Tuesday, 8 January 2019

Click on the play button below for a student perspective on Course Types in High School

2019 Course Selection

January 2019
Dear Parent/Guardian,
The Transition from Grade 8 to Grade 9 is an exciting time for students and their families. Grade 9 program selection for September 2019 will be made in January and February. Final course selection will take place via myBlueprint at school with their Elementary Guidance Counsellor. Courses offered at secondary school will be listed on myBlueprint and on the course selection sheet. Student course selection is a process finalized by students, parents/guardians in consultation with classroom teachers and Elementary Counsellors. Parents/guardians in collaboration with their child make the final decision when choosing course types by signing the myBlueprint verification sheet.

The Ministry of Education has developed three primary types of core courses in Grade 9 and 10: Academic, Applied, and Locally Developed Compulsory Credits. Mathematics, English, Science, French and Geography may be offered at both the Applied and Academic course type. Locally Developed courses are offered in Mathematics, English and Science. Courses such as Physical Education, and Business, which have a set of expectations appropriate for all students and are not designed with the specific requirements of university, college or the workplace in mind, are offered as Open Courses.

Academic courses develop students’ knowledge and skills through the study of theory and abstract problems. These courses focus on the essential concepts of a subject and explore related concepts as well. They incorporate practical applications as appropriate (Ontario Schools, Kindergarten to Grade 12: Policy and Program Requirements, 2016 (OS), Section 7.2.1).

Applied courses focus on the essential concepts of a subject and develop students’ knowledge and skills through practical applications and concrete examples. Familiar situations are used to illustrate ideas, and students are given opportunities to experience hands-on applications of the concepts and theories studied. (OS, Section 7.2.1)

Locally Developed Compulsory Credit (LDCC) courses have been developed to meet students’ education needs not met by the existing provincial curriculum. Courses currently available in Grade 9 include: English, Mathematics and Science. (OS, Section 7.3.1)

Students are entitled to select the course type they wish. Academic programming will ensure that all post-secondary course options are available in Grade 11 and 12. As part of the TDSB Multi Year Strategic Plan, we believe that every student can succeed, and over the next three years we will work to support the majority of Grade 9 and 10 students to study academic-level courses.

Visit the Guidance Blog at: http://eastregionguidance.blogspot.com and scroll down to watch a video from a student perspective about course types. Families are also encouraged to visit the Beyond 8 Interactive Guide for students, parents & guardians online at: http://www.tdsb.on.ca/High-School/Going-to-High-School/Beyond-8 to find very important information about high school and to assist students and families with the course selection process.

Please note that the timelines for the 2019 Course Selection are as follows:
Feb. 1, 2019: Application for Optional Attendance forms due at secondary school(s) no later than 4pm
Feb. 15, 2019: Deadline for families to be informed of the status of their Application for Optional Attendance
Feb. 22, 2019: Signed Course Selection Sheets due at all elementary schools

*Applications and due dates for Specialized Programs are shared at the High School Information evenings and are determined by the Individual Secondary School. Please contact the high school Guidance Department if you have any questions or for additional information.

Wednesday, 28 November 2018

Important Information about Specialized Programs

Birchmount Exceptional Athlete Program


ü  Birchmount Exceptional Athlete Program History & Eligibility
ü  Frequently Asked Questions
ü  The Selection Process and Timelines
ü  References and Cost
ü  Description of Physical Fitness Tests

Application (All of the following must be included for consideration of the 2019-2020 application)
¨  Application for Admission (2 pages)
¨  Confirmation Letter from Coach of Declared Sport of Specialization
¨  Final Grade 7 June Report Card
¨  Optional Attendance TDSB application
 If you have any inquires please call our Guidance Department at: 416-396-6704 ext. 20040.

Completed applications are to be handed in to Birchmount Park C.I.’s Guidance Department by: Friday, November 30, 2018 at 4:00 pm.
R. H. King Academy
Leadership: Future Leaders Pathway Application
2019 - 2020
 For further information, please contact Mr. J. Podur at rhking@tdsb.on.ca.
¨  Application Checklist:
¨  Please ensure your application is submitted by December 5th before 4 p.m. and includes all of the following:
¨  Completed Application Form, signed by both student and parent in the space provided
¨  Photocopy of the Final Grade 7 Report Card
¨  Photocopy of Interim Grade 8 Report Card
¨  Optional Attendance Form signed by your elementary school principal
SATEC@WAPORTER MST Important Dates and Due Dates
November 8, 2018
– Attend the open house from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
– Attend 
one of the information presentations in the auditorium at 6:00 PM or 7:00 PM
– Visit our school website www.satec.on.ca for information and to read the 
Frequently Asked Questions section about the admissions process
By November 23, 2018
– Register for the Entrance Test by completing the online application form found in the Admissions page of the school website.
– If you have an IEP or ESL consideration, submit supporting documentation to SATEC by
November 26, 2018. This must be done by 4:00 PM to ensure arrangements for accommodations are made.
December 7, 2018
– Entrance Test will take place from 8:30 AM to 11:30 AM
– The following items/documents are required to write the Entrance Test:
a. The completed online application form
. All students must submit the completed (and signed) Optional Attendance Form (this form is available from Grade 8 Guidance Counsellors and also the TDSB website)
. Grade 7 June Report Card
. Leadership & Extra-Curricular Involvement Summary Chart (printed and completed)
Photo ID
f. $10 administration fee (cash only, exact change) to cover printing and assessment costs. If there is difficulty paying this fee, please see a SATEC administrator prior to the testing day.
. Pencil, eraser, pen, and scientific calculator (non-programmable, non-graphing)
By February 15, 2019* 
– Parents, guardians and elementary schools will be mailed a Conditional Offer of Acceptance or non-acceptance.
By March 1, 2019*
– Parents and guardians must confirm the conditional offer of acceptance by:
– Submitting a completed 
course selection sheet (included in the conditional acceptance package) to your elementary guidance counsellor
– Telephoning (416-396-3365 x 20040) or emailing SATEC’s Guidance Department: vanda.markus@tdsb.on.ca

