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PARENTS: WE NEED YOU CORE ACTIVITIES OF SCHOOL COUNCILS School Councils support meaningful parental involvement in decisions that affect the school and its operations. • Advises the Principal and Board on educational issues that pertain to the school. • Establishes and reviews School Council’s goals, objectives, action plans and procedures. • Communicates and consults with parents and the school community. • Meets regularly. COUNCIL MEMBERSHIP Each School Council must include the school Principal, teachers, parents of students enroled in the school, and students (high schools only), with parents forming the majority of members. PWSD GENERAL SCHOOL COUNCILS' MEETINGS Through School Councils, Albertans have the opportunity to advise the Principal and the School Board respecting any matter relating to the school. Aside from regular meetings at their schools, the School Council Chair and Secretary/Treasurer participate in biannual General School Councils' meetings.

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ALBERTA SCHOOL COUNCILS' ASSOCIATION (ASCA) The ASCA provides a wealth of resources and information for School Councils, including a resource manual, School Council regulations, an online community where members can network with others, workshops and webinars. WHAT SCHOOL COUNCILS ARE NOT As the primary role is advisory, School Councils are not eligible to incorporate as societies. It is not the primary intent of School Councils to fundraise or lobby. School Councils do not get involved in school governance, management and employment issues, nor is it their role to listen to complaints.

Contact your Principal today about joining School Council.


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THE EARLY YEARS Lifelong learning starts the moment we are born.

ENGAGED LEARNERS Programs for every type of learner.

THE WORLD OF WORK Exploring your future goals.

CELEBRATING CULTURE Meeting the cultural needs of our students.

A WELL-ROUNDED EDUCATION Meaningful experiences that value the whole child.

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COLLABORATIVE RESPONSE MODEL Embedded teacher collaboration time.

EMPOWERED STUDENTS Making an impact through leadership.

SUPPORTED STUDENTS Creating safe and caring environments.

BY THE NUMBERS Fast facts about Peace Wapiti Public School Division (PWSD).

CANCELLING BUSES PWSD exercises care and caution during inclement weather.

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OUR SCHOOLS PWSD provides service to 6,000 students in 33 schools.

ONLINE REGISTRATION From the comfort of your own home.

SCHOOL YEAR CALENDARS Important dates to remember.

SCHOOL BOUNDARY MAP Find a PWSD school near you.

BE PREPARED Five main protocols used for emergency response.

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Collaborative Response Model Junior Kindergarten & Playschools Leveled Literacy Intervention Read-Write-Gold Inclusive Learning Coaches Early Identification Personal Device Project Educational Assistants Specialized Supports Literacy and Numeracy Instructional Coaches First Nations, MĂŠtis and Inuit Program Technology Instructional Coaches Classroom Improvement Fund Early Childhood Services Safe and Caring Learning Environments Peace Collaborative Service Delivery Empower Reading Community Wellness Provincial Achievement Tests Social-Emotional Supports Student First Framework for Learning Think Equal Toe by Toe Community School Liaison Workers Quality Learning Environment Success in Wapiti Schools 4 Peace PublicProgram School DivisionAssessment and Intervention Community School Health


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Lifelong learning starts the moment we are born. The first six years of our lives are a time of unparalleled discovery. We learn about ourselves and the world around us. Our personalities take shape and we begin to lay the foundation of knowledge that will support us as we enter the education system. PWSD is committed to exploring options that provide children with access to early learning opportunities. EARLY CHILDHOOD SERVICES (ECS) PWSD provides programming options for children between the ages of two-and-a-half years and younger than six years of age as of September 1. Alberta Education’s ECS policy states that children identified with disabilities/delays are eligible for up to three years of ECS programming, depending on age, severity of the disability/delay and its impact on the child’s ability to function within an ECS environment. KINDERGARTEN Kindergarten not only helps prepare children for entry into Grade 1, it also provides a foundation for later success through learning experiences that are developmentally appropriate to meet the diverse needs of children and promote a positive attitude toward lifelong learning. A child whose developmental needs have been met is more likely to grow into a self-reliant, responsible, caring and contributing member of society. WHAT TO EXPECT IN SPEECH AND LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT Children learn words based on their experiences and they communicate differently because of their personalities. Although they develop speech and language at their own pace, they learn the same things in a similar order. WHAT MOST FIVE-YEAR-OLDS CAN DO Talking: • Say most speech sounds correctly and are easy to understand. • Speak in five-to-six word sentences. • 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, 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. If you have concerns about your • Like to listen to rhymes and make up their own rhymes. child’s development, or would like Social skills: to discuss program availability, • Makes eye contact with other children and adults. contact: • Takes turns and wait for their turn during activities. Karen Chrenek, • Sits quietly and listens to the teacher during circle time. District Principal • Says hi or hello and goodbye appropriately. (780) 532-8133 Some five-year-olds may have trouble: • Saying the sounds sh, ch, j, s, z, v, r, and th. • Asking questions starting with when. • Understanding the words above and below.

Learn more about PWSD's Early Years programming at www.pwsd76.ab.ca/kindergarten.

PREPARING FOR THE FIRST DAY OF KINDERGARTEN Did you know? Positive energy at home goes a long way with self-esteem in the classroom. Staggered entry Some schools begin with staggered entry. At the start of the year, small groups of Kindergarten students receive their first introduction to school on different days. Inquire at your school about the times and dates. What to pack: Pack clean running shoes, a change of clothes, and a nutritious lunch and snacks. School supplies: Contact your child’s school to find out if you need to purchase school supplies. Additional tips: Read to your child for 20 minutes per day. Get involved at your child’s school. Educating Today for Success Tomorrow

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ENGAGED LEARNERS PWSD has a program for every type of learner. If you love the great outdoors, try outdoor pursuits. Interested in exploring yoga, architecture, American Sign Language, gardening, drama, band, foods or paleontology? Would you prefer an alternate educational environment? 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! 2

HIGH SCHOOL REDESIGN Peace Wapiti Academy and Beaverlodge Regional High School are fully participating in the Moving Forward with High School Redesign Project offered through Alberta Education. The project permits schools to rework the instructional day to meet individual needs, placing ownership in the hands of students. Students individualize their learning based on need or interest, and allocate more time to accessing information, mentorship, modelling and application.

