Principal’s Desk

Principal’s Report

June 17, 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

  • They are still working on completing the bathroom renovation on the 1st

 Teams and Clubs:

  • Student Council, Art Club, and the Interact Club are running.
  • The Interact Club won second place in the annual Return-It school recycling story contest. They won 2500 dollars to go towards their SeaBin project.
  • The Chess Club is meeting every Thursday.
  • Soccer has started up but only drills at this time.
  • Last week students participated in a virtual track meet hosted by Smithers. They competed against other schools from the Northwest region.
  • All clubs adhere to social distancing and mask-wearing protocols.

 Events and Dates:

  • Commencement aired on June 11th. We are so proud of the Class of 2021.
  • The Student Council hosted a parking lot BBQ to kick off Seafest Weekend! It was a beautiful day for a burger or hotdog!
  • On Friday, June 18th, from 3-5 pm, Ms. Dueck is hosting a Pride event in the courtyard of CHSS. All students are welcome and there will be prizes and games.
  • On National Indigenous Peoples Day, Monday, June 21st, over both lunch breaks, we will be having a hotdog BBQ by donation. All proceeds will go to support the Sm’algyax Language Authority. There will also be a scavenger hunt.
  • On June 24th, we will be awarding the Excellence Awards plaques and distributing the award certificates. We cannot have a big ceremony so the teachers will be coming to the recipient’s current class to give out the awards.
  • The final day of classes will be Monday, June 28th. The morning is regular class time and the afternoon is Instructional Make-up time.

 Provincial Assessments:

  • The next set of assessments are on June 22nd and 23rd and they are for Literacy 10.  Students are already signed up and the lists are posted.

 

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

Carla Rourke,

Principal

 

Principal’s Report

May 13, 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 finish on our school sign and the music studio sign is failing. We will be looking for options to replace these signs in the near future.
  • The bathroom on the first floor is one of the first to be renovated through a facilities grant. This is specific funding targeted to bathrooms.

Teams and Clubs:

  • Student Council, Art Club, and the Interact Club are running.
  • The Interact Club is participating in a Rotary Youth Conference on June 4th. This conference will be held virtually.
  • The Chess Club is meeting every Thursday.
  • Soccer has started up but only drills at this time.
  • All clubs adhere to social distancing and mask-wearing protocols.

Events and Dates:

  • Commencement filming is from May 31st – June 4th.
  • CHSS is fundraising for the BC Children’s Hospital through their Jean Up campaign. Students can bring money to the main office or donate online through our school website chss.rupertschools.ca.
  • The Transitions Inquiry Team is thinking of alternative dates for the annual CHSS learning Feast where we welcome the future grade 9s. More information to come.
  • Pro-D day on May 21st.

Provincial Assessments:

  • The next set of assessments are in June and they are for both Literacy 10 and Numeracy 10.
  • The results from earlier assessments are available here: https://curriculum.gov.bc.ca/provincial/assessment
  • Students are permitted to write these assessments up to 3 times.

Updates:

  • Next year, Mr. Zlatanov will be a Vice Principal at both CHSS and PRMS.

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

Carla Rourke,

Principal

 

Principal’s Report

April 8, 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:

Updates:

  • Course selection is in progress. We are working hard to connect with all students on their academic plans for next year.  Please note that courses don’t run if not enough students pick them, so student choice in course selection is important.
  • As of March 30th, we have updated mask rules. All staff, adult volunteers and visitors, and all Grade 4 to 12 students should wear a non-medical mask or face covering (a “mask”) at all times while indoors at school, subject to the exceptions noted below:
  • To a person who is unable to wear a mask because they do not tolerate it (for health or behavioural reasons);
  • To a person unable to put on or remove a mask without the assistance of another person;
  • If the mask is removed temporarily for the purposes of identifying the person wearing it;
  • If the mask is removed temporarily to engage in an educational activity that cannot be performed while wearing a mask (e.g. actively playing a wind instrument, high-intensity physical activity, etc.);
  • If a person is eating or drinking;
  • If a person is behind a barrier;
  • While providing a service to a person with a disability or diverse ability (including but not limited to a hearing impairment), where visual cues, facial expressions and/or lip reading/movements are important.

