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Friday, September 4, 2015 - DAY 2

Senior Level

Student Council meeting Tuesday, September 8th at lunch in Mrs. Burnie's room.  Grades 9-12 need to choose class representatives.

GSA starts Tuesday, September 8th at lunch in Room 104.

Middle Level

Calling all students interested in getting into the middle of things with Middle Level Students' Council.  Since Monday is a holiday: information sheets and nomination forms can be picked up today from Ms. Wyss or the office.  An information session will be held on Thursday next week  at lunch!  You have one week to get your nomination forms to Ms. Wyss.

Our first GOTCHA RACE is underway.  The first 15 students to earn TEN GOTCHAS can show them to the school secretary to win a heirloom ARRA pen and writing journal.

Lunch today is a variety of sandwiches/wraps

Reminders...

AVRSB Volunteers in School Policy
The AVRSB has had a Volunteers in Schools Policy since 1999. As stated in this policy, the Board takes its obligation seriously to ensure safe environments for learning by taking all reasonable steps to minimize risks and threats to students. Because student safety is a top priority, in January 2015, this policy underwent an extensive review to ensure that any potential gaps in practice are closed or minimized. All recommendations for change were presented to our school community members and was circulated to our school stakeholders for the opportunity to respond to the proposed changes and to provide further input. To highlight some of the changes:
• clearly defines volunteers versus visitors;
• requires volunteers to complete a standard application form for any volunteering;
• will continue to require the completion of Criminal Records Check (including the Vulnerable Sector) and Child Abuse Registry checks prior to working with students but will now require rechecks be completed every (3) three years; and,
• as of January 8, 2015, will require all current volunteer to renew their Criminal Records Check (including the Vulnerable Sector) and Child Abuse Registry if it has been over (3) three years since it was last completed.

The recommended changes to the Volunteers in Schools policy are not to discourage volunteering in the AVRSB. It is to employ the best practices to ensure our policy is as effective as possible for decreasing the chances of student harm from volunteers. We will be reminding our volunteers throughout the remainder of the school year so that we are well prepared for such events, as Class Trips.

Modelling Appropriate Social Media Behaviours for our Children
Social media has become an important means of communication and of seeking information for most people. It is proving to be of particular importance for our youth as technology has become a significant part of the identity of this generation. Unfortunately, increased technology has also resulted in new social issues. It is sometimes used as a means of cyber-bullying or an exchange of inappropriate information. It is up to us, as adults, to serve as proper role models with regards to technology use. We need to teach our children to respect the use of technology and to be good digital citizens. In order to do this properly, we as adults must also learn to be good social citizens and to model appropriate use of social media. We must use social media tools like Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram,etc. appropriately, because our children are watching and emulating our behaviours.
For more information around proper use of social media and good digital citizenship, please visit our website at: avrsb.ca/digital

Permission Slips/Bus Notes

For student safety and as part of school policy, written permission/notes must be received by the office, before morning classes begin, for the following:

  • Staying after school for extra-curricular activities
  • Leaving early for an appointment
  • Student being picked up by someone other then parent/guardian
  • Students requesting travel on a different bus than the one they would normally travel on, or to a different stop on their normal bus route.
  • Middle level students that are normally bussed, but are walking to an appointment or other parent/guardian after school

Please be advised that unless a written note signed by a parent/guardian is received at the office, your child will follow their normal after school routine.  No verbal permission will be accepted. 

Note:  Full legible name of the student must be on notes.

 

Please see this link for Important Information from the AVRSB Transportation Division

Nova Scotia International Student Program

Please follow this link to be part of an amazing experience by opening your home to a student from another country - be part of the International Student Program.  

Student Attendance

Consistent student attendance is important. When a child is frequently absent from school he/she misses important learning experiences including specific skills and knowledge that may be necessary for further learning. The real danger of frequent absences from school is that students will develop gaps in their learning that will hinder future learning.It is understood that there are legitimate reasons why students must miss school. When this occurs, the school will work with you to ensure your child does not fall behind. Please communicate these situations with the child’s teacher and the school principal. There are also many examples of students missing significant time when it is not necessary. Please take school attendance seriously. Be consistent in ensuring that your child values the importance of good education. Make sure he/she goes to bed at a reasonable time and gets a good night’s sleep. Plan your vacation at times that will have no impact, or at the least a minimal impact, on school.  Do not hesitate to phone your child’s teacher or the school Principal if you are encountering difficulties getting your child to attend school. Allow us to work with you to find solutions. We are willing to sit with you to look at your child’s programming and school experiences as well as any other factors that may impact on your child attending school.

AWEC School Advisory Council

The AWEC School Advisory Council (SAC) meets on the 3rd Thursday of the month at 6:30 pm. The SAC is made up of parents, community members, school staff and students. SAC’s are formed to recognize the importance of a partnership among all stakeholders in the education system and to advise the principal and school board on relevant educational issues.

