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Code of Conduct

TIMES

Week 1

Week 2

9:00 - 10:15

A

A

10:15 - 10:25

BREAK

10:25 - 11:40

B

B

11:40 - 12:30

LUNCH

12:30 - 1:45

C

D

1:45 - 1:55

TRAVEL

1:55 - 3:10

D

C


The Three R's at GHSS

  • Respect yourself
  • Believe that you are worthy of respect and worthy of doing well. Act in a respectable manner.

  • Respect others
  • All other persons in the GHSS community are also deserving of your respect. This includes your fellow students and any adults in the school. Treat all of these people the way you would like to be treated.

  • Respect the school
  • Respect the school. Grey Highlands is a great school because of the way in which everyone respects the school and all that it represents. Be a part of that great tradition.

SCHOOL POLICIES

ATHLETIC ELIGIBILITY
In order for a student to participate in extra-curricular activities at GHSS he/she MUST abide by the following regulations:

  • All athletes are required to return a student"AF6813 Health/Safety Information Consent to Release"form prior to their first game/match/activity/practice.
  • Students must possess a current student activity card and pay the appropriate athletic user fee prior to first game/match/activity
  • All athletes must have a full timetable as outlined in the CWOSSA regulations. Athletes who leave school after completing their competitive season, or reduce their course load to fewer than full time equivalency, must apply to the Athletic Eligibility and Ethics Committee for approval to compete in the following school year
  • An athlete is eligible for competition for the time period (number of years) stipulated in the CWOSSA guidelines
  • An athlete must be present in class during the school day in order to participate in an extra-curricular activity on that day. In special circumstances the school administration may approve participation
  • Athletes cannot participate in inter-school athletic events while they are suspended from school
  • Athletes who want to play two or more extra-curricular activities in the same season must receive written permission from the coaches involved. Athletes are expected to fulfil the responsibilities of their present activity before they try out for a new activity
  • Students who have a school absentee record in excess of 4 days per month, who are not completing assessments or, who are disruptive in class will be subject to suspension and/or removal from any school team of which they are a member at the time. Special circumstances will be considered
  • Athletes are required to maintain a minimum 60% average in each of their current courses. Coaches and teachers are able to make exceptions on a case-by-case basis
  • An athlete who is removed by the coach from a team for inappropriate conduct or breach of team rules/expectations or an athlete who quits a school team without consultation and approval of the coach and the Athletic Eligibility and Ethics Committee after the team roster has been posted, will be subject to suspension for up to a 12 month period from all inter-school activities
  • In all cases the final decision as to team membership is made by the coach
  • An athlete who is in violation of school rules (e.g. violence, vandalism, drinking, smoking, etc.) on a field trip will lose the privilege to participate in all inter-school athletic activities for 90 days. Refer to Bluewater District School Bd Policy BP 6805 for further details
  • If a concern should arise, teachers, administration, coaches, and/or athletes can refer cases to the Athletic Eligibility and Ethics Committee for consideration and review on a case-by-case basis
  • When an athlete is deemed ineligible, the athlete and parents/guardian will be notified immediately. The ineligibility decision may be appealed to the Athletic Eligibility and Ethics Committee composed of representatives from the coaching body, school athletic director, administration and the SAC athletic representatives. Note: The appeal must be made within 30 days of the date stated on the notification letter

ATTENDANCE POLICY
The GHSS Attendance Policy is intended to promote good attendance and punctuality. Research shows that students who attend their classes regularly and punctually are much more likely to be successful. Learning and practising good attendance habits is a student's first step in taking responsibility for their success.
At GHSS, we believe that good attendance and punctuality habits are taught by establishing clear expectations and working consistently with students, parents, teachers, and administrators to develop the attendance and punctuality habits respected by employers and society.
We are committed to promoting high standards for daily attendance but we also realize that some absences are unavoidable. We recognize the following reasons for missing school as acceptable:

  • sickness
  • documented medical, dental or legal appointments
  • death in the family
  • emergency at home
  • bus cancellation - stormy weather
  • school field trip or extra-curricular event approved by the principal
  • religious holiday
  • private music lessons
  • special circumstances approved by the principal or vice principal

Notes and Phone Calls:
When an absence is reported by a teacher, it is recorded on the student's computerized attendance record. That data entry will initiate a computerized phone call home to ensure that parents are aware of the absence. The computerized message will state the period or periods missed. Period 1 is the first period that day, Period 2 the second and so on. From time to time the computerized calling system will be used to inform parents of special events, report card distribution or other concerns.
To ensure parental permission has been given, and to meet our legal responsibilities, every absence must be explained by a note or a phone call from a parent/guardian (or the student if he or she is over eighteen). Students are responsible for bringing a note the first day they return or having a parent call on the day of the absence. Phoning or sending a note in advance of a planned or known absence is preferred and will prevent evening computerized phone calls. The attendance answering machine is available 24 hours, 7 days a week.

Notes and Phone Calls must include:

  • the first and last name of the absent student
  • the reason for the absence
  • the date(s) that the student was away
  • the signature and name of a parent/guardian

Teachers receive a summary of student absences from their classes at the end of the day. If a note or phone call has been received it will be recorded on the summary sheet. If a note or call has not been received by the end of the day, the student will be sent to the office upon his or her return to school.
Students must bring their notes to the office before 9 a.m. Students who have a note or for whom a phone call has been received will receive a"purple slip"providing the reason for their legitimate absence. The student is required to show this slip to all four classroom teachers. Students who do not have a note may be required to see an administrator. Attendance records are accessible to the parents, teachers, counsellors and administrators monitoring student attendance. Parents wishing to monitor their child's attendance may call the attendance secretary at 924-2721 ext. 522.
Absences that are not covered by a note or call are recorded as truancies on the student's record. The absence will remain a truancy until a note is received. When a truancy is detected, a process for improving student attendance will be initiated by the student's teacher, attendance secretary, or administrator.

Travel Times:
Bells are used throughout the day to help students manage their time. When travel time is used properly, students will be seated in their classes when the period start bell rings. Students are considered late after that bell rings. Period end bells signal the teacher to dismiss the class when it is appropriate. Reminder bells are used at the beginning of the day, at the end of break and lunches to remind students that their five minute travel time has started.

Punctuality:
When the bell rings students are expected to be in class with all materials required for that class. Attendance is completed electronically within the first 10 minutes. Students who arrive after this must obtain a late slip from the teacher at the end of class and take the late slip to the office by the end of the day. If the late slip is not submitted to the office, the student will be marked as absent. It is important students submit late slips to have their attendance corrected by the attendance secretary in the student's computerized record. These records are accessible to parents, teachers, and administrators monitoring student attendance and punctuality.

Students should make every effort to always be on time. Late students should join the class quietly and without disruption. Teachers will intervene with students who disrupt classes by arriving late because it affects productivity and shows a lack of respect for those that made the effort to be on time. If a teacher becomes concerned about a student's punctuality and excessive lates, he/she will intervene by discussing the problem with the student and assigning appropriate deterrents. Students who do not respond to a teacher's efforts to promote punctuality may be referred to the administration. Parents may become involved.

Signing In and Out:
To ensure parental permission has been given, and to meet our legal responsibilities, students arriving after 9:00 a.m. must sign in at the office and those leaving before 3:10 p.m. must sign out at the office. The attendance secretary will collect notes ofpermission and adjust thecomputer records accordingly. Acceptable reasons for signing in or out are the same as those mentioned previously for absences.
Students under eighteen must bring a parent note which states the date, time and reason for signing-in late or signing-out early. In unplanned cases such as illness, or if a sign-out note has been lost or forgotten, the student may ask the attendance secretary to contact home to obtain permission. Contact must be made with either the parent or the emergency contact listed on the office computer before the student will be allowed to sign out. Students who are over eighteen may sign in or out for themselves, but only with an acceptable reason. Students under the age of 18 are not allowed to leave school during instructional time without parental permission.
Any student who is planning to sign out during a class must present the note to the teacher at the beginning of the class. Students signing out are expected to leave the school property immediately. Students who are signing in are required to do so immediately upon their arrival at school.

Illness at School:
If a student is unwell during the school day and unable to attend classes, he or she must report to the office. Students are not allowed to be truant from class and sit in the front foyer or library. The attendance secretary will attempt to contact parents and have the ill student picked up before the end of the day. Parents need to come to the office to sign out an ill student.

Special Circumstances:
Where a student misses a summative assessment or exam because of either a serious illness (medical certificate required) or a family emergency, and the student is able to prove that he/she has met the expectations of the course, the teacher will recommend that the principal award the credit.
If a student misses a test or an assignment deadline, the absence must be documented with a note from the parent, citing an acceptable reason for the absence. Reasons are: illness, medical or court appointment, religious holiday or family emergency (e.g., fire, death of family member). A student 18 and older must provide notes of documentation, and may be asked to provide additional proof of the reason for absence. A student who is truant and/or unable to provide acceptable documentation for the absence may not have another opportunity to complete the test or assignment. He or she may be able to demonstrate meeting the expectations on the culminating activity.
Where a student is involved in an extra-curricular activity (approved by the principal) or a medical or legal appointment scheduled for the same time as a test or due date, he/she must negotiate alternate arrangements with the teacher at least one school day in advance.
If a student is away from class because of a suspension, it is up to the student to make arrangements to submit assignments in a timely manner, to have a Learning Partner in each class collect work, and to generally show initiative in making up for the time lost.
The student must negotiate an alternate arrangement with the teacher to write missed tests promptly upon his or her return.

Chronic Absences and Truancies:
Occasionally circumstances may result in prolonged or repeated absences. As the number of absences increases, a student's overall achievement, chances for success, and his/her opportunities to learn from class activities decrease. A student's credit may be at risk as a result of prolonged absences.
When a student is absent for a day, parents and students must be mindful that the student is missing the work from four seventy-five minute classes. The student is responsible to catch-up on the missed learning, homework, tests, and course expectations that were completed while he/she was absent. If the absent student does not keep up with the missed work, he/she can easily fall further and further behind, making success unlikely.


Reasons for Concern and Intervention:

  • Any truancies
  • More than five days absent per term
  • More than ten days absent per semester

Process for Improving Attendance and Addressing Truancy:
The first steps are usually taken by the subject teachers. When marking the student absent, they are automatically initiating a call home through the computerized attendance system. When the teacher notes that a student's accumulated absences are a reason for concern and intervention (approaching five absences), teachers may discuss the situation with the student to clarify the reason(s) for his/her absences, review the school's expectations, and outline the next steps should their absences continue. Truancies may also be referred immediately to the office.
Subject teachers may call home when they note that a student's absences are continuing to increase (more than five absences per term). They may contact parents to ensure that they are receiving the computerized phone calls; to ensure parents are aware of the number of accumulated absences; and finally, to ensure parents are aware of specific concerns about student performance.
If the student's absences continue after the teacher's call home, the teacher may refer the student to an administrator. The steps taken by administrators will depend on the individual case, but in general terms, they will build on the teacher's previous attempts to improve the student's attendance. The interventions used will progress in severity as deemed appropriate to the case.

The Progressive Interventions to be used may include:

  • phone call home to discuss a plan and the next intervention planned
  • assigning activities to promote awareness of attendance routines and expectations
  • assigning make-up class assignments to be completed during office detentions
  • referral to the In School Needs Team and subsequent referral to other resource personnel including the Bluewater Attendance Counsellor
  • attendance contracts and mandatory parent/student/administrator conference
  • out-of-school suspensions of increasing length as necessary
  • withdrawal from a specific course
  • removal of the student's timetable (if over 18)
  • loss of participation in school activities such as dances, field trips or sports teams

STUDENT SUCCESS AT GHSS
Junior: defined as any student with fewer than 24 credits as of September 1st in the current school year.

  • Juniors must take 8 credits (full timetable) every year.
  • Juniors will not have a spare. If a spare is scheduled inadvertently, junior students must see a guidance counsellor immediately to have it replaced with a credit course.
  • 3.If an error has been made in timetabling, juniors may change a course during the first 2 weeks of the semester when and if there is space and when there is mutual agreement between the two teachers concerned. Parental approval is required.
  • There may be a need for a level change in the semester (e.g. academic to applied). This will be done in consultation with a guidance counsellor, parent(s), and the teacher involved if space is available.

Senior:defined as any student with 24 or more~credits as of September 1st in the current school year.

  • Seniors must be full time students. The Ministry of Education defines a full time student as one who spends 210 minutes a day in class. This means that the student must take a minimum of three courses in each semester.
  • Courses taken in the senior year must include all outstanding compulsory courses.
  • Any courses that are on a student's timetable on or after the fifth school day after the mid-term report is issued will appear on the student's transcript.
  • Seniors may change a course within the first two weeks of a course when and if there is space available and when there is mutual agreement between the two teachers involved. Parental approval is required for students under 18.
  • Seniors will spend study periods at the tables in the front foyer. Students may not be in the halls during their study hall. They must access lockers during the breaks only.
  • With the permission of the librarian, seniors may also work in the library during study periods.

