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​SENTINEL SECONDARY SCHOOL
1250 Chartwell Drive
West Vancouver, BC V7S 2R2
T: (604) 981 1130
F: (604) 981 1131 
School: sentinel@wvschools.ca
District: info@wvschools.ca

Student Handbook and Policies

 
 

SCHOOL MISSION STATEMENT

 
The mission of Sentinel Secondary School is to enable students to become lifelong learners by providing quality learning opportunities in supportive environments and by encouraging personal growth through active involvement.
 
La mission de l'école Secondaire Sentinel est de développer chez l'éleve le goût de s'instruire tout au long de sa vie en lui offrant un enseignement de qualité dans un climat favorable et l'aide à s'épanouir en l'encourageant  s'impliquer dans sa propre éducation.
 
 
SCHOOL VALUE STATEMENT
 
At Sentinel Secondary School we:
·                     Demonstrate a love of learning by modeling and encouraging personal excellence
·                     Value Integrity
·                     Treat everyone with Dignity, Honesty, and Compassion
·                     Behave in a Collaborative and Consistent manner
·                     Are Proud to be a Safe, Caring, and Inclusive Community
  

SCHOOL MOTTO

 
Summis Cum Animis
 (with the greatest possible spirit)

 

 


SPECIAL PROGRAMMES
 
ADVANCED PLACEMENT
The AP Programme is a cooperative educational endeavour between secondary schools and colleges and universities administered by the College Board.  It allows high school students to undertake college-level academic learning in AP courses and gives them the opportunity to show that they have mastered the advanced material by taking AP exams.  Students can receive credit, advanced placement or both from thousands of colleges and universities that participate in the Advanced Placement Programme. 
 
 

FRENCH IMMERSION

Sentinel offers bilingual instruction to students enrolled in immersion programmes.  Students are offered a full range of required academic courses in French.  Immersion is for students who have received their primary and/or intermediate level instruction in French.  As students progress through the programme, the amount of prescribed instructional time in French is reduced (Grade 8 & 9 – 50%, Grade 10 – 38%, Grades 11 & 12 – 25%).
 
 
SUPER ACHIEVERS' PROGRAMME
The Super Achievers' Programme accommodates students competing at a provincial or national level who are attempting to get an education while pursuing artistic or athletic endeavours in private training programmes.  Conflicting academic and training expectations often prohibited these students from successfully combining the two. The Super Achievers' Programme was designed to overcome this problem.  Entry to this programme is only by formal application to a committee. Please visit the school website for application forms if you are interested.
 

WVSD’S SPORTS ACADEMY PROGRAMS
The Academies feature a complete school curriculum promoting academics and athletics in a unique schedule.  These programmes offer young athletes the opportunity to complete both their academic requirements and their specific sport skill development training. For more information, please contact Diane Nelson at dnelson@sd45.bc.ca
 
 
 
ATHLETICS
 
SCHOOL COLOURS:
Silver Grey and Navy Blue
SCHOOL NICKNAME:
Spartans
ATHLETIC DIRECTORS:
Mr. J. Isernia & Mr. D. Moroz
 
 
SPORTS OFFERED:
 
Fall
Winter
Spring
Volleyball
Basketball
Track and Field
Cross-Country
Wrestling
Tennis
Swimming
Skiing/Snowboarding
Golf
Field Hockey
Curling
Junior Boys Rugby
Gr. 8 Boys & Girls Rugby
 
Senior Boys Rugby
Junior Boys Soccer
 
Junior Girls Soccer
Senior Boys Soccer
 
Senior Girls Soccer
Juvenile Football
 
Mountain Biking
Varsity Football
 
Badminton
Rowing
 
Ultimate
 
 
Ice Hockey
 
 
Bantam Football
 
We encourage every student to be involved in our athletic programme.
 
Fall sports start the very first week of school. Information about the athletic programme is posted regularly in the main foyer by the cafeteria. Any questions may be directed to the Athletic Director.
 
 
CLUBS
Many teachers sponsor a variety of clubs at Sentinel. Club offerings in the past have included: Diversity Club, Amnesty International, Interact Club, Multicultural Club, Me to We, Environmental Club, Cinderella Project, School Newspaper and others. Students should inquire with their teachers or the administration about clubs and meeting times. Students wishing to start a club should contact the administration.  Remember, you have the ability to make it happen if you volunteer your time and energy. 
 
 
 
GENERAL INFORMATION
 
That which follows is issued for the use of students and their parents.  For further information on any of these matters, please come to the school office or phone 604-981-1130.
  
PERSONNEL
In addition to their classroom teachers, students will want to become acquainted with the following:
 
Mr. M. Finch......................................................................................... Principal
Mrs. K. Grant.............................................................................. Vice-Principal
Ms. R. Rowley............................................................................ Vice-Principal
Ms. D. Nelson............................................................... Director of Instruction
Mrs. J. Gardner........................................................ Administrative Assistant
Ms. L. Ulinder.............................. Grades 8 – 12 (student last names A-G)
Mr. S. Bruce ................................ Grades 8 – 12 (student last names H-O)
Ms. A. Spencer............................. Grades 8 – 12 (student last names P-Z)
Ms. W. Lum..................................... Grades 8 – 12 (International Students)
Ms. S. McArthur.................................................................. Connect Program
*Super Achievers are attached to the appropriate grade counsellor
 
