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Grade 9 Dayhttp://oss.scdsb.on.ca/about-us/news/school-news/171Grade 9 Day<p>Grade 9 Day will take place on <strong>Wednesday, August 30, 2017 </strong>from <strong>9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m</strong>.  Our Link Crew Leaders will be welcoming the new Grade 9's in a fun and positive way!​​</p>
2017-18 Timetableshttp://oss.scdsb.on.ca/about-us/news/school-news/1702017-18 Timetables<p>​​</p><p align="center" class="x_MsoNormal" style="text-align:center;"><strong><span style="font-family:"times new roman",serif,serif,"emojifont";font-size:14pt;">2017-18 Timetables will be available for viewing via the <a href="https://ps.scdsb.on.ca/public/" target="_blank">Student Portal</a> in late August.<br></span></strong></p><p align="center" class="x_MsoNormal" style="text-align:center;"><span><span><em><span style="font-family:"times new roman",serif,serif,"emojifont";font-size:14pt;">Requests for changes to existing timetables will be considered when we return to OSS the first week of September: Thursday 7<sup>th</sup> – 14<sup>th</sup> with all revisions wrapped up by Friday, September 15<sup>th</sup>. <br></span></em></span></span></p><p align="center" class="x_MsoNormal" style="text-align:center;"><span><span><em><span style="font-family:"times new roman",serif,serif,"emojifont";font-size:14pt;"></span></em></span></span>_____________________________________________________________________________</p><p align="center" class="x_MsoNormal" style="text-align:center;"><span class="ms-rteFontSize-3" style="color:#ff0000;"></span><span class="ms-rteFontFace-1" style="font-size:14pt;"><span class="ms-rteFontSize-3 ms-rteFontFace-1" style="color:#ff0000;">On the Student Portal page, clicking the "Option Sheets" icon will take you to the Student Portal log-in screen or follow the link provided above!</span></span><br><strong><span style="font-family:"times new roman",serif,serif,"emojifont";font-size:14pt;"></span></strong><strong><span style="font-family:"times new roman",serif,serif,"emojifont";font-size:14pt;"></span></strong></p><p align="center" class="x_MsoNormal" style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-family:"times new roman",serif,serif,"emojifont";font-size:14pt;"></span><span style="font-family:"times new roman",serif,serif,"emojifont";font-size:14pt;"></span><span style="font-family:"times new roman",serif,serif,"emojifont";font-size:14pt;"> <img alt="Student Portal (4).jpg" src="/PublishingImages/Lists/LocalNews/AllItems/Student%20Portal%20(4).jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br></span> </p><p align="center" class="x_MsoNormal" style="text-align:center;"><em><span style="font-family:"times new roman",serif,serif,"emojifont";font-size:14pt;"><span><span><span class="ms-rteFontSize-3" style="color:#ff0000;"></span></span></span><br></span></em> </p>
Students with Life Threatening Medical Conditionshttp://oss.scdsb.on.ca/about-us/news/school-news/169Students with Life Threatening Medical Conditions<p>If your student has a Life Threatening Medical Condition a medical form has been mailed to you.  Please ensure that this form is completed and signed by your Doctor over the summer and returned to us in September.  If you have any questions, please contact the school. The office will close on July 7, 2017 and re-open on August 28.​</p>
Do you still have questions about OSAP?http://oss.scdsb.on.ca/about-us/news/school-news/167Do you still have questions about OSAP?<p>​Go to the<a href="/Pages/College.aspx"> Community Night </a>to find out more about programs ​and services at Georgian College.  And if you have questions about OSAP, there will be a workshop at the Barrie Campus.​</p>
SCDSB partners with Dell and Staples to provide affordable technology optionshttp://oss.scdsb.on.ca/about-us/news/board-news/74SCDSB partners with Dell and Staples to provide affordable technology options<p>​The Simcoe County District School Board (SCDSB) is excited to announce two partnerships for the 2017-18 school year. The SCDSB has worked with Dell Canada and Staples to provide affordable options for families considering a technology purchase. Both programs are approved by the SCDSB.<br><br>Information about both programs, including product details and how to order, is available below. If you have questions about the programs, please contact either a Dell Education Advisor or your nearest Staples store, as appropriate.<br><br><a href="http://scdsb.on.ca/About%20Us/News%20Documents/SimcoeCountyDSB-Dell%20BYOD_June2017.pdf">Dell Canada BYOD program letter</a><br><a href="http://scdsb.on.ca/About%20Us/News%20Documents/SchoolToolsBYOD_SimcoeLetter_EN.pdf">Staples BYOD program letter</a><br> <br></p>
