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​Student Network Leaders: Peer Leadership and Mentoring

Peer mentoring is an important part of our transition planning for students. Starting in Grade 8, student mentors in grades 10-12 will begin to forge partnerships with our incoming students both at the high school and in the elementary schools. They lead students through team building activities, guided tours of the high school, question and answer sessions and much more.  Our student mentors lead the Grade 9 day programs which culmnate in the Spartan Games at Camp Robin Hood Leadership Centre. Peer mentoring doesn't stop there. SNL mentors support grade 9 students throughout their year of firsts: study skills, exams, mental health activities, spirit weeks, getting involved, and so much more! 

If you are a student in grade 10-12 and are interested in becoming a Peer Mentor for the 2018-2019 school year, please complete the application form: Peer Mentor Application. If you would like additional information about the our Student Network of Leaders at SDSS, please reach out to us.


Student of the Month

Character into Action

Each month SDSS will focus on one of ten character traits. Teachers will nominate students who they feel have fully demonstrated the designated trait through their actions both inside and outside of the school. We strive to recognize students from all grades and pathways.

Students of the Month will be awarded a certificate outlining this achievement and are recognized in our school's weekly newsletter, Spartan Speaks. This is considered to be an amazing accomplishment for all who are recognized! 

What is character development?
Character Development"Character development is the deliberate effort to nurture the universal attributes upon which schools and communities find consensus. These attributes provide a standard for behaviour against which we hold ourselves accountable. They permeate all that happens in schools. They bind us together across the lines that often divide us in society. They form the basis of our relationships and of responsible citizenship. They are a foundation for excellence and equity in education, and for our vision of learning cultures and school communities that are respectful, safe, caring and inclusive. Excellence in education includes character development. Through character, we find common ground." (Finding Common Ground; Character Development in Ontario Schools, K-12, 2008 External Link)
Character Matters is one approach that York Region Schools use to create and support a Positive Climate for Learning and Working.

Peer Tutoring

We currently do not have any peer tutoring available. This initiative is being reviewed in hopes of being able to re-start for semester 2. Thank you for your patience and understanding. 

Want to be a Tutor?

Being a peer tutor is a rewarding experience that will help you consolidate your knowledge and feel good about helping someone else. You can use this experience on your resume and may be able to earn community service hours for it too! If you are interested in becoming a tutor, fill out the application form below and the Student Success team will keep it in our files. When we have a request from a student looking for help in your subject areas of strength, we will contact you and make the match. When you meet your tutee, you will arrange to get together with them on your own schedule. Many will plan to meet at lunch time or before or after school.​
Tutor Application​ Applications now being accepted for February 2019 start!

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