EDUCATION WEEK! Learning Uplifts All

Posted on Apr. 10, 2024

Education Week is April 15-19, 2024! Education Week is a time to celebrate public education and the important work that goes into creating an inspired future for every child;…

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Posted on Dec. 1, 2023

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School Bus Transportation and Winter Weather Conditions

Posted on Nov. 30, 2023

Preparing for cooler temperatures! It’s been a positively balmy November, but colder temperatures are in the forecast. With the changing of the season, families are reminded…

PBS November Newsletter

Posted on Nov. 1, 2023

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Posted on Oct. 2, 2023

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Important Changes to Whitecourt In-Town Busing

Posted on Sep. 15, 2023

Beginning Monday morning, September 18, NGPS will have an additional urban (in-town) bus route running in Whitecourt. We have added an additional urban route, #128, and re-configured…

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Posted on May. 9, 2023

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Being the Calm

Posted on Apr. 27, 2023

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Posted on Apr. 3, 2023

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Posted on Mar. 8, 2023

Your educational journey is our inspiration! At Northern Gateway Public Schools, we understand that every student is unique. Teachers, support staff and leadership work together…

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Posted on Mar. 1, 2023

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Posted on Feb. 3, 2023

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Posted on Jan. 10, 2023

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Merry Christmas!

Posted on Dec. 19, 2022

Christmas Break for NGPS students is December 26, 2022 to January 6, 2023. First day back for students is Monday, January 9, 2023. Wishing you all the joys of the holiday…

PBS December Newsletter

Posted on Dec. 2, 2022

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School Bus Transportation and Inclement Weather

Posted on Nov. 30, 2022

Winter has arrived! As the snow flies and the temperatures drop, families are reminded to dress warmly and prepare for Winter busing conditions. To Run or not to Run? School…

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Posted on Nov. 1, 2022


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Posted on Apr. 4, 2022

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Posted on Mar. 2, 2022

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2021-22 Return to Normal Plan

Posted on Feb. 16, 2022

The Division's COVID-19 Plan has been updated in response to the province's February 8 announcement to lift several COVID-19 health measures. Please visit our information…

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Posted on Feb. 1, 2022

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ngpsTALK Register today!

Posted on Jan. 21, 2022

Welcome to ngpsTALK! A space where parents, students, staff and community members can share their ideas and feedback on a variety of topics affecting our school division.…


Posted on Jan. 10, 2022

Covid Checklist

Students return to in-person learning on January 10

Posted on Jan. 10, 2022

On December 30, 2021, Alberta's Education Minister announced that the pre-Kindergarten to Grade 12 student winter break would be extended to January 10 provincewide, and…

January Newsletter

Posted on Jan. 4, 2022

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Winter Break extended to January 10

Posted on Dec. 31, 2021

Alberta's Education Minister announced today that the Kindergarten to Grade 12 student winter break has been extended to January 10 provincewide, and that January Diploma…

December Newsletter

Posted on Dec. 1, 2021

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Posted on Nov. 1, 2021

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UPDATED Daily Health Checklist

Posted on Sep. 23, 2021

Parents, THANK YOU for your support and diligence in screening for illness daily and keeping children home when they are sick. Your efforts continue to help ensure healthy…

UPDATE: Masks required in school common spaces

Posted on Sep. 3, 2021

Starting Tuesday, September 7, all students, staff and visitors will be required to wear a non-medical face mask in school common spaces like hallways, washrooms and other…

Daily health screening for all students and staff

Posted on Aug. 31, 2021

We all have a part to play in keeping our school communities healthy. Screening daily for illness is an important action we can take to support our schools. Alberta Health…

NGPS 2021-22 Back to School Plan

Posted on Aug. 24, 2021

NGPS's 2021-22 Back to School Plan outlines the strategies and health measures the Division will follow in supporting the health and safety of students and staff. As always,…

Government releases COVID-19 guidance documents for…

Posted on Aug. 16, 2021

On Friday, August 13, the Government of Alberta released their Guidance for Respiratory Illness Prevention and Management in Schools, as well as a tool kit with information…

June News

Posted on Jun. 1, 2021

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Every Child Matters

Posted on May. 31, 2021

In remembrance of the 215 children whose remains were discovered at a former Kamloops residential school, flags across Northern Gateway Public Schools will be lowered to…

Division announces new Superintendent of Schools

Posted on May. 27, 2021

The Board of Trustees is pleased to announce that following an extensive Canada wide search, Mr. Kevin Bird has been appointed as the new Superintendent of Northern Gateway…

K-12 students return to in-person learning! NGPS is…

Posted on May. 19, 2021

As per Minister of Education Adriana LaGrange's announcement this afternoon, Alberta students will return to in-person learning on Tuesday, May 25, 2021, with the exception…

Education Week 2021!

