Huron Heights Secondary School

40 Huron Heights Dr., Newmarket, ON, L3Y3J9, 905-895-2384

Student Handbook

Student Handbook

Ms. Madigan                              Principal

Ms. Lynch-James                       Vice Principal

Ms. Sanwalka                            Vice Principal

Mr. Arnott                                 Vice Principal

Huron Heights Secondary School 

2013-2014

Quam Summa Cape

“REACH FOR THE HEIGHTS!”

 HuronHeightsSecondary School

40 Huron Heights Drive

Newmarket, Ontario

L3Y 3J9

Telephone: 905-895-2384

Fax: 905-895-8912

 

Website: http://www.huronheights.ss.yrdsb.edu.on.ca

  

Important Dates 2013 -2014

*dates subject to change*

September 3……………………………………………… School Starts for Grade 9’s Only

September 4………………………………………………….. School Starts – Grades 10-12

September 6………………………………… Last Day for Semester 1 Course Changes

September 23…………………………………………………….. Professional Training Day

October 1…………………………………………………………………….. Picture Retake Day

October 10……………………………………………………………… Interim Reports Issued

October 11………………………………………………………….. Professional Activity Day

October 14…………………………………………………………………………… Thanksgiving

October 16…………………………………………………….. Honours Tea/Subject Awards

October 24………………………………………………………………………….. Parents’ Night

October 30……………………. Post Secondary Destinations Fair at Newmarket HS

Oct 28 – Nov 8……………………………………………………………. Graduation Pictures

November 6…………………………………………………….. Take Our Kids to Work Day

November 6…………………………………………………. Take Our Kids to High School

November 7…………………………….. Half Credit Semester Turnaround First Day

November 14………………………………………………… Mid-Semester Reports Issued

November 15………………………………………………………. Professional Activity Day

November 22……………………………………………. Full Disclosure Day (Transcript)

December 20………………………………………………………. Professional Activity Day

Dec 23 – Jan 3……………………………………………………………………… Winter Break

January 15 & 16……………………………………………………….. Grade 9 Math EQAO

January 16……………………………………………………………….. Grade 8 Open House

January 24 – 30…………………………………………. Final Evaluation/Examinations

January 31…………………………………………………………………… Exam Review Day

February 3………………………………………………………….. Professional Activity Day

February 4……………………………………………………………. First Day of Semester 2

February 7……………………………………………….. Semester 1 Final Reports Issued

February 7………………………………….. Last Day for Semester 2 Course Changes

February 11…………………………………. New Students Picture Day/Grad Retakes

February 17……………………………………………………………………………. Family Day

March 5 ……………………………………………………….. Honours Tea/Subject Awards

March 6…………………………………………………………………. Interim Reports Issued

March 7………………………………………………………………. Professional Activity Day

March 10 – 14………………………………………………………………………… March Break

March 27……………………………………………………………………………. Parents’ Night

March 27………………………………………… Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test

April 15……………………………………. Half Credit Semester Turnaround First Day

April 18………………………………………………………………………………….. Good Friday

April 21……………………………………………………………………………… Easter Monday

April 25…………………………………………………………. Mid-Semester Reports Issued

May 2……………………………………………………….. Full Disclosure Day (Transcript)

May 6……………………………………… Deadline for Community Involvement Hours

May 19…………………………………………………………………………………… Victoria Day

May 29…………………………………………………………………………………………… PROM

June 11 & 12……………………………………………………………… Grade 9 Math EQAO

June 17………………………………………………. Earlier Start Grade 12 Examinations

June 18 – 24……………………………………………….. Final Evaluation/Examinations

June 25…………………………………………………………………………. Exam Review Day

June 26…………………………………………………………………………………… Graduation

June 27……………………………………………………………… Professional Training Day

                              HURON DAILY TIMETABLE

 

PERIOD

 

TIME

 

PERIOD 1

 

 

9:10 – 10:25

 

PERIOD 2

 

 

10:29 – 11:44

 

PERIOD 3

 

 

11:48 – 1:03

 

PERIOD 4

 

 

1:07 – 2:22

 

PERIOD 5

 

 

2:26 – 3:41

 

ASSEMBLY TIMETABLES

    Schedule A     Period 1 Assembly Timetable – (1 Period)

Period

Time

Assembly

9:10 – 10:11

Period 1 Teachers Bring Classes to Assembly

1

10:15 – 11:15

2

11:19 – 12:19

3

12:23 – 1:23

4

1:27 – 2:27

5

2:31 – 3:41

 

  Schedule B      Period 1 Assembly Timetable – (Double)

Period

Time

1

Assembly 1 (Gr. 9 & 11) 9:20 – 10:20

Assembly 2 (Gr. 10 & 12) 10:35 – 11:35

2

11:40 – 12:37

3

12:41 – 1:38

4

1:42 – 2:39

5

2:43 – 3:41

 

  Schedule C       Period 5 Assembly Timetable – (1 Period)

Period

Time

1

9:10 – 10:10

2

10:14 – 11:14

3

11:19 – 12:23

4

12:27 – 1:37

5

1:41 – 2:41

Assembly

2:41 – 3:41

Period 5 Teachers Bring Classes to Assembly

 

  Schedule D       Period 5 Assembly Timetable – (Double)

Period

Time

1

9:10 – 10:10

2

10:14 – 11:14

3

11:19 – 12:19

4

12:23 – 1:23

5

Assembly 1 (Gr. 9 & 11) 1:27 – 2:32

Assembly 2 (Gr. 10 & 12) 2:36– 3:41

HuronHeights

The Huron Heights Code of Behaviour

The Code of Behaviour at HuronHeightsSecondary School is founded upon the belief that rights imply responsibilities.  We believe that every student has the right and responsibility to learn without disruption and to travel on a school or city bus in a peaceful environment free from harassment.  Respect for, and courtesy toward others are vital aspects of our positive school atmosphere.  The active support of parents helps students to succeed and helps the school administration and staff to maintain proper order and discipline during all school activities on or off school property including travel on a school or city bus.  We all share responsibilities to ensure regular attendance and punctuality, a positive attitude and good behaviour, respect for others (including their traditions and beliefs); clean personal habits and communication between home and school. 

 

Policies and Procedures

Responsibilities and Rights

As students, school staff, and parents (educational stakeholders), we all share the responsibilities and rights as listed below:

Responsibilities to:

  • attend all scheduled classes and activities with required materials and be on time (students, teachers)
  • be responsible for all work missed when absent from classes and activities (all stakeholders)
  • work diligently (all)
  • show respect and courtesy (all)
  • respect school property and the property of others (all)
  • exercise self-discipline (all)
  • be clean in personal habits (all)
  • work with one another in a helpful, honest way (all)
  • report progress and conduct to parents and the school administration when necessary or required (students, teachers)
  • provide meaningful, suitable and challenging instruction (teachers)
  • set a good example (all)
  • co-operate with the school to develop positive attitudes towards learning and good behaviour (all)
  • discuss their child’s progress and involvement at school (parents)
  • provide supervision and a place for school work to be done at home (parents)
  • require their child to behave in a manner which will show self-pride and bring credit to the home and school (parents)
  • inform the school of any special needs the student may have (students, parents)
  • request, in writing, permission to excuse a student from school during term (i.e., family holidays, etc.) (students, parents)
  • respect other cultures, their traditions and beliefs (all)

Possible Consequences of Inappropriate or Unacceptable Behaviour

The following actions may be taken by the school to help students and to ensure high standards of behaviou

  1. Counseling
  2. Parent Contact
  3. Student Contract
  4. Exclusion from Class
  5. Suspension from School
  6. Expulsion from School
  1. Application of the Policy on “Academic Honesty”
  2. Written assignments.
  3. 9.     Restitution.
  4. 10.  Confiscation of items forbidden at school.
  5. 11.  Referral to the police or an outside agency.

þ Assessment and Evaluation

Levels of Achievement

All work submitted in this course will be assessed and evaluated using the standards set by the Ontario Ministry of education.

Level/Grade Achievement
Level 4

80-100%

Very high to outstanding level of achievement. Above provincial standards.
Level 3

70-79%

High level of achievement. At the provincial level.
Level 2

60-69%

Moderate level of achievement. Below, but approaching, the provincial standards.
Level 1

50-59%

Passable level of achievement. Below the provincial standard.
Below 50% Insufficient achievement of curriculum expectation. Credit will not be granted.

 

Evaluation Categories        

The evaluation of all achievement demonstrated in this course is based on the following ministry categories.

 

Term Evaluation

Knowledge and Understanding

 

Thinking

 

Communication

 

Application

Term is calculated to be 70% of the final grade

 

 

 

Final Evaluation
Course Culminating Task

 

Final Exam

Final is calculated to be 30% of the final grade

 

 

 

DETERMINING FINAL GRADES

Assessment for, as, and of Learning

Teachers will support you in a variety of ways, including, but not limited to:

  • sharing learning goals and success criteria to help you develop a clear understanding of the quality of work that you need to demonstrate to meet the performance standards;
  • showing you exemplars and samples of student work;
  • providing you with opportunities to receive, give and use descriptive feedback from your teachers, peers and self;
  • teaching you to set your own goals and monitor growth in relation to the curriculum expectations;
  • evaluating at least one assignment that incorporates the knowledge and skills learned throughout the unit.  These assessments form the basis of our mid-term mark and 70% of your final mark
  • assessing assignments for evaluation using one or more of the achievement chart categories.  These results will be used to determine your final grade.

Student Responsibilities

You are expected to be an active participant in the learning process and become an independent learner by:

  • providing evidence of your achievement of the curriculum expectations within the time frame specified by the teacher, and in a form approved by the teacher;
  • demonstrating the learning skills and work habits that support life-long learning;
  • understanding and being able to articulate what you are expected to learn;
  • recognizing, describing and applying success criteria in relation to the learning goals;
  • setting individual goals based on your strengths, interests and needs;
  • using descriptive feedback to monitor your own learning;
  • engaging in peer assessment and feedback;
  • seeking assistance when appropriate;
  • determining next steps; and
  • reflecting on your thinking and learning

TIMELY COMPLETION AND SUBMISSION OF ASSIGNMENTS FOR EVALUATION:

The expectation is that all assignments for evaluation will be written / submitted on time.

  • If you are going to be away on an assigned due-date for a prearranged reason, it is your responsibility to submit the assignment on a date that is mutually agreed upon by you and your classroom teacher.
  • Absences are considered acceptable for reasons such as illness, family bereavement, and/or pre-arranged family vacation (Please have a Blue Vacation Form filled out).

Responses and Application of Consequences:

In the event that an assignment for evaluation is not completed on the assigned date, your teacher will engage in solution-focused dialogue with you and/or your parent(s)/guardian(s) to determine appropriate consequences and responses which may include a combination of the following:

  • Completion and submission of the late/missed assignment or an alternate assignment
  • Renegotiation of timelines for submission
  • Deduction of marks for late assignments

For more information regarding Assessment, Evaluation and Reporting in Ontario’s Schools please review:

http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/policyfunding/growSuccess.pdf

ACADEMIC HONESTY:

Academic Honesty refers to students providing original evidence of their learning and appropriately acknowledging the work of others.

Cheating is the attempt to gain an unfair advantage in an academic evaluation which may misrepresent the demonstration of a student’s learning or the learning of others. Forms of cheating include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • copying from another student or permitting another student to copy material;
  • using aids, materials, and assistance which are not approved by the teacher;
  • obtaining an unauthorized copy of a test or examination prior to the date and time of writing;
  • changing a grade/percentage mark of an evaluation;
  • preparing work, in whole or in part, with the expectation that this work will be submitted by another student for evaluation;
  • offering for sale or gratis assignments, in whole or in part, with the expectation that these works will be submitted by a student for evaluation; and
  • unauthorized entry into a computer file for the purpose of using, reading, changing or deleting its contents, or the unauthorized transfer, in whole or part, of files for academic gain.

Plagiarism refers to representing someone else’s ideas, writing or other intellectual property as one’s own. Any use of the work of others, whether published, unpublished or posted electronically, attributed or anonymous, must include proper acknowledgement. Plagiarism hinders learning and the development of learning skills and work habits. Forms of plagiarism include, but are not limited to, the use of the following without appropriate reference or citation:

  • someone else’s written and/or spoken idea, theory or opinion;
  • misrepresenting co-authored or collaboratively created work as one’s own;
  • music, drawings, designs, dance, photography, and other artistic or technical work created by someone else;
  • reproductions of tables, graphs or any other graphic element produced by someone else;
  • facts and information that are not generally known;
  • an unusual or distinctive phrase, a specialized term, a computer code, or quantitative data;
  • paraphrase or summary;
  • unauthorized entry into a computer file for the purpose of using, reading, changing or deleting its contents, or the unauthorized transfer in whole or part of files for academic gain;
  • copying from the Internet without giving proper acknowledgment to the source;
  • submitting work prepared, in whole or in part, by another person or source and representing that work; and
  •  downloading research papers from the World Wide Web (www), in whole or in part, and submitting the paper as original work as one’s own.

Student Responsibilities

Students shall provide original evidence of their learning and achievement and appropriately acknowledge the work of others by:

  • understanding the key concepts and definitions related to academic honesty;
  • understanding the range of supports to promote academic honesty;
  • using skills and strategies to prevent cheating and plagiarizing;
  • understanding the consequences applied when cheating and/or plagiarizing is detected;
  • demonstrating the learning skills and work habits that support life-long learning;
  • acknowledging all sources using the required citation format;
  • obtaining permission, where possible, to use other’s intellectual property; and
  • actively seeking clarification and support when needed.

In the event that cheating or plagiarizing has taken place the teacher will:

  • engage in conversations to investigate and understand the specific circumstances surrounding the incident including,
  • share the evidence with the student that suggests an incident of cheating or plagiarism has occurred,
  • determine the student’s current knowledge and understanding of academic honesty and assist the student in understanding their role and responsibility, and
  • communicate with the principal, parents/guardians and student(s) when the incident has occurred
  • seek additional information surrounding the circumstances/mitigating factors to inform the decision regarding consequences, and
  • inform them of the consequences that will be applied which could be any of the following:
  • direct student to redo the original, in part, or in its entirety, or complete an alternative assignment under supervision in an appropriate and mutually agreed-upon timeframe
  • direct student to complete an assignment or task to promote a deeper understanding of the importance of academic honesty,
  •  deduct marks up to and including the full value of the assignment when the absence of original student work is due to cheating or plagiarizing.

Homework

The teacher reports to parents if a student is not meeting regular homework requirements.  The amount of direct teacher monitoring will decrease in the senior grades.  By the time students leave high school, they should have developed the skills and self-discipline to do homework on their own. 

Please see the School Board pages for further details.

APPROPRIATE DRESS

Huron Heights Secondary School

 

Clothing free of offensive words/ pictures, including references to drugs, alcohol and weapons as per Human Rights Code and Safe Schools policies.

All undergarments hidden away from view appropriately.

See-through fabric or beach wear not permitted.

Cleavage appropriately concealed.

Top and bottom meet at midriff area, even when sitting down.

No Spaghetti straps.

Shorts/ skirts/ dresses must be appropriate length.

Head and face must be visible.  No hoods.  To support Safe
School policies.

Jewellery that could impact on personal safety is restricted (eg. Studded/ spiked wrist or neckbands or heavy chains) in support of Safe School Policies.  The wearing of gang related insignia, colours, tags, bandanas or clothing is prohibited to support the Safe & Supportive Schools policy.

Huron Heights Secondary School is an educational institution for learning.  As mature and responsible young adults, students at Huron Heights recognize that appropriate attire helps to create an atmosphere for learning.  Your dress reflects the respect and pride that you feel in yourself and in your school.  It is expected that students will dress in an acceptable/workplace manner.

A Dress Code for students, supported by parents/guardians, staff and students, promotes a safe and respectful environment for teaching and learning.  At Huron Heights Secondary School our Dress Code:

  • Respects the rights of persons of all cultures, faiths and abilities.
  • Is consistent with the Human Rights Code and the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
  • Addresses issues of compliance and affordability.
  • Will be reviewed annually by an elected School Council, and will be based on a set of principles established by the School Council, in consultation with students, parents and staff.

Infractions of the dress code at HuronHeightsSecondary School may result in the following:

  • initial warning, with a request to change clothes and/or phone call home.
  • Further infractions may result in disciplinary consequences.

Attendance

It is the shared responsibility of the students, parents and staff of HuronHeightsSecondary School to promote individual excellence in academic achievement.  HuronHeightsSecondary School is fully semestered. Regular attendance is critical throughout each semester since each course is scheduled daily throughout the semester.  Attendance is an essential component of all courses. Students are expected to attend all scheduled classes.  Teachers and administrators monitor student attendance, maintain accurate attendance records, counsel students with attendance problems, and inform parents/guardians of attendance problems. 

At HuronHeights attendance is taken each period and sent to the attendance office ten minutes after class begins. Students are expected to be in class on time, including being in their first period class before the National Anthem begins. If they are in the halls, they are expected to stop and stand quietly until the anthem stops.

If you have an unauthorized absence, the automated attendant will call your home.

It is our philosophy and research supports that regular attendance is necessary in any learning situation. The student who attends regularly succeeds.  The classroom experience is irreplaceable; however, where necessary parental authorized absences occur.  Teachers may provide an alternative learning experience as outlined in departmental policies.

Authorized absences:

  • illness;
  • medical, dental appointments that cannot be scheduled outside regular school hours;
  • court appearances;
  • family emergencies.

If you are going to be absent:

Have your parent or yourself (if over 18) call the school at 895-2384 before 9:00 a.m. on the day of your absence. Messages may be left by your parents or you (over 18) on our automated telephone system (ext.183) or with the secretary after 8:30 a.m.

On returning to school:

If your parents or you (over 18) have called the school:

  • Go directly to class.
  • You do not need a note or admit slip.
  • Your attendance has already been explained and recorded on our Daily Attendance Report.

If your parents or you (over 18) have NOT called the school:

You must report to the Attendance Secretary with a note from your parents or yourself (over 18) stating the reasons for your absence.

You will be given an admit slip to show to your subject teachers.

If you are late:

Go directly to class.

If your teacher has marked you absent, ask for the teacher to correct their STAT report for Attendance.

If you must leave early:

It is to your advantage to obtain your sign-out slip before the school day begins.  Signing out means leaving school property.

Between Classes — Sign out at the Attendance Window. Either bring a note from your parent or have your parent call the Attendance Secretary in advance.

An admit slip will not be necessary when you return to class if you sign out properly.  Detentions may be given for unauthorized leaving.

If you are refused entry to class:

You must report to Attendance to explain the absence before you will be re-admitted to classes.

If you are 18 years or older:

The same attendance policies and procedures apply to you.

Abuse of attendance procedures will result in a review.

You will be permitted 5 sign outs per semester after which you must speak with a Vice Principal.

Senior Students — Period 1 Class Students who do not have a Period 1 class must go to the Attendance window for report cards and important information.

School Year – Family Vacation

Please note that the school year at Huron Heights begins on Tuesday, September 4, 2012 for grade 9 students and Wednesday, September 5, 2012 for grades 10-12.  School finishes on Wednesday, June 26, 2013.  Check the “Important Dates” section of this Agenda for details. We strongly recommend that Family Vacations be scheduled during school vacation dates to ensure that students are able to attend all scheduled classes in all of their courses. Any student missing final exams due to family vacations will receive a mark of “0”.

In the event that Family Vacations during regularly scheduled class days are unavoidable, you are expected to:

  • pick up an ‘Application for Temporary Absence’ from Student Services
  • have your teachers complete the form including your current mark and assignments due
  • take the completed form to a Vice-Principal to discuss the anticipated absence
  • take the form home to your parents for discussion and parent signature
  • return the completed form to your Vice-Principal for signature
  • students are required to catch up on any missed work and/or assignments.

Student Summer Employment -

Please ensure that your employer is aware that you will be writing examinations and completing final evaluations during the June Examination Week at the end of Semester Two. Training sessions, etc., for work should be scheduled after the conclusion of Examination Week.

Buses

Bus services are provided by:

  • Yellow school buses which service students in some areas;
  • York Region Transit buses which service other students.  There are no transit passes provided by the York Region District School Board.  Call York Region Transit for rate information at 1-866-668-3978 or visit www.yorkregiontransit.com
  • Requests for a bus to stop at an unscheduled location Can only be approved by student transportation services. For such requests, parents should contact Heather Thomas at the transportation office, 905-713-2535 extension 4555.

Detailed busing information will be provided at registration.

Students who attend a school which does not serve their area are responsible for providing their own transportation.

What should you do if…?

