The Daily Howl...

Friday, February 5th - No School today and worksite is closed 

Lunch today: 

Middle Level Announcements

SPELLING BEE is WED. FEB 10 at start of lunch!  WILL YOU BEE READY?

Practice with Kay Whalen today at lunch in the seminar room.

Winter carnival is February 22-26

Chaperones are needed for the Valentine dance, which is on February 11th.  This is a semi formal dance.  Please add your songs to the song suggestion list.

Twin day has been moved to a later date…stay tuned.

Reminders...

Please be advised that there should be no traffic around the "bus loop".  This means no driving around the school and no parking in the driveway around the school.  If you are picking-up or dropping off a student or entering the school for any reason you should park on the street and enter the school via the office doors.  Please pass this information along to anyone that may be visiting the school on your child's behalf.  Thank you for helping us keep our students safe and our grounds beautiful!          

AVRSB Virtual Advanced Placement (AP) Program (2016 – 2017)

Course registration for the 2016 – 2017 school year is fast approaching. One option for students entering Grade 11 or 12 is the Virtual Advanced Placement (AP) Program offered by the AVRSB to provide advanced courses for interested students. The AP courses are considered to be of a first year university level and can lead to a university credit or university advanced standing if the student is successful in the course. Currently the AVRSB offers AP Biology, Calculus, Chemistry, English Literature and Human Geography to Grade 11 and 12 students via the internet. 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. As well students in science courses can participate in labs that are not normally undertaken in their schools. AP courses are a great way to enhance your university application and scholarship opportunities. Students are encouraged to attend the AP orientation session when it is held at their school. More information can be found at http://www.avrsbvap.myavrsb.ca/ or by contacting Student Services at your school. Come out and see what it is all about!!

Check out this video of one of AWEC's past graduate and her role as surgeon in a hand/forearm transplant: 

http://www.citynews.ca/2016/01/12/video-toronto-surgeons-perform-canadas-first-hand-and-forearm-transplant/?show_id=0

Student Fee Breakdown

  • $ 40 Senior level - $25 Middle level
  • Locker
  • School owned lock (to be turned in at the end of school year)
  • Student ID (required to attend dances)
  • Chromebook rental
  • Consumables (such as but not limited to: printer maintenance (toner); paper; lab supplies)
  • School events – guest speakers, etc.
  • No other course fees are charged for courses such as art, sciences, home economics, construction tech, tech ed, computer, etc.

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 4:00 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.

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.

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

Skills Canada Nova Scotia Presentation

An interactive and teacher/student engaged presentation was facilitated by Scott MacKendrick. Scott is a 4th year Mount Saint Vincent University student who is completing his final year in Public Relations.  Grade 8-12 students enjoyed an informative session about the facts regarding Skill Trades and the many opportunities that are available to students aged 13-21. Scott's presentation revealed competitions available in various categories and promotes students taking risks in something they have a passion in (baking, welding, photography, public speaking, and so many other categories).  He encourages students to check out www.skillsns.ca for more information.Continue

Started by S. Robinson-Burnie Dec 9, 2015.

Grade 12 O2 NSCC Applications

Attention Parents and O2 Graduates (2016) - please note that NSCC acceptance letters have been rolling out for a few weeks now.  Students must keep checking their emails that they assigned to their NSCC accounts in order to stay up to date on the status of their accounts. It is most important to attend to any requirements in order to secure their NSCC seat for the 2016 year. Any questions or concerns should be addressed to NSCC Admissions, Mr. Steve Walker (Guidance AWEC), or S. Robinson-Burnie (Lead O2 Teacher).  Continue

Started by S. Robinson-Burnie Dec 1, 2015.

WE Day Atlantic Canada 2015

Students, staff, and parent volunteers who attended this year's WE Day were thrilled with another incredible experience.  Chris Hadfield, guest speaker outlined the importance of education and using this as a vehicle to support local and global causes. Other highlights were musicians, presentations, and the energy from the 8000 youth that attended.  AWEC is a proud supporter of WE Day - FREE THE CHILDREN and continue to set new goals that show their interest in local and global initiatives.See photoContinue

Started by S. Robinson-Burnie Dec 1, 2015.

WE Day Atlantic Canada 2015

It's approaching FAST...We Day Atlantic Canada 2015.  AWEC is proud to be supporting this incredible work by students and staff.  On November 27th, approximately 70 students and staff will attend the event being held at the Scotia Centre in Halifax.  Stay tuned for updates and photos!Continue

Started by S. Robinson-Burnie Nov 12, 2015.

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