Guidance Announcements

Welcome back SATEC students and welcome to our new SATEC students in 2021-2022

September 22, 2021

1.  THE GUIDANCE TEAM AT SATEC IS HOSTING A POST-SECONDARY ASSEMBLY FOR GRADE 12 STUDENTS 

  • The date of the assembly is Thursday October 7th at 12:30 pm
  • The assembly will take place during instructional time and will be broadcast in the grade 12 classes
  • A  Zoom link will be provided to students who will not be in the building that afternoon due to their study period 
  • Students will learn about post-secondary pathways, the application process and the timeframes associated with this process

 

2. THE TDSB IS SPONSORING A POST-SECONDARY INFORMATION SESSION FOR GRADE 12 FAMILIES 

  • organized by the TDSB's Guidance, Career Development and Student Well-Being
  • aimed at helping parents/guardians and students better understand the post-secondary admissions process during COVID-19
  • meant to support the post-secondary information session that SATEC is coordinating for grade 12 students 

Following a brief overview of the post-secondary application process, participants will have the opportunity to hear from a number of GTA post-secondary institutions regarding their admissions process and how their institutions are addressing teaching and learning during the pandemic. Presenters include:

  • OYAP
  • OCAS
  • Centennial College
  • Seneca College
  • George Brown College
  • Humber College
  • University of Toronto
  • Ryerson University
  • York University

Families who require interpretation services should complete this form
 

DATE OF SESSION: Wednesday, October 6, 2021 from 7 to 8:15 p.m. via Zoom.  

 

September 20, 2021

Post-Secondary Planning for Grade 12 Students (and Grade 11 students who want to begin their research early)

Ontario Universities will be holding its final information fair on:

  • Tuesday, October 26, 5-7 pm (ET)

Ontario Colleges will be conducting information sessions every Monday.

For more details and links to these sessions, please visit the Guidance Google Classroom.

October 4, 2021

SEMESTER 1 Night School Registration is now CLOSED 

Semester 2 Night School registration will open in January 2022 at www.creditprograms.ca

  • A night school course allows grade 11 and 12 students the opportunity to complete a course that they cannot get in their day school program, either because it is not offered, or because classes are full
  • Generally a spare period in their day school program is required in order for them to successfully complete a night school course
  • A selection of grade 9 and 10 credit recovery courses are being offered for students who achieved below 50% in a course previously 

September 8, 2021

Guidance counsellors will be reviewing timetable change requests that are submitted through this Google Form for students in grades 10 - 12. It is very important that you read all the information on the form very carefully before submitting it. This form will close as of 4 pm on Tuesday September 14, 2021. 

As grade 9 students have a prescribed set of courses, timetable changes are not applicable.

 

September 8, 2021

Student Timetables to be Posted on TDSB Connects App on September 7th
On September 7, student timetables should have been uploaded to the TDSB Connects App. The Guidance department has been working since August 30th to reconcile TDSB summer school results with student timetables for 2021-2022 to ensure that students are not in courses they already passed or will be in courses for which they do not have the prerequisites. There are a few students who attended TCDSB summer school for whom we must still reconcile their summer school results with their timetables.  If you attended a summer program run by a NON TDSB school, please forward your report card to your guidance counsellor. 

We have also had to adjust timetables based on the results of the survey from the TDSB to parents/guardians regarding preferred learning platforms.

Why does my timetable contain courses that I didn’t choose last year?
Our first priority is to ensure that students in grades 9 to 11 have eight (8) courses this year (4 in each semester) and that grade 12 students have a minimum of six (6) courses (3 in each semester). No doubt, many of you will see courses on your timetable that you did not choose in myBlueprint. In some cases students may have multiple courses on their timetables that are not of their preference. There are many factors that contribute to this such as, but not limited to:

  • The cancellation of courses due to low enrolment (approx. 21 courses were cancelled this year).
  • The large number of courses that are filled to capacity
  • The restructuring of the school’s master timetable from a quadmester to a modified semester framework following TDSB and Ministry of Education directives regarding the 2021-2022 year. 
  • Course conflicts due to 2 or more different courses occurring in the same period


Why did my courses listed in myBlueprint change?
Some students may have noticed that, at various points since last year, their courses for the 2021-2022 year in the High School Planner section of myBlueprint may have changed more than once. Please remember that the courses listed in myBlueprint reflect the courses that you requested, not necessarily the ones that would be on your SATEC timetable at the start of this school year. As we explained during the course selection cycle last January and February, we do our best to provide you with your preferred courses, but this has become increasingly more challenging to do and yet we are obliged to provide you with a full slate of courses on your timetable. You should know that myBlueprint is a 3rd party platform used by the TDSB, and it does not constitute your official student record.  

What do I do if I don’t have a Full Timetable?
While the guidance team reviewed many student timetables this week, there may be students in grades 9 to 11 who discover that they have fewer than 4 courses listed for this semester. Likewise, there may be grade 12 students who find that they have fewer than 3 courses on their timetable for this semester. These are incomplete timetables and must be fixed immediately.  

If you are a student who has an incomplete timetable in semester 1, please complete and submit the google form as soon as possible by clicking here.

Will I get a chance to request a change to my timetable?
By September 9th, we will provide a link to a separate Google Form for students in grades 10 - 12 regarding timetable changes and the scope of the requests that will be considered. This will be posted along with a list of cancelled courses at SATEC and the courses that are already full.  We are unable to change timetables for students in Grade 9 unless there is a course on their timetable that was already successfully completed over the summer. 

Is there Night School in Semester 1?
Yes, the TDSB offers a number of grade 11 and 12 courses through the Continuing Education Night School Program. Information about night school offerings will be available soon and we will post it in the Guidance Google Classrooms along with information on how to apply. Night school is an option for senior students who have a spare on their timetable and who require a course that is not available in their day school program. It is also an option for grade 11 students who require a course that is not available at SATEC in place of an elective course already on their timetable.

How is this Semester Structured?
Students will be following a modified semester. This means that students will have course 1 and 2 in Week 1 (course 1 will be in the morning and course 2 will be in the afternoon) followed by course 3 and 4 in Week 2 (course 3 in the morning and course 4 in the afternoon). Following Week 2, students will return to Week 1 for their Week 1 courses and the following week, their Week 2 courses. This continues until the end of the first semester. Please consult the PDF ‘How to Read your 2021-2022 Timetable’

 

 

September 1, 2021

Many of you have emailed the school requesting adjustments to your courses for this year. It is important for you to know that guidance counsellors are unable to respond to requests from students to make timetable changes at this point in time. The priority for the school is to ensure a smooth start-up for the 2021-2022 school year and this involves ensuring students have a minimum of 4 courses this semester (3 for grade 12 students), reconciling summer school results with current timetables for the large number of students who opted for summer school programming over the summer as well as making timetable adjustments to correspond to virtual learning platform requests.

We know that many of you have noticed that the courses you chose in myBlueprint in February 2021 are not necessarily the ones you see listed there now. Please remember that the choices you make in myBlueprint are requests and that many factors are involved in determining whether you get your preferred courses (i.e. whether the course actually runs, if there is space in the course and whether the course conflicts with another of your courses). Our focus is always ensuring that students have a full course load and as such, many of you will discover courses on your timetable that are not of your preference. 

Having said that, we anticipate the opportunity for you to request reasonable changes to your timetable. This will be conducted using a Google form procedure. It is important that you join the Guidance Google Classroom according to your grade in the 2021-2022 school year as this is where you will receive announcements about when the guidance team is able to consider your timetable requests. This is where you will make your request for an alteration to your timetable.

For grade 11 and 12 students, there is the option of registering for night school in semester 1. Once we have more information about night school offerings we will post this in the Guidance Google Classroom. 

Please refer to the following codes to join the Guidance Google Classroom:

Grade 9

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Grade 10

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Grade 11

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Grade 12 and 12+

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Here are some important key points:

  • Timetable requests are available to students in grades 10-12. We are unable to consider timetable change requests from students in grade 9 unless they have already completed one of their grade 9 courses at another educational institution.
  • Due to COVID-19 health and safety protocols, we are unable to accommodate students in or around the guidance office for the purposes of requesting timetable changes.
  • Once school start-up is complete, the guidance team will be exploring ways in which we can create an appointment schedule for one on one in-person visits for other guidance matters.
  • If you have completed a credit course over the summer, please ensure that your guidance counsellor receives your report card so that the credit can be added to your transcript. There is a drop off box outside the guidance office for students submitting hardcopies.

 

Guidance Counsellor

Students with Last Name

Mr. Marino

A to G and Z

Ms. Noble

H to N

Ms. McVannell

O to Y

Ms. Woodside is the guidance secretary who can assist students with requests for transcripts, credit counselling summaries and other school related documents.

 Thank you for your patience and understanding. Needless to day, the pandemic continues to challenge us all in so many ways. These challenges extend to our school start-up, but we will do everything we can to get through this!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Announcements in 2020-2021

April 8, 2021

The TDSB has released information about summer school. Registration opens April 19th. Please review the three (3) attachments carefully.
 

