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School health measures now include mandatory masks

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 in all public spaces (e.g. hallways, learning…

Re-entry: Students will return to In-school classes August 31

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 classes for all NGPS students will resume on August…

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

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 school year. Please note: Appendices can be accessed…

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

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 and direction from Alberta's Chief Medical Officer…

Message from NGPS

Please see the attached letter from Superintendent Andrea to parents here. We continue to recognize the efforts of our WCS families to ensure student learning remains a priority for our students. Thank you for your continued cooperation, partnership…

Proof of Residence required for NGPS students

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 address to the school. Proof of residence is required…

UPDATE MARCH 29, 2020 - 9:28 a.m. Funding to School Divisions Temporarily Adjusted

  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 to continue at-home learning for our students. …


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 tense are they? Your face: are you frowning? Do your…

Parent Message - March 25

Good afternoon WCS parents and Families. Our first day of pick up was very successful and we thank you for working within the parameters that have been set. We look forward to another successful pick up day tomorrow. Our online learning will begin on…

Continuing Student Learning

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, such as course packages and telephone check-ins. …

COVID-19 UPDATE MARCH 20, 2020 - 10:32 a.m. - Important Information from Alberta Education

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. We know families have a lot of questions. At this…

Parent Information from WCS - March 19

Hello Parents and Guardians:We would like to share the attached parent bulletin with you. We will continue to share plans as information is received and finalized. This bulletin includes information regarding: Pick up times and Information regarding…

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

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 decision came abruptly forcing significant adjustments…

COVID-19 UPDATE MARCH 16, 2020 Information for Families and Staff

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 school divisions.  We want to reassure families…

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

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 staff is always our first priority. We continue to…

March Newsletter

Please find the March newsletter here

February Month In Review

Pink Shirt Day is Feb 26

Pink Shirt Day is an anti-bullying movement that is celebrated around the world, every year, on the last Wednesday in February. As schools, we teach, model and practice kindness, empathy and inclusion year-round. On February 26, we will be wearing our…

Student Newsletter - Friendships

Our second student newsletter is now available for parents to read. This month our students were asked to share their thoughts on friendships - What makes a good friend, how do we resolve conflict with our friends, and how can our parents help us with…

February Newsletter

You can find the February Newsletter here

January Month In Review Video

January may have brought us some extremely cold weather, but it didn't stop WCS from creating some great memories! We hope you enjoy our monthly video!

January Newsletter

Please find our January newsletter here


December Month in Review Video

Student Newsletter - Resiliency

Our first ever student newsletter is ready for everyone to see. Our students want to bring messages to our parent community from their perspective. This month they have talked to us about what resiliency means to them and how important people in their…

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 Newsletter

Please access our December Newsletter here

November Month in Review Video

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…

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…

November Newsletter 2019

Please find our November Newsletter here

October Month in Review Video

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

October Newsletter

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…

September Month in Review

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

Welcome Back to the 2019-2020 School Year. Please find our September Newsletter here. 

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…

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…

2018-2019 Year In Review

June Month in Review Video

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…

June Newsletter

June Newsletter

May Month in Review Video

May Newsletter

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 Month in Review Video

March Month in Review Video

Pink Shirt Day - Grade 5 Glee Performance

February Month in Review

January Month in Review Video


December Month in Review

Whitecourt Central School wishes everyone a Merry Christmas and a happy holiday season as we share our December memories with friends and family.

November Month In Review

October Month in Review