Avon View High School challenges students to strive for their academic, social, emotional, and physical best. In a courteous, respectful and safe environment, Avon View provides opportunities with responsibilities shared by students, staff, home, and community.
AVON VIEW HIGH SCHOOL
Phone: 792-6740 Fax: 792-6762 Website: http://www.avhs.ednet.ns.ca
ADMINISTRATIVE and STUDENT SERVICES STAFF
Principal: Peter Johnston
Vice Principals: Lynn Campbell
School Counsellors: Jan Fraser and Melodie Starratt
Student Support Worker: Shawn Johnson
Health Nurse: Janice Dempsey-Stewart
Head Custodian Dana Taylor
AVHS STUDENT COUNCIL
Co-Prime Ministers: Stacia Dolliver
Athletics: Allyson Greeno, Leslie Greeno and Kristian Thornton
Arts and Communications: Sophie Parker and Natalie Rippey
Special Events: Nicole Leary, Jessica Miller and Anthony Powell
A.V.R.S.B. REGIONAL OFFICE ADMINISTRATION
1-800-850-3887 (toll free number)
Superintendent of Schools Ms. Margo Tait
Director of Programs & Services Mr. Dave Jones
School Board Chair Mrs Lavinia Parish-Zwicker
School Board Member Mr. Doug Fraser
Life Touch School Pictures: September 10th, 2015
Grade 12 Parent Night:
Post-Secondary Day: October 8th, 2015
Grad Pictures (Semester 1):
Semester 1 Exams: January 25th - January 28th, 2016
March Break March 14th – 18th, 2016
Semester 2 Exams: June 17th – June 23th, 2016
Graduation: June 28th, 2016
The Semester System:
Avon View High School divides the school year into two semesters. Courses may be structured as a year-long course or a semestered course. Students take half of their courses in Semester 1 from September through January and the remaining courses in Semester 2 from February through June. Final marks are issued at the end of each semester or in June for year-long courses. Not all courses may be offered in each semester. Student will not have the option in Semester 2 to repeat a course in which they were unsuccessful in Semester 1.
October 8th, 2015 Interm Report (to date)
November 19th, 2015 Report Card (mid-semester)
January7th, 2016 Interm Report (to date)
February 11th, 2016 Report Card (final for semestered courses)
March 10th, 2016 Interm Report (to date)
April 7th, 2016 Report Card (mid-semester)
May 26th, 2016 Interm Report (to date)
June 28th and 29th, 2016 Report Card (final for all courses)
Parents, guardians and students are encouraged to monitor the student’s progress through the Student and Parent Portal (PowerSchool Parent Sign In). The Portal is an excellent resource to monitor individual academic progress (assessment and grades), attendance, and school information between formal reporting periods. Parents and guardians are asked to contact the office in person or by phone to obtain a username and password.
At Avon View High School students are expected to conduct themselves in an appropriate manner supported by PEBS (Positive Effective Behaviour Support). PEBS is the application of a behaviourally-based systems approach to enhance the capacity of schools, families, and communities to design effective environments that improve the link between research-validated practices and the environments in which teaching and learning occur.
A Code of Conduct has been developed around Accountability, Integrity, and Respect. The Code of Conduct is be displayed in every classroom and reviewed by the classroom teacher.
AVHS staff is encouraged to make regular positive contact with students. Teachers make phone calls and send home postcards as recognition of a students’ positive contribution to school life or progress in a course.
Avon View expects its students to:
RCH (Race Relations, Cross Cultural Understanding and Human Rights)
It is expected that students will respect and appreciate diversity of all school members regardless of their race, culture, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, and ability. Name calling, ethnic or racial slurs, or derogatory statements regarding sexual orientation will not be tolerated. Bullying (any physical, verbal or other action that is deemed by anyone to be threatening or demeaning) is not permitted at A.V.H.S.
The Race Relations, Cross Cultural Understanding and Human Rights policy of the AVRSB will be followed. In addition, AVHS will provide a supporting educational component:
Avon View students follow a rotating eight day schedule.
Period 1 8:50 – 10:00
Period 2 10:00 – 11:05
Recess 11:05 – 11:20
Period 3 11:20 – 12:20
Lunch 12:20 – 1:15
Period 4 1:15 – 2:15
Period 5 2:15 – 3:20
Period 1 8:50 – 9:45
Period 2 9:45 – 10:30
Recess 10:30 – 10:45
Period 3 10:45 – 11:30
Period 5 11:30 – 12:20
Grade 12, and in some circumstances Grade 11, students may have periods with no scheduled classes. Students must be in the library, cafetorium or off campus.