The Secondary School Summer Programs Information Sheet has information about the different types of summer school programming being offered in this summer.

There is a comparison sheet which lists the similarities and differences between the remote and hybrid full credit programs versus the full credit e-learning programs.

How to Register for a Summer Program provides step by step instructions on how to register for, and be enrolled in, your desired course. For SATEC students attending the TDSB Virtual School, there is a virtual school edition of this same document.

Remember, if you intend to reach ahead and take a full credit course, you must ensure that it is not a course which you chose in myBlueprint to take in day school next year.

 

March 12, 2021

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR)

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) is the formal evaluation and credit-granting process whereby students may obtain credits for prior learning. This is a formal process that begins with an important information session Organized by the TDSB for Tuesday March 23rd. Please refer the TDSB website for steps on the PLAR Challenge.

 

Request to Change Learning Platforms in Quad 4
Parents who want their children to move to a different learning platform in quad 4, will need to complete the Google form contained in this letter that was sent to our student/parent community. The deadline to make this request is March 23, 20021.

February 12/21

Please Note Start Time Change:

The February 16th myBlueprint Help Session for students who are receiving support through the Special Education department that was originally scheduled for 12:30pm  has been postponed until 1:15pm to allow students in the hybrid cohort to travel home.  Please use the same link:

https://tdsb-ca.zoom.us/j/93798444780?pwd=R1ZZekFqQUZZUW8vSEIyM1F2bUVBZz09

 


NEW: myBlueprint Help Session for SATEC students attending the TDSB Virtual School
Thursday February 18 -  11:40 AM to 12:15 PM

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February 9/21

myBlueprint is now open for anyone who is ready to submit their course selections for the 2021-2022 academic year. There is no advantage to submitting it early as long as all submissions are made by 4 pm on February 26th.

Current Grade 12 students

If you are graduating in June and not returning next year, please make your last entry into myBluperint by indicating your post-secondary destination. This should be completed on, or before Feb.12th

January 29/21

There were difficulties accessing the English Department's course information session today.

As a result this session has been postponed until February 3 at 1:15 pm. The Google Meet code is https://meet.google.com/dyz-vzzi-rmd

Please use your TDSB account to access this session.

 

January 22/21

The 2021-2022 Course Selection Cycle kicks off on January 25, 2021 with the first of 3 virtual course assemblies. 

All students must submit their course selections for next year into myBlueprint, the online course selection platform. MyBlueprint will open on February 9th and will close on Feb. 26th. All sourse submissions must be completed by Feb. 26th. Take your time within the period of Feb. 9 to Feb.26 to choose your courses wisely and carefully.

Please visit the Course Selection page in the Guidance Department for important and time sensitive information.

 

January 6/21

Grade 11 and 12 students:

Full Disclosure Date for Quad 2 is Monday January 18, 2021.

If you are a student enrolled in a grade 11 or 12 course and do not wish for the course to appear on your official transcript, you must withdraw from (drop) the course by Monday Janaury 18 at 4pm. If you withdraw from the course after the Full Disclosure date, the course will appear on your official transcript, with whatever your current mark is on the date you withdraw, along with a W (withdrawal) beside it.

To withdraw from (drop) a course, please connect your Guidance Counsellor and request to be withdrawn from the course. If you are a student under 18 years of age, you will have to have your parent/guardian email your counsellor directly or you can send a photo of a handwritten note from your parent/guardian giving permission for you to drop the course. Please ensure that, with either option, your parent/guardian includes a phone number where they can be reached. This procedure will apply to grade 11 and 12 students in the hybrid or virtual learning platforms at SATEC as well as to students at Virtual School.

 

December 18/20

Just a reminder as to the personnel in the Guidance Department in Quad 2:

Name Responsibilities e-mail address
Ms. Griffin (Secretary)

Contact Ms. Griffin:

  1. to update your address/phone number
  2. for copies of your credit counselling summary or transcript
alorna.griffin@tdsb.on.ca

Ms. Singroy (Counsellor)

Counselling issues for students with the last name starting with A, B, C, D and E

michelle.singroy@tdsb.on.ca

 

Ms. Noble

(Lead Counsellor)

Counselling issues for students with the last name starting with F, G and I to Q marylouise.noble@tdsb.on.ca
Mr. Knight  (Counsellor) Counselling issues for students with the last name starting with H and R to Z calvin.knight@tdsb.on.ca
Ms. McVannell (expected to return sometime in January 2021)

 

December 17/20

 

Upcoming Important Dates

 

January 4, 2021 - Semester 2 (yes semester, not quad) virtual night school registration opens. Registration closes at 2pm Feb. 3.  Night school classes begin the week of Feb.16 and end the first week in June.

