Principal’s Desk

Principal’s Report

March 12, 2019

Learning and Working Together

Apprendre et Travailler Ensemble

Sagayt Suwilaawkska Ada Hakahalels

 Today is the last day of Trimester 2.  Students will begin their Trimester 3 classes on Thursday March 12, 2019.

It is hard to believe we are 2/3 through our school year.

I am sure you heard that the Senior Boys Basketball Team won the 2A Provincials last weekend.  This is quite an accomplishment for a team from a relatively small community like ours.  Our Drama team won the Drama Zones and will be going to Provincials as well.  Currently, a small group of students is at the Technology Summit in Vancouver with the Careers Teachers.

Rugby, Girls Soccer, Golf and Track and Field are all getting ready to ramp up for Spring.  The girls have tryouts after school the first week back in April.

Spring Break is approaching rapidly, students and teachers will be out of the building from March 16 – 31, 2019.

We will have a Course Fair on March 14th during the day for the students and will be handing out the Course Selection sheets for families to look over during Spring Break.  Students will be handing in their choices for next year by April 12, 2019.

Every month is a busy month at Charles Hays Secondary and April is no exception.  We will be holding our Trimester 3 Grade Assemblies during our Tuesday FLEX sessions.  We will also be hosting a Regional Science Fair at the beginning of April and a Heritage Fair at the end of April.

Our Synervoice messages go to homes every Sunday night and are usually streamed according to groups so not everybody is getting every message.  This is a very effective way to get news out to families and it is better for the environment as we are not using more paper.  Please listen to the messages.  We also use the sign tower, the CHSS APP, twitter and our website to send out information.   Our Weekly Bulletin outlines most of the major events happening at the school and it is pushed out to our Website and APP on Mondays.

Ms. Lihou, Ms. Rourke and I are working to ensure our students have a safe and positive learning environment.

Sandra Pond,

Principal

 

 

Principal’s Report
February 19, 2019
Learning and Working Together
Apprendre et Travailler Ensemble
Sagayt Suwilaawkska Ada Hakahalels

 Our Winter Sports teams are winding down with play days and zones.  The Senior Girls did not win their zones this weekend but they played hard in spite of injuries.   They Junior Boys head to Provincials tomorrow and the Senior Boys head to Provincials March 4 – 10, 2019.  Both of our boy’s teams are ranked in the top ten in their divisions.  The Senior Boys have held first place in the rankings for some time now.

The Drama students will be travelling to Smithers for Drama Festival next week.  We will be celebrating Pink Shirt Day on Wednesday, February 27th with a Hot Dog BBQ fundraiser hosted by our Student Council.  We also have a small group travelling to the Technology Summit in Vancouver on March 11 and 12th.

Trimester 2 ends on Tuesday March 12th with an Instructional Make-Up Day and then Trimester 3 begins on Thursday March 14th.  It is our most unusual turnaround this year.  Spring Break will be March 16 – 31st.

All of our Departments are busy preparing for Course Selections for the 2019-2020 school year.  The New BC Curriculum Implementation means that we have some new courses to offer next year.  The teaching staff are busy writing new course descriptions for an online version of our Course Selection Booklet.    We will have a Course Fair on March 14 for the students and will be handing out the Course Selection sheets just before Spring Break.  Students will be handing in their choices for next year at the beginning of April.

Our Synervoice messages go to homes every Sunday night and are usually streamed according to groups so not everybody is getting every message.  This is a very effective way to get news out to families and it is better for the environment as we are not using more paper.  Please listen to the messages.  We also use the sign tower, the CHSS APP, twitter and our website to send out information.
Our Weekly Bulletin outlines most of the major events happening at the school and it is pushed out to our Website and APP on Mondays.

Ms. Lihou, Ms. Rourke and I are working to ensure our students have a safe and positive learning environment.

 

Sandra Pond,

Principal

 

Principal’s Report
January 15, 2019
Learning and Working Together
Apprendre et Travailler Ensemble
Sagayt Suwilaawkska Ada Hakahalels

 Happy New Year!!

The school is buzzing with activity.  Staff and students are well into the second trimester’s content.  Flex time continues to be an area of growth and development.  The majority of students are using their time to catch up on work, to learn a new skill or to work on an area of passion.  The goal is to have students think about taking responsibility for their own learning and to reflect on how they are doing that.  Students are so much more aware of who they are as learners.  Students are able to log on to their accounts and sign up for classes in advance as well as to do their self assessments on line.

We will be offering our Grade 12s who need to do the Numeracy Assessment an opportunity to do that next week.  Also, a small group of students will be writing online Provincials for Communications 12 and English First Peoples next week.

Our Winter Sports teams are very busy with play days and tournaments.  This weekend all 4 teams will be travelling to compete.  Our Wrestling team is hosting a Carnaval Fundraiser on Friday after school that looks like a lot of fun.

We have invited students and parents to attend the Hockey Academy Meeting at PRMS at 6:00 pm on January 22, 1019 in the gymnasium.  We are hoping to have some interest in order to run a cohort next year.

Our Student/Parent/Teacher Interviews are scheduled for Thursday January 31, 2019 from 2:30 – 4:00 pm and 6:00 – 8:00 pm.

We are trying to use Synervoice regularly to send messages home and we also use the sign tower, the CHSS APP, twitter and our website to send out information.  Our Weekly Bulletin outlines most of the major events happening at the school – it is pushed out to our Website and APP on Mondays.

Ms. Lihou, Ms. Rourke and I are working to ensure our student has a safe and positive learning environment for our students.

Sandra Pond,

Principal

 

Principal’s Report
November 20, 2018
Learning and Working Together
Apprendre et Travailler Ensemble
Sagayt Suwilaawkska Ada Hakahalels

 We are nearing the end of Trimester One.  Please encourage your students to hand in all of their work, and attending school daily.

Flex Time is being used well by the majority of our students.  Ask your student to show you how they sign on, do their Self Assessment and sign up for FLEX.  Today, the Grade 9 cohort had a Grade Assembly and a presentation from Northern Health and the Ambulance Service about the Nalaxone Kits.  They were also invited to Mr. Ashmore’s “toy building flex” for the month of December.

We had a wonderful Remembrance Day Ceremony on November 9th at 11 am.  Our student council, one of our trumpet players, the Sea Cadets, and Mr. Sawka helped with the program.  We also had a piper come from Terrace to play at the end of the ceremony.  Our Student Council also laid a wreath at the Community Service on Sunday November 11, 2018.

Fall sports are finished and winter sports have begun.  Our Basketball, Wrestling and Curling teams are all starting practices for the winter season.  We have many clubs in the school including some newer ones like the Outdoor Club, the Science Club, the Anime Club, the Meditation Club, and the Virtual Reality Club.  Watch for a variety of Fundraisers.  We were excited to learn that Liam McChesney has committed to playing at Utah State University next year.

Our Fine Arts Department is busy preparing for the Musical, “9 to 5” on December 6, 7 and 8th and the Band Program is busy preparing for Christmas concerts and performances.

The Grad Parents are busy organizing fundraisers in order to support Prom 2019.  If your students are in Grade 12, please listen carefully to the synervoice messages that come out every Sunday evening.  There is a lot of information about meetings and due dates.

Our CHSS APP is free to download, and we post a lot of information on our website and our twitter account.  There is always a Weekly Bulletin outlining the major events happening at the school.

Ms. Lihou, Ms. Rourke and I are working to ensure our student has a safe and positive learning environment for our students.

Sandra Pond,

Principal

 

 

 

 

 

 

Principal’s Report

October 10, 2018

Learning and Working Together

Apprendre et Travailler Ensemble

Sagayt Suwilaawkska Ada Hakahalels

 Ms. Rourke and Ms. Lihou, our Vice Principals, will be attending the October PAC Annual General meeting in my stead.

October is the first month we have students making choices about how they will use their Flex time.

