AVON VIEW HIGH SCHOOL
Happy New Year!!!!
The end of the first semester is fast approaching. Students’ minds should be turning to exam preparation. Sitting down and making up a schedule for review is important for success. Students should be making use of extra help offered by teachers and participating in review activities.
The exam schedule is included in this newsletter. Some of our courses have exams in class time so these courses are not included in the schedule. Students should only attend school on days they have an exam to write. Students are also permitted to go home after their exam if they have transportation. The buses run on the same schedule as usual.
Second semester will begin on Monday February 2nd . If students need to reexamine the courses they have scheduled they should do so during the week of exams by making an appointment with student services.
Please join us in reminding students that they are not permitted to use cell phones during classes. This includes all incoming and outgoing calls and/or texts. If there is a situation that you need to speak with your student, please call the school’s office and they will be called to the phone. Cell phones become a disruption during instructional time.
My congratulations to those students who have graduated at the end of first semester. We will see you at the graduation ceremony in June.
If you have any questions or concerns please no not hesitate to contact the teacher involved or any of the administrators.
E-mail Address firstname.lastname@example.org
Annapolis Valley School Board
Mr. Larry Frenette the principal of Avon View is retiring at the end of this school year. Part of the process to select a new principal involves input from parents. Allen Hume, Director of Human Resources (Annapolis Valley Regional School Board), will be present at the school on Tuesday January 13 at 7:00 pm to discuss characteristics parents feel the new principal should possess.
Student Services Department
Parents as Career Coaches
Parents as Career Coaches is a program put on by the Nova Scotia Department of Education whereby parents can take an active role in supporting their child in career decision-making. The program attempts to help parents in gaining a better understanding of post-secondary options, the changing labour market and career building skills.
If there are any parents interested in “Parents as Career Coaches”, please call Mrs. Hughes at 792-6743 by January 26, 2009. If enough interest is shown, the sessions will be taking place on February 5, 12, and 19 from 6:30 to 9:00 in the Seminar Room at Avon View High School.
Career/Course Selection Presentations.
All grade 10 and 11 students have had or will have participated in a one hour career/course selection presentation by the end of this semester. During this presentation school councellors and administration have attempted to:
1) Encourage students to actively begin to seek out possible career/post-secondary education options. a) Demonstration of the use of career crusing , a computer program available to students both at school and at home has been a focus of the presentation b) Reminder to students of the benefits of using student services resource area to view calendars, brochures, etc. from colleges and universities will hopefully motivate students to begin their “possibilities for our future” search.
2) Emphasize the necessity for students to select courses for next year that will be appropriate for them. Changing courses in September 09 is being discouraged – as it has been difficult in the past to maintain workable class sizes when students have changed their minds after staff has been assigned to specific courses.
3) Help students to realize the limitations of scheduling if students have chosen to be in many areas of specialization (ie French Immersion, Science, Music, IB, etc.) There will be a need for students to make tough choices in many instances.
*We encourage you to encourage your child to begin or to continue to look into the many career and educational options available, as he/she approaches the end of his/her high school years. If you have any questions, please contact: Mrs. B Hughes at 792-6743
Ms. J Fraser 798-6631
Letter to Parents/Guardians of Potential Graduates:
As 1st semester draws to a close, we realize that some of our graduates will complete the graduation requirements by the end of 1st semester. We would like to provide some guidelines that might be helpful in planning for graduation on Friday, June 26, 2009.
While this notification is directed to parents of all potential graduates, it must be pointed out that the graduation is only finalized following the results of the Promotion Board on June 23rd. We expect graduate lists to be posted on the front door of the school at approximately 5 p.m. on Wednesday, June 24, 2009.
We sincerely hope that the following reminders, dates, and suggestions will be a source of help and direction during the last few days of your child’s senior year.
Friday, June 19 – Mon. June 22 Students and parent volunteers required to help
decorate gym for prom. Please call the school at
(792-6740) if able to help.
Tuesday, June 23 Prom Parade route and time to be announced at a later date.
Wednesday, June 24 Grad Lists posted on front door at 5:00 p.m.
Thursday, June 25 Graduation Practice 10:00 am (attendance is
mandatory for all grads) – transportation is the
responsibility of the students (no buses running).
Tickets for graduation to be picked up from Mr. McDiarmid (4 per graduate). Seating is first come, first served.
Caps and Gowns to be picked up between 8:00 and 10:00 a.m. and after practice in room 129. Grad Fee of $35. must be paid before receiving gown. This covers:
- shipping and handling of gowns
- cost of grad folders
- award certificates
- caps (students keep these)
*** GOWNS MUST BE RETURNED
immediately after graduation or an $80.00 fine will be charged!
Friday, June 26 Grad Slide Show – 9:00 – 9:45am (gym for guests)
Graduation – 10:00 am
Graduates should be at the school at 9:00am on Friday, June 26th so that they can line up for the processional.
10:00 am - Graduation – followed by refreshments in the cafeteria.
A more detailed description of grad week activities will be available at the Student Services Office by mid- June.
** Students eligible to graduate after 1st semester – Be Sure:
French Department: Summer French program and Quebec exchange.
Below is a description of two separate programs to help Avon View students who wish to improve their French and experience of French culture firsthand.
