New Semester Begins

We are pleased to welcome 2 new staff members to Rockland District High School this semester.

Sandra McNeil will be teaching civics/careers and drama and Chris Wyatt will be teaching science and business.

Report cards go home for all students 7 - 12

Included with this newsletter is your son’s/daughter’s final semester one Provincial Report Card for all grade 9 – 12 students or mid-year Report Cards for all 7 & 8 students.

Please review the report card with your child. Congratulations to those students who worked hard. For those who have had difficulties this semester, seek extra help from your teachers. It is important that students receive support for good work habits and task commitment. This will only help to improve grades.

The staff of RDHS is committed to helping and encouraging students. Please do not hesitate to contact teachers, student services or administration.

Graduating students  

Students who are graduating this year are reminded that they must complete 40 hours of community service.  Forms must be handed in by June 1, 2017.



The teachers and administration of RDHS have been working to prepare a series of transition activities that will make the move from Elementary school to Intermediate school as smooth as possible. Below we have outlined a series of Transition days that will be essential in assisting you and your child to learn more about RDHS.

On Friday February 10th, 2017 the RDHS Administration Team visited the Grade 6 students from RkPS and PPS about life at Rockland District High School. This was a very personalized and friendly visit that gave the opportunity to the students to listen to the first year experiences shared by Grade 7 & 8 students. RDHS Intermediate students have had the chance to explain the many opportunities available at the school.

On Thursday March 2nd, 2017 from 5:00pm to 6:30pm, all future grade 7 students and parents are invited to attend this initial information session presented by the school administration in the Learning Commons. This will provide parents the opportunity to ask any questions and have a guided tour of the school.

On Thursday May 4th, 2017, students will have the opportunity to visit classrooms, learn about leadership council, meet teachers and take part in special activities organized by the student council. This will be an excellent way for the students to prepare for what life will be like in their new school.

On Friday September 1st, 2017 the Welcoming Day BBQ; Students will have the opportunity to visit the High School to get their locker assignments, homerooms and other information for the first day of school. This will assist students in feeling comfortable with the school and ask questions before the actual first day.


As we begin the second half of the school year, our Grade 8 students are beginning to think more and more about their upcoming high school experience. The teachers and administration of RDHS have been working to prepare a series of transition activities that will make the move from elementary school to high school as smooth as possible. Below is an outline of our “Transition Days” that will assist families in learning more about high school and course selection.

On Wednesday, February 1st, 2017- Our RDHS Guidance Counsellor, Mr. Andrew Lawford, will visit the grade 8 classes to discuss high school in general and the skills that are necessary for success in high school. Students will also receive a course selection package that includes a course calendar and recommendations from grade 8 teachers.

On Thursday, February 9th, 2017- Information Night at RDHS from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm.

From 5:00pm to 5:30pm- There will be an information session presented by the school administration and the Guidance Department to explain the Grade 9 program and the course selection process.

From 5:30pm – 7:00pm- Parents and students are invited to meet with subject teacher from RDHS to explain the differences in the various courses for high school. Samples of student work, and textbooks will be available for parents to compare the expectations of various courses. Administration will also be available to answer questions.

On Thursday, May 4th, 2017- Grade 8 “Morning in High School” Students will have the opportunity to visit classrooms and meet different subject teachers. This will be an excellent way for the students to prepare for what life will be like as a high school student.

On Friday, September 1st, 2017- Orientation and Welcoming BBQ- Orientation activities will be led by grade 12 students who are part of the RDHS LINK Crew. Students will also have the opportunity to visit the high school to get their schedules, lockers, locks and other information for the first day of school. This will assist students in feeling comfortable with the school and give them an opportunity to ask questions before the first day of high school!

Intermediate Division

Transitions to Grade 9

Mr. Lawford visited Grade 8 classrooms recently to speak to Grade 8 students about course selection for Grade 9.  Grade 8 students now have their course selection guide and form.  A thank you to all the parents and teachers who attended the Grade 9 Open House at RDHS on the night of Feb. 9. Course selection forms are now due to homeroom teachers or Ms. Bond.


The intermediate boys and girls volleyball has been wrapped up. The two teams ventured to North Dundas in December and January. The teams had some tough competition, but definitely showed growth in their abilities. The tournaments were fun and we hope all will continue to play next year. Mrs. Cunning and Ms. McPhail are very proud of all who came out and enjoyed the time spent in the gym! 

A huge Thank You goes out to Mme. Vachon who organized snowshoeing for the Grade 7 and 8 students.  Students were able to wear snowshoes and participate in this long-held Canadian tradition.  A great way to spend a chilly winter day!

Mr. Drew and Ms. Hansma are currently holding try-outs for the boys and girls intermediate Basketball teams.  Final team selection will be made in the coming weeks.   

Keeping you up to date!

Want to know what’s going on in Mme. O’Rourke’s class?  Check out her blog at where you can find information about what your child is doing in French, History and the arts. There are also pictures and videos of student work.  Students taking core French each have their own blog, which you can find a link to through Mme. O’Rourke’s blog. Have a look at your child’s blog and leave comments for them.

Future in Politics?

Grade 7 students from Mme. Vachon and Mr. Parks class recently travelled to Parliament Hill as part of their switch from Geography to History.  Students toured the Centre Block of Parliament Hill and saw many of the ice sculptures on display in Confederation Park as part of Ottawa’s Winterlude activities.  Students enjoyed getting away from school to see some of Canada’s heritage in person. 

Giving Back

Grade 7 and 8 students have been giving back to the community by filling 33 backpacks for the homeless in our communities.  Through donations, students sorted, organized, and filled backpacks that will help those who are less fortunate through the winter months.  Congratulations to all those who have donated their time and energy for this worthwhile cause. 

For the months of November and December, Mrs. Cunning's grade eight class helped out the organization "I Love First Peoples" by collecting and filling shoeboxes with various donations from the RDHS community. The shoeboxes were sent to schools in remote First Nations communities throughout Canada, and will be given as gifts to children between the ages of three to sixteen who reach important milestones in their learning. The grade eights packed 17 boxes, with a few more to be sent off in the coming weeks. I Love First Peoples collect filled shoeboxes all year long, and if you would like information on how to get involved with the organization, visit their website at Thank you to all who contributed!

Link Crew & Student Council

Student Council has been progressing well through the early winter months under the leadership of Gavin Westbrook, Kiera Yuill, Abby Westbrook, and a group of dedicated student volunteers. With the guidance of teacher moderators Jennifer Jones and Paul Murray, this year’s Student Council implemented a very successful Christmas Week featuring a door decorating contest, hot chocolate sales, and more. Student Council collaborated with a team from the Link Crew class - lead by Bailey Larocque to undertake a Christmas Food Drive for the local food bank that raised over 2000 non-perishable food items and $280.00 in cash for needy families in the Clarence-Rockland community.

Upcoming Student Council will organize and/or support the organizers of Valentine’s Day celebrations, Foster Day (in commemoration of beloved coach and teacher Bill Foster who passed away last February), and Canada 150 celebrations in the Spring.

Rugby TRIVIA NIGHT Fundraiser

The RDHS boys and girls rugby teams will be hosting another TRIVIA NIGHT FUNDRAISER. The date is Friday March 31, so be sure to circle it on your calendar. This event is an adult event only where you will have a chance to pit your trivia knowledge against your friends and neighbors to earn the title of “Grand Trivia Master”. It is not necessary that you have a child attending the school, so call your friends, neighbours and relatives to form a team and join us in a fun-filled night of laughter, socializing, amusement and refreshments. Come and test your knowledge! There will be a 50-50 Draw and other GREAT PRIZES. All proceeds will go towards our school’s rugby program.

Art Club

The Art Club is open to all RDHS Students in Grade 9-12. It meets every Wednesday from 2:30 - 4:30 in room 157 after school. It is for all people who enjoy arts and crafts, regardless of the level of their artistic ability. Activities are self-directed, with members choosing their area of interest to explore. The Art Club does group activities when an interest is expressed by the group in a particular area or activity, and in the past this has included candle decoration, fabric paint and batik. So far this year, club members have made ceramic christmas ornaments, water colour greeting cards, wood burned boxes, clay sculptures and paintings on canvas. Come express your artistic side!

FNMI Student Leadership

First Nations, Metis and Inuit students in grade 9-12 are invited to a Native Leadership workshop at the Municipal Center in Kemptville taking place February 24th. Students will take part in a Smudging and Leadership Workshops led by Indigenous Elders Danka Brewer (Algonquin), Dion Metcalfe (Inuit), Bill Montgomery (Haida) and Jim Palmer (Aboriginal voice pilot teacher).

Busing, lunch and snacks will be provided for participants at no cost.

Interested students should see Ms. Cranstone in room 157 for permission forms.

There is also an Indigenous Education opportunity for our grade 9-12 Native Student Leadership group and any Indigenous students in grades 9-12 who might benefit from attending.

We would like to share with you an opportunity for your child to attend Indspire’s Biennial “Soaring – Indigenous Youth Conference”. This year’s conference will be take place March 23rd and 24th in Ottawa.  We have been fortunate to have attended previous years in London and Montreal and the feedback we have had from our students is that the Indspire Conference is an invaluable opportunity to explore post-secondary and career goals.

This year, Indspire has included a second day in which students are able to visit either the Ottawa University or Algonquin College Campus.  Attendance for the second day is optional.  

Students will be bussed back and forth each day. Please note the early departure and late return times.  Students will need to indicate transportation arrangements.   All costs for attending this event will be covered.

Students must hand their forms in by February 15th if interested in attending.

Please find a link to this conference below and do not hesitate to call Bill Montgomery if you have any further questions.

New York

Twenty-two Grade 10-12 students from our school will pair up with students from Tagwi Secondary School and Russell High School to travel to New York City this May long weekend.  In this arts-based field trip, students will spend 4 days and 3 nights exploring famous sights in the Big Apple.  Students will take in a Broadway show, visit the Statue of Liberty and tour the MET. 

