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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! Our four day week certainly flew by!

A big thank you is extended to the parents who were able to attend our Parent-Teacher interviews on November 19th and 20th. Our school was a busy place with parents, students, and teachers coming together to discuss individual progress this year. We truly appreciate the interest, support, and positive feedback received from our parent community and look forward to continuing our conversations throughout the year.

Greyhounds continued to participate in the IGNITION Digital Literacy and Responsibility program. Students are placed in a virtual environment to tackle issues including privacy, security, cyberbullying, digital relationships and the viral nature of the web. Thank you to Mr. Terrade and Mme MacLaren for organizing this on our behalf.

Our grade 7 students continued with their second session of Healthy Transitions with nurses Susan and Carrie. We thank them for their time and dedication to this program and we look forward to seeing them again next Wednesday.

On Wednesday, Goulbourn bakers in Terrade and Shipley Centres stepped up to the plate to create our very own CapCity Cupcakes. We raised another $190 to support Peter Joynt’s ALS fundraiser. Thank you to Mrs. Church for the creative design and leadership and to Mrs. Gallant and Mrs. Bode for their support and patience.

Our girls’ volleyball team enjoyed an evening of volleyball at Earl of March on Wednesday evening. The team won 5 of the 7 exhibition games they played and came up with some pretty heroic plays. Outstanding skills and teamwork were shown by everyone. Well done Greyhounds!

Bird and Bracewell Centres enjoyed a visit from firefighter Luke Wheeler. They learned the importance that these valuable members of the community play. The highlight of the visit was seeing Mme Bracewell dressed in full gear!

Students in the Math Club completed the second Caribou Contest on Thursday. We are delighted to see such an interest in Mathematics and we are thrilled that Mrs. Law provides this enrichment opportunity for our students.

We are thrilled to share that we filled more than 35 boxes for Operation Christmas Child. Way to go GMS. Thank you to Bracewell Centre for taking this on and to Mme Bracewell for coordinating this initiative.

Looking ahead to next week, our partners from Rideauwood Addictions and Family Services will visit our Intermediate students on November 24th and 26th. Grade 7 Greyhounds will participate in a Screen Time Dependency workshop and grade 8 students will participate in a Substance Abuse workshop focusing on facts and myths.

On Tuesday, our girls’ volleyball team travels to Sacred Heart for more exhibition matches in preparation for their tournament. Good luck Lady Greyhounds!

On behalf of our School Council, I would like to invite you to attend our November meeting. We will meet on Tuesday, November 24th at 6:30 PM in the GMS Library. New members are always welcome!

Our grade 6 students are headed to the Baxter Conservation Area to participate in the Team Building program. Students will be lead through a series of team building and problem solving exercises. These activities are designed to help groups work more effectively together while developing useful communication and problem solving skills.

Finally, on Friday, we will host our final CapCity Spirit Day. Greyhounds are once again welcome to wear their pajamas to school with a two dollar contribution toward Peter Joynt’s fundraising venture. We look forward to sharing our grand total and organizing a visit with Peter to present our donation.

As the weather continues to change, we would like to remind students that they are to dress warmly for the weather. We appreciate all our families’ support in sending their children to school dressed properly and prepared to be outside to enjoy the fresh air and active play. Living in the Ottawa area, we are accustomed to a variety of weather patterns, but that doesn’t often stop us from enjoying the outdoors! We keep a close eye on the forecast, and when necessary, we have indoor recesses when the weather is inclement, such as steady rain, excessive wind, temperatures or wind chills that fall below -25 degrees Celsius.

We would also like to remind students that they need a pair of indoor shoes for their phys ed classes. This goes a long way in keeping our gym a clean and safe place for all students to enjoy. Thank you for your support!

Have a restful weekend.




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Rideauwood Addictions and Family Services will visit our Intermediate students on November 24th and 26th. Grade 7 Greyhounds will participate in a Screen Time Dependency workshop and grade 8 students will participate in a Substance Abuse workshop focusing on facts and myths.

GMS Holiday Cookie Walk

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It is time for our annual GMS cookie walk fundraiser. For those of you who have never experienced a cookie walk; cookies or squares are made at home and brought to the school the night before or the morning of the cookie walk.

During the school day the students have a chance to look at all the cookie platters and then choose the cookie platter that they would like to win. The students buy tickets which cost 25 cents or 5 for 1. After all the students have had a chance to choose their cookie platter, names are drawn for each platter. If a students' name is drawn then they win that platter.

Students are eligible to win only one platter.

Sir Guy Tour

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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.

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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 below: