News & Important Items

11/14/2022
Life After High School Speaker Series Tuesday evenings from 6 - 7pm in the month of November LDSB is hosting a series of Post-Secondary Planning Workshops for students and their parents/guardians. If you are interested in attending, scan the QR code on the attached flyer and register for the session. You will be sent a TEAMS meeting link after you complete registration. The sessions are recorded, and students will see a link to the recording on the home page in Minds Online. Session 1 (Nov. 8) - Scholarships & Bursaries Session 2 (Nov. 15) - Ontario Student Assistant Program Session 3 (Nov. 22) - Kingston Employment & Youth Services Session 4 (Nov. 29) - Skilled Trades & Apprenticeships
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10/13/2022
As part of the Ministry of Education Tutoring Grant, LDSB is offering an afterschool drop-in Virtual Tutoring Program for Limestone students in Grades 1 to 10. Tutoring will be available through MS Teams from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from October 11 until December 15, 2022. Tutoring will not be available on P.A. days or holidays. There are three grade groupings for students: Grade 1 to 3, Grade 4 to 6, and Grade 7 to 10. Students in Grade 1-3 will work with tutors to build early literacy skills using phonological awareness and phonics activities. Tutors will provide Homework Help for students in the Grade 4 to 6 group and Grade 7 to 10 group. Guidelines for Virtual Tutoring for Limestone Students 1. The student must be logged in to MS Teams using their Limestone account. The student’s camera and microphone should be on so that the student and tutor can communicate more effectively. 2. The student should have the materials that they need with them (e.g., Grade 4 to 10 students should have their homework assignment they are working on). The student should try to set up in an area in the home with minimal distractions for the tutoring session. 3. There are four (4) tutors available for each grade group each night and students can join a tutoring session by clicking on any of the four links for their grade. Students must only use the links for their grade level. 4. If a tutor is already working with a student, subsequent students will be placed in the lobby of the meeting and then be admitted on a first-come, first-served basis once the tutoring session for the previous student is completed. Tutoring sessions will be 15 minutes long and may be extended if no other students are waiting. Students may choose any of the links for their grade level. If all the tutors for the student’s grade level are busy, the student may wait in the lobby of a meeting or choose to leave the meeting and then try to join later. Grade Group Links for MS Teams Virtual Tutoring **Students must be logged in their Limestone Microsoft account to participate** Grade 1 to 3 Literacy Grade 4 to 6 Homework Help Grade 7 to 10 Homework Help Gr. 1 to 3 Link 1 Gr. 4 to 6 Link 1 Gr. 7 to 10 Link 1 Gr. 1 to 3 Link 2 Gr. 4 to 6 Link 2 Gr. 7 to 10 Link 2 Gr. 1 to 3 Link 3 Gr. 4 to 6 Link 3 Gr. 7 to 10 Link 3 Gr. 1 to 3 Link 4 Gr. 4 to 6 Link 4 Gr. 7 to 10 Link 4 Learn more about additional online tutoring and learning resources are also available to LDSB students.
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09/23/2022
Meet the Teacher Open House, September 28th. 6:00 - 7:30 pm - Drop In
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School Council Meeting & Election
09/20/2022
The first meeting of School Council and elections are September 22, 2022 in the library and on MS Teams.
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09/13/2022
InsureMyKids Due to a delay in the delivery of the hard copy insurance brochures, we are sending you the electronic communication. Each year a Student Accident Insurance Plan is made available for all students on a voluntary basis. Because accidents can occur during non‐school activities and summer holidays, all the plans being offered provide full 24 hour coverage. In addition, Board policy requires that students must have student accident insurance coverage in order to participate in school-sponsored extra-curriculuar athletic events. For more information, see the attached letter and brochure.
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09/01/2022
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08/26/2022
Welcome to the 2022-2023 school year. We are looking forward to a fun and educational year. To keep you informed, monthly, we will post/send this update (in School Messenger) and single-item notices as necessary.
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Student Services Appointment for Timetable Changes
08/09/2022
To book an appointment with Student Services for timetable changes before school starts, please click on the link below:
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06/21/2022
Wednesday, June 29th, 2022 at the Point Field Individual Graduation Appointments taking place between 10:00 am - 12:00 pm (by scheduled appointment) Large Group Graduation Ceremony starting at 1:30 pm Please note: If the weather is not favourable, the ceremony will move inside to the Main Gym. An email will be sent to all graduates and families on​Monday, June 27th at 10:00 am to confirm the location of the graduation ceremony.
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Apprenticeships and Skilled Trades
05/25/2022
Post-Secondary Speaker Series - #4 Apprenticeships & Skilled Trades LDSB is hosting a series of Post-Secondary Planning Workshops for students and their parents/guardians. The fourth workshop is taking place on Wednesday, May 25th from 6pm-7pm and will focus on Apprenticeships & Skilled Trades. If you are interested in attending, scan the QR code on the attached flyer and register for the session. You will be sent a TEAMS meeting link after you complete registration.
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Grade 8 Open House
05/18/2022
SHS is hosting an Open House for incoming Grade 8 students and their families. The Open House will be held on Wednesday, May 25th from 4:30pm-7:30pm. This is an opportunity for grade 8 students to walk the halls and see the classrooms of SHS. Sydenham staff will be available to answer any questions.
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05/16/2022
Post-Secondary Speaker Series - #3 Scholarships and Bursaries LDSB is hosting a series of Post-Secondary Planning Workshops for students and their parents/guardians. The third workshop is taking place on Wednesday, May 18th from 6pm-7pm and will focus on Scholarships and Bursaries. If you are interested in attending, scan the QR code on the attached flyer and register for the session. You will be sent a TEAMS meeting link after you complete registration.
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Post Secondary Speaker Series - May 11 - OSAP
05/09/2022
LDSB is hosting a series of Post-Secondary Planning Workshops for students and their parents/guardians. The second workshop is taking place on Wednesday, May 11th from 6pm-7pm and will focus on OSAP. If you are interested in attending, scan the QR code on the attached flyer and register for the session. You will be sent a TEAMS meeting link after you complete registration.
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Financial Planning for Post Secondary
05/03/2022
Post-Secondary Speaker Series - #1 Financial Planning for Post-Secondary LDSB is hosting a series of Post-Secondary Planning Workshops for students and their parents/guardians. The first workshop is taking place on Wednesday, May 4th from 6pm-7pm and will focus on Financial Planning for Post-Secondary. If you are interested in attending, scan the QR code on the attached flyer and register for the session. You will be sent a TEAMS meeting link after you complete registration.
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Covid Vaccine Clinic
04/12/2022
COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic available on April 21, from 3 to 5:30 p.m., from 3 to 5:30 p.m. Sydenham High School 👉 Walk-ins available for individuals 5 years of age or older 👉 First second and third doses https://kflaph2.simplybook.plus/v2/#book/location/18/category/21/count/1/provider/any/ @LimestoneDSB @alcdsb
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March 28 - April 1, 2022 - Parent Communication
03/30/2022
KASSAA JR. Girls Volleyball Final – SHS vs. KSS, March 30 at 5:30 pm There is no entry fee for the final games (see map for entrance details).   Spectator guidelines at St. Lawrence College are as follows:  1. Entry into the College for spectators will be through E 48 between the library and pub, and runs parallel to Portsmouth Ave. Take the pathway to the left of the main entrance.  2. Parking is available in the main parking lot off Portsmouth Ave. as well as Country Club Drive. 3. Spectators 12 and older must show proof of vaccination with identification.   4. Spectators under the age of 12 are not required to show proof of vaccination.   5. All spectators must wear masks at all times.  6. Food and beverages are NOT permitted in the bleachers.  Bayridge Secondary School will be live streaming here at KASSAA Finals.  School Council Meeting NEW DATE – Due to a scheduling conflict with a KASSAA Athletic Final, the next Sydenham High School’s School Council Meeting is now on Wednesday, April 6, 2022 at 6:30 pm using Microsoft Teams (by phone or Internet). To join the meeting, use one of the following: Join on your computer or mobile app (MS Teams) Click here to join the meeting Join with a video conferencing device [email protected] Video Conference ID: 115 968 641 4 Alternate VTC instructions Or call in (audio only) +1 647-792-0917,,316233209#   Canada, Toronto Phone Conference ID: 316 233 209# Find a local number | Reset PIN Life Beyond School 2022 A virtual transition planning and information session for students with an intellectual disability, their families, caregivers, and community service providers. Life Beyond School is a wonderful information sharing meeting that has been held for many years, organized by Donna Abbink, LDSB Transition Coordinator. Life Beyond School is open to our wider Limestone Community, especially for graduating students and families of students who are contemplating graduation from high school or who are about to graduate. This year we'll be holding the Life Beyond School event virtually, via Teams, on Thursday, April 21 from 6pm to 7:30pm. This event is recorded and available for viewing at a later time here. Yearbooks SHS 2021- 2022 Yearbooks are now on sale! Yearbooks are $40. You can order online at https://ybpay.lifetouch.ca (code 13190222) or on https://www.school-day.com/  Order deadline is April 18th, 2022 Graduation and Graduate Portraits We are waiting on updated COVID-19 guidelines for schools before announcing graduation details. Typically, graduation would be on June 29th – please hold the date. Photos – March 30 – April 5. Visit the SHS website https://sydenhamhs.limestone.on.ca/news/news___important_items/2021_-_2022_grad_photo_s for complete details on graduation photos. Note: A session fee of $30 is required at the time of the appointment. The fee covers 15-20 photos and a composite with a folder. If you need assistance booking an online appointment or fee payment, please contact Casey Gibson at ext. 301. New Graduation Requirement – e-Learning (Students currently in Grades 9 or 10) The Ministry of Education has issued a new online learning graduation requirement, effective February 1, 2022, requiring students to complete two online courses prior to Graduation.  Students in Grade 10 during the 2021-2022 school year are the first students needed to meet this new e-learning graduation requirement.  One secondary school credit earned by Grade 9 students in the 2020-2021 school year during the provincial-wide school closure (April 2020 to June 2021) may count towards one of the two online learning credits. Most students will take e-learning courses during their grade 11 and/or grade 12 years, but some may elect to complete the online learning requirement during Summer School.   At SHS, on March 07, Student Services staff will visit Grade 10 classes and begin the course selection process for the 2022-2023 school year, including e-learning. Our team will include an explanation of the e-learning opportunities available through SHS, LDSB, and the Ontario e-Learning Consortium (OeLC). We will also carefully review the course selections for each student and communicate with families/guardians. Parents who determine they want to opt their child out of the mandatory online learning credits will have the option to complete the opt-out form during the student’s graduating year. Parents can obtain the form from their child’s guidance counsellor during that year. For more information, including a list of questions and answers, go to LDSB Online Learning Graduation Requirement. Important Dates April 14 & 19 Quad 3 Exams April 15 Good Friday April 18 Easter Monday April 20 Quad 4 Starts April 29 PA Day May 5 Report Cards distributed May 23 Victoria Day June 3 PA Day June 24-28 Quad 4 Exams June 29 Graduation (pending) June 30 PA Day July 11 Report Cards distributed
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Parent Communication - February 28 - Mar 4, 2022
03/03/2022
Yearbooks SHS 2021- 2022 Yearbooks are now on sale! Yearbooks are $40. You can order online at https://ybpay.lifetouch.ca (code 13190222) or on https://www.school-day.com/   Order deadline is April 18th, 2022 Graduation and Graduate Portraits We are waiting on updated COVID-19 guidelines for schools before announcing graduation details. Typically, graduation would be on June 29th – please hold the date. Photos – March 30 – April 5. Visit the SHS website https://sydenhamhs.limestone.on.ca/news/news___important_items/2021_-_2022_grad_photo_s for complete details on graduation photos. Note: A session fee of $30 is required at the time of the appointment. The fee covers 15-20 photos and a composite with a folder. If you need assistance booking an online appointment or fee payment, please contact Casey Gibson at ext. 301. New Graduation Requirement – e-Learning (Students currently in Grades 9 or 10) The Ministry of Education has issued a new online learning graduation requirement, effective February 1, 2022, requiring students to complete two online courses prior to Graduation.  Students in Grade 10 during the 2021-2022 school year are the first students needed to meet this new e-learning graduation requirement.  One secondary school credit earned by Grade 9 students in the 2020-2021 school year during the provincial-wide school closure (April 2020 to June 2021) may count towards one of the two online learning credits. Most students will take e-learning courses during their grade 11 and/or grade 12 years, but some may elect to complete the online learning requirement during Summer School.   