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1 1 Welcome to Queensmount’s High School Information Session: Grade 8-9 Transition Process Grade 8-9 Transition Process

2 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

3 DIPLOMA REQUIREMENTS 0SSD Ontario Secondary School Diploma 30 CREDITS 18 COMPULSORY12 ELECTIVES Plus 40 hours of Community Involvement & Successful Completion of Literacy Requirement

4 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.

5 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

6 12 ELECTIVES DRAMATIC ARTS MUSIC - INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC - VOCAL VISUAL ARTS PHYSICAL EDUCATION BUSINESS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY INTEGRATED TECHNOLOGIES INDIVIDUAL AND FAMILY LIVING And other options…more math, science, languages….

7 Course Type & Destination Grade 9 and 10 Academic Applied Essential/Fast Forward Open Grade 11 and 12 University University/College College Workplace Open

8 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

9 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 or starting to be independent learners

10 Essential Courses In WRDSB, offered through the magnet program Fast Forward Fast Forward offered at SJAM or KCI 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

11 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.

12 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)

13 COMMUNITY SERVICE In order to graduate from secondary school ALL students must complete 40 hours of community service. STUDENTS CAN BEGIN THIS THE SUMMER BETWEEN GRADE 8 AND GRADE 9. THEY MUST FINISH IT BY THE END OF GRADE 12 IF THEY WISH TO GRADUATE. We will hand out the tracking forms in June for students who wish to start. -Babysitting - lawn care - senior’s homes -Counsellor-in-training - after school programs - community centres 13

14 ONTARIO LITERACY TEST Usually taken in grade 10 Tests reading and writing skills up to the end of grade 9 There is no limit to the number of times the test can be retaken Students unsuccessful on the literacy test, despite extra remediation, may be eligible for the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Course Successful completion of the Literacy Course is the equivalent of passing the test Students cannot receive a diploma unless they pass the literacy test or course, as well as completing all credits and the 40 hours of community service 14

15 SPECIAL EDUCATION IN SECONDARY SCHOOL Queensmount special education teachers meet with high school special education teachers to share information, strategies and IEPs Accommodations in the IEP are maintained Grade level modifications are managed by the program the student chooses – Academic, Applied or Fast Forward/Essential 15

16 INNOVATE PROGRAM FHCI Only available for students whose home school is FHCI Maximum of grade nine students are accepted each year Program is designed to foster intellectual creativity Focus on critical thinking, innovative technologies, global perspectives and leadership 75% minimum average Application Deadline: February 13,

17 Frequently Asked Questions What happens when a student or parent chooses a course type other than what is recommended by the teacher? The ultimate choice is with the parent and student. Parents are urged to discuss concerns with teachers at Queensmount.

18 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. Bridge courses at summer school are a possibility in math.

19 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

20 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 Mr. Berscht about your fears and we can help. 20

21 21 MAGNET SCHOOLS  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.

22 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. 22

23 23 Important Dates Innovate applications due – February 13, 2014 IB program applications due - February 14th, 2014 February 19, 20, 21 – Students have opportunity to complete online course selection at school Course Selection Forms signed by parents and returned to Queensmount by Feb. 26. May – All grade 8 students will visit the high school that they are attending for Grade 9. 23

24 Before I forget…. February 19, 2014— Multicultural Potluck Supper At the end, please help stack the chairs in groups of 5 high. 24

25 Questions? 25


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