Dear WSS Families,
At this time, we are asking all families to stay home and be well. School staff are working throughout this week to make plans for your child’s ongoing learning.
Teachers will be reaching out to their students this week to connect with them, and are asking their students to respond to them in various ways. Please watch for emails from your child’s teachers, or remind your child to check their emails or Google Classrooms, if they already have one set up.
We are missing our students and families very much at this time, and hope that you are all doing well under these extraordinary circumstances.
We are asking for your patience this week to stay at home, and we will be sending home procedures next week on how students may access important learning materials that they may have in their lockers or classrooms.
Please click below for a resource from the Ministry and the BC Federation of Parent Advisory Councils that you may find helpful during these unprecedented times. Ms Kirk sent this to families on Saturday March 28.
We will be updating our school website on a regular basis to keep you updated on all things related to learning at WSS.
Please contact the school office at 604 905 2581 during the hours of 8am – 3pm if you have an urgent matter.
Families may also visit our SD 48 main website for updates on COVID 19 https://sd48seatosky.org/
STUDENTS ARE SELECTING COURSES DURING THEIR CAREER AND CLE BLOCKS THIS WEEK AND NEXT !!!!!!
CLICK ON THE ‘GRADUATION’ TAB FOR DETAILS ON THE PROCESS AND COURSE DESCRIPTIONS
FROM THE WSS COUNSELLING DEPARTMENT:
WSS Counsellors and Admin would like to thank our community parents who attended the parent forum on Thursday evening led by local clinical counsellor Greg MacDonnell, along with our school counsellors, Lisa Smart and Clare Hanbury.
A big shout out to our WSS students, staff, and community volunteers who participated in discussions around the themes of relationships, gender/power, #metoo, sexual misconduct, sexting, and beyond, during the school day on Thursday Feb 20.
These conversations were inspired by the work of Peggy Orenstein after her NY Times Bestseller books titled “Girls and Sex” and her followup, “Boys and Sex.” Orenstein tackles difficult subject matter that teens (and parents!) need help decoding.
If you are interested in learning more about Peggy Orenstein’s work, you can check out her books here: https://www.peggyorenstein.com/ or listen to a recent podcast entitled “Boys and sex” that features her ideas here: https://dearmedia.com/shows/raising-good-humans/
Something else of interest:
RAISING GOOD HUMANS – podcast by renowned clinical psychologist Dr. Meena Dasari and Dr. Aliza, talk about kids and anxiety.
Anxiety and Children: What it looks like, how to respond to it, and when to worry
EXTREME WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SEA TO SKY
Given the ongoing extreme weather forecasts, especially in the Squamish area, we want to share an update for tomorrow with you.
Unless there is significant damage to a school site, a significant road closure, or similar circumstances making it impossible to operate safely (e.g. no heat at school), schools will remain OPEN for children to arrive. In the unlikely event that there is a school closure, the School District will do its best to communicate this by 7:00 am each morning via the School District and school websites, email, our Twitter feed, and through our media partners, such as Mountain FM who assist us with radio announcements and social media alerts.
If no closures are announced, schools will be open to safely receive students. However, you are responsible for taking your children to and from school safely each day and are not expected to take unnecessary risks to do so. If you do not feel you can safely take your child to school please notify the school office first thing each morning so your school quickly knows that your child is safe.
If your child takes a school bus to school, please be advised that we may not be able to run all bus routes in the morning. Despite each of our communities having effective snow removal equipment and sanders, occasionally transportation can be a challenge for our bus fleet. We will use the previously mentioned communications to update you as early and as frequently as possible.
The school day may look somewhat different under these extreme conditions, but our intention as always, will be to provide a great day of learning at each school.
We will update our websites as further information is received later today about the weather conditions. I hope this information assists you with your planning for these extreme weather conditions and possible road closures.
Thank you, and please stay safe.
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 honoured to be learning on the traditional territories of the Lil’wat and Squamish 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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2019 – 2020 WSS SCHOOL CALENDAR
SCHOOL START UP INFORMATION:
Curious what your first day looks like at WSS? Click here First Day Schedule POSTER 2019
Click here for our schedule for the first week at WSS: First Week Schedule 2019
Taking the bus to and from school? Click here Whistler-Bus-Routes-2019-20
Student Registration Forms Click Here
WSS events calendar is updated regularly – please look at below link for all updated sports games https://teamup.com/ks3ru56qvx3uq11ix1
Room 206 Every Day 3:15 – 4:15pm
Come catch up on tests or get some help with your homework.
Click here to catch up on some of what’s been happening here at WSS.
wssLearns homepage https://wssprojects.wordpress.com/
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.
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