Guidance

Guidance Staff, Remind/Classroom Codes, Tweets and Appointments
  1. Ms. Pleterski, Guidance Administrative Assistant
  2. Ms. Morgan Cook, Department Head and Gr 10 Counsellor (GC: my5h4yy)
  3. Mr. Knowles, Gr 12 Counsellor (GC: m4wc4i7)
  4. Ms. Shosenberg, Gr 11 Counsellor (GC: zirxu2t)
  5. Mr. Howlett, Gr 9 Counsellor, Supervised Alternative Learning (GC: 35biy2o)
  6. Ms. Stone, Co-Operative Education Department
  7. Ms. Batty, Student Success Teacher
  8. Ms. Lough, Student Success Teacher

 

 

View our Guidance Google Classroom Codes

 

guidanceInterview


Guidance Appointments will now be booked online using student’s
cellphone and/or email address.  Students will receive a confirmation text/email at the time of booking and a reminder notification 20 minutes prior to the appointment time. Students will continue to come to the Guidance counter to book the appointment.

 

How a Student Can Add a Cellphone # and/or Email Address to
guidanceInterview to Receive Notifications:

1) Go to  https://bhs-guidance.parentinterview.com

2) Enter your DDSB Student Number (excluding the “S”) and
Date of Birth (YYYY-MM-DD) as the password, then click "Sign In" (you must have the “-“ between the YYYY-MM-DD of the password).

3) You will be prompted to enter an email address, cellphone # (optional) and make a new password

OR

Come to the guidance office and ask the guidance secretary to add your information to the system. Thanks

Grade 8

Counsellor: Mr. Knowles

To ease the transition from Grade 8 to 9, our Guidance Counsellors will visit our family of schools and classes in mid to late January. For school year 2020-21, we will have to make adjustments, making virtual visits in early February when we hope Grade 8 students return to in-person learning. Our family of schools include Blair Ridge PS, Brooklin Village PS, Chris Hadfield PS, and Winchester PS.

Our Grade 8 Information Night for parents is Thursday, February 4, 2021. We usually host at Brooklin High School, 7:00 pm in the Cafetorium, but this year we will have to host a virtual event. To access our virtual Gr 8 Parent Information Night, parents will need to register using this link:

Gr 8 Parent Information Night Registration

We will post the presentation below using the button, after Thursday, February 4, 2021.

Gr 8 Parent Info Night Presentation

Grade 8 Virtual Tour: Usually, Grade 8 students tour Brooklin High School mid to late May of 2021. We now know this in-person tour, unfortunately, can not happen so we have put together a virtual tour.

Grade 8 Virtual Tour

 

Grade 8 Guidance Google Classroom: Join this classroom for a summary of information to help with the transition from Grade 8 to 9. 

Grade 8 Guidance Google Classroom

 

This Choosing My Success overview document is a helpful resource for students and parents to assist them selecting courses for Grade 9. This Choosing My Success Student Transition Guide has more detail regarding moving from Grade 8 to 9. 

 

 

Grade 9 

Counsellor Mr. Howlett

  • The annual Grade 9 Take Our Student to Work Day is Wednesday November 4, 2020. See the Gr 9 Take Our Students To Work Day Family Guide for more information and permission form. 
    • All of our Grade 9 students participate in this unique work experience.
    • Permission Forms will be sent to Gr 9 Homerooms shortly and are due to homeroom teachers by Friday October, 30, 2020.
    • Many, many organizations and workplaces have programs already in place to support the Gr 9 Take Our Students To Work program.
    • If students are unable to accompany parents to work for the day, then encourage students to participate in this important work experience with family friends, neighbours, and/or community members.
    • For more information and resources see The Learning Partnership website and the section for Parents/Guardians
  • Gr 9 Only Day Orientation was originally scheduled for  Tuesday September 8, 2020 and the parent presentation is posted. We had to cancel due to public health concerns and will do our best to orient our new Grade 9 students.
  • Gr 9 EQAO Assessment of Mathematics takes place near the end of the semester students take Grade 9 Mathematics, either at the Applied or the Academic Level. 
Grade 10
  • Counsellor Ms. Morgan Cook

For 2020-21, the Durham District School Board has decided not to administer the volunteer pilot and online Ontario Secondary School Field Test.

Historically and generally speaking, the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT) is an online Test and there will be an opportunity for students to write in the Spring. Next school year we anticipate the possibility of a Fall and Spring administration of the OSSLT. More information will follow once we receive updates from the Ministry of Education and the Durham District School Board.

It is very important that all students who are writing attend on the day scheduled, as the OSSLT is a graduation requirement.

Our students will be well prepared as all students will have the opportunity to practice and receive feedback. For further practice visit EQAO. It is important for students to practice with the technology tools in the new format and online platform.

We wish our students who are writing the OSSLT, the very best of luck!

The information below is how, historically speaking, the OSSLT Day is organized:

On this important day regular school bussing schedules are maintained. There is no cafeteria services but a snack will be provided between the two 1.5 hour booklets.

We will solidify the schedule for the day as it approaches but historically the OSSLT schedule is posted here:

8:20 am

Students proceed to test rooms

8:30 am to 10:05 am

Students admitted to test rooms, tests distributed and instructions are read

Booklet 1 of the OSSLT

10:05 to 10:20 am

Break (refreshments provided)

10:20 – 11:35 am

Booklet 2 of the OSSLT

11:35 – 11:45 am

Time for questionnaire

11:45 am

Dismissal

Note 1: Identified students receive​ accommodations and extra time as per their Individual Education Plan.

Note 2: Regular school bus transportation is provided. There are no changes to bus schedules.

Note 3: Students and parents are encouraged to read the OSSLT 2019 Parent Letter that will be sent home via automated call and email; find here a link to the letter from last school year for your reference.  OSSLT 2019 Parent Letter.pdf

Grade 11
  • Counsellor Ms. Shosenberg
  • This Refining my Pathway document is a very helpful resource for Grade 11 students and parents to help them choose appropriate courses. 
Grade 12 
  • Counsellor Mr. Knowles
  • Grade 12 Parent Information Night was cancelled due to COVID-19 protocols but we plan on posting the presentation, virtually, with a screen recording.
  • Here is a list of important dates for Grade 12 students and parents to note and schedule. It includes timelines and important graduation reminders.
  • Ontario Universities Application Centre is an application centre that facilitates Ontario University applications. Ontario Universities' Info is a comprehensive website that list all Ontario University programs and requirements. This resource is a must for university bound students!
  • Ontario College Application Centre has a comprehensive website at Ontario Colleges and it contains instructions on how to apply, listing of programs and requirements, deadlines and financial information, plus more. 
  • At Ontario Transfer you can learn about transferring courses, credits and programs among Colleges and Universities. This resource and website is useful for secondary students planning post secondary destinations and for current College students.
  • This Refining my Pathway document is a very helpful resource for Grade 12 students and parents to help them choose appropriate post secondary destinations.
  • The Designing my Future document is a planning resource for students and families heading to apprenticeship pathways, and/or college and university programs. 
  • Bears Grad Breakfast is scheduled for Thursday May 27, 2021, Period 1. This is a student celebration, usually in our Brooklin HS Cafetorium. Unfortunately, this in-person event has been cancelled due to COVID-19 Public Health protocols.
  • Bears Prom is scheduled for Thursday, June 24, 2021 at the Ajax Convention Centre. More information will become available as the date approaches. Unfortunately, this in-person event has been cancelled due to COVID-19 Public Health protocols.
  • Bears Graduation Ceremony is scheduled for Tuesday, June 29, 2021 at 1:00 pm at the Iroquois Park Sports Complex, Pad 1. Unfortunately, this event has now been postponed, due to COVID-19 Public Health protocols. Currently, we are exploring the ability to have a Spring Drive-Thru Hybrid Graduation with virtual ceremonies and an in-person curbside pick-up. Watch our website for updates and news regarding Grad 2021.
  • Grad Destination Survey will be completed in mid to late June by Graduates of 2021 outlining their final post secondary plans. We will post a link to the survey as the date approaches and it becomes available. 
  • Grad Legacy Quote Survey is completed near the end of June before the end of the school year. We have the Grad Class vote on three or four quotes that the staff feel represent the Grad Class. The Legacy Quote is posted in the Forum. More information will become available as the date approaches.
  • Grad Photos are taken by Edge Imaging, but are no longer scheduled from Monday November 30, 2020 to Friday December 11, 2020. We had to adjust due to COVID-19 and Public Health Protocols. Grad Photos are now in-studio at Edge Imaging. Grad Photos are by appointment. Go to https://edge-imaging.wishpond.com/popup/, use code kbi, and book your grad photo sitting appointment. Sitting fee must be paid before photos are taken. All Grade 12 students must have photo taken for graduation composite photograph that proudly hangs in the Forum, underneath the Grade 8 Class Photo! We will email families in March, who have not had their Grad Photo taken so they can be represented on the Grad composite photo.
 Course Changes

Course Requests must be requested using the Course Change Request Form located in your guidance counsellor’s individual Google Classroom.  No requests will be considered via email or Remind.

 

Course changes are not guaranteed and are dependent on availability and cohort assignments.  We cannot guarantee the order/placement of courses.


ALL COURSE CHANGE REQUESTS MUST INCLUDE PARENT/GUARDIAN PERMISSION. Permission is in the form of your parent/guardian's digital signature which is required for the request to be considered. No course changes are made unless a Parent/Guardian has signed the form.


You will be notified of the status of your Course Change Request via your Grade Counsellor's REMIND. You must be on the Remind to receive notification of the timetable change.

 

Be sure to attend your classes based on your current student timetable.

Please note: Until the student timetable change has officially been made to your schedule and you have received confirmation from your Guidance Counsellor, you are to remain in the current class. 

 Course Selection

1. Course Selection, for the following school year, always takes place in February.

2. Grade Assemblies for course selection take place early February. For 2020-21 assemblies were delivered through a virtual presentation during the week of February 8th. Presentations are also available on grade specific Guidance Google Classrooms.

3. Students choose courses on line using My Blueprint.

4. My Blueprint offers an internet-based tool for education, career and life planning, which guides students in developing their Individual Pathway Plan. It includes several activities to help students explore their skills and interests, possible careers, various opportunities, and diverse pathways. 

5. The Course Selection deadline is Friday, March 5, 2021. Course selection presentations, instructions and procedures, are posted above. 

6. Course Lists and charts provide an overview and list of all the courses we offer at Brooklin High School.

7. A good reference point is always the Course Calendar; access the Course Calendar for 2021.22 using the button below.

BHS Course Calendar

 

Here is a video to assist students with the course selection process in myBlueprint.

Here is the step by step instruction sheet to submit courses on myBlueprint.

Course Selection Application Forms

If you are submitting your course selection with a course requesting a separate application, then be sure to complete the extra Google Form. If you are applying for a course that requires a separate application to be completed via Google Form, then please find links to those documents posted in each Guidance Google Classroom, by Grade. Some of these courses include Co-operative Education, Peer Tutoring, Yearbook and Leadership courses. 

 

 Community Involvement Hours

Students need 40 Hours of Community Involvement to graduate with an Ontario Secondary School Diploma. Grade 8 students can start earning community involvement hours the summer between Gr 8 and 9. As a rule of thumb, if students earn 10 hours per grade, then they will graduate with the requirement. Students record their community involvement hours on a record card, getting their sponsor signature, verifying the completion of the hours. Find below at the end of this page, links to the Community Involvement Record Cards. 

For additional resources:

1. The Durham District School Board has a page on their website highlighting Community Involvement Hours, as well.

2. The United Way Durham Region hosts a website and Volunteer Database, page highlighting varied opportunities for community service. 

3. The Ministry of Children, Community, and Social Services also has a website, highlighting Youth Opportunities, for volunteering across the Province of Ontario. 

Please note: For the 2020-21 school year: The Ministry of Education is revising the 40-hour community involvement graduation requirement so that students will not be adversely impacted by the ongoing challenges related to COVID-19. REMINDER: For students graduating in the 2020-21 school year, the community involvement graduation requirement will be reduced to a minimum of 20 hours of community involvement activities. This recognizes that graduating students have had barriers to earning their community involvement hours last school year and there may be continued barriers this school year. In addition, the Ministry is providing increased flexibility in how all secondary students can earn hours in 2020-21, as follows:

  • At the principal’s discretion, schools may waive the restrictions that do not allow students to earn hours during the time allotted for the instructional program on a school day, or duties normally performed in the home (e.g., walking a younger child to and from school, helping younger siblings with school work). Brooklin HS has waived these restrictions, as long as we are able to do so, based on Ministry of Education direction.
  • Students aged 14 years and older can count up to a maximum of 10 hours from paid employment towards their earned hours at the discretion of the principal. Students counting paid employment towards their graduation requirement will be required to complete a reflection exercise indicating how their work contributed to the service for others. This option is available to any Grades 9-12 students who are over 14 years old. A NEW Activity Record has been created for students to log a maximum of 10 hours of “Employment-Based Community Involvement” that includes a NEW Reflection exercise as required by the Ministry of Education.
  • Both this new Activity Record for Employment-Based Community Involvement and the Standard form have been made available to secondary schools in a fillable PDF format.

Community Involvement Record Card

Fillable Community Involvement Record Card

Fillable Employment Based Involvement Record Card

 Curriculum

Career Studies (GLC 2O1) is a Grade 10 open level required course.

Peer Tutoring is a senior level course for student leaders. There is an application process to be selected to the Peer Tutoring program. 

Co-Operative Education (CWE 2O9) is a two credit work experience program where students actively participate in the workplace. See the link to our Co-Operative Education website under Departments > Co-Operative Education.

 

eLearning 
For eLearning inquires contact your Guidance Counsellor.
Boundary Map
To register at Brooklin High School students must be living in our geographical catchment area. Our boundary map outlines the Brooklin High School catchment area. For more information please contact school administration.
 Registration

Please find below the registration timelines and procedures for next school year, 2021-22. Note: due to COVID-19 and public health protocols, registration procedures are new and all virtual.

We will be entering our 7th school year in 2021-2022 at Brooklin High School!

For Grade 8 students at our Family of Schools (Blair Ridge PS, Brooklin Village PS, Chris Hadfield PS and Winchester PS) we will visit students, virtually, at their schools in February. The internal registration and course selection process starts with these visits and Guidance Counsellors will be instructing Grade 8 students on how to complete online course selection.

For Grade 8 students living in the Brooklin community and in our boundary but not currently in our above listed Family of Schools, view the slide presentation and information below for next steps and online registration.

Note our Grade 8 Information Night for parents is Thursday February 4, 2021 at 7:00 pm and is virtual via Zoom Webinar. To register to attend the Zoom Webinar, use the following link: 

Grade 8 Parent Information Night Registration

For more specific information for Grade 8 to 9 registration click the button below.

Grade 8 to 9 Registration Information

For current Brooklin HS students in Grade 9, 10, 11 or 12 we will begin internal Course Selection procedures in February with virtual course selection assemblies the week of February 8th. 

For Grade 9, 10, and 11 students living in the Brooklin community and in our boundary, but not currently attending Brooklin HS, contact our Guidance Department to inquire about registration. Check in with our Guidance Department for required documentation for online registration, after our Internal Registration is complete. 

Finally, please note Friday, March 5, 2021 is our Course Selection Deadline for all students. Anyone registered after this deadline will not be considered on an equal basis for student timetable and programming availability. Registration after February will take place once the school timetable is solidified.

Feel free to contact our Guidance Department for further inquiries.

Scholarships 

The Brooklin High School Guidance Department has prepared this document and summary, BHS Scholarship Presentation, outlining scholarships and bursaries. A great place to start! 

For general information on scholarships please read this BHS 2020-21 Scholarship Information sheet for Grade 12 students. This sheet also has some good links for scholarship research.

The BHS Scholarship Form is to be completed by all grade 12 students who would like to be considered for Scholarship Nominations. The information provided will be used by the Guidance Department to determine who should be chosen for scholarships that require a school nomination. It is imperative that students notify Guidance of the specific scholarships they are interested in pursuing. This information will also be used in consideration for Commencement
Awards.

We have compiled a list of Ontario University Scholarships for your information, too. We will send out via the Gr 12 Remind messaging system. 

See your Guidance Counsellor for more information regarding Scholarships, Awards and Bursaries. 

 Specialist High Skills Major Programs

 At Brooklin High School we have three (3) Specialist High Skills Major Programs (SHSM). 

  1. Agriculture
  2. Environment
  3. Sports