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Grade 8 Transition


If you missed out on our grade 8 information evening, please check out this link.

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Mission Transition ... 8-2-9 is a Guide for students and their families.  See the PDF below:

Mission Transition.pdf

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Click on the link below to see the letter for our new grade 9's and information about the orientation day:

Grade 9 Orientation Schedule and Letter.pdf

Meet your Link Crew Leader

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. 

School Fee Information

School Cash Online offers parents the option to pay online for field trips and other items.  With this secure online account, you can either make a one-time payment for each item as it occurs or load money to carry a balance in the online account to make payments in the future.  Students already registered through their elementary school will automatically be enrolled in School Cash Online at OSS.  If you are not already enrolled, click here to create an account.

If you are already enrolled, you may have to wait until the last week of August to access your account!

Payments may also be made with cash or cheques made payable to Orillia Secondary School.


Student Cards - $15

OSS student cards are required by all students for the 2020-21 school year.  Benefits of the student card are:

●    Student agenda/handbook

●    Admission to dances

●    Participation in co-curricular activities (clubs and athletic teams)

Athletic Fees - $60

Athletic fees, as set by the OSS Athletic Association & School Administration, are $60.00 per sport.  This fee gives the athlete access to general equipment, uniforms, support resources, etc.

Students are encouraged to pay these fees online.

Note:  In addition, all student athletes must purchase a student card to be eligible to participate in the OSS Athletic Program.

No exclusion due to inability to pay:  No eligible student will be excluded from a field trip due to extenuating financial circumstances.  In such cases, the principal shall arrange financial assistance or alternative financial arrangements.

School Involvement

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Students at Orillia Secondary School have access to a wide range of athletic, artistic, cultural and social activities.  Every student is encouraged to participate in at least one activity that may remain of interest to you for many years after your school days and may even lead to a career.  If you haven't heard about an activity of interest to you, ask your LINK leader!

The sports and clubs listed here may be offered depending upon the availability of volunteer teachers and/or staff advisors.  This list may or may not be exhaustive.


Attendance Policy

Success at school or on the job depends on arriving on time and attending all classes. 

Absent for a Day:

If it is necessary for you to be absent from school because of illness or any other reason, it is preferred that your parent/guardian telephones the school and reports the absence to the attendance secretary.  If this is not possible, you must bring a note signed by your parent/guardian and bring it to the main office the day of your return to school.  The note should contain your name, the dates you were absent, the legitimate reason for your absence, and your parent's/guardian's signature.  Failure to provide such a note will result in your absence being considered a truancy.

Extended Absences

If you are going to be away for a longer period of time (i.e.  vacation), you are expected to make arrangements with your teachers prior to leaving.


If you arrive late, go directly to your class.

Signing Out

Any student who must leave the school during the day must bring a note to the attendance secretary in the main office before homeroom in the morning.  She will issue an excuse slip to show the classroom teacher when you are leaving.  If you sign out of school you are expected to leave the premises.


Lunch Arrangements

Students may eat in the halls during the lunch hour, but are expected to place all garbage and recycling in the containers that are provided.


School Supplies & Equipment

In high school, you must supply your own binders, paper and writing utensils.  All textbooks are supplied.  We suggest that two binders (not duotangs) with subject dividers, one for your morning classes and one for your afternoon classes.  For math you will need a simple math set, graph paper and a calculator.  A home computer is necessary for success in computer subjects.  Students do have access to computers at school.


Physical Education Equipment Requirements

Each student is required to have clean running shoes, a towel and hygiene products for showering daily and appropriate athletic attire for both inside and outside.  All programs offered are activity-oriented with an emphasis on maximum participation by students.


Transportation – Bus Schedules

It is your responsibility to get to OSS on your assigned bus.  Bus route information and new stop requests should be obtained from your present school before the end of June.

When you get on the bus the first day, make sure you take note of the route number, which is displayed at the front of the bus.  This number will help you locate the bus at the end of the day.

Pick up/drop off location change requests can only be made through your school.  The school principal will contact the SCSTC regarding change requests.

Dress Code Policy

The Simcoe County District School Board has a dress code policy in effect at all SCDSB schools.  You can find a copy here or in the Student Agenda.


School email Accounts

Your OSS email address will be the same as your current SCDSB account.  Go to the main page of the OSS website for access to your email.

Please see the librarian in September if you don't have an account or have difficulty accessing it.

Please be sure to check your school email on a regular basis because important information from Guidance is distributed electronically and will continue through your four years here.


Community Involvement Hours

As part of the Ontario Secondary School Diploma graduation requirements, students must complete 40 hours of community involvement.  Students may begin to accumulate community involvement hours in the summer BEFORE they enter grade 9.  For more information about community involvement and access to the form, visit this page.  For some opportunities to earn hours, check the bulletin board in Guidance or visit Community Involvement Opportunities on the Guidance page of the OSS website.


Take Our Kids to Work Day

Grade 9 students will participate in Take Our Kids to Work Day on Wednesday, November 6, 2019.  All Grade 9 students are expected to go to work on that day with a parent/guardian, relative or adult family friend.  More information to follow.