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St. Joseph’s College School
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
ST. JOSEPH’S COLLEGE SCHOOL
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
ATHLETIC DIRECTOR F. Malfitano
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
EDUCATIONAL ASSISTANTS B. Czan B. Kielar
CHILD &YOUTH WORKERS STUDENT SUPERVISORS M. Buzdon M. Ferrante
L. Da Silva K. Pietka
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
TORONTO CATHOLIC DISTRICT SCHOOL BOARD
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
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
Teacher Moderator Jennifer Martens
STUDENT LEADERSHIP 2012-2013
Coordinators Emma Clancy
Teacher Moderator Margaret Darmanin Kaiser
GIRLS’ ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION 2012-2013
President Rachel Jordan
Vice-President Stephanie Di Vita
Treasurer Marie Francis Simbajon
Secretary Michelle Soares
Publicity Representatives Claire Ferneyhough
Media Representatives Anna Licht
IMPORTANT DATES 2012-2013 SEPTEMBER
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
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.
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.
OUR HISTORY AND CATHOLIC PHILOSOPHY
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.
TORONTO CATHOLIC DISTRICT SCHOOL BOARD
MULTI-YEAR STRATEGIC PLAN 2012 - 2015
ACHIEVING EXCELLENCE IN GOVERNANCE
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,
AND WELL BEING To support our
students in meeting
the Ontario Catholic
RESOURCES To establish
making structures to
EMPLOYEES To create a learning
environment that is
diverse, that supports
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
OUR STRATEGIC GOALS
LIVING OUR CATHOLIC VALUES
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.)
FOSTERING STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT AND
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
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
STRENGTHENING PUBLIC CONFIDENCE
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
PROVIDING STEWARDSHIP OF RESOURCES
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
ACHIEVING EXCELLENCE IN GOVERNANCE
To lead and model best practices in Board governance we will:
Build trustees‘ capacity for governance and establish a mentoring program for
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
INSPIRING AND MOTIVATING EMPLOYEES
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
Learning for All K-12
Ontario Schools Kindergarten to Grade 12: Policy and Program Requirements
ONTARIO CATHOLIC SCHOOL GRADUATE EXPECTATIONS
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
MISSION OF ST. JOSEPH’S COLLEGE SCHOOL
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
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
SUPPORT SERVICES AND PROGRAMES
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.
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.
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.
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.
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);
Videotapes, CDs and DVDs;
Research success: A Guide for Secondary Students, and
All learning resources except magazines are arranged by Dewey Decimal Classification and are
listed in the automated card catalogue/Library Pro.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
N.B. ST. JOSEPH’S COLLEGE SCHOOL DOES NOT PERMIT VISITORS AT ANY HOME GAMES.
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
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.
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.
EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES 2012-2013
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
Celtic Pan Indian
Hispanic United Asian
Italian United Sisters of Colour
Field Hockey Tennis
Ice Hockey Track and Field
Indoor Track Volleyball
SCHOOL POLICIES AND PROCEDURES
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
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.
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.
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
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.
GENERAL SCHOOL INFORMATION
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.
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.
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.
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.
CODE OF CONDUCT – USE OF THE INTERNET ACCEPTABLE USE POLICY - A.29
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: http://www.tcdsb.org/board/policies/aup
Summary of the AUP expectations for students when using the TCDSB electronic communication
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
SCHOOL WIDE POLICY
All assignment due dates and test dates must be honoured unless prior arrangements have been
made with the teacher.
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
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 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.
A student must carry a minimum of three courses per semester to be considered as a full-time
student in the school.
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 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
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
STUDENT COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT
A SECONDARY SCHOOL GRADUATION REQUIREMENT
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.
ONTARIO SECONDARY SCHOOL GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS
18 - Compulsory Credits Credits Received English (1 per grade) 4
Math (at least 1 in Gr.11 or 12) 3
Canadian History 1
Canadian Geography 1
Health and Physical Education 1
French as a Second Language 1
Career Studies 0.5
Group 1 – Choose one from:
An additional English
An additional French as a Second
Social Science and the Humanities
Canadian and World Studies
Guidance and Career Education
Group 2 – Choose one from:
An Additional Health and Physical
An Additional Arts
An Additional French as a Second
Group 3 – Choose one from:
An Additional Science (Gr. 11 or 12)
An Additional French as a Second
*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
POLICY AND GUIDELINES FOR RELIGIOUS STUDIES
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, www.tcdsb.org/religiousaccommodation.htm.
RECOGNITION OF STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT
The highest academic achievement in every subject, at every level, is recognized at the Annual
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
GRADUATION AWARDS AND CRITERIA
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
St. Joseph‘s College School Outstanding Student
For details of award criteria, please enquire at Student Services.
TCDSB CODE OF CONDUCT
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 www.tcdsb.org (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
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
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;
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
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;
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
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
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;
7. Aid/incite harmful behaviour;
8. Physical assault;
9. Being under the influence of illegal drugs;
10. Sexual harassment;
11. Racial harassment;
13. Possession or misuse of any harmful substances;
14. Hate-motivated violence;
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
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