November Newsletter 2014
PA Day – no classes
November 27 @ 6:30 p.m.
Gr. 8 Parents Blended Learning Information Session
White and Bright MSS School Dance
December 22 – Jan 2Mrs. Stephanie Moreaubest for a nd insurance are reqfor students to try. Attend our information session to find out what is off
Winter Holiday – no classes
Happy New Year!
January 14 – 16
Grade 9 Math EQAO
January 21 – 28
Evaluation (Exam) Days
PA Day -No classes
Semester Two – Term 1 classes begin
Semester One final report cards distributed to students
February 11 @ 5:00 p.m.
School Council Meeting
Family Day – no classes
February 26 @ 6:30 p.m.
Grade 8 Parents’ Night
March 12 @ 6:30 p.m.
March Break – no classes
Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test
April 3 – 6
Good Friday & Easter Monday – No classes
Civics/Careers Final Eval.
Mid Semester Report Cards Distributed to Students
Victoria Day – No School
Athletic Awards Night
June 17 -23
Evaluation (Exam) Days
June 25 @ 7:00 p.m.
Semester Two Report Cards Mailed Home
Semester 1 Midterm Newsletter
865 Hugel Ave., Midland, ON L4R 1X8
www.mss.scdsb.on.ca T: 705-526-7817
Receiving the first “formal” report card of the year is a good time to have discussion with your teen. Here are some discussion starters. What have you done well? What have you enjoyed? What courses are you considering for next year? What careers are related to these strengths and interests?
It is also time to reflect on stumbling blocks and what can be done about those. What work don’t you understand? How can you get help to improve a mark? What can you do to get to class regularly?
For students whose midterm mark is not where you would prefer it to be, consider the suggestions below to get support to achieve a successful semester. (Parents, you may need to help set this up as many teenagers are reluctant to ask for help)
1. Contact your teacher to arrange for extra help.
2. Make an appointment with our Student Success Teacher, Mr. Faragher in room 146.
3. If you have an IEP, make an appointment with your Special Education Resource Teacher to look at possibilities.
4. Speak to the Vice Principal, Mrs. Rodaro, who will assist you to make connections with the Staff members listed above.
School staff and parents working together as a team are a strong network. Let us know how we can help you in making education work for your teen. Please sign and return the “Response Form” section of the report card, even if you choose not to write a comment.
Please call M.S.S. when your student will be absent or late. 705-526-7817, press 0 for the attendance secretary or the attendance answering machine if after school hours. This helps us keep accurate records. Parents may now check attendance through the Parent Portal. This account provides attendance information that has been input into PowerSchool (our student database) for each period. The grade in each course can also be seen once entered into PowerSchool at the regular midterm and final reporting periods. Parents may sign up for email alerts from the Parent Portal – for example, a parent might want a daily email with their child’s attendance.
This online payment system allows parents/guardians to make payments at any time online. There will no longer be a need to send cash or cheque with your child to school. Parents/guardians that have registered in this system will receive notification via email when a new item becomes available and can make secure online payments by credit card, e-wallet transfers or e-cheque transactions and receive a receipt. A letter with registration information was mailed to homes in September. If you require additional information please call the main office.
M.S.S. Clothing Closet
M.S.S. will be starting a clothing closet for all students at M.S.S. We are happy to support our students with the need for clothing. If you are interested in donating to this program we would greatly appreciate that. We will be accepting all gently used clothing; however, with the colder weather coming, we would love to have coats, hats, and mitts donated as well. Please email Adam Vassair, EA, with any questions. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Grade 9 EQAO
The grade 9 EQAO math examination will take place on January 14th – 16th. The EQAO exam constitutes 10% of the final mark in grade 9 Applied and Academic mathematics. Fortunately, there are several ways for M.S.S. student to be prepared.
· Numerous opportunities for in-class preparation
· School wide focus on grade 9 EQAO preparation in all classes
· The exam varies very little from one year to the next. The last 10 years’ worth of exams are available for at home practice on the website: http://eqao.com/
Our goal is for all students to achieve at least a Level 1 and to beat the provincial averages for the number of students achieving Level 3 in both Applied and Academic mathematics.
Grade 10 Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT)
The Grade 10 students across the Province will be writing and must be successful on the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test in order to achieve their Ontario Secondary School Diploma on Thursday March 26, 2015. M.S.S. has developed a comprehensive Literacy Plan to help prepare students for the literacy test which includes the writing of a Practice Test, a school wide approach with a focus on the writing of an effective opinion piece, offering a literacy test preparation program at lunch in February as well as other literacy activities. It is also very helpful if parents/guardians can help their student prepare. You can do so by finding preparation resources on the EQAO website at:
If you have any questions please contact Mrs. Rodaro at M.S.S..
Volunteerism…..Part of the High School Diploma Community Service Hours
In order to graduate, students must complete a minimum of 40 hours of voluntary community service. The holiday season is a great time to get volunteer hours completed. Community service can include a wide range of activities including:
ü Service for seniors
ü Work with service clubs and community recreation leagues
ü School related activities
ü Environmental projects
It does not include any of the following:
r Working for a local business for free
r Doing work normally performed by a paid employee
r Chores normally done around the house or for the family
Community Involvement Activities forms are available in the Guidance and Main offices. Information about groups that are looking for student volunteers is posted outside the Guidance Office. Remind your child to check the Volunteer Board on a regular basis and start completing their hours….NOW.
Student’s Council / Student Activity Cards
Students participating in all co-curricular athletics, clubs and Students’ Council events must have a student activity card. If you have not purchased your student activity card for this school year, they are available online at https://simcoecounty.schoolcashonline.com and select “Get Started Today” option. Cards will be on sale in front of the café every day at lunch. Student Council meetings are held throughout the year. We meet every Tuesday at lunch in Room 102. New members are always welcome! Our first M.S.S. School dance will be held on Friday, December 5th and the theme is “White and Bright”. We hope to see all the Marauders there!
Student Accident Insurance
Participation in any extra-curricular activities (athletics, clubs) or out-of-province/out-of-country field trips MUST have completed the Student Accident Insurance Form and hand it in. SCDSB continues to require the purchase of insurance, or a signed acknowledgement advising that the family has other coverage’. Students may not participate on any sports teams without this regulation being met. Avoid unnecessary disappointment and additional work by our volunteer coaches on the first game day of the winter sports by getting this form completed, signed and submitted to the office now.
Grad Photos Retake Day
Wednesday February 24, 2015. Appointments can be made online at www.bookmygrad.com, using school code MID and your student number.
Eat Well to Excel and Breakfast for Learning
M.S.S. wants to thank our Eat Well to Excel and Breakfast for Learning sponsors, who again this year are providing funding for our breakfast and lunch programs for our students in need. This year, the President’s Choice Children’s Charity has joined in to financially support our program. Every day, students have the opportunity to stop into the Food Room before school and during lunch time to enjoy a healthy snack that has been prepared by volunteer staff and students. We encourage students who are in need to join us in the Food Room. New visitors are always welcome. Parents and/or community members who would like to support his program with a monetary donation are asked to call the school for further information.
Bus cancellation information in case of inclement weather
Although fall has recently arrived, winter is just around the corner in Simcoe County. With it comes the possibility of severe weather, challenging winter driving conditions and, as a result, possible bus and school event cancellations.
All information regarding cancelled buses in Simcoe County is posted on the Simcoe County Student Transportation Consortium’s bus information website at www.simcoecountyschoolbus.ca. Our school is in the North Zone. When buses are cancelled, please remember that schools are still open (unless otherwise noted) for student learning.
The Consortium, in conjunction with bus operators, will make the decision to cancel school buses before 6 a.m. and as such, will make every effort to post announcements between 6 and 7 a.m. Parents should also note that inclement weather cancellations are effective for the whole day and buses cancelled in the morning will not run at the end of the day.
You can also subscribe to receive bus delay notifications here: https://scstc.ca/Subscriptions and you can follow the Consortium on Twitter @SCSTC_SchoolBus and follow M.S.S. on Twitter: @MSSMarauders
Grade 8 Information Sessions
Is your child starting Grade 9 next year? High school information nights happen this winter! Information nights give an overview of what’s new and what to expect, and are a chance to ask questions.
November 27, 2014 6:30 p.m.– Gr. 8 Parents Blended Learning Information Session. All grade 9 students at M.S.S. bring their own device; netbook, laptop, tablet. Please join us to hear and see how devices are being used in our blended learning grade 9 classes.
February 26, 2015 6:30 p.m. – High school is an exciting time. There are so many programs, clubs and activities for students to try. Attend our information session to find out what is offered at M.S.S..
Midland Secondary School is very fortunate to have a school community that supports our many initiatives by volunteering their time and expertise. All school boards, including SCDSB, require all adult volunteers to complete a Criminal Record Check prior to allowing any adult to work with our students. This includes volunteers who coach, deliver extra-curricular programs or drive students to extra-curricular activities. You must take a letter of support from the Principal to the Midland Police or the OPP to have a Criminal Record Check completed.
Current volunteers who do not submit an Annual Offence Declaration for Volunteers on or before December 31, 2014 will be deleted from the database and will have to submit a new Criminal Records Check. If you were a volunteer for the school last year, including being a volunteer driver for our sports teams, and have not completed the Annual Offence Declaration please contact Cindy Jefferis in our main office.
Right Turn – A Suspension Support Initiative
The Right Turn Suspension Support Program is aimed at helping students who have been suspended. As well, students may be referred to the Right Turn program if they seem to be following a path of behavior
that may lead to suspension. Right Turn provides a structured, supervised learning environment with a qualified SCDSB teacher away from the student’s home school. While at the program students may have the opportunity to work with a Social Worker, with the consent of parents/guardians, to examine the reason for their suspension and to develop strategies for dealing with challenging situations in the future.
The Right Turn Suspension Support Program is available on Tuesdays and Thursdays and alternate Fridays at the Midland Learning Centre from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Transportation is not provided while a student is on suspension from school. Students are responsible to bring their own school books and supplies, and their own lunches. If your teen is suspended from school, discuss with the Vice-Principal whether the Right Turn Suspension Support Program is the right choice for your teen.
SCDSB offers parents a workshop on Navigating Special Education
The Simcoe County District School Board (SCDSB) invites parent/guardian(s) to attend a workshop entitled “Navigating Special Education.” The purpose of the workshop is to increase understanding of Special Education in the SCDSB. The workshop will cover: what is special education; understanding special education processes in the SCDSB; the role of the Special Education Advisory Committee; how to access available resources; communication, assessment and data collection; Individual Education Plans (IEPs); and also provide information on why and when Strengths and Needs Committees (SNCs) and Identification Placement and Review Committees (IPRCs) occur. The workshop will take place on Wednesday, November 26, 2014 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the following location: Huron Park Public School 425 Robert Street, Midland, ON
Equity and Inclusive Education Policy and Procedures
The Simcoe County District School Board (SCDSB) is committed to an equitable education system that upholds and reflects the principles of fair and inclusive education. You may view the SCDSB’s Equity and Inclusive Education policies and procedures at www.scdsb.on.ca (under the “Board Highlights” menu tab). These procedures include a Religious Accommodation Guideline which outlines individuals’ rights and responsibilities and emphasizes the board’s commitment to providing an environment that is inclusive and free of barriers based on creed or religion. Please contact the Principal if you do not have access to the internet and wish to obtain copies of this policy and procedures.
M.S.S. School Council
The next school council meeting is scheduled for Wednesday February 11th, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. Please refer to the Important Dates for other meeting dates. All interested parents are invited to attend and get involved. We meet at 5:00 pm in the Boardroom (on the left just inside the front doors of the school).
School Grounds Smoke-free 24/7
This is an important reminder to students, parents, guardians, and community members, that under the Smoke-Free Ontario Act it is against the law for any person to hold lit tobacco or to smoke anywhere on school property at any time. Please respect this law when visiting the property for purposes such as to pick up students, meet with staff, attend school performances, graduations, and sports events. Your actions encourage youth to obey the law and to choose tobacco-free lifestyles. Have questions? Contact Your Health Connection at 705-721-7520 or www.simcoemuskokahealth.org.
M.S.S. would like to remind parents to please use the side parking lots (preferably the west parking lot) when picking up and dropping off students. The front traffic circle is a fire route and therefore needs to be kept clear. In addition, there are times when the traffic circle has been blocked, not allowing some of our special needs students access to transportation. Your cooperation is appreciated.
