As we come to the last school day of 2020, I want to thank you all for choosing EBUS as your school this year. Many are new but many have been with us for a number of years, and regardless of the time as a full time student here, we appreciate you all and the efforts you are making this year. I hope you all have a safe and restful holiday over the next two weeks and come back energized with a positive energy for learning in 2021.
EBUS will be closed from the end of the day Dec 18 and will reopen Jan 4. During this time, courses are open, but there are no teachers scheduled to work, set up tests, mark assignments or answer questions. Often after a holiday like this, teachers come back to a higher than normal email and marking load; we appreciate your patience as we try and catch up as quickly as possible after the break.
As a full time student with EBUS, I have emailed you each a credit check detailing your progress in the graduation program showing the courses and required assessments completed, courses you are registered in and what remains to be complete to meet graduation requirements. If you did not get an email, please let me know and I will send that.
REQUESTING NEW COURSES
As you finish a current course or are 80+% complete, full time students can email me with new course requests. Be sure to put the full student name and the specific course you are requesting, like English New Media 10 or Foundations Math 11. We do not automatically add new courses at the end of January for the beginning of Term 3. As students complete or drop courses they finish or are not interested in taking, that frees up a seat for another, so it is in all students’ interests to not have inactive courses on your dashboard and to finish courses as soon as you can. To drop a course, use the “drop course” button on your dashboard, but be sure to let me know first so I can check the implications of that on your graduation status. We plan that the latest courses will be added this school year is mid-March 2021 but recommend students have all courses added by mid-February. EBUS does run Summer session every year, registration will open May 1 and I will have more info about that closer to the date.
IMPORTANT – REQUIRED GRADUATION ASSESSMENTS
Students graduating under the 2018 graduation program will need to complete a possible total of 3 assessments to meet graduation requirements; Literacy 10, Numeracy and Literacy 12. The ministry recently announced the Numeracy and Literacy 10 assessments will be going ahead this school year while the Literacy 12 has been cancelled and will not be a requirement until the 2021-22 school year. These assessments must be written under the supervision of a teacher and are written generally in high schools across BC. EBUS will help our fulltime students find a seat a local high school for the January and June sessions.
To clarify who needs to write the assessments this year:
Grade 10 students – literacy 10 and numeracy
Grade 11 students – literacy 10 and numeracy (if you did not write last year)
Grade 12 students – numeracy (if you have never written)
Students need to complete these one time only.
For students looking to write in the January 2021 session, EBUS can help you find a school close by for you to write in. You can register for that at www.ebusgradassessment.weebly.com but we cannot guarantee if we will be able to find a seat for the session you are requesting.
You can get all the details at https://ebus.ca/welcome-package/grade-10-12-homeroomnews/graduation-assessments-provincial-exams/
We appreciate that COVID will be a big factor in both student comfort in writing during the set sessions and also schools welcoming our fulltime students into their cohorts. Our guidance at this time is to register for the session you plan to write in, and we will work with our students, partner schools and the Ministry of Education to deal with this grad requirement safely. If there are challenges in finding seats for various reasons, the more requests we have issues with to bring to the Ministry, the more likely we can find creative solutions to this grad requirement.
Lots of new things to being a full time online student. And often you only realize the questions you have after you’ve been in the learning trenches for a bit to then see the things you don’t know.
Sooo…what about my transcript?
All high school students should be familiar with their Ministry of Education transcript, the official record of high school courses successfully completed. This record only shows courses and grad assessments successfully completed; failed, incomplete or withdrawn courses are not recorded there.
Your transcript is created by the Ministry about 2 weeks after you finish your first grade 10, 11 or 12 course. EBUS sends marks to the ministry 2 times a week, so if you finish a course and disappears from your dashboard, it should show up on your transcript about 10 school days later.
As this is a Ministry of Education service, you will need to create an account called a BCeid, and then access your account. Instructions on how to do this are found in the homeroom on your dashboard. Look for the topic “Creating a Student Account with the Ministry of Education” For students wondering if they wrote their grad assessments, you will find that on your transcript as well.
I recommend students check their transcripts 1-2 times a year as there can be errors or courses missing. If you find something amiss, send me an email and I will look into it.
MENTAL HEALTH MINUTE
Over the years we have collected a number of free online resources to help with mental health. I encourage you to email me if you have a great free resource not listed here!
UPCOMING IMPORTANT DATES
- WINTER BREAK Dec 21 – Jan 1 – EBUS staff unavailable, courses open
- Monday January 4 EBUS staff back at it!
- Monday January 18 Term 2 ends
- January 25-29 required grad assessments run
- Tuesday Feb 2 report cards available
- Monday Feb 15 Family day EBUS staff unavailable, courses open
- Friday Feb 26 Professional Development Day – EBUS staff unavailable, courses open
- Note that Term end dates are guidelines for students to finish courses, if you do not finish by the November or January term end date, continue with your studies without penalty and finish the course(s) as soon as possible. New courses are not automatically added at the Term change, students must request them as they finish current courses.
You can find the full year school calendar at
Parents, you can access your student’s progress and report cards on the EBUS parent portal: https://my.ebus.ca/parentportal/login.php We recommend parents log in with their student at least once a week to stay actively engaged in their learning and progress. Students, you can access your report cards from your dashboard, look for the A+ icon in the upper right-hand corner. Report cards are published 5 times a year; November, January, March, June and for summer session courses only, September.
As I get asked this often, if your student plans to finish their course(s) in a quarterly fashion, meaning by the end of term 2 on Jan 18, they should be about 40% complete. For Sept starts with a planned finish by the end of semester 1 on January 18, students should be about 65% complete. And for students working in a linear fashion to complete by the June deadlines, they should be about 40%+ complete at this time.
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As COVID related changes were announced by the Province, I transitioned to working from home. To book a phone appt with me, use https://tinyurl.com/yyrbnz7p and select the appropriate amount of time you need when you are available for my call. My calls will show as “no caller ID” but I will call at the time you request.
Keep well, and I wish you all a happy and healthy 2021! The next newsletter will be Friday January 15.