Guidance

LAURIER GUIDANCE UPDATES - May 2020

The school is currently closed due to COVID-19

We are currently working from home & are best reached by e-mail.

 

Guidance Counsellors:

Last Names A - G    Ms. J. Kleuskens j.kleuskens@tvdsb.ca 

Last Names H - Mo  Mr. J. Kublinskas  j.kublinskas@tvdsb.ca

Last Names Mu - Z  Mr. B. Schneider  w.schneider@tvdsb.ca

 

Please read over all sections as it may help answer your questions.

Things are constantly changing and we will do our best to keep this updated.

 

Office Hours during COVID-19:   e-mail your counsellor at the above e-mail address.  Counsellors are viewing emails regularly and will be replying during regular working hours.  If you would like “real time” communication, our office hours are Tuesday and Thursday from 11A.M. - 2P.M.  If you would like a phone call response, please indicate in your e-mail with the appropriate phone number.

 

Stay Connected to Laurier

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/laurierss/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/LaurierSS

Instagram: https://instagram.com/laurierrams

Radio Rams online:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=91w7pdfXsLU&t=74s

 

Frequently Asked Questions:

Below is a link to a resource created by the Thames Valley School Board to answer many of your questions as the school board works through this evolving situation. 

/www.tvdsb.ca/en/our-board/frequently-asked-questions-regarding-school-closures.aspx

Learn at Home with TVDSB: https://www.tvdsb.ca/en/our-board/learn-at-home.aspx

TVDSB COVID19 Updates: https://www.tvdsb.ca/en/our-board/covid-19-information.aspx

 

 

Mental Health Supports

 

If you are experiencing a crisis and require immediate support, please visit your local Hospital Emergency Department or Call 911

Available for all TVDSB students and families:

  • Kids Help Phone: 24/7 national support service offering crisis counselling support, 1-800-668-6868, text 686868, www.kidshelpphone.ca for web chat access
  • Reach Out:  Mental health and addictions crisis support in London, Middlesex, Oxford, and Elgin Counties –  (519)433-2023 or 1-866-933-2023, www.reachout247.ca for web chat access
  • School Mental Health website is a great resource and provides additional links, education, and support for families and students.  They are also working with other strong community partners to support students and families during this difficult time.   https://smho-smso.ca/covid-19/ and https://jack.org/covid
 

General School and Education Information

 

Midterm Marks for Grade 12s:  

OUAC and OCAS will receive your midterm marks for semester 2 between April 23 - May 1st.

 

Full Disclosure/Dropping Course- Gr 11 and 12 Students

The deadline for any senior student wishing to drop a current course is Thursday, May 7, 2020.  Please contact your guidance counsellor with this request via email at the addresses listed above.

Scholarships and Awards

 

Completed applications can be sent to Mr. Kublinskas at j.kublinskas@tvdsb.ca until we have more information. 

Deadline will not be before June 3, 2020. Once a confirmed date is set, we will advise everyone of the new date along with updated guidelines.  This is just for awards associated with TVDSB, please refer to individual scholarships for specific due dates.

 

The Southdale Education fund, is a $1000 fund available to Laurier students each year.  The fund is available to a student living in the Westminster Community, and comes from a single parent home.  This fund is available for College and University bound students. 

Read through this PDF, visit https://www.lcf.on.ca/fundpages/2020/1/22/southdale-education-fund for more information. 

To apply we are asking students complete the TVDSB  STUDENT AWARD application found here.  https://www.tvdsb.ca/en/parents/awards-directory.aspx.

 

New Scholarship https://www.ohf.on.ca/awards/ohf-scholarship

Ontario Hockey Federation Due May 15th.

 

Students in need of Transcripts

 

Students in need of a Transcript should go to the tvdsb website https://www.tvdsb.ca/en/parents/record-requests.aspx?_mid_=421 and fill out the form to request a transcript.  This is the form that all students past and current will use to get transcripts during this time.

