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Welcome Back - School Information for September 4 & 5, 2018

August 30, 2018
September 4th and 5th School Opening Day Information Tuesday, September 4th, 2018 Grade Assemblies & Schedule Handouts                         9:00am                   Grade 8s  - Report to the Large Gym to Meet Leaders                         9:15am                   Grade 8s  - Report to Homerooms (30 min)  9:50am                   Grade 8s  - Report to Large...
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Letter to Handsworth Parents & Guardians: Update Regarding School Evacuation | June 14, 2018

June 14, 2018
Dear Parents/Guardians of Handsworth Secondary, Subject: Update regarding school evacuation Following up to communication from the North Vancouver School District, I have some important information I would like to share to address and alleviate any concerns you may have. This morning the school administration was notified of a threat to the...
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Letter to Handsworth Parents & Guardians | June 14, 2018

June 14, 2018
June 14, 2018 Dear Handsworth Parents and Guardians: RE: Bomb threat at Handsworth Secondary on June 14, 2018 This morning, the North Vancouver RCMP responded to a bomb threat at Handsworth Secondary. Students and staff were evacuated from the school at 9:25am so the police could conduct their investigation.
Emergency...
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Handsworth student wins local writing award

April 23, 2018

This weekend, Handsworth student Ross Manara won the youth division of North Shore Writers' Association short story contest. Currently a Grade 12 student at Handsworth, Ross is also a member of Argyle Secondary’s Digital Media Academy (DMA) program. His story, "Sherbert's Last Stand" is about a horse that attacks a glue factory. Here is...
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Update Letter to Handsworth Families - April 19, 2018

April 20, 2018
​Dear Parents/Guardians for Handsworth Secondary,
Subject: Update regarding rumours of threat to school
Further to my letter of yesterday, I wanted to update you on the status of our investigations and actions
further to rumours circulating amongst students and on social media about a potential planned school
shooting.
Our school staff immediately...
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Letter to Handsworth Families | April 18, 2018

April 18, 2018
​ Dear Handsworth Families: I wanted to share some information about a rumour that has been circulating within the Handsworth school community regarding a school shooting. We have determined the source and have information from the students involved confirming that the rumours are unfounded. Social media has not helped us discourage...
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Letter to Parents and Guardians: Handsworth Secondary School Capital Project Update

April 10, 2018
April 10, 2018 Dear Parents/Guardians and Staff in the Handsworth Family of Schools: Re: Handsworth Secondary School Capital Project Update We are pleased to advise that the architectural firm KMBR Architects Planners Inc. has been selected to design the new Handsworth Secondary School. KMBR has a long history of designing large...
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Handsworth football sells pink beanies

October 31, 2017

The Handsworth Football teams have been raising money to fight breast cancer by selling Pink Beanies and cookies.The fundraiser included a photo contest: beanies worn by cancer survivors, beanies on babies, beanies on celebrities. In the photo shown above, senior football players Kevin You,Tate Williams and Kayarmin Lameei line up...
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Parent Consent Forms Are Officially Online!

September 15, 2017
​ We are pleased to announce that four parent consent forms are officially available via School Cash Online. We kindly request all parents/guardians to login, fill out the forms and submit before September 21, 2017. Click here: https://sd44.schoolcashonline.com.
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Parent Consent Forms Go Online

July 26, 2017
​ ​ Parents/guardians, on August 29, 2017 , four consent forms will be available via School Cash Online. If you don’t already have a School Cash Online account, we encourage you to register now. Click here:  https://sd44.schoolcashonline.com  Consent for all other forms is still provided on paper and you will receive...
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Year End Message From The Superintendent

July 26, 2017
From: Mark Pearmain, Superintendent, North Vancouver School District

Dear Students, Staff and Parents/Guardians,    This school year has been truly inspirational for me as a new Superintendent. I am honoured to have been able to visit all 32 of our schools in the North Vancouver School District over the...
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Have you accessed your child’s report card as yet?

July 11, 2017
​ All parents/guardians are urged to access their child’s report card on the MyEd BC parent portal.  Parents should save and/or print the 2016-2017 June report card for their own records, as all 2016-2017 report cards uploads, as per provincial regulations, expire on July 31, 2017.
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BC Ministry of Health: Talk to Your Youth about Drugs

June 20, 2017
As we head into summer and the year-e nd celebrations draws to a close, this  letter  f rom th e B C Ministry of Healt h  provides tips on how to keep your children safe and how you can speak with them  about the illegal drug overdose  crisis. ​

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Artist for Kids Photography Enrichment Program

June 05, 2017
Four of our very talented Handsworth photographers were selected for the Artists for Kids Photography Enrichment Program this year.   This time around we got security clearance to take shots at the SeaSpan Dry Dock, and also went to the Function Junction train wreck, and the artists' studios at 1000 Parker...
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Handsworth's Charlie Dannatt smashes 42 yr old record in 3000m. @ BC Track Championships

June 05, 2017
Impressive results from Charlie Dannatt over the weekend at the BC Track Championships. He won the 1500m seniors race and smashed a 42 year old record in the 3000m! H e has created quite a buzz in the media, see links below. 
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Handsworth Students Win Top Awards in Provincial French Public Speaking Competition

May 31, 2017
Congratulations to the following Handsworth students who have either won or placed in the top three in the province in the annual Concours D’Art Oratoire. 10,000 students across the province participated!!
Arvin Madhi
Grade 9 Immersion 
“Le transport à l'avenir” Handsworth Secondary School 1st Place Keynote Speaker Celyne Gagnon (right)
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Handsworth Student Natalie Zawislak wins Chester Fields Photography Contest

May 29, 2017
Great news!  Grade 12 student Natalie Zawislak won the Chester Fields Photography Contest at Presentation House Gallery today.   This is one of the biggest photo contests in BC for teens, and her photo "Shelter" (first image below) was one of four images selected for a special award of merit.  Presentation House...
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Shelagh Rogers Revelation Tickets - Thurs. Apr. 27th

April 19, 2017
Acclaimed CBC radio personality and honorary TRC witness Shelagh Rogers will discuss the impact of hearing hundreds of residential school survivors speak at national and regional events of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. This discussion will explore the history of Canada often excluded from textbooks and mainstream education that...
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44 Dresses

March 27, 2017
Please see attached regarding 44 Dresses. Thank you.
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Finding Hope" by Ava Safai (ex Handsworth student)

March 07, 2017
​Last year Ava Safai, a Handsworth 2016 Grad, wrote an original song for the school play "The Art of Hope". She submitted her song for a competition for the USA reality television show, Dance Mom. Her song was selected, and the dancers used her song to compete in a national dance competition, which...
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Proposed 2017-2018 School Calendar

January 31, 2017
The Board of Education invites your comment on the PROPOSED calendar for the 2017/18 school year. T he School Act and the School Calendar Regulation B.C. Reg. 314/12 require that proposed school calendars be made public at least one month prior to planned submission to the Minister of Education, and that...
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Fortis BC Traffic Delays on Edgewood Rd

December 05, 2016
Please be advised that we have just been informed by Fortis BC that Edgewood Road will be under major construction starting December 5 th until December 19 th .  We would like to encourage all students to walk, bike, or skateboard to school during this disruption and throughout the school year....
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AAAA Provincial Volleyball Schedule

November 30, 2016
​Please see attached for game schedules 2016 AAAA Provincials.pdf
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Lace Up & Glide - Grouse Mtn.Skating Pond Opens TODAY!

November 18, 2016
​Lace Up and Glide!The magic of winter has started at the Peak of Vancouver. Friday at 1pm we officially open our Skating Pond -- what a great way to start the weekend.

Access to the mountaintop Skating Pond is complimentary for Grouse Mountain Passholders. Bring your own skates or rent from...
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Notice of Change of Bus Route-Nov. 14-May 2017

November 09, 2016
Postcard - Bus Reroute - EVC - CWMP - 2016 November 7.pdf The two PM school trippers that normally depart from South Bound Capilano Rd at Edgewood  Rd, effective Thursday November 17, 2016 will depart from South Bound Highland Blvd at Handsworth Rd (same stop as the regular 232 is...
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2016-17 Prime Minister's Awards

October 05, 2016
​     Le français suit l’anglais.   Do you know a terrific teacher or early childhood educator? Consider nominating them for a 2016-17 Prime Minister’s Award! This prestigious program honours innovative and outstanding elementary and secondary school teachers and early childhood educators who are helping prepare Canadian youth for the...
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Grouse Mountain Early Bird Pass

October 05, 2016

View it in your browser . Get a $20 Gift Card When You Purchase or Renew an Annual Local’s Pass Until October 10, 2016, when you purchase or renew an Annual Local’s Pass, you’ll receive a $20 gift card* that can be used at Grouse Mountain’s Altitudes Bistro...
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Local budding entrepreneurs awarded

June 22, 2016
​By Maria Spitale-Leisk, North Shore News   Junior Achievement British Columbia program participants and North Shore secondary students Kelvin Chan, Seyna Kim and Osa Hawthorne show off their lockable bike cover, Vancover, which earned the team the CIBC Student Company of the Year Award. photo Paul McGrath, North Shore News
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Handsworth Football Presents "Nearly Neil" Friday, June 10th 7pm

May 30, 2016
​Please see attached poster. Hope to see you there! Nearly Neil.pdf
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Capilano Water Main Project

May 16, 2016
​Please see link for updated information http://www.metrovancouver.org/capilanowatermain    
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Cap U Tourism Management & Outdoor Recreation Program Open House - May 11th @ 7pm 3rd Flr Library

May 06, 2016
The Tourism industry in BC is booming and the business of tourism requires savvy professionals, could it be you?  Join us for a Program Information Night at Capilano University for the Tourism Management and Outdoor Recreation programs May 11, 7:00pm 3 rd floor Library www.capilanou.ca/tourism or visit your counsellors...
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Handsworth Provincial Exam Schedule - June 2016

May 05, 2016
June 2016 - Provinincal Exam Schedule.pdf   REMINDER: Please ensure you bring your photo id AND your 9 digit PEN # (Located on your report cards)
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UBC Humanitarian Organization for Providing Empowerment Conference

April 25, 2016
The UBC Humanitarian Organization for Providing Empowerment, an on-campus group under the Alma Mater Society, will be hosting a FREE conference for high school students grades 8-12. As mental wellness is an important topic on campus, our conference will focus on mental wellness and media literacy and will feature keynote speakers such...
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Earthquakes in Japan - Students are Safe

April 15, 2016
​In light of several earthquakes in Japan over the last two days, I want to assure you that our students who are currently travelling in Japan are safe.  The earthquakes, which happened yesterday and this morning, have not affected the areas where our students are travelling as part of a school trip....
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BCIT Open House - Fri/Sat. Apr 8th & 9th 10am -3pm

April 07, 2016
The BCIT Open House is Friday/Saturday 10-3. This is their biggest event and they only do it every few years so it should be of interest to grade 9-12's and if for no other reason-because it's FUN!    http://commons.bcit.ca/openhouse/  
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Canadian Parents for French

March 31, 2016
Dear past and present CPF North Vancouver members, As a parent of a child enrolled in a French Immersion program in North Vancouver, you will have received an email through School Connects asking you and your child to each complete a survey about the French Immersion program. And if you are...
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Concussion Awareness Training Tool

March 03, 2016
BC Injury Research & Prevention Unit (BCIRPU) is very pleased to inform you that the  C oncussion  A wareness  T raining  T ool ( CATT ) for School Professionals has now been launched and is available at  http://www.cattonline.com/   CATT for School Professionals  developed in partnership with the BC...
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2016 Civic Youth Awards District of N. Vancouver

February 22, 2016
On behalf of the Mayor and Council for the District of North Vancouver, I am sending you this call for nominations for the 2016 Civic Youth Awards. This program recognizes District youth between the ages of 10 and 24 and supporters of youth for their noteworthy achievements and contributions they make...
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Vancouver Brain Bee - Sat. Apr. 23rd

February 16, 2016
Students in Grades 9 - 12 to  register  for the  2016 Vancouver Brain Bee on Sat, April 23rd . This is a wonderful opportunity for them to learn about the brain, come to UBC, and see what it's like to work or study here.    In addition, to the...
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24 Hours of Winter @ Grouse Mtn this weekend!

