2018-2019 RESOURCE GUIDE FOR NEW FAMILIES
Contents All School
Junior School New Student Checklist.....................3-4
Welcome from the Junior School Principal............................26 Junior School Student Life..........................27 Aftercare.....................................................28 Co-Curricular Programme...........................29 Athletics.................................................30/31 Technology..................................................32 Textbooks & School Supplies.....................33
Middle & Senior School New Student Checklist...........................................5/6 Key Dates............................................7 Welcome from Head of School............8
Junior School FAQ.................................34/35
Welcome from the Chair of the Board of Directors...............................9
Welcome from the Middle School Principal............................36 Welcome from Director of Admission & Student Citizenship.................................37-39 Advancement.....................................10 Challenge Week & Trips...............................40 Counselling & Course Selection...................41 Welcome from The York School Learning Resources......................................42 Parentsâ€™ Association President..........11 FAQ..............................................................43 Athletics.......................................................45 The York School Fund........................12 Technology & Textbooks........................46/47 Volunteering......................................13 Key Contacts................................14/15 Financial Information....................16/18 Communications..........................19/20 Calendars..........................................21
Welcome from the Senior School Principal..............................48 Student Citzenship.................................49/50 Service Learning & Challenge Week...........51 Athletics.................................................52/53 University Counselling............................54/55 Technology & Textbooks........................56/57
Uniforms...........................................22 Food Services....................................23
Junior School New Student Checklist Save the Date!
ψψ JK/SK Playdate and Parent Orientation Thursday, May 24, 2018 - 9:15 AM ψψ Junior School Drop-in - 2:00 PM Thursday, August 30, 2018 ψψ First Day of School - 8:15 AM Tuesday, September 4, 2018
By early June, 2018
ψψ Read the Welcome Package
By middle of June, 2018
ψψ Sign-in to YorkNet and explore the dashboard ψψ Check and update your family information in YorkNet ψψ Book a Uniform Fitting: June 11-13 (highly recommended) ψψ Order Uniform items
By end of August, 2018
ψψ Complete all YorkNet Forms online ψψ Register for Aftercare Programme ψψ Connect with student’s Class Partner (Grade 1 - 5) ψψ Complete all forms on YorkNet
Junior School New Student Checklist (con’t) Junior School Drop-In Thursday, August 30th - 2:00 PM
ψψFind your classroom ψψTalk to your Homeroom teacher ψψFind your cubbie ψψTour the school
First day of School - Tuesday, Sept. 4th - 8:15 AM
ψψDress in Summer Uniform (bring a sweatshirt if the weather is cool) ψψPack snacks ψψPack a lunch if not on school meal plan ψψConfirm drop-off and dismissal plan
ψψRegister for Co-curricular programmes via YorkNet ψψRegister for GADP programmes via YorkNet ψψRegister for Athletics via YorkNet (Grades 3-5) ψψAttend Curriculum Night for school (September 13, 2018) and grade-specific information
Middle & Senior School New Student Checklist Save the Date!
ψψNew Student Laptop Orientation (Grades 8 - 11) Thursday, August 30, 2018 - 1:00 PM ψψNew Student Orientation & First Day of School Tuesday, September 4, 2018
By middle to end of May, 2018
ψψRead the Welcome Package ψψ(Grade 7-8 only) submit course elective option by May 18 (Google Form via email from the Middle School Administrative Assistant)
By middle of June, 2018
ψψSign-in to YorkNet and explore the dashboard ψψCheck and update your family information in YorkNet ψψBook a Uniform Fitting: June 11-13 (highly recommended) ψψOrder Uniform items
By mid-July, 2018
ψψOrder laptop by July 16 (Grades 7 - 12) ψψOrder textbooks by July 30 (Grades 6 - 12) /5
Middle & Senior School New Student Checklist (con’t) By end of August, 2018
ψψMake sure your child connects with a member of the 2018 New Student Welcome Team ψψExpect Middle & Senior School timetables to be emailed ψψComplete all forms on YorkNet
In September, 2018
ψψRegister for Clubs at school ψψRegister for GADP programmes via YorkNet ψψRegister for Athletics via YorkNet ψψAttend Curriculum Night (September 20, 2018) for school and grade-specific information
Key Dates for 2018-2019 Thursday, August 30, 2018 - New Student Laptop Orientation (Grades 8 - 12) Tuesday, September 4, 2018 - First day of school Thursday, September 13, 2018 - Junior School Curriculum Night Thursday, September 20, 2018 - Middle & Senior School Curriculum Night Friday, September 21, 2018 - Terry Fox Run Friday, September 28, 2018 - Third 2018-2019 Tuition Payment Due Friday, October 5, 2018 - No Classes Monday, October 8, 2018 - Thanksgiving Day (No Classes) Friday, November 9 - Monday, November 12, 2018 - Mid-Term Break Friday, December 21, 2018 - Harmony Concert Monday, December 24, 2018 - Friday, January 4, 2019 - Winter Break Friday, February 15 - Monday February 18, 2019 - Winter Mid-Term Break Monday, March 11, 2019 - Friday March 22, 2019 - March Break Friday, April 19, 2019 - Good Friday (No Classes) Monday, April 22, 2019 - Easter Monday (No Classes) Friday, May 17, 2019 - Founderâ€™s Day (No Classes) Monday, May 20, 2019 - Victoria Day (No Classes)
Welcome from the Head of School
hank you for choosing The York School, and welcome! Over the next few months and years, you will become familiar with all The York School has to offer and the many ways to get involved with our community. We are looking forward to meeting you (again) and helping you on the journey. This Welcome Package is a useful guide for you to refer to in these next few months. While there is a great deal of information here, it is also easy to navigate. Information for All School is in green, Junior School (JK-5) is in yellow, Middle School (6-8) is in red and Senior School (9-12) is in blue. Focusing on the grade into which your child is entering can assist, and use the Table of Contents to help you search specific questions. Feel free to call or email us â€“ contact information is provided for the people you most likely need to be in touch with. We will be in touch again over the summer with The Flash, our school newsletter. If you want to catch up on past issues or read it weekly, (it usually comes out each Friday afternoon) you can find current and archived issues at theflash.yorkschool.com. I look forward to meeting you and getting to know your family! Sincerely, Conor Jones Head of School
Welcome from the Chair of the Board of Directors
t is my pleasure to welcome you to The York School. Our school is guided by our mission to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who are engaged citizens of the world. We are excited to have you and your child join The York School community. As a father of three York School students, I know firsthand that the school is filled with caring and enthusiastic educators who are focused on the student experience. This is a unique and wonderful school, and I trust you will forge some lasting friendships within our highly engaged parent community. This Welcome Package is just the beginning of a great adventure for you and your family. Best wishes for a successful end to this academic year, and we will see you in September, 2018!
