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Writing Your Way Out of the Status Quo: Grade 12 English
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- on January 6, 2022.
Virtual High School’s new grade 12 academic English course, ENG4U, is anything but status quo! In fact, the entire course empowers you to explore the idea of status quo and the extent to which, as poet and activist Sonia Sanchez asserts, “all writers are political.” Whether you are developing the power of your own voice, … Read More
*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
Polar Expressions Poetry & Short Story Contests 2018
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- on October 9, 2018.
Polar Expressions Publishing is holding its 13th annual poetry and short story contests for students. Polar Expressions does not charge an entry fee and offers great prizes to students from different grade levels (kindergarten to Grade 12). If your work is selected, it will be published in a collection in early June. The rules listed at the … Read More
New Course: OLC4O – Ontario Secondary School Literacy Course
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- on April 3, 2018.
We are happy to announce the launch of a new version of OLC4O, the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Course. This course which consists of two units–reading and writing–prepares students for the workplace or post-secondary studies. In working in OLC4O, students develop competencies in language by acquiring skills that they will need in order to graduate. Students … Read More
Polar Expressions Short Story & Poetry Contests 2017
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- on September 21, 2017.
Polar Expressions Publishing is holding its 12th annual Short Story and Poetry contests for students. Polar Expressions does not charge an entry fee and offers great prizes to students from different grade levels (Kindergarten to Grade 12) for their entries. If your work is selected, it will be published in a collection in early June. The … Read More
English Department Heads, Sarah Simpson and John Smallwood, are pleased to announce the launch of a new version of ENG2P, a course that has been developed and written virtually all in-house. ENG2P is a grade 10 applied English course that extends the range of oral communication, reading, writing, and media literacy skills that students need for … Read More
In late 2016, we encouraged our students to enter a short story writing contest put on by Polar Expressions Publishing, and are happy to receive news that six Virtual High School students have, out of thousands of entries, made it through the first round of the contest. Our students’ work will be sent on to compete in … Read More
Polar Expressions Publishing is holding its 11th annual writing contest, and the SHORT STORY deadline is December 5! Polar Expressions does not charge an entry fee and offers great prizes to students from different grade levels for their short story entries. If your work is selected, it will be published in a collection next spring. … Read More
Sarah Cooper teaches ENG3U, CHC2D, CHC2P, CH3WM, CHI4U, and CHY4U at Virtual High School. Along with many of our students, Sarah Cooper benefits from the flexibility that comes with online education. Since starting at VHS in 2008, she has worked with VHS students while living in various American and European cities as well as in … Read More
Meet Emrald! Emrald was a student with Virtual High School for four years and completed several courses with us. Recently, she earned her Ontario Secondary School Diploma through VHS. Emrald is a shining example of one of our talented students. Emrald discovered her passion for writing in grade nine. Since then, Emrald has been working towards … Read More