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Owen Sound District Secondary School
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Principal's Message:

Welcome to Owen Sound District Secondary School's new website!! OSDSS is the result of an amalgamation of Owen Sound Collegiate and Vocational Institute and West Hill Secondary School.  We are in Owen Sound on Georgian Bay and located in the beautiful Niagara Escarpment. Owen Sound is an area known for outdoor activities such as skiing, hiking, biking, boating and sledding to name a few.  We are also a cultural centre and home to the Tom Thomson Art Gallery, Grey Roots Museum and the Roxy Theatre.  

OSDSS is the largest secondary school in Bluewater with an enrolment of approximately 1200 students and over 100 staff.  We have a great Link Crew program in our school which has senior students welcome our new grade 9’s to the school and mentor them for their entire first year of secondary school.  

Our parents are always encouraged to be a part of our school.  The School Community Council are a valued part of our school community.  New parents are always welcome to attend information meetings. Be sure to check our website for meeting details.

We have a wonderful diversity in our programs at OSDSS.  We offer French Immersion, allowing students to take 1/3 of their secondary courses in French.  We have a strong technology department offering courses in green technologies, construction, manufacturing, automotive, design, communications and hospitality.  The Arts are alive here!  Our drama students put on great plays each year.  Our music department is a thriving area which is award winning.  Our art department offers a wide variety of courses including both traditional arts and crafts, including photography.  We offer a very popular Specialist High Skills Major in Art and Culture  where our students will specialize in fashion and hairstyling and aesthetics.  We also offer a Specialist High Skills Major in Manufacturing Technology.

OSDSS offers a wide variety of extra-curricular opportunities in the form of teams and clubs.  We enter a team in almost every sport that participates in the Bluewater Athletic Association.  Many of our teams and athletes are very successful winning league, CWOSSA and OFSAA championships.  

Vistors are always welcome!

Lucy Hilts

Summer School is at OSDSS.  Registration, class and transportation information can be found in the Happening Now section on the right hand side of our webpage.  Registration forms can be picked up in Guidance.  Please view this link for the most up-to-date information 

Hop aboard the Wolf Express!!  OSDSS is happy to announce our new after school late bus routes to support students involved in extra-curricular activities.  Routes and information on the Wolf Express can be found in the Happening Now section on the right hand side of our webpage.

Our Goal is to be a cashless school: Please register for Cash Online to pay for any school related item - follow this link

School Clothing -
School clothing link all year
Special Order clothing below. This site will open and close throughtout the school year:

Thank you for participating in our Remind group! Here is an update on our Remind communications:

Remind will stop offering text (SMS) messaging as a communication option effective January 28, 2019, because the cellular networks plan to start charging astronomical fees. If you currently receive Remind messages via SMS text messaging, you will no longer receive messages after January 28 UNLESS you enable email messages or download the Remind app.

How do I change my message notifications?
If you would like to change how you receive notifications for messages and announcements for groups or classes you have joined, you can do this in the app or via the web. You must have one notification turned on at all times.
  • You can download the app from the app store on your device, or click here download the Remind app.
  • iOS: On the Classes list tap the person icon in the upper left, then the gear icon from the upper left.
  • Android: Click the 3 dots in the upper right, then Account, and then tap the gear icon from the top right. On this screen, you can choose how you receive message alerts.
  • Remember to turn on push notifications in the app, so that you can see when a new Remind message is sent.
  • Go to and log in.
  • Click your name in the upper left corner and click “Account,” then “Communication.”
  • To switch from receiving texts to receiving emails, UNCHECK the “text message” box and CHECK the “email” box.
  • You can also change, add, or remove an email or phone number in your account on this page.
  • Once updated, you should receive an email confirming this change or addition.

ATTENTION PARENTS!!  Please sign up for SchoolMessenger and choose how you would like to receive broadcasts from Owen Sound District Secondary School.  See below for details.


Parents/guardians are now set up to receive broadcasts from our school by phone, email and text through our new communication platform, SchoolMessenger Communicate!

Adjust your preferences at any time for how you wish to receive broadcasts, and the types of broadcasts you wish to receive (General, Emergency, Commercial/Fundraising) through either of the following ways:

Using the email address that our school has on file for you, create an account at:
Receiving our broadcasts by text requires an extra step. Using the wireless number we have on file for you, you must opt in by texting Yes using the short code 978338.

PLEASE NOTE: Broadcasts will be sent to you based on the phone, wireless and email contact information that you submitted at the start of the school year. Contact the school if you wish to make changes to your contact information.  

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  • Character Development
  • Board News
  • Trustee News
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The OSDSS Code of Conduct is derived from the Ontario Code of Conduct, Bill 81  - the Safe Schools Act, 2000, and Bluewater District School Board Policies – Foundations For Learning, and  Safe Schools. It has been developed in collaboration with students, staff, parents/guardians and the community.

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  • Today's Events
  • Upcoming Events
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  • Monthly Calendar
  • Board Calendar
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We are very excited to announce that we are one of the first schools in Bluewater District School Board to offer parents the convenience of paying online for school activities, field trips and sports events.
For safety and efficiency reasons, we want to reduce the amount of cash and cheques coming into our school. School related expenses will be available online for you to make payment.
Click on the School Cash Online image to get started.
Click here to register or login.

Be sure to sign up for Flash Alerts. Notifications about Online Payments for things like student fees, field trips, etc. will be sent as Flash Alerts as we prepare to offer this payment option.

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Dear Parents, Guardians and Staff

Flashalerts is being replaced by for all school to home communication so be sure to join the group by signing up.
Remind is available through: Email, Text Messaging – simply text @owensou to the number (519) 800-2426, at, Desktop app for Macs, Remind app for devices with access to App Store (iOS) and Google Play Store (Android).

There is no Windows app at the moment. The app does not work on a Blackberry unless your device supports Android apps.
To unsubscribe from receiving messages from OSDSS please click on the following link for instructions: