Welcome to Sioux Mountain Public School

Sioux Mountain Public School is a Kindergarten to Grade 8 school in the progressive community of Sioux Lookout.

At Sioux Mountain, children are able to experience a variety of programs to enhance their education. We promote science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) with our robotics and Lego League programs.

We have an excellent team of teachers and early childhood educators that support outstanding Kindergarten programs. The program focuses on the whole child, including their academic, social, and emotional development. The majority of students that graduate from our kindergarten program are able to read independently.

Extra-curricular activities are offered for all students at Sioux Mountain. Junior and Intermediate students can join a variety of sports teams. These teams compete in tournaments with neighbouring community schools. Daily sports intramurals are offered in the gym over the lunch hour. Various clubs are offered throughout the year.

Traditionally, Sioux Mountain has a very active School Council. This group of parents hosts a variety of activities that help make school a fantastic place for our children.

We believe that positive relationships among all school members, along with high expectations of our students are integral to their success. We are proud that our school programs reflect the cultural diversity of our school and community. We look forward to having our school community members and residents of Sioux Lookout visit us post-pandemic to see all the great things our students and staff are achieving together!

Sioux Mountain Public school is a Downey-Wenjack Legacy School committed to Reconciliation.

I am a very proud parent of child who has attended kindergarten, year one and two, at Sioux Mountain Public School. Our child’s class has provided him with a warm and nurturing environment, which has allowed him to grow tremendously. His teachers are considerate and caring, a pleasure to deal with, and always go above and beyond their role as educators." -Lindsey Hordy, SMPS Parent
The Kindergarten program at Sioux Mountain Public School offers diverse programming that provides my son the tools to develop and experience new skills and knowledge that will benefit him now and in the future. As a parent, I can’t thank the staff enough for the care and dedication they have shown." -Adam Clark, SMPS Parent
The Sioux Mountain Kindergarten Team comes every day to make an impact on our children. Not only do they educate, but they teach them about kindness, forgiveness, and most importantly love. They are a Team of big hearts, that will shape the minds of our little ones and will forever be a part of their success." -Nicole Robertson, SMPS Parent
The Kindergarten team at Sioux Mountain Public School has made transitioning to school such a joyful experience for our family. They create a community environment where my son is care for and in turn has learned so much. He has come leaps and bounds in only a few short months and we always appreciate the individual approach the educators take and the constant communication they have with us." -SMPS Parent
The Kindergarten teachers move ‘mountains’ to welcome, engage and support their students! The love of learning begins at Sioux Mountain." -Nicole Carbone, SMPS Parent
There was no question in my decision to register my son in the kindergarten program at Sioux Mountain Public School. Through my own profession, I have had the wonderful opportunity to work collaboratively with the the kindergarten team. The abundance of knowledge in early childhood development and the dedication of the teachers, DECEs, SERTs and support staff is truly admirable for other kindergarten programs in our district. The care and compassion my son receives is truly incredible, and has created a wonderful sense of belonging not only for him, but also me. My son has had the opportunity to build relationships with more than just his classroom educators - the entire kindergarten team is dedicated in forming the connections and security that all children need to strive and grow." -Kristin Wray, SMPS Parent
A place where the love for the children and support for the families is outstanding." -Tyler Bernier, SMPS Parent
Kindergarten at Sioux Mountain School has been very positive for our daughter Aniya. She is excited to go to school every day and she looks forward to playing with her friends and learning from her teachers. She has developed a good self esteem and has learned to become very independent. She has learned her alphabet and numbers and she is learning to read and write. Aniya is so lucky to have such great teachers and we are very happy we chose Sioux Mountain School!" -Danica & Ubay, SMPS Parents

Our Awesome Programs!

Akwego Family Gym

Akwego Family Gym is a weekly after-school program for students that are part of the Akwe:go program at the Nishnawbe-Gamik Friendship Center (NGFC). A healthy snack is provided and kids particpate in both structured and unstructured play.