No Idle Zone
M.S.S. would like to remind you that all SCDSB properties are “No-Idle Zones”. If you are waiting for your student, please shut off your car. Thank you.
This is a reminder that there are many students and staff at Midland SS with allergies to nuts, latex and perfume. Please ensure that these products are not brought to school. We thank you for your compliance and consideration.
Letters of Verification of Attendance and Other Verification’s from the Office
“Requests for letters of education verification for government agencies and other organizations, (i.e. Revenue Canada, Social Services, and/or confirmation of attendance letters, etc.) must be made by the parent/guardian/adult student, in advance and in writing, and must be verified with proper identification and/or documentation. Forms are available on the Simcoe County District School Board website www.scdsb.on.ca under Student>Transcripts> Transcript and/or Education Verification Request Form. Please be advised that processing these requests may take up to 10 business days, so please plan accordingly. Thank you for your understanding.”
All students are welcome to stop by room 225 at lunch on Tuesdays and Wednesdays as rehearsals for the junior and senior Jammers groups take place. Come support our talented musicians as they prepare for upcoming concerts and events. Long live rock and roll!
Jazz Band rehearsals are on Mondays at lunch in room 227.
The M.S.S Guidance Department is pleased to offer any information and/ or support to help you get to where you want to go… short term support, problem solving, academic/career planning to name but a few. All the best for a successful second half of Semester One!
A special thanks to grade nine students and parents for making this year’s Take a Student to Work Day such a great success. We hope all involved enjoyed the experience.
Grade 12 students bound for college or university should be aware that application deadlines are fast approaching. The college application deadline is February 1st, 2015. The university application deadline is January 14th, 2015. Be sure to check out all college and university information posted on the school website under the Guidance department tab. An assembly and computer lab time will help students work through the application process. As always, we encourage grade 12 students to get their community service hours into the Guidance office a.s.a.p.
From the M.S.S. Libr@ry
There are a number of overdue books from earlier this fall. Please return your library books to the library. Borrowing privileges will be suspended at all Simcoe County District School Board libraries until all student library accounts are cleared. Return all materials so that other students can enjoy them too!
New this year are a fleet of iPads available to teachers to sign out for class use! Also in the library, we have a green screen, and a few classes have already created some pretty amazing videos using it (if you don’t know what a green screen is, think “what the weatherman stands in front of on the news”).
The M.S.S. Library houses over 10, 000 books, videos and other resources, but it doesn’t end there. We are on online at http://wbumstead.wordpress.com, and offer:
* Access to eLibrary, our new online database, research tool and homework helper (http://portal.bigchalk.com/portalweb,
* Username: mss2012 Password: mss2749
* Access to SIRS Issues Researcher, a reference resource that explores current and enduring topics (http://portal.bigchalk.com/portalweb, Username: mss2012 Password: mss2749
* Access our library catalogue online at http://tlc.scdsb.on.ca:8080/?config=2749#bookriver
* A link to the Scholastic book order forms that give us credits to “buy” books for the library ( http://scholastic.ca/clubs/)
* A “gift-a-book” program through Amazon.ca – buy a book or an e-book (yes, we have e-readers for loan too!) for the library, and they will look after shipping it directly to M.S.S. (http://www.amazon.ca/registry/wishlist/31WA4LZDJLSOK)
* Links for Students – various subject-related and useful tools for students
* A survey for students – make your library YOUR library
* Suggest a book – tell us what you want to see in the library!
* Follow our blog at www.wbumstead.wordpress.com, or on Twitter(@msslibrary) or FaceBook (facebook.com/MSS.Library)
The library has lots to offer both in and outside the walls of M.S.S.. Check us out today!
M.S.S. Business in California 2016
M.S.S. is going to California in 2016. Enroll now at www.eftours.ca/tour-website/1545780RC or scan here. Enroll before November 30, 2014 and get $75 off your trip.
