BDHS November 2023 Newsletter
Posted on 11/01/2023

BDHS November 2023 Newsletter - PDF.pdf


November PA Day 
Please note that Friday, Nov. 17 is a PA Day for all SCDSB students.
Below is a summary of the activities planned for the Nov. 17 PA Day:

Length: Full day  
Topic:                                     Multilingual learners; assessment, evaluation and reporting; school action and equity planning 

Host:                                      Simcoe County District School Board 
Presenter(s)/facilitator(s):    School board staff, school administrators, and school leads 


Educators will learn about using STEP assessment data to plan responsive instruction for their multilingual learners (ML), including the use of tools and resources to support learning. They will participate in collaborative discussions and tasks in small and large groups facilitated by school leaders and ML lead teachers. This learning was collaboratively planned by members of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion/Multilingual Learner team and the school-based ML leads to be responsive to the needs of the MLs in each school (100 minutes). 


Educators will collaborate with department colleagues to develop culminating course tasks and consolidation activities which provide students with multiple opportunities to demonstrate their learning. They will be supported with planning resources developed by the Student Achievement 7-12 department (100 minutes). 


Educators will work with school and curriculum leaders in their schools to identify evidence-based strategies and actions to support students through the achievement of their school’s School Action and Equity Plan goals. These goals connect to safe and inclusive learning spaces, achievement in mathematics, and graduation and transitions (100 minutes).



Inclement weather and bus cancellation information reminder 
 All information regarding cancelled buses in Simcoe County is posted on the Simcoe County Student Transportation Consortium (SCSTC)’s bus information website at Our school is in the SOUTH zone. When buses are cancelled, schools remain open for student learning, unless otherwise noted. School staff are expected to plan for such emergencies in order to transition students who are unable to attend due to inclement weather, to their online platforms (Google Classroom and/or SCDSBhub [Brightspace by D2L]) and continue with academic programming. It is always a family decision whether or not it is safe for their child(ren) to leave for school under severe weather conditions.
 The Consortium and bus operators try to make the decision to cancel school buses before 6 a.m. and make every effort to post announcements before 7 a.m. Inclement weather cancellations are effective for the whole day and buses cancelled in the morning will not run at the end of the day. You can follow the Consortium on Twitter @SCSTC_SchoolBus for bus cancellations and other information. You can also subscribe to receive bus delay notifications here: 


Online learning graduation requirement and opt out options 
Students are required to earn two online learning credits to graduate from secondary school, beginning with every student who entered Grade 9 in the 2020-21 school year. The online learning graduation requirement also applies to adult learners that will be entering the Ontario secondary school system starting in the 2023-24 school year. The graduation requirement is intended to support students in developing familiarity and comfort with learning and working in a fully online environment, as well as developing digital literacy and other important transferable skills that they will need for success after secondary school, including in post-secondary education and the workplace.

 Opting out 
Parents/guardians may choose to opt their children out of the mandatory online learning credits required for graduation. To opt out, a parent/guardian must submit the Secondary Online Learning Graduation Requirement Opt-out Form. Exemption from the online learning graduation requirements may be requested by: 

  • the parent/guardian of the secondary student 

  • students who are 18 years of age or older 

  • students who are 16 or 17 years of age and have withdrawn from parental control 


Check with your local school if you have questions regarding the registration or opt-out process.


Parents’ Guide to Assessment, Evaluation and Reporting

  Learn to navigate the world of assessment, evaluation, and reporting with this new guide for parents/guardians. Created to support parents/guardians understanding of assessment, this guide was designed to effectively empower you to actively engage in your child's educational journey. The guide has been posted to the Simcoe County District School Board’s website and can be accessed at   

Join us! A learning series for parents/guardians with Pine River Institute 
Mental health and well-being continues to be a key strategic priority within the SCDSB. We are pleased to continue our partnership with the Centre for Family Initiatives at Pine River Institute (CFI@PRI) to provide several curated learning sessions focused on student mental health and well-being to SCDSB families.  
There are eight webinars specifically planned for parents/guardians and other caregivers during this school year.   


Nov. 9, 2023          Understanding and managing screen time, part two - social media edition 

Nov. 30, 2023        Helping parents align 

Jan. 11, 2024       Sleep hygiene       

Feb. 8, 2024          Self regulation for kids 
Feb. 22, 2024        Self regulation for teens 
March 28, 2024     Building parents' resiliency 
April 18, 2024        Vaping, weed, and alcohol   


We hope you save these dates in your calendar and join us for these learning opportunities. For more information and to register, please visit the SCDSB website: 


Pine River Institute is a live-in treatment centre and outdoor leadership experience for youth aged 13 to 19 struggling with addictive behaviours and often other mental health issues. Combining therapy with a fully-accredited education program, PRI reinforces the healthy life skills required for a successful future. CFI@PRI extends PRI’s knowledge, experience and evidence-informed treatment approach to families and care providers in the community to support youth mental wellness and prevent the need for more intensive interventions.  Learn more about PRI by visiting their website at 


High school information events for Grade 8 students 

Is your child starting Grade 9 next year? High school information events will take place in-person this winter! Student leaders and staff at the school will give an overview of what’s new and what to expect. Learn about courses offered, as well as information about teams and clubs. Please visit the SCDSB website at to find details on your high schools info night, and contact the school directly for more information. 
Feedback, recovery, and improvement days   
At the end of each semester, all secondary schools will run feedback, recovery, and improvement days for students. Culminating assessments such as portfolios, essays, examinations, and interviews will take place during instructional days and will be returned to students with feedback.   

The last day of regular instruction for students in semester one is Monday, Jan. 29, 2024. The period from Tuesday, Jan. 30 to Thursday, Feb. 1, 2024 is reserved for students who require an opportunity to receive feedback from an assessment, to rescue or recover a credit, or to improve on an area of missed expectations. Teachers and support staff will communicate with students who will benefit most from attending this opportunity; however, all students will be invited to attend. There will be no new instruction these days. Feedback, recovery, and improvement days are an opportunity for students to work closely with their teacher if they require feedback, credit recovery, or an opportunity to improve on an area of missed expectations.    

Looking for Employment? Join Our Team! 
Curious about what employment opportunities are available at the Simcoe County District School Board (SCDSB)? The SCDSB is hosting several job fairs throughout Simcoe County during the month of November; come by and speak with one of our representatives at any of the following events! 

YMCA of Simcoe Muskoka Employment Services (Midland) 
Thursday, Nov. 2, 2023 
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 
Job Seekers | YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka ( 

TRACKS Employment & Resource Service (Collingwood) 
Thursday, Nov. 9, 2023 
11 a.m. to 6 p.m. 
TRACKS Employment Services - One-stop resource centre for Employment Ontario Services | Located in Collingwood and serving Georgian Triangle communities of Clearview, Wasaga Beach, and Town of the Blue Mountains 

FOCUS Employment Services (Alliston) 
Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2023 
3:30 to 6:30 p.m. 
Job Seekers - FOCUS Community Development Corporation ( 

Agilec Employment Services (Orillia) 
Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2023 
12 to 5 p.m. 
Employment Services - Agilec 

For more information about employment opportunities at the SCDSB, visit:


 Dental screening and services for kids ages 0-17 
Good dental health is an important part of your child’s general health. The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit’s Oral Health Community Program offers free dental screenings in daycares, schools, and health unit offices for children and youth aged 0 - 17 years. Dental screening can identify and inform families that their child has a dental concern.  

Health unit staff can also help children/youth and their families access free preventive services and treatment through the Healthy Smiles Ontario (HSO) Program. For more information regarding these services visit: 

Information provided by the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit