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    St. Joseph’s College School

    Handbook 2012-2013


    Helen Lesniak

    Vice Principal

    Kristine Carey

    Vice Principal

    Alice Wong-Rettig

    74 Wellesley Street West

    Toronto, Ontario M5S 1C4

    Main Office: (416) 393-5514, press #0

    Attendance Office: (416) 393-5514, press #2

    Student Services: (416) 393-5961

    Fax: (416) 975-4371

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    STAFF 2012-2013

    ADMINISTRATION H. Lesniak Principal

    K. Carey Vice-Principal

    A. Wong-Rettig Vice-principal

    CHAPLAIN R. Bertram

    DEPARTMENT HEADS Arts J. Pregelj

    Canadian and World Studies J. Doucet

    English as a Second Language/ P. Beamish

    French /International languages

    English M. Purtill

    Mathematics M. Puzniak

    Physical Education/Healthcare B. Hincapie

    Religion A. Morawiecki-Klonowski

    Science B. Meagher

    Special Education K. Szendi

    Student Services/Student Success/Business J. Lobo

    Career Studies


    SECRETARIAL STAFF I. Hung (Head Secretary) E. De Nobrega (Attendance)

    S. Wells (Student Services) S. McCormick (Main Office)

    CUSTODIAL STAFF J. Armas J. Fera

    M. Mule T. Santoro



    L. Da Silva K. Pietka

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    Babinski, Albina Malfitano, Francesco

    Bacchus, Veronica Martens, Jennifer

    Beamish, Peter McManus, Michael

    Bertram, Ralph Meagher, Ben

    Carpe, Ann Marie Mehta, Seema

    Carrusca, Sonia Montano, Maria

    Costa, Aida Morawiecki-Klonowski, Anna

    Czan, Natalia Neglia, Mary

    D‘Souza, Clotilda Nicoletti, Phil

    Da Mota, Claudia O‘Connor, Andrea

    Darmanin Kaiser, Margaret Padure, Igor

    De Giorgio, Katie Pereira, Elizabeth

    Doucet, John Pregelj, Judy

    Fragomeni, Maria Luisa Purtill, Miriam

    Gagliano, Paul Puzniak, Malgorzata

    Gambardella, Michael Rafael, Suzy

    Godin, Monica Reid, Anthony

    Hincapie, Barbara Ridgeway, Jennifer

    Hodgkinson, Alexandra Ruberto, Jo-Ann Teresa

    Iacovino, Nancy Sabyan, Paul

    Jager, David Sanchez-Kani, Maria

    Keenan, Catherine Szendi, Kinga Clementine

    Konar, Michael To, Abraham

    Lobo, Josie Turzanski, Shannon

    Lopes, Sarah Valente, Angela

    MacDonald, Michele Wilson, John


    TRUSTEES 2012-2013

    1. Peter Jakovcic

    2. Ann Andrachuk, Chair

    3. Sal Piccininni, Vice-Chair

    4. Patrizia Bottoni

    5. Maria Rizzo

    6. Frank D‘Amico

    7. John Del Grande

    8. Tobias Enverga

    9. Jo-Ann Davis

    10. Barbara Poplawski

    11. Angela Kennedy

    12. Nancy Crawford

    Andrew Walker,

    Student Trustee

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    STUDENT COUNCIL 2012-2013

    Premier Olivia Rossetti

    Deputy Premier Monica Naddafi

    Minister of Internal Affairs Camille Wilson

    Ministers of External Affairs Jessica Olivieira

    Minister of Finance Melanie Marques

    Secretary Lovely Juson

    Junior Representatives Dasha Tecson

    Shanel Barredo

    Priscilla Ip

    Teacher Moderator Jennifer Martens


    Coordinators Emma Clancy

    Alexis Smith

    Alannah Sheridan

    Jessica Torrano

    Andrea Ata

    Kadesha James

    Teacher Moderator Margaret Darmanin Kaiser


    President Rachel Jordan

    Vice-President Stephanie Di Vita

    Treasurer Marie Francis Simbajon

    Secretary Michelle Soares

    Publicity Representatives Claire Ferneyhough

    Delina Estifanos

    Media Representatives Anna Licht

    Maya Huliyappa-Menon

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    4 First Day of School

    10-11 Grade 9 Science Trip

    12 TTC/year Book Photo Day

    13 Opening School Liturgy

    13 Curriculum Night

    14,17, 21, 25 Grade 9 Retreats

    21 Civvies Day

    21 Terry Fox Walk/Run

    28 Grade 9 Day of Faith

    OCTOBER 1 Grade 9 Retreat, World Teacher‘s Day

    4 Thanksgiving Liturgy

    10 Early Warning Letters Sent Home

    10 Awards Night

    10-13 Montreal Trip

    22 Photo Retake Day

    25 Grade 8 Open House 7:00 pm

    26 Civvies Day

    NOVEMBER 5 Semester I Term II Begins

    7 Take Your Kids To Work Day

    7 Take Your Grade 8‘s To High School

    11 Remembrance Day

    12-17 International Bullying Awareness Week

    14 Semester I Mid-Term Report Cards Ready

    16 Faith Day

    22 Parent-Teacher Interviews 6-8:30pm

    23 Civvies Day

    30 Full Disclosure Date

    DECEMBER 3 Advent Prayer Service

    3-7 Grad Photos

    4-6 Violence Intervention/Prevention Week

    7 P.A. DAY

    19 Advent Liturgy

    21 Christmas Assembly

    21 Civvies Day

    24-Jan 04 Christmas Break

    JANUARY 7 Classes Resume

    10-25 Grade 9 Math EQAO

    18 Civvies Day

    21-25 Moratorium on Trips & Activities

    29-Feb 01Semester I Final Exams

    FEBRUARY 4 Semester II Begins

    13 Ash Wednesday Liturgy

    14 Semester I Final Report Cards Sent Home

    15 P.A. Day

    18 Family Day

    22 Civvies Day

    MARCH 1 International Day of Prayer

    11-15 March Break

    18-22 Cyber Safety Information Week

    19 Feast of St. Joseph

    20 Early Warning Letters Sent Home

    22 Civvies Day

    27 Station of the Cross

    29 Good Friday

    APRIL 1 Easter Monday

    11 OSSLT (Grade 10 Literacy Test)

    15 Semester II Term II Begins

    22 Earth Day

    24 Semester II Mid-term Report Cards Ready

    26 Civvies Day

    26 Multi-Night

    MAY 1 St. Joseph the Worker

    2 Parent-Teacher Interviews 6-8:30pm

    3 Full Disclosure Date

    6-10 Catholic Education Week

    6-10 Children‘s Mental Health Awareness Week

    13-17 Respect For Life Week

    15 National Denim Day

    20 Victoria Day

    24 Civvies Day

    30-June 14 Grade 9 Math EQAO

    JUNE 5 Year End School Liturgy

    6 Athletic Banquet

    10-14 Moratorium on Trips & Activities

    18-25 Semester II Final Exam Days

    24 Exam Review

    25 Grad Mass & Luncheon

    26 P.A. Day, Graduation Ceremony

    27 P.A. Day

    28 P.A. Day

    *The Schedule of PLC Days for Semester One will be distributed in the first week of September.

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    Prayer to St. Joseph

    Holy St. Joseph, spouse of Mary,

    Be mindful of us, pray for us, watch over us.

    Guardian of the Child Jesus,

    Take our affairs, spiritual and temporal into your hands

    And obtain for us the grace to know and lovingly

    To accomplish the holy will of God.

    O glorious St. Joseph, hear our prayers

    And obtain our petitions.


    A Catholic school is one in which God, His Truth and His Life, are integrated into the entire

    curriculum and life of the school. A Catholic school is a faith community of teachers, students,

    and support staff who share a common belief and who give example to each other by living out

    the Gospel values in their lives and relationships. It is a community dedicated to assisting

    students and staff to grow in all that is good, true, and fully human.

    St. Joseph‘s College School is based on a consciousness of, and respect for, the rights and

    dignity of all its members as well as a strong sense of service to others. Within our school

    community, students and staff have the opportunity to participate in school liturgies,

    celebrations of prayer and sacrament, and the opportunity to hear the Christian message of


    The first of the St. Joseph‘s Sisters came to Canada from France in 1851. St. Joseph‘s College

    School was founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph in September 1854, on Power Street. The school

    was originally a private school offering an academic, university-oriented education with an

    alternative business program. The school was originally called St. Joseph‘s Academy for Young

    Ladies; the name was changed to St. Joseph‘s College School in 1927 when the congregation

    purchased Christie House on Queen‘s Park Circle for university education. The school was

    founded as a ―Residential and Day School for the Higher and Primary Education of Young Ladies

    and Little Girls.‖

    The motto of the school is ―Congregavit nos in unum Christi amor‖, ‗the love of Christ has

    gathered us together into one‘. Under this motto, the original foundation continued to grow.

    The school was moved to Bay and St. Albans Streets in 1863, with additions in 1884, 1895 and

    1934. The present school was built across the street from the old school when the original

    property was sold to the provincial government for construction of the MacDonald Block. It

    opened its doors in September 1961.

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    OUR MISSION The Toronto Catholic District School Board is an inclusive learning community rooted in the love of

    Christ. We educate students to grow in grace and knowledge and to lead lives of faith, hope and


    OUR VISION At Toronto Catholic we transform the world through witness, faith, innovation and action.


    LIVING OUR VALUES To apply Catholic Social Teachings to all that we do



    CONFIDENCE To create enhanced,


    communications with

    all stakeholders




    AND WELL BEING To support our

    students in meeting

    the Ontario Catholic

    Graduate School




    RESOURCES To establish

    integrated decision-

    making structures to

    support responsive

    and responsible

    allocation of




    EMPLOYEES To create a learning

    and work

    environment that is

    equitable and

    diverse, that supports

    professional learning,

    innovation and


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    OUR CATHOLIC VALUES We believe...

    in the worth and dignity of every person

    in the critical role that our Catholic schools play in promoting Gospel values, social justice,

    environmental responsibility, human solidarity and the common good

    that high standards and expectations foster greater achievement

    that people thrive in a safe, healthy and compassionate environment

    that teaching is responsive to individual needs

    that teaching and learning should be rooted in research and evidence

    that each of us shares responsibility for creating collaborative communities of learning

    that equity, diversity, accessibility and inclusivity are integral to the Catholic community

    that the 21st century fluencies of digital literacy, creativity, innovation and collaboration are




    To apply Catholic Social Teachings to all that we do:

    Students will be instructed in a curriculum that is rooted in Gospel values and

    informed by the Ontario Catholic School Graduate Expectations

    Staff and trustees will participate in ongoing faith development through liturgical

    celebrations and opportunities for spiritual retreats

    Parents will be supported in their integral role of nurturing the relationship between

    home, school and parish

    Senior Team and Trustees will develop decision-making processes and ensure

    setting policy priorities that reflect Catholic social values

    (e.g. stewardship of God‘s creation, option for the poor and vulnerable etc.)



    To support our students in meeting the Ontario Catholic School Graduate


    Students will exceed the provincial average in literacy and numeracy as

    measured in Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) assessments by


    Students will exceed the provincial average in credit accumulation and

    graduation rate by 2015

    Students, staff and parents will share a common understanding of the learning

    goals and related success criteria by 2015

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    To support our students’ ability to apply critical and innovative thinking in all

    subjects we will:

    Us teaching and learning strategies that have proven results to provide students

    opportunities to become: discerning believers, effective communicators, reflective

    thinkers, self-directed learners, collaborative contributors, caring family members

    and responsible citizens*

    Employ a variety of instructional strategies ensure that individual learning needs

    are accommodated and to engage students fully in learning

    Increase investments in technology to better support digital literacy, creativity,

    innovation collaboration and the overall needs and aspirations of all students

    *Ontario Catholic School Graduate Expectations

    To create equitable learning environments for all students we will:

    Provide all students with equal access to learning and technology and strive to

    close the opportunity gap so that the most vulnerable students achieve their full


    Strive to ensure that the physical, emotional, intellectual and spiritual needs of all

    students are met

    Strive to ensure all students are eating nutritionally and are physically fit

    Provide all students with safe, healthy learning environments


    To create enhanced, regular communication with all stakeholders we will:

    Improve communication and provide expertise for public communications that

    reflect the mission, vision and values of the board

    Ensure timely and sensitive responses to stakeholder questions and concerns

    Create opportunities for meaningful dialogue, feedback and input from the


    Build and maintain community partnerships

    Ensure public transparency in all processes and activities


    To establish integrated decision-making structures and processes to support

    responsive and responsible allocation of resources we will:

    Ensure that every student has the tools and resources they need to support their


    Increase use of research and evidence to guide decisions and actions in

    teaching, administration and governance

    To ensure fiscal responsibility at all levels of the organization we will:

    Establish informed, accountable and ethical decision-making for policy

    development and resource management

    Align operational and capital budgets with the Multi-Year Strategic Plan

    Maintain a sustainable balanced budget that reflects ecological justice principles

    Report results and actions annually

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    To lead and model best practices in Board governance we will:

    Build trustees‘ capacity for governance and establish a mentoring program for

    new trustees

    Provide professional learning to strengthen leadership, accountability and

    transparency at all levels

    Regularly review board meetings and committee meetings for the purpose of

    continually improving effectiveness and accountability

    Develop an Annual Governance Plan and conduct an annual governance review

    Develop appropriate managerial and trustee governance oversight to carry out

    the annual plan in a fiscally responsible and transparent process in collaboration

    with staff


    To create a learning and work environment that is equitable and diverse, and that

    supports professional learning, innovation and collaboration we will:

    Create a culture of respect and professionalism that recognizes and supports

    excellence and innovation at all levels of the organization

    Support the Catholic Leadership Frameworks for superintendents, principals,

    vice-principals and aspiring leaders

    Ensure procedures for authentic leadership development and succession planning

    are in place for recruiting, selecting, cultivating, empowering effective leaders

    Ensure that staff recruitment and promotion processes are systematic, transparent,

    inclusive and reflect the mission, vision and values of the board

    Develop processes such as 360 degree feedback and incentive programs to

    motivate staff at all levels

    Work collaboratively and proactively with unions and associations to continue to

    build right relationships rooted in trust and to reduce grievances

    Supporting Documents for the Multi-Year Strategic plan are listed below and can be found on the TCDSB


    Ontario Catholic Graduate Expectations

    Catholic Social Teachings

    Board Learning Improvement Plan

    Self-Assessment Tool for Catholic Aspiring Leaders

    Self-Assessment Tool for Catholic Principals and Vice-Principals

    Principal and Vice-Principal Leadership Framework

    Supervisory Officers' Leadership Framework

    K-12 School Effectiveness Framework

    Student Well-Being Research Framework

    Growing Success

    Learning for All K-12

    Ontario Schools Kindergarten to Grade 12: Policy and Program Requirements

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    The Catholic community expects that a Catholic secondary school graduate is:

    A discerning believer formed in the Catholic faith community;

    An effective communicator;

    A reflective and creative thinker;

    A self-directed, responsible, life-long learner;

    A collaborative contributor;

    A caring family member, and

    A responsible citizen


    St. Joseph‘s College School is a faith community dedicated to the spiritual growth, personal

    development and academic excellence of young women.

    Expectations In order to create an atmosphere conducive to the development of our Christian community, the

    following is expected of our students:

    courtesy both on and off the campus as well as in the surrounding community;

    appropriate language at all times;

    orderly conduct throughout the school day;

    responsibility for actions;

    respect for school property and facilities;

    respect for fellow students and all staff members;

    punctuality for school and classes;

    complete school uniform throughout the school day and while traveling to and from

    school, and

    time management regarding class time and submissions of assignments by their due dates.

    At all times during the day, students are not to loiter anywhere on the school property or within the

    vicinity of the school. Suitable gathering places are: the school library, the cafeteria and the outside

    picnic area.


    Student Services

    The Student Services department provides support to students in the transition from elementary to

    secondary school; throughout the secondary school years; and as they move forward to college,

    university, or the workplace. Student Services also maintains the Ontario Student Transcript for each


    Student Services provides information needed by teachers, students, and parents, to assist in course

    selection appropriate to a student‘s abilities and to her destination after secondary school is

    completed. In addition, the Student Services staff counsel students with regard to personal issues

    and when appropriate, refer them to the school youth worker, the school social worker, or

    community services outside the school.

    Child and Youth Workers

    Two Child and Youth Workers are on the staff at St. Joseph‘s College School. Referrals may be made

    to the CYW through our Student Services Department.

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    The school Chaplaincy Team Leader assists the community of SJCS in recognizing and celebrating

    God‘s presence and in affirming the traditions and practices of the Church within the school.

    Students are welcome to consult with the Chaplaincy Team Leader at any time.

    The Chaplaincy Team Leader is responsible for coordinating the following: daily prayer, school

    liturgies, the retreat program for students and staff, various community out-reach and social-justice

    activities, and communication with St. Basil‘s Parish. Students are invited to join the Chaplaincy Team

    to become involved in leading prayer, scripture reading, drama, music, peer ministry, social justice

    and retreat work.

    Each morning Eucharist is celebrated in the chapel at 8:00 a.m. Every semester, each homeroom

    has the opportunity to prepare and celebrate a homeroom Eucharist. Throughout the year, the

    whole school gathers in prayer to celebrate the liturgical seasons and special occasions.

    The Chaplaincy Team Leader coordinates a day of reflection for each student. Toronto Catholic

    District School Board policy states that every student must attend a day of retreat for each school

    year. The cost of the retreat is included in the school activity fee.

    Health Services

    The Toronto Public Health Department has adopted a Comprehensive School Health approach for

    working with schools. This consists of the following four components:

    supporting teachers in educating students about health;

    creating supportive social environments;

    delivering health services and/or referral, and

    maintaining and monitoring safe and healthy physical environments.

    Special Education

    The Resource Room at St. Joseph‘s College School is a welcoming place for students with an

    Individual Education Plan (IEP) and those who have been IPRC‘d (Identified as a Special Education

    Student). Students participate fully in their regular classrooms but access the Resource Room as a

    support to their classroom work. It is fully equipped with computers, printers and a scanner. Qualified

    Special Education teachers are available on a daily basis to assist students with tests and

    assignments. Students are accommodated with extra time and individual help with assignments.

    Students participate in computer in-servicing and pre-college workshops to facilitate a smooth

    transition to post-secondary institutions.

    Library Services

    Hours: Monday to Thursday: 8:15 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

    Friday: 8:15 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

    Students and staff are encouraged to use the Library Information Centre for both research and

    recreational reading. Many types of learning resources are available to support the curriculum

    and promote learning at St. Joseph‘s College School:

    Reference books (print and electronic);

    Hardcover and paperback books(fiction and non-fiction);

    Magazines (print and electronic);

    Newspapers (print and electronic);

    Audio-visual kits;

    Videotapes, CDs and DVDs;

    Research success: A Guide for Secondary Students, and

    Internet access.

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    All learning resources except magazines are arranged by Dewey Decimal Classification and are

    listed in the automated card catalogue/Library Pro.

    Please note:

    Books circulate for a 2-week period and they may be renewed; vertical file materials and back

    issues of magazines are signed out in circulation envelopes, and also circulate for 2 weeks;

    Audio-visual materials and equipment may be signed out for use in the school;

    Reference materials, current periodicals, video tapes and computer programs are for school use

    only, and

    Photocopying and printing services are available for a fee.

    To Sign-out Learning Materials and Books

    Bring your materials to the circulation desk;

    Show your Student I.D. Card with barcode identification, and

    A date due card will be placed in the book pocket. The last date stamped on the back is the

    date the book is due back. The book will also be cleared to pass through the security gate.

    Return all library resource materials to the library on or before the due date. Fines (10 cents per

    school day) are charged for overdue materials.


    Code Of Conduct For Athletes

    St. Joseph‘s College School aims to provide for its students an enhanced educational experience

    through participation in athletics organized by the Toronto District College Athletic Association


    To achieve this it is expected that members of the school community who participate in athletics will:

    1. act in a responsible manner and honour commitments made to teachers and coaches;

    2. respect the rules of the game and the spirit of the rules;

    3. respect all coaches and the officials who referee and administer games and accept their

    decisions with dignity and civility;

    4. respect opponents while demonstrating an appreciation of fair-minded, ethical play;

    5. maintain self-control at all times and refrain from taunting members of the opposition or

    spectators, and

    6. not use foul or contemptuous language and gestures, or threatening and violent action.

    Violations of this code by athletes will be handled initially by the coach. The coach will assign

    appropriate disciplinary action. In more serious cases, the coach will refer the student to the


    Following expulsion from a league playoff game or when a code violation is deemed serious enough

    by a coach or official, a student athlete is also required to appear before a TDCAA Disciplinary

    Committee. The TDCAA committee will examine the circumstances and rule on further disciplinary

    action as it affects athletics.

    Students who fail to appear at a TDCAA Disciplinary Committee meeting will have all playing

    privileges in all sports revoked until such time as they attend and their case is reviewed.

    School Teams

    Students who play on a varsity team represent St. Joseph‘s College School. As ambassadors of the

    school, proper behaviour and good sportsmanship are expected. To qualify for a school team,

    students must maintain satisfactory academic, behavioural and attendance records. Administration

    reserves the right to remove from a school team any student whose conduct does not adhere to the

    school‘s Code of Conduct.

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    Conduct For Spectators at Athletic Events

    Attendance at athletic events organized by the school, TDCAA, or other group, is a privilege

    extended to students and as such may be withdrawn for previous or ongoing incidents which violate

    the Code of Conduct below. The privilege of attendance may also be withdrawn if school staff or

    event officials have reasonable grounds to suspect that the safety of fellow students or staff may be

    compromised. Spectators who attend athletic events therefore shall:

    1. carry and produce, if asked, a school photo I.D. card at all event sites both on and off campus

    where exhibition, league, playoff or tournament games are scheduled;

    2. wear their full school uniform while attending games in the gymnasium at their home school or

    while in attendance at another school;

    3. only be allowed to attend games involving their home school—players may attend games

    involving schools other than their own if prior permission is received from the host school;

    4. remain seated in their designated area and not throw paper, garbage, or other objects;

    5. not use obscene or vulgar remarks, or engage in any demonstration which disparages

    opponents or their fans;

    6. not make taunting or derogatory cheers;

    7. not engage in any form of physical confrontation with other spectators or players;

    8. stay off the playing surface at all times, and

    9. demonstrate respect toward players, coaches and officials.


    Participation In SJCS Community Productions And Showcase Events

    Students who reflect the values embodied in the Catholic Graduate Expectations of responsible

    citizenship and being a caring, collaborative contributor to the SJCS community are eligible to

    participate in school community productions or showcase events.

    A record of inappropriate behaviour or attendance infractions will render students ineligible for such

    participation or representation of St. Joseph‘s College School.

    Eligibility Code For Co-Curricular Activities

    St. Joseph‘s College School accepts as its mandate the need to instill in students a view that the

    pursuit of academic excellence is our highest priority. Co-curricular activities are designed to

    enhance the overall school experience. These same activities however should never detract students

    from achieving their academic goals.

    Students selected to play on St. Joseph‘s College School teams or to be part of school

    clubs/activities (e.g. plays) are expected to represent the school in an exemplary manner. Staff at St.

    Joseph‘s College School will always safeguard the integrity of programs offered at the school and to

    that end has produced an Eligibility Code of Co-Curricular Activities. All students who participate in

    programs offered at the school are expected to be in compliance with the Code items below.

    Failure to comply may result in suspension or removal from the activity and/or other activities.

    Eligibility Code for Co-Curricular Activities

    1. Students are not permitted to play for two teams simultaneously unless permission is secured from

    both coaches.

    2. Students who are absent from school for an entire day or who are suspended are not permitted

    to participate in co-curricular activities on the day(s) affected unless approval for exceptional

    circumstances has been secured from the school principal.

    3. Students who are frequently late or absent from school are subject to suspension from co-

    curricular activities for a period of time as determined by the principal.

    4. Students who skip a class will be denied the right to participate in co-curricular activities for a

    duration to be determined by administration.

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    5. Students who have an overall failing mark in more than one course may be denied the right to

    participate until achievement levels have improved.

    6. Students are responsible to collaborate with their coaches/moderators and subject teachers to

    ensure that all evaluations are completed in a timely fashion. In the event that a student does

    not complete two or more assignments in any of her courses, during the course of the activity, the

    privilege of participating in the activity will be lost.

    7. Students who repeatedly fail to demonstrate commitment to the other members of the group

    (e.g. late or frequently absent for practice) will be removed from the activity.

    8. Students are expected to demonstrate support and respect for their coaches, teammates

    and/or moderators, and those responsible for administering the rules.

    9. Students who quit an activity/team without a valid reason after being selected to join are subject

    to suspension from further participation in co-curricular activities for up to one calendar year as

    determined by the school principal.


    Clubs, Activities and Special Events Art Club Library Club

    Because I am a Girl Committee. Literary Magazine

    Biotech Team Math Contests

    Blessed Pope John Paul II, Prayer Group Math Homework Club

    Chaplaincy Team Multi-cultural Night

    Chemistry Contest/Club Nuit Blanche

    Christmas Baskets Philosophy Café

    Computer Club Photography Club

    Concert Band School Action Teams

    Dance Club School Newspaper

    Drama Club Stage Band

    Enrichment Activities Social Justice League

    Environment Club Student Leadership

    Fitness Club Teens Against Animal Cruelty

    Glee Club Teens Taking Action

    Heart Ministry Thinkfast

    Homework Club U. of T. Biology Competition

    Jazz Choir

    Multicultural Clubs

    Celtic Pan Indian

    Filipino Portuguese

    French Slavic

    Hispanic United Asian

    Italian United Sisters of Colour


    Badminton Soccer

    Basketball Softball

    Cross-Country Swimming

    Field Hockey Tennis

    Ice Hockey Track and Field

    Indoor Track Volleyball

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    Uniform Policy Philosophy:

    When students choose to become part of the St. Joseph‘s College School community, they choose

    to accept wearing the school uniform properly and with pride. Students should be neat and well

    groomed at all times. The overall neat appearance of students contributes to the good order and

    atmosphere in the school community. Our uniform policy is in accordance with the guidelines of the

    Toronto Catholic District School Board and is reviewed annually by the School Council.

    SCHOOL UNIFORM 2012– 2013


    SJCS white golf shirt, short or long sleeved

    SJCS white French-cut blouse, short or long sleeved


    The following SJCS tops may be worn over the golf shirt or blouse:

    zipped polo sweatshirt, V-neck pullover, cardigan

    Only plain white short-sleeved T-shirts may be worn underneath SJCS


    All tops are official McCarthy‘s items with the school logo



    SJCS navy monogrammed blue dress pants –flat front from McCarthy‘s

    SJCS Green Gordon X-Kilt from McCarthy‘s

    Worn no shorter than 7cm (3 inches) from the top of the knee cap


    Navy blue or black socks with the pants

    Navy blue knee socks with the kilt Opaque navy blue or black tights with the kilt (no nylons or pattern tights)


    Plain all black leather dress shoes and black laces if applicable

    Below the ankle

    Heels no higher than 2 inches as measured from the back of the shoe

    Shoe must be a flat dress shoe worn properly

    The items outlined in the above chart constitute our school uniform. The uniform items are

    expected to be worn properly by all students. No variations from the listed items will be


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    Uniform Expectations:

    To maintain the integrity of our school uniform, the following is expected:

    1. Students should arrive at and leave from school in full and proper uniform.

    2. All students must be in complete uniform throughout the school day including lunch and spares.

    3. All uniform items must be purchased at McCarthy‘s bearing the SJCS logo on each item.

    4. No part of uniform can be altered, changed or personalized.

    5. No other outer clothing items are to be worn under or over the school uniform.

    6. No excessive jewellery or accessories will be allowed.

    7. Only neutral colour headbands can be worn on the head. No other head coverings such as

    scarfs, bandanas, hats etc. will be allowed.

    8. Students who dye or highlight their hair must have a natural dye hair colour.

    9. Students in their graduating year and members of the Student Council have the privilege of

    wearing school ties.

    10. Students whose kilts are found to be too short will be asked to alter them or to purchase a new

    one if alterations are not possible.

    11. Uniform pants must not be tapered or altered or tucked in, in any way.


    The school administration reserves the right to address all matters related to the uniform.

    The school will send home students who do not comply with the uniform policy.

    Parents/guardians will be contacted. If a parent/guardian is not available the student will remain in

    the main office until such contact is made.

    Civvies Days

    A civvies day is a privilege granted at the discretion of the Administration. On such days students

    may wear alternative clothing. However, what is worn in public may not be appropriate for a formal

    learning environment. All shorts, skirts and dresses must not be shorter than the bottom of finger with

    arms stretched straight at sides of the body. Hats, caps, bandanas or scarves and clothing with

    inappropriate slogan are also not permitted.

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    Research indicates that regular school attendance is critical for academic success. Therefore,

    parents/guardians must make every effort to ensure that their children attend school each and every


    Classes at St. Joseph‘s are 76 minutes in length. Students must be in their homeroom by 8:25 a.m. The

    school day ends at 2:40 p.m. Students are considered late for school if they are not in class for

    opening exercises.

    In the event of absence from school, the following procedures must be followed:

    1. Parents-guardians must notify the school between 7:30 – 9:00 a.m. each day if the student is

    absent (416 393-5514, press 2). The attendance secretary will make every attempt to contact the

    parent-guardian of students under the age of 16 if the school has not received notification of the

    student‘s absence. Failure to do so will generate an automated absence notification phone call

    indicating the student‘s absence.

    2. Students returning from an absence must receive an admit slip for re-admission to class after an

    absence. This slip must be obtained from the attendance secretary between 8:00 – 8:20 a.m. on

    the morning of return. A signed parental/guardian note must always be presented for our

    records in order for a student to be re-admitted.

    3. Students who must leave school early for an appointment must obtain an Early Leaving

    Attendance Note between 8:00 – 8:20 a.m. from the attendance secretary.

    4. Students who must leave school early due to illness must report to the attendance secretary prior

    to leaving school. Failure to do so will be regarded as skipping. Students will be allowed to leave

    only after a parent/guardian has been contacted. It is critical that the school has the most

    current contact information on record in case of emergency.

    5. Unless there are extenuating medical or personal reasons, a student who accumulates significant

    absences will be interviewed by the vice-principal and a parent/guardian will be contacted.

    6. Absences for reasons such as extended vacations must be avoided. Students will be responsible

    for any missed assignments, tests, and/or examinations in such instances. An extended absence

    form must be completed and signed by a parent/guardian, all classroom teachers and an

    administrator at least two weeks prior to the scheduled date of departure.


    A student who is absent from a class or a part thereof without a valid reason will be considered

    skipping. Parents will be invited to attend a case conference to discuss chronic attendance issues.


    All students must be in their homeroom class, in proper uniform, with the proper class items before the

    beginning of the national anthem. The student is accountable to the subject teacher for any missed

    class time due to lack of punctuality.

    1. Students with a Period 1 spare: Students assigned a spare in Period 1 must sign in between 9:35

    a.m. and 9:50 a.m. in the main office. Students arriving after 9:50 a.m. must sign in at the

    attendance window and obtain a late slip.

    2. Lates for school or class: Students arriving after 8:30 a.m. are considered late. Repeated lates

    are dealt with by the classroom teacher.

    When the problem persists at five lates the classroom teacher will refer the matter to the student‘s

    vice principal. Consequences will follow. They may include any combination of the following:

    meeting with the parent/guardian, detention or suspension from school.

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    School accidents must be reported to the office immediately and an Accident Report Form must be

    completed. These include classroom accidents and those on school property.

    Address Changes

    It is imperative that all changes in home address, business or home telephone numbers, and any

    other pertinent information be reported to the office as soon as possible. This is vital if the school is to

    effectively communicate with the parents/guardians.


    While classes are in progress, including during all lunch periods, students are not to be in the corridors

    on the third, fourth, and fifth floors as well as the basement. Students are invited to use the library for

    quiet study, the carrels on the main floor for doing homework or tutoring, or the cafeteria for eating

    during the lunch periods.

    Document Requests

    The school receives numerous requests for verification of registration, attendance, etc. All such

    requests will require notice of 2 working days. Please do not ask for immediate response. Students

    will be called to the main office to pick up their documentation when it is ready.


    All students must vacate the school premises by 4:00 p.m. unless they are working under the direction

    of a teacher or club moderator.

    Field Trips And Excursions

    Parental consent forms must accompany each and every trip or excursion. Students are responsible

    for all missed assignments and homework during the field trip or excursion period.

    The uniform code will remain in effect on all field trips and excursions except where arrangements

    have been made with the administrative team. Note: A student’s health and safety form must have

    been completed and be on file at the school in order for a student to participate in school trips.

    Any student who fails to live up to the terms of the Code of Conduct will forfeit the privilege of

    participating in any further field trips for the remainder of the semester.


    Lockers are the property of the school. Students are given a lock upon their arrival in Grade 9. Only

    locks issued by the school are to be used. The school reserves the right to remove any lock not issued

    by St. Joseph‘s College School. It is the student‘s responsibility to keep both the inside and the outside

    of her locker clean. Lockers must be free of graffiti or offensive words and/or pictures. A student must

    use only the lock and locker which have been assigned to her. Lockers must be kept locked at all

    times. Please spin the dial upon closing the lock to ensure that it locks properly. Do not give the

    combination to anyone. Do not share your locker with anyone.

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    Students are encouraged to leave expensive jewellery, electronic equipment and expensive outer

    garments at home. The school is not responsible for any loss of personal belongings. The school

    reserves the right to search a locker, given probable and reasonable cause.

    Lunch Period and Food Consumption

    Grade 9 and 10 students are to remain on the school premises during their lunch period. Senior

    students are strongly encouraged to remain on the school premises during the lunch periods.

    However, if students choose to leave the school property during lunch, they are reminded that they

    act as ambassadors of the school and that the Code of Conduct remains in effect. If the student

    does not abide by this policy, her parent/guardian will be notified and consequences will ensue. The

    administration retains the authority to revoke the privilege of leaving the premises during lunch.

    All food , including food purchased outside the school, is to be eaten and disposed of in the cafeteria

    only, unless permission is given for a special occasion. Students are not to gather in the halls during

    the lunch periods. Study areas are provided during lunch hours so that students may use their time


    Meetings, Public Notices, Clubs, Etc.

    It is TCDSB policy that all school clubs, groups, teams including Student Council have a Staff Advisor

    who must be present whenever any meeting or activity is held.

    Notices of all activities and advertisements involving outside groups must first be approved by the

    Principal or designate as well as the TCDSB.

    Textbooks and Library Materials

    All students at all grade levels receive textbooks on loan from the school each semester. The student

    is responsible for the condition of these texts. Students will be held accountable for the loss or

    damage of text books and library materials. These items must be returned or the replacement cost

    paid before examinations begin.


    No visitors from other schools are permitted in the school or on the school property. All visitors must

    report to the main office. For safety reasons, we cannot allow unauthorized individuals to wander

    through the halls. A Notice of Trespass will be issued where appropriate, and police may be called.


    Public telephones are available on the main floor level for the student‘s personal use. We cannot

    accept messages to be delivered to students during class hours except for emergencies identified as

    such by parents/guardians. We will not consider messages from friends as emergencies.

    Cell Phones And Electronic Devices

    The use of cellular phones and all other electronic devices is not permitted during class time.

    Students are not to bring these devices to class except if/when allowed by the teacher for curriculum


    The above school policy is developed from the TCDSB directive on the use of Electronic

    Communication and Media Devices in schools.

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    TCDSB Acceptable Use Policy for Technology

    The TCDSB Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) reflects the growing technological presence of electronic

    communication systems in our schools and emphasizes the use of technology in a respectful manner

    that upholds the dignity of the human person and is consistent with our Catholic teachings. It

    recognizes that in 21st century there is a shared responsibility between the Board, families, schools

    and students to provide guidance on the appropriate use of technology. The AUP has been created

    to establish guidelines for users to understand what governs ―safe and appropriate use‖.

    The AUP defines electronic communication systems to include social media, website publishing, and

    the use of personal electronic devices (PED’s). In addition it addresses expectations surrounding the

    Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policy effective as of September 2012. While these devices are not

    mandatory for classroom activities, they may be included when there is a clear educational purpose

    that has been identified by the teacher.

    All students are expected to familiarize themselves with the AUP. The full text of the TCDSB AUP can

    be found at:

    Summary of the AUP expectations for students when using the TCDSB electronic communication


    Behaviour Expectations:

    All students must sign a "Student Access Agreement" before receiving their individual user

    accounts and gaining access to the Board network. If a student is less than 18 years of age, a

    parent or guardian must also sign the agreement.

    Using the Board‘s electronic communication systems is a privilege, not a right, and can be

    restricted or, if appropriate, removed altogether.

    Individual user accounts must remain private.

    Students must act ethically, lawfully and in an appropriate manner when using the Board‘s

    electronic communication systems.

    Personal Safety & Privacy:

    Students will promptly inform a school Administrator or teacher if they receive any

    inappropriate communication that makes them feel uncomfortable or unsafe.

    Students should always protect their personal information and privacy.

    Unacceptable Activities:

    Attempts to access unauthorized areas of the Board‘s system, or any other computer system

    through the Board‘s network. This includes attempting to access another user‘s files or

    attempting to log on using another person‘s account.

    Malicious destruction or abuse of the Board‘s network, computer systems, hardware, software,

    or electronic devices.

    Accessing, installing or distributing unauthorized equipment, software or media files on the

    Board‘s network or computer systems.

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    Engaging in any illegal activities such as the sale of drugs or alcohol, criminal activity or

    threatening the safety of another person.Engaging in any inappropriate behaviour such as

    cyberbullying, personal attacks, threats, harassment, hate motivated and discriminatory

    behaviours at school, school related events or in circumstances that negatively impact on the

    school climate. These actions will be dealt with according to the Education Act or school

    codes of conduct.

    Impersonation or using a false identity.

    Any use of inappropriate language (obscene, profane, threatening, harassing, bullying, racist

    or disrespectful) posted publically, privately, or on any websites.

    Plagiarism and Copyright Infringement

    Students must not plagiarize works that they find on the Internet and properly obtain

    permission and/or site original ownership for copyright materials.

    Bring Your Own Computer / Personal Electronic Device (PED):

    The student use of PEDs is a privilege, not a right and can be removed if it interferes with

    student learning, duties and obligations.

    Students are allowed to bring their own Personal Electronic Device (PED) including cell phones

    and laptops to school, but not to class unless permitted by the teacher, for an educational


    Students may use their PEDs as an educational tool when not in class in the following

    designated areas: cafeteria and study carrel area.

    All other times PEDs MUST be securely stored away by the student and in silent mode during

    regular school hours. A student who uses a PED in class without the teacher‘s permission is

    subject to regular classroom and school disciplinary procedures.

    The teacher may send a student to see an administrator if a PED is used inappropriately during

    class. The administrator may confiscate the device and store it securely until the matter is


    The school administration may decide when and where PEDs are permitted and prohibited

    within a school environment

    Students may connect their devices to the Board‘s Guest network for internet access only, in

    designated study areas and as per school policy. PEDs are NOT permitted in examination

    rooms, unless the teacher has granted permission.

