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2019 Parent Conference
Join us for our 2019 Parent Conference and School Council Training Day – November 9
10/16/2019
The 2019 Parent Conference and School Council Training Day will be held on November 9, 2019 at the Longfields-Davidson Heights Secondary School. The conference is open to everyone
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Parent Involvement Committee Seeking New Members
Parent Involvement Committee Seeking New Members
10/11/2019
The OCDS’s Parent Involvement Committee (PIC) is currently looking for new members. PIC works with parents, school councils and community partners to foster parent involvement and community engagement in support of student success. PIC meets approximately six evenings per year.
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Islamic Heritage Month
Islamic Heritage Month
10/01/2019
Every year for the month of October, Islamic Heritage Month is recognized in Canada. Islamic Heritage Month provides an opportunity for all citizens to learn about the history and culture of Ontarians of Muslim heritage who have made an impact in our communities across the province, as well as to appreciate the significant contributions made by the Islamic community.
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First Board of Trustees Meeting of 2019-2020 School Year
First Board of Trustees Meeting of 2019-2020 School Year
09/26/2019
On Tuesday, September 25, Trustees held their first full Board meeting of the 2019-2020 school year. It was an opportunity to discuss some of the exciting things taking place across our school community and prepare for the year ahead.
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OECD Study on Social and Emotional Skills
OECD Study on Social and Emotional Skills
09/19/2019
This fall, the OCDSB will be participating in the OECD Study on Social and Emotional Skills. OCDSB students aged 10 and 15 will be randomly selected to participate in the study.
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Ontario Ministry Releases Cellphone Restriction Guidelines
Ontario Ministry Releases Cellphone Restriction Guidelines
08/29/2019
New guidance regarding the restriction of cellphones in schools has been released today from the Ontario Ministry of Education.
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 Immunizations
Immunizations - 2019-2020 School Year
08/28/2019
As we enter a new School Year, it is important to remember that Ottawa Public Health requires proof that your child has received proper immunization. All children attending school in Ontario must be immunized against diphtheria, tetanus, polio, measles and rubella, unless there is a valid exemption.
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Revised Elementary Health and Physical Education Curriculum
08/21/2019
On Wednesday, Aug. 21, the Ontario Ministry of Education issued its revised elementary health and physical education (HPE) curriculum. This approach will take effect starting in the 2019-2020 school year.
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2019-2020 School Year Calendars
2019-2020 School Year Calendars
07/19/2019
For those looking to start planning, the calendars for the 2019-2020 school year are available on our website.
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Merivale High School – International Baccalaureate World School Authorization
Merivale High School – International Baccalaureate World School Authorization
07/18/2019
Following a two year process that engaged students, staff, families and the community, the OCDSB is proud to announce Merivale High School’s authorization as an IB World School for the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP)
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Valuing Voices
Valuing Voices
06/25/2019
The OCDSB is committed to improving equity of access and opportunity for all students. To do this, we we need to better understand the challenges our students are facing and where more support is needed As part of this commitment, the district will be conducting a survey called Valuing Voices – Identity Matters! The survey will be conducted between November 26th and December 13th, 2019. The survey will be completed by parents of students in Kindergarten to Grade 6 and by students in grades 7 to 12. Parents of children K-6 will be invited to complete one survey on behalf of each child. Students 7-12 will be invited to complete the survey individually during class time. The survey includes 2 types of questions; demographic questions about things such as race, gender identity, ethnicity, language and sexual orientation and perceptual data about student’s experiences related to safety, wellbeing, belonging, engagement, and The survey is confidential and voluntary. Participants can skip any question they do not wish to answer. Parents who do not want their child to complete the survey can opt out, by completing a form and returning it to the school. The survey collection process is confidential, but not anonymous. There will be a unique identifier in the data collection which allows the dataset to be analysed against other data sets as part of our research. School based staff will NOT be able to access individual student responses to the survey. Why is the survey necessary? We have been working on issues of equity for several years and despite considerable effort, we continue to hear stories from students and families about their experience with bias and barriers in the education system. Over the past year, we held focus groups with parents and students to learn more about their experience. These stories informed a report titled “Valuing Voices” (insert link). We appreciated the open and honest feedback we received in our focus groups. This report is not simply an account of the challenges our students and families have experienced, it’s a call to action. We need to do more to address the barriers our students face. The collection of identity-based data is an important step forward in this direction. What is the purpose of the survey? The purpose of the student survey is: to gather demographic information about the unique and diverse characteristics of the OCDSB’s student population; to identify and respond to barriers to student learning and well-being; to enhance the District’s capacity to serve its increasingly diverse student population and client communities. How will this information be used? The District already reports on a range of student data, such as achievement rates, graduation, enrolment, suspensions and expulsions. During the survey, the district will collect demographic data and perceptual data from students. This type of data, when analyzed with other data sets can be very helpful in revealing trends which could help to answer questions about: Achievement Gaps and whether certain groups of students achieve at the same rate; Suspension and Expulsion Rates and whether certain groups of students are suspended or expelled at a higher rate; Streaming and whether certain groups of students are over or under represented in particular programs or streams (academic versus applied; English with Core French or Elementary French Immersion); Sense of Belonging and whether certain groups of students feel more engaged/disengaged at school; Feeling Safe at School and whether certain groups of students feel more or less safe at school.
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Stay Connected with your child's school with the OCDSB App
Stay Connected with your child's school with the OCDSB App
02/28/2019
Check out the new OCDSB mobile app It makes staying connected with your children’s school(s) easy and accessible.
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