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Grade 8 Open House 8 Open House<p>​​​<a href="/Documents/"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/15/images/icpub.png" alt="" />Grade 8 Open</a></p><p></p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong class="ms-rteFontSize-3">You and your family are invited to </strong></p><p style="text-align:center;"><span lang="en-US" class="ms-rteFontSize-3" style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Stayner Collegiate's</strong></span></p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong class="ms-rteFontSize-3">Grade 8 Open House</strong></p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong class="ms-rteFontSize-3">"Inquiry Learning Showcase"</strong></p><p> </p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>Place:   Stayner Collegiate Institute</strong></p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>Date:    Wednesday, November 30, 2016</strong></p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>Time:     6:00pm - 8:00pm</strong></p><p> </p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong><em>An opportunity for Grade 8's and their families to see what our high school has to offer</em></strong></p><p> </p><p><br></p>
Tulip Planting - 150th Celebration Garden Planting - 150th Celebration Garden<p>​</p><p style="margin-bottom:6px;color:#1d2129;font-family:helvetica, arial, sans-serif;font-size:14px;background-color:#ffffff;">Stayner Collegiate Institute Awarded a “Happy Birthday Canada” 150th Celebration Garden</p><p style="margin-top:6px;margin-bottom:6px;color:#1d2129;font-family:helvetica, arial, sans-serif;font-size:14px;background-color:#ffffff;">Stayner Collegiate Institute is the lucky recipient of one of 150 “150th Celebration Gardens” being distributed across Canada – by the Canadian Garden Council in collaboration with Vesey’s Bulbs of PEI – in celebration of Canada’s sesquicentennial in 2017. Containing 1000 tulip bulbs, the international symbol of friendship and an enduring symbol of our national ethos of kindness and hospit<span class="text_exposed_show" style="display:inline;">ality, the 150th Celebration Garden is a terrific way to say “Happy Birthday” to Our Home and Native Land.</span></p><div class="text_exposed_show" style="display:inline;color:#1d2129;font-family:helvetica, arial, sans-serif;font-size:14px;background-color:#ffffff;"><p style="margin-bottom:6px;">“We feel very fortunate,” said Janice Ellerby, Principal of SCI, “to have received one of these Gardens as we understand that the Canadian Garden Council, the organization behind the 150th Celebration Garden program, received more than 400 applications. The garden, consisting of 500 red and 500 white tulip bulbs, generously donated by Vesey’s Bulbs of PEI, will be planted on Wednesday November 2, 2016 at Stayner Collegiate Institute between 10 am and 1 pm by our own students and Grade 8 students from across Clearview Township. They are attending a special Spartans in Training orientation day at SCI as they get ready to make the move to high school next year.”</p><p style="margin-top:6px;margin-bottom:6px;">“If you have time to come by the school on Wednesday, you are most welcome to join the Grade 8’s in the planting as our community makes preparations to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday next year,” according to Janice McLeod the organizer of the Spartans in Training Day.</p><p style="margin-top:6px;margin-bottom:6px;">Our garden, and the other 149 gardens planted across the country, will be symbolically linked to a Flagship 150th Celebration Garden Promenade, consisting of 25,000 tulips also donated by Vesey’s, to be planted this fall and bloom next spring adjacent to Niagara Falls, one of the great natural wonders of the world, and one of Canada’s largest gateways for visitors to our country.</p><p style="margin-top:6px;margin-bottom:6px;">Our garden will also be featured on Canada’s Garden Route at <a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow" style="color:#365899;cursor:pointer;"></a></p><p style="margin-top:6px;margin-bottom:6px;">Stayner Collegiate Institute would like to thank all those that made this heartwarming program possible: Canadian Garden Council, Vesey’s Bulbs, Canada Post, Canadian Nursery Landscape Association, Niagara Parks Commission, GardenMaking magazine, Landscape Ontario, Ontario Garden Council, Baxter Travel Media, Enterprise Canada, Gardens BC, Quebec Gardens’ Association and VIA Rail Canada​</p></div>
SCDSB​ Chair and Director ‘thankful’ for EQAO decision to score literacy tests​ Chair and Director ‘thankful’ for EQAO decision to score literacy tests<p>​Ontario’s Education, Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) announced today that it plans to score completed Ontario Secondary School Literacy Tests (OSSLT) and tests that had a significant portion complete. The Simcoe County District School Board (SCDSB) has provided this information to staff, students and parents.<br><br>Read <a href="" target="_blank">EQAO’s letter to parents</a>.<br><br>"We recognize the significance of this important graduation requirement," says Peter Beacock, Chair, SCDSB. "We are very pleased for our students that this decision has been made."<br><br>“I’m thankful for the response EQAO is giving to our students,” says Kathi Wallace, Director of Education. “I'm appreciative of their work to investigate whether the OSSLT could be scored and their consideration of the feedback from school boards and the education community. We're pleased many of our students will have their OSSLT marked and, if successful, will have completed their graduation requirement.”<br><br>EQAO has said the results will be available to schools in January. Schools can then identify students who will need to write the OSSLT again on March 30, 2017, or who may complete the literacy course in place of the OSSLT.<br><br><em>Information: </em><br><em>Kathi Wallace, Director of Education</em><br><em>705-734-6363 x11204</em></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>
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>
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>



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