Opening packages were mailed to all returning students on Thursday, 26 August. Packages for all new students will be mailed by end of day on Monday, 30 August. Please take the time to review the various enclosures in the mailing and reflect on how we can work together to serve our school mission of forming men of faith and service: Men for Others. If your son has not received his mailing by Thursday, 2 September, please contact the school, (204) 831-2300 or email@example.com,
2021–2022 Back to School Overview for Parents and Students
Click the cover image below to view/download St. Paul's High School's Back to School Plan for this school year. This plan will also be emailed to all families via SchoolMessenger.
St. Paul’s High School is returning to in-person, full- time learning as per Manitoba Education’s “Restoring Safe Schools: Planning Guide for 2021– 2022 School Year."
Our plan reflects our priorities of providing a safe learning environment for all, maximizing in-person learning, and returning to regular practices, procedures, and routines, to the greatest extent possible, according to Public Health orders and recommendations. St. Paul's will continue to evaluate our practices and procedures and will adapt according to any new Public Health orders and recommendations issued throughout the school year.
Save the Date: Grade 9 Parent Virtual Orientation, Sept. 16th
St. Paul's High School will be offering a virtual orientation for Grade 9 parents at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, 16 September. Our expectation is that one parent from each household will attend this virtual event. More details to come.
Dress Code II (Warm Weather Dress Code) will be in effect on Monday, 13 September.
Dress Code II (Warm Weather Dress Code)
Opening Week of School
Thursday, 9 September: Grade-level Assemblies and Textbook Distribution
Dress Code: Casual, Location: MultiPlex
Students should bring a backpack (book bag), pen, mask, and any textbooks that were not returned last June.
Friday, 10 September: Grade 9 & New Grade 10 Orientation and Textbook Distribution
If your son is in grade nine or is a new grade ten student, please refer to the letter from Mr. Tyler Kelsch in the August mailing for orientation details.
Monday, 13 September, 8:30 a.m.: Regular Classes for All Students
Bell Schedules and School Calendars
We use a variety of schedules throughout the school year for different school events. Schedule I is our regular daily bell schedule and is in effect unless otherwise indicated on the school calendar. Click below to view/download the Bell Schedules, Monthly, and Annual School Calendars. These items were also included in the Back to School Plan with printed copies of the calendars included in the August mailing.
The PowerSchool Portal is available to allow parents/guardians/students to view their son's attendance records, current grades, and details of past and future assessments. The Portal is available throughout the school year except the days leading up to Progress Reports in November and April and during the two exam periods in January and June. We encourage parents/guardians/students to use the Portal as a tool to monitor progress, set goals, and stay on top of deadlines. Teachers have been encouraged to keep a current Gradebook and to publish students' results and dates of major assessments in a timely manner.
The Portal is viewable using any web browser on a desktop/laptop computer or mobile device. PowerSchool provides a specialized App to allow access to the Portal on mobile devices. The advantage of the PowerSchool App is the calendar feature that gives a complete listing of your son's assignments using a calendar view. Links to download the App are included below. After downloading the App on your mobile device, you will need to enter the District Code: PBXQ to access the Portal for St. Paul's High School.
PowerSchool Mobile App
Parents of new students will receive information in their mailing with a User ID, temporary password, and instructions for accessing your PowerSchool account.
Returning parents already have active PowerSchool accounts. Please contact Kevin Sterner if you require assistance accessing your account.
Communication is a vital part of building trust and the quality of relationships necessary to form the kind of learning community we strive to build at St. Paul’s. One of the most vital communication links is the one between home and school. That is, with what is best for your son in mind, it is important there is open and honest dialogue between home and school. Please feel free to contact the St. Paul’s staff should you have questions, or likewise, any concerns. The school website, online community and this news blog contain important information that may answer some of your questions as well. All staff have voicemail, email, and online community accounts and check them daily during the week.
Parents wishing to speak with a staff member should call the school's main phone, (204) 831-2300, and follow the recorded instructions to leave a message. Staff members' email addresses are accessible via the PowerSchool Portal or parents can send messages via the Messaging Module in the Online Community. In general, parents can expect a reply within 24 hours of making an enquiry. If after several tries you have not received a reply to a message please feel free to contact the Principal as voice-mail or email messages sometimes get lost in the system and we do not want to miss your call or email message.
The following guidelines will help you when contacting St. Paul’s High School staff.
TEXTBOOK CAUTION FEE
Textbooks are provided to students at the beginning of the school year and must be returned to the school at the end of the school year. In order to encourage students to take care of these textbooks, a fee of $100 has been established. At the end of each school year, the books that the students have used will be examined and deductions from the caution fee made for any missing or unduly damaged texts.
At the beginning of the following school year, students are required to “top up” the fund to the level set by the school. Upon graduation, or upon leaving the school, a student’s textbook caution fee (or whatever remains of it) is returned. "Top up" notices will be included in the school's August mailing where applicable. Students may still return books from last school year to clear outstanding debts. The final opportunity for students to return books from last year will occur during textbook distribution on Thursday, 9 September.
Student timetables were included in the August school mailing. Course changes will be available during the opening days of school. Students may request course changes through their counsellors until Monday, 27 September. There is another course change deadline in February for second semester courses.
The procedure for requesting course changes is as follows:
Access to the main body of the school is available from 7:30 a.m. The school closes at 5:00 p.m., except for supervised activities. While students are permitted in the building during these extended hours (7:30–8:25 a.m. and 3:15–5:00 p.m.), direct supervision is not provided. The school day begins at 8:25 a.m. with a warning bell for period 1 and ends at 3:15 p.m. Please note that Period 1 begins at 8:30 a.m. There is a 50 minute lunch break on regular school days. Food services are available in the Cafeteria throughout the school day.
PICKING UP / DROPPING OFF
Students are to be dropped off or picked up at either the Student Parking Lot off of Bower Boulevard or the MultiPlex Parking Lot off Holland Boulevard. In both cases please enter the parking lot and then loop through the entire lot one way to ensure the orderly flow of traffic and reduce the risk of an accident.
Please do not stop in the middle of the lane, but instead, pull forward as much as possible, stop briefly to allow your son to exit your vehicle, and then exit safely.
If you are exiting the Main Student Parking Lot via Bower Boulevard please remember it is a right turn only. The Winnipeg Police Service will ticket drivers who turn left in violation of the right turn only signage. Alternatively, students can be dropped off on Laidlaw and then walk across Grant at the crosswalk. Please remind your son to be careful using the crosswalk.
We would like to discourage drop-off and pick up on Holland Boulevard. Please do not drive into the Faculty parking area off Holland or into the front entrance parking loop off Grant. We have determined that it is unsafe for students to be dropped off in these areas of the school property. Our community neighbors living on Stanford Bay off Holland and on Laidlaw have requested that individuals drive carefully and not drive into or block driveways in the area.
Please also note that the south drive running west to east behind the main school building is a ONE WAY drive starting from Bower Boulevard heading east toward Holland Boulevard until it reaches the area just past the Multiplex and Angus Reid Wing. The only exception allowed is for staff who park behind the building who are traveling in either direction prior to 9:00 am. Until 9:00 am the gate at Bower Boulevard will be closed to traffic.
Students driving to school and parking on campus will require a parking pass. Student parking is limited to the Student Lot or the MultiPlex Lot, as designated by the Vice Principal Students (VPS). Parking tags must be displayed whenever the vehicle is parked on school property. Unregistered vehicles are subject to being fined or towed. Click the following button to access an online form to request parking or contact Mr. Laping for more details.
Students using bicycles must lock them in the racks provided adjacent to the student parking lot. We advise that students use chains to secure their bicycles and not insulated wire locks that can be cut. Please remember bicycles are not allowed in the school. Violators’ bicycles may be impounded by the VPS.
As per our attendance policy, planned absences include family trips, non-school sports tournaments, cultural events, and other anticipated events that will keep your son away from school for a full day or more. The school strongly discourages the scheduling of these types of events when school is in session. What your son learns at St. Paul’s High School, through the teacher’s instruction and through his interaction with other students, is what the school certifies when it issues him a credit towards his matriculation. Nonetheless, as the primary caregivers of your son, you have the right to remove your son from school. In order to make quality decisions of this nature, please follow the school's procedure for submitting planned absences.
All requests for planned absences will be made to the VPS using a Planned Absence Form. Planned absence forms are available at the front desk or from the VPS. Planned absences may be considered excused by the school when the procedures stated below are followed:
The earlier the school is notified; the sooner parents will be in possession of the information needed to base their decision regarding the absence. A completed Planned Absence Form is considered written notification of the absence. Failure to properly complete the form may result in unexcused absences. In that case, make-up work may not be allowed and discipline consequences may be issued.
APPOINTMENTS DURING THE SCHOOL DAY
Please use SchoolMessenger to report times your son may need to leave during the school day. SchoolMessenger allows parents to enter departure and return times or to report full day absences.
Onboarding instructions for this system will be provided to parents of new students in a separate communication prior to the start of school.
Students are to report to the Reception Desk just prior to leaving for an appointment and they are to report back at Reception if and when they return to school that day. Please note, the school will not interrupt classes in session to call a student out for an appointment except in the case of a serious emergency. Otherwise, the student will be called to the Reception Desk at the next class break. This policy is in place to maintain a positive learning environment free from disruptions.
SchoolMessenger Mobile App
CELL PHONE/MOBILE DEVICE POLICY
Cell phones calls and texting are common forms of communication between St. Paul’s High School students and their social network of friends and family. Realizing this, the school has made available a number of acceptable cell phone use areas within the school’s physical plant.
Cell phone use in the locker room is strictly forbidden at any time. Cell phone use in JUG, unless permission to do so has been granted by the JUG supervisor, is also strictly forbidden.
The school also realizes that our tasks are to educate your sons as well as build strong community during the short time they are here. Dealing with numerous text messages and phone calls from outside sources (including parents) can be detrimental to the aforementioned goals of St. Paul’s High School. To assist with building community and educating your sons, we have a “no-see-no-hear policy” in the remaining areas of the school. More information may be found in the Student Handbook.
Hair should not be excessively long and must be kept clean and well groomed. It will be considered too long if it is not, or cannot be, kept away from the face, or kept looking presentable in the day’s normal activities. Extremes in hairstyle must be avoided (e.g. excessively long, shaved, outrageously dyed, messy). For example, dyed hair or highlighted hair must look natural. Students should consult the VPS before they see their stylist. Please ensure that you meet the spirit of this policy prior to returning to school.
HOMEWORK POLICY AND GUIDELINES
A comprehensive policy and set of guidelines for homework has been developed to improve the instructional quality of homework at St. Paul's. Please click the button below to view/download this document.
This school year, there are several changes for current staff as well as new staff joining the St. Paul's High School community.
Next St. Paul's News Update
Stay tuned for the next news update which will be published Friday, 10 September. Don't forget to bookmark the St. Paul's High School News Blog (Weebly).