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IN THIS ISSUE Superintendent Sheldon Rowe fields questions from Connor Klassen (left) and Keenan Aldrich (right), students at Ridgevalley School.

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Good citizens PWSD students reach out to those in need.

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Message from the Board Your voice in education.

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PWSD leaders Empowering students to make a difference.

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PWSD programs Quality learning environments ensure success for all.

24 PWSD good news Our schools offer students exceptional learning opportunities. 26 School year calendars Approved 2016-2017 calendar and draft 2017-2018 calendar. 28 PWSD fast facts A look at the numbers that make up PWSD. 29 Attendance boundary map 30 Our schools PWSD schools offer choices to suit your needs.

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s a member of Alberta’s Public School Board Association, PWSD embraces the belief that “Diversity is a Lesson Plan for Life”. We welcome students from differing belief systems and ethnic and economic backgrounds to attend our schools, creating an inclusive environment that better prepares students for the world that awaits them. Alberta’s economic future lies not in isolation and separation, but in building bridges between ourselves and the global community. To build these bridges, our future citizens will need to develop a deep understanding and appreciation of the unique qualities of people and cultures. At PWSD, we value differences because they prepare our students for greater success in the adult world. Learning of this nature does not come from text books, but in the daily interactions and friendships that occur between students who attend public schools.

We believe a child is a parent’s most valued gift, and we work hard to ensure our schools are inclusive by creating safe, caring and welcoming environments. We offer programming designed to bring students of varying needs together in a community of learning. Through our inclusive approach, we reinforce two basic Canadian beliefs – all people are important and we all share in the responsibility of helping those in need of support. Democracy is rooted in a public education system that serves all students and welcomes the involvement of not only parents, but the entire community. We all have an investment in quality education that prepares the next generation. I wish to extend a warm welcome to all families. I look forward to another successful year of serving the students and families of PWSD. Sheldon Rowe, Superintendent

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A GOOD CITIZEN.

Ridgevalley School’s foods class developed an idea to help meet the needs of Grande Prairie’s less fortunate. The students joined forces with the Salvation Army to prepare and serve a special lunch of stew, biscuits and cookies. The class also hosted a clothing drive, resulting in a dozen bags of clothing which they donated on the same day.

OUR VISION: Inspiring all learners to become confident, collaborative and ethical citizens motivated with a passion to achieve a sustainable future.

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t Peace Wapiti Public School Division (PWSD), we are responsible for the provision of an educational environment that enables all students to achieve their potential to become productive members of a changing society. Our students are encouraged to think critically, integrate technology into all learning environments, communicate, and identify problems and find the best solutions. We believe education extends beyond the classroom and we support students in pursuing future goals. Our schools offer caring environments, where fairness, respect, collaboration, teamwork and empathy are displayed in their desire to make a difference in their community and the world. Our varied programming engages learners and offers opportunities and experiences that will prepare students for the world of work.


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s a Board, we believe the best education is found within the public education system. In this setting, students are encouraged to find their way in the world as ethical citizens who are engaged thinkers and lifelong learners. We welcome all families to experience the warm and caring environments offered by our schools. We hope that the upcoming school year opens doors to new possibilities for our students and the families they represent. Should you have any questions or concerns, contact information for your Trustee is provided below.

Dana McIntosh Board Chair, Ward 9 Trustee Clairmont, Bezanson danamcintosh@pwsd76.ab.ca

PWSD Trustees engage with students at Beaverlodge Regional High School.

THE BOARD Stacey Pelland Vice Chair, Ward 1 Trustee Eaglesham, Woking, Rycroft staceypelland@pwsd76.ab.ca

Kim Moodie Ward 4 Trustee Hythe, LaGlace kimmoodie@pwsd76.ab.ca

Stefanie Clarke Ward 7 Trustee Grande Prairie East, Grovedale stefanieclarke@pwsd76.ab.ca

Sharilyn Anderson Ward 2 Trustee Bonanza, Savanna, Spirit River sharilynanderson@pwsd76.ab.ca

Wendy Kelm Ward 5 Trustee Grande Prairie West, Wembley wendykelm@pwsd76.ab.ca

Bob Knull Ward 8 Trustee Ridgevalley bobknull@pwsd76.ab.ca

​Richard Lappenbush Ward 3 Trustee Beaverlodge, Elmworth richardlappenbush@pwsd76.ab.ca

Dale Crane Ward 6 Trustee Sexsmith, Teepee Creek dalecrane@pwsd76.ab.ca

Joy Joachim Horse Lake Representative Horse Lake joyjoachim@pwsd76.ab.ca

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“In Grade 6 social studies, we talk about democracy, citizenship and the importance of participating in our community as a responsible and active citizen. – Holly Galbraith, Grades 5/6 Teacher at Bezanson School

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hen a student is empowered to believe that they can make a difference, the results are inspiring. Thanks to the encouragement of teachers and principals, students across PWSD are having an impact in their communities and beyond. Realizing that their community did not have its own flag, students at Bezanson School spent ten months researching flags and Bezanson’s history to design and produce a flag to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the hamlet. The class also worked with the County of Grande Prairie to develop the Bezanson Mini Area Structure Plan. Pictured: 1. The Grades 5/6 class at Bezanson School designed Bezanson’s 100th anniversary flag (see inset) and met with the County of Grande Prairie to offer youthful opinions on municipal planning. 2. Sheila Payeur shares Clairmont Community School’s Comprehensive School Health plan with Trustees, a holistic approach to education aimed at improving student health, education and social outcomes. 3. Jonathan Groff has created an interactive Grade 10 English class at Ridgevalley School, using Chromebook technology to provide instant feedback on essays. 4. Board Chair Dana McIntosh congratulates Principal Shawn O’Shea on his 2015-2016 Distinguished Leadership Award, presented by the Council for School Leadership to 30 distinguished leaders representing school divisions across Alberta.


Enhancing the spirit of communities by inspiring individuals and families to thrive To many residents, the County’s Family and Community Support Services FCSS Department is the “helper” in our community. FCSS are the people you see for Home support, low income tax returns, parenting workshops, social and emotional supports and programs for toddlers to teens, and preventative social programs. FCSS is seamlessly woven into the social and emotional fabric of our communities by working collaboratively with partners, funding non-profit social organizations, and providing services that develop families and individuals’ potential to thrive.

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FCSS staff are located in the south end of the County, Clairmont, Beaverlodge and Hythe at the following locations: • FCSS Office in the Dunes Fire Hall

The County of Grande Prairie Community School Liaison program provides service to families and children in 15 Peace Wapiti Schools. The goal of the program is to increase children’s success in school. Community School Liaison Counsellors support students and act as a liaison between community agencies, schools and families. It is widely recognized that children are best served when everyone is working together.

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The County of Grande Prairie FCSS department offers a variety of early childhood development programs for families throughout the County. Currently, there are playschool programs in Bezanson, Clairmont, Elmworth, La Glace, and Valhalla Centre, as well as, Parent and Tot programs in Bezanson, Clairmont, Beaverlodge and Hythe.

• Wellington Resource Centre in Clairmont (Partnership with Clairmont Community School) • Neighborhood Resource Centre in Beaverlodge (in partnership with the Town of Beaverlodge) • Hythe FCSS Office in the Hythe Community Centre (in partnership with the Village of Hythe) If you are looking for social and emotional supports and not sure where to turn they can help you find the right resource. Staff also organize various programs for residents of all ages.

