Simcoe Shores Secondary School

December 2021 School Newsletter

Character attribute

Character attribute for the month of December

Empathy - we strive to understand and appreciate the feelings and actions of others.

More information about Character Education can be found here:

Simcoe Shores Secondary School

Simcoe Shores Secondary School offers students in Simcoe County who are experiencing difficulty in the regular school system the opportunity to earn credits in a smaller more intimate setting.


Laura-Lee Millard-Smith - Principal

Glenda Galliford - Vice-Principal

Student Attendance Questions

Melissa McLellan

Referrals to our School

Shannon Greer

Requests for transcripts

Michelle Hillier

Principal's Message

Hello Simcoe Shores families,

It is hard to believe that December is here. We have many successes to share in our first 4 months of the 2021-2022. We have signed or will sign 6 OYAP participants and 2 are being registered as apprentices! We currently have 24 students with active applications to to college for September 2022. We registered 175 new students to Simcoe Shores since September 7th. All of these success stories tell us that students are returning to school and returning to some sense of normalcy. We look forward to seeing everyone at school and enjoying success with them!

Semester 2 will focus rebuilding our campus activity and connections. We are looking forward to seeing all of our students connect with their teachers face to face. We continue to offer some eLearning courses and cooperative education opportunities. Please reach out to your campus teachers with any questions and if you would like to connect with your student's guidance counsellor please complete this SURVEY and we will be in touch.

Laura Lee Millard-Smith


December 20 to December 31, 2021: Winter Break

February 2, 2022: PA Day for all students

March 14 - 18, 2022: March Break

April 15, 2022: Good Friday

April 18, 2022: Easter Monday

Simcoe Shores Secondary School - Online Presence

Simcoe Shores Secondary School represents a re-imagined alternative to the traditional secondary school experience for students 16-21 years of age wishing to re-engage or continue their education in a smaller, personalized program with various modes of learning designed to meet individual learning needs. A community-based, campus delivery model, mirrors the traditional school year, while offering flexibility in the design of the school day, course timing (both semester and term), and experiential opportunities with community partners.

Please check us out at and subscribe to our web page for regular updates.

Connecting to our Parent / Guardian community

We wanted to extend a BIG thank you to all those parents and guardians who joined us for our first school wide parent-teacher night at Simcoe Shores. Education is a partnership between teachers and families and working together will ensure will give our students the best possible outcome for learning.

Last week our report cards were distributed to students who are attending class in person. This week we will sending all our report cards home via Canada Post. If you have not received your report card by the holiday break please email us at or call at 705-728-7601 and we will follow up with you.

Our guidance team will be working with students and families to confirm schedules for semester 2. Please complete this SURVEY if you would like your learners guidance counsellor to connect with you in the coming weeks.

Building intercultural understanding through Grade 11 English courses: Understanding Contemporary First Nations, Métis and Inuit Voices will be offered in all SCDSB Secondary Schools Starting September 2022

The SCDSB is committed to supporting the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Call to Action, and the building of intercultural understanding within our schools. The First Nations, Métis, and Inuit studies curriculum offers a variety of courses that can provide all students in Ontario schools with a broad range of knowledge and skills needed for work in fields such as law, environmental and other sciences, health, economics, politics, social services, and education. With the skills and knowledge they acquire in the program, students will have much to offer in work, continuing study, and community service settings after graduation. We know that it is important that students be connected to the curriculum; that they see themselves in what is taught, how it is taught, and how it applies to the world at large. This curriculum recognizes that the needs of learners are diverse, and helps all learners develop the knowledge, skills, and perspectives they need to be informed, productive, caring, responsible, healthy, and active citizens in their own communities and in the world.

The Simcoe County District School Board is proud to announce that by September 2022, all secondary schools will offer the following as the compulsory English Credit:

(NBE3U) English: Understanding Contemporary First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Voices English

(NBE3C) English: Understanding Contemporary First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Voices English

(NBE3E) English: Understanding Contemporary First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Voices English

These courses offer the same expectations, preparation and strands as previous Grade 11 English courses, but have an additional Strand A: First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Perspectives and Text Forms in Canada. This additional strand builds upon the learning for all other strands within the course. The full curriculum document and expectations are linked here: First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Studies (Revised 2019).

Please feel free to contact the school at 705-728-7601, if you have any questions.

Daily COVID-19 self-assessment

All students and staff will be required to complete the daily COVID-19 self-assessment prior to entering SCDSB schools and buildings, using the provincial self-assessment tool. Students or staff with symptoms must stay home from school. To access the COVID-19 self-assessment tool, please visit

Updates to the School Screening Tool for the 2021-22 school year - International travel

Recently, the COVID-19 school and child care screening tool was updated to reflect the return to school requirements for students who are returning from international travel. Individuals who are unvaccinated and returning from international travel may not attend school or child care for 14 days upon their return. For further clarity, while unvaccinated children and those under the age of 12 are exempt from federal quarantine if they travelled with a fully vaccinated companion, they may not attend school or child care for 14 days upon their return. Individuals with all other quarantine exemptions (e.g. travelling for cross-border custody arrangements, travelling for medical treatment) may continue to attend school or child care.

Considerations prior to travelling this winter
Is your family is thinking of travelling this winter? Here are some things to consider before you make the arrangements:

  1. Learn about travel advisories related to COVID-19 where you are headed, before leaving -
  2. Be sure you understand how the Quarantine Act applies to travelers arriving back in Canada -

Students who have travelled outside of Canada must self-isolate for 14 days if they do not qualify for a federal quarantine travel exemption. Your child’s ability to return to school after travel outside of Canada will depend on whether or not they are fully vaccinated. If they are fully vaccinated, they may be exempt from federal quarantine. If they are not fully vaccinated, they are not to attend school/child care for 14 days, even if they traveled with a vaccinated companion.

A reminder that all students must complete the COVID-19 Screening Tool before going to school each day. This includes questions related to travel and guidance for those who have travelled. More information can be found on the Government of Canada website:

Information provided by the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit

Parent Portal gives parents real-time access to attendance and grade information

Parent Portal gives parents real-time access to attendance and grade information
The SCDSB Parent Portal is a secure online tool that provides parents/guardians (of students less than 18 years of age) with quick access to their children’s attendance and grades and includes the option to sign up for email notifications. To access the Parent Portal, parents/guardians will need their child’s SCDSB Pupil ID Number, which can be found on the Student Information Verification Form, as well as an Access ID. The Access ID will be provided in a sealed letter this fall with instructions on how to create an account. If you lose the Access ID, you can email us at and we’ll provide it to you after verifying your identity.

Standards of behaviour and consequences for student action related to racism, bias or hate

At the SCDSB, we are committed to maintaining safe, inviting and supportive school environments, and recognize that all students have the right to be safe, and feel safe, in our schools. With this right comes the responsibility to contribute to a positive school climate.

We want you to know that any incident of racism, bias or hate will not be tolerated. Any such incident is treated very seriously with immediate action and consequences in accordance with the requirements of the Education Act, and consistent with our values and obligations under the Ontario Human Rights Code.

Students who engage in acts of racism, bias or hate will face severe consequences as a result of their actions. Please take a moment to review the SCDSB Code of Conduct with your child(ren). The Code of Conduct sets clear standards of behaviour and specifies consequences for student actions that do not comply with these standards.

We are dedicated to educating our students and staff about the injustice and impact of systemic racism. We continue to work with students, staff, parents/guardians and community partners to ensure that our schools are the safe places they are intended to be for all students.


For school bus transportation information, visit the Simcoe County Student Transportation Consortium’s website at Also, remember to bookmark the school bus information page at for bus delay and cancellation information on inclement weather days.

All information regarding cancelled buses in Simcoe County is posted on the Simcoe County Student Transportation Consortium (SCSTC)’s bus information website at Our school is in al zones, depending on the campus. When buses are cancelled, schools remain open for student learning, unless otherwise noted. School staff are expected to plan for such emergencies in order to transition students who are unable to attend due to inclement weather, to their online platforms (Google Classroom and/or SCDSBhub [Brightspace by D2L]) and continue with academic programming. It is always a family decision whether or not it is safe for their student (s) to leave for school under severe weather conditions.

The Consortium and bus operators try to make the decision to cancel school buses before 6 a.m. and make every effort to post announcements before 7 a.m. Inclement weather cancellations are effective for the whole day and buses cancelled in the morning will not run at the end of the day. You can follow the Consortium on Twitter @SCSTC_SchoolBus for bus cancellations and other information. You can also subscribe to receive bus delay notifications here:

Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test

The OSSLT measures whether students are meeting the minimum standard for literacy across all subjects up to the end of Grade 9. Successful completion of the literacy test is one of the requirements to earn an Ontario Secondary School Diploma. All students across the province write this test. The OSSLT is a computer-based assessment that comprises two sessions (Session A and Session B) containing a total of 33 questions: 31 multiple-select questions (e.g., multiple-choice, drag and drop, drop-down menu, checklist, text selection) and two constructed open-response questions.

As the literacy graduation requirement for all students graduating during the 2021–2022 school year has been waived, graduating students do not need to take the OSSLT.

Simcoe Shores Secondary School will be administering the OSSLT for those students in grade 10 or 11 May 2 - 6th 2022. More details regarding the practice and test will be provided in the coming months.

Pine River Institute Learning Series

The Simcoe County District School Board (SCDSB) and Pine River Institute (PRI) have committed to work together to support student mental health and well-being to SCDSB families, staff and within its school communities. In November 2021 the two organizations signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) setting out a three-year partnership and working agreement.

The Centre for Family Initiatives at Pine River Institute (CFI@PRI) will provide several multi-part learning series focused on student mental health and well-being to SCDSB families, staff and within SCDSB’s broader school communities.

Sessions and registrations links for the session for parents/guardians are listed here. The sessions are presented via zoom.

Career Centre provides job search help for free

Are you looking for work? Would you like help with your job search at no cost to you? The Career Centre is available to help. Visit for more information.

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South Barrie Campus - Central Zone

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Supervised Alternative Learning AND Coop Teachers

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