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School Policies

 

Assesssment & Evaluation

At the beginning of each course the teacher will provide for the students a clear statement of the course content and course requirements, an explanation of evaluation methods and a marks breakdown, along with a description of the policy for tests and assignments. Students are expected to be active participants in their own learning by assuming responsibility for keeping work up to date and by regular communication with teachers and parents. The ongoing completion and submission of assignments is critical to a student’s success in each of their courses.

The final exam or the culminating activity is an important part of every course. A student must provide a medical certificate for an absence from the final evaluation unless prior arrangements have been made and approved by the school administration.

Reporting Procedure

There are three reports sent to parents each semester. An Early Progress Report is sent after the first six weeks of each new semester. A Midterm Report is sent midway through the semester and the Final Report is sent following the conclusion of the term.

In addition, a Credit Alert report is sent to the parents of those students who are at risk of failing a credit. This report is sent approximately five weeks before the conclusion of the semester.

Parents are invited to a Parents’ Night each semester after the Early Bird Report. As well, regular communication with parents is encouraged by the school.

Records

The Ontario Student Transcript (OST) provides a comprehensive record of a student’s overall achievement in high school. The credits which a student has earned towards fulfillment of the requirements for the graduation diploma are recorded on the OST.

The Ontario School Record (OSR) is the official record for a student. This file contains achievement records, credits earned and diploma requirements completed. These records are protected by the Education Act and Freedom of Information Legislation. OSR records are kept in the Guidance Centre

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Code of Conduct

POLITE
  • We demonstrate RESPECT for ourselves, others and our enviornment.
  • We treat others as we would want to be treated.
  • We accept RESPONSIBILITY for our words and actions.
 Remember it is polite to take bathroom breaks before or after class and to remain seated until you are dismissed by the teacher.
 
PREPARED
  • We are PUNCTUAL.  When the bell rings we are seated in class and ready for the lesson.
  • We arrive to class with all the necessary course materials.
  • We have a SENSE OF DUTY to fulfull commitments within designated timelines, including classroom work, homework & assignments.
 
And We PARTICIPATE FULLY
  • We are ENGAGED in learning by listening, participating in discussions and staying focussed on the task.
  • We ASK QUESTIONS if we don't understand.
  • We ENCOURAGE & SUPPORT our fellow classmates.
  • We GET INVOLVED in the school community.
THE FOLLOWING ITEMS MUST REMAIN IN YOUR LOCKER:
code of conduct

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Dress Code

At Moira we follow the School Code of Conduct in order to promote a positive and safe learning environment for all members of the Moira School Community.  The Dress Code is an integral part of the School Code of Conduct as appropriate school dress demonstrates our respect for self, others and our environment.  At Moria we encourage creativity and individuality in our students' dress as long as all of the following guidelines are being followed.
  • NO hats (headgear) or sunglassess in the building
  • NO spaghetti strap shirts (three finger strap width required)
  • NO cut off shorts or short skirts (finger length rule applies)
  • NO bare backs or midriffs
  • NO low cut tops, halter tops or tube tops
  • NO muscle shirts
  • NO offensive slogans or graphics
  • NO sagging pants worn below the waist
  • NO bare feet
  • NO gang related clothing of any kind ex. hanging bandanas, colours
Students who do not comply with the dress code will be asked to change immediately.  Appropriate loaner clothing will be issued to promptly resolve the problem.
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Dropping Courses

Course Outlines
Students receive a Course Outline in each subject area at the start of the semester.  This outline provides the units of study with an assessment plan, detailing the formative and summative tasks the student is required to complete. Seventy per cent of the student’s mark is based on the summative projects and tests throughout the semester and the final thirty percent is derived from a major culminating activity or activities at the end of the semester.

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Mobile Devices & Cell Phones

One of our school improvement goals at Moira Secondary School is to continue to integrate technology into learning at the school.  To support this goal, the school has provided a wireless network to provide the opportunity for students to use their cell phones and mobile devices throughout the school.   In classrooms, students will be allowed to use their cell phone and/or mobile device (to be referred to as electronic devices for the rest of this information) to support learning based on individual teacher permission.   Teachers will communicate to students when they can use their electronic devices to support the learning in the classroom otherwise the electronic devices should be left on the desk or in the pockets/purses of the students so as not to disrupt the learning in the class.  Teachers may need to work with students at any time to ensure that when students are using their electronic devices that they are using them for learning purposes and not social purposes.   If a student is not using their electronic device for the intended learning purpose, the teacher or staff member will discuss this with the student and ask the student to turn off the cell phone.  If it should continue to be a disruption to the learning then the student will be asked to give the teacher the electronic device for the remainder of the class.   To assist us with this focus on learning, we would respectfully ask parents and others if they could electronically communicate with students during off class times (ie. before school (8:10 am), morning break (9:36 am – 9:45 am), lunch (11:00 am – 11:50 am), afternoon break (1:05 pm – 1:15 pm) and after school (2:30 pm)).   If there is an emergency during class time and you need to reach your child, please give the school office a call at 613 962-8668 and we will assist you in contacting your child.

As part of the use of computers and electronic devices  at the school, students agree to meet the expectations in our Board Acceptable Use procedure.   If you would like a copy of this information, please contact Mr. Montgomery.    In class and outside of class, the privacy, dignity and safety of others needs to be maintained through the appropriate use of electronic devices.    It is critical that electronic communication is respectful and meets the same high standards as face-to-face communication in the school.   Again, if this does not occur, the student may need to give the device to the teacher or  staff member when asked.  Often, the Principal and Vice Principal will be involved with the discussion of proper use of the electronic device along with the teacher or staff member.  Subsequent infractions will result in a range of consequences that may include detentions or suspensions.

Students are responsible for the care and security of their electronic device.   If there is a loss of an electronic device, the school is not responsible for this loss.  A pay phone is available at the school, outside the Guidance office, to support students, if needed.

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PLAR

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition
Students may earn credits for knowledge and skills acquired outside school through a challenge or equivalency assessment. A maximum of four credits may be obtained this way, with no more than 2 in one subject area. To challenge a credit, students must successfully complete formal tests and a variety of other assessment strategies appropriate to the particular course, including written assignments and observation of student performance and laboratory work (if applicable).

Students who are eligible for equivalency credits are those who transfer to Ontario Secondary Schools from non-inspected private schools or schools outside Ontario.

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Substitution of Compulsory Courses

Up to 3 compulsory courses may be substituted at the discretion of the principal in order to meet the needs of individual students. The total number of credits required for a diploma remains at 30.

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