General Information

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Length of the School Day
School open hours for Otetiskiwin Kiskinwamahtowekamik (O.K.) and Nisichawayasihk Neyo Ohtinwak Collegiate (N.N.O.C.) is 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. weekdays.   O.K. School classes run from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. weekdays.   N.N.O.C. classes run from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. weekdays.

All fundraising activities are to be consolidated and funds are to be handed in to the principal’s office at the end of the event as per policy.

The following acronyms are frequently used by NNCEA staff:

  • MSDP – Mature Student High School Diploma Program
  • CAP – Community Access Program
  • NNCEA - Nisichawayasi Nehetho Culture and Education Authority
  • NCN - Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation
  • PHP – Private Home Placement
  • INAC – Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada
  • MFNERC – Manitoba First Nations Education Resource Centre
  • PSSP – Post Secondary Student Program
  • OK - Otetiskiwin Kiskinwamahtowekamik
  • NNOC - Nisichawayasihk Neyo Ohtinwak Collegiate
  • NHTA - Nelson House Teacher's Association
  • UCN - University College of the North
  • MTS - Manitoba Teachers' Society
  • MLSD - Mystery Lake School Division
  • ATEC – Atoskiwin Training and Employment Centre

Job and Program Titles

The following terms have similar meaning:

  • Teacher in Training
  • Teaching Assistants
  • Teacher’s Aides
  • Education Assistant
  • Students Assistant

The following terms have similar meaning:
AE, TP, CE, CPA - Alternate Education, Transitional Program, Cooperative Education, and Career Promotion and Awareness.

Speech & Language Education Assistant
Two education assistants will be assigned specifically to speech. The language assistants works under the direction and supervision of the resource teacher and the speech pathologist.

Education Assistants
Hours of work are from 7:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. at OK School and 8:00pm – 4:00pm at NNOC, and EA’s are expected to be involved in supervision duties.


Education supplies are provided to all students who are attending schools in Nelson.

Textbooks/Supplies (Annually)
Workbooks are to be used as though they are textbooks as of Grade 3 and up.

Classroom Inventories
Inventories are to be updated twice a year – October and June.

Cleaning Supplies
The head caretaker handles all requests for the above.

Teaching Activities

Orientation with Students
Each homeroom teacher is expected to set aside time at the beginning of the school year to review the parent/teacher/student handbook. Other expectations that should be discussed are the setting of classroom and hallway rules/routines, reviewing the discipline policy, and outlining clear expectations with students.
All teachers are expected to give students a similar and consistent message.

Preparation Periods
The teaching staff may have up to a maximum of one preparation period per day for a total of six during a six-day cycle, or 240 minutes.

Education Assistants are expected to accompany and stay with the students during instructional time. This is not a preparation period.

Lesson Plans

Instructional staff is required to make lesson plans in detail, along with support materials, for a minimum of two days at the end of each term break.

Supervision Duties – e.g. Recesses
Teachers and education assistants participate in duties. They are expected to make prior arrangements with other staff members to cover their duties when they are absent.

Home Visits
Instructional staff is encouraged to make a minimum of two home visits per school year with the first one being no later than October 15.

Programs and Reports

Exams in Core Subject Areas
This is the responsibility of each teacher. Exams are mandatory at Grades 7 – 12 in Core Subjects. The mark value of exams is as follows:
30% Term I
30% Term II
40% Term III
Students’ marks must reflect these accomplishments.

Mature Student High School Diploma Program
This program is designed to assist eligible NCN members to obtain the Mature Grade 12 diploma from the Province of Manitoba. This program is delivered through Assiniboine Community College (ACC) in conjunction with Nisichawayasihk Education Authority and Atoskiwin Training and Employment Centre of Excellence (ATEC).

Manitoba School Improvement Project

The high school works closely with the Manitoba School Improvement Project (MISP), to embrace its principles over the past four years.

Report Cards
Number percentages are to be used on reports cards beginning at grade 3 and up. All report cards must be specific in content.

Attendance Average
A minimum of 80% attendance is to be maintained by each student.

Students’ Marks
Students’ marks are to reflect students’ accomplishments.

Cumulative Records
Teachers are expected to review the students’ cumulative records no later than October 1 and report any discrepancies to the secretary. Cumulative records must be signed out and returned to the secretary within 24 hours. Records are not to be taken from the school.

Teachers Employment Information

Teachers New to the Community
Teachers new to the community should arrive a minimum of one week prior to the commencement of orientation.

Direct deposit is currently available to all full time employees. All questions about pay and applications for leave beyond three days are to be directed to the Director and/or designate.

Academic Contracts
All teachers who are new to Nelson House will be on probation for one Year.

Annual Contracts
As per Collective Agreement between NNCEA and Nelson House Teachers’ Association.

Professional Development
The above is a shared responsibility between the employer and the employee.

Dress Code for Teaching Staff
The wearing of blue jeans is not encouraged during the instructional day.

All employees are expected to complete a leave application upon return to work. Leave forms are available from the secretary’s office and are to be handed into the principal’s office upon completion.

Sick Days
All teachers and employees of the Educational Authority are allowed 1 ¼ sick day per month after the first month of school.

Summer Addresses
Each staff member is required to supply his or her summer address and e-mail address to the School Secretary by June 15 each year. The School Secretary is required to enter appropriate information on database according to the following headings:

• Employee’s Name
• Address
• City/Province
• Postal Code
• Telephone Number
• E-mail address
• Emergency telephone numbers

Re-Directing Mail
Teachers who are not returning to Nelson House at the end of the school year are responsible for making the necessary arrangements with Canada Post to redirect their mail.

Teachers Not Returning to Nelson House
All curriculum guides, teacher’s guides for core subjects, computer disks with data, resource books purchased within the current school year, keys, etc. are to be boxed, labeled and handed in to the administration on the last day of work. Failure to do so may result in financial penalties. EEG. Covering the cost of curriculum guides.

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