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U of T: Youth Summer Program

University of Toronto – Youth Summer Program

Register Now! This summer, step into the University of Toronto and explore the worlds of law and medicine. The Youth Summer Program (YSP) was established in 2008 and every summer students from across North America and around the world are offered an exclusive glimpse into the world of Medicine and Law.

Columbia River Field School

Here is a summer opportunity for RSS students this summer:

Columbia River Field School: Summer 2019

Wildsight is pleased to tell you about our upcoming summer youth program, the Columbia River Field School, August 15-28.
This summer, 16 inspiring Columbia Basin youth will take up paddles and navigate the complex social, economic and natural history of the mighty Columbia River. Traveling by canoe through key sections of the river, participants will learn from local expert voices as varied as the river itself. Along the way they will gain important canoe and camping skills, will earn certifications from the Recreational Canoe Association of BC and will be inspired to engage and help shape the future of the watershed.

This new program, which debuted last summer with great success, is open to youth aged 15-18. The curriculum will explore aspects of the river’s story through geography, ecology, hydrology, technology, economics, politics, history and culture. Guest presenters will include indigenous leaders, local and provincial government officials, scientists, conservationists, writers, artists, adventurers, and other lifelong residents.

To be eligible, youth must live within the Columbia Basin and must be 15-18 years old by August 15th. Applications are now open and are due by May 15th. Students can apply here. The trip cost is $500 (includes food, gear rental, travel, accommodation—everything except travel to the start and end points). Some bursaries are available and can be requested at the time of application.
Please visit our website for more information and check out this one-minute promotional video. Please contact us with any questions via email at or by phone at 250 427 9325 extension 230.

Monica Nissen, Wildsight Education Manager

$1500 – National Union Scholarship Program

The National Union’s scholarship program for 2019

The deadline for applications and essays is July 4, 2019.

Ottawa (09 Jan. 2019) — Each year, the 390,000-member National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) offers 6 scholarships of $1,500 each that reflect its pursuit of equal opportunity for workers. Entrants must be the children or grandchildren, or the foster children or the foster grandchildren, of members or retirees of the National Union’s Component unions or its affiliates and who are planning to enter the 1st year of a Canadian public, post-secondary educational institution on a full-time basis in 2019.

All scholarships awarded will be based on the best 750- to1,000-word essay.

Click here for Essay Topics and More Information

$1000 – EFMABC Bursaries

The Educational Facility Managers Association of British Columbia was pleased to offer five $1,000.00 bursaries to graduates of the 2018/2019school year. Our association is comprised of administrative and management personnel of school districts who are responsible for construction, maintenance and custodial services, etc.

These bursaries are offered to secondary students completing their grade 12 year who will enter a recognized post-secondary educational institution in the 2019/2020 term. Bursaries will be awarded on the basis of academic achievement and/or special needs.

Preference will be given to students entering the fields of engineering, architecture, or building technology. Should there not be suitable applications received in these fields, students in other courses of study will be considered, however, all applicants MUST be dependents of school district employees in the school plant area (i.e. Maintenance or Custodial).


Parent-Teacher Conferences

In addition to our regular evening session, we’ve added an afternoon of scheduled appointments using our new Booking Form.

Booking Form-March 6th Only

Before you book, click here for a “How-To” for the new booking form.

Here is a copy of  a letter sent home in February to highlight the   new ways we are approaching our Parent-Teacher conferences:

Dear Parents/Guardians:

We have listened to you! After October’s Parent-Teacher Conferences, parents/guardians indicated that there was insufficient time to meet with teachers and that there was a perceived lack of privacy during their discussions with teachers. We appreciate that these concerns were brought to the attention of the school.

After discussions with the RSS teaching staff, the school is pleased to announce two major changes for Parent-Teacher Conferences to meet the needs of both parents and teachers:

We have added a 3-hour afternoon session on March 6th where parents/guardians can ‘book’ a teacher for a short conference (see below for the link to the Booking Form), and
We have extended the regular evening session on March 7th from 1 ½ hours to 2 hours.

We will work to ensure that all of these sessions provide adequate privacy. As well, this new format will be discussed at the upcoming PAC meeting on February 26th at 6:00PM in the RSS Library.

In order to accommodate these sessions, RSS will dismiss at 11:50AM on both March 6th and March 7th.


March 6, 2019 1:00PM—4:00PM

This afternoon is available for booked appointments. Each appointment is ten minutes long. However, if you have booked back-to-back appointments plan on each meeting to be approximately seven minutes as that allows ‘travel time’ to your next appointment.

Please follow this link to book an appointment: Booking Form

There is an attached .pdf document with step-by-step instructions on how to book an appointment with a teacher using the Booking Form.


March 7, 2019 6:00PM—8:00PM

This evening is in the traditional format where teachers are available to chat with parents without booked times. This evening session has been extended from 1 ½ hours to 2 hours to accommodate more parent-teacher contact time.

We know you are very busy! As always, please contact your child’s teacher(s) to receive an update via email, telephone, or to set up an appointment at a mutually agreeable time.

RSS appreciates the opportunity to talk with parents about their children. We believe strongly that good communication is fundamental in allowing parents, teachers and students to work together for the best possible outcomes.


Greg Kenyon

Principal—Revelstoke Secondary School

Quit Now!

Not school….

Quit smoking, vaping, cannabis, and/or chewing tobacco!

The Revelstoke CYMHSU has teamed up with First Nations Health Authorityand Revelstoke Secondary School to bring you an exciting opportunity!

If you, or someone you know, is thinking about quitting or cutting back on cigarettes, vaping, cannabis or chew, there is no better time than now!  Find out more on our Quit Now Revelstoke Facebook Group (link below).

You could win up to $475 for signing up with Quit Now, a support system that will stick by you during your journey!  Join the Facebook group below to learn more or sign up be emailing Stacie at

Contest closes Tuesday, March 5th, 2019.