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Grade 8 Schedule Pick-Up – Thursday, August 31st
Grade 8 students can pick up their schedules and a map of the school on Thursday, August 31st, from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. in the East Gym. There will be some of our big buddies here to help them find their classrooms.
Grade 8 students are to report to the East Gym by 9:15 a.m. on Tuesday, September 5th. There will be a brief assembly and a grade 8 photo taken before homeroom teachers take the students to their homeroom class. During homeroom, students will receive course schedules that list the courses they have chosen for the year. Students should bring a pen, a pencil, and a binder with some looseleaf paper on the first day. After that, Grade 8 buddies will be available to assist Grade 8 students to find classes other areas of the school. They will be dismissed at 11:00 a.m.
Meet the Teacher Night, Thursday, September 21st
Please mark your calendars and plan to join us for “Meet the Teacher” night on Thursday, September 21st. This will be an excellent opportunity for parents to meet their child’s teachers and engage in their child’s learning.
Parents are invited to join us in the theatre at 5:30 p.m., where there will be a welcome and some introductory comments by Delta Secondary School’s administration. Parents will then follow their child’s timetable, going from class to class and meeting their child’s teacher in each classroom. The first block will start at 5:55 p.m. and the last period will end at 7:33 p.m. Each block will be 7 minutes long. There will be 6 minutes between each block (the same amount of time your child has to get from one class to the next).
The evening will provide teachers with the opportunity to introduce themselves, describe the course your child attends and explain their assessment practices. They will also give you information on how you can contact them. Please note that this session is NOT FOR REPORTING. Teachers will prepare an interim report for each student that will be available for viewing through Parent Connect on October 19th. Please plan to join us for an informative evening.
For the first day of school, it is improtant that students arrive with a pen or pencil and paper. Teachers will provide students with information regarding the supplies necessary for each of their courses during the first period those classes meet.
Student timetables will be available in Homeroom on the first day of school and posted later that evening on Student Connect and Parent Connect.
Our counsellors and teachers have worked hard ensuring that students and parents have been provided with the necessary information required to make wise course selections for the 2017/2018 school year.
Our school has been staffed, and our timetable designed, based on the course request that students made last spring. Once staffing needs and the timetable have been determined, it is extremely difficult, and in most cases, impossible, to accommodate course change requests. Our counselling team, when possible, will give consideration to course changes that will help to balance classes.
Students who wish to make a course change for valid educational reasons, must submit a letter to their counsellor from their parent(s) indicating that the parent supports the change. Remember, not all course change requests can be met.
If your timetable does not show all of the courses you will be taking, you need to see your counsellor during the first week of school.
Registration of New Students
The cousellors and administrators will be at the school on the mornings of Monday, August 28th and Tuesday, August 29th from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon to register new students.
Each student in Grade 8 – 10 will receive a Student Handbook (Agenda) during the first week of school. Students in Grade 11 and 12 can request an agenda if they would like to use it for the year. The book contains a calendar of events for the 2017/2018 school year as well as a daily planning calendar where students can record homework assignments, assignment due dates, and dates of tests. The front section contains important information about the school and its expectations and guidelines. The Handbook is an excellent organizational tool and we encourage you to use it well. Note that the calendar indicates the days of our schedule as well.
Bell Schedule and Collaboration Wednesdays
Delta Secondary’s schedule includes time for teacher collaboration. On eighteen Wednesdays over the course of the school year, learning teams of teachers and educational assistants, work together on designing curriculum and learning strategies. To facilitate this professional learning tiem, on each of the 18 “Collaboration Days”, classes will not begin (and students will not be required to attend) until 9:35 a.m.
There is a significant body of research that supports the benefit of scheduled collaboration time for teachers and for students. We are very appreciative of the support from the Delta School District and the DSS parent community for their support of this initiative.
Our bell schedule and collaboration dates are posted under the Calendar section. Students have a year-long calendar in their agendas that will indicate the “Day” for each school day of the year, including collaboration days.
Lockers and Locks
Lockers and locks are property of the school and are available to students for a small annual rental fee. Lockers and locks will be assigned in Block D classes on Wednesday, September 6th. Students will be required to repair any minor damage done to their assigned locker. Students should have a second lock for use in P.E.
Remember to secure your property safely by always locking your regular locker or the gym locker you are using for that period. The school cannot be responsible for lost or stolen items. Over the course of the year, if you suspect someone may have determined your combination you may trade your lock for another at the office.