**EVALUATION SCHEDULE"**http://oss.scdsb.on.ca/about-us/news/school-news/163**EVALUATION SCHEDULE"**<p>​June 2017 Evaluation Schedule is available below.</p><p><a href="/Documents/EVALUATION%20SCHEDULE%20FOR%20JUNE%202017.pdf"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/15/images/icpdf.png" alt="" />EVALUATION SCHEDULE FOR JUNE 2017.pdf</a><br></p>
Ministry of Education seeks online engagement regarding implementation of First Nations, Métis and Inuit Education Policy Frameworkhttp://oss.scdsb.on.ca/about-us/news/board-news/72Ministry of Education seeks online engagement regarding implementation of First Nations, Métis and Inuit Education Policy Framework<div>​​The Ontario Ministry of Education is working with researchers to gather feedback and input to inform the development of the Third Progress Report on the implementation of the First Nations, Métis and Inuit Education Policy Framework.  <br><br>Students, parents/guardians and families, teaching and nonteaching staff, Indigenous communities, organizations and partners, and school boards are invited to participate in an online survey and/or online focus groups to capture successes and help to identify promising practices and opportunities to provide further support to enhance the achievement and well-being of Indigenous students.   <br><br>Third Progress Report - <a href="https://sondages.outsidesoft.com/Engine/Default.aspx?surveyID=6A64A645-0C53-4CFF-9495-6E1A5E830F36">English survey</a></div><div>Troisième Rapport D’Étape - <a href="https://sondages.outsidesoft.com/Engine/Default.aspx?surveyID=6A64A645-0C53-4CFF-9495-6E1A5E830F36&idlang=FR">French survey​</a>  <br><br></div><div>It is important to note that:</div><div><ul><li>​​​Participation in this survey is voluntary.  </li><li>This survey is confidential. That means that all answers will be combined anonymously (without any identifying information) with the answers received from other participants. No one who sees the answers will be able to link them to any individual person.   </li><li>Anyone can stop doing this survey at any time without any repercussions.</li></ul></div><div>All stakeholders are invited to participate in the online focus groups. To participate, RSVP to thirdprogressreport@gmail.com indicating which session you would like to attend. Please note that while we will make efforts to accommodate everyone spaces are limited to 10-12 people per session on a first come, first served basis.  <br><br></div><div><table cellspacing="0" width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-default"><tbody><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:25%;"><strong>Students</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:25%;"><strong>Parents/Guardians</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:25%;"><strong>Teaching/Non-Teaching Staff</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:25%;"><strong>Indigenous Organizations & Partners</strong></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">Tuesday, May 23 </p><p style="text-align:center;">8-9pm EST (English)</p></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">Monday, June 12 7:30-8:30 pm EST</p><p style="text-align:center;">(English)</p></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">Thursday, May 25 6-7pm EST</p><p style="text-align:center;">(English)</p></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">Thursday, June 1   2-3pm EST</p><p style="text-align:center;">(English)</p></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">Thursday, June 1   7-8pm EST</p><p style="text-align:center;">(English)</p></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">Thursday, June 15 7-8 pm EST</p><p style="text-align:center;">(English)</p></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">Thursday, June 1</p><p style="text-align:center;">7-8pm EST</p><p style="text-align:center;">(English)</p></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">Friday, June 2</p><p style="text-align:center;">2-3pm EST</p><p style="text-align:center;">(English)</p></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">Monday, June 19   7-8pm EST</p><p style="text-align:center;">(English)</p></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">Wednesday, June 21</p><p style="text-align:center;">7-8pm EST</p><p style="text-align:center;">(English)</p></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">Thursday, June 15 7-8 pm EST</p><p style="text-align:center;">(English)</p></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">Thursday, June 8    2-3pm EST</p><p style="text-align:center;">(English)</p></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">Monday, June 19   7-8pm EST</p><p style="text-align:center;"> (French)</p></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">Monday, June 26</p><p style="text-align:center;">7-8pm EST</p><p style="text-align:center;">(French)</p></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">Tuesday, June 20</p><p style="text-align:center;">7-8 pm EST</p><p style="text-align:center;">(French)</p></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">Tuesday, June 27</p><p style="text-align:center;">7-8 pm EST</p><p style="text-align:center;">(French)​</p></td></tr></tbody></table><br></div><div><br></div><div>The Indigenous Education Office of the Ministry of Education would be pleased to respond to any questions you may have regarding the process of engagement and data collection to inform the development of the Third Progress Report. Please send any questions directly to Jennifer Feasby, Manager Education Policy and Programs Unit (Jennifer.Feasby@ontario.ca).<br><br><br></div><div><br></div>
