Highland Secondary School 2014/15

School's In!  Monday, September 22

As you may be aware, BCPSEA and the BCTF have reached a settlement, which was ratified last night by the BCTF and will be ratified by the government by the end of the day on Friday, September 18.  All schools in the Comox Valley will be open on Monday, September 22 for students. 

***Please find below(in a .pdf attachment) an opening day message from our Principal, Mrs. Swanson.***

First Day Schedule

When the first day of school is upon us (we're hoping its very soon!), the following first day schedule will be in effect:

8:55-Warning Bell

9:00-9:30-Assembly in the gym for grade 8's only followed by House Assemblies for grade 8's only

9:30-10:30-Advisory Group for grade 8's only

10:30-11:00-Hot dogs and celebration for grade 8 students

11:00-11:15-AG for all students (grades 8-12)

11:20-11:40 -  A Block

11:45-12:05  - B Block

12:10-12:30  - C Block

12:35-12:55  - D Block

12:55-Grades 8-11 students dismissed

1:00-1:20- Grade 12 students to AG for an introduction to grad transitions

School Bus Schedules, Transportation and Bus Passes for 2014/15:

* Monday, September 22, 2014 - regular morning pick-up. Elementary school dismissal will be at 11:45 am; all other schools will have dismissal two hours earlier than the usual times for your school.

* Tuesday, September 23, 2014 - regular morning pick-up and after school drop off as per the regular school year schedule.

Schools have varying start up times so please visit the school district website (www.sd71.bc.ca) or contact schools directly for accurate information.

For more information on bus schedules, transportation, bus passes and registration please visit: http://www.sd71.bc.ca/pdfs/busing/School-Opening-Bus-Passes-2014-2015.pdf

We are looking forward to moving into the new school year. There will be appropriate adjustments to the provincial examination schedules, semester dates, etc. from the Ministry however, the Ministry will not be adding additonal days to the school calendar.  Further information will be available soon.





Michele Williams was the photographer at the graduation ceremony.  Click on the following links to see thumbnails of the photos she took as well as a slideshow she compiled.  If you would like to purchase any of these products, please contact Michele at michelewilliamsphotos@gmail.com.    Included with their report card, each grad will receive a 5x7 picture of themselves crossing the stage, as well as a group picture taken later at the school.  These pictures will be at no cost to the students.
michelewilliams.instaproofs.com  for thumbnails  the password is “highland”.
http://www.instaproofs.com/IPSlideshow_offsite.html?cid=2552002&uid=26954&eid=1049402&pid=09f34e513aeec1ba  for slideshow
Thank you and have a great summer!

PLC Day Schedule

Our first PLC Day is Wednesday, September 25 (more information at bottom of this page) and the schedule is as follows:

8:57-Warning Bell

9:00-9:57 (B Block)

10:00-10:57 (A Block)

10:57-11:47 (Lunch)

11:50-12:47 (D Block)

12:50-1:50 (C Block)


What is a PLC, anyway?

A PLC is a Professional Learning Community. It involves an on-going process in which educators work collaboratively in teams to achieve better results for the students they serve. The 3 Big Ideas that drive a PLC are:

1) The purpose of the school is to ensure all students learn at high levels
2) Helping all students learn requires a collaborative and collective effort
3) To help all students to learn we must focus on results (evidence of student learning) and use results to inform and improve our professional practice and respond to students who need intervention or enrichment.

At Highland, we believe that by giving educational staff’s collaborative time we will be far more effective in helping students learn. The collective educational wisdom on a staff outweighs that of any single staff member working in isolation in a classroom. The ultimate goal/purpose for incorporating PLC’s in SD#71 is to improve student learning.

We encourage all parents and students to check out all the information about PLC's on the school district website on the following link:


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