Student Services

Information Evening for Parents of Graduating Students
October 29th @ 7pm

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:

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!


Liaison Visits

Student Services has arranges liaison visits. Continue to check the schedule here >>


Take our kids to Work Day ~ Nov 6th

One month until Take A Kid to Work Day.

Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019, is National Take Our Kids to Work day. As in the past few years, 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 canceled 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 (this will 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 .

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Post-Secondary Info Night

Information Evening for Parents of Graduating Students
October 29th @ 7pm

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:

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!


Liaison Visits

Student Services has arranges liaison visits. Continue to check the schedule here >>

Liaison Visits

Post-grad Planning ~ Already

Even though we’ve just started, it’s important for our seniors to start thinking about next steps. 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 http://www.ontariouniversitiesinfo.ca or ontariocolleges.ca or canlearn.ca to research programs and prerequisites
  3. Connect with schools by attending liaison visit sessions (a full schedule is 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 pros and cons of various schools. Narrow down your search and begin to rank choices.

Liaison Schedule

Brock Sept. 23 10:30 am Atrium
Trent Sept. 23 1:40 pm Atrium
Ryerson Sept. 24 9:oo am Atrium
Ontario Universities Fair Sept. 27-29 10am-5pm Metro Convention Centre
Briercrest Heritage Emmanuel Oct. 16 lunch Foyer
Christian College and University Tour Oct. 16: 1:30-3 pm Cafeteria
Kings U. at Western Oct. 18 9 am Atrium
U of Guelph Oct. 28 1:30 pm Atrium
Conestoga College Oct. 29 12:30 pm Atrium
Brescia at Western  Oct. 31 9 am Atrium
U of British Columbia Oct. 31 2 pm Atrium
McMaster U Nov. 5 12:30 pm Atrium
Western Main Nov. 6 2:oo pm  Atrium
Queen’s U  Nov. 8 9 am Atrium
U o IT Nov. 11 12:30 pm Atrium
Guelph Humber Nov. 15 2 pm Atrium
Waterloo Nov. 19 9 am Atrium

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!