The County of Grande Prairie Home Support Program provides practical in home support to families and individuals experiencing disruptions of normal family routine. We can help with situations such as pre/postnatal home care, supplemental care for seniors, pre/post hospitalization, home management assistance, emotional stress, and long and short term illness. Home Support Workers perform light housekeeping, meal preparation, home management and budgeting, drive clients to appointments and or shopping, provide respite care for caregivers of ill or special needs people, and provide companioning.

For more information on these and other programs the County FCSS offers, please contact us atfor 780-532-9727, email at Educating Today Successby Tomorrow fcss@countygp.ab.ca or the Family and Community Support Services section at www.countygp.ab.ca

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EDUCATED IN A QUALITY LEARNING ENVIRONMENT P WSD’s Quality Learning Environment (QLE) document and model were created collaboratively by PWSD teachers. The model acts as a guide to ensure that all PWSD teaching and learning environments consistently address the basic elements of classroom practice and key elements of Inspiring Education. The QLE is research driven; as research expands and context evolves, the model will shift to accommodate new knowledge and realities.

Learn more... To learn more about PWSD’s Quality Learning Environment and how it impacts your child’s education, contact your school principal. To view the model and its interactive elements online, visit www.pwsd76.ab.ca or scan the QR code using your mobile device.

1. Elmworth School’s dynamic learning environment includes a community greenhouse. In 2015, while the greenhouse was still under construction, students used raised beds to reap their first harvest (inset). 2. Clairmont Community School encourages community building through multi-graded team activities. 3. Destination Imagination at Teepee Creek School.

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The Cultural Conditions

Ensuring a standard for learning environments PWSD is driven by a set of beliefs and commitments. Decisions are built around ensuring that all PWSD learning environments meet four Cultural Conditions – Numeracy and Literacy, Inclusive Environment, Supportive Communities, and Honouring Diversity. Our success in meeting these conditions has a direct impact on the implementation of the Critical Elements of the Quality Learning Environment model.

The Critical Elements

A professional guide for teaching staff The Critical Elements of PWSD’s Quality Learning Environment model act as a professional guide for our teaching staff. The middle section of the learning model (pictured below) covers four separate categories – Collaborative and Engaged Educator; Intentional Practice; Purposeful Assessment and Evaluation; and Dynamic Learning Environment. These categories identify the Knowledge, Skills and Aptitudes (KSAs) as outlined in the Teaching Quality Standard issued by Alberta Education; areas of professional focus; and descriptive statements.

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Eaglesham Outdoor Pursuits is a great program. I experienced new things and will have memories to last a lifetime. At first, I was scared to leave my home and my friends, but upon arriving here and meeting the people, my fears disappeared. I had a great time living in Canada. – Hugo, International student from Brazil

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WSD has a program for every type of learner. If you love the great outdoors, try the Eaglesham Outdoor Pursuits Program. Do you enjoy working with your hands? The Encana Traveling Trades Program will let you test drive potential career options. Need a little extra help with studying? Take advantage of our free Diploma Exam tutorial sessions. Maybe you’ve always wanted to study a second language, travel abroad, interact with your teacher in a connected classroom, or take a virtual class? No matter your learning style, we have a program for you!


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Students in Grades 10-12 are invited to experience a unique northern Canadian outdoor education adventure at Eaglesham School. Described as “education on the wild side,” Eaglesham School’s Outdoor Pursuits Program emphasizes academic excellence Scan this QR code using using Alberta Education-approved your mobile device. curriculum, balanced with outdoor learning. Participants may choose to experience a full year in the program, a single semester, or a quarter. Each month offers an exciting new adventure in outdoor learning. Students are taught by certified instructors and earn certification in hunter safety, first aid, and firearms safety. All outdoor learning activities are chaperoned and accommodations are provided by Canada Homestay Network-approved families. For more information, visit www.eagleshamoutdoorpursuits.ca.

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Above: 1. The Eaglesham Outdoor Pursuits Program (EOPP) includes chaperoned kayaking trips on local rivers and an annual skiing trip in the Canadian Rockies. 2. The EOPP “Night in the Trenches”, an annual commemorative event held on Remembrance Day, has garnered national media attention. 3. Students enjoy handson learning through the Encana Traveling Trades Program.

PWSD, in partnership with Encana Corporation, offers an exciting traveling Career and Technology Studies (CTS) program to provide students with access to mobile trailers stocked with the necessary tools and equipment for elective trades programs in small engine repair, transmissions, robotics, electronics and cosmetology. Included in this program is a mobile carpentry course, supported by the Grande Prairie Canadian Home Builders’ Association. Trades are delivered as 10-week courses, valued at either two or three credits.

Did you know? Encana Corporation also supports other PWSD programs, including breakfast programs, SMART board technology, anti-bullying programs, science fairs, and a community greenhouse. We celebrate our community partners as they support our students in becoming all they can be. Educating Today for Success Tomorrow

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On Your Mark!

Free diploma exam tutorials for PWSD students

We have seen as many as 70 students take advantage of the ‘On Your Mark’ sessions. Teachers work through practice questions with the students. We also develop activities to help reinforce concepts. – Principal Wanda Gerard, Peace Wapiti Academy

Free tutorial sessions are offered in January and June to all PWSD students to help them prepare for Diploma Exams. Dubbed ‘On Your Mark,’ these comprehensive six-hour tutorial sessions provide students with opportunities to review course content and further develop strategies to tackle question formats. The tutorials are held on three Saturdays in January and June at Peace Wapiti Academy and Grande Prairie Regional College. There is no need to register for the sessions; PWSD students should simply show up ready to review and ask questions. Lunch and snacks are generously provided by PWSD.

Second language studies French Language Resource Centre (FLRC) PWSD is the host Board for the French Language Resource Centre – a 13-member collaboration which includes seven school divisions and the Canadian Parents for French Organization, Association Canadienne Française de l‘Alberta, Grande Prairie Regional College, Peace Library System, Grande Prairie Public Library and the Northwest Regional Learning Consortium (NRLC). The FLRC was created specifically to enhance French language instruction in area schools. Students, parents and teachers have access to more than 18,000 French Language resources through Grande Prairie’s Public Library system. Teachers enjoy enhanced French professional development opportunities offered through the NRLC, Teachers’ Convention and Professional Learning Communities (PLC) days. The FLRC reserves special funding to support school travel experiences to French-speaking areas, international partnership opportunities with France, PD funds to enhance French language proficiency and French pedagogy, French cultural events such as the French for the Future Forum, and student DELF/DALF assessment and accreditation. The FLRC is integral in supporting PWSD’s second language programming for Grades 4-12 students. Cree Language Programming PWSD offers an enhanced First Nations, Métis and Inuit (FNMI) Program to students in Grades 4 through 12 at Hythe Regional School. The program includes Cree language studies as a second language option. English as a Second Language Native German speakers at PWSD’s Hutterite Colony Schools are taught English as part of their curriculum.

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Bus safety with a personal touch

School-based training exercises reach all students When it comes to bus safety, PWSD prefers a personal approach to ensure families feel certain their child will be safe. In September, trained busing representatives conduct free safety presentations with Kindergarten students at participating Division schools. “We know parents are busy. By taking our presentation to our schools instead of making it an evening event, we ensure that every student is aware of the importance of bus safety,” says Joanne Peters, PWSD’s Student Transportation Manager. “We get great feedback from teachers, students and parents. There’s a definite value in our personal approach.” Kindergarten students are taken outside to a bus to practice safe loading and unloading, how to properly cross the road in front of a bus, what to do in the event of a fire, and are taught the importance of avoiding bus danger zones. They also receive takehome cards on bus safety to review with their families. Bus drivers conduct two fire drills per year, in the fall and spring, for all students. When school is in session, bus drivers conduct daily checks to ensure all Kindergarten to Grade 6 students are accounted for.

We get great feedback from teachers, students and parents. There’s a definite value in our personal approach. – JoAnne Peters, PWSD Student Transportation Manager

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e believe in creating inclusive learning environments for all students in all schools. Supports and services ensure that every student can experience a sense of belonging at a school within their community. We are committed to collaborating with staff and families, making assessments based on data, and providing the appropriate interventions to ensure success. Collaborative Response Model Implementation PWSD is in Phase 2 of the implementation of a system-wide framework that drives inclusion and promotes a collaborative response to the individual needs of all students. Collaboration, assessment and interventions are supported and facilitated by administration to ensure the success of all students.

Universal Programming: Early Identification PWSD partners with Alberta Health Services (AHS) to ensure that children with identified disabilities/delays receive services as young as two-and-a-half years of age. Following the recommendations from AHS, PWSD will work with parents to create a suitable program in an appropriate placement. Services from a multi-disciplinary team are accessed and delivered within the program site selected. Junior Kindergarten and Playschools Through Junior Kindergarten (Jr. K) and playschool, PWSD is able to initiate early intervention programs a full year earlier. Jr. K programs are offered at a number of PWSD schools, while other schools operate playschools or provide space to playschool societies. Three schools also offer day care space. Positive Parenting Programs (PPP) are provided by a trained PPP employee and through a contract with the local Family Community Support Services (FCSS). Personal Device Project PWSD supports the use of digital devices in the classroom to improve student engagement.

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High School Flexibility Enhancement Project Schools rework the instructional day to meet individual needs, placing ownership in the hands of students. Students individualize their own learning based on need or interest. With less faceto-face instruction, 21st Century learners allocate more time to accessing information, mentorship, modelling and application. The project is offered at all PWSD high schools. Educational Assistants Provide support to students enroled in Grades 1-12 in an inclusive learning environment. Additional support is available for Early Childhood Services (ECS) students who have been identified as having a mild to moderate disability. Inclusive Learning Coaches Support teachers in building their capacity to provide effective universal supports for all students, and help school staff to provide and access targeted and specialized academic and socialemotional learning supports for students. Instructional Coaches – Literacy and Numeracy Support staff by providing ongoing professional development, assist with the implementation of best numeracy and literacy practices, encourage reflective practices and modelling lessons. Available for all grade levels. Education Technology Coaches Offer current and new technology support services to teachers, including group presentations, one-on-one working sessions, classroom mentoring and leadership. Teachers explore instructional supports such as SMART boards, online resources, and Moodle.

Classroom and Targeted Supports: Leveled Literacy Intervention (LLI) An 18- to 24-week program aimed at elementary students experiencing reading delay. All PWSD schools have access to the LLI program and the additional support provided by Inclusive Education Learning Coaches and Educational Assistants. Read, Write, Gold PWSD offers Read, Write, Gold text-to-speech software as an approved accommodation for Provincial Achievement Tests (PATs) and Diploma Exams.

Specialized Supports: General Learning Specialized Program (GLSP) As a part of inclusive education at PWSD, GLSP offers students specialized programming and equipment focusing on functional life skills.


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What to expect in speech and language development Children learn different words based on their experiences and they communicate differently because of their personalities. Even though they develop speech and language at their own pace, they do learn the same things in a similar order.

Here’s what most five-year-olds can do: Talking: • Say most speech sounds correctly and are easy to understand. • Speak in sentences that are five-to-six words in length. • Ask questions using who, what, where, and why. • Use the present, future, and past tenses (She walks to the park. She will walk to the park. She walked to the park.). • Retell a story by naming the characters and talking about what happened. • Use different types of words, such as action (kick) and describing words (yellow, cold).

Listening/Understanding: • Follow three directions at a time. • Understand many concepts, such as colours, location words, and numbers. • Put things into basic groups, such as fruits, animals, and toys. • Understand most adult conversation, including sayings like Time to hit the sack. • Understand and answer most questions appropriately. • Like to listen to rhymes and make up their own rhymes. Social Skills: • Makes eye contact with other children and adults. • Takes turns and wait for their turn during activities. • Sits quietly and listens to the teacher during circle time. • Says hi or hello and goodbye appropriately. Some five-year-olds may still have trouble: • Saying the sounds sh, ch, j, s, z, v, r, and th. The s and z sounds may be lisps. • Asking questions that start with when. • Understanding the words above and below.

If you have concerns about your child’s development, contact Heather Putio, Assistant Superintendent at PWSD, (780) 532-8133.

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CELEBRATED WITHIN MY CULTURE. E ight Hutterite Colony Schools. A First Nations, Métis and Inuit (FNMI) Program administered by an FNMI Education Coordinator and FNMI Liaison Workers. A Horse Lake Representative and a Hutterite District Principal. We believe that a supported student will be a successful student. PWSD delivers standard Alberta Education curriculum while tailoring programming to meet the cultural needs of our students, in collaboration with elder community leaders.

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Did you know? The high school completion rate of FNMI students at PWSD is significantly higher than the provincial average.

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PWSD’s FNMI Program is designed to educate all students, while enhancing the selfesteem of FNMI students and encouraging them to pursue their dreams and work to their full potential. The high school completion rate of FNMI students at PWSD is significantly higher than the provincial average. Schools offering FNMI programming seek to form collaborative partnerships with leaders and communities to support student success by developing culturally relevant programs, resources and student supports. How the FNMI Program works In agreement with Alberta Education, each FNMI student and their parent(s) or guardian(s) will be asked to sign a declaration of FNMI status so that Alberta Education may monitor the number of FNMI students throughout PWSD and the province of Alberta. When a student self-identifies as FNMI and returns the signed declaration to the school, he or she is connected with a FNMI Liaison Worker. Aboriginal Summer Job Shadowing Program FNMI students may apply for a week of classroom training at Grande Prairie Regional College (GPRC) followed by six weeks of job shadowing. Students are housed at GPRC’s residence facilities and receive an allowance of $400 per week if program requirements are met. Thanks to partnerships between PWSD, GPRC and local businesses, this program


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Connect with FNMI Liaison Workers Scan this QR code using your mobile device, or visit www.pwsd76.ab.ca to contact PWSD’s FNMI Liaison Workers.

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Hutterite Colony Schools Students at PWSD’s Hutterite Colony Schools are taught standard Alberta Education curriculum. Since German is the first language for residents of local Hutterite colonies, students take German language lessons outside of the regular school day schedule. Older students also participate in hands-on learning within their colonies, including agriculture, carpentry, cooking and sewing. PWSD includes eight colony schools located in Birch Hills, Birch Meadows, Codesa, Crooked Creek, Doe River, Grandview, Shady Lane and Silver Valley. Combined current enrolment sits at approximately 120 students, with continuous growth projected for coming years. Staffing at colony schools consists of teachers and educational assistants. Provincial Achievement Test (PAT) results are comparable to provincial averages for Hutterite Colony schools.

Pictured: 1. Shelley Logan, FNMI Liaison Worker, meets with a student at Clairmont Community School. 2. National Aboriginal Day celebrations at Harry Balfour School. 3. Dustin Kaufmann, a student at NAIT and 2015 graduate of Peace Wapiti Academy (PWA), was named PWSD’s 2015-2016 FNMI post-secondary scholarship recipient, presented by Shelly Logan, FNMI Liaison Worker at PWA. 4. Students from Grandview Colony School showcased their English as a Second Language skills by presenting their poetry compositions during a visit to a PWSD Board meeting. Educating Today for Success Tomorrow

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When students feel their voices are being heard, they actually want to participate. When students find out that they can affect change, and those changes are happening at a local level, they get excited. – Kaitlynn Douglas, Former Minister’s Student Advisory Council member and 2016 graduate of Beaverlodge Regional High School

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WSD believes that students who are armed with the right set of opportunities will become leaders of change within their schools, their communities and the world. In 2015, PWSD’s first Jurisdictional Student Leadership Team (JSET) was launched as a means of engaging students representing schools from across the Division in discussions about education. Many schools are challenged by Student Leadership Teams, We Clubs and Rotary Interact Clubs to work together to create positive change at home and abroad.


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Pictured: 1. The first meeting of PWSD’s Jurisdictional Student Engagement Team (JSET) in May, 2015 brought students representing all PWSD schools together to discuss education issues and ideas. 2. Saddle Hills County welcomed more than 100 local students to their ‘Leaders of Tomorrow’ event in September, 2015. 3. Kaitlynn Douglas (second from left) was selected to participate in Alberta Education’s 2015 Summer Camp in China Program prior to her senior year at Beaverlodge Regional High School. 4. In their final year at Helen E. Taylor School, Hannah Wood (center) and Heather Taylor (right) attended the 2015 Forum for Young Canadians in Ottawa. 5. The 2016 Grande Prairie Volunteer Services Bureau recognized (left-right) Beaverlodge Regional High School’s Erika Stamp and Savanna McKay, and Sexsmith Secondary School’s Isabelle Rorem during the annual ‘Leaders of Tomorrow’ Awards luncheon.

In 2015, members of Alberta Education’s Speak Out group were challenged to build networks of students to support the work of the Minister’s Student Advisory Council. PWSD’s resulting Jurisdictional Student Engagement Team (JSET) provides an avenue for gathering the student voice at the district level, and encourages more students to share their thoughts on the learning experience. Since their first meeting in May, 2015, PWSD’s JSET team members regularly provide feedback on PWSD policies and initiatives via face-to-face meetings and virtual meetings using Google Hangout. The team is made up of a cross-section of Grades 5-12 student leaders from across the Division, along with 20 teachers who are known as Student Leadership Champions.

Student Leadership Teams Influencing school culture

Student Leadership Teams, made up of student leaders who work to build citizenship in their peers while creating positive changes in school culture, are present in nearly all PWSD schools. Leadership Team activities include National Pink Shirt Day to spread kindness in support of the anti-bullying movement; involvement in community events; hosting school-based assemblies, pep rallies and information fairs; school-based recycling programs; fundraising for causes within their schools, communities and at national and international levels; and organizing sporting events and fun days.

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Tackling issues students care about Interact provides opportunities for students aged12-18 to make a real difference while having fun. Interact clubs carry out service projects to help their school, community and international issues. Sponsored by local Rotary clubs, Interact Clubs help students to connect with community leaders, develop leadership skills, make international connections, and discover more opportunities to connect with others through Rotary. Interact activities at PWSD schools have included fundraisers to support disaster relief in the Philippines, school builds in Uganda, 30-Hour Famine events, and food bank drives.

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Making change at home and abroad Grade 6 students who make up Robert W. Zahara (RWZ) Public School’s We Club were recognized on stage by Craig Keilburger at the 2015 Mighty Peace Day event in Grande Prairie during the Community Builders Program announcement – an initiative to support a village in India. Their involvement in the announcement dated back to 2013, when RWZ students first formed their We Club and set a goal to raise $10,000 to build a sister school in India by the time their replacement school opened its doors in April, 2016. Thanks to the astounding success of their fundraisers, the club was able to announce that their goal had been achieved one year earlier than expected. In May, 2016, Teepee Creek School hosted more than 160 Grades 5-8 students from LaGlace, Woking and Rycroft Schools for its first ‘TP-We’ event featuring guest speakers who encouraged students to become leaders. Students participated in group activities designed to develop team-building skills. Educating Today for Success Tomorrow

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• Hockey • Cricket • Rugby • Box Sports • Athletic Training • Conditioning Camps

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• Soccer • Lacrosse • Ball Hockey • Softball • Kids Camps • Birthday Parties Slo-pitch

HOURS OF OPERATION (excluding holidays): Sportsplex

6:00 a.m. – midnight weekdays 8:00 a.m. – midnight weekends Motion Fitness 6:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. weekdays 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. weekends Guest Services 8:30 a.m. – 8:30 p.m. daily Players’ Bench Weekdays: 11:00 a.m. to 2 p.m. Lounge 5 p.m. to close Weekends: 11 a.m. to close Call 587-299-9001 for daily specials www.crosslinkcountysportsplex.com to view menu Tito’s Concession Open daily between 9-11 a.m. to close Call 587-259-0940 for daily meal specials

• Strollercise • 13 & Under Stick & Puck • Stick & Puck • Learn to Skate •

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Adult Shinny Tender Tots Bouncy Castle Days Seniors Walk & Talk Ball Hockey

INTERESTED IN JOINING AN ICE HOCKEY LEAGUE?

The Crosslink County Sportsplex is proud to host the NCHL (Non-Contact Hockey League)! Register at nchl.com or call 587-432-5955.

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SAFE AND SUPPORTED AT SCHOOL. P WSD places top priority on ensuring students are safe and cared for while at school. How can we be certain we’re doing a good job in this area? Parents, teachers and students consistently provide an “excellent” rating in the Safe and Caring category of Alberta Education’s annual Accountability Pillar Survey, which takes into account whether students are learning the importance of caring for and respecting others, and are treated fairly in school.

Healthy Schools, Healthy Futures

PWSD schools offer programs to ensure that the physical and emotional needs of students are being met, many of which are made possible through support from local businesses. The Healthy Schools Healthy Futures Program, a project aimed at developing healthy school communities in Alberta, may include School Wellness Action Teams (SWAT), breakfast programs, Tasty Tuesdays to explore healthy foods, and ‘Snack Shacks’ – refrigerators filled with healthy grab-and-go snack food choices. Thanks to support from Encana, Wembley Elementary and Helen E. Taylor Schools kicked off a smoothie breakfast program in 2015 (pictured above).

Frequently Asked Questions

In response to Alberta Education’s Guidelines for Best Practices: Creating Learning Environments that Respect Diverse Sexual Orientations, Gender Identities and Gender Expressions, PWSD’s Board and Policy Review Committee developed Policy IHF – Safe and Caring Learning Environment. Those who have questions and concerns are invited to read PWSD’s Frequently Asked Questions newsletter, found online at www.pwsd76.ab.ca.

Caring for others When a need presents itself, students are quick to offer their support. In May, 2016, PWSD students joined forces with other local Divisions for an Alberta Wildfire Relief fundraiser, generating more than $40,000. Educating Today for Success Tomorrow

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Registered Apprenticeship Program (RAP) RAP is an ideal program for students who identify career interests at an earlier age and are ready to learn and practice their future trade while in high school. RAP students are both full-time students and registered apprentices, dividing their time between an approved work site and their high school studies. RAP students complete academic courses such as English, Social Studies, Science and Math to earn their high school diploma or certificate of achievement. To find out if RAP is for you, visit http://tradesecrets.alberta.ca/learn-on-the-job. PWSD students may choose any one of 50 Alberta apprenticeship opportunities.

Alternate Education Program (AEP) PWSD’s AEP team maintains contact with students who have left school without graduating and offers education options to at-risk students and their parents. The program also provides services to students who are currently attending PWSD high schools, and to home-schooled students in Grades 1-9. The majority of PWSD students complete ADLC courses which are available online or in print format. AEP staff work with students throughout the year to help them achieve their goals. In the 2015-2016 school year, 30 PWSD students received high school diplomas through the program.

