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Tech Quest

Tech Quest is an ONLINE Professional Development event, that ran for the first time last year.

Due to much enthusiastic feedback and requests for more, we are now back with a second Quest,  for those who want to continue their learning around intentionally using technology in their classroom setting!

What Can You Expect?

Watch the Trailer HERE

Over a period of 10 Days, educators will be given 6 challenges (1 challenge will be shared per day, with additional days to ‘catch-up’, reflect and check-in for support.)

(The time frame does include the Easter break – NO challenges will be shared during this time.)

Challenges will be shared and handed in through Google Classroom, on Google Slides.

Educators who complete all tasks will be eligible for the prize draw at the end – prizes consist of Chromebooks,  Chromecasts, iPads, and general swag ;0)

From past experience, we have been told that challenging other staff within your school building … or across the board can add additional fun to this event!

When Does it Take Place?

April 15th – April 30th

For Even More Information:

  • Visit the EITC website on the UGCloud landing page – Follow the link to Tech Quest 2.0
  • Watch the Video:

Tech Quest 2.0 – Teaser Trailer:

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1mHZ_v9_nNKZLVqLU82NK2s4xmUxkJD4I

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Register for Alumni Day using the following link: https://ugdsb.schoolcashonline.com/Fee/Details/25869/64/False/True

Feedback welcome on draft board policies

The Upper Grand District School Board is welcoming public input on draft policies. Currently under review is:

Policy 602 – Animals in the Classroom

This policy is important to students, staff, parents and guardians, school councils and community members because everyone plays a role in maintaining a healthy and safe learning and working environment in our schools when animals are present.

You are invited to review the draft documents and submit online feedback at www.ugdsb.ca/board/policyThe deadline for public input is March 28, 2019 at 4 p.m. EST.  Persons without internet access may call 519-822-4420 (or toll-free 1-800-321-4025) ext. 723 to request a printed copy of the draft documents.

Students, staff and parents – please take our voluntary Diversity Data Survey

Posted March 22, 2019

From March 22 to April 18, 2019, the Upper Grand District School Board is conducting a system-wide survey, to help the board understand the demographic makeup, diversity and ongoing needs of our student population.

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Friday March 22nd Day 1

Posted March 22, 2019

Come join us at art club today at lunch in 305. We are playing with experimental watercolours. No art background needed. See you there!

Attention grade 10 and 11 students, the Literacy test is next Wednesday. A “tips and tricks” session is running next Monday at lunch, for any student who could use that last bit of extra help. Please come to room 327 at lunch …

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Thursday March 21st Day 2

Posted March 21, 2019

Giant art sale tonight in the lobby from 5:30 to 8pm. Framed and unframed work, see you there!

The prom committee meeting is TODAY in Room 212!

If you are interested in playing on the girls lacrosse team, there will be a meeting today at lunch in the fitness room.

Staff and students are invited to participate in the library’s Read for your …

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Wednesday March 20th Day 1

Posted March 20, 2019

Hey Westside ,this Thursday is parent teacher interviews and the Me to We team is having a bake sale.. come support the We team from 6-8 Thursday night!

There will be a prom committee meeting at lunch on Thursday in Room 212.

The varsity girls soccer team will have tryouts today after school and Friday morning this week. Speak with Mr. Pinizzotto or Ms. Mills …

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Tuesday March 19th Day 2

Posted March 19, 2019

There will be a prom committee meeting at lunch on Thursday in Room 212.

The varsity girls soccer team will have tryouts Wednesday after school and Friday morning this week. Speak with Mr. Pinizzotto or Ms. Mills if you have any questions for concerns. Don’t forget to sign up outside of the gym. All grades are welcome!

Staff and students are invited to participate in …

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Monday March 18th Day 1

Posted March 18, 2019

There will be a prom committee meeting at lunch on Thursday in Room 212.

The Fitness Center will be closed after school today.  It will be open Tuesday to Thursday this week.

Would you like to make a positive impact on the lives of others? Me to We will discuss baking for a change today at lunch in room 234. New members are always welcome.

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Dress for the Cause Top Fundraiser

Posted December 12, 2018

NEWS RELEASE

Dress for the Cause Top Fundraiser

Westside Secondary School is the top fundraiser for four consecutive years!

SARNIA, Ont., December 11, 2018 – The Breast Cancer Society of Canada (BCSC) is delighted to
announce Westside Secondary School, in Orangeville, Ontario is the top fundraiser for the 2018
Dress for the Cause.

Dress for the Cause, supporting Breast Cancer Awareness month, has raised more than $10 Million for
Canadian breast cancer research. From across Canada, …

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Parents/guardians: Take our survey on secondary school education

Posted September 21, 2018

The Upper Grand District School Board is seeking secondary student, parent and staff input as part of the board’s strategic review of secondary school education across the district.

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Information for parents re: province-wide student walkout

Posted September 19, 2018

The following message was sent to all parents/guardians via our school’s phone call-out system on Wednesday Sept. 19.

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Emergency Drills

Posted September 5, 2018

As a reminder, each year our school must conduct drills to ensure staff and students are prepared in the event of a real emergency.  While our school has been conducting fire drills, lockdown drills and tornado drills for the last several years, beginning this school year, we are also required to conduct a bomb threat drill.

The following number of drills are required each school year:

Three (3) fire drills …

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Secondary Program Review: UGDSB creating guiding vision for secondary school education

Posted September 5, 2018

The Upper Grand District School Board is conducting a strategic review of secondary school education across the district. The purpose of the review is to create a guiding vision for secondary education in the UGDSB to meet the learning needs of all students. We are gathering feedback and information on existing programs to create a current snapshot of secondary education in the UGDSB.

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Health and Physical Education Letter for Parents

Posted September 4, 2018

Dear parents and guardians,

We are writing to you to address some of the questions and concerns we have received regarding changes to the Health and Physical Education Curriculum. As you may know, the Government of Ontario has directed all school boards across the province to use the re-issued 2010 Health and Physical Education Curriculum (Grades 1-8). Since all school boards are required to teach the curriculum that is approved …

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Life-Threatening Allergies

Posted August 23, 2018

We have students in our school with potential life-threatening allergies (called anaphylaxis) to various foods and other materials.  Anaphylaxis is a medical condition that can cause death within minutes.   In recent years, anaphylaxis has increased dramatically among students. Although this may not affect your child’s class(es) directly, we are letting you know so that you are aware that we aim to create an allergy safe environment at our school. …

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Students with Life-Threatening Medical Conditions

Posted August 23, 2018

UGDSB Policy 518: Students with Life-Threatening Medical Conditions, outlines the roles and responsibilities for all in the educational community to support students with possible life-threatening medical conditions.  The prevalent medical conditions covered under this policy are Asthma, Anaphylaxis, Diabetes and Epilepsy/Seizure Disorders.  If your child has one of these, or any other life-threatening medical condition, please visit: www.ugdsb.ca/board/policy (and look for Policy 518) or contact the school as …

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Staff Presentation of the Long Term Accommodation Plan (LTAP) Final Report

Posted June 8, 2018

The Long Term Accommodation Plan (LTAP) Final Report (Draft) will be presented at the Business Operations Committee meeting on June 12, 2018. Pin The meeting starts at 7 pm in the boardroom at the Guelph Board Office, 500 Victoria Road N, Guelph.

The final report has considered the feedback received during the second phase of public engagement conducted throughout May. The LTAP Final …

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