  •  New this semester:
    • Night school will be offered on Mondays and Wednesdays AND Tuesdays and Thursdays
    • Credit recovery will be offered for a selection of courses on Tuesday nights OR Thursday nights
  • Process for registering and enrolment
    • To register:
    1. Follow the instructions on the TDSB website. Registration and enrolment is a two part process. 
    2. After registering you will be sent an email confirming that you registered.  Please note that you are not yet enrolled in the course. For that to happen you must send your guidance cousnellor a copy of the registration form was emailed to you. Once your counsellor receives this, you can be enrolled in that course.
    • To be eligible for a night school course:
    1.  You must have the prerequisite for the course (if applicable).
    2. The course you want cannot already be on your day school timetable
    • Students may take one night school course along with 2 days school courses or 2 credit recovery courses and 2 day school courses.

 

January 5, 2021 - e-learning day school registration for Quad 3 opens. Registration closes January 16th, but these grade 11 and 12 courses fill up quickly before the registration closing date. 

  • Process for registering and enrolment
    • To register:
    1. Follow the instructions on the TDSB website. Registration and enrolment is a two part process. 
    2. After registering you will be sent an email confirming that you registered.  Please note that you are not yet enrolled in the course. For that to happen you must send your guidance cousnellor a copy of the registration form was emailed to you. Once your counsellor receives this, you can be enrolled in that course.
    • To be eligible for a e-Learning day school course, you must have:
    1. the prerequisite for the course (if applicable).
    2. a spare in your timetable to accommodate the e-learning course.

 

January 11, 2021 - Deadline to notify SATEC @ W.A. Porter of intent to switch learning platforms for Quad 3

 

January 18, 2021 - Full Disclosure Deadline.

  • Students in grade 12 (and this year grade 11's too) who withdraw from a course up to this date will NOT see a mark from that course on their transcript. Marks for courses dropped after this date will remain on the student's transcript. Students must contact their guidance counsellor to arrange for a course to be dropped. Written permission from a parent/guardian must accompany all student requests.

 

November 26/20

On November 27, from 6 pm to 9 pm, the Ontario Black History Society (OBHS), an organization dedicated to the recognition and celebration of Black history, will host its annual conference for high school students: Virtual Leaders of Tomorrow.

Details can be found here

 

On December 9th from 6:00 to 8:30 pm - You are invited to the Build a Dream Career Expo Webinar for young women.

This is a FREE VIRTUAL CAREER DISCOVERY EXPO for parents and young women between Grades 7 to 12. This online event will highlight opportunities in a number of careers to better assist young women to make informed career choices. This event will include careers in:

  • Skilled Trades
  • STEM careers
  • Emergency Responders
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Advancing Women

The event features:

  • Dream Maker Panel: Women from various careers share their stories and inspire
  • Employer Spotlight: Hear what employers look for in new employees!
  • Pathway Spotlight: College, University and Apprenticeship
  • Games, Prizes, Survey and More!

Click here for registration details.

November 24/20

Just a reminder that Friday November 27 is the last day to request changes to your QUAD 2 timetable!

November 22/20

Attention Grade 12 students: The guidance department has organized a number of virtual university visits for SATEC students attending the hybrid platform, the local virtual learning platform, as well for the SATEC students attending Virtual School. The "visits" begin in the week of November 23rd. Advance registration is required for some of the information sessions. Click here for details.

November 20/20

There have been changes in the guidance department for quad 2. Please click here to find out who your guidance counsellor will be in quad 2.

November 19/20

The TDSB is hosting a post-secondary information session in the evening of Tuesday November 24th. Click here for more information and the Zoom link to the meeting.

November 17/20

The Summer Mentorship Program (SMP) gives high school students of Indigenous or African ancestry a chance to explore health sciences at the University of Toronto over four weeks in July 2021. For more information click here.

November 3/20

The universities are busy with their Fall Open Houses and campus tours (virtually of course). The month of November is filled with these informative events. Some will start this week and since many of the Open House events require registration, please take a moment to review the content in this attachment.

October 30/20

Interested in a TDSB Alternative School for Quad 2? Many are holding virtual open houses in the coming weeks. See what they have to offer!

October 29/20

Welcome Grade 9 students. Sadly, we cannot hold a large in-person assembly to explain how the guidance department can assist you as you embark upon your secondary school journey, so we have prepared a short virtual presentation for you. The PDF version is also available.

