OSSLT Information and Schedule

Dear Parents/Guardians: On Wednesday March 27, 2019, the compulsory Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT) will be written by approximately 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 27, 2019 as attached.  Students who are not involved in writing … Continue reading

OSSLT – Wednesday March 27 – SPECIAL SCHEDULE

In order to enhance a testing atmosphere conducive to maximizing successand to minimizing distractions we will be revising the school day schedule on March 27 as follows: A) Time Frame for the OSSLT: 8:25 a.m.-8:30 a.m. = Booklet 1 – test set up – BY TEACHER SUPERVISOR8:30 a.m.-9:45 a.m. = Time Frame for students to complete Booklet 19:45 a.m.-10:00 a.m. = Break & Alloted extra 15 minutes10:00 a.m.-11:15 a.m. = Time Frame for students to complete Booklet 211:15 a.m.-11:30 a.m. = Alloted extra 15 minutes & Student Questionnaire B) Schedule For Afternoon:Common Lunch 11:30 a.m. -12:10 p.m.(allows for a 40 … Continue reading

Parent Teacher Interview Night – Thursday March 21

This is a reminder of Parent Teacher Interview Night on Thursday March 21 from 6PM – 8:30PM. 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 … Continue reading

Progress Reports

Progress reports will be distributed to students on Tuesday March 19. 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.

Women as Career Coaches

Women as Career Coaches (WACC) night is coming!  Thursday, March 21, 2019  5:15 to 9:00 pm at the Burlington Convention Centre This is a FREE event (including dinner) offered to all female students (grade 9 to 12, all career paths) It is a great opportunity for female students to network with female mentors and learn more about a variety of career opportunities Register early!!  Limited number of spaces available for STA students  See Halton Industry Education Council website for further details:  http://www.hiec.on.ca/wacc Note:  there will also be a Men as Career Coaches (MACC) night – in April.  More details to follow.  … Continue reading

SEAC SOUNDBYTES – World Down Syndrome Day Contest

World Down Syndrome Day School Contest World Down Syndrome Day is a United Nations sanctioned observance celebrated on March 21st (3/21) with the goal to create a single global voice for advocating for the rights, inclusion and well-being of people with Down Syndrome. Halton Down Syndrome Association launched WDSD Contest in 2015 with the same goal to spread awareness about Down Syndrome and help promote diversity and inclusion in our schools. WDSD School Contest was AMAZING last year! A total of 21 schools entered – choosing between our Digital Media or Photo Contest. We reached almost 15,000 students in and … Continue reading

Graduation Updates

A reminder to this years graduates that you need to complete your graduation application. https://goo.gl/forms/c6kwi50BH4cFVWmv2 Information about graduation can be found on the student services website under Graduation 2019. Merry Christmas and a Happy New year from Student Services. … Continue reading

Vaping at School – Education.  Warning. Ticket.

In the next few weeks, a Public Health Inspector will be coming out to do surveillance for tobacco and e-cigarettes and will educate any students who are or have been associated with vaping on school premises.  This will be the first step in their progressive enforcement for tobacco and electronic cigarettes. St. Thomas Aquinas staff have been diligent in educating all students and families on the vaping.  Synermail, announcements, washrooms sweeps, phone calls to parents and suspensions happen regularly at the school. Please be advised that Public Health inspectors have been authorized to carry out ticketing in the new year … Continue reading

What is SEAC?

Welcome Back! As we start a new school year, the members of SEAC wanted to take a minute to let you know who we are and what we do. Did you know that there is a committee in each school board or school authority that provides important and relevant advice on Special Education? This committee is known as the Special Education Advisory Committee or SEAC. SEAC is made up of school board trustees and representatives of local associations with a common goal of protecting the interests and well-being of exceptional children or adults. Associations currently represented on HCDSB SEAC are: Association … Continue reading