February 05, 2016
​ 24 Hours of Winter is Two Full Days of Fun!...The Snowshoe Grind Mountain Run is This Weekend...Make This BC Family Day Memorable at the Peak of Vancouver Is this email not displaying correctly?
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24 Hours of Winter returns...
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Digital Media Youth Expo - Feb 13th 12 - 3PM

February 04, 2016
Digital Media Youth Expo Feb 13, 2016 12:00 PM Argyle Secondary School, 1131 Frederick Road, North Vancouver BC The Digital Media Youth Expo provides an opportunity to participate in hands-on workshops and presentations given by digital media industry professionals. Lower mainland post-secondary schools will have booths with representatives available to discuss...
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2015-2016 Provincial Exam Schedule

February 01, 2016
​ 2015-2016 Provincial Exam Schedule: 2015-16_exam_schedule.pdf  
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Proposed Amended 2016/17 School Calendar

January 26, 2016
​ Proposed Amended 2016/17 School Calendar
The 2016/17 North Vancouver School District School Calendar, approved by the Board of Education on March 24, 2015, requires amendment with the addition of one (1) non-instructional day as required by the Ministry of Education. This non-instructional day is part of the Ministry’s plan announced on...
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Cops for Cancer Hockey Game Sun. Jan. 31 2-4:30pm Harry Jerome Arena

January 15, 2016
NORTH VANCOUVER RCMP vs NORTH VANCOUVER MINOR HOCKEY ASSOCIATION COACHES Harry Jerome Arena 123 East 23rd Street, North Vancouver Sunday, January 31 2.:00 to 4:30 PM Help us change the lives of children living with cancer! The North Vancouver RCMP is proud to be joining forces with the North Vancouver Minor...
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Jack of Hearts - Type 1 Diabetes

December 15, 2015
Please see the attached article about one of our Handsworth students and his experiences with Juvenile Diabetes. JDRF Nov. 30.pdf
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Alumni Basketball Games - Tues. Dec. 22nd 4:30-9pm

December 11, 2015
It’s that time of year again! BPAC and Handsworth Athletics has planned the annual Handsworth Alumni Basketball for Tuesday December 22, 2015 and everyone is invited. This is a wonderful tradition at Handsworth. Not only is this event super fun, it keeps the alumni connected to the Handsworth Basketball program. Thank...
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Update on the Handsworth Seismic Upgrade Project

November 25, 2015
​The Handsworth Secondary School seismic upgrade project is an approved project, while the full replacement of the school would be an option for consideration by the Board of Education. A draft Project Definition Report (PDR) was submitted to the Ministry of Education in November 2014.  It provided an initial cost estimate...
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RCMP Youth Academy

November 19, 2015
​ RCMP Youth Academy - Apply by December 4, 2015 The RCMP Youth Academy gives students a unique opportunity to experience police training and simulated police work. It's an eight-day program for 50 Grade 11 and 12 students who aspire to a career in policing. To learn more about a...
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Explore Capilano University - Mon. Nov.23rd 6pm Birch Atrium

November 17, 2015
​ My name is Jon Kinsley and I’m a Student Ambassador from Capilano University. Thank you for your interest in ExploreCap. This event will be taking place on Monday, November 23rd, at 6:00pm in the Birch Atrium on our North Vancouver campus.   We have attached a PDF of the current...
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Justin Trudeau's early teaching days in BC

October 26, 2015
​ Justin Trudeau's early teaching days at Pitt River Middle School. Also shown Handsworth teacher Carson Gibbs (top right).
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University of Alberta Workshop Sat. Nov. 21st

October 23, 2015
Grade 12 students from your school are invited to attend a University of Alberta Vancouver Admission Workshop in Vancouver!   During this workshop, students and their families are invited to book an appointment to complete and submit an online UAlberta application. Advisors will provide information on UAlberta programs and will be...
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HPAC Speaker: Managing Conflict with your Teenager's Brain in Mind - Register Now

October 16, 2015
Invitation for Handsworth Parents and Guardians Handsworth Parent Advisory Council (HPAC ) Meeting Special Event Monday, October 26th, 7 pm Small Gym Handsworth PAC invites you to an interactive workshop: Managing Conflict with your Teenager's Brain in Mind . This session will help parents discover strategies for resolving differences with teenagers,...
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Capilano University Info Session - Thurs. Oct. 22nd 4pm

October 15, 2015
Hello We are having an other information session on campus to introduce our new program Education and Employment Access. Please forward this message to your networks, thank you.
Please join us on   Thursday October 22 nd 4 pm Capilano University Birch Building 342   We have just started our pilot...
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US College & Universities Fair - Thur. Oct. 15th 4-5pm

October 14, 2015
80 US Colleges & Universities participating. Held at West Pt. Grey Academy 4125 West 8th Avenue, Vancouver, BC (Parking off West 4th Avenue) us-college-fair-2015-8.5x11[1].pdf
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Edgemont Village Traffic Update

October 08, 2015
​ Dear Residents and Business Operators:
We would like notify you of up and coming construction activities in your neighbourhood.
Tuesday October 13th we will be pouring slab on grade off of Highland Blvd.
Wednesday October 14th we will be pouring our first floor slab off of Woodbine.

