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Grade 8 Transition

For the first time in your school career you get to choose some of the courses you take. It's also the time to explore what you want to do for a job when you're older.

Sometimes students feel nervous about starting high school—that's completely normal. Any time we go through a big change in our life, it's natural to have some nerves. It's important to know that you're not alone. You and hundreds of other students are starting grade 9 for the first time. Some students will come from other elementary schools, so it's a chance to meet new people.

High school also offers even more sports and activities than ​elementary school. There is a lot to choose from, and getting involved in activities is one of the best ways to meet people and make friends who have the same interests as you do.

Link Crew

Our school participates in the nationwide Link Crew Program, an organization whose sole purpose is to help grade nines feel more comfortable as well as help them achieve success in their first year of high school.

The Link Crew grade nine orientation and transition program is designed to both welcome and support grade nines by assigning them a senior student Link Leader as a mentor during this first year.  This Link Leader is a responsible older student who was hand selected from a large pool of applicants and has met the qualifications of being a good role model and a positive leader at our school. 

​Here’s what to expect from Link Crew:

  1. ​An invitation to Grade Nine Orientation Day will arrive in the mail the summer before grade 9.  Call the school if you don’t receive your invitation.
  2. A day or two before the orientation your Link Crew Leader will call to personally invite you to orientation day and provide the details you need.
  3. You’ll be updated throughout the year on the various activities and fundraisers happening at school
  4. Link Crew will host several spirit activities designed just for grade 9 students.
  5. Link Crew members will provide support throughout the year, both academically and socially.


June 2018


This letter is to officially welcome you to Orillia Secondary School as one of our students and we are looking forward to getting to know you in this next stage of your education!


We want your time with us at OSS to be an enjoyable experience as you take advantage of our learning programs and numerous co-curricular activities.  You will be amazed at all that you can do here; in addition to your classroom experiences, our school offers a wide variety of co-curricular activities in music, drama, sports, clubs, and community service.  Be sure to get involved! Your first event is coming up in August…


Grade 9 Day-Wednesday August 29: OSS's Link Crew would like to invite you to our "Grade 9 Day" on Wednesday, August 29, 2018 from 9:00 to 2:00. Our Link Crew is a group of senior students that will warmly welcome you in a fun and positive way! You will be assigned a Link Leader on this day and this person will continue to help you navigate many elements of grade 9! Along with meeting your Link Team, you will receive your timetable, go on a tour to find your specific classrooms, purchase your lock (all students must use school supplied locks for $5.00), and receive information about purchasing your $15.00 OSS Activity Card. There is also an opportunity to confirm your bus routes. Questions regarding transportation for next year should be directed, during the last week of August, to OSS at 705-329-4537 and not the Bus Company or Board of Education.  A snack will be provided on this day and you are encouraged to bring a lunch, as there will not be an opportunity to go off-site to purchase lunch.


Busing for the Grade 9 Day will be provided from the following schools:


Severn Shores                      Coldwater                  Marchmont                  Warminster


Pick up time at these sites is at 8:30 except for Warminster who will be picked up and dropped off by the Coldwater buses, so the time will be slightly varied.


Community Service Hours: Now that you have graduated from grade 8, you may start to accumulate your 40 required hours of community service.  This diploma requirement is to encourage students to get involved and support their communities. Detailed information about eligible activities and forms can be found on the SCDSB website  Students can record completed hours on the form and submit it to the Guidance Office (a signed note from the event supervisor detailing the service is also acceptable). 


The OSS staff and your Link Crew Leaders would like to congratulate you on your graduation from grade 8 and we hope you have a safe and happy summer. See you August 29th!





Orillia Secondary School Staff and Link Crew Leaders