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Secondary School Information Hour! Thomas Street Middle SchoolThomas Street Middle SchoolThomas Street Middle SchoolThomas Street Middle School Welcomes our Grade 8 parents and students to
? Where should YOU go ? 90% of our students will be heading to their home school for this area, John Fraser S.S. Peel has recognized that some students require different academic programming and experiences to ensure that they are successful. Peel has developed programs for students in the following areas: The Arts, International Business and Technology, International Baccalaureate, Enhanced, ESL, Vocational/Life Skills, and DD programs. High School’s web sites provide valuable information when making your decision. The following is a list of possible destinations for our students: For more info, go to For more info, go to
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John Fraser S. S. John Fraser S. S. Parent/Information Night – Thursday, January 07, 2010, 7:00 p.m.. John Fraser will be the home school for most of our students, unless students have special needs or are interested in a Regional or Specialty program. Therefore, upon the completion of grade 8, they will be automatically accepted into the grade 9 program. John Fraser provides excellent facilities with a variety of diverse and exciting opportunities offered throughout the academic and extracurricular programming. Excellent arts programs including drama, dance and specialty visual arts programs including photography, media arts and design arts. Strong in design, transportation and communications technology along with computer programming and engineering. HOME SCHOOLS For more info, go to
Leadership Skills Development Pathway Starting September 2009 John Fraser Secondary School will be offering a Leadership Skills Development Pathway. Students who complete all of the requirements will be granted, upon graduation, a certificate in Leadership Skills Development. The requirements will include: enrolling in at least one Leadership Development-oriented course each year, completion of 40 hours of community involvement in a leadership capacity, participation in a leadership capacity in a specified extra- curricular activity each year. participation in a leadership capacity in a specified extra- curricular activity each year.
Extra-curricular Programming Amnesty International Arts Council Badminton Team & Club Baseball (Varsity) Bluenotes Book Club Boys Rugby Chess Club Christian Club Concert Band Creative Writing Club Cross Country Skiing Nordic Skiing Cross Country Running DECA Business Club Drawing Club Environmental Club FAC – Fraser Athletic Council Fraser Dance Theatre Fraser on the Fringe – Drama Presentations French Club Fuzion – Dance, Drama, Art Show Girls Flag Football Girls Softball (slo pitch) Girls' Weightlifting Club Golf Team Gr. 9 Band Jazz Band Jr. Boys Basketball Jr. Boys Volleyball Jr. Girls Basketball Jr. Girls Soccer Jr. Girls Volleyball Law Club Math Club Mini Math Contest Mississauga Marathon Model UN Multi-Cultural Club MSA (Muslim Student Association) Music Council Outreach (Mississauga Crime Prevention) Positive Space (Friends/supporters of Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Trans-Gender, Questioning students) Robotics Club Royal Treatment (Student Ambassadors) S.A.C. – Student Activity Council Science Contests Ski Club/Snowboarding Stage Crew Student Newspaper Swim Team Tech. Crew (Audio-visual) Tennis Track & Field Weightlifting Club White Pines Reading Club
REGIONAL PROGRAMS Cawthra Park S. S. Parent/Information Night – Tuesday, November 03, 2009, 7:00 or 8:00 p.m The Regional Arts Program at Cawthra Park offers a package of specialized courses to artistically talented students interested in Dance, Drama, Music or Visual Arts. An audition, for only one of the four arts programs is allowed. Admissions decisions are based on the candidate's talent in his/her chosen art, potential, overall school performance and the student's ability to benefit fully from the program Applications are available November 4 at the Parent night or online starting November 05, with applications due in person no later than November 04 to December 10 Auditions will be scheduled for Jan. 28, 29 and Feb. 01, 2010 during the day. For more info, go to
REGIONAL PROGRAMS Gordon Graydon S. S. Parent/Information Night – Thursday, December 03, 2009 at 7:00 p.m. Gordon Graydon offers south Peel’s International, Business and Technology Program (IBT) and the new Reflexology Program, where there is an emphasis on these three curriculum areas. The integrated nature of the program gives students a variety of learning opportunities including: critical thinking and life management, communication, research and inquiry, international global perspective, business and technology. Applications will be available online at from December 04 with online applications closed as of January 08, Final submission date for other documentation is January 15, 2010.www.ibtprogram.com Interviews will be conducted on Saturday, February 06, 2010 for IBT candidates with offers for admission ed out on February 16, For more info, go to
REGIONAL PROGRAMS Glenforest S. S. Parent / Information Night – Thursday, November 12, 2009 at 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. or 7:15 – 8:45pm This school offers an International Baccalaureate Program which is available to all students in Peel. Beyond intellectual rigour and high academic standards, strong emphasis is placed on the ideals of international understanding and responsible citizenship. Application packages will be available at the Information Evening and on the school’s website and are due in early January. Updates and further information will be posted on the website so keep checking. For more info, go to
REGIONAL PROGRAMS This school offers the Sci-Tech Regional Program and The Strings Regional Program. The Sci-Tech Program is an exciting option for students with a keen interest in science and technology. In addition, students will gain hands-on experiences through co-op placements, Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Programs, and networking opportunities with colleges, universities and industry. The SciTech program is unique, in that it is open to students who will pursue either academic or applied studies at the secondary level. The Strings Program The Port Credit Secondary School Regional Strings program provides a year-long secondary school program for violin, viola, cello and bass. It is the only secondary school program of its kind in the peel District School Board. Students have the opportunity to explore the many facets of string playing through Chamber Strings Intermediate Strings Beginning Strings Musical opportunities range from full symphonic orchestra to small ensembles, to solo performances accompanied by orchestra. A certificate is granted upon completion of four years of the Regional Strings Program Please check back in November 2009 for the SciTech school year application process. Port Credit S.S. Parent Information Night - Tuesday, November 24, 2009 at 6:30 p.m.
