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WSS October 2018 Newsletter

IMPORTANT DATES and EVENTS:


Parent Teacher Conferences are scheduled for Thursday October 11

Parents who wish to book an appointment with their child’s teacher, please email Ann Robosn arobson@sd48.bc.ca

First appointments begin at 2:30.

Students are dismissed at 1:55


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JOIN STUDENTS FROM WHISTLER SECONDARY’S LAW 12 AND ABORIGINAL LEADERSHIP, TODAY, AT 11 am, IN THE VILLAGE, TO ACKNOWLEDGE AND HONOUR OUR ABORIGINAL WOMEN AND GIRLS.

Go to:   https://hswc.ca/sisters-in-spirit/ for more information.


 

Whistler Secondary Graduating Class of 2019 gets ready to enjoy a gourmet breakfast this morning. Thank you from the Grads, to the Staff at WSS for their outstanding chef skills, and spending their time last night and early this morning setting up. Thank you to the Four Seasons Resort Whistler staff for your time in providing the tableware and linens.

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Grad 12 meeting for grads and parents/guardians on September 27 at 5pm in the MPR

  • Learn about scholarship application process
  • Learn about graduation requirements and post-secondary application process
  • Get involved in our WSS graduation celebration!

 

Orange Shirt Day is Friday September 28 at WSS. Wear orange to acknowledge the survivors of Residential Schools. “It is an opportunity to come together in the spirit of reconciliation and hope”  http://www.orangeshirtday.org/ We will be having an assembly during B block. All are welcome to join us.

 

WSS Terry Fox Run is Thursday September 27 during C block. Run for Terry and donate.

 


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PLEASE CLICK HERE FOR A CALENDAR OF SPORTS EVENTS AT WSS. (game and tournament dates)

Sign ups are currently posted in front of the school office for the following teams:

Grade 8-12 Girls’ Volleyball

Grade 8-9 Boys’ Rugby

Grade 8-12 Golf

Grade 8-12 Cross Country Running

        Senior Boys’ Soccer

Practice schedules are emailed home to all  families, and updated regularly.


HOMEWORK CLUB

Join Education Assistant Sam Mackie in Room 206 Every Day 3:15 – 4:15pm
Come catch up on tests or get some help with your homework.


Due to heavy ridership in Cheakamus the bus route time will be changed.

The changes affect green route W3 and yellow route W4 only

The initial pick-ups are  5 minutes earlier for both W3 & W4 routes going to SCCS. The pick-ups are later for the Cheakamus students travelling to WSS. The WSS students from Nordic and Alta Vista will be picked up by the green W3 bus at their usual time.


Welcome Back BBQ Thursday September 13  5pm – 7pm. We look forward to seeing you at Whistler Secondary! Early dismissal on Thursday at 1:55. Buses leave right after bell. See class schedule below:

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PAC MEET THE TEACHERS WELCOME BBQ SCHEDULE

Thursday, September 13th from 5:00 – 7:00 pm.

5:00 pm – pick up your student’s schedule and meet the new Admin in the MPR.

5:15 pm – move to your student’s A Block – learn about information for semester one

5:30 pm – move to your student’s B Block

5:45 pm – move to your student’s C Block

6:00 pm – move to your student’s D Block

6:15 pm –  Join PAC, students, parents, teachers and guests in the MPR to circulate among information tables and enjoy a burger dinner, hosted by the WSS PAC.


For daily updates from WSS, please click the Announcements tab

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Curious what your first week looks like at WSS?   Click Here  First Week Schedule 2018

Taking the bus to and from school?   Click here  Bus Schedule

Student Registration Forms  Click Here

Grade 8 Supplies List 2018/19 Click Here

 

 


INTERNATIONAL STUDENT HOMESTAYS NEEDED:

School District 48’s International Education Program is bringing 31 international student to Whistler Secondary for the 2018-19 school year!

Students range in age from 13 to 18 and come from Belgium, France, Germany, Japan, Mexico, Spain, Norway, Finland, Switzerland, and China.

Our students need the support of homestay families to help them navigate their year in Canada, and the International Program in turn provides families with support to maximize their experience in the program.

Sea to Sky families love this program because it exposes their children to different cultures and they develop a really great connection with their students and their natural families.

We have a handful of temporary families who are able to take students on short term basis should long term families go on holidays.

This is not an exchange. You will be compensated monthly to cover the cost of food and the bedroom.

Please contact Anne MacDougall for more information. Amacdougall@sd48.bc.ca


CALENDAR INFORMATION

2017/18

2018/19

2019/20


WSS School Improvement Plan for 2017/18

WSS School Improvement Plan Summary


Course Calendars

Grade 9

Grades 10, 11, 12


Grades 10-12 Curricular Timeline Letter from Ministry of Education Mike Bernier – Click Here


WSSLearns blog

  Click here to catch up on some of what’s been happening here at WSS.

 

On behalf of WSS Staff and Students, we would like to formally acknowledge the generous donation from the Whistler Blackcomb Foundation. This donation will be used to support this year’s Theater and basketball programs.

 

Many thanks to the Foundation and all they have done to support us.

