/PWSD-BN-June-16-16 .

In this issue: Distinguished Leader, Excellence in Teaching Award nominees recognized at PWSD's end-of-year Board meeting Board approves 2016-2017 budget Friends of Education nominee...
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Good News Report - June 16, 2016

June 14, 2016
​ The following Good News Report from Peace Wapiti Public School Division (PWSD) and its schools will be shared at the final Board Meeting of the 2015-2016 school year, scheduled for Thursday, June 16, 2016.

News from PWSD: Phillip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum to provide additional Paleontology course opportunities for...
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A walk down memory lane - Virtual tour of former R.W.Z. Public School

June 08, 2016
​ Take a walk down memory lane - view a virtual tour of the former Robert W. Zahara Public School , created by R.W.Z. teacher, Mr. Peter Bailey, using a program called Round.me. You may view the tour at https://round.me/tour/31529/view/. Click the "hot spots" to move from room-to-room throughout the school....
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PWSD Trustees tour Beaverlodge Regional High School

June 06, 2016
​ In May, PWSD Trustees and Superintendent Sheldon Rowe visited Beaverlodge Regional High School (BRHS) to participate in a school tour and meet with high school students as part of their new strategy to engage with students throughout the Division.

Through revamped school visits, Trustees are now able to gather input...
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Free On Your Mark! diploma exam tutorial sessions for PWSD students

June 02, 2016
​ Now in its eighth year, On Your Mark! diploma exam tutorial sessions will once again be offered free of charge to students of Peace Wapiti Public School Division (PWSD). The comprehensive six-hour tutorials review course content while further developing strategies to tackle question formats.

"Our goal in creating this opportunity...
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Minister’s office reaches a decision regarding school boundaries and transportation for annexation-area families

May 31, 2016
​ Peace Wapiti Public School Division (PWSD) has received word from the Education Minister's office that, despite the changes in city boundaries as a result of the annexation of County of Grande Prairie lands on January 1, 2016, there will be a smooth transition and stable education environment for PWSD students....
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Board News - May 26, 2016

May 31, 2016
To read the May 26, 2016 edition of Board News, visit http://bit.ly/PWSD-BN-May-26-16.

In this issue:

• Free On Your Mark! diploma exam tutorial sessions for PWSD students
• INAC and PWSD schedule meeting to develop new Education Service Agreement
• Teamsters’ Memorandum of Agreement
• Locally-developed courses approved
• Inclusive Education Coaches Report
• Diploma Exam Schedule
• Board Self-Evaluation Report
• Upcoming events
• Junior...
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Aboriginal musician Sherryl Sewepagaham to tour PWSD schools

May 25, 2016
​ Peace Wapiti Public School Division (PWSD) will welcome Sherryl Sewepagaham, music educator and award-winning musician, for this year's second annual First Nations, Métis and Inuit (FNMI) school tour on May 30 - June 8.

With a music career spanning more than 20 years, Ms. Sewepagaham has racked up an impressive array...
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Good News Report - May 26, 2016

May 24, 2016
​ The following Good News Report from Peace Wapiti Public School Division (PWSD) and its schools will be shared at the upcoming Board Meeting scheduled for Thursday, May 26, 2016.

News from PWSD: On Your Mark – Free Diploma Exam tutorial sessions
Free tutorial sessions in Social Studies 30-1 and...
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Tri-district school fundraiser nets more than $40,000 for Fort McMurray evacuees

May 18, 2016
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...
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Principal Shawn O’Shea named Distinguished Leader – Council for School Leadership announces 2015-2016 award winners

May 17, 2016
​ Peace Wapiti Public School Division (PWSD) congratulates Principal Shawn O’Shea of Clairmont Community School on being selected as a recipient of the 2015-2016 Distinguished Leadership Award, presented by the Council for School Leadership.

Mr. O’Shea was named among a list of 30 distinguished leaders representing school divisions across Alberta.

“It’s a...
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PWSD school bus drivers compete in Zone 5 Bus Rodeo

May 16, 2016
Four PWSD school bus drivers participated in the Zone 5 Bus Rodeo on Saturday, May 14 at High Prairie School Division.

As part of the competition, drivers completed a written exam, pre-trip inspection and an obstacle course which included simulations of parallel parking, railroad crossing, student pick-up, and navigating through a...
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PWSD to host Division-wide Dave Bleile Track Meet

May 10, 2016
​ Event: Annual Dave Bleile Track Meet hosted by Peace Wapiti Public School Division (PWSD)
When: 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., Monday, May 16, 2016. The awards ceremony is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Rain date: Tuesday, May 17.
Where: Legion Field, 11313-105 Street, Grande Prairie

Junior high student-athletes from...
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PWSD schools welcome students impacted by wildfires

May 10, 2016
​ Peace Wapiti Public School Division (PWSD) will join with school divisions across Alberta in welcoming students impacted by wildfires.

“In opening our doors to students who have been impacted by wildfires, we hope to restore a sense of normalcy and continuity to their lives in the midst of the turmoil...
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Student leadership focus of ‘TP WE’ event

May 04, 2016
​ 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...
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PWSD to bid farewell to 378 graduates in the Class of 2016

May 03, 2016
​ The month of May will see the start of a succession of high school graduation ceremonies throughout Peace Wapiti Public School Division.

First up is PWSD's Grande Prairie-based high school, Peace Wapiti Academy , with a commencement ceremony for 110 graduates scheduled for 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 14 at Evergreen...
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Board News - April 28, 2016

May 02, 2016
​ For news from the Peace Wapiti Public School Division Board meeting held on Thursday, April 28, 2016, read the latest edition of Board News online at http://bit.ly/PWSD-BN-Apr-28-16 .
In this issue: Whispering Ridge Community School construction set to begin Attendance boundary adjustments completed Annexation-area students welcome to...
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School Bus Driver Appreciation Day – May 2, 2016

April 29, 2016
​ The first Monday in May is set aside annually as School Bus Driver Appreciation Day. This year, Monday, May 2 has been designated as School Bus Driver Appreciation Day – an opportunity for students, parents and staff of Peace Wapiti Public School Division (PWSD) to recognize the important function that...
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Whispering Ridge Community School construction set to begin – Attendance boundary adjustments completed following community consultations

April 28, 2016
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...
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Good News Report – April 28, 2016

April 26, 2016
​ The following Good News Report from Peace Wapiti Public School Division (PWSD) and its schools will be shared at the upcoming Board Meeting scheduled for Thursday, April 28, 2016.

News from PWSD: Hats on for Mental Health – Mental Health Awareness Week, May 2-6, 2016
On Wednesday, May...
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The results are in – PWSD students bring home the hardware from Regional Skills Canada Competition

April 26, 2016
​ 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...
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Plan to attend the 3D Charity Hockey Tournament, April 28-30

April 26, 2016
​ 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 Grande Prairie Public, Grande Prairie Catholic and Peace Wapiti Public School Districts all participate in a weekend tournament that benefits seriously ill children in...
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PWSD students heading to Regional Skills Canada Competition

April 20, 2016
​ Peace Wapiti Public School Division (PWSD) will be well represented by 33 students at the North West Regional Skills Canada Competition (RSCC) on April 21-22 in Fairview. Skills Canada Competitions feature the talents of Alberta's trade and technology students. The regional level of competition is open to students competing in...
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PWSD students recognized as ‘Leaders of Tomorrow’

April 18, 2016
​ Peace Wapiti Public School Division (PWSD) congratulates three students who were among those recognized by the Grande Prairie Volunteer Service Bureau with Leaders of Tomorrow Awards at the annual volunteer appreciation luncheon on Friday, April 15. The awards are presented by ATCO and recognize students aged 13 to 15 years...
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PWSD Trustees tour Bonanza and Savanna Schools

April 18, 2016
​ On Thursday, April 14, PWSD Trustees and Superintendent Sheldon Rowe visited PWSD’s most northern schools, located in the communities of Bonanza and Savanna.

Their first stop was Bonanza School where they were warmly greeted by Principal Randy Carlstad and Penny LePage, Administrative Assistant. The school’s 56 students were participating in the...
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Division Update – April, 2016

April 11, 2016
Find out what’s new at PWSD! Division Update is a biannual report on news from PWSD, produced for the spring and fall General School Councils’ meetings. Read the latest edition at http://bit.ly/PWSD-DivUpdate-April2016. In this issue:  New Robert W. Zahara Public School welcomes students New faces, new roles at PWSD Construction...
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New Robert W. Zahara Public School welcomes students

April 06, 2016
​ When Sexsmith and area Kindergarten-Grade 6 students returned from an extended Spring Break this morning, they went down in Peace Wapiti Public School Division (PWSD) history as the first occupants of the replacement Robert W. Zahara (R.W.Z.) Public School.

To facilitate the move, PWSD's Board approved an extended school day...
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PWSD selects 2016 Edwin Parr Teacher Award nominee – Geoff Berg, Grade 3 teacher at Clairmont Community School

March 22, 2016
Peace Wapiti Public School Division (PWSD) is pleased to nominate Geoff Berg, a Grade 3 teacher at Clairmont Community School, for a 2016 Edwin Parr Teacher Award, an annual award presented by the Alberta School Boards Association (ASBA) recognizing outstanding first-year teachers in each of the six ASBA Zones.

Mr. Berg...
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Board News - March 17, 2016

March 21, 2016
​ To read the latest edition of Board News, visit http://bit.ly/PWSD-BN-Mar-17-16. In this issue: Policy IHF – Safe and Caring Learning Environment receives approval in principle

New schools focus of PWSD’s three-year Capital Plan

Annual FNMI report presented to Board
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Frequently Asked Questions

March 21, 2016
Alberta Education’s Guidelines for Best Practices: Creating Learning Environments that Respect Diverse Sexual Orientations, Gender Identitites and Gender Expressions , and the resulting PWSD Policy IHF – Safe and Caring Learning Environment

Introduction In response to the Guidelines for Best Practices: Creating Learning Environments that Respect Diverse Sexual Orientations,...
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Good News Report – March 17, 2016

March 15, 2016
​ The following Good News Report from Peace Wapiti Public School Division (PWSD) and its schools will be shared at the upcoming Board Meeting scheduled for Thursday, March 17, 2016.

News from PWSD: PWSD celebrates first "virtual" graduate
Bethany Isaac was recognized at Central Office on March 9 th...
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PWSD appoints new Deputy Superintendent, Assistant Superintendent

March 15, 2016
Bob Stewart appointed Deputy Superintendent
Peace Wapiti Public School Division (PWSD) is pleased to announce the appointment of Bob Stewart as Deputy Superintendent, effective May 1, 2016.

Mr. Stewart has served as PWSD's Assistant Superintendent Learning Services since 2014, and as the Assistant Superintendent Inclusive Education in 2011-2014. During 1996...
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Substitute Teachers’ Appreciation Week, March 14-18

March 14, 2016
​ 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...
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Educating today for success tomorrow – Peace Wapiti Public Schools welcome all families to Kindergarten

March 08, 2016
​ A warm welcome is extended to parents and children as they begin their educational journey during Peace Wapiti Public School Division's (PWSD's) annual Kindergarten registration which is set to kick off this week on Thursday, March 10, 2016.

Kindergarten registration for the upcoming 2016-2017 school year is open to all...
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PWSD launches online registration for the upcoming school year – March 10th launch date timed for start of Kindergarten registration

March 07, 2016
​For the first time, families will be able to register their children at Peace Wapiti Public Schools from the comfort of their own homes.

The first phase of PWSD's new online registration process, powered by InfoSnap, will be open to new students only and will be made available to families...
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PWSD students to be recognized with Aboriginal Youth Role Model Awards

March 02, 2016
​Peace Wapiti Public School Division congratulates four Peace Wapiti Academy (PWA) students who will receive Aboriginal Youth Role Model Awards during the 17 th annual Spirit Seekers Youth Conference feast on Saturday, March 5 at the Grande Prairie Regional College (GPRC) gymnasium. An award will also be presented posthumously to a...
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New for the upcoming 2016-2017 school year: Online registration

February 25, 2016
Online registration is here! Register your child for school from the comfort of your own home .

As of March 10, 2016, Peace Wapiti Public School Division (PWSD) will offer online registration for new students for the upcoming 2016-2017 school year, provided by InfoSnap. Avoid long line-ups at the school...
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Teacher exchange a positive for French program at Eaglesham School

February 22, 2016
​ 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...
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Board News - February 18, 2016

February 22, 2016
​ To read the latest edition of Board News, visit http://bit.ly/PWSD-BN-Feb-18-16.

In this issue:

PWSD honours top academic students of past school year

Superintendent Rowe reappointed

Enhanced supports for PWSD students

Kindergarten Registration begins on March 10. New this year: online registration

Construction update: Whispering Ridge Community School

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Pink Shirt Day 2016

February 22, 2016
On February 24, 2016, National Pink Shirt Day, wear a pink shirt to show your spirit in creating a welcoming, caring, respectful and safe learning environment which promotes healthy relationships. This national anti-bullying day was inspired by two Nova Scotia youth who rallied fellow students and teachers at their high school...
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PWSD honours top academic students of past school year

February 18, 2016
​ PWSD's Board of Trustees honoured 15 former students for outstanding academic achievement during the 2014-2015 school year at a ceremony and luncheon at the Board meeting on February 18, 2016. Those in attendance are currently on study break from various post-secondary institutions.

