Principal’s Desk

Principal’s Report

May 31, 2022

Learning and Working Together

Sagayt Suwilaawkska Ada Hakahalels

Apprendre et Travailler Ensemble

 Here is what is happening at Charles Hays Secondary School this month.

 Facilities:

  • The bathrooms are still in process, looking good.

 Updates:

  • Beckwith, Mr. Russell, and Ms. Anderson have started “Wellness Wednesdays.” They send out a video or resource each Wednesday on a variety of topics.  Classes can participate and have a discussion.  Students that take part can enter a draw for a gift card.
  • Students and staff are preparing for the Luulgit (Learning Feast) to welcome the grade 8s to CHSS. Classes are making gifts for the grade 8s and the Foods class will prepare the soup, buns, and treats. Also, classes will help with set up, serving, decoration, and clean up.  We are so excited to run this event again.

 Teams and Clubs:

  • Student Council – Hosted school colour theme days to build school spirit.
  • The CHSS Interact club – Just completed another bottle sorting session as they raise money for the Wildlife Shelter
  • Basketball- Spring League
  • Track and Field- 5 students are traveling to Provincials
  • Rugby 7s- The season has ended. They had to cancel the last two trip unfortunately.
  • Girls Soccer
  • GSA- Planning their Pride event for June 24th and a float for the SeaFest Parade.
  • Book Club- have picked three books for their club, thank you to the PAC for sponsoring them.
  • Chess Club
  • Debate Club
  • Art Club
  • Student Focus Group – Had our final meeting for the year. We concluded with a trip to the Witness Blanket and gathered feedback on what topics they would like to pursue next year.

We are taking the Coaches and Sponsors of our clubs and teams out for appetizers this week to say thank you for all of the time and dedication that they give to students.

Upcoming Events:

The month of June – National Indigenous History Month

June 8 & 9 – Rehearsal for Commencement

June 10 – Commencement 7 pm at the Lester Centre

June 13-17 – Last sitting of the Graduation Assessments (Literacy & Numeracy)

June 15 – CHSS Transitions Learning Feast (to welcome next year’s grade 9s)

June 21 – National Indigenous Peoples Day

June 21 – Special Breakfast in the MPR

June 24 – Pride Event at CHSS after school

June 24 – Awards Night at the Lester Centre

June 28 – Instructional Make-up Day and the last day of the school year!

 COVID-19 Updates:

  • We have updated our Communicable Disease Plan

 Grade 12s:

  • Commencement Rehearsals: June 8th and 9th from 3:00 – 5:30 pm (Mandatory)
  • Tickets will be given out at rehearsals
  • Commencement June 10th
  • Lonnie Wishart will be filming Commencement and providing a download to all graduates. This has been sponsored by the CHSS Parent Advisory Committee.

 Provincial Assessments:

  • June 13-17th Provincial Assessment date. An email will be sent to parents and students if they are scheduled to write in June.  Some of the dates have been changed.

Watch for updates on our CHSS website, CHSS Facebook, Weekly News, and the Sign Tower.

Carla Rourke,

Principal

 

Principal’s Report

April 21, 2022

Learning and Working Together

Sagayt Suwilaawkska Ada Hakahalels

Apprendre et Travailler Ensemble

Here is what is happening at Charles Hays Secondary School this month.

Facilities:

  • The bathrooms are well underway and all of the supplies are in. We are looking forward to their completion very soon.

Teams and Clubs:

  • Student Council – Theme day for Earth Day
  • The CHSS Interact club – Name the owl contest for the Wildlife Shelter
  • Basketball- Spring League and try outs for the U-14 Team
  • Track
  • Rugby 7s
  • Girls Soccer
  • GSA- Pride Event happening June 24th (tentatively)
  • Book Club- picking out books for their next session
  • Chess Club
  • Debate Club
  • Art Club-

Updates:

  • We will be showing the movie “Alaskan Nets” as a parent night event on April 28th.
  • An exact replica of the Witness Blanket art display by artist Carey Newman is coming to Prince Rupert for the month of May. The original hangs in the Museum of Human Rights in Winnepeg.
  • Fine Arts Revue May 19th
  • Bike to work/Earth Week May 16-20th
  • Next Student Focus Group on Anti Racism May 26th
  • Student/Parent/Teacher meetings May 26th
  • Commencement June 10th
  • Feast June 15th
  • National Indigeous People’s Day June 21st
  • Awards June 24th