  • Your school bus doesn’t come — normal weather. Telephone the school for information. Usually the bus is just late.
  • Your school bus doesn’t come — stormy weather.
    On bad weather days, the school buses may not run. See Board pages in this agenda.
  • You miss your school bus — in the morning.
    Call the school. Then make every effort to get to school, even if you are very late.
  • You miss your school bus — in the afternoon.
    Inform the main office. It will be your responsibility to arrange a ride home, but we will try to help you.
  • You wish to get off the bus at an unscheduled location.
    Go to the Main Office. A note from your parents is required. The note must be authorized by student transportation services before it is given to the driver. Requests to have a bus stop at unscheduled locations will normally not be approved.
  • You wish to board a bus other than your own.
    Go to the Main Office. A note from your parents is required. If there is space on the bus, a temporary pass may be issued to you.

Bus Rules

  • The driver is in full charge of the school bus at all times and students must follow instructions.
  • The YRDSB Safe and Supportive Schools Policy applies to all students using school buses.
  • A student may be assigned to a seat for which the student will be held responsible.
  • Proper conduct is to be observed on the bus.  Any disturbance which may take the driver’s attention and endanger the safe operation of the bus is prohibited.
  • There is to be no use of tobacco products on any school bus.
  • Students must not litter the bus with waste paper or other garbage or throw any articles out of the bus windows.
  • Students must not extend any part of their body out of the windows.
  • Students must remain seated while the bus is in motion.
  • When leaving the bus, students must observe the directions of the driver and watch for traffic before crossing the road.

Students violating these rules may be reported to the school administrator and may be suspended from riding the bus.

Should you change your address and need to use a school bus to come to school, please contact the Main Office or go to www.schoolbuscity.com for information.

Only students who qualify for school bus transportation may ride the yellow buses.

Cancelled Buses Due to Weather

Please refer to the Board pages or go to www.schoolbuscity.com .

WHAT TO DO IF … What to do if…

You miss a day

            have your parents call into the attendance office at

            (905)895-2384 on the day of the absence

You are late arriving at school

             go to the Attendance Office to sign in

You feel sick

            Report to the Main Office to make arrangements to go home.  Spending time in the washroom or cafeteria is not an acceptable alternative. It will be counted as a truancy. 

You’re hurt

Notify your classroom teacher immediately. If you are hurt when not in class, report to the Main Office for assistance

You feel depressed or upset

            go to the Guidance Office to see a counselor

Your lock doesn’t work/can’t remember the combination

            go to the Main Office

You’re sent out of class

follow teacher’s direction or report to the Main Office

You are given a detention

Detentions take priority over any other activity. You are to report promptly to the teacher who assigned the detention. Skipped detentions may result in suspension from school

You want to change/drop a course

            go to the Guidance Office

You need a photocopy

            go to the Library

You do not understand what is being taught in class or you need extra help

Tell your teacher and make arrangements with the teacher to meet at lunch time or before/after school

You want to join a team or club

listen to the announcements, read the TV monitors and see a Phys. Ed. Teacher

You forget your gym equipment

           You still must report to class for the entire period.

You want to find employment or community hours

            go to the Guidance Department

You’ve lost something

            go to the Main Office

You see damage to the school

            go to the Main Office                                       

 

REMEMBER, IF YOU DON’T KNOW – ASK!

Cafeteria

The Cafeteria serves three main functions: it is a place to eat; to do school work, or to socialize. No one wants to sit at a table that has garbage left on it! Always place your garbage in the nearest receptacle, and return the trays to the servery. Treat the Cafeteria better than you would your own home. Your cooperation will make our Cafeteria more pleasant.

Field Trips

School trips are all trips organized by staff members for student regardless of the day of the week. This includes all athletic trips, whether travelling as competitors or as spectators, and all other trips of any duration taken by students.

  1. Students on school trips are subject to the same regulations that apply at school. Teacher supervisors are responsible for the good conduct and welfare of students in their charge. Students must therefore follow their instructions at all times.
  2. Students on school trips are to wear appropriate clothing for the trip.
  3. Students are to carry appropriate identification, insurance, medical information and emergency contact phone numbers.
  4. Smoking is not allowed at any time.
  5. A student going on a school trip must have returned a signed parent consent form prior to the date of the trip.
  6. Transportation is arranged for most school trips.  All students must use the arranged transportation to travel to and return from the trip.
  7. While riding on the bus, students are expected to act in a manner which allows the driver to give full attention to driving the bus and safety of the passengers.
  8. A student who violates a school trip policy will forfeit the privilege of participating in other school trips for a specified period of time as well as consequences described in YRDSB Safe and Supportive Schools Policy.
  9. While on a school trip students are representing the school.  It is expected that the students conduct will reflect favourably on HuronHeightsSecondary School.
  10. It is the responsibility of the student to complete all work missed as a result of participating in the trip.
  11. Each student should notify all of his/her teachers at least five days in advance of the trip.
  12. Any student who wishes to return from a field trip with his/her parents must fill out a special liability form and have it signed by the Principal at least five days in advance.
  13. Students who do not comply with field trip rules will be sent home at their parents’ expense.
  14. Students who have agreed to a field trip and do not attend will not receive a refund.

GUIDANCE

Our Guidance Department assists students in becoming aware of their own potential, making responsible decisions and dealing effectively with the educational, career-related, social and personal issues. Both individual and small group counseling is available to assist student growth in these areas. Counselors facilitate referrals to appropriate community agencies, institutions and support services on request. Students/Parents should access the Guidance link on the HuronHeights website throughout the year for important information/dates. Additional information on career related resources are available at: http://www.yrdsb.edu.on.ca/guidance.services

Counselors are assigned according to student surnames or students may select a counselor of their choice. Parents who wish to obtain information about student progress or the school program are invited to contact a counselor. 

Student Ambassadors

Represent Huron Heights for various in-school events and activities (e.g. Grade 9 Orientation, Take Our Kids to High School, Parents’ Nights, Grade 8 Open House, school tours, new student liaison).  All Ambassadors are trained in communication and mediation techniques.  Staff and students can refer a student to Guidance for mediation or to speak to an Ambassador for a personal problem solving session.  If you are interested in becoming an Ambassador, see a Guidance counselor in September.

Student Timetable

A student in Grade 9, 10 and 11 must select a full timetable (8 courses).  Students in Grade 12 should select one more credit than is required to complete diploma requirements. See the Guidance Department for clarification.

Course Selections

The selection of courses to meet diploma and career requirements is the responsibility of the student in conjunction with parents. Subject selection week is completed in February.  Students may access HuronHeights’ on-line calendar at http://www.yrdsb.edu.on.ca.

Change to Course Selection

Timetable changes will be very limited.   Priority will be given for the following reasons:

  • a necessary change as a result of summer school or a failed course;
  • a course at an incorrect grade level;
  • a conflict between the times courses requested are offered;
  • a recommended change to another level of difficulty or course type; or
  • a necessary change to meet diploma or post-secondary entrance requirements.

Dropping Courses or Changing Type or Destination Courses

A student must have 24 credits in order to take less than 8 credits in a year or 4 credits in a semester.  A timetable change after the start of school requires parental and school approval. See Guidance to make an appointment.  You must continue to attend the subject on your timetable until you have received a new timetable reflecting the changes. Levels of difficulty or types of courses may be adjusted for students at any reasonable time (e.g., after the November report) after consultation with teachers, department heads and/or administration.

Night School/Virtual School/E-Learning

Some credit courses are also available at Night School, VirtualSchool or E-Learning for students who meet special criteria and are recommended by the day school Principal. Registration for night school takes place at the beginning of September and again in January.  Please see Guidance for information.

Summer School and Continuing Education

  • Reinforcement Courses are for students who wish to raise a failed mark.
  • Acceleration Courses are for students who wish to take a new course or upgrade a previous mark. 

See a Guidance counselor to obtain more information.

Community Involvement

May 6, 2014 is the deadline for graduating students to submit Community Involvement Hours for the 2013-2014 school year.

Information regarding eligible and ineligible activities is available in the Guidance office or at www.yrdsb.edu.on.ca à Studentsà Community Involvement Hours.

The Notification of Completion of Community Involvement Forms are located in the Guidance Office.  Students must complete a portion of the form prior to commencing the Community Involvement and submit this to Guidance for pre-approval of the activity.  Once the Community Involvement has been approved and then completed, the form is again submitted to Guidance to have the hours entered into their records.  A maximum of 40 hours will be recorded.  Students are encouraged to continue to volunteer beyond the required 40 hours and to keep a file of these hours at home.  These additional hours can be beneficial when applying for university, college, graduation awards and scholarships.

Internet/Computer Acceptable Use Policy

Rationale

It is the intent of HuronHeightsSecondary School to provide electronic educational resources and services, including access to the Internet, to all students and staff.  The following rules and procedures will ensure that network security and integrity are maintained and that all users understand the responsibility that accompanies the privilege of computer use. The policy is designed to allow users to explore and utilize our school network and the Internet without adversely affecting other people or implicating themselves or the school in any illegal or socially unacceptable activities.

At times, students will be accessing our computer network and Internet services with minimal supervision by teachers and staff. 

Each computer/network user has a personal responsibility to adhere to the intent, spirit, and rules as set out in this policy.

Contravening this policy may result in penalties that include, but are not restricted to:  loss of opportunity to demonstrate achievement of expectations, temporary or permanent withdrawal of access to or privileges relating to school computer facilities, withdrawal from courses mandating the use of computers (may result in loss of credit), suspension, and criminal prosecution.

It must be made clear that all use of the Internet and computer resources are for educational use only.

Specific Rules of Conduct

1.   All rules and expectations of the school’s Code of Behaviour are considered to be appropriate and in effect when using the computers at HuronHeightsSecondary School.

2.   All use of the Internet and the school’s computer network must be in support of curriculum based research and consistent with the educational purposes of HuronHeightsSecondary School.

a.   Frivolous use of the network is not permitted.  This includes but is not limited to: game playing, streamed audio/video, web based E-Mail for non curriculum related items, sending greeting cards, checking sports scores and sports pools, etc.

b.   The user will not use the school’s computers for product advertisement, personal or private business, commercial or for-profit purposes.

3.   The user is responsible for his/her school network account and Internet account.

a. The user must not allow another person to use his/her computer account under any circumstances.  The sharing of accounts is strictly prohibited.

b. The user must keep his/her password confidential and shall immediately report to the Site Administrator or school Principal if they suspect that another person has access to his/her account.

c. The user’s workspace is for school related files only.  No programs or personal files such as personal MP3s are allowed.

d. Files from outside sources (home, Internet, etc.) MUST be virus scanned before being used on the network.  It is the user’s responsibility to keep files of a viral nature off any school computers.

e. HuronHeights staff have the right to view any material stored in a student’s personal directory.

f.  Since the school may periodically clean out students’ personal directories without notice, the student should maintain a backup copy of any important files he/she wishes to retain.

