Contact Information 

 

49 Terrace Street

Sydney, Nova Scotia

B1P 2L4

Phone(902) 562-5464

Fax(902) 564-4472

E-Mail:

 sydacademy@gnspes.ca

 

 


Guidance Office:

 

Phone:  (902) 562-7047

Fax: (902) 562-3747

 

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Student Handbook

 

 

 

 

2016-2017 TIMETABLE

Sydney Academy will operate on a 8-day cycle with 6 periods per day

 

DAY 1

DAY 2

DAY 3

DAY 4

DAY 5

DAY 6

DAY 7

DAY 8

 
               

Warning Bells 8:40 a.m.

A

B

C

D

B

A

D

C

1st Period 8:45-9:45 a.m.

 

B

C

D

A

C

B

A

D

2nd Period 9:49-10:49 a.m.

 

C

D

A

B

D

C

B

A

3rd Period 10:53-11:53 a.m.

 

LUNCH   (IB Classes)

     

4th Period 11:55 a.m.- 12:45 p.m.

C

D

A

B

D

C

B

A

5th Period 12:47-1:47 p.m.

 

D

A

B

C

A

D

C

B

6th Period 1:50-2:50 p.m.

 

 

 

 STAFF OF SYDNEY ACADEMY – (2016 – 2017)

 

                  Principal                ......................        Mr. Kevin Deveaux

                  Vice-Principal        ......................        Mr. John Barron

                  Vice-Principal        ......................        Mr. Harold Kyte

                  Guidance Counsellor......................     Ms. Jane Gillis

                  Guidance Counsellor......................     Mr. Vincent Nicholson

 

BUSINESS & TECHNOLOGY DEPT.               MATHEMATICS DEPT.

Shaun Morrison (Dept. Head)                                  Mr. Kevin O’Neill (Dept. Head)

Mr. John Fraser  (O2 Coordinator)                          Mrs. Leanna Campbell-MacDonald

Mr George MacLean (COOP)                                 Ms. Rebecca Jackson

Ms Becky MacNeil                                                 Ms. Joanne MacGillivary               

Mr Ryan MacPherson                                             Mr. Neil MacLellan

Ms. Leanna Mombourquette-Hutt                             Mr. Jason Pentecost

                                                                              Ms. Gina Tubrett-Crawley

                                                                             Mr. Sandy Urquhart

     

FINE ARTS DEPARTMENT DEPT.                   PHYSICAL EDUCATION DEPT.          

Mrs. Barb Buick                                                      Mr. Derrick Hill                                   

Ms. Verne Lorway                                                   Mr. Joel LeBlanc  

Ms. Alana Macleod                                                  Mr. Cyril MacKinnon

                                                                               Ms. Lisa Penny

                                                     

ENGLISH DEPARTMENT                              SCIENCE DEPARTMENT                       

Mr. Craig Brown  (Dept. Head)                            Mr. Greg Callaghan (Dept. Head)

Ms. Laurena Clarke                                             Mr. James Broderick                           

Mr. J. P. MacDonald                                            Mr. Bruce Dalzell               

Sister Maureen MacIsaac                                    Ms. Jane Gillis                        

Mr. Dan McGee                                                  Mr Scott O'Neill

Mr. Andrew Unsworth                                         Ms. Heather Pierre

                                                                           Ms. Danyelle Smith                       

 

INTEGRATED RESOURCE/                        SOCIAL STUDIES DEPT

LEARNING CENTRE                                   Mr. Barry Halloran (Dept. Head)     

Ms. Yolanda Aubrech                                       Mr. Brian Doue                              

Ms. Sharon Brennan McDonald                         Ms. Rhonda Ferguson  

Ms. Shauna Hennick                                         Ms. Gloria Johnson

Mr.Brant McGowan                                          Ms. Carol Milne 

Ms. Caroline Mills                                            Mr. Keith Morrison
Ms. Carmella Zahara                                          

                       

LANGUAGES                                           POLICE LIAISON OFFICER

Ms. Heather Urquhart                                   Constable Sonya Spencer

Ms. Lindy Holland

Ms. Krista Gillard

                   

EDUCATIONAL SUPPORT                     SECRETARIAL STAFF       

Ms. Dione Romard                                        Mrs. Janice McIntyre        

Mr. Bruce Herney                                         Mrs. Kathyrn MacDougall

                                                                    Ms. Diane Mason

                                                        

