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School Climate Survey

Boards across Ontario are required to conduct anonymous school climate surveys of their students (Grade 4-12), parents, and school staff at least once every two years. A safe, inclusive and accepting school environment is essential for student success and well-being. The data collected from these surveys helps to inform school and board planning aimed at preventing bullying and harassment. Students and staff will be completing the survey electronically between April 27th and May 18th. Student participation is not mandatory, and if you do not wish your child to participate please notify the school in writing.

Students, please enter the following code when filling in the survey: 0-SPA-428-D (You may want to copy and paste this code)

We are asking parents and guardians to complete a survey as well. The parent survey is available April 27th to May 18th. Parents will need to input the following code when filling in the survey: 4-UCC-922-C (You may want to copy and paste this code)

Alternatively, you can request a paper copy of the survey.

It is important that we hear from as many parents as possible. Thank you for taking the time to provide this important feedback.

To begin the survey, click the button below:

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The annual SDSS Plant Sale begins on Thursday, May 7th, from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. The sale will continue on every Thursday in May.


Wonderful opportunities for learning beyond the classroom continue to be offered by SDSS teachers, including EnergyWORKS on April 22 when students can learn about Ontario's energy supply and careers in the local, national and global energy sector, complete with a tour and simulations.  This opportuniy, along with others is available to interested students - Specialist High Skills Major or not! Permission forms and the agenda for the day can be downloaded here:
EnergyWORKS Agenda.pdf
EnergyWORKS 5603.pdf
AF 6813 Health and Safety.pdf
Please complete EnergyWorks 5603 form and the Health and Safety form and return to Mrs. Darlington Smith as soon as possible!

Multi-Year Strategic Plan survey
The Bluewater District School Board Multi-Year Strategic Plan (launched in 2012) is being reviewed for current relevance.  To assist with the review, a survey is available on the board website until April 24, 2015 at the following link:  

Bluewater District School Board is inviting members of the public to participate in a survey as it reviews its Multi-Year Strategic Plan.  The survey, which includes a brief introduction video, is available until April 24, 2015 at the link provided below.  There are 10 survey questions to help determine whether or not the Multi-Year Strategic Plan continues to meet the needs of Bluewater District School Board in supporting student success and well-being.  

Participate in the Multi-Year Strategic Plan survey at the following link on the Bluewater District School Board website:  

Review the current Multi-Year Strategic Plan:

Forestry-Horticulture Trip
The Forestry/Horticulture trip that took place on Thursday, April 8. The class toured to forestry sites managed by Jesse Henrich of Lands and Forests. The students learned about forest management, harvesting practices, tree marking, data logging and tree identification. ~Picture by Mr. Day

A Good day for SDSS at the Regional Technological Skills Challenge In Owen Sound

Construction teacher Bud Halpin took several SDSS students to the Skills Challenge in Owen Sound.

In the Carpentry Team of 2: Garett Shular and Matt Walters came in second.

In the Electrical Challenge: 1st place, Shiann Booth (just in grade 11), 2nd place, Coby Stanley; and
3rd place, Andrew Devison.

The electrical challenge was all SDSS students, but we had dedicated students that all came in on their time to practice, and it was a very tight contest. They all scored highly.

The Electric Challenge students also got a presentation on apprenticeships, information on college courses, and a chance to talk with an electrical contractor.

Bud was able to give the electrical group a small tour of Georgian College and show them some of the shops.

Shiann Booth goes on to  the Ontario Technological Skills Competition, which is held at RIM Park in Waterloo on May 4 - 6, 2015. The Ontario Technological Skills Competition (OTSC) is Canada's largest skilled trades competition with over 65 contests, 1,900 competitors and 20,000 spectators.

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(L to R) Shiann Booth, Coby Stanley, Andrew Devison
Back row: Connor DeRoos, Austin Morris, Liam Comyn, Nick Bamford.
Front Row: Shiann Booth, Coby Stanley, Andrew Devison.

Coaching Honours

Kevin Darlington has been selected as the South Division Junior AND Senior Boys coach for the year end All-Star Showcase. This may be the first time that this honour has been bestowed on a coach. Congratulations, Kevin!

Costa Rica - Pura Vida!
Twenty-five students from Saugeen District Secondary School had the great fortune to travel to Costa Rica over March Break. To read more click on the link:

Regional Technological Skills Challenge In Owen Sound
Secondary school students from Bruce and Grey counties will compete in the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Technological Skills Challenge this Friday:

Student Visitors
Exchange students get taste of Canada
Three students and their host families took part in the Muskoka Language International program.
ST23Mar15-Student visitors.pdf

News about Paul Martin's Visit to SDSS

Pictures from Paul Martin's Visit

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SDSS Boys Win Silver at Curling

Congrats to Matthew, Conor, Seamus, Joel and Mr Walker for a silver medal finish to the season! Way to go Royals!

Royal Pride!!

The halls of Saugeen District Secondary School are gleaming, shiny, and scented with the hint of a fresh paint job.  The lockers are pristine, the classrooms are loaded with state of the art Smart Technology, and the halls are teaming with enthusiastic students who ooze Royal Pride.  Click on the link below to continue reading...Royal Pride Article.pdfP1040055.jpg

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