WESTMOUNT SECONDARY SCHOOL
Home of the Wildcats
SUMMER 2012 NEWSLETTER
39 Montcalm Drive, Hamilton, Ontario, L9C 4B1 905 385-5395 website: http://hwdsb.on.ca/westmount
At Westmount Secondary School we promote the pursuit of EXCELLENCE within a
culture of respect and personal responsibility.
My fourth year at Westmount has been another GREAT experience. Our students brought us many
highlights again this year. We witnessed outstanding academic performances in the classroom and
in math, languages and science competitions. Westmount students created wonderful projects in Art
and Tech, and we had great results in EQAO testing. “One “L” of a Show” again highlighted the
theatrical talents of many of our students, and the many music nights and Glee performances
showed off the musical talents of our students. Our students also competed at a high level on the
athletic field including city championships and athletes competing at the SOSSA and OFSSA
championships. And of course there was no shortage of other events this year with the Coffee
House, Talent show, Film Festival, Stay-awake-a-
thon, and many others that highlight the leadership capabilities of our GREAT students. We also
cannot forget the contributions that our students make within our community through the many
volunteer activities they participate in. Needless to say, Westmount is an amazing place.
As a staff our focus continues to be to improve our Self Directed – Self Paced program in order to
meet the needs of our diverse community of students. Our expectations are high; as excellence is
not an easy target. The combination of motivated students, supportive parents and a dedicated staff
ensures this academic success. We would also like to thank Ms. Moffat and Mr. DaMaren for all they
have done to support our students. Ms. Moffat moves on to Sir Allan MacNab and Mr. DaMaren has
retired. Good luck to both of you.
I look forward to an outstanding 2012 school year! We plan to have the conversion of the Library to
the Andrea Robertson Learning Commons completed and the final touches on the new windows.
More information on the Learning Commons is enclosed.
The new school year begins on Tuesday, September 4th, 2012. We look forward to welcoming back
staff and students, and giving a special welcome to our Grade 9 students and others who are coming
to Westmount for the first time. You are becoming part of a truly OUTSTANDING school.
Please take the time to review all of the components of this summer mailing. It contains some very
important information and dates for all our students and their families.
Best wishes for a safe and enjoyable conclusion to the summer break, and a successful and
challenging 2012-2013 school year.
Guidance Availability - Aug 27-31
Counselors will be available by appointment (10 min) August 27 to 31 inclusive to process timetable changes only.
Appointments may be made by phoning 905 385-5395 ext. 231 starting August 20 and ending August 31. If
students require assistance with long-term course planning, post-secondary planning, or any other guidance-related
issue, students may see the guidance secretary in person the first week of September to book a lengthier
appointment. Please note that emailed timetable requests cannot be facilitated at all due to the varying course
possibilities and space issues that need to be discussed in person.
Flex Day and Advisor The Andrea Robertson
As we continue to try to improve our program, we have Learning Commons
made some adjustments for the 2012 school year to our Located in the former Westmount Library, we are very
Flex Day and Advisor Program. We believe that these excited about the work we have done to better support
changes will allow students to better plan their Flex Day success for all students at Westmount. Much of the
in consultation with classroom and advisor teachers. work will be completed for September, however we also
We also believe that this will improve student want to gather student feedback and make some
attendance in advisor. adjustments to this learning environment once the
Advisor will run on the Tuesday prior to each Flex Day. students have had a chance to experience it.
Advisor will run for the last 35 minutes of that school This area has brought together the Library, Learning
day. Resource and Student Success services. Teaching
staff from all of these areas are present to support
Flex Day's will run on the normal period times with
students. There is a computer lab available for student
attendance checks during period 2 and period 5.
use and it is also available for full class use. Small
Synervoice will use these attendance checks to call
group work areas and individual work areas exist where
home for students who are marked absent. Please
students can be supported by staff, or can simply work
remember that Flex Days are regular school days in the
quietly on their own. Laptop centres will also be
calendar and it is our expectation that students are in
available to students, where students will have access
to power for their laptops. Finally there is also an area
for silent work, and for students who require a place to
individually complete an evaluation.
HWDSB schools started using lower limits on report cards in January 2012 as per direction of the Ministry of Education
Growing Success document. If your child, at this point in the course, has not attained a mark above 50% you will see one of the following
lower limits on their report card.
40% This mark will indicate that additional learning is required. The student and teacher, in consultation with parents, will plan next steps as
to how learning can be improved and supported.
30% This mark will indicate that significant additional learning is required. It could indicate a change in program may be necessary .
0% This indicates that there has been no evidence of learning through observations, conversations, or products.
NA At Westmount Secondary this code will appear if the student has been granted a carryover in the course. For a midterm report this will
only appear for half credits courses, careers and civics.
Lower limits are put in place as a communication tool to promote student success. During reporting times, this is an indicator to teachers,
students, and parents that more work needs to be done and next steps need to be put in place giving the message that there is hope for the
student to be successful.
In addition grade 12 students are expected to be at the half way point in their current courses at the mid-term report. This is required because
university admissions MAY be based on mid-term marks and Westmount students need to be at an equivalent point as students in a regular
composite high school, Thus, zeros are temporarily entered in for units that are not completed. For students not applying to university there
will be no impact.
School Cash Online
In Dec 2011, HWDSB began a new program called
School Cash Online. Parents are reminded to register
Sept 4 - School Begins (Regular Day Schedule)
online to pay for various student activities (i.e. field trips, Sept 7 - Picture Day
yearbook, agendas, etc.) allowing payments to be made Sept 14 - Last day for timetable changes
Sept 19 - Grade 9 Parent’s Night
in a shopping cart environment and checking out with - College University Application Overview for
their credit/debit card payment. By registering using Parents
your email address, you will be able to view and pay
- School Council
- Terry Fox Run
school fees on line. Sept 28/29 - Ontario University Fair @ Metro
Toronto Convention Centre. Free
To Register: Admission
Oct 8 - Thanksgiving - NO SCHOOL
1) Go to: https://hwdsb.schoolcashonline.com
Oct 12 - School Council Volunteer Fair
2) Register by selecting the “GET STARTED (8:40-11:20)
NOW” and follow the steps. Oct 15 - Homework Club begins
Oct 16 - Parent/Teacher Conference (4:30-6:30)
3) After you receive the confirmation email, please - School Council
select the “CLICK HERE” option, sign in and Oct 30 - Picture Retake Day
add each of your children to your household Nov 6 - Last day for mid-term work submissions
Nov 7 - Take Our Kids To Work (Grade 9)
account. Nov 20 - Mid-Term Reports sent home
- Awards Assembly
Nov 21 - School Council
Nov 23 - PA DAY - No school for students
Dec 11 - Short Day
Dec 18 - Monthy Reports sent home
Dec 20 - Last day to start/drop/finish a course
Dec 24 - Jan 4 - Christmas Break
Jan 23 - School Council
Jan 23 - 29 - Exams
Jan 30 & 31 - PA Days - No School for students
Feb 1 - SEM 2 Begins
Feb 6 - SEM 1 final reports sent home
Feb 11 - 22 - Grad Photos
Feb 18 - Family Day - NO SCHOOL
Feb 27 - School Council
Mar 11 - 15 - March Break
Mar 18 - Homework Club begins
Mar 20 - Parent/Teacher Conference (4:30-6:30)
- School Council
Mar 29 - Good Friday - NO SCHOOL
Apr 1 - Easter Monday - NO SCHOOL
Apr 16 - School Council
May 14 - Short Day
May 20 - Victoria Day - NO SCHOOL
May 29 - School Council
June 19 - 25 - Exams
Jun 26 - Exam take up day
Jun 27 & 28 - PA Days - NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS