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Global Family Matters: The Importance of Teacher-Parent-Student Conferences and Edsby

October 16, 2023
‚ÄčLearn more about Saskatoon Public Schools engages families through teacher-parent-student conferences and why Edsby is an important school communication tool. Click to watch.



Student Citizenship Awards Accepting Applications

October 12, 2023
‚ÄčPublic Schools of Saskatchewan is pleased to announce another year of awards to recognize public school student groups or classes that support citizenship or character building within their schools or communities.

To apply for a Student Citizenship Award, click here.‚Äč

The deadline to apply is April 15, 2024.‚Äč ‚Äč


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German Exchange Program Accepting Applications

October 03, 2023
‚ÄčInterested in participating in a German ‚Äčexchange? Don't miss out! 
The exchange is open to all Saskatoon Public School students in grades 10 and 11. There are two exchanges available: 
A six-week exchange  for grades 10 and 11 students who are interested in experiencing life and culture in a German home and school....

Family Matters: Impact of Attendance on Student Academics

September 14, 2023
Student attendance is very important to learning and social development. Sherry McConnell with SPS breaks down some strategies to help parents and students make it to school consistently and on time. Watch video.


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Family Matters: Preparing Kids to Go Back to School

August 31, 2023
Saskatoon Public Schools director of education Shane Skjerven joins Global reporter Chantal Wagner to offer advice to parents and caregivers if their children are feeling anxious or nervous heading back to school.

Watch the video.

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Student Transit Passes Now Available

August 29, 2023
As the new school year begins, Saskatoon Transit is excited to welcome back students and provide a convenient and eco-friendly public transportation option to make daily travel easier. Students looking to utilize transit service in the fall can now access their high school pass in the TGo app or Transit app...

Newcomer Student Centre Supports Students and Families

August 03, 2023
‚ÄčGlobal News interviews Travis Homenuk, ‚ÄčEnglish as an Additional Language (EAL) consultant, about how new immigrants to Saskatoon can register with Saskatoon Public Schools. The Newcomer Student Centre re-opens on August 9, 2023. 
To watch the video, click here.
To learn about the Newcomer Student Centre, click
here.

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Government of Saskatchewan Congratulates Grads

June 16, 2023
G‚Äčraduating from Grade twelve is a momentous milestone in a student's life. The Government of Saskatchewan has shared a video from the Honourable Dustin Duncan, Minister of Education, to recognize and congratulate the Class of 2023 for their hard work and determination. Watch the video‚Äč.


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June is Pride month!

June 01, 2023
Pride month gives us an opportunity to reflect on and celebrate our own understanding of gender and sexual diversity and to demonstrate our values of Safe, Caring and Accepting school environments for all. For many years, Saskatoon Public Schools staff and students have celebrated Pride month in various thoughtful ways. We...

Recommendations for Current Air Quality in Saskatoon

May 17, 2023
Due to the current Air Quality Health Index in Saskatoon, the following is recommended:  Communicate with students and staff that they should avoid strenuous activities outdoors.  Reduce or reschedule strenuous activities outdoors, especially if individuals experience symptoms such as coughing and throat irritation. 
You may choose to continue with an outdoor...

Eliminating Racism in Saskatoon Public Schools: Family Matters

March 16, 2023
In this video, Anti-Racist Anti-Oppressive Educational Consultant Cheryl Ermine explains why it is important to discuss racism in schools and how Saskatoon Public Schools is supporting anti-racism education. March 21 is the International Day for the Elimination of Racism.


Summer School Course Selection Survey

February 16, 2023
Interested in going to summer school? If so, we want to hear from you! 
Let us know which courses you are interested in taking this summer by filling out this quick survey. It will take less than five minutes to complete. The survey will remain open from February 16 to...

Register for the Digital SAT

February 16, 2023
Did you know? Evan Hardy Collegiate is a testing centre for the College Board‚Äôs digital SAT, a standardized test used for college admissions in the United States. 
If you plan on studying in the United States after graduation, we encourage you to check the admission requirements of the post-secondary school(s) you...

Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week

February 13, 2023
During the week of February 12 to 18, 2023, Saskatoon Public Schools is celebrating our champions of learning, both in and out of the classroom. 

Being a champion of learning means supporting education, educators and students. This can be accomplished in many different ways, by many different professions within Saskatoon Public...

Pink Shirt Day

February 08, 2023
The Ministry of Education has declared February 15, 2023, as Pink Shirt Day. 
Pink Shirt Day takes a stand against bullying and supports students in developing healthy and respectful relationships. It is also a time to celebrate and honour diversity within our school communities. 
Saskatoon Public Schools believes in...

Collegiate Open Houses

February 03, 2023
‚Äč Saskatoon Public Schools' collegiates are opening their doors to Grade 8 students and their parents and guardians, beginning on Tuesday, February 7, 2023.  For more information about our collegiates and unique programs, click here.

Many school community councils holding annual meetings

August 11, 2022
Saskatoon Public Schools' school community councils (SCC) hold annual meetings to elect representatives for the 2022-23 school year.  Annual meetings are held in either the spring or fall of the school year.
The SCC acts in an advisory role to the school, the Board of Education and other agencies and organizations. The...

Elementary, high schools prepare to welcome back students

July 16, 2022
‚Äč Students in Saskatoon Public Schools' elementary schools and collegiates begin the 2022-23 school year on Thursday, Sept. 1. Many elementary schools will welcome back kindergarten to Grade 8 students with a staggered start schedule to support a smooth return to classes. Additional information about school-specific operations for back to school will...

Board of Education approves 2022-23 budget

June 08, 2022
The Saskatoon Board of Education has approved its operating budget for the upcoming academic year, with expenditures of $297 million, an increase of $9.3 million over last year.
Provincial government operating funding for the school division increased 2.1 per cent ($5.2 million) for the year, which mainly covers the provincially negotiated...

School-year calendar finalized for 2022-23; first day of classes Sept. 1

June 02, 2022
All Saskatoon Public Schools' students will begin the school year on Thursday, Sept. 1, according to the 2022-23 school year calendar.
The calendar represents a total of 184 instructional days for elementary students and 181 days for collegiate students, with 950 hours of instruction for both. The calendar has been finalized with...

Indigenous Ensemble welcoming students after pandemic absence

May 03, 2022
The opportunity to share Indigenous culture through song and dance is returning after being sidelined for two years.
The Indigenous Ensemble, a division-wide extracurricular program designed to support youth through involvement in music, song, dance, storytelling, and traditional arts, will be reinvigorated for the remainder of the school year in preparation...

Community partnerships highlighted for Board of Education

April 28, 2022
The contributions to students and learning made possible by partnership organizations were shared with trustees during the April 10 meeting of the Saskatoon Board of Education.
The school division's Partners 2021-22 document highlights the community connections that enhance academic excellence, character, engagement, and well-being. Building partnerships within the wider community allows...

Report to the Community highlights challenging year of teaching and learning

December 14, 2021
Saskatoon Public Schools' 2020-21 Report to the Community is a snapshot of an academic year filled with much joy and many triumphs and accomplishments, but also unprecedented challenges.
The report highlights the work done by staff and students as they continued to learn and celebrate community while facing the uncertainty of...

MacPherson to serve third term as Board of Education chair

November 09, 2021
The challenge of educating students during a global pandemic has highlighted the strength of Saskatoon Public Schools, according to the Saskatoon Board of Education's chairperson.
Colleen MacPherson, who was acclaimed to a third term as chair during the board's inaugural meeting Nov. 9, said the past year has shown that Saskatoon...

Flag raising honours partnerships with First Nations, Métis communities

November 03, 2021
The sight of the Treaty 6, Whitecap Dakota First Nation, and Métis flags flying above Saskatoon Public Schools' Board of Education office was a welcome sign for Chief Mark Arcand.
Arcand, chief of the Saskatoon Tribal Council, joined representatives of the school division and Whitecap Dakota and Métis communities on Nov....

Board of Education hears how outreach workers help students Reconnect

October 26, 2021
The creation of six outreach worker positions designed to support staff in re-engaging students and supporting student mental health was highlighted during the Celebrating Excellence portion of the Board of Education's Oct. 12 meeting.
The primary work of an outreach worker is reconnection with families and support school staff and the...

Employee vaccination procedure approved by Saskatoon Public Schools

October 25, 2021
Saskatoon Public Schools has approved an administrative procedure that will require employees to be fully vaccinated or provide regular negative COVID-19 test results.
 
Administrative Procedure 415 COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing was approved by the division's administrative council on Monday, Oct. 25. While the procedure has been adopted by the administration, it is...

School division will require staff to show proof of vaccination or test status

October 07, 2021
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Saskatoon Public Schools is committed to protecting the health and well-being of our students and staff members. As such, the school division is currently developing an administrative procedure on employee vaccinations. This administrative procedure will require all staff members to show proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 or provide...

Every Child Matters flag flies over board office

September 28, 2021
On a sunny September morning, a small group of school division employees gathered on a rooftop to make history.
In a ceremony led by Don Speidel, the cultural resource liaison for Saskatoon Public Schools, the school division raised the Every Child Matters flag atop the Board of Education office. Located at...

Schools working to ReConnect with students, families

September 13, 2021
Back to school is an opportunity for schools, students, and families to ReConnect.
As schools begin 2021-22 school year, Saskatoon Public Schools is offering additional resources and supports to help students reengage with their learning following a challenging year of learning. The COVID-19 pandemic saw many students and families lose their...

Saskatoon Public Schools recognizing National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

September 10, 2021
Saskatoon Public Schools is committed to recognizing the importance of the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on September 30. The school division is moving the professional development/planning day for teachers scheduled for Oct. 8 to Sept. 30. This means there will be no classes for all prekindergarten to Grade 12...

Saskatoon Public Schools releases back-to-school handbooks

August 23, 2021
Saskatoon Public Schools has released its plan that outlines the school division's commitment to providing safe learning and working environments for our students and staff members. "Guidance from local public health officials continues to provide necessary guidance for our operational decisions at both the elementary and collegiate levels," said Director of...

Board presents top awards to graduating students

June 25, 2021
‚Äč Every year at collegiate graduation ceremonies, trustees from the Board of Education hand out three of the top awards ‚Äď the Governor General's Medal, the Perseverance Award, and the School Board Proficiency Scholarship.
For almost 150 years, the Governor General's Academic Medals have recognized the outstanding scholastic achievements of students...

Board of Education approves operating budget for 2021-22

June 16, 2021
The Saskatoon Board of Education has approved its operating budget for the upcoming academic year, which will see expenses of $287.7 million, an increase of $9.4 million over last year.
Provincial government operating funding increased two per cent ($4.6 million) for the year, which mainly covers the provincially negotiated salary increase...

‚ÄčDivision's pandemic response highlighted for Board of Education

April 27, 2021
Information about the school division's ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic was shared with trustees during the Board of Education meeting held April 20.
Senior administration continues to meet regularly with medical health officers regarding the pandemic and its impact on learning and school communities. The division is in possession of...

And the band played on: Unique music program sparks student creativity

April 20, 2021
‚Äč During most years, the band program at Nutana Collegiate brings students together to learn how to play guitar, play their favourite cover tunes, and maybe record an original song or two. But the pandemic has turned the program on its head. Almost everything is done virtually: guitar class is taught...

School-year calendar set for 2021-22; first day of classes Sept. 1

February 10, 2021
All students will begin the 2021-22 school year on Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2021, according to the 2021-22 school year calendar approved by the Board of Education.
The calendar represents a total of 185 instructional days for elementary students and 182 days for collegiate students, with a minimum of 950 hours of instruction.
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Trustees hear about creative approaches to mark Remembrance Day

December 15, 2020
Honouring those who served took on a unique look in schools this year.
All schools typically observe Remembrance Day prior to November 11, however due to COVID-19 health guidelines and a significant winter storm, school ceremonies in schools looked different this year, trustees heard during the Celebrating Excellence portion of the...

MAGPIE Initiative offers students a place to be 'my authentic self'

December 14, 2020
The T-shirt wrapped bundles in the hands of each student were far from the traditional, hide-wrapped bundles. But for the inaugural group of MAGPIE Initiative students, the bundles they received last June represented a collection of the program's unique learning and experiences.
Introduced during the second semester of the 2019-20 school year,...

Report to Community highlights year of learning, challenges

December 14, 2020
Saskatoon Public Schools' 2019-20 Report to the Community is a snapshot of an academic year that was filled with much joy and many triumphs and accomplishments, but also unprecedented challenges.
The division's highlights the work done by staff and students to continue to learn and celebrate community while facing the uncertainty of...

