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IMPORTANT DATES and EVENTS:
Monday Jan 7 First day of classes after winter break
CHANGES TO BUSES TO AND FROM WSS IN EFFECT!
We are adding a run to the Whistler schedule in order to accommodate the high ridership we’re seeing this year. Please see the notes below from our bus supervisor:
The changes of significance for your students are:
- Emerald students will have a little bit later pick-up in the mornings but will arrive at school at about the same as before.
- The afternoon bus to Whistler Cay and the Village will leave the school at the same time as all the other busses – 3:22.
We have hired a new driver and some of the existing drivers will be changing routes. Please ask your students to make sure they are boarding the correct bus in the afternoons.
Jan 21 – 25 Assessment Week at WSS
Jan 21 – 24 Provincial Numeracy Assessment (multiple sessions)
Thurs Jan 24 Provincial English 12 Exam (9am – Noon)
Friday Jan 25 Provincial Communications 12 Exam (9am – Noon)
Provincial FRAL 12 Exam (12:30 – 3:30pm)
Friday Dec 21 Last day of classes before winter break
Collaboration Day, School Dismisses at 11:48
Winterfest activities during A and B blocks
Monday Dec 3 Curriculum Implementation Day – School not in session
Wednesday Nov 28 Staff Collaboration Day – Early Dismissal 11:48
Monday Nov 19 Report Cards Issued
Tuesday Nov 20 Grade 9 Immunizations
Wednesday Nov 21 Grad Photos 2:30 – 8:30pm in MPR
Thursday Nov 22 Grad Photos 2:30 – 8:30pm in MPR
Thursday Nov 22 WE Day
– Students who have returned WE Day permission forms, meet at WSS at 6:00am. Bus leaves at 6:20am, and returns to WSS at 4:30pm.
Monday Nov 26 Lead Supervisor Training Session 3:00- 5:30pm WSS
Wednesday Nov 28 Collab Day – Early Dismissal 11:48
Thursday Oct 25 Photo retakes (morning)
Friday Oct 26 Grad Fundraiser Haunted House 6pm MPR
Saturday Oct 27 Grad Fundraiser Film Screening “Before Blank” 6:30pm Rainbow Theatre
Monday Oct 29 Provincial Numeracy Assessment Prep Session 3:15pm, Ms. Colpitts’ room
PAC Meeting 6pm Library
Tuesday Oct 30 PAC sponsored scholarship presenter 7pm MPR
Friday Nov 2 District Non-Instructional Day (Curriculum Implementation)
Monday Nov 5 Provincial Numeracy Assessment 12:30 – 3:30 pm (registered gr 12
Tuesday Nov 6 Provincial Numeracy Assessment 8:45 – 11:45 am (registered gr 12
students only -sign up for your session in the office-
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
First appointments begin at 2:30.
Students are dismissed at 1:55
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.
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.
PLEASE CLICK HERE FOR A CALENDAR OF SPORTS EVENTS AT WSS. (game and tournament dates)
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:
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
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
Grades 10-12 Curricular Timeline Letter from Ministry of Education Mike Bernier – Click Here
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.
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
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
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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