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Holiday Harmony Concerthttp://nor.scdsb.on.ca/about-us/news/school-news/37Holiday Harmony Concert<p>​</p><img src="file:///C:/Users/aroy/AppData/Local/Temp/msohtmlclip1/01/clip_image002.jpg" alt="abstract-christmas-tree-clip-art-3667478" style="width:221px;margin:5px;" /><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>Barrie North Collegiate</strong></p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>Music Department</strong></p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>Holiday Harmony Concert</strong></p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>Thursday, December 15, 2016</strong></p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>7pm</strong></p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>BNC Main Gym</strong></p><p style="text-align:center;"> </p><p style="text-align:center;">Featuring</p><p style="text-align:center;">Jazz Band, Junior Concert Band, Grade 9 Instrumental Class, Concert Choir, Vocal Class, Guitar Class, and Symphonic Band</p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong> </strong></p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>Cost at the Door:</strong></p><p style="text-align:center;">Adults $4 </p><p style="text-align:center;">Students not performing $2</p><p style="text-align:center;"> </p><p style="text-align:center;">Kick off the holiday season with   entertainment from Barrie North Music!​</p>
STACD “Win a Field Trip” Contesthttp://nor.scdsb.on.ca/about-us/news/school-news/36STACD “Win a Field Trip” Contest<p>​</p><div style="color:#212121;font-family:wf_segoe-ui_normal, "segoe ui", "segoe wp", tahoma, arial, sans-serif;font-size:15px;background-color:#ffffff;margin:0px;"><font face="Calibri,sans-serif" size="2"><span style="font-size:11pt;"><font color="#1F497D">“Congratulations to Sage Pearson and the Student Success team at Barrie North Collegiate on winning the STACD “Win a Field Trip” Contest this month which was focused on raising awareness around healthy coping strategies for stress!  The field trip includes a free field trip to the Barrie YMCA where students will have an opportunity to unwind and relax through fun activities and team building exercises.   STACD stands for Start Talking about Drugs and Coping and is a student-led initiative that has historically been facilitated through the Canadian Mental Health Association.  STACD helps to raise awareness in schools on issues related to mental health and addictions among the student population.  For more information on STACD go to </font><font face="Times New Roman,serif" size="3"><span style="font-size:12pt;">www.facebook.com/</span></font><font face="Times New Roman,serif" size="3"><span style="font-size:12pt;"><strong>STACD</strong></span></font><font face="Times New Roman,serif" size="3"><span style="font-size:12pt;">project</span></font></span></font></div><div style="color:#212121;font-family:wf_segoe-ui_normal, "segoe ui", "segoe wp", tahoma, arial, sans-serif;font-size:15px;background-color:#ffffff;margin:0px;"><font face="Calibri,sans-serif" size="2"><span style="font-size:11pt;"><font color="#1F497D">or if you are interested in signing up for next semester please see our school social worker Kelley Wilkey.  Take a look at the presentation to get some helpful tips and strategies on ways you can cope more positively with the stressors of daily life!” ​</font></span></font></div><div style="color:#212121;font-family:wf_segoe-ui_normal, "segoe ui", "segoe wp", tahoma, arial, sans-serif;font-size:15px;background-color:#ffffff;margin:0px;"><font face="Calibri,sans-serif" size="2"><span style="font-size:11pt;"><font color="#1F497D"><br></font></span></font></div><div style="color:#212121;font-family:wf_segoe-ui_normal, "segoe ui", "segoe wp", tahoma, arial, sans-serif;font-size:15px;background-color:#ffffff;margin:0px;"><font face="Calibri,sans-serif" size="2"><span style="font-size:11pt;"><font color="#1F497D"><a href="/Documents/Healthy%20Coping%20Strategies.pdf"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/15/images/icpdf.png" alt="" />Healthy Coping Strategies.pdf</a><br></font></span></font></div>
SCDSB​ Chair and Director ‘thankful’ for EQAO decision to score literacy testshttp://nor.scdsb.on.ca/about-us/news/board-news/63SCDSB​ Chair and Director ‘thankful’ for EQAO decision to score literacy tests<p>​Ontario’s Education, Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) announced today that it plans to score completed Ontario Secondary School Literacy Tests (OSSLT) and tests that had a significant portion complete. The Simcoe County District School Board (SCDSB) has provided this information to staff, students and parents.<br><br>Read <a href="http://www.scdsb.on.ca/About%20Us/News%20Documents/Letter%20-%20Students%20and%20Parents.pdf" target="_blank">EQAO’s letter to parents</a>.<br><br>"We recognize the significance of this important graduation requirement," says Peter Beacock, Chair, SCDSB. "We are very pleased for our students that this decision has been made."<br><br>“I’m thankful for the response EQAO is giving to our students,” says Kathi Wallace, Director of Education. “I'm appreciative of their work to investigate whether the OSSLT could be scored and their consideration of the feedback from school boards and the education community. We're pleased many of our students will have their OSSLT marked and, if successful, will have completed their graduation requirement.”<br><br>EQAO has said the results will be available to schools in January. Schools can then identify students who will need to write the OSSLT again on March 30, 2017, or who may complete the literacy course in place of the OSSLT.<br><br><em>Information: </em><br><em>Kathi Wallace, Director of Education</em><br><em>705-734-6363 x11204</em></p>
Questions and answers from EQAO about issues with literacy test http://nor.scdsb.on.ca/about-us/news/board-news/62Questions and answers from EQAO about issues with literacy test <p>​​EQAO has posted <a href="http://www.eqao.com/en/assessments/eqao-online/Pages/questions-answers-oct20-cancellation-osslt-trial.aspx" target="_blank" title="Q&A EQAO">questions and answers​</a> about the technical issues with the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test last week. </p>
Letter to students and parents from EQAO re: OSSLThttp://nor.scdsb.on.ca/about-us/news/board-news/61Letter to students and parents from EQAO re: OSSLT<p>​<strong><font size="2">​Online Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT) Trial Cancellation </font></strong></p><strong><font size="2"> </font></strong><font face="Calibri,Calibri" size="3"><font face="Calibri,Calibri" size="3"><p>Dear student or parent, </p> <p>It is with great disappointment that we acknowledge that the October 20 trial of the online OSSLT was unsuccessful. Unfortunately, we experienced widespread technical issues with the network and, as a result, we had to cancel the trial assessment. We do not yet exactly know the root cause of the issue, but we are undertaking a thorough investigation. </p> <p>We recognize that students spent considerable time and energy preparing for the trial assessment and that they had hoped to be able to complete their literacy requirement. The outcome was not what we hoped for, and for this, we are truly sorry. Because of the widespread nature of the issue, we do not yet know the implications on scoring and reporting. </p> <p>As you know, this was a trial. This means students will still be considered first -time eligible for the regularly scheduled OSSLT in March 2017 to satisfy their literacy requirement. We can also confirm that the March OSSLT administration will include a pen-and-paper version of the assessment as originally planned. </p> <p>Again we are very sorry and promise to keep working with you to get this right. </p> <p>Sincerely, <br>Richard M. Jones, Ph.D. <br>Director, Assessment and Reporting <br>EQAO </p></font></font>
Statement from Director of Education Kathi Wallace on cancellation of OSSLThttp://nor.scdsb.on.ca/about-us/news/board-news/60Statement from Director of Education Kathi Wallace on cancellation of OSSLT<p>​At about 11:30 a.m., school boards received<span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span><a href="http://www.eqao.com/en/assessments/eqao-online/Pages/urgent-message-oct20-online-osslt.aspx" target="_blank" style="background:none;margin:0px;padding:0px;border:0px currentcolor;color:#0072bc;text-decoration:none;">a notice</a><span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span>from<span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span><a href="http://www.eqao.com/en" target="_blank" style="background:none;margin:0px;padding:0px;border:0px currentcolor;color:#0072bc;text-decoration:none;">Ontario’s Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO)</a><span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span>that the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT) taking place today was cancelled.</p><p>Schools had been coping with technical issues since they began the test this morning. Students had difficulty accessing the test in many cases. This was not a technical issue at our school board level—it was at EQAO. This was not something we could fix ourselves.</p><p>We are waiting for more information from EQAO about what this issue will mean for students. Obviously this situation is frustrating—we are all very disappointed.</p><p>Our staff and students worked very hard to prepare for the test. They showed incredible resilience as they persevered through the challenges today.</p><p>Our schools will share information with students and parents once we know more.</p><p>More information about the test and our original plans for the day is available in our<span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span><a href="http://www.scdsb.on.ca/About%20Us/Pages/NewsDetails.aspx?NewsId=1524" style="background:none;margin:0px;padding:0px;border:0px currentcolor;color:#0072bc;text-decoration:none;">media release</a>.</p>
OSSLT - October 20, 2016http://nor.scdsb.on.ca/about-us/news/school-news/35OSSLT - October 20, 2016<p>​</p><h2>The Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test will be written on Oct. 20 </h2><p> </p><p>All eligible students will write the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT) on Oct. 20, 2016. The test will be completed online at school on school computers. </p><p> </p><p>Students who are writing the OSSLT should arrive our regular start time on Oct. 20. The test will begin at 8:30 am </p><p> </p><h2>Preparing to write the test—what you need to know</h2><p> </p><p>The OSSLT is a graduation requirement. Traditionally, it's written only in March. This year, it is also being written on Oct. 20 because Ontario's Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) has moved the test to an online format. </p><p> </p><p>Students who are not successful in October can write the test again on March 30, 2017 either online or on paper. The October test will not count as a failed attempt. </p><p> </p><p>A <a href="http://www.eqao.com/en/assessments/OSSLT/Pages/example-assessment-materials-2016.aspx">sample test</a> is available for students to preview and practice. EQAO has created <a href="http://www.eqao.com/en/assessments/eqao-online/Pages/sample-online-osslt.aspx">short videos </a> about the features of the online test. </p><p> </p><p> </p><p><strong>Revised scheduled for Oct. 20</strong></p><p> </p><p>Students who are not writing the test should arrive at school 4 ¼ hours later. Periods will be shortened. </p><p> </p><p>8:00 a.m. – arrival for students writing the test. </p><p>8:30. – test begins – students have three hours to complete the test</p><p>11:30 a.m. – lunch for students who have written the test</p><p>12:05 p.m. – arrival for students who did not write the test </p><p>12:15 p.m. – period 1</p><p>12:49 p.m. – period 2</p><p>1:23  p.m. – period 3</p><p>1:57 p.m. – period 4</p><p>2:27 p.m. – regular dismissal time</p><p> </p><h2>Oct. 20 bus schedule</h2><p> </p><p>Students attending school in the morning to write the test, attend county programming or Learning Centre should be at their bus stops at their regular time. </p><p> </p><p>Students attending school for the shortened day in the afternoon should be at their bus stops 4 ¼ hours later than their regular pick-up time. </p><p> </p><p>Buses will follow their regular routes during the morning and afternoon runs. All bused students will be transported home at their regular time at the end of the day.​</p>
July 2016 School Newsletterhttp://nor.scdsb.on.ca/about-us/news/school-news/32July 2016 School Newsletter<p>​<a href="/PublishingImages/Lists/LocalNews/AllItems/July%202016.pub"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/15/images/icpub.png" alt="" />July 2016.pub</a></p>

 

 

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