Charles Hays Secondary School (CHSS) is a grade 9 – 12 high school located in the City of Prince Rupert on traditional Ts'msyen territory. The school has a diverse, multicultural population. CHSS is a dual-track school with a French Immersion Program and offers Sm'algyax and French as second language courses. The school has a strong academic program, a growing trades program, a vibrant fine arts program, and a Basketball Academy.
Here is what is happening at Charles Hays Secondary School this month. Facilities are the Library Learning Commons (LLC) is getting closer to a Celebratory opening. Offutt will be moving her classroom into the classroom adjacent to the LLC this week.
We still have bottled water stations set up as we await reports from Northern Health. Currently, the Wrestling team is at Provincials, the Junior Boys leave for Provincials on Thursday, and the Senior Girls depart for Provincials the following week on February 25th. The Senior Boys will be hosting Zones at CHSS this weekend. We are reminding coaches to put Budget requests into the PAC as soon as possible.
The Drama students had a successful Drama Festival this weekend and will be taking their play to Provincials. The Band students are working on a field trip within the Province in June. We will be hosting a Course Fair for the students in the afternoon of February 25th to begin the process of course selection for 2020-2021. Trimester 2 will be ending on March 9th, and Trimester 3 will begin on March 12th, 2020. The Numeracy Assessments will run at the end of April 2020.
Charles Hays Secondary School operates on the trimester system. The school year is split into three trimesters, with five periods each day, allowing students fifteen-course selections within the school year. Most courses are two trimesters long and meet for 62 minutes each day. Some courses can meet outside the regular timetable. If you require assistance in choosing your courses, please feel free to contact any school counselor. The staff and administration of Charles Hays Secondary School wish to ensure that your education is as rewarding as possible.
Students continue to build on the reading and writing strategies developed through Language Arts. A variety of both fiction and non-fiction are used. Students have more responsibility for interpreting and responding to what they read materials become increasingly complex. Formal writing situations, especially the essay, become the norm. Students should be able to compose full sentences and paragraphs and to proofread for awkward writing. The careful use of language for effect and the use of more sophisticated vocabulary is a primary goal.
Composition 10 is designed to support students in their development of written communication, in particular essay writing. Students will read and study essays/compositions by other writers and consider various styles as models for the development of their writing. The course builds students' writing competencies by introducing them to varied structures, forms, and composition styles such as narrative, expository, descriptive, persuasive, and opinion essays. The course's primary focus will be planning, drafting, editing, and writing for specific audiences and purposes.
Literary Studies 10 is designed for students interested in literature in the forms of poetry, short stories, novels, drama, graphic novels, children's literature, Canadian literature, First Peoples' texts, thematic studies, and specific author studies. Students will explore a range of literary topics to increase their literacy skills, enhance their understanding of the English language, expand their development as educated global citizens, develop balance and broaden their understanding of themselves and the world, and develop higher-level thinking and learning skills. Creative writing and oral language will also be explored.