Dear HDSB families of secondary school students,
As we near the end of Quadmester 1 on Friday, Nov. 13, we are writing to provide families of secondary students with a few updates. As a reminder, Quadmester 2 begins on Monday, Nov. 16.
Midterm marks and final report cards
Midterm marks for Quadmester 1 were emailed to parents/guardians the week of October 12. If you did not receive the midterm mark, please contact your child’s teacher. Final report cards for Quadmester 1 will be sent electronically to parents/guardians (and students 18+) on November 20.
Online Student Success Days on Nov. 12 and 13
Students are now working towards their final performance tasks for Quadmester 1. Given that quadmesters are a new learning model for students and courses move more quickly than a traditional semester model, schools will offer online Student Success Days on Thursday, Nov. 12 and Friday, Nov. 13. On these days, all students (in-person and virtual learners) will have online instructional days and schools will offer an alternative schedule. The purpose of these days is to provide opportunities for students to complete unfinished work or alternative assignments and connect with teachers and peers to review the course. Secondary schools will provide further information on the structure of these days.
EQAO Grade 9 Math Assessment
Students taking Grade 9 academic and applied mathematics courses in-person will participate in a trial of a new online assessment in November. This assessment will not count towards a student’s final mark. As this test must be completed on school devices, only in-person students who are at school during the assessment window will complete the assessment.
Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT)
Students graduating in June 2021 will be required to complete the OSSLT graduation requirement. Students scheduled to graduate after Quadmester 1 or Quadmester 2 who have not yet completed the OSSLT should contact their school about how to complete this graduation requirement.
Volunteer hours for secondary students
The Ministry of Education has indicated that students graduating in the 2020-2021 school year must complete a minimum of 20 volunteer hours, instead of the 40 hours normally required. This reduction in required hours is in recognition that graduating students have faced barriers to earning their volunteer hours due to COVID-19 restrictions. Students may wish to consider outdoor volunteer opportunities or virtual volunteering, such as connecting with seniors, organizing virtual fundraising events and facilitating discussions with newcomer youths.
Given the varying models and schedules implemented for Ontario students this year, the Ministry of Education and colleges and universities are working together to provide flexibility for graduating students applying to post-secondary education. Guidance counsellors will continue to work with graduating students to ensure they are aware of application processes and timelines.
Switching learning models
The Change in Delivery Model Form for families of secondary students wishing to switch learning models effective November 16 (for the next quadmester) was available from Oct. 5-13. Staff are making the required timetable and staffing changes. The next opportunity to switch learning models will be provided for Quadmester 3 and communicated to families in January.