Grade Nine Day for New Students to OD/Park

June, 2013



Welcome to the OD/Park Secondary School “Class of 2017”. We are pleased that you are going to be joining us and we look forward to getting to know you in the coming year, as you enter the next stage of your education. I trust that the time you spend with us at OD/Park will be enjoyable, as you take advantage of our learning programs and co-curricular activities.  You will be amazed at all that you can do here!  In addition to your classroom experiences our school offers a wide variety of co-curricular activities in music, drama, sports, clubs, and community service.  Be sure to get involved!


We would like to invite you to our “Grade 9 Day” on Wednesday, August 28, 2013 from 9:00 to 10:30 am.  This is a special day for all students who will be entering secondary school for the first time.  On this day, you will receive your timetable, purchase your lock (all students must use school supplied locks), and you may purchase one of our Activity Cards for $15.00.  While you are here, you will also have the opportunity to walk around the school, find your classrooms, and confirm your bus routes. All questions regarding transportation for next year should be directed, during the last week of August, to OD/Park at 705-326-7394. Please do not contact the Bus Company or Board of Education.


Busing for the Grade 9 Day will be provided from the following schools:


Ardtrea           Coldwater        East Oro           Guthrie           Marchmont            Warminster


With the exception of Warminster who will be picked up and dropped off by the Coldwater buses, pick up time is at 8:30am and returning at 11:00am.


As of July 1, students entering grade 9 can begin accumulating their 40 required hours of community service.  As soon as you have graduated from grade 8, you are able to start working towards joining the “49ers Club”!  The 49ers club is an elite group of grade 9’s who are recognized for completing all 40 of their community service hours before the end of grade nine! This diploma requirement was implemented to encourage students to be involved in their communities and create a sense of belonging.  Detailed information about eligible activities and forms can be found on the SCDSB website  Students can record completed hours on the form and submit it to the Guidance Office.  Students should also maintain a log of community involvement at home for future reference for employment and/or scholarships opportunities.


Have a safe and happy summer, and we look forward to seeing you in August.






Jim Sammon