Board News - Peace Wapiti Public School Division

Peace Wapiti Public School Division
January 29, 2015
Board News
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Minister Dirks chats with Grade 12 students Jocelyn Wright and Kallum McDonald during a tour of Peace Wapiti Academy.
PWSD voices concerns during Zone 1 meeting with Minister Dirks –
Transportation, capital projects and mental health resources top the list
February 10 - April 23
Registration opens at 8:30 a.m. on
Tuesday, February 10 and runs until
Thursday, April 23. The competition
will be held on Friday, April 24 at
Grande Prairie Regional College,
Fairview Campus.
Family Day
Monday, February 16
No classes.
Next Board Meeting
Thursday, February 19
10:30 a.m., Central Office.
Kindergarten Registration
Beginning Thursday, March 12
to find a school near you. Also, a
fillable PDF registration form for the
2015-2016 school year will soon be
posted to this website. Simply save,
complete and print the form and
bring it, along with your child’s birth
certificate, to a PWSD school near
you. Forms will also be available at
school offices and Central Office.
oard Chairs and Superintendents representing School
Divisions in Zone 1 – Northwestern Alberta met
with the Hon. Gordon Dirks, Minister of Education, in
Grande Prairie on Tuesday, January 20. The group voiced
concerns around sustainable, predictable funding.
Stacey Pelland, PWSD’s Board Vice Chair, brought
forward the need for funds to support transportation
and capital projects, and received reassurance that the
new Whispering Ridge school project will move forward
despite the economic downturn. Superintendent Sheldon
Rowe expressed the need for appropriate funding to
address mental health issues.
Following the meeting, Minister Dirks toured Peace
Wapiti Academy for a first-hand glimpse of the positive
impact High School Redesign, an Alberta Education
initiative, is having at the school.
Facilities Report and IMR Projects Report –
School maintenance and construction projects on track
uring the summer and
fall of 2014, PWSD’s
Facilities Department
oversaw general
maintenance and repairs
at all schools. Regular
maintenance work
included screening and
varnishing of gymnasium
floors, summer cleaning,
carpet steam-cleaning, fire
alarm systems testing and
verification, inspection
and maintenance of fire
extinguishers, servicing
and cleaning of all
More news from Peace Wapiti Public School Division:
Change Air units, and
testing and verification
of all emergency and exit
Schools requiring
additional maintenance
work were handled on a
case-by-case basis.
Larger projects
included the delivery
and installation of two
modular classrooms at
Clairmont Community
School. A link, connecting
the units to the main
building, is in the process
of being built. LaGlace
School saw an expansion
to their staff parking lot,
along with a new facade.
The roofing project at
Peace Wapiti Academy
has been completed.
In preparation for the
replacement Robert W.
Zahara Public School,
two modular classrooms
were moved to the
existing daycare. The
modernization project at
Teepee Creek School is
FNMI events
oy Joachim, PWSD’s
Horse Lake Educational
Representative, highlighted
upcoming FNMI events in
her report to the Board:
• The annual Spirit Seekers
Youth Conference will be
held on March 6-7 at
• A career fair for high
school students will take
place near the end of the
school year – date TBA.
• National Aboriginal Day,
June 21.
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January 29, 2015
New skating rink for Bezanson –
Policy Review Committee selects
PWSD to enter into multi-use agreement new Chair, updates policies
ince 2012, the Bezanson Fire Department Society
has been working hard on developing a new
skating rink for the community, and the results
were evident during a presentation to the Board on
January 29 by Wade Doris, President of the Bezanson
Fire Department Society, and Harold Bulford, Station
Phases 1 and 2, which included clearing the
site, laying down the asphalt pad, removal of an
overhead power line, and installing the boards, are
now complete. Remarkably, all work was fully funded
through grants, fundraising and volunteer labour.
Mr. Doris said the new 56’ by 120’ ice surface will
double as a year-round facility for ball hockey and
events, and will improve health and wellness in the
community. Mr. Bulford expressed thanks to the
PWSD Board for permitting the Society to construct
the facility on Bezanson School property.
Fundraising is underway for Phase 3, an opensided roof structure which will ensure clear sight lines
for student supervision.
During the meeting, Mr. Doris and Mr. Bulford
requested permission to connect the facility to the
electrical transformer at Bezanson School. The pair are
also seeking assistance from the Board in developing
a multi-use agreement for the facility, and securing
necessary development and building permits from
the county when the engineered drawings for the
roof are completed.
uring a meeting of the Policy Review Committee
on January 12, 2015, Trustee Sharilyn Anderson was
selected as Committee Chair. Also, the following policies
were updated:
• Policy BDC – In Camera/Committee of the Whole and
Policy BC – Organization of the Board: A guideline and
procedure were added to provide a method for the
Board to meet in emergent situations. Changes were
approved via a recorded vote.
• Policies HKC– Course Challenge and HKD-Waiver
of Normal Prerequisite Courses: The Board voted to
rescind these two policies.
• Policy HK – Student Assessment, Grading and
Reporting: Guideline and Procedure #2 was updated
and #3 was added.
• Policy HGCG – Off-Site Activities: Updated to allow
verbal consent for field trips under certain conditions.
Other updates were made to ensure consistency with
the AB School Boards’ Insurance Exchange (ASBIE) OffSite Policies and Procedures Manual. Template letters
have been developed for blanket field trip permission
and for volunteers requiring criminal checks.
• Policy of the Month: The current button to access the
Policy of the Month, found at, will be
replaced by a button for PWSD staff to access the online
Employee Self-Serve portal. The Committee plans to
move the Policy of the Month link to the online Policies
handbook, and Trustees will continue to include it as an
agenda item for discussion at School Council meetings.
ASBA Zone One Meeting Report
rustee Anderson reported on the Alberta School
Boards Association (ASBA) Zone One meeting she
attended on January 28, 2015.
Travel requests reviewed by Board
he Superintendent has provided approval for two
Grade 9 students from Helen E. Taylor School to
travel to Ottawa in March, 2015 for the Forum for
Young Canadians; and for twelve members of the
Spirit River Regional Academy Girls Volleyball team to
travel to St. John’s Newfoundland for a tournament in
October, 2015. Board approval for all travel is pending
compliance with PPolicy HGCG – Off-Site Activities.
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Good News
Students achieving career goals
early, thanks to RAP
Two Grade 11 students at Peace
Wapiti Academy who are pursing
trades certification through the
Registered Apprenticeship Program
(RAP) gave presentations at
Careers: The Next Generation’s
Regional Advisory Meeting on
Monday, January 19. Cale Lindstrom
(l) is working toward becoming an
electrician and Dakota Dreger (r) is
pursuing hairstyling.
Bonanza School celebrates 30
years with Club Moo
Club Moo, Alberta’s school milk program,
has recognized Bonanza School for 30
years of participation. The program
began in 1985 with nine schools and has
grown to more than 340 schools today.
Beaverlodge Elementary School
to host fundraiser for hospital
building project
In support of the upcoming Mighty
Peace Day, the Grade 6 Leadership
Team will host a “We Act” Day
Campaign and Carnival on Friday,
February 6 during physical education
class, starting at 8:30 a.m. This
carnival event will feature 10 game
stations, and all funds generated
will be directed to the Beaverlodge
Hospital Building Project. With a
$2.00 admission fee, students will
have access to eight free carnival
games. Two additional games will be
priced at a dollar each. Cupcakes will
be sold for a dollar.
Jump Rope for Heart
Bonanza School will host a Jump
Rope for Heart event on Thursday,
February 12. On Friday, January 23,
LaGlace School was among the top
10 schools in the AB, NT and NU
region for online fundraising for
the campaign. The
school has raised
$4,463.90 to date,
surpassing their $4,000 goal.
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section on PWSD’s website at