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Minister’s Teacher Advisory Council and Parent Advisory Council

July 09, 2021
Please share this exciting important opportunity with your school community!  With the success of the Minister’s Youth Council, the Minister of Education is looking for representatives to sit on the Minister’s Teacher Advisory Council as well as a Parent Advisory Council. The Honourable Adrianna LaGrange is looking for 40 teachers and 40...
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GPPSD Public Notice of Intent to Purchase Property

July 05, 2021
ATTENTION ELECTORS of The Grande Prairie Public School Division. The Board of Trustees of The Grande Prairie Public School Division intends to purchase or construct a warehouse of approximately 4,500 square feet in the city of Grande Prairie, for the Division’s Maintenance Department. The purchase will be funded by a combination of...
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$2,900 donation from Rotary Club of Grande Prairie Sunrise

June 29, 2021
#GPPSDThanks the Rotary Club of Grande Prairie Sunrise for the $2,900 donation to the GPPSD nutrition program. We are most appreciative of their kind gesture and their continuous support of our GPPSD students. These funds will be earmarked for Charles Spencer High School and Grande Prairie Composite High School to ensure...
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Apply for 2021 Indigenous Scholarship

June 17, 2021
The Division's Indigenous Programming is offering two $500 scholarships for our graduating Indigenous students attending a Post-secondary school or Trades Programming for the upcoming Fall of 2021. Apply today online at http://bit.ly/GPPSDIndSch2021. Deadline: August 16 Successful applicants will be contacted no later than August 23, 2021. #GPPSDScholarship #GPAb #GPPSDIndigenous

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Charles Spencer High School student-entrepreneurs open a student-led store

June 08, 2021
On Thursday, June 3, 2021, Students at Charles Spencer High School (CSHS) cut the ribbon to open the Maverick Market. The initiative is driven by the Maverick Movement, a student-led club supervised by Ms. Shaylene Penner, a Charles Spencer High School teacher.
The Maverick Market is a social enterprise that...
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Kaitlyn Frost is the 2021 GPPSD nominee for the Alberta School Boards Association Edwin Parr Award

May 26, 2021
The Board of Trustees of the Grande Prairie Public School Division (GPPSD) is very pleased to announce at their May 25, 2021, meeting of the Board of Trustees that Grande Prairie Composite High School (GPCHS) teacher Kaitlyn Frost is the GPPSD nominee for the Alberta School Boards Association (ASBA) Edwin Parr...
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GPPSD appoints two new School Administrators for the 2021-2022 school year

May 17, 2021
GPPSD is pleased to appoint two new School Administrators for the 2021-2022 school year. Mrs. Cindy Clarkson has accepted the role of Principal at Crystal Park School; Mr. Josh Hartman has accepted the role of Principal of Hillside Community School. 
Mrs. Cindy Clarkson  Cindy joined the Division in 2013 and...
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Mrs. Corinne Kruse has been appointed to the role of Director of Teaching and Learning

May 17, 2021
GPPSD is pleased to announce that Mrs. Corinne Kruse has been appointed to the role of Director of Teaching and Learning, effective at the start of the 2021-2022 school year.  Corinne, originally from Virden, Manitoba, is married to Darren.  Corinne earned her Bachelor of Education Degree 31 years ago from Brandon...
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GPPSD announces the resignation of Trustee Lynn Driedger

May 06, 2021
The Board of Trustees of the Grande Prairie Public School Division wishes to announce the resignation of Trustee Lynn Driedger, effective Thursday, Mar. 18, 2021. Lynn Driedger has been a Trustee of the Board since 2017 but is required to resign due to moving residency outside of the City of Grande...
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​ Have Your Say About the new Draft Curriculum

May 05, 2021
Have Your Say About the new Draft Curriculum (Session May 5, 6 and 13) Alberta Education has scheduled 4 opportunities for Albertans to attend an online session, learn more about the new draft curriculum, and to ask questions.
Please visit https://www.alberta.ca/curriculum-have-your-say.aspx to identify dates/times of the sessions and to register. ...
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Mental Health Week May 3 to 9 - #GetReal about how you feel.

May 04, 2021
"Name it, don't numb it! #GetReal about how you feel" is this year's theme for #MentalHealthWeek . Organized by the CMHA National / ACSM National , Mental Health Week is from Monday, May 3 to Sunday, May 9. These are times of extreme anxiety and isolation, so feeling worried and lonely...
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Hats On! For Mental Health Day, Wednesday, May 5, 2021

May 03, 2021
Reminder to wear a special hat to school on Wednesday, May 5, 2021 to raise awareness of the importance of good mental health. Alberta’s teachers are concerned with the well-being of children and youth and understand that children’s physical and mental health needs must be met in order for them to...
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Hats On! For Mental Health Day, Wednesday, May 5, 2021

May 03, 2021
Reminder to  wear a special hat to school on Wednesday, May 5, 2021 to raise awareness of the importance of good mental health.
Alberta’s teachers are concerned with the well-being of children and youth and understand that children’s physical and mental health needs must be met in order for them...
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‘Learning is a Journey' Education Week May 3 to 7

May 03, 2021
‘Learning is a Journey'! This year #EducationWeek is taking place from today, May 3 to Friday, May 7 and the first Alberta School Week (Education Week) was held from Dec. 2 to 8 in 1928, which is 93 years ago. Education Week acknowledges the role education plays in providing students innovative learning opportunities, while...
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GPPSD student in grades 7 to 12 moving to At-Home Learning

April 30, 2021
GPPSD students in Grades 7 to 12 will be learning online from Monday, May 3 until Friday, May 14. Please watch for updates and communication from your school and teachers.
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Support Staff Appreciation Week Apr. 26 to 30, 2021

April 26, 2021
​#GPPSDThanks all our Support Staff for their continuous hard work throughout this year. Thank you for everything you do; thanks for making a difference. #SupportStaffAppreciationWeek!


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Half-masting flags to recognize the passing of His Royal Highness, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

April 09, 2021
All  Canadia n Flags across the division, and at all Government of Alberta buildings across the province, are being lowered to half-mast until further notice to recognize the passing of His Royal Highness, the Prince Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh.
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2020/2021 Alberta Education Assurance (AEA) Survey is now open!

March 18, 2021
Dear parents and guardians,  Many parents will receive a survey in their mailbox after March 25 from Alberta Education. Please take a few moments to complete this survey - your participation supports local and provincial planning and is very important to us.
​Click the link to access the   Alberta Education Assurance...
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Parent/Guardian Assurance Survey

March 08, 2021
Dear Parents and Guardians,  Your school will be sending you an email with a link to the annual GPPSD Parent/Guardian Assurance Survey; please, watch for it! The survey is being conducted by the Grande Prairie Public School Division to gather information to improve the quality of education for all members of...
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Substitute Teachers’ Appreciation Week

March 08, 2021
​This year's Substitute Teachers' Appreciation Week is from Mar. 8 to 12, 2021, and we at the Grande Prairie Public School Division would like to send a #GPPSDThanks to all our nearly 200 Substitute Teachers who are always willing to go above and beyond and lend a helping hand to our staff and students during this challenging year. ​On behalf of all the...
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Swanavon School staff receives the 2021 Passionate Heart Exceptional Team Award

February 19, 2021
We are honoured to have the Swanavon School staff recognized and selected as the winning recipients for the Passionate Heart Exceptional Team Award. This marks the 15th annual Passionate Heart Awards, and they celebrated with a virtual recognition ceremony on February 12, 2021. Congratulations to all the Passionate Heart Award nominees and #GPPSDProud of our Swanavon...
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Join the 2021-2022 Minister's Youth Council

February 18, 2021
The Minister's Youth Council gives students opportunities to share input and perspectives on provincial programs and initiatives. This student engagement initiative: ⚪️ empower students as leaders of their learning ⚪️ provide opportunities to build positive working relationships with education partners ⚪️ engage students as leaders of change in their communities ⚪️...
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GFL delivers Tim Horton's cookies to GPPSD teachers and staff

February 18, 2021
On Friday, Jan. 29, 2021, Green for Life (GFL), the Division's waste removal services provider, will deliver individually wrapped Tim Horton's cookies for all staff at schools, maintenance office, and central office. GFL's kind gesture honours the importance of the daily efforts made by GPPSD teachers, support staff, and administrators to...
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GPPSD Celebrating 10 Years Long Service Awards

December 16, 2020
GPPSD Celebrating 10 Years Long Service Awards - The Board of Trustees of the Grande Prairie Public School Division values the great opportunity to recognize and reflect on the excellent staff who work in our School Division. Especially within these complicated COVID times, the Board is incredibly thankful for the opportunity...
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GPPSD Staff Recognition 2019–2020 School Year - Retirement Recognition

