Current students are required to review the following documents listed below.
Student Notices and Information
Technology user agreement
When a student registers at a Palliser School parents and students will be asked to sign a Technology User Agreement.
As every Palliser student you are expected to show respect for other students, their differences, their property and for authority, as outlined in Palliser's procedures. You are also expected to display a positive attitude toward your academic responsibilities.
Academic Responsabilities: As a Palliser student my responsibilities are to:
- communicate with teachers in all subject areas on a regular basis
- expend the time and effort required to successfully complete your course work
- attend scheduled Blackboard Collaborate classes
- set up a work schedule that reflects the time (daily and weekly) committed to academic studies and present this schedule to parents and teachers
- promptly respond to email and phone calls my teacher
- ask for help from teachers when you need it
- complete assigned work, follow teacher directions and meet deadlines
- return resources upon completion of your courses
- come in as required to get assistance
- write final exams as required
What it takes to be an online learner
Review these reources online to see if you have what it takes to be a successful student online:
Student code of conduct
Safe and Caring School
Palliser Beyond Borders promotes safe and caring online learning. Our assumption is that all students and staff have the right to participate in a safe environment where student learning is the focus of our community. To maintain this environment, it is expected that all students will conduct themselves in a manner which demonstrates good citizenship and encourages good citizenship in others by treating them with dignity and respect. Cyberbullying is not tolerated. Tools to recognize it and prevent it are available on our website. Where appropriate instruction will be integrated in our instruction.
In accordance with Palliser Regional Schools policy, any student making a threat may be subject to a complete Risk/Threat Assessment conducted by the Palliser Risk/Threat Response Team.
Plagiarism and Cheating
As part of our online instruction, teachers will instruct students on proper referencing practices for using online sources of information you use in your research. It is really important to use these conventions so that student work is not confused with plagiarized work. (See more information about plagiarism and our assessment practice)
High schools and post secondary institutions emphasize how important it is to either share where your ideas originate or to write in your own words. If you do not use quotations when using someone else's words it is considered plagiarism. That means is is literary theft. It is considered dishonest lacks academic integrity.
When a writer uses someone else’s words or ideas without telling the reader that is considered plagiarism. If you see something on the Internet that you would like to use in your own work you have three choices:
- use proper referencing techniques
- ask the sources for permission to use the resource and link to the website or provide the website address
- provide the information in your own words
Cheating includes completing student assignments and exams representing someone else or using others’ answers to answer a student’s own work.
What are the consequences of plagiarizing or cheating in general?
Depending on the circumstances of the case, any of the following guidelines may apply:
- The student is required to resubmit the assignment
- Parents of students under 18 and/or not independent are notified and the incident is noted on the student’s school file.
- A student’s involvement in such activities could jeopardize his or her chances of receiving favorable recommendations, from teachers and the principal, for awards, post-secondary institutions or employment.
- Repeated plagiarism or cheating could result in the student being removed from the course.
- Plagiarism on an exam will invalidate the exam and result in zero.
- Please refer to the policy and note that plagiarism will be reported in progress reports.
- Alberta Education has very strict policies about cheating and plagiarism as outlined in these documents. (page 8). Students risk having their transcripts annotated with notes about the plagiarism, having their transcripts frozen so that universities are alerted to plagiarism and being denied re-writes for a year. Palliser Beyond Borders takes these offenses just as seriously.
Smoking, alcohol and illegal drug use
On April 1, 2003 the Government of Alberta enacted the Prevention of Youth Tobacco Use Act. Under the Act, the possession or use of tobacco by anyone under the age of 18 years old is prohibited. Palliser School buildings, school grounds, and surrounding property are tobacco-free environments. Students and school personnel are not permitted to use or be in the possession of tobacco products in these areas.
Palliser Regional Schools has zero-tolerance policy towards drugs and alcohol. Parents will be notified and where applicable police will be notified.
Threat Assessment Fair Notice
Dear Parents: We would like to take this opportunity to inform you of Palliser Regional Schools’ Threat Assessment Protocol in response to high-risk and worrisome student behaviours. In order to enhance a sense of safety and security for all in our schools, Palliser Regional Schools has zero tolerance for high-risk behaviours. High-risk behaviours include, but are not limited to, possession of weapons, bomb threats and threats to kill or injure others. Should any student engage in behaviour which threatens or appears to threaten the safety of others, our protocol for dealing with high-risk behaviours will be activated. (Procedure 317 - Threat Assessment.)
It would be helpful if you would discuss this policy with your child(ren). We appreciate your support in ensuring our schools are safe environments for your child(ren).
Sincerely, Superintendent of Palliser Schools
Student Accident Insurance
Open the Student Accident Insurance at Palliser information letter.
For meore information visit: www.kidsplus.ca and apply at Registration form
If your address changes during the school year, your Kids Plus™ Accident Insurance plan is transferable from school Insurance premiums for children are $14.50 or $33.50 per year, depending on the plan selected. A discount is available for families with 3 or more children. Adults age 20 to 64 can also be insured for $32.00 per year. For more information or to apply online, please visit www.kidsplus.ca, or speak with a Kids Plus™ Client Service Administrator at 1-800-556-7411.
Our school board is offering you the opportunity to voluntarily purchase student accident insurance through the Kids Plus™ Accident Insurance program, underwritten by Industrial Alliance Insurance and Financial Services Inc. Kids Plus™ Accident Insurance provides protection against unexpected costs arising from accidental injuries. The program is especially valuable for families who:
- do not have medical or dental plans,
- have limited plans, as it may help supplement health and dental benefits, or
- have active children who enjoy sports and outdoor activities.
- Kids Plus™ Accident Insurance has a selection of plans to suit most budgets. Benefits include coverage for:
- The full school year (September to September), 24 hours a day, while at home and in school;
- Expenses that are often limited or not covered by private or group insurance plans, or Provincial Health
- Insurance Plans, such as ambulance, physiotherapy, private tutoring, counselling, and much more;
- Injury-related dental treatment (including future dental treatment up to age 26);
- Out-of-province or country emergency medical expenses.
Message from the Principal and Tips for student Success
Dear parents and students:
Please review these reminders, expectations and deadlines. We want our students to be successful online and to share these tips with you that characterize successful learners.
Getting Online (GO) Orientation - students just starting:
Welcome to your first online course with Palliser Beyond Borders Is your learning on track for successful completion? You need about 2 hours to complete GO. Today alone, 10 student completed the course! Way to go in GO!Students who register with us for the first time are expected to complete our Getting Online course. This course teaches students how to
- learn online
- submit assignments
- use Google Apps for Education in the Moodle learning platform
- communicate with teachers
- and be successful online learners.
If you were registered in the first week of school this semester you will be completing the GO shortly and will move on on to your academic course soon.
What do you do if you need help in GO?
- Get online. Open up the course and continue! On average we know that students will successfully complete after 16 log ins and working through assignments an hour at a time. This could be 16 log ins over two weeks or 16 log ins over a year! We want you to finish GO this week.
- Fix if something is not right? We have a 10 minute rule of thumb at Palliser Beyond Borders. If something is amiss reach out for help. Don’t sit and wait and say I’ll figure it out tomorrow. Let’s get it figured out today so you can move on.
- Use technology for learning.We do not want technology to be the barrier to learning. We need to shift from “learning to use technology” to “using technology for learning” in the first two weeks of school. Ask for help.
- Refer to the Teacher information block in your Moodle course. This is an example.
- Add your teacher's name to google chat on your email tab - left bottom of the email page.
- Use 20th century technology: Call your teacher.
- Book a meeting – by phone, google hang out, face to face, Blackboard
- Drop into our Blackboard sessions to meet with a teacher on duty
- See the schedule on your newsfeed dashboard in Moodle
- See the schedule on our website under current students
- Ask your Outreach teacher to help even if your subject teacher is someone else. All of our teachers know how to get help for you.
- Stay in regular contact with your teacher
Research tells us the most successful online students are those who know their teacher and know how to reach out for help. Your job now is to build a strong learning and teaching relationship with your teacher.
As soon as you are successfully completed in Getting Online (GO) orientation we will move you into your next course. If you are not done within two weeks you risk not completing your next course on time. You can expect that the orientation will take about two hours.
Please refer to these calendars and calculator tool to plan your successful completion before the June deadline which is the latest you can complete. You will be withdrawn from the course if you are not done by June deadlines and the course will show as incomplete on your detailed academic record, if not done.
Students continuing online in another online course
Successful learners online look like this: Our goal is to empower all our students in all grades and courses in learning and assessment in a meaningful and effective manner. Your role is to manage your time wisely, identify ways you learn best and reach to demonstrate your understanding. Calculate how many weeks left before you must finish the course and divide up by weeks what you have left to complete in your course. Commit to the schedule.
We have placed a calculator on our website for you to do this.
We believe at Palliser Beyond Borders that the learning and teaching process consists of 6 stages:
- feedback and formative assessment,
- opportunity for students to improve and bump up understanding of concepts
- New Learning finished 2 weeks before exams
- Review of course materials and participation in diploma reviews before summative assessments and diploma exams.
For student success: This process must happen before students complete summative assessments so students have every opportunity to enrich understanding before final assessments. For this reason we do not want students to expect that they can submit a whole course the night before an exam or diploma exam and accept that it is ok to “take the bad mark”. We feel bad if students don’t do well on exams and want to support every effort for students to demonstrate their very best understanding in our courses. Students are beginning to understand this process and with parent support we are seeing improved results in course marks and final assessments.
Course Reviews: The discrepancy between our diploma marks and course marks closed quite significantly for those students who wrote diplomas in this last year. The common factor was that students made sure they had the time to participate in diploma course reviews either online or face to face. Part of our course expectations is for students to attend these course reviews. Review dates are posted on our website http://
palliserbeyondborders.com/ current-students/high-school- information/diploma-exam- information. these will be updated shortly.
Finishing your course on time by meeting posted deadlines: If students do not meet the deadline dates for completing courses particularly for diploma courses, students must plan to write the diploma in the next cycle or complete the course in summer school. We want you to have the review time you need after teacher assessment is complete to ensure you are ready for the summative assessment. If you need help or additional support, please contact your teacher.
As always you can look for me online in Google chat or email. Reach out to any of us if you need help. We are a friendly bunch! Wishing you all the very best for a successful term.
Alison Hancox, MET