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Principal's Message

Welcome to Russell High School with the Upper Canada District School Board. We are a grade 7-12 school located in Russell, Ontario. We boast a graduation rate that has consistently been over 90% since our first graduating class of 2008. We pride ourselves on our strong academics and dedication to student success. In addition to providing excellent learning opportunities within the regular classroom, everyday we offer an Essential Support period to ensure that students who require additional time or assistance to complete essential work can access what they need and find success. Student learning comes first at Russell High School.

Other programs we have in place to help support students is our Link Crew and WEB (Where Everyone Belongs)/Peer Helping programs. Grade 12 students have a leadership opportunity in Link Crew to help transition our grade 9 students to high school. Similarly, our Grade 10 students become WEB leaders/Peer Helpers to support our grade 7 students. In both of these programs, the leaders have small groups of 8-10 students and they lead social, academic, and athletic activities all year to promote inclusion and belonging. Students feel a great sense of pride in our school as a member of our T-wolf pack through their involvement in many extra-curricular activities. From varsity sports such as hockey, basketball, soccer, volleyball, baseball and badminton to clubs and groups such as Student Council, Improv, Sears Dramafest, Band, Cooking Club, Global Education Team and Pride Alliance. We encourage all of our students to get involved to make the most of their high school journey.

Sometimes, our extra-curricular activities and academics are combined: we have a Band for Credit course, after school literacy for grade 7 and 8 and grades 9 and 10, a Learning Strategies high school credit for grade 8 students, and a homework club after school several days each week. We are also proud of our Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) in Transportation. Students can earn a red seal on their graduation diploma by focusing their high school in transportation credits, coop, and certifications related to the industry.

We are proud to be an International hub school hosting students from around the world and we expose students to different cultures through our many travel adventures. In grade 9, students may participate in an Experiences Canada exchange (formerly SEVEC). Our students are twinned with students from a school in another province and learn about their culture, heritage, and geography. Students have enjoyed exchanges with Newfoundland, British Columbia and Alberta.

Our parent community is also involved in our school through School Council and volunteerism in the school. We encourage all parents to get involved. “Study after study has shown us that student achievement improves when parents play an active role in their children's education, and that good schools become even better schools when parents are involved. It is recognized that parent engagement is a key factor in the enhancement of student achievement and well-being. Students are more likely to be motivated, to earn higher grades, to have better behaviour and social skills, and to continue their education to a higher level when their parents are actively engaged in supporting their success at school.” ( )

We invite you to visit us, tour our facilities and allow us to answer any questions you may have. Come join the T-wolf pack!

Susan Rutters Laurie Hume

Principal Vice-Principal

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