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posted Sep 1, 2016, 6:42 AM by Rori Bannerman   [ updated May 26, 2017, 11:45 AM ]

Hello GWSS

There are less than four weeks 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. 

 

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 will be held on Thursday evening at the Oakville Conference Centre.  Expectations for school sponsored events held off site are the same as for all school events and the School, Board and Provincial Codes of Conduct apply.  Please review the expectations set out in the Prom Contract with your student prior to the event.

 

Com Tech LA Excursion (from Ms. Patterson)

The Communication Technology LA trip was a success.
With a film production focus, we toured live sets such as Big Bang Theory, The Fosters, Wheel of Fortune, The Goldbergs, Shameless, Kong Skull Island and so much more at the Warner Bros. and Sony Studios. We were treated to a Hollywood experience and walked in the steps of every Oscar winner and stood centre stage at the Dolby Theatre.  We visited Santa Monica Pier, Venice Beach and the Walk of Fame. 
Travelling with a great group of students that were overwhelmed with excitement being in Hollywood. 
Look for another Communication Technology Trip in the Spring of 2020.





SHSM Visits Siemens RUGGEDCOM Plant

On Friday, May 12th, a group of Energy Specialist High Skills Major students visited Siemens' RUGGEDCOM manufacturing plant in Concord. RUGGEDCOM specializes in the manufacture of electronic components for harsh environments such as extreme heat or cold, lightning, and vibration from earthquakes or explosions. Students heard about career opportunities in the field, and saw how the electronic components were manufactured and tested for exposure to extreme conditions.



 

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 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 21.

 

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.

 

S-Trips

Recently, we’ve had a number of inquiries about Student Trips.  There are some travel companies organizing student travel outside of the parameters of the school board practices.  These trips have a variety of names “S-Trip”, “Breakaway Tours” and so on.  These trips are NOT sanctioned by the school, nor are they chaperoned by school staff.  If a trip is being organized by the school, whether it is a day field trip, an overnight trip within Canada, or an out of country excursion, Permission Forms, signed by the staff sponsor and the principal (or vice principal) will be sent home for parents to give consent for their child to take part.  For an overnight trip, a parent information meeting is held prior to the excursion being finalized (these information meetings are held in the evening and provide information regarding the itinerary, code of conduct, costs and learning expectations for the trip).  If you are not provided with a School Permission Form (on school letter head and signed by administration) and there’s no parent information meeting for an overnight trip, then it is not a school-sponsored trip.  We have great concern about students traveling without supervision and without a curriculum basis for the travel.  We are providing you with this information so that you are able to make an informed decision with regard to your student travelling on their own.

If you are uncertain as to whether or not a particular trip is school sponsored, please do not hesitate to call the school and speak to a member of the admin team.

 
Reminders for the Week of May 29th – June 2nd:

Week “B” Schedule

1)    June 1: Principal’s Breakfast, cafeteria, 7:30 a.m.

2)    June 1: Senior Prom, Oakville Conference Centre

 

 

This Week in Sports

1)    May 29:  Ultimate Frisbee at Notre Dame (Burlington).

 

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

We wish everyone a very happy and safe long weekend. Just a reminder: the school is closed for the Victoria Day Holiday on Monday.

 

Congratulations to the members of our Junior, Senior and Jazz Band for their outstanding performance at the MusicFest Nationals in Niagara Falls!  The Jazz Band was awarded a gold medal while the Junior and Senior Concert Bands were each awarded silver.  Special thanks to Ms. Wallace for all of her work with the music students.

 

Fifteenth Week Reports

Fifteenth Week “in danger” reports will be emailed home by May 26th. These reports will be sent for students who are experiencing difficulty at this time and who may be in danger of failing their course.  If you have any questions regarding your child’s progress please contact the subject teacher directly.

 

Gold! GWSS wins gold, two silvers at MusicFest Nationals

Members of the GWSS Junior, Senior Concert Bands as well as our Jazz Band competed at the MusicFest Nationals in Niagara Falls May 16 – 18.  This was the first time that GWSS has competed at the Nationals.  The band members returned to school at lunch time on Thursday, tired but having achieved great success and representing GWSS proudly on the national stage.  The Jazz Band was awarded a gold medal! The Junior and Senior Concert Bands were each awarded silver.  Outstanding results! Special thanks to Ms. Wallace for all of her work with the music students throughout this year.  Thanks to the chaperones: Ms. Rolf, Mrs. Rogers, Mr. Sutherland, Mr. Stothart.

 

Math-Science Olympics at GWSS

On Thursday, May 18th, Garth Webb's Math and Science departments hosted our first ever Math-Science Olympics.  One hundred eager grade 7 students from each of our five feeder schools participated in a series of events.  Team Hawking from Palermo Public School were the final winners scoring a total 19 of the possible 20 points.  Fun was had by all and to quote one of the participants "I Love Science!"


Final Performance Tasks and Protected Time

Students will be completing Final Performance tasks in their courses during these final weeks of classes.  “Protected Time” begins on May 23rd (this is the period of time until the end of classes when there are no 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 their course requirements; so we ask that extended absences for family vacation not be taken during this time.


Semester Two Final Exams

Semester Two final exams begin on Thursday June 22.  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 21.

  

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.


    

Juno Beach Commemorative Flags

 

Please note the following campaign at GWSS (this message was shared with staff and students this week)

 

This year, we hope to plant a flag at every grave in Beny-sur-Mer cemetery in France, representing every fallen Canadian soldier from the Normandy Campaign of 1944. Working in conjunction with the Juno Beach Centre in France, we will be shipping these flags over to be part of the ceremonies marking the 73rd anniversary of D-Day, when 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.

 

We are asking for a $1 donation for each flag enclosed in the envelope for your class.

 

·  We don’t expect everyone to contribute, so we have not included a “class set” of flags. That said, if you’d like to fundraise more than the $1 per flag, donations to the Juno Beach Centre are welcome.

 

Those who donate $1 can write their name and a brief message on the card attached to the flag.

·  Please no inappropriate messages

 

We distributed envelopes and flags to all Period 1 (Block B) classes on Wednesday, May 17th. We collected the envelopes from each class at the end of the Period on Friday May 19th. Students from the Grade 10 History classes did the collection.


We so appreciate your support during a busy time of year. We truly NEED $1 for each flag. Students can add their names and/or a brief message to the sticker on the flags.

 

S-Trips

Recently, we’ve had a number of inquiries about Student Trips.  There are some travel companies organizing student travel outside of the parameters of the school board practices.  These trips have a variety of names “S-Trip”, “Breakaway Tours” and so on.  These trips are NOT sanctioned by the school, nor are they chaperoned by school staff.  If a trip is being organized by the school, whether it is a day field trip, an overnight trip within Canada, or an out of country excursion, Permission Forms, signed by the staff sponsor and the principal (or vice principal) will be sent home for parents to give consent for their child to take part.  For an overnight trip, a parent information meeting is held prior to the excursion being finalized (these information meetings are held in the evening and provide information regarding the itinerary, code of conduct, costs and learning expectations for the trip).  If you are not provided with a School Permission Form (on school letter head and signed by administration) and there’s no parent information meeting for an overnight trip, then it is not a school-sponsored trip.  We have great concern about students traveling without supervision and without a curriculum basis for the travel.  We are providing you with this information so that you are able to make an informed decision with regard to your student travelling on their own.

If you are uncertain as to whether or not a particular trip is school sponsored, please do not hesitate to call the school and speak to a member of the admin team.

Reminders for the Week of May 22nd   – May 26th:

Week “A” Schedule

1)    May 22: Victoria Day Holiday, school is closed

2)    May 26: 15th Week “In Danger” reports emailed home

 

 

This Week in Sports

1)    May 24:  Boys’ Baseball, Pearson vs. GWSS at Glen Abbey Park, game start time is 12:00 p.m.

2)    May 25: Boys’ Baseball, GWSS vs. Blakelock at Glenn Abbey Park, game start time is 3:30 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

Previous Week's Blog:

Hello GWSS

 

This was a very busy week at GWSS.  Thursday saw us participate in the Inside Ride, enjoy Coachella, a Pep Rally and then after school we celebrated 5 years of success at Garth Webb with our first ever Fun Fair.  Thank you to the many students, staff and parents who helped to make these events such a success.

 

We want to wish all of our grads well as they embark on the final month of their high school careers.  It is easy to coast with the end so near, but it is important to maintain those study habits that have brought so much success through the years.

 

 

Collaborative Planning Day

This Wednesday, May 17th will be the final Collaborative Planning Day of the 2016-17 school year. Classes will begin at 9:30 a.m. and end at 2:45 p.m.  Members of Admin and Student Services will be providing additional help for students who have outstanding assignments.

 

 

Class of 2017

The class of 2017 began the final five weeks of the semester with a “Grad Breakfast” in the cafeteria on Friday morning.  This is a Garth Webb tradition of honouring our grade 12s with breakfast and also providing them with information about the Commencement Ceremony on June 29th.  The grads also had a chance to select their valedictorian ---- congratulations to James Wylie who is the Garth Webb Secondary School Valedictorian for the class of 2017.

Thank you to the Student Services Team for organizing this great event!

 

 

Fifth Anniversary Fun Fair

Thank you to everyone who came out to support our Fifth Anniversary Fun Fair on Thursday evening.  Those in attendance enjoyed a variety of games, activities and food.  Thank you to all of the volunteers who made the evening possible.  Special thanks to committee chair Kerri Lee and her team of parents who have worked tirelessly for months putting this event together.

 

 

GWSS Student Wins Halton Poetry Contest

Congratulations to grade 12 student Jared Aleong who won first place in the board’s poetry writing contest.  Jared won in the grade 9 – 12 division of the contest which was set up to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday.  Well done Jared!

 

 

 

Inside Ride

On Thursday, May 11th Garth Webb SS participated in an Inside Ride event for the fifth year in a row.  Forty teams participated in the event raising over $19,000 for Kid’s Cancer Research.  This is our most successful Inside Ride to date.  Special thanks to Ms. Field and Ms. Murphy for organizing this event and to all of the staff and student teams who raised money to support this very worthy cause.

 

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.  The tickets are $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, 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.

 

 

S-Trips

Recently, we have had a number of inquiries about Student Trips.  There are some travel companies organizing student travel outside of the parameters of the school board practices.  These trips have a variety of names “S-Trip”, “Breakaway Tours” and so on.  These trips are NOT sanctioned by the school, nor are they chaperoned by school staff.  If a trip is being organized by the school, whether it is a day field trip, an overnight trip within Canada, or an out of country excursion, Permission Forms, signed by the staff sponsor and the principal (or vice principal) will be sent home for parents to give consent for their child to take part.  For an overnight trip, a parent information meeting is held prior to the excursion being finalized (these information meetings are held in the evening and provide information regarding the itinerary, code of conduct, costs and learning expectations for the trip).  If you are not provided with a School Permission Form (on school letter head and signed by administration) and there’s no parent information meeting for an overnight trip, then it is not a school-sponsored trip.  We have great concern about students traveling without supervision and without a curriculum basis for the travel.  We are providing you with this information so that you are able to make an informed decision with regard to your student travelling on their own.

If you are uncertain as to whether or not a particular trip is school sponsored, please do not hesitate to call the school and speak to a member of the admin team.

 

 

 

 

Reminders for the Week of May 15th   – May 19th

Week “B” Schedule

1)    May 15 – May 18: Outdoor Ed (PAD) trip to Grand River (Ms. Kerr)

2)    May 15: FIRST Robotics fieldtrip to Siemens Canada

3)    May 15: Grade 9 Geography fieldtrip to Niagara Falls (Ms. Field)

4)    May 16: Grade 12 Math (MAP4C) fieldtrip to Sheridan College, (Mr. Contini)

5)    May 16 to 18: MusicFest, Niagara Falls (Ms. Wallace)

6)    May 18: Science Olympics at GWSS ---- we welcome students from our five feeder schools (Ms. Tolton)

7)    May 19: Halton Math Contest, Grades 9  -- 12, (Wright, Tan)

8)    May 19: ELL fieldtrip to Toronto Zoo (Ms. Mactaggart)

 

 

This Week in Sports:

1)    May 15:  Junior Girls’ Soccer Playoff game at North Park; game start time is 10:00 a.m.

2)    May 15: Senior Girls’ Soccer, Abbey Park at GWSS; game start time is 10:00 a.m.

3)    May 15: Varsity Boys’ Baseball, STA vs. GWSS; game start time is 2:30 at River Oaks Park.

4)    May 16 & 17: GHAC Track & Field Meet, Hamilton (Ms. Scruton, Mr. Moran)

5)    May 17: Varsity Boys’ Baseball, GWSS vs. Loyola at Glenn Abbey Park; game start time is 2:30 p.m. at Glen Abbey Park.

6)    May 19: Ultimate Frisbee Tournament at Craig Kielburger S.S.

 

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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