 

Laurier Awards Student Profile Worksheet 2019-2020 

 

TVDSB STUDENT AWARDS CHART

 

Scholarship Presentation Spring 2020

 

  TVEF System GRADUATION Awards and Applications related to Laurier S.S

 

SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS

London Congress of Black Women of Canada - Due Friday May 15th 

 

TVDSB AWARD INFO AND APPLICATIONS - Follow this link to TVDSB, Award Application (General/Financial/ General Dynamics/ Emerging Leaders). This link also brings you to the search engine for TVDSB awards associated with Sir Wilfrid Laurier S.S. (just scroll down to find Laurier)

TVDSB General Application link.  https://www.tvdsb.ca/en/our-board/resources/Documents/TVEF/award-application2019.docx      This is the application used for the majority of the awards available to TVDSB students.  Please use the TVDSB search engine to look for Sir Wilfrid Laurier S.S awards

 TVDSB Financial Application link.  https://www.tvdsb.ca/en/our-board/resources/Documents/TVEF/student-financial-information.doc  Students should use this link for any applications asking or referring to financial need for TVDSB awards.  Please use the TVDSB search engine to look for Sir Wilfrid Laurier S.S awards

 GENERAL SCHOLARSHIPS AND AWARD CHART 

HELPFUL WEBSITES

https://yconic.com/?redirect_from=studentawards 

https://www.studentscholarships.org/        

https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/services/student-financial-aid.html

http://www.electronicinfo.ca/  Einfo used for admission and scholarships related to Ontario Universities.

https://www.ontario.ca/page/osap-ontario-student-assistance-program  OSAP Government funding

Reminders to check:

 

Education Supports

Free On-line Tutoring from University of Western Ontario Teacher Candidates:

Make a request for an on-line tutor by visiting the following site.

https://www.edu.uwo.ca/news-events/2020/virtual-tutoring.html

 

Free online math tutoring for Grades 9 and 10 students: https://www.tvomathify.com/students

In addition to the remote learning platforms provided by the Ontario Government, some of the following links may be useful. They were provided by MyBlueprint.

Post Secondary and Graduating Students

Ontario University Application Updates during COVID-19  https://www.ouac.on.ca/news/important-covid-19-update/ 

 

Ontario College Application Updates during COVID-19 https://www.ouac.on.ca/news/important-covid-19-update/

 

Search programs and admission requirements for Ontario Universities  https://www.ontariouniversitiesinfo.ca/

 

Find out more about Ontario's Youth Apprenticeship Program  https://www.ontariouniversitiesinfo.ca/

 

Many schools are providing Virtual tours and Virtual Open houses, along with general updates on their homepages.  

Fanshawe Virtual Open House https://www.fanshawec.ca/about-fanshawe/contact/experience-fanshawe-college-online

Western's Tour Info https://welcome.uwo.ca/visit/tours.html

 

In general students should be checking emails from specific schools they have applied to, and create student accounts for those schools.  Also always use the specific school site you have applied to, to find the most complete/current information, and important contacts for those schools. 

 

New Credit and Education Opportunities

SWAU:   School Within a University, applications are open, use this link to apply and check the requirements 

http://academicsupport.uwo.ca/transition_leadership__enrichment/new_students/school_within_a_university.htm

 
SWAC:  School Within a College.  Information link attached, but need to discuss with Guidance to be considered.  https://www.tvdsb.ca/en/parents/fanshawe-college---london.aspx

 

Dual Credit Update

*Please be advised that TVDSB ‘Do No Harm’ philosophy does not pertain to College courses.  All students who are currently enrolled in Dual Credit programs at either Lambton or Fanshawe College have been contacted directly through email. All programs will continue through online delivery. If students have not been contacted or have questions, please contact Mr. Dave Carnevale at d.carnevale@tvdsb.ca

Summer School

Summer school registration for e-learning will open May 15, 2020. Student/parent should visit the TVDSB website to view course offering and to register https://www.tvdsb.ca/en/programs/new-credit-e-learning.aspx

E-learning:

eLearning for 2020/2021 will start May 1, 2020.

Course Changes for 2020-2021

This process came to an end on March 13th.  Students were provided with a list of their courses for next year in early March and Course Verification Forms were handed in to homerooms before March Break.  Due to the current situation, we will notify students when course changes are possible for next year.

Elearning for 2020-2021

We are currently awaiting more information about e-learning registration for next year.  We will update information as we receive it.  If this is part of your plan for next year it is important to communicate that information with your guidance counsellor, if you have not already done that. The link below shows potential courses offered through elearning.  Remember getting into an Elearning course is never for sure, as the courses options are for all students in Ontario and the classes are capped.

https://prism.elearningstudents.ca

Summer Co-op

Summer co-op is a two credit course, and involves several Saturdays and some online work in the spring leading up to the summer co-op.  The status of this program is unclear at this time.  Please contact your guidance counsellor if you are interested.

Western Initiative for Scholarly Excellence(WISE)

Current Grade 11 students who have a high academic average can apply to take a university half or whole year course at Western University 2020-21, tuition free. While this course cannot be used in students’ admission average, it is an excellent transitional reach ahead activity. There are 100 spots available and are filled based on merit and a first come first serve basis. The application will not open until May but for more information on this program, please visit: http://academicsupport.uwo.ca/transition_leadership__enrichment/scholars/WISE/index.html

 

Volunteer and Employment Opportunities

Pillar non-profit link as a good database for volunteer opportunities https://pillarnonprofit.ca/volunteer

Get ready to explore new career pathways with the Build a Dream "From Home" Edition, on Wednesday, May 27th at 5 PM. Join us from the comfort of your couch as the event will be delivered online. Young women (grades 7-12) and their parents/guardians are invited to learn more about careers in skilled trades, science, technology, engineering, math, emergency services, and entrepreneurship.  Register using this link https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/build-a-dream-from-home-edition-tickets-102107263574

London and Area Virtual Job Fair.  May 12th 2:00 - 6:00 pm.  Free Employment services and options.  Use link to register.

https://londonareaworks.vfairs.com/  Check the CTV link https://london.ctvnews.ca/works for more information.

 

https://workforcedevelopment.ca/  The Workforce Planning and Development Board’s role is to improve coordination of community responses to current labour market issues identified through labour market information.  

 

Volunteer Hours - Update for Graduating Students only

Any student who is graduating this school year and who is short of volunteer hours will not have to complete their hours.  However, in general if there is a way to safely complete hours from home, it is encouraged. For example, see the information below (Connecting with a Senior). The following link connects to the volunteer information on Laurier. https://laurier.tvdsb.ca/en/our-school/guidance.aspx

 

Connecting with a Senior

During this time, we recognize that it is difficult to complete volunteer hours.  If there is something students can do safely from home such as reaching out to a senior (via technology or through letters) to brighten their day, volunteer hours can be allotted.

 

Summer Arts Camp - Volunteers needed

Student volunteers will be paired up and travel with their campers. They rotate through Dance, Drama, Music, Art and Photography. All sessions inside at Pearson PS. The camp runs July 6- 31 and from 9-3. Volunteers are expected to be here from 8:45- 3:15 and will get 30 hours/week.  Email p.baker@tvdsb.ca for more info or to sign up.

 

Ontario Summer Games - Volunteer Opportunities

Ontario’s largest sporting event requires volunteers.  The Ontario Summer Games take place from July 30 - August 2.  Visit the site to review the information and to volunteer:

http://www.london2020.ca/en/volunteer

 

YMCA French Summer Exchange Program provides positions for students who will be 16 or 17 years of age next summer, to work full time in Quebec. This is an excellent opportunity for both core and immersion French students to work full time and improve their French language skills. Deadline to apply is May 30. Visit this link for more info:  http://my.ymcagta.org/netcommunity/page.aspx?pid=536

 

Summer Company! Interested in becoming your own summer boss? Consider applying for a $3 000 government grant to start your own business! Excellent entrepreneurial experience and involves mentorship from the London Small Business Centre. Visit this link for more info:  https://www.ontario.ca/page/start-summer-company-students

Considering the current situation, preference is being given to companies that will offer a virtual platform.

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