School Council Executive

The school council executive for the 2017/18 School year

Onoway Jr/Sr High School Council

Chairperson- Melanie Fitzgerald

Vice Chairperson- Dena Friars

Secretary- Samantha Grantham

Treasurer- Christine Peck 

Communications Officer – Tammy Brent



Meeting Dates for the 2017-2018 Year

(usually 2nd Wednesday of the month)

OPEA -Onoway Parents Educative Association- non profit society  


February 21 - School Council

March 14  - School Council

April 11 - OPEA and School Council

May 9 - School Council

June 13 - OPEA and School Council AGM

Onoway Jr/Sr High School Breakfast Nook

Thanks to the generosity of many parents and staff, students who don't have breakfast or forget their lunch can now stop by the counselling area and get a quick bite of toast or a granola bar.
We are in need of :

  • bread
  • granola bars
  • peanut butter
  • jam
  • juice
  • granola bars

If you are able to donate any of these items please drop them off at the office.

Coffee Club Dates

Onoway Jr/Sr High School Council has parent volunteers come in the morning of the last Monday of the month from 8:30 - 9:00 AM to help welcoming our students to school.
We invite you to come and join the Coffee Club. All that is required is to come in, enjoy a cup of coffee at the office and welcome students at the front door as they arrive at school.
We are meeting on the September 25 at 8:30 am in the office and handing out treats to the students as they enter the school.
We have set the dates for Coffee Club for the school year. They are:

January 22

February 26

March 26

April 30

May 28

June 18

If you need more information, know of someone who would like to volunteer or have any questions please do not hesitate to e-mail

Onoway Parents Educative Association Society Meeting Agenda January 17, 2018



  1. Call To Order
  2. Additions To The Agenda
  1. Adoption Of The Agenda
  2. Approval Of Minutes
  3. Casino
  4. Old Business
  • Track Grant
  1. New Business
  • Headphones
  1. Treasurer’s Report
  • Approval of Financial Statement
  1. Next Meeting
  • April 11, 2018
  • Adjournment

Onoway Parent Educative Association Society Meeting September 13, 2017



  • Meeting called to order at 6:34 pm by Melanie Fitzgerald

            In attendance were: Melanie Fitzgerald, Christine Peck, Samantha Grantham,

            Laura Harrison, Cathy Brennan, Dena Friars

  • No additions made to the agenda
  • A motion was made to approve the minutes as published June 14, 2017. First Cathy Brennan and Seconded by Dena Friars.
  • Casino Representative – Cathy Brennan
  • Old Business

            - Track Grant: Waiting to hear on CFEP grant application

  • New Business

            - AGLC List of Executive:

            - Budget - $750 budget for bus driver gift cards and teachers appreciation  lunch

                            - $500 for candy, pencils, earbuds for coffee club greeting supplies

            - Meeting Dates:  January 17, 2018,

                                          April 11, 2018

                                          June 13, 2018


            - Casino Date:  2nd quarter of 2018.  Motion made by Cathy Brennan and          seconded by Laura Harrison

  • Treasurer’s Report - Prepared by Christine Peck

            - June 1, 2017 – August 31, 2017

            General Account – 70-01118

            Opening Balance:                                          $1081.53

            Staff appreciation lunch cheque #14             -257.25

            Bank Service charge                                             -1.00

            Closing Balance:                                            $823.28

            Casino Balance 75-25419

            Opening Balance                                           $10,965.58

            Closing Balance                                             $10,965.58

            - Approval of financial statement by Dena Friars and seconded by Cathy          Brenna

  • Meeting adjourned by a motion from Laura Harrison and seconded by Cathy Brennan


* Next meeting will be January 17, 2018

Onoway Jr. Sr. High School Council Meeting Agenda  January 17, 2018

  1. Call To Order
  2. Introductions
  3. Additions/Deletions To The Agenda
  1. Adoption Of The Agenda
  2. Approval Of Minutes
  3. Trustee Report
  4. Principal’s Report
  • High Diplomas - Double Time For All (Up To 6 Hrs)
  • January 24 Is Last Day Of Classes - Sr. High Exams Are On January 25/26/29/30.
  • Report Card 2 In Early February - Will Be Printed Out And Sent Home As They Are Final Marks For Sr. High And Jr. High Options
  • Powerschool Shut Down - For Teachers To Complete Semester 1 Classes And Comments.
  • New Hire - Ped 8/Social 10-2/English 10-2
  • Upcoming School Events
  1. Teacher Rep Report
  2. Athletics
  3. Old Business
  1. New Business
  • Survey – Deadline February 23, 2018
  1. Treasurer’s Report
  2. Next Meeting
  • February 21, 2018
  1. Adjournment


Onoway Jr./Sr. High School School Council Meeting November 15, 2017



•    Meeting called to order at 7:04 pm by Melanie Fitzgerald



In attendance were the following:


Melanie Fitzgerald                 Christine Peck            John Lobo




Lisa Dundus                            Dale Peck                    Lori D



            Laura Harrison                        Cathy Brennan           Samantha Grantham                  

             Ann Roberts                                                                                                   

  • Introductions were made
  • A motion was made to adopt the agenda as by Christine Peck and seconded

by Laura Harrison.  All in favor.

