News Board – read this first … And Welcome to the homeroom site 🙂
Welcome! This page will be used to post messages and updates about life in general in grades 10, 11, and 12 at EBUS.
Just a few reminders regarding the funds that are available for full time EBUS students active (10% or more of the work completed) in 4 or more courses. To check your student’s progress in courses, that information is available on student dashboards.
Pre-loaded Visa cards are sent out as students become eligible, no need to apply. Eligibility is checked at the end of each month until the end of March, with cards sent out by mail. It can take up to 5 weeks for the process to unfold and a student’s family to receive their card; we appreciate your patience. If students have more funds become available, after the original card was sent, those are added after the monthly check. All funds must be used by the last Friday in May, when the Ministry of Education pulls the funds back.
All receipts need to be sent to EBUSreceipts@sd91.bc.ca as soon as possible after the purchase. Purchases must be connected to current EBUS courses, or graduation requirements such as daily physical activity.
For those looking to claim their internet reimbursement, we ask you to email in your full February internet statement to the above email address as well.
If there has been a change in mailing address, phone number or email addresses, we need to know immediately to ensure we have the correct info on file and are sending the cards to the correct location.
If you have questions, please contact Chris.
Have a look around your STS account. Please review your marks and look for anything incorrect or missing. NOTE your school marks are only sent to your account a few times per year, November, February, April and July. Any courses completed between these dates will have the mark sent to the ministry during the next date. If you are starting high school, you will need to wait until you finish a course before you will be able to set up your account, usually towards the end of February each year. After that, you can access it at any time.
Free copy of MS Office
Please note we are able to provide MS Office free again this year. Please see the instructions attached to download this to your computers.
We are having issues with creating accounts for students who are new to EBUS this year; we are aware of this and working to resolve it, and suggest that if a student cannot download Office to try again in a day or two.
Learning Support Funds
For families looking to claim their internet reimbursement, you need to email your complete internet statement to firstname.lastname@example.org and as students have funds available, we will mail you a cheque for up to $400. Click the links for all the details on the Learning Support Funds, and Internet Reimbursement, along with the 4 links at the bottom of that webpage.
Students are encouraged to begin any new courses soon, but no later than the middle of March. After this time we cannot guarantee space in our courses. To add a course, you can use the “add course” button on your dashboard, or email or call Chris to arrange that.
We are also now ready to open registration for Forensic Sciences II 11, and for more info on the course, email Shelley
- November 24 – Professional Development Day
- December 23 – January 7 – Winter Break EBUS office closed
- Monday Feb 12 Family Day – EBUS office closed
- February 23 – Professional Development Day
- Monday March 8 – cutoff date for term 3 report cards
- Friday March 23 – last day before Spring Break
- March 26-April 6 – Spring Break EBUS office closed
- April 27 – Professional Development Day
- May 11 – Professional Development Day
- June 5 – cutoff date for final report cards
For those students who are looking to graduate in June 2018, we have a few reminders. First is that you need to start all of your remaining courses necessary for graduation no later than the middle of February to ensure you can finish your course by the June deadlines. Required Grad Transitions presentations will begin in March , to sign up for a time slot, please visit the course in Moodle. Chris will be going over all the grade 12 credit checks over the next few weeks to ensure students are in position to meet grad requirements and have all the courses needed. EBUS will be hosting a graduation ceremony again, one in our home town of Vanderhoof in May , and then one in Vancouver , in early June . More information will be coming out soon about those two ceremonies, but it will only be sent to students who are in contention to graduate in June. Finally, EBUS has a number of scholarships and bursaries available for students to apply for and I have been posting a number of external ones in the homeroom. The EBUS and School District 91 scholarship booklet should be ready by late February or early March, watch for announcements in the homeroom.
Any questions please contact Chris.
To ensure families are clear, the process of qualifying for the funding in grade 9, is not the same for grades 10-12. In grades 10-12, the funding is course based, meaning the student can get $125 per active course to a maximum $1000 per school year. For a grade 10-12 student to qualify, they need to make approximately 20% or more progress in 3 or more courses, and then a pre-loaded Visa will be sent automatically. EBUS checks monthly for new students who qualify or to add more funds to existing Visas. If a student qualifies for the full $1000 (8 courses), the ministry allocates $600 as learning support funds and $400 for internet reimbursements. For families looking for internet reimbursements, please email in your February 2017 internet statement to email@example.com and we will send you a reimbursement cheque. The ministry does not allow EBUS to reimburse families for purchases made before the Visa arrives, but you can send in your February internet bill and we can reimburse that. All funds need to be spent by the last Friday in May, and any unused funds are taken back by the ministry. Funds cannot be carried over to the next school year.
BCCIE’s partner, Beijing International Education Exchange (BIEE), the international arm of the Beijing Municipal Education Commission, has again extended an invitation for 22 secondary-school students from across British Columbia to participate in the 2017 Beijing International Student Summer Camp. The dates have yet to be fixed, but according to the preliminary program, the camp will take place mid-July 2017 in Beijing, China. Two chaperones/teachers from the BC K-12 system and one BCCIE representative will accompany the students on the 10-day Summer Camp. To be considered, students should contact Chris or Brian Naka.
If you live in the School District 91 area or are able to travel up north, check out this opportunit
Announcing our annual Nechako Valley Speech Arts Festival, to be held this year in Vanderhoof on Monday, March 13, 2017! Students of any age may enter, individually or in groups. Whether your focus is drama, literature, oratory, personal writing, or just presenting in public, you will find a class to fit among the many available. This is a good way to develop public communication skills. Participants will receive professional adjudication as well as the chance to win an award. Visit www.musicfestivalweb.com/nechako to find out the details.
Here is the link to the recording for the Grade 10 & 11 presentation.
Vancouver Convention Centre – East, Exhibition Hall B, Convention Level, 999 Canada Place Way
Full time EBUS students, in grades 4-12, can enter the District 91 Science Fair, held in Burns Lake in March. Entry forms must be received by early March, and should be mailed to Nonie Little, the District Science Fair Co-ordinator. firstname.lastname@example.org See the info-package.
Any questions, please ask!
Have a great year.
- Please visit www.ebuscourseselection.weebly.com to select your courses.