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Planning for Senior High School in 2021-22

Posted on February 3 2021

Dear Elk Island Public Schools families, While Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) was unable to host an in-person high school information session this year, our senior high schools have put together a Division…


SPO Next Step Remembrance Ceremony

Posted on November 5 2020

When: November 6, 2020 Where: Main room upstairs (High School) Program: 10:50 am Reading of Flanders Field--NS student 10:55 am Playing of the Last Post  11:00 am Two minutes of silence in Remembrance…

Next Step School Re-Entry Protocols

Posted on September 3 2020

Due to the nature of the outreach setting, our re-entry plans will not include having a set cohort. In our situation, we will work as a retail space with high restrictions and a more rigorous mask and…


Bake Sale!!!

Posted on December 7 2018

Join the Sherwood Park Outreach Senior High Leadership Group in donating to the Youth Co-op. Friday, December 7, 2018 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. Items are as low as 50 cents! Free hot chocolate with purchase!

Next Step Registration 2018-2019

Posted on May 29 2018

Interested in Next Step for the 2018 – 2019 School Year? Start online! In order to streamline the application and registration process, we are providing an online registration portal for students and…



Next Step Remembers the Legacy of Residential Schools

Posted on September 29 2017

Next Step students are taking action today to remember the legacy of our First Nation Peoples and the residential schools that deeply impacted the lives of so many.  Today we will be sharing Three Sisters…

Welcome Back!

Posted on August 22 2017

Welcome back to our staff and students - we hope that you are ready for another great year! Important Start Up Dates for the 2017–2018 School Year: August 24th – August 25th: In-Person Registration…

2017-18 School Year Registration

Posted on July 4 2017

Interested in Next Step for the 2017 – 2018 School Year? To register for the Sherwood Park Senior High program for the 2017-2018 school year, please come into the school or give us a call at 780-464-1899.…

Congratulations Graduates!

Posted on June 23 2017

Tonight we celebrate our graduating Next Step students.  Congrats, Grads! We are so proud of you!  

Diploma Exams

Posted on June 12 2017

The end of June is fast approaching and Next Step students and staff are busy preparing for end of year exams - including Grade 12 Diploma Examinations. The dates of diploma exams can be found on the…

Summer School Off-Campus Education

Posted on May 31 2017

Are you working this summer?  Are you interested in Work Experience, Health Internships or the Registered Apprenticeship Program? Last year more than 35 high school students from around the district…

School Closed for the Long Weekend

Posted on May 16 2017

Next Step is excited to head into "Canada's Unofficial First Weekend of Summer"!  Just a reminder that all EIPS schools will be closed May 18 - 22nd inclusive for the long weekend.  Have a safe and…

Hats On! for Mental Health

Posted on May 1 2017

The 2017 Hats On! For Mental Health Day will occur on May 3.  Each May, Albertans are invited to wear a hat to raise awareness of the importance of good mental health. Next Step Sherwood Park encourages…

PD Day this Friday

Posted on April 24 2017

Just a reminder that this Friday, April 28th is a Professional Development Day for Next Step Staff - no school for students!  

Spring Break

Posted on March 23 2017

Temperatures are on the rise and it is time for Spring Break 2017!  Next Step Sherwood Park will be closed from March 24 to April 2nd inclusive.  Enjoy the break!

School Council Tonight

Posted on March 21 2017

Please join us at 7:00 pm for our school council meeting!  Tonight we will be discussing Accountability Pillar and Parent Survey Results, as well as updates from our student leadership group. See you…

Open House

Posted on March 7 2017

Do you have questions about the alternative programming that Next Step Offers?  Then look no further!  Next Step is excited to invite you to our annual Open House on Tuesday, March 14th from 5:30-7:30…

Message from AHS Regarding Mumps

Posted on March 6 2017

Alberta Health Services is monitoring the recent outbreaks of mumps across the province—this is following the confirmation of a cluster of cases at the University of Alberta and a recent outbreak in…

Time to Get NEAT!

Posted on February 13 2017

The Next Step Environmental Action Team invites you to our 1st meeting of the second semester!  Join Us on Wednesday, Feb. 15th! Because we are…NEAT!   Lunch time meetings Wednesdays (12:15) in the…

Teacher's Convention

Posted on February 7 2017

Just a reminder that Next Step High School Teachers will be at Teacher's Convention this Thursday and Friday, February 9 and 10.  Next Step will reopen on Monday, February 13th. Have a great long weekend!

School Council Meeting

Posted on February 1 2017

We are happy to let you know that the rescheduled date of our Next Step School Council is Tuesday, February 21 at 7:00 pm.  At that meeting our new Principal, Sunny Sandhu, will introduce himself and…

Orientation Semester 2!

Posted on January 25 2017

For students continuing into Semester 2, Orientation begins on Thursday, February 2nd.  Get ready for an exciting few weeks of action!  Be at the school and ready to start at 10 am. The school will…

School Council Meeting Postponed

Posted on January 17 2017

Due to unforeseen circumstances, we are postponing tonight’s School Council meeting.  We appreciate all that our school council does in supporting Next Step, and we will let you know the rescheduled…

School Hours in January

Posted on January 16 2017

Due to Diploma Exams, Next Step High School in Sherwood Park will have modified hours on the following dates: Monday, January 16 - open 12:30 - 4:00 Tuesday, January 17 - open 12:30 - 7:30 Monday, January…


Happy Holidays from Next Step

Posted on December 23 2016

Just a reminder that Sherwood Park Next Step High School will be closed from December 24th to January 8th inclusive.  Happy holidays and all the best for an amazing 2017!

Diploma Exams & School Deadlines

Posted on December 21 2016

Just a reminder that Diploma Exams are around the corner!  Diploma exams run from January 16 to 30 - please check the School Calendar for specifics.  Here is the schedule for deadlines for school work…

Support During the Holidays

Posted on December 20 2016

The holidays can be a stressful time - and sometimes we all need some extra support.  The Alberta Government has many services that can help.   From Dec. 24, 2016 through Jan. 2, 2017, programs and…

Come Join Us!

Posted on December 20 2016

Next Step Sherwood Park would like to invite you to our Annual Christmas Luncheon this Thursday.  This meal will be provided by our CTS Foods Students, as well as staff specialties! If you wish to attend,…

Thank You!

Posted on December 19 2016

Our leadership students, on behalf of Next Step Sherwood Park would like to thank our community members for their generous donations to the Bissell Centre Mitten Tree this winter.  With your generous…

Hot Chocolate for a Chilly Morning

Posted on December 12 2016

Need some warming up this morning? Come to Next Step and buy a warm cup of hot chocolate for only one dollar!  Proceeds go to our Bissell Centre Mitten Tree fundraiser.

Mitten Tree 2016

Posted on November 29 2016

Next Step is getting our mitten tree on! Our leadership students are collecting new mittens, toques and socks for donation to the @bissellcentre this Christmas Want to donate? Drop by the school!

Follow us on Instagram! @sponextstep

Posted on November 23 2016

Reach Out - Speak Out

Posted on November 21 2016

Welcome back, Next Step!  This week marks our Bully Awareness Week - a time where we focus on promoting healthy relationships by reaching out to others and prevent bullying by speaking out when they…

Fall Break

Posted on November 12 2016

Just a reminder that school is closed from November 11 - November 20 for Fall Break.  School will reopen on Monday, November 21.  Enjoy the break!


Posted on November 11 2016

#WeRemember A photo posted by Next Step Sherwood Park (@sponextstep) on Nov 11, 2016 at 11:11am

Need some CALM in your life?

Posted on November 10 2016

Sherwood Park Next Step will be offering our CALM (Career and Life Management) program from November 21 to December 22 from 10 am to 12 pm each day.  This course is offered in a classroom setting, and…

Next Step in the News

Posted on November 9 2016

.@EIPSNextStep students take to Model UN conference, applying learning and broadening viewpoint: https://t.co/pRuMuaZ95I #ShPk #Strathco pic.twitter.com/QOByPrbP9s — Sherwood Park News (@ShPk_News)…

School Advisory Council Meeting

Posted on November 7 2016

A reminder to interested parents and students that our School Advisory Council Meeting is this Tuesday (November 8th) at 7:00 pm.  For more information, email Paul Pallister or check out our School Advisory…

Remembrance Day Ceremony and Pancake Breakfast

Posted on November 7 2016

Next Step would like to invite our school community (parents, students, and community members) to our Remembrance Day Ceremony and Pancake Breakfast on Thursday, November 10th.  Pancakes and sausages…

Staff Meeting Wednesday

Posted on November 1 2016

Just a reminder to our school community that we close on Wednesday at 1:00 pm for staff meeting.  Happy short day!

Halloween @Next Step

Posted on October 31 2016

All creatures great and small came out to celebrate Next Step's Halloween Spooktacular! We started with cookie decorating and ended with a costume contest with prizes donated by Student Leadership and…

Sustainability Day at the U of A

Posted on October 31 2016

The Next Step Environmental Action Team (NEAT) and friends spent a fantastic day at the University of Alberta last week to learn about the U of A's efforts to create a sustainable campus and to increase…

Your Future: It's A Matter of Choice

Posted on October 31 2016

Your Future: It’s a Matter of Choice is Elk Island Public Schools’ (EIPS) annual post-secondary and career event bringing together numerous colleges, universities, technical and private vocational…

Halloween Spooktacular!

Posted on October 27 2016

Get ready for a fun and fabulous Halloween Celebration at Next Step! 11:00 am - Cookie Decorating Contest 12:37 - Costume Contest (prizes for best individual, couple, and group costume) Due to the recent…

Next Step's Model UN Representatives

Posted on October 21 2016

Delegates from Sherwood Park Next Step are currently at the Sir Winston Churchill High School Model United Nations in Calgary, representing the countries of Austria, Barbados, San Marino and Greece!  Students from…


Posted on September 14 2016

As part of Next Step's focus on Mental Health & Wellness, we participate in Mindfulness activities - both as part of our orientation and throughout the year.  This year, students have already participated…

School Council 2016-2017

Posted on September 9 2016

Sherwood Park Next Step Junior and Senior High would like to invite you (or welcome you back) to our School Council!  Our first meeting is Wednesday, September 27th at 7:00 pm. Have questions about what…

Time to get Environmental!

Posted on September 8 2016

The Next Step Environmental Action Team invites you to our 1st meeting of the 2016/17 school year!  Join Us on Wednesday, Sept. 14th ! Because we are…NEAT!   Lunch time meetings Wednesdays (11:53…

Short Day Today

Posted on September 7 2016

Just a reminder to all students and parents that on the first Wednesday of each month, Next Step is closed for Staff Meeting.  On September 7th, we are closed at noon.  Students in AM orientation…

Orientation Begins August 31!

Posted on August 25 2016

Welcome back to another exciting year!   This year, you can either choose the AM (10 am - 2 pm) or PM (12:30 pm - 4:00 pm) orientation session to fit your schedule - but you can still expect a wide range…

Welcome Back!! Registration 2016-2017

Posted on August 22 2016

Another exciting school year is about to begin!   This year, registration for NEW and RETURNING students to Sherwood Park Next Step High School will be held from August 24 - 26th from 9 am - 3pm.  Students…

School Closures for Diploma Exams

Posted on June 11 2016

Please Note!  Due to space limitations, the school will be open at 12:30 (not 8:30) on June 13, 14, 16 and 17 in order to accommodate students writing English and Social diploma exams. Good luck to…

U of A Fun Day!

Posted on June 1 2016

Join us for a full day at the U of A!  This exciting day will give students and staff a chance to see what the U of A is all about, and spend some time together exploring campus. In the morning, we will…

Our NEAT Square Foot Gardening Project

Posted on May 31 2016

The Sherwood Park Next Step Environmental Action Team (NEAT) spent a great afternoon in the sun planting a variety of vegetables, fruits and edible flowers in our community garden.  This year, students…

Warrior Women Drumming Circle

Posted on May 24 2016

Students at Next Step are in for a treat tomorrow!  The Warrior Women are a mother-daughter team who use pow-wow drumming and singing to educate the population on First Nations culture and traditions.…

School Closed for May Long Weekend

Posted on May 18 2016

Just a reminder that all schools in Elk Island Public Schools are closed on Friday, May 20th and Monday, May 23rd for the May Long Weekend.  Make sure you are getting your hours in these weeks! 

Self Directed Summer School!

Posted on May 17 2016

Registration IS OPEN! Next Step Senior High summer programs are offered at our Sherwood Park location (1604 Sherwood Drive, Sherwood Park) and runs July 4 - 28, 9 am - 4 pm Monday through Thursday…

Friday Fun, Part II

Posted on May 6 2016

Part of positive mental health is including laughter and fun into your day. Take the time to do things you love and things that bring a smile to your face. Need ideas? Check out this ‘The Ultimate Summer…

Friday Fun!!

Posted on May 6 2016

Today Next Step is having fun for our mental and physical health!   Why is laughter the best medicine? o Relaxes the body o Boosts immune system o Releases endorphins o Protects the heart   Today’s…

Thursday Thankfulness

Posted on May 5 2016

Do you take time each day to recognize the things you are thankful for? Having an ‘Attitude of Gratitude’ means… Higher optimism and less depression Better sleep Reduced stress-related heart disease…

Got Cookies??

Posted on May 5 2016

Next Step Student Leadership will be hosting a bake sale on Thursday, May 5th with all proceeds going towards the Jacob Larue Award. A wide variety of treats will be available upstairs in the Sr. High,…

Wellness Wednesday!

Posted on May 4 2016

Today at Next Step we went on a Wellness Walk - as part of our Mental Health Week we value daily exercise and know that it has many benefits - check out some of the 50 Reasons to Exercise!

Wellness & Water Wednesday!

Posted on May 4 2016

  Did you know that studies show regular (3-5 times/week) exercise can be equally effective as antidepressant medication? Exercise can improve mood in people with mild to moderate depression. Exercise…

Tuesday - Tackling Tiredness

Posted on May 3 2016

Teens and young adults need between 8 – 10 hours of sleep every night. Are you lacking sleep? Why is sleep important? It makes you… Happier Healthier Smarter A Better Person Better Looking Today’s…

Early Dismissal Wednesday

Posted on May 2 2016

Just a reminder that this Wednesday, May 4th, is Early Dismissal due to Staff Meeting.  The school will be closed at 12:30 pm.

Mindfulness Monday

Posted on May 2 2016

As part of our Mental Health Week Activities, Monday will have a focus on mindfulness. Mindfulness is about living fully in the present moment, without judgement, and with an attitude of kindness and…

School Council Meeting Postponed

Posted on May 2 2016

For your information, our school council meeting has been postponed until Monday, May 9.  We are sorry for any inconvenience this may has caused. 

New Contact List and Schedule

Posted on April 13 2016

Do you need to know when your teacher has regular hours available?  Need to get in touch with someone?  Please take a look at our updated Semester 2 Staff Schedule. Sherwood Park Next Step Staff Schedule…

Professional Development Day - No School This Friday

Posted on April 12 2016

Just a reminder that this Friday, April 15th is an Elk Island Public School Professional Development day for teachers.  All schools in EIPS are closed for students this day.

Learn to Run at Next Step!

Posted on April 7 2016

Next Step will get running again Monday, April 11th!  Starting the first Monday after spring break and continuing each Monday at 2:37, students and teachers will be going for a neighborhood run/walk. …

April Diploma Examinations Start Today!

Posted on April 6 2016

It's that time of year again when our 30-level students write their Alberta Education diploma examinations.  You can check out the schedule on our calendar. Remember that to obtain your diploma examination…

Spring Break Hours

Posted on March 21 2016

Just a reminder that Sherwood Park Next Step is closed for Spring Break from March 24th - April 4th, inclusive. In addition, the school will close at 4pm every day on the week of March 21 - 24th (No late…

It's a Bird! It's a Plane!

Posted on March 15 2016

Check out the photo gallery!

Don't Forget!

Posted on March 11 2016

Seven Days Until Pi Day!