SPECIALTY PROGRAMS Woodlands S. S. Parent/Information Night – Wednesday, December 09, 2009, 7:30 p.m. Open House for students only -- Friday, November 13, 2009 from 9: :00am. The Woodlands houses the Enhanced Learning Program, and is therefore only available to identified Exceptionally Gifted students. Such programming may include advanced study, independent study, mentorship programming and specific involvement in co-curricular activities. West Credit S. S. Parent / Information Night – Wednesday, February, 2010, 7:00 p.m. West Credit offers south Peel's Vocational Program. This setting is reserved for students who would benefit from a more hands-on and entrepreneurial approach to learning, with an emphasis on further developing their life skills. Only students who qualify and are identified through the ISRC process will be accepted.
Separate School Board Please contact interested schools for timelines and more information.
HOME SCHOOLS John Fraser Secondary School Parent/Information Night – Thursday, January 07, 2010, 7:00 p.m. REGIONAL PROGRAMS Cawthra Park Secondary School - Arts Parent/Information Night – Tuesday, November 03, 2009, 7:00 or 8:00 p.m. Gordon Graydon Secondary School - International Business + Technology and Reflexology Parent/Information Night – Thursday, December 03, 2009, 7:00 p.m. Glenforest Secondary School - International Baccalaureate Parent / Information Night – Thursday, November 12, 2009, 5:30-7:00 p.m. or 7:15-8:45pm Port Credit S.S. - Sci-Tech and Strings Parent/Information Night - Tuesday, November 25, 7:00 p.m. SPECIALTY PROGRAMS Woodlands Secondary School Parent/Information Night – Wednesday, December 09, 2009, 7:30 pm West Credit Secondary School Parent / Information Night – February 2010 Summary of Grade 8 Secondary School Destinations
What does the Future Hold?
Global Economic Forecast By 2013, more than 70 per cent of all new jobs and even entry-level positions will need some post-secondary education or skills training. By 2007, more than 1/3 of jobs created in Canada required a skilled trade designation or college diploma By the year 2020, Canada could be short one million skilled workers due to an aging population and declining birth rates. Ontario will face a shortage of 100, 000 skilled trades workers in the manufacturing sector alone
What happens to Ontario Grade 9 Students? ~25% Workplace ~25% College ~25% University ~25% Do not finish Secondary School A recent Alan King study predicts that, by 2004, approximately 1/4 of students will proceed to each destination
Valuing all 4 Post-Secondary Destinations We are asking students and parents to focus on: Know Yourself Explore opportunities Build a Pathway Get Experience
Workplace Apprenticeship College University Students prepare to move to 4 post-secondary destinations
Apprenticeship Paid, hands-on, short in-school sessions –Colleges, training centres (union) Career path: supervisor, trainer, entrepreneur College Practical, focused, occupation-driven –dental hygiene, animation, laboratory technology University Theoretical, abstract, general background in subject –History, political science, science, fine arts Work On-the-job Continuing Education (colleges, vocational schools) –Certification for specific work-related skills, knowledge
What Should I Choose? The right “fit”: –Daily activities that fit interests/passions –Lifestyle & workstyle that fit values –Education/training environment that fits learning style –Requirements that fit abilities/skills/talents
What to expect in Secondary School
Emphasis on student development Student growth in 3 broad areas of learning emphasized –Student development Learning about learning, setting goals, adapting to change, lifelong learning –Interpersonal development Self-management, getting along, social responsibility –Career development Self-assessment, exploring education, training and careers, education and career decisions, employability
Features of the O.S.S.D. Ontario Secondary School Diploma –30 credits (18 compulsory, 12 optional) –40 hours Community Involvement –Successful completion of the Grade 10 Literacy Test
Compulsory Credit Requirements 4 English (1 per grade) 3 Math (1 in Gr. 11/12) 2 Science 1 Arts 1 Canadian Geography 1 Canadian History 1/2 Career Studies 1/2 Civics 1 F.S.L. (French) 1 Health and Phys. Ed. 1 additional credit in one of Arts, Business, H.&P.E. or Co-op 1 additional credit in one of Canadian & World Studies, English, Social Science, Third Language or Guidance & Career Education or Co-op 1 additional credit in Science (Gr. 11/12), or Technological Education, (Gr. 9-12) or Co-op (Gr. 11/12), or Technological Education, (Gr. 9-12) or Co-op
