Dear Parents and Guardians,
Welcome to the second semester of your child’s Grade 10 school year! As we begin these next 5 months, we wanted to provide you with information on your child’s upcoming provincial exams.
Your child will write three provincial exams this June 2013:
- English 10 1-3pm Friday, June 21st 2013
- Math 10 TBA (required materials: scientific calculator)
- Science 10 1-3pm Thursday, June 20 2013
What do I need to know about provincial exams?
- If a student does not write an exam, they WILL NOT pass the course, no matter what mark they have in their course work.
- Each exam is worth 20% of a student’s overall grade in a course.
- Each exam is 2 hours long (although students can take up to 3 hours to write).
- These exams are created and monitored by the provincial government. All BC students must write the same exam at the same time across the province.
- Regular classes end Friday June 14th. Exams start Monday June 17th.
- There are only 18 weeks of school left (from Feb 3rd, 2013).
- After Grade 10, students are only required to write two more provincial exams: Social Studies 11 and English 12.
What happens if my child misses an exam?
Please contact the school’s office at 250-391-9002 as soon as possible to discuss when future exams will be offered and to register your child in them. You may also email Heather Lait at email@example.com.
How can I help my child prepare for their provincial exams?
- The most crucial thing you can do is to encourage full attendance. If your child misses a day, please encourage them to attend the Friday tutorials to catch up. If, for whatever reason, your child will miss more than 30% of the next 5 months (5 or more days a month) please meet with us to discuss other options such as paper-based, online, night and/or summer classes.
- Check out former exams (and answer keys) on the government website and discuss them with your child (www.bced.gov.bc.ca/exams).
- Monitor your child’s school work by looking through their binder and browsing our class website (http://futuresprogram.sd62.bc.ca).
- Provide a quiet workspace for homework at a regular time each day after school.
- Encourage healthy sleep patterns and eating habits. Breakfast and lunch help students think!
- Help your child study twice a week during the semester (e.g. index cards, have them teach you)
- Encourage silent reading at home and journal keeping to improve reading and writing skills.
Thank you for your support!
Devon Stokes-Bennett (firstname.lastname@example.org) & Dawn Anderson (email@example.com)