Friday, 16 December 2016

AP Exams 2017

AP Exam Information

If you are interested in writing one or more Advanced Placement Exams in May 2017, the AP Bulletin for Students and Parents was distributed to AP classes this morning. Copies are also available in guidance for students who are self-studying for an exam, and they will also be distributed in second semester AP classes like English Lit and Computer Science.

It's also available online:

The Bulletin includes everything you need to know about writing AP exams, including the schedule and rules and procedures for exam preparation and exam day.

Orders can be made through cashless schools ( The cost is $130 CDN per exam. This is the same cost as last year, and is a result of the poor exchange rate with the US Dollar. The exam is not mandatory. Taking an AP course is free. The exam is the only additional cost.

The due date for ordering AP Exams is March 1, 2017.

Please email me with any questions.

Thursday, 24 November 2016

Outdoor Education Science Classes

Are you:

Interested in Outdoor Education?
A student who learns best by experiencing something?
Planning on taking a summer course?

The Canadian Ecology Centre offers science courses in the summer. You can earn high school credits in any grade of science (SNC1D1, SNC2D1, SBI3U1 and SES4U1).

Apply before the new year for their early bird price. More details are available online.

Monday, 14 November 2016

A&E Essay Writing Contest

Every year A&E Television Network hosts a national student essay contest.  Students submit their essays about the lives of the people they believe to have had the greatest influence on the country of Canada in 2016. Prizes are awarded to the student writer of the winning essay, and to the teacher!

Grades 5 to 12 students enter the contest by submitting their original essays supporting their choices of important people who had a significant impact on Canadian society in 2016.

The essay must discuss whether the person’s effect on Canadian society was positive or negative. Essays do not necessarily need to be written about people of Canadian origin.

Essays must be legible and are limited to 300 words or less. Entries over 300 words or not properly labeled will not be eligible.

Entries are judged by a national team of educators and A&E® Network executives. Essays will be judged on the following criteria: Persuasiveness (1/3); Creativity (1/3); and, Relevancy (1/3).

Prizes will be awarded in two grade levels: Grades 5 to 8 and Grades 9 to12. Two winners will be selected in each level.

Each student winner receives a prize, along with the department/classroom of his/her teacher and school.

Grades 5 to 8 Level
Grand Prize (1):      
            Student: $3,000 Cash Prize (CDN)
Department/Classroom of Teacher: $1,000 Cash (CDN)

First Prize (1):
            Student: $2,000 Cash Prize (CDN)
            Department/Classroom of Teacher: $1,000 Cash (CDN)

Grades 9 to 12 Level
Grand Prize (1):
Student: $3,000 Cash Prize (CDN)
Department/Classroom of Teacher: $1,000 Cash (CDN)

First Prize (1):
Student: $2,000 Cash Prize (CDN)
Department/Classroom of Teacher: $1,000 Cash (CDN)

The contest began September 1, 2016 and ends December 9, 2016. Entries must be received no later than December 9, 2016.

For complete contest rules and how to enter, please visit:

Jennifer Rideout
Temple Scott Associates for A&E Television Networks

Friday, 7 October 2016

SHAD 2017

If you're a well rounded, high achieving student interested in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics), you can apply for SHAD Valley, a month long summer experience that happens in July.

See for application details. The deadline is November 28 and it is highly competitive.

Tuesday, 4 October 2016

Pathways Expo

Attention Grade 11 and 12 Students!

Next Tuesday, October 11th, from 7:00pm-9:00pm in the gym, Abbey Park is hosting our Pathways Expo. It is a table-display style event with 60 representatives from Canadian Universities, Colleges and Professional Colleges. If you missed the University Fair, this is a great chance to speak to representatives from various post-secondary destinations.

Friday, 23 September 2016

Fall Contests

Fall math contests are fast approaching. Forms are available in guidance, and are due in by October 6th. This form includes:

- The COMC (Sun Life Open) for grade 12s (and younger students looking for a real challenge. This is the hardest contest we offer). $13.00
- The CSMC (Waterloo Senior Contest) for Grades 11 and 12 - $10
- The CIMC (Waterloo Intermediate Contest) for grades 9 and 10 - $10

We also can run the Beaver computing challenge for grades 9 and 10, for $2 per entry. Contest dates are on the form. They run throughout November.

Thursday, 26 May 2016


Check your timetables:

If you got a sheet saying you need to see a guidance counsellor, or if you have a question or concern about your timetable, please come to see me in guidance. I can help balance things out for you.

Mr Dick