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Principal's Message 317
Principal's Message

Dear Parents/Guardians:

 

It is hard to believe that another year is already over.  Students were able to not only excel in academics but also in athletics, the arts and global initiatives where they showcased their passion for helping others.  Based on the student survey results that came out it is evident that as a school we need to work harder at ensuring that our students have more voice in their high school life – both in and outside of the classroom.  It is especially concerning that the results show that our female students in particular feel disconnected from school.  We will continue to strive to provide opportunities for our students to have input in our planning as we move forward in our vision of increasing student achievement and well-being.

Below is a brief outline of the work that staff was involved in this year.  We will continue to focus on this work with equity and inclusivity being in the forefront of all that we do.

Mathematics:  our math department continues to work with board consultants and our elementary teachers to co-plan, co-teach and reflect.  The vertical surfaces are used in most of our math classrooms and now the science department is starting to get in on the action.  The work moving forward will be more targeted on assessment and how we use conversations and observations effectively.   We would like to congratulate Mr. Peter Rousianos – Head of Mathematics who is retiring.  We wish Peter all the best and will miss him tremendously.  We welcome Mr. Marc Nimigon into the role of Head of Mathematics.

Modern Learning:  staff have been working in professional learning groups to enhance their learning on the 3 Ms – modern learning, mental health and mathematics.  Staff continue to work together to learn and in turn share their best practices.

Mental Health:  we continue to work on mental health strategies in order to better support our students.  One of the professional learning groups ended up creating a mental health committee which includes staff, students and mental health professionals that have worked on various initiatives this year.  Some of these initiatives include:  mental health assembly planned by students with staff assistance, bringing in therapy dogs right before exams to help students with stress, as well as the start of our Girls Group and our Nubian Club.

Listed below are some KEY dates regarding report card/diploma distribution as well as timelines for next year:

REPORT CARD/DIPLOMA PICK UP – Wednesday, July 11th, 2018

LAST DAY TO PICK UP ITEMS FROM LOCKERS/LOST AND FOUND – Thursday, July 5th, 2018

CASH ON LINE – REGISTRATION AND PURCHASE OF ITEMS – Monday, August 20th, 2018

TIMETABLES WILL BE EMAILED TO STUDENTS – AFTER August 20th, 2018

GRADE 9 – FIRST DAY OF CLASSES – Tuesday, September 4th, 2018 (parents welcome to attend in the a.m.)

GRADE 10-12 – FIRST DAY OF CLASSES – Wednesday, September 5th, 2018

I would also like to take this opportunity to wish Dr. Sandy Kofalvi congratulations as she pursues her professional work this time in the elementary panel.  She will be the vice principal at Beverley Acres Public School starting in September.  We will miss her and wish her all the best.  Mr. Raymond Fung, has been promoted from teacher at Unionville High School to the vice-principal role.  I know that you will all welcome him to VSS.

Staff and Administration at VSS wish you all a healthy and relaxing summer.  Thank you for your support and we look forward to a great 2018-19 school year.

 

All the best,

m

Maria Maiato

Principal​

 
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