St. Mark High School

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Textbook & Chromebook Return & Item Pickup (All Grades)

Grade 7 & 8

Grade 7 and 8 students and parents are reminded that pick-up/drop off of items to and from the school will be taking place next week on Tuesday, June 22nd from 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm or Wednesday, June 23rd between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm. This is being done by appointment. As grade ⅞ students may have more items to retrieve and drop off, we are hoping to keep the students spread out. As such, we are asking that grade 7 and 8 students sign up via this link to select an available time to come to school during this time period. Grade 7 and 8 students/parents will be directed to the Northern Entrance (grade 7 and 8) in the parking lot. This entrance is at the front of the school but closest to Mitch Owens.


Grade 9 - 11

Grade 9-11 students may drop off items on Tuesday, June 22nd from 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm or Wednesday, June 23rd between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm. Students will come to the front of the school, deposit any items on the appropriate table(s) provided by the main entrance, pick up a yearbook, if applicable and leave. Students will not have access to the school. No appointments will be necessary for this group of students.


Grade 12

Grade 12 - Thursday, June 24th - graduating students will already be coming to the school during pre-scheduled appointment times for photographs, receiving diplomas, awards, gifts, etc. Grade 12 students are asked to return any items when they come at this time and leave them on the tables provided when they arrive. Graduating students who have purchased a yearbook will receive this in their “Graduation Gift Bag” when they are at the school on this day.


If you are unable to make these times for return, please contact the school office and we will make alternate arrangements.

Summer School

Summer School course offerings and registration information is available now on the OCSB website at https://www.ocsb.ca/our-programs/high-school/programs-courses/summer-school/. It is recommended that all registration be done online using the form on the website.

Course availability and registration information for the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board is now available. Please check their website, https://ocdsb.ca/continuing_education/summer_school_programs, for course listings and registration information.


Graduation Requirement - Community Service Hours

For the 2020-21 school year, the ministry is revising the 40-hour community involvement graduation requirement so that students will not be adversely impacted by the ongoing challenges related to COVID-19.

For students graduating in the 2020-21 school year, the community involvement graduation requirement will be reduced to a minimum of 20 hours of community involvement activities. This recognizes that graduating students have had barriers to earning their community involvement hours last school year and there may be continued barriers this school year.

Students may wish to consider virtual volunteering, such as connecting with seniors, organizing virtual fundraising events and facilitating discussions with newcomer youth. Outdoor volunteer opportunities could also be considered. Ideas for volunteer opportunities, as well as suggestions for documenting community service hours, are posted on the board website.

In addition, the ministry is providing increased flexibility in how all secondary students can earn hours in 2020-21, as follows:


1. At the principal’s discretion, schools may waive the restrictions that do not allow students to earn hours during the time allotted for the instructional program on a school day, or duties normally performed in the home (e.g., walking a younger child to and from school, helping younger siblings with school work).


2. Students aged 14 years and older can count up to a maximum of 10 hours from paid employment towards their earned hours at the discretion of the principal. Students counting paid employment towards their graduation requirement will be required to complete a reflection exercise indicating how their work contributed to the service for others.

Students should continue to seek out and accumulate community involvement hours in accordance with school board policies and procedures, keeping in mind local public health unit recommendations.


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