March already?! I hope you are all doing well and are seeing the early signs of spring where you live. With just over 3 months to go to the June 16 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.
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. Grade 12 students should have their updated plans, and I am working through the grades 11s and then the 10s. Students who are planning to graduate by the June 2023 deadlines must be in all their courses to graduate by now.
For current grade 10 and 11 students carrying on with EBUS Academy for the next school year these will be useful for course selections which will happen May 9th and 10th. That 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 times and the process to select courses in MyEd in future 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 by the June deadlines.
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 20 to March 31st with teachers returning Monday April 3. During this time, courses are open but all teachers and staff are away for holidays, so no one will be setting up tests, answering emails or phone calls or marking. 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.
SCHOLARSHIPS FOR STUDENTS GRADUATING
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/2022-23-ebus-scholarship-package/ and the deadline to apply is April 15. EBUS PAC scholarship funds must be used by December 31 2023. 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.
EBUS has booked Van Deusen Gardens in Vancouver on Friday June 3 for our in person grad ceremony. 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 will be emailed soon. Depending on interest we will host a grad ceremony in our hometown Vanderhoof as well, if you have not emailed me your interest to attend the Vanderhoof ceremony, please do so asap.
SUMMER SESSION 2023
EBUS will be running summer session in 2023! 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 strongly recommend choosing one course for summer session to ensure you will complete it during that short time frame. Registration will open May 1 at our website, www.ebus.ca and the list of courses offered will be announced mid-April, but generally nearly all courses are offered. Once registered, the student is immediately put in the course with access to the first unit. On June 20 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 the end of August.
MENTAL HEALTH MINUTE
This month’s wellness project focus is on physical health, particularly the importance of sleep. Getting 7-8 hours or more of good quality sleep a day is shown to greatly improve a number things in our lives. We encourage you to learn more about ways you can improve the length and quality of your sleep and get into that routine!
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.
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 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
- May 1 summer session registration opens
- May 5 Term 3 report cards available
- May 11 school assembly 11AM – link on your dashboard
- May 12 Professional Development Day – EBUS staff unavailable, courses open
- May 22 Victoria Day – EBUS staff unavailable, courses open
- June 3 graduation ceremony in Vancouver
- June 8 school assembly 10:30AM link on your dashboard
- June 15 end of Term 4 and school year – all work handed in on or before will be marked for report cards
- June 29 Term 4 report cards available
June 30 EBUS closed for summer break
- 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. 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 3 or on April 20 students should be 50% complete. Those working on a semester fashion should be about 30% complete. And for students working in a linear fashion to complete by the June deadlines, they should be about 70% 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 will answer calls during the workday when available.
Keep well, the next newsletter will be Friday March 17.