 Wexford CSA – VMA Program
Begin by selecting your audition date and time, then complete the online application form.
Submit the completed forms below to Wexford CSA Guidance in-person or by e-mail to johnson.kong@tdsb.on.ca by November 30th, 2018:
·         Parental Permission form
·         Optional Attendance form (all students must have this form signed by current school guidance counsellor or principal)
·         June 2018 Final Provincial Report Card
·         November 2018 Grade 8 Elementary Progress Report Card (or Mid-Term Report Card if in Grades 9-12)
·         Printout of $25 SchoolCashOnline payment e-mail receipt
·         Incomplete packages will not be processed.
Wexford CSA – Performing Arts Program
Please visit:
Begin by selecting your audition date and time, then complete the online application form.
Submit the completed forms below to Wexford CSA Guidance in-person or by e-mail to johnson.kong@tdsb.on.ca by November 30th, 2018:
·         Parental Permission form
·         Optional Attendance form (all students must have this form signed by current school guidance counsellor or principal)
·         June 2018 Final Provincial Report Card
·         November 2018 Grade 8 Elementary Progress Report Card (or Mid-Term Report Card if in Grades 9-12)
·         $25 SchoolCashOnline payment e-mail receipt
Incomplete packages may not be processed.

Thursday, 20 September 2018

TDSB Alternative Schools

The TDSB offers 22 alternative schools at the secondary level. Each school is a close-knit, highly engaged, diverse community that offers a fresh and unique approach to learning.

Alternative schools are places where students find their way through learning environments that vary widely and often include self-directed projects, experiential learning, business and entrepreneurial mentorship programs, strong co-op programs and credit recovery opportunities - all while earning OSSD credits.

Here you may find extraordinary art and word galleries, classrooms with comfy couches, and teachers mentoring their students. These are schools where students need a new way - to find their way. And they do.

2018-2019 TDSB Secondary School Information Evenings

Monday, 10 September 2018

2018-2019 Elementary Guidance Program

Dear Students/Parents/Guardians:

Welcome back to another year of learning with your child!  This year the TDSB focus will be centered on equity, well-being, and student achievement.  Knowing our Students, Engaging our Students, Listening to our Students and Learning from our Students will play a pivotal role in the Guidance Program.  We will work hard to inspire students, connect with their passions and assist them to dream about their future. (Unleashing Learning: A Vision For Learning in TDSB

One of the goals of the guidance program is that every grade 8 student and family will be equipped with the knowledge and information to make an informed and confident decision for choosing an appropriate secondary school program.  This is a process that requires a partnership between the student, parents/guardians, teachers, guidance counsellor and our secondary school representatives.  This partnership will help ensure that our students will have every opportunity for success as they transition to secondary school.  This process will help students become more independent learners.  They will acquire the basic habits and skills they will need for lifelong learning and for success both at school and in other areas of their lives. 

Guidance will support schools in implementing this program for students in grades 7& 8 utilizing the My Blueprint Program along with other specific classroom activities. Please visit the resource section in our Blog below for further information and resources.  Please contact your guidance counsellor if you have any questions or concerns.

We look forward to working with you and your child to ensure that he/she has a positive experience as they transition to secondary school.  If you require any further information please do not hesitate to contact your child’s Guidance Counsellor at their elementary school.  You are also encouraged to visit this website on a regular basis for the  most up to date information.

“Choices for Nine” invitations will be arriving to the Elementary schools soon. At this important meeting for families, we will be taking a deeper look at the grade 8 to 9 transition process and timelines.     

Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Friday, 16 February 2018

Watch Promoting Mental Health: Finding a Shared Language -- a six minute video to create a better understanding about mental health and well-being

Follow these tips every day to promote your child’s physical health and mental well-being

ü  Try to get 10 or more hours of sleep.
ü  Keep your child’s bedtime about the same time every night and on weekends. 
ü  Create a bedtime routine with your child.
ü  Practice deep breathing together to help relax before bedtime.
ü  Encourage your child to be active during the day.
ü  Limit the time children spend on the TV, computer (outside of school work), electronic games and other screens. Aim for 2 hours or less of screen time
ü  Turn off the TV when no one is watching.
ü  Keep TVs, video games and computers out of your child’s bedroom. The light and sound from screens prevents children from sleeping.
ü  Spend free time being active as a family by going for walks, biking or visiting a nearby playground. 
ü  Keep a bag of play and sports equipment to bring outside.
ü  Have games, puzzles, crafts and books ready when children are looking for activities
ü  Eat meals together as a family with the TV turned off; encourage everyone to talk about his/her day.
ü  Eat meals or snacks together as often as you can. Children are more likely to try foods when they see adults enjoying them.
ü  Avoid food and drinks that have caffeine (colas, chocolate, tea, coffee).
ü  Have vegetables and/or fruit with meals and snacks.
ü  Avoid giving your child snacks high in sugar, fat and salt.
ü  Keep fruit in a bowl on the table and cut vegetables in the fridge so that they are ready to eat.
ü  Try a new vegetable every week; ask children to help pick it out. It could take 10 or more times before children taste and accept a new food, so keep trying!