TEACHER ASSISTANTS                           LIBRARY TECHNICIAN                      

Ms. Karen MacPherson                                    Mrs. Margaret Moore

Ms. Donna Grover                                              

 Ms. Brenda Hanna                                        LUNCH/BUS/GROUNDS                    

Ms. Gail Kezel                                               Mrs. Shirley Samson                                          

Ms. Charlene Libbus                                      Ms. Marilyn Dixon

Ms. Ann MacDonald                                      Mrs. Lillian Muller    

Ms. Ann MacIsaac  

Ms. Denise Mac Kay                                     CUSTODIAN

Ms. Jennifer Mac Kinnon                                Mr. Harry Yurczszyn                   

Ms. Fonda MacQuarrie                                        

Ms. Carolyn Stone   

Ms. Georgina Ott                                      

                                                                      

                                             

                                                     

                           

                                     

                                                                                                                

 


 

 

 

 

PRINCIPAL’S MESSAGE

                

On behalf of the entire staff, I would like to welcome all new and returning students to Sydney Academy for the 2016-2017 school year.  Sydney Academy has a reputation for academic excellence and tremendous school spirit.  It is our hope that all students take advantage of the numerous co/extra curricular opportunities provided at the school and enjoy their high school experience to the fullest extent.  It is important, however, that your first priority be on achieving academic success.  Regular attendance, attention to homework, and work ethic are key ingredients of success.

This Student handbook is a valuable tool in supporting your success at Sydney Academy.  The Student Handbook includes the rules and policies that students are required to adhere to in order to maintain an effective school environment.  Rules and policies are in place to help students develop personal responsibility, promote character development and help all students achieve academic success.    Finally, the Agenda also includes information on the many clubs, teams, organizations and events that are part of our school community.  I encourage you to become involved and make a contribution to your school.

I look forward to getting to know each of you on a personal level.  I would encourage you to bring a positive attitude, a desire to expand your scholastic horizons and a willingness to contribute to your school community with you each day.  It is my hope that by June 2017 you will have grown academically, developed a stronger school spirit and have experienced success in all your endeavors.  Again, welcome to Sydney Academy and enjoy your year.

 

     Sincerely,

                

     Kevin Deveaux, Principal

 

 

 

PHILOSOPHY

 

The general aim of public education at Sydney Academy is to provide a school environment that will enable students to think clearly, to communicate effectively, to make sound judgments, and to discriminate among values. The school’s mandate is to help all students to acquire knowledge, understanding and skills that will enable them to achieve their full potential.  The programs, activities and experiences offered to students have been developed to further the general aim of the school.

 

TIMETABLE OF SCHOOL EVENTS

2016-2017

 

SEPTEMBER

        6        .......        Orientation Day – Teachers Only

        7        .......        Professional Learning Day – Teachers Only

        8        …...          Full Teaching Day – All Students – 1st Semeste

        23        .......        Professional Learning Day – Teachers Only

        30       -------       Student Fee due $25

          

 


 

 

 

 

OCTOBER

        3        .......        Grad Fee Due - $25. Installment

        10        .......        Thanksgiving Day – HOLIDAY

        28        .......        NSTU Professional Association Conference  – Teachers Only

 

NOVEMBER

        9        .......        Memorial Service – Remembrance Day – 11:00 am (Tentative)

        11        .......        Remembrance Day Holiday

        24        ……        Parent-Teacher Meetings – 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

        25        .......        Parent-Teacher Meetings – 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.

                                  Professional Learning Day – p.m. – Teachers Only

        

DECEMBER

        9        .......        Professional Learning Day – Teachers Only

        21        .......        Last Teaching Day Prior to Christmas

 

JANUARY

         3        .......        First Teaching Day After Christmas

        26        .......        1st Semester Finals (Tentative)

 

       FEBRUARY

            1        .......        Grading & Classifying Day – Teachers Only

            2        .......        Full Teaching Day – 2nd Semester Begins

            10         ------       High School Report Cards Go Home

20        .......        Heritage Day - School Closed       

28        .......        Final Grad Fee Due - $25

 

MARCH

10            .......        Last Teaching Day Prior to March Break

20         .......        First Teaching Day After March Break                       

 

           APRIL

14        …...        Good Friday – HOLIDAY

            17         .......        Easter Monday - HOLIDAY

            21         ------       High School Report Cards Go Home

            27        .......        Parent-Teacher Meetings – 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

            28        .......        Parent-Teacher Meetings – 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.

                       .......        Professional Learning p.m.- Teachers Only

 

MAY

        22        .......        Victoria Day – HOLIDAY

 

JUNE

        18        .......        2nd Semester Finals Begin (Tentative)

        26        .......        Prom  & Safe Grad Party (Tentative)

        28        ……        Graduation (Tentative)

        29        ……        Grading & Clasifying – Teachers Only

        30        ……        Grading Day

        

 

 


 

TENTATIVE REGISTRATION DATES

 

February   .......        Visitation to Middle Schools

 

March       .......        Registration of Grade 9, 10 & 11 students and

                                 returning Grade12 students

 

GENERAL INFORMATION

 

CAFETERIA

 

The Cafeteria is intended to serve two functions.  It is a lunchroom for students who stay over the noon hour and a common room for students who want to meet their friends and socialize.  All lunches, whether purchased at the school or brought from home, must be eaten in the cafeteria.  The cafeteria supervisor may recommend revocation of cafeteria privileges for any student whose behaviour is considered unacceptable.

 

LOCKERS

 

Students who wish to have a locker for use during the year may rent one for a fee of $20.  The school does not accept responsibility for articles stolen from lockers.  It is mandatory that lock combinations be kept confidential.  The school administration reserves the right to search lockers.  Students are not permitted to share lockers.

 

 

 

FEES   ** Please pay School Fees on Line at:     https://cbv.schoolcashonline.com/

        

School fees include a general assembly fee of $25. per student – Due Sept. 30.  This fee enables the school to publish the Agenda book, to provide identification cards, to subsidize events such as Academic Excellence Awards Banquet and Awards Night, and to assist varsity teams and other groups competing in provincial competitions.

 

We encourage all students/parents to pay fees online.

GRAD FEES

 

Students eligible for graduation will be required to pay a fee of $50. per student.  Potential graduates are required to pay the first $25 installment at the office by Oct. 3.  The remaining $25 shall be due Feb. 28  Please Note:  Graduation fee does not include the yearbook.  Any graduate who wishes a yearbook must order and pay for their yearbook when orders are taken.

 

YEARBOOK

 

The yearbook is NOT included in the graduation fee.  The cost of the yearbook will be $55.  Orders will be taken during the school year.  Payment ($55.00) is due when ordering yearbook.

 

TEXTBOOKS

 

Students will either be issued textbooks in each course or have the use of class sets of books.  These books are being provided free of charge to the students.   Each student is expected to either return the text he/she has been originally issued or pay the replacement cost of the textbook.  Failure to return or pay for texts will result in final marks being withheld from the student until such time as the book(s) are either returned or paid for.

 

 

 

 

THE GUIDANCE DEPARTMENT

 

It is the function of a Guidance Counsellor to help a student assess his talents, aptitudes and interests; to provide information about the world outside school; and to relate the two so that the student’s potential may be achieved.

 

There are two Guidance Counsellors working on a full-time basis at Sydney Academy.  The Guidance Office is open to students from 8:30 am until 3:30 pm.  Students can receive permission at any time during the school day to have an interview with Guidance Counsellors.  Education and occupation information is available in the guidance area and also, much information is posted on the various guidance bulletin boards.

 

All Grade 12 students should visit the Guidance Office during the school year to discuss future plans.  Students may receive help from Guidance Counsellors in the following areas:

 

1.          Educational  -- The placement of students in proper courses.

 

2.        Career – Students may wish to discuss career plans, research career-related information, and inquire about post-secondary requirements as they relate to specific career choices.

 

3.        Personal – This deals with the problems that many students encounter during their high school days; such as troubles in the family, sex, drugs, peer groups, student-teacher relationships, etc.

 

 

 

G. G. CAMPBELL MEMORIAL LIBRARY

 

THE LIBRARY IS YOURS

USE IT!  ENJOY IT!  TAKE CARE OF IT!

 

The G.G. Campbell Memorial Library collection contains over eight thousand items (books, records, audio and video cassettes, film strips, computer software, and CD-ROM), all of which are fully catalogued.  Information on topics of current interest is kept in the Vertical File and on computer software.

 

Circulating materials may be borrowed for a period of two weeks.  Books that are in heavy demand are placed on reserve shelves for use in the library only.  Reference materials do not circulate.  The reference section includes general and subject encyclopedias (French and English), yearbooks, annuals, almanacs, atlases, maps, newspapers, periodicals and periodical indexes.  In addition to the printed and audiovisual materials, computers are available for research and word processing.

 

All students are encouraged to take advantage of the facility.

 

                                 


 

                                                              

 

                                           

                                                    STUDENT GUIDELINES

 

 Mission Statement

 

 

Sydney Academy aims to develop independent, knowledgeable, well-rounded young people who are risk takers, problem solvers, and are actively engaged in helping to solve local and global problems in a creative and critical manner.

To this end, Sydney Academy fosters a challenging environment in which students are actively engaged in rich educational experiences which encourage them to conduct themselves in a principled, compassionate manner that is respectful and open to other possibilities and perspectives.

