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Newsbite Edition 70                                                           September 16, 2016
Next Step Staff 2016-2017
The Next Step staff welcome all new and returning students to an exciting new school year.
Focus on your family! Choose from a wide variety of opportunities to spend time with a family member learning something new together. New this fall, Next Step Continuing Education welcomes youth ages 12+ to most evening classes when accompanied by an adult. Here are a few ideas to get you started:  Find even more inspiration for having fun together at
Sherwood Park

P.E./Wellness/Yoga activities for Sherwood Park:
September 20 - 12:30 to 3:00
Driving Range/Tennis/Field Games
September 21 - 12:30 to 3:00
Welcome Walk
September 22 - 12:30 to 3:00
Ultimate Frisbee/Field Games
September 27 - 12:30 to 3:00
Driving Range/Tennis/Field Games
September 28 - 12:30 to 3:00
Welcome Walk
October 3 - 12:30 to 3:00
Outdoor Soccer/Frisbee/Sand Volleyball/Field Games
October 12 - 12:30 to 3:00
Outdoor Soccer/Frisbee/Sand Volleyball/Field Games
Yoga!  Amy Winters will join us and teach students (and staff!) about the benefits of yoga while guiding us through the beginning movements.  All students are encouraged to try at least one class!  It’s a perfect way to unwind and re-focus your energy on yourself and your wellness. 

Things are Happening in Fort Saskatchewan

We have some great P.E. activities starting in early October. If you are interested, please contact Alena or Danielle for information on the fun filled activities.

Blended Programing

We have an agreement in place to share students and blend programs with Fort Saskatchewan High School. If you are interested in attending Next Step be aware that we can also offer you the opportunity to take hands-on courses at Fort High, while taking academic courses with us. Please let us know if you would like to learn more about our schooling options.


We welcome registrations from all students interested in taking high school courses. If you are currently attending another school you should talk to your school counsellor about getting a referral. If you are interested in becoming a full-time student you can either drop-in and/or phone ahead to book an appointment. The intake process for full-time students takes approximately 45 minutes. Students who are interested in taking part-time courses to upgrade their marks should phone ahead to book an appointment to register. You can drop-in to register but, be aware, registrations are subject to the availability of teachers who may be busy.

Vegreville Next Step is excited to start off the new school year.

We welcome all new registrations for students wanting to take high school courses. We are offering a few new courses including Photography, Sewing, and Foods. CALM will be offered in second semester.
Upcoming events include: MADD presentation September 26th @ 1:00. Call 780-632-7998. 

The Social Studies Department would love to invite any full time students to participate in this fun and immensely interesting activity.  If you are keen to try this, or want to know more, go to the official website: and speak to Susan Chalmers right away.  Students will have to commit by Sept. 15th!! 

SWCHSMUN 2016 will mark the sixth anniversary of Sir Winston Churchill High School hosting a Model UN conference, and we hope that it serves as a model for other high schools to begin hosting conferences in Alberta. This year’s conference will be on October 21st and 22nd. 

Q: What is SWCHSMUN?
A: SWCHSMUN, the Sir Winston Churchill High School Model UN conference, is a two-day, high school Model UN conference hosted annually in late October by Sir Winston Churchill High School in Calgary, Alberta. This year is the sixth year of our conference.

Q: Where is SWCHSMUN 2015 held?
A: SWCHSMUN 2016 is taking place on the Sir Winston Churchill High School campus.

Q: What is MUN?
A: MUN is short for Model United Nations. Model United Nations simulations are designed to teach participants about all the dynamics of international affairs, diplomacy and international organizations that can not be learned by simply reading a book or through traditional academic study. MUN conferences include all the aspects of debate, learning and interaction with a diverse group of people you’d expect, yet it is so much more.

Sherwood Park's  first GSA meeting will take place on FridaySeptember 23 at lunchtime. GSAs (Gay-Straight Alliances) are student-initiated clubs which are created by students to enable students to have a safe place to meet within a school. It is a place where they are able to talk about gender issues, such as sexual orientation and gender identity, and where issues such as homophobia and bullying can be discussed. All students are welcome to attend. For more information please contact Lesley.

