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Attend the Jan 25 school board meeting

The next school board meeting will be held on Jan 25 at Fort Assiniboine School. Agenda topics include: Financial statements to Dec 31, 2016  Budget 2017 -...

The PHPS phone survey is coming!

On Jan. 4, Pembina Hills Public Schools staff will begin calling parents to ask them 25 questions about how their school and the school division are doing. The goa...

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...

Roots of Empathy program expands to three more schools

With six new instructors available, Pembina Hills Public Schools is expanding the Roots of Empathy program — which sees a newborn baby visit classrooms — to thre...

We're celebrating School Bus Safety Week Oct 16 to 22

Every day we bus 3000 students to and from school. During School Bus Safety Week, we’d like to remind you of the steps our bus drivers and PHPS Transportation...

School board puts 2-year moratorium on student trips to Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia

In the interests of student safety, the school board voted Oct. 12 to extend its moratorium on student trips to Europe by two years, until August 2018. This moratori...

Bus cancellations when weather is bad

Winter is coming... when do we cancel buses? With Environment Canada issuing its first warning about bad weather in our region, it’s time to recap how our school...

Here's to you Mrs. West! A celebration of teachers on October 5

Our favorite teachers..... pulled our teeth, taught us to dance and inspired us to explore Canadian history. In honour of World Teachers' Day on October 5, we aske...

PHPS to acknowledge Treaty 6, 7 and 8 territory and Aboriginal people at key events

In the September 28 board meeting highlights, read about: Key PHPS events to open with statement acknowledging Treaty 6, 7 and 8 Territory and Aboriginal p...

Board seeks expert advice on field trips

In the September 16 board highlights read about: Expert to review safety of international field trips Three changes to transportation procedures  Read...

Rolling into 2016-17 with our bus drivers

This year 124 people — 71 regular drivers and 53 spare drivers — will drive bus for Pembina Hills Public Schools transporting 2,600 students 10,965 kilome...

24 new teachers join PHPS

This year we welcomed 19 new teachers to our community schools and five new teachers to the Alberta Distance Learning Centre. We are deeply invested in ensuring our...

Our school leaders welcome you to the 2016-17 school year

As educational leaders, PHPS principals lead staff and parents in establishing each of our school’s unique cultures. A team of dedicated associate principals helps...

Division collects 20% of fees online

In the August 22 board meeting highlights, read about: Election of board chair and vice-chair  PHPS collects $163,000 - 20 per cent - of school fees via...

Jennifer Tuininga to serve as board chair for 2016-17

At their August 22 meeting, the PHPS board of trustees elected Jennifer Tuininga to serve as board chair for the 2016-17 school year. Sheri Watson will serve as vice...

Hats off to staff for navigating a year of change in PHPS

Changes. Pembina Hills PUBLIC Schools ~ Attendance area boundary revisions ~ Altered bus routes ~ New adminstrative assignments ~ High School redesign ~ Reggio...

In the board highlights: ADLC receives $40,000 grant; Our schools are powered by wind

In the June 22 board meeting highlights read about: School board adopts $57M budget for 2016-17 Our schools use electricity supplied by a wind farm ADL...

Blanket Exercise explores relationship between Indigenous people and European settlers

On June 14, R. F. Staples students Skyler Grant and Dominque Lievers helped lead the trustees and Regional Office staff through the Blanket Exercise. Developed...

Thank you to Busby School for hosting the June 8 board meeting - Highlights

We'd like to thank the staff and students of Busby School for welcoming us to their school on June 8 as we held our board meeting. Thank you to principal Nadine Mar...

Planning for next year? Our school calendars are here

Wondering when spring break is next year?  Check out our calendars all conveniently located on a single page on our website.  

PHPS signs VTRA protocol

On May 3, Pembina Hills Public Schools and 19 community organizations signed the Pembina River and Area Community Violence Threat Risk Assessment (VTRA) protocol whi...

Here's how our schools are helping Fort McMurray evacuees

.        Left: Two R.F. Staples students organize donation drive; Centre: Student auctioneer Hayden Dick and ring-man Austen Leigh during Pembina North Comm...

School board visits Alberta legislature - Meet with local MLA and Education Minister

One of the school board's roles is to advocate on behalf of Pembina Hills Public Schools. Establishing and sustaining relationships with key MLAs and the minister o...

Check out the May 25 board meeting highlights

In the May 25 board meeting highlights read about: How to enrol in a school of choice Apply to ride a bus to school of choice on June 6 R.F. Staples stud...

Daryl Chattargoon named associate principal at Pembina North Community School

After graduating from the University of Alberta with a B.Ed. Darryl Chattargoon joined Pembina Hills Public Schools in 2001 as a Grade 6 teacher at Dapp School. In 2...

Dale Erickson becomes associate principal at Eleanor Hall School

During his 10 plus years at École Barrhead Elementary School Dale Erickson taught all grade levels in the elementary division and served as a counsellor and Schoo...

Jason Wiks becomes associate principal at R.F. Staples Secondary School

Most recently associate principal at Pembina North Community School, Jason Wiks joined our school division in 2001 to work at ADLC as a high school Social Studies/CT...

Perry Kulmatyski named associate principal at R. F. Staples Secondary School

In 1995 Perry Kulmatyski started teaching at R.F. Staples School. He came to the division with six years of classroom experience having taught for a year in Fort McM...

New associate principal at École Westlock Elementary School: Greg Ferguson

Greg Ferguson joined Pembina Hills Public Schools in 2004 as a Grade 5 / 6 teacher at Swan Hills School going on to teach junior high and to serve as associate princ...

Amber Monteath has a new role at École Barrhead Elementary School as associate principal

A 2004 graduate of the University of Alberta, Amber has taught at Swan Hills School and École Barrhead Elementary School. In 2012-13, she served as one of three di...

New principal for Busby School: Raime Drake

Raime Drake brings 17 years of service with Pembina Hills Public Schools to her new role as principal of Busby School. Most recently associate principal at Eleanor H...

Tammy Tkachuk becomes principal of Dunstable School

Since joining Pembina Hills Public Schools in 2001, Tammy has worked at the  Alberta Distance Learning Centre, École Barrhead Elementary School and Busby School....

Nadine Marchand is new principal of Eleanor Hall School

Nadine Marchand joined Pembina Hills Public Schools in 1996 as a teacher at Swan Hills School. During her tenure with the division, Nadine has been associate princip...

Angie Bachand moving to École Westlock Elementary School

Most recently associate principal at R.F. Staples Secondary School, Angie Bachand will be an associate principal at École Westlock Elementary School next year....

Suzanne Lundrigan appointed Communications Director

Suzanne brings more than 25 years’ experience in education communications to Pembina Hills Public Schools. She started her career as a reporter for the Daily Heral...

Student fees to stay the same in 2016-17

In the May 11 PHPS board meeting highlights read about: Student fees held at 2015-16 levels Alternate school calendars are available for 2016-17 93.8% of...

Eleanor Hall Principal Don Hinks joins Greater St. Albert Catholic Schools

Best wishes to Eleanor Hall School Principal Don Hinks as he moves into a new role with Greater St. Albert Catholic Schools. Don has been appointed principal of Mo...

Paddy Zadunayski’s new role focused on literacy and supporting new teachers

Paddy Zadunayski has been appointed Coordinator of Literacy & New Teacher Supports effective August 2016. She is looking forward to sharing her expertise across the...