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Parent Information Night for Students Entering Grade 7 - Thursday, February 24th

Parents of students who plan on attending Grade 7 at St. Mark High School in the 2022-2023 school year may attend a Parent Information Night on Thursday, February 24th at 6:00PM. A recording of the meeting can be found here. Grade 7 Parent Night Video

7/8 Parent Teacher Interviews February 24th

Grade 7&8 Parent-Teacher Interviews will take place by Google Meet on Thursday, February 24, 2021 from 2:40 PM-4:40 PM & 5:30-7:30 PM. Bookings will be available starting Friday, February 18th at 3:00 PM here. Bookings will be available until 12:00 PM on February 24. Please contact your child's teacher if you have any questions or concerns.

Parent-Teacher Booking Link

New Changes to High School Lunch Procedures - Effective February 22

High School lunch procedures are changing, effective Tuesday, February 22. Students will no longer be eating their lunches in their Period 2 classrooms. Starting on Tuesday, students will have the choice of eating their lunches in the cafeteria or outside the school. If students wish to eat in the cafeteria, they will sit at the appropriate tables, cohorted by grade. Students must wear their masks in the cafeteria at all times, except when they are seated and actively eating. Students may only eat in the cafeteria when they are seated. Students may not eat in classrooms, hallways, stairwells, other seating areas, or any other location in the school, other than the cafeteria. There will be no food service in the cafeteria. Students must properly wear their masks in all areas of the school, at all times, including lunch, unless they are in the cafeteria, seated, and eating.

New Changes to the Grades 7 & 8 Schedule - Effective February 22

There will be significant changes to the Grade 7 & 8 Schedules, starting Tuesday, February 22. There will be modified bell times and classroom locations. Please check MyMRH for your new room locations during the day. Students will be moving between rooms. They will be eating lunch in the cafeteria. Grade 7 & 8 students will have recess outside at the same time. THere are new procedures for entering the school after lunch recess. Please review this document that contains all details and rules associated with all the changes before arriving to school.

High School Parent Information Night - Thursday, February 17th (Watch Meeting Videos)

High School Parent Information Sessions will be held on Thursday, February 17th.

Current Grade 8 Students View Meeting Video

The parent information session for those students who are currently in Grade 8 and will be entering Grade 9 in September will be held at 6:00PM. The link for this session can be found in the Principal's Message sent out to parents on Monday and can be found here on Thursday.

Returning High School Students View Meeting Video

The parent information session for those students who will be entering Grades 10, 11, & 12 in September will be held at 7:00PM. The link for this session can be found in the Principal's Message sent out to parents on Monday and can be found here on Thursday.



Report Cards for Grades 7-12 Available February 16th

Click here to access the Parent Portal to view your child's Report Card. Please create an account if you have not already done so.

High School Midterm Semester 2 Report Cards Available April 28

High School Midterm Semester 2 Report Cards will be available by end of day through the Parent Portal on April 28th.

Please Confirm 2022-23 OSTA Transportation Requirements by April 3, 2022

NEW: Transportation Confirmation for 2022-2023

Are you planning on using student transportation in 2022-2023? To make better use of transportation services, OSTA is asking all parents and guardians of eligible students who are in one of the following school programs to confirm their intentions for transportation services for 2022-2023.

It’s simple! Let OSTA know your intentions by completing the Transportation Confirmation Form by April 3rd, 2022.

Programs = Early French Immersion, Middle French Immersion, Regular (English with core French), Gifted, International Baccalaureate, School of Arts, High-Performance Athletes, Specialist High Skills Major Program, English as a Second Language, English Language Learner, English Literacy Development, Alternative Program, and Adaptive Program.

Important: If you do not confirm transportation before the deadline, your child may not have transportation on the first day of school. OSTA will review late submissions beginning on September 12th, 2022.

For more information, visit OSTA’s website.

Transportation Confirmation Poster

High School Semester 2 Parent-Teacher Interviews March 31 - Bookings Are Now Closed!

High School Semester 2 Letters of Intervention were emailed to parents and students on March 24th. The letters may also be accessed through MyMRH. Parent-Teacher Interviews will be held on March 31 via Google Meet. Bookings are now closed.

Congratulations to the 2021 St. Mark Canned Food Drive Who Raised Almost $35000!


Sunday, November 21st , 2021, Our Lady of the Visitation Bulletin – The Feast of Jesus Christ, King of the Universe

7/8 Parent Teacher Interviews November 18th

Grade 7&8 Parent-Teacher Interviews will take place by Google Meet and/or by phone on November 18, 2021 from 2:40 PM-4:40 PM & 5:30-7:30 PM. Bookings have been closed. Please contact your child's teacher if you have any questions or concerns.

Bus Seating Assignments Available on MyMRH

Please sign into MyMRH to view your seating assignment.

Introducing MyMRH Student Info Tool

St. Mark High School is pleased to introduce of MyMRH. By logging into MyMRH, students can access their timetables, find their locker, book guidance appointments, keep up on daily announcements, and more. Students can access My MRH at mystudentinfo.ca. Students should sign in with their new student accounts (Firstname.Lastname@stu.ocsb.ca).

Changes to St. Mark High School Semester 2 Class Schedules - Effective Monday February 7th

High School Class Schedules will revert to the “Pre-pandemic schedule” effective February 7th. There will be four 75 minute periods with time for movement between periods 1 and 2, as well as between 3 and 4). The times are as follows:


Homeroom and Period One- 8:15-9:40

Period Two - 9:45- 11:00

Lunch - 11:00 - 11:45

Period 3 - 11:45 - 1:00

Period 4 - 1:05 - 2:20


Period 3 and 4 will alternate/flip-flop between day 1 and day 2.


Day 1: P1, P2, Lunch, P3, P4

Day 2: P1, P2, Lunch, P4, P3


Monday will be Day 1.


Students will eat their lunch in their Period 2 classroom, or outside the school.


Students can see their Semester 2 schedules and classroom locations and complete their COVID screening and attestation in MyMRH.

2021-22 Yearbook Now on Sale

The 2021-22 yearbook is officially on sale. It will be $50 until December 31st and then 60$ until sales close in the spring. They can be purchased by following this link.

Grade 7 & 8 Vaccinations on October 21-22

The Ottawa Public Health (OPH) In-School Vaccination Clinic is scheduled to be at St. Mark High School on Thursday October 21st and Friday October 22nd. These clinics will provide students in Grades 7 and 8 (students born in 2008 and 2009) with three vaccinations: Hepatitis B (HB), Human Papillomavirus (HPV),and Meningococcal. These vaccines are an important part of healthy growth and development, and are the safest way to prevent serious, life-threatening infections. An information package, including the required consent form, will be distributed to all Grade 7 and 8 students in class. Here is an information sheet from OPH.. Please note that OPH is planning to offer “catch-up clinics” for students grade 7-12 who may have had their immunization schedules disrupted by the Covid-19 Pandemic. These will happen outside of school hours and be available to all students.


7/8 Progress Reports Available November 9 on Parent Portal

You may access the parent portal by clicking this link. Please set up an account if you have not already done so.

High School Report Cards for Quadmester 1 Are Now Available

You may access the parent portal by clicking this link. Please set up an account if you have not already done so.

High School Mid-Quadmester 2 Parent Teacher Interviews January 6th

High School Mid-Quadmester 2 Grades were emailed to parents and students on December 16th. The grades may also be accessed through MyMRH. Parent-Teacher Interviews will be held on January 6th by phone or Google Meet. You may start booking parent-teacher interviews on Friday, December 17th by using this link.

Welcome to Grade 7& 8 Students

September 2, 2021

Greetings Grade 7/8 St. Mark Students/Families,

A warm welcome to our students joining our community and to those returning for another year at St. Mark. I look forward to this new school year with optimism. Staff have been working hard to prepare for your daughters and sons to return to school. The collaboration between guardians, parents, teachers, students and administrators will undoubtedly be the key to a successful start and a positive school year.

The Return To School

Students will return to school next Tuesday, September 7th. Our school hours are from 8:15 - 2:20. Grade 7 and 8 students will be grouped into homerooms (core and immersion) and will remain with the same group of students (their cohort) for the entire school day. Students will stay in the same classroom with the exception of Physical Education, Music and Drama. This year, students will be assigned a locker. Students will have access to lockers at the beginning of the day, at lunch and at the end of the day. The students will also be able to store items at their desk in their classroom as well.

My MRH

My MRH (MyStudentinfo.ca) is a dynamic tool to help improve communication with students. As we return to school, students will be able to access their schedules, find their lockers, book guidance appointments, access school announcements and links, and complete their covid 19- attestations quickly and easily. To access My MRH, students may go to mystudentinfo.ca and sign in using their new stu.ocsb.ca accounts. This is firstname.lastname@stu.ocsb.ca. The stu.ocsb.ca accounts should be active as of today and should have the same credentials as the old ocsbstudent.ca accounts. Schedules should be available by the end of day on September 3rd, and bookings for guidance appointments will be available on September 7th. Students should check their schedules prior to coming to school and know where their first period class is. If they can’t access it, then no worries! Staff and peer helpers will be available on the first day to direct students to the correct homeroom where they will get their schedules.

