Our department encourages students to self-advocate their strengths, needs and accommodations to their teachers at HHS. If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to ask our staff or myself. We will be posting newsletters, resources and information on this page to keep parents and students informed.
Looking forward to a successful 2017-2018 school year,
Head of Specialized Services, HHS
705.789.5594, Ext. #35027
Cheers to 2017-2018 School Year!
Every few months we post a newsletters for students and families. We have these resources as part of our MailChimp newsletter. If you wish to subscribe, please click the following link.
Huntsville High School Specialized Services Staff:
Grade 9 & 10 – GLS1OR, GLE1OR and GLE2OR – Jennifer Cooper
Grade 11 & 12 – GLE3OR, GLE4OR -David Armstrong
Practical Academic Classes:
CIP – Community Integration Program – Room 334
Lead Special Education Teacher – Teresa Patterson
JLS – Junior Life Skills – Room 207
Lead Special Education Teacher – Geoff Corbett
Our Exceptional Group of Educational Assistants – Chris Embury, Joanne Nichols, Laurie Clarke, Susan Reain, Jo-Anna Star, Chelsea McDowell, Michael Kelly, Alesha Breckenridge, and Jayne Drinkwater.
We have found that many students experience test stress as well as being uncertain on how to time manage, support their ideas and critically manage a test situation. The following two resources are available in guidance for students to access. Please feel free to print and use. They have been adapted from College and University Support Centres. In addition, courses such as Learning Strategies are critical for learning some of these skills by a trained teacher.
GLE1OR, GLE2OR, GLE3OR, GLE4OR – Credit Courses
Individual Education Plans are read by teachers the first week of school and are completed with school staff and available for pick-up at Parent Interview Night in October: Oct. 25th, 2017. If they are not picked up then they will be mailed. They will be revised second semester by teachers again. We encourage your feedback and knowledge of your own/son/daughter’s IEP in order to make it a successful and individualized document. Please return the IEP or call with any concerns, questions or changes to the document.
Individual Placement and Review Committee meetings will take place for grade 8 feeder schools between February and March at the feeder schools. IPRC’s for students enrolled at HHS will take place in April and May. Paperwork is mailed to families in early March and families arrange a time that suits them best. Please email or call if you have any questions. An identification from another board does not follow a student. We must refer them to the IPRC in TLDSB, to see if a student meets criteria. This process isn’t always necessary, as we can always arrange a meeting with families, Case Conference, to discuss student need, transitioning as well as post-secondary options.
Working with student strengths at HHS
Various photos of students learning at HHS, in various ways, supported by staff with understanding of their learning profiles.
Various photos of students learning outside of HHS, with our community partners, supported by our staff and meeting their learning profiles.
World of Work and Volunteer placements at Home Hardware, Winners, and the Salvation Army:
Arts Camp 2017:
Royal Bank and Mayor visits to explore community institutions and supports:
Taking risks, Ziplining 2017:
How does it work?
- Homework Help is a FREE online math help resource for students in Grades 7-10.
- Homework Help provides FREE, live one-on-one tutoring from Ontario teachers.
- Homework Help also provides additional resources to support mathematics in the classroom.
- Registration is quick and easy.
How do I register?
- Step 1: Visit our website (www.homeworkhelp.ilc.org)
- Step 2: Students enter their OEN (You can find this number on their report card)
- Step 3: Students enter their date of birth
- Step 4: Create a username and password
- Step 5: Log in and get learning!
Other Seminars, Workshops, Information…
Are you in grade 12 and hoping to take your IEP to College or University?
Please visit the following sites and resources to support your goals.
Financial Aid presentation for students (and their parents) heading to Post Secondary School are usually held in May.
Scholarships to Consider
Muskoka Family Network
Their goal is to strengthen and empower families and the community they live in, ensuring every adult/child that is part of this network is happy, healthy and surrounded by a community that supports and cares for them.
_Registration Form – Muskoka Family Network Registration Form
https://www.facebook.com/groups/877110265707993/members/ – Muskoka Family Network Facebook Page
Technology is sometimes an important, and in other ways essential, to a students learning. We support technology at HHS, but working with students on their Board Purchased as well as personal devices. On November 8th, 2016, we had a pilot project in which we took students from HHS, GHS, and BMLSS to Georgian College and The Apple Store to gain more knowledge about technology and its use for them personally and at the post-secondary level. Lots of great learning took place! Our hope is to continue this trip every semester/year to gain more insight into how technology helps the students with understanding their learning profile. Our Learning Strategies, Life Skills as well as our Instructional Lead, are very well versed in technology and programs that can work for students. Please don’t hesitate to reach out!
Newsletters 2016-2017 School Year