I just wanted to touch base with you about the Math Bridging program that MUN is offering this summer.
We are offering credit and non-credit programs. The non-credit program is open to everyone, at no cost, while the credit program has restricted enrolment, and standard tuition rates apply.
Full details here: https://www.mun.ca/math/bridging/
The short version (for NL students):
If you were doing Math 3208 and it was interrupted, you’re eligible for a special section of Math 1000, starting June 4, so that you can take Math 1001 in the Fall semester. (Late entry is possible, but students should register as soon as possible.)
If you were likewise doing Math 3200 and it was interrupted, you’re eligible for a special section of Math 1090, starting June 4, so that you can take Math 1000 in the Fall semester. (Late entry is possible, but students should register as soon as possible.)
Anyone else can register for a non-credit 4-week course, ideally to prepare you to go to Math 1090 in the Fall semester, but also suitable for anyone in any high school course that wants to practice basic skills such as algebra and trig before starting MUN in the Fall.
Please feel free to distribute this widely to math teachers and math students. All inquiries should go to email@example.com.
The following link is for a video that was created by District Board of Trustees and is for graduating students in NL. Please check it out: https://bit.ly/NLESBGrad2020
Date: May 8, 2020
Re: Social & Emotional Learning Sessions (SEL)
During these unprecedented times the Newfoundland and Labrador English School District
(NLESD) has continued to provide services and resources that assist students in managing their
mental health and wellness while classes are suspended.
On April 7th, NLESD launched the telephone counselling component of its Volunteer Guidance
Services Initiative. This service has seen both parents and students reach out to our team for
support in navigating through these challenging times.
To expand upon this initiative, our team of volunteer school guidance counselors will be
providing further support through online Social Emotional Learning Sessions. These will be
facilitated using Google Meet. The sessions will be live events open to all students. To access
these SEL sessions, students must log in to their NLESD Google account.
These Social and Emotional Learning events are not counselling sessions rather they are live
group gatherings for the purpose of promoting positive mental health and wellbeing.
A schedule of upcoming fun/helpful sessions will be posted on the Well-Being section of the
Learning at Home website at https://learningathome.nlesd.ca/well-being/guidance-services so
that users can easily view presentation times, obtain session information, and join as they wish.
★ First live session is Tuesday May 12th, 11:00 am (NST)
Your Social Distancing Survival Guide
Canadian Mental Health Association: Mental Health Meter
To : Parents/Guardians of grade 9 students
From: PCHS Admin.
Re: On-line learning
Date: April 24/20
Dear Parents and Guardians of grade 9 students,
Our school and the school district are working on ways to assist students who are having difficulty connecting with teachers and classmates in an online learning environment. We are in the process of determining the level of access that students have to electronic devices or the internet in their home. To determine the level of need, the district has created a survey using Google Forms. The following link will take you to the form. Please complete the survey if possible:
The results of this survey will allow us to best determine how to support our students. Thank you for taking the time to complete this survey.
Attention parents, guardians and students: April 21st!
Please be advised that report cards were put in the mail today. I expect that you will receive report cards tomorrow but in any event delivery should be no later than Friday, April 24/20. If for some reason you do receive a report card this week, please call the school and leave a message on the answering machine. As always thank you for your continued support, practice physical distancing, and stay safe.
To : Parents/Guardians
From: PCHS Admin.
Re: On-line learning
Date: April 17/20
Dear Parents and Guardians of Level I-III students,
Our school and the school district are working on ways to assist students who are having
difficulty connecting with teachers and classmates in an online learning environment. We are in
the process of determining the level of access that students have to electronic devices or the
internet in their home. To determine the level of need, the district has created a survey using
Google Forms. The following link will take you to the form. Please complete the survey if
The results of this survey will allow us to best determine how to support our students. Thank you
for taking the time to complete this survey.
From: NLESD, Student Services Division
Date: April 6, 2020
Re: Launch of NL Guidance Services
During these unprecedented circumstances, our priority remains the health and well-being of
our students. The Newfoundland and Labrador English School District (NLESD) will continue to
provide services and resources that assist students in managing their mental health while
in-school instruction and attendance is suspended.
We want students to know that help is still close by and they are not alone.
Therefore, as of Tuesday, April 7, the District will be launching NL Guidance Services in an
effort to ensure that all students have access to a qualified School Counsellor during this time.
We have established a volunteer team of counsellors from across the district who will:
● Provide confidential, individual counselling services via telephone during school hours
(9:00 am - 3:00pm NST Monday to Friday); and
● Make referrals to community agencies as necessary and appropriate.
This is not intended to replace other services a student may currently be availing of, such as
ongoing counselling services with their school-based counsellor or outside services provided by
a private mental health professional or medical personnel. Inquiries that are academic in nature
must be directed to the student’s school. We ask that students who are currently receiving
services from their School Counsellor to contact them directly through email.
