Grade 7/8 Update

Grade 7/8 Update - Oct 8th
Posted on 10/08/2021

October 8, 2021


Dear Parents & Guardians,


We have a few updates to share with you as we head into the long weekend. There is no school for staff or students on Monday October 11th.  Tuesday October 12th we will be following a “Monday” schedule. Thank you to those of you who were able to attend the Meet the Teacher events this week. We hope this opportunity to hear directly from your child’s teachers was informative.

Virtual Recess

Feedback from last year’s students taught us a lot about the experience of being a “virtual” student. One significant area of concern was the social aspects of school. To help facilitate this, we have just this week launched our “Virtual Recess” (G7-8). This supervised virtual meeting space operates during the afternoon nutrition break to allow students to gather with friends, join clubs and activities, and connect with one another apart from academically. It has been a pleasure seeing many students join clubs and themed breakout rooms each day from 1:45-2:20pm.

Individual Education Plans

Parents and guardians of children continuing individualized programming have been consulted on the development of Term 1 IEPs. If you have not yet heard from us, please email Learning Support Teacher Term 1 IEPs will be emailed home on October 22nd.  


On October 12 and 13th we welcome musician Craig Cardiff ( who will be performing concerts for Grade 7 and 8 students and speaking about the art of songwriting. This month we also look forward to presentations from Canadian non-profit organization Get Real. (

School Council
The OCVSS Grade 7-12 School Council meets monthly and we need your participation! Please consider joining us for the Oct 28th meeting. For details about the Council and meeting dates, please visit:

Staying Connected


As new information is available, we will continue to communicate with you. If you did not receive this by email, please take a moment to sign-up for a SchoolMessenger account.

Please also continue to visit our school website: 

If you find that messages from the school/OCDSB are not arriving in your inbox, please see this helpful guide (shared by members of the “OCDSB OCV” Facebook group )

Spam Filter Guide

Please let us know if your child will be absent by emailing: With such a large school it is important to please provide your child’s first and last name, grade, name of homeroom teacher, date of and reason for the absence.

To all those celebrating, we wish you a relaxing and enjoyable Thanksgiving weekend.

Tim Hawes            Kathryn Ferguson

Principal                Vice Principal 7&8

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