CHSS is gearing up to welcome all of our students for the 2016-17 school year. Tuesday, September 6 is the first day of classes. We have a special morning planned on Wednesday, August 31 for our new students . . . including our grade 9’s as well as all students who are new to the school. The day will begin with an assembly in the large gym at 10:00 am. That will be followed by tours of the school, allowing students and their parents/guardians to see where their classes are and where their lockers are located. Timetables will be provided as well. The morning will conclude with a BBQ lunch in the courtyard and cafeteria. We hope to welcome all of our new students that day, so please do your best to attend.
On Friday, May 13, the AMDSB Student Senate will be having our annual student symposium at the board office in Seaforth from 9-3. CHSS will be sending students to learn from the Senate’s SVDEC (Student Voice Engagement Development Engagement and Citizenship) project that has been carried out over the past few months.
Below is a program, which includes guest speaker Maddie Cranston who will be talking about student engagement. Lunch will be provided and the 2016-2017 AMDSB senators will be introduced.
- Ice Breakers – 9:15am
- Director of Education Address – 9:45am
- Maddie’s Introduction by Student Senate – 10:05am
- Maddie – 10:15
- Lunch – 11:15pm – ish
- Introduction to New Student Senate 12:00pm – ish
- SVEDC Presentation 12:15pm
- Activities Compounding SVEDC 1:15 – 2:45pm
- Exit Card (Electronic) until 3:00pm
If you are interested in attending, please contact Mrs. Bayer-Smith.
Alicia De Backere
AMDSB is in the early stages of what has been termed “NGL”, or Next Generation Learning. Every AMDSB student from grades 7 to 9 has a board-issued iPad to enhance their education, and the program extends to grade 10 students in Mitchell and Clinton. Some may wonder why this program was initiated and Rick Saunders, a teacher with the NGL team, penned this very clear response to this question. Here it is:
There are a wide variety of teaching strategies that support student success. Each of these strategies is designed to help students achieve and build essential learning skills. Some examples include: purposeful feedback, promoting self-regulation, making learning collaborative, offering inquiry-based tasks and explicitly teaching thinking strategies. These approaches are proven to help students make real progress over the course of their education.
So, with all these robust strategies, why bring iPads into the mix? The answer to this question is that mobile technology amplifies each one of these teaching strategies, making them even more powerful.
For example, mobile technology makes providing feedback more dynamic. Text and audio feedback can be provided outside the regular school hours. Online tools allow feedback to be interactive and sharable.
Technology helps to promote self-regulation by providing students with organizational tools like digital calendars, reminders, alarms and online notifications. Using these tools, students can learn to better manage themselves, and the rhythm of projects, assignments, testing and deadlines.
Digital technology provides students with virtual collaborative spaces. Blogs, shared documents and online meetings offer forums to practice and build collaborative skills.
Technology can also support inquiry-based approaches to learning. With access to the internet, students have the collected knowledge of human history at their finger tips. When engaged by rich questions and guided by their teacher, this combination provides a powerful learning opportunity.
With regard to thinking strategies, technology doesn’t teach students how to think. It does, however, provide tools through which students can make their own thinking more visible. Multimedia platforms allow teachers and students to differentiate their presentations and reach a wider audience.
iPads, by themselves, are simply devices. But when linked to good teaching strategies, this technology can amplify the reach and impact of teachers. As such, iPads become a great way to support and magnify student achievement.
The Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test is a once-per-year test administered to all grade 10 students in Ontario and is a requirement for high school graduation. This year, the OSSLT will be written on Thursday, March 31. All CHSS grade 10 students and a handful of grade 11 students who were not successful last year will be writing this year’s test on Thursday morning. Many hours of preparation and support have been provided and we are confident that our students are ready to show their literacy skills.
Grade 9 students will experience regular classes all day and grade 10 students will attend their regular afternoon classes after they complete the OSSLT. Grade 11 and 12 students will only have afternoon classes tomorrow and are not required to attend in the morning. Buses will run on their regular schedule, so grade 11 and 12 students can certainly come in to CHSS on their regular bus, but will be required to stay in the cafeteria working independently if they come in to the school while the OSSLT is being written.