Ross is Tops for Spread the Net!!

 John F. Ross students and staff are showing their True Blue pride once again as we have repeated as the top fund-raiser in Rick Mercer and Plan Canada's Spread the Net campaign. The funds raised will purchase bednets which prevent the spread of malaria. The $41,000, raised this year, combined with the $59,000 raised in 2009 equals $100,000 or 10,000 nets or 20,000 lives saved! Mary Yanchus, Jeff Yanchus, and James Ball are now busy setting the stage for the celebratory visit by Rick Mercer, on March 24th. Our organizers would like to thank our community members, local elementary schools, students and staff for their generous support of this worthy cause.  

Keeping Our Children and Youth Safe Online

Over the last few years, there has been a significant increase in the number of reported cases of young people involved in self/peer exploitation.  This is generally defined as youth creating, sending or sharing sexual images and/or videos with peers via the Internet and/or electronic devise.   The Board recently purchased a resource for every elementary and secondary school called Self/Peer Exploitation, School and Family Approaches to Intervention and Prevention. The resource was created by the Canadian Centre for Child Protection, which is a non-profit charitable organization dedicated to promoting safety of all children.  Principals and Vice Principals also received an in-service on the guide.  The guide will be distributed to all grade 9 and 10 students to be able to bring home as information.
The following two links may assist youth and families who have been impacted by child sexual exploitation: may be used to report child sexual exploitation is a website that offers find some practical information for youth on how to deal with this (for example, how to get pictures removed from the internet, how to deal with peers, how to talk with someone, etc.).
 Please consider using this information to talk to your child(ren) about internet safety.  The Canadian Centre for Child Protection also produces several useful resources for parents that may be found using the following links: 

Upcoming Events at Ross:

March 5 - Interim Reports

March 12 - Parent-Teacher Interviews

March 16-20 - March Break

March 26 - Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test - Resources available at

March 30 - Board Wide ECOO Programming Competition


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!

YPI Finals June 3rd!

On June 3, 2014, the YPI finals were held in the Learning Commons. Fourteen groups, each representing their Civics class, tried to convince the judges that the charity they had chosen was the most deserving of $5000. In the end, the winners were
Emily Sanderson, Joyce Tao, Amelia Kunze, and Larysa Martin for the charity Community Living. This charity will receive $5000! Over the last four years, Ross students competing in the YPI competition have helped local charities get $20,000 in funding.

Ross Student Wins National Brain Bee!


Ross Girls Rec Softball Team!


Ross SideKicks in Action!


New Plinko Board for Magic 106.1 

Ross Plinko Magic 106.1

This is a Plinko Board project that our custom woodworking class designed and built for Magic 106.1. It will go on the road with them when doing live events. The students were on the radio this morning promoting it. These students did a great job!

John F. Ross Wins Jeans For Teens 2014!


Ross Students Donate Blood

 Blood Donor Clinic Blood Donor Clinic 2 Blood Donor Clinic 3

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.

New Orleans Pizza School Fundraising Nights -  May 5, 6, 7 

 New Orleans Pizza will run an annual school fundraising event next week Monday to Wednesday (May 5, 6, 7). From 4 pm until closing, half of every purchase that is accompanied by a donation form (see attached), will be donated back to our School Council.
Please consider supporting John F. Ross School Council by participating!
Use the form here.

School Council funds are used to support numerous activities including the following:

Guest Speakers at Meetings
Parent Information Seminars
Commencement Awards
Translated Resources for ESL Parents
Parent Café – Orientation for Grade 9 Parents
Parent Handbook and other Resources

Summer School SignUp...

Ross Students are Brain Bee Champions!

On April 22nd, four Ross students competed valiantly in the regional Brain Bee neuroscience competition at the U of G! We had two students qualify in the top 5 for the (terrifying) final round of "spelling bee style" questioning....and after the other 3 had been eliminated our ladies (still with zero errors each) battled it out and won first and second place!!!!!

Please congratulate Beatrix Wang (first) and Karina Lenartowicz (second) if you see them today! Bea will now go on to compete at the national bee at McMaster!

Here is a link to support our school's program "Wake Up and Chow Down"  

 Sr. Basketball Team Wins Tournament!