Family Yoga Class

This program is offered after school weekly in the Spring through partnership with the Indigenous Family Case Worker at SMPS, NGFC’s Healthy Living Kids Program staff and the Health Outreach Worker at the Sunset Women’s Aboriginal Circle. Students have a healthy snack and then learn yoga basics including breathing techniques and practicing mindfulness.

Fun Food Fridays

A weekly in-school healthy living program implemented in all Kindergarten classes by students in Grade 5-8 Leadership. The program was created in 2017 by NGFC’s Healthy Living Kids Program staff in partnership with the Indigenous Family Case Worker at SMPS and funded by a grant from the NWHU. Leadership students learn basic food and kitchen safety, facilitation skills and healthy living games, activities and snacks to implement Friday mornings with all four Kindergarten classes.

Full-Day Kindergarten


Cultural Activities

Students access our school drum, Anishinawbequay, and weekly drum teachings through a partnership with the Nishnawbe-Gamik Friendship Centre. Anishinawbequay is feasted seasonally, with celebrations open to the whole student body and families. Additional traditional teachings and events are offered throughout the year to students and families including hand drum making, beading circles, dog sledding, harvesting medicines, traditional crafting and cooking.

Child Care

For a complete list of current child care offerings and rates at our school, please visit the Child Care Programs page on kpdsb.ca

Right to Play

A weekly after-school program partnership with the Indigenous Family Case Worker and NGFC’s Healthy Living Kids Program/Right to Play Program. A healthy snack is provided and kids participate in both structured and unstructured play.

Equine Assisted Learning

EAL is an effective approach to human development that encourages individual and team growth. Participants engage in objectively driven exercises and find themselves learning valuable life skills in a fun and exciting atmosphere while working with horses. Program offered in-school and after-school in throughout the Spring, Summer and Fall.

Project Sunset

Project Sunset is an opportunity for police to lead a community-centered approach, aimed at building youth resiliency. Community partners build positive relationships with students and encourage participation in a wide variety of activities, including hands on outdoor education opportunities as well as in-school activities.

You're the Chef » Kids Cooking Program

This hands on cooking program is designed to help students develop the skills and confidence necessary to prepare healthy and tasty recipes emphasizing vegetables and fruit.

Grade 7/8 Lunch Program

Students in Grades 7 & 8 are offered a daily lunch program at SMPS which includes a healthy snack and an opportunity participate in programming offered by the Indigenous Family Case worker at SMPS in partnership with staff from NGFC. Programming includes card and/or board games, study group, art, beading, drumming, BINGO games such as smoking prevention, coping skills, healthy relationships etc.


Play for Prevention

The Play for Prevention Program is a program offered through Right to Play and is sponsored by Sun Life Financial. The Right to Play mentor from the Nishnawbe Gamik Friendship Centre (NGFC) offers weekly play-based Diabetes Prevention programming in-school in the Grade 4/5 and Grade 3/4 classes at SMPS throughout the school year.
Arts club students take a funny break for the camera

Grade 7/8 Art Club

Students in grade 7 & 8 are offered a weekly after-school art program hosted by Shannon Bowcock, Wasanabin Program Coordinator from NGFC.


Leadership Classes

Students in grade 5-8 have the opportunity to learn how to plan and implement programs and activities that benefit the entire school and community, as well as plan and implement fundraisers to cover their costs.

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OPHEA Healthy Schools

This program recognizes and celebrates school communities for promoting and enhancing the health and well-being of students, school staff, and the broader community through a variety of activities and initiatives. We are very proud to be the first school board in Ontario to register all of our schools for OPHEA’s Healthy Schools Certification.

Learn to Skate

Learning to skate is a fun and positive way to build confidence in kids of all ages. This program is offered to students of all ages who have little to no experience skating and teaches them the skills they need to become proficient skaters.

French as a Second Language

Indigenous Second Language

Right to Play Arts & Crafts Program

This afterschool program is offered weekly to Sioux Mountain students age 7 + through a partnership with NGFC/Right to Play and the Indigenous Family Case Worker at SMPS. Students enjoy a healthy snack followed by a variety of arts and craft projects.


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Barbara Van Diest, Principal

Melissa Plomp, Vice-Principal

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