 

October 28/20

Grade 12 students, please view the narrated Post Secondary Planning Seminar to assist you with your post-secondary research. The PDF version is also available.

Grade 11 and 12 students:

Full Disclosure Date for Quad 1 is Monday, November 2, 2020.

If you are a student enrolled in a grade 11 or 12 course and do not wish for the course to appear on your official transcript, you must withdraw from (drop) the course by Monday, November 2, 2020 at 4pm. If you withdraw from the course after the Full Disclosure date, the course will appear on your official transcript, with whatever your current mark is on the date you withdraw, along with a W (withdrawal) beside it.

To withdraw from (drop) a course, please connect your Guidance Counsellor and request to be withdrawn from the course. If you are a student under 18 years of age, you will have to have your parent/guardian email your counsellor directly or you can send a photo of a handwritten note from your parent/guardian giving permission for you to drop the course. Please ensure that, with either option, your parent/guardian includes a phone number where they can be reached. This procedure will apply to grade 11 and 12 students in the hybrid program at SATEC as well as to students at Virtual School.

 

October 19/20

Grade 12 students: Check out this all-day university virtual fair that is planned for Saturday October 23/20 

October 14/20

  • We are closing the "satecguidance20@gmail.com" general mailbox until further notice. Please click here to learn how to access the guidance department and which counsellors are working in the guidance department effective October 19th

 

  • e-Learning Day School (eLDS) Quad 2 courses will be open for registration in e-Reg tomorrow, Thursday, October 15, at 9am.  Please see the e-Learning Day School website for the full list of available Quad 2 courses. Students in the Virtual Secondary School, as well as students in home (OSR) schools, will be eligible to apply for an e-Learning Day School Quad 2 course if they have a spare or open period in their Quad 2 timetable. An e-Learning Day School course cannot be a third credit for a student in a Quad.

 

October 13/20

Scholarship Information

Grade 12 students:

Please visit the Guidance Google Classroom for the Scholarship Report, which contains information about upcoming scholarships between October and December 2020

 

October 8/20

All students: 

 

Check the Guidance Google Classroom for the Ministry of Education update on community involvement hours and how this update impacts you. Remember to use the fillable Community Service Form to request permission to participate in your volunteer experience prior to participating.  You will find this form as an attachment in the Guidance Google Classroom.

 

Grade 11 and 12 students: 

We anticipate that registration for e-Learning Day School for Quad 2 will be opening around October 15th. An e-Learning Day School course can be taken only if you have a spare in Quad 2. Please refer to the e-Learning Day School website in the coming days for more information.

 

October 6/20

Attention Grade 12 Students:

ONTARIO COLLEGE VIRTUAL FAIR Registration for the virtual fair opens the week of October 12th. Join 24 Ontario Colleges as they present what they have to offer. See details and how to register here

 

 

October 5/20

Attention Grade 12 Students

It's that time again where we turn our attention to your plans for the 2021-2022 year. Please help us to help you by completing this Google form by October 23, 2020.

 

September 28/20 

Welcome Back Students

This has been a hectic and chaotic start to a new academic year. It is our hope that some of the information contained here will provide some clarity going forward.

 

SATEC In-Person Students

 

SATEC Students Attending Virtual School

 

Updated Secondary School Quadmester Dates

 

Transferring Between In-Person and Virtual Learning Platforms 

  • There are opportunities throughout the year to move from one learning platform to another. Click here for information and important deadlines for this process.

 

TDSB Remote Night /Saturday School 

  • TDSB continues to offer a number of grade 11 and 12 courses at night school as well as the Saturday morning language classes,  which are open to all grades. Due to the pandemic, these classes are offered remotely. Whether you are an in-person student or a virtual school student,find out how to sign up for these options .DEADLINE TO REGISTER is now Wed. October 7 at noon!

 

Guidance Counsellors Assigned to Students

  • Guidance counsellors have been assigned to students in Quad 1 according to the first letter of their last name.  Effective September 30th, please contact the guidance counsellor assigned to you for all inquiries. Your guidance counsellor is subject to change for future quads.

 

Guidance Google Classrooms

  • Guidance counsellors use Google Classroom to post grade specific information for students - including important documents and links. Find out what Google Classroom code you should use to access these classrooms.

 

Mark Maintain After Date (also known as Full Disclosure Date)

  • This is an important date for grade 11 and 12 students to keep in mind when they are considering whether to drop a course mid way into the Quad. Click here for these dates in each Quad.