    Board Technical support will be not be provided for any hardware, software or connectivity

    issues, and users may not install any Board/Ministry licenced software, unless the software has

    been be licensed for home use.

    All PEDs must have anti-virus malware protection on them prior to connecting to the Board‘s

    network. If a PED is suspected of interfering with the Board‘s network it must be disconnected

    and securely stored by the student.

    Students may not use PEDs to capture video or images in private areas such as washrooms or

    change rooms. When photographing a student or students on school property their consent

    must be granted. Parental/guardian consent is required for photographing a student with

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    special needs. Any images being posted or transmitted electronically while photographed on

    school property or at a school event must have the permission of the individual(s) or the

    principal. Any images or video that negatively impact the school climate must not be

    captured, transmitted or posted under any circumstances.

    Disciplinary Consequences:

    In the event that a student violates this policy, the student (and parent, where applicable) will

    be provided with a notice of violation and will meet with a school administrator/designate.

    A school administrator/designate may deny, restrict or suspend a student‘s access to the

    Board‘s network upon any violation of this policy or other rules of the school. Appropriate

    legal authorities will be contacted if there is any suspicion of illegal activities.

    The Board will cooperate fully with legal authorities in any investigation relating to illegal

    activities conducted through the Board‘s system.

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    ASSESSMENT AND EVALUATION POLICY St. Joseph‘s College School believes that all students are entitled to assessment and evaluation that is

    authentic, comprehensive, valid, informative, equitable, ethical, collaborative, and focused on

    excellence and student learning.


    All assignment due dates and test dates must be honoured unless prior arrangements have been

    made with the teacher.

    Late Assignments:

    At the discretion of each department, a penalty of up to 3% per day after the due date may be

    deducted, up to a maximum of 12%.

    Assignments will only be accepted until 5 school days after the original due date.

    Repeated late completion of assignments will necessitate the referral of the student to her Vice


    When assigning work to students, teachers will consider all possible approaches in order to assist

    students in meeting deadlines.

    Absences for Tests, Class Presentations or Group Work

    The SJCS community values academics and the importance of attendance to student


    In the case of absence during tests, class presentations, group work or other in-class evaluations, it

    is the responsibility of the student on the first day of her return to provide the teacher with a

    parental note expressing awareness of the missed evaluation and a valid reason for the student’s


    The timing of make-up evaluations will be at the teacher‘s discretion.

    When a student is not able to present evidence of a valid reason for absence during a test or

    other in-class evaluation, she will earn a mark of zero.

    Students are strongly discouraged from being absent from school for extended periods of time.

    Students will be responsible for any missed assignments and tests in such instances. Students may

    earn a mark of zero for any work missed during extended absences.

    For family emergencies, a parent/guardian must contact a Vice Principal.

    Participation in school-sanctioned events such as sports or extra-curricular activities is an important

    aspect of school life; however, it is a privilege. Students are responsible to collaborate with their

    coaches/moderators and subject teachers to ensure that all evaluations are completed in a

    timely fashion. In the event that a student does not complete two or more assignments in any of

    her courses as a result of her participation in such activities, the privilege of participating in the

    activities will be lost.

    In the case where a student requires alternate arrangements for a missed evaluation on a second

    occasion, she will be referred to the Vice Principal.

    Exceptional circumstances will be dealt with on an individual basis through discussion among

    teacher, student and Administration.


    Each student is expected to submit work and assignments that are her own work, not work or

    material copied from another student or source. Plagiarizing is a serious form of cheating and will

    result in serious academic consequences; student will be given a mark of zero for plagiarized


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    Course Information Sheet

    At the beginning of each course, students and parents/guardians will receive a written outline which

    includes the following:

    a) Overall Expectations of the Course;

    b) Specific Expectations of the Course;

    c) Teaching/Learning Strategies;

    d) Assessment and Evaluation Strategies;

    e) Achievement Categories and Weightings;

    f) Expectations about homework, missed tests/assignments, etc.;

    g) A copy of the course outline is to be given to students and parents/guardians by the end of

    the first week of each semester, and

    h) A copy of the course outline is to be given to the Principal to be kept on file in the main office.


    Homework is an integral component of every course.

    The nature and frequency of homework will vary from course to course.


    Literacy skills will continue to be developed in each and every course. Students in Grade 10 must

    successfully complete the Ontario Secondary Literacy Test in order to receive their Secondary School



    All grade 9 students in an Academic and Applied math course will write the EQAO Math Assessment

    during the semester in which they are taking grade 9 mathematics.

    Up-To-Date Progress Information

    Students are encouraged to keep a record of their marks in their agenda book.

    Students will be provided with their most current mark prior to the mid-term report and final exam.

    Students may request the opportunity to verify their marks with each subject teacher before each

    reporting period.

    Reporting on Student Progress

    In order to keep parents/guardians informed of student achievement, effort and attitude towards

    school work, reports are sent at the following times:

    Mid-Semester: November and April

    End of Semester Reports: February and July

    In addition, students who are in danger of failing a course or whose progress is unsatisfactory will

    receive early warning letters in October and March.

    Parents/guardians are encouraged to contact a subject teacher any time they have concerns

    about their child‘s progress by calling the school at (416) 393-5514, accessing the names directory

    (#1) and leaving a message in the teacher‘s voice mailbox.

    Course Load

    A student must carry a minimum of three courses per semester to be considered as a full-time

    student in the school.

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    Ontario School Record (OSR)

    An Ontario School Record is maintained for each student enrolled in a school. This record contains

    information important to the education of the student. Students over the age of 18 and

    parents/guardians have the right to access their OSR.

    Ontario Student Transcript (OST)

    The Ontario Student Transcript is a record of all courses that a student has taken with the appropriate

    credit value assigned. It will also record successful completion of the Ontario Secondary School

    Literacy Test and the successful completion of the 40 hours of community service.

    Withdrawal from a course: If a student withdraws from a senior course within 5 instructional days

    following the issue of the mid-semester report card, the withdrawal is not recorded on the OST. If a

    student withdraws from a course after five instructional days following the mid-term report card, the

    withdrawal is recorded on the OST by a ―W‖ in the ―credit‖ column. The student‘s percentage grade

    at the time of the withdrawal is also recorded in the ―Percentage Grade‖ column.

    Repetition of a course: Students who repeat a Grade 11 or 12 course that they have previously

    completed successfully will earn only one credit for the course. The higher grade will be the one that

    will stand; however, each attempt and its percentage grade is recorded on the OST. An ―R‖ for

    ―repeated‖ will stand in the credit column for that course.

    Subject Promotion

    Subject promotion means that a student advances to the next grade level in each subject in which

    she achieves at least 50% standing for the semester. The suitable credit value is granted for each

    subject passed. A student who does not pass may:

    1. attend summer school to upgrade her mark if recommended by her principal;

    (N.B. Since each upgrading course is half a day, the most she can upgrade is two courses.

    If the student‘s final mark in day school is less than 35%, she must repeat the whole course

    in summer school, which is a full day program.)

    2. repeat the subject during the next year and at the same time advance to the next grade in those

    subjects which she passed;

    3. withdraw from that particular course and receive no credit for it (This option is available only for

    non-compulsory courses.)

    Other Sources Of Credit

    In addition to the credits gained through regular day school, there are other sources available to

    students who have failed a course or who wish to obtain extra credits or who cannot take the course

    in regular day school.

    A. Summer School - upgrading (half day) and new credits (full day) are available in a few high

    school locations.

    B. Night School programs begin in September and February.

    C. Independent Learning Center - mainly for students who have left school but still need a course.

    See Student Services for details.

    D. Online credits/eLearning – It is possible to complete credits online when there is a timetable

    conflict or other issue that stands in the way of taking a course at school. Students may speak to a

    Guidance Counsellor for more information on this option.

