Sacred Heart High School

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April 30th Update

April 30th, 2021

Dear Parents & Guardians,

We’ve reached the end of April. Thanks to the efforts of staff, students and parents the transition back to remote learning has gone fairly smoothly. At this point, there is no information available regarding the anticipated length of the school closure. We will continue to share information as it becomes available.

We have a few other updates to share with you.

Quadmester 3 Report Cards

Quadmester 3 report cards are now available for viewing on the Parent Portal. Please visit the OCSB Parent Portal link. The Board is working to resolve a few outstanding data transfer issues. Most marks and comments are already currently available.

Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT)

Students in grade 10 and 11 attending in-person were scheduled to participate in the OSSLT test during the week of May 10th-14th. The test must be administered in an in-person setting. Due to the current school closure we will not be in a position to administer the test when originally scheduled. A decision regarding whether the test will be completed at a later date will be forthcoming.

Catholic Education Week

May 3-7th is Education Week. During the first week of May each year we celebrate the distinctiveness of our schools. This year, due to circumstances, the activities taking place will be virtual. For additional information please see: Nurturing Hope - 2021 Catholic Education Week.

Congratulations Ms Malone!

Each year the contributions of a small number of staff members from across the school board are recognized for their unique contributions. These Director of Education Award recipients are honoured each year during Education Week. We congratulate Ms. Wanda Malone for being recognized as one of this year’s award winners. Ms. Malone is a member of our grade 7&8 teaching staff. We are grateful for her ongoing commitment to dedication to our school community.

Information from Holy Spirit Parish

Both weekend Masses at Holy Spirit Parish, Saturdays at 5PM and Sundays at 10:30AM, will be live-streamed during the lockdown which is scheduled to end May 20, 2021. Only those ministers and volunteers participating in the weekend Masses will be present. You can find the link to the live-streaming virtual Mass on the church website:

If you wish to attend a weekday Mass (Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays at 9AM) please pre-register one week in advance by calling 613-836-8881 during office hours (9-12 & 12:30-3:30).

Supporting Children and Youth During Difficult Times

Our school board Mental Health Lead, Dr. Richard Bolduc’s, has shared the following resource: Supporting Children and Youth in Difficult Times.

Enjoy the weekend!

Brent Hopkins


April 16th Update

April 16th, 2021

​​​​​​​Dear Students, Parents and Guardians,

Following the Province’s April 12th announcement the Board (OCSB) provided the following April 13th update: Schools Will Move To Remote Learning After the April Break.

We’d like to provide you with some information to help prepare for Monday’s transition to online learning.

1st Day Overview

During the initial portion of the day on Monday, April 19th teachers will be participating in staff meetings and transition activities. As a result, our first day back will be a modified one for students.

Grade 7&8

By noon on Monday morning students and parents will receive an email message from their respective homeroom teachers. The message will include a link to a document that contains the schedule for the week and Google Meet links for each of their teachers.

Grade 7&8 students will follow a condensed afternoon schedule on Monday, April 19th where they will meet briefly with each of the teachers they would usually see on Monday. The schedule for the day (April 19th Intermediate Condensed Schedule)

Beginning on Tuesday, April 20th, students will participate in full day learning. We will be adhering to our grade 7/8 Online Schedule.

High School (Grade 9-12)

Cohort A and B will engage in teacher-directed instruction every day during school closure. Students can access their Quadmester 4 schedules through their account.

By 8:15 am on Monday, April 19th students should receive a message from their period 1 teacher that provides work instructions for that morning.

Direct online instruction will begin period 2 on Monday at the regularly scheduled class time (HS). Period 2 teachers will provide students with a Google Meet link prior to class beginning.

On April 20th, and each day that follows until we return to in-person instruction, both period 1 and 2 will occur online. Period 1 teachers will share a Google Meet link with students prior to class beginning on April 20th.

Participation, Attendance and Assessment

It is important to note that student participation in online learning during the school closure will be key to their continued success. As was the case during the January 2021 school closure, evaluations conducted over this period will impact final marks regardless of whether it results in an improved final grade or not.

Attendance will be taken each period and will be reflected on students’ report cards.

In general, students will be connected ‘synchronously’ with their teachers 75-80% of the period they are regularly scheduled to be in class. Teachers will continue to provide various learning experiences, not all of which will require online computer-related instruction.

Electronic Devices

The school has access to Chromebooks that can be loaned to students if one is required to participate in online learning from home. We ask parents to email the school directly at by 2 pm on Monday, April 19th if your child is in need of an electronic device.

Essential Item Retrieval

Prior to the April Break beginning most students collected their essential learning materials (books, Chromebooks, etc.) and brought them home with them. Students are not able to access the school building during the closure. If your child has left an essential learning item in their classroom please complete the following form by Monday, April 19th at 2 pm: Item Retrieval Request Form. A member of administration will be in contact to make arrangements regarding the item(s).

We look forward to classes beginning Monday.

Brent Hopkins


April 9th Update

April 9, 2021

Dear Parents and Guardians,

We have reached the 3/4 mark of the school year. Despite the challenges a great deal has been accomplished this year. Next week is April Break. We hope that all members of our school community enjoy a safe and relaxing week.

We have a few updates to share with you.

April 14th Asymptomatic COVID-19 Testing Clinic

On Wednesday, April 14th a COVID-19 Testing Clinic will be held at Sacred Heart. Staff and their families as well as students and students’ families are invited to take part. The clinic will also be open to several other local community schools. Testing is voluntary and open only to asymptomatic individuals. The clinic will run from 11am - 6 pm. A walk-in process will be used. No appointments are necessary.

Ottawa Public Health (OPH) has provided the following letter for our school community: Covid-19 testing available for students, teachers, staff and families - April 14, 2021

Similar asymptomatic clinics will be running at various school sites over the April Break. Questions regarding the clinic can be directed to OPH at 613-580-6744.

Online or In-Person Instruction After the April Break?

At this point, we are scheduled to return to in-person instruction after the April break. However, Dr. Etches indicated in comments made today that there is a strong likelihood schools may be closed after the break. Dr. Etches confirmed that a decision should be made by Wednesday, April 14th. As was the case in January, if schools are closed we will move to remote on-line learning. Additional information will be made available before classes begin on April 19th.

Quadmester 3 Report Cards

Quadmester 3 report cards will be emailed to parents on Thursday, April 29th. Grade 12 quadmester 3 marks will be transmitted to the Ontario University Application Centre (OUAC) and Ontario College Application Services (OCAS) on April 21st of 22nd.

Thank you for your continued support.

Brent Hopkins


Last chance to have your Grad Photo taken

This is your last chance to have your grad photo taken. Green Apple has a studio at the Hampton Hotel in Barrhaven and you can book an appointment there if you missed having your photo taken at the school. Sessions will be this coming Friday, April 2 and Saturday, April 3 from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon. This will ensure that you will still make it into the yearbook and on the grad composite.

Go to the link below and click on the "2021 - Studio Finishing Photo's" to book your appointment. Please note these photos will not be taken at the school, but at Green Apple's Studio in Barrhaven. It is your responsibility to get yourself to their studio.



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