4.   The user shall not interfere with the functioning of HuronHeightsSecondary School’s network, or any other network.

a.  The user will not attempt to gain unauthorized access to or cause a disruption in service to any computer system.

b.  The user will not use the school’s computer network to develop programs that harass others or infiltrate a computer system and/or cause damage.

c.  The user will not intentionally seek information about, browse or obtain copies of or modify files, passwords or data belonging to other people.

d.  The user will not attempt to find or exploit any gaps in system security on the HuronHeightsSecondary School network or any other system.  If the user notices any security weaknesses or suspects anyone of tampering with system security, he/she MUST notify the Site Administrator immediately.

5.  The user is responsible for the content of messages sent from their account.

a.  There is no such thing as “private” email: compose all email as if it could and will be read by the entire world.

b.  Sending messages over the network and the use of Internet Chat programs is prohibited.

6.   The user shall not use their account to access, create or distribute any material, which may be considered as obscene, pornographic, harassing, racist, inflammatory, malicious, fraudulent, or libelous.

a.  YRDSB or the principal of the school and/or the access provider shall be the arbiters in the determination of what materials or activity may fall into these categories.

7.   The user shall respect the intellectual and property rights and laws, including copyright, of others. 

a.  The user is responsible for assessing whether or not the file (text, sound and/or image) has copyright on it and must properly reference (cite/footnote) any materials to be used in student work. 

b.  Plagiarism will not be tolerated.  Ignorance will not be accepted as a defence.

8.   The user will not download or upload any executable (program), MP3, audio or video files from the Internet, without the express permission of the Site Administrator.  The Site Administrator may choose to bestow such authority upon other computer teachers.

a.   Installing programs onto the network or on workstations is NOT allowed without permission from the Site Administrator.

b.   No programs on school’s computers shall be copied without the express permission of the Site Administrator. 

9.   Treat all computer equipment with care and respect.  Hardware or software shall not be destroyed, modified, or abused in any way.

a.   Hardware, software and network configurations are never to be changed.

b.   Report any damage to the supervising teacher immediately.  Do not attempt to repair the damage.

c.    Use only floppy disks that have no visible sign of damage and are dirt/dust free.

d.   Students are not to move, disconnect or remove any computer or any of its components from its original location without express permission from the Site Administrator.

e.   No food, drink or snacks is to be consumed anywhere near a computer.

Library Resource Centre

Huron Heights Secondary School Library provides learning services, books and resources that enable all members of the school community to become critical thinkers by effectively and ethically using information in all formats and media, with links to the wider library and information network.  The library facilitates students achieving higher levels of literacy, including reading, learning, problem solving, information, and communication technology skills.

Library hours are from 8:00 to 4:00.  The Library provides non-fiction and fiction books at all reading levels, magazines, videos, and on-line computer resources, via library computers.  Materials are carefully selected to match the curriculum and class assignments.  A coin-op photocopier is available for all students at 10 cents a page.  Printing from a computer to the copier is available at 5 cents a page for black & white, or 50 cents a page for colour.  Student cards are necessary for library borrowing although library materials are available for use in the library by all students during regular library hours.

For those students with Internet access on their home computers, we provide at-home access to a virtual library, which contains on-line encyclopedias, reference books, newspapers, journals, picture files, maps etc.  Passwords to access on-line resources on home computers will be distributed in classes early in the school year or may be picked up by students in the library at the circulation desk.

Lockers and Valuables

A locker will be made available to each student. This is a privilege granted solely for the purpose of temporary storage of books and clothing. They are accessible at any time. Lockers are not theft-proof. Neither the York Region District School Board nor any employee of the Board is responsible for any articles lost or stolen belonging to a student. Students should not bring money or valuables to school. If a theft occurs from your locker, please see a Vice-Principal.

The combination of your lock must be registered with the school. Do not share your combination with other students.

Parking and Automobiles

Students have the privilege of driving their automobiles to school and using school parking lots as long as:

  • students complete the form recording their license plate, vehicle registration and proof of valid driver’s license.
  • students who drive to school must pay a $5.00 parking fee.
  • students driving in the parking lots are courteous, follow the rules of the road and must not exceed 10 km/hour.
  • student automobiles are only to be parked in the spaces in the back (west end by arena) of the school.  Parking is on a first-come, first-served basis.  There are no reserved parking permits for students.

Dangerous driving or illegal parking may result in any of the following consequences:

  • student driver suspension from school;
  • loss of the privilege to bring an automobile onto the school property.
  • automobiles being towed from the school lot at the owner’s expense.
  • tickets/fines from the Police or Municipal Parking By-Law Officers.  For example, fines for vehicles parking in the designated handicapped spaces without a proper permit are $300 and administered by a Municipal By-Law Officer.

Student Drop-Off and Pick-Up

Students receiving rides to or from school must be dropped off and picked up in the circular driveway adjacent to the cafeteria at the west side of the school. This pickup area is easily accessible from Patterson St. at the Hollingsworth Arena and provides easy access to Davis Dr. from the stoplight at Patterson St. and Davis Dr.

The circular driveway immediately north of the school building off Huron Heights Dr. is designated as a ‘Fire Route’ and includes three ‘Disabled’ parking spots for use only by vehicles displaying a ‘Disabled’ permit. 

Huron Heights Dr. is designated and signed by the Town of Newmarket as a ‘School Bus Loading Zone’ from the south end of school property to 50 meters north of the north driveway.

Please do not park or wait in these areas. Both areas will be monitored and enforced by York Regional Police.

Peer Harassment and Bully Prevention

Bullying and cyber bullying, including harassing comments made using MSN and Face book are demeaning and dehumanizing. They hurt.  The harassment problem can only be solved if young people and adults act together. We can make a difference.  Don’t leave it up to others.

What to do … if you are being bullied, or if you are worried about someone else who is being bullied, the most important thing to remember is to talk to someone you trust.  Bullying is wrong whatever the age of the person doing the bullying. 

What Not to Do … Don’t hide what is happening from the adults or those you trust?  There is nothing wrong with asking for help when you are in trouble.

And Remember … Nobody has the right to hurt other people by hitting them, calling them names or doing anything which is intended to be hurtful.

Visitors

School property is private property, not open to the use of the general public.  Anyone entering onto the property without permission of the Principal or Vice-Principal is trespassing.  Trespassing notices, with fines of up to $2,000 are administered to individuals who trespass on Huron Heights Property.  Trespass notices are enforced through the Trespass to Property Act and can result in additional charges laid by York Region Police. 

Visitors must report to the main office to receive permission to be on school property.  Permission is normally granted only if the visitor is conducting school related business.  Students must remind friends to meet them off school property to avoid any difficulty.

student council

2013/2014 Students’ Council Executive

   Brett Young……………………………………………………. Head Boy

                                                                         Kelsie Wilkinson            Head Girl

Ms. Wilkinson/Ms. Reinert……………………………. Staff Advisor

The Executive Council of 2013/2014 would like to start the school year by welcoming all students and faculty. We have numerous events planned for this year, which will see an increase in student involvement and spirit. We will celebrate our grade nine students with our annual welcome day. Other planned activities will include: Relay for Life, Honours Tea, spirit week, and many more. Also, we will hold our two most anticipated dances of the year, semi-formal and prom.

Clubs and Organizations

HuronHeights offers many opportunities for participation beyond the classroom.  For more information on club activities, meeting times and staff advisors, listen to announcements or inquire at Attendance Services.

Athletic Policy

Belief Statement

Athletics are an integral part of the H.H.S.S. climate and can be an important component to students’ high school experiences.  Extra-curricular sports and clubs play a significant role in the development of academics throughout students’ school careers that serve life long value.  We promote and encourage student participation in school activities.

Academic Policy

Students must adhere to the stipulations of the OFSAA and HuronHeights’ guidelines regarding academic eligibility.

Athlete’s Code

  • Student athletes must adhere to the H.H.S.S. attendance policies.
  • Student athletes are expected to complete or catch up on any academic material missed due to an absence caused by a sporting or club event.
  • Student athletes must adhere to the guidelines established by the coach of the team.  In the event that a player does not meet the expectations established by the coach, it is within the coach’s right to suspend or remove the player from the school team.
  • Student athletes are expected to follow the Huron Heights Code of Behaviour, YRDSB Safe and Supportive Schools Policy and demonstrate positive traits of Character Education at all athletic situations and locations.  Failure to adhere to these policies will result in disciplinary action as deemed appropriate by the Huron Athletics Committee and school administration.
  • Student athletes will be expected to participate in accordance with the rules and regulations of play and safety policies set out by the YRAA and OFSAA.

Player Policy

Grade nine student athletes will play at the junior level. A junior athlete may complete the Level Transfer Form and submit this to the Athletics Committee in order to be eligible to play on a senior team for a particular sport.  The junior and senior coaches must meet with the Athletics Committee (prior to a junior student athlete playing at the senior level) to decide if such a request will be accepted or denied.  All parties must be in agreement for this request to be accepted.

A junior aged athlete is eligible to be called to play at the senior level once the season has commenced.  Coaches must follow the procedure determined by the Athletics Committee.

Student athletes are required to pay transportation fees, referee fees, uniform fees, tournament fees and any other costs related to participating on the team.  These costs will vary from team to team.  Fees must be paid prior to the first league game or the student will become ineligible to play.  The cost of the Athletic Banquet is not included in the team fees.  Tickets for the banquet will be sold prior to the event.

Athletic Award System

    Junior Letter……………………………………… 30 points

    Senior Letter……………………………………… 50 points

    Honour Award……………………………………. 70 points

    Ultimate Warrior………………………………. 100 points

    Athlete of the Year………………………………… 3 points

    M.V.P…………………………………………………… 1 point

    Athletic Council Executive…………………. 1-2-3 points

    Additional Points:

    YRAA Sanctioned Sports Teams………….. 0 – 5 points

    Y.R. Finals, 1st & 2nd………………………… 2 – 1 points

    OFSAA……………………………………………. 1 – 3 points

(For more information, contact a member of Athletic Council)

teams

Students should check the Athletic Bulletin Board located outside the Upper Gym for current information about teams sports and start dates.

 

 

 
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