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Parents/guardians and students in Grades 7 and 8 are invited to Finding your Way from 8 to 9 on November 18th

Parents/guardians and students in Grades 7 and 8 are invited to an interactive information session designed to help students make key decisions in the transition from elementary school to secondary school. All students are welcome to participate along with their parents/guardians, regardless of which elementary school they currently attend.

Rainbow District School Board will present Making the Transition: Finding Your Way from 8 to 9 on Tuesday, November 18, 2014 from 7 pm to 8:30 pm in the Student Centre at Cambrian College, 1400 Barrydowne Road. There will be free parking on site in Lot # 15 next to the Student Centre.

"Making the transition from elementary to secondary school is a big step in a young person’s life," said Norm Blaseg, Director of Education for Rainbow District School Board. "We encourage students and parents/guardians to take advantage of this opportunity to find out about secondary school programs and school life. We are here to help students make informed decisions about their future and ensure student success."

This free information session will focus on the changes, challenges and choices students face as they enter high school. A number of topics will be explored, including how to read timetables, how to choose courses and programs, how to ease into a new school environment, what resources are available, skills students need to be successful, and helpful tips. Information will be provided for all pathways – independent living, work, apprenticeship, college and university. In addition to a presentation, those who attend will be able to tour booths, talk to staff about programs such as Co-operative Education, and pick up a copy of the Rainbow District School Board’s Transition Guide for Students and Parents.

"It’s important that students take the time to explore all of their options," said Director Blaseg. "Guidance staff will be on hand to answer any questions students and parents/guardians may have. We certainly encourage everyone to take advantage of this opportunity to talk to school staff about the exciting opportunities that await students in Grade 9."

The Transition Evening is being supported by the Rainbow District School Board Parent Involvement Committee with funding from the Ministry of Education Parent Engagement Office.