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As you have already guessed, we are avid computer-users here at VHS! We are continuously looking for ways to make our daily tasks more efficient, and keyboard shortcuts are one way we can do so. Tony Stecca, who is our Head of Web Development and Technology, is known as the “Shortcut King” around the office. So, we … Read More

Let’s examine key study skills so you can avoid the temptation to take short cuts when writing papers, listening to instructional videos or lectures, or studying for quizzes, tests, or exams. Working with credible sources will allow you to create writing and presentations that reflect valid ideas and research. Consider the following questions: Who created … Read More

Jessica eagerly began the Final Module of her English course. First assignment: Short Story. She grabbed a piece of paper and a pen to brainstorm the key elements. An hour later, Jessica sat staring blankly at her desk amidst a heap of crumpled papers. Disillusioned and frustrated, she decided to grab a snack and start again. … Read More

You’re enrolled in a self-paced, online course. Where do you start? How will you maintain focus? One really important thing to remember about this style of learning is that the self-motivation and self-direction required to complete the course are excellent life skills that will be of benefit to you long after you have finished your work with VHS. … Read More

It’s important and sometimes difficult to decide which courses to take. The most important thing to do in selecting courses is to PLAN EARLY! Students and parents must begin making high school course decisions in grade 8 as students prepare for entry into grade 9. A decision that can significantly affect students’ paths throughout high … Read More

Setting Goals

The new year often causes many of us to think about new beginnings and is a common time for resolutions. What goals do you have for 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 … Read More

It’s that time of year again! How are you preparing for the new school year? Here are some tips that will enhance your chances of success this year and in your future years. 1. Know your schedule and courses Start the year with an organized approach! Learn your schedule and where your classes are held … 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

July 1st marks an important day in Canada’s history: It’s the anniversary of our becoming a nation 150 years ago. As we celebrate this milestone by wearing red and white, waving our flags with pride, and spending time enjoying the beautiful land on which we live, let’s reflect on some of the defining moments in … Read More

Learning to think and work independently is all part of the educational process. At VHS, we expect our students to take responsibility for their work and all of their actions in their courses. Sometimes the expectations to obtain a certain grade or meet a tight deadline leaves students feeling pressured to take short cuts and … Read More