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New virtual school created to meet online learning demand

September 23, 2020
The registration of 2,400 elementary students for online learning resulted in Saskatoon Public Schools creating the new Online Learning Centre Elementary school, trustees heard during the Sept. 22 Board of Education meeting.
A principal, vice principal, and 54 classroom teachers, along with additional teachers and support staff, are assigned to the...

Nominations open for Board of Education trustee election

September 22, 2020
​ Election of trustees for the Saskatoon Board of Education will be part of the City of Saskatoon's local government election scheduled for Monday, Nov. 9, 2020.  Saskatoon Public Schools is governed by a 10-person elected Board of Education. The school division is organized into 10 wards for purpose of elections but...
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Deadline for transfer of students between online, in-person learning

September 21, 2020
​ In order to maintain stability for student learning and staffing, Saskatoon Public Schools has established a deadline for transfers between in-school and online learning. Current SPS families have until Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020, to transfer between in-school and online learning. After this deadline, elementary students will not be able to...
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Commitment of division staff creates successful return to school

September 17, 2020
  In the six months since schools were closed in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Saskatoon Public Schools' staff have gone above and beyond to ensure the continuation of student learning and the operation of the school division during an unprecedented time.
As we looked ahead to a new school...
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Schools to mark Orange Shirt Day on September 30

September 17, 2020
When Saskatoon Public Schools students, staff and families pull an orange T-shirt over their heads on Sept. 30 they will be taking part in an act of reconciliation and remembrance. September 30 is proclaimed as Orange Shirt Day each year by the provincial government. The day originated in Williams Lake, B.C.,...
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School division, province announce start of design phase for new school

September 15, 2020
​ A new school to serve students and families in three city centre neighbourhoods is expected to open its doors by the fall of 2024.
An announcement marking the start of the planning and design phase for the $29-million project was made Sept. 15. The school, which will replace the existing King George,...
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​Five schools offering full-day PreK, kindergarten within neighbourhood

August 19, 2020
​ Full-day prekindergarten and kindergarten will be available at five elementary schools for the 2020-21 school year. Programs at King George, Pleasant Hill, Mayfair, Vincent Massey and Howard Coad schools will offer full-day early learning instruction thanks to the financial support of Saskatoon Public Schools Foundation through its Early Learning Equal...
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Online learning available for elementary, high school students during 2020-21

August 11, 2020
PLEASE NOTE: Registration for Kindergarten to Grade 8 Online learning for the 2020-21 school year  closed  on Sept. 8, 2020. High school students may continue to register for online learning for quints 2-5. Online learning delivered by Saskatoon Public Schools teachers will be available for kindergarten to Grade 12 students during the 2020-21 school year.
The...
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Schools welcome back students during the week of Sept. 8-11

June 29, 2020

  Saskatoon Public Schools will begin the 2020-21 school year on Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020, a week later than originally planned.
The first day of school was  scheduled for Sept. 1, however the provincial government has announced the start of the school year will be delayed until Sept. 8 throughout the province.
Throughout the...
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Agreement supports enhanced environmental education in public schools

June 23, 2020
Saskatoon Public Schools (SPS) and the Sustainability and Education Policy Network (SEPN) at the University of Saskatchewan (USask) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to further sustainability and climate change education initiatives.    
The new agreement supports sustainability and climate change education for SPS administrators and teachers, and includes the...
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High schools welcome Grade 9 students with video orientations

June 22, 2020
Hundreds of students will make the transition from elementary to high school this fall and Saskatoon Public Schools' collegiates are making sure to welcome them in advance. Each year, collegiates hold in-person orientation days at the end of June to provide incoming Grade 9 students with the opportunity to learn more...
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wâhkôhtowin chosen as new name for Confederation Park School

June 16, 2020
Following extensive community collaboration and direction, the Board of Education approved wâhkôhtowin as the new name for Confederation Park Community School at its June 2020 meeting.
Through a traditional naming ceremony that followed appropriate Cree culture protocol, wâhkôhtowin (pronounced Wah-KOH-toh-win) was chosen. The word is a Nêhiyaw (Cree) word that means "relations/relationships/being related"....
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Saskatoon Board of Education passes 2020-21 budget

June 16, 2020
With a focus on maintaining class sizes and addressing students' needs, the Saskatoon Board of Education passed its budget for the 2020-21 academic year at its meeting held June 16. The budget includes expenses of $278.3 million, an increase of $6.6 million over last year.
Provincial government funding increased 3.7 per...
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A Message for Parents & Caregivers

June 05, 2020
​ In light of recent events across North America, we acknowledge the impact this is having on our students, families, and staff members, especially those who are Black, Indigenous and People of Colour. Racism takes many forms and actions. In every instance, it must be condemned. These powerful protests calling attention to...

School division supporting families to meet students' nutritional needs

June 04, 2020
The work done by Saskatoon Public Schools and its community partners to ensure the nutritional needs of students and families are being met during school closures was highlighted during the Board of Education's meeting held June 2.
Food security is an issue for many students and families. The school division has been...

Students, staff staying connected through creative use of video

June 02, 2020
​ Bringing students and teachers together as a learning community usually takes place inside the walls of a classroom and school. It would be easy to lose that sense of community during a time of physical distancing when students and teachers aren't able to be face-to-face. However, many schools and teachers are...

New school will serve King George, Pleasant Hill and Princess Alexandra communities

May 21, 2020
Saskatoon Public Schools is sharing exciting news about a new facility to serve the school communities of King George, Pleasant Hill, and Princess Alexandra.  In mid-March, the provincial government committed to fund a new centrally located school to serve the three school communities. For planning purposes, the project is being called the...
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Class of 2020 graduates being celebrated by collegiates

May 19, 2020
Saskatoon Public Schools' collegiates are distributing lawn signs to every 2020 graduate to allow the community to join in honouring the achievement. Beginning May 20, lawn signs are being provided to every graduating Grade 12 student across our 10 collegiates, as well as City Park School and Saskatoon Christian School. Each...
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Student-led cleanup contributes to the community, charity

May 19, 2020
​ Students in Saskatoon Public Schools have been cleaning up and contributing to the community as they continue learning. On April 28, students and family members representing the Collective Voice, Ecoquest, iGen, Let's Lead – Nīkānētān, Off the Grid, and Outdoor School programs competed to see who could remove the most...

Teachers maintaining connections as students learn from home

May 07, 2020
Teachers in Saskatoon Public Schools have been successfully engaging students in learning from home, trustees were told during the Board of Education meeting held May 5.
Using a variety of online platforms and other communication strategies, educators are finding ways to provide learning experiences, sustain learning relationships, and monitor student progress....

Schools welcoming kindergarten registration for 2020-21

April 29, 2020

  Schools may be closed but kindergarten registration is open for the 2020-21 school year!
Kindergarten is a special time and place in the life of a young child and Saskatoon Public Schools is dedicated to embracing every student in a safe and welcoming environment. If your child will be...
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Saskatoon Public Schools wants students to #TakeBackYourYear

April 29, 2020
Saskatoon Public Schools and school divisions across the province are encouraging students to remain engaged with learning while physical classrooms remain closed.
The #TakeBackYourYear campaign invites teachers, staff, students, families, and community members to share the hashtag on social media along with their own stories of success and encouragement for one another...
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School division works with Saskatoon Tribal Council to feed community

April 22, 2020
A kitchen that usually feeds hungry high school students will soon be providing 1,000 meals per day to help feed the wider community. Saskatoon Public Schools is providing the commercial kitchen, food labs, and cafeteria at Mount Royal Collegiate, along with $20,000 in funding, to support the work being done by...

Division connecting students to learning with computers, internet access

April 20, 2020
​ Almost 400 laptop computers will be in the hands of Saskatoon Public Schools' high school students this week in order to ensure students have access to the technology they need to continue learning. Jason Dunk, the school division's chief technology officer, said distribution of laptops began Monday at Mount Royal...
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High school unique programs application deadline extended to May 29

April 15, 2020
The application deadline has been extended until May 29, 2020, for four programs that offer unique, hands-on learning for high school students.
Outdoor School, Media School and the High School Carpentry Apprenticeship Program (HCAP) provide Grade 11 students (plus Grade 12 for HCAP) with the opportunity to join other students from collegiates across the city to...
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Application deadline extended to June 1 for elementary unique programs

April 15, 2020
Application deadlines have been extended to June 1 for Saskatoon Public Schools' elementary unique programs. Four programs for Grade 8 students — Creative Action, Ecoquest, ScienceTrek and Let's Lead—Nīkānētān —  along with the iGen program for Grade 6 students are still accepting applications for the 2020-21 school year.
The programs offer elementary school students...
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Division's supplemental learning plan guides instruction during school closure

April 02, 2020
​ Saskatoon Public Schools' supplemental learning plan guides the work of teachers as we support student learning at home. Our goal is for all students to feel connected to school and learning. During the pause in school operations, division staff explored how we can offer learning support to students and families at home....
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Message to parents and caregivers from Director of Education Barry MacDougall

March 30, 2020
I want to begin by saying thank you for your continued support of our schools and our staff members. We know this is more than a disruption. Education starting from a young age is vital to the growth of our children. We are working to right the ship as much as...
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School playground equipment off limits due to COVID-19 concerns

March 25, 2020
Saskatoon Public Schools has closed all school playgrounds in order to protect the health of students and the community. The City of Saskatoon has also closed all of its playgrounds.
The action is being taken because the surfaces people touch — especially playground equipment — should not be used for the health and safety...
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Education Response Planning Team message to families

March 23, 2020
Saskatchewan has an Education Response Planning Team, consisting of officials from the Ministry of Education, Saskatchewan Teachers' Federation, Saskatchewan School Boards Association, the Saskatchewan Association of School Business Officials and the Saskatchewan League of Educational Administrators, Directors and Superintendents, that is meeting daily to support the education system in our response...
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Remaining unique program open houses cancelled

March 13, 2020
​ Saskatoon Public Schools has cancelled the remaining open house/information nights for the following unique programs. New dates will be provided if rescheduled.
ScienceTrek at Montgomery School iGen at Sherbrooke Community Centre Creative Action  at North Park Wilson School Let's Lead—Nīkānētān at Westmount Community School Media School at Evan Hardy Collegiate High School Carpentry...

Important information about school operations and COVID-19

March 12, 2020
Update April 3, 2020​ — As we embark on our supplemental learning plan with a strong focus on connecting with and supporting our students online, Saskatoon Public Schools remains committed to protecting the privacy of students and staff. New software, online tools, and apps must meet our standards for ensuring the security of student and staff...
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Information for parents, caregivers about STF job action

March 10, 2020
The Saskatchewan Teachers Federation (STF) is engaged in contract negotiations with the Government Trustee Bargaining Committee, which represents the provincial government and all Saskatchewan school divisions. The STF represents all teachers, principals, vice principals, instructional consultants, coordinators, and secondary counsellors in our school division. 
The STF announced sanctions that will restrict...
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Marion Graham Collegiate student wins $100,000 Loran Award

February 27, 2020
Kylie Flynn, a Grade 12 French Immersion student at Marion M. Graham Collegiate, has been named a 2020 Loran Scholar and will receive an award worth $100,000. 
Flynn is one of 36 students from across Canada to be awarded the prestigious scholarship out of nearly 5,200 applicants. She is student council co-president, participates...
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HCAP, Media School and Outdoor School open house set for March 18

February 26, 2020
Three programs that offer unique, hands-on approaches to learning for high school students are now accepting applications for the 2020-21 school year. Outdoor School, Media School and the High School Carpentry Apprenticeship Program (HCAP) provide Grade 11 students (plus Grade 12 for HCAP) with the opportunity to join other students from collegiates across the city...

Information for parents, caregivers about possible job action

February 25, 2020
The Saskatchewan Teachers Federation (STF) is engaged in contract negotiations with the Government Trustee Bargaining Committee, which represents the provincial government and all Saskatchewan school divisions. Members of the STF have voted in favour of job action, which could include withdrawal from extracurricular activities, withdrawal of noon-hour supervision, rotating strikes, or...
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School calendar approved for 2020-21; first day for students is Sept. 1

February 12, 2020
Students in Saskatoon Public Schools will begin the 2020-21 school year prior to the Labour Day weekend. The first day of classes for students in both elementary and high school will be Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020, according to the school year calendar approved by the Board of Education during its meeting...
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Skjerven named new Director of Education for Saskatoon Public Schools

February 05, 2020
The Saskatoon Board of Education is pleased to announce the appointment of Shane Skjerven as the new director of education for Saskatoon Public Schools, beginning August 1, 2020. Skjerven is currently deputy director for the school division. "For our board, students are at the heart of every decision we make. Shane...