During both of these construction...
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Celebrating BC's Inclusive Education Award Wining Club G

September 29, 2015
​Furthering the Social Emotional Learning of all Children. Please see attached for more information; Club G.pdf
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Handsworth Student Shaunti Bains fundraises for First Steps

September 29, 2015
​Shaunti Bains, a 16-year-old from North Vancouver, sits atop a mountain of soy beans. The teen visited North Korea this year after spending most of her life helping to raise money to combat malnutrition in North Korean children. photo supplied, First Steps - See more at: http://www.nsnews.com/community/from-north-vancouver-to-north-korea-1.2069698#sthash.1FvBpwlF.dpuf
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Parent Volunteers Urgently Needed for Royals Lunch Program

September 25, 2015
​Volunteers urgently needed to help distribute lunches during lunch hours on Tues. Thurs. & Fridays from 12:30-1:45pm. If you can help out, please contact Carolyn carolynmm61@gmail.com Thank you! ...
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Duke, Northwestern, Georgetown & Vanderbilt University Visits

September 17, 2015
​ Please see attached for information regarding the above Universities who will be visiting at Collingwood School on Sept. 30th from 7:00-9:00pm at the Morven Campus 70 Morven Drive, West Vancouver, B.C. Duke, Northwestern, Georgetown, Vanderbilt Visit.pdf
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Sunday October 18th Strachan Hartley 5km/10km Legacy Run

September 11, 2015
​The run starts and finishes at Handsworth at 9:15am and is a fundraiser for the Strachan Hartley Legacy Foundation which supports sporting and educational opportunities for Vancouver's youth at risk. Please go to http://www.shlf.ca/run for more information and to register or volunteer for this fantastic North Shore community event. Hope to...
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Join "Jack of Hearts" & the Telus Walk for the Cure JDRS

June 01, 2015
​​The JDRF Telus Walk for the Cure this year is set for Sunday, June 14, 2015 , in Stanley Park, with the start at Lumberman’s Arch at 11:00 am. We ask you to join us on June 14th to come and walk with Jack. We had 153 walkers last year. And...
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Outdoor School Meeting - June 4th from 7-8pm @ Mountainside School

May 28, 2015
​There will be a meeting for Gr. 9-11 students and their parents on Thursday, June 4th from 7-8pm at Mountainside School to discuss outdoor experential leadership opportunities as part of the Outdoor School program at Cheakamus Centre.
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Japan 2016 Exchange -Meeting Monday, June 8th @ 7pm in the Library

May 26, 2015
There will be an information meeting for any current Gr. 8 students & their parents who are interested in teh 2015-2016 Japan Exchange on Monday, June 8th @ 7pm in the library. Any questions, please contact Mr. Barrett @ mbarrett@sd44.ca ...
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Graduation Ceremony Wed. June 17th Orpheum Theatre Tickets on sale now in Student Services $6 or $8

May 25, 2015
Parents should be in their seats by 6:15pm Tickets will be available May 15th onwards in Student Services ($6 ea. or $8 at the door) No limit to number of tickets per family. Rehearsal is Monday, June 15th at 12:00pm sharp in the large gym, ALL students must attend. Info regarding...
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Digging Deep - Nepal Earthquake Relief Fundraiser Dance May 23rd 7-11 pm Sutherland Secondary

May 13, 2015
​ DIGGING DEEP A community ceilidh in support of Nepal earthquake relief   have a beer & tell trekking tales or kick up your heels & dance, but whatever you do, come on out and care! Saturday, May 23 rd 7-11 p.m. Sutherland Secondary School 1860 Sutherland Ave, North Vancouver Family-friendly...
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Whistler Water One Climb - Flood the Grind - June 7th

May 11, 2015
One Climb is an annual event at Grouse Mountain that is fun and inspirational! Students and families from all over the North Shore and Lower Mainland come to celebrate the end of the year, do some good, and have some fun!   Many of you have supported our wonderful...
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North Vancouver Students Win Top Awards at Provincial Public Speaking Competition

May 08, 2015
North Vancouver Students Win Top Awards At Provincial French Public Speaking Competition Vancouver -- 10,000 students from across British Columbia competed, 240 made the provincial finals, and eight students took home top awards in this year's pan-provincial French public speaking competition, Concours d'art oratoire . "In addition to the cultural...
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Living Life to the Full for youth 13-18 yrs.

April 15, 2015
Two new "Living Life to the Full" 12-hour courses for youth (13 - 18) starting in May:
Group 1: Every Saturday at 11am-12:30pm from May 23rd until June 27th (please note two of the classes will be extended until 2pm)
Group 2: Every Monday at 4:30pm – 6pm from May 25th...
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Celebrating Success - Capilano Elementary

April 13, 2015
​ Sharing and Celebrating Success: Congratulations to Capilano
Staff and students at Capilano Elementary School are showcased on the International Baccalaureate Organization’s website in a new video presentation, “Why offer the PYP? The PYP in Practice – EN.” Take a moment and celebrate Capilano’s success at:
http://www.ibo.org/en/programmes/primary-years-programme/what-is-the-pyp/ ...
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Thank You to all Handsworth Basketball Players, Parents & Sponsors

April 09, 2015
Handsworth Basketball teams attended the annual banquet on Monday, March 30th to celebrate the completion of another fantastic Royals season. Over 150 players, coaches, managers and guests attended the event held at North Shore Winter Club and sponsored by the Handsworth Basketball Parents Association. Many thanks to our Door Prize Donors for...
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Healthy Eating Tour

March 31, 2015
​ Healthy Eating Tour
Breakfast ideas are easy – a smoothie, a bowl of cereal, or maybe yogurt with fruit. But do you get stumped on creating a healthy, quick lunch that isn’t comprised of last night’s leftovers?
In cooperation with Loblaw City Market, School District 44 is pleased to offer...
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School Calendars - 2015/16 and 2016/17

March 31, 2015
​ School Calendars – 2015/16 and 2016/17
The North Vancouver Teachers’ Association has determined three District-wide Professional Development dates for the 2015/2016 school year:

Friday, October 23, 2015 (PSA – Province-wide ProD)
Friday, February 5, 2016
Monday, May 2, 2016. Handsworth's two scheduled school based Professional Development days will be Monday, November 30,...
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Artist for Kids Summer School of Art - Paradise Valley

March 26, 2015
Please see attached regarding Artist for Kids Paradise Valley Summer School of Art.
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Public Meeting - Capilano Water Main Project

March 23, 2015
  Public Meeting Please join us at this public meeting to learn more about the Capilano Water Main Project which will be constructed along Capilano Road, between Cleveland Dam Road and Edgemont Boulevard starting in mid-August 2015.   Date: Tuesday, March 31, 2015 Registration: 5:30 – 6:00 pm Meeting:...
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Lower Mainland Sr Girls Bball Finals

February 20, 2015
​Handsworth Senior girls defeated Argyle 61-41 last night in the Crehan Cup Semi finals.  Alanna Martin scored 26pts & April Christiansen 11pts. They have now have quailifed for  "Provincials" and play in the Crehan Cup Championship game tomorrow night at 7:30pm at New Westminster Secondary . Congratulations girls!!!  Go Royals!!!
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Course Planning Guides 2015

February 19, 2015
Course programming guides for the 2015-2016 school year 2015-2016 Course Selection Guide.pdf 2015-2016 Grade 8 Courses Booklet.pdf   Deadlines for Course Programming Sheets: Gr. 7 to 8 March 6th, 2015 Bring to your Grade 7 teacher Gr.8 to 9 March 2nd, 2015 Bring to Room 107 Gr.9 to...
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Model United Nations Club

February 04, 2015
Handsworth Model United Nations Club sent 6 delegates to the Vancouver Model United Nations Conference Friday Jan. 30 to Sunday Feb.1  Club president Sara Sheikh, vice president Rohzin Ressideh, Arian Nazhad-Habibi, Graham Hopkins, Adam Benwood and James Weng joined 1500 students from across Western Canada and the USA for 2 nights...
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How Does She Do It?….Erica Schmidt

January 16, 2015
Please see the link below to read about our amazing Vice Principal Erica Schmidt. http://www.modernmama.com/blog/2015/01/14/erica-schmidt/
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Congrats to Matt Anderson who made the U18 Team BC team

January 05, 2015
​ Congrats to Matt Anderson who made the U 18 Team BC team which is comprised of the best players in BC.   I was fortunate enough to be the Head Coach this year.

Jay Prepchuk
Grade 12 Counsellor
Head Football Coach
Handsworth Secondary School
Phone: 604.903.3614 (Direct Line)
email: jprepchuk@sd44.ca
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Handsworth Theatre & Dance Program Raises $500 for the Kelty Dennehy Foundation

January 05, 2015
  Handsworth Theatre & Dance Program Raised $500 for The Kelty Dennehy Foundation, Kelty Resource Center   During the 2013-2014 school year, the Handsworth students co-created an original play, The Shocking Tale of Kathryn Grey , about a young woman struggling with anxiety disorder. The play involved a cast and crew...
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Handsworth Basketball Alumni Games - Dec. 29, 2014

December 16, 2014
HANDSWORTH BASKETBALL ALUMNI GAMES - MONDAY, DECEMBER 29, 2014   It’s a tradition at Handsworth every Christmas that our basketball alumni are invited back to the school gym to take on our current Varsity school teams. This fun event is open to everyone, and particularly all the Handsworth basketball teams. It’s...
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Provincial Scholarship Recipients

December 12, 2014
Provincial Scholarship Recipients; We are proud to acknowledge the following 51 graduates from Handsworth who were recently recognized for successfully receiving Graduation Program Examination Scholarships this last school year.  Based on the criteria listed below this amounts to 20% of our eligible grad class. In order to receive this scholarship students...
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Food Hampers - Items Due December 16th

December 09, 2014
  Christmas is approaching and so is the deadline for contributing to the Food Hampers. Please donate any food items to your Block 4 class before December 16th or bring to the office. Help out families in need and get in the spirit of giving! Thank you!
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Ambassadors for Change - Rafiki Bracelets

December 09, 2014
​The Ambassadors for Change Club will be selling beautiful hand made Rafiki bracelets. They were made by young women in Kenya. They are called "Rafiki" because Rafiki means friendship. They will cost $10. each. Buy one for yourself and would also make great Xmas gifts! They will be on sale in...
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Clothing Drive

December 09, 2014
​ Clothing Drive
From Dec 3-Dec 17 we will be collecting warm clothing for people in need within the community. Please bring any gently used clothing such as jackets, sweaters, scarves, socks and blankets to Room 210 . Thank you very much!
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Ambassadors for Change Club

December 05, 2014
​This year our Ambassadors for Change Club has adopted Guatemala as our country to help. We are SO excited! How are we going to help Guatemala? Well our focus has always been to help children and their families..and this year we will be fundraising to help buy school supplies, to help...
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HANDSWORTH ROYALS GIRLS BASKETBALL SKILLS NIGHT MON. DEC. 8TH 7:30PM-9:15PM Lg.Gym

December 02, 2014
ATTENTION ALL HANDSWORTH ROYALS GIRLS BASKETBALL TEAMS - SKILLS NIGHT WITH DIANA LEE & KRIS YOUNG MONDAY, DECEMBER 8TH, 2014 7:30-9:15PM HANDSWORTH LARGE GYM - BY DONATION (SUGGESTED AMOUNT OF $20) Please see links below for more information   December 8th - Handsworth Bball - SKILLS NIGHT- v2.pdf Kris Dia...
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Sr. Girls Provincial VB Update & Streaming Link

November 28, 2014
Hi everyone! Thought I'd give everyone an update about how our senior girls are doing at the AAAA Volleyball Provincials in Cranbrook.   So far they have played 4 matches (3 yesterday and 1 today) and have won all 4. They won their pool and easily won this morning in the...
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CONGRATULATIONS to our Handsworth Football Coach, Jay Prepchuk who has been nominated and is a finalist for the NFL Youth Coach of the Year Award!!

