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CHARLES HAYS SECONDARY SCHOOL 201 Prince Rupert Boulevard Prince Rupert B.C. V8J 4N7 November 17, 2009

Dear Parent/Guardian: What an erxciting first term this has been! The school has been buzzing with visitors: Lieutenant Governor, Stephen Point; writer, Rukhsana Khan; Mentors for the Aboriginal Entrepreneurship Program and a variety of classroom guest speakers. Our students have been afforded fantastic opportunities to learn through these visitors and many other projects in addition to regular classroom instruction. Those of you who receive local newspapers will have seen frequent photos of our students at work and play. We are now half way through the first semester and I hope you are pleased with the progress your student has made so far this year. If not, there are a variety of means to address concerns about student progress. You may choose to speak with teachers directly, a counsellor or a member of our student support services team, or either Mr. Minette or myself. We are just a phone call away and look forward to assisting you and your student with their educational aspirations. Ms. Johnson has now left us to begin her maternity leave. Mr. Derrick Force has been secured to teach her classes until a permanent replacement can be found. We are fortunate to have a highly experienced and qualified teacher like Mr. Force available to us in the interim. Welcome back Mr. Force! 1. Extracurricular: Sports The volleyball season is coming to an end with Zone finals taking place throughout the month. Our one Cross Country team member, David Dias, travelled to White Rock for the Provincials and had a wonderful, if muddy, time running there. The Wrestling team continues to practice in the multipurpose room and always welcomes new members. Basketball tryouts are beginning now and as usual, a variety of clubs are operational. 2. Extracurricular: Fine Arts For the first time in years Charles Hays will be taking two shows to the Drama Festival Zones to be held in Kitimat Feb.4-7. Mr. Fox-Povey and a dedicated cast have begun work on the senior show, and Mr. King has come onboard this year to direct a very comic junior show. Rehearsals are ongoing - expect local fundraising performances at the Lester Centre in the New Year. The Photography Club will begin in the next month under the guidance of Ms. Rourke. Students who are interested should keep an eye on the announcements for meeting times. Several CHSS students are appearing in the PRSS musical to be staged in early December – look out for CHSS lead, Matt Murray! 1

3. Student Council Activities The student council held a very successful dance in October and a number of theme days, including the usual Halloween musical chairs activity in the Multipurpose Room. Currently they are preparing for Gym Riot and numerous other activities to be held during the week before Winter Break. 4. Leadership Workshop Fifty students attended our bi-annual “Seven Habits of Highly Effective Teens” workshop in mid-October. This incredibly engaging workshop taught students how to organize their time, prioritize their lives, and work collaboratively. 5. Lieutenant Governor’s Visit We were treated to a fantastic opportunity earlier in the year when Lieutenant Governor, Stephen Point, accepted our invitation to visit the school. His Honour gave a talk to about 250 students after being drummed in by Tanisha Calder, Donna Pahl, Dorian Berchtold, Brittany Wesley, and Amy Bracken, and was welcomed to the territory by Sm’ooygit Gitxoon, Alex Campbell. Students were able to ask many questions about his Honour’s work and background. Following the speech, his Honour shook every student’s hand and then had tea with some selected students in the library. It was an incredible opportunity for students to learn about the role of the Lieutenant Governor and to meet an amazing role-model. 6. Writer-In-Residence Visit Our Librarian, Diane Rabel, successfully applied to have a writer-in-residence visit our school for a week in October. Rukhsana Khan spent a week working with a group of about 40 students each day as well as giving workshops to staff, Pineridge and Conrad students, local writers, and at the college. The results of her work can be viewed on our website via the “writology” link. We are very grateful for the support of “Literacy Now,” a local organization that supports community literacy at every level, and also to the Vancouver International Writers’ Festival for their support of Ms. Khan’s visit to our community. 7. McCreary Society/Art/Sm’algyax/Technology Partnership Project This amazing project began with a youth led and written grant proposal completed by Tianna Albert and Anne Smythe with adult co-writer Ms. Carla Rourke. These students conversed with their peers to decide on a focus for this project. The focus chosen was substance abuse and bullying/ harassment. Workshop facilitators Nadia Chaney and Hari Alluri along with teachers from CHSS and PCS began their preliminary work with 15 students from CHSS and Pacific Coast School on the 16th of November leading to what will become an art installation on the 30th November. The installation will include photography, poetry, and aboriginal language. During the first workshop, students engaged in intellectual and thought-provoking discussion of these issues along with poetry writing and recitation. Subsequently, students engaged in photojournalism and art photography based on these larger ideas. Both students and adults are very excited to see what the group will create together. This project has come to life due to the support of the Prince Rupert Restorative Justice Society, S.D. 52 Aboriginal Education Department, The McCreary Society, Charles Hays Secondary School, 2

