Mr. Switzer Industrial Education email@example.com
Mme. Thibeault French Immersion/Francophone firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr. Wood Physical Education email@example.com
Ms. Popovic Business Manager firstname.lastname@example.org
ÉCOLE DUCHESS PARK SECONDARY
> CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT IS OUR COMMITMENT > COOPERATION IS OUR CHALLENGE
> INDIVIDUAL RESPONSIBILITY IS OUR GOAL
Through an environment of cooperation and commitment to continuous improvement, students at École Duchess Park Secondary will develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes needed to become contributing members of society.
École Duchess Park Secondary will support Intellectual Growth by:
> supporting and expanding Advanced Placement courses
> supporting and expanding the Francophone and Immersion programs
> providing a diversity of programs and course options to meet the individual needs of all students
> encouraging computer literacy for all students and staff
> providing assistance to students preparing for provincial exams > supporting and enhancing the core curriculum
École Duchess Park Secondary will support Human and Social Development by:
> providing experiences which will improve self-esteem, pride, and mutual respect within the school > encouraging student, parent and staff participation in school growth
> developing a Peer Helper / Leadership program for students
> developing an awareness and appreciation of the physical, linguistic and ethnic diversity within
École Duchess Park Secondary will support Career Awareness by:
> developing further partnerships within the community
> facilitating work experience opportunities for students
> coordinating a tour of the Husky Oil refinery by all grade 10 students
> providing current information regarding post-secondary
To foster an adaptive learning community that supports the growth of all learners to best meet the demands of a changing world.
ÉCOLE DUCHESS PARK SECONDARY
BELL SCHEDULE 2015-2016
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Warning Bell 11:52
Warning Bell 12:36
Note: Students must attend all classes on their current timetable until a change is made by their counselor. 8
1. Student timetables were developed based on student course selections.
2. If students wish to change or withdraw from a course, they must:
have the approval of their parents who sign a consent form
arrange for an interview with a counsellor, who will discuss and consider the matter authorizing a course change if approved.
3. Normally, course changes will be permitted only during the first two weeks of the semester.
At École Duchess Park Secondary, students in grades 8-11 are to take a full course load. All students must take 8 courses and can apply for a 9th course if it falls in X block. Student spares are not supported in grades 8-11. Students in grade 12 can have one study in their grade 12 year. In rare cases, students in grade 12 who are carrying a heavy academic load can apply to have a second study. In this case, one study in each semester may be supported. A student will not be approved for a second study in the same semester.
Homework on a regular basis is necessary for success at school. Work done in school should be reviewed daily at home to promote understanding and recall. The following time allotments are recommended but in some cases, more time is required.
GRADE 8 - 1 hour per day
GRADE 9/10 - 2 hours per day
GRADE 11/12 - 3 hours per day (Academic Program) - 1.5 hours per day (Non Academic)
Depending on the subject, teachers have percentage weightings for various categories which will be combined to calculate the letter grade. Some of these categories include: chapter or unit tests, quizzes, homework, lab reports, final exams, etc. All students are responsible for ensuring that they understand the “category weightings” for each subject. For specific information refer to the course and evaluation outline provided by the teacher. Teachers use the Ministry of Education guidelines for determining the final report letter grade.
A 86% – 100%
B 73% - 85%
C+ 67% - 72%
C 60% - 66%
P 50% - 59%
Fail 0% - 49%
For reports 1 and 3, the following percentages are used:
I from 0 – 59%*
* I : In progress
Students should read the announcements on the monitors periodically each day to learn about items of particular interest to them.
All visitors to the school during regular school hours are asked to report to the office upon arrival.
Student Identification cards are useful for community activities which charge student prices and school activities which require these cards for the purchasing tickets. Upon payment of the Student Services fee, the student will be issued an identity card. NOTE: An I.D. card or receipt documenting payment of student fees must be produced to participate in any extracurricular activity.
CANYON / CONCESSION
Volunteers operate the concession as a school fundraiser. The concession may not be open every noon hour. Please use the garbage containers for refuse. Please recycle drink bottles and paper in the containers provided.
SCHOOL BUS SYSTEM
The Board of School Trustees of School District #57 provides transportation for students requiring busing.
The bus driver is in complete charge of students on the bus. Students are expected to observe rules of safe conduct when riding to and from school. The School District “Code of Conduct for Bus Students” is included in this handbook. Bus information can be obtained from Diversified Transportation Ltd., their office and yard is located near the river at 391 North Nechako Road – Phone: 250-563-5431 – Fax:250-563-5758.
In order to maintain safety, students walking to and from school are expected to exercise courtesy toward vehicles stopped or moving. Use sidewalks and crosswalks where provided.
CHANGE OF ADDRESS OR PHONE NUMBER
If you change your address or phone number during the year, please report the change to the office as soon as possible.
