High Park School Homepage News en-us Tue, 25 Feb 2020 12:22:47 MST Breeze for Teachers 5.0 https://highpark.psd70.ab.ca HPS Update - February 24th Hello HPS Families! It looks like the weather is starting to look a lot more like Spring!  It’s a busy week, as always at HPS this week, here are some upcoming dates, information and reminders that we wanted to make you aware of: Pink Shirt Day - As a demonstration of our need to work together to promote healthy relationships and prevent bullying, Parkland School Division encourages all students, staff and families to participate in Pink Shirt Day on Wednesday, February 26, by donning your favorite shades of rose, fuchsia, salmon or magenta.  For more information please click here. Grade 2 Swimming Lessons - The Grade 2s will be heading to the Tri-Lesiure Centre this week in the afternoons.  The bus will leave at lunchtime and will return in time for the afternoon bus run. Please remember to pack swimsuits, towels and anything else that your chid(ren) needs to participate in this activity.  For more information please see the permission form that was sent home or contact your child’s teacher. Hot Lunch Order Deadline - The deadline for Hot Lunch orders for the month of March is on Tuesday this week.  For more information about the Hot Lunch Program that is offered by our Parents Advisory League please go to https://highpark.psd70.ab.ca/Lunch%20Program.php.  We have also added the Hot Lunch and Feature Friday items to the school calendar on our website for your reference (https://highpark.psd70.ab.ca/Events.php). Alberta Education Accountability Survey - If you have a  student in grades 4 or 7 this year please keep an eye out for information from Alberta Education about accessing and completing this year's Accountability Survey.  These results provide important feedback to our school and division and are an important part of our planning process each year. Students and staff will have the opportunity to complete their portion of the survey in the upcoming weeks.  An ongoing challenge that exists is low parent response rates on these surveys so your attention to them when they arrive is very much appreciated. If you have any questions about this please feel free to give me a call at the school. Surveys must be completed by February 28th. Online Registration/Verification for 2020-2021 - Online registration and verification for the 2020-2021 school year will open February 3! This process must be completed for every student each school year. Please check your email beginning February 3 2020 for a message from "PowerSchool Registration Support" <noreply@noreply.psrsupport.com> and follow the instructions in that email to complete the registration process.  All parents and guardians are required to complete the registration process by 4:30pm on March 20, 2020. This deadline allows us to determine the eligibility of bus pass applicants, the routing of buses, bus pass production and data verification before the summer break while schools are still operating. Any applications received after the March 20 deadline may not be processed in time for the first day of school.  Payment arrangements for bus passes must be received through Parkland School Division’s online payment system (PowerSchool Parent Portal) or at the Parkland School Division Centre for Education on or before Friday, June 26, 2020 for students to be eligible to ride the bus the first day of school. Remember: If your child does not have a valid bus pass for the 2020-2021 school year, they will not be able to ride the bus.  For more information, including the registration process for new students and a list of important registration dates and deadlines, please visit www.psd70.ab.ca/Registration.php. Student Drop Off Lane - The student drop off lane is an important part of a smooth morning drop off.  Please ensure that when you are dropping students off in the morning that it is used as intended and not as a parking spot.  When there are vehicles that are obstructing the flow of traffic it drastically slows down the process of getting people through and students dropped off safely. Please Help HPS Stay Looking Great - Our care-taking staff have been hard at work this past week cleaning and scrubbing while students were away over the break, please help them out by removing wet, snowy or muddy footwear before entering the school.  With the unpredictable weather this year we are finding that the salt and rocks that are tracked in are making clean up very difficult. It would be very helpful if everyone takes the time to remove/clean their shoes before entering the school.  Racks are provided at both entrances for guests to place their shoes. Thank you for your help with this, it makes a world of difference to keeping hallways clean and tidy. Ski Club This Week - Students will be heading to the hill again this week!  The bus will be leaving right after busses depart at the end of the day for an evening of skiing, departing from the hill at 9 pm.  Please ensure that if your child is not going to attend an evening for one reason or another that you notify the office as early as possible.  We have several people on wait lists for each evening and it’s very much appreciated if we can give them as much notice as possible if a seat opens up.  Please make arrangements to drop equipment off at the school on Friday morning where it can be stored in the shed by the 4-9 doors. The shed will be locked at 9 am and will be opened after the regular busses depart so that students can claim their equipment.  Just a reminder that Ski and Snowboard Equipment CANNOT be transported with students on regular buses and will need to be dropped off at the school. Basketball - It’s a busy week on the court with more league games and practices.   