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posted Sep 1, 2016, 6:42 AM by Rori Bannerman   [ updated Apr 28, 2017, 10:42 AM ]

Hello GWSS

 

Mid-term Marks Transmission to post-secondary institutions:

Reminder to students/families, that have applied to College and/or University for September 2017, that mid-term marks for all semester 2 courses have been transmitted to Universities and Colleges on April 27, 2017 . If a student does not wish a mark to be transmitted they must have dropped the course on or before April 26, 2017 - this is prior to the full disclosure date of May 4, 2017. 

 

Halton Mock Trial

GWSS hosted the Halton Mock Trial Competition on Friday, April 21st.  Congratulations to the team, finishing second!  The team will move onto the Regional Tournament which will take  place at the Milton Court House on May 2nd.  Thanks to Ms. Senn and Mr. Stratton for their work with the team ….. and to all the students who helped with  the organization at GW.  Good luck at Regionals.

 

 

GWSS Prom

Garth Webb Secondary School’s Graduation Prom will take place on Thursday, June 1, 2017, from 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. at the Oakville Conference Centre, 2515 Wyecroft Road, Oakville ON, 905-618-7510.  Ticket sales began on Monday, April 24, 2017.  The ticket price is $80.  Ticket sales will close on May 19th.  In order to purchase a ticket, all students must have a completed behavior contract, signed by a parent/guardian and returned to the school.  No tickets will be sold without a signed contract (the completed form must be returned to the school prior to the purchase).  Tickets are non-transferable and non-refundable. Payment may be made by cash, cheque (made payable to Garth Webb Secondary School) or on cashless.  If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Senn or Ms. MacKenzie, the staff sponsors.

 

GWSS Online Auction is Live!

 

Hello Garth Webb Families!

 

We are excited to share the link for our online auction which is now live. Please be sure to check it out and bid on some of your favourite items, such as:

 

Blue Jays tickets

TFC tickets

Toronto Maple Leafs Jersey

Hundreds of dollars worth of beauty products

Restaurant and MasterCard gift cards

Hair Salon gift card

Gourmet tea products

Specialty pillow

And so much more!

 

Click here to access our live auction.

 

The bidding closes on Wednesday, May 10th at 11:00 pm. Check back frequently as we will be adding more items to bid on in the coming days. Items can be picked up and paid for at the 5th Anniversary Fun Fair at Garth Webb S.S. on Thursday, May 11th between 4 - 8 pm. 

 

Please support our fundraiser with a bid or two and be sure to share this auction link with your friends and family and on social media. We appreciate your support of our fundraising efforts!

 

Thank you so much to all of our donors and bidders!

 

Sincerely,

GWSS School Council & Fun Fair Committee

  

Reminders for the Week of May 1st – May 5th:

Week “B” Schedule

1)    May 2: Environment SHSM  compulsory program GPS Certification (Ms. Field and Ms. Smallbone)

2)    May 3: HSB4U/ENG4C field trip to Hot Docs (Ms. Cacilhas and Mr. Morrow)

3)    May 3: Communications Technology LA Trip Meeting, 6:30 p.m. in the cafeteria (Ms. Patterson)

4)    May 4: Full Disclosure Date (please see message above)

5)    May 5: PAF20F field trip to Bronte Creek Provincial Park (Ms. Kerr)

 

 

This Week in Sports

1)    May 1:  Senior Girls’ Soccer, Assumption at GWSS, game start time is 3:00 p.m.

2)    May 1: Senior Boys’ Baseball, Blakelock at GWSS, game start time is 3:30 p.m. at Glen Abbey Park.

3)    May 2: Boys’ Soccer, Nelson at GWSS, Senior game start time is 3:30 p.m., Junior game start time is 4:45 p.m.

4)    May 3: Senior Girls’ Soccer, GWSS at Burlington Central, game start time is 3:30 p.m.

5)    May 3: Senior Boys’ Baseball, Nelson at GWSS, game start time is 3:30 at River Oaks Park.

6)    May 4: Varsity Boys’ Lacrosse, GWSS vs. Christ the King at 10:30 a.m., GWSS vs. Iroquois Ridge at 1:00 p.m.; games are at Christ the King

7)    May 4: Boys’ Soccer, Assumption at GWSS, Junior game start time is 3:30 p.m., Senior game start time is 4:45 p.m.

 

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


Last Week's Blog:

Hello GWSS

Mid-term report cards are being distributed on Tuesday, April 25th.  Please note that Friday, April 28 is a board-wide PD Day; the school is closed.

 

Thanks to Ms. Talarowski and her team for organizing the Empower 1.0 afternoon for our Grade 9 students.  This was an outstanding opportunity for our students to learn from community members who were here to support the program.  Thanks to the 12 members of the GWSS community who gave their time to support our students on Wednesday afternoon.

 

Parent Council Presentation

Parents are invited to attend an information session entitled “Food For Thought: Our Relationship with Food”.  Please see the information posted on our website for more information.  Thanks to Parent Council for organizing this informative session.

 

Mid-Term Report Cards

Mid-Term Report Cards will be distributed to students at the end of Period 5 on Tuesday, April 25th.  Please review the mid-term report with your daughter/son.  If you have any questions about your child’s progress please contact the subject teacher and they will be happy to speak to you.

 

Mid-term Marks Transmission to post-secondary institutions

A reminder to students and families that have applied to College and/or University for September 2017 that mid-term marks for all semester 2 courses will be transmitted to Universities and Colleges on April 27, 2017If a student does not wish a mark to be transmitted they must drop the course on or before April 26, 2017 - this is prior to the full disclosure date of May 4, 2017. 

 

PD Day

Friday, April 28th is a PD Day.  The school will be closed and there are no classes for students.

 

Science Fair

Congratulations to our GWSS Science Department and to our students who participated in the science fair!  Here the report from the HDSB web site regarding the Science Fair:

Second Best in Fair was won by Jack Mogus from Garth Webb Secondary School (Grade 11). His project was, ‘G - GLOVE: An Environmentally Friendly and Cost Effective Alternative to Present Day Surgical Gloves’. Mogus won an all-expenses paid trip to the Intel International Science & Engineering Fair (ISEF) in Los Angeles, California in May.

 

Arielle Ainabe, also a Garth Webb student, qualified for ISEF, all expenses paid, with her exhibit, From a Single Moment of Force to Sustainable Energy: Achieving Optimal Frequency for Piezoelectricity.

 

Any students interested in competing in BASEF next year should see Ms. Murphy for details about our Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) club.

 

Empower 1.0

On April 19th, Garth Webb's newly formed Girl Squad (currently 30+ members) hosted an afternoon of Empower 1.0: A series of community members sharing their stories to empower youth.  Twelve different community members offered keynotes and breakout sessions of their rich insight of empowerment through their courageous and resilient life experiences.  Our grade 9 students were fortunate to have the unique opportunity to spend the afternoon learning and creating connections with our guests.  We are so thankful for all of the staff and community support we received in making this event such a great success.  We look forward to Empower 2.0 next year. Special thanks to Ms. Talarowski for organizing this fantastic opportunity for our students.

 

 

 

 

 

SAGE Club Supports Halton Pride Dance

Garth Webb's SAGE Club (Sexual and Gender Equality Club) attended the Halton Pride Dance this past Thursday April 13th. The dance was Harry Potter themed. Garth Webb had a huge contingent of students attend (26!) and our students were incredibly well behaved. It was great to be a part of such an inclusive event. 

 

 

 

GWSS Prom

Garth Webb Secondary School’s Graduation Prom will take place on Thursday, June 1, 2017 from 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. at the Oakville Conference Centre, 2515 Wyecroft Road, Oakville ON, 905-618-7510.  Ticket sales will begin on Monday, April 24, 2017. The Early Bird Special rate is $75 per ticket.  The Early Bird rate is available from April 24 - 27.  Tickets purchased after May 1st will be $80.  Ticket sales will close on May 19th.  In order to purchase a ticket, all students must have a completed behavior contract, signed by a parent/guardian and returned to the school.  No tickets will be sold without this signed contract (the completed form must be returned to the school prior to the purchase).  Tickets are non-transferable and non-refundable. Payment may be made by cash, cheque (made payable to Garth Webb Secondary School) or on cashless.  If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Senn or Ms. MacKenzie, the staff sponsors.

 

Reminders for the Week of April 24th   – April 28th:

Week “A” Schedule

 

1)    April 24: Outdoor Ed Field Trip to Rattlesnake Conservation Area (Ms. Kerr)

2)    April 25: “Rising Seniors” Sessions, Grade 11 Students, Period 1 & 2

3)    April 25: “Food For Thought” Parent Council Presentation, 7:00 pm in the GWSS Library Learning Commons.

4)    April 26: Grade 9 & 10 Cross-Curricular Field Trip to Crawford Lake Conservation Authority (Morley, Tolton, McLeod, Cho, Ng)

5)    April 26: Music Trip leaves for Washington D.C.; returns April 30th

6)    April 28: PD Day, school is closed

 

 

This Week in Sports

1)    April 24:  Senior Girls’ Soccer, GWSS at White Oaks; game start time is 3:00 p.m.

2)    April 25: Boys’ Soccer, GWSS versus Georgetown at North Park; Senior game start time is 3:00 p.m., Junior game start time is 4:15 p.m.

3)    April 26: Track & Field Meet, Bulldog/Cougar Classic, Burlington

4)    April 27: Varsity Boys’ Lacrosse, GWSS versus Hayden; game time is 8:30 a.m., GWSS versus Bishop Reding, game time is 10:30 a.m.  Games are at North Park.

5)    April 27: Junior Boys’ Soccer, GWSS versus ETTS; game start time is 3:15 p.m. at Orchard Park.

