Guidance

Guidance is an area where students can receive assistance with educational planning, career goals, personal counselling, or referrals to outside agencies.  Guidance counsellors are teachers with additional expertise in the area of Guidance and Career Education and are trained to help students make informed decisions about their future.

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Contact Us - Counsellors, Appointments, Transcripts

Please contact our Guidance Secretary, Mrs. Vallier, with general inquiries: laura.vallier@ddsb.ca , (905)852-3391 x261020
Who is my Guidance Counsellor?
Where to book a Guidance Appointment?
Click the following link for instructions: How to book a Guidance Appointment
Student are also welcome to email their guidance counsellor or message them in their Google Classroom with questions they may have about timetables, volunteer hours, resources....
Any student who is in crisis is welcomed in the Guidance office. Just ask your teacher to let us know that you are on your way!
Parents who wish to schedule an appointment can do so with their child or by calling Mrs. Vallier.
 
 Transcript Request Form

Current and former USS students can obtain a transcript request form by using the link below.

Transcript Request Form

Courses & Programs - Course Selection, Course Catalogue, myBlueprint, Specialty Programs

It's an exciting part of every school year to select which courses you'd like to take for the following year. Here is lots of information to help you along with this process. At any point in the process, students can book themselves an appointment to speak with their counsellor about their plans.
General Information 
Grade 8 Parent/Guardian Information
Course Catalogue 
Course Catalogue 
myBlueprint 
myBlueprint website 
Specialty Programs 
Academy for student athlete development 
Designed to support high school aged student athletes as they strive for success at regional, provincial, national & international levels of competition, the Academy for Student Athlete Development (ASAD) provides one of the most unique and inclusive models to support student athletes on able-bodied, parasport, and Special Olympic performance pathways. For more information, check out the Durham District School Board's page on ASAD
Co-operative Education 
A Co-operative Education program allows students to gain secondary school credits while completing a work placement in the community. This program helps students prepare for apprenticeships, college, university or the workplace. For more information, check out USS's Co-operative Education page
 Specialist High Skills Majors (SHSM)
Specialist High Skills Majors (SHSMs) let students focus on a career path that matches their skills and interests while still meeting the requirements of the Ontario Secondary School Diploma. Students receive the SHSM seal on their diploma when they:
  • complete a specific bundle of 8-10 courses in the student's selected field

  • earn valuable industry certifications including first aid and CPR qualifications

  • gain important skills on the job through cooperative education placements.

At USS, we have four SHSMs to choose from. Ask in person in guidance for more information about these amazing opportunities. You will be automatically enrolled in the SHSM once you take the respective Grade 11 course.

 Summer School
Summer school registration can be completed in myBlueprint.  Registration instructions can be found using the attached document.
 
 

Transitions - New Students & Registrations, Grade 8 Info, Grade 9 Info, Graduation Info, Post-Secondary Planning

 New Students/Registration
 Registration information
 Grade 8's
Grade 8s currently at USS Feeder Schools:

The USS Guidance Team will be visiting schools and doing info presentations in February 2024 for all of our Feeder schools. Click here to view the presentation given by Guidance at our Feeders schools this past February about course selection and becoming a USS tiger.

 

Click the titles below to access the 2 documents created by the DDSB to support Grade 8 students and their families with their transition to high school:

“Choosing my Success Transition Guide” and “Choosing my Success - for Grade 8 students and their families”

Grade 9's
 Graduation
 Grade 12's .... Join the USS Grade 12's Google Classroom for up-to-date notifications of events, dates, deadlines, etc. Contact Mrs. O'Keefe for the link code!
The link above contains important information about:
  • Guidance Appointments

  • Post-Secondary, Graduation

  • myBlueprint Course Selection for 2023-24 (OR what to do if you're not returning)

  • OSAP, and

  • other Post-Secondary Funding

 
 
Post Secondary Planning 
Post Secondary Planning Information 
Post Secondary Info Night Information
 

Help & Support - Mental Wellness, Tutoring, Community Service, Volunteer Hours, Job Opportunities

 
 Mental Wellness
Welcome. Thank you for stopping by.
When it comes to Mental Health and Well-Being, start with the basics .... diet, exercise, sleep, communication, involvement, asking for help, and time for yourself are all important for your mental health. If you are struggling with these basics or you feel that it's not enough and you need more support please check out the interactive board below, the list of links, and of course please reach out to a member of our Guidance Staff to explore resources and counselling options.

 

 Tutoring
 
NEED A TUTOR?
Here is a list of community/student tutors working for a fee: USS Community Tutors
Here is a list of student tutors working for community service hours : USS Student Tutors
Interested in being a community tutor? Complete this Google Form.
Interested in being a student tutor? Complete this application form, get it signed by a parent/guardian, and submit it to Guidance.

The USS Science Department is now hosting an extra help session/room once a week on Tuesday afternoons from 2:00pm - 3:00pm. Click HERE to access the Science Google Site to learn more.

Online support for Math and Science:
www.khanacademy.org - This is a fantastic site with many, many videos explaining specific math/science concepts. It's free, but you are invited to make a donation.
Mathify... homework help for grades 7-10 math.

 

DURHAM BLACK EDUCATORS’ NETWORK

ELEVATE AND EXPAND: COACHING FOR EXCELLENCE

With our continuous focus on optimizing educational experiences and strengthening our commitment to enhancing academic equitable outcomes, in partnership with DDSB’s Student Achievement and Curriculum Department and Minds-On, Durham Black Educators’ Network (DBEN) has created Elevate and Expand: Coaching for Excellence. In it’s 3rd year, this virtual tutoring support program is for Durham District School Board students in Grades 6 – 12who identify as a part of Durham’s Black diaspora.

 

Virtual 1:1 support will be offered through Google Meet. Students will be matched with tutors based on academic strengths and needs, and our tutors’ teaching qualifications. Students will be provided 1 hour of complimentary tutoring per week.

 

Elementary students’ sessions will run throughout each term and Secondary students’ sessions will be based on semesters.

 

Families are kindly asked to complete the Elevate & Expand: Coaching for Excellence Registration Form below, including the media release by 4pm on November 16th .

 

2022-2023 Elevate & Expand: Coaching for Excellence Registration Form

 

Sessions will begin during the week of November 28th 2022

For more information, please send your inquiries to our Program Coordinator at elevate@minds-on.com.

STRESSED FOR THE TEST?
Tests and Exams can be stressful! We have created a presentation that outlines some of the fears that come with tests/exams and how to deal with them by preparing and implementing some useful strategies.
 Community Service Hours and Information
Please see below for all of the details and links you need for your Community Service Hours Graduation Requirement
*Once you have complete your hours, please bring your printed form(s) to
Mrs. Vallier, our guidance secretary, so that they can be approved and inputted.
Revised Community Involvement Graduation Requirement

For students who are graduating in the 2021-2022 school year, the Ministry of Education reduced the graduation requirement to a minimum of 20 hours of community involvement activities. The community involvement graduation requirement of 40 hours will be restored in 2022-2023. Students working towards their OSSD should make sure they meet these graduation requirements in time for their graduating year.

Students can start accumulating their community involvement hours in the summer before entering Grade 9.

Students may wish to consider virtual volunteering, such as connecting with seniors, organizing virtual fundraising events and facilitating discussions with newcomer youth. Outdoor volunteer opportunities could include, for example, picking up litter. Volunteer opportunities, such as connecting young people to be technology mentors to seniors, can be found through agencies such as Spark Ontario.

In addition, the Ministry is providing increased flexibility in how all secondary students can earn hours. At the principal’s discretion, students may count the following towards their community involvement hours:

  • Community involvement during school time, for example, walking a younger child to and from school or helping younger siblings with school work

  • Duties normally performed at home, for example, helping an elderly relative with errands or providing after school care for a sibling

These hours spent in the community are meant to encourage students to:

  • Develop an awareness and understanding of civic responsibility

  • Understand the role they play and contributions they can make to support and strengthen the community

  • Learn more about themselves and possible career opportunities

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT ACTIVITY RECORD

Make sure you keep your Community Involvement Activity Record forms up-to-date with the proper information and signatures. You must submit your completed records to your school for data entry.

