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.
Please follow 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 @STWDSTS
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
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.
Upcoming Events at Ross
May 19th- May 22th All Week Aboriginal Awareness Week
May 28th 11:45 am Mini Hillside
June 2nd 8:45 am Canada’s Wonderland
June 4th 7pm Athletic Banquet
June 5th 8:30pm Outdoor Movie Night
June 8th & June 10th All day EQAO Math
June 16th Last Day of Classes
June 17th- June 23rd Exams Start
June 30th Happy Summer!!!
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
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 here.
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 site
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.