November 20, 2014
CANADIAN FINALISTS NAMED FOR 2014 NFL YOUTH COACH OF THE YEAR AWARD   Winner of national grassroots program to receive $5,000 in new equipment for their football program and $5,000 in BlackRock Canada bursaries for local players in need     Toronto, ON – Wednesday November 19, 2014 − Ten finalists...
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Congratulations to Handsworth's Jay Prepchuk - Canadian Finalist for NFL Youth Coach of the Year Award

November 19, 2014
​ CANADIAN FINALISTS NAMED FOR 2014 NFL YOUTH COACH OF THE YEAR AWARD   Winner of national grassroots program to receive $5,000 in new equipment for their football program and $5,000 in BlackRock Canada bursaries for local players in need     Toronto, ON – Wednesday November 19, 2014 − Ten...
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CONGRATULATIONS JUNIOR GIRLS VOLLEYBALL

November 14, 2014
CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR JUNIOR GIRLS VOLLEYBALL team who won the V&D's yesterday (Nov.13th)!!!! Next....PROVINCIALS!! Good luck girls, GO ROYALS!!!
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Canadian Parents for French Information Meeting Tues.Nov.18th 7-9pm Sentiinel School Library

November 13, 2014
​Please see attached for information regarding an information meeting for CPF West Vancouver Chapter on Tuesday, November 18th 7-9pm at Sentinel School Library 1250 Chartwell Drive, West Vancouver. CPF Save the Date.pdf
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Lets Talk Shop

November 12, 2014
Let’s Talk Shop is coming to Handsworth and the family of schools for November 26 th , 2014 . This is an amazing experience for parents to hear youth speak about life as teens in a North Vancouver High School; what worries them, what supports their hopes and dreams and how...
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Congratulations to Justine Park Divisional Finalist in the 2014 Center For Future Global Leaders 2014 International Academic Competitions

November 07, 2014
​Congratulations to Justine Park,  a Grade 11 student at Handsworth who was a finalist in the Divisionals in the Centre for Future Global Leaders 2014 International Academic Competitions. She was a finalist in both the Essay Contest as well as the Lexicon Challenge. Over 5,000 students participated in the competitions this year. Good...
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Tall Ships 2015 Parent Meeting Thurday Nov.13th 6:30pm in the Library

November 06, 2014
​Second payments of $400. are now due. Please see attached regarding the upcoming Tall Ships 2015 parent meeting on Thursday, November 13th @ 6:30pm in the library. Thank you. Tall Ships 2015 Parent Meeting.pdf
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Block Rotations for Early Dismissals on Thurs. Nov.6 & Fri. Nov. 7th

November 05, 2014
Block 1       8:30 am -  9:35am Block 2       9:40am - 10:45am Block 3     10:50am - 11:55am LUNCH     11:55am - 12:25am Block 4     12:25am -   1:30am 1:30 EARLY DISMISSAL
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Grade 9 Take Our Kids to Work Day - Wednesday Nov 5th

October 29, 2014
​The annual Take Our Kids to Work Day takes place on Wed. Nov. 5th, 2014. This job-shadowing initiative allows the entire community - parents, teachers, employers and workers to play a part in the career development of Grade 9 students. It also supports learning outcomes found in Health and Career Education...
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Integr8 2014- 8 Week program for immigrant youth.

October 16, 2014
​An 8 week program for immigrant youth. Connect. Discover. Have fun. Earn VOLUNTEER HOURS. WHEN: Every Thursday Oct. 16-Dec. 4, 2014 WHERE: Handsworth Secondary  Room #143 TIME: 3:30pm - 5:30 pm To register contact; North Shore Multicultural Society farahy@nsms.ca or 604.988.2931 ext 326   ...
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BC Games Information

October 10, 2014
​Please see attached for information regarding the BC Games and Handsworth students who competed in teh Summer Games in Nanaimo this summer. BC Games Info.pdf
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North Shore Family Services Upcoming Events

October 10, 2014
​Please see link for upcoming events for the North Shore Family Services. http://www.familyservices.bc.ca/index.php/news-a-events​ ​
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Itay Tour Meeting Tonight at 5:30 in the Library

October 07, 2014
​For anyone participating in the Italy tour in May 2015 there will be an information meeting tonight at 5:30pm in the library.
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Grade 12 Scholarship Information Seminar - October 15th 7pm

October 03, 2014
​The HPAC together with Jay Prepchuk, Grade 12 Counsellor, is hosting a scholarship information seminar on the evening of Wednesday, October 15th @ 7pm in the small gym. This is an extremely informative seminar of interest to any Grade 12 students planning to pursue their academic or athletic careers. Please see...
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Revised Distributed Learning Timetable 2014-2015

October 03, 2014
​Please see attached the Revised Distributed Learning Timetable for the remainder of the 2014-2015 School year. 2014-2015 timetable.pdf
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Tall Ships

October 02, 2014
Attention ​Grade 10 Students there are still a few spots available for the Tall Ship Adventure in April 2015. This is considered the premier trip that takes place at Handsworth. Please see or contact Mr. Hansen at mhansen@sd44.ca ...
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1st Place YouthCan Festival Poetry Slam - Congratulations Andrew W!!

September 26, 2014
​Last summer, one of our current Gr. 12 Handsworth students Andrew W. was chosen as one of the top 4 BC youth poets to join the Vancouver Youth Poetry Slam team to compete in Canada's National YouthCan Festival. The team travelled to Ottawa last August and they placed FIRST in Canada!!...
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Italy Tour Information Meeting-October 7th 5:30pm Library

September 25, 2014
​Once again Handsworth is happy to announce another amazing opportunity to tour and discover the amazing sites of Italy. There will be an information meeting on October 7th at 5:30pm in the library. If you have any questions regarding this event, please feel free to email Sal Audia at saudia@sd44.bc.ca  ...
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2016 European Tour Parent/Student Meeting

September 24, 2014
There will be an important information meeting on Tuesday, October 14th at 6:30pm in the library for parents and students who are currently in Grade 10 & 11,( who will be in Grade 11 & 12 in the 2015-2016 year) who are interested in attending this 17 day tour of Europe. This includes...
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Late Start Wed. Sept. 24th CANCELLED

September 19, 2014
​Classes will begin at 8:30 am on Wed. Sept.24th
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Distributed Learning Summer Session NEW UPDATE on July 2, 2014

June 30, 2014
Due to the limitations of the Labour Relations Board Essential Services Order, we have made adjustments to the delivery of our online courses.  All DL courses will be open and available to currently registered students during the summer months so they may continue toward completion. Students have a year from their...
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Summer School NEW UPDATE on July 2, 2014

June 30, 2014
Due to the limitations of the Labour Relations Board Essential Services Order, the restrictions on Summer School will prevent us from offering our planned educational programs. Students enrolled in both Review and Completion and Full Credit Summer School will be receiving full refunds over the next 4-6 weeks. These students should...
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Grades 8 to 12 Final Reporting

June 27, 2014
​Dear Parents and Guardians of Grade 8 to 12 Students:     The ongoing labour dispute has seriously impacted our ability to provide final reports for students this school year.  Without the availability of teachers to assess, evaluate, and report student learning, we are unable to provide final reports in the usual format.  We...
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Board urges BCTF and BCPSEA to reach an agreement or settlement

June 25, 2014
Dear Minister Fassbender, Mr. Iker and Mr. Marchbank:   The North Vancouver Board of Education is writing you today to urge both parties to reach a negotiated agreement or mediated settlement as soon as possible. The bargaining impasse is directly impacting our students, parents, teachers, administrators, and support staff within our community....
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BCTF Strike Action - Provincial Exams - Year-end Procedures

June 12, 2014
June 12, 2014 - Letter to Parents and Guardians:      I am writing to you with an important update on the BC Teachers’ Federation declared withdrawal of services and several changes that will affect our end-of-year procedures, including Provincial Examinations, Grade 12 final grades, and the return of textbooks and resource...
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Grad Season Advisory for Students and Parents

June 10, 2014
In the coming weeks, many high school students will be participating in both school-sanctioned and non-sanctioned graduation and after-prom festivities.  While this is an exciting and important time in a Grade 12 student’s life, the North Vancouver RCMP Youth Intervention Unit would like to remind students and their parents of the...
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Schools not in session on Tuesday, June 3, 2014

May 30, 2014
​As you may already know, the British Columbia Teachers’ Federation announced that a second week of rotating, one-day strikes will take place throughout the province next week. The BCTF’s decision reflects a continuation of their job action related to teacher contract bargaining. Locally, the Teachers’ Federation has directed its members in our...
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May 29, 2014 - BCTF Rotating Strike Action

May 20, 2014
Schools are not in session on Thursday, May 29th due to BCTF Rotating Strike Action - Letter to all North Vancouver School District Parents and Guardians on May 20, 2014:

As you may be aware, the British Columbia Teachers’ Federation announced this morning a series of rotating, one-day strikes to occur throughout the...
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2016 European Tour (Mar 5-21, 2016) MEETING CANCELLED

May 20, 2014
​17 day European tour for students currently in Grades 9 and 10 who will be in Grade 11 and 12  in March of 2016 . Meeting for parents and students interested will be re-scheduled for a later date due to current t eacher negotiations .   Please see itinerary PDF attached below......
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Summer School Registration Begins Monday, May 5

May 01, 2014
​ For students currently enrolled in North Vancouver School District   Learn more at  http://www.sd44.ca/school/summer/Pages/default.aspx​​
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Greece 2014 Potluck Dinner Reunion

April 30, 2014
​All students (and parents) who went on the Greece 2014 are invited to a Pot-Luck dinner on Monday,May 12,2014 at 6:00 pm in the Handsworth Cafeteria. We are asking all students and parents interested in watching a 45 minute DVD of the Greece Tour 2014 to music to bring ONE food...
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Handsworth Music Bottle Drive - Saturday, May 3rd, 2014

April 30, 2014
Support your Handsworth Music Programs by donating your refundable bottles and cans to our Bottle Drive.  We will be picking up donations from homes in the area bounded by Paisley Road and Grouse Mountain, Mosquito Creek and Capilano River.  Please place your bottles and cans outside your home in a bag...
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Innovative Career Pathways for Young Women

April 30, 2014
Thursday, May 8 7:00pm - 8:00pm Mountainside Secondary Registration required InnovativeCareerPathwaysForYoungWomen.pdf



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Students Get Sick From Pot-Infused Edibles

April 29, 2014
Over the past week, several high school students in North Vancouver became sick from eating pot-infused edibles.  The Grade 10 students from two separate high schools became sick enough for one of them to be taken to the hospital. 

 
Click here to read the full newsroom release from the North Vancouver RCMP.
 
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Art from 44

April 29, 2014
​An Exhibition of outstanding student art  May 16-29 Capilano Mall



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Slam Poetry

April 28, 2014
​ For the first time the Handsworth Slam Poetry Team advanced to the finals in Vancouver’s Hullabaloo Youth Slam Poetry competition.  Andrew W, the team captain, placed first in the individual underground competition, and the team tied for second in the team competition.  Congrats out to the team: Andrew W, Kirsty...
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New York 2015

April 17, 2014
  March 5-11, 2015 Current grades 9, 10 and 11 students, Interested in Design, Art, Architecture, Culture, Shopping, Friendships, and Fun?  Have a look at the custom designed 7 day Itinerary and activities list.  
Itinerary.pdf
Activity List.pdf

Spring Break 2015 begins on March 7, so you won't be away from school for...
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Tall Ships Adventure 2015

March 11, 2014
​Tall Ships 2015   The next Tall Ship Adventure will take place mid April 2015. There are 60 berths (gender split) available for current grade 9 students entering grade 10 in September 2014.
The cost for the trip is $850 and the first deposit of $250 will secure a berth on...

