Guidance

Guidance is an area where students can receive assistance with educational planning, career goals, personal counselling, or referrals to outside agencies.  Guidance counsellors are teachers with additional expertise in the area of Guidance and Career Education and are trained to help students make informed decisions about their future.

Updates 2020-2021

Course Withdrawal Dates for 2020-2021 Grade 11 and 12 students:

REGULAR SCHOOL YEAR CALENDAR (Secondary)
QUADMESTER     COURSE WITHDRAWAL DATE
Quadmester 1 Wednesday, October 28th
Quadmester 2 Friday, January 15th
Quadmester 3 Tuesday, April 6th
Quadmester 4 Friday, June 11th

For students that withdraw from a Grade 11 or 12 course after the posted deadline or “drop date,” the course will be recorded on their Ontario Student Transcript (OST).

 

Timetable Changes for Quadmester 2

All students are expected to follow their Quadmester 2 timetable.  

If a student has an extenuating circumstance for a course change, students must complete a Timetable Change Request Form approved by a parent or guardian. Timetable Change Request Form.  Level changes, repeated courses, prerequisite issues and pathway changes will be addressed.

Forms will be available as follows:

Grade 12 - Nov. 17

Grade 11 - Nov. 18

Grade 10 - Nov. 19 

Grade 9 - Nov. 20

Forms are available on the Pine Ridge - Guidance website and the Grade level Google Classrooms.  If a change is possible, students will then be contacted to discuss the request.

Google classrooms have been set-up for all grades 9-12.  If a student has not received notification to join their classroom please email anna.agraso@ddsb.ca

Thank you in advance for your patience during this busy time. 

 Post Secondary Information
 

Post-Secondary 2020-2021

 

 

University - Ontario

Application Deadline January 15, 2021

Student Info

OUinfo website

 

 

College – Ontario

Application Deadline February 1, 2021

Ontario Colleges

 

WorldWide College Tours

October 5-9, 2020

WordWide Tours 

 

 Durham College RISE
 

Durham College RISE Banner 

 Durham College RISE Information Image

RISE Email Address

Shauna Moor Email Address 

 Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP)
Ontario has launched applications for the 2020-21 Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) for full-time students. Students can now apply to the OSAP program for the 2020-21 school year for help with their postsecondary education costs.

We encourage you to inform parents, guidance counsellors, Student Success Leads, principals, teachers, communications staff, and others within your networks that the application is now open.

For many students, the loans they receive from OSAP are their first major financial commitment. This year, the OSAP application includes an information module to improve applicants’ understanding of the program, their roles and responsibilities as OSAP recipients and provide some basic financial information. This information will help students build the knowledge and skills needed to make informed financial decisions throughout their lives.

The Ontario government is committed to minimizing the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak on students and to supporting them going forward. With the help of OSAP, students can pursue postsecondary education to get the knowledge and skills they will need to succeed in our highly evolving economy.

Students who have questions about OSAP or the OSAP application can contact the Financial Aid Office at the college or university they are attending, or plan to attend.

 Grade 12's

Grade 12 Exit Survey

Update for Grade 12 students: 

Full Disclosure date is May 6, 2020. Please send an email from your parent/guardian to Pine Ridge or the Guidance department (emails on Guidance website) if you would like to withdraw from a Semester 2 course before the Full Disclosure date. Include the course you are withdrawing from in the email and indicate if you have course materials to return.


Q. What is the timeline for Grade 11 and 12 students to drop courses without penalty?
A. According to Growing Success (page 60), students can withdraw from a Grade 11 or 12 course no more than five instructional days after the first report card is issued in a semestered school, or more than five instructional days after the second report card is issued in a non-semestered school. For the 2019-20 school year, this date has been changed to May 6, 2020.

 

 Students Leaving the DDSB or Graduating
Students Leaving the DDSB or Graduating

When students graduate or leave the DDSB, they might wish to take their Google Drive and/or Microsoft OneDrive files with them. Instructions for migrating those files can be found here: Migrating DDSB Cloud Accounts to Personal Storage.

***Students who are graduating must migrate Google Drive and Microsoft OneDrive files they wish to retain by June 26th, 2020***

 ***Students who are graduating or leaving the DDSB must also be sure to leave their Chromebook and charger at the school***

Grade 8 Students 
 myBlueprint is a comprehensive online education, career/life planning, and digital portfolio tool designed to meet students' learning needs, interests, and aspirations. myBlueprint gives students the opportunity to become an architect of their own future.  As students begin this journey, they should be asking themselves:
  • Who am I?
  • What are my opportunities?
  • Who do I want to become?
  • What is my plan for achieving my goals?

myBlueprint 

 Graduation & Commencement

OSSD Requirement

Potential Graduates have completed:

  • 40 hours of community involvement - Form Available Here
  • Literacy requirement
  • 30 credits by June 19th, 2020, including all compulsory credits

Please ensure that you have your 40 Community Service Hours completed and submitted by May 1st in the year you intend to graduate. Until your hours have been submitted and verified, you will not be eligible to receive your Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD).

 Community Involvement Hours

A minimum of 40 hours of community involvement is required for graduation.  As hours are completed, please submit forms to the Guidance office.

***NEW*** View community involvement hours information 

 Career Planning
View career planning resources 
 Course Selection/Individual Pathway Selection

myBlueprint is a comprehensive online education, career/life planning, and digital portfolio tool designed to meet students' learning needs, interests, and aspirations. myBlueprint gives students the opportunity to become an architect of their own future.  As students begin this journey, they should be asking themselves:

  • Who am I?
  • What are my opportunities?
  • Who do I want to become?
  • What is my plan for achieving my goals?

myBlueprint 

 Awards, Bursaries & Scholarships
View information on awards, bursaries and scholarships 
Summer School

This message is for Pine Ridge students and updates to summer school programs.  

Registration will begin on June 1st for the following 2 programs at summer school.

The first program is for Credit Recovery.

Students that were unsuccessful in a course within the previous 2 years.  

The second program is for upgrading.

Students must have taken the course semester 2 of this year and were successful, but would like to fill in gaps. 

The absolute DEADLINE for registration is June 29 at midnight for Semester 1 and July 13 at midnight for Semester 2. 

All courses are offered through elearning. 

 

Register Here

 
 Transcripts

Transcript orders will be shipped to you at the address provided. If you are picking up the transcript in person, please make an appointment with Guidance. Please make sure you pay for both the transcript and shipping fees when placing your order.  

After you have paid for your order, you MUST email the school at pineridgess@ddsb.ca to provide your full name, contact phone number and complete shipping address.  Otherwise your order will not be processed.  Due to the high volume of requests at certain times of the school year, your order may take up to one week for processing. Click the link below to place your order. 

Please click here to order your transcript