SENTINEL SECONDARY TEACHING STAFF – 2015-2016
Addis, Mr. D. ........................................................................................ Science
Al-Assadi, Mr. J.............................................................................. Languages
Alm, Ms. K. ........................................................................................... Science
Armstrong, Ms. D ....................................................................... Mathematics
Beetlestone, Mr. P ............................................................................... English
Bond, Ms. J.......................................................................................... Librarian
Bruce, Mr. S................................................................................... Counselling
Cadman, Ms. K. .................................................................  English/Fine Arts
Caine, Ms. N. ............................................................... Textiles/Food Studies
Casper, Ms. L. .................................................................................... Fine Arts
Chase, Mr. K. .......................................................................................  English
Cheung, Mr. A. ...........................................................................  Mathematics
Curtin, Ms. S. ....................................................................................... Science
Duval, Mrs. A. .............................................................................. Mathematics
Eng, Ms. H............................................................. English/Communications
Evans, Ms. C. .......................................................................... Art/Psychology
Fenn, Mr. M................................................... Academy/Business Education
Fromowitz, Mr. D...................................................................... Social Studies
Fuller, Mr. A............................................................................................ English
Gibson, Mr. D .............................................................................. Mathematics
Gibson, Mr. J.................................................................. Work Experience/PE
Gray, Ms. M. ........................................................ Social Studies/Geography
Gray, Ms. S. ............................................................................. IT/Business Ed
Griffiths, Mr. D. ......................................................................... Social Studies
Grikis, Mr. L. ......................................................................................... Science
Hart, Mrs. L.......................................................................... Home Economics
Hansen, Ms. T.................................................................... French Immersion
Heck, Mr. K ........................................................................................ Academy
Higgs, Ms. A. ............................................................... English/Social Justice
Horne, Mrs. E. ............................................................................................. LSP
Hsia, Mr. C. .........................................................................................  Science
Isernia, Mr. J. .......................................................... Photography/Media Arts
Jamieson, Ms. L. .......................................................................  Mathematics
Jenks, Ms A. .................................................................................................. PE
Jepsen, Ms B. ............................................................................................... PE
Johnson, Mr. B. ........................................................................... Mathematics
Johnston, Mr. G......................................................................... Social Studies
Johnston, Ms. T..................................................................................... English
Kautzky, Ms. J.............................................................................................. P.E.
Kikawa, Ms. H.................................................................. Modern Languages
Kildaw, Ms. K .............................................................................................. LSP
Lebedoff, Ms. S.................................................................................... Science
Liu, Mr. J............................................................................................. Mandarin  
Lleres, Mrs. N. ................................................................... French Immersion
Lum, Ms. W ................................................................................... Counselling
McArthur, Ms. S ............................................................................ Counselling
McGuiness-Gill, Ms. M............................................... Drama/Social Studies
McNiven, Mr. B ................................................................................. Academy
Mirmiran, Mr. S.................................................................. French Immersion
Moroz, Mr. D. ....................................................................................... Science
Naami, Mr. A. .................................................................... French Immersion
Obeck, Mr. C. ........................................................................................ English
Ogawa, Ms A. ...................................................................................... Science
Payne, Ms J. ...................................................................... French Immersion
Pinto, Mrs. J. .......................................................................................... French
Plant, Mr. A. ................................................................................................. P.E.
Renner, Ms. A ................................................................................ Academies
Sacault, Mr. C.................................................................... French Immersion
Scholefield, Mr. D ................................................................................ English
Spencer, Ms. Alexia .................................................................... Counselling
Sunday, Mrs. B. ............................................................................................. Art
Symons, Mr. J................................................................................. Academies
Tak, Ms. H ............................................................................................. English
Takahashi, Ms. J. ............................................................ Science/Chemistry
Toth, Mr. M. .............................................................................................. Music
Ulinder, Ms. L................................................................................ Counselling
Underhill, Ms. B............................................................... Modern Languages
Visser, Mr. D. ..................................................................................... Tech. Ed.
Watson, Ms. K. ........................................................................... Science/Math
Wilcott, Ms V. ..................................................................... French Immersion
Wilson, Mr. H. ....................................................................................... English
Wong, Mr. L. .................................................................... Modern Languages
Yin, Mr. M............................................................................ French Immersion

 
 
OFFICE AND LIBRARY HOURS
The school building is open at 7:00 a.m. each school day and the school office is open from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Our library is open from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The switchboard closes at 4:00 p.m. but messages may be left.
 
 
EMAIL
To email a staff member, include their first initial, last name and @sd45.bc.ca.  For example, to send an email to John Smith, the email address would be jsmith@sd45.bc.ca
 
 
SCHOOL ORGANIZATION
Sentinel Secondary School enrols approximately 1250 students in grades 8 through 12.   The regular school day begins at 8:30 a.m. The school day ends at 2:57 p.m. There are four 80-minute classes per day and students attend each of their classes every other day.   The two afternoon periods in Day 1 Period 4 and Day 2 Period 4 are fixed, occurring at the same time each day.
 
Students in Grades 8-10 are required to take eight courses.  Students in Grade 11 are also required to take eight courses; one of these courses may be an Academic Tutorial Block.  Students in Grade 12 are required to take seven courses, one of which could be an Academic Tutorial Block.  Depending on their programme of study, Grade 12 students may choose to take an eighth course.  Students accepted into the Super Achievers Programme are expected to take a minimum of six courses.
 
 
VISITORS
In order to maintain the learning atmosphere in the school and the security of the building, students may not have visitors during the school day.
 
 
STUDENT COUNCIL
The Sentinel Student Council consists of an executive and representatives from each grade.  All candidates are screened by the Administration and must have and maintain a 2.50 GPA and satisfactory work habits based on the first two terms of the year they apply for student council.  Selection of student council members occurs each year in June. Grade 8 candidates submit their applications/resumes to the senior council members and a committee of administration and teaching staff for interview and selection in September. Student Council members are responsible for organizing activities, promoting good citizenship and a caring atmosphere both in and out of the school, fostering "school spirit", and organizing leadership opportunities for Sentinel students.
 
Student Council meetings are held weekly during lunch hour and are open to all students and staff.
 
 
 
REPORTING PROCEDURES
 
REPORT CARDS AND PARENT / TEACHER INTERVIEWS
In keeping with Ministry of Education requirements, Sentinel will report to parents on five occasions.  Two of these reporting periods will be informal.  One will take the form of an interim report in October.  The other will be a Parent/Teacher interview session in January.  Informal reports may also include Interim or “I” Reports, phone calls, or individual parent/teacher meetings.  The interviews allow parents and teachers an opportunity to discuss student progress.  In addition, teachers endeavour to inform parents of their children’s progress on a regular basis via interim written reports.
 
Sentinel's school year will be divided into three terms.  Formal report cards will be issued in December, March and June.
 
Parents should feel free to contact the administrative, counselling, or teaching staff at any time during the school day regarding the progress of their children (604-981-1130).
 
 
 
ACADEMIC MISCONDUCT
Sentinel staff and administration view academic misconduct as a very serious issue and a breach of our Code of Conduct. Sentinel pursues honesty as one of its ideals and has specific policies regarding academic misconduct.
 
