Class of 2020

Hello, Parkview Families! I hope that everyone continues to be well. It was wonderful to see so many of you as you came by the school to collect belongings and/or your graduation packages. Didn't the Grade 8 Team do an amazing job pulling those together! It meant so much to them--to all of us--to see your faces and to connect with you.

It's hard to believe that we are so near the end of the school year. And what a year it has been! Through it all, we have remained a family--strong and supportive. Though our grads will soon be leaving us to move on to new opportunities in high school, they will always be our family. Panthers for life!

With regards to summer learning, all registration for our summer programs is accessed through the TVDSB Summer School website. As well, I've shared a note from the Medway Guidance Team in your child's Class of 2020 Google Classroom. Feel free to ask them to share it with you. It speaks to questions around summer school, fall schedules, and orientation.

Graduation

As you know, we've had to cancel year-end trips and postpone (not cancel) graduation ceremonies. We know the impact of this on our graduates and their families and it is our sincerest hope that we'll be able to hold graduation ceremonies in the fall. It will be so wonderful to bring our graduates back together with stories to share about their new high school experiences! In the interim, please join us in honouring this amazing group of students on June 25th as we Go Gold for Grads!

 

 

Stay Connected

I have loved seeing your contributions to our Parkview News each week. It certainly makes me feel connected, as does seeing students' responses to the various online tasks in their respective learning communities. I continue to be impressed by the level of engagement from students and families. We know this hasn't been easy; we appreciate your perseverance. We also appreciate your feedback, so thank you for completing the family survey. We certainly want to know how we can support your family. Please continue to connect with your child(ren)'s teacher(s), and tap into the many available Parkview and TVDSB resources. Many will continue to be available to you throughout the summer.

 

 

Learning at a Distance

Things seem to change daily, and I will do my best to keep you updated. A good resource to help you stay connected with Board and Ministry directives that will impact the course of learning for your student(s) at home is the updated Learning at a Distance document--Phase 2, Second Edition. The document, which is both interactive online and available to print, covers the following topics:

  1. What is Learning at a Distance?
  2. What Can I Expect While Learning at a Distance?
  3. Supporting Access to and Use of Online Learning
  4. Supporting Student Mental Health and Well-Being
  5. Additional Supports for Students and Families
  6. How Can I Stay Informed?

Please be sure to revisit the Learning at a Distance as a family. All updates are highlighted in yellow in the PDF.

 

Your Well-Being Matters to Us

The health and well-being of our students and families continues to be a primary concern. It can be difficult for young people (and adults) to process an unpredictable world that looks significantly different from anything most of us have ever experienced. If any member of your family needs access to supports, please check out the Mental Health and Well-Being section of the TVDSB site. and check out the weekly Coffee with Kelly episodes.

Know that we are all here for you. Even though we are physically apart, we are always looking for ways to stay socially connected as a family--we're Parkview, after all! Be sure to check out Parkview News. Thanks to those of you who have already made contributions!

 

Summer Programs

Now, that the registration process has been initiated at the high school level, we've moved to thinking about summer program offerings. I've updated the TVDSB summer program information, so please click here or scroll down for details on recent changes (as of May 27th). Thames Valley Continuing Education will be running three new-credit summer school programs and two non-credit programs for students entering secondary school, as well as a non-credit program for students entering Grades 7 or 8 through virtual learning platforms. The following programs will be offered:

PLEASE NOTE: Students may only participate in one summer program scheduled at the same time. Students may participate in a July program AND an August program.

Registration for eLearning New Credit and High School Math Here I Come! are open. For both programs, students and/or parents will initiate the registration process through a link to a form from the Summer School web site, which is linked from the TVDSB home page and from our school website. eLearning credit course registrations for students moving from Grade 8 to Grade 9 will be automatically directed to the secondary school they will be attending. However, please don't hesitate to contact me at r.moorenash@tvdsb.ca if your child will be engaging in a TVDSB summer program and you would like information or assistance. I'm happy to help.

At this time, decisions regarding the delivery model for High School Here I Come!, which normally runs in secondary schools the second last week of the summer, will be made later in June. Please see below for a program description and registration details.

Visit the Summer Programs page on the TVDSB web site regularly basis for any updates regarding programs and registration. Thank you so much for your patience and understanding.

 

Community Involvement Hours

You and your child might also be thinking about the 40 Community Involvement (volunteer) hours necessary for high school graduation. Typically, I tell students to get these done the summer before they enter Grade 9 because they are able to begin accumulating those hours once they've officially graduated from Grade 8. These are very different times. Nonetheless, students are encouraged to have these hours completed BEFORE they enter Grade 12. I have shared a brochure outlining the Community Involvement Program as well as the form for collecting hours. Students will also find these in their Class of 2020 Google Classroom. Please read through the brochure together and download the form to use when your child is ready to begin Community Involvement hours. Once high school begins, you should also encourage your child to submit their hours as they complete them so that they don't misplace their sheet prior to completing all 40 hours.

