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1 Welcome to Secondary School Grade 8 Open House for Students & Parents 2014/2015

2 General Information about Maple High School Semestered system - four courses per semester, 75 minute classes Wide range of courses to meet needs of individual students Excellent teaching and administrative staff

3 Key Goals of Student Success in Secondary Schools Each student deserves a good outcome: Providing new and relevant learning opportunities Building on students’ interests and strengths Effective transitions Successful graduation

4 The Student Success Team Administration, Student Success Teachers, Guidance Counsellors, Special Education Teachers, Cooperative Education Teachers, Personalized Alternative Education Teachers, Literacy Teacher, Classroom Teachers Working together to support: Student achievement A smooth transition to secondary school Success in secondary school Successful transition to post-secondary

5 Creating Pathways to Success New Education and Career/Life Planning Program All students leave secondary school with a clear plan for their initial post-secondary destination. “Students are the architects of their lives.” Pathways thinking and planning is embedded in all subjects areas Each student in Grades 9-12 will have an Individual Pathways Plan (IPP) created using Career Cruising

6 Diploma Requirements (O.S.S.D.) for the 4 year program O.S.S.D 18 Compulsory Credits 12 Optional Credits Successful completion of Ontario School Literacy Test 40 hours of Community Involvement

7 18 Compulsory Credits 4Credits in English (1 credit per grade) 1Credit in French as a Second Language 3Credits in Mathematics (at least 1 in Gr. 11 or 12) 2Credits in Science 1Credit in Canadian History 1Credit in Canadian Geography 1Credit in the Arts 1Credit in Health and Physical Education.5Credit in Civics &.5 Credit in Career Studies (grade 10) Plus………..

8 Compulsory Credits (cont’d) Plus: Group 1: 1 additional credit in English, or French as a Second Language, or a Native Language/Studies, or a Classical or an International Language, or Social Sciences and the Humanities, or Canadian and World Studies, or Guidance and Career Education (including Learning Strategies), or Cooperative Education Group 2: 1 additional credit in Health and Physical Education, or Business Studies, or the Arts (music, art, drama), or French as a Second Language or Cooperative Education Group 3: 1 additional credit in science (grade 11 or 12) or technological education (grades 9-12), or French as a Second Language or Computer Studies or Cooperative Education

9 The Grade 10 Literacy Test A diploma requirement. Administered in March of the grade 10 year A test based on language and communication (reading and writing) expectations of curricula up to and including grade 9 Accommodations, deferrals and exemptions may be appropriate for some students If standard not met in first attempt, schools will provide remedial support; test is readministered until student successfully completes the test or the Grade 12 Literacy Course.

10 Community Involvement A diploma requirement Encourages civic responsibility, promotes community values and reinforces importance of volunteerism Complete 40 hours before graduation Can start in summer after grade 8 Student responsibility to keep record of activities Guidelines and forms will be provided to help track community involvement A good way to explore career interests


12 TYPEENVIRONMENTLEARNER Locally Developed Guided approach to learning using practical examples and concrete objects. Need additional support to build skills up to grade level. Applied Step by step approach using practical examples in a teacher directed environment. Enjoys learning by doing and benefits from a structured, teacher directed setting. Academic Theoretical and independent approach to learning with a focus on abstract thinking and application skills. Enjoys learning independently and going beyond the related learning; self motivated. Open An opportunity to explore an area of interest for all students. Available to all students

13 Compulsory Courses for Grade 9 Students English Math Science French Geography Applied or Academic English Math Science Locally Developed Physical Education is the same for all students. Classes are divided by Male and Female.

14 New for September 2014! GLEAM – Global Leaders of Excellence in Academics at Maple Gifted Program – for students with a “Gifted” identification through an IPRC  English, Math, Science, Geography Advanced Placement Preparation – for students interested in beginning to prepare to write the Advanced Placement exams in Grade 12  English, Math, Science, Geography  Application is required – due by January 30, 2014

15 Elective Courses for Grade 9 Students Technological Studies Broad Based Technology Hairstyling & Aesthetics Business Studies The Arts VisualDramaMusic Learning Strategies Family Studies

16 Making the Choice…  Parents and students will select courses in collaboration with elementary school teachers, guidance counselors, student success teachers and administrators  It is important that students do an honest self assessment, matching their ability with their interests and aptitudes  Remember that initial decisions made in grade 8 are not “final” decisions. There are many pathways to the destination your child dreams of!

