Bussing Update

Route 16-061-9A – stop changed from #177 Anchorage Rd to Anchorage Rd @ Jumass Pl

Changes will take effect on the afternoon of Wednesday, March 29, 2017.

***Important Note to Parents/Graduating Students*** 2017 Safe Prom Committee

Please note Friday, March 24 is the deadline date to sign up for the Safe Prom. ALL graduates Attending MUST submit their Parental Consent and Axtion Forms with their $20 non-refundable fee, as well as their guests.

Non-graduating Guests, regardless of age, attending the Safe Prom must have their parent/guardian complete these forms.

If your son/daughter is unsure who they are taking to the prom to-date, don’t worry, just get their forms and money in before Friday without guest information. It’s really important we get their forms back with their t-shirt size so we can place our order. Only graduates get t-shirts.

If your son/daughter decides to ask a guest in the next several weeks, we will accept forms and money for their guest at that time.

We would love to see 100% attendance. We ask that parents encourage their son/daughter to attend and enjoy one last night with their graduating class. We have a lot of activities, some different from last year; lots of prizes to give away; lots of food, etc. There is no room for boredom!!

Come and join the fun… get your paperwork in before Friday. Someone will be at QERHS during lunch (outside main office) 12:30-1:30 to collect. Receipts will be provided.

Thanks in advance.
Rosalind Priddle, Chair
Bgpriddle@nl.rogers.com
709-685-5617

Ski Trip to White Hills & Off-Site Activities Cancelled (UPDATED)

Due to inclement weather and EARLY SCHOOL CLOSURE, the ski trip to White Hills is cancelled. Any activities taking place off school property is cancelled as well. All monies will be refunded. All METRO schools are closing 3 hours early today so our anticipated closing time is 11:20. In school activities will go ahead this morning. Students who signed up for the Ski Trip and other off-site activities can take part in our in-school activities this morning.

Winter Carnival Information For Monday, March 20th

We would like to advise parents and students that Winter Carnival Activities are still a go for Monday. If inclement weather cancels the ski trip, all other activities (including Axtion/Bowling and free activities at school) WILL GO AHEAD. In the case of a ski trip cancellation, other activity options will be made available to those students. Stay tuned to Twitter (@QERHS and @TravisQERHS) for updates.

There will be NO CAFETERIA SERVICE on Monday. Students are advised to bring their own lunches. However, if there is enough interest within the student body, the school may order pizzas to sell by the slice. Interested students should bring a few dollars to cover this cost.

Students and parents are advised to follow the school Twitter account (@QERHS) for updates on Winter Carnival throughout the weekend.

Winter Carnival Day on Monday, March 20th

Winter Carnival Day will go ahead on Monday, March 20th. All students are expected to participate in activities. Classes will resume on Tuesday which will be a Day 4 on your schedule.

Important Deadlines for Prom

Important deadlines for prom: $110 deposit is past due as of February 28th. Full payment is due April 28th. No recycling will be accepted after April 14th. Payments can be made anytime at the main office.

Any questions please see Ms. Starkes or Ms. King.

Teacher PD Day on Friday, March 17, 2017

There will be no classes for students on Friday, March 17th due to a Teachers’ Professional Development Day.

For Monday, March 13th, 2017

Public Advisory: Schools Update

From NLESD:

As communicated by the Provincial Government, schools of the Newfoundland and Labrador English School District are scheduled to open at normal times tomorrow. Members of the general public are advised that some schools within the District may have delayed openings due to localized issues from the weather of this weekend.

Schools with issues will communicate delays through typical communication channels such as local media, school websites and social media accounts, as well as direct contact by schools. Families are advised to monitor these communication methods closely tomorrow. Please be advised there may also be bus delays due to damaged traffic lights.

As there has been extensive damage throughout the province due to recent weather we urge everyone to use caution as they travel throughout the day and watch for debris and other potential hazards.

CBS Minor Softball

Please see attached registration information:

softball flyer 2017

Course Selections for 2017-2018

Students in Grades 10, 11, & 12 will meet with their home room teachers during third period on Friday, March 10th.  Students in Grades 10 and 11 will review their course selections in preparation for entering their courses on-line via PowerSchool. Students in Grade 12 will review their present courses and ensure they are in good standing for graduating.

All students will have regular classes for periods 1, 2, 4, and 5.

Announcement to Students on March 7th re. Portable Electronics

Announcement Made re. Portable Devices on Tuesday, March 7, 2017 10:25 a.m.

Good morning students,

It has come to our attention that some students are using portable devices to take pictures and videos in classrooms and school property and then posting these images to social media. This is totally unacceptable. The District is very clear what the expectations are regarding Social Media. The Social Media Policy clearly states in policy directive #5 that “School Grounds are not public venues.” Policy directive #3 states that “Inappropriate use of social media tools by students that impacts adversely on the school environment in general may be subject to further action being taken by the NLESD. Such use may result in disciplinary measures up to and including suspension or expulsion.