Gym strip is necessary for P.E. classes. Students should not wear school clothes for P.E. but should change into a different T-shirt, P.E. shorts, a change of socks and running shoes. Warmer P.E. clothing should be worn on cold days. It is recommended that students do not take valuables with them to their P.E. class. Students should also be sure to lock their belongings in the gym lockers during P.E. class.
Administrations and Counselling Staff
The administrative and counselling teams at Delta Secondary School are committed to supporting students to achieve their educational goals. Please contact any of the resource people listed below for assistance:
D – K Ms. H. Colls
L – P Mrs. E. Rohwer
Q – Z Mr. S. Cowan
Delta Secondary has an excellent culinary arts program and offers a wide array of healthy and tasty food choices for breakfast and lunch. Cafeteria service will begin on Monday, Sept. 11th.
Parents of students with medical conditions must complete a Medical Alert Card, which will be kept on file in the Office. Medical Alert Cards are available at the front desk in the Office. These cards should be updated by the parent/guardian each September and as the need arises.
Student Accident Insurance
Optional Student Accident Insurance is available to all students registered with the Delta School District. This insurance is inexpensive and provides three different plan options. Parents are reminded that the District’s insurance coverage does not include coverage for students who have been injured in an accident.
Please take a moment to determine if the insurance offered by IAP Kids Plus Accident Insurance meets the needs of your family. You can learn more by: visiting the IAP website: www.kidsplus.ca
Beginner band students will be introduced to the various choices of instruments in the first week of school. Students in beginner band or other bands who need to purchase supplies or rent/purchase instruments will be able to do so at the school at a date to be announced. Most students provide their own instruments either by renting or purchasing them from music stores. It is advisable to deal with a major company when acquiring an instrument. A list of music companies, rental costs and equipment needed will be given to students during the first two days of school.
Textbooks are loaned to students at no cost. Students are responsible for their texts and, consequently, will have to pay for lost or damaged textbooks. Take care of your books as some of them now cost $70 – $150 each! All unpaid charges and fees from the 2016/2017 school year must be paid before texts for the 2017/2018 school year will be issued.
All students will have a photo taken on Tuesday, September 19. The photo will be used for school I.D., a bus pass, and for the yearbook. Any parent or student wishing to order photos for personal use may do so online at www.artona.com. Order information/instructions will be sent home with students Sept. 6th. If you do not wish your child’s photo taken, please call the school prior to September 19th.
Student Information and Consent Forms
A series of permission forms have been posted on Parent Connect for parents to review, update, and authorize. A full listing of the items that require your attention is included in the summer mailing. If you have questions or need assistance, please contact the main office.
Check out Parent Connect: https://cimsweb.deltasd.bc.ca/schoolconnect/parentsignon.aspx
Parking and Drop Offs
There are two main parking lots at the school. The one in front of the main office/entrance is for staff only. Because of the congestions in the morning and after school we ask that parents, who are dropping off their children at those times, please observe the “No Drop Off” and “No Parking” signs. When this does not happen we often end up with situations that are dangerous to our students and very difficult for our buses to get to their appointed pick up areas.
The second lot is located at the north end of the school and can be used by students, staff and visitors. It also has a drop off lane for parents bringing their children to school. Please use that when possible, however, this lane is not suitable for pick ups at the end of the school day and we ask parents to either pull into a parking spot or arrange to pick up away from the school.
The Delta Police have asked us to remind drivers that the “No Parking” signs on 51st across from the front of the school also mean “No Stopping”. At the order of the Fire Marshall, we have painted some of the curbs yellow to indicate no parking as well. This is to ensure that emergency vehicles have access to the school when needed and applies mainly to “Night School” students. Please drive carefully and patiently around the school – especially in the morning between 8:00-8:40 and in the afternoon between 2:50-3:20. Thank you for your cooperation.
Class of 2018
We’d like to give a special “welcome back” to the members of this year’s graduating class, the Class of 2018. For most of you (and your parents), this year has arrived very quickly. This is clearly an exciting and important time in your life and if you apply yourself and commit to maintaining a healthy balance in your life and in your schooling, you will be rewarded. At the completion of this school year you will be moving on to post-secondary studies or to careers in the world of work. It is important, therefore, that each of you have as successful a year as you can. By doing your best you will be able to put yourself in a good position for next year and be able to keep many options opens.
As the graduating class you also have a key role to play in the life of Delta Secondary. You can, and should, provide bother leadership and a sense of purpose to the rest of the student body. Make this year a positive one! As individuals, and as a collective, you have tremendous potential. Set goals for yourselves and, with the help of your teachers and parents, go after them. Have a great senior year!
