High School Newsletter - October 17, 2019

Dear Students and Parents,

University & College Applications & Scholarships  

Please be reminded that today, Thursday October 17th at 4:00pm you will have the second of 3 sessions which will help you with your university and college application and scholarships. These sessions are mandatory for grade 12 and optional for grade 11 as there will be no other consultation sessions this school year. Today's session will be with Jordan Singer who is an English teacher but also specializes in the application process.  The last session will be with Jordan Singer and Alina Pinsky, and will take place on Thursday, October 24th at 4:00pm – and will focus on Science and Business Programs.

Please note that even the best of students with top grades find this process very challenging and do not give themselves enough time to do this work properly as they underestimate what is required. Admissions officers (those in charge of accepting students into programs) take into account much more than just marks in making their admission decisions.

University acceptance has become much more difficult and demanding over the last 5 years.  Good grades do not guarantee admission in many programs, and neither do extensive extracurricular activities.

In addition to good grades -- many Universities are demanding much more from applicants. What they ask for can account for a large percentage of a student’s application score. This is not an exaggeration and some Universities say this explicitly on their websites. Often, these “extras” make the difference of being accepted at a University or not.

We are looking forward to seeing you!

Parent – Teacher Interview Day

Please note that on Friday, November 15, parents-teachers interviews will take place (from 9:00am-12:00pm, and from 2:00pm-5:30pm, last parent no later than 5:30pm). This is a great opportunity for parents to come to school and speak with their child’s teacher and get a clear picture of their child’s academic achievements. However, it is not mandatory and you should come only if you have questions or concerns. Please sign up with Mrs. Ariela at the front desk. On this day there will be no classes for high school students.

ISU Week

October 28 to November 1 is ISU Week. During this week no classes will run in school for high school students. However this doesn’t mean that this is a week off studying. You will be given many projects in all your subjects that you will have to complete. Therefore, plan your time carefully and don’t leave all your assignments to the last moment. This time, if used wisely, can help you be successful in your midterm exams.

Halloween Party

Get ready to celebrate with us on October 31 the holiday everyone love – Halloween! We are preparing for the students a fun day with lots of fun activities. So come wearing your costume and let’s party! We will also take pictures of all the students with their costumes.

Absence

We ask parents of full time students to notify the office (by email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone: 905-763-8622 ext. 2) when a student needs to miss a day/class for any reason.  If a student is missing and we didn’t receive any notification we will have to contact the parents. Please help us make the attendance check easier and efficient and notify us on time.

Important Days to Mark on Your Calendar

October 17th at 4:00pm - University Application Session

October 24th at 4:00pm - University Application Session

October 31st – Halloween Party

Please be reminded that the last day of Term 1 is January 31st. Students will receive their report cards for term 1 on February 7th.

The first day of Term 2 is February 3rd, 2020.

Winter Break starts on December 16, and the first day back to school is January 6, 2020.

First Term Final Exams will take place in between January 20 and January 29. Please don’t plan any vacation during this exam period.

Blue Mountain Over Night Trip  – January 30 – 31.

UMCA wishes you all a great weekend!

 


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