Windscript – Annual High School Writing

Windscript is the annual magazine of high school writing published by the Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild since 1983. We publish all forms of poetry and prose. A magazine launch is hosted annually in the spring in conjunction with the Cathedral Village Arts Festival in Regina (online), and copies of the magazine are distributed to every high school and library across the province each fall. This is an excellent opportunity for students to be published and to be paid for their selected submission – many for the first time. Awards are given to our top entries in three categories.

Website: https://skwriter.com/programs-and-services/publications/windscript 


Chernos Contest

ENTER THE 2021 CHERNOS CONTEST TODAY AND BE IN TO WIN $500!
Law, History, Civil Liberty, Politics, Business, Government, etc.

YOU ARE FOUR EASY STEPS AWAY…

  • STEP ONE – Choose Your Question
  • STEP TWO – Choose your format
  • STEP THREE – Create Your Entry
  • STEP FOUR – Submit

Deadline: May 28, 2021

Website/Source:  https://ccla.org/chernos/

 

NEED TO KNOW

  • The deadline is May 28, 2021.
  • You must be in Grades 9-12 in the Canadian school system. Home school entries are welcomed.
  • Video entries must be uploaded to Youtube as “Unlisted” so only the people you share the link with can see your entry.
  • DON’T be late! Just like when filing court documents, the deadline is our cut-off.
  • Do NOT include your name, school, grade or course in/on your entry itself. We collect this information in the entry form. Our judges mark the entries without knowing who you are, or what grade or school you are from.
  • DO cite your sources! Citations are required whenever you include direct quotes or statistics, or you paraphrase or adopt someone else’s idea. The last page of your essay or rant script should be a citations list (not NOT included in your word count). Get more info on citing here.
  • If you place in the contest, we will ask you (if you are 18 years or above) or your parents/caregivers to sign media release before we send your prize.

 

STEP ONE: CHOOSE YOUR QUESTION

OPTION ONE

The government of Canada has developed a contact tracing app to notify users whether they have potentially been exposed to someone who has tested positive for covid-19. The app has been assessed by the Privacy Commissioner of Canada. In the phase 3 of reopening after a pandemic, the governor of province Z says that all the government employees who are returning to work must download and use the contact tracing app at all times to ensure the safety of their colleagues and their community. If a person refuses to download and use the app, they risk losing their job. What rights and freedoms are at stake here? Do you think this is a fair policy?

OPTION TWO

In response to complaints from the public of police brutality, the City A has made it mandatory for police officers to wear body cameras while on duty. An officer wearing the camera responded to a call at a private residence. Days later, residents of the home called the police service, concerned that their identity and personal information were recorded by the police in the privacy of their own home. What rights and freedoms are at issue? Do you think that the police body-worn cameras should be running at all times? If so, why? If not, who should decide when the cameras should be turned off and under what circumstances? Are body-worn cameras for police a good idea?

OPTION THREE

Canadian province X passes a law that stops almost all non-residents from entering its borders during the COVID-19 pandemic. The law makes exceptions for individuals with extenuating circumstances and for people permanently moving to province X. Province X states that the decision to ban most non-resident travel was made to protect the health of its residents. In justifying its use of a partial border-closure, province X notes that its health-care services would be quickly overburdened if an outbreak occurs. Jo, a resident of a different Canadian province, attempts to enter province X to attend their mother’s funeral. At province X’s border, Jo is refused entry under the travel prohibition. What are the rights and freedoms at stake here? Does the province’s law fairly balance the competing interests and considerations?

OPTION FOUR

A group of high school students has become increasingly frustrated with their attempts to get the attention of their local MPs on a number of issues. The students believe that because they are too young to vote, the government ignores their concerns. The group wants to see the voting age changed from eighteen to sixteen years old. Should the voting age be changed? Why or why not?

 

Tasks:

  • Choose one of three options!
  • Choose your format (essay or video rant)
  • Create your entry (proof read and fact check! Read over the DETAILS AND RUBRIC!)

U of R Accelerated Program

U of R Accelerated Program

  • The University of Regina’s Accelerated Program is a great opportunity for grade 12 students to take a university class such as English 100, Art 220 and Math 110, lessening their course load in their first year at university.
  • Course delivery can be in one of the regional colleges, online or on-campus. Contact Flexible Learning, 306.585.5807.
  • The application deadline is fast approaching, mid-December. Please see Ms. Lapointe if you would like to register.
  • https://www.uregina.ca/cce/flexible-learning/hsxl/index.html

Financial Literacy

The Government of Canada’s Financial Literacy blog has put out a great post on A new financial
adventure: Managing money in college or university.

This entry includes tips on budgeting and includes a budgeting worksheet, budget calculator, credit card comparison tool, and information on various forms of educational funding in Canada.


2021 Relevance Magazine

The Relevance Magazine

  • Relevance is an annual magazine providing career and labour market information for Saskatchewan youth.
  • Great resources for high school students and parents.

Relevance Magazine


RDIEC – Career Spotlights

Regina District Industry and Education Council (RDIEC) to provide numerous Career Spotlights. These run 30-60 minutes, usually over lunch hour, but they’re also archived on the RDIEC YouTube Channel.

Upcoming spotlights include a

  • Parents as Career Coaches-Funding Your Child’s Education (two-part series Nov. 30 and Dec. 1),
  • The Canadian Armed Forces (Dec. 2),
  • Lawyer (Dec. 3),
  • Veterinarian (Dec. 4),
  • Computer Applications Engineer (Dec. 11)
  • Entrepreneurship (Dec 15).

Main page – Scroll down for  access to all of the above events!


RDIEC – Airplane Pilot Virtual Career Spotlight

Wednesday, November 25 at 12:30 pm.

Featuring pilot and instructor Captain JT Marx. Learn what it takes to become a pilot and flight instructor for single adn twin engine planes.

Poster with link and QR code to access the presentation


USASK – Engineering Event (GREAT OPPORTUNITY)

USask Engineering is hosting a live virtual online event!
NOVEMBER 17, 20202 FROM 4-7 PM

What Is Engineering? is intended for students in grade 11 and 12 who are considering a career in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering or Math). Because an engineering degree is so versatile, we encourage any student thinking about a career in a related field – health science, computer science, environmental protection or entrepreneurship – to come to What Is Engineering? to learn more about this profession.

RE-ENGINEERED – First year engineering program. Designed to give students a boarder, more effective foundation for the rest of their engineering degree, while holistically supporting their academic success and wellness.

RSVP ONLINE:  what-is-engineering.eventbrite.ca

POSTER: What is engineering November 17


Events!

What is Business? Info Session Nov 17 Do you have students thinking about business? Encourage them to join our series of What Is Business? info sessions. November’s theme is Finance!

 

Social Work Information Night Nov 19 Join us at our upcoming Social Work Information Night to learn about the profession and the programs offered through the University of Regina.
What is Engineering? Nov 20 High school students, particularly Grade 12 students interested in Engineering and Science, are invited to attend the virtual presentation to introduce them to the profession of engineering itself and to the programs offered at the U of R.

U of R Early Admission Days

Early Admission Days

Do you have students that missed our last Early Admission Days? Luckily, we have another event coming up November 25 – December 2, 2020!

Early Admission Days for High School Students (EA Days) is a special application period designed to help students fill out their University of Regina application. Students who send in their  transcript and application fee by December 2 will have their application processed within a week, and if admissible, will receive conditional acceptance. A few important things to note:

  • Students will receive a reduced application fee of $50!
  • Students must provide their unofficial high school transcripts by December 2, 2020 to be eligible.
  • Students will be contacted to choose a virtual appointment time in order to ‘pick up’ their admission package and discuss their admission decision!

Register:  https://urconnected.uregina.ca/events/eadays.ezc