Academic misconduct includes, but is not limited to: cheating, assisting someone else to cheat, plagiarism, handing in another student’s work as your own, copying and/or allowing someone to copy work for evaluation, and handling in material downloaded from the internet.
 
For example, plagiarism occurs when a student submits the work of another person as his or her own.  When excerpts are used in paragraphs or essays, students must acknowledge these with the use of footnotes or other accepted procedures.  As well, if an excerpt is authored by some other individual, this must be acknowledged.  Plagiarism exists when there is no recognition given for phrases, sentences, or ideas of others incorporated into written assignments.
 
The school uses the following guidelines when dealing with academic misconduct:
1.     The student may receive a mark of zero for the assignment or test in question and could receive a needs improvement (N) work habit for the term.
2.     A telephone call may be made, or an interim report may be sent home by the teacher explaining the circumstances of the academic misconduct.
3.     A report may be given to the administration and a record may be recorded in the student’s conduct file.  Repeated incidents of this nature may result in the administration becoming directly involved and further disciplinary measure may occur.
If a student is not sure about any assignment, he/she should check with the teacher before submitting it for evaluation.
 
 
SCHOOL-BASED FINAL EXAMINATIONS
Sentinel School has a final examination policy that includes compulsory exams in some subjects for all students, grades 8 through 12.  Final exams constitute up to 25% of the year's work.  Exams must be written during their scheduled time.  In order to maintain the integrity and confidentiality of the examinations, no exceptions to this policy will be allowed.  Information regarding dates and times for specific exams will be available May, 2016.
 
 
PROVINCIAL EXAMINATIONS
As part of the graduation programme, all students are required to write five Provincial Examinations including English 10, Science 10 or Sciences 10, Mathematics 10, Social Studies 11 or Sciences humaines 11, and English 12.  The exam dates are mandated by the Ministry of Education and students MUST write on those days. For more information on the dates and times of specific provincial examinations, please refer to the BC Ministry of Education website. 
The URL address for the provincial examination schedule is:
http://www.bced.gov.bc.ca/exams/handbook/schedules.htm
 
 
 
 
STUDENT COUNSELLING SERVICES AND INFORMATION
 
Sentinel School counsellors are teachers with knowledge of the developmental needs of students as well as an understanding of the pressures encountered while progressing through school. This places the counsellors in a position to:
 
a.     offer developmental and preventative programmes to students in educational, personal, and vocational areas, and
b.     provide a resource for teachers and parents to help create conditions that facilitate learning.
 
Since educational, vocational, and personal counselling are interrelated, all counselling is concerned with the whole individual and is, therefore, personal by nature.
 
CONSULTATION
Consultation is the co-operative process in which counsellors, teachers, parents, administrators, and others in the life of the student communicate about and with the student. Counsellors are available for developmental, remedial, and preventative consultation with students, teachers, administration, parents, and community agencies.
 
FAMILY SERVICES
North Shore Family Services provides a social worker who is available for those students and families in crisis, who need assistance. These services are available through your counsellor or by calling 604-988-5281.
 
 
COMMUNITY HEALTH NURSE
Sentinel has an assigned community health nurse.  Please contact the office for more information regarding the schedule and availability of this service.
 
HOME AND HOSPITAL
For students who are absent for extended periods because of sickness or injury, a district based service of individualized teaching and supervision is maintained. Through the school counsellor, classroom work is assigned and taught by the home and hospital teacher.
 
LEARNING SUPPORT CENTRE (Rm. 259)
The Sentinel Learning Support Centre services the needs of students requiring additional academic support. The Learning Support Centre provides services that include academic assessments, referrals, individualized instruction in most academic courses, and peer tutoring.
Students are referred to the learning centre through a school based team consisting of counsellors, administration and teachers.  Parents and/or students should contact the appropriate counsellor for more information about the Learning Support Centre.
 
 
STUDENT HEALTH AND COMMUNITY INFORMATION
 
INFORMATION FOR STUDENTS
North Shore 24-hour line to find out about youth services                          604-990-2244
Public Health Nurse On-Call from Mon-Fri 9-5 pm      604-983-6700
North Vancouver Recreation Commission                    604-987-PLAY
West Vancouver Community Services                           604- 925-7270
 
HEALTH INFORMATION
General Health information dial 811  or online at www.HealthLinkBC.ca
Callers to 811 can speak to a nurse (24/7), a dietitian (9am – 5pm, Monday through Friday), and a pharmacist (5pm – 9 am everyday) 
                       
Tobacco Information at www.quit4life.com
 
NUTRITION AND HEALTH RESOURCES
Be Real Clinic (disordered eating clinic)                                       
604-983-6847
Healthy Eating at School at www.healthyeatingatschool.ca (tips and resources for healthy eating at school)
Kelty Resource Centre (mental health and disordered eating information)            604-875-2084
 
SUPPORT AND COUNSELLING LINES
HELPLINE for Children and Adolescence                     604-310-1234
North Shore Crisis Services Society                                                604-987-3374
Victim link                                                                             1-800-563-0808
North Shore Youth Safe House (24 hour phone line)  1-877-789-6884
Suicide Support Line                                                          1-800-784-2433
Kids Help Line – kidshelpphone.ca                                 1-800-668-6868
 
 
 
 
AWARDS AND AWARD PROCEDURES
 
HONOUR ROLL
The school maintains two Honour Rolls. The Honour Roll system reflects two basic values: recognition of quality performance in a broad base of courses and recognition of an outstanding work ethic. The following criteria are a general guideline for determining Honour Roll.
 
The standard measure of performance for the Academic Honour Roll is based on a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.50, with a work habit component included. GPA is calculated by converting a percentage average to a grade point average:
                A     86 – 100                        A   = 4.0
                B     73 – 85                           B   = 3.0
                C+   67 – 72                          C+ = 2.5
                C     60 – 66                          C   = 2.0
                C-    50 – 59                          C-  = 1.0
The Spartan Honour Roll, recognizing work habits and citizenship, provides an opportunity to honour those students who consistently demonstrate a high level of performance in this area. 
 
Academic and Spartan Honour Rolls are based on a student’s final report card. Health and Career Education 8 and 9 marks will be recognized on the final report card.
 
Criteria for the Academic and Spartan Honour Rolls
 
Gr.8-10
Academic Honour Roll
(based on the Final Report)
Spartan Honour Roll
(based on the third term work habits on the Final Report)
Enrolled in:
Student must be enrolled in at least 8 subjects at Sentinel Secondary.  Super Achievers need to be enrolled in at least 6 subjects at Sentinel Secondary.
Student must be enrolled in at least 8 subjects at Sentinel Secondary.  Super Achievers need to be enrolled in at least 6 subjects at Sentinel Secondary.
Failing and Incomplete Grades
No “F”or “I” letter grades in any of the 8 courses.*  Honour Roll standing is reconsidered upon conversión of the “I”. 
 
Work Habits
Must have “G” or “Ex” Work Habits in 7 subjects (all courses for SA).  No ”N” work habit marks in any of the 8 courses. 
Must have “G” or “Ex” Work Habits in 7 subjects (all courses for SA).  No ”N” work habit marks in any of the 8 courses.**
GPA
GPA of 3.5 based on best 7 subjects (all courses for SA). 
 
 
Criteria for the Academic and Spartan Honour Rolls
 
Gr. 11/12
Academic Honour Roll
(based on the Final Report)
Grade 12’s who achieve Honour Roll will receive a Gold Cord at Commencement
Spartan Honour Roll
(based on the third term work habits on the Final Report)
Enrolled in:
Student must be enrolled in at least 7 subjects (28 credits) at Sentinel Secondary.  Super Achievers need to be enrolled in at least 6 subjects (24 credits) at Sentinel Secondary.
Student must be enrolled in at least 7 subjects (28 credits) at Sentinel Secondary.  Super Achievers need to be enrolled in at least 6 subjects (24 credits) at Sentinel Secondary.
Failing and Incomplete Grades
No “F”or “I” letter grades in any of the 7 courses.*  Honour Roll standing is reconsidered upon conversión of the “I”. 
 
Work Habits
Must have “G” or “Ex” Work Habits in 6 subjects (6 for SA).  No”N” work habit marks in any of the 7 courses. 
Must have “G” or “Ex” Work Habits in 6 subjects (6 for SA).  No ”N” work habit marks in any of the 7 courses.** 
GPA
GPA of 3.5 based on best 6 subjects (6 for SA). 
 
*No “F” or “I” letter grades in any of the courses that Super Achievers are enrolled in.
**No ”N” work habit marks in any of the courses that Super Achievers are enrolled in.
 
 
 
 
WORK HABIT CRITERIA 2015-2016
Sentinel Secondary School’s work habit criteria are based on the school Code of Conduct.  Students are awarded a single work habit mark of excellent (EX), good (G), satisfactory (S), or not yet meeting expectations (N) based on their meeting the work habit criteria.  Using the following guidelines, departments determine specific expectations and forms of measurement.  Students are expected to adhere to the criteria on a consistent basis.
 
Work Habit
Criteria
 
 
RESPONSIBILITY
 
  *  Attendance
Attends class unless appropriately excused
  *  Punctuality
Is on time
  *  Preparedness – work,
      materials and attire
Is prepared to learn/participate in class; Brings appropriate materials
  *  Completion of    
      Assignments
Completes work on time; Completes missed work in a timely fashion
  *  Homework
Completes homework as assigned
  *  Respect for work
Respects the quality and authenticity of own work and that of others
 
 
COOPERATION
 
  *  Participation
Participates and/or makes a positive contribution in classes; Uses the language of instruction while participating in class activities
  *  Teamwork
Works well with other students and teacher; Makes appropriate contributions to group activities
  *  Respect for Others
Demonstrates respectful behaviour towards others
  *  Follows Instructions
Listens carefully and follows teacher instructions
  *  Food and Drinks
Consistently follows classroom rules regarding food and drinks
  *  iPODs and Cell Phones
Consistently follows classroom expectations regarding the use of iPODs, cell phones, or other electronic devices
 
 
EFFORT
 
  *  Time Management
Works without direct supervision; Remains on task; Manages time well
  *  Attitude
Puts forth best effort; Demonstrates engagement in learning
  *  Responsibility for   
      understanding
Requests extra help when needed
 
The following chart illustrates the requirements for the four levels of work habit marks:
Work Habit Mark
Students meet the criteria listed above:
 
 
Excellent (EX)
Always/Almost Always
Good (G)
Most Often
Satisfactory (S)
Usually
Not Yet Meeting Expectations (N)
Inconsistently/Seldom
 
 
 
ACADEMIC AWARDS
 
For the graduation class, the top student in each subject area is awarded a book prize. Academic excellence is also recognized by numerous scholarships awarded at Commencement.
 
 SENTINEL EDUCATIONAL AND ACHIEVEMENT FOUNDATION
This private foundation is developing a fund, which provides for academic scholarships and awards. These scholarships and awards are funded by the annual interest accrued. All donations in any amount are gratefully received and are tax deductible.
 
 
 
 
ATHLETIC AWARDS
 
At Sentinel we take great pride in all our athletic programs. The positive connections that student-athletes, teachers, and coaches make at school and the contributions of sports to our school culture cannot be overstated.
 
Sentinel offers two types of athletic awards:
·         Participation Awards. There are four levels of these awards for playing on multiple athletic teams.
·         The Spartan Athlete Award. This award is based on four criteria achieved over a high school career.
 
 
Participation Awards
These awards are based on a cumulative point system. Student-athletes receive one point per sport played each season. The criteria for a point include acceptable attendance, effort, attitude and sportsmanship. Sentinel coaches and Athletic Directors collaborate to determine if an athlete will receive a point.
Student-athletes will be eligible for the following awards:
 
POINTS (Teams Played On)
AWARD
3 (grade 8 only)
Medallion
5
Small Block
9
Medium Block
12
Large Block
15
Special Award
 
 These points are cumulative from the beginning of grade 8 and apply to all eligible sports offered at Sentinel. (Athletes who transfer from another school may bring their points with them once they are verified.) Students will receive the award at the end of the school year in which they reach the next participation level. (Points are not awarded for participation in school clubs.)
 
The Spartan Athlete Award
The Spartan Athlete Award is based on criteria accumulated over a high school career. They include: 
·         Participation in multiple sports and seasons;
·         Leadership and sportsmanship in athletics;
·         A high level of athletic achievement;
·         Social responsibility and citizenship at school and in the community.
 
This special award is given to a student or students at the completion of their grade 12 year if they have proven themselves outstanding in all of the above categories as determined by the Athletic Awards Committee.
 
 
 
 
 
SERVICE AWARDS
 
Awards for service to the school are based on a cumulative point system. One point is awarded for each five hours of service.
                                    5    points                 certificate
15
points
bronze medal
30
points
silver medal
45
points
gold medal
60
points
gold pin
90
points
exemplary plaque
 
Students have received service hours for scoring and timing school games, refereeing, and many other service functions in the school, such as library support and classroom/school service.  It is the student’s responsibility to keep track of and submit service hours to the library.  
 
 
 
SENTINEL SECONDARY INTERNAL AWARDS AND SCHOLARSHIPS

To be eligible for scholarship and award consideration, students must:
• Be Canadian citizens or permanent residents
• Be International students for specific scholarships
• Have attended Sentinel Secondary school for at least grade 11 and 12
• Have a solid record of citizenship in the school and community.
• Be registered in a minimum of 7 courses (a minimum of 28 credits) at Sentinel
• Apply by the deadline (Deadline to be announced in the grade 12 scholarship bulletin)
 
 
 
 
FACILITIES, SERVICES AND FEES
 
HALLWAY TELEVISION MONITORS
 Students are encouraged to check the monitors for information and messages.  Those parents with emergency messages for their sons or daughters are asked to contact the office.  Notification of these messages will be posted on the monitors.  It is the responsibility of students to check the monitors regularly.
 
 
NEWSLETTER
The Sentinel Newsletter is used to inform students and parents of the wide range of school activities at Sentinel. e-bulletins are published as necessary.  Information for the newsletter should be submitted the Administrative Assistant. All submissions will be subject to review by the administration.
 
 
LOST AND FOUND
The Lost and Found is located in the main foyer.  Students should check with the office when items are lost.
 
 
STUDENT PHOTOGRAPHS
Student pictures will be taken on Monday, September 14, 2015. All students are expected to have their pictures taken for GO cards and the yearbook. Those students wishing to purchase optional colour packages may do so at an additional cost. Retakes are on Thursday, October 15th 2015.  Grad Portrait Sessions will occur on November 22 – 24, 2015.
 
 
GO CARDS AND PASSES
All students will receive a GO card in mid September, which entitles them to reduced rates on B.C. Transit and must be produced to the bus driver on demand.  Enquiries regarding bus passes should be made at the Main Office. GO cards are also required for certain library processes. They must be presented for entrance to some school events, e.g. "school dances".
 
 
LOCKERS
The following are rules and conditions of use under which a locker is assigned:
 
·         Students are responsible for the locker which is assigned to them and the locker is not to be used by any other person.
·         Only school locks may be used on student lockers and the combination of the lock must be registered at the office.
·         No illegal substances, weapons or other prohibited or offensive material are to be placed in school lockers.
·         School officials may search student lockers at any time and without prior notice in order to ensure compliance with the conditions of use and other school procedures and rules.
·         Permission to use the locker may be terminated where a student does not comply with the conditions of use or school policies or rules.
·         If any student has reason to believe that any locker contains anything which would threaten the safety or other students, staff or any other person, that student is expected to immediately report the information to a teacher, Vice Principal or Principal.  The name of the student making the report will be kept confidential.
 
 
PE teachers also offer locks to every student for use in the change rooms. It is highly recommended that students use these locks to help prevent theft. It is critical that students understand the importance of not sharing locker combinations. MAINTAIN YOUR PRIVACY.  The school cannot be responsible for theft from lockers.
 
 
 
PARKING
Students are required to complete a registration form and purchase a parking decal for $20.00 for each vehicle parked on the school grounds.   Vehicles parked illegally will be towed at the owner’s expense.  Students and visitors should not park in numbered stalls nor the yellow hashed areas marking fire lanes.  All proceeds generated go towards the school’s scholarship fund.
 
 
TELEPHONES
 A student telephone is located outside the office for use before school, at recess, lunch and after school.
 
 
LIBRARY
The Sentinel library is open each day from 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Students are advised that the library is to be used for studying and reading. Those wishing to converse should do so elsewhere.  There is a User Policy in effect. All circulating books may be checked out for a three-week loan period. Students returning books late will be fined.
 
 
COPYING COST
Copying is available in the library for a small charge per page. The copying machines in the office are for staff use only.
 

TEXTBOOKS
Textbooks for prescribed courses are provided free of charge.  Students are expected to record their book numbers, take care of these books and return them in good condition at the end of the school year.  Students will be required to pay for any lost or damaged books.
 

STUDENT ACTIVITY AND COURSE FEES
Every student enrolled at Sentinel Secondary School is required to pay a $55.00 fee.  This fee entitles the student to be assigned a locker and to be issued a student agenda.  The fee is also used to support many student activities and to offset some of the mailing costs of materials that are sent home throughout the year.  Course fees are charged for some elective courses at Sentinel Secondary and are used to offset the cost of consumable supplies.  Fees will not necessarily cover all costs of the courses in which the student enrols and therefore additional costs may be incurred throughout the year.  All materials paid for in these courses become the property of the student.
 
 
 
 
ATHLETIC FEES
The athletic fees generally cover all programme costs from which all participating students benefit. Additional costs may be incurred for tournament and/or optional team gear expenses.  Due to increasing costs associated with athletics, the listed amounts may be subject to change.  As well, depending on the success of the team, costs associated with qualifying for provincial tournaments will be collected from students prior to the tournament start date. 
 
The following is an estimated chart of athletic fees.  Actual costs will be announced prior to the beginning of each season.

Sr
Boys
Sr
Girls
Jr
Boys
Jr
Girls
Juv Boys
Juv
Girls
Bant
Boys
Bant
Girls
Badminton
95
95
95
95
Basketball
300
250
200
200
150
150
150
150
Field Hockey
150
150
Golfing
125
125
125
125
Mountain Biking
60
60
60
60
60
60
60
60
Rowing
120
120
120
120
120
120
120
120
Rugby
150
150
150
120
Ski/Snowboard
400
400
400
400
Soccer
120
120
120
120
Swimming
75
75
75
75
75
75
75
75
Tennis
95
95
95
95
Track/Field
95
95
95
95
95
95
Ultimate
80
80
80
80
Volleyball
200
160
120
120
Wrestling
100
100
100
100
100
100
100
100
X-Country
95
95
95
95
95
95
Football
450
 
450
 
 
 
250
 
 
The Athletic Fees cover the following on-going expenses: membership with BC School Sports, CAPHER membership, Insurance Benefit Fund, North Shore Secondary School Athletic Association, Canadian Intramural Recreation Association, updating equipment, updating uniforms, tape wrap, medical supplies, referee fees, coaches' equipment, tournament registrations -local and provincial, trophies, awards and field rentals.  Other fees may be required for tournament field trips including accommodation, cost of T.O.C. coverage for staff coaches, transportation etc.
 
ACCOUNTING OFFICE
Requests concerning lockers, textbooks and fees can be made at the accounting office.  Statements for Course Fees will be produced periodically.  All course and other school fees are due on receipt of the Fee Statement, namely in October.  A fee of $20.00 will be charged for NSF cheques.  Fees may be paid by VISA, Mastercard or Debit, in person at the Accounting Office.  There will be no refunds made for dropped courses after September 30, 2015.  The office does not provide change.  However, a change machine is located in the cafeteria.
 
 
 
 
EXPECTATIONS OF STUDENTS
 
DAILY ATTENDANCE & STUDENT ABSENCES
Parents must contact the school by phone or send a signed note to the office before 8:25 a.m. on the day of the absence or early dismissal.   Students' absences are an area of concern for teachers in terms of evaluating units of work during such absences. 
 
Extended absences negatively affect student achievement. We request that parents not use school time for family holidays.  Any work missed is solely the student’s responsibility.  At the discretion of the teachers, the student may be required to complete missed work and write assigned tests or quizzes.  The student will be given notice and preparation time.
 
If a student is ill:
The student is expected to show the initiative to find out from the teacher or a classmate what work was missed and to make up any such work or assignments.  If tests are missed and proper notification of the illness has been given to the office, it is the teacher's option to either provide a make-up test or not include the mark in the total.
NOTE:    Proper notification means that a parent has called the office or sent a  note with a sibling or friend before 8:25 a.m. on the day of the illness.
 
If a student is absent without notification:
The teacher has no responsibility to provide information for the work missed. If any assignments or tests are missed, the student may receive a mark of zero.
 
If a student is in the Super Achievers' Programme:
Any Super Achiever who misses one or more blocks per week is expected to take the initiative to find out what was covered and to make up the work, including assignments. Teachers are expected to provide necessary information to aid the students when such initiative is shown.
If tests are given during this absence, students should be given a make-up test or alternate assignment in order to achieve the marks.   In all cases, both the counsellor and the student are expected to notify the teachers well in advance of the competition. Please be aware that if any teacher feels that a student on a special programme is not living up to his/her responsibilities regarding school commitment, the counsellor will be notified immediately. The counsellor will meet with the student and notify the parent.
 
 
UNEXPLAINED ABSENCE FROM CLASS
Skipping of classes will be treated by teachers as a class discipline situation. They will notify parents and levy consequences until the problem becomes chronic. Then students will be referred to the appropriate administrator.
 
 
LATES
Students are expected to arrive at school at least 15 minutes before their first class. Sentinel's philosophy suggests that students give themselves ample time to organize their day and to socialize prior to morning classes.
 
 
EARLY DISMISSAL
A note or a phone call to the office is required by 8:25 am for any early dismissal. Parents are asked to make every effort to schedule doctor, dentist or other appointments when school is not in session.
 
 
EXTRACURRICULAR EXPECTATIONS
Sentinel School is very proud of its history of extracurricular activities ranging from teams to clubs to drama productions to fine arts activities. All students must understand that participation is a privilege, not a right.
Students taking advantage of extracurricular activities must adhere to a set of expectations including good work habits, maximum effort in all classroom academic pursuits, and exemplary attendance.  Further, if students miss classes due to illness, they may not participate in an extracurricular activity or play in a game on the same day that they missed the classes.  Students failing to meet these basic expectations jeopardize their opportunity to participate in extracurricular activities.
 
 
STUDY BLOCKS
Study Blocks are a privilege afforded to Grade 12 students who are enrolled in a minimum of seven courses after consultation with their Counsellor and with the approval of their parents and the Principal.  Grade 12 students with Study Blocks must:
·         Use the time to work constructively on course material in the cafeteria or library with approval of the Librarian.  ALL OTHER AREAS IN THE SCHOOL ARE OUT-OF-BOUNDS.
·         Have parental permission to work at home during their study block.
·         Demonstrate behaviour consistent with Sentinel’s Code of Conduct. 
·         Not be in the halls or at their lockers during instructional time so as not to disrupt the learning environment of others.
Due to the nature of the study blocks, and given that there may be many students on a study at the same time, these rules will be strictly enforced. Those found abusing this system may have their study period removed and be assigned to an Academic Tutorial Block.
 
 
ACCIDENTS
In the case of injury, the circumstances must be reported immediately to the teacher in charge of the activity or to the office. A written report of the accident will be completed by the teacher.
 
 
SENTINEL SECONDARY SCHOOL CODE OF CONDUCT
 
At Sentinel Secondary School, we have high standards for personal conduct as it involves other people, our environment, and our work.  Moreover, we view the pursuit of appropriate conduct as a shared responsibility among students, parents and staff members.  Our Code of Conduct is based on respect and responsibility. These expectations apply to behaviour at school, at school-organized or sponsored events, and at other times where inappropriate behaviour (including on-line behaviour) may negatively impact the school environment and/or student learning.
 
 
PURPOSE
Sentinel Secondary School’s Code of Conduct is intended to establish and maintain a safe, caring and orderly environment for purposeful learning, and to establish and maintain appropriate balances among individual and collective rights, freedoms and responsibilities. Sentinel promotes the values expressed in the BC Human Rights Code respecting the rights of all individuals in accordance with the law prohibiting discrimination based on race, colour, ancestry, place of origin, religion, marital status, family status, physical or mental disability, sex or sexual orientation – in respect of discriminatory publication and discrimination in accommodation, service and facility in the school environment. The code of conduct also outlines expectations for student behaviour.
 
 
CONDUCT EXPECTATIONS
Our expectation is that everyone will adhere to Sentinel's core Code of Conduct:
1.     Be on time.
2.     Attend regularly.
3.     Be prepared.
4.     Show respect.
5.     Do your best.
 
 
Acceptable Conduct – includes but is not limited to the following behaviours/expectations:
·                Be considerate, caring, friendly and helpful.
·                Respect others regardless of differences.
·                Respect authority and adhere to classroom, school and district rules.
·                Respect public and personal property.
·                Actively promote the general welfare of the school.
·                Refrain from violence or threats of violence.
·                Work without disturbing others.
·                Be dependable and accountable.  Attend all classes on time.
·                Maintain appropriate standards of hygiene, dress and language.
·                Be positive, honest and straightforward in dealing with others.
·                Report immediately all incidents of violence, bullying, or harassment to school employees.
·                Understand it is the responsibility of the bystander to report and prevent activities that contravene school and district Codes of Conduct.
 
The Principal shall, in accordance with School Board policy, exercise paramount authority within the school in matters concerning the discipline of students. The board authorizes the Principal in School District #45 (West Vancouver) to suspend a student in violation of school rules for up to five school days, to adjust or terminate that suspension, and to delegate this authority to other administrative officers.
 
 
Unacceptable Conduct
The School District Code of Conduct outlines very general expectations for student behaviour.  The School Board realizes that sometimes students may have difficulty understanding how the Code of Conduct should be applied in everyday school life.  Therefore, we have provided a list of unacceptable behaviours that would involve a breaking of the Code of Conduct by students resulting in disciplinary action:
 
1.          Behaviour or communication that discriminates based on race, colour, ancestry, place of origin, religion, marital status, family status, physical or mental disability, sex or sexual orientation.
2.          Abuse of others physically, verbally, or psychologically (i.e. fighting, bullying, threatening, intimidating, extorting, or showing intolerance of others).
3.          Being a bystander or non-active participant in an incident of violence, bullying, or harassment.
4.          Disruption of classroom learning, official school functions, or the privacy of our school’s neighbours.
5.          Using inappropriate language or dressing in a way that detracts from the learning environment.
6.          Defiance of the authority of teachers and other employees; using profanity or confrontational behaviour in dealing with these adults.
7.          Skipping of classes and excessive tardiness.
8.          Going to other schools during the school day, without permission from an administrator.
9.          Plagiarism or cheating on tests, assignments or projects, or assisting someone else to cheat.
10.       Theft.
11.       Vandalism or other incidents of defacement of or damage to personal, school, or private property.
12.       Possession or use of firecrackers, fireworks, or weapons, including any object meant to imitate offensive weapons (e.g. plastic or toy guns).
13.       Possession or use of prohibited drugs, including alcohol and tobacco products.  No smoking is allowed on school property at any time.
14.       Operation of a vehicle or other means of transport in a dangerous manner on school property (including cars, bicycles, rollerblades, and skateboards).
 

 
DRESS CODE
The general rule for the dress code is for students to dress in a manner appropriate to establishing a positive learning atmosphere at school.  This means that clothes that may be appropriate for other settings may not be appropriate for school.  The School Administration reserves the right to make the best judgment possible about what is, or is not, appropriate clothing.  Students will be asked to change, should these guidelines be violated in the judgment of a school administrator.  Cleats may not be worn in the school.

ALCOHOL AND DRUGS
No student shall possess, use, sell, distribute, supply or be under the influence of an alcoholic beverage or an illegal or restricted drug while on school premises or at any school-organized or sponsored event. Where an administrator concludes that a student has violated this rule, the administrator may immediately suspend the student from school for up to five days and inform the Superintendent's office of the suspension. Further disciplinary action may be forthcoming and could include a suspension to the Superintendent's office. 
 
 
SMOKING POLICY
The West Vancouver School District recognizes that tobacco use presents a danger to the health of students and adults.  There is a province-wide tobacco ban on all public school property in effect 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Students caught smoking anywhere on school property will be subject to discipline, up to and including suspension.
 
 
BYSTANDER POLICY
School and district policy requires that students take responsibility for the care and safety of students at Sentinel Secondary School. Students are required to report all incidents of harassment, bullying, and/or violence to school officials. Inaction is not an option and passive bystander behaviour will not be accepted.  We expect all students to take an active role in ensuring the safety and well-being of all students at our school.
 
 
RISING EXPECTATIONS
When dealing with students, the administrator may adjust the consequence or disciplinary action based partially on the maturity level and/or the grade level of the student.  What is an appropriate consequence or disciplinary action for a senior student may not be appropriate for a junior student.
 
 
CONSEQUENCES
Should a student have difficulty following the Code of Conduct in or on any school board property including, but not exclusively limited to, the classrooms, cafeteria, hallways or grounds, staff will intervene.  These consequences may include, but are not limited to, warnings, phone calls to parents, letters to parents, detentions and suspensions. When students are involved in more serious breaches of the code of conduct, consequences will be more severe and may involve suspensions in-school or out-of school, and/or family conferences. In these serious breaches, notification by school administrators may involve such parties as parents, school district officials, the School Board, the West Vancouver Police Department (WVPD) or other agencies. In all cases, the student’s goal should be to understand how he or she failed to follow the Code of Conduct, accept the consequences gracefully, and avoid making the same mistake.
 
When a student fails to adhere to the Code of Conduct the staff and/or administration will follow a pattern of progressive discipline and focus on consequences that are restorative rather than punitive whenever possible and appropriate. Progressive discipline establishes a process of clear, timely, consistent, and documented communications with a student and his or her parent or guardian to reinforce an understanding of expectations, to provide an opportunity to correct an inappropriate behaviour, to encourage appropriate behaviour, and to assure due process. Special considerations may apply to students with special needs if they are unable to comply with the Code of Conduct because of a disability of an intellectual, physical, sensory, emotional or behavioural nature.
 
The Board of Education realizes that no policy will cover all situations. Therefore, the building administrator(s) or designate will make a determination of consequence and/or disciplinary action when a student’s actions are NOT specifically addressed in this or any other policy. All actions by an administrator or designate will be made on an individual basis.
 
 
 
REPORTING OF UNACCEPTABLE CONDUCT
If a student reports that another student has breached the school’s code of conduct, the school will take all reasonable steps to maintain student’s confidentiality.
 
