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Community Connections (formerly Parent Connections)

Community Connections is a series of speakers for parents, guardians and other caregivers sponsored and organized by the School Council.  Community Connections events are held on the first Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m. in the OTHS theater.  With the aid of experts in the field, we discuss and learn about issues that evolve as young people and their families go through the teen years. It allows parents and caregivers to build a network of support in the pursuit of raising healthy, responsible, and resilient teens.

The sessions run for about an hour beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the school theater.  There is an email reminder list so be sure to add you name to the list at the first meeting you attend.

Refreshments are served before and after each talk so please feel free to stay and mingle with other parents of teens and share your experiences.

2016/17 Schedule

Tuesday October 4th 

The Pathway to College & University

Join our Guidance Department on October 4th for an overview of the application process for colleges and universities.  Our first Community Connection of 2016-2017 will provide families with an introduction to the application process for Ontario and Canadian schools, along with key dates for college and university fairs, and application deadlines.  Designed for families with students in Grade 12, this session is open to all members of the OT Community.
Click here for the full presentation.

Tuesday November 1st

Key Note - Dr. Mark Rothman 

Join us on November 1st with renowned psychologist, Dr. Mark Rothman, as he shares insights, tips and strategies for motivating the teen who has everything (aka the cornucopia teen).  Over the course of an hour, Dr. Rothman will share success stories from his practice, followed by a Q&A.  

Tuesday December 6th
8:00 p.m.

Dr. Karyn Gordon 

Empowering your Teens To Find Their Dream Career

Join us on December 6th, with renowned motivational speaker, Dr. Karyn Gordon, as she shares insights, tips and strategies to help your teens discover their dream careers.  Over the course of an hour, Dr. Karyn Gordon will share success stories from her practice as well as introduce you to a simple “3 Step Model” that will help you guide your teens to find their dream careers by overcoming some of the most common obstacles, followed by a Q&A. 

Tuesday February 7th

Supporting the Course Selection Process

Join us for an informative evening dealing with the OT course selection process, high school and post secondary planning, hosted by OT's Guidance Counselors.  There will be 3 sessions:

Transition from grade 9 to 10 @ 7 pm in the Theater
Transition from grade 10 to 11 @ 7 pm in the Library
Transition from grade 11 to 12 @ 8 pm in the Theater

Tuesday April 4th 

Substance Use


Join us on Tuesday, April 4th for an in-depth presentation on Substance Use. 

Presenters from ADAPT (a partner organization with HDSB) will speak about the types of substances students are using and the trends of use over the past couple of years, as well as the signs of use – both physical and behavioural. The presentation will touch on the developing brain and the areas affected by substance use, as well as the continuum of substance use and how it progresses. 

The presentation will be followed by a Q&A. 

Students are welcome and encouraged to attend with their parent(s).

To read more about ADAPT:

Tuesday May 2nd

Social Media,
Substance Use and Concerns in High School Today

Please join us on Tuesday, May 2nd at 7:00 p.m. for an in-depth presentation from our Community Liaison Officer, Vanessa Reynolds. Vanessa will speak about the realities and challenges facing our students as it relates to social media, and will explore other complex issues facing our youth in Oakville. Vanessa will also share the police perspective around substance use in our community.

The presentation will be followed by a Q&A.

Please note that unfortunately students are not invited to attend this presentation, as the Community Officer has designed the messaging specifically for parents and guardians.


Tuesday June 6th

Financial Supports in Post-Secondary:  Optimizing your Grade 12 Scholarship Applications 

This session, hosted by Guidance & our Gifted Education Resource Support Teacher will help you gain an understanding of the necessary groundwork that goes into a grade 12 scholarship application.  We will review what Leadership, Initiative, Innovation and other components look like when it comes to scholarships, and will discuss ways students are able to build their experiences in these areas.

Students welcome. We hope you can join us!