OSSLT Preparation 2018
The OSSLT (Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test) will take place on April 10, 2018. The OSSLT is a graduation requirement, it is important that students are well-prepared. To assist students with writing the test, Earl Haig will be holding sessions after school help sessions.
There will be 8 sessions in total. Each session will be 1 hour, after school, from 3:40-4:40. Students can sign up for a session on Monday or Tuesday. Students need to attend ALL sessions for maximum benefit as the lessons are carefully structured and sequential.
|(Wed.) Feb. 21st
|(Wed.) Apr. 4th
To sign up for a session, please use this link: https://tinyurl.com/ehssosslt
Please sign up by January 30, 2018
*NOTE* If you are currently taking an ESL course – please speak to Ms. Zhou in the ESL Department about signing after school sessions.
Get a head start and begin preparing for the Literacy Test. Visit the EQAO website for additional resources such as examples of assessment and scoring guides.
Welcome back & Happy New Year!
The Earl Haig SS Teacher Librarians, Mr. Kopyto, Ms. Lo Re, Ms. Philips and Ms. Tsopelas would like to wish all the best for 2018! As we begin the new year, we ask you to challenge yourself with a new year’s resolution.
Start 2018 off right and checkout some of the resources listed below to assist you!
Try focusing on something new such as mental health and well-being. Incorporate meditation into your daily routine.
Annaka Harris website provides tools to help you include meditation into your daily living. There are a number of of prerecorded breathing exercises that can be listened too from the computer or cell phone.
OR download one of the following free meditation apps as a tool for well-being:
Need assistance with staying organized for 2018? Checkout the following resources:
- GoogleKeep (Allows users to pin notes, make lists and attach photos to their note board)
- myHomework Student Planner (Keep all information for courses in one easily accessible area)
- Evernote (Stay organized from anywhere – capture & take notes)
- Any.Do (Helps you get things done – keeps you on track with your schedule)
- Finish (Stay on track! Keep your to-do list handy in your cellphone and check mark as you complete your tasks)
We wish you the best of luck as your challenge yourself in which ever way you choose for 2018!
Interested in a perfect read for the Winter Break?
Welcoming all staff & students to come by the Library Learning Commons to pick up a read just in time for the holidays. If you are interested in online reading, checkout our online books from Follett Shelf.
Visit the Toronto Public Library for a list of great reads, ebooks & digital content.
A musical treat courtesy of Ms. Taylor’s vocal class:
For those with overdue books or fines, please come by to see a Teacher-Librarian as soon as possible.
The EHSS Library Learning Commons wishes you a very safe and happy holiday!
Feeling a little anxious? Come visit the library. We have resources to help you manage your anxiety. a quiet space to relax? Come zen out and colour away your stress at our Colour Me Calm Station in the library!
According to an article in The Guardian, Students: 10 Ways to Beat Stress, easy, simple changes such as eating a varied diet and sleeping better can help you overcome stress.
Have you tried meditation or mindfulness?
Browse the links below to find strategies on how you can incorporate mindfulness into your daily routine:
http://annakaharris.com/mindfulness-for-children/ This website has a number of prerecorded breathing exercises that can be listened too from the computer
Meditate on This: You Can Learn to Be More Compassionate
A new study shows that meditation opens the gateway to compassion March 26, 2008 |By David Biello http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/meditate-on-this-you-can-learn-to-be-more-compassionate/?print=true
Kids Relaxation http://kidsrelaxation.com/
This website has a variety of suggestions for teachers such as dragonfly breathing, Butterfly hugs (see educator resources)
Mindfulness Everyday http://www.mindfulnesseveryday.org/
Website with information about mindfulness includes some videos
Mindful Kids http://mindfulkids.wordpress.com/
Strategies to use with children
Mindfulness in Schools http://www.macleans.ca/society/health/bringing-mindfulness-to-the-school-curriculum/
MacLeans article on Mindfulness in schools
Article on teaching mindfulness to children
What is Fake News?
The New York Times defined “fake news” on the Internet as false articles deliberately fabricated to deceive readers, generally with the goal of profiting through clickbait. Clickbait is content whose main purpose is to attract attention and encourage visitors to click on a link to a particular web page.
- Find credible information from digital magazines, newspapers, encyclopedias, and other resources available online through the EHSS library or through the Toronto Public Library .
Here are some tips from the Toronto Public Library on how to spot Fake News.
Fake News and Social Media
Social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter enable information sharing among their users, and many of these platforms present ‘news’ items, ads or ‘sponsored content’ in a manner that makes it difficult to distinguish real news sources from spoofed sites, or hoax sites. Most social media platform ad space is sold through brokers, meaning the platform often has no idea what is being advertised on their site. These characteristics make social media platforms an ideal place for fake news to flourish.
A good example of this can be seen in this article, where Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s post about fake news is lined up beside two fake news items.
Still not sure? Too good to be true? Browse these websites and check for yourself or speak with a teacher-librarian.
- Media Bias/Fact Check
- Includes a searchable database of media sources and articles that are categorized according to bias, from extreme left to extreme right. Note that “bias” is subjective, and not the same thing as “fact.”
An independent website that covers urban legends, modern folklore, internet rumours, and other stories of questionable origin.
Another independent myth-busting website, this one focuses on dubious stories that resurface year after year, instead of “breaking” news and current events.
What is Open Data?
The idea of Open Data is part of a growing global movement to make public information more accessible.
Technology. Photography. Britannica ImageQuest, Encyclopædia Britannica, 25 May 2016.
For more information browse the website at Open Data Toronto. Explore the City of Toronto’s open data catalogue, including over 255 different data sets from a wide variety of City divisions.
Become familiar with the Toronto’s Public Library Oped Data objectives, policies and guiding principal.
The Toronto Public Library has released datasets on this page.
Learn more about the Toronto public library’s Hackathon by visiting their homepage here.
Need help using , interpreting, or visualizing data? Look at some remarkable data visualization outcomes from the City of Toronto Open Data Gallery, or click here or here for more information.
DAVID PARKER/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
Search Open Data Canada .View Data that is relevant to Canadians, learn how to work with different datasets, and see what people have done with open data across the country.
Remembrance Day – November 11th
On November 11th we remember those who have fallen and who are now stationed abroad to protect the many freedoms we take for granted.
See our display table with print materials and letters from soldiers during WWI and WWII. Learn more about Remembrance Day in Canada through the Canadian Encyclopedia and our History Reference Centre which provides in-depth coverage of World History and sections on both World Wars.
The Toronto Public Library site has a wealth of information you can turn to as well. It includes large host of categorized databases and services that can be of great assistance.
In addition to the above sources, browse information on Veteran’s Affairs Canada and help celebrate Veterans’ Week using the hashtag #CanadaRemembers .
You can also take a look at videos on Remembrance day using the database Curriculum on Demand (see alphabetical list of databases).
Please speak to a Teacher-Librarian to find out more information