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Community 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.

2017/18 Schedule

Tuesday October 3rd 

Information Evening

Please join us on Tuesday October 3rd, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. in the OTHS Theatre/Library for our first Community Connections evening of the school year. Two sessions will run concurrently and you can elect the most relevant one to attend:

Session Option 1: Targeting Grade 9/10 Families and ‘New to OT’ Families

Topic: Navigating High School and beyond with the OT Guidance Counsellors

We will be covering the following information:

  1. Introduction to our Counsellors and their role in your student’s schooling.

  2. Answers to Frequently Asked Questions including but not limited to: Community Involvement Hours, MyBlueprint, AP Programming, Course Selection.

  3. Post-Secondary Pathway Planning including: upcoming events, processes and scholarships. What are colleges/universities looking for and how to support your child through this process.

All families are welcome in this session but the information will be particularly useful for grade 9 and 10 students, new families to the province or new students to OTHS.

Session Option 2: Targeting Grade 11/12 Families

Topic: Pathways to College and University as well as Scholarships and Admissions

In this session the Guidance Department will provide an overview of the application process for colleges and universities, 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 senior grades specifically, but this session is open to all members of the OT Community.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER for this Community Connections Evening (either session) October 3, 2017.

We hope to see you there!

Tuesday November 7th

Dr. Clinton (guest speaker) - Understanding the Adolescent Brain

Over the past decade neuroscience has finally been able to shed light on why teenagers do the things they do!  This presentation will explore what has been learned about brain development and how the environment and experience plays a key role in this development.  Risk taking, novelty seeking, and risk of substance abuse will be explored.  Over the course of 90 minutes, Dr. Clinton will share success stories from her practice, followed by a Q&A.  

An email will follow closer to the date with a link for registration.

Tuesday December 5th

Deidre Stadjuhar
School Social Worker

Raf Skwarka
Halton Drug Unit

In the first half, Deidre Stadjuhar, School Social Worker will discuss common struggles with our kids related to anxiety, stress and depression. She will explore the common signs and effective strategies to support our students. There will be time for Q & A.

In the second half of the evening, Raf Skwarka from the Halton Drug Unit will explore the realities facing our Oakville teens as it relates to drugs; what to watch for, the ‘lingo’ being used and how to support our students as it relates to the prevalence of drugs today. Q & A will follow his presentation as well.

An email will follow closer to the date with a link for registration.

Tuesday February 6th

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 3rd 


Tuesday May 1st