September 26, 2018 Board Meeting News

September 28th, 2018

Eleanor Hall School, Clyde –

Eleanor Hall School –  an amazing place for students!
Principal Marchand, staff and parents from the school highlighted some of the opportunities for students including:

  • Supports for students both within the school and division
  • A weekly intergenerational program for Grade 2 students with the Westlock Continuing Care Centre
  • Student Wellness Action Team (SWAT) coordinated by the junior high students
  • House leagues, designed to bring out the best in each other
  • Daily breakfast and hot lunch programs

All activities address the division priorities of student diversity, student-teacher relationships, numeracy and literacy.

School board provides input into Alberta Education’s Business Plan
Alberta Education is consulting with school boards to help guide priorities for their business plan. At the meeting, the school board provided input into the provincial plan, which identifies several issues facing education — insufficient transportation services for students, declining rural student enrolment, meeting the increasing needs of students, and challenges supporting English Language Learners.

Supporting our communities
We believe that growing our communities will help to sustain the viability of our schools. We also believe there are many benefits to employees who reside in the communities where they work, including reduced travel time and expenses. With the exception of Vista Virtual School that has campuses in Edmonton and Calgary, we prefer that our employees reside within the geographic area of PHPS.

Since the start of the school year 29 teachers have moved into our local communities – 19 in Barrhead, 1 in Swan Hills, and 9 in Westlock.

Working to support Truth and Reconciliation
September 30 is Orange Shirt Day. Many PHPS schools will be encouraging students to wear orange as part of a growing movement of reconciliation and learning of the impact of residential schools.

Check out the board meeting agenda and minutes for more information.

The next school board meeting is on Wednesday, October 10, 2018, starting at 9:30 am at Swan Hills School, whose motto is “Together We Can; Together We Will!” Members of the public are welcome to attend.