17 Secondary School Planning Important to know: how the student learns best the student’s interests the diploma requirements to graduate the prerequisites for courses what experiential learning opportunities are available the admission requirements for post-secondary opportunities (college, apprenticeship, university, workplace)

18 Programs that Support Post-Secondary Planning Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) Exploring Opportunities Program (EOP) Co-operative Education Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP) Dual Credit Program Students may take advantage of these opportunities beginning in Grade 11.

19 Apprenticeship Post-Secondary Pathway learn through ‘in-school’ and ‘on-the-job’ education and training in a skilled trade over 150 skilled trades from which to choose from! skilled trades are in high demand and offer a rewarding educational and career path. can apply to apprenticeship after graduation, OR you can get a head start on apprenticeship while in secondary school through Co-operative Education and OYAP.

20 College Post-Secondary Pathway College programs provide a valuable combination of academic and practical/technical skills training for a specific career Over 1000 programs to choose from including: Business Administration, Biomedical Technology, Computer Animation, Engineering Technology, Paramedic, Social Services, Specialized Arts Programs Every college offers Diplomas, Advanced Diplomas, Certificates and Bachelor Degrees

21 University  College Post-Secondary Pathway Articulation agreements between colleges and universities can earn students a degree and a diploma in four years. Many students attend college for a year or two as they build self-awareness and knowledge of desired career. They then either graduate, stay with college or transition to university Multiple opportunities for transferability between colleges and universities

22 University Post-Secondary Pathway University programs provide theoretical and some practical training In general, there are 4 main types of programs at most universities:  Arts/Humanities/Social Sciences  Life/Health Sciences  Physical/Engineering Sciences  Business/Commerce

23 Workplace Post-Secondary Pathway Many entry-level job opportunities for students who have completed their OSSD and have workplace experience Students who are fast tracking into the workforce/ community directly after high school should:  work with Guidance, Student Success Teacher, Personal Alternative Education Teacher, Classroom Teachers, Employment Centre to create a personal portfolio to present to potential employers  take advantage of any experiential opportunities in high school.

24  Course and Post-Secondary Pathways are changeable and flexible.  As interests, skills and aptitudes develop and mature, there will be many opportunities to re-chart your journey. Remember….

25 Programs for Students at Risk of Not Meeting Diploma Requirements Credit Salvaging or Recovery Individualized pathway planning (i.e. change of course or program choices) Pathway programs (SHSM, Co-op, EOP, OYAP, Dual Credit). Personalized Alternative Education Development of an Individual Education Plan Early Leavers Re-engagement Strategy

26 Identified Students and Those Receiving Special Education Services Students who require special education support and services will receive this support according to the needs outlined in their I.E.P. Some may be: modified curriculum expectations alternative learning expectations accommodations to the learning environment; monitoring/in-class resourcing methods to review student’s progress student transition plan to postsecondary education, work and/or community living

27 ESL Support Programs ESL courses are provided to help students develop proficiency in English Students are assessed for their level of English proficiency in order to be placed in appropriate classes Courses are developed from the curriculum policy documents

28 Reporting Student Achievement Standard provincial report card: Documents achievement in every subject in the form of a percentage grade Comments on strengths, areas for improvement, and next steps in each subject area Separates reporting section for attendance and evaluating the student’s learning skills (i.e. homework, initiative, teamwork, etc.) Summarizes graduation requirements including status of Gr. 10 Literacy test and community involvement

29 Accessing Career Cruising for Course Selection

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34 Elementary Course Selection Dates Presentations:  January 6 – Teston Village PS  January 8 – Michael Cranny ES  January 9 – JA Gibson ES  January 10 – Maple Creek PS  January 13 – Discovery PS  January 15 – Mackenzie Glen PS Registration Form – due to Grade 8 teacher on January 31 st (January 29 th if requesting a transfer) Career Cruising Course Selections submitted by February 18 th.


36 Thank you for your attention…… Please enjoy the rest of your evening here at Maple High School!

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