School News & Announcements

2019-2020 Yearbook update

posted Sep 16, 2020, 6:42 AM by Kelly Nixon

We are currently working on a plan to distribute last year's yearbooks to students who purchased them. 
We are hoping to distribute them by the end of September. 
If there are additional 2019-2020 yearbooks available for purchase, we will share that information after the distribution is complete. 

Student Photos Information

posted Sep 15, 2020, 10:01 AM by Kelly Nixon

The following are dates for student photos.

Friday, September 18th - Grades 9-12 cohort A (am) and Grade 7 (pm)
Friday, September 25th - Grades 9-12 cohort B (am) and Grade 8 (pm)

Students will be called down by class cohort and will be photographed standing. Physical distance will be maintained at all times.

The plan for photos for students taking Virtual Academy courses remains to be determined.

September 10th School Start-up Update for High School

posted Sep 10, 2020, 1:03 PM by Brent Hopkins   [ updated Sep 11, 2020, 7:25 AM ]

September 10, 2020


Dear Students, Parents and Guardians,

School starts in 4 days!  We are looking forward to the return of our high school students next week.  

This week we welcomed our grade 7 & 8 students back to school.  Next Monday and Tuesday all students who are participating in in-person learning will return.  

  • Grade 9-12 (Cohort A): Monday, September 14th (Alpha last name A - K)

  • Grade 9-12 (Cohort B): Tuesday, September 15th (Alpha last name L - Z)

Cohort A will attend Monday, Wednesday & Friday during the week of September 14, and Tuesday and Thursday the following week, and so forth.

Cohort B will attend Tuesday and Thursday the week of September 14 (starting on Tuesday, September 15) and Monday, Wednesday and Friday the following week, and so forth.

Please Note: Students are welcome in the building after 7:45am. They will go directly to their homeroom class (Period 1). Staff will be on hand to guide students. 

All students who will be participating in online learning through the Virtual Academy will be receiving a message from their teacher prior to classes beginning on Monday, September 14th.  

Student Schedules

As indicated in our last update, students can view their schedule by logging into my.studentinfo.ca .  Course change requests can be made by accessing the same site.  All change requests impacting quadmester 1 should be made by noon on Friday, September 11th.  Late requests can only be considered under exceptional circumstances as they will impact cohorting.    

Floor Markings, Signs and Protocols


When students arrive at school they will notice that there are markings on the floor to indicate which side of the hallway or staircase they should be walking on.  There are also signs that will help provide direction regarding new school protocols.  These changes, like the requirement to wear masks, are all in place to ensure everyone in our school community is safe.  We will be here to help students get used to the new school routines. 


We all have an important part to play here at school.  The physical distancing, handwashing and mask wearing protocols we’ll all be following are not suggestions - they are requirements.  Teachers will be reviewing our school practices with students.  We know that everyone will do their part.  It won’t take long to get used to our new routines. 

Main Office Procedures

Grade 9-12 students who arrive late are able to go directly to their homeroom from 8:05-9:00 am.   

AFTER 9:00 am students arriving late need to check into the main office.  Students need to line up outside the office at least 2 metres apart.

If you need to pick up your son/daughter before the end of the school day we ask that you do so before 1:45 pm.  

Please communicate with the main office by phone if a student is going to be late, absent or needs to sign out. If you are picking up your child please call the office once you have arrived at the school or provide your son/daughter with a note that they can present to staff when it is time to leave.  Unfortunately, visitors (including parents) are not permitted in the building unless an appointment has been scheduled.

High School Schedule 

Grade 9 & 10

8:05-8-10  Homeroom

8:10-10:40 Period 1 

10:40-11:30  LUNCH

11:30-2:00   Period 2

2:00-2:10         Break/Transition

2:10   End of Day

 

Grade 11 & 12

8:05-8-10  Homeroom

8:10-10:40 Period 1 

10:40-10:50 Break/Transition

10:50-1:20  Period 2

1:20-2:10   LUNCH

2:10         End of Day

 

Lunch Time

At this point there will not be any cafeteria food service in place, but that could change later in the year.  Please ensure students have lunch and snacks for the day.

