Important Startup Information

Posted on: July 5th, 2014

Grade 9 Orientation Day, hosted by the Link Crew, will take place on Thursday, August 28th from 8am until 2pm. BBQ lunch, tours, locker assignments, timetables, loads of fun activities & more. All incoming grade 9′s are welcome!  
New Student Registrations will occur during the week of Aug. 25th. Call 705-725-7712 x43651 for an appointment.  

Lockers can be signed out Friday, August 29th. Grade 12′s @ 10am, all others @ 11am. Bring your lock or $5 to buy a new one. Double lockers require both students to be present.  

First day of school : All students are asked to report to their homeroom at 8am. Homeroom lists will be posted in the forum. Timetables will be given out in homeroom. 

Students wishing to make timetable changes will have to listen to announcements during the first week of school. Students will be called down by general announcements. 

Parent Portal launches this Fall

Posted on: July 3rd, 2014

Starting in 2014/15, parents/guardians will be invited to create a Parent Portal account, which will give them access to their child’s attendance and, in secondary school, grade information. Elementary school grades will be added to the tool in the near future.

Social Media Presentation

Posted on: July 3rd, 2014

Parents and educators are invited to attend Parent 2.0: How social media can help your child thrive with George Couros, Division Principal of Innovative Teaching and Learning with Parkland School Division in Alberta.


Location: Bear Creek Secondary School (100 Red Oak Dr., Barrie)
Date: Wednesday, August 27
Time: Doors open at 7 p.m., presentation at 7:30 p.m.
Cost: Free (more…)

Out of Attendance Area Requests

Posted on: July 3rd, 2014

Under the Simcoe County District School Board procedures (APM A7000), students can apply for and receive permission to attend an out-of-attendance-area school. Students will be permitted to continue in attendance as long as there are pupil places available. They may be required to return to their home school or transfer to another school when the capacity of the school they are attending has been reached and pupil places are required for students residing within the attendance areas. (more…)

Homework Help available this summer

Posted on: July 3rd, 2014

Homework Help’s “Ask a Tutor” chat service will be open for the month of July. Every Monday to Friday, from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m., Ontario-certified math teachers will be available online to help grade 7 to 10 students with their math questions. This service will be available from July 2 to 31. Visit

Stay up-to-date this summer and check out Sharing Simcoe

Posted on: July 3rd, 2014

This year has been the first for the SCDSB’s new blog entitled Sharing Simcoe. Employees have shared over 70 stories, including helpful tip sheets, events/activities and magical moments that have happened in our schools and educational facilities this school year – and what an amazing year it’s been! Together, we make our schools fabulous places to learn and grow.


Stories and tips will continue to be posted on Sharing Simcoe this summer – check it out at and feel free to get in touch with Marla Tomlinson, Communications Officer and Sharing Simcoe lead, at to suggest story ideas, ask questions or provide feedback.

Transition to high school – collection and use of personal student information

Posted on: July 3rd, 2014

As Grade 8 students progress from elementary school to secondary school, important personal student information is shared which eases each student’s transition to secondary school. Sharing this information also improves our ability to program effectively to benefit all students. Select student information will be shared at different times as appropriate. The collection and use of personal student information for such purposes is authorized under sections 170, 171, 190 Part X and Part XIII of the Education Act. Please note that all information used for the transition process is limited, secure and protected at all times. Please contact Jackie Kavanagh, Superintendent of Education for this area, if you would like more information about the transition process at Bear Creek.

Plan ahead with the 2014-2015 School Year Calendar

Posted on: July 3rd, 2014

You will find the 2014-2015 School Year Calendars under ‘Schools’ – ‘School Year Calendars’ on the Simcoe County District School Board’s website ( Some of the key dates include:

  • Students start school on Tuesday, September 2, 2014. The last day for elementary students will be Thursday, June 25, 2015 and for secondary students it will be Wednesday, June 24, 2015. 
  • The holiday break is December 22, 2014 to January 2, 2015. Students return to school on Monday, January 5, 2015.
  • March Break is March 16 to 20, 2015.

International Languages Program – register now for fall

Posted on: July 3rd, 2014

The Simcoe County District School Board (SCDSB) offers a free International Languages Program for elementary school students and credit language program for secondary school students to give students the chance to learn a new language or maintain their native language. The elementary student program runs from September 2014 to May 2015 on Saturday mornings (9 to 11:30 a.m.) at the Learning Centres in Barrie and Bradford. Languages taught include Farsi, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Punjabi, Russian, Spanish, Tamil and Urdu. The secondary school program offers German, Japanese, Mandarin and Spanish at the Barrie Learning Centre. The language courses are offered from September to December 2014 (Semester 1) and February to June 2015 (Semester 2), on Tuesday and Thursday evenings.  For more information and to register, visit

Summer school offers upgrading, credits, preparation and more – spaces still available!

Posted on: July 3rd, 2014

Registration is still available for SCDSB’s summer school courses. Students in grades 7 to 12 can register for credit courses, upgrades, numeracy prep, co-op, travel opportunities and leadership camp offerings. Summer school programs are offered throughout July and August. The travel courses are offered during July only. Details, locations and registration information can be found at The Learning Centres website:

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