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Starting Grade 9 in September? Choose Courses Carefully

In March, students in grade 8 have to submit their course selection sheets to the high school they plan to attend. These course choices are very important, because they have an impact on what students can take in grades 11 and 12, and on their options for post-secondary education.

One of the choices students have to make is whether to take Academic or Applied courses in math, English, French and science. This is a very important decision and parents should help students consider the decision carefully. 

People for Education has a tip sheet that will help you and your child with all of these important decisions. To download the tip sheet, just click here.

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Report cards are coming! Report cards are coming! 

What’s the first thing you look at? Be honest. It’s the grades, isn’t it? 

But there are more important things for parents to focus on. That’s why the new report card format starts with your child’s learning skills­—responsibility, organization, independent work, collaboration, initiative, and self-regulation. Research by neuroscientists and educational psychologists has shown that it is these skills that have the greatest impact on students’ ability to succeed, not just in school, but in life. 

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Time to measure health in schools

In Ontario, the goals for education under the Education Act include enhancing students’ achievement and their well-being.   

The province has made steady progress on its goals for student achievement, but a new report from Ontario’s Auditor-General lays out “significant concerns” about Ontario’s strategies to improve students’ health. 

A key recommendation from the Auditor was that the Ministry systematically measure and report on students’ health outcomes, and the impact of policies intended to improve students’ health. 

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How would you measure health? Join us on Wednesday, February 5th at 7 p.m., for a free webinar about how we measure school success in the area of health. SickKids’ Dr. Bruce Ferguson will lead the discussion.

Click here to register now.

What’s the government up to?

The Ministry of Education brings together education stakeholders approximately three times a year at the Education Partnership Table to discuss current issues and new policies. At the December 12th meeting, the Ministry provided a number of updates on:

  • labour negotiations;
  • child care and full-day kindergarten;
  • modernization and efficiency consultations; and
  • consultations on a renewed vision for education.

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Attention high schools!

Do you have an innovative plan for an initiative or partnership to boost healthy eating? You can apply for one of the the Ministry’s new $50,000 healthy eating grants. For more information on how to apply, email

How does Ontario compare?

This month, the OECD released new data about education and test scores. There have been understandable concerns raised about math results, but what’s the big picture?

Click here for quick facts.

For your reading list...

The student voice is often overlooked in our conversations about education. A recently released book, Too Far from Perfect, is about a high school student's learning journey from pre-school to grade 12. Through a dialogue with her father, educator Charles Pascal, Tai Notar talks about what made a difference in her learning, what worked well, and what could work better. For more information, click here.

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February 1 – Toronto

Barbara Coloroso will speak about parenting children through times of crisis. Presented by Kisses for Keaton, an organization supporting parents of critically ill children.

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February 5 – Canada Wide

Join students across Canada for Winter Walk to School Day. Bundle up and get active - walk to school or around your school! Sponsored by Active and Safe Routes to School. 

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February 21 – Ontario Wide

Nominations are open for the Premier's Awards for Accepting Schools, recognizing "exceptional and innovative work being done in schools to create a safe and accepting school environment."

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February 25 â€“ Mississauga

The Canadian Safe School Network is hosting its 17th annual Safe Schools Conference. Keynote speakers are Dr. Edmond Dixon and Carol Todd, founder of The Amanda Todd Legacy. 

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February 15 – Ontario Wide

If you have a school garden, please take a few minutes to complete this survey from Imagine A Garden in Every School. Complete the survey by Feb.15 for a chance to win prizes.

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February 20 – Toronto

The East York-Scarborough Reading Association is hosting its 38th annual Language Arts Festival, Reading for the Love of It, helping to develop a lifelong interest in reading.

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March 6 – Canada Wide

The Great Big Crunch is a day of good food education ending with a synchronized bite into a crunchy fruit or vegetable. Schools across Canada will be participating.

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March 31 – Ontario Wide

Nominate your favourite teacher for the OTIP Teaching Awards. Sponsored by the Ontario Teachers Insurance Plan and the Ontario Teachers' Federation.

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