School News


School health measures now include mandatory masks

On August 4, 2020, the Government of Alberta announced that the use of masks will be required when students and staff return to school.  Students from Grades 4 through 12 will be required to wear masks in all public spaces (e.g. hallways, learning…

Back to School

We are less than a month away from back to school! Below is some helpful information to prepare you for the 2020-2021 school year. We look forward to seeing you all! •School supply lists for Grade 9 and Grades 10-12. *While Hilltop High School does…

Re-entry: Students will return to In-school classes August 31

The Government of Alberta announced yesterday that students will return to in-school classes under Scenario 1, with near-normal daily operations and added health measures. This means that daily in-school classes for all NGPS students will resume on August…

Hilltop student appointed to Minister's Youth Council!

Hilltop Jr/Sr High School student Maddy Martell will represent her school community, Northern Gateway Public Schools, and the voice of rural high school students on the Education Minister's 2020-21 Youth Council!  The Minister’s Youth Council consists…

Looking Ahead! NGPS releases 2020-21 COVID-19 Re-entry Handbook

As promised, we are pleased to share the Northern Gateway Public Schools, 2020-21 COVID-19 Re-entry Handbook. The Handbook will guide our collective response to COVID-19 and operations for the 2020-21 school year. Please note: Appendices can be accessed…


A-Tech Mechanical in Whitecourt is interested in hiring a student for the Registered Apprenticeship Program as a Heavy Duty Mechanic. To apply please drop off your resume and a completed Careers Next Generation application in person to Cody at A-Tech…

Graduation 2020

One final hoorah for the Class of 2020! More photos of our beautiful 2020 grads! Unfortunately our balloons cooperation was just SO-SO. Congratulations Hilltop High School graduates! We applaud you on your tremendous efforts this year and encourage you…

Schools Out For Summer!

Have a great Summer!

Graduation Ceremony 2020

Class of 2020, tomorrow is the big day!   Live feed will be available when the ceremony commences on Friday, June 26 at 9:00am-10:30am through our YouTube channel below   Congratulatory speeches…

Promotional Video

Are you new to Hilltop? Take a look into the halls of Hilltop with this Hilltop Media production video and hear what graduate Emma Schlosser has to say about her time at Hilltop.

Thank You Vital Signs

We want to give a huge shout out to Vital Signs in Whitecourt for printing over 200 yard signs for our graduates on short notice and at an unbeatable price. Thank you for supporting our Hilltop grads, we appreciate your phenomenal customer service. 

Celebrating the Class of 2020

Hilltop history was made! Today, we celebrated over 100 students who worked incredibly hard to achieve their high school diplomas, and they did it during a pandemic! We applaud you on your outstanding achievements! We knew when school closed we had to…


Welcome to Grade 9  Grade 8's or soon to be Grade 9's, we can't wait to meet you! Here is a short presentation on what to expect when you come to Hilltop High. Watch for more information coming soon. See you in the fall Chargers!

Another Grad Announcement

Class of 2020, we are coming your way! Staff is so excited to announce that we are going to be visiting every single graduate this week and we are bringing gifts. Keep your eyes peeled for the grad bus and parade of staff following behind, on Thursday,…

Graduation Day Announcement

GRADUATION ANNOUNCEMENT Class of 2020, we have exciting news! Due to student requests and the Alberta Health regulations recently changing, we will now be holding a short grad ceremony on June 26. However, the grad ceremony won’t be the traditional…

Virtual Career Exposure Summer Boot Camps

Summer Boot Camps are back and now open for registration! These virtual career exposure programs give students the opportunity to explore their interests, learn new skills and earn credits! There is no cost to participate. Register Here

Class of 2020

Class of 2020, first, let us say we are so proud of you all. You have overcome obstacles like no other grad class. You have nearly completed high school and you did it during a pandemic; what an accomplishment! We wanted to keep it a secret, but people…

Division surveys students, staff and families on re-entry scenarios

Northern Gateway Public Schools (NGPS) is planning for the 2020-21 school year and what it may look like for students, staff and families. While any return to school will be managed under the guidelines and direction from Alberta's Chief Medical Officer…

Last Day of Classes and Returning Resources

The last day of instruction for the 2019-2020 school year will be Monday, June 22. We ask that all school resources be returned on Tuesday, June 23. Students and parents are asked to please follow the schedule below when returning items. Grade 9: 9:00…

We Miss You!

Watch this heartfelt video! The Staff at Hilltop High share their message to students. You are so missed! “Sometimes you’ll never know the value of a moment, until it becomes a memory.”- Dr. Seuss(This years chosen quote by the graduating Class…

A Message from NGPS

Please review the attached letter to parents from our NGPS Superintendent Mr. Andrea 

Student Course Selection

Included below are the course selection forms for students for their classes for the 2020-21 school year.  These are the same forms that have been shared by teachers in Google Classroom to their students.  Please ensure you only complete the form once…

Proof of Residence required for NGPS students

As part of the regular registration process, proof of residence is now required for all Northern Gateway Public Schools students. Parents will be required to provide a copy of their resident legal land address to the school. Proof of residence is required…

Paper Assignment Drop Off/Pick Up Time

If you have requested paper materials, please be advised of our new pick up and drop off time effective immediately. Student Assignment Drop Off/Pick Up Wednesday’s Only9:00am-3:00pm Please ring the door bell, knock or call us to enter the building.…

Junior Forest Ranger Program

The Junior Forest Ranger program is a key training tool for future wildland firefighters and forestry workers, and it’s not going anywhere! We will increase and continue to monitor safety measures to help keep the dozens of young men and women who…

UPDATE MARCH 29, 2020 - 9:28 a.m. Funding to School Divisions Temporarily Adjusted

  On March 28, 2020, the Education Minister announced that resources to school divisions will be adjusted to match an at-home learning environment. At this time, Alberta school divisions are expected to continue at-home learning for our students. …


No, really. How are YOU doing? Take a pause... and think …. how are you doing? Let’s take a moment to do a self- assessment: How is your heart rate? How quick are your breaths? Your shoulders: how tense are they? Your face: are you frowning? Do your…

Personal Belongings

Any students who were unable to retrieve their personal belongings from their lockers last week will be permitted to do so based on the schedule below. Friday, March 27Grade 9 : 9:00 am -10:00 am onlyGrade 10: 10:00 am - 11:00 am onlyGrade 11: 1:00 pm…

Continuing Student Learning

As shared by the Minister of Education last week, all Kindergarten to Grade 12 students will continue to receive learning opportunities at home, either through online means or through other accommodations, such as course packages and telephone check-ins. …

Information for Parents/Students

Chromebook Usage/Borrowing Students requiring to borrow a Chromebook have been contacted and we have a schedule in place this week for pick-up by appointment only in an effort to reduce the number of people in the building at once. If you have not been…

COVID-19 UPDATE MARCH 20, 2020 - 10:32 a.m. - Important Information from Alberta Education

**Grade 12 Diploma Exams canceled. The COVID-19 pandemic has brought unprecedented change to us all. It has also brought us together. Our entire NGPS staff family has been working hard to develop instructional alternatives for students. We know families…

COVID-19 UPDATE MARCH 18, 2020 - 3:00 p.m. - Information for Families

The school division appreciates your patience and resilience in the face of this unprecedented interruption in the normal operations of public education in the province. We realize that the school closure decision came abruptly forcing significant adjustments…

COVID-19 UPDATE MARCH 16, 2020 Information for Families and Staff

While many parents have questions regarding yesterday’s update and the closure of schools in the province of Alberta, there are still many uncertainties for all of us as learning communities and Alberta school divisions.  We want to reassure families…

Admittance into the Building

Starting Tuesday, March 17, we will allow students/parents into the school to get materials/personal belongings in a scheduled, controlled manner to limit the number of people entering the school at any given time. If students/parents are feeling ill…

Personal Belongings

While many parents/guardians may have questions regarding yesterday’s update and the immediate closure of schools in the Province of Alberta, there are still many uncertainties for all of us as a school community. Please note we will continue to update…

COVID-19 UPDATE MARCH 15, 2020 All K-12 Classes Canceled

As of March 15, 2020, the Government of Alberta has announced a province-wide school closure. All classes are canceled indefinitely. Children are expected to stay home. The safety of our students and staff is always our first priority. We continue to…

Postponed Events

Please be advised the following Hilltop events have been postponed until further notice: - Parent/Teacher Interviews - Fine Arts Night- Party Program - Grad Formal Dance- Grad Senior Supper - All Athletic games and practices - Dungeons and Dragons -…

Edwin Parr Nominee

We are proud to announce that one of our very own, Mr. Tayler Button, has been selected as the Divisions Edwin Parr nominee for this year. Congratulations Mr. Button! 

Substitute Teacher Appreciation Week

It's Substitute Teacher Appreciation Week! We are so fortunate for all of the substitute educators who serve our school! Thank you for all you do! 

A Message from Alberta Health Services

Important Information from Alberta Health Services regarding the Coronavirus.  

Pink Shirt Day is Feb 26

Pink Shirt Day is an anti-bullying movement that is celebrated around the world, every year, on the last Wednesday in February. As schools, we teach, model and practice kindness, empathy and inclusion year-round. On February 26, we will be wearing our…

Important Information about Coronavirus

Please review the following important messages about the Coronavirus from Alberta Health Services and Northern Gateway Public Schools.   An Important Message from NGPS   An Important Message from Alberta Health Services

We can build it!

Looking for a playhouse or wood shelter? We can build it for you! Hilltop Construction students are looking for Framing Course Customers! This Hilltop Construction course will be building playhouses and firewood shelters. You can see images of the different…

Dedicated Staff at Hilltop

The staff at Hilltop High School devote many hours of their personal time beyond their classroom duties to provide students with many extracurricular activities. The visual below depicts their dedication. Breakdown of Volunteer Hours Aug/Sept - 460 hours…


Student Spotlight

Student Recognition Name: Ayden Mytrunec Grade 12 Ayden recently took part in a unique football training opportunity where he had the chance to meet and be coached by several CFL athletes. He participated in advanced skill testing with the potential…

Watch Your Back

Another spectacular Hilltop Drama performance, written and produced by B&G Productions! Congratulations to the entire cast of “Watch Your Back”! Review: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ “Watch Your Back” is your classic love story with a twist.…

Cribbage with Seniors

Mrs. Woodfords Math students spent Friday afternoon playing cribbage with our local seniors. #Numeracy #CriticalThinking #EngagedConversation #Community #WeLoveMathGames

Impact of the Provincial Budget

Northern Gateway Public Schools is facing a budget shortfall this school year. While Maintenance and Transportation Funding will receive modest increases, the loss of Class Size, School Fee and Classroom Improvement funding, and decrease to High School…

First Aid Course

FREE First Aid/CPR/AED course for Hilltop students Monday, December 16 & Tuesday, December 17 Only 16-18 spots available Register at the front office  

Teen Book Club

Month two for this student led Teen Book Club! Be sure to check it out! 

Drama Production

You won’t want to miss this spectacular performance, written and produced by one of our very own Ms. Sandy Gartner and Hilltop Alumni Ty Babiuk, starring our outstandingly talented drama students. Tickets are now available and include dessert!   B…

Jr Girls Basketball Roster

Jr Boys Basketball Roster

Basketball Referee Clinic

Basketball Referee Clinic  Sunday, December 1st. Hilltop High School Cost $45 per person You will be certified to referee Jr. Basketball games. If you are interested in refereeing Sr. Basketball games you must pay an additional $110 dollars and write…

JV Girls Basketball Roster

JV Girls First Practice is Monday, November 25 at 5:30 Hilltop Gym Parent Meeting: Wednesday, Nov 27 at 5:30 room 502  

Sr. Boys Basketball Roster

Sr. Boys Mandatory Meeting (player only): Today, November 22 at 3:30 in Rm 207

Sr. Girls Basketball Roster

Sr. Girls Practice: Monday, November 25 at 3:30 pm Sr. Girls Parent Meeting: Monday, November 25 at 5:00 pm in Rm 502 JV Girls Practice: Monday, November 25 at 5:30 pm

QLE: The Heart of Teaching and Learning is Quality Pedagogy

There are many supports in place to enhance the Quality Learning Environment (QLE) for NGPS students. Quality Pedagogy, or the practice of teaching, is a main focus, as it is the heart of teaching and learning. There are five domains of Quality Pedagogy…

2018-2019 Academic/Athletic Awards Night

It was a night to remember!  A record breaking full house of honoured guests at Hilltop’s Annual Academic/Athletic Awards ceremony last night. 280 awards were presented for the 2018-2019 school year! Hilltop is proud to recognize and congratulate…

It’s Your Life To Live

Thank you to our special guest Mr. Grant Aune for your impactful and informative “It’s Your Life To Live” presentation today. Mr. Aune was an RCMP officer for over 25 years, specializing in the investigations of motor vehicle collisions.   Today’s…

School Bus Transportation and Inclement Weather

To run or not to run? Winter weather and driving conditions bring questions about school bus transportation. Are the buses running today? Should the buses be running today? Why aren’t the buses running today? Why are the buses running in Darwell when…


The CATS Football team is gearing up to take on Sturgeon in the Provincial Quarter Final. Come cheer on the CATS on their home turf at Graham Acres , November 9 at 1:00 Let’s go CATS! #quarterfinals #playoffs #football

Study Resources

Any students who wish to order study resources through Castle Rock can do so by ordering directly online at Orders will be shipped to Hilltop for your convenience.

QLE: How a Culture of Wellness supports student learning at NGPS

Mental, Social and Physical well-being impact learning. A Culture of Wellness, with a focus on these three domains, is foundational to developing a Quality Learning Environment (QLE) within Northern Gateway schools. Wellness Champions, School and Division…

Parent Teacher Interviews

Hilltop High School Parent Teacher Interviews  Wednesday, October 23  4:00 pm - 8:30 pm   Interviews will be held on a drop-in basis. If you are unable to attend and would like to schedule an appointment with your child’s teacher please call 780-778-2446…

Emergency Response Planning in NGPS Schools

Schools are considered to be one of the safest places in our communities. However, an emergency can occur anywhere at any time. During an emergency, our first priority is the safety of our students and staff. Last year, NGPS began working with Hour-Zero,…

The Focus of the Quality Learning Environment is Learner Centered

The focus of the Quality Learning Environment (QLE) is student or learner centered. Everything we do as Educators, from how we teach and what resources we use, to how we assess learning and plan for instruction, revolves around our students - their needs,…

How is your child supported in a Quality Learning Environment in NGPS?

Alberta Education Minister visits Hilltop

It was an honour and our privilege to have Alberta Education Minister, the Honourable Adriana LaGrange tour our school today, along with MLA Long, MLA Getson, Superintendent Andrea and the NGPS Board of Trustees. Thank you to our special guests for visiting…

NGPS students supported in Quality Learning Environments

The Quality Learning Environment (QLE) in NGPS is our commitment to assure learners are successful and learners are supported.  The core elements of the QLE are made up of quality pedagogy (the practice of teaching) with a foundation of wellness. Ensuring…

Every Child Matters

In the spirit of reconciliation and hope Orange Shirt Day is a legacy of the St. Joseph Mission (SJM) residential school commemoration event held in Williams Lake, BC, Canada, in the spring of 2013. It grew out of Phyllis' story of having her shiny new…

Safe at School: HOLD AND SECURE

Being safe at school means working together with our community partners, parents and first responders. Understanding the terminology that schools and responders use can help. Hold and Secure means classes and activities inside the school continue to…

Sr. Girls Volleyball

Introducing the 2019-2020 Sr. girls volleyball roster. Congratulations Chargers! #GoChargers

Picture Day

Monday, September 09, 2019 Order forms are available at the front office or order online at 

Welcome Back from NGPS!

Welcome to the 2019-20 school year! We hope you enjoyed the summer break and are excited for a new school year. The beginning of each school year is a special time for us all – students, staff and families – as we anticipate the year ahead. What…

Welcome Back Chargers

Welcome Back Chargers Welcome to the 2019-2020 school year. We hope you are looking forward to an exciting year of learning. At Hilltop High School, our mission is to accommodate students in a welcoming environment that strives to provide high quality,…

I matter, I've got this, I'm just getting started!

OUR STORY NO MATTER WHO YOU ARE YOU CAN LEARN HERE From the students, to the teachers, to the principals and staff. Because here, education happens every minute, in every corner, of every school. Here, it isn't a between-the-bells thing it's a lifelong…

Meet the Staff

Summer is coming to an end and a new school year will soon begin. Our office is back open, Monday-Friday from 8:00 am - 4:00 pm. We are still accepting new student registration. Registration packages can be found here on our website at the link below,…

First Day Back is Sept 3!

Tuesday, September 3, 2019 is the first day back to school for nearly 5,000 Northern Gateway students! Preview important dates with the 2019-20 School Year Calendar. Northern Gateway Public Schools (NGPS) fosters program-rich learning environments where…

Summer Boot Camps 2019

Gateway Academy’s Career Exposure Summer Boot Camps have wrapped up for another year. This year marked the third year Northern Gateway Public School’s has offered students in our community and surrounding area the opportunity to participate in these…

Class of 2019

Congratulations to the graduating Class of 2019, thanks to many for supporting Hilltop High School’s 52nd graduation ceremony. To our dignitaries and honored guests who shared their congratulatory remarks and words of encouragement to all graduates,…

Happy Summer!

TO OUR STUDENTS We hope each and every one of you has had an amazing year of learning and growth! Each day you inspire us with your individuality, achievement and potential. Your journey as a student – from your first moments in Kindergarten to your…

Schools Out for Summer!

Have a Fantastic Summer! We have come to the end of another school year and Hilltop High School wants to thank all of the staff, students, Friends of Hilltop, our community partners and the many volunteers and parents who have contributed to another…

Salute to our 2019 graduates!

As you stand in this very special place, marking both an ending and a beginning, we hope you pause to enjoy the magnitude of your achievement. From your first moments in Kindergarten, to your adventures as a senior, and all of the learning and growing…

Survey: Alternate Seat Fee for school bus transportation

Please share your thoughts with us in this short 3-question survey! Click here to take the three minute survey! Northern Gateway Public Schools is looking to find out how many parents/guardians are interested in paying for alternate school bus transportation…

Summer Boot Camps for Students!

Explore your options this summer in technology, the trades, business, health sciences, the arts and more! Registration is now open for our Career Exposure Summer Boot Camps! Click here to register! These very popular camps offer students a chance to…

We're Hiring!

Calling all Science teachers...join the Hilltop family!

Class of 2019 Gives Back

Recently the Hilltop High School grad class held their annual Senior Supper. We are incredibly grateful to the Whitecourt Senior Circle community for their generous donation of over $1000.00 to the Class of 2019. As per tradition, the grad class is paying…

Career Exposure Summer Boot Camps

Free Summer programs! Gateway Academy Career Exposure Summer Boot Camps are back for the Summer of 2019 from July 2-12.   Explore your career options while earning high school credits. There are many new and exciting courses available this year. For…

Important Parent Information Meetings

Grade 9 Information Meeting/Registration (students entering grade 9) June 6  7:00 pm Hilltop Gymnasium   Grade 10 Information Meeting (students entering grade 10) June 10 7:00 pm Hilltop Auditorium

Ten new teachers inducted to the profession!

Ten NGPS teachers were officially welcomed into the profession last night following the near completion of their first year of teaching. Each year in NGPS, first year teachers, and teachers who are new to the province, are officially and jointly inducted…

Class of 2019 Spring Formal

Thank you to Hilltop Media and student photographers Kenneth Zadderey and Hannah Clarke for capturing these amazing moments from the Class of 2019 Spring Formal! 

Track and Field Meetings

Track and Field Junior High - Wednesday, May 1 at 11:50 am in the gymnasium. Senior High - Thursday, May 2 at 11:50 am in the gymnasium. For more information please see Mr. St. Louis.

It's Education Week!

Alberta celebrates Education Week! The first Alberta School Week (Education Week) was held December 2–8, 1928. Its purpose then, as it is now, is to call attention to the importance of education and to share the many good things happening in Alberta…

Fine Arts Night 2019

Another successful Parent/Teacher Interview night. Thank you to all the families that joined us tonight. Thank you to our amazing staff! The night included a showcase of students talents in the Fine Arts. Beautiful displays of art, photography and carpentry…

Trustee Tour 2019

It was an absolute pleasure to have our NGPS School Board Trustees visit Hilltop today. The Trustee tour included a light painting demonstration from the Hilltop Media class, a look into Computers, Art, Mechanics, Foods and an English class. Thank you…

Spring Open House

Parent/Teacher Interviews will be on April 11 from 4:00 pm - 8:30 pm on a drop-in basis. We will also be holding our Fine Arts Night and Grad Dessert Auction that evening.

Track and Field Coach Needed

Education Planning 2019-22

NGPS held its annual 3 Year Education Planning session with division leadership, trustees and school principals on March 18. Superintendent Kevin Andrea says it was an opportunity to reflect on the past three years and define the priorities and strategic…

Substitute Teachers Appreciation Week

We proudly recognize the valuable service that substitute teachers provide to students while teachers are away from their classrooms and we thank you for your contributions to Hilltop High School. 

Key Study Guide

Key Study Guides are now available to purchase. Please return your order form and payment to Ms. Greenshields by March 22. Key Study Guide 

FOH Meeting Rescheduled

Please be advised the Friends of Hilltop School Council meeting scheduled for tonight has been postponed to Wednesday, February 27. We apologize for any inconvenience. 

Important Notice

Notice of Hold & Secure at Whitecourt schools: At approximately 1:00 pm today, Whitecourt schools initiated a voluntary Hold & Secure as a precaution while police investigated an incident in downtown Whitecourt. There was no direct threat to schools…

Responsive Instruction in Quality Learning Environments

Building a culture of excellence through Quality Learning Environments (QLE) Key Domain: Responsive Instruction Responsive Instruction considers the needs of all learners so they can achieve success, and is one of five domains under Quality Pedagogy…

Thank You

The Sr. Girls basketball team would like to thank T.A. Enterprise for generously sponsoring team hoodies.


Happy Holidays from Hilltop

Hilltop High School would like to wish everyone a safe and happy holiday season and all the best in 2019! Christmas Break December 22- January 6 Regular classes resume January 7, 2019

Spirit Week

Tis the season for some holiday spirit. Join us in celebrating Spirit Week! 

Flu Shot Clinic

We will be offering all staff, students and their families the opportunity to receive their flu shot on Campus at our Free Flu Shot Clinic on Thursday, December 6 from 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm. No appointment necessary. 

Sr. Boys Basketball Roster

Introducing your 2018-2019 Sr. Boys Basketball Team Go Chargers!

Sr Girls Basketball Roster

Introducing your 2018-2019 Sr Girls Basketball Team! #GoChargers

School bus transportation and inclement weather

To run or not to run? Winter weather and driving conditions bring questions about school bus transportation. Are the buses running today? Should the buses be running today? Why aren’t the buses running today? Why are the buses running in Onoway when…

2017-2018 Annual Academic Awards Ceremony

Thank you to everyone who attended our 2017-2018 Annual Academic Awards Ceremony. Congratulations to all award recipients on your outstanding achievements. We commend you on your successes and encourage you to continue working hard. 

Orange Shirt Day

In the spirit of reconciliation and hope Orange Shirt Day is a legacy of the St. Joseph Mission (SJM) residential school commemoration event held in Williams Lake, BC, Canada, in the spring of 2013. It grew out of Phyllis' story of having her shiny new…

Hour-Zero: Keeping Students and Staff Safe

Building a culture of preparedness - NGPS joins forces with Hour-Zero Student and staff safety is an extremely important part of what we do at Northern Gateway Public Schools, from playground equipment and fire drills all the way through to the most…

Welcome Back Hilltop!

We hope summer has treated you well and that you have had opportunity to relax and recharge with family and friends. The beginning of a new school year is always a special time for staff, students and families as we anticipate the year ahead. What does…

Welcome Back!

It is bittersweet that we announce the retirement of Assistant Principal Lesia Hleck after 33 years in education. Your dedication to Hilltop and contributions to student success made us proud every day. We will miss your wisdom, encouragement, and infectious…

Welcome to the 2018-19 school year!

WELCOME BACK! Okay, we're not quite there yet, but with only three weeks left of summer vacation, we can bet the impending new school year is on your mind! Find answers to your start up questions, contact information and important dates here! Enjoy the…

Summer Message

Have a Fantastic Summer!  We have come to the end of another school year and Hilltop High School wants to thank all of the staff, students, Friends of Hilltop, our community partners and the many volunteers and parents who have contributed to another…

An Important Message from Remind for Rogers Customers

UPDATE: Remind Update for Rogers Costumers:We’re very pleased to let you know that Remind will continue delivering text messages to Rogers Canada customers! As part of our shared commitment to youth and education, Remind is working together with Rogers…

Important Information from the Town of Whitecourt

Town of Whitecourt Sports Field Masterplan  

Grade 9 Information Evening

There will be an important parent information meeting and enrollment night for upcoming grade 9 students (current grade 8) on June 6 at 7:00 pm in the gymnasium. We will be accepting registration forms and fees for grade 9 students at this time, as well,…


The Government of Alberta is currently reviewing the transportation support and funding it provides to school boards to ensure we have the necessary resources to provide busing services to our students.As part of the review, the government is encouraging…

Summer Boot Camps 2018

Gateway Academy Career Exposure Summer Boot Camps are back for the Summer of 2018 from July 3-13.  Explore your career options and earn high school credits at the same time. There are many new and exciting courses available this year. For a complete…

Education Week

Education Week 2018 April 30 – May 4 Education Week celebrates education across Alberta by showcasing great things happening in our schools and communities and by providing Albertans with an opportunity to highlight the important role education plays…

Volunteer Week

  It's Volunteer Week and we want to thank the many volunteers of Hilltop, we greatly appreciate all that you do for us! Please take the time this week to "Celebrate the Value of Volunteering – building confidence, competence, connections and community".

Our hearts are with Humboldt

No School Reminder

We hope everyone has a wonderful break. Classes resume Monday, April 9. 

Parent/Teacher Interviews

Please join us on Thursday, March 15 for Parent/Teacher Interviews from 4 pm - 8:30 pm. Interviews will be held on a drop in basis only. In conjunction with interviews, we will also be holding our Annual Fine Arts Night, showcasing students work in their…

Rural Discovery Day at the U of A

Rural Alberta students are invited to come see one of Canada's top 5 universities! They will have the chance to check out our state of the art facilities, learn about 200+ program options, experience UAlberta student life, and meet other amazing students…

Pink Shirt Day 2018

Nice Needs No Filter! Take a stand against bullying/cyberbullying and wear your pink shirt on Wednesday, February 28 to show your support!

Semester 2

Semester 2 begins Thursday, February 1, 2018 with a Day 1 schedule. Students are to go to their homeroom class for first block to receive their timetables and other important information first. 

Important Reminders

Good luck to all students on your upcoming exams. 


Holiday Greetings from Hilltop

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! 


Please be advised we are currently on a Hold & Secure. Exterior doors are locked, classes are operating as normal, no one is permitted to enter or leave the building. We will update as info becomes available. Please refrain from calling to keep our lines…

Picture Day Retakes

Picture Day Retakes Thursday, November 16. Order forms are available at the front office. 

Cosmetology Services

The Hilltop High School Cosmetology class is a fantastic way to earn credits and learn life skills. Hair styling, makeup/theatrical makeup, skin care, waxing, hair cutting, hair coloring, nail art, pedicures and manicures are just a few of the things…

One week until parent/teacher interviews!

Thursday, October 19 4:00 pm - 8:30 pm Parent/Teacher Interviews Parent/Teacher Interviews will be held on Thursday, October 19th ONLY. Interviews will be held on a drop-in basis from 4:00 pm - 8:30 pm. Parents of Grade 9 students are encouraged to contact…

Change in transportation services

September 27, 2017   Dear Parents and Guardians,   RE: Students riding Whitecourt school busesStudent transportation services in the community of Whitecourt have been significantly impacted by the re-location of the new St Joseph School. Transporting…

Meet the Staff Night

Meet the Staff Night tonight at 6:00 pm! Friends of Hilltop Parent Council Meeting to follow at 7:00 pm. Everyone Welcome! 

Key Study Guides to Order

Key Study Guides are an excellent resource in helping students prepare for exams. Deadline to order is Friday, September 22nd. Please click the link to print an order form. Key Study Guide 2017

Important Message from Alberta Health Services

Important Message from Alberta Health Services

First Day Back to School

Welcome to Hilltop Grade 9's, we are so excited you are here! It is going to be a great year! We encourage everyone to get involved in the many opportunities Hilltop has to offer, such as; Student Council, Humanitarian Society, Yearbook Club and so much…

Presenting the 111 graduates of 2017!

Hilltop Jr/Sr High School proudly presents the 111 graduates of 2017! From your first day as a Charger to your adventures as a senior, and everything in between, we are honoured to have been a part of your journey and wish each and every one of you…

Merit's Makeover

Merit's Marvelous Makeover nears completion! The final touches are happening at the Repeat Boutique now as students finalize their projects. Websites are designed and business cards printed. Shelving and cupboards are installed and painting continues.…

Forum for Youth 2017-2018

Forum for Youth 2017-2018

Encounters with Canada 2017-2018

Encounters with Canada 2017-2018

Boston Pizza Fundraiser

Hilltop has partnered with Boston Pizza to offer this unique fundraiser. All you need to do is eat at Boston Pizza any time before July 3rd, 2017, save your receipts and bring them to the front office at Hilltop. Thank you in advance for your support! 

Hilltop Media

The Hilltop Media Studio has been in charge of taking photographs of the Wolverines hockey team for years now and we are excited to showcase the work of our very own Grade 11 student Raul Lopez. Raul came to Hilltop this year from Spain and has been…

Merit's Marvelous Makeover Update

Breaking ground with Merit's Marvelous Makeover project. Installation of shelving and painting begins at the Repeat Boutique.

Grad Class 2017 Annual Senior Supper

On March 30th the graduating class of 2017 held their Annual Senior Supper. This Hilltop tradition has been going on for 30 years and allows our grads to give back to their elders with a home cooked meal. Thank you to the the seniors in attendance who…

Indigenous Shining Student Awards

Congratulations to these amazing students who were chosen nominees for the Indigenous Shining Student Awards. We are so proud of your accomplishments, you are great ambassadors for Hilltop! 

Special Guest at Hilltop

On March 30, 2017 we were thrilled to have a special guest, Whitecourt-Ste. Anne MLA, the Honourable Oneil Carlier tour Hilltop. Assistant Principal Lesia Hleck guided the tour, along with Northern Gateway Public Schools Superintendent Kevin Andrea…

You're Invited

Thursday, April 6 4:00 pm - 8:30 pm Parent/Teacher Interviews will be held on Thursday, April 6th ONLY from 4:00 pm - 8:30 pm on a drop- in basis. Please be advised that Mr. Babiuk and Miss. Mehl will not be available for  interviews as they will be…

Career Exposure Summer Boot Camps July 4-14

Northern Gateway Public Schools is offering a unique opportunity for students in grades 9-12 to gain exposure to various careers, as well as earn High School credits. Read more about it here and register online today! 

Need Help with Math?

Students looking for a little extra help with Math should check out the free website An excellent resource of Math videos in a variety of topics for all levels of learning, including university level Math. 

Technical Difficulties

Please be advised we are experiencing some minor technical difficulties with ParentPortal in PowerSchool for Grade 9 students. We hope to have this issue resolved as soon as a possible and apologize for any inconvenience.

" Get Reel " Video Contest

  Recently the Town of Whitecourt presented $750.00 to the first place winners in the Alberta Crime Prevention “Get Reel” video contest. The anti-drug video with a powerful message on the dangers of Fentanyl was created by a group of four Hilltop…

Rupertsland visits Hilltop

Thank you Rupertsland for coming to Hilltop and explaining to our Metis students the many opportunities available to them within post-secondary, summer employment and summer camps. 

Attention Grade 9 Parents/Guardians

There will be an important information meeting on March 2nd, 2017 at 7:00 pm in the Hilltop Auditorium regarding timetabling and programming. Are you unsure what the difference is between Math10C and Math 10-3? Would you like more information on post-secondary…

Attention Grade 10 Parents/Guardians

Accountability Pillar Surveys are in! Please complete your surveys by February 24th. Your participation is valuable regarding your child's school experience and success. Thank you in advance. 

Merit's Marvelous Makeover Update

With semester two now underway, so is Merit’s Marvelous Makeover at Repeat Boutique. Merit Contractors, Repeat Boutique and NGPS have partnered together for an incredible opportunity which will benefit both the community, as well as, contribute to…

Merit's Marvelous Makeover

More on Merit's Marvelous Makeover.      


Merry Christmas from Hilltop High

Our sincerest sympathy

On behalf of the staff and students at Hilltop High School we wish to express our deepest condolences to the family and friends involved in yesterday’s tragic events. Our thoughts are with you during this difficult time. Counsellors are available for…

Community Partnership with Repeat Boutique

Students will be partnering with Repeat Boutique for an incredible opportunity to benefit both their education and the community. For more information please click here

RAP Scholarships

Congratulations to the 4 students who received $1000.00 scholarships from Careers: The Next Generation for RAP (Registered Apprenticeship Program). The award winners pictured below are Tyson Soch of Millar Western (woods division) and Alex Slobodian…

2016 DQ Classic Basketball Tournament

Hilltop Drama Productions

Loran Scholars Foundation

Congratulations to Etienne de Jongh on being selected as a semi-finalist by the Loran Scholars Foundation! Etienne will attend regional interviews in Edmonton on December 3rd as part of the selection process for the Loran Awards, Canada’s largest and…

Canadian Student Tobacco, Alcohol and Drugs Survey

Our school has been chosen to take part in Health Canada's 2016/2017 Canadian Student Tobacco, Alcohol and Drugs Survey (CSTADS). CSTADS asks students questions about tobacco, alcohol and drug use, bullying, mental health, and school connectedness. In…

Friends of Hilltop Parent Council

Please join us in welcoming our new Friends of Hilltop Parent Council Executives for the 2016-2017 school year. Chair- Tammy Dickson Vice Chair- Avy Fast Secretary- Amber Borg Treasurer- Judy Watson and Niki Underwood Please note there will be no scheduled…

U of A visits Hilltop

We are thrilled to welcome the University of Alberta to Hilltop, who will be here on Wednesday, November 23rd for a presentation for our Sr. High students.

Football Highlights

Congratulations to Etienne de Jongh who was recently awarded the most valuable defensive player for the season by the Mighty Peace Football League. An impressive accomplishment considering there are hundreds of defensive players in the league. Well done…

Parent Teacher Interviews

Parent Teacher Interviews Wednesday, November 2nd and Thursday, November 3rd from 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm. Interviews will be on a drop in basis for both evenings. Coffee and treats provided by the Hilltop Bistro. 

Yoga for Kids

Hilltop hosted a "how to teach kids yoga" class for teachers on the weekend with instructor Donna Freeman from Yoga In My School. 

Hilltop Bistro Now Open

We are thrilled to announce that starting tomorrow the Hilltop Bistro will be back open! Please warmly welcome Chef Butler to Hilltop.

World Teachers Day

We are celebrating World Teachers Day October 5th. Take the time to thank a teacher! 

