Four events throughout the school year.
Do you have an eye for design, an entrepreneurial spirit, or a passion for business? The Discovering Digital Media Day series aims to inspire you.
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|Mrs. Deb Duimering (ext. 5526)||O-Z, Dev. Ed.|
|Ms. Kim Enns-Hildebrand (ext. 5527)||F, G, H, I, J, K, L, ULearn|
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Online Booking for Guidance Counsellors at EDSS!
Online booking is for EDSS Students. Parents and Guardians should make contact via phone rather than using the online booking system.
Please click on your Guidance Counsellor’s name to go to the online booking system. Please book only one appointment slot at a time. Be sure to book a time that does not conflict with in-class tests or presentations.
There is a netbook in the Guidance Office if you are unable to book from home.
Grad Parent Night – Tuesday October 2, 2018. 6:30 pm in the library! All grade 11 and 12 parents are invited to learn about about post-secondary opportunities. No sign up required – just have your parents/guardians show up! Please note that this event is NOT for students – it is a parent information night 🙂
Plan to attend the OUF in September if you are applying to University in the future! Gr. 10, 11 and 12 are all appropriate ages to attend the fair to find out more about programs at Ontario Universities.
Plan to attend the OCF in October if you are applying to College in the future! We encourage students in Gr. 10, 11, or 12 to attend the fair to learn about programs at Ontario Colleges.
Volunteer Opportunity this Summer in Elmira! Learn how to operate a cash register, learn customer service, or do warehouse work. MCC rePurpose Centre raises money for Mennonite Central Committee.
Student Summer Job with WRDSB: Architectural Inventory Summer Student Grant Positions 2018 – Posting 18.028
Pride Prom June 1st! Students interested in attending Pride Prom please register in advance online. This is the 10th annual prom for high school students in Waterloo Region and is sponsored by OK2BME and the Kitchener Youth Action Council.
This event will also mark a celebration of rainbow cross-walks being installed at specific crosswalks in Kitchener and Waterloo in support of LGBTQ persons in the region.
OK2BME and the City of Kitchener Youth Action Council!
This event is also an official part of Tri-Pride Youth Celebrations.
Volunteers Needed for SWARSA
The South-West Regional Soccer Association (SWRSA) is looking for volunteers for a number of soccer tournaments and festivals throughout the summer. If interested contact Brett Holmes, League Administrator and Event Coordinator at 519-894-5965 or email at league @swrsa.ca.
We have a number of events throughout the summer requiring volunteers!
Our events for 2018 include:
We also have a number of U8 Festivals throughout the summer on June 16th, June 23rd, July 7th, July 14th, July 21st, July 28th, August 11th, and August 18th.
Need Volunteer Hours? Check out the summer camp leadership opportunities at Wilfrid Laurier’s Brainworx Camp.
Check out the Entrance Awards you could receive if you are planning on attending Lakehead/Georgian.
Animation this summer at Sheridan College (Register ASAP – some programs full)
Choose one or more of our specially designed courses aimed at high school students and young adults who aspire to delve into the world or animation. You’ll be taught by experts in the field of animation, with specialization that has been honed over decades of practice in the industry. Workshops are taught by faculty from Sheridan’s prestigious Bachelor of Animation program who will instruct you in the very classrooms that are home to the next generation of Sheridan’s elite students.
Classes for teens | Ages: 16+
Georgian College Rescheduled Open House:
Revised Open House event details:
Summer School WRDSB 2018
Please check the Guidance Office for application forms the week of April 9th or 16th. As of April 5th we do not yet have applications.
EXPLORE your Future with the Business Education Partnership – Wed. Apr. 11th, 6 – 8:30pm
Deciding which career path to follow is a difficult decision for many youth. The Business & Education Partnership of Waterloo Region is excited to announce our Explore Your Future event. This free event provides a unique opportunity for youth in grades 7 – 12 (and their parents/guardians!) to explore future career options and attend informative breakout sessions.
Talk with local employers to learn about future career options, community organizations about programs/services that can prepare youth for their careers, and education/training institutions about programs available.