Grade 9 and 10’s who choose to stay in the building will eat their lunch at their assigned seats in their Period 2 classroom. A small number of classes will be assigned seating by cohort at cafeteria tables in the gym because their classroom space is not appropriate for eating (ex. transportation classroom).   As has been the case in the past, high school students are permitted outside and off property during lunch. They must however, return to their Period 2 class immediately upon re-entering the school. If your child leaves the school, they will be asked to maintain a personal log of who they were in contact with over the lunch period for Ottawa Public Health contact tracing. 

Grade 11 and 12’s will eat their lunch at the end of the day (1:20-2:10). Students will be able to have snacks during their period 2 class time. Grade 11 and 12s are welcome to make their way home when lunch begins if they are able to. They can also go outside  or leave the school property during their lunch period and then return to access their transportation home. If they are remaining in the building during their lunch period, a space at a cafeteria table, assigned by class cohort, will be provided that will ensure proper social distancing. 

Food delivery services (including, for example, Uber Eats or Skip the Dishes) should  not be utilized while on school property. 

If your child forgets his or her lunch, please call the school from the parking lot and we will have your child meet you outside to receive it. 

Lockers

Students will not be given access to a locker. They will keep their personal items with them at all times. This will be revisited with Public Health later in the year. 

Student Checklist


If you are wondering what items to prepare for your child this year, click here to access a list of recommended items for all students (K-12).

BYOD

We encourage a Bring Your Own Device model which also helps to support Ottawa Public Health Guidelines for Covid prevention.  We would recommend any model of Chromebook as students will be using the Google Suites of Tools with the OCSB.   For further information please review the following:   BYOD Model

Outstanding Textbooks

We are asking students with outstanding items (textbooks, team uniforms, etc) that were not returned in the spring to bring those items with them on the first day.  We will have an outstanding textbook drop off table located in the atrium.  

Drop-Off/Pick-Up


Parents, we recognize you may be driving your children to school. Our school day starts at 8:05.  Please drop your child off no earlier than 7:45.  Our school day ends at 2:10.  Our designated drop-off location is the parking lot at the west side of the school.  However,  as mentioned in our last parent update, we are asking parents to drop their children off in the proximity of the school. The Walk-a-Block model is being encouraged by all of our schools in order to help alleviate traffic congestion.   

OSTA


The Ottawa Transportation Authority (OSTA) will begin yellow school bus service on September 14. For information, including access to the Bus Stop Finder, please visit ottawaschoolbus.ca .

We thank you for your patience and understanding as we prepared for the new school year.  Please continue to visit our school website shh.ocsb.ca. We’re also on Twitter @SacredHeartHS. 


We look forward to welcoming high school students back to school next week. Go Huskies!

Sincerely, 


Brent Hopkins, Principal

Alanna Vandewint, Vice-Principal (student last names  A-D)

Shawn MacEachern, Vice-Principal (student last names E-K)

Angelina Glynn, Vice-Principal (student last names L-P)

Mary-Jane Gillier-Symes, Vice-Principal (student last names Q-Z)


September 5th Message to Grade 7/8 Students

posted Sep 5, 2020, 2:18 PM by Brent Hopkins

September 5th, 2020


Dear Grade 7& 8 Students, 


We wanted to let you know that we’re looking forward to your school start this week.  Things will be a little different, but there is still a great deal to look forward to.  For our grade 7s - Welcome to Sacred Heart!  We hope you’re excited to be a part of our school community. 


Our school has a staggered start this year:

  • Grade 7: Tuesday, September 8th

  • Grade 8: Wednesday, September 9th

  • Grade 9-12 (Cohort A): Monday, September 14th

  • Grade 9-12 (Cohort B): Tuesday, September 15th


Some students will be learning through the Virtual Academy this year and others will be attending in-person.  If you opted for online learning your teachers will be reaching out to your families prior to school starting.  Virtual Academy classes start the same day as in-person classes do (Sept 8: Grade 7, Sept 9: Grade 8).


Yesterday your parents/guardians were informed by email of your homeroom assignment.  When you arrive for your first day of school there will be staff at the entrances and in hallways to help guide you to your classroom.  All of our grade 7&8 classrooms will be on the third floor this year.  All of your classes will take place in the same room (with the exception of Physical Education).  Your teachers will be moving from classroom to classroom so that you don’t have to.  