Countdown to Expo

The Career and Education Expo is only days away! This years event will include several guest speakers, such as; Eveline Charles Academy, Skills Canada, Alberta Labour, Alberta Apprenticeship, as well as information on dual credit, resume building, social…

Picture Day

Reminder: Picture Day is tomorrow September 15th. Bring your best smile and your completed picture day order form. *If you have already placed an order online through there is no need to return your order form.  SAY CHEESE! 

Career and Education Expo 2016

The countdown is on for the Career and Education Expo 2016! This event is open to all students, parents and the general public on Friday, September 23rd, 2016 from 10:00am until 6:00pm at the Allan and Jean Millar Centre. With over 50 booths and numerous…

Welcome Back

Welcome Back!  Welcome to the 2016-2017 school year. We hope you are looking forward to an exciting year of learning. At Hilltop High School our mission is to support students in their academic pursuits, citizenship development, self-confidence building…

Colour Awards

Join us for our Colour Awards on Wednesday, June 15th at 1:30pm where we will recognize our many talented athletes of the year. 

Graduation 2017

Voting results are in for next years Grad date! Hilltops 50th Graduation Exercise for 2017 will be held on Friday, June 30th, 2017. The current years 49th Graduation Exercise will be held on Saturday, June 25th, 2016.

Teen Summer Reading Club 2016

Whitcourt & District Public Library is offering a Summer Reading Club FREE for teens ages 10-16. Weekly from July 7th-August 11th on Thursday Evenings 6:30pm - 8:00pm. Pre-Register at the Library during the month of June. 


Reminder: No School Friday May 20th and Monday May 23rd. Have a safe and happy long weekend!

Parent/Guardian Reminder

Due to the recent emergency situations within Fort McMurray we want to remind families of our policies regarding attendance. Please remember that ALL students must be signed out by a parent/guardian when leaving the building for any reason, including…

Education Week

May 2-6, 2016


NAOSH Week 2016! Northern Gateway Public Schools and Hilltop High School have been fortunate to be part of a pilot project about bringing Occupational Safety and Health awareness to students.   Typically targeting an adult audience, it was recognized…

Skills Canada Alberta

Congratulations to Shaun Kramer for earning a silver medal in Graphics Design at Skills Canada Regionals and to Bailey Hearn for earning a silver medal in Carpentry at Skills Canada Regionals. Good luck to all the students competing in provincials in…

School Cash Now Available

Pay your school fees, sports events, field trips and more through School Cash! For instructions on how to register your child for School Cash please click the link below. School Cash


Congratulations to Cosmetology students Samantha Donovan and Danielle Labine who recently received scholarships to Eveline Charles Academy.

Parent Teacher Interviews

Parent Teacher Interviews will be held on Wednesday April 13 and Thursday April 14. Both evenings are a drop in basis between 5:30pm and 8:00pm. 

Welcoming, Caring, Respectful and Safe Learning Environments for All

Draft Administrative Procedures The Division is asking for feedback on two draft administrative procedures that have been posted on the Northern Gateway Public Schools website –  If you have any concerns or comments please send them in…

Pink Shirt Day

Join us in taking a stand against bullying! Wear your pink shirt on Wednesday February 24th to show your support!

Get your Bistro Cards Today!

Hilltop Bistro Cards are pre-paid cards which can be used at the school cafeteria. They are available in $10.00 or $20.00 values and can be purchased from Ms. Runge in room 503. Accepted payments of Interac, Visa, Mastercard or cash. They make a great…

Grad Photo Retakes

Grad Photo Retakes will be held on February 9th. Please book your appointment online at Click on choose location and scroll down to find Hilltop High School to register. There is a $20.00 session fee. Sessions will last…

Student Survey

All students will be given the opportunity to voice their experiences at Hilltop High School through an online survey. Please see the link below for more information. Surveys will take place within the next few weeks.  Student Survey Link


Donations for Donuts Food Drive

Student Council is accepting donations for the food bank between December 7 - December 16. Each item donated earns a point for your grade the grade with the most points will win donuts!  Food Bank Drive

Grad Photos

Grad Photos will be held on December 2nd , 3rd, and 4th. Please book your appointment online at Click on choose location and scroll down to find Hilltop High School to register. There is a $20.00 session fee. Sessions will…

Health & Wellness Fair

Thursday, October 8th from 11:30 am until 2:00 pm.  Come and check out the booths relating to different aspects of wellness!


Picture Retakes happen Tuesday, October 6th

FLEX Math/Social/Other

FLEX is on Wednesday, October 7th, 2015

Mavericks Entrepreneur Camp

Entrepreneur Camp starts PM only!  Monday October 5th

Magazine Fundraiser ends October 13th

Career Expo 2015

Career Expo happening Monday, September 28th

Students will have a schedule as to when to attend at the AJMC.  All parents and the community is welcome to attend.  So much information is available whether you are looking at changing careers or finding what post-secondary is right for you!

School Pictures

School Pictures will be on Thursday, September 17th, 2015.  We encourage all students to please get their photo taken for the yearbook.  

Volleyball Parent Meeting

There is a Parent Volleyball Meeting tonight at 7:00 p.m. 

Medieval Club Meeting

Medieval Club Meeting at noon on Tuesday, September 8th, see Ms. Mehl for more information.

X Country Running

X Country Running meeting Tuesday, September 8th See Ms. Kendall for more information.  Everyone Welcome!

NO School

No School on Monday, September 7th, 2015

School Pictures

School Pictures are Thursday, September 17th, 2015

Girls Volleyball Tryout this week!

See Coach Keay for more information on Girls Volleyball tryouts. 4:00 - 5:30 pm Sept. 1st - 3rd.

Welcome back all HTH school students!

Tuesday, Sept 1st is school for all students attending HTH.  Have a fantastic year!  Take Charge... Be a Charger!

First day of classes for Grade 9 students!

Welcome to an exciting school year!  Grade 9's you rule the school for the day of August 31st!  Enjoy

Early Registration Tuesday August 25, 2015

Report Cards

Report Cards will be mailed home on Monday, June 29th 2015.

Graduation 2015

Graduation 2015... Hilltop's 48th Graduation Exercise on June 27th at 3:00 PM Scott Safety Arena.


