Upper Grand District School Board


Funeral Arrangements and Celebration of Life for Mr. Steven George Ratz and his wife Marie-Helene Lessard

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Visitation will be held at Dods and McNair Funeral Home, 21 First Street, Orangeville on Thursday, October 2nd 2014 from 4 pm to 8 pm. A private family service will be held.  A celebration of their lives will take place at Orangeville District Secondary School, 22 Faulkner Street, Orangeville on Saturday October 4, 2014 from 11 am. - 2 pm. 

A tree will be planted in memory of Steve and Marie- Helene in the Dods and McNair Memorial Forest at the Island Lake Conservation Area, Orangeville. 

Parent Council Reminder

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Just a reminder of the first Parent Council meeting of the new school year that will be held on Thursday September 18 at 7pm. in the Library Seminar room.  

Our guest speaker for the evening will be Jean Chen, our school social worker, who will share information about mental health supports and the role that she plays in our school.

Grade 9 Parent Information Night

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Parents of Grade 9 students are invited to join us at the school on Thursday September 11, 2014 at 7 pm.  for our Parent Information Night.  You will be asked to follow your child's timetable and travel from class to class to meet teachers and hear about various programs.   We will meet in the theatre to begin the evening.  See you there!

Grade 9 Pre-registration - August 27, 2014

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For clarification, pre-registration and orientation for Grade 9 students will occur on August 27, 2014 beginning at 9 am. and is separate from the rest of the school.  A letter has been sent home to outline details.  Pre-registration for grades 10-12 will occur on August 28, 2014 as per the message on this site.  Sorry for any confusion.


Pre-registration at EDHS

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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 opportunities

     Create time for small group and individual instruction

     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 appropriate materials

     Bring appropriate reading material for the assigned reading time

     Read quietly for the first 15 minutes

     Work quietly on extension activities provided by teachers

     Work quietly on individual homework or assignments

     Work quietly on assigned group work

     Receive extra help from the classroom teacher

     Make up for missed tests or assignments

     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!





Kelly Shaw, Principal