Register NOW for the 2021-22 school year!

Posted on April 22 2021

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 to create personalized,…

UPDATED Daily Health Checklist

Posted on September 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 learning environments at school.…

UPDATE: Masks required in school common spaces

Posted on September 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 spaces where people are close…

Daily health screening for all students and staff

Posted on August 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 Daily Checklist Before coming…

NGPS 2021-22 Back to School Plan

Posted on August 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, we remain committed to providing…

Government releases COVID-19 guidance documents for…

Posted on August 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 for parents and school staff…

June News

Posted on June 1 2021

June PBS Newsletter

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 half mast. We extend our deepest…

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 Public Schools, effective July…

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 of students in the Regional…

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 to celebrate the many hands,…

May News

Posted on May 1 2021

May PBS Newsletter

School Board Election 2021: Shaping the future of…

Posted on April 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, October 18, 2021! Elected…

April News

Posted on April 8 2021

April PBS Newsletter

Spring Break

Posted on March 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 for all NGPS students on…

Celebrating our Substitute Teachers!

Posted on March 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. You are a crucial member of…

March News

Posted on March 1 2021

March PBS Newsletter

Planning for Student Success: share your feedback…

Posted on February 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 is an important part of our…

2021-2022 Registration

Posted on February 8 2021

We are now open for registration for the 2021-2022 school year! The PBS 2021.2022 Registration Package must be fully complete, signed and include the child's birth certificate. Please also include proof…

February News

Posted on February 1 2021

Feb PBS Newsletter

January News

Posted on January 11 2021

Jan PBS Newsletter

Return to In-Person Classes, January 11!

Posted on January 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 be in place from November 30,…


NGPS Christmas Vacation and Return to Learning Schedule

Posted on December 17 2020


I'll Be Home Christmas

Posted on December 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 before. Even if you’re not…

Merry Christmas!

Posted on December 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, online learning: January 4, 2021…

December News

Posted on December 2 2020

DEC PBS Newsletter

Alberta Government announces new series of enhanced…

Posted on November 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 announced a series of new COVID-19…

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

Posted on November 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 the safety of transporting…

November Newsletter

Posted on November 2 2020

NOV PBS Newsletter

October Newsletter

Posted on October 2 2020

Oct PBS Newsletter

Library 2020/21

Posted on October 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) and Mrs. Layton will deliver…

EVERY CHILD MATTERS: Phyllis Webstad and the story…

Posted on September 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 of the individual, family…

COVID-19 Information - Student illness STAY AT HOME…

Posted on September 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 or ‘stay home and minimize…


Posted on September 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 the Handbook. WHY USE A NON-MEDICAL…

Welcome Back

Posted on August 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 is as follows: Wednesday,…

WELCOME BACK! School starts next week!

Posted on August 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 information with you specific…

School health measures now include mandatory masks

Posted on August 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 12 will be required to wear masks…

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

Posted on July 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. This means that daily in-school…

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

Posted on July 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 and operations for the 2020-21…

June Newsletter

Posted on June 2 2020

June Newsletter

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

Posted on June 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 be managed under the guidelines…

Hilltop Highschool Option Forms for PBS Grade 8 students

Posted on April 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 Google Classroom to their students. …

Letter to Parents April 24 2020

Posted on April 27 2020

NGPS Letter to Parents April 24 2020    

Proof of Residence required for NGPS students

Posted on April 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 of their resident legal land…

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

Posted on March 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 school divisions are expected…


Posted on March 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 breaths? Your shoulders: how…

Continuing Student Learning

Posted on March 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 or through other accommodations,…

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

Posted on March 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 alternatives for students.…

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

Posted on March 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. We realize that the school closure…

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

Posted on March 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 learning communities and Alberta…

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

Posted on March 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. The safety of our students and…

March Newsletter

Posted on March 4 2020

PBS Newsletter March

February Newsletter

Posted on February 5 2020

PBS February Newsletter

January Newsletter

Posted on January 9 2020



Impact of the Provincial Budget

Posted on December 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 Size, School Fee and Classroom…

December News

Posted on December 2 2019


QLE: The Heart of Teaching and Learning is Quality…

Posted on November 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 is the heart of teaching and…

November Newsletter

Posted on November 4 2019

PBS Newsletter November

QLE: How a Culture of Wellness supports student learning…

Posted on October 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 (QLE) within Northern Gateway…

Emergency Response Planning in NGPS Schools

Posted on October 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 safety of our students and…

The Focus of the Quality Learning Environment is Learner…

Posted on October 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 assess learning and plan for instruction,…

How is your child supported in a Quality Learning…

Posted on October 9 2019

NGPS students supported in Quality Learning Environments

Posted on October 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 of quality pedagogy (the practice…

October Newsletter

Posted on October 2 2019

PBS Newsletter October

Every Child Matters

Posted on September 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, in the spring of 2013. It…

Safe at School: HOLD AND SECURE

Posted on September 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 help. Hold and Secure means classes…

September Newsletter

Posted on September 11 2019

PBS Newsletter September

Welcome Back!

Posted on September 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 all – students, staff and families…

Have a great summer!

Posted on June 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 important dates and is…

Survey: Alternate Seat Fee for school bus transportation

Posted on June 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 many parents/guardians are interested…

June Newsletter

Posted on June 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, and teachers who are new…

May Newsletter

Posted on May 7 2019


It's Education Week!

Posted on April 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 importance of education and…

April Newsletter

Posted on April 2 2019


Education Planning 2019-22

Posted on March 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 opportunity to reflect on the…

March Newsletter

Posted on March 1 2019


Responsive Instruction in Quality Learning Environments

Posted on February 15 2019

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,…

February Newsletter

Posted on February 1 2019


January Newsletter

Posted on January 10 2019



Merry Christmas!

Posted on December 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 to yours, warm wishes for a bright…

December Newsletter

Posted on November 30 2018


November Newsletter

Posted on November 1 2018


Oct Newsletter

Posted on October 1 2018


Orange Shirt Day

Posted on September 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, in the spring of 2013. It…

Hour-Zero: Keeping Students and Staff Safe

Posted on September 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, from playground equipment…

Sept Newsletter

Posted on September 17 2018

PBS News Sept/18

Welcome Back Percy Baxter!

Posted on August 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 time for staff, students and…

2018-2019 School Year

Posted on August 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 the school year! See you soon!

Welcome to the 2018-19 school year!

Posted on August 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 your start up questions, contact…

Grade 6 Information Evening

Posted on June 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 new to the school division/community)…

Transportation 2018-2019

Posted on June 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 June 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 Hilltop Jr/Sr High School. They…

June Newsletter

Posted on June 1 2018



Posted on May 29 2018


May Newsletter

Posted on May 1 2018


April Newsletter

Posted on March 29 2018


March Newsletter

Posted on March 1 2018


February News

Posted on January 31 2018


PBS Nickel Wars

Posted on January 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 raise $565.00 this year to donate…

January News

Posted on January 10 2018



New Principal Announced for Percy Baxter!

Posted on December 7 2017

Read more here!

December News

Posted on December 1 2017


November News

Posted on November 1 2017


Transportation Letter

Posted on September 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 significantly impacted by the…


PBS Facebook Page

Posted on September 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 September 11 2017



Posted on August 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 June 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 are available!  Access the Entripy…

Parent Portal

Posted on February 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 guardians. Traditionally, we have…


Alberta Health Fentanyl Parent Info

Posted on September 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 terrible drug!

Alberta Education’s Competencies

Posted on September 21 2016

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…


Posted on September 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 August 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 children will be asked to…

MediaSmarts for Parents

Posted on June 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, online privacy, and…


Posted on January 22 2016