Welcome to the Earl of March Secondary School
EARL OF MARCH 2015 – 2016 – Locker Selection / Student Fees
GRADE 10 – 12 STUDENTS
Students are asked to drop by the school on ONE of the following days:
Tuesday, Sept. 1st Grade 12 Students 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Tuesday, Sept. 1st Grade 11 Students 12:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Sept. 2nd Grade 10 Students 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
- Bring your green Earl of March lock with you
- Select your locker – secure it with your lock
- Go to the lower foyer to register your locker number
- If your locker number is not registered the lock will be removed
- Pay the requested student fee of $25.00*
- Pick up your Student Agenda
*Student fees are requested of all students. These voluntary fees subsidize the cost of student agendas, program speakers, grade 9 locks, student council activities, intra-mural activities, school assemblies, and various student-centered activities.
- Keep your lock in a safe place over the summer. A $5 fee is payable to replace a lost lock
- To remember your combination:
- Write your combination on a piece of masking tape on the back of your lock.
- It is compulsory to use the lock issued by the school.
Tuesday, September 8th– 1st Day of School will follow a Day 1 Schedule
(Wed. Sept. 9th will also be a Day 1)
Period 1 classes will be posted on the Cafeteria and Library windows
Student Timetables will be distributed Period 1
Quick view of Photo’s
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:
1. Final Exams/Summatives – Final assessment tasks for secondary students may change; this includes summatives and exams. The union has provided direction to its members that as part of struck work, each teacher can use professional judgment to determine whether or not to continue with planned evaluation tasks, rather than follow District direction in this regard. That means teachers may decide to change the evaluation plan that was included in the course outline at the start of the term. Principals will do their best to post any changes to exam schedules on the school website, but teachers have been advised not to communicate changes to principals. Students and parents should contact the teacher directly for further clarification.
Background – Ministry policy requires that the final grades of secondary students be determined based on a calculation between the term work (70%) and the final evaluations that occur towards the end of the course (30%). The OCDSB procedure further specifies that the 30% be comprised of a minimum of two evaluation tasks. Based on the professional judgment of the teacher, this may be two summative tasks that take place before the scheduled exam period, or the combination of a summative task as well as a final exam. Teachers communicate the evaluation plan to students and parents as part of the course outline which is distributed at the beginning of the term. As part of the job action, teachers have been directed that they are not required to have two tasks, but can exercise their judgment to have only one.
2. Report cards – Final grades are entered into the District’s student data system by teachers prior to the end of the school year. As part of struck work, the local union has directed their members not only to provide only marks (no comments or learning skills), but also that they should not enter marks. This will result in a delay in report cards for secondary students. The mark entry will have to be undertaken by principals, vice-principals, and supervisors (current and retired). Our priorities for mark entry will be grade 12 students to ensure completion of post-secondary applications; and students in any grade who have failed a course to allow for summer school applications by the July 2 start date. All other report cards will be delayed.
Background – Normally secondary teachers are responsible for completing report cards at the end of the year, including entering the information into the system. Over 1250 teachers are involved in this process.
3. Graduation/Commencement ceremonies – Ceremonies are planned by schools and are expected to proceed. The local union has informed its members that they may continue to participate in graduation ceremonies to celebrate their students’ accomplishments. However, the union has also advised teachers that they are not bound by the timelines for mark submission established by their principals. A delay in mark entry as a result of the service withdrawal can affect decision making about academic awards. If the submission of grades is not done in a timely manner, it is possible that graduation ceremonies will be held without the presentation of some or all academic awards. In that case, academic award recipients will be notified at a later date. Information about graduation/commencement ceremonies is posted on the school website.
4. Credit Rescue/Credit Recovery – The local union has provided direction to its members not to fill out credit rescue/recovery forms for their students in need. Nonetheless, the District’s expectation is that teachers will, at a minimum, provide verbal guidance to Student Success teachers so that our most vulnerable learners receive the targeted support they need. Parents with concerns about a child’s progress with credit rescue/recovery should contact the classroom teacher.
Background – In our District there is a minimum of one Student Success teacher in every secondary school. When a student is experiencing difficulty meeting the learning expectations in a course, the classroom teacher provides in-class support and additional support may also be provided by the Student Success teacher. The classroom teacher fills out a credit rescue/recovery report that provides the Student Success teacher with a road map of the learning needs of the student. Our District data shows that this dual support mechanism enables approximately half of all students with failing grades at the midterm to be successful by the end of the term.
5. Grade 9 Provincial Math Assessment – The local union has provided direction to its members stating that teachers can independently determine whether their class will participate in the provincial assessment this year. If a teacher chooses not to participate in EQAO, then he or she may decide to offer an alternate summative assessment and/or exam.
Background – Across the province, secondary schools administer the EQAO Grade 9 Provincial Mathematics Assessment between May 28 and June 14. In most school districts, this provincial assessment is also used as a summative task that counts toward the 30% final mark as it measures learning related to the grade 9 course curriculum. Provincial assessments are an important source of data on student achievement.
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
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.
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.
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.
Grade 12 students can access important information about post secondary education, scholarships and other helpful information on the Student Services link/Newsletter.