Welcome to our Destinations Programme. While we are a part of Harry J. Clarke Public School, we are located at Moira Secondary School, which adds a layer of diversity to our programme, but can also raise a few questions. Here are the answers to some frequently asked questions.
It is requested that students purchase a Moira lock during the first week of school. Other locks typically break down during the school year and a custodian cannot always be available to cut off the broken lock before bus departure. Moira locks are much more reliable and durable. The cost of a lock from MSS is $8.
Other typical supplies include:
- One large binder (often the zip-up variety works well), or a few smaller binders
- 10 Dividers
- Appropriate attire and running shoes for Physical Education Class
- Scientific Calculator
- Lined paper
- Pens and Pencils (but will also be supplied)
- One large (art) sketch pad – 11” x 14”
For attendance purposes you call HJC main site at 613-969-0140 and leave a message on the attendance line. In addition to leaving a phone message you can notify your child’s homeroom teacher by email (see contact information for Destinations teachers at the bottom of this page). The best way to inform the school that your child will be picked up early is to send in a written note, or to email the homeroom teacher in advance.
The best way to inform the school that your child will be picked up early is to send in a written note, or to email the homeroom teacher in advance. If it is a last minute arrangement, then call the HJC office at 613-969-0140 and they will pass the message along to the Destinations teachers. We recommend that parents park alongside the shed in the back parking lot when making an early pick up. This allows the student to see your arrival from the window at the end of the Destinations hallway and therefore they can be supervised by teachers while they wait for you to arrive.
Your child needs to report to their classroom then we will direct them to call HJC to check in late with the secretary. All students arriving late must make this phone call to ensure that they did indeed make it to their classroom safely.
If parents need to convey a message to their student, it is requested that you contact Harry J. Clarke Public School main office (613-969-0140) and speak with a secretary. The secretaries are able to relay messages immediately to the Destinations teachers. This procedure is essential to ensure that your child is safe at all times. Students’ use of cells phones is permitted for educational purposes only. If students need to use a phone during the day they can ask their teacher for permission to use one of the school phones.
There are many extra-curricular activities available at both Moira and HJC. Students will be informed via daily announcements of extra-curricular opportunities available at Moira. We will post notices on the whiteboard in the Destinations hallway notifying students of extra-curricular dates and times for HJC. For extra-curricular activities that take place at HJC, students are expected to walk to HJC, sign in with the secretary, then they must report to the library for supervision. In the library they are expected to work quietly until the end of HJC’s school day. They will then report to the teacher/supervisor in charge of the extra-curricular activity.
At the beginning of the lunch period students are expected to report to the cafeteria which is supervised. Once they finish their lunch they will go with the lunch supervisor to their lockers and then proceed outside. If students are participating in extra-curricular activities during lunch time they must report to the lunch supervisor before departing and upon their return. Any students going out for lunch need to sign out on one of the class clipboards, and then sign back in once they return. When they return they need to proceed to a supervised location. They cannot be in an unsupervised location while on school property.
Technology tools such as laptops, tablets, iPODS, and cell phones are welcome in the class, however, texts and phones calls are not permitted during instruction. Students are also expected to follow the acceptable use policy that they will read and accept on their first log in at MSS. Students are expected to use their technology responsibly, as outlined in Procedure 147. The acceptable use policy states that students are not to participate in any hacking activities, nor are they to play games on the computer. They are to keep their computer password private, and they are to conduct themselves in a responsible and respectful manner (this includes not taking pictures or videos without teacher permission).
Destinations students and teachers use Google Classroom, an online communication tool. Each student will receive a login and password for their Google account, and upon logging in they will be able to access Google Classroom. Classroom provides students with basic information about daily lessons as well as handouts, assignment requirements and due dates.
Check out the information in the section titled “Current Students.” There you can learn more about strategies for success, and how to help your child develop a growth mindset.
HPEDSB has provided an excellent online tool to help students plan their path for high school. The tool is called My Blueprint and both students and parents can access it at https://www.myblueprint.ca/hpedsb.
Often email is the easiest and fastest way to reach us. If you prefer phone, call HJC at 613-969-0140 and they will pass your message along to us.
Amy Claxton, Grade 7 email@example.com
Angela Hayes, Grade 7 firstname.lastname@example.org
Andrew Clarke, Grade 8 email@example.com
Corey Tebo, Grade 8 firstname.lastname@example.org
French Teacher – TBD