 

Sydney Academy strives to produce a dynamic school environment that will enable each student to develop an ability to think clearly, to communicate effectively and to make sound judgments.  The Academy’s mandate is to empower students with the knowledge, understanding, and skills that will enable them to reach their full potential in tomorrow’s world through various programs, activities and experiences.  The school endeavours to expose students to the values of the past, the excitement of the present, and the challenge of the future.  Sydney Academy aims to provide students with the awareness that tolerance, concern for others and a sense of responsibility can empower them to make the world a better place.

 

Vision Statement

 

Sydney Academy recognizes that in order to promote, establish, and maintain a love of knowledge and a desire to learn, the school must make every effort to provide an atmosphere which allows each and every student, regardless of race, creed, gender or ethnic diversity to function without fear of prejudice and with the assurance that their efforts will be evaluated in a fair and equitable manner.  Sydney Academy also acknowledges that the curriculum must be presented in such a fashion as to provide each student with an opportunity to succeed within the limits of his/her capabilities.  Each student must be encouraged to participate and be challenged to excel.

 

 

 

STANDARDS OF DRESS

 

Sydney Academy students are required to dress in a dignified and appropriate manner at all times.  In general, clothing must be socially acceptable for the school environment.In particular, it is required that shorts be at least mid-thigh and that t-shirts and blouses provide adequate and suitable coverage (Eg. tank tops, tube tops, thin strapped tops are inappropriate).  Midriffs must be covered.  In addition, writing or pictures on clothing that implies or suggests violence, racism, vulgarity, etc.  will not be tolerated at Sydney Academy.

 

 

 

SCHOOL POLICY RE:  ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATION DEVICES

 

 

The International Baccalaureate Program at Sydney Academy

 

IBO MISSION STATEMENT

 

The International Baccalaureate Organization aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.

To this end the IBO works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment.

These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.

The aim of all IB programmes is to develop internationally minded people who, recognizing their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet, help to create a better and more peaceful world.

 

 As IB learners  we strive to be:

 

Inquirers                We nurture our curiosity, developing skills for inquiry and research.  We know how to learn independently and with others. We learn with enthusiasm and sustain our love of learning throughout life.                                                                                                    

Knowledgeable        We develop and use conceptual understanding, exploring knowledge across a range of disciplines with issues and ideas that have local and global significance.

Thinkers                We use critical and creative thinking skills to analyze and take responsible action on complex problems.We exercise initiative in making reasoned, ethical decisions.

Communicators        We express ourselves confidently and creatively in more than one language, and in many ways. We collaborate effectively, listening carefully to the perspectives of other individuals and groups.

Principled                We act with integrity and honesty, with a strong sense of fairness, justice, and with respect for the dignity and rights of people everywhere.We take responsibilityfor our own actions and their consequences.

Open-Minded        We critically appreciate our own cultures and personal histories, as well as the values and traditions of others. We seek and evaluate a range of points of view, and we are willing to grow from the experience.

Caring                We show empathy, compassion and respect. We have a commitment to service, and we act to make a positive difference in the lives of others in the world around us.

Risk-Takers                 We approach uncertainty with forethought and determination; we work independently and cooperatively to explore new ideas and innovative strategies. we are resourceful and resilient in the face of challenges and change.

Balanced                We understand the importance of balancing different aspects of our lives-intellectual, physical, and emotional- to achieve well-being for ourselves and others. we recognize our interdependence with other people and with the world in which we live.

 

 

 

 

 

Reflective                We thoughtfully consider the world and our own ideas and experience. We work to understand our strengths and weaknesses in order to support our learning and personal development.

 

 

                                                     

                                                  The IB Diploma Program

 

The Diploma Program is suited to any academically ambitious high school student

who seeks to attend university.  This comprehensive two-year program is

delivered in grades 11 and 12, after students normally complete  the SA Pre-IB program

in Grade 10.  The program culminates in a series of international examinations

written in six academic subjects chosen by each student –one subject from each

of the following groups which correspond to the principal domains of knowledge:

 

Group 1 – Language A – English

Group 2 – Language B – a second language such as French, Spanish

Group 3 – Individuals and Society – subjects such as history and economics

Group 4 – Experimental Sciences – subjects such as physics, chemistry, and

Biology

Group 5 – Mathematics

Group 6 – The Arts or one Elective – subjects such as music and visual arts,

and theatre arts, or one elective from Group 3 or 4.

