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

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

School Council starting at 7 pm

  • 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

March 25

April 29

May 27

June 10

Onoway Jr. Sr. High School Council Meeting Agenda  March 13, 2019

  1. Call To Order
  2. Introductions
  3. Additions/Deletions To The Agenda
  1. Adoption Of The Agenda
  2. Approval Of Minutes
  3. Trustee Report
  • No Trustee
  1. Principal’s Report
  • Vaping/Other Student Issues
  • Attendance Behavior
  • Report Card 3 And PTI
  • Presentations For Students
  • Sports
  • Planning For 2019/2020 School Year
  1. Teacher Rep Report
  2. Athletics
  1. Old Business
  • Vaping Presentation April 10, 2019 at 7 pm
  1. New Business
  1. Treasurer’s Report
  2. Next Meeting
  • April 10, 2019 at 6:30 pm
  1. Adjournment

Onoway Parent Educative Association Society Meeting February 20, 2019

  • Meeting called to order at 6:50 pm by Melanie Fitzgerald

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

            Bonnie Sandsbraaten, Ann Roberts, Mr. Lobo

  • A motion was made to approve agenda as published. First Ann Roberts, Seconded by Samantha Grantham, all in favor.
  • A motion was made to approve the minutes as published January 9, 2019. First Ann Roberts and Seconded by Melanie Fitzgerald.
  • Casino Representative – Casino report was finished and sent in.           
  • Old Business

            - Insurance – tabled until next meeting

  • New Business

            - Election of Treasurer – Motion was made for nomination for

            Treasurer.  Samantha Grantham Nominated Ann Roberts for treasurer, 

            Bonnie Sandsbraaten seconded.  Ann Roberts accepted nomination. All

            in favor.

            - Tattoos – tabled till next meeting

  • Treasurer’s Report -  

            - no report as there is no treasurer.

  • Meeting adjourned at 6:55 pm by a motion from Ann Roberts and seconded

by Melanie Fitzgerald           

* Next meeting will be May 8, 2019

Onoway Jr./Sr. High School School Council Meeting February 20, 2019

Meeting called to order at 7:00 pm by Melanie Fitzgerald

            In attendance were the following:

            Melanie Fitzgerald                 Christine Peck            Lisa Dundas                 

            John Lobo                               Ann Roberts               Samantha Grantham

            Irene Wilkinson                     Nancy Arlinghaus      Bonnie Sandsbraaten

  • Introductions were made
  • A motion was made to adopt the agenda as by Irene Wilkinson and seconded by Ann Roberts.  All in favor.
  • Motion was made to approve the minutes as published, by Bonnie Sandsbraaten and seconded by Melanie Fitzgerald. All in favor.
  • Trustee Report - given by Christine Peck – see attached
  • Principals Report – given by John Lobo - see attached
  • Teachers Rep Report – given by Lisa Dundas – see attached
  • Old Business – Melanie Fitzgerald contacted the Onoway Legion about dotation. She was told we have follow our casino mandate and use up our casino funds before Legion can donate their casino money.
  • New Business – Election for Treasurer: Motion was made by Melanie Fitzgerald for election on Treaserer, Samantha Grantham nominated Ann Roberts, Bonnie Sandsbraaten seconded, Ann Roberts accepted, all in favor.

            -Vaping Presentation April 10, 2019 at 7 pm:  Melanie Fitzgerald will invite

            feeder schools to this event. School Council meeting will start at 6:30 that

            evening so it is done before the presentation starts.

  • Treasurer’s Report – no action to report
  • A motion to adjourn the meeting was made Ann Roberts and seconded by Irene Wilkinson.  All in favor

            Next meeting is March 13, 2019 at 7:00 pm

 Trustee Report- Prepared by Christine Peck

OJSH Trustee Report Feb 20, 2019

Meeting Jan. 15, 2019

  • Oath of Office: Welcome Christine Peck as trustee representing Onoway and area Ward

1, Subdivision 1

  • NGPS class size report: NO CONCERN AT PRESENT.

○ Meeting guidelines for all subjects and all students across Division, with exception of K-3 where smaller schools combine classes for non-core subjects

  • NGPS Boundary adjustment: a request to adjust boundaries on lands in the Whitecourt

& Fox Creek area originally belonging to Northland School Division was reviewed and granted by the Minister.

