DCSS Coyote Chronicles February - March 2019

Coming Up in March & April

DCSS Powder King Ski Trip (33 SP & 17 CC students) - Friday, March 1

PAC meetings starting 7:00pm - Monday, March 4 (SPC) & April 1 (CC)

X4 Exposure 8 & T2 Option 9 Courses END – Friday, March 15

SPRING BREAK (No School) - March 18 to 30

X5 Exposure 8 & T3 Option 9 Courses START – Monday, April 1

Trimester 2 Report Cards - Thursday, April 4

Grade 10 Course Selections - Mid-April (Stay tuned)

Easter Break (No School) - Friday, April 19 & Monday, Apr 22

Grade 9 Immunizations in April

Assembly with the BC Lions

The Be More Than a Bystander program will be @ Central Campus on March 5 afternoon (1:15 to 3:00). Every two years, they tour northern BC and visit us.

Our Canadian Football League Team

Be More Than a Bystander is a ground-breaking initiative between the Ending Violence Association of BC and the BC Lions aimed at substantially increasing understanding of the impact of men’s violence against women.

They bring 2 players to speak to the school for a 45-minute, assembly-style presentation, and then host a ‘break-out’ session in a classroom afterwards with a subset of 20-30 students.

Dual Credit Programs ~ Info Night

Going into Grade 10

Feb 26, 6:30 - 8:00pm, South Peace Campus - North Court

Dual Credit programs provide students with the opportunity to spend their grade 12 year studying at Northern Lights College in one of 18 different programs. Student earn high school credits towards graduation and gain their 1st year of a trade or vocational program. It is important to start planning for Dual Credit programs early to ensure informed course selection.

Parents with students in grades 9 to 11 are encouraged to join for the session. If you are interested in learning about Dual Credit opportunities for DCSS students, please join us for an evening information session.

Our annual Employment & Career Seminars

Mr. Manning, NLC speaking about Trades -->

On Friday, Feb 8, our students had the opportunity to learn about the transition to high school, career education programs, financial advice and gain insight on what skills & abilities are needed to attain employment. There were 13 different seminars offered and students attended three of them.

Session with Aaron Mathias from Corlanes

Thank you to the following who presented: The Source, Co-op, McDonald’s, Corlane Sporting Goods, Legacy Village Market, TD Canada Trust, North Peace Credit Union along with DCSS SP Campus and Northern Lights College.

Meeting with TD Canada Trust

Intruder Alert Alarm DRILL Monday, Feb 25 @ 2:30pm

If or when you hear a continuous WHOOP-WHOOP SOUND outside the school, please refrain from entering the building.

All classes will know, review and practice our Intruder Alert Procedures.

FIRE ALARM DRILL - Wednesday, March 6. We will be practicing our cold weather procedures; sheltering at Memorial Arena.

Coming up Wed, Feb 27 ~ Wearing PINK to symbolize we do not tolerate bullying; raising funds to support the CKNW Kids Fund. Check out --> www.pinkshirtday.ca
Ms. Brown's Leadership 9 class raised mental health awareness on Jan 31; Bell's national campaign day.

2019-2020 DRAFT school calendar

Peace River South ~ SD 59

The Board of Education approved the DRAFT 2019-20 school calendar to be circulated for public feedback. The Board must adopt a final school calendar in the March board meeting in order to meet the Ministry deadline submission, therefore, all feedback must be made in writing to Christy Fennel, cfennell@sd59.bc.ca by March 6th. It is posted on the school district's website https://www.sd59.bc.ca/. Any questions can be directed to Assistant Superintendent, Christy Fennell.

Another Ski Day to Bear Mountain

Friday, March 8

Interested students ~ see Tina in the Office for Ski Forms. Cost will be $10 for lift ticket and add another $10 for rental fee. Bring your own lunch or buy at ski hill concession. Ms. Brown & Mr. McKechnie for sure will be supervisors. A total of 80 students can go!

