Schools of the TDSB are committed to the provision of a safe and orderly environment in which staff and students can learn and work effectively. The TDSB will not tolerate any anti-social or violent behaviour which impacts the learning environment. Therefore, through its curriculum, policies and administrative procedures, the Board:
- Prohibits the possession or presence of weapons on Board property, on school-contracted transportation or at Board-sponsored events.
- Will not tolerate harmful, threatening or actual acts of violence or other unlawful acts.
- Will not tolerate abuse in any form.
- Will not tolerate the presence of any intruder or any activity which places the safety of its students, visitors or employees at risk.
- Prohibits the possession, use of alcohol on Board property, on school-contracted transportation or at school-sponsored events.
- Prohibits the possession or use of, or trafficking of any controlled or harmful substances on Board property, on school-contracted transportation or at school-sponsored events.
Proactive Approach to School Safety
In addition to meeting the requirements of the TDSB Safe Schools Policy, school staff will work proactively to maintain a climate of tolerance, courtesy and respect. Students are our partners, and they are expected to work toward this end by solving conflicts before they escalate, and report personal concerns to the office when necessary.
Respect for Others
Students are expected to follow the directions of all staff, be courteous and respectful. Students are to carry their I.D. card at all times. If asked to identify themselves, to report to the office or to accompany a staff member to the office, they are expected to comply. Students are to keep their hands to themselves and not engage in physical contact.
Protection from Discrimination and Harassment
SATEC is committed to upholding the provisions of the Equity Foundation Statement and Equity Policies and Procedures of the TDSB by providing safe schools and workplaces that respect the rights of every individual. Every student at SATEC has the right to learn in an environment free of discrimination and harassment by others based on race, colour, ethnic origin, religious faith, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, disability and age. The responsibility that accompanies this right is that every member of the SATEC community must, in word and deed, respect the rights of others and help maintain an environment free from discrimination and harassment. This includes reporting to a staff member any incident that may occur when a teacher is not present. Examples of discriminatory and harassing behaviour include:
- racist, sexist or homophobic words or actions
- unwelcome conduct, remarks, sounds, slurs or gestures
- graffiti or display of inappropriate pictures
- name calling, teasing, threats or insults
- the use of social media to send harassing or discriminatory messages
- physical or sexual violence
- creation or distribution of hate material
All staff have an obligation to take any allegation of discrimination or harassment seriously and to respond promptly. Such behaviour will not be tolerated and consequences may include suspension or expulsion as well as police involvement.
Respect for School Facilities and the Community
Vandalism is any willful act on the part of a student to deface or destroy the property of others, to include writing on desks, textbooks, lockers and walls, damage to, or destruction of, the property of others. Students who destroy or deface school property will face suspension and be responsible for its restoration or replacement. Tampering with fire alarms or safety equipment may result in suspension and/or criminal charges. Students are not to do any act or behaviour that jeopardizes the health or safety of all.
Cafeteria use is encouraged during the lunch hour. Whether students eat in the cafeteria or not, they are expected to clean up their garbage and recycle. Students must clean up any items in class that are used. They are expected to put garbage and recycling away without being asked as we are proud of our Eco-Platinum status. Please respect the whole school community. Your actions in the neighborhood impact our school climate. Be responsible citizens.
Student Dress Code Policy @ SATEC
Students always arrive and depart the school building in full uniform. They are to remain in full uniform for all classes, lunchtime, spares and excursions, unless otherwise specified. Students may not alter any of the uniform items. Street clothes are NOT to be worn under the uniform. ALL students must wear their uniform in the following manner:
- No hats or headwear. Hats may be confiscated if worn in school. Only headwear worn for religious or medical reasons is exempt.
- All clothing must have the SATEC name, the Halpern ‘H’ or McCarthys tag. Substitutes are not acceptable
- Dress shirts must be fully buttoned and have the SATEC name. Students who wish to wear a T-shirt under uniform shirts or dress shirts may wear plain white only. Students are encouraged to wear a tie.
- Students are not allowed to wear long sleeved shirts under short sleeved shirts.
- All clothing must be properly sized. Baggy shirts and pants are not permitted. Pants must be worn at the waist and must be able to stay up at the waist.
- Shirts cannot be tied back.
- Kilts are to be worn no shorter than 5 cm (2 inches) above the knee. Solid black, dark green or dark blue leotards/tights/hosiery must be worn with kilts at all times. To wear only socks is not acceptable.
- Shoes must be entirely black dress shoes or running shoes. Closed toe shoes are mandatory.
- Students must be appropriately groomed at all times. For example, no excessive make-up, decorative scarves, inappropriate jewellery, gang paraphernalia or insignia, or visible pant chains. Uniforms should be cleaned on a regular basis.
- Religious headgear as well as accessories (for example, hairclips or hair bands, belts, etc.) must be solid black, white, blue or dark green, in keeping with the colours of the uniform
- Coats, jackets or head gear are not to be worn in school, these items are to be removed upon entry to the building and left in the lockers.
- During cool weather, only a fleece jacket or vest with the SATEC logo or the SAC SATEC Spirit Wear hoodie may be worn over a SATEC uniform shirt. Team/club clothing may NOT be worn in place of the school uniform.
- On dress down days, only clothing that is appropriate for a business environment should be worn. Tops must meet bottoms and be appropriate in length. Underwear is not to be visible. Students are not permitted to wear hats, bandanas or gang paraphernalia of any kind. The SATEC Photo ID card MUST also be worn.
- Students not in compliance with the dress code policy will not be admitted to class. Students will be sent directly to the office where they will in turn be sent home. Parents/guardians of the students under 18 will be contacted at this time.
McCarthy Uniforms Inc. is our uniform supplier specializing in school apparel. To order uniforms visit the McCarthy Uniforms Inc. store: 360 Evans Avenue, Toronto, Ontario M8Z 1K5. McCarthy Uniforms Inc. at 416-593-6900 or 1-800-668-8261 to order. Orders can be shipped to SATEC.
Student Activity & Identification Card
All students of SATEC @ W.A. Porter CI will pay the $60.00 student activity fee which will cover the cost of the student agenda, student activity, the school yearbook and defray the cost of excursions, students events, print costs and labs. The student card will be used for all school activities, use of computers in the Library Resource Center, Library book sign-out, and in cases where identification is required such as during exams or dress down days. The student card has a picture of the student to help ensure his/her safety and security in the school. Replacement cost for lost cards is $5.00. The SATEC School Council has approved these fees.
Locks and Lockers
Student lockers are the property of the TDSB. Each student is loaned a locker, which may not be changed. Assigned lockers are registered with the main office. Lockers cannot be shared or defaced in any way. Please note that security is lost when students share locker combinations. Only Dudley combination locks are to be used and may be purchased in the main office. Students are cautioned not to leave anything valuable in lockers.
The school will not compensate students for articles and locks stolen from the lockers. Students are responsible for clearing their lockers prior to the final day of exams. After the final day of exams in June the contents are forfeited.
SATEC Hallway Passport
With the permission of the classroom teacher, students who must leave class will carry with them their own signed SATEC Passport found in their Agenda.
Unassigned or Spare Periods
Only senior students with more than 23 credits may have an unassigned period. When students do not have an assigned class, they may work quietly in the Library Resource Centre or in the Cafeteria. Students are not permitted to loiter in the halls. Students must maintain 3 courses on their day school timetable throughout each semester.
Physical and Health Education (Attire & Security)
All students enrolled in Physical and Health Education classes must wear appropriate athletic attire. In physical education classes, all students must wear a SATEC T-shirt and dark blue or black shorts, or sweats, white socks and running shoes. SATEC shirts will be available for purchase from the physical education office. From time to time there are thefts in change rooms. It is extremely important that students do not leave valuables in the change room. Phys. Ed. Staff are not responsible for lost articles nor are they responsible for storing valuables. Phys. Ed students should bring an extra lock for the gym lockers to secure items.
