School Council Notes

  • Onoway Jr/Sr High School is having a school dance on Friday November 2, 2018 from 7-11 pm and are seeking parents to volunteer their time to supervise this event. They could certainly use your assistance!  Please email Ray Huxley at if you can volunteer.
  • Parent-Teacher Interviews are on November 7, 2018 from 5-8 pm.

School Council Executive

The school council executive for the 2018/1 School year

Chairperson – Melanie Fitzgerald 

 Vice Chairperson – Laura Harrison 

Secretary – Samantha Grantham 

Treasurer – Christine Peck 

Communications Officer – Ann Roberts

Onoway Jr/Sr High School Council

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Breakfast Nook Donations

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.

Due to space and storage we are asking for specific donations of:

  • granola bars
  • juice
  • fruit cups

If you are able to donate, please drop them off at the school. We also acceptscash donations so we may buy supplies when they are low.

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Important Dates for the 2018/2019 School Year

Onoway Parents Educative Association starting at 6:30 pm

  • January 9
  • April 10
  • June 12- This will be our Annual General Meeting.

School Council starting at 7 pm

  • November 14
  • No meeting in December
  • January 09
  • February 13
  • March13
  • April 10
  • May 8
  • June 12- This will be our Annual General Meeting.


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.

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

Dates for the 2018/2019 School Year

November 26

December 17

January 28

February 25

March 25

April 29

May 27

June 10

Onoway Jr. Sr. High School Council Meeting Agenda  November 14, 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
  • OJSH SRO Shawn Cherwaty Will Speak After The Principal’s Report
  • Final 2017/18 Finances
  • Budget 2018/19
  • Staffing Updates-Teaching-Hire Of .56 Fte For The Pm Courses Fr LA Gr. 8/9 Science And Social
  • Staffing Updates-EA
  • Sports
  • Hoja Presentation-LSAC Sponsored-Nov 15
  • Dance Postponed Due To Weather-Will Be Rescheduled Depending on Date Available Of DJ
  1. Teacher Rep Report
  2. Athletics
  1. Old Business
  1. New Business
  • Vaping And New Drug Laws Presentation
  1. Treasurer’s Report
  2. Next Meeting
  • January 9, 2019
  1. Adjournment


Onoway Parent Educative Association Society Meeting September 12, 2018

  • Meeting called to order at 6:46 pm by Melanie Fitzgerald

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

            Laura Harrison, Cathy Brennan, Ann Roberts, Cynthia Wozny, Judy Muir, 

            Dorothy McLean, Hugh Provence, Karen Seinen, Lorrie Hafermehl, 

            Thea Bouius, Irene Wilkinson            

  • A motion was made to approve agenda as published. First Laura Harrison, Seconded by Samantha Grantham
  • A motion was made to approve the minutes. First Christine Peck and Seconded by Ann Roberts.
  • Casino Report – Cathy Brennan

            - Have received the funds from Casino in April

  • Old Business

            - List of fundraisers: Melanie will get a list from Mr. Lobo of fundraisers other

            groups in the school are doing.  Ideas for raising money for the general

            account are to have a bake sale or sell hotdogs at parent teacher interview

            night.  Will talk about this further next meeting.

            - Insurance: Cathy Brennan will check to see if casino money can be used to

            pay for insurance.       

  • New Business

            - AGLC list of Executive:  Laura Harrison will go to the bank and get the

            signing authority updated.

            - Meeting dates for OPEA for the school year:  October 10, 2018

                                                                                           January 9, 2019

                                                                                           April 10, 2019

                                                                                           June 12, 2019

            - Budget for Casino money will be discussed at next meeting.  

            Ideas how to disperse the money:

                        -benches/picnic tables outside the school for the  students

                        - bussing for extra-curricular activities (sports, band, field trips)

            Still have money from the last Casino.  Bank fees for the general account can

            be reimbursed and paid from the Casino account.  This still has to be done.  If

            allowed, insurance will be paid out of this money.   Coffee club items can be

            paid for from this as well.

            - Signing authority :   

            A motion was made by Melanie Fitzgerald to add Laura Harrison as

            signing authority for the Casino account and General account and not to

            add Ann Roberts.  Cathy Brennan seconded the motion and everyone in


  • Treasurer’s Report - Prepared by Christine Peck

June 1, 2018 – August 31, 2018

General Account – 70-01118

Opening balance:                                            $39.00

Closing Balance                                                $39.00

Casino Account – 75-25419

Opening Balance                                          $1800.34

Casino Income                                            $20,914.38

Closing Balance                                         $22,714.72

- Approval of financial statement by Samantha Grantham and seconded by

Laura Harrison

  • Meeting adjourned at 7:05 by a motion from Thea Bouius

* Next meeting will be October 10, 2018 at 6:30 pm

Onoway Jr./Sr. High School School Council Meeting October 10, 2018



•    Meeting called to order at 7:02 pm by Melanie Fitzgerald



In attendance were the following:


Melanie Fitzgerald                 Christine Peck            Lisa Dundas     



Judy Muir                               Kelly Muir                  Trudy McGinnis


            Laura Harrison                       Sarah Healy                Bonnie Sandsbraaten

            Dennelle Giles                        Ann Roberts               Cathy Brennan

            Tasha Wiebe                          Karen Seinen                           

  • Introductions were made
  • A motion was made to adopt the agenda as by Trudy McGinnis and seconded by Cathy Brennan.  All in favor.
  • Motion was made to adopt the minutes as published by Cathy Brennan andseconded by Christine Peck.  All in favor.
  • Trustee Report - given by Judy Muir – see attached
  • Principals Report – attached
  • Teachers Rep Report – given by Lisa Dundas – see attached
  • Athletics – Banners - requested by maintenance
  • Treasurer’s Report – given by Christine Peck

            - General Account had a closing balance of $39.00

            - Casino Account contains $22,714.72

  • A motion to adjourn the meeting was made by Ann Roberts and seconded by Melanie Fitzgerald.  All in favor

            Next meeting is November 14, 2018 at 7:00 pm

October 2018 Trustee Report

  1. NGPS recognized and celebrated the achievements of retirees and staff at the 23'd Annual Recognition Evening in Whitecourt on September 28.The Board would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to those honourees as we truly value and appreciate their commitment to Northern Gateway Public Schools.
  2. The Board approved in full, the Hillside High School International Exchange Program to Finland,scheduled for October 8-12,2018.
  3. The Board approved in principle,Fox Creek School participating in the Student Exchange Program to Iceland scheduled from November 3-11,2018.
  4. On September 18, 2018,the NGPS Board met with members of the Lac Anne County council providing opportunity to discuss and provide insight with our stakeholder partner on the challenges of RuralEducation,overview of student enrolment statistics and awareness of the Hour Zero Emergency Preparedness Planning.The meeting was a great opportunity for networking.
  5. The Board was provided a brief by the Director of Transportation on the 2018-2019 school transportation start up.

Oct 2018 school council Principals report

1) Sept 30.2018 enrollment- school makeup.


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2)0JSH financial picture -17/18 and 18/19

1 7/18-Final accounting with Division office

As of Oct 10 , we are still waiting confirmation of final 2017/18 credit count and financial implications for starting the 18/19 school year.

45 credit cap and potential rollback of funding

This roll back of credits for students who achieved greater than 45 credits will be a substantial burden for OJSH. Currently there could be  260 plus  credits rolled back just for us. We have been ingrained to ensure students take full course loads and earn maximum credits.

These programs are being tracked in 1819 - independe[lt studies, band -chamber ensembles,work experience, outdoor ed to ensure students don't go above 45 credits.                 411o.;/b-ed.ii- ·

18/19- staffing pressures and limited lED funding.

We have a large number of students with special needs, lED =Inclusive Ed funding is there, but at a division profile and shared by all NGPS schools. We have to ensure testing is in place for new students if not current . Hlats/ Mlpi/ WJ can be done inhouse . Psych-ed require use of available professionals for testing . We have to provide the service to new students when they start classes after enrolling and program development . This year we are seeing a significant challenge, as we have numerous new to OJSH students  that are quite challenging. Staff are stretched supporting snt needs at present

Technology fee collection - the fee is being collected by the school, but if we don't get 100% compliance (30*528=15840), it will be a charge against the schools 18/19 operation. Typically we have got 70% of fees collected.