Who Should Attend?
Youth in grades 7 – 12 who are making decisions about courses, careers, and education pathways
Parents/Guardians of the youth in grades 7 – 12
Educators who assist youth with career planning and exploration
Volunteers Age 17 & Older needed for Summer Camp
Gale Presbyterian Church Elmira, August 20th – August 24th, 8:30 am to 4 pm
Contact Amy Hopper at:
March Break Movement Workshop
Self-Harm and Recognition focus for students ages 13-18 who have dealt with self-harm issues.
Mental Health Workshops at Grand River Collegiate – open to all
Mental Health supports available to Woolwich residents:
New Teacher Education Program at University of Windsor: Concurrent Communication, Media and Film and Education
Conquering Teen Anxiety at MacGregor Public School in Waterloo, Thursday Feb. 22nd, 6-8pm
Free Event for Parents, Caregivers and Students
Gr. 10 students and their families are invited to visit the U of W to learn about programs of study.
Cops and Youth – Program for Youth every Tuesday evening from September 2018 to November 2018
Learn about what police officers do in the community AND earn your 40 hours Community Service!
Woolwich Youth Centre: Homework Club Poster
Security (Must be over 18)
Discover Vet School at University of Guelph – January 13th or March 3rd
Register for one or both days to learn more!
Pre-Med and Pre-Veterinarian Programs at Trent: Guaranteed Admission to Medical or Veterinary school (outside Canada) from Medical or Veterinary Pathway program at Trent. (Must meet in-course and other requirements in order to qualify.)
Apprenticeship Careers at Linamar in Guelph! Apply online at Linamar’s website for Apprenticeship opportunities in Electrical, Machining, and Millwright. Apply by Jan. 24, 2018. Use the job numbers below for the appropriate posting number.
#7644BR “OSS Graduate 2018 Apprentice – Electrical”
#7643BR “OSS Graduate 2018 Apprentice – Machinist”
#7642BR “OSS Graduate 2018 Apprentice – Millwright”
Volunteer to wrap gifts at Conestoga Mall tonight!
Physics Summer Program for High School Students at Perimeter Institute – Apply by March 29th, 2018
Are you thinking about Working and Traveling Overseas? If you are a Canadian between 18 and 35, International Experience Canada can help you get a work permit in over 30 countries and territories.
Volunteer Opportunity – Wonders of Winter at Waterloo Park
December Volunteer Dates 2nd, 8th, 9th, 15th, 16th, 23rd, 29th, 30th, 31st
Volunteers Dress as Santa’s helper (costume supplied) – walking around asking for donations, encouraging people to attend the play
If interested in this volunteer opportunity, contact Rob Dawson at 519-584-5374 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Shad Valley Applications are due by November 20th: Intended for exceptional students to experience a month-long summer program to help recognize their capabilities and envision their extraordinary potential as tomorrow’s leaders and change makers. Each year, SHAD provides the opportunity for 900 students from across Canada and internationally.
NOTE: There is no charge for students returning for a 5th year at EDSS. Students need 30 credits to graduate, but they may take up to 34 credits. There are many students who return for a full semester at EDSS after Gr. 12.
Grad Parent Night! Parents of Gr. 12 students are invited to attend an information session on Thursday October 5th at 6:30 PM in the EDSS Library. Requirements for Apprenticeship, Workplace, College and University pathways will be outlined by Guidance staff along with ways to help finance education costs.
Go ENG Girl for Girls in Gr. 7, 8, 9, and 10: Explore the exciting field of Engineering
LORAN Scholarship Applications: Are you a well-rounded Gr. 12 student with extensive community volunteer experience, student leadership experience at school, and have a great academic record? Scholarships of $100,000 will be awarded to qualified applicants. You must see your Guidance Counsellor as soon as possible if you wish to apply.
Horatio Alger Scholarship: If you have critical financial need and are planning on pursuing a degree after high school, you may qualify for this scholarship. Talk to your Guidance Counsellor if you wish to apply for this scholarship. October 25th Deadline.
Save the dates!
