Principal’s Message

Registration for the new school year is OPEN! Applications are now being accepted to Register for WVC Semester 1 classes!

Registration for semester 1 of the 2021-2022 school year is now open to any student attending an MFNERC-member school. Students can enroll in one or more online classes with WVC, while still taking local classes. WVC teachers utilize a comprehensive online system to teach, communicate, engage, and support learning. WVC is now in its 12th year, offering more than 35 available credits, with more in development.
I want to first welcome all new and returning Wapaskwa Virtual Collegiate (WVC) students! Continuing your education online is an excellent choice for this coming semester! You must have the tools and technology to be an active participant in all aspects of your WVC school experience. You must have a device (computer, laptop, tablet, or even a smartphone) at home, along with internet access, so that you can participate in the online instructional model we have set up here at WVC. A committed and balanced approach to your studies, along with the co-curricular and extracurricular activities available at your community’s school, will enhance your high school experience. The friendships, experiences and memories will last a lifetime.

Students, parents, local teaching staff, and the team at Wapaskwa Virtual Collegiate are partners in creating a school atmosphere of mutual respect that fosters a balance between students’ privileges and responsibilities. Students are encouraged and supported in their efforts to make responsible decisions about their education and their behaviour. Wapaskwa Virtual Collegiate enables students to develop skills necessary for successful participation.

You are welcome and encouraged to keep us in mind for high school courses you may require in the future. Keep checking back for the most current information.
It’s going to be a great semester!
Allison McDonald, Wapaskwa Virtual Collegiate – Principal

News

  • August 25, 2021

    Registration OPEN!

    To aid in the registration process, please view or download the semester 1 timetable

    Semester 1 Master Timetable

    WVC strives to meet the changing needs of the students and the member schools. Online class content is readily available with 24/7 access, complete with daily live lessons with certified Manitoba teachers in our learning environment. Students should log in daily for live exchange sessions. In addition, summaries for what to read, watch, and do are posted within each course. Students attend the live sessions for questions, concerns, communication, and direction. Progress is monitored closely, with teachers reaching out to engage students regularly.

    Click the REGISTER NOW link to begin the student registration process. To aid in planning and credit tracking, print out a copy of WVC’s Graduation Planner.

  • March 18, 2020

    Wapaskwa COVID-19 Contingency Plan

    Attention:  Education Directors and Principals, MFNERC Member First Nations and MFNSS First Nations

    The Manitoba First Nations Education Resource Centre (MFNERC) supports your rapidly changing needs during the COVID-19 pandemic. On March 17, 2020, the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs (AMC) declared a state of emergency for each First Nation, and Manitoba Education announced a three-week suspension of in-person classes at all public schools, beginning on March 23, 2020. Short-term responses included local teachers preparing print-based work packages, but the recommended social distancing strategies to flatten the curve could last upwards of 18 months.

    Preparing for Educational Continuity

    With the infrastructure already in place at MFNERC, First Nations schools in Manitoba can consider other long-term planning options, such as transitioning student learning to an online learning platform. Assuming that teaching teams have salary continuance and access to technology and bandwidth outside the school, they may begin preparations to post instructional material online. Where possible, appropriate technologies should be made widely available to students as well.

    Under the direction of education authorities, teachers can move toward MFNERC’s online learning system with the support of Wapaskwa Virtual Collegiate staff. Wapaskwa staff can prepare the learning management system (LMS) and a course template for your teachers to post any planned learning opportunities.  Your instructors may wish to carry out learning activities in the form of readings, activities, assignments, recorded mini-lessons, or longer recorded instructional sessions as well as other types of student engagement (readings, assignments, quizzes, etc.). MFNERC can support scheduled online meetings, live tutoring sessions, or video assignments that are possible from a variety of devices (computer, laptop, smartphone, tablet, etc.).  Wapaskwa staff are creating training resources to support remote teachers and a webinar, “Remote Teacher Training via Adobe Connect.” At this time, priority will be given to accommodate teachers of Grade 12 students. As requests for online training and course template creations are completed, expansion to additional grades will follow.

    Communicating Your Interest

    Send an email indicating your First Nation’s interest in setting up online education to support@wapaskwa.ca .

    • Then register using the online form here

    OR

    Please provide the following to support@wapaskwa.ca:

    • Locally appointed Lead Person’s name and contact information.
    • A list of valid emails of staff and student members, course names and grade levels for the course template that we will create (Grade 12 priority) so that accounts can be created.
    If you have many classes and students to register it might be quicker and easier to fill our registration Bulk Enrolments.csv

    Note:  Despite the best efforts to plan, prepare, and support schools and parents, a fair assumption is that educational continuity planning is being constructed for enrichment purposes. This is because there is inequitable access to equipment and connectivity to hold students fully accountable to be able to log in and/or meet the provincial learning outcomes and/or mastery learning.

     

    For more information please contact:

    Allison McDonald, Principal, Wapaskwa Virtual Collegiate at support@wapaskwa.ca.

    FAQ’s

    Register online