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posted Sep 1, 2016, 6:42 AM by Rori Bannerman   [ updated Jul 10, 2017, 5:34 AM ]
Happy Summer Garth Webb S.S.

We wish everyone a happy and safe holiday.   The opening day for the 2017-18 school year is Tuesday, September 5th.

 

Please note that this will be my final blog post for the 2016-17 school year.  My next blog will be posted on September 1st.

 

Another Great Year

Thank you to our students, staff and parents for another remarkable year of learning at Garth Webb Secondary School.  A look at the achievement statistics for the year indicates what a tremendous year it was for the students at Garth Webb:

 

736 students achieved Honour Roll status (achieving an average of greater than 80%) in Grade 9-12.  This number is  61% of our student population.

 

For the Class of 2017, 182 students were recognized  as Ontario Scholars.  To be recognized as an Ontario Scholar, the student must achieve an average of greater than 80% in six grade 12 courses.  For Garth Webb SS, 60% of our graduates are Ontario Scholars.  Sixty-six of these students had averages of 90% or higher

 

Fabulous results everyone!  Congratulations to our students on their excellent achievement.  Thank you to our parents for supporting their students.  Special thanks to our incredible teaching staff who provide excellent instruction and create such a positive learning environment.

 

Student Timetables for 2017-18

All Course Change Requests that have been submitted by June 28th (that could be accommodated) have been processed.

 

Please submit timetable change requests via this Google form from your school login. Requests will be processed on a first come, first served basis in the last week of August.  We will not be processing requests submitted via email.

 

Online course change requests will not be accepted after August 27th.

 

If you have questions or concerns visit  http://garthwebbstudentservices.blogspot.ca/p/course-selection-information.html.

 

Once again, Student Services will be running evening appointments on August 28th and 29th.  Please contact Sandy Coles, ext. 233 to book an appointment.

 

Report Card Pick Up

Report cards were available for pick up beginning July 6th.  The reports can be picked up from the main office between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.  Please note that the office is closed on Friday, July 14th.

 

Summer Office Hours

The summer office hours will be 7:00 am to 3:30 p.m.  Please note that the office will be closed on Friday, July 7th and on Friday, July 14th.  The last day that the office will be open before summer closure is Monday, July 17th.

The office will be closed for the Summer from July 18th to August 18th inclusive.   The office will re-open on Monday, August 21st with regular hours of 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

 

Opening of the 2017-18 School Year

The 2017-18 school year will begin on Tuesday, September 5th.  As we have done in the past, our LINK Crew will run orientation and welcome activities for our new grade 9 students.  Grades 10, 11, and 12 students do not need to be at school until classes start for all students (see schedule below).

 

September 5, 2017 Opening Day Schedule

Week A Schedule of Classes

8:15 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. - for all grade 9s - Link Crew Activities

10:45 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. -  Barbeque for Grade 9 Students & Link Crew

 

Classes for all students will start at 11:30 a.m. 

 

A shortened period schedule (see below) for all classes will be used.  The regular dismissal time of 2:45 p.m. will be followed.

 

Period        Block    Time     

One

Block A

11:30 – 12:15

Opening exercises, announcements

Two

Block B

12:20 – 1:05

 

Four

Block D

1:10 – 1:55

 

Five

Block E

2:00 – 2:45

 

 

A Few Reminders for the Week of July 10th   – July 14th:

 

July 14: Summer hours, school is closed

 

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 Garth Webb S.S.

Thank you Garth Webb for another amazing year.  On behalf of all of us, we wish everyone a very happy summer holiday.  Enjoy a restful, relaxing and safe holiday.  We’ll see everyone on Tuesday, September 5th, the opening day for the 2017-18 school year.

 

Summer School Reminders:

Summer School starts on Tuesday, July 4th.  If a student wishes to take a summer school course, but has not yet signed up, they have to go to the site where the course is offered on the first day of summer school in order to register.

 

Commencement 2017

Congratulations to the Class of 2017!  Garth Webb SS held its third Commencement exercises on Thursday, June 29th.  There were 260 students taking part in the ceremonies and we had 174 Ontario Scholars --- 66 of these students had averages of over 90%.  Congratulations to our numerous award winners.  We wish our grads the best of luck in their future endeavors and trust that the knowledge and skills learned at GWSS will serve them well in their chosen career.

 

Thank You Parent Council
Thank you to the members of our Parent Council for all of their work and efforts on behalf of our students and school this past year.  Thank you to Lynda Theriault, Kapil Jaspal, Satvir Dosanjh and Kevin Middleton who are the officers of Council.  Thanks as well to the voting member: Bindi Bhatt, Bonnie Hudson, Christina Blundell, Cindy Jeffers, Karyn Savoia, Kerri Lee, Lubna Manzoor, Mandy Koehler, Mei-Mei Clarke, Pippa Lloyd, Sarah Sampel, Satvir Sosanjh and Serena Wou.  Special thanks to Karyn Savoia, Amany Al Hadary, Kerri Lee, Kevin Middleton and the other Council members  for helping prepare and serve breakfast for the GWSS staff on June 30th --- very much appreciated.

 

Summer Office Hours .

The summer office hours will be 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.  Please note that the office will be closed on Friday, July 7th and on Friday, July 14th.  The last day that the office will be open before summer closure is Monday July 17th.

The office will be closed for the summer from July 18th to August 18th inclusive.   The office will open on Monday, August 21st with regular hours of 7:30 am to 3:30 p.m.

 

Student Timetables for 2017 - 18

Please note that any student wishing to make a timetable change may do so beginning on August 29th.

 

 

Farewell and Good Luck

We would like to wish Jason Kana all the best as he returns to T.A. Blakelock as the head of Special Education.  Best wishes to Aggery Sutherland as well who is going to Burlington Central in September.

We wish Greg Dailey, who has been the vice principal at GWSS for the past three years, the very best as he moves to Kielburger as the vice principal there.  Greg was an original staff member, joining the GWSS staff in our first year as the Student Success teacher.  Greg has done an outstanding job in his time with us here ---- thank you Greg for all of your work on behalf of our students.

 

Thank You

Thank you to following staff members for their work at Garth Webb this past year.  We wish them all well in their new locations for next year.

 

Dan Bonin                                        Alexandra Bowers

Andrew Cannell                               Jeremy Hodgson

Ryan Hong                                       Ruqayyah Hosany

Daniel Innis                                      Jaime Johns

Mike Lamenta                                   Mairi Mcauley

Katie Murphy                                                Kyle Nickel

Rebecca Nixon                                Bobbie Smith

Christa Talarowski                           Charity Wilkinson

 

 

A Few Reminders for the Week of July 3rd   to July 7th   

(1)   July 6: Report Card pick up.

 

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

Final exams wrap up on Tuesday.  Exam Review Day is June 29th (see special schedule below).  We will celebrate the Class of 2017 at our Commencement Ceremony on Thursday afternoon. 

 

Exam Review Day Schedule (Thursday, June 29 2017):

 

Period              Block               Time

 

One                 A                      8:30 – 9:00

Two                 B                      9:05 – 9:35

Four                 D                     9:40 – 10:10

Five                 E                      10:15 – 10:45

Three               C --- lunch       10:50– 11:50

 

Semester Two Final Exams

Semester Two final exams began 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. 

 

Recognition Assembly

Thank you to Ms. Zinken and Mr. Duncan for hosting our year-end assembly on Tuesday.  It was a fabulous way to celebrate the excellence of Garth Webb SS this year.  Special thanks  to Ms. Patterson for the tech support and the student video and to Ms. Jeffries and Ms. Scruton for the teacher video.  Great job everyone!

 

June 30 Early Closing

Please note that June 30, the final day of the 2016-17 school year, is an early dismissal day.  Although there are no classes for secondary students, the school will close at 2:00 p.m.

 

Lost and Found

Items from lost and found have been placed on tables outside of the Main Office.  Please be sure to have your student check for any items that they may have misplaced.  Any items not claimed by noon on June 29 will be donated to charity.

 

Locker Clean Out

A reminder that all lockers must be emptied and locks removed by noon on June 29.  Any locks left after that date will be cut off and any contents left in the lockers will be donated to charity.

 

 

Summer Office Hours

The summer office hours will be 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.  Please note that the office will be closed on Friday, July 7th and on Friday, July 14th.  The last day that the office will be open before summer closure is Monday, July 17th.

The office will be closed for the Summer from July 18 to August 18 inclusive.   The office will open on Monday, August 21st with regular hours of 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

 

GWSS Garden Space

In our grade 9 Geography class we were given an assignment to make our school a more sustainable place. Thinking about ideas we wanted to make something unique, long lasting and that could benefit all students. We saw the opportunity to increase the community space and create a relaxing area for students to enjoy. There was a section of the front garden that did not have any plants in it. We decided to take on the challenge. 

Being students, the process of building a garden was challenging. We needed to get funding and figure out what plants would thrive in this environment. We decided we wanted to get plants that we didn't have to replant each year but that still looked pretty. We also wanted to represent our school and its history. We decided to plant poppies to commemorate Garth Webb and lilies, daisies and grasses to represent our school colours. With help from Ms. Field and the administration we were able to secure the land and get the funding we needed. Through the process of prepping, weeding and planting we were able to make this Geography project into something much more that everyone at our school can enjoy for years to come. 

By Trevor Smith, Max Cameron, Madison Reynolds and Andrew Xu

Cafeteria Service

Please note that there is no cafeteria service during the exam period.  The final day for cafeteria service was 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 19th  – June 23rd:

Week “A” Schedule

1)    June 26: Final Examination Day 3,  exams for Block D classes

2)    June 27: Final Examination Day 4, exams for Block E classes

3)    June 29: Final Exam Review, special schedule

4)    June 29: Commencement 2017, 4:30 pm

 

 

 

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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