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Welcome Back Panthers!

We hope you had a great summer and we are looking forward to another great school year at PDHS.  First day of school for students is Tuesday, September 7.

The Nova Scotia Back-To-School plan can be found at:  https://backtoschool.ednet.ns.ca/

See you then!

Graduation 2021 - Information for Graduates and Guests

Nova Scotia schools have been provided direction from Nova Scotia Public Health and the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development to enable us to move forward with this year’s graduation.

This plan for graduation is:

  • Graduation will take place over two days; June 28 and June 29.
  • Appointment times are in 15-minute blocks:
    • Times can be found in the Graduation 2021 Google Classroom.
    • Times have been allocated in alphabetical order.
  • Each graduate can have a maximum of 6 guests.
  • Graduates are able to pick up their gown, sash, and cap from the Main Office beginning Thursday, June 24.  There is a deposit of $10 due at the time of pickup.
  • The graduation will not be Livestreamed.  A video will be made and posted to Facebook.

The process for graduation is as follows:

  • The Graduate and their six guests are to enter the school using the main entrance (Lobby) at their appointment time and will be greeted by a staff member.
  • Graduates are to provide or complete the Daily Covid-19 Self-Assessment form for themselves and guests as they enter the school.
  • Graduates who have not picked up their gown, sash, and cap will do so from a table and proceed to the gym via the main doors.
  • Graduates and their guests will enter the gym.
  • Graduates will walk up onto the stage as their name is called.
  • Once on the stage, awards/scholarships/bursaries, and future plans will be read.
  • The graduate will pick up an envelope which contains their diploma, any bursaries they received, report card, transcripts, etc. from a table on the stage.
  • Guest will have a couple of minutes to take some pictures.
  • Graduates will continue off the stage and into the cafeteria with their guests for a school-based photo and personal photo.  Masks can be removed at this time.
  • Graduates will leave their gown and sash in the cafeteria in designated bins.  Graduates will keep the cap and tassel.
  • Graduates and guests will leave the cafeteria via the courtyard doors to the parking lot.

In an effort to support a safe and orderly experience for all, we require all graduates and guests follow public health Covid-19 protocols.

  • All individuals entering the building will be asked to complete the Daily Covid-19 Self-Assessment form.
  • All individuals must follow proper handwashing techniques:
  • Hand sanitizer will be readily available as individuals enter and exit the school.
  • It is important graduates adhere to their scheduled time to stay within Public Health gathering limits.
  • A two-meter physical distance must be maintained between all those in attendance unless they are part of the same household or close social group.
  • All individuals must wear non-medial masks that cover their nose and mouth at all times while in the school:

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the school.

We look forward celebrating the PDHS Class of 2021!


 

At-Home Learning Continues for Our Students Until the End of the School Year

Dear families,

Today, Dr. Strang and Premier Rankin announced an extension of the current provincial lockdown to at least the second week of June, given the current epidemiology in the province.

They also announced that At-Home Learning will continue until the end of this school year.

  • Classes for high school students will end on June 11, when these students move into final assessments.
  • Classes for other grades will continue as scheduled.
  • Supports for students available through school counsellors, SchoolPlus, specialists, reading recovery and the small group instruction that teachers have been using throughout this month will also continue. 
  • More information will be shared in the coming weeks about the remainder of the school year, belongings pick-up/drop-offs, and graduation ceremonies, following conversations with Public Health and school principals.

We would prefer our students to be in-class with their friends and teachers. However, we also know that students and staff are making at-home learning work. Teachers have found creative ways to educate their students, and students have worked hard to stay engaged. I am sure this will continue.

I also want to acknowledge that at-home learning isn’t easy. And I know the challenges it presents are not the same for everyone. I want to thank the staff, students and families for your support, perseverance and participation. I appreciate your understanding and patience during the third wave of the pandemic.

Our commitment is that classes will continue until the end of the current school year, and students will continue to be assessed on their performance by their teachers. For more information about assessment, click here.

I appreciate the challenges you may face, and I want to reinforce the supports available to students and families. You are not alone during these trying times. If your family needs support, don’t hesitate to reach out.

  • If you have questions about your child’s learning and/or questions about support from specialized individuals like Speech and Language Pathologists, Student Support Workers, Assistive Technology Specialists, Autism Specialist, please call or email your teacher or your school principal.
  • If you are unable to access food support from a local food program, emergency food supports are available. Call 211 weekdays between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. and speak to a navigator.
  • The Homework Hub for Mathematics is now available to students in grades 4 to 12, with extended hours and can be accessed through student gnspes accounts or by calling 1-888-444-6607.  See https://curriculum.novascotia.ca/parentfamily-information
  • If you have questions about services and programs available to your family, our SchoolsPlus team is available to help. For contact information, please visit https://www.ccrce.ca/do-you-need-assistance

Please continue to follow Public Health guidelines, get tested regularly and stay close to home. I also strongly encourage you and your family to get vaccinated once your age group opens. By doing this hard work now, we can all enjoy a better summer. 