Hoopfest Champions   


Bullying or Conflict - What's the Difference?
Parents and students will often use the term bullying when it is actually conflict between students.  The following excerpt may be helpful for you in understanding the difference.  It is taken from a pamphlet written for parents by the Ministry.  The full pamphlet is on the Ministry website at the following address.   
Is conflict the same as bullying? People may sometimes confuse conflict with bullying, but they are different. Conflict occurs between two or more people who have a disagreement, a difference of opinion or different views. Conflict between students does not always mean it’s bullying. Children learn at a young age to understand that others can have a different perspective than their own, but developing the ability to gain perspective takes time and the process continues into early adulthood. In conflict, each person feels comfortable expressing his or her views, and there is no power imbalance. Each person feels able to state his or her view point. How people deal with conflict can make it positive or negative. Conflict becomes negative when an individual behaves aggressively by saying or doing hurtful things. Then the conflict is an aggressive interaction. Conflict only becomes bullying when it is repeated over and over again and there is a power imbalance. Over time, a pattern of behaviour may emerge where the person who behaves aggressively in the conflict may continue or even make it worse. The person who is the recipient of the aggressive conflict may feel less and less able to express his or her point of view and feel more and more powerless. That is when negative conflict may turn into bullying. A school will respond to bullying and conflict differently. For example, in the case of a conflict, a school staff member may try to have the students come together to tell their side of the story and help them resolve the situation together. In the case of bullying, a principal will consider progressive discipline, which may include suspension or expulsion. 

John F. Ross in Santa Claus Parade


Upper Grand District School Board Important News 

Varsity Team Wins District 10 Football


Congratulations to the Varsity Football Team and Coach Yanchus, Mathewson and Docksteader on capturing their 3rd straight D10 Championship tonight at Alumni Stadium. The boys defeated OLOL 33-7 to capture the title. Special shout out to all who came out tonight to cheer on the boys and to Mr Granger and his AC for all their time and effort. 



This is it folks! The age of the books is upon us... So, rummage through your rooms and closets and get those dust-collecting paper demons ready for their first day of school. Bring them in and drop them off in your homeroom boxes.Book Drive collections start Friday, November 8th run all the way through to November the 15th

Don't forget to sign up for the Dr. Seuss reading contest for
 Thursday in the cafeteria (sign up sheet on the cafeteria board) and come watch your teachers battle it out at the Inter-Field challenge in the cafeteria on Tuesday, November 12 

 Jr. Boys Soccer D10 Champs!


The thrill of victory and the agony of defeat!!!!

Congratulations to Coach Schuller Coach Bewick and the Jr Boys Soccer Team as they captured the D10 Championship by scoring a late goal to defeat ODSS 1-0 ( picture above)

The Juniors now advance to CWOSSA which is to be held at the U of G next Thursday and Friday hosted by Ross.  

SCHOOL Climate Survey 


 Please take a moment and participate in our school climate survey!

 At John F. Ross, we believe that a safe , inclusive and accepting school environment is essential for student success and well being.  An anonymous school climate survey can help us make informed decisions about programs and resources to help prevent bullying or harassment  and help our students understand conflict.   We hope that you could take some time and participate.  To access the survey please go to: 

 In order to access the John F. Ross survey, parents will need the following code:  7-TNK-015-S Students can access the survey using the following code: 2-JYR-434-M The survey will open on November 4 and close November 15.  Thank you for your help!



Threat/Risk Assessment Notification 

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 students' behaviour pose a potential threat to safety or serious harm, the Community Violence Threat Risk Assessment Protocol (VTRA) helps principals take further steps to protect students' well-being.


 Ross at OFSAA Track and Field

 Ross Runners Score Silver!
 Please congratulate these students who were in Oshawa at OFSAA TRACK & FIELD:

Liam Stiles - personal best in 2000m Steeplechase (12th)
Sarah Welch - personal best in 400m (8th)
Taylor McLean - 7th in triple jump
Alison Fraser - 4th & 13th in the 400m & 200m

.... And to Silver Medalists the 4x400m relay team - alternate Maike Huszarik, Emily Bowerman, Paige Parker, Fraser, and Welch!!!

Drop Off is in the Student Lot!

Drop off is in the Student Parking Lot!  


National Brain Bee Competition

Alina @TheBrainBeeNationals!!!
Congratulations to Alina Otrin on her 2nd place finish at the National Brain Bee Competition!!
Alina Otrin competed in the National Brain Bee on June 1st, 2013 in Hamilton against 13 other representatives from across Canada. She demonstrated exceptional knowledge of brain structures from not only a written test perspective, but also in a lab bell ringer using brain specimens and intense oral questioning. 
Alina was a fine representative of Ross character! 

Theatre Ross has a Fantastic Year!

 Ross at Sears Drama Festival!
  Theatre Ross is recognized for its outstanding theatre programme that continues to win awards and accolades from all their audiences. With its touring and in-house productions, Ross presents powerful, educational and entertaining plays to other schools and our community. Our technical theatre programme also provides assistance, not only to school events, but also to many amateur, professional, and school events in the Upper Grand District School Board.

Sears Awards

Intimate Betrayal by Mr. Tom Slater, directed by Abbie Newell-McGarr wins:

Outstanding Stage Manager of the Festival - Caleb Allen

Awards of Excellence:

Abbie Newell-McGarr for Directing

Matisse ApSimon-Megens - Acting

Awards of Merit:

Kyle White for lighting and sound
T.J. Betts - for lighting

Touring Productions

Intimate Betrayal- touring to high schools on the topic of sexual assault
New Canadian Kid - touring to elementary schools on the topics of bullying, tolerance, and acceptance.

In-House productions

Fan the Flames by Ms. Courtney Hobbs and the Grade 10 acting and tech theatre classes. Presented in December.

Live On Stage Uncensored by Mr. Slater et al - production on Healthy Choices for Grades 7 and 8 as well as for the community in June.

Ross Students Compete at Special Olympics!

This past Friday was the annual Special Olympics Track and Field event hosted at St. James. Almost 500 athletes, from both local school boards, competed and were cheered on by peer coaches and staff. While cold and windy, it was still a great day. Thanks to the many people that make this one of the highlights of the year.
Special Olympics Buddies!
 Special Olympics Friends
Go Jay Go!

Awesome Ross Student in the Newspaper!

Louise Marchand Prom Dress
Congratulations to Louise Marchand our own Ross student who was featured in the Toronto Star's Life/Fashion and Style section Friday, May 24th, for her creativity in designing and making her prom dress this year.

Check out the article for yourself  and be sure to congratulate Louise if you see her in the halls!

Ross Arts in the Community!

 Artistic Chairs!
This semester, as part of our gr 12 modern and post-modern art history studies, the period 4 class had the wonderful opportunity to re-design chairs for the Joint Cafe on Cork Street downtown Guelph. Bobbi Miner-Neal, contacted Ms Silverstone last year and asked if students might enjoy painting the eclectic chairs to brighten up her cafe. They were quite a hit last year; Miner-Neal has said several patrons have their favourites and thus she asked us this year to continue the activity. 

In order to not overwhelm her cafe with chairs, Miner-Neal has decided to auction off last year’s chairs as part of the July 13th “Art-In-The-Street” event. The money raised will support the Hospice Wellington’s Art Therapy program. In the meantime, please consider popping in to the cafe over the month of June to vote on your favourite chair as our top 3 students will receive gift certificates!!

On a final note, our art department very grateful for this opportunity such as it encourages a sense of giving back to our community, allows student talents to be appreciated and confirms the relevance of the art-making itself.

The chairs above are by:
Sam Mair, Masoumah Taheri and  Kelvin Syxomphou
and check out this link to the Guelph Tribune article...

Ross Civics Students Participate in Youth and Philanthropy Initiative

Wyndham House 

For the past three years, all of our Grade Ten Civics Students have participated in the Youth and Philanthropy Initiative sponsored by the Toskan-Casle Foundation. Groups of students visit grassroots charities here in Guelph and create a presentation for their class. They are competing to win a $5000 grant for their chosen charity. Last Friday, 12 groups presented at the finals in the library. It was a very difficult decision for the judges as the quality of presentations was outstanding. However, this years $5000 grant will go to Wyndham House. Congratulations to Mitchell Turton, AJ Shirving, and Matthew Bunko who convinced the judges and the audience with a passionate plea for a worthy organization.

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.

 Transportation Newsletter for 2013/2014


 Ross Wins Silver at Provincial SKILLS in Fashion!

 Congratulations to Louise Marchand who won a Silver Medal at the Provincial Skills Competition on Tuesday in the Fashion category.
 Louise Marchand ROCKS!

Mental Health Week

  Important numbers/website to remember:
(877)822-0140 ~ Crisis Line
(519)821-2060 ~ CMHA Intake Line

Please Don't Interfere with the Ducks in the Quad

  Ducks in the QUAD

   Ross Captures Silver Medal at Provincial SKILLS

Congratulations goes out to Jocelyn Hayes who won a silver medal at the Provincial Skills Competition on May 7th in Hairstyling!!

SKILLS Hairstyling Three

Next Step in the Process

 What is Mr.Diamond up to?

