June 07, 2024 - Final Evaluation Days and Exam Days for Secondary Students, Tips from the YAC: Beat Stress and Thrive!, and more.

June 07, 2024 - Final Evaluation Days and Exam Days for Secondary Students, Tips from the YAC: Beat Stress and Thrive!, and more.
Posted on 06/07/2024

Dear OCDSB Families,


It was superb to take part in the celebration of students who have completed the International Certificate Program (ICP) coordinated by the Ottawa-Carleton Education Network (OCENET) at 440 Albert Street on Thursday night... a terrific accomplishment tied to our District's 'Exit Outcomes', including 'global awareness'. Congratulations to the 138 students who achieved this impressive credential... the largest-ever cohort for the ICP to date!  


Last night, the Premier of Ontario announced a cabinet reshuffle. The new Minister of Education will be the Honourable Todd Smith, MPP for Bay of Quinte. We look forward to working with Minister Smith and extend our best wishes to the Honourable Stephen Lecce who has been appointed as the Minister of Energy and Electrification.      


Final Evaluation Days and Exam Days for Secondary Students

All secondary students complete a final evaluation as part of the consolidation of their learning in each course. The final evaluation may occur just before or during the final evaluation and exam days. The final evaluation for grade 9 and 10 students may include (but are not limited to) portfolio reviews, exit interviews, performance tasks, lab activities, and collaborative tasks. However, grade 9 and 10 students will not have traditional exams. For grade 11 and 12 students, the final evaluation may consist of an exam, test, portfolio review, exit interview,  performance task, lab activity, collaborative task, project, essay and more. Learn more


Tips from the YAC: Beat Stress and Thrive!

As the school year wraps up, many students are heading into exams, summatives and assignments. This month's message from the Youth Action Committee on Mental Health provides helpful tips to tackle stress and thrive during the busy end-of-year season.


Indigenous Summer Learning

The OCDSB is offering an Indigenous Summer Learning opportunity for First Nation, Inuit and Métis students going into grades 9 to 12. From July 15th to August 2nd, students will be able to earn a secondary credit through cultural connection. The program offers Indigenous language learning, learning on the land, engaging field trips, and connections with Indigenous community partners. Learn more and register by June 28th


2024 Summer School: Registrations Closing on June 17  

Continuing Education offers a variety of credit and non-credit programs. Students can register for one of the Summer School programs, including Reach Ahead Credit, eLearning, Co-operative Education, and more. The Summer School 2024 programs are offered both in-person and remotely (virtual). Please visit our OCDSB Summer School website for more information. Don't let students miss out on this incredible opportunity to earn a credit and enrich their learning experience. 


2024-2025 Staff-Recommended Budget: Share Your Feedback

At our Committee of the Whole Budget Meeting on June 3rd, the staff-recommended budget was put forward for discussion. You can view the budget and provide feedback through Engage OCDSB. Questions and comments can be submitted until Monday, June 10th.


School Council News

This month, on our School Council News page, we’ve shared information about school council annual reports and financial reports, Community Use of School facility requests, records management, Fresh from the Farm, and more.


2024-2025 School Year Calendars

You can now view the 2024-2025 elementary and secondary PDF school year calendars on our website.



From the Boardroom:

Upcoming Board and Advisory Committee Meetings

June 10th, 7:00 p.m. - Committee of the Whole, Budget

June 12th, 7:00 p.m. - Committee of the Whole, Budget (if required)

June 13th, 7:00 p.m. - Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC) 

Agendas, locations, minutes, livestreams and recordings of meetings are available for public viewing using the Board and Advisory Committees' meeting calendar.


Calendars and Planning for Important Dates

Please consult the OCDSB’s Elementary and Secondary calendars for PA Days, holidays, exam dates, and more during the 2023-2024 school year. In addition, schools avoid scheduling activities like evaluations and field trips on certain religious/creed-based days of observanceAdditional dates of significance can be found on the MultiFaith Calendar (located on our home page), Dates of Significance webpage, and on the Government of CanadaOntario Government, and United Nations websites


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Thank You,

Pino Buffone

Director of Education

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