154 College Street

Sudbury ON,

P3C 4Y2




The Ministry of Education has a team of researchers who are engaging with students, parents/guardians and families, teaching and non-teaching staff, Indigenous communities, organizations and partners, and school boards to gather feedback and input to inform the development of the Third Progress Report on the implementation of the First Nations, Métis and Inuit Education Policy Framework.


We invite you to visit the Rainbow District School Board's website to access the survey and provide your feedback.  The survey link will be open until June 23, 2017.




Lesleigh Dye

Superintendent of Schools

Rainbow District School Board



Rainbow District School Board is pleased to be hosting Niigaan Sinclair for a keynote presentation entitled:


Truth and Reconciliation:  We All Play a Role


We are extending an invitation to all of our families to attend Niigaan’s presentation.


Date:   Thursday, February 9, 2017

Location:   Sudbury Secondary Auditorium

Time:   6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.


*Secondary School students will be available in the library to provide childcare support if needed.  Light snacks and activities will be offered.


Video Link:  Espanola High School


Niigaanwewidam James Sinclair is Anishinaabe (St. Peter's/Little Peguis) and an Associate Professor at the University of Manitoba. He is an award-winning writer, editor and activist who was named one of Monocle Magazine's "Canada's Top 20 Most Influential People" and one of the CBC Manitoba's "Top Forty Under Forty." He is a regular commentator on Indigenous issues on CTV, CBC, and APTN, and his written work can be found in the pages of newspapers like The Guardian and online with CBC Books: Canada Writes. His first book on Anishinaabeg literary traditions will be coming out with the University of Minnesota Press in 2017.



EXAM SCHEDULE - Thurs Jan 26 to Tues Jan 31



The cancelled exam will be rescheduled at the end of the schedule i.e. Wed February 1 at 8:45am


*Instructions for Students*

 Exams occur outside of class during the exam schedule.  Please locate your exam time and room from this schedule.


  • Students in Grade 9 and 10 may receive exam recommendations which exempt them from writing the exam.
  • All non-exempt Grade 9 and 10 students and all Grade 11 and 12 students must write a scheduled final exam.
  • Any student who is absent from an exam will receive a 0 grade unless prior arrangements have been made with an Administrator and a verified Dr. medical note is received.
  • Buses arrive and depart at the usual time.
  • Hats, book bags, jackets, notebooks, textbooks, electronic devices must be left in the designated area in the exam room.
  • You will have restricted access your locker while other students are writing exams in the area where your locker is located.
  • Exams begin Thursday Jan 26,  at 12noon and continue through to Tuesday Jan 31 at 8:45 am.
  • Exams will be written in the morning (start @ 8:45am) except on Thurs Jan 26 which will start at 12 noon.  Conflict exams and Oral Language exams will be written in the afternoon (start @ 12 noon)




Click here to download important information regarding exams as well as the the exam schedule.


Parents and Guardians!



We are using the REMIND app to send text messages or emails to inform you of school events/activities/important dates.  Please see the attached document for instructions on how to join.



Wear Orange Day

Thursday, September 29, 2016


Dear Parents/Guardians:


Staff and students in Rainbow Schools have been invited to wear orange on Thursday, September 29, 2016 to show support for residential school survivors.


Orange Shirt Day recognizes the effects and intergenerational impacts of the residential school system on First Nations, Métis, and Inuit children in Canada.


Orange Shirt Day began in Williams Lake, British Columbia by the St. Joseph Mission residential school commemoration project.


Phyllis Webstad, a young girl from the Dog Creek reserve, attended the Mission in 1973, where her clothes were removed, including her brand new orange shirt.


Phyllis’ story inspired the Mission to declare September 30th Orange Shirt Day, as this was the time of year in which children were taken from their homes to attend residential schools.


In light of the Professional Activity Day on September 30th, students and staff in Rainbow Schools will wear orange on Thursday, September 29th.


We invite you and your child to join us in wearing orange.


To learn more, visit http://www.orangeshirtday.org/phyllis-story.html




Bob Deeth








Dear Parents/Guardians:


Please be advised that the first day of school will be on Wednesday, September 7, 2016.


Classes on the first day of school will end 30 minutes earlier.


The day after Labour Day (Tuesday, September 6, 2016) has been designated as a Professional Activity Day for teachers.


For an overview of the 2016-2017 school year, please visit rainbowschools.ca.


On behalf of school staff, I would like to wish you and your family a safe summer.


We look forward to welcoming you back in September.





Bob Deeth




June 2016 - EXAMS


Exams begin Thursday June 23, at 12noon and continue through to Tuesday June 28 at 8:30 am.


Click here to download a full exam schedule with instructions and other important information.





International Student Exchange


International Student Exchange – Ontario, a registered not-for-profit corporation, has a proud tradition of providing exceptional reciprocal exchange programs for Ontario elementary and secondary students with France, Switzerland, Spain, Italy, Germany & Quebec!


