Grad Info 2020 – 2021

 Grad Newsletter – June 4

Dear Parents/Guardians and Husky Grads,

We are now just one week away from seeing our 2021 Husky Grads cross the stage. This newsletter includes updates regarding the In-Person Valedictory Event being held at North Delta Secondary on June 11 and 12 and information about the Valedictory Video to be released at the end of the school year.

Valedictory Video

It has come to our attention that there is some confusion amongst some grads regarding where the Valedictory Video will be published. The video will be published on Vimeo (NOT You Tube) and a password-protected link will be sent to grads and their families in order to access it. Any grads participating in the in-person valedictory event on June 11 or 12 who were not previously filmed by Mr. Lum wearing their cap and gown are being offered one final opportunity to do so this week. Please contact Mr. Lum (alum@deltaschools.ca) to arrange a time.  Under normal pre-COVID circumstances, Valedictory would be live-streamed so that friends and family who were unable to attend would still have the chance to see their graduating student cross the stage. While we understand that the Valedictory Video will not replace the opportunity for people to see their graduating student cross the stage in person, we hope that the Valedictory Video offers the opportunity for close family and friends to be a part of this important milestone celebration.

In-Person Valedictory Event

Each graduating student wishing to cross the stage on June 11 or 12 should now have selected a specific appointment time to attend the event. If your student has forgotten their appointment time, please contact the office. The event will take place in 20-minute time slots that include a maximum of eight graduating students and their accompanying guests. Highlights of students crossing the stage and other parts of the event will be included in the Valedictory Video.

It is important that all students and guests adhere to the safety precautions and event instructions below in order that this event is able to take place safely within Health Guidelines.

Event Safety Precautions

Due to health and safety restrictions, it is important that graduating students and household members adhere to the following restrictions:

  • Each graduating student is permitted to have UP TO 2 HOUSEHOLD ADULTS join them at the school for this event.
  • The graduating student should arrive at the school already dressed in their cap and gown.
  • The graduating student and household members should arrive at the school 10 minutes prior to their scheduled appointment. Please remain in your vehicle until 10 minutes prior to your selected time.
  • Only one vehicle with the graduating student and up to two household members will be allowed to enter the parking lot.
  • Only two household members will be permitted to leave the car and participate in the event. Additional spectators will not be permitted. This will be strictly enforced.
  • Physical distancing and the wearing of masks will be required at all times, with the exception of organized photographs.
  • Graduating students and household members are expected to leave the school grounds immediately following their scheduled time. We ask that families and friends who wish to take photos outside, please refrain from doing so on school grounds
  • Graduating students who arrive late for their scheduled time may be asked to sign up for another time or may be required to wait until they can be safely accommodated in another time slot.
  • As this is a school-sanctioned event, all school rules and the District Code of Conduct will be in effect in order to ensure everyone’s safety. Any indication that an individual is violating school rules or the District Code of Conduct will be treated seriously and entry into the event will be denied.

What To Expect During the Event

Graduating students and up to two accompanying adults will enter the front foyer through the main doors to the school. In the front foyer, students will receive their graduation folder. This will include a certificate, grad composite photo and each student’s Valedictory comment that they were asked to submit earlier in the year. Graduating students will also sign a Grad 2021 banner while in the foyer.

Students and guests will enter the gym and be asked to line up at marked locations along the west wall of the gym in front of the bleachers. As students approach the stage individually, they will hand their comment to the staff member so that it can be read as they cross the stage. Accompanying guests will be asked to move to the designated viewing area. There, they will be able to see and take pictures of their grad. Each graduate’s brief comment will be read as they cross the stage and each grad will also have a professional photo taken on stage by an Artona photographer.

Each grad will exit the stage along the red carpet. Accompanying guests may re-join their graduate part way along the walk down the red carpet. Each grad and their guests will then have the opportunity to have a ‘family’ photograph taken.

Throughout the event, Mr. Lum will be recording portions of the Valedictory event so that it can be included in the Valedictory Video.

Following the ‘family’ photo, each grad will receive a small keepsake as they exit the gymnasium through the east doors. Upon exiting the building, we ask that grads and their guests make their way to their vehicle and exit the school grounds.

Non-Sanctioned Events

We recognize that graduation is a significant milestone for our students and their families and acknowledge that this year is not how our grads envisioned their final year. While we want to make this year-end ceremony meaningful for students and families, we are relying on your cooperation so that we can remain consistent with the Provincial Health Officer’s Gathering and Events Order and the K-12 Health & Safety Guidelines.

Please be advised that any Grad activities that are not mentioned above have not been approved or endorsed by district staff and the Delta Board of Education, and are non-sanctioned events. Since these events are organized outside of the school purview, the school and school district can take no responsibility for such events and activities.

Community-organized and private events (not school-sponsored) must follow the requirements of the B.C. Restart Plan and the recently updated Order on Gatherings and Events. They must also have a COVID-19 Safety Plan. We encourage you to be aware of the nature and details of any events your children are participating in to minimize their risk of being exposed to COVID-19 and to protect the wider community by helping to keep the number of cases low.

We are excited to recognize the achievements of the Graduating Class of 2021 and we look forward to graduating students and their accompanying guests being a part of the upcoming celebration on June 11 and 12.

Sincerely,

Mr. A. Akune, Principal

Grad Newsletter – May 28

Dear Parents/Guardians and Husky Grads,

As a follow-up to the Grad Newsletter – May 20, the information below will provide greater detail regarding the In-Person Valedictory Event being held at North Delta Secondary on June 11 and 12.

Date & Time: Friday, June 11 – 4:00 – 8:20pm, Saturday, June 12 – 10:00am – 1:40pm

The event will take place in 20-minute time slots.  Up to eight students will be able to book a time during each 20-minute time slot.

Valedictory Event Sign Up

Earlier this week, a Valedictory Event Sign-Up Form was emailed to grads through their Delta Learns email accounts so they can sign up for a time slot on June 11 or 12. Students are able to sign up online for their preferred time on a first come first served basis.

Event Safety Precautions

Due to health and safety restrictions, it is important that graduating students and household members adhere to the following restrictions:

  • Each graduating student is permitted to have UP TO 2 HOUSEHOLD ADULTS join them at the school for this event.
  • The graduating student should arrive at the school already dressed in their cap and gown.
  • The graduating student and household members should arrive at the school 10 minutes prior to their scheduled time slot. Please remain in your vehicle until 10 minutes prior to your selected time.
  • Only one vehicle with the graduating student and up to two household members will be allowed to enter the parking lot.
  • Only two household members will be permitted to leave the car and participate in the event. Additional spectators will not be permitted. This will be strictly enforced.
  • Physical distancing and the wearing of masks will be required at all times, with the exception of organized photographs.
  • Graduating students and household members are expected to leave the school grounds immediately following their scheduled time.
  • graduating students who arrive late for their scheduled time may be asked to sign up for another time or may be required to wait until they can be safely accommodated in another time slot.
  • as this is a school-sanctioned event, all school rules and the District Code of Conduct will be in effect in order to ensure everyone’s safety. Any indication that an individual is violating school rules or the District Code of Conduct will be treated seriously and entry into the event will be denied.

What To Expect During the Event

Graduating students and up to two accompanying adults will enter the front foyer through the main doors to the school. In the front foyer, students will receive their graduation folder. This will include a certificate, grad composite photo and each student’s Valedictory comment that they were asked to submit earlier in the year. Graduating students will also sign a Grad 2021 banner while in the foyer.

Students and guests will enter the gym and be asked to line up at marked locations along the west wall of the gym in front of the bleachers. As students approach the stage individually, they will hand their comment to the staff member so that it can be read as they cross the stage. Accompanying guests will be asked to move to the roped off viewing area. There, they will be able to see and take pictures of their grad. Each graduate’s brief comment will be read as they cross the stage and each grad will also have a professional photo taken on stage by an Artona photographer.

Each grad will exit the stage along the red carpet. Accompanying guests may re-join their graduate part way along the walk down the red carpet. Each grad and their guests will then have the opportunity to have a ‘family’ photograph taken.

Throughout the event, Mr. Lum will be recording portions of the Valedictory event in order to create a highlight component for the Valedictory Video.

Following the ‘family’ photo, each grad will receive a small keepsake as they exit the gymnasium through the east doors. Upon exiting the building, we ask that grads and their guests make their way to their vehicle and exit the school grounds.

We recognize that graduation is a significant milestone for our students and their families and acknowledge that this year is not how our grads envisioned their final year. While we want to make this year-end ceremony meaningful for students and families, we are relying on your cooperation so that we can remain consistent with the Provincial Health Officer’s Gathering and Events Order and the K-12 Health & Safety Guidelines.

We are excited to recognize the achievements of the Graduating Class of 2021 and we look forward to graduating students and their accompanying guests being a part of the upcoming celebration on June 11 and 12.

Sincerely,

Mr. A. Akune, Principal

Grad Newsletter – May 20

Dear Parents/Guardians and Husky Grads,

As you know, our school has been planning to honour and celebrate our 2021 Husky graduates. Following the release of updated guidelines for Graduation events from the Provincial Government late last week, we have worked with our district team to adjust our logistics to allow for two adult household members to be present to watch their graduating student cross the stage during the in-person Valedictory event on June 11/12.

In-Person Valedictory Event

The in-person Valedictory event will take place at North Delta Secondary on the evening of Friday, June 11 and continue on Saturday, June 12. This will include the opportunity for up to two household members to enter the school and join in celebrating the achievement of their graduating student. Each graduating student will have their graduation photograph taken on stage by Artona Studios and have the opportunity to take a family photograph. Mr. Lum will be recording portions of the Valedictory event in order to create a highlight component for the Valedictory Video. The event should take no more than 20 minutes.

The event will take place in 20-minute time slots on Friday, June 11 from 4:00-8:20pm and Saturday, June 12 from 10:00am -1:40pm.  Up to eight students will be able to book a time during each 20-minute time slot.

Due to health and safety restrictions, it is important that graduating students and household members are aware of the following information and restrictions:

  • the graduating student should arrive at the school already dressed in their cap and gown
  • the graduating student and household members should arrive at the main doors to the school 10 minutes prior to their scheduled time slot. Families should park in the front parking lot off of 82nd Avenue. Each vehicle will be greeted by a staff member upon arrival.
  • only one vehicle with the graduating student and up to two household members will be allowed to enter the parking lot.
  • only two household members will be permitted to enter the school and participate in the event. Additional spectators will not be permitted. This will be strictly enforced.
  • physical distancing and the wearing of masks will be required at all times with the exception of organized photographs.
  • graduating students and household members are expected to leave the school grounds immediately following their scheduled time.
  • graduating students who arrive late for their scheduled time may be asked to sign up for another time or may be required to wait until they can be safely accommodated in another time slot.
  • as this is a school-sanctioned event, all school rules and the District Code of Conduct will be in effect in order to ensure everyone’s safety. Any indication that an individual is violating school rules or the District Code of Conduct will be treated seriously and entry into the event will be denied.

Valedictory Event Sign Up

Next week, a sign up form will be made available to Grade 12 students to sign up for a time slot on June 11 or 12 during which they can participate in the in-person valedictory event. As this is an unconventional event, we will not be alphabetizing the order in which students attend. Rather, they will be provided the opportunity to sign up online for their preferred time on a first come first served basis.

This year’s grads will have the following keepsake items: grad cap, tassel and gown, a gold stole, grad composite photo and an individual grad photo provided by Artona, a Valedictory program and a small keepsake.

Valedictorian Selection Process

In preparation for the virtual Valedictory, we are opening the application process to Grade 12 students who meet the criteria to nominate themselves to represent the graduating class as this year’s Valedictorian. Students who are interested, can view the criteria and apply online using the  2021 NDSS Valedictorian Application FormThe application process closes on May 25 at 3:00pm.

NDSS Scholarships

North Delta Secondary has launched the school’s Graduation Scholarships & District Authority Scholarships to all grade 12s. Many scholarships, bursaries and other awards are available for grade 12s to apply to. To receive these awards students must apply, meet the criteria and be selected by the NDSS Scholarship Committee.  All grade 12s have been sent instructions and information about our school-based scholarship program to their Delta Learns Accounts. Deadline for students to apply is Tuesday, May 25, 2021 before 3:00pm. Please encourage your child to apply soon as these scholarships and awards are exclusively for North Delta Secondary Grade 12 Students. For more information, please visit the school website.

North Delta Reporter Honouring ND Graduates

The North Delta Reporter will be honouring ND Grads in an upcoming issue. Please look out for the tribute in the paper.

We are excited to recognize the achievements of the graduating class of 2021 and we look forward to graduating students and their household members being a part of the upcoming celebration.

Sincerely,

Mr. A. Akune, Principal

Grad Newsletter – May 14

Dear Parents/Guardians and Husky Grads,

As we continue working on creating a meaningful celebration to honour the NDSS Graduating Class of 2021, we would like to provide you with some updated information. Earlier today, schools received new guidance from the provincial government to support graduation ceremony planning in alignment with the current Provincial Health Officer Gathering and Events Order and the Provincial COVID-19 Health & Safety Guidelines for K-12 Settings. While we know that many of you have been disappointed not to have been able to participate in typical graduation events this year, health and safety must remain our priority. We are reviewing these guidelines to help inform our plans to hold a safe Valedictory event. Tentatively, we are continuing to plan for this year’s Valedictory Ceremony to combine in-person and virtual components.

Valedictory Video

A Valedictory Video will be aired during the final week of June. The video will include students who were filmed earlier in the year wearing their caps and gowns. The video will also include some highlights from the in-person Valedictory event and other contributions from grads. The valedictory comments that students submitted earlier in the year will also be included in this video. If students have any questions about the Valedictory comments, they should contact Mrs. Cullen at ncullen@deltaschools.ca

In-Person Valedictory Event

The in-person component to Valedictory will take place at North Delta Secondary on the evening of Friday, June 11 and continue on Saturday, June 12. This will include the opportunity for up to two household members to join in celebrating the achievement of their graduating student. The graduating student will also have a chance to have their graduation photo taken by Artona Studios. Due to health and safety restrictions, it is important that graduating students and household members are aware of the following information and restrictions:

  • the graduating student should arrive at the school already dressed in their cap and gown
  • the graduating student and household members should arrive at the school 10 minutes prior to their scheduled time slot. Each vehicle will be greeted by a staff member upon arrival.
  • only one vehicle with the graduating student and up to two household members will be allowed to enter the parking lot.
  • only two household members will be permitted to leave the car and participate in the event. Additional spectators will not be permitted. This will be strictly enforced.
  • graduating students and household members are expected to leave the school grounds immediately following their scheduled time.

Valedictory Event Sign Up

During the final week of May, a sign up form will be made available to Grade 12 students to sign up for a time slot on June 11 or 12 during which they can participate in the in-person valedictory event. As this is an unconventional event, we will not be alphabetizing the order in which students attend. Rather, they will be provided the opportunity to sign up online for their preferred time on a first come first served basis.

This year’s grads will have the following keepsake items: grad cap, tassel and gown, a gold stole, grad composite photo and an individual grad photo provided by Artona, a Valedictory program and a small keepsake.

Valedictorian Selection Process

In preparation for the virtual Valedictory, we are opening the application process to Grade 12 students who meet the criteria to nominate themselves to represent the graduating class as this year’s Valedictorian. Students who are interested, can view the criteria and apply online using the 2021 NDSS Valedictorian Application FormThe application process closes on May 25 at 3:00pm.

NDSS Scholarships

North Delta Secondary has launched the school’s Graduation Scholarships & District Authority Scholarships to all grade 12s. Many scholarships, bursaries and other awards are available for grade 12s to apply to. To receive these awards students must apply, meet the criteria and be selected by the NDSS Scholarship Committee.  All grade 12s have been sent instructions and information about our school-based scholarship program to their Delta Learns Accounts. Deadline for students to apply is Tuesday, May 25, 2021 before 3:00pm. Please encourage your child to apply soon as these scholarships and awards are exclusively for North Delta Secondary Grade 12 Students. For more information, please visit the school website.

North Delta Reporter Honouring ND Graduates

The North Delta Reporter will be honouring ND Grads in an upcoming issue. Please look out for the tribute in the paper.

We are excited to recognize the achievements of the graduating class of 2021 and we look forward to graduating students and their household members being a part of the upcoming celebration.

Sincerely,

Mr. A. Akune, Principal

 

Grad News – April 19

Dear Husky Grads & Parents/Guardians,

As we enter into Quarter 4, we want to provide you with some information regarding our year-end graduation activities as well as some information pertaining to graduation requirements.

The recent increase in COVID-19 cases is a good reminder of how quickly things can change and continues to limit the types of events that are permitted to occur. Any school-related function will adhere to the most recent guidelines, restrictions and protocols outlined by the Provincial Health Order and Fraser Health.

Graduation Recognition

The first form of graduation recognition that I’d like to highlight for you is the Valedictory Video that will be released in late June. To date, approximately 150 graduates have now been filmed wearing their caps and gowns for inclusion in the video. For various reasons, some grads were unable to attend their previously scheduled appointments. Grads who wish to be filmed should speak with Mr. Lum in the Library immediately to coordinate a time.

On June 11 and 12, we will be recognizing the accomplishments of our grads in person during the ‘Crossing the Stage’ Valedictory Event. During this event, each grad will cross the stage wearing their cap and gown, and their valedictory comment will be read. This will be an in-person event that is tentatively planned to include parents/guardians. In order to ensure that the gathering of people remains limited in numbers, grads will be asked to book a time in which to attend. Artona Studios will also be present for this event and will take a formal photograph of each graduate on stage. Highlights from this event will also be captured on video and included in the Valedictory Video.  If you wish to view the 2019-20 Valedictory Video please check it out on North Delta Secondary’s You Tube Channel.

We understand that some families might want to celebrate the accomplishments of their grad in their own way. We ask that if you choose to do so that you follow all health guidelines. Please be aware that the details about all school-sanctioned graduation events will be communicated through letters issued in this space and on the school website. If you have any questions about school-planned events, we encourage you to contact the school.

Graduation Requirements

It is important that Grade 12 students are in a position to meet the Ministry of Education’s Graduation Requirements. Counsellors met with Grade 12 students to create a plan to ensure each student can achieve graduation.

Two graduation requirements that all students graduating at the end of the 2020-21 school year must complete are:

  • Numeracy 10 Assessment: Most Grade 12 students completed the Numeracy Assessment earlier in the year. It is important that each Grade 12 log into the MyEd Student Portal to ensure that this has been recorded. Any student who has not yet written their Numeracy Assessment or would like to improve on their previous attempt will need to contact Vice-Principal, Mr. Dalgetty as soon as possible so that they can be registered to complete the assessment in June.
  • Career Life Connections 12 & Capstone: Capstone projects were due on April 6. Any students who have questions or still need to submit their project should contact Ms. Magee (rmagee@deltalearns.ca) and/or speak with her in the Library.

We continue to make the focus of our support ensuring that grade 12 students achieve academic requirements for graduation. If you have any questions, please contact the appropriate counsellor.

  • Ms. Blouin tblouin@deltasd.bc.ca Grade 12 Last Names K-Q
  • Ms. Bousserska dbousserska@deltasd.bc.ca Grade 12 Last Names A-D
  • Ms. Kaila akaila@deltasd.bc.ca Grade 12 Last Names E-J
  • Ms. Cipriano fcipriano@deltasd.bc.ca Grade 12 Last Names R-Z

We are striving to honour and celebrate our Grads for the incredible accomplishments during their years of school. Thank you for your continued patience and understanding during these extraordinary times. If you have any question, please do not hesitate to contact us at the school.

Sincerely,

Mr. A. Akune, Principal          Mr. K. Dalgetty, Vice-Principal         Mr. B. Scarr, Vice-Princip

Grad Information & Spirit Week
  • Grad Caps & Gowns were ordered on December 18. We are hopeful that caps and gowns will arrive in early February.
  • Grad Photos are scheduled to be taken February 1-8, 2021. Grade 12 students may now begin booking times for their Grad Photos using the online booking system. Student should have their PUPIL # from the Student ID Card available when registering. Photos will be taken on site at the school. Artona will provide a trailer in the back parking lot where photos will be taken.
  • Grad Hoodies are now available to be purchased online through each student’s Fee.
  • Assessment on Student/Parent Connect for a cost of $56.
  • Grad Spirit Week (Jan 11-15)
  • Mon, Jan 11:Meme Monday
  • Tues, Jan 12: Tie-Die/Colorful
  • TuesdayWed, Jan 13: Jersey Day Wednesday
  • Thurs, Jan 14: Black-Out Thursday
  • Fri, Jan 15: PJ Friday)

 

Updated: February 11, 2021

At this time, provincial health restrictions limiting the number of people who can be present for an event/gathering make it unlikely that a traditional Grad Banquet or Valedictory Ceremony will be able to take place.

In an effort to recognize the achievement of 2021 grads, North Delta is tentatively planning the following:

‘Crossing the Stage’ Event – June 11 & 12

Each grad will have the chance to book a time to cross the stage on June 11 or 12. Grads will be expected to wear their cap and gown. Each student’s grad comment will be read as they cross the stage. Photographers will be on site to take a grad photo of each student while on stage. At this time, the school is planning for the possibility that a parent may be able to attend this event. More details will be shared closer to the date of the event.

Valedictory Video – Date TBA

A Valedictory Video will be released for viewing. The release date has not yet been determined but it will likely take place in late June 2021

In order to organize these forms of recognition, students must adhere to the following timeline:In order to organize these forms of recognition, students must adhere to the following timeline:

  • mid February: Students who ordered a cap and gown, and have paid their grad fee, will receive their cap and gown.
  • mid February – March 12: Grads are asked to bring in baby and childhood photos to Mr. Lum in the Library. Photos will be scanned and be incorporated into the Valedictory Video.
  • February 10-22: Grads will also be asked to submit a 30 word maximum comment to be included in the Valedictory Video and to be read out during the ‘Crossing the Stage’ Event. Due Date: Feb 22. Grads should submit their comment using the Grad Recognition Google Form.
  • late February – March 12: Grads will be asked to book a time to be filmed in the ‘green room’ of the Library wearing their cap and gown.
  • March 30 – April 9: Each grad will be filmed in the ‘green room’ of the Library. Filming will take place daily from 1:30 – 4:00pm. For health and safety reasons, it is important that students attend the time they pre-booked.