Outdoor Education

The Outdoor Education class enjoyed world class skiing in Gatineau Park. The group of 17 skied into Brown Lake Cabin for the night. Prior to the trip the class practiced fine tuning their skiing skills in the school yard and learned how to properly wax and care for their skis. Everybody worked together to cook a delicious meal of pasta, Caesar salad and a chocolate fondue.

Course Selection for 2017-2018 (Grade 9-12)  

Within the next couple of weeks, your son/daughter will be receiving information concerning the courses which will be offered for the 2017-2018 school year. We will be using the same format as last year, “”. The Student Services will meet with students over the next couple of weeks and give them a short introduction to the process. At the end of the process, students will be bringing the form home to be signed by their parent/guardian. Please take the time to find out which courses your child has selected. It is important that each student keep in mind his/her future goals, as well as prerequisite courses, when making their selection for 2017-2018. Please do not hesitate to contact student services at 613-446-7347 if you have any questions regarding registration.

Staffing and course offerings are based on course selections and the results of our registration process. Please support your children and encourage them to complete and return all registration forms by the deadlines.

Please note that students entering Grades 11 and 12 should consult the College and University course calendars for faculty requirements. Course selection at this time is directly linked to post-secondary program.

Parent/Teacher Night

The high school Parent/Teacher Night for Semester 2 will be held on March 22, 2017 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm. You are invited to meet with the teachers to discuss your child’s/ward’s progress in his/her second semester courses. Parents/guardians should call the office from March 20 to March 22 between 8:30 am and 2:30 pm to make an appointment.


Literacy News...

With everyone’s success in mind!

This is a reminder to Parents/Guardians that the

Grade 10 Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT)

Will be held on March 30, 2017

Passing the Literacy Test is a Diploma Requirement.

     àAttendance is mandatory.

Ask your child about the results of his/her Mock Literacy Test held in October.

Please note that RDHS is offering “coaching” sessions to the students who did not pass the Mock Test.

If we see a need to practice more with your child, you will be contacted.

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to phone the school.


Rockland District High School continues to be truly committed in ensuring that all students succeed in this province-wide Test 

Important Dates










-  Exams (secondary) – cafeteria services closed

-  PA Day – No classes

-  1st day of Semester 2 – Day E

-  Secondary Semester 1 Report Cards

-  Graduation photos – Grade 8 & 12

-  Family Day

-  Elementary Report Cards







-  Preliminary Progress Report (secondary)

-  March Break

-  Parent/Guardian Night

-  Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (Grade 10)







-   PA Day

-   Good Friday

-   Easter Monday

-   Mid Semester Report Cards (secondary)




-  Victoria Day














-  Celebration of Success

-  Graduation Prom

-  Grade 9 Assessment of Mathematics (2nd semester students)

-  Practical Exams

-  Exams (Secondary) - cafeteria services closed

-  Exams (Secondary) - cafeteria services closed

-  Grade 8 Celebration Ceremony

-  Intermediate Report Cards

-  Last day of school for students

-  Grade 12 Graduation Ceremony

-  PA Days – No classes

The Upper Canada District School Board is pleased to announce new updates to the My Family Room service that will make it easier for parents and guardians to interact with their child’s school. 

Send Absence and Late Notes Electronically

Tired of searching for the phone number or email address for your child’s school?  Don’t like writing notes by hand?  Now, with My Family Room, you can send absence and late notes to your child’s school electronically in a few quick clicks.  Note that this also works for future-dated absences, so if you’re planning that vacation getaway with your child, you can send in an absence notice ahead of time so that you don’t have to remember to do it later!

Please note that if your child is absent from school without a known reason, this feature includes the ability for you to quickly respond to absence notifications that you will receive.  This will allow schools to track down unexplained student absences much faster, resulting in an increase to student safety.

Register your Child for School Online

Do you have children starting school in September, or during this school year?  You can now register online for your child to attend a UCDSB school.  This option is available when you sign up for a My Family Room account, or by clicking on the “Register your child for school” button if you are already logged in to the My Family Room website.

When you have registered a child for school, you can then receive emails from the school about new student events that are occurring, before your child even starts their first day!

*NEW* My Family Room Mobile App!  (for Android and iOS)

We know how busy parents are today.  With the My Family Room app, you will be able to reply to unexplained absences, send in planned absence and late notes, view upcoming class and school events, and more!  All from your Android or iOS smartphone, giving you the benefits of these features while you’re on-the-go.  The Android version of the app is available now on the Google Play app store, and the iOS version is scheduled for release in January 2016.  More details on the iOS release coming in March 2016.

Simplified Sign-Up Process

Parents are no longer required to contact a school (in-person or by phone) to sign up for a My Family Room account!  They now have the additional option of signing up for an account online.  Parents can visit the My Family Room website ( and click on the “Sign Up” button to get started.

After a new account is created, parents will have the option of “linking” one of their children that already attends a UCDSB school to their account so that they can view information related to their child and interact with the school that their child attends through the My Family Room service.

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