STARTING HIGH SCHOOL: HELPING YOURTEENAGER ADJUST
Beginning high school can be a very exciting time for anadolescent. It can also be a challenging experience for someteens. For a student entering Grade 9 there are many socialand physical changes to cope with.Parents can help ease their teen's transition pains by beingopen and understanding. Often, sharing parental experienceswill help.
Reassure your teenager that it is normal to feel confusedand unsure at first and that most others will be feeling thesame way.
Help your teenager keep in touch with old friends and bewelcoming to new friends.
Create and support a homework routine.
Be a good and supportive listener, but try not to give advicetoo quickly. Problems that young people can solvefor themselves help to build confidence.
Encourage your child to join school activities - a great wayto make new friends.
Do not forget that despite their age, teenagers still needparental affection, love and support.Whether it is the first day of Junior Kindergarten, the start of Grade 12 or a new grade in between, even children who areeager to return to class must adjust to greater levels of activityand structure associated with school life.The degree of adjustment depends on the child, but parentscan help their children and the rest of the family manage theincreased pace of life by planning ahead, being realistic andmaintaining a positive attitude.
TRANSITION TO HIGH SCHOOL
In an effort to retain more youth in secondary school andpromote success for all students, the Ontario Ministry of Education implemented Phase III of the Student Successstrategy. One main focus of this Phase is the transition fromGrade 8 to Grade 9. For more information on the transition,please visit:http://scdsb.on.ca/student-street/student-success/transition-to-high-school/
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2012-2013 SCHOOL YEAR CALENDARS
The 2012-2013 school year calendars are available onthe SCDSB website atwww.scdsb.on.ca. As well, theSCDSB’s Equity and Diversity Calendar, featuring studentartwork, is posted with the school year calendars.
TOBACCO REMINDER FOR SCHOOLVISITORS
We look forward to welcoming parents and family to our schoolfor events in the coming months. For those of you who are notaware, a reminder that under provincial law, smoking isprohibited anywhere on school property at anytime. Please be agood role model for our students and make sure you do not usetobacco products while on school property. With your help wecan encourage our students to choose a tobacco-free lifestyle.
Students and parents are reminded that alltextbooks are loaned to students for their use and must be returned to the school atthe end of each semester. In the event atextbook is lost or damaged, the student will beresponsible to pay for its replacement.
STUDENT ACCIDENT INSURANCE2012-2013
Student injuries at school, during school events,and extra-curricular activities (athletics, clubs,and out-of-province/out-of-country field trips) are notcovered by the Board or its insurance company. Whileevery precaution is taken to provide a safe learning envi-ronment, accidents can and do happen.Due to recent injuries in Ontario during school extra-curricular activities and field trips, and the resulting legalclaims, a risk exposure to school boards has been high-lighted. It is essential that all those participating in out of regular school extra-curricular activities have adequateinsurance coverage for all instances of injury.