Sacred Heart High School

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January 22nd Update

January 22, 2021


Dear Parents and Guardians,


On Wednesday evening the Province announced that students in Ottawa would not be returning to in-person learning on January 25th. At this point we do not have a firm date on when students will return to in-person instruction. We expect an update from the Province next week.


Our OCSB Director, Tom D’Amico, shared a video message with all OCSB families on Wednesday evening (Director’s Jan 20th Message) in which he expressed his thanks for the support, dedication and patience exhibited by students, staff and parents - gratitude our school community also shares. Our Board continues to work closely with Ottawa Public Health (OPH) and we will continue to share updates as they become available.


Online instruction will continue next week. High School students will be wrapping up their Quadmester 2 coursework. Should it prove to be the case that the school closure is extended into February, high school students would begin their Quadmester 3 courses online. We will share transition information prior to the beginning of Quadmester 3.


January 29th PD Day


A reminder that Friday, January 29th is a PD Day for all grade 7-12 students. As a result, there will be no classes taking place next Friday.


Change to Grade 7&8 Daily Online Schedule


In an effort to better support our students in grade 7&8 we’ve made some slight changes to our intermediate schedule (Updated Schedule). These changes allow for the inclusion of wellness breaks while still adhering to the Ministry of Education’s requirements regarding synchronous learning. As has been the case the last three weeks, homeroom teachers will be sharing the weekly schedule prior to classes beginning on Monday.


2021-22 Course Selection and Registration


In the coming weeks we will be sharing course selection information for the 2021-22 school year with students and parents - this will be shared with ‘in-person’ learners as well as students and families of students currently enrolled in the Virtual Academy.


The process will begin next week with grade 8 students. Student Services will be leading an introductory course selection orientation on Wednesday Jan. 27th during period one for students who will be moving from grade 8 to 9 next fall. Grade 8 Sacred Heart students currently enrolled in the Virtual Academy will receive a recorded video presentation by email later in the day.


We will also soon begin the registration process for students from our feeder schools (Guardian Angels, St. Stephen, Holy Spirit and St. Philip) as well as other interested families in the community.


Upcoming Reporting Dates


On Thursday, February 11th high school Quadmester 2 report cards are scheduled to be released through the Parent Portal.


Grade 7&8 report cards are scheduled for release through the Parent Portal on Thursday, February 18th. Intermediate Parent-Teacher Interviews will take place on Thursday, February 25th. Our online booking system will open on February 18th.


Mental Health Spotlight


This month’s CSPA (Catholic School Parent Association) newsletter features an article by our OCSB Mental Health Lead, Dr Richard Bolduc. Dr. Bolduc discusses the importance of self-care and of promoting wellness. He also shares links to several mental health resources and supports in the community. Click on the following link to review the article as well as additional CSPA updates: January 20, 2021 CSPA Newsletter.


Support For Learners Funding


A reminder that parents of school-aged students (k-12) are eligible to apply for funding ($200 per child, $250 for students with special education needs). Submissions can be made online by visiting: www.ontario.ca/page/get-support-learners . The deadline is Feb 8th.


We continue to pray for God’s blessing upon you and your family. Have a wonderful weekend!


Brent Hopkins

Principal



January 8th Update

January 8th, 2021


Dear Parents and Guardians,


Yesterday, the Provincial Government announced an extension to the educator-led remote learning period that began this week (Jan 7th OCSB Message to Parents). Students in grades 9-12 were already scheduled to learn remotely until January 22nd. As a result of yesterday’s announcement all 7&8 students will also continue to learn remotely until January 22nd.


The schedules and routines established this week will continue for the next two weeks. I’d like to thank all students, staff and parents for their work and commitment throughout this week.


Support For Learners Funding

In the fall the Province announced that parents of students aged 4-12 could apply for one-time funding ($200 per child, $250 per child with special education needs). The deadline for applications has been extended to February 8th, 2021.