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PERSONAL DEVICE PROJECT PWSD supports the use of digital devices in the classroom, such as iPads, laptops and Chromebooks, to improve student engagement. ALTERNATE EDUCATION PROGRAM The Alternate Education Program (AEP) offers opportunities to upgrade course results, study additional courses, or complete the requirements of an Alberta High School Diploma or equivalent. The program is free of charge and open to those under the age of 20 as of September 1 of the


current year. AEP team members connect with students who have left school prior to graduation and those who have not found success in a traditional school environment. The program also provides course options to students who are currently attending PWSD high schools, and to home-schooled students in Grades 1-9. AEP team members work with students throughout the year to help them achieve their goals. OUTREACH PROGRAM Students who struggle in a typical high school environment may benefit from PWSD's Outreach Program, located at the Spirit River Sub Office, which provides more one-on-one instructional time. A second location in the Grande Prairie area will be launching at the start of the 2018-2019 school year. CREDIT RECOVERY PROGRAM The 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. DIPLOMA EXAM TUTORIAL SESSIONS Free tutorial sessions are offered in January and June to all PWSD students to help them prepare for Diploma Exams. Known as ‘On Your Mark' sessions, the comprehensive six-hour tutorials 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; PWSD students can simply show up ready to review and ask questions. Lunch and snacks are provided by PWSD. SECOND LANGUAGE STUDIES PWSD is the host Board for the French Language Resource Centre (FLRC) – a 13-member collaboration which includes seven school divisions and the Canadian Parents for French Alberta, 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 4-9 at Hythe Regional School. The program includes Cree language studies as a second language option.

I couldn’t concentrate in a classroom setting and preferred working in the comfort of my home. The Alternate Education Program helped me grasp concepts and understand what was required. I earned my high school diploma with the assistance of Alternate Education. – Korbyn Belcourt, Class of 2016

ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE Native German speakers at PWSD’s Hutterite Colony Schools are taught English as part of their curriculum. PEACE ACADEMY OF VIRTUAL LEARNING

The Peace Academy of Virtual Learning (PAVE), PWSD's virtual school, provides a customized, innovative approach to online education and includes interaction between students, parents and PWSD teachers. The school serves Grades 4-12 students with all the flexibility that online education offers. PAVE staff are a dedicated and committed group who strive to fulfill the mission of innovating to promote student success through a personalized online learning community. PAVE staff work with parents as partners in the teaching/ learning process. With the assistance of the PAVE Parent Council, the staff have created numerous opportunities to connect parents and families to the school, creating a true school culture and a warm and supportive school climate. Over the years, PAVE has evolved in supporting the activities of a number of the other PWSD schools, such as providing additional options to schools with limited course offerings.

The Peace Academy of Virtual Education (PAVE) facilitates regular get-togethers for parents and students, to build school culture for its online learners.

A Foods 20 student at Peace Wapiti Academy prepares a stir-fry dish for PWSD Trustees.

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PREPARED FOR THE WORLD OF WORK PWSD understands that a well-rounded education is one that takes future goals and planning into consideration. For some students, the steps toward future career paths are completed in conjunction with their high school diploma. Others who choose to focus on post-secondary education planning are equally supported by our staff and programming. The choice is yours – we're here to help you find your way into the world of work, no matter the path you choose. 2

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TOUR THE TRADES Students are regularly exposed to trades-based career paths at local businesses during ‘Tour the Trades’ events (pictured above), conducted in partnership with CAREERS: The Next Generation. Trades featured on the tour are in high demand. Students talk with tradespeople on the job and learn about potential work experience opportunities and the steps required for certification.

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.

ENCANA TRAVELING TRADES PROGRAM PWSD, in partnership with Encana Corporation, offers an exciting traveling Career and Technology

PROVINCIAL DUAL CREDITING STRATEGY PWSD has partnered with Grande Prairie Regional College, Northern Lakes College, and the Northern

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Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) to provide a head-start on post-secondary 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. Current Dual Credit opportunities include introductory courses in psychology, medical terminology, calculus, Cree, as well as two courses in Foundations in Workplace Safety. Other career path opportunities are offered as a series of Dual Credit courses completed during senior high school, leading to certification in the areas of Educational Assistant, Health Care Aide, Introduction to Surveying, Oilfield Operator, Power Engineering 4th Class, or Water and Wastewater Operator.

the 2016-2017 school year, 39 PWSD students enroled in 84 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.

REGISTERED APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM The Registered Apprenticeship Program (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.

CAREER AND TECHNOLOGY STUDIES (CTS) Students develop life skills, prepare to enter the workplace and create pathways to their area of interest from any of the five CTS clusters: Business, Administration, Finance and Information Technology; Health, Recreation and Human Services; Media, Design and Communication Arts; Natural Resources; and Trades, Manufacturing and Transportation. They can also choose a variety of apprenticeship courses. PWSD schools offer a broad range of CTS courses based on student interests and teacher expertise.

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

CAREER PRACTITIONER PROGRAM Through a partnership with Community Futures and the support of Alberta Human Services, PWSD’s eight high schools offer intensive career counseling to students. Services include career research, arranging for job shadowing, Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) Testing and informational interviews, scholarship application, and career advising.

The Registered Apprenticeship Program (RAP) is an ideal program for students who have identified their career interests.

The Encana Traveling Trades program delivers 10-week courses, valued at either two or three credits, including robotics.

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. myBLUEPRINT myBlueprint is a comprehensive education and career/life planning program with the tools students need to make the most informed decisions about their future.

Above and below: PWSD students regularly compete and medal at Regional, Provincial and National Skills Canada Competitions.

ATTENDANCE ACCOUNTABILITY Not only do students see improved grades from regular school attendance, it also helps to develop the strong work ethic and dedication necessary for future success in the workforce. School and Board policy are used to track attendance and communicate to parents/guardians. Facing page: Tour the Trades events expose students to trades-based career paths (1). Career and Technology Studies (CTS) programming (2-3).

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CELEBRATED Eight 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.

The FNMI Guest Speaker Series has featured First Nations, Métis, Inuit (FNMI) actor/stunt man Duane Howard staff developed a logo for (pictured); actor Lorne Cardinal; Team the program. The Cree word Canada hockey player Brigette Lacquette; Sâkastêw' and current and former CFL players is translated as JR LaRose and Jed Roberts. "a new beginning." Elder in Residence Peter FNMI Education Joachim explores academic Coordinator Darrell and personal pathways with Willier (pictured) offers Beaverlodge Regional High six presentations to School students while teaching PWSD schools, covering staff new ways of knowing The Indian Act, Residential Schools, The high school completion rate of and understanding. Follow Circle of Courage, Myths and Facts Indigenous students at PWSD is significantly his 'Cree Word of the Day' of Treaty Status, Treaty 8, and higher than the provincial average. videos on the BRHS The Blanket Exercise. Facebook page. v

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Since German is the first language for residents of local Hutterite colonies, students take German language lessons outside of the regular school day schedule.

Below: Students at Codesa Colony School enjoy gym class.

Approximately 130 students attend PWSD's eight Hutterite schools.

