Summer Letter August 2021

Return to School Grades 10-12
Posted on 08/25/2021

August 2021

Greetings K.S.S. Students and Families,

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

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 February 1 students will take their next two classes with Q2 (1-2) being in the morning and Q2 (3-4) in the afternoon. We will be sharing exam/culminating dates with students and families once the semester is underway for the quadmester model.  We will notify families of our schedule format for the second half of the school year once it is finalized. 

 

Timetables

Students returning to KSS can now view their 2021-2022 schedules using the following instructions: Student Portal - Viewing Timetable.docx. We are still working on fixing a few schedules for students who aren’t yet scheduled into all courses requested (due to scheduling conflicts, etc.). Our student services team is working through these issues and will be in touch with students as needed as we continue this work.  We also realize that plans for some students have changed since course selection time. If you need assistance with changing your schedule or filling a scheduling hole, please fill in our KSS timetable assistance form and a member of our student services team will be in touch to assist you.  A full school schedule will be sent to students by the end of this week by email so they can see which courses are available..

If you are having any difficulty viewing your schedule, you can call the school for assistance. (613-544-4811, ext. 11100)

Please note: MyBlueprint accounts are NOT updated with current schedules until the school year begins. Please do not use this site to check your schedule.

 

 

New Students Entering Grades 10-12

Students new to K.S.S. entering grades 10-12 will be contacted by a member of the student services team by August 30 to confirm their schedule and to schedule a visit to the school prior to start up.

 

In-Person Assistance

If you need assistance viewing your schedule or would prefer to talk with somebody face to face, we will have student services staff available outside in front of the school on Tuesday, August 31 and Thursday, September 2 from 12pm-2pm for drop by appointments. Please wear a mask. You will complete a brief covid screening upon arrival.                                                 

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. 

Student Activity Cards:  Student cards will be available for purchase in the fall.  The cost will be $10.00. We will be announcing activities that will be operating in the fall.

School Council Meeting:  Please mark on your calendar Tuesday, September 21st as the first School Council general meeting date. The meeting will begin at 6:30 PM. More information to follow.

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 you during the first week of class.  It should be stressed, however, that it is your 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 your 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.  Once we have additional information on examinations we will communicate dates for the quadmester.

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. 

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. 

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. https://kss.limestone.on.ca/

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 https://kss.limestone.on.ca 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

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, Learning Program Support Teacher

Heather Stewart, Learning Program Support Teacher   

Emma-Jane Hamilton & Kristie Timmins, Adolescent Care Workers 

Wes Garrod,  Guidance Counsellor & Coop Teacher 





Administration

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) 

Sincerely,  

KSS Administration