Students bringing personal electronic equipment (PED’s) such as, but not limited to cell phones, audio equipment, laptops, personal gaming devices, cameras, etc. do so at their own risk. The school will not be held responsible for the loss or theft of any student owned electronic devices. PED’s may connect to the TDSB wireless network in the school. When doing so, students must comply with TDSB On-Line Code of Conduct Standards and allow staff to view the content on the device when asked. Cell phones may be used discretely within the school; however students must obtain clear permission from their teacher to use a cell phone during class time. In order to not disturb the learning process, students may not send/receive calls or text messages during class time. Cell phones and other electronic equipment cannot be used under any circumstance during evaluations & exams. The use of any electronic equipment in washrooms and change rooms is strictly prohibited for the safety and privacy of others. Parents who need to contact their child in school may leave a message at the school by calling 416-396-3365.
Students may not use a classroom, lab or the gymnasium without the direct supervision of a teacher. Students are not permitted beyond the double doors by the library, 229, 220, tech hall and pool area during lunch.
Students may not park their vehicle in SATEC parking lots without authorization from the main office. Students may only park in the east parking lot. Authorization forms for parking are available in the main office or on the web at www.satec.on.ca/forms. All drivers must practice safe driving both in the school parking lot and around the school premises at all times.
Student Drop Off & Pick-Up
Parents are asked to use the east parking lot to drop off & pick up students. The west lot is strictly confined to staff parking only. City of Toronto By-Laws prohibits vehicles from waiting for students on Fairfax Cres. (No Standing Zone) and also prohibit idling for extended periods of time.
Please help SATEC honour its environmental mandate by turning off your vehicle while on property.
Parents, having made an appointment, are always welcome to visit the school. Friends from other schools are not to visit. Any approved visitor must first report to the main office. Visitors are to wear a Visitor ID card at all times and remain with their SATEC supervisor. Unidentified strangers will be asked to leave the school grounds. Administrators will lay trespassing charges or contact police, if necessary.
Ensuring the safety of anaphylactic people in the school setting depends on the cooperation of the entire school community. Upon registration, the student and parent must supply information about life-threatening allergies and complete the Anaphylactic Emergency form. These forms are available in the main office or on the web at www.satec.on.ca/forms. You are required upon registration to provide an auto-injector or inhaler for the main office and to always have one on your possession. Additionally, be scent aware by not overusing perfumes, fragrant sprays or cologne.
It is against the law to smoke or hold lighted tobacco products which include e-cigarettes anywhere on school property. Consequences for violation include referral to a tobacco enforcement officer or suspension.
Changes in Student Information
It is very important that school records (telephone numbers, addresses, etc.) are kept up-to-date and accurate. Parents are required to notify the school office in writing of any changes of name, address, telephone/cell phone numbers, custody, medical information, etc.
Regular attendance is essential to academic success. Staff expects every student to attend all scheduled classes, on time, and be prepared with appropriate materials.
Importance of Punctuality
Late For School and Sign-Ins
School start times apply to all students. A student not prepared nor in the classroom before the Period 1 buzzer is considered late for school. Late students must sign in at the main office. Parents of students who are frequently, persistently and repeatedly late or absent from school will be contacted by phone, in writing or invited in for a meeting. Consequences for students will range from counselling and detentions to sign-in contracts and/or loss of privileges.
Same Day Absence
Parents, and students over 18 years of age, are required to telephone (416-396-3365) or email the attendance secretary between 8:00-8:15 a.m. to report an absence. Students are expected to submit a note for the absence to the main office as the proper means of signing in to school.
Return from Absence
Notes explaining a full or half day’s absence are required on the first day back, and must be given to the main office by 8:40 a.m. The student’s full name, reason for absence and a parental signature must appear on the note. Students 18 years or over may write their own notes and submit the note to the office. Students will be issued a computerized admit slip to show to all teachers. It is the student’s responsibility to speak with their teachers and complete all assignments missed. If the absence is lengthy, the parent or student should contact the attendance secretary to make arrangements to collect missed work.
Students who need to sign out during the day for an appointment must bring a note stating the reason, date and time to the main office. Students 18 years and over may write their own notes; however, they must submit a note, and the reason for signing out must be legitimate. The student will show the teacher the note and then take the note to the main office at the appropriate time. No student may leave the school without signing out, under any circumstances. For example, if a student is ill, she/he must report to the office where a parent will be contacted for permission to sign out the student.
Any student missing 5 or more days of school time due to illness is required to submit a doctor’s certificate to the main office. For a prolonged absence due to illness, parents should contact Guidance Services to discuss options. A parent requesting a student excusal for reasons other than illness must contact the appropriate VP, well in advance, and must complete an Extended Absence Form. These forms are available in the main office or on the web at www.satec.on.ca/forms. Absences for any reason in excess of five school days will have an unfavourable effect upon grades. Students away for 15 days consecutive days may be removed from their courses due to TDSB policy.
Academic Success Policies
There is an expectation of fair, consistent and transparent assessment, evaluation and reporting strategies. Assessments and evaluations are designed to provide students with multiple, positive opportunities to demonstrate their learning skills and work habits and their understanding of the curriculum expectations. Staff will provide an updated mark printout prior to each semesters parent/teacher conference and towards the end of the course work before exams. Staff commonly use “Markbook” as the preferred method to share students’ marks. For more information, refer to the Ministry document Growing Success: Assessment, Evaluation & Reporting and TDSB policies which can be found on the SATEC and TDSB website.
Late and/or Missed Evaluations
In order to receive credit for a course, students are responsible for providing evidence of their achievement of the overall expectations of their course in the time frame and format specified by their teachers for each evaluation, the teacher will inform students of the due date and the ultimate deadline. The ultimate deadline is the last opportunity for students to submit an assignment for evaluation. Teachers will use a variety of strategies to deal with late assignments including mark deduction. Timely submission of student work not only demonstrates evidence of learning, but also impacts the six learning skills.
If a student is not able to hand in assignments on time they must speak to the teacher before the actual due date. The teacher will use their professional judgment to consider extenuating circumstances for individual students.
It is expected that all students will write all cumulative tests as a class group. If a student is unable to write the evaluation with the class because of a previously scheduled appointment, school-sanctioned excursion or sporting event, recognized religious event, immediate family bereavement or a court date, then the student must inform the teacher at least two school days in advance of the test so that alternate arrangements can be made. Students who are absent on the day of the test due to illness or a family emergency must have called the school and are to bring a note within 24 hours stating the reason for the absence and that the adult is aware that the student missed an evaluation. In addition, the evaluation is to be completed immediately following the student’s return.
Note: Students and/or their parents/guardians who wish to request that assignment deadlines be rescheduled to accommodate for religious practices and observances must submit this request to the school well before assignments are due.
All students in the TDSB are expected to submit their own work for evaluation. Cheating and plagiarism will not be condoned. Academic honesty is an ethical responsibility of all students. Cheating is usually defined as the act of practicing deceit or breaking the academic rules. In the context of assessment and evaluation, cheating would be defined as deviation from the behaviour expected in an evaluation situation. Examples include:
- Copying another student’s work
- Using another student’s work
- Bringing unauthorized notes or notations into an evaluation
- Asking for/giving someone an answer during an evaluation
- Unauthorized use of electronic media to obtain answers during an evaluation
- Presenting assignments that have been completed by someone else as one’s own
Unauthorized collaboration, where a student receives assistance from another person with the revision, editing and proofreading of assignments not authorized by a teacher, is also considered a form of cheating.