We are very pleased with what we see.  Students are engaged in getting caught up with work, attending special events that teachers are hosting such as ‘Flex Boxing’ and ‘Learn to Run’ or working on something they are passionate about.  This is one way to help so students are not bringing home as much homework.

Our school was a winner in the Day of Mourning School Project put on by the BC Labour Heritage Centre and Angelica Opena won a $500.00 Apple Gift Card.  Our students have been given the opportunity to participate in BC Student Voice, We for She and Door Open to Technology this month.

We also have a number of special guests presenting in the school in October including Jazzology, Park University and COREY Safe Society.

Our Teams and Clubs are in full swing.  Wrestling, Boys Soccer, Girls and Boys Volleyball, Cross Country and Outdoor Club are all busy with practices, play days and special events.  Our Outdoor Club is rock climbing and kayaking this month.

We continue to be very excited about our new year and our new trimester system.  Ms. Lihou, Ms. Rourke         and I are working to ensure our student has a safe and positive learning environment for our students.

Sandra Pond,

Principal

 

Principal’s Report

May 15, 2018

Learning and Working Together

 We are in countdown mode as June is rapidly approaching – 31 days of classes.

The Grade 10 and 12 students have been participating in the MOE Satisfaction Survey this month and we will be continuing with this work until May 18th.  If you are a parent of a Grade 10 or Grade 12 student you will have received a code and information about how to access the survey.  Fifty-two randomly selected Grade 10 students will be writing the PISA 2018 exams on May 29 & 30, 2018.  These students would have received a letter with their report cards.

Spring sports are drawing to a close.  The Girls’ Soccer team came 2nd in the Zones last weekend. Boys Rugby and Track and Field are still playing.   We will be hosting a Track and Field meet this weekend beginning at 3:30 pm on Thursday.  Mr. Haynes is always looking for volunteers to help!  It has been fun to watch Mr. Waldal and his wrestling team work with younger students from the School District.

We have moved into Spring Staffing and have begun to build the timetable for next year.  Mr. O’Toole has been busy organizing the Grade 8 visits and we will be holding our Learning Feast on June 6th this year to welcome the Grade 8s in a more formal way.

Grad Commencement Ceremony is happening on June 15th this year and so we are working towards making that a reality.  Grade 12 students were to have handed their long forms in on Friday May 11, 2018.  We will be making final “Walk up eligibility” decisions on May 22, 2018 for those students who have failing grades and/or have not handed in their Grad Transitions Package.  Please let your Grade 12s know that they should be attending every day to ensure they keep their marks up and graduate!

We will be holding our Awards Ceremony on the evening of June 27th, 2018 at the Lester Centre.  This will be our last day of classes and we will be looking forward to a celebration.

Please check our Weekly Bulletins on the App, our website and our Twitter feed for updates and information about events at Charles Hays Secondary School.

Ms. Rourke, Mr. Leach and I, along with the staff, are working hard to create an atmosphere that is respectful, builds relationships and puts learning at the forefront.

Sandra Pond,

Principal

 

Principal’s Report

February 20, 2018

Learning and Working Together

Our Semester 2 start felt a bit challenging this year as it began on Wednesday January 31, 2018, in the middle of the week.

It is hard to believe that we have less than 3 weeks until Spring Break.

The Senior Boys will be hosting their Zones here this weekend.  The Junior Boys will be travelling to the Lower Mainland to compete in Provincials on Friday and the Junior Girls are preparing to travel to Provincials next week.  Our Senior Girls competed in Smithers last weekend with a number of injuries and ended up having to forfeit their final game as a result.  Thanks to our  Basketball coaches Anna Ashley, Sonny Henry, Kevin Sawka, Mel Bishop and Ryan Bishop for their hard work on behalf of our students.

It is exciting to have a Wrestling team again and they also competed in Smithers last weekend.  The team did very well for their first competition.

At Spring Break, we have a group travelling to Spain & Morocco this year and in April, our Band students will be travelling to Edmonton on their trip.  Thanks to Dane Waldal for taking on this new adventure.

We continue to work on our plans to move to a Trimester System next year.  We will be having a special meeting with the Board next week and will be holding an information sessions for parents on Wednesday March 7th at 6:00 pm in the Multipurpose Room.  As we move down this road, we are feeling more and more convinced of the need for change, especially as we align to the goals of the New Curriculum.

Students will be given their Course Selection sheets and the Course Selection Booklet will be posted on our website just before Spring Break. Students will be asked to hand their Course Selection sheets for 2018-2019 in to the counsellors after Spring Break.

We are very pleased to have our clock tower functioning for messaging again as well.  Please check our Weekly Bulletins on the App, our website and our Twitter feed for updates and information about events at Charles Hays Secondary School.

Ms. Rourke, Mr. Leach and I, along with the staff, are working hard to create an atmosphere that is respectful, builds relationships and puts learning at the forefront.

Sandra Pond,

Principal

 

Principal’s Report

October 17, 2017

Learning and Working Together

 Our student numbers, as reported to the Ministry on September 30, 2017 were at 643.  Our staff numbers are up a bit this year with 44 teachers and 70 staff altogether.

Last spring, we held a Welcome Feast for the Grade 8 students who are now our Grade 9 cohort.  We look forward to furthering our Transitions Inquiry this year as it is our final year in a Province wide Project.  Our school has participated in the Network of Inquiry and Innovation (NOII) and the Aboriginal Enhancement Schools Network (AESN) every year for many years now.  We have a second inquiry happening this year that will be looking at questions around embedding aboriginal content into all of our classes at CHSS.

Our Fall Sports will be coming to a close at the end of this month.  We are thankful for our new Junior and Senior Girls Volleyball Coaches, our new Boys Rugby and Boys Soccer coaches.  These sports would not be happening without them! We are also thankful for our teacher sponsors who step up to help the teams get organized with their paperwork, buses, travelling and academic cards.  We are also thankful to Mr. Bishop, Mr. Leach and Ms. Atchison who work behind the scenes to make sure everything is in order.

Our clubs, including student council meet weekly and help students to feel more connected at school.  Our Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) has recently changed their name to GLOW.

The Breakfast Program is trying to branch out with some other items this year.  They have been making smoothies and hash browns with potatoes grown in our very own greenhouse.

We want to remind everyone that this year we have added the CHSS App which is free on both Android and Apple products.  We have also added a Weekly Bulletin that will be pushed out on the App, outlining any events that have been sent to us to be shared that week.  This is in addition to our sign tower, the Newsletters that come out with report cards, quarterly, and our website where we share our calendars, course outlines, graduation and other information. Our new website address is chss.rupertschools.ca.

Ms. Rourke, Mr. Leach and I, along with the staff, are working hard to create an atmosphere that is respectful, builds relationships and puts learning at the forefront.

Sandra Pond, Principal

 

 

Principal’s Report

September 19, 2017

Learning and Working Together

 Welcome Back!

The new school year has started well. We welcomed a number of new teachers to CHSS this year and we have been busy supporting them as they become accustomed to a new school and their new assignments.  They have brought new energy into our building and we ask for your patience as they settle into new routines and surroundings.

Our student numbers are up a little bit compared to last year and even today we have three new students coming to register.  Currently, we have 636 students registered at CHSS.

Charles Hays continues to provide a lot of choice in the educational path our students can take.  We are fortunate to have a strong academic program, a vibrant languages program, a rich fine arts program, and a growing Trades program.  Our students are benefitting from the expansion of some of our PE programs like Fitness and Conditioning classes and Hockey Academy.  Some of the projects at the school are a result of partnerships between the different departments like our Greenhouse Project.

We have always been fortunate that teachers and community members step up to coach and sponsor our extracurricular clubs and sports.  This year we will have new coaches for Junior and Senior Girls Volleyball, for Boys Soccer and for Boys Rugby.  We are very thankful for those who step up to do this awesome work with our students.   We have a number of clubs running this year as well including Choir, Board Game Club, and the Gay Straight Alliance (GSA).  Also, our Musical Theatre course is also underway as students and staff prepare “Into the Woods” for an early December showing.

