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

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

Vice-Principal: Antony Blaikie – ablaikie@sd48.bc.ca www.antonyblaikie.weebly.com

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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Message to Families

Dear Parents and Guardians,

I hope this message finds you and your family healthy and safe. We know that families are dealing with many challenges and uncertainties associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, not the least of which is your child’s education. Please know that all of us at HSS are working very hard to ensure the continuity of learning for our students, and all students now have academic course learning available to them through their regular classroom teachers.

We wanted to make you aware that our Sea to Sky School District webpage has been updated to include our District COVID-19 Plan. Our district webpage contains information on the measures and supports that have been put in place to maintain the education and wellbeing of your child while ensuring the safety of all students, families and employees.  Please click here for full details. While there is a significant amount of very important information on this webpage, we wanted to take this opportunity to share some information specific to student learning which has been updated over the past several days. The following information is outlined in a Q&A format intended for clarity.

Please take a moment to review the following frequently asked questions and answers:

  1. Are all students expected to take part in online learning? Please note, staff and school administration will take into account extenuating circumstances which may affect a student’s ability to fully engage in some or all online learning activities provided. For example, we know of a number of instances in which students are working part time or full time to supplement their family income, or they are providing care to younger siblings or children of essential service workers. We are also aware of instances in which students have limited internet access outside of school and we are working with local internet service providers to help resolve these issues on a temporary basis while online learning is in place. These are just a few of the circumstances that staff and admin take into account when making accommodations for student learning. We just ask that students or their parents convey any extenuating circumstance(s) to teachers and any necessary provisions will be put into effect to support our students as needed. If you have any questions regarding your child’s specific circumstances, please do not hesitate to reach out to me or your child’s teachers at the contact information detailed below.
  1. Will all students receive a final mark for each course they are enrolled in? Yes, all students will receive a final grade and a percentage for each course they are enrolled in and successfully complete from now until the end of the school year. There may be instances in which students who are exempted from online course requirements due to one or more of the circumstances listed above will have their mark standing as of Spring Break stand for their final mark. For all other students, the final mark will be based on a blend of their mark at Spring Break and the work they complete until the end of the school year. 

  2. What supports are in place for students with disabilities and diverse abilities? Learning opportunities and assignments for students during this time are expected to be reasonable and manageable for parents. Teachers are working with parents and students to develop a learning plan and provide work that is manageable for them in a home environment.

  3. Will midterm report cards, scheduled for April, be issued? Given the transition time required to change over to online learning, it was determined that the April reporting period would not necessarily be an accurate reflection of student learning. Yearend report cards will be issued in June with final marks in each course.

  4. My child is in Grade 12 and universities require midterm marks as part of their admissions process. How will the universities be provided marks if there is no midterm report card? HSS teachers will be submitting all midterm marks for Grade 12 students April 24th, in accordance with Ministry of Education guidelines. These marks will be available to universities. Grade 12 Students will also be provided with instructions for accessing their interim marks.

  5. How do I get an idea of my child’s progress with their online learning? There are several ways students are kept informed of their progress in their online learning. Different teachers are using different technologies to communicate with students, so one of the following options will work.  

    • Google Classroom: Most teachers are now using Google Classroom for daily communication with students. Assignments and marks will also be posted in student classrooms.  Your child has full access to their Google classrooms. Please have them show you their progress.

    • MyEdBC: Many teachers post their marks and assignments on MyEdBC. We have created a brief video here that demonstrates how to login and navigate this software program.

    • Teacher Websites: Several teachers are maintaining a website where marks and assignments will be posted. Please refer to the list of teacher websites here.

    • Teacher email: Any student or parent can email their teacher directly to inquire about their academic standing in any particular class. Please click here for a list of staff email addresses.

 

Another useful source of information is outlined in a Ministry of Education document, entitled “Frequently Asked Questions on Continuity of Learning”.  Much of the information on this document has been summarized on our School District website. This Ministry document can be accessed by clicking here.

We will continue to provide you with further updates as they come forward.

Please contact me by email or call at 604 892-5261 ext. 105 if you have any questions or concerns regarding the information outlined above.

 

Regards,

Nick Pascuzzi

Principal

 

 

 

Online Learning/Scholarship/Course Selection/Mental Wellness Update

Dear Parents and Guardians,

I hope this message finds you and your family healthy and safe.

The purpose of this email is to provide parents with updated information regarding school operations in this time of online learning.  I have tried to keep this message as brief as possible as I know and appreciate that you are receiving numerous emails from our school.  Here are some key points:

STUDENT/TEACHER EMAIL COMMUNICATION

  • All Grade 8-12 students in our district have been provided with a School District 48 Gmail account. This email account allows teachers to email students directly from their Google Classroom platform facilitating streamlined communication between students and teachers.  Student G-mail accounts are limited to sending/receiving from within the School District 48 domain.
  • Please click here for a district document outlining the logistical and legal requirements for student G-Mail use.