How to Access NLESD Guidance Services:
● Visit bit.ly/NLGuidance and complete the secure School Counsellor Referral form
● Call the toll-free hotline at 1-833-772-0007
This information is also available from the District’s website at www.nlesd.ca. A member of our
team will make every effort to contact students on the same business day that their requests are
If the situation is an emergency, and you or someone else is at risk of imminent harm,
please call 911 or contact the Mental Health Crisis Line which is available 24/7 at
Additional Support Services
Kids Help Phone - text 686868 or call 1-800-668-6868 or visit www.kidshelpphone.ca
CHANNAL Peer Support: The Warm Line 1-855-753-2560 (9 am – 12 midnight)
Mental Health & Addictions Systems Navigator 1-877-999-7589 (9 am – 5 pm weekdays)
Health Line: 811 24 hours; 7 days/week
Bridge the gapp Website www.bridgethegapp.ca
Crisis Text Line: Text ‘Talk’ to 686868 (24 hours; 7 days/week)
Parent/Teacher memo April 2nd:
The Department of Education and Early Childhood Development has announced there will be
no public exams this year. NLESD is also announcing that there will be no intermediate or high
school exams in any course this year. As such, the District is now able to make plans to address
marks for all high school students (Levels 1-3) for the 2019-20 academic year.
Current Grades/Report Cards for High School
● As a first step, all high school teachers will review students' performance up to and
including March 13, 2020 and, using their professional judgement, arrive at a current
grade for each student enrolled in their courses.
● Principals will communicate this current grade to families in report card format by April
● If schools are able to reopen for in-class instruction prior to the end of the academic
year, any curricular outcomes assessed at that time may be utilized to improve a
● While a current grade will be generated, learning will continue. Teachers will continue to
exercise their professional judgement to assess student engagement and progress with
online learning opportunities, and will adjust final grades if it is to the student’s
● The priority focus will be on students who are eligible to graduate this year, and
preparing them for post-secondary opportunities. (Note: The District is prioritizing the
resolution of access to technology/connectivity issues for graduating students in need).
Next Steps - Student Engagement for All
● Schools will be checking in regularly with each student. This can take many forms,
including group emails/texts from teachers to students/parents if they have access to
● All high school students may access the Centre for Distance Learning and Innovation
(CDLI) which has online learning resources and course materials available here:
The District is having ongoing discussions with Memorial University and the College of the North
Atlantic with regards to flexibility around entrance requirements and their processes for
determining scholarship recipients. In the meantime:
● Level 3 students on track to graduate will be eligible to graduate.
● Teachers will direct students to CDLI online resources and provide feedback, guidance,
and support to their students accessing the platform, or any other supplementary course
materials that the teacher provides. Again, the District is prioritizing the resolution of
access to technology/connectivity issues for graduating students in need.
● Credit Rescue and Credit Recovery options will continue to be available so there is no
negative impact on students graduating or transitioning to post-secondary institutions.
Teachers will work with students to identify what is required to earn that credit and
develop a plan outlining what they need to complete to pass the course.
● Students should continue learning if they are able, and parents should continue to
support students if they can. The aim is to address any gaps in learning so as to best
position students for graduation and post-secondary pursuits.
● The Centre for Distance Learning and Innovation (CDLI) provides access to high school
● Teachers will provide feedback, guidance, and support to their students accessing the
CDLI platform or any other supplementary course materials that the teacher provides.
● The District also has its own Mathematics YouTube channel with a variety of
instructional videos and other resources available for Grades 7 to Level 3. High school
resources include Math 1201; Math 2201 and Math 3201.
● Teachers can also connect with students through various online platforms, such as
Google Classroom and Google Meet, a video conferencing tool.
● Teachers can use material on the Learning at Home: Good at Learning - Good at Life
website to support continued learning.
● There are also Grades 7-9 mathematics resources available through the District’s
Mathematics YouTube channel (Grade 7; Grade 7 (French); Grade 8; Grade 8 (French);
Grade 9, and CDLI (Grade 9 Mathematics only).
● Teachers can also connect with students through various platforms such as Google
Classroom and Google Meet.
● The District has a variety of online resources available to families through its website,
including Code to Learn resources, Internet and Social Media (ISMS) resources, Health
and Wellness resources, and Mental Health Resources.
Equity of Access - The District is in the process of determining the need for computer hardware
and connectivity for students without access. While observing public health direction, the
distribution of hardware will occur and we are exploring options to provide connectivity for those
who need it. For students with personal and/or health circumstances which prevent them from
engaging in learning at this time, learning will resume once classes resume. Please be
reassured that teachers will respond to individual student learning needs once classes resume.
Guidance Services - Guidance services will be available to all students. Students will be able to
schedule individual service and there will be opportunities for students to join group sessions
based on areas of interest.