What to Bring to School

Here is a link to a suggested list of items that the students should have. Some items have been updated to reflect our new reality. ie. Water Bottles, hand sanitizer, etc. If any families require support with these items, please let us know.

THE FIRST DAY

To help our grade ⅞ students feel more comfortable on the first day of school, we have taken the following steps:


  • Students will have access to their timetables on Friday, September 3rd, 2021 through myMRH (see above). It’s important that the student knows their Homeroom teacher’s name (this is the same as their Period One teacher’s name).

  • Peer Helpers, Student Council, the Admin team, and staff members will be able to assist students in the bus loop as well as at the front of the school when they are dropped off.

  • Students taking the yellow school busses will be greeted by a Peer Helper and will be instructed to take note of their bus number.

  • All Peer Helpers will have bright red vests on so they will be easily identifiable.

  • Grade 7 and 8 students taking a bus are to enter the school at the back doors. There will be Peer Helpers showing them the way. (High school students will enter the building using the side doors).

  • Peer Helpers will also be available in the school building to direct students to their Homeroom classrooms and will be present in all Homeroom classes to take questions and explain their role.

  • Homeroom will be extended on Tuesday, September 7th so that Homeroom teachers may do tours with their students, go through protocols, go through lunch-time procedures, assign lockers, give students time to set up their lockers, watch safety videos, explain how a ⅞ timetable works and do ice-breaker activities so that students feel more comfortable.

  • Parents are asked to send their child(ren) with a lock for their locker, a binder, pen/pencil, and paper the first day of school. Dudley combination locks seem to work the best and last the longest.

  • Periods 3-6 will be at the regular time(s).

  • At 2:10pm (10 minutes early), Peer Helpers will return to the assigned homerooms and we will dismiss grade 7 and 8 students before our high school students. Peer Helpers and teachers will accompany the students outside.

  • Staff and Peer Helpers will be in the bus loop to help students find their bus.

Buses /Drop-Off at School

Buses will be running for the first day. We strongly encourage parents to send their sons and daughters on the school bus. Information on buses can be found at the Parent Portal at the OSTA website. All students will be given assigned seating on the school bus. This won’t be completed until the end of the first week (once we have finalized bus lists). Where possible, students will share seats with siblings, and/or students from the same “bubble”. That is, students from the same home room at grade ⅞ or from the same class at HS. Students must wear a mask at all times on the school bus.

Parents who are dropping their children off are asked to do so in the front of the school. We ask for parents/students to be patient in getting into the drop-off area. Parents are asked to pull forward in the lot so that we can maximize traffic flow. We have made arrangements for parents to drop-off/ pick up at the OSU soccer fields (Access on Mitch Owens). The gate will be open by 7:50 am and again at 2:00 pm.

Lunch

Grade 7 and 8 will eat their lunch in the classroom. Grade 7s and grade 8s will have a staggered lunch period. That is, grade 8 will be in the yard by themselves while the grade 7s will eat in the classroom and then they will switch. There will be no access to the cafeteria. Students will need to bring a lunch from home. There will also be no access to a microwave for heating lunches, etc.

School Signage

Signage on walls and/or floors have been placed to remind students to maintain a 2-metre distance from other people. In some cases, hallways will be designated one way in the morning before class begins, during lunch, and immediately after class at the end of the school day. Numbers have been placed on the door that show maximum occupancy for high traffic rooms, such as washrooms. There are multiple washrooms designated as grade ⅞ only. Other signage has been posted around the school with important safety information. Teachers and other school staff will be reviewing policies and procedures over the first few days.

Visitors to the School

We are limiting non-essential visitors to the school. Visitors, volunteers and guardians or parents will not be permitted on school property. Guardians and parents will need approval by a vice-principal or the principal to access the school if access is needed.

Students Who Develop Symptoms of Illness at School

If a student shows symptoms, we will contact a guardian or parent to come to arrange immediate transportation home. The student will also be placed in an isolation room away from other students and staff.

Communication

Moving forward, we will communicate information with parents - mostly via email - with important updates. Please ensure you are signed up for “General Messages” from the school in your School Messenger account.

