Final Exams

Overview

  • Period 1 classes that have regular exams will write on Friday, June 14 at 9:00 am
  • Period 2 classes on Monday, June 17 at 12:00 pm
  • Period 3 classes on Tuesday, June 18 at 9:00 am
  • Period 4 classes on Wednesday, June 19 at 9:00 am

In case of weather
Thursday, June 20 is kept as a reserve exam day in case of any cancellations.

Click here to see the full schedule >> Final Exam Schedule (including exam writing locations)

Study Mode
The school will be in quiet study mode, so many areas, including the upstairs and downstairs hallways, will not be open to student traffic. Please do not come to school if you are not writing an exam unless you have a prior arrangement to meet with one of your teachers.

On the day of an exam, you need to:

  • Come to school appropriately dressed according to the school’s wardrobe regulations.
  • Proceed to the library to return course textbooks and pick up your exam entry ticket. Even if the course does not have a text to return, you still need to pick up an exam ticket in the library.
  • Go to your exam location a few minutes before the exam starts.
  • Leave backpacks, cell phones, and all electronic devices at the back of the gym or in front of the exam room.
  • Go to your desk. (Please note that the only refreshments allowed are water and unwrapped candy.)
  • Be prepared to spend at least one hour in the exam room. You will have up to three hours to write.
  • When you have completed, checked and handed in your exam, please leave the exam room. If necessary, wait for friends quietly, and leave the building as soon as possible.

Other Particulars
Students who have officially been informed about writing in another location are to report to Room 122 at exam time.

In case of any absence, please phone the school office immediately. A doctor’s note is needed if you are sick.

For courses that do not have an exam, all textbooks should be returned before exam week. All missing texts must be returned or paid for by Thursday, June 20.

School bus schedules may be different during exam week. Students should connect with their particular driver about schedule changes.

Best wishes as you prepare!

Duncan Todd, Vice Principal

For Students

Draft Exam Schedule

See the attached DRAFT Exam Schedule  for June 2019. More instructions and a final schedule will be provided shortly.


Accepting Offers

Don’t forget to check the deadline to accept your college or university offer! Deadlines for accepting offers to most college or university programs are from mid-May through early June; however, some schools require responses as early as May 1.

Many schools will also ask for a tuition or residence deposit about the same time. Keep a close eye on online accounts for detailed information about your specific programs.

Grad awards

Applications for HDCH Graduate awards are open. For a link to award descriptions, please check out https://hdch.org/resources/student-services/graduate-awards/

For applications, please check out the links on the Grade 12 and Graduation groups on EDSBY.

Grade 11 Students ~ Each year, HDCH is pleased to award the John Buesink Memorial Award. The bursary is awarded annually to a grade 11 student who is honest, trustworthy, and loving toward people in need, and who has demonstrated giftedness in the business program at HDCH. The applicant will have a clear understanding of Christian principles towards work and business practice. Check out the Student Services EDSBY page for details.

Submit all application via the link attached:
https://forms.gle/m8WQTKGnSEZi5d188

Application deadline for the Buesink Award is May 30! The bursary consists of a $750 credit applied to the grade 12 tuition of the recipient and a $250 cash award.

Selection Process
Students are invited to submit an application which includes:

  • a letter/reflection exploring why they value Christian Education and why they value HDCH
  • a description of their involvement in community and church settings
  • a discussion of ethical business practices
  • a transcript
  • a letter of reference

Service Hours

There are still a number of graduating students who need to submit their Volunteer Service hours through hourRepublic. For a handy “how to” sheet on verifying hours, check the StuServ page on EDSBY. The deadline for graduates to submit hours is May 30.


 

Post-secondary Info Night

Post-secondary application process information evening for Grade 11 parents & students

This evening event, hosted by the HDCH Student Services staff, is designed to help parents (and students!) navigate the sometimes confusing process of post-secondary planning and application.

It’s not too early!
Most students begin their applications in November-December, and many scholarship application processes begin even earlier. That’s just six to seven months away! Even though your sons and daughters are still in grade 11, this is the perfect time to begin the research process.

DISCOVER MORE ABOUT:

Please note: This is a “big-sky” planning and researching event primarily designed for grade 11 parents, and is good preparation for our more practical, hands-on fall session (in mid-October) that is designed for grade 12 parents who want help through the actual application process.

Join us
Bring your questions, and join us for a lively and informative discussion! Join us in the library.

Refreshments will be provided.

