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Board Approves 2024-25 School Calendar
02/21/2024
The 2024-25 school year calendar was approved at the regular board meeting yesterday, February 20. The 2024-25 school calendar survey received 844 responses. Superintendents from Northland School Division and Holy Family Catholic Regional Division met with HPSD Superintendent Marran to discuss common dates and holidays to reduce the number of days in the upcoming school year when school buses are operating for only one school division. The proposed calendar was prepared by a committee consisting of the Superintendent, the Director of Communications, administrators, teachers, and support staff representing all grade levels and wards. The calendar can be found online at https://www.hpsd.ca/calendar/school_calendar.
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Administrator Appointed at C.J. Schurter School
02/21/2024
High Prairie School Division is pleased to announce that Susan LeBlanc-Ward has been appointed as Principal of C.J. Schurter School for the upcoming school year. She will be assuming the role from Principal Marlee Adams, who has accepted a position at Northern Lakes College. Susan has been the Principal of Kinuso School since the Fall of 2022. She has a Bachelor of Education from the Nova Scotia Teachers College and has been an educator for 26 years, with ten years of experience as an administrator.
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2nd Annual HPSD Round Dance March 9
02/20/2024
Join us on Saturday, March 9, in the Senior High Gym at Roland Michener Secondary School for our 2nd annual Round Dance, hosted by the Youth Council for Reconciliation (YCR), and High Prairie School Division.
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Information Regarding RCMP Charges
02/08/2024
We have been made aware of the charges laid against a former High Prairie School Division teacher. RCMP have requested that any questions regarding the charges be directed to the local police.
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Hiring for Education Assistant (EA) Lead Coach
01/04/2024
We are hiring for an Education Assistant (EA) Lead Coach. The ideal candidate for this role should possess strong communication and collaboration skills to liaise effectively with schools and central services, facilitate engaging weekly community of practice sessions, and demonstrate a deep commitment to supporting and guiding education assistants. Go to hpsd.ca/careers for more information and to apply!
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HPSD Students Experience Inuit Culture
12/13/2023
Veteran presenter Goota Desmarais has been visiting some of our schools this week to teach students about Inuit culture. Originally from Kinngait (Cape Dorset), and Arctic Bay, Nunavut, Goota has been a resident of Sherwood Park for the past 30 years. She has presented to our students in previous years, but this was our first in-person visit, and it was an amazing experience!
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A Heartfelt Thank You to Our Amazing Community and Beyond!
12/06/2023
We're thrilled to share some fantastic news from the High Prairie & District Food Bank Society!
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Students Enjoy Land-Based Learning in Swan River First Nation
12/05/2023
Students from​ Kinuso School have been learning about bear grease preparation as part of the Land-Based Learning partnership with Swan River First Nation.
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E.W. Pratt Hosts 11th Annual Tonesha Walker Memorial Tournament
12/04/2023
EW Pratt High School hosted the eleventh annual Tonesha Walker Memorial Tournament on December 1-2. The E.W. Pratt Chargers Ladies and Junior Men's teams won gold in the tournament, with Sasha Gauchier and Zackary Vink being chosen as the Toni Award winners.
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School Council Meeting Held at Wonderland Indoor Play Park
12/04/2023
The ​C.J. Schurter School Council meeting was held for the first time ever at Wonderland Indoor Play Park in Slave Lake this past Thursday, November 30.
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Grade Six Students Embrace Leadership Opportunity
12/04/2023
École Routhier School’s sixth-grade students have embarked upon a leadership initiative centred around presenting diverse oat-based recipes to their school community.
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2022-23 Annual Education Results Report
2022-23 Annual Education Results Report
11/29/2023
Welcome to the High Prairie School Division's Annual Education Results Report for the 2022-23 academic year. Consider this report a reflection of our ongoing commitment to educational excellence and an insight into the successes and challenges of the past year.
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HPSD Students Practice Financial Skills
11/24/2023
Students in High Prairie School Division have been busy working with money. As shared by elementary school teacher Jessie Sloan, at E.G. Wahlstrom School, "As part of our updated Wellness curriculum, we've placed a strong emphasis on enhancing financial literacy. Recently, I stumbled upon menus reminiscent of an old-fashioned ice cream parlour."
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Board Meeting Summary - November 2023
11/24/2023
The High Prairie School Division Board of Trustees met for their regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, November 14. The meeting began with additions to the agenda, approval of the consent agenda, and then progressed through the agenda items.
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Bullying Awareness Week 2023
11/17/2023
Our schools have been busy this week learning about bullying, conflict, and how to be good friends as part of Bullying Awareness Week. Some of the activities that took place this week included:
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Rock Your Mocs 2023
11/14/2023
Remember to participate in #RockYourMocs this week! #RockYourMocs is an annual week-long virtual unity event.