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Principles of Learning: Why? Because we believe…
All students can learn and do so in different ways and at different rates
Learning is holistic, reflective, experiential, emotional, and relational

Principles of Pedagogy (Pathways that impact learning!): How? Because we believe…

Assessment – By utilizing assessment for, of and as learning, students use criteria and diverse means to demonstrate understanding that drives learning forward.
Collaboration – Students are inspired in the creation of new knowledge and respect for different ideas while understanding each other and themselves.
Engagement – Cooperative structures and strategies allow students to access prior knowledge and deepen understanding to reach specific end products or goals. Learning is differentiated to affect each learner.
Play and Exploration – Student curiosity and inquiry-based approaches lead to the development of student creativity and the innovation of something new.
Purpose and Authenticity – Students engage in meaningful and personally relevant learning using interdisciplinary approaches and ‘voice and choice’ to make connections to their own reality and to a broader perspective.
Technology – Students use technology to gain access to information, track understanding, and present out their learning.

Principles of Practice (Competency development through our professional practices): What? It’s what we believe about the learning needs of our students…
These are the site-based, professional practices embedded in our day-to-day instruction and structures that uphold the Pathways to help students develop and demonstrate (through a variety of ways) learning in the four core competency domains.

What is our ‘Theory of Action’?
If we co-develop a school plan that

    i. connects common language with powerful strategies/structures, as defined in our

        District’s strategic plan, and

    ii. engage in pedagogical practices that apply our Pathways to Learning through

    iii. inquiry-based, collaborative approaches then…

Students will be able to

    i. communicate, through a variety of ways, what they know, understand, and can do

    ii. while applying their learning in multiple ways

    iii. resulting in deep personal understanding and improved achievement results

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BC Ministry of Education – Graduation Program Changes

WSS Course Offerings Grades 9/10 – Click Here

WSS Course Offerings Grades 11/12 – Click Here

Changes to Provincial Assessments Chart – Click Here

FAQ on the New Curriculum – Click Here


REMINDER: PLEASE ALLOW THE WATER IN THE FOUNTAINS AND/OR THE FILLING STATIONS TO RUN FOR A MINIMUM OF 1 MINUTE AND UNTIL IT TURNS COLD. DO NOT USE CLASSROOM FAUCETS FOR DRINKING.


wssLearns homepage https://wssprojects.wordpress.com/

Our 2016/17 School Improvement Plan – Click Here

Link to school library page – Here


Student Athletes

Whistler Secondary supports all students, including our athletes. Student athletes at Whistler Secondary School vary considerably in the sports programs they participate in, including skiing, biking, luging, football, hockey, soccer, snowboarding, and track & field. Often, these programs require our athletes to be away from school throughout the year for training and competition purposes. Athletes recognise that, as students at WSS, there is a commitment and a balance needed to be a learner and a competitor.

Student athlete’s responsibilities include communicating their needs and schedules with the school and their teachers. Whistler Secondary works with these students to support their educational goals while complementing their training and competition commitments. Flexible scheduling and a hybrid model of online and in-class course delivery allows for students to find success in self-directed study while they are away. If needed, students find academic support in school when they return from training and competitions. Whistler Secondary takes pride in building supportive relationships with all of our students.


At Whistler Secondary School, we pursue excellence in all that we do and support each other in order to achieve our personal goals of success. We’re honored to be learning on the traditional territories of the Squamish and Lil’wat nations, within the beautiful community of Whistler, B.C.

Whistler Secondary is a closely knit community of learners where grade 8 to 12 students receive individualized attention from their teachers and strong support from their parents and community. In addition to working hard academically, students are encouraged to develop their unique talents and abilities by participating in self-directed after-school activities such as choir, musical theatre and dance. These activities are supported by locally developed courses and students receive credits for their participation.

The school also promotes global stewardship and citizenship by sponsoring student leadership groups, running an extensive recycling program and supporting a nutritious hot lunch program. As a result, students not only receive a first-rate academic education, but also develop into well-rounded citizens who are sensitive to the needs of their community and the world at large.

Whistler Secondary is dedicated to the Pursuit of Excellence in all areas; particularly in academics, athletics and fine arts.  The school is infused with a sense of enthusiasm, energy and passion that inspires students to make their dreams a reality; whether it’s becoming a professional artist, winning an Olympic medal, embarking on a career in outdoor recreation or achieving an academic level of success that will open doors to the finest universities in the world.

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Home of the Storm

 

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Check out some of the cool stuff happening at WSS: wssLEARNS

Cross Country Running Team

Cross Country Running Team

The Benefits of Phytochemicals!

The Benefits of Phytochemicals!

The Foods 9/10 class harvested veggies from the garden. They then invited the Hockey Academy students to cook up a healthy dish with them and learn about the benefits of Phytochemicals.  

Post Grad Response Survey

If you are a recent (2015 or 2016) grad, we would appreciate hearing about your post-secondary journey. Please click here to complete the survey.

The Great Learning at WSS! wssLearns

2016/17 Board Approved Calendar
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An Easy Read Version of 2016/17 Calendar: Click Here

The Canadian Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL) is in effect as of July 1, 2014. Find a brief summary of this law and its impact on our school processes here.


District's Strategic Plan
Competencies

International Programs
Int Program

Aboriginal Programs
Ab Program