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Board of Education hears about school's mental health, wellness expo

ABCIyoga2_news.jpgA 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 the school to respond to stress, anxiety, and wellness concerns of students — both in and out of the classroom. Sessions were offered by Saskatoon Public Schools' staff, community partners, and outside agency experts. Topics included resilience, mindfulness, self-care, anxiety, and the impact of social media.  Visit the Aden Bowman website to learn more.

Other highlights of the meeting were:

  • Harkirat Bhullar, a graduate of Evan Hardy Collegiate, was recognized as 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. Read the full story.

  • An update on student assessment provided trustees with examples of how new assessments are guiding instructional processes at the classroom level. Measuring student success is an ongoing process in all division schools. Several new assessments and processes were introduced last fall to provide targeted, specific information about student success and achievement. 

Reports and information presented at board meetings can be found at The next meeting of the Board of Education is Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020, at 7 p.m. The public is welcome to attend.

Drabble, Rodney J. (Rod)1/15/2020 2:48 PM
Schools welcome families to kindergarten open houses during January


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 to the school and classroom and to answer questions about everything that kindergarten has to offer students and families. Check with your neighbourhood school for the date and time.

If your child will be five years old by Jan. 31, 2021, your child can start Kindergarten in September 2020. To choose the right Kindergarten program for your child, we invite you to visit the school in your neighbourhood.

Schools that don't an information night scheduled for January invite parents and caregivers to contact the school directly for more information. A full list of open house dates is available here. Schools that don't have an open house or information night planned during January encourage parents to contact the school directly for information.

Saskatoon Public Schools understands the importance of early learning and literacy. Our Kindergarten classes are small to encourage individualized education and include a strong literacy component in Kindergarten.

Kindergarten classes are offered on either a half-day, every day or full-day, alternating day format, depending upon the individual school. More information is available on the Kindergarten program website.

Seven schools offer both English language and French Immersion kindergarten programs: École Alvin Buckwold, École College Park, École Dundonald, École Forest Grove, École Lakeview, École River Heights, and École Silverspring schools. Single-stream French Immersion kindergarten programs are available at École Henry Kelsey and École Victoria schools.

The Nêhiyâwiwin Cree Language and Culture Program is hosted at Confederation Park Community School and the Métis Cultural Program is located at Westmount Community School.

Drabble, Rodney J. (Rod)1/6/2020 11:51 AM
Collegiate open houses help Grade 8 students prepare for high school

CollegiateOpenHouse_news.jpgSaskatoon 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 offered at each collegiate and find the right fit for the student's individual learning needs as they look ahead to entering Grade 9 in September 2020.

Our collegiates offer a variety of unique programs and learning opportunities in academics, the arts, technology, and athletics. High school French immersion programs are available at Centennial, Marion M. Graham, Tommy Douglas and Walter Murray collegiates. The SAGE gifted education program is offered at Bedford Road, Evan Hardy and Walter Murray. The International Baccalaureate Programme is located at Bedford Road and Aden Bowman.

Unique programs offered only to Grade 9 students are Collective Voice at Aden Bowman Collegiate and the Off The Grid program based at Tommy Douglas Collegiate. City Park School offers the Flex Program for students in Grade 7-12 who spend a significant amount of time outside of school in high-level training in either the arts or athletics.

Saskatoon Public Schools' collegiates have open attendance boundaries, which means students may attend the collegiate of their choice, no matter where they reside in the city.

Collegiates offer a wide variety of programs and opportunities for Grade 9 students and those in Grade 10-12. Learn more about each school by reading our Collegiate Handbook and downloading a schedule of open house events planned for February. Information about other high school programs is available in the Unique Programs Handbook.

Aden Bowman Collegiate — Wednesday, Feb. 5, 7 p.m.

Bedford Road Collegiate — Thursday, Feb. 13, 7 p.m.

Centennial Collegiate — Thursday, Feb. 13, 7 p.m.

Evan Hardy Collegiate — Tuesday, Feb. 11, 7 p.m.

Marion M. Graham Collegiate — Tuesday, Feb. 4, 6:30 p.m.

Mount Royal Collegiate — Thursday, Feb. 6, 7 p.m.

Tommy Douglas Collegiate — Wednesday, Feb. 12, 7 p.m.

Walter Murray Collegiate — Thursday, Feb. 6, 7 p.m.

City Park School Flex Program (Grade 7-12) — Wednesday, Feb. 26, 7 p.m.

Drabble, Rodney J. (Rod)12/24/2019 6:05 AM
Families have big role in encouraging regular school attendance

BeHere 425 x 325.jpgSaskatoon 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 and drive to finish. 

Saskatoon Public Schools #BeHere to Succeed Here attendance campaign is designed to encourage students to show up for school every day, on time. 

Parents and guardians can help their child succeed in school by building the habit of good attendance and demonstrating the importance of school. Community partners, such as United Way of Saskatoon & Area, are joining us in this campaign. 

We believe every student belongs here and learning goes hand in hand with good attendance! Being present at school has a huge impact on a student's academic success starting in kindergarten and continuing through high school.

Starting in kindergarten, too many absences can cause children to fall behind in school. Even as children grow older and more independent, families play a key role in making sure students get to school safely every day and understand why attendance is so important for success in school and on the job.

Download tips for how parents can support good attendance for their elementary student

Did You Know?

  • Missing 10 per cent (or about 18 days) can make it harder to learn to read and can drastically affect a student's academic success.
  • Students can still fall behind if they miss just a day or two days per month.
  • Being late to school may lead to poor attendance.
  • Students can be chronically absent even if they only miss a day or two every few weeks.
  • Absences can be a sign that a student is losing interest in school, struggling with school work, or facing some other potentially serious difficulty.
  • By Grade 6, absenteeism is a strong indicator that a student may drop out of high school.
  • By Grade 9, regular and high attendance is a better predictor of graduation rates than Grade 8 test scores.
Drabble, Rodney J. (Rod)12/4/2019 2:45 PM