Hi everyone, we made it to May, I hope you are able to find some way to enjoy some outside time today. We are down to the final 5 full weeks of classes before the June 15 deadline for course completion this school year. Lots for full time high school students at EBUS to be aware of, please make sure you keep on top of the newsletters and announcements. The remaining newsletters will go out by email May 21st, then June 4th and the final one for the school year is June 18th.
GRADUATION ASSESSMENT RESULTS AND REGISTRATIONS FOR JUNE
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 Numeracy and Literacy 10 assessments are happening this school year while the Literacy 12 will be a requirement in the 2021-22 school year. Students planning to graduate in June 2021 must write the literacy 10 and numeracy assessments in June. These assessments must be written under the supervision of a teacher and are written generally in high schools across BC.
EBUS wants to support our students in making their best decisions given these graduation requirements and COVID. If students are not graduating this year, they can wait until the next school year to write an assessment, it is not essential to write in June.
The next session EBUS will arrange for students is June 2021. EBUS can help you find a school close by for you to write in. You can register for that at www.ebusgradassessment.weebly.com until May 19.
You can get all the details at https://ebus.ca/welcome-package/grade-10-12-homeroomnews/graduation-assessments-provincial-exams/
SUMMER SESSION 2021
EBUS is running summer session in 2021! Registration is open and all the details can be found here including the list of courses we will be offering. Deadline to apply is June 15, but once courses are full they will be closed and we have over 200 applications this week already, so I recommend applying soon. Be sure to carefully read the requirements and expectations of summer session as they are different that previous years. Be aware we cannot move a current active course on the student dashboards to summer session due to funding policies with the Ministry. I recommend students only take 1 summer course as they must finish the course in 2.5 months, and any students not finished by the deadlines in September will be withdrawn and must retake the entire course.
COURSE SELECTIONS FOR THE 2021-22 SCHOOL YEAR
For students continuing with EBUS for the next school year we have arranged the following presentations for course selections:
Tuesday May 18 10:30AM Pacific – students going into grade 10
Tuesday May 18 1:30PM Pacific – students going into grade 12
Thursday May 20 1:30PM Pacific – students going into grade 11
The weblink for all three of these presentations is found here https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/277a8c08aec64bdb862d9bf02c7dbf39
For setting up your audio in Collaborate use this document Vclass Tutorial – Grades 7-12
To help with course planning 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. Email me if you need an updated copy.
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.
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.
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
- May 3 Term 3 report cards available
- May 14 Professional Development Day – EBUS staff unavailable, courses open
- Week of May 17th courses selections
- May 19 deadline to register for graduation assessments
- May 24 Victoria Day – EBUS staff unavailable, courses open
- June 5 EBUS virtual grad ceremony
- 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) by the June deadlines regardless of the start date, they should be about 75% complete at this time.
As COVID related changes were announced by the Province, I transitioned to 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, the next newsletter will be Friday May 21st .