Students share with parents during social media awareness session

February 04, 2020
For parents and caregivers who want to know more about the role of social media in their children's lives, there are no better teachers than youth themselves.
Ask the Experts: How Does Your Child Use Social Media? takes place Tuesday, Feb. 25, 7 p.m., at Walter Murray Collegiate. Students from Walter...
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Programs offer unique learning experiences for elementary students

January 30, 2020
Elementary school students have the opportunity to engage in unique opportunities and hands-on learning experiences with Saskatoon Public Schools. Four programs for Grade 8 students — Creative Action, Ecoquest, ScienceTrek and Let's Lead—Nīkānētān — along with the iGen program for Grade 6, FLEX program for Grade 7-12 and the Montessori program for...
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Board of Education hears about school's mental health, wellness expo

January 15, 2020
A day of learning and activities at Aden Bowman Collegiate that furthered the conversation around student mental health and well-being was highlighted during the Celebrating Excellence portion of the Board of Education's Jan. 10 meeting.
The Mental Health Expo held last October is part of the ongoing work being done at...

Schools welcome families to kindergarten open houses during January

January 06, 2020
​   Kindergarten is a special time and place in the life of a young child and Saskatoon Public Schools is dedicated to embracing every student in a safe and welcoming environment. Most of our schools will be holding open house events during the month of January to provide parents with...

Award of Excellence presented to Evan Hardy Collegiate graduate

January 06, 2020
Harkirat Bhullar is the recipient of the 2019 Award of Excellence, presented by the Saskatoon Board of Education. The annual award is given to the student who best exemplifies the vision and goals of Saskatoon Public Schools.  Bhullar graduated from Evan Hardy Collegiate with a 99 per-cent average. In Grade 12...
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Collegiate open houses help Grade 8 students prepare for high school

December 18, 2019
Saskatoon Public Schools' collegiates are opening their doors during February to provide current Grade 8 students and their parents and guardians with a glimpse of high school life.
Collegiate open house events give students and parents the opportunity to visit one or several schools, learn about the programs and unique opportunities...
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Trustees hear how NICE provides unique learning at Nutana Collegiate

December 11, 2019
A program that blends classroom- and community-based learning through trades, tourism, and hands-on occupational experience was highlighted during the Celebrating Excellence portion of the Board of Education's Dec. 10 meeting.
The Nutana Industry Career Education (N.I.C.E.) program, currently in its second year at Nutana Collegiate, sees students earn credit for a...
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Report to Community shares stories of student learning, success

December 09, 2019
Stories of learning, achievement, and student success fill the pages of Saskatoon Public Schools' Report to Community for 2018-19. The annual publication, which recognizes the work of students, staff and schools and illustrates the ways in which the school division strives to provide inspiring learning each and every day, can be...
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School choirs performing during 48th annual Noon Festival of Carols

December 04, 2019
Each year, children's choirs from across Saskatoon perform as part of TCU Place's Noon Festival of Carols, a free-to-attend winter festival celebrating the joy and warmth of the holiday season.
This year is the 48th Annual Noon Festival of Carols that runs Dec. 9-12 and Dec. 16-19 from 11:30 a.m. until...
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School partnerships with Care & Share highlighted for Board of Education

November 29, 2019
The support provided to schools and students from the businesses and community organizations through Care & Share Saskatoon was highlighted during the Celebrating Excellence portion of the Nov. 26 meeting of the Board of Education.
Care & Share helps to identify and match partners with schools. Community partners respond to requests...

New hospital school classroom a welcoming learning environment

November 18, 2019
It's a classroom like no other. It may look like most, with its shelves of books, tables and chairs, pens and pencils, students and teachers, and even a view of the playground outside the window.
But the brand-new classroom of teachers Andra Thorstad and Marty Hoehn is out-of-the-ordinary for more than...
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Tarzan the Musical takes centre stage at Evan Hardy Collegiate

November 13, 2019
Students at Evan Hardy Collegiate will swing you through the jungle during the school's annual musical production.
Tarzan the Musical runs nightly Dec. 11-14 at 7 p.m. 
The production involves dozens of students involved on-stage or in technical and support roles, all under the leadership and guidance of teachers.
Based on the Disney...

School division reports enrolment increase of almost 600 students

November 12, 2019
Saskatoon Public Schools recorded its 11th consecutive year of enrolment growth with 25,808 students registered in kindergarten to Grade 12, an increase of 599 students from 2018.
As of Sept. 30, there were 17,139 students attending the division's elementary schools and 8,669 attending secondary schools. Trustees were told during the Nov....
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Colleen MacPherson elected Board of Education chair

November 06, 2019
Colleen MacPherson has been elected as board chair for Saskatoon Public Schools for the 2019-20 academic year.
MacPherson was elected to the position by her fellow trustees during the board's inaugural meeting held Nov. 5. First elected as a trustee in 2009, she has served as vice-chair of the board four...
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Music teachers recognized for contributions to education, leadership

November 05, 2019
Four Saskatoon Public Schools teachers were recognized for their commitment to music education and student learning with awards during the recent Saskatchewan Music Conference.
Kara Helms, an elementary band teacher who is currently serving as the division's arts consultant, received the Saskatchewan Music Educators Association (SMEA) Outstanding Achievement Award for her...
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Teacher shares reconciliation journey through song and EP release

October 22, 2019
A simple moment during National Indigenous Peoples' Day in 2016 helped Darryl Dozlaw encapsulate his own journey toward reconciliation through song.
Dozlaw, a teacher at Caroline Robins Community School, was observing the celebration when a young Indigenous child sat down next to him.  "To this child I was not a non-Indigenous...
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A new vision for student success at Saskatoon Public Schools

