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College and University Application Deadlines

January 13th, 2014

A reminder to all senior students and parents.  The deadline for application to university in Ontario is January 15, 2014 and for colleges it is February 1, 2014.     If your application process is not well under way you need to make an appointment with Guidance ASAP.

School Council Meeting January 14 2014

January 13th, 2014

Our next school council meeting will be on Tuesday,  January 14,   6:30 to 8:00 p.m.  in the library.

If you cannot attend this Tuesday,  please join us on Tuesday March 18,   following the March Break.

January 16 – Grade 9 Parents’ Information Night/Open House for Grade 8 students/parent(s)/guardian(s)

January 8th, 2014

Courtice will be hosting a Grade 9 Parents’ Information Night/Open House on January 16th2014 at 7:00 p.m. for Grade 8 students and their parent(s)/guardian(s).   Following a brief presentation in the gym parents will have the opportunity to meet with teachers to discuss course offerings and appropriate student placement. See you on the 16th!

Adopt-a-Family Final Totals

December 18th, 2013

The students and staff of Courtice Intermediate and Secondary School have once again shown their care and support of local families and the agencies that help others in need.  Your generosity and Christmas and holiday spirit has helped to raise $ 3 798.36 in gift card and money donations; 34 boxes of new toys, clothing and gift items for families; and 23 boxes of food items.  The families, The Denise House and Simcoe Hall Settlement House were overwhelmed by your support.  It is clear that Courtice Intermediate and  Secondary students and staff  truly have embraced that giving is the reason for the season.

Final Exams January 23 2014 – January 29 2014

December 13th, 2013

Final exams will be written January 23 2014 until January 29 2014.    Most courses will require that an exam is written during the exam schedule.  Students are expected to attend for their exam and write it at the scheduled time and date.   In exceptional circumstances where the school has been notified and proper documentation provided an exam may be deferred until an alternate time.  In the event that an exam is missed without notice and documentation, the student will receive a mark of  0 (zero).   If a student is late they will receive only the time remaining in that exam to complete the exam.   Any student who,  who during an exam,  uses or accesses or has in their possession a cell phone that is turned on will be removed from the exam and may receive a grade of  0 (zero).

The exam schedule is as follows:

January 23        period 1 subject     12:00 p.m  - 2:30 p.m.

January 24        period 2 subject     8:25 a.m.  -11:00 a.m.

January 27        period 3 subject     8:25 a.m.  -11:00 a.m

January 28         period 4 subject     8:25 a.m.  -11:00 a.m

January 29        Extra day in case of   Snow Day

In the event that buses do not run on any exam day that exam will be deferred until the next day.  The remaining exams will all move, in their order to the next or following day.  For example,  if the January 27 exam is deferred because buses are not running due to inclement weather,  it would be written on January 28,  and the January 28 exam would be written on January 29.

The morning of January 30th students can come into the school to view their exams and discuss their mark with their teacher.   Student who are not successful in courses that are prerequisite for other scheduled courses in Semester 2 will be contacted by the school and they may have to change their timetable before the start of Semester 2.   Semester 2 and regular classes will begin on Monday February 3 2014


Grade Nine Math EQAO – January 16 and January 17 2014

December 13th, 2013

The Grade Nine Math EQAO will be written on January 16 and January 17 2014.  If your child is currently taking grade nine Math it is required that that they be in school and write this test in January.  It is not optional, nor will it be deferred to another time or date.   Courtice Secondary has demonstrated exceptional results in the last several years,  far exceeding both Board and provincial scores.  It is success that is replicated by the outstanding achievement we see in our classes each day.   It is essential that all grade nines currently taking Math, write the test,  that they take it very seriously,  and that they do their best to achieve at their highest level.   Both the practice test which takes place the week before and the actual EQAO will count towards students’ final mark in Math.   They both represent an extensive assessment of the grade nine Math curriculum and accurately reflect the learning that has taken place.

Students in grade nine who will take Math in Semester 2,  will write EQAO in June 2014.   The exact dates are not yet set but as with Semester 1,  it will happen very close to the end when all of the curriculum has been covered.

Music/Visual Art Night

December 9th, 2013

Come to the Music/Art night on

Thursday December 12th at 7pm – 8:30pm.

There will be a grade 9 art gallery and

performances from music ensembles and

music classes.

Refreshments will be served after the performances.

Adopt-a-Family and Food Drive

December 2nd, 2013

This year our Leadership class has decided to continue our support to local charities.  We will be donating our items to the Denise House and Simcoe Hall Settlement House.  We need to remember that our current economic situation is uncertain and permanent full-time employment remains stubbornly hard to find.  The continued expansion of a low wage economy makes it increasingly difficult for full time families to live full time lives on part-time wages.  Please be generous and help your neighbours; it is hopeful that we can help provide some food on their tables and gifts beneath the tree on Christmas morning.

Each class will receive a family that has a wish list for each member.  Gift giving need not be limited to the wish list.

We will accept and need the following items as well:

«      non-perishable food items

«      Canadian Tire Money

«      grocery gift cards

«      gift cards

«      clothing items – new with tags on

«      new unwrapped toys

and of course

«      cash!

This campaign will run until December 16th, 2013.

Spirit Wear Now Here! Christmas Delivery

November 19th, 2013

Spirit Wear will be distributed in homeroom December 18th.

School Leadership is now selling Spirit Wear.  It will be sold all  week during the lunch hour and we are assured that it will arrive in time for Christmas.  Deadline to order is November 28, 2013.  Spirit Wear does make an excellent gift for students and for supportive parents.   When you wear your spirit wear you tell everyone that our school is a great school and you are proud to be here.  Stand up and be heard Cougars.  Buy your Spirit Wear now!




Personal Electronic Devices in the School – Policy

November 19th, 2013

Personal Electronic Devices (PEDs)

The use of technology for student learning is a key 21st century skill to enable all of our students to learn and succeed. Under staff direction, Personal Electronic Devices (PEDs) can be used effectively as an educational resource, support or aid for teaching and learning.  Furthermore PEDs, when used appropriately, can provide a safety net for students and staff.  In our school community, PEDs are to be used respectfully and conscientiously.

In order to ensure a safe and positive climate for all stakeholders, school principals with their teaching staff will monitor and regulate the use of Personal Electronic Devices.  Guidelines include:

The privacy, dignity and safety of others must be maintained through the appropriate use of cell phones and electronic devices both on school property and during off site school events

  • The teacher will determine and authorize the usage of a PED in their classroom during instructional time.   At Courtice Secondary PEDs are not be used anywhere in the building during instructional time except as part of a lesson,  with the teacher’s permission.
  • The usage of PEDs is restricted in some areas of school at all times including washrooms & change rooms
  • When the usage of a PED is inappropriate, the school principal or designate will apply progressive discipline strategies. Depending on the infraction, strategies may include, but are not limited to; speaking with student, parent meeting, detention, confiscating the PED, removal of privilege to have a PED at school or suspension.

As with other personal property items, schools are not responsible for lost, stolen or damaged PEDs.

These guidelines apply to all stakeholders in the school including students, staff, parents, volunteers and visitors.