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Grade 9 Orientation Program

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Thank you for your interest in our Grade 9 Orientation Programs!  We can’t wait to help our Grade 9’s get off to a great start in High School!

All Grade 9 Students will automatically be registered for the program at their Secondary School and will be able to participate. Please make sure that your contact information is up to date in the “Parent Portal” to ensure that you receive important program updates!

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 other keys for success in high school.

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

Your student will receive a confirmation message in mid/late August about their course and how to participate. 

Program Locations, Dates and Times

2023 Program Locations and Dates will be provided below.  Students will receive a confirmation message with program details closer to the start date for their session as well.

School/Program location Session Dates and times for August 2023 Program
Ancaster High August 28-30, 2023, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Bernie Custis August 30, 2023, 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Dundas Valley August 29 & 30, 2023, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Glendale August 30, 2023, 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Nora Frances Henderson August 30, 2023, 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Orchard Park August 30, 2023, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Saltfleet D.H.S. August 30, 2023, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Sherwood August 29 & 30, 2023, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Sir Allan MacNab  August 28-30, 2023, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Sir Winston Churchill August 30, 2023, 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Waterdown D.H.S. August 30, 2023, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Westdale August 30, 2023, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Westmount August 30, 2023, 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Program Information

  • FREE for students pre-registered to attend Grade 9 at an HWDSB Secondary School in September 2023
  • 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 programs will be IN-PERSON.  More details will be determined over the coming months and will be provided to parents in our confirmation emails to be sent in mid-August.

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 phone at 905-561-2190 or e-mail us at ce@hwdsb.on.ca


Updated on Monday, August 21, 2023.
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