Welcome to all of our students and staff to the 2015-2016 school year.
We hope you have an excellent beginning and encourage you to contact us if you have any questions.
Check out the 2015-2016 Division Calendar for a complete list of holidays and school closure days for 2015/16. This calendar will assist you in planning vacations and appointments for your children.
October 5 Announcements Please note: Names have been removed from some announcements.
Fee Invoices are Now Available
As of September 2015, families are able to view and pay their 2015-2016 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” coin icon 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, 2015.
If you have additional questions regarding your child’s fees, or if you are new to the school and need assistance, please contact Barb Cooke at 780-998-3751.
Celebrating World Teachers’ Day: October 5
October 5 is World Teachers’ Day! Since its launch in 1994, by the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), World Teachers’ Day is celebrated annually around the world as a way to recognize our teachers and the integral role they play in providing quality education to students. On October 5, Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) encourages all of its students, parents, and community members to show their appreciation for theirs teachers and the positive impact they make on our lives.
EIPS extends its heartfelt thank you to all its teachers for their dedication, hard work, and commitment in guiding and educating our students through their Kindergarten to Grade 12 years.
Read-In Week takes place October 5-9
Read-In Week 2015 is taking place October 5-9. The theme for this year is The Power of a Story –Books that Inspire, Connect, & Ignite!, highlighting the importance of reading, viewing, and listening to rich, engaging text. Read-In Week is a division-wide initiative that happens annually to promote a life-long love of reading in students and enhance literacy awareness involving students, staff, parents, and community members.
Through various plan activities, students will learn how stories have the power to teach lessons, broaden perspectives, and foster empathy. Some of the activities our school has planned for the week include:
- having some of our students travel to neighboring elementary schools to read to younger students,
- getting together in the library for word-themed games, reading activities, and book sharing, and
- holding our annual Book Exchange where students can select used books to take home and donate some of their own.
We invite all our families to participate in Read-In Week with us either by reading yourself, with your child, or with someone in the community. We hope you discover some great stories.
Tips and guidelines for home-school communication
To enhance communication between families and schools, Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) has recently developed a Communication Protocol for Schools document to provide a framework for communication between the school and our families. The purpose of this document is to guide, manage, and improve home-school communication by offering a standard format, structure, and sequence for regular, ongoing communication.
The document is a useful tool that outlines how schools within EIPS use a variety of communication formats, such as face-to-face meetings, email, Synrevoice, and social media. It also provides a process for parents or guardians to use if they need to bring forward a question or concern. We encourage families to review the document so they know what to expect and what we expect of families.
As communication changes, this document may also evolve. Fort Saskatchewan High School will work to keep parents informed as any processes evolve and change.
The full EIPS Communication Protocol for Schools document is available by visiting http://www.eips.ca/parents.
Pertussis (Whooping Cough)
On behalf of Alberta Health Services, we would like to inform our families there is a pertussis (whooping cough) outbreak in our region. The rate of pertussis in the area is not high but it’s circulating and is contagious when an infected person coughs or sneezes near another individual.
The pertussis vaccine, which protects against the illness, is part of the regular childhood immunization series in Alberta. However, while unusual, it’s still possible for an individual who has been vaccinated to develop pertussis.
If your child exhibits any of the below symptoms, please have them assessed by your family doctor as soon as possible:
Spasms of coughing followed by a characteristic “whoop” sound
Coughing followed by gagging or vomiting.
More information regarding pertussis can be found at www.myhealth.alberta.ca or by phoning Health Link at 811.
Students at Fort High are expected to provide for their personal use:
Binders, loose leaf paper, index dividers
Pens, pencils, erasers
Scissors, glue sticks, white out
Pencil crayons, geometry set
Supplies as needed for specific classes
Calculator as approved by Alberta Education (list available on their website). As a school, we recommend any of the Texas Instrument TI83 or TI84 series.
School Bus Safety Week October 18–24
Schools throughout Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) are celebrating School Bus Safety Week October 18–24. The theme: Transportation is cool, when you take the bus to school. Throughout the week, various activities are planned including information sessions, bus safety learning plans, and bus-evacuations drills.
As part of School Bus Safety week, we’d like to remind our students and our families all EIPS school buses are equipped with both a bus pass scanner and GPS technology, which allows Student Transportation to better monitor and manage its more than 170 buses and 600 bus routes. Thanks to this technology, parents and students also have access to MyStop, an online tool to determine, in real-time, the location of a bus, arrival times, when a child scanned onto a bus, and if a bus is delayed—especially useful during the winter months.
More information about School Bus Safety Week and EIPS Student Transportation services can be found by visiting www.eips.ca/student-tran or by contacting Student Transportation (780-417-8151, email@example.com) directly.
Video surveillance on school buses
Elk Island Public Schools Student Transportation would like to inform our parents and students using bus services that all EIPS buses are equipped with video surveillance equipment, which is in accordance with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FOIP). The equipment records and stores several days of data and is reviewed regularly by Student Transportation staff who monitor both student and driver conduct. All video and audio recordings of individuals on school buses are for the safety and security of passengers, drivers, and property, and may be used as evidence in a disciplinary matter.
If you have further questions about the collection, use, and disclosure of personal information, please contact the FOIP co-ordinator at EIPS by calling 780-417-8204.
New this year: Diploma Exam result statements are now available through myPass
Starting with the April 2015 Diploma Exams, students will now need to retrieve their exam results through myPass—a self‑service website for high school students. Result statements for Diploma Exams are now be available exclusively online using myPass. Printed results statements will no longer be mailed.
In addition, the Statement of Courses and Marks has been replaced with the Detailed Academic Report (DAR), which is also available exclusively online using myPass.
myPass enables high school students to:
- access their Results Statement;
- view their demographic information;
- view their DAR;
- view their progress toward their diploma or certificate; and
- order and pay for a transcript.
Specific information on how to sign up for myPass will be provided to all students who write diploma examinations. Schools will pass along information to their students. More general information on myPass will be provided to students and schools in the fall of 2015.
For more information visit: https://education.alberta.ca/students/transcripts/online.aspx
Alberta Education makes two key changes for senior high schools
Alberta Education recently announced two important changes for senior high school students that, it says, will offer a fairer reflection of student learning and more learning opportunities.
The first change concerns diploma exam weighting. As of Sept.1, 2015 diploma exam weighting will shift from a 50/50 weighting to a 30/70 weighting where school-awarded grades will be worth 70 per cent. The change was made to so that grades reflect a more accurate depiction of student performance by putting a greater weight on teachers’ assessments of students’ abilities and knowledge. The first round of diploma exams to be written with the new weighting will take place in November 2015.
The second change deals with new dual-credit partnerships. Students will now have more opportunities to earn post-secondary credits or workplace certification while completing high school with 24 new partnerships. For example, students can now take high school courses in carpentry, welding, esthetics, and accounting and get credits at a post-secondary institution.
For more information visit www.education.alberta.ca.
Fort Saskatchewan Boundary Review
With the continued growth of the City of Fort Saskatchewan and the increase of total student population, Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) has been working toward the construction of a new Kindergarten to Grade 9 school in the South Fort area. For more information, please consult the Fort Saskatchewan Boundary Review document.
Follow us on Twitter!
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School Information and Policies
Check out the Fort Saskatchewan High School 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.
Powerschool Login Information
To log in to the parent or student portal, use PowerSchool. For help with logging into the Parent Portal of PowerSchool, please watch the instuctional video or read through the Powerschool login information document. Please note that every Sunday between 9:00 and 10:00 pm, PowerSchool will be unavailable due to scheduled regular maintenance.
PowerSchool Parent & Student Portals on Mobile Apps
The PowerSchool Parent and Student portals are now accessible at all EIPS schools using your mobile devices and connecting to the school guest wireless networks. The PowerSchool portal allows access to Flex scheduling as well as other PowerSchool information.
Included in this email is information on the Student portal as well as how to access your Powerschool information using your iPad or iPhone and the downloadable application. The Apple IOS and Android applications on first login can take up to 5 minutes to login. This is due to a large amount of data being downloaded to the mobile device and not because of a slow wireless or Internet connection.
You can connect to the Parent or Student portal by going to https://powerschool.eips.ca/public and logging in with your assigned user ID and password.
For more information, please see the Working with PowerSchool on mobile apps document.
Career Cruising Login
Students can click here to login to their Career Cruising account.