Guidance @ Ross
The John F. Ross staff believes that all students can succeed.  Along with support from the Upper Grand District School Board, our goal is to ensure that students graduate from high school so that they may move on to the pathway destination of their choice.  In order to reach every student, secondary schools have several Student Services available to support students along the way.  Guidance counsellors assist students with appropriate course selections, provide career counselling, and advise students on post-secondary options.  They also collaborate with Social Workers and Youth Workers to co-ordinate social and emotional support.  Students with exceptionalities are supported by Special Education Resource Teachers.  Student Success is a team approach that involves all members of the educational community: the student, parents/guardians, classroom teachers, administrators as well as those within student service.  Together we can help students experience success. 




Last day to drop semester 2 courses, without the course showing on transcripts, is Monday May 2nd, 2016. 


Aeroplan Miles and/or TD Points

It is now possible to use loyality points to finance post-secondary tuition!   Parents, grandparents or friends can convert their Aeroplan Miles and/or TD points into funds for tuition at over 80 colleges and universities across Canada.   Please visit of more details. 


Special announcement from Guidance about summer school

Students will no longer be able to do a 2 week upgrade for courses where a 50 % or greater has been achieved.

If students wish to upgrade a passing mark in summer school, they will need to take the full 4 week credit course.  

2 week "credit recovery" courses will only be available to students who have achieved between 35 and 49%.

Going to UBC?

Your students will soon begin receiving invitations from us about spring events on campus and in Ontario:

Destination UBC Admitted students from across Canada will be invited to a weekend at UBC's Okanagan or Vancouver campuses in May – and the cost of travel is on us!
UBC Welcomes You Admitted students can meet with UBC faculty, staff, and current students in Toronto on Saturday, April 23.
All About UBC Prospective students in Grades 10-12 considering UBC should attend this information session in Toronto on Saturday, April 23.

Award Extension: The Lindsay and Elizabeth Gordon Entrance Award for Community Health Scholars is an entrance award for Aboriginal students who have not yet pursued formal post-secondary education, or who are returning to post secondary education. Deadline: April 8, 2016.

Campus Tours and Virtual Tours: A reminder that Campus Tours run weekly year round, and that we can accommodate school group tours (Vancouver | Okanagan). If students are unable to make the trip out west, we have wonderful Virtual Campus Tours they can check out on our website.

McGill University

The McGill University Recruitment team is hosting an event in Toronto on March 31, 2016 and we would like to invite your students to attend. We greatly appreciate your time and help in passing this message along to your students.

The Rendezvous event is an information session for newly admitted students and their families, and includes a presentation that covers topics such as housing, course registration, campus life, internship and extracurricular opportunities, and living in Montreal. We have also invited recent McGill graduates to the event to share their stories.

Registration is required:

·        Log on to McGill in Mind at

·        Go to the Admitted Students box (left-hand side of screen)

·        Click on McGill ID

·        Enter your McGill ID and Minerva PIN

·        Click on Events for Newly Admitted Students

·        Select Rendezvous event

·        Click on ‘Register Me!’

Please do not hesitate to contact if you are having trouble registering.

Leadership Opportunity 

National Youth Ambassador Caucus

Ottawa, ON

June 3rd ­ 7th, 2016


Fifty of Canada¹s top young leaders will be selected to come to the nation¹s capital for a unique opportunity to develop a national strategy for Canada¹s 150th birthday in 2017. In Ottawa, youth can expect a highly dynamic experience learning about Canada beyond their own backyard. They will develop their leadership and entrepreneurial skills, and delve into issues of national importance with leaders from business, government and community. The highlight of the event takes place on Parliament Hill where Ambassadors will showcase their ideas for local community events celebrating Canada's 150th birthday to Members of Parliament and special guests. For more information visit:


Junior Team Canada Mission to China

Beijing, Chongqing, Chengdu, Kunming

July 29th ­ August 13th, 2016


Global Vision is looking for thirty of Canada¹s top young leaders to represent their communities and country as JTC Ambassadors on a whirlwind mission to China this summer. While overseas, JTC will promote Canadian industry and culture while strengthening bilateral trade, investment and people-to-people ties in the world¹s second largest economy. Working with the Embassy and Consulates of Canada, Global Vision will organize opportunities to engage Chinese industry, government, community and youth leaders. The mission will give youth an opportunity to get a Œboots on the ground¹ experience to take in the unique sights, sounds and tastes of China while furthering strengthening the bonds between our two nations. For more information visit:


The application period for both of these opportunities ends April 15th

University of Ottawa Spring Open House

On Saturday, March 19, the University of Ottawa will hold its Spring Open House. This event is for students who have applied for September 2016 admission and those who would like information in order to apply next year.

 Students who would prefer to visit to see our facilities during the week of March 14 to 18, 2016, can register for a campus tour. After the tour, they can talk to a liaison officer.

Check out the promotional video, which quickly gives students a good idea of the stimulating environment of the event.

For more information, please visit the event webpage.


Grade 12's,

If you are applying to universities in Ontario, it is a good idea to try to complete and submit your online 101 application well in advance of the January 13, 2016 deadline.  This will reduce the chance of delays and the frustration of slower online response times.

The OUAC office is officially closed for the holidays from December 24, 2015 to January 1, 2016, inclusive. The OUAC website will remain available during this time.

Applicant Services Extended Hours Prior to Application Deadline:
Monday, January 11 - Wednesday, January 13 - 9:00 am - 7:00 pm (EST) Applicant Services Phone: (519) 823-1063

College or University Application are ready to go!!
Come to guidance for information if you are uncertain about applying.
January 13th is the Ontario University Deadline
Feb 1st is the Equal Consideration Date for College.

Check to make sure you have all the prerequisites for programs before you apply.
If you need assistance, please book an appointment in Guidance.

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The new Education and Career/Life Planning Program
(Click on image for more information)
This program came into effect in the fall of 2013 and the framework of this program includes four areas of learning:
1. Knowing Yourself
2. Exploring Opportunities 
3. Making Decisions and Setting Goals 
4. Achieving Goals and Making Transitions