2020-21 COURSE SELECTIONS

  • If your child has not already completed their course requests for next year, it is very important that they log onto the student portal of MyEdBC and complete their course requests for 2020-21.  Information regarding course offerings can be found here.  Students experiencing any difficulties logging into MyEdBC can contact Mr. Blaikie at ablaikie@sd48.bc.ca.
  • If students have any  general or specific questions about courses, they can contact our school counsellors:

LOCAL SCHOLARSHIPS

  • Local scholarships for our Grade 12 students will still be awarded. Our scholarship committee will be meeting in the coming weeks to select recipients.  Recipients and their parents will be notified once all selections are final.

MENTAL WELLNESS

Please contact me via email or by phone at 604 892-5261 ext. 105 if you have any questions or concerns regarding the information outlined above.

Regards,

Nick Pascuzzi
Principal

Video Message to Students and Families

April 5, 2020

 

Dear Families,

Please click the following link for a heartfelt message from the staff at Howe Sound Secondary.

Special thanks go to Ms. Cormack and our HSS mascot, Sounder Bear, for pulling this project together.

HSS Staff Video

Regards,

Nick Pascuzzi

Principal

Message to Families

Dear Parents and Guardians,

I hope this message finds you and your family healthy and safe.

On behalf of the entire HSS staff, I would like to express our gratitude and appreciation to those essential service workers in our community who are making great efforts to keep us all safe during this unprecedented time.

The purpose of this email is to provide parents with updated information regarding our school’s transition to online learning opportunities for our students.  Here are some key points:

  • A number of staff have already started establishing lines of communication with their students through several forms of online platforms including Google Classrooms, school email system, and text messaging.
  • Staff are meeting in teacher teams to determine the specific curricular content for online learning opportunities.  A number of classes will be ready for online learning as early as next week.
  • Our school will make Chromebook computers available on loan for any student upon request to accommodate online learning. Please click here to request a school laptop computer for your child.
  • If your child requires any technical support for logging onto online learning opportunities provided by our teaching staff, please contact our Tech. Support Team consisting of:
  • As of Thursday this week, students will be able to access our school for a 15 minute block of time to collect their personal belongings and learning resources such as textbooks, notebooks, and class supplies.  Please click here to book a school access time for your child.

As we transition into online learning opportunities, we can anticipate of number frequently asked questions and answers which may include the following:

Question: What will course marks be based on?

Answer: The Ministry of Education has stated that teachers are to determine a final grade for students based on work completed to-date and the assessment of participation in learning opportunities that will occur over the coming months.  The Ministry has also indicated that final report cards will be issued in June.

Question: Will every course offer online learning opportunities?

Answer: Some courses which require specialized equipment or unique environments may not be possible for students to access from home.  For courses with unique challenges, teachers have the discretion to provide a passing grade if sufficient learning has been achieved.

Question: Is my child required to do online learning?

Answer: We are aware of instances in which students are working part-time or even full time to supplement their family income.  Other students may be providing daycare for children of Essential Services Workers.  Teachers will be taking into account the many contexts in which our students find themselves when assessing student participation in online learning opportunities.  Two-way communication between teacher and student will be imperative to assist staff with making any such accommodations.

Question: If my child has an Individualized Learning Plan (I.E.P.) will the adaptations outlined in their I.E.P. be applied to any online learning opportunities.

Answer: Yes, any learning adaptations available to students through their I.E.P. will be applicable to any online learning opportunities where feasible.  Learning Support Teachers will connect with individual students requiring additional support to participate in online learning.

I acknowledge that this is a lot of information to digest and there are a number of questions still, however, I hope this serves as a starting point that we can build upon. I also know that this will be a challenging time for all of us, students in particular. I want to also acknowledge that it is extremely difficult for students to engage in their learning if they are experiencing feelings of stress and anxiety. Please know that Howe Sound Secondary staff are aware of this and will be working to help them navigate through this. This is not a normal situation and learning will not look the same – it is important to acknowledge that and to respond to it purposefully.

We will keep you updated with further updates as they come forward.

Please feel free to contact me via email or call at 604 892-5261 ext. 105 if you have any questions or concerns regarding your child’s education.

Regards,

Nick Pascuzzi
Principal
Howe Sound Secondary

Spring Break

Dear Parents & Guardians,

Our Spring Break runs from March 16 to 27.  School is scheduled to resume on Monday, March, 30. Please check the Sea to Sky School District’s (No. 48) website here for updates on Novel coronavirus (COVID 19) measures. This website will be updated regularly to keep you informed.

On behalf of the Howe Sound Secondary staff, I would like to wish all of our HSS students and families a safe and enjoyable break.

Regards,

Nick Pascuzzi,
Principal

March Newsletter

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Our March Newsletter is now posted on our school website.  It includes important information regarding course selection, scholarships, and graduation, as well as highlights of the past month and upcoming events.  To find out more, please click here.

Regards,

Nick Pascuzzi
Principal

Family Day Statutory Holiday

Dear Parents, Guardians and Students,

This message is a reminder that school is not in session on Monday, February 17th as this is a statutory holiday.  I would like to wish all students and their families a happy Family Day.

Have a great weekend.

Regards,

Nick Pascuzzi
Principal

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