Course Selection

Course Selection for 2020-2021

Even though there is still snow on the ground, we are well into planning for the 2020-2021 school year. And that means students in grades 9 through 11 selecting their courses.

In the past, we have gone through this process in December. This year, we’re trying a slightly different approach. Here’s why.

  1. The later timing means that students have already completed one semester and begun another; they are likely to have a better sense of their hopes and plans as those related to courses.
  2. This year, we will have a draft timetable prepared in advance. By referring to the timetable while choosing courses, you will already be able to see potential conflicts and make your course choices accordingly. We hope this will help reduce the number of changes and decisions that need to be made come summer.

Parents, you will get an email with more information and resources next week. Students, staff from Student Services will visit you in class the first week of March to walk you through the process.

What can you do already?
Make sure that your myBlueprint account is activated.

MyBlueprint is an online tool that allows students and parents to see course history and make use of post-secondary planning tools. It’s also the way you’ll choose courses. If you’re new to us this year, there are getting started guides both for parents and for students. If you need assistance, contact us at info@hdch.org.

Transcripts & Service Hours

HDCH Co op Program:  Placements for 2020-2021

Beginning after Family Day and 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 who plan to do a placement next year are asked to complete a Co op Info Survey.

Please take 5 minutes to complete this short survey by Monday, February 24. Once your survey is submitted, he will be in touch to set up a follow-up conversation to start exploring your options. Thanks to all the students who have already completed this!

A link to the Co op Info Survey (2020-21) can be found on the Co op Edsby page or here >>.


Transcripts

Student transcripts for OUAC and OCAS will be updated shortly after first semester exams. 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 any external (AMDEC, Red Hill, ARCT, GELA, Gary Allen, etc.) marks are reported to Student Services.


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 acknowledgment email.


Admission 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.


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.


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.

Applications & More

Apply Now: The Kenton Van Pelt Memorial Scholarship

The application deadline for the VanPelt Bursary is approaching. 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, 2020. For complete application details, please visit our website.


Ontario University Applications.

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 acknowledgment email.


Ontario College Application deadline

The deadline for application to most Ontario college programs is Feb. 1st

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.


Transcripts

Student transcripts for OUAC and OCAS will be updated shortly after first semester exams. 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 any external (AMDEC, Red Hill, ARCT, GELA, Gary Allen, etc.) marks are reported to Student Services.


Admission 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.


Christian University Applications

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!


Venture

HDCH is proud to invite applications from interested students in grade 9 for our exciting Venture program. The Venture program complements the existing cooperative education program by expanding and extending vocational explorations into grades 10 and 11. This year, we will accept up to 20 applications from students entering grade 10. We will be hosting a community information evening on Wed. Jan. 29 in the HDCH library. Please join us!

Exams & Course Selections

Summative (Exam) Week

Tuesday, January 21 – Friday, January 24
Period 1 Exams or Summative Tasks are on Tuesday, Period 2 on Wednesday, and so on.

Please note that not all classes have Summative Week tasks. The full exam schedule (including exam room locations) is available here. More details on the exam days–when to arrive, what to do–will be coming in early January.

Exam Schedule >>
Exam Instructions >>


Course selection

Although it may seem soon to be thinking about next year, it’s never too early to start planning! It is important 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.

This year, our course selection process will be slightly different than in previous years.
In the coming weeks, HD staff will be developing concept timetables for the next two academic years. With this information, students will be able to have a clear and stable plan for academic planning through 2021/2022. We will still be using myblueprint.ca to enter course selections, but we will be able to complete these selections later in the academic year.

Parents will receive a reminder email that includes log-in information for myblueprint.ca. For the full details of our program, please look over our 2020-2021 Course Calendar, available under the “Resources” section of our web site. For other helpful resources on Course Selection, visit the Student Services group on EDSBY.


Apply Now: The Kenton Van Pelt Memorial Scholarship

The application deadline for the VanPelt Bursary is approaching. 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.

For complete application details, please visit our website.


Ontario University Application deadlines

The deadline for Ontario University applications through the OUAC (Ontario Universities Application Centre) is Jan. 15, 2020.

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 acknowledgment email.


Ontario College Application deadline

The deadline for application to most Ontario college programs is Feb. 1st

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.


Transcripts

Student transcripts for OUAC and OCAS will be updated shortly after first semester exams. 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 any external (AMDEC, Red Hill, ARCT, GELA, Gary Allen, etc.) marks are reported to Student Services.


Admission 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.


Christian University Applications

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!


Venture

HDCH is proud to invite applications from interested students in grade 9 for our exciting Venture program. The Venture program complements the existing cooperative education program by expanding and extending vocational explorations into grades 10 and 11. This year, we will accept up to 20 applications from students entering grade 10. We will be hosting a community information evening on Wed. Jan. 29 in the HDCH library. Please join us!

Upcoming Deadlines

Ontario Universities & Colleges
Students are reminded that applications for Ontario universities and Ontario colleges are Jan. 15 and Feb. 1 2019, respectively.

Students should be aware that the application centre servers tend to get VERY busy in the last weeks of the application cycle. Save yourself the stress and get the applications done before Christmas. Lunchtime workshops continue on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Students who have already applied should keep an eye out for emails from admitting institutions regarding unique account profiles and potential supplementary documentation/processes.


Christian Universities
Students considering post-secondary studies at Christian universities and at public universities outside Ontario should review the application procedures for the individual institution. A couple of reminders:

  1. Most Christian universities will waive application fees if the applications are received before a specific date (check with the individual school for the deadline);
  2. Students applying to American schools often have earlier application/consideration deadlines;
  3. Students applying to many American schools are required to complete some form of standardized admission test. Check with Student Services for dates and tests.

Upcoming visits and dates:

  • Redeemer University College application and admissions support workshop with Justine Dyk on Dec. 2 (details TBA)
  • Redeemer Act 5 (“gap” year) Program information session, Dec. 18 (details TBA)

Take our Kids to Work Day

Take our kids to Work Day ~ Nov 6th

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.

If you haven’t already, 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 .


Liaison Visits

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

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 .

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