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The school is an important part of Hutterite communities. Pictured: The Birch Meadows Colony School and church complex, with walkways leading to homes and the dining facility.

Students at PWSD’s Hutterite Colony Schools are taught standard Alberta Education curriculum.


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FIRST NATIONS, MÉTIS AND INUIT (FNMI) PROGRAM PWSD’s FNMI Program is designed to educate all students, while enhancing the self-esteem of Indigenous students and encouraging them to pursue their dreams and work to their full potential. The high school completion rate of Indigenous 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 Indigenous 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 Indigenous students throughout PWSD and the province of Alberta. When a student self-identifies as First Nation, Métis and Inuit and returns the signed declaration to the school, they are connected with a FNMI Liaison Worker.

Local storyteller and residential school survivor Angie Crerar (right) shares an age-appropriate presentation with Grade 1s at Hythe Regional School.

ABORIGINAL SUMMER JOB SHADOWING PROGRAM Indigenous 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 a weekly allowance if program requirements are met. Thanks to partnerships between PWSD, GPRC and local businesses, this program is eligible for high school credit. Indigenous students are exposed to possible career prospects and the path required to achieve future goals. The program is open to Indigenous students in northern Alberta. FNMI-FOCUSED INITIATIVES • PWSD-Horse Lake First Nation (HLFN) Collaborative School Initiative. • Hythe Regional School offers Cree Language and Aboriginal Studies courses. • Cree Language is offered at Eaglesham School by video conference. • Additional support for specialized classes or projects focusing on First Nation, Métis and Inuit student success. • Annual $1,000 FNMI post-secondary scholarship. • More schools are including ‘Circle of Courage’ positive behaviour modelling. • Increased FNMI content in classrooms and libraries.

Grades 4-9 students at Bezanson School participate in a Blanket Exercise.

FNMI GUEST SPEAKER SERIES Notable Indigenous guest speakers share their success stories with PWSD students and staff during twice-yearly school tours.

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 has eight Hutterite Colony Schools: Birch Hills, Birch Meadows, Codesa, Crooked Creek, Doe River, Grandview, Shady Lane and Silver Valley. Combined current enrolment sits at approximately 130 students, with continuous growth projected for coming years. Staffing consists of teachers and educational assistants. Provincial Achievement Test (PAT) results are comparable to provincial averages for Hutterite Colony Schools.

Inclusive Education Learning Coach Deb Reynolds (right) presents German books at Crooked Creek Colony School.

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Collaborative Response Model (CRM) All schools are supported by the Student Framework for Learning and the Student Supports and Accommodations guide, encouraging collaboration through shared electronic documents, such as Individual Program Plans (IPPs), Student Action Plans (SAPs) and Early Learning Plans.

District Principal Manages Program Unit Funding (PUF) for preschool students with mild/moderate disabilities; coordinates Kindergarten staffing PD and implements the Early Years Evaluation (EYE) Teacher Assessment; coordinates services for students through Family Services for Children with Disabilities (FSCD), Peace Collaborative Services (PCS) and private agencies; and develops, supervises and monitors off-site programs. Achieving Success PWSD supports strategies to increase completion rates, Rutherford Scholarships, and the number of students who write four or more 12

Diploma Exams, while lowering drop-out rates and improving transition rates to post-secondary programming. Literacy/Numeracy ECS-Grade 6 Coaches All experienced teachers continue to access PD from Literacy and Numeracy Instructional Coaches.

Peace Collaborative Service (PCS) Delivery Continued partnership with PCS in the areas of Occupational Therapy (OT), Physiotherapy (PT), Speech Language Pathology (SLP), Educational Psychologist, and mental health therapist support, to ensure an educational delivery model is utilized.

Reading Interventions Daily multi-component lessons for at-risk readers. PWSD schools receive PD and resources, providing a uniform, systematic approach to program delivery: Leveled Literacy Intervention (LLI), Empower™ Reading and Toe by Toe.

Enhanced Services A partnership with Peace Collaborative Service (PCS) will enhance professional services for Indigenous students, including Occupational Therapy (OT), Physiotherapy (PT) and Speech Language Pathology (SLP).

Social-Emotional Supports The Classroom Improvement Fund (CIF) supports staffing to grow the existing model and enhance service. We're continuing to grow the partnership to ensure counseling services delivered by FCSS counselors and PWSD’s Community School Liaison Workers (CSLWs) are equitable at all schools.

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Safe and Caring Support for safe and caring school programs and PWSD’s Safe and Caring Policy.

Improving Results Collaborates with staff on Provincial Achievement Test (PAT) and Diploma Exam results analysis.

Screening Mandated for all Kindergarten to Grade 11 students to identify those requiring further assessment and attention in literacy and numeracy. Promotes professional dialogue about academic and social-emotional performance.

Parental Involvement Welcoming school culture encourages parents to get involved.

Celebrating Culture PWSD co-hosts the annual Spirit Seekers Youth Conference with the Grande Prairie Friendship Centre. Schools host National Aboriginal Day and Orange Shirt Day special events and the FNMI Guest Speaker Series.

Internet Safety Provides Internet safety information and software access to parents and teachers.

Promoting Community School Health (CSH) Partners with community agencies to promote the four CSH pillars: social and physical environment, teaching and learning, healthy school policy, and partnerships and services. Junior/Senior High School Instructional Coordinators Creating school Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) to support language arts, math, social studies and science instruction.

Inclusive Education Coaches Collaborate with teachers, outside partners, parents and staff to ensure identification and interventions are in place. Technology Instructional Coaches Two technologists provide PD to increase the use of technology in supporting instruction. Think Equal Think Equal provides the concrete tools for Play, Participation and Possibilities – the Early Learning and Child Care Curriculum Framework for Alberta. Using a library of 35 existing storybooks, combined with play-based lessons, children learn empathy skills and grow socially and emotionally. The instructional strategy is embedded within early childhood programming and was first implemented in the 2017-2018 school year at Spirit River Regional Academy and Bezanson, Savanna and Teepee Creek Schools; and playschools at Bonanza, Clairmont, Elmworth and Woking Schools. Attendance Accountability School and Board policy are used to track attendance and communicate to parents/ guardians.


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.

COMMUNITY EARLY CHILDHOOD COMMUNITY SCHOOL LIAISON DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS PROGRAM PROGRAMS

FCSS staff are located in Clairmont and Beaverlodge at the following locations:

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, Whispering Ridge and Valhalla Centre, as well as Parent and Tot programs in Bezanson, Clairmont and Beaverlodge.

• FCSS Office in Clairmont (new location) • Wellington Resource Centre in Clairmont (in partnership with Clairmont Community School) • Neighborhood Resource Centre in Beaverlodge (in partnership with the Town of Beaverlodge) 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.

HOME SUPPORT

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 at 780-532-9727, by email Educating Today foratSuccess Tomorrow 13 at fcss@countygp.ab.ca or visit the Family and Community Support Services section www.countygp.ab.ca/fcss.


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A WELL-ROUNDED EDUCATION:

VALUING THE WHOLE CHILD

Many courses and activities are offered at PWSD schools to augment the Alberta Education-approved academic curriculum. Through options programming and other choices, students benefit from a breadth of experiences while obtaining valuable skills. 30-Hour Famine AB Student Voice Aboriginal Summer Job Shadowing Program Alberta Opera/Trickster Theatre Artists in Residence Athletics Author Visits Awards Nights Band, Choir, Choral Speaking Blanket Exercise Book Clubs Breakfast and Lunch Programs Child Care Program Christmas Card Art Contest Christmas Concerts Citizenship Activities Dance Lessons Diploma Exam Tutorials

Drama Club Drug Abuse Resistance Education Dual Credit Programs Education Week Exchange Students Family Literacy Day Field Trips Fine Arts and Talent Showcases Fire Department Partnerships First Aid First Responder FNMI Guest Speaker Series Fundraisers Grade 7 Day at GPRC Green Certificate Heritage Fair Identity Day Interact Intramurals

Job Readiness Jump Rope for Heart Makerspace Mental Health Awareness Week Minister's Youth Council Music Lessons National Aboriginal Day Night in the Trenches One Credit Wonders Orange Shirt Day Outdoor Pursuits Painted Ponies Photography/Yearbook Pink Shirt Day Recycling Programs Regional, Provincial and National Skills Canada Registered Apprenticeship Program (RAP)

Remembrance Day Ceremonies and Trench Digging Events School Bus Safety Drills Science Fair Ski Trips Snow Angels/Snow Squads Student Conventions Student Council Student Leadership Team Student Vote Swimming Lessons Telus World of Science Terry Fox Run Tour the Trades Events Tower Gardening Trauma Drama Travel Club 'We' Club Winter Carnival

Locally-Developed Courses: Abnormal Psychology Competencies in Math Advanced Acting/Touring Theatre American Sign Language and Deaf Culture Astronomy 15-3 Class V Driver Training Content Literacy Creative Writing Film and Media Art Fire Department Course Forensic Studies Foundations in Industrial Workplace Safety Instrumental Jazz Journalism Learning Strategies Music Theory Mythbusting Science Painting Paleontology Popular Music in the 20th Century Reading Theatre Appreciation Yoga

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COLLABORATIVE RESPONSE MODEL The Collaborative Response Model (CRM) at PWSD encourages embedded teacher collaboration time to address student interventions and improve outcomes. All PWSD schools are supported by the Student-First Framework for Learning and the Division I-IV Student Supports and Accommodations Guide.

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Having staff come together to discuss and support students is fundamental to our purpose as educators. It helps build shared responsibility for student learning and opens up teaching to move forward for the betterment of students.

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All PWSD schools are supported by the Student-First Framework for Learning (right) and the Division I-IV Student Supports and Accommodations Guide (below). Dossier software acts as a visual representation of the CRM process, encouraging collaboration through shared electronic documents, such as Individual Program Plans (IPPs), Student Action Plans (SAPs) and Early Learning Plans.

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CRM provides time and space to build relationships. We develop a clearer picture of what struggles our students are facing, we work together with our colleagues to respond to different challenges, and we initiate more contact with parents and outside services.

CRM is having the ability to think outside the box and maximize our capacity as teachers.

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I like planning and knowing we are really going to do something that helps our school. Danica Wories, Grade 6 Robert W. Zahara Public School

EMPOWERED I'm so proud to be part of something that gives back to our school community in ways that matter to my peers. Hannah Thon, Grade 12 Peace Wapiti Academy

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DEVELOPING STUDENT LEADERS PWSD students are encouraged to provide input on education, affect change in their communities and beyond, and develop events and activities to build school culture.

During 2015-2018, PWSD's Jurisdictional Student Engagement Team (JSET) provided an avenue for gathering the student voice at the district level, and encouraged more students to share their thoughts on the learning experience. The team was made up of a cross-section of Grades 5-12 student leaders and Teacher Champions from PWSD schools. Honouring the foundational work of the JSET initiative, schools will continue to support student leadership, whether through formalized Student Leadership Teams or informal social engagement activities.

The team at Robert W. Zahara Public School held fundraisers to create a Relaxation Wellness Zone for student wellbeing.

Our schools work hard to provide students with opportunities to engage in leadership and social justice activities, and leadership initiatives offered by the provincial government and organizations. Student leadership across PWSD is strong, as evidenced by the social action and engagement displayed by our students within their schools, and extending to their local and global communities. PWSD STUDENT LEADERS MAKE THEIR MARK AT THE PROVINCIAL LEVEL Mackenzie Laurin, Grade 11 student at Eaglesham School, was a member of AB Student Voice, a group of 42 Grades 9-12 students selected by the Public School Boards’ Association of Alberta to participate in the 2017 Fall Events Conference in Edmonton.

Olivia Sekulic, Grade 11 student at Spirit River Regional Academy, was selected to the 32-member 2017-2018 Minister’s Youth Council to provide student perspectives on educational issues to the Minister and Alberta Education.

Beaverlodge Elementary's team held a bake sale in support of the 3D Charity Hockey and Soccer Tournament.

The junior high team at Ridgevalley School inspired students to raise money and collected supplies for the Red Cross Puerto Rico hurricane relief effort and Bandaged Paws Animal Rescue Association.

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Our top priority is 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 at school.

GRIEF BOXES AND WELLNESS KITS PWSD schools offer grief boxes, distributed by PWSD’s Inclusive Education Learning Coach team, that contain age-specific resources to support individual students or whole classes in developing resiliency during a loss and in the months that follow. The Northern Spirit Alberta Teachers’ Association (ATA) Local No. 6 donated $1,500 to purchase books (pictured above) for the boxes, along with a matching gift of $1,500 to purchase books for wellness kits. Wellness kits, available in all PWSD schools, contain holistic health resources relating to social, emotional, physical and mental health. The staff and student resources provided in the kits are the result of a collaboration between PWSD schools, the Alberta Healthy School Community Wellness Fund, and the funding provided by the ATA. CLASSROOM IMPROVEMENT FUND (CIF) The CIF was part of the central agreement reached between the Alberta Teachers’ Association (ATA) and the Teachers Employer Bargaining Association (TEBA) in May 2017. Under the agreement, school boards and teachers created a joint proposal for how the 20

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CIF funding would be used during the 2017-2018 school year. The ATA Local and PWSD Administration identified two projects – Empower™ Reading, a district-wide remedial reading program to support students with word reading disabilities, and Community Wellness. Under the wellness component, funding was used to support children who experience barriers to learning, possibly due to unmet emotional needs or a significant negative emotional experience, or the result of a “disconnect” between the family and school. Research has shown that the earlier the intervention, the less likely a child will develop more serious mental health issues. Supporting students in addressing these walls and reconnecting the family to the school is critical to the child’s academic success. By providing supports to classroom, teachers are better able to respond to the emotional and mental health needs of their students. In May 2018, the Alberta Government announced the continuation of the CIF for the 2018-2019 school year.


SAFE AND CARING LEARNING ENVIRONMENT In response to Alberta Education’s Guidelines for Best Practices: Creating Learning Environments that Respect Diverse Sexual Orientations, Gender Identities and Gender Expressions, PWSD developed Policy IHF – Safe and Caring Learning Environment, available online at www.pwsd76.ab.ca/Resources/policies. ON YOUR MARK! FREE DIPLOMA EXAM TUTORIALS Free diploma exam tutorial sessions are offered twice yearly in January and June. The comprehensive six-hour tutorials, known as ‘On Your Mark!’ sessions, are led by PWSD teachers and provide opportunities for students to review course content while further developing strategies to tackle question formats. 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, specific days to explore healthy foods, and ‘Snack Shacks’ – refrigerators filled with healthy snack foods. With support from Encana, Wembley Elementary and Helen E. Taylor Schools kicked

off a smoothie breakfast program in 2015 (above, left). During the 2017-2018 school year, the Alberta Government allocated funding for a province-wide pilot School Nutrition Program for Kindergarten to Grade 6 students. Clairmont Community School (above, right) was selected to receive the funding in the first year, with additional support offered to expand the program at other schools during the 2018-2019 school year. CITIZENSHIP IN ACTION – REACHING OUT TO OTHERS When a need presents itself, students are quick to offer their support. In 2016, PWSD students joined forces with other local Divisions to raise more than $40,000 for the Alberta Wildfire Relief. During the spring of 2018, schools held fundraisers in support of the tragic Humboldt Broncos hockey team bus crash. Each year, students and staff participate in the local 3D Charity Hockey and Soccer Tournaments to support seriously ill children.

Pictured left: 1. Elmworth students share what makes them unique during Identity Day. 2. Grief and wellness kits help PWSD students deal with loss and support healthy living. 3. Constable Dan Hine poses with Grade 6 graduates of the Drug Awareness and Resistance Education (DARE) Program at Beaverlodge Elementary School. 4. Wellness is the focus of Peace Wapiti Academy’s Painted Ponies Equine Assisted Learning program for Grade 10 students.

1 Day Workshops for Preteens ˆ—ƤŽŽ‡††ƒ›’”‘˜‹†‹‰›‘—–Š‹‰”ƒ†‡•͘–‘͚™‹–Š–‘‘Ž•ƒ†‹†‡ƒ• –‘†‡ƒŽ™‹–Š–Š‡‹”…‘…‡”•‹Š‡ƒŽ–Š›™ƒ›•Ǥ • Emotions/Anger • Self esteem • Friendships/Bullying • Stress & Anxiety • Games • Art activities Several weekly follow-up sessions will take place after the workshop

Weekend Retreats for Teens Anyone can refer a youth to our FREE programs. Phone: 780.539.7142 Online: www.sp-rc.ca Email: bclub@sp-rc.ca Text: 780.402.1579

Š‡”‡ƒˆƒ•–Ž—„™‡‡‡†”‡–”‡ƒ–‹•ƒˆ—…Šƒ…‡ˆ‘”–‡‡• –‘…‘‡…–™‹–Š‘–Š‡”•–Š‡‹”‘™ƒ‰‡ƒ†–‘„‡‰‹Ƥ†‹‰ ™ƒ›•–‘…‘’‡„‡––‡”™‹–Š–‡‡Ž‹ˆ‡Ǥ • Relationships • Stress & Anxiety • Art activities

• Emotions/Anger • Drugs and Alcohol • Understanding Suicide

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‘ Ž™ƒ›•‹˜‹–‡†– „–‡‡•ƒ”‡ƒ hip nights. ”‡ƒˆƒ•–Ž— ds en Fri & t ppor attend our Su Art Nights Movie Nights Paintball Jumpyard ‘Ƥ”‡•    ”…Š‡”› And lots more! Mini Golf

www.facebook.com/BreakfastClubGP The Breakfast Club is available at no cost to participants thanks to: City of Grande Prairie Community Social Development/ FCSS, County of Grande Prairie No.1 FCSS, Green View FCSS, Alberta Health Services, Child and Family Services, grants, donations, & fundraising. The Breakfast Club Youth Program is a program of the Suicide Prevention Resource Centre. The name is inspired by the movie, “The Breakfast Club,” by John Hughes.

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During times of inclement weather, PWSD’s Director of Transportation, and a Transportation employee located in the northern end of the Division are both on call. Between 4:00 a.m. and 4:30 a.m., the Director consults with local weather reports and Alberta511. By 4:30 a.m., and over the course of the next two hours, both employees drive the primary and secondary highways throughout PWSD’s attendance boundaries, covering approximately 150 to 200 kilometers each, while performing braking tests to determine skid conditions.

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A bus driver who has made a reasonable attempt may cancel their specific route, under consultation with the Director of Transportation.

Some bus drivers may make calls to individual homes, and PWSD may opt to send out automated messages to homes using PowerAnnounce telephone notification software. Please provide your current daytime telephone number to your bus driver and the Transportation Office, Grande Prairie: (780) 532-7734, or the Spirit River Sub-Office: (780) 864-3741.

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Local radio stations pull individual route updates from PWSD’s online and e-mail-based bus route notification system. Families should sign up for notifications at http://transportation.pwsd76.ab.ca ...or, scan the QR Code:

REMEMBER: • Students: Dress warmly for the weather. • Extracurricular Activities: • Parents: It is your decision to allow your child to ride If buses are cancelled when travel to extracurricular a bus during inclement weather. Share your decision events is planned, please check with the school on the with your bus driver and the Transportation Office in status of the trip. Inclement weather en route or at Grande Prairie or the Spirit River Sub-Office. the destination may also impact the decision to allow • Safety: According to the American School Bus Council, students to travel. school buses are the safest method for transporting • Know your Zone: PWSD is divided into six zones based children to and from school. on high school attendance areas. All buses associated • Varying Conditions: PWSD covers more than 16,000 with a particular high school attendance area are square kms – weather and road conditions can vary. cancelled at the same time. Any or all six zones could be • Visibility Issues: Bus drivers will not stop on primary cancelled at any time. Parents of elementary students or secondary highways when there is limited or no need to know which high school is associated with their visibility. The Transportation Office will notify parents area, as outlined in Policy EEAF – PWSD Buses and School by telephone. Parents, please call your driver or the Operation during Inclement Weather, available online at office if you feel your stop is dangerous. www.pwsd76.ab.ca/Resources/policies.

