60 St. Andrew Street
Stratford, ON N5A 1A3
Phone: 519-271-4500
Fax: 519-273-7118

Principal: K. Mills
Co-Principal: R. MacSorley
Vice-Principal: S. Richardson


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Academics

There are plenty of options at Stratford Central that will be sure to keep you intellectually stimulated. Below are the various departments at SCSS.

  • Art
  • Business
  • CWS
  • Co-op
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • English
  • Languages
  • Music
  • Math
  • Phys Ed
  • Resource
  • Science
  • Social Science
  • Tech
Visual Arts
Teachers: S. Zorgdrager
Business Studies
Teachers: C. Rawes (Head), B. Dingman, T. Theodoropoulos

Welcome to the S.C.S.S. Business Studies Department! Central's business department offers a wide range of courses in the area of Business, Computer Science, Economics, Law and Co-op. If you are interested in learning more about any of the courses offered, please see the course calendar.
Canadian and World Studies
Teachers: G. Leitch (Head), P. Connolly, J. Dowson, V. Finnie, L. Jenner, J. Wilkinson, S. Wilson

The Canadian and World Studies Department offers courses in history, geography, politics, law, economics, and civics. By studying these subjects, students learn how people interact with and within their social and physical environments today, and how they did so in the past. They gain an understanding of the basic concepts of the subjects taught at this level, and acquire the foundation for further studies in the discipline. Students of Canadian Studies develop the knowledge and values they need to become responsible, active, and informed Canadian citizens in the twenty-first century. They develop practical skills (such as critical thinking, research, and communication skills), and apply the knowledge and skills they acquire in Canadian and World Studies courses to better understand their world.
Cooperative Education and Work Experience
Co-op Teachers: S. Zorgdrager(Head), A. Booker, B. Dingman, A. Linley
COPE Teacher: W. Wharren
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Cooperative Education is a program that offers students the opportunity to extend classroom learning into supervised learning experiences in the community. Students can earn diploma credits which are related to specific subjects in school. These in school subjects are prerequisites or co requisites to the cooperative studies program and can be in any subject area.

Cooperative Education programs combine a placement component, which consists of an entire semester of work placement in the community, along with a classroom component. The classroom component is based on pre placement sessions prior to attending a placement in the community, and reflective sessions (called Integration sessions) throughout the school year. The pre placement sessions will include health and safety training, a review of career opportunities and labour market trends, issues related to confidentiality, work ethic, Employment Standards Act, the role of union, etc. The placement component relies on a "Personalized Placement Learning Plan" to outline the practical application of the related course at a placement in the community. the assessment criteria are based on work performance and assignments developed and evaluated by the teacher and the work placement supervisor. The student must pass both components to receive the full two credits. Liability insurance and Workplace Safety & Insurance Board coverage is in place for all Cooperative Education students.

Criteria of Eligibility for Cooperative Education Application Procedure
The student will: - be 16 years of age
- have earned a minimum of 16 credits
- have successfully taken the related subjects OR enrol in the related subject concurrently
- complete a Co Op Application Form/Teacher Reference Form
- undergo a structured interview with a Co Op teacher and be granted acceptance

Depending on your placement choice, the student may have to complete a health test, criminal reference check, and/or pre screening, if required.

Acceptance Criteria: The student will...
- demonstrate maturity, including a positive attitude, the ability to be punctual and maintain regular attendance, as well as a willingness to learn
- have strong positive references
- adhere to the policies and procedures of the workplace and school
- follow health and safety regulations in the workplace
- maintain the necessary academic standards.
Dance
Teacher: L. Jenner
Dramatic Arts
Teachers: S. Niescier
English
Teachers: J. Hindley (Head), P. Connolly, J. Dowson, A. Linley, J. McConkey, P. Ortelli J. Raleigh, N. Stotts Jones

Welcome to the English Department at Stratford Central Secondary School! We look forward to working with each of you to help you realize your full potential in your English studies. In your student handbook, you will note that the time from 3:00 to 3:30 is designated as time for extra help and study. Please feel free to visit your teachers after school for extra help or just conversation about your progress. Of course, you can always make arrangements for help at other times of the day that are mutually convenient.

Department Policy
Students and parents are encouraged to review the Department Policy for handing in assignments. Your English teacher will review the policy in class, but it is worthwhile to review the policy a couple of times throughout the year. You will find the policy to be proactive for students who routinely meet deadlines, while still accommodating students who may need extra time due to extenuating circumstances.

Writing Contests and Competitions
Every year we receive numerous notices about upcoming writing contests and competitions. There is often a good deal of money involved and often the promise of publication. These contests are an excellent opportunity for students to exhibit their talent and write for a wider audience. Notices of essay contest are always posted outside Ms. McConkey's room 313. Feel free to approach her for additional information. As well, we will try to post essay contest information on this page.

Languages

Teachers: D. Black (Head), K. McManus, J. Wilkinson

Music
Teachers: P. Ortelli (Head), M. Weston

Our Music Department is an established and thriving part of the Arts at SCSS. Our goal is to develop students’ skills as musicians to the best of their ability, introduce them to different genres, styles and artists, and make their secondary school career as enjoyable and meaningful as possible.

Keep current with news from the Music website.

Math

Teachers: N. Armstrong, L. Cressman, A.M. Kennedy, K. McManus, T. Steel

Math Help Room (Room 223): Are you having trouble with your math homework? Do you want to study for a test or an upcoming contest? Do you need a quiet place to do you homework? Then go to room 223, the Math Help Room! Everyday at lunch, between 11:50 and 12:20, senior Mathematics students are available to provide Math help. No appointments are necessary, just drop in to get your Math difficulties cleared up!

Reminders for Math Room Tutors: Math Help Room tutors are needed early in each semester. If you are taking MGA4U, MCB4U, or MDM4U, you can volunteer as a Math tutor in the Math Help Room. Ask your Math teacher for more information.

Pointers About Giving Math Help as a Tutor: Students may say they "don't get anything. " Ask them for a specific question that you can help them with. Ask to see the student's attempt at their homework. Hopefully, you will need to point out a small mistake rather than re teach a topic. Be careful to use the math that the student is learning. For example, you may be able to do a question quickly using a Grade 11 technique, but a Grade 9 student will not understand. After you have explained something, encourage the student to try another similar question before they leave. That way, they will know that they can do it on their own.

If You Know How To Help or Explain: Give help and explain, but do not do the work for the student. Encourage the student to check their answers and to try another similar question.

If You Are Not Sure How To Help A Student: Look through the student's notes for an example similar to the question that they are having difficulty with. If you cannot find one in the student's notes, look through the textbook. If you cannot help them because you don't remember, or are not sure, be honest. Don't try to "wing it." The student will become more frustrated. Suggest that the student should ask their teacher for help. If you CANNOT make one of the days that you've agreed upon, be sure to arrange to switch with someone else.

Physical Education
Teachers: T. McCutcheon (Head), C. McKay, D. Slattery

TAKE PHYS. ED IT’S GOOD FOR YOU! Love sports? Feel the need for healthy competition or just want to learn how to get fit? Phys. Ed. has a course for all your needs. Spice up your life with volleyball, basketball, dodgeball, soccer, weight training or dance.

Resource and Special Education

Teachers: L. Lagerwerf (Head)

For more information, see the Resource and Special Education page.

Science

Teachers: Ms. Ricard (Head), Mr. Bannerman, Mr. Bond, Ms. Donnelly, Ms. Krug, Ms. Shaw

Here at Central, we believe that science should be engaging and fun! Whether exploding gummy bears, working with motion detectors, DNA fingerprinting, launching projectiles, or dissecting a rat, our goal is to excite, engage, and enrich our students' lives and learning. Yes, there are still tests and quizzes and notes to be taken every now and then, but the learning and laughter tend to come together quite often.

In science, you will acquire knowledge in the fields of Physics, Chemistry, Biology, and Earth & Space. All of these strands are taught together in grades 9 and 10. Then, in grades 11 and 12 you can begin to specialize in each of these areas. Enriched science classes are also offered in junior grades. If you have questions about science at Central, please make an appointment to take a tour of our school or meet with a teacher.

Social Sciences and Humanities
Teachers: P. Brine (Head), V. Finnie, L. Jones, J. Niezen, C. Rawes, N. Stotts-Jones, S. Wilson
Technology
Teachers: A. Booker (Head), A. Bradshaw, G. Crumback, K. Hombach

We offer four main areas of technology education using practical application of skills and knowledge, multi-credit packages and links to apprenticeships and co-op placements.

We also offer Engineering courses and Communications Technology courses through the Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM).

The Communications Technology classes teach you how to take control of digital media rather than allowing digital media to control you. We provide you with digital editing, cameras, lighting, a professional green screen cyclorama for video or photographic production, an animation studio, and a sound studio. Film, visual effects, sound production, computer graphics, photography and animation are all integral to this program.

Communications Technology seeks to address one of the biggest trends in business today: disintermediation (eliminating the middleman). Businesses are currently seeking employees who know how to promote themselves, their brand, or their cause online. Being digitally literate means knowing how to do so much more than Facebook and Twitter.

We are proud to be the only school in the area to offer Engineering. Labeled "Computer Engineering" in the Ontario Curriculum guide, this important new program (grades 10, 11 and 12) is an introduction to engineering concepts: computer hardware and software, computer interfacing, programming, and networking; analog and digital electronics; and robotics.

Our Construction Shop is popular. Learn how to design and build a residential structure; install electrical circuits and drywall; use cabinet-making skills to work with specialized designs and types of wood.

Stage Production is an integrated course that brings together Communication Technology and Construction Technology and introduces students to the world of live entertainment. Working in groups, students will provide all technical support required for Theatre Central productions and assemblies each year.