October 21, 2019
​ Every student is known, valued, and believed in.  That is the vision of Saskatoon Public Schools, created as part of the school division’s new strategic plan.  "This plan is focused on students, above all else. It begins with a vision of what we want to achieve for every young person...
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Donation boosts access to braille books for visually impaired students

October 10, 2019
From Katniss Everdeen and Percy Jackson, to Junie B. Jones and a Jedi apprentice — the adventures of all of these book characters will now be available in braille for students to discover thanks to support from the Canada Post Community Foundation. The foundation's recent $12,000 donation to the Saskatchewan Alternate...
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Unique approach to English course gets Grade 10 students into the game

October 09, 2019
​ Dan Buday rolled the dice on a unique way of teaching English to Grade 10 students at Marion M. Graham Collegiate. Inspired by the students in the school's Dungeons & Dragons club and his own love of role-playing games, Buday developed and piloted an English language arts course delivered through...
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Trustees hear how drum project provides hands-on cultural learning

October 09, 2019
Students and staff from Pleasant Hill Community School shared the adventure of making their own drum during the Oct. 18 Board of Education meeting. They explained how the experience was connected to Indigenous, land-based teachings and how it responded to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's Calls to Action.
In the fall...
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Indigenous Cultural Arts and Language program open to all SPS students

September 25, 2019
A program aimed at strengthening cultural awareness is playing an important role in encouraging youth who are enthusiastic about participating in Indigenous culture and sharing it with their schools and families. The Indigenous Cultural Arts and Language program provides instruction in many aspects of Indigenous culture and arts for both elementary and high school...

Board of Education hears about successful early registration day

September 25, 2019
Opening the doors before the first day of classes in September allowed schools better to welcome new families and students this fall, trustees were told during the Sept. 17 Board of Education meeting.
Early Registration Day was held Aug. 29 at all our elementary schools. It gave students and their parents the...
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Orange Shirt Day message shared through student-designed shirt

September 20, 2019
When Saskatoon Public Schools students, staff and families pull an orange T-shirt over their heads on Sept. 30 they will be wearing art created by a student. Following a call for submissions a design by Eileen Knox of Marion M. Graham Collegiate was chosen to recognize Orange Shirt Day in schools...
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School community councils holding annual meetings

September 09, 2019
Many Saskatoon Public Schools' school community councils (SCC) will hold annual meetings in September and October to elect representatives for the 2019-20 school year.
The SCC acts in an advisory role to the school, the Board of Education and other agencies and organizations. The primary purpose of a SCC is to develop shared...
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Plan the daily trip to school and help students get active and Move To Grow

August 29, 2019
School supplies, new sneakers and a fresh haircut are some of the back-to-school rituals for families. And as students head back to classes this fall, another good idea for families is to make a plan for how children can be active during their daily trip to and from school. Walking or...

High school students begin year with full day of classes Sept. 3

August 07, 2019
Saskatoon Public Schools' collegiates are welcoming high school students and families back to school with the first day of classes set for Tuesday, Sept. 3.
New students in Grade 9-12 or current high school students who have not yet registered for fall classes should contact the Student Services office at the collegiate of their choice...

Elementary schools welcome back students for new school year

July 02, 2019
Saskatoon Public Schools is welcoming new students and families back to school.
The first full day of school for students in Grade 1-8 is Wednesday, Sept. 4. Kindergarten students have a staggered start to allow them to become comfortable with the school and their classmates. Information on the kindergarten start schedule...

Saskatoon Public Schools, Saskatoon Tribal Council sign agreement

June 27, 2019
​ A new agreement to deliver "reconciliation in education" will focus on the development of programs, services and opportunities to revitalize the presence of First Nations culture and language in Saskatoon Public Schools classrooms. The five-year agreement between Saskatoon Public Schools and Saskatoon Tribal Council (STC) was signed June 28 and...

Saskatoon Board of Education passes 2019-20 budget

June 19, 2019
The Saskatoon Board of Education passed its budget for the 2019-20 academic year at a meeting June 18. The budget includes expenses of $271.6 million, an increase of $3.97 million over last year.
The provincial government provided a funding increase of 1.5 per cent ($3.5 million or $60/student). This amount doesn't allow...

Outdoor experiences offer unique learning for kindergarten

June 17, 2019
It may appear to be play or simply burning-off energy, but when kindergarten students are experiencing the outdoors it's all about creating opportunities for students to channel their energy, enthusiasm and curiosity into unique learning experiences. "Students are excited to take learning outdoors and excitement leads to engagement and deeper learning,"...

Former student honours teachers who helped him reach his potential

June 06, 2019
The efforts of two high school teachers to encourage and support students have been recognized with the Loran Scholars Foundation’s Teachers Building Leaders Award. Kevin Shmyr of Mount Royal Collegiate and Adam Peters, now at Evan Hardy Collegiate, were nominated for the award by Tanner Zekonic, a 2015 Loran Scholar and...
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Commitment to students at centre of division's new strategic plan

June 05, 2019
Academic excellence, character, engagement, and well-being of students are at the heart of Saskatoon Public Schools new strategic plan. "Our school division is not only starting a new year, but we are beginning a new journey. Starting right now, we are following our new strategic plan. This strategic plan makes clear what...
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Kurpjuweit receives Prime Minister's Award for Teaching Excellence

May 27, 2019
You could say that being recognized with a Prime Minister's Award for Teaching Excellence was music to the ears of Michael Kurpjuweit.
Kurpjuweit, a band and fine arts teacher at Brunskill School, was one of three Saskatchewan teachers who received certificates of achievement recognition as part of the annual awards that...
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Students put their skills to the test at national competition

May 24, 2019
Victoria Anghelus plans to flex her mussels during the Skills Canada National Competition. The Grade 12 student from Mount Royal Collegiate will compete in cooking at the event May 28-29 in Halifax and mussels Marinièrein is one of the dishes all competitors are required to prepare during the first day. Mussels...
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Students' solutions to environmental issues claim top spots at competition

May 15, 2019
Projects from Saskatoon Public Schools students that tackled subjects ranging from plastic waste to water conservation to bee populations took top spots during the recent Caring For Our Watersheds final competition.
The competition, sponsored by Partners For the Saskatchewan River Basin, asked students in Grade 7-12 to research a local watershed...
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Outdoor School receives national award for environmental education

May 14, 2019
A Saskatoon Public Schools program that offers an innovative learning experience for high school students has received national recognition.
Outdoor School Program received the Outstanding K-12 Class, School, or School District Award during the Canadian Network for Environmental Education and Communication (EECOM) annual conference held May 10-12 in Saskatoon. The award...
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Move To Grow Week encourages students, families to get active

May 09, 2019
Saskatoon Public Schools is celebrating Move to Grow Week, May 13-16, and families are being invited to help us celebrate by planning an active start to the school day.
More to Grow encourages students and families to use active transportation options such as walking or cycling for their commute to and...

