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posted Sep 1, 2016, 6:42 AM by Rori Bannerman   [ updated Nov 17, 2017, 4:23 PM by Kerri Lee ]

This Week's Principal's Blog:

Hello Garth Webb S.S.

Friday, November 24 is a PD Day so there are no classes.


Mid-Term Reports

Mid-term report cards were distributed on November 17.  If you have any questions regarding your child’s progress, please contact the subject teacher and they will be happy to speak to you.

 



Full Disclosure Date

Just a reminder to grades 11 and 12 students, the last day to drop a course is November 21.

Students planning to apply to Ontario universities, PINs are now available in Student Services. Deadline to apply to Ontario universities is January 17, 2018.

College applications are now open. Deadline to apply is February 1, 2018.


PD Day

Friday, November 24 is a PD Day.  The school will be closed and there are no classes for students.

 


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.

 

Grade 8 Parent Information Night

On Thursday, November 16, GWSS welcomed the students of the Class of 2022 for an information and orientation session.  A large number of parents and students attended ---- a potential of over 400 grade 9s for next year.  On behalf of the GWSS community, we want to welcome our incoming grade 9s and we look forward to working with you and your parents. 


Co-Op Student of the Week

We have added a new 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 Co-op Student of the Week.

 

Reminders for the Week of November 20 – November 24:
Week B Schedule

                            

1)    November 20: PAD301 field trip to Glen Abbey Rec Centre (Ms. Kerr)

2)    November 21: EMS301 field trip to Toronto Film Festival

3)    November 23: Full Disclosure Date --- last day to drop a course

4)    November 24: PD Day, no classes, school is closed

 

This Week in Sports

 

1)    November 23: Senior Football Championship Game at McMaster Stadium, 11:00 am game start time.

 


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:

 

Lest We Forget

Remembrance Day at GWSS

Garth Webb Secondary School honoured the men and women who have given so much to preserve our freedom throughout Remembrance Week.  The many acts of Remembrance culminated with a series of activities on Friday morning.  An installation called “Missing Pieces” has been displayed the foyer all week, reminding us of the many sacrifices that have been made by the women and men of Canada to preserve our freedom.  On Friday our grade 12 drama students did a series of “pop-up” presentations classes.  At 11:00 am, the whole school lined the hallways in honour of Garth Webb.  This was followed by the playing of the Last Post and a minute of silence. We want to give special thanks to William Nicolaou for coming in to play the Last Post and Reveille for our ceremony.   Garth’s favourite poem, “You Bought Me Time” was also read.  Thank you to our staff and students for all of the work that they did to honour those who sacrificed so much for Canada. Special thanks to Mrs. Rogers, Mr. Duncan, Ms. Jeffries, Mrs. Samuels, Ms. Patterson, and Ms. Lewis for helping with all of the preparation for our Remembrance Week celebrations.



Grade 8 Parent Information Night

Garth Webb will begin welcoming the class of 2022 on Thursday November 16.  A parent information evening for those with students currently in grade 8 will take place beginning at 6:30.  We invite all grade 8s planning to attend Garth Webb next September, along with their parents to attend this event which will begin at 6:30 p.m.

 

Junior Football Champions!

Congratulations to our Junior Football Team on their victory over Milton District in the Halton Championship on Tuesday at McMaster Stadium in Hamilton.  It was an exciting 37-30 overtime win.  Congratulations and well done.  Thank you to our community coaches Jason Gilbert, Tim Vail, and Dave Packard. Special thanks to Ms. Jeffries the staff sponsor for the team.  This is the first football championship for GWSS.

 



Costa Rica - March Break 2019

Garth Webb is planning a March Break trip to Costa Rica for 2019.  Any student currently in Grade 9-11 is welcome to come!  We will be hosting a parent night to explain all aspects of the trip: dates, cost, itinerary, safety, etc.

The parent night is on Tuesday, November 21 @ 7PM in the GWSS Library Learning Commons.  If you are unable to attend or have questions, please feel free to email Ms. Laura Field (fieldl@hdsb.ca) or Mr. Will Muir (muirw@hdsb.ca).

To watch videos, read reviews, and enrol on the Tour Website, visit:  eftours.ca/2014376XD

 

Co-Op Student of the Week

We have added a new 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 first Co-op Student of the Week.


Collaborative Planning Day

Wednesday, November 15 is our next Collaborative Planning Day.  Staff will be working on their Collaborative Inquiry Projects for the first hour of the day.  Classes will begin at 9:30 AM and end at 2:45 PM.  As mid-term reports are being handed out this week, members of Admin and Student Services will be providing  help for students who have outstanding assignments. The full schedule for Wednesday is:


 Period Block  Time 
 One A 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 

 

Reminders for the Week of November 13 – November 17:
Week A Schedule

                            

1)    November 13: School Council Meeting @ 7 PM

2)    November 16: Grade 8 Parent Information Evening

3)   November 17: Mid-term reports distributed period 5

4)    November 17: Environment SHSM field trip to Kortright Conservation Centre Woodbridge (Ms. Smallbone & Ms. Matharu)

5)    November 17: Grade 11/12 Com Tech field trip to TIFF Bell Lightbox in Toronto (Ms. Patterson)

 

This Week in Sports

 

1)    November 17: Junior Boys’ Basketball Tournament at Craig Kielburger

 

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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