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Beaverlodge Elementary School Beaverlodge Regional High School Bezanson School Birch Hills Colony School Birch Meadows Colony School Bonanza School Clairmont Community School Codesa Colony School Crooked Creek Colony School Doe River Colony School Eaglesham School Elmworth School Grandview Colony School Harry Balfour School Helen E. Taylor School Hythe Regional School LaGlace School Peace Academy of Virtual Education Peace Wapiti Academy Penson School Ridgevalley School Robert W. Zahara School Rycroft School Savanna School Sexsmith Secondary School Shady Lane Colony School Silver Valley Colony School Spirit River Regional Academy Teepee Creek School Wembley Elementary School Whispering Ridge Community School Woking School 26 Peace Wapiti Public School Division


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2018-2019 CALENDAR Scan the QR code to view the calendar on your mobile device, or click the calendar link found at www.pwsd76.ab.ca.

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Schools with Compressed School Week (CSW) Days: Beaverlodge Elementary, Bezanson, Bonanza, Clairmont, Elmworth, Helen E. Taylor, Hythe, LaGlace, Penson, Rycroft, Teepee Creek, (September 4, 2018 – January 30, 2019) Wembley, WhisperingSemester Ridge1and Woking. 28

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LEGEND LEGEND School Days School Days Holidays Holidays In Lieu Day In Lieu Day Organizational Day Organizational Day Teachers' Convention Teacher’s Convention PD Days (School and District)* PD Days (School & District)* CSW Days – participating schools listed below. CSW Days – participating

schools are listed below. Schools with Compressed School Week (CSW) Days: Schools with CSW Days: Beaverlodge Elementary, Bezanson, Beaverlodge Elementary, Bezanson, Bonanza, Bonanza, Clairmont, Elmworth, Helen E. Taylor, Hythe, LaGlace, Clairmont, Elmworth, Helen E. Taylor, Hythe, Penson, Rycroft, Teepee Creek, Wembley, Whispering Ridge Woking. Teepee Creek, LaGlace, Penson,and Rycroft, Wembley, Whispering Ridge and Woking.

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1. Beaverlodge Elementary School

Location: 1009 - 5 Ave., Beaverlodge Grades: Kindergarten to Grade 6 Special features: The school features a new fine arts wing, music room, library, Leveled Literacy Intervention (LLI) room, special education room and full-size gym. Programs: The school offers Junior Kindergarten programming for three- and four-year-olds, 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 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

3 The school 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: 1034 - 2 Ave., Beaverlodge Grades: 10-12 Special features: Two computer labs, mobile laptop carts, Chromebooks, iPads, science labs and a weight room. Programs: Career and Technology Studies (CTS) programming in cosmetology, foods, fashion, construction, media design, and mechanics, with many students competing and winning medals at Skills Canada Competitions.

Location: Bezanson Grades: Kindergarten to Grade 9 Special features: The opportunity to grow and make lasting connections occurs not only during class, but also through Bulldog Extras, such as field trips, travel opportunities, sports, arts, and meaningful community partnerships with the County of Grande Prairie, in addition to learning curriculum in core classes. Programs: Bezanson School aims to ensure all students experience programming that elicits and supports academic excellence and social equality, and is developmentally appropriate in a safe and caring environment. The school

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5 stands out for excellence in teaching and learning, and lasting relationships. The small school setting affirms success for all, leading students to desire to learn, grow and become active community members. Contact us: (780) 532-6490 www.pwsd76.ab.ca/schools/bezanson

4. Bonanza School

Location: Bonanza Grades: Kindergarten to Grade 8 Special features: The school features a municipal library, one-toone Chromebooks and iPads, and a gymnasium. Programs: The school offers speech language therapy, Leveled Literacy Intervention (LLI) program, Toe By Toe reading, technology program using iPads and Chromebooks, and a mid-week hot lunch program. Sports: The Bonanza Bulldogs. Studentathletes play on mixed elementary/junior high soccer, badminton, T-ball, basketball 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, Chromebook carts, home economics lab with a full kitchen, art room, science labs, full-size gym, music and band room, and two playgrounds. Programs: The on-site Wellington Centre provides daycare and playschool programs, day camps, and meeting space for non-profit groups. The Healthy Schools, Healthy Futures Program includes a School Wellness Action Team (SWAT), Taste of Fridays


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6 program to explore healthy foods, and a breakfast program. The Band Program provides Grade 5 students with access to band instruments and accessories at no cost to families. Grade 6 students may participate in the PWSD Honour Band and Grades 7-8 students compete in annual festivals. The Fine Arts Program’s annual Fine Arts Night includes student art displays, performances by the band class and/or drama class and a talent show. Students receive FNMI school-based and extracurricular cultural support through Liaison Workers 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 www.eagleshamoutdoorpursuits.ca

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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: Junior high students enjoy alternating Career and Technology Studies (CTS) programming, including fine arts, sewing, photography/yearbook, cooking, physical training, outdoor education, small engines, building construction, robotics and cosmetology. The County of Grande Prairie preschool program is housed within the school. Sports: Elmworth Eagles compete in volleyball, badminton, track and field, and basketball. 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, multiple playground facilities, an atrium 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

9 work with parents and district inclusive coaches to support all learners. The school is entering its third year of PWSD’s Collaborative Response Model (CRM) which ensures that appropriate supports are provided to all students. The oneto-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, drama programs, and Lego club. A junior high student travel group has encouraged national travel, making annual trips to destinations in Ontario, the Maritimes and Quebec. 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 district and zone championships in volleyball, badminton, track and basketball. Contact us: (780) 532-9276 www.pwsd76.ab.ca/schools/hb

