2023-2024 Student Updates

March 01, 2024 - 2024-2025 Budget, 2024-2025 School Year Calendars (Subject to Ministry Approval), and more.
03/01/2024
Hello Students, this week, I had the opportunity to take part in professional learning with colleagues, nationally and internationally, on the integration of artificial intelligence in teaching and learning environments.
Read More about March 01, 2024 - 2024-2025 Budget, 2024-2025 School Year Calendars (Subject to Ministry Approval), and more.
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February 23, 2024 - February 24: Black History Showcase: Honouring Black Excellence, April 8, 2024 - Solar Eclipse: Schools will be closed, and more.
02/23/2024
Hello Students, Did you know Student Senate is the official committee representing student voice at the OCDSB? These students from secondary schools across the district meet once a month to provide the student perspective on board issues and to voice the questions and concerns of OCDSB students.
Read More about February 23, 2024 - February 24: Black History Showcase: Honouring Black Excellence, April 8, 2024 - Solar Eclipse: Schools will be closed, and more.
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February 16, 2024 - April 8, 2024 - Solar Eclipse: Schools will be closed, New Indigenous Student Trustee, and more.
02/16/2024
Hello Students, I had the privilege of attending two of our sites this week… to participate in a ‘learning walk’ with colleagues at Chapman Mills Public School on Monday… and a scheduled visit at Manordale Public School on Thursday.
Read More about February 16, 2024 - April 8, 2024 - Solar Eclipse: Schools will be closed, New Indigenous Student Trustee, and more.
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February 9, 2024 - Report Cards, New Indigenous Student Trustee, Introducing Engage OCDSB, and more.
02/09/2024
Hello Students, this week’s site visit to West Carleton Secondary School was particularly unique… as it took place during a power outage! Although class visits weren’t possible this time out, I did have the amazing opportunity to speak with students about their future post-secondary aspirations… in the foyer, the student lounge area, the cafeteria and outdoors.
Read More about February 9, 2024 - Report Cards, New Indigenous Student Trustee, Introducing Engage OCDSB, and more.
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February 2, 2024 - Toonie Tuesday is February 27, 2024: Give A Little, Help A Lot!, Winter Virtual Night School: Registration Now Open!, Events, and more.
02/02/2024
Hello Students, I had the opportunity to visit York Street Public School this week... in the heart of our beautiful city. I was so inspired as I listened to, and saw for myself, the ingenuity and resourcefulness of staff in meeting the diverse needs of the students and their families.
Read More about February 2, 2024 - Toonie Tuesday is February 27, 2024: Give A Little, Help A Lot!, Winter Virtual Night School: Registration Now Open!, Events, and more.
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January 26, 2024 - Revised Exam and Final Assessment Schedule, Secondary PA Day: January 31, and more.
01/26/2024
Hello Students, as part of my commitment to lifelong learning, personally and professionally, I am very excited to share with you all the first edition of a ‘Thought Leadership Series’ this week.
Read More about January 26, 2024 - Revised Exam and Final Assessment Schedule, Secondary PA Day: January 31, and more.
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January 19, 2024 - Dealing With Exam Stress (Before, During, and After): Tips from YAC, Coming Soon: 2024 Valuing Voices: Identity Matters Survey, and more.
01/24/2024
Hello Students, I had a great visit to Brookfield High School this week… a dynamic, multi-purposed site that provides a rich array of programs and services from daycare to adult education… truly reflecting the spirit of the school as a community hub! It was wonderful to meet staff and speak to students, including newcomers to our country, about their learner journeys through our system. My sincere gratitude to all of the amazing professionals who lead the learning there.
Read More about January 19, 2024 - Dealing With Exam Stress (Before, During, and After): Tips from YAC, Coming Soon: 2024 Valuing Voices: Identity Matters Survey, and more.
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January 12, 2024 - January 19th: Black Excellence Day, OCDSB Indigenous Languages Survey - Now Open, and more.
01/12/2024
Hello Students, I hope the start of the new year has gone well so far. It’s now time for you to choose your high school courses for the 2024-2025 school year. Course selection is done using Xello.
Read More about January 12, 2024 - January 19th: Black Excellence Day, OCDSB Indigenous Languages Survey - Now Open, and more.
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January 5, 2024 - OCDSB Indigenous Languages Survey, Events, and more.
01/05/2024
Hello Students, I would like to take this opportunity to wish all of our students, staff and school communities of the District a wonderful new year. I hope that the calendar year of 2024 brings happiness and health, peace and prosperity to each and every one of you! A reminder that all students will return to class on Monday, January 8, 2024.
Read More about January 5, 2024 - OCDSB Indigenous Languages Survey, Events, and more.
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December 21, 2023 - 2023-2024 Winter Break Timelines, OCDSB Indigenous Languages Survey, Events, and more.
12/21/2023
Hello Students, this week, I had the pleasure of participating in my final school visit of the calendar year at Roland Michener Public School. As always, the visit was an inspiring example of our engaging places and spaces of learning! As we approach the two-week break, many families within our communities will be joyously celebrating various holidays this season.
Read More about December 21, 2023 - 2023-2024 Winter Break Timelines, OCDSB Indigenous Languages Survey, Events, and more.
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December 15, 2023 - 2023-2024 Winter Break: Important Information, Graduating OCDSB Students - Education Foundation of Ottawa - S.T.E.M. Financial Award, and more.
12/15/2023
Hello Students, I had the honour of visiting Bell High School this week… a special visit for me as I graduated from this wonderful school and so did my daughter, albeit many, many years apart. My sincere thanks to the students and staff for their passion and professionalism in serving our school community… and for making us alumni feel so welcome upon our return!
Read More about December 15, 2023 - 2023-2024 Winter Break: Important Information, Graduating OCDSB Students - Education Foundation of Ottawa - S.T.E.M. Financial Award, and more.
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December 08, 2023 - Canadian Music Class Challenge 2023: National finalists, Events, and more.
12/08/2023
Hello Students, at our System Leaders' meeting on Wednesday of this week, I had the opportunity to thank our incredibly talented principals and vice-principals, general managers and senior staff for their extraordinary leadership and management of our schools and central departments. This group of caring and committed leaders contributes so greatly to the core of our organization.
Read More about December 08, 2023 - Canadian Music Class Challenge 2023: National finalists, Events, and more.
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December 01, 2023 - Google Student Account Changes, Transportation Update, Ottawa Public Health: Advisory for respiratory illnesses, and more.
12/01/2023
Hello Students, I had the chance to visit the Youville Centre this week… a vibrant, innovative centre that nurtures the education and wellness of young mothers and their children. This Centretown site represents the value-add our organization brings to society at large.
Read More about December 01, 2023 - Google Student Account Changes, Transportation Update, Ottawa Public Health: Advisory for respiratory illnesses, and more.
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November 23, 2023 - Reminder: November 24 - PA Day: No classes for students, November 19-25 is Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week, and more.
11/23/2023
Hello Students, This week, I had the pleasure of visiting two of our amazing sites, Hilson Avenue Public School and Ottawa Technical Secondary School, and I was so inspired by the incredible dedication and diligence of our staff as they interacted with our students. At OTSS, I walked through the entrance as part of the 'human library'... listening in as community members shared their personal and professional experiences with small groups of secondary students... such an atmosphere of genuine engagement on site!
Read More about November 23, 2023 - Reminder: November 24 - PA Day: No classes for students, November 19-25 is Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week, and more.
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November 17, 2023 - 2023-2024 Chair and Vice-Chair of Board of Trustees, Student Transportation Update, and more.
11/17/2023
Hello Students, I had the pleasure and privilege to visit Half Moon Bay Public School earlier this week… and watched a number of students engaged in enriching learning tasks, including the development of sight vocabulary in both English and French in the bilingual kindergarten program, for instance. My heartfelt thanks to all staff on site for their efforts and energy in creating such exciting teaching and learning environments in the early years and elsewhere on site.
Read More about November 17, 2023 - 2023-2024 Chair and Vice-Chair of Board of Trustees, Student Transportation Update, and more.
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November 10, 2023 - Remembrance Day - November 11, Diwali - November 12, Safe Schools Reporting Tool - An Anonymous Reporting Option for Students, and more.
11/10/2023
Hello Students, Remembrance Day - November 11 Each year, we honour the commitment and sacrifices of all who have served and continue to serve in times of war, conflict, and peace. Find out about Remembrance Day events happening in Ottawa this weekend.
