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:


In-Class Assessments

At the end of semester one and semester two, students will be taking in-class exams/assessments as required by their teacher.  Teachers will inform students what in-class exam/assessment is required..

The schedule for semester one exam/assessments is:
Thursday, February 01, 2018
“A” Block Exams 8:50 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
“B” Block Exams 1:15 p.m.-3:25 p.m.

Friday, February 02, 2018
“C” Block Exams 8:50 a.m.-11:05 a.m.
“D” Block Exams 11:35 a.m.-1:50 p.m.

Classes will be in session whether students are required to take an in-class exam/assessment or not.  Students are required to attend school during these times.  Teachers will be available for students throughout these times.

Gilakas’la & Happy Holidays!


Gilakas’la & Happy Holidays!

I continue to be impressed and proud of the many different talents and positive energy that our students bring to North Island Secondary School. Since September there has been a wide variety learning activities throughout the school and many guests from our communities that have come in to share their knowledge.

We invite parents and all students to join us for our annual “Holiday Breakfast” on Friday, December 22 beginning at 8:00 am. Come in enjoy a pancake breakfast on the last day before our holidays!

I would like to pass on the sincere wishes on behalf of North Island Secondary School that everyone has a safe and enjoyable holiday season. I look forward to seeing everyone return well rested when school resumes on Tuesday, January 9.

Thank you once again for all of your support in “Bringing Learning to Life” at North Island Secondary School during 2017.

-Mr. J. Dixon, Principal