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Principal's Message 218
Principal's Message



We are pleased that you have taken the time to visit The Dr. G. W. Williams Secondary School website. Our hope is that you find our website to be user-friendly and informative. 
 
As you open each of the tabs, you will find that Williams offers a variety of learning opportunities for students, ones in which students are able to develop their skills and talents, increase their knowledge and understanding, and form their character.   Williams’ students are encouraged through these opportunities to develop into literate students who are innovative, well-rounded lifelong learners and critical thinkers.  We also aim to foster caring global citizens who maintain inclusive and respectful interactions with others. 
 
The Dr. G. W. Williams Secondary School values a longstanding tradition of excellence.  At the core of that tradition is a caring and committed staff that provides many opportunities for student learning and success and also endeavors to create an environment where everyone feels safe, welcome and respected.  Our goal is to ensure that all of our students are challenged to reach their fullest potential by offering a rigorous academic environment combined with any support that may be essential for their success. We continue to put a priority on the safety of our students and staff through the protocols we have put in place to protect against the spread of COVID infections within our school community.  Although usually a vibrant community with many co-curricular activities throughout the year where students can participate in the areas of athletics, music, and drama as well as in various clubs we have had many of our activities go virtual and where not possible we look forward to those opportunities returning when it is safe to do so.  As we begin another school year, these activities continue to be on hold while we focus on returning to learning for both staff and students.  We hope that we will be able to return to all of these activities soon, once it is safe to do so.  That decision will be made by YRDSB in consultation with York Region Public Health.
 
Currently, The Dr. G. W. Williams S.S. serves a diverse community and offers programming opportunities to meet the needs and aspirations of all of our students.   Our enrolment this year is just under 1400 students and approximately 120 teachers and support staff who are committed to assisting students in their learning.   Williams is a semestered school offering students up to eight courses a year with classes at the academic, applied, locally developed, university, college and/or workplace levels.   We are also pleased to be an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School offering the IB Diploma Programme.  Students in the IB Diploma Programme benefit from a variety of opportunities to broaden their knowledge, creativity, activity and service.  In addition, the school offers 4 Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) Programs in the areas of Arts & Culture, Business, Health & Wellness and Transportation.  Courses are also offered in other specialty areas including technology & computers, music, drama, community based education (Co-op) and alternative education.
 
A personalized weekly newsletter for parents/guardians is sent home via email each Friday which includes information regarding events that have occurred at the school, and upcoming events. It is important that we have a current working email to ensure that you receive this weekly newsletter.  You can advise us of changes and/or additional e-mail addresses by emailing us at dr.g.w.williams.ss@yrdsb.ca  Please use the subject line:   EMAIL ADDRESS FOR PARENT OF [STUDENT’S NAME]
 
Please visit the Board’s website at www.yrdsb.ca to learn more about news and events of our Board.   While there, please also take a moment to view our school’s profile in order to obtain more information regarding our students, EQAO results, and curriculum & co-curricular activities.
 
Once again, welcome to our school website. I encourage you to contact us at dr.g.w.williams.ss@yrdsb.ca if you have any questions or comments as we welcome the opportunity to speak with you.
 
I wish you all a happy, safe and successful school year.
 
Thank you for visiting us on-line.
 
Go Wildcats!
 
Melissa Schmidt
Principal

 

 

 
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