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Feb 3 Grade 10-12 fulltime newsletter

Semester 2 is underway and we are past the halfway point in the school year! I hope you are all doing well and for many of you, students have finished the first semester courses and have requested the second semester courses, or are past the halfway point in courses finished by June.  With less than 5 months to summer holidays and the end of the school year, its important for all students, parents and guardians to assess the progress made to date and make a plan for assignment and course completion for the remainder of the school year.

I am updating student credit checks 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.  I am working on the grade 12s and nearly finished sending those, and then will connect with the grades 11s and 10s.


As you finish a current course or are 80+% complete, full time students can email me with new course requests.  All grade 10, 11 and 12 courses are now open.  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 March 1st but recommend students have all courses added by mid-February. EBUS will run Summer session this year, registration will open May 1 and I will have more info about that closer to the date. 


In Spring of 2022 the Ministry of Education announced a change to the graduation program where all students graduating after June 2023 must have a 4 credit Indigenous Focused course as part of graduation requirements.  Currently EBUS offers 2 courses that meet this requirement, BC First Peoples 12, which also satisfies your Social Studies 11/12 grad requirement, and English First Peoples 12,  that satisfies the Language Arts 12 requirement. 

For students currently in grade 12, note you must meet all grad requirements by the June 2023 deadlines or risk needing to take an extra course to meet the new requirements if you delay graduation.  Students in grades 10 and 11 will want to ensure you need this requirement during course selections for the new school year. 

For students continuing into the next school year, EBUS will be doing grade presentations and course selections later in May or June.  Watch for details announcing the presentation dates and process to select courses in MyEd in future newsletters.

Any questions please contact me.


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.  These assessments must be written under the supervision of a teacher and are written generally in high schools across BC. 

Results for the assessment are generally released 2-3 months after the session and are accessible on the student transcript with the Ministry of Education website, the Student Secure Web.  To access your account, or set one up as a new student, check the homeroom on student dashboards and look for “Creating a Student Account with the Ministry of Education”

The next session EBUS will arrange for students is June 2023. EBUS can help you find a school close by for you to write in.  More information will be coming in the April and May newsletters.

You can get all the details at


Lots of new things to being a fulltime 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 scholarships and grad etc at EBUS?

Every year EBUS has up to $40 000 in scholarships and bursaries available for our full-time students who meet graduation requirements by June and the requirements listed in the scholarship booklet.  The booklet will be released in the homeroom and our website very soon, and the deadline to apply is April 15.  Scholarship winners are announced at our grad ceremonies.  We strongly recommend all students who will graduate by June apply for any scholarships they are interested in as we often have scholarships not applied for each year.

This year EBUS will be hosting at Van Deusen Gardens in Vancouver Saturday June 3.  If there is enough interest, we will host a ceremony Saturday May 27 in Vanderhoof, our hometown.  To participate students need to be approximately 75% complete all grad requirements by the end of April.  Notices to all grade 12 students will go out in February.  If you have questions contact your academic advisor.


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! 


  • Wednesday Feb 8 Corey Hirsch presentation watch for email to all students
  • Thursday Feb 9 school assembly 10:30am link on your dashboard
  • Friday Feb 10 Term Two report cards available
  • Friday Feb 10 Professional Development Day – EBUS staff unavailable, courses open
  • Monday Feb 20 Family Day – EBUS staff unavailable, courses open
  • March 1 deadline to request courses for this school year
  • SPRING BREAK March 20-March 31 EBUS staff unavailable, courses open
  • April 7-10 Easter Break EBUS staff unavailable, courses open
  • April 15 EBUS Scholarship application deadline
  • April 20 end of Term 3 – all work handed in on or before will be marked for report cards
  • April 28 Professional Development Day – EBUS staff unavailable, courses open
  • May 1 summer session registration opens
  • May 5 Term 3 report cards available

  • 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 here


Parents, you can access your student’s progress and report cards on the EBUS parent portal:  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 3 or on April 22 students should be 15% complete.  Those working on a semester fashion just started.  And for students working in a linear fashion to complete by the June deadlines, they should be about 55% complete at this time. 


Currently I am working from home.  To book a phone appt with me, use and select the appropriate amount of time you need when you are available for my call.  My calls will show up as SD91 for School District 91.  EBUS Academy as also set up Voice Over Internet Protocol (VOIP) phone calls so I now have a phone number you can reach me at!  I am available at 1-250-567-4413 ext 7409.   Booking a phone appt is the easiest was to ensure you will reach me, but I will answer calls during the workday when available.  

Keep well, the next newsletter will be Friday February 17.

EBUS Academy