Monitoring Achievement:
The teacher will maintain a record of the completion of all required assignments, tests and exams. This record should be easily accessible and available to the student, parent, or administrator with reasonable notice
Three report cards will be sent home in each semester: interim, mid-term and final
Teachers may send home additional mark updates or call with concerns
There will be one Parents' Night scheduled each semester, and all parents should plan to attend. With sufficient notice, it is possible for parents to arrange to meet with teachers at other times in the school year. All staff have voice mail
If a student does not complete a required component, the teacher will speak to the student about this problem
If the problem persists, the teacher will inform the student's parents
If the student still doesn't complete the work, he/she will be referred to the office
In some cases, the student may be supervised either during or beyond class time until the work is completed
The student will be warned that the credit will not be granted if work is not completed
If the student continues a pattern of not getting the required work done, the office may send him/her home to be supervised by his/her parents until such time as the student completes the work
A student who needs additional time and help to complete required course work may seek the assistance of the teacher beyond class time

Homework:
The Ontario Curriculum is rigorous and each course's expectations must be met in order to attain a credit
As a general rule, a student may expect to be assigned homework in each of his/her courses on a regular basis, regardless of either the level or the type of course (Applied, Academic, Locally Developed, University, College, Workplace or Open)
Parents should make sure that adequate time and an appropriate environment are available to their son/daughter for the purpose of completing homework

Academic Honesty:
It is the responsibility of the student to complete homework, tests, essays, and exams with honesty. Failure to comply with this responsibility may result in a mark of"Incomplete"or zero for that particular assignment, homework, test, essay and/or exam. There will not be another opportunity to complete the assessment
The student will be informed, very clearly, about the definition of plagiarism. A student who is producing a research project, for example, will receive careful instruction about how sources are to be notated. Likewise, a student who is allowed to use a"peer editor"will receive instruction on how to acknowledge that assistance
A student who plagiarizes, or participates in cheating in any way, may receive one or more of the following consequences:
a referral to administration
notification of parent/guardian
counselling and/or academic assistance
the opportunity to redo all or part of the assignment or an alternate assignment
mark deduction including a possible mark of zero
where there is a second or further instance of academic dishonesty, a suspension of one or more school days
Documentation of the incident will be placed in the plagiarism log in the vice principal's office

Learning Partners:
In each class students should find a"homework buddy", usually someone who lives nearby. If a student is away, he/she should arrange for his/her learning partner to collect any handouts, record the details and due dates of assignments and tests. Arrangements need to be made to deliver this information to the student who was absent

Formal Examinations:
Formal examinations (when classes are cancelled and an examination schedule published) will be held at the end of each semester
Students who choose not to write the exam may receive a mark of"Incomplete"or zero for the portion of the final mark allotted to the exam. Culminating activities, which often include an exam, are worth 30% of the final mark
Students must write their examinations in the scheduled time. Exceptions to this are at the discretion of the principal (e.g. death in family)
Students must refrain from making any plans (e.g. appointments) which would conflict with the examination time period. Please do not schedule work commitments, family holidays, etc. during the exam periods: January 23rd - January 30thand June 19th - June 26th inclusive. Exams will not be rescheduled
Exemptions from the final exam will be at the discretion of the principal in consultation with the parent and teacher (i.e. bereavement, serious illness). Official documentation will be required
During the exam schedule, students are expected to stay in the exam room at least until the minimum required time of 75 minutes elapses. When done exams early, students should use the time to reread and edit their work
When exiting the exam after 75 minutes, and on fifteen minute intervals thereafter, students must travel quietly through the halls to the front foyer or the nearest exit. Students must not go to their lockers until the halls are opened to student traffic by the supervising teachers
Students who are not writing exams are encouraged to stay at home to help maintain a quieter place for those students still preparing for exams
Students who are late for a formal examination should report to the office.
If the exam has been completed, the teacher, and administration will determine if the student is still permitted to write the missed exam

In-Class Final Exams:
In some courses it may be desirable to have an examination or a portion of the examination (i.e. a laboratory exam) in-class during the week immediately prior to the final examination schedule. This could occur because of the need for specific equipment that could not be made available in sufficient quantities during exams or to provide a better opportunity to evaluate students

Midterm Exams:
Some departments may have midterm examinations. These are written during regular class time

Reviewing Exam Results:
All formal examinations (grades 9-12) will be available in department offices for review by students and parents for a minimum of one year after the examination has been written
Students have the right to see their examinations after they are marked, but they may not remove them from the room or the school
Students have the right to appeal when they or their parents consider that they have been unfairly evaluated. Such appeal, under normal circumstances, goes initially to the teacher concerned, then to the principal. Should the problem or situation not be settled to the satisfaction of the parent and/or student, they may appeal to the Superintendent of Secondary Education

Community Service Hours - Diploma Requirement:

  • All students are required to complete 40 hours of unpaid community involvement in addition to their regular courses. The Bluewater District School Board has produced a guideline which is provided to students to assist them in fully understanding this new graduation requirement. Since there are only certain activities which are eligible, it is important that students read the guideline before starting their community involvement projects. It is the responsibility of the student to ensure that his/her community service hours are documented and submitted to the Office. Students who are in their graduating year, but have not completed their community service hours will not graduate, may not be accepted into a post-secondary program, and will not graduate with their class at commencement. Students have until May 1st of their graduating year to complete this diploma requirement. Students must see the principal in advance of May 1st if special consideration is needed

Students may count eligible activities they have completed any time after finishing Grade 8

CODE OF CONDUCT
PRINCIPLES:
advocates for students, staff, parents, community members
requires the co-operation of administrators, staff, students and parents
is based on the concept of respect for self, others and property
makes the safety of everyone at Grey Highlands a top priority
expects good behaviour and promotes a caring, safe, and purposeful learning environment
promotes individuals taking responsibility for their own actions
recognizes that inappropriate behaviour may lead to interventions of progressive severity being assigned to each subsequent intervention
meets Bluewater DSB expectations and the Provincial Code of Conduct
is well communicated to students, staff, and parents
is a working document, and, as such is reviewed and updated on a regular basis, (at least once each school year)

PROCESS FOR DEALING WITH UNACCEPTABLE BEHAVIOUR:
People involved:
Classroom teacher: in most cases, the teacher will deal with the first offence and assign appropriate deterrents.
Vice principal: the teacher refers students with ongoing inappropriate behaviour or students who commit serious offences to the vice principal
Principal: when situations require long-term suspension, or removal of students who are a danger to the school, the principal may be involved
Police: police will be contacted in most cases where violence, illegal substances, and other harmful or potentially unsafe behaviour is involved
In-School Needs Team: is a school team made up of a variety of school staff and resource people as listed below:
vice principal(s)
student success teacher(s)
guidance counsellor(s)
learning resource teacher(s)
co-op teacher(s)
The team meets once per four day cycle to seek solutions for students at risk of failing. Other resource people are consulted as needed and include:
area resource teachers
behaviour resource teachers
attendance secretary
board psychologist
board attendance counsellor
Choices counsellor (substance abuse counselling)
anger management counsellors
hospital crisis team
probation officers

Bruce Grey Child & Family Services
other outside agencies and community resources

The general intervention strategy:
In most cases, behavioural interventions will be directed at resolving problems and returning the student to his or her classes as quickly as possible. Students requiring repeated administrator involvement will receive progressively more severe interventions. However, in serious cases, the intervention will be determined according to the nature and severity of the incident. TheProvincial Code of Conduct published by the Ministry of Education defines the types of incidents that must involve a suspension or expulsion.