6)    April 27: Senior Girls’ Soccer, GWSS versus L.B. Pearson;  game start time is 4:15 p.m. at City View Park.

 

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

Previous Week's Blog:

Hello GWSS

As mid-term approaches, we are providing a “catch up” session for students with outstanding work.  The extra help will be available on Wednesday, April 12th during our Collaborative Planning Time.

 

Parent Council

The next Parent Council Meeting is on Monday, April 10th at 7:00 pm in the Library Learning Commons.  All are welcome!

 

FIRST Robotics

Congratulations to our FIRST Robotics Team for a successful performance in London last weekend!  Special thanks to staff sponsors Mr. Bonin, Mr. Douglas, Mr. Sauve, and Mr. White for all of their work with the team.  Good luck in Hamilton this weekend!

 

Collaborative Planning Day

The April Collaborative Planning Day is on Wednesday, April 12th.  Classes begin at 9:30 a.m. and dismissal time is the regular time of 2:45 p.m.  While staff are working on Inquiry Planning, students who have outstanding assignments and work will have an opportunity to get caught up on this work.  Supervision and support will be provided by Student Success and Admin.

 

The schedule for this Wednesday is:

 

Period

Block

Time

Period                         

One

Block A

Time 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

 

GWSS Prom

Garth Webb Secondary School’s Graduation Prom will take place on Thursday, June 1, 2017, from 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. at the Oakville Conference Centre, 2515 Wyecroft Road, Oakville ON, 905-618-7510.  Ticket sales will begin on Monday, April 24th. The Early Bird Special rate is $75 per ticket.  The Early Bird rate is available from April 24 - 27.  Tickets purchased after May 1 will be $80.  Ticket sales will close on May 19th.  In order to purchase a ticket, all students must have a completed behavior contract, signed by a parent/guardian returned to the school.  No tickets will be sold without a signed contract (the completed form must be returned to the school prior to the purchase).  Tickets are non-transferable and non-refundable. Payment may be made by cash, by cheque (made payable to Garth Webb Secondary School) or on cashless.  If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Senn or Ms. MacKenzie, the staff sponsors.

 

OSAP and Financial Aid Workshop

GWSS Student Services will be hosting an OSAP and Financial Aid Workshop for Grade 11 and 12 students.  Learn about ways to fund post-secondary education on Wed. Apr 19 @ 9:50 AM.  Sign Up in Student Services.

 

GWSS in the News:

Spotlight on Schools feature on GWSS “Vimy to Juno” Tour:

https://www.hdsb.ca/our-board/Pages/News/News-Description.aspx?NewsID=180

 

Spotlight on Schools feature on GWSS and Emily Carr reading program:

https://www.hdsb.ca/our-board/Pages/News/News-Description.aspx?NewsID=182

 

Italy & Switzerland 2018

Garth Webb is proud to offer another international travel opportunity over March Break 2018. Ms. MacKenzie, Ms. Senn & Mr. Sanderson will be taking a group of students to Italy and Switzerland for a Culinary and Culture Tour. All students are welcome to attend! Highlights will include stops in Rome, Florence, Cinque Terre & Geneva. The deadline to register is coming up soon. Please check out the links (on the GWSS web page) for the itinerary, pricing and registration form.

Parent Information Night

The Toronto Argonauts' Huddle Up Bullying Prevention Program - 

Parent Information Night

School Councils from Lester B. Pearson H.S. in collaboration with Sir Ernest MacMillan P.S. will be hosting a Parent Information Night with Jason Colero - Argo Staff Member. This session educates community members in regards to how to identify and protect young people from bullying and violence. In addition, the parents, teachers and administrators will be made aware of the messaging that their students receive from the Player Assembly that same day. Open to all schools in the Halton District School Board. Child minding will be available at this event.

 

Date: April 12, 2017
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Lester B. Pearson H.S. Address: 1433 Headon Road, Burlington, ON L7M 1V7

 

 

Reminders for the Week of April 10th    – April 14th:

Week “A” Schedule

1)    April 10: Parent Council Meeting, 7:00 pm, Library Learning Commons

2)    April 11: Outdoor Ed visit to Vic Hadfield Golf & Learning Centre (Kerr)

3)    April 12: PAF2OF Field Trip to Air Ride Trampoline Park, Mississauga (Kerr)

4)    April 12: Waterloo Math Contest (grade 9, 10, 11) Staff sponsors are Ms. Tan and Ms. Wright, 11:40 – 1:15

5)    April 13: R U Ready for High School Event, Ms. Lauzon

6)    April 13: Girl Empowerment; Staff Sponsor is Ms. Talarowski (lunch)

7)    April 13: Outdoor Ed Field Trip to WOSS (Kerr)

8)    April 14: Good Friday, school is closed

 

 

This Week in Sports

1)    April 12: Senior Badminton Tournament, Dr. Frank Hayden SS

2)    April 13: Junior Badminton Tournament, Garth Webb SS

3)    April 13: Co-ed Volleyball Tournament, Sheridan College

 

 

 

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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