Academic Expectations of Buck Mountain Central Students

The expectations of students are rigorous.  Students are expected to display the highest standards of academic diligence, effort and ability.  Students will be expected to:

  • Be diligent in pursuing their studies
  • Attend school regularly and punctually
  • Always use proper grammar and complete sentences when answering questions – in all subject areas.
  • Keep their notebooks and lockers neat and organized
  • Use a pencil for mathematics work
  • Use a blue or black pen for regular schoolwork
  • Complete assignments promptly and ON TIME
  • Expected to complete school work on a regular basis and attend FLEX as required

 Students can expect to be graded on:

  • The Course Outcome as found in the Program of Studies for each course

 Failing A Grade Level

Students in junior high are expected to demonstrate that they have achieved the skills, attitudes and knowledge necessary to move from one grade to the next.  This is typically demonstrated in the attainment of good marks.  Student will be considered for grade retention if:

  • They have failed at least two core subjects
  • They have missed a significant amount of school time (more than 25%)

However, the promotion of students takes into account other factors such as maturity level of the student, chronological age, physical size, and previous retentions.

Good Standing 

Students are expected to demonstrate the attributes and characteristics contained in the School’s 3-Rs – Respect, Responsibility, and Results.  Students, who consistently do this remain in good standing with the school and are able to:

  • Represent the school as an athlete, actor, or musician
  • Join extracurricular clubs
  • Attend school dances
  • Have all the privileges available to students at BMC

To lose good standing, a student may:

  • Be failing two or more subjects
  • Have a record of habitual absenteeism
  • Have a record of habitual “lateness”
  • Have been suspended from school
  • Demonstrate significant behavior issues

Academic Help

High School Redesign

Teachers, principals, and superintendents have been encouraged and supported in working with students, parents, and community members to rethink and redesign high schools across Alberta to become increasingly student centered.  This work is critical as we prepare students to be active, engaged and successful participants in an increasingly knowledge-based and globalized society.  High school redesign at Buck Mountain includes the following:

  • Flex Block – A flex block is time built into the timetable that offers students some choice in terms of where they want to invest their learning time. A 30 minutes flex block is offered to all students and utilized by teachers to reteach, advise students, provide homework help, as well as offer extensional opportunities.  At BMC we have merged this concept with the response to intervention model.  In this way, we can offer choice to students along with providing opportunities for extension introduction of restorative principles via counselling circles and providing interventions for students who may need additional help, either Tier 2, or Tier 3 level.

Tier 1  Effective classroom instruction and diagnostic testing

Tier 2  Small group instruction and additional instruction time

Tier 3  Intensive support and remediation pertaining to universal skills (reading, writing, behavior attendance, etc.)

  • Credit Recovery – This is a formal process that provides opportunities for students to gain credit for courses that they fail without having to redo the whole course and without having to drop down to the lower level. Basically, students would have to redo, or do for the first time, assignments and other work in a course they fail, perhaps re-write a final exam, or do other work to ensure they meet the outcomes for the course. 

    Credit Recovery Expectations
  • Minimal mark of 40+ with teacher discretion
  • Failed one unit or two small units
  • Teacher/admin/student/parent meeting required
  • All participants must be willing to do credit recovery (teacher, student, and administration)
  • 80% attendance
  • All expectations must be met in order to qualify
  • Opportunity to complete/or re-learn outcomes and show that students are now capable of meeting those outcomes.
  • This will be the responsibility of the student and that timelines and grade expectations are exceeding 50% on credit recovery

The flex block could be used by students for credit recovery.

  • Teacher Advisory Groups (TAG) – A teacher advisory group is a program where each teacher in the school tracks and encourages academic progress of a small group of students. The teacher supervises the day-to-day work of student as well as provides direction, advice, and support such that a student can be more successful in school.  In our school teachers track and encourage: credits and progress through high school, homework, studying for tests, and assignments.  Teachers take an interest in their TAG students by getting to know their personal characteristics, interests, and experiences.  Teachers facilitate the development of Personal Learning Plans and celebrate student accomplishments.
    • Teacher advisors will be expected to touch base with students bi-monthly. Time will be set aside for each teacher advisor to meet with his\her advisory group. This will occur every second Wednesday and will happen during Flex time.

 BMC Redo Policy

  1. This policy will be consistent in any grade and any subject throughout the school.
  2. This policy aims to help students meet the Learner Outcomes
  3. The REDO Policy only applies to students that have handed in the assignment on time.
  4. REDO’s will be allowed on Chapter Tests, Quizzes, and Assignments.
  5. REDO’s will NOT be allowed on Unit Tests, Term Papers, Mid-term Examinations, or Final Examination.
  6. Students have to inform the teacher that the wish to redo an assignment within 2 days after receiving the mark from the teacher.
  7. The mark that is received on the REDO will be the mark that is recorded in the teacher mark book
  8. Students and parents will have to sign off the on redo request sheet that outlines a student improvement plan.
  9. Multiple REDO’s of the same assignment are not permitted.

Credits

Grade 10

  • Grade 10 students enrolled at Buck Mountain Central School shall have a full-time class load of in-school courses. (Minimum of 40 in-school credits)
  • Grade 10 students may take Work Experience outside of classroom hours.
  • Grade 10 students may take courses via Distance Education.
  • All grade 10 students will take CALM and PE 10, both for a minimum of three (3) credits.
  • All grade 10 students shall take two optional courses – chosen from the CTS or Fine Arts courses offered.
  • Grade 10 students shall take a sufficient number of courses to ensure that graduation requirements are met (no spares).

Grade 11 Students

  • Grade 11 students enrolled at Buck Mountain Central School shall have a full-time class load of in-school courses. (Minimum of 40 in-school credits)
  • Grade 11 students may take Work Experience.
  • Grade 11 students may take courses via Distance Education.
  • All grade 11 students shall take two optional courses – chosen from the CTS, Physical Education, or Fine Arts courses offered.
  • Grade 11 students shall take a sufficient number of courses to ensure that graduation requirements are met (no spares).

Grade 12 Students

  • Grade 12 students enrolled at Buck Mountain School must take more than 50% of a full-time class load to maintain regular student status.  For those students who are classified as part-time, the guidelines for part-time students shall apply.
  • Grade 12 students may take Work Experience.
  • Grade 12 students may take courses via Distance Education.
  • Grade 12 students shall be expected to carry a minimum class load necessary to provide for the student being able to meet graduation requirements
  • Grade 12 students may have one spare per semester to retain their full-time status. If a student wishes to have more than one spare, the student and/or parent must meet with the school administration to discuss the implications of a part-time student (see information on part-time students).

Part-Time Students – A student who takes less than 50% of a full time class load is considered a part-time student.  Part-time students, so long as they meet age requirements, are eligible to participate on school teams, attend school dances, etc.  A part-time student is expected to leave the school campus when their classes are done.  Thus, part time students must either be able to drive or have their parents transport them.

Blended Program – Students who opt to take a combination of courses in school, through the outreach program and/or through home education are considered to be on a blended program.  Students on a blended program, so long as they meet age requirements, are eligible to participate on school teams, attend school dance, etc.

High School Diploma Information – Students must achieve a minimum of 100 credits to receive a high school diploma.  Check with a school counselor or administrator for detailed information.

The Alberta High School Diploma is awarded to students meeting the requirements outlined below:

  • Earn a minimum of 100 credits
  • Complete and meet the standards of the following courses: English 30-1 or 30-2 or 30; Social Studies 30-1 or 30-2; Mathematics 20-1, 20-2, or 20-3; Science 20 or 24 or Biology 20 or Chemistry 20 or Physics 20
  • Complete and meet the standards of the following: Physical Education 10 (3 or 5 credits); Career and Life  Management (CALM) (3 credits); 10 credits from Career and Technology Studies (CTS) or Fine Arts or Second Languages; 10 credits in any 30-level course (including locally developed) in addition to English 30-1 or 30-2 and Social Studies 30-1 or 30-2

Awards and Scholarships

Junior High Awards – For each grade level (7, 8, and 9):

  • Highest Academic Award – Highest average in the four core subjects
  • Honours – Students with an average of 80% or more on the four core subjects
  • Drama – Student who excels, works hard, and positively contributes to the class
  • Industrial Arts Student who excels, works hard, and positively contributes to the class
  • Home Economics – Student who excels, works hard, and positively contributes to the class
  • Outdoor Education – Student who excels, works hard, and positively contributes to the class
  • Band Award – Student who excels, works hard, and positively contributes to the class
  • Girls/Boys Physical Education – A girl/boy that display the following: a high grade, good participation, sportsmanship, leadership, and a positive attitude (selected by the Physical Education teachers and coaches)
  • Merit Award – Student in each grade that best displays the characteristics of effort and perseverance (selected by staff)
  • Citizenship Award – Student in each grade that best displays the qualities of a good citizen – is kind, generous, and thoughtful of others, contributes to the school, and is respectful (selected by staff)
  • Attendance – students with zero up to three absences
  • Hayduk Trucking Incentive Award (donated by Norm and Josie Dodman) – presented to a student in junior high, who works hard, does well, and contributes in a positive way to the school but is often not recognized for their efforts (selected by staff)
  • Layne Steeves Outdoor Education Memorial Award – This award will be presented to a grade 8 or 9 outdoor education student who has a positive attitude and exhibits a passion for the outdoors (selected by Outdoor Ed. teacher)

Grade 10/11 Awards

  • Highest Academic Award using the Honours criteria
  • Honours – Students with an average of 80% or more: English, Social Studies, Math, and one Science
  • Student with the highest mark in each of the following subjects:
    • English 10-1; English 10-2; English 20-1; English 20-2
    • Social Studies 10-1; Social Studies 10-2; Social Studies 20-1; Social Studies 20-2
    • Math 10 C; Math 10-3; Math 20-1; Math 20-2; Math 20-3
    • Biology 20; Chemistry 20; Physics 20
    • Drama
    • Construction
    • Outdoor Education
    • Food Studies
    • Band 10; Band 20
  • Girls/Boys Physical Education 10 and 20 – A girl and boy that displays the following: a high grade, good participation, sportsmanship, leadership, and a positive attitude (selected by the Physical Education teachers and coaches)
  • Merit Award – Student in each grade that best displays the characteristics of effort and perseverance (selected by staff)
  • Citizenship Award – Student in each grade that best displays the qualities of a good citizen – is kind, generous, and thoughtful of others, contributes to the school, and is respectful (selected by staff)
  • Layne Steeves Outdoor Education Memorial Award – This award will be presented to a grade 8 or 9 outdoor education student who has a positive attitude and exhibits a passion for the outdoors (selected by Outdoor Ed. teacher)

Grade 12 Awards

  • Highest Academic Award using the Honours criteria
  • Second highest academic award.
  • Honours – Students with an average of 80% or more: English, Social Studies, Math, and one Science
  • Student with the highest final mark in each of the following subjects:
    • English 30-1; English 30-2; English 30-4
    • Social Studies 30-1; Social Studies 30-2
    • Math 30-1, Math 30-2, Math 30-3
    • Biology 30; Chemistry 30; Physics 30
    • Foods 30
    • Communications 30
    • Outdoor Education 30 (Wildlife)
    • Band 30
    • Drama 30
  • Girls/Boys Physical Education 30 – A girl and boy that displays the following: a high grade, good participation, sportsmanship, leadership, and a positive attitude (selected by the Physical Education teachers and coaches)
  • Merit Award – Student in grade 12 that best displays the characteristics of effort and perseverance (selected by staff)
  • Citizenship Award – Student in grade 12 that best displays the qualities of a good citizen – is kind, generous, and thoughtful of others, contributes to the school, and is respectful (selected by staff)
  • Hayduk Trucking Incentive Award (donated by Norm and Josie Dodman) – presented to a student in grade 12, who works hard, does well, and contributes in a positive way to the school but is often not recognized for their efforts (selected by staff)
  • Bob Sherwood Memorial Award – presented in memory of Bob Sherwood, a former graduate of Winfield High School in recognition of academic achievement, keen sportsmanship, and good citizenship (selected by staff)
  • Governor General Medal – an award provided by the Governor General of Canada and is presented to the student who graduates with the highest standing in his/her graduating class. The highest standing is calculated based on the final results of all the grade 11 and 12 courses as listed on the student’s official transcript from Alberta Learning.
  • Premier’s Citizenship Award – presented to a graduate on behalf of the Premier of Alberta.
  • Valedictorian – the graduate with the highest average using the criteria for Honors in Grade 12
  • Seely Leadership Award – Student in grade 12 who displays leadership qualities, is registered to attend post-secondary education in the fall, and is involved in school and/or community
  • Winfield and District Agricultural Society: Citizenship and Achievement Award
  • Winfield Lions Scholarship
  • Science Award – highest average in at least two grade 12 sciences (Physics, Biology or Chemistry)
  • Layne Steeves Outdoor Education Memorial Award – This award will be presented to a grade 8 or 9 outdoor education student who has a positive attitude and exhibits a passion for the outdoors (selected by Outdoor Ed. teacher)

Other Scholarships/Awards for Grade 12 Graduates:

CASS Scholarship – This is a $100.00 award presented on behalf of Wetaskiwin Regional Public Schools. 

The School using the following criteria selects students:  Leadership qualities, citizenship, social acuity, positive relationships, and role-modeling.

Xerox Scholarship – This is a $500.00 award that must be applied for.  Two scholarships will be presented to WRPS students.  The following criteria apply:  good citizenship and community involvement with extra consideration for those involved in athletics.

Other Scholarships may be available.  Please check with Career Counselor or check www.studentawards.com.

Rutherford Scholarship Criteria

Grade 10  An average of 75% or higher OR 80% or higher in five subjects: 

  • English 10-1 or English 10-2;
  • Plus two of the following:
  • Math 10C
  • Science 10
  • Social Studies 10-1 or 10-2
  • Second Language (10 Level)
  • Any two other courses at Grade 10 including those listed above and Introductory C.T.S*. Courses.

Grade 11 An average of 75% or higher OR 80% or higher in five subjects:

  • English 20-1 or English 20-2
  • Two of the following:
  • Math 20-1 or Math 20-2
  • Science 20
  • Biology 20
  • Chemistry 20
  • Physics 20
  • Social Studies 20-1 or 20-2
  • Second Language (20 Level)
  • Any two other courses at Grade 11 including those listed above and Intermediate C.T.S* courses.

*C.T.S. Courses – Three one-credit modules can be combined and used as one subject at the grade 10 and/or grade 11 levels.  All modules must be from the same level

Grade 12:An average of 75% or higher OR 80% or higher in five subjects:

  • English 30-1 or English 30-2
  • Two of the following:
    • Math 30-1 or Math 30-2
    • Mathematics 31
    • Science 30
    • Biology 30
    • Chemistry 30
    • Physics 30
    • Social Studies 30-1 or 30-2
    • Second Language (30 Level)
  • Any two five credit courses at 30 Level (including CTS courses)

Redo Request Sheet

Redo Request Sheet

  • Rewrites allowed will be allowed on Chapter Tests, Quizzes, as well as Assignments.  
  • REDO’s will NOT be allowed on: Unit Tests, Term Papers, Mid-term Examinations or Final Examination
  • The Original Assignment must be handed in on time for a student to be eligible for a REDO.
  • Redo only can be written once. The redo is the mark you will receive.
  • In order to do a redo, you must decide within two days of receiving the mark.
  • The student must meet the criteria outlined in the action plan.

 

             Student: ______________________ Date: _______________________

 

             Subject: ______________________

 

  1. Redo (what are you requesting a redo on):________________________________

 

  1. Why are you requesting redo?_________________________________________

           _________________________________________________________________

 

  1. Action Plan. What are you going to do to improve your learning? (study plan,

     questions, help after school or lunch, make corrections) _____________________

          __________________________________________________________________

          __________________________________________________________________

          __________________________________________________________________

          __________________________________________________________________

 

  1. Parent signature: _____________________________

 

  1. Student signature: ____________________________
  1. Discuss with teacher whether or not redo is approved according to if the action plan is adequate and set a date for the redo.

 

  1. Provide evidence of your action plan (that it was carried out). This must be shown before the rewrite will occur.

 

  1. Teacher Signature: _________________________________