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*Mr. Smallwood at the VHS building open house – 2012. For as long as we have existed, VHS has been fortunate enough to have had a supremely talented writer, editor, and English teacher in Mr. John Smallwood. His wealth of teaching experience and extensive support of students and their families have made him a valuable … Read More

Making a Plan

How many times have you heard, “you need a plan”?  Having a plan sets you up for success, but even better yet is to make your own plan.  Why? Likely up until now, teachers, parents, coaches, etc. have been setting deadlines and due dates for you. If you attend a bricks-and-mortar school, the timelines are set. … Read More

First semester classes are wrapping up across Ontario which means many students will soon be focusing on new courses for the second semester. With that in mind, it is important to reflect and ensure that you are on track to meet your academic goals for this school year. Did you earn the grades you were … Read More

It’s important, and sometimes difficult, to decide which courses to take. The most important thing to do when selecting courses is to plan early. High school course decisions begin in Grade 8 as students prepare to enter Grade 9. The choice between applied and academic streams can significantly affect a student’s path throughout high school and during … Read More

Setting Goals

The new year often causes many of us to think about new beginnings. It’s a common time for making resolutions. What are your goals this year? Setting Goals Where do you start? Think about the changes you want to make in your life. Do you want to start doing something? Stop doing something? Once you have … Read More

Do you wonder what should go in your university application package? The first place to look is your program’s web page on the institution’s website. Comprehensive research on the qualities that are considered to be desirable by your program’s admissions committee can prove to be very rewarding in the long run. To help with that, … Read More

Wow. That’s just fantastic! Wow. That’s just fantastic… How did you read the above messages? Which one sticks out to you as more friendly? It was likely easy for you to decide, but did you know that someone else may disagree with you? How you interpret a message depends on many factors. Something that has … Read More

A Day in the Life of an Online Student

Hi, I’m Amanda! You may remember me from my student spotlight: My Return to VHS. I was asked to share more about my experience as an online student to give you a better idea of what it’s like, or at least what it was like for me. Usually I was working on four courses at a time, … Read More

It’s that time of year again! How are you preparing for the new school year? Here are some tips that will improve your chances of success. 1. Know your schedule and courses. Start the year with an organized approach. Learn your schedule and where your classes are held so that you can avoid the first-day … Read More

Many high school students share the same basic goal: graduate and begin a preferred post-secondary program. Most college and university students aim to graduate and enter into a preferred career. It seems like this should be a natural progression, but the transition from high school to college or university can be challenging. Students sometimes struggle … Read More