Curriculum Information Night December 2013 David Suzuki Secondary School
WELCOME THE HOME OF THE GRIZZLIES AGENDA 1. Student Life 2. Course Selections for Grade 9 - Compulsory Courses - Optional Courses 3. Self Directed Tours
David Suzuki Secondary School Principal – Ms. Gray Vice Principals – Ms. Fox, Mr. Lompart, Ms. Whyte
David Suzuki Secondary School Community Feeder Schools Beatty-Fleming Senior Public School Huttonville Public School Royal Orchard Middle School Roberta Bondar Public School * *English Language Learners Only
David Suzuki Secondary School How is secondary school different? • Student population (Sept. 2014- approx.1850) • School day starts 8:35a.m. and ends at 3:04p.m • 2 semesters per year , exams • Each grade 9 student to take 8 courses, 4 each semester • 50% or above is required to pass a course • The school day includes 4 classes and a lunch We do have a cafeteria with full services • We have 12 portables located at the North West corner of our property that are completely WiFi , like the rest of the school.
STUDENT LIFE Extra – Curricular Activities • Sports • Student Leadership • Drama and Dance • Music • Technology • Environment and more..
Extra-Curricular Spirit Squad DECA Club Jazz Band 7
Clubs Art Club Cricket Club Outdoor Club Tennis Club 8
David Suzuki Secondary School Diploma Requirements For Students Entering Grade 9 in September 2014
Ontario Secondary School Diploma Requirements: 1.30 Credits to Graduate 18 Compulsory Credits 12 Optional Credits
Diploma Requirements continued.. • 40 Hours of Community Service • Student responsibility • Parental/family support and monitoring is required • Eligible to start the summer prior to grade 9 year • Tracking forms available online or at Student Services
Diploma Requirements continued • Successful Completion of Literacy Test (OSSLT) or Equivalent • Taken in grade 10 (March / April) • Evaluates reading and writing skills • Designed and graded by EQAO • Ontario Literacy Course (equivalent)
What subjects will your student be taking in Grade 9? 8 SUBJECTS 7 Compulsory1 Optional subjectssubject
SEVEN COMPULSORY COURSES • English / English as a Second Language • Math • Science • French • Geography • Learning Strategies • Health and Physical Education
ONE OPTIONAL COURSE FROM: Dance Drama Visual Arts Music – Beginner or Experienced Exploring Technologies Business - Information and Communication Technology
Exception: • English as a Second Language Learners • Eligible to take two ESL/ English courses • Do not have to take French • Potentially, other ESL supported compulsory courses • Special Education Students • Eligible to take Learning Strategies for Exceptional Students (GLE not GLS) • Eligible to select two optional credits • Do not have to take French
OPEN COURSESE.g., AVI 1O0 • Suitable for all students • Essential concepts (knowledge and skills) • Same curriculum expectations for all students, regardless of destination • Examples: • All Grade 9 Optional Subjects • Grade 9 Health and Physical Education • Learning Strategies • Maximum class size 28
LOCALLY DEVELOPEDE.g. ENG 1L0 • Must be RECOMMENDED by the feeder school • Focus on essential skills using relevant and practical activities (hands on) • For students who are visual and/or concrete • Offered in Math, English and Science • Lead to workplace courses in grade 11 & 12 • Maximum class size 17
ACADEMICE.g., ENG1D0 • Abstract approaches to learning and theoretical applications • Faster pace (Max. Class Size 29) • Greater opportunities for independent learning • English, Math, Science, Geography & French • Leads to university, university/college, or college courses in Grade 11 and 12
APPLIEDE.g., ENG1P0 • Concrete approaches to learning and practical applications • Slower pace • More teacher guided • English, Math, Science, Geography & French • Lead to college courses in grade 11 & 12 • Maximum class size 22
Applied or Academic? • English, Math, Science, Geography & French • Consider: 1. Current Learning Skills and Academic Achievement 2. Grade 8 Teacher’s Recommendation 3. Post-secondary Plans
Importance of Making the Best Decision for YOU! • Student Success! • Difficult to change during the semester . Why? • Build our timetable based on student choices, therefore there may not be any spaces in the class • Complex timetable (hence if a change happens it will NOT likely be during the semester)
Changing Pathways is it possible?Locally Applied Academic Developed • • Individual basis • Student achievement • • In consultation with parents, teacher and student • On successful completion of a Grade 9 course (not likely to occur during the semester). • Takes time!
Academic Supports • Academic Supports Learning Strategies compulsory course Contact Program River Room / Rapids Room School Success Program – Project Complete Student Services- Peer Tutoring Subject specific Tutoring (lunch hour/after school) Special Education/ ESL Monitoring Counting On You Programs • Behaviour Supports Contact Program Rapids Room Internal and External Referrals 31
David Suzuki Secondary School What is the next step……..?
David Suzuki Secondary School Course Selection Process Students will: • Review/complete the Option Sheet with their grade 8 teacher and /or guidance counselor • Submit the signed Option Sheet to their current school • Enter their courses online as a class in January using myblueprint
www.dsssonline.com Student Services Grade 8 Feeder School www.myblueprint.ca/peel www.peelschools.org Making My Way