Provincial Dual Crediting Strategy In 2014, PWSD signed a Dual Credit Agreement with Grande Prairie Regional College which provides a head-start on postsecondary education by allowing high school students to earn both high school and college credits for the same course. PWSD also partners with local companies to provide students with career training while obtaining a high school diploma. Encana Corporation and Pembina offer career path opportunities in the oil and gas industry as a Fourth Class Power Engineer. Weyerhaeuser offers Fourth Class Power Engineer training through a combination of dual credit courses and summer work experience terms during all three years of high school. Oil and Gas Field Production Operator and Water and Wastewater Operator training is offered through a partnership with NAIT, Aquatera, Ensign Energy, and Careers: The Next Generation.

Outreach Program Students who struggle in a typical high school environment benefit from Spirit River Regional Academy’s Outreach Program which provides more one-on-one instructional time.

Green Certificate The Green Certificate Program, available to all Alberta high schools, is an apprenticeship program that provides trainees with opportunities to enter a variety of agriculture-related learning pathways as a part of their senior high school program, while earning credentials toward a career in agribusiness. Students complete hands-on learning under the direction of experienced farm personnel and the supervision and administration of Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development (ARD) and Alberta Education. Upon successful completion of three courses in a specialization, students can earn a technician level Green Certificate. During the 2015-2016 school year, 22 PWSD students enroled in 55 Green Certificate courses, such as Cattle Care and Production, Field Crop Care, Equine Operation and Care, and Harvesting Operation. For more information, visit www1.agric.gov.ab.ca/general/progserv.nsf/all/ pgmsrv34. Credit Recovery Program This program supports students in maintaining their graduation plan by providing opportunities to recover credits for classes that were not successfully completed, extending course instruction beyond the normal time frame, and providing support for students taking additional courses through the Alberta Distance Learning Centre (ADLC) to meet graduation requirements.

One Credit Wonders A series of free weekend courses, offered based on student interest, are open to all PWSD Grades 10-12 students. The courses, valued at one or two high school credits, are an excellent opportunity for students to pursue an area of interest or ‘test drive’ a future career option while gaining employable skills. Courses have been offered in Nature and Wellness, Computer Aided Design (CAD), First Aid, and Fashion Illustration.

Town of Sexsmith Supporting the Future of our Youth

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Artist-in-residence programs offer enhanced learning opportunities Students at Wembley Elementary perform The Steadfast Tin Soldier (1), under the direction of the Alberta Opera. The professional troupe is a regular at PWSD schools, instilling the love of theatre wherever they go.

Make some noise

Express yourself through music Students are expressing renewed interest in music, thanks to the addition of ukuleles to the music program at Helen E. Taylor School (2). Grade 1 students in Miss Linssen’s class at Hythe Regional School (4) earned a gold placement in the Choral Speech

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Donor recognition

County grants focus on PWSD students Sexsmith Secondary School used a $6,000 County of Grande Prairie capital grant to purchase cross country skiing equipment (3) for the school’s outdoor education

program. The Peace Wapiti Academy (PWA) Titans Football team received $25,000 to purchase jerseys and shoulder pads. A spacious and well-appointed playschool facility at PWSD’s new K-8 Whispering Ridge Community School Kindergarten - Grade 8 school was made possible thanks to a $450,000 County grant.

In Sports

PWSD teams celebrate success The PWA Titans Senior Girls Basketball team received the Alberta Schools’ Athletic Association (ASAA) Sportsmanship Team Award at the 2016 Girls Basketball 3A Provincials (5). The Sexsmith Secondary Sabres were named the 2016 Grande Prairie and Area High School Girls Rugby League champions (6).


Our children are our future

Leaders of Tomorrow Saddle Hills County appreciates the hard work of our teachers and the Peace Wapiti Public School Division in helping our young people prepare for their roles as adults, citizens and community members. Our ‘Leaders of Tomorrow’ event provides an opportunity for students to learn about local government and some of the great jobs available right here in Saddle Hills County.

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PWSD schools

Top three capital priorities

PWSD provides service to approximately 6,000 students in Kindergarten through Grade 12 in 33 schools, including eight Hutterite colony schools and an outreach and online school – Peace Academy of Virtual Education (PAVE). High School programs are operated in eight schools – Spirit River Regional Academy, Beaverlodge Regional High School, Eaglesham School, Ridgevalley School, Savanna School, Sexsmith Secondary School, Peace Wapiti Academy and PAVE.

PWSD’s Board has set new goals for 20162018, including two new K-8 schools – one at a location southeast of Grande Prairie and the other in Clairmont Heights – and a Grades 9-12 high school located north of Grande Prairie.

2 1. Celebrating the first day at the replacement RWZ Public School on April 6, 2016. 2. PWSD’s newest Kindergarten - Grade 8 school, RWZ Public School in Sexsmith.

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3 3. The new Whispering Ridge School, serving Kindergarten - Grade 8 students, will alleviate enrolment pressures at Harry Balfour School.


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How to register

Online registration open to new students

High School Flexibility

Meeting individual learning needs

Personal Device Project

PWSD offers online registration for new students, provided by InfoSnap. To register your child for school using our simple online process, click the ‘Schools’ tab on the PWSD website, or the ‘Registration’ tab on your school’s website, followed by clicking the ‘Register Online’ button. Next, follow the steps to create an InfoSnap account. You will then be directed to PWSD’s online registration form.

The High School Flexibility Enhancement Project, offered at all PWSD high schools, permits schools to rework the instructional day to meet individual needs, placing ownership in the hands of students. Students individualize their own learning based on need or interest, and allocate more time to accessing information, mentorship, modelling and application.

Exploring the gift of music

PWSD students excel at provincial competition

PWSD supports the use of digital devices in the classroom, such as iPads, laptops and Chromebooks, to improve student engagement.

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In May, 2016, PWSD’s Honour Band, made up of 55 Grade 6 students from Clairmont Community School (CCS), Harry Balfour School (HBS) and RWZ Public School, traveled to Red Deer to compete in the Alberta Band Association’s Provincial Festival of Bands. The band received a rating of 1 – Superior, as well as a Superior Band Award, the highest rating possible,

indicating that the performance was first-rate for the event and the class of participants being adjudicated. The band is under the direction of Rod Vanstone, Assistant Principal at CCS, and Lawrence Dommer, a teacher HBS. Students interested in participating in band should contact their teacher or principal.

Find a school near you To find a PWSD school website, scan the following QR code using your mobile device, or check out our list of schools online at www.pwsd76.ab.ca/SchoolInfo. For a detailed boundary map, see page 29.