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Métis Week 2023
11/14/2023
High Prairie School Division students will be busy learning about Métis culture this week. Anchored in history, ancestral Métis territory encompassed the entirety of Alberta, along with two other prairie provinces, portions of two other provinces, and one territory.
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Remembrance Day 2023
11/10/2023
Students and staff have united throughout the division to pay tribute to and commemorate the courageous men and women who served in the war. Special assemblies were conducted across all schools, and we were honoured to host visits from community veterans. Students gained valuable insights into the wartime experience and conveyed their learnings through various mediums such as art, music, writing, and acts of service.
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Indigenous Veterans Day 2023
11/08/2023
Today the High Prairie School Division honours the courageous Indigenous veterans who bravely served Canada. It is estimated that as many as 12,000 First Nations, Métis, and Inuit people have served in the great conflicts of the twentieth century.
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Grade 5 Students Build Digital Arcade Using Coding
11/03/2023
At E.G. Wahlstrom School in Slave Lake, Class 5D, under the guidance of their teacher Leonard Oliver, has developed a digital arcade. Five years ago, Mr. Oliver enrolled in a 5-day course provided by The Northern Coding Academy, equipping himself with the knowledge to harness available technologies and bring these valuable resources into his classroom.
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National School Bus Safety Week 2023
10/18/2023
It's National School Bus Safety Week! For a refresher on important bus safety tips, check out https://canadasafetycouncil.org/safety-reminders-back.../.
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HPSD Raises Over $8,000 in Terry Fox Run
10/18/2023
Students across the division participated in this year's Terry Fox Run, the world's largest one-day fundraiser for cancer research. Together, our division raised over $8,000! Congratulations to École Routhier School for raising the most money, a whopping $4,616.25!
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Board Meeting Summary - October 2023
Board Meeting Summary - October 2023
10/17/2023
The High Prairie School Division Board of Trustees met for their regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, October 17, 2023. The meeting began with the acceptance of the agenda and consent agenda and then moved into the rest of the agenda items.
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Dual Credit Opportunities for High School Students
10/17/2023
In partnership with Northern Lakes College, High Prairie School Division students in grades 11 and 12 may be eligible to enroll in college courses. These courses are offered at no cost to the student, and allow learners to earn high school credit and college credit at the same time.
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2023 School Engagement Sessions
10/17/2023
Our upcoming engagement sessions are just around the corner! At HPSD, we strongly believe in the importance of your input, and we are eagerly looking forward to collaborating with you as we review and shape our school board's mission, vision, and core values.
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Georges P. Vanier Graduate Achieves 100% on Diploma Exam
10/17/2023
Georges P. Vanier graduate Christian Mencke was acknowledged by HPSD Trustees at the school's September assembly for achieving 100% on his Mathematics diploma exam as well as a final class mark of 100%. He is currently enrolled in an engineering program at the University of Alberta. Congratulations on this tremendous achievement, Christian! We wish you all the best in your future endeavours.
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World Teachers' Day 2023
10/05/2023
Today is World Teachers' Day. Created by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in 1994, this day commemorates the anniversary of adopting the Recommendation Concerning the Status of Teachers. This document sets benchmarks regarding the rights and responsibilities of teachers worldwide.
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Sisters in Spirit Day 2023
10/03/2023
Sisters in Spirit Day is a time to honour the lives of missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls, and two-spirit people, to support their families and loved ones in their grief, and to be a voice for the implementation of societal change in Canada. Originally the name of an initiative launched by the Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) in 2005, the Sisters in Spirit program prepared and submitted a final report to the United Nations describing the devaluation of Indigenous women, and the disproportionate levels of violence against them.
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Jamie Chalifoux and Keith Laboucan Appointed as New Indigenous Education Coach Leads
10/02/2023
High Prairie School Division is proud to announce the appointment of two dedicated individuals, Jamie Chalifoux and Keith Laboucan, as Indigenous Education Coach Leads, reinforcing the division's commitment to providing the best possible support and resources for students and communities.
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Board Meeting Summary - September 2023
10/02/2023
The HPSD Board of Trustees met on Tuesday, September 19, 2023, for their regularly scheduled meeting. After approval of the consent agenda and additions to the agenda, the meeting proceeded through the remainder of the agenda.
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Happy National Custodial Worker Recognition Day!
10/02/2023
Happy National Custodial Worker Recognition Day! Our custodial staff work diligently behind the scenes to ensure that our schools are clean and safe for everyone. A kind word, gesture, or token of appreciation can go a long way in acknowledging their essential role. Let's take this opportunity to celebrate and honour the hardworking custodial workers who contribute so much to our schools and communities!
