Yes, believe it or not we are actually beginning our staffing and class building processes
for next year. One of the most significant tasks we will take on over the next few months is building
our classes for September 2017. This is a process that takes many hours of work reviewing the learning
profiles of our students. Our goal is always to find the best placement for each student and a number of
factors are considered when we are building classes such as:
Academic achievement Learning styles Social groupings A balance of boys and girls This information, combined with our knowledge of the teaching styles of staff members is utilized to create classes that we hope will permit each student to be successful.
As parents, you know your child from a different point of view and may be able to provide us with additional information about the learning environment you feel would be most suitable for your child, and about the teaching style that is most successful with your child. PLEASE DO NOT request specific teachers. Staffing changes occur continually right up until
September therefore such requests cannot be honoured.
Parents/Guardians are invited to write to Mrs. Phillips stating factors they feel should be considered when
placing their child(ren). We request your input no later than Friday, May 5, 2017. We will not be accepting
any requests after this date. When these requests come in after classes have been built it upsets many
careful decisions that have been made for the entire group. For this reason we will only be considering
requests that are made in writing to the Principal (Mrs. Phillips) prior to the deadline.
Please remember that the school reserves the right to make final placement decisions.
MOVING? If your address has changed recently or will be changing over the summer, please notify Mrs. Tania Spill (email@example.com) as soon as possible.
As of September, 2016, residents of Halton aged 21 and older can apply for Police Information Checks and Police Vulnerable Sector Checks for employment and volunteer purposes ONLINE 24 hours a day, seven days a week without having to attend one of our police locations. This will allow the parents easier access to applying for a Police Record Check, that is a necessity for volunteering within our school. Halton Region Police Services has prepared a letter to parents of Halton Schools to help promote their new online service and hope to provide a quicker, more efficient way for parents to get a Police Record Check. This information is also available via our Board website at https://www.hdsb.ca/our-board/Pages/Get%20Involved/Volunteer-in-Schools.aspx Thank you for wanting to volunteer in our school. We look forward to having you work with us.
Each year, as a school we practice routines and drills to ensure that our students are safe here at the school. We have 6 fire drills a year, 2 lockdown drills, and one evacuation drill. We have our doors locked with entry provided through a buzzer system which our secretaries run. Please be patient if you are buzzing in as often they are dealing with bumped heads, scraped knees, phone calls, and "can I just ask you a quick question" queries. Sometimes you will see students or teachers walking past the doors. They are not ignoring you to be rude, but instead are following the protocol that the control of entry into the school is through the office. This helps to ensure the safety of your children so we thank you for your understanding.
In addition, we take seriously the safety of our classrooms and do everything we can to maintain discipline and acceptable behaviour. All of our students started this year with a behaviour assembly, outlining the school expectations and the role that progressive discipline plays in the consequences. Students who were absent on the assembly day, were invited into the office to hear the message in order to ensure that everyone is on the same page.
There are times though when students are having serious difficulty in class or in the hallways. When this happens we respond to ensure the safety of every student in this situation. These situations are very rare but it could mean, clearing a classroom, or clearing the hallways to maintain a safe and positive atmosphere. In addition, we can develop a VTRA (Violence Threat Risk Assessment) to respond to situations where students are a threat to themselves or others. Please see the attached "Fair Notice" which describes the situations in which we would implement a VTRA and the process we would follow.
We do take the safety and security of our students very seriously and we look forward to a positive, healthy, and productive year here at MSB.
Dear Parents and Guardians,
Please click on the division link below and then scroll to find your child's OEN. You will need to have that with you in order to access the information.