Semester turn around is coming fast! There is one week to the semester 1/term 2 guarantee date of January 27, and EBUS staff are busy with the increased marking load that has come in with the end of a semester. At the same time we are bringing in a number of new students. We appreciate your patience if it is taking longer than usual for assignments to be marked or questions to be answered.
As we are at the halfway point in the school year, I will be 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 then the grades 11s and 10s to ensure our students intending to graduate have a clear picture of their educational plans.
REQUESTING NEW COURSES
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 1 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.
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 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 is released in the homeroom and our website in early February, 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.
EBUS is planning to host an in person grad ceremony Saturday June 3, and have booked Van Deusen Gardens near Vancouver at this time. In past years we have hosted a ceremony the last Saturday in May in Vanderhoof, our hometown, if there is enough interest. To participate students need to be approximately 75% complete all grad required courses by the end of April. Notices to all grade 12 students will go out in February, so watch for a future email. If you have questions contact your academic advisor.
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
- Jan 27 end of Term 2 – all work handed in on or before will be marked for report cards
- 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 13 school assembly 11AM – link on your dashboard
- 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
- 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 or by the end of semester 1 on January 18, students should be complete. And for students working in a linear fashion to complete by the June deadlines, they should be about 50% complete at this time.
Currently I am 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 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 answer calls during the workday when available.
Keep well, the next newsletter will be Friday February 3.