Reminder: Double blocks for yearend assessment/exams start on Thursday. Thursday, June 21 A/B, Friday, June 22nd C/D, Monday, June 25th A/B and Tuesday, June 26th C/D. Check the last newsletter for details.
Reminder that this is bear season and there has been sightings near the school. Please keep a wide berth of the bears.
Regular Classes end on Tuesday, June 26th with Exams, numeracy and grade 8/9 self-reflection on Wednesday, June 27th. We will be having locker clean out on Tuesday, June 26th at 11:05 am. This is the only time that refunds will be available. If you will be leaving early please make sure your locker is cleaned and lock turned in to the office.
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 Brianne Aldcroft at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
2017/18 Grad Planner – Click Here
British Columbia Labor Outlook – 2017 – Click Here
EDUCATION AND TRAINING NEEDS Education and training will play an increasingly important role in the labor market outlook over the next 10 years. The focus in training is moving away from training for a specific job. Instead it has shifted to recognize the value and importance of learning skills for a career. Having a broader base of knowledge and being adaptable opens up more job opportunities for students and workers. People looking for work will find they’ll need at least a minimum level of post-secondary education or training for 78 percent (718,000) of the job openings expected in the next 10 years. As seen in Figure 2-4, the largest component of these job openings (42 percent), will be in occupations requiring a diploma, certificate or apprenticeship training. The second largest component (36 percent), will be in occupations requiring a bachelor’s, graduate or first professional degree and/or significant work experience.
ATTENTION SPORTS TEAMS: PLEASE CLICK HERE FOR A CALENDAR OF SPORTS EVENTS AT WSS.
Bell Schedule – Click Here
2017/18 Calendar Highlights – Click Here
2017/18 Whistler Busing Routes – Click Here
Grade 8 Parent Presentation Click Here
Grade 8 Supplies List 2017/18 Click Here
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 gracious 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
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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