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!