Division's commitment to sustainable education earns provincial recognition

May 09, 2019

A commitment to programs that embody the values of education for sustainable development has earned Saskatoon Public Schools recognition as the recipient of a provincial Education for Sustainable Development award. The award, presented by the Regional Centre of Expertise on Education for Sustainable Development in Saskatchewan, honours organizations and individuals...
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Student scientists take desalination project to Canada-Wide Science Fair

May 08, 2019
A science fair project that started out with the simple goal of getting a good mark is now taking a pair of Grade 8 scientists from Greystone Heights School all the way to the Canada-Wide Science Fair.
Kevin Liu and Saabir Yousuf wanted their project to be something interesting and innovative....

School division to receive increase in operational grant for 2019-20

April 11, 2019
​ Saskatoon Public Schools will receive a 1.5 per cent increase in provincial education funding, according to information presented during the April 9 Board of Education meeting. In the wake of the recent provincial budget, trustees heard the school division will receive an operating grant of $229.8 million 2019-20. That is an increase...
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Teacher receives national recognition for innovative approach to mathematics

April 02, 2019
A Saskatoon Public Schools teacher who uniquely engages students and colleagues alike in mathematics has received national recognition for his work.
Nat Banting, a mathematics teacher at Marion M. Graham Collegiate and consultant for the school division, is the recipient of the Margaret Sinclair Memorial Award for "advancing the possibility of...

Schools win Living in Harmony Awards in recognition of cultural learning

March 27, 2019
The work done by students and teachers to examine and promote intercultural harmony was recognized during the City of Saskatoon's Living In Harmony Recognition Awards. Students from John Lake, Brownell, and Chief Whitecap schools received the awards during an event held at the Broadway Theatre on March 21, the International Day...
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Late French Immersion allows students to study beginning in Grade 6

March 19, 2019
When it comes to learning French, late is great for Saskatoon Public Schools.
Late French Immersion classrooms located at École Alvin Buckwold School, École Forest Grove School, and École Henry Kelsey offer a unique learning opportunity by allowing students to begin immersive second language study in Grade 6 and graduate with...
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Families have big role in encouraging regular school attendance

March 19, 2019
​ Saskatoon Public Schools believes every student has potential. But in order to succeed in school and in life, students need to show up. Regular attendance is a strong predictor of student success. Being present fosters engagement, builds relationships and creates a sense of belonging — elements that fuel a learner's confidence...
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French Immersion coming to Silverspring School starting September 2019

March 12, 2019
French Immersion enrolments have increased significantly in the past few years. To accommodate this continued demand, Saskatoon Public Schools will be opening a new kindergarten to Grade 8 French Immersion program at Silverspring School beginning in September 2019, alongside the school’s established English program. 
The French Immersion program at Silverspring will serve the following...
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New arts leadership program launched at North Park Wilson

March 04, 2019
North Park Wilson School will be home to a new artistic leadership program starting in September. Creative Action is a specialized, full-year program for Grade 8 students who have shown leadership potential and a desire to cultivate their passion in the arts to make a difference in their community and beyond....

Students encouraged to #BeSomeonesHero during Pink Week

February 26, 2019
Saskatoon Public Schools is committed to creating safe, caring and accepting learning and work environments. It is our goal to work together with parents/caregivers/guardians and community partners to support students as they develop moral values, display ethical conduct, and achieve to the best of their ability.
Our school division will be...
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Programs offer unique learning experiences for elementary students

February 19, 2019
Elementary school students have the opportunity to engage in unique opportunities and hands-on learning experiences with Saskatoon Public Schools.
Four programs for Grade 8 students — Ecoquest, ScienceTrek, Creative Action and Let's Lead—Nīkānētān — along with the iGen program for Grade 6, FLEX program for Grade 7-12 and the Montessori program for Grade...

Application period extended for Outdoor School, HCAP and Media School

February 14, 2019
The application period has been extended for three programs that offer unique, hands-on approaches to learning for high school students.
Outdoor School, Media School and the High School Carpentry Apprenticeship Program (HCAP) provide Grade 11 students (plus Grade 12 for HCAP) with the opportunity to join other students from collegiates across the city to participate in a...

Board of Education approves school-year calendar for 2019-20

February 13, 2019
Students in Saskatoon Public Schools will begin the 2019-20 school year immediately following the Labour Day weekend. The first day of classes for students in both elementary and high school will be Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019, according to the school year calendar approved by the Board of Education during its meeting held Feb....
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Programs offer unique learning experiences for elementary students

February 07, 2019
Elementary school students have the opportunity to engage in unique opportunities and hands-on learning experiences with Saskatoon Public Schools. Three programs for Grade 8 students — Ecoquest, ScienceTrek and Let's Lead—Nīkānētān — along with the iGen program for Grade 6, FLEX program for Grade 7-12 and the Montessori program for Grade...
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Media School, HCAP and Outdoor School programs holding open house in March

February 07, 2019
A unique, hands-on approach to learning embodied in three collegiate programs creates an unforgettable experience students and expands their horizons. Media School, Outdoor School and the High School Construction Apprenticeship (HCAP) each provide Grade 11 students with the opportunity to join other students from collegiates across the city to participate in...
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Trustees hear how Project Buddy connects students at Evan Hardy

January 22, 2019
​ Students and staff from Evan Hardy Collegiate shared an innovative approach to building the school community during the Celebrating Excellence portion of the Jan. 15 Board of Education meeting.
Soul Ambassadors is a group of students who act as ambassadors for Evan Hardy Collegiate in the school community. Soul Ambassadors...