Interventions by Teachers may include:
determine the exact nature of the problem in discussion with the student
inquire about mitigating circumstances
ensure that the student understands the teacher's expectations
establish a plan to resolve the problem
assign consequences to establish the appropriate behaviour (timeouts, make-up work or time, etc.)
call home to explain the problem and the interventions attempted
meet with parents and student (possibly with all the student's teachers present)
refer student to In-School Needs Team
refer student to an administrator

Interventions by Administrators may include:
discussion of the problem with the student
development of intervention plans and behaviour contracts
calling home to explain the problem and the interventions attempted and next steps
assignment of office detention(s) *students that do not attend office detentions may be suspended for persistent opposition to authority
meeting with parents and students
scheduling case conferences with teachers and appropriate resource personnel
referral to the In-School Needs Team
suspension from the class
removal from school teams or clubs
withdrawal of the privilege to attend school functions (i.e. assemblies, dances, etc.)
assignment of clean-up duties (as in the case of defacement of school property)
financial recompense from student or parents for damage or loss of school property
suspension from school for 1-20 school days
involvement of police
program change
removal from course(s)
removal from school (for students 18 and older)
issue of trespass letter

Suspensions:
suspended students are not allowed to be on school property, to ride on school buses, or to attend any school function at any time during or beyond class time for the duration of their suspension. A suspension may be lengthened if students return to school while suspended. Trespass orders will be issued if necessary and will be enforced by the police

Communicating with Parents:
teachers and administrators will communicate with parents where students are under the age of 18. The student's written permission to contact parents is required for students who are over 18
administrators will make every effort to contact parents when police are to be involved with student incidents
administrators will inform parents of any suspensions of students under 18. Every effort will be made to inform them by telephone. In every case, a written suspension notice will be given or mailed to parents or to the student, if he/she is over 18

When a Student is sent to the Office:
the student is to come directly to the office and complete an Office Visit Report
discrepancies in travel time will be addressed by the office administrator
students who do not report to the office may be suspended for opposition to authority. Coming to the office is an opportunity for students to begin to recognize their responsibilities and solve problems
the Office Visit Report provides an opportunity for students to help identify the problem, who was harmed by his/her behaviour and propose a plan to resolve the problem. A restorative justice approach is used
the report will be given to the teacher who may choose to work with the student to finalize a plan that would return them to class ASAP.
the student will remain in the office for the balance of the period, and, depending on the incident, wait until he/she is interviewed by an administrator
the student may not leave the office without permission
the student needs to be quiet, co-operative, and polite while in the office as it is a place of work.

Behaviour in the Classroom:
the primary goal of all classes is the successful completion of the required curriculum by all students in the class
mutual respect between staff and students is required at all times
students must behave in ways that respect the rights of all students to a caring, safe and purposeful learning environment
students are to make productive use of their time on a consistent basis.
the safety of students and staff is of paramount importance; in emergency situations, staff may have to act in such a way as to ensure the safety of those involved
students must use desks, books, equipment and other resources carefully to avoid any damage or defacement
students must listen attentively to instructions and lessons and co-operate with teachers' requests
students must come to class prepared by having all homework completed and by bringing all essential materials with them
students are to complete all assigned work and keep notes organized, complete and up-to-date
students need to remember that the teacher will expect them to work in different styles, including working quietly and independently. Where group work is assigned, students are expected to work co-operatively and productively with each other
decisions on seating plans will be made by the teacher
students may not leave a classroom without the teacher's permission. If a teacher gives a student permission to leave the room, he/she will provide the student with a hall pass. It is expected that a student will return to class as soon as possible. Generally, only one student will be allowed to leave a classroom at a time
students are responsible for listening to any announcements and to observe the playing of O Canada in a respectful manner (stand, remove hats, remain quiet and still)

Behaviour in the Halls:
students are expected to be polite and co-operative at all times in the halls
harassment, teasing, intimidation, profanity and bullying will not be tolerated
students should be careful not to damage or deface school facilities or equipment in any way
other than during scheduled travel times and lunch, students should have a teacher's permission and a hall pass to travel through the halls
teachers do not dismiss classes before the end of the period
if in the halls during the playing of O Canada, students are expected to stop, remove hats, observe O Canada in a respectful manner, and continue on their way
students may transport food to a classroom if the teacher permits food to be consumed in the classroom
students must move safely in the halls. Running and horseplay are not permitted.

Behaviour in the Cafetorium and Servery:
students are expected to be polite and co-operative at all times in the cafeteria
students are responsible to clean up after themselves in the cafeteria and servery
to avoid breakage and personal injury students are not to sit on the table tops
the stage area is strictly out of bounds, teacher permission is needed
students are asked not to loiter in or near the servery, or in any place in the cafeteria or halls that obstructs traffic flow

Behaviour in the Library:
the GHSS Library is a place for individual students and classes to do research, complete work, read quietly, and access computers
students are expected to make productive use of their time while in the library, and to not disturb others with undue noise or inappropriate behaviour
the librarians and other supervising staff will monitor the behaviour and productivity of students in the Library. Students who do not comply with the above expectations may be instructed to leave the Library

Behaviour on School Property:
students are reminded that there is no smoking anywhere on school property
snowballing, water fights, and other horseplay are not permitted and may lead to suspension
as time allows, students are encouraged to use the outdoor basketball and beach volleyball courts
students must respect the property and privacy of our school's neighbours. Students are to stay away from the fence immediately to the south of the school
school property past the football field is out of bounds unless a student is accompanied by a teacher
GHSS students are proud of their school and its appearance. Helping the custodial staff to control litter inside and outside the school shows we care about our school and its appearance to visitors and our community. Clean-up duties may be an assigned intervention for inappropriate behaviour
any inappropriate behaviour that happens over the course of the school day, whether on school property or not, is subject to intervention by an administrator

Behaviour in Study Periods:
students on study periods should work quietly at the tables provided in the front foyer or library with the permission of the librarian. Students are not to wander the halls and should get what they need from their lockers during the designated travel times as hallways are out of bounds during class time.

Behaviour on Buses:
the school day begins when a student boards a bus and ends when he/she gets off the bus at the regular drop-off point
students are only allowed to ride their assigned bus. Students will not be permitted to ride a bus that is not theirs. Drivers have been instructed not to pick up students that are not assigned to their bus
students must follow the rules for behaviour set out by the bus company and/or driver. These rules are designed to ensure the physical and emotional safety of the driver and passengers and meet the expectations set out by the Bluewater District School Board and the Provincial Code of Conduct:
All students who ride on school buses shall adhere to the following Bus Code of Conduct:
be ready five (5) minutes early
watch for driver's signal before crossing the road
board quickly using the handrail and go right to your seat
remain in your seat until your bus stop
no eating or drinking on the bus
keep the aisle clear
don't put anything out the window
no shouting, swearing, teasing, fighting, or horseplay
when leaving the bus stay off the roadway
if you must cross the road, walk ten steps in front of the bus, wait for the signal, look both ways, then cross the road
bus privileges may be suspended as a consequence of inappropriate conduct.

