The following FAQ list is intended to answer questions received during our recent NMS/NHS Community Thought Exchange held in March, 2019. We will continue to update this section as questions arise. If your question is not answered here, or if you prefer a personal response to your question, please send us a message through the Contact Us page.
Will the school be ready for a September start-up?
Currently everything is on track for the school to open on time for the start of school in September.
Will there be a tour of the new school before the school year starts?
There is a lot of excitement and curiosity about the new school. Schedule permitting, we are planning an open house/school tour in late August or early September.
Will there be expanded course selection in the new school?
We are excited to announce that Niverville High will offer an Interactive Digital Media program. IDM blends the artistry of graphic design with the digital creation and communication of visual products. Students will explore broad concepts and design principles in Grade 9 and in subsequent years develop sophisticated design skills interwoven with social media, marketing and brand strategy. Students will be exposed to professional aspects of the IDM industry and discover potential career opportunities.
The business program has also been expanded, and will now offer courses at each grade level.
A drama elective will be offered at the Grade 9 level with the intent for it to extend to other grades over the next few years.
What will happen to the band program without a band room?
The band program will remain intact, with NHS band students being bused to Niverville Middle School for the 2019-2020 school year. There will be a 9/10 band and an 11/12 band, and the classes will run every other day all year.
Where will students eat lunch?
Students will have the option to eat their lunch in the multi-purpose area or in designated classrooms.
What plans are being put in place to ensure student safety at the railway crossings?
As community partners we appreciate the good work Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) does to ensure the safety of all who cross urban railway tracks, and we recognize the complexities of managing such crossings in pedestrian corridors.
Given that the majority of future NHS students live east of the tracks, we anticipate pedestrian traffic across the Emerson Line to increase significantly upon opening of the new school. HSD, CPR, and the Town of Niverville have identified this as a safety priority. We are in ongoing discussions to find solutions that serve to educate students, and minimize safety risk.