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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...

Japanese Exchange Program Accepting Applications

August 25, 2023
Interested in participating in a Japanese exchange? Don't miss out! The deadline to apply is September 22, 2023. ‚Äč
The exchange is open to all Saskatoon Public School students in  g rades 10, 11 and 12 .  It will take place in 2024 over the Easter holidays for 14 days in...

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...

Improv team takes national stage following provincial win

May 09, 2022
UPDATE: Tommy Douglas Collegiate senior improv team placed third in the Canadian Improv Games national competition.
Your scene will be . . . the first Saskatoon high school team to win the Canadian Improv Games regional competition.
Ready, in four, three, two, one! That countdown is the way four members of...

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...

Programs offer unique learning for high school students

March 15, 2022
Specialized high school programs that offer unique and hands-on learning experiences are inviting students to explore their opportunities for the 2022-23 school year.
Outdoor School, Media School, and the High School Carpentry Apprenticeship Program (HCAP) provide Grade 11 students (plus Grade 12 for HCAP) with the chance to join other students from collegiates across...

Program supports well-being, cultural connections for Indigenous students

February 08, 2022
For Indigenous students at Tommy Douglas Collegiate, last year's absence of extracurricular activities due to the pandemic made it difficult to share in their culture.
This year, students at Tommy Douglas and other collegiates are getting the opportunity to reconnect with culture and each other through the Indigenous Resilience and Well-Being Program....

Virtual open houses help Grade 8 students plan for high school

January 10, 2022
Saskatoon Public Schools' collegiates are virtually opening their doors to provide current Grade 8 students and their parents and caregivers with a glimpse of high school life.
Collegiate open house events usually give students and parents the opportunity to visit one or several schools. This year, schools are creating videos to highlight their...

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...

Help students make music by donating band instruments

October 05, 2021
Saskatoon Public Schools gratefully accepts donations of gently used band instruments for use in elementary and secondary school band programs. To donate instruments such as flutes, clarinets, trumpets, trombones, saxophones, or other instruments, contact the band teacher at your neighbourhood school or the Board of Education office. If you wish to...

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...

High school students have April 26 deadline for in-person, online learning shift

April 14, 2021
High school students who want to move back to in-person learning or transition to online classes for the fifth and final learning term of the school year must make their decision by noon on Monday, April 26.
The transfer deadline has been set to allow for any necessary staffing adjustments ahead of...

High school students have Feb. 24 deadline for in-person, online learning shift

February 18, 2021
‚Äč High school students who want to move back to in-person learning or transition to online classes for the fourth learning term of the school year must make their decision by noon on Wednesday, Feb. 24. The transfer deadline has been set to allow for any necessary staffing adjustments ahead of the...

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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Programs offer unique learning options for Grade 11 students

February 01, 2021
Three specialized high school programs that offer unique, hands-on learning are inviting students to explore their opportunities for the 2021-22 school year.
Outdoor School, Media School and the High School Carpentry Apprenticeship Program (HCAP) provide Grade 11 students (plus Grade 12 for HCAP) with the chance to join other students from collegiates across the city...

Tommy Douglas Collegiate graduate wins Award of Excellence

January 13, 2021
Jordan Friesen is the recipient of the 2020 Award of Excellence, presented by the Saskatoon Board of Education. The annual award is given to a recent graduate who best exemplifies the vision and goals of Saskatoon Public Schools. Friesen graduated from Tommy Douglas Collegiate with a 98.4 per cent average, but...

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...

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...

Procedure for transfer of students between online, in-person learning

September 21, 2020
In order to maintain stability for student learning and staffing, Saskatoon Public Schools has an established practice for transfers between in-school and online learning.
Collegiate students can transition between face-to-face and online learning at the beginning of each new quint. Registration for Quint 1 online classes has closed and the deadline to register for...

Class of 2020 graduates being celebrated by school communities

May 19, 2020
Tommy Douglas 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....