Posted on May. 3, 2021

It has been over a full year since NGPS began adapting to the challenges of delivering education in the context of a pandemic.   This year, we want to take the opportunity…

May News

Posted on May. 1, 2021

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School Board Election 2021: Shaping the future of…

Posted on Apr. 22, 2021

Are you passionate about kids and public education? You may want to consider running for a school trustee position! Alberta School Board elections will take place on Monday,…

April News

Posted on Apr. 8, 2021

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Spring Break

Posted on Mar. 24, 2021

  No School Reminder There are no classes Monday, March 29 to Tuesday, April 6 for the spring break, Easter Monday and a Board Approved Non-Instructional Day. Classes resume…

Celebrating our Substitute Teachers!

Posted on Mar. 8, 2021

Thank you to all of our substitute teachers! Whether you are coming to the rescue in person, or online, you provide incredible support to NGPS students and staff year-round.…

March News

Posted on Mar. 1, 2021

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Planning for Student Success: share your feedback…

Posted on Feb. 26, 2021

Your Voice Matters Northern Gateway Public Schools seeks your input as we plan for the 2021-22 school year and beyond. Your feedback as students, parents, staff and leaders…

February News

Posted on Feb. 1, 2021

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January News

Posted on Jan. 11, 2021

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Return to In-Person Classes, January 11!

Posted on Jan. 7, 2021

On November 24, 2020, the Alberta government introduced a series of enhanced COVID-19 measures that impacted all Alberta K-12 schools. These temporary measures were set to…


NGPS Christmas Vacation and Return to Learning Schedule

Posted on Dec. 17, 2020


I'll Be Home Christmas

Posted on Dec. 17, 2020

Christmas has always felt magical and miraculous. After the stress and anxiety of the last ten months, we need the hope and peace of the Christmas Season more than ever…

Merry Christmas!

Posted on Dec. 16, 2020

Wishing all of our NGPS families an extra Merry Christmas and happy holiday break! The Christmas Break for NGPS students is December 18 to January 1.  Return to at-home,…

December News

Posted on Dec. 2, 2020

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Alberta Government announces new series of enhanced…

Posted on Nov. 25, 2020

Alberta Government announces new series of enhanced COVID-19 health measures, ENHANCED public health measures: Stop the Spike. On November 24, 2020, the Alberta Government…

To Run or Not to Run? School Bus Transportation and…

Posted on Nov. 10, 2020

Preparing for Winter temperatures and road conditions With Winter weather upon us, families are reminded to take necessary precautions for inclement or severe weather. When…

November Newsletter

Posted on Nov. 2, 2020

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October Newsletter

Posted on Oct. 2, 2020

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Library 2020/21

Posted on Oct. 1, 2020

Our library looks a little different this year. You can search our online school catalogue, then fill out a book request form in google sheets (ask your teacher about this)…

EVERY CHILD MATTERS: Phyllis Webstad and the story…

Posted on Sep. 29, 2020

Orange Shirt Day began in 2013 to honour Residential School survivors and their families, to remember those children who didn't come home and to encourage and support awareness…

COVID-19 Information - Student illness STAY AT HOME…

Posted on Sep. 18, 2020

This summary, based on the September 2020 Government of Alberta update, COVID-19 Symptom-Student illness, provides further clarity to parents about the ‘isolation’ period…


Posted on Sep. 11, 2020

NGPS 2020-21 COVID-19 Re-entry Handbook updated September 10, 2020. To read more on the NGPS Mask Protocol please see Section 1 - Provincial Health Measures, Pages 9-14 of…

Welcome Back

Posted on Aug. 24, 2020

With the start of the school year quickly approaching, we are anxiously awaiting the arrival of students!  A reminder the Percy Baxter School staggered entry start up schedule…

WELCOME BACK! School starts next week!

