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What You Need to Know for the 2018-19 School Year

We hope your summer is going well. It’s time to prepare for back to school, and Fort McMurray Public School District (FMPSD) is excited for a fantastic 2018-19 academic year. Classes resume on Tuesday, September 4 for K-12, and on Monday, September 10 for ECDP. Here’s our annual update of important changes you need to know.

École McTavish High School and Westwood Community High School are now home to grades 7-12. Westwood Community High School is designated as the Advanced Placement courses site, and École McTavish is the primary location for the PEAK athletic program as well as the French Immersion site for secondary students in the District. In addition, Fort McMurray Islamic School now houses junior high grades.

McTavish construction will see fantastic new additions. Principal Scott Barr elaborates:

“There is quite a bit of excitement building up as we get ready to move into the high school side of École McTavish. The growth will offer our students and staff many new ways to engage as 21st century learners. We will have a wide range of new facilities that are exciting additions to our current school. From a state-of-the-art learning commons for students to “recharge” both personally and electronically, a Culinary Arts room, Robotics lab, Virtual and Augmented Reality suites, Cosmetology room, Video Animation suite with its own TV Studio, to our new Recording Studio for our music options, we will truly be giving students some of the very best opportunities to learn in our province.”

Fort McMurray Composite High modernization is on its way to completion as well, and looking great with updated Career and Technology suites, classrooms, gymnasiums, Reception/Administration area. Students will notice and enjoy the added gathering places, sunlight and modern architecture.

“We can’t wait to show you Composite’s amazing facelift and updates to Cosmetology, Culinary Studies, Music Production, Fine Arts, and Fashion Studies, to name a few. The school has seen the growth and application of new technologies as both a means of technical education as well as assisting learning in all other disciplines,” shares Dan Tulk, Composite’s incoming new principal.

On the elementary side, KEEP - Kindergarten Expanded Education Program is our exciting offering for the new academic year. It will bring expanded Kindergarten to Westview Public School, Thickwood Heights School, Timberlea Public School, Beacon Hill Public School, and Dave McNeilly Public School.

Fresh on the heels of continuous growth in our Early Childhood Development Program (ECDP) and Kindergarten, this is welcome news for parents/guardians across the region. Currently, FMPSD has over 40% of its population in ECDP through grade three and this percentage speaks to the health of the programs. Our ECDP and Kindergarten registrations have seen an increase for this fall.

KEEP will have a maximum charge of $200 per month. It is designed for students residing in the attendance area of the identified school, and will supplement the existing half-day Kindergarten programs in all elementary schools. A review of KEEP’s feasibility and benefits will occur in the Spring of 2019.

Kindercare (half-day child care for the remaining hours of the school day), as well as before and after school care, are already in place at Beacon Hill, Christina Gordon, Thickwood Heights, Westview, École Dickinsfield, Fort McMurray Christian School, and Timberlea Public. In addition, before and after school care will be offered at Dave McNeilly Public School this fall.

Dr. Clark’s successful and existing full day Kindergarten program as well as before and after school care onsite will remain in place. Additional options for Kindercare are in the works for Walter and Gladys Hill Public School.

Doug Nicholls, Superintendent, FMSPD is thrilled with the line-up for 2018-19. He notes:

“We are delighted to offer our students and parents even more opportunities for the 2018-19 school year. I would encourage students and parents to speak to their principals for more details about the new initiatives and the expanding programs. This fall promises to be the start of an incredibly exciting new academic year for our schools and the community.”

Register here for any of our 16 schools.