Dear Bayside Parents,
SIS will be closed next week (October 2-6) for the National Day Holiday and Mid-Autumn Festival. Classes will resume for students on Monday, October 9. Have a safe and restful break.
Mike Livingston – SIS Secondary Principal
Progress Reports and Student-Involved Conferences – Progress reports will be available on Friday, October 13. This year the progress reports will be available online on the Gecko portal. Earlier this month all parents received login information for the Gecko portal. Search your mailbox for a message from Ken Tsui to retrieve your personal login information.
An important event for all parents is our parent-teacher conferences. At Bayside these are called “Student-Involved Conferences” because this is an opportunity for the student, parents and teacher to have a conversation focused on learning. This year the Student-Involved Conferences will be on Monday, October 16 (MS students only) and Tuesday, October 17 (MS and HS students). Please use the link after the Student-Involved Conference information to sign up for your time.
Here’s some more information about how we report progress at Bayside:
Reporting Periods – SIS uses a semester system with two reporting periods in the academic year. Report cards are distributed at the end of the first semester in January and at the end of the second semester in June. Report cards are the official records of student progress. A report card shows a students’ proficiency levels for the reporting standards and ESLRs. In the high school, a letter grade is also provided. These show up on high school transcripts, are sent on to other schools when students transfer, and used when applying for universities.
Progress Reports available on Friday, October 13 – Progress reports are provided at the mid-point of each semester. These documents are used to communicate student progress to the students and parents. They are meant to inform parents of current progress and serve as a conversation starter for Student-Involved Conferences. Progress Reports are not part of a students’ permanent record and are not shared with other schools. Overall scores are not reported on the progress reports.
Student-Involved Conferences on Monday and Tuesday, October 16-17 – Student-Involved Conferences are an opportunity for parents, together with their child, to meet with teachers. It is important that your child attend the conference with you. We ask parents to sign up for a 2-hour time block to meet with all of their child’s teachers. (If you have more than one child you must sign up for more than one time block.) All of the teachers will be stationed on the first floor at Bayside in the music rooms, the drama room, in the cafe area, and in the amphitheater. Parents will be free to move around the first floor and meet with teachers for up to 10 minutes. If you need to meet longer, you can schedule a time to come in another day and continue your conversation. We require parents to sign up ahead of time for these conferences. We will honour the time of those who signed up so no “drop ins” are allowed.
Conference Sign Up Link – Please follow this link to SignUpGenius to sign up for a Student-Involved Conference time.
I look forward to seeing all of you at our Student-Involved Conferences.
Week Without Walls – All students in grades 6-11 will participate in our Week Without Walls programs during the week of October 23. Initial information about each grade level trip was sent home already and all parents should have completed an online registration form. Grade 12 students will remain at Bayside to work with their advisors and the university counselor.