As we come to the end of term 1 next week, I hope this newsletter finds you well, making good progress in your learning and finding a rhythm to your school year with us.
As a full-time student high school student with EBUS, I will email you each a credit check 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 most of the way through our grade 12s and will begin soon on the 11s and 10s, in order to ensure our students planning to graduate this year are all set with required courses. Watch for this important email in the coming weeks if you have not already received one.
REQUIRED GRADUATION ASSESSMENTS
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. These assessments must be written under the supervision of a teacher and are written in high schools across BC. EBUS will help our fulltime students find a seat a local high school for the January and June sessions.
To clarify who needs to write the assessments this year:
Grade 10 students – literacy 10 and numeracy
Grade 11 students – literacy 10 and numeracy (if you did not write last year)
Grade 12 students – literacy 12 and if needed literacy 10 and numeracy
Students need to complete these only one time.
For students looking to write in the January session, EBUS can help you find a school close by for you to write in. You can register for that at www.ebusgradassessment.weebly.com between November 1 and December 8.
You can get all the details at https://ebus.ca/welcome-package/grade-10-12-homeroomnews/graduation-assessments-provincial-exams/
This year it is essential students get started in all the courses on your dashboard given the volume of new students we are welcoming this year. Note that students who have not submitted any work within 4 weeks of having the course on your dashboard risk being withdrawn for inactivity. If you need help with something reach out to the teacher right away, or if you need to make a course change, let me know. Our goal is not to stress students out with this information; we want to support each one of you with your goals of learning and high school graduation. As a guideline, students working in 4 or more courses should plan for 25 hours each week for learning time, scheduled flexibly when it works for you. Your teachers are available during the traditional school day as indicated in their course, and we work hard to respond to student questions within 1-2 school days. Note if your teacher works part time, it may take longer to respond.
REQUESTING COURSE CHANGES
For full time students wanting to change courses, please use the “drop course” button on your dashboard and email me your new request. Be sure to put the full student name and the specific course you are requesting, like English New Media 10. If you have courses on your dashboard, you should be handing in work in all of those courses regularly, or drop the course and we can add that later in the school year. The last day to request new courses is March 1.
For students and families looking to book an appointment with me, please visit https://tinyurl.com/yyrbnz7p and select the appropriate amount of time you need when you are available for my call.
REMEMBRANCE DAY VIRTUAL ASSEMBLY
We invite our fulltime families to join us in taking time to honour the sacrifices made for the freedoms we enjoy today. We encourage you all on Tuesday November 10 at 10:30AM Pacific to join our virtual Remembrance Day assembly at Click here to join the meeting
To ensure our full-time high school students have all the information about EBUS Academy needed to be successful, our website contains lots of information vital to student success. In this section of our bi-weekly newsletter, we will highlight some of the elements of EBUS that we get lots of questions about.
Sooo…what about the ends of Terms?
Ministry of Education policy requires high schools to formally report out to parents 4 times a year. At the end of each term, a report card is produced showing the progress in the high school course as a percentage complete, a grade shown as a percentage, and any comments regarding student learning. The term deadline of November 12 is set as a guarantee date – any work submitted before that date will be marked and included in the term 1 report card. Work can be submitted November 13 and beyond, and we strongly encourage students to keep working, but that work may not be on your term 1 report card, a snapshot of learning accomplished and assessed by November 12.
If a student has a self-determined deadline of November 12 to finish a course and does not finish by that date, they just continue on until finished, no penalties or late marks taken off, no need to ask for an extension before the June deadlines. The final course completion will show up on the next report card. So in the end, take Dory’s advice from Finding Nemo, and just keep working…just keep working 😊
MENTAL HEALTH MINUTE
It is quite common to hear from students and parents by this point in the year that there may be struggles noted – motivation may be a concern, the student might not be progressing as well as hoped, or with all that is going on in the world – an exceptionally stressful time – our mental health might not be where we’d like it. I hope by saying you are not alone in noticing this, you recognize many of us are struggling, but we are in this together. When we struggle, think about what is most helpful – kindness, noticing the positives and efforts made (even if they appear small), words of support, curiosity instead of judgement – these may be more important on that day than assignment completion. We are living in a very stressful world these days, and learning does not always happen in the ways we envision. If you want to talk further about this, do reach out, I have a mental health background and am not afraid of the sensitive conversations that sometimes need to happen.
UPCOMING IMPORTANT DATES
- Wednesday Nov 10 school assembly 10:30am Click here to join the meeting
- Thursday Nov 11 Remembrance Day – EBUS closed, courses open to students
- Friday Nov 12 Term 1 ends, report cards available Nov 25
- Friday Nov 26 Professional Development Day – EBUS staff unavailable, courses open
- Tuesday Dec 7 Grade 10-12 assembly 11AM
- WINTER BREAK Dec 20 – Jan 3 – EBUS staff unavailable, courses open
- Tuesday Jan 11 10:30am assembly
- Jan 24-28 Literacy 10, Numeracy and Literacy 12 assessment writing
- Friday January 28 Term 2 ends
- Tuesday Feb 8 school assembly 10:30am
- Thursday Feb 10 report cards available
- March 1 deadline to request courses for this school year
- 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 you can continue with your studies without penalty. 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 in this photo
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 1 on Nov 12, they should be about 95%+ complete today. For a planned finish by the end of term 2 or semester 1 on January 18, students should be about 50%+ complete. And for students working in a linear fashion to complete by the June deadlines, they should be about 25%+ complete at this time.
Keep well, the next newsletter will be Friday November 19.