South Carleton High School GRADE 8 PARENT INFORMATION PRESENTATION November 6th, 2014 Agenda Principal’s message Colin Anderson A student perspective Adam Rehman, Lily Fischer, Paige Ireland, and Ben Seibel Guidance information Sheri Eady Questions What makes SOUTH CARLETON a great place to send your child? What makes SOUTH a great place to send your child? • Outstanding student achievement What makes SOUTH a great place to send your child? • Outstanding student achievement • Supports for all students What makes SOUTH a great place to send your child? • Outstanding student achievement • Supports for all students • Our size and location What makes SOUTH a great place to send your child? • Outstanding student achievement • Supports for all students • Our size and location • Caring staff and involved students A picture of SCHS Our student population is a unique blend of suburban and rural communities Our feeder schools are: Kars on the Rideau Goulbourn Middle A. Lorne Cassidy Steve MacLean A picture of SCHS Our current enrollment: Grade 9: 259 Grade 10: 271 Grade 11: 263 Grade 12: 249 Total: 1,042 Recognizing EXCELLENCE Reaching personal goals is an important part of the culture of SCHS. Last year over 470 students were named to the Honour Roll (over 80%), with 85 of those achieving a Silver Medal (over 90%) Our 2014 GRADUATES Total of 297 graduates •162 on the school Honour Roll (80% and higher) •31 students received the Silver Medal Award(90% and higher) •78 special awards and scholarships were presented to the graduating class, totalling over $36,000 •Red Seal 23 of students earning SHSM Specialist High Skills Majors • 4 SHSMs Manufacturing House Construction Health And Wellness (Community Service) Information and Communication Technology • For Grade 11 and 12 students • Focusing their studies on a specific career sector for the purpose of self exploration Advanced Placement • Program offered in English, Chemistry and French • Students complete the exam in early May • Students may earn a University credit or the opportunity to move onto a second year course SCHS Athletics Over 27 interscholastic teams run each year at the school including: Track and field, field hockey, hockey, rugby, wrestling, badminton, basketball, swimming, baseball, soccer, volleyball, crosscountry running, golf, curling, alpine skiing Student activities include: Students' Council, Athletic Association, Key Club, Ski Club, Drama Club, Leadership Planning Committee, Leadership Camp, Intramural Sports, Anime Club, Coffee House, Storm Surge, Tech Crew, SC Awareness, CAPPIES, Fashion Show, Duke of Edinburgh, The Well, Sci Fi Group A word from our students! Diploma Requirements (O.S.S.D.) 18 Compulsory Credits + 12 Optional Credits 30 Total Credits (110 hours each) IN ADDITION: Successful completion of Grade 10 Literacy Test and 40 Hours of Community Involvement What’s a CREDIT? • 110 “Instructional Hours” – Often divided in to 75 minute periods • Specific Subject area • Requires a final mark of 50% + • Usually take 4 credits at a time • Credits are granted by the Principal Compulsory Courses – ENGLISH STREAM Grade 9 Grade 10 Grade 11 Grade 12 English – ENG1_ English – ENG2_ English – ENG3_ English – ENG4_ Mathematics Mathematics Science Science Canadian Geography Canadian History French Civics/ Career Studies Physical Education Arts* Business/Tech (group credit) Mathematics Two other “group” credits Compulsory Courses FRENCH IMMERSION STREAM Grade 9 Grade 10 Grade 11 Grade 12 English – ENG1 English – ENG2 English – ENG3 English – ENG4 Mathematics Mathematics Mathematics Science Science Canadian Geography Canadian History Intro to Social Sciences French – FIF1D French – FIF2D French – FIF3U French – FIF4U (group credit) Physical Education Civics/ Career Studies Arts* Foods and Nutrition Business/Tech (group credit) One more “group” credit 12 Elective Credits - Elective credits allow students to build an educational program over the four years that suits their individual interests and meets university, college, apprenticeship or work requirements - An advantage of our school is having 50% more (12 vs 8) elective choices than the Catholic System The Literacy Test • Administered the spring of the grade 10 year • A test based on language and communication (reading and writing) expectations of curricula up to and including grade 9 • Accommodations may be provided for some students with unique learning needs Community Involvement • A diploma requirement! • Encourages civic responsibility, promotes community values and reinforces importance of volunteerism • Complete 40 hours before graduation Course Selection • Parents and students will select courses in collaboration with intermediate teachers, guidance counsellors and administrators • Grade 8 students and their parents choose grade 9 courses on the basis of the student’s needs, interests, strengths, and past achievements The transition to high school NEXT STEPS Students attend a tour at SCHS in December Counsellors will visit grade 8 classes in January Grade 8 Family Night at SCHS in February Liaison between SCHS staff and grade 8 teachers Stormwatch Newsletter Welcome BBQ in August Parent/Teacher interviews Email and SynerVoice communication with parents Take a look at www.southcarleton.ca LINK CREW Link Crew is a high school transition program that welcomes grade 9’s and makes them feel comfortable throughout the first year of their high school experience Built on the belief that students can help students succeed As positive role models, Link Leaders are motivators and leaders who guide the Grade 9’s to discover what it takes to be successful during the transition to high school Recommended resources Your child’s teacher SCHS counsellors Board website: www.ocdsb.ca SCHS website: www.southcarleton.ca Follow us on twitter @GuidanceSCHS @SouthCarletonHS Join our parent email list Join the School Council We look forward to working with you over the next few years to ensure your child enjoys a successful and rewarding secondary school program at SCHS Questions?