Sincerely, Stephen Yuzpe Chair of The York School Board of Directors
Welcome from the Director of Admission & Advancement We are excited to have you join The York School community in September! Over the past year, our Admission Department has worked closely with you and your family to ensure that The York School is the right fit. The next few months will be an exciting time as we continue to help ensure that your child has a successful transition and you have an opportunity to connect with our community. Our Advancement Department is committed to engaging The York School community in support of our students and faculty, in the form of fundraising, volunteer programs and community building events and initiatives. Thanks to our generous community, previous donations have provided for major projects such as the renovations of both the Junior and the Middle and Senior School campuses and countless program enhancements over the years in the form of special guest speakers, professional athletic coaches, equipment and student travel for unique educational experiences. Much of what makes The York School truly exceptional is made possible by the support of our parents who help us go above and beyond in the achievement of our mission and vision. If you have any questions over the summer about your childâ€™s transition or wish to get more involved, please do not hesitate to contact me. Have a great summer! Sincerely,
Praveen Muruganandan Director of Admission & Advancement 416-646-5275 firstname.lastname@example.org / 10
Welcome from the President of the York School Parents’ Association You and your family have joined an engaged, active, and caring community that promotes the development of the whole student. The York School Parents’ Association (YPA) plays a large part in contributing to this vibrant community. The YPA is a volunteer organization that conducts events that increase school spirit and camaraderie. The YPA also encourages volunteerism and raises funds to support the school. All parents and guardians of current students are automatically members of the YPA. Some of the events organized by the YPA include Coffee Connects, lectures, Pancake Breakfasts and the Second-Hand Uniform Sale. There are many opportunities to volunteer throughout the year, so please consider getting involved! From being a Class Parent to helping at the YPA Halloween Party at the Junior School, it is fun, rewarding and a great opportunity to meet and get to know other parents in our community. The YPA Executive is elected at the YPA Annual General Meeting in May to lead and direct the YPA for the following year. We are always looking for interested members to join the Executive, so please consider being a part of this vibrant and dedicated group. The YPA membership fee is $40 per student, charged at the beginning of the school year through your child’s student account. Full information about the YPA, who we are, what we do, and how you can get involved, is available on YorkNet. Simply sign in and click on the YPA button. On behalf of the York Parents Association, I warmly welcome you to The York School and look forward to meeting you in person at one of our next events. Jennifer Kernaghan, The York School Parents’ Association President
The York School Fund
The York School Fund is our annual giving program that helps York students shine brighter. The York School offers a world-class IB education and like all top-tier independent schools we rely on donations to be truly competitive and enable our students and faculty to meet their full potential. While tuition and fees cover our basic operating costs, donations are critical to the program enhancements that make The York School really shine. All families are encouraged to make an annual donation to the school that is comfortable and meaningful for them. We are extremely grateful for the ongoing support we receive from our community that allows us to continually innovate and create opportunities for our students to be their best selves. Please visit our website to learn more.
Getting involved as a volunteer is a great way to contribute to your childâ€™s experience and get to know other members of The York School community. Volunteers are a critical source of support all over the school, lending a hand in a myriad of departments and capacities. Volunteer roles include, but are not limited to; The York School Parentsâ€™ Association (YPA) Executive, the York International Parents group (YIP), the Board of Directors and its subcommittees, Class Parent Representatives, library and event volunteers and Parent Ambassadors for the Admission Department. The Parent Volunteer Handbook for 2018-2019 will be available on our website in late August and outlines the many volunteer opportunities available. There will an opportunity to sign up to volunteer in early September at the first Coffee Connects event of the year. We hope you will join this dynamic community as we work together in support of our remarkable school and school community. / 13
Key Contacts Main School Phone Number: 416-926-1325 Contacting Staff and Faculty We strive to be as accessible as possible to our community. Each member of our staff and faculty can be reached via voicemail and/or email. Contact information can be found on our website in the “About Us” section under “Our People” at http://www.yorkschool.com/Page/About-Us/Our-Faculty. All staff emails follow the “first initial last email@example.com” format (e.g. firstname.lastname@example.org). If you are unsure about whom to call, please contact our receptionist and your call will be directed appropriately. Attendance If your child will be late or absent from school, please notify the school via email: Junior School: email@example.com Middle & Senior School: firstname.lastname@example.org
Key Contacts Department
416-926-1325 x 1129
416-926-1325 x 1189
416-926-1325 x 1186
Junior School: Nisha Kapileshwarker
Middle/Senior School: Paige Murray
Director of Student Wellness
416-926-1325 x 1220
General Inquiries/ Reception
416-926-1325 x 1101
Head of School (Conor Jones)
Kimberley Benoit (Executive Assistant)
416-926-1325 x 1226
IT Help Desk
David de la Huerta
416-926-1325 x 1321
Junior School Principal (Struan Robertson)
Kate Boynton (Assistant)
416-926-1325 x 1614
Middle School Principal (Helen Gin)
Sally Warren (Assistant)
416-926-1325 x 1111
Senior School Principal (David Hamilton)
Vicky Diano (Assistant)
416-926-1325 x 1117
University Counselling (David Hanna)
Vicky Diano (Assistant)
416-926-1325 x 1117
Financial Financial Information Information This section is designed to help you plan for the financial requirements of sending your child or children to The York School. There are expenses beyond tuition that you will need to take into account, but not all potential costs will apply to all students. For assistance, please contact:
Janet MacMillan Chief Financial Officer 416-926-1325 x 1182 email@example.com
Tuition Fee Payment Schedule 2018-2019 Instalment
February 6, 2018
May 31, 2018
September 28, 2018
Gr 1 - 12
Online Payment • Through most major banks, The York School has been able to set up payment of tuition online. Please check with your branch to find out whether or not you have this option. Credit Cards We now accept credit card payments through Plastiq. Using Plastiq, a third-party service provider, you can pay with MasterCard, Visa or American Express: • Go to https://TheYorkSchool.plastiq.com and register with Plastiq to create an account. • Complete the Student Payment Form and tell Plastiq the amount you want to pay. Please note that payments may take 3-5 business days to process and that a Plastiq service fee will be applied (2.5% for credit cards). Plastiq is also available as an app on iOS devices - just snap a picture or screenshot of ANY bill, and Plastiq will take care of the rest. / 16
Financial Information Instalment Plan Payment of the 2nd and 3rd tuition instalments can be made by making 10 payments (direct electronic bank debits) commencing May 1, 2018 to February 1, 2019. An additional charge of $140 applies. Note: If you choose to make monthly fee instalments, please complete the Monthly Instalment Plan form which you would have received with the “Offer of Place” package. If you need a new form, please find them on YorkNet. Statements of Account Statements of account are set up for each student and rendered periodically throughout the year. They reflect not only the fee instalments, but also additional costs for books, cafeteria purchases, YPA membership, yearbook, supplies, cultural and sporting activities, etc. These costs vary widely among students due to different levels of participation in athletic, outdoor, and cultural activities, as well as spending habits. All statements are due upon receipt. Please contact the Business Office if you do not wish your child to have York Shop or cafeteria charging privileges on their student account. Interest Interest is charged at 1.25% per month (15% per annum) on statement balances remaining unpaid for more than a month. Students with fees unpaid at the end of one term will not be permitted to return for the next term unless suitable payment arrangements have been made. Responsibility for Full Payment of Fees To plan the operating budget, the school establishes fees and makes contractual commitments in advance of the academic year. Therefore, withdrawals prior to or during the school year are subject to cancellation fees. In special circumstances, the school may pro-rate the fees to the date of withdrawal. The York School reserves the right to suspend or dismiss any student whose scholarship, behavior or cooperation is, in the opinion of the Head of School, detrimental to the standards of the school. In the event of a student’s suspension, dismissal, withdrawal or absence from the school for any reason, the parents or guardians are liable for payment of the fees. For assistance regarding student accounts, please contact Winston Berrotte in the Business Office at 416-646-5276 or firstname.lastname@example.org. / 17
Financial Information Tax Receipting Information â€“ Child Care Receipt A child care receipt is issued for a student if if the student was 16 or under during the calendar year. Generally, only the spouse or common-law partner with the lower net income can claim child care expenses. If your child attended Aftercare, the fees have been included in the Child Care Receipt amount. T4A The York School must issue a T4A to a student who has received financial assistance or scholarships. These amounts are considered by the Canada Revenue Agency as income of the recipient in the year received. T2202A A T2202A will be issued to students in respect of tuition fees paid to The York School in 2018 for Higher Level courses in the schoolâ€™s International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme. No claim can be made for the education and textbook tax credits as The York School is not designated by the province for the purposes of the Canada Student Loans Programme.
Communications The York School offers a number of services online and communicates extensively with parents via YorkNet (our community portal) and other electronic communications. YorkNet YorkNet is our information portal and it is customized to each member of our community. When you sign in, you will see school calendars, announcements, news, registration forms, directories and more. During the school year, YorkNet will be your bridge to make parent-teacher interview appointments, sign up for athletic programmes and keep track of all the activities and progress of your child. The parent portal can be accessed via http://www.yorkschool.com by clicking the YORKNET LOGIN link in the top right-hand corner of the site and entering the same username and password you used throughout the admission process. Please review your family’s information in YorkNet and make any necessary updates. If you wish to alter your privacy settings in the school directory, please contact email@example.com. Forget your password? Just click “need help” and enter your email to reset!
School Forms In August, you will receive email notifications to complete online school forms such as medical information, emergency contact information and pick-up and drop-off information. When you receive an email notification, log in to YorkNet where you will see an alert to complete a form. This streamlined process allows you to complete and submit all important school forms online and paper-free. / 19
Communications The Flash The York School publishes a weekly all-school e-newsletter / blog to keep parents up-to-date with communications from key individuals at the school and to inform parents of events and student activities. Most of the school’s critical information goes through The Flash rather than individual emails. The URL for The Flash is theflash.yorkschool.com. New parents will receive their first Flash e-newsletter link in July as well as a back-to-school issue in August. In September, weekly emails with the link will be sent on Friday afternoons or the last day of short weeks. Student Resource Pages Students from JK through Grade 12 have resource pages accessible through individual buttons on YorkNet and are used by students to access a variety of carefully selected digital resources to complement the curriculum. Parents can also access these resources to stay informed or to help your child while at home. No usernames or passwords are required. For any questions regarding your portal login, student resource pages, The Flash or any requests or suggestions regarding our online services, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org We’re Social! Stay in tune with what’s happening around the school by joining us on social media. Facebook Twitter Instagram
Kara Lysne-Paris Manager of Marketing & Communications 416-926-1325 x 1214 email@example.com / 20
Calendars 2018/2019 YorkNet has every calendar you might need to plan the school year for your family. On www.yorkschool.com, you can quickly check for important items, including the All School Calendar and What’s for Lunch.
All dates for 2018-2019 including Winter Holidays and March Break are in the All School Calendar. September is a particularly busy month – so we recommend having a look and marking down important dates such as Curriculum Night. Once you log in to YorkNet, you will also see “Calendars” at the top of the dashboard. This button gives you the ability to view and filter all calendars, including athletic games and practices. In the top right corner of the calendar page, you will see four buttons to switch to a list view, expand your view, get a URL to feed the school calendar into your own personal calendar and the option to print a calendar.
Uniforms The York School has a standard uniform for students in JK through Grade 5. There is a summer uniform, a winter uniform and athletic wear. The York School also has a standard uniform for students in Grades 6 through 12. All uniform items must be purchased online through TopMarks: 1. Visit: www.topmarks.ca 2. Go to Online Orders 3. Enter school code: YOR01 4. Create your account 5. Take your own measurements or book a fitting appointment for June 11-13, 2018. Fittings will take place in the Junior School gym at 1639 Yonge Street from 3:00 7:00 p.m. There will be a date scheduled in August for exchanges. We recommend that all uniform items be labelled. For a complete list of uniform items and requirements, please read this Guide to Uniform Shopping.
Food Services Food Services The York School offers Food Services at both the Junior School and Middle & Senior School campuses. As a ‘nut-aware’ facility, all food that is sent to The York School should be free of nuts. If you are sharing food with your class, all food must come from a nut-free facility. Junior School Aramark is our food service provider at the Junior School and ensures that our students and staff receive nutritious, balanced meals every day. Menus are planned by term and rotate in three-week cycles. Menus are posted on the YorkNet calendar. At the Junior School, there is a lunch programme available which you can register for by term, or pay-as-you go on a daily basis for lunch only. Alternatively, children can bring their own lunch and snacks if preferred. More information about the Junior School Food Services Programme, including a sign up form, will be sent to you in August. Middle and Senior School The York Cafe will feature food options provided by Aramark, our food services provider, as well as an on-site Freshii. Students are welcome to bring lunches and snacks to school as long as they are nut-free. Grade 9-12 students can choose to leave the school for lunch, and Middle School grades enjoy periodic “Lunch Out” privileges throughout the year.
Student Wellness Student Wellness Central to The York Schoolâ€™s approach to education is an appreciation for the importance of supporting the whole child. Academic success is intrinsically tied to social and emotional wellness. Through our robust homeroom and advisor programme in all three divisions, students have the opportunity to nurture meaningful relationships with teachers and peers and explicitly address social/emotional learning and character building. Our student wellness team consists of a Junior School Counsellor a Middle School Counsellor and myself, the Director of Student Wellness as well as an all-school Social Worker. We are available to work with individual students, parents and faculty to ensure that our studentsâ€™ unique psychosocial needs are addressed. I encourage you to contact me at any time to discuss any concerns you may have.
