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Welland Centennial Secondary School

240 Thorold Road West Welland, Ontario L3C 3W2 Attendance (905) 735-6876 Fax (905) 735-8063 Principal: Ms. Paula MacKinnon Vice-Principal: Mrs. Jane Kopp Student Services : Mr. Sardella, Ms. Brennand, Mr. Speck, Ms. Purdie This agenda belongs to:









3ULQFLSDOœV0HVVDJH Each September, students approach the new school year with confidence and pleasant anticipation. There is an old saying that goes, ³,I,SODQWROHDUQ,PXVWOHDUQWRSODQ´2QHRI your goals must be to become the best student that you can be. This planner has been produced to assist your success through careful planning and preparation. Have an outstanding Cougar year and best of luck with your studies!

Table of Contents School Information 1 3ULQFLSDOÂśs Message and Table of Contents 2 School and Personal Timetable 3 Expectations and Responsibilities 4 Dress Code 5 School Council 5 Student Council 6 School Dances 6 Specialized Programs and Sports/Clubs 6 Centennial Routines 7-8 Student Services 8-9 Library, Lockers, Elevator Keys and Lost Books 9 Awards 10 Goal Setting 10-11 Welland Centennial Sports and Co-curricular Eligibility 11-12 Communication Devices 12-13 Smoking Policy 13 Attendance Policy & Punctuality 13 Assessment and Evaluation 14-15 Vacationing Students, Buses 16 Acceptable Use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) 16 Consequences of Misbehaviour 17 Peer Mediation 17 Detentions, Suspensions 17 Canine Unit Searches 18 School Map 19 Mental Wellness 20-21 Niagara Mental Health Programs & Services Directory 22-23 Important Dates for 2011-2012 Back Cover


Welland Centennial Secondary School Timetable Week 1 Schedule 8:20 ± 9:39 9:39 ± 9:49 9:49 ± 11:05 11:05 ± 11:50 11:50 ± 1:06

Period 1 Break Period 2 Lunch Period 3

Week 2 Schedule 8:20 ± 9:39 9:39 ± 9:49 9:49 ± 11:05 11:05 ± 11:50 11:50 ± 1:06

Period 2 Break Period 1 Lunch Period 4

1:06 ± 1:14


1:06 ± 1:14


1:14 ± 2:30

Period 4

1:14 ± 2:30

Period 3





My Personal Timetable Period 1 2 3 4

Period 1 2 3 4



Semester One Room



Semester Two Room


Mission Statement It is the mission of Welland Centennial Secondary School to empower students to improve individual performance, achieve personal goals, and become responsible citizens. &œHVWOD0LVVLRQGH/œ(cole Secondaire Welland Centennial de se surpasser à inculquer aux Êlèves les habiletÊs nÊcessaires pour amÊliorer leur performance individuelle, atteindre leurs buts personnels, et devenir des citoyens responsables.

Expectations and Responsibilities for the Centennial Community All Individuals Have the Right

to be respected as an individual to take an active part in a worthwhile educational and academic program to learn, teach and live in a safe and orderly environment to be free from physical and verbal harassment

All Individual Rights Imply Responsibilities Students are required to: ž ž ž ž

attend consistently arrive on time for all classes have all equipment needed for each class upon arrival show respect for themselves, others and school property

Teachers are required to: ž ž ž ž ž

plan and conduct meaningful lessons provide progress reports to parents/students assist students to achieve academic goals demand order, discipline and effort from students model the qualities expected of a good student/citizen

School is a partnership between StudentV7HDFKHUVDQG3DUHQWV/HWÂśVDll co-operate to keep the partnership effective!

&HQWHQQLDOÂśV6DIH6FKRRO3ROLF\ These key qualities for respect underline the points that follow:

Respect for Self Respect for self is a key to my success in school. When I feel good and show respect for myself, school is a great place. Expectations include: attending school dressing appropriately for school being free from the influence of alcohol and drugs


Respect for Peers Respect for your peers is essential in school and in society at large. We must work together with all people in our school. Expectations include: courtesy to other students freedom from physical and/or verbal harassment for all students

Respect for Authority All adults in our school must be shown respect at all times. In society at large, people are expected to find positive ways to deal with persons in authority. Expectations include: showing courtesy, consideration and respect to teachers, school administrators, office staff, cafeteria staff, caretaking staff, bus drivers and any invited Centennial guests

Dress Code Expectations Head wear may not be worn in the school. Examples include hats, bandanas, and hoods. Why? So that intruders to the school may be easily identified and in places of business hats are not worn. Students are required to wear clean clothing appropriate for a secondary school. Examples of inappropriate dress includes ripped jeans/clothing, cut-offs, tank-tops, beach-type halter tops, tube tops, any top exposed in the midriff, T-shirts bearing racial, anti-religious, sexual or obscene messages, droopy pants that reveal underwear and dangerous accessories such as large link chains or metal bracelets. Why? Student dress must reflect the safe school policy and support the academic purpose of the school. Appropriate gym attire is required in physical education. Safety glasses must be worn in classes where machinery is in operation and in science laboratories when chemical experiments are conducted. It may be required to fasten long hair out of the way in science and technology classes. Shoes are required at all times and appropriate shoes are required in technology areas. Outdoor coats may only be worn in class at the discretion of the teacher.

