School Start-up

Welcome Back!

Our school is an inclusive learning community where all students feel they are safe and belong.  Nelson High School is rich in tradition, school spirit and academic excellence. At Nelson, we strive to create a safe and healthy environment in which each student is engaged, supported and challenged every day.

We have compiled a “Survival Kit” for the first few days of school as well as a package of critical information for you to review as a family (see below).  Please read carefully as we have changed a number of routines, including a staggered start on the first day of school as well as the regular day schedule.  All students (including Grade 9 students) will receive an electronic copy of their timetable via their school (HDSB) email account the week of August 20th.

As you may know, Nelson is getting a facelift and construction will commence in late August 2018.  As a result, our Cafeteria and Global Cafeteria will be unavailable for the 2018 – 19 school year. As construction will be during the school day, we have modified our regular day schedule to include two lunch periods. More renovation details to follow in the coming weeks.

Grade 9 parents are invited to join us on Tuesday, September 4, 2018 at 8:15 a.m. for our Nelson High School Resources Panel:  How We Can Help Your Teen Succeed in High School held in our Nelson School Auditorium. Click here for more information.

Parents, please consider attending the 11th Annual Parent Engagement Conference on Saturday, October 13, 2018. More information can be found here.  


The following forms (3) must be returned to the school by Royal Mail or dropped off in person at the Main Office. These forms are required for student participation regular school activities such as Physical Education class, intramurals and field trips. Thank you in advance for your attention to this paperwork.

  1. Secondary Physical Education and Intramurals Information Letter and Form (Form A)     Note*  This form must be completed and returned in order for your child to participate in Phys-Ed class and/or intramural activities.

  2. Authorization for Promotional Use of Student Photos/Work/Activities (Form B)

  3. Informed Consent/Permission form (Outdoor Experiential Activities) (Form C)

Parents must also review the Halton District School Board's Medical Danger - Anaphylaxis information sheet and the the Statement of Personal Information Practices

Student Verification Forms will be sent home with students during the first week of school. In order to keep our records up to date, it is imperative that they are reviewed/updated and sent back to the school ASAP.

First Day of School Survival Kit

The first day of school is Tuesday, September 4 2018. Grade Nine students and LINK crew leaders will meet to ensure a successful start to the school year.  The focus is on developing school skills to ensure success. The remainder of our students will join us at 12:05 pm.  Grade 9 students are  to meet at 8:00 am in the gym.  

Schedule  for September 4th  

   8:10 am - 12:00 pm

Grade 9 Orientation & Lunch

  12:05 pm - 12:35 pm

Period 1 & Announcements

 12:40 pm - 1:05 pm

Period 2

   1:10 pm - 1:35 pm

Period 3

   1:40 pm  - 2:05 pm

Period 4

   2:10 pm - 2:40 pm

Period 5

2018/2019 Regular Day Schedule

You can click here for our regular day schedule

SchoolMessenger *NEW*

​​​​​​The Halton District School Board is committed to providing timely, effective communication to parents/guardians and students. In September 2018, the HDSB will transition to a new Student Absence Reporting System called SchoolMessenger. ​ This is the system used for: -Reporting student absences -Receiving all messages and calls from your child's school and the HDSB Click here for instructions on how to sign up and set your communication preferences.

Timetable Changes  

All students (including Grade 9 students) will receive an electronic copy of their timetable via their school (HDSB) email account the week of August 20th.

Reasons for timetable changes:
  • You have a conflict and a course could not be scheduled
  • A change in planned educational pathway
  • You have too few courses – Grades 9 & 10 students must have 8, Grade 11 at least 7, Grade 12 at least 6.
  • You do not have the prerequisite course – e.g. require Grade 10 Math and need to repeat it before taking Grade 11. 
  • You have taken a course at Summer School
  • You have an imbalance in semester workload

Counsellors will be available in Student Services on Monday, August 27 through Thursday, August 30 from 9 am to 3 pm Please Note: Timetable changes will be addressed on an “in-person, take a number” basis.  Due to the volume of requests we will not consider email or scheduled appointments during this time.  

