New Artwork for The Loft

Here are some cool new murals going up in the Loft at #npss repping our new #grizzly Mascot! Great work by Ms. Ans art class!
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Adjusted Bell Schedule Semester 2 January 29, 2019

The following schedule is for Tuesday, January 29th. All other days will follow our regular schedule.


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

8:48 – 9:10 Homeroom

9:15 – 10:30 Period 1  

10:35 – 11:50 Period 2   

11:50 – 12:45 ************* Lunch *************

12:50 –   2:00 Period 3     

2:05 –   3:16 Period 4     

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Health Canada and Vaping

NPSS is seeking parental assistance surrounding the use of e-cigarette and vape products with our students. Similar to nicotine use, these products are not permitted on campus during the school day. Please have a conversation with your son and/or daughter to ensure that these products are not being brought to school. For information purposes, we have shared an information piece from Health Canada about the risks involved with vaping (National |

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Schedule for the Week of January 21-25 (Long Blocks & Provincial Exams) – UPDATED Tuesday, Jan. 22nd

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

Please note that the previous message had presented two days for the Numeracy Assessment. At this time, ALL Numeracy Assessments will take place on Thursday.

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

Grade 10 & 11 Numeracy Assessment

12:00 – 12:30 Lunch

12:30 –   3:16 FRAL 12 Numeracy Assessment

Grade 12 Numeracy Assessment

Friday, January 25, 2019

8:30 – 12:00 Communications 12

12:00 – 12:30 Lunch

12:30 –   3:16 FRAL 12

Those students who requested to write the Numeracy Assessment have been registered for their writing sessions as listed above. Those students who did not respond to the email, phone messages, or daily announcements were not registered to write the Numeracy Assessment. All students will have an opportunity to write it again in June, and those students in Grade 10 and 11 will also have opportunities to write it next year.

NOTE: Students can find out the location for their exams by referring to the lists posted outside of the library (level 1) as well as across from the garden (level 2).

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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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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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Fundraising activities at NPSS

Connal Cameron is hoping the tree will be filled with donations – new socks and mittens to hang on the tree, and food and winter clothing under the tree.

As Christmas continues to approach, the Senior Alternate program has decided to sponsor a family for Christmas through the Phoenix Club. Additionally, we are also raising funds so we can purchase new socks, winter gear, and hygiene products for the service users of the Salvation Army shelter. We’re hoping that the rest of the school and their families might want to join in our efforts. Although we are asking the community for donations, we are also putting forth efforts to raise funds on our own as well. Some of the projects we are doing are:

  • Candy Grams – Dec 4. We will have candy gram sales on Dec 4 and they will be delivered on the 18th
  • A Bake/Craft Sale – Dec 11- we will have a table set-up outside of the cafeteria with a wide variety of baked goods, Christmas crafts, and hot chocolate for sale. Prices will vary.
  • Bottle Drive, Dec 6  Bring in all your recyclables to Senior Alt and we will sort it all and recycle it for you.
  • Candy Guess, goes until Dec 14 Tickets will be for sale for $1 per guess.
  • NHL Competition – Dec 13 Join us in the Senior Alt room (104). Come show off your skills and compete for a prize ($5 entry fee)
  • Soup/Chilli and Bannock sale – Dec 12 We will have a table set up in front of the cafeteria selling Soup/Chili and bannock so come on down and get some! ($5 a bowl and a piece of bannock).
  • Photo Booth with Santa – Dec 12. The Senior Alt have created a photo booth with Santa to give the opportunity for students to take Photos with Santa.
  • Coin/ Clothing/ Food/ Dock Drive – goes until Dec 14. Help us support the Salvation Army shelter. We are collecting socks , winter gear, food and coins beside the office we have placed a Christmas tree in hopes that it will be decorated with new socks and mitts. So bring some in and help us out.

We are hoping to encourage everyone to participate in some of the festivities that Senior Alt is planning to offer. Come Support our Community! ~ Calvin Paige

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