School Council The Welland Centennial School Council is a group of interested and concerned parents. The Council meets once a month, on the third Monday of the month, to discuss activities at Centennial and important educational issues that may affect our students. The School Council is not a fundraising organization but it does assist various causes and activities at the school. As members or observers of the Welland Centennial School Council, parents are able to keep in touch with what is available to their children during their secondary school years. Whether it is school activities or events, curriculum, staffing, or updates on provincial education policies that may affect their children, our parents find it worthwhile to attend meetings and become informed. The Council takes pride in promoting the image and importance of Welland Centennial, and is very excited to see such a committed and enthusiastic group of parents and community partners dedicating their time to keep Centennial such a great place for our students to learn. Meetings are open to all parents/guardians of Centennial students. If you are interested in attending a meeting or would like more information about the council, please call the school. Feel welcome to join us!



6WXGHQWVÂś&RXQFLOLVD group of students elected to represent the school. These leaders arrange most school events, including running of assemblies, lunch time activities, games, contests, dances and coffee houses. Their responsibilities are many: making posters, presenting announcements, filling display cases, and interacting with the VWXGHQWERG\6WXGHQWVÂś&RXQFLOZRUNVKDUGWRPDNHWKHVFKRRO\HDUDVXFFHVV6XJJHVWLRQVDUHDOZD\VDSSUHFLDWHG School spirit and participation is the only way to make Cougar Country the place to be!

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Nyle Collins Sophie Helpard Rob Colonico Sara Allison Farzad Hemmati Devin Lundy Katrina Frausel, Brett Murray Sydney McDowell, Mike Turmel Cole Fast, Darcy Feagan, Tara Lundy, Calder White Zachary Voth, Jessica Wilson Mitchell McNall, Craig Maltais Emily VanderVeen, Bethany Heaton to be elected in September Mrs. Douglas, Mr. Code

School Dances/Coffee Houses These student events start at 7:00 p.m. and end at 10:00 p.m. Students who leave the building will not be readmitted. Students who wish to bring guests must get prior approval from administration. Our code of behaviour and dress applies to all dances and coffee houses.

Sports and Clubs ³*HW,QWR7KH$FWLRQ$W&RXJDU&RXQWU\´ These are some of the sports and activities that we have traditionally offered at Welland Centennial Secondary School. Listen to morning announcements to find out how to get involved. Badminton Baseball Basketball Cross-Country Curling Football Golf Rowing Ski-Club Soccer Softball Swimming Tennis Track-and-Field Volleyball

Cheerleaders Centennial Music Âą Concert Band, &DWÂśV%DQG Vocal Ensemble Chess Club Cougars for Christ Cougar Pride Debate Drama Club Environmental O.S.A.I.D. Reach for the Top Tech AV Think Bowl Yearbook


Centennial Routines ¾

If you are absent from school? Parents must phone the school to inform us of your absence (905-735-6876). A message may be left 24 hours a day. If you are 18, you are responsible to notify us that you have a valid reason to be excused from school.


If you are late for school? Sign in at the office. As punctuality is important, frequent lateness will lead to disciplinary actions.


If you must be excused during the day? Go to the Attendance Office before leaving the school. (A signed note from home or parental phone call is required). If you return the same day, sign-in when you get back. Leaving school without signing in or out is truancy.

¾ If you are sent out of class by the teacher? Report directly to the Office. You will be required to fill in a student discipline report. Failure to report to the office is considered opposition to authority and can result in suspension from school. ¾

If you feel too ill to stay in class? You must ask your teacher to be excused and then report to the office. We will assist in making appropriate arrangements for you.


If you have an accident? In order to comply with insurance regulations, an accident report must be completed A.S.A.P. in the Main Office.

¾ If you require emergency medicines (e.g., Epi-pens) Students in need of prescribed emergency medicines must have them in their possession at all times. You may be denied access to school, school activities and/or trips if you fail to do so. For emergency reasons, it is strongly recommended that anaphalactics have an extra epi-pen stored in the main office. We cannot give students Aspirin or Tylenol under any circumstances.

¾ If you lose something of value?

&KHFN/RVWDQG)RXQGLQWKH&DUHWDNHU¶V2IILFH,QIRUPWKH3ULQFLSDORU9LFH-Principal of your loss. Keep your locker combination number confidential. Note: The school is not responsible for lost or stolen items. Do not bring valuables to school.