The program is being expanded to include funding for parents of students age 13 to 21. On January 2nd the Minister of Education announced that effective Monday, January 11th parents of intermediate and secondary age students will be able to apply by visiting www.ontario.ca/page/get-support-learners .


Attendance

Attendance is being recorded each class. Automated messages will continue to be sent to parents when attendance discrepancies exist. Parents are asked to continue to report absences to the school when students are unable to participate virtually. The school attendance line is 613-831-0543.


Booking Guidance Appointments

Students are able to request an appointment with a guidance counsellor. Requests can be made by visiting my.studentinfo.ca . Once logged in (using their school account) an appointment can be requested by clicking on the Guidance Appointment icon.


Additional Mental Health Supports

Ottawa Public Health (OPH) offers various services to help those struggling with mental health concerns. To learn more about how to talk about mental health, check out have THAT talk.

OPH’s Parenting in Ottawa mental health page provides additional information regarding child and or youth mental health agencies. For youth in crisis, contact the Youth Services 24/7 Crisis Line (24 hours a day/7 days a week) at 613-260-2360, if outside Ottawa toll-free 1-877-377-7775.

Students and families can also contact Kids Help Phone, which offers 24/7 counselling and referral services across the province. To use this free resource, children can call 1-800-668-6868 or text CONNECT to 686868.

School Mental Health Ontario also has many great resources for students, parents and families on their website at www.smho-smso.ca.


Thank you for your continued support. We hope that you and your family are safe and well. We will continue to provide updates as they become available.


Brent Hopkins

Principal

Return to Learning Update

January 2nd, 2021

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

We hope that you have had a restful and enjoyable Christmas break. We’d like to provide you with some information to help prepare for Monday’s transition to online learning.

When school closed for the Christmas break we were expecting to re-open for in-person instruction on January 4th. Of course, we all learned on December 21st that, as part of the province-wide lockdown, the plan would need to change (Dec 22nd OCSB Message to Parents). This is not a small undertaking for students, parents or teachers. It will require some patience and understanding as new learning routines are being established. By working together I’m sure challenges can be overcome.


Online Learning Timeframe

Grade 7&8 students: Monday, January 4th - Friday, January 8th

Grade 9-12 students: Monday, January 4th - Friday, January 22nd

Students registered with the Virtual Academy will continue to receive instruction as scheduled prior to the Christmas break.


1st Day Overview

During the initial portion of the day on Monday, January 4th teachers will be participating in staff meetings and professional development activities. As a result, our first day back will be a modified one for students.

Students should review the following short video tutorials on Monday morning.

HowTo use Google Meet for Students

HowTo Troubleshoot Hapara Workspace 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, January 4th where they will meet briefly with each of the teachers they would usually see on Monday. The schedule for the day (Jan 4th Intermediate Condensed Schedule)

Beginning on Tuesday, January 5th, students will participate in full day learning. We will be adhering to our regular class schedule (7&8).


High School (Grade 9-12)

Unlike our in-person structure, all students (Cohort A and B) will engage in teacher-directed instruction every day during school closure.

By 8 am on Monday, January 4th 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 January 5th, 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 January 5th.


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. Unlike last spring, evaluations conducted over this period will impact final marks regardless of whether it results in an improved final grade or not.

Given the quadmester system in place in high school, it is essential that students in grades 9-12 engage in this period of learning. The last day of quadmester 2 is Thursday, January 28th. Therefore, what remains of this quadmester’s courses will be completed largely online.

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 SacredHeart.High@ocsb.ca by 2 pm on Monday, January 4th if your child is in need of an electronic device.


Learning Technologies: Parent Support Webinars

The school board will be streaming two live webinars for parents on Monday, January 4th (9-10 am and 8-9 pm). For more information on these webinars as well as how to access a playlist of other instructional videos please visit: OCSB LT Parent Support Resources.


Welcome to 2021! It’s time to get learning again! We look forward to classes beginning Monday.

Brent Hopkins

Principal

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