Regular attendance is very important to a student’s success in high school. The loss of instructional time is difficult to recover. It is the responsibility of the student to catch up on any missed work prior or post his or her absence. Please note, that it is not a requirement of the teacher to provide any work packages; rather it is a courtesy to provide work for extended absences. It is best if family vacations are arranged during non-instructional time in the school year.
2. Students absent because of illness must present a medical excuse.
3. A teacher may require a student to write a re-scheduled exam or make-up exam.
4. Students must not be absent for provincial or regional examinations as they cannot be rescheduled. Exemptions are only granted in the case of serious illness, bereavement or exceptional circumstances. A missed provincial or regional exam will result in a mark of 0. Absences due to family vacations will not be considered for exemption or re-scheduled.
Since August 1, 2002, the AVRSB has forbidden the use of all forms of tobacco on school property. Tobacco / e-cigarette use by students is considered severely disruptive behaviour, and it is dealt with in Board Policy 402.7, Student Code of Behaviour and corresponding Administrative Procedure AS402.7. Students who use tobacco / e-cigarettes on school property may receive an external suspension and their tobacco products are confiscated. There should be no students in the off campus smoking area during class time – this area is to be used only before school, recess, or lunch.
Cellular Phones and Electronic Devices:
Students who violate the AVRSB cell phone policy will be dealt with in the following manner:
1st Offense: Warning from staff member involved
2nd Offense: Loss of cell phone for remainder of the class
3rd Offense: Cell phone is taken to the office for end of day pickup by the student
4th Offense: Cell phone goes to office for pickup by parent
Subsequent offenses may entail the student no longer being permitted to bring his/her cell phone to school; failure to comply would be considered an act of defiance, subject to suspension.
The proper use of the internet and the educational value gained from proper internet use are the joint responsibility of students, parents and the employees of the AVRSB. Students must read and abide the Internet Use Agreement. Breaking of agreement means loss of internet access.
See Board Website.
Students must maintain a clean, neat appearance. Personal appearance should not disrupt normal educational or social processes. Specifically midriffs, front and back should be covered. Skirts and shorts are to be of a reasonable length. Headwear should be removed when in a class or an assembly. Apparel and accessories are not to display words or symbols that are disruptive, suggestive, offensive, indecent or obscene, including those related to drugs or alcohol. When, in the judgment of the principal or the principal’s designate, a student’s appearance at school or at a school activity is a disruptive factor, a safety hazard or an impropriety, the administration will take appropriate steps. For reasons of health and safety, certain programs require special clothing.
Avon View is a scent-sensitive school. Some students and staff are highly sensitive to perfumed products. Scents may cause them to lose school time to illness. If students disregard this policy,
administration may ask them to leave a class or the building.
Public displays of affection as seen by staff as inappropriate will be addressed.
Avon View High School operates on a credit system for graduation. Instructional time in a semestered course is very compact. For that reason, students are asked to put some consideration into course selection so that course changes are at a minimum once the semester starts. If a course change is necessary, students will be permitted to do so up to 5 school days after the start of the first class. Simply, too much instructional time is lost after two weeks in a semestered course. A “Course Change” form must be completed and signed by the student, parent and teacher.
The following procedures shall be used when students enrolled in grades 11 or 12 drop courses during the school year. Grade 10 students are not permitted to drop classes as they are to remain fully scheduled without free periods.
If a Grade 12 student is requesting to drop a course, he or she must observe the following dates:
Semester 1: Semestered Course: October 2, 2015
Year-long Course: October 23, 2015
Semester 2: Semestered Course: March 4, 2016
A “Course Drop” form must be completed and signed by the student, parent and teacher. These forms are available from the Student Services Office.
At the end of term or end of year, students may receive Honours standing to acknowledge their academic achievement. Honours standings are granted to all AVRSB students under the following guidelines:
Grades 10, 11 - any six (6) courses
Grade 12 - any five (5) courses
*If Grade 12 students are attending for only one semester, he or she must take at least 3 courses in that semester to qualify for Honours or Honours with Distinction. If a Grade 12 student attends for a full year, he or she must take a minimum of 5 courses to be considered for Honours and Honours with Distinction.