Collegiate open houses help Grade 8 students prepare for high school

January 09, 2019
Saskatoon Public Schools' collegiates are opening their doors during February to provide current Grade 8 students and their parents and guardians with a glimpse of high school life. Collegiate open house events give students and parents the opportunity to visit one or several schools, learn about the programs and unique opportunities that each collegiate...
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Student leader wins Saskatoon Board of Education Award of Excellence

January 07, 2019
Catherine Sun is the 2018 recipient of the Saskatoon Board of Education Award of Excellence. The award, presented during a luncheon Jan. 7, is given annually to the student who best exemplifies the goals and values of Saskatoon Public Schools.
Sun graduated from Centennial Collegiate with a 99.9 per cent average....
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Trustees hear how creative approaches to instruction build math, French skills

December 13, 2018
Students and staff from École Alvin Buckwold School shared an innovative approach to building math computational skills along with oral fluency during the Celebrating Excellence portion of the Dec. 11 Board of Education meeting.
Katherine Fiander, a Grade 2 French Immersion teacher, identified computational fluency and understanding of numbers and basic...

Schools welcome families to kindergarten open houses during January

December 03, 2018
Kindergarten is a special time and place in the life of a young child and Saskatoon Public Schools is dedicated to embracing every student in a safe and welcoming environment.
Most of our schools will be holding open house events during the month of January to provide parents with an introduction...
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Board of Education learns how project recognizes Métis history

December 03, 2018
​ A unique partnership between Aden Bowman Collegiate, Saskatoon Transit and the Métis community was highlighted during the Celebrating Excellence portion of the Nov. 27 Board of  Education meeting. 
A bus shelter located at the school was transformed into a piece of art that recognizes the history of the school’s location...
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Morrison receives Award of Distinction for contributions to education

November 19, 2018
A commitment to the promotion and support of public education in Saskatoon has earned Saskatoon Public Schools' Board Chair Ray Morrison the Saskatchewan Schools Boards Association's Award of Distinction.
Morrison, who has served on the Board of Education since 2003 and as its chair since 2006, received the award Nov. 16...
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School division reports enrolment increase of more than 300 students

November 01, 2018
​ Saskatoon Public Schools recorded its 10th consecutive year of enrolment growth with 25,209 students registered in kindergarten to Grade 12, an increase of 318 students from 2017.
As of Sept. 30, there were 16,251 students attending the division’s elementary schools and 8,654 attending secondary schools.
Trustees were told during the...
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Saskatoon Public Schools renews literacy focus, leads citizenship education

October 16, 2018
Saskatoon Public Schools is "open to all" – our classrooms are welcoming learning environments where teachers guide students to build a foundation for a bright and healthy future. These lessons begin by first introducing the foundations of literacy to our youngest learners. This year, Saskatoon Public Schools has refined its focus...
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Saskatoon Public Schools celebrates Education Week Oct. 14-20

October 10, 2018
A World of Learning for Every Student is the theme for Saskatchewan Education Week that runs Oct. 14-20. 
Education Week provides Saskatoon Public Schools with an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of our more than 25,000 students and recognize the more than 2,500 dedicated education professionals and staff members whose work...
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Whitecap Dakota Lessons shares history, culture and language with students

October 09, 2018
Whitecap Dakota Lessons is a collaborative project between Saskatoon Public Schools and Whitecap Dakota First Nation designed to foster reconciliation by educating students on Dakota perspectives of their history, culture, and language.
Dakota education material and resources were compiled into lessons for kindergarten to Grade 8 students. The material features videos in...
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Indigenous Art, Song, and Dance program shares cultural learning with students

September 18, 2018
A program aimed at strengthening cultural awareness is playing an important role in encouraging youth who are enthusiastic about participating in Indigenous culture and sharing it with their schools and families.
The Indigenous Art, Song, and Dance Instructional Program provides instruction in many aspects of Indigenous culture and arts for both elementary and...
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Community input helps shape Board of Education's strategic plan

September 17, 2018
Members of Saskatoon Public Schools' school communities were asked for their ideas and opinions in order to inform the Board of Education as it refreshes its strategic plan and ensure the division's focus and goals reflect the needs of our evolving community. 
The online survey conducted during the spring of 2018 through ThoughtExchange gave families...

Saskatoon Public Schools to recognize Orange Shirt Day on Sept. 28

September 11, 2018
Orange Shirt Day is recognized each year as a day to honour Indigenous children who survived residential schools and remember those who didn't.
Saskatoon Public Schools will be recognizing Orange Shirt Day on Friday, Sept. 28. Students and staff are encouraged to wear orange that day. There will be activities and...

Move To Grow encourages active transportation for students, families

September 04, 2018
​ At Saskatoon Public Schools, we teach our students to make positive choices that will support their health and well-being. As educators, we know that a daily opportunity to exercise can have a multitude of benefits for our students in the classroom. But additional opportunities to be active every day can...
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Teaching students what it means to be "Open to All"

August 29, 2018
With a guiding principle of being "open to all," Saskatoon Public Schools is creating welcoming classrooms and educating students about the powerful importance of citizenship education for the future of our society.
Through citizenship education, the school division aims to create empathetic, respectful, action-oriented students who will employ their learning in the...
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Zeba Ahmad to lead Saskatoon Public Schools Foundation

August 27, 2018
​ The Saskatoon Public Schools Foundation Board of Directors and Saskatoon Public Schools are proud to announce the appointment of Zeba Ahmad as the new Executive Director of the Saskatoon Public Schools Foundation (SPSF).
Ahmad brings a wealth of experience to the role through her numerous professional accomplishments and strong community...

Elementary, high school students return to classes beginning Sept. 4

June 28, 2018
​ Saskatoon Public Schools is looking forward to welcoming students for the 2018-19 school year. The first day for all elementary school students is Tuesday, Sept. 4. The morning welcome bell will ring at the usual time for each school. Students will attend school for the morning only and will be...
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Sylvia Fedoruk, College Park students win Saskatoon Transit art contest

June 25, 2018
Three students from Sylvia Fedoruk School and a classroom of students from École College Park School will see their art on the move during the summer months.
Art created by the students was chosen as winners of Saskatoon Transit's Student Art Contest. The contest, which was open to all grade 3...