 

Learn at Home

Please continue to monitor www.tvdsb.ca/covid19updates and TVDSB social media channels for information and updates. Scroll through the Board's Learn at Home page to find information and activities to support your child at home. TVDSB has partnered with TVO to offer free math tutoring for students from Grades 7 to 10 (as well as many other resources for students of all ages). Check out TVO Mathify! I have confirmation that Mathify tutors are available right now to assist students with their math questions, Monday-Friday from 9AM-9PM and Sunday from 3:30–9PM ET.

 

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Summer School Programs and Camps

Credit Programs

  • New Credit eLearning Summer Courses - Registration is now open and closes on Monday, June 15th at 4:00PM (please note this revised closing date). Late registrations will not be accepted. As summer on-site courses are no longer an option this year, the selection of eLearning courses has expanded.  Full-credit eLearning courses are scheduled to run from Thursday, July 2nd to Tuesday, July 28th. There are also the Grade 10 half credit eLearning courses as options (i.e., Civics & Citizenship and Career Studies). BOTH of these courses are scheduled to run during the first two-week period of summer school from Thursday, July 2nd to Wednesday July 15th, and both run again during the second two week period of summer school from Thursday July 16th to Tuesday, July 28th. Click here for New Credit eLearning course offerings.
  • New Credit In-Class Summer Courses - PLEASE NOTE: Unfortunately, due to the current COVID-19 situation, New Credit In-Class courses will not be offered for Summer 2020. Alternatively, most of these courses are being offered in the Summer eLearning program.

Non-Credit Programs

  • High School MATH Here I Come! - This program is now being offered in a virtual learning environment. Registration is currently open and closes on Friday, June 19th at 4:00PM. Late registrations will not be accepted. This program is scheduled to run from Monday, July 6th to Friday, July 17th. Students will be engaged for 2 to 3 hours per day using the Brightspace online platform, and are expected to log in on a daily basis to complete activities and receive teacher feedback. NOTE: Prior to the start of the program, parents will receive notification providing them with direction on how to access the online platform. See below for a course description. To access the registration form, click here.
  • Grade 7/8 Literacy and Numeracy Program - This program is now being offered in a virtual learning environment. Registration is currently open and closes on Friday, June 19th at 4:00PM. Late registrations will not be accepted. This program is scheduled to run from Monday, July 6th to Friday, July 17th. Students will be engaged for 2 to 3 hours per day online, and are expected to log in on a daily basis to complete activities and receive teacher feedback. NOTE: Prior to the start of the program, parents will receive notification providing them with direction on how to access the online platform. See below for a course description. To access the registration form, click here.
  • High School Here I Come! - While the delivery format (online versus onsite) will be determined later in June, Registration opens on June 1st (the registration form will become available here at that time). Registration closes on Wednesday, August 12th at 4:00PM. Late registrations will not be accepted. This program is scheduled to run from Monday, August 24th to Thursday, August 27th and could be on site from 9:00AM to 12:30PM daily OR 2 to 3 hours per day online with students logging in daily to complete activities and receive teacher feedback. See below for a course description. Please check the TVDSB site regularly for updates on this program.

 

Summer Course Descriptions

Grade 7-8 Literacy and Numeracy Program

This program is for students entering Grades 7 or 8 in September, and provides students with an opportunity to further develop their literacy and numeracy skills to better prepare them for the next level of school programming. For Summer 2020, this program is being offered as an online program, using a platform such as Google Classroom. If your student requires a TVDSB-loaned device, please contact me at r.moorenash@tvdsb.ca or send an email to summerschool@tvdsb.ca and provide your student's name and address, and the summer program for which your child is being registered.

High School MATH Here I Come!

This is a non-credit summer program for Grade 8 students entering high school who would like to develop their math skills in preparation for secondary school math. Students will have the opportunity to build upon the knowledge base and processes related to grade 9 math curriculum (all levels).

High School Here I Come!

This is a non-credit summer program for Grade 8 students who are starting at a TVDSB high school in September. Students will be provided with a variety of learning skills and strategies designed to help them with their transition to secondary school. Grade 9 English and Math curriculum will also be introduced with a focus on enhancing skills in these areas. Topics include the following:

  • The reality of High School
  • Academic expectations and study skills
  • Getting and staying organized
  • Getting involved in the school community
  • Literacy and Numeracy learning skills

Please contact me and/or your child's teacher for support in determining the best summer program option(s) for your child.

Check this page regularly (don't forget to subscribe below) and if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me.

Sincerely,

Mrs. Moore-Nash, Vice-Principal & Guidance Lead

r.moorenash@tvdsb.ca

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