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Grade 8 Night

Grade 8 Parents night will be on Jan 16th, 2018

Optional Guided Tours from 6-7pm

Program runs from 7-8:15pm

Friday December 14th Day 1

Posted December 14, 2018

Have you seen the Giving Tree in the library? If you make a donation, you will make a difference in a Westside student’s life. You can donate money, gift cards or an item for the foods class to use in making dishes for the food bank. In return, you will get to take a Christmas ornament off the tree and give to someone you care about. Our …

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Thursday, December 13th       Day 2

Posted December 13, 2018

Hey Westside!  Great News! It is official, the Breast Cancer Society of Canada has made a press release that we are once again the top fundraiser in Canada.  In total we raised over $23 000.00 and as a result the Breast Cancer Society will make a $5000.00 to Headwaters Health Care Centre. Congratulations Westside, we should all be proud of this accomplishment!

Congratulations to the junior …

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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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Wednesday, December 12th Day 1

Posted December 12, 2018

Sweet reindeer, Westside snowmen, or sparkling ornaments. Get your tree rock’n a Thunder Ornament this season and help make our Westside community spirit shine at the same time. Go to the Giving Tree in the library and help undecorated the tree!

Curling practice after school today….please get a form off of Mr. Bosomworth if you still need to.  

Do you like to read the …

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Tuesday, December 11th       Day 2

Posted December 11, 2018

Are you looking for a gift for that hard to buy for person. Look no further, simply go to the library and pick something from the tree. You can wrap this up and let the person know they have made a difference for others this season!

Are you interested in reading the latest and best Canadian fiction books?  Come to the library on Friday at lunch …

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Monday, December 10th Day 1

Posted December 10, 2018

The Girls Hockey Team will have a quick meeting today at lunch in room 124 regarding Wednesdays game vs. ODSS.  Please see Mr. McCloskey if you cannot attend this meeting by the end of the day.

The next Coffee house will take place next week before the holidays.  If you wish to play in the coffee house, talk with Mr. McCloskey to book your time …

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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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School Trips vs External Trips

Posted May 28, 2018

We would like to remind parents and guardians that any Westside trips that are being planned have staff contacts and have school permission forms. Recently students have been contacted regarding a trip through ‘breakawaytours’. This company is not associated with the school, and this is not a school sanctioned trip. 

There have been many concerns in the media recently regarding companies that offer grad/student trips that …

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