COVID-19 Updates:

  • We have updated our Communicable Disease Plan

Grade 12s:

  • Scholarship and Bursary Help Session April 22nd 10 am -12 pm.
  • Scholarship and Bursary applications due April 26th
  • Commencement Eligibilty Checklist (Longform) due April 29th
  • Commencement June 10th

Provincial Assessments:

  • April 26th -29th Provincial Assessment date. All students applying to UBC must achieve a 3 or higher profinciency on Literacy 12 assessment so we recommend that they take the assessment in April so that they have another chance to write it in June.

Watch for updates on our CHSS website, CHSS Facebook, Weekly News, and the Sign Tower.

Carla Rourke,

Principal

 

Principal’s Report

March 17, 2022

Learning and Working Together

Sagayt Suwilaawkska Ada Hakahalels

Apprendre et Travailler Ensemble

Here is what is happening at Charles Hays Secondary School this month.

Facilities:

  • The bathrooms are well underway and all of the supplies are in. We are looking forward to their completion very soon.

 Teams and Clubs:

  • Student Council – Sold St. Patrick’s day candy grams, orgainized a wear green day on Thursday and an everything but a backpack day on Friday. They also created a video on Women’s History Month to show in classes on Friday.
  • The CHSS Interact club raised a total of $2925 with 36 auction items which will be doubled when donated to the Red Cross Ukraine Humanitarian Crisis Appeal.
  • Basketball- The Sr. Boys placed 9th at Provincials winning 3 of 4 games.
  • Wrestling- 6 members of CHSS qualified for Wrestling Provincials and did very well. Tyson Nguyen is the new 45KG Provincial Champion!
  • GSA
  • Book Club- students are reading some of the novels from English classes that they are not in, but they are looking to purchase some books for future conversation.
  • Chess Club
  • Debate Club
  • Art Club- postponed until after March Break

Updates:

  • We will be showing the movie “Alaskan Nets” as a parent night event on April 20th.
  • A lot of field trips including oolichan fishing, art studio tours, skating, crab testing and cookout, and so many more.
  • The All Native Basketball Tournament starts when we return from Spring Break.
  • Yearbook sales are finished and we sold over 200.
  • Friday School is up and running. This is an opportunity for students to get caught up in classes either by choice or at the suggestion of their classroom teacher.  Administrators run Friday School, we also have teachers that help out with certain subjects.
  • Course selection is finished. Counsellors are catching up with a few student that still have forms outstanding.  All course selection forms should be returned to the main office signed.
  • The Ministry of Education announced on Friday March 4th a new requirement for graduation. All students currently in grade 9 or 10 will require a 4 credit Indigenous focused class at the grade 10, 11 or 12 level.

COVID-19 Updates:

  • There will be an update to our CHSS Communicable Disease Plan after Spring Break. The Ministry of Education advised us that students do not need to wear masks after the break.  There will be another announcement after the break as well to reduce the restrictions further.

Grade 12s:

  • We are updating the scholarships and bursary section of the school website daily. We encourage all grade 12s to check the website and take note of the deadlines for different scholarships.
  • The local bursary and scholarship package will be available to student on April 12th, it is due by April 26th.
  • We are hosting a virtual parent information session on April 12th to support any questions about the local scholarship and bursary application process.
  • Each grade 12 student will be asked to apply for the district bursaries unless they chose to opt-out with parent acknowledgement. The applications are due on April 26th.

 Provincial Assessments:

  • The canceled assessments from January have been rebooked for the April 26th -29th Provincial Assessment date. All students applying to UBC must achieve a 3 or higher profinciency on Literacy 12 assessment so we recommend that they take the assessment in April so that they have another chance to write it in June.

Watch for updates on our CHSS website, CHSS Facebook, Weekly News, and the Sign Tower.

Carla Rourke,

Principal

 

Principal’s Report

February 17, 2022

Learning and Working Together

Sagayt Suwilaawkska Ada Hakahalels

Apprendre et Travailler Ensemble

 Here is what is happening at Charles Hays Secondary School this month.

