1331 Central Ave.
P.O. Box 339
Grand Forks, BC
V0H 1H0
GFSS Office Phone: 442-8285
Attendance Line:


Bus Schedules
Bus Riding Rules
Attendance/Lates Policy

GRAD 2015

2014 BC School Satisfaction Survey for Parents and Grades 10 & 12 Students

(amended link as of 24-Sep)
(& Grad Transitions Budget Spreadsheets CAREER or POST SECONDARY)


Promoting Relationships

GFSS Weekly Howl

Teacher Websites
Mr. Anderson
Counselling Corner
Mr. deHaan
Mrs. de Wynter-Wilkie
Mr. Dunnet
Mr. Johnson
Ms. Merry
Mr. McKaig
Mr. Reimer
Mr. Stevenson
GFSS Student Services
Mrs. Thompson
Mrs. Verigin-Lyon

Upcoming Event Dates:

PROPOSED 2014/15 GFSS School Calendar
GFSS Student Code of Conduct 2012/2013
GFSS Honour Roll Criteria
Student Advisory Council
GFSS Course Selection Handbook 2011/2012
GFSS Growth Plan
GFSS Grading Policy

District Sites
School District #51
Christina Lake Elementary
Hutton Elementary
Perley Elementary
Grand Forks Secondary
Fred Walker Learning Centre
Greenwood Elementary

Midway Elementary
Boundary Central Secondary
West Boundary Elementary
Beaverdell Elementary
Big White Community School

Transcript Requests
(During July and August you must contact the Ministry of Education directly. See link in the main body of this webpage)

BLOCK ROTATION Week of Jan. 26, 2015
Mon. Jan. 26th - D, A, B (Lunch) B, C
Tues. Jan. 27th - A, B, C (Lunch) C, D
Wed, Jan. 28th -
B, C, D (Lunch) D, A
Thur. Jan. 29th -
C, D, A (Lunch) A, B

BLOCK ROTATION Week of Feb. 2nd, 2015
**See Schedule for Exam Week below**

Grad 2015 -- Grad Parent Meeting, Monday, Feb. 10th at 7 pm in the Multipurpose room.
GRAD baby photos for the yearbook have been scanned and can be picked up at the office any time now. Photos not picked up will be inserted with report cards at the end of the term.

GRADS: There are nomination sheets available in the office for:
- Valedictorian
- Teacher Speaker
- Parent Speaker

These nomination sheets need to be turned in to Mrs. Argue BY Feb. 10th

Sign up sheets for sitting appointments are in the office. Sitting fee is $25 due to the photographer. There are still appointments left for Wednesday, Feb. 11th and once Wed. is filled, they will book Thursday morning. Even if you're not planning to order portraits, please have a "head shot" photo taken for the yearbook. (no sitting fee is required for a single "head shot").

Feb. 2015 Exam Schedule -

All grade 8- 12 students in academic courses are expected to write an exam.  Students in grade 10-12 may also be required to write provincial exams.

Reminder to students:  if you do not have an exam you should not come to school!

Grade 8-12  Final Exams will be written in course blocks as follows:
Monday, Feb. 2nd, 2015                             A,B,C,D – 45 min. each block in the morning regular classes
Monday, Feb. 2nd, 2015                             Block ‘A’        12:30 – 3:30   
Tues., Feb. 3rd, 2015                                  Block ‘B’        8:30 - 11:30                                      
Tues., Feb. 3rd, 2015                                  Block ‘C’       12:30 – 3:30
Wed., Feb. 4th, 2015                                   Block ‘D’        8:30 - 11:30

Students must remain in their examination room for a minimum of one hour. 

After completing an exam students have two options:
1) Leave the school immediately.
2) Go directly to the DLC or the Sr. Study Hall for silent study.

The afternoon of Feb. 4th has been set aside to accommodate students with exam conflicts.  Students should arrange a time with their teacher or contact Mr. Phelan to arrange an alternative time to write their exam. 


Prov. Exam Subject



Mon. Feb. 2/15
(afternoon has A Block Exams)

English 12

8:30 am-11:30 am

Multi (A-Z)

Socials 11

12:30 pm – 3:30pm

Multi (A-Z)

Tue. Feb. 3/15
(morning has B Block Exams)
(afternoon has C Block Exams)

English 10

8:30 am-11:30 am

Multi (A-Z)

Comm. 12

8:30 am – 11:30 am

Wed. Feb. 4/15
(morning has D Block Exams)

Science 10

8:30 am-11:30 am

Multi (A-Z)


BC First Nations 12

8:30 am-11:30 am
~Exam in DLC


Thur. Feb. 5/15

AWMath 10

8:30 am-11:30 am

Multi (A-Z)



8:30 am-11:30 am

Multi (A-Z)

SEMESTER II STARTS ON Tuesday, February 10th!!  It will be a full day with the block rotation being ABCCD. 

2014-15 YEARBOOKS -Yearbook orders are now being accepted in the office. The discounted price until February 26, 2015 is $40.00. After Feb. 26th, the cost will be $45.00. Pre-orders help determine how many books will be printed, so don't be disappointed - order your yearbook now! Payment must be made at the time of ordering. Cheques can be payable to GFSS.

School Supply List - Click here for the GFSS school supply list.

Dose #2 Chickenpox Vaccine - For the 2014-15 and 2015-16 School Years, a varicella vaccine booster will be available at the time of the grade 9 TdaP booster.  This special Interior Health program will boost your child’s immunity to chicken pox, well into adulthood. 
Students currently in grades 10, 11 or 12 are also eligible to have a second dose of varicella vaccine if they have only had one dose in the past.  If you think your child in these grades is eligible for either 1 or 2 doses of chicken pox vaccine, please call the health unit to book a private vaccination appointment.  250-443-3150
To learn more about the Chicken pox vaccine, please read the Health File:

2014/15 School Fees - All student fees will be collected in the Office.

Fee schedule - Student Council Activities .................$20.00
........................... Lock Fee...............................................$8.00
........................... Grad Fee (Grade 12's only) ...............$25.00
........................... Yearbook .............................................$40.00 til Feb. 26th 2015
........................................................................................... $45.00 after Feb. 26th 2015
**Certain elective courses have additional fees - see Student Handbook**

Attendance Expectations for GFSS - If your child is away, sick or has to leave early from school (or arrive late), please call the school in the morning or give your child a written note to give to the office explaining their absence. For a full day absence, the office needs to be notified either before or on the day of the absence. Please read the policy on "excused" and "unexcused" absences at the link to the left of this page (Attendance Expectations).

Transcripts for Applying to Post Secondary Institutions - All Grads who are planning to go to a post secondary institution need to fill out a PSI form on the Ministry of Education website. The following are instructions for ordering transcripts to be sent to your choice of post secondary institution(s):

1. go the provincial education website
2. click on Student Secure web icon , enter it
3. create an account **you must know your PEN number!!**
4. click on PSI forms and follow the directions

Filling out this online form will ensure your high school transcripts are sent to the post secondary institutions, otherwise they will not be sent out.

If You Need A Copy of your High School Graduation Transcript - click here. A PEN (Personal Education Number) is required for the online application for a transcript. Your PEN is on all report cards.

Encounters Canada - Students who may be interested in attending Encounters Canada, please click the following link for more info. Each school is allowed to send two (2) applicants. If interested, please see Mr. Stewart.

HEAD LICE - Please check your child's head for lice and nits on a daily and weekly basis. (Students should be lice-free and nit-free at school.) Interior Health's website has information on how to check for and treat head lice:
Interior Health Head Lice Information

Head Lice Information:
(We do not endorse any of the products listed).
What do lice and nits look like in the hair? - youtube video
Size Comparison and Removing Lice from Hair - youtube video
Head Lice, Louse & Nits - youtube video
Head Lice Removal Combing Techniques - youtube video
Frequently-asked questions about lice. (Dept. of Health, AU)

GFSS/BCSS The Mural Project - View the documentary on the Ab Ed Mural project by clicking here.

Parent School Satisfaction Survey- Parents of students in Grades 10 and 12 are invited to complete an online School Satisfaction Survey with the Ministry of Education. The link to the survey is just to the left on this webpage (2014 BC School Satisfaction Survey). Parents can email for their anomymous Logon code.

PROPOSED GFSS 2014-15 School Calendar - Click here for a copy of the "Proposed" GFSS 2014-15 School Calendar. Parents are invited to contact Mr. Stewart at the school if they have any concerns about this proposed calendar.

Grade 12 Info and Provincial Exam Scholarship Criterion - Click here for an update on Grad information regarding Provincial Scholarships, Passport to Education, etc..

GFSS Moodle Courses for Sept. 2013 - A number of courses will be available via the online Moodle platform starting in September. Click here for a listing of these courses. Please make an appointment with one of the counsellors to register.

GFSS Breakfast Program - The school breakfast program is available to any student starting at approximately 7:45 am in our Multipurpose Room.

GFSS School Improvement Plan - Parents and students are invited to submit feedback to the school as it works towards a plan for school imporovement over the next couple of years. Staff is working on setting some new directions related to building school culture, student learning and expectations around behaviour. If you have some positive ideas, please see Mr. Stewart or email your thoughts to

GFSS IS ON FACEBOOK! - Check out our Facebook Timeline. Click on the "Find us on Facebook" icon at the top right of this page and "Like" us on your Facebook and you'll receive notices of upcoming events and other school information.

Scholarship Resource Website - is a resource website which is free for all Canadian students. Its purpose is to introduce students to grant, scholarship and bursary funding, as well as employment opportunities. Check it out at

Speaking Up! - The BC Confederation of Parent Advisory Councils (BCCPAC) has published a parent guide to advocating for students in public schools. There is a copy of the guide in the office if any parents wish to come in and review it.

Lost & Found - Located in the office. Clean articles are taken to the Thrift Shop after being displayed for a few days, just before the winter break, spring break and year end. There are daily announcements to remind students to look at the display tables outside the main office.

Medical Conditions/Allergies - Please contact the school office if your son or daughter has a medical condition or life-threatening allergy that would require administration of medication at school. A Medical Alert form and a Request for Administration of Medication at School form will need to be completed.

2014-15 Bell Schedule

8:14 Warning Bell
8:17 - 9:34
Period 1 (77 Min.)
9:39 -10:55
Period 2 ( 76 Min.)
11:00 - 12:14
Period 3 (74 min)
(40 Min.)
12:54 Warning Bell
12:58 - 2:09
Period 4 (71 Min.)
2:14 - 3:31
Period 5 (77 Min.)

Early Dismissal Bell Schedule

8:14 Warning Bell
8:17 - 9:34
Period 1 (77 Min.)
9:39 -10:55
Period 2 ( 76 Min.)
11:00 - 12:14
Period 3 (74 min)
(55 Min.)
1:09 Warning Bell
1:14 - 2:30
Period 4 (76 Min.)

Block Rotation Calendar