If you have questions about schedules or games please email our Athletic Director Miss Hemraj at ahemraj@psd70.ab.ca.  Here are the details for the upcoming practices: Monday - Sr Girls Practice @ HP - 3:30-4:45 Tuesday - Sr Boys Practice @ HP - 3:30-4:45 Wednesday - Jr Girls vs PLC @ HP - 4 pm Thursday      - Jr Boys vs CFL @ HP - 4 pm Tabs for Wheels – Along with a local non-profit group, we are now collecting tabs from aluminium cans to support the purchase of motorized scooters for those in need.  This is a great way for children to get involved in helping others in our community! Please send tabs with your children who will be able to place these in our collection bucket in the office.  Along with other local schools, we’re hoping to reach a goal of 1 million tabs this year! Let’s help this great joint effort! As always, should you have any questions please feel free to contact me at the school at 780-963-2222 or via email at bspence@psd70.ab.ca or stop by the office! Have a great week!  Bryn https://highpark.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=23116&stream=Homepage News https://highpark.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=23116&stream=Homepage News Pink Shirt Day February 13, 2020 - As a demonstration of our need to work together to promote healthy relationships and prevent bullying, Parkland School Division encourages all students, staff and families to participate in Pink Shirt Day on Wednesday, February 26, by donning your favourite shades of rose, fuchsia, salmon or magenta. Pink Shirt Day got its start in small-town Nova Scotia, where a group of high school boys teamed up to distribute and wear pink t-shirts in support of their classmate, a Grade 9 boy who had been bullied for wearing a pink shirt to school. Their show of solidarity sent a strong message to the boy's bullies that their actions would not be tolerated, and today, annual Pink Shirt Day events held in communities across Canada continue to spread this message of kindness and understanding. Being proactive in preventing bullying means we accept shared responsibility for the creation and maintenance of learning and work environments that are safe and welcoming for all students, their families and staff, as outlined in PSD's Administrative Procedure 180: Belonging and Identity. Participating in events like Pink Shirt Day shows leadership in our schools and communities. This display of support is the foundation for creating bullying prevention strategies and modelling healthy relationships. Show your commitment to creating welcoming, caring, respectful and safe environments and help stop bullying by wearing pink and sharing on social media using the hashtags #psd70, #PinkShirtDay, #WhereToTurn and #LiftEachOtherUp. For more information on Pink Shirt Day and Safe and Caring Schools, please visit the Pink Shirt Day and Alberta Government websites. https://highpark.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=19719&stream=Homepage News https://highpark.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=19719&stream=Homepage News MCHS Grade 9 Open House & Parent Info Night February 18, 2020 - To support Grade 9 students in their transition to high school, Parkland School Division high schools are preparing to host their annual Open House events. Ahead of welcoming incoming high school students into their hallways and classrooms, Memorial Composite High School will be presenting at area feeder schools. Grade 9 students from across the Tri-Area can expect a jam-packed informative session with high school counselors, covering all aspects of the registration process for the upcoming school year. Once students know how to register, they and their parents or guardians are invited and encouraged to check out everything their new school will have to offer for the upcoming school year. If you're about to make the move from middle to high school, mark these can't-miss events on your calendar!   First-Time Parent Information Night Date: Tuesday, March 3 Time: 7-8pm  Location: Memorial Composite High School MCHS will be hosting an evening event which is meant for parents seeing their first child through high school. This evening will provide an opportunity for parents to become familiar with the school and to meet the school administration and counsellors. The registration process and how parents can help their child pick appropriate core classes will be discussed. Students are not to attend this evening; it is for parents only. Grade 9 Open House Date: Thursday, March 5 Time: 6-8pm  Location: Memorial Composite High School Large Gymnasium After a brief presentation in the large gym introducing the evening's events, students and parents are invited to tour the entire school and visit both core and options classrooms. All labs and options will be in full operation, so participants will have a great chance to preview the unique aspects of each available course. Students will then be able to make informed decisions about their high school course selections. Bring your questions and your enthusiasm, and you'll leave much more confident about your transition into high school. MCHS Contact Information Memorial Composite High School  50 Westerra Centre Stony Plain, AB T7Z 1R3 Phone: 780-963-2255 Fax: 780-963-6722 Email: mchs@psd70.ab.ca   Website: mchs.psd70.ab.ca   For general information about the Parkland School Division registration process and requirements, please visit our Registration page. https://highpark.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=19439&stream=Homepage News https://highpark.