 Grade 12 Commencement

  • The tentative plan for Commencement will look similar to last year. The graduates will be filmed in small groups following COVID-19 protocols.  We are hoping to have a small audience of family members, but with the current protocols, an audience is not yet possible.
  • The administrators will be meeting with the grade 12s in classes on Friday, April 9th to present the tentative plan, gain student feedback and ideas, and review the long form and nomination process.
  • The Local Scholarship and Bursary package will be available soon, Ms. Offutt and Ms. Bryant will also be attending grade 12 classes on April 9th to go through that process.
  • Many of our grade 12 students volunteered at the vaccine clinic. Future volunteer opportunities include community-wide clean-ups, helping elderly neighbours with snow removal or spring clearing, personal volunteer commitments, and donating food to the Food Bank via the bins in Safeway or Save-on-Foods.

 Teams and Clubs:

  • Student Council, Art Club, and the Interact Club are running.
  • The Interact Club is working to raise money to buy Seabins for our harbour to help collect trash from the ocean. They have another bottle drive on Saturday, April 10th.
  • Student Council distributed hot chocolate for Easter.
  • The Chess Club is meeting every Thursday.
  • All clubs adhere to social distancing and mask-wearing protocols.

 Events and Dates:

  • Yearbooks are for sale, $35 each. They are only available for pre-order, we will not have extras to purchase.  All yearbooks must be purchased by April 30th.
  • Pro-D day on April 23rd.

 Provincial Assessments:

  • The next set of assessments are in April 12th to 16th and they are for both Literacy 10 and Numeracy 10.

 

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

 

Carla Rourke,

Principal

 

 

Principal’s Report

Feb. 11, 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:

Updates:

  • Report cards for Octa 3 and 4 will be out next week.
  • Grade 12s should monitor our school website frequently for scholarship and bursary opportunities.  Updates can be found here http://chss.rupertschools.ca/index.php/grad-info/scholarship-and-bursary-opportunities/
  • Counsellors will be assessing graduation eligibility and sending update letters very soon.
  • Aspect Training: fall protection, confined spaces, first aide, forklift operation

 School Goals:

We are currently working on short term and long term goals for CHSS.  These are our Indigenous education goals and action items:

 Short Term Goals

  1. Sharing and reviewing Indigenous student data including the Indigenous Education Annual Report and the How Are We Doing Aboriginal Report to make evidence-based decisions regarding school growth that align with the goals of the Indigenous Education Council Partnership Agreement.

 

  1. Incorporate Sm’algyax into day-to-day greetings, emails, classroom routines, announcements and increase Indigenous celebrations as well as any related imagery and content throughout the school year.

Long Term Goals

  1. Challenge negative stereotypes and cultural barriers for Indigenous students by encouraging more students to take EFP and BC First Nations. Increase Indigenous students’ representation in clubs, teams and student council and accommodate increased Indigenous family’s representation in the PAC.

 

  1. Consultation with Indigenous members connected to our school community to overhaul and include restorative practice as part of the CHSS Code of Conduct.

Our next step is to work on short term and long term action items to improve our Literacy, Numeracy, and Social Emotional Wellbeing at CHSS.  Our short-term goals are those action items we can put in place right away.  Our long-term goals are on a three-year cycle.

 Teams and Clubs:

  • Student Council and the Interact Club are running.
  • The Interact Club is working raising money to buy Seabins for our harbour to help collect trash from the ocean.  Their most recent bottle drive fundraiser earned over $1000 dollars.
  • Student Council distributed Valentines Day candy grams, gave out free hot chocolate, and organized a wear pink and red theme day today.
  • The Chess Club is meeting every Thursday.
  • All clubs adhere to social distancing and mask wearing protocols

 Events:

  • Pink Shirt Day- Feb. 24th
  • Every Friday is Spirit Wear Day
  • The Musical will be live streamed on February 20th, check our website, Facebook, and Weekly News for information on how to live stream the event.

 Provincial Assessments:

  • The next set of assessments are in April and they are for both Literacy 10 and Numeracy 10

 

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

 

Carla Rourke,

Principal

 

 

Principal’s Report

Jan 14, 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:

  • All of our classrooms now have working sinks with both hot and cold water.  This project was completed over the Winter Break.

 

Updates:

  • Report cards for Octa 3 and 5 will be out in early February.
  • We are starting the process of planning for next year and preparing course selection.  Admin has been meeting with all of the staff members in small groups.
  • Our next steps will include speaking with focus groups of students.
  • Working on a plan for the end of the year Transitions Feast and welcoming of the grade 8s to CHSS.
  • Grade 12s should monitor our school website frequently for scholarship and bursary opportunities.  Updates can be found here http://chss.rupertschools.ca/index.php/grad-info/scholarship-and-bursary-opportunities/
  • Counsellors will be assessing graduation eligibility and sending update letters home after Term 4 is finished.

 

Teams and Clubs:

  • Student Council and the Interact Club are running.
  • The Interact Club is working on a community-based project that will help clean our harbour.
  • Student Council will be selling Valentines Day candy grams and giving out free hot chocolate.
  • The Chess Club is meeting every Thursday.
  • All clubs adhere to social distancing and mask wearing protocols

 

Events:

  • Black Shirt Day- Jan. 15th
  • Jersey Day- Jan. 20th
  • Every Friday is Spirit Wear Day
  • The Musical will be live streamed on February 20th, details to come.

 

Provincial Assessments:

  • The next set of assessments are in January.
  • Students have been given letters of reminder if they are scheduled to write the exam in January.

 

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

 

Carla Rourke,

Principal

 

Principal’s Report

December 1, 2020

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 currently upgrading our lights.  The new ones are LED, cost saving, and dimmable in the classrooms.

 

Updates:

  • Report cards for Octa 1 and 2 have been mailed home.
  • We have changed the calendar slightly to include ½ make up days at the end of each Octa instead of one full day before each reporting period.
  • For safety, we are starting Octa 4 on January 4th as it doesn’t make sense to switch to a new cohort right before students go on Winter Break, especially now that we have added a ½ make up day.
  • Spirit wear orders are in.

 

Teams and Clubs:

  • Student Council and the Interact Club are running.  The Interact Club just assembled 20 boxes to donate to the Fellowship Baptist Church.
  • Mr. Paling is setting up a chess club interested students of any experience level.
  • BC School Sports is running e-sport tournaments.  A team at CHSS is competing against teams from other schools in the game League of Legends.
  • All clubs adhere to social distancing and mask wearing protocols

 

Events:

  • We partnered with PCS and the North Coast Victims Services to run three virtual White Hatter presentations.
  • Teachers are taking advantage of virtual presentations: Author Drew Hayden Taylor ran a virtual workshop with Ms. Ashley, Mrs. Sawka, and Ms. Hornsby’s classes and Mr. Papillon’s class is debating another French Immersion class in Manitoba.
  • Spirit Week is coming up, Student Council is thinking of creative and COVID safe ways to celebrate the lead up to Winter Break.
  • We are doing a charitable donation drive.  The grade 12s can use the donations towards their volunteer expectation for commencement.  However, we are encouraging all students to donate if they are able.

 

Provincial Assessments:

  • The next set of assessments are in January.
  • If students are writing this year they will receive letters in their report cards in November.

 

 

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

 

Carla Rourke,

Principal

 

Principal’s Report

November 2, 2020

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 continue to keep safety as our top priority.  We welcomed Andrew Johnson as our door greeter and he ensures that everyone has a mask and uses the hand sanitizer each time they enter the school.  We review and monitor our other protocols on an ongoing basis.
  • We still have bottled water stations set up, the water testing was underway and then the most recent boil water advisory occurred.

 

Teams and Clubs:

  • Student Council and the Interact Club are running.
  • The after-school art program should be starting soon.

 

Programs:

  • The Drama students are busy working on this year’s Musical “The Brothers Grimm”, they will be filming in late January and presenting virtually in early February.
  • The Basketball Academy is busy training hard before and after school.
  • The Band is also busy practicing before school.
  • Our Counselling Department is showing all grade 12 students how to access their transcripts via the online service.

 

Events:

  • Three students participated in a Virtual Student Voice event.
  • We have partnered with PCS and North Coast Victim Services to offer three White Hatter presentations related to online safety.
  • Virtual Remembrance Day ceremony on November 10th.

 

Provincial Assessments:

  • The Numeracy Assessments are running this week Nov. 2-5th.
  • The other assessment dates have been set and students will receive letters in their report cards in November.

 

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

Carla Rourke,

Principal