This newsletter is intended for students in grades 10-12 for whom EBUS is their full time school.
My name is Chris Mushumanski, and if you are a full time 10-12 EBUS Student, I am your academic advisor.
Here we are past the halfway mark in September! I hope you all are settling into your courses, connecting with your teachers and getting into the routines of learning! Great to see so many new families joining us this year, as well as all of those returning, I look forward to connecting with you and journeying along your education!
This is the second newsletter for the school year, you can access all of the announcements on in your homeroom on the News Board or at https://ebus.ca/category/10-12-homeroom/
Please note currently we have a record setting number of new students interested in EBUS this year and are doing our best to process new applications. I am prioritizing my time for bringing in new students and getting them into courses, so I appreciate your patience as my days are filled with phone calls and course additions. Once school start up is complete and all full time students are in courses, I will email you each a credit check detailing your progress in the graduation program, starting with grade 12s, then 11s and 10s in order to ensure our students planning to graduate this year are all set with required courses.
WELCOME TO EBUS ACADEMY MEETING
Given the incredible number of new families we wanted to hold a special V-class, similar to a Zoom session. It is open to all families and students and will be recorded with the link shared out. We will host this Monday Sept 21 1:30pm Pacific at https://us.bbcollab.com/collab/ui/session/guest/de5ce6971d9d4948b527cccd8800c476
We will cover topics like more about EBUS Academy, how to access your courses and dashboard, contacting teachers, elements of student success and more.
See Vclass Tutorial – Grades 7-12 for details about setting up your audio for the V-class, and no need to use your video camera during the session. We hope you can join us!
REQUESTSING 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. Courses will only be added if the student is dropping one or is substantially complete in a current course. I appreciate your patience as I work through the new applications, phone calls and emails. At this busy time in the year it can take me up to 5 school days to respond.
For students and families looking to connect with me by phone we are using a new system this year that is well received by our families. Please use https://tinyurl.com/yyrbnz7p to book that, and select the appropriate amount of time you need. Discussing course changes and academic advising can usually use a 10 or 20 minute appointment.
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 adding a course will be withdrawn and risk not getting that course for an extended period of time. If you need help with something reach out to teacher right away, or if you need to make a course change, let me know. We want to support as many learners as we can this year, so please make sure we know what we can do for you. As a guideline students working in 4 or more courses should be scheduling 25 hours each week for learning time.
UPCOMING IMPORTANT DATES
- Friday Sept 25 District Planning Day – EBUS staff unavailable, courses open to students
- Monday Oct 12 Thanksgiving – EBUS closed, courses open
- Friday Oct 23 Professional Development Day – EBUS staff unavailable, courses open
- Monday Nov 9 Term 1 ends
- Wednesday Nov 11 Remembrance Day – EBUS closed, courses open to students
- Tuesday Nov 24 report cards available
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 Students, you can access your report cards from your dashboard looking 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, September.
Have a great September, the next newsletter will be Friday Oct 2.