Behaviour on School Teams, Trips, and Events:
Rehearsals, practices, performances, games, competitions, club or team meetings and field trips are all deemed to be part of the school day. Therefore, all regular expectations of the Code of Conduct apply at all times and in all locations.
In addition, Bluewater District School Board Procedure, BP 6806-D"Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Substances - Students, "states:
"Upon first offense at an off-site event, the student will receive a suspension upon return to regular classes, consistent with the disciplinary provisions of this policy. Furthermore, the student will be suspended from further participation in all co-curricular activities, including week-end activities, for ninety school days."(emphasis added - the first offense is a three-day suspension plus a ninety-day co-curricular suspension)

  • For school teams and dances, occurring on-site the following applies:

"While participating in a school-sponsored co-instructional activity or dance, any behaviour that leads to the mandatory suspension"being under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs"or the mandatory expulsion"trafficking in weapons or illegal drugs"or"giving alcohol to a minor"will result in a mandatory consequence (suspension or expulsion) and the student will receive an additional suspension from that activity, club team or school dances for:
90 school days for school dances (if the infraction occurs near the end of the academic year, it will be applied in the upcoming year until the full ninety-day term has passed)
90 school days or the remainder of the season, whichever comes first for a school team or club
The suspension from a specific team, organized group or type of event will not extend to other teams, groups or events."

Fighting and Other Violent Behaviour:
at GHSS, there is no tolerance for fighting, regardless of who starts the fight
students may not engage in any behaviour that may appear to be threatening to others (horseplay, play fighting, rough housing, etc.)
students are reminded that rough housing and play fighting can lead to injury, often appear realistic and may lead to the same consequences assigned to fighting
the standard consequence for a student apprehended for fighting is an out-of-school suspension. Usually, the minimum length of suspension for a first offense is three school days
in some cases, police may be informed of the fight and may choose to investigate and charges may be laid
physical assault causing bodily harm requiring professional medical treatment is an offense that may result in an automatic suspension of twenty days and may lead to an expulsion hearing

Bullying:
Bullying is a conscious and willful act of aggression or manipulation by one or more people against another person or people. It may be premeditated or opportunistic and can last for a short period of time or go on for years. Bullying is an abuse of power by those who carry it out (Sullivan,2000). There are three kinds of bullying: physical, verbal and relational (Olweus, 1993). Physical bullies hurt their victims and/or steal or damage their belongings. They may extort their victims or blackmail them. Verbal bullies speak badly of their targets and may spread rumors seeking to hurt or humiliate. Relational bullies shun or ostracize their victims trying to damage their social networks. Bullies rely on those who are marginally involved, the bystanders, doing nothing to stop it or becoming actively involved in supporting it (Sullivan, 2000).
Bullying contains the following elements:
harm is intended or caused
there is an imbalance of power
it is often organized and systematic
the hurt experienced by victim can be physical and/or psychological

Characteristics of Bullying
Bullies may:

  • abuse power either physically, psychologically, or sexually
  • taunt, name-call and put down
  • threaten and intimidate
  • exclude others purposefully
  • use a variety of means to spread rumours
  • pick on the most vulnerable people
  • manifest different behaviours according to gender
  • bullying changes its form with age:
  • younger children's playground bullying often involves pushing, shoving, name calling, teasing, exclusion
  • bullying may escalate to include ostracism, sexual harassment, date rape, gang attacks and cyber-bullying
  • adult bullying may take the form of verbal abuse, control and manipulation and/or physical assaults, marital violence, child abuse, workplace harassment and senior abuse
  • students who experience bullying are encouraged to tell a trusted adult. Students who witness bullying are encouraged to speak up if they feel safe at the time or to speak to a trusted adult

All forms of bullying will be taken seriously and investigated. Students who participate in bullying behaviours may be suspended.

Conduct During Assemblies:
assemblies are a part of the school curriculum. Students are expected to attend all assemblies and remain in the assembly until dismissed by the presenters - not attending an assembly will be considered a truancy
students are expected to behave in ways that are appropriate to the type of assembly being presented
cell phones must be turned off during assemblies
students must be respectful of the people who are presenting the assembly
speakers and performers must not deliver messages that promote religious, cultural, racial or gender bias

Acceptable Language:
everyone is expected to use appropriate language at all times, swearing is not acceptable. Teachers may intervene or refer the student to the office
the use of any language that is perceived as threatening or harassing is not permitted
remarks, comments, jokes, and conversations are to be free of any religious, cultural, racial, gender or sexual orientation bias
swearing at a teacher, or any other person in authority may lead to an immediate suspension of at least one day

Fire Arms and Other Weapons:
fire arms, knives and other weapons, including toy versions, are not permitted on school property (including buses) under any circumstances
any student found to be in possession of, or trafficking in, firearms, knives or weapons, or threatening to use them, has committed an offence that will result in an automatic suspension of twenty days and may lead to an expulsion hearing. Police will be involved

Substance Abuse During the School Day and School Trips or Activities:
students who are in possession of, or under the influence of, alcohol or drugs during the school day, including school trips and activities, may be subject to suspension, police involvement, mandatory counselling, and/or withdrawal of their timetable - refer to Behaviour on School Teams, Trips and Events and Board Procedures BP6805-D
students who are found to be trafficking in alcohol, drugs or other illegal substances will be expelled
staff or students who are aware of students in possession of, under the influence of, or smelling of, alcohol or drugs should report the incident to the office
students smelling of drugs may be sent home to change their clothes
students' clothing, their backpacks and lockers may be searched with just cause
arrangements for emergency medical treatment resulting from substance abuse will be made by school staff and/or parents if required
Choices Counselling Services are available for students who wish to discuss their own or a friend's substance abuse issues

Dress Code:
a school is a place of learning and business - clothing should reflect purpose
students are expected to wear clean and respectable clothing to school
clothing is understood to include hats, shirts, jewellery, pants, etc. -in short, any article that is worn upon a student's person
clothing that promotes or suggests the use of alcohol or illegal substances or activities are not to be worn to school
clothing must not deliver messages that promote religious, cultural, racial, gender or sexual orientation hatred and/or harassment
any clothing that is not consistent with the moral tone of the school including clothing with profane or vulgar slogans or gang symbols is prohibited
students are prohibited from wearing or displaying any items of clothes which symbolize or make reference to gangs and/or cults
where a student is found to be wearing inappropriate clothing, he/she may be asked to make appropriate adjustments (i.e. put on a sweater, turn a T-shirt inside out or don a loaned GHSS T-shirt for the remainder of the day)
all students are to wear safety clothing specified for a given class, such as protective footwear and eye wear, when required

Dress Code for Physical Education Classes:
For health and safety reasons, students are required to wear appropriate clothing when participating in activities in the gymnasium, mezzanine, or playing field. Consisting of:
T-shirt
sweat shirt (optional)
athletic shorts (no pockets, zippers or buttons)
sweat pants (optional)
socks
running shoes
Note: Do not leave valuables in the Phys. Ed. change rooms. Lock valuables in your locker prior to Phys. Ed. or, better yet, do not bring expensive items to school.Despite security measures, theft from locker rooms occurs regularly.