Tommy Douglas teacher uses technology to help health-care workers

May 06, 2020
‚Äč When classes at Tommy Douglas Collegiate were suspended in late March, Kevin Shmyr looked around the drafting lab and decided to bring a specialized tool home with him in order to continue providing students with opportunities for learning. Since then a pair of 3-D printers, two of the four printers...

Wellness Week activities encourage students to consider their well-being

March 09, 2020

A week-long series of events and activities at Tommy Douglas Collegiate is one way the school is working to create conversations about wellness and provide opportunities for students (and staff) to reflect upon and set goals to improve overall wellness.
The school's second annual Wellness Week saw students participate in...

Repurposing projects help wood shop students earn credit ‚ÄĒ and cash

February 05, 2020
Providing students with the skills and opportunity to build something from scratch has always been a goal of wood shop courses at Tommy Douglas Collegiate.
But for the past few years students in teacher Andrea Calow's intermediate woodworking class have also received a lesson in how to transform an old or...

Production of Newsies goes ahead thanks to community support

May 21, 2019
The show must go on despite a devastating act of vandalism to the theatre at Tommy Douglas Collegiate. A fire extinguisher was discharged inside the school's theatre Wednesday evening and due to the time required to restore the facility, the school's production of Newsies: The Musical was quickly relocated to the...

Musical production of Newsies runs for five performances May 22-25

May 15, 2019
Tommy Douglas Collegiate presents Disney's Newsies: The Musical with four evening performances scheduled for May 22-25 at 7 p.m., plus a Saturday matinee at 1 p.m. on May 25.
Newsies: The Musical is adapted from the 1990s film and premiered on the Broadway stage in 2012. Tommy Douglas is one of...

Families have important role in encouraging regular school attendance

March 19, 2019
Tommy Douglas 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. ...

Off The Grid program recognized for educational, environmental leadership

February 14, 2019
A program that is inspiring students to connect to the physical environment and engage in issues of environmental and social sustainability is having a big impact at Tommy Douglas Collegiate and receiving recognition for its leadership in the wider community. Off the Grid is a half-day, full-year learning experience for Grade...

Grade 9 program offers students a smooth transition to high school

January 02, 2019
A student's Grade 9 year at Tommy Douglas Collegiate provides them with the core classes while allowing them to experience many of the elective courses prior to their Grade 10 year. In addition to the core classes in Science, Social Studies, Math and English, Grade 9 students have the opportunity to...

Off the Grid builds leadership through focus on sustainability

February 13, 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...

Annual Math Fair multiplies student engagement at Tommy Douglas

June 19, 2017
The first mathematical test for students organizing the Tommy Douglas Collegiate Math Fair was determining whether the school had enough tables to set up the stations for the hundreds of elementary students attending the third annual event. Organized by teacher Nat Banting and students in his Grade 9 enriched mathematics class,...

Tommy Douglas graduate receives Award of Excellence

January 05, 2017
Shayna Uhryn, a graduate of Tommy Douglas Collegiate, has been chosen as a co-recipient of the 2016 Award of Excellence, presented by the Saskatoon Board of Education. The award is given annually to the student who best exemplifies the goals and values of Saskatoon Public Schools. Uhryn graduated from Tommy Douglas...

Math fair introduces Grade 8 students to high school

June 14, 2016
Approximately 330 Grade 8 students attended the second annual TDC Math Fair at Tommy Douglas Collegiate on June 15. The fair is the creation of teacher Nat Banting‚Äôs Grade 9 math class. During a class activity last year a student wondered aloud ‚ÄúI wish we could show this to other students‚ÄĚ and...

Tommy Douglas offers chance for students to explore and excel

April 28, 2016
Tommy Douglas Collegiate is Saskatoon Public Schools' newest high school and is part of the Blairmore Integrated Facility that brings together Saskatoon Public Schools, the City of Saskatoon, and the city's separate school division in partnership to provide that offers exciting opportunities for our students and serves as a destination centre...

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.


...

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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