Plagiarism is defined as the use of or close imitation of the language and thoughts of another without acknowledging/crediting the source, in order to represent them as one’s own original work. In other words, it is the unacknowledged use of any portion or slightly altered portion of another person’s published or unpublished writings.
Quoting or paraphrasing material without citing the source of that material. Piecing together material from one or several sources and adding only linking sentences, omitting quotation marks for direct quotations, even if the sources have been cited.
To avoid academic dishonesty, students are expected to:
- Seek clarification about actions that constitute plagiarism
- Seek help to develop research skills. Students must actively use the resources and information available from their teacher, teacher-librarians and the school library. The TDSB Research Success @ Your Library guide is available to assist students with researching, note making and citations
- Ensure that all their work is original and that they cite sources accurately and consistently
When plagiarism/cheating is detected, it will be investigated on a case-by-case basis. If it is confirmed by the teacher, the principal/vice-principal, the student and parent/guardian (when the student is under the age of 18) will be informed of the specific details and the resulting consequences.
Consequences include a mark of zero (‘0’) for the assignment or exam in question. A repeated pattern of academic dishonesty may result in an escalating severity of consequences.
Where to find help
Speak to your Teacher, the Curriculum Leader, Librarian, Guidance Counsellorand inquire about office hours’
Peer Tutoring: in Room 101 after school
Math Help Room: in Room 216 before school & during lunch
Homework Help: http://homeworkhelp.ilc.org
Math Coach: http//tdsb.na3.acrobat.com/mathcoach
Ontario Education Resource Bank http://resources.elearnigontario.ca
How Did I Get That Mark?
The assessment of student progress, the evaluation of student achievement, and the percentage grade on the report card are based on the Ministry of Education curriculum expectations, The Provincial Achievement Chart; Growing Success: Assessment, Evaluation & Reporting in Ontario Schools. Curriculum expectations and the achievement chart are found in the Ministry guidelines www.edu.gov.on.ca The primary purpose of assessment and evaluation is to improve student learning and achievement.
Learning Skills & Work Habits
Students are evaluated not only on the content they have learned but on the six Learning Skills & Work Habits that are considered key essential skills. The Learning Skills & Work Habits evaluated on the report card are:
- Work Collaboration
These six attributes are evaluated on a scale of Excellent (E), Good (G), Satisfactory (S) & Needs Improvement (N) and are reported on the report card. Teachers are expected to work with students to help them develop Learning Skills & Work Habits. Unless specified in course curriculum, Learning Skills & Work Habits are not included in the student’s course mark
Evaluation of Curriculum Expectations
Curriculum expectations are subject specific items that students should know by the end of the course. There are several tools teachers use to assist students in learning the curriculum and then evaluating the learning.
Types of Assessment
- i) During the course, teachers work with students to determine what they currently know. This is assessed through projects, demonstration, home- work, teacher observations of students and conversations with students. The teachers use the information to provide feedback, coach students and adjust instruction and is called Assessment FOR Learning.
- ii) In each course, students develop their ability to be independent, autonomous learners for life. This is done through peer and self-evaluation as well as teacher feedback and is called Assessment AS Learning.
iii) Teachers collect and assess assignments, tests, essays, presentations, etc. as well as observe and talk with students for the purpose of evaluating what the student has learned based on established ministry criteria. A percent grade is assigned to represent what has been learned. This is called Assessment OF Learning.
Assessment OF Learning, FOR Learning and AS Learning
Assessment of Learning is the evaluation of what the student has achieved, that is what they have learned. Assessment for Learning assists the students and teachers to determine student progress and to guide learning. Assessment as Learning helps students to reflect on how they learn to become better students.
In order to earn a credit in any course, students are responsible for providing evidence of achievement through Assessment of Learning by demonstrating the knowledge and skills described by the course overall curriculum expectations. Assessment of Learning:
- Occurs only after students have had opportunities to show what they know and can do
- Guides teachers’ decisions about grading, promotion, student placement and certification
- Provides achievement data; communicates information for accountability and certification purposes
- Is represented by a number (%) on the Provincial Report Card to indicate a student’s grade either at the end of the term/semester or end of the course. A passing mark in high school is 50%.
- Evaluation of Learning Skills & Work Habits is not to be included in the calculation of the course mark unless indicated in the Course Curriculum Expectations.
- At the beginning of the semester, students are provided with a written course outline describing the expectations, content and evaluation for each course.
- Students are informed of the types of assignments and tests that they should expect and are told how their final grade is calculated.
Assessment and Evaluation Practices
- i) Course Work: Assessment of Learning of the overall curriculum expectations is based on the achievement chart for the subject, and marks are weighted according to the achievement chart categories (Typically: Knowledge/Understanding, Thinking, Communication and Application) for each subject. The grade for course work (70% of the final grade) reflects a student’s most consistent, more recent level of achievement throughout the course.
- ii) Missed Assignments and Tests: When a student does not complete a test or assignment, a ‘0’ will be assigned. The ‘0’ is used as a placeholder until the missed work is completed, or the student has demonstrated the curriculum expectation in another assignment. Students with a documented legitimate absence will be given an opportunity, as soon as possible, to complete missed evaluations and to replace the ‘0’ with a mark. When parents notify the office of an absence they must clearly state that they are aware that their child is missing an evaluation.
If several evaluations are missing, and there is no evidence that the student has achieved a number of curriculum expectations, the missing or incomplete evaluations will affect the 70% grade which could lead to a failing grade. If the student demonstrates achievement of the curriculum expectation(s) in another assignment, observation or conversation, the zero will not count in the final grade. For Grade 9 & 10 courses there may be rare occasions where students will not have had a chance to submit work (i.e. arrived to the course late, long-term illness, etc.) and the teacher will not have enough information to determine a mark. This is indicated by an ‘I’ as a mark of incomplete on the report card.
iii) Group Work: Students who are assigned a group task will not receive a “group mark” for the product. Students will receive marks which represent their individual contributions of the knowledge and skills represented in the product, and which are aligned with the curriculum expectations of the course.
- iv) Culminating Activities/Examinations: Culminating activities are considered Assessment of Learning and are scheduled near the end of each course and determine the remaining 30% of the student’s final grade. Culminating activities may consist of a formal exam, written assignment, project, performance or oral presentation or a combination of any of these products. Students who do not attend during these days and complete the assignments in class, as outlined by the teacher will require a parental call recognizing the evaluation missed and either medical or legal documentation. Culminating follow the same proceedures as formal exams.
- v) End-of-Course Evaluations – 30% of the Final Grade:
- All students must take part in the culminating course evaluations. Leaving early for a family vacation or summer job will not be considered a legitimate excuse for missing evaluations.
- Should a student be too sick to complete an end-of-course evaluation, the student must provide approved medical documentation of the illness, completed and signed by a certified Ontario physician, verifying that the student was too ill to participate in the evaluation for a specified medical reason. This must be submitted to the office within one school day of the missed evaluation.
- Until this documentation is provided, the student will receive ‘0’ for the missed end-of-course evaluation and the ‘0’ will be included in the calculation of the final grade.
- When the documentation is submitted as outlined above, the Vice Principal makes a decision on how to address the missed exam.
Missed exams cannot always be rescheduled
During the moratorium period of four (4) days prior to the scheduled final exam days, there shall be no:
- assemblies (except in extenuating circumstances);
- unscheduled shortened instructional school days;
- conferences or meetings that remove teachers from their schools;
- interschool activities;
- projects, assignments or culminating activities for students writing an examination
Homework that is considered to be part of the systematic review and examination preparation process (such as review quizzes, sample examination questions, or practice tests) and that does not count for marks is acceptable practice.
Determining the Student’s Final Grade
70% of the final grade based on course/term work
30% of the final mark based on Culminating Activities/Exam
70% Term + 30% Culminating = Final Grade out of 100%
Course Enhancement Fees
All learning materials required to support the learning expectations of course curriculum are provided to students at no cost. Some specific courses may request enhancement fees to enhance the learning process within the class giving students a richer learning experience. Enhancement fees are for material and equipment. The student retains ownership. Enhancement fees are on the course outline handed out at the beginning of the semester.
All textbooks required for courses will be provided without charge. All students are required to take reasonable care of textbooks on loan to them and are expected to reimburse the school for any loss or damage.
Field trips are an essential part of the curriculum, and provide students with additional educational opportunities. All field trips must be approved by the school administration. When permission forms are sent home parents are expected to read over all pages before allowing their child to participate.
As field trips are extensions to the curriculum, cost-recovery fees may be charged for participation on extracurricular/field trips. Parents/ Guardians with questions about field trips should contact the teacher in charge.
Guidance Services @ SATEC
Guidance Office Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and by appointment.
Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD)
The diploma requirements for secondary school students consist of a minimum of 30 credits, 40 community service hours, and the successful completion of the OSSLT. For further information regarding compulsory credits, graduation requirements, course selection, university and college application procedures, educational and career information and all post-secondary programs, please consult the Guidance pages of the SATEC website or book an appointment. Note: It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that his/her program selections meets OSSD requirements. Students must provide documentation to the Guidance Office of any credit changes from Night School, Correspondence, Summer School or private schools, and submit their community hours.
Mental Health and Wellness
Numerous supports are available for our students. Please visit the school website→Guidance→Mental Health and Wellness, or book an appointment with your guidance counsellor.
Making a Guidance Appointment
Students wishing to make a Guidance appointment must:
- Book a time on the Guidance Appointment Sheet located on the Guidance Reception desk
- Indicate in their AGENDA the date of the appointment, the time of the appointment and the name of the Counsellor.
- The Guidance Staff will validate the appointment by placing a Student Services stamp beside the appointment time. Five minutes before your appointment show your teacher your agenda to allow you to leave class. At the end of the appointment, the Guidance Counsellor will initial and record the time in your agenda. Show your teacher the agenda to permit you back in class.
- Parents are also invited to contact counsellors by telephone to arrange meetings.
Course Information & Post-secondary Information
Secondary school course information is available from Guidance Services. The “Choices Magazine” is provided to all students at Option Selection time. Universities and colleges visit SATEC’s senior students in the Fall. Other resources available are www.myblueprint.ca, the Info magazine on the OUAC website, college websites and printed material in Guidance.
Courses may be changed in a student’s timetable* for the following reasons:
- A student has failed a prerequisite course
- A student requires a course level change to facilitate academic success
- A student has successfully completed the course at night school, summer school or another institution
*Timetable changes are typically made in the first 2 ½ weeks of the semester
Note: Specific course requests cannot be guaranteed. Students are encouraged to choose courses wisely and based on their ability as well as their interests during the yearly course selection process.
Repeating Successfully Completed Courses
Due to limited space, repeating a passed course in order to achieve a higher mark should be completed through Continuing Education. Exceptions may be granted, in consultation with students & parents, and with the approval of the SATEC Administration.
Programs for Special Education & Student Success
Support services are available for students with specific learning exceptionalities and for those who have experienced difficulty adjusting to a collegiate program. In partnership with parents, IEP’s are developed to support students and develop advocacy. Students are to work with their monitoring teacher to enhance the transition.
Christine Webb Library Resource Centre
The Resource Centre supports the Ontario Secondary School Curriculum by providing resources to students and staff through the processes of research. These resources are in the form of printed, audio and visual, computer and electronic resources. We encourage the love of reading through our diverse fiction collection and a wide variety of resources including print, non-print and electronic learning to assist students and staff in retrieving and processing information. All students receive formal research skills training to help them achieve academic success now and in the future.
School Library Policies:
- All school rules apply in the library including uniform & behavior.
- Food and drink are not allowed in the library.
- Backpacks and bags must be stored at the library entrance or left in their lockers.
- Students should not leave valuables unattended.
- Students must produce their photo ID student card to borrow materials and use computers.
- Students must have a teacher sign their agenda for access at lunch.
Guidelines for Computer Use @ SATEC
The use of computers and the computer network is governed by the TDSB Code of On-Line Conduct that students agree to each time they log-in to the computer. This guideline protects the rights & safety of all SATEC students and provides no guarantee to privacy. Students are to make themselves aware of, understand and follow these guidelines.
- Computer use is to be conducted in a manner appropriate to an educational setting. Students are expected to act responsibly and exercise good judgment when accessing the Internet and email.
- The primary purpose of computer use at SATEC is to enhance student learning opportunities. Curriculum related research and assignments are considered the priority for any computer activity. Chat rooms and computer games are not considered acceptable computer activities.
- Students are to use their own TDSB computer accounts and not to use the account of any other person or log-in for another student.
- Students who use the computers must show respect for each other, the computer equipment and the computer network.
- All users must not attempt to subvert the TDSB network.
- All users must not attempt to damage any computer physically or through inappropriate or unauthorized software such as games, files, scripts, etc.
- Staff have a right to see the work that students are doing on the computer at any time.
- Students need to save their own work on the student share or their personal USB key.
Any serious abuse of the computers, the computer network or violation of the On-Line Code of Conduct will result in loss of computer privileges and may result in further consequences such as suspension or criminal prosecution.
TDSB Computer Login
Your login name is your 9-digit student number. Your password is initially set to a “secret word”. Your secret word is: Last four digits of your student number + 2-digit day you were born + 2-digit month you were born. For example: John Eagle has a student number 300321123 and was born on 2 April, 1993. His secret word password is: 11230204.
Multi-Media Assignments & Projects
SATEC believes students receive multiple and diverse opportunities to demonstrate learning to include multi-media assignment. These are intended for classroom use only. Respecting the rights of each individual who is part of the assignment, the multi-media assignment may only be posted in the public domain (i.e. Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, etc.) with written permission from the teacher and each student who contributed to the assignment (i.e. appears in, speaks in, edits, etc.).
Clubs & Teams @ SATEC
SATEC hosts a wide variety of clubs & teams that offer many different opportunities for students to acquire knowledge in different focus areas and to gain leadership experience by applying for and serving in executive positions. To get involved, check the announcements or the PAC board outside of the main gym.
Athletes who try out and become an official team member will be required to pay a one-time, annual participation fee of $30 prior to the first official contest in order to be eligible to compete. There is no relationship between athletic fees and a guarantee of student playing time. Playing time for athletes is at the sole discretion of the head coach and his/her staff. The athletic participation fee is non-refundable and will be applied to minimizing the cost of supplies, athletic awards ceremony, transportation, rentals/permits etc.
Academic Extra-Curricular Policy for Sports, Clubs, School Events and School Initiatives
Definition – Extracurricular activities are defined as any enrichment activity organized at SATEC that involves student participation, including sports, clubs and events.
The following criteria must be met for unconditional participation. If a criterion is not met then each case will be reviewed at the discretion of the staff advisor, with the support of administration.
- Criterion 1 – Student Attendance. Overall attendance, as well as patterns in attendance will be tracked.
- Criterion 2 – Academic Success. Students must be failing no more than 1 credit and must have a combined average of 60% in the classes on their SATEC timetable.
All efforts will be made to get the student back on track using a model of progressive discipline. Students and staff should see Phys. Ed. for details. Students deemed part time are ineligible to participate.