Welcome to the Earl of March Secondary School
Intermediate Calendar Dates for June
- Intermediate Report Cards go home on June 28.
- Last day of classes is on June 30.
EXAM SCHEDULE – June 2016
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Celebr8 – Mark your Calendars!
On June 30, 2016 we will be holding a ceremony to celebrate our first group of grade 8 students successfully completing their year and moving on to high school. The ceremony will take place at 10:00 am in the auditorium and will be followed by light refreshments. Hope you can join us!
Canada Dance Festival
Silver at Nationals!!!
Congratulations to our Intermediate Senior Band who achieved a silver rating at the Nationals competition this week! They will be performing their final concert at Earl of March on Tuesday, May 24 at 7:00pm. We hope you can join us!
Youth Mental Health
Buy a bracelet to support youth mental health!
All this week, students are creating and selling bracelets in a volunteer effort to raise money for the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) and The Royal Mental Health Centre.
Each bracelet is $3. This initiative was started by students for the Change the World Campaign for youth volunteering.
When asked to brainstorm “What We Need,” Attawapiskat youth developed a list that included “Library”…
- Buy a book on the Attawapiskat Amazon Wish List at http://www.amazon.ca/registry/wishlist/2OWABHSUP8HMZ (or search “RHS for Attawapiskat”)
- Contribute to the Donation Box in the Earl Library.
- Pay your overdue fines (really!) — all overdue fines collected by May 13 will be donated to the Attawapiskat Library Fund!
“What We Need”
Earl of March Library: Chromebook Lending Policies
Earl of March is part of the OCDSB Digital Lending Library Pilot Project, and the Chromebook Lending Library is now here! Secondary students have the option of borrowing a Chromebook from the Library either for the school day or overnight. (An Intermediate Chromebook Lending Library will soon be available through the Intermediate Resource Room.)
Please read carefully the following important Chromebook Lending Policies. A copy of this policy is available on the Earl of March Library website.
- Morning: 8:30 to 8:45
- Lunch/Afternoon: 11:20 to 12:00
- End of day: 2:50 to 3:00
Chromebooks MUST be handed in to Ms. Johnstone or Mrs. Scott IN PERSON. Do NOT put them in the bookdrop slot or leave them at the circulation desk. If you miss the end-of-day circulation window and the library is already closed, keep the Chromebook in a safe place overnight and return it in the morning.
Daytime Loaners and Overnight Loaners are different machines, to allow each set enough time to fully charge between uses. If you have borrowed a Chromebook for the day and wish to have one overnight as well, bring back the Daytime Loaner at the end of day and exchange it for an Overnight Loaner.
You are responsible for the condition of the Chromebook that you have borrowed. If the Chromebook is returned damaged (or if it is not returned at all), you will be liable for the cost of its repair or replacement. It is therefore important that you check the Chromebook before you take it to make sure that it is working properly. Please note that the Earl of March Code of Behaviour for Computer Use, as per the Student Handbook, applies equally to school Chromebooks regardless of when and where they are used.
Secondary School Program Review
Summer School 2016 Information
Summer School Options 2016
- Students wishing to either get a an extra credit completed in the summer or wish to upgrade a passing mark, may take a REACH AHEAD COURSE. (4 options below)
- Students who have failed a course (mark less than 50) may take a MAKE UP COURSE in summer school if it is offered.
- Students can only take one reach ahead course in the summer. If they need to take make up courses, they can take a max. of two.
- Transportation is not provided for summer school. Students must be able to make it to the location of their program. Students must attend every day. Registration for all programs is on a first come first served basis.
Classes run Wednesday, July 6 – Thursday, July 28, 2016 Class Times: 8:30 am to 3:35 pm (half days for Make Up Courses) Registration open April 4 to June 10 for OCDSB students via Career Cruising (until June 29 for make up classes) Log in to your account and next to your course planner (right side) you will see the Cont Ed button. Click on it to select a summer school program. Your counsellor will electronically approve your registration. (You can check your school email mid June for confirmation)
E-Learning Courses (Reach Ahead) with our board (OCDSB)
Classes run Monday July 4 – Thursday July 28. Students must be able to work on the course 6-8 hours per day. Registration open April 4 to June 10 – Students must see their counsellor directly to register.