The Salisbury Cheer Team is hosting their 2016-2017 Cheer tryouts on September 20 and September 21 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. in our Small Gym. No experience needed, just the desire to dance, do gymnastics and stunt!! 
For additional information contact Andrea at Sherwood Park.

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September 27 at 7:00 p.m.
Parent Council Meeting
Sherwood Park Next Step

October 5 - Early Dismissal School closed in the afternoon for staff meeting.

October 6 & 7 - Professional Learning Day
School closed for staff professional development.

October 10 - School closed for Thanksgiving

1st Meeting: 
September 27 at 7:00 p.m.

Sherwood Park Next Step Junior and Senior High would like to invite you (or welcome you back) to our School Council! Have questions about what we do?  Please contact Paul Pallister, Kris Reid or Susan Chalmers. We look forward to hearing from you!

Sherwood Park

Lunch time meetings Wednesdays (11:53 – 12:37) in the back room.

Bring your lunch (and your ideas for the year) and Michel and Susan will bring dessert!

Home Base Learning

The liaison’s for Next Step’s home based learning welcome our new and returning families. We are looking forward to making this 2016/17 the best ever.

Jeannie and Stephanie

Students throughout EIPS are being treated to a day of reading and storytelling with the help of three special guests. On September 23-26, award-winning Canadian authors Sigmund Brouwer, Shane Peacock and Eric Walters—who are three of the seven authors involved in The Seven Series—are visiting 13 EIPS schools and speaking to students in grades 4 through 12 to discuss the importance of literacy and to inspire a love for reading.  

On September 26, the tours will conclude with an evening Authors Talk, hosted at Sherwood Heights Junior High. There, Brouwer, Peacock and Walters will share their insight, inspiration and even a bit of laughter. The Authors Talk starts at 7 p.m. and is open to the public. Tickets are free.

Sherwood Park students got to play with play dough during a mindfulness session for orientation. Students were encouraged to stay in the present moment by focusing their attention on only their play dough and whatever creation they were making. Keep an eye out for upcoming mindfulness sessions at Next Step!

New to Next Step: Tools to enhance literacy and numeracy

As part Elk Island Public Schools’ (EIPS) ongoing efforts to enhance the literacy and numeracy of students in all grade levels, the Division is introducing two new assessment tools during the 2016–2017 school year—STAR 360 and Math Intervention/Programming Instrument (MIPI). The assessments focus on literacy and numeracy, are digitally based and offer an opportunity for students to show their learning in ways not possible with paper-based tests. The goal is to provide timely information to teachers, help enhance classroom instruction and ensure all student learning needs are identified.

In September and May, Next Step students in grades 7 through 12 will complete the STAR 360 assessment, which evaluates reading comprehension. The assessment takes approximately 20 minutes and can be taken on any digital device. Also in September, students in grades 7 through 10 will take the MIPI assessment, which is a mathematics screening tool used to inform teachers about a student’s math skills. The MIPI takes approximately 50 minutes to complete. The results of each assessment give the teacher a clearer picture of a student’s learning needs and help determine if any subsequent instructional planning is needed.

It’s important to note, the results of the assessments will not be used towards a student’s grade and there is no need to study ahead of time. The assessment tools simply provide information to the teacher so he or she can better understand where each student is in terms of reading comprehension and mathematics ability. If, after analyzing the results, it’s determined a student can benefit from extra support, the teacher will contact the parent or guardian to discuss possible strategies to be used to better support students.

Should you require more information about the Division’s STAR 360 and MIPI assessment tools, please contact Deb Barron, the director of Learning Supports, at 780-417-8160.​

Fort Saskatchewan and Vegreville are proud to announce that Mikaela and Jillian both won the Ricoh Scholarship Award. Each student will receive $500 dollars from Ricoh for their hard work and is deserving of this support to pursue further learning.
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