“We at Queen Elizabeth Regional High School are committed to developing each student’s abilities to his or her fullest potential in a safe and positive school climate which fosters initiative and independence and encourages life-long learning.”
Principal: Wayne Rodgers - firstname.lastname@example.org
Assistant Principal: Jason Elliott - email@example.com
School Council Chair: Norine Taylor
Nominations now open for Progressive Pioneer Award. Please see the attached form.
School Development Family Survey Letter
Winner of 50/50 at Shield Hockey Game (In support of Safe Prom)
Thank you to everyone who helped out and supported our 50/50 draw at the hockey games last evening.
The winning ticket was drawn by Sheldon Andrews, CBS Recreation
The winning ticket number is: 5048495
The prize was $536.50
The prize was claimed by Steve Keats
CONCERN WITH PERSONAL DEVICES
Message emailed to parents on Friday, January 25, 2019
As a school, we have been struggling with the constant and continual issues with personal devices in our classrooms. We have a school policy that states that a personal device can only be taken out in class with teacher’s permission and even then it can only be used for educational purposes. I personally believe in the extraordinary educational value these personal devices can have for a student....if used appropriately. Unfortunately, the negatives are outweighing the positives at this point. Teachers are losing significant instructional time asking students to put away their phones. Often these interactions escalate when students refuse to comply. When this happens, students are sent to the office with their devices and Mr. Elliott and I will then address the incidents. Again, compliance is sometimes an issue. Students will substitute their devices for non-operational ones, they will leave the school without signing out, they will argue, and so on and so on. Often, it takes us hours following up with these issues, tracking down students, contacting parents, arranging meetings, assigning follow-up discipline. We are also now dealing with wearable devices as well. Some students are wearing wireless headphones connected to Smart watches and are totally disengaged with the curriculum. It is not unusual for students to burst into tears at the mere thought of being separated from their phones. We are quite concerned that many students have difficulty coping if they cannot constantly check and use their phones. This reliance is very disconcerting.
Last Friday, January 18th, I went on the public address system and read the following announcement:
Good morning students,
Please pay very close attention to the following announcement.
On Wednesday, teachers met after school for our monthly staff meeting. One topic on the agenda that created a lot of discussion was cell phone usage and its negative impact on learning.
So just to back this up a bit, as a school, we have always embraced technology and have always celebrated our innovativeness. In the past few years, we have invested close to $50,000 in our network infrastructure and this doesn't include money spent on computer and chromebook purchases. Last year, when we noticed that some students and teachers were losing connections to the wifi, we once again made the decision to improve our infrastructure. We now have an additional 26 network drops installed throughout our school that are now ready for us to purchase 26 more Arubas (arubas are the wifi connections). When this is finally complete, every part of this school will have wifi access that should be able to accommodate all staff and student connections.
The School District has very clear expectations for student use of its wifi and how and when student devices should be used. The phrase that is repeated through this policy is "Educational Use". And I am confident that many of you do in fact use your smart phones to help you with your in-class instruction and work. Our school policy is very clear that students may only use personal devices with teacher's permission. We need to assess the benefits that cell phones are providing to the instructional environment versus the cons. Some concerns that are coming forward are the excessive number of times teachers have to ask students to put away their phones. There are too many times that this leads to an extended argument with some students, the loss of instructional time this creates, the times that students are communicating with one another during class time, the fall out from bullying and drama, photos and videos that are being taken on school grounds and disseminated, and students who are disengaged when they wear headphones while the teacher is instructing. All these things are creating a less than ideal teaching-learning environment.
One suggestion that is coming through loud and clear is that we should just disable the student wifi or do what another metro high school is doing and simply suspend any student who takes out a cell phone in class. I think that with some cooperation, we can continue to offer students wifi but you need to start exercising self-control and start reminding each other to keep your phones out of sight. I think that you will find teachers in this school to be very accommodating and reasonable. Many don't mind giving you a couple of minutes at the end of class to check your messages and some even schedule in a break midway through class.
When your teacher is ready to begin instruction, be respectful and put away your device. Putting your device away, does not mean laying it on your desk where you will be tempted to use it. It means to actually put it away...in your pocket, in your purse or book bag, etc.
Teachers are actually giving you a break if they give you a warning and a reminder because our school policy says that if you take your personal device out in class without teacher permission, they should direct you to the main office when your device will be kept for the day. Failure to turn it over would most likely result in further school discipline such as suspension, loss of privileges, etc.
So just to clue up, our number one priority as teachers is to help you succeed academically to the best of your ability. Disruptions in the classroom interfere with both us and you achieving this goal.
I ask teachers today to track these disruptions and check in with Mr. Elliott and me at the end of the school day. If we determine the disruptions are continuing, then we will disable the wifi on Monday.
Thank you and once again, we are looking for your cooperation so you don't lose this privilege.
Throughout this week, teachers have been monitoring the situation but a significant number of students are still not being compliant. As a staff, we are hesitant to suspend students as that has a definite negative impact on student achievement, but disabling the wifi should have fewer negative consequences. Our wireless Chromebooks will still connect to our network. Cell tower connectivity is spotty in our building so students are welcome to use our office phone if they wish to contact their home. Even though the wifi may be temporarily disabled, our Personal Device Use policy is still in effect. If teachers see an improvement in student engagement in the classroom, i.e. no personal devices being used without teacher permission, we may reconnect students to our wifi.
If you have a moment this weekend, please have a chat with your child about the responsible and appropriate use of personal devices within the school environment.
