message from district

August 28, 2014

Dear Parents and Guardians:

As you are aware, the BC Teachers’ Federation (BCTF) and the BC Public School Employers’ Association (BCPSEA) reached an impasse with regard to negotiating a new contract during our last school year, and the BCTF escalated to a full-scale strike on June 17, 2014. Unfortunately, the two parties have not made significant progress over the summer months and so the possibility of school start-up following Labour Day is uncertain.

We remain hopeful that the two parties will reach a negotiated settlement before the school year is due to begin. As a result, a decision on school start-up will likely not be made until as late as Monday, September 1 to provide the maximum amount of time to reach a negotiated settlement. We encourage you to consult our website ( and follow the local media for any changes over the long weekend. There are two main possibilities:

1. If there is a settlement, we expect that all schools in the Coast Mountains School District will open on September 2. While schools may open on time, we anticipate some disruption in regular instruction, as course scheduling for students and timetables, particularly at the secondary level, may need to be resolved. However, we will do our utmost to provide as much stability as possible and return to normal operations quickly.

2. If there is no settlement, some or all schools in the Coast Mountains School District may be behind picket lines. In this scenario, a withdrawal of service will again impact the school district’s ability to provide educational service for students. While schools will remain open, we will not be able to offer our regular instruction as we anticipate that unionized staff will not cross the picket lines. As a result, we will again request that parents and guardians not send their children to school and seek alternate childcare arrangements. The safety of our students is our highest priority. Should any students arrive at school while picket lines are in place, our school administrators will ensure that they are supervised until they can be safely returned to the care of a parent or guardian.

Again, we are hopeful that this dispute can be resolved before Tuesday, September 2. This is a frustrating and disappointing time for everyone involved. We have an outstanding public school system in British Columbia, and we will work diligently to ensure students get through the year successfully once the school year gets underway.

Parents and guardians are encouraged to consult our website at and follow local media for any changes that may be announced over the coming days.


Katherine McIntosh

Superintendent of Schools


August 2014 Provincial Exam Information


If you are a student who is required to take a Provincial Exam this summer, please read the information below. Additional information can be found on the Ministry of Education web site. Please note that the Ministry has reduced the number of exams available during the August sitting. Since all exams are electronic, you can locate the sample exams through the link previously stated. If you have never attempted an electronic exam, it is suggested that you take the time to practice with the ‘past exams’.

Electronic Exams: All Grades 10-12 required Provincial Exams will be administered electronically.

Exam Centre Location: Skeena Middle School, 3411 Munroe Street, Terrace, B.C.

August Exam Schedule: August 11, 12 & 13, 2014 –

Please visit for specific exam dates.

Please email Mr. Rob Wahl, Vice Principal at North Coast Distance Education School (, to inform him you wish to write an exam. Include the following information in the email:


Home phone number

PEN (Personal Education Number provided by the Ministry of Education)

School currently attending (school of record)

Exam intending to write (course name)

Students must show up one half-hour (30 minutes) ahead of the scheduled exam time with:

Photo ID

Your PEN (Personal Education Number provided by the Ministry of Education)

For further information, please contact Mr. Wahl at 250-638-4478 or toll free at 1-855-635-4931, Local 4478.




Update for Parents: Report Cards

June 25, 2014

Dear Parents, Guardians and Caregivers:

I am writing to you today to provide you with an update on the status of report cards for Coast Mountains School District students.

Labour Relations Board (LRB) rulings received on June 12 and 20, 2014, respectively, provide the following essential services requirements for implementation by school districts province wide:

Invigilation of Grade 10-12 Provincial Examinations.

Compilation and submission of final grades for Grade 12 students in a form ready for entry into BCESIS no later than June 20, 2014.

The delivery of final marks for Grade 10 and 11 students.

The Ministry of Education’s expectations based on the essential services designation received from the Labour Relations Board on June 12, 2014 is provided for your information:

Report cards will be generated for Grade 12 students and classroom marks will be submitted to the Ministry data system for the preparation of transcripts.

The compilation and submission of final grades for Grade 12 students is required to facilitate entry into the school data system by June 20, 2014.

With respect to other grades, the expectation of the Ministry is that parents will have access to the information they need concerning their child’s progress at school.

Students in Coast Mountains School District will receive Grade 10, 11 and 12 report cards as these marks have been ordered by the LRB. Kindergarten to Grade 9 marks and report cards have not been deemed essential by the LRB, and therefore, will not be distributed due to the labour dispute. School principals will contact parents directly if there are any concerns about your child’s placement for September 2014. All students in Kindergarten to Grade 9 will be promoted to the next grade level unless parents have been involved in discussions with the school principal.

Please continue to follow the media for news on the latest labour dispute developments and our district website will also have all current information as it becomes available.

Thank you for your understanding during this difficult time. It is our continued hope for a resolution between the British Columbia Teachers’ Federation and the British Columbia Public School Employers’ Association.

Sincerely yours,

Katherine McIntosh

Superintendent of Schools


HSS June Provincial Exam Schedule

Provincial Exams will be held even in the event of a BCTF strike. The schedule is as follows:

Wednesday, June 18:  Science 10, 9 a.m. to 12 Noon

Thursday, June 19: First Nations Studies 12,9 a.m. to 12 Noon

Thursday, June 19, A & W Math 10 and Math 10, 12 Noon to 3 p.m.

Friday, June 20, English 12,8:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.

Monday, June 23, Francais Langue 12,9 a.m. to 12 Noon

Tuesday, June 24, English 10, 9 a.m. to 12 Noon

All exams are mandatory. All exams will be electronic and will be held in the computer labs. Busses will be running on those days.


June 13, 2014

Dear Parents, Guardians and Caregivers,

We have been advised by the British Columbia Teachers’ Federation (BCTF) of a one-day rotating strike on Monday, June 16, 2014 followed by a full withdrawal strike starting Tuesday, June 17, 2014.

As a result, teachers will not be reporting for duty to Coast Mountains School District on Monday, June 16, 2014. School buses will not be running on June 16 and we are requesting that parents do not send their children to school on this day. While school facilities will remain open under the supervision of school district staff, we will be unable to provide students with instruction during this period of job action. In addition, we are not able to guarantee the safety of students.

This could possibly mean that Friday, June 13, 2014 will be the last day of school for this school year. With this in mind, I would ask you to ensure that your children take home as much as possible. After this date, parents may pick up their child’s belongings in person until July 4, 2014 noting that schools are closed on Canada Day, July 1.

It is important for you to know, however, that Provincial Exams will continue as scheduled for Grades 10 to 12 students as the Labour Relations Board has deemed this an essential service. Please ensure that your children follow the Provincial Exam Schedule and that they report to school to write their necessary exams, in accordance with the exam schedule.

I am asking parents to have their Grade 10, Grade 11 and Grade 12 students report to school only as necessary to write their exams. Please contact your school directly or check the school website for the Provincial Exam Schedule. There will be special entrances designated with signage posted at each school for students to attend their exams without having to cross the picket line as detailed below. Entrance times for exams are 8:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Caledonia Secondary School

- gym entrance, use student parking lot driveway entrance off Straume Avenue

Hazelton Secondary School

- main entrance to computer lab, use daycare driveway entrance

Kitimat City High School

- main entrance off Cormorant Street

Mount Elizabeth Middle/Secondary School

- first entrance on the right by the Kitimat Child Development Centre parking lot:

use KCDC driveway (Theatre Parking Lot)

North Coast Distance Education School

- Maintenance entrance immediately north/adjacent to the Yellow School House

Parkside Secondary School

- gym entrance

… continued

Letter to Parents, Guardians and Caregivers June 13, 2014

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Busses will only run for students writing Provincial Exams on scheduled exam dates. Please refer to your school website to confirm routes and times.

Grade 12 Graduation Ceremonies at Caledonia Secondary, Hazelton Secondary and Mount Elizabeth Middle/Secondary Schools will go ahead as planned and previously communicated to students and families. All other school-sponsored year-end activities are cancelled for the duration of the strike. If you have specific questions or concerns regarding your children or your school, please contact your school principal or check your school website.

We anticipate further clarification from the Labour Relations Board regarding report cards. A further update will be forthcoming at that time.

We are hopeful for a resolution to the labour dispute and we will keep parents, guardians and caregivers informed. Should the British Columbia Public School Employers’ Association (BCPSEA) and the BCTF come to an agreement, schools could re-open before the end of June.

As further information becomes available, the school district will provide updates. For our most recent and regular updates for this job action, please refer to the local radio station in your community and the school district website at

Sincerely yours,

Katherine McIntosh

Superintendent of Schools


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Welcome Back!

Welcome back to school from two weeks off for Spring Break. Hope you had fun! had many adventures! Maybe even met new people, but now i’s time to get back to work and get your head back in the game!

Valentines Day

It’s that time of year again!

Valentines day Silent heart will be taking place on Friday.
The silent heart is a game we play on Valentines day, where the girls are NOT allowed  to speak to the boys. All the girls will have a paper heart, and if they speak to a boy (whether it be teacher or student) outside of class, they must give their heart over.