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Laval Junior Academy
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Notices

From our agenda ... [B5512 - L. VENDITTI:2017-10-12]

EVALUATION

Laval Junior Academy’s evaluation process is consistent with the Quebec Education Program.  Our goal is to promote the success of all students.

Laval Junior Academy applies a range of appropriate evaluation methods emphasizing the development of competencies.  Evaluation is integrated into the educational activities and fosters the full development of students. 

In the first cycle of high school, Secondary I and II, students are evaluated on an on-going basis during the two year cycle. Students who are not succeeding by the end of the first year in the core subjects may be asked to attend summer school to help bridge any gaps between the two years of the cycle, as well as at the end of the cycle.  At the end of the cycle, teachers and administrators make recommendations for each student’s placement in cycle II of high school.

  • Remediation is available to all students and will be posted on the school website by September 30th, 2017.
  • It is the student’s responsibility to make up a missed class test or evaluation.  Failure to do so may result in consequences issued by the teacher.
  • Cheating and plagiarism will not be tolerated.

 

SCHOOL AGENDA                                                                                 

The main focus for all partners in education will be the proper use of the School Agenda. This educational tool will be used in many ways.

  • All students will be required to have an agenda and to carry it with them at all times (except lunch and recess).
  • Students will write all homework in their agendas.
  • The agenda will become a parent-teacher communication tool.
  • Students will pay to replace agendas that have been defaced, damaged or lost.

TEXTBOOKS AND CLASS NOVELS                                                                                              

  • In September all students are provided with textbooks and certain supplies for courses.
  • Should a student require a second issue or should the original not be returned, the student will be charged the price of the replacement.
  • All textbooks are to be returned in June on or before the day of the exam.  Failure to return the textbook will result in additional cost added to the student’s account.
  • If a student departs from school during the year, then the textbooks should be returned to the Library.
  • This applies to class novels as well.

WORKBOOKS:

Students will be provided with the workbooks required for their courses.  Students will pay for workbooks that have been defaced, damaged or lost.

HOMEWORK

The Laval Junior Academy’s homework policy is designed as a framework for learning beyond the classroom.  It is also a place to assist students in their goals to become independent, life-long learners.  Good homework practices support the development of strong management for the learner.

It is the goal of the Laval Junior Academy teaching staff that students recognize homework assignments as an important extension of their classroom learning as well as an opportunity to review and practice previously taught concepts and skills.  Homework needs to be a part of every student’s daily routine.  Time spent on homework will vary based on several factors including the learning needs of the individual student.  Daily reading is the most important of homework task.  Reading independently or recreationally is crucial to a child’s academic success.

 

TEACHERS’ RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Teachers are responsible for teaching the necessary skills for successful homework completion, such as organizing materials, time, use of student agenda and the prompt feedback/review of homework tasks.
  • Teachers will monitor the quality and content of the students’ completed work on an on-going basis as part of the Formative Assessment process, providing constructive feedback to students.
  • Teachers will communicate homework information with parents when necessary. However, it is the students’ responsibility to write their homework in the school agenda.

STUDENTS’ RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Students are responsible for ensuring that they understand the task; requesting help when needed; completing the homework to the best of their ability, and appropriately managing their time and materials.
  • Students are responsible to be on time for class.
  • Students are expected to use class time effectively at all grade levels.  Each student is responsible for completing homework to the best of his/her ability.
  • Students are to keep a daily record of homework assignments with the regular use of the school agenda.
  • Students should review the work and the notes from each day and practice what they have learned.
  • Students should apply time management skills when planning for the completion of short term and long term assignments and in studying for tests.
  • Students should ask for assistance from the teacher or a parent, when needed.
  • Students can expect an appropriate consequence at the classroom level for incomplete homework assignments.
  • Students who do not complete homework on a frequent basis can be subject of further and more serious consequences.

PARENTS’ RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Parents are responsible for providing an appropriate environment for the child, monitoring the homework, signing the agenda, and communicating with teachers.
  • Parents need to encourage students to be independent learners by supervising the completion of homework with minimal but appropriate input, where needed.

 

SOME SPECIFIC COURSE INFORMATION

VISUAL ARTS

Art students will be expected to value and take care of all the art room tools, mediums, and supplies; to use them in appropriate ways, to respect fellow students’ things, clean up after themselves and to give only productive input concerning the work of others. Harsh comments and put downs will not be allowed.