Our school policies are in direct alignment with District policies and expectations. For those of you who are unsure of these District Policies, I’ve posted some links on our school web page so that you can be fully informed and not get yourself into any trouble.

As a further reminder, cell phones can only be used in class with the express permission of the teacher. Our school policy clearly states that any student who uses a phone during instructional time without the teacher’s permission will be sent to the office where he or she will have to relinquish his or her device to the office administration. The office administration will then place the device in our safe for the remainder of the day.

We will not entertain any arguments. Failure to pass over your device may result in an immediate suspension and further disciplinary actions.

I’d like to point out that our Electronics Policy has been in existence for well over ten years. For example in the 2006-2007 Student Handbook it states:

ELECTRONICS POLICY
Just a reminder to our students that many electronic devices are not permitted in the classroom as they are causing disruption to the teaching-learning environment. Students are not permitted to bring cell phones, MP3 players, Discmans, etc. into any classrooms. All such devices should be kept either in your locker or in your book bag out of sight and certainly not carried or worn on your person. Many phones have the ability to take pictures surreptitiously and with just a few keystrokes and clicks of a mouse these pictures can be posted to websites causing some students unnecessary embarrassment. Text messaging is also becoming a problem. For the past year, we have been asking students not to bring these devices into classrooms but unfortunately, just asking is not having the desired effect. I contacted several schools in the Eastern School District and each school echoed similar concerns. We have adopted a policy from another school which seems to meet our needs and respects the importance of the teaching-learning environment. I have shared this policy with our School Council at our January 26th meeting and they whole-heartedly support the consequences which are outlined below:

Here are our consequences:
1. First Infraction – item and student sent to office where item is kept for remainder of the day by the VP. If a student refuses to hand over the device, the parent will be called and the student sent home.
2. Second Infraction – item is confiscated until next regular break, e.g. Easter, unless parent comes to school to retrieve the item in question. Student is then not permitted to bring the item to school for the remainder of the year.

Our present policy is fairly consistent with our past policies except that now we are experiencing far more disruptions in our classrooms and students seem to be addicted to their devices and are not exercising good judgement when it comes to appropriate usage.

At one of our fellow high schools in St. John’s, if a student is even seen with a cell phone during instructional time, that student is automatically suspended. We are hoping not to have to go there and so I am asking for your full cooperation as we finish out this school year. Your academic achievement is our primary concern and we wish to see each of you achieve to your fullest potential.

So again, just as a reminder, I’ve put a post on our school web page reminding students of appropriate portable device usage. The bottom line is that you cannot use a portable device in class unless you have your teacher’s permission. “Using” also means checking your phone for the time, messages, music, videos, social media, games, etc.

I hope that you’re now clear on our classroom expectations which are also posted in every classroom on our Positive Behaviour Supports (PBS) posters under the heading of Digital Enviroment Expectations.

I ask teachers to be vigilant and consistent with the application of this policy and I ask students to be respectful and cooperative.

Thank you and have a great day.

Link to present policy for Portable Devices 2016-2017QERHSPortableDevicePolicyRevised

Revised Portable Device Policy for remainder of 2016-2017 School Year

Due to an increase in the frequency and seriousness of portable device infractions in our classrooms and on school grounds, we feel that students need to be reminded of our school and our District’s expectations for Social Media and Portable Devices usage.

Students are reminded that portable devices (such as smart phones) are not permitted to be used during instructional time without the express permission of their teacher.

Since 2010, we have had a school policy that states any student caught using a device in during instructional time will be sent to the office where the device will be kept by the office administration for the remainder of the day. Failure to relinquish the device will result in immediate suspension.

Please see attached document that identifies specific policies and regulations of the NLESD that pertain to portable devices and social media as well as our school’s expectation for portable device usage in the school. 2016-2017QERHSPortableDevicePolicyRevised

2017-2018 Course Selection Forms

Here are the Course Selection Forms for students entering Grades 10, 11, 12, and 13.

Level I Course Selection Sheet Ver 1 PDF Level II Course Selection Sheet Ver 2 PDF Level III Course Selection Sheet Ver 2 PDF

2017 Baseball Season Registration

The CBS Kiwanis Minor Baseball Association will be holding their registration for the 2017 season at the Kiwanis Club in Kelligrews on the following dates and times:

April 13 – 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
April 20 – 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
April 27 – 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
May 4 – 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Our Association is open to both male and female players ranging in age from 4-18. The registration form can be found on our website at www.cbsbaseball.com

Provincial GSA Conference

The Provincial GSA Conference: StandOut3 – OUT Around the Bay is being held from March 31-April 1, 2017 at Ascension Collegiate in Bay Roberts, NL. This conference will allow Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, and Queer/Questioning students to celebrate who they are and participate with Allies, Educators, and Community Partners in a provincial event organized specifically for them.

StandOut3 features workshops on topics that include: Sexual Health, Healthy Relationships, Trans 101, Peer Support, and Wellness. If you are interested in participating in this event please see Mrs. Watton by Wednesday, March 8th, 2017.