TELEPHONE 705-428-2639 FAX 705-428-0562 Jane Seymour, Principal Deborah Prairie, Vice-Principal Paul Sloan, Superintendent Caroline Smith, Trustee Ben Murray, Student Services Janice McLeod, Student Success Kelly Lalonde, Special Education Joan Walsh, Cooperative Education

February 13, 2013 PRINCIPAL’S MESSAGE
Our Semester Two focus is on continuous student achievement and students demonstrating learning every day in all their classes. I look forward to leading, learning, and working with all students, staff, parents/guardians, School Council, and community to support excellence in learning in our classrooms and all areas of student school activities. We will continue to focus on excellence with all SCI & School Board Goals. As you read your child's/children's Report Card and other information in this Semester One Final Newsletter 2013, if you have any questions or concerns, please contact me at SCI. I am looking forward to continued demonstrations of "Success For All". Jane Seymour, Principal

Feb. 13 Feb. 18 Feb. 21 Feb. 25 Report Card Distribution (Sem.1) Family Day (no classes) Math Contests, Pascal, Cayley, Fermat School Council Mtg. 7:00-9:00 pm – Library (Course Selection Options) Grad Photo Retakes March Break Progress Reports School Council Mtg. 7:00-9:00 pm – Library Student/Parent/Teacher Interviews 4-5, 6-8 pm Good Friday (no classes) Easter Monday (no classes) Grad Gown Rental Orders Rm. 201 at lunch OSSLT Testing Math Contest, Euclid Term 1 Ends Term 2 Begins Community Service Hours Deadline -Grade 12’s Coop Information Meeting for Sem 1 Students 2013 Mid-Term Report Cards School Council Mtg. 7:00-9:00 pm – Library Full Disclosure Date Music Monday Education Week Awards Assembly (Parent/Volunteers invited) SAID Week Gauss Math Contest for Feeder Schools Victoria Day (no classes) Grad Breakfast Valedictorian Voting School Council Mtg. 7:00-9:00 pm – Library

Mar. 5 Mar. 11-15 Mar. 22 Mar. 25 Mar. 27 Mar. 29 Apr. 1 Apr. 7-12 Apr. 11 Apr. 17 Apr. 17 Apr. 18 Apr. 19 Apr. 24 Apr. 25 Apr. 29 May 3 May 6 May 6-10 May 10 May 13-17 May 15 May 20 May 22 May 22 May 27

One of the strongest factors influencing a student’s success in school is attendance. Therefore, we will continue the late policy with teachers recording lates in the classrooms. Students with five lates will be reported to the VP and will continue to serve a lunch time detention. Semester 2 will see a concerted effort to reduce the number of unexcused absences as well. Our expectation at SCI is that students will attend all scheduled classes unless a reason is provided by a parent/guardian. A phone message can be left 24/7 at 705-4282639. Notes to the office are also accepted and should indicate the student’s full name, date, time and reason for absence. If your child is absent and we do not have a reason, you can expect a call from the Office the next day so that we can ensure our records are accurate. If your child has “skipped” a lesson, they can expect an immediate detention. Excessive absences can result in a suspension. Thank you for your support in helping your child be successful at SCI. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s teachers or the Vice Principal, Ms. Prairie.

Students and parents are reminded that all textbooks are loaned to students for their use and must be returned to the school at the end of each semester. In the event a textbook is lost or damaged, the student will be responsible to pay for its replacement. Students who have outstanding textbooks will not be issued textbooks for their Semester 2 courses until they have returned the books or paid for their loss.

Parents & students are reminded to check for information on bus cancellations at Bus delays will still be announced through the local media or the link on our school website “Is it a snow day?”

PARENT/GUARDIAN TEACHER INTERVIEWS Please note that the date for meetings with teachers regarding students has been changed to Wednesday, March 27, 2013

All Parents/Guardians of SCI students (current and future) are invited to a special Parent Meeting on Monday, February 25 at 7 pm in the Library. This event will feature important information pertaining to course selections, option sheets and


Schools in the West Simcoe County Weather Zone are: Secondary: Collingwood Collegiate and Stayner Collegiate Elementary: Admiral Collingwood, Birchview Dunes, Byng, Cameron Street, Clearview Meadows, Connaught, Duntroon Central, Mountain View, New Lowell Central, Nottawa, Nottawasaga & Creemore and Worsley.
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You can now pre-pay for your 2012-2013 yearbook. The cost is $42. We have only ordered 100 books, which means we will sell out quickly. Please see Ms. Moritz in the library to pre-pay. If you wait until they arrive in June it may be too late.
Grade 10 students will be writing the OSSLT on the morning of Thursday, April 11, 2013. There will be transportation changes on April 11, 2013 for students not writing the OSSLT. Late buses will be running for students not writing the OSSLT. Transportation will remain the same for students writing the OSSLT and Secondary Learning Centre and Secondary Life Skills programs. Please consult the school website commencing March 1st, 2013 for updated details regarding timetable changes and specific bus information.

When buses are cancelled the schools will remain open for student learning. All efforts are made to post bus cancellations between 6:00 -6:30 am. Bus cancellations posted on this site apply to both morning and afternoon bus transportation.

The Simcoe County District School Board (SCDSB), through the Character Development Project Team, recognizes students, staff and volunteers who demonstrate good character at the annual Character Recognition Awards Evening. Each year nominations from schools, the Education Centre and the community are received highlighting the good character of our community members. From the nominations, 100 students, staff and volunteers are invited to the Education Centre to represent all the nominees in a celebration of all those who exemplify the SCDSB Commit to Character focus. The Character Recognition Evening will be held on Thursday, May 16, 2013, at the Education Centre beginning at 6:00 p.m. The recognition process begins on January 14, 2013, and ends on February 22, 2013. Recommendations can be made by email, fax or through the SCDSB courier. The form is available on both the public SCDSB and SCDSB Staff website under Character Education and is attached as (FORM 1). Recognition Forms can be sent by email, courier or fax to: Don Shackell – Tosorontio Public School – (705) 435 5274 Hillary Glass – Orillia Park Street Secondary School – (705) 326 7388 Melody Northrop, Andrew Hunter Public School, (705) 728 2110 See copy of the form later in this newsletter.

TIPS After School Preparation Program will be starting soon. Listen for announcements. Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test Thursday, April 11, 2013

The Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT) is a graduation requirement scheduled to be written by all eligible Grade 10 students across the Province on April 11th 2013. As a result of the OSSLT there will be an altered school day on April 11, 2013.


COMMUNITY SERVICE HOURS: Attention Grade 12 Students! Many of you have not yet completed your mandatory community service hours. Signed forms accounting for 40 hours of community service need to be returned to Guidance in order for you to be added to the list of potential graduates. Deadline for forms to be submitted: April 19th, 2013.


UP PROJECT UP- Understanding our Perspective is a drug strategy project through Mental Health and Addiction Services of Simcoe County. The project is intended to provide youth between the ages of 13-18yrs an opportunity to be leaders among their peers and voices in their communities in regards to substance misuse, the reasons for using and its impact on those in our county.

The Grade 9 (Pascal), 10 (Cayley) and 11 (Fermat) math contests will be held during period one on Thursday, February 21. Please see Mrs. Millsap in the math office to sign up. You can go to the University of Waterloo's website to try some practice tests. The Grade 12 Euclid Contest will be written on Wednesday, April 17.

The 5th Annual Circle of Learning Conference for Parents will be held on Saturday, April 6, 2013 at the SCDSB Education Centre, 1170 Highway 26, Midhurst, ON. Linking Parents to Student Success will be taking place on Saturday, April 6, 2013. This event is organized by the SCDSB's Parent Involvement Committee (PIC) to support parent involvement in education. It is funded through the Ministry of Education's base grants for Parent Engagement. This event is FREE for all parents of school-aged children in Simcoe County!

Students will be permitted to continue in attendance as long as space is available. They may be required to return to their home school or transfer to another school when the capacity of the school they are attending has been reached and space is required for students residing within the attendance areas. Even with this permission, however, the responsibility for transportation to and from school is borne by the out-ofattendance-area student and/or parent/guardian.

The Simcoe County District School Board produces this e-bulletin to help parents support children on their journey of lifelong learning. We know positive connections between home and school support student achievement. In each edition you'll find practical tips and strategies to help your child achieve success in those important years of learning from Kindergarten to Grade 12. Bringing School Home is available through the Simcoe County District School Board website ( As well, parents, guardians and other interested members of our school communities may subscribe through our website and have the bulletin e-mailed directly to their e-mail accounts (readers may also unsubscribe at any time).

The Guidance Department at SCI is in the process of developing a new website to provide students with the latest updates regarding important events, college and university information, scholarships and bursaries, community service opportunities, and just about anything else students would need to know. Check it out! Click on Guidance on our website.