Make your Marauder Memories with us! This will be the last M.S.S. trip before the M.S.S./P.S.S. amalgamation. For more details, check out our website at http://www.mssincali2016.wordpress.com, Twitter @MSSinCali2016, or email us at email@example.com
Learn 360 Video Streaming
The Learn 360 service offers targeted curriculum support from a variety of educational video producers such as TVO, Nelvana, PBS, National Geographic to name a few. This service provides a broad range of educational videos, video clips, newsreels, audio and video files, and still images for classroom use as well as training sessions for users including video files and still images as well as training sessions for users including videos, PDF and webinairs. All students have access to Learn 360 both at school and home using the following log in information:
Password: Student date of birth YYYY/MM/DD (e.g. 1993/11/16)
Username: full board email address (e.g. firstname.lastname@example.org)
Marauder Athletics (@MarauderAthltcs)
Game results, schedules and other Simcoe County Athletic Association (SCAA) information are now featured on the Simcoe County District School Board’s (SCDSB) website. The new SCAA web pages for public and media access can be found in the Student Street section at: http://scdsb.on.ca/student-street/secondary-athletics/. This online system will make it easier for students, parents, staff and the public to quickly find out which team is playing when and how their school did in the latest game.
The fall sport season is nearly completed, with Midland S.S. fielding teams in Cross Country Running; Girls Flag Football, Senior Boys Golf, Varsity Boys Soccer, Junior and Senior Boys Volleyball. Hats off to all Marauder student athletes and their Coaches on their performances to date.
A big congratulations to the Sr. Boys’s V-Ball team on their SCAA Championship, & good luck to the at the GBSSA Championships as they try to qualify for OFSAA. Congratulations also to the Jr. Boys V-Ball team as the SCAA Finalists. Congratulations to the Boys Soccer Team on winning the Huronia Cup.
Some of the winter activities have already begun practices; others will be starting up soon. Students should listen to the announcements for the organizational meetings that will mark the start of each season:
Badminton; Senior and Junior Boys Basketball; Boys and Girls Curling; Boys Hockey; Nordic Skiing; Junior and Senior Girls Volleyball. A student card, athletic fee and insurance are required for all student athletes.
Local Health Unit monitoring Enterovirus D68
You may have heard of a nasty cough that has been hospitalizing some children in the United States. It has now been detected in Canada, including communities in Ontario. This particular bug is called the Enterovirus D68, a cousin of the family of common cold viruses. For most people including most children, this virus will cause mild illness similar to the common cold. Symptoms include fever, runny nose, sneezing, cough, and body and muscle aches. Most people don’t need a visit to the clinic or the hospital, and will get better on their own. There is no specific antibiotic or antiviral medication or vaccine for D68.
The virus spreads like the common cold, by droplets from sneezing or coughing and from nasal mucus. It can also be picked up by touching surfaces that have been contaminated. This virus behaves much like the cold or influenza, and protecting yourself and your children is much the same as with those diseases. For more information, visit the Health Unit’s website at www.simcoemuskokahealth.org.
Participate in the 2014 Ontario Child Health Study and School Mental Health Surveys
The 2014 Ontario Child Health Study is underway and will provide vital information about the mental health needs of children and youth living in Ontario today. This study will be the first of its kind in Canada to examine the influence of family, community and school environments on child and youth mental health. The results will be used to develop programs and services to improve the mental health of young people in Ontario.
From October 2014 to May 2015, Statistics Canada will be inviting 7,000 families with children aged 4 -17 to complete an interview in their home. At the same time, McMaster researchers will be conducting School Mental Health Surveys in 240 Ontario schools to help us learn new ways of promoting and addressing student mental health needs. Let’s make our province a better place for children and youth. If invited to participate, please say ‘yes’ to the 2014 Ontario Child Health Study and School Mental Health Surveys. For more information, visit: www.ontariochildhealthstudy.ca.
The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit is required by law (Immunization of School Pupils Act) to collect and assess the immunization records of students. Students in high school usually require a booster for tetanus, diphtheria, measles, mumps and rubella. Pertussis is not required by strongly recommended. Students must have up-to-date records of immunizations for la legal valid exemption to stay in school and avoid risk of suspension. The Health Unit will be mailing questionnaires to students for whom we are missing information. If you receive the questionnaire please review to ensure the information is correct. To correct or update a record please use one of the following methods:
· Online at: www.simcoemuskokahealth.org/immsonline
· Fax; 705-721-3962
· Call: 705-712-7520 or 1-877-721-7520 ext 8807
High school clinics will be offered for students who need a booster. Consents will be mailed home about 7 days before a clinic: schedule of clinics are posted on our website under Just for You Schools.