Read More about November 10, 2023 - Remembrance Day - November 11, Diwali - November 12, Safe Schools Reporting Tool - An Anonymous Reporting Option for Students, and more.
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November 3, 2023 - Applications for Ontario Colleges and Universities, D. Aubrey Moodie Award for Highest Academic Average, and more.
11/03/2023
Hello Students, ​ This week, I spent some time with our student leaders at the first Student Senate Meeting of the school year. It was inspiring to hear and see the extraordinary leadership and voice as students envisioned their priorities for the current school year. My gratitude to Student Trustees, Emma Hong and Malaika Kamanzi, for their coordination of this important work.
Read More about November 3, 2023 - Applications for Ontario Colleges and Universities, D. Aubrey Moodie Award for Highest Academic Average, and more.
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October 27, 2023 - Applications for Ontario Colleges and Universities, Student Transportation Update, Muslim Students Group in Celebration of Islamic Heritage Month, and more.
10/27/2023
Hello Students, Tuesday, October 31st is Halloween and schools across the OCDSB may choose to mark this in a variety of ways. We want activities to be kept fun for all students, respectful. Costumes are not required and students do not need to participate in Halloween activities.
Read More about October 27, 2023 - Applications for Ontario Colleges and Universities, Student Transportation Update, Muslim Students Group in Celebration of Islamic Heritage Month, and more.
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October 20, 2023 - Caring Community, Muslim Students Group in Celebration of Islamic Heritage Month, October is Cyber Security Awareness Month, and more.
10/20/2023
Caring Community We appreciate the very thoughtful feedback from many members of the community, sharing perspectives, concerns, and fears about the ongoing crisis in the Middle East and how we are responding. We recognize the tremendous impact and hurt being experienced by so many in our community.
Read More about October 20, 2023 - Caring Community, Muslim Students Group in Celebration of Islamic Heritage Month, October is Cyber Security Awareness Month, and more.
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October 13, 2023 - Transportation, 2022-2023 EQAO results released, Initial Learning Updates (Progress Reports) to be sent on October 17th, and more.
10/12/2023
Hello Students, This week, school staff have been vigilant in their effort to ensure that students and staff feel safe, respected and comfortable in their working and learning environments. Continuity in routine and in learning, along with supportive resources is important to student well-being.
Read More about October 13, 2023 - Transportation, 2022-2023 EQAO results released, Initial Learning Updates (Progress Reports) to be sent on October 17th, and more.
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September 29, 2023 - Student Transportation, October 6th, 2023 - PA Day, Save the Date! November 4th - OCDSB Family Conference, and more.
09/29/2023
Hello Students, Today, OCDSB students and staff marked the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and Orange Shirt Day. This is a day of mourning and remembrance for Indigenous Peoples, and offers an opportunity to reflect and honour survivors, their families, and their communities.
Read More about September 29, 2023 - Student Transportation, October 6th, 2023 - PA Day, Save the Date! November 4th - OCDSB Family Conference, and more.
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September 22, 2023 - Transportation, September 27th: Rowan’s Law Day, National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and Orange Shirt Day, and more.
09/22/2023
Hello Students, Earlier this week, rallies were held across the country and on Parliament Hill “against how schools teach gender ideology”. This has become very divisive and commonly pits claims for parental rights, protection of children, and indoctrination against claims of hate, transphobia, and safety. These demonstrations foster a culture of hate and fear.
Read More about September 22, 2023 - Transportation, September 27th: Rowan’s Law Day, National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and Orange Shirt Day, and more.
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September 15, 2023 - Sending Best Wishes to All Who are Celebrating Rosh Hashanah, Open Trails Day, and more.
09/15/2023
Hello Students, As the transportation disruptions continue, we understand the frustrations you and your families are experiencing. We are very sorry that OCDSB families have to go through this. As Ottawa Student Transportation Authority (OSTA) works towards solutions in the coming weeks, we thank you for your kindness and understanding shown towards school bus drivers and request that everyone continues to do so. Please continue to use the Parent Portal and monitor the route cancellations for up-to-date information.
Read More about September 15, 2023 - Sending Best Wishes to All Who are Celebrating Rosh Hashanah, Open Trails Day, and more.
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