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Welcome Back - School Information for September 4 & 5, 2018

August 30, 2018
September 4th and 5th School Opening Day Information Tuesday, September 4th, 2018 Grade Assemblies & Schedule Handouts                         9:00am                   Grade 8s  - Report to the Large Gym to Meet Leaders                         9:15am                   Grade 8s  - Report to Homerooms (30 min)  9:50am                   Grade 8s  - Report to Large...
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Letter to Handsworth Parents & Guardians: Update Regarding School Evacuation | June 14, 2018

June 14, 2018
Dear Parents/Guardians of Handsworth Secondary, Subject: Update regarding school evacuation Following up to communication from the North Vancouver School District, I have some important information I would like to share to address and alleviate any concerns you may have. This morning the school administration was notified of a threat to the...
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Letter to Handsworth Parents & Guardians | June 14, 2018

June 14, 2018
June 14, 2018 Dear Handsworth Parents and Guardians: RE: Bomb threat at Handsworth Secondary on June 14, 2018 This morning, the North Vancouver RCMP responded to a bomb threat at Handsworth Secondary. Students and staff were evacuated from the school at 9:25am so the police could conduct their investigation.
Emergency...
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Handsworth student wins local writing award

April 23, 2018

This weekend, Handsworth student Ross Manara won the youth division of North Shore Writers' Association short story contest. Currently a Grade 12 student at Handsworth, Ross is also a member of Argyle Secondary’s Digital Media Academy (DMA) program. His story, "Sherbert's Last Stand" is about a horse that attacks a glue factory. Here is...
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Update Letter to Handsworth Families - April 19, 2018

April 20, 2018
​Dear Parents/Guardians for Handsworth Secondary,
Subject: Update regarding rumours of threat to school
Further to my letter of yesterday, I wanted to update you on the status of our investigations and actions
further to rumours circulating amongst students and on social media about a potential planned school
shooting.
Our school staff immediately...
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Letter to Handsworth Families | April 18, 2018

April 18, 2018
​ Dear Handsworth Families: I wanted to share some information about a rumour that has been circulating within the Handsworth school community regarding a school shooting. We have determined the source and have information from the students involved confirming that the rumours are unfounded. Social media has not helped us discourage...
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Letter to Parents and Guardians: Handsworth Secondary School Capital Project Update

April 10, 2018
April 10, 2018 Dear Parents/Guardians and Staff in the Handsworth Family of Schools: Re: Handsworth Secondary School Capital Project Update We are pleased to advise that the architectural firm KMBR Architects Planners Inc. has been selected to design the new Handsworth Secondary School. KMBR has a long history of designing large...
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Handsworth football sells pink beanies

October 31, 2017

The Handsworth Football teams have been raising money to fight breast cancer by selling Pink Beanies and cookies.The fundraiser included a photo contest: beanies worn by cancer survivors, beanies on babies, beanies on celebrities. In the photo shown above, senior football players Kevin You,Tate Williams and Kayarmin Lameei line up...
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Parent Consent Forms Are Officially Online!

September 15, 2017
​ We are pleased to announce that four parent consent forms are officially available via School Cash Online. We kindly request all parents/guardians to login, fill out the forms and submit before September 21, 2017. Click here: https://sd44.schoolcashonline.com.
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Parent Consent Forms Go Online

July 26, 2017
​ ​ Parents/guardians, on August 29, 2017 , four consent forms will be available via School Cash Online. If you don’t already have a School Cash Online account, we encourage you to register now. Click here:  https://sd44.schoolcashonline.com  Consent for all other forms is still provided on paper and you will receive...
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Year End Message From The Superintendent

July 26, 2017
From: Mark Pearmain, Superintendent, North Vancouver School District

Dear Students, Staff and Parents/Guardians,    This school year has been truly inspirational for me as a new Superintendent. I am honoured to have been able to visit all 32 of our schools in the North Vancouver School District over the...
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Have you accessed your child’s report card as yet?

July 11, 2017
​ All parents/guardians are urged to access their child’s report card on the MyEd BC parent portal.  Parents should save and/or print the 2016-2017 June report card for their own records, as all 2016-2017 report cards uploads, as per provincial regulations, expire on July 31, 2017.
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BC Ministry of Health: Talk to Your Youth about Drugs

June 20, 2017
As we head into summer and the year-e nd celebrations draws to a close, this  letter  f rom th e B C Ministry of Healt h  provides tips on how to keep your children safe and how you can speak with them  about the illegal drug overdose  crisis. ​

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Artist for Kids Photography Enrichment Program

June 05, 2017
Four of our very talented Handsworth photographers were selected for the Artists for Kids Photography Enrichment Program this year.   This time around we got security clearance to take shots at the SeaSpan Dry Dock, and also went to the Function Junction train wreck, and the artists' studios at 1000 Parker...
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Handsworth's Charlie Dannatt smashes 42 yr old record in 3000m. @ BC Track Championships

June 05, 2017
Impressive results from Charlie Dannatt over the weekend at the BC Track Championships. He won the 1500m seniors race and smashed a 42 year old record in the 3000m! H e has created quite a buzz in the media, see links below. 
http://varsityletters.ca/check-list-charlie-does-it-all-royals-dannatt-takes-double-gold-sets-new-3-k-mark/   http://runningmagazine.ca/b-c-high-school-track-championships-3000m/
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Handsworth Students Win Top Awards in Provincial French Public Speaking Competition

May 31, 2017
Congratulations to the following Handsworth students who have either won or placed in the top three in the province in the annual Concours D’Art Oratoire. 10,000 students across the province participated!!
Arvin Madhi
Grade 9 Immersion 
“Le transport à l'avenir” Handsworth Secondary School 1st Place Keynote Speaker Celyne Gagnon (right)
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Handsworth Student Natalie Zawislak wins Chester Fields Photography Contest

May 29, 2017
Great news!  Grade 12 student Natalie Zawislak won the Chester Fields Photography Contest at Presentation House Gallery today.   This is one of the biggest photo contests in BC for teens, and her photo "Shelter" (first image below) was one of four images selected for a special award of merit.  Presentation House...
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Shelagh Rogers Revelation Tickets - Thurs. Apr. 27th

April 19, 2017
Acclaimed CBC radio personality and honorary TRC witness Shelagh Rogers will discuss the impact of hearing hundreds of residential school survivors speak at national and regional events of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. This discussion will explore the history of Canada often excluded from textbooks and mainstream education that...