Saskatoon Board of Education passes 2018-19 budget

June 20, 2018
​ The Saskatoon Board of Education passed its budget for the 2018-19 academic year during a meeting held June 19. The budget includes expenses of $267.7 million, an increase of $8.2 million over last year.
“We’ve had another difficult budget year, where enrolment growth and the needs of our students have outpaced the...
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Walter Murray, Aden Bowman students receive Schulich Leader awards

June 07, 2018
Two Saskatoon Public Schools students are among the recipients of one of Canada's most prestigious university scholarships. Robin Wen (left in photo) of Walter Murray Collegiate and Vaidehee Lanke of Aden Bowman Collegiate have each been awarded Schulich Leader undergraduate scholarship valued at $80,000 over four years. Lanke will study science at...
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Board of Education learns how students connect math, culture

June 06, 2018
Fostering proficient mathematicians who see the value and relevance of mathematics helps students be confident and curious as they build their computational skills and reasoning abilities.
The June 5 meeting of the Board of Education heard how the idea of cultural math bins gave Grade 1 students at Willowgrove School the opportunity...
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Teaching strategies helping students build math skills, trustees told

May 16, 2018
Instructional strategies aimed at developing students' skills and ability in mathematics are showing positive results at both the elementary and collegiate level of Saskatoon Public Schools. Trustees received an update on the division's mathematics core strategy, and the work being done by teachers to provide rich mathematical experiences for students, during...
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Literacy for Life conference brings students, authors together

April 19, 2018
The Saskatoon Public Schools' annual Literacy for Life conference will be telling Family Stories and celebrating literacy with thousands of students April 30 to May 4. Now in its 13th year, the goal of the Literacy for Life conference is to engage, encourage and inspire children, youth and adults. Each year,...
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Technology update, budget discussion during Board of Education meeting

April 19, 2018
Engaging students in a variety of learning environments through technology and supporting teachers in becoming proficient in using technology to enhance learning are the goals of Saskatoon Public Schools' Technology for Learning core strategy.
The Board of Education received an update on the division's efforts as part of the strategy during...

Message to parents and caregivers from the Director of Education

April 09, 2018
Schools are sharing the following letter with the parents and guardians of Saskatoon Public Schools students in the wake of Friday's bus crash involving the Humboldt Broncos hockey club.
Saskatoon Public Schools shares in the profound grief of the families impacted by Friday's tragic accident involving the Humboldt Broncos. The...
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Saskatoon Public Schools releases report into death of Dundonald student

March 21, 2018
Saskatoon Public Schools has completed its investigation and report into the death of a kindergarten student at École Dundonald School on Sept. 11, 2017.
The report, which examines the events surrounding the incident and includes a number of recommendations, was completed by members of senior administration at Saskatoon Public Schools.
The...
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Students tell trustees how e-journalism supports learning, reconciliation

March 15, 2018
A unique partnership between Aden Bowman Collegiate and the Constable Robin Cameron Education Complex (CRCEC) at Beardy's and Okemasis Cree Nation is giving students a new voice. The Celebrating Excellence portion of the March 13 Board of Education meeting saw students and staff from Aden Bowman Collegiate joined with counterparts from...
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Willowgrove teacher recognized for contributions to music education

March 01, 2018
A Saskatoon Public Schools music educator and a leader in teaching with the Orff approach to music education has received national recognition for her contributions.
Wendy Rigby, a teacher at Willowgrove School, recently received the Canadian Music Educators' Association Builders Award for her role as an educator and leader in the...
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Media School, HCAP and Outdoor School applications due March 23

February 15, 2018
A unique, hands-on approach to learning embodied in three collegiate programs creates an unforgettable experience students and expands their horizons. Media School, Outdoor School and the High School Construction Apprenticeship (HCAP) each provide Grade 11 students with the opportunity to join other students from collegiates across the city to participate in...
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School calendar finalized for 2018-19; classes start September 4

February 14, 2018
Students in Saskatoon Public Schools will begin the 2018-19 school year immediately following the Labour Day weekend.
The first day of classes for students in both elementary and high school will be Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018, according to the school year calendar approved by the Board of Education during its meeting Feb....
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Trustees learn about benefits of learning sprints, culture of reading

February 14, 2018
​ A commitment to literacy, responsive instruction and encouragement of reading is having a big impact on learning at Mayfair Community School, the Board of Education learned during its Feb. 13 meeting.
Principal Todd Berg and Vice Principal Tiffany Smith told trustees how their school implements learning sprints and the success being...
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Programs offer unique learning opportunities for elementary students

February 06, 2018
​ Elementary school students have the opportunity to engage in unique approaches to learning and hands-on experiences with Saskatoon Public Schools. Three programs for Grade 8 students — Ecoquest, ScienceTrek and Let's Lead—Nīkānētān — along with the iGen program for Grade 6, Flex program for Grade 7-12 and the Montessori program...
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College Park's Bradford named as one of Canada's Outstanding Principals

January 31, 2018
A commitment to building family within his school community is one of the reason why École College Park School principal Michael Bradford is one of 40 principals from across the country who are being recognized by the Canada's Outstanding Principals program.
Bradford, who is in his fifth year at College Park and...
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School division, CUMFI renew partnership on Métis teachings

January 30, 2018
​ Central Urban Métis Federation Inc. (CUMFI) and Saskatoon Public Schools have signed a new partnership to formalize their work to bring Métis history and teachings to all students in the school division.
An event held Jan. 30 at Westmount Community School saw representatives from both organizations sign a Memorandum of Understanding. While...

