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College Information Program Information Program<p>​​​On Thursday, October 27th, Georgian College Orillia will be hosting the College Information Fair.  Students will have the opportunity to meet representatives from all Ontario Colleges to talk about their post-secondary programs.  All you need to ride the bus is $2 and a permission form (available in guidance).</p>
On November 2nd, take your Grade 9 to work! November 2nd, take your Grade 9 to work!<p>​​</p><p>Take Our Kids to Work™ is the signature program of The Learning Partnership, a national charitable organization dedicated to supporting, promoting and advancing public education in Canada. Now in its 22nd year, Take Our Kids to Work annually involves more than 250,000 students in a day of career exploration and learning about the skills required in the world of work. More than 75,000 businesses and organizations also participate. On Wednesday, November 2, 2016, Grade 9, Senior 1 (Manitoba) and Secondary III (Quebec) students across Canada will spend the day at the workplace of a parent, relative, friend or volunteer host​<br></p><p><br></p><p>​​<a href="/_layouts/15/Catalog.aspx?Url=http%3A%2F%2Fsta%2Escdsb%2Eon%2Eca%2FLists%2FLocalNews%2FAttachments%2F43%2FParent%2520Guide%5FTake%2520Our%2520Kids%2520to%2520Work%2Epdf">Take Our Kids to Work​</a><br></p>
Message from Director of Education Kathi Wallace from Director of Education Kathi Wallace<p>​</p><p><br></p><p>At the Sept. 28 Board Meeting, it was shared publicly that I will retire as of December 31, 2016. As I'm sure you can imagine, this decision was challenging for me. I love what I do—I have felt this way in every role during my 39 years in this board.</p><p> </p><p>It's truly been an honour to serve the students and families of Simcoe County throughout my career. I've had the privilege of working with fantastic staff, parents and community partners. I've been surrounded by skilled, passionate and caring people. </p><p> </p><p>My focus remains on our work as I complete my time here. The Board of Trustees have now started the search for a new director. We will also continue with our strategic planning consultation and analysis. The input provided by our staff, students, parents and community members will be invaluable to the board and senior administration, including the new director, as they move the system forward. If you haven't already, I encourage you to add your ideas by visiting <a href=""></a>. </p><p> </p><p>I am also looking forward with optimism to this next stage of my life. It's a chance to spend some more time with my family. This includes my growing group of beautiful grandchildren who provide that daily reminder of life's wonder and simple joys. It's that same reminder I cherish from my days as a classroom teacher.  ​</p>
Legislative Assembly of Ontario Model Parliament Assembly of Ontario Model Parliament<p>​</p><p><strong>Applications accepted until October 30</strong><strong><sup>th</sup></strong><strong>, 2016</strong></p><p>The Legislative Assembly of Ontario is holding its three-day Model Parliament Program for Ontario students in <br>grades 10 to 12 from <strong>February 22-24, 2017</strong>. This program offers civic minded students a unique opportunity <br>to experience the legislature first-hand. </p><p> </p><p>Visit our <a href="">website</a> for more information or to apply.  Should you have any questions please contact us </p><p>at <a href=""></a> or 416-325-8094.​</p>
Questions and answers from EQAO about issues with literacy test and answers from EQAO about issues with literacy test <p>​​EQAO has posted <a href="" target="_blank" title="Q&A EQAO">questions and answers​</a> about the technical issues with the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test last week. </p>
Statement from Director of Education Kathi Wallace on cancellation of OSSLT from Director of Education Kathi Wallace on cancellation of OSSLT<p>​At about 11:30 a.m., school boards received<span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span><a href="" target="_blank" style="background:none;margin:0px;padding:0px;border:0px currentcolor;color:#0072bc;text-decoration:none;">a notice</a><span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span>from<span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span><a href="" target="_blank" style="background:none;margin:0px;padding:0px;border:0px currentcolor;color:#0072bc;text-decoration:none;">Ontario’s Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO)</a><span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span>that the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT) taking place today was cancelled.</p><p>Schools had been coping with technical issues since they began the test this morning. Students had difficulty accessing the test in many cases. This was not a technical issue at our school board level—it was at EQAO. This was not something we could fix ourselves.</p><p>We are waiting for more information from EQAO about what this issue will mean for students. Obviously this situation is frustrating—we are all very disappointed.</p><p>Our staff and students worked very hard to prepare for the test. They showed incredible resilience as they persevered through the challenges today.</p><p>Our schools will share information with students and parents once we know more.</p><p>More information about the test and our original plans for the day is available in our<span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span><a href="" style="background:none;margin:0px;padding:0px;border:0px currentcolor;color:#0072bc;text-decoration:none;">media release</a>.</p>
Letter to students and parents from EQAO re: OSSLT to students and parents from EQAO re: OSSLT<p>​<strong><font size="2">​Online Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT) Trial Cancellation </font></strong></p><strong><font size="2"> </font></strong><font face="Calibri,Calibri" size="3"><font face="Calibri,Calibri" size="3"><p>Dear student or parent, </p> <p>It is with great disappointment that we acknowledge that the October 20 trial of the online OSSLT was unsuccessful. Unfortunately, we experienced widespread technical issues with the network and, as a result, we had to cancel the trial assessment. We do not yet exactly know the root cause of the issue, but we are undertaking a thorough investigation. </p> <p>We recognize that students spent considerable time and energy preparing for the trial assessment and that they had hoped to be able to complete their literacy requirement. The outcome was not what we hoped for, and for this, we are truly sorry. Because of the widespread nature of the issue, we do not yet know the implications on scoring and reporting. </p> <p>As you know, this was a trial. This means students will still be considered first -time eligible for the regularly scheduled OSSLT in March 2017 to satisfy their literacy requirement. We can also confirm that the March OSSLT administration will include a pen-and-paper version of the assessment as originally planned. </p> <p>Again we are very sorry and promise to keep working with you to get this right. </p> <p>Sincerely, <br>Richard M. Jones, Ph.D. <br>Director, Assessment and Reporting <br>EQAO </p></font></font>



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