Friday, 23 January 2015

Discover Medicine at McMaster!

Plans are underway for this year’s Discovery Day at McMaster.

High school students and teachers will once again have the opportunity to explore careers in medicine and other sciences via a keynote lecture and interactive workshops.

Mac is currently developing the workshop catalogue and aiming to open student registration Wed., March 25.

As in the past, schools must first be registered on our website by a contact teacher. They hope to have this launched by Mar 1. Listen to the announcements (and watch this blog) for updates.

No date for the event is available yet, but last year it happened at the end of May.

Friday, 16 January 2015

AP Exam Prep

To get practice questions for AP exams, visit

If you have questions, see Mr. Dick or Mr. Watson in guidance!

Friday, 9 January 2015

Optimist Club Oratorical Contest

The Optimist Club of Oakville invites students to participate in its 2014-2015 Oratorical Contest (that's public speaking for the rest of us), held on Thursday April 2nd, 2015. 

The topic this year is "How My Optimism Will Help Me Press On to Greather Achievements of the Future". Entrants must be under 19 years of age and have not yet graduated from high school. Interested students should prepare a 4-5 minute speech on the assigned topic. Further information about the contest can be found on the club website at

Cash prizes for 1st $500.00, 2nd $350.00 and 3rd $150.00 will be awarded by the club. In addition, the top two contestants will represent Oakville at the Zone competition, with the opportunity to advance to the district level where the top three prizes are $2500, $1500 and $1000.

The contest will be held in the Optimist Meeting Room at the Children's Safety Village, at the Halton Regional Centre, 1151 Bronte Rd just north of the QEW. The event begins at 7:00 PM. 

Applications are available from Mr. Dick in Guidance, and must be mailed in, along with a photocopy of a birth certificate or passport before Monday March 23rd, 2015. In order to make sure they are mailed by then, they need to be in to Mr. Dick by the Friday before March Break.

Questions can be directed to Mr. Dick or to Cathy DiMichele at

Thursday, 8 January 2015

AP Exam Info

AP Exam Information

For those interested in writing AP Exams in May, please find the schedule attached.

Please let Mr. Watson or Mr. Dick know if you are planning on writing an AP Exam(s).

The Cost for the exams this year is $110 CDN/per exam.  Payment can be made on Cashless Schools within a couple of weeks.  Payment is due by March 1, 2015.

There will be a mandatory administrative meeting in April to make sure we complete the necessary paperwork/bubble sheets.  The purpose of this meeting it to save you 45 minutes on Exam Day,

If you have any questions, please see Mr. Watson or Mr. Dick.

More information can be found at: - AP Canada   - Bulletin for Parents and Students

Tuesday, 6 January 2015

Student Engagement Conference

Any interested Grade 9 students are invited to register for the 6th Annual Student Engagement Conference entitled: "Body, Mind and Future"

It will be held on: Monday February 23, 2015

It will be held at: Gary Allan High School, 3250 New Street, Burlington

Students who attend will be invited to hear two keynote speakers and attend three workshops, each with a special focus.

a) Academic Focus (Highschool 101, Mapping your Future, Stress/Anxiety at school)
b) Mental Wellbeing (Mental Health Strategies, Body Image/Eating Disorders, Brain Development)
c) Physical Health (Self-Awareness, Fitness, Personal Training and Health)

The cost is only $15.00 and the options will meet a variety of interests.
Transportation is the responsiblity of each school.

I will visit the grade 9 clustered English class tomorrow morning to provide everyone with:
An outline of the day's events
Details about each of the workshops
A Registration form which must be filled out by each student attending with their workshop choices

If you're interested in attending, see Mr. Dick in guidance.

E=MC2 @ Queens

Attention Grade Tens! E=mC^2 is a residential enrichment program at Queen's University in Kingston. Registration runs from Feb 3rd to April 10, and the program runs May 3-8. The $780 registration fee covers the cost of meals, residence and all programs. Live like a University student for a week (only with better food!), and experience an Enrichment Mini Course (EMC) at Queen's!

Dates and Fees:

Testimonials from past participants: