HOWE SOUND SECONDARY SCHOOL

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Office Hours: 8:00 - 4:30 pm

Principal’s Message

April 14, 2014

Dear Families,

Satisfaction Survey 2013/2014

The Provincial Satisfaction Survey is unique in its scope, size and usefulness to schools. It gathers information from parents, teachers and students on topics related to school environment, safety, and achievement. The information is used for planning in individual schools and provides a district and provincial perspective.

Toward the end of April, the Satisfaction Survey will be administered to students in grades 10 and 12, their parents, and all school staff. We encourage parents, staff and students to participate in this survey, as the results are important in identifying and celebrating current strengths, as well as determining where the school needs to focus improvement. The surveys contain standard questions for the Province – in addition, questions from the school and/or district that focus on local conditions or issues may be included.

The survey can be completed electronically and can be accessed on the Internet at http://www.bced.gov.bc.ca/sat_survey. Any computer with an Internet connection can be used, and access to the e-survey is simple and secure. All that is required is a logon number that the school will provide to participants. Provincial, District and School Reports for previous years can be viewed at the same site, without a logon number.

Computers will be available to parents during parent/teacher/student interviews on Monday, April 28th from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

For parents who do not wish to use school computers, local public library computers may be another option.

The e-survey site will be open until Wednesday, April 30th.

To receive your logon number please contact the school and clerical will give you your code.

Tuesday night – you are all invited to our Fine Arts Showcase at 7 p.m. featuring “art in action”…students will be involved in demonstrating learning in visual and performing arts and presenting their process. Everyone welcome.

ICBC Assembly – Greg Drew – at 2 p.m. in the gym. – Wednesday, April 16. In B.C., car crashes remain the number one preventable cause of death for youth in B.C. In fact, in 2012, nearly 4,500 youth aged 16-21 were injured in approximately 21,000 crashes in the Lower Mainland.   Mr. Drew, our guest speaker, lost his son in one of these crashes. His presentation is for our Grade 11 and 12 students. The ICBC road safety speaker program is trying to change this statistic by reaching students at a pivotal time—graduation. Hearing a speaker during grad season reinforces road safety messages at a time when students are out celebrating and may not be thinking about the consequences of their actions.

GOOD FRIDAY – April 18th – School Closed

EASTER MONDAY – April 21st – School Closed

Lights Out & Tech Free Day – Tuesday, April 22 – all day.   Lights Out Canada (www.lightsoutcanada.org) is an annual event, during which schools turn off their lights and follow lesson plans we provide on climate change and how youth can take action. Our materials seek to engage students with the science of climate change and empower them to take action. Over half a million students have participated since 2005. Howe Sound Secondary will also try to be Tech Free that day also.

Music Tour – April 23-26. More info to come.

Early Dismissal – Parent/Student/Teacher Interviews – Report Card pick up will be – Monday April 28 as you enter the school for the interviews. Parents and students simply arrive at their appointment time. You will receive your students’ Report Card at the front door. All students should be able to answer the following questions:

What are you learning?

How are you doing?

How do you know?

How can you improve?

Where do you go for help?

Global Awareness Dinner – Wed. April 30 from 6 – 9 p.m. More info to come.

Please take advantage of each and every opportunity to get involved in our school.

All for now,

Dr. Christine Perkins

Principal

Howe Sound Secondary

E-mail: cperkins@sd48.bc.ca

Phone: 604-892-5261

Fax: 604-892-5618

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