Posted on Aug. 19, 2020

Board approves change to 2020-21 school year calendar. The first day of school is Wednesday, Sept 2; however, many schools have staggered start dates. Schools will share…

School health measures now include mandatory masks

Posted on Aug. 6, 2020

On August 4, 2020, the Government of Alberta announced that the use of masks will be required when students and staff return to school.  Students from Grades 4 through…

EDITED Re-entry: Students will return to In-school…

Posted on Jul. 22, 2020

The Government of Alberta announced yesterday that students will return to in-school classes under Scenario 1, with near-normal daily operations and added health measures.…

Looking Ahead! NGPS releases 2020-21 COVID-19 Re-entry…

Posted on Jul. 8, 2020

As promised, we are pleased to share the Northern Gateway Public Schools, 2020-21 COVID-19 Re-entry Handbook. The Handbook will guide our collective response to COVID-19…

June Newsletter

Posted on Jun. 2, 2020

June Newsletter

Division surveys students, staff and families on re-entry…

Posted on Jun. 1, 2020

Northern Gateway Public Schools (NGPS) is planning for the 2020-21 school year and what it may look like for students, staff and families. While any return to school will…

Hilltop Highschool Option Forms for PBS Grade 8 students

Posted on Apr. 28, 2020

Included below are the course selection forms for students for their classes for the 2020-21 school year.  These are the same forms that have been shared by teachers in…

Letter to Parents April 24 2020

Posted on Apr. 27, 2020

NGPS Letter to Parents April 24 2020    

Proof of Residence required for NGPS students

Posted on Apr. 23, 2020

As part of the regular registration process, proof of residence is now required for all Northern Gateway Public Schools students. Parents will be required to provide a copy…

UPDATE MARCH 29, 2020 - 9:28 a.m. Funding to School…

Posted on Mar. 29, 2020

On March 28, 2020, the Education Minister announced that resources to school divisions will be adjusted to match an at-home learning environment. At this time, Alberta…


Posted on Mar. 27, 2020

No, really. How are YOU doing? Take a pause... and think …. how are you doing? Let’s take a moment to do a self- assessment: How is your heart rate? How quick are your…

Continuing Student Learning

Posted on Mar. 24, 2020

As shared by the Minister of Education last week, all Kindergarten to Grade 12 students will continue to receive learning opportunities at home, either through online means…

COVID-19 UPDATE MARCH 20, 2020 - 10:32 a.m. - Important…

Posted on Mar. 20, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought unprecedented change to us all. It has also brought us together. Our entire NGPS staff family has been working hard to develop instructional…

COVID-19 UPDATE MARCH 18, 2020 - 3:00 p.m. - Information…

Posted on Mar. 18, 2020

The school division appreciates your patience and resilience in the face of this unprecedented interruption in the normal operations of public education in the province.…

COVID-19 UPDATE MARCH 16, 2020 Information for Families…

Posted on Mar. 16, 2020

While many parents have questions regarding yesterday’s update and the closure of schools in the province of Alberta, there are still many uncertainties for all of us as…

COVID-19 UPDATE MARCH 15, 2020 All K-12 Classes Canceled

Posted on Mar. 15, 2020

As of March 15, 2020, the Government of Alberta has announced a province-wide school closure. All classes are canceled indefinitely. Children are expected to stay home.…

March Newsletter

Posted on Mar. 4, 2020

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February Newsletter

Posted on Feb. 5, 2020

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January Newsletter

Posted on Jan. 9, 2020



Impact of the Provincial Budget

Posted on Dec. 6, 2019

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…

December News

Posted on Dec. 2, 2019


QLE: The Heart of Teaching and Learning is Quality…

Posted on Nov. 14, 2019

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…

November Newsletter

Posted on Nov. 4, 2019

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QLE: How a Culture of Wellness supports student learning…

Posted on Oct. 23, 2019

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…

Emergency Response Planning in NGPS Schools

Posted on Oct. 17, 2019

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 Focus of the Quality Learning Environment is Learner…

Posted on Oct. 10, 2019

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…

NGPS students supported in Quality Learning Environments

Posted on Oct. 3, 2019

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…

October Newsletter

Posted on Oct. 2, 2019

PBS Newsletter October

Every Child Matters

Posted on Sep. 29, 2019

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,…

Safe at School: HOLD AND SECURE

Posted on Sep. 19, 2019

Being safe at school means working together with our community partners, parents and first responders. Understanding the terminology that schools and responders use can…

September Newsletter

Posted on Sep. 11, 2019

PBS Newsletter September

Welcome Back!

