Due To Severe Allergies NPSS is a PEPPER FREE Zone

North Peace Secondary is a Pepper Free Zone
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Semester Two Opportunity – Trades Sampler

There are a couple of spots available in the Trades Sampler program through Dual Credit for next semester at NLC.

If any students are interested they can contact:

Sharon Hoecherl, Dual Credit Coordinator, North Peace Secondary School Phone (250)785-4429 Ext. 333 E-Mail:  shoecherl@prn.bc.ca

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NPSS Presents: Grease

NPSS Presents Grease! Opening night was Friday, Nov 30. There are a few tickets left for their remaining 3 shows on December 5, 6, and 7 at the North Peace Cultural Centre. Get yours before they’re sold out! #talent #musical #fun #grease #danny #sandy #rizzo #yxj

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It’s Grizzly Season! December 3 Sports Update

Our Senior Girls Volleyball team was in Vancouver last week competing at the AAAA Provincial Championships. The Grizzlies started off with tough pool play matches against Claremont (#10 , Kelowna (#1) and Seaquam (#11). As this was the first time at Provincials for a majority of the team, the girls got off to a shaky start. They did, however, play some excellent volleyball against Kelowna, challenging them and earning hard fought for points. After finishing 4th in their pool, the Grizzlies took on Elgin Park (#6). It was a hard fought match, with solid contributions from all of the girls. Middles did a great job closing blocks, which was something they worked on a lot this year, and they had little to no communication errors. After losing in 2 to Elgin Park, the Grizzlies finished the tournament off with a win against the Mount Boucherie Bears. After losing the first set 25-21, the girls were not disheartened. They were fired up and ready to work a little longer to reach their goal. After being down in the second set 21-24, captain Brynn Shaw served the girls home, winning 26-24 and forcing that 3rd set. They fought for every point and were ultimately successful after Maddie Gray had the last point and kill to win the match. Huge congrats to the Grizzlies, especially Grade 12s Brynn Shaw, Megan Salinas, Heather Chmelyk and MacKenzie O’Brien!

This weekend saw the opening tournament for the Senior Boys, Senior Girls and Junior Boys Basketball teams. The Senior Boys started off against the Dawson Creek Junior Boys, which provided the boys with a great opportunity to practice their team concepts. The Grizzlies came out with a lot of energy and all 12 of the boys got significant minutes. After winning their second game 89-73 against the CCS Eagles (with 27 points and 13 rebounds from Grade 12 Tristan Soychuck!), the Grizzlies went into the finals against the hometown DCSS Penguins. The game was close the entire way, as the Grizzlies maintained a minor lead throughout; until the third quarter. With some key players in foul trouble, the Grizzlies had to rely on the rest of the team to finish out the game. They all showed great determination and made big plays at the end, especially Grade 11 Tatum Salinas. Standing at roughly 6’ he was matched up against their 6’8 big man. His hustle on both ends of the court, combined with two last minute free throws sealed the game for the Grizzlies with a final score of 81-72. Congrats boys! 

The Senior Girls started off strong in Dawson with their first win of the season against Grande Prairie on Friday. On Saturday morning, the girls battled hard in a close game against Sexsmith where they fell just short of a win. Right after their game finished, they went to play against Dawson Creek for 3rd/4th. The girls pulled together and won, taking 3rd place in the tournament. Special shout out to Grade 12 Kaylie Willeboordse, who demonstrated exceptional work ethic, leadership and positivity amongst her teammates. 

In their first game of the tournament, the Junior Boys lost to the eventual second place finisher, DCSS, with a score of 57 – 83. In the second game, the Grizzlies played the Sexsmith Sr team, beating Sexsmith 71 – 50. This led to a showdown for 5th/6th place against a more mature Senior team from Beaverlodge. The Grizzlies relied on strong defensive plays both in rebounding, steals and help defense to beat Beaverlodge 67- 58, locking up a 5th place finish. Having had only 4 practices and a new group of boys, the junior team gelled just in time to come up with an impressive effort for their first tournament! Congrats boys!

Up Next: The Junior Boys are set for the second tournament of the season this weekend in Tumbler Ridge. Good luck boys! 

Athlete of the Week: Hannah Gould (Gr. 11, Sr Girls Volleyball) Hannah played exceptionally well in every game at Provincials. She has learned a lot in defence this season and it showed, as she continued to transition correctly and read the attackers. Not only was her digging excellent against big swingers, she was dominant in serve receive as well which allowed the girls to try and run some offence! Congrats Hannah!

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It’s Grizzly Season!

It’s Grizzly Season: Our senior boys soccer team had a great showing this past weekend at the AAA Provincial Championships in Vancouver. The boys finished 15th with a record of 1-1-3. 
Our senior girls volleyball team is off to Provincials on Wednesday. Their first game is on Thursday at 8:30AM. 
Basketball season is in full swing. The Senior Boys, Senior Girls and Junior Boys are in Dawson Creek for the first tournament on Friday and Saturday this week. Good luck Grizzlies! 

