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posted Sep 1, 2016, 6:42 AM by Rori Bannerman   [ updated by Kerri Lee ]

This Week's Principal's Blog:

Hello GWSS!

Thank you to all of the parents who attended our course information night; it was a very informative event for the course selection process for the 2018 – 19 school year. Special thanks to the members of Student Services, Ms. Lauzon, Ms. Francis, Ms. Tolton, and Mr. Moran for organizing the evening and running the information sessions.  Thanks as well to Parent Council for arranging the guest speaker on future career options.

 

PIC Event at GWSS

Thank you to Pippa Lloyd and Satvir Dosanjh our Parent Involvement Committee (PIC) reps for organizing the guest speaker presentation by Mieka Forte on Tuesday evening at GWSS.  Over 100 parents attended the session which dealt with handling stress through diet, exercise, and other positive means.  A very successful and worthwhile event.

 


Cafeteria Service

Please note that there is no cafeteria service during the exam period.  The final day for cafeteria service will be Wednesday, January 24, 2018.

 


Course Selection

Please be sure to speak to members of Student Services as well as to your child’s teachers in order to help make appropriate course selections for next year.  It is very difficult for us to accommodate course changes once the master timetable has been built as staffing has been put in place and many courses become full and we are unable to add more students to those classes.  Appropriate course selection will help ensure that the students are able to pursue their chosen pathway.

 

2018-2019 Course Selection Key Dates

 

December 12, 2017- February 16, 2018 - Course Selection 2018-2019 is OPEN in http://myblueprint.ca/halton


December 19-20, 2017, Grade assemblies to discuss the course selection process, new course offerings, regional program highlights


January 18, 2018- Family Course Selection and Pathway planning information session at Garth Webb Secondary School (6:30 pm)


January 26, 2018- Last day to make changes to semester 2 timetable for grades 9 and 10


February 8, 2018- Last day to make changes to semester 2 timetable for grade 11 and 12


February 16, 2018- LAST DAY to submit course selection for 2018-2019

 

Attendance for Examinations

The examination period, as determined by the Halton District School Board’s 2017 -18 Ministry approved school year calendar, is from Thursday, January 25 to Wednesday, January 31. The exam schedule and the information about what happens in the event of the school’s closure are given below.  In addition, I also wanted to remind our parent community that examinations are to be written on the assigned examination date, except in the case of illness.  Family vacations, sporting and other events are not reasons to change the examination schedule.  If you have any questions please contact Ms. Nicholas, the administrator in charge of exams.

 

Semester One Final Evaluation Block

The end of semester Final Evaluation Block began on December 21. Students will be completing final performance tasks from that date until January 31.  This evaluation period will include the Semester One Final Exams which will begin on Thursday, January 25.  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, January 25, Block A classes;

Day 2 of Exams, January 26, Block B classes;

Day 3 of Exams, January 29, Block D classes;

Day 4 of Exams, January 30, Block E classes. 

 

If there is a day with inclement weather exams will still be written unless the Board makes a decision to close all schools --- cancellation of transportation will not result in exams for that day being moved to the end of the exam period.

 

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Winter Safety

With the arrival of the winter season we want to remind everyone to take extra caution as snow and ice make driving and walking more hazardous.  We also need to remind everyone that throwing snowballs is not permitted on school property. Snowballs can create a serious health and safety issue as injuries can result from snowballs being thrown.  Any students who engage in throwing snowballs on school property are subject to consequences under the code of conduct.  Please leave the snow on the ground.


Co-Op Student of the Week

We have recently added a page to our website to highlight the achievements of our students in the co-op program which is overseen by Mrs. Trojanovic. Please click here to read about our current Co-op Student of the Week.

 

Reminders for the Week of January 22  – January 26:

Week A Schedule

                            

1)    January 25: Day 1 of Exams, Block A Classes

2)    January 26: Day 2 of Exams, Block B Classes

 

This Week in Sports

 

There are no league games scheduled for this week.


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!

 

This is the last full week of classes for semester one.  Students are completing their final performance tasks and they should also begin to review and study for final exams. The full final exam schedule is listed below. 

 

Parent Council

The next meeting of the GWSS Parent Council is on Monday, January 15, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. in the Library Learning Commons.  All are welcome.

The Parent Involvement Committee (PIC) is hosting guest speaker Mieka Forte on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. The topic is “How to Manage the Stress of Exams and Thrive”Click here for more information and to reserve your free ticket.

 

A Message from Student Services

Happy New Year GWSS Families,

The 2018-2019 Course selection process has begun. We understand the importance of students making well planned, thought out, researched course selections in order for us to build the best timetable for our students, as these selections determine our staffing allocations and confirm our GWSS course offerings for the 2018-2019 school year.  To help students and families make well-informed choices, Student Services will be hosting a Course Selection and Pathway Planning information evening at Garth Webb Secondary School on January 18 starting at 6:30 PM. Families will have an opportunity to speak with Guidance Counsellors about courses and the best pathway for your student.


Topics that will be covered include:

1. Navigating MYBLUEPRINT.CA

2. 2018-2019 Course Selection

3. Pathway Planning

4. Post-Secondary Exploration

5. The Future Job Market talk (sponsored by School Council)

 

**This is an interactive presentation evening, families are encouraged to bring their own web-accessible device**

 

See you there!

Course Selection

Please be sure to speak to members of Student Services as well as to your child’s teachers in order to help make appropriate course selections for next year.  It is very difficult for us to accommodate course changes once the master timetable has been built as staffing has been put in place and many courses become full and we are unable to add more students to those classes.  Appropriate course selection will help ensure that the students are able to pursue their chosen pathway.

 

2018-2019 Course Selection Key Dates

 

December 12, 2017- February 16, 2018 - Course Selection 2018-2019 is OPEN in http://myblueprint.ca/halton


December 19-20, 2017, Grade assemblies to discuss the course selection process, new course offerings, regional program highlights


January 18, 2018- Family Course Selection and Pathway planning information session at Garth Webb Secondary School (6:30 pm)


January 26, 2018- Last day to make changes to semester 2 timetable for grades 9 and 10


February 8, 2018- Last day to make changes to semester 2 timetable for grade 11 and 12


February 16, 2018- LAST DAY to submit course selection for 2018-2019

 

Attendance for Examinations

The examination period, as determined by the Halton District School Board’s 2017 -18 Ministry approved school year calendar, is from Thursday January 25 to Wednesday January 31.  The exam schedule and the information about what happens in the event of the school’s closure are given below.  In addition, I also wanted to remind our parent community that examinations are to be written on the assigned examination date, except in the case of illness.  Family vacations, sporting and other events are not reasons to change the examination schedule.  If you have any questions please contact Ms. Nicholas, the administrator in charge of exams.

 


Semester One Final Evaluation Block

The end of semester Final Evaluation Block began on December 21. Students will be completing final performance tasks from that date until January 31.  This evaluation period will include the Semester One Final Exams which will begin on Thursday, January 25.  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, January 25, Block A classes;

Day 2 of Exams, January 26, Block B classes;

Day 3 of Exams, January 29, Block D classes;

Day 4 of Exams, January 30, Block E classes. 

 

If there is a day with inclement weather exams will still be written unless the Board makes a decision to close all schools --- cancellation of transportation will not result in exams for that day being moved to the end of the exam period.

 

Image result for winter safety

Winter Safety

With the arrival of the winter season we want to remind everyone to take extra caution as snow and ice make driving and walking more hazardous.  We also need to remind everyone that throwing snowballs is not permitted on school property. Snowballs can create a serious health and safety issue as injuries can result from snowballs being thrown.  Any students who engage in throwing snowballs on school property are subject to consequences under the code of conduct.  Please leave the snow on the ground.


Co-Op Student of the Week

We have recently added a page to our website to highlight the achievements of our students in the co-op program which is overseen by Mrs. Trojanovic. Please click here to read about our current Co-op Student of the Week.

 

Reminders for the Week of January 15 – January 19:
Week B Schedule

                            

1)   January 15: Parent Council Meeting, 7:00 pm in Library Learning Commons

2)   January 17: OUAC Application Deadline

3)   January 18: Principal’s Breakfast, 7:45 am

4)   January 18: Parent Course Information Session, 6:30 in the caf

5)   January 18: Grade 12 Drama Summative Performance

 

This Week in Sports

 

1)   January 16: Senior Boys’ Hockey, GWSS vs. Hayden, game start time is 3:30 at Mainway Arena

2)   January 6: Boys’ Basketball,  GWSS at Georgetown District HS, Junior game start time is 3:30, Senior game start time is 4:45.

3)   January 16: Girls’ Volleyball, Blakelock  vs. GWSS, home game, Junior game start time is 3:30, Senior game start time is 4:45.

 

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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