I wanted to take this opportunity to provide an update on how things are progressing along for 2021 Grad class.
Isfeld Grad 2021 - June 26th
The end of Grade 12 is quickly approaching. Isfeld school, and the Comox Valley School District, recognizes the importance of graduation ceremonies to our students, their families and the educational community. Our District adheres to the orders of the Public Health Officer of British Columbia with regards to physical distancing and social gatherings as well as directives applicable to school-organized graduation events.
‘Drive Thru’: 2021 Saturday June 26th starting at 2:00 p.m. uates will be participating in a ‘drive thru’ uation event on
For the ‘drive thru’ ceremony, we are requesting that our Grads be a passenger in a car driven by their parent/guardian and drive up in the main entrance at their predetermined time slot (next section). The reception/stage area will be setup outside the school, under a large tent. Grads will step out of their car just past the first crosswalk, move down the sidewalk to collect their “swag bag” at a designated area, and then line up social distancing waiting to cross a stage. In addition to their Grad booklet, the ‘’swag bag” will have some gifts and may also contain any bursary letters or school award certificates. While lined up, there will be an opportunity for photos at the ‘red carpet’, just prior to having their photo taken while crossing the stage/reception area.
While the Grads move through the above steps, all guests stay in their car as it moves up in up the ‘drive thru’ order, finally stopping right next to the stage/reception area at same time their graduate arrives. Once next to the stage, guests can take pictures while staying in their car and wait to pick up their graduate once they have crossed the stage. In respect of our ‘drive thru’ event protocols, we are requesting that guests do not park in the parking lot and gather near the stage.
'Drive-Thru' Arrival Times: We will be using 10-minute slots, accommodating 10 graduates in each time slot, but allowing students to signup for available times so they can coordinate arrival with other grads. The signup sheets will be available next Monday in the Isfeld front foyer starting at 2:20pm. Monday. We need to structure arrival times in this manner to best accommodate or 160 graduates and their families during our ‘drive thru’ event.
Grad Cap and Gown: All Grads will have the opportunity to collect their Grad cap and gown several days prior to the 26th. This will allow for photos earlier in on grad day for those who wish to have this option and being ready for the ceremony. Graduates may also choose to wear the Grad gown to the ‘drive thru’ ceremony or arrive in their formal attire. The cap, complete with date tassel, and gown have been ordered for each graduate to keep and do not need to be returned. This allows for further photo opportunities with family after the ‘drive thru’ event, while keeping in mind current gathering restrictions in place for the public.
Grad 'car route': Once s have collected their packages and left the stage, then and families are encouraged to drive along a “ Route” around the Isfeld area. This route is attached and provides another opportunity for friends and community members to line the route and join in on our ’s celebration. After completing the driving route, cars can then return home so that families can enjoy the Grad ceremony video at their convenience. The video will be available as a video download link on our website, on the day of Grad.
Additional reminder, immediate attention may be required.
Grad dress/formal attire photos: The deadline for your Grad Dress/ Formal attire photos will be extended to Monday, June 7th, (3pm) and those go to Lisa email@example.com. If you have not already done so, please submit a formal attire photo of yourself taken before the cut-off Monday. Where possible, we would like every Grad to have two pictures to display on the ceremony video.
Good afternoon everyone:
Valedictorians: On Monday, graduates will have an opportunity to view the video submissions of 5 applicants in the final phase of the selection process – the Grad student vote. The Valedictorian staff committee has selected the 5 students (in alphabetical order) to move on to this final phase.
Noah Aldinger, Isabella Anderson, Mirren Buchanan, Sarah Dolman, Louis Payne
The above listed students will have their video submission presented to you, our graduates through a video streaming session next Monday at the end of your D block class, here at school. This will be followed by an online grad student vote via Microsoft Forms. The voting link will be emailed to you Monday, and voting will be open from 2pm Monday, May 31 until 2pm Tuesday, June 1. Isfeld Graduates will be asked to select their ONE pick for valedictorian, and the overall top selections (typically two, but last year three) will be your valedictorians this year.
After student voting is completed on Tuesday, the successful candidates will be announced.
Grad Song: We will be asking you to vote on a Grad song as well. Appropriate nominations are being collected via the group chat over the weekend, and choices will be on the ballot along with your valedictorian selection.
TA bios: Also, please connect via email with your TA teacher about your questioonaire and Bio speech. The TA list has been posted, and many TA teachers have already tried to reach out to grads but have not got a response from you. Deadline for your completed questionnaire to TA teachers is Monday, the 31st.
Extra Photo for Grad video: Your formal attire photo (as per my May 19th email) is due to Lisa by June 4th. Please review that email or see the Grad webpage for details.
More information regarding the June 26th ceremony will be coming in my next email.