Posted on March 7 2016

That fantastic day when we celebrate all things 3.14... is only one week away!  As the anticipation builds, take a look at this video on the Unexpected Math behind Van Gogh's "Starry Night". The Unexpected…

Hours This Week

Posted on February 29 2016

A reminder that this week we have a Staff Meeting on Wednesday (school closes at 1pm) and a Teacher Professional Development Day on Friday (no school for students).  Bank on your success this week by…


Posted on February 28 2016

It is with great sadness that we announce that a student at Sherwood Park Next Step, Jacob Larue, passed away this weekend. It is very difficult for all of us to face the death of a member of our school…

Pink Shirt Day

Posted on February 22 2016

This Wednesday, February 24th is Pink Shirt Day. The staff and students of Sherwood Park Next Step encourage you to wear something pink to symbolize that we are all working together to prevent bullying…

Next Step Open House

Posted on February 19 2016

On March 15th, Next Step will be hosting an Open House for students attending our school for the 2016-2017 school year and their parents.  Please come join us and see what Next Step has to offer!

Next Step Ski Trip

Posted on February 18 2016

Attention all skiers and snowboarders!  Our Next Step Ski Trip is coming up on Friday, February 26th.   Students will spend the day skiing/snowboarding. The breakdown of the cost per student (including…

Need a Date? Check out our Calendar!

Posted on February 18 2016

Next Step Pro Tip:  Our school calendar is your one-stop shop for all of the action at Next Step!  Special events, wellness activities and important dates are all online and at your fingertips. Check…

Career and Life Management

Posted on February 17 2016

Next Step Sherwood Park's Career and Life Management (CALM) course runs Monday through Thursday from 1:37 - 3:30 from February 22nd until March 23rd.  This course looks at career and financial planning, as…

Art & Photography Start Today!

Posted on February 16 2016

Looking to explore your creative side? Sherwood Park Next Step is starting our Art & Photography courses today! Classes will run Tuesday and Friday afternoons from 12:37 - 1:30 from now until spring break.…

Orientation Week 2

Posted on February 16 2016

Orientation continues into week 2!  This week we're making smoothies on Tuesday morning, yoga sessions on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons, and we go to the gym to play basketball on Friday morning.  Just…

Teachers' Convention - No School February 4 & 5th

Posted on February 3 2016

Next Step teachers and administration will be putting their "student hats" on this Thursday and Friday for the North Central Teachers' Convention.  SPO will be closed for Staff meeting on Wednesday at…

Welcome to Semester 2!

Posted on February 1 2016

Second Semester Orientation

Posted on January 27 2016

Second semester is fast approaching!   To help students find success at Next Step, we run an Orientation Program that is designed to help students engage with our school, build relationships with students…

Facebook is Back!

Posted on January 27 2016

You spoke and we listened!  We are revitalizing our Sherwood Park Next Step Facebook presence - in order to give you the latest and greatest information about our school.  Be sure to like us at https://www.facebook.com/eipsnextstep/ and…

Next Step Grad 2016

Posted on January 26 2016

Even though we're only halfway through the year, many of our graduates are already getting excited for our upcoming graduation ceremony!  To keep students and parents up to date on the latest Grad News,…

School Council Meeting

Posted on January 21 2016

Just a reminder that the next meeting of our Next Step School Council is at 7:00 pm on Monday, January 25th at our Sherwood Park campus.  We welcome all parents, community members, and students from…

Post Secondary Information

Posted on January 18 2016

Attention students! If you are looking for Post Secondary Information regarding student loans, grants and scholarships, you will find current information at the following websites: alis.alberta.ca/scholarships…

Yoga at SPO

Posted on January 14 2016

This month Sherwood Park will be practicing yoga, thanks to our certified yoga teacher and SPO staff member Kathryn! Students will be challenged to test their flexibility, strength and balance through…

Next Step Students Share What it Means to be a Leader

Posted on January 12 2016

Our Next Step student leadership group met right before the winter break to talk about characteristics of leadership, and what it means to be a leader.  The discussions were wide-ranging, and each student…

Next Step Ski Trip

Posted on January 12 2016

Next Step students and staff will be hitting the slopes soon for our annual Ski Trip!  The destination this year is Rabbit Hill - it's sure to be a fun time for everyone.  See Susan for details!