Take care,

Gary Adams

Regional Executive Director

Chignecto Central Regional Centre for Education

Schedules for At-Home Learning

At-Home Learning Begins Tomorrow -  Friday April 30

Tomorrow is Day A on our Schedule

Jr. High Schedules:

  • Jr. High students will have four hours of course work each day, with no more than two hours online.
  • Jr. High students will have the same courses using a modified Timetable.
    • Schedules are attached
    • Modifield Timetable is attached
      • Note periods 3 and 4 have been reduced to 30 minutes.

Sr. High Schedules:

  • Sr. High students will follow their original daily schedule.
  • Sr. High Timetable has been modified to coincide with the Jr. High Timetable
    • The Timetable is attached
    • Periods 3 and 4, the Double Block, will be one hour.
    • The second hour will take place between 2:00 and 3:00PM

Teachers will reach out to students with more details.

 

Moving to At-Home Learning

An email was sent to families regarding today's announcement, April 27. If you did not receive an email, you can find the information on the CCRCE webpage:

 

Picture Day 2021 - February 17

PDHS will have Picture Day Wednesday, Feb 17.  All Covid protocols will be strictly enforced. SMILE!

November Reporting & Parent-Teacher Meetings

Grade 9 - 12 report cards and IPP reports will be distributed electronically Tuesday, November 10. Grade 7 & 8 report cards and IPP reports will be distributed electronically Tuesday, November 24.

Report cards and IPP reports will be sent to the email address provided on the registration form returned in September. To verify these email addresses are up to date in PowerSchool, login to the Public Portal at https://sisccrsb.ednet.ns.ca/public/. On the main page, select “SwiftReach SwiftK12” followed by “Contact Information”. If you are unable to login to the Public Portal, please contact the Main Office.  If you have not received a report card by November 12 (Grades 9 - 12), by November 26 (Grades 7 & 8), or you do not have email access, please contact the Main Office at 902-243-3930 so other arrangements can be made to provide you with a copy of your child’s report card.

If you would like to discuss your child’s progress to date with their teacher(s), please contact the Main Office to book an appointment. Scheduled meeting times are 4-6pm Thursday, November 12 and 1-3pm Friday, November 13. If you wish to meet outside of these times, please contact your child’s teacher(s) directly by email or by calling the Main Office. Staff emails can be found on our website http://pdhs.ccrce.ca/node/15. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, meetings will take place by phone or video conference.

1:1 Student to Device Strategy

PDHS will be providing all students with an opportunity to borrow a CCRCE device; typically a Chromebook however some Laptops will be deployed.  The purpose of the 1:1 Device Strategy is to reduce instances where technology is being shared amongst students and to allow for a quick transition to remote learning if it is required.  The goal is to have students in grades 10 - 12 who require technology be issued a device on or before Sept. 14th, and the other students who require a device by Sept. 18th.   The attached form outlines the expectations for students should they choose to borrow a CCRCE device.
 
All students will require a device at school on a daily basis to support learning.  Students have a choice to use a CCRCE device or to use their own device.  Students in grades 10 - 12 who choose to bring their own device cannot use a tablet or cell phone and their device must meet the minimum requirements to run Windoes 8 or above and have a functioning wireless adapter.  Students can also use personal Chromebooks.  Students in grades 7 - 9 can also bring their own device;  a laptop, tablet or Chromebook are appropriate devices.
 
Regardless of the device being used by students, it is expected devices come to school fully charged.
 

What to Expect on Tuesday - A Sneak Peek into the Schedule

We are looking forward to seeing you Tuesday.  Following is some insight into the day:

Bus students will arrive after 8:30AM. Walkers/Drivers are to arrive after 8:40AM.

Arrival:

  • Students will enter our school one bus at a time
  • Jr. High students will join their Cohorts in the following locations before going to their Homerooms:
    • Grade 7s to the gym
    • Grade 8s to the Music Room
    • Grade 9s to the Cafeteria
  • Sr. High students:
    • Pick up their information package in the Lobby
    • Directed to first period class

Lunch:

  • Jr. High lunch (11:35AM - 12:15PM)
    • In Homerooms with time outside in Cohorts (gym if inclement weather)
    • Cafeteria services will be available beginning Monday, Sept. 14 (more information to follow)
  • Sr. High lunch (12:05PM - 12:45PM)
    • Students are permitted to leave school property as in past years
    • Students will have access to the Cafeteria, Music Room, and Lobby Area during Lunch
    • Cafeteria services will be available beginning Monday, Sept. 14 (more information to follow)

Dismissal:

  • Students will be dismissed one bus at a time beginning at 2:55PM
  • Walkers/Drivers will be dismissed at 3:10PM

For more details regarding the daily schedule, please refer to the attachment.

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