We will not be using the cafeteria at lunch.  Instead, you will be eating lunch in your classroom. To minimize the amount of garbage in classrooms we will be adopting the Litterless Lunch system you likely used in your elementary schools.   At this point there will not be any cafeteria food service in place, but that could change later in the year.  We’ve altered our schedule so that grade 7 and 8 students will have different lunch blocks and we’ve modified the in-class/outside portion of lunch for several homerooms so that only ¼ of our grade 7&8 students are out for recess at once.  It sounds complicated, but it really isn’t.  


When you arrive at school you will notice that there are markings on the floor to indicate which side of the hallway or staircase you should be walking on.  There are also signs that will help you.  These changes, like the requirement to wear masks, are all in place to ensure everyone in our school community is safe.  We will be here to help you get used to the new school routines. 


You have an important part to play here at school.  The physical distancing, handwashing and mask wearing protocols we’ll all be following are not suggestions - they are requirements.  Your teachers will be reviewing our school practices with you.  We know that you will do your part.  It won’t take long to get used to our new routines. 


We are all very fortunate to be able to return to learning.   Whether you are learning from home or attending in-person each day, remember to do your best.  There are lots of people to help you along the way.  


Enjoy the long weekend.  We look forward to welcoming you back to school this week.  Go Huskies!


Mr Hopkins

Principal



Some additional information for your Parents/Guardians who are also being sent this message:


Reminder to please refer to the message sent to parents yesterday (Template Link) for information on start and end times, a list of suggested items and drop-off/pick-up information.  Yellow school buses will not be running this week. 

Main Office Procedures

Grade 7 and 8 students who arrive late are able to go directly to their classroom from 8:05-8:40 am.   

AFTER 8:40 students arriving late need to check into the main office.  Students will line up outside the office at least 2 metres apart.

If you need to pick up your son/daughter before the end of the school day we ask that you do so before 1:45 pm.  


Please communicate with the main office by phone if a student is going to be late, absent or needs to sign out. If you are picking up your child please call the office once you have arrived at the school or provide your son/daughter with a note that they can present to staff when it is time to leave.  Unfortunately, visitors (including parents) are not permitted in the building unless an appointment has been scheduled.

We thank you for your patience and understanding as we prepared for the new school year.  Please continue to visit our school website shh.ocsb.ca. We’re also on Twitter @SacredHeartHS. 


Thank you for your continued support of our school community.


Grade 7 Welcome

posted Sep 4, 2020, 11:35 AM by Kelly Nixon

September 4, 2020


Dear Parents,Guardians and Sacred Heart students,


We are looking forward to welcoming our students into the building on Tuesday morning.  We have a team of teachers ready to greet you as you enter the building and to help direct them to the right room.  We are including a map in this message to give students a general idea of the floorplan.



Parents, we recognize you may be driving your children to school that week. Our school day starts at 8:05.  Please drop your child off no earlier than 7:45.  Our school day ends at 2:10.  Our designated drop-off location is the parking lot at the west side of the school.  However,  as mentioned in our last parent update, we are asking parents to drop their children off in the proximity of the school. The Walk-a-Block model is being encouraged by all of our schools in order to help alleviate traffic congestion in front of the school.   



Please keep in mind that our students do not have access to the change rooms for Phys Ed.  They are encouraged to wear clothing each day that is comfortable and appropriate for physical activity, including proper footwear. 



In case you might need this information again, we are including a suggested supplies list to help prepare your child for the start of the school year.

Please see below a suggested list of school supplies;

- Backpack (student name inside) - Lunch Bag / Water Bottle

- Cloth or disposable mask - Pencil case

- Pens/ Pencils/Erasers/Shapener - Coloured pencils and Markers

- Dry erase markers - Calculator

- Scissors/ Glue Stick - 3-inch binder (1) and Lined paper

- Dividers (8) to be labelled with class subjects once students receive their schedule.

At Sacred Heart HS we encourage a Bring Your Own Device model which also helps to support Ottawa Public Health Guidelines for Covid prevention.  We would recommend any model of Chromebook as students will be using the Google Suites of Tools with the OCSB.   

Personal size hand sanitizer (may be refilled at school)


PORTABLES           

FRONT OF SCHOOL


September 1st Update

posted Sep 1, 2020, 1:47 PM by Brent Hopkins

Sept 1, 2020

Dear Parents/Guardians, 

This week all teaching staff returned to the building and are engaged in preparing for our school opening. We continue to prepare our physical spaces as well.  


