From Principal Shoss...

March 25th 2022

Parent Interviews and Scholarships Message

Dear T.A. Blakelock Families,

I hope everyone had a fantastic Spring Break and a strong first week back at school! March weather can be unpredictable with glorious warmth and sunshine one day and snow the next – but spring is finally in the air!

IMPORTANT: COVID Update

Our transition to a “mask optional” learning community has gone very smoothly. Our focus is on ensuring everyone feels safe and accepted at school, regardless of their personal choices with respect to mask wearing.

THIS is a great one pager from the Board about screening, isolation requirements, and masking.

Please remember that anyone returning from international travel must mask for 14 days regardless of any test results or the presence or absence of symptoms.

IMPORTANT: Parent-Teacher Interviews

A reminder that all parents and guardians are invited to connect with our teachers and arrange interviews for next week. A dedicated message with respect to scheduling interviews was sent earlier this week and can be found HERE. Please don’t hesitate to contact the Main Office if you need assistance.

IMPORTANT: Food Drive!

This past week, our TAB Wellness Club was busy preparing to support the Food Banks Canada initiative called April FooD's Day to help strengthen our local food bank, the Oakville FoodShare.

We ask that students help if they can by bringing non-perishable food items and/or personal care donations to school any day next week ending on Friday 1 April (April FooD's Day). Each Period 1 classroom and the Main Office will have a decorated box ready to receive the donations. We are hoping to show our community that TAB cares. Thank you in advance for helping us to help others.

Guidance Update

Links for Parent Teacher Interviews with Guidance Counselors

Guidance Counselors will also be available for interviews next week. Please check below to book a time with your student’s Guidance Counselor.

Community Involvement Hours

As the province lifts COVID restrictions, we anticipate that there will be more Community Involvement opportunities available to students. Please visit www.volunteerhalton.ca for a list of opportunities available in Halton.

Important: Ontario University and Ontario College Applicants

Parents/Guardians of Grade 12 students who have applied to post secondary through OUAC and/or OCAS or Ontariocolleges.ca are asked to have their students double check that their academic history is up to date and correct within these portals. Please have your student see their Guidance Counselor ASAP if there are any issues.

Upcoming Scholarships for Grade 12 Students

There are quite a few scholarships coming due at the end of March and into April. We will draw your attention to these over the next few weeks. Please visit the Guidance website for a listing and more info on Scholarships and Bursaries at http://bit.ly/TABGuidance

Scholarship Name: Oakville Rotary Clubs Rotary Education Award

Due Date: Friday, 29 April

Award Notes: 30 awards of $2000.00

For more information see: https://portal.clubrunner.ca/160

Next Steps: Students can apply directly through the Oakville Community Foundation Awards Hub @ www.awardshub.ca

Scholarship Name: Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW) – Oakville Scholarships

There are several scholarships offered by the CFUW for graduating female students

TAB Scholarship Due Date: Tuesday, 19 April by 8:00 AM by emailing/sharing completed https://bit.ly/TABCFUWSchoolScholarshipApplication2022 to Mr. Sutherland at sutherlanda@hdsb.ca

Official Scholarship Due Date for TAB High School Award Submission: Sunday, 24 April CFUW Google Doc application

Award Name: TAB School Specific Nomination Award ($1000.00+)

To apply to additional CFUW Awards (as listed below) students can apply directly through: https://cfuwoakville.ca/scholarship-awards-information/

Specific CFUW Awards:

  • Mildred G. Allworth Award ($1500.00)

  • Jean Malcolm Smith Award ($1250.00)

  • Shirley Henderson Community Service Award ($1250.00)

  • Performing Arts Award ($1000.00)

  • Alternative Education Award ($1000.00)

  • Miriam White Memorial Scholarship ($1000.00)

  • Lilian Fulford Memorial Scholarship ($1500.00)

  • Ruth Schatz Memorial Scholarship ($1000.00)

  • Richard Garnett Memorial Scholarships 2 x ($5000.00)

  • Access Scholarship* ($1000.00)

Next Steps: For more information and students to access direct application via the website @ https://cfuwoakville.ca/scholarship-awards-information/


Have a wonderful weekend, Tigers!

Jonathan Shoss

Principal, T.A. Blakelock High School



Friday March 11, 2022

Have a Wonderful Spring Break!

Dear T.A. Blakelock Families,

It’s been another extremely difficult week at Blakelock with the passing of Gregg Shanks. His death has affected many students and staff not only in our school community but in schools across the Board. We are grateful for the support of the Board with respect to providing support through the week at the school for anyone who needed it and for providing coverage for our teachers so those who wanted to attend the funeral could do so.

I wish all of our students and staff a safe and restful Spring Break and hope that the time away brings comfort and healing. Classes resume on Monday, 21 March. Please note the lifting of most COVID restrictions upon our return (details below).

Reminder: Spring Break is from Monday, 14 March through Friday, 18 March inclusive!

IMPORTANT: Lifting of Most COVID Restrictions

There will be huge changes upon our return after the Spring Break. Among the revisions: masks will be optional for students and staff (and still available for those who want them), physical distancing requirements have been removed in classrooms and other spaces, daily COVID screening continues but no longer needs to be shown at school, end of year school celebrations may resume, and more.

Families are asked to carefully review THIS letter from the Halton District Schools Board that was sent out yesterday.

IMPORTANT: 5th Week Reports Coming Home

A reminder that 5th Week Report were sent home on Thursday, 10 March. Grade 9 students should receive a 5th Week Report from each of their classroom teachers. Students in Grade 10, 11, and 12 will receive 5th Week Report from teachers in courses where they have marks of 60% or below but some teachers may elect to complete 5th Week Reports for other students, as well.

IMPORTANT: Parent-Teacher Interviews

Interviews will remain virtual in Semester 2. Teachers will facilitate online Parent-Teacher Interviews during the week of 28 March and will be in touch.

While we time our interviews to coincide with 5th Week Reports and early intervention and support for students who may be at risk of not obtaining all of their credits, once we’ve finalized plans all families are encouraged to make appointments with their child’s teachers regardless of grades.


Commencement and Prom

With the announcement lifting most COVID restrictions and the ability to go ahead with end of year school celebrations, we are able to move forward with the planning for Prom (Friday, 27 May @ Burlington Convention Centre) and Commencement (Thursday, 9 June) @ Oakville Conference Centre!


Guidance Update

HDSB Summer School

Summer School offerings will be announced in mid-April. Students will register via www.myBlueprint.ca/Halton.

For Summer School dates, please visit:

https://garyallan.ca/high-school-students/secondary-summer-school/


Skilled Trades & Technologies Secondary Information Evening

A Skilled Trades and Technologies Information Evening for HDSB Secondary Students and Families will take place on Wednesday, 30 March from 7:00 – 8:00 PM via YouTube Livestream. More details about this evening can be found here.


Mental Health and Well-Being Parent Information Sessions

The HDSB is offering the following Parent Information Session in the upcoming weeks:

  • Diving Deeper Intro Anxiety Wednesday, 30 March from 6:30-7:30 PM

Additional information, including registration info, can be found here.


Scholarships for Grade 12 Students

Please take some time over the March Break to review Scholarship opportunities through the Awards Hub sponsored by the Oakville Community Foundation Awards Hub @ www.awardshub.ca


Enjoy your Spring Break!

Jonathan Shoss

Principal, T.A. Blakelock High School


March 4, 2022

Happy First Week of March!

Dear T.A. Blakelock Families,

After a couple of short weekly updates, this one is considerably longer and includes some important information about things like Prom and Commencement. Spring Break is just a week away!

Reminder: Spring Break is from Monday, 14 March through Friday, 18 March inclusive!

IMPORTANT: Planning for Prom

While we don’t have a green light to formally facilitate a Prom for our students, we are moving ahead with planning in anticipation of permission being granted. We don’t want to be caught unprepared with no time to arrange a suitable celebration for our students who deserve nothing less than our very best efforts after two years of COVID restrictions.

Planning is just getting underway with fingers crossed – but here is what you need to know right now: the Prom will be held on Friday, 27 May beginning at 7:00 PM at the Burlington Convention Centre on Burloak Drive (QEW and Burloak).

More details to come – but mark your calendars now!

IMPORTANT: Planning for Commencement

We’ve also not been given the thumbs up (yet) for a “normal” graduation ceremony but, as things open back up again and restrictions are lifted, we are hopeful that we won’t need to host a drive through grad again.

With that in mind, and with fingers still crossed, here’s what the families of graduating students need to know: Commencement is scheduled for Thursday, 9 June beginning at 7:00 PM at the Oakville Conference Centre on Wyecroft Road (roughly QEW and Bronte).

This date is much earlier than you may have expected. The Board has issued strong recommendations to all schools about the timing and spirit of Commencement ceremonies moving forward. One of these recommendations was to move Commencement earlier in the school calendar to (a) avoid the chaos of the last couple of weeks of students’ final year in high school, (b) relieve pressure on the office staff and teachers who organize Commencement so late in the year with all of their other responsibilities in late June, and (c) shift the emphasis of Commencement away from awards and marks to a more inclusive honouring of all graduates by moving the date up. Students will be able to walk the stage with their peers, even if they haven’t quite accumulated enough credits to graduate.

Planning is just underway – stay tuned!

IMPORTANT: 5th Week Reports Coming Home

A reminder that 5th Week Report are coming home on Thursday, 10 March. Grade 9 students should receive a 5th Week Report from each of their classroom teachers. Students in Grade 10, 11, and 12 will receive 5th Week Report from teachers in courses where they have marks of 60% or below but some teachers may elect to complete 5th Week Reports for other students, as well.

IMPORTANT: Parent-Teacher Interviews

Again, we are waiting for direction from the Board and Public Health but at this time we are planning to have teachers facilitate Parent-Teacher Interviews during the week of 28 March. While we time these to coincide with 5th Week Reports and early intervention and support for students who may be at risk of not obtaining all of their credits, all families will be encouraged to make appointments with their child’s teachers regardless of grades. It’s just a good way to learn more about how your child is doing and, perhaps just as important, establish a bit of a relationship between home and school.

School Council Follow-Up: Mental Health Resources

A huge thank you to Megan Miller (our TAB Social Worker) and Monica Lynch (Megan’s MSW student) for their fantastic presentation on Student Mental Health and resources in the community. The slides from the presentation can be found [Insert link here]. Be sure to check it out, there are many links to community resources to be found!

Any questions for your School Council can be directed to tabschoolcouncil@gmail.com

Our next school council meeting will be Monday 6 June and we hope to see you there!

Kristina Kriston & Joanne Chubb, TA Blakelock School Council Co-Chairs


Oakville Transit is Available Again!

Oakville Transit Service resumed today (Friday)! Note that all rides are free until the end of March. Here is a link for additional information: https://www.oakvilletransit.ca/tsu-22mar03.html


Guidance Update

Summer SHSM/OYAP/Student Success Co-op

Students interested in taking a Summer SHSM/OYAP/Student Success Co-op are asked to attend the following information sessions on Google Meet.

Tuesday, March 8th @ 11:30am OR Wednesday, 9 March @ 3:00 PM

Instructions:

Scholarship Opportunities for Grade 12 Students

The State of Kindness

The State of Kindness academic scholarship program provides financial assistance to promising young students who want to further their education, achieve their goals and inspire others. Please visit the State of Kindness Scholarship for more information.

The May Court Club of Oakville

For over 40 years, The May Court Club of Oakville has proudly supported Oakville youth with their post-secondary education dreams by awarding scholarships to applicants who demonstrate a high financial need and a solid commitment to their schools and community. Unlike many scholarships, their awards are not based on marks. Students can review the requirements and submit applications via the Oakville Community Foundation’s Community Education Awards Hub at www.awardshub.ca.


University of Toronto

Students applying to the University of Toronto, the RJS Scholarship for Innovative Thinking offers $4000.00 per undergraduate year. For more information see: https://www.rotmanithink.ca/scholarship

To apply go to:

https://i-think.typeform.com/to/RBz0Fr6T?typeform-source=www.rotmanithink.ca

Applications due Monday 25 April


Enjoy your weekend, Tigers!

Jonathan Shoss

Principal, T.A. Blakelock High School


February 25, 2022

It's The End of February!

Dear T.A. Blakelock Families,

It’s hard to believe but we’re already approaching the time for 5th Week Reports and we’re only two weeks out from March Break! Among school leadership teams, discussions are underway about graduation (i.e., Commencement) and prom. We have a School Council Meeting coming up on Monday evening – please consider joining us and learning more about what’s happening at TAB (further details below).

IMPORTANT: School Council Meeting!

It's School Council meeting time! Join us on Monday, 28 February @ 7:00 PM for our virtual School Council meeting to find out all the exciting things that have been happening at TAB!

As we approach the second anniversary of pandemic life, mental health and well-being remain a challenge for many youth. To help support our TAB students, Megan Miller (Blakelock’s Social Worker) will be making a presentation during our meeting about Mental Health Resources both at school and within the community. She will be available to answer any questions you may have. Please be sure to join our meeting to find out more!

A link to the meeting will be sent out on Monday and if you would like a reminder sent directly to your inbox, please email us at tabschoolcouncil@gmail.com

Kristina Kriston & Joanne Chubb, TA Blakelock School Council Co-Chairs

IMPORTANT: Return to In Person Learning

A reminder that any students who chose short term asynchronous learning as a temporary option and who are still learning asynchronously should be returning to in person learning on or before Monday, 28 February. Asynchronous learning was only a temporary measure up until Monday, 28 February and we look forward to welcoming all of our students back to in person learning! Students attending the Virtual Secondary School (VSS) will continue with their online learning for the rest of the school year.

HDSB Budget Input

Parents/guardians, members of the community, staff, and students are invited to provide input on the development of the 2022-2023 HDSB budget.

Individuals are encouraged to provide input on the budget priorities for the upcoming school year online through a questionnaire found on the Budget Input page of the Halton District School Board’s website (www.hdsb.ca). Input must be received by 7 March, 2022.

Before providing input, individuals are encouraged to review the Board’s Multi-Year Plan 2020-2024, Special Education Plan and Operational Plan. A key objective of the annual budget process is to align the Halton District School Board’s financial resources with these important documents.

Guidance Update

Transcript requests

If you require an official transcript please email Mrs. Rhonda Carkner, our Guidance Secretary, at carknerr@hdsb.ca or call her on 905.827.1158 extension 229 and leave a message. She will respond to you within 3 school days. Transcripts can be sent via email or picked up in the Guidance Office. If you have any questions, please let her know.

Skilled Trades & Technologies Secondary Information Evening

A Skilled Trades and Technologies Information Evening for HDSB Secondary Students and Families will take place on Wednesday, 30 March from 7:00-8:00 PM via YouTube Livestream. More details about this evening can be found here.

Mental Health and Well-Being Parent Information Sessions

The HDSB is offering the following Parent Information Session in the upcoming weeks:

  • Neuroinclusive Mental Health Thursday, 3 March from 7:00-8:00 PM

  • Diving Deeper Intro Anxiety Wednesday, 30 March from 6:30-7:30 PM

Additional information, including registration info, can be found here.

FYI - Summer School Coop for SHSM students

Students currently enrolled in a Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) program who have not yet completed their Cooperative Education course/placement were sent an email from Guidance on Wednesday afternoon. The email contains information regarding timelines and registration details for the HDSB Summer School SHSM Coop as well as a link to the upcoming information session.

Scholarships for Grade 12 Students

Students applying to the University of Toronto, the RJS Scholarship for Innovative Thinking offers $4000.00 per undergraduate year. For more information see: https://www.rotmanithink.ca/scholarship

To apply go to:

https://i-think.typeform.com/to/RBz0Fr6T?typeform-source=www.rotmanithink.ca

Applications are due Monday, 25 April.


Have a fantastic long weekend, Tigers!

Jonathan Shoss

Principal, T.A. Blakelock High School


February 18, 2022

Happy Long Weekend!

Dear T.A. Blakelock Families,

A much deserved long weekend awaits – before you know it, spring will be here and the weather will turn warmer! It’s a fairly short Friday Message this week!


IMPORTANT: School Council Meeting Approaching!

Learn more about what’s happening at Blakelock! Join us on Monday, 28 February @ 7:00 PM for our next virtual School Council Meeting to find out!

Our guest speaker will be Megan Miller, Blakelock’s Social Worker; she will join us to talk about mental health resources in the school and the community!

We look forward to seeing you there!

Kristina Kriston and Joanne Chubb

School Council Co-Chairs

tabschoolcouncil@gmail.com


Resumption of Extracurricular Activities (including Sports)

A number of extracurricular activities are underway again. I would like to extend my gratitude to the staff who have once again volunteered their time to facilitate these activities for our students.

Please remember that the resumption of any extracurricular activity is dependent on the participation of the staff, as well as the availability of local resources (e.g., ice time at rinks). Coaches, in particular, will make their decisions based on a number of personal factors and we must respect their individual choices.


Guidance Update

Scholarships for Grade 12 Students

For students applying to the University of Toronto, the RJS Scholarship for Innovative Thinking offers $4000.00 per undergraduate year. For more information see: https://www.rotmanithink.ca/scholarship

To apply go to:

https://i-think.typeform.com/to/RBz0Fr6T?typeform-source=www.rotmanithink.ca

Applications due Monday 25 April.


Transcript request

If you require an official transcript please email Mrs. Rhonda Carkner, our Guidance Secretary, at carknerr@hdsb.ca or call her at 905.827.1158 extension 229 and leave a message. She will respond to you within 3 school days. Transcripts can be sent via email or picked up in the Guidance Office. If you have any questions, please let her know.


Have a fantastic long weekend, Tigers!

Jonathan Shoss

Principal, T.A. Blakelock High School


February 11, 2022

Semester 2 Is In Full Swing!

Dear T.A. Blakelock Families,

We’ve had a strong start to Semester 2 and a long weekend is just around the corner! I wanted to take this opportunity to share with our parents and guardians just how AWESOME your children have been as they re-engage with in person learning and begin a fresh semester! Broad smiles, positive energy, and the vast majority of our students following the rules around mask wearing, etc. Several teachers have spoken to me about how there’s a real “buzz” in the air and that the school has a real “hum” to it! It’s great to have everyone back in the building!

IMPORTANT: Report Card Distribution

Just a heads up that report cards were distributed to students today in Period 4. Students who did not receive their report card today, can speak with their Period 4 teacher next week. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Main Office on 905.827.1158 .

IMPORTANT: Rapid Antigen Tests (RATs)

A reminder that we have moved to a “replenishment model” where students can use their RATs if they need to and will receive two new tests when they return to school. Students needing to replace their Rapid Antigen Tests are able to obtain them from the Main Office.

Anyone who tests positive on a Rapid Antigen Test is not to use another Rapid Antigen Test for 30 days. This is in accordance with updated guidance from the Chief Medical Officer of Health.

Resumption of Extracurricular Activities (including Sports)

Recent communication from the provincial government has opened the door to the return of many school activities, including high contact sports. Discussions are underway with respect to the safe resumption of athletics, music, and other extracurricular activities. In the case of sports, these discussions will determine whether any of the winter season can be salvaged and how the spring season will unfold.

Note that the resumption of any extracurricular activity is dependent on the participation of the staff who volunteer their time to serve as coaches and staff advisors, as well as the availability of local resources (e.g., ice time at rinks). Coaches, in particular, will make their decisions based on a number of personal, medical, and/or familial factors and we must respect their individual choices. It is likely that the availability of extracurricular activities will vary from one school to another.

We will keep students and their families advised as we move forward.

School Council Meeting Coming Up!

Learn more about what’s happening at Blakelock! Join us on Monday, 28 February @ 7:00 PM for our next virtual School Council Meeting to find out!

Our guest speaker will be Megan Miller, Blakelock’s Social Worker, who will join us to talk about mental health resources in the school and the community.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Kristina Kriston and Joanne Chubb

School Council Co-Chairs

tabschoolcouncil@gmail.com

From Student Council: Peer Tutors Now Available!

Hello Blakelock parents! We hope you are doing well! Student Council is reaching out to let you know that Peer Tutors continues to be a part of TAB this semester! Please encourage your students to visit the Peer Tutoring Team (who have excelled in the courses they are offering to help teach) on Tuesdays and Thursdays in room E201 for any subject they wish to get help for!

There is now a "Peer Tutors" link under "Students" on T.A. Blakelock website where your student can request to be assigned a Peer Tutor for a specific subject. Thank you!

REMINDER: Please Return Semester 1 Learning Materials

Could you please have a look around your kitchen, bedrooms, storage areas, etc. for any learning materials that have not yet been returned from Semester 1? Items might include Chromebooks, textbooks, musical instruments, and novels…anything your child used in classes through the first part of the school year (and especially when we moved to remote learning).

As you know, school budgets are fairly limited and the more items we have returned, the more we can spend on other things like updating technology or purchasing new resources for our students!

Materials can be returned to the Main Office or directly to teachers or departmental offices. Thanks!

Guidance Update

OCAS & OUAC Semester 1 Mark Upload

Semester 1 marks were uploaded to the Ontario University Application Centre and the Ontario College Application Service this week. Students should log into their accounts to ensure their marks are correct and complete. If there are any issues, please have your student contact Guidance ASAP.

Changes to next year’s courses

To make changes to next year’s courses, students can use this form:

http://bit.ly/TAB2022-23_CourseChangeRequestForm

Scholarships for Grade 12 Students

Graduating students who are involved in their school and community are eligible to apply to the Dr. Ethel Chapman Scholarship sponsored by the Wellington-Halton District Women’s Institute. More details and application can be found at: https://bit.ly/DrChapmanScholarship20212022WHWI.