If you want a visitor to come to school? A note from a parent and the approval of the Principal or Vice-Principal is required at least 48 hours in advance. All visitors to the school must sign in at the office. Administration reserves the right to limit or refuse visitors to the school.


Where can I drop off my child for school? Please use the main entrance and drop off at the auditorium entrance. Students should NOT be dropped off in the staff parking lot for safety reasons. Parents are asked to obey all signs and to park only in the designated areas between the lines.


Where can I use the telephone? There are pay phones in the front and back entrances of the school. The phone in the Guidance Office is available only to students who have an emergency and need the phone. Phone calls should not be made during class time. Students may not use cell phones in class.



If you bring a car to school? Students must park only in the student parking lot (front of school). A registration form must be completed in the office. You will be given a pass, which is to be displayed in the windshield. If you drive carelessly in our parking lot, parking privileges will be removed.


If a staff member asks you your name? Students must immediately identify themselves to any teacher, secretary, custodian or administrator XSRQUHTXHVW)DLOXUHWRGRVRLVFRQVLGHUHG³RSSRVLWLRQWRDXWKRULW\´7KLVLVDVHULRXVFRGHRIFRQGXFW infraction.

¾ Why is the parking lot off -limits? The safe school policy prohibits students from hanging around the parking lot for two very good reasons. The reasons are to keep your person safe and to keep our parking lot free of vandalism. Warnings will be given and parking privileges may be removed.

¾ Now that I am eighteen, can I sign out for any reason? Eighteen-year-old students are considered to be adults and can sign out without parent permission. If you sign out without a valid excuse, you could face consequences in your courses or with AdministratiRQ'RQ¶WDEXVHWKLVSULYLOHJH

¾ Can I bring my skateboard/roller blades to school? Students are allowed to store their boards and skates in their lockers during the school day, however they are NOT to be used any time during the school day on school property (including sidewalks and parking lots).

Student Services Department at Centennial Click Departments: Guidance or Co-op

Student Services Counselling ± Mr. D. Sardella, Mr. D. Speck, Mrs. V. Brennand, Ms. Purdie For each student, through individual, small and large group sessions, our goals are to: facilitate success in school by recognizing strengths and supporting weaknesses; help identify interests, aptitudes, skills and explore diverse opportunities; assist in planning/ attaining realistic educational and vocational goals; assist in dealing with problems of personal or interpersonal natures.

Peer Tutoring Senior level students with a minimum of 75% in the related course may apply to be a peer tutor to assist grade 9 and 10 students in their courses. The Leadership and Peer Support (GPP301) course also develops seniors as classroom helpers or PALS. Youth Counsellor, Mrs. L. Iannetti Book appointments with the Guidance Secretary. CentHQQLDO¶Vyouth counsellor, accessed through the Student Services Office, provides discreet support for students with personal, emotional and family concerns.

Alcohol and Drug Counselling, Mrs. J. Baker (private bimonthly counseling by appointment through the Guidance Secretary.) 7RDFFHVVKHOSZLWKVXEVWDQFHXVHDQGDEXVH««DQGLVDILUVWVWHSLQWKHULJKWGLUHFWLRQ Individual, group and parental counseling. Workshops deal with drug and alcohol issues.

Resource Support Counselling, Mrs. B. Kowal

Room 115 Students who have been identified through formal Board evaluation processes may access the support of a learning resource teacher (LRT) or a special education resource teacher (SERT). As often as possible, this support will be provided within the regular classroom setting.


Health Counselling, Mrs. W. Davies Appointments through the Guidance Secretary. The school nurse provides personal counselling for specific health needs. Group presentations include nutrition, lifestyle programs, education, communicable disease and immunization program, smoking prevention/cessation, dental health, stress management and injury prevention.

Co-Op Education (& O.Y.A.P.)Âą A Centennial Pre-Employment Experience and Pre-Apprenticeship! Mr. D. Colonico, Mr. R. Motola. Earn credits by combining on-the-job experiences with in-school studies. Through OYAP, the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program, in-school courses and on-site work are credited to apprenticeship hours. Co-op prepares students for the demands of the work world while providing direction and developing self-confidence. The Co-op placement runs for a half day in each semester.

The Library-Resource Centre Provides students with learning resources such as books, periodicals, electronic databases and Internet ready computers to assist them with independent research projects in every subject area. Expects students to respect the right of other students to have a QUIET place to work and to use the learning resources responsibly and return them on time to improve access for others. Eating and drinking is PROHIBITED in the library at any time. Stealing library materials and equipment will be dealt with as theft and the range of consequences may include suspension, restitution, banning from the library and/or computer usage and possible police intervention.

Lockers Lockers will be assigned, according to homeroom, on the first day of each semester. Students are not permitted to share lockers.

Elevator Keys Students unable to use the stairs due to injury or special needs may obtain an elevator key from the Main Office. Failure to return the key will result in payment of the replacement cost of the key.

Lost Books Students are responsible for the full replacement cost of textbooks. Students will be billed for the cost of missing or damaged books.


Welland Centennial Achievement Awards Academic Each course mark 90% 6 80% 5 70% 4 Peer Tutor 5 Pts./Yr.

Athletics Basketball Cheerleading Football Volleyball Rowing Baseball Soccer Track & Field Swimming Badminton Cross Country Golf Tennis Softball Team Manager Scorers

15 15 15 15 15 10 10 10 10 5 5 5 5 5 5 5

Additional point sources Zone qualifier SOSSA qualifier OFSSA qualifier GOLD AWARD SILVER AWARD BRONZE AWARD

Co-Curricular Student Council Exec Yearbook Editor Student Council Rep. Concert/Cats Band Vocal Ensemble Drama Production A/V Club Academic Contests Clubs Creative Challenges

20 20 15 10 10 10 10 5 5 5

5 5 5

300 points in a minimum of two areas 250 points in a minimum of two areas 200 points in a minimum of two areas


Do people plan to fail? No. The problem really is they fail to plan! Describe where you are heading. Write down 1 or 2 goals. Explain why you want to reach these goals. Identify the obstacles you have to overcome in order to reach your goal. What do you need to know to reach your goals! Identify the people you need to work with in order to get there. Come up with a specific plan of action in order to get there. Decide what date you will reach your goal.


Goals can be related to: Personal growth Academic achievement Friends and family Career aspirations

Magnet Students Centennial students in grade 11 and 12, in DGGLWLRQWRVHOHFWHGJUDGHœVKDYHWKHRSSRUWXQLW\WRWDNH VSHFLDOL]HGWHFKQLFDOFUHGLWV7KHVHSURJUDPVDUHFDOOHG³PDJQHW´SURJUDPVZKLFKDOORZRXUVWXGHQWVWR expand their academic experiences. These courses are offered at Port Colborne High and Eastdale Secondary School. Magnet students will IROORZ&HQWHQQLDOœVVWXGHQWH[SHFWDWLRQVDVZHOODVDELGHE\WKHH[SHFWDWLRQVDWWKHPDJQHWVFKRROV Consequences will result if a student does not follow bus or school rules. Take advantage of our magnet opportunities and it will be a positive experience for everyone!

Welland Centennial Sports and Co-curricular Eligibility Sports and Co-curricular activities are enriching opportunities offered to students at Welland Centennial and will be available to students if they meet the eligibility requirements listed below: In school, students are required to: attend consistently and not have excessive absences arrive on time for all classes have all equipment needed for each class upon arrival show respect for themselves, others and school property hand in all assignments which are required by their teachers and these assignments need to be complete and submitted by the due date specified by the teacher take all tests, quizzes and exams on the date specified by the teacher seek help and tutoring if they are experiencing difficulty be passing all of their courses before the activity commences and to maintain passing grades during the entire season / activity period be a role model for other students in the building be good citizens of the school submit a completed medical form before they can participate if you are a transfer student, you must submit an OFSAA transfer form and be approved to participate by the SOSSA transfer committee before beginning league play. On the playing field/court/stage/ice/during the activity: students need to participate in a sportsman like and appropriate manner students must show respect to all participants, the officials and to their coach, director or advisor students must abide by the OFSAA directives related to good sportsmanship and fair play students must attend each practice and each game/performance if they are unable to attend a practice, game, rehearsal or performance they must inform their coach, director or advisor in advance and in a timely manner students must be physically able to participate and attend practices/games/performances as per OFSAA directives or as per the expectations established by the director or advisor. coaches/advisors/directors determine the final cast, participant list or roster; decide on the appropriate playing position or part to be offered to a participant and determine the substitution pattern and playing time in game and/or activity situations.


Participation on a Welland Centennial Team or in a Welland Centennial Activity: participation is an opportunity that students may pursue but no guarantees of playing time or participation is provided to any participant. the decisions of the coaches/advisors/director is final and must be accepted by the participants or they will not be allowed to represent Welland Centennial. Before establishing the final roster, cast or participant list: Coaches, directors and staff advisors must post a list in the staff room by the teacher mailboxes and/or seek input by memo from all staff members at Welland Centennial as per the academic eligibility of potential team members, cast members or participants. If a player or participant has been experiencing extended periods of poor academic performance, behaviour and/or attendance they will be placed on academic probation and withdrawn from game participation, activity participation or formal performances for a 30 day period. Students on academic probation may still attend practice or rehearsals to maintain their conditioning or continuity but their success at school must take priority during this 30 day period of withdrawal. During the 30 day period, students on academic probation must attend each of their classes each day, submit all assignments and reports, take quizzes and tests as per regular classroom procedures and seek extra assistance as required. If they exhibit consistent progress for the 30 day period they will be reinstated to the active roster, activity list or cast list when the coach, director or staff advisor determines that an appropriate opening exists on an active roster, activity list or cast list. Student athletes or activity participants who fall behind on school work in selected subjects, may be withdrawn from participation for shorter periods of time (1 to 15 days) based upon consultation between WKHVWXGHQWÂśVWHDFKHUDQGWKHFRDFKGLUHFWRURUstaff advisor, in order to give priority to their classroom commitments. The participant will be reinstated to the active roster, activity list or cast list when the coach, director or staff advisor determines that an appropriate opening exists on an active roster, activity list or cast list. If a student must be placed on probation for another 30 day period during the same semester due to attendance issues or other academic issues, the student will be excluded from co-curricular activities for the remainder of the semester. If a student ends a school year on academic probation in June they will start the following school year on academic probation for the month of September. The principal will not sign an eligibility sheet which contains an academically ineligible player. New eligibility sheets will be submitted if a player is declared ineligible for 30 days. In order to participate in a game/show/competition, students must be in attendance for the entire day on the day of the scheduled activity.

Personal Communication Devices It is the policy of the District School Board of Niagara that cellular telephones, pagers, and similar types of communication devices owned and/or carried by students are to be turned off or silenced and are not to be used in the school during the instructional day, which is from 8:20 am to 2:30 pm. This policy includes a ban on such use in hallways, classrooms, auditorium and private areas such as locker rooms and bathrooms. Personal Communication Devices may be used outside of classroom time only, outside of the building or in the designated areas, which are inside of the double doors of an entrance and out of the hallways. If a teacher catches a student using a personal communication device in the classroom during the instructional day, the following progressive discipline will be followed:


First incident: WKHWHDFKHUZLOOLQVWUXFWWKHVWXGHQWWRSODFHWKHGHYLFHRQWKHWHDFKHU¶VGHVNDQGLW will be returned to the student by the teacher at the end of the period. Second incident: WKHWHDFKHUZLOOLQVWUXFWWKHVWXGHQWWRSODFHWKHGHYLFHRQWKHWHDFKHU¶VGHVNDQG it will be returned to the student at the end of the instructional day. Third incident: the teacher will instruct the student to place the dHYLFHRQWKHWHDFKHU¶VGHVNDQGLW will be returned to the student by an administrator at the end of the instructional day. Further incidents: could result in a meeting with parents, teacher and/or administrator.

Smoking Policy Consistent with the Tobacco Control Act (provincial law), our school policy prohibits smoking anywhere in the school or on school property, by anyone, at any time. The policy applies to students, staff and anyone using school property. Tobacco enforcement officers will ticket anyone smoking on school property. Penalties include fines and court appearances Fines start at $305.00. The Zero Tolerance Policy is designed to prevent smoking on school property. Smoking cessation programs are available in the school.

Being an Effective Learner at Centennial Learners ƒ ƒ ƒ ƒ ƒ

Participate actively and are self-motivated. Learn independently but collaborate with teachers and fellow students. Keep accurate and complete daily notes. Take risks and are willing to struggle with new learning. Accept responsibility for their own learning.

Attendance and Punctuality Research supports a strong correlation between attendance and academic success. Students who are frequently absent from school miss lessons, assignments, group-activities and class discussions. To support academic achievement, Centennial has the following attendance policy. Our direct attendance line number is (905) 735-6876. Messages may be left 24 hours a day. The Blazecast system calls home for any classes missed by students. Parents may contact our attendance secretary, between 7:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. daily regarding attendance concerns. Attendance is taken every period. A call or note from a parent/guardian is required for all absences. Students with unexcused absences are considered truant and subject to consequences. The first skip will result in a detention. Further unauthorized absences could result in a range of consequences including completion of a conduct package, in-school suspension and out of school suspension. For students who continue to skip school, the following consequences will apply: 5 unexcused absences ± parent/guardian contact 10 unexcused absences ± student referred to administration 15 unexcused absences ± parent conference to improve attendance 20 unexcused absences ± parent and student referred to Attendance Review Committee to develop a plan for improvement. Possible removal of the student from the course. For students with punctuality problems, the following will apply: 10 lates ± complete form in classroom 15 lates ± 1 hour detention after school with teacher 20+ lates ± sent home or in-school suspension one day.

Recognizing Excellent Attendance Centennial recognizes excellent attendance at the year end assembly and on a monthly basis. Students with perfect attendance are entered into a draw at the end of each month and semester.


Assessment and Evaluation for Grades 9-12: A Summary for Students, Parents and Staff The primary purpose of assessment and evaluation is to improve student learning. Teachers use assessment WRJDWKHULQIRUPDWLRQDERXWVWXGHQWVÂśVWUHQJWKVDQGQHHGVDVOHDUQHUVDQGWRSURYLGHIHHGEDFN to improve student learning. Evaluation is used to judge how well students are meeting the curriculum expectations. Marks are assigned during the evDOXDWLRQSURFHVVDQGWKHVHDUHLQFOXGHGLQDVWXGHQWÂśVUHSRUW card grade. Evidence of student achievement for evaluation is collected over time from three different sources Âą observations, conferences, and student products. Student products could include tests or exams and/or assignments for evaluation. Assignments for evaluation do not include ongoing homework that students complete in order to consolidate their knowledge and skills or to prepare for the next class.

Determining a Report Card Grade Before making a decision about the grade to be entered on the report card, teachers will consider: all evidence collected through observations, conversations, and student products; equity for all students, by ensuring that test/exams and assignments for evaluation are completed whenever possible, under the supervision of a teacher; assignments for evaluation must not include ongoing homework that students do in order to consolidate their knowledge and skills or to prepare for the next class; assignments for evalXDWLRQPD\LQYROYHJURXSSURMHFWVDVORQJDVHDFKVWXGHQWÂśVZRUNZLWKLQWKH group project is evaluated independently and assigned an individual mark, as opposed to a common group mark; when appropriate, the impact that missing assignments will have on the VWXGHQWÂśVJUDGHZKHQWKH\ fail to submit major assignments; and, that bonus marks may not be included when determining report card grades.

Late and Missed Assignments for Evaluation Students must understand that they are responsible not only for their behavior in the classroom and the school, but also for providing evidence of their achievement of the curriculum within a time frame specified by the teacher, and in a form approved by the teacher. There will be consequences for not completing assignments for evaluation or for submitting assignments late. Each teacher will use his/her own professional judgment, including the consideration of specific individual circumstances, when determining if a late penalty will be applied. Before a late penalty is applied a teacher will use strategies to support students to meet their responsibilities including, for example: asking the student to clarify the reason for not completing the assignment; helping students develop better time-management skills; taking into consideration legitimate reasons for missed deadlines; SURYLGLQJDOWHUQDWLYHDVVLJQPHQWVRUWHVWVZKHUHLQWKHWHDFKHUÂśVSURIHVVLRQDOMXGJPHQWLWLV appropriate to do so; deducting marks for late assignments; or, the full value of the assignment may be deducted if the assignment is not submitted.

Deduction of Marks For major assignments for evaluation, teachers may impose mark deductions for lateness, after considering individual student circumstances.

For Grades 9 and 10 courses, a 5% per day deduction up to a maximum of 15% of the assignment may be deducted. For example, if a student earns 80% on a major assignment for evaluation, and it is handed in one day late, the mark on that assignment is 75%. If the assignment is two days late, the mark becomes a 70%


If the assignment is three days late or more, the mark becomes a 65%. For Grades 11 and 12 courses, a 5% per day deduction up to a maximum of 25% of the assignment may be deducted. For example, if a student earns 80% on a major assignment for evaluation, and it is handed in one day late, the mark on that assignment is 75%. If the assignment is two days late, the mark becomes a 70% If the assignment is five days late or more, the mark becomes a 55%.

Academic Dishonesty ¹ Cheating and Plagiarism In our schools, we strive to help students develop integrity, a strong work ethic, responsibility and learning skills and work habits needed for success beyond school. Academic dishonesty hinders students from developing these attributes and will not be condoned within our schools. &KHDWLQJLVGHILQHGDV³DQ\HIIRUWWRGHIUDXGGHFHLYHRUHOXGHVRPHRQHHOVH´([DPSOHVPD\LQFOXGH taking a test or an examination in a dishonest way through improper access to answers, or giving or obtaining assistance without acknowledgement. 3ODJLDULVPLVGHILQHGDV³WKHXVHRUFORVHLPLWDWLRQRIWKHODQJXDJHDQGWKRXJKWVRIDQRWKHUZLWKRXW DWWULEXWLRQLQRUGHUWRUHSUHVHQWWKHPDVRQHœVRZQRULJLQDOZRUN´3ODJLDULVPRIWHQWDNHVRQHRIWKH following forms: using a quotation or sentence word for word without citing the source; using, without acknowledgement of the original source, diagrams, charts, graphics, etc.; submitting any work by another person and claiming it as your own.

Consequences Consequences for academic dishonesty may escalate based on the following mitigating factors: the grade level of the student and/or course type; the maturity of the student; the number or frequency of incidents; the individual circumstances of the student. Teachers consider the factors above as part of their professional judgment in cases of suspected academic dishonesty. Consequences for cheating and plagiarism are based on the factors outlined above and may include one or more of the following: redoing part or all of an assignment; completing an alternative assignment; a loss of marks; a mark of zero; and, suspension.

Vacationing Students The Ontario Curriculum emphasizes in-class demonstration of skills and knowledge. It may not be possible to reschedule certain elements of course evaluation, if missed. Students should not plan vacations outside of the statutory holiday periods and are fully responsible for work missed at school. One week prior to going on vacation, students must provide a note to the administration from their parents. The administration will contact the teaching staff and make accommodations as deemed appropriate. Students must be prepared to: Have extra assignments before they leave on vacation Have extra assignments upon their return Accept that in certain subject areas no make-ups or extra assignments will be available.


Buses All bus company personnel are to be treated with the same respect given to school personnel. Unruly behaviour reported to the school by bus personnel will be dealt with by school administration. Parents will be contacted in these matters. All rules of the bus company must be followed. Bus transportation is a privilege not a right and therefore privileges could be revoked. Concerns about transportation should be reported to Centennial at 735-0700.

Acceptable Use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) Student use of network services provided by Welland Centennial Secondary School and the District School %RDUGRI1LDJDUDUHTXLUHVWKHVWXGHQWWRDELGHE\DOOGLUHFWLYHVFRQWDLQHGLQWKH³,&7´GRFXPHQWDQGRWKHU guidelines concerning electronic messages as established by School staff. The use of networks is a privilege, not a right, and inappropriate use will result in the cancellation of those privileges. These rules apply to all computers in the school as well as computers used outside of the school when the name, photograph, video image and/or accomplishments of any student, teacher, or support staff members are being used. Students are prohibited from using the name of Welland Centennial Secondary School or any persons associated with WCSS (students, teachers, support staff) on any network (Internet) without the written consent of these individuals and of the school. Students using the network inappropriately will immediately remove offensive materials and provide full disclosure about offensive materials on any other network sites. Failure to observe and follow this policy will result in consequences ranging from: review of the guidelines with the student consultation with parents community service performed in the school termination of school network privileges suspension ranging from three to twenty days expulsion from the school. Written authorization by the parent/guardian is required before network access will be reconsidered by the school. Direct the authorization to the principal.


Consequences of Misbehaviour Failure to display responsibility will lead to disciplinary action by teachers and administration. Consequences could include:

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late to school late to class unexcused school / class absence unacceptable attendance pattern rudeness/insolence/refusal to act verbal abuse/threats physical assault disruption of class mockery / slander / libel threats / intimidation / bullying assault / fighting harassment of any type littering vandalism of any school / personal property lack of preparation for class inappropriate language behaviour / dress copying / cheating / plagiarism cigarette / alcohol / drug use weapon possession

Possible Range of Consequences (1 or more of the following may be used) warning from teacher counselling detention peer mediation restitution sent from class interview with administration behaviour contract attendance contract controlled timetable parental contact parental interview temporary removal from class supervised study loss of school privileges school/community service removal from course program change participation in a range of self-help groups police liaison counselling police referral in-school suspension suspension from school expulsion (by Board)

Peer Mediation Peer mediation helps students solve their conflicts before they become a problem. If you or someone you know experiences problems with rumours, teasing or fighting, please fill out a referral in the office or Student Services. You can also see the School Youth Worker, Resource Teacher or VicePrincipal to make a referral. Peer mediators are senior students trained in the area of conflict mediation and the service is confidential.

Detentions Detentions may be assigned by your class teacher or administration to be served at lunch or after school in the detention room.

Suspensions Suspension from school as a consequence is employed when a serious and/or a continual breach of school rules and/or student responsibilities occurs. Suspensions exclude that student from all educational, recreational, athletic or social experiences occurring in or sponsored by any DSBN school. Students must remain away from all school board properties during a suspension. Suspended students and their parents are required to attend a re-admission interview at the end of the suspension.


Canine Unit Searches In common with the other schools in Niagara, and as part of our Safe Schools Policy, searches may be carried out by school authorities with the assistance of private companies offering drug dog services, or by the Niagara Regional Police, including the Canine Unit, at the direction of school authorities when there are reasonable grounds to suspect a breach of a school rule. The Principal has the authority under the Ontario Education Act to conduct searches which are reasonably related to the maintenance of order and discipline in the school. The Principal may retain the services of a private company or invite the Niagara Regional Police, including the Canine Unit, to accompany and assist in conducting a search that may reveal evidence of the breach of a school rule. The search may be conducted by the Principal, Vice-Principal, or designated teaching staff. Charges may be laid by the Niagara Regional Police as a result of these searches and students may be disciplined in accordance with the Education Act. Any drugs or drug paraphernalia that are found as a result of these searches are turned over to the Niagara Regional Police for further investigation and/or disposal. We appreciate the support of our parents/guardians and School Council in our efforts to maintain a safe school environment.



