Presentation on theme: "Welcome to Queensmount’s High School Information Session:"— Presentation transcript:
1 Welcome to Queensmount’s High School Information Session: Grade Transition Process1
2 Cameron Heights IB Information: Tues. Nov. 26 6:30pm High SchoolOpen HousesCameron Heights IB Information: Tues. Nov. 26 6:30pmEastwood: Thurs. Dec. 5th 6:30pmGrand River: Wed., Jan. 15th 7pmCameron Heights: Wed., Jan. 15th 7pm• meet administration, teachers, support staff• tour the school• program and course information2
3 DIPLOMA REQUIREMENTS 0SSD Ontario Secondary School Diploma 30 CREDITS18 COMPULSORY12 ELECTIVESPlus40 hours of Community Involvement &Successful Completion of Literacy Requirement
4 COMPULSORY SUBJECTS 4 credits in ENGLISH 3 credits in MATHEMATICS 2 credits in SCIENCE1 credit in GEOGRAPHY1 credit in HISTORY1 credit FRENCH1 credit ARTS1 credit PHYSICAL EDUCATION1/2 credit in CIVICS1/2 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 EnglishThird LanguageSocial ScienceCanadian and World StudiesGuidance and Career EducationCooperative Education*French as a Second Language___________________2Health & Phys. Ed.ArtsBusinessCooperative Education*French as a Second Language_______________Science, Gr. 11 or 12Technological Education, Gr3* Note: a maximum of two Cooperative Education courses may be taken
6 12 ELECTIVES DRAMATIC ARTS MUSIC - INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC - VOCAL VISUAL ARTSPHYSICAL EDUCATIONBUSINESSINFORMATION TECHNOLOGYINTEGRATED TECHNOLOGIESINDIVIDUAL AND FAMILY LIVINGAnd other options…more math, science, languages….
7 Course Type & Destination Grade 9 and 10AcademicAppliedEssential/Fast ForwardOpenGrade 11 and 12UniversityUniversity/CollegeCollegeWorkplaceOpen
8 Academic CoursesOffered in core areas: English, Math, Science, History, Geography, FrenchStudents will learn the essential concepts of a subject and explore related materialsEmphasis will be on theory and abstract thinking as a basis for future learningLead to senior courses preparing for university and collegeGuideline benchmark: 70% and overStudents should be independent learners with learning skills in the good to excellent range
9 Applied CoursesOffered in core areas: English, Math, Science, History, Geography, FrenchEmphasis will be on the practical and hands-on applications of the conceptsThe course focuses on the essential concepts of a subjectLead to senior courses preparing for college, apprenticeship, skilled trades, and the workplaceGuideline benchmark: 50% - 70%Students should be or starting to be independent learners
10 Essential CoursesIn WRDSB, offered through the magnet program Fast ForwardFast Forward offered at SJAM or KCIEmphasis 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 coursesHands on learning, smaller class sizesLead to senior courses preparing students for the workplace
11 Open CoursesSet of expectations that is suitable for all students at a given grade levelProvides students with a broad educational baseAvailable 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 2FEBRUARY TO JUNEMATHEMATICSGEOGRAPHYELECTIVE (e.g. art)ELECTIVE (e.g. Integrated Technology)
13 COMMUNITY SERVICEIn 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 homesCounsellor-in-training after school programs community centres
14 ONTARIO LITERACY TEST Usually taken in grade 10 Tests reading and writing skills up to the end of grade 9There is no limit to the number of times the test can be retakenStudents unsuccessful on the literacy test, despite extra remediation, may be eligible for the Ontario Secondary School Literacy CourseSuccessful completion of the Literacy Course is the equivalent of passing the testStudents 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
15 Special education in secondary school Queensmount special education teachers meet with high school special education teachers to share information, strategies and IEPsAccommodations in the IEP are maintainedGrade level modifications are managed by the program the student chooses – Academic, Applied or Fast Forward/Essential
16 INNovate program fhciOnly available for students whose home school is FHCIMaximum of grade nine students are accepted each yearProgram is designed to foster intellectual creativityFocus on critical thinking, innovative technologies, global perspectives and leadership75% minimum averageApplication Deadline: February 13, 2014
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 constraintsIs 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.
21 Magnet Schools Eastwood C.I. Integrated Arts Program: visual, drama, dance, musicHigh Skills Major: a focus on knowledge and skills required in the Arts & Culture sectorEnglish as a Second Language: courses with English language and literacy development with a choice of appropriate and engaging programs21
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 10th and 18th guidance counsellors from the high school will work with Sunnyside students and teachers to make their course selections online.
23 Important Dates Innovate applications due – February 13, 2014 IB program applications due - February 14th, 2014February 19, 20, 21 – Students have opportunity to complete online course selection at schoolCourse 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.