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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! The sunshine has finally arrived and it looks like Spring is here to stay! Yippee!!!

This week, our staff members were treated to a half day workshop on Collaborative Inquiry by Damian Cooper, an independent education consultant who specializes in helping schools and school districts improve their instructional and assessment skills. We are very pleased that the OCDSB provided us with this opportunity.

On Wednesday, Goulbourn participated in Ottawa’s Jersey and Jeans Day. Tensions were high as loyal fans displayed their colours. Go Sens Go!

On Thursday, we had our final lockdown practice of the school year. Thank you to Cst. Hupe and members of the Ottawa Police Department who assist and provide us with feedback on our safety procedures. Students and staff did an awesome job in following procedure. Also on Thursday, our grade 6s received some valuable information from our School Resource Officer, Cst. Hupe, on appropriate use of technology and how to be mindful of their choices in a cyber-world.

As well, please see the attached letter for information on how to purchase yearbooks. Thank you to Mme Mullins for her dedication in preparing this book of memories for us all to enjoy!

Next week, on Tuesday, grade 7 and 8 students will complete their Youth and the Law sessions with Cst. Hupe. Students will review safe and appropriate online behaviours as well as the legal consequences for inappropriate choices. We are very fortunate to have such a great partnership with the Ottawa Police.

On April 23rd and April 24th, Ottawa Public Health returns to GMS for the final immunization clinics. Grade 7 students will receive the second and final dose of the Hep B vaccine and grade 8 girls will receive the third dose of the HPV vaccine. We encourage your child to have a healthy breakfast on these days. Should you have any questions, please contact Ottawa Public Health directly at 613 580 6744.

Looking ahead, treat yourself to a magical, musical adventure this month as GMS presents Disney's Peter Pan Jr.! Our gym will be transformed into Neverland! Join the fun and support the over 100 students who have experienced the 'Theatre Experience' in a number of ways: acting, singing, stage and set design, props and costume creation, tech and stage crew! We are looking forward to performing for students from Munster, Richmond and John Young elementary school, and our own Goulbourn students in two matinee shows.

Tickets are available now for the general public to take in one of our two 7:00 pm performances, Wednesday, April 29 and Thursday, April 30. Tickets are $5.00 per person in advance or at the door, and proceeds are used to support production costs. Come early and browse the Scholastic Book Fair in the library!

Enjoy the weekend!



Damian Cooper

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It was a very special week for us at Goulbourn Middle School. We were visited by Damain Cooper, an internationally renowned educator and consultant, who is recognized as an expert in the area of student assessment and evaluation. His publication "Talk About Assessment" is particularly meaningful to us at GMS, as the teachers here have spent a great deal of time studying his ideas and translating them into practice.

His passion was obvious, as he led all of our teachers through sessions aimed at developing assessment strategies and collaborative approaches that best serve our students' needs. He was very practical in his approach, offering us tangible and specific techniques to implement in our classrooms right away. He focussed on the 8 Big Ideas of Assessment and encouraged us to embody these principles in our every day teaching.

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He is very "student-centric" in his approach and offered suggestions and resources that are consistent with our move towards inquiry based learning. His ideas were empowering and the teachers of GMS left his sessions with an excitement and inspiration to embrace the concepts he shared.

A very special GMS thank you to Damian Cooper.

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Immunization Clinics

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On April 23rd and April 24th, Ottawa Public Health returns to GMS for the final immunization clinics. Grade 7 students will receive the second and final dose of the Hep B vaccine and grade 8 girls will receive the third dose of the HPV vaccine. We encourage your child to have a healthy breakfast on these days. Should you have any questions, please contact Ottawa Public Health directly at 613 580 6744.

Scientists in the Schools

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For the past week, professional scientists have been in our classrooms helping students enhance their understanding of scientific concepts in hands-on ways.

Thank you to th​ose parents who contributed to the voluntary Student Fees for providing this enriching opportunity for our students.

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Scholastic Book Fair

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The Scholastic Book Fair is coming to our school! What better way to promote reading to our students than by supporting this important literary event.

We invite your entire family to participate by purchasing the latest and greatest in children’s books. Your support of this vital literary event is a key part of helping us obtain new books and resources for our library and classrooms.

You’ll find hundreds of quality books at our Book Fair with a wide assortment for all reading levels. Visit the Scholastic Book Fairs website at www.scholastic.ca/bookfairs to read reviews of the Featured Books. Students will be given an opportunity to visit the Book Fair with their classes during the school day to shop or browse, and parents are invited to attend on Wednesday evening before the musical.

We Are Silent

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Go silent for 24 hours for the millions of girls around the world facing poverty, exploitation and the denial of their right to education. We take our Stand for Silence on Friday May 1st.

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Qualities of Engagement

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When do our children become so engrossed in an activity that they forget everything else around them? What causes you to lose track of time? Join John Antonetti as he looks at the Eight Qualities of Engagement that captivate, motivate and drive human behavior. With a little psychology, a bit of common sense, and some humour, we will trace the development of needs and wants from childhood experiences into adulthood. Find out what captivates and motivates your children and ourselves to learn.

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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.