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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,

Despite the cold temperatures, the longer hours of sunshine certainly have been appreciated.

This week, on Monday, our grade 6 students participated in the Geo Challenge. Hats off to all class representatives and congratulations to Kory Menard who took first place honours!

Students and staff enjoyed our second Winter Activity Day on Wednesday. While it was still quite windy, the weather certainly did cooperate this week! We look forward to our final day on Friday, March 6th. As well, on Wednesday, Greyhounds joined other Canadians and wore something pink to show that we are all working together to prevent bullying in our schools, in our communities, in our workplaces and online.

On Thursday, Minions were spotted everywhere throughout the building. Thank you to Mrs. Church and her friends in Terrade Centre for their hard work and creativity in preparing these special treats for our students in support of the Education Foundation and Toonie Tuesday.

Next week, on Tuesday at 5pm, we look forward to our first GMS Math Night. Supper will be provided for all students and their families who attend this evening of inquiry-based, interactive learning. Please check the attached newsletter for more details. We look forward to seeing you!

On Wednesday, our Future ACES will lead the next character assembly. We look forward to seeing what is in store for us!

On Thursday, our grade 8 parents are invited to the Grade 8 trip parent information session. A representative from Brightspark Travel will be making a presentation at 6:30 PM in the GMS Library. This is the perfect opportunity to learn more about the itinerary and to ask any questions you may have. Please do not forget to complete the ballot that was sent home electronically and via backpack express to potentially win $50 off your child’s trip.

Finally, please find attached our February newsletter for additional information.

Enjoy a milder weekend!

Robyn

robyn.darragh@ocdsb.ca

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Math Night

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Celebrate an evening of inquiry-based learning with fun, problem-based Math activities for grades 6, 7, and 8 throughout the school.

When?

Tuesday, March 3rd from 5:00pm – 6:30pm

Jo Jo’s Pizza, courtesy of GMS, will be provided from 5:00pm-5:20pm.

DOOR PRIZES will be drawn throughout the evening!

For more info

Winter Activity Days

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You be the DJ

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Pick a song for the PA in the AM

What is your name?


What song would you like to hear in the morning?


Tropical day

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Tropical Day, March 13

Caribou Contest

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Caribou contest #5: April 1, 12:45-2:15

Parent Information Evening

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Thursday, April 9, 2015
7:00 PM- 8:00 PM
in the GMS Gymnasium

Parents of incoming students are invited to join us to tour the school and learn what life as a GMS Greyhound is all about. Students will have the opportunity to visit and tour the school in June.

We look forward to meeting you!

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.

Staff Spotlight

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My name is Gouldie. I am the newest version of Goulbourn Middle School's Greyhound mascot. I just recently completed my dog training and was thrilled to be selected from all of the possible dogs to be YOUR mascot.

I am energetic and love to be outdoors. I enjoy long walks and car rides and playing ball or Frisbee. I equally love being indoors where I can curl up on a lap.

I am still learning new tricks but I have mastered 'sitting pretty', 'fetch' and 'shake a paw'. All of those tasty treats and positive encouragement certainly helped me persevere. I am optimistic that I will be able to 'roll over' and 'speak' soon enough!

I am looking forward to many years of inspiring spirit and good character in our students and in our sports teams.