Class of 2020

Hello, everyone. It's hard to believe that we are mere days away from the holidays. As promised, Medway Course Selection packages have been sent home. Please check in with your child. Included in the package is a Course Selection Guide that provides descriptions for each course offered. This will help you complete the Course Selection Planning Sheet included in the package that you will return completed and signed in the New Year. Your child's teacher will support you in determining the most appropriate course pathways for your child. Please feel free to contact Mrs. Parker (LST extraordinaire) and/or me (Mrs. Moore-Nash, VP and Guidance Lead), as well. We're all here to help you.

By the end of January, we will have assisted your child in using myBlueprint to input the selected courses, as the Grade 9 registration deadline is February 10th for most TVDSB schools. Have your child show you the myBlueprint platform. There are surveys they can complete to help them in goal setting and opportunities for researching various careers. Please do not hesitate to contact us at any point in time with any questions. Regardless of which TVDSB high school your child goes to, they will use myBlueprint to register for their courses with our support. Please do not submit courses via myBlueprint at home.

While the majority of our Parkview students will go to Medway, we encourage you to research other schools/opportunities that may speak to your child's unique needs as a learner. One such opportunity is the Emphasis Technology Program, which is available at six schools in the Thames Valley District School Board and responds to diverse academic needs and interests. Strathroy District Collegiate Institute is one of these schools.

In the weeks and months to come, I'm looking forward to sitting down with each student to complete their Student Learning Individual Profile (SLIP). This document will be sent to high schools in June and will give your child's educators greater insight into the unique interests, abilities, strengths, and areas for growth/opportunity that make your child the amazing human being they are. One of the components of the SLIP is the consideration of Global Competencies, so I've had our Grade 8s considering their strengths and areas of opportunity in the six categories. These competencies are particularly relevant for 21st Century Learners as we consider the various skills that will enable them to meet and take on the challenges of a world in a constant state of change.

In addition to listing important dates in this forum, I'll also share information from specific high schools with you. Please see below for the information I shared with students in our Class of 2020 Google Classroom regarding the Bealart Program.

Here are some dates to keep in mind ...

  • Wednesday, January 15th (tentative, based on interest) - Grade 7/8 Family Math Night to provide further insight on Medway math pathways
  • Thursday, January 16th - Strathroy District Collegiate Institute (SDCI) Grade Eight Family Information Night from 6:00-8:00PM
  • **January 6th to February 10th - Grade 9 Course Selection
  • January 11th to February 29th - Winter Club for Girls
  • Thursday, February 6th - Byron Pizza Night fundraiser for Grade 8 Grad
  • Wednesday, February 12th - Cyber Security Presentation, Medway High School
  • Friday, February 14th- Registration Deadline for SDCI feeder elementary schools and all Out of Area Registrations. Click here to access SDCI's Guidance page and the link to the Guidance Calendar in the Registration section.
  • Thursday, May 7th - Byron Pizza Night fundraiser for Grade 8 Grad
  • June 24th - Grad Ceremony and Celebration!

We will add these dates to the Parkview Calendar, so please be sure to subscribe to the calendar itself. Check in regularly to this Class of 2020 page (don't forget to subscribe below) and if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me.

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Parkview Grade 7/8 Family Math Night

To accommodate those who weren't able to attend the math nights that took place in November, Scott Armstrong (Learning Supervisor for K-12 Mathematics) has offered to come to Parkview to support our families with understanding high school math pathways as we begin the course selection process. Please contact me if you're interested in attending. The event will run if we have enough participants.

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** Again, Medway High School course selection booklets and registration documents have been sent home. If your child will be going to another TVDSB secondary school, we will still be assisting your family with the transition. As a parent, you will be considering your child's abilities, interests, and skillsets in order to select the courses and pathways best suited to your child. We, as a team, will work with you and your child, supporting you throughout this process. Click here for information about secondary school registration, but please know that we are here to facilitate the transition to secondary school for each of our soon to be Parkview graduates.

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The breakdown of Course Pathways below is courtesy of Medway H.S.

Please read over the criteria of the course levels and select the stream that BEST suits your child for success.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The provided profiles for Locally Developed, Applied and Academic give a wonderful overview of the necessary achievement level that your child needs, as well as what will be expected of them as courses are in progress. It is our hope that students honestly reflect on their abilities and achievement to determine the pathway that will provide not only a challenge, but that will also allow for their greatest success.

If you are looking for more information regarding Enrichment opportunities, Special Education Resources, Developmental Classes, ESL and specialized programs offered by specific high schools, you are encouraged to contact Mrs. Jen Parker, your Learning Support Teacher (LST), and/or Mrs. Rheba Moore-Nash, your Guidance Lead.

Common Questions

Q: How will my child register?
A: Course selections are completed on myBlueprint. Once high schools have opened up their course selections (in January), students can make their choices. Additional paperwork may be required depending on the school they choose.

Q: What is the deadline for course selections for 2019-2020 school year?
A: Grade 8 applications are due by Monday, February 10th. (See note above for SDCI.)

Q: If my child takes applied courses, will they close doors for University?
A: Not necessarily. If your child is interested in University, English must be taken at the Advanced Level, all other courses can be looked at with a Guidance Counsellor.

Q: I wasn’t on the student tour, and I want to see the school my child is interested in. How do I do that?
A: Many high schools have an OPEN HOUSE on a select night in the winter for students and parents in the evening. We will share these dates with students so you are aware, but you can also contact our school as well as the high schools to find out when these are offered.

Q: If my child has SEA equipment, will it travel to their next school?
A: In short, yes. Any additional equipment that has been approved by the board will continue, provided they are staying within Thames Valley District School Board.

Q: Will my child keep their Google Account (i.e., GAFE - Drive, Gmail, etc.) once they transfer to high school?
A: Yes, provided that they stay within Thames Valley District School Board. Student Google Accounts are the property of TVDSB.

Q: If my child wants to get ahead with courses, can they take a course over the summer?
A: Yes. Courses are not yet available for summer 2020, but classes would be for the full month of July from Monday to Friday and from 8:30 am to 2:30 pm. It is the expectation that students can be driven to the school hosting the course. No transportation will be provided. Last summer, courses that were offered included Canadian Geography, English, Mathematics and Science for both Applied and Academic in all subjects listed. There is also an opportunity for eLearning Courses, but Grade 9 courses will be determined in the next few months. 

Q: Will my child have to write EQAO in high school?
A: Yes, in Grade 9 students write EQAO for math, and a portion of assessment will be used in a student’s final grade. In grade 10, students will write the Literacy EQAO. Students need to pass this test in order to graduate from high school.

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Emphasis Technology Program Information

1.       What are Emphasis Technology Schools?

Emphasis Technology Schools offer programs that support the learning needs of a wide range of learners (Apprenticeships, Workplace, College and/or University).

In addition to the academic and elective programming available in all TVDSB schools, Emphasis Technology schools offer specialized programming at the secondary level in the following areas of technology:

  • Exploring Technology
  • Communications
  • Manufacturing
  • Hairstyling/Aesthetics
  • Hospitality
  • Transportation
  • Construction
  • Green Industries (not offered at Arthur Voaden S.S.)
  • Health Care (not offered at College Ave. S.S.)

 2.       Which TVDSB schools offer Emphasis Technology Programming?

The six TVDSB designated Emphasis Technology schools are:

  • Arthur Voaden S.S.                •  Clarke Road S.S.
  • College Ave S.S.                      •  Montcalm S.S.
  • Saunders S.S.                          •  Strathroy D.C.I.

 3.       What is the role of my school in supporting Emphasis Technology programming?

Elementary schools are asked to share information about the Emphasis Technology programs with students in Grades 7 and 8. Information regarding Emphasis Technology schools should be included in the normal communication that elementary schools provide to assist students in selecting a secondary school (e.g. promotional materials, school visits/tours, inviting guidance and secondary teachers to present at the elementary schools).

Secondary schools are also asked to share information on this programming through the Guidance Department.

4.       What is the registration process?

Students may register directly with an Emphasis Technology school by completing an Emphasis Technology Program Intent Form combined with the school’s regular registration process. The Program Intent Form is not a screening form, but rather an opportunity for the student to pursue the student’s area of technology interest, to facilitate the transition process, and to ensure that transportation is coordinated (where applicable). Completed Emphasis Technology Program Intent Forms should be submitted to the school by February 14, for a September start.  However, at any point during the school year Emphasis Technology Program Intent Forms will be accepted as long as there is space availability in the technical courses. In Grade 9, a student may attend an Emphasis Technology program without enrolling in a Grade 9 technology course, if the student’s area of interest does not start until grade 10 (e.g., Hairstyling and Aesthetics, Green Industries, Hospitality, Health Care).  In this case, if the student does not continue with technology programming in Grades 10/11/12, the administration at the Tech Emphasis school could request that the student return to his/her home school for the next semester. School movement can impact Athletic Eligibility. (Contact Learning Co-ordinator with responsibilities for Secondary Athletics with any athletic eligibility questions)

5.       How do I determine the designated Emphasis Technology for a specific address?

The Emphasis Technology school that is designated to a specific address can be located through the board website.