  • PSBAA campaign “Together or Students” information can be found at or via Facebook and Twitter

Meeting Jan 29, 2019

  • Informal meet with local UPC Candidate Shane Gettson
  • Transportation report: March 1st provincial regulations change for licensing bus drivers may result in driver shortages due to increased cost of training (53 hrs./ driver), drivers passing stopped buses huge problem across country.
  • School Calendars: After Labour Day, Spring Break vs. Easter Break
  • Remembrance Day: Language change in policy to aid scheduling of numerous ceremonies within 1 community
  • Mental Health Capacity Program: Onoway has been approved

Meeting Feb. 12, 2019

  • Technology Report: Schools are switching to Chrome Cast using Google Classroom and 75” TV when Smart Boards age out, Evergreen Program funded $30/ student by parents and $108 by NGPS
  • COLD WEATHER resulting in bus cancellations, SAFETY FIRST!!
  • 45 credit cap: What can we do as division to ensure best education yet not lose money, contrary to the provincial education mandate. *UPDATE* Minister has reversed the 45 credit cap

Trustee School Tours

  • Started Feb. 14, visited 6 schools so far: Mayerthorpe High School, Elmer Elson Elementary School, Sangudo Community School, OES, OJSH, Rich Valley School
  • 2 days in March, 2 days in April

Principals Report February 2019 prepared by John Lobo

OJSH school council

1- Results Review – Nov 2018

Quick review of what OJSH admin presented to NGPS board in Nov 2018. Results of the

2017/18 school year – Power point presentation shared with OJSH school council

2- Staffing – leaves/hire EA/ student teachers/ student ea

Kyle VanCamp leave – right now till March 1

Bridgitte Coninx – ea hire half time (pm) sem 2

Connie McNiece – (Art) and Shelby Baker (Math/Chemistry) UofA 4th   yr education student teachers till easter – April 18

Jamie Brochu – ea student – Reddeer college till end of March

3- AB Ed Accountability Pillar satisfaction survey – Gr 10 students/parents All current enrolled gr 10 students at OJSH completed the survey this week. Staff have their login to complete.

Encourage all parents of gr 10 students to complete

4- Board Tour – Feb 15 – fine arts/travel opportunities for students.

5- Student Activities – Feb/March/April 2019

Band camp – gr 8/9 – rescheduled from first week of Feb to Feb 20-22

Music festival – March 14

Basketball – lots of cancellations due to weather conditions – bus cancellations. Badminton is next up sport.

Europe trip – Monday April 15 – Sunday April 28 – miss 4 days of classes A15-A18

6- Planning for 19/20 school year

Loss of CIF grant from 2018/19 – so down $55,000

Expect to have a few more students (up 12 students) 18/19 = 520/20  19/20 = 532/10

45 credit cap has been dropped, and rollback has been returned for 18/19

New working 19/20 budget will be open by early March.

Student course selection will take after easter – right after sem 2 first report comes out. Once classes selected, timetable is developed.

Gr 12 class in more academic in 19/20 than 18/19, so more sections of academic course may be needed to be scheduled.  New course Sci 20 and Sci 30 may be scheduled in class Gr 8- 4 or 5 classes and 1 k/e class and Gr 9 -4 or 5 classes and 1 k/e class

7- Attendance/Late policy Feb 2019

Formal policy as this is becoming an issue.

I shared this document with School Council.  Please share any feedback with Melanie by

Wednesday February 27.

Student will get an opportunity to share feedback with administration by Feb 27 as well.

Teacher Report

February 20, 2018

  1. L. Dundas

Dietician from Alberta Heath Services spoke to a grade 9 Foods class and to the outreach today about meal planning

Females Inc. – facilitated by 2 former students is up and running at noon every second Tuesday

The Speech Language Pathologist is offering high school students small group assistance with reading comprehension over the lunch hour – first session is March 6.  Students can sign up through their English teacher or speak to one of the counsellors.  The Occupational Therapist is planning on going in to Jr. High Science classes in the spring to work on study strategies.

Yellowhead Tribal College will be visiting the school Feb. 28

Learning Clicks will be working with the grade 9 classes March 11 and 12. Their presentation will start the students thinking about their future and will begin the career planning unit in Health

Mrs. Villneff and some other staff are helping Grama Pat from our cafeteria provide dinner at the Legion Friday night – as a way of increasing our community involvement.  May continue this in the future with Foods and other students assisting.