Schedule for the Week of January 21-25 (Long Blocks & Provincial Exams)

With Semester 1 coming to a close, we wanted to present the schedule for the week of January 21-25 for parent/student reference.

Reminder that January 25th is a Non-Instructional Day as well, and that there will not be any buses running on that day. Students with exams scheduled will be required to find their own transportation to the school to write their exams.L

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

8:44 ********** Warning Bell ************

8:48   – 11:33 Long Block ~ Period 1

11:33 –  12:27 Lunch

12:31 –   3:16 Long Block ~ Period 3

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

8:44 ********** Warning Bell ************

8:48   – 11:33 Long Block ~ Period 2

11:33 –  12:27 Lunch

12:31 –   3:16 Long Block ~ Period 4

Thursday, January 24, 2019

8:30 – 12:00 English 12

Numeracy 10

12:00 – 12:30 Lunch

12:30 –   3:16 Numeracy 12 (Last name: Abbott – Kibret)

Friday, January 25, 2019

8:30 – 12:00 Communications 12

Numeracy 11

12:00 – 12:30 Lunch

12:30 –   3:16 FRAL 12

Numeracy 12 (Last name: Kim – Zwaryk)

****As we are still waiting for Grade 11 and 12 students to register to take the Numeracy Assessment, at this time, we are unable to confirm the dates for the Grade 11 and 12 sessions. Notification will be sent to parents on Tuesday, January 22, 2019 if these changes are required.  Please plan for the exam dates as listed above in the meantime

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January Numeracy Assessment Writing Session

Each NPSS student has three (3) opportunities to write this mandatory assessment prior to graduation. The numeracy assessment score will appear on the student’s transcript and will be viewable by post-secondary institutions. Be aware that some institutes are also using this score as part of their acceptance review process.

Any grade 10 or 11 students currently enrolled in a mathematics course at NPSS this semester have been pre-registered to write the assessment during the January Exam Session (24th & 25th). As well, all grade 12’s were pre-registered.  Each subsequent assessment offering, of the three allowed, provides the student with an opportunity to improve their score. If students elect not to rewrite an assessment they are pre-registered for, their transcript will only indicate the score received on their first attempt.  If they elect to rewrite the assessment and score a higher mark, the higher mark will be indicated on their final transcript.

Provided below are a number of weblinks to the Ministry documents regarding this assessment and the graduation assessment programme in general. Please feel free to view the attached information and to contact the office with any questions or concerns that you might have.


Provincial Assessment Website

Graduation Numeracy Assessment Sample Assessment

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NPSS Grizzlies Update: January 14

NPSS Grizzlies basketball teams were back in action this weekend after a well deserved break over the holidays. The Senior teams were in Grande Prairie for the Pow Wow tournament hosted by GP Comp and the Junior teams were in Fort Nelson for an exhibition tournament. 

Senior Girls started off strong with a 55-20 win over LaCrete JV on Friday night. On Saturday, they had a tight 55-51 win over Glenmary, which put them in the finals against PWA. The girls stepped up big offensively and defensively during the championship game and battled to a 53-37 win. Team captain Alexis Ziebart was chosen as the tournament MVP while Maria Giesbrecht was selected as a tournament All-Star. Congrats ladies!

Senior Boys started with an 81-56 win over High Level on Friday night. On Saturday, they lost 92-82 to host team GP Comp, which put them against PWA to play for 3rd. With a competitive mindset, and lead by clutch performances from Liam Peterson, Mason Miranda and Michael McDermott, the boys took the win 84-77 to finish the weekend in 3rd place. Michael McDermott was named tournament All-Star. Congrats boys!

Junior Girls went undefeated in their first tournament of the season, with wins over Fort Nelson Senior Huskies and Chetwynd. The tournament provided a great opportunity for the team to put what they’ve been working on in practice into action. The girls were lead by strong offensive performances from Bella Ziebart and Mykenzie Beech, while Jenna “Muscles” Miranda lead the team on defensive boards. The girls play at home this weekend in the Bert Bowes New Years Classic, with their first game at 4:30pm on Friday at Bowes. 

