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About WDHS

Bell Times

8:05 AM - 2:35 PM

EQAO & OSSLT

EQAO Results & OSSLT Results

Child Care

Visit our child care website.

Principal

Theresa Sgambato (Acting), Wanda Bielak - 905.689.6692 | Email Theresa Sgambato (Acting), Wanda Bielak

Vice-Principal(s)

Brent Monkley, Don Pente (Acting)

Superintendent

Sue Dunlop - 905.527.5092 x 2673 | E-mail Sue Dunlop

Trustee

Penny Deathe - 289.339.8455 | E-mail Penny Deathe

School Schedule

Period 1 – 8:05 to 9:20
Period 2 – 9:30 to 10:45
Period 3 – 10:48 to 12:03
Period 4 – 12:03 to 1:18
Period 5 – 1:20 to 2:35

School Council Co-Chairs

Karin Lang and Sophie Boers

Administrative Office Staff

  • Mrs. Karen Chernets
  • Mrs. Anita Bates
  • Ms. Lisa Hiscox
  • Mrs. Louann Kennedy
  • Mrs. Jill Bedford
  • Mrs. Elizabeth Dubec

Our School

Waterdown District High School, established in 1853 has a strong tradition of both academic achievement, extracurricular participation, student leadership and community support. As the only Secondary School located in the Flamborough area, our students enjoy the support of a very dedicated community. Our students have numerous curricular opportunities as well as the ability to participate in 67 different extra-curricular activities. Our students are dedicated to supporting others and on a daily basis are involved in fundraising and volunteer activities in our local community and around the world.

Programs & Services

Student Success Supports

  • Industry Certification Centre with more than 10 different certifications available to be earned as members of a class or individually
  • STEP summer program for Gr. 8 students entering Gr. 9
  • Extensive Gr. 9 Orientation activities
  • Strong Learning Resource team
  • Gr. 9 Learning Strategies Course
  • Locally Developed Courses (Gr. 9 & 10) and Workplace Courses (Gr. 11 & 12)
  • Youth Assisting Youth Mentoring Program for Gr. 9 &10 students
  • Credit Recovery program to assist Gr. 9 and 10 students
  • Complete-a-credit program
  • After-school literacy program to support students writing the OSSLT (Literacy Test)
  • T.R.Y. (Take Responsibility for Yourself) – Alternative Education Program
  • Comprehensive Cooperative Education and Apprenticeship Program
  • Math extra help sessions for students two days a week on lunch hours with senior student support
  • Weekly Good Deed and True Sport Awards
  • Celebration of Student Success through annual Academic Awards Evening, Athletic Awards Banquet, Arts Awards Banquet and Commencement

Program Highlights

Wide variety of course offerings in all subject areas at all levels
Some specialty offerings:

  • Communication Technology Program (TGJ 4M)- produces, hosts and televises bi-weekly morning announcements on WINTV
  • CISCO Computer Engineering Program (ICE 3M) – students complete IT Essentials I in preparation for writing their A+ certification
  • Co-Ed Hockey Program (Gr. 10 & 11) – focus on hockey conditioning and skills development
  • Compass – Outbound Experience – offered both semesters – 2 credit package focuses on outdoor education /physed and physical geography for gr. 11 students
  • Outbound Experience Program – offered in Semester 2 – four credit package focused on Environmental Education and Leadership for Gr. 12 students
  • “Connextions Program” – offered in Semester 1 – three credit package developed to promote an understanding of international diversity and develop an appreciation for the challenges facing those living in third world countries
  • Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (O.Y.A.P.) – through our Cooperative Education Program, our students have the ability to earn credits while earning apprenticeship hours
  • Musical Theatre Program – runs every other year – with a focus on creating a final musical production

Before/After School Program or Activities

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Our School Plan

Curriculum Focus

Continue to reduce the failure rate of our students.
Continue to reduce the gender gap between girls and boys.
Continue to incorporate Literacy and Numeracy skills into all courses.
Incorporate professional certifications into numerous subject areas to provide students with additional skills that will assist them in the workplace.

Environment Focus

Building Character Education
implement the True Sport initiative in our extra-curricular programs
implement a weekly Good Deed Award for students
continue educating students and staff about bullying
Implement a Code Lockdown Procedure
Reinstate a student run school-wide recycling program

Parent & Community Involvement

Community

Continue to partner with members of the community to offer our students numerous learning opportunities. Our community members support us by offering cooperative education placements, opportunities for field trips, volunteers, coaching expertise, resources and materials, support for special events and guest speakers.

Parent

Continue to use a wide variety of approaches to communicate with parents. Making use of our school sign, our school website, our automated phone system to call home about attendance and special events, the REMIND app for texts and emails and our “What’s Up at WDHS” articles in the Flamborough Review.
Encourage parental participation on our School Council.

Updated on Wednesday, March 21, 2018.
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