Shannon Taylor (pictured), a graduate of Beaverlodge...
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PWSD teacher selected for Teachers Institute on Canadian Parliamentary Democracy in Ottawa

February 18, 2016
Sarah Vogan, a social studies and English teacher at Peace Wapiti Academy in Grande Prairie, has been selected to participate in the Teachers Institute on Canadian Parliamentary Democracy in Ottawa on February 21-26.

The annual week-long professional development opportunity brings 85 outstanding teachers from across Canada together in Ottawa for an inside...
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PWSD Learning Coaches recognized for outstanding service during 10th Annual Passionate Heart Awards Luncheon

February 17, 2016



PWSD's team of Learning Coaches: (front, l-r) Kaila Villiger, District Principal Karen Chrenek, Penny Calvert, Liz Linfield and Rochelle Dempsey, (back, l-r) Rowena Stewart, Deb Reynolds, Assistant Superintendent Heather Putio, District Principal Cynthia Gauthier, Kathy Mykyte, and Tatum Doris.

On February 12 th , PWSD's team of Learning Coaches...
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Good News Report - February 18, 2016

February 16, 2016

The following Good News Report from Peace Wapiti Public School Division (PWSD) and its schools will be shared at the upcoming Board Meeting scheduled for Thursday, February 18, 2016.
News from PWSD: Kindergarten Registration begins on March 10 th
Is your child is turning five in 2016? Reg...
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Important information for PWSD parents – Have your say in education

January 27, 2016
​ What if you could have a direct impact on education and play a role in ensuring that your school is equipping your child for success? You can. Peace Wapiti Public School Division (PWSD) reminds parents to complete and return Alberta Education's annual Accountability Pillar Survey by February 26 th ,...
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PWSD Board News - January 21, 2016

January 27, 2016
​ For news from the Peace Wapiti Public School Division Board Meeting held on Thursday, January 21, 2016, read the latest edition of Board News online at http://bit.ly/PWSD-BN-Jan-21-16 .
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Fifteen minutes of fun – PWSD schools celebrate Family Literacy Day

January 26, 2016
In celebration of this year's annual Family Literacy Day event, a number of schools within Peace Wapiti Public School Division (PWSD) will engage in literacy-related activities. PWSD encourages families to celebrate the love of reading by participating in family-based literacy activities at home. Spending as little as 15 minutes per day on...
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Comprehensive School Health Wellness Day at PWSD

January 25, 2016
​ A Comprehensive School Health Wellness Day was held at Peace Wapiti Public School Division on Friday, January 22, 2016. Those in attendance at the professional development day included representatives from Alberta Health Services, FCSS, FNMI, and Comprehensive School Health Champions from PWSD schools. The student voice was represented by three...
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New K-8 school named "Whispering Ridge Community School"

January 21, 2016
It’s official. PWSD’s Board has chosen the name Whispering Ridge Community School for its new Kindergarten - Grade 8 school, to be located north of Grande Prairie in Whispering Ridge subdivision. A September, 2017 opening is planned for the school.

A total of 46 naming suggestions were collected through an online...
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PWSD Good News - January 21, 2016

January 20, 2016
​ The following Good News Report from Peace Wapiti Public School Division (PWSD) and its schools will be shared at the upcoming Board Meeting scheduled for Thursday, January 21, 2016.

News from PWSD schools: 3D Charity Hockey Tournament: Many PWSD schools will compete in the annual tri-division charity tournament in...
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Shawn O’Shea appointed Principal of new school in Whispering Ridge

January 15, 2016
​ 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...
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Protection against Measles - AHS Vaccine Reminder for School Parents, Staff and Volunteers

January 13, 2016
On January 13, 2016, Alberta Health Services (AHS) issued the following two-page Measles Vaccine reminder. You may read it on our website at the following link, or view screen shots of the advisory which are included below. http://www.pwsd76.ab.ca/PublishingImages/2016-01-04-Provincial-School-Measles-Immunity-Reminder-Ltr-English.pdf
     
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On Your Mark! PWSD students benefit from free diploma exam tutorial sessions

January 05, 2016
​ Peace Wapiti Public School Division's (PWSD's) free diploma exam tutorial sessions are back by popular demand.

The comprehensive six-hour weekend tutorials, known throughout the Division as 'On Your Mark!' sessions, will be open to all PWSD students. Students will be given the opportunity to review course content and further develop...
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RCMP respond to suspicious vehicle near Grande Prairie school

January 04, 2016
Dear Parents and Guardians, The following media release was issued today by the Grande Prairie RCMP. While no student at a Peace Wapiti Public School was involved in this incident, we feel it is important to let you know that our staff will be reminding all students in Kindergarten – Grade...
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PWSD responds to annexation concerns – Board awaiting meeting with the Minister of Education

December 23, 2015
​Following the recent approval of Grande Prairie's annexation application, Peace Wapiti Public School Division (PWSD) would like to assure County of Grande Prairie residents that PWSD's current school boundaries will remain in effect until June 30 th , 2016. 

If families are concerned that upcoming changes to municipal boundaries may mean...
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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from PWSD

December 17, 2015
​Peace Wapiti Public School Division wishes you the blessings of the season. May you enjoy a very Merry Christmas and health and happiness in 2016.

The last day of classes before the Christmas break is Friday, December 18, 2015 . Classes will resume on Monday, January 4, 2016 .

PWSD Administration...
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Sending love from head to toe

December 16, 2015
​ This semester, student citizenship has been the focus of Grade 3 classes at Harry Balfour School (HBS), supported by the Classroom Champions Program which pairs an Olympic athlete-mentor with students. As a result of the program, students in Mrs. Pfefferle's Grade 3P class and Mrs. Simpson's Grade 3S class joined...
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Good News Report - December 10, 2015

December 08, 2015
​ The following Good News Report from Peace Wapiti Public School Division (PWSD) and its schools will be shared at the upcoming Board Meeting scheduled for Thursday, December 10, 2015.

News from PWSD schools: Christmas concerts
Ignite the spirit of the season – plan to attend a Christmas concert at...
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And the winner is…

December 02, 2015
Peace Wapiti Public School Division is pleased to announce that Alexa Doyle, a Grade 4 student at Robert W. Zahara Public School, is the winner of the 2015 Christmas card art contest. The contest was open to all Grades 4-6 students within the Division. Students submitted artwork under the theme “The...
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Top student-athletes to compete in GPRC Wolves High School All-Star Volleyball Games

December 02, 2015
​ 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...
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PWSD schools invite you to celebrate the joy of Christmas

November 30, 2015
​ Ignite the spirit of the season by attending a Christmas concert at a Peace Wapiti Public School in your community. In the event of cancellations due to inclement weather, revised dates and times will be posted on PWSD's website and school websites. Monday, November 30: Harry Balfour School , 6:30...
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PWSD asks families to reinforce safety with children following abduction attempt in Grande Prairie

November 27, 2015
November 27, 2015 - This morning, there was a report of an attempted abduction of a student at a bus stop in the area of Alexander Forbes School in Grande Prairie. While no students enroled at Peace Wapiti Public School Division (PWSD) schools were involved in this incident, PWSD feels it is...
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Peace Wapiti Academy welcomes teams to 3A Boys Volleyball Provincials

November 26, 2015
​ It was a packed house at Peace Wapiti Academy (PWA) when the Titans Boys Volleyball team and dignitaries welcomed visiting student-athletes during the opening ceremony of the 3A Boys Volleyball Provincials on November 26, 2015.

Following the singing of the national anthem, Superintendent Sheldon Rowe brought greetings from Peace Wapiti Public...
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Sending love from head to toe – Students inspired by Olympic athlete-mentor to help those in need

November 25, 2015
​ 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,...
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Board News - November 19, 2015

November 23, 2015
​ Read PWSD's Board News newsletter for November 19, 2015 at http://bit.ly/PWSD-BN-Nov-19-15 .

In this issue: Audited financial statements approved Fall budget update Whispering Ridge School Facility update Three-Year Education Plan and Annual Education Results Report Minister approves sale of lot at Bonanza School Upcoming events
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Flashing Red Light Awareness - Take the Survey

November 19, 2015
Do you know what to do when you see flashing red lights on a school bus? The Transportation Office at PWSD is sharing a short survey developed by the Student Transportation Association of Alberta (STAA) to help determine the level of awareness that currently exists. To access the STAA provincial campaign survey, visit:...
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Good News Report - November 19, 2015

November 17, 2015
​ The following Good News Report from Peace Wapiti Public School Division (PWSD) and its schools will be shared at the upcoming Board Meeting scheduled for Thursday, November 19 th , 2015.
News from PWSD schools: Random Act of Kindness Day
PWSD received a Random Act of Kindness from...
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Bullying Awareness Week 2015 invites you to #PostItForward

November 16, 2015
​ Alberta Health Services encourages you to help prevent bullying by passing along a positive message during Bullying Awareness Week 2015. We're all in this together! Albertans are encouraged to Post-It ® Forward this week by sharing messages with Post-it ® notes in person and online. Post-It ® Forward was inspired...
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PWSD Christmas card art contest, open to Grades 4-6 students

November 13, 2015
​ "The best thing about Christmas is..." is the theme of PWSD's 2015 Christmas card art contest – open to PWSD students in Grades 4-6.

Students must submit their artwork to their classroom teacher on or before Friday, November 20 . Artwork can be completed outside of school hours, but...
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PWSD schools remember

November 06, 2015
Local media are invited to the following Remembrance Day ceremonies at schools throughout Peace Wapiti Public School Division:           Monday, November 9: School Time Event details Beaverlodge Elementary School 11:00 a.m. - noon Songs, poetry, personal stories and videos in the school gymnasium. Elmworth School 1:00 p.m....
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Determining when to cancel buses – PWSD exercises care and caution during times of inclement weather

November 04, 2015
​ Your alarm, set to the local radio station, goes off at 6:30 a.m. The reporter is announcing cancelled buses throughout Peace Wapiti Public School Division (PWSD), but have you ever wondered how that decision is made, and who is responsible for making it?

Superintendent Sheldon Rowe says a lot of...
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Board engages with students at Woking and Clairmont Schools

November 03, 2015
This year, the Board has developed a new strategy to engage with students throughout the Division.

Through revamped school visits, Trustees are now able to gather input on what works, from the student perspective. The format of the visit varies by school, but typically begins with a fine arts performance or...
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Interactive School Councils meeting at Sexsmith Secondary School

November 02, 2015
The cafeteria at Sexsmith Secondary School was alive with animated discussion when School Councils met for their Fall General Meeting on October 27th. Dana McIntosh, Board Chair, opened the meeting with an update from the Division highlighting new developments and staff and student achievements. To read the biannual Division Update newsletter,...
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Board News - October 29, 2015

November 02, 2015
To read news from the Peace Wapiti Public School Division Board meeting held on October 29, 2015, read the latest edition of Board News at http://bit.ly/pwsd-bn-oct-29-15.  
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Name That School – PWSD invites naming submissions for new Whispering Ridge K-8 public school

October 29, 2015
​During the month of November, Peace Wapiti Public School Division (PWSD) will be seeking input from students and residents of the Harry Balfour School attendance area on a name for the new Kindergarten-Grade 8 public school, to be located north of Grande Prairie in Whispering Ridge subdivision.

When the new...
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PWSD Division Update - October, 2015

October 28, 2015
​ Take a look inside the October, 2015 edition of Division Update – a biannual report on news from Peace Wapiti Public School Division, produced for the Spring and Fall General School Councils’ Meetings: http://bit.ly/PWSD-Update-Oct2015.

In this issue: Mid-year occupancy expected at replacement R. W. Zahara Public School in Sexsmith 'Name That...
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Good News – October 29, 2015

October 27, 2015
​ The following Good News Report from Peace Wapiti Public School Division (PWSD) and its schools will be shared at the upcoming Board Meeting scheduled for Thursday, October 29 th , 2015.

News from PWSD schools: PWSD schools raise $58,789.80 for cancer research through Terry Fox School Run events :...
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Peace Wapiti Academy to host second Google Apps conference

October 26, 2015
​ Banking on the success of last year's Google Apps mini-conference, Peace Wapiti Academy (PWA) will offer Google Apps for Education (GAFE) sessions on Tuesday, October 27 th . More than 155 student participants from the Grades 9 and 10 classes will be joined by 15 teachers for the event which...
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Holocaust survivor Eva Olsson to speak at PWSD schools

October 13, 2015
Holocaust survivor Eva Olsson will share her message on the importance of not being a bystander to injustice at a number of schools within Peace Wapiti Public School Division on October 19-21, 2015. Over the past 12 years, Ms. Olsson has spoken to more than one million people, using her life...
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PWSD schools raise more than $58,000 through Terry Fox Run events

October 13, 2015
​ The last coin has been counted! Students throughout Peace Wapiti Public School Division (PWSD) have raised a whopping $58,789.80 for cancer research, a considerable increase over last year's $44,081.68.