Three new trustees join Board of Education; MacPherson named chair

November 16, 2020
‚Äč Three new trustees were welcomed to the Saskatoon Board of Education during the inaugural meeting held Nov. 16. New trustees joining the board following the recent civic and school board elections are Michael Pidwerbeski in Ward 1, Kim Stranden in Ward 4, and Angela Arneson in Ward 10. Incumbent trustee...

Nutana Industry and Career Education (NICE)

August 28, 2020

Nutana Industry and Career Education (NICE)   provides a unique opportunity for students to explore the connection between classroom, community, and careers. Integrated subjects and hands-on projects are used to build relevance in learning.
Students in NICE spend the entire year with the same cohort and can expect to build...

Class of 2020 graduates being celebrated by school communities

May 19, 2020
Nutana Collegiate is distributing lawn signs to every 2020 graduate to allow the community to join in honouring the achievement. Beginning May 20, lawn signs are being provided to every graduating Grade 12 student across Saskatoon Public Schools' 10 collegiates, as well as City Park School and Saskatoon Christian School. Each sign...

NICE program provides hands-on learning, builds relationships

January 22, 2020
Attending Nutana Collegiate has proven to be a NICE experience for students who are part of an out-of-the-ordinary approach to high school education.
The Nutana Industry and Career Education (NICE) program offers students a unique school experience through integrated, hands-on learning. Unlike traditional high school classes, students in NICE spend the...

Families have important role in encouraging regular school attendance

March 19, 2019
Nutana Collegiate  believes every student has potential. But 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 ‚ÄĒ elements that fuel a learner's confidence and drive to finish.  Saskatoon Public...

Individualized learning and supports help students find their place at Nutana

March 14, 2018
‚Äč Our school motto ‚ÄĒ ‚ÄúWorking together towards personal success in a safe, caring, and respectful learning community‚ÄĚ ‚ÄĒ lets everyone know the kind of place Nutana Collegiate is. We inspire learning by providing support through our many services, valuing our students‚Äô voices and creating a  strong sense of belonging. We develop strong...

Nutana Collegiate provides diverse, welcoming learning community

December 20, 2016
Our school motto ‚ÄĒ "Working together towards personal success in a safe, caring, and respectful learning community"‚ÄĒ lets everyone know the kind of place Nutana Collegiate is. We inspire learning by providing support through our many services, valuing our students' voices and creating a strong sense of belonging. We develop strong...

Nutana honoured for volunteer work with community group

November 16, 2015
Nutana Collegiate is one of two Saskatoon Public Schools’ collegiates recognized for their philanthropic and volunteer commitment to local charitable organizations. Nutana Collegiate received an Honoured Supporter Award during the 2015 National Philanthropy Day luncheon held Nov. 13, while Centennial Collegiate received the Youth in Philanthropy Award. The work of students...

Global Family Matters: The Importance of Teacher-Parent-Student Conferences and Edsby

October 16, 2023
‚ÄčLearn more about Saskatoon Public Schools engages families through teacher-parent-student conferences and why Edsby is an important school communication tool. Click to watch.



Student Citizenship Awards Accepting Applications

October 12, 2023
‚ÄčPublic Schools of Saskatchewan is pleased to announce another year of awards to recognize public school student groups or classes that support citizenship or character building within their schools or communities.

To apply for a Student Citizenship Award, click here.‚Äč

The deadline to apply is April 15, 2024.‚Äč ‚Äč


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German Exchange Program Accepting Applications

October 03, 2023
‚ÄčInterested in participating in a German ‚Äčexchange? Don't miss out! 
The exchange is open to all Saskatoon Public School students in grades 10 and 11. There are two exchanges available: 
A six-week exchange  for grades 10 and 11 students who are interested in experiencing life and culture in a German home and school....

Family Matters: Impact of Attendance on Student Academics

September 14, 2023
Student attendance is very important to learning and social development. Sherry McConnell with SPS breaks down some strategies to help parents and students make it to school consistently and on time. Watch video.


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Family Matters: Preparing Kids to Go Back to School

August 31, 2023
Saskatoon Public Schools director of education Shane Skjerven joins Global reporter Chantal Wagner to offer advice to parents and caregivers if their children are feeling anxious or nervous heading back to school.

Watch the video.

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