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Orange Shirt Day and National Day for Truth and Reconciliation 2023
09/25/2023
On Friday, September 29, the High Prairie School Division will wear orange in honour of the Survivors of Canada's residential schools and the thousands of children whose lives were tragically taken; who never came home.
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School Gatherings a Success!
09/21/2023
Yesterday evening, our Thunderbird students and families had a fantastic time at the High Prairie Elementary Welcome Back Gathering hosted at the school. The event featured a fundraiser where hot dogs were sold to support the HPE Wishlist Foundation, along with gently used books offered free to our students.
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High Prairie Friendship Centre Nominated for ASBA Friends of Education Award
09/21/2023
High Prairie School Division proudly nominates the High Prairie Native Friendship Centre for the 2023 ASBA Friends of Education Award. This esteemed organization, led by Executive Director Carol Hanlon, has shown unwavering dedication to improving education for Alberta students.
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Superintendent's Message
09/06/2023
You can check out the superintendent's message here.
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Farewell From Superintendent Laura Poloz
06/29/2023
Join us in bidding a heartfelt farewell to our esteemed retiring Superintendent, Laura Poloz. After four decades of dedicated service to the High Prairie School Division, Superintendent Poloz has decided to embark on a well-deserved retirement. Please take a moment to watch the touching farewell video she has prepared for all of us. We extend our deepest gratitude and best wishes for her future endeavours.
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E.W. Pratt Athletes Recognized Provincially for Sportsmanship
06/29/2023
A big shout-out to EW Pratt High School students Cameron Patenaude-Pedersen (left) and Logan Bruder (right) for being provincially recognized for their exemplary sportsmanship at the Badminton Provincials held in Lloydminster last month.
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Change to Busing in 2023-24 School Year
06/29/2023
The Board of Trustees has made a change to busing in the upcoming school year. Starting in September 2023, busing services will be offered at no cost for students in Kindergarten to Grade 6 who live 1 km or greater from their designated school and for students in Grades 7 to 12 who live 2 km or greater from their designated school. This decision will provide more transportation services to students as the current threshold for eligible riders is 2.4 km from their designated school for students in Kindergarten to Grade 12.
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HPSD Celebrates the Beauty and Resilience of Indigenous Culture
06/29/2023
Students across the division had the opportunity to experience many aspects of Indigenous culture throughout June in celebration of Indigenous History Month.
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High Prairie Elementary Students Receive Provincial Recognition
06/26/2023
We are proud to recognize three students for being awarded honourable mentions in the 2022-23 Honouring Spirit: Indigenous Student Awards. This provincial recognition awards students who display exemplary leadership, courage, and commitment to their cultures and educational paths.
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Georges. P. Vanier Student Receives Provincial Recognition
06/23/2023
Congratulations to Lucas Hauch for being awarded an honourable mention in the 2022-23 Honouring Spirit: Indigenous Student Awards. This provincial award recognizes students who display exemplary leadership, courage, and commitment to their cultures and educational paths.
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Kim McConnell Appointed as New Early Learning and Assessment Coordinator
06/22/2023
High Prairie School Division is thrilled to extend a warm welcome to Kim McConnell, who will be joining our team as the Early Learning and Assessment Coordinator. Kim's impressive background and expertise in the field make her a valuable addition to our division.
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Corinna Horsman Appointed as New Principal of C.J. Schurter School
06/21/2023
High Prairie School Division is pleased to announce the appointment of Corinna Horsman as the new Vice Principal of C.J. Schurter School. With over 18 years of teaching experience, including 9 years at C.J. Schurter School, Mrs. Horsman brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to her new role.
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Board Meeting Summary - June 2023
06/21/2023
The High Prairie School Division Board of Trustees met on Tuesday, June 20, for their regularly scheduled board meeting. With no additions to the agenda and approval of the consent agenda, the meeting proceeded through the remainder of the agenda items.
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HPSD's Indigenous Education Team Wins Provincial Award
06/15/2023
High Prairie School Divison's Indigenous Education Coach (IEC) Team was the recipient of the Public School Boards' Association of Alberta (PSBAA) 's Promoting and Advancing One or More of the Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada in Relation to Education in Alberta Award.
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Professional Curler Colin Hodgson Visits HPSD Students Through Classroom Champions Program
06/12/2023
Two of our schools received a visit from world-renowned Canadian curler Colin Hodgson last week. This visit was a high point for students who have interacted with Colin throughout the year through the Classroom Champions mentorship program.
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Bill Sheets Appointed as New Principal of Georges P. Vanier School
06/09/2023
High Prairie School Division is delighted to announce the appointment of Bill Sheets as the new Principal of Georges P. Vanier School in Donnelly. With over 25 years of teaching experience, including more than a decade as a school administrator, Mr. Sheets brings a wealth of expertise and leadership to his new role.
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First Divisional STEM Day a Success!
06/09/2023
Following the grade 7-9 competitions held in HPSD junior highs in May, Georges P. Vanier School hosted the first divisional STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) Challenge Finals on Friday, June 2.
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Rae-Ann Boivin Appointed as New Vice Principal of École Routhier School
06/09/2023
High Prairie School Division is pleased to announce the appointment of Rae-Ann Boivin as the new Vice Principal of École Routhier School in Falher in the 2023-24 school year. With over 19 years of teaching experience, including four years at École Routhier School, Ms. Boivin brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to her new role.
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Monique Dubrule Appointed as New Principal of École Routhier School
06/09/2023
High Prairie School Division is pleased to announce the appointment of Monique Dubrule as the new Principal of École Routhier School starting in the 2023-24 school year. Mrs. Dubrule has been with High Prairie School Division since 2005 with over 18 years of educational experience.
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E.W. Pratt Students Excel at Track & Field Provincials
06/09/2023
E.W. Pratt School earned the title of Zone Champions for the ninth year in a row in Grande Prairie on May 26 and 27.
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Currently Hiring for Bus Drivers
06/07/2023
We are currently hiring for bus drivers. To apply, go to hpsd.ca/careers. If you have any questions, please reach out to [email protected], or call Mike at 780-523-3337.
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Joussard Student Recognized for Provincial Award
06/05/2023
Congratulations to Tenley Cunningham for being awarded an honourable mention in the 2022-23 Honouring Spirit: Indigenous Student Awards. This provincial award recognizes students who display exemplary leadership, courage, and commitment to their cultures and educational paths.
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Grade 8 Students Travel to Camp Yowachas
06/05/2023
The annual Prairie River Junior High School grade eight trip to Camp Yowachas was another absolute success. Students spent three days at the outdoor education camp near Fallis, Alberta, on the north shore of Wabamun Lake. They participated in adventurous outdoor activities that built courage, positive self-esteem, and teamwork. These included canoeing, rock climbing, and playing 'Capture the Flag' in the woods.
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HPSD Celebrates Indigenous History Month
06/05/2023
In June, we commemorate National Indigenous History Month. This is a time to acknowledge the history, heritage, resilience, and diversity of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples across Canada. Part of this is also learning about and appreciating the immeasurable contributions that First Nations, Inuit, and Métis have made and continue to make today.
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HPSD Honours Murdered and Missing Indigenous People (MMIP)
06/05/2023
National MMIP Awareness Day, also known as Red Dress Day, was honoured on Friday, May 5. Beginning as a grassroots movement called the REDdress project, this day brings awareness to the epidemic of missing and murdered Indigenous people across Canada. It is associated with empty red dresses to evoke the missing women who should be wearing them. We now also see images of a red hand over the mouth representing all of the missing sisters whose voices will not be heard.
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Local Athlete Recruited by Northwestern Polytechnic
05/30/2023
We would like to congratulate EW Pratt High School student Jessica Gordon for being chosen to play on the Northwestern Polytechnic (NWP) Wolves Women's Basketball team for the 2023-24 season.
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Grade Six Student Competes in International Finals
05/30/2023
Meia McNeil travelled to Montreal last weekend to represent our region in the international final of the Dictée PGL. Congrats Meia!!!
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Wildfire Update
05/23/2023
We have been closely watching the wildfire updates for our region. To our families and our communities, our thoughts are with you.
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Regular Board Meeting Summary - May 2023
05/18/2023
The HPSD Board of Trustees met via Zoom on Tuesday, May 16, 2023, for their regularly scheduled meeting. After additions to the agenda, the meeting proceeded through the agenda items.
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École Routhier School Performs Red Riding Hood to Sold-Out Crowd
05/04/2023
Students from École Routhier School performed Red Riding Hood for a sold-out audience on Friday, April 28 and Saturday, April 29. The play was produced by Missoula Children’s Theatre, which spent one week with students memorizing, singing, rehearsing, and learning all areas of theatre performance.
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HPSD Concert Band Wins Silver in Sun Peaks
05/04/2023
Last week Georges P Vanier School, Roland Michener Secondary School, EW Pratt High School, and Prairie River Junior High School combined their concert bands to play at the Sun Peaks Con Brio Music Festival as the HPSD Concert Band in Sun Peaks, BC.
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Prairie River Junior High Beginner Band Wins Gold in Grande Prairie
05/04/2023
On Monday, May 1, the Prairie River Junior High Beginner Band performed at the Grande Prairie Rotary Music Festival at Northwestern Polytechnic.
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Hats On! for Mental Health - May 3
05/02/2023
On Wednesday, May 3, Albertans are invited to wear a hat to raise awareness of the importance of good mental health.
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Teacher Appreciation Day 2023
05/02/2023
Today we celebrate our amazing teachers at High Prairie School Division. Thank you for your hard work, dedication, and perseverance.
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Education Week 2023
05/01/2023
Ninety-five years ago, Alberta celebrated its first Education Week to call attention to the importance of education and show the public the good things happening in Alberta schools.
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CMHA Mental Health Week 2023
05/01/2023
Our stories make us human. Sharing stories and experiences, especially of difficult times and challenges, can benefit a person's mental health and help others feel like they are not alone.
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School Bus Driver Appreciation Day - May 1
05/01/2023
Today is School Bus Driver Appreciation Day. Thank you to our bus drivers for all they do for our division and students.
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Grade Nine Student Receives Provincial Award
04/28/2023
We are so proud of grade nine student Olianna Stone, from Prairie River Junior High School, for being chosen to receive the ASBA (Alberta School Boards Association) Honouring Spirit: Indigenous Student Award. This award is presented to students with exemplary leadership, courage, and commitment to their cultures and educational paths. Olianna was one of 12 students who were selected from among 224 nominees.
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High School Students Assist Seniors with Technology Devices
04/28/2023
Students from EW Pratt High School will be stopping in at the High Prairie Golden Age Club throughout the next few weeks to assist seniors with using their technology devices.
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Administrative Professionals Day - April 26
04/26/2023
The High Prairie School Division recognizes and thanks our administrative staff, who are responsible for supporting our students and schools in so many ways. Today we celebrate the valuable contributions you make to our division. We cannot thank you enough for all you do!
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Robotics Teams Qualify for Provincials in Edmonton
04/25/2023
On Friday, April 21, two teams from Georges P. Vanier School competed in the Regional Skills Competition at Northwestern Polytechnic in Fairview in the Robotics category. This year, the teams had to code robots to play hockey and score goals on the other team.
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Regular Board Meeting Summary - April 2023
04/25/2023
The High Prairie School Division Board of Trustees met on Tuesday, April 18, for their regularly scheduled meeting. After additions to the agenda were received, the meeting began with the Finance Report being received and accepted.
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Happy Earth Day 2023!
04/21/2023
This year, we rally behind the theme "Invest In Our Planet," which highlights the importance of dedicating our time, resources, and energy to solving climate change and other environmental issues. Investing in our planet is necessary to protect it and the best way to pave a path toward a prosperous future.
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Chris King Appointed as New Vice Principal of Kinuso School
04/20/2023
High Prairie School Division is pleased to announce the appointment of Chris King as the new Vice Principal of Kinuso School starting in the 2023-24 school year.
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Jennifer Taylor Appointed as New Vice Principal of E.G. Wahlstrom School
04/19/2023
High Prairie School Division is pleased to announce the appointment of Jennifer Taylor as the new Vice Principal of E.G. Wahlstrom School starting in the 2023-24 school year. Mrs. Taylor has been with High Prairie School Division since 2007 with over 23 years of educational experience.
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Fifth Annual HPSD Hand Games Tournament
04/12/2023
The High Prairie School Division held its fifth annual Pakisiwin (Hand Games) Tournament on Tuesday, April 4. This year was the largest turnout to date, with twelve teams participating.
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Students Excel at North Peace Music Festival
04/11/2023
Georges P. Vanier School sent two bands to perform at the North Peace Music Festival in Peace River on Tuesday, March 28.
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Students Recommend French Immersion Program
04/11/2023
Georges P. Vanier School students created a digital presentation outlining the benefits of a French immersion program as a social studies project. This project aligned well with Francophone Month in March and the subject of nationalism, which students were learning in their course.
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Regular Board Meeting Summary - March 2023
04/03/2023
The High Prairie School Division Board of Trustees met on Tuesday, March 21, for their regularly scheduled meeting. After approving the agenda with additions, the meeting proceeded into the remainder of the agenda items.
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National Indigenous Languages Day
03/31/2023
Tânisi Hello Language is central to a person’s identity, culture, sense of belonging, and connection to beliefs, values, and traditions. It affects our interactions with other people and the way we see the world around us.
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Acclaimed Fiddler Zach Willier Visits School
03/29/2023
Zach Willier, an artist originally from Sucker Creek First Nation on Treaty 8 territory, stopped in at Roland Michener Secondary School to share his experiences and love of music. As showcased on his second album, released earlier this month, his music is evolving to include more vocals along with fiddling.
