Parent Communication - Feb 28 - Mar 4, 2022

Parent Communication - February 28 - Mar 4, 2022
Posted on 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