Gr. 8's Tour HTH June 18th

Parent Meeting in the Auditorium at 7:oo PM Thursday June 18th.  Complete registration forms, pay school fees and PICK your locker!

Last day of classes for Jr. High is Monday June 22

Last day of classes for Sr. High is June 19th

Good Luck on Exams BBQ

Student Council is hosting a Good Luck on your Exams BBQ on Wednesday, June 10th during Block 3.  Everyone welcome to join the fun!  Let's get the school spirit heated up!

Gr. 8's Tour HTH June 18th

Gr. 8's from Percy Baxter School tour HTH in the afternoon.  There is a parent meeting June 18th at 7 pm in the auditorium.  You may register your child and pay school fees for the 2015/16 school year.  Take a tour and see all the great things and…

Work Exp. Time sheets

Work Exp. time sheets are due by Friday, June 19th.  If you have any questions please see Mr. Mireau.  

Early Registration June 1st-19th

Complete your forms and pick your locker!

Summer School Application

Summer School 2015 Application is now online under the Parent/Student link. Check it out!

PISA Exam Thursday, May 28th, 2015

Programme for International Student Assessment Exam (PISA) is Thursday, May 28, 2015. Students randomly selected by Alberta Education will be required to write PISA exam. Letters are being sent home. See attachment under the NOTICE TAB for more information.

Skills Canada Nationals

Skills Canada Nationals are being held in Edmonton May 27th & 28th.

Saffron Presentation for Gr. 9/10's

Saffron presentation Thursday, May 28th, will be held during Blk 3 for all grade 9 & 10's.

Drama Production "A Super Groovy Night's Dream"

May 28th & 29th the Drama production "A Super Groovy Night's Dream" is being presented at 7 pm in the HTH Auditorium.  Come out and support our talented students!

FOH Meeting Wednesday, May 20th

Please check out the meeting at 7 pm and find out what is happening!

NO School Friday or Monday

NO School Friday, May 15th (Day-in-lieu of PTI)  NO School Monday, May 18th Victoria Day.  Have a relaxing time spent with family & friends!

HTH No Authorized Field Trips

Hilltop High School does NOT authorize any field trips; such as grad camp-out, grad parties or out-of country trips that are NOT scheduled on our school calendar.  The S-Trip for graduating students to Costa Rica is NOT a school sponsored event.

Skills Canada Provincials

Skills Canada Provincials is taking place in Edmonton on May 13th & 14th

Gr. 9 LA Exam Part A

May 11th is Gr. 9 LA Exam Part A @ 9:00 a.m.

First Aid Course at Safeway Consulting

First Aid is happening May 8th & 9th at Safeway Consulting!  See Ms. Hleck if you have any questions.

Speed Hiring

Speed Hiring is taking place on Thursday, May 7th see Mrs. Smith-Tomke for more information.  

Education Week

Education Week begins May 4th. it is an opportunity to celebrate the important role that education plays in building our society.

Senior Supper

The Senior Supper has been changed to Thursday, May 7th.

Parent/Teacher Interviews

Parent/Teacher Interviews are being held tonight from 5:30-8:00 pm.  Come and meet your child's teacher.

Fine Arts

Fine Arts Night is April 22 & 23 in the lunchroom from 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm.  Please stop by and see how talented our students are & their wonderful masterpieces!

PARTY Program

PARTY Program is happening on Wednesday, April 22nd - All day for Grade 9s. Thank you to Classic Coachlines for donating the transportation for the day!  

2015 Forest Industry Career Day

The 2nd Annual Forest Industry Career Day will be held on Monday, April 20th.  Thanks to the team and industries involved ANC, Millar Western Industries/Pulp, (West Fraser) Ranger Board/Blue Ridge Lumber and ESRD.  It will be a great day of information…

School today for Grade 9s

There is school for all Grade 9 students on April 20th.  The school agenda is incorrect.

Report Cards Issued

Report Cards will be issued on Friday, April 17th.

Monday, April 13th First day of classes!

First day of classes following Easter break!  Welcome back!

Easter Break

Easter Break begins April 3rd - April 10th.  Enjoy your time with family & friends!

Skills Canada

Skills Canada Information Sesssion 2:30 - 3:30 pm

FLEX Tutorial Wednesday, March 25th

English/Social Studies/CALM Tutorial

Daylight Saving Time

On Sunday, March 8th, do not forget to JUMP ahead and turn your clock ahead one hour earlier.  

Professional Development Day/NO Classes

There will be no classes on March 5th & 6th, 2015.  


25 Hilltop students will be participating in our community's Annual COOL Camp program on March 3 & 4th. What an exceptional leadership opportunity for our students!! Thank you to Hilltop facilitators for your outstanding mentorship of Percy Baxter's…

Guest Speaker Barb Stegemann

Barb Stegemann, Author & Social Business Innovator will be speaking at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, March 2, 2015.  All Parents are welcome to come and listen.  You may have seen Ms. Stegemann on Dragon's Den.

PINK Shirt Day

Pink Shirt Day is Wednesday, February 25, 2015        

MADD Presentation

There will be a MADD Presentation in the HTH Gymnasium on Thursday, February 26, 2015.

Family Day

NO SCHOOL on Monday, February 16th, Family Day.  Spend time with your family & friends!

Valentines Day

Don't forget that special someone on Saturday, February 14th

Math/Science/CTS Tutorial

Wednesday, February 11th is Math/Science/CTS Tutorial.

Grad Photo Retakes

Wednesday, February 11th is Grad Photo Retakes.

AHS - Measles & Travel Information

Check out the information from Alberta Health Services on Measles & Travel under the Parent/Student link.

January 30th Professional Development Day

Semester Break - No Classes

MSMO & Honours Club

MSMO & Honours Club Term 2 begins.

Grad Winter Formal

Friday, January 16th, at 7:00 pm

Diploma Exams Information

Diploma Exams begin on Tuesday, December 13, 2015.  Please review the exam schedule to ensure you are aware of your date & time of exam.   Check with the Front office if you require a hard copy or this website.