First Connect

Supporting Your TCS Journey

Learn about life at TCS. Develop a foundation for success both in and out of the classroom. Establish connections with supporting adults and peers. Build confidence as the school year approaches.

First Connect is a program aimed at helping prepare TCS students for the new school year. First Connect is available to all TCS students enrolled for the 2021-2022 academic year – at no additional cost. Through the program, both new and returning students are welcomed to sign up for individual sessions of their choosing.
 

Registration is now open. Click here to register today!

Note: Registration must be done directly through the online system.

For questions, please do not hesitate to contact Acting Director of Summer Programs Lisa Redmond (lredmond@tcs.on.ca).


 
SESSION OFFERED BY SCHEDULE

Tech Tools for Learning: Introduction and orientation to the School’s learning management system, Edsby and Google Suite
For new Senior School students

TCS Academic Office

Mon., Aug. 9: 9:00-10:00 a.m. ET

Academics at TCS: Learn about academic expectations, the daily schedule, homework requirements, the Scholars’ program and academic integrity
For new Senior School students

TCS Academic Office

Tues., Aug. 10: 9:00-10:00 a.m. ET

Grade 9 Meet & Greet: Meet your classmates, ask questions, and learn some tips for a successful start to your TCS career!
For all Grade 9 students

Head of Senior School 

Wed., Aug. 11: 9:00-10:00 a.m. ET

Support at TCS: Learn about the many adults and resources in your TCS life and the ways that they can support you and you can access them
For new Senior School students

Academic & Student Support (Guidance, Academic Support, Health Centre, Chaplain, etc.)

Thurs., Aug. 12: 9:00-10:00 a.m. ET

How to be More Effective this School Year: Beginning a new school year can be a time for goal setting and establishing new habits and skills. How do you want to approach your school year? How will you take care of yourself and manage any challenges that might arise?
All Senior School students

TCS Guidance Department (Social-Emotional Counsellors)

Mon., Aug. 16: 9:00-10:00 a.m. ET

Understanding the Ontario Graduation Requirements
For new students

TCS Guidance Department (Academic Counsellors)

Tues., Aug. 17: 9:00-10:00 a.m. ET

Orientation for English Language Learners: Introduction to the TCS program, support and resources
For new ELL students

TCS English Department

Wed., Aug. 18: 9:00-11:00 a.m. ET

Guidelines to Successful Writing at TCS: Tips for solving word problems, properly citing work, and ways to find success writing in any class at TCS
For new Senior School students

TCS English Department

Thurs., Aug. 19: 9:00-11:00 a.m. ET

Preparedness for Grade 9 Math
For students entering Grade 9 Math (MTH1W)*

TCS Math Department

Mon., Aug. 23: 9:00-11:00 a.m. ET

Preparedness for Grade 10 Math
For students entering Grade 10 Math (MPM2D & MFM1D)*

TCS Math Department

Mon., Aug. 23: 9:00-11:00 a.m. ET

Preparedness for Senior-level Math
For students taking Grade 11 Functions (MCR3U), Grade 12 Advanced Functions (MHF4U) and/or Grade 12 Calculus and Vectors (MCV4U) in September

TCS Math Department

Mon., Aug. 23: 9:00-11:00 a.m. ET

Harnessing the Power of your Library: Introduction to all things related to reading & research: get the apps for print, ebook and audiobooks; set yourself up with our citation software; get access to scholarly databases and more.
For new Senior School students

Senior School Library Team

Tues., Aug. 24: 9:00-11:00 a.m. ET

TCS Book Club: Learn about weekly and monthly book discussions, meet other avid readers and share what you've been reading.
For all Senior School students

Senior School Library Team

Thurs., Aug. 26: 9:00-10:00 a.m. ET

House Meetings (by House): Meet your housemasters and housemates and learn a little more about how things work in your “house” at TCS
For new Senior School students and house leaders

Housemasters

Tues., Aug. 31: 9:00-10:00 a.m. ET

TCS Co-Curricular Info Session
For new Senior School students

Co-Curricular Directors

Wed., Sept. 1: 9:00-10:00 a.m. ET

TCS Tips & Traditions: Learn the School cheers, how to tie a tie, and many other fun and useful insights about TCS student life from your student leaders
For new Senior School students

TCS Student Leaders

Thurs., Sept. 2: 9:00-10:00 a.m. ET

Junior School Orientation: Part I
For new Junior School students

Junior School Faculty

Tues., Aug. 31: 9:00-10:00 a.m. ET

Junior School Orientation: Part II
For all Junior School students

Junior School Faculty

Thurs., Sept. 2: 9:00-10:00 a.m. ET


*Note that there will be optional supporting resources for Grade 9 and 10 Math in the form of learning modules. They will be available to students to complete on their own time. Students and families may request access to “Getting Ready for Grade 9 Math” and “Getting Ready for Grade 10 Math” learning modules, available on July 7th from the Academic Office, Admissions Department, Guidance Department or through First Connect registration. Though recommended, completion of the “Getting Ready for Grade 9 Math” or “Getting Ready for Grade 10 Math” module is not necessary for participation in First Connect sessions.