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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,

Happy Friday! What a beautiful sunny day we enjoyed today to end our week!

Greyhound athletics were a focus this week. Both our boys and girls football teams enjoyed their tournaments and demonstrated great sportsmanship. The girl’s team capped off their season with a student versus staff game this afternoon. Congratulations to our staff for their 12-6 win!

Congratulations to our intermediate Cross Country teams. At the board meet yesterday, they ran very well, with some excellent scores. There were 3 top 10 finishes, and the grade 7 girls’ team came in third overall in a field of over 40 schools. Well done everyone.

We concluded the remainder of our Improv workshops. Students and staff were very pleased with the presenter and the quality of the workshops. Thank you for your financial contribution to this endeavour.

Photo retakes occurred today as well as our first Cooking with Class lunch. Thank you to Terrade Centre for the tasty tacos!!

Looking ahead to next week, GMS will be polling station on Monday. A security guard will assist Miss Penney and I with traffic flow and ensure the safety of our students given additional community members in the building.

On behalf of School Council, I would like to invite you to attend our upcoming monthly meeting. Please join us on Tuesday at 6:30 PM in the Library. New members are always welcome!

Our grade 8s will participate in the Finding Your Pathway Career Forum on Wednesday. Thank you to those parents who will be accompanying the students during this educational experience.

Skills Ontario will be at GMS on Thursday to meet with our grade 7 and 8 students. Students will be introduced to various career pathways.

In terms of extra curriculars, Intermediate volleyball tryouts continue next week. Good luck to those of you who try out!

We also look forward to a 'spook'tacular Halloween activity afternoon on Friday.

Have a great weekend!


Cooking with Class

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Tacos were the featured food item from the October menu of Cooking with Class. Thank you to the GLP students for making delicious tacos. They were enjoyed by all those students and staff that ordered them.

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Staff / Student Football Game

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On a beautiful autumn day the students and staff faced off for a friendly football game to finish off the week. Classes enjoyed watching the game and cheered for their fellow students. Everyone had a lot of fun!

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South Carleton Parent Information Session

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Even though we are still early in the 2014-2015 school year, it is time for our Grade 8 families to start planning for high school. Principal Anderson and Head of Student Services Mrs. Eady will be visiting GMS on November 6th secondary school requirements and curriculum, please join us in the Library at 6:30 PM. A student visit will follow in December.

Canterbury High School Programs

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Attention Grade 8s! A representative from Canterbury High School will be here on November 18th provide an information session for students interested in applying to their arts program in grade 9. The session will be held in Mrs. Friesen’s classroom, Room 114.

Staff Spotlight

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My name is Liana Gallant. After more than 20 years as a Youth Worker / Educational Assistant with the OCDSB, I resigned in 2008 to raise and educate my own children. Now that all 7 of them are either on their own, or in school, I have returned to what I love to do here at Goulbourn M.S.

What a wonderful school !!

Outside is where I love to be, our family loves camping and swimming. Every year we spend our summers in New Brunswick, travelling Canada's east coast, returning just in time for back to school.

Hallowe'en is my favourite time of year. I am really looking forward to the costumes and dance at GMS. I have my costume all picked out!

Tysen's Mission to a Million

Help our very own Greyhound in his mission: http://www.missiontoamillion.ca

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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.