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=19439&stream=Homepage News It's Survey Season February 14, 2020 - It's survey season and Parkland School Division and Alberta Education wants to hear from all stakeholders including parents, guardians, teachers and students. Staff at the division are entrusted to provide students with a quality education but we need all stakeholders' help. Meaningful engagement is foundational as we attend to providing stakeholder assurance that the Division is achieving its Ultimate Goal: Student Success and Well-being. Consider this an annual check-up on the education system.  There are a number of tools used with different audiences.  All surveys are anonymous and are invaluable when it comes to informing decision-making in the Education Planning process at both the school and division level. Students and teachers complete the surveys online at school while parents receive a copy of the survey that can be completed online, or by mail. Responses are collected and tabulated into a summary chart released in May and are updated in October to supplement updated academic achievement results through the Provincial Achievement Tests (grade 6 and 9) and the Diploma Examination results.  School administration and staff take the Accountability Pillar results into consideration when building supportive learning environments, meaningful experiences and healthy relationships with our students. They also carefully analyze the results of achievement tests and Diploma Exams to guide classroom instruction moving forward. From Alberta Education Parents and guardians across Alberta will receive their invitation to share their views on what's happening at school directly from Alberta Education. This process can be completed online until the end of February.  Parents and guardians are encouraged to watch their mail if they haven't already received the survey.  Instructions on how to complete the survey are included in the survey package including directions on how to return the survey directly to Alberta Education. Parents can also use the Random Access Code provided to them in the survey package to complete the survey online by visiting:  https://public.education.alberta.ca/APOS/ Survey results will be available to school authorities in May 2020, and will be reported publicly as part of the Division's Education Plan and Annual Education Results Report. For more information on the province's Accountability Pillar Surveys, visit the Education Plan pages of your school's website which can be found under the OUR SCHOOL menu in the top navigation. Click on OUR SCHOOL > Reports. ThoughtExchange Stay tuned for more information as we Continue the Conversation in the 2020 ThoughtExchange coming soon.  For more information contact: Parkland School Division Phone: 780-963-4010 Email: DivisionOffice@psd70.ab.ca https://highpark.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=23068&stream=Homepage News https://highpark.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=23068&stream=Homepage News Registered Apprenticeship Program Information Night February 17, 2020 - Parkland School Division’s high schools are hosting a parent information night regarding the Registered Apprenticeship Programs (RAP) in PSD as well as other Off-Campus programming. Grade 9 to 12 students who may be interested in participating in the program now or in the future are invited to attend. Earn while you learn. RAP students are both full-time students and registered apprentices, and must be actively working toward the completion of senior high school. The amount of time a RAP student spends at school and on the work site can be quite flexible, allowing the student to divide his or her time between an approved work site and senior high school. The student, school and employer jointly agree to a suitable schedule. Students can earn up to 40 high school credits in the program. Date: Wednesday, March 18, 2020 Time: 6:30-8pm Location: Horizon Stage, 1001 Calahoo Rd, Spruce Grove, AB Explore over 50 different skilled trade occupations. Students can also qualify for a $1000 scholarship. Learn about flexible work schedules available during semesters or over the summer. Careers: the Next Generation will also be on hand to answer questions. For further information, contact: Memorial Composite High School Sharla Nuijens RAP Coordinator Phone: 780-963-2255 Spruce Grove Composite High School Rob Killen RAP Coordinator Phone: 780-962-0800 Careers: the Next Generation Phone: 1-888-757-7172 https://highpark.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=23062&stream=Homepage News https://highpark.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=23062&stream=Homepage News Online Registration / Verification for 2020-2021 January 21, 2020 - Parkland School Division's annual online registration/verification process is coming soon.  All Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 12 registrations for both new and returning students will be conducted online through the PowerRegistration portal for the 2020-2021 school year. All parents will be required to complete this online process each school year. New students must register online, while returning students will receive an email or letter with further instructions on how to verify and/or update their existing information. Registration opens on February 3, 2020. NEW STUDENTS - Access the Online 2020-2021 New Student Registration Form>>> RETURNING STUDENTS - Check your email beginning Monday, February 3, 2020. Parents/guardians can register new students using the New Student Registration form, and/or verify returning student information by following instructions sent to them via email.  