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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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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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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...

School division supporting families to meet students' nutritional needs

June 09, 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...
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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...
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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...

Important information about school operations and COVID-19

March 17, 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...

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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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 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...

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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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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Orange Shirt Day message shared through student-designed shirt

September 23, 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...

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...
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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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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...

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

April 16, 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...

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...

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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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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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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Sensory playground offers unique experiences to John Dolan students

October 10, 2018
A new sensory playground at John Dolan School was expected to create a welcoming atmosphere for the school's students and children of all abilities, but Charmaine Bellamy says the profound effect it had on both her son and herself came as a surprise.
Bellamy, a John Dolan parent and board of...
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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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Community input helps shape Board of Education's strategic plan

October 10, 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...

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...

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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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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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...
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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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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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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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First day of school for all division students is Thursday, Sept. 1

August 15, 2016
The first day of September will also be the first day of school for all Saskatoon Public Schools students as they head back to classes on Thursday, Sept. 1. Elementary school students will attend for registration during the morning only on Sept. 1 and will be dismissed for the day at the...
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Therapeutic swing space enhances student learning and wellness

April 19, 2016
Our Therapeutic Swing Space was developed in collaboration with our physical therapist and occupational therapist.   Swinging is not only a fun physical activity, it can also be very therapeutic in terms of sensory regulation and overall wellness. We have a variety of types of swings to ensure access and comfort for...
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Mary Vinish Snoezelen Park provides a sensory environment

March 09, 2016
The Mary Vinish Snoezelen Park at John Dolan School is a multi-sensory environment creating a magical world of sensory delights to foster relaxation, cooperation and participation through sensory-based stations based on Snoezelen concepts and philosophy.
Inside a Snoezelen room you can expect to experience a soft, safe, and stimulating environment with...

Announcement Archive

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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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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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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...

School division supporting families to meet students' nutritional needs

June 09, 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...