April 26th Update

posted Apr 26, 2020, 12:27 PM by Brent Hopkins   [ updated Apr 26, 2020, 1:15 PM ]

Dear Students, Parents and Guardians, 

Today the province confirmed that schools will remain closed until at least the end of the month.  Tomorrow we will embark on our 6th week of learning from home.  While we know that in most instances, Learning from Home is not the preferred model of instruction, I would like to acknowledge the efforts so many are making to do their best under the circumstances.  

There are several other updates we’d like to share with you. 

Grade 12 Midterm Marks

Last week grade 12 students were provided with midterm marks.  Those marks will be shared with the Ontario University Application Centre (OUAC) and the Ontario College Application Service (OCAS) at the beginning of this week.  

Prom / Graduation Update

In light of today’s announcement we will not be able to move forward with our planned gr 12 prom date of May 29th.  As time passed it became increasingly less likely that prom could take place on May 29th.   However, we wanted to be prepared for all possibilities. We are investigating alternatives with the venue (Infinity Centre), but we aren’t in a position to make any definitive decisions at this point.  

In addition to prom, I know that many students and families are concerned about our graduation ceremony.  Discussions are also on-going about the possibility of moving commencement ceremonies to a later date if we find ourselves in the position that we cannot host the event in late June as planned.  Currently our graduation ceremony is scheduled to take place on the morning of June 25th.  However, we are aware that our venue, the Sensplex, has announced that they intend to remain closed until at least June 30th.

When we move forward it will be based on the recommendations we receive from Ottawa Public Health.  These are important events for our graduating students and we are committed to keeping you informed as information becomes available.

Deadline for Dropping Semester 2 Courses Extended

Typically students have 5 instructional days after midterm report cards are issued to withdraw from a course and not have the mark subject to disclosure when applying to colleges and universities (only grade 11 and 12 marks). The deadline to do so was previously communicated as being April 30th.  This year, however, the Ministry of Education has announced that the deadline has been extended to May 6th.  Students are invited to contact a school guidance counselor if they would like to discuss withdrawals.  

Summer School Update

Continuing & Community Education has provided an update regarding Summers School programming for 2020.The following changes have been made:

In-Class Reach Ahead - If a Reach Ahead course cannot be taught on site, distance learning will be utilized by the summer school teacher;

Online Reach Ahead - Online courses will be taught via D2L/Brightspace;

Skills Builder - This program will not be offered during summer 2020;

SHSM CO-OP - This program will not be offered during summer 2020;

Credit Recovery - An update will be provided at a future date.

To register for a Reach Ahead course (ie Online or In-Class), learners and parents will be required to complete a new online registration formTo view a full list of course offerings - click here .  

Students are invited to request an guidance appointment by visiting mystudentinfo.ca if they would like to discuss Summer School questions with a school  counselor.

Message from Student Council

Earlier this week our Student Council shared the following video message with students: A message from SHHS Stud Co. .  I’d like to take this opportunity to thank them for their on-going efforts to support our school community.

We continue to pray for the safety and well-being of all the members of our school community. 

Brent Hopkins