and Pacific Coast School. We are especially grateful for the support of teachers, Tanis Calder, Steve Riley, Miguel Borges, Sandra Carlick and Carla Rourke. The motto of the first day was “anything is possible.” Look out for the results of this engaging and dynamic project! 8. Family and Friends Night Our 6th Annual Family and Friends Night will be held between 4 and 8 pm on Thursday, November 26th. At that time, student work from grades 8 and 9 students will be displayed and various performances will take place showcasing the talents of our students. Plan to drop in and browse the displays and chat with staff. 9. News from the Library - Research Databases They're here! We are so pleased that the school district agreed to provide these links for the use of students, staff, and families. Near the top of the main library page on the CHSS website you will find visual links to EBSCO, the Encyclopedia of British Columbia, and various versions of World Book. Follow the links to find a whole world of information that you won't find using Google. You can use these databases from home, too. In the report card envelopes there is a slip of paper that gives you an ID and password. Just enter them and explore freely. If the district sees that we use these databases well, we are more likely to have them renewed in future years. 10. Year Books Year books are available for purchase throughout the year at the main office and would make a very nice Christmas gift! Purchase now to avoid missing out in June. Yearbooks cost $35 or $37 for personalized. 11. Grade 12: CHSS Grad Parent Committee At the meeting on October 21, the following CHSS co-chairs were chosen: Cheri Guadagni & Teresa Vanderwiel. Information is available, and will be updated, on the CHSS website under Grad Info – Grade 12 Parent Committee. Please check out this site regularly. 12. Grade 12: Fundraising for Commencement Ceremony Many Grade 12 students participated in the Halloween Fest fundraiser in October. The next fundraising activity will be gift wrapping at Rupert Square Mall in December. Students are required to acquire 6 credits or pay $132. 13. Grade 12: PSI Selections The Ministry of Education assists each graduating student planning to pursue post-secondary education by sending a copy of his or her transcript data to post-secondary institutions. The PSI Selections form is now available on line for students graduating this year who wish to apply to a post secondary school, college or university for September 2010. To have marks forwarded in the early admission transfer to post secondary institutions in May, students must submit their selections by April 30, 2010. The PSI Selections Form is only accessible to June 30, 2010. Students access this online form by logging into the Student Secure Website (SSW) from the Ministry of Education: and click the Post 3

Secondary Institutions Selection menu option. Students who do not yet have a SSW will need to create one prior to gaining access to the PSI Selections form. They will require their PEN (Personal Education Number) which they can access from Mrs. Wick. 14. Grade 12: Transcript Verification Reports Each Grade 12 student will be meeting with Mrs. Wick over the next few weeks to review eligibility for graduation based on the report generated by the Ministry of Education. Parents/guardians of students in jeopardy of not meeting graduation requirements will be notified by letter. 15. Northwest Community College Open House – Tuesday, December 1 from 8:45 – 11:20 Once again NWCC will be hosting an open house for our Grade 10, 11 and 12 students. This event has been popular in the past few years and allows students the opportunity to sample the many programs offered at our campus. Registration will be completed this week at school and attendance is mandatory. Students will sign in at the college and pick up their schedules between 8:15 & 8:45. A list of the workshops is available on the CHSS website. 16. Food Services – Canteen, Breakfast Club, and Lunch Program Our canteen offers healthy snacks and meal options daily, including salads, fresh fruit, fresh made sandwiches, soups, and hot meals. Parents may prepay for a lunch card - $30 for 6 lunches. The Breakfast Club operates every morning between 8:15am and 8:45am out of room 213. Yogurt, Juice, Bagels, Fruit, and Cereal are served. This program is funded by community donations and a small government grant. We are always grateful to parents who are able to contribute financially or with a food donation to this program. I would like to mention with gratitude the local branch of the Royal Canadian Legion and the Knights of Columbus who recently provided financial support to the breakfast program. Thank you! We also are able to provide nutritious lunches to students from the SD 52 lunch program. Please check with the counseling office for information about this program. 17. Exchange student opportunities Now is the time to be starting the process for becoming an exchange student during the 2010 or 2011 school year. For information, please go directly to Shecana’s website at Jan Pinkerton, our regional coordinator, can be reached at or at 250-847-5186. High school exchanges of 3, 5, or 10 months, starting in either semester, are most successful during the Grade 11 or 12 year. It is entirely possible to be an exchange student and still earn credits for on-time graduation, with proper planning. Travel after Graduation – Gap Programs Shecana can coordinate paid international employment with appropriate accommodation (UK or New Zealand), cultural homestays (Brazil, Germany), and 3-month school experiences (Europe and Brazil) for Grads! Contact Shecana or Jan Pinkerton.


