About Us


Bienvenue and welcome to the 2019-2020 school year. Start up this year ran quite smoothly. We began the year a little differently this August by allowing parents access to PowerSchool to see who their child’s homeroom teacher was. All three West side elementary schools decided to give this a try. There were some technical issues at the other schools, but it ran quite well for the École Nicholas Sheran School community. Many of our parents took advantage of this sneak peek and reviewed this information before the first morning of school. We received good feedback to this action. Please note that class assignments are final at that time. This early viewing did make for a much calmer start as many parents took their children right to classrooms and did not have to stop in the gym to find the information. 

Our first Parent/Teacher Conferences will now take place on Thursday, Oct 24th in the afternoon and evening as well as Friday, Oct 25th in the morning. École Nicholas Sheran School has been allowed to conduct a pilot project by hosting early conferences. Our aim is to make one on one contact with all families earlier in the school year and focus the conversations on beginning schoolwork and social habits. The other elementary schools will have interviews on November 21st and 22nd. Nicholas Sheran will have professional learning during these November dates. First report cards will be available online on Friday, December 13th.  Paper copies of the report cards will not go home so please set yourself up on PowerSchool.   PowerSchool login information will be sent home before the first reporting period so that you can create an account and access the report cards. 

Lastly as for summer work around the school, all classroom SmartBoards were removed and whiteboards and BrightLinks were installed. This is a change in practice that may take teachers a couple weeks, but it will come.  Thank you to our caretaking team for their cleaning patience and flexibility around this construction. Welcome to our new Head Caretaker, Mr. Chambers. The school opened looking clean and sparkly. Welcome back!

Thank you / Merci
Mme Deborah Constable
Principal / Directrice


École Nicholas Sheran School is an inclusive and collaborative community where innovative and critical thinkers build resiliency by embracing challenges.

Vision Statement

We are respectful, lifelong learners that are ready for the challenges of the future.


The philosophy of École Nicholas Sheran School is to guide students in developing skills through academic, artistic, physical, social and technological programs. The school is consciously oriented to the community it is intended to serve and exhibits the following:

  • Active involvement of students in the learning process
  • The view of everyone as a teacher and a learner
  • The involvement of parents and community members thereby fostering a sense of community
  • The belief that education is a lifelong, continuous process

Facts and Figures

Nicholas Sheran Park and Nicholas Sheran Community School are named after Alberta's first miner and coal operator. Nicholas Sheran, who was born in New York of Irish parents, was an adventurous young man. At the age of 14, he enlisted in the Union Forces as a drummer boy. When peace was restored, his wanderlust took him to the Arctic where he joined a whaling crew for two years. Returning to New York, he soon began to grow restless and before long he was heading west. The year was 1870. Upon reaching Fort Benton he decided to visit two of his friends, Hamilton and Healy, the traders who had established Fort Whoop-Up. Nicholas Sheran was actually prospecting for gold as he made his way along the Fort Benton Trail. He found 'Black Gold!" Arriving at the Fort, he took on the job of operating the ferry and began digging coal in his spare time. In 1872 he moved further along the river and established himself at what became known as `Sheran's Crossing'. There he began mining in earnest and thus the Coal Industry of Alberta was born.

School Colors

Our colors are black and gold to depict black gold, 'coal'. The mascot selected for our school is our prairie resident the gopher. He has been named Nikki.