Notice to Parents / Guardians of Elementary Students

Update as of May 15, 2015: Phase One of ETFO's elementary teachers’ job action is continuing. Schools are open however EQAO testing for grades 3 and 6 has been postponed. Please check our labour relations page for more information.

Asthma Legislation 

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.


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 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

CADS information 

Information around CADS services for families and in the schools can be found here.

Daily Announcements

Please visit the following link to get to the daily announcements.


Bullying Prevention Plan 2014

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!

 Ultimate 2014

John F. Ross Captures D10 Junior Rugby!

 Junior Rugby D10

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!

Drop off is in the Student Parking Lot!    

Music Recital at the Guelph Youth Music Centre 

 Music Recital
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!

 911 Memorial Site
 Wall Street


Ross GSA Students Have a Message...

Safe Space
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.