Report cards for elementary students from Stratford Central (SC) and Stratford Northwestern (SN) were distributed today. Please contact the office tomorrow, Friday, June 28th, if you want to speak to a staff member about your child’s report. As mentioned previously, secondary report cards for both SC and SN will be available on Thursday, July 4th and Friday, July 5th in the SN Main Office between 8 am and 4 pm.
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TRANSITION ACTIVITY UPDATE – June 27 2019
“The best of both worlds”
Thinking Ahead – What will the first day of school in September look like?
The elementary and secondary school day schedules for grades 7-8 and grades 9-12 have been finalized as follows:
Elementary starting: 8:50 am and ending 2:40 pm
Secondary starting: 8:55 am and ending 2:53 pm
The start and end times of classes remain fairly similar to the current school year for both elementary and secondary students and we are working with our local bus companies and the City of Stratford to finalize busing schedules. Families will be contacted in late August regarding specific routes, time frames and pick up locations. Information will be posted on our transportation website at ourschoolbuses.ca and on the Stratford Project website.
The timetables for students in grades 9-12 have been finalized. Student Services staff have been resolving conflicts for students at both schools and will continue to do so this week and next, and in the week prior to beginning school in September. Students seeking to change their timetables should contact Student Services at SN to make an appointment for the last week of August if they have not done so.
Elementary schedules are being finalized, and similar to previous years, these students will receive their timetables on the first day of school.
We have worked really hard to ensure that all students are not in the cafeteria and halls throughout the same lunch hour. This has been a significant scheduling challenge! We recognize that the junior lunch is later in the day, but we have built in a break from 11:25 – 11:35 am where students will have time to eat a snack between classes.
Int Lunch (7/8): 10:50 – 11:35
Jr. Lunch (9/10): 12:55 – 1:38
Sr. (10/12) Lunch: 11:30 – 12:18
Students in grades 7 to 12 will be contacted via School Messenger (and information will be posted on the school website) over the summer with additional information about the August Orientation Day and first days of school.
We are planning a ‘staggered’ entry for the first two days of September to allow for a more focused, cohesive and welcoming introduction to the school. On Tuesday, September 3rd, all students in Grade 7, 8 or 9 will attend at SN and then on Wednesday, September 4th, all students from Grades 7-12 will attend. Students with special education needs will be contacted directly by Principal Watts should their start date differ from this messaging. More information will follow in August.
Q & A for Senior Students
Will I feel like I belong?
Yes, we are excited about bringing everyone together and we have been working for months on these plans. You matter!
Where will I park?
Please refer to the previous newsletters. The student parking lot is now behind the water tower. You will register for a parking place using this google form and a lottery will be held. The school parking lots will accommodate the majority of students with vehicles. Students will be given a decal to display in their car window, similar to an oil change sticker and the parking areas will be monitored.
There is overflow parking on Matilda Street where the outdoor rink is set up. Please pay attention to the signs as vehicles will be ticketed.
What if I don’t get a parking space?
You will then have to use the overflow parking space on Matilda Street or at the Cornerstone Church, our drop off location, when possible. We anticipate that there will be close to enough student spaces in the parking lot beside the water tower, but some late arrivers may need to access the overflow.
If I am getting a ride to school, can I get dropped off at the front entrance to the school?
No. We are promoting physical health and walking, in addition to working very hard to provide the safest space possible. As mentioned in the previous newsletter, our drop off zone will be at the church on the corner of Britannia Street and Forman Avenue. Please obey the signage.
What if I am injured, where will I park?
There is wheelchair parking in the reserved parking area to the immediate south of the front entrance. If you are injured, speak to the principal and he/she will make arrangements for you to have a pass to allow you to park in designated areas.
Where will buses be dropping off and picking up?
City buses will drop off and pick up in a similar location to the current year (see the City of Stratford Transit map). School buses (yellow) will be at the front or side entrance, depending on your bus number.
Will we have lockers?
Yes, lockers are being moved from SC and other places to ensure students will have locker access.
Will there be room to eat in the cafeteria?
Yes, having lunches in shifts will help. We are lucky to have the Screaming Avocado, as well!
What happens if I miss my bus to or from the YMCA?
We hope that you won’t, but we will have arrangements for students who arrive late. It will be important to carry and write your schedule in a phone, a book, or calendar so that you know where you need to be. The Main Office staff will assist if you are unsure about where you need to be.
Do we really have to have all of these complications?
Thoughtexchange and feedback told us overwhelmingly that people did not want to split the day and have one high school run on a morning schedule and the other, run on an afternoon schedule. We have worked hard to provide the best possible schedule and programs for students given the desire to follow a normal school day. Extra effort was required to add additional space and satellite locations, coordinate busing and create workable timetables to accommodate a single schedule. To make it work with a single schedule, and not have a split day, there has to be compromise on everyone’s part, but we are excited about bringing everyone together for this next school year!
Stratford Northwestern Administrators for the TRANSITION YEAR
Listed below is the administrative team for the transition year, September 2019 to June 2020.
- Principal: Kevin Mills
- Principal of Special Education and VISION: Emma Watts
- Vice Principals:
- Scott Bannerman
- John Herbert – co-lead for Grades 7 and 8 duties at the YMCA and St. Paul’s
- Julie Hohner
- Derek Laidlaw
- John Stewart – co-lead for Grades 7 and 8 duties at the YMCA and St. Paul’s
Those grades 7 and 8 students beyond the 1.6 km distance from SN will receive transportation from designated group stops in Stratford. A general map of areas receiving school bus (yellow) pick-up for 7/8s will be posted on ourschoolbuses.ca and on the Stratford Project website. Families whose children (Grades 7 and 8) will now receive bus transportation to SN for the school year will be able to access the Bus Planner parent portal at the end of August to get this information.
The Transportation Consortium policy requirements for busing are clear and consistent for all students, with the walking distance for secondary students set at 4.8 km, beyond which transportation is provided. There is a one-year only provision for Grade 9 students who would have attended SC to receive transportation to SN by school bus shuttle from the SC flats in the mornings and after school, as we work to address safety in regard to traffic around SN. Again, this is a one year only provision.
There have been questions about whether grade 10 and above students have access to the busing. Due to bus availability, transportation requirements, and the exception to our Transportation policy in order to accommodate and reduce traffic in the area, only grade 9 students will receive the school bus option from SC to SN. We are sorry that we cannot accommodate grade 10 to 12 students for this one year option.
Traffic and Safety
Student safety is our number one priority. To help maintain safety around the perimeter of the school the following guidelines are being put into place:
- Student drop off and pick up zones are located at the Cornerstone Church (Britannia Street and Forman Avenue)
- We have asked the City for no parking/no stopping zones along Forman Avenue, and possibly Short Street during arrival and dismissal times. We hope the City will approve this request at the July meeting.
- Plans would include issuing tickets to drivers who do not comply.
Questions or concerns should be directed to Principal Kevin Mills.
We wish everyone a safe and enjoyable summer! Another newsletter will be sent via SchoolMessenger in August.