Mental Wellness 7RGD\ÂśV\RXWKIDFHPDQ\REVWDFOHV$GROHVFHQFHFDQEHDWRXJKWime, and the weight of a mental health issue can only add to the pressures of youth. Parents and adolescents are encouraged to seek support to assist them in their journey to positive mental wellness, the reduction of stigma and improving quality of life. :KHQDQDGROHVFHQWÂśVEHKDYLRXUFKDQJHVLWLVLPSRUWDQWWRLGHQWLI\WKHFKDQJHVDQGFRQWDFWD professional, just as you would for any other illness. There is no prescription for the symptoms, perceptions and emotions felt by an adolescent facing a mental illness. Being aware and acting on concerning behaviours is the first and best step a caring adult can take when helping an adolescent in need. Some common concerning symptoms, perceptions and emotions are listed below as outlined by the Canadian Mental Health Association. Symptoms self destruction or abuse of substance(s) withdrawn from friends/family change in temper/argumentative/impulsive loss of interest in pastimes/hobbies/interests/athletics change in focus/concentration/academic performance/energy levels decline in personal hygiene excessive changes in sleep patterns/appetite Perceptions increased sensitivity to light/thoughts/auditory stimulation/clothing uncontrollable thoughts/fears hallucinations Emotions extreme guilt/anxiety/pessimism/depression/panic/paranoia low self-esteem loss of motivation/concentration/feelings/emotions/reasoning/memory/judgement suicidal thoughts, delusions, grandeur The following resources can be accessed in the Niagara Region: Contact Niagara (905-684-2728) Your first link to information and all services in Niagara Âą a central hub that will help to identify the appropriate resources available Pathstone Mental Health (Crisis Services: 1-800-263-4944 (24/7) or Tel: 905-688-6850) Treatment services and programs for individuals (up to 18 years of age), and families, including therapy, counselling, crisis service and parent workshops Community Addiction Services of Niagara (905-684-1183) Provides access to relevant treatment resources for individuals and their families with alcohol and drug concerns


Information Niagara (211) Helps to identify municipal, regional, provincial or federal government programs/services/departments Canadian Mental Health Association (905-641-5222) A nation-wide, charitable organization that promotes the mental health of all and supports the resilience and recovery of people experiencing mental illness Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (905-988-9094) Clinical care, research, education, policy development and health promotion to help transform the lives of people affected by mental health and addiction issues Distress Centre of Niagara (905-688-3711 or 905-382-0689) A 24-hour, free, confidential telephone crisis intervention support service Additional assistance can be found at your school through the Guidance department. It is also important to continue to maintain communication with the school so that they may support the needs of the adolescent.





Important Dates for 2011-2012 SEMESTER ONE Sept. 6 Sept. 9

First Day of School StudentV¶ Council Corn Roast (lunch hour) Sept. 16 Photo Day Sept. 19-23 Spirit Week Sept. 20 *UDGH3DUHQWV¶1LJKW Sept. 23 Catch a Slice of Cougar Life Sept. 23 Early Release Day Oct. 7 P. A. Day (no classes) Oct. 10 Thanksgiving Day Oct. 14 Progress Reports Oct. 18 Parent-Teacher Interviews Oct. 27 Halloween Dance Nov. 2 Take Your Kids to Work Nov. 18 Mid-Semester Reports Dec. 2 *UDQGSDUHQWV¶7HD Dec. 6 Christmas Concert Evening Performance Dec. 12-16 Christmas Drive Dec. 15 Christmas Dance Dec. 23 Christmas Assembly and Talent Show Dec. 23 Staff-Student Basketball Dec 24- Jan 8 Christmas Holidays Jan. 9 Classes Resume Jan. 9-20 Gr. 9 Math Assessment Jan. 19 Senior Drama Showcase Jan. 24-30 Semester 1 Final Exams Jan. 31 P.A. Day (no classes)

SEMESTER TWO Feb. 1 Feb. 10 Feb. 13-17 Feb. 17 Feb. 20 Feb. 24 Mid-Feb. Mar. 5-8 Mar. 8 Mar. 9-16 Mar. 20 Mar. 22 Mar. 29 Apr. 5 Apr. 6 Apr. 9 Apr. 24 Apr. 26 Apr. 26-28 Apr. 27 May 3-4 May 15 May 18 May 21 May 30 June 5-20 Jun. 14 Jun. 21-27 Jun. 28 Jun. 28-29 July 6

First Day of Semester 2 Distribution Sem. 1 Report Cards Semi-Formal tickets on sale Early Release Day Family Day Semi Formal Course Selection & Intention Sheets Spirit Week Spirit Assembly Spring Break Progress Reports Parent-Teacher Interviews OSSLT (Literacy Test) 6WXGHQWV¶Council Nominations Good Friday Easter Monday Mid-Semester Reports 6WXGHQWV¶&RXQFLO$VVHPEO\  Executive Election Music Man 6WXGHQWV¶&RXQFLO*UDGH5HS(OHFWLRQ Music Man Spring Concert Evening Performance P.A. Day (no classes) Victoria Day Cougarfest and Awards Assembly Gr. 9 Math Assessment Senior Drama Showcase Semester 2 Final Exams Graduation P.A. Days Report Cards Mailed Home



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