Jr. and Sr. High Culture Camp 2015

Tansi/Ahneen/Abewashded, Hello,

This year FNSSP will be hosting a JR. and SR. High school culture camp on September 14-18  in Jasper, Alberta. Students will participate in land based teaching, Elder’s teachings from each community, and take part in recreational/creative activities such as canoeing, mountain biking, and many more. Please click on the link below to view our official poster, and view our calendar of events for more details

2015 culture camp poster

ULEAD Education Leaders Summit 2015


FNSSP would like to remind everyone that the ULEAD 2015 Education Leaders Summit is coming up on March 15-18 in Banff Alberta at the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel. This conference provides an opportune time for top world education leaders to come together in order to share ideas and information about the challenges and successes of schooling around the world. The FNSSP will send teacher leaders from the four schools to the ULEAD conference this year so they can have the opportunity to connect with other educators around the world. Attendees will participate in important education dialogue and hear from key note speakers such as Gordon Dirks, Simon Breakspear, Pasi Sahlberg, Dr. Andy Hargreaves, Dr. Dennis Shirley, Pak Tee Ng. They are “expecting 800 principals, assistant principals, district leaders, representatives of the teaching profession, education ministry representatives from around the world and national ministers of education to attend.” (http://www.ulead.ca/uLead.html, March 9 2015). We believe this conference will help education leaders gain new insights about practical education initiatives. You can go to the ULEAD website for additional information: http://www.ulead.ca/Welcome.html


Have a great day!


SMART Board Training for Schools

smart-technologies-logo-e1332173871603It is believed the SMART Board and the iPAD can serve as a motivational tool for learning and can also serve to address the varied student learning styles within the classroom.  Marzano, Frontier and Livingstone in Effective Supervision: Supporting the Art and Science of Teaching (2011) stress the need for teachers to plan for the use of both traditional materials and available technologies that enhance the student’s understanding of the content.

  • Over the past two years, YTC FNSSP purchased SMART Boards and iPADS (class sets for grades 3 and 6) for all five schools. For a technology to be effectively used in the school, all staff should be trained in their usage. To this end plans have been made to in-service more teachers on the use of SMART Boards and the grade 3 and 6 teachers on the use of iPADS.
  • Purchase of an additional five SMART Boards.
  • School will be asked to collect data on the effectiveness of technology in the classroom.
  • Purchase technician services to make the necessary repairs and adjustments to school SMART Boards and iPADS.

Results Achieved

  1. Participant evaluations of the SMART Board and iPAD in-services indicate staff are finding the sessions highly informative and staff are excited about using them for classroom instruction.
  2. School administrators indicate SMART Boards are highly used in the classrooms.
  3. Other classroom teachers (besides grade 3 and 6) are asking for iPADS for their classroom.
  4. The grade 3 and 6 teachers in four of the five schools have been in-serviced on the use of iPADs.
  5. The majority of staff in the four out of five schools that participate in the SMART Board in-services have been in-serviced on the use of the SMART board.

YTC FNSSP continues to provide professional development in classroom technology- we have procured the services of a technology consultant to: 1) in-service teachers on the effective use of iPADS, and 2) SMART Boards. To date the YTC FNSSP technology consultant has provided one round of iPAD in-servicing to grades 3 and 6 teachers in the southern schools and one round to the same group in the northern schools.

SMART Board Training is scheduled to take place for Alexis School on April 4, 2014 and will continue to be scheduled as schools are available.

PowerSchool is finally here!

Greetings everyone,

As part of YTC FNSSP’s Strategic Plan for improving education services, we have contracted Intellimedia Inc to provide training and technical support to implement PowerSchool in each of our schools. 

What is Powerschool? PowerSchool is a web-based student information system that provides grade management and viewing for teachers and students alike. Using PowerSchool, teachers are able to record grades and attendance for students to view at home. It currently has. Retrieved December 8, 2012, from Pearson School Systems website: http://www.pearsonschoolsystems.com> Each student or teacher using PowerSchool has a password-protected account. Data uploaded by teachers is immediately accessible to students or parents logged in to their own account. Data added to PowerSchool is visible to the district office, the school, parents and students,

PowerSchool was purchased by Apple Inc. on March 13, 2001. On May 25, 2006, Apple Inc. and Pearson Education announced that Pearson was to acquire PowerSchool, “Apple’s award-winning student information systems (SIS) division. Once a school district purchases PowerSchool, accounts can be set up for both teachers and parents. PowerSchool makes it easy for teachers to record grades, take attendance, and check student profiles. Also, it’s convenient for parents to check all of their child’s grades as soon as they are posted.” 

Our first training sessions took place Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at the Advance Technology Center in Edmonton.  Alexander, Alexis, O’Chiese & Sunchild Schools all participated in the training and also provided excellent feedback and reccomendations for their data base.

We are excited to see the outcomes of this new technology and how it will help improve reporting and overall student success!

The next training session will take place in April of 2014. Information posted soon!

YTC FNSSP Annual Planning Session

The YTC FNSSP Annual Planning Session has been scheduled for:

Date:                April 28 – 30, 2014
Time:               All day
Location:        Mountain Park Lodges: Pocahantas Cabins in Jasper, Alberta
Agenda:           Strategic Planning Session for YTC FNSSP Project Participants: Student Success Plans

If you have any questions feel free to call Tracey at: 780-484-0303 or email tracey.poitrascollins@ytced.ab.ca

NOTICE: YTC Education Directors, Principals & Vice Principals Meeting

The next FNSSP Education Directors, Principals, Vice Principals Meeting has been re-scheduled for:

Date:                Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Time:                9:30 am – 4:00 pm – Breakfast is at 9:30. 
Location:          O’Chiese – North End Truck Stop, by Braze au Dam
Agenda:             TBC

Please do not go to the school but come to the Truck Stop.

If you have any questions feel free to call Tracey at: 780-484-0303 or email tracey.poitrascollins@ytced.ab.ca