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Peel board launches Student Census in November

At the Peel District School Board, we are committed to providing the very best learning environments so that all students can achieve personal excellence. In order to do this, we must truly understand the needs of students and their families. To help us in this work, we will launch our first Student Census in November. View a letter sent home with all grade 4 to 12 students. 

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Community Corner

Stay up-to-date with community-based opportunities

The Peel District School Board is pleased to introduce an electronic resource page on www.peelschools.org called, Community Corner, which contains links to information and resources in the community that may be of interest to students and their families. This site replaces our previous method of sending promotional materials about community clubs, camps, contests, fundraisers and events home with students on a regular basis.

How you can access Community Corner

  1. Visit www.peelschools.org/parents/communitycorner
  1. Click on the "Community Corner" Community Corner button, found on the main page of school websites, as well as on www.peelschools.org
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Bus cancellation and closing schools due to bad weather

During the winter months, we may need to cancel buses or close schools because of inclement weather.

Information regarding details of cancellations or closures will be announced on radio, television stations and will also be available on Twitter @Peelschools, Facebook at www.facebook.com/peelschools, www.peelschools.org and www.stopr.ca or by calling

905-890-1010 or 1-800-668-1146.

One of the following messages will be announced (highlighted text only):

Peel District School Board buses are cancelled

This means that schools remain open for students and staff, but buses are cancelled. Bus cancellations could occur in all or parts of municipalities. Buses will remain cancelled all day. All activities that require busing will also be cancelled. Permits, night school classes, child care and other activities in schools will operate as usual.

All Peel District School Board schools and board offices are closed

This means that all schools and Peel board offices are closed to students and staff. All activities in schools and board offices are also cancelled, including child care, night school and permits.

All evening programs and permits at the Peel District School Board are cancelled

This means that all activities in schools and Peel board offices are cancelled, including continuing education courses and events. The buildings will be closed.

All weekend programs and permits at the Peel District School Board are cancelled

This means that all activities in schools and Peel board offices are cancelled, including continuing education courses and events. The buildings will be closed.

 

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Mental Health Resource Team

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Introducing the Mental Health Resource Team

The Peel District School Board welcomes Tali Aikenhead, Valerie Anderson, Todd Elliott, Krista Gass and Rosa Sist, clinicians recently hired to form the new Mental Health Resource Team (MHRT). The team will be supporting the work of the Peel board's Mental Health and Addictions Strategy alongside Maureen MacKay, Co-ordinator of Student Well-Being.

The Peel board is committed to promoting positive mental health for all students; a priority within the Board's systems goals. MHRT will collaborate with staff, students, parents and community partners with a focus on mental health promotion and prevention activities.

In the secondary panel (grades 9 to 12), each school will be connected to a Mental Health Resource Clinician who will collaborate with school teams in their ongoing work to promote student mental health. This may include providing consultation to school teams, assisting with capacity building of staff, students and parents, and direct evidence based group support for students to increase their social emotional skills, and bolster resiliency.

For updates and to follow along with the work of the Mental Health Resource Team, find them on Twitter @MHRTPeel.

 

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​​Peel high school information nights start this fall

Families are invited to learn about the Peel District School Board advantage and your local secondary school at an upcoming information night. For more information, click "Full Story" below. For dates and times, visit www.peelschools.org/schools/informationnights​ or call the school directly. 


Upcomming Events
NOV
5-21

Explore High Skills

8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
 Jump start your future with Explore High Skills

Explore High Skills is a Peel District School Board pathway program that allows secondary schools with Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) programs to offer a unique specialized program choice for grade 9 and 10 students.

These sector-related programs are available to students in all skill levels and in all pathways. Specialized programs in grade 9, like Explore High Skills, provide unique learning experiences to engage students as they transition to high school. Students can focus their learning on an area of interest as they build self-confidence, learn essential skills, and develop a sense of belonging in school and in the community.
 
Important dates for the 2019-20 Explore High Skills programs
 
Application opens
Apply at www.peelschools.org/ExploreHighSkills
 Nov. 5, 2018
Application closes  Nov. 21, 2018 at 3 p.m.
Out of board applications available  Nov. 22, 2018
Out of board applications due  Dec. 19, 2018 at 3 p.m.
Explore High Skills offers sent out  Feb. 11, 2019
Explore High Skills offers must be accepted by  Feb. 19, 2019 at 3 p.m.
For more information about the Explore High Skills programs offered, visit www.peelschools.org/ExploreHighSkills
NOV
12-28

Grade 9 course selections for 2019-2020

8:00 AM - 2:30 PM
Help your teen plan for grade 9 course selections for 2019-20
 
Soon, current grade 8 students will select their courses for grade 9. Before they do, we want to ensure that they have the opportunity to consult with their teachers, guidance counsellor, if applicable, and their parents.
 
As our partners, families are encouraged to help prepare their teens for course selection. We encourage you to become familiar with the process by creating a myBlueprint account. Additionally, parents/guardians and students can review Chart Your Course, the Peel District School Board’s common course calendar, at www.peelschools.org/students/commoncoursecalendar. This guide will help you understand the course selection process and provide information on the courses and programs offered in Peel secondary schools.
 
You can also visit www.myBlueprint.ca/Peel, an online planning tool that includes the following: 
• high school planner for course selection
• goal-setting
• career spectrum for finding your learning style
• occupation planner for exploring careers
• post-secondary planner for opportunities after high school
 
The grade 9 course selection process will be open from Nov. 12 to 28, 2018. If you have questions or are looking for course suggestions, please contact your teen’s teachers or guidance counsellor.
NOV
14

Take your kids to work day (Grade 9s only)

NOV
14

Pathways Fair - Grade 11 & 12 students

8:00 AM - 11:55 AM
Workshops throughout the school. Marketplace fair in the cafeteria during the lunch hour.
NOV
15

Field Trip - International Program

9:00 AM - 2:00 PM, University of Toronto, Mississauga
NOV
15

Mid-Term Report Card Distribution

1:15 PM - 2:30 PM
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