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Friday, May 29, 2020
Friday, May 29, 2020
Monday, June 15, 2020

Good afternoon students and parents of Orillia Secondary School. I hope this message finds you and your family well. I have key information to share with you regarding assessment and final reports for this semester, locker clean-out, distribution of spirit wear, collection of books and computers and commencement.

All students will begin completing a culminating task in each of their courses over the next two weeks. Students are asked to do their very best on each of the assigned tasks. If you have questions please contact your classroom teacher. Teachers will then reflect on all work completed prior to March 13th and any work completed through distance learning to determine a final mark in each class. Report cards will be completed and distributed to parents by mail in the first week of July. Please make sure the school has your current mailing address on file.

Locker clean-out at OSS will occur on Wednesday June 3rd, Thursday June 4th and Friday June 5th for all Grade 9 10 and 11 students.  All students are assigned a specific date and time based on the first letter of their last name. For a complete list of the schedule please refer to an email that was sent to parents, each student email address or the school website. 

All grade 12 students will be invited to do their locker cleanout on Tuesday June 9th or Thursday June 11th. On the same date as locker clean-out, grade 12s that are potential grads will be given their cap and gown. They will then be invited to spend a moment with a professional videographer where they will state their name and share a brief, school appropriate, comment on their plans for the future or reflections on their time at OSS. This video clip will be included in our virtual commencement ceremony and it will be broadcast using the NHTV YouTube channel. A link will also be placed on our website. Our commencement ceremony will include the usual elements of a commencement, including your valedictorians address. It is our intention to also provide an in person, social celebration for all graduates and their families at some point in the future. Ideally we would do this on Thanksgiving weekend when many of our students will be home to be with family. These plans are not confirmed as we are waiting on direction regarding large group gatherings. The moment we are able to confirm a date and time, we will do our best to communicate to students and their families.

Students that have purchased spirit wear will be able to pick up their items at the school time to clean out their locker. Students that are still using textbooks and library books to complete their culminating tasks will be given an opportunity to drop those items off at the school at a later date. Students that have been assigned a computer from the school will be contacted with details about the pickup or drop off of those items. At this time we are intending to use the school bus Consortium to pick up computers from students’ homes. Again, concrete details will be sent to those families affected.

At this time I would like to extend my sincere gratitude to our staff for the extra effort they have made to work with and support students during this semester. I would also like to thank students and parents who are working together to complete their part of the continuity of learning plan. Truly this whole experience will be one that none of us will ever forget. I also recognize that many of you will have questions about next year. At this time I have absolutely no answers. I am as anxious as you to know what school will look like in September. I will do my best to keep you informed as details become known.

Full locker plan Jun 2020.pdf

Peter Bowman


Orillia Secondary School

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