More from Student Services

OUAC and OCAS Mid Term marks

Student transcripts for OUAC and OCAS were updated this week. It is very important for students to check their online accounts for accuracy. 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.

Accepting Offers

Don’t forget to check the deadline to accept your college or university offer! Deadlines for accepting offers to most college or university programs are from mid-May through early June; however, some schools require responses as early as May 1 (TODAY).

Many schools will also ask for a tuition or residence deposit about the same time. Keep a close eye on online accounts for detailed information about your specific programs.

Grad awards

Applications for HDCH Graduate awards open today. For a link to award descriptions, please check out https://hdch.org/resources/student-services/graduate-awards/

For applications, please check out the links on the Grade 12 and Graduation groups on EDSBY.

Grade 11 Students ~ Each year, HDCH is pleased to award the John Buesink Memorial Award. The bursary is awarded annually to a grade 11 student who is honest, trustworthy, and loving toward people in need, and who has demonstrated giftedness in the business program at HDCH. The applicant will have a clear understanding of Christian principles towards work and business practice. Check out the Student Services EDSBY page for details.

Submit all application via the link attached:
https://forms.gle/m8WQTKGnSEZi5d188

Application deadline for the Buesink Award is May 30! The bursary consists of a $750 credit applied to the grade 12 tuition of the recipient and a $250 cash award.

Selection Process
Students are invited to submit an application which includes:

  • a letter/reflection exploring why they value Christian Education and why they value HDCH
  • a description of their involvement in community and church settings
  • a discussion of ethical business practices
  • a transcript
  • a letter of reference

Service Hours

There are still a number of graduating students who need to submit their Volunteer Service hours through hourRepublic. For a handy “how to” sheet on verifying hours, check the StuServ page on EDSBY. The deadline for graduates to submit hours is May 30.

Looking for service hours?
Check out the Student Services EDSBY page for ongoing volunteer and service opportunity postings.


Screenagers

On April 9th, HDCH hosted a presentation of the award-winning documentary, Screenagers. We had a great evening with some fantastic discussions. Thanks for all who attended and participated in the conversations! If you are interested in some further resources and follow up, please check out the Screenagers website at screenagersmovie.com.

Other resources we referenced and explored include:

  • Tech Talk Tuesdays: the filmmaker hosts a weekly blog around specific issues related to tech and social media. The blog provides conversation starters, suggestions, research and tools to help families navigate their digital experiences.
  • Andy Crouch: The Tech-Wise Family: Everyday Steps for Putting Technology in Its Proper Place. Using research from the Barna Group, Andy Crouch’s book explores how we as families can develop “wisdom, character, and courage in the way we use digital media rather than accepting technology’s promises of ease, instant gratification, and the world’s knowledge at our fingertips.” There are additional resources like workbooks and webcasts.
  • The Government of Canada publishes a comprehensive guide on cyber-safety and digital citizenship, downloadable as a PDF. The website offers some helpful tips on what you can say and how you can respond.
  • Common Sense Media is a “nonprofit organization dedicated to helping kids thrive in a world of media and technology.” It has lots of articles and resources for families around a variety of topics.
  • The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health has a short online self-directed course on youth and technology which includes tips and a good resource list:
  • The Canadian Mental Health Association has a five-part series entitled “Social Media and Mental Health.” While not specifically directed for adolescents, the series offers peer-reviewed, evidence-based observations and strategies.
  • Why we Sleep. Matt Walker, PhD
  • iGen Jean Twenge

Student Services

Student Transcripts

Student transcripts for OUAC and OCAS have been updated recently. It is very important for students to check their on-line accounts for accuracy. 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 non-day school marks are reported to Student Services ASAP.


Checking Online Accounts

Most students have completed their initial applications through OUAC and OCAS. 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 acknowledgement email. Don’t miss important “next steps!”


Admissions Decisions

Admissions decisions: 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.


Service Hours

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.

Visit  hdch.org/resources/service-hours for instructions on paperless recording.

Screenagers Screening

April 9 @ 7:15 – Join us for a presentation of the award-winning film Screenagers.

HDCH invites you to join us for the film and for a post-film discussion with community members Hennie Schoon, Dawn Berkelaar, and Harry Blyleven (Tech Educator) along with HDCH students and staff.

This documentary by Dr. Delany Ruston has been screened for audiences across North America. According to the film website, the filmmaker “takes a deeply personal approach as she probes into the vulnerable corners of family life, including her own, to explore struggles over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction.

Through poignant, and unexpectedly funny stories, along with surprising insights from authors, psychologists, and brain scientists, SCREENAGERS reveals how tech time impacts kids’ development and offers solutions on how adults can empower kids to best navigate the digital world and find balance.

Join us
7:15 pm: Welcome, introduction and table talk
7:30 pm: Screenagers screening
8:40 pm: Coffee and table talk
8:45 pm: A panel discussion
9:30 pm: Resources and wrap up

Resources
Screenagers offers lots of resources for educators, students, and families on navigating tech and social media.

In addition to links and print resources, the filmmaker host Tech Talk Tuesdays, an interactive forum on navigating in the digital age. This week’s topic is Tech and Creativity. Dr. Ruston offers 16 tips for fostering on-line and off-line creativity.


Transcripts

Student transcripts for OUAC and OCAS will be updated in late April. It is very important for student to check their on-line accounts for accuracy. 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.


Checking Online Accounts

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 online accounts. Log-in information is usually provided via an acknowledgment email. Don’t miss important “next steps!”


Admissions decisions

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.


Service Hours

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.

Visit  hdch.org/resources/service-hours for instructions on paperless recording.

Co Op, Service Hours, Open Houses & More

HDCH Co op Program:  Placements for 2019-2020

Over the next weeks into March, Mr. Van Egmond looks forward to talking to all students who are planning to do a Co op next year, so the planning for an exceptional placement experience can begin.

All students booked for Co op for the coming year should have received a Co op Information Survey by email.  Please take 5 minutes to complete this short survey by Monday, February 25. Once your survey is submitted, he will be in touch to set up a follow-up conversation to start exploring your options.

A link to the Co op Info Survey can be found on the Co op Edsby page or here.


Student Transcripts

Student transcripts for OUAC and OCAS have been updated recently. It is very important for students to check their on-line accounts for accuracy. 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 non-day school marks are reported to Student Services ASAP.


Checking Online Accounts

Most students have completed their initial applications through OUAC and OCAS. 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 acknowledgement email. Don’t miss important “next steps!”


March Break Open Houses

Most colleges and universities have spring / March break open house/visits days. These are great opportunities for students to check out campus life before making final decisions. Check with the admissions/recruitment office of the individual institutions, or drop by StuServ for help.


Admissions Decisions

Admissions decisions: 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.


Service Hours

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.

Visit  hdch.org/resources/service-hours for instructions on paperless recording.

Student Services

Venture and Co-Op Information Evening~ January 30th

Looking to explore potential career pathways as part of your High school program?  HDCH offers some exciting and valuable opportunities for career exploration and experiential learning.

Our Students Services department will be hosting an information evening for students and parents in Grades 9-11 about our Venture Program and our Co-operative Education experience on January 30th at 7.30 PM in the Library.

Feel free to contact Mr. Van Egmond if you would like more information, or check out our school website link.


Kenton Van Pelt Memorial Scholarship

Apply now! 

The Kenton Van Pelt Memorial Scholarship is awarded to students who desire to pursue and extend, Kenton’s people-oriented vision of hope and transformation.

The award is intended to help defray the cost of mission and service opportunities. The ideal candidate will be an energetic person with a demonstrated commitment to service and a desire to deepen their faith in God.

Deadline in Jan. 30, 2019. For complete application details, visit our website >>


Checking Online Accounts

Most students have completed their initial applications through OUAC and OCAS. 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 acknowledgement email.


Ontario College Programs

The deadline for application to most Ontario college programs is Feb. 1. Students do not need a password or PIN, but they will need to create an account. Applications are made online through the Ontario College Application Service @ www.ontariocolleges.ca . Application help workshops will continue on Tuesdays and Thursdays through the next two weeks.


Student Transcripts

Transcripts for OUAC and OCAS will be updated shortly after first semester exams. It is very important for student to check their on-line accounts for accuracy. 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 any external (AMDEC, Red Hill, ARCT, GELA, Gary Allen, etc.) marks are reported to Student Services.


Admissions Decisions

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.


Christian Universities

Applications for many Christian universities, including Calvin, Dordt and Redeemer, will continue to be received and reviewed on a rolling basis. It’s not too late to apply!

 

Exam Instructions

Exams begin the week of January 22nd

Overview
All exams start at 9am

  • Period 1 classes that have regular exams will write on Tuesday 22nd January
  • Period 2 classes on Wednesday 23rd
  • Period 3 on Thursday 24th
  • Period 4 on Friday 25th

In case of weather
Monday 28th is kept as a reserve exam day in case of weather-related cancellations.

