Community Connections

Community Connections is a series of speakers for parents, guardians and other caregivers sponsored and organized by the School Council.  Community Connections events are held on the first Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m. or later in the OTHS theater.  With the aid of experts in the field, we discuss and learn about issues that evolve as young people and their families go through the teen years. It allows parents and caregivers to build a network of support in the pursuit of raising healthy, responsible, and resilient teens.

There is an email reminder list so be sure your email address is up to date with the school!

Refreshments are served at each talk. Please feel free to stay and mingle with other parents of teens and share your experiences.

2019/2020 Schedule

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Guidance Department

Topic: Guidance Information evening

Please join us on Tuesday, October 1, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. in the OTHS Theatre/Library for our first Community Connections evening of the school year. Two sessions will run concurrently and you can select the most relevant one to attend. 


*In the event that you have both junior and senior student(s) at OT, we recommend attending session 2, designed for grade 11/12 students. 



Session Option 1: Targeting Grade 9/10 Families and ‘New to OT’ Families

Topic: Navigating High School and beyond with the OT Guidance Counsellors

Location: OTHS Theatre


We will be covering the following information:

  1. Introduction to our Guidance Counsellors and their role in your student’s schooling.

  2. Answers to Frequently Asked Questions including but not limited to: Course Selection, Community Involvement Hours, MyBlueprint, SHSM Programs, AP Programming. 

  3. Post-Secondary Pathway Planning including: upcoming events, processes and scholarships. What are colleges/universities looking for and how to support your child through this process.


All families are welcome in this session but the information will be particularly useful for grade 9 and 10 students, new families to the province or new students to OTHS.



Session Option 2: Targeting Grade 11/12 Families

Topic: Pathways to College and University as well as Scholarships and Admissions

Location: OTHS Cafeteria


In this session the Guidance Department will provide an overview of the application process for colleges and universities, an introduction to the application process for Ontario and Canadian schools, along with key dates for college and university fairs, and application deadlines.  Designed for families with students in senior grades specifically, but this session is open to all members of the OT Community.



CLICK HERE TO REGISTER for this Community Connections Evening (either session) taking place on October 1, 2019 so that we can plan around projected attendance.  

We hope to see you there!

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Guest Speaker: Dr. Karyn Gordon

Topic: Inspiring Your Teen's Dream Career

7:30 pm: Refreshments

8:00 - 9:00 pm: Presentation

Learn 3 Strategies To Empower Your Teens to Find Their Career Direction

For Parents & Educators (Grades 9-12)

Many teens today are overwhelmed with the amount of career choices that exist. We want to help make this decision easier for them, and help them to reach their dream career! Over the last decade, Dr. Karyn has coached and worked with thousands of senior managers who hire staff, learning firsthand where the jobs are and what young people need to do to be competitive in today’s job market.

In this keynote, parents will learn:

  • Why so many people (from all generations) are struggling to find their dream career
  • How the career landscape has changed over the last twenty years, and the common obstacles that both students and adults face
  • 3 simple strategies to help your teens find their career direction

Dr. Karyn Gordon's details can be seen here:


Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Guidance Department

Topic: Supporting the Course Selection Process

Join us for an informative evening dealing with the OT course selection process, high school and post secondary planning, hosted by OT's Guidance Counselors.  There will be 3 sessions:

Transition from grade 9 to 10 @ 7:30 pm in the Theater
Transition from grade 10 to 11 @ 7:30 pm in the Cafeteria
Transition from grade 11 to 12 @ 7:30 pm in the Library

And at 8:30, an optional session will be held about Halton Pathways Programs including Co-op, SHSM, and more.

If you missed this presentation, click on the links below for the grade presentations:

Grade 9

Grade 10

Grade 11

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Guest Speaker:

Chris Alexiou

Topic: How to Stop Arguing with Your Teens!

Information about this session will be provided at a later date

An email will follow closer to the date with a link for the registration
Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Halton Regional Police Service 

Topic: HRPS Presentation & Q & A Session

Please join us on Tuesday, May 5 at 7:00 p.m. @ OTHS (specific location in the school TBD) for the 5th and final Community Connections evening of the school year.

Our school Liaison Officer will be presenting and holding a Q & A session.

Information about the presentation will be provided at a later date.

An email will follow closer to the date with a link for registration.