Among the 14 schools that participated in Terry Fox School Run events this year, Harry Balfour School's 788 students showed a...
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Is your child between 4 and 9 years of age? They may require a booster seat.

October 13, 2015
​ Take the booster seat YES test from Alberta Health Services to see if your child needs a booster seat, how to choose the right booster and how to use it correctly. The test is available in the two-page brochure PDF found on the Alberta Health Services website at http://www.albertahealthservices.ca/InjuryPrevention/hi-ip-pipt-chc-booster-yes-test-bro.pdf.
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Peace Wapiti Academy hosts 14th annual Academy Awards

October 09, 2015
​Last night, Peace Wapiti Academy (PWA), Peace Wapiti Public School Division's Grande Prairie-based high school, hosted its annual Academy Awards event in recognition of excellence achieved during the 2014-2015 school year. The ceremony celebrated Grades 9-12 honours students, star athletes, and excellence in the areas of French, art, band and drama....
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PWSD releases results of 2014-2015 Provincial Achievement Tests and Diploma Exams

October 08, 2015
​ Students of Peace Wapiti Public School Division (PWSD) continue to demonstrate success on the Provincial Achievement Tests (PATs) administered annually by Alberta Education to students in Grades 6 and 9, and the Diploma Exams, administered to Grade 12 students. PWSD's Grade 3 students are currently participating in the second year...
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Peace Wapiti Academy to host 14th annual Academy Awards

October 06, 2015
​ Peace Wapiti Academy, Peace Wapiti Public School Division's Grande Prairie-based high school, will host its annual Academy Awards event at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 8 th , 2015 in the school gymnasium.

Members of the local media are invited to attend this event.

In addition to scholarships handed out...
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Board News – October 1, 2015

October 05, 2015
​ To read PWSD's Board News newsletter for October 1, 2015 online, visit http://bit.ly/pwsd-bn-oct-1-15 or sign up for an online subscription today at www.pwsd76.ab.ca . In this issue: Melissa Wade, Tools for School honoured at regional ASBA Awards luncheon From Beaverlodge to China – PWSD student selected to @AlbertaEducation summer...
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Good News Report - October 1, 2015

September 29, 2015
​ The following Good News Report from Peace Wapiti Public School Division (PWSD) and its schools will be shared at the upcoming Board Meeting scheduled for Thursday, October 1 st , 2015. News from PWSD schools: Saddle Hills County welcomes Leaders of Tomorrow: On September 24 th , PWSD students from...
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Melissa Wade, Tools for School honoured at regional ASBA awards luncheon

September 25, 2015
​ Peace Wapiti Public School Division's (PWSD) Board of Trustees honoured a new teacher and a local organization for their contributions to education during the annual Alberta School Boards Association (ASBA) Zone One awards luncheon in Peace River on September 24 th .

Melissa Wade, a Grades 3-5 teacher at LaGlace...
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Board News - September 10, 2015

September 23, 2015
To read PWSD's Board News newsletter for September 10, 2015 online, visit http://bit.ly/pwsd-bn-sept-10-15, or sign up for an online subscription today at www.pwsd76.ab.ca. In this issue: Incumbents Dana McIntosh, Stacey Pelland re-elected as Chair, Vice-Chair Enrolment and Staffing Report Whispering Ridge School approved by Minister, naming committee formed Minister of Education...
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Lorne Cardinal, Monique Hurteau to tour PWSD schools

September 17, 2015
​ Next week, Peace Wapiti Public School Division (PWSD) will welcome back special guests Lorne Cardinal and Monique Hurteau for the second leg of their First Nations, Métis and Inuit (FNMI) school tour on September 21-25, which will include stops at ten schools.

Mr. Cardinal is well-known for his role as...
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PWSD schools to host Terry Fox Run events

September 16, 2015
​ A number of schools within Peace Wapiti Public School Division will honour the 35 th anniversary of the Terry Fox Run through fundraising campaigns and school run events. Local media are invited to attend the following events:



School Date / Time Event Details Beaverlodge Elementary School Thursday, Sept. 17...
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Whispering Ridge School project receives Ministerial approval –

September 11, 2015
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...
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​Incumbents Dana McIntosh, Stacey Pelland re-elected as Chair, Vice-Chair of the PWSD Board for the 2015-2016 school year.

September 10, 2015
​​ During the annual Organizational Meeting of the Peace Wapiti Public School Division (PWSD) Board, held on September 10, 2015, incumbents Dana McIntosh and Stacey Pelland were re-elected as Chair and Vice-Chair for the 2015-2016 school year.

Election of the Board Chair and Vice-Chair is an annual event at PWSD. According to...
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Good News Report - September 10, 2015

September 08, 2015
​ The following Good News Report from PWSD and its schools will be shared at the upcoming Board Meeting scheduled for Thursday, September 10, 2015.

Upcoming events: Healthy Active School Symposium (HASS) will take place on Tuesday, November 3 at the Grande Prairie Alliance Church. www.everactive.org/hass Tweet #HASS2015...
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New faces, new roles at PWSD – Leadership staffing update for the 2015-2016 school year

September 08, 2015


Peace Wapiti Public School Division (PWSD) is pleased to announce the following changes to leadership staffing, effective the start of the 2015-2016 school year, which officially began for staff on Thursday, August 27, 2015. The first day of classes for students was Tuesday, September 1.

Barb Arend has been...
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Organizational Meeting of the Board

September 08, 2015
​ Trustees for the 2013-2017 term will convene at Peace Wapiti Public School Division’s Central Office in Grande Prairie for the annual Organizational Meeting at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, September 10, 2015 . The meeting will include the annual election of the Board Chair and Vice-Chair, and committee membership and structure...
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Tools for School donations ensure student success

September 03, 2015
​ 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)...
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Education Act, stable funding, new schools – PWSD Board voices concerns to Education Minister

September 03, 2015
​ Earlier this morning, representatives from Peace Wapiti Public School Division (PWSD) shared concerns with Education Minister David Eggen during his planned visit to the Grande Prairie area – part of a week-long tour of the province’s school boards.

Included on the agenda were discussions on the impact of delaying proclamation...
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Sign up today for bus route notifications by email

September 02, 2015
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...
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Welcome back to the 2015-2016 school year

August 27, 2015
​ 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...
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Alberta Health Services (North Zone) declares whooping cough outbreak

August 26, 2015
On August 26, 2015, Alberta Health Services (AHS) declared a whooping cough (pertussis) outbreak in the AHS North Zone due to a sustained increase in the number of confirmed cases. 

AHS is encouraging all North Zone residents to be immunized against pertussis. Immunization is available by appointment at public health and...
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Back to School info

July 07, 2015
​Students return to the classroom on Tuesday, September 1, 2015. To access PWSD’s 2015-2016 school year registration dates and calendar, visit http://bit.ly/pwsd-back-to-school . For Kindergarten start-up dates, school supply lists, and bus route status notifications, visit http://bit.ly/1Cx9cwK.   Keep up-to-date with all the latest news and events.  For a list...
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​Beaverlodge graduate receives PWSD's FNMI Scholarship

June 26, 2015
Peace Wapiti Public School Division (PWSD) is pleased to announce that Darrion Letendre, a member of Beaverlodge Regional High School's (BRHS) Class of 2014, has been selected as the recipient of the 2015 PWSD First Nations, Métis, and Inuit (FNMI) Scholarship, valued at $1,000. Mr. Letendre has completed his first year...
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School’s out for summer!

June 25, 2015
PWSD wishes students and staff a safe and enjoyable holiday – see you in September!

Tomorrow marks the final day of 2014-2015 school year for the 32 schools that make up Peace Wapiti Public School Division (PWSD). At the final bell on Friday, 5,800 students will come tumbling and squinting...
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Good News Report – June 18, 2015

June 16, 2015
​ Read PWSD's Good News report, published on the Tuesday prior to a Board Meeting. The next Board Meeting is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, June 18, 2015 at Central Office: Congratulations to: PWSD's First Nations, Métis, and Inuit (FNMI) Education Coordinator to present at Listening, Understanding and Moving Forward Together...
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2015 Diploma Exam Schedule and Resources

June 10, 2015
​ Alberta Education has posted the 2015 Diploma Exam schedule and resources to help students get prepared. Visit http://education.alberta.ca/students/exams.aspx or read the information provided below:

Quest A+
View previously released tests for various subjects .  Diploma Exam Guides for Students
Read these guides prepared by past exam...
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Waxing for Cancer – PWA teachers offer “leg up” for the cause

June 09, 2015
​ 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,...
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Senior high students gain valuable credits through PWSD’s summer work program

June 09, 2015
​​ 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...
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Blue Bird Dance Troupe celebrates National Aboriginal Day with Harry Balfour School

June 04, 2015
​ Earlier this afternoon, Harry Balfour School's Kindergarten to Grade 5 students were treated to an interactive performance by the Blue Bird Dance Troupe. The dance troupe, led by Omarla Cooke, opened the performance with a prayer which was signed by her son Kirk. "Each and every one of us has...
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PWSD schools celebrate National Aboriginal Day

June 04, 2015
​ Although the official date for this year’s National Aboriginal Day event is scheduled for June 21, schools in Peace Wapiti Public School Division (PWSD) have opted to get a head start on the celebration.

“About five years ago, the First Nations, Métis and Inuit (FNMI) group, in consultation with the Division,...
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Three new modular classrooms at Harry Balfour School

June 02, 2015
​ 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...
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On Your Mark! PWSD students benefit from free diploma exam tutorial sessions

June 02, 2015
For the seventh year in a row, On Your Mark diploma exam tutorial sessions will once again be offered free of charge to students of Peace Wapiti Public School Division (PWSD). The comprehensive six-hour tutorials will review course content while further developing strategies to tackle question formats.

"Our goal in creating...
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Former PWSD Deputy Superintendent recognized by PSBAA for contribution to education

June 02, 2015
​ Dr. Rodney Lee, former Deputy Superintendent at PWSD, is this year's recipient of the Special Contribution to Public Education Award, presented annually during the Public School Boards’ Association of Alberta (PSBAA) Spring General Assembly. The award was officially announced during the PSBAA’s 2014 Annual General Meeting in October. Mr. Lee...
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Good News Report - May 28, 2015

May 26, 2015
​ Read PWSD's Good News report, published on the Tuesday prior to a Board Meeting. The next Board Meeting is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, May 28, 2015 at Central Office:








Congratulations to: Danika Hynes, Grade 6 teacher at Helen E. Taylor School, on her Excellence in Education "Service Above...
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PWSD staff to be recognized with Long Service Awards

May 21, 2015
​ Each year, Peace Wapiti Public School Division (PWSD) recognizes staff members for their dedication and years of service during three separate ceremonies around the Division. During this year's special events scheduled for May 21, 27 and 28, Long Service Awards will be presented to the following staff members who have...
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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 –

May 21, 2015
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,...
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Results of the PWSD Division-wide Dave Bleile Track Meet

May 20, 2015
​ Approximately 300 junior high student-athletes from across Peace Wapiti Public School Division (PWSD) participated in the annual Dave Bleile Track Meet on Wednesday, May 20, 2015. Participating schools include Bezanson School, Clairmont Community School, Elmworth School, Harry Balfour School, Helen E. Taylor School, Hythe Regional School, LaGlace School, Peace Wapiti...
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Tri-District Dual Credit Partnership Announcement

May 20, 2015
​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...
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PWSD students place at Provincial Skills Canada Competition 2015

May 15, 2015

Peace Wapiti Public School Division (PWSD) offers congratulations to two students who achieved podium finishes at the Provincial Skills Canada (PSCC) award ceremony held at the Edmonton Expo Centre yesterday: GOLD: Darci Peterson, Beaverlodge Regional High School – Junior Hairstyling. BRONZE: Jamie Cote, Peace Wapiti Academy – Outdoor Power & Recreation...
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PWSD student among top 10 in CBC nation-wide contest

May 15, 2015
​ CBC Canada Writes names Hannah Schmakeit to Shakespeare Selfie 2015 shortlist A student in Peace Wapiti Public School Division (PWSD) is among the top 10 names shortlisted in the Grades 10-12 category of the CBC Canada Writes Shakespeare Selfie 2015 challenge. Poisoned Words by Hannah Schmakeit, a Grade 12 student...
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PWSD to host Division-wide ‘Dave Bleile Track Meet’

May 14, 2015
​ Event: Annual Dave Bleile Track Meet hosted by Peace Wapiti Public School Division (PWSD)
When: 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, May 20, 2015. The awards ceremony is scheduled for 1:30 p.m.
Where: Legion Field, 11313 105 Street, Grande Prairie

Junior high student-athletes from across Peace Wapiti Public...
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New look for Teepee Creek School

May 13, 2015
​ To celebrate the modernization project currently underway at Teepee Creek School, four students put their heads together to create a new logo to express their Mustang pride. The new logo is a compilation of design input from current students Josie Haight, Mackenzie Papastesis, Ty Doucette, and Kaden Link. 

