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Director’s Awards celebrate student achievements

This year’s Director’s Award recipients may not be collecting their awards in person, but they’re still a big deal, says Director of Education David Hansen.

Six hundred elementary students – from the board’s 49 elementary schools and the HWCDSB Virtual School – are being recognized this month for outstanding achievements in academics, service and Stewardship of Creation.

“It’s great that throughout this whole pandemic we are able to continue this recognition of excellence and it’s really important that we celebrate excellence,” said Hansen in a videotaped message to the award recipients.

The student awards program was established many years ago to recognize excellence at the school level. The first, the “Catholic School Mission/Vision” award, is presented to a student who models the virtues of Catholic education, specifically, working for and promoting a more just, caring and peaceful school community. The next award – for Academic Excellence Award – is given to the student who best excels in the overall core areas. The third award, “Excellent Effort in the Pursuit of Learning,” is presented to a student who demonstrates personal responsibility in the pursuit of learning and strives for continuous improvement, while the “Stewardship of Creation/Environmental Award” acknowledges student efforts in creating a greener and more environmentally sustainable school community.

The last award category recognizes academic proficiency in the subject areas of Arts, Religion & Family Life, Language, Science/Technology, Mathematics, Social Studies/History/Geography, Health & Physical Education, and French as a Second Language.

Twelve students from each school will receive awards.

“What makes them a big deal is that they are recognition from your principal and your teachers that you are making a difference at your school,” said Hansen. “You represent all that is great about your school.”

Congratulations to all the student award recipients:

Catholic School Mission/Vision:
Menario Markhai
Excellent Effort in the Pursuit of Learning: Violet Cappadocia
Stewardship of Creation: Anthony Serrani
Academic Excellence: Giancarlo Francella
Arts: Aurora Duncan
French as a Second Language: Ericka Bergeron
Health & Physical Education: Alyssa Forbes
Language: Nicholas Borreggine
Mathematics: Lucas Tavares
Religion & Family Life: Rosanna Charly
Science & Technology: Katie Lawlor
Mathematics: Calix Peig
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Contact Us

Mrs. Mary Jane Rossi, Principal
905 525-2930 Ext 2920

Ms. D. Pelz, Secretary
905-525-2930 Ext 2849

On behalf of all the staff, I would like to welcome your family to the HWCDSB Elementary Virtual School. As the school moves into its second year of operation, my hope is for a most successful school year.

The virtual school day begins at 9:00 am and incorporates both synchronous and asynchronous learning opportunities as per Ministry requirements. The virtual learning day consists of 300 minutes, with 225 minutes designated synchronous for grades 1-8 and 180 minutes designated synchronous for Kindergarten Year 1 and Year 2 (JK/SK). The remaining minutes are asynchronous.

Students are expected to be present and remain with the teacher during synchronous learning opportunities - this will look different for every class and every grade, depending on the teacher’s schedule.

Attendance will be taken 9:00 am and 12:35 pm each learning day. If students are not present for attendance roll call they will be marked absent.

I look forward to working together for the benefit of our children. I extend my wishes for a happy, healthy and successful school year!

Mrs. Mary Jane Rossi

Bell Times

Elementary Virtual School Day: 9:00 am – 3:20 pm

Virtual School Start Time: 9:00 am
Morning Recess: 10:10 am – 10:25 am
Lunch: 11:45 am – 12: 35 pm
Afternoon Recess: 1:55 pm – 2:10 pm
Dismissal: 3:20 pm


Student attendance will be taken on a daily basis and is essential. To report your child’s absence from school please contact the virtual school directly by phone or by email:

Ms. Debra Pelz

Technology Requirements & Supports

The myClass learning management system and Microsoft Teams are used to support online learning within HWCDSB. Each day students will access their Class myClass page to view classroom announcements, the agenda of learning for the day, daily learning activities, assignments, and the link to their virtual class meeting. All class meetings will take place via MS Teams.

Getting Started - Elementary Virtual Learning
Accessing myClass – Elementary
How to Join the Class MS Teams Meeting
What is MS Teams
What is mySite
What is myClass
TECH Help – Technical Support for Online Learning

Synchronous and Asynchronous Learning

Elementary students in the virtual school will participate in real time, synchronous learning every day. Asynchronous work will also be expected in order to complete work assigned. Classes will be led by Ontario Certified Catholic teachers at scheduled times during the school day. Instructional minutes in the virtual classroom are equal to the minutes spent learning in person (approximately 300 minutes per day). It is expected that students participating in virtual learning are engaged every day; attendance is monitored and recorded.

Each class has its own digital learning platform (myClass page) and instruction will occur online through synchronous and asynchronous learning opportunities. Teachers will provide synchronous learning opportunities through Microsoft TEAMS which may include whole class instruction, individual or small group support, student presentations, mini-lessons and content/skill-based instruction as appropriate. For students in Kindergarten, 180 minutes of the instructional day will be provided synchronously, while 225 minutes of synchronous instruction will be provided for students in grades 1 to 8.

Exemption Process for Synchronous (Real time) Learning

Teachers and administration will work with families who are not able to have their child(ren) participate in scheduled synchronous learning times. Please contact your child’s teacher to discuss the process for exemption.

Code of Conduct – Student Expectations and Responsibilities

While virtual learning is taking place at home, the same responsibilities and expectations of students and parents/guardians apply as they do for in-person learning. This includes the existing Code of Student Conduct and Discipline Policy and Internet and Technology Acceptable Use Policy for Students Policy . In addition, the following expectations and responsibilities have been established for students participating in virtual learning.

Student Expectations and Responsibilities

1. Be a Discerning Believer
- Remember that your online classroom is a part of a Catholic school community. Always show respect for yourself and for others within your online classroom.

2. Be an Effective Communicator
- Be sure your words and actions are appropriate and positively contribute to classroom learning.

3. Be a Reflective, Creative and Holistic Thinker
- Be engaged in your classroom activities.
- Complete all assigned work independently to the best of your ability.
- Respect the ideas and opinions of others.

4. Be a Collaborative Contributor
- Work hard and collaborate to help support and foster your learning, the learning of others and a positive classroom community.

5. Be a Caring Family Member
- Show care, acceptance, respect and understandingtowardsothers.

6. Be a Respectful Citizen
- Follow your online classroom rules.
- Do not share your login information with others. Protect your passwords and personal information.
- Follow copyright rules and board acceptable use standards.

Supporting Your Child(ren) with Virtual Learning

Be engaged in your child’s learning by supporting your child’s attendance and participation in virtual learning. See HWCDSB’s Learning At Home “Live” Online Learning Tips for Parents/Guardians for more information.

Encourage your child to participate positively and remind them of the expectations for students.

Encourage your child to complete their work to the best of their ability, encouraging independence. The independent completion of assigned tasks enables authentic assessment to support the ongoing learning and development of your child’s academic and social-emotional well-being.

Check-in daily with your child/Parent Portal to ensure their work is getting done, and that you are aware of information you may need.

Remember that online class time is meant for your child to explore and learn with the teacher and their classmates.

Parental communication is important. If you would like to communicate with your child’s teacher, set up an appointment outside of class time.

Faith & Wellness

For faith and wellness supports, including but not limited to Prayer, Christian Meditation, Student Mental Health & Wellness and Physical Literacy, please visit our Parent Website at:
Tech Support for Online Learning

Tech Support for Online Learning

Parent Portal

Parent Portal

Parent Portal provides families with an opportunity to stay updated on what is happening in their child’s classroom. If being used within the classroom, the class’ Activity Feed, Calendar, Assignments and Portfolio feeds can be directly accessed through the Parent Portal.

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