Upper Grand asking for parents’ input on French instruction

The Upper Grand District School Board is inviting parents and guardians to share their thoughts on French Language instruction within UGDSB schools. From Friday Oct. 2 until Oct. 30, 2015, parents and guardians will have the opportunity to complete a short, confidential survey. Click here to take the survey.

Parent-Teacher Interviews

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.  

October 7th is International Walk to School Day

On Walk to School Day students from more than 40 countries will walk, bike or wheel to and from school.

To celebrate, the Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Active and Safe Routes to School Committee encourages students to walk, bike or wheel to and from school, take a picture and post it on Twitter or Instagram with #walktoschoolday and a hashtag for your city/town (for example, #guelph, #orangeville). All posts will be entered to win one of five gift cards.

For more information, including rules and regulations, please visit Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health.

Click here for more information on Active & Safe Routes to School.

Photo contest poster 

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

Check here for upcoming events and special dates.

You can follow Beth Burns, Principal on Twitter

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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

Click the link below to see more information on the Portrait Packages.

Photo Package Information

John F. Ross Spirit Wear

Click the link below to order your John F. Ross Spirit Wear.

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.

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.

    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. 

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