Students are expected to bring a pencil and an eraser every class. Students will often be asked to bring other art materials to class (markers, pencil crayons, glue stick, rulers etc). A list of materials will be included in the course outline given by th Visual Arts teacher. Students are responsible for their own materials and should make sure that they are kept clean and safe. 

Students will receive a sketchbook at the beginning of the school year which is charged in their school fees. The purpose of a sketchbook is to make the student look closer at things, use their imagination, explore ideas, techniques of interest and to challenge them. Sketchbooks must remain in class unless it is taken home to practice or do homework. Students are required to work in a sketchbook throughout the school year. The sketchbook is evaluated at the end of each term.

SCIENCE LABS - LAB SAFETY RULES

  • You must wait outside the lab until your teacher gives you permission to enter.
  • Always pay close attention to the instructions given to you by your teacher or lab tech. Follow these instructions and respect the material. Carefully re-read all the instructions before beginning the experiment.
  • You must wear safety glasses and a lab-apron in the lab.
  • Tie back long hair (girls and boys) and roll up sleeves.
  • Dress appropriately: do not wear bulky or loose fitting clothes (hoodies are not permitted in the lab), scarves and necklaces or any dangling jewellery. Avoid clothing made of flammable material.
  • Wear closed-toe shoes: no sandals, high heels or wedges.
  • Do not wear contact lenses in the lab.
  • Report all injuries (big or small) immediately to your teacher or lab tech.
  • Clean up all spills and any broken glass immediately as instructed by your teacher or lab tech.
  • Maintain appropriate behavior at all times: do not run, do not fool around, do not behave carelessly and do not disturb those who are at work.
  • Do not eat, drink or chew gum in the lab.
  • To smell an odor, fan a little of the vapour towards your nose, never smell a chemical up close.
  • Do not taste anything in the lab.
  • Do not throw any chemicals down the sink, unless instructed to by your science teacher or lab tech.
  • Do all experimental work in designated areas; keep all your books at your desk.
  • Always stand while conducting an experiment.
  • Do not leave a flame unattended.
  • Never heat empty glassware or corked test tubes.
  • When heating a substance, make sure it is not pointing towards anyone, and do not bring your face directly over a container.
  • To avoid contamination, do not return unused chemicals into the original container. Never put a pipette, a spatula or a dropper into a reagent bottle. Instead pour some reagent into a small beaker and use that as your supply.
  • Safety equipment (eye-wash station, emergency shower, fire blanket, fire extinguisher) are available for emergency use – do not misuse them.
  • Clean up your workspace and put away the equipment before leaving the lab.
  • Always wash your hands upon completion of an experiment.

 

 

ERC:  COMMUNITY SERVICE

Secondary 1:  Must complete 5 hours per term, 15 hours for the whole year.

Secondary 2:  Must complete 10 hours per term, 30 hours for the whole year.

The following is not exclusive.  It contains examples of activities that are suitable for completion of the community involvement requirement.

In your parish/place of worship:

  • Assisting a catechist
  • Any other group or activity within your place of worship that requires volunteers

In the School Community:

  • Participating in school committees/clubs – Student Council, Art Club, Yearbook Club, Green Club, etc.
  • Peer Helping / Tutoring (with adult supervision)
  • Assisting social action charity projects.  Free the Children, food drives etc.
  • Assisting any teacher with special needs students
  • Assisting the Spiritual Animator or any teacher or staff member for a variety of tasks ex: open house, parent’s night, cleaning desks, raking leaves, supervision in the Games Room.

In the Wider Community:

  • Helping in soup kitchens, food banks
  • Coaching a community team
  • “Adopting a Grandparent” – visiting and doing odd jobs for a senior (not a member of your family)
  • Volunteering in a senior citizen’s home, hospital or day care (not family run)
  • Volunteering as a girl guide/scout leader/cadets
  • Assisting physically and mentally challenged individuals
  • Tutoring for a non-profit organization

Examples of Community Service that ARE NOT PERMITTED:

  • Duties normally performed at home or for any relative(s)
  • Duties taking place in a factory, store, office, garage, bank or any other commercial establishment.
  • Activities taking place during the summer (July and August)
  • Activities taking place during the time allotted for the instructional program on a school day.  However, an activity that takes place during the student’s lunch breaks or after school is permissible.
  • Duties that would normally be performed for wages by a person in the workplace
  • Joining of a sports team that represents our school
  • Duties involving the operation of a vehicle, power tools, or scaffolding
  • Duties involving the administration of any type or form of medication or medical procedure to other persons.
  • Duties that require the knowledge of a tradesperson whose trade is regulated by the provincial government.
  • Duties involving banking or handling of securities, jewelry, works of art, antiques or other valuables.
  • Activities / assignments that are requirements of a class, or course in which the student is enrolled.

It is expected that the community sponsors ensure that student volunteers are provided with safety instructions and are trained and supervised to ensure a safe and mutually beneficial volunteer experience.

Any concerns should be directed to Mr. Domenic Di Stefano @ (450) 680-3044 ext. 1431.

Important:

  • The form must be submitted during class time and prior to the deadlines provided above. 
  • Not meeting the deadlines will result in an automatic failure. No extensions allowed.
  • Form may NOT be signed by relatives
  • Only hours completed for Non-Profit Organizations qualify as community service.
LJA Code of Conduct [E5511 - L. VENDITTI:2017-10-12]

SCHOOL CLOSURES:

The best way to get the most accurate and reliable information is to consult the homepage of the board’s website  www.swlauriersb.qc.ca, our Facebook page www.facebook.com/swlsb or to call the Administrative Centre line at 450-621-5600 or 1-866-621-5600.

GENERAL EXPECTED BEHAVIOUR

Students are expected to behave in a respectful manner toward their peers, their surroundings and all adults working in the building.  This includes (and is not limited to) the use of vulgar language, aggressive body language and dangerous behavior. Major and minor offences can and will result in a referral to the school administration.  Consequences may include a parental conference, detentions, student suspension or expulsion. 

GENERAL DRESS CODE   

An increasing number of public schools have adopted a dress code.  Dress codes generate a number of benefits, which should not be overlooked: 

  • It discourages trespassers on school grounds
  • It can reduce obvious socio-economic disparity amongst students 
  • It fosters a strong sense of belonging and school spirit
  • It sets a high standard for neatness and self-discipline
  • It encourages the student to focus on developing his/her own inner self in areas such as personality, behaviour, academic achievement, communication and other inter-personal skills.

TOP: SOLID WHITE POLO or SOLID BLACK POLO (top = collared top) or SCHOOL-ISSUED CLOTHING. May be accompanied by a black or white cardigan, vest or sweater.

BOTTOM: SOLID BLACK:  pants, track pants (with or without white stripes), jeans, Capri pants, Bermuda shorts, skirts.

The following will NOT be PERMITTED:

  • T-Shirts not issued by the school
  • Logos / writing with vulgar, racial or political slurs
  • Hats and caps worn indoors
  • Logos / writing larger than a two-dollar coin
  • Low cut tops
  • Hoods covering the head
  • Bare back tops
  • Scarves / bandannas (unless for religious reasons)
  • Bare midriff
  • Oversized / undersized clothes                       
  • Sleeveless tops/Spaghetti strap camisoles
  • Revealing / transparent clothes
  • Short shorts
  • Blue jeans
  • Short (mini) skirts
  • Pants worn below the waist level
  • Visible undergarments
  • Rubber bands tied at waist behind one’s back
  • Revealing leggings/tights/tight clothing etc.
  • Torn or ripped clothing

ATTENDANCE, LATE ARRIVALS & SIGN-INS

Students are expected to arrive at school on time.  In the event of a late arrival, students must sign in with the reception secretary at the general office. Authorized late arrivals will be registered as "SIGN-INS".  (Parents or guardian must call or provide a note to the school). Unauthorized late arrivals will be entered into the student's file.  Consequences / detentions may be issued by administration.

ABSENTEEISM

Parents must notify the school if their child is absent. When a student has been absent from school for any reason, notification can be done with the presentation of a dated note signed by a parent or guardian, by telephone (450-680-3044 & Press #1) or by email at rhuss@swlauriersb.qc.ca. Excessive absences for no valid reason may jeopardize a student being allowed to complete a school year or have undesirable academic consequences.

SIGNING OUT OF SCHOOL

In the event of an illness, a personal family matter or an appointment, all students must sign out of school with the reception secretary at the general office.  A note from the parent/guardian, a phone call or an email is essential before any “sign out” will be authorized.

MID-TERM AND FINAL EXAM PRESENCE

Students must be present for all examinations. Only the following reasons for absence will be accepted:

  • Sickness (medical certificate required).
  • Court appearance (subpoena, probation).
  • Participation in a school sponsored event.
  • Pre-authorized absence by the administration in collaboration with the parents.

VACATIONS

Parents who foresee a vacation during the year should utilize the weeks of vacation outlined in the school calendar. If you must go away during school days, it is required that you inform the general office about your child's extended absence. Please take special note of the EXAM PERIODS outlined in the school calendar. Students will still be responsible for school work and new materials covered during their absence.

MEDICATION

No medication of any kind (including aspirin) may be given to students by school personnel without written authorization from a physician and parent. In special circumstances, it is advisable to contact the nurse to explain exactly what is required.

VALUABLES

Students are advised not to bring large sums of money or expensive items to school.  Students are responsible for the safekeeping of their own valuables. 

The school cannot be held responsible for valuables or money that is lost or stolen.

HALL PASS  

In order to assist the school in providing a safe environment, students out of class are required to have a hall pass given by their teacher. Students out of class without the proper authorization will be returned to class.

FIELD TRIPS

Field trips will be organized from time to time as a way of supplementing or complementing the curriculum for students in good behavioral standing.

Field trips are usually self-financed and each participating student is asked to pay his/her share. For any authorized trip and activity sponsored by the school, a permission slip must be signed by the parent/guardian.  All pertinent information, price, details of departure/arrival times, etc. is provided by the sponsoring teacher.

The school cannot be held responsible for valuables or money that is lost or stolen during field trips.

ELIGIBILITY FOR STUDENT ACTIVITIES

Eligibility for students to participate in extra-curricular activities and outings:

  • Students must be in good behavioral standing
  • Any student who has been suspended or has met the administration for disciplinary purposes may not be eligible for the next scheduled school activity (school dances, school field trips). The administration reserves the right to refuse any student to participate in school activities.
  • Unless prior agreement has been made with the school administration, any student who has not paid his school fees will not be eligible to participate in any school activity.  On payment of any debt the student regains good standing status.

FOOD

Consumption of food is permitted in certain areas of the school but NOT in:

  • Library
  • Auditorium
  • Washrooms/locker rooms
  • Hallways & staircases

LOCKERS

Since students work in many rooms, books, physical education gear and personal belongings are kept in their lockers. These lockers are for the protection of the students’ possessions. The following rules should be remembered:

  • Lockers are school property and may be checked for cleanliness, unauthorized personal property and other contraband.
  • A combination lock will be loaned to students (2 students per locker). The school is not responsible for items lost, damaged or stolen. 
  • Locker and lock combinations will be registered at the Student Services office, together with the name of the students who are sharing the locker.
  • Your locker combination must not be given to any other student.
  • Do not open another student’s locker.
  • You must keep your assigned locker. Lockers may not be switched nor traded.
  • If the school lock is lost, stolen or damaged, the students will be responsible for the replacement cost.
  • Careful planning of trips to lockers will help save time and prevent tardiness - students are to assure they have all the necessary materials for each class.
  • Students must bring a personal lock for gym lockers.
  • Before leaving a locker, check to see that it is tightly closed and locked.
  • If you cannot open your locker, go the student services office. If your physical education locker will not open, see your physical education teacher.
  • Lockers are a privilege that may be taken away in the event of misuse.
  • School bags, bags, jackets, boots etc. must be left in the locker.  They are not to be brought to class.

** The administration reserves the right to verify any student’s locker, bags or personal items in order to gather information or confiscate illegal items or substances when they believe there is sufficient cause.

 

PHYSICAL EDUCATION UNIFORM

All students are required to participate in Physical Education classes unless excused for medical reasons.  Each exemption must be supported by a letter from a physician.

  • All students must wear a school-issued t-shirt and shorts or track pants with appropriate running shoes. 
  • Please note a School Physical Education Uniform is given to all Secondary 1 students at the
  • beginning of the school year and charged in school fees.  Secondary 2 students may use last year’s uniform or have the possibility to purchase a new uniform at a reasonable price.
  • On dress-down days, students are required to wear their gym uniform during their Phys. Ed. period.
  • Gym uniforms are not permitted in other classes.
  • The consequences for not following the above dress code will be determined by the administration.

 

BIKES, SKATEBOARDS, SCOOTERS & ROLLERBLADES

  • Bikes and scooters brought to school are the responsibility of the students.
  • Bikes and scooters are not allowed inside the building.
  • Bikes and scooters may be locked to the designated area at the front of the buildings.
  • Skateboards and segways are not to be used on school property.
  • Rollerblades and/or roller shoes are not permitted.

USE OF ELECTRONIC DEVICES AT SCHOOL

Under no circumstances are electronic devices (iPods, cell phones, hand-held video games, headphones, earphones etc.) to be used, seen or heard outside of the Cafeteria and Block C.

Each time a student decides not to comply with this policy, the device will be confiscated and parents will be notified. Should a student be found with any electronic device during a class test, quiz or formal examination without the teacher’s permission, the student’s paper will be confiscated and the examination will be nullified.  

Electronic devices confiscated will be returned at a later time and may require parental pick-up.

Filming in school is not allowed unless authorized by a staff member.

Any digital content taken on school property may not be uploaded or posted on social media, unless given proper authorization by a staff member.

 

EMERGENCY PROCEDURES AND PREPAREDNESS 

Fire Drill

A fire drill is a practiced procedure.Here are the main rules:

  • Students must evacuate the building under the direction of the staff as quickly and quietly as possible.
  • Each classroom has a posted ''exit direction'' sign.
  • The first students arriving at an exit door will remain and keep the door open.
  • Students must stay with their class and observe the ''no talking'' rule in force during the evacuation of the building.
  • Once outside, students are to move away from the building and remain in class groups as attendance will be taken and reported.

Emergency Closure

In the event of an emergency closure, such as a power failure, all students are to remain in the classroom/teaching area in which they are located.  Students in totally blacked out areas will be directed by their teachers to the nearest suitable area. Parents will be notified and urged to make the necessary arrangements to deal with such emergencies.

Lock Down

  • In the event of a lock-down, all students will remain in their classroom and out of sight lines. 
  • This is a practiced procedure.
  • Every classroom is equipped with a set of instructions as well as necessary materials for all emergency procedures.
  • Fire drills and lock downs will be practiced during the school year.

 

STUDENT SERVICES DEPARTMENT                    

The Student Services Department is composed of a team of professionals, which includes a guidance counselor, a social worker, a nurse and an educational psychologist.These professionals are ready, willing and able to assist students and their families with a wide variety of concerns. Students and their families are encouraged to consult this team regarding:

  • Education planning                                                          
  • Health issues and concerns
  • Interpersonal conflict
  • External support services

Student Support Centre  

When a student’s behaviour is such that it is creating a distraction in class to the point where it interferes with a teacher’s lesson and prevents others from receiving the benefits of the learning environment OR a student has not lived up to the outlined behavioural expectations, that student may be asked to report to the Student Support Centre.  While at the Centre a student will complete work in isolation from others and review the circumstances that led to being there with the goal of learning possible alternative behaviours so as to avoid future visits.

Students may complete a reflection sheet and may be required to attend a scheduled meeting with their teacher and administration prior to resuming regular daily activities.

It is important to note that any student required to be in Student Services during the course of a school day will not participate in any extra-curricular activities that day or attend a school function that evening.

Students are referred to Student Services by administration and sometimes upon the request of teachers to administration.

 

CAFETERIA

The cafeteria will be open in the morning before class, at recess time and during lunch.

Meal Cards are available for the lunchtime period.  They offer a reduced cost per meal and ensure a well-balanced lunch.  Moreover, with a meal card, students do not have to carry money.   A complete yearly menu is available and distributed in the student information package during the first week of school.  For more information, please contact the Cafeteria Services at (450) 680-3044 ext: 8865.

Students are responsible to pick up after themselves.  Littering and rude behavior in the cafeteria will not be tolerated.

Energy drinks:

The term ‘energy drink’ is commonly used to refer to packaged beverages containing naturally occurring and/or added caffeine, added sugar and other sweeteners, herbal stimulants such as guarana, and flavoured ingredients.  Although other types of beverages have similar features, ‘energy drinks’ are regulated by Health Canada as caffeinated energy drinks (CED) and are distinct from other products sold in Canada such as caffeinated soft drinks, ‘energy shots”, and sports drinks.  These particular beverages are not recommended to be consumed by children and, therefore, are banned at Laval Junior Academy.  Students are not permitted to drink these types of beverages on school property.

 

LOST AND FOUND

Any article of value or clothing found in the school should be given to the student supervisor. Articles left over three months will be given to a worthy cause on behalf of the student body.

Found textbooks should be returned to the library.                                           

 

STUDENT COUNCIL

Student Council organizes activities and school dances and runs the Games Room.  Student Council is comprised of ten active, outgoing and motivated students from both Sec. 1 and Sec. 2.  An interview process will be held at the end of September to recruit the members for the entire school year.  To be on and to remain on Student Council, a student must be in good standing (academics and behaviour).

 

 

LIBRARY

Students may use the library as a place to work, research information or to read a good book.   

General rules:

  • During class time, students MUST present their signed agenda, a hall pass, or a note from their teacher stating that they are allowed to be in the library.
  • Students are expected to work quietly and replace books and chairs after use.
  • Students are asked to put their bags and coats in the cubbies near the doors.
  • Eating and drinking are not allowed.
  • Library computers are for research and school work only (no games, no social media). (Students and their parents/guardians must complete and sign the prescribed User Agreement for Information and Communication Technology Resources Form to initiate computer privileges.)
  • Magazines are for library use only.
  • If the library is closed, students may return items in the Book Return Slots in both doors.
  • To consult reserve items kept behind the counter, please ask the librarian.

Photocopying and printing:

Printing and photocopying are available.    

Cost:      Black and White:     $0.25 per sheet

Colour              $1.00 per sheet

 

Loans:

  • A personalized ID number is required when borrowing material.
  • Students may borrow a maximum of 2 books at a time. (Class sets do not count.)
  • Students may borrow a maximum of 1 movie at a time. (Movies must be reserved in advance by the day before the last school day of the week, and must be returned the morning of the first school day back.)
  • Students must return overdue books and pay outstanding fines before renewing a book or borrowing a new item.
  • Loan Periods:
    • Books:     10 school days
    • Movies:    1 movie, weekend loan only
    • Reference books:  overnight loans only
  • Late Fees:
    • Books      $0.25 per day (Max. $5.00)
    • Movies     $1.00 per day (Max. $20.00)

Students are responsible for any items they borrow. If the item is lost, the student must pay the replacement cost and any late fees they have incurred.

 

SUPERVISION                        

Supervision of students begins at 8:10 a.m.  Therefore, students are asked not to be in school prior to 8:10 a.m.  At lunchtime, students must stay within the areas of adult supervision.

During school hours, NO STUDENTS ARE PERMITTED TO LEAVE the SCHOOL GROUNDS (including lunchtime).

 

BREAKFAST CLUB:

Laval Junior Academy Breakfast Club is sponsored by Breakfast Club of Canada and is run by a team of teacher volunteers.

For only 50 cents a day, your child can enjoy a healthy breakfast with his/her friends. 

Meals consist of a different prepared meal each day (eggs & toast, pancakes, French Toast, cereal, croissants,

bagels with cream cheese, grilled cheese, English muffins with cheese) accompanied by fresh fruit, juice, milk and yogurt.

Registration forms are distributed in September.

For any inquiries, please contact Ms. Sunday Skoufaras at kskoufaras@swlauriersb.qc.ca.

 

TRANSPORTATION

BUS:

Students are transported to school by Laval Transit buses.

Parents must purchase a monthly STL student pass (OPUS card). A percentage of the cost of the pass will be reimbursed by the school board in January. 

To contact Laval Transit:

(450) 688-6520 or www.stl.laval.qc.ca

Bus rules:

  • Students are required to have their student pass.
  • Students are expected to behave properly and respect their peers and surroundings. Should undesirable behavior occur, students and parents will be advised. 
  • Serious infractions will lead to suspension of transportation privileges.

DROP-OFFS AND PICK-UPS (CAR):

Students must use side Block C entrance at all times.

For the SAFETY of our students, please use the SOUTH SIDE OF BLOCK C (opposite side of buses) for pick-ups or drop- offs. The bus zone must always remain clear of any vehicles in order to ensure the safety of the students. ANY vehicles that are double-parked around the building will be ticketed by the Laval Police.

All visitors must use the front entrance (on Daniel Johnson blvd.) to enter the building and must identify themselves clearly at the administration office. Teachers and staff will question all juvenile and adult strangers. Former students should make arrangements through the main office to visit teachers after school hours.  This measure is for the safety of all students and staff. 

 

BULLYING

Bullying runs contrary to the values of the Laval Junior Academy community. All constituents believe that every student has a right to attend school without being demeaned or physically abused. Parents, students and staff will do their utmost to protect and ensure the dignity of students. We also understand that the only effective deterrent to bullying is education aimed at the bully, the bullied and the bystander. The bully must also accept responsibility for his/her actions with the full understanding that such contempt for the dignity of others carries swift consequences.

What is bullying?

A lot of young people have a good idea of what bullying is because they see it every day! Bullying happens when someone hurts or scares another person on purpose and the person being bullied has a hard time defending themselves. Usually, bullying happens over and over.

 Examples include:

  • Punching, shoving and other acts that hurt people physically
  • Spreading bad rumors about people
  • Keeping certain people out of a “group”
  • Teasing people in a mean way
  • Getting certain people to “gang up” on others

 

Bullying also can happen on-line or electronically. Cyber bullying is when children or teens bully each other using the internet, mobile phones or other cyber technology. 

This can include:

  • Sending mean text, e-mail, or instant messages
  • Posting nasty pictures or messages about others in blogs or on Web sites
  • Using someone else’s user name to spread rumors or lies about someone

 

Anti-Bullying and Anti-Violence Plan (ABAV)

Our goal is to prevent and stop all forms of bullying and violence targeting a student, a teacher or any other school staff member.  We want to provide a healthy and secure learning environment that allows every student to develop their full potential, free from any form of bullying or violence.

As a student, should you be the witness or the victim of an act of bullying or violence, know that you should always seek help and support from a staff member or an adult whom you trust. 

 

RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Student Rights:

Students are entitled to:

  • A meaningful eduction
  • A challenging and positive learning environment
  • Freedom from physical and verbal harassment.
  • Be disciplined in a respectful and humane way.
  • A safe and healthy environment.

Student Responsibilities:

Students must:

  • Respect students and adults in the building.
  • Respect the rights of others.
  • Respect school property.
  • Know and follow the school rules.
  • Be courteous, punctual, and cooperative.
  • Not disrupt the educational progress of others.
  • Be responsible for making up missed work.
  • Strive for their personal best.
  • Use the agenda to organize their work and study.
  • Not share their locker combination or passwords.

Classroom Behaviour:

Students are expected to:

  • Be respectful.
  • Be on time.
  • Be prepared with books and materials.
  • Do the work expected of them.
  • Follow the rules specified by the teacher.
  • Have their agenda in class.

Misbeaviour ConsequencesL

  • Teacher measures
  • Parent conferences
  • Administrative detentions
  • Suspensions
  • Expulsion

Responsibilities of parent/guardian:

  • Becoming involved in and supportive of their child’s learning progress.
  • Remaining informed of school policies, procedures and expectations.
  • Monitoring evaluation results, praising good performance, and encouraging extra effort when necessary.
  • Assisting their child in realistic goals and expectations.
  • Providing the school with information and perspectives that may aid in the child’s progress.
  • Contacting the school and participating in parent-teacher meetings and student-led conferences.  
  • Reading communications sent by the school (administration, staff) via e-mail.
 
CONSEQUENCES FOR BREAKING THE RULES

Major and minor offences can and will result in a referral to the school administration.  Consequences may include a parental conference, detentions, student suspension or expulsion.  Parents will be notified of after-school detentions and / or student removal.

DETENTIONS

A detention may be assigned to students during lunch hour or after school by the administration, or an individual teacher.  Parents will be notified the day before the after school detention takes place. School detentions will be daily from 3:00pm. until 4:00p.m.  Any student who misses his/her detention will receive further consequences.

REMOVAL OF A STUDENT FROM SCHOOL

In general, students have a normal desire to be successful, well-liked and to conduct themselves in a proper manner.  There are exceptions when a student is so disruptive that it affects educational opportunities of fellow students. When all efforts fail to reach such a student, a student may be removed from school.

Removal in itself may not solve the problem, but it does give time for reflection and planning for a new approach to the problem. The following is the procedure for handling a student removal from school.

An administrator may remove pupils for various infractions and misdemeanours for periods of one to five days. For each removal, parents will be notified. The administrator may require the parent or guardian to return with the pupil before re-admittance after a removal. Furthermore, the student may lose the privilege of participating in scheduled activities until further notice.

BEHAVIOUR THAT IS CAUSE FOR REMOVAL FROM SCHOOL

  • Disruption of school activities and/or willful defiance of school authorities.
  • Causing or attempting to cause damage to property or stealing.
  • Fighting or threatening to cause physical injury to another person.
  • Possession of weapons, knives, explosives or other dangerous objects at school or at any school activity: Police will be contacted.  The confiscated items will be given to the police.  The names of the individual students involved will also be given to the police.
  • Possession of, use of, sale of, or being under the influence of any controlled substance (drugs or alcohol).
  • Possession or use of tobacco and vaping products on school premises.
  • Committing an obscene act or engaging in habitual profanity or vulgarity.
  • Physical, mental or sexual harassment.
  • Leaving school premises without permission.
  • Swearing at a teacher, staff member or administrator.
  • Chronic misbehaviour or disruption.

 

DRUGS

Any student, who possesses, furnishes, uses, transports, or sells controlled substances at any school-connected function, will be immediately suspended and notification to the police department will be made.

The administration reserves the right to verify any student’s locker, bags or personal items in order to gather information or confiscate illegal items or substances when they believe there is sufficient cause.

                                                                                  

LJA Governing Board 2017-2018 [B5516 - L. VENDITTI:2017-10-12]

Office Administration

Principal                                          Josée Côté                       jcote@swlauriersb.qc.ca

Vice-Principal Sec. 1                        Tina Miscio                       nmiscio@swlauriersb.qc.ca

Vice-Principal Sec. 2                        Helen Kalipolidis               hkalipolidis@swlauriersb.qc.ca

Staff Members

Teacher                                            Valerio Gazzola

Teacher                                            Jonathan Gray

Teacher                                            Maria Katsiforis

Teacher                                            Lia Maggiorino

Teacher                                            Sunday Skoufaras

Teacher                                            Jacques Tardif

Support                                            Dominic Di Stefano

Support                                            Kerry Swanson

Parent Members

Chair                                                Laura Wittebol                  laura.wittebol@gmail.com

Vice-Chair & Parent Delegate           Douglas Howarth             douglas.howarth@yahoo.com

Secretary                                          Effie Kontakos

Parent Delegate (Alternate)             Daniel Bourque

Parent Member                                 Suzanne Brazau               

Parent Member                                 Patrick Chabot                  

Parent Member                                 Nadia Colozza

Parent Member                                 Irene Vlachakis

 

 

Quebec Education Act

http://legisquebec.gouv.qc.ca/en/ShowDoc/cs/I-13.3

Quebec Education Governing Boards

http://www.education.gouv.qc.ca/en/teachers/administrative-matters/governing-boards/

Sir Wilfrid Laurier Parents Committee

http://swlsbparents.org/

Bill 105 to Amend the Quebec Education Act

http://www.assnat.qc.ca/en/travaux-parlementaires/projets-loi/projet-loi-105-41-1.html

Student Services [B5517 - L. VENDITTI:2017-10-12]
STUDENT SERVICES DEPARTMENT                    

The Student Services Department is composed of a team of professionals, which includes a guidance counselor, a social worker, a nurse and an educational psychologist.These professionals are ready, willing and able to assist students and their families with a wide variety of concerns. Students and their families are encouraged to consult this team regarding:

  • Education planning                                                          
  • Health issues and concerns
  • Interpersonal conflict
  • External support services

Student Support Centre  

When a student’s behaviour is such that it is creating a distraction in class to the point where it interferes with a teacher’s lesson and prevents others from receiving the benefits of the learning environment OR a student has not lived up to the outlined behavioural expectations, that student may be asked to report to the Student Support Centre.  While at the Centre a student will complete work in isolation from others and review the circumstances that led to being there with the goal of learning possible alternative behaviours so as to avoid future visits.

Students may complete a reflection sheet and may be required to attend a scheduled meeting with their teacher and administration prior to resuming regular daily activities.

It is important to note that any student required to be in Student Services during the course of a school day will not participate in any extra-curricular activities that day or attend a school function that evening.

Students are referred to Student Services by administration and sometimes upon the request of teachers to administration.

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