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School Bus Transportation and Inclement Weather

To run or not to run? Winter weather and driving conditions bring questions about school bus transportation. Are the buses running today? Should the buses be running today? Why aren’t the buses running today? Why are the buses running in Darwell when…


January Newsletter



Impact of the Provincial Budget

Northern Gateway Public Schools is facing a budget shortfall this school year. While Maintenance and Transportation Funding will receive modest increases, the loss of Class Size, School Fee and Classroom Improvement funding, and decrease to High School…

December News


QLE: The Heart of Teaching and Learning is Quality Pedagogy

There are many supports in place to enhance the Quality Learning Environment (QLE) for NGPS students. Quality Pedagogy, or the practice of teaching, is a main focus, as it is the heart of teaching and learning. There are five domains of Quality Pedagogy…

November Newsletter

PBS Newsletter November

QLE: How a Culture of Wellness supports student learning at NGPS

Mental, Social and Physical well-being impact learning. A Culture of Wellness, with a focus on these three domains, is foundational to developing a Quality Learning Environment (QLE) within Northern Gateway schools. Wellness Champions, School and Division…

Emergency Response Planning in NGPS Schools

Schools are considered to be one of the safest places in our communities. However, an emergency can occur anywhere at any time. During an emergency, our first priority is the safety of our students and staff. Last year, NGPS began working with Hour-Zero,…

The Focus of the Quality Learning Environment is Learner Centered

The focus of the Quality Learning Environment (QLE) is student or learner centered. Everything we do as Educators, from how we teach and what resources we use, to how we assess learning and plan for instruction, revolves around our students - their needs,…

How is your child supported in a Quality Learning Environment in NGPS?

NGPS students supported in Quality Learning Environments

The Quality Learning Environment (QLE) in NGPS is our commitment to assure learners are successful and learners are supported.  The core elements of the QLE are made up of quality pedagogy (the practice of teaching) with a foundation of wellness. Ensuring…

October Newsletter

PBS Newsletter October

Every Child Matters

In the spirit of reconciliation and hope Orange Shirt Day is a legacy of the St. Joseph Mission (SJM) residential school commemoration event held in Williams Lake, BC, Canada, in the spring of 2013. It grew out of Phyllis' story of having her shiny new…

Safe at School: HOLD AND SECURE

Being safe at school means working together with our community partners, parents and first responders. Understanding the terminology that schools and responders use can help. Hold and Secure means classes and activities inside the school continue to…

September Newsletter

PBS Newsletter September

Welcome Back!

Welcome to the 2019-20 school year! We hope you enjoyed the summer break and are excited for a new school year. The beginning of each school year is a special time for us all – students, staff and families – as we anticipate the year ahead. What…

Office Open - August 26

The Percy Baxter School Main Office will open on Monday, August 26 @ 8:30AM.  Any families looking to register students are asked to pick up registration packages at the school starting Monday or print them off online.  Completed registration packages…

First Day Back is Sept 3!

Tuesday, September 3, 2019 is the first day back to school for nearly 5,000 Northern Gateway students! Preview important dates with the 2019-20 School Year Calendar. Northern Gateway Public Schools (NGPS) fosters program-rich learning environments where…

Happy Summer!

TO OUR STUDENTS We hope each and every one of you has had an amazing year of learning and growth! Each day you inspire us with your individuality, achievement and potential. Your journey as a student – from your first moments in Kindergarten to your…

Have a great summer!

All the best to staff, students, and families, as they begin their summer break!  Please review the Year End Admin Newsletter which includes news, reminders, and also includes important dates and is found at the following link. See you in September! 

2019 2020 Registration

2019 2020 PBS Registration Package Grade 7 Complementary Course Selection 19 20 Grade 8 Complementary Course Selection 19 20 Bus Registration Form 2019 2020 TransferSiteGuide (1)  

Survey: Alternate Seat Fee for school bus transportation

Please share your thoughts with us in this short 3-question survey! Click here to take the three minute survey! Northern Gateway Public Schools is looking to find out how many parents/guardians are interested in paying for alternate school bus transportation…

June Newsletter


Ten new teachers inducted to the profession!

Ten NGPS teachers were officially welcomed into the profession last night following the near completion of their first year of teaching. Each year in NGPS, first year teachers, and teachers who are new to the province, are officially and jointly inducted…

May Newsletter


It's Education Week!

Alberta celebrates Education Week! The first Alberta School Week (Education Week) was held December 2–8, 1928. Its purpose then, as it is now, is to call attention to the importance of education and to share the many good things happening in Alberta…

April Newsletter


Education Planning 2019-22

NGPS held its annual 3 Year Education Planning session with division leadership, trustees and school principals on March 18. Superintendent Kevin Andrea says it was an opportunity to reflect on the past three years and define the priorities and strategic…

Substitute Appreciation March 11-15

We are so lucky to have a dedicated group of individuals who are very much a part of the Percy Baxter family. Thank you for the dedication, patience and care shown on a daily basis!

March Newsletter


Responsive Instruction in Quality Learning Environments

Building a culture of excellence through Quality Learning Environments (QLE) Key Domain: Responsive Instruction Responsive Instruction considers the needs of all learners so they can achieve success, and is one of five domains under Quality Pedagogy…

February Newsletter


January Newsletter



Merry Christmas!

Wishing you all the joys of the holiday season! May this season bring you the joy of sharing, the warmth of community and the love of family and friends. From our family to yours, warm wishes for a bright and merry Christmas! Christmas Break for NGPS…

December Newsletter


November Newsletter


School bus transportation and inclement weather

To run or not to run? Winter weather and driving conditions bring questions about school bus transportation. Are the buses running today? Should the buses be running today? Why aren’t the buses running today? Why are the buses running in Onoway when…

Oct Newsletter


Orange Shirt Day

In the spirit of reconciliation and hope Orange Shirt Day is a legacy of the St. Joseph Mission (SJM) residential school commemoration event held in Williams Lake, BC, Canada, in the spring of 2013. It grew out of Phyllis' story of having her shiny new…

Hour-Zero: Keeping Students and Staff Safe

Building a culture of preparedness - NGPS joins forces with Hour-Zero Student and staff safety is an extremely important part of what we do at Northern Gateway Public Schools, from playground equipment and fire drills all the way through to the most…

Sept Newsletter

PBS News Sept/18

Welcome Back Percy Baxter!

We hope summer has treated you well and that you have had opportunity to relax and recharge with family and friends. The beginning of a new school year is always a special time for staff, students and families as we anticipate the year ahead. What does…

2018-2019 School Year

Reminder staggered school startup: September 4th: Grade 6 onlySeptember 5th: Grade 7 and 8 onlySeptember 6th: All students attend! We are looking forward to beginning of the school year! See you soon!

Welcome to the 2018-19 school year!

WELCOME BACK! Okay, we're not quite there yet, but with only three weeks left of summer vacation, we can bet the impending new school year is on your mind! Find answers to your start up questions, contact information and important dates here! Enjoy the…

Grade 6 Information Evening

On Wednesday, June 20th at 7:00PM, PBS will be hosting an "Information Evening" for upcoming Grade 6 students! (Grade 5's from Whitecourt Central School, as well as students new to the school division/community) On this evening, we will provide information…

Transportation 2018-2019

Please access the following link to view important information regarding busing in the coming school year.

Grade 9 Information Evening for Students Planning to Attend Hilltop

There is an important parent information meeting and enrollment night for upcoming grade 9 students (current grade 8) on Wednesday June 6 at 7:00 pm in the gymnasium at Hilltop Jr/Sr High School. They will be accepting registration forms and fees for…

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February News


PBS Nickel Wars

Percy Baxter Hockey Academy would like to say thanks to the students, family and staff for participating in our Nickel Wars. With your generous donations we were able to raise $565.00 this year to donate to KidSport Whitecourt Chapter. This will support …

January News



New Principal Announced for Percy Baxter!

Read more here!

December News


November News


Transportation Letter

September 27, 2017   Dear Parents and Guardians,   RE: Students riding Whitecourt school buses Student transportation services in the community of Whitecourt have been significantly impacted by the re-location of the new St Joseph School. Transporting…

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PBS Spirit Wear

Interested in purchasing PBS Spirit Wear?  Access the new PBS online store and have your clothing delivered to your door!  A large selection of clothing and other items are available!  Access the Entripy PBS store here.

Parent Portal

Percy Baxter School, along with other schools within Northern Gateway, is currently participating in a pilot to improve the way we report student progress to parents and guardians. Traditionally, we have issued a report card three times a year with grade…


Alberta Health Fentanyl Parent Info

Please access the following link for information regarding Fentanlyn, what you should know, and what parents can do to inform their children and keep them away from this terrible drug!

Alberta Education’s Competencies

PLEASE JOIN US FOR THE ALBERTA EDUCATION'S COMPETENCIES PRESENTATION. THURSDAY SEPT 22, 2016 7:00PM HILLTOP HIGH SCHOOL Alberta Competencies Overview Alberta Education’s Competencies Alberta Education’s Competencies FAQ          


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Welcome Back!

Welcome back to all students and Percy Baxter families! Percy Baxter School will be open for registration on Wednesday, August 24th, 2016.  Parents looking to register their children will be asked to complete a registration package which is available…

MediaSmarts for Parents

MediaSmarts provides resources for families, including parents, grandparents, and caregivers who are looking for support and information related to social media use, cyberbullying, online privacy, and many other issues parents can help their kids with.…