 Facilities:

  • We are back on bottled water for the duration of the current water advisory.

 Teams and Clubs:

  • Student Council
  • Interact Club
  • Basketball- The Jr. Girls Basketball team won the Zone Championships
  • Wrestling- 6 members of CHSS qualified for Wrestling Provincials
  • GSA
  • Book Club
  • Chess Club
  • Debate Club
  • Art Club- postponed until after March Break

The Deputy Minister of Education sent an update on Feb. 15th letting us know that some of the recent restrictions will be lifted by the end of the week.  We expect that this will include allowing spectators and sporting events (at half capacity) as well as allowing us to host gatherings again, but with capacity restrictions.

Updates:

  • Term 2 report cards were handed out today, Thursday, Feb. 17th.
  • Students are participating in a Math contest organized by the Centre for Education in Math and Computing.  They are offered worldwide and written in North America on February 23, 2022. We have 7 students interested. The grade 9’s write the Pascal, the grade 10’s the Cayley, and the grade 11’s the Fermat.  Offutt is sponsoring this contest.
  • Ling sponsored the Michael Smith Challenge 11 students took part this year. The Michael Smith Challenge is a bilingual national competition written by students in Grade 10 Science or lower. It emphasizes logical thinking and covers material in the science curriculum common to all provinces. It is named in honour of UBC’s Nobel Prize Winner Dr. Michael Smith and is sponsored by the UBC Faculty of Science. Prizes are awarded to the top students (and their teachers) in each province, territory, and nationally.
  • Friday School is up and running. This is an opportunity for students to get caught up in classes either by choice or at the suggestion of their classroom teacher.  Administrators run Friday School, we also have teachers that help out with certain subjects.
  • We are about to enter course selection. This is an opportunity for students in grades 9-11 to select the courses they would like to take next year.  Students must choose their courses with care.  Specialized electives only run if enough students select the course and changes are not easy to make once the timetable is set.

 COVID-19 Updates:

  • There will be an update to our CHSS Communicable Disease Plan. The Ministry of Education is lifting some of the restrictions.  A new plan will be available on our website soon.

Grade 12s:

  • We are updating the scholarships and bursary section of the school website daily. We encourage all grade 12s to check the website and take note of the deadlines for different scholarships.
  • Bursary information and workshops will be provided when the District Scholarship and Bursary package is ready (usually in April).
  • We are hoping to run a virtual bursary information session for parents around this same time.
  • Each grade 12 student will be asked to apply for the district bursaries unless they chose to opt-out with parent acknowledgement.

 Provincial Assessments:

  • An update as of January 21st, the January session of the Provincial Assessments was cancelled by the Ministry of Education. Students will be rebooked for the April 25-29 session or the June 13-17

Watch for updates on our CHSS website, CHSS Facebook, Weekly News, and the Sign Tower.

Carla Rourke,

Principal

 

Principal’s Report

January 20, 2022

Learning and Working Together

Sagayt Suwilaawkska Ada Hakahalels

Apprendre et Travailler Ensemble

 Here is what is happening at Charles Hays Secondary School this month.

 Facilities:

  • The bathroom renovation is ongoing, the delays are due to supply chain issues as a result of the environmental impacts.
  • We have a new sign for our school we are just waiting on a good weather opportunity for installation.

Teams and Clubs:

  • Student Council
  • Interact Club
  • Basketball- tournaments are on hold but individual games are still happening.
  • GSA
  • Book Club
  • Chess Club
  • Debate Club
  • Art Club

Programs:

  • Term 3 begins on February 1st. Students will start two new courses.
  • The Breakfast Club has moved to the front entrance temporarily with a variety of grab and go items for students to take.
  • Before Winter Break we added a food pantry to our resource room. The space is available to all students and also includes a washer and dryer, clothing, toiletries, and loaner laptops.  We run this amazing program on generous donations from organizations, individuals, and students.
  • The shop classes partnered with eco trust to create wooden shapes that are being painted by students in elementary schools and will be installed on the fence of the Eco Trust Urban Farm.

COVID-19 Updates:

  • Update to our CHSS Communicable Disease Plan.
  • Teachers spent the week of Jan. 3-7th preparing for all eventualities including student and staff sickness.
  • This is an ever-changing landscape and our students and staff have been amazing at adapting. We strive to keep the school open for in-person learning.  There are some situations where a temporary school closure and transition to online learning might be necessary (this would be an absolute last resort):

Functional School Closure

  • A functional closure of a school is a temporary closure determined by a school district due to a lack of staff to provide the required level of teaching. This would be due to a high number of staff absences, and the inability to temporarily replace them. Students of essential service workers, or vulnerable students may still attend a school that has a functional closure designation as staff at work would provide supervision during school hours.

 Transportation Closure

  • A transportation closure is a lack of staff able to provide the required level of transportation services for students. This would likely be due to bus drivers being away and the inability to replace those absences.

 Public Health Closure

  • A public health closure is the temporary closing of a school by order of the Medical Health Officer (Northern Health) when they determine it is necessary to prevent the excessive transmission of a communicable disease (e.g. COVID-19 and related variants).

 Grade 12s:

  • We are updating the scholarships and bursary section of the school website daily. We encourage all grade 12s to check the website and take note of the deadlines for different scholarships.
  • Bursary information and workshops will be provided when the District Scholarship and Bursary package is ready (usually in April).
  • We are hoping to run a virtual bursary information session for parents around this same time.
  • Each grade 12 student will be asked to apply for the district bursaries unless they chose to opt-out with parent acknowledgement.

 Provincial Assessments:

  • An update as of January 21st, the January session of the Provincial Assessments has been cancelled by the Ministry of Education. Students will be rebooked for a future date. 

Watch for updates on our CHSS website, CHSS Facebook, Weekly News, and the Sign Tower.

Carla Rourke,

Principal

 

Principal’s Report

November 18, 2021

Learning and Working Together

Sagayt Suwilaawkska Ada Hakahalels

Apprendre et Travailler Ensemble

 Here is what is happening at Charles Hays Secondary School this month.

 Facilities:

  • The boil water advisory is over and we are back to using our bottle filling stations. We still have bottled water stations downstairs and at the office because of renovations to the bathroom.

 Teams and Clubs:

  • Student Council
  • Interact Club
  • Volleyball, Soccer, and Rugby 7s are wrapping up their seasons, Basketball will start soon.
  • GSA
  • Book Club
  • Chess Club
  • Debate Club
  • Art Club (Starting November 23rd)

Programs:

  • Find your Fit returns to CHSS November 25th. This is a WorkBC initiative where students learn about potential careers in a fun and interactive way.

 Events:

  • Classes have the opportunity to drum with Marlene Clifton Wednesday, November 24th and Thursday November 25th.
  • Halloween events will be run by Student Council on October 29th.
  • Volunteers from the Port and Pembina cooked pancakes for Breakfast Club on November 17. The Port of Prince Rupert, Ridley Terminals, and Pembina are our community partners for Breakfast Club.  They will be back on December 15th for another pancake breakfast.
  • November 24th is Jersey Day, a theme day organized by Student Council.
  • December 9th is the next Student/Parent/Teacher communication day. We will follow the same format as the first one.
  • December 16th will be Gym Riot. It will look a bit different due to COVID precautions.
  • Report cards will be given out late next week or early the following week. With the report cards will be letters regarding the Provincial Assessment dates.  You might receive more than one letter for each required assessment.

 Watch for updates on our CHSS website, CHSS Facebook, Weekly News, and the Sign Tower.

Carla Rourke,

Principal

 

Principal’s Report

October 21, 2021

Learning and Working Together

Sagayt Suwilaawkska Ada Hakahalels

Apprendre et Travailler Ensemble

 Here is what is happening at Charles Hays Secondary School this month.

 Facilities:

  • We sent out a letter to all families concerning recent school bathroom vandalism.
  • We continue to renovate the downstairs bathroom.
  • We are on a boil water advisory. We still have bottled water stations around the school for students and staff to use.

 Teams and Clubs:

  • Student Council and the Interact Club
  • Volleyball, Rugby 7s, and Soccer
  • GSA
  • Book Club
  • Chess Club

Programs:

  • This year’s UNBC Scholar is Sarah Ryeburn. This is a 4 year scholarship to UNBC based on student’s grade 11 grades in a specific set of courses.  Congratulations Sarah!
  • Find your Fit returns to CHSS November 25th. This is a WorkBC initiative where students learn about potential careers in a fun and interactive way.

 Events:

  • Classes have the opportunity to drum with Marlene Clifton Thursday, October 28th.
  • Halloween events will be run by Student Council on October 29th.
  • Indigenous Veterans Day is Monday November 8th
  • Remembrance Day will be recognized virtually on November 10th.
  • Grad Photos will be happening in the MPR from 25, 26, 28 and 29, Nov. 1 sign up through Sign up Genius. Each graduate was sent an email with more details.
  • Volunteers from the Port coming to help with Breakfast Club on November 17. The Port of Prince Rupert is one of our community partners.  The other partners are Ridley Terminals, Pembina, and Breakfast Club of Canada.
  • The RCMP is assisting with our next Lockdown Drill.

 Provincial Assessments:

  • The Grade 10 Assessments are running the week Nov. 1-5th. Schedules will be out prior to the assessment.
  • The other assessment dates have been set and students will receive letters in their report cards in November.
  • This year the grade 12 student will be required to write the Literacy 12 exam and the Évaluation de littératie de la 12ᵉ année for students in French Immersion.
  • UBC has just informed us that a level 3 proficiency in the Literacy 12 assessment is mandatory for admission. We will be recommending that students take the Literacy assessment early if they want a second chance to write it this year.

Watch for updates on our CHSS website, CHSS Facebook, Weekly News, and the Sign Tower.

Carla Rourke,

Principal

 

Principal’s Report

September 29, 2021

Learning and Working Together

Sagayt Suwilaawkska Ada Hakahalels

Apprendre et Travailler Ensemble

 

Here is what is happening at Charles Hays Secondary School this month.

 

Truth and Reconciliation Week

  • The whole school participated in the creation of an orange shirt memorial display to recognize the children found at Residential Schools across Canada. The display is an ongoing project.
  • Many classes participated in the SD 52 Truth and Reconciliation Walk at the PRMS track.
  • Lucy Trimble, Danielle Dueck, and the Indigenous Education Department held a beading and meditation workshop.
  • Students and staff wore orange all week.
  • Cooper’s Foods classes made cookies to give to all students in the school.
  • The Library hosted resource sessions and Indigenous documentaries in the amphitheatre.
  • Individual classes participated in Reconciliation learning opportunities.
  • Truth and Reconciliation is not a one-week event, CHSS is committed to this learning year-round.

 

Facilities:

  • The school trustees purchased Txa’nii k’aba̱tgüüłga łikłut’iksit, Every Child Matters, banners for each school. They have all been blessed by the Indigenous Education Department and our banner is hanging in the school entrance to greet each student.
  • We continue to renovate the downstairs bathroom.
  • CHSS is in the process of obtaining new signage as our old signs are abysmal.
  • We continue to be on a boil water notice.  We have bottled water stations around the school for students and staff to use.

 

Teams and Clubs:

  • Student Council and the Interact Club are running.
  • Volleyball and Soccer have started.
  • Chess Club has resumed.

 

Programs:

  • The Drama students are busy working on this year’s Musical “Matilda”, we are hoping that it will be performed at the Lester Centre this year.
  • The Basketball Academy is busy training hard before and after school.
  • Concert Band, Jazz Band, and Choir are practicing before and after school.
  • Leadership 9-12 has resumed this year and facilitated activities during TRC Week.

 

Events:

  • School Picture Days are on October 12th and 13th.
  • Second COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic, run by Northern Health will be hosted in the MPR on Oct. 20th from 2:30-5:00 pm.
  • Grad Photos will be happening in the MPR from Oct. 25, 26, 28 and 29, sign up through Sign up Genius.  Each graduate was sent an email with more details.

 

Provincial Assessments:

  • The Grade 10 Assessments are running the week Nov. 1-5th.  Schedules will be out prior to the assessment.
  • The other assessment dates have been set and students will receive letters in their report cards in November.
  • This year the grade 12 student will be required to write the Literacy 12 exam and the Évaluation de littératie de la 12ᵉ année for students in French Immersion.

 

Watch for updates on our CHSS website, CHSS Facebook, Weekly News, and the Sign Tower.

 

Carla Rourke,

Principal