August 4, 2014
Dear EDHS Student and Parent/Guardian,
I hope that you are having an amazing
summer! Ms. Audra Cook (our Vice Principal) and I are looking forward to a
fantastic and rewarding school year. Our
custodial and secretarial staff have been working very hard to prepare for the
new school year. I know that you too,
are looking forward to another great year at the best school in the District!
As in previous years, we would like ALL returning students from Grade 10-12 to
pre-register. I would like to invite you
to our Pre-registration Day for returning students on Thursday August 28th, 2014 from 12:00 pm. to 6 pm. At this time you will be able to pay fees,
have your photo taken and receive your timetable. Students unable to pre-register will be asked
to go to the cafeteria at 8:45 am. on Tuesday September 2, 2014 which is our
first day of school. Photographs of
students unable to pre-register will be taken on Monday September 8, 2014.
The Upper Grand District School Board has
reviewed the Ministry guideline regarding fees for learning materials and
activities. Each school in the Board is
to provide the community with information regarding student activity fees and
any costs associated with courses offered within the regular school day. To that end, Erin District High School will
be requesting a student activity fee of
$25.00 per student which will financially support student council, athletic
council, arts council and drama council, Link Crew, school dances and events. (Student fees for additional children
registered at E.D.H.S. from the same family have been reduced to $20.00 per
child.) In addition, students may wish
to purchase a full colour yearbook at an additional cost of $30.00. You will need to review the picture packages that
will be sent to you in a mailing from a
company who has been contracted to do the school photos called Lifetouch. You may purchase pictures separately from the
school fees during our pre-registration.
Please have your photo taken for the Student Photo ID and yearbook, even
if you do not want a personal photo package.
You may want to “spiff up” for the morning and remember that your
personal school pictures require separate funding.
All students will have the opportunity to
demonstrate course expectations and achieve the course credit with no financial
cost. Some courses, however, may provide
enhancement opportunities for students to extend their learning and enrich
their experience. These enhancements
will incur a cost which the students will be expected to pay. First day handouts, given out on the first
day of each of your classes, will provide information regarding enhancement
opportunities and an outline of associated costs. Again, it should be noted that financial
assistance may be provided to support a student due to financial need. Please contact me in order to access support.
I would like to take this opportunity, as
well, to invite parents/guardians to be involved in our School Council. Our first meeting of the year is scheduled
for Thursday September 18, 2014 at 7:00 pm. in the library seminar room.
For the seventh year, our school timetable
will consist of five 60 minute periods. The five period timetable is designed to
improve student learning and achievement.
Students return to a subject-based class on a rotational basis each
day. The fifth period is designed to:
Provide students opportunities
to complete assigned work and extend learning
Provide students with guided
practice for study skills, organizational skills and time management
Empower students to make good
decisions about learning and time management
Facilitate peer tutoring
Create time for small group and
Provide an opportunity for
consolidation of skills and seek extra help from the classroom teacher or resource room
Increase opportunity for one-on-one work with teachers
Below is a brief outline of student
responsibilities and expectations during period 5:
Come prepared to class with
Bring appropriate reading
material for the assigned reading time
Read quietly for the first 15
Work quietly on extension
activities provided by teachers
Work quietly on individual
homework or assignments
Work quietly on assigned group
Receive extra help from the
Make up for missed tests or
Study in small groups
Plan and organize
Once again this
year, our school will be participating in the Terry Fox Run. This will take place in the afternoon of
Friday September 19st. There will be a
new exciting format for this event. Pledge forms and additional information will
be available the first week of school.
We expect each
student at Erin District High School to take responsibility for their learning
and behaviour. We believe that regular
attendance and punctuality are required for academic success, and that both are
desirable work habits. An automated
phone call goes home every night to your home if a student misses one or more
classes that day. Also, very early in
the school year a login and password will be mailed to you so you can check a
student’s attendance on-line at your convenience. Please inform the school in advance of an
absence, if possible, and provide a note explaining the absence when the
student returns to school.
I hope that you
enjoy the remainder of your summer break and that you have the opportunity to
spend some quality time with family and friends. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you
have questions or concerns.
It looks like a
terrific year ahead!