Course selection and Static Scheduling
While September feels like a long way off, students began the process of course selection for the 2020/2021 school year today.
This year, we are approaching this process a little differently.
- We’ve moved course selection from December to March; this gives students a chance to attempt second-semester courses and to have first semester results before choosing courses for the following year.
- When students choose their course this time, they will be able to see a tentative timetable. Planning courses with an actual schedule in mind should help students see different configurations and plan a timetable that has fewer conflicts. We’re hopeful that this will eliminate summer disappointment and alleviate long lines for course changes at registration.
- We’ve provided students with a glimpse at our tentative timetable for 2021/22. Giving students a two-year window helps them to see different options for resolving timetable conflicts and should help them to avoid “bottlenecks” and “log jams” in their academic planning.
This week, all families will receive an email describing the step by step process for student course selection. Students will ultimately enter their course selections in MyBlueprint, in the same way we have done in past years; the only real difference is that students will have a little more information in their decision making before they finally enter the choices online.
Once students have “submitted” their course selections, they will be prompted to print a sign off sheet, which we hope all families will review and return to the office. Please always let us know if you have any questions!
Student transcripts for OUAC and OCAS were updated in early February and will be updated in late April. It is very important for students to check their online accounts regularly for accuracy and for updates. Students who are enrolled in independent studies or correspondence courses must check their accounts to make sure that all credits are accounted for. Students should ensure that mid-term marks are reported to Student Services.
The initial applications through OUAC and OCAS have largely been complete for some time. It is important for all applicants to check their email and online accounts for information on supplementary applications, residence, and financial aid. Remember that most schools require students to register or to log-in to unique on-line accounts. Log-in information is usually provided via an acknowledgment email. Don’t miss important “next steps!”
Most colleges and universities are currently in the middle of their admission reviews. Some students will receive offers in the coming weeks, others may not receive an offer until second-semester mid-terms have been received. Students shouldn’t panic if they have not yet received an offer; the majority of offers are released in late April or early May.
Graduation Awards and the John Buesink Memorial Scholarship
Check out Student Services for full details on these scholarship opportunities:
a. The John Buesink Memorial Bursary: The bursary is awarded annually to a grade 11 student who is honest, trustworthy, and loving towards people in need and has demonstrated giftedness in the business program and has a clear understanding of Christian principles in relation to ethical business practices. The bursary consists of a $750 credit applied to the tuition of the recipient and a $250 cash award.
Check out http://hdch.org/resources/student-services/graduate-awards/ or the HDCH Student Services EDBSY page for details.
Graduating students are invited to apply for the Graduate Scholarship Awards. For descriptions and application details, follow the Student Services group on Edsby. Applications are due in the office by May 30.
All students, particularly those in grade 12, are reminded to submit records of accumulated service hours to the office as soon as possible. The deadline for graduating students to submit 40 hours is May 30.
Each Spring, a number of summer camps invite applications from high school students for summer camp counseling and camp support positions. Visit the School Talk or Student Services pages on EDSBY for details.
Check out Student Services on Edsby for details on these opportunities:
- Boyd Archeological School – a summer school credit program run by the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority in which students alternate between classroom study and fieldwork at a local dig. Learn more >>
- The University of Guelph is accepting applications for its popular Interactions program. Interaction is a full-day conference at the University of Guelph for university-bound grade 10 and 11 students. There are two dates to choose from April 22 OR April 23. There are over 40 sessions that provide students with an opportunity to explore our community, learn more about our academic programs and student services, and introduce university living and learning. Registration Deadline: Tuesday, April 7, 2020. Cost – $30 per student (including lunch)* . Visit https://admission.uoguelph.ca/interaction for information and registration.