Applications are due Thursday, 31 March to wellingtonhaltonwomensinstitute@yahoo.ca

Looking for more scholarship opportunities? Check out the opportunities offered by the Halton Learning Foundation through the Oakville Community Foundation Awards Hub: https://www.theocf.org/initiative/community-education-awards-hub/

Applications are currently open. Due dates begin in early March!

Please visit the TAB Scholarship page on https://bit.ly/TABGuidance or the HDSB Scholarship page at https://bit.ly/ScholarshipsHalton2021-22 for additional information, resources, and financial support opportunities.

Wishing all of our families a wonderful weekend!

Jonathan Shoss

Principal, T.A. Blakelock High School


January 28, 2022

Nearing the End of Semester One...

Dear T.A. Blakelock Families,

We are well into our Final Evaluation Days and the end of Semester 1 is in sight! There are some important details in this week’s message with respect to the end of the first semester and the start of Semester 2 so please take some time to read this week’s communication carefully.

IMPORTANT: Rapid Antigen Tests (RATs)

Our first batch of RATs were distributed on Wednesday and Thursday to our in-person learners. At this time, we have no details about exactly when the next batch will arrive. We will keep you posted as additional RATs become available for our students and staff.

Semester 2 Start-up Notes

Here are some important dates for you to be aware of as we head into Semester 2:

  • Friday, 4 February PA Day

  • Monday, 7 February First day of instruction, Semester 2

  • Friday, 11 February Semester 2 Photo Day

  • Monday, 21 February Family Day (no school)

Guidance Update

Student Timetables for Semester 2 and Course Changes for 2022 – 2023

Student timetables will be sent to student HDSB email addresses on Monday, 31 January after 2:00 PM. If your student would like to request changes to their timetable for Semester 2, please have them submit this form: http://bit.ly/TAB2021-22CourseChangeRequestForm

This link will also be included in the email they receive next week. Please note that waitlists do exist for some classes.

If students would like to make changes to their 2022 – 2023 courses (i.e., for next year), they should submit this Google Form @ http://bit.ly/TAB2022-23_CourseChangeRequestForm

Guidance Counsellors will not be able to make timetable or course changes submitted via email.

Students applying to Ontario colleges

Grade 12 students who are applying to an Ontario college for Sept 2022 are reminded that applications are due through www.ontariocolleges.ca by Tuesday, 1 February.

Students applying to Ontario universities

Reminders for Grade 12 students applying to universities:

Check out the multiple local scholarship opportunities that are being sponsored through the Oakville Community Foundation Awards Hub @ https://www.theocf.org/initiative/community-education-awards-hub/

For students applying to the University of Western Ontario, the National Scholarships requests to TAB in support of your application are due by 12:00 PM (noon) on Monday, 7 February. Submit the Student SELF NOMINATION Google Form @ http://bit.ly/TABStudentSELFNominateUWONatlScholarship2021-22

For more information about the University of Western Ontario National Scholarships see: https://registrar.uwo.ca/student_finances/scholarships_awards/admission/national_scholarship_program.htmlssion/national_scholarship_program.htm

Please visit the TAB Scholarship page on https://bit.ly/TABGuidance or the HDSB Scholarship page at https://bit.ly/ScholarshipsHalton2021-22 for additional information, resources, and financial support opportunities.

Have a wonderful weekend, Tigers!

Jonathan Shoss

Principal, T.A. Blakelock High School


January 21, 2022

Final 30 Message to TAB Families

Dear T.A. Blakelock Families,

Well, it has certainly been a week, hasn’t it? In my some thirty years in education, I cannot recall a time when we had two back to back snow days. It was great to so many smiling faces as we welcomed students back on Wednesday morning! We’re well into our “Final 30” block now as we head toward the close of Semester 1!

IMPORTANT: Rapid Antigen Tests

While we were initially informed that we would have sufficient supply of RATs for our school (and other secondary schools), at this point the RATs delivered to the Board have been earmarked for elementary schools (including co-located child care staff and bus drivers) only. These sites were identified to be the priorities by the Ministry of Education. The first phase, therefore, for distributing these kits has been to all elementary students and staff. We are expecting additional shipments earmarked for secondary schools and will get these out to our own students and staff as quickly as possible.

Semester 1 Grade 9 Math EQAO Cancelled

Parents and guardians will have received notice in the last week or so that the Grade 9 Math EQAO for students taking Math in Semester 1 has been cancelled.

Guidance Update

HDSB Experiential Learning Initiative

Students and families are invited to join the HDSB’s virtual after school Experiential Learning Initiative, “Getting Ready for Experiential Learning”. Visit the promotion poster for more info.

MyBlueprint Access after Graduation

If your student is graduating at the end of Semester, please ensure they set up their MyBlueprint account so that they can access it after graduation. More info and instructions can be found here.

Scholarships

Reminder for University Grade 12 students:

The major scholarships for the University of Guelph are due Tuesday, 25 January.

For more information check out: https://admission.uoguelph.ca/topscholarships

And to apply see: https://admission.uoguelph.ca/topscholarships

Check out the multiple local scholarship opportunities through the Oakville Community Foundation Awards Hub @ https://www.theocf.org/initiative/community-education-awards-hub/

Please visit the Scholarship page on https://bit.ly/TABGuidance or the HDSB Scholarship page at https://bit.ly/ScholarshipsHalton2021-22 for additional information, resources and opportunities.

Have a wonderful weekend, Tigers!

Jonathan Shoss

Principal, T.A. Blakelock High School



January 14, 2022

Back in the Building Message to TAB Families

Dear T.A. Blakelock Families,

We’re back at school and excited to have students back in our building on Monday! I know there’s considerable anxiety about our return to in person learning but I know that, as a school community, we can manage this together!

You will have received messaging from the Board already about our return to in-person learning. Check your Inbox or click HERE if you’ve missed that communication – it contains a lot of details that will be important for you to understand as a family!

IMPORTANT: Sick? Symptoms? Stay Home!

Now, more than ever, it’s critical for students to conduct their daily screening (see below) and to stay home if they have symptoms – whether they’ve tested positive or not! Rapid Antigen Tests for students are on the way but even after they arrive it’s important for your child to stay home if they have symptoms.

There is a collective responsibility in a shared space such as a school to keep each other safe. We’re all guilty of going to work or going to school at times in the past and “pushing through” those minor cold-like symptoms. I know I’ve done it! This is not the time to do that – if you’re sick, stay home and protect those in your class, your friends, and others.

IMPORTANT: Students MUST Conduct Daily Screening (Again)

It is vital that students do their daily screening before coming to school. They will be asked to show that “green checkmark” at school. Paper copies of the screening are available in the Main Office, as are extra masks if a student needs one.

Here is a link to the Ontario Covid-19 School Screening https://covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening/

IMPORTANT: Rapid Antigen Tests

We know there are more Rapid Antigen Tests on the way to distribute to students. Elementary students and other sites with young children or vulnerable populations are included in Phase One of the rollout, receiving those the government had in stock. Secondary schools are in Phase Two. As soon as our shipment arrives, tests will be distributed to our students to take home. Stay tuned!

Message from School Council

Happy New Year from your T.A. Blakelock School Council!

Save the date, our next School Council meeting will be held virtually on Monday, 28 February @ 7:00 PM. More details about the meeting will be shared in the coming weeks.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns for us, we can be reached confidentially at tabschoolcouncil@gmail.com

Kristina Kriston and Joanne Chubb

TA Blakelock School Council Co-Chairs

Guidance Update

Semester 2 Night School Reminders

  • registration is still open through myBluePrint under Continuing Education

  • registration is to close Thursday, 10 February at 4:00 PM, no applications will be accepted after this date

  • there is still room in many courses

  • a special GWL course is also running – here is the link to the GWL night school course information

  • most courses are in person, with the exception of the GWL course and American Sign Language

  • www.myblueprint.ca/halton

  • visit www.garyallan.ca for more information and any cancellations

  • cancellations will be posted Friday, 11 February at 4:00 PM

Returning to High School

Is your Grade 12 student thinking of returning to Blakelock next year for a Grade 12 + year? If so, please have your student contact Mr. Sutherland at sutherlanda@hdsb.ca prior to the Virtual Lunch Information & Planning Google Meet on Monday, 17 January @ 11:00 AM. An invitation will be sent to students.

Scholarships

A reminder to university bound Grade 12 students:

For students applying to the University of Western Ontario, their Major Awards are due Monday, 14 February. To apply, you need school sponsorship. Please complete the Google Form: http://bit.ly/TABStudentSELFNominateUWONatlScholarship2021-22 no later than 12:00 PM (noon) on Monday, 7 February.

And, the Oakville Community Foundation Awards Hub is NOW OPEN!

For information see: https://www.theocf.org/initiative/community-education-awards-hub/

To apply visit Awardshub.ca.

For more upcoming Scholarship information and for details regarding the scholarships mentioned above, please click here.

Please visit the Scholarship page on https://bit.ly/TABGuidance or the HDSB Scholarship page at https://bit.ly/ScholarshipsHalton2021-22 for additional information, resources and opportunities.

Have a wonderful weekend Tigers!

Jonathan Shoss

Principal, T.A. Blakelock High School


January 7, 2022

Welcome Back from Winter Break!

Dear T.A. Blakelock Families,

We hope everyone enjoyed their Winter Break. It’s been a difficult week at Blakelock with the passing of Joyce Donatelli and our inability to come together in person as a school community to grieve in person.

While our CPP and Project Search students continue to learn in person, most of our students are engaged in remote learning for at least another week. We continue to prepare for the return of in person learning for all our students – some details are shared below.

We know remote learning can be stressful for some of our students and their families – please don’t hesitate to reach out to your child’s teachers if you’re experiencing challenges. You can also connect with the Main Office, your child’s Guidance Counselor, Learning Resources, or Student Success if you need assistance. We’re here to help!

IMPORTANT: Rapid Antigen Testing (RAT) Kits

Enough kits have arrived at the school for our CPP students who continue to learn in person and the staff who work with them. When the rest of our students (and staff) return to in person learning, they will be provided with RAT kits to take home and the plan is to provide students and staff with RAT tests for the duration of the school year.

IMPORTANT: PCR Take Home Tests

Schools are being provided with a limited quantity of PCR tests that can be provided to students and staff who become symptomatic while at school after we return to in person learning. These have now been delivered to Blakelock and stored securely for when students and staff return to school.

Curbside Pickup for Library Books

Students can borrow from the school library in a safe and easy way with contactless curbside pickup. Students can use the T.A. Blakelock Library Catalogue to locate book(s) to borrow. To place a book on hold, click the Reserve button. When your books(s) is ready to be picked up, you will receive an email notification. Please note library books can be picked up from the table located inside the main entrance to the school from 7:30 to 3:30 Monday to Friday. If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. MacKay

Question: What’s happening with exams and students’ “Final 30”?

We’ve just received information from the Board about these things and the details will be shared with staff today! There is still a “Final 30” component to every course – but it might look a little different given our current circumstances! Keep an eye out this evening for a message from the Board regarding Final 30 and expectations of students and staff.

Guidance Update

Course Selection

Course Selection for current Grade 10 and 11 students is available on www.myBlueprint.ca/Halton until Wednesday, 12 January. We urge students to make an appointment with their Guidance Counsellor prior to this date if they have questions.

Course changes

If your student has already submitted their Course Selections for next year but would like to make any changes, please have them complete this Google form: http://bit.ly/TAB2022-23_CourseChangeRequestForm. This form will also be shared out with all students once Course Selection closes next week.

Night School

HDSB Night School registration continues under the “Continuing Education” tab on www.myblueprint.ca/Halton. Please note that registration closes on Thursday, 10 February, 2022 at 4:00 PM. Applications received after this time will not be processed. For more information, please visit www.garyallan.ca. Cancellations will be posted on that site on Friday, 11 February at 4:00 PM.

Returning to High School

Is your Grade 12 student thinking of returning to Blakelock next year for a Grade 12 + year? Please have them complete the Google Form @ http://bit.ly/TABReturningGrade12Form2022-23 before Friday, 14 January, 2022. Interested students should attend the Virtual Lunch Information & Planning Google Meet on Monday, January 17, 2022 at 11:00 AM. An invitation will be sent to students who complete the Google Form.

Not Returning to High School

Grade 12 students who are not returning to high school next year are asked to complete the “Not Returning” process on www.myblueprint.ca/halton by Thursday, 20 January, 2022. Instructions can be found here. We ask that you remind your student to complete this important process ASAP.

Ontario University Application Centre (OUAC) deadline

The deadline for Ontario high school students to submit their completed applications to OUAC is Thursday, 13 January, 2022. Grade 12 students applying to an Ontario university are urged to submit their applications prior to this deadline to help ensure there are no last minute issues.

Note: The OUAC still processes applications received after this date and distributes them to the universities; however, specific university deadlines will apply.

Scholarships

A reminder to university bound Grade 12 students:

The following scholarship applications are due on Friday, 14 January, 2022:

  • Schulich Leader Scholarship

  • STEAM Horizon Scholarship

Also, the University of Guelph National Scholarship will close on Tuesday, 25 January, 2022 for future Griffins.

For more upcoming Scholarship information and for details regarding the scholarships mentioned above, please click here.

Please visit the Scholarship page on https://bit.ly/TABGuidance or the HDSB Scholarship page at https://bit.ly/ScholarshipsHalton2021-22 for additional information, resources, and opportunities.

Have a wonderful weekend, Tigers!

Jonathan Shoss

Principal, T.A. Blakelock High School

December 17, 2021

Last Message to TAB Families for 2021!

Dear T.A. Blakelock Families,

It’s Winter Break! On behalf of the entire T.A. Blakelock staff, I would like to take this opportunity to wish all of our students and their families a very happy and healthy Winter Break!

There is some important information about our return to school on Monday, 3 January – please read it carefully and be mindful that a lot can change between now and our return in the new year.

Schedule for the Week of 3 – 7 January

IMPORTANT: Rapid Antigen Testing (RAT) Kits for All Students

All TAB students attending in person were given a screening kit containing five (5) tests to take home with them for use during the Winter Break. The tests are for student use only and we strongly encourage our students to use them as intended.

IMPORTANT: Daily Screening in January

Upon our return in January, staff and students will need to resume daily confirmation of screening for a period of two weeks. For students, this means they will need to show their green checkmarks to their first period teachers again for two weeks when we come back to school in January. Note that Public Health may revise this plan over the Winter Break.

Guidance Update

Course Selection

Course Selection for the 2022-23 school year is currently available for Grade 10 and 11 students on www.myBlueprint.ca/Halton. Guidance will be holding a “Virtual Pop Up” event to answer general questions regarding Course Selection from our Grade 10 and 11 students and families on Wednesday, 5 January from 4:00 – 5:00 pm.

Please access the Google Meet here: meet.google.com/fru-nanq-ypo

Students are also encouraged to make an appointment with their Guidance Counsellor if they have questions.

Scholarships

For Grade 12 students who are applying to university, there are two major scholarships due in early January 2022 - the Schulich Leadership Scholarship and the STEAM Horizon Scholarship.

For upcoming Scholarship information, please click here (January due dates!)

Please visit the Scholarship page on https://bit.ly/TABGuidance or the HDSB Scholarship page at https://bit.ly/ScholarshipsHalton2021-22 for additional information, resources and opportunities.

Leadership Opportunity for Grade 10 Black or Afro-Canadian Students

Students who are in Grade 10 and identify as Black or African-Canadian are invited to apply to the Lifelong Leadership Institute via the applications below. There is also an opportunity to join the “PursueSTEM” program designed to foster Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics learning. Students were emailed about this opportunity via their HDSB email on 14 December, 2021.​​​​​​​

For more information, please see the following:

To apply directly visit: https://bit.ly/LeadershipByDesignApplicationDec2021

Early application due date is Friday, 17 December, 2021.

Late application due date is Saturday, 15 January, 2022.

For help with applying, please connect with Mr. Sutherland @ sutherlanda@hdsb.ca

Have a safe Winter Break, Tigers! We’ll see you in 2022!

Kind regards,

Jonathan Shoss

Principal, T.A. Blakelock High School



December 10, 2021

Week 14 Message to TAB Families

Dear T.A. Blakelock Families,

Our last week of school before a well-deserved Winter Break! Course selection for 2022 – 2023 is underway! Families that have ordered spirit wear should be receiving it next week! 15th week reports are pending! Rapid Antigen Test kits for all students to take home over the break have arrived at the school! It’s a busy end to 2021!

And remember: we have a shortened day schedule on Friday!

IMPORTANT: Schedule for Friday, 17 December

Announcements 8:15- 8:20

Period 1 8:20- 9:12

Period 2 9:17- 10:09

Lunch 10:10- 11:20

Period 3 11:20- 12:12

Period 4 12:17- 1:10

Dismissal and Bus Pick Up from 1:10 PM

IMPORTANT: Rapid Antigen Testing (RAT) Kits for All Students

All elementary and secondary students across the HDSB will be given a sealed COVID-19 rapid antigen screening kit containing five (5) tests to bring home with them for use during the Winter Break. These screening kits are part of the Government of Ontario’s strategy to encourage a safer return to school in January. The tests are for student use only.

The kits have been delivered to the school and will be distributed to students early next week. Further communication will be provided at that time.

IMPORTANT: Case and Contact Management for Omicron Variant

As we head into the Winter Break, please note the following:

  • staff and students regardless of vaccination status will be directed by PH to isolate

  • a negative PCR test (via Public Health) is required prior to returning to school

  • those who do not get a PCR test are required to isolate for an additional 10 days

IMPORTANT: 15th Week Progress Reports

Please note that 15th Week Progress Reports, also known as “in-danger” or “at-risk reports”, will be sent to respective students by teachers by Friday, 17 December. These reports are sent to students in grades 9 through 12 who are achieving at or below 60% as these students may be in jeopardy of not earning a credit. Teachers may inform parents and/or guardians of concerns related to progress, achievement, or learning skills. An electronic Markbook report and a personalized comment will be emailed home from the teacher highlighting any concerns and recommending strategies for improvement.

With final performance tasks and final exams for Semester 1 coming in January, we strongly encourage students to stay engaged in their studies and focus on their learning. A schedule for key dates can be found on the school website. Teachers and school staff are available to support our students! Please reach out if we can be of further assistance.

Updated Semester 1 Calendar

An updated and revised Semester 1 calendar can be found here.

Guidance Update

Full Disclosure

The date for Full Disclosure is Friday, 17 December. We ask that students wishing to drop a course in the last week before the Winter Break please make arrangements to discuss this with your Guidance Counsellor before the 17 December date as we need to ensure there is adequate time to process the request.

Course Selection

Course Selection for the 2022 – 2023 school year is currently available for Grade 9 students on www.myBlueprint.ca/Halton. Guidance will be holding a “Virtual Pop Up” event to answer general questions regarding Course Selection from our Grade 9 students and families on Thursday, 13 December from 4:00 – 5:00 PM. Please access the Google Meet here: meet.google.com/egm-dswk-dzo.

Course Selection for our Grade 10 & 11 students will begin on Wednesday, 15 December and close on Wednesday, 12 January. Information will be sent to students and their families next week.

Our current Grade 12 students received an email from Guidance this week that prompted them to indicate their plans for next year.

Students are urged to make an appointment with their Guidance Counsellor if they have questions.

Timetable Changes for Semester 2

If students would like to change courses for next semester, they can request changes through http://bit.ly/TAB2021-22CourseChangeRequestForm.Wishing all of our Tiger families a spectacular weekend!

Kind regards,

Jonathan Shoss

Principal, T.A. Blakelock High School

December 6, 2021

Start of December Message to Parents/Guardians

Dear T.A. Blakelock Families,

Just two weeks to go before our Winter Break and we say goodbye to 2021!

Schedule for the Week of 6 – 10 December

IMPORTANT: Spectators at Home Athletic Events

Fully vaccinated indoor adult spectators are allowed to attend games during the Winter Season. Note the following:

  • All spectators must be masked at all times and remain 2m apart from other families to maintain social distancing

  • Contact tracing will not be required for indoor spectators

  • Spectators must present proof of vaccination, photo identification and “Green Check” school screening found at Covid School Screening

  • Families will be strictly limited to 2 adults (parent/guardian) per student athlete and adult spectators must complete a Form for entry so these numbers can be monitored

  • Children 12 and under are permitted with their fully vaccinated parent/guardian

With the exception of children 12 and under who are accompanying their parents or guardians, only adult family members are permitted to be spectators at this time.

There are no student spectators permitted at home or away games at this time.

We are reserving one set of bleachers for home spectators and a second set of bleachers for away supporters visiting our school. Seating in each set of bleachers is limited to 20 adult family members and this number may be reduced if 2m distance cannot be maintained.

Specific direction will vary from school to school across the region. When visiting other schools to attend away games, please be prepared to follow their instructions and procedures for spectators.

Question: Is Friday, 17 December a Shortened Day for Students?

Yes, the school day will be shortened by 90 minutes. We haven’t finalized things yet but we will probably reduce the length of each period through the day; the length of our common lunch will likely remain unchanged. In the past, we have sometimes put lunch at the end of the day but we’re unable to do that this year. The sequence of periods on Friday, 17 December, therefore, will be 1, 2, Lunch, 3, and 4.

Guidance Update

Night School Semester 2 Registration opened Wednesday, 1 December, 2021

Current HDSB students must register through their MyBlueprint account by selecting 'Continuing Education, Halton District - Night School'

(School locations: Abbey Park, Milton District HS or MM Robinson)

Important notes: Courses are scheduled to be delivered in-class with the exception of American Sign Language(Virtual only). Course delivery model may change pending Covid-19 developments.

  • Guidance counsellors will approve course selections in MyBlueprint

  • Students may miss a maximum of 3 days of the course before they will be ineligible for the credit.

  • Students enrolling in an International Language Night Course must have completed the prerequisite for the Grade 11 & 12 courses

  • Note the following key dates:

10 February @ 4:00 p.m. Pre-registration closes

11 February @ 4:00 p.m. Cancellations posted

16 February @ First day of classes

21 February @ Last day to register for courses that still have space available.

CLICK HERE FOR COURSE OPTIONS

In addition, the HDSB is offering a course in partnership with the University of Toronto, Mississauga. More info is available here: https://bit.ly/HDSBNewCourse.

Course Selection

Course Selection for the 2022-23 school year will begin for Grade 9 students on Wednesday, 8 December and Grade 10 and 11 students on Wednesday, 15 December. Information will be sent to families soon. Students are urged to make an appointment with their Guidance Counsellor if they have questions.

Have a fabulous weekend, Blakelock families!

Kind regards,

Jonathan Shoss

Principal, T.A. Blakelock High School

November 19, 2021

Exciting Message to TAB Families

Dear T.A. Blakelock Families,

What a terrific week it’s been for our school community!

Blakelock will be the permanent home for I-STEM in Oakville as well as the home school for students moving into North Oakville until the new NE #1 Oakville high school is built and ready for use!

The outdoor learning space and new sidewalk are nearly done – they look amazing!

Mid-term reports are coming home today! Let us know if you have any questions or concerns.

Schedule for the Week of 22 – 26 November

It’s a Week 2 schedule next week – details provided below. Note that Friday, 26 November is a PA Day and there are no classes that day.

IMPORTANT: It’s Official – I-STEM is coming to TAB!

At the Board Meeting this past Wednesday evening, we cleared the last hurdle and have now officially been designated the I-STEM school for Oakville beginning in September 2023. This will mean significant changes to the TAB community both with respect to programming and the physical plant itself. We’ll keep you informed as things progress.

Note that the “North Oakville Student Redirection” plan was part of this same report and will mean a substantial enrollment “bump” over the next several years. The redirection alone will lead to a projected enrollment of over 1400 students within five years.

I’m thrilled for our school community – these are exciting developments that will enable TAB to offer greater breadth of programming and improved facilities for all of our students moving forward!

Grade 8 Information Night Links!

Our Information Night for families with children in Grade 8 coming (or considering attending) Blakelock next year was held yesterday (Thursday) evening. We thought it might be useful for all of our families to have the opportunity to watch what we put together for our Grade 8s! Most of you haven’t visited the school in the past two years and some of our families haven’t stepped inside the building at all if their child is in grades 9 or 10. Maybe you’ve got another child coming to TAB or maybe you’re just curious!

HERE is the link to the information shared with our Grade 8 families and posted on our website.

Construction Update

The outdoor learning space looks incredible! Wow! It should be done by the end of this month at the latest and, if you’ve driven to the school recently, you’ll notice that our new sidewalk is already finished! The asphalt for the bike rack area and the edge of the driveway are up next!

Knowing that most of our families have not had an opportunity to visit the school in person recently, we’ve decided to add a tab on our website to capture the construction updates. Have a look this weekend and enjoy the photos of the new outdoor learning space as well as images of the exciting wall wraps and new furniture throughout the school! Click HERE for photos.

Grad Photos!

A final reminder that Graduation photos are scheduled to begin on Monday, 22 November in the Tiger’s Den! The photographer plans on being here for several days until photos for Grade 12 students who have requested sittings are completed. Grad photos will be included in the Class of 2022 Grad composite and in the yearbook. All VSS graduating students are welcome to book a sitting on Friday, 26 November, the P.A.day. Contact the school if you have any questions or concerns.

Guidance Update

To book an appointment with your student’s Guidance Counsellor, please visit the appropriate link below.

For "how to" instructions for appointment booking, please click here.

Need a Transcript?

Email Rhonda Carkner at carknerr@hdsb.ca or call 905-827-1158 ext. 229

Wishing our Tiger family a spectacular weekend!

Jonathan Shoss

Principal, T.A. Blakelock High School

November 12, 2021

Mid-Term Message to TAB Families

Dear T.A. Blakelock Families,

It’s hard to believe we’re at the mid-way point of Semester 1! This is a very busy and very important time of the year. Here are some important dates to note:

  • Friday, 12 November – last day of Semester 1, Term 1

  • Monday, 15 November – first day of Semester 1, Term 2

  • Thursday, 18 November @ 8:00 AM – first central OCAS & OUAC uploads for post-secondary institutions (Grade 12 students only)

  • Friday, 19 November – mid-term report cards will be sent home with students

Schedule for the Week of 15 – 19 November

It’s a Week 1 schedule next week – details provided below.

IMPORTANT: SCHOOL COUNCIL MEETING (Monday, 15 November @ 7:00 PM)

A quick reminder of our School Council Meeting on Monday evening at 7:00 PM! Join us for presentations from the Principal (including details about the revised dress code and a construction update), student leaders, and our local trustee.

Immediately following the formal portion of the meeting, TAB’s Head of Guidance, Diana Svendsen, will be delivering a presentation on MyBlueprint and course selection for the 2022/2023 school year.

A link to the meeting will be sent out directly to parents and guardians on Monday.

IMPORTANT: SCHOOL CLOTHING AVAILABLE!!!

We’re absolutely thrilled to announce the return of TAB “spirit wear”! A link to the school storefront is provided below. We all know about the supply chain issues affecting retail operations – we’ve discussed with our vendor a range of options that are currently in stock and available for purchase. Although we can’t guarantee delivery time, our hope is that by opening this window of opportunity and placing orders now, we’ll have items before the school dismisses for the Winter Break in December. The items selected for this round of “spirit wear” were chosen for this very reason. Consequently, the range of items available is fairly limited at this time.

Note that we are planning to facilitate further opportunities to purchase school clothing after Winter Break. All purchases will be made online; the school is not involved in payment. There are no samples at the school to try on – everything is online now and sizing guides are available through the vendor. Items will be delivered to the school and distributed directly to students by school staff.

Here is the link to the Blakelock-specific storefront for your review. The link will be live as of Monday, 15 November.

https://spiritwearshop.ca/blakelocktigers/

Grad Photos!

Graduation photos are scheduled to begin on Monday, 22 November in the Tiger’s Den! The photographer plans on being here for several days until photos for Grade 12 students who have requested sittings are completed. Grad photos will be included in the Class of 2022 Grad composite and in the yearbook.

We will send a dedicated message next week with booking details and a link to schedule your grad’s appointment!

Question: Why do I occasionally see police vehicles at Blakelock?

You may hear from your child or notice as you drive past the school sometimes that there is a police presence at the school. Normally, this is nothing to be concerned about. We have a community officer who is “assigned” to Blakelock (in addition to other schools) and she likes to drop by for a visit periodically to check in, visit with the administration, or (in the past) speak with a Civics or Law class. Officers also invited to attend our lockdown drills and, in the past, sometimes just pop by and walk the halls to chat with students and get to know our building and its culture a little better.

Sometimes, the police are on site for a medical emergency. Occasionally, they might be on site to investigate an incident that occurred at the school or in the community.

Rest assured, I will communicate with our families if there’s an incident that impacts the safety of our students. And, as always, if you ever have any questions about what you see or hear, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Guidance Update

Full Disclosure Date

The date for Full Disclosure has been changed to Friday, 17 December, 2021. If a student drops a course before this date, it will not show on their official transcript. Course drops after this date will appear on the student’s official transcript.

We ask that students seeking to drop a course in the last week before the Winter Break to please make arrangements to discuss this with your Guidance Counsellor before the 17 December date.

A Future That Fits for Grade 10 students - Morning of Friday, December 3, 2021

HDSB’s virtual Future That Fits is on Friday, December 3, 2021. Grade 10 students will have the opportunity to explore many of the Regional Programs available in Oakville School, including the Specialist High Skills Major programs here at T. A. Blakelock

Scholarship Information

For upcoming Scholarship information, please click here. (Mid-November Due Dates!)

You can also visit https://bit.ly/TABGuidance for additional information and resources.

That’s it for this week, Tigers! Have a fabulous weekend!

Kind regards,

Jonathan Shoss

Principal, T.A. Blakelock High School

November 5, 2021

Fall Back Friday Message

Dear T.A. Blakelock Families,

Another sure sign that fall is upon us - we’re about two weeks out from mid-term reports! Lots of tests and other types of evaluation going on right now – please remind your student that there is a lot of extra help available through Learning Resources, Student Success, and the various program (subject) areas. If they’re not sure where to turn, a great place to start is with their Guidance Counsellor!

Schedule for the Week of 8 – 12 November

It’s a Week 2 schedule next week – details provided below.

IMPORTANT: Remembrance Day (Thursday, 11 November)

Attending Remembrance Day ceremonies on November 11th is a recognized way to honour the men and women who served Canada in times of conflict and peace. This year, Blakelock's Grade 12 Music class took on the task and created a beautiful memorial video to honour Remembrance Day at T.A. Blakelock. This video will be played in all period 1 classes on Thursday along with a moment of silence to ensure we, as a collective, remember the contributions and sacrifices of the women and men who have served Canada in times of war and peace – and especially those who did not return.

Update from School Council: Dress Code, MyBlueprint, and 2022-2023 Course Selection

Did you know that Halton District School Board has a new Dress Code Administrative Procedure? Check it out HERE !

Join us virtually on Monday, 15 November at 7:00 PM to hear about the new Dress Code and how it will be implemented at T.A. Blakelock, as well as updates about construction happening at the school, how the school year is going to date, and updates from both the Student Council and our local trustee. Immediately following the meeting, Diana Svendsen, Head of Guidance at TA Blakelock will be making a presentation regarding My Blueprint and course selection for the 2022/2023 school year.

If you have questions or would like a reminder about the meeting sent directly to your inbox, please contact us confidentially at tabschoolcouncil@gmail.com

Kristina Kriston & Joanne Chubb

T.A. Blakelock School Council Co-Chairs

Guidance Update

A Future That Fits for Grade 10 students - Morning of Friday, December 3, 2021

HDSB’s virtual Future That Fits is on Friday, December 3, 2021. Grade 10 students will have the opportunity to explore many of the Regional Programs available in Oakville School, including the Specialist High Skills Major programs here at T. A. Blakelock

Grade 11 Post Secondary Pathways Presentation

If you have Grade 11 students, we encourage you to view the video presentation on Individual Pathway Planning for Grade 12 & Post Secondary Pathways @ https://bit.ly/Gr11IPPVideoFall2021-22

Or view the slides at: https://bit.ly/Gr11IPPSlides2021-22

Students will be emailed these links to their HDSB Emails next week.

Ontario University Application Centre PINs

OUAC PINs were distributed to Grade 12 students in their Period 1 classes on October 29. If your student has not yet received their PIN number, please have them visit the Guidance Office ASAP. If your student attends VSS and has not yet received their PIN, please have them email our Guidance Secretary, Mrs. Carkner, and she will email the information to them.

Scholarship Information

For upcoming Scholarship information, please click here. (NOTE: mid-November due dates!)

You can also visit https://bit.ly/TABGuidance for additional information and resources.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

Jonathan Shoss

Principal, T.A. Blakelock High School

October 29, 2021

End of October Message to TAB Families

Dear T.A. Blakelock Families,

Some great things at Blakelock this past week including the return of some time-honoured traditions at TAB including our student leadership spearheaded the “No Can, No Can Park” food drive and, after a COVID-mandated absence of a year, the return of our Haunted House in the Studio Theatre! Terrific reminders that, even in this time of pandemic-driven change and amidst multiple construction projects and a “reimagining” of Blakelock, our school culture and focus on student engagement have deep, healthy roots that strengthen our sense of community.

Schedule for the Week of 1 – 5 November

We’re into a Week 1 schedule next week – details provided below.

IMPORTANT: Grade 9 Program Night

We’re inviting all Grade 9 parents and guardians to join us on the evening of Wednesday, 3 November at 7:00 PM for the return of our Grade 9 Program Night! Normally, we’d throw open the doors of the school and run tours, etc. of the building – but we still can’t do that yet!

Instead, we are running a virtual event and inviting parents and guardians to join us online! A link to the event will be sent out early next week with a reminder. The structure of the evening will be as follows:

  • Welcome to the T.A. Blakelock school community – presented by the school Administration

  • Overview of Service Side Staff and Roles – presented by Guidance, Social Work, Student Success

  • Overview of Program Departments – presented by our Department Heads

  • Overview of Student Leadership – presented by Blakelock School Council leaders

This should take us to about 7:30 PM or so – at which time, parents and guardians will be invited to “drop in” to their child’s Grade 9 classrooms and visit with our Grade 9 teachers to learn more about the courses offered in Grade 9 – course outlines, contact information and “office hours”, vision and direction for the year, how the courses prepare students for courses in Grade 10 and beyond, how students can access extra help, and more!

Missing Assignment Recovery Support (MARS)

Blakelock’s Missing Assignment Recovery Support (MARS) Program is available to all students during the lunch period. Supervising teachers are available each day in Student Success during this time to guide students and answer any questions they may have while completing their assignments. The Student Success Room is located beside the Guidance Office.

The first half of the lunch period is typically an English/Social Science teacher and the second half of the period is typically a Math/Science teacher.

Update from School Council: MyBlueprint & 2022-2023 Course Selection Presentation for Parents and Guardians

Questions about My Blueprint? Thinking about course selection for the 2022-2023 school year? Wondering how course selection in Grades 10 and 11 can affect post secondary applications? Concerned about picking the right prerequisites for post secondary applications for Grade 12?

Join us on the evening of Monday, 15 November as Diana Svendsen, Head of Guidance at T.A. Blakelock, answers these questions and more during a presentation about MyBlueprint and course selection for the 2022-2023 school year. The information session will be held immediately following the virtual School Council Meeting on the 15th (meeting starts at 7:00 PM, presentation will begin at approximately 7:45 PM).

Questions about the presentation? Want a reminder sent directly to your inbox? Please contact us confidentially at tabschoolcouncil@gmail.com

Kristina Kriston & Joanne Chubb

T.A. Blakelock School Council Co-Chairs

Guidance Update

Take Our Kids to Work Day - Wednesday, 3 November

HDSB’s virtual Take Our Kids to Work Day (TOKTWD) for Grade 9s is on Wednesday, 3 November. Students will learn about the impact of technological innovation on potential careers and what the critical skills will be for the future.

Grade 12 Brag Sheets - Complete by Friday, 5 November

Please encourage students to take some time to complete a Student Brag Sheet. Grade 12 Student responses will assist teachers in writing reference letters and to support any of future scholarship applications, including school based awards in the spring of 2022. Please complete this by Friday, 5 November.

The Brag Sheet Google Form is @ https://bit.ly/TABBragSheet2021-22

Scholarship Information

For upcoming Scholarship information, please click here.

You can also visit https://bit.ly/TABGuidance for additional information and resources.

Have an absolutely fabulous weekend, Tigers!

Kind regards,

Jonathan Shoss

Principal, T.A. Blakelock High School

October 22, 2021

Fall Is In The Air....

Dear T.A. Blakelock Families,

Well, fall is definitely in the air now – the leaves are turning and we’ll see the change in temperature next week! This means more students are likely to begin spending lunchtime indoors – be sure to check out the information below about all the activities and opportunities going on at TAB during lunch!

Schedule for the Week of 25 – 29 October

It’s a Week 2 schedule next week – details provided below.

Update from School Council

Save the date! Please join us on Monday, November 15th at 7pm for the next School Council meeting and a presentation by the Guidance Department on MyBlueprint, course selection for 2022/2023, and how course selection at all grade levels ties into Post Secondary education.

In addition, we will be discussing the new HDSB Dress Code Policy and how it will be implemented at the school, and Mr. Shoss will provide an update on all the construction being done on the east side of the school.

If you have any questions or concerns or would like more information about the upcoming meeting, please contact us confidentially at tabschoolcouncil@gmail.com

Kristina Kriston and Joanne Chubb,

T.A. Blakelock School Council Co-chairs

IMPORTANT: Student Engagement Update

Did you know that T.A. Blakelock now has a common lunch from 10:50 AM to 12:10 PM each day? Students have plenty of time to either walk home for lunch or stay at school and enjoy a range of activities and opportunities! The cafeteria servery is now open so students have the option of purchasing lunch from the cafeteria or bringing their own lunch. Those who opt to stay on the premises have a variety of activities available to them. For your information, some of the lunch time activities available students are listed below.

The large gym has now reopened for supervised intramural sports:

  • Monday: grade 9 and 10s

  • Wednesday: Grade 11 and 12s

  • Friday: all grades are welcome to attend

The Fitness Room is open on Thursdays.

We also offer a number of clubs including but not limited to Wellness, Computer Programming, Knitting, Music, Art, Math, and Debating, as well as a Muslim Students Association (MSA), Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA), EcoClub, Athletic Council, and Student Council.

For more information about clubs, check out our Instagram account @blakelocktigers

Learning Resources (Room E210) and Student Success (next door to Guidance) are open to support students with extra help, assignments, test preparation, etc. every lunch hour.

If students are looking to chill out, study, relax, or simply hang out with friends, there are lots of little spaces spread throughout the building. Additionally, the Cafeteria and the School Library Learning Commons are open all day. Students are welcome to bring a deck of cards, their own board games, or technology. They may want to use our TVs in the Cafeteria for gaming with friends - we even supply the HDMI cords!

With the weather changing, we encourage you to take a moment to discuss with your teenager how they might use the lunch hour to take a break from the classes, meet new people, and benefit from a full high school experience!

Construction Update

The large outdoor learning space on the east side will be completed by mid- to late-November. It’s going to be an amazing space for all of our students! Work is underway at the back of the school to resurface the pathway leading from the rear parking lot toward the creek and the renewal of that entire space with rocks, etc.

Message from the Halton District School Board: Join the HDSB Parent Involvement Committee (PIC)

Dear HDSB parents/guardians,

The HDSB is looking for parents/guardians to join the Parent Involvement Committee (PIC). PIC supports, encourages, and enhances parental engagement at the Board level to improve student achievement and well-being. In the past, PIC has focused on a well-attended parent conference covering a wide range of subjects, as well as parent information evenings. This year, much of our work will be undertaken virtually.

Although this year will look different from years past, we still plan to achieve our purpose by communicating with and supporting school councils, undertaking activities to help parents/guardians support their children’s learning, and providing information and advice on parent engagement to the Board.

  • PIC consists of 12 parents/guardians, serving one or two-year terms, representing all regions of the HDSB

  • PIC members commit to participating in four public meetings per year, some planning meetings and possibly committee work

  • PIC representatives are appointed by the Superintendent of Education responsible for Parent Community Engagement, PIC co-chairs, a parent/guardian member and a Trustee

  • While we currently have previously elected parents that will continue to be members, no school should have more than 1 representative in any category.

  • PIC members are chosen based on their interest in working with parents/guardians and staff to support school councils and parent engagement as well as prior volunteer experience and geographical need

This year, we need to appoint 4 new members from the following areas:

  • 1 elementary parent rep from Oakville

  • 1 secondary parent rep from Halton Hills

  • 1 elementary parent rep from Milton

  • 1 secondary parent rep from Milton

Burlington parent reps are not required this year.

If you are interested in becoming a member of PIC, please complete this form by October 29, 2021.

Please join PIC for our first Public meeting on November 18 (live stream details to follow).

To learn more, please visit the PIC page on the HDSB website or reach out to your school principal.

Guidance Update

Take Our Kids to Work Day - Wednesday, 3 November, 2021

HDSB is participating in a virtual format for Take Our Kids to Work (TOKTW) Day on Wednesday, 3 November. Students will participate in TOKTW Day via virtual sessions in their Period 1 and Period 2 classes. Each session will be 20 minutes long – one session in the morning and another in the afternoon. Sessions will cover various areas such as careers in technological innovation and the critical skills required for future career pathways.

Grade 12 Presentation for students and families

Additional Post Secondary Planning presentations are now available!

If your student is applying to university, we ask that you please review this presentation: https://bit.ly/OUACPresentation2021

The slides for this presentation are available here: https://bit.ly/OUACSlides2021.

A resource sheet is available here: https://bit.ly/OUACResource.

If your student is applying to an Ontario college, we ask that you review the College presentation: https://bit.ly/OCASPresentation2021.

The slides for this presentation are here: https://bit.ly/OCASSlides2021.

A resource sheet is available here: https://bit.ly/OCASResource.

We ask that families review this information closely as there are many important dates and processes included. Please reach out to your student’s Guidance Counsellor with any questions. These resources will also be sent to Grade 12 students via email and will be posted on https://bit.ly/TABGuidance for future reference.

Scholarship Information

For upcoming Scholarship information, please click here.

You can also visit https://bit.ly/TABGuidance for additional information and resources.

Have a wonderful weekend, Tiger families!

Kind regards,

Jonathan Shoss

Principal, T.A. Blakelock High School

October 1, 2021

Happy First of October!!

Dear T.A. Blakelock Families,

We’re closing out a very busy week – thanks to all students and staff who participated in the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and Terry Fox Day! And a very special expression of gratitude to those students and staff who worked so hard to develop and facilitate events and activities on those two very important days! Events like these were dearly missed last year and are vital to building a stronger sense of purpose and belonging in our school community

Schedule for the Week of 4 – 8 October

We’re going into a Week 1 schedule – details provided below. Note that Friday, 8 October is a PA Day and there are no classes for students on that day.

IMPORTANT: 5th WEEK REPORTS – Thursday, 14 October

Our 5th Week Reports will be emailed to parents/guardians on Thursday, 14 October by 4:00 PM.

For those of you with a child in high school for the first time, these are essentially mark updates that are sent out to give families “early warning” if a credit may be at risk. Note the following details:

  • Students who are progressing well in Grade 9 (receiving greater than 60%) will receive a Markbook report and a generic comment from the teacher related to their progress

  • Students who are not progressing well in grades 9-12 (receiving less than 60%) and any student for whom a teacher has concerns (progress, achievement or learning skills) will receive a Markbook report and a personalized comment from the teacher highlighting one or two areas of concern and recommending strategies for improvement (this includes students in self-paced learning)

  • The overall mark for the course is suppressed for this report

Our Parent-Teacher Interview Night follows closely on the heels of 5th Week Reports in an effort to provide you with an opportunity to meet with your child’s teacher(s).

IMPORTANT: Parent-Teacher Interviews – Thursday, 21 October @ 6:30 – 8:30 PM

Please note this date and plan for virtual meetings with your child’s teacher(s) on this date.

Parents and guardians will also have opportunities to “meet” with Guidance, Student Success, and the school administration on the 21st.

Scheduling details will be shared shortly via a separate message from the school.

Grade 9 Program Night – Wednesday, 3 November @ 7:00 PM

We can’t have families come in and visit/tour the school the way we normally would so we’re busy planning a virtual evening that will enable parents and guardians to meet the school administration and learn more about your child’s Grade 9 experience and the curriculum in each of our subject areas.

Details are still being worked out but please note the date and, if you’ve got a child in Grade 9, make plans to attend to learn more about what your child is learning in each subject and how Grade 9 prepares students for the rest of high school!

Guidance Update

Grade 12 Virtual HDSB Post-Secondary Fair

A reminder to parents and guardians of Grade 12 students that Grade 12s will be excused from classes on Wednesday, 6 October to participate in the Virtual HDSB Post-Secondary Fair from home. Students who signed up to participate from the school library should ensure they are ready to login from there by 8:45 AM on Wednesday.

The HDSB School Programs Department has released the agenda for the event. This document was sent to students' email accounts on Wednesday, 29 September. The document will be updated to include the Fair’s official weblink closer to the day of the event so that students can access the event easily.

Guidance Counsellors visited Grade 12 classes on Thursday afternoon to speak to students and answer questions regarding this important event.

Scholarship Information (New info added!)

Please click here for information regarding upcoming Scholarship information. You can also visit https://bit.ly/TABGuidance for additional information and resources.

Have a great weekend, Tigers!

Kind regards,

Jonathan Shoss

September 24, 2021

Message to TAB Families

Dear T.A. Blakelock Families,

Summer is “officially” over and autumn has begun. That’s a sure sign that our first reporting period is getting closer! We’re just a couple of weeks away from “5th Week Reports” – an opportunity for parents and guardians to get a better sense of how their children are doing this term.

Schedule for the Week of 27 September – 1 October

We’re going into a Week 2 schedule now

IMPORTANT: School Council Meeting

Please join us this coming Monday at 7:00 PM for our first School Council meeting of the new school year. I will be chairing the meeting on Monday and deliver a report on developments at the school. Additionally, representatives from Student Council and our local Trustee will also deliver reports.

The meeting will be held virtually so to “attend”, you won’t even need to leave the comfort of your own home!

We are still looking for someone to serve as Chair this year – it’s just four meetings and I will work with the Chair to prepare the agendas for each of the meetings.

IMPORTANT: Photo Days! – Tuesday, 28 September and Wednesday, 29 September

School photos are back!

Students in grades 10 and 11 will be called down in period 1 on Tuesday, 28 September.

Grades 9 and 12 will be called down on Wednesday, 29 September.

Photos and student cards are free! Families and guardians may purchase additional photographs @ https://www.edgeimaging.ca/en.

IMPORTANT: National Day for Truth and Reconciliation (Orange Shirt Day) – Thursday, 30 September

The National Day for Truth and Reconciliation (on the 30th day of September each year moving forward) seeks to honour First Nations, Inuit and Métis survivors, their families and communities, and to ensure that public commemoration of their history and the legacy of residential schools remains a vital component of the reconciliation process.

As a school community, we will be engaging in a variety of activities in an effort to recognize Canada’s official commitment to a truth and reconciliation. A school-based learning team has developed the following:

  • Indigenous versions of the national anthem will be played at the start of each school day

  • Sharing of information to extend our knowledge and awareness of the injustices associated with residential schools

  • Asking teachers to commit a block of time on 30 September to explore classroom activities related to truth and reconciliation

Terry Fox Campaign – Friday, 1 October

On Friday, 1 October, the entire school will be meeting on the school campus for the Terry Fox Run/Walk. Mrs. Woodhead's senior Phys Ed Leadership class will be leading the event. Student leaders will be stationed throughout the school campus to cheer on the student participants.

Participation is free however students will have the option to contribute to this annual fundraiser through a variety of activities. All proceeds will be donated to cancer research.

Permission forms in the start-up package previously sent via email on Monday, 13 September must be completed by parents/guardians for any student who wishes to leave campus and participate on the Community Route. Students without permission will participate in the event but remain on the school campus. You can also find the start-up form links on the TAB website.

Guidance Update

Earlier this week Grade 12 parents/custodians received important information regarding the HDSB Grade 12 Virtual Post-Secondary Exploration Fair on Wednesday, 6 October. If your Grade 12 student would like to attend this event from our school library or if they would like to borrow technology to access this event, please have them complete this form.

Please send any questions regarding the event to Mrs. Svendsen, Head of Guidance, at svendsend@hdsb.ca.

Scholarship Information (New info added!)

Please click here for information regarding upcoming Scholarship information. You can also visit https://bit.ly/TABGuidance for additional information and resources.


Have a great weekend, everyone! Hope to see you on Monday evening at our School Council meeting!

Kind regards,

Jonathan Shoss

Principal, T.A. Blakelock High School

September 24, 2021

End of Week Two Message

Dear T.A. Blakelock Families,

We’re two weeks into the new school year and students have now completed one full cycle or “rotation” of their timetable!

Schedule for the Week of 20 – 24 September

We are now heading back into a Week 1 schedule now – that means students will return to the classes they attended during the first week of school!

IMPORTANT: Changes to Student COVID Active Screening Procedures

Beginning on Monday, 20 September students will no longer need to show their active screening result (“green checkmark screen”) to their first period teachers upon entry. Parents/guardians are expected to continue to complete daily screening at home and school will continue to actively monitor for students with symptoms as per past practice.

IMPORTANT: Student Verification Forms

Permission forms were sent out to parents/guardians this past Monday. Student participation in field trips, athletics, and a variety of other school activities are dependent on the return of these forms. Additionally, we often celebrate our students' achievements by posting photos on our website and/or social media.

We appreciate that this may not be ideal for all families and, therefore, we ask you to please take a few minutes to complete and submit the forms.

Check the main TAB website for a quick cheat sheet on how to simplify filling out the forms. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Mrs. Saldia in the Main Office.

Federal Election Reminder

Just a quick reminder that TAB is a polling station for the federal election on Monday, 20 September, from 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM. Only the small gym (Gym C) will be affected; the gym has direct access from the parking lot and the public will never move within the school beyond the small gym and come in contact with our students.

Photo Days! – Tuesday, 28 and Wednesday, 29 September

Mark the mornings of Tuesday, 28 and Wednesday, 29 September on your calendars! School photos are back!

There is no sitting fee and students will receive a free TAB student card that can be used in the community for additional benefits such as reduced transit fare on Oakville buses and Presto cards.

Families may choose to purchase additional photos. Ordering information will be posted on our school website and through our social media.

National Day for Truth and Reconciliation (Orange Shirt Day) – Thursday, 30 September

The National Day for Truth and Reconciliation (on the 30th day of September each year moving forward) seeks to honour First Nations, Inuit and Métis survivors, their families and communities, and to ensure that public commemoration of their history and the legacy of residential schools remains a vital component of the reconciliation process.

In anticipation of this day, we must ensure that we go beyond wearing orange shirts. Creating meaningful learning opportunities that centre Indigenous voices, focus on Indigenous rights, contributions, histories, truths and contemporary realities that are rooted in colonization helps to create a more complete picture of the historical truths and realities of First Nations, Métis, and Inuit. We all play a part in upholding the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action.

Schools will be open and we encourage Blakelock students to wear an orange shirt to school on this day to recognize that every child matters.

Terry Fox Campaign – Friday, 1 October

On Friday, 1 October, the entire school will be meeting on the school campus for the Terry Fox Run/Walk. Mrs. Woodhead's senior Phys Ed Leadership class will be leading the event. Student leaders will be stationed throughout the school campus to cheer on the student participants.

Participation is free however students will have the option to contribute to this annual fundraiser through a variety of activities. All proceeds will be donated to cancer research.

Permission forms in the start-up package previously sent via email on Monday, 13 September must be completed by parents/guardians for any student who wishes to leave campus and participate on the Community Route. Students without permission will participate in the event but remain on the school campus.

Cafeteria Servery Update

We have been advised that full service is set to resume in our Cafeteria on the week of 18 October – so we’re about a month out from hot food, etc. being served in our Caf. If you’re stuck making lunches for your child in the meantime, I apologize – relief is on the way!

Grade 9 Homeroom Visits

Mrs. MacRae, Mr. Williamson, and I were thrilled to be able to visit every Grade 9 homeroom this past Tuesday morning and spend some time speaking with the newest members of our Blakelock community! After quick introductions and a review of masking requirements, we strongly encouraged students to:

  • become involved in the life of the school

  • demonstrate respect for themselves, their peers, and the school itself, and

  • connect with our social media, particularly our Instagram account (and we’re really pleased to learn so many of them already do!).

Social media is perhaps the best way now to keep informed about developments and opportunities at the school. I encourage parents and guardians to follow us on social media:

Twitter: @ TigerLife

Instagram: @blakelocktigers

Guidance Update

To book an appointment with your student’s Guidance Counsellor, please visit the appropriate

link below. The online appointment booking system will be available on September 20th, 2021.

For "how to" instructions for appointment booking, please click here.

Ontario University Fair

Ontario Universities' Fairs (OUFs) are fast approaching. This annual event is very helpful to students and families in terms of post-secondary planning. The OUFs will consist of 2 virtual events:

  • Saturday, September 25, 12-2 pm (ET)

  • Tuesday, October 26, 5-7 pm (ET)

All Ontario universities will participate in these free events and anyone may attend - pre-registration is not required. Each event will be divided up into four 30-minute sessions where students can learn about the universities of their choice and ask questions. Some universities will offer presentations in French. These events are great opportunities to get answers about programs, admission requirements, student life and much more. More info is available at https://www.ontariouniversitiesfair.ca/

Scholarship Information

Please click here for information regarding upcoming Scholarship information. You can also visit https://bit.ly/TABGuidance for additional information and resources.

As always, feel free to contact the school with any questions or concerns.

Have a great weekend, Tigers!

Jonathan Shoss

Principal, T.A. Blakelock High School

September 10, 2021

First Week Message To TAB Families


Dear T.A. Blakelock Families,

It’s hard to believe we’re already finished the first week of school! I think by all accounts, we’ve had a tremendously successful start to the year – thanks to all of our staff and student leaders for helping make the first week go so smoothly for those new to the Blakelock community!

Schedule for the Week of 13 – 17 September

Remember that we’re heading into a Week 2 schedule now – that means students will have two new courses when they return to school on Monday!


Tim Hortons SMILE Cookie Sales

From Monday, 13 September through Sunday, 19 September, all Oakville Tim Hortons will be donating proceeds from their SMILE cookie sales to the Food4KidsHalton charity! This is great news for this charity that provides weekend healthy food packages to our students and their families. Please consider supporting this wonderful initiative!

National Day for Truth and Reconciliation (Orange Shirt Day) – Thursday, 30 September

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission Call to Action #80 was fulfilled by the federal government with the creation of the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on Thursday, 30 September, which coincides with Orange Shirt Day.

The National Day for Truth and Reconciliation (on the 30th day of September each year moving forward) seeks to honour First Nations, Inuit and Métis survivors, their families and communities, and to ensure that public commemoration of their history and the legacy of residential schools remains a vital component of the reconciliation process.

In anticipation of this day, we must ensure that we go beyond wearing orange shirts. Creating meaningful learning opportunities that centre Indigenous voices, focus on Indigenous rights, contributions, histories, truths and contemporary realities that are rooted in colonization helps to create a more complete picture of the historical truths and realities of First Nations, Métis, and Inuit. We all play a part in upholding the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action.


Cafeteria

I have never seen such positive student behaviour in the Caf – nor have I seen a Cafeteria as clean as ours at the end of lunch! Incredible! A reminder that the Cafeteria runs at 50% seating capacity and the food service from our contracted vendor should begin in a few weeks. Students are free to eat in the halls or outside while the weather is good. Some teachers may open their classrooms for students at lunch, as well.


Lockers

A reminder that students can choose lockers freely this year (i.e., we are not assigning lockers to students so they can pick a locker anywhere in the school to be near friends, etc.). Students are responsible for providing their own locks.


ESL and International Students

At Blakelock, any students who are learning the English language can receive language support throughout the year. We have a fantastic ESL Program that is ready to support all of our English Language Learners (ELLs), including those who are no longer in the ESL program. The ESL Lead is Katie Attwell. Should you have any questions, or if you want to seek out some support, feel free to reach out - her email address is: attwellk@hdsb.ca


TAB Athletics

We have been busy communicating information about our fall sports through meetings, announcements, Instagram (@blakelocktigers), and sign ups and we have begun tryouts in some sports.

It is our intention to offer the safe return to interschool athletics in Halton and to engage our new and current Blakelock athletes. Depending on student interest and commitment and the availability of coaches, we hope to offer many opportunities for students to play on school teams. This may look a bit different than other years, but we are committed to focus on fun, fitness, skill building with the ultimate goal to return to competitive play.


All Student Athletes will be required to:

  • submit a fully completed and printed HDSB Secondary School Athletics package 2021-2022 to the Head Coach prior to starting any activity. A student cannot participate in any activity if this package is not completed nor provided.

  • review and follow the HDSB Student Concussion Prevention and Awareness Resources and Concussion Code of Conduct as shared by coaching staff

  • participate actively in their own injury prevention as outlined in the HDSB Concussion Prevention and Awareness Resource and the Student Concussion Code of Conduct, as well as any additional information reviewed by coaches specific to the activity

  • have their own mask and clearly labelled water bottle for personal use only

  • complete a self assessment daily

  • follow direction and guidance provided by the coaching staff regarding physical distancing (based on situation), respiratory etiquette, hand hygiene, safe use of a non-medical/cloth mask, daily self-assessment, staying home when feeling ill, and monitoring of symptoms

Note: Spectators and visitors will not be allowed to attend tryouts/practices. Only coaches and student athletes can attend.

Please encourage your child to participate! We are looking forward to an amazing year and showing our Tiger Pride!


School Council Meeting (Monday, 27 September @ 7:00 PM)

School Council is a wonderful way to stay informed about developments at the school. We frequently invite guest speakers to discuss hot topics of interest to parents and guardians. Every meeting involves an update from our school trustee, the Principal, and our student leadership. We hold four meetings on Monday evenings through the school year. Please consider joining us for our first meeting of the Blakelock School Council on Monday, 27 September at 7:00 PM!

You’re welcome to simply “attend” the virtual School Council meeting and listen to our updates. If you’re interested in serving in an official capacity on School Council, please keep an eye out for a separate communication that will be sent out next week with respect to School Council nominations.


Guidance Update

Guidance Counsellors for the 2021-21 school year are:

  • Ms. Janet Stewart - Students with last names beginning A - C.

  • Mr. Alaeric Sutherland - Students with last names beginning D - M

  • Mrs. Diana Svendsen - Students with last names beginning N - Z

Our online appointment booking system will be available on Monday, 20 September, 2021. Information regarding how to book an appointment with your student’s Guidance Counsellor will be included in next week’s messaging. Until then, please call our Guidance Secretary, Mrs. Carkner, if an appointment is needed. Her phone number is 905.827.1158 ext. 229.


Timetable Changes

Timetable changes will end on Friday, 17 September at noon. If your student requires a timetable change, please have them complete this Google Form: ​http://bit.ly/TAB2021-22CourseChangeRequestForm


Night School Registration

HDSB Night School registration is now available through www.myBlueprint.ca/halton. If interested in taking a Night School course, students can navigate to “Continuing Education” on myBlueprint and submit their registration.


Community Hours

Students can submit any accrued Community Involvement Hours through ​https://bit.ly/TABCommunityHours. Please note that due to the pandemic, students graduating in June of 2022 require 20 hours of Community Involvement as per the Ministry of Education. Non graduating students require 40 hours of Community Involvement.


That’s it for this week, Tigers – have a fantastic weekend!

Kind regards,


Jonathan Shoss

Principal, T.A. Blakelock High School

October 8, 2021

Happy Thanksgiving to our TAB Families!

Dear T.A. Blakelock Families,

Our students will certainly enjoy the four day weekend that begins today! Remember – no classes on Monday!

Schedule for the Week of 11 – 15 October

We’re going into a Week 2 schedule – details provided below. Note that Monday, 11 October is a holiday and there are no classes for students on that day.

IMPORTANT: Update from School Council

Greetings from the T.A. Blakelock School Council!

Your School Council held its first meeting on Monday, 27 September where the School Council Executive for 2021 – 2022 was confirmed.

This year we have a rookie TAB parent as well as a veteran TAB parent serving as co-chairs of your School Council! Kristina Kriston is a mom of a Grade 9 student at T.A. Blakelock and Grade 8 and 5 students in elementary school. Joanne Chubb is a parent of two TAB graduates (Class of 2018, Class of 2020) and one student in Grade 11. We both look forward to connecting with as many of you as possible throughout the school year!

Stay tuned to this space in the Friday Message to TAB families for information about upcoming meetings, dates, and other School Council information.

We would love to hear from you, our fellow T.A. Blakelock parents and guardians. We can be reached confidentially at tabschoolcouncil@gmail.com

Kristina Kriston & Joanne Chubb

TA Blakelock School Council Co-Chairs, 2021 – 2022

IMPORTANT: 5th WEEK REPORTS – Thursday, 14 October

Our 5th Week Reports will be emailed to parents/guardians on Thursday, 14 October by 4:00 PM.

For those of you with a child in high school for the first time, these are essentially mark updates that are sent out to give families “early warning” if a credit may be at risk. Note the following details:

  • Students who are progressing well in Grade 9 (receiving greater than 60%) will receive a Markbook report and a generic comment from the teacher related to their progress

  • Students who are not progressing well in grades 9-12 (receiving less than 60%) and any student for whom a teacher has concerns (progress, achievement or learning skills) will receive a Markbook report and a personalized comment from the teacher highlighting one or two areas of concern and recommending strategies for improvement (this includes students in self-paced learning)

  • The overall mark for the course is suppressed for this report

Our Parent-Teacher Interview Night follows closely on the heels of 5th Week Reports in an effort to provide you with an opportunity to meet with your child’s teacher(s).

IMPORTANT: Parent-Teacher Interviews – Thursday, 21 October @ 6:30 – 8:30 PM

Please note this date and plan for virtual meetings with your student’s teacher(s) on this date.

Parents and guardians will also have opportunities to “meet” with Guidance and Student Success on the 21st.

Scheduling details will be shared shortly via a separate message from the school.

Grade 9 Program Night – Wednesday, 3 November @ 7:00 PM

We can’t have families come in and visit/tour the school the way we normally would so we’re busy planning a virtual evening that will enable parents and guardians to meet the school administration and learn more about your child’s Grade 9 experience and the curriculum in each of our subject areas.

Details are still being worked out but please note the date and, if you’ve got a child in Grade 9, make plans to attend to learn more about what your child is learning in each subject and how Grade 9 prepares students for the rest of high school!

Guidance Update

To book an appointment with your student’s Guidance Counsellor, please click the link provided to make an appointment:

Grade 12 Update

Guidance Counsellors visited afternoon Grade 12 classes last week to distribute this resource: https://bit.ly/2021-22PostSecondaryTimelineforFamilies

We ask that you and your student keep this resource handy and reference it when you have questions regarding the timelines/due dates this year. Guidance will be sending out additional resources to students and families in the coming weeks and months. It will be important that students/families read and review these resources thoroughly. Please book an appointment with your student’s Guidance Counsellor if you have any questions following your review of these documents.

HDSB Virtual Post-Secondary Event

This event on Wednesday, 6 October was a huge success! Students were asked to provide feedback through an email sent at the end of the school day on Wednesday. Please ask your student to complete this Google Form as feedback from our current Grade 12 students will certainly help with the planning of future events!

Scholarship Information (New info added!)

Please click here for information regarding upcoming Scholarship information. You can also visit https://bit.ly/TABGuidance for additional information and resources.

Have a wonderful long weekend, Tiger families!

Kind regards,

Jonathan Shoss

Principal, T.A. Blakelock High School