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Grade 9 Orientation Program

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Additional Grade 9 Orientation Program – mid-September 2020

Continuing Education, in partnership with HWDSB Secondary Schools, is pleased to share that we’ll be offering an ADDITIONAL Grade 9 Orientation Program in mid-September

These school specific evening sessions will take place the week of September 14th  or 21st in an on-line format using MS Teams and the HUB.  We’re currently working with the high schools to finalize details.

All Grade 9 Students will automatically be registered for the program at their Secondary School and will be able to participate. 

During the week of September 8th, Continuing Education will send a follow up message to families providing the date and times for their student’s program.  If you and your student feel that participating in the session would be a benefit, please simply join the Microsoft Teams meeting on the scheduled day and time.

These sessions will help students to make connections with new classmates and teachers, become more familiar with their new schools and the on-line tools we’re using, in addition to providing some helpful tips for time management, study habits and working on-line.

No further action is needed from you at this point and additional information will be provided to you by email about your student’s session during the week of September 8th.

We’re looking forward to helping all of our Grade 9 students feel confident and comfortable as they begin their high school journey!

Late Summer Grade 9 Orientation

Continuing Education, in partnership with HWDSB’s Secondary Schools, is pleased to offer our Grade 9 Orientation Program for all current Grade 8 students at the HWDSB Secondary School they’ll attend in the fall.

Program Locations and Dates are as follows:

*given current circumstances our initial program dates have changed.  As new dates are set by schools they will be added.  All programs will be taking place between August 24 and August 31, 2020 and may be 2-5 days in duration depending on the school.

School/Program location Dates* Times
Ancaster High August 26 to 28, 2020 10:00 a.m. to noon
Bernie Custis August 31, 2020 10:00 a.m. to noon
Dundas Valley August 25 to 27, 2020 10:00 a.m. to noon
Glendale August 24 & 26, 2020 10:00 a.m. to noon
Nora Frances Henderson August 25 & 26, 2020 10:00 a.m. to noon
Orchard Park August 31, 2020 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Saltfleet D.H.S. August 31, 2020 10:00 a.m. to noon
Sherwood August 24 to 26, 2020 10:00 a.m. to noon
Sir Allan MacNab August 31, 2020 10:00 a.m. to noon
Sir Winston Churchill August 27 & 28, 2020 10:00 a.m. to noon
Waterdown D.H.S. August 31, 2020 10:00 a.m. to noon
Westdale August 31, 2020 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Westmount August 31, 2020 10:00 a.m. to noon

Program Information

  • FREE for students pre-registered to attend Grade 9 at an HWDSB Secondary School in September 2020
  • Helps make the transition to Secondary School less stressful and more meaningful
  • Reviews of literacy, numeracy and learning skills
  • Learning at home skills
  • Reinforces organizational skills, time management and work completion
  • Good attitude, behaviour and participation is expected of every student

These programs are offered in connection with HWDSB Secondary Schools. The program dates will vary based on the school your student will be attending.  Dates will be provided in the schedule above as they are confirmed.

The program will be on-line with real-time lessons each program day. Access to tour the school will be dependent upon public health regulations and HWDSB protocols. More details will be delivered during the program.

Other Important Information

BEHAVIOUR:  Students enrolled in Summer Programs should make every effort to complete work assigned to them.  Students must be respectful of their teachers, fellow classmates and all other program staff.  Parents will be contacted by the teacher and / or Principal should there be any concerns.  Students may be asked to leave the program if there are any concerns.

SUPPORT:  There are no Special Education Resource Teachers available to assist with program modifications / accommodations.  Every effort will be made by the teacher to support and enhance the learning of each student.  Identified students with Individual Education plans are welcome to attend with the above understanding.  HWDSB is committed to protecting your personal information.


Continuing Education reserves the right to cancel or relocate programs.  Confirmations for programs and notices of cancellation will be sent in late July or early August.

If you have any questions or require additional information, please contact the Continuing Education Hill Park Learning Centre by e-mail at ce@hwdsb.on.ca


Updated on Wednesday, August 26, 2020.
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