Thank you for your patience and efforts at this busy time of year.
Hello 2021 Graduates and families:
As we start our final term for the school year, we are sending out an update on our 2021 Grad procedures at this point:
The Graduation Ceremony
Our Graduation Ceremony is scheduled for the afternoon of Saturday, June26th. At this time, the ceremony will be a ‘drive thru’ event, very similar to last year’s, to align with the other main SD71 high schools as well as Provincial Health Orders regarding social gatherings. Last year, students arrived to first gather their gown and “gift bag”, then receive their diploma booklet and have their photo taken while crossing our outdoor stage. The grad ceremony (speeches, photos, recognition) was produced as a video, and provided to families for viewing later at home. There will be more information regarding the timeline and details of the event in future message.
We will be providing Grad gowns again this year, so we need student height measurements to our office by 3pm on April 28th. You can email your height to Chelsea.firstname.lastname@example.org or fill it out on the form on the main office window. Info is currently out in our announcements. Our plan is to provide the gowns to students so they can take them off the school site for additional photos with family and friends. PHO large group gathering restrictions will limit the opportunity to take larger group/family photos on site here at Isfeld on Grad day.
There will be no Grad fees for our 2021 Graduates. The school will be covering all the costs associated with the ceremony, video and keepsakes.
This is typically the time of year we begin the process of selecting our valedictorians. The valedictorians speak together during our videotaped graduation ceremony on behalf of you, the graduating class. These are important positions and require a lot of work to do well. Once again, teachers will be assisting in valedictorian selection and with the preparation of their speeches. If you think you’re up for the challenge, we will be sending out a Nomination Application forms in early May.
Each year Grads select a song to be played as they march out at the end of the Graduation Ceremony. Songs are intended to fun and representative of the Grad Class (and yes, they must be appropriate). If you would like to nominate a song, we will be setting up an nomination and voting procedure by late May.
We typically make decisions about bursaries in May and announce them to students in June. We are still on track to do that.
Post-Secondary Institution (PSI) Transcript sharing
Grade 12 and adult students can view and order their transcripts to be sent to PSI’s, prospective employers and themselves on the Student Transcripts Service at: www.studenttranscripts.gov.bc.ca/ Students must create a Basic BCeID account to access their information. Students need only complete their PSI selections once in the current school year. Students should make their PSI selections by May 1, 2021, but if needed, may add to their selections (but this window may have a limited time opening). The following ministry links are also on the Isfeld website under the Grad tab:
Registering for a BCeID and accessing the Student Transcripts Service
How to order/send a transcript to a Post–Secondary Institution
How to send a transcript to an employer, yourself or anyone
That’s all for now. Keep working hard in the final term.
Imortant Grad Dates
|September||24||Grad Executive Initial Meeting|
|October||2||Virtual NIC Advisor Visit|
How to Tips for Post-Secondary Applications: Flex Block in the Library - last name A-K
How to Tips for Post-Secondary Applications: Flex Block in the Library - last name L-Z
|October||14||Grad Executive Meeting 3:00 MPR|
|October||15||North Island College Post-Secondary Live Virtual Tour for Grade 11 & 12 Session 1 3:30-5:00; Session 2 7:00-8:30|
|October||21||Grad Clothing Sub-Committee Meeting 3:00 Library|
|November||6||Virtual NIC Advisor Visit|
|November||17||Grad Executive Meeting 3:00 MPR|
|November||18 & 19||Post Secondary Institute Virtual Fair https://www.postsecondarybc.ca/event/psbc-virtual-fair-north-mid-island-sunshine-coast/|
|November||26||North Island College Post-Secondary Live Virtual Tour for Grade 11 & 12 Session 1 3:30-5:00; Session 2 7:00-8:30 Check slideshow for more details Post Secondary Slideshow|
|December||9||Virtual NIC Advisor Visit|
|January||14-31||Grad Clothing Store is Now Open!|
|January||6||Virtual NIC Advisor Visit|
|January||19||Grad Executive Meeting 3:00 MPR|
|January||20-21||Canadian Universities Event 4:00-7:00 pm https://cuebc.org/|
|January||20-21||Vancouver Island University Virtual Event 1:00-6:30 pm https://info.viu.ca/experienceviu-register/|
|February||3||Virtual NIC Advisor Visit|
|February||8||Bursary Booklet Available Online at 12:00 pm|
|February||8 & 9||Grad Photo Retakes|
|March||3||Virtual NIC Advisor Visit|
|March||12||Bursary Application Deadline at 3:25 pm|
|April||14||Virtual NIC Advisor Visit|
|May||5||Virtual NIC Advisor Visit|
|June||2||Virtual NIC Advisor Visit|
|June||26||Grad Ceremony (if social distancing is required)|