See the...
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PWSD hosts first Jurisdictional Student Engagement Team meeting

May 06, 2015
​ The first meeting of Peace Wapiti Public School Division's (PWSD's) Jurisdictional Student Engagement Team (JSET) took place yesterday, Tuesday, May 5, 2015 at the Stonebridge Hotel in Grande Prairie. The meeting included a mixture of sessions aimed at establishing a vision for the team and empowering members to fan out and...
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Good News Report - May 7, 2015

May 05, 2015
​ Read PWSD's Good News report, presented during the Board Meeting on May 7, 2015: News from PWSD schools: PWSD to graduate 330 students during 2015 ceremonies: Peace Wapiti Academy: Saturday, May 2, ENTREC Centre, 96 graduates Spirit River Regional Academy: Friday, May 15, Spirit River Arena, 44 graduates Beaverlodge Regional...
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PWSD launches Student Leadership Team initiative –

May 04, 2015
​ Students from across the Division to offer youthful opinions on education issues

Peace Wapiti Public School Division (PWSD) is launching a new initiative to gather student input on education issues.

Katie Douglas, a Grade 11 student at Beaverlodge Regional High School, who is also in her second year of membership on...
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School Bus Driver Appreciation Day – May 4, 2015

May 04, 2015
​ Monday, May 4, 2015 has been designated as School Bus Driver Appreciation Day – an opportunity for students, parents and staff of Peace Wapiti Public School Division (PWSD) to recognize school bus drivers.

This morning, PWSD drivers were invited to continental breakfast events at the Northern Bus Shop located in...
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Sexsmith student selected to CBC Radio high school election panel

April 30, 2015
​ 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,...
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CFL duo return for second leg of FNMI school tour – Special training camp scheduled for Sexsmith Sabres Football team

April 29, 2015
​ Peace Wapiti Public School Division (PWSD) is pleased to welcome back Jed Roberts, former CFL linebacker and defensive end for the Edmonton Eskimos, and J.R. LaRose, a free safety for the CFL's BC Lions who also played four seasons with the Edmonton Eskimos, as they complete the second leg of...
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3-D Charity Hockey Tournament this weekend

April 28, 2015
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 Grande Prairie Public, Grande Prairie Catholic and Peace Wapiti Public School Districts all participate in a weekend tournament that benefits seriously ill children in our...
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The results are in – PWSD students bring home the hardware from Regional Skills Canada Competition

April 27, 2015
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...
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PWSD to bid farewell to 330 students in the Class of 2015

April 27, 2015
​ It's that time of year when Peace Wapiti Public School Division's (PWSD's) motto, Educating today for success tomorrow , rings truer than ever. The coming weekend will see the start of a succession of graduation ceremonies throughout the Division.

First up is PWSD's Grande Prairie-based high school, Peace Wapiti Academy ,...
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PWSD students heading to Regional Skills Canada Competition

April 20, 2015
Peace Wapiti Public School Division (PWSD) will be well represented by 27 students at the upcoming North West Regional Skills Canada Competition on April 23-24 in Fairview.

Beaverlodge Regional High School will send six students to the event. Grade 11 student Sandy Nitschke, competing in the Baking category, will...
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PWSD analyzing the impact of the Provincial Budget

April 20, 2015
​ Peace Wapiti Public School Division (PWSD) is still analyzing the impact of the Provincial Budget, but one thing is clear – the numbers aren’t adding up.

Superintendent Sheldon Rowe says based on what he sees in the Provincial Budget, students will be affected.

“Based on the information provided by the provincial...
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PWSD students recognized as ‘Leaders of Tomorrow’

April 20, 2015
Peace Wapiti Public School Division (PWSD) congratulates eight students who were among those recognized by the Grande Prairie Volunteer Service Bureau with Leaders of Tomorrow Awards at the Annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon on Friday, April 17.

The Leaders of Tomorrow Awards program recognizes students aged 13 to 15 years old and...
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Good News Report

April 14, 2015
​ Read PWSD's Good News report, presented during the Board Meeting at 10:30 a.m. at the Spirit River Sub-Office on April 16, 2015: News from PWSD schools: PWSD's Student Leadership Initiative Meeting: The first meeting of PWSD's Student Leadership Team will take place on Tuesday, May 5, 2015, 9:30 a.m. - 3:30...
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Energetic General School Councils Meeting at Sexsmith Secondary School

April 02, 2015
​True to the theme of their Comprehensive School Health presentation, Principal Shawn O’Shea of Clairmont Community School and Principal Barb Arend of Teepee Creek School got the nearly 65 attendees out of their seats for some moving and shaking at the General School Councils Meeting held at Sexsmith Secondary School on...
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PWSD selects 2015 Edwin Parr Teacher Award nominee –

March 30, 2015
Melissa Wade, Grades 3-5 teacher at LaGlace School

Peace Wapiti Public School Division (PWSD) is pleased to announce that Melissa Wade, a Grades 3-5 teacher at LaGlace School, has been selected as the 2015 Edwin Parr Teacher Award nominee, an annual award recognizing outstanding first-year teachers.

Ms. Wade graduated from...
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Hythe Healthy Initiatives Program receives $6,000 boost

March 30, 2015
On Friday, March 27, 2015, Hythe Regional School (HRS) received a generous donation of $5,000 from Joe Alaimoana, General Manager of All Peace Protection, in collaboration with Horse Lake First Nation. The donation will be directed to the school’s Healthy Initiatives Program.

Barb Belcourt, FMNI Liaison Worker at HRS, initially approached Mr....
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Clairmont Community School hosts 1st annual student convention

March 30, 2015
On Friday, March 27, 2015, staff at Clairmont Community School (CCS) hosted the school's first annual student convention. One month ago, students were asked to select two choices from a list of workshop sessions. The event began with tons of excitement with students participating in a pep rally in the school's gymnasium,...
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Savanna School Spring Fling

March 30, 2015
​ Spring was in the air at Savanna School on Friday, March 27, 2015. Students celebrated spring in art and song. Snacks were provided by the School Council.












To view a photo gallery of this event, visit PWSD's Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.874737975921227.1073741994.129272180467814&type=3&uploaded=20.   -30-  ...
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New Model for Delivery of Student Supports Introduced

March 27, 2015
​ A new provincial model for the delivery of specialized learning supports and services is making it easier for children, youth and their families to get the assistance that they need. At the start of the 2014-2015 school year the Government of Alberta divided the province into 17 Regional Collaborative Service...
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PWSD Board tours Wembley Elementary, Helen E. Taylor and Grandview Colony Schools

March 25, 2015
​On Thursday, March 12, 2015, PWSD Board members headed west for the second leg of a series of planned school tours.

At Wembley Elementary School , the Board heard about the success of the breakfast program, made possible by the combined efforts of parent volunteers, local businesses, Encana Corporation and Breakfast Club...
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Division Update newsletter

March 25, 2015
Take a look inside the March, 2015 edition of Division Update – a biannual report on news from Peace Wapiti Public School Division, produced for the Spring and Fall General School Councils' Meetings:
http://bit.ly/PWSD-Update-March2015 .
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Work at schools in Teepee Creek, Clairmont and Sexsmith well underway –

March 18, 2015
​ 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....
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Doell receives French Order – Executive Director of French Language Resource Centre named to l’Ordre des Palmes académiques

March 18, 2015
​ Peace Wapiti Public School Division (PWSD) congratulates Lesley Doell, Executive Director of the French Language Resource Centre in Grande Prairie, on her recent appointment as a Chevalier dans l’Order des Palmes académiques de la Republique francaise (Knight in the Order of Academic Palms of the French Republic).

Ms. Doell received...
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Good news from schools

March 17, 2015
Read PWSD's Good News report, presented during the Board Meeting at 10:30 a.m. at Central Office on March 19, 2015:


News from PWSD schools:   PWSD's Band Concert will take place at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, March 23 rd at the Douglas J. Cardinal Theatre at GPRC. The event will...
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High school students get new opportunities to succeed

March 16, 2015
Fairer reflection of student learning and more learning opportunities are at the forefront of two important changes announced by the Alberta Government on March 16, 2015:

Diploma exam weighting As of September 1, 2015 diploma exam weighting will shift from a 50/50 weighting to a 30/70 weighting where school-awarded grades...
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Teepee Creek School ready for Destination Imagination challenge

March 13, 2015
​ 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...
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Encana donates additional equipment grants to breakfast programs

March 10, 2015
​ Thanks to Encana’s additional grants, Helen E. Taylor and Wembley Elementary Schools have purchased some much-needed kitchen equipment, including a dishwasher and Vitamix blenders, to enhance their existing breakfast programs to include smoothies. To celebrate this donation, the schools hosted a smoothie competition on March 10 th at Helen E....
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Educating today for success tomorrow – Peace Wapiti Public Schools welcome all families to Kindergarten registration events

March 09, 2015
​ A warm welcome is extended to parents and children as they begin their educational journey during Peace Wapiti Public School Division’s annual Kindergarten registration events which are set to kick off at schools within the Division this week, beginning at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, March 12, 2015.

Registration for the 2015-2016...
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New Junior Kindergarten at Beaverlodge Elementary School

March 09, 2015
​ Peace Wapiti Public School Division (PWSD) is pleased to announce that Beaverlodge Elementary School, as part of its continued commitment to the community, will offer Junior Kindergarten programming beginning late September, 2015, for Beaverlodge-area children turning four by December 31 st , 2015. The 33-week program will run until the...
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PWSD students to be recognized with Aboriginal Youth Role Model Awards

March 04, 2015
​ Peace Wapiti Public School Division offers congratulations to three students who will receive Aboriginal Youth Role Model Awards during the 16th annual Spirit Seekers Youth Conference feast beginning at 5 p.m., on Saturday, March 7 in the Grande Prairie Regional College (GPRC) gymnasium.

The three Peace Wapiti Academy (PWA) students will...
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Helen E. Taylor students off to Ottawa for Forum for Young Canadians

March 04, 2015
​ Two students from Helen E. Taylor School in Wembley will head off to Ottawa this weekend to attend the Forum for Young Canadians, a week-long event offered by The Foundation for the Study of Processes of Government in Canada.

The Forum for Young Canadians offers students first-hand access to the exciting...
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Free weekend courses offer expanded credit options for students

February 27, 2015
Peace Wapiti Public School Division (PWSD) is developing a series of weekend courses, based on student interest. The free ‘One Credit Wonders’ weekend courses are open to all Grades 10-12 students throughout the Division and will be offered on several Saturdays throughout the remainder of school year.

“This is an excellent...
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Transportation Survey Results

February 25, 2015
​ 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...
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Pink Shirt Day 2015

February 23, 2015
​ Pink Shirt Day is February 25, 2015. This is a national anti-bullying day, inspired by two Nova Scotia youth who rallied fellow students and teachers at their high school to wear pink in support of a younger student who had been bullied for wearing a pink shirt to class earlier...
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PWSD honours top students of 2013-2014

February 20, 2015
​ The Board of Trustees at Peace Wapiti Public School Division (PWSD) honoured 11 former students for outstanding academic achievement during the 2013-2014 school year at a ceremony and luncheon at the Board Meeting on February 19, 2015. Those in attendance are currently on study break from various post-secondary institutions.  

Rachael Rode,...
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Good News from PWSD schools

February 18, 2015
​ Read the Good News report from PWSD schools, presented during the Board Meeting at 10:30 a.m. at Central Office on February 19, 2015: News from PWSD schools:

Say NO to Bullying – Pink Shirt Day Activities planned for Wednesday, February 25, 2015: Students and staff at Robert W. Zahara...
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PWSD Board welcomed at Ridgevalley, Bezanson and Teepee Creek Schools

February 12, 2015
​ Blustery winter weather didn’t deter PWSD Board members from venturing out to tour three schools within the Division on Thursday, February 5, 2015.

Grade 6 students at Ridgevalley School greeted the Trustees in the school’s library. Having just completed a chapter on local governance in Social Studies, the students were...
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Get a school, give a school – R. W. Zahara Public School achieves goal, inspired by Mighty Peace Day message

February 11, 2015
​ Robert W. Zahara Public School shared a piece of the limelight at yesterday’s Mighty Peace Day event in Grande Prairie when Assistant Principal Stacy Rorem and the school’s We Club joined others on stage during the Community Builders Program announcement – an initiative to support a village in India.

R....
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​A Measles Travel Advisory issued by Alberta Health Services

February 04, 2015
Please note: If you are uncertain whether you and/or your children need the MMR vaccine before travelling, please call your local community health centre to discuss. If you are not sure how to reach your local community health centre, you can also call Health Link Alberta at 1.866.408.5465.
To School...
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Important information for PWSD parents – Have your say in education

February 03, 2015
What if you could have a direct impact on education and play a role in ensuring that your school is equipping your child for success? You can.

