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Orangeville grade 8 students get taste of high school during Tech Day

November 6, 2019

ORANGEVILLE, Ontario – Grade 8 students in Orangeville got a taste of what high school will be like on November 6, as Orangeville District Secondary School and Westside Secondary School held their Grade 8 Tech Days.

Grade 8 students from Orangeville DSS’s partner schools visited ODSS on Wednesday for the first ever ODSS Tech/Elective Day.

Grade 8 students at the school started the day with an inspirational keynote address from Orlando Bowen before they got a taste of what high school will be like next year.

As part of the day, students at ODSS were able to explore and participate in some the elective courses that will be available to them at course selection time.

After lunch, students at ODSS were invited to the cafeteria to listen to students and community members talk about the various clubs at the school and volunteer opportunities available in the area.

At Westside SS, grade 8 students participated in the Annual Feeder School Tech Day.

Prior to Wednesday, grade 8 students were given a list of elective courses at Westside SS and asked to choose four elective options. Students were then divided into groups and given the opportunity to explore the courses that were of interest to them.

Students at both schools were invited to participate in elective courses like Hospitality, Cosmetology, Auto, Communication Technology, Art, Music, Drama and more.

ODSS and WSS are not the only schools in the Upper Grand District School Board that provide a day for grade 8 students to learn about what high school will be like. Several other UGDSB secondary schools provide a day for grade 8 students to learn about high school.

Grade 8 days are important to students and staff because they allow students entering high school to explore the career pathways available to them before they select their elective courses for grade 9.

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