Get Your Bearings Grade 9 Orientation

Grade 9 Orientation & Start Up Letter
Posted on 08/25/2021

August 2021

Greetings Grade Nine K.S.S. Students and Families,

On behalf of the KSS staff, we are pleased  to welcome you to our school. We hope you are feeling relaxed, refreshed, and eager to embark on an exciting school year. To assist with the return to school, please find below, important information regarding our school procedures. 

This year, we are excited to host a one day introduction to our grade 9 program for all incoming students called “Get Your BEARings”. We look forward to seeing you on Wednesday, September 1st from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Kingston Secondary School. During this day students will receive their timetables and walk through a typical day at K.S.S. You will get to meet classmates and teachers before the first day of school and learn specific strategies for success in high school. This program will truly set the stage for the entire grade 9 school year. 

Please make sure you have completed the pre-screener tool prior to arriving to K.S.S. on Wednesday, September 1st ‘Get your BEARings” Day ( Please wear a mask and follow directions from staff re: zones and cohorts throughout the day. If you are not feeling well on September 1, you should not come to the Welcome Day. We will help get you settled on the first day of school just come to the main office.

As you begin at Kingston Secondary School, we would like to outline five points that will help to make your time in high school productive and satisfying:

  • Stay on top of your courses. Pay attention, take good notes, study regularly, participate in class, complete all homework, and hand in all assignments on time.
  • Attend all classes and be on time. 
  • When in doubt - ask! Do not be shy about asking someone for help.
  • Show respect for others and your school in your actions and language. We are a community of over 1,300 people. The golden rule is a good guideline: treat other people as you would like to be treated.
  • Get involved and have fun. Find a club or team to join or cheer on. Make a positive difference!

School year schedule: In accordance with guidelines from the Ministry of Education and Public Health, K.S.S. will be following a Quadmester school schedule for at least the first half of this school year. This means from Sept. 7 to Nov. 12 students will take one course in the morning Q1 (1-2) and a second course in the afternoon Q1 (3-4). Likewise, from Nov. 15 to Feb. 1 students will take their next two classes with Q2 (1-2) being in the morning and Q2 (3-4) in the afternoon. 


School Drop off and Pick Up: Please note there is no entry into our school parking lot between 8:00 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. If you are driving a student, please set up a drop off and pick up points close to the school.


Lockers: We will not be starting the year with lockers; however, we look forward to establishing the use of lockers later in the fall. Please Note: For school safety, there will be locker checks done throughout the year to ensure that every student is in their assigned locker. 

School Council Meeting:  Parents/guardians, please mark on your calendar Tuesday, September 21st as the first School Council general meeting date. We will be meeting virtually at 6:30 PM. More information to follow with how to join the virtual meeting. Please consider becoming a co-chair of our school council or taking on a role on council.

FOR STUDENTS….when should you visit attendance: When you feel sick and wish to go home, you may call your parent/guardian from attendance in the Main Office as the attendance clerk needs to speak to them as well to have you sign out of the school. When you are leaving early, you need to sign out (parental permission must be given). Anytime you have arrived at school after 8:50 a.m., even if you are on time for the next class. Accurate attendance is important in the event of an emergency. 

FOR PARENTS....How do I notify the school of an absence? A parent/guardian may notify the school of a “parent/guardian approved” absence through School Messenger or a telephone call to the attendance @ 613-544-4811 ext. 11120

In writing prior to the absence:

·Email to: [email protected] 

·For planned extended absences, please contact the Principal in writing at least one month prior to the extended absences. Students are expected to complete the extended absence sheet, available in the Main Office, prior to departures.

Please note:  Students are not permitted to sign themselves out or call in absences until they reach the age of 18. 

As part of our ongoing focus on student success, you should expect your student’s teachers to contact you to discuss their progress when your student has unexplained absences or your student’s achievement is being impacted by poor attendance, even if the absences have been approved. Persistent attendance issues will be referred to the appropriate Vice-Principal for follow-up. We have an automated attendance system that will make calls to all homes in the evening to notify parents of students who have missed a period, periods, or an entire day of school. We hope that this system will assist us with timely communication home with attendance information.  

Assessment and Evaluation: Procedures vary from subject to subject and teachers will review these with students during the first week of class. It should be stressed, however, that it is a student’s responsibility to maintain regular attendance, meet assignment deadlines, write tests and exams on designated days, and, in general, keep up to date in each of their courses.  Failure to do so may result in the loss of credit.                                

Parent/Guardian Nights: Parent/Teacher conferences are by appointment on scheduled evenings. These dates will be communicated once we know if we will be permitted to bring large groups of parents into the school in compliance with public health guidelines. Please contact your student’s teachers for updates on progress.

Culminating Activities and Examinations: Parents and students should note the culminating activities, final summative evaluations and examination dates will occur at the end of quadmesters or semesters.  All students are expected to write their culminating activities and exams as scheduled.

Medical documentation will be required if a culminating activity or exam is missed due to illness. Do not plan holidays or accept employment during summative and examination periods. Please note that attendance is critical for the entire period. 


Start Date

End Date

Exam Dates


September 7

November 10

November 11, 12


November 15

January 27

January 28, 31


February 3

April 13

April 14, 19


April 20

June 23

June 24, 27, 28

Please note that semester II dates are subject to change, if we move back to a regular semester model.  

Co-curricular programsWe hope all students will get involved in the outstanding activities available at KSS. Many activities are offered to satisfy virtually every interest, and to help make your school year more exciting, challenging, and rewarding. We are awaiting additional direction on what sporting activities will be permitted this fall.

School Calendar:  The School Calendar is available on our website. The school code of conduct, assessment and evaluation policy, and school information can be found on our school website.

Finally, we wish each of you every success in all of your endeavours over the next school year. Work hard, get involved, and do the very best you can at everything you attempt.

We look forward to the new school year and we will continue to provide school updates.  Please visit our website at for more information about our school and follow us on Twitter @kss_ldsb.  If you have any questions, we encourage you to contact us at: (613) 544-4811. 

2021-2022 Student Services Staff are here to help:

Bonney Morris-Pocock, Head of Student Services                          Tamiko Ferguson, Guidance Counsellor

Adam Watson, IB Coordinator & IB Teacher                                  Adam Lynn, Student Success & Phys Ed 

Amanda MacDonald, Student Services Clerk

Beth Ford, Lead Student Success Teacher (Semester One)

David Cameron, Student Services & Learning Program Support Teacher Part Time  (Semester One)

Julia Hale, Student Services & Learning Program Support Teacher Part Time  (Semester Two)

Helena Huskilson and Heather Stewart, Learning Program Support Teachers   

Emma-Jane Hamilton & Kristie Timmins, Adolescent Care Workers 

Wes Garrod,  Guidance Counsellor & Coop Teacher 

We are excited to meet you,,

Darlene Scarlett, Principal KSS & Module Vanier

Lonny Gibson, Vice-Principal (Grade 10 & 12)

Chris Morrow, Vice-Principal (Grades 9 & 11)

Kate Brennan, Vice-Principal (Module Vanier and KSS School To Community)