September 22-24 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, 10am to 5pm daily. Register in advance for a mobile app to easily scan information from your preferred schools.
Ontario College Fair: October 24 5-9pm, Oct. 25 9am-2pm
Where: Enercare Centre Toronto, Exhibition Place
Attend the fair to find out about:
Can’t make it to the Ontario college Fair? Conestoga College is hosting the Regional College Fair where you will be able to meet representatives from many other Ontario Colleges on October 17.
October 18th University and College Fair at SJAM! Any students and parents interested in visiting college/university representatives is welcome at SJAM from 4:30-6:30. We would encourage Gr. 10 and 11 students to attend as well.
Energy Conservation Student Summer Job with Waterloo Region District School Board: Apply by May 18th!
Job Fair for long-term work: If you are entering the workplace after graduation, check out this opportunity!
UPDATED Scholarships and Bursaries
Some Scholarships and Bursaries are Specific to EDSS Students. Check out the options to help fund your education.
May 7th at Roy Thomson Hall
Help needed with Registration, Set-up, Guides, T-Shirt Distribution, Water and Snack Distribution
7am-1pm Sunday June 11th, Waterloo Park
Contact Renee at email@example.com to volunteer!
Volunteer Opportunity in Community – Tree Planting, Clean-up Day April 2017 Healthy Communities for Observer
Special Needs in Higher Education – Free for Parents/Guardians, Educators and Students
Sat. April 29 at Wilfrid Laurier University (Hosted by KidsAbility)
Students with Special Needs –“From High School to Higher Learning”. The focus is on preparing students with special needs and their families to transition from high school to post-secondary education. Registration is open and there is no cost to attend.
Topics will include:
Academic Supports – What are they and why are they necessary?
Campus Life – How accessible are our campuses?
Preparing for Post-Secondary – A panel discussion including recent graduates with special needs
For Girls interested in Engineering
Overnight event April 28-30 at U of Waterloo campus
Variety of workshops, Guest speakers and challenges
$200 Cost – includes all accommodations, food and programming
Careers Exploration Event for WRDSB Students Grades 7-12 and Parents/Guardians
Explore Your Future event on April 12, 2017, 6:00 – 9:00pm
Bingemans Conference Centre – Ballroom
Hosted by The Business and Education Partner
The event format will be 1) an exhibition area with employers, community organizations, and education/training representatives; 2) informative breakout sessions for youth and parents/guardians.
This is an opportunity for youth and parents to talk with local employers about future career options; talk with community organizations about services/programs available to prepare youth for their careers; and talk with education/training institutions about their programs. The vision for this event is to provide youth with information and resources that they can use to make their career decisions, and to provide youth and parents with a springboard to continue to career exploration conversation at home or school.
Jill of All Trades: Exciting Trades Day at Conestoga College in Kitchener for High School Girls
Try Hands-on experience in many different trade areas and meet women who have made a career in the trades
Jill_Trades_Flyer_2017 See your Guidance Counsellor for Application forms
Women in Skilled Trades: If you are 16, have your high school diploma, and want to try Carpentry apply for this FREE program at Conestoga College starting in September
Women in Skilled Trades General Carpenter_Flyer See your Guidance Counsellor for more information
Aboriginal Students in Skilled Trades – Apply by April 7th
If you are graduating high school this June and plan to attend a Health Sciences program in fall, you may be eligible for this scholarship. Apply by June 10, 2017.
Part-time Job Opportunity with Local Company: 9-10 hours/week
NEW BURSARY FOR EDSS: Female Students with Financial Need applying to a 4-year degree program in Science (including Nursing), Engineering, or Business
Updated Scholarship List
Supporting Trans Students Webinars
Enter the contest to share your idea of a great food or process and have the chance to win $2000!
$2000 Libro Student Awards Applications are now open. 31 Awards available!
Discovering Digital Media Days – Waterloo Stratford Campus
Fentanyl and Other Drugs – Information Session for Caregivers and Parents March 21st
Tech Day for Gr. 9 Girls at U of W Mathematics March 4-5!
Scholarship Deadline Approaching: Kitchener Sports Association$1,500.