Did you know? PWSD students who are actively involved in band at their school may participate in a joint concert held annually at Grande Prairie Regional College. Top band students form an Honour Band and perform at the Alberta Band Association’s Provincial Festival of Bands. Educating Today for Success Tomorrow

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1. Beaverlodge Elementary School

Location: 1009 - 5 Ave., Beaverlodge Grades: Kindergarten to Grade 6 Special features: The school features a computer lab, music room, library, Leveled Literacy Intervention (LLI) room, special education room and full-size gym. Programs: The school offers Junior Kindergarten programming for threeand four-year-olds who qualify for MildModerate programs and Program Unit Funding (PUF), as well as four-year-olds who do not require additional early entry supports; a comprehensive fine arts program for Grades 1-6 students; inclusive education services; counseling; and speech programming. The Healthy Schools Healthy Futures Program includes a School Wellness Action Team (SWAT); Tasty Tuesdays program to explore healthy foods; Snack Shack; and breakfast program. Sports: Intramurals throughout the year. Contact us: (780) 354-2446 www.pwsd76.ab.ca/schools/bes

2. Beaverlodge Regional High School

Location: 1034 - 2 Ave., Beaverlodge Grades: 10-12 Special features: The school features two computer labs, mobile laptop carts and iPads, science labs and a weight room. Programs: Career and Technology

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3 Studies (CTS) programming in cosmetology, foods, fashion, construction, communications technology, and mechanics, with students placing at the Regional Skills Canada Competition. The school also offers a breakfast program, counseling services, a trades camp, Registered Apprenticeship Program (RAP), Green Certificate, Dual Credit opportunities, and job shadowing. The Student Leadership Program creates a culture of positive learning. Sports: Beaverlodge Royals studentathletes compete in volleyball, basketball, badminton, and track and field. The school also offers curling, golf, and crosscountry running. Contact us: (780) 354-2189 www.pwsd76.ab.ca/schools/brhs

3. Bezanson School

Location: Bezanson Grades: Kindergarten to Grade 9 Programs: Special education, speech and language therapy, early literacy, physical education, and counseling. Contact us: (780) 532-6490 www.pwsd76.ab.ca/schools/bezanson

4. Bonanza School

Location: Bonanza Grades: Kindergarten to Grade 8

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5 Special features: The school features a speech and special needs room, a computer lab and iPads, and a gymnasium. Programs: The school offers speech language therapy, Leveled Literacy Intervention (LLI) program, technology program using iPads and Chromebooks, and a mid-week hot lunch. Sports: The Bonanza Bulldogs. Studentathletes play on mixed elementary/junior high soccer and volleyball teams, and participate in various sports tournaments and games. Contact us: (780) 353-3788 www.pwsd76.ab.ca/schools/bonanza

5. Clairmont Community School

Location: 10407 - 97 St., Clairmont Grades: Kindergarten to Grade 8 Special features: A new facility (2009), library, computer carts, home economics lab with a full kitchen, art room, science labs, full-size gym, music and band room, and playground equipment. Programs: The on-site Wellington Centre provides daycare and playschool programs, and meeting space for nonprofit groups. The Healthy Schools Healthy Futures Program includes a School Wellness Action Team (SWAT), Taste of Fridays program to explore healthy foods, and a breakfast program. A collaborative environment exists within the school, providing daily time for teachers to meet with colleagues and students. In addition to embedded collaboration time, the school has created structured opportunities for students to build community and celebrate differences and successes. The Band Program provides Grade 5 students with access to band instruments and accessories at no cost to families.


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6 Grade 6 students may participate in the PWSD Honour Band and Grades 7-8 students compete in annual festivals. Guest musicians and instructors provide connections to secondary and postsecondary music programs, and students perform at community band concerts. The Fine Arts Program’s bi-annual Fine Arts night includes student art displays, an auction, and a drama performance. Students receive FNMI school-based and extracurricular cultural support through Liaison Workers, FNMI Parent Advisory Council, and Family Culture Nights. School-wide citizenship activities support student development. CCS also offers after-school youth programs, clubs and societies. Sports: CCS Kodiaks compete in basketball, volleyball, badminton, and track and field. The running club competes in local events. Contact us: (780) 567-4698 www.pwsd76.ab.ca/schools/ccs

6. Eaglesham School

Location: 4902 - 53 St., Eaglesham Grades: Kindergarten to Grade 12 Special features: Industrial arts, music and foods. Programs: Home of the Eaglesham Outdoor Pursuits Program which offers senior high Canadian and international exchange students a unique opportunity to explore education on the wild side while obtaining their high school diploma. The school also offers French language studies for Grades 3-12. Sports: Cross-country running, badminton and volleyball. Contact us: (780) 359-3792 www.pwsd76.ab.ca/schools/eaglesham

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7. Elmworth School

Location: Elmworth Grades: Kindergarten to Grade 9 Special features: The school features an outdoor rink, ball diamonds, community greenhouse, soccer field, and is situated next to the community curling rink. Programs: The school offers a preschool program. Career and Technology Studies (CTS) programming in greenhouse operations, solar technology and aquaponics are offered in the on-site greenhouse. Sports: Elmworth Eagles compete in volleyball, badminton, track and field, basketball, and tri-county hockey. Contact us: (780) 354-8375 www.pwsd76.ab.ca/schools/elmworth

8. Harry Balfour School

Location: 10815 - 104 St., Grande Prairie Grades: Kindergarten to Grade 8 Special features: The school features two gyms, a computer lab and a canteen. Programs: Located in the heart of the city of Grande Prairie, Harry Balfour School (HBS) students thrive in an inclusive learning environment in which staff work with parents to support learners. The school is entering its second year of PWSD’s Collaborative Response Model (CRM) pilot which ensures that

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9 appropriate supports are provided to all students. The one-to-one Personal Device Project puts electronic devices in the hands of Grade 5- 8 students. HBS offers a safe and caring environment with a student-centered approach to teaching and learning. Staff are committed to supporting all students, and improving classroom instruction in literacy, numeracy and social-emotional supports – thereby strengthening the school’s Quality Learning Environment. Students can explore creativity through the school’s band, music and drama programs, and Lego club. A junior high student travel group was formed during the past year. An active student council promotes student leadership and plays a positive role in enhancing the culture and climate of the school. Sports: The school has an active intramural program. Students participate in volleyball, basketball, badminton, track and field, and Newcombe ball. Junior high teams compete in volleyball and basketball. Contact us: (780) 532-9276 www.pwsd76.ab.ca/schools/hb

9. Helen E. Taylor School

Location: Wembley Grades: 5 to 9 Special features: Helen E. Taylor (HET) School is home to Wembley’s public library, with after-school hours on Wednesday – Saturday, and full summer programs. The school includes a canteen offering a full breakfast program and daily hot and healthy lunches, and a fullyequipped science lab and computer lab augmented by class sets of Chromebooks and iPads. The school’s mission is Bring out the Best – in students and in everything the school does. Educating Today for Success Tomorrow

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10 Programs: The school’s inclusive learning environment offers Leveled Literacy Intervention (LLI), Guided Reading, and French programming to all students. Junior high students enjoy robotics, carpentry, electrical, and cosmetology options through the Encana Traveling Trades Program. Grades 8 and 9 students participate in practical arts at Beaverlodge Regional High School. Students may select two option courses from fitness, indoor and outdoor games, hockey, guitar, art, photography, leadership, Japanese, Spanish, music, choir. Citizenship-focused activities include “HET Rocks”, an incentive program for positive behavior; student-led assemblies; and an annual Christmas turkey dinner celebrating community volunteers and seniors. Students present a spring community art show and silent auction. Students also benefit from the afterschool drama club, Grade 5 Roots of Empathy program, Grade 6 Classroom Champions program, 30-Hour Famine, Grade 5 sleepover-in-the-school, Grade 6 two-day camp out, Grade 5-9 two-day downhill skiing trip, and the Grade 9 Travel Club which has toured Quebec, Italy and Japan. Private piano lessons are offered through GPRC during school hours. Grade 5 students participate in the Red Cross swimming program, while Grades 6-9 students enjoy recreational swimming. Jump Rope for Heart, Family Literacy Day, Pi (Math) Day, and Science Day are observed annually. Health and wellness are promoted by support services provided by FCSS, an FNMI Liaison Worker and Alberta Health Service’s Student Health Program Therapist; and the school’s breakfast program and twice-daily nutrition breaks. 34

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12 Sports: Daily 45-minute fitness breaks, an intramural program which places students in one of four mixed-grade houses, and friendly competitions throughout the year. HET Knights participate in volleyball, basketball, running club, badminton, and track and field programs. Contact us: (780) 766-9103 www.pwsd76.ab.ca/schools/het

10. Hythe Regional School

Location: 10108 - 104 Ave., Hythe Grades: Kindergarten to Grade 9 Programs: French and Cree second language options are offered to Grades 4-9 students. The school also offers music, an attendance program, Leveled Literacy Intervention (LLI), Kindergarten programming three days per week, and a breakfast, lunch and snack program. Sports: Track, badminton, volleyball, basketball and intramurals. Contact us: (780) 356-3934 www.pwsd76.ab.ca/schools/hrs

11. LaGlace School

Location: 10026 - 100 Ave., LaGlace Grades: Kindergarten to Grade 9 Special features: The school features speech therapy and Leveled Literacy Intervention (LLI) rooms, and a

13 performance stage for band and music programs which are supplemented by new audio/visual equipment. Mobile carts containing laptops, Chromebooks and iPads allow classrooms to integrate technology into learning. Programs: With a focus on healthy living, LaGlace School provides programming and extracurricular activities aimed at daily physical activity, positive nutritional choices, and mental and emotional well-being. The school also offers speech language therapy and a preschool program. Sports: The school boasts a new playground for Grades 1-6 students, new outdoor basketball and volleyball courts for Grades 5-9, and a large supply of outdoor education equipment for summer and winter sports. Daily physical education classes are offered to Grades 1- 9 students. Students at various grade levels participate in the running club, volleyball, basketball, badminton, and track and field. Contact us: (780) 568-2430 www.pwsd76.ab.ca/schools/laglace

12. Peace Academy of Virtual Education

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Location: 4201 - 50 St., Spirit River. PAVE is also a virtual school and can be accessed online from anywhere. Grades: 4 -12 Special features: PAVE provides a customized, innovative approach to online education which includes interaction between students, parents and teachers. PAVE serves students with all the flexibility that online education offers. Programs: The school works collaboratively with community programs, such as the local Tabono Program. When a student enrols in Tabono, PAVE enrolment is seamless.


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In addition to academic core courses, students may obtain credits in art, Career and Technology Studies (CTS), Career and Life Management (CALM) and physical education. PAVE teachers conduct weekly check-ins with students and offer course counseling. The virtual school also offers support to students who are enroled in split classes at other schools throughout the Division, Enriched Personal Inquiry (EPI) for Grades 4-9 students wishing to pursue additional areas of interest as part of their education programming, and second language learning support. Home schoolers may choose program delivery by PAVE, or enrol in one or more PAVE courses to augment in-home study. Contact us: (780) 864-3741 www.pwsd76.ab.ca/schools/pave

As one of 16 pilot schools in Alberta Education’s High School Flexibility Project, the school is focused on exploring opportunities to engage in significant organizational and delivery redesign. Key strategies implemented include offering a variety of learning models and different rates of learning, and creating daily personal learning time for students. Programs: For the duration of Grades 9 to 12, students are assigned an Academic and Individual Mentor (AIM) who acts as the students’ point of contact within the school. Students are also placed within an AIM group. AIM teachers and students meet regularly to discuss short and long term goals, complete a High School Road Map, examine post-secondary options, and discuss areas of struggle and strength. Students may choose from a variety of Career and Technology Studies (CTS) options, including outdoor education, building construction, mechanics, foods, robotics, exercise science, legal studies, photography, media design, and coaching, and many students participate in Skills Canada competitions. The school participates in Alberta’s Registered Apprenticeship Program (RAP). Cosmetology is offered as both a CTS option and a RAP apprenticeship. Dual credit opportunities exist in psychology, medical terminology, industry safety courses, and power engineering. Other programs include Green Certificate, GLSP, Knowledge and Employability (K&E) and a healthy snack program. Extracurricular club activities include drama, leadership, Interact and travel. Sports: PWA Titans successfully compete in badminton, basketball, football, rugby, soccer, track and field, and volleyball. Contact us: (780) 513-9504 www.pwsd76.ab.ca/schools/pwa

13. Peace Wapiti Academy

Location: 11410 - 104 St., Grande Prairie Grades: 9 -12 Special features: Dedicated spaces and labs for students to explore a variety of courses and special interests, including cosmetology, building construction, mechanics, art, media design, robotics, photography, biology, chemistry, foods, band, and theatre. The school also features a library, lifestyle centre, a CONNECT room for independent study, General Learning Specialized Program (GLSP) room, cafeteria and gymnasium. All classrooms are equipped with SMART boards. Mobile laptop and iPad carts are available for use in the classroom. The one-to-one Chromebook project, which puts the electronic devices in the hands of Grades 9 and 10 students, is changing the way students engage in their learning, improving assignment completion and increasing communication.

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14. Penson School

Location: Grovedale Grades: Kindergarten to Grade 8 Special features: Students benefit from a new playground and access to technology using iPads and mobile laptop carts. The modern school facility includes a full-size gym, computer lab, library, science lab, and a music room. Programs: The school offers Junior Kindergarten, Ready-Set-Grow Early Childhood Development Program, Leveled Literacy Intervention (LLI) and a citizenship initiative. Sports: The school has experienced great success in volleyball. In 2015-2016, the Penson Panthers captured the A Boys and A Girls East League Championship, the A Boys 1J Zone Silver, the A Boys PWSD Division Silver, and the A Girls PWSD Division Gold. Student-athletes also enjoy basketball, wrestling, badminton, and track and field competitions. Contact us: (780) 532-6390 www.pwsd76.ab.ca/schools/penson

15. Ridgevalley School

Location: Crooked Creek Grades: Kindergarten to Grade 12 Special features: The school features a low student-teacher ratio, a fullservice cafeteria offering an elementary hot lunch program, spacious double gymnasium, fitness center, independent playschool, 10-acre playground, enclosed courtyard, SMART boards, Chromebooks and laptops. Students participate in junior/senior Leadership Group, Grade 6 Edmonton trip and Grade 9 French trip to Quebec and Ottawa. Yearly highlights include the annual community barbecue and sports day, and the pancake breakfast and pajama day. Awards are presented for elementary citizenship, most improved, Educating Today for Success Tomorrow

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sportsmanship, and the Golden Garbage Can Award for classroom cleanliness. Programs: Registered Apprenticeship Program (RAP), Green Certificate and work experience offer hands-on learning opportunities. The school has a dedicated home economics room, along with shop facilities where students can explore woodworking, welding and mechanics. The school utilizes additional Career and Technology Studies (CTS) programming offered by PWSDâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Encana Traveling Trades Program. Students benefit from Leveled Literacy Intervention (LLI), speech and language services, early intervention speech services, life skills, and elementary swimming and skating programs. Sports: The junior and senior high Ridgevalley Raiders boast many banners and offer team sports in golf, volleyball, basketball, badminton track and field, and elementary cross-country running. Student-athletes have placed in Golf Provincials and Track and Field Provincials. Contact us: (780) 957-3995 www.pwsd76.ab.ca/schools/rvs

Programs: RWZ is family-oriented with a strong, caring school community. The school offers programs which highlight Aboriginal cultures, diversity, inclusion, parenting courses, speech and language therapy, and literacy intervention. A focus on social justice and responsibility provides opportunities for students to develop leadership skills and make a difference within their school, the community and globally. All students participate in fine arts and music education. Grades 4-6 students receive instruction in French as a Second Language. Students participate in the annual Grande Prairie Music Festival. Technology is an important part of learning. Students have access to iPads, Chromebooks and laptops, depending on their Grade and assigned tasks. All students are taught to be ethical digital citizens. Extracurricular clubs include drama, music, choir and sports. Students may participate in drumming groups, flute circle, choir, ukulele, and other musical endeavours. Sports: Volleyball, basketball, handball, cross-country running, running club, skating, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing. Karate is offered after school. Contact us: (780) 568-3823 www.pwsd76.ab.ca/schools/rwz