Netflix series 13 Reasons Why – information for parents/guardianshttp://oss.scdsb.on.ca/about-us/news/board-news/71Netflix series 13 Reasons Why – information for parents/guardians<div>​​Recently there has been significant media coverage of the Netflix series 13 Reasons Why. The show is a fictional account of one teen’s suicide and the factors leading to it.  <br><br>The Simcoe County District School Board (SCDSB) has advised staff that they are not to use the series as a teaching tool. This decision is based upon the advice of mental health professionals from across the province, who have stated that the material is graphic and potentially triggering for vulnerable young people. While the themes in this series may not pose a risk or potential harm to most students, for those struggling with mental health issues and/or suicide ideation, this series includes graphic content, glamourizes suicidal behaviours and portrays helpers (school guidance counsellors) in a negative way.  <br><br>We recognize that your children may watch the series on their own. If they do, we encourage you to talk with them about their thoughts and feelings. The SCDSB has supports in place for students and staff, and there are many community resources you can access as well. More information and contact details are available on the <a href="http://www.scdsb.on.ca/Programs/Safe-and-Healthy-Schools/Pages/Mental-Health.aspx">SCDSB website​</a>.  <br><br>The National Association of School Psychologists has also developed <a href="http://www.nasponline.org/resources-and-publications/resources/school-safety-and-crisis/preventing-youth-suicide/13-reasons-why-netflix-series-considerations-for-educators">information regarding the series​</a>. You may also find this helpful in discussions with your children about suicide and mental health.   <br><br>If you have questions or concerns please contact your principal.</div><div><br></div>
Option Verification Sheets - Grade 8 Studentshttp://oss.scdsb.on.ca/about-us/news/school-news/120Option Verification Sheets - Grade 8 Students<p style="margin:0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="margin:0px;font-family:"calibri","sans-serif";"><font size="3" color="#000000">Option Verification Sheets showing students’ course selections for 2017-18 will be delivered to elementary schools this week. </font></span></p><p style="margin:0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="margin:0px;font-family:"calibri","sans-serif";"><font size="3" color="#000000"> </font></span></p><p style="margin:0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="margin:0px;font-family:"calibri","sans-serif";"><font size="3" color="#000000">Students should take them home and have their parents/guardians confirm their choices by signing the sheet.</font><span style="margin:0px;"><font size="3" color="#000000">  </font></span><font size="3" color="#000000">Indicate any changes in the space provided.</font></span></p><p style="margin:0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="margin:0px;font-family:"calibri","sans-serif";"><font size="3" color="#000000"> </font></span></p><p style="margin:0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="margin:0px;font-family:"calibri","sans-serif";"><font size="3" color="#000000">Although the form says to return them to Guidance, students should return their signed forms to their Grade 8 teachers by <strong>April 13, 2017</strong>.</font></span></p><p>​</p>
Option Verification Sheets - Current O.S.S. Studentshttp://oss.scdsb.on.ca/about-us/news/school-news/121Option Verification Sheets - Current O.S.S. Students<p>Option Verification Sheets will be distributed to students on Monday, April 3rd during period 4. </p><p>Parents/guardians:  Please verify that the correct courses and pathways have been selected by signing the form.  Indicate any changes in the space provided.</p><p>If you have questions, please contact your student's <a href="/guidance">Guidance Counsellor​</a>.</p><p>Please return the signed forms to Guidance Services by <span class="ms-rteForeColor-2"><strong>Thursday, April 13, 2017</strong></span>.</p>