At SHS, on March 07, Student Services staff will visit Grade 10 classes and begin the course selection process for the 2022-2023 school year, including e-learning. Our team will include an explanation of the e-learning opportunities available through SHS, LDSB, and the Ontario e-Learning Consortium (OeLC). We will also carefully review the course selections for each student and communicate with families/guardians. Parents who determine they want to opt their child out of the mandatory online learning credits will have the option to complete the opt-out form during the student’s graduating year. Parents can obtain the form from their child’s guidance counsellor during that year. For more information, including a list of questions and answers, go to LDSB Online Learning Graduation Requirement. School Council The next meeting of the School Council is Wednesday, March 30th, in MS Teams. Thank you to everyone who attended last week. Closer to the date, we will send home a meeting link. SHS Staff Emails – Did you know? All SHS staff emails are available on the school website under the Our Staff tab. Safety Notice – DAB Pens (THC Vape) Unknowingly, students may be using unregulated, unsafe THC products which can contain high levels of pesticides and other toxic substances. Most concerning, is the use of a DAB Pen (wax / oil product that is heated in a vape). When heated, these contaminates can lead to toxicity, and serious mental health problems including psychosis. Please consider having a caring conversation with your teenager about DAB pens. We recommend that students immediately stop the use of DAB Pens. For more information or to seek support for your teenager, contact Student Services or Administration. Important Dates March 14 &18 March Break April 14-19 Quad 3 Exams April 15 Good Friday April 18 Easter Monday April 20 Quad 4 Starts April 29 PA Day May 5 Report Cards distributed May 23 Victoria Day June 3 PA Day June 24-28 Quad 4 Exams June 29 Graduation (pending) June 30 PA Day July 11 Report Cards distributed
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SHS Yearbook 2021 - 2022
03/02/2022
SHS 2021- 2022 Yearbooks are now on sale! Yearbooks are $40. You can order online at https://ybpay.lifetouch.ca(code 13190222) or on https://www.school-day.com/ Order deadline is April 18th, 2022.
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2021 - 2022 Grad Photo's
02/25/2022
March 30 th ,2022 – April 5 th ,2022 Schedule Your Portrait Session Online! https://schedule.prestigeportraits.ca
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Virtual Grade 8 Parent / Guardian Night
02/02/2022
Grade 8 Parent / Guardian Night Thank you to all families that were able to join us virtually on Wednesday, February 16th for the SHS Grade 8 Parent / Guardian Night. If you were unable to attend that evening, a recording of the event can be found here. If you have any questions, please contact Shannon Myers ([email protected]) or Katherine English ([email protected]).
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02/02/2022
Dear Parent(s)/Guardian(s) Please share the following reminders with your students: The first day of quad 3 is Thursday, February 3rd. You can access your quad 3 timetable through the Aspen Student Portal. Instructions are attached below. Homeroom lists will be available at each entrance. If you need a timetable change, please make an appointment with your Student Services grade point person. Before coming to school please complete your active screening using the Ontario School Screening tool. Click this link or access the tool from the LDSB email sent to your LDSB account each morning. When you arrive at school, please use the entrance closest to your classroom. You must wear your mask properly while in the building, on the bus, and outside when 2m/6ft of physical distance can’t be maintained. Well-fitted 3 layered non-medical masks made of tightly woven fabric such as cotton or medical masks are recommended. Masks are available at the main office. In addition to masking, please sanitize your hands frequently while at school. Lunchroom assignments have changed. You will move to your afternoon classroom for lunch. Lunch may be eaten quickly during the lunch period in your afternoon classroom, with students in your afternoon cohort, and while maintaining 2m/6ft of physical distance, or outside. Hallways and stairwells are high traffic areas. Please do not gather or eat in these areas. We look forward to seeing you on Thursday. .Student Portal - Viewing Timetable.pdf
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Positive Case of COVID-19 Dec. 20
12/16/2021
KFL&A Public Health declares outbreak of COVID-19. School will be open but visitors restricted.
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Gr 8 Students - Important SHS Transition Dates
12/16/2021
Future Golden Eagles please see flyer for SHS Grade 8-9 Transition Dates. We look forward to meeting you!
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2021 2022 School Year
08/25/2021
2021 2022 School Year News including a link for Student Services Appointments . . .
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How to book a Student Services Appointment
09/16/2020
To book a Student Services Appointment, please scan the QR booking code with your phone
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School-Day Permissions and Payments; Update
03/06/2020
Our school is now using School-Day: Permissions and Payments, an online portal that lets us instantly share school news and events. This new portal will remove the risk associated with sending money to school with students, the frustration of lost or missing permission forms, and allow on-line payment with credit cards or bank accounts.
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