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

 

Student Service Update

Parents of Grade 12 students, you and your child are invited! 

Thursday, November 1st
This evening event, hosted by the HDCH Student Services staff,
is designed to demystify the sometimes confusing post-secondary application process and to help smooth any anxiety about timelines and procedures.
We’ll address the following topics:

PLUS: Break Out Sessions

  • an in-lab experience on the college application process
  • an in-lab experience on the university application process
  • an in-depth explanation of scholarships
  • gap years ~ presented by Jon Berends of Redeemer UC
Bring your questions, and join us for a lively and informative discussion in the cafeteria. Refreshments will be provided

Take A Kid to Work Day

Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018
Grade nine students are encouraged to spend the day “shadowing” their parents (or relatives or family friends) at their places of employment. This has been an amazing day for our grade nine students in past years, helping them to go “deeper in and further out.”

Grade nine classes will be cancelled for that day so that students can make the most of this opportunity.

Next Friday, your son or daughter will bring home a consent form for participation in the day; please fill out the consent form (also available as a link on the EDSBY Student Services group) and return it to the main office.

If you would like more information, please check out the Learning Partnership website.


Homework Help

Looking for a little support with your homework? Drop by the Grove after school Mondays through Thursdays until 4.

 

Student Services

Information Evening for Parents of Graduating Students
Thursday, November 1st
Student Services is pleased to host the popular annual event. This evening is designed to help parents negotiate the sometimes confusing process of post-secondary planning and application. A sample of topics for the evening includes:

  • Research tools for life after high school
  • on-line applications to colleges and universities
  • funding post-secondary education

We’re hoping to be as practical as possible at this event; we’ll get some hands-on experience with applications and we’ll talk a bit about next steps. This event is primarily designed for parents of this year’s graduates; we’ll be inviting grade 11 parents to a broader, “big-sky” planning conversation in the spring. Parents of grade 12s – Please check your inboxes in the coming weeks for a special email invitation!


Take A Kid to Work Day
Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018
Grade nine students are encouraged to spend the day “shadowing” their parents (or relatives or family friends) at their places of employment. This has been an amazing day for our grade nine students in past years, helping them to go “deeper in and further out.”

Grade nine classes will be cancelled for that day so that students can make the most of this opportunity.

Next Friday, your son or daughter will bring home a consent form for participation in the day; please fill out the consent form (also available as a link on the EDSBY Student Services group) and return it to the main office.

If you would like more information, please check out the Learning Partnership website.


Homework Help
Looking for a little support with your homework? Drop by the Grove after school Mondays through Thursdays until 4.

 

Student Services

Planning for Post-Secondary

Fall is research time for students considering post-secondary programs. Graduating students should be busy considering post-secondary options.

In October and November, we’ll begin application workshops in the computer labs at lunch. In the meantime, here are some pre-applications steps:

  1. Make a list of what you are looking for… program, school size, location, faith life, campus facilities, reputation, etc
  2. Use electronicinfo.ca or ontariocolleges.ca or canlearn.ca to research programs and pre-requisites
  3. Connect with schools by attending liaison visit sessions (a full schedule is also available on the student services group on EDSBY), by visiting campuses, and by checking out program websites. Create a list of important considerations and write down the pros and cons of various schools. Narrow down your search and begin to rank choices.
Liaison Visit Schedule >>

Save the Date:

Information Evening for Parents of Graduating Students
Thursday, November 1st 

Student Services is pleased to host the popular annual Information Evening for Parents of Graduating Students.

This evening event is designed to help parents negotiate the sometimes confusing process of post-secondary planning and application. A sample of topics for the evening includes:

  • research tools for life after high school
  • on-line applications to colleges and universities
  • funding post-secondary education

We’ll be as practical as possible at this event; we’ll get some hands-on experience with applications and we’ll talk about next steps.

This event is primarily designed for parents of this year’s graduates; we’ll be inviting grade 11 parents to a broader, “big-sky” planning conversation in the spring. Parents of grade 12s – Please check your inboxes in the coming weeks for a special email invitation!