  • Motion was made to adopt the minutes as published by Cathy Brennan and seconded by Melanie Fitzgerald.  All in favor.
  • Trustee Report – given by Judy Muir and attached
  • Principals Report – given by John Lobo and attached
  • Teachers Rep Report – given by Lisa Dundus and attached
  • Athletics – Banking for athletics: funds will be given to Christine to put in bank. All funds out of account for Athletics will be supported with receipts. This will happen at School Council monthly meetings. Athletics will keep own set of financial records. Althetics sub committee will report to Melanie. Will try this for a year and revisit if needed.
  • New Business

            - have one day of food bank drive during week before Christmas to gather         

              items for breakfast    


  • Treasurer’s Report – given by Christine Peck

            - General Account had a closing balance of $823.28

            - Casino Account contains $10965.58

  • A motion to adjourn the meeting was made by Laura Harrison and seconded by Cathy Brennan.  All in favor

            Next meeting is January 17, 2018 at 7:00 pm


Trustee report from Judy Muir for November 2017:

We have had many changes on the NGPS Board this term. Sarah Healy won the Onoway election, I am in by Acclamation, as is Sherry Jeffries in the Sangudo area. Diane

Hagman will now represent Mayerthorpe, with Barb Maddigan and Linda Wigdon defeating Jim Govenlock in Whitecourt and Ethen Thiesen defeating Jim Hailes in Fox Creek. Gerry Steinke remains the trustee in Valleyview, and Anita Portsmouth becomes our new Valleyview rural trustee. I was elected Board Chairperson at the organizational meeting on October 24, with Barb Maddigan becoming Vice Chair.  We are busy inservicing the new Board.

At our October 3 regular Board meeting the Board received a report from Jason Yaremchuk, Director of Information Technology, in which he presented his technology overview to the Board. 2303 Chromebooks were purchased over the summer, which enables us to be nearly on a one to one basis throughout the Division.

The Board ratified the CUPE Mediator's recommendations as a basis for a Collective Agreement at our October 3 regular Board meeting.

At the October 24 Regular Board meeting the Board received a status update from John Lobo, principal of OJSHS on the new track.

At the November 14 Regular Board meeting the Board passed a motion accepting the School Operational Viability Report with no changes to the schools.

 At the November 14 Board meeting the auditor presented the audited financial statement which was accepted by the Board.

 At the November 14 meeting the Assistant Superintendent made a NGPS Results Review presentation as well as presenting the 2017-2020  3 Yr. Education Plan.



Wednesday November 15, 2017

Lisa Dundas

  • Approximately 20 high school students are currently completing the Alberta Health Food Sanitation and Hygiene Course and they will receive one 30 level credit along with a certificate.
  • Speakers – Test Taking – Nov. 23, Registered Apprenticeship Program – Nov. 27, Sexual Health Nurse – Nov. 29 and Banking – Dec. 4. CALM students and others are signing up for these presentations.
  • Our Nov. 1 Education Expo was well received. Despite the weather we had a good turn out of parents and students. All post-secondary school representatives gave us very favourable feedback. They commented on the preparedness of our students.
  • Request feedback regarding our Oct. 13 Awards Night.


OJSH School Council-November 2017

Principal's report

1- Sports updates -

Volleyball - season winding up in November

Sr Girls GCAA champs- Tuesday Nov 14

Thanks to coaches

Jr Girls- Dia Syed, Jr Boys-- Carolyn Giesbrecht, Jv Girls- McKenna Schulte

Sr Boys- Ivy Drews, Sr Girls- Corey Lougheed


Season starts with tryouts next week once volleyball is over. Coaches so far

Jr Girls- Shannon Breslin

Jr Boys-- Brett Frost Hunt

Sr Boys-- Platoon (recent grads/ teaching staff/ parent volunteer) Sr Girls- Dave Block/Ferron Friars

2- Webs of Supports- activities in classrooms gr 8/9

Review newsletter. We are showcasing a colour each month All gr 8 and gr 9 health classes will be given a presentation based on the program. We have received good feedback from students. Students are starting to use the language,and understand the concepts. We will have Derek back on March 16 PO day t work with OES/OJSH staff and students as the next part of the supports for  the social-emotional domain of students

3- Nov 28 - Results Review with NGPS Trustees ,report to OJSH SchoolCouncil in Dec

Mrs Vlllneff and Mr Lobo present  our 2016/17 Results Review to the NGPS Board on Nov 28, in Whitecourt . All the NGPS high schools are scheduled for this day.

We use a template that Division Office provides. It includes reports on Staffing, student population, Finances, Accountability Pillar results, Gr 9 PAT results, Gr 12 Diploma results,FNMI student performance, SAP- School Advancement Plan

We have to do a 3 min showcase on the school, This year the showcase is the LiveWires and SWAMP. At the December 2017 School council meeting this presentation will be shared with School Council

4 -Remembrance Day- Nov 7 -plan b due to gym curtain snafu

We used the Black Box/Pit area  for the ceremony

Band played in the front foyer. Students stayed in classrooms and we live streamed it to classrooms via internet and projectors. Thanks to Mr Mahaux for helping with the technology, and making it work, with short notice. We had used it with the grad, so we were pretty confident it would work.

The ceremony for the community was good in the gym Nov 11, as the curtain was secured in the Up position. More parts need to come in order for it to be moveable again.

5-190 plus chromebooks new to classes for 2017/18

We have been bringing in these units to add more devices, as well as upd=grade some of the first gen chromebooks. These were purchased through the the classroom Improvement FUnding - teachers agreed on

0% salary increase over the term of the 2 yr contract in return for funding that would be beneficial to the classroom. NGPS div office and the ATA local agreed on technology supports in the classroom. OJSH was able to have these chromebooks purchased. It will put 6 sets of 30 chromebooks , plus some extras. The school has purchased some storage devices that stay in classrooms , especially teachers who have adopted Google Classroom to a high level. We do have numerous mobile carts available with laptops and chromebooks