Graduation Requirements: It is the responsibility of the students to ensure that graduation requirements are met. Please refer to the 2017-2018 Course Planning Guide or check with your counsellor regarding graduation requirements. For post-secondary requirements it is absolutely necessary to check your program with a counsellor or the Career Information Advisor.
Grad Fees: At the beginning of the school year the grade 12’s are assessed a $40.00 “Grad Fee”. This fee goes towards the cost of the Grad Dinner and Dance. We ask for this initial amount in order to pay for the organizational and “up-front” costs of the Dinner and Dance. It is a type of down payment that is credited toward the cost of the event. The final ticket price will be determinded by the cost of the Dinner and Dance less the $40.00 fee and the fund-raising done by the grad class. The more fund-raising that is done, the lower the final price.
Graduation Transitions: The Graduation Transitions Program is a graduation requirement for all BC secondary school students. All Grade 10, 11, 12 students are required to meet prescribed learning outcomes in three areas: Personal Health, Community Connections, Career and Life. Completing of these learning outcomes will be noted on their transcripts as “RM”(Requirement Met) for Graduation Transitions, and students will be awarded four credits. Generally, the Personal Health section required 80 hours of moderate physical activity, the Community Connections section required 30 hours of volunteer or paid work, and the Career and Life section requires the completion of a Transition Plan from high school to post-secondary study or work.
Being Green and Working Towards Better Communication!
In an effort to reduce our postage and paper costs, and to better communicate with our school community, Delta Secondary is committed to several digital initiatives.
- Posting School News and Updates on the school website: We are encouraging parents and students to visit the school website regularly to access frequently updated information about what’s happening at DSS. Be sure to bookmark the DSS website listed below. Daily announcements are also posted and can be accessed via the school website.
- E-mail: Please supply us with a reliable e-mail address so we can keep you up to date with important information, reminders, and event news.
- Parent Connect: Parent connect is a very helpful tool that allows parents to communicate with their child’s teachers, review courses, marks, attendance, view and update student information and to select courses for next year. Detailed information on how to use Parent Connect is available on the school website and from the school office.
- Teacher Webpages: Many teachers maintain a website to post assignments and resouces on the web. These pages can be accessed through the school website, under “Teachers”.
Important Web Sites:
- Delta School District’s website: www.deltasd.bc.ca
- Parent Connect: https://cimsweb.deltasd/bc/ca
- Student Connect: https://cimsweb.deltasd.bc.ca
Delta Secondary offers a wide variety of extra-curricular opportunities in the areas of athletics, student clubs and performing arts, which are open to students in all grades. We encourage all students to get involved in the extra-curricular life of the school. A “Club Day” will be held at lunch in September to showcase activities that are available for students.
Success and Regular Attendance
Regular and punctual attendance has been shown to be fundamental to success at school. At DSS, we expect that students will always be in class, punctually, unless there is an unavoidable reason for the absence. Reasons such as sleeping in, working, extended vacations without advance notice, are generally not considered valid excuses to be absent from school. While the primary responsibility for attendance must lie with the student, parents do contribute significantly to regular attendance and to student success. Please:
- Encourage and monitor your child’s regular attendance.
- Schedule appointments and family holidays outside of school time.
- Phone the school when your child is going to be absent.
- Provide meaningful consequences at home for unexcused absences.
Parents are asked to phone or email the school when their child is going to be absent from school. This will ensure that our automated email absence system does not email home regarding an unexcused absence. Please contact your child’s teacher directly if you have any questions about their attendance.
DSS PAC News
The DSS PAC meets once a month during the school year (typically the third Wednesday). All parents are invited to attend the next meeting on Wednesday, September 20th at 7:00 p.m. in the Library.
Check out the DSS PAC Website: https://deltasecondaryschool.wordpress.com/about/
If you would like to receive regular PAC updates by email (including the minutes of PAC meetings), please contact us.
PAC Executive & Committee Chairs (Contact any one of the PAC executive by email at email@example.com)
Delta School District Vision 2020
In the spring of 2011, staff, students and parents in the Delta School District worked together through a process of developing the Delta School District Vision 2020 – A Leading District for Innovative Teaching and Learner Success. As a new school year begins, we will continue to work towards creating vibrant learning opportunities for our learners where students are engaged through stimulating, relevant and inspiring experiences that ignite a lifelong passion for learning. Working together, our students will be prepared to succeed and contribute their full potential to the future.