Welcome to those who have been with us and welcome to those who are new! 2014-2015 promises to be an exciting year at Howe Sound Secondary School. HSS welcomes all of our new students from around the world to our International program and, in particular, we welcome our new Grade 10s who are entering senior high school. We also welcome new Vice-Principal, Dave Dunkin. School begins Tuesday, September 2, 2014. Packages will be mailed out to all families in late August. School supplies include paper, pens, pencils, binders and a calculator. Bussing information will be posted on the district website in August and in The Squamish Chief newspaper.
You will find at Howe Sound Secondary School a family of professional educators and CUPE staff that have created a safe, purposeful and powerful learning environment ready to help you to think critically, create, collaborate, contribute and learn. These are key competencies of S.D #48s new Education Plan and tie perfectly into our school mission, “to foster a strong sense of community that provides opportunities for students to become motivated learners capable of achieving their potential”. Many of you will continue, and others will begin, your journey with project-based learning (PBL), presentations of learning (POLs), and the integration of new technology. We are aiming for excellence in all areas of our school and have high expectations for our students.
The next three years are geared specifically toward ensuring your child is ready for the world beyond high school. For information about the Ministry of Education’s Graduation Program, we high recommend you take a look at the following website: http://www.bced.gov.bc.ca/graduation/
Our excellent teaching and support staff work collaboratively as teams across a variety of areas including: academics, athletics, arts, service, special education, trades, the Vancouver Community College (Chef’s Training) program, and Kwantlen Polytechnic University (Carpentry) program, the Native Teacher Education Program at UBC (NITEP), and advanced English, for senior students, at Capilano University. There is truly something for everyone at Howe Sound Secondary. In addition, we offer three academies: Outdoor Leadership (year-long), Hockey (1st semester) and Cycling (2nd Semester). See your counsellor for more information.
Throughout the year, we constantly update events and activities on our own school website: http://howesoundsecondary.bc.ca/ Almost everything Howe Sound can be found there.
Please feel free to contact me at any time, should you have questions, concerns, or need assistance with your child’s education.
Dr. Christine Perkins
Howe Sound Secondary