18. Website Also check the website for photos, school news, and links to all kinds of educational information. We are currently building an “Alumni” page featuring CHSS students who have gone on to impressive careers. If you know of alumnus who would be willing to share their story, please encourage them to contribute their profile by going to the Alumni page on our website. We are attempting to save money and reduce our paper use this year. To that end, newsletters will also available on-line on our website If you wish to receive upcoming newsletters and information bulletins via email rather than mail, please email me. 19. Northern Winter Games – Request for Billets & Volunteers The Northern Winter Games Organizing Committee is in need of 400 host families for billets to accommodate approximately 1200 athletes from February 4 – 7, 2010. For more information, log on to or contact Glenn Hauptman at the Northern Winter Games Office, 800 3rd Ave W at 250-624-6684. Billet forms are attached to this newsletter. Please help if you can! 20. Attendance Regular and punctual attendance is the most important aspect of success in school. The learning that goes on in the classroom cannot be duplicated by providing “make-up” work. You can see from the wide variety of activity based learning that goes on in the school that getting handouts cannot possibly replicate the engaging, hands-on, energetic, and stimulating learning that happens every day in the building. Please help us work with your student to see the value of regular school attendance and punctuality. Report cards will continue to be mailed home to parents/guardians this year. Please help us reduce costs by keeping your mailing address current in our data base by calling the office. We ask for your support to help us make your child’s year a successful one. Please check in with them frequently regarding homework, make sure they get at least 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep a night, and come with the supplies they need to meet their learning goals. As always, we appreciate the support and participation of you in our number one shared project – educating everybody’s children. Please do call or email me if you have any questions, concerns, or kudos! Sincerely,

Sandra Jones Principal 624-5031 ext. 226 5

Note: Please DO NOT drop students off in the main (front entrance) parking lot. This is a dangerous practice and is NOT ALLOWED. Thank you for your consideration.

UPCOMING DATES TO REMEMBER November 23 – Report Cards mailed home November 26 – Family and Friends night 4 – 8 pm November 27 – Professional Development Day for teachers – no school for students December 1 – Morning - NWCC Open House for all CHSS Grade 10, 11 & 12 students December 14-18 – Winter Spirit Week December 21-Jan 01 – Winter Break January 7 – Grad Portrait Re-takes January 25 – 29 – Provincial Exams (see schedule below) January 27 – 28 – In-school Exams January 29 – Make-up Exam day February 1 – Second Semester begins February 5 – Non-Instructional Day for Prince Rupert 2010 Northern BC Winter Games February 5 – 7 – Prince Rupert 2010 Northern BC Winter Games February 8 – Report Cards mailed home February 13-20 – All-Native Basketball Tournament February 19 – Professional Development Day for teachers – no school for students

PROVINCIAL EXAM SCHEDULE DATE Monday, January 25, 2010 Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Wednesday, January 27, 2010 Thursday, January 28, 2010

Friday, January 29, 2010

SUBJECT Biology 12 Communications 12 Physics 12 Principles of Mathematics 12 English 12 Social Studies 11 English 10 BC First Nations Studies 12 Applications of Mathematics 10 Essentials of Mathematics 10 Principles of Mathematics 10 History 12 Science 10 Chemistry 12

TIME 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm 9:00 am – 11:00 am 1:00pm – 3:00 pm 9:00 am – 11:00 am 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm 9:00 am – 11:00 am 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

9:00 am – 11:00 am 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm