May Grad 2020 Cancelled
April 24, 2020
RE: Cancellation of May’s Graduation Ceremonies
Dear Grade 12 Students and Parents/Guardians,
Grade 12 is an exciting and pivotal year for our students, and one of the highlights of the year is the graduation celebration. Our Grade 12s look forward to it all year, and as educators, it gives us such great pride to celebrate this accomplishment with our students. However, given the current medical direction to avoid large gatherings, I am saddened to announce that our Grad 2020 celebrations this May must be cancelled. The uncertainty of the current situation, including the timeline for how long it will last, has led us, with heavy hearts, to this decision.
While this likely comes as no surprise to your family, I know that hearing it for certain is difficult. I would like to reassure you that we are looking at alternatives, as we believe that part of what makes the PLRS family so strong is our commitment to celebrating our successes together. We do hope to be able to celebrate Grad 2020 at some point, possibly in the fall. What this will look like, we aren’t yet sure, but we will honour this significant milestone in our students’ lives the best we can, as the situation allows.
I thank you for your consideration in the matter.
Grad Meeting #2
On Thursday we had a grad parent meeting after parent teacher interviews. We apologize for dropping the ball on advertising this one, but due to everything that happened in the last couple weeks we were just trying to get through each day.
During this meeting we decided to do a dinner during the drama production on Thursday December 12th. We will be asking parents to help the grads prepare a lasagna dinner (lasagna, caesar salad, and garlic bread), serve the dinner, and clean up afterwards as well as selling tickets to this event. Tickets will be $20 with the majority of the proceeds going to GRAD and the remainder going to Drama. This is an excellent opportunity for both parties to increase sales of tickets. We have also provided students with a letter to hand out to local companies about donating items for a silent auction/raffle this evening. This fundraiser alone has the potential of bringing in ~$2500 if we can get dinner tickets sold and have substantial silent auction/raffle items.
We will be holding another grad meeting in the last week of January, date TBA to discuss box social and decorations for grad.
We are also asking parents to send us any floral arrangements in the colours of purples, blues and whites (spring ish) to us so we can get them priced out and have the students vote on them. They are having a hard time finding a direction to take with their flowers.
Grad Meeting #1
A student eligible to be termed "graduand" and to take part in graduation exercises must meet the following criteria:
- the student must have been in attendance and received marks from Pigeon Lake Regional School or Pigeon Lake Storefront School for either the first semester, second semester, or both.
- the student must be registered in and have passing marks by May 1 in the courses required to achieve an Alberta High School Diploma. Students must have all assignments submitted for marking by May 1.
- students must have completed 60% of the course by May 1
- the students shall be expected to carry a minimum course load (75%) to be eligible to graduate (some exceptions may apply after meeting with Administration and the Career Counsellor). The 75% does not apply to storefront students. Nor students who will have earned 130+ credits.
- the student who is registered in Distance Learning must have by May 1 at least 60% of the course completed.
- the student registered in a Special Project must show the school that the project is 60% completed by May 1.
- the student who is registered at the Storefront school must have completed 60% of the course work by May 1.
- the student registered in Work Experience must have completed 60% of the hours required by May 1.
- in order for student write ups and photo to appear in the yearbook, grade 12 students must meet the requirements above.
The valedictorian will be selected using the highest average mark based on the following courses:
- 30-1 English,
- 30-1 Social Studies,
- the highest marks in three other 30 level academic courses
- Math 31, Math 30-1, Math 30-2, and any 30 Level Sciences
Only regularly programmed courses offered and completed within the school (PLRS) are to be considered when determining valedictorian eligibility.
The aggregate marks shall be determined using the marks indicated on the last reporting period prior to the graduation ceremony, and/or the final blended marks of these same diploma courses previously completed (e.g., a students marks of 91, 86, 93 and 85 results in an overall aggregate mark of 444).
In the event of a tie, each of these students shall be offered the opportunity to deliver the valedictorian address.
Only those students registered at PLRS prior to December 1 of the graduating school year shall be considered to be eligible for the honour of valedictorian.
The Principal has the authority to withdraw the honour of the valedictorian from any student who demonstrates a less than acceptable ethical, moral or responsible character.
Requirements for an Alberta High School Diploma
The chart below outlines one way of achieving Alberta High School Diploma graduation requirements, in English. Course sequencing and selection will vary for individual students.
ALBERTA HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA: GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS (ENGLISH)
The requirements indicated in this chart are the minimum requirements for a student to attain an Alberta High School Diploma. The requirements for entry into post-secondary institutions and workplaces may require additional and/or specific courses.
100 CREDITS including the following:
ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS – 30 LEVEL
(English Language Arts 30-1 or 30-2)
SOCIAL STUDIES – 30 LEVEL
(Social Studies 30-1 or 30-2)
MATHEMATICS – 20 LEVEL
(Mathematics 20-1, Mathematics 20-2 or Mathematics 20-3)
SCIENCE – 20 LEVEL
(Science 20, Science 24, Biology 20, Chemistry 20 or Physics 20)
PHYSICAL EDUCATION 10 (3 CREDITS)
CAREER AND LIFE MANAGEMENT (3 CREDITS)
10 CREDITS IN ANY COMBINATION FROM
10 CREDITS IN ANY 30-LEVEL COURSE
(IN ADDITION TO A 30-LEVEL ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS AND A 30-LEVEL SOCIAL STUDIES COURSE AS SPECIFIED ABOVE)
These courses may include