Grade 5 students preparation for Grade 6 Transition information: The Articulation process starts in December with a meeting between all the principals at our feeder schools here at Minnekhada. We go over the process and select dates when these will happen. The Admin team visits all of the grade 5 students in December to deliver candy canes and introduce themselves to the students. In February/ March we have a meeting for all grade 5 parents in our gym. At the end of March we meet with all of the grade 5 teachers. They spend an afternoon with us completing an information form on every student in their class. In April, the Articulation Team visits every elementary school. The team consists of 2-3 student services teachers, the principal and 2 students. While the principal and 2 Minnekhada Students meet with all of the grade 5 students for a Power Point presentation and a Q & A session, Minnekhada student services teachers meet with the grade 5 teachers to review students IEP’s and any issues and concerns. Finally in May, all of the feeder schools arrive at the school to learn how to use locks and tour the school. They participate in a process called the Amazing Race. Students with special needs, or students/parents who may be anxious about their new school, are often given personal tours by friends that may already be at Minnekhada. This is done on an Ad hoc basis.
Grade 8 Transition information: Grade 8 Transitioning to Terry Fox Secondary begins in February with a “Walk to Fox” where the grade 8 teachers will walk with their classes to Terry Fox. The students will then participate in a tour of the school including presentations by the elective department such as music, arts and technology. Near the end of February, the Fox Counsellors will visit our grade 8 classes and hand out registration forms and course selection booklets. That same week parents are invited to a Grade 8 Parent’s Night at Fox. Parents and their teens will then have approximately one week to choose the electives and complete the registration form. All registration forms will then be handed in to their homeroom teacher and Mrs. Komar our school counsellor will take them to the Fox counsellors. Questions can be directed to either Mrs. Komar or to the counselors at Terry Fox. To say goodbye to our grade 8 students we have a closing ceremony at the end of June.