Elissa Kline-Beber, MSW, RSW Director of Student Wellness 416-926-1325 x 1220 firstname.lastname@example.org / 24
Welcome from the Junior School Principal & Vice Principal
It is our pleasure to officially welcome you to The York School! The Junior School is a wonderfully collaborative learning environment in all aspects. It has a strong community feel and we are thrilled that you have chosen to be a part of it. We encourage you and your family to get involved in the school community â€“ through volunteer opportunities, co-curricular activities and athletic programmes. This package will also serve as a useful reference guide to prepare you for your transition and help you navigate through your first few months at The York School. Our doors are always open and we are happy to meet with any family who has questions, comments or feedback. We look forward to greeting you in September and in the meantime we wish you a wonderful summer. Sincerely,
Struan Robertson Deputy Head, Academics and Junior School Principal 416-926-1325 x 1677 email@example.com
Val Turner Junior School Vice Principal & Admission 416-926-1325 x 1631 firstname.lastname@example.org / 26
Junior School Student Life York Student Class Partner Programme At the Junior School, Class Partners are assigned to all new students, with the exception of JK and SK. A Class Partner is chosen from the grade and class where the new student will be placed in the fall. Part of the responsibility of Class Partners is to contact the new student a minimum of one time over the course of the summer â€“ for a playdate, a conversation, to answer questions about the school, etc. â€“ and the Class Partner will also offer support to the new student throughout the first few weeks of school. The Class Partner Programme ensures that all new students feel welcome.
If you have any questions about Junior School student life, or if you would like to book an appointment with our Junior School Leadership Coordinator, please contact Ms. Boynton or Ms. Smart.
Kate Boynton Junior School Administrative Assistant 416-926-1326 x 1614 email@example.com
Jessica Smart Junior School Leadership Coordinator 416-926-1325 x 1703 firstname.lastname@example.org / 27
Junior School Aftercare Early Care There is supervision provided at the Junior School for students from 7:30 AM. There is no charge for this service. Aftercare Aftercare is offered to students from JK to Grade 5. The daily programme commences after classes end and continues until 6:00 PM. This service provides students with a seamless transition from their school day to a familiar, pleasant and safe environment where they can do their homework, play, relax and have a snack. Aftercare is open every day that school is in session, including early closing and interview days, but not during professional activity days, holidays or other times such as snow days when there are no classes. For students in Grades 1 to 5 who use Aftercare, a fee of $12 per hour is charged (in 15 minute increments) and is billed to your school account monthly. Aftercare costs are included in the tuition for JK and SK students. Students in Aftercare who attend Co-Curricular or Athletic Programmes after school will be billed only for the time they are in Aftercare.
Aftercare ends at 6:00 PM, Late fees of $25 per quarter hour, or any part thereof, will be charged after this time. The York School Code of Conduct also applies to Aftercare. The school reserves the right to withdraw your child if The York School Code of Conduct is not upheld, school policies are not followed or there is a continuous disregard for the 6:00 PM pick-up time. Students in JK to Grade 5 who are still on school premises at 4:00 PM or 15 minutes after the conclusion of their school activities will be placed in Aftercare.
Junior School Co-Curricular Programme Co-Curricular Programme Each term, students in JK to Grade 5 can register for a variety of Co-Curricular Programmes such as choir, chess, individual piano and guitar lessons, art, science and technology programmes and many more. There is a wide range of programmes offered for each of the fall, winter and spring terms. The Fall 2018 Co-Curricular Programme Guide will be available online June 11, 2018, prior to online registration on September 6, 2018. Spaces fill up quickly, so please ensure that you are aware of the registration start date and time. This information will be communicated through The Flash. For more information pertaining to Co-Curricular Programmes and Aftercare, please contact:
Carol Klestinec Co-Curricular and Aftercare Coordinator 416-926-1325 x 1701 email@example.com
Junior School Athletics The Junior School Athletics Programme gives our athletes a variety of positive experiences across a wide variety of sports. Through participation in the Junior School Athletics Programme, our athletes improve their daily fitness and sport specific skills while contributing to the vibrant athletic culture of our school. In the Junior School, our goal is to help young athletes develop skills, promote participation, and position our competitive teams for success. Students in Grades 3 to 5 have the opportunity to play on competitive teams. Students in JK through Grade 5 can participate in Gladiator Athlete Development Programmes. Athletes who join any Junior School Athletic Programme will further develop the values of commitment, team spirit and mutual respect through sport. Interscholastic League offerings and Athletic Development Programmes are further defined in the following chart: Grades 3 = Under 9* | Grades 4 = Under 10* | Grade 5 = Under 11* *All players must be that age or younger on December 31, 2018.
Fall (Sep – Nov)
Winter (Nov – Mar)
U9 Co-ed U10 Boys U11 Boys
Cross Country Soccer
U9 Co-ed U10 Co-ed U11 Co-ed U9 Co-ed U10 Co-ed U11 Co-ed U9 Co-ed U10/U11 Co-ed
Track & Field Volleyball
Spring (Apr – May)
*Nominal fees are associated with interscholastic team activities.
Junior School Athletics Gladiator Athletic Development Programmes Gladiator Athletic Development Programmes (GADP) offer a variety of sports to students in Grades JK through 5. Programmes vary by term to provide students a variety of positive sport experiences. Options may include: fitness, soccer, yoga, basketball, volleyball and dance. Programmes are offered either during the lunch recess time or after school. Registration is on a term-by-term basis. Fees for GADP vary and will be posted with the registration information at the start of each term. Fees are charged to student accounts. For more information about Athletics at the Junior School, please contact:
Rick DeMarinis Director of Athletics 416-926-1325 x 5277 firstname.lastname@example.org
Norah Baine Administrative Assistant to Athletic Director 416-926-1325 x 1186 email@example.com
Junior School Technology Innovation is Our Tradition The Primary Year Programme (PYP) is a world class educational framework that focuses on the development of the whole child as an inquirer, both inside and outside the classroom. As the world changes rapidly around our students, it is important that their learning tools reflect and keep pace with that change. At The York School, the Learning, Technology and Innovation Department works with each grade and specialist teacher to find meaningful ways to enrich and deepen student learning. This collaborative approach ensures that we are constantly searching for opportunities and experiences that will enhance the curriculum. This unique partnership has allowed us to curate a developmentally appropriate learning toolkit that enables our teachers and students work at their best. Students in JK through to Grade 2 have access to classroom sets of iPads to help them inquire, question and explore; in Grades 3 to 5 each student receives an individual Chromebook to support and enrich their learning. All Junior School classrooms come equipped with interactive whiteboards and integrated projector/sound systems to help bring lessons to life. The PYP Programme of Inquiry offers many opportunities for our students to experience new and emerging technologies like 3D design, coding and multi-media creation. Afzal Shaikh is the dedicated Learning, Innovation and Technology Coordinator supporting the Junior School. His primary role is to support staff and students to realize their teaching and learning potential. For more information about Learning, Innovation and Technology at the Junior School, please contact: Justin Medved Director of Learning, Innovation & Technology 416-926-1325 x 1224 firstname.lastname@example.org / 32
Junior School Textbooks & School Supplies On the first day of school, Junior School teachers will hand out all school supplies for student use including folders, notebooks, paper, pencils, erasers, workbooks and textbooks as well as individual student agendas. Basic school supplies, textbooks, workbooks associated with textbooks and student agendas are provided at no cost to the students. For more information about textbooks and school supplies, please contact: Kate Boynton Junior School Administrative Assistant 416-926-1325 x 1614
Junior School FAQ Should I accompany my child to their classroom the first day of school? Typically, students are dropped off at either the front doors off Yonge Street or at the back off of Glen Elm Avenue. At 8:15 AM, students in Grades 1 to 5 enter the school through the back doors. We ask that parents encourage the students to independently walk to their classroom. JK and SK students start their day at 9:00 AM, Where is there parking at the Junior School campus? There is no available parking at the Junior School campus. There is a 15-minute “drop-off” zone outside of the school during regular school hours. There is other limited parking on Yonge Street. There are also several public paid parking lots within walking distance of the school. Families are encouraged to obey posted parking signs. The York School families are not permitted to park in the Yorkminster Park Baptist Church’s parking lot.
What time does morning care start? Students can be droped off at school after 7:30 AM. Students engage in supervised activities in the Discovery Zone, on the first floor, until the beginning of the school day. / 34
Junior School FAQ What is The Flash? The Flash is our weekly e-newsletter/blog for The York School community. It is an overview of what has happened during the week and upcoming dates and events. It is important to check it weekly. My child really wants to participate in athletics. Who do I talk to about this? Notifications to sign-up for athletics will be provided the first week of school. All information is available on YorkNet. My friend said it was difficult to register for co-curricular activities. What do I need to do? Co-curriculuar activity descriptions, day, time and cost information will be provided during the first week of school. Instructions to register will also be provided. If you experience any difficulties with registering, our IT department, Junior School Administrative Assistant or Co-curricular Coordinator are happy to help. What is GADP? The Gladiator Athletic Developemnt Programme is an athletic programme for younger students. Descriptions, dates, times and costs will be provided during the first week of school. Instructions to register will also be provided. Where do I find my childâ€™s class timetable? During the first week of school, your child will receive their timetable. It will also be posted in the first Flash message of the year. If my child is absent, who do I let know? Please email email@example.com to report any absences. If my child would like to participate in school lunch only once and a while, who do I call? Each day, Homeroom teachers have a list of students participating in the school lunch programme. Children can ask to have their name put on the list daily. Your account will be charged accordingly. / 35
Welcome from Middle School Principal
The Middle School is a wonderful community for young people to learn and grow. You will find that we are committed to ensuring every aspect of the Middle School embodies our school’s mission statement, “To develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who are engaged citizens of the world.” This Welcome Package is your reference for all the information you will need prior to starting with us in September; however, if you have any questions, comments or concerns at any time, please contact me. I look forward to seeing you and your child in September and welcoming you in person to our community. Until then, I hope you and your family enjoy a safe and happy summer.
Sincerely, Helen Gin Middle School Principal 416-926-1325 x 1187 firstname.lastname@example.org / 36
Middle School Student Citizenship If you have any questions about any aspect of Middle School student life, course selection, club activities or would like to book an appointment with Ms. Gin, please contact the Middle School Administrative Assitant, Ms. Sally Warren:
Sally Warren Middle School Administrative Assistant 416-926-1325 x 1111 email@example.com Student Life Demonstrating our total commitment to experiential learning, we aim to bring the IB Programme to life by developing complementary learning opportunities beyond the classroom. Co-curricular Programme Participation in co-curricular activities, service initiatives, social events and our house system is integral to student life. The York School offers a diverse and constantly evolving list of clubs to nurture student interests and build strong interpersonal skills. Some of the clubs and co-curriculars offered to students have included: York TV (MS hosts), Debating, Open Studio Art Club, Robotics, School Musical/Play, Improv Club, Honour Band, Eco Club, DJ club, Minecraft Club, Outers Club, Chess Club, Film Society, Programmerâ€™s Club, York Glee, Mad Scientist Club, Book Club and Radio Club. A balanced, rich and rewarding co-curricular programme complements our rigorous academic curriculum. We strive to provide opportunities for students to find their own voice and leverage that in fostering a caring and inclusive school climate and culture.
Middle School Student Citizenship Student Citizenship at The York School Engaged citizenship at The York School encourages students to attend to the common good and play an active role in the life of the school, their local community and beyond. Students are encouraged to find their voices, participate in decision-making and to embrace their leadership potential. Through meaningful community service, we strive to develop an increased sense of social responsibility, a global view of society and a passion for helping others. We want to instill in our students a sense of gratitude for what they have as they take action to make a difference in the lives of others. Our rich co-curricular opportunities help balance the rigorous academic programme by providing students with connections to the community, broadened social networks and exposure to varied experiences. Students are able to find their passions, learn to communicate effectively with their peers and embrace the opportunity to be their best selves. Middle School Student Leadership Opportunities The Middle School Student Council provides an opportunity for leadership for those interested in collaborating with their peers and the faculty to create a dynamic, engaging and inclusive school community. There are Grade 6-8 Grade Leaders and Grade 8 House Captain positions. Students are chosen to take part â€“ some by general election and others by a selection committee â€“ based on their potential to show leadership and by being model school citizens. This student government strives to enrich the student experience at The York School by organizing fun community building events and service initiatives.
Middle School Student Citizenship York Student Ambassador Programme In the fall of each academic year, York School students apply and are selected to be Student Ambassadors to promote the climate and culture of their school and build meaningful relationships with new students and families. As part of the York Student Ambassador Programme, current students may be called upon as hosts, tour guides, event speakers or ushers/greeters at school events. Hosts connect with applicants who come for Taste of York events so they can be introduced to the student experience at The York School. Tour guides show our facilities to prospective families and describe their experience at The York School in terms of the IB programme, co-curricular and leadership opportunities and school climate/community. Event speakers are responsible for delivering a speech about their York School experience to prospective and/or current families. Ushers/greeters welcome families at events, distribute programmes and seat audiences. 2018 New Student Welcome Team In the Middle School, all new incoming students are welcomed by the 2018 New Student Welcome Team which has members in each grade and homeroom. Members of the New Student Welcome Team are expected to contact new students over the course of the summer â€“ to introduce themselves, answer questions and offer sound advice about student life. The 2018 New Student Welcome Team ensures that all new students feel welcome, connected, and supported during their first weeks at The York School. For more information on Middle School Leadership, contact:
Sarah Charley Executive Coordinator of Citizenship 416-926-1325 x 1470 firstname.lastname@example.org / 39
Middle School Challenge Week & Field Trips Every year during the first week of May, The York School runs a unique experiential programme called Challenge Week. Students from Grades 6 to 10 take part in week-long curriculum-driven excursions throughout Canada and North America. Challenge Week embodies our commitment to engage in experiential learning. Students are asked to extend themselves beyond their comfort zone to gain the skills and confidence to learn through experience. Challenge Week is one of the most important platforms in which the Learner Profile of the Middle Years Programme is developed through experience. Becoming risk-takers, inquirers, communicators and openminded, caring citizens are concrete outcomes that support the International Baccalaureate philosophy. Challenge Week is a mandatory part of the Middle School curriculum. Grade-specific excursions are linked directly to a specific course or area of study. Fees associated with Challenge Week are in addition to tuition and will be charged to the student’s account. In September, each grade level travels to YMCA Wanakita in Haliburton for a two-night Fall Outdoor Education Excursion toestablishcommunity,setnorms for socialization, and initiate positive energy to start the year. Also, curriculumdriven day and overnight field trips take place at different points throughout the school year. These field trips are mandatory. Associated fees are not included in tuition and will be charged to the student’s account. For more information on Challenge Week and field trips, please contact: For more information about Challenge Week and school trips, please contact: Andrea Lossing Trip Coordinator 416-926-1325 x 1221 email@example.com
Middle School Counselling & Course Selection Middle School Counselling Upon entering the Middle School, students face a range of new challenges. These challenges include academic and pyscho-social adjustments. The first line of support to these challenges is the homeroom teacher. Other supports include the Middle School Counsellor, Glen Blair. Mr. Blair makes connections with all Middle School students through the homeroom programme and other areas of school life.
Glen Blair Middle School Counsellor 416-926-1325 x 1221 firstname.lastname@example.org Course Selection In Middle School, students study 9-10 subjects. All students in Grades 6 to 8 take English, Humanities, Math, Science, French, PE, Art, Design, Performing Arts/Music. In Grades 7 and 8, students have the opportunity to take an elective course. Students choose one of either Vocal, Drama, Spanish or Mandarin. Elective courses are designed to expand learning interests and provide an opportunity to explore a new subject area. Elective courses are comprised of 5 single classes per 10-day cycle. Please speak with your child to help them decide on an elective that best reflects their interests. You have received a Course Selection form via email from the Middle School. Please complete this form, indicating a first and second elective choice by Friday, May 25, 2018. Late submissions may end up with an alternate choice. / 41
Middle School Learning Resources Middle School Learning Resource and Strategy Support We recognize that the Middle School years are a tremendous time of growth and this growth may require new skills and approaches. Our Learning Resource Strategist, Jennifer Robertson supports students who may need additional support beyond their classroom teacher. She supports the faculty by communicating a student-learning plan as prescribed by a pyscho-educational assessment, and guides faculty towards best teaching practices as they pertain to supporting learning needs. Our Learning Resource Strategist works as a co-teacher in classes, offers one-one and small group support outside of the classroom. The Learning Resource Strategist is enlisted for support directly by families, and recommended by the teaching faculty and/or the school administration.
Jennifer Robertson Learning Resource Strategist 416-926-1325 x 1145 email@example.com
Middle School FAQ
How does the lunch in the cafeteria work? Lunch in the cafeteria is purchased from an a la carte menu. Parents are encouraged to give direction and parameters to students in their selection and purchase of food. Menu prices are posted on YorkNet. Click here to see this yearâ€™s selection of foods and prices for 2017/2018. There is a hot lunch selection every day, as well as a Freshii kiosk. Typically, 50% of students make regular lunch purchases and the other 50% bring lunch from home. Is there a break during the school day? There is an informal nutrition break between 9:45 - 10: 30 AM. A snack trolley is brought up from the cafeteria to make purchases if students have forgotten to pack a snack from home. Again, parents should provide parameters to student spending. Is there before and after school care? There is no before or after school care. However, students can arrive to school at 8:00 AM, and students are encouraged to sign up for after school activities (clubs, athletics) that typically run from 3:45 - 5:00 PM.
Middle School Athletics The Middle School Athletics Programme focuses on providing exposure to a wide variety of sports at all levels. The goal is to develop a lifelong passion for sport and healthy, active living. Our student-athletes have the opportunity to try out for Interscholastic Teams or join recreational programmes. Interscholastic League: Grade 6 = Under 12* | Grade 7 = Under 13* | Grade 8 = Under 14* *All players must be that age or younger on December 31, 2018. Sport
Fall (Sep - Nov)
Winter (Nov - Mar)
U12 Girls U14 Girls - D2 U14 Girls - D3
U12 Boys U13 Boys U14 Boys -D2 U14 Boys - D3 Ex
Spring (Mar - May)
U12 Co-ed U14 Co-ed
U13 Boys U14 Boys
U-14 Co-ed U14 Girls U-14 Co-ed Ex
Track & Field
U12 Co-ed U14 Co-ed
U14 Co-Ed Team
U12 Boys U14 Boys
U12 Girls U13 Girls U14 Girls U14 Girls Ex
Middle School Athletics
Students have to â€œtry-outâ€? for a team. Skill along with the ability to commit to practices and games are considered for player selection. Given that player experience and skill levels vary, some teams will be in the league while others will play exhibition. The programmeâ€™s competitive nature, along with stringent qualifying criteria, may limit the number of players and may mean some players will be placed on a development team. Fees are associated with all team sports and are charged to student accounts. Recreational Programmes We also offer recreational programmes to provide students with a variety of positive sport experiences. Programmes such as yoga, fitness boot camp and strength and conditioning are available. Registration is term-by-term. Fees for these programmes vary and will be posted with the registration information at the start of each term. Fees are charged to student accounts. For more information about Athletics, please contact: Rick DeMarinis Director of Athletics 416-926-1325 x 5277 firstname.lastname@example.org
Norah Baine Administrative Assistant to Athletic Director 416-926-1325 x 1186 email@example.com / 45
Middle School Technology & Textbooks Learning Anywhere, Anytime - Blackboard Students in the Middle School are supported by the Blackboard Learning Management System. This online learning portal provides each student with personalized access to unit materials, weekly assignments, research tools and daily course announcements. Blackboard is updated daily by all faculty and is the first place to check should a student want to catch up following an absence or look ahead. Blackboard can be accessed directly via yorkschool. blackboard.com or in YorkNet. At the beginning of each academic year parents are given “observer” role accounts so that they can also view course materials, homework and assignment due dates. Sign-in information for Blackboard is sent to parents in the summer but as a general rule the username is: firstname+lastname (“johnsmith”) and the password is: the first 5 digits of your school account number. For further questions about Blackboard or to get help, please contact the IT Help Desk Desk at 416-926-1325 x 1321 or Neil Moir at firstname.lastname@example.org. Learning with Laptops - Middle School Laptop Programme For the past 17 years, The York School has stood as a leader in innovative and meaningful technology integration across the curriculum. Our teachers are continuously searching for ways to enrich their subject areas with engaging tools and learning experiences. To that end, The York School invests heavily in teacher professional development and classroom support staff. Led by the Department of Learning, Innovation and Technology, The York School ensures that its faculty and students have the best tools to help them realize their academic potential. Students entering Grade 6 will be provided with a school owned Chromebook to be used in all their classes. These computers will be given to students by their homeroom teacher near the end of September. Students entering Grades 7 and 8 will officially enter our student-owned laptop programme. Families are given the choice to either purchase a MAC laptop (with minimum specifications) or a school selected Lenovo PC model. Those choosing the PC option can easily order their laptop through our school reseller using the link on our Middle School technology page: https://www.yorkschool.com/page/middle-school/ technology/middle-school-laptop-programme / 46
Middle School Technology & Textbooks Those choosing the MAC may purchase it on their own or through our reseller as well. All laptops must be ordered or brought to our IT Department by July 16, 2018 to give us enough time to get them ready for the fall start. The Grade 7 students will receive their laptops in their homerooms at end of the first week of school. Grade 8 students will receive their laptop at the New Student Laptop Orientation on from 1:00 - 3:00 PM on Thursday, August 30th, 2018 at 1320 Yonge Street where they will be guided through a software and student learning orientation. All students receive The York School software toolkit to be used throughout the academic year. Should students experience computer problems, we facilitate all hardware repairs 12 months of the year and provide daily on-demand software support via our in house IT support Help Desk. For more information on our laptop programme and/or to place an order, please visit our website. Textbooks For Grades 6 through 12, textbooks are purchased online through the Canadian School Book Exchange. You can place your textbook order online by logging into YorkNet and clicking on the “Order Textbooks” icon. Follow the information appropriate to your child’s grade and textbook requirements. Used textbooks are also available through the website on a first-come, first-served basis. The online ordering process will be available in late June. Please visit our website closer to the time for official dates to start your order process. Orders must be placed by July 30, 2018 to ensure delivery for the start of classes in September. For information regarding textbook orders or payment for used books, please contact Kevin Villasenor at email@example.com. The Canadian School Book Exchange 905-828-7200 www.csbe.net/school/yorkschool
Welcome from Senior School Principal
At the Senior School, you will find a community of engaged learners who embrace new challenges, dig deep and emerge as confident citizens of the world. I invite you to read through this Welcome Package, where you will learn that each of our classrooms is a mere starting point for the exploration of a rich and relevant curriculum. As your children walk through the front doors in September, they will quickly come to know the many benefits of being part of a small school community. From the student mentorship programme and dedicated counsellors, to our inclusive co-curricular activities and community events, The York School provides a supportive environment in which we know your child is going to thrive. If you have any questions in the meantime, please do not hesitate to contact me. Have a wonderful summer and we will see you soon! Sincerely, David Hamilton Senior School Principal 416-926-1325 x 5272 firstname.lastname@example.org / 48
Senior School Student Citizenship If you have any questions about any aspect of Senior School student life, course selection, club activities or would like to book an appointment with Mr. Hamilton, please contact Senior School Administrative Assistant, Ms. Vicky Diano: Vicky Diano Senior School Administrative Assistant 416-926-1325 x 1117 email@example.com Co-curricular Programme The Senior School Student Life Programme develops our students’ individuality and strengthens their connection to the vibrant York School community. We are committed to developing caring global citizens through an incredible range of activities at school, in our great city of Toronto, across Canada and around the world. Participation in co-curricular activities, service initiatives, social events and our house system is integral to student life and also provides many authentic leadership opportunities. The York School offers a diverse and constantly evolving list of clubs to nurture student interests and build strong interpersonal skills. Some of the clubs and co-curriculars offered to Senior School students in the past include: York TV, Debating, Open Studio/Art Club, Programmer’s Club, Senior School Musical/Play, Improv Club, Writer’s Guild, Guitar Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, Model UN, Peer Tutoring, Community Service Committee, our student newspaper ‘The Stand’ and more. A balanced rich and rewarding co-curricular programme complements our rigorous academic curriculum. 2018 New Student Welcome Team In the Senior School, all new incoming students are welcomed by the 2018 New Student Welcome Team which has members in each grade and homeroom. Members of the New Student Welcome Team are expected to contact new students over the course of the summer – to introduce themselves, answer questions and offer sound advice about student life. The 2018 New Student Welcome Team ensures that all new students feel welcome, connected, and supported during their first weeks at The York School.
Senior School Student Citizenship Student Citizenship Engaged citizenship at The York School encourages students to attend to the common good and play an active role in the life of the school, their local community and beyond. Students are encouraged to find their voices, participate in decision-making and to embrace their leadership potential. Through meaningful community service, we strive to develop an increased sense of social responsibility, a global view of society and a passion for helping others. We want to instill in our students a sense of gratitude for what they have as they take action to make a difference in the lives of others. Our rich co-curricular opportunities help balance the rigorous academic programme by providing students with connections to the community, broadened social networks and exposure to varied experiences. Students are able to find their passions, learn to communicate effectively with their peers and embrace the opportunity to be their best selves. York Student Ambassador Programme In the fall of each academic year, York School students apply and are selected to be Student Ambassadors to promote the climate and culture of their school and build meaningful relationships with new students and families. As part of the York Student Ambassador Programme, current students may be called upon as hosts, tour guides, event speakers or ushers/greeters at school events. Hosts connect with applicants who come for Taste of York events so they can be introduced to the student experience at The York School. Tour guides show our facilities to prospective families and describe their experience at The York School in terms of the IB programme, co-curricular and leadership opportunities and school climate/ community. Event speakers are responsible for delivering a speech about their York School experience to prospective and/ or current families. Ushers/greeters welcome families at events, distribute programmes and seat audiences.