OFSAA Badminton Championship

Earl at OFSAA!!!! 
Earl finished fourth in the Province on Friday at the OFSAA Badminton Championships in Chatham. He represented Ross with amazing skill and even better sportsmanship. Way to go Earl!

Ross Succeeds at Kiwanis Festival!

 This year has been an outstanding time for the John F. Ross Music Department. Our choirs excelled in each of their categories, earning a Gold Standard for their contrasting pieces. In particular, the Concert Choir achieved a berth in the Provincial Finals with their performances of "It's a Grand Night for Singing", "Get to Bed", "Song for the Mira" and the popular "21 Guns" from Green Day.
 Congratulations to the Ross Royals Intermediate Band! This group of Grade 9 and 10 students performed extremely well last week at the Guelph Kiwanis Festival. They were up against some extremely talented groups from Guelph, Brantford and Hamilton. However, a spectacular rendition of "King Across the Water" featuring hand drumming and a hauntingly beautiful performance of "Blue and Green Music" had the adjudicator raving about their tuning, blend and musicality. The band was awarded a Gold Standard and qualified for the Ontario Music Festivals Provincial competition to be held in Peterborough. Excellent work everyone and we look forward to hearing the results in June.
The overall results were as follows:
CHOIRS - at St. George's Anglican Church
Concert Choir (D. Hobbs) SATB School Choir Category - Gold (Provincial Finalists)
Concert Choir (D. Hobbs) Musical Theatre Category - Gold
Junior Mixed Class Choir (D. Hobbs) - Gold
Junior Female Class Choir (D. Hobbs) - Gold
BANDS - at The Salvation Army Citadel
Senior Concert Band (T. Wilson) - Gold
Royal Jazz (T. Wilson) - Gold
Intermediate Band (D. Vreeswyk-Kidd) - Gold (Provincial finalists)
Instrumental Ensembles (D. Vreeswyk-Kidd) - Outstanding performances in non-competitive classes.

 Brain Bee

Ross Wins the Brain Bee!

 On Friday, April 26th, six students from J. F. Ross competed in the local Brain Bee at the University of Guelph: Kayleigh Rankin, Beatrix Wang, Ella Mac Sween, Angela Wu, Elizabeth Legere and Alina Otrin. Two students, Beatrix Wang from Grade 10 and Alina Otrin in Grade 12 both excelled in the written component of this challenging neuroanatomy test and proceeded to the oral questions. In a marathon of oral testing, Alina Otrin demonstrated her mastery of the information and defeated her final opponent from Norwell D.S.S. to become the Brain Bee Champion for this region. Alina will now advance to the National Brain Bee competition at McMaster in June. Congratulations to all participants and Alina for her success!


Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test—Rescheduled administration date of May 14, 2013.

Students who were not able to participate in the April 11 administration of the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT), whether absent due to inclement weather or for any other reason, will have the opportunity to write a new version of the test on May 14.  More information will be provided shortly.  EQAO initially scheduled the date as May 15, but has since revised the date to the 14th.  Please accept our apologies about any confusion.  

Programming Team Moves on to the Provincial Finals

On Saturday April 27th, the Ross Royals Programming teams participated at the Regional competition at the University of Western Ontario with 30 other high schools from Southwestern Ontario. After a challenging set of problems, they placed 5th and 11th! Our 5th place team will now move on to the Ontario Finals at York University. Please congratulate these team members and wish them well in the next stage on May 11th! They are Duane Byer, Gorge Shen, Chris Stokes and Zeke Sampson.


The U of G BioBus visits J.F. Ross!

 The University of Guelph BIOBus visited J.F. Ross on Thursday, April 25th. Students in three Grade 12 classes are participating in a BIOmalaise program, collecting insects over a two week period, so that these insects can be DNA barcoded to identity the specific species. It is part of the Educational outreach program through the Biodiversity Institute of Ontario. The BIOBus will travel across Canada this summer collecting specimens with a focus on enhancing the understanding of North American Biodiversity.What a great way to truly experience Science!



 Bug Trap


Safe Equitable and Inclusive Schools / Bullying Prevention 

 Please follow the link to the ANNUAL REPORTING TEMPLATE  

Are you a Ross Student?  Are you eligible for busing?

A number of parents have called the school asking if their child/children will be attending John F. Ross CVI and if their child/children are eligible for busing.  The "Wellington-Dufferin Student Transportation Services" has the answers.  Please visit the site below. 

Rostrum 2011 2012
 Rostrum Cover 2011 2012