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Student Agenda 2017-2018


GARTH WEBB SECONDARY SCHOOL

 

2820 Westoak Trails Blvd

Oakville ON L6M 4W2

(905) 847-6875

http://gws.hdsb.ca

 

Mr. Larry O’Malley, Principal

Ms. Kim Redmond Hannah, Vice Principal

Ms. Zeffie Nicholas, Vice Principal

 

 

2017 – 2018

 

STUDENT HANDBOOK



 GARTH WEBB SECONDARY SCHOOL STAFF


Non-Teaching Staff

Position

Email Address

O'Malley, Larry Principal (Grade 12+) omalleyl@hdsb.ca
Nicholas, Zeffie Vice Principal (Grades 10 and 12) nicholasz@hdsb.ca
Parsons, Marg Vice Principal (Grades 9 and 11) parsonsm@hdsb.ca
Salisbury, Lori Business Manager salisburyl@hdsb.ca
Coles, Sandy Guidance Secretary coless@hdsb.ca
Lee, Kerri Senior Secretary leeke@hdsb.ca
Wilkie, Debra General Secretary (Attendance) wilkied@hdsb.ca
Fountain, Marion General Secretary fountainm@hdsb.ca
Darroch, Myrva General Secretary darrochmy@hdsb.ca
Herchell, Jo  Library Technician  herchellj@hdsb.ca
van Dongen, Joanne  Educational Assistant  vandongenj@hdsb.ca 
Aikenhead, Tali Social Worker  aikenheadt@hdsb.ca 
Kazi, Uzma Youth Settlement Worker kaziu@hdsb.ca 
Harrison, Ron Head Custodian harrisonr@hdsb.ca
Cecar, Jovan  Evening Custodian  cecarj@hdsb.ca



