High Prairie, Alberta
– Staff and students returned to regular classes this past month as HPSD commenced its 2016-17 school year. This year the Division is supporting nearly 3,200 students across 13 schools.
The year kicked off with New Teacher Orientation; the two-day workshop lead by Mentor Coach Paula Murphy and her job shadow, Corinna Horsman, focuses on giving new teaching staff added skills and support to effectively set-up their classrooms and engage students. This professional development further prepares a teacher for the classroom and improves the educational experience for students. It is a tri-divisional collaboration between High Prairie School Division, Peace River School Division, and Holy Family Catholic Regional Division.
The Transportation Department also held an opening day of professional development to their team of bus drivers, mechanics, and administrative staff. The team went over updates and changes to current best practices, plans for the upcoming school year, and gave staff the opportunity to collaboratively discuss strategies for success when transporting over 2,100 students daily.
New students at Prairie River Junior High School, E.W. Pratt High School, and Roland Michener Secondary School attended an orientation day at their respective school on the first day of classes. Orientation Days help our new students to familiarize themselves with the school and its staff and has been integral to the success of transitioning students.
High Prairie School Division would like to extend thanks to everyone who made this first month one to celebrate. Keep up the great work!
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