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Grade Eight Student Earns Spot in National Science Fair
03/29/2023
Faith Bruneau-Lepine, a grade eight student from Prairie River Junior High School, has been chosen to attend the Canada-Wide Science Fair in Edmonton.
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Audrey Ghostkeeper Appointed as New Principal of E.G. Wahlstrom School
03/27/2023
High Prairie School Division is pleased to announce the appointment of Audrey Ghostkeeper as the new Principal of E.G. Wahlstrom School starting in the 2023-24 school year. Mrs. Ghostkeeper has been with High Prairie School Division since 2004 with nearly 20 years of educational experience.
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Students Learn About Animals in Boreal Forests
03/24/2023
Several classes from C.J. Schurter School visited Slave Lake's Boreal Centre for Bird Conservation (BCBC) last week to learn about hot and cold temperatures and how animals and birds survive in northern climates.
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Grade Six Students Learn About Wampum Belts
03/24/2023
High Prairie Elementary School grade six students learned about the history of wampum belts this week and created some of their own.
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Local Athlete Chosen to Compete in All-Stars Game
03/24/2023
​The High Prairie School Division would like to give a big shout-out to Jessica Gordon for being chosen to play in the 2023 Northwestern Polytechnic (NWP) All-Star Game tonight at 6:00 p.m. in Grande Prairie.
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Forestry Career Day
03/24/2023
Students from Kinuso School, Roland Michener Secondary School, and Lakeside Outreach School attended a Forestry Career Day in Slave Lake on Wednesday, March 8.
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Wilfred Buck Brings the Stars to HPSD Students
03/17/2023
HPE students had the opportunity to experience a mini planetarium this week. Elder Wilfred Buck travelled to High Prairie from Opaskwayak Cree Nation, Manitoba, on Treaty 5 territory, to share his knowledge of Earth's solar system from both scientific and Indigenous viewpoints.
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Former HPSD Student Delivers Powerful Message
03/16/2023
Linsay Willier-Kendall, a former High Prairie School Division student, visited Prairie River Junior High School on Monday, March 13. Linsay is from Sucker Creek First Nation, on Treaty 8 territory. She was a finalist on Canada's Next Top Model in 2009 and went on to compete in Miss Universe Canada, winning the People's Choice Award. Linsay is an actor, mother of a blended family, and a powerful motivational speaker.
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Thank You To Our Substitute Teachers!
03/13/2023
The Alberta Teachers’ Association designates one week each year as Substitute Teachers’ Appreciation Week. This is a time to recognize those teachers who are always on standby to quickly step in whenever they are needed to ensure continuity of learning for our students.
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HPSD Presents at AB Rural Education Symposium
03/09/2023
Alberta’s annual Rural Education Symposium took place in Edmonton on March 5 to 7. It focused on the three R’s of rural education: Resilience, Reconciliation, and Rejoicing.
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Grade Six Students Excel in U of A Event
03/08/2023
Six female students from High Prairie Elementary School participated in the University of Alberta CHOICES 2023 virtual conference on Friday, February 24. Each year, one team of girls and gender-diverse students from each school is eligible to attend this event, which is geared towards Women in Scholarship, Engineering, Science, and Technology (WISEST).
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Local Student Wins Prestigious Award
03/08/2023
The High Prairie School Division would like to congratulate Saige Burnett on being awarded the Governor General's Academic Medal. Created in 1873, this has become the most prestigious award that students in Canada can receive and is awarded to the student graduating with the highest average from a high school, as well as from approved college or university programs.
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International Women's Day 2023
03/08/2023
Imagine a gender-equal world. A world free of bias, stereotypes, and discrimination. A world that's diverse, equitable, and inclusive. A world where differences are valued and celebrated. Together we can forge women's equality. Collectively we can all #EmbraceEquity.
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Group Land-Based Learning Day in Joussard
03/01/2023
Grade K-6 students from École Routhier School and Joussard School participated in a group land-based learning event in Joussard on Thursday, February 16.
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Murray Marran Appointed as New Superintendent and CEO of HPSD
Murray Marran Appointed as New Superintendent and CEO of HPSD
02/28/2023
The High Prairie School Division Board of Trustees is pleased to announce that Murray Marran has been chosen as the successful candidate for the role of Superintendent and CEO, effective September 1, 2023.
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Regular Board Meeting Summary - February 2023
02/22/2023
The Board of Trustees met on Tuesday, February 21, 2023, for their regularly scheduled board meeting. The Board accepted the agenda with additions and then proceeded with the rest of the agenda items.
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HPSD Wears Pink in Support of Anti-Bullying
02/22/2023
Pink Shirt Day is a movement which began at a Nova Scotian school in 2007 when a student received threats for wearing a pink shirt to school.
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Recruitment Open for Minister's Youth Council
02/16/2023
Recruitment for the 2023-24 MYC (Minister’s Youth Council) has officially begun.
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Myleenah Giroux-Bellerose, of Joussard School, receives an award for exemplifying the teaching of love.
Indigenous Teachings Exemplified by Students
02/13/2023
Character education is the teaching of values and morality. Some schools have adopted the 7 Grandfather Teachings, or Seven Sacred Teachings, as a model for imparting these virtues. Each teaching is shared in the form of a story and is represented by an animal.
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HPSD Students Excel at 2023 Arctic Winter Games
02/06/2023
Many athletes from the High Prairie School Division represented Alberta North last week at the 2023 Arctic Winter Games in Wood Buffalo.
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Regular Board Meeting Summary - January 2023
01/24/2023
The High Prairie School Division met on Tuesday, January 17, 2023, for their regularly scheduled meeting. After approval of the agenda with no additions, they moved into discussions of the regular agenda items.
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Hiring For Indigenous Education Coach
01/20/2023
We are currently hiring for an Indigenous Education Coach. Go to hpsd.ca/careers for details!
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HPSD Receives Mental Health Grant
01/06/2023
High Prairie School Division is pleased to have been one of the successful recipients of a two-year Alberta Education Mental Health in Schools Pilot Program. The grant amount totals $177,000 over two years. We are excited at the opportunities for growth and positive change this grant will provide to our schools and communities.
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New Dual Credit Opportunity Offered at HPSD
01/05/2023
New dual credit opportunity...Drone Prep! If you are interested in obtaining your basic drone operator certificate, here is your chance. Through a partnership with Lakeland College, HPSD senior high students can enroll in a new course called GIS and Remote Sensing.
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New Scholarship Opportunity!
01/05/2023
The TD Scholarship for Indigenous Peoples is a newly released program managed by the Aboriginal Financial Officers Association (Canada). It offers $10,000 towards each tuition each year, $5,000 towards living expenses each year, and summer employment opportunities at TD Bank.
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HPSD Celebrates National Ribbon Skirt Day
01/05/2023
Eleven-year-old student Isabella Kulak, from Cote First Nation in Saskatchewan, inspired a global movement after being told by an educational assistant on her school’s “formal day” that her handmade ribbon skirt didn’t even match her shirt and that she should wear something more like the other kids.
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Calendar Survey
Calendar Survey
01/03/2023
High Prairie School Division is gathering feedback for the 2023-24 school year calendar. The link below is to a short survey on the upcoming school year calendar, as well as a few questions about student services in our schools.
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Regular Board Meeting Summary - December 2022
Regular Board Meeting Summary - December 2022
12/21/2022
The High Prairie School Division Board of Trustees met via Zoom on Tuesday, December 20, 2022, for their regularly scheduled board meeting. The Board approved the agenda with updates and then moved into the agenda items.
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Nominate an Exceptional Educator
12/19/2022
Nominations are open for the 2023 Prime Minister's Awards for Teaching Excellence. From now until January 17, 2023, you can nominate a teacher from an elementary or secondary school in Canada who meets the standards of excellence requirements. For more information, go to canada.ca/pm-awards.
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Chargers Win Gold in Memorial Tournament
12/12/2022
E.W. Pratt High School hosted the tenth annual Tonesha Walker Memorial Tournament on December 2-3. After kicking off the tournament with an alumni game on Dec.1, HPSD students from Georges P. Vanier, E.W. Pratt, and Kinuso competed in the tournament amongst eight other schools.
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HPSD Students Rise Up
12/01/2022
Last week thirty-two Youth Council for Reconciliation members from across the division came together in High Prairie to participate in 'Still I Rise,' a virtual event hosted by Ever Active Schools. This event focused on celebrating Indigenous stories, fostering resilience for Indigenous youth, and encouraging reconciliation.
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HPSD Donates to HP & District Food Bank
12/01/2022
The High Prairie School Division filled a bus with food donations before participating in High Prairie's annual Winter Light-Up parade.
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Knowledge Seeker Award Recipient
11/22/2022
The High Prairie School Division would like to congratulate Jamie Chalifoux, Indigenous Education Coach, on his recognition this past weekend at the inaugural Okimaw Awards held at Edmonton City Hall.
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Have Your Say on Career Education Programming
11/22/2022
Alberta’s Career Education Task Force is listening to your perspectives on how we can use career education programming for grades 7-12 to strengthen connections between schools and employers.