Click here to see the full schedule >>

Study Mode
The school will be in quiet study mode, so many areas, including the upstairs and downstairs hallways, will not be open to student traffic. Please do not come to school if you are not writing an exam, unless you have a prior arrangement to meet with one of your teachers.

On the day of an exam, you need to:

  • Come to school appropriately dressed according to the school’s wardrobe regulations.
  • Proceed to the library to return course textbooks and pick up your exam entry ticket. Even if the course does not have a text to return, you still need to pick up an exam ticket in the library.
  • Go to your exam location a few minutes before the exam starts.
  • Leave backpacks, cell phones, and all electronic devices at the back of the gym or in front of the exam room.
  • Go to your desk. (Please note that the only refreshments allowed are water and unwrapped candy.)
  • Be prepared to spend at least one hour in the exam room. You will have up to three hours to write.
  • When you have completed, checked and handed in your exam, please leave the exam room. If necessary, wait for friends quietly, and leave the building as soon as possible.

Other Particulars
Students who have officially been informed about writing in another location are to report to Room 122 at exam time.

In case of any absence, please phone the school office immediately. A doctor’s note is needed if you are sick.

For courses that do not have an exam, all textbooks should be returned before exam week. All missing texts must be returned or paid for before the start of the second semester on January 30th.

School bus schedules may be different during exam week. Students should connect with their particular driver about schedule changes.

Best wishes as you prepare!

Duncan Todd, Vice Principal

Course Selection & Post-Secondary Applications

Course selection

Students are in the process of selecting their courses for the 2019-2020 school year. Although it may seem soon to be thinking about next year, early information helps us to prepare more effectively.

It is critical that parents and guardians are involved in the process of course selection, helping students keep in mind their goals for the future, graduation requirements, and their particular gifts and passions.

In order to encourage this, we are hosting course selection online again. This will be done through the myblueprint.ca website. Staff from our student services department has been visiting classes last week and this week in order to walk students through the course selection process.

Parents will have received a reminder email that includes log-in information. If you want to see the full details of our program, please look over our 2019-2020 Course Calendar, available at http://hdch.org/course-calendar/

For helpful resources on Course Selection, visit the Student Services group on EDSBY. On-line course selections should be completed by Dec. 21.


Apply soon

The Kenton Van Pelt Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded to students who desire to pursue and extend, Kenton’s people-oriented vision of hope and transformation. The award is intended to help defray the cost of mission and service opportunities.

The ideal candidate will be an energetic person with a demonstrated commitment to service and a desire to deepen their faith in God. For complete application details, visit http://hdch.org/resources/student-services/van-pelt-scholarship/ .


Ontario University and Ontario College Applications

Deadlines are looming!
Students are reminded that applications for Ontario universities and Ontario colleges are Jan. 16 and Feb. 1 respectively.

Students should be aware that the application centre servers tend to get VERY busy in the last week of the application cycle. Save yourself the stress and get the applications done before Christmas.


Christian University Applications

Applications for many Christian universities, including Calvin and Redeemer, are free if applications are received early. Apply now and save yourself the application fee!

Course Selection

Planning for 2019/2020

Early in December, our grade 9 through 11 students will be selecting their courses for 2019-2020. As well, grade 12’s will be indicating their intentions for next year. We believe it is critical that parents and guardians are involved in the process of course selection, helping students keep in mind their goals for the future, graduation requirements, and their particular gifts and passions. In order to encourage this, we provide online course selection.

With myBlueprint.ca, students and parents can see course history and make use of post-secondary planning tools in addition to choosing courses for next year.


Classroom Visits

In early December, Student Services staff will be visiting students in-class to walk them through this process. Most of our grade 10-12 students have already have created their myBlueprint accounts and logged in at least once. Our grade 9 students will have a chance to do this with Student Services staff next week.


Grade 9, 10 & 11 Families

In consultation with their parents, students will select their courses while logged into their individual myBlueprint account. Once course selections are submitted, a sign-off sheet will pop up in another tab of your browser. Please print this sheet, sign it, and have your child return it to his/her homeroom by Friday, December 15.


Grade 12 Families

If you are a parent of a grade 12 student who is planning to graduate and/or not return to HDCH next year, there is no need to select courses. We do ask that your child indicates the “not returning” option and intended destination (apprenticeship, college, workplace, university, etc.).


Contact Student Services

Please do not hesitate to contact our Student Services staff if you have any questions about program options or about myBlueprint. Contact James Apers at 905.648.6655 x 107 or japers@hdch.org