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Carnaval d’hiver at École Desrochers

Ècole Desrochers students line up for tug-of-war fun. | Supplied photos Joanne McQuarrie, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter | reporter@fitzhugh.ca In a celebration of French culture, staff at École Desrochers organized the Carnaval d’hiver on March 11. Students and staff enjoyed a variety of games based in French tradition, in celebration of Francophone month, held internationally in March each year, sai ...

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Pink Shirt Day celebrated in Jasper schools

Students at École Jasper Elementary School put their creative hats on to create links with kind words and pictures on them. Later, the links from about 260 students were put together to make chains of kindness that were display around the school to celebrate Pink Shirt Day on Feb. 23. | Supplied photos Joanne McQuarrie, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter | reporter@fitzhugh.ca Pink Shirt Day started in Ca ...

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Winter break extended for K-12 students

Education Minister Adriana LaGrange provided, from Edmonton on Oct. 27, 2021, an update on additional steps being taken to support students during the COVID-19 pandemic. | Chris Schwarz/Government of Alberta photo Peter Shokeir | editor@fitzhugh.ca The Government of Alberta has extended winter break for kindergarten to Grade 12 for an additional week until Jan. 10. School authorities will use the extra time ...

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Meet the newly elected board of trustees

The newly elected board of trustees for the Grande Yellowhead Public School Division. | Supplied photo Grande Yellowhead Public School Division has four new officials following the October General Election. Joining returning Trustees Dale Karpluk (Jasper), Shirley Caputo (Hinton), and Fiona Fowler (Edson), are new Trustees Melodie Bobilek for the Lobstick Zone, Jocelyn Pettitt for Edson, Yvonne Oshanyk for ...

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Jasper trustee acclaimed for GYPSD

Jasper Trustee Dale Karpluk visited Jasper Elementary School with GYPSD Superintendent Carolyn Lewis back in 2019. | File photo Peter Shokeir | editor@fitzhugh.ca Dale Karpluk has been acclaimed as Jasper’s trustee for the Grande Yellowhead Public School Division (GYPSD), according to the unofficial nomination results released Sept. 21. No one else filed a nomination for this electoral subdivision. Karpluk ...

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GYPSD determines re-entry plan for new school year

Ali Howat, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter | reporter@fitzhugh.ca On Aug. 25, the Grande Yellowhead Public School District (GYPSD) board of trustees held their first meeting about the upcoming school year for 2021-2022.  Each of the five trustees came to share their opinions on how to make the re-entry to the school year as safe as possible for all staff and students.  “While the government h ...

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Health guidance released for new school year

Ali Howat, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter | reporter@fitzhugh.ca With the summer weeks dwindling and September right around the corner, parents are beginning to get an idea of what school will look like this year. Last year, students and teachers went through an abnormal school year due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.  This included having to close schools, transfer to online learning and go ba ...

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Council spending $24,000 on child-care strategy

Ali Howat, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter | reporter@fitzhugh.ca On Aug. 3, municipal council came together to discuss and make decisions on the WYRWMA Governance plan, the CUPE Local 1458 collective agreement and the community child-care strategy. Community child-care strategy Council decided to spend funds from the COVID relief reserve on a child-care strategy. The first motion was that council appr ...

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Council considers developing child-care strategy

Ali Howat, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter | reporter@fitzhugh.ca Jasper Municipal Council may opt to use $24,000 from the COVID relief reserve to develop a child-care strategy. The strategy would examine the current role of the municipality in the provision of child care, identify gaps in child care within Jasper compared to the other communities and look at the potential approval of family day homes. ...

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Kidvertising: Check out what the students drew!

Check out what the students drew up! The Jasper Fitzhugh recently worked with École Jasper Elementary School on an advertising project. Students from each class were given the opportunity to design their own ads for their favourite local businesses. Our of more than 90 submissions, the school has selected four to run in print (see above) at no charge. Physical copies of the student advertisements will be gi ...

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