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Avon View High School 225 Payzant Dr.,PO Box 700 Windsor, NS, B0N 2T0
Tel: (902)792-6740 Fax: (902) 792-6762 Email: [email protected] TwitterFeed: @AvonViewHighSch
Mrs. Cindy Dickie
Mr. Tim Swinamer
Ms. Lynn Campbell
Mr. Paul Hanson
Ms. Jan Burke
Mrs. Mel Starratt
November 2019 Principal’s Message Dear Parent(s) / Guardian(s),
Hard to believe it is already November!
We are just a couple of weeks away from mid-semester and by now students are fully immersed in their
courses. Hopefully they have adjusted to regular consistent attendance, strong positive relationships with
peers and staff and full accountability with their assignments. Student success and positive engagement at
school is our priority and an important part of achieving that is the mindset of both the
students and the adults. Staff, parents, coaches, club leaders etc. all can contribute to
reinforcing a growth mindset in our students.
Growth vs Fixed Mindset basically centers around our beliefs about our intelligence and
capabilities. Growth mindset knows that intelligence develops, people can always
improve and that some things might be hard but you can always get better! Ex. I don’t
know how to do this yet but I’ll get there! Fixed mindset limits us by falsely believing that intelligence is fixed,
learning is limited and that there are certain things people cannot learn. Ex. I am just not a math person! We
can all help develop Growth thinking in students by recognizing our own mindset and being aware of the
messages we send with our words and actions. Praise the process; praise your child when they work hard to
accomplish something difficult. Show them how to learn from failure… be willing to take risks, fail and be
eager to learn from your own setbacks.
Our Remembrance Assembly is on November 7th and is led by students. We acknowledge the sacrifices made
for our peace and freedom and are so honoured to have Veterans attend our assembly. We strive to teach
students to live their lives harmoniously and to seek peaceful ways of resolving conflict. Teaching our kids to
talk out problems, consider other people’s perspectives and to steer clear of rumours is so important in
learning to get along with others.
Report Cards will be coming home on Thursday, Nov. 21st and we would love to see you at
Parent/Student/Teacher meetings on November 28th from 6:30 – 8:30pm and November 29th from 1:15 –
3:15 pm. Please be sure to set your appointments and when you visit, you can register for the Parent Portal
at the office. We can set you up quickly so that you can monitor attendance and marks directly from your
Paperless report cards are the innovation coming to you next. Later this year you will be able to opt in to
access an E report card for your child. More information will be sent home with the Mid Term Report Card
and you will be able to consider this new and environmentally friendly alternative. This will make our new
Enviro-Group happy. This group is a collection of environmentally conscious students that you will hear much
more about over the next several months. They are keen to improve the environment locally as well as
contributing to the global movement.
If you don’t follow us on twitter yet, please consider it – it is the fastest way to feel pride in all of the
wonderful things that AVHS values and is involved in.
Thanks for all you do to support your child’s success at school – have a wonderful November and I look
forward to meeting you at Parent/Student/Teacher meetings.
Want to learn a bit more about Growth vs Fixed Mindsets (from Dr. Carol Dweck) and how to
support your child to reduce their negative thinking and improve their attitude toward growth/improvement…
check out this website. https://www.mindsetworks.com/parents/growth-mindset-parenting
Annapolis Valley Regional Center for Education’s System Improvement Plan…this
plan is for all schools in the AVRCE and as such AVHS is working to support the goals and strategies that you will see here. We also have our own Student Success Plan that is being updated for 2019-20. More to share next month, but for now, check out the AVRCE System Improvement Plan found here https://www.avrce.ca/node/72375
Has your child accessed the NS Homework Hub for Mathematics support Gr 9-12? Full promotional material
will be made available soon but for now…
Tutoring is available 5:30-9:30 from Sunday to Thursday. Tutoring works on computers, cell phones and
tablets. Students will now see the Homework Hub icon on their gnspes landing page. Resources for students
are being updated daily.
Cannabis Edibles, now legal for adults in Canada pose significant concerns when in the hands of youth. Drug
Free Kids Canada (DFK) https://www.drugfreekidscanada.org/ is a credible source of information for parents
and all adults who work with/care for children and youth.
Resources are now available - information about edibles and extracts including the difference between
ingestion and inhalation, the short and long term effects of daily use and the importance of securing cannabis
edibles from small children.
Drug Free Kids Canada has been providing evidence-based information about cannabis and other substances
used by youth in an effort to inform parents, caregivers and trusted adults; to educate, engage and empower
them to begin conversations about substance use with the young people in their lives.
Starting to use cannabis earlier in life is one of the strongest predictors of noticeable cognitive difficulties. The
risk of developing dependence is one in six among those who start using cannabis frequently during
With youth in mind, Drug Free Kids Canada hopes to reduce the potential risks that may accompany
recreational cannabis use by pre-teens and teens.
Where can you find important information about how our school functions and what students and families need to know? Check out the Student Handbook on our website. Website: [email protected]
On October 16, 2019, 26 students and 3 teachers made the trek to
Halifax's Scotiabank Center for We Day Atlantic 2019. Students were
empowered to make a change in the world and had the opportunity
to listen to speakers that shared a variety of powerful messages.
Students heard from Ahmad Almallah, a Syrian immigrant who
faced his fear of public speaking in a second language by tackling it
first hand. They were presented to by the likes of Margaret Trudeau,
Raptors' superfan Nav Bhatia and even by James Orbinski (Doctors Without Borders). It was a pleasure to
represent Avon View in Halifax with such an outstanding young group of changemakers. Students should
pay attention to the announcements for the chance to keep making a change with Teens for Change at AV!
> Bolland Driving Solutions (902) 679-1555 Start Date Sept 22nd
> Excel Driver Training (902) 790-1400
> Young Drivers of Canada Graduates 1 902 252 9434
CONGRATULATIONS to the Sr. Boys Soccer Team who captured its first ever Western Regional Championship defeating Park View in the final. Varsity Boys Volleyball Team hosting a tournament on November 8 & 9 Welcome to our first home tournament in years! Our boys varsity volleyball team is hosting an 8-team tournament featuring schools from across the province, including Liverpool, South Colchester, Halifax and Sackville. We invite you to see some of the top volleyball teams in the province. We will be hosting a canteen as well, and it will be great to have some “hometown” support! Our first game..,. Friday: 4:00 pm AV vs. King’s Edgehill Hope to see you there! Throwing Club Mr Wile and Mr Gray would like to invite students from grade nine to twelve interested in learning how to throw a javelin, discus and/or shot put to join the Throwing Club Mr Wile can be found in room 101 and Mr Gray in the Foyer Training begins Tuesday November 5th at 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm Training will be on Tuesdays and Thursday There is no cost but students must be prepared to be indoors or outdoors for training All new comers are welcome
Grade 12s: Things to note:
Post Secondary Visits to AVHS:
Over the next few months, many post-secondary institutions will visit AVHS at noon time. Some of these
institutions will offer free, on the spot, applications and offers for admission. We advise students to check the
website regularly,- to see who is visiting and also for any new information. Here is the website
Grade 12 Parent/Guardian/Student Information Night:
On Wednesday, October 9th, there was an information session for Grade 12s and families. If you were not able
to attend but would like to access information, please visit our
website: https://sites.google.com/gnspes.ca/avhsguidance (Please see under GRADUATION tab)
Grade 12 2020 Graduates: Google Classroom:
Effective Friday, October 18th- we have extended invites to join our Grauates 2020 Google classroom for
Grade 12 students via their school e-mail accounts! If a student did not receive an invite from Mr. Goucher to
join, please let Ms. Burke know in student services. This is another great way to stay connected on urgent
matters. We send out alerts about specific notifications- not all- so please continue to check the website on a
regular basis. The website is updated daily. Students may also invite parents to be part of the google classroom
News from your AV/WH Band Parents Assoc:
1. New BPA Fundraiser for the music program: Variety Show being held at AV on Nov. 21 starting at 7:00 pm. If you can sing, dance, play an instrument, love to read poetry, like to tell a joke.....we'd love to have
you in our show! If you are interested in performing at our show, please email us at [email protected] before Thurs Nov 7. See Flyer.
2. Annual Pie Fundraiser for the music program kicks into gear this week. If you would like to order a
delicious Apple Valley pie and support the music program, please chat with a music student.
Here at Acadia Pool we have a wide range of Lifesaving Society courses to teach you first aid, lifesaving
skills, and more. If you are interested in becoming a lifeguard, a swim instructor, or just want to become a
better leader, we have an aquatic leadership course for you! Our courses will help you develop strong
leadership skills, communication skills, and provide you with water safety knowledge and rescue skills that
will last you a lifetime. Courses offered this fall: Bronze Star; Bronze Medallion; Bronze Cross; National
Lifeguard (Pool) & Standard First Aid Swim Instructor Lifesaving Instructor Swim Instructor & Lifesaving Instructor Dual
Course Lifesaving Examiner Swim Instructor, Lifesaving Instructor, & Examiner Course Bundle
Please go to our website at https://fitness.acadiau.ca/aquatic-leadership-programs.html for detailed course descriptions, costs, dates, and times. To register for courses, please visit https://boxoffice.acadiau.ca/, contact the Acadia Box Office at 902-542-5500, email [email protected]<mailto:[email protected]>, or visit the Box Office in person during regular open hours. If you are interested in joining the Acadia Aquatics team, there are amazing employment opportunities at Acadia to be applied for after completing the Swim Instructor course and/or the National Lifeguard cour
Important Dates 2019-20
November Thursday, Nov. 7 AVHS Remembrance Day Assembly Friday, Nov. 8 Regional Inservice (no classes) Monday, Nov. 11 Remembrance Day Tuesday, November 19 Common Early Dismissal (12:15 pm) Thursday, Nov. 21 Report Cards Distributed (mid-semester) Thursday, Nov. 28 Parent/Student/Teacher Meetings (6:30 – 8:30) Friday, Nov. 29 AVHS Inservice (AM) Parent/Student/Teacher Meetings (1:15 – 3:15) December Dec. 2 – 6 Graduation Pictures Friday, Dec. 13 Early Dismissal (12:15 pm) Friday, Dec. 20 Last teaching day before break (Full day) Dec. 23 – Jan. 3 Winter Break January Thursday, Jan. 6 First Day after break Wednesday, Jan. 15 Staff Meeting Mon. – Thurs., Jan. 27 – 30 Exams Friday, January 31 Marking Day