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posted Sep 1, 2016, 6:42 AM by Rori Bannerman   [ updated Jun 16, 2017, 12:34 PM ]

Hello GWSS

The final three instructional days of the 2016-17 school year are about to begin.  On behalf of the staff, I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to our parent community for all of their help and support throughout the year.  Our students have enjoyed a very successful school year.  We’ve enjoyed success in academics (outstanding achievement in all grades), in sports (both personal and team success), in travel (Europe, Washington, Niagara, to name a few), in clubs (tremendous charity work) and in community connections.  Thank you for helping us --- it simply is not possible without the ongoing support of our parents!

 

Final Exams begin on Thursday, June 22nd.  Please note that all exams begin at 9:00 a.m.  We wish all of our students well on their final exams.

 

Semester Two Final Exams

Semester Two final exams begin on Thursday, June 22nd.  All exams begin at 9:00 a.m. and are scheduled to be written in the regular classroom unless a change in location is announced by the teacher.  The exam schedule follows the format of one exam per day based on a Week A schedule:

Day 1 of Exams, June 22, Block A classes;

Day 2 of Exams, June 23, Block B classes;

Day 3 of Exams, June 26, Block D classes;

Day 4 of Exams, June 27, Block E classes. 

 

Schedule for Wednesday, June 21st

PERIOD 1, Block A:  8:30   – 9:35

PERIOD 2 Block B:  9:40   – 10:40

 

Recognition Assembly 10:40 – 11:40

 

Lunch: 11:40 – 12:40

 

PERIOD 4, Block D: 12:40 – 1:40


PERIOD 5, Block E: 1:45 – 2:45

 

Cafeteria Service

Please note that there is no cafeteria service during the exam period.  The final day for cafeteria service will be Wednesday, June 21st.

 

Commencement 2017

The GWSS 2017 Commencement Ceremony will be held on Thursday, June 29th.  We are pleased to honour the Class of 2017 and to recognize their achievements.  The ceremony will take place at Garth Webb at 4:30 p.m.

 

Thank You

Thank you to our families and staff for supporting the recent Parent Council Fundraiser (featuring products from Macgregor Meats).  The proceeds will help to support school and co-curricular activities.

 
Reminders for the Week of June 19th – June 23rd:

Week “A” Schedule

1)    June 21: Final day of classes, special schedule for Recognition Assembly

2)    June 22: Final Examination Day 1, exams for Block A classes

3)    June 23: Final Examination Day 2, exams for Block B classes

 

This Week in Sports

The sports season has now ended.  Thank you to all of our coaches who volunteered their time over the past year.  Congratulations to our many athletes who represented GWSS at the various sporting events.  It was an outstanding year for our GWSS teams.  We wish everyone a relaxing summer and look forward to our sports program beginning in the new year.

 

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

This is the final full week of classes for the 2016 – 17 school year.  Students should be reviewing for their exams.  Please note the final exam schedule listed below.

 

Parent Council Fundraiser:

Please support our Parent Council’s final fundraiser of the year (note the order form and product list are posted on the GWSS web site).

It is time for the annual Macgregor’s (North Country) Meat and Seafood Fundraiser!  Cheques can be made payable to: Garth Webb Secondary School
The Order cut off is next Wednesday, June 14th at 12 noon. Product pick up between 5:30 & 6 pm on Friday, June 16th - just in time for Father's Day!

A WONDERFUL gift for Father’s Day or for a family gathering at the cottage - all while supporting Garth Webb Secondary School!!!

Thank you for your support!
GWSS School Council

 

Athletic Banquet

Thanks to Athletic Council for organizing this year’s athletic banquet which was held on June 9th.  Special thanks to our staff sponsors: Ms. Field, Ms. Beltran, and Ms. Murphy who helped the students with their planning. Congratulations to all of our athletes for an outstanding year and thank you to all of our coaches who so willingly volunteered their time to our athletics program.  Congratulations to those who were recognized as team MVPs.  We also want to say congratulations to the following students:

 

Leadership Award:                        Adriana Williams

 

Chargers Pride Award:     Adriana Williams

 

Jr. Chargers Pride Award:           Emma Walker

 

Senior Athletes:      Senior Boys: Chris Tani

                                    Senior Girls:  Leah Kremer

 

Junior Athletes:      Junior Boys:  Brad Ganter

                                    Junior Girls:  Andie Girard

 

Rookie of the Year:

Males (3):                   Brady Afelskie, Armaan Dhillon and Trevor Smith

Females (3):              Thi-Anne Hillyard, Laney Onate and Hayley Martino

 

 

GWSS Students Honour 2,048 Canadian Soldiers in France

This year, as part of a joint initiative, we planted a flag at every grave in Beny-sur-Mer cemetery in France.  These flags represent every fallen Canadian soldier from the Normandy Campaign of 1944. Working in conjunction with the Juno Beach Centre in France, these flags were part of the ceremonies marking the 73rd anniversary of D-Day.  On this day, Canadians soldiers, including Garth Webb, landed on Juno Beach. This is an important day in history and one we honour here at GWSS each year.

In addition, we also placed 340 flags at the front of the school on June 6th ---- one for each Canadian who died on D-Day.  Thanks to Mr. Duncan, Mrs. Rogers, Mrs. Herchell, Ms. Ng and Mrs. Calvert for organizing this event --- and to the students and staff for their support.

 

Photos below:

Top: Commemorative banners made by grade 10 history students.

Second from Top: Alistair Barclay of Cork Ireland stands next to the grave of J. R. Hastie in the Beny-sur-mer Cemetery which he had honoured with a commemorative flag from GWSS. 

bottom Two Photos: On June 6, 340 flags were planted at the front of GWSS --- one for each Canadian who died on D-Day


Spring Concert on Tuesday

Please join us on Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. for the annual Spring Concert.  Come and enjoy performances by the GWSS Concert Band, the Junior Band as well as the Jazz Band.

 

Final Performance Tasks and Protected Time

Students will be completing Final Performance tasks in their courses during these final weeks of classes.  “Protected Time” began on May 23 (this is the period of time until the end of classes when there are not field trips or other special events planned for the students).  Final Performance Tasks are only completed under classroom teacher supervision and are not completed as homework assignements.  For this reason, students need to be present in class to complete these course requirements so we ask that extended absences for family vacation not take place during this time.

 

Semester Two Final Exams

Semester Two final exams begin on Thursday, June 22nd.  All exams begin at 9:00 a.m. and are scheduled to be written in the regular classroom unless a change in location is announced by the teacher.  The exam schedule follows the format of one exam per day based on a Week A schedule:

Day 1 of Exams, June 22, Block A classes;

Day 2 of Exams, June 23, Block B classes;

Day 3 of Exams, June 26, Block D classes;

Day 4 of Exams, June 27, Block E classes. 

 

Cafeteria Service

Please note that there is no cafeteria service during the exam period.  The final day for cafeteria service will be Wednesday, June 21st.

 

Commencement 2017

The GWSS 2017 Commencement Ceremony will be held on Thursday, June 29th.  We are pleased to honour the Class of 2017 and to recognize their achievements.  The ceremony will take place at Garth Webb at 4:30 p.m.

 

Reminders for the Week of June 12th – June 16th:

Week “B” Schedule

1)    June 13: Spring Music Concert, 7:00 pm in the caf

2)    June 15: Parent Council Meeting, 7:00 pm in the Library Learning Commons

3)    June 16: Pick up of Macgregor Meats, 5:30 – 6:00 p.m. at door 11 (east side of GWSS)

 

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 Week's Blog:

Hello GWSS

There are 13 days of classes left in the 2016-17 school year.  Students are completing final course performance tasks and preparing for final exams.  Please review the exam schedule (outlined below).  Note that the start time for all exams is 9:00 a.m. Students must be present for exams and performance tasks.  On Wednesday, June 21st, the final day of classes, we will have a special schedule so that we can hold a recognition assembly. 

 

Principal’s Breakfast

The Principal’s Breakfast recognizes students for their good work and positive contributions to the GWSS community.  Students are nominated by their teachers for this award.  On Thursday morning, 40 students were recognized.  Congratulations to all and thank you to the parents for attending this fabulous event.  Special thanks to Ms. Bannerman for all of her work in organizing this special event.

 

Please see the list below of the students who were recognized at the Principal’s Breakfast: 

Ella Jeffers, Nakul Jain, Abigail Bergman, Tehya Silbermann, William Liska, Suhayb Khan, Nikolai Lobov, Puneetpal Powar, Pranaav Mahendra Kumar, Sarina Gill, Faisal Sabri, Ali Al-Saeed, Daksh Aggarwal, Lauren Kiss, Jamilya Alexander, Adriana Williams, Lauren Carroll, Justin Tilly, James Wylie, Michael Horton, Spencer Hayes-Rempel, Olivia Trimble, Sara Wong, Sylvia Lu, Justin Clement, Luke Edwards, Matteo Fazio, Kathryn Austin, Alexandra Law, Brandon Cabot, Caitlyn Barron, Ava Suntok, Kyle Dorr, John Beck Slatter, Matthew Kealey, Dylan Jackson, Bailie Norville, Saaraa Ashraff, and Sophie Renton


Fifteenth Week Report:

15th Week Reports were emailed home on May 26th.  Teachers issued reports for students who are in danger of failing a course (generally, 60% or less) or who have experienced significant drops in their achievement since mid-term.  If you have any questions or concerns, please be sure to contact your child’s teacher and they will be happy to speak with you.

 

Prom 2017

The 2017 Prom was held on Thursday evening at the Oakville Conference Centre.  278 students enjoyed an evening of food, dancing and socializing.  Thank you to Ms. Senn, Ms. MacKenzie and Mr. Fulmer for all of their work in organizing this event.  Thank you to the staff chaperones:  Ms. Bowers, Mr. Innis, Mr. Hodgson, Ms. McAuley, Ms. Zinken, Ms. Trojanovic, Ms. Kerr, Ms. Beltran, Ms. Talarowski, Ms. Cacilhas, Ms. Ward and Ms. Jefffries.  Thanks as well to the administrators Ms. Redmond Hannah and Mr. Dailey for helping with supervision.

 

Final Performance Tasks and Protected Time

Students will be completing Final Performance tasks in their courses during these final weeks of classes.  “Protected Time” began on May 23rd (this is the period of time until the end of classes when there are not field trips or other special events planned for the students).  Final Performance Tasks are only completed under classroom teacher supervision and are not completed as homework assignments.  For this reason, students need to be present in class to complete these course requirements so we ask that extended absences for family vacation not take place during this time.

 

Semester Two Final Exams

Semester Two final exams begin on Thursday, June 22nd.  All exams begin at 9:00 a.m. and are scheduled to be written in the regular classroom unless a change in location is announced by the teacher.  The exam schedule follows the format of one exam per day based on a Week A schedule:

Day 1 of Exams, June 22, Block A classes;

Day 2 of Exams, June 23, Block B classes;

Day 3 of Exams, June 26, Block D classes;

Day 4 of Exams, June 27, Block E classes. 

 

Cafeteria Service

Please note that there is no cafeteria service during the exam period.  The final day for cafeteria service will be Wednesday, June 21st.

 

Commencement 2017

The GWSS 2017 Commencement Ceremony will be held on Thursday, June 29th.  We are pleased to honour the Class of 2017 and to recognize their achievements.  The ceremony will take place at Garth Webb at 4:30 p.m.

 
Reminders for the Week of June 5th – June 9th:

Week “A” Schedule

1)    June 8: Athletic Banquet.

 

This Week in Sports

1)    June 6: Boys’ Baseball Playoffs (tentative).

2)    June 8: Boys’ Baseball Playoffs (tentative)

 

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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