wordle 2

The Special Education Department welcomes and supports all students with a variety of exceptionalities. We believe that all students can succeed given their unique strengths and differences. Keeping the student at the centre, we are committed to ensuring that students with special education needs will learn in a supportive and inclusive environment.

Special Education Resource Teachers

Assumption students are integrated into all aspects of the school environment. Our Special Education Resource Teachers work collaboratively with students, staff and parents in variety of ways:

  • Assisting with program accommodations and/or modifications
  • Developing individual education plans
  • Providing in-class support
  • Supporting students needs by promoting accessibility, honouring diversity and mutual respect

Individual Education Plan

Semester 2 IEPs are being updated. A letter to parents will be mailed home by Friday, March 3, 2017.

Office 365

To enhance the learning environment for students, we are currently using Office 365 to assist our students in developing organizational and inquiry skills. Parents/guardians are encouraged to explore Office365 with their child.

Workshops and Conferences

Association for Bright Children Annual General Meeting Wed. Feb. 15, 2017 7-9 p.m. http://www.abchalton.ca/events.html

SKILLS ONTARIO Young Women’s Conference https://www.skillsontario.com/ywc

SKILLS ONTARIO Career Exploration Showcase https://www.skillsontario.com/showcase

HIEC WOMEN AS CAREER COACHES Burlington Convention Centre, Thurs, March 23, 2017 5:15 to 9 p.m.

Women as Career Coaches (WACC) is designed to involve a variety of women from different occupational pathways to help young women become better informed about the many options available to them in the world of work. Female mentors representing all occupational sectors will act as career coaches to empower young women to take control of their futures. WACC is an event that celebrates women: their goals, pathways and accomplishments. Since 2005, it has brought together more than 6,000 young women and career coaches from our community. http://hiec.on.ca/events/wacc-2017re.php

HIEC MEN AS CAREER COACHES Burlington Convention Centre, Wednesday, April 26, 2017 5:15 to 9 p.m.

Men as Career Coaches (MACC) is designed to involve a variety of men from different occupational pathways to help young men become better informed about the many options available to them in the world of work. This event includes many exciting elements, but its focus is on sharing career experiences, insights, and journeys with young men grades 9 through 12 in an informal, interactive format. http://hiec.on.ca/events/macc-2017re.php

External Links

Challenger Baseball is a program that provides an opportunity for children with cognitive or physical disabilities to enjoy the full benefits of participation in baseball. Baseball games are played in a fun, safe environment where no score is kept. “Buddies” are assigned (one on one, where possible) to each participant. For more information, follow this link: BOMBA

Learning Disabilities Association of Halton

Autism Ontario

Association for Bright Children

Ministry of Children and Youth Mental Health Services

Region of Halton Community Services

Halton Down Syndrome Association Association https://www.haltondownsyndrome.com/

Community Living Ontario http://communitylivingontario.ca/

Enrichment Opportunities & Competitions

Students: Receive Remind notifications. See Ms. Berlasso to sign up!

ONTARIO SCIENCE CENTRE SCIENCE SCHOOL: Spend a once-in-a-lifetime semester at the Ontario Science Centre Science School! The Ontario Science Centre Science School offers students a chance to earn their Grade 12 science and math credits and prepare for university in a unique setting. Though they need to be academically strong, students don’t need to have the very highest grades to attend this program. They do, however, need a love of science, a desire to learn, and a real interest in interacting with people. More information at http://www.ontariosciencecentre.ca/oscschool/

University of Waterloo: The world’s best-known economist visits to discuss sustainable development in an increasingly polarized world. Panel and Lecture March 28, 2017.

PART 1: Implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (Panel)

PART 2: Rising Nationalism versus Global Cooperation for Sustainable Development (Lecture)

See MR. DUFFY BY MARCH 3 to sign up for the trip

More information at https://uwaterloo.ca/environment/2017-td-walter-bean

Poetry and Essay Writing Contests at poeticpower.com Poetry and Essay Contest Essay deadline February 16, 2017. Poem deadline April 6, 2017.

Math and Computing Contests https://cemc.math.uwaterloo.ca/contests/contests.html

Canada 150 What is Canada’s greatest challenge or opportunity facing your generation? Here’s your chance to shape Canada’s future! http://experiencescanada.ca/150/register/

Here’s My Canada Video Contest http://www.heresmycanada.ca/


Grade 10 | Theme of ‘Change’
May 14 – 18, 2017 | 5- day program
We live in the midst of change: technological change, social change, political change, environmental change. How do we adapt, or not adapt… and what are the consequences?

We will consider the perspectives of scientists, engineers, writers, and philosophers, as they examine the dynamics of “Change”. We might look at changes in health care or changes in demographics. Another talk might explore mathematics as a way to describe change. In addition, we may look at how literature articulates this theme through character development. Then there is the consideration of how change may happen: revolutionary change or gradual evolution. What are the effects of change? Climate change, biological mutations, the changing role of women in various societies. Through lectures, small group workshops, and skills sessions, you’ll explore the commonalities and differences in change across disciplines leading to the integration of knowledge.

Program fee: $550 (includes meals and HST)
Supervised, shared residence accommodation*: $180 (includes HST)
Application Deadline: Thursday, March 23rd, 2017
*Residence accommodation is available for both local and out-of-town students. Limited bursary support is available for students in financial need. Click for further info: Waterloo Unlimited


A Conference for University-bound Grade 10 and 11 Students. Explore the University of Guelph community and learn more about our academic disciplines and student services. From Introduction to DNA Barcoding, to Designing for the Wearable Computing Environment, Weighing the Profits: A Business Case Competition, or Conflict: The Good and the Bad, your choices are varied. Registration is required and includes a fee per student (includes lunch). Registration details to come in Spring 2017. University of Guelph Interaction


Transitioning to College or University

To ease the transition to post-secondary, students use myBlueprint to plan for post-secondary and beyond by creating a personal inventory of their skills and talents throughout their secondary school years. Please see your Resource Teacher and/or Guidance Counsellor for additional information.

Colleges and Universities fall under the Human Rights Act. Each institution will have its own policies and procedures regarding the required documentation. Given that each student’s needs are unique, services and accommodations are established on an individual basis and based on the documentation of the student’s disability. It is therefore the responsibility of the student to investigate what documentation is required to support their learning needs. For further information, please visit Transition Resource Guide at http://www.transitionresourceguide.ca/

York University “Transitions Workshop for Parents”.

This workshop is open to all parents (or other support persons) who have questions or concerns about transitioning to post-secondary studies (college or university).

Workshop topics will include:

  • Applying to college/university
  • Modified admission requests
  • Accommodations and supports available at the post-secondary level
  • Disability related documentation requirements for registration with accessibility/disability services

This workshop will take place from 6:30pm to 9pm on the following dates:

Wednesday, March 8th, 2017

Light refreshments will be served. Registration is required.

York University Transitions Workshop for Parents


Career Pathways at Mohawk College


Career Pathways is a one year program that provides a supportive and empowering post secondary pathway for students who may not have otherwise considered higher education for a variety of reasons.

These reasons may include but are not limited to challenges with a traditional learning environment, alternate learning styles, or learning disabilities.

The Career Pathways program focuses on preparing graduates for both career and educational opportunities by developing personal, social, academic and career-related strengths and skills.

Visit our program page.

For further information, please contact Elisabeth Sykes at 905-575-1212 ext. 3207 or send her an email.