Internet Code of Behaviour:

  • please refer to Policy BP 2820-D and AP 2820-D (complete policy may be accessed at www.bwdsb.on.ca)

Hacky-Sack:

hacky-sack, catch, and other such games are not to be played indoors, other than in the gymnasium under the supervision of a teacher

Roller Blades, Skate Boards:
due to liability issues, roller blades, skate boards and scooters are not permitted on school property or school buses at any time and must not be brought to school
if these items are found at school, they will be kept in the office until a parent or guardian picks them up

Electronic Devices:
Policy BP 2314-D (complete policy may be accessed at www.bwdsb.on.ca)

  • except for school projects, students are not permitted to play music devices in the halls or classrooms during class time or exams

teachers may permit students to listen to music devices during independent work time
students will not wear headphones in class unless permission is granted by the teacher
laser pointers are not permitted on school property or buses at any time
Telephones:
students may use pay phones beside the gymnasium. In emergencies they may use an office phone with the permission of office staff
while students are in class all cell phones must be powered off and secured out of sight
cell phones provide easy access to the Internet and text messaging between students. As such, they are prohibited during tests and exams to prevent cheating
the privacy, dignity and safety of others must be maintained through the appropriate use of cell phones and electronic devices
Cameras, Cell Phone Cameras, and Video/Digital Cameras:
the electronic transmission or posting of photographic images of a person or persons on school property, at school events, and during school activities and/or hours, is prohibited without the permission of the person/persons being photographed, the principal or designate, and where the student is below the age of 18 years, the consent of the parent/guardian
recording devices are restricted at school, except where the principal or designate has given special permission (eg: video graduation ceremonies)
recording devices are not permitted in change rooms or washrooms

Students Who Drive To School:
At Grey Highlands Secondary School, safety of all students and staff is paramount. As such, we want to ensure that all students are aware of their responsibilities. Please remember that driving a vehicle to school and parking it on school property is a privilege.

  • drivers may park their vehicles in the South parking lot only. The parking at the front and the back of the school is reserved for staff parking only

student vehicles will enter and exit school property from the south entrance/exit only. Student vehicles are not permitted along the west and north driveways

  • drivers may not go to their vehicles during class time. Students are not to sit in their vehicles during school hours. This includes the backs of trucks. Smoking is not permitted in vehicles
  • loitering at vehicles during school hours is prohibited
  • drivers may lose their privilege to bring their vehicle if these rules are violated or there are attendance or discipline issues
  • the only vehicles permitted for parking are vehicles used for road use. This means that tractors, four wheelers and snow machines etc. are NOT permitted on school grounds

Smoking:
The Smoke Free Ontario Act states that it is illegal for anyone to sell, buy for, or give cigarettes to anyone under the age of 19. If you are caught supplying you could be fined $300 or more. It is also against the law to smoke anywhere on school property and you could be fined $250 or more. To report someone supplying tobacco to anyone under 19 years old, call the Grey Bruce Health Unit at 519-376-9420 or 1-800-263-3456
students are encouraged not to smoke. However, anyone who wishes to smoke must do so off school property in the designated area.
smoking cessation programs (help quitting) are available on request at the office

Lockers:
Lockers and locks will be provided and assigned. Students will be given a locker contract to sign as the locker and lock are property of GHSS. Students are NOT to share lockers and must remain in the locker assigned.

students should be careful not to damage, deface lockers or overfill lockers
do not slam or force locker doors closed. See a custodian for assistance

Note: When school officials have reasonable suspicion that a locker or student bag contains potentially dangerous, disruptive or illegal substances, students may be asked to disclose the contents. Lockers may be searched without student consent and unregistered locks cut off.

Out of Bounds Areas:
while in the community, you are representing GHSS. At all times be respectful of our neighbours and their property
Food Services: Due to health and safety reasons the cooking and serving areas of the cafetorium are out of bounds to students not enrolled in those classes
The 3rd Floor and the stairwells leading to the 3rd Floor are out of bounds at all times during the school day.
the baseball field and the dugout are out of bounds to all students unless you have permission to use those areas by a teacher for school purposes
wooded areas on or around the school property are out of bounds during school hours
the fence at the south end of the school, the Flesherton Arena and cemetery are out of bounds during school hours
the designated smoking area is out of bounds at 8:54 AM when the first bell rings to indicate students should be on their way to class until 9:15AM and from 12:25 PM to 12:45 PM.
Students may be suspended for being in a prohibited area.

FOR YOUR INFORMATION.................
ATTENDANCE
In-school Appointments:
Guidance, Student Health Clinic, Library, Office appointments:
please show your appointment slip to your subject teacher before going to your appointment. Tests or similar assignments take precedence

ATTENDANCE
Lunch Time:
students leaving the school property at lunch must assume responsibility for their own safety until returning. All students are expected to return to their next class on time
students are responsible for ensuring that all garbage is discarded appropriately

Process for Resolution of Issues:
This is the recommended process for Parent(s)/Guardian(s)/Community Member(s) to follow when dealing with issues, whether specific to a school or a general board issue. It is understood that certain circumstances may require a different approach.

Trustee Role: If a trustee becomes aware of an issue they will direct the individual/group to follow this process. The trustee may assist the individual/ group in making first contact with the appropriate person and will inform the appropriate principal or area superintendent of this contact.


SCHOOL POLICIES
Fire and Emergency Evacuation:
When you hear the bell...
walk to the nearest exit
move well back from the entrance to allow access to the building by fire vehicles
listen closely and respond quickly to instructions given by teachers
have your attendance taken by your classroom teacher (if between classes or on lunch your attendance will not be taken)
wait for 3 short bells to re-enter the building
all people MUST leave the building when the alarm sounds
In the event of an extended power outage or other emergency, it may be necessary to ask all staff and students to leave the building. Depending on weather conditions and the amount of time needed to remedy the problem, it may be necessary for the school's administrative team to arrange for temporary emergency accommodations. Local facilities such as the community centre and churches may be used until it is safe to return to the school. Please note that it is very difficult to arrange for buses to be called in during such emergencies. This is due to the fact that our buses also transport students from other schools.

Severe Weather Procedure:
An alert will sound.
An announcement will be made over the PA. Staff and students will follow the steps outlined below.


PA Announcement will be made as follows:
"Attention, Attention: Initiate severe weather plan;
Attention, Attention, Initiate severe weather plan."

(The announcement will be repeated twice.)

