STAYNER COLLEGIATE INSTITUTE
TELEPHONE 705-428-2639 FAX 705-428-0562
Caroline Smith, Trustee firstname.lastname@example.org
Jackie Kavanagh, Superintendent email@example.com
Janice Ellerby, Principal firstname.lastname@example.org
Deborah Prairie, Vice-Principal email@example.com
Janice McLeod, Student Success & Special Education
Ben Murray, Student Services
Joan Walsh, Cooperative Education
November 13, 2014
Time is certainly flying by as we enter Week 12 of 20 in our semester
next week. SCI is, as usual, a thriving hub of activity and learning for
all students from Grade 9 – 12. Some of the highlights of our semester
so far are contained in this newsletter – check it out!
As you review your child’s mid-semester report card, please take note of all the
important information contained therein. Our reports are more than just a
grade. Please take note of the Learning Skills and where there are areas for
improvement noted. Learning Skills are important contributors to your child’s overall
success in their courses. Also, please take note of the attendance. Students who
struggle to attend classes will inevitably struggle to earn their credits.
We will be working closely with your children in the weeks ahead to help them be
successful. We encourage you to help them develop the grit and resiliency to “stay
the course” and continue to put forth a concerted effort in every subject. We all have
the same goal in mind – to help our students find success and to move on to the next
phase of their lives.
Please remember to sign up for my Remind text messaging service (see article
inside), like us on Facebook, bookmark www.staynercollegiate.com, sign up for daily
announcement feeds from our Facebook page, or connect with us on Twitter
@jellerbyscdsb or @StaynerC to stay connected between newsletters.
Janice Ellerby, Principal
ATTENDANCE AND LATE POLICY
One of the single most important factors contributing to a student’s success in school
is regular attendance. Because of the significant correlation between achievement in
school and good attendance, we urge all parents to hold their children accountable
for school attendance and to also support consequences at home/school for
Students who are absent, even if only for one period in a day, are to bring a note
from their parent/guardian to the Office upon their return to school. Parents may
also call the Office to explain the absence.
This year, health professionals from the South Georgian Bay Community Health
Centre will be making regular visits to SCI to provide support for our students. If a
student is interested in connecting with the health nurse, all they need to do is speak
to a guidance counsellor.
ONTARIO COLLEGE AND UNIVERSITY APPLICATIONS
To be given equal consideration with other students applying to college and
university, you must submit your on-line applications by the dates outlined below.
Several college and university application workshops will be presented at SCI this
month. If you are applying to university you will need to obtain your PIN number,
password, etc. from the Guidance office. For college applications you will need to get
your OEN number from us.
HOT OFF THE PRESS…
SCI has a new attendance
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Attendance & Late Policy
Ontario College & University Applications
Community Service Hours
Advanced Placement Program
School Council Meetings
Specialist High Skills Major
Grade 8 ‘Spartan In Training’ Day
Gr 9 Geography’s Toronto Trip
Math Extra Help
Career Fair Display & Cooperative Education
SCDSB Mission, Vision & Values
Circle of Learning Parent Academy
Gr 8 Information Night
Field Trips, Sporting & Others School Events
Bus Cancellation Information
Local Health Unit Monitoring Enterovirus D68
2014 Ontario Child Health Study & Mental Health
History field trips
(Ontario Universities Application Centre) www.ouac.on.ca
Application Deadline: January 14th, 2015
(Ontario Colleges Application Services) www.ontariocolleges.ca
Application Deadline: February 1st, 2015
Please note these on-line services become extremely busy as the deadline
dates approach. To avoid frustration and/or disappointment do not leave your
application until the last minute.
FULL DISCLOSURE (SR. COURSES)
November 20th, 2014 is the last opportunity to make changes to your
Semester 1 timetable without having courses and marks appear permanently
on your transcripts. If you require any changes, or if you would like further
clarification regarding full disclosure dates, please contact the Guidance office.
