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1 Welcome to Sunnyside’s High School Information Session: Grade 8-9 Transition Process Grade 8-9 Transition Process
2 High School Cameron Heights IB Information: Tues. Nov. 26 6:30pm Eastwood: Thurs. Dec. 5 th 6:30pm Grand River: Wed., Jan. 15 th 7pm Cameron Heights: Wed., Jan. 15 th 7pm meet administration, teachers, support staff tour the school program and course information Open Houses
DIPLOMA REQUIREMENTS 0SSD Ontario Secondary School Diploma 30 CREDITS 18 COMPULSORY12 ELECTIVES Plus 40 hours of Community Involvement & Successful Completion of Literacy Requirement
COMPULSORY SUBJECTS 4 credits in ENGLISH 3 credits in MATHEMATICS 2 credits in SCIENCE 1 credit in GEOGRAPHY 1 credit in HISTORY 1 credit FRENCH 1 credit ARTS 1 credit PHYSICAL EDUCATION 1/2 credit in CIVICS 1/2 credit in CAREER STUDIES...that makes a total of 15 out of the 18 required credits. Three more credits in specific areas are required.
More Compulsory Credits 1 credit from each group English Third Language Social Science Canadian and World Studies Guidance and Career Education Cooperative Education * French as a Second Language ___________________ Health & Phys. Ed. Arts Business Cooperative Education * French as a Second Language _______________ Science, Gr. 11 or 12 Technological Education, Gr Cooperative Education * * Note: a maximum of two Cooperative Education courses may be taken
12 ELECTIVES DRAMATIC ARTS MUSIC - INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC - VOCAL VISUAL ARTS PHYSICAL EDUCATION BUSINESS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY INTEGRATED TECHNOLOGIES INDIVIDUAL AND FAMILY LIVING
Course Type & Destination Grade 9 and 10 Academic Applied Essential Open Grade 11 and 12 University University/College College Workplace Open
Academic Courses Offered in core areas: English, Math, Science, History, Geography, French Students will learn the essential concepts of a subject and explore related materials Emphasis will be on theory and abstract thinking as a basis for future learning Lead to senior courses preparing for university and college Guideline benchmark: 70% and over Students should be independent learners with learning skills in the good to excellent range
Applied Courses Offered in core areas: English, Math, Science, History, Geography, French Emphasis will be on the practical and hands-on applications of the concepts The course focuses on the essential concepts of a subject Lead to senior courses preparing for college, apprenticeship, skilled trades, and the workplace Guideline benchmark: 50% - 70% Students should be starting to be independent learners
Essential Courses Emphasis will be in the practical and hands-on applications that will help students to improve their skills for functioning in everyday life and in the workplace. Students who are more successful in an environment with additional teacher direction and varied instruction find success in these courses Hands on learning, smaller class sizes Lead to senior courses preparing students for the workplace
Open Courses Set of Expectations that is suitable for all students at a given grade level Provides students with a broad educational base Available in subjects like Physical Education, Technology, etc.
SAMPLE GR 9 STUDENT TIMETABLE SEMESTERED SCHOOL SEMESTER 1 SEPT. TO JANUARY ENGLISH SCIENCE FRENCH ELECTIVE (e.g. Physical Education) SEMESTER 2SEMESTER 2 FEBRUARY TO JUNE MATHEMATICS GEOGRAPHY ELECTIVE (e.g. art) ELECTIVE (e.g. Integrated Technology)
Frequently Asked Questions Will there be an opportunity to switch courses during grade 9, e.g., Academic to Applied? Not likely due to timetable constraints Is it possible to change course types from grade 9 to 10? Yes, in all core courses except math from applied to academic
Frequently Asked Questions What happens when a student or parent chooses a course type other than what is recommended by the teacher? Secondary schools enter the information selected by the student or parent. It may prompt more discussion and a review.
Frequently Asked Questions Does a student have to take all the same course types? No, students can select different types for the core courses according to their strengths, work habits, and learning style. E.g. academic English, applied Science
Frequently Asked Questions I am really nervous about going to high school. How can I feel better about this? There are several opportunities to go and visit the high schools (parent nights, Gala, Gr. 8 visits in May, sporting events, Gr. 9 BBQ in August, etc.). If you become familiar with the building it becomes less intimidating. You can also talk to your teachers or Mrs. Mellow about your fears and we can help. 16
What is the Student Success Hub? “A safe environment in which students come for help and support on with their schooling and education.” “It helps you get where you want to be.” “A room full of friendly and helpful individuals ready to listen and do their best to accommodate to your academic wants and needs.” “You can be yourself in here. You actually have a chance to be in a place that makes you feel at home.” “It is a place to go and get work done to catch up if you’ve missed something. It is really helpful and there are a lot of resources.” 17
Why would you use the Student Success Hub? Academic support. Alternate work environment. Resources if you have a project to do. If you need a break or need to reduce your stress (we have colouring books and other relaxing activities) Help you make connections with people in the school when you don’t know where to go or who to talk to. Help you make connections with people in the school even when you DO know where to go or who to talk to. Alternate learning options. Create positive friendships in this space. To visit our snake named FRANK. Students love him. Student Success will help with anything 18
How do you get to use the Student Success Hub? Just ask your teacher. They will phone to make sure there is space and you can go there to do your work. Talk to your guidance counsellor or go and see the student success teacher and they can set something up for you. The Student Success Hub is on the first floor, room
20 MAGNET SCHOOL OPEN HOUSES Thursday, December 5, 2013 Integrated Arts Program: visual, drama, dance, music High Skills Major : High Skills Major : a focus on knowledge and skills required in the Arts & Culture sector English as a Second Language : courses with English language and literacy development with a choice of appropriate and engaging programs Eastwood C.I.
NEXT STEPS? Decide if you would like to apply for a magnet program, if so, find out more about the program and the application process. In January Eastwood will send over guidance counsellors to talk about high school courses and hand out a course selection booklet. Most high schools offer the same courses for Grade 9 so if you are going to Grand River or Cameron the courses will be very similar. All course descriptions will also be online. Beginning of February - Teachers will fill out a recommendation for each student on whether they should take academic or applied courses in grade 9. Students will receive a paper copy of the course selection form with this information and take it home to discuss courses. Between February 10 th and 18 th guidance counsellors from the high school will work with Sunnyside students and teachers to make their course selections online. 21
22 Important Dates Eastwood Arts Package Applications Due - January 9th, 2014 IB program applications due - February 14th, 2014 Course Selection Forms (all high schools) due February 28th, 2014 (the process will be done online this year) May 21 st – All grade 8 students will visit the high school that they are attending for Grade 9. 22