Students under 18 years of age will require a dated and signed note from a parent or guardian supporting the Timetable Change(s). Emails and voice messages WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.

School Fees

All school fees are payable online at

The Student Engagement Fee $20.00, while voluntary, is an integral part of providing meaningful opportunities for every student at Nelson.  To ensure that these opportunities are available at Nelson, your continued support of the Student Engagement Fee is greatly appreciated.    

This past year we were able to fund the following initiatives for our students.  These opportunities would not be possible without your generous support.

  • Awards and Recognition:  Student Excellence, Principal’s Luncheon, Student Awards Night and Commencement, Nelson Medals

  • Grade 9 Transition – Orientation Day, Grade 9 Dance and Yearly Activities

  • LINK Crew – training, leadership camp opportunities and materials

  • Assemblies:  Year End Recognition, Celebration Assemblies

  • Student Co-curricular Groups and Clubs:  

  • Student Leadership:   Safe Schools Action Team Events & motivational speakers

  • High Level Competitions: OFSAA, Sears Drama, Tech Olympics, School Reach, Math & Science Contest entry fees

  • New to Nelson - September student welcome.

Gym Uniform (grade 9’s only) - $30.00 (shirt and shorts)

Yearbook (Optional) - $40.00

School Council and Donations  

The Nelson School Council is actively seeking members of our parent community.  Our first meeting is September 24 at 7:15 p.m. in the Staffroom.  Elections will be held for voting members and information will be shared about upcoming meetings at that time.  If you wish to make a donation to School Council please do so using  Thank you in advance for your generosity.  Click here for on-line donation instructions.

Health Concerns

There are specific medical related forms to be completed if your student takes prescription medication (ex. Inhaler) during the day or staff may need to administer prescription medication in an emergency (ex. Epipens) or has one of the following:  Anaphylaxis, Asthma, Diabetes, Epilepsy/Seizure Disorders. Click here to view a copy of our Spring 2018 Medical Information mailing for forms and details.  Please contact Brad Yhard, VP, if you have any questions or would like more information.

Photo Day 

Students must have a photo taken to receive a student card. Photo Day is September 14th 2018. If you wish to purchase your school photos click here to view the Edge Imaging order information form. 


Lockers will be assigned and distributed in period 1 classes on the first day. Please bring a Dudley lock on the first day of classes and be prepared to provide the combination. Lockers are assigned and no changes will be accepted.

Bus Information

Information regarding pick-up and drop off times and locations is available on the Halton District School Board website ( through the transportation link.

Student Progress

  1. 15th Week Progress Reports: All Grade 9 students will receive a progress report and those Grade 10-12 students achieving less than 60% in a given course will receive a report.  All 5th week reports will be e-mailed home.  Semester 1: October 11; Semester 2:  March 21.

  2. Midterm Report Cards will be taken home by students. Semester 1: November 19; Semester 2: April 23

  3. 15th Week Progress Reports:  Those students in grades 9-12 achieving less than 60% in a given course will receive a report. In danger reports will be e-mailed home.  Semester 1: December 13; Semester 2: May 23.

  4. Final Report Cards will be taken home by students. Semester 1: February 8; Semester 2: Pick up July 9

Final Performance Tasks and Evaluation Block (30% of Final Grade)

Performance Task evaluations occur in class within the final four weeks of each semester.  All students are expected to write at scheduled times. Students must be available until the end of the evaluation block.  

Semester 1    Final Performance Tasks:           December 13, 2018 - January 23, 2019

                          Final Evaluation Block:       January, 24, 2019 - January 30, 2019

Semester 2    Final Performance Tasks:           May 23, 2019 - June 19, 2019

                          Final Evaluation Block:       June 20, 2019 - June 27, 2019

***Please Do Not Book Vacations during Final Performance Task and Final Evaluation Block***

Key Dates 2018/2019

You can follow this link for a full list of KEY DATES for the 2018/2019 school year.