High School Student Resources

English as an Additional Language (EAL)

In the Middle and High Schools, EAL students in Grades 6-10  receive three, 85- minute blocks of EAL per six-day cycle. The EAL teacher works in close collaboration with teachers. EAL lessons in the Middle and High Schools allow for a combination of formal EAL instruction and work time for students to practice the English language components of each subject area.

Literacy Support/Learning Support (LS)

The M'KIS Learning Support Program in Grades 6-12 serves students who present with a variety of learning needs. M’KIS does not provide a full special education program. However, we are able to support students with mild learning differences. Our Learning Support and Literacy Support teams work in close collaboration with teachers. 

Health Services

The Health Office is managed by 2 Registered Nurses who are available throughout the school day to assist and treat faculty and students should they need medical care. Each student is unique and illnesses and accidents will be handled according to each child’s individual needs. We also keep track of student medical forms, allergies, special medical conditions, and ensure immunizations are up to date. We also keep the students health forms on file, assist with medication administration as needed, do several health screenings throughout the year and offer flu shots in the Fall and HPV Immunizations to 8th Grade girls.

Counselors

Ms. Gin Tan

In Middle School, counselors work with students providing academic, social, and emotional support. Early adolescence is a time of physical, emotional, intellectual and social growth, during which time young people are continually faced with challenges and decisions. The Middle School Counselor strives to enable students to develop positive social and interpersonal skills, healthy relationships, tolerance, and self-awareness along with decision-making skills.

Our Counselor meets with students individually and in small groups, as well as in some classroom settings. They meet regularly with teachers and administrators regarding student concerns, and help to coordinate a team approach in supporting student success. The Middle School Counselor promotes cultural sensitivity, and also support students who are dealing with transitional issues on many levels. These include normal adolescent development, the transition between Middle and High School, and overseas transitions. The Middle School Counselor serves students in Grades 5 (in Semester 2), 6, 7, 8 & 9, thus being able to loop up to the Middle School from Elementary and High School with our Grade 8 students. Transition Information Nights are also coordinated through the Middle School Counselor.

A student can easily see our Counselor by coming to the office, or sending a note by e-mail requesting an appointment. Providing support for parents is also integral to our work. We are available to meet confidentially in person or by telephone. We maintain an open door policy for both students and parents, and encourage our parents to make an appointment with the Counseling Secretary should you desire an appointment.

Ms. Gin Tan
Middle & High School Counselor

Ms. Brissa Yamamura

Counseling services at the High School are designed to help students become aware of their abilities, aptitudes and interests through individual conferences, standardized testing and group meetings. Counselors are available during the school day to discuss problems of a personal nature, the selection of a course of student college entrance requirements, future career plans, or other matters of concern. If a student is experiencing difficulty, the Counselor will work with teachers, parents and the student to identify the problem and seek appropriate action. Parent, student, and teacher conferences are held when necessary, and in some cases, referrals are made to outside resources. Again, parents are welcome to make an appointment to see a Counselor through the High School Counseling Secretary.

Counselors, like teachers, try to keep close track of their students. The post-secondary counseling is a major part of the learning process which involves personal reflection, self-discovery, and informed decision making. It is also an important time for parents as they learn to slowly let go while continuing to provide support. Students are encouraged to direct their own search in partnership with their parents and the Counselor.

Numerous visits by college recruiters, college fairs, parent/student information evenings, and many individually scheduled counselor conferences ensure that, in their final year, Grade 12 students are kept very busy during the college counseling process. The M'KIS Counseling office utilizes Naviance during the college search and application process, giving students and parents online access to their admission progress.

Please know that the counselors at M'KIS are a welcoming, friendly team who look forward to serving you throughout the school year.

Ms. Brissa Yamamura
College Counselor
Grades 11 & 12