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SFU Admission Requirement Changes (Fall 2019 and Fall 2020)

Beginning Fall 2019, SFU is changing its admission requirements for high school students. The university’s current admission model, which calculates an average on only four approved grade 12 courses, has provided an inflexible and incomplete view of our students’ academic high school achievements.

Their goal is to identify high school students who demonstrate the capacity to be successful in their program of choice at SFU. The flexibility of the new admission process allows the institution to uncover potential in students who may not have risen to the surface in the more restrictive four-course evaluation model.

The new admission model will be phased in over two years; detailed information at www.sfu.ca/students/adm-req-2019-2020.html.

The grade 11 and 12 courses required for admission to some programs at SFU will continue to be quite specific, while other programs will have more flexible requirements. SFU’s new admission process values and considers all approved courses completed by a student in grade 11 and 12, and reflects their institution’s interest in encouraging a holistic approach to their students’ academic preparation for their post-secondary career.

The changes below will impact course selection for current high school students.

FALL 2019 Incoming cohort (current grade 11 students)

Grade 11 requirements: no changes. Students must present:

  • English 11
  • Language 11
  • Science 11
  • Math 11 (minimum 60%)

Grade 12 requirements:

  • minimum of 5 approved grade 12 courses, including English 12
  • minimum final blended grade of 70% in English 12
  • two lists of approved grade 12 courses for each program/faculty:
    • List A: includes grade 12 courses required or recommended for the program
    • List B: includes additional approved grade 12 courses
  • admission evaluation is based on all approved grade 12 courses, with greater emphasis on List A courses, and allowances made for students who have completed 6 or more grade 12 courses

FALL 2020 Incoming cohort (current grade 10 students)

Grade 11 requirements: one additional grade 11 course required

  • English 11
  • Language 11
  • Science 11
  • Math 11 (minimum 60%)
  • Social Studies 11*

Grade 12 requirements:  inclusion of grade 11 courses in the evaluation

  • minimum of 5 required grade 12 courses* including English
  • minimum final grade of 70% in English Studies 12 or English First Peoples 12
  • literacy assessment must be written at the time of admission – further details will be announced when available
  • two lists of approved grade 11 and grade 12 courses for each program/faculty:
    • List A: includes grade 11 and grade 12 courses required or recommended for the program
    • List B: includes additional approved grade 11 and grade 12 courses
  • admission evaluation is based on all approved grade 11 and grade 12 courses, with greater emphasis on List A courses, and allowances made for students who have completed 6 or more grade 12 courses

*Course lists will be adjusted with new courses as the new curriculum is finalized; information to be released by January 2019.

 

Changes are bolded.

Current (Fall 2018) Effective Fall 2019 Effective Fall 2020

Required Grade 11 courses:

·English 11

·Science 11

·Language 11

·Math 11

Required Grade 11 courses:

·English 11

·Science 11

·Language 11

·Math 11

Required Grade 11 courses:

·English 11

·Science 11

·Language 11

·Math 11

·Social Studies 11*

English 12 with a minimum final blended grade of 60% English 12 with a minimum final blended grade of 70% English Studies 12 with a minimum final grade of 70%
Minimum of 4 Grade 12 courses from SFU’s approved course list (including English 12) Minimum of 5 Grade 12 courses from SFU’s approved course list (including English 12) Minimum of 5 Grade 12 courses* from SFU’s approved course list (including English Studies 12)
Admission average based on 4 Grade 12 courses (including English 12) required by program  Admission evaluation based on all Grade 12 courses taken from SFU’s approved course list.  Admission evaluation based on all Grade 11 and Grade 12 courses taken from SFU’s approved course list.

*Course lists will be adjusted with new courses as the new curriculum is finalized; information to be released by January 2019.

Reminder: RE/MAX Quest for Excellence Bursary due on March 12, 2018

RE/MAX of Western Canada Quest for Excellence bursary program closes March 12, 2018!
This year they are once again offering (16) $1,000 bursaries for a total of $16,000 to grade 12 students.
This program was established by RE/MAX of Western Canada to recognize the success and ongoing pursuits of Western Canadian students in regards to leadership and community contribution initiatives. Students can enter online at www.remax.ca.

