Violence Threat Risk Assessment Protocol (VTRA)
The Upper Grand District School Board is committed to providing safe learning environments for all students, staff, school visitors, and community members. When a student behaves inappropriately, Principals use progressive discipline to help a student take responsibility for their actions, change their behaviour, and learn from their mistakes.
When safety is threatened by the potentially violent or dangerous behaviour of a student, which places either the student or others at risk, school staff follow specific protocols for the protection of all. It is important that you and your children are aware of these protocols.
For more information, please visit the board’s website: http://www.ugdsb.on.ca/parents/article.aspx?id=51057
Please also find the UGDSB Director of Education's letter home to parents here.
Important Information From Public Health
Students must have their vaccinations up to date and on record with Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health or they may not be allowed to attend school. Call your family doctor to find out which vaccines every student needs. Go to www.immunizewdg.ca for more information and to update your records.
Your Future, Your Choice Nov. 18
Here is a link to the Your Future, Your Choice: Career fair coming to Upper Grand students
John F. Ross School Event Calendar
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You can follow Beth Burns, Principal on Twitter
John F. Ross CVI November Newsletter
here to view in PDF version.
John F. Ross CVI science teacher wins award for excellence in teaching
October 19, 2015
Teacher James Ball is holding a test module of the Optical Transition Radiation detector used in the T2K Neutrino experiment.
GUELPH, Ontario – A physics teacher from Guelph’s John F. Ross CVI has won a prestigious award, recognizing excellence in the teaching of science.
James Ball will be awarded the Irwin Talesnick Award for Excellence in the Teaching of Science by the Science Teachers’ Association of Ontario (STAO) this November at the
STAO’s annual conference.
Among the many requirements of the recipient of the STAO award are unique and extraordinary accomplishments in teaching science to students in the province.
Ball’s colleagues and students attest to his dedication and passion both in and out of the classroom.
Former students recall Ball’s lessons as fueled by passion and creativity. They also praised Ball’s ability to take complicated subject matter and present it to each student in a unique and effective way.
“Knowing how to teach well is a gift. Some people have a natural passion and dedication that just push them to go above and beyond what they are required to do – there aren’t any words to truly describe it – but that was Mr. Ball,” said former student Anita A., who is now studying biochemistry at the University of Guelph.
“In his classroom he transforms physics into an enthralling, enjoyable expedition through time,” said Martha Rogers, Director of Education at the Upper Grand District School Board. “He is constantly experimenting to discover more creative, engaging, and effective means of transferring knowledge.”
This May, Ball was awarded the
2015 Canadian Association of Physicists Award for Excellence in Teaching High School/CEGEP Physics, for his “mastery at recognizing how individual students learn best,” his “extraordinary personal engagement of students in class,” and “his contributions in physics education beyond the classroom.”
He was a facilitator at the Perimeter Institute of Theoretical Physics’
EinsteinPlus workshops, and has taken on a leadership role in the PI’s teacher network.
“[He] is a fabulous teacher who has not only endeavoured to grow his own teaching expertise, but has also become a pedagogical leader, helping to shape physics education in Ontario and beyond,” said Greg Dick, Director of Educational Outreach at the Perimeter Institute.
Ball is also a leader at Ontario Association of Physics Teachers (OAPT), and recently developed the Guelph-Waterloo Physics Teachers Alliance (GWPT).
When asked about the Irwin Talesnick Award, Ball said it was a particular honour, as Talesnick was his professor at teacher’s college.
The award will be presented to Ball on Nov. 13 during STAO2015 in Toronto.
For more information:
Heather Loney, Communications and Community Engagement Officer
The Gift of Reading with David Bouchard
Please join us on November 5th at 6:30 p.m. to hear David Bouchard speak. The details are in
On Wednesday October 21st John F. Ross will be holding its Parent-Teacher Interviews. Appointments with teachers must be booked through the
on-line booking system and are done on a first come first served basis. Links to the system can be found on both the John F. Ross web page and the John F. Ross App, which is free to download in the App Store. The
link will be opened starting Monday October 5th at 7:00 am and will stay open until 7:00 am on October 21st. This link should only be opened on a desktop or laptop computer running the Google Chrome Browser.
We look forward to seeing you at Parent-Teacher Interviews on the 21st.
Email Issues in the UGDSB
We have been experiencing email issues since Monday September 21st, and are unsure when the system will be functioning correctly. It is recommended that if the concern is urgent, you call to confirm information with staff at the school.
John F. Ross School Event Calendar
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You can follow Beth Burns, Principal on Twitter
STUDENT PERSONAL INFORMATION
ROUTINE USES AND/OR DISCLOSURES
The Routine Uses and/or Disclosures FOI form has changed to include a notice about creating school yearbooks online.
Please click the following link to find out more.
Student Handbook Link to read the current JFR Student handbook for 2015/16.
Click the link below to see more information on the Portrait Packages.
John F. Ross Spirit Wear
Click the link below to order your John F. Ross Spirit Wear.
John F. Ross at the Brain Bee
Attending the University of Guelph Regional Brain Bee on April 30th, 2015.
Congratulations to Jordan Waters who won the Regional Brain Bee and then placed 3rd at the National Brain Bee at McMaster on May 30th, 2015.
John F. Ross C.V.I. Hall Of Fame
Nominate Someone Special
Over the past half century, tens of thousands of "Royals" have passed through our classrooms, gymnasiums and auditorium. Many have gone on to do great things in a number of areas: Arts, Athletics, Business, Politics, etc.
John F. Ross C.V.I. is actively looking for these remarkable individuals whom we hope to honour in our new "Hall of Fame."
If you know of a worthy individual, we want to know as well. Please consider the criteria below and fill out the form.
Once all the names have been collected, a panel will carefully consider all submissions, confirm achievements and create a list of honourees.
this link to nominate.
Criteria for Nomination:
- Nominees must be a graduate or have attended the majority of their high school years at John F. Ross C.V.I.
- Nominees must be out of high school for at least 5 years
- Nominees must be publicly recognized, with distinction, for their accomplishments/achievements
- Nominees must have consistently demonstrated accomplishments/achievements in a “field” over a period of time
Public Health Information - Mumps
Wellington Dufferin Guelph Public Health notified John F. Ross administration on June 18, of a confirmed case of mumps in the school. There have been 11 other confirmed cases of mumps in the Guelph area; the majority of these cases are in students of high school age. Mumps is a disease of the salivary glands and the most common signs and symptoms include:
*Swelling and tenderness on either or both sides of the face in the lower cheek area
Persons who develop mumps are asked to remain in home isolation for a 5 day period.
Please check your immunization cards as well; 2 doses of the MMR vaccine are recommended - the first at 12-18 months of age and the second at 4-6 years of age.
Public Health is asking for parents and students to be vigilant and watch for signs and symptoms of mumps. Should these symptoms develop, please call your doctor and the WDGPH unit at 519-822-2715 ext 4752.
Busing information from STWDSTS
The staff at Wellington-Dufferin Student Transportations services will be planning new, efficient routes over the summer. Since transportation is not finalized until late August, information for individual students is not available by phone. Information will be available through the following means:
- If your child is new to the Ontario school system, has been registered at a school prior to the end of June, and is eligible for transportation under our policies, transportation information will be mailed to your mailing address on August 24, 2015.
- If you are new to the area, transportation cannot be arranged until your child is registered at a school, and may then take a further two weeks to be finalized. Note that elementary schools are closed over the summer until August 31, 2015. Please ask about transportation when registering your child.
- If your child is an existing student, go to
www.findmyschool.ca and login to this secure site with your child’s OEN number (located on report card), school name and house number. This will not be available until after August 24, 2015.
For more information about school bus transportation visit
www.stwdsts.ca. Beginning in August you can also follow on Twitter
As you may be aware, the Ontario Legislature recently passed Ryan’s Law, 2015. This piece of legislation is an important step to support the well being of students with asthma in Ontario schools.
Over the course of the next school year, the Upper Grand DSB will be working to implement the requirements of this legislation.
If your child has asthma, we ask that you immediately contact the main office so that we can identify all students who take asthma medication. Your child is allowed to carry this medication. Children under the age of 16 years need parental permission.
The Ministry of Education website has resources on asthma that can be found at:
As a best practice and to support your child, please let the school know if your child has a medical condition so that the school is aware and can keep this information on file.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the school directly.
Congratulations to Mr. Ball. Ross is Proud of You!
The 2015 CAP Award for Excellence in Teaching High School/CEGEP Physics (Ontario)
is awarded to
Mr. James Ball
"Teaching physics is something that I love to do and am passionate about. To be recognised as being good at something that I love to do is both amazing and humbling at the same time. I would like to thank the selection committee and my colleagues and students who nominated me."