  • Students will proceed quickly and quietly to the designated safe location for each class.
  • Students on the second floor are to follow evacuation routes down stairwells to designated areas.
  • Students should sit on the floor, sitting or kneeling in a turtle position, with heads down and hands covering heads.
  • Students should sit away from display cases, picture frames, doorways or any items that might tip over or fall on them.
  • Students outside the building are to get into the school as quickly as possible. If the school cannot be accessed take cover in a sheltered area, lying prone on the ground.
  • Students are to remain in place until the school bell (or alternate signal) rings three times.

Textbooks:
Textbooks are school property and are entrusted to students for the duration of the course
Students should be careful not to damage or deface textbooks in any way
Each text is numbered and assigned to a specific student for tracking purposes
It is the student's responsibility to ensure that the book is properly cared for and returned in good condition
Students should report damaged textbooks to their teacher before accepting
Students are responsible to replace lost or damaged textbooks
Students should note that texbooks can range in price from $75 - $150

Study Hall:
Tables in the front foyer are used as a study hall. Any student who does not have a scheduled class should use the time for quiet work and study at the front foyer tables. Students will not be permitted to be in the halls during this time.
With the permission of the librarian, it may be possible for students to do research, study and complete homework in the library.

Severe Weather Days:
(Complete policy BP 2807-D and procedure may be accessed at www.bwdsb.on.ca) In times of severe winter weather, school bus operators may decide that it would be unsafe for buses to make their rounds. Usually, these decisions are made very early in the morning. On stormy mornings, students and their families can find school bus cancellations, school closures and school event notifications on-line. A link to the cancellations website can easily be found at www.brucegreyschoolbus.ca (follow the link named"Bus Cancellation Website"). Cancellations for our school will appear on the page named http://stscgbzone15.wordpress.com/ Zone 15 Dundalk, Flesherton, Markdale & Maxwell. If you would like to automatically receive an email each time a new posting is made just press the "Follow" button at the bottom of the screen and enter your email address. You can also follow on Twitter and RSS, check the school website www.ghss.bwdsb.on.ca., call the school at 519-924-2721 ext 444 for bussing information or listen to a local radio station (Owen Sound, Collingwood.)

If such a day happens during the exam schedule, the exams will be postponed to the next school day, and any subsequent exam days will be deferred accordingly. Please note that the January exam schedule is sometimes interrupted by bad weather, so students and parents are advised not to make any special plans for conflict days at the end of semester one.

The school operates on a two-week cycle. If school is canceled on a regular day, that day is missed and the student goes to the next day of classes when they return. Students will need to predict how that will affect their homework planning to ensure their assignments are completed on time.

Safe Schools Policy BP 6820-D:
(Complete policy and procedure may be accessed at www.bwdsb.on.ca) Bill 157 is an Act that amended the Education Act in respect to behaviour, discipline and safety. All Bluewater District School Board employees are required to respond to and/or report to the principal inappropriate student behaviour.
A principal shall consider possible suspension of a pupil if that pupil has engaged in any of the following activities while at school, at a school-related activity or in circumstances where it is determined that the activity will have an impact on the school climate:

  • Uttering a threat to inflict serious bodily harm on another person
  • Possessing alcohol or illegal drugs
  • Being under the influence of alcohol
  • Swearing at a teacher or at another person in a position of authority
  • Committing an act of vandalism that causes extensive damage to school property at the student's school or to property located on the premises of the student's school
  • Bullying
  • Persistent absence
  • Persistent opposition to authority
  • Habitual neglect of duty
  • Willful destruction of school property
  • The use of profane or improper language
  • Conduct inconsistent with the Code of Conduct of the school or to the physical or mental well-being of others in the school

Activities that a principal shall suspend a pupil for and that may lead to an investigation and possible expulsion by a committee of the Board are:

  • Possessing a weapon, including possessing a firearm
  • Using a weapon to cause or to threaten bodily harm to another person
  • Committing physical assault on another person that causes bodily harm requiring treatment by a medical practitioner
  • Committing sexual assault
  • Trafficking in weapons or in illegal drugs
  • Committing robbery
  • Extortion
  • Giving alcohol to a minor
  • Hate and/or bias motivated violence
  • Vandalism (causing extensive damage or impact on the school)
  • Refractory conduct

Progressive Discipline Policy BP 6825-D:
(Complete policy and procedure may be accessed at www.bwdsb.on.ca) Bill 157 also included requirements for principals to notify parents of victims of inappropriate behaviour and provide support for these students. Prevention and early intervention are key to maintaining a positive school environment in which students can learn. Bluewater District School Board School Codes of Conduct outline specific alternatives which are used to address disruptive behaviour. Included in these options may be a suspension from class for a limited period of time not exceeding 20 consecutive school days. There are, however, many alternatives to out-of-school suspensions which assist students to improve behaviour. These alternatives are outlined in Administrative Procedure AP 6825-D"Progressive Discipline".


STUDENT ADMINISTRATIVE COUNCIL 2014 - 2015
Co-Presidents: Kelsey Bowles
Jamie Taafe

School Senator: Olivia McAlpine

General Council Members Welcome

SCHOOL SERVICES

  1. Student Services:
  2. a) Counselling:
    Personal
    Career
    College & university applications
    School options selections
    Scholarship and Bursary information and applications
    Scholarships are awarded for academic excellence
    Bursaries are awarded for those who have unusual needs
    Home Study: Prolonged absence from school? Inquire about our program.
    Youth Employment Counselor
    School Chaplaincy Services: Referral to religious professionals of various denominations

    Please note: there are many valuable awards for academic and leadership excellence which are presented at our annual Commencement and Junior Awards ceremonies. More information is available about these awards from the guidance office.

  3. Community Health Clinic:
    • Nurse Practitioner
    • Public Health Nurse
    • Social Worker
    • Dietitian
    • Health Promoter and Community Developer
    • Choices - Drug and Alcohol Counseling

    These services are available to all students.

  4. Academic Support:
  5. Academic support and extra help may be arranged with:
    Subject teachers
    Student Education Resource Unit (The Hub)
    Student Services (Guidance)

  6. Resource Centre: (Library)
  7. 10,000 books
    100 magazine subscriptions and newspapers
    400 film strips
    C.D. ROM (reference books and magazines)
    Personal computers are available for word processing and other applications

  8. Computer Resources:
  9. personal account with security password
    individual hard-drive space accessible from several locations
    GHSS website
    internet code of behaviour
    support services through the library

  10. Servery/Cafeteria:
  11. Fast line breakfast 8:30-8:55 a.m.
    Hot/cold meals at lunch
    Fast line at mid-morning break, afternoon break and end of day for snacks

COMMUNITY SERVICES

Keystone Child, Youth & Family Services
845 2nd. Ave., East
Owen Sound, Ont.
N4K 2H2
519.371.4773 or 800.567.2384
Website: www.keystonebrucegrey.org
Bruce Grey Child & Family Services
Owen Sound
519-376-7893 or 1-800-263-0806
Email: grey@cas.gov.on.ca

