Student Senate Applications 2017-2018

HCDSB Student Senate is composed of 8 representatives from each secondary school and was designed to establish a student vision for the Halton Catholic District School Board. Its members, student senators, provide a link between the Student Trustees and the remainder of the student population in the board. The primary role of the Student Senate is to bring a more diverse “Catholic student voice” to the school board.

Student Senators act as an advisory body to the Student Trustees in order to provide a wider perspective on issues that face students in our Catholic schools and develop and organize initiatives that will illustrate their leadership abilities. Examples of past initiatives include the “See the Problem, Be the Solution” and student lead leadership conferences on a variety of current interests.

Students in interested in applying to be on Student Senate in the must apply electronically using the following link: Student Senate Application

All on-line applications need to be completed Thursday May 4th 2017

Please note: Students applying to Student Senate for the 2017-2018 school year must commit to being available June 6, 2017 to participate in an all-day leadership workshop.

RENEWING THE PROMISE: Exploring the Critical Role of Catholic Education in Contemporary Society

We want to hear from you about Catholic education in Ontario! “Renewing the Promise” is a dialogue.

Your input about Catholic education in Ontario – the way it fulfills its mandate as well as the challenges and opportunities of the present moment – will help to guide us for the future.

You can offer your ideas and input on-line through Thought Exchange. Log in to: http://signup.thotex.com/iceont/Pyv to participate.

Thoughtexchange will provide background information and three open-ended questions that you answer anonymously. When the survey closes, responses will be sorted into themes. You will then be invited to look at emerging themes and prioritize them, locally and provincially.

Your ideas will provide important input for a gathering of the Catholic community later in the year on the theme of Renewing the Promise.

When the process is completed, results and analysis will be available on a designated public website. Catholic Education Week 2018 will be the occasion to celebrate all that we learned.

Join the dialogue!

School Cash Online

We are pleased to advise you that the Halton Catholic District School Board has completed the implementation of a new online payment initiative – School Cash Online. School Cash Online provides parents with easy access and convenience at any time to make online payments for a variety of student activities, while maintaining an electronic receipt history for items purchased and providing greater flexibility and control on how payments are made to the school. This new online payment method will also help reduce the risk of theft and cash misplacement. This new initiative was introduced throughout our Board in 3 phases, … Continue reading

OSSLT – Thursday March 30 – SPECIAL SCHEDULE

March 22, 2017

Dear Parents/Guardians:

On Thursday March 30, 2017, the compulsory Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT) will be written by over one third of St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Secondary School students. It is a requirement that all students successfully complete (pass) this test in order to receive their Ontario Secondary School Diploma. The first opportunity for students to write the OSSLT is in grade 10.

In order to support a testing atmosphere conducive to maximizing student success and minimizing distractions, we will be revising the school day schedule on March 30th as follows:

Students who are not involved in writing the OSSLT will have a later start to their school day as explained in the overview of the schedule below. It is important to note that all students are expected to be in full and complete uniform on that day.

OSSLT SCHEDULE
(For those writing the OSSLT)

Session 1:    8:30 am – 9:45 am
Break:          9:45 am – 10:00 am
Session 2*:  10:00 am – 11:25 am *includes time for student questionnaire

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AFTERNOON SCHEDULE (remainder of the day)

Common Lunch: 11:25 am – 12:05 pm (students and staff)
Period 1:    12:10 pm – 12:40 pm
Period 2:    12:45 pm – 1:15 pm
Period 3/4: 1:20 pm – 1:50 pm
Period 5:    1:55 pm – 2:27 pm

Please be aware that transportation (school buses) will operate on their regular schedule of times. Students who are not writing the literacy test and arrive to school prior to the start of Period 1 will be provided with a supervised study area in the library.

If you have any questions regarding this schedule, please contact the school at (905) 842-9494.

Sincerely,

P. Di Ianni
Principal

Parent Teacher Interview Night – Thursday March 30

This is a reminder of Parent Teacher Interview Night on Thursday March 30 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 be conducted in the gymnasium for all teachers except the following:
Guidance Counsellors will be available in Student Services
CO-OP Teacher will be available in Library
Special Education will be available in the gymnasium

We look forward to meeting you.

Progress Reports

Progress reports will be distributed to students on Friday March 3. The Progress Report places a very strong emphasis on the development of student LEARNING SKILLS and WORK HABITS. Student achievement of six Learning Skills and Work Habits are shown on the front page of the Progress Report. These are:

(1) Responsibility
(2) Organization
(3) Independent Work
(4) Collaboration
(5) Initiative
(6) Self-Regulation

The development of these skills and habits will be reported as “excellent”, “good”, “satisfactory” or “needs improvement” and a space is provided for teacher comments about student progress or need for improvement.

Ministry of Education policy places an emphasis on teachers using the Progress Report as a stepping stone to conduct rich discussions and proactive interviews or conferences with parents and/or students at this time. This is an opportunity to help establish or further strengthen a positive tone for the remainder of the year.

Civvies Day – Online Payment

Students are invited to have an extra Civvies day this Friday (March 3). Payment for this Civvies day must be made through School Cash Online. Cash will not be accepted. Students are expected to be in uniform if they have not paid online.

The cost for this Civvies day is $2.00

Sign up for School Cash Online here: https://hcdsb.schoolcashonline.com/

School Cash Online provides parents with easy access and convenience at any time to make online payments for a variety of student activities, while maintaining an electronic receipt history for items purchased and providing greater flexibility and control on how payments are made to the school. This new online payment method will also help reduce the risk of theft and cash misplacement.