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

- Student Registration Form
- Personal Information Consent
- Media Consent
- Request for Records
- BC Residency Checklist


Bus Schedules
Bus Riding Rules
Attendance/Lates Policy

GRAD 2018

Grad Transitions 2017/18
Cover Page & Instructions
Due Dates
Unit 1 - Career & Life
Unit 2 - Community Connections & Personal Health
Unit 3 - Financial Literacy (via learning sessions in the fall)
Myblueprint link

Aboriginal Education Surveys 2017
Grade 8
Grade 9
Grade 10
Grade 11
Grade 12


Promoting Relationships

GFSS Weekly Howl

Teacher Websites
Mr. Anderson
Counselling Corner
Mr. Dunnet
Mr. Grey
Ms. Madsen
Ms. Merry
Mr. McKaig

GFSS Student Services
Mrs. Verigin-Lyon

Upcoming Event Dates:

Next Grad Parent Meeting: Tues. Apr. 10th 7 pm Bistro

Grad Portrait Dates: Feb. 13, 14th & 15th, Book your sitting time online (see the link on the main page).

Next PAC Meeting:

Spring Break: March 16th to April 2nd inclusive.

2017/18 Proposed School Calendar
GFSS Student Code of Conduct
GFSS Honour Roll Criteria
GFSS Course Selection Handbook 2017-18
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 Feb. 19th, 2018
Mon. Feb. 19th - D, A, B (Lunch) B, C
Tues.Feb. 20th - A, B, C (Lunch) C, D
Wed. Feb. 21st - B, C, D (Lunch) D, A
Thurs. Feb. 22nd - C, D, A (Lunch) A, B

BLOCK ORDER - Week of Feb. 26th, 2018
Mon. Feb. 26th - A, B, C (Lunch) C, D
Tues.Feb. 27th - B, C, D (Lunch) D, A
Wed. Feb. 28th - C, D, A (Lunch) A, B
Thurs. Mar. 1st -
D, A, B (Lunch) B, C

GRAD PORTRAITS - Lifetouch will be back March 7/8 for re-takes and for grads who missed their portrait sittings.    Please note there is a $25 sitting fee due to the photographer at the time of your sitting (cash or cheque only). We will let grads know when the link is open for booking during this re-take day.

GFSS Daily Announcements: Mon., Feb. 19th

Grade 8 Girls’ Club every Wednesday after school in the Bistro.  All Grade 8 girls welcome.  See Jeana or Mrs. Webster for more information.

Grade 9 Students: Don't forget to bring your Immunization Consent forms back ASAP. Immunizations are on Wed., Jan. 21st.

Catering Class – Bistro Menu for Feb. 28th - **Please note date change**
Sweet & Sour Chicken                       $4
Fried Rice                                           $3
Egg Roll with Sweet Chili Sauce       $2
Combo plate                                        $6
Lemon Cupcake With Lemon Icing   $2

Yearbook Pre-orders are being taken in the office. Pay for your yearbook now at the discounted price of $45 until Spring Break. After that, the price becomes $50. 

Pink Shirt Day is February 28th.  On that day we encourage everyone to practice kindness and wear pink to symbolize that you do not tolerate bullying.

Feb 19, 2018
Student and Teachers: 8:17am-3:31pm
Students and Parents: 3:45pm-7:00pm.

The WorkBC Find Your Fit Tour is an interactive student based event taking place at Grand Forks Secondary School on February 19, 2018 from 8:17am – 3:31pm for students and from 3:45pm  - 7:00pm for students and parents. Students can jump right in and try the skills they’ll need for different careers in demand across the province. This hands-on event will help students apply real life experiences to their career planning, and connect with WorkBC’s labour market information, tools and services. Parents are also welcome to attend the evening event, as they look for ways to educate and support their children in their career exploration.
Drop in and explore the program and discover how to ‘find your fit’ for a career!


I hope you all had a memorable and restful Christmas break and you find yourselves ready to take on 2018 with renewed energy and purpose.

As most of you are aware, GFSS has been facilitating discussions with regards to the impact of digital usage in our school community. We have hosted a number of Digital Citizenship themed conversations over the past several weeks including student forums, PAC, and staff meetings to help grow our collective understandings. We are focussing on creating and implementing a Digital Citizenship policy which will lead to changes in our school's Code of Conduct that supports and encourages students to develop a relationship of balance with their personal device.

For the majority of our students their life is infused with technology and socialization is increasingly shifting into the digital realm. This growing dependency comes with some adverse behaviors that we need a better understanding of, as well as it is proving to be a consistent distraction from classroom activities and an impediment to the learning environment.

This Digital Citizenship initiative requires education, participation and open communication. We will be hosting a number of forums for all interested groups.  The next one being at our GFSS PAC meeting Jan 17th at 7pm.

I have attached a number of interesting articles for students, teachers and family members in hopes to promote conversations and understandings.

Pease don’t hesitate to call with comments.

Teens getting less sleep
Smartphone challenge on a generation
phone bans improve school exam results
is your smartphone making you stupid?

LETTER TO PARENTS - Click here for our letter to parents regarding the rise in Vape use by students and it's negative health effects.

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).

2017/18 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 discounted price til Spring Break. After Spring Break $50

**Certain elective courses have additional fees - see Course Selection Handbook**

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.

Registration Information: If you are a BC resident please provide the following information when registering your child:
- completed registration forms along with birth certificate and care card
- proof of residency - BC driver's licence and medical services card, utility bill, lease agreement or property assessment.

Registration documents are listed at the upper left corner of this page. Please complete all documents and forward to the school office along with a copy of your child's birth certificate and care card.

Proof of Residency - click here to view

District Policy - Out of Province Students (Fee for 2017-18 school year is $12,150.00 per student)

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.

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): Click here for the new instructions.

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.

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!

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.

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

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