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Semester FAQ #3

Frequently asked Questions about Semesters #3

1. How many credits are required for an Ontario Secondary School Diploma?
Students require 30 credits to graduate from high school: 18 compulsory credits and 12 elective credits.

2. What is the maximum number of credits a student can take at high school?
Students can take up to 34 credits. If a student has an IEP (individual education plan) they may take more than 34 credits.

3. Is there a fee for returning for a 5th year or for an additional semester?
There are no fees for students who wish to return for a 5th year or for an additional semester. Students can choose to return for 1 semester only or for 2 semesters, as long as they have not taken over 34 credits.

4. Can I still attend school trips that run in Semester Two? What about missing school?
Students who are taking a course in semester one, and a course-related trip is offered in semester two, are eligible to participate and go on the trip, as long as they are registered/attending in semester two. Teachers will inform students in both semesters about the trip opportunity. When possible, faculty will do their best to schedule trips so that students miss fewer days of classes.

5. When will I get my timetable for 2017– 2018?
As in past years, students will receive their timetables on the first day of school in September. Any students with conflicts will be contacted by their Guidance Counsellor in June.

6. How does Co-op work?
In a semester system, students can choose either a 2 credit or 4 credit option for co-op. A 2 credit co-op allows students to work either 4 mornings or 4 afternoons/week, as well as take other courses for that semester. A 4 credit co-op will allow students to work 4 full days/week for the semester. Both options require the student to complete an in-school component of the co-op course prior to their placement, and attend in-school classes once/week for the remainder of the semester.

7. Vacations/Holidays
Remember when planning family vacations/holidays, students must be present to write exams at the end of January and June. It is important to note that course content moves very quickly in a semester system, so missing a week can have a large impact on student learning. It is strongly recommended that students avoid family vacations in January and June due to exam review and final summative evaluations.

8. What if my course for university or college is not offered until Semester Two?
If a student has not yet taken a required course for their university or college program because it is in Semester 2, offers may be made based on the credits and marks completed to date, and semester 2 mid–term marks (April). This varies depending on the university/college and the program. W-O will follow the same process used by all semestered schools in the province.

9. When are my marks sent to college and university?
When students apply to college and universities, their marks are uploaded by a certain date to determine offers of admission. For colleges and universities, the OCAS (college) and OUAC (university) mark uploads do not change in a semester schedule, but the February marks submitted will represent your final grades in your Grade 12 courses taken Semester one.

Evaluation and Reporting

There are two provincial report cards per semester. The first report is in mid-November, with a final report for the first semester classes in early February. The first report for second semester is in mid-April, with a final report for second semester classes issued at the end of June.

Full disclosure refers to dates that Grade 11 and 12 courses and marks appear on student transcripts and applies to non-semester and semester settings. For both semesters, full-disclosure is 5 days after the first report card is issued. After this full disclosure date, all Grade 11 and 12 courses/marks taken or attempted by students, will be recorded on the Ontario Student Transcript. If a course is dropped before this date, it does not appear on a student’s transcript.

Please visit the website for other FAQs, or email your specific question to me at or my Vice Principal at

Beth Bodkin
Waterloo-Oxford District Secondary School

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W-O Celebrates Pink T-Shirt Day

Thanks to students and staff who participated in Pink T-Shirt Day by wearing pink or by sporting the original Pink T-Shirt designed by W-O’s own Amy Darkes. A special shout out to our students and staff who organized a lunch time flash mob to show our support for making a difference in the lives of those around us.

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WODSS Wrestling Team Updates

The Wrestling Team participated in WCSSAA on February 16 at St. David’s in Waterloo. They rocked the mats with great results and medals. The boys tied Eastwood for 3rd place in the Overall Team event. Congrats to: Dayne Gohl on winning Gold; Gavin Marcoux, McKenna Henderson, Adam Schmitt, Josiah Ghent and Carson Binkle on winning Silver; Brandon Good and Alyssa Ramseyer for winning Bronze and Makayla Schweitzer and Wyatt Gamble for coming home with Antique Bronze.

Best of Luck wrestlers as you head to CWOSSA!

On February 9, W-O hosted our annual Wrestling Tournament with just over 160 wrestlers from 17 schools.  Bringing home silver was Adam Schmitt and Dayne Gohl, Bronze went to Josiah Ghent and Antique Bronze went to McKenna Henderson, Kaite Drake, Makayla Schweitzer and Carson Binkle.

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Parent-Teacher Interviews on Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Please join us for Parent-Teacher Interviews on Wednesday, February 22, from 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. to learn more about your student’s progress in each subject. Teachers will be located in the cafeteria and the gymnasium. No appointments necessary.
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W-O Student Wins RBC Award

Congratulations to Janessa Pretorius who won $150 from RBC for Canada’s 150 Program. RBC is inspiring thousands of young Canadians to make a difference in their communities and challenging them to do something great with $150. As a recipient of the money, Janessa was presented with the award at Waterloo-Oxford on Friday, February 17 by Mr. Darcy Krahn from RBC.

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School Council Meeting – February 27, 2017

Waterloo-Oxford’s next School Council Meeting will be on Monday, February 27 at 7:00 p.m. in the school library. New members are welcome! Come out and learn more about life at Waterloo-Oxford District Secondary School.Agenda

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2017-18 Annual Budget Survey

Calling all students, parents and community members. Have a say in our budget process. Which funding priorities do you think the Board should consider for the 2017-18 school year, and beyond? Respond to the short 2017-18 Annual Budget Survey below to help us identify which areas are important to our WRDSB community. Please keep in mind: […]

Alpine Ski Team Wins CWOSSA

Congratulations to W-O’s Girls’ Alpine Ski team on winning Gold at CWOSSA on Thursday, February 16 at Beaver Valley! Also, congratulations to Alex Rynard on earning Silver in the Individual Level One Girls’ Race. Best of luck to the team as they head to OFSSA next week.

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Waterloo-Oxford DSS DECA Results

From Thursday February 9 to Saturday February 11 W-O’s DECA Provincials qualifiers, and leadership academy participants traveled to Toronto for the DECA Ontario Provincial competition. Over 7000 students from across the province attended and competed in case competitions, multiple choice testing and participated in leadership development workshops. The 21 competitors from W-O qualified to compete based on their performance in November’s Regional Competition at SJAM. All attendees were wonderful examples of W-O Excellence, and gained invaluable business and networking experience. Congratulations go to Peter Behnke, a grade 9 student, who placed in the Top 15 for his event’s test portion at this Provincial Competition. Applications for next year’s W-O DECA Executive will be available next week as we start planning for next year’s chapter and competitions.

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W-O Student Recognized at Rangers’ Game

Waterloo-Oxford student Amy Darkes was chosen to drop the puck at the Rangers’ game on Friday, February 10 at the Kitchener Memorial Auditorium in honour of winning the the 2017 Pink Shirt Design Contest. Amy entered The Waterloo Region Record and The Newspapers in Education contest to design the 2017 Pink Shirt Logo and created the winning entry. Amy’s design and signature are on this year’s Pink Shirt Day T-Shirt and as the contest winner, Amy received Rangers’ tickets and was recognized at the Friday night game.  W-O will wear pink on February 22 to show support for ending bullying and that kindness matters.

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