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About our website

Then and Now

Over the last decade our old website adhered to the HTML 4 specification in an effort to make sure that every browser could access our content. Times have changed and we really wanted our new website to take advantage of all the features of modern web browsers. Our new site adheres to the HTML5 specification and takes advantage of CSS3 and Javascript, as well as the jQuery framework. This allows for new ways to present information and also lets our content work well on tablets and cellphones.

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Which Browser?

Our new website should work on many different browsers without any difficulty. Some browsers such as Internet Explorer present some unique challenges, but we have done our best to address them. Because our whole school board has "Gone Google" we will ensure that all of the features of our website work with the Google Chrome browser, as we are also using this browser for a number of our Cloud based applications at school.

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Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA)

It is very important to us to make sure that all of our content is accessible by all of our users. We have made every effort to ensure that our website is AODA compliant Web Content Accessibility Guidelines

We have used two validation tools to check the integrity of our website:

Web Accessibility Checker
WAVE - Web accessibility evaluation tool

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Multilingual Support

Using the latest translation tools available, we have tried to make our content accessible in many different languages. These tools are not perfect, but is our intention to include as many different users as we can.

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From the Principal

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Dear Parents,

Students and staff have enjoyed a great Orientation Week that focused on character education, team building and creating a safe, inclusive and positive school community. Today we were treated to a special presentation by Ottawa rapper, producer and videographer Peter Joynt. Peter shared his story of resilience and positivity, his experiences with bullying and teasing and his message about Karma. Be sure to ask your child how lucky Peter truly is!

Thank you to Mrs. Friesen, Mr. Mahon, Ms. Shipley and Mme Klassen for organizing the week’s events and to our grade 8 Future ACES for organizing our whole school outdoor activities. Well done, Greyhounds!

Students also had the opportunity to review our technology practices, specifically our Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) and Acceptable Use policies. We would encourage you to review the information found in our Handbook with your child to reinforce the expectations Thank you to Mr. Terrade and Mme MacLaren for leading this initiative and for ensuring that we are responsible digital citizens.

Students have already had the opportunity to make use of our labs and open gym at recess time and to borrow equipment from our Equipment Lending Program. Thank you to Mme Klassen for organizing the equipment and student leaders who oversee this important task.

On Tuesday, you received a fairly lengthy package of paperwork to verify and complete. Please return the forms by Monday to ensure that your child can participate in all that GMS has to offer.

Regular academics and rotary begins on Monday, September 14th, which is a Day 5 on your child's timetable. Students should ensure that they are prepared for indoor and outdoor Phys Ed classes. Your child will need a pair of running shoes and a change of clothes for athletics. Should you wish to communicate with any of your child’s teachers, please feel free to contact them via email (firstname.lastname@ocdsb.ca) or by phone at 613 836 1312.

Enjoy the weekend!



Tysen's Mission to a Million

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Help our former Greyhound alumni in his mission: http://www.missiontoamillion.ca

Community of Character

Character Development is a responsibility shared between home, school and community. Students need to be exposed to good character and have the importance of it reinforced by everyone around them.

Searching the GMS website

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Our site is regularly indexed by Google. You can use Google to find any posts on our website.

Simply type in Goulbourn Middle School and the keyword you are searching.