Student Accident Insurance, September 2015

Student Accident Insurance

Creating a caring and safe environment for our students is our top priority. Unfortunately,

despite all reasonable precautions being taken, accidents can still happen. Some injuries may

result in medical, dental or other expenses that are not covered by provincial health care or

employer group plans. As a parent/guardian, you become responsible for these expenses.

Student accident insurance is available for purchase, on a voluntary basis, through Reliable

Life Insurance Company. Forms can either be picked up from the school office or downloaded

at, or you may apply online at

The OCDSB encourages all parents/guardians to consider purchasing this insurance. If your

child is involved in school related sports activities or is participating in any field trips out of the

province you may wish to seriously consider the coverage options, which range from

$13.50/year to $32.00/year. This coverage is for the entire calendar year and also applies

outside of school hours. If you have any questions, please call Binks Insurance Brokers

directly at 613-226-1350.


Timetable Changes

Timetable Changes
If students will be requesting a timetable change for the 2015/2016 school year, change forms will be available in the Guidance Office as of Tuesday, September 8.  On this form, students are asked to give detailed information as to what change they are requesting and why. A parent signature is required.  Requests are prioritized.   This allows us to process the requests in a much more efficient manner so we can get everyone into their classes as soon as possible.
The last day to change a course is Friday, September 18.



Gr 9 Welcome on September 2!

We are really looking forward to welcoming our Grade 9 students on Wednesday September 2.  We are asking that students be at the school at 9, and please ensure that they can be picked up again at 3pm.  Parents wishing to come into the school to pay the $30 voluntary school fee, and pick up their childs West Carleton T-shirt and other West Gear are welcome to do so.  Students are reminded to bring a combination lock as the school will not have locks to sell.  Please memorize your combination.  Finally, there will be a free BBQ lunch for our students!  Again, we are really looking forward to seeing you all on Wednesday!  Thank you!


Gr 9 Orientation Day on Sept 2, 2015

Hello!  This is Reg Lavergne, Principal at West Carleton Secondary School.  This is a message for the families of our grade 9 students!  We are very excited to welcome you all to West Carleton!  You’ll soon find that this is an amazing school filled with fantastic students and a phenomenal staff who support each other every day.  You can feel the sense of community as soon as you enter the halls of our school, and we are very happy to welcome you as a new part of our community!

We invite all of our grade 9 students to the school on Wednesday September 2 from 9am to 3pm.  During this time, students will participate in orientation activities lead by students in our LINK and Student Council!  You will have a chance to meet your peers, participate in activities, see your new school, get your locker, pick up your timetable, and pay your voluntary school fee of $30.  You can also pay for your yearbook at this time as well. This year, our yearbook is $40.  We will have a free hotdog lunch available for our students that day so you don’t need to bring a lunch with you.  If you have specific dietary needs, please call us by Friday August 28.

All grade 9 students must bring a combination lock with them on September 2 as you will be putting that lock on a locker that will be yours to use for the entire year.  The school does not have locks to sell, so please bring a lock that you have purchased, and please ensure that you have memorized the lock combination.

Your $30 voluntary school fee help to support our clubs, athletics, Student Council events, Student Leadership activities, and extracurricular activities including our LINK program that helps grade 9 students transition into high school.  We greatly appreciate your willingness to contribute these funds so that we can continue to support the great things that happen at West each year.

Please don’t hesitate to contact the school if you have any questions at 613-832-2773.  You can also check out our website at and follow us on Twitter @WestCarletonSS.  We are really looking forward to welcoming you to West Carleton.  Thank you!


Grade 10-12 Locker Selection on Aug 31, 2015

Aug 2015 Locker Day


Hello.  This is Reg Lavergne, Principal at West Carleton Secondary School.  I hope that you all continue to have an amazing summer!  This message is being sent to families of students in Grade 10, 11 and 12 regarding locker selections.  Students in Grade 10, 11 and 12 may come to the school after  8am on Monday August 31 to select their locker and  submit their locker number and lock combination.  Students are required to bring a lock to reserve a locker at the school.  The school will not be selling locks this year, so please ensure you have one with you.  Students may also pick up their timetable on August 31st.  We recommend you take a picture of your timetable with your phone just in case you lose your paper copy!  As well, students can pay $40 to reserve their year book and they can pay the $30 voluntary school fee on August 31st.  These funds help to support our clubs, athletics, extra curricular activities, Student Council events, Student Leadership activities and Commencement.  We greatly appreciate your willingness to contribute to these funds so that we can continue to support the great things that happen at West each year!  We are really excited to see everyone again. If you are unable to come in on the 31st, we will provide you with your timetable and there will be lockers available for you to choose on Sept 8th. As always, please don’t hesitate to contact us at the school if you have any questions, and please check out our website at and follow us on Twitter @WestCarletonSS for regular updates!  Thank you!


Summer Letters 2015!

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Summer Hours at West Carleton 2015


July 2– July 17:  OPEN from 8am to 2pm

July 20 – August 14  CLOSED

August 17 – August 28:  OPEN from 8am to 2pm

August 31, 2015:  OPEN from 7:15am to 3:30pm


Japan Exchange

The Ottawa-Carleton Education Network (OCENET) and the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board’s (OCDSB) International Certificate Program will embark on the first-ever Ontario exchange with Yamate Gakuin high school in Yokohama, Japan. more »


Labour Relations

For Labour Relations updates please click here to visit the Labour Relations section of the boards website.


Labour Relations Update May 5-8:53am

The Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) has provided notice of strike action in all Ontario elementary schools beginning Monday, May 11, 2015.  Based on the information available at this time, it is believed that ETFO will be implementing a partial withdrawal of service.  According to media reports elementary teachers will not participate in EQAO testing, will perform limited duties in relation to report card preparation, and will not participate in professional development.  This job action applies to all elementary schools in the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board, as well as other elementary schools in Ontario.
Based on the information received, parents can expect elementary schools to be open and all classes running as usual.  All extended day programs will operate as regularly scheduled.  The school district will provide more information about the specific services that the union is withdrawing in the coming days.  
The Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario strike action relates to ‘central bargaining’‎. The school district does not sit at the central bargaining table; all Ontario school districts are represented by the Ontario Public School Boards Association (OPSBA); and the government of Ontario also sits at the table.  At the local level, the school district is continuing to meet with our elementary teachers and Occasional teachers, however this is separate from the ‘central table’ negotiations. 
Secondary Teachers Legal Strike Position
Our secondary teachers and occasional teachers (OSSTF) remain in a legal strike position. The OCDSB is one of seven Ontario school districts which OSSTF has targeted for strike action. Currently strike action is underway by OSSTF at the Durham District School Board, Rainbow District School Board, and  the Peel District School Board. OSSTF must provide 5 days advance notice of any planned strike action to the OCDSB. To date, we have not received notice of strike action at the OCDSB.  The school district remains committed to negotiating fair and fully funded collective agreements for our employees.
We understand that the potential for labour disruption can create anxiety for our students, parents and staff.   We remain committed to communicating with parents and students to ensure that you have as much information as possible.  Regular updates are posted on the district website at   ‎If you have questions, please feel free to contact your school principal or e-mail the school district at