October 21, 2022 - October 24-28: Media Literacy Week, November 2: Take Our Kids to Work Day, and more.

October 21, 2022 - October 24-28: Media Literacy Week, November 2: Take Our Kids to Work Day, and more.
Posted on 10/21/2022

Hello Students, 

October 24-28: Media Literacy Week 

Media Literacy Week (MLW) is a chance to learn more about how to stay safe online, think critically about what we see and read in the media, learn what types of websites we can trust, and more. There’s a different theme for each day of the week: Use, Understand, Engage, Access, and Verify, and MediaSmarts’ website covers them through games, workshops, tip sheets, and more. Take a few minutes to look at the website and enhance your media literacy.

November 2: Take Our Kids to Work Day 

Attention Grade 9 students - where will you go to work on November 2nd?  That is “Take Our Kids to Work”, a chance for you to shadow a parent or family friend in their place of work for a day. If you don’t visit a workplace you will have a number of in class opportunities to explore various job and career options. Schools will be communicating more information in the coming days - please reach out to your school directly with questions. 

November 2 & 3 - Launch 2022 - post-secondary pathway exploration virtual conference

Attention students in grades 11 & 12 - November 2 & 3 is Launch 2022, a post-secondary pathway exploration virtual conference. You will have the opportunity to visit over 85 great exhibitor booths and explore 60 workshops on topics such as Personal Finance, Scholarships, Gap Year Programs, Pathways to Careers in the Trades, Health and Wellness and many others by colleges, universities and employers! Look for an email from vFairs in your OCDSB student email account for details about accessing the event. Event Website.

November 9: Indigenous, Equity and Human Rights Road Trip: Transforming Cultures for Students, Staff and Families

The OCDSB Indigenous, Equity and Human Rights Roadmap charts our path in the goals and milestones we wish to reach so that all students can feel safe and welcome. On Wednesday, November 9, 2022, we are hosting a special event to reflect on how far we’ve come and where we need to go to fulfill our commitments to Indigenous education, equity and human rights.  Join us at Woodroffe High School for the Indigenous, Equity and Human Rights Road Trip - a chance for students, families and staff to learn about our journey.  Learn more and register. 

Have a story of equity in action at your school? Let us know!

Working Together to Prevent COVID-19 Transmission 

Information provided in Ottawa Public Health’s most recent COVID-19 Snapshot shows that levels of COVID-19 in Ottawa remain high. In this video, OPH says that "If you haven't been wearing a mask in indoor and/or crowded public spaces lately, this is the time to start again." Please also continue screening for symptoms of COVID-19, stay up-to-date on vaccines, and stay home when sick.

School News

In August, Nepean High School student Julie B. made waves at the 2022 Canada Summer Games in St. Catharines. She earned eleven medals – six gold, one silver and four bronze – tying for the record of most medals won at a single Canada Games! Read the story.


We’d like to wish a very happy Diwali to all who will be celebrating. Also known as the Festival of Lights, Diwali is associated with a story about the destruction of evil by Lord Vishnu in one of his many manifestations.

In case you missed it…

October 26: International Certificate Program Virtual Information Session: Join us on Wednesday, October 26th for an information session  about the International Certificate Program, international exchanges and studying abroad. Students in grades 8-11 and their parents and guardians are welcome to attend. Learn more on our website

Looking for More Information on Upcoming Events or Dates? 

Remember to consult the OCDSB’s elementary and/or secondary calendars for PA Days, holidays, exam dates, and more. Board Meetings, committee meetings, and dates of significance can be found on the OCDSB’s board calendar. In addition, religious and/or cultural dates can be found in our MultiFaith calendar

Thank you, 

Camille Williams-Taylor 

Director of Education 


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