December 6, 2019
Message from the Assistant Head of School
This week, we kicked off our FKCS Volleyball season. With the enthusiasm, skill, and dedication the athletes demonstrated at try-outs, it’s sure to be a stellar few months of volleyball at Fieldstone. Go Grizzlies!
We are excited for our Fieldstone Festivities (various fun events for students) that will be taking place the week of December 16th, but are also impressed that our students remain committed to their studies and goals despite the anticipation of the upcoming Winter Break.
Progress Reports will be sent next Friday, as we are committed to providing regular feedback on student achievement to our valued Fieldstone families.
Wishing you a wonderful weekend,
Stephanie Long – Assistant Head of School
Upcoming Dates to Put on Your Calendar
- December 13th: Progress Reports Sent (no weekly reports that week)
- December 16-20: Fieldstone Festivities
- December 16: Photobooth in Cafeteria at lunch
- December 17: House Basketball in Gym at lunch
- December 18: Winter Showcase and Festive Luncheon
- Please remember your reusable water bottle. Drinks will not be served.
- December 19: Holiday Playlist
- December 20: Festive Attire Day (no need to wear uniform; you can wear red, green, and white instead).
- Winter break: December 23 – January 3, 2020
- Mock OSSLT Test #3 – January 10, 2020
- Final Exams: January 20 – 23, 2020
- Exam Review Day: January 27 9:00 – 12:00
- PD Days (No School): January 24, 27, 28
- Semester 2 Starts – January 29, 20120
Winter Break is Coming: But not until December 23rd!
Students are reminded that classes and community events continue until the end of December 20th. Students are expected to be in school until the end of that week and attendance policies will be in effect as usual. It is important to our community to have all students present throughout scheduled school days leading up to the holiday period.
December is often a busy time for course culminating tasks. It is important that students have time in class to work on these big projects that summarize all of the course content and are a big part of their final mark. Students should check their Google Classrooms for details and due dates for each of their classes.
Final Examinations will occur on January 20 – 23.
Final Examinations and CCTs.
Ontario Courses have their final marks calculated with two major components:
- Course work – 70% of final mark: This includes: tests, assignments, quizzes, essays etc.
- Course Culminating Tasks (CCT) – 30% – In some courses this is a written examination. In other courses, it may be a research project, paper or a combination between a project/assignment and a written examinations.
Students must complete a majority of the course work and the CCT in order to be eligible for the course credit.
Course Culminating Project dates will be posted on your Google Classroom.
The Final Examination Calendar can be found here.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding your final examination schedule, or the CCT projects – please contact email@example.com.
Students who are interested in writing Cambridge Examinations – must enroll prior to the winter break.
To enroll – students must fill out a Cambridge Examination Enrollment form and have it signed by their syllabus leader and Mr. Munshaw. Students must be academically exceptional and motivated to prepare for and to participate in Cambridge examinations. Teachers will host information sessions throughout December for interested students. Please see the info session schedule here.
Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test:
Reports and tests have been distributed today.
In order to enroll students in the real OSSLT in the spring, we require evidence that students are ready to be successful on the test. Students who achieve 70% or higher on the reading and writing sections of the mock tests should be confident that they are ready to write the real test.
Students who do not participate in the mock test or achieve below 60% on the reading and writing sections – will not be enrolled in the OSSLT.
Students who achieve 60-69% on the mock tests will be conditionally enrolled in the real test, but must demonstrate their literacy skills in class, literacy block as well as through specialized literacy tutorials.
We take pride in developing our students’ literacy skills not only to prepare for the test, but to bring them success in their future studies.
Literacy tutorials are taking place afterschool upto the Holiday Break. These are available on a sign-up first come basis. These tutorials serve the following purposes:
- i) They are focused lessons on the many different types of reading and writing found on the OSSLT.
- ii) They serve as part of the students’ literacy portfolios and can be used as evidence for whether a student is ready or not to write the OSSLT.
The Student Handbook and Important Forms
All Fieldstone students and families are expected to review and be familiar with Fieldstone Policies and Procedures. Our School Calendar provides detailed information on the policies and procedures. Please take some time to review them in preparation for the school year.
Please remember to complete the online Student Information Form
Students need permission to leave school for lunch and during spares. If you would like your child to be able to leave school during lunch, please indicate so on the student information form. Students who leave school property are reminded to ensure they practice safe street smarts including not wearing expensive clothing or walking with headphones on unaware of their surroundings. Fieldstone is not able to supervise students who have left the school ground and will not be liable for the students during this time.
Students who do not have permission to leave school grounds are asked to stay in the school cafeteria or attend a lunch club. Students found leaving school property without parental permission will be in breach of the student code of conduct as this is a serious breach of trust between the school and the student.
Tutorials Serve 4 main purposes: