Highland Secondary School 2014/15


Important Upcoming Dates

December 2-Report cards issued (3:15 pm)

December 3-PLC Day (Early Dismissal)

December 4-Term 1 Assembly (9:00 am)

December 8-Highland's Got Talent show at lunch in the Multi-Purpose Room

December 9-Clubs Day at lunch

December 11-Winter Music Concert (7 pm)

December 19-Last day before Winter Break!

Europe Trips

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!

The Grad Fund Raising committee has begun their first campaign by selling poinsettias for Christmas.  There are a variety of different plants available ranging in price from $12 to $40 dollars.  You can make your purchase from any grad or come by the office.  (Campaign ends November 28).

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

Also, posted in the Grad information section of the website (Student/Parent tab---Grad----Grad Information), you will find important upcoming grad events and a document with Frequently Asked Questions about Grad.

Revised Term Dates

Term One ends on November 21st with Report Cards going out on Tuesday, December 2.

Parent-Teacher Interviews will be scheduled for 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

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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