Our Spring Break is just around the corner, and I hope you get some meaningful rest and time away in the coming two weeks. With less than 3 months to go to the June 15 year-end deadline, it’s 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. Please note all EBUS courses will be offline March 22 during the break but otherwise courses are open during the Break but with no teacher supports.
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 finished the grade 12s and am partway through the grades 11s and then the 10s. For students carrying on with EBUS Academy for the next school year these will be useful for course selections which will happen the week of May 17th. The presentation will go over graduation requirements, course selection considerations, thoughts on learning after high school and more. Watch for details announcing the specific grade presentation dates and the process to select courses in MyEd in the April and May newsletters.
For students considering leaving EBUS for the next school year, I recommend you contact the new school you are considering as they will be doing course selections much earlier, often around now. If you plan to leave EBUS at the end of June, please be sure to send you advisor a heads up so we can transfer your file. If you are staying with EBUS, all you need to do is course selections in May.
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 Spring Break at EBUS?
School District 91 has established our break from March 22 to April 5, with teachers returning Tuesday April 6. During this time, all teachers and staff are away for holidays, so no one will be setting up tests, answering emails or phone calls or marking. Courses are open but we expect 2-3 days of closures for computer maintenance, this will be announced on your dashboard. You may notice these dates may not be the same dates for the local schools where you live. In fact, Spring Break across BC stretches over 4 different weeks, not every district is the same.
So what does that mean for you? First, I do encourage all students to take some holiday time, rest and recharging is vital. With EBUS’ flexible scheduling, a student can take off a different week than when EBUS is off, and then work on their courses during EBUS’ Spring Break. Remember, there is no one to answer questions, set up tests or mark assignments during our Spring Break, but with some planning, students can take a good holiday when it fits your schedule.
IMPORTANT – CHANGE TO OUR COURSE ACCESS IN JULY & AUGUST 2021
In the summer of 2021 and going forward, our regular school year computer servers will be down for annual maintenance. This means students who start courses from September until now 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 with no penalty. Please note we cannot move students from “school year” courses to “summer session” courses due to ministry funding policies. Any questions or concerns, please contact your academic advisor.
SCHOLARSHIPS FOR STUDENTS GRADUATING BY JUNE 2021
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 was released in the homeroom and at https://ebus.ca/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/2020-2021-Scholarships-EBUS-final.pdf 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. While EBUS Parent Advisory Scholarships have requirements for the number of courses you need to take with EBUS, the District Scholarships do not, so we encourage all students graduating with EBUS to apply for these. If you have questions contact your academic advisor.
With COVID considerations this year EBUS will be hosting one online grad ceremony June 5, but in non-COVID years we host a ceremony the last Saturday in May in Vanderhoof, our hometown, and then at Van Deusen Gardens in Vancouver the first Saturday in June. To participate, students need to be approximately 75% complete all grad requirements by the end of April. Notices to all grade 12 students and their parents were emailed previously, if you did not get this notice contact me and if you have questions, contact your academic advisor.
SUMMER SESSION 2021
EBUS will be running summer session in 2021! Full time or cross enrolled students can take 1-2 courses with teacher supports in the summer, with the firm expectation to finish by the end of August. I recommend only taking 1 to ensure you finish by the end of summer. Registration will open in early May at our website, www.ebus.ca and the list of courses offered will be announced then, but nearly all courses are offered. Once registered, the student is immediately put in the course with access to the first unit. On June 15 the rest of the course will be opened and then on July 1 they will have full teacher supports. As teachers return to their regular school year job in early September, it is essential students finish their course by that deadline.
MENTAL HEALTH MINUTE
With the weather improving, temperatures rising and spring spreading across our communities, one of the wise things everyone can do is start getting outside more often. Even with the COVID protocols, outdoor exercise is one of the highly recommended activities to benefit you mentally and physically. Give it a try!
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
- Spring Break March 22-April 5 – EBUS closed, courses open
- March 31 January assessment results available on student transcripts
- April 15 EBUS Scholarship application deadline
- April 19 Term 3 ends
- April 23 Professional Development Day – EBUS staff unavailable, courses open
- Early May summer session registration opens at ebus.ca
- May 3 Term 3 report cards available
- May 14 Professional Development Day – EBUS staff unavailable, courses open
- Week of May 17th courses selections – dates to be announced soon
- May 24 Victoria Day – EBUS staff unavailable, courses open
- June 14-23 provincial assessments written
- June 15 Term 4, Semester 2 and year end deadline
- June 28 report cards available
- June 29 EBUS closed for summer holidays all school year courses closed for summer
Note that Term end dates are guidelines for students to finish courses, if you do not finish by the April term end date, continue with your studies without penalty and finish the course(s) as soon as possible.
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) on a semester fashion should be about 40% complete. And for students working in a linear fashion to complete by the June deadlines, they should be about 75% 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 as “no caller ID” but I will call at the time you request.
Keep well, enjoy your break, and the next newsletter will be Friday April 2, it will be a short one.