Secondary School Quadmester 2 Calendar and Daily Schedule

We would like to update secondary school students and families on the details of Quadmester 2, which starts on Monday, November 16, 2020. Quadmestering In the adaptive/hybrid model, the traditional semester is split into two quadmesters, with two credits being offered in each quadmester. From there, students will be divided into two cohorts that will […]

Cancellation of WCSSAA Winter Sports Season

As we draw closer to the start of what traditionally would be the Waterloo County Secondary School Athletic Association (WCSSAA) winter sports season, we are providing an update on the status of school sports. To align with announcements by Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations (OFSAA) and Central Western Ontario Secondary Schools Association (CWOSSA), and […]

New Deadline for Secondary Students and Families to Change Mode of Learning

We are asking families of secondary students who want to make a change in their child’s mode of learning, to do so by Friday, October 16 at 4 pm. This is one week earlier than the previous deadline of October 23.   The new, earlier deadline of October 16 will help students feel settled in their […]

UPDATE: Secondary School Quadmester Calendar and Daily Schedule

On July 30, 2020, the Ministry of Education released a list of designated school boards that would begin the 2020-21 secondary school year in an adaptive/hybrid model. Waterloo Region District School Board (WRDSB) was selected as a designated school board. Further direction from the Ministry of Education has resulted in some changes to our original […]

Friday, January 31 is a PD Day for secondary students

Friday, January 31 is a professional development (PD) day for secondary school staff. Secondary students will not attend school. The focus for the day across all our secondary schools will be reflecting on our Strategic Plan and Operational Goals for Student Achievement and Well-Being and School Improvement Planning. Visit our School Information page for a […]

Secondary school summer office hours for 2018

Over the summer, our secondary schools are closed for periods of time over the summer. 2018 Secondary School Summer Office Hours School Name Summer Closure Bluevale C.I. July 16 – August 24 (inclusive) Cameron Heights C.I. July 2 – August 31 (renovations) Eastwood C.I. July 16 – August 24 (inclusive) Elmira District S.S. July 13 […]

Secondary school 2017 summer office hours

Over the summer, our secondary schools are closed for periods of time over the summer. 2017 Secondary School Summer Office Hours School Name Summer Closure Bluevale C.I. July 4 – indeterminate (renovations) Cameron Heights C.I. July 21 – August 18 (inclusive) Eastwood C.I. July 14 – August 21 (inclusive) Elmira District S.S. July 17 – August […]

Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why – Guidance for Parents

Frequently Asked Questions – 13 Reasons Why, provided by School Mental Health ASSIST – May 4, 2017

Netflix recently released the series 13 Reasons Why based on the popular young adult novel of the same name by Jay Asher. The series depicts the story of a high school student who dies by suicide, leaving behind 13 cassette recordings that share the events that she perceives led to her death. Series like this one can lead to misconceptions and misinformation about suicide, and possibly to the glorification of suicide.

For these reasons, mental health professionals, including the Waterloo Region District School Board’s mental health team, feel it is necessary to make you aware of this series. The WRDSB is providing the following tips, distributed by School Mental Health (SMH) ASSIST and National Association of School Psychologists (NASP), to help with conversations you may have with your child:

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PD Day – Friday, February 3, 2017 (Secondary)

This is a reminder of our scheduled Professional Development (PD) Day tomorrow – Friday, February 3, 2017. There will be no school for secondary students. Secondary Teachers Secondary teachers and administrators will be working on school improvement planning on various topics, including mathematics, student well-being, digital learning, and subject-based topics. They will also have time […]

A laptop for every high school student

Featured in Perspective Waterloo Region 2016, issued in The Globe and Mail (Thursday, October 27, 2016). In a classroom at Southwood Secondary School in Cambridge, Ontario, Jane Gingerich delivered her lesson on the theory of the dominant seventh chord to a class of one. The laptop’s blinking green eye stared unerringly back at her. Uploading […]

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