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.


2018/19 Schedule

Tuesday October 2nd 

Guidance
Information Evening

Please join us on Tuesday October 2nd, 2018 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 elect the most relevant one to attend:


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

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


We will be covering the following information:


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

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

  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


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) October 2, 2018.

We hope to see you there!



Tuesday November 6th

 
Guest Speaker - Chris Vollum

Topic: Social Media and Navigating the Online World


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



Tuesday December 4th


Guest Speaker - Mike Stroh






Topic: Mental Health and Well-Being, Impact of Drug Use


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

 
Tuesday January 22nd

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 @ 8:00 pm in the Cafeteria
Transition from grade 11 to 12 @ 7:30 pm in the Library

And at 9:00 to 9:20, an optional session will be held about Halton Pathways Programs including Co-op, SHSM, Bronte Creek and more

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

Tuesday April 2nd 
 

Guest Speaker:

Dr. Meg Popovic



http://drmegpopovic.com/
Please join us on Tuesday, April 2nd, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. @ OTHS Theatre for the 5th Community Connections evening of the school year.

Please join us for our 5th Community Connections of the 2018/2019 school year. 

 

Dr. Meg will join us once again to build on the session from last year. The focus will be Resilience. The formal session will be followed by a Q&A session. Please see the seminar description below:

RAISING RESILIENT CHILDREN: PREPARING OUR KIDS FOR LIFE IN THE 21ST CENTURY

This presentation focuses on the HOW and the WHY of preparing your children to approach life with a resilient mindset. Dr. Meg provides parents with a unique perspective on parenting as she has taught over 2500 university 1st and 2nd year students since her first university lecture in 2003. As she tells parents with a humorous wink, “I get your kids when they leave you.” In this seminar, parents will:

  • Learn how resiliency fits into their current family values

  • Engage in intentional conversation around generational differences in raising children, such as being friends with your children, discipline, communication styles, involvement in decision-making, fears and hopes for their children, a sense of responsibility for their kids’ futures

  • Apply principles of resiliency to every day parent-child interactions

  • Develop strategies to enhance their own resiliency as parents and leaders within their families


The evening will be a concluded with a Q & A. 



Please click here to register for this session.
 
TBD


Halton Regional Police Service 

Liaison Officer

Constable Vanessa Reynolds
       
Please join us on (date TBD) at 7:00 p.m. @ OTHS (specific location in the school TBD) for the 6th and final Community Connections evening of the school year.

Our Liaison Officer, Constable Reynolds, will return with a new presentation.

The evening will be a concluded with a Q & A. 

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