Grade 8-9 Information
Welcome Grade 8s and families!
There are lots of opportunities for grade 8 students to meet the staff and students of GDHS as they prepare their course choices for grade 9. There are lots of events throughout the year to help prepare students for their transition to high school.
Key Transition Dates 2020-2021
October: Accelerated Learning Program and International Baccaulaureatte Information Evening - Date TBD
November: Gr 8 Parent Information Evening - Date TBD
Late November/Early December 2020: Guidance Counsellors visit Gr 8 feeder schools for Course Selection Presentations - Specific dates TBD
Before Holiday Break December 2020: Course selection worksheets due to home room grade 8 teachers
Early January 2021: Grade 8s input course choices into www.myblueprint.ca/halton
Spring 2021: GDHS student leaders visit all feeder schools for Transitioning to High School Presentations
August/September 2021: Grade 9 Orientation for all incoming grade 9s
Course selection materials for gr 9 courses
Course descriptions for every grade 9 course and specialized program information for Locally Developed, French Immersion, Gifted, and ALP programs
This slideshow is presented at the Gr 8 Parent Night and Open House at GDHS in November
Guidance counsellors present this slideshow to gr 8 classes in late November to prepare students for grade 9 course selection
Choosing the right classes for me
Supporting the transition to High School
Link Crew Leaders
ll grade 9 students receive a Link Leader as a senior mentor in the school. These leaders help our grade 9 students as they transition to high school. They are positive role models and enhance our school spirit by helping to implement a year-long program that integrates new students into our school's community.
Link Leaders organize Gr 9 Orientation Day, which typically occurs on the Thursday before Labour Day. The 2020 Digital Orientation Program is still to be determined.