August 22, 2016
Dear Parents and Students,
We hope that you and your family are enjoying your summer break! First I would like to introduce myself as the new Principal at Hugh Boyd, Mr. Ravinder Johal. The returning staff and I are looking forward to a great year at Hugh Boyd Secondary School. Hugh Boyd has the reputation of being a tremendously successful school and this is due, I am sure, because of its dedicated students, supportive parents and hard-working staff. Success in school requires an ongoing and supportive relationship between the student, the home and the school. We will do all we can to support your student in their learning. However, as you know, it is important for parents/guardians to stay actively involved in their teen’s education during high school. Parents are urged to stay connected to the school by checking the calendar, website, attending information nights or perhaps they will consider joining our PAC or Dry After Grad groups.
Please ensure that you provide a current email address on the BC Student Information Verification Form (blue sheet) that is distributed on the first day of school. Our intention moving forward is to have report cards available online (in lieu of a paper copy) for parents and students to access.
September is coming up quickly and it promises to be a great new beginning whether it’s the first exciting year of secondary school, the comfortable middle years, or the culminating graduation year for your child.
In May 2013, Hugh Boyd received full authorization as a International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme school. Although MYP will mostly affect the grade 8, 9 and 10 students, all students will be introduced to the IB Learner Profile, International Mindedness, and will benefit from the cross-curricular planning.
Below please find some information that may answer some of your questions about the upcoming 2016-2017 school start up.
Please note: If your son/daughter will be absent during the first week of school but intends to return to Boyd, it is vital that the school be informed as soon as possible. This will allow us to organize classes accurately and also to ensure that all absent students have timetables and lockers when they arrive.
Homeroom lists will be posted Friday, September 2nd by 4:00 pm on the main doors (facing Francis Road) just beside the Community Centre. Students should check these lists to find their homeroom number and location. The homeroom times are as follows:
Grade 8 9:00 – 10:30 a.m.
Grade 9 and 10 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon
Grades 11 and 12 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
FIRST DAY: Tuesday, September 6Th, 2016
Short day – Only 1 hour
On Tuesday, we ease students back to school with a homeroom class. The grade 8 students will be staying a bit longer (90 minutes), as they will have a chance to find their lockers, practice
opening their locks, and find their classrooms. During homeroom, students will receive their timetables that show their scheduled classes, teachers, and room locations. New this year, students will be receiving the school calendar and many forms to be completed by the parents/guardians. The decision was made not to mail all this documentation to homes anymore as a cost saving measure. Please expect these forms from your child, and make sure they return them to the school as soon as possible. Students should bring pen, paper and enthusiasm; a lunch isn’t necessary on the first day since students will only be here a short while.
Wednesday, September 7th
Homeroom and Introduction to Day One Classes
School finishes early
The day begins at 8:15 am, as usual, with the warning bell. This is a “Team Time” day and we will finish at 12:49. After a short homeroom period, students will follow their Day 1 schedules and attend Blocks 1, 2, 3, 4 classes. As well as providing an introduction to their classes, teachers will also let students know about any specific school supplies. Grade 8’s will be receiving a specific list of supplies.
Thursday, September 8th
Homeroom and Introduction to Day Two Classes
School finishes early
The day begins at 8:15 am, as usual, with the warning bell. This is a “Team Time” day and we will finish at 12:49. After a short homeroom period, students will follow their Day 2 schedules and attend Blocks 1, 2, 3, 4 classes. As well as providing an introduction to their classes, teachers will also let students know about any specific school supplies. Grade 8’s will be receiving a specific list of supplies.
Friday, September 9
Regular school hours – 8:20 am to 2:44 pm
A short homeroom, then Day 1 Classes.
Please make sure you obtain the school calendar from your child. It lists important events such as our upcoming Photo Day and Meet the Teachers Night. The calendar also lists professional days, report card dates, and early dismissal days. Our Parent Advisory Council (PAC) meetings are also listed. The PAC invites all parents to come out to their first meeting on October 20th.The PAC meetings are held in the school’s library. They welcome all and especially new members who are interested to attend.
The calendar also contains some information that we feel will serve as a useful reference guide for parents (some of this information we will be sharing with students in homeroom in the first week). Please take a few minutes to flip through. If you have any questions, we would love to hear from you.
Please note that the school calendar is also posted on the Hugh Boyd website. Please visit the website regularly (hughboyd.com) for monthly newsletters, graduation information and other current updates.
Enjoy the remaining days of your summer holidays. We look forward to meeting you in the new school year and welcoming back returning families.
Mr. R. Johal, Principal