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Grade 8 Parent Information Night Thursday, January 31, 2013. Grade 8 Parent Night Agenda. *Welcome and Opening Remarks* R. Kennelly, Principal *School Community Council* G. Heeger *Grade 9 Program Overview* A. Armstrong *Special Education and Academic Resource* C. Low

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grade 8 parent information night thursday january 31 2013
Grade 8 Parent Information Night

Thursday, January 31, 2013

grade 8 parent night agenda
Grade 8 Parent Night Agenda

*Welcome and Opening Remarks*

R. Kennelly, Principal

*School Community Council*

G. Heeger

*Grade 9 Program Overview*

A. Armstrong

*Special Education and Academic Resource*

C. Low

*Optional Laptop Program*

M. McFetters

*Closing Remarks*

R. Kennelly, Principal

Refreshments & Student-Led Tours in the Food Court

welcome and opening remarks

Welcome and Opening Remarks

Richard Kennelly, Principal

school directions
School Directions
  • Improving Student Achievement
    • Literacy
    • Numeracy
  • School Pride
    • Welcoming environment
    • Student recognition
    • Value Character & Diversity
cafeteria swipe card system
Cafeteria swipe card system
  • Safe
    • No need for cash
    • Daily limit
    • Supervised space
  • Parent controlled
  • Loaded on the web
  • Purchase tracking
  • Rewards options
communication
Communication
  • Teachers
    • Phone calls, parent-teacher interviews
  • School
    • Emails – please send us your address with Grade
    • Newsletters – most are emailed and posted to web
    • Website – updated with content and calendars
    • Phone Home system – broadcast and targeted
    • Facebook – Richardson Collegiate
    • Twitter - @jcr_storm

In an emergency, check the twitter, facebook and the website – please do not call your children – it is a safety issue!

technology
Technology
  • Infrastructure
    • Projectors
    • WiFi
  • Technology at the point of instruction
    • Projectors
    • Smartboards
  • Technology at the point of learning
    • Laptop program
    • eReader program
    • Student response systems
    • Mobile technology *** Digital Citizenship
school community council

School Community Council

Gina Heeger,

Chair of School Community Council

ann armstrong head of guidance

Grade 9 Program Overview

Ann Armstrong,

Head of Guidance

guidance counsellors

Guidance Counsellors

Mr. McFetters

Mrs. Neubauer

Mrs. Armstrong

Mrs. Marshall

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Transitions

Pathways to Student Success

course option selection
Course/Option Selection
  • The process of choosing courses for the next school year.
what do you need to graduate

“What do you need to graduate?”

Ontario Secondary School Certificate

Or

Ontario Secondary School Diploma

ontario secondary school certificate requirements
ONTARIO SECONDARY SCHOOL CERTIFICATE REQUIREMENTS
  • To be granted an OSSC, a student must have earned a minimum of  14 credits distributed as follows:
  • 7 Compulsory credits, as follows:
  • 2credits in English
  • 1credit in Canadian geography or Canadian history
  • 1credit in mathematics
  • 1credit in science
  • 1credit in health and physical education
  • 1credit in the arts or technological education or computer studies
  • and
  • 7Elective credits selected by the student from available courses
  • Students are not required to complete 40 hours of community involvement.
  • Students are not required to pass the Ontario Secondary Literacy Test.
ontario secondary school diploma requirements
ONTARIO SECONDARY SCHOOL DIPLOMA REQUIREMENTS
  • 30 credits (18 compulsory, 12 elective)
  • 40 hours community involvement
  • Successful completion of the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Requirement
  • Page 3 of Transitions Guide
compulsory courses continued
Compulsory courses continued…

…plus12 other elective credits

community involvement page 2
Community Involvement – Page 2
  • Activities to complete this requirement can begin in the summer before a student enters grade nine.
  • A single 40 hour activity or a series of shorter activities totaling 40 hours may count towards this requirement.
  • Activities must be completed outside scheduled class time and must not replace someone who would normally be paid to do this work.
which one do i choose applied academic or locally developed page 6
Which one do I choose?Applied, Academic or Locally Developed? Page 6

Academic

Academic courses focus on the essential concepts of the discipline PLUS additional related concepts.

While course work exposes students to both theory and practical applications, there is a greater emphasis on THEORY as a basis for future learning and problem solving.

which one do i choose applied academic or locally developed
Which one do I choose?Applied, Academic or Locally developed?

Applied

Applied courses focus on the essential concepts of the discipline.

While course work exposes students to both theories and practical applications, there is a greater emphasis on PRACTICAL APPLICATIONS.

which one do i choose applied academic or locally developed1
Which one do I choose?Applied, Academic or Locally developed?

Locally Developed

Locally Developed courses focus on the most essential concepts of a discipline.

These courses will provide support for students making the transition to high school by enhancing their skills to allow them to be successful in secondary school.

can i change levels in grade 10
Can I change levels in Grade 10?

Yes!

Students are able to move from APPLIED courses in Grade 9 to ACADEMIC courses in Grade 10.

Students are able to move from ACADEMIC courses in Grade 9 to APPLIED courses in Grade 10.

Math is the only course for which you need Grade 9 ACADEMIC in order to take Grade 10 ACADEMIC.

do all the courses that a student selects have to be at the same level
Do all the courses that a student selects have to be at the same level?

No!

  • Students are encouraged to take the type of course that best suits their interests, goals and learning styles.
  • Students may select a variety of course types.
can a student take more than one course in a given subject area
Can a student take more than one course in a given subject area?

Yes!

For example:

Semester #1: MFM1P1 (Applied Math)

Semester #2: MPM1D1 (Academic Math)

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Grade 9 Elective CoursesStudents select three: two plus one alternate.Available at the “open level” only.
what is an open course
What is an Open Course?

Open courses have one set of expectations for each subject and are appropriate for ALL students.

decoding a course code page 4
Decoding a Course Code(Page 4)

ENG 1 D 1

School Boards use this final character to distinguish courses

The Letter identifies the course type:

Grades 9 & 10 D=Academic P=Applied

L=Locally Developed O=Open

This Number identifies the Grade

1= Grade 9 2=Grade 10 3=Grade 11 4=Grade 12

These three letters identify the subject. The first letter in the course code denotes the course’s department area

A = Arts B= Business

C=Canadian & World Studies E = English

F = French G= Guidance & Career Ed.

S = Sciences H = Humanities & Social Sciences

L = International Languages M = Mathematics

P = Physical Education T= Technology

SCH 4 C 1

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A list of grade nine courses was distributed on January 9th, 10th and 11thto each Grade 8 student during Grade 8 visits to Richardson.The Course Guide is available online. You can access it from the Richardson website using the Grade 8 Information link.

Course Guide

due date for option selection and signed course request sign off sheets february 19 2013
Due date for option selection and signed “Course Request Sign Off Sheets”: February 19, 2013
christie low head of special education

Special Education

Christie Low,

Head of Special Education

special education programs services
Special Education Programs/Services
  • Academic Resource Room
  • Learning Strategies
  • Multiple Exceptionalities
  • Modified
  • Transition to Work
  • Structured Learning Class
academic resource room
Academic Resource Room
  • For all students who are identified or at-risk and need individualized assistance with the curriculum, tests, exams
  • Full time staff available every period as well as before school, at lunch and after school
  • Assist with organizational skills, time management skills and study skills.
homework club
Homework Club
  • Open to all students at Richardson
  • Every day from 3- 4 pm in a first floor classroom
  • Staffed by at least one staff member

(all subject disciplines)

strategies for success
Strategies for Success
  • Attendance
  • Keeping up with assignments/homework
  • Good test taking skills
  • Good organizational skills
  • Willingness to accept help and ask for help

Page 8 of transitions guide

optional laptop program

Optional Laptop Program

M. McFetters

Guidance Counsellor

optional laptop program1
Optional Laptop Program
  • Please visit the school website for more details or pick up a flier this evening
  • Information session
    • March 6, 2013 at 7:00pm
q a and closing remarks
Q&A and Closing Remarks

Mr. Kennelly, Principal

thank you for attending the information session this evening
Thank You for Attending the Information Session this Evening

You are now invited to join us for refreshments and participate in a student-led tour of the school.