Joseph Howe Senior Public School's Mission Statement
Safe and Caring Culture
In September, every student may purchase a Student Agenda which contains our Code of Behaviour. Students are expected to have their agendas in class on a daily basis. Teachers also review the appropriate school and Toronto District School Board policies with their classes. Our school enthusiastically supports the TDSB policies on Safe Schools, and Bullying and Harassment. Joseph Howe also participates in the Empowered Student Partnerships program.
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Communication through Technology
Joseph Howe has a webpage where parents and guardians have access to information about the school. Using the website parents/ guardians may communicate with staff, check daily homework, and view dates for assignments and tests. Newsletters and School Community Council minutes are posted on the website. More information will be posted as we grow in this area.
Role of the Homeroom Teacher
Joseph Howe operates on a rotary system, where subjects are taught by different teachers. In addition to their teaching responsibilities, the homeroom teacher is the link between students, parents, and the school. Joseph Howe also has an Itinerant Guidance Counsellor available each afternoon and all day Friday to assist students with planning for high school.
Classroom and library resources are updated on a regular basis. This year we have focused on major revisions to our library. Our goal is to continually update and renew our print and multimedia collection to both support the requirements of the curriculum, and to provide stimulating resources for our students.
- Empowered Student Partnerships
- Student Crime Stoppers program
- Pathways for Success
- Block Timetabling
- Annual Terry Fox Run
- Grade 7/8 Career Conference
- Integrated Subjects
- Fundraising Initiatives
Student Life - Where You Belong
Our students come to school ready to actively participate. Students have the opportunity to participate in various academic competitions; to be a part of our school teams – including basketball, volleyball, soccer, hockey, cross-country, track and field, baseball, and Bordenball; and to develop their musical skills through band, choir, orchestra, and talent shows. Our school traditionally participates in our own Terry Fox Run. Students develop leadership skills through Student Council, Spirit Days, fundraising initiatives, dances and yearly food drives. Twice each year students and staff participate in special off-site programs. September’s “Beach Blast” enhances team building and school spirit through a day of beach volleyball and related activities, while Winter Activity Day, held in late January, gives students an opportunity to participate in a variety of fun activities not usually available through the school.
WHAT SETS US APART
At Joseph Howe we have developed strategies to raise awareness of harassment, bullying, and racism issues. We have embarked on an awareness program that incorporates not only student understanding, but also involves the Joseph Howe community as a whole. These programs include information sessions, educational materials, discussions of Board policies, in-servicing, and community awareness through our School Community Council and parent forums. We also realize that we must be proactive and maintain a level of awareness that ensures an optimal environment for producing students who care about their community and others. Our School Liaison Officer is also an integral part of our school, and is involved in educating students about drugs, street crime, and bullying. The focus is always on knowing what is “right” and “wrong”, and on making the correct choices. The commitment and hard work of our students and staff, along with the support of our parents and community, make Joseph Howe a safe and caring environment.
PARENT AND COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT
Parents support our programs in numerous ways. They provide transportation for school teams, and large enthusiastic audiences for our performing groups. Parents take a shared responsibility for organizing graduation celebrations. Our School Community Council works diligently to ensure that parent and student concerns are addressed and communication is maintained. Our parents are supportive of fundraising initiatives in which money raised by students go directly to their “accounts” to reduce the cost of year end trips. In addition, Joseph Howe has developed educational partnerships with various community groups, and participates in local community activities.