Grade 8 Guidance: Choices for 9


Grade 8 Night – Preparing for Secondary School is October 18th,

6:30 pm at Birchcliffe PS


September 2018

Dear Parents/Guardians:

Welcome back to another year of learning with your child! This year the TDSB focus will be centered on equity, well-being, and student achievement. Knowing our Students, Engaging our Students, Listening to our Students and Learning from our Students will play a pivotal role in the Guidance Program. We will work hard to inspire students, connect with their passions and assist them to dream about their future. (Unleashing Learning: A Vision For Learning in TDSB)

One of the goals of the guidance program is that every grade 8 student and family will be equipped with the knowledge and information to make an informed and confident decision for choosing an appropriate secondary school program. This is a process that requires a partnership between the student, parents/guardians, teachers, guidance counsellor and our secondary school representatives. This partnership will help ensure that our students will have every opportunity for success as they transition to secondary school. This process will help students become more independent learners. They will acquire the basic habits and skills they will need for lifelong learning and for success both at school and in other areas of their lives.

Creating Pathways to Success

Guidance and Career Education is mandated in our schools through a Ministry of Education Policy Document called “Creating Pathways to Success”.  Creating Pathways to Success sets out the new career development policy for Ontario schools, which involves the implementation of a comprehensive Kindergarten to Grade 12 education and career/life planning program designed to help students achieve their personal goals and become competent, successful and contributing members of society. This is a whole-school program delivered through classroom instruction linked to the curriculum and through broader school programs and activities.
The program framework is a four-step inquiry process built on four questions linked to the four areas of learning in education and career/life planning – Knowing Yourself; Exploring Opportunities; Making Decisions and Setting Goals; and Achieving Goals and Making Transitions.

Guidance will support schools in implementing this program for students in grades 7& 8 utilizing the My Blueprint Program along with other specific classroom activities. Please visit the resource section in our Blog below for further information and resources. Please contact your guidance counsellor if you have any questions or concerns.

I look forward to working with you and your child to ensure that he/she has a positive experience as they transition to secondary school. If you require any further information please do not hesitate to contact me at Samuel Hearne MS office at 416-396-6555 ext. 20040, email or via the Google Appointment form (can be found in your child’s Google Classroom). You are also encouraged to visit the East Region Guidance Blog at for up-to-date information.

“Choices for Nine” invitations will be arriving to the Elementary schools soon. At this important meeting for families, we will be taking a deeper look at the grade 8 to 9 transition process and timelines.


Denise Edwards (LC3 Elementary Itinerant Counsellor)

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