New Scholarship Opportunity: Oratorical Competition sponsored by the Optimist Club of St. Jacobs
Application/Speech Submission Deadline: April 7th
Thursday, March 23, 2017 from 9:00 am – noon.
The conference brings together like-minded young women who have a strong interest in pursuing science as a career path and are currently enrolled in high school.
The conference is designed to provide female high school students with opportunity to interact with STEM professionals through keynotes, panel discussions, and mentoring.
Registration Form Complete and return by March 8 to email address on registration form.
Ideal Candidates are:
Application Deadline: Thursday March 23rd, 2017
New Mental Health Resource for Teens:
Resources Around Me Type in your Town/City to find Youth Resources in any area of Ontario
Are you interested in Photography, Videos or Smart Technology? University of Waterloo’s Stratford Campus is hosting Digital Media Days for students in Gr. 11 and 12.
FREE Pre-Apprentice Programs at Conestoga College
Night School Semester 2 – Blended Online Format
Militia Coop for 2017-18: Students interested in this coop should attend the information session on January 19, 2017.
Are you a leadership-minded student headed to University? Check out this article on Labour Studies Programs at Ontario Universities.
Volunteer Opportunities! If you want to help in the community or need some volunteer hours, read Nov. 21-25 Volunteer Opportunities!
The Career Pathways Program is designed for students who may not have considered higher education for a variety of reasons including but not limited to:
Waterloo Unlimited: March Break opportunity for Grade 11 students interested in the theme of Design.
Ideal candidates are:
LGBTQ Grief and Loss Support Group: Sessions start November 7th Grief Poster 2016
U of Waterloo Stratford: Digital Media Days
Download the Event Waiver if you decide to attend.
Food Science Night at University of Guelph for Gr. 10-12 students and parents. Thursday October 20th.
Rainbow Parenting Sessions at K-W Counselling start on October 20th!
GRADS – PLEASE NOTE CHANGE ON YOUR YELLOW Grad Info Sheet:
University Information Program Nov. 9 is at CAMERON HEIGHTS – not Huron Heights from 7pm-9pm.
Grad Parent Night Presentation: Parents who were not able to make it out to the evening may view the presentations by the Guidance Department.
Grad Parent Night Invitation October 6th. Information for Parents about pathways for Grads: workplace, apprenticeship, college, or university. Guidance Counsellors will be present to answer questions you may have.
McGill University Open House October 30th Please be patient, this page takes a long time to load
Waterloo Aboriginal Education Centre: Areyou an Aboriginal Student in Grade 11-12 looking for amazing new opportunities? Experience the Directions on-campus program at U of Waterloo November 14-17.
Please read the Grad-Info-Sheet carefully so that you are aware of the dates and deadlines related to this year’s grad cycle.
If you are interested in university next year or in the future, plan to attend the Ontario University Fair in Toronto Sept. 23-25. Talk to academic advisors, professors and admissions officers. www.ouf.ca
Scholarship Opportunity: Horatio Alger Canadian Scholarship Program If you are a student graduating in Spring 2017, exhibit a strong commitment to pursue a post-secondary degree, demonstrate critical financial need, and are involved in co-curricular and community activities, apply for this scholarship by October 25.
Study Law, Medicine and Business in the UK: Free information session at Hart House, University of Toronto on October 3rd, 2016. Students and parents interested must register online at ca.edukexhibition.org/
Ontario Science Centre Science School: Take courses at the Ontario Science Centre and earn Grade 12 science and math credits to prepare for university. You must have strong grades, love science, have a desire to learn, and real interest in interacting with people. Apply in spring of Gr. 11 to take Gr. 12 courses for one semester.
Sprout Ideas Camp – FREE for Ontario Students Grades 9-12 Five fun days of changing the world with industry mentors and friends.
Taste your Future: check out this website about careers in the Canadian Food Industry. Butcher, Baker, Food Scientist, and Food Processing are just some of the careers in this industry.
Mon Sheong Foundation Golden Jubilee Award of Excellence Scholarship for students in high school who will be attending university or college in the fall of 2016 or already in a program, can demonstrate financial need, is pursuing study in the field of healthcare, social work, or education, has an average of 80% or higher, and is a Canadian citizen or permanent resident. Golden Jubilee Awards of Excellence Scholarship Application 2
Are you a creative person aged 15+? Ontario College of Art and Design has a summer opportunity for you. In this exciting week long program, you will participate in workshops that explore 2D and 3D design, studio art practices, digital media and art from an Indigenous perspective and examine the many ways creative thinkers are connecting with an ever expanding list of industries and communities.
PRIDE Prom – Free Event Saturday May 7th. Tickets must be reserved in advance.
LGBTQ Family Event: Films suitable for family viewing at the Apollo in Kitchener May 8th
Rainbow Reels: May 5-8 Queer and Trans Film Festival
LGBTQ Positive Spaces: Find supports in your area
OK2BME Supports and Resources for Students and Parents
Volunteer Opportunity for the April 22nd PD Day: Get together with other students to talk about ideas to strengthen neighbourhoods and engage with students who face obstacles.
Legacy Scholarship Program for Students planning to attend post-secondary education Fall 2016:
Automotive – $5000 Bishop’s University – $7000 St. Jerome’s at University of Waterloo – $5000
Must have 70% minimum cumulative average in required courses for post-secondary program.
Must demonstrate financial need.
Have you applied to a Business/Finance Program at a college or university for Fall 2016? Apply for the Dennis Daub Scholarship. Applications due by May 27, 2016.
Students with disabilities or a mental health diagnosis who will attend Conestoga College in fall 2016 are encouraged to register for Discovery Day, PASS or STEPS at Conestoga College. See flyers below for details.
Parenting Skills Workshop for parents of LGBTQ teens. Please see Rainbow Parenting Poster for registration information.
Are you interested in a career in Engineering? Check out the Engineers Canada website for information.
Science Day for girls Gr. 9-12: University of Guelph Ms.Infinity-2016_Poster
CCC – March Break Job Fair 2016 poster March 15th for both Permanent and Seasonal Job Opportunities!
Update your Resume with help from Professionals at Lutherwood’s Ultimate Summer Job Search Boot Camp (2016)
Part 1: Learn skills in Goal setting & Career Exploration, Budgeting, Managing social media, Resume building, Job Search, Interview Skills and On the Job skills
Part 2: Paid 8 week summer job placement!
Internet Safety Presentation coming up at Floradale Public School in early March for Adults Only Internet Safety
Girls Aviation Day at Waterloo-Wellington Airport: March 5th 10am-4pm FREE!!
Are you fascinated by the Human Brain? University of Waterloo Kinesiology Department’s Brain Bee is an opportunity to learn more!
Post Secondary Bursary Available: Have you been involved in hockey as a player/referee/coach for at least three years? You may be eligible for the Ontario Hockey Association Bursary fund for your post secondary program.
University of Waterloo Gr. 10 Family Night Open to any Gr. 10 students interested in attending University of Waterloo.
Enrichment for Gr. 10s – Waterloo Unlimited at University of Waterloo. Application is due in early March.
Go Code Girl at University of Waterloo, Feb. 6, 10am-4pm for girls interested in Computing and Engineering Fields.
Conestoga Day Program March 1st or 2nd for Young Women interested in Trades
Parenting Teenagers: Handling Social Media. Seven ways parents can help 13-year-olds start their social media lives right
Teen Boys: There is a new service at Kids Help Phone developed for Teen Boys. Check it out for information on Relationships and Dating, Fitting In, or Depression.
Grad Newsletter: If you are a Gr. 12 student you should have received a copy of the Grad Newsletter 2015-16
University of Waterloo experience designed for high school students of exceptional potential:
Details, including an easily printable flyer to distribute to students, available here: Waterloo unlimited
Expect an immersive, pre-university experience focused on exploring cutting-edge research discoveries with professors, and the chance to engage with current student researchers. Also included: an introduction to the art and science of reading academic papers.
Canada’s Hiring Projection for 2016 (one person’s opinion)