December 15, 2020
GPPSD Celebrating Retirement Recognition - The Board of Trustees of the Grande Prairie Public School Division values the great opportunity to recognize and reflect on the excellent staff who work in our School Division. Especially within these complicated COVID times, the Board is incredibly thankful for the opportunity to show their...
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GPPSD Education Foundation receives a grant of $34,150 from the CFNWAB

December 15, 2020
The Grande Prairie Public School Division Education Foundation is grateful to have received a generous grant of $34,150 from the Community Foundation of Northwestern Alberta from the Government of Canada's Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF) to support student health and wellness.
The Executive Director of the GPPSD Education Foundation, Shaundra...
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GPPSD Staff Recognition 2019–2020 School Year - Exemplary Service Awards

December 14, 2020
GPPSD Celebrating Exemplary Service Awards - The Board of Trustees of the Grande Prairie Public School Division values the great opportunity to recognize and reflect on the excellent staff who work in our School Division. Especially within these complicated COVID times, the Board is incredibly thankful for the opportunity to show...
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GPPSD Education Foundation supports classroom needs with $50,688 in grants to 17 schools

December 09, 2020
Seventeen schools within the Grande Prairie Public School Division have just received additional funding support from the Grande Prairie Public School Division Education Foundation. Each year the Foundation calls for applications for funding aimed at supporting programs and projects that will enhance the learning opportunities for our students.
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GPFFCF donates $15,000 to GPPSD Nutrition Program

November 27, 2020
The Grande Prairie Public School Division (GPPSD) was very pleased to learn that the Grande Prairie Firefighters Charitable Foundation had donated $15,000 to supplement the GPPSD Nutrition Program.
Figure 1 - Justin Davidson, Chairperson of the Grande Prairie Firefighters Charitable Foundation, accompanied with other members from the foundation, hands cheque...
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Letter to parents from Superintendent of Schools and Dr. Deena Hinshaw,

November 05, 2020
Parents, Guardians, and Caregivers, the attached letter below has been sent out by your school principal. The first part is a letter from Alexander McDonald, Superintendent of Schools and attached after, is a written letter from Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Chief Medical Officer of Health, explaining the changes made to the screening questionnaire...
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Alexander (Sandy) McDonald selected as the District’s new Superintendent

May 26, 2016
The Board of Trustees are pleased to announce that Mr. Alexander (Sandy) McDonald has been appointed as the new Superintendent of Schools and Chief Executive Officer effective June 1, 2016. “Throughout his career with GPPSD, Sandy has proven his leadership and commitment to our students. And we are fortunate to have...
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Welcome, Fort McMurray families

May 09, 2016
In this time of need, we want to share that the doors of our Grande Prairie Public Schools are open to you and your children. Engaging with our community is an essential priority at each of our schools, and if you have made your way to the Community of Grande Prairie,...
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Teachers Convention

February 29, 2016
​Reminder that the Bridge Network will be closed on Thursday, March 3 and Friday, March 4 for teachers Convention.  Have a safe and enjoyable long weekend.
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Now available: Registration Packages, Exam Schedules & 2016-2017 School Calendar

February 19, 2016
Please click here​ to view the registration packages, the 2016-2017 school calendar and exam schedule(s). Please contact the school admin if you have any questions. ​
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Feedback Requested for Board Policies

January 29, 2016
The Board of Trustees want your feedback on draft Board Policy 20 and draft of Administrative Procedures Policy 359.1. Please review the document titled "Gender Identity Information Package" and complete the online survey by visiting www.gppsd.ab.ca . ​​​​​
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Measles Immunity Reminder

January 15, 2016
​Please read the attached documents regarding this.
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January Diploma Exam Prep Sessions

January 07, 2016
​ If you are taking Biology 30, Math 30-1 or 30-2, or Science 30, Mr. MacNeil will be offering information and diploma exam preparation sessions in January. It is strongly recommended that you attend one of these sessions. If you wish to attend both, you may do so. Please let Mr.MacNeil...
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Accountability Pillar Surveys

January 07, 2016
​ Dear Parents,   As an annual check-up on the education system, the Accountability Pillar provides an opportunity for Alberta Education and school authorities to ensure that we are equipping students for success.  These surveys will be mailed directly to you from Alberta Education.  I would like to take this opportunity...
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Christmas Break

December 18, 2015
​Reminder that we are closed for the holidays from December 19 to January 3.  Have a great break!
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Bridge Network is closed Friday

December 01, 2015
Reminder that we are closed on Friday, December 4.  This is a day in lieu of Parent Teacher interviews.