Coinciding with Canada Pitch in Week, our entire student body will be once again participating in a spring community cleanup followed by a barbeque lunch.

The event will take place on Friday, April 20 from 10:00-11:30.

Together we can help to make the streets and trails of Port McNeill more beautiful.


April Message


As sunshine hopefully begins to find the North Island, it means the school year end is rapidly approaching. All North Island Secondary School students have only ten weeks of school left. It continues to be important that they attend all of their classes and complete all assignments, right up to the last day of classes. They should take every opportunity to achieve the learning outcomes of each class, so that they will be well prepared for the next school year.

Please feel free to contact your son or daughter’s teacher at any time for an update on their learning.

We look forward to seeing many of you on the evening of Thursday, May 3 (4:00pm – 6:30pm) for our Parent Teacher Interviews & BBQ.

Enjoy the Spring season!

-Mr. Jay Dixon


NISS ‘Namwiyut (Family) Totem Pole Celebration Invitation


On behalf of the staff and students of North Island Secondary School and School District No. 85 Aboriginal Programs and Services, we would like to invite you to attend our totem pole ceremony on Thursday, May 17, 2018 beginning at 11:00 am.

This special event will also serve to commemorate the signing of our new Aboriginal Education Enhancement Agreement.

North Island Secondary School is a regional high school in Port McNeill that has grown in its learning and support of First Nation’s culture and traditions. Our ‘Namwiyut “Family” Totem Pole project has had students and community members learning more of the Kwakwaka’wakw culture guided by Kwakwaka’wakw artist, Chief Don Svanvik. ‘Namwiyut (family) is a strong theme at North Island Secondary School. During this ceremony, our students will be celebrating culture through ceremony, song, and dance.

Students from all the neighboring schools and community members are invited to attend and participate in our cultural pole raising ceremony in front of our school. A shuttle to the school from BC Ferries will be provided for those wishing to join us from the island communities. A free BBQ lunch will follow for all in attendance.

Our totem pole will symbolize community strength through building connections (family) between our youth, families, and communities.

We hope to see you there!

Enjoy Spring Break

We hope that you all have a restful Spring Break and that everyone is able to relax and get ready for the last few months of the school year. By the time school resumes on Monday, March 26th, hopefully the cold weather will be finally behind us and the sun will begin warming up the North Island. We are proud of the many students who have worked hard and made the semester one Honour Roll and Vice Principal’s list that will be posted at the end of the month. With only a few months left this school year, it is very important that students are on time and focusing on learning at school. Once again, we would like to thank the many community members, businesses and organizations that support learning at North Island Secondary School. Together, we are continuing to make a positive impact with the youth on the North Island. Enjoy your Spring Break!
Mr. Jay Dixon

Course Selection Information Meeting

Wednesday March 7 6:00 pm

Parents and students are invited to join our Academic Advisor, Mrs. Nina Mitchell, Vice Principal, Ms. Stacia Johnson, and Principal, Mr. Jay Dixon Wednesday at 6:00pm for an optional information meeting regarding 2018-19 course selection.

During the month of March students will begin choosing their courses for next school year.

Those who attend Wednesday’s meeting will have an opportunity ask questions and to work with Mrs. Mitchell on their course selection paperwork.

Welcome to Semester 2 – Monday Feb 5th

We are now over half way through the 2018-2018 school year at North Island Secondary School. Our second semester provides a fresh beginning and an opportunity to continue on the student learning successes of first semester.

The course selection process for 2018-2019 begins at the end of February and soon students will be asked to make some decisions about their courses for the next school year. We will be meeting with students at the beginning of March to discuss options and complete course selection forms. We will also be hosting an evening meeting on Wednesday, March 7th at 6:00 p.m., so that parents can help students make the best decisions about their courses.

Parents and teachers significantly influence children’s lives each day. We all have a privilege and responsibility to work with your children. Young people are our greatest resource on Northern Vancouver Island. Making a positive impact in the lives of our students is vital because we all know that their learning influences our future.

If you have any questions or concerns about your child’s learning, please do not hesitate to contact us. I encourage you to make an appointment to meet with your child’s teacher(s) about their learning at North Island Secondary School. I wish you all a happy and healthy second semester!

Mr. Jay Dixon

Coming in June 2018 -Graduation Numeracy Assessment

The Numeracy Assessment is a new provincial assessment and a graduation requirement for students on the 2018 Graduation Program (all students except for this year’s Grade 12s).

How Will it Work?

The assessment itself is delivered online and has three essential components:

  • Common component: 24 questions answered online by all students
  • Student-choice component: 2 long-answer questions answered on paper. These questions stem out of the information and work the student will have completed in the common component. Students get to pick 2 of 4 possible questions, based on their interest, and take their analysis deeper.
  • Self-reflection component: answered online (not marked)

There are also pre-assessment activities available for students to explore ahead of time and activate their thinking, such as the sample assessment and the collaborative-learning videos explaining the five numeracy processes students will use in the Numeracy Assessment.

Please visit the following link for more information, videos, and sample exams: