Wednesday, 4 November 2015

We're really two months in ....

Greetings from the office....

Last night we hosted our first semester Parents' Night.  I'm hopeful that our families had a chance to connect with their child's teachers and that any questions or concerns were addressed.  If you did not have a chance to connect please e-mail any teacher directly and work to set up a mutually convenient time for an interview/meeting.
While events such as our parents' night can be a great chance to catch up....they can also be very busy and many staff members do not get the chance to connect with parents eager to clarify any issues that may exist.  Please don't hesitate to contact a staff member around any concerns.

For all Parent DRIVERS - you may notice two new signs posted above the doors along the parking lot.  In an effort to improve traffic flow early in the morning and after school we're hoping that drivers will drop off at the SECOND set of doors in the morning (to prevent blockages/congestion on Devon) and to pick up your son/daughter after school at the SECOND set of doors as well (or further along the pathway toward the south side (football field end) of the parking lot.  Thank you for helping us keep the parking lot clear......and safe.

Learning Updates

Over the course of the year I would like to share an interesting article or update on staff learning here at OTHS.  Below is a link to an interesting article that highlights something I feel strongly about.  Happy reading.

On the importance of travel.....

The OTHS Staff Learning Team will be working together on Friday, November 6th reviewing our 2014-15 School Improvement Plan for Student Achievement and planning future learning opportunities for staff for the 15-16 school year.  Stay tuned for me to share a copy of the SIPSA for 2015-16.

Student Activities Section

RDC Update -  Our Red Devil Council continues to organize and coordinate events for students.  Last week students and staff were wearing their Blue Jay gear (or blue) to express support for the Jays as they began their series against the Royals.
Next week the RDC is coordinating a number of Octoberfest events for students.  These fun activities will take place during the lunch hour throughout the week.

Robotics - Team 1334 has begun another season working together to advance their interest and skills in STEM (Science, Technology, and Mathematics) related fields via a Robotics program.  Last week (October 16-18) Team 1334 travelled to Rochester, NY to compete in the Rochester Rah Cha Cha Ruckus - an early season competition with schools from New York State and Ontario.   Here is a write-up from Sydney outlining the weekend:

  "Last Saturday, 1334 travelled to Rochester, New York to compete in the annual Rah Cha Cha Ruckus competition. We took this opportunity to begin training and integrating our rookies and letting them get a feel for what upcoming competitions are like. We are very proud of our newcomers, as well as all members of the team! Although we were not chosen during alliance selection and did not make it past the qualification rounds, we did win two awards. 1334 took home the Most Food Donated award thanks to our stop at Walmart, as well as the Imagery award thanks to our shirts, devil horns, pitch forks, and of course the abundance of Ferkins. This competition was a awesome start to the season and a great chance for the team to pull together and show our spirit. It was a fun-filled, caffeine fuelled weekend and we can’t wait for the next competition. We would also like to congratulate the alliance that won the competition and their alliance caption 1114 on their win!"

Rugby Sevens Club -
The Rugby Sevens Club had great success at their two tournaments this past month.  This is the first year for a Rugby Sevens Club at OTHS (not to be confused with the Rugby Teams that play and compete in the spring) and the students and staff had a great time competing in this modified version of rugby.  Travelling to Mississauga and Brampton the Club managed to

Fall Sports Update

Each of our fall sports seasons are winding their way to an exciting conclusion.  Our Senior Boys Cross Country Team has qualified for OFSAA and will be heading up to Collingwood this Saturday (November 7th) for the OFSAA Championships.

Football and Boys Senior Volleyball are entering Halton Play-offs this week.  We'll be following their march to the finals over the next couple of weeks.

OT's Girls Field Hockey teams and our Junior Girls Basketball Team have completed their seasons.  While the players and coaches would have preferred a few more wins.....the teams competed hard and developed their skills for future success.  Thank you to the players and coaches for representing OTHS so well.

Key Dates in November

November 4     Take Your Kid to Work Day (Grade 9)
November 12   Parent Council Meeting
November 12   Open Mic Night
November 19   Grade 8 Parents' Night (all future OTHS families)
November 20   Mid Term Report Cards
November 30   Grad Photo Schedule begins

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