COMMUNITY SERVICE HOURS
Attention Grade 12 Students! Many of you have not submitted your community
service hours sheets to Mrs. Kaster in Guidance. Signed forms accounting for
40 hours of community service need to be returned to Guidance in order for
you to be added to the list of potential graduates. Deadline for submissions:
April 15 of current school year.
There are always new scholarships popping up for graduating students, so it’s
important to listen to the announcements for regular updates. Two of the
newest (and most lucrative) scholarships are:
♦ Ray’s Place Scholarship ($5000 per year, for 3 or 4 years) Awarded to a
graduating student in the Clearview area (conditions apply)
♦ Lakehead University Citizenship Scholarship ($3000 per year for 4
years) Awarded to a graduate from Stayner Collegiate Institute (conditions
Contact the Guidance Office for more details and application forms.
ADVANCED PLACEMENT PROGRAM
A new program at the SCDSB allows high school students to prepare for
university or college courses and exams.
The Advanced Placement (AP) program gives students who have in-depth
knowledge of particular subject areas the chance to write examinations
covering over 30 subjects. The exams are administered by schools on specific
dates in May and students who achieve a score of 4 or 5 can be considered
for advanced placement in post-secondary programs that recognize the AP
Prior to exam dates, the Continuing Education Department of the SCDSB will
be offering AP Exam Preparation programs for the exams that have generated
the most interest from students.
Each program will provide 18 hours of intensive study focusing on exam
content, taught by qualified teachers, using College Board AP exam study
Visit http://www.thelearningcentres.com/advanced-placement for more
information and to register.
Nov. 13 Mid-Term Report Card Distribution
Nov. 14 Elementary & Secondary P.D. Day
Nov. 24 Full Disclosure
Nov. 24 School Council Mtg. 7:00-9:00 pm
Nov 27 Grade 8 Open House 6:30 - 8:30 pm
Nov. 28 Character Recognition Assembly
TBA Cdn Open Math Challenge
Dec. 10 Coop Employer Appreciation Breakfast
& Career Fair
Dec 15-19 Holiday Cheer Activities
Dec. 17 Holiday Concert 7-9:00pm
Dec. 22-Jan.2 Holidays
Jan. 5 Return to Classes
Jan. 8-23 EQAO Math Testing (Grade 9)
Jan 13-16 Grad Photos
Jan. 15 University Applications Due to OUAC
Jan. 22-28 Moratorium on all school activities
Jan. 22-28 Final Evaluations for Sem. 1
Jan. 26 School Council Mtg. 7:00-9:00 pm
Jan. 29 Secondary P.D. Day
Jan. 30 Elementary & Secondary P.D. Day
Feb. 1 College Applications Due to OCAS
Feb. 2 Semester 2, Term 1 Starts
Feb. 4/5 Grade Assemblies
Feb. 11 Report Card Distribution (Sem.1)
Feb. 16 Family Day (no classes)
Feb. 23 School Council Mtg. 7:00-9:00 pm
Feb. 24 Math Contests, Pascal, Cayley, Fermat
Mar. 2 Grad Photo Retakes
Mar. 6 Semi-Formal Dance 6:30-10:30 pm
(Student Card Required)
Mar. 8 Daylight Savings Time Begins
Mar.16-20 March Break
Mar. Progress Reports
Mar.26 OSSLT Testing
Mar. 30 School Council Mtg. 7:00-9:00 pm
Apr. 1 Student/Parent/Teacher Interviews
5:00 – 7:00pm
Apr. 3 Good Friday (no classes)
Apr. 6 Easter Monday (no classes)
Apr. 15 Term 1 Ends
Apr. 15 Math Contest, Euclid
Apr. 15 Coop Information Meeting for
Sem 1 Students
for next year
Apr. 16 Term 2 Begins
Apr. 27 School Council Mtg. 7:00-9:00 pm
Apr. 30 Mid-Term Report Cards
May 1 Community Service Hours Deadline
Students and parents are reminded that all
textbooks are loaned to students for their use
and must be returned to the school at the end of each
semester. In the event a textbook is lost or damaged, the
student will be responsible to pay for its replacement.
