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New fee for busing to alternate sites in 2017-18

Pembina Hills provides bus service for rural students to one bus stop location. Parents may apply for service to an additional stop location (alternate site) under c...

Recitation of the Lord’s Prayer ceases at Busby, Dunstable and Pembina North Community Schools

In Alberta, a school board may direct that the Lord’s Prayer be recited as part of a school’s opening exercises. This constitutional right dates back to 1901....

Take the Alberta Education spring curriculum survey

Alberta Education is asking Albertans for their input and feedback on the Kindergarten to Grade 12 (K-12) provincial curriculum development. They have developed draf...

Parent volunteer Emily K-V brings knowledge and expertise to NPCS’ Band Program

Emily K-V has been a Band-Aide at the Neerlandia Public Christian School (NPCS) for the past 6 years.  Emily regularly comes for practice and band concerts and she...

School board seeks partners for Westlock area School Resource Office

At their May 10 meeting the school board discussed the possibility of piloting a School Resource Officer (SRO) program for Westlock ward schools for a three-year ter...

Board invites applications for Superintendent of Schools

The Board of Trustees invites applications for the position of Superintendent / CEO for Pembina Hills Public Schools.  Duties will commence August 1, 2017 or as...

93% of respondents satisfed with overall quality of education in PHPS

In the April 26 board meeting highlights, read about: 93% of respondents satisfied with overall quality of education in PHPS School board selects ASBA con...

Show your support during mental health awareness

May 1-7 is Mental Health Awareness Week. Understanding and promoting positive mental health in schools is a shared responsibility of parents, educators and community...

Caution to parents about Netflix series '13 Reasons Why'

The Netflix series 13 Reasons Why is about a 17 year-old woman who commits suicide, leaving behind audio recordings for the 13 people she claims were responsible f...

PHPS is proud to celebrate Education Week May 1-5, 2017

As trustees we value and respect the work of our staff, and the community volunteers who guide our students on their educational journey.   Each day our studen...

Jo-ann Butler—Heart of gold

Jo-ann Butler goes above and beyond to ensure that every child at École Westlock Elementary School has their needs met.  She always supplies the class with extra s...

Attend the April 26 board meeting

At the Apr. 26 school board meeting, the following will be discussed: Assistant Superintendent Mark Thiesen will present the division's satisfaction survey res...

News from the April 12 board meeting

In the April 12 board meeting highlights, read about: School board launches superintendent recruitment process Board allots resources to schools School...

Swan Hills student Madison Marriott wins $61,800 scholarship

The future just got a little brighter for Grade 12 Swan Hills School student Madison Marriott. Accepted into the University of Calgary’s Engineering program this f...

Parent volunteer amazes with her 'heart of service' and dedication to Busby School

Sandy Batog has been involved in various capacities since 2008 at Busby School. Making hundreds of candy bags, shopping for and preparing food for hot lunch and snac...

Board begins superintendent recruitment

At the April 12, 2017 board meeting, the Pembina Hills Public Schools Board of Trustees moved to issue a request for proposals regarding the recruitment of a superin...

What have we learned from Student Voice?

What is Student Voice? The phrase Student Voice is used with increasing frequency in education. It means different things to different people and has had differen...

Budget 2017 and Pembina Hills Public Schools

Board chair Jennifer Tuininga shared these initial thoughts about what the 2017 provincial budget, released March 16, means for Pembina Hills Public Schools. The sc...

Early learning program coming to Dunstable School this fall

At their March 22 meeting the school board decided to offer an Early Learning Program at Dunstable School, starting this fall.  The board also adopted the diviso...

PHPS teacher nominated for Edwin Parr award up at 5:30 a.m. to supervise kids in gym

Pembina Hills Public Schools is proud to nominate Jeff Tomiak, a teacher at Swan Hills School, for the 2017 Alberta School Boards Association’s Edwin Parr Teaching...

Pembina Hills open to input: Talking to U of A Department of Women's and Gender Studies

Updated March 23, 2017 - Comments, questions and requests for interviews and information about Eleanor Hall’s new Women’s Studies elective have been coming in....

Update: New course at Eleanor Hall School

On March 15, Pembina Hills published a story about a new program being piloted at Eleanor Hall School. It's attracted a wide range of perspectives on the course cont...

Attend the Mar 22 board meeting

At the Mar. 22 school board meeting, the following will be discussed: Swan Hills teacher Jeff Tomiak nominated for ASBA Edwin Parr Teaching Award Proposed ea...

Course helps girls navigate teen years

Read this story and 10 others in the March edition of @myphps. EHS course helps girls navigate teen years Tower gardens enhance science lessons PNCS student...

Celebration spans past and future as NPCS marks 100 years of Christian Education

Photo: Grade 2 students (right to left) Alexa Van Beek, Matthew Coutts and Jack Barr sing O Canada in their pioneer-era classroom. On March 9, Neer...

Board asks govt. for funds to update BCHS and WES buildings

At their March 8 meeting the school board determined it will ask the province for $33.92 M to renovate and right-size Barrhead Composite High School and $8.8 M to m...

How will the govt proposal to reduce school fees affect parents?

On March 2, the Government of Alberta announced it was introducing legislation - Bill 1 - to reduce school fees. If this legislation is passed, these fees will be el...

Swan Hills breakfast program wins $4,000 donation

Thanks to a community vote, the Swan Hills School won a $4,000 donation from Secure Energy Services to expand the school's new breakfast program. Since January, S...

Bus fees to remain at 2016-17 rates

At their February 22 meeting, the school board determined that fees to ride the bus will remain at 2016-17 rates.  Alternate school calendars for 2017-18 were al...

Alicia Bentz shows compassion and enthusiasm for students

Alicia Bentz joined Pembina Hills Public Schools over 8 years ago as a teacher. Alicia teaches a French and an English kindergarten class at École Barrhead Elementa...

Why we wear pink on Feb. 22

You will see a lot of pink in our schools and buildings on Feb. 22 as students and staff across Pembina Hills Public Schools wear pink shirts to symbolize that they...

PHPS to offer 2017 School Career Expo

At their February 8 meeting, the school board voted to provide funding for the 2017 School Career Expo to be held in Westlock this fall. Also at the meeting: -...

Secret pals gift exchange sweetens February at Dunstable School

This February, Dunstable School is reinforcing the virtues of kindness and friendship and celebrating Valentine’s Day with a school-wide secret pal gift exchange....

PNCS students skate their way to $4,300 for the Dapp outdoor rink

Grade 7 PNCS student Ava Jensen takes a break from the school Skate-a-Thon which raised $4,300 for the Dapp outdoor skating rink. With files from Olivia Bako,...

Teachers use tower gardens to enhance Science lessons

Grade 4 BES student Wyatt McCormick holds the salad made of greens his class grew in the school's new tower gardens. In the dead of winter, Grade 4 students a...

School board identifies priorities for provincial budget

The school board responded to the Alberta government’s online survey about the 2017 provincial budget. The board identified these priorities: High school redesign,...

GSA brings message of acceptance to Barrhead high schools

For the past three years, a small group of students at Barrhead’s high school and outreach school has been working to end the fear of homophobia and transphobia....

Teri Egert "hosts an open door policy" as RFS Teacher

Teri Egert is a teacher at R. F. Staples Secondary School.  Her teaching demonstrates a talent of balancing passion and humor, a combination that guarantees engagem...

RFS Program Assistant Audrey Sirant "goes beyond and contributes behind the scenes"

Audrey Sirant has been with Pembina Hills Public Schools for over twelve years.  She goes beyond her Program Assistant role and contributes behind the scenes to...

Read 12 new stories about the people and schools of PHPS

Subscribe to our @myphps newsletter here. In the December edition read about:  A season of giving Team helps program assistants Students compete in Ch...

How PHPS did on 15 key measures in 2015-16

Each year, the provincial government gives each school board a report card describing how it performed on 15 key measures. A school board’s results are based on su...

Keen parent volunteers bring outdoor classroom to Dunstable School

Krista Schole and Tracy DeZaeyer have been active participants in the Dunstable School Council for years. From organizing the school breakfast snack program, canvass...

Check out the 2017-18 school year calendar

Planning for next year? The PHPS 2017-18 calendar featuring dates common to all schools is available here.   Schools operating on alternate calendars will finali...

Sharing and caring in Pembina Hills Public Schools

Photo: Busby School gathers mittens, touques and socks on their Tree of Warmth Through the year our schools have a tradition of giving to those in need. Here is a...

Hilda Froese respected by students at BCHS

Hilda Froese has been with Pembina Hills Public Schools for over 28 years.  Mrs. Froese works as a Librarian at Barrhead Composite High School.  She has built...

BES Teacher recognizes the importance of building relationships

Teaching at Barrhead Elementary School for eleven years, Shirley Grant understands what it takes to meet the needs of all her students.  Recognizing the importance...

Three-member team supports division’s newest teachers

Story updated Nov. 25, 2016 - Asked about his first year of teaching, assistant superintendent Mark Thiesen recalls, “The first three or four months were a blur. M...

BCHS staff growing “Sick Staff Staches for the Stollery"

When Grade 8 student Colton McCormick was diagnosed with cancer this fall, Barrhead Composite High School staff applied a new twist to Movember to support Colton’...

BCHS photography class set their sights on New York

In the November 23 board meeting highlights, read about: Education Plan and Annual Education Results Reports (AERR) Audited Financial Statements  BCHS P...

Assistant superintendent Cam Oulton to retire Jan. 3, 2017

Mr. Cam Oulton, assistant superintendent of the Alberta Distance Learning Centre which is operated by Pembina Hills Public Schools, is retiring on Jan. 3, 2017. We...

R.F. Staples Teacher Susan Bowsfield dedicated to students

Susan Bowsfield has been with Pembina Hills Public Schools for twenty-five years.  Her dedication as a teacher is not only to R.F. Staples Secondary School but to t...

2017-18 school year calendar to be presented to board in December

We plan to present the 2017-18 division calendar to the school board in December. This is three months earlier than usual. Next steps will see schools operating on a...

Check out Pembina Hills Public Schools' new e-letter

The first edition of our school division’s new e-letter features stories about the programs, schools and people of Pembina Hills Public Schools. It will be publish...

Here's what our staff will be learning at the November 14 PD day

While there is no school for students on Monday, November 14, our teachers and school staff will be busy at the Pembina Hills Public Schools professional development...

PHPS results: PATs and Provincial Diploma Exams

Each year the school board reviews a report outlining how PHPS students performed on Grade 3, 6 and 9 Provincial Achievement Tests (PATs) and Provincial Diploma Exam...

New teachers inducted into profession

Pembina Hills Alberta Teachers Association Local No. 22 welcomed eight new Pembina Hills Public Schools teachers to the profession and presented gifts to seven divis...

Student enrolment down 1 per cent

In the highlights of the Oct. 26 board meeting read about: How PHPS students did on Provincial Achievement Tests and Diploma exams Student enrolment number...

Local reporter wins provincial award for contributions to public education

Barrhead Leader reporter Kevin Berger is the 2016 recipient of the Public School Boards' Association of Alberta's 2016 Special Contribution to Public School Educa...

Students report school news on Real Country 97.9

Since Oct. 24, listeners who tuned into Real Country 97.9 at 7:45 a.m. and 4:36 p.m. on weekdays heard students from division schools reporting stories from their cl...

Pembina Hills Public Schools kicks off Student Voice initiative by asking kids what they think

A 24-question poll will serve as the starting point for Pembina Hills Public Schools’ efforts to engage students in discussions and decisions about education in th...