+ All Absences + Add UP +

Everyday, in every school, students are absent for various reasons. We know that parents aim for their children to attend school on a regular basis and most students do. And when students are absent, there is an effort to catch up on missed course work. As a school, we track attendance and keep in contact with families in various ways; working in tandem and adjusting accordingly to support student success. We do this, together, because research shows a very strong link between students attending school and their success in school and in life.

Each school year has 180 instructional days ~ September to June

Recently, we learned that research also shows that missing just 10 percent of school, or about 18 days, is considered the beginning of being chronically absent, and it can start to have an affect on a student’s academic performance. Initially, we were surprised when we learned it was 18 days, as it seems such a small number compared to the 180 days that make up a school year. But when you look at what 18 days means in terms of time, it equals 90 blocks totaling 5,670 instructional minutes. It adds up to a large amount of class time missed. Without realizing it, "just missing 18 school days" can have a large impact on student progress.

When we take a closer look = Absences Add UP

Our realization had us take a closer look at our own attendance data, specifically at how many students are near, in or just past the 'missing 18 school days' range. As of February 15, we have 14% (53 students) in the 15 to 19 absent days range, 18% (70 students) in the 20 to 29 absent days range and 10% (40 students) in the 30 to 39 absent days range. In total, we have 43% of our students who have missed 15 to 39 school days to-date equaling 75 to 195 blocks at 4,725 to 12,285 minutes.

We understand that student illness, family matters or other reasons interfere with student attendance. Yet, after seeing the data, we think you also have the same or a similar realization --> when we start to add up the absences, it does equal a considerable amount of instruction time missed and that 'just 18 school days', which is the start of being chronically absent, can and likely will have an affect on your son or daughter's progress. It may lead you to wonder --> How many school days (and total number of blocks) has my son or daughter missed to-date? --> How are the absences affecting his or her academic performance and overall progress?

CLARIFICATION: When you receive messages from our Call-Out System, it is to report unexcused, missed classes (absences only, not lates). Also, students who are 20-30 minutes late to class are marked absent.

And so, we leave you with some food for thought. Our hope is that by sharing with parents, we can work together to encourage students to attend school and classes (more often) on a regular basis. This helps to ensure better grades and success at getting ready for high school during the short time we have them at Central Campus.

We appreciate your support from home. Feel free to check with the Office about your son or daughter's attendance and please continue to check-in with your son/daughter's teachers. Thank-you. Diana Lindstrom, Principal

Coyote Athletics

Basketball at DCSS is drawing to a close, as all three Central teams finished their season this past weekend (Feb 22-23) at the GPRC Wolves Jr. tournament in Grande Prairie. Games were at St. Joseph Catholic High School, Charles Spencer High School, and Grande Prairie Regional College. Congratulations to our B-Ball Teams!

If students are interested in Rugby, Badminton, or Track & Field, please speak with Mr. Burge or Mr. McKechnie. Practices for all three Spring sports start soon!

CONGRATS to our Trimester 1 Honor Roll recipients!


One of the most important jobs we have in our department is goal setting. It is a proven way for people to accomplish their goals. Although many students roll their eyes, “Do I really have to do this?”, it is a huge life skill to learn and use for life.

Why do we goal set? “The process of setting goals allows students to choose where they want to go in school and what they want to achieve. By knowing what they want to achieve, they know what they have to concentrate on and improve. Goal setting gives students long-term vision and short-term motivation. Having sharp, clearly defined goals, which students can measure, will allow them to take pride in accomplishing those goals. They can see clear forward progress in what might have seemed a long drawn out process.” (teachingmonster.com)

It’s not just about school though, goal setting will help in any aspect of our life, we just need to identify it and make a plan. Kirsten Davies ~ Coach Mentor, Ab Ed

Employment & Career Seminars ~ Feb 8
Our Mission ~ Our Why

Our next Coyote Chronicles Newsletter will be in April.

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