Semester turn around! This will be a short newsletter with a full one coming in a week. EBUS staff are busy with report cards and the increased marking load that has come in with the end of term 2, along with 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.
IMPORTANT – CHANGE TO OUR COURSE ACCESS FOR SUMMER 2021
In previous years students adding courses now could continue past June and access their courses in July and August but not have teacher supports. In the summer of 2021 and going forward, our regular school year servers will be down for annual maintenance. This means students who start courses from September to March in the school year will have no course access from the end of June until the beginning of the next school year. This will not affect our annual Summer session program as that will be run on a separate server. We encourage all students to finish their course work by the June 15 deadlines for a variety of reasons, but if necessary, students can continue into the fall. Any questions or concerns, please contact your academic advisor.
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 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.
GRADUATION ASSESSMENT RESULTS
For students who wrote in the January session, results are released by the ministry approximately 3 months after they are written and are accessible on the student transcript wit the ministry of education. Details on accessing your ministry transcript are found in the homeroom on student dashboards.
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 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 the next week, and the deadline to apply is April 15.
UPCOMING IMPORTANT DATES
- Tuesday Feb 2 report cards available
- Early February EBUS scholarships booklet posted in homeroom and website
- Monday Feb 15 Family day EBUS staff unavailable, courses open
- Friday Feb 26 Professional Development Day – EBUS staff unavailable, courses open
- Spring Break March 22-April 5 – EBUS closed, courses open
- April 15 EBUS Scholarship application deadline
- April 12-16 Grad Assessments
- April 23 Professional Development Day – EBUS staff unavailable, courses open
- Early May summer session registration opens
- 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
Keep well, the next newsletter will be Friday February 5.