April 17/15 Announcements Please note: Names have been removed from some announcements.
Grade 10 Information Evening
All grade 9 students who will be attending Fort High for grade 10 are invited to attend our information evening on Tuesday, April 14 from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm. New students of all grades are also invited to attend. This is a fantastic opportunity for students to see all of the programs that Fort High has to offer before they choose their courses. Staff will be available to answer questions and students and parents will be able to tour our facility. We look forward to seeing you!
The registration process for Fort Saskatchewan High School will begin in mid-April. Returning students will be registering for courses during registration sessions held during the school day using their Career Cruising account. This account may also be accessed at home so parents are able to participate in the registration process. A printout of course requests made by students will be sent home for parent signature and must be returned to the school by April 30.
Please review our 2015-16 Registration Guide for information about the registration process, high school diploma requirements and complete descriptions of all of the courses Fort High offers.
New students coming from outside our district must complete a registration form which can be picked up from our office. School staff will be visiting Grade 9 students at Rudolph Hennig and Fort Christian to assist them with their Grade 10 registration.
Please contact our office if you have any questions.
The March 2015 newsletter is now available. Please review it for important information about P/T/S conferences, the 2015-16 registration process and Grad 2015.
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.
National Volunteer Week: April 12 to April 18, 2015
National Volunteer Week is a time to celebrate and acknowledge volunteers for the efforts and contributions they give so generously. On behalf of Board of Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS), please accept our heartfelt thanks to all the volunteers who make our schools and programs so successful.
It’s because of our cherished volunteers that our students enjoy a child-centred and vibrant place of learning. Whether it’s on the sidelines assisting an athletic event, organizing a bottle drive for a school trip, or delicately cutting out hundreds of poppies for a Remembrance Day celebration, the impact our volunteers have within our school community is profound.
Volunteer work is an incredible learning opportunity for our students. By seeing people give so unselfishly of their time and gifts within our schools, our students will hopefully mirror this tremendous action within their own lives.
So, in recognition of National Volunteer Week, we extend our great thanks and celebrate the hundreds of volunteers across EIPS who provide countless hours of dedication within our schools. As Winston Churchill so eloquently stated: “We make a living by what we do, but we make a life by what we give.”
Chair, Board of Trustees
Grad 2015 will be held on Saturday, May 23 at the Winspear Centre. All grads should have received a grad package which contains all of the important information related to grad. If your grad has not brought their package home, please contact the office for information.
The next grad meeting for all graduating students will be held on April 9 at 11:00 am.
Spring Ice is Rotten Ice!
How can you tell if ice is safe in spring? You can’t! Spring is a particularly dangerous time to go out on ice. At this time of year it is difficult to tell if the ice will support your weight.
Ice that looks solid can suddenly become unstable!
The way ice forms affects the way it melts in spring. Minerals in the water become concentrated in vertical veins throughout the ice as it freezes. Warm temperatures cause these veins to melt more quickly and weaken the ice, a process known as candling. The only way to protect yourself and your family is to stay off the ice.
Remind your family to be safe--stay OFF the ice.
For more information on ice safety, go to Lifesaving Society website: www.lifesaving.ca
Your 2013-14 Yearbook is Here!
If you ordered a 2014 yearbook, come to the office to pick up your copy!
To capture this year's memories, 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.
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!
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.
Follow us on Twitter!
For school and grad information, follow our Twitter account @forthighschool. For Grad information please search #FortHighGrad.
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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.
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.