REQUIREMENTS

These community activities must:

  • Be completed outside scheduled class time

  • Not be a part of a credit course

  • Be unpaid

  • Total a minimum of 40 hours

  • Be complete by the end of grade 12

ELIGIBLE ACTIVITIES

The Ministry and DDSB have developed a list of activities students may (eligible) or may not (ineligible) choose. Click here for a comprehensive list of eligible activities and suggestions

OPPORTUNITIES

If you're unsure what you want to do for your community hours, check out Volunteer Durham and Youth Opportunities Ontario.

 Volunteer and Job Opportunities
 

 Volunteer Opportunities

Uxbridge Hospital Auxiliary has been affording students the opportunity to complete their required volunteer hours for several years. Greet. direct and answer patient and visitor enquiries at the main entrance to the hospital. Training will be provided.

3 pm 6 pm Monday to Thursday.

Contact Bev Latva, Director of Volunteers at uchauxiliary@oakvalleyhealth.ca or (905)852-9777 ext 5237

Joseph Gould Fun Fair

Joseph Gould is looking for volunteers for their Fun Fair on June 6th from 5-8 p.m.  The Fun Fair will include face painting, a haunted house, raffle baskets, a barbeque and so much more! Please email JGPSFunFair2024@gmail.com if you are interested. 

JGPS Fun Fair

Ontario Regiment Museum

The Ontario Regiment Museum in Oshawa is looking for volunteers to help with their "Tank Saturdays" monthly events. The museum is home to Canada's largest collection of operational historic military vehicles.  Contact info@ontrmuseum.ca or (905) 728-6199 for more information.  

ReachView Village

ReachView Village is looking for volunteers to help with their senior residents. Scheduling is ongoing but volunteers will need to have a police check completed.  Contact Carlisle Britton at carlisle.britton@reveraliving.com (905) 852-9747.

Uxbridge Lions Food Booth

The Uxbridge Lions food booth is looking for volunteers for Thursday evenings from 5pm-8pm to help sell food at Elgin Park. Contact Eric Nidd at EricNidd@gmail.com (416-476-8850).

Uxbridge Public Library

Do you love reading and playing games?  The Uxbridge Public Library is looking for reading buddies to help with students from grades 1 to 3.  Tuesdays or Thursdays from 3:45pm-5:15pm, January 16th to March 7th.  Contact Andrea at andrea.stewart@uxlib.com (905-852-9747) for more information.

Butternut Manor Volunteer Opportunity

Butternut Manor Volunteer Info

North Durham Taekwondo
Tutor students for an after school program. Mon- Fri either 3 PM - 4 PM and/ or 5 PM - 6PM email resume to info@northdurhamtkd.ca with your availability.
Duncan Memorial Baseball Tournament and Fundraiser

May 25th, we come together to support the Duncan family and Bonner Boys! Softball, kid and adult games, food, bev, raffles and prizes! Volunteers needed to run games for younger children, apply glitter tattoos, greet people, hand out prizes, etc. May 25, 8am-6pm.  Contact Monica at monicadawn39@gmail.com or 519-574-4569 to volunteer or for more information.

Sixteen28 Art

I am looking for one or two volunteers. One to help with painting and decorating a chalkboard wall so hoping for a student that loves art. The second to help set up a website. And if possible one of them could help with social media posts for the studio. I am a small start up studio here in Uxbridge, looking to build relationships and inspiration within the community. Feel free to contact me with any questions-Stephanie Fournier. sfournier1628@gmail.com
Walk for Guide Dogs/Uxbridge Lions Club
Sunday May 31, 2024. Looking for an animal lover, interested in helping raise funds for the dog guide program, run by Lions Canada, dress for the weather, can fundraise as well.  Contact Rick Carlstrom at rsundance1000@icloud.com for more information or to sign up.
Uxbridge Run for the Diamond
Uxbridge Hospital Fundraiser. Sunday June 23/24. Family fun event includes 5&10 km walks/runs. Thru the trails of Uxbridge. Help your community by volunteering to be a course marshall and direct walkers and runners to keep them on the routes marked. Contact Maggie Ferraro at maggieferraro@icloud.com for more information and to sign up.
2024 Run for the Diamond
 
