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Possibilities – Ontario Autism Program (OAP)

With the changes to the Ontario Autism Program (OAP), Dufferin Child And Family Services is seeking input from parents and caregivers as we explore the possibilities for future service delivery.
As we adjust our services based on the new OAP framework we need to hear first from families.
Please join us on February 27, 2019 for 1 of 2 Sessions
9:00 am – 11: am OR 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Dufferin Child and Family Services
655 Riddell Road, Orangeville
RSVP to: Wanda Gauthier: wanda.gauthier@dcafs.on.ca
519-941-1530 ext. 216

Grad Photos – book in office

Attention Grads!  Edge Imaging will be returning this month for Grad Photos.  The available dates are Tuesday, February 26, Wednesday, February 27 and Thursday, February 28th.  New this semester you must come to the main office to book your seating time or have a parent call.

Friday February 22nd Day 2

Posted February 22, 2019

Attention Grads!  Next Week Edge Imaging is returning for Grad Photos.  The available dates are Tuesday, February 26, Wednesday, February 27 and Thursday, February 28th.  New this semester you must come to the main office to book your seating time or have a parent call.

Intramural pickup basketball is happening on Fridays. All students are welcome.

Girls hockey team meeting today at lunch in Room …

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Thursday February 21st Day 1

Posted February 21, 2019

Attention Grads!  Next Week Edge Imaging returning for Grad Photos.  The available dates are Tuesday, February 26, Wednesday, February 27 and Thursday, February 28th.  New this semester you must come to the main office to book your seating time or have a parent call.

Anyone interested in participating in the Intramural Hockey League please submit your team list (min. 6 players/team) to Mr. Bosomworth by Today.

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Wednesday February 20th Day 2

Posted February 20, 2019

Attention Grads!  Next Week Edge Imaging returning for Grad Photos.  The available dates are Tuesday, February 26, Wednesday, February 27 and Thursday, February 28th.  New this semester you must come to the main office to book your seating time or have a parent call.

Intramural basketball is running today. Raptors take on the Lakers.

Anyone interested in participating in the Intramural Hockey League please submit …

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Tuesday February 19th Day 1

Posted February 19, 2019

Attention Grads!  Next Week Edge Imaging returning for Grad Photos.  The available dates are Tuesday, February 26, Wednesday, February 27 and Thursday, February 28th.  New this semester you must come to the main office to book your seating time or have a parent call.

Anyone interested in participating in the Intramural Hockey League please submit your team list (min. 6 players/team) to Mr. Bosomworth by Thursday …

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You’re Invited to Live Free Day Celebration!

Posted January 31, 2019

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2019 8:00 AM SCHOOL & COMMUNITY BREAKFAST You’re Invited to Live Free Day Celebration!  This is a free event, however we will be accepting donations which will support Westside Secondary School’s Food & Friends Breakfast, Snack and Lunch Program. Students who participate in a student nutrition program show improved memory and focus, which can help increase grades by up to 15%

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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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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