Alberta Education and Peace Wapiti Public School Division invite parents to complete and return the annual Accountability Pillar Survey by February 27th, 2015. Parent surveys...
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Savanna School scores a slam dunk – Newly formed basketball team made possible through local donation

January 30, 2015
​ Savanna School, located in the most northerly part of Peace Wapiti Public School Division, is making what many at the school believe to be its first foray into the world of competitive basketball.

Lloyd Booth, a first-year English teacher at the school, was inspired to start a team when he saw...
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Food for thought – Students turn classroom curriculum into service for others

January 28, 2015
A group of students from Ridgevalley School in Peace Wapiti Public School Division (PWSD) will give up their lunch break on Thursday, opting to feed others instead. The school’s foods class, made up of 16 junior high students and two senior high student-assistants, will join forces with the Salvation Army by...
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Beaverlodge student to head up Jurisdictional Student Engagement Teams at Peace Wapiti Public School Division

January 28, 2015
​At the start of the 2013-2014 school year, Kaitlynn Douglas, a student at Beaverlodge Regional High School (BRHS), was selected to the Minister of Education’s Student Advisory Council. As a member of the Council, she met with the Minister multiple times throughout the school year and assisted with the planning and...
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Fifteen minutes of fun – PWSD schools to celebrate Family Literacy Day 2015

January 27, 2015
​ To mark this year's annual Family Literacy Day event, a number of schools within Peace Wapiti Public School Division (PWSD) will partake in literacy-related activities. PWSD encourages families to celebrate the love of reading by participating in family-based literacy activities at home. Spending as little as 15 minutes per day...
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Minister Gordon Dirks visits Peace Wapiti Academy

January 21, 2015
​ Peace Wapiti Public School Division (PWSD) welcomed the Honourable Gordon Dirks, Minister of Education, to Peace Wapiti Academy yesterday during the school’s hour-long iPlan period.

The daily iPlan period is a time when students can explore personal learning opportunities under High School Redesign – an initiative of Alberta Education’s Inspiring...
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New school bus route notification system at PWSD

January 12, 2015
​ Peace Wapiti Public School Division would like to inform families of a new school bus route notification system which was rolled out on Friday, January 9, 2015. This new system will allow users to subscribe online to receive bus route status notifications by email for one or more routes –...
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On Your Mark! PWSD students benefit from free diploma exam tutorial sessions

January 07, 2015
​ For the seventh year in a row, Peace Wapiti Public School Division (PWSD) will once again offer free tutorial sessions to assist students as they prepare for diploma exams. 

The comprehensive six-hour tutorials, known throughout the Division as ‘On Your Mark!’ sessions, will be open to all PWSD students. Students...
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Transportation Survey

December 10, 2014
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...
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2014 Christmas concerts at PWSD schools

December 05, 2014

Peace Wapiti Public School Division would like to inform the public of upcoming Christmas concerts throughout the Division:


Monday, December 8: Sexsmith Secondary School Christmas band concert, 7:00 p.m. Robert W. Zahara Public School’s Grades 5 and 6 band students will participate in this event. 
Wednesday, December 10: Harry Balfour School, Grades...
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PWSD volleyball players named High School All Stars – Thirteen student-athletes to compete at tonight’s game

December 04, 2014
Peace Wapiti Public School Division offers congratulations to thirteen student-athletes who have been named to the High School Volleyball All Star Team.

Six members of the Peace Wapiti Academy (PWA) Titans Girls Volleyball team have been named to the All Star team: Kelsey Gitzel, Kacie Haire, Kirsten Rodacker, Katrina Dawe, Sydney...
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Find your school on Facebook

December 02, 2014

Did you know that most Peace Wapiti Public Schools host very active Facebook pages? To follow the school Facebook pages listed below, you will first need to log in on your personal Facebook account. To stay up-to-date with the latest news and events from your school, ‘like’ their page today! Beaverlodge...
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And the winner is...

December 01, 2014
​ Peace Wapiti Public School Division is pleased to announce that Grade 3 student Holly Palfy is the winner of the 2014 Christmas card art contest. The contest, which saw a total of 293 entries submitted to Central Office by the November 24, 2014 deadline, was open to all Grades 1-3...
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PWSD Christmas Card Art Contest, open to Grades 1-3 students

November 18, 2014
  "The best thing about Christmas is..." is the theme of PWSD's 2014 Christmas card art contest – open to PWSD students in Grades 1-3.

Students must submit their artwork to their classroom teacher on or before Monday, November 24. Artwork can be completed outside of school hours, but must be...
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Peace Wapiti Academy to host 2015 Senior Boys 3A Volleyball Provincials

November 17, 2014
​ Peace Wapiti Academy (PWA), Peace Wapiti Public School Division’s Grande Prairie-based high school, has won the bid to host the 2015 Senior Boys 3A Volleyball Provincial Games, scheduled for November 19-21, 2015.

Vice Principal Jen Clevette says the win is thanks to the efforts of Joel Thibault, the team’s head...
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Carpentry shop at Peace Wapiti Academy taking shape – Upgraded work surfaces made possible by NAIT, high school students

November 13, 2014
​ The carpentry shop at Peace Wapiti Academy (PWA) just received a facelift, thanks to a recent donation by the Edmonton campus of the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT).

Josh Kostanuick, PWA’s Career and Technology Studies (CTS) teacher and Titans football head coach, said he secured the donation quite by...
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Email updates on the status of PWSD bus routes discontinued

November 12, 2014
​ Peace Wapiti Public School Division (PWSD) regrets to inform families that the email update service announcing late and/or cancelled bus routes has been discontinued. This service was sub-contracted through Peace River School Division, but they have recently moved to a new website provider. Unfortunately, the new website provider cannot offer the bus...
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Remembrance Day Ceremonies at Peace Wapiti Public Schools

November 06, 2014
​ We invite you to attend the following Remembrance Day ceremonies at schools within Peace Wapiti Public School Division: Today, Thursday, November 6:
• Bezanson School – Thursday, Nov. 6, 10:45 a.m.
• Bonanza School – Thursday, Nov. 6, 11:15 a.m. – noon. Everyone welcome.
• Clairmont Community School – Thursday, Nov. 6, assembly...
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Rycroft students receive donation to ‘Snack Shack’ –

November 05, 2014
​ Corporate donation to cover costs of nutritional snack food for next three years

Students at Rycroft School in Peace Wapiti Public School Division will have access to free nutritious snack options, thanks to a three-year commitment by the local division of Louis Dreyfus Canada Ltd.

“We are so grateful for...
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Former Deputy Superintendent receives PSBAA award

November 03, 2014
​ Dr. Rodney Lee, former Deputy Superintendent at PWSD, was recognized at the October 30th Board Meeting as the recipient of this year’s Public School Boards’ Association of Alberta (PSBAA) Special Contribution to Public Education Award.

Dr. Lee has been a proactive influence in public education for more than 36 years,...
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FNMI school tour featuring Cree musicians underway at PWSD schools this week

October 27, 2014
​ Peace Wapiti Public School Division (PWSD) is pleased to announce that this week’s annual First Nations Métis, and Inuit (FNMI) school tour is currently underway and features Cree musicians Jason Chamakese and Robert Gladue. The tour will include stops at eight schools throughout the Division on October 27-30, 2014.

“It...
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PWSD schools raise more than $44,000 through Terry Fox Run events

October 16, 2014
  When schools in Peace Wapiti Public School Division (PWSD) come together for a cause, they really mean business. Thanks to the efforts of PWSD students, funds generated by this year’s Terry Fox Run events resulted in a whopping $44,081.68 for cancer research. With pledges still trickling in at some schools,...
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Teepee Creek School engages in “cardboard challenge” to support local cancer organization

October 16, 2014
​ 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...
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Peace Wapiti Academy goes digital – Grade 9 students and teachers to participate in upcoming personal device conference

October 15, 2014
​ More than 110 Grade 9 students and 10 teachers will participate in a Google Apps mini-conference at Peace Wapiti Academy (PWA) on Tuesday, October 21. The event will be led by Jen Clevette, an Assistant Principal at PWA.

“Students will follow the regular bell schedule, but instead of going to...
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The importance of immunization

October 14, 2014
  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...
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Peace Wapiti Academy hosts 13th annual Academy Awards

October 10, 2014
​ Last night, Peace Wapiti Academy (PWA), Peace Wapiti Public School Division’s Grande Prairie-based high school, hosted its annual Academy Awards event in recognition of excellence achieved during the 2013-2014 school year. The ceremony celebrated Grades 9-12 honours students, star athletes, and excellence in the areas of French, art, band and...
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PWSD releases results of 2013-2014 Provincial Achievement Tests and Diploma Exams

October 09, 2014
​ The results are in! Students of Peace Wapiti Public School Division (PWSD) continue to demonstrate success on the Provincial Achievement Tests (PATs) administered annually by Alberta Education to students in Grades 3, 6 and 9, and the Diploma Exams, administered to Grade 12 students. In keeping with Alberta Education’s decision...
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Peace Wapiti Academy to host 13th annual Academy Awards

October 08, 2014
​ Peace Wapiti Academy, Peace Wapiti Public School Division’s Grande Prairie-based high school, will host its annual Academy Awards event at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 9, 2014 in the school’s gymnasium.

Members of the local media are invited to attend this event.

In addition to the scholarships handed out in...
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PWSD launches Quality Learning Environment – A guide for all teaching and learning environments

October 06, 2014
During the 2013-2014 school year, teachers representing all schools within Peace Wapiti Public School Division (PWSD) came together to create a collaborative document to define what a Quality Learning Environment (QLE) should look like for the Division. The resulting document and accompanying visual QLE model are being rolled out to PWSD...
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Brazilian students experience ‘Education on the Wild Side’ – Eaglesham Outdoor Pursuits Program welcomes first international students

October 06, 2014

When Eaglesham School in Peace Wapiti Public School Division launched an ambitious outdoor pursuits program last year, nobody predicted that four students would travel more than 10,000 kilometres from Recife, the fourth largest metropolitan area in Brazil, boasting a population of 1.5 million, to the village of Eaglesham for a...
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If I can – PWSD schools to host inspirational speaker Chris Koch

October 03, 2014
​ Next week, students at several schools within Peace Wapiti Public School Division (PWSD) will learn the importance of not letting life’s limitations or obstacles stand in the way of achieving goals and dreams when guest speaker Chris Koch, born without arms and legs, delivers his inspirational message on setting goals...
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Joshua Kostanuick, FCSS honoured at regional ASBA awards ceremony

September 26, 2014
Peace Wapiti Public School Division’s (PWSD) Board of Trustees honoured a new teacher and a local organization for their contributions to education during the annual Alberta School Boards Association (ASBA) Zone One awards ceremony in Peace River on Wednesday, September 24.

Joshua Kostanuick, a Career and Technology Studies (CTS) teacher at...
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PWSD schools to host Terry Fox Run events

September 18, 2014
​ In honour of the national Terry Fox Run which took place on September 14, 2014, a number of schools within Peace Wapiti Public School Division will support this worthy cause through fundraising campaigns and run events. Members of the media are invited to attend the following events: School Date /...
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MLA Everett McDonald tours Harry Balfour School – Unexpected enrolment growth creates urgent need for new PWSD school

September 17, 2014
  Mr. Everett McDonald, MLA for Grande Prairie-Smoky, toured PWSD’s Harry Balfour School yesterday and received a first-hand glimpse of the issues created by overcrowding at the K-8 school located in the heart of Grande Prairie.

Built in 1956, the school has seen numerous upgrades to keep up with the demands...
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Annual Organizational Meeting of the PWSD Board

September 09, 2014

Trustees for the 2013-2017 term will convene at Peace Wapiti Public School Division's Central Office in Grande Prairie for their annual Organizational Meeting at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, September 11, 2014. The meeting will include the annual election of the Board Chair and Vice-Chair, and committee membership and structure will...
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Supporting Success – PWSD’s northern students and families to benefit from new Family First Centre

September 04, 2014
​ 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...
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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
  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...
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On Your Mark! Free diploma exam tutorial sessions for PWSD students

August 28, 2014
June 4, 2014: For the sixth year in a row, Peace Wapiti Public School Division (PWSD) will once again offer free diploma exam tutorial sessions, open to all PWSD students.

Dubbed ‘On Your Mark,’ these comprehensive six-hour tutorial sessions will assist students as they prepare for June diploma exams.  During the...
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PWSD student embarks on trip to nation’s capital

August 28, 2014
June 5, 2014: A Grade 11 student from Grovedale recently met with 200 youths from across the nation, thanks to a program sponsored by Canadian Rotary Clubs.
On May 4-7, Hannah Schmakeit embarked on what she refers to as “a year’s worth of experiences in four days” through Rotary Adventures in...
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PWSD schools celebrate National Aboriginal Day

August 28, 2014
June 10, 2014: Although the official date for this year’s National Aboriginal Day event is scheduled for June 21, schools in Peace Wapiti Public School Division (PWSD) have opted to get a head start on the celebration.
“About four years ago, the First Nations, Métis and Inuit (FNMI) group, in consultation...
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Power Engineering students off to summer institute

August 21, 2014
June 12, 2014: Peace Wapiti Academy’s three Power Engineering students have been accepted to the Cenovus & CAREERS Power Engineering Summer Institute which will be held at Edmonton’s Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) campus on June 22-27.   Now in its fifth year, the institute, sponsored by Cenovus Energy Incorporated...
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Minister for the Day – Teepee Creek student selected to environmental program

June 02, 2014
​May 28, 2014
A Grade 5 student at Teepee Creek School in Peace Wapiti Public School Division (PWSD) is one of 12 students from across Alberta who have been selected for the upcoming 2014 Environment and Sustainable Resource Development (ESRD) ‘Minister for the Day’ Challenge.
Kyley Binks, a student in Raye...
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It’s a go! Elmworth School’s community greenhouse fully funded by grants

May 22, 2014
May 22, 2014: Principal Christan Gee received word yesterday that the Elmworth Permaculture Project has been approved for a $10,000 A+ for Energy grant from BP. This amount, added to the recent $5,000 commitment from Encana Corporation and the remaining $1,000 from the ConocoPhillips fitness centre grant, will cover the projected...
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PWSD to host division-wide ‘Dave Bleile Track Meet’

May 16, 2014
May 16, 2014:

Students from nine PWSD junior high schools in Grande Prairie and the surrounding rural area are registered to participate in this annual event honouring Dave Bleile, a former teacher who spent the bulk of his career at Helen E. Taylor School in Wembley. Schools included in the event...
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Elmworth School to add fitness centre, community greenhouse

May 13, 2014
May 13, 2014: When Principal Christian Gee presented his annual school improvement plan to the Board at Peace Wapiti Public School Division (PWSD) this past February, he certainly got everyone’s attention.   With just 65 students enrolled in Kindergarten to Grade 9, Elmworth School may be deemed small by any standards, but...
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Savanna School’s Outdoor Education program experiences growth

May 13, 2014
​Senior high students at Peace Wapiti Public School Division’s most northern school will be enjoying far more of the great outdoors this spring thanks to generous donations from Arc Resources, Devon Canada, Encana Corporation, and the Savanna Fire Department.   Outdoor Education was first introduced as a Career and Technology Studies (CTS)...
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FNMI school tour to feature former NHL father-son duo

May 09, 2014
​Peace Wapiti Public School Division (PWSD) is pleased to announce that the second of two First Nations Métis, and Inuit (FNMI) school tours scheduled for this spring will feature NHL father-son duo, Reggie Leach, who played 13 seasons in the NHL, and Jamie Leach, a former member of the Pittsburgh Penguins....
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PWSD to graduate more than 360 students during 2014 ceremonies

May 06, 2014
It’s that time of year when Peace Wapiti Public School Division’s (PWSD’s) motto, Educating today for success tomorrow, rings truer than ever. This coming weekend will see the start of a succession of graduation ceremonies throughout the Division.
First up is PWSD’s Grande Prairie-based high school, Peace Wapiti Academy, with a...
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The results are in – PWSD students bring home the hardware from Regional Skills Canada Competition

May 06, 2014
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...
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Beaverlodge Elementary School celebrates enhanced educational partnership

May 02, 2014
May 2, 2014: Beaverlodge Elementary School in Peace Wapiti Public School Division is pleased to announce an enhanced educational partnership with the Beaverlodge Playschool Society to deliver a playschool program for four-year-olds, commencing September 2014.
Since 2006, Beaverlodge Elementary has worked closely with the Beaverlodge Playschool Society to develop and deliver...
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PWSD students heading to Regional Skills Canada Competition

April 29, 2014
Peace Wapiti Public School Division (PWSD) is pleased to announce that four of its schools will be sending students to the 10th annual North West Regional Skills Canada Competition (RSCC) taking place on Friday, May 2, 2014, in Fairview, AB. Entrants from Beaverlodge Regional High School, Peace Wapiti Academy, Savanna School...
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Beaverlodge students to participate in wilderness adventure

April 29, 2014
Students enrolled in outdoor pursuits at Beaverlodge Regional High School (BRHS) will be getting back to basics during a three-day wilderness experience planned for April 30 – May 2, 2014.

Offered through the Alberta Distance Learning Centre (ADLC) by instructors from Inroads Mountain Sports, the adventure will include 16 students, three...
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PWSD schools to host 30-Hour Famine events

April 25, 2014
​Peace Wapiti Public School Division (PWSD) would like to inform the media of two 30-Hour Famine events scheduled to take place on Friday and Saturday, April 25-26, 2014 to coincide with the global event.

Savanna School, Savanna 
Starting at 6:00 a.m. on Friday, April 25. Ending at noon on Saturday,...
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PWSD teacher nominated for 2014 Edwin Parr Teacher Award

April 24, 2014
Peace Wapiti Public School Division (PWSD) is pleased to announce that Joshua Kostanuick, a first-year teacher at Peace Wapiti Academy (PWA) in Grande Prairie, has been nominated for a 2014 Edwin Parr Teacher Award.

Mr. Kostanuick, a junior/senior high Career and Technology Studies (CTS) teacher, holds a Bachelor of Education with...
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PWSD students to be recognized as ‘Leaders of Tomorrow’

April 23, 2014
​ Seven students from Peace Wapiti Public School Division (PWSD) will be recognized with 2014 Leaders of Tomorrow Awards at Grande Prairie’s Annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon. This event, hosted by the Grande Prairie Volunteer Service Bureau, will take place at People’s Church Auditorium, 11850-108 Street, beginning at noon on Thursday, April...
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Bezanson School to host professional actors through Artists in Residency Program

April 22, 2014
As part of its Artists in Residency Program, Bezanson School in Peace Wapiti Public School Division will host two professional actors from Missoula Children’s Theatre on April 22-26, 2014. The actors will hold an open audition for students of Bezanson School, casting 50-60 students to perform in the production. Professional actors...
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Important information about measles

April 22, 2014
​To date, 14 confirmed cases of measles have been identified in Alberta in 2014. Measles – an extremely contagious and potentially severe illness – is of greatest risk to children and young adults who have not received two doses of a measles-containing vaccine. Peace Wapiti Public School Division asks parents and...
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Teepee Creek School to host local artist

April 11, 2014
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....
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FNMI school tour to feature CFL players

April 11, 2014
PWSD is pleased to announce that the first of two First Nations, Métis and Inuit (FNMI) school tours scheduled for this spring will feature Jed Roberts, former CFL linebacker and defensive end for the Edmonton Eskimos, and J.R. LaRose, a free safety for the CFL’s BC Lions who also played four...
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Excellence in Teaching Award semi-finalist announced

March 28, 2014
PWSD is pleased to announce that Erin MacLellan, a Grade 1 teacher at Clairmont Community School, has been named a semi-finalist for a 2014 Excellence in Teaching Award. Read the full story here.
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New Principal appointed for Peace Academy of Virtual Education

March 20, 2014
PWSD is pleased to announce that Jason Caufield has accepted the position of Principal of Peace Academy of Virtual Education (PAVE) and Alternative Learning Services, effective at the start of the 2014-2015 school year. Read the full story here.  
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Getting down to business at Teepee Creek School

March 18, 2014
​As part of a venture planning course, junior high students at Teepee Creek School have been learning what it takes to start and run a small business. The students will showcase their new businesses to the public during a Junior High Job Market event at the school beginning at 2:00 p.m....
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‘Be a Bucket Filler’ at Harry Balfour School

March 13, 2014
Based on the children’s book, Have You Filled a Bucket Today? , which encourages children to exhibit positive behaviour toward others, Steve Harmer will present ‘Be a Bucket Filler,’ an anti-bullying motivational talk and magic show at Harry Balfour School in Grande Prairie at 2 p.m. on Friday, March 14, 2014....
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PWSD schools to recognize the completion of Canada’s mission to Afghanistan

March 11, 2014
On Wednesday, March 12, 2014, schools within Peace Wapiti Public School Division will recognize the completion of Canada’s 12-year mission in Afghanistan with flag lowering events which will coincide with the symbolic lowering of the Canadian flag in Kabul, Afghanistan on the same day. Read the full story here.  
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Harry Balfour School wins Spirit Award in ‘The Meaning of Home’ contest

March 10, 2014
PWSD is pleased to announce that Harry Balfour School will be presented with a Spirit Award on Tuesday, March 11, 2014 at 11:15 a.m. for their participation in Genworth Canada’s ‘The Meaning of Home’ contest. The contest, open to Grades 4, 5 and 6 students across Canada, provides children with the...
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PWSD students to be recognized with Aboriginal Youth Role Model Awards

March 07, 2014
PWSD offers congratulations to Carter Diederich, Zackery Thompson and Dustin Kaufmann. The three Peace Wapiti Academy students will receive Aboriginal Youth Role Model Awards during the 15th annual Spirit Seekers Youth Conference feast beginning at 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 8, 2014 in the Grande Prairie Regional College (GPRC) gymnasium. Read...
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Educating today for success tomorrow – PWSD schools welcome all families to Kindergarten registration events

March 06, 2014
​A warm welcome is extended to parents and children as they begin their educational journey during PWSD's annual Kindergarten registration events which are set to kick off at schools within the Division on Tuesday, March 11, 2014, beginning at 9 a.m. Read the full story at http:// bit.ly/1iesRrT.
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New Principal appointed for Harry Balfour School

March 03, 2014
​Peace Wapiti Public School Division is pleased to announce the upcoming appointment of Darren Young as Principal of Harry Balfour School, effective at the start of the 2014-2015 school year. Read the full story here.
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Gala event raises funds to kick start a new traveling trades trailer at PWSD

February 26, 2014
​Representatives from the Canadian Home Builders Association-Grande Prairie (CHBA-GP) presented a cheque for more than $6,500 to PWSD today, Wednesday, February 26, 2014. The funds, generated by the CHBA-GP annual awards gala event held on Saturday, February 15, 2014, will be directed toward the implementation of a Career and Technology Studies...
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Peace Wapiti Public School Division honours top academic students of the 2012-2013 school year

February 20, 2014
The Board of Trustees at Peace Wapiti Public School Division is pleased announce that 14 of its former students have been recognized for their outstanding academic achievement during the 2012-2013 school year. Read the full story here.
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Notice of a school bus accident

February 19, 2014
​A school bus in Peace Wapiti Public School Division was involved in a traffic accident at approximately 4 p.m. yesterday, Tuesday, February 18, 2014. The accident occurred northeast of Beaverlodge, at Township Road 722 and Highway 723. Read the full story here.
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Hythe Regional School to launch Junior ATB

February 07, 2014
​Students at Hythe Regional School will get a taste of the world of finance when a Junior Alberta Treasury Branch (ATB) is launched at their school on Monday, February 10, 2014 at 11:55 a.m. Read the full story here.
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Let the games begin! PWSD student athletes to compete at 2014 Alberta Winter Games

February 06, 2014
Peace Wapiti Public School Division is pleased to announce that more than 28 of its students have been selected to represent Zone 8 at the 2014 Alberta Winter Games which will take place on February 6-9, 2014, in Canmore and Banff, Alberta. PWSD’s student athletes will be among more than 2,500...
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Important information for parents

February 04, 2014
What if you could have a direct impact on education and play a role in ensuring that your school is equipping your child for success? You can. Alberta Education and Peace Wapiti Public School Division invite parents to complete and return the annual Accountability Pillar Survey by February 28th, 2014. Read...
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PWSD schools to celebrate Family Literacy Day 2014

January 24, 2014
Now in its 16th year, Family Literacy Day is an initiative created by ABC Life Literacy Canada in 1999. The event will be celebrated nation-wide on Monday, January 27, 2014. This year’s theme, “15 Minutes of Fun”, encourages families to take the time each day to focus on the benefits of...
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On Your Mark! PWSD students benefit from free diploma exam tutorial sessions

January 10, 2014
​For the sixth year in a row, Peace Wapiti Public School Division will once again offer free tutorial sessions to assist students as they prepare for diploma exams. For a schedule, click here.
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PWSD schools raise funds for disaster relief in the Philippines

December 18, 2013
​Three schools in Peace Wapiti Public School Division have turned their attention toward the Philippines following last month’s typhoon disaster. Donations made to registered Canadian charities in response to the typhoon will carry extra impact when combined with the federal government’s matching gift program. Read the full story here.
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Clairmont Community School gives back this Christmas

December 11, 2013
G​iving back is a theme that’s working its way through Peace Wapiti Public School Division, and one that has certainly intensified at Clairmont Community School as the Christmas season draws nearer. To find out what students at the school are doing to assist developing communities, click here.
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PWSD student selected to Alberta Education Student Advisory Council

December 11, 2013
Kaitlynn Douglas, a Grade 10 student at Beaverlodge Regional High School, has been selected as a member of the Minister of Education’s Student Advisory Council. As a member of the council, she will meet with the Minister four times throughout the 2013-2014 school year and will help to plan and facilitate...
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2013 PWSD Christmas Concert Schedule

December 05, 2013
For a detailed list of Christmas concerts, click here. ​
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Two PWSD staffers recognized for contributions to sports

December 05, 2013
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...
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Local companies meeting the needs of PWSD students

December 04, 2013
Students at Hythe Regional School and Beaverlodge Elementary School will be a little warmer this winter, thanks to a recent donation by Seven Generations Energy Ltd. Beaverlodge Elementary School received an additional boost when Encana Corporation committed to support the purchase of healthy foods which will help to ensure that the...
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Christmas and sporting events planned for Harry Balfour School

December 02, 2013
​Harry Balfour School would like to share news of upcoming Christmas and sporting events. To access the schedule, click here. If you have questions, contact Harry Balfour School at 780-532-9276.
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Wembley students to benefit from new breakfast programs

November 15, 2013
​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...
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Newborns to receive quilts crafted by Peace Wapiti Academy students

November 14, 2013
Newborns requiring intensive care at Grande Prairie’s Queen Elizabeth II Hospital will receive an early Christmas present this year, thanks to the handiwork of seven students at Peace Wapiti Academy. Read the full story here.  
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New Outdoor Pursuits Program incorporates Remembrance Day tradition

November 08, 2013
​With the first quarter now behind them, the 13 students enrolled in the Eaglesham Outdoor Pursuits Program can already say they are First Aid and CPR certified and now know the ins and outs of safe boating practices – all of which adds up to two very interesting high school credits,...
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PWSD teacher selected for Teachers Institute on Canadian Parliamentary Democracy in Ottawa

November 04, 2013
​Scott Bowen, a Grades 10-12 Social Studies teacher at Beaverlodge Regional High School has been selected to participate in the Teachers Institute on Canadian Parliamentary Democracy in Ottawa on November 3-8, 2013. Read the full story here.
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Peace Wapiti’s new Board takes office during Organizational Meeting

October 30, 2013
​Trustees for the 2013-2017 term took their Oath of Office and determined membership for all Board Committees at Peace Wapiti Public School Division’s Organizational Meeting of the new Board on Tuesday, October 29, 2013. Read the full press release here.
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Young Spirit River students provide hope to Kenyan orphans

October 28, 2013
​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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PWSD releases official results of 2013 School Trustee Election – Stefanie Clarke voted School Trustee for Ward 7

October 25, 2013
​Following the 2013 School Board election held on Monday, October 21, 2013, Peace Wapiti Public School Division No. 76 is pleased to announce that Stefanie Clarke has been elected the School Trustee for Ward 7, Grande Prairie East and Grovedale, for the 2013-2017 term. Read the full press release here.
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Giving back – Students at R. W. Zahara Public School aim to donate a school in a developing country

October 24, 2013
​As students at Robert W. Zahara Public School anticipate the start of construction on their new school, they are also taking a look at how they can help others achieve the same. Read the full story here.
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PWSD releases unofficial results of 2013 School Trustee Election

October 21, 2013
​The unofficial results of the School Trustee Election for Ward 7 (Grande Prairie East and Grovedale) in Peace Wapiti Public School Division No. 76 are: Stefanie Clarke: 296 votes
Krista O'Greysik: 181 votes
Total votes: 477

Results provided by Debbie Haakstad, Returning Officer.
Read the press release here.
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PWSD releases results of 2012-2013 Provincial Achievement Tests and Diploma Examinations

October 15, 2013
​The results are in! Students of Peace Wapiti Public School Division No. 76 (PWSD) continue to demonstrate success on the Provincial Achievement Tests (PAT) administered annually by Alberta Education to students in Grades 3, 6 and 9. Diploma Examinations, administered to Grade 12 students, were also positive for PWSD. For more...
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Peace Wapiti Academy hosts 12th annual Academy Awards

October 11, 2013
​Peace Wapiti Public School Division’s Grande Prairie-based high school hosted its annual awards night on Thursday, October 10, 2013. Dubbed the “Academy Awards,” the Peace Wapiti Academy event saw seven scholarships totaling $9,000 awarded to Grade 12 students. For more information, read the full press release here.
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PWSD schools raise just under $48,000 for cancer research

October 11, 2013
​When schools in Peace Wapiti Public School Division come together for a cause, they really mean business. Thanks to the efforts of PWSD students, funds generated by this year’s Terry Fox Run events resulted in a whopping $47,745 for cancer research. With pledges still trickling in, the total continues to grow....
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Jackie Benning, Birch Hills County honoured at ASBA awards ceremony

September 27, 2013
PWSD is pleased to announce that Jackie Benning, a Grade 4 teacher at Clairmont Community School, was named the winner of the 2013 Edwin Parr Teacher Award at the Alberta School Boards Association (ASBA) Zone 1 Awards Ceremony held in Peace River, AB on Thursday, September 19, 2013. Birch Hills County...
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PWSD releases official results of Nomination Day 2013

September 24, 2013
​For the official results of Nomination Day 2013, read the full press release here.
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PWSD releases unofficial results of Nomination Day 2013

September 23, 2013
​Nominations for School Board Trustees for Peace Wapiti Public School Division No. 76 were held today, Monday, September 23, 2013. The Division is made up of nine wards; eight of which were acclaimed. Multiple nominations were received for one ward. Official results will be released at noon on Tuesday, September 24,...
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New Power Engineering option for students of Peace Wapiti Academy

September 17, 2013
PWSD is pleased to announce a new option for students of Peace Wapiti Academy who wish to combine their high school experience with post-secondary certification. Through partnerships with CAREERS: The Next Generation and Weyerhaeuser, Grade 10 students at the school will have the option to complete the necessary requirements for 4th...
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PWSD schools to host Terry Fox Runs

September 17, 2013
For a detailed list of upcoming Terry Fox Run fundraising events at PWSD schools, read the full press release here.
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Writing workshop, author visit set for Woking School

September 13, 2013
​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...
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Lending a hand – PWSD students benefit from generosity of local organizations

September 06, 2013
​It’s the first day of school and you’re all set. Your lunch is packed. You’re dressed to impress. A trendy new backpack overflowing with school supplies is waiting by the door, ready to grab as you rush to catch a waiting bus. While this sunny picture may be reality for many,...
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PWSD releases 2013-2014 school year data

September 04, 2013
Did you know that PWSD provides service to more than 5,500 students in 32 schools? How about the 134 school buses needed to transport them safely each day? Let's not forget the 345 teachers and nearly 500 non-teaching staff who are responsible for delivering programs to students. For these and other...
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Be a part of important decisions by becoming a school trustee – PWSD School Board to host 2013 Elections

September 04, 2013
​PWSD would like to inform the public that Nomination Day for the 2013 School Board Elections will take place on Monday, September 23, 2013. The election is scheduled to take place on Monday, October 21, 2013. To  learn more about becoming a school trustee, or to obtain valuable information such as...
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PWSD announces Kindergarten start-up dates for the Division

August 30, 2013
PWSD would like to inform the public of the 2013-2014 school year start-up dates for Kindergarten classes at schools throughout the Division. For dates, click here. If more information is required, please contact your school directly. To obtain contact information for schools in the Division, visit http://www.pwsd76.ab.ca/SchoolInfo/.
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PWSD puts a personal touch on bus safety – Busing representatives conduct home visits, in-school safety talks

August 29, 2013
​When it comes to bus safety, Peace Wapiti Public School Division No. 76 prefers a personal approach to ensure families feel certain their child will be safe. Each September, trained busing representatives conduct free safety presentations at Division schools, contact all families within the Division by telephone, and even make house...
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PWSD launches Encana Traveling Trades Program

August 15, 2013
While it may officially still be summer, students can begin looking forward to an exciting new program which is scheduled for rollout at PWSD schools this September. Peace Wapiti Public School Division No. 76 officially launched the Encana Traveling Trades Program at an open house event today, following the first Board...
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PWSD publishes 'Back to School' information

August 12, 2013
Welcome back to all students and staff for the 2013 - 2014 school year. Students return to the classroom on Tuesday, September 3, 2013 and will be dismissed at the regular dismissal time. Wondering when your school will be hosting registration day? Perhaps you need contact information, or you'd like a copy of the school year...
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PWSD wordle poster available for download

August 02, 2013
Following a recent PWSD Facebook Friday contest which asked members for the first word that comes to mind upon hearing the word "school," the attached file is a wordle poster generated from the responses. For those of you who don't know, a wordle is a visual depiction of word-based content, whereby...
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Not their first rodeo – PWSD students compete under the AB High School Rodeo Association

June 28, 2013
​Several students in Peace Wapiti Public School Division No. 76 are making a name for themselves on the high school rodeo circuit. Through the Alberta High School Rodeo Association, students have the opportunity to compete in twenty-four rodeos during the September – May season. Contestants accumulate points throughout the season, with...
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Eaglesham Outdoor Pursuits Program receives outpouring of community support

June 28, 2013
​A new program offered by a PWSD school has received an outpouring of support from the surrounding community. Eaglesham Outdoor Pursuits, a program designed to expose students to outdoor adventure education combined with traditional academics, has received more than $17,000 in donations to date, thanks to the generosity of local businesses...
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Helen E. Taylor School launches ‘Advantage Hockey Academy’

June 25, 2013
A Wembley-based PWSD school is launching a 24-week hockey academy for the 2013-2014 school year. The Helen E. Taylor School Advantage Hockey Academy will provide an opportunity for elite-level coaching and training for student athletes, while continuing with their regular academic program. The intensive program will see students in training four...
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Eaglesham student headed to China this summer

June 24, 2013
​A student from Peace Wapiti Public School Division will travel halfway around the world this summer. Eric Sylvestre, a Grade 11 student at Eaglesham School, will be traveling to Beijing and Harbin – the capital city of Heilongjiang province in Northeast China. The teen will head out following the end of...
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FNMI Liaison Worker to be honoured at local National Aboriginal Day ceremony

June 20, 2013
​Peace Wapiti Public School Division is pleased to announce that Glenda Ross, a First Nations, Métis and Inuit (FNMI) Liaison Worker for the Division, will be honoured with a Truth Award at the fourth annual Seven Sacred Teachings Awards ceremony which will take place during the upcoming local National Aboriginal Day...
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Enriched Personal Inquiry – PWSD program promotes self-directed project-based learning

June 19, 2013
​If the idea of creating your own self-directed project appeals to you, Peace Wapiti Public School Division has a program that may suit your learning style to a tee. Known as Enriched Personal Inquiry, or EPI, the program is an initiative for Grades 4-9 students, and is designed to promote student-led...
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PWSD schools celebrate National Aboriginal Day

June 18, 2013
​Schools in Peace Wapiti Public School Division have gotten a head start on National Aboriginal Day celebrations. The official date slated for this year’s national event is Friday, June 21. However, with exams and the event’s proximity to the end of the academic year, PWSD schools have opted to celebrate a...
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The ‘Thunder’ rolls – Peace Wapiti U-17 girls’ basketball players find success through sport

June 14, 2013
​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...
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PWSD student embarks on life-changing adventure

June 12, 2013
​A Grade 12 student at Peace Wapiti Academy recently met with 220 youths from across the nation, thanks to a program sponsored by Canadian Rotary Clubs. In May, Britney Goebel embarked on what she refers to as a “life-changing adventure” through Rotary Adventures in Citizenship, a program offering high school students...
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Two PWSD schools receive generous donations

June 06, 2013
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.
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Dancing to their own beat – Peace Wapiti students learn cutting-edge music production course

June 06, 2013
​Students at Penson School are literally able to dance to their own beat. Using digital music software known as FL Studio , students are able to copy beats from popular hit songs, as well as compose new pieces. The software contains everything needed to compose, arrange, record, edit, mix and master...
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On Guard! New sport being offered at one of PWSD’s rural schools

June 05, 2013
​A small school in Peace Wapiti Public School Division is offering a prestigious sport – one more typically offered at city schools and universities. When junior high students at Rycroft School were first offered the choice to take fencing during their option class, Rycroft School’s Principal Casey Brown did not get...
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Record-breaking wins for PWSD students

June 04, 2013
​Peace Wapiti Public School Division No. 76 would like to offer congratulations to junior and senior high students who achieved record-breaking wins at the 2013 Alberta Schools’ Athletic Association (ASAA) Northwest Zone Track and Field Meet. More than 800 athletes participated in this year’s event which took place at the Legion...
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On Your Mark!