In cooperation with Ontario school boards, ISE ONTARIO is pleased to offer Ontario students the opportunity to discover and explore exciting places and cultures, develop and improve language skills, and make friendships abroad.


Don’t delay!  Deadlines for application will soon be here:

  • Tuesday March 1 2016 – Summer Exchange
  • Friday April 1 2016- Host First Exchange


For more information, please visit us at: www.iseontario.on.ca and/or contact ISE Ontario: Tel: 705 722-9440, email: info@iseontario.on.ca and/or contact: Terry Moss, Regional Program Manager, Sudbury terrymoss@iseontario.on.ca


Thank you for considering ISE!

Terry Moss





On November 4, 2015, Grade 9 students from across Canada will join the Take Our Kids to Work™ generation, spending a day in the life of someone in the world of work, as millions of Grade 9 students before them.

By hosting students at your workplace on The Learning Partnership's Take Our Kids to Work™ day, you play a critical role in the development of young Canadians. Register with us and receive tips on how to enhance employee engagement and showcase your workplace to potential future employees.

By registering, you can apply for the Canada's Outstanding Employers™ award! This award recognizes employers for their outstanding performance on Take Our Kids to Work™ day.

Watch for our brand new exciting CAREER APP, releasing on Take Our Kids to Work day! More information to follow!




Contact: Albert Ko, 416.440.5128 or ako@thelearningpartnership.ca



Important Date: Grade 10 students write the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test on Thursday, March 26, 2015


On Thursday, March 26, 2015, all Grade 10 students in Ontario will write the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT) – including students in Rainbow Schools.


The OSSLT is a graduation requirement administered by the Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO). The test assesses the reading and writing skills that students are expected to have learned in all subjects by the end of Grade 9, as outlined in The Ontario Curriculum.


“In order to support student success, parents/guardians are asked to ensure that their child is present at school for the test and prepared to do his or her best,” says Director of Education Norm Blaseg.


Parents can help their children prepare for the test by accessing practice questions and test information at www.eqao.com. This website also has a “Getting Ready Guide” with more information about preparing for this important test. To access the guide, go to the Parent Resources section of the website and select Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test.



Executive Council recommends that magnet programs/busing be maintained


Rainbow District School Board’s Executive Council is recommending that the magnet programs in Rainbow secondary schools be maintained with busing. Magnet programs include the Arts Education Program at Sudbury Secondary School, the Science Technology Education Program at Lockerby Composite School, the International Baccalaureate Program at Lo-Ellen Park Secondary School and the Integrated Technology Program at Lively District Secondary School.

The recommendations, presented at the Strategic Planning Committee meeting on Tuesday, February 10, 2015, follow the findings of an in-depth review. The review, carried out through the lens of student achievement and well-being, included a third party analysis of student achievement data and transportation costs as well as information gathered from principals, School Council Chairs, students and teachers.


Rationale for the recommendations indicated that the four magnet programs offer students choice through specialized programs that are distinct, respect student voice, provide more options and pathways for students, ensure program viability across the District, attract students from out of District and increase funding to the system as a whole. Transportation to magnet programs ensures student choice, provides equity of access to specialized programs, attracts students out of District and results in additional funding that offsets the cost.


Executive Council also recommended that community schools continue to receive additional supports and that all schools with magnet programs review their mandates in keeping with their mission statement, set of core beliefs, student learning outcomes and admission requirements.


Additional supports recognizes the importance of community schools, ensures program viability and provides resources in response to needs. A review of mandates focuses on student learning outcomes, provides clarity and consistency, maintains program expectations, responds to evolving learning and teaching practices and focuses on continuous improvement through the lens of student achievement and well-being.


The report on magnet programs in the Rainbow District School Board and Executive Council’s recommendations can be accessed online at rainbowschools.ca.


The public will have an opportunity to make presentations at the regular meeting of the Board on Tuesday, February 24, 2015 as well as the Strategic Planning Committee meeting on Tuesday, March 10, 2015.


At this meeting, the Strategic Planning Committee may forward motions regarding the magnet programs to the Board for consideration. The motions will be considered at the Board meeting on Tuesday, March 24, 2015.


In order to facilitate anyone wishing to make a presentation on Tuesday, February 24, 2015, the timeline requirements are being waived to allow applications in writing to the Secretary of the Board at least six calendar days prior to the meeting (by February 18, 2015). A copy of the presentation is required by Friday, February 20, 2015.


Anyone wishing to make a presentation on Tuesday, March 10, 2015 shall apply in writing to the Secretary of the Board at least 16 calendar days prior to the meeting (by February 23, 2015). A copy of the presentation is required no later than Thursday, February 26, 2015.




The Arts Education Program at Sudbury Secondary School was established in 1985.  Students earn eight credits in the Arts Education program.  Students graduate with a locally developed Arts Education Certificate.


The Science and Technology Education Program (STEP) at Lockerby Composite School was established in 1991.  Students earn 13 designated credits in the area of science and technology.  Students graduate with a locally developed STEP Certificate.


The International Baccalaureate Program (I.B.) at Lo-Ellen Park Secondary School was established in 1999/2001.  Students earn credits in designated I.B. courses, write six exams, and complete the Creativity, Action, Service (CAS) requirement.  Students graduate with an I.B. Diploma.


The Integrated Technology Program (IT) at Lively District Secondary School was established in 2002.   Students earn six technology credits.  Students graduate with a locally developed Integrated Technology Certificate.





Media Contact:


Nicole Charette, Senior Advisor,

Corporate Communications and Strategic Planning,

Rainbow District School Board, 705-674-3171, ext. 7217



Survey for Parents' of students in Grades 7-12 French Immersion Program


The Rainbow District School Board is interested in learning more about your thoughts, feelings, and attitudes towards the French Immersion program.  Our goal is to increase the percentage of RBDS students remaining in the French as a Second Language (FSL) program.  When answering these questions, please consider what would support you and/or your child in making the decision to continue studying in French until Grade 12. Your input is greatly appreciated.  Please complete this online survey by February 18, 2015.




Many thanks for your support in assisting us with our data collection to make better decisions for our students in French Immersion.




Lesleigh Dye

Superintendent of Schools

Rainbow District School Board

69 Young Street

Sudbury ON  P3E 3G5



705.674.3171 ext. 7235

705.674.3167 (fax)





INTERNATIONAL STUDENT EXCHANGE - ONTARIO, a registered not-for-profit corporation, offers to Ontario students a variety of educational programs through the school year and during the summer.


PLEASE VISIT www.iseontario.on.ca


Tel: 705 722 9440

Email: info@iseontario.on.ca



The 2014 Ontario Child Health Study Research Project


Dear Parents and Guardians, make a difference in the lives of children and youth. Say 'yes' to participate in the 2014 Ontario Child Health Study and School Mental Health Surveys.


Read more about the project here.


Any questions regarding the study can be directed to Melissa Kimber.



New walk-in service provided by CFC


A new walk-in service provided by the Child & Family Centre (CFC) to children and youth with Mental Health issues.

For more information please read their memo available here.

**Please note that it is not a crisis or emergency service.



Help build Downtown Sudbury Community Park


Help Aviva Community Fund build a park and venue that will stand for accessibility and inclusion for downtown Sudbury.


In order to make it to the next round and to the finals, we really need to get more people excited about the project.

By going online at https://www.avivacommunityfund.org/ideas/acf19852, you can see the idea submission, watch a video and read about the idea.  It is our hope that if we can spread the idea and people really like it, that we can get a large group of people voting for it every day. As an accessible venue that is free, the students and staff of Sudbury Secondary School would be able to use this venue to show the city their skills and talents and to plan events and festivals at a public venue with no venue costs.


Thank you again, your help is appreciated by all here at Independent Living.


Help support our mandate to promote a new perspective on disability and vote for the Downtown Sudbury Community Park! The dream is to transform an empty lot beside 125 Durham Street into a fully accessible multipurpose park with a public access stage. The possibilities are endless! Vote for our idea and make inclusion a reality!


To view and vote for the ILSM idea:

  1. Go to www.AvivaCommunityFund.org
  2. Register with a Facebook account or an e-mail account.
  3. Search for Idea Number: ACF19852 or search for Idea Name: Downtown Sudbury Accessible Park.
  4. Vote for the idea once a day!


Every vote counts and is very much appreciated. This is a nation-wide competition, so let’s show Canada what we can do! Please send on and let’s get this movement out there!


Check out the Downtown Sudbury Community Park Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/events/499870623449437/


Thank you for your support!!



This is what is going on in our parking lot:


There is a movie production company filming in our neighbourhood.

The film is currently called "Music to my Ears" and stars the one and only,  Debbie Gibson. Arts Education students will get a chance to be on set to see some of the shoot and also have a chance to meet with some of the film crew.


Here's a short video of Deborah (Debbie) Gibson talking about anxiety/panic attacks 2008.



Value Vault Note of Thanks


The Sudbury Secondary School Value Vault would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the following supporters and contributors who have ensured our shelves are well stocked with an assortment of essential items:


• The Sudbury Food Bank

• The Samaritan Fund

• St. Peter's United Church

• St. Andrew's United Church

• Rainbow District School Board Employees

• Students & Staff of Sudbury Secondary School


Additionally, we have received donations from many generous individuals who demonstrate the fine gift of giving. Sudbury Secondary School is grateful for the community support and we thank all who contribute to the success of our students.










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