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‘Munchy Mondays’ nutritious snacks. Students access a fully equipped science lab, sensory room, music room, and public wireless. Elementary grades use two class sets of Chromebooks, with 1:1 deployment of the device in junior high. HET houses Wembley’s public library, offering after-school hours on Wednesday - Saturday and summer programs. Programs: HET’s inclusive and supportive learning environment offers all students supplemental programs such as Leveled Literacy Intervention (LLI), Empower Reading, Learning Strategies, and French. A one-hour KNIGHT block for Grades 6-9 on alternating days provides personal learning time to access teacher assistance, complete project work, attend seminars, or participate in physical activities. The sensory room is equipped with rebounders, chin-up bar, squeeze press, sensory bins, swing, sound machine and more to help students regulate their bodies and emotions. Junior high students explore robotics, carpentry, electrical, and cosmetology options through the Encana Traveling Trades Program, and may select two option courses per term from fitness, indoor and outdoor games, hockey, guitar, art, photography, leadership, yoga, Breakout EDU, film, photography and more. Grades 8-9 students participate in Career and Technology Studies (CTS) at Beaverlodge Regional High School. Elementary students enjoy year-round art and music programs. Citizenship activities include “HET Rocks”, an incentive program for positive behavior, along with student-led assemblies and an annual Christmas dinner for volunteers and seniors. Students participate in a spring community art show and silent auction, annual Christmas musical, Grade 5 Roots of Empathy program, Grade 5 sleepover-in-

the-school, Grade 6 Classroom Champions and campout, Grades 4-9 ski trip, and Grade 9 Travel Club which has toured Quebec, Italy and Japan. Private piano lessons are offered through GPRC during school hours. Grades 4-5 take Red Cross swimming lessons and Grades 6-9 enjoy recreational swimming. Jump Rope for Heart, Family Literacy Day, Pi (Math) Day, and Science Olympics are observed annually. Health and wellness supports are provided by a Community School Liaison, FNMI Liaison Worker, Mental Health Therapist and School Counselor; and through the school’s breakfast program and twice-daily nutrition breaks. Sports: Students enjoy twice-weekly intramurals and friendly competitions as members of one of four mixed-grade “houses.” HET Knights enjoy extracurricular activities. Grades 4-9 participate in basketball, volleyball and run club, and junior high enjoy badminton and track and field. Contact us: (780) 766-9103 www.pwsd76.ab.ca/schools/het

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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 provides Junior Kindergarten programming during three mornings per week and Kindergarten on three days per week, music, an attendance program, and a breakfast, lunch and snack program. Remedial reading is provided through Leveled Literacy Intervention (LLI), Empower Reading and Toe by Toe. Sports: Track, badminton, golf, volleyball, basketball, cross-country and intramurals. Contact us: (780) 356-3934 www.pwsd76.ab.ca/schools/hrs

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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 performance stage for band and music programs which are supplemented by 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 playground for Grades 1-6 students, 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

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


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Tabono Program. When a student enrols in Tabono, PAVE enrolment is seamless. 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 large playground and access to technology using iPads and Chromebooks. The modern school facility includes a full-size gym, library, science lab, maker space room, and a music room. Programs: The school offers Junior Kindergarten, Ready-Set-Grow Early Childhood Development Program, and Leveled Literacy Intervention (LLI). Sports: The school has experienced great success in volleyball. In 2017-2018, the Penson Panthers Boys A team captured the PWSD league championship. Studentathletes also enjoy basketball, 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 full-service cafeteria offering an elementary hot lunch program, spacious double gymnasium, fitness center, independent playschool, 10-acre playground, enclosed courtyard, SMART boards, Chromebooks, laptops, and iPads in the primary grades. Junior and senior high students benefit from a one-to-one subsidized Chromebook program. Students participate in junior/ senior Leadership Group, and the Grade 6 Edmonton trip. 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, sportsmanship, and the Golden Garbage Can Award for classroom cleanliness.

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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. Programs: RWZ is family-oriented with a strong, caring school community. The 34

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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

17. Rycroft School

Location: 5208 - 45 Ave., Rycroft Grades: Junior Kindergarten to Grade 8 Special features: The school features a Family First Resource Centre, makerspace lab, learning common, 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. Students can access healthy snacks and a breakfast

18 program. Special programs include Junior Kindergarten, speech therapy, options programming, ESL programming, daily book bonus, cross-graded Friday activities, and a foster child support program. Sports: The school supports a variety of sports teams, including cross-country running, volleyball, basketball, and track and field. An intramural league for Grades 1-8 runs throughout the school year. The school hosts a floor hockey tournament for Grades 4-6 students. 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 daycare/preschool, and a large outdoor play area. Programs: The school offers handson learning opportunities through a variety of junior high CTF courses and senior high CTS courses, as well as foods and outdoor education. Students enjoy fitness programming, yearbook, work experience, student council, and leadership. Elementary students participate in a swimming program. Additional supports include speech language therapy and Leveled Literacy Intervention (LLI). Sports: Volleyball and basketball teams, community baseball, 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,


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including Chromebooks and laptops. The school features dedicated labs for foods, mechanics, building construction, photography 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, photography, yoga, forensics, film studies, sports acceleration, outdoor education, Registered Apprenticeship Program (RAP), Green Certificate and work experience. The school also provides specialized programming for Inclusive Education and has a very successful Knowledge and Employability stream in both junior and senior high school. Fine Arts are well represented with options such as instrumental music, art, and drama. Clubs: 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. Many other clubs representing unique interests are also available. Sports: Sexsmith Sabres student-athletes compete in volleyball, basketball, cross-

country running, football, rugby, track and field, badminton, curling, and wrestling. Contact us: (780) 568-3642 www.pwsd76.ab.ca/schools/sss

Wireless technology is accessed through Chromebooks, iPads and laptops. French is offered to Grades 4-8 students. Option courses are available to Grades 7-8 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

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 co-curricular activities. The school offers evening adult education woodworking classes. 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

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

22. Wembley Elementary School

Location: Wembley Grades: Kindergarten to Grade 3 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, a full-size gym, playground, and a small school store. Programs: Students can receive extra support in language arts through instructional programs such as The Write Traits, Spelling and Fry, Handwriting without Tears, Toe-by-Toe, Leveled Literacy Intervention (LLI), and Empower Reading. All students have access to Chromebook technology via mobile carts. The Zones of Regulation program is used to teach and support students in regulating emotions and behaviour. Good behaviour is encouraged through ‘Gotcha’ coupons which are drawn weekly, monthly and annually for prizes. The school is proud of its free breakfast program which provides students with a nutritious start to their day. Sports: Grades 1-3 students participate in a swimming program. Kindergarten-Grade 3 students enjoy a two-week gymnastics Educating Today for Success Tomorrow

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23. Whispering Ridge Community School

Location: 10320-149 Ave., Grande Prairie Grades: Kindergarten to Grade 8 Special features: A naturally lit library, central gym, and breakout learning spaces throughout the school that provide quiet spaces to work and study. The playschool facility is funded by the County of Grande Prairie. The school boasts the largest elementary/junior high gym throughout PWSD. Programs: A new facility (2018), WRCS includes enhanced features such as a Makerspace classroom, student common areas and breakout rooms. The inclusive environment provides services for children in ECS - Grade 8. Grades 4-8 access one-to-one digital devices and classrooms are equipped with the latest technology. Staff members have developed collaborative practices to support student success and a strong student-focused culture. The school offers band, music and drama programs, Lego club, and a junior high travel group. An active student council plays a positive role in enhancing school culture. Sports: A full array of curricular and non-curricular activities, and a vibrant intramural program. Contact us: (780) 532-9276 www.pwsd76.ab.ca/schools/wrcs

