Urgent News for All Sites

Dear Parents/Guardians

As you know, today was to be the launch of the province’s online version of the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT). The EQAO web platform experienced technical difficulties prior to the beginning of the school day and continued well into the morning, preventing students from logging in to complete the test. This affected school boards across the province. As a result, a decision was made to cancel the test for today. At this time, we are not anticipating that there will be a future date set for the online test.

We will proceed, as we normally would, to prepare our students to write the OSSLT on March 30, 2017. This administration of the test will include the traditional paper format, which will be available to all students.

We regret the stress and inconvenience this may have caused to our students. We will be working with EQAO to help them review the online process.

First Nation, Métis, Inuit Self-identification

If your child is a member of a First Nation, the Métis or the Inuit, then please consider having him or her self-identify.  
Self-identification helps in several ways: 
1. Students will have access to more culturally relevant programming and opportunities for unique cultural and academic experiences. 
2. The school system will have an opportunity to focus efforts and resources, as well as an increased awareness of the diverse needs of indigenous families.
3. The school community will have an opportunity for building relationships to increase student success and well being. 
Share your pride in your heritage! 
Please come to the office (or have your child do so) to get a card that can be filled in and submitted if you wish to self-identify.  

John F. Ross School Event Calendar

Check here for upcoming events and special dates.

Commencement 2016

Commencement will be held on Friday, October 28th, 2016 

You can follow Beth Burns, Principal on Twitter

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Important Information About the Online Literacy Test 2016-2017

The online, digital literacy test has been scheduled for two dates this fall. Please see the following letter outlining the important information for students wishing to write the Digital OSSLT.

UGDSB Threat/Risk Assessment and Suicide Prevention Notice

The VTRA protocol can be found here.

Ross Royals Spirit Wear

You can order your Ross Spirit Wear here.

  2016 - 2017 Student Handbook

 The student handbook for the current year can be found Student Handbook 2016-17 

FSLAC September 2016 newsletter insert

The UGDSB is establishing a French Second Language Advisory Committee (FSLAC). The Committee will serve in an advisory role and make recommendations with respect to the FSL Action Plan and the French Immersion JK Registration Process for 2017 and beyond.

Eleven Committee members will be selected from all areas of the Board, and will be parents of current elementary or secondary FSL students in either French Immersion or Core French programs. Interested parents may forward an application to Superintendent Tracey Lindsay which includes the following:

  1. A statement explaining why they are interested in serving on the FSLAC.  

  2. The current grade their children are in, in what FSL programs and attending which school.  

  3. A brief outline of your school and/or community volunteer experiences.  

Applications may be emailed to Tracey Lindsay at tracey.lindsay@ugdsb.on.ca 


  A+.jpgCheck your student’s    

attendance, marks, report
card and timetable!  

Go to https://students.ugdsb.on.ca  

The Student Login is the student’s last name and their   

“usual” first name (up to 20 characters).  

No spaces or hyphens or special characters.   

(examples: Julie Smith-Ward would be smithwardjulie
and Benjamin-Harvey O’Donnell would be odonnellbenjaminharv)  

The Password is the student’s 9 digit OEN number
(this can be found on the student’s report card to the right of their name or on their student card)



TEN 4 TEN Press Release

Ten For Ten 

We exceeded our goal! Please see the following link  for the press release from the Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada.

April 22, 2016

Midterm Reports Go Home

Ireland, Wales & England Tour

Please check out the following link for pictures of the recent trip over March Break.


This year marks the tenth anniversary of our Ten 4 Ten fundraiser for the Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada. Please click on this link to see how you can help us raise money for brain cancer research.
To make a donation, click this link to go to our Ten 4 Ten website.

Feedback welcome on draft policies

The Upper Grand District School Board is welcoming public input on draft policies. Currently under review are:

• Accommodation Review #305
• School Boundary Review #319
• Community Planning and Partnerships #320
• Equity and Inclusive Education #504
• Alcohol and Drugs #513
• Smoke-Free Environment #208
• Asthma Friendly Schools #516

You are invited to review the draft documents and submit online feedback at www.ugdsb.on.ca/policy. The deadline for public input for policies 504 and 513 is April 13, 2016. Input on policies 208, 305, 319, 320 and 516 will be accepted until May 11, 2016. Persons without internet access may call 519-822-4420 ext. 723 to request a printed copy of the draft documents.

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.

John F. Ross CVI March Newsletter

Click here to view in PDF version.

John F. Ross teacher wins award for excellence in business education

March 22, 2016

GUELPH, Ontario – A teacher from John F. Ross CVI in Guelph has been honoured by the Ontario Business Educators’ Association (OBEA).

John F. Ross teacher Greg Cawsey has been selected as a recipient of OBEA’s Award of Merit.

The Award of Merit recognizes teachers who have promoted the awareness of business education within their community, while contributing to the development of business education within the school system.

Awards will be presented on April 28, at the OBEA Spring Conference in Toronto.

Cawsey is the Director of the Ross School of Business (RSB), which began as a school within a school at John F. Ross. He also organizes the school’s DECA club and teachers a number of business and financial courses.

Students start at the RSB in Grade 9, where they learn about personal finance applications, budgeting, investments and the RSB pathways. The RSB offers programs in general and international business students, accounting, marketing, law, entrepreneurship, human resources and economics.

At the forefront of Cawsey’s work is financial literacy. Financial topics, such as RRSPs, often don’t connect with students, so Cawsey has worked to present financial topics in a way that is relevant to teens, including tips on budgeting, getting a job, and saving for the future. Cawsey works to make financial education usable and approachable for all levels, believing that money is a life skill that everyone will have to deal with in their lives.


For more information:
Heather Loney, Communications and Community Engagement Officer
Upper Grand District School Board
519-822-4420 ext.725

John F. Ross CVI science teacher wins award for excellence in teaching

October 19, 2015

 James Ball physics teacher at John F. Ross CVI 360

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
519-822-4420 ext.725



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

Click the Student Handbook Link to read the current JFR Student handbook for 2015/16.

Portrait Packages

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Photo Package Information

John F. Ross Spirit Wear

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John F. Ross Spirit Wear

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

*Headache and

*Cold-like symptoms

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  

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.  


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!             

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!      


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. 

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