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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. 

MSS Drama Production - Cash on Delivery

Pic of Cash on Delivery posterPlease plan to join us on Wednesday June 1st, Thursday June 2nd or Friday June 3rd to see our Drama Production: Cash on Delivery - A Comedy by Michael Cooney.  The show starts at 7:00 pm each night in the Stage gym.    Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the Main Office in advance or at the door.

Change in Student Emails - Parent letter

Pic of Parent letter - May 2016Currently all students are provided with a school board email account through Google Apps for Education upon registering for school.  Starting in May 2016, a change will be made to remove the restriction that emails are for internal use only for secondary Grade 9 through 12 students.   To access the complete letter, click on the picture of the letter to the right.

Moira Secondary Open House - Feb 25th 6:30 pm

We invite Grade 7 and 8 students and parents to our Open House on Thursday, February 25th starting at 6:30 pm in the Library.   At this session, students and parents will have an opportunity to meet some of our amazing teachers as well as see some of our excellent facilities.   Hope to see you there.

Trojan Hoops

Trojan Hoops picTrojan Hoops is a basketball development program designed for players in grades3-8.  Players in this program will develop fundamental movement and basketball skills while improving their overall fitness in a fun, positive environment.

Teams play each week for one hour over an 8 hour span. The league is divided into three divisions:  a grade 3 and 4 division, a grade 5 and  6 division and a grade 7 and 8 division.   Moira Basketball Coaches along with student athletes from Moira provide leadership as coaches, referees, timers and scorers.  Players at all levels are invited to participate.   The $40.00 registration fee includes a team t-shirt and ball.

Click on the picture of the registration form to the right to access a copy of the actual registration form.


University of Waterloo Beaver Computing Competition

Last week 10 students from grade 9 and 10 took on the Beaver Computing Challenge (along with 6000 other competitors!)

Two students made the honour roll! Lucas Chan and Kevin Li both scored 86 out of a possible 90, this puts them in the top 2%! Only four points behind with 82 was Chance Gordon.

The rest of Moira's team was made up of Hatim Belhaghamidam, Alison Cooke, Saud Haseeb. Colin Phan, Brady Potter, Brianna Rockett, Michael Turcotte.

Details of the contest can be found here

Computer programming Club (MAFC) meets every Wednesday in room 11111010, see Mr Saunders for details. Certificates for all students will be available next week.

Wood Shop Projects

So what do they do in the wood shop with Mr Harpell? Here's one of the projects: 

For more details contact Mr Harpell - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

MSS IB Diploma Students offered $238,500 in scholarships!

Our IB Diploma and IB Diploma Courses students graduating in June 2015 have been offered a total of $238,500 in scholarships from several universities and private scholarships.  This demonstrates how universities acknowledge and desire our IB Diploma students.  Our total scholarship offering will increase because many of our students are still waiting to hear about several scholarships.  Each graduating student has been offered an average of $11,000 thousand dollars in scholarships this year to date.  Stay tuned for an update at the end of the school year.

This year our IB students have been accepted to: Concordia U, Queen’s U, U of Toronto, York U, U of Dalhousie, U of Ottawa, McMaster U, McGill U,  Quest U,  U of Western Ontario, Carleton U, Guelph U, Ryerson U, Trent U, Laurier U, and U of Windsor. 

Our IB students have been accepted for the Bachelor of Arts Honours or Bachelor of Science Honours in the following programs: Medical Sciences, Life Sciences, Bio-Med Sciences, Second Language Teaching French, Concurrent Education, Art History in Film Studies, Art History, Social Work, Media Information and Technology, Business Management, Theatre and Drama Studies, Engineering Science, Biomedical Engineering, Psychology, Biochemistry,  Bachelor of Arts and Science, Environmental Studies in French, and Forensic Science.

The International Baccalaureate Diploma Program is growing at Moira. 

We have an IB Diploma and Diploma Courses 2015 graduating class of 21 students.

We have an IB Diploma and Diploma Courses 2016 graduating class of 24 students.

We have an IB Diploma and Diploma Courses 2017 graduating class of 31 students.

If you are interested in applying for entry into the IB Foundations (grade 9 and 10) or the IB Diploma (grade 11 and 12) pathway at Moira Secondary School please contact:


Mrs. Cooper, IB Coordinator at Moira: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 613-962-8668 x1119

Keynote Presentation to Ministry of Education Students as Researchers conference

Star ConferenceSix of our MSS students. Keira Sommerville, Braelyn Guppy, Fiona Stanners, Daniel Meeks, Lesley Gordon and Ben Bacic along with Ms. Cole, Ms. Demianchuk and Mr. Montgomery travelled to Toronto last April to present a keynote presentation on the Student Voice, Speak up in a Box and 

Inclusivity initiatives that have been taking place at the school for a couple of years now.   Take a look at the video of the conference presentation on our YouTube channelat  .

Literacy Supports

Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test

Test Date:  March 31st, 2016


Welcome to the Moira Literacy Support website.  We are committed to providing supports for all students as they prepare to write the grade ten Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT).  Successful completion of the OSSLT is a graduation requirement and thorough preparation is recommended.  Students receive curriculum –based literacy training in their classes.  In addition to this, the following in-house workshops are in place to further support our students:




Target Students

After-school Literacy Worshops

1. Fall session - once a week for 6 weeks leading up to the holidays
2. Winter session - once a week for 6 weeks prior to the OSSLT

All students eligible to write the OSSLT are invited to attend

Grade Ten Workshops

Weekly in-class sessions occur 6 weeks prior to the OSSLT

All first-time eligible (FTE) students take part

Focus Workshops

2 ½ day sessions during school hours that focus on specific literacy skills

All previously eligible students are invited to attend

Remedial Workshop

2 ½ day sessions – smaller group support during school hours

Students that have been identified as needing further literacy supports through diagnostic testing & teacher referral

OSSLT MSS Prep resources on D2L Ongoing Available to students writing the OSSLT

Instructions to Access our OSSLT MSS Prep Course:

1.  Access D2L by clicking on the D2L icon in the middle of our MSS home page -  or access D2L directly by clicking here.

2.  Login to D2L by using your regular computer login.   Use your birthdate in the format YYYYMMDD as your password.

3.  Look for the MSS OSSLT Prep course in the course area and click on it to enter thc course.

4.  In the Content Browser area, you will see a number of supports for you to practise including 2009 and 2010 Practice tests as well as Additional Resources & Quizzes.   


The following links offer additional literacy support directly from the Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO – administrator of the OSSLT).  Moira developed instructional materials are also available, which parents may access to further support student learning and test preparation. 






Key Words and Phrases Document:

Key words in questions specify the type of response required.  Students need to be made aware of the meaning of these words prior to their participation in an EQAO assessment.

Key Words (pdf)

Moira S.S.

How to Write a Summary

 How to Write a Summary (doc)

 Moira S.S.

How to Read a Graphic Text

 How to Read Graphic Texts (doc)

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact:

Grant Montgomery, Principal   ext 1315

Doug Callaghan, Vice Principal   ext 1317