Trustees hear how young students are prepared for learning success

January 29, 2018
Instruction and assessment designed to meet the needs of students and ensure readiness for future learning begins in the prekindergarten and kindergarten classrooms.
A core strategy update during the Jan. 16 meeting of the board of education provided trustees with information on Early Years Evaluation (EYE), an assessment tool used to gauge the...
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Centennial Collegiate graduate receives 2017 Award of Excellence

December 21, 2017
An accomplished mathematician who combined academic achievement with involvement in athletics and the arts has been chosen as the 2017 recipient of the Saskatoon Board of Education's Award of Excellence.
Daniel Zhou, a graduate from Centennial Collegiate, received the award during a luncheon held Dec. 21. The award is given annually to...
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Students tell Board of Education about learning benefits of Off the Grid

December 14, 2017
The Off the Grid program is only in its first year of operation, but the unique learning opportunity for Grade 9 students at Tommy Douglas Collegiate has already made a big impression.
The Celebrating Excellence portion of the Dec. 12 Board of Education meeting saw students and staff share the experience...
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Report to Community shares stories of student learning, success

December 04, 2017
Stories of learning, achievement and success fill the pages of Saskatoon Public Schools' Report to Community for 2016-17. The annual publication, which recognizes the work of students, staff and schools and illustrates the ways in which the school division strives to provide inspiring learning each and every day, can be read...
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Speidel's commitment to Indigenous learning honoured with Indspire Award

December 01, 2017
A belief in the importance of culturally responsive education in schools and a commitment to lift up students and educators alike are among the reason why Don Speidel has been honoured as a recipient of an Indspire Guiding the Journey: Indigenous Educator Award.
Speidel, a cultural resource liaison with Saskatoon Public Schools'...
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Schools welcome families to kindergarten open houses during January

November 29, 2017
Kindergarten is a special time and place in the life of a young child and Saskatoon Public Schools is dedicated to embracing every student in a safe and welcoming environment. Schools will be holding open house events during the month of January to provide parents with an introduction to the school...

Tipi erected at École Victoria School illustrates commitment to reconciliation

November 22, 2017
A tipi erected on the grounds of École Victoria School is a visual representation of both student learning and a commitment to reconciliation by the school and its community. Students in the Grade 7/8 class at Victoria worked with Donnie Speidel, a cultural resource liaison with Saskatoon Public Schools, to hand-paint...
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Prekindergarten openings available at Pleasant Hill, W.P. Bate and King George schools

November 08, 2017
​Prekindergarten in Saskatoon Public Schools helps provide an introduction to learning for three-and four-year-old children who may benefit from additional supports in areas as speech, language and social development. Although the school year is underway the prekindergarten programs at Pleasant Hill, W.P. Bate and King George schools have openings for new students....
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Silverwood Heights teacher joins Canadian educators for lesson in democracy

November 03, 2017
  Democracy plays a vital role in Jennifer Herrod's classroom. So it's no surprise that the Grade 3 teacher from Silverwood Heights School is looking forward to joining more than 80 educators from across Canada on Parliament Hill as part of the Teachers Institute on Parliamentary Democracy and then coming back...

Collegiates present musical productions during December

November 01, 2017
Students will be telling a tale as old as time and kicking off their Sunday shoes during musical productions being staged at Saskatoon Public Schools collegiates. Beauty and the Beast and Footloose are two of the productions taking place during December. Each production sees dozens of students involved on-stage or in technical and...
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​Morrison elected to another term as Board of Education chair

October 30, 2017
Trustee Ray Morrison was elected to another one-year term as chair during the Saskatoon Board of Education's inaugural meeting held Oct. 24. Morrison noted the board's work addressing the challenges of the previous year, the school division's continued enrolment growth and the opening of four new elementary schools. "I am looking...
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Saskatoon Public Schools welcomed more than 500 new students in Sept.

October 26, 2017
More than 500 new students were welcomed to Saskatoon Public Schools this fall, according to information presented at the Board of Education's Oct. 24 meeting. Enrolment numbers to the end of September showed a total enrolment of 24,891 students in kindergarten to Grade 12 programs, an increase of 546 students from...
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Building Our Future by Learning Together theme for Sask. Education Week

October 15, 2017
Building Our Future by Learning Together is the theme for Saskatchewan Education Week that runs Oct. 15-21. Education Week provides Saskatoon Public Schools with an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of our more than 24,000 students and recognize the 2,400 dedicated education professionals and staff members whose work contributes to success of...
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Math education aims to foster mathematical mindset among students

October 15, 2017
Math education is one of the building blocks of a student’s education, starting with sorting and counting such blocks from a young age. For more than a decade, the Board of Education for Saskatoon Public Schools has made Literacy for Life a strategic priority, building students’ ability to read and write...
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Elementary students share literacy success story with Board of Education

October 03, 2017
The Board of Education heard how a unique writing project allowed students at Pleasant Hill Community School to learn what it was like to become authors. Students from Pleasant Hill along with teachers shared their participation in the Writing on the Hill project during the Celebrating Excellence portion of the Sept....

School year calendar provides key dates for parents, students

February 22, 2017
The 2017-18 school year is underway and the division's school year calendar provides information for parents and students about the schedule for the coming weeks. Key dates for the current school year include the following breaks: Winter Break: Last day of classes is Friday, December 22; classes resume Monday, January 8 February...

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New virtual school created to meet online learning demand

September 23, 2020
The registration of 2,400 elementary students for online learning resulted in Saskatoon Public Schools creating the new Online Learning Centre Elementary school, trustees heard during the Sept. 22 Board of Education meeting.
A principal, vice principal, and 54 classroom teachers, along with additional teachers and support staff, are assigned to the...

Nominations open for Board of Education trustee election

September 22, 2020
​ Election of trustees for the Saskatoon Board of Education will be part of the City of Saskatoon's local government election scheduled for Monday, Nov. 9, 2020.  Saskatoon Public Schools is governed by a 10-person elected Board of Education. The school division is organized into 10 wards for purpose of elections but...
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Deadline for transfer of students between online, in-person learning

September 21, 2020
​ In order to maintain stability for student learning and staffing, Saskatoon Public Schools has established a deadline for transfers between in-school and online learning. Current SPS families have until Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020, to transfer between in-school and online learning. After this deadline, elementary students will not be able to...
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Commitment of division staff creates successful return to school

September 17, 2020
  In the six months since schools were closed in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Saskatoon Public Schools' staff have gone above and beyond to ensure the continuation of student learning and the operation of the school division during an unprecedented time.
As we looked ahead to a new school...
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Schools to mark Orange Shirt Day on September 30

September 17, 2020
When Saskatoon Public Schools students, staff and families pull an orange T-shirt over their heads on Sept. 30 they will be taking part in an act of reconciliation and remembrance. September 30 is proclaimed as Orange Shirt Day each year by the provincial government. The day originated in Williams Lake, B.C.,...