The lunch program started the first week of school and Laila Leach and Fernanda Soares have taken on the Breakfast Program again this year.  The Breakfast Program is running out of our Canteen on the lower level.  We are always looking for financial support and/or donations of food for this program.  We feed breakfast to 50 – 80 students every morning.

We believe that Communication is  important and every year we reflect on how we could improve what we have been doing.  This year we have added the CHSS App which is free on both Android and Apple products.  We have also added a Weekly Bulletin that will be pushed out on the App, outlining any events that have been sent to us to be shared that week.  We are pleased that our sign tower is operational again and we use it to announce school wide events like Collaboration Day etc.  We send out Newsletters with report cards, quarterly, and we use our website to share our calendars, course outlines, graduation information and other information. Our new website address is chss.rupertschools.ca.

Ms. Rourke, Mr. Leach and I, along with the staff, are working hard to create an atmosphere that is respectful, builds relationships and puts learning at the forefront.

Sandra Pond, Principal

 

Principal’s Report

September 5, 2017

Ła Bała Sgan. We welcome you back for another year of learning!

We are excited about our new year.  Charles Hays Secondary School is a dual track school with a French Immersion Program and offers Sm’algyax and French as second language courses.  The school has a strong academic program, a growing trades program, a vibrant fine arts program and a hockey academy.

Communication is always difficult when you have over 700 people learning and working together in one building.  Every year we try to improve communications by adding another layer to what already exists.  This year we have linked our twitter account, @CHSSSD52, to our new website, chss.rupertschools.ca and we will be posting a Weekly Bulletin on the website with the events of the following week.  Last year, we added a CHSS APP which is available for free on both android and apple devices, you just look for the CHSS logo (see above) and download it.

It is no surprise that our data shows that students who attend their classes daily are the ones who successfully complete their educational programs.  So, we want to encourage you to do two things while a student at CHSS;

  • Attend all of your classes
  • Stay positive and have a growth mindset

When students invest in their education by attending daily and believe that they can improve and do well, they are successful.  It does not happen easily, it requires work and determination.  No one can do it for you, it is up to you!

That being said, we do offer a lot of support at CHSS so don’t be afraid to ask for help if you need it from your teacher, the education assistants in your classes, our aboriginal family resource workers, the counsellors or the administrators.  Our goal is your success!

We want to wish every student a positive and successful year at Charles Hays Secondary School!!

Wayi wah!

S. Pond, Principal

K. Leach, Vice Principal

C. Rourke, Vice Principal

May 29, 2017

Learning and Working Together

 Our Commencement Ceremony went very well again this year.  This does not happen without a large team of teachers, support workers and administrators each fulfilling a piece of the puzzle.  I have heard that Prom went very well also, and enjoyed going down for the picture taking mayhem at the Waterfront on Saturday.  Wonderful!

Extracurricular activities and curricular field trips are still keeping us hopping.  The track team is heading to Provincials at the end of the week and the boys Rugby team have one last in zone game before they go to Provincials the second weekend in June.  The senior boys basketball team will be holding their Loonie Auction fundraiser on Wednesday June 7, 2017.  We really appreciate all of our coaches and teacher sponsors and their willingness to support our students.

Some of the curricular field trips this month include a kayaking trip out to Kitson Island, a trip to the lava beds in the Nass Valley, hiking Butze Rapids, and looking at indigenous plants at Dianna Lake.  It is good to see more classes getting out into the community at this time of year.

We are looking forward to Seafest, our Celebration Assembly on the evening of June 20thand National Aboriginal Day on the 21st of June.  This year, our classes run right up to June 27, 2017.

We are still working on staffing for next year but things are looking pretty good at this time.  We will have a few new faces joining us in September and once staffing is complete we will be able to share more information about that.

Ms. Rourke, Mr. Leach and I, along with the staff, are working hard to create an atmosphere that is respectful, builds relationships and puts learning at the forefront.

Sandra Pond,

Principal