Attention Students attending WDSS in September 2020
We have created a google classroom for you to engage in some transition fun and learning about our school. If you have registered to be in Grade 9 for September 2020 and want in on the fun, email firstname.lastname@example.org to get the code to the classroom. We are excited for you to join the WDSS community!
*Only school in LKDSB with a pool
*Community School - grades 7-12 school
*PSW Program - only 2 of these programs in the LKDSB
*State of the art Library and Fitness Centre
*Many former Tartans playing in the OCAA/OUA
Social Media Platforms
Students can register in person one week prior to the first day of school. More information will be sent out in July. Registration fees you may be asked to pay include: student activity fees, phys.ed uniform, yearbook, locker rental fee.
Tartan Tour Info
Tartan Tour is an annual grade 9 orientation program designed to ease the transition into high school. Grade 9's get to know each other, some amazing student leaders and staff. All leaders apply for the position and understand what an honour it is to welcome our grade 9's to the Tartan family. The staff and leaders involved come from various extra curricular areas of interest around the school to encourage grade 9's to get involved while at WDSS. The day is designed so that all grade 9's make a caring connection with someone right away. This combination of engagement and friendship is the recipe to keep them coming to school and see success. Tartan Tour is a great example of students helping students succeed.
The Bronze Boot tradition started at Wallaceburg District Secondary School in the 1960's. Bronze Boot activities are scheduled in the fall; the week following Thanksgiving. The student council and athletic association plan various fun activities for staff, students, and alumni.
The festivities have historically involved a football game where “The Boot" was awarded to the victor.
In 2008, a new trophy was created to preserve the history and recognize the NFL success of WDSS's Shaun Suisham. A game worn kicking cleat was bronzed and mounted. This trophy is still awarded annually.
Community Service Hours Info
Did you know, students must complete 40 hours of community involvement in order to graduate? Students are eligible to begin completing these hours as soon as they officially graduate grade 8! Consider using the summer before Grade 9 starts to find ways to volunteer in our community. We have lots of community events and organizations that could use your help! Click here to view the requirements and/or download a tracking form .
Student Success Team
Our Student Success Team works with students, parents and teachers to ensure that a plan is put in place for each student to work toward achieving their credits. Student success strategies may include extra help sessions, alternative work space, credit recovery or credit rescue initiatives. Students may be approached by members of this team during the course of the school year as an extra support. Many of the student success strategies are available to all students.
The Walpole Island First Nation Secondary School Program is part of the WIFN Education Department. The program staff are located in the Harriet Jacobs Centre, Room 115, at Wallaceburg District Secondary School. The Harriet Jacobs Centre staff assist in enhancing student success by working alongside WDSS administration, support staff, teachers and families. The HJC staff are available to assist First Nation students with academic and personal matters on a daily basis. While each student requires assistance in different ways, each student's needs are met on an individual basis, according to their situation.
Donovan Jacobs - Program Coordinator
Responsible for overseeing the Secondary School Program Team that facilitates and provides on-site services to Walpole Island First Nation students at Wallaceburg District Secondary School. The Coordinator coordinates all program development and implementation at the secondary level, prepares and monitors budget requirements.
Robin Isaac - Career Advisor/Education Support Worker
Provides support and direction for all WIFN students to continue their education in to occupational or other post-secondary education.
Nanette Kewayosh - Attendance Worker
Responsible for attendance for Walpole Island First Nation students at WDSS. The Attendance Worker is also a liaison between the student, school, family and community.
If you are a student with an IEP, you can access the Resource Enrichment Centre (REC) for extra support with your assignments, study tips, organizational assistance, access to technology or additional time on tests/exams. REC is a drop in centre so you can come down from your classes when you need to. It's really easy to access. After the lesson is done, just ask your teacher for a pass to come to REC!
Our student services team at WDSS consists of guidance counsellors that are available to assist students with things such as:
- Course Selection and Career Planning
- Post-Secondary Information and Application Assistance
- Scholarship and Financial Aid Information
- Confidential Counseling and Referral Service
The WDSS student body is divided up and assigned to a counsellor according to their last name:
Mr. Peel -- A - H
Mrs. Nethery -- I - N
Mrs. Kardas -- O - Z
We are always here to help out whenever needed!
Clubs and Teams
Athletic Teams at WDSS -
FALL SEASON- Golf, Tennis, Senior Girls Basketball, Junior Girls Basketball, Boys Volleyball, Varsity Football, Baseball, Cross Country
WINTER SEASON - Swimming, Girls Hockey, Boys Curling, Girls Curling, Junior Boys Basketball, Senior Boys Basketball, Junior Girls Volleyball, Senior Girls Volleyball
SPRING SEASON - Girls Soccer, Boys Soccer, Track and Field, Girls Rugby, Girls/Boys Badminton
Clubs at WDSS -
SAA (Student Athletic Association)