Week of Nov. 12-16

French Language Support for Students

Voilà Live’s Virtual Immersion Campus is open to all students in our board from K-12. Every evening from Monday to Thursday students have access to live teachers online to practice their French and get homework help in French. Students can also play live, communicative games in French on the platform. For more information please see: a letter for parents with the access code, the step by step access guide for parents, and Bookmarks created for students.

Dual Credit Program

St. Joe's senior students have the opportunity to register in part-time studies at Algonquin College. If accepted into the program, students will be eligible to earn a college credit and a high school credit.

Dual Credit is a School-to-College-to-Work pilot project sponsored by the Partnering to Achieve for Student Success (PASS) Team. Delegates from nine publicly funded school boards in eastern Ontario as well as representatives from three regional community colleges and representatives from two community/ business partners are members of the PASS Regional Planning Team. The PASS Dual Credit initiative supports, financially and educationally, high school students, in attending a college course while still in the process of completing their Ontario Secondary School Diploma.

Prior to each semester, Algonquin College releases a list of courses that are available to secondary school students enrolled in the Dual Credit project. A variety of courses in a number of disciplines such as Early Childhood Education, Graphic Design, Culinary Arts, Trades and Business are among the possibilities. The 2018-2019 offerings are accessible at Dual Credit Offerings . Refer to the far two right-hand columns for the upcoming offerings, Winter and Spring Dual Credit Offerings.

Benefits of the Dual Credit Program:

  • Students gain exposure to college programs which will allow them to make a more informed decision regarding their post secondary destination.
  • Students can earn a college credit and a high school credit.
  • Tuition, books and most transportation costs will be paid through the PASS Dual Credit Project.
  • Students will have the opportunity to experience campus life and learn at the college level.
  • Students will have an opportunity to link their cooperative education learning experience (if applicable) to a college program.

Smoke Free Ontario Changes

There have been a few changes to Ontario's Smoke Free Act. One cannot smoke or vape in any public or private school's:

  • indoor space
  • outdoor grounds, including playgrounds and sports fields
  • public areas within 20 metres of the school’s grounds

This means smokers have to be at least 20 metres away from the perimeter of the school grounds (and not from the front entrance). More information can be found by accessing this link: https://www.ontario.ca/page/where-you-cant-smoke-or-vape-ontario

Some Staff Changes

Intermediate teacher, Mr. Les MacFarlane, applied for a newly created Itinerant Resource Teacher position at our Board and was successful in obtaining the position. I wish Les all the best as he begins this important work. Taking over for Les will be Mr. Brendan O'Connor. Mr. O'Connor is no stranger to us at St. Joe's as he has helped out with numerous extra-curricular activities and is a regular Occasional Teacher here. Mr. O'Connor was covering part of Ms. Marylou Dean's timetable. Taking over from him will be Ms. Emily Moore, another very qualified teacher stepping into the role. I look forward to working with these two excellent teachers in the days to come.

Two grade 8 students coding using JavaScript. Coding is alive and well at St. Joe's as it all starts in our Intermediate grades.



These grade 8 students are working with Skratch and Java Script. Thanks to teacher Lisa Carter-Rae for sharing these photos.



Floor Hockey Champs


Our teachers were victorious in the intramural floor hockey tournament by claiming the cup for yet another year. Their opponents, the students, did not give in easily, though, as the game went into overtime and a shootout. Lunch period is so much more fun when intramurals take place. With hockey now over...bring on basketball!

Remembrance Day at SJH

On Friday we recognized Remembrance Day, honouring all those who have done so much to ensure our freedom in this great country. The Drama class and Band put on an incredible performance. CTV Ottawa was on site filming and we made the six o'clock news. Thanks to teachers Sarah Jennings and Conor George for being an integral part of this. The students involved were just amazing.

Banksy at St. Joe's?


Using Banksy as inspiration (as he’s been all over the media with his latest paper-shredding frame prank), students in Gr. 7/8 Art Students created Selfie stencils and spray painted them to create a collaborative public art displays for the school. Thanks to Ms. MacLean for sharing.


There is a great deal of information on the CSPA website regarding information for parents and upcoming sessions. You can visit the website here.

Contact Information

I can be reached personally at don.murphy@ocsb.ca. The school's general mailbox address is Joseph.High@ocsb.ca. Our OCSB Trustee is Spencer Warren who can be reached at spencer.warren@ocsb.ca

Have a great week!

Don Murphy, Principal

Upcoming Events

Thursday, November 15: High School Report Card Distribution

Friday, November 16: Professional Activity Day (no school for students)

Thursday, November 22: Early Dismissal and Parent-Teacher Interviews

Monday, December 4: School Council Meeting at 7 p.m. in the Learning Commons

Week of Nov. 5-Nov. 9


Remembrance Day

On Friday, November 9 we will celebrate Remembrance Day at SJH. This is a very important time of year as we acknowledge and pay tribute to those who have sacrificed so much so that we can live as we do in this great country. Assemblies will be at 8:30 a.m. for grades 7, 8, and 11 and at 9:50 for grades 9, 10, and 12. 'Lest we forget.......

Tech at St. Joe's: Using Book Creator

Students in Ms. MacLean's class created suspense stories using the program Book Creator and then shared them around “campfires” complete with music in the background.

Global Read-Aloud


These are grade 7 English students sharing their thinking about a “sign

post” used by the author of Global Read Aloud. Thanks to teacher Ms.

Carter-Rae for submitting this.

Meeting re: the Jockvale Bridge

I had a meeting this week with the City of Ottawa concerning the Jockvale Bridge. The bridge is in need of infrastructure repairs and these will essentially start taking place in March, with temporary lane closures on Greenbank occurring during non-peak times. For environmental reasons (fish breeding) work will cease later in March and then re-start in July where an 8 week Greenbank lane closure will occur. Cyclists and pedestrians will still be able to use the bridge. This meeting was simply an initial heads'-up to let me know that the bulk of the work will be done in the summer and will have little impact on SJH, if everything runs smoothly.

A public Open House on this project will occur in the Spring. I will keep our community informed of any further information and developments regarding this project on my Blog.

St. Joe's App

To download the new St. Joe's App, which is a great way to keep track of things happening at the school, got to the App store and search "My School Day". Once you download this you will easily be able to connect to St. Joe's after a few simple steps. If you have the old app please delete it and download this one as the old app will not have the new features and updates. I did this a few days ago and it's really easy. If you have any problems please contact me at the school.

Halloween Cake Auction

We had yet another successful cake auction on Wednesday, raising over $2300. The top fundraising class was 7-08, Ms. Drozd's homeroom. In second place came Mr. Moreau's 9-10 class and third place went to Ms. Sousa's 8-08.

The Best Cake award was unanimously given out to Sephora Ladd in 9-07 and to Isaac Ladd in 12-07. Honourable mentions for Spooktacular cakes: Emily Warren in 7-01; Chiara Licandro in 10-01; Madison Lagasse Brockbank in 10-04; and Victoria Lawson in 10-09. Congratulations to all!


Using Brick-Book

Ms. MacLean's History class used a Brick-Book activity to identify key details about how the need for an intercolonial railway brought about Confederation. Some students worked solo, some decided to partner up and whole groups shared every last LEGO brick they had to create a big key idea. The class ended up with movable scenes, trains, banks that withheld money, and frozen rivers. This is an example of inquiry-based thinking and learning in action.

Contact Information

I can be reached personally at don.murphy@ocsb.ca. The school's general mailbox address is Joseph.High@ocsb.ca. Our OCSB Trustee is Spencer Warren who can be reached at spencer.warren@ocsb.ca

Have a great week!

Don Murphy, Principal

Upcoming Events

Monday, November 5: School Council Meeting at 6:30 p.m. in the Learning Commons

Friday, November 16: Professional Activity Day (no school for students)

Thursday, November 22: Early Dismissal and Parent-Teacher Interviews

Week of Oct. 29-Nov. 2

Spirit Week

Next week is Spirit week, with themes as follows: Monday is Halloween Colour Day (Orange, Black and Purple); Tuesday is Monster Day (gr. 7=werewolves; 8=demons; 9=zombies; 10=vampires; 11=witches/wizards; 12=skeletons). For Halloween on Wednesday, everyone is encouraged to wear a costume (I will be dressed as a stressed-out principal); however, please be aware that costumes must be appropriate and culturally sensitive and masks are not permitted...makeup is ok but no masks. Thursday is Twin Day and Friday is Lazy Day.

Notice: OCSB Trustee results from the municipal election

The municipal election took place on Monday, October 22, 2018. Candidates marked with an asterisk were acclaimed. The new Board of Trustees will be sworn in at the Inaugural Meeting on December 4, 2018. The existing Board of Trustees remains in place until December 4. View ocsb.ca/trustees for the current listing.

Zone 1: John Curry*

Zone 6: Glen Armstrong

Zone 2: Sandra Moore

Zone 7: Jeremy Wittet*

Zone 3: Brian Coburn*

Zone 8: Mark D. Mullan*

Zone 4: Spencer Warren*

Zone 9: Shelley Lawrence

Zone 5: Joanne MacEwan*

Zone 10: Thérèse Maloney Cousineau

Law Class Visits Kingston Penitentiary

On Friday, Ms. Stokes' Law class visited the Kingston Penitentiary. The Kingston Penitentiary is now closed and offers tours to the public and reviews have been amazing. Students really enjoyed this unique educational experience. One of our vice-principals, Ms. Angelina Glynn, tagged along as well.

Student Absenteeism

If your son or daughter is going to be absent, please use the attendance line to let us know (613-823-8378). A note ahead of time given to the Homeroom Teacher is also appropriate, or a note given to the office when a student returns and is signing in will also work. Attendance is something that we have to track in a very accurate manner so your co-operation in helping us do this is greatly appreciated.

Students Leading Students

At St. Joe's, we are always encouraging cross-curricular and multi-grade activities, with an emphasis on inquiry-based learning. To the left is a photo of Ms. Ferguson's science students, with the grade 10 Academic component teaching the grade 10 Locally Developed students. In this example, students are learning specifically about parts of a frog.

Co-Op at SJH

Co-op is an option chosen by many students here at St. Joe's. It's a great way to get on-the-job experience while earning credits. It also allows students to build their connection network for possible future employment. This photo shows grade 11 student Raian Ahrir learning how to use a model grinder. Her co-op placement is at Artistic Dental Design.

Contact Information

I can be reached personally at don.murphy@ocsb.ca. The school's general mailbox address is Joseph.High@ocsb.ca. Our OCSB Trustee is Spencer Warren who can be reached at spencer.warren@ocsb.ca

Have a great week!

Don Murphy, Principal

Upcoming Events

Tuesday, October 30: Fright Night 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Monday, November 5: School Council Meeting at 6:30 p.m. in the Learning Commons

Friday, November 16: Professional Activity Day (no school for students)

Thursday, November 22: Early Dismissal and Parent-Teacher Interviews

Week of Oct. 22-26

Car Rallies

Car rallies are highly discouraged at St. Joe's as they are not school-sanctioned, can be menacing to the community, and even dangerous. Senior grade-level teachers spoke to students this past week on why car rallies should be avoided. I spoke to a number of grade 11's and 12's, discovering that although car rallies at St. Joe's are not as popular as at other Ottawa-area schools, they have existed in the past. My staff and I will do our very best to discourage this type of event. For more information on car rallies, please access: https://www.ottawapolice.ca/en/safety-and-crime-prevention/Car-Ralles-and-Road-Safety.asp

Provincial Consultation on Education Reform

As you may have heard, the provincial Conservative government has commenced a series of telephone town hall meetings to solicit input on a variety of educational topics. Parents are encouraged to participate in one of the calls. Space is limited. The Ottawa options are:

  • October 24 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • October 30 8:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
  • November 2 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

To take part in this please access:

https://www.ontario.ca/form/register-telephone-town-halls-about-education-ontario


Ms. Carrs' Grade 10 Science Class

Photos of students using a virtual app in grade 10 science

class where they "dive" inside the human body and explore

organ systems.


Canadian Armed Forces Band

On Friday we welcomed the Canadian Armed Forces Band to St. Joe's. They played for over an hour to our top 3 classes who raised money for our Jag-Jog and for a music class. The students were glued to the performance as this band was simply fantastic. The conductor is Captain Fullerton whose children, Aidan and Emma, go to St. Joe's. I'm going to try to get this incredible group of musicians back in the Spring as I think a performance for the whole school would be really beneficial.

Sport Schedule

Are you wondering when home and away games are played? These links will bring you to our most up-to-date sporting schedules (all schedules can also be found at http://fatdog.ca/ )

Grade 12 Data Management

Photos of Ms. Lindsay's grade 12 Data Management Class creating 2-variable graphs to test relationships between two variables.

St Josephs 2018-2019 Apparel Fall.pdf


JagWear

For the next 2 weeks, fall JagWear will be on sale. Forms will be given to students on Monday and sample sizes are available in our school Tuck Shop. A lot of people have been asking about this so I suspect JagWear may be under more than a few Christmas trees this year!


Debating Club

This week marked the first meeting of the St. Joe's Debating Club. Ms. Stokes has taken the lead on forming this club and judging by the number of students who turned out it will be very popular here at SJH.

Contact Information

I can be reached personally at don.murphy@ocsb.ca. The school's general mailbox address is Joseph.High@ocsb.ca. Our OCSB Trustee is Spencer Warren who can be reached at spencer.warren@ocsb.ca

Have a great week!

Don Murphy, Principal

Upcoming Events

Monday, October 22: Municipal Elections

Thursday, October 25: Photo Retake Day

Tuesday, October 30: Fright Night 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Monday, November 5: School Council Meeting at 6:30 p.m. in the Learning Commons

Week of Oct. 15-19

Notice: Cannabis Parent Information Nights running October to November

Cannabis will be legal in Canada as of October 17, 2018. This may lead to questions from your teen. Come join Ottawa Public Health and our community partners to learn more about cannabis, the new legislation, how to talk to your youth, as well as available resources and services. Visit parentinginottawa.ca/cannabisinfo.

Sport Schedule

Are you wondering when home and away games are played? These links will bring you to our most up-to-date sporting schedules (all schedules can also be found at http://fatdog.ca/ )

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1evWs40OAxxlQovYvjdlJjZHvmHFIjcGXi1jzn5pUWHg/edit(for St. Joe's Home games)

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1D9Y6VTloIBXzSVe7ajtzqlSdGBzsELmrSFQFEaYzPvg/edit (for St. Joe's Away games)

Man-Up

Our Man-Up group went to Longfields-Davidson High School earlier this week to hear speakers Glen Canning and Ian Mendes. Man-Up is a group of informed males committed to create a culture of respect, especially with regard to the treatment of women.

Contact Information

I can be reached personally at don.murphy@ocsb.ca. The school's general mailbox address is Joseph.High@ocsb.ca

Have a great week!

Don Murphy, Principal

Upcoming Events

Tuesday, October 16: High School Academic Awards

IEP's Sent Home

Monday, October 22: Municipal Elections

Thursday, October 25: Photo Retake Day

Tuesday, October 30: Fright Night 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Monday, November 5: School Council Meeting at 6:30 p.m. in the Learning Commons

Week of Oct. 8-12

As we enter October, I do not know where September went. Things really do move quickly in this wonderful St. Joe's family of ours. That said, I wish everyone in our community a very joyous and happy Thanksgiving. We live in one of the best countries in the world and have much to be thankful for.

Orange Shirt Day

On Monday we recognized Orange Shirt Day, an opportunity for First Nations, local governments, schools, and communities to come together in the spirit of reconciliation and hope for generations of children to come. Students were encouraged to wear something orange on this day. In the photo, a group of students work on one of many Orange Shirt Day activities.

St. Joe's Golf

Our St. Joe's team placed second in the city championships at Rideauview for the second year in a row. Unfortunately, we don't represent the National Capital as a team but Skyler Sicoli shot the lowest score (72) and will represent St. Joseph as an individual at OFSAA in Oshawa after Thanksgiving.

Christian Community Day

On Friday staff gathered at the Shaw Centre for Christian Community Day. This year we listened to our Director of Education, Denise Andre, set direction by reviewing our Board's Deep Learning strategies. We also heard author David Wells, who wrote The Reluctant Disciple, speak about empathy. Finally, we celebrated mass with our most Reverend Archbishop Terrence Prendergast, S.J. As in years' past, it was a very fulfilling day and experience.

Math Homework Help

Homework Help is a valuable math resource for students in grades 7 to 10, as it allows them to access live, anonymous tutor chat sessions with certified Ontario teachers. In these sessions, the tutors will guide students to solve math questions after school hours. The live Homework Help chat room service is available for students from 5:30 PM to 9:30 PM Sundays to Thursdays.

Sport Schedule

Are you wondering when home and away games are played? These links will bring you to our most up-to-date sporting schedules (all schedules can also be found at http://fatdog.ca/ )

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1evWs40OAxxlQovYvjdlJjZHvmHFIjcGXi1jzn5pUWHg/edit (for St. Joe's Home games)

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1D9Y6VTloIBXzSVe7ajtzqlSdGBzsELmrSFQFEaYzPvg/edit(for St. Joe's Away games)

**Please note: the night Football game scheduled for this Friday has been cancelled. The game will now take place at 3 p.m. at St. Matthew High School**

Contact Information

I can be reached personally at don.murphy@ocsb.ca. The school's general mailbox address is Joseph.High@ocsb.ca

Have a great week!

Don Murphy, Principal

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, October 10: Student Hat Day for Charity

Thursday, October 11: School Mass

Friday, October 12: Letters of Early Intervention Mailed Out

Tuesday, October 16: High School Academic Awards

IEP's Sent Home

Monday, October 22: Municipal Elections

Thursday, October 25: Photo Retake Day

Tuesday, October 30: Fright Night 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Monday, November 5: School Council Meeting at 6:30 p.m. in the Learning Commons

**Please Note: the talk on anxiety by Dr. Jean Clinton scheduled for Wednesday at St. Paul High School has been postponed due to illness.**

Week of Oct. 1-5

Lead testing in water across the Ottawa Catholic School Board

Since 2007, the Ontario government has been requiring child care centres and schools to flush the plumbing in their facilities and test drinking water for lead. New amendments to Ontario regulation 243/07 took effect July 1, 2017 that require lead testing within these facilities for all designated fixtures used to provide drinking water and/or prepare food or drink for children under 18. The water at All Saints has been tested with no concern to the public. Please see additional information in this letter:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ZGuaKF2wHWVEL6CAKSneHgz6GX4j8VlvuRuVEVCuyvg/edit

OSTA Empty Seat Applications

OSTA staff is focused on providing support and services for students and their families, and school communities most affected by the tornadoes. Due to a disruption of service, and continuing focus on restoring services, OSTA will be delaying review of empty seat applications until October 5, 2018. Seat assignments will begin the following week.

Parents are encouraged to check the Parent Web Portal for Seat assignments at ottawaschoolbus.ca

Supporting children and youth in stressful times such as a natural disaster (like last Friday's tornado)

In stressful times, such as a natural disaster (tornado), it is important for families and schools to work together to foster supportive relationships for our students. Caring adults need to help children and youth understand their emotional reactions, to help them engage in positive coping behaviours and to be supportive of each other. Tragic incidents can alter a person’s sense of security; thus, the importance of offering reassurance to our children and youth. It is also important for adults to understand that experiencing stress and adversity can contribute to internal symptoms such as anxiety, fear or depression and behaviours such as aggression, reactivity or withdrawal.

Children and youth may not understand the context of recent world events and communications they have heard or seen through various media. Below are a few tips that may assist you while helping children and youth to feel safe. Please reach out to your school at any time should you or your children struggle.

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Football Game vs. Ashbury

Our football team lost a hard-fought battle against Ashbury on Thursday. The opening game took place after our Jag Jog. Despite the loss, spectators really enjoyed all the action to start off the season (click on the arrow in the photo to see our Jags' dramatic entrance). Go, Jags, go!

Senior Math Collaboration

Ms. Adamou's grade 11 College Math class collecting data...


...and then analyzing the data.




Character Day

Character Day is an annual global day that brings together millions of people of all ages in schools, classrooms, companies, homes — anywhere people already gather — to engage in conversation and action around character (strengths like empathy, grit, gratitude, creativity, and leadership). This year was the fifth annual (September 26, 2018), and there were over 200,000 groups participating — that’s 15,000 schools and over 4 million people. Below are some photos of St Joe's students looking at various positive character traits.

Intermediate Math in Action

To review concepts for an upcoming Math quiz, Ms. Licandro's grade 7 students went on a Math Scavenger Hunt, proving that math can be both informative and fun!



Contact Information

I can be reached personally at don.murphy@ocsb.ca. The school's general mailbox address is Joseph.High@ocsb.ca

Have a great week!

Don Murphy, Principal


Upcoming Events

Monday, October 1: - Orange Shirt Day

- School Council Meeting at 7 p.m.

Friday, October 5: PD Day (no school for students)

Thursday, October 11: School Mass


Anxiety in School-Aged Children - Wed. Oct. 10, 2018

Speaker: Dr. Jean Clinton

St. Paul High School: 2675 Draper Avenue

7:00 - 9:00 PM

Both parents and teachers are expressing increased concern about the number of children exhibiting anxiety. This talk will explore what some of the causes may be and some strategies for helping.

Register Now: bit.ly/CSPAanxiety2018

Week of Sept. 24-28

Spirit Week and Jag Jog

This is the week that our annual Jag Jog takes place as well as Spirit Week. We have some theme days coming up, and our Student Council has some activities planned for lunch hours. We encourage all of our students to participate in this awesome week!

Monday - Jersey Day

Tuesday - Tropical Tuesday

Wednesday - Rainbow/Tie Dye Day & Character Day

Thursday - Jag Jog; Football game vs. Ashbury

Friday - Pajama Day

School Council Meeting

We had a record turnout at our School Council Meeting on Monday. Congratulations to our newly-elected Executive: Charlene Knight, Chair; Heather Ferguson, Vice-Chair; John Svab, Treasurer; Beth Evans, Secretary; and Traci Clarke, CSPA rep. Congratulations, also, to our elected voting members: Pia Barry, Kim Chan, Daniella Colletti, Natalie De Pont, Ida de Sousa, Diana Devine, Sandra Domanico, Carolyn Entwistle, Christie Gallant, Julianna Gallimore, Adrienne O'Reilly, Suzanne Rogers, Helen Svobodaidorner, Relay Tanga, and Rebecca Shore.

Orange Shirt Day

We will be commemorating Orange Shirt Day on Monday, Oct. 1. Orange Shirt Day is an opportunity for First Nations, local governments, schools, and communities to come together in the spirit of reconciliation and hope for generations of children to come. Students are encouraged to wear something orange on this day. For more information, please access the following:

http://www.orangeshirtday.org/

Leadership Camp

Our student leaders spent Wednesday through Friday at our annual Leadership Camp, held at Red Pine Camp on Golden Lake. Students took part in many team-building events and leadership opportunities. Given all the ideas generated, it's going to be a very exciting year this year at St. Joe's.


OCSB Connect

OCSBconnect is a service that allows Grade 7 to 12 students to submit anonymous tips on incidents of bullying, student safety, and crime to school staff by phone, text, or mobile app.

This service, which was requested by our students, strives to make our schools safer and more welcoming by providing students with a tool that allows them to report bullying incidents without putting their own safety at risk.

For help or to share anonymous tips on bullying and crime, text or call: 613-604-9766

(standard text messaging rates apply) Download the free OCSBconnect App from iTunes or the Android store.

For more information visit the OCSB website at: http://ocsb.ca/connect/

Rowan's Law Day the Wednesday

In March of 2018, the Ontario government passed a law known as Rowan’s Law. Designed to protect athletes and

to educate parents/guardians, coaches and officials about the dangers of head injuries, it is the first law of its kind

in Canada and will benefit both athletes and non-athletes.

Rowan’s Law is also about education. By increasing concussion awareness and knowledge, we can change

Ontario’s culture around sports, physical activity and injury. Rowan’s Law will make it easier for those who

experience concussions to SPEAK UP, get the help they need, and take the time necessary for recovery, with the

support of everyone around them. At St.Joe's, we have a full concussion protocol in place and will continue to build concussion awareness into our culture. Wednesday, September 26 is Rowan's Law Day, which we will observe as a community.

St. Joe's Clothing

I have had some questions regarding when St. Joe's clothing items will be available. Essentially, information on ordering items will be given to students mid-October so that orders filled will make it in time for Christmas. Another round of clothing items will be made available in the Spring. I'll post info on my Blog so parents will be aware of when orders can be placed, etc.

Contact Information

I can be reached personally at don.murphy@ocsb.ca. The school's general mailbox address is Joseph.High@ocsb.ca

Have a great week!

Don Murphy, Principal

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, September 26: Rowan's Law Day

Thursday, September 27: Jag Jog

Monday, October 1: - Orange Shirt Day

- School Council Meeting at 7 p.m.

Friday, October 5: PD Day

Thursday, October 11: School Mass


Anxiety in School-Aged Children - Wed. Oct. 10, 2018

Speaker: Dr. Jean Clinton

St. Paul High School: 2675 Draper Avenue

7:00 - 9:00 PM

Both parents and teachers are expressing increased concern about the number of children exhibiting anxiety. This talk will explore what some of the causes may be and some strategies for helping.

Register Now: bit.ly/CSPAanxiety2018

Week of Sept. 17-21

Purchasing Options for Student Technology

As we continue the implementation of Deep Learning across the Board, and increasingly seek out opportunities to leverage digital to support learning, access to enough devices in each classroom is sometimes an issue. Our Board has been investing in technology for many years and will continue to do so, but the demand is rapidly increasing as students are starting to do more and more of their schoolwork online using the collaborative tools available.

BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) is a strategy that has been successfully implemented in many of our schools to help support student access to technology. Many families are seeking advice as they consider purchasing a device for their child to use both at home and at school over the next few years. As a result, we have been working with Staples Canada to provide OCSB families with access to an online portal where they can find information and pricing on a few models of Chromebooks that have been specifically recommended by our Learning Technologies Department. These recommended devices are the same durable machines we are using in classrooms, with full keyboards, cameras and touchscreens that also flip over to act as a tablet and were not previously available from Staples.

Minto Construction

I had a meeting with Minto earlier this week as they will soon start some preliminary construction prior to building homes near our school track area. They are hoping to be on-site October 1. We discussed fencing, transportation, and other safety items that Minto are committed to. Actual construction of the homes will start mid-2019 but, as I said, some preliminary work (pipes, road prep, etc) will be done in October through to Christmas. I will be monitoring this work carefully and meeting with Minto as needed, providing updates to the SJH community when relevant. The Minto group are absolutely committed to working with the school to minimize disruption. If you would like to see the site plan, please access: https://www.minto.com/ottawa/new-homes/Harmony/Site-Plan~2075.html . When there click Download Riversbend Site Plan.

Meet the Staff Night

We had a large turnout for our Meet the Staff Night on Tuesday. It was great to meet so many members of our community taking an interest in all that we do here. I know that some parents/guardians had to wait a long time in line to speak with teachers. I have an idea that will be implemented next year to help alleviate this inconvenience.

Jag Jog

Our annual Jag Jog fundraiser, with a percentage donated to the Canadian Cancer Society in honour of Terry Fox, is well under way. We had a great kick-off assembly on Wednesday and my office is full of great prizes that students can win. The Jag-Jog takes place on Thurs. Sept. 27. We are asking students to collect $20, which gets them a t-shirt and participation in a barbecue. The Jag Jog is always an awesome day at St. Joe's and this year will be no exception. Jog, Jags, Jog!!!

School Council Meeting on Monday

Don't forget about our first parent School Council meeting on Monday where elections will occur. The meeting is at 7 p.m. in the school's Learning Commons on the second floor. We are hoping for a large turnout.

School Improvement Plan

I met with our School Improvement Plan team on Thursday as we put the finishing touches on our 2018-19 School Improvement Plan. This plan consists of three components with goals we wish to achieve, being Be Well, Be Community, and Be Innovative. I will be discussing this in more detail at our School Council Meeting on Monday.


To create some consistency across the board, we have changed our Twitter handle to @StJosephOCSB. Please follow us to see what is happening at the school!


Contact Information

I can be reached personally at don.murphy@ocsb.ca. The school's general mailbox address is Joseph.High@ocsb.ca

Have a great week!

Don Murphy, Principal

Upcoming Events

Monday, September 17: School Council Meeting @7 p.m.

Thursday, September 27: Jag Jog

Friday, October 5: PD Day

Week of Sept. 10-14

Opening Week

We had a great opening week at St. Joe's. Our assemblies gave us an opportunity to speak to students about various things grade-related (eg. grade 9 and 10 EQAO), rules of the school to keep things running smoothly, and some self-regulation strategies and tips if students feel overwhelmed, stressed, or alone. We have a strong tradition at St. Joe's of demonstrating care and concern for each other. This doesn’t happen by accident - we need to continually review our approaches and make sure we are all content both in and outside the classroom.

Unfortunately, we are still awaiting parts for our cafeteria ovens. The cafeteria is able to sell some food but quantities are limited; therefore, it is highly recommended students bring food with them each day so as not to rely solely on the cafeteria. The ovens should be fixed this week. I will let our community know when this happens.

Meet the Staff Night

Parents and guardians are reminded that our Meet the Staff night will take place on Tuesday, September 11 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. We will gather in the tile floor gym for some quick introductions and then parents and guardians will be directed on where to go to meet their child's/children's teachers. Please make sure you bring a copy of your child's timetable with you so you know what teachers to see.

Jag Jog

Our annual Jag Jog fundraiser, with a percentage donated to the Canadian Cancer Society in honour of Terry Fox, takes place on Thurs. Sept. 27. We are asking students to collect $20, which gets them a t-shirt and participation in a barbecue. The Jag Jog is always an awesome day at St. Joe's and this year will be no exception. Please participate!

Notice: Have your say. Vote for your OCSB Trustee.

Ensuring you have a voice in in the upcoming municipal election means ensuring you are on the voter’s list so that you can vote for an OCSB Trustee. By default, everyone’s school support is automatically directed to the “English Public” school. This means that you may need to proactively change your direction of school support (taxes) to “English Separate” in order to vote for an OCSB Trustee. Update your status quickly and easily at voterlookup.ca. Learn more.

A Message from OSTA (Ottawa Student Transportation Authority)

Please direct parents to complete the Transportation Issue Form, rather than sending emails to OSTA zones. These are prioritized over email. We are finding an unusually high number of emails and we will not be able to respond to them, due to volume and multiple copies.

Tech at St. Joe's: BYOD and School Chromebooks

  • All students have Board-issued gmail accounts. Students should use this account for all school-related activities.
  • Students are encouraged to bring technology to assist in learning.
  • Phones are good for some activities, like photos or quick searches, but keyboarded devices are much better for essays, notes, etc.
  • We love Chromebooks at St. Joe's because their batteries last all day!
  • We do have Chromebooks available in the learning commons and in classrooms, but it's so much better if you don’t have to share! Think about this when making up Birthday and Christmas lists!

Contact Information

I can be reached personally at don.murphy@ocsb.ca. The school's general mailbox address is Joseph.High@ocsb.ca

Have a great week!

Don Murphy, Principal

Upcoming Events

Monday, September 17: School Council Meeting @7 p.m.

Thursday, September 27: Jag Jog

Week of Sept. 3-7


Welcome

I would like to extend a very warm welcome to our grade 7 students this year and an enthusiastic return to the rest of our grades 8 through 12 school community. We are excited to begin the learning process within our school for the 2018-19 academic year. I look forward to meeting our community at our Meet the Staff evening on Tuesday, September 11 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. More information on this event will be out shortly.

Our Office Administrators and Caretakers have been working tirelessly to get the school ready for another year and I am indebted to them. Our School Improvement Plan for 2018-19 will be completed shortly and I look forward to sharing it with you. Our Board theme will provide us with a framework for this Plan. Our Board theme this year, being Seek Justice, Love Kindness and Mercy, Walk humbly with God, will challenge us over the next three years to explore our growth in faith in three distinct ways:

YEAR ONE (2018-19): SEEK JUSTICE. How do we live our faith in action? Do we appreciate Catholic Social Teachings and the Social Doctrine of our faith?

YEAR TWO (2019-20): LOVE KINDNESS AND MERCY. How do we live our faith in our relationship with others?

YEAR THREE (2020-21): WALK HUMBLY WITH GOD. We are called to live an authentic faith, close to our God in lifelong discovery leading to transformation.

Once again, I wish everyone a great school year. Go Jags Go!

Cafeteria Ovens not Working

Our cafeteria ovens are currently out of service. A work order has been placed; however, because of this it is recommended students bring a lunch on Tuesday as cafeteria service will be extremely limited. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Grade Level Assemblies

Our opening assemblies will take place on Wednesday and Thursday. Here, our school administration team and student services personnel will review expectations and provide direction for support if students should find themselves in need of assistance. Ultimately, we are a community of faith at St. Joseph Catholic High School and want to ensure we are reaching out and helping those who are in need so no one finds themselves alone in our school.

Ontario Ministry of Education Information

As you may be aware, the Ministry of Education has committed to comprehensive public consultation to inform changes to a variety of education topics including: Mathematics, Health and Physical Education, EQAO, Parent Bill of Rights, and the grades 1-8 Health and Physical Education curriculum. Parents have likely heard the discussion of the review of the sexual education component of this curriculum. The Ministry has released a 2018 Health and Physical Education Interim edition curriculum based on the revised 2010 curriculum.

Important to note, however, the Ottawa Catholic School Board will continue to use the ICE (Institute for Catholic Education) program “Fully Alive” to teach areas of personal relationships for our Gr. 1 - 8 students. At St. Joe's, our grades 7&8 Religion teachers have been teaching the areas related to human sexuality within the family life curriculum. As noted by the Ontario Catholic School Trustee Association, “Through use of the Fully Alive program materials, Catholic teachers will continue to present the issue of human sexuality within the fullness of a faith-based family life curriculum that teaches the content of our faith, the value of persons, human relationships, commitment, and social responsibility. As has been our tradition in Catholic education, the safety and well-being of students remains our priority and is reflected in the curriculum we deliver in our classrooms.”

Opening Day Procedures

1. Students are to report to the following:

Grade 7 - Cafeteria

Grade 8 - Alpha List located across from main entrance to Cafeteria

Grade 9-12 - Alpha List will be posted in atrium indicating homeroom location

2. This will be a regular DAY 1 with regular times for grades 9-12. Grade 7’s and 8’s will follow this timetable so they can have extra time to locate buses at the end of the day:

HR/P1 - 8:00 - 9:45

P2 - 9:50 - 10:30

P3 - 10:35 - 11:15

P4 - 11:20 - 12:00

Lunch - 12:00 - 12:45

P5 - 12:45 - 1:25

P6 - 1:30 - 2:00

3. TIMETABLES – Gr. 9-12 – Course changes will not be permitted during the first week as Student Services are dealing with new registrants, incomplete schedules, and students needing pre-requisite courses; hence, students are to be present in all courses scheduled on their timetable.

Technology use from the OCSB

At the Ottawa Catholic School Board, we believe that it is our shared responsibility as educators and parents/guardians to ensure that students are equipped to behave as responsible Digital Citizens in an increasingly complex digital world. It is likely that starting in their elementary years, many children have already gained access to the internet, perhaps even outside of the home or the classroom, in an unsupervised environment, such as through a friend’s phone.

Staff at OCSB work diligently with students each year to ensure that they are using digital tools in appropriate, productive and responsible ways to support their learning. Our Board has developed a series of age-appropriate lessons for each grade level from Kindergarten to Grade 12 through the Samaritans on the Digital Road program. This curriculum is designed to develop students’ understanding that their citizenship and efforts to live gospel values extends to their presence in the digital world.

Please take the time to visit the Samaritans on the Digital Road website at samaritans.ocsb.ca where you can find the curriculum as well as additional resources for parents/guardians to support their journey along the “Digital Road.” Look for an Acceptable Use of Technology Agreement to be sent home before the end of September. Please review it carefully with your son/daughter before signing it and returning it to school.

School Messenger App

We recently informed our school community that our school would soon begin using the SchoolMessenger communication platform. The advantage of SchoolMessenger over our current platform is that SchoolMessenger allows parents to select their contact preferences (contact by phone, email, or both) for each of the following different types of messages: Emergency messages, Attendance messages, General messages, Teacher to Parent messages, and School to Student messages.

There is also a free SchoolMessenger App available for both iOS and Android based phones which enables you to receive notifications of school messages as well as set your contact preferences for each kind of message.

What parents need to do:

Please click the following link and follow the instructions in the School Messenger Parent Account User Guide to create your parent account and choose your contact preferences (contact by phone, email, or both) for each message type. This link can also be accessed by copying and pasting the following URL into your browser: http://bit.ly/smParentGuide

The School Messenger Parent FAQ provides more information about School Messenger. This link can also be accessed by copying and pasting the following URL into your browser: http://bit.ly/smParentFAQ

Volunteers in Schools

Beginning September 2018, the majority of volunteers working with students in the OCSB must complete a vulnerable sector check (VSC). Here is a link to the revised OCSB criminal record check policy for more information. Applying online is simple and free, with a letter from the school. This does not include same day service. Please speak with your Principal if you need further information.

Student Fees

At St. Joseph High School, we collect a student fee to augment some of the program, club and activity costs that support student involvement outside of the classroom. The school uses fees for such things as:

  • school clubs
  • school teams
  • Academic and Athletic Awards
  • Leadership Camp
  • social justice initiatives
  • guest speakers and school-wide presentations

Student Class Organization

The Student Services Departments as well as school administrations at both St. Joe's and our elementary schools begin the discussion around student organizing in classes beginning in May of the previous school year. Many factors are taken into account, including French programming and blending classes, specific student needs, gender balance, etc. Considerable time and valued teacher input have been invested in developing grade 7 and 8 class lists for the 2018-2019 school. We ask that you please respect this planning process. Student homerooms will not be changed to accommodate friend requests.

School Photo Day

Wednesday, September 12th is our school photo day. Information for ordering pictures will come home ahead of this date. Students are reminded that even if you aren’t ordering pictures, your photo is required for student identification as well as our yearbook. Edge Imaging provides a variety of photo options to capture your child's true personality, preserving all their school day memories. Photo day flyers will be sent home with students this week. Please return the order form and payment to the school on or before photo day. As these student pictures are used for our student identification program for safety considerations, we ask students not to contribute props or other extravagant dress during their sitting time. Students will have an opportunity for “fun” pictures as part of our yearbook creation. For more information on photo day, please visit www.edgeimaging.ca for answers to frequently asked questions.

School Council

The first general meeting of the St. Joe's School Council will take place on Monday, September 17th at 7:00pm in the school Learning Commons (library). We hope to see many new parents at our meeting. If you are interested in running for a position on the Council, you may review the information required in the following forms and send the information required in an email to St. Joseph High School (Joseph.High@ocsb.ca)

School Council Parent Nomination FormSchool Council Parent Self-Nomination Form

Busing

Student transportation information is now available on the OSTA Parent Web Portal https://ostabusplanner.ottawaschoolbus.ca/StudentLogin.aspx Please re-verify transportation information the week prior to school start-up as stop timings may have changed.

Transportation for Students in a Joint Custody Arrangement and Having Two Homes

OSTA has developed a new policy & procedure to deliver transportation services to students in a joint custody arrangement and having two homes. An application process and other requirements need to be met for parents to receive this service, and the homes in question must meet all other eligibility requirements. The deadline for new applications or changes to existing applications for September start up transportation was June 1. All other applications will be reviewed after September 15, and prior to October 1. More information can be found on the OSTA website:

http://www.ottawaschoolbus.ca/policies-procedures/variable-transportation-for-students-in-a-joint-custody-arrangement-and-having-two-homes-copy/

Applications for Seat Availability

Students who had been approved to access service under the Seat Availability provision for 2017-18 will need to re-apply for service for the 2018-19 school year. The “Application for Access to Empty Seats on School Bus Vehicles” form is available on the OSTA website at http://www.ottawaschoolbus.ca/policies-procedures/empty-seat-seat-availability-provision-2/ and should be sent to OSTA directly. All applications will be reviewed and seats assigned after October 1. We ask that parents and school staff NOT put students on the bus prior to assignment to a bus route, for the students’ own safety.

Changes to Cannabis Legislation and Schools

Cannabis (marijuana) is a drug that comes from a flowering hemp plant. It is used for both its psychotropic and therapeutic effects. Cannabis contains THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (cannabidol). THC is the main psychoactive ingredient in cannabis. CBD is not psychoactive and is believed to have medical benefits, such as inflammation and pain control.

There are health risks to anyone who uses cannabis heavily and/or regularly. These risks increase for people under 25, because their brains are still developing, and include: problems with memory, coordination, learning, impulse control. Cannabis use can increase anxiety and depression, and can increase the likelihood of developing schizophrenia. This is more likely for people who have a family history of this condition.

Following the legalization of Cannabis use this fall for those 19 years of age and older, public consumption of cannabis will not be allowed. The smoking of cannabis falls under the Smoke Free Ontario Act. That is, by law, one cannot smoke or hold lighted tobacco in any enclosed workplace, any enclosed public places and specifically designated outdoor places (eg. school grounds, area around daycare centres) in Ontario. The same applies to cannabis. The smoking of recreational cannabis will only be allowed in private residences. Vaping and smoking of medical cannabis is prohibited on school property. Possession, use of, and being under the influence of non-medical cannabis will remain prohibited in schools.

Additional information can be found at the following sites:

Cannabis: What parents/guardians and caregivers need to know

https://smh-assist.ca/wp-content/uploads/WEB-Cannabis-Information-Document-SMHA-CAMH-ENGLISH.pdf

Cannabis - Ottawa Public Health

http://www.ottawapublichealth.ca/en/public-health-topics/cannabis-marijuana.aspx

http://www.parentinginottawa.ca/en/youth/cannabis-and-marijuana.aspx

Centre for Addictions and Mental Health (CAMH)

https://www.camh.ca/en/health-info/mental-illness-and-addiction-index/substance-use/cannabis-marijuana-hashish

Article from American Psychological Association http://www.apa.org/monitor/2015/11/marijuana-brain.aspx

40 Hours of Community Service

Since 1999, the Ministry of Education has required all students to complete a minimum of 40 hours of community involvement activities as part of the requirements for an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) (As stated in Ontario Secondary Schools, Grades 9 to 12: Program and Diploma Requirements, 1999).

The purpose of the community involvement requirement is to encourage students to develop awareness and understanding of civic responsibility and of the role they can play and the contributions they can make in supporting and strengthening their communities. The Ottawa Catholic School Board has always encouraged this community service to take place in the Parish, School, or wider community. There is a list on the back of the Community Service form that all students complete that highlights many of the eligible activities that students may complete to fulfill this graduation requirement.

When the expectation around community service was introduced by the Ministry of Education, they developed a list of activities that may not be chosen as community involvement activities and that are therefore ineligible activities. Included as part of that list of those expectations outlined by the Ministry is an activity “that would normally be performed for wages by a person in the workplace”. As your son/daughter works toward this graduation activity, we would encourage them to review the list of accepted activities to ensure they are meeting the proper requirements. You will find a link (below) to the All Saints community service hours form, with a list of appropriate activities on page 2. Hard copies of this form are available in our student services department.

Community Service Hours Form

CANImmunize App

Keep kids in school with the CANImmunize App - CANImmunize is a digital tool for Canadians that securely stores your vaccination records and helps you get vaccinated on time. Avoid school suspensions with vaccination reporting to Ottawa Public Health. Visit https://www.canimmunize.ca/en/home for more information.

There is a great deal of information on the CSPA website regarding information for parents and upcoming sessions. You can visit the website here.

Contact Information

I can be reached personally at don.murphy@ocsb.ca. The school's general mailbox address is Joseph.High@ocsb.ca

Please follow us on Twitter at @StJosephCHS


Have a great first week back!

Don Murphy

Upcoming Events

Tuesday, September 11: Meet the Staff Night @6:30 p.m.

Monday, September 17: School Council Meeting @7 p.m.

Thursday, September 27: Jag Jog