JOIN A CLUB, TEAM AND/OR GET INVOLVED IN
LISTEN FOR MORNING ANNOUNCEMENTS,
WATCH THE TV IN THE HALL
OR CHECK OUT THE SCI WEBSITE
FOR MEETING TIMES AND PLACES
AT LUNCH AND AFTER SCHOOL
Grade 8 Spartan In Training
Wed. Nov. 5th
Over 100 grade 8 students from the Stayner Collegiate
family of schools were “high school students” for the day
on Wednesday November 5th. Students participated in a
variety of classes including business, art, music, science,
physical education, math, photography, technology, social
science, geography and green industries.
As part of the grade 8 transition plan, students were given
the opportunity to come to the secondary schools in
Simcoe County and see a day in the life of a high school
The “Spartans In Training” also learned about special SCI
opportunities such as the Environmental Specialist High
Skills Major, Library Live and as well as our specialized
physical education programs.
The student services department and student success look
forward to meeting with the grade 8s again to discuss op-tion
sheets and course selection for next year.
Grade 8 students and parents are encouraged to attend the
GRADE 8 INFORMATION NIGHT on Thursday
November 27th from 7:00 -9:00pm. There will also be a
“Parent Transition” presentation beginning at 6:pm for any
parents interested in learning more about the development
On October 23rd, 15 of our Environmental SHSM students
travelled to the University of Guelph for an SHSM training
day. Students participated in two interactive training sessions
where they learned about Plant Management and Habitat Res-toration
using plant species. The above image shows 6 of our
students enjoying a tour of the Guelph research greenhouses
where they used some impressive research technology to
measure light intensity, carbon dioxide output, soil pH and soil
moisture and nutrient levels.
Lockers are on loan to you by the school.
Please attach items with masking tape only.
Use your markers on paper and tape it into
your locker. If you damage or disfigure the
locker you are using, you can be held responsible for
Graduation Photos: January 13, 14, 15
Graduation Retakes: Monday, March 2
If you have questions or problems you can contact
Edge Imaging at 1-888-416-3343.
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Interested in some FREE math extra
Please see your math teacher or Mr.
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(excluding Wednesdays), and after
school on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
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Toronto From The Ground
In October two of Mrs. Brown’s grade 9
geography classes traveled to Toronto to take in
the sights and sounds of Canada’s largest city,
Toronto. We took the bus to the Yorkdale subway
station, bought our tickets and boarded one of the
new subway trains to the downtown core. We
saw lots of different types of land use throughout
our walk and took in the multicultural flavour of
Ontario’s capital city. Highlights of the trip
included Queen’s Park, the very expensive stores
of Bloor Street, the University of Toronto,
Chinatown, Nathan Phillips Square, the Eaton
Centre, Union Station, the underground malls,
and of course the world renowned C.N. Tower.
The students were very tired after walking 8
kilometres but the heavy rain held off and they
saw and learned lots of new things about
Ontario’s capital city.
SCHOOL COUNCIL MEETINGS
We invite parents/guardians to attend
our monthly School Council
Meetings the last Monday of every
month 6:30-8:30 pm in our School Library. All
parents/guardians are welcome!
Career Fair Display in the Library of SCI
Wednesday, December 10
8:15 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Parents and Employers,
SCI, Byng PS, Clearview Meadows PS, New Lowell PS,
Nottawasaga Creemore PS, & Duntroon PS students
are invited to attend
COOPERATIVE EDUCATION PROGRAM
“Learning from Experience”
We are now into Term II, week 11 of the Cooperative Education Work Experience. Students are learning a lot about themselves, their
interests, and their aptitude for various work environments; they are learning many new skills and really enjoy the myriad of hands-on
learning experiences. They are addressing and learning a lot about different communication styles and perceptions. Some quotes
come to mind:
"There are no mistakes, no coincidences. All events are blessings given to us to learn from."
-- Elizabeth Kubler-Ross
"Do a little more each day than you think you possibly can."
-- Lowell Thomas
“Most success springs from an obstacle or failure”
-- Scott Adams
"Pain is temporary, quitting lasts forever."