Where individual cases of additional support are concerned, we will reach out to parents directly. Should you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us by phone (613-692-2551) or via email.

All the best,

Mike Curry

Principal - St. Mark HS

Welcome to High School Students

September 2, 2021

Greetings St. Mark High School Students/Families,

A warm welcome to our students joining our community and to those returning for another year at St. Mark. I look forward to this new school year with optimism. Staff have been working hard to prepare for your daughters and sons to return to school. The collaboration between guardians, parents, teachers, students and administrators will undoubtedly be the key to a successful start and a positive school year.

The Return To School

All students will return to school on Tuesday, September 7th. There will be no cohorting of students this year. That is, all students will come to school each day. The school hours are from 8:15 - 2:20. Each day they will attend two 150 minute periods separated by a one hour lunch break. Students will be assigned a locker that they will have access to before school, at lunch and after school. Students are asked to bring a lock with them on the first day.

My MRH

My MRH (MyStudentinfo.ca) is a dynamic tool to help improve communication with students. As we return to school, students will be able to access their schedules, find their lockers, book guidance appointments, access school announcements and links, and complete their covid 19- attestations quickly and easily. To access My MRH, students may go to mystudentinfo.ca and sign in using their new e-mail accounts. This is firstname.lastname@stu.ocsb.ca. They will have the same password as they had previously. The stu.ocsb.ca accounts should be active as of today and should have the same credentials as the old ocsbstudent.ca accounts. Schedules should be available by the end of day on September 3rd, and bookings for guidance appointments will be available on September 7th. Students should check their schedules prior to coming to school and know where their first period class is. If they can’t access it, then no worries! Staff will be available on the first day to direct students to the correct homeroom where they will get their schedules.

What to Bring to School

In addition to the regular school items, we suggest that students also bring their own water bottles (to fill at the fountains) and hand sanitizer (there will be some in each class for student use as well).

THE FIRST DAY

High school students should check their schedule on MyMRH prior to arriving at school. This will tell them where to go for their first period class.

Buses /Drop-Off at School

Buses will be running for the first day. We strongly encourage parents to send their sons and daughters on the school bus. Information on buses can be found at the Parent Portal at the OSTA website. All students will be given assigned seating on the school bus. This won’t be completed until the end of the first week (once we have finalized bus lists). Where possible, students will share seats with siblings, and/or students from the same “bubble”. That is, students from the same home room at grade ⅞ or from the same class at HS. Students must wear a mask at all times on the school bus.

Parents who are dropping their children off are asked to do so in the front of the school. We ask for parents/students to be patient in getting into the drop-off area. Parents are asked to pull forward in the lot so that we can maximize traffic flow. We have made arrangements for parents to drop-off/ pick up at the OSU soccer fields (Access on Mitch Owens). The gate will be open by 7:50 am and again at 2:00 pm.

Lunch

During the lunch time, students will have the opportunity to eat their lunch in their period one classroom for the first 20 minutes (same as last year). The cafeteria will not be open. Students may still opt to go outside for lunch. Students will be asked to track who they were with during the lunch period (for contract tracing purposes). If they go outside of the school, they can be with students from outside their bubble, but students are encouraged to continue to wear masks and socially distance during this time.

School Signage

Signage on walls and/or floors have been placed to remind students to maintain a 2-metre distance from other people. In some cases, hallways will be designated one way in the morning before class begins, during lunch, and immediately after class at the end of the school day. Numbers have been placed on the door that show maximum occupancy for high traffic rooms, such as washrooms. Some washrooms are designated for high school or grade ⅞ only. Other signage has been posted around the school with important safety information. Teachers and other school staff will be reviewing policies and procedures over the first few days.

Visitors to the School

We are limiting non-essential visitors to the school. Visitors, volunteers and guardians or parents will not be permitted on school property. Guardians and parents will need approval by a vice-principal or the principal to access the school if access is needed.

Students Who Develop Symptoms of Illness at School

If a student shows symptoms, we will contact a guardian or parent to come to arrange immediate transportation home. The student will also be placed in an isolation room away from other students and staff.

Communication

Moving forward, we will communicate information with parents - mostly via email - with important updates. Please ensure you are signed up for “General Messages” from the school in your School Messenger account.

Where individual cases of additional support are concerned, we will reach out to parents directly. Should you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us by phone (613-692-2551) or via email.

All the best,

Mike Curry

Principal - St. Mark HS

Screen time and COVID

Click the link to view the presentation for parents, Screen Time and COVID, created by the Ottawa Catholic School Board,