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

Principal: Nick Pascuzzi –

Vice-Principal: Antony Blaikie –

Vice-Principal: Cory Hartling –


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

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Please find attached our January Newsletter.



Dear Parents and Guardians,

 I hope you have been enjoying a wonderful summer with family.  Please click here for our Howe Sound Secondary August Newsletter.  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.

 Please note that our school office is now open from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm for new student registrations.  If you have any questions or concerns regarding our September start up, please contact our school at 604 892-5261.


Nick Pascuzzi



Dear Parents and Guardians,

Happy New Year!  

This message is just a reminder that our final day for Semester 1 is Friday, January 27th and our first day for Semester 2 is Monday, January 30th.  Given that there are now no provincial exams for Grade 10 and 11, there will be no official exam week at the end of each semester.

Instead, regular classes will be scheduled right up to the end of Semester 1 (January 27th) and individual teachers will be scheduling exams and/or presentations of learning to be administered during class time.  Staff are currently in the process of confirming dates for end of semester classroom assessments and a master schedule will be emailed to families and also posted on our school website in the coming days.

Grade 12 students currently enrolled in English 12, Communication 12, English First Peoples 12 or FFRAL 12 (French Immersion) are required to write a provincial exam.  The provincial exam for English 12 is scheduled for Tuesday, January 24th and the provincial exams for Communications 12, English First Peoples 12 and FFRAL 12 are scheduled for Wednesday, January 25th.  Further information will be forthcoming for our Grade 12 students regarding these provincial exams. 

Please contact me via return email if you have any questions or concerns regarding the information outlined above.

Nick Pascuzzi

Helping Hands

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Please see the email below from the Squamish Helping Hands Society.  They have received a generous donation from Whistler/Blackcomb and are seeking feedback from parents regarding how to best reach out to students in need.  Please take a moment to read their message and complete the survey.  Your feedback will be appreciated.


Nick Pascuzzi



Hello Howe Sound Secondary,

Helping Hands has recently received a generous grant from Whistler / Blackcomb towards our free school lunch program and we are looking to improve on both the nutritional content and accessibility.  The new lunches will include higher quality sandwiches, fruit and granola bars along with cut veggies w/ dip and milk.

We would also like to cast our net wider as we believe that there are more families out there who struggle to make ends meet with the rising cost of living in Squamish.  If families can eliminate the cost of buying lunch foods that extra money could be used to supplement bills or other groceries for the week.  We are looking for ways to reduce the stigma around accepting the lunches.  Some possible ideas around this are opening up the program to all the kids in the school and letting parents choose if they want to pay / donate for the lunches or accept them for free.  Another idea is the possibility of creating a lunch club with activities using volunteers either from the PAC or from our volunteers list to create activities and have food available a la carte at the  lunch club for anyone to enjoy.

At this point these are all just ideas and we need to hear from the schools and the parents as to what they think might work.  We have created a (very short!) survey to help collect the information needed to assess the need. 

This survey is completely anonymous and will be sent out to every school in the district.  Could you please forward this on to the parents at your school to help us make sure no child is being left out!

Thank you

Amy Reid

Caseworker/ Manager

Squamish Helping Hands Society

Post Secondary Powerpoint

Hello parents of Grade 12 Students. Below you will find a link to our Post Secondary Powerpoint. If you have any questions, please contact our school counselors Ms. McCormick or Ms. Cunneyworth.



HSS Information Update for Parents of Grade 12 Students – Reminder

Dear Parents and Guardians of Grade 12 Students,

This message is just a reminder that our school is hosting an information session for Grade 12 students and their parents this  Thursday, October 6th at 6:30pm in our gymnasium (Room B 105).

 At this session our school counsellors, Ms. McCormick and Ms. Cunneyworth, will be reviewing important information on the following topics:

 1) Grad Transitions

2) Procedures for Applying to Post-Secondary Institutions

3) Scholarships – What’s Available and How to Apply for Them

 This session will be very important for parents who may wish to assist their child make informed decisions regarding post-secondary education.

 ***Following this presentation we will be hosting our first parent meeting for Dry Grad 2016.  This meeting will be held at 7:30pm in our school library to discuss initial plans for this year’s Dry Grad social event.


Nick Pascuzzi


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.



 Nick Pascuzzi


Howe Sound Secondary

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