Information by Grade

Grade 9

On Take Our Kids to Work Day, students will experience a day in the life of a professional within a workplace. The event provides students with the opportunity to explore career options and navigate their interests in a fun and engaging way. This allows students to explore the world of work, better preparing them to make informed educational decisions about their future.

Students who visit a workplace on Take Our Kids to Work Day, will learn about a range of career possibilities available within a specific industry or sector. This is a valuable experience for students, as it will provide them with the tools they need to get a jump start on career planning!

What can students expect on Take Our Kids to Work Day? 

  • Students can expect to participate in a range of activities that will vary depending on the workplace they visit.
  • Students will have the opportunity to learn from different professionals about the various career options.
  • Students can expect their workplace host to take them on a tour of the workspace.
  • Students will be able to ask their workplace host questions about their role, field, sector, or questions relating to the organization as a whole.
  • Students can expect to leave the workplace they visit with knowledge of today’s workforce.

How can students prepare for Take Our Kids to Work Day?

  • Decide who you might want to go to work with and make arrangements with them (eg. a parent, cousin, family friend, or community host).
  • Let your teacher know if you don’t have a parent/relative/friend of the family to go to work with (you can also contact tokw@thelearningpartnership.ca if you have trouble finding a workplace to visit).
  • Have your parent/guardian sign the permission form and return it to school (link to permission form).
  • Brainstorm some questions to ask at your workplace
  • Ask your workplace host about appropriate attire to wear to work.
  • Get excited to go to work on November 14th!

ARE YOU READY TO GO TO WORK FOR THE DAY?

Take Our Kids to Work Day is a fantastic opportunity for students to learn about different careers through hands-on activities, and make connections with working professionals in various industries and sectors!

Parents and Guardians

Take Our Kids to Work Day provides parents and guardians with the opportunity to engage with their children about their education and make connections to their child’s career goals. The day allows parents and guardians to begin conversations with their children about career options and to come together to explore future career pathways.

Where can my child go for the day?

We encourage parents and guardians to invite their own child to spend a day on the job. If you are unable to host your own child, there are still ways for your child to participate. Here are some suggestions:

  • Ask a relative, neighbour or family friend to host your child at his or her workplace.
  • Contact the school, speak with the principal, career studies or co-op teacher and ask if they can assist you with finding a suitable placement.
  • Ask the parent of another Grade 9 student who is participating, if your child could join them for the day.
  • Contact local businesses, ask if they are hosting students for Take Our Kids to Work, and inquire if someone within their organization would be willing to host your child, providing you make the necessary transportation arrangements.

HELP YOUR CHILD ARRANGE A WORKPLACE VISIT!

On Take Our Kids to Work Day you can either take your child to work with you, send your child to work with a family member or friend, or reach out to a community host!

HELP YOUR CHILD ARRANGE A WORKPLACE VISIT!

On Take Our Kids to Work Day you can either take your child to work with you, send your child to work with a family member or friend, or reach out to a community host!

Grade 10

Grade 10 students and their parents are encouraged to watch the following recorded presentation: Let’s Talk About Pathways! to learn more about selecting the appropriate courses for their Grade 11 year, as they plan their educational journey and career pathway.

Students are encouraged to speak to our Student Services department, should they have any questions about course selections and choosing a pathway.

For more information, please visit: http://studentsuccess.hcdsb.org/

Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT)

The Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT) measures whether or not students are meeting the minimum standard for literacy across all subjects up to the end of Grade 9. Successful completion of the literacy test is one of the requirements to earn an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD). All students across the province write this test on the same date, usually in late March each year.

*Note: Students MUST achieve a 75% or higher on the test to pass. This is a Graduation Requirement for every student’s OSSD (High School Diploma). Results for the OSSLT are given out in early June.

Grade 11

As you move into the senior level of High School, the courses change to fit the potential pathway you are going to explore. The courses you choose will impact your post secondary destination, so we encourage you to make an appointment with your Guidance Counsellor to plan accordingly.

Specialty Programs in Grade 11

Because you have more space in your timetable, Grade 11 is a great time to start to explore programs that may interest you or help you in your future career. See your Guidance Counsellor for further details and application forms for these specialty programs:

Cooperative Education (Co-op)

Cooperative Education programs combine a full-semester, half-day work placement in the community with a school-based classroom component to earn 2 co-op credits.

The classroom component of co-op helps students:

  • Prepare for work placement
  • Make connections regularly throughout the semester, between experiences in the workplace and learning in the subject to which the co-op credit is related
  • Reflect on and analyze their experiences in the workplace

Grade 11 Specialty Programs

There are several opportunities to explore different pathways through the Halton Catholic District School Board. Click here for the Pathway’s website and please contact your Guidance Counsellor for more information.

Grade 12

Grade 12 can be a busy and stressful year for our students, so we are always here to help! Our role is to help each student transition into their post-secondary pathway with ease. We encourage Grade 12 students to stay on top of deadlines throughout the school year and to reach out to staff and our Guidance office with any questions or concerns.

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