 

The student’s choices must include three courses taken at the Higher Level (HL),

comprising 240 teacher-student contact hours, and three courses taken at the Standard

Level (SL), comprising 150 teacher-student contact hours. Most subjects are taken over

two years.

 

The IB Diploma is about more than the six subjects that students study.  At its

heart, are three core requirements that are integral to the curriculum and make the

 IB Diploma program unique.  These three requirements are:

 

The Theory of Knowledge (TOK) course – an interdisciplinary course designed

 to develop habits of critical reflection, clarity of thought, and moral judgment.

 

 

The Creativity, Activity, and Service (CAS) program – a minimum of 150 hours

of participation in creative programs, athletics or other physical activities, and

community service which enhances personal growth.

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

The Extended Essay (EE) – a 4000-word piece of original research on a topic

chosen by the student with the guidance of a teacher supervisor.

 

Schools which offer the IB Diploma Program are required to encourage a global

view, international understanding, and respect for others; important goals in all

subjects.

 

The aims of the extended essay are to provide students with the opportunity to:

  • Pursue independent research in depth on a focused topic
  • Develop research and communication skills
  • Develop the skills of creative and critical thinking
  • Experience the excitement of intellectual discovery

 

The Nova Scotia Department of Education is pleased to confirm that students who successfully complete all of the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma requirements will thereby earn a Nova Scotia High School Graduation Diploma.

 

Please note that students who decide to leave the IB program will be required to meet Nova Scotia graduation requirements.Those students will, of course, be given credit toward those requirements for the IB courses they have successfully completed.

 

If a student does not opt for the entire IB Diploma Program, he/she may opt to pursue IB Certificates in courses of their choosing.  They are required to meet Nova Scotia Graduation requirements.  

 

THE BENEFITS OF AN IB DIPLOMA:

 

The ultimate benefit is that IB Diploma graduates are literate, articulate, confident young adults with an understanding of global issues and other cultures.

 

University admissions and scholarship committees are increasingly taking into account an applicant’s entire school record, not just marks.  The IB Diploma Program’s emphasis on citizenry and extracurricular activities speaks aptly to those criteria.

 

The IB Diploma graduates receive excellent recognition from universities’ admissions offices in Canada, the USA and abroad.  This recognition in Canada includes early acceptance, advanced standing and eligibility for special IB scholarships as well as traditional university scholarships.  Many Canadian Universities have established dedicated IB admissions staff to recruit and advise IB Diploma graduates.  Please refer to university websites for policies regarding IB.

 

IB Diploma graduates consistently perform well once at university with many advancing to postgraduate programs.  Typically diploma holders bring to university a capacity for in-depth study, strong writing skills, and knowledge of how to research a topic and express their opinions.  

 

 

 

 

 

CREDIT SYSTEM

 

        Generally, each course is worth one full credit.  Grade 10 academic and Pre-IB Math, as well as English 10 Plus, are 2 credit courses.

 

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

 

For students who are entering Grade 10:

 

1.          The completion of eighteen (18) credits for grades 10, 11, and 12.

2.          These eighteen (18) credits must include thirteen (13) compulsory courses:

        Language, Communication and Expression

                3 English language arts (one at each level)

                1 Fine Arts (art, music, drama, art dramatique, dance)

        Science, Mathematics and Technology

                2 Mathematics courses

2 Science courses:  one from Science 10, biology, chemistry, or physics,                     and one other approved science course.

                2 Other from mathematics, science, or technology:  eligible technology         courses include:  Communication Technology 11 and 12; Construction

Technology 10; Computer Related Studies 12; Business Technology 11 and 12;      Design 11; Electro-technologies 11; Energy, Power, and Transportation     11; Exploring Technology 10; Production Technology 11 & 12;  Film and Video Production 12; Food Preparation &.Textile Production 10; Food Studies & Hospitality 12

        Personal Development and Society

                    1          Students entering grade 10 in 2008-2009 will be required to earn 1 full credit in Physical Education, which includes 1 of the following: Physical Education, Physically Active Living, Physical Education, Dance, Yoga 11, Mod de Vie 11 and CAS(IB).

                    1        Canadian History:  Canadian History 11, History 11,IB, Histoire 11 IB, African Canadian Studies 11, and Mi’kmaq Studies 10.

                    1           Global Studies: Global Geography 12,  Global History 12, Geographie Plantaire 12 History 12IB, Histoire 12 IB or Economics 12IB.

                

3.        Students are required to pass five (5) additional elective courses.

4.        No more than seven (7) of the minimum eighteen (18) credits can be for Grade

        10 courses.

5.        At least five (5) of the minimum eighteen (18) credits must be for Grade 12

        courses.

6.        In most cases, students may not count 2 credits in the same specific subject

        area at the same grade level toward the minimum of 18 credits required for

        high school graduation.  

 

 


 

 

 

 

COURSE SELECTION

 

A course of studies booklet is available to all students on the Sydney Academy Website.  The purpose of this booklet is to inform parents/guardians and students of the various course offerings for the following year.  A brief description of each course is contained in the booklet.  Students should choose their courses with great care, consulting with parents/guardians, homeroom teacher and Guidance Counsellor.  Course registration will normally be considered final.  Changes may be requested in cases such as a change in career plans or failing of a required course.

 

 

EVALUATION

 

Evaluation procedures following the framework.  The Department Head and his/her teachers determine the kind and number of tests, projects, term papers, essays, labs, etc., to be given within an evaluation period.  Formal examinations are held once during the semester.  Please refer to the school and subject communication plans for further information on course requirements.

 

1.        1st Semester - Finals - January

 

2.        2nd Semester - Finals - June

 

        Specific evaluation procedures for each course will be outlined in the communication plan that will be provided for all courses.

 

 

Policy on Course Changes

Sydney Academy urges students to choose courses with great care. Their registration selections should be based on their interests, aptitudes and career plans. All Students are required to take a full course load while at Sydney Academy. For grade ten and eleven students, a full load is eight (8) courses - four each semester. For grade 12 students, a full course load is a minimum of seven (7) courses, provided there are no failures on the transcript. Post grads and mature students must take a full load unless given special permission to take a reduced course load by the administration.

Grade 12 students choosing to take a reduced course load should be aware of the following:

  1. Eligibility for co/extra curricular activities will be lost if even one failure occurs. Please review the Discipline Policy for more information on academic eligibility.
  2. Students should investigate fully their eligibility for scholarships and bursaries.
  3. Especially for students in grade 12 - investigate fully how a reduced course load will affect your eligibility for entrance into programs at any post-secondary institution.

If students prepare carefully for course registration, and receive the necessary information and guidance, requests for course changes should be minimized. At times, however, it is in the best interest of the student and teacher to entertain a course change. Course changes will be considered for the first two weeks following the start of classes and will be permitted only if there is room in the course requested. A number of possible situations may be cited. These include:


 

 

 

 

  1. Keeping the same course but requesting a teacher change.  Requests for a teacher change are normally not allowed and will be accommodated only in extraordinary circumstances and at the discretion of the administration.   If such a change is granted, any marks by the student will be transferred and form part of the evaluation in the new class.
  2. "Drop-down" situations - e.g. Math 10 to Math at Work 10. Such situations should have been avoided during regular registration periods.  Drops downs will only be permitted at the discretion on the Administration if there is room in the lower level class. If an IB student should decide not to continue with an IB course, they may receive an academic credit using the NS Department of Education Soft Landing Guidelines.
  3. Grade Twelve Students Dropping a Class.   Grade twelve students may carry as few as seven (7) courses, provided there are no failures on the transcript. If a grade twelve student taking more than the minimum required number of courses wishes to drop a course, they may do so up to one month prior to the final exam period each semester.
  4. Changing from one course to an entirely different course - e.g. His 12 to Eco 12.   Course changes are not normally permitted except in cases where the change is required for a student to graduate. In some circumstances, course changes may be entertained if the request is due to a failure in a first semester course or a change in career plans.
  5. Student transferring from another school.   Students who transfer to Sydney Academy from another school outside our Board part way through the term will normally be required to take the same courses as studied at the previous school. Problems may arise in some cases due to differences in course offerings.   Such problems will be dealt with on an individual basis.
  6. Once the Course Change Deadline has passed, there will be no consideration given for further changes in schedules.

 

 

 

 

 

EXAMINATION RULES FOR STUDENTS

 

THE FOLLOWING RULES WILL BE IN EFFECT FOR ALL EXAMINATIONS.  THEY HAVE BEEN DRAFTED TO ALLOW ALL STUDENTS TO WRITE AND COMPLETE THEIR EXAMINATIONS WITHOUT UNNECESSARY INTERRUPTION.

 

1.        Examinations will begin exactly at the designated times.  Morning examinations begin at exactly 9:00 a.m. andafternoon examinations begin at exactly 12:15 p.m.  Students are to be in the room designated for their examination at least 10 minutes prior to the beginning of the examination.

 

2.        Students must remain in the examination room for at least 60 minutes after the examination commences.

 

 

 

 

 

3.        Any student arriving late for an examination must report to the Main Office before proceeding to the examination room.

