Guidance

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We are pleased to welcome you to the Guidance and Career Education webpage. We sincerely hope that this page acts as an informative guide for both students and their families as they navigate their way through the high school experience and beyond.

Guidance is responsible for providing a caring, compassionate environment that is inviting to all who enter. As a Guidance Counsellor/Educator, our role has been organized into three distinct areas: student development, interpersonal development, and career development as it relates to pathway planning. Our Counsellors are equipped to provide on-going academic, social/emotional, and pathway planning supports to the students of St. Mary.

We wish our students years of success here at St. Mary, and encourage them to take an active role as vibrant, positive members in this community and as life-long learners.

Many Blessings,
Mrs. Stanesic 

 

Meet our team

Our Guidance team is here to help you navigate your pathways. Our office is open:

Monday to Friday
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Phone: 905-420-7166
Fax: 905-420-8205

Name

Title

Supporting students with last names beginning with letter

Extension

Mrs. D. Stanesic

Curriculum Chair/Counsellor

 S - Z

x 56023

Ms. M. Cayford

Counsellor

 A - E

x 56021

Mr. J. Cecillon

Counsellor

 F - K 

x 56024

Mrs. L. Foster-Leduc

Counsellor

 L - R

x 56026

Mrs. T. Baglole

Student Success Teacher

 A - Z

x 56036

Ms. S. Knapp

Secretary

 

x 56020

Making a Guidance appointment

Students must make lunchtime appointments to see their Guidance Counsellor either before school, after school, or during their lunch. Students should not be losing classtime to come into Guidance unless it has pre-arranged or the student has been called down by Guidance with his/her teacher's permission. Any extenuating circumstances will be addressed in a timely manner, on a needs basis. 

We welcome you to speak to a guidance counsellor regarding any questions you have about navigating your way through your high school experience and beyond. Making an appointment is easy.

  1. Come in to Guidance before school begins, on your spare (Grade 12 students only), or on your lunch.
  2. Let the guidance secretary know that you would like to speak with your guidance counsellor.
  3. Tell her either your last name or the name of your counsellor.

Things to remember...

  • Appointments are 10 minutes in length;
  • Only students on a spare can book an appointment during their spare. No student should book appointments during class time;
  • Any additional time with a counsellor can be determined between the counsellor and student; and
  • All parents should notify their child's counsellor to book either an appointment by phone or in person.

Thank you for your attention to this matter, and for helping us keep the office running smoothly so that we can continue to do the things we do for you!

 

Important dates (2017-2018)

Below are key dates that you should be aware of:

  • Head Start (Introduction to Grade 9 Program): Monday August 21 - Thursday August 24
  • Ontario University Fair: Friday September 22 - Sunday September 24 (Metro Toronto Convention Centre)
  • Go Global Expo: Saturday September 23 - Sunday September 24 (Ryerson University)
  • Study and Go Abroad Fair: Sunday October 1 (Metro Toronto Convention Centre)
  • St. Mary Post-Secondary Fair: Thursday October 12
  • Parent-Teacher Interviews: Thursday October 19 (6:30 - 9:00 pm)
  • Ontario College Information Fair: Tuesday October 24 - Wednesday October 25 (Enercare Centre, Exhibition Place)
  • Maclean's Student Life Expo: Friday October 28 - Saturday October 29 (Metro Toronto Convention Centre)
  • Take Our Kids to Work Day: Wednesday November 1
  • Associate Elementary Schools Grade 8 visit St. Mary: Wednesday November 1
  • Grade 12 College Application Workshops: Wednesday November 22 - Thursday November 23
  • Grade 12 Apprenticeship Workshop: Thursday November 23
  • Grade 12 University Application Workshops: Wednesday November 15 - Thursday November 16
  • Grade 8 Student-Parent Information Evening: Tuesday January 16
  • Course Selection due: February
  • US Expo: Saturday May 28 (Roy Thompson Hall)
  • Grade 11 University Information Session: May
  • Grade 11 College Information Session: May
  • Ongoing - Continue to check Guidance for employment and volunteer opportunities

 

Register for school

We welcome students of all faiths at our Durham Catholic secondary schools. 

ALL PROSPECTIVE St. Mary students MUST complete a Pre-Admission Package (excluding students from our Associate Elementary Schools who live within the St. Mary boundary). Print off the package using the attached link, complete and submit to Guidance with ALL required documentation. The registration process is ongoing throughout the year, but for September 2017 enrollment, please submit applications by February 17th, 2017 to allow for spring registration meetings with Guidance Counsellors.  

ANY PROSPECTIVE STUDENTS who are NEW to our Board MUST complete the DCDSB Online Student Application IN ADDITION to the Pre-Admission package.

Incoming Grade 8 students may want to visit our Transitioning to High School/Head Start page for a variety of information specific to Grade 9. 

Please call Guidance Secretary (x56020) for further details. 

 

Transcripts

To request an official transcript, please email our Guidance Secretary Shelley.Knapp@dcdsb.ca or call 905-420-7166 x56020. Indicate your full name, date of birth, year you graduated from St. Mary, and contact phone number. Transcripts are $5 per copy (up to a maximum charge of $20). If you will not be the person picking up the transcript, please advise who will be doing so on your behalf. Please allow 1 business day for processing.

 

Timetable changes

For information regarding timetable course request changes, please see our Course Levels and Calendars page.

 

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