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School musical builds community, offers unique learning experience

May 07, 2018
When the students of École Dundonald School invited the audience to Be Our Guest with their musical production of Beauty and the Beast, it was an important moment for a school that had experienced a significant amount of change and transition. At the same time as the school welcomed a new...

Project brings students together in the spirit of reconciliation

May 07, 2018
A project that challenges students to examine and respond to issues is also building intercultural understanding between high school students from different schools and different perspectives.
One Thunderous Voice brings together students from Aden Bowman Collegiate and the Constable Robin Cameron Education Complex on the Beardy's and Okemasis Cree Nation to develop...

Democracy in action for Grade 3 classroom at Silverwood Heights

April 12, 2018
Democracy has an important place in Jennifer Herrod's classroom at Silverwood Heights School.
And the way in which she shares her passion for the values embodied in parliamentary democracy is helping her students learn about the importance of democracy in Canadian society, the need to show respect for others and their...

Kamskénow program opens students' eyes to science learning

February 15, 2018
Described as "epic, amazing, cool and unbelievable," the Nutrien Kamskénow program is bringing unique learning opportunities in science to students.
Offered by the College of Arts and Science at the University of Saskatchewan in partnership with Saskatoon Public Schools, Kamskénow has grown considerably since it begin in 2009 as a pilot...

Off the Grid builds leadership through focus on sustainability

February 15, 2018
Constructing a rammed-earth building or experiencing tree planting aren't the usual classroom activities, but for students in the Off the Grid program at Tommy Douglas Collegiate getting their hands dirty is all a part of the learning.
Off the Grid is a half-day, full-year learning experience for Grade 9 students that...

Songs help French immersion students build their language skills

February 15, 2018
In order to help their students learn a new language, two French immersion teachers at École River Heights School first had to do some unique learning of their own.
Teachers Jessica Brown and Marie-Pierre Michaud wanted to use short songs to help their Grade 2 and Grade 3 students become more...

Cross-country programs build individual success with team approach

November 08, 2017
  Athletes who compete in cross-country running finish their race with an individual time, but for the hundreds of Saskatoon Public Schools elementary and high school students who compete in cross country each fall the sport is all about being part of a team. "Every member of the team matters, a...

Writing on the Hill project lets students share stories, build skills

October 11, 2017
​ A unique writing project that allowed students of all ages to share their stories helped Pleasant Hill Community School students see themselves as writers and build their literacy skills. The Writing on the Hill project saw every student in pre-kindergarten to Grade 8 create a piece of writing and illustration...

Teacher Nancy Barr receives recognition from human rights groups

June 28, 2017
When Nancy Barr meets her new class of students for the first time each September she embarks on a building project. Barr, a teacher at Brevoort Park School, believes in the importance of constructing a community within her classroom and in helping students to be engaged not only in their school,...

Telemedia program offers students opportunity to explore, critique media

June 14, 2017
When elementary school students study media they turn the camera on themselves as part of the Telemedia program offered by Saskatoon Public Schools. Telemedia provides students with the opportunity to learn about video and media production through a hands-on experience that involves everything from writing scripts, preparing for interviews and developing...

Michif language helps Westmount students connect to Métis culture

May 30, 2017
      Walk in to Westmount Community School and there's a chance you'll be greeted with "Taanishi." Michif is a language of instruction for students at Westmount, home of Saskatoon Public Schools Métis Cultural Program, and the school's effort in infusing the language through its classroom and cultural learning begins with hello...

School musicals give students chance to learn, create and collaborate

April 27, 2017
Failure can be difficult experience for students, but providing students with the opportunity to fail in a learning environment can create an even greater opportunity for growth. Lisa Aune, a teacher and co-director of Bedford Road Collegiate's musical production of The Lion King, says encouraging students to go beyond their personal...

Link Crew program helps students make transition to high school

March 20, 2017
A fist bump in the hallway is one of the signs that a program to help elementary students make a smooth transition to high school life is engaging students at Walter Murray Collegiate. Link Crew is a mentorship program that sees incoming Grade 9 students welcomed to the school each fall...

Flex Program allows students to balance education with training

March 01, 2017
  Olivia Scrimshaw is busier than ever as she juggles her schedule as a student and aspiring cellist. But the unique approach to learning offered by Saskatoon Public Schools' Flex Program is providing the Grade 9 student with more time to pursue her passion for music while also igniting a greater...

Syrian students embrace opportunities at W.P. Bate School

January 23, 2017
  Ask Mansour Hamandoush what he likes about Canada and the answer is simple: his school and his learning. "I go to W.P. Bate School and I have a lot of work and that work makes me happy for every people who came to Canada," the Grade 6 student says. "I...

Eye See Eye Learn Optometric Clinic

December 08, 2016
A unique partnership at Confederation Park Community School is providing a clear vision for students, their learning success and the school community. Since opening in the fall of 2015, the Eye See Eye Learn Optometric Clinic located at the school has made a difference by providing better access to eye care...

Roland Michener Global Goals Poster Project

October 19, 2016
One student's belief in the United Nations' Global Goals for Sustainable Development resulted in a unique learning experience for students at four Saskatoon Public Schools' elementary schools. Inspired by a commitment to share the importance of the goals with others, Sumaya Murabit, a Grade 7 student at Roland Michener School, initiated...

W.B. Doyle Board Room Dedication

October 19, 2016
The contributions to education and civic leadership made by the longest-serving chair of the Saskatoon Board of Education were recognized Sept. 20, 2016, with the dedication of the W.B. Doyle Board Room at Saskatoon Public Schools' downtown office. The decision to dedicate the board room in Doyle's name came in response to...

Westmount Community School Kohkum Group

October 19, 2016
The kohkum group at Westmount Community School welcomes the community into the school and supports the grandmothers who are playing an important role in the lives of many students. The inspiration for the group came after school staff saw how many kohkums were directly and indirectly involved in raising their grandchildren....

Fire Introduction Recruitment Experience

October 19, 2016
A partnership between Saskatoon Public Schools and the Saskatoon Fire Department provides a unique opportunity for high school students to explore career opportunities. The Fire Introduction Recruitment Experience (FIRE) Cadet program saw students from Bedford Road Collegiate, Mount Royal Collegiate and Tommy Douglas Collegiate participate in the program’s second year of...

Skills Canada success for high school students

October 19, 2016
​Salmon is a key ingredient in Gintere Cemerkaite’s recipe for success. The Grade 11 student from Centennial Collegiate was among 36 Saskatoon Public Schools’ collegiate students who took part in the Skills Canada Saskatchewan competition and one of the competitors who claimed a gold medal and the chance to compete at...

French Immersion Peer Tutoring

October 19, 2016
Bringing students of different ages together to share in the learning experience is helping improve the literacy skills of French immersion students. Peer tutoring is a co-operative learning strategy that has been adopted by all of Saskatoon Public Schools’ elementary French Immersion schools. Older students are partnered with younger students who...

Indigenous Art, Song, and Dance Program

October 19, 2016
​A program aimed at strengthening cultural awareness and pride among Indigenous students has played a role in encouraging youth who are enthusiastic about participating in their 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...

Autism and Asperger’s Resource Program

October 19, 2016
​ High school can be a challenging environment for students as they balance their academic and social experience and engage with others as part of high school life. Learning how to strike that balance can sometimes be a greater challenge for students with a diagnosis of high-functioning autism or Asperger’s syndrome,...

Technology in Early Learning

October 19, 2016
Parents of kindergarten students at Willowgrove School are receiving regular insight into their child’s school day with a little assist from technology. Nicole Lemstra, who teaches 40 students in her two kindergarten classes, is using the Seesaw app to help increase the connection between home and school and engage families in...