April 2017 Newsletter
Our April newsletter can be accessed by clicking on the picture of the Table of Contents on the right. Check out all of the exciting activities and events that have been occurring at the school. Please note: The newsletter is a 14 page PDF file (1 MB) and requires Adobe Acrobat reader.
Public Meeting #2 - Accommodation Review Committee (ARC) process
The second public meeting for the Accommodation Review Committee (ARC) process will be held on Wednesday, April 19th at Quinte Secondary School in the gym starting at 6:30 pm.
Presenting a "Moira Minute" featuring Joe Brown talking about our new Indigenous Gathering Space
Moira Secondary School is proud to announce that our technology expertise has now moved us into the radio broadcasting field with the production of a “Moira Minute”. Our technology department has partnered with Loyalist College to provide the opportunity to create and produce broadcasts on a weekly basis for 91X FM that airs at 4:40 pm and 8:40 pm on Fridays.
This week’s Moira Minute features Joe Brown, one of our Indigenous educational counsellors at the school, talking about our new Indigenous Gathering Space. This project has developed through the close partnership with our Mohawk community and we are looking forward to the development of new learning to support all students in Indigenous ways of knowing at the school and in the community. Please click here to listen to the audio file.
OSSLT Literacy test - March 30th
The Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT) will be written on the morning of March 30th. As a school, we have been busy working with students to prepare for this test and a llist of students writing the test has been posted in the window of the Main Office. Students need to check this list to find out where they are writing on the test day and who their supervisor will be.
Important Information: Local Health Risk for Students
The local Hastings Prince Edward Health Unit has issued a high alert warning for students and youth in the local area. In recent weeks, highly dangerous drugs have been discovered in circulation and have been linked to several youth deaths in Eastern Ontario. These deaths have resulted from youth consuming drugs containing illicit fentanyl that appeared to be prescriptions that were illegally sold on the street as well as marijuana, cocaine and other street drugs that were laced. Police have confirmed these drugs to be present in our region. These drugs are highly addictive and in many cases deadly even in small amounts; the chance of over-dosing is extremely high.
As always, the best decision is to avoid the consumption of any illegal or street drugs as that is really the only true way to be safe. If you do make the choice to use drugs or you believe someone has slipped you a drug at a party and you begin to feel ill, contact help immediately- DO NOT WAIT TO SEE IF THE EFFECTS WEAR OFF. Similarly, if you see someone who has consumed something and they are acting strangely, show your caring by contacting help or calling 911 immediately. You need to know that fentanyl is NOT a second chance drug and not something to take a risk with.
All opioids prescription and non-prescription have a risk of overdose. Opioids are a depressant drug, which means that they slow down the part of the brain that controls breathing. Overdose of opioids can result in death because breathing stops.
Students are encouraged to read more from the Hastings Prince Edward Health Unit by clicking here.
Parents are also encouraged to read more by clicking here.
ARC committee members for MSS
The Accommodation Review committee members for Moira Secondary School are:
Laurel Hoard - School Council Chair
Sharon Cooke - Parent representative
Kevin Moncrieff - Parent representative
Sneha Patel - Student representative
Tammy Kenzie - Teaching staff representative
Heather Lowry-Love - Support staff representative
Grant Montgomery - Principal
St John Ambulance Therapy Dog program to visit Jan 16th
Moira Secondary School prides ourselves on creating a welcoming, inclusive, safe and accepting learning environment that optimizes student’s potential. St John Ambulance Therapy Dog Program will be in our school on Monday January 16, during the lunch hour. This program provides services in a wide range of community settings including schools. For the visit, students and employees are provided with an opportunity to touch, feel, pet and cuddle with the therapy dogs. The St. John Ambulance therapy dog, accompanied by a volunteer handler, offers comfort and companionship to individuals. We look forward to this great opportunity for our school.
New OSAP Removing Financial Barriers to College and University
If your child is currently in Grade 12, you should know that applications are now open for college and university programs. The last date for university applications is January 11th. College applications for the fall term should be submitted before February 1st.
Your child may benefit from financial assistance for postsecondary education from the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP). As part of the most significant reform of student assistance in North America, the government of Ontario is removing the financial barriers to attending college or university.
If your family income is under $50,000, your child’s tuition is covered. Even if you earn more, the new OSAP is still there to help with generous grants that will make sending your child to college or university more affordable.
The Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development has launched a new online calculator to help students and their families find out quickly and easily whether they qualify for free tuition or other grants and supports from the province. We encourage you to find out more at ontario.ca/osap.
Note: This information has been provided by the Ministry of Education.