Sarah Charley Executive Coordinator of Citizenship 416-926-1325 x 1470 firstname.lastname@example.org
Senior School Service Learning & Challenge Week, Student Service We foster global-mindedness and a sense of social responsibility by creating school wide and divisional community service initiatives and opportunities. Students build partnerships with different organizations and act as project managers for awarenessbuilding and fundraising campaigns. We respond to issues emerging locally and globally with meaningful service learning opportunities. We mobilize youth to make change and develop compassion and empathy for those less fortunate than themselves. Challenge Week & Field Trips Every year during the first week of May, The York School runs a unique experiential programme called Challenge Week. Students from Grades 6 to 10 take part in week-long curriculum-driven excursions throughout Canada and North America. Challenge Week embodies our commitment to strengthen the mind, body and spirit through experiences which extend and enrich student learning. Challenge Week is one of the most important platforms on which the IB Learner Profile is developed through experience in Grades 9 and 10. The attributes of risk-taking, reflection, communication and being balanced are all enhanced and reinforced through Challenge Week experiences. Curriculum driven, subject-specific day and overnight field trips take place at different points throughout the school-year. These field trips are mandatory. Associated fees are not included in tuition and will be charged to the studentâ€™s account. For more information about school trips, contact:
Andrea Lossing Trip Coordinator 416-926-1325 x 1221 email@example.com
Senior School Athletics The Senior School Athletics Programme focuses on providing exposure to a wide variety of sports at all levels. The goal is to develop a lifelong passion for sport and healthy, active living. Our student-athletes have the opportunity to try out for Interscholastic teams or join recreational programmes. Interscholastic League: Grade 9 & 10 = Junior Varsity (Under 16*) Grade 11 & 12 = Varsity (Under 20*) * All players must be that age or younger on December 31, 2018. Students have to “try-out” for a team. Skill along with the ability to commit to practices and games are considered for player selection. Given that player experience and skill levels vary, some teams will be in the league while others will play exhibition. The programme’s competitive nature, along with stringent qualifying criteria, may limit the number of players and may mean “cuts.” Where possible, practice squads will be set up to limit the number of cuts made. Fees are associated with Interscholastic Team sports and are charged to student accounts. Recreational Programmes Each term, we offer recreational programmes to provide students with a variety of positive sport experiences. Programmes such as yoga, fitness boot camp and strength and conditioning are available. Registration is on a term-by-term basis. Fees for these programmes vary and will be posted with the registration information at the start of each term. Fees are charged to student accounts. For more information about Athletics at the Senior School, please contact:
Rick DeMarinis Director of Athletics 416-926-1325 x 5277 firstname.lastname@example.org
Norah Baine Administrative Assistant to Athletic Director 416-926-1325 x 1186 email@example.com / 52
Senior School Athletics Sport
Fall (Sep - Nov)
Winter (Nov - Mar)
Junior Co-ed Varsity Co-ed
Junior Varsity Girls Varsity Girls
Junior Varsity Co-ed Varsity Co-ed
Varsity Open Varsity Boys
Junior Varsity Boys Varsity Boys - D2 Varsity Boys - D3
Varsity Open Varsity Boys Junior Varsity Co-ed Varsity Co-ed
Spring (Mar - May)
Junior Varsity Boys Varsity Boys
Varsity Girls Junior Varsity Co-ed Junior Varsity Co-ed Varsity Co-ed Varsity Co-ed
Squash Track and Field
Junior Varsity Co-ed Varsity Co-ed
Junior Varsity Co-ed Varsity Co-ed
Junior Varsity Girls Varsity Girls
Senior School Academic & University Counselling Student Wellness Every Senior Student is assigned a teacher advisor who will track their academic progress and will be available as a consistent support throughout their Senior School years. Your childâ€™s advisor will be in touch prior to the beginning of the school year. Please use your childâ€™s advisor as a first line contact if you have information to share or questions to ask. Academic & University Counselling Your child will also have a dedicated university and academic planning counsellor throughout their Senior School. All students are supported with individualized academic course selection providing a complete, academic and university counselling and placement plan. We look forward to working with your family and supporting your child as they progress through the Senior School years. David Hanna Director of University Counselling 416-646-5275 firstname.lastname@example.org
Senior School Academic & University Counselling Course Selection Participation in the final two years of the Middle Years Programme and the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme requires that students include in their courses: a second language, mathematics, an experimental science, a social science, an arts course and English. This ensures that each student will meet Ontario requirements for the Ontario Secondary School Diploma and have the appropriate configuration of Grade 12 credits for university entrance. Grade 9 students have one elective option and Grade 10 students have three elective options. Please connect with David Hanna, Director of University Counselling, as soon as possible to discuss course selections. Naviance Family Connection Naviance is a web based application used to guide and monitor a student’s Senior School academic planning. Naviance is also used to help each student prepare for postsecondary education and beyond. It includes an ACT test preparation tool, scholarship search tools, post secondary research tools, resume building information and career tools. It is available to our Senior School students and is accessible through a link on YorkNet’s parent and student portal. During the school year, parents can sign in at any time to view the information. When a new student’s account is set up, an email will be sent to the student and the parent from our University Counselling Department. Instructions will follow with initial setup details. For more information about Naviance Family Connection, or to book an appointment with Mr. Hanna, please contact: Vicky Diano University Counselling Administrative Assistant 416-926-1325 x 1117 email@example.com
Senior School Technology Learning Anywhere, Anytime Students in the Senior School are supported by the Blackboard Learning Management System. This online learning portal provides each student with personalized access to unit materials, weekly assignments, research tools and daily course announcements. Blackboard is updated daily by all faculty and is the first place to check should a student want to catch up following an absence or look ahead. Blackboard can be accessed directly via yorkschool.blackboard.com or in YorkNet. At the beginning of each academic year parents are given “observer” role accounts so that they can also view course materials, homework and assignment due dates. Sign-in information for Blackboard is sent to parents in the summer but as a general rule the username is: firstname+lastname (“johnsmith”) and the password is: the first 5 digits of your school accounting number. For further questions about Blackboard or to get help, please contact the IT Help Desk Desk at 416-926-1325 ext. 1321 or Neil Moir at firstname.lastname@example.org. Learning with Laptops - Senior School Laptop Programme For the past 17 years, The York School has stood as a leader in innovative technology integration across the curriculum. Our teachers are continuously searching for ways to enrich their subject areas with engaging tools and learning experiences. To that end, The York School invests heavily in teacher professional development and classroom support staff. Led by the Department of Learning, Innovation and Technology, The York School ensures that its faculty and students have the best tools to help them realize their academic potential. Students entering Grades 9 to 12 will officially enter our student owned laptop programme. Families are given the choice to either purchase a MAC laptop (with minimum specifications) or the school selected Lenovo PC. Those choosing the PC option can easily order their laptop through our school reseller using the link on our Senior School Technology Page: https://www.yorkschool.com/page/ senior-school/technology/senior-school-laptop-programme Those choosing the MAC may purchase it on their own or through our reseller as well. All laptops must be ordered or brought to our IT Department by Monday, July 16, 2018 to give us enough time to get them ready for the fall start. All new Senior School students are asked to attend the New Student Laptop Orientation event from 1:00 - 3:00 PM on August 30th, 2018 at 1320 Yonge Street where they will be guided through a software and student learning orientation. / 56
Senior School Technology & Textbooks All Senior School laptops are prepared with The York School software toolkit to be used throughout the academic year. Should students experience computer problems, we facilitates\ all hardware repairs 12 months of the year and provide daily on-demand software support via our in house IT Help Desk. For more information on our laptop programme and or to place an order please visit our website.
Textbooks For Grades 6 through 12, textbooks are purchased online through the Canadian School Book Exchange. You can place your textbook order online by logging into YorkNet and clicking on the “Order Textbooks” icon. Follow the information appropriate to your child’s grade and textbook requirements. Used textbooks are also available through the website on a first-come, first-served basis. The online ordering process will be available in late June. Orders must be placed by July 30, 2018 to ensure delivery for the start of classes in September. For information regarding textbook orders or payment for used books, please contact Kevin Villasenor at email@example.com or: Canadian School Book Exchange 905-828-7200 www.csbe.net/school/yorkschool
SEE YOU IN SEPTEMBER! / 58