    Student Course Selections Commitment

    Students are asked to choose their courses carefully. It is very difficult and often impossible to

    change courses once the school‘s master scheduling has been completed. Course selections

    authorized by student and parent/guardian signatures are viewed as firm commitments for the entire


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    Examination Procedures and Student Responsibilities

    All final exams are written at their scheduled times.

    Exceptions are not made unless it involves a serious medical matter documented by a doctor.

    Students are responsible for knowing when and where examinations are being held.

    Students should check with their teachers regarding what materials are necessary and/or

    permitted for each of their exams (i.e. rulers, pens, pencils, calculators, etc.) and come prepared.

    Sharing of materials is not permitted during exams. All library fines must be paid and overdue materials returned to the library prior to the start of


    Exams begin at 9:00 a.m. Students will be admitted to the examination room by 8:50 a.m.

    Students must be on time for each exam. If student is late, she must sign in at the office and

    obtain an admit slip before she is allowed to sit for the exam. However, no extra time will be given

    to student.

    Students must be in full and proper uniform to write exams.

    Students are not to enter exam rooms until directed by their teacher.

    ABSOLUTELY NO ELECTRONIC DEVICES are allowed in the exam room.

    Coats, bags, and other personal belongings are to be left in student‘s locker. Access to lockers will

    be permitted only before and after exams.

    Texts and course materials are to be returned to teachers at the time and place specified by the

    teacher. Any missing texts or fines should be settled prior to the examination day. Students are

    responsible for the full cost of replacement for lost or severely damaged textbooks.

    Silence is expected of all students once in the examination room. There is to be no

    communication between students at any given time during the exam. Students are not to leave

    their seats unless given permission by a teacher/proctor. If assistance is required, students should

    raise their hands and wait to be addressed.

    All examinations are to be written on paper supplied by the school and written in ink unless

    otherwise specified.

    Students should write the following information on each of their exam papers: name,

    subject/course code, teacher‘s name and page number.

    Student is advised to read all instructions carefully before she starts writing the exam. Make sure

    you understand the instructions and take careful note of the marking scheme. The marking

    scheme should help you to decide how to use your time during the exam. Answer the easier

    questions first. Keep the harder ones for later. If you get stuck on a question, go to the next

    question and come back to the problem later.

    Write clearly and neatly. Keep your answers well-spaced.

    Cheating is a serious offence. Any student caught cheating will receive a mark of zero for the


    Students who miss an exam and are unable to provide a valid medical certificate will receive a

    mark of zero for the exam.

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    Students must remain in the exam room for the duration of their scheduled exam. If you have

    extra time at the end, ensure that you have carefully checked your work for completion and

    accuracy. Early leaving times are as follows:

    1.5 hr exams - no early leaving

    2.0 hr exams - after 1.5 hours

    3.0 hr exams - after 2.0 hours

    Students are to leave the school building quickly and quietly once they finished their exam. There should be no loitering in the hallways or gathering around lockers in consideration of other students who are still in the process of completing their exam.



    As stated in the Ontario Secondary Schools, Grade 9 to 12: Program and Diploma Requirements, 1999

    (OSS) every student who begins secondary school during or after the 1999-2000 school year must

    complete a minimum of 40 hours of community involvement activities as part of the requirements for

    an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD).


    The purpose of the student community involvement requirement is to encourage students to:

    grow in the Christian calling to service and reflection, develop a generous and

    compassionate response to the local community and to the world;

    foster an awareness and understanding of social and civic responsibility;

    experience and celebrate the contributions they can make in supporting and

    strengthening their communities.


    As of July 2011, a student can begin to fulfill this requirement in the summer prior to grade 9.

    The activities must not be part of a credit course.

    Student community involvement activity must be completed outside of scheduled class time.

    The activities must be unpaid.

    ―Volunteer‖ is not necessarily ―community service‖.

    Volunteer work conducted in a commercial setting does not qualify as community service.

    Students cannot volunteer at a place of business by working for ―free‖.

    A single forty-hour activity or a series of shorter-term activities may be undertaken. However,

    students are encouraged to participate in the community involvement component over the

    course of their secondary school career. and

    Students must submit updated records of their completed activities as they are done, or by

    the date requested at the school.

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    18 - Compulsory Credits Credits Received English (1 per grade) 4

    Math (at least 1 in Gr.11 or 12) 3

    Science 2

    Canadian History 1

    Canadian Geography 1

    Arts 1

    Health and Physical Education 1

    French as a Second Language 1

    Career Studies 0.5

    Civics 0.5

    Group 1 – Choose one from:

    An additional English

    An additional French as a Second


    Native Language

    International Language

    Social Science and the Humanities

    Canadian and World Studies

    Guidance and Career Education

    Cooperative Education


    Group 2 – Choose one from:

    An Additional Health and Physical


    An Additional Arts

    Business Studies

    An Additional French as a Second


    Cooperative Education


    Group 3 – Choose one from:

    An Additional Science (Gr. 11 or 12)

    Technological Education

    An Additional French as a Second


    Computer Studies

    Cooperative Education


    *A maximum of 2 Cooperative Education credits

    can be used to fulfill compulsory requirements.

    12 – Optional Credits Credits Received

    4 Religion courses and 8 courses of your choice

    TCDSB students must take one Religion

    credit each year for a total of 4 credits



    Other Requirements Received

    Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test taken in Gr.10

    40 hours of community service

    Check your course calendar and/or see your Guidance Counsellor for details about course

    requirements and substitutions. This chart is a guideline and does not explain all of the special


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    All students who attend St. Joseph‘s College School participate in the Religious Studies program

    appropriate to their academic year as required by the Toronto Catholic District School Board. A

    student must take a religion course each year from grades 9 – 12. This is a requirement for registration

    at the school. Additional information on the religious accommodation guidelines can be found at

    our Board‘s website,


    Subject Awards

    The highest academic achievement in every subject, at every level, is recognized at the Annual

    Awards Assembly.

    Honour Roll

    The honour roll is based on a minimum of six courses taken in the day school program of the

    current school year.

    An average of 80% is required for Honour Roll, with no mark lower than 60.

    Students who maintain an average of 80% in both semesters receive Honour Roll pins at the

    Annual Awards Assembly.

    Grade 9 – Bronze

    Grade 10 – Silver

    Grade 11 – Gold

    Grade 12 – School Colours


    The following awards are presented to eligible graduates at the Graduation Ceremony. Award

    recipients are carefully selected according to the established criteria set by a committee consisting

    of teachers and administrators.

    Fontbonne Memorial Award Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program

    Mary Pat Hay Music Award R. J. McCarthy Award

    Sr. Concepta Memorial Award TSU Graduating Student Award

    Sr. Maura Memorial Award University of Toronto National Book Award

    Sr. Dorothy MacDonald Technology Award School Pin Award

    Mrs. Mina Piccolo Language Award Principal‘s Award

    Pam Williams Music Award Governor General‘s Academic Award

    Sister Frances Hayes CSJ Award Lieutenant Governor‘s Community Involvement


    Catholic Education Foundation Of Ontario

    Student Award

    St. Joseph‘s College School Outstanding Student


    For details of award criteria, please enquire at Student Services.

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    God is love, and those who abide in love abide in God, and God abides in them.

    1 John 4:16

    The full text of the TCDSB Code of Conduct is available at (see ―Policies‖ under the

    Quick Links‖ menu).


    The Code of Conduct is mandated by the Ministry of Education and the Safe Schools Act. Expectations

    Teachers and Staff:

    Under the leadership of the principal, teachers and staff shall maintain order in the school and are

    expected to hold everyone to the highest standard of respectful and responsible behaviour. As role

    models, staff uphold these high standards when they:

    help students work to their full potential and develop their self-worth;

    communicate regularly and meaningfully with parents;

    maintain consistent standards of behaviour for all students;

    demonstrate respect for all students, staff and parents;

    empower students to be positive leaders in the classroom, school and community;

    prepare students for the full responsibilities of citizenship;

    comply with the responsibilities established by the TCDSB Violence Prevention Policy, and

    comply with the school‘s safety procedures.

    Teachers shall also assist principals in maintaining close co-operation with the school community and

    in establishing and maintaining consistent disciplinary practices in the school.

    Teachers will continue to assist the principal by reporting incidents and assisting the principal in

    conducting inquiries.


    Students are to be treated with respect and dignity. In return, they must demonstrate respect for

    themselves, for others and for the responsibilities of citizenship through acceptable behaviour.

    Respect and responsibility are demonstrated when a student:

    comes to school prepared, on time and ready to learn;

    shows respect for themselves, for others and for those in authority;

    refrains from bringing anything to school that may compromise the safety of others, and

    follows the established rules, policies and local codes of conduct and takes responsibility for

    her own action.

    Students are also expected to fulfill the Ontario Graduate Expectations and live the Gospel message


    exercising self-discipline;

    accepting such discipline for infractions as they would from a kind, firm and judicious parent;

    being courteous to fellow pupils and obedient and courteous to teachers;

    showing respect for school property;

    complying with all school expectations, procedures and codes of behaviour, and

    giving respect and co-operation to all persons in positions of authority in the school.

    Parents and Guardians:

    Parents and guardians play an important role in the education of their children and have a

    responsibility to support the efforts of school staff in maintaining a safe and respectful learning

    environment for all students. Parents and guardians fulfill this responsibility when they:

    show an active interest in their child‘s school work and progress;

    communicate regularly with the school;

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    help their child be neat, appropriately dressed and prepared for school;

    ensure that their child attends school regularly and on time;

    promptly report to the school their child‘s absence or late arrival;

    become familiar with both the Provincial Code of Conduct and their local school code of


    encourage and assist their child in following the rules of behaviour, and

    assist school staff in dealing with disciplinary issues.

    Parents are asked to ensure that the school has the current home address, phone number, an

    emergency contact number, and an up-to-date list of any medical conditions/allergies for your

    child. You are encouraged to contact the school at any time to discuss matters pertaining to your

    child‘s academic progress and/or personal well-being.

    Police and Community Members:

    Police and community members are essential partners in making our schools and communities safer.

    Community members need to support and respect the rules of their local schools. Police will

    investigate and respond to incidents in accordance with the Police/School Board Protocol.

    Community agencies are resources that boards can use to deliver prevention and intervention


    Standards Of Behaviour Respect, Civility and Responsible Citizenship

    The TCDSB does not tolerate any anti-social or violent behaviour that impacts on learning

    environments. All local school codes of conduct must set out standards of behaviour consistent with

    the standards established in the TCDSB Violence Prevention Policy. Standards of behaviour must

    promote respect, civility, responsible citizenship and Catholic values.

    All members of the school community must:

    1. respect and comply with all applicable federal, provincial and municipal laws;

    2. demonstrate honesty and integrity;

    3. respect differences in people, their ideas and opinions;

    4. treat one another with dignity and respect at all times, especially when there is a disagreement;

    5. respect and treat others fairly, regardless of their race, ancestry, place of origin, colour,

    ethnic origin, citizenship, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age or disability;

    6. respect the rights of others;

    7. show proper care and regard for school property and the property of others within the school


    8. take appropriate measures to help others in need;

    9. respect all members of the school community, especially persons who are in a position of


    10. respect the need of others to work in an environment of learning and teaching;

    11. seek assistance from a member of the school staff, if necessary, to resolve conflict

    Peacefully, and

    12. not swear at a teacher or at another person in a position of authority or any other person.


    All members of the school community must not:

    1. engage in bullying behaviours;

    2. commit sexual assault;

    3. traffic weapons or illegal drugs;

    4. give alcohol to a minor;

    5. commit robbery;

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    6. be in possession of any weapon, including firearms;

    7. use any object to threaten or intimidate another person;

    8. cause injury to any person with an object;

    9. be in possession of, or be under the influence of, or provide others with alcohol or illegal


    10. inflict or encourage others to inflict bodily harm on another person;

    11. engage in hate propaganda and other forms of behaviour motivated by hate or bias, and

    12. commit an act of vandalism that causes extensive damage to school property or to

    property located on the premises of the school.


    Harassment is often, but not always, persistent, ongoing conduct or communication in any form, of

    attitudes, beliefs, or actions towards an individual or group which might reasonably be known to be

    unwelcome. A single act or expression can constitute harassment, for example, if it is a serious

    violation. Harassment may be either subtle or blunt.


    Hate material includes literature, leaflets, posters, graffiti distributed (or sent by electronic means) to

    incite violence or hate against an identifiable group and/or their property. The incitement of hatred

    or bias-motivated incidents against an identifiable group may include persons distinguished by their

    race, national or ethnic origin, language, colour, religion, sex, age, mental or physical disability,

    sexual orientation or other similar factor.

    The standards of behaviour apply:

    on school property;

    while traveling on a school bus that is owned by the Board or that is under contract to the


    at in-school sports activities;

    at off-site school sponsored activities;

    anytime a student is wearing an item of the school uniform which identifies her as a student of

    SJCS, or

    in circumstances where engaging in an activity could have a negative impact on the school


    Consequences For Inappropriate Behaviours


    Local school codes of conduct shall set out consequences that are consistent with the Education Act

    and the Board Safe School policies for Suspension (S.S.06) and Expulsions (S.S. 05). Mitigating Factors

    as stated in The Education Act shall be considered.


    Under subsection 306 (1) of the Education Act, a principal shall consider whether to suspend a pupil if

    he or she believes that the pupil has engaged in any of the following activities while at school, at a

    school-related activity or in other circumstances where engaging in the activity will have an impact

    on the school climate:

    1. Uttering a threat to inflict serious bodily harm on another person;

    2. Possessing alcohol or illegal drugs;

    3. Being under the influence of alcohol;

    4. Swearing at a teacher or at another person in a position of authority;

    5. Committing an act of vandalism that causes extensive damage to school property at the

    pupil‘s school or to property located on the premises of the pupil‘s school;

    6. Bullying, and

    7. Any other activity that is an activity for which a principal may suspend a pupil under the

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    policy of the board.

    If a principal decides to suspend a pupil for engaging in an activity described in subsection (1), the

    principal will suspend the pupil from his or her school and from engaging in all school-related


    The minimum duration of a suspension is one school day and the maximum duration is 20 school


    In considering how long the suspension should be, a principal will take into account any mitigating or

    other factors prescribed by the regulations.

    Under clause 306 (1) 7 of the Education Act, a pupil may be suspended if he or she engages in an

    activity that is an activity for which a principal may suspend a pupil under a policy of the board.

    Under Board policy, activities for which a principal may suspend a pupil include:

    1. Persistent opposition to authority;

    2. Habitual neglect of duty;

    3. Wilful destruction of school property; vandalism causing damage to school or Board property or

    property located on school or Board premises;

    4. Use of profane or improper language;

    5. Use of tobacco;

    6. Theft;

    7. Aid/incite harmful behaviour;

    8. Physical assault;

    9. Being under the influence of illegal drugs;

    10. Sexual harassment;

    11. Racial harassment;

    12. Fighting;

    13. Possession or misuse of any harmful substances;

    14. Hate-motivated violence;

    15. Extortion;

    16. Distribution of hate material;

    17. Inappropriate use of electronic communications/media, and

    18. Other – defined as any conduct injurious to the moral tone of the school or to the physical or

    mental well-being of others.

    Suspension Pending Possible Expulsion

    Under subsection 310 (1) of the Education Act, a principal shall suspend a pupil if he or she believes

    that the pupil has engaged in any of the following activities while at school, at a school-related

    activity or in other circumstances where engaging in the activity will have an impact on the school


    1. Possessing a weapon, including possessing a firearm.

    2. Using a weapon to cause or to threaten bodily harm to another person.

    3. Committing physical assault on another person that causes bodily harm requiring treatment by a

    medical practitioner.

    4. Committing a sexual assault.

    5. Trafficking in weapons or in illegal drugs.

    6. Committing robbery.

    7. Giving alcohol to a minor, and

    8. Any other activity that, under a policy of