Two weeks ago when I wrote the last newsletter, autumn was in full swing, and this morning Vanderhoof woke up to snow covering everything! Ahhh, welcome to October in the north. Hope you are keeping well, making good progress in your learning and finding a rhythm to your school year with us.
EBUS has closed new full-time registrations as our high school courses are full or close to full at this time. I will email 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. I am starting with grade 12s, then 11s and 10s, in order to ensure our students planning to graduate this year are all set with required courses. Currently I have completed approximately 25% of the grade 12s.
REQUESTING COURSE CHANGES
As mentioned, the vast majority of our high schools courses are at capacity at this time. For full time students wanting to change courses, please use the “drop course” button on your dashboard and email me your new request. Be sure to put the full student name and the specific course you are requesting, like English New Media 10. Courses will only be added if there is space and the student is dropping one or is substantially complete in a current course. 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. The website where you can see what courses currently have space is found here https://ebus.ca/about/enroll-with-ebus-2/ but we expect to have seats open up in mid-November, late January, and then by mid-March, the latest courses will be added. Summer session registration will open May 1, we will have more info about that closer to the date. In short, if you have courses on your dashboard, you should be handing in work in all of those courses regularly, or drop the course and we can add that later in the school year.
For students and families looking to connect with me by phone we are using a new system this year that is well received by our families. Please visit https://tinyurl.com/yyrbnz7p to book that, and select the appropriate amount of time you need when you are available for my call.
This year it is essential students get started in all the courses on your dashboard given the volume of new students we are welcoming this year. Note that students who have not submitted any work within 4 weeks of having the course on your dashboard risk being withdrawn and not getting that course for an extended period of time. If you need help with something reach out to the teacher right away, or if you need to make a course change, let me know. Our goal is not to stress students out with this information; we want to support each one of you with your goals of learning and high school graduation. At the same time we want to provide learning opportunities for as many learners as we can this year, so please make sure we know what we can do for you. As a guideline, students working in 4 or more courses should plan for 25 hours each week for learning time, scheduled flexibly when it works for you. Your teachers are available during the traditional school day by email or phone, and we work hard to respond to student questions within 1-2 school days, but note if your teacher works part time, it may take longer to respond.
To ensure our full-time high school students have all the information about EBUS Academy needed to be successful, our website contains lots of information vital to student success. In this section of our bi-weekly newsletter, we will highlight some of the elements of EBUS that we get lots of questions about.
Sooo…what about the 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. There will be announcements in the homeroom, on our website and in these newsletters about registering for the assessments, and you can get all the details about them at https://ebus.ca/welcome-package/grade-10-12-homeroomnews/graduation-assessments-provincial-exams/
NEWS FROM YOUR TEACHERS
Welcome to a new school year at EBUS Academy! My name is Mrs. Himmelright, and I love to see learners succeed in their online courses. Learning online can be challenging and hard at times, however you can thrive if you practice some solid habits that will set you up for success. I often share this link with individuals new to online learning, and I encourage you to take a look at these handy tips that aren’t just for studying, but for how to get the most out of your online courses: Getting the Most Out of Your eLearning Course: 10 Study Tips for Online Learners Best of luck with your courses!
EBUS is pleased to announce a number of new clubs and teams available for our full time students, check out the list in the grade 10-12 homeroom in the Community Events section.
UPCOMING IMPORTANT DATES
- Friday Oct 23 Professional Development Day – EBUS staff unavailable, courses open
- Monday Nov 9 Term 1 ends
- Wednesday Nov 11 Remembrance Day – EBUS closed, courses open to students
- Tuesday Nov 24 report cards available
- Friday Nov 27 Professional Development Day – EBUS staff unavailable, courses open
- WINTER BREAK Dec 21 – Jan 1 – EBUS staff unavailable, courses open
- Monday January 18 Term 2 ends
- Tuesday Feb 2 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 you can continue with your studies without penalty. 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 1 on Nov 9, they should be about 60%+ complete today. For a planned finish by the end of term 2 or semester 1 on January 18, students should be about 30%+ complete. And for students working in a linear fashion to complete by the June deadlines, they should be about 15%+ complete at this time.
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Now to watch the snow turn into mud as it warms up today ☹. Keep well, the next newsletter will be Friday Oct 30.