April 2020

Hi Margaret Avenue families and students!

I hope everyone is safe, happy and healthy. Hopefully the students have found activities to keep themselves busy and continue to connect with their friends through social media during this stressful time. To help students navigate these unprecedented times, I have created a Guidance Google Classroom that is full of resources to keep students busy! It has journal pages, mindfulness exercises, colouring sheets, information about Covid-19 and more!

The class code is:  2w6gijt

If you go to the Google Classroom extension, you can click the + sign in the top right corner of the screen and type in the class code in order to join the MRG Guidance Google Classroom.
I will continue to add to it throughout our time away from school. Continue to check the classroom for more assignments and information.  Feel free to reach out to me at emma_galbraith@wrdsb.ca if you have any questions or concerns during this time!

February 2020

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Congratulations to your Grade 8 student who has successfully completed the first term at Margaret Avenue! With Term 2 beginning, we can begin to look forward to next year and all the exciting adventures that await our Mavericks as they begin their transition to high school.

From Friday February 14 at 4:00 p.m. to Thursday February 27 at 4:00 p.m, Grade 8 students have access to the website called MyWay where students can choose their Grade 9 courses. Attached, you will find a MyWay guide to help you navigate through the program and how to select courses. Students have had a presentation in class for how to use MyWay and the presentation is posted on their Google Classroom for further guidance. 

On the MyWay system, you will be able to see teacher recommendations for the strand they believe will help your student be successful in Grade 9 in for the compulsory credits (Academic or Applied -English, French, Math, Science, Geography). If you have any questions about the recommendations made by the teachers, please contact the subject teacher for further conversation. 

The expectation is that students complete the course selection process at home, choosing their Grade 9 courses with parent and/or guardian input. Once the student has completed the course selection, please ensure that it is printed and signed by both your student and parent/guardian. This completed course selection form needs to be printed at home and should be returned to your child’s Core teacher.  If you do not have access to a computer, internet or a printer at home, we will provide an opportunity for students to complete the course selection process in our school library, where students can select their courses with assistance and support from our guidance team, as well as print the course selection form and bring it home to get signed by a parent/guardian. We ask that all course selections are completed and returned with signatures no later than by Tuesday, February 25 to your child’s Core teacher

If you have any questions about the course selection process, please email me at emma_galbraith@wrdsb.ca. Students can also make a guidance appointment to discuss course selections and assistance at school. 


This is the link to the Google Slide presentation that has been shared with the students.


Additional Information to help with MyWay



January 2020

Happy New Year! This is a busy time of year for Grade 8 Mavericks as they are busy finishing their specialty program applications and thinking ahead into February, contemplating their high school course selections.

Here are the deadline for specialty program applications and what the requirements are for a completed applications. Students are encouraged to make a guidance appointment if they have questions!

Below: January and February calendars with important dates around application deadlines, when students find out their results for the applications, audition dates for Eastwood and the course selection dates.

Please reach out to Emma Galbraith (emma_galbraith@wrdsb.ca) if you have any questions.


Dec 16, 2020

Grade 8 students have been busy learning about high school magnet programs, specialty programs, and high school courses they can take next year. Students who are applying to any magnet/specialty programs have been encouraged to attend high school information nights, talk to their guidance counselor Mrs Galbraith, asked a teacher to be their teacher reference and visit the high school’s website for more information about the program. Most students applying to specialty programs need their report cards from Grade 7 (June report card) and Grade 8 (progress report).  Students will either have to scan their own report cards or talk to Mrs. Galbraith about having their report cards scanned and sent to them. At this point, any student who has talked to Mrs. Galbraith or filled out the google form will have their report cards scanned for them and in their Google Drives under their Shared with Me tab.

Students have been encouraged to ask their teacher reference for a recommendation letter before they leave for the December holidays. The deadline is soon after we come back from the holidays (January 15-16) and not all teachers will have time when we return.

Please ask your student to make a guidance appointment to talk about specialty programs if they are interested in applying and Mrs Galbraith can give them more information about the program and the steps to apply if they are interested.


Nov 13, 2019

Thank you very much for all the families and students who came to our grade 8 high school information night. In case you missed the information night or you would like to revisit the information, here is a link to the presentation.



Parents/Guardians of our Grade 8 Mavericks,

On Tuesday November 12, 2018, you are invited to Margaret Avenue for an information night about the high school transition process. From 6-7 pm., Emma Galbraith will discuss diploma requirements, course pathways, course selection process, and specialty programs. There will also be an opportunity to ask questions about the speciality programs to representatives from the high schools (Bluevale, KCI, Eastwood, and Cameron Heights).

We hope to see you at 6 p.m at Margaret Avenue on Tuesday November 12. 


Here is a list of all the high school information nights and times. 

Date Information Night  Time
Tuesday November 12 Margaret Avenue High School Info Night 6:00-7:00 pm
Thursday November 14 Bluevale Choose to Lead and Pre-AP Information Night 7:00-8:00 pm
Tuesday November 19 Cameron Heights International Baccalaureate (IB) Information Night 7:00 pm
Thursday November 21 Bluevale Grade 8 Information Night 6:30-8:30 pm
Wednesday November 27 WCI Magnet Program Information Night 7:00-9:00 pm
Thursday November 28 KCI Fast Forward Information Night 7:00 pm
Thursday December 5 Eastwood Grade 8 Information Night 6:30-7:30 pm
Thursday December 5 Eastwood Integrated Arts Program Information Night 6:30-9:00 pm
Wednesday January 8 WCI Grade 8 Information Night 7:00-9:00 pm
Wednesday January 15 Bluevale Choose to Lead (C2L) and Pre-AP Applications due
Wednesday January 15 KCI Grade 8 Information Night  6:30 pm
Wednesday January 15 Cameron Heights Grade 8 Information Night  7:00 pm
Friday January 17 International Baccalaureate (IB) Applications due
TBD Eastwood Integrated Arts applications due 

Bluevale Choose to Lead

Bluevale Choose to Lead

Choose to Lead Student Application package:  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScLC3Q8I9-tHKZw4VWJv9D8ijvq-2WGz09vbNymm1-n3mSAXg/viewform

Choose to Lead community reference form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSd0_AAYYdZw_1Zs5QzMDTkHGfGSkz67FXeyrJx9UzKK9ucr_Q/viewform

Choose to Lead Teacher Reference form:


Due: Wednesday January 15, 2020

Bluevale Pre-AP

Bluevale Pre-AP

Pre-AP Student application form:


Pre-AP teacher reference form:


Due: Wednesday January 15, 2020 

Eastwood Integrated Arts

Eastwood Integrated Arts

The application for the Integrated Arts program will be made available following the ECI Grade 8 information night on December 5, 2019. 

Due: Thursday January 16, 2020 

Cameron Heights IB

Cameron Heights International Baccalaureate (IB)

Student Application Package form:  Coming in Nov 2019 

Grade 9 Course Selection Form: https://schools.wrdsb.ca/chc/files/2019/10/GR9-IB-Course-Selection-Form-20-21.doc   

Teacher Commentary Form:


Due: Thursday January 16, 2020