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Principal Blog 2018 05 22

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Principal Blog 2018 05 22

I hope everyone had a great long weekend!  Now that it has come and gone, exams will be here in a few weeks!  Please remember to pace yourself


Congratulations to all of our grade 10 students on a very successful joint Play Day with SJAM at Dofasco Sports Complex last Thursday!  This was a great opportunity for our students to begin to break the barriers between the two school and get to know one another.  A HUGE thank you is extended to Ms. Ruggieri as well as student council for all of their help organizing the day!  We will be sure to have more days in the near future!

Congratulations to Vincent Wey on becoming this year’s Graduation Class Valedictorian!  Voting and nomination speeches were done last Tuesday.  Thank you to all the students who had the courage to speak in front of their peers!  Thank you as well to Ms. Wilson and Mr. Corey for supporting the students and organizing the process.

Fantastic Learning

The timetable for next year is almost complete!  Ms. Sykes, Ms. Wilson and Ms. Schneider have been working hard over the last week to create a timetable that works for the majority of students based on their selections.  Thank you for your work putting the puzzle together!  We hope to be able to begin conflict appointments for students by the start of next week.  Teacher timetables will be finalized and handed out by the first day of exams.

Week Ahead

May’s staff meeting has been moved to this Thursday.  In preparation for the meeting, we will be covering the following information;

  • Assessment and evaluation recap
    • Most recent, most consistent
    • Determining a final grade
    • Meaningful comments on the report card
  • comparing performance of marker students from diagnostic assessments to recent summative assessments
  • Refocusing/planning will be done on the June 29th PD day for the 2018/19 school year

The YWCA Hamilton has recently undertaken a research project, entitled Equitable Pathways to Technical Fields and Skilled Trades, funded by the Status of Women Canada, and in official partnership with both the Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board and the Hamilton Wentworth District School Board.  The purpose of this project is to investigate the opportunities and barriers surrounding the relatively low enrollment of high school age female students pursuing male-dominated technology and skilled trades classes and OYAP opportunities.  On Wednesday morning, Mr. Haddad, Mr. Behrens and I will be looking at the project to find out how we can support the work of YWCA.

Have a great week!

Mr. Graham

Updated on Monday, May 21, 2018.
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