-- Lance Armstrong
We are actively engaged in signing Apprenticeships for students who have made a career choice through their work experiences. We are
very fortunate to have many employers who continuously support students and open doors for them as they enter into the world of work.
NOTE: The Simcoe County District School Board and the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities, Appren-ticeship
branch are targeting and promoting non-traditional trades to young women. The Skills Work, WOMEN CA-REER
EXPLORATION EVENT, Networking Luncheon, Thurs. Nov. 13th, at the Nottawasaga Inn in Alliston is one of
several promotional events that will take place during the 2014/15 school year. Girls have the opportunity to meet
and enter into discussions with female mentors. Many girls were involved in the TECHSPLORATION Conference, a
2 day event held at Horseshoe Resort, in October, a great opportunity to explore trades and to challenge them-selves.
The Ministry’s direction is to increase enrolment in non-traditional trades, apprenticeships. Girls should
contact Mrs. Walsh to find out more information.
We will be offering CPR/First Aid training and certification and Forklift/Fall Arrest Training this year. Listen for announcements and sign
up early for the training.
Please continue to discuss your children’s work experiences with them and help them to problem solve and grow through their hands
-on experiences. Talk to your children about workplace etiquette and socially acceptable behaviour, about the importance of attend-ance
and punctuality and about the need for completion of assignments as due.
Please contact the Coop department at any time to discuss any concerns or questions you may have about the program.
Mrs. Walsh, Mr. Morris
CIRCLE OF LEARNING PARENT
Free workshops to help you boost
your child’s success.
As a parent/guardian, you were your child’s first teacher and
you are still his or her most important teacher. Your involve-ment
in your child’s education has an impact on success. Reg-ister
to attend workshops throughout the year designed to help
you support your child’s learning and development.
• Successful transitions – how parents can guide their chil-dren
to achieve their full potential
• Make the difference in math with a growth mindset, Math
101 - all parents can support their children in math
• Resilience: Nine things kids need from their families,
schools, and communities
Find workshop dates, times, descriptions and register online at
The Circle of Learning Parent Academy is hosted by the
Simcoe County District School Board’s Parent Involvement
Committee and made possible with the support of the Ministry
of Education through a Parents Reaching Out Grant.
GRADE 8 INFORMATION NIGHTS
Is your child starting Grade 9 next year? High
school information nights happen this winter!
Information nights give an overview of what’s
new and what to expect, and are a chance to ask questions.
High school is an exciting time—there are so many programs,
clubs and activities for students to try. Attend the information
night (see schedule on SCDSB’s website here: http://
www.scdsb.on.ca/Schools/Pages/highschool.aspx) to find out
what’s offered at your local high school.
If you can’t attend an event, call your local public high school to
book an appointment to visit.
FIELD TRIPS, SPORTING &
OTHER SCHOOL EVENTS
Prior permission from School Administration must be
received if your student is on a field trip, sporting, or oth-er
school event and will not be returning with the bus or
driver. Parents must send a written request for this per-mission
in advance of the event. Due to liability issues
students are not allowed to drive themselves unless
they are 18, have written parent permission, filled out a
Private Vehicle Use Form and have School Administra-tion
permission. Students are under no circumstances
allowed to drive other students, including siblings.
BUS CANCELLATION INFORMATION IN CASE OF
Although fall has recently arrived, winter is just around the cor-ner
in Simcoe County. With it comes the possibility of severe
weather, challenging winter driving conditions and, as a result,
possible bus and school event cancellations.
All information regarding cancelled buses in Simcoe County is
posted on the Simcoe County Student Transportation Consorti-um’s
bus information websi te at
www.simcoecountyschoolbus.ca. Our school
is in the WEST zone. When buses are can-celled,
please remember that schools are still
open (unless otherwise noted) for student learning.
The Consortium, in conjunction with bus operators, will make
the decision to cancel school buses before 6 a.m. and as such,
will make every effort to post announcements between 6 and 7
a.m. Parents should also note that inclement weather cancella-tions
are effective for the whole day and buses cancelled in the
morning will not run at the end of the day.
You can also subscribe to receive bus delay notifications here:
https://scstc.ca/Subscriptions and you can follow the Consorti-um
on Twitter @SCSTC_SchoolBus.
LOCAL HEALTH UNIT MONITORING
You may have heard of a nasty cough that has been hospital-izing
some children in the United States. It has now been de-tected
in Canada, including communities in Ontario. This par-ticular
bug is called the Enterovirus D68, a cousin of the family
of common cold viruses. For most people including most chil-dren,
this virus will cause mild illness similar to the common
cold. Symptoms include fever, runny nose, sneezing, cough,
and body and muscle aches. Most people don’t
need a visit to the clinic or the hospital, and will
get better on their own. There is no specific
antibiotic or antiviral medication or vaccine for D68.
The virus spreads like the common cold, by droplets from
sneezing or coughing and from nasal mucus. It can also be
picked up by touching surfaces that have been contaminated.
This virus behaves much like the cold or influenza, and pro-tecting
yourself and your children is much the same as with
those diseases. For more information, visit the Health Unit’s
website at www.simcoemuskokahealth.org.
PARTICIPATE IN THE 2014 ONTARIO CHILD HEALTH
STUDY AND SCHOOL MENTAL
The 2014 Ontario Child Health Study is underway and will pro-vide
vital information about the mental health needs of children
and youth living in Ontario today. This study will be
the first of its kind in Canada to examine the influ-ence
of family, community and school environments
on child and youth mental health. The results will be used to
develop programs and services to improve the mental health
of young people in Ontario.
From October 2014 to May 2015, Statistics Canada will be
inviting 7,000 families with children aged 4 -17 to complete an
interview in their home. At the same time, McMaster research-ers
will be conducting School Mental Health Surveys in 240
Ontario schools to help us learn new ways of promoting and
addressing student mental health needs.
Let's make our province a better place for children and youth.
If invited to participate, please say ‘yes’ to the 2014 Ontario
Child Health Study and School Mental Health Surveys. For
more information, visit: www.ontariochildhealthstudy.ca.
HISTORY COMES ALIVE
On October 21st, Mrs. Wiwchar's and Mr. Neilsen's grade 10
Canadian History students had the chance to visit the Simcoe
County Museum in Midhurst to participate in the Museum's
new World War I program. They examined WWI artifacts and
archival resources. The reproduction of a 60-foot trench pro-vided
an opportunity to experience life on the front line in a
manner unattainable in any classroom. Students learned
about the recruitment process, donned actual WWI gear,
demonstrated their skill in basic training and experienced
trench life. They even participated in a mock WWI battle
where some were very lucky, others were injured and some
did not make it home. Students also studied the contributions
made by Simcoe County during the war years, discovered the
true impact of WWI on Canadian soldiers and those serving
on the Home Front, as well as connecting with local soldiers
and nurses through personal stories and belongings. The ex-perience
brought to life the trials and tribulations of WWI.
They all made great soldiers and even braved the cold and
On November 21st, Mrs. Wiwchar's and Mr. Neilsen's grade
10 Canadian History classes will be visiting Base Borden.
This day will give the students the opportunity to speak with
military personnel and aid them in developing a true under-standing
of the sacrifices made by Canadian soldiers since
WWI. Students will receive a guided tour of Base Borden's
Military Museum which holds a significant collection WWI,
WWII and post war armoured vehicles, trucks, and aircraft.
They will also receive a talk from military personnel about
future career opportunities in the military. It should be a great
On Monday, October 20, SCI recognized the academic
success of those students in the 2013-14 academic year
♦ Earned the top mark in their Grade 9 – 11 courses
♦ Earned a place on the SCI Honour Roll by having an
average over 80% in all their courses during the year.
Over 80 students crossed the stage to receive these
awards, many earning multiple awards and/or a place on
the Honour Roll.
Congratulations to all those earning top mark / scholar
awards. Your hard work and dedication to academic suc-cess
is something you should all be proud of.