Parents and students are reminded about the importance of the course selection process. Students must choose courses where the pathway for postsecondary is considered as the top priority. Every student must successfully complete 30 credits – 18 required/ compulsory and 12 optional courses. As students choose their courses for next year, they must make sure that they meet these requirements.

Under the Simcoe County District School Board procedures (APM A7000), it is possible for students to apply for and receive permission to attend an out of attendance area school.

FEBRUARY 11 TO 15, 2012 We are celebrating our custodians (operations staff)! The Simcoe County District School Board invites all school communities to help celebrate the SCDSB’s annual Operations Appreciation Week - February 11 to 15, 2013. Operations staff are an integral part of our school community. This appreciation week provides staff, students and school communities with an opportunity to thank our operations staff for their conscientious efforts and commitment to the students of Simcoe County. Their work helps to create safe and supportive environments for learning and working. Please contact the school to find out what activities are being planned to help celebrate the services for learning that our custodians provide on a daily basis. We hope you will join us in this celebration by expressing your appreciation to the operations staff at our school.


Stayner Collegiate Institute offers a full range of courses in grades 9 – 12 for every pathway – workplace, apprenticeship, college and university. The school timetable is created in May and June and it is the students’ course selections that determine the courses that we schedule. However, if the total number of students choosing a course is very low, it will not be scheduled. Some courses may be offered every other year. If SCI cancels a course due to low enrolment, students will be offered another available course. Our Guidance Counsellors, Student Success or Special Education staff will work with you and your child to ensure that they have a full timetable of 8 courses each year. If you have any questions, or you want to discuss your child’s strengths, needs and pathways for post-secondary, please feel free to contact us.

Students are reminded of the various resources and services available from our many community partners. Our Nurse Practitioner visits SCI on a monthly basis and we now have an Outreach Counsellor from New Path Family Services at the school 3 days a week. Students interested in accessing these services are asked to make an appointment through Guidance. All appointments are confidential.

Attention Grade Twelve students! APRIL 19, 2013 is the deadline for completion of your 40 hours of Community Service. Students must submit their completed community service sheet to Guidance as soon as possible, so that this important graduation requirement may be recorded. Forty hours committed to giving to your community can be easily achieved if you start in Grade 9. Students in Grade 12 are encouraged to complete their service ASAP and hand in the required documentation so that their graduation is not delayed. Deadline for submission is Friday, April 19, 2013.

Before students choose their courses for next year, for the first time ever SCI will be holding a Course Selection Fair to help provide students with the most accurate information about the classes we have to offer. On Febuary 13th, students will have the chance to meet with teachers to talk about courses and ask questions. Mr. Murray and Mrs. Thompson will be assisting students with their course selections during their period 2 classes from February 19th to February 27th. Students with period 2 spares are asked to set up an appointment through Guidance to complete the option process. Option sheets will be submitted electronically and are due by Wednesday, March 6th, 2013. When selecting courses for next year, students are reminded to check prerequisites carefully and to consider post-secondary pathways to ensure that appropriate choices are made. Students are encouraged to make an appointment with a Guidance Counsellor if they have specific questions or concerns.

Extra Math Help
Math help is available Tuesday to Thursday 11:15 - 11:45 without an appointment. Monday and Friday please make an appointment with your math teacher ahead of time. is an excellent resource for students
and parents to assist with course selections and career planning. Our school’s access code is STAYNER.

We are very pleased to announce an exciting international field trip scheduled to occur in October 2013. From Thursday, October 10 to Saturday, October 19, 2013, a group of CCI and SCI students will have the opportunity to explore London and Paris on an educational tour with Prométour. During our tour, we will visit many of the most famous cultural, literary and historical landmarks of both London and Paris, including Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace and the Tower of London; the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe, Notre Dame Cathedral and the Louvre. The benefits of travel for students are extensive and immeasurable. Students from both CCI and SCI travelled to Europe to participate in the D-Day commemoration ceremonies in the spring of 2010. Our students experienced the excitement of travel to significant historical and cultural destinations. They gained confidence and a whole new perspective on the world. You can be sure they all will be talking about their trips for years to come! The cost of the planned 10-day trip is $3449. This price includes round-trip airfare, hotel accommodations, daily breakfast and dinner, a full-time Prométour Tour Director, entrance fees to attractions, guided sightseeing , RBC Youth Insurance and tips. If your child has expressed an interest in participating in this exciting opportunity, please contact Ms. Rachel Moritz at 428-2639 or for more information.


Back in 2007 the Government of Canada introduced a tax credit on eligible amounts of up to $500 paid by parents to register a child in an eligible program of physical activity. Requirements of the program include that the activity is ongoing (minimum of 8 weeks duration with a minimum of 1 session per week), that it is supervised and suitable for children. Substantially all of the activities must include a significant amount of physical activity that contributed to cardiorespiratory endurance plus one or more of: muscular strength, muscular endurance, flexibility, or balance. The Tax Credit is for a child who is under 16 at any time in the year and must relate to the cost of registration and may include the cost of administration, instruction, and the rental of facilities. (Must not include the cost of food, accommodation, or transportation.) If you have paid fees to the school for participation in sport activities that would qualify for the credit and you would like to apply, a copy of the form is attached to this newsletter or they are available at the main office. Complete Part A and return to the school for us to complete the form and return to you.

Each year graduating students have the option to rent a grad gown for Commencement. The rental fee of $25 includes a graduation cap that the student gets to keep. Rental fees must be paid during the week of April 8-12 at lunch in Room 201.

Congratulations to all students who achieved success in Grade 9, 11 and 12 courses this past semester! All students are encouraged to push hard at meeting deadlines on assignments in second semester. Please also seek extra help during lunchtime or after school when in difficulty with new structures or concepts. Touching base with Mr. Arnott while in the midst of a major unit project or the day before an important unit test can make a huge difference in terms of your success. Students are reminded of the French Department policy on the use of the internet for translation from English to French. We understand and encourage the use of online dictionaries for the translation of individual words. , for example, is an excellent online tool. However, like plagiarism, the use of internet translation sites or dictionaries to translate sentences is strictly forbidden without the consent of your teacher. Your French teacher cannot evaluate your skills when outside assistance is used. Do be aware that many of the sites do a very poor job, too. Use your own brain power for maximum honesty and success! Bonne chance ce semestre!!

The SCI Library is very excited to announce that it has received a $1000.00 Speak Up grant this year. The Library Advisory Committee applied to the Ontario Government for this grant that allows students to implement projects in their schools and give students a "voice". This year the LAC decided to apply for funds so that students could be part of the book buying process for the school libray. Students are encouraged to listen to announcements for further infomation. The White Pine books are now in the library and ready to be signed out. White Pine books are written by Canadian authors within the last two years. The ten books represent a wide variety of genres and have been chosen to appeal to teens as recreational reading material. Ask Ms. Moritz or Ms. Jeffrey for more details about this prestigious program.

A big welcome back Mr. Creech and Ms. Geier who have both returned to SCI for the second semester. Along with the six classes taking place in the gym, there will also be an Outdoor Education class and Exercise Science class as well. For the first two weeks, students taking Phys Ed classes will have an opportunity to assess their fitness levels by performing a series of fitness tests, and they will work towards improving those scores when the tests are repeated at the end of the semester. With course selections for next year just around the corner, it’s time for returning students to think about their options. In addition to the courses offered this year, we are really excited to add two new courses to next year’s schedule. Along with the grade ten open course, we will be adding a hockey focus course

GRAD PHOTO RETAKES Lifetouch Photographers will be here on March 5 for Grad Photo retakes by appointment only. Please book your appointment at the office.


open to male and female students of all levels of ability and experience. More details about this course will become available in the next couple of months. At the senior level, we will be adding a personal fitness course which has become very popular at other high schools throughout Ontario. With greater choice for our students, we hope everyone has an opportunity to select a course that they are interested in.

The Outdoor Activities course is up and running again at SCI. The program is a grade 12 Physical Education course that is open to any senior student at SCI that wants to spend time outside while enjoying activities that they can continue on with for the rest of their life. The course includes a varied curriculum of theory and instruction about outdoor activities including: hiking, snowshoeing, mountain biking, tree-top trekking, canoeing, orienteering, camping, first aid, wilderness survival, wildlife identification, and much more. Our first trip is being planned for a ski/snowboarding day at Blue Mountain. If you want more information about this course please see Mr. Creech in Phys-ed.

Thank you Mrs. Walker, TJ, Mrs. Rocques- Gully, Mrs. Ellis and Mr. McQueen for all the kindness and support you demonstrate every day to SCI. You take care of our school- keeping SCI clean and safe for all students, staff, parents/guardians, community members, and school visitors. We all love SCI!! Keep smiling… Thank you team.

