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  1. Grade Eight Parent Information Night January 19, 2012 WELCOME TO ARCHBISHOP DENIS O’CONNOR C.H.S.

  2. Agenda • Welcome – Mr. Stephen Hughes • Prayer/Chaplaincy – Mrs. Denise Colterman-Fox • Catholic School Council – Mrs. Tracy Huber • Principal’s Remarks – Mrs. Donna Modeste • Program Support – Mrs. Kathy Hurst • Planning for Grade Nine – The New Course Selection Process

  3. About Archbishop Denis O’Connor • Born in Pickering in 1841 • Became first Archbishop of Toronto born in Ontario (1899) • The school opened in Whitby in 1962 by Fr. Leo J. Austin and moved to Ajax in 1984 • DO’C will welcome approximately 850 students in September 2012


  5. Thoughts From Our Grade Nines School Climate • The school is not ‘overwhelming’ in size. We were scared we would get lost and not find our way around but that did not happen. • We were afraid of being out in lockers or things being said to us by grade 12’s. That did not happen. We feel the school is safe. • Uniform – it makes life easier and we don’t have to worry about what to wear each day. We don’t have to buy as many clothes. Teachers • Teachers are friendlier than we thought. They help if you ask. We need to do better at asking for help.

  6. Thoughts From Our Grade Nines Academics • Students need to be independent learners. Teachers do not check on us all the time. We have to take responsibility for our work or we fall behind. • Courses move quickly – often a new topic each day. You need to keep up with your work. • It is important to use our class time well – get work done when given time! • Be organized. Have a binder for each course and use dividers. • Ask for extra help. • We realized that we can fail courses and that might mean summer school. We do not automatically go to the next grade the way we do in elementary school.

  7. Thinking Pathways! Extensive information about Pathways, Student Success Initiatives, Specialized Programs and more can be found at the Durham Catholic District School Board web site: Click on the Reach Every Student link.

  8. Dr. Alan King Report -2009“Who Doesn’t Go To PSE?” • The goal of this study was to gain insight on the characteristics of young people who do not pursue PSE immediately after high school. • At the end of 5 years of high school: 6% 20% 34% Workplace with O.S.S.D. – 15% Workplace without O.S.S.D. – 25%

  9. People Without Jobs, Jobs Without PeopleDr. Rick Miner, 2010 • Past-President of Seneca College who looked at the jobs of the future and the education and training required for these jobs. “Without effective action, we face a future with large numbers of unskilled workers looking for jobs that require skills they do not possess, and a large number of jobs that will go unfilled. The time for action is now. It will take planning, hard work, cooperation, and difficult decisions to secure our future. An alternative outcome is simply unacceptable.” people-without-jobs-jobs-without-people-final.pdf

  10. Specialist High Skills Majors • A Ministry of Education Student Success initiative • The Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) is a combination of 6 or more courses and experiences that relate to a subject area of special interest or to a particular destination • Students in grade 11 and 12 combine credit courses, reach ahead activities, sector specific certifications and Cooperative Education • DO’C is offering an SHSM in Energy and Health and Wellness – Fitness.

  11. Dual Credit Courses • Dual Credit courses are part of the Ministry of Education’s Student Success initiative designed to engage students through exposure to college courses and culture while supporting their successful transition to postsecondary education • Students can earn both a high school credit and a college credit with successful completion of the dual credit course. Some courses can count towards apprenticeship certification. • These courses can help with the transition to college or an apprenticeship, increase awareness of college programs and assist with career planning.

  12. Dual Credit Courses • A portion of the course is taught by an instructor from the College granting the credit. • At DO’C, we are currently offering dual credit courses through some of the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Programs as well as a grade 11 dual credit course in Marketing. An application has been made for the 2012-2013 school year for: • a grade 11 dual credit course in Photography • a grade 12 dual credit course in Business Leadership and Management.

  13. Is Post-Secondary Education Expensive? A survey of 2500 students was conducted and asked students how they planned to finance post-secondary education.