Teaching Staff

Department

Email Address

Anderson, Jay Health and Physical Education Dept. Leader andersonja@hdsb.ca
Avery, Sylvia French, Spanish averys@hdsb.ca
Barkman, Nikole Arts, English barkmann@hdsb.ca
Bean, Janine Science beanj@hdsb.ca
Beltran, Jessica French, Canadian and World Studies, Phys.Ed. beltranj@hdsb.ca
Board, Ben Science boardb@hdsb.ca
Boulougouris, Maria  Math, Science  boulougourim@hdsb.ca
Bouwman, Linda Science bouwmanl@hdsb.ca
Brock, Andrea Math, Student Success brocka@hdsb.ca
Cacilhas, Wendy Canadian and World Studies, English cacilhasw@hdsb.ca
Cannon, Natasha Canadian and World Studies cannonn@hdsb.ca
Cardona, Alexandra Canadian and World Studies cardonaa@hdsb.ca
Carmichael, Dominika Math Dept. Leader carmichaeld@hdsb.ca
Chau, Ian Arts, Mathematics chaui@hdsb.ca
Cho, Stewart Science chos@hdsb.ca
Coe, Meaghan Health and Physical Education coem@hdsb.ca
Collins, Gabriella Canadian and World Studies  collinsg@hdsb.ca
Contini, Scott Mathematics, Technology continis@hdsb.ca
Coulter, Karen Guidance and Career Education coulterk@hdsb.ca
Coupe, Michelle English coupel@hdsb.ca
Crabtree, Michael Learning Resources crabtreem@hdsb.ca
Del Monte, David Health and Physical Education, Mathematics delmonted@hdsb.ca
Dougherty, Vanessa  English  doughertyv@hdsb.ca
Douglas, Thomas Technological Education douglast@hdsb.ca
Duncan, Ian Canadian and World Studies Dept. Leader duncani@hdsb.ca
El-Husseini, Angele  English  elhusseinia@hdsb.ca 
Faulhafer, Tim Health and Physical Education faulhafert@hdsb.ca
Fernandes, Amanda French, Canadian and World Studies fernandesam@hdsb.ca
Ferreira, Silvia  Physical Education  ferreirasi@hdsb.ca
Field, Laura Canadian and World Studies fieldl@hdsb.ca
Francis, Jayme Guidance and Career Education francisj@hdsb.ca
Friesen, Barb English and Languages Dept. Leader friesenba@hdsb.ca
Hodgson, Jeremy Business Studies hodgsonj@hdsb.ca
Humphrey, Jennifer Mathematics, Science humphreyj@hdsb.ca
Irvine, Sandy Science irvines@hdsb.ca
Jeffries, Sara Arts Dept. Leader jeffriess@hdsb.ca
Jenkins, Matthew Business Studies jenkinsm@hdsb.ca
Jeyanathan, Logan Science jeyanathanl@hdsb.ca
Kaushal, Rajini Mathematics, Science kaushalr@hdsb.ca
Kerr, Megan Health and Physical Education kerrm@hdsb.ca
Kinsella, Erin Mathematics, Science kinsellae@hdsb.ca
Langlois, Haley French as a Second Language langloish@hdsb.ca
Lauzon, Sharon Student Services Dept. Leader lauzons@hdsb.ca
Lewis, Jada Arts, Teacher Librarian, Learning Resources lewisja@hdsb.ca
Love, Kimberly  English lovek@hdsb.ca
MacKenzie, Lisa Social Science and Humanities mackenziel@hdsb.ca
Mactaggart, Kelly ELL mactaggartk@hdsb.ca
Maras, Sophia Technological Education marass@hdsb.ca
Markle, Annette French, English marchesej@hdsb.ca
Matharu, Amy Mathematics, Science matharua@hdsb.ca
McGuire, Dan Business Studies mcguired@hdsb.ca
McLeod, Jenna English mcleodj@hdsb.ca
Moore, Peter Technological Education moorep@hdsb.ca
Moran, Steve Guidance and Career Education morans@hdsb.ca
Morrow, Jeff English, Learning Resources morrowje@hdsb.ca
Muir, William Computer Studies, Mathematics muirw@hdsb.ca
Ng, Holly Canadian and World Studies ngh@hdsb.ca
Nickel, Kyle Technological Education nickelk@hdsb.ca
Patterson, Jen Technological Education pattersonj@hdsb.ca
Pennington, Michael Technological Education penningtonm@hdsb.ca
Pita, Jasmina Learning Resources pitaj@hdsb.ca
Pjanic, Nemanja Learning Resources Dept. Leader pjanicn@hdsb.ca
Pontefract, Michelle Arts pontefractm@hdsb.ca
Posca, Joseph Health and Physical Education, Science poscaj@hdsb.ca
Quraishi, Faisal Mathematics  quraishif@hdsb.ca
Robert, Sarah Canadian and World Studies roberts@hdsb.ca
Rogers, Sandra Teacher Librarian, Social Science and Humanities rogerss@hdsb.ca
Rolf, Heidi Canadian and World Studies rolfh@hdsb.ca
Samuels, Lisa Mathematics, Science samuelsl@hdsb.ca
Sanderson, Josh Science and Computer Science Dept. Leader sandersonjo@hdsb.ca
Sauve, Rory Technological Education sauver@hdsb.ca
Schettler, Jacqueline Canadian and World Studies schettlerj@hdsb.ca
Scott, Michelle Arts scottmi@hdsb.ca
Scruton, Kelly Arts, English, Student Success scrutonk@hdsb.ca
Selvaggio, Adam  English  selvaggioa@hdsb.ca 
Senn, Melissa Canadian and World Studies sennm@hdsb.ca
Sibley, Kimberly Canadian and World Studies sibleyk@hdsb.ca
Smallbone, Laura Science smallbonel@hdsb.ca
Stratton, Jim English strattonj@hdsb.ca
Tan, Jesslin Mathematics, Science tanj@hdsb.ca
Tarantino, Mike Business Dept. Leader (Acting)  tarantinom@hdsb.ca
Tello, Esther Mathematics, Science telloe@hdsb.ca
Tolton, Adrienne Student Success Lead toltona@hdsb.ca
Trojanovic, Gina Co-op trojanovicd@hdsb.ca
Vander Heyden, Sandi Canadian and World Studies, Social Science vanderheydes@hdsb.ca
Wallace, Eleanor Arts wallaceel@hdsb.ca
Ward, Casandra Arts, English wardc@hdsb.ca
White, Paul Technological Education Dept. Leader whitep@hdsb.ca
Wright, Tanya Science, Mathematics wrightt@hdsb.ca
Zinken, Christine English zinkenc@hdsb.ca
Zuniga, Jeremy French, Canadian and World Studies zunigarodrij@hdsb.ca


DAILY SCHEDULE

Timetable (regular schedule)

 

PERIOD

BLOCK

TIME

WEEK A

WEEK B

One

A

8:30–9:50 announcements

A

B

Two

B

9:55 – 11:10

B

A

Three - Lunch

C

11:10 – 12:10

C

C

Four

D

12:10 – 1:25

D

E

Five

E

1:30 – 2:45

E

D

 

All students must be in their period 1 class before 8:30 a.m. - prior to the playing of O’Canada

 

COLLABORATIVE SCHEDULE

(Collaborative Planning Day Schedule)

 

COLLABORATIVE PLANNING TIME

8:15 – 9:15

PERIOD

TIME

COMMENTS

One

9:30 – 10:35

Opening exercises, announcements

Two

10:40 – 11:40

Three -- Lunch

11:40 – 12:40

Four

12:40 – 1:40

Five

1:45 – 2:45

 

Second Wednesday of the Month

Dates: September 20, October 18, November 15, December 13,

February TBD, March TBD, April TBD,  May TBD


GARTH WEBB SECONDARY SCHOOL
2017-18 KEY DATES
 

Semester I

AUG 29-31Registration
SEP 1Board Designated Holiday
SEP 4Labour Day
SEP 5First Day of Semester 1 Classes
SEP 7Photo Day
SEP 14Grade 9 Program Evening 
SEP 20Post-Secondary Information Day  8:30 AM - 11:30 AM 
SEP 28Terry Fox Run
SEP 25Professional Activity Day – No Classes
OCT 5Excellence Celebration
OCT 6Professional Activity Day – No Classes
OCT 9Thanksgiving Day – No Classes
OCT 125th week Progress Reports emailed
OCT 17Parent Interviews 6:30 pm
OCT 24-26The Gift of Giving Back
OCT 27Fall Fair 
NOV 1Grade 9 Take Our Kids to Work Day
NOV 2Photo Retake Day
NOV 9First Day of Semester 1, Term 2
NOV 16Grade 8 Family Evening – 6:30 pm
NOV 10Remembrance Day Staff Photo
NOV 16Mid-Semester Reports Issued
NOV 21OCAS Upload
NOV 23Full Disclosure date for Grade 11 & 12 students 
NOV 24
NOV 29
Professional Activity Day – No Classes
Halton Health Student Immunizations
DEC 1Club photos
DEC 4-15Grad Photos
DEC 1415th Week in Danger Reports emailed
DEC 22Last Day of Classes in 2017
DEC 25-JAN 5Winter Break (inclusive)
JAN 8First Day of Classes after Holiday
JAN 18Course Selection Evening - All Parents   
JAN 25Last Day of Classes for Semester 1
JAN 25-31SEMESTER 1 EXAMINATIONS 
FEB 1Exam Review Day 
FEB 2Professional Activity Day- No Classes
Semester II
FEB 5First Day of Semester 2 Classes
FEB 8Semester 1 Report Cards
FEB 16Professional Activity Day – No Classes
FEB 19Family Day – No Classes
MAR 12-16Spring Break
MAR 225th week Progress Reports emailed
MAR 27Parent Interviews - 6:30 pm 
MAR 30Good Friday
APR 2Easter Monday
APR 10Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT) – Grade 10
APR 12R U Ready for High School? (Grade 8)
APR 19First day of Semester 2, Term 2
APR 24Rising Seniors - Grade 11 Assembly
APR 26Semester II Mid-term Report Cards Distributed
APR 23OUAC/OCAS Upload (marks transmitted to Universities/Colleges)
APR 27Professional Activity Day - No Classes
MAY 3Full disclosure date for Grade 11 & 12 students
MAY 3Grade 8 Day
MAY 11Grad Breakfast
MAY 21Victoria Day Holiday - No Classes
MAY 2415th Week In Danger Reports emailed
JUN 5EQAO Grade 9 Assessment of Math
JUN 21-27SEMESTER 2 EXAMINATIONS
JUN 28Exam Review Schedule
JUN 28Last Day of Classes for Semester 2   
JUN 28GWSS Commencement   
JUN 29PA Day
 
JUL 5Final Report Cards Available for pick up

 

CO-CURRICULAR PROGRAM

 

Garth Webb offers a wide range of activities for all students based on student interest and staff/community volunteer commitment.  Some of our activities are listed below.  Participation in these activities is often its own reward.  There is a Student Engagement fee that supports all activities.  Offerings of activities vary from year to year based on student interest and the availability of staff advisors and coaches.

 

CLUBS AND LEADERSHIP ACTIVITIES

 Please go to the following address to see the most up-to-date list:

 https://docs.google.com/a/hdsb.ca/document/d/1SeABpRYfTou6-kHeX96-8A4xm9Fy_ssSkC8Mh2k_CK4/edit?usp=sharing

 

MUSIC ACTIVITIES

 There is a fee levied on all students who join an ensemble or band.

Junior Concert Band Wind Ensemble
Senior Concert Band Strings Ensemble Choir



ATHLETIC ACTIVITIES

An Athletic meeting in September outlines student responsibility, coaches, and starting dates. There is a compulsory $75 fee levied on all students who join an athletic team.  Please note that some sports may not have teams if there are not enough players interested in that sport.

 

Football Rugby Lacrosse
Volleyball Soccer
Basketball Badminton
Ice Hockey Field Hockey
Tennis Cross Country
Alpine Skiing Track & Field
Baseball Golf
Athletic Council Swimming
Softball Snowboarding

 

Athletes may play 1 sport during each season.  Any new student to Garth Webb S.S. (excluding Grade 9) must fill out a transfer form before they can be eligible to play on a school team.

 

SCHOOL & COMMUNITY SERVICES

"WE HAVE A LOT TO OFFER..."

GUIDANCE

ACADEMIC & CAREER PLANNING

The goals of Guidance at Garth Webb are to see students find success and joy in learning throughout high school and beyond, and to assist students in pursuing pathways that relate to their interests, skills and abilities.  We welcome the involvement of parent/guardian in the future planning of their sons and daughters.

Trained counselors are available to assist students through various means including individual academic and career counseling, classroom instruction, assemblies, and information evenings. We will help students and parent/guardian with course selection, and provide information on how to earn the required 40 hours of community involvement activities.  Guidance counselors also provide students with short-term personal counseling and referrals to community agencies to help with personal or school-related issues.  

Students are encouraged to make appointments with their counselors, Ms. Lauzon, Ms. Francis, and Mr. Moran by coming to the Guidance Office and booking appointments through Ms. Coles, our Guidance Secretary.  Whenever possible, appointments should be scheduled during free periods. Parents/guardians may schedule appointments by emailing Ms. Coles at coless@hdsb.ca.

 

COOPERATIVE EDUCATION

Co-operative Education (Co-op) allows Grade 11 and 12 students the opportunity to explore career choices and earn credits by working half or full days in the community.  Placements are arranged, and each student is trained in job-search strategies before going out to work. This happens during two weeks of pre-placement classes at the beginning of the semester.  Many Co-op students are offered part-time or summer jobs as a result of their Co-op work term.  Our placements will be as varied as the subjects in the curriculum and range from local businesses on Oakville bus routes, to placements in neighbouring communities.  We can also arrange apprenticeship programs (OYAP) or specialized programs such as Specialist High Skills Major, Bronte Creek or Canadian Armed Forces (just to name a few) all of which include a Co-op component.  Local business owners who are interested in hosting Co-op students are encouraged to contact Mrs. Trojanovic at trojanovicd@hdsb.ca.

 

SPECIAL EDUCATION

 Learning Resource support is a school-wide service available to every student in the school.

"SERVICES AVAILABLE"

  • Assistance in all subjects
  • One-to-one and small group instruction
  • Reinforcement of basic skills, e.g. spelling, grammar, reading comprehension, math, and literacy skills
  • Assistance with outlining, essay development, research skills and proofreading, training related to assistive technology e.g. computer software such as Premier, Dragon, Gmail
  • Study skills, assistance with test and exam preparation, organizational skills, communication skills, time management skills
  • Responsibility for and assistance with the development, implementation and monitoring of Individual Education Plans for identified and non-identified exceptional students
  • Facilitate the instruction of the GLE/GLS (Learning Strategies) courses designed to provide direct instruction related to skills development

 

CODE OF CONDUCT

The Garth Webb Secondary School Code of Conduct is founded on the principles of respect (of self, others and the environment), cooperation and the development of a safe and appropriate learning environment.  Students at Garth Webb S.S. should be aware of the Halton District School Board Student Code of Conduct and their obligations within the Education Act. Recent changes in provincial legislation will result in some revisions to the Halton District School Board Code of Conduct.  The updated Code of Conduct will be communicated to students and parent/guardian when it becomes available.

Students are expected to be diligent in achieving success in their studies, to be courteous and cooperative in their interactions with their teachers and their peers, to show respect for school property and the property of our neighbors and to attend classes regularly and punctually.  Failure to abide by these expectations will result in a range of consequences.


GENERAL INFORMATION AND SCHOOL RULES


Information about school activities, personnel, rules and services is provided in this section.  If you require more information or help, ask a staff member or contact the office.  Please make sure you have given us information about yourself such as your address, parent(s) or guardian’s names and places of business etc., and advise the office of any changes to this information.

ACADEMIC HONESTY

Plagiarism and other forms of academic dishonesty are very serious offences.  

Students are expected to be honest in all their academic endeavors.

Cheating on a test or examination includes:       

  • Communicating with another student
  • Copying another student’s paper
  • Bringing in or referring to prohibited materials

 

A research paper or assignment should be original work.

It is dishonest to:

  • submit, as your own work, that which is another person's or to which another has contributed substantially (teachers will advise you as to which assignments may be done with another person or a group)
  • submit an article or excerpt from an article that you have downloaded from the Internet without stating the source
  • incorporate the words or ideas of another in your assignment without stating the source (plagiarism)
  • cite references not used or falsify references
  • submit work previously used in another class without referencing it

 

Parents/guardians will be contacted in all cases of academic dishonesty.


SUBMISSION OF ASSIGNMENTS

 The primary due date for submission of an assignment is set at the discretion of the teacher.  Teachers will assign a closure date after which an assignment may no longer be accepted and may receive a zero.  

When scheduling assignments, teachers establish due dates that allow students to effectively distribute their workload in that course throughout the semester.  It is to the student’s advantage to respect due dates.

 

Garth Webb Secondary School – Assessment and Evaluation

Assessment The process of gathering, from a variety of sources, information that accurately reflects how well a student is achieving the curriculum expectations in a subject or course.

Evaluation The process of judging the quality of student learning on the basis of established criteria and assigning a value to represent that quality.  Evaluation is based on assessments of learning that provide data on student achievement at strategic times throughout the grade/subject/course, often at the end of a period of learning.

Student Responsibilities

Teacher Responsibilities

Attend Class Maintain accurate attendance records
Submit work on time Provide constructive and timely feedback
Make teachers aware of absences ahead of time i.e. Sports, Family Vacations, Appointments, Illness, etc. Be available for support and have resources readily available
Follow up with teachers upon return from absence Provide a high quality opportunities for learning
Submit work that demonstrates a high degree of effort and care and that is of your own creation Provide opportunity to student to demonstrate learning if proper documentation is provided
Provide appropriate documentation if a test, exam, or performance task is missed Provide a learning environment that supports and fosters teacher-student communication
Be your own advocate - i.e. communicate struggles, ask questions, support your peers  


ATTENDANCE POLICY

Good attendance and success at school are linked together. Students benefit from regular interaction with their teachers and classmates.  It is expected that students will attend all classes.


  • If you are unable to attend school, ask a parent to phone before first period.  The phone number is 1-877-409-6310 to report an absence. Parents should also enter any late arrivals or early dismissals through the same telephone number. Attendance can be recorded up until 1:30 p.m. daily.
  • If your absence was not called into the attendance line you will be required to bring a note to your teacher.
  • If you have to leave the school during the day, you must sign out at the main office.  You will need parental permission unless you are 18 or older.
  • If you are ill and wish to go home, come to the main office.  A staff member will contact your parent/guardian for permission, and sign you out.
  • You may not leave the school during a scheduled class or activity (assembly, etc.) without permission.

 

TEMPORARY LEAVE OF ABSENCE OR VACATIONS

Parent/guardian may request, in writing, a temporary leave of absence from school for family reasons.  This request must be made, when possible, at least 3 weeks prior to the leave.  Forms are available in the office for this request.

Garth Webb Secondary School does not encourage student vacations during school time because of the loss of instructional time.  If a student is to be absent for vacation, then this request form must be filled in at least three weeks prior to the date of the vacation.

Students are responsible for all work covered during the period that they would be absent.  Students are responsible for submitting all work on the date it is due, even if the date is during the period that they are absent from school for vacation.  Any test scheduled during the time that the student is absent for vacation must be written on the first day that the student returns to school.


ONTARIO SECONDARY SCHOOL LITERACY TEST

The Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT) is a compulsory graduation requirement.  The OSSLT is written by all students in grade 10 and by any student who has not successfully completed the test in their grade 10 year.  The date of the OSSLT is determined by the Ministry of Education and must be written on that date. The Ministry does not provide an alternate date for taking the OSSLT, regardless of the reason. Anyone who is absent from the OSSLT will need to take the test the following year. The exact date for this year’s OSSLT is listed in the Key Dates Calendar above.


CAFETERIA

Full cafeteria service is available at Garth Webb.  Breakfast is available before school and snacks and lunch are available from late morning to early afternoon.

Students are expected to clean up after themselves, placing all garbage and recycling in the containers provided.

  

Polite behavior appropriate to the cafeteria is expected at all times.

  • Food and beverages may be consumed only in the cafeteria.
  • Taking items from the servery without paying is considered theft, the consequences of which
  • may be suspension from school and/or referral to the police.
  • For health and sanitary reasons food cannot be consumed in classrooms or labs.

 

CO-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

All students are encouraged to be active members of the Garth Webb community by becoming actively involved in the activities, clubs and leadership opportunities available during the school year.   Involvement in any of the team, clubs and activities that we hope to offer, has a positive impact on the students and the school.  In order to participate in these events, students must:

  • Be making meaningful progress towards a diploma
  • Attend all classes regularly
  • Be responsible for all school work missed because of their involvement in co-curricular programs
  • Abide by rules of conduct of the school
  • Inform teachers of co-curricular involvement

 

DANCES

 Our Chargers Council may undertake the organization of dances for the enjoyment of Garth Webb S.S. students.

  • No re-entry into the dance; no entry after 9:00 p.m.; dances will end at 10:00 p.m.
  • No admittance without a student card.

Some dances will be for GWSS students only, while some may be organized to allow guests to attend.  All guests must be signed in to the dance in advance, according to the process established by the Student Leadership Team and the school administration. For dances where guests are permitted the following rules apply:

  • All guests must be approved in advance by the school administration.
  • All guests are the responsibility of the student signing them in and must carry a valid guest pass.

DRESS CODE

 Purpose

Garth Webb Secondary School is a place of learning. A Dress Code is seen as a positive way to encourage respect for self and others, responsibility, and safety in our school and at all school-sponsored events. A Dress Code strikes a balance between individual expression and the expectation of our community for appropriate attire in a shared environment. The GWSS Dress Code is the result of a consultative process with student, parent, and staff representatives and is in accordance with the expectations established by the Halton District School Board in response to the Safe Schools Act (2000-S.302.5).

 

Inappropriate/Unacceptable Clothing for the school environment:

  • Clothing with profane, derogatory, gender-biased, racist, or sexually suggestive comments or artwork
  • Clothing which promotes illegal activities, violence, the use of drugs, or the use of alcohol or tobacco

 

The following are inappropriate and unacceptable at Garth Webb Secondary School:

  • Strapless, backless, transparent/see-through, halter tops, tube tops
  • Muscle shirts that reveal midriff or chest
  • Spaghetti straps (less than 2 cm wide)
  • Shirts, tops or sweaters opened below the sternum (low-cut)
  • Bare midriffs, (there should be no skin showing)
  • Shirtless
  • Clothing torn in revealing places
  • Undergarments showing including: thongs, boxers, bras
  • Pants must fit at the hip so they will stay on without a belt
  • Revealing skirt edges shorter than mid-thigh
  • Shorts that are revealing i.e. shorter than mid-thigh

 

For safety reasons the following are not allowed to be worn inside Garth Webb Secondary School:

  • Hoods up on hoodies/sweaters/sweatshirts
  • Hats
  • Sunglasses

 

Consequences:

It is understood that there will be consequences for students who do not comply with the Dress Code including but not limited to:

  • Students will be required to put on additional clothing. If they are unprepared they will borrow Garth Webb SS clothing from the main office (which will be signed out and returned at the end of the day).
  • If the student is unwilling to co-operate, the issue has moved from one of dress code to an issue of defiance.
  • Repeated dress code violations will result in suspension.

 

Students are expected to wear proper gym clothes (Garth Webb SS gym uniform) for physical education classes.  The Garth Webb Secondary School gym uniform will be available at registration or from the Phys Ed Department.

 

EXAMINATIONS AND ACADEMIC PROGRESS

There is a comprehensive assessment and evaluation program during the school year.

  • Students who miss evaluation activities for valid reasons will not be penalized for the missed evaluation but may be required to make-up the evaluation.
  • Students absent without a valid reason may not be given such opportunity, and may receive zero.
  • If you need extra help, see your teacher to make the necessary arrangements.
  • If you have a concern about your evaluation, speak to your teacher.
  • Not all subject areas hold formal written exams; some use alternative forms of evaluation.
  • Exams and Performance Tasks are scheduled at the end of each semester.
  • All students write Final Examinations and complete Performance Tasks.The Final Examination and Performance Task reflect all the work and assignments covered throughout the semester or module.
  • All students are expected to write examinations and course performance tasks at the scheduled times.
  • The only exceptions are for medical reasons verified by a doctor's certificate. If a student is to miss any formal evaluation it is important that the family contact the school administration prior to the evaluation.

 

FIRST AID

  • If you are in need of first aid:
  • Remain with your teacher and/or friends.
  • Send someone to the main office.
  • Staff will contact a First Aid Provider.
  • Remain in the school, until we can arrange the necessary care and contact your parent(s).

GENERAL INFORMATION

 Do you know that?

  • There is a "lost and found" that is run from the main office
  • Lost student cards cost $5 to replace - no replacements will be issued after April 1
  • The cafeteria serves breakfast as well as lunch
  • The school office hours are Monday to Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Course offerings and diploma requirements are outlined in the Course Calendar available in Student Services and on the Garth Webb website
  • The main office accepts only emergency phone calls from parents/guardians for students
  • Photo days will be listed on the Key Dates calendar
  • There are 2 report cards each semester
  • Parents' Night follows the fifth week report in each semester
  • School cancellations (due to inclement weather) are announced on the radio (CKOC 1150, CHML 900, FM 108)

 

LIBRARY LEARNING COMMONS

PHILOSOPHY

The learning commons concept is one where the traditional library area is more flexible, more fluid and honors both collaboration and individual study.  New technologies are embraced and students can feel empowered to access information in both traditional and non-traditional ways.

 

BORROWING

  • Garth Webb I.D. student cards are used for signing out print books, HDSB Overdrive e-books and audio books, and magazines.
  • Borrowing is suspended until overdue materials are returned and payment of fines and/or replacement cost of lost items are resolved.
  • Overdue fines are 25 cents per day per item.

 

ELECTRONIC RESOURCES

  • All books can be accessed with the following login and password:

Login: garthwebb

Password: library

 

  • For remote access, the 15-digit number from a Garth Webb SS I.D. student card is needed
  • The Oakville Public Library also has databases at www.opl.ca

 

LOCKERS

Lockers are the property of the school and on loan for student use.  Each student will be assigned a locker, which is expected to be kept in good condition.  In some cases, students will share a locker.  Students are to purchase their lock at the time of registration (or from the main office at other times of the year).  Only the Dudley locks sold by the school are permitted for use on the lockers (no key locks or other types of locks are permitted).  Students taking Phys-Ed are advised to purchase a second lock so that they can lock their personal belongings in a Phys-Ed locker during their class. The student’s combination must be provided to, and will be kept on file in, the main office.  Lockers are accessible by the school administration at any time; lockers without the recorded combination lock in place will be cut off if access to a locker is required by the school administration.  Locker clean outs and the verification of ownership will take place from time to time.  Students are cautioned not to share their combinations with others. Students are advised not to keep valuables, electronic devices or money in their lockers.  Any problems with lockers should be reported to the main office.

 

PARKING

  • Vehicles must be registered in the Main Office
  • Limited student parking is available during school hours
  • Student parking is limited and will be designated (all cars must display the GWSS parking pass sticker)
  • All drivers are expected to observe traffic signs
  • Students who disregard parking restrictions may be fined and/or have their vehicles towed away
  • A By-law Officer will ticket parking infringements

 

POSTERS AND SCHOOL ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • Only activities sponsored by the school may be advertised in the building
  • All advertising must have the approval of the sponsoring teacher and an administrator
  • Any posters/ads must bear the initial of the sponsoring teacher and an administrator (any poster/ads not follow this procedure will be removed)
  • Announcements take place every morning and are posted on our web page

 

PERSONAL COMMUNICATION DEVICES

Personal communication devices including cell phones and other wireless devices are not to be used in class or during exams/tests.  There are times when classroom teachers may have students use their personal communication devices during class time for specific purposes related to the completion of course work; it is only during these times, specified by the teacher, that students may use these communication devices.

 

MUSIC DEVICES

Small personal portable music devices (IPODs) are the only type of music players students are allowed to bring to school.  They may be used in the halls or cafeteria (so long as the volume is sufficiently low as to be inaudible to others).  

 

SKATEBOARDS/ROLLERBLADES/BIKES

 None of the above-mentioned personal property is allowed to be used inside the school or on outside school property or it will be confiscated.

 

SMOKING/VAPING

Smoking is not permitted at Garth Webb Secondary School or on any Halton District School Board property. This also classifies smoking for e-cigarettes and related products (vaping).  The smoking restriction applies to the building, grounds and playing fields, as well as to cars parked on school property.  Smoking is prohibited on school buses also. The consequences of smoking on school property will be disciplinary action by the office, which may include suspension from school and fines issued by the Halton Regional Health Department.


STUDENT RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Each student at Garth Webb Secondary School has the right to an education.  At the same time, each student has the responsibility not to interfere with the education of others in the school.

 

TEXTBOOKS

When a course uses a textbook, that course textbooks will be provided free of charge. Students will be required to pay for texts (or other course materials) not returned or returned damaged.


VALUABLES

Students should not bring valuables to school, as the school cannot be responsible for articles lost or stolen.  This is especially applicable in the Healthy Active Living Areas (gyms, change room, etc.)  It is recommended that students have a “phys. ed. lock” so that they can use the lockers in the change rooms.

 

VISITORS

School property is private property.  We do not encourage student visitors from other schools. Anyone who is not a registered student or a staff member must report to the office to receive permission to visit. A person who persists in "visiting" without such permission will be charged with trespassing.


WEAPONS

Weapons of any kind are prohibited on school property. Any students in possession of a weapon will be suspended from school. In most circumstances, the police will be called to lay charges. Please note that the restriction is in place regardless of whether or not the weapon is displayed or used in a threatening manner.

 

WEBSITE

You can find the Garth Webb Secondary School website at http://gws.hdsb.ca


GARTH WEBB SECONDARY SCHOOL COMPUTER USE POLICY

The following is the official policy and regulations regarding computer use at GWSS. If you are in need of clarification on any of these points, please see an Information Technology teacher.

 

The Students, Staff, and Administration wish to provide and maintain:

  • the highest level of computer technology and software access
  • an environment of ownership and responsibility
  • every opportunity for growth and development in the use of computer technology
  • a safe and secure environment for personal work and files

 

In order to preserve and protect these privileges, the following computer technology policy must be adhered to by all individuals in the Garth Webb Secondary School Community.  Logging on to the computer network acknowledges that you agree to abide by and promote this policy.  

 

A) LABORATORY AND TECHNOLOGY AREAS

Computers are expensive and sensitive instruments, which need to be treated with respect.  You can help maintain the quality of our computers by adhering to the following requests:

  • Under no circumstances will food and/or drink be consumed in areas where computers are located.
  • Bags, purses, knapsacks etc. will be placed to the side of the room or on the floor where they will not interfere with electrical wiring or obstruct pathways.
  • Hardware and/or peripheral devices are never to be removed or adjusted without prior permission from the supervisors.
  • Software settings such as the booting files, working desktop (including screen savers) and system settings are not to be altered under any circumstances.

 

B) THE FOLLOWING BEHAVIOURS AND ACTIVITIES ARE STRICTLY 
PROHIBITED AND WILL BE DEALT WITH AS A DISCIPLINARY ISSUE:

  • Hacking of any kind
  • The use of obscenity, foul language, and racial slurs
  • Erasing, copying or damaging files other than your own personal files
  • Knowingly infecting the system with a virus
  • Illegally copying software from the system
  • Installing or running software other than that already on the system (unless under the direct supervision of a teacher and with the teacher’s permission)
  • Plagiarizing
  • Willfully damaging hardware

 

C) HALTON DISTRICT SCHOOL BOARD’S SECONDARY SCHOOL ACCEPTABLE USE GUIDELINES FOR INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY

All students who use computers at Garth Webb SS will sign and submit at Registration the Halton District School Board’s Secondary School Acceptable Use Guidelines for Information and Communication Technology.


D) SANCTIONS AND DISCIPLINARY ACTIONS

  • Pupils may be disciplined for the misuse of Board or School computer services, as well as pupil web site postings and e-mail messages, which have a nexus to the School and are criminal, defamatory or inappropriate.
  • Behavior warranting suspension, and in some cases expulsion, may involve the use of Board or school computer technology services, School web sites, the internet generally or a School e mail messaging service, where a pupil has used these electronic mediums inappropriately.
  • Sanctions will range from a verbal warning and/or notification of parent/guardian to a complete indefinite ban to computer and technology access.  Severe or repetitive violations may result in suspension from school, and/or charges laid by the police.  Conditions for reinstatement will be determined and reviewed.

 

E) INTERNET, ON-LINE INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION

The use of computer resources for the purpose of research is a privilege, which requires a great deal of responsibility from the users.  Responsible use of this access will ensure its availability to students.  Irresponsible use will force administrators to remove or restrict this privilege.  IT IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF ALL STUDENTS AND STAFF TO PROMOTE RESPONSIBLE USE OF THE SYSTEM!  THIS IS THE ONLY WAY WE CAN MAINTAIN ACCESS.

  • The Internet is for academic use. Accessing the Internet for entertainment purposes can only be done during non-instructional time before and after school.  The Library computers can only be used for research related access.
  • Accessing sites for the purpose of viewing/downloading obscene, degrading or offensive material is a serious offense.  Students are expected to follow the recommended Internet practices described on the NETIQUETTE link(s), which are located on the Garth Webb SS home page


COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT HOURS

 Eligible Activities are ones which:

  • Are of benefit to the community;
  • May support a not-for-profit agency, institution or foundation that conforms to the ethical standards of Halton DSB, Halton CDSB, and the Ministry of Education;
  • Promote tutoring, mentoring, visiting or coaching; support ethical work of a global nature;
  • Promote positive environmental awareness;
  • Support clubs, religious organizations, arts or cultural associations, or political organizations that seek to make a positive and ethical contribution in the community.

 

Specific areas of involvement may include:

Fundraising, School Community Service, Work with Animals, Youth Programs, Community Events & Projects, Arts and Culture, Committee Work, Environmental Projects, Office/Clerical Work, Religious Activities, Volunteer Work with Seniors and Activities for Individuals.

 

Ineligible Activities, based on Ministry of Education and School Board policy:

  • Course requirement;
  • Activities during school hours (except lunch break or spare periods);
  • Logging or mining environment (if student is under 16);
  • Factory work (if the student is under 15);
  • Workplaces other than a factory (if the student is under 14 and is not accompanied by an adult);
  • Duties that would normally be performed for wages by a person in the workplace;
  • Operation of a vehicle, power tools, or scaffolding (eg. Snow blower, power mover, hedge trimmers, etc.);
  • The administration of any type or form of medication or medical procedure to other persons;
  • Handling of substances classed as “designated substances” under the Occupational Health and Safety Act (eg. Asbestos, lead, dangerous chemicals, toxic materials, etc);
  • Regulated trades work;
  • Banking, the handling of securities, jewellery, works of art, antiques or other valuables;
  • Duties normally performed in the home or personal recreational activities
  • Court-ordered activities;
  • Activities that provide direct financial benefit or gain to the students or to the student’s immediate family;
  • Work with any organization which does not comply with the ethical standards, policies, procedures or regulations of the Ministry of Education, Halton District School Board and Halton Catholic District School Board;
  • Simple membership in a school or community club;
  • Activities that are part of a Community Service Day during regularly scheduled class time (e.g. Terry Fox Walk).

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONSULT YOUR GUIDANCE COUNSELLOR

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