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Optional Attendance

Optional Attendance: January and February are busy months for the grade 8-9 transition process! If your child is not planning to attend their home secondary school, she or he will have the option of applying to additional schools under the Optional Attendance process.

What is Optional Attendance? An Optional Attendance Closed/Open/Closed list will be published in January 2015. The Open/Closed list indicates which schools are accepting Optional Attendance applications [Open], schools that are NOT accepting Optional Attendance [Closed] and schools that are accepting some Optional Attendance [Limited]. If your child is planning to apply to a school through the Optional Attendance process, then all Optional Attendance forms must be signed by the school administration prior to parents/guardians delivering them to the desired Open or Limited secondary schools. The deadline is January 30, 2015. Students can only apply to two Optional Attendance schools for regular programs and two for specialized.

Download an Optional Attendance application.

Here is more Optional Attendance information.

Course Selection for Grade 9: The course selection process will begin late January/early February. Course selections will be done at school, signed by parents and submitted by the Guidance Counsellor. Students who are certain they are attending their home school will chose their courses via MyBlueprint. Families are encouraged to explore this website.

Students who have applied elsewhere under Optional Attendance, have North Toronto as a home school or are waiting for an Offer of Placement will chose their courses for their home school on a hard copy course selection sheet. If they are accepted to their desired school under Optional Attendance, a new course selection sheet will be provided to them promptly. Please watch for this to come home for your signature late January/early February. Kindly return them promptly to your child’s teacher as the course selection process is considered your child’s registration for secondary school.

Hodgson Updates

Rather than publish a monthly newsletter, we prefer to send important school information directly to your e-mail address. We only use your email address for Hodgson business and we never display email addresses (we use bcc). Hodgson email updates are sent to registered parents only.

It is a great way to connect, to communicate and to get information.

Please note that Canada's New Anti-Spam Legislation requires us to have your consent to receive Commercial Electronic Messages (CEM) from us. Hodgson Updates included school-based information and can also include Commercial Electronic Messages such as school fundraisers, pizza lunch noices, reminders about student activity fees, etc. 

Go to our email updates page to register. 

For more information about the anti-spam legislation, please go to the TDSB's Anti-spam info page.

Hodgson Archive

This is where we post copies of items, letters or information that we sent home. (We also send copies via the Hodgson update and/or Twitter as well.)

Student Council's Toy Drive (Dec. 5) -Information about our Student Council's Holiday Toy Drive.

Safe Arrival Program (Nov. 10) -Info for parents about the NEW Safe Arrival procedures in the TDSB.

Spirit Day at Hodgson (Oct. 31) -Everything you need to know about our Hodgson Spirit Day.

Letter For Corrected Agenda Page (Sept. 22) -A copy of the correct TDSB Chart of Consequences for Inappropriate Student Behaviour that was published in the 2014-2015 student agendas.

Grade 7 Camp Couchiching Trip package (Sept. 11) -Permission forms, info and fees.

First Day Package for Parents (Sept. 2) -

Information about the school, permission forms and medical info forms.

Hodgson's Schedule

We follow a 10 day cycle, rather than a Monday to Friday cycle, which likely explains why everyone asks, "What day is it today?"  We have six 50 minute periods each day, with periods 1, 2 & 3 before lunch and periods 4, 5, & 6 after lunch. Just to make things a little more complicated, we have 2 minutes of transition time between periods to allow students and teachers to get from one class to another.

Here is our daily schedule:
8:55: Student Entry
9:00-9:50: Period 1
9:52-10:42: Period 2
10:44-11:34: Period 3
11:34-12:30: Lunch recess
12:30: Student Entry
12:35-1:25: Period 4
1:27-2:17: Period 5
2:19-3:09: Period 6
3:09: Dismissal
4:00: School day ends

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Contact Hodgson

(416) 393-0390 (Main Office)
Ian.Wilson@tdsb.on.ca (P)
Janice.Lewis@tdsb.on.ca (VP)
Sandy.Colyn@tdsb.on.ca (OA)
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