The June 2015 Newsletter is now available.
Back to School 2015-16
Fort Saskatchewan High School is closed for the summer on June 29, but will reopen on August 20 at 8:30 a.m. Please phone the school at (780) 998-3751 and make an appointment to register your child if you are new to Fort Saskatchewan. If your child is already registered, course confirmation dates are as follows:
Grade 10 August 25 9:00 - 11:00 am
Grade 11 August 24 12:30 - 2:30 pm
Grade 12 August 24 9:00 - 11:00 am
Browse through the Elk Island Public School website for registration, calendar, program, and other information to help you plan for next year. For general information about back to school throughout Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS), visit the division website at www.eips.ca. Here, you'll also find a copy of the complete EIPS' Back-to-School Guide available in August.
First day of Class
Classes resume on Monday, August 31. 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.
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.
Student Transportation: 2015-2016 Registration is now open!
If your child plans to use Student Transportation for the 2015-2016 school year, please make sure to register as soon as possible.
Student Transportation is currently in the process of sending out invoices to all applicable families regarding 2015-2016 transportation fees. This communication includes information on how to access the ACORN system and pay your transportation fees online. The deadline for paying 2015-2016 transportation fees is June 30, 2015. Transportation fees will increase after this date. Tentative routing information will be provided to all bused families later in May.
In addition, Student Transportation is introducing a new payment plan in the 2015-2016 school year. The plan will assist families with fees of more than $300 and allow payments over a five-month period. More information (including links to the Parent Portal and Student Quick Pay, additional instructions, and examples about reviewing and paying your 2014-2015 transportation fees online) is available on the division website at www.eips.ca/transportation-payments.
Don’t wait till September to register. Student Transportation is open all summer so if you have any questions about registration or invoicing, please contact EIPS’ Student Transportation at 780-417-8151 or by using the online contact form at www.eips.ca/contact.
Acorn and Student Fees
Thank you for another great year using the Acorn Online QuickPay system. Please continue to go online to check that all your schools fees have been paid for the 2014 – 2015 school year as field trips, yearend activities and lost materials may be added until school lets out for the summer.
For outstanding fees for 2014 – 2015, online payments for students returning to an Elk Island Public School for 2015 – 2016 may be made throughout the summer, using the PowerSchool parent portal. After July 2, 2015, online payments for students who are graduating or leaving Elk Island Public Schools will need to be made through the Student Quick Pay link https://www.studentquickpay.com/eips. Parents will then create a new account and link their student with the student ID.
All fees for the 2015 – 2016 school year will be available at the beginning of September. PLEASE NOTE that Junior High and Senior High fees may change as courses are added and deleted. The course change deadline is September 11, 2015.
If you have any questions regarding your students’ fees, please contact Barb Cooke at 780-998-3751.
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.
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.
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!
Follow us on Twitter!
For school and grad information, follow our Twitter account @forthighschool. For Grad information please search #FortHighGrad.
School Information and Policies
Check out the Fort Saskatchewan High School 2015-16 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.
Career Cruising Login
Students can click here to login to their Career Cruising account.