OCV UPDATES - Sept 15th, 2022

OCVSS Updates - Sept 15th
Posted on 09/15/2022

Good afternoon, Students and Families

We hope everyone has had a good first week and a half and are getting back into the routines of school. Here are a few announcements:

Building Community

Caring relationships are at the heart of our work. Staff have been engaging students in activities and conversations to create meaningful connections with them as the first step for their success. We also recognize the importance of clubs, extra curricular activities, and social time to the full school experience.

Virtual Cafeteria (9-12) is open daily 11:50am - 12:27pm. Secondary students must be logged in to their @ocdsb.ca account and can access all clubs via the OCV Student Center: https://sites.google.com/ocdsb.ca/ocv-student-centre/home

Virtual Recess (7&8) launched on September 12th, and is open daily from 1:45-2:20 for clubs, teams, and student groups to gather in breakout rooms. Intermediate students can access the Meet through the Virtual Recess Google Classroom. 

Grade 7-12 Students with a suggestion for a suggestion for a Club can complete this form: https://forms.gle/yT1YTMNLUhNAHoy59


Show your OCVSS Phoenix Pride

We appreciate the diverse interests, talents, leadership skills and engagement OCVSS students demonstrate in the Ottawa-Carleton community. We invite students in Grades 7-12 participating in community events (such as The Terry Fox run - see below…) to let us know by completing this form. In recognition and celebration, each term we will draw names from submissions for a chance to win OCVSS swag! 

Virtual “Meet the Teacher” opportunity
OCV teachers will be sending invitation to open house “drop in” times that will run between Sept 20 and 22nd. These sessions are your chance to put a “face to the name”: for your child’s teachers and learn more about their program of study. If you do not receive the invitation by September 19th, you can connect directly with teachers from our Staff List web page.

Terry Fox Run
The Terry Fox Run is set to take place on Sunday, September 18 all across Canada. There are 4  Run sites in Ottawa: Carleton University, Kanata, Orleans and CFS Leitrim. See Find a Run at https://run.terryfox.ca/ for details.  The Terry Fox Run has always been a non-competitive, community-based fundraiser. Please do your run in a safe and healthy manner to a distance you feel comfortable with.

Monday September 19th

Although Monday the 19th is designated as a National Day of Mourning to mark the passing of Queen Elizabeth II, schools in Ontario, including OCVSS remain open and classes will run on a normal schedule.

Monday the 19th is also a significant date for our Métis communities across Ontario, who  celebrate Powley Day on September 19th. This date marks the anniversary of the landmark Métis rights victory at the Supreme Court of Canada. To learn more about Powley Day and its importance, please visit: https://www.metisnation.org/news/september-19-powley-day/

Homework Help

We encourage you to register your youth for free online tutoring resources such as Mathify (Grades 4 to 11) and French online homework help Voilà Learning. For more information on available resources please visit the OCDSB website.


Community Partner Resources

Tikimut After-School Program begins September 12th. The Tukimut after-school program provides Inuit youth, ages 6-12, cultural, educational and recreational activities Mondays to Thursdays 3:30-7pm at the Hardini Centre (235 Donald St). Contact coordinator Ridda Attiah at [email protected] or 613-220-6114 for information.

Post Secondary Education Hub for students in post secondary, in grade 10, 11 or 12. PSE Hub offers support such as one on one student support, cultural programs, funding applications, transportation. Please contact Trudy Metcalfe, Pete Taylor or Oolooci Taukie for info at [email protected] for more information. 

Odawa Inòdewiziwin (Family) Culture Drop-In Tuesdays 6-8pm. Dinner served at 5:30. Odawa Native Friendship Centre 815 St. Laurent Blvd 613-722-3811 www.odawa.on.ca


Black Queer Youth (BQY) is a safe space dedicated to the needs of Black queer and trans youth who celebrate accomplishments of people from different walks of life.  It is for Black and Multiracial youth who identify across the queer and trans spectrum. https://soytoronto.com/programs/black-queer-youth/ 


Pflag Canada offers peer-to-peer support around sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression. We offer peer-to-peer and family support. https://pflagcanada.ca/ 


African Canadian Association of Ottawa is a training and mentorship program that provides black youth with skills, work experience, and professional networks by teaming up with various private and public sector organizations.https://acaottawa.com/



Tim Hawes, Principal

Kathryn Ferguson, VP 7&8

Kaarina Gagner, VP 9-12 (K-Z)
Rita Lauricella, VP 9-12 (A-J)

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