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 *Optional Laptop Program* M. McFetters *Closing Remarks* R. Kennelly, Principal Refreshments & Student-Led Tours in the Food Court
Welcome and Opening Remarks Richard Kennelly, Principal
School Directions • Improving Student Achievement • Literacy • Numeracy • School Pride • Welcoming environment • Student recognition • Value Character & Diversity
Cafeteria swipe card system • Safe • No need for cash • Daily limit • Supervised space • Parent controlled • Loaded on the web • Purchase tracking • Rewards options
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 • 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 Gina Heeger, Chair of School Community Council
Grade 9 Program Overview Ann Armstrong, Head of Guidance
Guidance Counsellors Mr. McFetters Mrs. Neubauer Mrs. Armstrong Mrs. Marshall
Transitions Pathways to Student Success
Course/Option Selection • The process of choosing courses for the next school year.
“What do you need to graduate?” Ontario Secondary School Certificate Or Ontario Secondary School Diploma
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 • 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… …plus12 other elective credits
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.
The Grade 9 Program includes…6 compulsory coursesand 2 elective courses
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? 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 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? 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? 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? Yes! For example: Semester #1: MFM1P1 (Applied Math) Semester #2: MPM1D1 (Academic Math)
Grade 9 Elective CoursesStudents select three: two plus one alternate.Available at the “open level” only.
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) 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
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