What are your future plans? Check out the http://futureseekers.ca/. If you're a student in a Nova Scotia public school, this site was made especially for you. You will find many tools here to help you develop strong career plan. Some are available to everyone, but some have been licensed for use only by Nova Scotia students. You can identify your skills and interests;learn about occupations and workplaces; find out what education and experience you will need; set some goals to get you to your future.  

Bus Notes

When students are requesting travel on a different bus than the one they would normally travel on, or to a different stop on their normal bus route, the parent or guardian must submit a written request to the School for approval. The bus notes should be brought to the office first thing in the morning for recording.

Student-Parent Portal

AWEC is offering you real-time access to your child(ren)'s grades, assignments, attendance, and teacher's comments using the Student-Parent Portal.  To get started, you must contact the school in person to request your child's confidential Access ID and Access Password.

Student fees are $40 per individual. Please make cheques payable to the Annapolis West Education Centre. Once you have paid your fee you will receive a lock for your assigned locker.

Athletic fees: $40 per person for each sport played to a maximum $100

AWEC is a scent free school. This means that you MUST refrain from putting on perfume or colognes such as AXE. Many people are very sensitive to this inside the building. Thank-you for your cooperation.

School Lockers

Students and parents/guardians should be aware that school lockers are the property of the school board and carry no rights of privacy by the student, and are subject to periodic search and inspection at the discretion of the principal/designate of the school or other school board authorized employee. Students who do not return their lock will be required to pay a replacement fee of $10.

 
 
 

Forum

Grade 11 & 12 O2 Recognition Dinner

Monday, June 15th at 5:30 pm, Mrs. Robinson-Burnie welcomed 18 O2 students and their supervisors of Co-Op to an end of the year Recognition Dinner at Annapolis West Education Centre.  A celebration of 100 & 200 Co-Op hours, superior work ethic, development of skills, and meaning learning was shared through a movie and testimony by each member present. A message of congratulations was extended to everyone in the O2 program from Annapolis Valley Regional School Board Member, Mr. Linus Hannam, along with cards of thanks being presented to each worksite supervisor by their co-operating student.Submitted,S. Robinson-BurnieContinue

Started by S. Robinson-Burnie Jun 19.

O2 Update

Please check out the link showing how O2 students at AWEC are benefiting their community.  Students in grade 10 O2 have been very busy, helping out at the "Grant Potter Memorial Park and the Mother's Day Brunch supporting Friends of the Annapolis Pool Society.  Over the next few weeks, students will also volunteer their services at the Annapolis Pool, downtown storefronts, and Annapolis Historic Gardens.These acts of service support the Community Based Learning component of the Options and Opportunities program offered at AWEC. Thank you, Annapolis Royal for keeping us in the loop throughout the year and allowing us to help in ways that we can as learners and volunteers in the community.Follow the link to the Town Crier for O2 News!https://gallery.mailchimp.com/39f91f10249412b0b0e4d8aec/files/June_2015_Town_Crier.pdfSubmitted by,S. Robinson-BurnieLead O2 Teacher Continue

Started by S. Robinson-Burnie Jun 2.

High School Student Council - Proud Supporters

The Annapolis West Education Centre Student Council has been very busy this year helping others.  During the year members enjoyed looking at ways to help people locally and globally.  Students supported local food banks, victims of fire, families suffering illness, and in November a delicious supper was planned by Cole Orde and his many helpful assistants  from Student Council.  The proceeds were given to "Free The Children" campaign.  AWEC is in its 3rd year as a proud supporter of this important work with "Free The Children."  See photoThroughout the year, High School Student Council held other fundraisers along with the Options and Opportunities program providing a DJ CO$MO service for local school dances.  Members have decided to support the Relief Fund for Nepal through the Red Cross Association.  See photoA special thank you to all members of the High School Student Council for a wonderful year! Thank you to Maria Longmire and Marissa MacDonald for accepting the Co-President's position, as well as, our executive and class representatives.  All your efforts in attending meetings and organization has been greatly appreciated.Nominations have now been submitted for students interested in a position at the executive table 2015/2016 AWEC Senior High Student Council.  Nominees will present their platforms June 11, 2015 immediately following the  2015 Award Ceremony. All the best to each nominee!Submitted by,S. Robinson-BurnieLead O2 TeacherContinue

Started by S. Robinson-Burnie Jun 2.

Grant Potter Memorial Park Volunteering

Grade 10 O2 joined Noah Scanlan and Joy Brown at the Grant Potter Memorial Park for some volunteer time.  Back in October, students along with Noah Scanlan, Recreation Director of Annapolis Royal began the first phase of refitting the park.  Students in Grade 10 & 11 O2 contributed many hours helping.  We are pleased to say that the Grant Potter Memorial Park is now a natural park and will be ready to enjoy!  We thank everyone who allowed this work to happen and to the parents for giving permission for their child to participate.Submittted by,S. Robinson-BurnieLead O2 TeacherContinue

Started by S. Robinson-Burnie May 22.

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