Literacy Test

SJHS is committed to improving and supporting literacy throughout our school community using a cross-curricular approach.  As such, the staff at SJHS takes a collaborative approach to improving student’s literacy skills and ensuring all learning styles are recognized and addressed in every class.

Each year, our team develops workshops and strategies to support students who will be writing the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT).  The OSSLT is a graduation requirement and this year, it will be written on Wednesday, March 27, 2019.  The students will receive their results in late June.  This test is written by all grade 10 students, as well as senior students who have not yet completed this requirement.

Each student writing the OSSLT this year will be given an opportunity to write a practice test prior to March test date.  All accommodations listed in individual IEP’s will be provided for applicable students.

An example of the individualized report that each applicable student has already received is pictured below:

Literacy Letter

The OSSLT will be written on Wednesday, March 27, 2019 in the morning.

Workshops will take place at lunch starting at 11:00 am in Room 113. Students are encouraged to bring their lunch.

The following sessions for extra help will be offered on the following dates:

January 7 – 11 Lunch Hour Literacy Multiple Choice (Writing Conventions) – Mr. Mulvihill

January 15 – 18 Lunch Hour Literacy  Open Response –  Mr. Halk

February 4 – 8 Lunch Hour Literacy Graphic Text – Mr. O’Connor

February 11 – 15 Lunch Hour Literacy Multiple Choice (Reading) – Ms. Enright

February 19 – 22 Lunch Hour Literacy Main Idea – Mrs. Schneider

February 25 – March 1 Lunch Hour Literacy News Report – Mr. Halk

March 4 – 8 Lunch Hour Literacy Opinion Essay – Mrs. Briscoe

March 11-15 – MARCH BREAK  

March 18 – 22 Lunch Hour Literacy OSSLT REFRESH – Literacy Team


  1. Overview of the OSSLT:  HERE
  2. Exemplars of OSSLT Content:  HERE

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