Springtide Music Festival
Springtide Music Festival brings its annual three-day celebration of community and music to Uxbridge, Ontario from June 6–8, 2024, featuring a wide range of musical genres and over 60 Canadian acts in a diverse set of downtown venues. Volunteers needed to: Set-up/tear-down, runners, ticket/merch sales, MC-ing (family-friendly venues) support, inventory check support. Volunteer at https://springtidemusicfestival.com/volunteer-at-springtide/
SpringTide Music Festival
Willowjays Summer Camp
Working at a Summer camp with kids aged 4-11 years old. July - August, Monday - Friday from 8-4pm. Looking for someone who loves sports, kids and arts and crafts. Must be willing to help organize programs, sports, games and arts and crafts for kids aged 4-11 years old. Tidying the barn and washrooms. Located at 10430 Sideroad 17, Sunderland, ON. Contact Renée Aarts at renee@willowjays.ca to volunteer.
St. Joseph's School Spring Carnival
Looking for volunteers at the St Joseph carnival event. Raffle baskets, food trucks, games, prizes, cotton candy, balloon animals and so much more. Please contact Julie Gorman at julleeea@hotmail.com or 289-314-6451.
 
Brooklin Spring Fair VolunteersGuided Trail Walk
Job Postings

 Durham Forest Summer Day Camp Junior Counsellor

This 8 week position is a counsellor position that supports the Summer Camp Director and the 2 Day Camp Instructors in the running of the Durham Forest Summer Day Camp in Uxbridge. This position is available to a Secondary School student with interests in Outdoor Environmental learning, outdoor education, and nature, land-based learning opportunities for campers that promote physical, emotional and social well being.

Camp begins July 2 and runs until August 23, 2024. Training days prior to start date depending on students’ availability.

Employment Requirements :

  • Valid First-Aid certificate (proof req)
  • Must be registered in Secondary School for Sept (proof req)
  • Previous experience at Durham Forest an asset, but not necessary
  • Own transportation to and from Durham Forest daily
  • Previous experience with children in a positive summer setting an asset
  • Contribute and collaborate with Durham Forest staff to plan and program inquiry and land based activities to support students
  • Trail and building maintenance as needed


Job Responsibilities:

  • Care, safety, and supervision of children aged 7-12
  • Teaching nature-based programming
  • Maintaining property and equipment
  • Work under and responsible to the Summer Camp Director and Camp Counsellors

 

The DDSB is committed to equity and inclusion in the recruitment and hiring of qualified staff who reflect the diversity of our region. We encourage submissions from candidates who represent the various dimensions of diversity. We are committed to providing barrier-free and accessible employment practices in compliance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). Should you require accommodation through any stage of the recruitment process, please make them known when contacted and we will work with you to meet your needs.

 

Senior Citizen Looking for Yard Help

I am a senior and am finding it difficult to do the heavier work in the garden such as edging, lifting bags of soil. I have a small shed that needs better organization and a good sweeping. I am willing to pay an efficient young man (or strong girl) who would like some extra pocket money. Will pay $20 an hour for the right person.  Located on 2nd concession Uxbridge. Contact Mike at mike@dinmont.ca or call (905) 473 2817 for more information.

Is your organization looking for volunteers?  Post your opportunity here ...
LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEERS?

If you are part of a non-profit organization/individual and would like to post a community service / volunteer opportunity, please click the white rectangular button below and fill out the form provided. Be sure to include your email address / phone number so that we can contact you regarding your request.

If you have any questions or concerns please reach out to Mrs. O'Keefe at kathleen.okeefefoster@ddsb.ca or 905-852-3391 x261021

Request for volunteer form