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OSSTF update: Dec. 11 strikes in some Ontario school boards (not UGDSB)

The Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF) has announced that on Wednesday Dec. 11, OSSTF teachers and education workers in some school boards will take part in a one-day, full withdrawal of services in selected locations across Ontario: http://www.osstf.on.ca/news/mr-dec-06-2019.aspx

The Upper Grand District School Board is not listed as one of the school boards that will be included in the Dec. 11 OSSTF job action. 

Please continue to check www.ugdsb.ca/labour for updates.

Grad Photos

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Edge Imaging will be returning next Tuesday December 10th to take grad photos.

Anyone who would like to make an appointment, please see the photographer in the cafeteria today

Orangeville/Dufferin and Erin Secondary French Immersion (FI) Assessment

Posted December 9, 2019

The Orangeville/Dufferin and Erin Secondary French Immersion (FI) Assessment – Final Report is being presented at the Business Operations Committee meeting on December 10, 2019.

The report has considered secondary FI programming in Orangeville, Dufferin and Erin including; the history of FI, enrolment, cohort sizes, and participation and retention rate information.  Consideration has also been given to secondary FI programs throughout UGDSB and to the learning from other board …

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Monday December 9th Day 1

Posted December 9, 2019

The Next coffee house performance is next week Wednesday Dec. 17th at lunch.  See Mr. McCloskey if you would like to play a song.

Are you a musician looking for other people to jam with? Are you learning an instrument and you want to practice more? Join the Jam Session Club! Come to an information meeting in the theatre on Wednesday at lunch to learn more, …

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Friday December 6th Day 2

Posted December 6, 2019

Next Thursday, December 12, Public Health is holding an Immunization Clinic at Westside, from 12:15-3:00. Today, in block A, students with outstanding immunizations will receive a slip from their teacher, with a time to come to the clinic. Please be sure to share this information with your parents and call Public Health if you have any changes to report about immunizations.

All eco team members planning …

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Thursday December 5th Day 1

Posted December 5, 2019

There is a prom meeting TODAY at lunch in Room 212. Come with images of centrepiece and ticket ideas! 

The Next coffee house performance has been rescheduled for next week on Wed. Dec. 11th.  Music performers are asked to sign up outside of the music room and see Mr. McCloskey if you want help preparing your songs.  

For anyone who bought a ticket to the …

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Tuesday December 3rd Day 1

Posted December 3, 2019

EcoTeam meets today at lunch in 251. New members are always welcome! 

Don’t forget tomorrow there will be FREE hot chocolate and music outside the office, all you have to do is be eco-friendly by bring your own thermos or mug when you walk or take the bus! 
After Black Friday and Cyber Monday, join the movement dedicated to giving – GivingTuesday. Today, Tuesday, …

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Important information regarding WHY Survey – a joint survey between UGDSB and WDG Public Health

Posted November 8, 2019

This year Upper Grand District School Board and Wellington Dufferin Guelph Public Health are collecting information on student health and well-being from youth, parents and school staff. The Well-Being and Health Youth Surveys are designed to help us understand how well we are doing creating safe, welcoming, and inclusive environments in our schools. It also provides important information about the physical and mental health of youth in our area. 

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Orangeville/Dufferin and Erin Secondary French Immersion (FI) Impact Assessment

Posted October 25, 2019

An Orangeville/Dufferin and Erin French Immersion (FI) Impact Assessment – Initiation Report was approved by the Board on October 22, 2019.

The impact assessment will consider secondary programming in Orangeville, Dufferin and Erin including; the history of FI, enrolment, cohort sizes, and participation and retention rate information.  Consideration will be given to secondary FI programs throughout UGDSB and to the learning from other board processes including the Secondary FSL …

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Job action and labour updates: Information for parents/guardians 

Posted October 3, 2019

Parents/guardians are encouraged to visit www.ugdsb.ca/labour for on-going updates from the school board regarding provincial job action. 

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Staff Presentation of the 2019 Long Term Accommodation Plan (LTAP) Annual Review Report

Posted March 29, 2019

The 2019 Long Term Accommodation Plan (LTAP) Annual Review Report was presented at the Business Operations Committee meeting on March 19, 2019.

This purpose of this report is to review updated data and any other changes affecting accommodation. It is necessary for staff to monitor the relevance of the Board’s work plan priorities. The LTAP review report also provides the status of the 5-year work plan priorities identified for 2018-2022.

Please …

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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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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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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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