OSSLT Update


Parents of Grade 10 students participating in the OSSLT should know that EQAO is experiencing province-wide technical issues with the online OSSLT network, which is causing system lag across Ontario.

Due to these technical difficulties, students will be unable to complete the test at this time. The second session, originally scheduled for the afternoon of October 20th is also cancelled.

We are awaiting further direction from EQAO, and will be in touch with parents and Grades 10 students for updates as they become available.

EQAO Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test – UPDATE

Monday, October 17, 2016

Dear Parent(s)/Guardian(s),

This Thursday, October 20, 2016, eligible students at St. Thomas Aquinas will be participating in the online Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT). Two separate testing sessions will take place during the school day. The first session in the morning, followed by a second session in the afternoon.

To accommodate our students writing the test, the schedule for our school day this Thursday, has been altered as follows:

Students completing the OSSLT in the morning will use the following schedule:
8:15am-8:30am Report to testing room, login
8:30am-9:45am Complete Booklet 1
9:45am-10:00am Break
10:00am-11:30am Complete Booklet 2 and Student Survey
11:35am-12:30pm Lunch
12:35pm-1:30pm Period 3 (Grade 10/12 classes)
1:35pm-2:27pm Period 5

Students completing the OSSLT in the afternoon will use the following schedule:
8:20am-9:45am Period 1
9:50am-10:40am Period 2
10:40am-11:20am Lunch
11:20am-11:30am Report to testing room, login
11:30am-12:45pm Complete Booklet 1
12:45pm-1:00pm Break
1:00pm-2:27pm Complete Booklet 2 and Student Survey

All students not participating in the OSSLT will attend classes using the following schedule:
8:20am-9:45am Period 1
9:50am-11:30am Period 2
11:35am-12:30pm Period 4 (Grade 10/12 Lunch) *please note switch for P 3&4
12:35pm-1:30pm Period 3 (Grade 9/11 Lunch)
1:35pm-2:27pm Period 5

To meet the technological requirements for the online OSSLT, classes may be displaced on Thursday. All testing rooms, as well as room changes for regular classes, will be clearly communicated to students.

We thank you for your ongoing support, and wish our students completing the OSSLT this week the best of luck!

If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact Mrs. M. Thomas at (905) 842-9494.

Thank you.

Mrs. M. Thomas,
Vice Principal

EQAO Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test


Dear Parents/Guardians,

Letter from Administration

OSSLT Online Student Handout

One of the requirements to earn Ontario Secondary School Diploma is the successful completion of the provincial Grade 10 Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT). The OSSLT measures whether or not students are meeting the minimum standard for literacy across all subjects up to the end of Grade 9. Grade 10 students across the province write the OSSLT on the same date, usually in late March each year. This school year there will be two administrations of the OSSLT. On Thursday, October 20, 2016, students will have the opportunity to take the new online version of the OSSLT. The regularly scheduled administration of the OSSLT will take place on Thursday, March 30, 2017 where students have the option of writing the paper or online version. Please note that for both test dates accommodations will be made for students with an Individual Education Plan (IEP).

Grade 10 students and previously eligible students (those who were absent or deferred for, or were unsuccessful on, one or more previous administrations) will have the opportunity to write the online version of the OSSLT on October 20. Your son/daughter will be writing the test during the moming. Students will have an opportunity to practice the new format and review the materials prior to the October 20th date.

If students are successful, they will have fulfilled the literacy requirement and do not have to write the OSSLT in March 2017. If students are unsuccessful. they will receive additional support and rewrite the test in March 2017 or be eligible to take the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Course.

Please remind your son/daughter to get a good night ‘s rest the night before the test. On the day of the test, ensure your son/daughter eats breakfast before he/she writes. Students are asked to leave all electronic devices at home/in their locker since they are not permitted to bring them into the test room.

To learn more about the OSSLT and access sample test materials to help your son/daughter prepare, please refer to the following link:


If you prefer that your son/daughter not write the online OSSLT on October 20 but only on March 30, please contact the school as soon as possible. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Mrs. Mia Thomas at 905-842-9494.

We thank you for your support as we work together with the focus of helping your son/daughter to achieve the OSSLT graduation requirement.


Mrs. M. Thomas, Vice Principal

University Liaisons Timetable for October 14

University Day is on October 14 for grade 12 students only. Sign up in advance in Student Services.

8:30AM Ottawa, Brock, Windsor
9:30AM U of T, Laurentian, Guelph
10:30AM Ryerson, McMaster, Guelph-Humber
11:30AM Western, Lakehead, OCAD
12:30PM York, UOIT, Algoma
1:30PM Queen’s, Carleton, Trent
2:30PM Laurier, Waterloo, Nippissing


Students! Please see this wonderful opportunity.

SHAD is not just a summer program: it is a lifelong experience, and with a SHAD Fellow designation, it will carry you through university and your careers. Consider reading a student’s SHAD experience, as it will give you a great perspective on a SHAD alum’s experiences at the program.

So consider applying! Why should you do this?

1. It cost nothing for students to apply.
2. Bursaries and scholarships are available.
3. You will get an opportunity to be with 50 otherstudents from across Canada for a month, living in residence at one of our host university campuses.

Please visit our website for more information. If you have any questions, please email info@shad.ca.

Parent Teacher Interview Night – Thursday October 6


This is a reminder of Parent Teacher Interview Night on Thursday October 6 from 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM. Please have your son or daughter speak to their Subject Teacher for an interview.

All students will be given an appointment booking slip . If Teachers do not have any appointments left, please contact the Subject Teacher directly, by calling the school at 905 842-9494.

Interviews will occur at the school in either the gym or cafeteria. Upon your arrival, please check the white board in the foyer to determine each teacher’s location.

We look forward to meeting you.

CPIC Webinar on Indigenous Education

Dear Parents and Guardians,

As the Past-Chair of the Halton Catholic District School Board’s Catholic Parent Involvement Committee (CPIC), I am writing to remind you about a great webinar on Wednesday, October 5th at 7:00 p.m.

Indigenous Education at the Halton Catholic District School Board:

This webinar will explain the Ministry of Education’s commitment to ensuring that all students have the knowledge and appreciation of First Nations, Métis and Inuit traditions, cultures and perspectives, through the First Nations, Métis and Inuit Education Policy Framework.

The framework clarifies the roles and relationships of the ministry, school boards and schools have to ensure effective strategies are in place to guide provincially funded elementary and secondary schools when teaching about Indigenous contributions in Canadian society.

For more information and to register for this webinar, please visit: http://tinyurl.com/hfqton5

PLEASE NOTE: Directions as to how to log on will be provided once you register. All webinar sessions will be recorded, and available for online viewing at a later time. Our previous webinars are available for viewing on our YouTube page at: https://www.youtube.com/user/HaltonCPIC.

For updates and information related to the Halton Catholic Parent Involvement Committee, follow us on Twitter: @HaltonCPIC and Facebook: HaltonCPIC.

You can always reach us by email at: cpic@hcdsb.org.

On behalf of all of us on CPIC, we hope you are able to join us!

Josh Duijvestein
Past-CPIC Chair
Halton Catholic District School Board


SEAC SOUNDBYTES Raising awareness of the Special Education process at HCDSB

What is an IEP?

An IEP is an Individual Education Plan. IEP’s are developed for students who have been placed in a special education program whether or not they meet the formal definition of “exceptional”.

The IEP provides a series of “educational targets” for a variety of children who may require accommodations, modifications and/or alternative programming. The IEP includes several important features including specific educational expectations and outlines the special education program and services that will be received by the student.

The IEP must be developed in consultation with parents. Parental involvement in the IEP process is crucial and collaborative. Collaboration with parents and older students will help to ensure that the expectations are attainable. The IEP must be completed within 30 days after a student has been placed in a program and the Principal must ensure that the parent receives a copy. The IEP is a working document which is intended to be reviewed and updated as needed, with a minimum of once per term or semester.

Did you know that a plan for transition to appropriate post-secondary school activities, such as work, further education and/or community living must be included in the IEP?

Please join us on Monday, November 28, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. for our next SEAC Webinar where we will share more information on the development of IEPs and the IPRC Process. You can also find information on the SEAC Parent Events page on our Board website, click here to access.

Please feel free to reach out to us at our SEAC email: seac@hcdsb.org