In a normal year, the Guidance Counsellors would be holding a Grade 12 assembly to talk to you about all the things you need to consider before your graduation date arrives in June. We have included you as a Grade 12 student, even if you are not planning to graduate this year so you can look ahead for future planning. Since we can’t do that this year, we are sending you the information remotely. There’s a LOT to read through in this email, but it’s important, so please read through to the end and feel free to share with your parent or guardian. Until further notice, all Guidance appointments will be held remotely, but your Guidance Counsellors miss seeing you and are available to chat! Important announcements and information will always be posted in the 2022 Guidance HUB page.
Counsellor Assignments this year by student last names:
A-Be Mr. M. Murkovich
Bi-G Ms. E. Grilli
H-O Ms. C. Lea
P-Z Mr. S. Sloan
NEW – Guidance 2022 HUB Page
Look at the information in here – there is tons! It also includes the Booking App to book an MS Teams appointment with your counsellor if you want to chat or have questions.
Community Involvement Hours:
For the 2021-22 school year, the ministry is revising the 40-hour community involvement graduation requirement so that students will not be adversely impacted by the ongoing challenges related to COVID-19. For students graduating in the 2021-22 school year, the community involvement graduation requirement will be reduced to a minimum of 20 hours of community involvement activities. Students aged 14 years and older can count up to a maximum of 10 hours from paid employment towards their earned hours at the discretion of the principal. Students counting paid employment towards their graduation requirement will be required to complete a reflection exercise indicating how their work contributed to the service for others. If you are submitting household chores or paid employment hours, those hours must have been completed in the 2021-2022 school year. Students not graduating this school year are still required to complete 40-hours before April 1 of their graduating year. When the hours are complete, you can email them to Ms. K. Chamoun in the Guidance Office. If you have your hours complete, please send them in NOW!
When using paid employment for volunteer hours (maximum of 10 hours), students must complete and submit the Community Involvement Hours Record Form and a Community Involvement Hours Critical Reflection.
This is a time consuming process to research your post-secondary plans, so get started NOW if you haven’t already! OUAC (University Application) Pin numbers are needed to apply to university, but no PIN needed for college (You will need your OEN which can be found on your upcoming report card). Please contact Ms. K. Chamoun if you have not yet requested to pick up your pin. Current Ontario High School Students applying to university with the 101 Application have an application deadline of January 13, 2022. Ontario College applications have an equal consideration date of February 1, 2022. Apply by this date to receive equal consideration for admission to programs beginning in Fall 2022.
We’ve prepared some PowerPoints to help you with applying to University and College. This is the time to RESEARCH your options for next year. It will take a commitment on your part to navigate various websites, look at virtual or site-based campus tours, and book virtual information sessions through the host school websites. Sherwood can not host university or college information sessions this year, so this puts an extra layer of responsibility on you.
If you are planning to apply to a post-secondary institution outside of Ontario, you will need to research admission process yourself. We can supply official transcripts only as requested.
Scholarships and bursaries are your responsibility to research and apply for. There is information about how to get started on the Hub page.
Check That Your Grad Requirements Will Be Met!
Xello is now updated with your courses entered. You can check that you have everything needed to graduate, and if not, see your Guidance Counsellor ASAP to figure out a plan! Remember that Xello doesn’t connect your Volunteer Hours or Literacy requirement, so that information will not be accurate. Hopefully you have kept track of these things yourself.
The OSSLT Literacy Test has been waived for June 2022 graduates. For those graduating after this date, we expect that the OSSLT Literacy Test will take place in Fall 2021 and Spring 2022.
Students are responsible for ensuring they have the right courses to graduate with the SHSM designation. Coop is a mandatory component of every SHSM diploma, so if you aren’t enrolled in Coop, we will be removing you from SHSM.
If you have questions, speak to/email the lead teachers for each program:
Arts and Culture – Mr. Baker
Construction – Mr. Behrens
Health and Wellness – Mr. Teufel
Transportation – Mr. Malcew
Information will be posted as we receive it.
University & College Presentations Fall 2021:
There will be no in school university and college presentations this year. Students should check the Guidance 2022 Hub page for virtual opportunities and important application information.
The goal for all Sherwood students is to graduate and continue progressing along one of the future pathways which may include Apprenticeship, College, University or Workplace. More information on each of these pathways can be found under our links below:
Financing your Education
Financial Assistance O.S.A.P.
Learn more about scholarships and bursaries
CampusTour.ca allows Canadian high school students to take virtual campus tours of every university and college in Canada. Students can also click to the school’s website, social media and more.