Students are advised not to bring large amounts of money or other valuables to school. The school is not responsible for students’ personal property. Keep gym bags or backpacks with you or in your locker at all times. Do not share your locker combination with anyone. While in physical education class, take your backpack or other valuables with you when in the fitness room or outside. Do not leave personal property in the change room or the main gym if you cannot see your personal property.
Due to students with life threatening allergies and an increasing number of allergies and upper respiratory concerns with staff and students, staff and students must:
Not use perfumes, colognes or aftershaves while at École Duchess Park Secondary.
Not spray perfumes, colognes or aftershaves while at École Duchess Park Secondary.
Use scent-free personal care products.
Purchase school supplies that are scent free, such as markers and white out.
Thank you for helping us make sure our school is a safe learning and working environment for all staff and students.
TEMPORARY TEACHERS ON CALL
École Duchess Park Secondary is fortunate to have capable Temporary Teachers on Call to help when regular teachers must be away. A Temporary Teacher on Call is an important visitor whose impressions of our school are important to all of us. Let us be certain that the impressions the Temporary Teachers on Call receive are positive ones.
Students should be familiar with the exits from the rooms in which they receive instruction. Treat all alarms as serious. The fire alarm system and fire extinguishers are for the protection of people and property. Tampering with this equipment is a criminal offense.
Fire Drill Procedures
When an emergency drill is called for by:
fire alarm b) P.A. System c) special messenger
All students should be prepared to follow directions:
Follow the instructions of your teacher and unless otherwise instructed; use the nearest and most convenient exit.
Close all doors and windows in the room before leaving.
Walk – DO NOT RUN.
Be prepared to be re-routed if certain exits are closed and report to the subject teacher outside the building.
Proceed quickly and quietly for safety.
Students out of a room when the Fire Alarm sounds must immediately leave the building.
Students are to remain with their class and assemble on 6th Avenue.
A runner will be sent to the 6th Avenue parking lot entrance (yellow gate) to confirm attendance.
If a fire alarm sounds before classes, during lunch, after school or in between classes, students should meet in a pre-arranged location on 6th Avenue with their current period 1 class.
EVERYONE MUST LEAVE THE BUILDING
WHEN A FIRE ALARM SOUNDS 11
Announced Over Intercom: “Code Red, Code Red, Code Red...”
Procedure for Students/Staff Inside Building:
> Gather students into closest classroom.
> Check hall for passing students/volunteers and direct them to immediately enter the classroom.
> Teachers instruct students to duck and cover, stay away from windows, doors and outside walls.
> Lock door and stay put.
> No one is admitted.
> RCMP will identify themselves.
> Principal has keys for access if necessary.
> Close windows and blinds. > Turn out lights.
> No talking.
> No phone calls out. > No cell phones.
> Adult answers phone.
> Write down names of persons in the room.
> Follow directions from RCMP. In effect until CODE GREEN (all clear) given. > Follow principal’s directions.
Procedure for Students/Staff Outside Building: > Follow principal’s direction.
LOST AND FOUND
Each year many articles are turned in to the Lost and Found in the office and P.E. office. Many students never claim their property.
Put your name on everything you bring to school.
If you have lost something, check the Lost and Found at the office (at noon or after school).
Articles that have been found should be turned in to the office.
When in Physical Education class, take your personal effects (shoes etc.) with you in a gym bag wherever the class goes; outside, Canyon or weight room.
All required textbooks for courses are provided to students free of charge. Students are responsible for these texts and must pay for loss or any damage to them. Each textbook is assigned a number and the student must ensure that he has his own book at all times. If a textbook is lost, another may be obtained from the office after paying for the missing text. Students owing for lost/damaged library/textbooks or for other course fees at semester end will be given an opportunity to pay outstanding accounts at the office before receiving their report cards. It is recommended that students cover their textbooks to keep them in good condition.
ÉCOLE DUCHESS PARK SECONDARY
2015 – 2016 TEXTBOOK CHARGES
The barcode numbers of all texts issued are recorded. The barcode number of the text returned must match the number issued.
Texts last longer when covered and treated with care.
The list price of a text may be obtained from the library clerk.
LOCKERS AND LOCKS
Locks will already be on all lockers; locks are school property and must not be removed or replaced with a student’s own lock. Students must leave locks on their lockers when they leave for summer holidays.
Lockers and lock combinations have been assigned to grade 9, 10, 11 and 12 students. All grade 8 students must share a locker with another grade 8 student. Grade 8 students are required to find a grade 8 locker partner and go to the North Gym, with their locker partner, after 10:30 am on Wednesday or on Thursday report to the office before school, at lunch or after school to receive their locker and lock combinations.
Students are strongly advised to keep their lock combination confidential. Under no circumstance should locks or lockers be exchanged. Students are cautioned not to store valuables in their lockers.
Lockers needing repair should be reported immediately to the office. Students are responsible for the appropriate care and maintenance of their lockers. Students must ensure that the exterior and interior of your locker is kept clean at all times. Particular care should be taken in the use of lockers as the jamming of extra large articles may causes damage to the hinges.