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Regular Board Meeting Summary - November 15, 2022
11/21/2022
The High Prairie School Division Board of Trustees met via Zoom on Tuesday, November 15, 2022, for their regularly scheduled meeting. Trustees approved the agenda with no additions and then moved to the scheduled agenda items.
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HPSD Students Celebrate our Veterans
11/17/2022
High Prairie School Division's staff and students participated in many activities last week in honour of Indigenous Veterans Day and Remembrance Day. It was great to see how teachers incorporated remembrance, peace, and gratitude into their art, language arts, music, and physical education classes.
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Bullying Awareness Week November 14 - 18
11/14/2022
High Prairie School Division is dedicated to providing a safe, caring, and inclusive learning environment. This year’s theme, #BeKindAB, focuses on learning how to recognize bullying and stop it in all forms while emphasizing the importance of being kind.
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Rock Your Mocs at HPSD
11/14/2022
Rock Your Mocs is a worldwide social media event that began in 2011 as a way to wear moccasins in unity. The event also provides an opportunity to share stories, learn more about diversity, and promote cultural pride. Wearers are encouraged to take a photo of their moccasins, create a video or story, add the hashtag #ROCKYOURMOCS, and upload it to social media.
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Celebrate Métis Week November 14 - 18
11/14/2022
High Prairie School Division students are busy learning about Métis culture this week. Traditional Métis homeland included all of Alberta and two prairie provinces, bits of two other provinces, and one territory. Our school division includes Métis students from East Prairie Settlement, Gift Lake Settlement, and Peavine Settlement.
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Partnership Enhances Student Learning
11/10/2022
The Lesser Slave Forest Education Society (LSFES) is an organization committed to forest-focused environmental education. For over ten years, they have provided curriculum-related programming through interactive field trips and classroom presentations to schools throughout the High Prairie School Division.
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Junior PD Day at Lakeside Outreach School
11/10/2022
At Lakeside Outreach School, students independently work through courses on and off campus at their own pace. Last year the school created a new initiative called Junior PD Days. These in-person learning experiences allow students to connect with their teachers in new ways, network with other students, and learn from experts within the local community while earning Career and Technology Studies (CTS) credits outside of core courses.
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Indigenous Veterans Day 2022
11/08/2022
Today the High Prairie School Division honours the courageous Indigenous veterans who bravely served Canada. It is estimated that as many as 12,000 First Nations, Métis, and Inuit people have served in the great conflicts of the twentieth century.
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Fall Land-Based Learning
10/28/2022
Students from Kinuso and Joussard went out on the land this month to participate in fall land-based learning.
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Regular Board Meeting Summary - October 2022
Regular Board Meeting Summary - October 2022
10/18/2022
The High Prairie School Division Board of Trustees met on Tuesday, October 18, 2022, for their regularly scheduled meeting. Trustees approved the agenda with additions and continued with the rest of the agenda items.
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HPSD Students Excel in Golf Tournaments
10/06/2022
HPSD’s students have been busy out on the golf course! Forty-two students from grades 7-12 participated in this years divisional golf tournament, with Lakeside Outreach School entering its first ever golf team, and Kinuso School entering its first golf team in ten years.
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Terry Fox Run 2022
10/05/2022
Students across the division participated in this year's Terry Fox Run, the world's largest one-day fundraiser for cancer research. Together, our division raised over $7,700! A big thank you to our teachers and admin for their efforts in organizing this event and to all students who participated.
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Orange Shirt Day 2022
09/27/2022
Many of today's Indigenous Elders, leaders, and community members are Survivors of Canada's residential school system. They have been deeply affected by over 400 years of colonization, attempted assimilation, and cultural genocide.
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Regular Board Meeting Summary
09/27/2022
The High Prairie School Division Board of Trustees met for their regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, September 20, 2022. Trustees approved the agenda with additions and moved into the rest of the agenda.
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Zone 1 Edwin Parr Nomination 2022
09/21/2022
High Prairie School Division is pleased to announce Cara Haubrich of C.J. Schurter School as our zone candidate for the 2022 Edwin Parr award.
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Friends of Education Nominee 2022
09/21/2022
High Prairie School Division is pleased to announce Steve McLeod of High Prairie Freson Bros. as our nominee for the 2022 ASBA Friends of Education Award.
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Sora - The Student Reading App
09/07/2022
Sora is the app that allows access to OverDrive, an immense digital library. All High Prairie School Division (HPSD) staff and students automatically have access to this amazing source of digital books, audiobooks, and, just recently, magazines!
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Regular Board Meeting Summary
Regular Board Meeting Summary
08/30/2022
The HPSD Board of Trustees met on Tuesday, August 23, 2022, for their regularly scheduled meeting. Trustees approved the agenda with additions and then carried on with the meeting.
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