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School District No. 85 (Vancouver Island North) is dedicated to the academic achievement of all its students. 
"Bringing Learning to Life"

** BC Ferries Advisory (Alert Bay/Sointula): Monday Oct. 27

10:15 a.m. October 27, 2014

Due to extreme wind and weather warnings, BC Ferries has advised that students from Alert Bay and Sointula return home early today.

     - Alert Bay students will be taking the foot ferry at 12:40 p.m.

     - Sointula students will be taking the water taxi at 1:10 p.m.

If students choose to stay at school for the afternoon, it is the family's responsibility to make arrangements if there are no further ferries.

For today, Monday October 27, 2014.

Outdoor Pursuits

 This year, North Island Secondary School is offering its first ever Outdoor Pursuits junior elective course being taught by Greg Muirhead. The course is designed to cover introductory elements in the pursuit of life long recreational activities and introduce students to some new activities.
Jumping back into the school year, and without wasting any time, the class took full advantage of the weather. Mr. Muirhead's Outdoor Pursuits students spent a beautiful fall afternoon exploring some of the local trails in Port McNeill.


Lieutenant Governor's Visit

  Students from Alert Bay School and  the T’lisalagi’lakw School had the opportunity to meet Lieutenant Governor Judith Guichon and take a tour of the HMCS Calgary.  The students spent time talking with her, sharing their interests in sports and fishing and asking questions about the HMCS Calgary.

Cape Scott Windfarm

On May 6th twenty students were given a tour of the Cape Scott Windfarm.  After a two hour bus drive, students spotted an enormous wind turbine - the first of 55 currently on the site.  Gordon gave an excellent tour explaining the time it took to bring the project to life and the logistics of moving these enormous turbines to their current location.  Students had numerous questions and were thrilled to view the windfarm that they have heard so much about.


Canadian Children's Book Week

 In celebration of Canadian Children’s Book Week, award winning Canadian author Richard Scarsbrook launched his Vancouver Island tour at Eagle View Elementary School. This is the first Canadian Children’s Book week author we have had the privilege to host at our school in well over a decade. Richard has won multiple awards for his poetry, short stories, and fiction; including White Pine award, ReLit Award, and Stellar Book award. He arrived from Toronto yesterday and was heading to Sea View school after us, then various high schools and regional libraries down island.

During the initial presentation for all students in grades 4-7, Richard Scarsbrook shared excerpts from his newest YA (Youth Adult) novel “Nothing Man and The Purple Zero”, as well as one of the fables he has written. He reminded students to work hard and pursue their creative passions. Twenty students selected from grades 4-7 also benefited from a Young Writer’s workshop following the Intermediate Book Talk.


Innovation Academy

 Alert Bay Elementary School is hosting its first Innovation Academy where students blend their math, technology, and science skills in creative ways through hands on activities. Students seen here are working together to design the slowest race track for their marble, using the wall as the track's main support. Another group of students is working with clay animation, moving clay figures in small increments  and using the app "iStopmotion"  to tell a story. At the end of the Academy, the school will host a "Show and Share" of all of the group activities for students, parents and community members.

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Woss Lake Elementary students learn about animal husbandry during a visit to the Morrison Creek Alpaca Farm in the Comox Valley.


Sunset's Clayton Harder took home the Western University Entrance Scholarship Bronze Medal at the Canada Wide Science Fair in London Ontario. Clayton was also awarded the Nuclear Management Organization Excellence Award Junior Bronze Medal. Way to go Clayton!


Grade 7s at Alert Bay Elementary School helped harvest herring eggs (a'ans) from hemlock branches.  Students cleaned the branches and froze the eggs. The eggs will be used in an upcoming celebration. Much sampling was done along the way.


The PHSS Drama Club travelled to Campbell River for the North Island Regional Drama Festival, where they participated in two days of drama workshops and performed the one act play "Look Me in the Eye" by Lindsay Price.


"Thank you Mrs. Ropponen. I'm 100 days smarter" is the saying on this clever 100 Day project made with 100 googly eyes.