News & Announcements

Prom Fundraiser

Calling all chocolate-lovers! 

Our spring Purdy’s campaign has sprung and the deadline to order is fast approaching!

Stock up on your favourite Purdys treats (did someone say Hedgehogs?) AND support a great cause at the same time. All fundraising profit raised will directly support our graduates so every order makes a great difference to us.

Ordering is as easy as eating chocolate. Just click this link https://fundraising.purdys.com/1705239-115576, fill out your information and click “Join Campaign”, enter the campaign number – 66484, and order to your heart’s content!

The order deadline is March 12th, so get shopping! Once orders close, we’ll notify everyone when and where you can collect your treats.

Please share with anyone you know who might be interested. It would help us so much.

We would also like to thank everyone for participating in our Winter Fundraiser, your support means a lot to us. 

Thank you,

2024 Prom Committee

Teacher-Parent/Guardian Interviews

Dear Parents/Guardians,

We hope this message finds you well. As part of our ongoing commitment to fostering strong partnerships between home and school, we would like to inform you about the upcoming parent/guardian interviews.

These interviews provide a valuable chance for us to connect with you, discuss your student’s progress, address any concerns you may have, and collaborate on strategies to support your student’s development and success. Your insights and perspectives are incredibly valuable to us, and we look forward to sharing information and ideas with you.

Please find below the details regarding the parent/guardian interviews:

Interview bookings open March 4th at 9am.

Date: March 21st2024

Time: 6-8pm

Location: Room location will appear when you book the interview online

Format: In person

To schedule your appointment’s, please follow the instructions attached in red below. If you encounter any difficulties or have specific scheduling needs, please do not hesitate to contact us, and we will do our best to accommodate you.

Teacher ParentGuardian Interviews

If you are unable to attend at the scheduled time, please let us know.

 

Thank you for your continued support and cooperation in partnering with us to ensure the success of your student.

Kevin Taylor, Principal

Kaley Kowaluk-Mainland, Vice Principal

Learn more about the DELF French proficiency exam

Grade 12 students in the Upper Grand District School Board who are taking Core French or French Immersion are invited to learn more about the DELF. 

The Diplôme d’études en langue Française (DELF) is an internationally recognized exam that measures French proficiency across four competencies: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. The DELF exam has two parts; a written exam and an oral interview. The DELF is optional. Students interested in taking either the B1 or B2 test are invited to apply.

Please see the following information about upcoming exam dates and more: DELF Information Spring 2024

And for even more information about the DELF, visit: DELF in UGDSB

International Women’s Day Event

Please find attached flyer for the International Women’s Day Event at Markham African Caribbean Canadian Association on March 14, 2024 at 10:30 am – 1:30 pm.

Women's Day 2024 Flyer

Skills Ontario Events: Umoja Series for Black youth and their families. 

These conferences are for Black youth and families to learn about post-secondary pathways leading to successful careers in skilled trades and technologies industries. During the conference, we will provide strategies to mitigate systemic racism, discrimination, and stigma. During the virtual conference attendees will be able to hear from potential employers, including businesses, corporations, services providers, and other relevant stakeholders.

Elementary student event: February 27, 2024

Secondary student event: February 28, 2024

Parent/Caregiver event: February 29, 2024

Check the SKILLS website for updated information and resources.

WHY Survey

In February, Upper Grand District School Board, is 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.

If you did not complete the WHY Survey in November, and would like to complete the WHY Survey as a parent/ guardian, please click on this link is.gd/2024parentwhy.

The WHY Survey has been translated into Amharic, Arabic,  Filipino/ Tagalog, Hindi, Punjabi, Simplified Chinese, Tigrinya, Urdu, and Vietnamese. If you require a translated video walkthrough, please click on this link to access these videos. Google doc translations can be found here.

Provide your input on the 2024-25 School Year Calendars

Planning for the next school year has begun and the Upper Grand District School Board is seeking feedback on the proposed 2024-2025 school year calendars.

Each year, the UGDSB’s School Year Calendar Committee submits draft calendars for the upcoming school year to the Ministry. Once approved, these calendars are posted online and outline the school days, PA Days and holidays for the coming school year.

To view the draft 2024-25 school year calendars, please visit the board website

Public Feedback 

Staff, students and families in our district are invited to take a few minutes to provide their input on the UGDSB’s draft 2024-2025 School Year Calendars via an anonymous online survey.

SURVEY LINK: https://ca.research.net/r/UGDSB-calendars-2024-25 

The survey is open for responses until February 25, 2024, at 11pm. Your input is important to us and we appreciate your time in submitting your comments.

For more information, please visit the School Year Calendar page on the UGDSB website, which also provides a link to the Ministry of Education website.

SWIS

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Free Online Parenting Workshops – February

February 2024 Workshops

FebruaryWorkshops

February UGDSB Newsletter

Please see the link below.

February 2024 Communications Newsletter (ugdsb.ca)

Elementary Remote Learning Pre-Registration for the 2024-2025 school year

During the 2023-2024 school year, the Upper Grand District School Board (UGDSB), in partnership with Avon Maitland District School Board (AMDSB) and Grand Erie District School Board (GEDSB) worked together to provide remote learning for elementary students. While we believe that in-person learning best supports students, we recognize that some families may want their child to learn remotely, due to their unique circumstances. 

Elementary Remote Learning Program

AMDSB, GEDSB, and UGDSB students that signed-up for remote learning joined the Elementary Remote Learning Program (ERLP). Students are registered at their local brick and mortar school, and respective School Board, to allow for continued access to any applicable supports and programs. Students are then cross-enrolled into the ERLP and placed in a dedicated remote classroom with a dedicated remote learning teacher. As with previous school years, UGDSB does NOT use a “hybrid model” for remote learning.

Synchronous Learning

  • School day begins at 9:00am and ends at 2:40pm (with a 40 minute break for lunch)
  • 300 minute daily schedule set by teacher
  • Live instruction using Google Meets
  • Use of Google Classroom online learning environment
  • Daily attendance

French Immersion

The ERLP is unable to provide an French Immersion (FI) program for remote learners. Families considering, or currently enrolled in, the FI program have to decide between in-person French Immersion, or remote English.

Grade 1 to Grade 8

The ERLP offers classes for Grade 1 to Grade 8 students. Combined grade classes may be utilized based on enrollment numbers. The ERLP does NOT offer a Junior Kindergarten or a Senior Kindergarten class.

Interest in Remote Learning for 2024-2025

Pre-registration for the Elementary Remote Learning Program is now open. Please note that at this time we are accepting pre-registrations. School boards are gauging interest, viability, and Ministry of Education requirements. Families that sign-up will be contacted at a later date.

If you are interested in having your child(ren) potentially participate in the ERLP you must have a discussion with your current school Principal.

For pre-registration please click the Remote Program Pre-Registration Form and complete all sections.

Remote Student Residency Attestation

Enrolment in the ERLP is currently limited to students who are residents of the province of Ontario. The Ministry of Education requires that all students who are exclusively enrolled in remote learning or online learning attest that they are residing within the boundary of their school board with whom they are registered. School board staff are required to attest that they have reviewed pupil residency documents at the start of each school year to ensure the pupil and their parents/guardians are living in Ontario.

Questions

If you are interested in the Elementary Remote Learning Program or would like more information, please connect with your current Principal, email [email protected], or visit https://www.ugdsb.ca/erlp/ for additional program information.

Final Exams for Semester 1

UPDATED SCHEDULE : Busses Cancelled January 25th, 2024:   Final Exams for semester 1 classes begin tomorrow, Friday, January 26th, 2024 with Block B/Period 2 Class evaluations.   Exams for BlockA/Period 1 Classes that were scheduled for today will now be scheduled for Wednesday, January 31st, 2024.  The rest of the exam schedule remains the same.  Currently February 1 & 2 are P.A. Days and the school will be closed to students.   Semester 2 begins Monday, February 5. 

January 25 No Buses 
January 26 Block B/Period 2 Class Exams
January 29 Block C/Period 3 Class Exams
January 30  Block D/Period 4 Class Exams
January 31 Block A/Period 1 Class Exams
February 1 P.A. Day (School closed to students)
February 2 P.A. Day (School closed to students)

WDGPH Contact for Immunization Records 

Client and Community Support Line: 1-800-265-7293 ext. 7006 (Monday–Friday 8:30am-4:30pm).

Spring Purdys Chocolate Fundraiser

Calling all chocolate-lovers! 

Our spring Purdy’s campaign has officially SPRUNG! After a successful winter campaign, we have decided to team up with Purdys again, to fundraise for our 2024 Senior Prom in hopes of raising $1,000! 

Stock up on your favourite Purdys treats (did someone say Hedgehogs?) AND support a great cause at the same time. All fundraising profit raised will directly support our graduates so every order makes a great difference to us.

Ordering is as easy as eating chocolate. Just click this link https://fundraising.purdys.com/1705239-115576, fill out your information and click “Join Campaign”, enter the campaign number – 66484, and order to your heart’s content!

The order deadline is March 12th, so get shopping! Once orders close, we’ll notify everyone when and where you can collect your treats.

Please share with anyone you know who might be interested. It would help us so much.

We would also like to thank everyone for participating in our Winter Fundraiser, your support means a lot to us. 

Thank you,

2024 Prom Committee

Professional Activity Day Description – Feb. 1-2, 2024

Information for Secondary Parents/Guardians

Dates: February 1st and 2nd, 2024

Length: Full Day

Secondary Topic :  Curriculum PD and Workshops

Entity Hosting: Upper Grand DSB

Presenter(s)/Facilitator(s): School Administrators and Online Modules

Description: School Staff will be working on Assessment and Evaluation. There will also be time scheduled for School Improvement Planning, with a focus on Literacy and STEM.

Secondary Staff – will spend time working on Assessment and Evaluation, and learning about Literacy and STEM as outlined below.

  • Literacy
    • Implementation of the new curriculum and effective practices for supporting students in the new Grade 9 de-streamed English course to consolidate foundational knowledge and skills
    • Literacy across the curriculum and subject courses 
  • STEM
    • Supporting student improvement in K-12 Mathematics through high impact instructional approaches and alignment with curriculum
    • A focus on high-impact instructional practices to support students in the Grade 9 de-streamed math course
    • Breaking down barriers to tech education
    • Understanding Skilled Trades the Apprenticeship Pathway
    • STEM across the curriculum and subject courses

Presenter(s)/Facilitator(s): School Administrators and Staff

FlipGive

Posted October 26, 2023

Hello Westside Community,

This year, fundraising for Westside Secondary School is going to be so much easier with FlipGive, a free team funding app.

We earn cash back on every purchase we make all year long! All you have to do …

Provide your feedback on UGDSB draft policies

Posted October 25, 2023

At the October 24th Board meeting, the following policy items were approved. All updates have been made on the board website (www.ugdsb.on.ca/board/policy).

PINK DAY – Friday October 27

Posted October 19, 2023

PINK DAY FRIDAY 2023 Website

Take Our Kids to Work Day – Gr. 9 Students

Posted October 18, 2023

To: Parents of Grade 9 Students

Re: Take Our Kids to Work Day – November 1, 2023

Take our Kids to Work Day (TKWD) is a Students Commission of Canada (SCC) career exploration
initiative where Grade 9 students spend the day in …

CANADA DENTAL BENEFIT

Posted October 18, 2023

Applications for the second period of the Canada Dental Benefit are open. Eligible families can receive up to $650, to help with expenses for their children under 12 who receive dental care between July 1, 2023 and June 30, …

Attendance Support Week 3:

Posted October 18, 2023

This week our tips for supporting your child’s attendance at school focuses on ways to involve the school. See below for some strategies you could try.

Know that there are supports in your child’s school.  Connect with them as …

Attendance Support Week 2:

Posted October 10, 2023

We are continuing to share information to help families support their child’s attendance at school. Below are some tips you can try that involve the routines and the environment at home.

Practice consistent bedtime and morning routines with your …

Statement from the Chair of the Board and Director regarding ongoing violence in the Middle East

Posted October 10, 2023

We are deeply saddened to learn of the recent deadly attacks and ongoing violence in the Middle East. Our thoughts are with all those impacted and mourning the loss of life during the conflict over the past …

SUPPORTING STUDENT ATTENDANCE AT SCHOOL – TIPS FOR PARENTS/GUARDIANS

Posted October 5, 2023

SUPPORTING STUDENT ATTENDANCE AT SCHOOL – TIPS FOR PARENTS/GUARDIANS

Please check out the link below for some tips and tricks from our Board office.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact our office …

Information about the Student Mental Health and Well-Being Strategy – Strategic Framework 2023-2026

Posted October 3, 2023

GUELPH, ON – The Upper Grand District School Board has launched the Student Mental Health and Well-Being Strategy – Strategic Framework 2023-2026. This framework looks at the Foundations and Guiding Principles and establishes key Priority Areas.  

The …

Terry Fox School Run!

Posted September 18, 2023

This Friday, September 22,  Westside Secondary School is participating in the Terry Fox School Run!

We are so proud to be a part of this Canadian tradition in the fight against cancer. Please support our students’ fundraising efforts and donate …

Inspiring Engagement with Parents & School Councils – UGDSB PIC invites you to its fall event

Posted September 18, 2023

GUELPH, Ontario – The Upper Grand District School Board’s Parent Involvement Committee (PIC) is inviting UG parents/guardians to join them at the free PIC event on October 25, 2023.

Whether you are currently part of a school council or are …

Supports for students, staff and members of the Muslim community

Posted September 15, 2023

As a united UGDSB community, we are unwavering in our commitment to identifying and dismantling all forms of racism and oppression. Our dedication also extends to specifically addressing Islamophobia.

We stand in solidarity with the Muslim community. We acknowledge the …

Westside Swag now available online!

Updated September 15, 2023

As the new year begins, it’s time for new swag!!

We have a new company with lots and lots of new offerings.

Click on the photo and check out our new selection!
 

Parent Council meeting – October 3rd at 7pm

Updated September 5, 2023

Join us for our virtual Parent council meeting on October 3rd at 7pm Click on the link below to sign up! Parent Council

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