1331 Central Ave.
P.O. Box 339
Grand Forks, BC
V0H 1H0
Fax: 250-442-2085
GFSS Office Phone: 442-8285
Attendance Line:


Bus Schedules
Bus Riding Rules
Attendance/Lates Policy

GRAD 2017

Grad Transitions 2016/17
(Units 1-4)

Aboriginal Education Surveys 2016
Grade 8
Grade 9
Grade 10
Grade 11
Grade 12


Promoting Relationships

GFSS Weekly Howl

Teacher Websites
Mr. Anderson
Counselling Corner
Mrs. de Wynter-Wilkie
Mr. Dunnet
Mr. Grey
Mr. Johnson
Ms. Madsen
Ms. Merry
Mr. McKaig

GFSS Student Services
Mrs. Thompson
Mrs. Verigin-Lyon

Upcoming Event Dates:

Spring Break - March 17th to April 2nd inclusive. Classes resume Mon. Apr. 3rd.

2016/17 Proposed School Calendar
GFSS Student Code of Conduct
GFSS Honour Roll Criteria
Student Advisory Council
GFSS Course Selection Handbook 2016/17
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 Order Week of Jan. 16th, 2017
Mon. Jan. 16th - B, C, D (Lunch) D, A
Tue. Jan. 17th - C, D, A (Lunch) A, B
Wed. Jan. 18th - D, A, B (Lunch) B, C
Thur. Jan. 19th - A, B, C (Lunch) C, D

Block Order Week of Jan. 23rd, 2017

See January Exam Schedule Below**
DAILY ANNOUNCEMENTS at GFSS - Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017

Don't forget to pre-order your 2017 Yearbook by January 31st for the discounted price of $45. Starting February 1st, the cost will be $50. We are only ordering a limited supply of books this year and we will be basing those numbers on pre-sale numbers.

Grade 9 students.  You were given your immunization consent forms earlier this week, please have your parents complete the consent form and bring them back to the office in the envelope provided by Tues., Jan. 24th.  If you don’t bring the form back, the Health Unit will be calling your homes.

Any Grade 11 or 12 students interested in a Trades experience at Teck Cominco in Trail need to see Mrs. Argue as soon as possible.  There is a limit of how many students we can take so it will be on a first come, first served basis.

Grads: Grads, the link for booking your Grad Portraits with GradsBC on Feb. 1st and 2nd is now active on our webpage. There are yearbook forms for Grad Autobiographies and Hall of Fame nominations in the office.

Any Grade 12 students who are thinking about attending Selkirk College this fall, see Mrs. Webster. There are five (5) $1,000.00 scholarships available to GFSS students going into ANY full-time Selkirk program.

January 2017 Exam Schedule
All grade 8- 12 students in academic courses are expected to write an exam.  Students in grade 12 may also be required to write a provincial exam.

Student Reminder:  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 January 23, 2017                              A,B,C,D – 45 min. each; 8:15 -11:30
Monday January 23, 2017                              Block ‘A’          12:30 – 3:30   
Tuesday January 24, 2017                             Block ‘B’          8:30 - 11:30    
Tuesday January 24, 2017                             English 12      8:30-11:30
Tuesday January 24, 2017                             Block ‘C’          12:30– 3:30
Wednesday January 25, 2017                        Block ‘D’          8:30 - 11:30
Wednesday January 25, 2017                        Communications 12  8:30-11:30     
Wednesday January 25, 2017                        Conflict Exams           12:30-3:30

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 (if available) for silent study.

Wednesday afternoon, January 25 is scheduled to accommodate student exam conflicts.  Students should arrange with their teacher an alternative time to write their exam. 

Provincial Exams              





Jan. 24/17

B Block Exams

C Block Exams
12:30-3:30 pm

English 12

8:30-11:30 PM



Wed~Jan 25/17

D Block Exams 8:30-11:30 pm

Conflict Exams
12:30-3:30 pm

Com 12



8:30-11:30 AM





GRAD PORTRAIT BOOKINGS NOW AVAILABLE ! - Grads, you are now able to book your sitting times for your Grad Portraits Feb. 1st and 2nd. Click here for the direct link to the GFSS direct scheduling page. Photos will be taken in Room 208 on the 2nd floor at the school. There are suggestions from GradsBC to prepare for your sitting appointment on this site as well.
Please note we do not have a "paper" booking system in the office for your grad portrait sitting times. Appointments must be booked online.
You can also go to to view more information about GradsBC.

Volunteers Needed for "Fun Mudder" - City of Grand Forks is looking for high school student volunteers to help with their Fun Mudder obstacle course on Family Day in February.  Please let the office if know if you wish to help with this event.

Update on BC's New Curriculum from Minister Mike Bernier - click here

GFSS Breakfast Program - Our breakfast program is funded by Breakfast for Learning and is available to any student starting at approximately 7:45 am in our Multipurpose Room.

Safer Schools Parent Advisory - Click here for a parent advisory regarding "Clown" Related Threats.

Health Promoting School Newsletter - Click here for the monthly newsletter.

K- 9 New Curriculum Reporting - Click here for a letter from the BC Education Minister, Mike Bernier, regarding reporting on the new curriculum in classrooms for Grades K-9.

Reminder to Parents - Student Activity Fees Due - Click here for the letter to parents explaining the $20.00 Student Activity Fee which is due and payable by all students annually.

School Sports Athletic Registration - Click here for the link to our school athletic registration package. As well, click here for "A Few Words About Coaches and Playing Time".

Criminal Record Checks for Volunteers - When accessing the online site for the free volunteer Criminal Record Checks, you will be asked for a code. This code is specific to our school ONLY.


When complete, the results will be emailed to the school directly. There have been circumstances where the applicant has been asked to print the application and bring it into the school to be faxed in. This DOES NOT mean there is a problem with your application, it is just a glitch in their system.Thank you for taking the time to fill this out and thank you for volunteering at our school!

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.

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

Letter to Parents from the Ministry- Click here for a letter from the Ministry of Education directed to Parents regarding the changes to Provincial Assessment and also Questions and Answers about the New Curriculum. .

Survey Results for Winter Break 2016-17 - Click here for the results from the recent survey regarding the Winter Break for 2016 - 2017. Schools will be consulting with parents and staff and the proposed school calendars will be presented for approval at the March 8th Board of Education meeting. Further input is welcome during the consultations at the school level as well as at the Board meeting on March 8th. Thank you for participating in the survey.

Letter to Parents from the Minister of Education - Click here for the letter to parents regarding changes in school curriculum.

Planning 10 Link My Blueprint Education Planner - Click here for the link.

DREAM BIG: READ! GFSS Library eBooks - Now available for you in GFSS eBooks. Click on the Follett eBooks icon to the left of this column;
** user name: (all lower case) your first initial and last name (for example - ajones)
** password: your student number

If you have any problems accessing the site, please see Mrs. deWynter or Ms. Walker in the DLC.

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

2016/17 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 ........................................$45.00 pre-order cost $50 after Jan. 31st

**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).

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.

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

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.

2016-17 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