grade 9 nelson students

How many hours do I need to graduate?

For the 2021-2022 school year, graduating students are only required to complete 20 hours of community service. For all other grades, the requirement of 40 hours is still in place. Students can start accumulating their hours in the summer following their grade 8 year.

The rules around how they can be accumulated have also been modified, due to COVID restrictions.


If you worked, you can claim 10 hours. You will need to download a reflection form (below), write a reflection, and use the Submit Community Service hours link (below) to submit the reflection form. You will also need to submit your paystub, showing your hours, using the same Submit Community Service hours link (below).


If you helped around the house, you will need to download a reflection form (below), write a reflection, and use

the Submit Community Service hours link (below) to submit the reflection form. You also need to download the Tracking Sheet (below) and complete it, claiming how many hours you helped, and use the same Submit Community Service hours link (below) to submit the form.


If you volunteered, you will need to submit EITHER a letter from the organization that you volunteered for that has a letterhead, a signature from the supervising person and the number of hours that you volunteered OR you will need to download the Tracking Sheet (below) and complete it, indicating how many hours you volunteered, and have it signed by the supervisor. The letter or the sheet then needs to be submitted using the same Submit Community Service hours link (below).


All hours need to be submitted via the link below. You can only submit one file at a time, but you can submit multiple times.


How to submit hours:

Here is a link to the reflection form: Reflection form

Here is a link to the tracking sheet for any hours that needs to be completed and signed: Tracking Sheet

Here is a link to submit your tracking sheet, once it is completed: Submit Community Service hours


Search here for opportunities: Volunteer Halton SPARK Ontario

Check here for ideas from the board: HDSB ideas during COVID

How do i choose my courses for grade 10?

We start talking to you about this process in November but your final course selection for next year isn't done until February.

Start planning now by using the High School Planner option on myBlueprint. Login using the "School Account Log In" option.

Course descriptions and required prerequisites can be found here. Use the flowchart to determine what you need to take a grade 10 course.

missed grade 9 parent night? No problem! we've got you covered


The focus of the material is to provide an overview of the grade 9 program course content, methods of assessment and evaluation, and expectations for students. We hope this video/presentation supports your child’s transition to high school and helps our students and their families develop a sense of belonging and safety in our Nelson school community.

Video Presentation: Nelson High School Grade 9 Night (Virtual)


what does guidance do?

If you have an questions about high school, or you are struggling with your courses, we are here to help and support you.

The Guide to Secondary School has a wealth of information as well.