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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 Goulbourn Middle School Students and Families:

Welcome back to our returning students and to all new members of the Greyhound family​!​ We hope that you had a fun and relaxing summer.

The beginning of every school year is an exciting time. A tremendous amount of energy goes into this beginning, on the part of all of us – parents, students, teachers, ​custodians ​ and ​office staff. ​This time of year presents opportunities for new beginnings- new teachers, new classmates and new ​challenges. ​We all want to start it right, to give students the best possible beginning to help them make it a successful, productive, and happy year.

As the first day of school approaches (Tuesday, September 8th), there are a few pieces of information you may ​find helpful.

Bus Information

To access information regarding student transportation, including eligibility, bus stop locations and pick up and drop off times, please visit ottawaschoolbus.ca and log in to the “Parent Portal”. You will need your child’s school name, grade and date of birth to access the portal.

We strongly encourage that students take the bus on Tuesday to establish routines and to immediately​ identify any glitches​.​

First Day of School

​ On September 8th,​ upon arrival at Goulbourn,​ students will be greeted at their buses by a staff member and directed to a grade specific designated area to meet their teacher and classmates.​ Grade 6s will meet at the far baseball diamond, grade 7s on the upper field and grade 8s on the basketball court. In the event of inclement weather, grade 6s will be directed to the Library and grade 7s and 8s to the gym.

Students will participate in Orientation and Team Building activities throughout the four-day week. We will also have a number of assemblies focusing on school expectations, the community of character and appropriate use of technology.

​We will cap the week off with a special presentation by Ottawa rapper Peter Joynt, a bbq lunch (students will be provided with a hotdog and bottle of water) and class relays.​

Calendars and Timetables

To view the 2015 – 2016 school year calendar, please visit the ocdsb website. Class schedules will be posted on the GMS website in the weeks following the first day of school. All students will receive a paper copy of their class schedule on the first day of school. Just a reminder that Goulbourn runs on a Day 1 – Day 5 schedule, and 'This week at GMS' is highlighted each week on our webpage. http://goulbournms.ocdsb.ca/

Please note that our school day runs from 7:55 am – 2:25 pm. Supervision on the yard begins at 7:40 am.

​School Supplies

The list of recommended school supplies can be found on our website.​ Please refer to the STUDENTS tab.

​Meet the Teacher

Due to the current labour situation, our Meet the Teacher BBQ scheduled for September 10th has been postponed. Once we have selected a new date, we will let you know.​ ​In the meantime, please feel free to pop into the school at any time . Our doors are always open!

​We look forward to working with you and your child throughout the school year to provide a productive and safe learning environment that supports student success.

Enjoy your Labour Day weekend!

Robyn

robyn.darragh@ocdsb.ca

Tysen's Mission to a Million

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

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.

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.