CHOICES: Drug and Alcohol Counselling for Youth
Owen Sound
519-371-5487 or 1-800-265-3133

Community Network Support Team
Owen Sound
519-371-4551
Email:cnst@gbchc.org
Mental Health and Addiction website: www.mhagb.ca

Crisis Intervention Team
Owen Sound Hospital
519-376-2121 ext. 2450 or
1-888-525-0552

Community Mental Health Team
1-877-470-5200
Grey Bruce Health Unit
Owen Sound 519-376-9420 or 1-800-263-3456
Website: http://www.publichealthgreybruce.on.ca

Kids Help Phone
1-800-668-6868
Website: www.kidshelpphone.ca

Lesbian Gay Bi Trans Youthline
1-800-268-YOUTH(9688)
Website: www.youthline.ca

Pride and Prejudice Youth Group
519-376-9420 ext. 1530
Website: http://www.qlinks.ca/pride-and-prejudice
Email: greybruce@aidsguelph.org

Sexual Assault & Partner Abuse Care Centre
Owen Sound
519-376-2121 ext. 2458

The Women's Centre of Grey and Bruce Inc.
Crisis: 371-1600 (24h) or 1-800-265-3722
Admin: 376-0755
Website: http://www.thewomenscentre.org/
Victim Services of Bruce Grey & Owen Sound Inc
Crisis: 1-866-376-9852
Hanover: 519-364-7817
Port Elgin: 519-389-5000
Owen Sound:519- 376-9317
Website: http://www.victim-services.com/

Y Community & Employment Services
1-800-265-3711
Hanover 519-364-3163
Walkerton 519-881-4606
Owen Sound 519-371-9222
Website: http://www.ymcaowensound.on.ca/

Women's House Serving Bruce & Grey
Kincardine
1-800-265-3026 (24 hour)
Website: http://whsbg.on.ca/

Electronic resources:

http://www.egale.ca
http://www.pflagcanada.ca

www.mhagb.ca

www.alterheroes.com

STUDENT FEES
The fees listed below are approximations only. Please make cheques payable to Grey Highlands Secondary School.

Student Card (Mandatory for student activities)

$20.00
Combo Yearbook/Student Card $55.00
Yearbook $40.00
School Pictures (optional) $15.00 (min.)
Every student needs to have a photo taken for yearbook and student card purposes. (no charge)
Locks $ 5.00 - (damage/return deposit only) available in Office
CORE SUBJECTS
French Available for purchase - French Dictionary-Gr. 10+
Science $ 6.00 - Safety Glasses
ELECTIVE SUBJECTS
Technical $ 6.00 - Safety Glasses
Students may purchase a pair of personal safety glasses for their own use. Shared glasses are available.

EXTRA-CURRICULAR SPORTS Athletic Fees:
Each sport is responsible for funding its own costs; as a result it is the responsibility of each sport to determine what the cost to participate will be: therefore costs will vary depending upon the fundraising efforts of each individual sport.
Student cards are mandatory for participation in ALL athletics
Personal equipment is the student's responsibility (i.e. shoes, mouthguard, and safety equipment) Purchase of a uniform is required for some, especially senior sports teams.

DANCE RULES

  • 2014-2015 Student Card is required.
  • All students must agree to be breathalyzed before entering the dance.
  • The OPP, security guards and/or chaperones help ensure that our dances are free from illegal substances and alcohol.
  • Courtesy to chaperones (teachers, parents and guardians) is expected. We appreciate the time they give.
  • There will be no admission after 9:00 p.m. without prior permission from the Principal or the Vice Principal and the Head Chaperone.
  • The first 150 guests who are signed in by GHSS students before 1:00 p.m. on the day of the dance are welcome (some restrictions apply). You assume responsibility for your guests' behaviour if you sign them in.
  • Persons who leave the dance are not allowed re-admission.
  • Guests and students have access only to restricted areas of the first floor.
  • Slam Dancing, grinding and other unsafe activities at school dances are prohibited.
  • Students under suspension or with outstanding or unsettled accounts will not be allowed to attend a school dance until the suspension ends and outstanding accounts are settled.
  • While participating in a school dance, any behaviour inconsistent with the Student Code of Conduct will result in appropriate Mandatory or Discretionary consequences and the student will not be allowed to attend any school dances including prom (if organized by the school. GHSS does not organize or have supervision responsibilities for the student prom) for 90 school days.

STUDYING FOR EXAMS AND TESTS
Let's say you've just been told about an important test that is a week away. GENERAL INFORMATION Here's what you should be doing.

  • Be clear about what will be on the test or exam.
  • Check with a friend to make sure your notes are complete.
  • Organize, find or replace missing notes.
  • Review your notes. Start with the main points before you return to reviewing the material in detail.
  • Set up a schedule so you know what you will be reviewing each night, and know that you can cover everything in that time.
  • Attend scheduled review classes. Listen closely to the teacher's tips on what may be on the test or examination, e.g. which chapters to cover.
  • Never assume that something won't be on the test or examination and skip over it for that reason.
  • Be sure you know what type of test or examination it will be, e.g. Essay question, or true-and-false. If you're in doubt, don't hesitate to ask.

TAKING NOTES

  • 1. Use a loose-leaf notebook. That means that you can take out or add material.
  • 2. At the end of the week (or month), put your notes in a marked folder which you keep in a safe place at home or at school. Nothing is more tragic than to see a student spill a whole semester's notes in a crowded corridor between classes or lose their school bag.
  • 3. Date your notes and number the pages. You'll be extremely grateful in December that you started doing it in September.
  • 4. Write your name and home form at the top of each page. Lost notes are often found but seldom returned because it is impossible to learn who wrote them.
  • 5. Don't ignore points that the teacher puts on the blackboard. Follow the same organization in your notes.
  • 6. Almost everyone has a different way of taking notes. The important thing - particularly if you plan to attend university or college - is to develop your own form of shorthand in which key phrases will recall information. Try to put material down in your own words, rather than the teacher's because that will mean more to you later.
  • 7. Review your notes no later than the same evening that you take them.

CLIMB TO SUCCESS

Balance -
School
Social life
Work
Stay Healthy
Eat Well! Get some exercise and sleep. Both your body and your brain need it.
Exams -
Treat them seriously. Get as much help from your teachers as possible and attend scheduled review classes. Review classes are not optional and can provide valuable study information
Organize -
Use your time effectively. Work on projects WELL BEFORE the due date.
Assignments -
Complete them all on time. A deadline is a requirement not a suggestion.
Notebooks -
Keep them up to date and organized. Create good study notes for tests/exams.
Participate -
In class discussions and activities.
Attitude -
Be positive! Work towards your goals.
Attend -
Be on time and attend every class. Avoid the big"catch up"panic.

The Student Success teachers in the"Hub"(Room 104 A) are available to help students with organization, time management and study techniques. Drop in and make an appointment.

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