Posted on Sep. 2, 2019

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…

Have a great summer!

Posted on Jun. 27, 2019

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…

Survey: Alternate Seat Fee for school bus transportation

Posted on Jun. 12, 2019

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…

June Newsletter

Posted on Jun. 3, 2019


Ten new teachers inducted to the profession!

Posted on May. 10, 2019

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,…

May Newsletter

Posted on May. 7, 2019


It's Education Week!

Posted on Apr. 29, 2019

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…

April Newsletter

Posted on Apr. 2, 2019


Education Planning 2019-22

Posted on Mar. 21, 2019

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…

March Newsletter

Posted on Mar. 1, 2019


Responsive Instruction in Quality Learning Environments

Posted on Feb. 15, 2019

Building a culture of excellence through Quality Learning Environments (QLE) Key Domain: Responsive Instruction Responsive Instruction considers the needs of all learners…

February Newsletter

Posted on Feb. 1, 2019


January Newsletter

Posted on Jan. 10, 2019



Merry Christmas!

Posted on Dec. 18, 2018

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…

December Newsletter

Posted on Nov. 30, 2018


November Newsletter

Posted on Nov. 1, 2018


Oct Newsletter

Posted on Oct. 1, 2018


Orange Shirt Day

Posted on Sep. 27, 2018

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,…

Hour-Zero: Keeping Students and Staff Safe

Posted on Sep. 25, 2018

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,…

Sept Newsletter

Posted on Sep. 17, 2018

PBS News Sept/18

Welcome Back Percy Baxter!

Posted on Aug. 31, 2018

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…

2018-2019 School Year

Posted on Aug. 20, 2018

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…

Welcome to the 2018-19 school year!

Posted on Aug. 14, 2018

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…

Grade 6 Information Evening

Posted on Jun. 11, 2018

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…

Transportation 2018-2019

Posted on Jun. 10, 2018

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

Grade 9 Information Evening for Students Planning…

Posted on Jun. 5, 2018

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…

June Newsletter

Posted on Jun. 1, 2018



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Posted on Mar. 29, 2018


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Posted on Mar. 1, 2018


February News

Posted on Jan. 31, 2018


PBS Nickel Wars

Posted on Jan. 18, 2018

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…

January News

Posted on Jan. 10, 2018



New Principal Announced for Percy Baxter!

Posted on Dec. 7, 2017

Read more here!

December News

Posted on Dec. 1, 2017


November News

Posted on Nov. 1, 2017


Transportation Letter

Posted on Sep. 28, 2017

September 27, 2017   Dear Parents and Guardians,   RE: Students riding Whitecourt school buses Student transportation services in the community of Whitecourt have been…


PBS Facebook Page

Posted on Sep. 27, 2017

Wanting to stay connected to Percy Baxter School?  Look for updates and school news via the PBS Facebook page!  Follow us and like us at @ngpspbs


Posted on Sep. 11, 2017



Posted on Aug. 23, 2017

Interested in receiving messages from the school via text using the Remind App?  Sign-up information can be found here!

PBS Spirit Wear

Posted on Jun. 13, 2017

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…

Parent Portal

Posted on Feb. 1, 2017

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…


Alberta Health Fentanyl Parent Info

Posted on Sep. 23, 2016

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…

Alberta Education’s Competencies

Posted on Sep. 21, 2016



Posted on Sep. 2, 2016

Any parents or students interested in receiving "Remind" messages from Percy Baxter School, please access the sign up using the following link.

Welcome Back!

Posted on Aug. 22, 2016

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…

MediaSmarts for Parents

Posted on Jun. 15, 2016

MediaSmarts provides resources for families, including parents, grandparents, and caregivers who are looking for support and information related to social media use, cyberbullying,…


Posted on Jan. 22, 2016