Highland Secondary School 2014/15

Important Upcoming Dates

October 8-PLC Day (early dismissal)

October 8-Grad Parent Night Meeting (7 pm in the Multi-Purpose Room)

October 13-Thanksgiving Monday (no classes)

October 15-Meet the Teacher night (7 pm starting in the school gym)

October 20-Parents Advisory Council (PAC) Meeting at 7pm in the Library

October 24-Provincial Pro-D Day (no classes)

October 27-31-Teen Read Week

October 31-Costume parade and Halloween fun!

Sad News

Charlie Petrie, a grade 10 student at our school, passed away on Saturday morning after a long battle with cancer.  This courageous young man will be missed by family and friends alike.  If you would like to express your sympathy to the family, you can drop a card or message off at the office and we will make sure the family receives it.  Alternatively, you could make a donation to the You Are Not Alone (YANA) organization who supported Charlie and his family while he was in hospital in Vancouver.  Donations to “Charlie’s Angels” through the Coastal Community Credit Union in Comox is another way to support the family with their loss.

Europe Trip

Planning is underway for a Spring Break 2016 trip to Italy and Greece.  Also, an Italy exchange trip is being planned for the same year (2016)  Questions about either can be relayed to Mr. McKillican or Mr. Kochanuk at the school.

Grad Questionnaire!

Attention, grads!  Please fill out the following questionnaire for the Yearbook: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/14G5IzZCEDa73dGjiBOzEAQ5NtilzGuZTmQPoK7SwG8E/viewform?usp=send_form

Teen Read Week Coming Soon!

What is Teen Read Week?  Teen Read Week promotes reading for pure enjoyment.  Highland will celebrate this year's Teen Read Week from October 27th to 31st.  This year’s theme, Turn Dreams into Reality, highlights the importance of pursuing your hobbies, interests, and career aspirations.  The library is hosting a variety of activities during this time.   Please check out some of the contests, events, and resources outlined in the following link:http://sites.google.com/site/teenreadweek2014   Be sure to drop by the library to look at the fiction and non-fiction book displays around this theme.

Revised Term Dates

Term One ends on November 21st with Report Cards likely going out on Friday, November 28.

Parent-Teacher Interviews will be scheduled fro Thursday, November 27.

Term Two starts on November 24 and ends on February 6th.  Report Cards will go out February 13.  Exam Week will be February 2-6 and a full examination schedule can be found on the Ministry Website at: https://www.bced.gov.bc.ca/exams/handbook/1415/2014-15_exam_schedule.pdf

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.


PLC Day Schedule

Our first PLC Day is Wednesday, November 5 (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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