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Winners of the 2022 GPPSD Christmas Card Contest Announced

December 01, 2022
December 1, 2022 –  It is time to reveal the winners of the annual Board of Trustees Christmas card contest. It was no easy task, with over 300 students sharing their artistic talents. This year's theme was 'Christmas is a time to celebrate belonging,' and the winners are:

First Place...
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Staying Safe in Cold Weather

November 04, 2022
​November 4, 2022 - Please remember our students will continue to play outside for recess, up to 30 minutes at a time. Recess will not be cancelled unless there is extreme weather, meaning temperatures below -25°C, including the windchill. If your child is older, and is spending time walking to and from school, please ensure they leave the...
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21st Annual Striving for Excellence Celebrates Student Achievement

October 11, 2022
Celebrating GPPSD student achievement at the 21st annual Striving for Excellence awards night October 11, 2022 – 150 students from across the Grande Prairie Public School Division (GPPSD) were celebrated for their outstanding achievements during the 21 st annual Striving for Excellence Awards night on October 5.

Proudly hosted by...
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5th Annual GPPSD Christmas Card Contest Comes to Life!

October 07, 2022
​ October 7, 2022 - The 5th Annual GPPSD Board of Trustee's  Christmas  Card Contest Launches  It is the time of year when the Board of Trustees are looking for young artists who want to help create their Christmas card!

GPPSD students in grades 4-6 are invited to create a card...
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Annual GPPSD Elementary Fun Run, Sept. 17th at the Legion Field

September 08, 2022
​ Grande Prairie, AB,  September 8, 2022  – Annual Division Elementary Fun Run

Please join us! Our annual division elementary fun run is all set with a new location and event: the family walk-a-thon, which kicks it all off! This fun event for students in Kindergarten to Grade 6 focuses...
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GPPSD Board of Trustees Launches it's Student Advisory Committee

June 17, 2022
Grande Prairie, AB,  June15, 2022  – Student Advisory Committee is Looking for Committee Members

Grande Prairie Public School Division students in grades 5-11 can now apply to become a member of our Student Advisory Committee!
 
Purpose The development of a Student Advisory Committee will provide the Board an opportunity to...
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Music Program Grades 5-8 Logo Design Contest

June 10, 2022

Grande Prairie, AB, June 10, 2022 –  Calling all students! Your design could be the new face of our Music Grades 5-8 Program of Choice!
Rules:
Create a logo that represents music. Take inspiration from the world around you, including music classes. It can incorporate the Grande Prairie...
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GPPSD students compete during the NWASAA zone championships

June 01, 2022
Grande Prairie, AB, June 1, 2022 – On May 27 and 28, students competed in the 2022 North West Alberta School Athletics Association (NWASAA) Junior High Zones and the 2022 NWASAA High School Zones Championships.

Image: Team A from Derek Taylor Public School pose with their coach after winning...
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GPPSD Speech & Language Screening is Happening on June 20th & 27th

May 25, 2022
Grande Prairie, AB, May 25, 2022 -  If your child is 3, 4 or 5 years old as of June 20 or June 27, and you plan to enroll them in a GPPSD school, they may qualify for a free speech and language screening.
How do you know if your child...
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Congratulations to one of our former students and daughter of one of our staff!

May 04, 2022
Wow! What an accomplishment! For more information click here.
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Shepherd's Fold Book Fair

March 09, 2022
Book Fairs and P/T Interviews go hand-in-hand!  Join us Mon, March 21 - Thurs, March 24 for some great reading.  Click on link for more details.
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School resumes on Monday, January 10, 2022!

January 07, 2022

Please watch for an email communication from your school principal on behalf of our 
Superintendent regarding the return to in-person learning. All Grande Prairie Public School Division schools, including Central Office will reopen on
Monday, January 10, 2022.

Grande Prairie Public School Division
Email: communications@gppsd.ab.ca 
Phone: 780-532-4491

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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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GPPSD expands programming options for The Academy Sports & Dance

March 16, 2021
We are pleased to expand the programming options for students interested in joining The Academy Sports and Dance program in the 2021-2022 School Year.  Changes to programming include: 

Expanding the number of schools offering students access to the full Academy program (Hockey, Dance and Soccer) from Grade 4 to...
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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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GPPSD introduces KinderPAL: A program for Kindergarten-age children

February 18, 2021

GPPSD families, we are pleased to announce KinderPAL, a new program for kindergarten-age children for the 2021/2022 school year. Offered at select sites, KinderPAL is an early learning program that provides full-day – everyday learning for young learners. KinderPAL students will experience regular kindergarten programming for half of the day,...
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Kindergarten and New Student Registration begins March 2

February 18, 2021
Kindergarten Online Registration for the 2021-2022 School Year opens on March 2, 2021, at 8:30 a.m. As of February 23, parents can start their account creation and form pre-population. Please note, completed forms can be submitted starting on March 2, at 8:30 a.m. 
Kindergarten registration is open to children born in...
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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.
GPPSD Education...
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Grassroots Realty Group donates $500 to support the GPPSD Nutrition Program

December 03, 2020
GPPSD thanks Grassroots Realty Group for their $500 donation to support our nutrition program. The initiative is part of their '12 Days of Giving' to support local organizations during Christmas time.


In photos: Riley McLaughlin (right) and Chris Moore (middle) of Grassroots Realty Group presented a cheque to...
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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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3D Charity Hockey/Soccer Tournament

April 24, 2019
​About 20 of our students in grades 4 - 6 are playing either hockey or soccer this weekend.  The goal of the tournament is to raise awareness and funds for the 3D Children's Charity which raises money to help the families of students with serious illness.  Check the links section for...
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New Technology Policy

September 05, 2018
​This year our school no longer allows students to posess personal devices (cell phones, ipads etc.) during the school day. If your child requires a device to safely get to and from school, we will hold it for them during the day.
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New Bell Schedule

September 05, 2018
​Please remember that our new bell schedule has school starting at 8:20 and getting out at 3:00 . 
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New Bell Schedule for September

June 18, 2018
​We will hav e a new bell schedule for September. School will now begin at 8:20 am and end at 3:00 pm. 
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School Clothing Orders

September 13, 2017
​Students/Parents can order school crested clothing until September 29th.  We have sizing samples in the library if parents would like to stop by and check them out.
https://gpchristianschool.itemorder.com/
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First School Council Meeting

September 20, 2016
​September 27th at 3:30 in the library.
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Gr. 1 - 4 Fun Day/Track Meet

May 20, 2016
​We will be having a fun day for grades 1 - 4 on Friday, June 17th.  It will be some traditional track and field events, and some novelty events that are just for fun.  More details to follow...
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Outdoor Activity Day

May 20, 2016
​ We are planning a Friday afternoon outdoor activity afternoon.  This is for students on grades 5 - 8.  It will be on Friday, June 10 th , weather permitting.   The activities the students can choose from are:   Kayaking lessons – There is a prerequisite safety lesson scheduled in...
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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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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 Draft 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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No school on Monday.

September 01, 2015
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Full day Friday this week!

September 01, 2015