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Commencement 2018 Info

Click here for information about our 2018 Commencement Ceremony on October 26th.

Emergency Drills

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 in the fall and three (3) fire drills in the spring
  • Two (2) lockdown drills
  • One (1) tornado drill
  • One (1) bomb threat drill

For each of these drills, there is an education component to explain why they are necessary.  All drills are conducted in a manner that is sensitive to the needs of our students.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the school office.​

Attention Parents/Guardians

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, some of our students have been contacted about a trip being planned for 2019 at a resort in Honduras. This is not a Westside trip. Students have been reminded to not advertise this trip at Westside or as a Westside trip.

There have been many concerns in the media recently regarding companies that offer grad/student trips that provide very little supervision to students. We strongly encourage parents and students to do research before signing up for any external trip.

Friday, September 21st       Day 2

Posted September 21, 2018

A representative from Laurier is available in 218 immediately after the announcements for any interested students.

The 2017\2018 yearbook has arrived!  Yearbooks will be distributed in your block A class today for students in grades 10-12.  If you have a block A spare you can pick up your yearbook from Mrs. Crawford in the library today. Class of 2018 grads will receive their yearbooks at Commencement.

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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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Thursday, September 20th       Day 1

Posted September 20, 2018

Sheridan college information session is taking place in room 212 immediately after the announcements.

Cross Country Practices continue today after school.

If you are interested in playing in next week’s coffee house, meet today in the music room at lunch to show your stuff.  See Mr. McCloskey if you cannot attend.

Yesterday, the Westside Baseball team had their first home game in school history. …

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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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Wednesday, September 19th Day 2

Posted September 19, 2018

All Me to We students attending We Day, please remember that you need to be at school by 5:30 am. The bus will leave at 5:45 sharp and return to Westside at around 4:30.

Senior Boys soccer team will practice Today at 3pm in lower field. All players are expected to attend.

A representative from Redeemer University is available in student services immediately after …

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Tuesday, September 18th       Day 1

Posted September 18, 2018

Cross Country Practices continue today after school.  BRING WATER!

Baseball team practice today after school at Princess of Wales park.  See Mr. McCloskey or Ms. McKay if you cannot attend.

Coffee House begins soon.  Performers who wish to play in this month’s coffee house are asked to sign up for a rehearsal time outside the music room before Wednesday.  The first coffee house will take …

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Monday, September 17th Day 2

Posted September 17, 2018

DND MEETING TODAY!!!

Are you interested in joining Me to We? Would you like to attend We Day? Please see Mrs. Kanters in room 234 today. All forms and money are due tomorrow.

Cross Country Practices continue today after school.

Grade specific classrooms have been created for all grades in the cloud.  Check your email or the white board in student services for the …

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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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Reminder for parents/guardians: Accidents happen – be prepared with Student Accident Insurance

Posted August 23, 2018

Parents/guardians are responsible for expenses related to student injuries on school premises during school activities.  Accidents can and do happen and the costs involved might not be fully covered by Provincial Health Care or employer group insurance plans.

The Upper Grand District School Board is empowered under The Education Act to offer Accident and Life Insurance for students.

Information will be …

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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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Long Term Accommodation Plan Final Report (Draft) – Public Meetings

Posted April 11, 2018

The Long Term Accommodation Plan (LTAP) Final Report (Draft) is going to be presented at 5 regional public meetings throughout the month of May.

The draft report includes a list of proposed short (1-5 yrs.) and long (6-10 yrs.) accommodation priorities. The report does not include any recommended changes to school programs or boundaries. Pin

We invite you to attend any of the following …

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Release of the Long Term Accommodation Plan (LTAP) Final Report (Draft)

Posted April 6, 2018

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Board staff is presenting the Long Term Accommodation Plan (LTAP) Final Report (Draft) and Phase 2 Public Engagement Plan at the Board’s Business Operations Committee meeting on April 10, 2018.  The meeting will be held at the Guelph Board Office located at 500 Victoria Rd N, Guelph starting at 7:00pm.  All are welcome to attend.

The draft report includes a list of proposed …

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