Co-operative Education (One or Two Credits) with our board (OCDSB)
Single Credit Co-op — Monday, July 4 to Thursday, July 28, 2016 OR Double Credit Co-op — Monday, July 4 to Thursday, August 18, 2016
Registration Opens May 2 and closes May 27 via Career Cruising and send in additional information (see your counsellor) Pre-placement meeting June 8, 2016 6pm Confederation Education Centre, 1645 Woodroffe Ave
Reach Ahead Courses with Ottawa Catholic School Board (Local site: Holy Trinity) Registration Instructions Here
Registration does not start until May 2.
Classes: July 4 to July 25, 8:30 am to 4:00 pm
Students will need to print off the summer school form from the site above and bring it to their counsellor for signed approval. It is then the student’s responsibility to either fax or mail the form to the Ottawa Catholic School Board.
Legally Blonde Play
Intermediate Authors and Illustrators Conference
The MASC Young Authors and Illustrators Conference turns 25 this year! If you are a student in grades four to eight with a passion for writing and illustration, you won’t want to miss this exciting day of hands-on creative workshops with some of Canada’s finest children’s authors and book illustrators.
Book your yearbook grad portrait online
Course Selection for 2016/17
Counsellors will be visiting classrooms (grades 9 to 11) to discuss course options for next year during the weeks of February 8 and February 15.
Students will input their choices into Career Cruising (link on side menu). All students have a personal log in. If they have lost their log in they can come to student services to have it looked up.
Students will be able to lock in their choices starting February 13 but will not need to submit them until Friday March 4. Students must submit the printed course selection report, have it signed by parents, and bring it to student services by that date.
If a student locks in their courses and needs to change something, they will not be able to do so without seeing their counsellor. It is therefore advised only to lock in once they are sure.
Students in grade 12 should either log in and indicate they are not returning OR if they are returning, select courses.
For support with career cruising, please see this document and/or visit student services.
Grade 8 Option Sheets Presentation
- increasing your intercultural awareness
- sharing your love of Ottawa & your school
- the pleasure of hospitality in your home
- the chance at lifelong friendships
The Ottawa-Carleton Education Network (OCENET) and the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board’s (OCDSB) International Certificate Program will embark on the first-ever Ontario exchange with Yamate Gakuin High School in Yokohama, Japan. Yamate is a high school dedicated to world peace, international understanding, and participation in community and international affairs. Several school boards across Canada have had tremendous success with this exchange and the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board is pleased to be the first Ontario school board to partner with Yamate Gakuin as a pilot project in 2016! We hope that this intercultural exchange will become a regular part of our school year calendar.
The exchange will involve 83 students from Japan visiting Ottawa from Friday, April 15th to Friday, April 29th, 2016 and approximately 40 students from three Ottawa-Carleton District School Boards High Schools traveling to Japan from Thursday, July 21st to Thursday, August 4th, 2016. We have secured host families for 75 of the Japanese students but need FOUR MORE FAMILIES to host the remaining 8 female students!
The volunteer OCDSB teacher team, with the support of the Ottawa-Carleton Education Network (OCENET), will help organize the Japanese visit and a number of planned activities will be organized through the schools.
The first step to getting involved in this inaugural exchange is to apply to become a Host Family to TWO Japanese students from Yamate Gakuin for the period of April 15-29, 2016.
Please contact Kathy Scheepers, International Education Coordinator for more details and the Host Family Application Package , 613-239-0592
Student Accident Insurance
Creating a caring and safe environment for our students is our top priority. Unfortunately, despite all reasonable precautions being taken, accidents can still happen. Some injuries may result in medical, dental or other expenses that are not covered by provincial health care or employer group plans. As a parent/guardian, you become responsible for these expenses.
Student accident insurance is available for purchase, on a voluntary basis, through Reliable Life Insurance Company. Forms can either be picked up from the school office or downloaded at www.binks.ca, or you may apply online at www.insuremykids.com.
OSTA (Ottawa Student Transportation Authority) is not posting bus route schedules this year. Parents/guardians are advised to consult OSTA’s parent web portal at www.ottawaschoolbus.ca for information about their child’s transportation this year.
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
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.