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Secondary open houses highlight pathways for exceptional students

The Rainbow District School Board’s Secondary Schools will host Open Houses to highlight Pathways for Exceptional Students throughout November.  Grade 6, 7 and 8 students with special needs and their parents/guardians are invited to attend the session at their community Rainbow secondary school.

“The Open Houses will give parents/guardians and students information that will enable them to make a more informed decision regarding secondary school course options, assistance and programs,” says Margaret Stringer, Principal of Special Education Programs and Services for the Rainbow District School Board. “Early planning will ensure a smooth transition from elementary to secondary school.”

Administration, Special Education and Student Services staff will be available to answer questions. Special Education personnel in elementary schools may also attend the sessions in their respective areas to assist students and their parents/guardians.

Course levels offered in secondary schools will be highlighted at each Open House. “We will assist students and their parents/guardians to determine the most appropriate course level for various learning styles and abilities,” adds Principal Stringer.  “Rainbow secondary schools offer resource support, accommodations and courses such as the  ‘Learning Strategies’ course that may be of interest to students with special needs.”

The various pathways available to students will be explored, with a focus on compulsory courses and optional courses. Participants will receive detailed information about the requirements for an Ontario Secondary School Diploma, a Certificate of Achievement, or a Certificate of Accomplishment.

Schedule of Open Houses – Pathways for Exceptional Students


Chelmsford Valley District Composite School



Monday, November 17, 2008 – 4:30 pm – Library

For students with special needs at Larchwood Public School, Levack Public School and Chelmsford Public School and Intensive Support Program/Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) students from Chelmsford Public School, C.R. Judd Public School, Larchwood Public School, Levack Public School and Pinecrest Public School


Confederation Secondary School



Wednesday, November 12, 2008 at 7 pm – Amphitheatre

For students with special needs at C.R. Judd Public School, Pinecrest Public School and Valley View Public School and Intensive Support Program/Lifeskills and Intensive Support Program/Transition students from Chelmsford Public School, C.R. Judd Public School, Larchwood Public School, Levack Public School, Pinecrest Public School and Valley View Public School


Espanola High School



Tuesday, November 4, 2008 at 6:30 pm – Room A-1

For students with special needs and students in the Intensive Support Program/Lifeskills, Intensive Support Program/Transition and Intensive Support Program/ASD at A.B. Ellis Public School, Webbwood Public School, S. Geiger Public School, Biidaabin, St. Mary’s School and Sacred Heart


Lasalle Secondary School



Thursday, November 13, 2008 at 4 pm – Library

For students with special needs at Carl A. Nesbitt Public School, Northeastern Elementary School, Churchill Public School, Markstay Public School, Wanup Public School and Monetville Public School and Intensive Support Program/ASD/Lifeskills and Intensive Support Program/Transition students from Adamsdale Public School, Churchill Public School, Markstay Public School and Northeastern Elementary School


Lively District Secondary School



Thursday, November 20, 2008 at 7 pm – Library

For students with special needs at Jessie Hamilton Public School, R.H. Murray Public School and George Vanier Public School and Intensive Support Program/Transition students from Jessie Hamilton Public School, Levack Public School, R.H. Murray Public School and George Vanier Public School


Lockerby Composite School



Monday, November 24, 2008 at 7 pm – Lab 2000

For students with special needs at MacLeod Public School, Wembley Public School, R.L. Beattie Public School, Alexander Public School and Copper Cliff Public School


Lo-Ellen Park Secondary School



Tuesday, November 25, 2008 at 4 pm  – Room 244

For students with special needs at R.L. Beattie Public School, Copper Cliff Public School, George Vanier Public School, MacLeod Public School, Monetville Public School, Wanup Public School, Algonquin Public School and Alexander Public School as well as Intensive Support Program/Lifeskills, Intensive Support Program/Transition and Intensive Support Program/ASD students from Copper Cliff Public School, George Vanier Public School, Jessie Hamilton Public School, MacLeod Public School, R.H. Murray Public School and Wembley Public School


Manitoulin Secondary School



Wednesday, November 19, 2008 at 6:30 pm – Room C3/C5

For students with special needs and Intensive Support Program/Lifeskills and Intensive Support Program/Transition students at Little Current Public School, Assiginack Public School, Charles C. McLean Public School, Central Manitoulin Public School, Lakeview and Pontiac


Sudbury Secondary School



Monday, November 10, 2008 at 5 pm – Library

For students with special needs at Lansdowne Public School and Wembley Public School as well as Intensive Support Program/Lifeskills, Intensive Support Program/Transition and Intensive Support Program/ASD students from Lansdowne Public School, Markstay Public School and Wembley Public School

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Media Contact:

Margaret Stringer, Principal of Special Education Programs and Services,

Rainbow District School Board, 705-523-3308, ext. 8201.