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24. Woking School

Location: Woking Grades: Kindergarten to Grade 8 Special features: The school features double-graded classrooms and small class sizes, allowing teachers to work with small groups and individuals on a regular basis. Technology is integrated into learning through the Personal Device Project in which all students have daily access to Chromebooks. The school houses the Woking Community Library. Programs: Woking School continues to develop its flexible learning environment project, promoting independent and multi-aged group learning based on students’ personal goals and abilities. The school offers speech therapy, Leveled Literacy Intervention (LLI), inclusive education programs, playschool programming, and a Wednesday/Friday breakfast program. Sports: Woking Wolverines enjoy a small school environment with sports chosen by the students. Students may participate in extracurricular sport teams and district sporting events, such as floor hockey, elementary volleyball, and track and field. Contact us: (780) 774-3932 www.pwsd76.ab.ca/schools/woking

25. Hutterite Colony Schools

Locations: PWSD includes eight colony schools: Birch Hills, Birch Meadows, Codesa, Crooked Creek, Doe River, Grandview, Shady Lane and Silver Valley. Enrolment: Combined enrolment of approximately 130 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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HONOURING OUR HERITAGE In respect and honour of our Treaty lands and peoples, PWSD proudly displays the Treaty 8 and Métis flags in the board room at Central Office.


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FIND A SCHOOL To find a PWSD school website, scan the QR code using your mobile device, or click the ‘Schools’ tab found at www.pwsd76.ab.ca.

PWSD SCHOOLS BES: Beaverlodge Elementary School BEZ: Bezanson School BHC: Birch Hills Colony School BMC: Birch Meadows Colony School BON: Bonanza School BRHS: Beaverlodge Regional High School CCC: Crooked Creek Colony School CCS: Clairmont Community School COD: Codesa Colony School DRC: Doe River Colony School ELM: Elmworth School EAG: Eaglesham School GCS: Grandview Colony School HBS: Harry Balfour School HET: Helen E. Taylor School HRS: Hythe Regional School LAG: LaGlace School PAVE: Peace Academy of Virtual Education PEN: Penson School PWA: Peace Wapiti Academy RVS: Ridgevalley School RWZ: Robert W. Zahara Public School RYC: Rycroft School SAV: Savanna School SLC: Shady Lane Colony School SRRA: Spirit River Regional Academy SSS: Sexsmith Secondary School SVC: Silver Valley Colony School TCS: Teepee Creek School WES: Wembley Elementary School WOK: Woking School WRCS: Whispering Ridge Community School

ABOUT PEACE WAPITI PUBLIC SCHOOL DIVISION Peace Wapiti Public School Division (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) located in Spirit River. 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. The Board also provides educational programming at a group home facility serving students in Northern Alberta. Visit us online at www.pwsd76.ab.ca and follow PWSD76 on Facebook and Twitter. Educating Today for Success Tomorrow

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BE PREPARED

FIVE MAIN PROTOCOLS USED FOR EMERGENCY RESPONSE: EVACUATION: • • • • •

A response to a possible danger INSIDE the school. Staff will escort students to a safe area, away from the school. If necessary, students will be transported to the school’s predetermined safe location. The Student Release and Pick-Up protocol (see below) is used to release students. Examples: Strong odours, fire, chemical spill, gas leak, etc.

SHELTER-IN-PLACE: • A safety measure used when there is an environmental emergency in CLOSE PROXIMITY to the school, outside the school on school grounds, or unrelated to the school. • The situation demands immediate shelter within the school. • Examples: Tornado, dangerous goods spill, wildlife.

HOLD AND SECURE: • A response to an unrelated threat and/or incident in close proximity to the school, taking place OUTSIDE the school. • School life continues as normal inside the school, however, the precautionary measure to lock school doors is taken to ensure staff and students are safe, and to reduce activity while officials conduct their work. • Access to and from the school is restricted and carefully monitored. The Hold and Secure is lifted when emergency personnel advise that the situation has ended. • Examples: Nearby police activity, a threatening animal.

LOCK-DOWN: • A response to a threat and/or incident INSIDE or APPROACHING the school building. • The goal is to protect people behind locked doors. • Students and staff are locked inside secure areas. School does not operate as normal. All cellular phones are turned off. No one can enter or leave the school. • Students are only released after the school receives police approval to do so, using the Student Release and Pick-Up protocol (see below). • Examples: Intruder, active shooter.

STUDENT RELEASE AND PICK-UP: • Schools must ensure that students are united with the parent(s), guardian, or other designated persons shown on the school records as having authority to pick up the students. • A record must be kept of all students who leave the emergency site, and with whom they leave.

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PWSD BOARD

OUR VISION Peace Wapiti Public School Division inspires all learners to become confident, collaborative and ethical citizens motivated with a passion to achieve a sustainable future.

OUR MISSION Educating Today for Success Tomorrow.

PWSD BOARD OF TRUSTEES 2017-2020

DANA MCINTOSH

Chair, Ward 9 Clairmont, Bezanson

STEFANIE CLARKE

KARI SCHEERS

Vice Chair, Ward 7 Ward 1 Grande Prairie East, Grovedale Eaglesham, Rycroft, Woking

SHARILYN ANDERSON

LORI GRANT

Ward 2 Ward 3 Bonanza, Savanna, Spirit River Beaverlodge, Elmworth

Trustee contact information is available on their individual web pages at: www.pwsd76.ab.ca/ Board/boardmembers To contact a member of the PWSD executive team, call: (780) 532-8133

KIM MOODIE Ward 4 Hythe, LaGlace

WENDY KELM

DALE CRANE

Ward 5 Ward 6 Grande Prairie West, Wembley Sexsmith, Teepee Creek

BOB KNULL

Ward 8 Ridgevalley

JOY JOACHIM

Horse Lake Representative

PWSD EXECUTIVE

BOB STEWART

Acting Superintendent

RALPH PAQUIN

Secretary Treasurer

DARREN YOUNG

Deputy Superintendent

TED GOBIN

Director of Transportation

HEATHER PUTIO

Assistant Superintendent

DAVID MICHALKO

Director of Facilities

KEVIN ELIAS

Assistant Superintendent

RODO TERCEROS

Finance Manager

SUSAN KARPISEK

Director of HR and Labour Relations

JOANN VANSTONE

Corporate Secretary

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