The Canadian Association of Physicists (CAP) is pleased to announce that the 2015 CAP Award for Excellence in Teaching High School/CEGEP Physics (Ontario) is awarded to Mr. James Ball, J.F. Ross CVI, his mastery at recognizing how individual students learn best. From having students use hand-held whiteboards to draft their ideas and solutions to problems, to using YouTube videos to show physics in the real world, to his leadership in the OAPT, to his mentoring of students in the Sir Isaac Newton OAPT prize exams, to his work in charitable activities, he has shown himself to be an exceptional physics teacher both in and out of the classroom.
James Ball is recognized for his extraordinary personal engagement of students in class, and his contributions in physics education beyond the classroom through his sharing of ideas through workshops and talks. One former student writes “In the classroom, he was always an understanding and patient teacher, working with students one on one to make sure they were meeting their goals.” He is known for his innovative use of in-class YouTube videos to show real-world physics, and his effective use of demonstrations, particularly those involving the entire class acting out phenomena such as collisions of elementary particles. He has delivered workshops for teachers at the EinsteinPlus program at the Perimeter Institute of Theoretical Physics, at OAPT and STAO conferences, and at the Perimeter Teachers’ Network. He has been a leader in the OAPT, having served as President, newsletter editor, conference organizer, membership secretary, and has written a number of articles for the OAPT Newsletter. He recently initiated and developed the Guelph-Waterloo Physics Teachers Alliance (GWPT), an annual gathering of local physics teachers for the purpose of sharing ideas about best teaching practices. In addition, his work with students as a swim coach and his in-school leadership involvement with major charities illustrate to students, through his example, what it means to make a difference in the lives of others.
The CAP Award for Excellence in Teaching High School/CEGEP Physics, which was introduced in 2010, is intended to recognize excellence in teaching physics in Canadian high schools or CEGEPs and to encourage and promote physics at the high school/CEGEP level in Canada. The award is sponsored by the CAP, Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics, TRIUMF, Nelson Education, and the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of BC.
Mr. James Ball will receive the 2015 CAP Award for Excellence in Teaching High School/CEGEP Physics (Ontario) in their high school or CEGEP before the end of the 2014-15 school year.
Grade 8 Mathematics Pathways Information at Ross
For those making course selections, please take a moment to review our information document about Mathematics Pathways via the following link:
Information around CADS services for families and in the schools can be found
Please visit the following link to get to the daily announcements.
Safe and Inclusive Schools Report
Guelph Crime Stoppers
Officer Kevin wanted to remind all staff and students to be vigilant about illegal activities in the Ross neighbourhood. You can report any incident through the Guelph Wellington CrimeStoppers
website. Remember, your identity is anonymous.
Ross wins at Kiwanis Provincial Competition!
Ms. Dale Hobbs, director of the Concert Choir, Ross Singers, and the Ross Girls Choir holds the Second Place Award for the Ontario Provincial Finals for the Kiwanis Music Festival. Her Girls Choir, made up of grades nine and ten singers, received a glowing adjudication and a scholarship for their outstanding performance at the Provincials. Congratulations!
Check out the Great Season of the Ross Track and Field Team!
Ross SideKicks in Action!
John F. Ross Ultimate Frisbee!
John F. Ross Captures D10 Junior Rugby!
John F. Ross Competes at Provincial Programming Competition!
John F. Ross Competes at U of Guelph Science Olympics!
Kids Help Phone Website
In support of the play 'A Permanent Solution...' we would like to offer the following
to support Ross students.
John F. Ross Advanced Placement (AP) Information
The twenty-seven (27) Ross students who are in the AP program can learn how to get their scores here.
Drop Off is in the Student Lot!
Music Recital at the Guelph Youth Music Centre
On Tuesday, May 28, the Arts Department will be holding a recital at the Guelph Youth Music Centre beginning at 7:15 PM. It will feature all of the chamber ensemble here at Ross, as well as performances by our repertoire students and some of our musicians graduating this year. It promises to be an unforgettable evening of music. Admission will be by donation and will be followed by a reception.
We hope to see you there!
Ross Students Visit NYC!
Ross GSA Students Have a Message...
GSA students work together to eliminate homophobia at Ross. Our weekly meetings are also a safe space to discuss issues around sexual orientation, how to support LGBTQ friends and family, and how to be an ally.