School District No. 85 - Bringing Learning to Life
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School District No. 85 (Vancouver Island North) is dedicated to the academic achievement of all its students. 
"Bringing Learning to Life"

Innovation Academy

 Alert Bay Elementary School is hosting its first Innovation Academy where students blend their math, technology, and science skills in creative ways through hands on activities. Students seen here are working together to design the slowest race track for their marble, using the wall as the track's main support. Another group of students is working with clay animation, moving clay figures in small increments  and using the app "iStopmotion"  to tell a story. At the end of the Academy, the school will host a "Show and Share" of all of the group activities for students, parents and community members.

Sea View STEM Challenge

 Grade 6 and 7 students have been invited to attend a district wide STEM challenge at Sea View School in Port Alice on Thursday May 15th, 2014.  Working in teams of up to 8 members, students will apply Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) principles to design and build objects that address a specific challenge- the details of which are currently top secret.


 On, March 4th, students participated in a great Connections trip to Sointula. Fifteen students participated, three students joining the group from Eke Mi Xi school in Port Hardy as well as First Nations support worker Jamaine. The day started out with a beautiful sunny ride on the foot ferry and then out to Ken McGregor's wood lot. Ken trains fallers and he taught the students how to find the height of a tree and then to measure your safety distance for falling. He put on all his safety gear and cut a tree down - with the students the correct distance away of course. Students also learned how to pick up logs using an excavator and grapple hook.  

From there students travelled out to the Sointula lighthouse to speak with the lighthouse keepers that have been there for twenty nine years. After a lunch on the beach, prepared by the NISS foods room, students visited the Tarkanen Marine Ways ship yard. At the shipyard students learned about the numerous jobs and tickets involved in repairing ships: woodwork, metal work, welding, and painting.  

Cheslakees Beach Hike

Hiking, playing on the beach, more hiking, building fairy houses, exploring, throwing rocks into the ocean, roasting hot dogs for lunch and hiking some more…..what an absolutely great day!!! Getting off the bus back at school we had happy children and tired parents!!! Many thanks to those who ventured onto the trail with us and a very special thanks goes to Bob Wheeler for again providing us with the perfect roasting fire.

Pink Shirt Day

Port Hardy Secondary School and North Island Secondary School do there part for anti-bullying as students proudly show their support on "Pink Shirt Day", February 26th.

NISS Trades Fair

 Wednesday, May 14, 2014, NISS will be hosting the "North Island Trades and Business Fair". The day will be a hands on interactive experience providing excellent advertising, recruiting, and exposure for local business. Parents, secondary and elementary school students, and community partners are all invited. This is truly a North Island "Connections" Event! Come and enjoy the booths, activities, door prizes. There will be plenty to see and do.

For more information, please contact Kathleen McArthur at 250 956 3394 or

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6975 Rupert Street
P.O. Box 90, Port Hardy, B.C.

Telephone: 250-949-6618
Fax: 250-949-8792

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FNESC Conference Dec. 2013


The PHSS Drama Club travelled to Campbell River for the North Island Regional Drama Festival, where they participated in two days of drama workshops and performed the one act play "Look Me in the Eye" by Lindsay Price.

"Thank you Mrs. Ropponen. I'm 100 days smarter" is the saying on this clever 100 Day project made with 100 googly eyes.

"Unpacking the standards".  Part of the PHSS teacher team working to align grades 8 and 9 English language arts with RTI principles.

Isabella Glasov, a grade 12 student at NISS, will have her artwork  published on the cover of the June edition of the BCPVPA magazine "Adminfo". The piece is acrylic on canvas and is titled "Headless Man".

Cheslakees Kindergarten students enjoy a rainy day playing in the puddles.

Students at Fort Rupert Elementary School were treated to a performance from "The Wheat in the Barley". The learning experience included international music genres, history, and instruments.
NISS students and staff enjoy a BBQ lunch celebrating the first month of being back to school.