MESSAGE FROM THE BOARD CHAIR

This year, more than any other, a return to something familiar seems to be a momentous occasion. Having the opportunity to consider a return to in-class learning, face-to-face interaction, time in person with friends, with mentors, with familiarity is something that is surely welcome.

For both our returning and new students, and their entire families who we care so deeply about, it is my privilege to welcome you back to something we have all missed. 

As a parent of two children who have graduated from HTS, I say with confidence that our staff is dedicated to providing your children with an innovative, challenging and exciting learning environment. While high academic standards are the foundation of the HTS experience, we take pride in the development of students who are compassionate, confident and well-rounded. This means something.

I welcome you to encourage your children to participate in the breadth and depth of what HTS has to offer, including a rich co-curricular program that is available to them both in person and, as a matter of flexibility and convenience, virtually.

Whether this is your child’s first year at HTS or their final one, every moment at HTS will be filled with opportunities. We have learned a lot throughout the pandemic, and while not yet completely through it, our exemplary staff strives to create a safe and supportive environment for students to flourish – both in person and online. 

We wish you a wonderful year! You are part of a community that cares deeply about one another and is committed to student well-being, inclusion, academic excellence and innovation.

My sincere wishes for both better times and a wonderful year, 

Joseph Adamo (he/him)
Chair, Board of Governors

WELCOME FROM THE HEAD OF SCHOOL

Dear HTS Community,

As we continue to navigate life with COVID-19, we are looking forward to opening the school year with all our students in person on campus. The plans we’ve created offer great opportunities for our students to engage in the life of the school, while designing a plan that errs on the side of safety.

In the design of our plan, we have taken significant steps to reduce the risk of transmission across the school, as we have implemented the recommendations suggested by health and education officials and added some extra restrictions to have more layers of safety for our community. We will continually assess our program and protocols throughout the year, as well as those that are updated from the Ministry of Education and Public Health officials. Policies may change throughout the year and we will inform our community and continue to require families to acknowledge that they have read our policies through digitally signing on School Cash Online. We have great flexibility in our program to transition to more restrictive protocols or less, as we respond to caseloads of community spread within York Region and the province. 

HTS continues to provide our HTS Hybrid Learning Model offering the greatest flexibility for families, as these times are stressful and the uncertainty can be challenging to navigate. Additionally, we continue to make the necessary investments in infrastructure, programs and resources to ensure that our students continue to be safe and fully supported as members of our learning community.

We see the journey ahead bringing everyone some normalcy as there are great opportunities this year that were not available last year. This also means that everyone’s diligence and care for themselves and one another is greatly important to ensure we all do our part to mitigate against the spread of COVID-19 and the variants of concern. I also acknowledge the anxiety many are experiencing given that so much is still unknown. HTS is committed to:
  • An exceptional full-day learning program five days a week with all students in person
  • Students being supported in their academic, social-emotional and spiritual well-being
  • Students being in community with their friends and teachers, and having meaningful interactions and experiences every day both in person and/or virtually.
We have continued our efforts and dedication to ensure our programs and campus are safe, well-resourced and equipped to welcome everyone back. Unfortunately, a perfect solution to the challenges presented to everyone worldwide as they return to work or school does not exist. A safe return requires trust and collaboration by members of our community; we must all do our part to ensure everyone’s safety and well-being. Together, we will continue to navigate the challenges and opportunities that present themselves in returning to campus.  

Our collective commitment to safety, well-being, joy and inclusion will continue to be the gifts that bring us together ensuring everyone thrives. 

With much excitement to welcome everyone back on campus,

Helen Pereira-Raso
Head of School