Following the Board’s (OCSB) August 21st deadline for parents to indicate their mode of delivery preference (online or in-person) we began the process of rescheduling.  The process continues this week.  


Like all OCSB high schools, our staggered approach will be based on grade levels as follows:


  • Grade 7: Tuesday, September 8

  • Grade 8: Wednesday, September 9

  • Grades 9 to 12 (Cohort A): Monday, September 14

  • Grades 9 to 12 (Cohort B): Tuesday, September 15


7&8 Classes


The parents of all students learning online this fall will receive an email confirmation of their child’s class placement when we receive confirmation from the Virtual Academy.  


The parents of all students attending in-person will receive an email identifying their child’s homeroom placement and room location as well as other opening day details.  We anticipate this will take place on Friday, September 4th.  


High School Schedules


The parents of all students learning online this fall will receive an email confirmation of their child’s class placement from when we receive confirmation from the Virtual Academy.  


High School in-person cohorts will align with student’s last names.  Rare exceptions could result from unique class balancing requirements.  Cohort A will be comprised of all students with the last name’s beginning with the letters A-K.  Students whose last names begin with the letters L-Z will be part of Cohort B. An exception will be made for families with children that have been placed in separate cohorts as a result of having different last names.  Please notify the school if this situation applies to your family.  


We ask that parents not contact the school with schedule questions or requests for changes at this time. We will communicate directions regarding how to make course change requests and what types of requests can be considered when scheduling and balancing is completed. 


Chromebooks/BYOD

 

As part of our school BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) model students are encouraged to bring their personal electronic devices to school.  This practice will help limit the sharing of items by students.  For further information please review the following:   BYOD Model


Student Checklist


If you are wondering what items to prepare for your child this year, click here to access a list of recommended items for all students (K-12).


Transportation


The Ottawa Transportation Authority (OSTA) has announced that yellow school bus service will begin on September 14. OSTA needs to coordinate the logistics for over 1300 vehicles and close to 5000 different combinations of daily routes. Student and driver safety remains everyone’s number one priority. For more information, visit return to school transportation information (OSTA website).


We know that many families will be opting to drive students to school.  It is important to note that it is not practical or safe for every child to be provided door-to-door drop-off service. It will result in significant congestion in front and beside the school.  We ask that you consider establishing a drop-off / pick-up location in the vicinity of the school.  Please also encourage your child(ren) to refrain from walking on or across private property belonging to neighbours with homes in the community.  During the nice weather we hope that many students will continue to take advantage of the opportunity to walk or bike to school.


Masks


All students and staff  are mandated by the Province to wear masks while in school. There are a very rare set of exceptions for which approval from the school must be granted.  Please see the latest update from Ottawa Public Health related to questions about face masks. As is the case with hand-washing and physical distancing we will be supporting students as they become accustomed to new routines.  


School Changes


Since parents won’t be allowed inside schools this year, we thought it would be helpful to provide this short video.  It was prepared by the Board to highlight some of the measures being implemented so as to create safe, welcoming learning environments. 


Parent Tools


As new information is available we will continue to communicate with you. If you did not receive this by email, please take a moment to sign-up for a SchoolMessenger account.  


Last spring the OCSB launched its Parent Portal.  The Parent Portal allows parents to view their child’s report card.  Parents who have not yet registered for a Parent Portal account should go to https://www.ocsb.ca/parentportal/ and follow the instructions for registering for an account.  


Additional Public Health Updates


Ottawa Public Health routinely updates its website regarding school-related topics. You can find detailed information on everything from ventilation to screening practices to how to contain community spread. Read Ottawa Public Health’s Responses to FAQ from Schools and School Boards.



Brent Hopkins

Principal




August 19th Update

posted Sep 1, 2020, 1:43 PM by Brent Hopkins

August 19th, 2020


Dear Parents and Guardians,


A return to school is on the horizon. We’re sure that you have been following reports over the spring and summer months regarding back to school plans.  Recently the Board (OCSB) has provided information updates and has asked parents to select either in-person or online instruction delivery models.  In light of new announcements made by the Ministry of Education last week the Board is providing parents the opportunity to change their selected options.  The following form has been provided:  Change of Preference Form (August 21st deadline).  Please note that the form only needs to be completed if you are changing your in-person/online preference.  


Yesterday the OCSB also provided the following updated information document:


Back to School: What’s Changed?

Back to School Information Package (Summary document, revised August 18, 2020)

Back to School Plan: A Resource for Parents (Full document, revised August 18, 2020)


At the school level we are undertaking the task of revising school schedules and preparing the building so as to comply with safety protocols.  Our school building is not yet open, but main office staff are currently on site preparing for the 2020-21 school year. Our custodial staff are also hard at work preparing for our start-up.  We know that many in our community are anxious about a return to school. As always, we are committed to working collaboratively to support and update parents and students.


We appreciate that for many the decision to return to school in-person or online was not an easy one to make l. As we progress through the school year there will be opportunity to revisit the delivery model selected for your child(ren).   The school is working closely with both the Board and Ottawa Public Health in order to implement the plan for a safe return to school for both students and staff. 


Over the next several weeks we will be sharing additional information with you regarding our school site and your child(ren).   We appreciate your patience and understanding as we continue to prepare.  During the week of August 31st online learners will be advised of their class placement with the Virtual Academy.  Students attending in-person will be provided with a course timetable at the end of the same week.  


Traditionally we host a welcome barbeque for our Grade 7 students and all students who are new to Sacred Heart in August. Unfortunately, due to COVID-19 safety restrictions we will not be able to host the event this year.


While this isn’t the return to school our community is accustomed to, we are very much looking forward to the 2020-21 school year.  The new routines that will be established will enable students to return to learning in a supportive and productive environment.  


Sincerely, 


Brent Hopkins, Principal

Alanna Vandewint, Vice-Principal (student last names  A-D)

Shawn MacEachern, Vice-Principal (student last names E-K)

Angelina Glynn, Vice-Principal (student last names L-P)

Mary-Jane Gillier-Symes (student last names Q-Z)


Back to School Plan and Online Learning Form

posted Aug 11, 2020, 10:02 AM by Brent Hopkins

Important Information shared with OCSB families on Monday, August 10th:

OCSB Back to School Plan and Online Learning Form


A Message To Our Graduates

posted Jun 25, 2020, 10:20 AM by Brent Hopkins

June 25, 2020


Dear Graduates, 


Today was to have been the day our school community gathered for your commencement..  While we can’t come together as we had planned we want to let you know how much the Class of 2020 means to Sacred Heart and the wider community.  


You are about to enter a new phase of your life - one that will just be beginning when we celebrate your graduation in the fall.  As we move closer to our scheduled commencement date of October 9th we will update you on celebration plans.  


The successes of all our graduating students will take place at our commencement ceremony.   Diplomas, Honour Roll, Ontario Scholars, academic certificates, highest subject marks and SHMS certifications will all be recognized as part of our graduation ceremony.  The occasion will also serve as the opportunity for your valedictorian, Sarah Murphy, to address the Class of 2020.


Today we are sharing the recipients of our major graduation awards.   Congratulations to this year’s recipients:  2020 SHHS Awards, Bursaries and Scholarships.  


The school and Student Council are preparing a gift for every graduate.  A staff member will be in touch in the coming days to arrange for drop-off at your home.  Our scheduled delivery date is Tuesday, June 30th.  


We look forward to recognizing your accomplishments in the fall.  You have reached the end of a 14 year journey.  Our entire school community is very proud of you.  The staff of Sacred Heart and a few special guests have contributed to this video in your honour:  From Our Staff to Our Graduates.  


We continue to be inspired by your resolve and dedication.  Stay strong Class of 2020.


Brent Hopkins

Principal


Athletic Awards

posted Jun 23, 2020, 8:57 AM by Brent Hopkins

June 23


Dear Students, 


Our 2019-20 school year is drawing to a close - a school year much different than we all expected.!  We want to thank you for remaining committed to your learning responsibilities throughout the spring.  It will soon be time for you to enjoy the summer with your family.


On Thursday report cards will be released electronically.  In the fall we will celebrate academic accomplishments.  All awards, academic, club and athletic, will be distributed in the fall.  


Today, we’re pleased to share our athletic award recipients with you:  7&8 Athletic Awards , High School Athletic Awards


Whether it was through athletic involvement, commitment to academic pursuits or through participation in a school club or activity - we congratulate everyone who chose to share their gifts with our school community!  


Stay Strong SHHS!


Mr. Hopkins


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