Junior Boys went undefeated in Fort Nelson against Fort Nelson Senior Huskies and their Alumni team. The Grizzlies had a slow start in their first game until Colton “Teddy Graham” Dyck got the things turned around before the end of the first half with some big threes to take a narrow lead at the half. The third quarter saw the bench keep the game close with some bigminutes from George “Waluigi” Yanev, Tanner “The Muscle” Scriven and James “Mr.Nice Guy” Troyer. Finally the Grizzlies were able to push the lead to twenty points inthe fourth quarter thanks to some big minutes from Gryphon “Fish” Talbot. In the second, the Grizzlies had a tough game against a skilled alumni team. Giving up a considerable amount of size in the post against a more mature team the “BigBrothers” Ethan “Big ChungessMiddleton  and Parker “Big Parfait” Nielson battled all night long to grab rebounds and make shots difficult. Albert “The Tour Guide” Eisler and ManjollMangie” Billing played big minutes when called upon to get the “Big Brothers” rest and keep the game close. After being down at the half Ryan“Biggie Smalls” Quigley, and Febriusa “Febreeze” Estavan, made big contributions defensively collapsing the zone and giving the post players support in the paint. Ultimately adjustments from Assistant Coach Gabe “Gonehairless” Gonzales and timely buckets from Triston “Boots” Stockall helped the Grizzlies to come away with a one point win. The boys are in Prince George this coming weekend at DP Todd. 

Up Next: The Senior teams have this weekend off, while the Jr Girls play at home and the Jr Boys head to Prince George. 

Male Athlete of the Week: Gryphon “Fish” Talbot (Gr. 10, Jr Boys). Fish put up some big points when the team needed it the most. Leading by example, he was the driving force behind the offence all weekend. Congrats Fish!

Female Athlete of the Week: Jenna “Muscles” Miranda (Gr. 10, Jr Girls). Muscles’ unrelenting positive attitude, competitive mindset and defensive boards anchored the team throughout all 4 games of the tournament. Congrats Muscles!

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NPSS Lipsync Battle

The student council organized a lipsync battle. Here are the highlights:

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Alternate Bell Schedules for Thursday and Friday

With so much happening in the school this week, we thought to share the bell schedule that we will be using:

Thursday, Dec 20th ~ “Ugly Christmas Sweater” Day!!!

8:44                 ***Warning Bell***

8:48 – 9:51      Period 1

9:56 – 10:57    Period 2

11:02-11:49     ***Lunch***

11:54-12:55      Period 3

1:00 – 2:00      Period 4     

Talent Show – 2 – 3:16amN

Friday, Dec 21st ~ Locker Clean Out / Check Lost and Found!!!

8:44                 ***Warning Bell***

8:48 – 9:16      Period 1

9:21 – 9:49       Period 2

9:54- 10:22      Period 3

10:27 – 10:55   Period 4 

11:00 – 11:25     ***Brunch***

11:25 Students & staff load buses for Trackers Game  
11:45 -2:30 Hockey Game
2:30-3pm Return to NPSS on Buses
Regular Bus Run leaves from NPSS after 3:16 dismissal

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Ugly Christmas Sweater Day – Thursday, Dec. 20th!

On Thursday, Dec. 20th, students and staff are encouraged to get into the spirit of the season by wearing their ugly Christmas sweater to school! Those that do will receive a ticket at the NPSS Spirit Wear table at noon and will have the chance to will some NPSS spirit wear!!!

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NPSS Basketball Update: Dec 17

The Senior Girls Basketball Team was in Edmonton over the weekend competing at the Scona Classic. The girls had a strong weekend, averaging 79 points, 17 defensive boards and 13 steals per game. It was a good learning experience, playing against teams that touch the ball every day. The girls went 2-1, winning against Carpenter and Bev Facey and finishing in 2nd place with a loss to host team Strathcona. Overall, the team played great basketball with contributions from every member of the team and notable performances from Jessie Copes, Maria Giesbrecht, Celine Quigley and Athlete of the Week MacKenzie O’Brien.

Up Next: North Peace is hosting the annual Basketball Alumni Tournament this weekend, starting on Friday at 3:30pm with Jr Girls taking on Sr Girls. Jr and Sr Boys follow at 4:30pm.

Athlete of the Week: MacKenzie O’Brien (Gr. 11, Sr Girls Basketball)
MacKenzie dominated the offensive and defensive boards during the Scona Classic Basketball Classic over the weekend. She averaged 17 points, 7 rebounds and 3 blocks per game. Congrats Kenzie!

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NPSS Fundraising Goals

Sr. Alt has raised over two thousand dollars in our fundraising efforts so far this year.  We have used a portion of this money to purchase food and gifts to sponsor a family at Christmas through Phoenix Volunteers. We were also able to donate extra food and gas cards to help other families through the Christmas Hamper program. We are continuing to fundraise next week with the candy guess and the Donation tree by the office. The coin drive, an event where students in Sr. Alt go to other classrooms to collect spare change from students and staff, will continue. The remainder of the fundraising will go towards purchasing hygiene products and winter gear for the homeless shelter as well as winter gear and miscellaneous items for the Women’s Resource Centre. Please HELP us help our community!

– Connal Cameron

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UNBC Timberwolves sign NPSS student

Congratulations to grade 12 student Kenzie Chilcott, who has officially committed to play soccer at UNBC while studying Civil Engineering. Go Timberwolves!

“Seeing how this team works as a community, and Neil not pushing the culture on anyone. It just happens naturally around him. I am really a community based person, and I love having a culture where everyone is equal.”

The Timberwolves have published an article regarding their new teammate.

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Dec 10 – NPSS Grizzlies Update

It was quite a weekend for Grizzlies Basketball, with Sr Girls taking 1st place and Sr Boys taking 3rd place at the Senior High Basketball Classic in Grande Prairie, and Jr Boys taking 2nd place at Kelly Road in Prince George.

Senior Girls played aggressive defense from the first game all the way to the championship. The girls started flat during the first 2 quarters of the championship game, scoring only 23 points. Led by captains Alexis Ziebart and Claire Turner, they re-grouped and ended the game 61-41. Defense picked up significantly in the 2nd half with 6 blocks from Gr. 11 MacKenzie O’Brien and multiple steals from other players, leading to easy layups by Jordynn McPherson, Jessie Copes and Maria Giesbrecht.

Senior Boys got off to a strong start on Friday with an 89-48 win over GP Comp JV and a 104-31 win over St Patrick High. The boys couldn’t miss their shots, led by Gr. 12 Mason Miranda with 7 3-pointers. On Saturday morning, the Grizzlies went up against a strong team from PWA and while they were able to keep the score tight, they just couldn’t get ahead and lost 56-62. The boys finished the tournament in 3rd place with an 86-67 win over St Joe’s with notable performances from Ethyn Lang and Liam Peterson.

Junior Boys started their season off strong with a second place finish at Kelly Road in Prince George. They got off to a hot start in the first half against DP Todd led by Colton Dyck’s 12 points at the half to hold a 34-3 lead. The boys were able to finish the game strong and start the season with a 59-22 win. In the semi finals against College Heights, the boys started slow, going down 23-8 just two minutes into the second quarter. After a time out, the Grizzlies came out with energy and went on a run to get the game within four points at the half. After the half the team led by Colton Dyck, Gryphon Talbot, and Triston Stockall outplayed College Heights to walk away with the win and set up a final against Charles Hays. The boys fought hard in the finals against a Charles Hays team with a tournament already under their belt. Being outscored 19-3 in the second quarter ultimately left the boys too far back to be able to pull off the upset. After the half, the boys made adjustments that helped them to fight back to make it a 10 point game with four minutes left before Charles Hays ultimately pulled away for the Championship.

Up Next: This weekend, the Senior Girls are away in Edmonton at the Scona Classic and Jr Boys and Girls head to Fort Nelson.

Male Athlete of the Week: Colton Dyck (Gr. 10, Jr Boys Basketball) Colton lead the team in scoring all three games, shooting efficiently and maintaining an excellent work ethic.

Female Athlete of the Week: Alexis Ziebart (Gr. 12, Sr Girls Basketball) As one of the team captains for the Senior Girls Basketball Team, Alexis led the team in defensive rebounding, averaging 6 defensive boards per game. During the championship game, she showed exceptional leadership together with co-captain Claire Turner in rallying the team to victory.

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