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posted Sep 1, 2016, 6:42 AM by Rori Bannerman   [ updated Sep 15, 2017, 7:52 AM by Lori Salisbury ]
This Weeks Blog:
Hello Garth Webb S.S.

Our second week of classes is over and regular routines have been established.  Thank you to the staff and students for a very positive start to the 2017 - 2018 school year.  During my class visit, I see students actively engaged in learning. In addition to their involvement in the classroom, I would also encourage all students to become involved in the co-curriculars at GWSS.  There are many clubs, activities and sports teams at the school and research shows that students who are actively involved in their school have better academic achievement and are also more satisfied with their educational experience.  Please review the daily announcements for the many opportunities available at Garth Webb.

School Start Time

Our start time remains unchanged this year and period 1 begins at 8:30am.  Students are to be in their period 1 class at 8:30am for the opening exercises.  We would ask that parents to drop their students off by 8:20am.  The dismissal time (end of period 5) is 2:45pm.

 School Council

The School Council will hold its first meeting of the 2017 – 2018  school year on  Tuesday, September 26  at 7:00 pm in the Library Learning Commons.  All are welcome.  If you wish to become a voting member of Council, please complete the School Council nomination form and return it to the office by September 22nd.  The Nomination Form can be found under the “Council” tab our web page (“Nomination Form” is under “sub pages”).  If an election is necessary, it will be held on Thursday September 28th

Amadeus: Garth Webb Music In Europe

An information session for parents of music students interested in participating in the Band trip to Austria and the Czech Republic in April 2018 will be held on Monday September 18 at 7:00 pm in the Library Learning Commons.  Those who attended the information session in June do not need to attend this session.  Permission forms and non-refundable $600 cheques need to be submitted by Tuesday September 26.  For further information please contact Ms. Wallace or Mr. O’Malley.

Grade 9 Program Night

Thank you to all of our parents who joined us for our annual Grade 9 Program Night.  Special thanks to our LINK Crew Leaders who provided help and support for the program.

Post-Secondary Fair

Student Services will be hosting a Post-Secondary Fair on Wednesday September 20th from 8:30 AM to 11:30 AM in the large gym.  Representatives from various Colleges and Universities in Ontario will be available to answer any questions.  Families are all welcomed to attend.

Volunteer Roadshow:

Various community organizations will be at Garth Webb SS on Monday, September 18 from 11:10- 12:10  Students can find out what volunteer opportunities are available in our community. 

School Cash On-line

Please take a few minutes to register your student(s) for the new School Cash Online program. It takes less than 5 minutes to register!! All school fees will be available online for quick and easy payments. To register, please go to School Cash Online home page https;//hdsb.schoolcashonline.com and select the "Get Started Today" option.  You will need the student number. Included is also a link to a video tutorial - https://vimeo.com/133141615 

Collaborative Planning Day

Wednesday September 20 will be our first “Collaborative Planning Day”.  Staff will have an opportunity to work on Curriculum, Assessment & Evaluation and Instructional strategies within Professional Learning Communities.  Staff will take one hour at the start of the day to work together.  Classes will start at 9:30 and the end of the school day will remain the same at 2:45.   Students need to be in  their first period class for the opening exercises at 9:30.  All students are welcome to attend the College & University Fair which will be held in the foyer and caf starting at 8:30. The full schedule for Wednesday is:


Period

Block

Time

One

A

9:30 – 10:35

Two

B

10:40 – 11:40

Three

C --Lunch

11:40 – 12:40

Four

D

12:40 – 1:40

Five

E

1:45 – 2:45

 

 Reminders for the Week of September 18th   – September 25th: Week A Schedule

         1)    September 18: Volunteer Road Show, during lunch in the foyer.

2)    September 18: “Amadeus: Garth Webb Music in Europe” Parent Information Meeting, 7:00 pm in the Library Learning Commons

3)    September 20: Post-Secondary Fair, 8:30am

4)    September 20: Collaborative Planning Day, please see special schedule.

5)    September 20: Outdoor Ed, training at WOSS Pool (Ms. Kerr)


This Week in Sports

1)    September 18: Girls’ Field Hockey, GWSS at Oakville Trafalgar, Junior game start time is 3:30, Senior game start time is 4:45.

2)    September 21: Golf Team, tournament at Hidden Lake.

If you have any questions or suggestions for improving the school, please feel free to contact me by phone or email --- I would also be happy to meet with you in person.

 Larry O’Malley

Principal

Previous Weeks Blog:
Hello Garth Webb S.S.

Thank you to the staff and students for making this opening week such a tremendous success.  Special thanks to our LINK Crew members who helped our grade 9 students (the Class of 2021) get their high school experience off to a great start.  Thanks as well to our staff sponsors of LINK Crew Mr. Sanderson, Mrs. MacKenzie, Ms. Senn, and Mr. Duncan as well as to the LINK Crew help from Ms. Cannon and Mr. Pjanic.

Grade 9 Program Night

Our grade 9 Program Night will be held on Thursday September 14.  Parents of our grade 9 students are invited to join us for information on your child’s classes.  A detailed agenda and invitation is being sent to parents of grade 9 students via email. Please remember to bring your child’s timetable on Thursday night.

School Start Time

Our start time remains unchanged this year and period 1 begins at 8:30 am.  Students are to be in their period 1 class at 8:30 am for the opening exercises.  We would ask that parents to drop their students off by 8:20 am.  The dismissal time (end of period 5) is 2:45 pm.

School Council

The School Council will hold its first meeting of the 2017 – 2018  school year on  Tuesday, September 26  at 7:00 pm in the Library Learning Commons.  All are welcome.  If you wish to become a voting member of Council, please complete the School Council nomination form and return it to the office by September 22nd.  The Nomination Form can be found under the “Council” tab our web page (“Nomination Form” is under “sub pages”).  If an election is necessary, it will be held on Thursday September 28th

Lockers

Students will be assigned lockers by their homeroom teacher on Monday September 12th.  Any locks placed on lockers prior to this time will be removed.  As we continue to grow, it is now necessary for students to share lockers.  Grade 9, 10 and 11 students will share lockers with a partner from their home room.  Grade 12 students will be assigned their own locker.

Post-Secondary Fair

Student Services will be hosting a Post-Secondary Fair on Wednesday September 20th from 8:30 AM to 11:30 AM in the large gym.  Representatives from various Colleges and Universities in Ontario will be available to answer any questions.  Families are all welcomed to attend.

Volunteer Roadshow:

Various community organizations will be at Garth Webb SS on Monday, September 18 from 11:10- 12:10 pm.  Students can find out what volunteer opportunities are available in our community. 

School Cash On-line

Please take a few minutes to register your student(s) for the new School Cash Online program. It takes less than 5 minutes to register!! All school fees will be available online for quick and easy payments. To register, please go to School Cash Online home page https;//hdsb.schoolcashonline.com and select the "Get Started Today" option.  You will need the student number. Included is also a link to a video tutorial - https://vimeo.com/133141615 

Week “B”

The week of September 12 – 16 is a Week B.  Please note the change in teaching blocks, the period times remain the same:

 

Period

Block

Time

One

B

8:30 – 9:50

Two

A

9:55 – 11:10

Three

C (Lunch)

11:10 – 12:10

Four

E

12:10 – 1:25

Five

D

1:30 – 2:45

Thank You LINK Crew

Thank you to our LINK Crew for welcoming the incoming grade 9 students to Garth Webb.  The opening day activities energized the students on the first day and made them excited for active involvement in the upcoming school year.  Thanks to our LINK Leaders:

Harjeevan Dosanjh, Tom Zhai, Olivia Birnie, Mariam Sabati, Daksh Aggarwal, Julia Ain, Nori Gusija, Maddy Bhardwaj, Sara Lewis, Aliyah Waters, Danda Higuchi, Ayran Kapur, Sophie Renton, Johnny Que, Ashley Taciuk, Malak Khalifa, Sydney Sziraky, Tehya Silbermann, Nathan Saric, Cassidy Walker, Amrit Gill, Niamh Lloyd, Vishwak Turaga, Holden Harris, Christiana Wu, Yasmine Nasereddin, Jadyn Williams, Andy Zhai, Samantha Heffernan, Rachel Maloney, Tuqa Al-Rammahi, Heather Gahs, Drew Werbowski, Ayse Imrak Yalcin, Abi Akinlade, Becca Riddle, Anala Maharajh, Isha Verma, Erika Boutzouvis-Foster, Julia Britton, Sha Khan, Alyssa Nascimento, Megan Richards, Teeba Yasin, Jenny Kang, Bailie Norville, Sara Kacurov, Matthew Kealey, Vahaab Ladha, Stephanie Sakaki, Quinn Nixon-Goebel, Malks Peiris, Alvin Yao, Christine Macpherson, Malia Sharma, Kristen Smith, Madina Sulaymonova, Vareena Marwaha, Nathan Wright, Jessica Currie, Gillian Johnson, Isha Patel, Ida Yazdiani, Ella Burd, Kaitlyn Goddard, Daniel Ly, Vanessa Orellana, Harneet Srah, Emily Polley, Caitlin Barron, Kathryn Austin, Coco Zehr, Natasha Gill, Anuja Marasinghe, Daniela Urday, Yulia Kluev, Skye McBrien-McLaren.

Special thanks to the staff coordinators of LINK Crew: Josh Sanderson, Melissa Senn, Ian Duncan, Lisa MacKenzie

Fall Sports and Co-curriculars.

Please listen for announcements regarding fall sports (announcements will also be posted on our web page).  Once again, we will have a full slate of sports for the fall season --- cross-country, football, golf, boys’ volleyball, and girls’ basketball. 

There are many opportunities for involvement in co-curricular activities at Garth Webb including Chargers’ Council, Writers’ Guild, Social Justice, the Terry Fox Run, Inside Ride and many charity fund raisers --- if you’ve got an idea for a club or activity please see Ms. Redmond, Mr. Dailey or myself so that we can help you get started.

 Reminders for the Week of September 11th   – September 15th: Week B Schedule

                               

1)    September 14: Grade 12 Assembly: How to choose a program that is best for you

2)    September 14: Grade 9 Program Night, 6:30 p.m.

 

This Week in Sports

League Play begins next week (September 18th)

 If you have any questions or suggestions for improving the school, please feel free to contact me by phone or email --- I would also be happy to meet with you in person.

 

Larry O’Malley

Principal




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