 
 
RISK ASSESSMENT
 
School District 45 (West Vancouver) has developed a Risk Assessment Protocol that requires all staff to report any and all threat making behaviours whether they are verbal, written (including online posts) or through actions.  West Vancouver School District 45 has assembled threat assessment teams at both the school and the district level.  Trained members include district administrators, district counsellors, school administrators, school counsellors, and West Vancouver Police liaison officers.  Each secondary school has a school based team that includes the district administrator, the Principal or Vice-Principal, a counsellor and the school liaison officer.
 
Protocol:
A threat-making behaviour is defined for these purposes as any action that makes the recipient of such behaviour feel threatened.
 
For purposes of the District Threat Assessment Protocol these behaviours could include, but will not be limited to:
·         Immediate Risk Student Behaviours which is a student in possession of a gun or any other weapon while displaying threatening behaviour.
·         High Risk Student Behaviours which include possession of a weapon, threats to destroy a school or school building, threats to kill or injure others (regardless of the method of delivery of such threats).
·         Worrisome Student Behaviours including but not limited to drawing disturbing pictures, writing disturbing stories, etc. or internet harassment.
 
The protocol states that any West Vancouver School District 45 employee having knowledge of student threat-making behaviour shall promptly report the information to the principal or designate who will respond accordingly. 
 
All reported threats will be assessed by the school principal or designate and if deemed necessary the principal will contact the school team, the district team or both.
 
  
 
 
GUIDELINES FOR STUDENT ACCESS TO DISTRICT ELECTRONIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS
 
These guidelines pertain to the use of Sentinel’s computers by students.  It also pertains to the use of laptop computers and other electronic interfaces, which students may bring to Sentinel.
 
Sentinel provides access to a wide range of resources including software programs, library catalogue and databases, the internet and email.
 
Sentinel is committed to ensuring that their network systems are used appropriately to address educational goals and that all students are aware of their responsibilities for acceptable use of computer networks.
 
DO
·         Follow established computer use and etiquette guidelines when using both school computers and personal devices (e.g. laptops, net books, and PDAs) on school networks.
·         Use school networks for educational and school-work related purposes only. 
·         Respect the privacy of others.
·         Check your workstation and report any damage, missing hardware, or other concerns to a teacher, supervisor, or school administrator before you log in and use it.
·         Ensure you log out immediately when finished using a computer.
·         Report violations of the computer use guidelines to a teacher, supervisor, or school administrator. 
·         Ask a teacher, supervisor, or school administrator if you are unsure about the appropriateness of your intended computer or internet usage.
·         Immediately leave an inappropriate internet site and tell the teacher, supervisor, or school administrator.
·         Follow copyright laws.
·         Cite sources and attribute material to its proper owner when conducting research.
·         Keep your user name and password secure.
·         Keep printing to a minimum.  Print only school-related work and follow Sentinel printing guidelines.
·         Report violations of the computer use guidelines to a teacher, supervisor, or school administrator. 
 
DON’T
·         Use school networks for non-educational, unlawful, or commercial purposes.  Examples include, but are not limited to games.
·         Use personal electronic devices not required for instructional purposes in the classroom.  Such items should not be brought into the classroom, and may be confiscated by the teacher and returned at a later date.
·         Use social networking tools (e.g. Facebook, Twitter) or video sites (Youtube) for non-educational or non-schoolwork-related purposes.
·         Damage computers, computer systems, computer networks, peripherals, or software – either mechanically or by using malware (e.g. viruses).
·         Waste resources such as paper or time.
·         Access, damage or alter the files of another user.
·         Use another person’s login and password.
·         Engage in cyberbullying or harass, stalk, insult or attack others.
·         Send offensive messages or pictures.
·         Use language that may be offensive to others.
·         Use the school network to access or to distribute/store illegal, illicit or offensive material.
·         Use unauthorized copies of information or software.
·         Use someone else’s work.
·         Attempt to access information or system levels for which you are unauthorized.
·         Add to, remove, or modify installed software, hardware, or peripherals.
 
Possible Consequences of Unacceptable Student Use
·         Loss of network and computer privileges.
·         Disciplinary action through the school or District code of conduct.
·         Financial liability for damaged equipment.
 
 
 
 
 
BYOD
As of September 2015, all grade 8 and 9 students will need a device.  From our experience to date we highly recommend that this device not only enables the student to connect to the internet, but also provides a tactile keyboard.  This provides them with the ability to word process and create documents.  Devices such as a laptop, (PC/Mac/Chrome), allow students the greatest flexibility to enhance their learning in the classroom. 
 
The plan for the Sentinel Technology program for incoming Grade 8 and 9 students, is as follows: 
1.     All Grade 8 and 9 students are required to bring a personal electronic device on a daily basis.  This does not include a cell phone or Ipad.
2.     The device should have a tactile keyboard and internet capability.  Additional features might include; word processing, slideshow creation, spreadsheet function, publishing and multimedia.  Device recommendations are provided on the Sentinel website, under the Technology tab.
3.     A district-managed Google Apps for Education account will continue to be encouraged for students to utilize.  Parents should look at the SD45/Google Acceptable Use Guideline.  This document is available on the Sentinel website under the Technology tab (Sentinel Technology à Parents).
4.     To educate students on the appropriate use of technology with clear guidelines around expectations and consequences, there will be a technology contract and handbook so students, staff, and parents have a solid and consistent understanding of what is considered appropriate.
5.     To ensure the safety of devices students will be taught their proper handling and storage.
6.     There will be professional development for teachers so they may personalize their use of technology to their classroom learning.  This will be done through collaborative teaching with our District Innovation Teachers grade-level colleagues as well as use of in-school and district-wide professional development opportunities.
7.     We will be educating the students on the appropriate use of technology with clear guidelines around expectations and consequences. This will include a technology contract and handbook so students, staff and parents have a solid and consistent understanding of what is considered appropriate.
 
Although grade 8 and 9 students are required to bring a personal technology device to school, it is important to note that students unable to provide their own will be supported.  In these circumstances, the school will make arrangements for students without personal devices to have access to district-owned technology equipment.  The use of technology will occur primarily in the classroom for educational purposes, and it is intended to occur only with teacher permission and at the teacher’s discretion.
 
Sentinel continues to be committed to providing your child with outstanding educational opportunities and we are excited about the opportunities that technology can provide to enhance student learning and engagement in the classroom