December 18/14 Announcements Please note: Names have been removed from some announcements.
Order Your 2014-15 Yearbook Today!
The 2014-15 yearbooks are now available to order. The cost of the book will be $44 (gst included). To order your yearbook please complete the 2014-15 Yearbook Order Form and return it to the office. Please make payment through the following options:
1. Include cash or cheque payable to Fort Saskatchewan High School with the order form.
2. Pay online through PowerSchool and Acorn Fee Management.
Please phone the school at (780) 998-3751 if you have any questions.
The deadline for orders is December 19.
Exam Schedule - January, 2015
Please click the link below for a copy of the final exam schedule. We have made the exam schedule available very early in the semester so students and parents are able to plan appointments and vacations around the scheduled exam times. Students who miss an exam in January may be asked to write the missed exam at the next scheduled exam time which will be in June.
For information regarding Diploma Examinations, please refer to the document Information for Students Panning to Write Diploma Examinations.
Diploma Exam Preparation
Review the major curriculum topics and master test-writing strategies for your diploma exams. Register early, class size is limited. Register online, in person, via telephone, fax or email. All classes are held at Next Step Continuing Education, 20 Festival Way, Sherwood Park (located in Salisbury Composite High School).
School Resource Officer
We are pleased to welcome Cst. Janice Schoepp who has been assigned to work in our school as our School Resource Officer (SRO). She will be a valuable resource to staff and students and will also be working with community groups involving youth in Fort Saskatchewan. Cst. Schoepp will be a visible presence in our school and will be working with us on our school SAFE plan.
Cst. Schoepp has a background in education as she was a teacher for 14 years prior to joining the RCMP. She has held a number of different positions within the RCMP during her 11 year career and is very excited to be back in her favorite role, community policing.
Boundary Exemption Request Process
Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) reminds families that the boundary exemption request process will take place February 17 to March 13, 2015 for students who want to attend a non-designated school in the 2015-2016 school year. During this time, interested families must fill out and submit the Boundary Exemption Request Form (found on the EIPS website at the beginning of February) to the requested school.
More information about the boundary exemption request process, key dates, a list of schools with closed boundaries, and frequently asked questions will be available on the division website (www.eips.ca/boundary-exemptions) in January 2015.
Fort Saskatchewan Boundary Review
As you are aware, Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) is excited to be receiving a new ECS-Grade 9 school in Fort Saskatchewan. The new school is scheduled to open in September 2016 and will relieve some of the enrolment pressures currently existing in the Fort Saskatchewan elementary and junior high schools.
A key step in the planning process is a review of school boundaries in Fort Saskatchewan. Given demographic and program population changes, the goal of the review is to determine the best possible use of facilities, programming, and other resources for the maximum benefit of current and future students in Fort Saskatchewan. During the first phase of the consultation process, EIPS will be sharing information with parents, students, and the community looking for feedback on the criteria we will use to draw the new school boundaries. Information will be shared within the school and will include opportunities for individual input through an online survey in January and February. Using the feedback gathered in the first phase of consultation along with population and demographic data from a variety of sources, EIPS will design options for new elementary and junior high school boundaries in Fort Saskatchewan. We will share these options with our schools and the community later in the spring and will again be asking for your input. All of the information gathered during the consultation process will help inform the recommendation on new boundaries that is scheduled to come forward to the Board for approval in June 2015.
Nominate an Outstanding Educator for the 2015 Excellence in Teaching Awards
Do you know a teacher who exemplifies innovative and outstanding teaching practices? Have you witnessed the creativity and commitment of your child’s teacher in inspiring and engaging classroom activities? This is your opportunity to recognize the contributions of teachers in your school.
Nominations are now open for the 2015 Excellence in Teaching Awards sponsored by Alberta Education. These awards recognize the creative and exceptional teaching taking place in classrooms across Alberta every day.
Alberta Education presents the 2015 Excellence in Teaching Awards with the support of the Alberta School Boards Association, the Alberta School Councils’ Association, the Alberta Teachers’ Association, the Association of Alberta Deans of Education, and the College of Alberta School Superintendents. The program has recognized more than 500 deserving teachers and principals from nearly 10,000 eligible nominees since its inception in 1989.
The complete nomination package and additional information about the 2015 Excellence in Teaching Awards are available at http://education.alberta.ca/teachers/excellence.aspx. The nomination deadline is Friday, February 6, 2015.
Education Act Regulatory Review
Alberta’s new Education Act was passed in the Legislative Assembly and received Royal Assent on December 10, 2012. In order to meet legislative requirements, 16 regulations have been developed that align with and support the Act.
- Alberta School Foundation Fund
- Board Procedures
- Charter Schools
- Disposition of Property
- Early Childhood Services
- Establishment of School Districts
- Home Education
- Petitions and Public Notices
- Private Schools
- School Councils
- School Fees
- Special School Tax Levy
- Student Records
- Student Transportation
Fee Invoices are Now Available
As of September 15, 2014, families are able to view and pay their 2014-2015 school fees through our online payment system – ACORN – which is accessible through the Parent Portal.
- Login to the Parent Portal
- Under the navigation menu, click on the student fees icon – the green dollar sign – to access the fee summary page for your child
- Click on the appropriate student name to review a detailed summary of fees to date
- Pay your fees online
School fees are due October 31, 2014.
Families who have provided a valid email address during registration will receive an emailed electronic copy of the same fee invoices on September 15. Even after you’ve paid your initial fees, please continue to monitor your ACORN account as additional fees may be added throughout the year (e.g., field trip and athletic team fees).
If you have trouble logging into the Parent Portal or questions regarding ACORN, please contact your child’s school.
Additional information and key dates regarding school fees are also available.
With winter weather upon us, we would like to take this opportunity to remind parents to dress children appropriately for the weather when getting ready for school or the bus. The weather often changes unexpectedly throughout the day, so please select suitable outerwear and ensure your child is prepared for changing conditions.
Should inclement weather conditions occur, Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) will advise parents of bus cancellations using various communications tools, including automated telephone messages, details posted on the division home page (www.eips.ca), in the Bus Status section of our division and school websites, on our main switchboard (780-464-3477), on Twitter, and through local radio stations.
If the decision to suspend buses is made the night before, automated messages will not be sent out to parents later than 9:00 p.m. If the decision to suspend buses is made in the early morning hours, the automated message will be sent out at 5:30 a.m.
EIPS administrative procedures state bus service may be suspended when the temperature reaches -40°C including wind chill factor as measured by Environment Canada at 5:00 a.m. and/or due to adverse weather or road conditions. Bus service may be suspended on a region-by-region or route-by-route basis. When school bus services are suspended, schools shall remain open to students.
EIPS believes parents have the right and responsibility to make choices for their children based on their beliefs and perceptions of safety during times of inclement weather. Parents must use discretion when sending children to school during inclement weather, even when buses are running and schools are open.
For more information or if you have questions, please contact our Student Transportation office at 780-417-8151 or by email at email@example.com.
Update on Fort Saskatchewan Boundary Review
Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) continues to work with the City of Fort Saskatchewan and the Alberta Government on the new K-9 school that will be built in Fort Saskatchewan. The process is moving along, and there is a lot of information to consider as we prepare for the boundary review that will take place prior to the school opening.
EIPS will be consulting with parents and the community as the boundary review gets underway. However, there is still some information to gather before we are ready to begin this consultation process. We will continue to keep parents updated as finalize the timeline for this consultation.
Thank you for taking an interest in this important initiative!
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School Information and Policies
Check out the 2014-15 Handbook for information about our policies, programs and courses.
We are an Allergy Aware School
For more information about what that means for you, please refer to the Allergy Aware document.
For information regarding School Emergency Preparedness, please see Elk Island Public School's Emergency Procedures page.
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