Mr. Rodgers and Mr. Elliott
Senior Prom Update
As some of you are aware, both Queen Elizabeth Regional High School (QE) and Holy Spirit High School (HS), through NLESD Finance and Procurement, posted a public tender for food services (three course meal) for the upcoming prom. We were, however, unsuccessful in securing a food provider despite posting the public tender twice. In the past, this meal has cost approximately $33,000. In consultation with HS, we are exploring the option of providing an alternative food option. What this will be, will be determined by a number of factors.
Our QE Senior Prom Committee met with HS Senior Prom Committee on Thursday, January 17th and brainstormed some options. When we finalize an alternative plan, we will adjust ticket costs. Both QE and HS are renting the CBS stadium for the two evenings for a total cost of approximately $20,000. We understand this night is an important milestone in the lives of your children and we are working to recreate the same formality as we have had in the past with a more cost effective approach.
If you have any questions, please contact our Senior Prom Chair firstname.lastname@example.org
QE Prom Committee
Congratulations to Anita Nugent for winning our Safe Prom 50/50 prize (over $8000). The winning ticket number was 0855.
THE DUKE OF EDINBURGH'S INTERNATIONAL AWARD
Seven QE students received Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards at a ceremony on December 11, 2018. Pictured are achievers Vanessa Lomholt-Mortensen, Evan O’Reilly, Brianna Dawe, Jakob Dawe, Ashley Russell, Anna Hutchings and Nicholas Myers. MHA Barry Petten was also in attendance to show his support.
Yearbooks are available at the office for any students that ordered one.
IMPORTANT NOTICE TO SAFE PROM PARENTS
50/50 tickets are now available to sell. Tickets are $10 in books of ten and are first come first serve.
Tickets will NOT be distributed via students. Parents who want to sell tickets need to contact Claudette Hickey by texting or calling 727-8843 or emailing email@example.com to pick up tickets.
Again, any parent that wants to be on the email list for updates must send a message to the above email address to be added.
This is a great fundraiser...we did really well with it last year. If we can get all tickets sold, this will be the one and only time we will need to fund-raise....and it will be a great prize for someone just before Christmas.
Thanks for your support.
Our school is organizing a trip to Italy, France, and Spain for Easter 2020.
There will be an information session for all interested students and parents on MONDAY, OCTOBER 15th @ 7 PM.
Contact Mme. Connors if you have any questions or are unable to attend the meeting - firstname.lastname@example.org
School Messenger: Choosing Contact Method
As parents, you now have the ability to change which phone numbers or email addresses are contacted when your child’s school sends a message.
Simply go to schoolmessnger.com/start and you will be able log into the webpage or you can download the parent app to your mobile device.
As part of the login process, you will be asked to select the phone number AND email address that you have on file at the school and you will receive a confirmation email/call for security purposes.
(If choosing the app, you may be prompted for a customer ID, which is “NLESD”)
Once in, you can choose which phone/email you want active and which broadcast types should go to to each.
Bus Routes for 2018-2019
Please click on this link for current bus route information. Please note the following changes:
- Route 17-160-1 stop changed from 606 Seal Cove Rd to 565 Seal Cove Rd
- Route 17-160-2 turnaround changed from 52 Andrews Rd to 94 Andrews Rd
- Route 17-160-8A stop added 409 Conception Bay Hwy
- Route 17-160-6A stop added Tilleys Rd S & Maple Oak Path
- 17-160-7 - stop added Dunns Hill Rd & Ric Carre Dr
- 17-160-8 - stop changed from 60 Kerry Ave to 50 Kerry Ave
- 17-160-8 - stop added 19 Kerry Ave
The District website will be updated with the new bus route document, and contractor has been notified of the changes. Changes will take effect on the morning of September 19, 2018.
Student Parking Concerns
March 5, 2018
We are addressing some student parking concerns we have. First, the student parking lot can be congested at times, especially when we have a heavy snowfall and parking is limited. To address this, we have allowed some students to park along the soccer field as an overflow section. Since we started this, we have experienced a significant number of issues. Some students continue to park in the area of the soccer field clearly marked with No Parking Signs and some students are driving the wrong way in front our school. One reason we ask students not to park next to the end of the soccer field is so they will not interfere with the flow of traffic and any buses that may be called throughout the day. Students are parking along the fence even though there is plenty of parking available in the student parking lot. What we thought would be a solution to help students so they could bring their vehicles onto school property has actually become a nuisance. Please discuss with your child that parking their vehicles on school property is a privilege and not a right. Transportation is provided for all students attending our school.
Today, we are installing concrete barriers so that students can clearly see the limits of the overflow parking area. We are also installing signage to the entrance of the student parking lot so there is no confusion as to where students are expected to park. Any students who continue to defy our parking expectations will not be permitted to bring their vehicles onto school property or may be subject to other forms of school discipline including but not limited to suspensions.
Thank you for your support in this matter.
REMINDER: VIDEO SURVEILLANCE
Pursuant to https://www.nlesd.ca/includes/files/policies/doc/1456152390765.pdf, all students and parents are reminded that our school has video surveillance cameras throughout our school. Each area under surveillance is clearly marked. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to call the school and ask to speak to either the Principal or Assistant Principal.
Video Surveillance Notification
As per District Policy, this message is simply to inform you that our school has a video surveillance system and that this system is in operation 24/7. All areas under video surveillance are clearly marked with signage.