Welcome to the Earl of March Secondary School
Labour Relations Update
LABOUR RELATIONS UPDATE – SECONDARY
Secondary teachers and occasional teachers remain in a legal strike position and are undertaking a partial withdrawal of service. The extent of the service withdrawal has increased and this will have an impact on students. Teachers have been advised by the union that as part of the strike action they can disregard District direction related to assessment and evaluation and exercise professional judgment in how they undertake certain duties. As a result, the specific impact of the service withdrawal (struck work)will vary by classroom and/or by school. There are five primary areas that will be affected:
Transportation for Students in Joint Custody Arrangement with Two Homes
OSTA has a new policy and procedure to deliver transportation services to students in a joint custody arrangement and having two homes. Both homes must be within the attendance boundary and eligible for transportation. A formal application process requires that both parents and/or guardians sign the application and schedule. Weekly or bi-weekly access schedules may be limited to ensure student safety. Other safety and operational risks will be assessed prior to approval or denial of each application.
The deadline for applications to ensure transportation as of the first day of school in September 2015 is JUNE 1, 2015. All other requests will be processed after September 15, 2015.
All documents (application, transportation schedule calendar, FAQ, policy and procedure) are posted online at: ottawaschoolbus.ca/policies/transportation-for-students-in-a-joint-custody-arrangement-and-having-two-homes
Are you looking for help in English, Math or Science?
Every Monday and Wednesday evening from 6:00-9:00 a Math, Science and English teacher are available to support the students in our community. The teachers can help students complete, review, practice and organize their work in order to help them achieve greater success at school.
Students are asked to bring their OEN, which can be found at the top of any report card, or ask your teacher or guidance councilor.
This is a free service and students can stay as long as they would like support.
Japanese Student Exchange Video
Taking a Reach Ahead Course this Summer 2015
Students have several options if they wish to reach ahead by taking a course in summer school.
Literacy/Numeracy Community Program
Learning How To Learn
As the new semester is upon us, the University of California, San Diego offers a free online course that will give you tools to help you learn more effectively. You will discover practical, immediately useful insights that will help you to more deeply master your studies. More information is available at: www.coursera.org/course/learning
Grade 8 Information 2015/16
Thank you to all who came out to our grade 8 information evening. If you missed it, here is the course selection information you need.
As an important member of our community, we want to learn about your experience with our schools and/or our District. We have launched an online consultation process to help us better understand what you think we do well, where we can improve, and how we might better engage and support our stakeholders. Your answers will help us to develop our future priorities.
Here’s how you can be a part of the conversation:
Step One - December 1st – December 14th
Around December 1st, you will have received an e-mail with the subject line: #EverySchool_EveryVoice, inviting you to participate. Click on the link in the e-mail to answer three open-ended questions. If you don’t get an e-mail you can register yourself on our website www.ocdsb.com
Step Two - January 9th – 18th
In January, you will receive an e-mail inviting you to help set priorities. The e-mail will contain a link so you can see the input received during Step 1. Pick what’s important to you. Everyone is welcome to participate – whether or not you shared your thoughts in December.
Step Three – February 2015
You will receive an e-mail about the results, which will also be posted on our website at www.ocdsb.com.
Need More Information?
Learn more from our introductory video or on the district website which includes some frequently asked questions. If you have more questions, please contact Paula Hall, Strategic Business Analyst at or call 613-596-8211, ext. 8402.
New Attendance Email
We now have an attendance email that parents can use.
Public Meetings on Boundary Revisions and Elementary
Alternative Program Boundary Expansion
The public is invited to attend one of four joint meetings to be held across the District to seek input on minor attendance boundary revisions and the expansion of the Elementary Alternative Program boundaries.
Minor Attendance Boundary Revisions
In an effort to ensure school boundaries are consistent with new development areas, improve access to programming, provide better utilization of existing instructional space and address inconsistencies in neighbourhood alignments, staff is proposing a number of minor boundary adjustments to provide for effective accommodation of students in different parts of the District. Areas/Programs/Boundaries potentially impacted include the following:
- Mer Bleue Expansion area (Orleans)
- Cardinal Creek New development area (Orleans)
- Central Park MFI 4-8 boundary revision
- Valley Stream Secondary 9-12 boundary revision
- West Carleton MFI 4-8 boundary revision
- Riverside South New development areas (south of Armstrong Rd. and east of
- J.H. Putman/Broadview 7-8 EFI boundary revision (Carlingwood area only)
Leadership Opportunity for female Earl students
The Head Start Program for Young Women is being offered in Kanata through our councillor Marianne Wilkinson.
Interested female students who are 16 years of age are older are invited to participate.
See mariannewilkinson.com/head-start-program-for-young-women for information about the program and contact information.
Free Math Tutoring Online
Students taking grades 7 through 10 math courses have access to free math tutoring and other resources through the ministry funded program Homework Help. This is an exciting new online resource made available by the Ministry of Education and the Independent Learning Centre.
Homework Help is a website that offers free online math tutoring by Ontario Certified Teachers Sunday through Thursday from 5:30PM to 9:30PM. The site also offers other rich resources available all day every day such as interactive tutorials, a glossary, a calculator, previously recorded best sessions, full lessons, and a locker to save the tutoring sessions that they had completed or watched.
Students and parents/guardians can view this site at http://HomeworkHelp.ilc.org. Parents/guardians are encouraged to register their children at home so that students can start benefiting from the site right away. To register, students must provide their Ontario Education Number (OEN). The OEN can be found on each student’s timetable and report card.
For more information, please go to the Free Online Math Homework Help page posted on the board website, visit the site directly or contact your child’s teacher.
Grade 12 students can access important information about post secondary education, scholarships and other helpful information on the Student Services link/Newsletter.