June 03, 2013
​Peace Wapiti Public School Division will be offering free tutorial sessions to assist students within the division as they prepare for diploma exams. Dubbed ‘On Your Mark,’ these comprehensive six-hour tutorial sessions will be held at Peace Wapiti Academy in Grande Prairie, but will be open to all PWSD students. Students...
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Learning fair to showcase exciting projects

May 31, 2013
​PWSD will host a learning fair at the Grande Prairie Public Library from 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 4, 2013. The fair will showcase exciting projects happening within the Division. The majority of projects in the fair were started in September 2012 as part of the former Alberta...
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School’s out for summer – or is it? Senior high students gain valuable credits through PWSD Summer Work Experience Program

May 28, 2013
How does that song go again?
…No more pencils...No more books...No more teacher's dirty looks…
That’s not going to be the case for some lucky PWSD students this summer. Yes, lucky. Find out why by reading the full press release here.
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Eaglesham School hosts archery seminar

May 24, 2013
​Peace Wapiti School provides expert skills to ‘Outdoor Pursuits Program’ teachers. Read the full press release here.
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Alberta Opera to visit small-town school - PWSD students treated to an interactive performance of Sleeping Beauty

May 24, 2013
​Pause for a moment, if you will, and think of any typical small town in northern Alberta. Admit it – opera and musical theatre likely aren’t the first things that come to mind. But when the Alberta Opera breezes into Spirit River next week, students from three Peace Wapiti Public Schools...
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PWSD staff to be recognized with long service awards

May 23, 2013
​It was 1978. The melodic harmonizing of the BeeGees’ hit song, How Deep is Your Love, was playing on newly-released Walkman portable stereos, while television was forever changed when Dallas made its debut. Nearing the end of the year, Wayne Gretzky had been traded to the Edmonton Oilers. More importantly, some...
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PWA student wins bronze at Provincial Skills Canada Competition

May 22, 2013
​Peace Wapiti Public School Division No. 76 is pleased to announce that Tristin Voth, a Grade 12 student at Peace Wapiti Academy, has won a bronze medal at the 21st annual Provincial Skills Canada Competition (PSCC) awards ceremony held at the Expo Centre in Edmonton this past Thursday, May 16, 2013....
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School is now in Session – PWSD students to get a first-hand glimpse of Alberta’s parliamentary process

May 21, 2013
Two schools in the Peace Wapiti Public School Division will get a first-hand look at the province’s parliamentary process during trips to the Legislative Assembly of Alberta. For more on this story, read the full press release here.
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Peace Wapiti Academy targets youth mental health during week-long event

May 10, 2013
This week, Peace Wapiti Academy targeted Youth Mental Health – the theme of this year’s Canadian Mental Health Association’s 62nd annual Mental Health Week, which took place on May 6-12, 2013. The Grande Prairie high school, a member of Peace Wapiti Public School Division No. 76, planned a number of activities...
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PWSD to host division-wide ‘Dave Bleile Track Meet’

May 09, 2013
​Peace Wapiti Public School Division No. 76 will host the annual Dave Bleile Track Meet on Friday, May 10, 2013 at the Legion Field in Grande Prairie. The event, honouring a former teacher who spent the bulk of his career at Helen E. Taylor School, will run from 10 a.m. until...
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PWSD to kick off Education Week with star-studded tour

May 02, 2013
​Peace Wapiti Public School Division No. 76 plans to kick off Education Week 2013 with a star-studded tour of ten of its schools during the week of Monday, May 6 to Friday, May 10. Actor Lorne Cardinal, well-known for his role as Sergeant Davis Quinton on CTV’s Corner Gas, as well...
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PWSD graduates more than 375 students during 2013 ceremonies

May 02, 2013
​It’s that time of year when Peace Wapiti Public School Division’s motto, Educating today for success tomorrow, rings truer than ever. This coming weekend will see the start of a succession of graduation ceremonies throughout the division. For more information, read the full press release here.
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The results are in – PWSD students bring home the hardware from Regional Skills Canada Competition

April 30, 2013
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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PWSD thrilled with announcement of new school for Sexsmith

April 29, 2013
​Peace Wapiti Public School Division No. 76 is thrilled with the Province of Alberta’s announcement of a new elementary school for the town of Sexsmith, which will replace the existing Robert W. Zahara Elementary School. Built in 1979, the current school has served the students well, but has reached the end...
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PWSD students to be recognized as ‘Leaders of Tomorrow’

April 25, 2013
Eight students from Peace Wapiti Public School Division No. 76 will be recognized with 2013 Leaders of Tomorrow Awards at Grande Prairie’s annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon. For more information, read the full press release here.
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Peace Wapiti School Division students to compete at Regional Skills Canada Competition

April 18, 2013
​Peace Wapiti School Division No. 76 is pleased to announce that four of its schools will be sending students to the North West division of the Regional Skills Canada Competition (RSCC) taking place in Fairview, AB from April 25-26, 2013. Entrants from Beaverlodge Regional High School, Peace Wapiti Academy, Savanna School...
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PWSD Schools to participate in 30-Hour Famine events

April 12, 2013
​Peace Wapiti School Division No. 76 (PWSD) would like to inform the media of upcoming 30-Hour Famine events scheduled to place at division schools during the spring of 2013. Contact PWSD if you are interested in interviewing event coordinators and/or participants, or conducting a live broadcast from these events. Participating schools...
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So, you want to be a palaeontologist?

April 11, 2013
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...
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PWSD students to attend Speak Out conference in Edmonton

April 11, 2013
​Four Grade 9 students from Peace Wapiti School Division will make their voices heard at the annual Speak Out conference taking place in Edmonton from April 12-14, 2013.

Speak Out, now in its fifth year, is a student engagement initiative presented by Alberta Education. It provides an opportunity for Alberta’s youth to...
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PWSD School Council Conference Call

April 08, 2013
​ PWSD School Council Chairs and/or other representatives from each school council are invited to participate in a conference call on Wednesday, April 10 at 7:30 p.m. to help participants prepare for the Alberta School Councils Association Annual General Meeting. During the call, resolutions will be reviewed, proxy voting will be...
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Peace Wapiti School Division No. 76 to appoint new Deputy Superintendent

March 18, 2013
Peace Wapiti School Division No. 76 is pleased to announce the upcoming appointment of Mark Davidson as Deputy Superintendent. For more information, read the full press release here.
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New Junior Kindergarten is coming to Rycroft School

March 18, 2013
Peace Wapiti School Division No. 76 is pleased to announce that Rycroft School, as part of its continued commitment to the community, will offer free preschool programming starting this fall on Monday, Wednesday and some Friday mornings for Rycroft-area children turning four by December 31st, 2013. Afternoon classes will be offered...
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Teachers at Hythe Regional School willing to shave their heads in support of cancer research – for a price!

March 15, 2013
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...
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Postponement of Mental Health & Wellness session at Teepee Creek School

March 13, 2013
Postponement: MENTAL HEALTH & WELLNESS SESSION at Teepee Creek School with Faris Jean Atkinson of Suicide Prevention Resource Centre has been cancelled for tonight (March 13th) due to inclement weather.

This session will be rescheduled.

The new date and time will be sent out to schools and announced as...
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New teachers benefit from mentorship program

March 04, 2013
Peace Wapiti School Division No. 76, in partnership with the local and provincial Alberta Teachers Association (ATA), offers a valuable mentorship program designed to welcome and support new teachers. Now entering its second year, the mentorship program recently paired twenty-two new first-year teachers with an equal number of experienced teachers. For...
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Kindergarten Registration

March 01, 2013
Robert W. Zahara School: Beginning Monday, March 11 at 9 a.m.
Clairmont Community School and Harry Balfour School: Beginning Monday, April 8 at 9 a.m. Beaverlodge Elementary School: One night only - Thursday, April 11 starting at 6:30 p.m.
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Help eliminate bullying by participating in Pink Shirt Day on February 27.

February 25, 2013
A recent survey of Alberta children and youth found that 50 per cent had been bullied since the start of the school year and 36 per cent admitted to engaging in this form of harassment at least once during the year. The Redford government recognizes that the only way to address...
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Destination Imagination seeks volunteers

February 25, 2013
Destination Imagination is an educational program where student teams solve open-ended challenges and present their solutions at tournaments. More than 180 students have been busy over the past few months working on a variety of challenges   for this tournament. Your support and feedback on this day is so valuable. The event...
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Two PWSD teachers receive Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medals

February 25, 2013
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...
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Peace Wapiti School Division honours top academic students

February 22, 2013
Nine Peace Wapiti graduates from 2012 were recognized by the Board of Trustees for their outstanding academic achievement. For more information, read the press release.
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Peace Wapiti School Division No. 76 receives six-figure donation from Encana Corporation for traveling trades program

February 20, 2013
Peace Wapiti School Division No. 76 (PWSD), in partnership with Encana Corporation, has developed an exciting traveling trades program scheduled for rollout in September 2013. Thanks to Encana’s generous donation of $119,000, added to the approximately $50,000 in funding from PWSD and additional contributions from community partners, students will have access...
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Alberta's New Education Act

December 05, 2012
On November 19, 2012 Alberta's new Education Act was passed in the Legislature.  The Act will help ensure that all Alberta's children get a chance to reach their full potential and become engaged thinkers and ethical citizens with an entrepreneurial spirit.  This Act will not come into force until after it...
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Survey - PWSD Electoral Ward Boundaries

October 02, 2012
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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Bullying Prevention Website

August 30, 2012
www.b-free.ca, is a webpage dedicated to bullying prevention.  This site was developed in partnership with a group of Alberta youth who believe that we can all make a difference. Sometimes in big ways. Sometimes in small ones. Together, we share the responsibility to create a culture of respect and caring. Whether...
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A Great New Resource: Back to School Toolkit

August 30, 2012
The Government of Alberta has launched an online Back to School Toolkit featuring a collection of resources and important information to help students, parents and education professionals gear up for a successful school year.  The toolkit can be found at: http://www.education.alberta.ca/resources/backtoschool.aspx Students will find information about their curriculum, helpful...
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How should Albertans work together?

June 19, 2012
How should Albertans work together to meet our needs and aspirations — in areas like housing, employment, safety and security, and childcare? The social policy framework being developed by the Government of Alberta provide a foundation for initial discussions on the Premier's commitment to reduce overall poverty and eliminate child poverty....
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Help shape the future of social policy in our province.

June 12, 2012
  The Government of Alberta is leading the development of a Social Policy Framework that will guide the future of Alberta's social policy and programs. Speak. Share. Thrive . is a comprehensive engagement with citizens, community leaders, stakeholders and government staff to develop the social policy framework. Visit www.socialpolicy.alberta.ca to...
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New Online Resource for Parents

April 17, 2012
An excellent new online resource for parents, My Child’s Learning , was officially launched by the Minister on February 27, 2012. This resource provides parents with up-to-date information about what their child is learning, resources to help their child and how their child might be assessed for every subject and grade...
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Parent's Guide to Facebook

February 08, 2012
The Parent's Guide to Facebook has some excellent advice for parents on social networking and internet safety, as well as providing great specific information on the safe use of Facebook.
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Check out the Online Version of the PWSD eSpotlight

January 31, 2012
PWSD's new eSpotlight is now up and running.  This online version of our popular Spotlight publication will highlight events and programs from across the Division.  You will be able to browse to eSpotlight from our PWSD website or through FaceBook.  The focus for this month is Innovation.
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Critical Information for Math 30 Students

September 21, 2011
Pure and Applied Math 30 will no longer be offered as of the end of this school year as these courses are being replaced by Math 30-1 and Math 30-2 respectively. Students who have not completed Pure Math 30 or Applied Math 30 will have limited options in terms of meeting...
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NADC Teacher-Education Bursary

September 15, 2011
The deadline for the Northern Alberta Development Council Teacher-Education Bursary is October 15th.  If you are interested in working as a teacher for a participating school division such as PWSD, you should investigate this excellent opportunity. Students who receive a bursary agree to live and work as a teacher in one...
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Using Online Resources to Enrich Learning

August 25, 2011
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...
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Transcript Requests

July 06, 2011
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.
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Time to Sign Up for Summer Work Experience

June 06, 2011
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...
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New Raising Children Website

May 25, 2011
Raising Children  is a newly released website for parents and teachers working with young children. Go to Raising Children to find information about provincial and federal early childhood programs, services and resources. Click on Resources for Professionals to find information specifically for teachers. You can...
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Bachelor of Education Secondary Now Offered at GPRC

April 13, 2011
For the first time ever, the Bachelor of Education, Secondary, will be available in Grande Prairie through a collaboration of GPRC and the U of A, beginning with Year 3 in the fall of 2011.   The highly successful Teacher Education North (B Ed Elementary) collaboration has been paving the way for...
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You Can Now Follow PWSD on Facebook

December 08, 2010
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...
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PWSD Students Celebrate the Use of Online Resources

November 30, 2010
The Technology Mediated Learning Project has provided PWSD students with an opportunity to investigate the use of online courses and resources as part of their regular classroom experience.  This has been a very positive experience, as you can see from the student responses.  Student engagement with the learning outcomes, access to...
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An Excellent Website for Parents

September 13, 2010
The Raising Children Website from the Government of Alberta provides excellent links to programs and services.