Explore! Offers summer French programs at Universities across francophone Canada including Quebec City, Universite Laval in Montreal and l’Universite Ste. Anne in Clare County Nova Scotia. This program is available to any grade 11 and 12 students regardless of their level of French. The Explore! Program is adapted to ALL levels of proficiency and has been running for several years with great success. The response from students has been overwhelmingly positive. Not only have students built strong friendships, but have made impressive progress in their level of French proficiency.
A $200.00 bursary is available which covers nearly all of the costs of the program. The deadline for bursary applications is February 28th. Further information and necessary forms can be found at www.myexplore.ca or contact M. Popma at Avon View High School.
The second program is a 3 month exchange where a student from Quebec spends 3 months here at Avon View and lives with the family of an Avon View student who will then return to Quebec where they will be likewise billeted.
Immersion at the deep end
The Nova Scotia Department of Education and le department de programmes de francais langue seconde (Department of second langueage programs) is offering students a chance to embark on a 3 month exchange in Quebec for the 2009-2010 school year. This exchange does not conflict with summer French programs.
In 2007-2008, Avon View sent 3 students on this exchange. Their response was overall very positive and so we are pleased to once again offer this opportunity to Avon View students.
The application process will begin immediately with two general information sessions held at noon hour for all those interested. Interested parents are of course welcome to contact M. Popma at the school for any additional information.
It is a sincere hope that we can continue to encourage our students to seek out a true French immersion experience and take advantage of the personal, intellectual and linguistic growth these programs provide.
Thank you, merci
Student Support Worker
Here are some important dates to keep in mind.
Student Support Worker 798-662
Well it’s back to school again. We hope that everyone has a great and safe break. We wish you the best of luck with the up-coming exams. Remember, study, study, study!
Things were very busy here at Avon View. We want to thank all the staff and students of Avon View, who successfully raised $300.00 and collected 1,497 food items. These food items and money went to the Windsor and District which made someone’s Christmas even better. Great job Avon View.
We also want to thank everyone who helped with semi formal. It was a great success! Everyone had a blast and looking amazing. Our next dance will be Thursday, February 12th.
Last but not least, we want to send out a very big thank-you to the students who organized the Human Rights Assembly. That’s right, our own students here at Avon View held the Human Rights Assembly. Students Jessica Rafuse and Betty Jo Leopold got students to help with their $1.00 to make a difference, clean water project for Kenya, Africa. In total they raised $314.00. We also had a presentation about afrICAN help started by Jessica Meldrum and Shelby Burton. They are trying to raise awareness for the children in Africa. 12 year old Logan McGilvery came and spoke about his project, Listen to the Children. Congratulations to those students who put together this assembly, it was very well done.
That’s all our news for the month. Keep an eye out for our next entry. And remember, you can always contact us by email at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org . We’d love to hear from you!
Mon. Jan 26th
NSE Math 12
Pre Calculus 12
Math WKPL 12
Advanced Math 11
Tues. Jan 27th
NSE English 12
NSE English Communications 12
English 11 IB
English 10 IB Prep
NSE English 12
NSE English Communications 12
Wed. Jan 28th
Canadian History 11
Thurs. Jan 29th
History 12 IB
History 11 IB
History 10 IB Prep
African Canadian Studies 11
Mi'K MAQ Studies 10
Fri. Jan 30th
IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER
January 12th Monday E-Grade Reports/Newsletter
15th Thursday Staff Meeting
26th Monday NS Math Exam
27th Tuesday NS English Exam
28th Wednesday NS Chemistry Exam
30th Friday Exams End
February 2nd Monday 1st teaching day of 2nd semester
Early Dismissal (PEBS)
9th Monday Marks to Office 9:00 am
12th Thursday Staff Meeting
Dance 7:30-10:30 pm
13th Friday Report Cards Released/Newsletter
27th Monday Course Fair Day Grades 9 & 10
No School Grades 11-12
Early Dismissal (Transition)
March 2nd Monday E-Grade Reports/Newsletter
Friday On-line Registration
9th Monday International Women’s Day
12th Thursday Staff Meeting
13th Friday Last Teaching Day before March Break
International Day for the Elimination of Racial
16th – 20th Monday March Break
23rd Monday 1st teaching day after March Break
April 6th Monday E-Grade Reports/Newsletter
8th Wednesday Early Dismissal (Wellness)
Parent/Teacher (7:00- 9:00 pm)
9th Thursday In-service am (Assessment)
Parent/Teacher (1:00-3:30 pm)
10th Friday Good Friday
13th Monday Easter Monday
14th Tuesday 1st day of Term 4
16th Thursday Staff Meeting
20th Monday Marks to Office 9:00 am
24th Friday Report Cards/Newsletter
May 6th Wednesday Early Dismissal (SSP)
11th Monday E-Grade Reports/Newsletter
14th Thursday Staff Meeting
15th Friday International Day against Homophobia
18th Monday Victoria Day
29th Friday Last Day for School Trips
In-service Day (SSP)
June 11th Thursday Staff Meeting
12th Friday NS Math Exam
17th Wednesday NS English Exam
19th Friday NS Chemistry Exam
22nd Monday Last day of Exams
23rd Tuesday Marking Day
24th Wednesday Marking Day
25th Thursday Marking Day
26th Friday Graduation
29th Monday Grade 10 & 11 Closing
Last Day of School