Compulsory Courses Needed to Graduate n 1 additional credit in one of Arts, Business, H.&P.E. or Co-op n 1 additional credit in one of Canadian & World Studies, English, Social Science, Third Language or Guidance & Career Education or Co-op n 1 additional credit in Science (Gr. 11/12), or Technological Education, (Gr. 9-12) or Co-op
40 Hours Community Involvement Student responsibility, over 4 years Students encouraged to complete this diploma requirement early School provides forms needed Parental support and monitoring required More information available at - go to “Student Stuff” and then to "Your time counts". Starts in grade 9
Grade 10 Test Literacy Test OSSLT Written in Grade 10 Evaluates reading and writing skills in all subject areas up to end of Gr. 9 Designed and marked by EQAO staff Student result reported as “complete” when successful Test may be re-written
Course Types Grades 11 and 12 Workplace preparation College preparation College/University preparation University preparation Grades 9 & 10 Locally DevelopedLocally Developed AppliedApplied AcademicAcademic
Locally Developed Courses (L) Lead to Workplace courses (directly) Suitable for students who have a pattern of difficulty or gaps in core subjects Hands-on, real-life problems & examples as much as possible –Develop literacy, numeracy, problem-solving, decision-making, communication skills
Applied Courses (P) Lead toward college and work level courses (directly)Lead toward college and work level courses (directly) More timeMore time More guidance from teacher Emphasize:More guidance from teacher Emphasize: Practical, real-life applicationsPractical, real-life applications and examples and examples
Academic Courses (D) Lead toward university level courses (directly)Lead toward university level courses (directly) More independent learningMore independent learning Emphasize theory, but include someEmphasize theory, but include some practical, real-life applications
Applied or Academic? can lead to either Applied or Academic stream in Grade 10 –Crossover materials recommended –Transfer course required for Math in the summer Students may take Applied courses in some subjects and Academic courses in other subject areas
Which Course Type? Think about: Teachers’ RECOMMENDATIONSTeachers’ RECOMMENDATIONS Work habitsWork habits Time management, homework, assignmentsTime management, homework, assignments Learning preferencesLearning preferences “Book-learning” versus “hands-on”“Book-learning” versus “hands-on” Academic achievement so farAcademic achievement so far IndependenceIndependence How much guidance is needed to get started?How much guidance is needed to get started?
What if I need HELP! Arrange extra help with teacher Senior Scholars –Lunch & after school Learning strategies (GLS 1O0) Learning disability? –Information passed on – self-advocate Guidance Centre –Workshops –Individual counselling –Peer Coaches
Experiential Learning Experiential Learning Co-operative Education (Co-op)Co-operative Education (Co-op) Earn credits by learning at workEarn credits by learning at work Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP)Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP) Earn some apprenticeship hours AND finish high school AT THE SAME TIMEEarn some apprenticeship hours AND finish high school AT THE SAME TIME
Cooperative Education courses Students earn coop education credits by integrating class work with learning experiences in the community Allows students to develop job-related skills and explore possible destinations Some students will earn cooperative education credits in Grade 11, some students in Grade 12 Based on a course in which a student is, or has been enrolled
Coop Placements University Teaching, Nursing, Veterinarian, Medicine, Law, Accounting, Business, Graphic Designer College Hotel Management, Nursing, Vet Tech, ECE, Television Production, Police, Esthetician, Fitness Instructor, Youth & Child Care Worker, Photographer Apprenticeship Cook, Auto Service, Technology, Carpentry, Chef, Hair Stylist, Landscaping Workplace Admin Assistant, Armed Forces, Hair Stylist, Data entry Operator, Animal Attendant, Photographer
Compulsory Courses Needed to Graduate
For more information Consult the following web-sites –Peel District School Board –Ministry of Education –Secondary and post-secondary institutions –www.makingmyway.ca See Mr. Morosin or your homeroom teacher
The next 4 years of your life may shape your futures and therefore requires very serious consideration. You have many options and a whole new world to look forward to in high school. Choose wisely and make an intelligent, informed decision for your futures…you won’t regret it! GOOD LUCK ! Thank-you ! QUESTIONS ?