On Thurs. April 26, your son or daughter should be bringing home the midterm report card. If you have any questions/concerns, please contact the teacher. Page two (bottom) of the report card should be signed and returned to the school. You also will notice that the teacher may check off the box at the bottom of the page indicating that he/she would like you to make contact.
April 17, is turnaround day for all grade tens who are in a Civics or Careers class. This means that on that day Civics students will now be in Careers, and Career students will be in Civics - both classes account for 0.5 of a credit.
Grade 11 and 12 students who wish to be LINK leaders (Grade 9 mentors) for the 2012-2013 school year will be asked very soon to submit their application stating they are interested in becoming a LINK leader. At the end of the month Student Council nominations need to be submitted for all interested students wishing to be part of next school year's Student Council at WHSS.
For the principal, v.p., and dept. heads, April and May is all about staffing. This is the month our school receives our section allocation from the board and the heads begin the process of allocating the number of sections based on course tallies from the option sheets that were completed. For example, with a cap of 31 and a course tally of 88 students for an English grade 10 academic class, the dept. head would allocate 3 sections to ENG2D1. The difficult task is to ensure that the number of sections requested by the heads does not exceed the number of sections allocated to the school by the Board. This year several courses with low enrolment had to be canceled. Mr. Rowden and Mrs. Illingworth have been meeting with those students whose course selections have been canceled to assist them in selecting a new course.
Saving the best news for last, several students participated in and received recognition at the 2012 Regional Technological Skills Competition. Trevor Pillor and Jesse Walsh won Gold in the team of 2 Carpentry; Mitchell Clark won Silver in the Individual Carpentry; Jason Cecchin, Ford Cook, Craig Eden, and Dean McKenzie won Gold in the team of 4 Home and Team Build, and Marissa Smith won Silver in the Photography competition. Our Gold medal winners will be proceeding to the Ontario Technological Skills Competitions in Waterloo at the end of April. Congratulations to all our students who participated and thanks to all our staff who assisted in their training and supervision!