Student fees defray the cost of lockers, ID cards, the student handbook, and computer access. Student fees: $30 for the first student, $25 for the second, and $20 for the third child in the same family. At the end of the year, students must return locks.
It is important that students know and understand what to do in an emergency. There are three types of alarms that require your immediate response:
Regular fire alarm: Students are expected to evacuate the building immediately and assemble at the designated location. Should an alarm occur during class time, students will follow their teacher to the designated space for that particular class room. Students on free periods will assemble near the bus loop along with the office staff. In the event of an alarm during non-class time, student will proceed to the front of the building and line up by homeroom at the designated space. All buzzers indicating changes of classes, recess or noon, or the end-of-day are to be ignored. Once the building is evacuated all future instruction will be voice instructions.
Lock down and / or Hold and Secure: This will be announced over the speaker system as a “lock down or hold and secure”. On this command, all students will remain in their rooms until further notice. Students in the library will remain there. Student out of their rooms will go to the nearest teaching area occupied by a teacher. Students in the cafeteria will go to the gym. If a lock down is called at recess or noon, or during a student’s free period, students are to proceed immediately to the gym or the nearest area occupied by a teacher.
Evacuation: Directions as to where to go will follow an announcement for an evacuation. Evacuations are to proceed in an orderly manner, observing the same procedures as for a fire alarm. Students will exit the building using the designated fire exits. No student is to leave in vehicles unless permitted by emergency personnel.
To park in the student parking area, students must obtain parking passes that must be visible on their windshields. Illegal parking may result in ticketing. Parking on school grounds is a privilege that the administration may revoke if a problem involving a motor vehicle occurs.
During school hours, students may not congregate in or around their cars.
Students who do not comply with this rule receive one warning. On a second offence, the student loses parking privileges for one month. Further offences may result in the loss of parking privileges for the remainder of the year.
Lockers provide minimum security and students should not leave items of value in lockers overnight. Do not share locker combinations with anyone. The school is not responsible for lost articles. Lockers remain the property of the AVRSB and school administrators may open them at any time. Students are not to place their own locks on lockers without administration permission or they will be cut off.
Students must return textbooks, library materials, uniforms and other school property. Students who fail to do so may not participate in extracurricular activities (dances, sports, committees) until items are returned or paid for. Drivers will lose their parking passes for items not returned.
Youth Health Centre
The Youth Health Centre is a place where youth can become involved in many activities that increase health. Examples of topics the YHC engages in are – self esteem and youth empowerment, healthy sexuality, issues surrounding mental health and leadership/peer mentorship. A youth health centre coordinator is there to support the activities or projects that youth choose to discuss or are passionate about. All students are welcome.
The Students' Council provides dances for the enjoyment of the student body. For these events to be pleasant and successful, students should know these dance regulations:
** Students who accumulate a combination of 25 absences or tardies will not be permitted to attend the dance.
a) the loss of the privilege to attend dances,
b) the loss of the privilege to participate in extracurricular activities and a suspension
Athletics / Extra-curricular Activities
As ambassadors of our school, you must process a code of conduct. You are expected to:
Students who do not adhere to the above may …
In the past, our students have represented the school as positive ambassadors. This is expected to continue.
AVHS School Library
The library is available for individual student use, or teachers may book it for an entire class. Bookings may be done online through the school website or in person.
Teachers sending students to the library should provide them with a library pass or a note. Students on free periods should be prepared to show their free card. They are expected to work or read quietly and to be respectful of others.
Ten computers are available on a first-come first-serve basis, except when booked for a class. We have an excellent collection of books, both fiction and non-fiction, as well as circulating videos, magazines, and newspapers. Loan period is two weeks, after which fines of 5 cents per day will be charged, unless materials are renewed.
A digital camera and two video cameras are available for use; students borrowing these need a form signed by a teacher or parent. A photocopier is available for students, at a cost of .10 per page. Blank CDs are available for $1.
For more information and resources on many subjects, see our Avon View school website site: http://www.avhs.ednet.ns.ca
Use the information in this handbook to make good decisions and the best of your time in high school. You have many opportunities and supports in this school. Take advantage of them and ask for clarification or help when you need it. We are “working together for students”.