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Early Dismissal Days & Parent-Teacher Interviews

There is an alternate bell schedule for Wednesday, November 27 and Thursday, November 28. The early dismissal days are to accommodate the parent-teacher interviews happening on these afternoons. If you would like to meet with teachers on these days, please contact the office at 250-785-4429 or though email npss.attendance@prn.bc.ca

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Sports Update November 12 – Basketball and Wrestling Tryouts

The Junior Girls volleyball team is set to play the Senior Girls at 5:30PM on Wednesday. This will be the Junior Girls last game of the season. Come out and support the teams!

Basketball season is just about underway with tryouts starting up on Tuesday this week. The tryout schedule this week is:

Jr Girls Basketball (Coach: Samantha Stackhouse)
Nov 12th: 3:30-5:30PM
Nov 14th: 3:30-5:30PM

Jr Boys Basketball (Coach: Eugene Concepion)
Nov 12th: 5:30-7:30PM
Nov 13th: 5:30-7:30PM

Senior Girls Basketball (Coach: Jaclyn McNicol)
Nov 13th: 3:30-5:30PM
Nov 14th: 3:30-5:30PM

Senior Boys Basketball (Coaches: Gabe Gonzales, Ryan Galay)
Nov 12th: 3:30-5:30PM
Nov 14th: 5:30-7:30PM

Wrestling (Coaches: Josh Cullen, Ian Forbes)
Nov 12th: 7:00-8:00AM
Nov 13th: 4:00-5:00PM
Nov 14th: 7:00-8:00AM

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Remembrance Ceremony at NPSS

The NPSS student council organized the Remembrance Day ceremony at NPSS this year. The Cadets, NPSS band, Choice Choir, and guests retired corporal Tracy Tompkins and RCMP Constable Cullen all participated in the ceremony. 

The Royal Canadian Legion will be hosting the annual community service and parade on Monday, November 11, starting at 10:00.

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It’s Grizzly Season!

The Junior Girls Volleyball team competed at home over the weekend in the Peace River Regional tournament. Hosted at North Peace, the girls got a rare opportunity to play in front of a home crowd. The Grizzlies started off strong with a solid win over Dr Kearney, before losing in 2 to a strong Dawson Creek team and then winning against Bert Bowes. To finish off pool play on Saturday morning the girls won against Chetwynd, which put them up against Dr Kearney in the semi final. The Cougars came out swinging, but the Grizzlies dug in and pulled off another win to set up a rematch against Dawson Creek in the final. Dawson Creek came out strong, winning in two to take first place. The Grizzlies finished in second, with Dr Kearney in 3rd, Bert Bowes in 4th and Chetwynd in 5th. Huge shoutout to Avery Hucker, who was named Tournament MVP. Dawson Creek and North Peace are off to the Zone Championships in Prince George this coming weekend. 

Senior Girls Volleyball was in Prince George over the weekend competing at Duchess Park in their last tournament before they head to Provincials at the end of the month. The Grizzlies had a strong tournament with a couple of solid wins, finishing in 7th place. 

Jordynn McPherson, Tristan Hynes, Carter Collins and Kane Schreiner represented North Peace at the BC High School Cross Country Championships in Abbotsford on Saturday. All four athletes ran well, with Kane finishing 28th out of 279 runners in the Junior Boys division!

Athlete of the Week: Avery Hucker (Gr. 10, Junior Girls Volleyball) – Avery anchored the girls volleyball team over the weekend with solid playing, consistent positive attitude and strong leadership both on and off the court. Congrats Avery on Tournament MVP! 

Up Next: Senior Boys Volleyball head to Peace River on Friday for their last tournament of the season, while Junior Girls Volleyball head to Prince George for Zones. Good luck Grizzlies!

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Foods & Nutrition 10

Ms. Paakkonen’s Grade 10 class has been cooking up a storm! Last week they learned how to make homemade pasta, and yesterday they baked cakes.

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Numeracy and Literacy Assessment

The Grade 10 Graduation Numeracy Assessment (GNA 10) is a provincial assessment that assesses student proficiency in numeracy. It is a graduation requirement that students will take in their Grade 10 year. For more details about GNA 10, download this parent brochure pdf.

The Grade 10 Graduation Literacy Assessment (GLA 10) assesses students’ ability to use critical thinking and analysis to make meaning from a diverse array of texts. It also assesses the ability of students to communicate their ideas. GLA 10 is not based on a particular course but on learning across multiple subjects, from kindergarten to Grade 10.

Both of these assessments are requirements in order to graduate. Students do not receive course credits for these assessments, and their marks do not affect their GPA. Students will have 3 opportunities to write these assessments. The next assessment days will be in January. 

NPSS is running an alternate schedule on Monday and Tuesday of this week (November 4 & 5) to accommodate the Numeracy and Literacy assessments. The Grade 10 Numeracy Assessment is being written in the students’ grade 10 math block, and the Literacy assessment will be in their grade 10 English block. If a grade 10 student is not enrolled in either class this semester, they’ll be writing their assessment next semester, in the long block days in April. Students are expected to attend their other classes as scheduled.

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