Howe Sound Secondary School – SD 48 (Sea To Sky)

Principal: Nick Pascuzzi – npascuzzi@sd48.bc.ca

Vice-Principal: Antony Blaikie – ablaikie@sd48.bc.ca

Vice-Principal: Cory Hartling – chartling@sd48.bc.ca

HOWE SOUND SECONDARY SCHOOL

1 604 892-5261 t / 1 604 892-5618 f
Office Hours: 8:00 - 4:30 pm

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Principal’s Message September 12, 2016

Dear Parents and Guardians, 

It has been a very busy and productive week at Howe Sound Secondary.  First semester classes are settling nicely and student learning is focused and purposeful.

Please note the following reminders/updates regarding next week:

 1)      We are hosting an information session for parents of students new to our school on Tuesday, September 13th at 6:00 pm in our school library.  Parents of Grade 10 students as well as parents of any new Grade 11 or 12 students are invited to hear from school administration and counselling staff about what to expect from the coming year at HSS.  This is a highly informative presentation with time devoted to answering any questions parents may have.

 2)      Following this meeting our school will be hosting the Annual General Meeting of our Parent Advisory Council (PAC) at 7:00 pm.  This meeting will also be held in our school library and all parents are invited to attend.  At this meeting we will be electing our PAC Executive, and parents will be provided with updates on a number of topics including:

 a.      The New Grade 10-12 Ministry Curriculum (Draft)

b.      Extra-Curricular Opportunities

c.       Upcoming School Events

 3)      We will be implementing our automated call back system as of Monday, September 12th.  This system sends an automated voice message to parents when their child is absent from class without prior notification from their parent.  The voice messages are programmed to go out between 5:00 pm and 8:00 pm each day.  Please call the office during school hours or the attendance line after hours to let us know if your child is to be excused from one or more periods.

 4)   We will be mailing a magnetic Howe Sound Secondary School Calendar to all families next week.  This magnetic calendar lists key dates in our school year including special school events, Pro-D days, non-instructional days and holidays.

 Please let me know if you have any questions regarding the information outlined above.  I can be reached via return email or at 604 892-5261 ext. 105.

 

Regards,

 Nick Pascuzzi

Principal

Howe Sound Secondary

Principal’s Message – August 17

Dear Parents and Guardians, 

Our August Newsletter is now posted on our school website.  This newsletter outlines pertinent information for you and your child regarding school start up as well as general protocols and procedures for the school year.  You will also be receiving a hard copy of this newsletter in a mail out to all families next week.  This mail out will contain additional information including FIPPA documents for signature (Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act), your child’s student verification form, as well as a magnetic school calendar.

Please click here to go directly to our August Newsletter.

Regards,

 

Nick Pascuzzi

Principal

Principal’s Message – August Update

Dear Parents and Guardians,

I hope you are enjoying a wonderful summer with family.  All students should have received by mail their course schedule for the 2016-17 school year. Please note that our school counselors will be seeing students the week of August 29th to September 2nd.  As of 9:00 am August 22nd, students will be able to book an appointment online with one of our counselors.

The website to book an appointment will be:

http://hss.schoolappointments.com

Further details regarding school start up will be communicated to parents in the later part of August.  Please don’t hesitate to contact me via email at npascuzzi@sd48.bc.ca if you have questions or concerns at this time.

 

Regards,

Nick Pascuzzi

Principal

Principal’s Message – July 1

Dear Parents and Guardians,

You may be aware of the elevated lead level that was detected in the schools in Kitimat as well as the low pH of Pemberton’s water that is reacting with plumbing fittings and fixtures to produce elevated levels of lead in the drinking water.

School District No. 48 (Sea to Sky) took immediate action in our Pemberton area schools to ensure that safe drinking water was provided to students and staff in the schools.  We also undertook water testing in all the schools in the District to determine if there were any concerns with the drinking water quality.

A short time later, Vancouver Coastal Health’s School Health Officer sent a memo recommending “that all School Districts in the Coastal Rural region (Sunshine Coast, Powell River, Sea to Sky, Bella Bella and Bella Coola) commence daily flushing of all water lines in all of the schools.”  We have taken this action and have used the same processes we implemented in Pemberton and brought them to all schools in the District.

The water testing confirmed that the lead level in the drinking water post-flush is well below the maximum acceptable concentration levels determined by Canadian Drinking Water Standards.

The School District will be installing filtered water bottle filling stations in all schools and will be decommissioning the water fountains that are currently in use.  Students will be able to use the filling stations to refill their water bottles more easily than they have in the past with the water fountains.

We are confident that the new water stations will allow us to continue to provide a healthy learning environment for all students and staff.

 

Regards,

Nick Pascuzzi

Principal

 

Principal’s Message – June 27

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Please note that students will be receiving their year-end Report Card along with their individual 2016-17 course schedule in the mail. Our mail out is scheduled for this Thursday, June 30th.

Parents will be receiving email correspondence in the third week of August regarding our September school start up.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me via return email if you have any questions at this time regarding your child’s education.

Have a wonderful summer with your family.

 

Regards,

Nick Pascuzzi

Principal

Principal’s Message – May 12

Dear Parents and Guardians,

This message is a reminder that school will not be session for our students tomorrow (Friday) as this is a Professional Development Day for all schools in our Sea to Sky School District. 

Regards,

 

Nick Pascuzzi

Principal

Principal’s Message – April 14

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Please note that Midterm Reports Cards will be mailed on Friday, April 22th and Parent Teacher Interviews are scheduled for Thursday, April 28th between 4:00 and 7:00pm. Further information regarding Parent-Teacher Interviews, including how to book appointments on-line, will be forthcoming as we get closer to the date.

If you have any questions, thoughts or concerns regarding your child’s education please contact me via return email or by phone at (604) 892-5261 ext. 105.

If you have specific questions or concerns regarding any of your child’s classes please contact his/her teachers directly by email. A complete list of staff email addresses is available on our school website by clicking here.

 

Regards,

 

Nick Pascuzzi

Principal

 

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