16. Robert W. Zahara Public School

Location: 9802 - 93 St., Sexsmith Grades: Kindergarten to Grade 6 Special features: The replacement Robert W. Zahara (RWZ) Public School opened in April, 2016 and features spacious classrooms, a music room that conveniently opens up to create a performance stage into the large gym, a naturally-lit learning commons featuring floor-to-ceiling windows, speech and language therapy rooms, and spaces for occupational and physical therapy. A well-equipped playground provides open spaces for games. Students enjoy weekly skating at the adjacent Sexsmith Arena during the winter. 36

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17. Rycroft School

Location: 5208 - 45 Ave., Rycroft Grades: Kindergarten to Grade 8 Special features: The school features a Family First Resource Centre, home economics lab, and a Leveled Literacy Intervention (LLI) reading room. Mobile carts containing laptops and Chromebooks allow classrooms to integrate technology into learning. Programs: Rycroft School is a great place for kids to learn and grow. The school day begins with a morning routine in the gym. Students have access to a healthy snacks and a breakfast program. Special programs include Junior Kindergarten, speech therapy, options programming, ESL programming, daily book bonus, and a foster child support program. Sports: Grades 4-6 students participate in the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s floor hockey tournament and basketball. Many students enjoy club volleyball. Contact us: (780) 765-3830 www.pwsd76.ab.ca/schools/rycroft

18. Savanna School

Location: Silver Valley Grades: Kindergarten to Grade 12 Special features: The school features a gym, weight room, low student-teacher ratio, digital devices for students, on-site preschool, and a large outdoor play area. Programs: The school offers handson learning opportunities in junior construction, photography, foods, outdoor education, cosmetology and mechanics. Students enjoy fitness programming, drama, Genius Project, student council, and JSET. Elementary students participate in a swimming program. Additional supports include speech language therapy and Leveled Literacy Intervention (LLI).


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21 Sports: Volleyball and basketball teams, community soccer, and running club. Contact us: (780) 351-3771 www.pwsd76.ab.ca/schools/savanna

19. Sexsmith Secondary School

Location: 9401 - 99 Ave., Sexsmith Grades: 7-12 Special features: Students have access to a wide range of technology, including Chromebooks and laptops. The school features dedicated labs for foods, metals/ mechanics, building construction, and cosmetology programs. Additional facilities support special needs, fine arts, and athletic programs. A vibrant library and full-service cafeteria provide further support to students. Programs: In addition to core academic courses, specialized options are offered in foods, mechanics, woodworking and construction, cosmetology, robotics, outdoor education, Registered Apprenticeship Program (RAP), and work experience. The school also provides special needs programming and courses in general music, instrumental music, art, drama, and communication technology. A Student Leadership Team organizes school-wide activities and the Interact Club is actively involved with international and local projects. Students can also receive specialized First Aid training through the First Responders program. The school boasts an excellent drama club program. Sports: Sexsmith Sabres student-athletes compete in volleyball, basketball, crosscountry running, football, rugby, track and field, badminton, curling, and wrestling. Contact us: (780) 568-3642 www.pwsd76.ab.ca/schools/sss

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20. Spirit River Regional Academy

Location: 4501 - 46 St., Spirit River Grades: Junior Kindergarten to Grade 12 Special features: Students may select from a broad range of extra- and cocurricular activities. The school offers adult education evening classes in woodworking. Programs: The school offers Junior Kindergarten, speech therapy, music, art, distance learning, Dual Credit programming through NAIT, junior and senior high Knowledge and Employability courses, First Responders Program, work experience, Registered Apprenticeship Program (RAP), and the Green Certificate Program. Career and Technology Studies (CTS) programming includes food studies, fashion and design, information processing, financial management, construction, fabrication, small engines, power transmission, robotics, electronics, and cosmetology. Sports: Student-athletes participate in cross-country running, golf, volleyball, basketball, badminton, track and field, and intramural “Landsman Cup” floor hockey. Contact us: (780) 864-3696 www.pwsd76.ab.ca/schools/srra

21. Teepee Creek School

Location: Range Road 34, Teepee Creek Grades: Kindergarten to Grade 8 Special features: A modernization project at the school saw the addition of a new library, administration office, community kitchen, and modular classrooms, along with renovations to the existing gymnasium, classrooms and exterior finishing. Programs: Each day begins with TechFree Time (TFT), a healthy snack and a 15-minute morning walk. Junior Kindergarten programming was added

23 in September, 2016. Wireless technology is accessed through Chromebooks, iPads and laptops. French is offered to Grades 4-8 students. Option courses are available to all Grades 5-8 students. Students have many opportunities to enhance their learning through school activities, presentations and field trips. Sports: Teepee Creek Mustangs compete in volleyball, basketball, badminton and other activities, as interests dictate. Contact us: (780) 568-2265 www.pwsd76.ab.ca/schools/tcs

22. Wembley Elementary School

Location: Wembley Grades: Kindergarten to Grade 4 Special features: Classrooms featuring new furnishings and SMART boards are organized around a central library. The school includes a sensory room where students can regulate, a learning lounge with white boards and multi-functional seating where students can work on projects, full-size gym, playground, and a small school store. Programs: Students receive assistance in language arts through Guided Reading, The Write Traits, Spelling and Fry, Handwriting without Tears, and Leveled Literacy Intervention (LLI). All Grade 4 students have access to Chromebooks, while other classrooms utilize two mobile carts of Chromebooks. The school offers a free breakfast program. The Zones of Regulation teachings help students regulate emotions and behaviour. Good behaviour is encouraged through ‘Gotcha’ coupons which are drawn weekly, monthly and annually for prizes. Sports: All Grades 1-4 students participate in a swimming program. Kindergarten to Grade 4 students enjoy a two-week gymnastics skills development Educating Today for Success Tomorrow

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program offered by Grande Prairie Gymniks, while Grades 3 and 4 students participate in a six-week hockey program. Contact us: (780) 766-2294 www.pwsd76.ab.ca/schools/wes

To contact a member of the Executive Team, telephone (780) 532-8133.

23. Woking School

Location: Woking Grades: Kindergarten to Grade 8 Special features: The school features a combined fine arts/learning commons/ community meeting room, and is home to the Woking Community Library. Technology is integrated into learning through the Personal Device Project in which every student has access to a Chromebook. Programs: Woking School continues to work on its flexible learning environment project, promoting independent and multi-aged group learning based on studentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; personal goals and abilities. The school also offers speech therapy, Leveled Literacy Intervention (LLI), inclusive education programs, playschool programming, and a Friday breakfast program. Sports: Woking Wolverines enjoy a small school environment with sports chosen by the students. Contact us: (780) 774-3932 www.pwsd76.ab.ca/schools/woking

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24. Hutterite Colony Schools

Locations: PWSD includes eight colony schools located in Birch Hills, Birch Meadows, Codesa, Crooked Creek, Doe River, Grandview, Shady Lane and Silver Valley. Enrolment: Combined enrolment of approximately 120 students, with continuous growth projected for coming years. Programs: Students are taught standard Alberta Education curriculum. Since German is the first language for residents of local Hutterite colonies, students take German language lessons outside of the regular school day. Older students enjoy hands-on learning within their colonies, including agriculture, carpentry, cooking and sewing. Staffing at colony schools consists of teachers and educational assistants. Provincial Achievement Test (PAT) results are comparable to provincial averages for Hutterite Colony schools.

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