All parents are required to complete the registration process by 4:30pm on March 20, 2020. This deadline allows us to determine the eligibility of bus pass applicants, the routing of buses, bus pass production and data verification before the summer break while schools are still operating. Important Registration Dates February 3, 2020 - Registration opens. The link to the New Student Registration form (new students) will be added as a Quick Link on the homepage of psd70.ab.ca. Families of returning students will check their email for a message from PowerSchool Registration Support with further instructions (returning students). March 20, 2020 at 4:30pm - Registration deadline. For further information, visit our Registration page. Please note: The 2019-2020 New Student Registration form is still open and accepting registrations for the current school year. The 2019-2020 form cannot be used to register for 2020-2021- when registering, please make sure to use the correct form. Complete information on the registration process can be found on our Registration page. More information regarding the 2020-2021 registration process will be added as it becomes available.   For more information contact: Parkland School Division Phone: 780-963-4010 Email: DivisionOffice@psd70.ab.ca https://highpark.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=22904&stream=Homepage News https://highpark.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=22904&stream=Homepage News Regular Board Meeting Highlights - February 11, 2020 February 11, 2020 - The Board of Trustees is pleased to share with all education stakeholders the highlights of our recent Board meeting held on Tuesday, February 11, 2020. The adopted minutes will be available on our website following the next Regular Board meeting. The Alberta School Boards Association has released the deadline for Edwin Parr Teacher Award nominations for excellence in first-year teachers. Due to the release of a later deadline, the Parkland School Division selection committee has extended their deadline for submissions to February 28, 2020. Grade 5 and 6 students from Forest Green School shared their learning as a delegation to the meeting. They presented a Career & Technology Foundations and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Math) challenge. Students are exploring these areas by building and creating projects and activities to inspire new passions and talents. The Board welcomed Keanu, Rylan, Daxton, Kaiden, Nicholas, Keira, Olivia and Leah. Joining the students were Principal Nealle Dickson, Assistant Principal Mike Partington, teacher Jessica St. Pierre and educational assistant Michelle Gardiner. The Board received as information the Occupational Health & Safety Report as presented by Deputy Superintendent, Mark Francis. Next Regular Board meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 10, 2020 at 9:30 a.m., Centre for Education https://highpark.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=23035&stream=Homepage News https://highpark.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=23035&stream=Homepage News Minister's Youth Council February 6, 2020 - The Minister of Education is recruiting youth to sit on the Minister's Youth Council. Annually, 40 junior and senior high students with diverse interests, identities, backgrounds and perspectives from all regions of Alberta are selected for the council. The program is eligible for junior or senior high students between the ages of 14 and 19 (as of September 1, 2020)  Applicants chosen will be on the council for a 10-month term which involves 3 meetings to be held in Edmonton in fall, winter and spring. Apply online today to be a part of the Minister's Youth Council. 2020-2021 Recruitment The Ministry is looking for approximately 32 to 40 youth with diverse interests, identities, backgrounds and perspectives from all across Alberta to participate as partners in contributing to our education system. A minimum of 24 new council members and maximum of 8 returning council members will be recruited from the 2019-2020 council. The deadline for applications is March 18, 2020. If you are unable to apply online, download the application and send it to: Alberta Education Strategic Engagement Branch Attention: Student Engagement 6th Floor, 44 Capital Boulevard 10044 108 Street Edmonton, Alberta  T5J 5E6 Only applications with a postmark dated on/prior to March 18, 2020 will be considered. Application Package and Documents The application package requires consent from your parent/guardian. Please complete basic personal information and thoughtfully answer the following questions: Community Why do you think it is important that individuals of all ages contribute to their communities in a positive way? Tell us about your efforts to create positive change in your community, through volunteering, working with or influencing others to take action and create change. Please describe your experiences in depth, indicating your contribution and the impact of your actions. Perspective Everyone has a story or experiences that have shaped their values, beliefs and choices. How have your lived experiences contributed to your values and how is your perspective unique? Leadership  Leadership is not always positional, it can also be situational; you can demonstrate leadership even if you’re not the leader of a group. Describe one leadership skill you demonstrate and how it would positively contribute to the council. Passion Why do you want to be on the Minister's Youth Council? To apply online, you may complete the application in more than one online session. Click the “save” button to save your responses. Please save your work every 15 minutes as the system will timeout after 20 minutes. Once you complete the application, click the “submit” button to ensure that your application will be received and reviewed by Alberta Education. Applications that have been saved but not submitted will not be accepted for consideration. Before applying, please read the Minister’s Youth Council Fact Sheet and Student Engagement Fact Sheet. https://highpark.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=23012&stream=Homepage News https://highpark.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=23012&stream=Homepage News Strong Families: Drug Information & Awareness January 28, 2020 - Parkland School Division is proud to present another FREE information series for local families. Evening 1: We will focus on defining the concept of addiction, exploring how addiction develops, identifying the types of drugs that youth may be using and how those substances can affect the brain and body.   Evening 2: We will focus on how to talk to your child/teen about drugs (and what to expect when you do), as well as what addiction and mental health services are available for families. Dates: Tuesday, March 10 and 17, 2020 Time: 6-7:30pm Location: Parkland School Division Centre for Education (4603-48 Street, Stony Plain) Presenter: Lisa Kimmerly (Alberta Health Services - Addictions) Information and topics discussed will build on each other, so participants are asked to attend all dates, if possible. A light supper will be provided. Limited childcare is available. Space is limited, so please register early to reserve your spot. To register, please contact: Vicky Mamczasz Family Supports Facilitator Phone: 780-963-8472 Email: vmamczasz@psd70.ab.ca https://highpark.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=21427&stream=Homepage News https://highpark.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=21427&stream=Homepage News Kindergarten Registration & Open Houses 2020-2021 January 7, 2020 - Kindergarten Open Houses for all schools in Parkland School Division that offer Kindergarten programming will be held from 6-7pm on Wednesday, February 12, 2020. Students are welcome to attend these events with their parents or guardians at the school at which they have registered. They will be designed as information nights, where parents and guardians can visit the school, see the kindergarten classroom, meet the staff and learn more about the kindergarten program and what their child will be doing and learning while they are part of it.   Please note: You can find your designated school on Parkland School Division’s Attendance Areas & Designated Schools page.   How to Register Fill out the online 2020-2021 New Student Registration Form once it becomes available beginning February 3, 2020. The student's birth certificate and proof of residence will be required as part of the registration process - please submit copies of these documents to the school. Important: Be sure to register using the 2020-2021 New Student Registration Form. The New Student Registration Form link currently live on the Division’s Registration page is only for students registering for the balance of the current 2019-2020 school year. All parents are encouraged to complete the registration process by 4:30pm on March 20, 2020. This deadline allows us to determine the eligibility of bus pass applicants, the routing of buses and data verification before the summer break while schools are still operating. Registrations will continue to be accepted after the deadline for those families who may be moving into the jurisdiction. For more detailed information on the online registration process, visit PSD’s Registration page. Good to Know: Registration requirements for Kindergarten are the same as those for Grades 1 through 12.   A child entering Kindergarten must be 5 years old by the last day of December of the school year in which he or she begins Kindergarten. For example, a child registering for Kindergarten in September 2020 needs to be 5 years old by December 31, 2020. A child entering Grade 1 must be 6 years old by the last day of December of the school year in which he or she begins Grade 1. For example, a child registering for Grade 1 in September 2020 needs to be 6 years old by December 31, 2020.   Kindergarten programs are offered on Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday with alternating Fridays. Please contact your designated school for more information. Kindergarten Programs of Choice Parkland School Division is proud to offer French Immersion and Maranatha as programs of choice to incoming Kindergarten students. Here’s how you can learn more about them. French Immersion French Immersion Kindergarten programs are offered at École Meridian Heights School (for the Stony Plain and West End area) and École Broxton Park School (for the Spruce Grove area). French Immersion Open Houses will be held at these schools on Tuesday, February 4, 2020 from 6-7pm. If you're interested in French Immersion, please drop by or contact these schools for more information. Maranatha Christian Program The Maranatha Christian Program (MCP) is available to all families who want their Kindergarten to Grade 9 children taught in a non-denominational, spiritually nurturing, intellectually challenging, and disciplined environment. Those families who are interested in their children entering Kindergarten with this program of choice should contact Brookwood School in Spruce Grove. Middle Years students from Grades 5 through 9 can choose this program which is offered at Woodhaven Middle School in Spruce Grove. Still Have Questions? Everything else you need to know on the topic of registration can be found on the PSD Registration page. For further information, please contact your child's future school. https://highpark.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=22798&stream=Homepage News https://highpark.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=22798&stream=Homepage News