Lockers are school property and may be inspected by staff members at any time. The principal or his designate may search the locker at any time without notice to the student.
MISSING SEMESTER END SCHOOL EXAMINATIONS
If there is a legitimate reason for not writing a school examination, other arrangements may be considered. (e.g. medical reasons, etc.)
Consequences for students who choose not to appear to write semester final examinations:
Report Card comment: Final Exam not written
Mark of zero given for final examination. A failing mark for the course may be given after consultation between teacher of the course and an administrator
Students who cheat, or assist others to cheat, will be given a zero for the examination being taken.
Counsellors work with students whose last names begin with the following letters. Each counsellor has been allocated a segment of the student body according to surname as follows:
A – G Mrs. Pakenham
H – N Mr. Elliot
O – Z Mrs. Leamy
Students may discuss their educational, vocational or personal concerns with a counsellor. Students having difficulty planning their programs, making a vocational choice, acquiring adequate study habits or resolving the many other problems which might influence their work should seek assistance from a counsellor.
The school library resource center is located on the main floor. The library is available for all students who wish to do reference work or borrow books. Courteous, quiet behavior is the rule at all times so that the facility can be used to the best advantage by the students of our school.
Books may be borrowed for two weeks. Books may be signed out at any time during the day. If a book is lost, the student will be assessed the full replacement value.
LIBRARY HOURS: 8:15 A.M. – 3:30 P.M.
SCHEDULE OF FEES AND CHARGES
There are no fees for any secondary courses. Optional fees may apply to some courses. Students who choose a project beyond the learning outcomes of a course may supply their own materials or they may be charged for materials used to complete that project (e.g.: type of wood chosen for a woodworking project).
Deposits in the following areas are required and are refundable upon return of the uniform or calculator:
Math 11, 12 Graphing Calculator $130.00
Sports Team Uniform Deposit $30.00
External Credit Exam Fee
Advanced Placement $30.00 first exam
$20.00 second exam
Student Services – A $10 charge for student services is used by secondary schools for activities and assistance for all students. Examples include:
Student ID card
Student Council activities, such as dances
School wide events such as school spirit weeks
Positive behaviour incentive programs which recognize student achievements
Financial assistance to individual students to attend events outside the district
- accepting diversity and accepting physical disabilities - leadership
- avoiding drinking and driving
These opportunities are only made possible through the student services account, and hence this charge must be paid before participation in extra-curricular activities.
Postage – Communication between home and school is a high priority. One of the main methods of conveying information home is through the school newsletter. We will email a copy of our newsletter to all parents who have provided an email address. There will be a $7.00 postage fee charged for paper copies of the newsletter to be mailed. Newsletters are also available to view on our website.
Cultural Activities – Offering cultural activity opportunities to students at an annual cost of $5.00 per student.
Yearbook – Students may choose to purchase a school yearbook for $40. The yearbook is a student-produced annual record of people and events in and around the school.
Field Trips – École Duchess Park Secondary may, from time to time, offer learning opportunities for students through field trips. Field trips are optional. Students choosing to participate will be expected to reimburse the school for costs associated with field trips prior to the trip occurring. Students who choose not to participate will be assigned a project or activity that will ensure that the prescribed learning outcomes are met.
Graphing Calculators TI-83 or TI-84+ (Math 11-12 Students) - Math 11-12 students are expected to have graphing calculators. We encourage students to purchase these calculators. École Duchess Park Secondary will have a limited number of calculators for students to borrow with a deposit of $130 for the Math 11 and Math 12 courses. A post-dated cheque for the end date of the course must be submitted before a calculator is issued. Upon return of the calculator on or before the scheduled return date the
$130 deposit cheque will be returned, subject to deductions for any loss or damage beyond normal wear and tear to the calculator and accessories. Determination of the amount of deduction from the deposit will be at the sole discretion of the school. The borrower is responsible for supplying batteries as required and managing the calculator with care. If you have any questions, please contact your Math teacher or Ms. Popovic, Business Manager.
The health nurse is available to students by advance appointment, which can be arranged through your counselor. Alternatively, the nurse can be reached at the Public Health Unit by calling 250-565-7311.
Students who become ill or injured during the day should report to the office. Students should not go home or anywhere else before reporting to the office.
Students who wear a “Medic Alert” tag should complete a Medic Alert file card in the office so the school is aware of the medical situation. Students who are subject to severe allergic reactions (anaphylaxis) must report this to the office upon enrolling.
GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS: GRADE 10 – 12
52 Credits are in these required areas:
12 credits Language Arts 10, 11, 12
8 Social Studies 10, 11
8 Math: Math 10, 11*
8 Science: Science 10 and a Science 11*
4 PE 10
4 Fine Arts and Applied Skills 10, 11, or 12*
4 Planning 10
4 Grad Transitions
The remaining 28 credits are in Electives for a total of 80 credits
* For definitions of courses that meet the requirements in these subjects and additional information on
curriculum, check with your counselor or the Ministry website: www.bced.gov.bc.ca