Parents, Staff, and Students
Many thanks for your feedback regarding our calendars as we are entering the final stages of this process. Based on your feedback, the following calendars have been put forth to the Board of Education, and our school community, for final comments and suggestions. Please click on the links below to see what each of our proposed calendars look like. Please click on the survey link to provide any additional feedback that we might consider before a final decision is made.
School district in B.C. tries grade-free report cards – Globe and Mail
Grades 10-12 Curricular Timeline Letter from Ministry of Education Mike Bernier – Click Here
On behalf of WSS Staff and Students, we would like to formally acknowledge the gracious donation from the Whistler Blackcomb Foundation. This donation will be used to upgrade our MAC Lab, provide equipment for our Foods program, help support our Drama program, and provide uniforms and a Basketball Shooting machine for our sports programs.
Many thanks to the Foundation and all they have done to support us.
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
Homework Club at WSS! 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.
2016/17 Bell Schedule – Click Here
2016/17 WSS Calendar Highlights – Click Here
2016/17 WSS Bus Routes – Click Here
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.
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Our 2016/17 School Improvement Plan – Click Here
Link to school library page – Here
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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