 

4.        Students must keep all scribblers and textbooks on the floor under the desk during the examination period.

 

5.        Students must bring to the examination room ALL materials necessary to write examinations.  However, foolscap, scrap paper and graph paper will be provided.

 

 

STUDENTS ARE NOT TO BORROW

EACH STUDENT IS TO HAVE HIS/HER OWN SUPPLIES

 

6.        Students leaving the building are to leave by the nearest exit.

 

7.        a)        Students  may  go directly to the library after passing in their         examination paper.

        b)        Students   in the downstairs area are to proceed to  the  library  by  Door  3, located opposite the gymnasium and in the corner of the large parking lot.

        c)        Students arriving at the building to go to the library to student are to follow the same procedure as (b) above.   This  will  enable  you  to  proceed  to  the library without disturbing the students who are  still writing  their  exams.

 

8.        Electronic communication device are not  permitted.  Students found in possession of an electronic communication device during an exam will be given a mark of zero.

 

9.        Each student is to do his/her own work.  Any student caught cheating in any way during an examination will receive a mark of “0” - ZERO - for that particular exam.        

 

 

“ P L E A S E   R E M E M B E R ”

 

SILENCE is necessary in the classrooms and

in the hallways while examinations are in progress.

 

 

Sydney Academy

Team/Co/Extra Curricular Discipline Policy (Revised Sept. 2016)

 

Participation in Co/Extra Curricular Activities is a privilege not a right. This privilege may be removed by the School Administration and/or Athletic Council at any time due to educational and or behavioral issues.

ACADEMIC ELIGIBILITY

A student must pass at least three (3) courses at the mid-term and final reporting periods in each semester to be eligible to take part in sports. If a student passes two courses they shall be removed from the team for four (4) weeks from the issuing of report cards. After this period they may be reinstated if satisfactory student progress has been achieved. If the student has less than two (2) passing grades they will be ineligible until the next official report.

SUBSTANCE USE VIOLATIONS

First offence - A two to five day suspension from school and a 30 school day suspension from school sports teams/co/extra curricular activities.

Second offence - A five day suspension from school and removal from all teams/co/extracurricular activities for the remainder of the school year. If the second offence occurs in the last two months of school (May or June) then the suspension from teams/co/extra curricular activities is for the remainder of the current school year and the first semester of the next school year.

Third offence - A five day suspension from school with possible recommendation to the School Board for a further suspension and termination from all teams/co/extracurricular activities for the remainder of the student’s school attendance with the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board.

SCHOOL RELATED SUSPENSIONS

First offense - Student is ineligible to play, practice, or participate in team/co/extracurricular activities while serving a suspension from school.

Second offence - Student will receive a game suspension for each day suspended from school (a three day suspension includes a three game suspension). Students will not be permitted to take part in co/extra curricular activities for five school days following their return to school from the suspension from school.

Third offence - Student is suspended from school sport/co/extra curricular activities for the remainder of the year.

LEAGUE RELATED SUSPENSIONS AND TOURNAMENT TRAVEL

A player who is suspended from league play and whose eligibility will not be reinstated during round robin play is ineligible to travel with the team to any tournament. If the tournament does not contain a play off round then the coach must check with the school administration to determine if the player will be eligible to travel with the team.

ATHLETES PLAYING MULTIPLE SPORTS

Athletes who play more than one school sport at the same time must inform their coaches of conflicts.  Athletes are required play games rather than practice when conflicts arise.  The athlete will practice and play with the team in play offs before any other team’s commitment. If both sports are in the regular season the athlete will alternate games for each team unless an alternate agreement is made with the coaches and athlete.

 

ATTENDANCE

Any student who is unexcused absent or excused sick is not permitted to take part on teams and/or co/extra curricular activities on the day of the absence. Attendance will be checked on game day and coaches will be provided with a list of ineligible students. If a student does not inform the coach of their ineligibility and plays in the above circumstance they will be ineligible to play for the next two games. Students involved in other co/extracurricular activities will be ineligible to participate for the next five school days.

When a student reaches 5 absences the student  and his/her coach/advisor will be notified that school administration is reviewing the students attendances. The student may be removed from participation in the sport/activity by the administration at any time after five total absences, if attendance issues continue to occur. Athletes who are removed from participation in a sport/activity due to attendance issues will be ineligible to participate  for a period of  (16)school days (2-8 day cycles).  The student may be reinstated after this time if the administration is satisfied that the student’s attendance pattern has improved. Family vacations are not excusable absences.  For activities that begin mid-semester, students will be permitted to participate if they have a clean attendance record for two (2) weeks leading into the first game of the season.  Any additional absences will lead to the two cycle suspension as outlined above.