B.C. girls and women get a step up in the navy and coast guard

Achieve Anything Foundation offers chance to learn about high-tech careers

January 27 – Day sail on the Navy warship HMCS Ottawa – departing from Vancouver, BC Jan 27

February 3 – Canadian Coast Guard / Fisheries & Oceans Canada – SAR & Science at Sea to be held at the Institute of Ocean Sciences, Sidney BC

March 31 – Search & Rescue with Canadian Coast Guard – Hovercraft Base, Richmond BC

Find out more information in the linked article.  You will also find the sign-up link in the article.

B.C. girls and women get a step up in the navy and coast guard

2017 Faraday Science Show – Physics of Winter

2017 Faraday Show – Physics in Movies (& Reality!)
14th Annual Faraday Science Show

Time/Date: 2:00-3:30pm on Sunday, December 10, 2017

Location: UBC Hebb Theatre (2045 East Mall) . The North Parkade is the closest parking lot to the Hebb Theatre.

The show is free of charge and open to the public – everybody is invited!
But bring non-perishable food items to support the Greater Vancouver Food Bank.

The Faraday Show is UBC’s annual science lecture, designed for children, presented by UBC Physics & Astronomy. This year the show will be about the wonderful season of winter! We’ll use fun experiments and demonstrations to answer questions like: Why do the seasons change? How do clouds, snow, and icicles form? How can we see heat and keep it in? And, what is the science behind the warmest winter jacket, or your favourite winter sports?

This show is for children of ALL AGES, and adults who are young at heart!

No RSVP required, though we recommend arriving 15-20 minutes earlier to get good seats.

For more information, visit the Faraday Show website (https://ubc.us4.list-manage.com/track/click?u=67ec2171f242bca2e9ca8e0ad&id=8b0931aa7a&e=c24db6d4ac) or contact the outreach program at: outreach@phas.ubc.ca  / 604-822-0596.

Scholarship Opportunities

The Canadian Women in Municipal Government Scholarship

This $1000 scholarship is open to young women students who are making a contribution to their school’s leadership teams or student councils.  More information can be found here.

Application Deadline: December 15, 2017

 

The Stacey Levitt Memorial Award

This is an annual student award of $2,500 created in Stacey’s memory, encouraging Canadian youth to embody her qualities and ideals along with Parachute’s vision of a long life lived to the fullest while maintaining an approach that is rooted in injury prevention.

Click here for more information on Stacey and the application process.  

Application Deadline: March 2, 2018

 

Bursary Opportunity from Charlene Reaveley Children’s Charity

The Charlene Reaveley Children’s Charity is a non-profit organization offering support and assistance to families with children experiencing the loss of a loved one.

All bursaries require that candidates are in good academic standing, contribute to their communities, and will be furthering their education at a post-secondary institution upon graduation. CRCCS board of directors will select the successful recipients.

To qualify for a $1000 CRCCS bursary, the student will be required to meet the criteria.  The criteria can be found here

Application Deadline: April 15, 2018

 

Ministry of Education’s scholarship program: District Authority Awards (DAA)

The purpose of the District/Authority Scholarship is to acknowledge superior achievement in the following categories:  

Applied Skills  

Community Service  

Fine Arts  

Indigenous Languages and Culture  

Physical Activity  

Second Languages  

Technical and Trades Training

The application, with more details, can be viewed here.  If you would like to see some sample  rubrics (by category) which the adjudicators consider when assessing and awarding scholarship-worthy packages please email Mrs. VanderHorst

Application Deadline:  Monday, April 23, 2018
Applications must be submitted to Mrs. VanderHorst at Hawthorne

Vancouver Aquarium Work Experience Opportunities

Please see attached the Vancouver Aquarium January 2018 placements in the Education & Children’s Programs departments. The Wet Lab placement – as always – runs Monday to Friday only. The Junior Biologist Club role is a new one for youth volunteers, and runs on Saturdays.

Students should visit the aquarium’s website for the information on how to submit an application.

The deadline to apply for these roles is December 9th

 

WorkSafeBC 13th Annual Student Safety Video Contest

Submit your original production for a chance to win cash!

Theme: Listen to your gut

We’ve all heard that voice — the one that says, “This seems dangerous. I should probably stop what I’m doing and tell someone.” Ignoring that voice could have life-changing consequences. Remember: you have a responsibility for safety, too. Listen to your gut — in other words, trust your instincts and talk to your manager or supervisor if you feel or see something is unsafe at work.

This year’s contest theme, “Listen to your gut,” challenges students to create a video (maximum two minutes) that explores the topic of how trusting your instincts can help keep you safe at work.

Video considerations

Videos should focus on how to address concerns at work when your instincts tell you something is unsafe and how this helps to reduce the risk of workplace injuries. Consider your role in creating a safe and healthy workplace, the kinds of things you can say or do if something feels unsafe, and the role of other workers, supervisors, and employers. How can “listening to your gut” create positive change at work?

Think of a creative way to get your message across in your video. All styles of video are fair game: drama, comedy, documentary, music video, stop-motion, Claymation, animation — the choice is yours!

Need inspiration?

Check out the winning videos from 2006 to 2017. Learn more about your rights and responsibilities at work on the Listen to your gut website.

Eligibility and prizes

The contest is open to B.C. students in grades 8 to 12 who have a teacher sponsor. There’s one category for students in grades 8 to 10 and one for students in grades 11 to 12.

There’s over $10,000 in prize money for students and schools. Entries will be judged on the impact of their safety message, original creative concept, and technical execution. The top entry will also advance to the national Focus on Safety Youth Video Contest to compete for additional prizes.

Submission details

Post your video on YouTube and have your teacher sponsor fill out the entry form and include the link to your video. We’ll review your video and if it meets our criteria (no inappropriate language or images and no copyrighted music, please), we’ll post your entry on our website.

For more details, see the contest rules and the entry form.

Don’t want to make a video but still want to participate?

You can participate by viewing and rating your favourite videos. Check worksafebc.com regularly to see new videos as they are posted — and don’t forget to get your family and friends to rate their favourites too!

Deadline

Deadline for submissions is Wednesday, March 28, 2018 at 5 p.m. But remember, the sooner your video is posted, the more time people will have to view and rate it.

Additional details can be found at
https://www.worksafebc.com/en/health-safety/education-training-certification/young-new-worker/student-safety-video-contest

Simon Says – November 2017

Here is the latest news and information from Simon Fraser University

Quick Links

Events

Webinars

This fall, SFU will be offering recruitment webinars for prospective students, counselors, and parents. All are welcome! Like their in-person information sessions, these webinars will discuss all that SFU has to offer for undergraduate students, as well as information regarding admissions, financial aid, and residence. Attendees will also have the opportunity to have their questions answered live by SFU staff.

Register now

Program Fair: Explore your options

Counsellors, students, and their families are invited to attend our 2017 Program Fair on Wednesday, November 22 at SFU’s Surrey campus. This fun and informative event will help your students choose their post-secondary program with confidence.

Register and learn more

UBC APPLIED SCIENCE OPEN HOUSE

Sign up for the UBC Applied Science Open House

Saturday, November 18, 2017 – 10:00am – 4:00pm

Fred Kaiser Building, 2332 Main Mall, Vancouver

Interested in engineering or architecture? You and your family are invited to join us on Saturday, November 18th. Meet with professors, staff, and students who can help you decide whether UBC Applied Science is right for you.

There’ll be cool demonstrations, fascinating lab tours, and informative presentations. Talk to advisors, professors and current students about all your options. Learn how applied science can make a world of difference. Bring your friends and family to explore – we suggest you plan to attend the whole day, as there are activities happening throughout the day.

https://apsc.ubc.ca/openhouse?utm_source=ubc_facebook&utm_campaign=apscopenhouse