Mary Ellen Walker, T.J. Fountain (student helper), Susan Gully-Rocque, Kevin McQueen, Joanne Ellis (missing from photo)


Friends are important for children and teenagers. However, sometimes those relationships can lead to conflict with parents as they try to adjust the way they relate to their child or teen. Parents can encourage children or teenagers to have good friends and positive peer relationships by taking an interest in who they spend time with, looking for ways to meet the other parents, showing interest in their child or teenager’s social activities, setting some rules about social activities and helping their child or teenager consider how to make safer choices in social situations. To find out more, call Your Health Connection at 705-721-7520 or 1-877-721-7520 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday and talk to a public health nurse about Triple P or visit the new Triple P Ontario website at There are times when you just can’t brush…. Here are some tips that can help your teeth: Rinse with water after food or sweet drinks. Chew sugarless gum to increase the natural flow of saliva in the mouth. Follow a meal or snack with cheese. For more information you can call Your Health Connection at 705-721-7520 or 1-877-721-7520 and speak with a SCHOOL COUNCIL MEETINGS public health nurse or click on the health unit website We invite parents/guardians to attend our monthly at

Students and parents are reminded that all textbooks are loaned to students for their use and must be returned to the school at the end of each semester. In the event a textbook is lost or damaged, the student will be responsible to pay for its replacement.

School Council Meetings the last Monday of every month 7-9pm in our School Library. All parents/ guardians are welcome! STUDENT and GRADUATION PHOTOS
Please note that if you have any problems, need photos or photo retakes done, please contact Life Touch Canada Inc. in Barrie at 705-792-9603 or 1-866-556-3448

Travel on the March Break and Earn a Credit!
The Continuing Education Department, in partnership with EduTravel, are pleased to announce an exciting opportunity for students to travel to New York City while earning a senior credit (IDC3O or IDC4U). This program combines 7 days of travel from March 10-16 along with pre (March 2, 3, 9) and post (March 23, 24) trip classes. Buses are available from your local community to the pre and post trip classes held at Innisdale Secondary School. For more information on this exciting opportunity and to register, please go directly to, or


DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY We had a great semester in Visual Arts introducing our new course, Digital Photography, to the list of options for Grade 11’s. We have some amazing photographers here at S.C.I.! Take a look at some of their work from Semester 1. We are looking forward to an exciting Semester 2!

Thank-you to our artists: A. J., Chelsey A., Courtney S., Brittany H., Josie M., Mary B., Conor W., T. S. & Sarah M.

Are you graduating this year? Are your immunizations up to date? Many university and college programs or workplaces and volunteer programs require proof of immunizations as a condition of acceptance. The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit is required to have on file an immunization record for every student who attends school in our area. If you need a printed copy of your immunization record for college/university or for your own personal record, please call Your Health Connection at 705-721-7520 or 1-877-721-7520. For more information visit the immunization page on the health unit’s website at


Mr. Orton helps students - Kaitlynn (left), Danielle (centre) and Will (right) as they showcase their creativity and focus their artistic talents with Winter Art. There were various creations from snowflakes to painting to ultimate snowmen made of socks and buttons… Students enjoyed the many creations they completed and used various materials and colours to produce beautiful works of art, as they pursued various learning opportunities with the Winter Art sessions.

Christopher, Jamie, Maddie (below), Brittany and Danielle (bottom right) and Ms. Donia, Maddie, Jamie and Christopher (right) all are enjoying participating with the SCI Healthy eating Initiative. The students plan, purchase and slice and cut to create many healthy eating choices. The Stayner community field trips also are very instructional, and the students love the new healthy foods they prepare and the socializing within the school. Keep smiling! Keep healthy choices!






Eligibility Student was 16 or under at some time during 2011/2012 year or was 18 or under during that year and parent/guardian receives disability credit for child. Activity was a minimum of 8 weeks (at least 1 session/week) supervised by teacher, included a significant amount of physical activity that contributed to cardio-respiratory endurance plus one or more of muscular strength, muscle endurance, flexibility or balance. Part A: To be completed by Parent/Student Date of Birth: Phone:

Name of Student:

Name of Parent/Guardian requesting receipt: Mailing Address:

School Activity(ies) which meets eligibility for which student paid participation fees during 2011. (Fees must have been paid in 2012 – participation could be in 2013.) Please list school activities 1. 2. 3. 4. Coach Coach Coach Coach

Part B: To be completed by school. Complete a separate line for each activity
If fees are paid for a specific activity, include the amount directly for the activity. If fees cover all activities, include all fees under the first activity.

Fees Paid 1. 2. 3 4.
** Non-school staff

Eligible amount: % of fees covering registration, use of equipment, referees**, professional instruction**

Non-eligible amount: % of fees covering transportation, accommodation, meals, uniforms, athletic banquet etc.

$ eligible for tax credit