  14. University Costs? (as estimated by Brock University) • Tuition for Arts and Science Program – $6417 (includes ancillary fees) • Books and Supplies - $900 to $1200 • Residence (Shared Room) - $4875 • Meal Plan - approx. $3600 • Plus • Transportation • Clothes • Spending Money • Telephone • …. • Main site for University information • and

  15. How about College?(as estimated by Centennial College) • Tuition for most diploma programs (some programs have higher tuition) • $2424 • Incidental and other fees - $1224 • Plus • Transportation • Clothes • Spending Money • Much more information at: • and

  16. Looking at the Skilled Trades

  17. The Archbishop Denis O’Connor On-Line Course Calendar! • Our course calendar provides information about the school, graduation requirements, Ministry policy, courses available to students and general information. • Select the Guidance link on the DO’C web site:

  18. How Does One Make It To Graduation Day? To earn the Ontario Secondary School Diploma all Ontario students are required to: • Earn 30 Credits • Meet the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Requirement • Complete 40 Hours of Christian Community Service. Students can now accumulate hours in the summer between grade 8 and 9.

  19. Ontario Secondary School Diploma Compulsory Credits • 4 credits in Religious Education • 4 credits in English • 1 credit in French • 3 credits in Math • 2 credits in Science • 1 credit in Canadian History • 1 credit in Canadian Geography • 1 credit in TheArts • 1 credit in Health and Physical Education • .5 credit in Civics • .5 credit in Career Studies • 4 credits in Religious Education • 4 credits in English • 1 credit in French • 3 credits in Math • 2 credits in Science • 1 credit in Canadian History • 1 credit in Canadian Geography • 1 credit in TheArts • 1 credit in Health and Physical Education • .5 credit in Civics • .5 credit in Career Studies

  20. Compulsory Credits (con’t) • The additional credit in English, or French as a second language, or a Native language, or a classical or international language, or social sciences and the humanities, or Canadian and world studies, or guidance and career education, cooperative education • 1 additional credit in health and physical education, or business studies, or the arts, or French as a second language or cooperative education • 1 additional credit in science (Grade 11 or 12) or technological education (Grades 9 - 12), or French as a second language, or cooperative education, or computer studies

  21. Reading a Course Code MFM 1P1 Subject Math Level L – Foundations P – Applied D – Academic O – Open Grade 1 – Grade 9 2 – Grade 10 3 – Grade 11 4 – Grade 12

  22. Compulsory Courses inGrade Nine • Religion • English • French • Science • Mathematics • Canadian Geography Note: In Grade 10, Geography and French are no longer compulsory courses. They are replaced by History and the Career Studies/Civics course.

  23. Optional/Elective Courses – Students choose two of: • Drama • Instrumental Music (No experience necessary!) • Vocal Music • Visual Arts (Drawing, Painting, Sculpture) • Physical Education (Male and Female) • Students can select the regular gym class or the Fitness class. In the fitness class students run 2 days per week. On the other 3 days, students do weights and other cardiovascular activities. • Phys. Ed. uniforms are purchased on the first day of class. • Exploring Technologies (Woodworking, Computer Aided Design, Drafting Principles, Welding) • Exploring Transportation Technologies (Auto) • Technology in Business – Computer Studies (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Photoshop, Illustrator, Dreamweaver, Premiere)

  24. Something to Consider • Every student must complete an Arts credit in either grade 9 or 10. It may be helpful to earn this credit in grade 9 to allow for more flexibility when selecting optional courses in grade 10. • Every student must earn one credit in Physical Education in high school. A student may wish to complete this credit in grade 9.

  25. Alternate Courses • Alternate courses are used if an optional course is not available or cannot be scheduled

  26. Foundations Courses (i.e. ENG1L1) • Foundations level courses are offered in English, Math and Science • Students will learn the most essential concepts of the subject. • Goal is to bring essential skills up to grade level to allow for a possible transition to the applied level • Programming is individualized. Students master skills and concepts before moving on to the next unit • As in all levels, attendance and work habits greatly influence success • Class size is generally around 10 to 12

  27. Applied Courses (i.e. ENG1P1) • Course work relates to familiar, real-life situations and provides students with the opportunity for “hands on” and practical application of the concepts they learn • Students are generally more dependent learners who benefit from greater teacher direction. They receive more samples of work. Workbooks may accompany textbook. • Students will learn by doing, participate in discussions and make connections to the world • Applied courses prepare students for courses at the college and workplace level in grades 11 and 12

  28. Academic Courses (i.e. FSF1D1) • Recommended for students working at level 3 and 4 • While the course work provides students with both theory and practical application, there is a greater emphasis on Theory as a basis for future learning and problem solving • Students need to work independently, meet deadlines and keep pace with a fast-moving curriculum • Academic courses prepare students for courses at the university and college level in grades 11 and 12

  29. Open Courses • Open courses have one set of expectations for the subject being taken • Examples: • Religion (HRE 1O1) • Drama (ADA 1O1) • Physical Education (PPL 1O1 and PPL 1O2)

  30. ACADEMIC LEVELS IN GRADE 9 AND 10 Grade 9 Grade 10 Academic Academic Crossover Materials Applied Applied Foundations Foundations We encourage parent and student, in consultation with the grade 8 teacher, to select the academic level that will lead to success in grade 9. The student’s learning style is an important factor in this decision. Foundations in English, Math and Science · emphasis is on core skills and knowledge development in the areas of English, Science and Math · the specific learning needs of each student are accommodated · students may proceed from grade 9 Foundations to grade 9 Applied. Applied Level · emphasis will be on the practical and hands-on applications of the concepts · students are generally more dependent learners who benefit from greater teacher direction and receive more samples of work. Workbooks may accompany textbook. Academic Level · recommended for students achieving at level 3 and higher · emphasis is on theory and abstract thinking · for students who are independent learners Students have the opportunity to change levels between grade 9 and 10 (academic to applied or applied to academic). In Math, they must successfully complete a transfer course in the summer between grade 9 and 10

  31. Changing Academic Levels From Grade 9 to Grade 10 • Students can change academic levels from grade 9 to grade 10 (i.e. Applied English in grade 9 to Academic English in grade 10) • Student success in the grade 9 course, the desired pathway of the student and a recommendation from the grade 9 teacher would be considered in the decision making process • One exception is in the area of Math. A student must complete a nine day transfer course in the summer between grade 9 and 10 to be eligible for the grade 10 Academic level Math course • Our goal is to have a successful grade 9 result and use that result as a basis for course selection in grade 10

  32. The New On-Line Course Selection Process • Students from our 5 associate schools will select courses through Career Cruising • Students will receive a Username and Password at their course selection presentation • After selecting courses, students will print off a ‘Sign-off’ sheet which they are to submit to their grade 8 teacher along with the Student Activity Fee

  33. To access Career Cruising, go to the DO’C web site ( and select the Guidance link. • There will be two links to Career Cruising • Student Course Planner and Course Selection • Career Cruising Main Site (available to all) Username and Password posted with the link.


  35. S3 -Students Striving for Success • An after-school program that provides additional help to students in all subject areas • Program starts at 2:35 p.m. and is one hour in length, one day per week • Instructed by a teacher from DO’C

  36. Collection of Course Option Sheets • Course Option Sheets are to be submitted with Student Activity Fee by February 17, 2012 • When selecting courses with your child please select wisely as discretionary changes are not made during the year.

  37. Student and Athletic Council Drama Club Concert Band and Choir Peer Ministry Peer Tutoring Prefects Recycling Club Breakfast Club Math Clinic Hockey Soccer Golf Volleyball Swimming Basketball Curling Track and Field Cross Country Lacrosse Football Extra-Curricular Activities at DO’C Some of the programs offered during the 2011-2012 school year

  38. For Students Not Currently Attending One of Our Associate Schools • Call the Archbishop Denis O’Connor C.H.S. Guidance Department at (905) 427-6667, ext. 5408 for information regarding registration procedures • Pre-Admission package is available at the DO’C web site. Completed packages are returned to the Guidance office.

  39. Preparing for September • Parents are welcome to call the Guidance department to discuss their child’s program for Grade 9 • Purchasing a Uniform • McCarthy’s store located in Ajax • Used uniform sale • Phys. Ed. uniforms are purchased at the school • August Mailing • Orientation Day and Barbeque • First Day of School! – September 4, 2012