Welcome to the 2020-21 school year with EBUS Academy! The EBUS staff is excited to get things rolling for what looks to be a very busy year here at EBUS.
As word of introduction, I am the academic advisor/counselor for full time students in grades 10-12 at EBUS and also the Careers 12 teacher. I have been with EBUS since 2013, and with School District 91 since 1997. When I am not busy with work, I am very active with Search and Rescue in British Columbia in a variety of ways, and I also enjoy the outdoors and working with wood.
NEW FOR 2020-21
As you can imagine, this year we are facing unprecedented interest in our program. Staff worked overtime this summer taking requests and applications and we are working hard to process and accommodate as many new students as we can. For students who are new to EBUS, I look forward to connecting with you and appreciate your patience as we get your accounts created and everything all set for your education. For our many returning students, I look forward to reconnecting with you and getting caught up with how you are doing, and appreciate your patience if it takes longer than usual for that to happen. To speed up the way I connect with you, I am using Microsoft Bookings to take phone call appointments and you can book a 10, 20 or 30 minute appointment with me at https://tinyurl.com/yyrbnz7p New students please book a 20 minute appointment, but most students will likely find 10 minutes sufficient.
Given the incredible interest and demand for seats with EBUS, either full time or cross enrolled students, all students will be seeing more encouragement to get active and stay continually active in all the courses on your dashboard and finish your courses as soon as you can. We ask that you only sign up for the courses you will be actively work in for now, and give me the list of the courses you want to add later in the year, and we will hold a seat for those “second semester” courses for our full time students. Please note those students who do not log in, start work and submit assignments within FOUR WEEKS of the course showing up on your dashboard risk being withdrawn from the course and the seat given to another student wanting that course. If this is a concern for you, please reach out to me and your teacher and we will work to support you in moving ahead with your education.
Our teachers worked hard to develop new courses for you and we are excited to offer the following:
First Peoples English Studies 12 (meets Language Arts 12 grad requirement)
English New Media 11 (meets Language Arts 11 grad requirement)
For students wanting to see what courses we offer, you can see each grade as listed below:
If students want to make changes to your courses, you can use the “drop course” and to add a course, you can use the “add course” button, email or phone me.
EBUS wants to see our students as successful in their learning as they can be. With that in mind, we find that successful students have some similarities I would like to share with you. Successful online students:
- Start their course within a week of it arriving on their dashboard
- Are motivated, proactive self-starters who reach out to the teachers when they have questions
- Create a regular check in process between parent/guardian and student
- Contact their teachers soon if you have questions or problems or will be away from your studies for more than 2 weeks
- Log in to their course and submit work every 1-2 school days
- Have a course completion date in mind, and regularly check their progress against that
- Have a school year to complete their studies (EBUS is closed in the summer, but courses are open to students) but we encourage students to work towards finishing courses by the June deadlines of each school year, but note students who are not active in their courses for more than 6 weeks risk being withdrawn from that course
- Check the homeroom regularly for updates, found on their dashboard or at http://ebus.ca/grade-10-12-homeroomnews/
- If you have log in or tech issues, or change your contact info, contact the help desk at ext 2255
As we get going with your EBUS courses, I wanted to remind our students and families of a few things. Our website is the main point of contact for information. To access the EBUS welcome package, you can find that on our website www.ebus.ca at this link: http://ebus.ca/welcome-package/
This has lots of useful information, such as the school year calendar, course resources, who to call when you have a question, and more!
NEW CURRICULUM AND GRAD PROGRAM
As you are likely aware, the Ministry of Education is changed the grad program in BC along with the curriculum for all courses. This transition continues and the high school graduation program has been fully implemented, and the curriculum changes to grade 10. 11 and 12 courses in now complete. To get the most current details, please visit http://ebus.ca/distance-learning/bcs-new-curriculum/ We will continue to update this webpage and more information and details are released. Some of the changes include the required Numeracy and Literacy 10 and 12 assessments. Given the situation with COVID, the ministry has cancelled all Literacy 12 assessment graduation requirements for this year, but have not announced anything regarding Numeracy 10 assessments. More info on the assessments will be posted in the homeroom on your dashboard.
LEARNING SUPPORT FUNDS
For full time EBUS students, the ministry provides learning support funds for new courses you are currently active in. The process of accessing these funds has changed so please be sure to read all of the info on our website. Detailed information on the funds, how many courses you need to be active in, what you can use the funds for and more, is available at http://ebus.ca/welcome-package/learning-support-funds/ I encourage you to read all of the information on this. Students who are actively working in 4 or more new courses (more than 10% complete in the curriculum) will be eligible for the funding for 3rd party vendor invoices. All Learning Support Funds must be used by the last Friday in May, after which the ministry pulls back all funds.
When I have different announcements, I will use the Grades 10-12 Homeroom. This is not a course, but a forum for me to pass along information to students in grades 10, 11 and 12. Please check the homeroom regularly so you are keeping up to speed with all things happening this school year, such as changes to the grad program and provincial exams, scholarships, and extra-curricular activities around the province. Students and parents can also access all of the information for the Homeroom on our webpage at http://ebus.ca/welcome-package/grade-10-12-homeroomnews/
EBUS COURSES FOR FALL 2020
For our current students who submitted their course requests by June 26, your courses are on your dashboard now and you can begin your courses. Full time students should plan for 25 learning hours each week and I encourage you to create a custom weekly schedule that will work for you. For new students who applied in Spring and over the summer and have been approved by me, we are working hard to create your EBUS account and send you the welcome email with your login and password. These are sent first thing in the morning and after lunch each school day, so check your email, including junk and spam mail folders, a couple times a day. New students who were approved, if you have not received your welcome email by Friday Sept 11, contact me by phone then and I will look into the delay.
EBUS is currently taking more applications for Grade 10-12 students without Special Education designations to accommodate as many new families as we can, and if you are one of these families, I will reach out to you by email asap, please watch for that.
For all EBUS high school students, I will update or create and email out a graduation credit check for each students as soon as I can, and appreciate your patience as you wait for this document. This will show the courses already successfully completed, those you are currently enrolled in, those planned for later this year, and those remaining to be complete to meet graduation requirements.
UPCOMING IMPORTANT DATES
- Friday Sept 4 summer session report cards on student dashboards
- Tuesday Sept 8 school opens
- Friday Sept 18 EBUS secondary newsletter
- 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
- Wednesday Nov 11 Remembrance Day – EBUS closed, courses open to students
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.
PHOTO ID REQUIRED
For the required graduation numeracy and literacy assessments, all BC students will need government issue photo ID. A BCID card or a public school ID card will qualify. If you need a school ID card please send a current colour photo to Nikki at firstname.lastname@example.org well in advance of your assessment date.
Lots of info 🙂 I intend to produce and send out a newsletter on the 1st and 3rd Friday of each month similar to this, please watch for that keep up with all that EBUS has to offer.
If you have any further questions, or any changes need to be made, please let me know! I am available by email at email@example.com or by phone or 1-800-567-1236 ext 2244 or book a phone appointment at https://tinyurl.com/yyrbnz7p.
I wish you a successful, rewarding, engaging and productive school year at EBUS Academy!