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

Teacher Commentary Form:


Due: Thursday January 16, 2020