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Please join us at our Director’s Town Hall

This is an evening for families, students and staff to come together to create a bright future for our children. There will be activities and opportunities for you to provide your feedback and input. Register Online When: Wednesday, April 25 Time: 6 – 7:30 p.m. Where: Education Centre, 51 Ardelt Avenue, Kitchener We want to hear what […]

Parent-Teacher Interviews: Wednesday, April 11th, 2018

Please join us for Parent-Teacher Interviews on Wednesday, April 11th, from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.  Teachers will be located in the cafeteria and the gymnasium. No appointments necessary. All parents/guardians are invited to come and meet their student’s Semester Two teachers and learn about their daughter/son’s progress in each course. Teacher Location Flyer.

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Updated: Ontario Secondary School Literacy (OSSLT) – April 10, 2018

The Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT) will be written Tuesday, April 10 from 8:20 – 11:30 a.m. Please note that no electronic devices (phones, laptops, i-pods, tablets, etc) are allowed in the test room (leave them at home or in your locker).

The test will be written by all grade 10 students and any senior students who have not been successful on the test in a previous year. Alpha lists by surname will be posted in the main foyer indicating room locations.

There will be no formal classes following the test. Teachers will be available in designated department classrooms from 12:30 – 2:24 p.m. for any students seeking extra help.

In order to create a positive environment that will optimize the conditions for successful completion of the OSSLT, the instructional school day has been modified for all students at WODSS. The following is the timetable for April 10:

8:20 a.m. – 11:55 a.m. Literacy Test

11:55 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Lunch

12:30 p.m. – 2:24 p.m. Tutorial Sessions

It is important to note the following about the day’s structure:

• Students who are not writing the test will only have access to the cafeteria while the test is in progress, for quiet, independent study. As many school staff will be administering the test, no regular classroom instruction will take place in the morning.

• The library will be unavailable during the whole day because this space is required to support the administration of the test.

• School buses will run at their regular times.

• When the test period is complete, teachers will be available to provide all students with tutorial assistance in all subjects and at all grade levels. Teachers will announce to their students, and post in their classrooms, the location for their tutorial sessions.

• Regular attendance reporting procedures remain in effect for this day. Any student who does not attend school will be marked absent.

These adjustments have been made across the Waterloo Region District School Board in order to facilitate the administration of the OSSLT in a manner that provides for the best conditions possible for the students who are writing. If you have any concerns or questions regarding the Literacy Test, or the schedule for April 10, please contact Carolyn Salonen, Vice Principal.

OSSLT Preparation and Resources
Practice booklets are below, as well as a summary sheet on tips for the literacy test.

Summary Sheet

OSSLT-Practice Booklet 1 – Questions

OSSLT Practice Booklet 1 – Answers

OSSLT Practice Booklet 2 – Questions

OSSLT Practice Booklet 2 – Answers

Included below are sample answers and answer keys for the practice booklets above:

OSSLT-Scoring Guide

OSSLT Answer Key

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“W-O School Musical Disco Inferno Coming April 5,6,7”

“W-O is pleased to present the totally groovy hit musical ‘Disco Inferno’.

The story of Faust is brought to life in an explosion of hit songs, high energy dance routines and glitter-ball spinning action. Get ready to hit the floor and burn, baby, burn… in Disco Inferno. The show opens Thursday April 5 at 7 pm, followed by shows Friday April 6 at 7 pm and Saturday April 7 at 6 pm. Tickets are $14 and are available now through cast members and can be purchased by the general public starting Wednesday during school hours in the main office.  Bring your boogie shoes and we look forward to seeing you at the Disco Inferno!”

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There’s still time to provide your feedback

Due to the overwhelming response we have received, we have extended the budget survey closing date to March 16, 2018. Calling all students, parents, staff and community members. We want to hear from you on which funding priorities we should consider for the 2018-19 school year and beyond. Annual Budget Survey Complete this short online […]

W-O Students Place 2nd in Landscape Construction Skills Competition

Congratulations to WODSS students Adam Arthurs and Mac Ross on their performance in the regional Landscape Construction Skills Competition held on March 7 at Premier Equipment in Elmira. Our students placed 2nd against teams from around the region, including, KCI, GPSS and EDSS. Way to go W-O!

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Invitation for Parent Event from Sir John A. Macdonald SS

The parent council of Sir John A. Macdonald Secondary School extend an invitation to a Free parent workshop on “Your Brain on Beethoven.” Join the community for an evening with: the Dean of Music from Wilfrid Laurier, the Director of Music from WLU, and a panel discussion on the impact of music in our lives. The evening includes musical performances from a local, professional strings quartet.
The evening begins at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 7 at Sir John A. Macdonald Secondary School in Waterloo in the cafetorium.
Parent Council SJAM

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W-O Chamber Choir Performs in Plattsville

Waterloo-Oxford Chamber Choir was the Guest Choir at the Plattsville Evangelical Missionary Church on Sunday, March 4, 2018. The choir performed three songs for the appreciative congregation, including the African song, Rise up my Fair One and He Never Failed me Yet.

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WCSSAA Finalists – Girls’ Hockey

Congratulations to our WODSS Girls’ Hockey team as WCSSAA Finalists!  The team had an excellent season, with only one loss, which earned them a place in the WCSSAA finals. The team faced off against Bluevale on Wednesday, February 28 at Rim Park, but despite a great effort, came up short of the championship. The team’s excellent standing has garnered them another shot at a championship as they will now move on to CWOSSA in Brantford on Monday March 5. Good luck to the team at CWOSSA!

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WODSS New Dundee Optimist Youth Achievement Award Winners 2018

Waterloo-Oxford District Secondary School congratulates our New Dundee Optimist Youth Achievement Award winners who were recognized through the Optimist club of New Dundee on February 27, 2018. The purpose of these awards is to bring recognition to youth that have demonstrated exemplary behaviour, made positive contributions, and as a result could be considered role models for others. These are individuals who display a positive attitude, strong work ethic, respect and compassion for others, and set a good example for their peers.

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