**** Students are not permitted to drive themselves or other  students to any co/extra curricular event, as per Board Policy*****

 

Athlete Signature ____________________________ Date _________________

 

Parent Signature _____________________________ Date _________________

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

SCHOOL ACTIVITIES

 

STUDENTS’ ASSEMBLY.

 

 

STUDENTS’ EXECUTIVE

2016-2017

 

        Head Girl                                 -        Kennedy Madden

        Head Boy                                -        Rohit Kochhar

        Vice President                          -        Brayden MacKinnon

        Vice President                          -        Mary Jean Ripley

                                      

STUDENT ASSEMBLY ELECTIONS

 

 

For Representative Elections:

 

        Representatives at each grade level (grades 9-12) are elected in September.  The head boy and head girl will oversee the election of Assembly representatives. Assembly representatives  will be elected by private ballot, one person - one vote, majority rule.  

 

HEAD BOY AND HEAD GIRL

 

1.        Each year during the month of May, a Head Boy and a Head Girl shall be elected from the Grade 11 students to represent Sydney Academy for the ensuing year.

2.        The Head Boy and Head Girl shall be Grade 12 students during the year they are in office.

3.        Duties include:

        a)  They will on occasion represent and speak to the student body.

        b)  They will receive guests in the name of Sydney Academy.

        c)  They will take turns in presiding at General Assemblies.

d) They will be expected to approach teaching staff members as representing the         student body when matters arise that call for discussions.

        e)  They will assist the Principal or Vice-Principals upon request.

f)  They will assist in and oversee the organization of the next Head Boy and Head Girl elections.

g)  They will assist in the organization of the new Assembly officer elections, and continue, throughout the year, to act in an advisory capacity.

h)  They will represent the student body on the Sydney Academy School Advisory Council.

 

Qualifications:

        a)  Strong academic candidate:  average of 75% in seven (7) subjects in grade 10 and 11 with no failing grade on report card.  This includes the February and June report cards in grade 10 and the February and April report cards in grade 11.

        b)  Exemplary attendance.

        c)  Active participation in co/extra curricular events.

d)  Recommendations from two teachers in the form of signatures or reference letters.        

        e)  Personal qualifications include evidence of good character, ability to speak in public, and willingness to accept and completely discharge responsibilities.

 

 

 

 

 

Selection of Candidates

Students who meet the eligibility guidelines shall complete a written application and forward it to the selection committee.

The selection committee is comprised of the principal, vice-principals, and a group of interested teachers.  The duties of this committee shall be to post a final list of candidates who meet the eligibility requirements.

 

 

ORGANIZATIONS IN SYDNEY ACADEMY

 

Sydney Academy offers students a number of organizations, clubs, sports and special events such as Winter Carnival and Grad Week during the year.  Students are encouraged to participate and join in Academy activities.  Some of the organizations are listed below.

 

Badminton Club                    Yearbook                         Debating Club

            Drama Club                        Winter Carnival                    Key Club                

Students’ Assembly                Safe Grad                        Ski Club

                                

                

                                

 

Varsity Sports Include:

 

Boys’ Basketball        Badminton                Football                        Boys’ Golf

Girls’ Basketball        Cheerleaders                Boys’  Hockey                        Girls’ Golf

Girls’ Softball                Girls’ Volleyball        Girls’ Rugby                        Girls’ Soccer

Cross-Country                Track& Field                Boys’ Rugby                        Boys’ Soccer              

 

 


 

 

 

 

SYDNEY ACADEMY - INTERNET ACCESS AND USER POLICY

 

Policy Statement:

Students in Sydney Academy will select from a variety of information sources, including the Internet, to support and extend their learning as prescribed in the “Public School Programs” of Nova Scotia.   Access and  use of the Internet by students in Sydney Academy will allow them to access local, national and international electronic information sources and to collaborate with peers and experts to sole curriculum related problems.  Access to information and collaboration are vital to intellectual inquiry in a democracy.

Objectives:

*           To provide Internet access in accordance with the Public School Program of NS to inform, educate and provide access to the ideas of humanity.

        *        To conduct and share research in pursuit of curriculum outcomes.

        *        To communicate with peers and identified experts to solve curriculum-related problems.  To become familiar with career opportunities in a global information economy.

        *        To develop information literacy and technological competence necessary for meaningful employment in an information economy.

        *        To develop entrepreneurial skills.        

 

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No Student will be given access to the internet at Sydney Academy

until the Internet Access and User Policy  has been signed and

returned to the school.  The Policy is available on-line at:

http://sacademy.cbv.ns.ca/current/aup.html

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