OJSH admin and NGPS finance are working to complete the final operations start point for 18/19. There is a severe staffing pressure in the afternoon with very large  integrated complex science/social gr 8 and 9 classes.So between 45 credit cap rollback, and limited tech fee collection, there is not a lot of room to maneuver for extra staffing to support our pressure points.

3) OJSH fundraisinq activities in 18/19 by various groups­

shared document with OJSH staff


Event -item

Date run

Profit to group






Movie Passes


Nov/Dec 2018


$4-5 per ticket package


Norine Levesque






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Wreaths, Tupperware, & The Mixing  tf1q

Spoon ,.3 vch·

October 2018


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Coffee house

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Europe 2019

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Europe 2019

Popcorn machine




Europe 2019

Beef Jerky??



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School council


2018/ 2020


Melanie Fitzgerald


4)Sports  2018-

New- jr flag football/ cross country/ golf

Golf - jr girls banner- Jordyn Muir

Flag football - Gold and Silver in competitive division. Bronze in non competitive

2 tournaments - Sr boys/ Sr girls  tournaments are done . Jr boys/girls coming up Oct 19/20

Thanks to all who have helped out to coach, supervise, cheer on !I! Track/Field access- FINALLY !!! -just  in time for the snow.

5) School Advancement Plan- executive summary presentation

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6)MHCB (MentalHealth Capacity Building)  proposalwith OES -OCT  2018

OES and OJSH, under the support of NGPS Division  put forth a joint MHCB project . Main

focus is an extension of our Webs of Support framework, with an extension to be able to support parents and students with a dedicated cadre of trained staff. There are MHCB projects in NGPS st Whitecourt and Fox Creek schools .

7) Dates for the next month or so

Volunteer  Appreciation and Student Awards  Night- Oct 12- 7pm

Friday Oct 19th/20th- Jr Volleyball Tournament

Saturday October 20 -Wicked Welding competition - Edmonton- Mr Van Camp Monday, October 22- Tuesday, October 23- Camp Nakamun Honors Band- Mrs Anderson

Wed Oct 31 Student Council - Halloween activity- Costumes etc.@  lunch time

Friday Nov 2- School dance  8 to 11

Monday Nov 5 -report  1 marks close off.  '

Wednesday Nov 7 Pti # 2 from 5 to 8 pm

Nov 2018-  OJSH admin present 17/18 results review-@ division office. We will provide a review to School council in QeeeffiBercr.

Teacher Report

Wednesday October 10, 2018

  • Activities on Professional Development Day - Oct. 5 – Teachers took part in a presentation on Quality Learning Environments. We participated in the Collaborative Response Model – discussing putting in supports for various students. We also reviewed and began to work on Instructional Support plans for specific students.
  • Graduation 2019 – we have a smaller Grad class this year. Interviews with grade 12 students are currently taking place to check on students’ credit status, as well as begin to discuss options after high school. Interviews are followed up with phone calls to parents.
  • Our Aspen Collaborative Services team, along with Mrs. Villneff, worked hard last spring to transition students to our school. The ACS team has visited grade 8 classes to gain feedback on how the transition went for students.
  • Oct. 9 we had 2 presentations from the University of Alberta. This is Open House season at all Alberta post-secondary students and students are encouraged to visit these. We will take interested high school students to the NAIT Open House Friday Oct. 12. We took students to the Career Fair in Whitecourt on Friday, September 28.
  • There a numerous presentations being held for all students. CALM students can earn credit for attending. Coming up is a presentation by our SRO, Constable Cherwaty, on Personal Safety. Our Addictions counsellor, Jack Adkins, will also be speaking on issues with drugs and alcohol as well as smoking and vaping.
  • We are sponsoring 3 students to attend Encounters with Canada in Ottawa.

More information about this great opportunity for students, can be found by visiting the website.