6.       Is transportation provided for Emphasis Technology programs?

Eligibility for transportation to the students’ designated Emphasis Technology schools will be determined as per the Southwestern Ontario Student Transportation Consortium policy.

7.       Can students register in Emphasis Technology programming after Grade 9?

Students may register at their designated Emphasis Technology school in any grade (Gr. 9 through 12). A student does not need to begin Emphasis Technology programming in Grade 9.

8.       How many technology courses does a student need to take in order to be considered for Emphasis Technology Programming?

A student only needs to register for one technology course per year (or have completed a Program Intent form if they are in Grade 9) in order to be considered part of the Emphasis Technology program.

9.       Will other secondary schools continue to offer a range of technology programs?

Other secondary schools do offer technology courses and the courses offered can be found on the TVDSB website.

10.   How do I find out more information about Emphasis Technology programming in TVDSB?

Additional information is available about Emphasis Technology programming on the Technology page of the TVDSB website  https://www.tvdsb.ca/en/programs/tech-emphasis.aspx  , or by contacting the school administration at the designated Emphasis Technology School.

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Bealart Program

The art department at H.B. Beal Secondary School (Bealart) offers an enriched art program at the grade 9 and 10 level. This program has proven to be very successful for students, and is often a stepping-stone to our senior multi-credit art program. Each year we hope to provide elementary schools with information about this opportunity. This information can be provided through email, a class visit by one of our instructors, or via our website at Bealart.com. 

What We Offer

The enriched art program allows students to work in studio spaces and with materials that were once reserved for senior students. This includes ceramics, photography, drawing, printmaking, animation, sculpture, as well as oil, watercolour and acrylic painting. Students have the opportunity to move between studio areas, instead of working in the same room every day, and have access to appropriate studio equipment and instruction. There is a strong focus on making artwork that is directed by students and meaningful each individual student.

Entry Requirements

The program entry requirements are meant to attract students who have adequate interest. Skill level is not a factor. The requirements include a portfolio interview and a questionnaire. (This form can be found on our website at Bealart.com, as well as in your child's Class of 2020 Google Classroom.) Bealart teachers conduct portfolio interviews, and students are requested to bring some artwork and/or a sketchbook with them (photos of artwork is also acceptable). The number and type of artworks is up the student. If a student does not have work to show, they may still attend the interview. The purpose is to ensure adequate interest.

Dates and Times

Interviews are conducted in November, January and the first half of February, in the art department in the basement of Beal. Parking is across the street off of King Street. Students should bring their questionnaire form filled out and their portfolio items with them. No appointment necessary. First come, first serve. November interviews are conducted on the following dates:

Early registration portfolio interview and open house are on the following dates:

November 5, 4-6pm
November 7, 7-9pm
November 12, 4-6pm
November 14, 7-9pm

Registration Portfolio Interviews in 2020 are as follows:

January 7, 4-6pm
January 9, 7-9pm
January 14, 4-6pm
January 16, 7-9pm
February 4, 4-6pm
February 6, 7-9pm
February 11, 4-6pm
February 13, 7-9pm

All Registrations with TVDSB be completed by February 16, 2019.

Note* Transportation to school is not provided until students are in the grade 11 multi-credit program, however, some of our out of town or out of area students manage to get a spot on school busses taking senior students to Beal, that were not at full capacity. Many of our students take public transportation or get a ride with relatives who work in London.

A member of the art staff would be happy to come and speak to your grade 8 class about Junior Enriched Bealart or to drop off informative materials. To book a visit please send me an email.

Bealart.com

Regards,

Ms. Shawn Siegrist
Art Teacher, Bealart, H.B. Beal S.S.
519-452-2700

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Winter Club

Discovery Western has a proud tradition of promoting the participation of young women in engineering. One of their premier programs in this area is their Winter Girls Club. Winter Girls Club runs for seven Saturdays in the Spencer Engineering Building on Western University's campus during the months of January to March. The specific dates for the program are January 11 to February 29, 2020, excluding February 17. The cost for the program is $135, which includes meeting with mentors, take-home projects, snacks, a t-shirt and much more! Registration is now open.

Grades 6-8: 1pm-3pm | Program Outline

  • January 11: Chemical Engineering | Aww You Made Me Ink
  • January 18: Mechatronic Systems Engineering | LEGO Robotics 
  • January 25: Electrical Engineering | Logic Gates
  • February 1: Civil Engineering | Ain't No Mountain High Enough
  • February 8: Mechanical Engineering | Pneumatic Labyrinths
  • February 17: No program due to Family Day 
  • February 22: Software and Computer Engineering | Ardunio Composers 
  • February 29: Parents Week | A Leg to Stand On

The online registration page is available here: Online Club Registration. It is recommended that you use Chrome for online registration. 

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