The Newfoundland and Labrador English School District will support the continuation of learning
for our students. We are improving our ability to operate from a distance learning perspective.
However, we recognize that replicating what occurred in a face-to-face classroom environment
has its limitations. In the meantime, parents need not worry that their child will “fall behind”, or
be concerned about trying to re-create an instructional environment at home. That is neither
practical, nor possible.
First and foremost, the health and well-being of the families of our students and staff is
paramount. We are cognizant of the personal circumstances of families who may be dealing
with any number of challenges associated with the COVID-19 situation. Together, we will
support students wherever they are in their learning journey when this health emergency ends.
I thank you for your continued patience and understanding as we continue to adjust and adapt
to support our students and families during these uncertain times.
March 28, 2020
Good day Stephenville High and Piccadilly Central High School System families,
The regular public meeting of the Newfoundland and Labrador English School Board was held on
March 28, 2020. During that meeting, the Notice of Motion which was previously given at the meeting of
the Board on December 7, 2019, for these systems was withdrawn.
This decision means that the Stephenville High and Piccadilly Central High School Systems will remain
status quo for the upcoming 2020-2021 school year.
LATEST UPDATE: MAR 22
Please be advised that all public access to schools in the province has been discontinued effective immediately. Until further advised, all personal belongings must remain at the school. We apologize for this inconvenience. We ask for your continued patience and understanding during this most difficult time. Stay safe!
To: All Families
From: Tony Stack, CEO/Director of Education
Subject: Expectations and Next Steps
Date: March 19, 2020
The Newfoundland and Labrador English School District continues to formulate plans to support
our province’s students and teachers following the unprecedented suspension of in-class
instruction within the public K-12 school system. As new protocols have been put in place, many
District employees throughout the province are working from home, as all residents of our
province manage child care, health care and, in some instances, care-giver responsibilities.
These are challenging times for us all. I want to assure you the public education system will
remain connected to our students and will be available to support our school communities
through whatever means are available and safe.
Families and students can expect contact from their classroom teachers in the coming days as
we aim to maintain the connections and relationships we have developed. Our teachers will
continue to be in regular weekly contact with our families, although this may look different
depending on individual circumstances. Our teachers will be utilizing teacher-home
communications through email or other electronic means. Your teachers will remain the link
between your family and any supports (e.g., guidance services) available through schools and
K-9 Next Steps and Resources
While it is unknown how long the suspension of in-school instruction may continue, the District
is advising families that all K-9 students will be progressing to the next grade level, no matter
what occurs with the remainder of the school year. Teachers will respond to learners’ needs
when this academic year resumes or the new school year begins.
District Programs staff will provide access to general resources, and in the coming weeks,
primary, elementary, and intermediate resources for students to engage in learning activities.
Please note, there will not be an expectation for teachers to assign grades or values to any work
being undertaken while at home, but students are encouraged to share their work with
educators for feedback, guidance and encouragement where possible.
High School Courses
The District is in discussions with the Department of Education and Early Childhood
Development and post-secondary institutions about the protocols for high school credit courses.
Those discussions remain ongoing at this time and further information can be expected in the
days ahead. I can reassure graduating high school students and their families that we are
focused on ensuring that post-secondary plans are not negatively impacted.
Relationships and Personal Wellness
There should be no reason for families to be stressed or concerned about trying to recreate
what is achieved in the regular school environment. Within the District, our current collective
focus is on our learners and our staff; on maintaining and even strengthening our relationships.
As I have indicated before, these are challenging times for us all. Let’s focus on doing what we
can, while looking after our own health, supporting each other, and attending to those in need
On behalf of the District, I take this opportunity to thank all members of our school communities
for your patience, concern, and continued commitment to our young people. I believe one of the
most important characteristics we will draw on in the days to come will be our individual
willingness to adapt and respond in extraordinary circumstances. We are stronger together,
even with the physical distance that must currently exist between us.
Please continue to follow recommendations from public health officials in the coming days and
weeks, in the best interest of all.
PCHS Cell Phone Expectations (2019-20)
The staff and administration of PCHS recognize the value of cell phones and other electronic devices as important learning tools. It is also understood that unrestricted usage of cell phones and other electronic devices can negatively impact the teaching/learning process.
For the 2019-20 academic year the following protocol shall be in effect with regards to the employment of cell phones during instructional time…
Piccadilly Central High School Latest News
- Please review the following policies from the Newfoundland and Labrador English School District:
- Test/quizzes missed due to unexcused absences will result in a 10% reduction penalty. Students will write the assessment the following day.
- Late assignments due to unexcused absences will result in a 5%, 5% and 10% reduction on the first three days that the assignment is past due date.
- A placeholder of 0% will be placed in gradebook until missed or late assignments/tests due to invalid reasons are completed.
- Following this link to access powerschool: https://pschool.nlesd.ca/public/