The Daily Howl...

Wednesday, April16th - Day 7

All Grad gowns need to be returned as soon as possible.

Change of Dates:  Report cards will be sent home on April 24th and Parent/Teacher interviews are rescheduled to May 1st (6:00-8:00 pm) and May 2nd (1:15-3:15 pm).

Grade 12 students are reminded to check the wall outside the Guidance Office for latest postings for Bursary and Scholarship applications.

Submit a piece of cover art for this year's Yearbook.  The chosen artist will receive a free yearbook.  See posters in the halls for details.  Art work is due by May 1st.  Yearbook Committee will be taking orders for yearbook orders on Wednesday in the cafeteria.  Price is $ 37.

The AVRSB has had a Volunteers in Schools Policy since 1999.  As demonstrated in this policy, the Board takes its obligations seriously to create safe environments for learning by taking all reasonable steps to minimize risks and threats to students.  Because student safety is a top priority, this policy has undergone an extensive review to ensure that any potential gaps in practice are closed or minimized.  All recommendations for change are being presented to our school community members.  The proposed AVRSB Volunteers in Schools policy is being 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 and Child Abuse Registry checks prior to working with students but will now require re-checks be completed every (5) five years; and,
  • includes reference to procedures for monitoring volunteers in schools.

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 effective as possible for decreasing the chances of student harm from volunteers.  We will be reviewing this policy at our next SAC meeting on April 15 at 5 pm.

The Annapolis Royal School Bands are collecting orders for citrus fruit and spring plants.  If you would like to place an order please see a musician or contact Ms. Siwik before March break.  The pick up date is Friday April 4th.  Thank you for your support!

All grads need to get their yearbook write ups, grad and baby photos in by the end of March.  Check the AWEC grad facebook page for details.

AP COURSES - STUDENT INFORMATION MEETING:

please click on link for details AP Course Information Session

AVRSB Virtual Advanced Placement (AP) Program Registration 2014 – 20015

Are you a student wishing to get a step up on a university education? The Virtual Advanced Placement (AP) Program may be for you as it is designed to provide an enriched curriculum for students of all AVRSB schools. AP courses are considered to be of a first year university level and can lead to a university credit or advanced standing at universities if the student is successful in the course. Currently the AVRSB offers AP Biology, Calculus, Chemistry, English Literature and Composition and Human Geography to Grade 11 and 12 students via the internet. Classes are part of the normal student course load but are held outside regular school hours. The benefits to students are many. Students can study topics in greater depth as these are year-long courses, students improve their chances of university acceptance and gaining scholarships and students are often exempt from high volume first year university courses. If you are interested please contact Student Services at your school or visit http://www.avrsb.ca/content/families and follow the Advanced Placement link on the left. The AVRSB AP coordinator will be visiting your school in late February or early March for the Course Orientation Day to answer student questions about the program.  Watch for time and date posters in your schools. Registration will take place in March.

Helping Anxious Children course that will start on Tuesday March 18th at 6pm and run for 5 weeks.  Information link

"With flu season upon us, the Department of Health and Wellness and Public Health Services are reminding Nova Scotians that we can all play a role in staying healthy and preventing the spread of the seasonal flu. Vaccination, frequent hand-washing, coughing and sneezing into your arm instead of your hands and staying home if you are ill are some of the best ways to prevent the spread of the flu. Immunizations are available through doctors' offices or local pharmacies. Together, we can all do our part!"

All non-construction related traffic (students, visitors etc) must follow the driveway alongside the gym. No traffic is permitted around the back of the school, beginning at the pool area. 

 

 

Reminders...

What are your future plans?

Check out 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 a 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

About Bullying...

Bullying occurs when someone repeatedly tries to hurt another person’s body, feelings, self-esteem, reputation, or property. Helping or encouraging someone to bully another person is also bullying.

 

Four things to remember about bullying:

  • People learn how to bully. It is not just kids being kids.
  • Bullying is about power - getting power over others and using that power to build yourself up by keeping others down.
  • Bullying is a disrespectful behaviour which does not value our human rights.
  • Bullying is repeated. It is not one instance of a child being mean to another child.

 

What does bullying look like?

There are four kinds of bullying:

  • Physical Bullying
    • hitting, pushing, stealing, or damaging someone else’s things
  • Social Bullying
    • excluding someone from a group, spreading rumours
  • Verbal Bullying
    • name calling, mocking, making sexist, racist, or homophobic remarks
  • Cyberbullying
    • using technology to bully someone

 

For more information on this important topic please see:

GRADS & GRAD GOWNS:

Grad gowns are available to borrow for photos during the school year at no cost but please keep in mind the following:

  • take care of the gown and accessories as it costs $200 to replace the gown, collar and cap.
  • only keep the gown for ONE week.
  • return the gown promptly after the one week deadline.
  • if the gown is not returned, a bill in the amount of $200 will be presented to you.
  • Ms. Potter is available from 1:45-2:00 pm or after 3:20 to borrow a gown.  She is in class during the day.
  • return the gown to Ms. Potter or if she is not available please return to the Learning Centre with your name attached.

 

AWEC School Advisory Council

The AWEC School Advisory Council (SAC) meets on the 3rd Tuesday of the month at 5:00 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.

 

Nova Scotia Virtual School

Students interested in enrolling in a course with the Nova Scotia Virtual School should see Mr. Walker as soon as possible to register. To see a list of courses offered for 2013-2014, click here.

 

New Senior Level Math Program

Nova Scotia continues to implement a new math program which began with grade 10 in 2013-2014. Click here to see important information regarding the grade 10 math program. 2014-2015 will see the introduction of new math courses at the grade 11 level. Click here to see information regarding the grade 11 math program. Click here for an overall view of the new math program.

 

Personal Development Credit

Beginning in September 2013, all high school students will be able to earn personal development credits in their communities through organizations like the Cadets, 4H, Junior Achievement, or Dance Nova Scotia. Personal development credits can be earned in three areas – arts, languages and leadership. For more information, click here.

 

Attendance

A reminder to students and parents/guardians that if a student is absent from school, the school office must be notified by phone (532-3150) of the absence.

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 website. 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 or family. 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 are $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.

 

 
 
 

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