Welcome to Saugeen District senior school


Important Notice

Students/ families need to inform their current school if they wish to transition to either the home or remote school for each quadmester.   It is essential that students notify the school of their intentions by these dates so that we have the time to place them in suitable courses. 


Q. What are the final dates in each quadmester when secondary students must notify their school if they plan to move back to either their home school or transition to the remote learning school?


A. Quadmester 2--by 4 p.m. Oct. 19, 2020 ; Quadmester 3--by 4 p.m.January 11, 2021;  Quadmester 4--by 4 p.m. March 29, 2021.

Grey Bruce Public Health

Public Health has revised student screening, absence, and return protocols. Click here for the new protocols.

SDSS Construction Class: Creating Spaces for Students

Construction Class Picnic Tables
Brodie Scott, Ritchie Carter, and Piper Bailey, students in the SDSS Construction Class, show off the individual bench/tables that class are building for our students. They have also repaired existing picnic tables for our students to enjoy.


Bluewater District School Board will follow a quadmester timetable within the conventional model. There is a supervised study period each day within the timetable. Parents/guardians/adult students can sign the form below to give permission for the student to leave the school property during this study period. If a student opts to leave the school property, then they will not return to the school unless they ride a bus. Students that take a bus would be required to return to the school on time to catch their bus.

Click here to download the Permission Form.

SDSS Royals

Welcome back Royals!

We are so excited to kick off the school year and would like to provide you with some information that will ease the transition back to Saugeen.

Students in grades 9-12 will have a staggered entry back into the building. You can expect a phone call or email from your child's period one teacher on Thursday, Sept 3rd and they will go through the protocol for the first day as well as answer any questions that you may have prior to the school start-up.

Attached you will find information for parents/guardians and students to clarify routines and expectations within our school. You will note that some information will be changed due to the return to school protocols. First period teachers will be reviewing new expectations, routines and routes with students on the first day of school.

We look forward to seeing the students back at Saugeen!

Yours Truly,

The SDSS Administration Team

Click here to download the First Day of School Plan for Grade 9-12 Students at SDSS

Music shelves
Thank you to the Grey Bruce Home Builders and Trades Association for building the new shelves in the Elementary music room.

Our School

Saugeen District Senior School is located in Port Elgin, Ontario and home of the Royals!  The school opened its doors in 1975 and the building is a large, two-story structure that has seen many renovations over the years.  The school was always a Secondary school until September 2019 when it changed names and became a Grade 7-12 Senior school.

The school is fully accessible with touch-free entrances, and barrier-free bathrooms on each level. Other features of SDSS include a large double gym, a spacious open concept library with an attached in-room computer lab. There are also two music rooms, one each for Intermediate and Secondary students.

SDSS has been an active school with many notable events, clubs and extra-curricular activities. SDSS has enjoyed a rich history and we look forward to a long and prosperous future!

Our Students

Saugeen District Senior School currently has over 800 students.  Of those students, 235 are in grades 7 & 8 and 600 in grades 9-12. Our population is diverse, representing many backgrounds and languages spoken by many of our families.

Our Staff

SDSS is fortunate to have a dedicated and involved staff made up of approximately 70 employees. This strong team provides programming and support in all areas.  SDSS is awelcoming and powerful learning environment for all of our students!

SDSS will provide students, staff and the community with incredible and unforgettable experiences. The Royals staff are deeply committed to providing academic excellence in a caring community. We look forward to a great year together!

Important notice
Letter from Director Wilder concerning the Ministry of Education's announcement about schools reopening in September:  Parent Letter from the Ministry of Education

Report Card Image

Final Report Cards have been mailed out as well as the 2020/2021 timetables.  We are asking that any questions, concerns, or copy requests contact the school at 519-832-2091 and leave a message at Ms. Davidson's extension 521 or by email.  Office staff will be recording these questions and concerns for guidance staff once they return in the last week of August and first week of September.

SDSS Royals

Attention SDSS Secondary Royals! Grades 9-12, this is your June Secondary Awards Assembly Day! Although we cannot all be in the cafetorium to celebrate, we have put together a package to simulate our long-standing tradition of June Awards at SDSS. Please enjoy a message from Ms. McEwen and the other attachments. We are so proud of all of the accomplishments of our students! Way to go Royals! Have a great summer and stay safe.

SDSS Awards Assembly June 2020 Program

Principal McEwen's Message--June 24, 2020

Retirement Slideshow for Ms. O'Sullivan and Mr. Darlington (arranged by Ms. Cameron)

Year-end Secondary Slideshow (arranged by Mr. Weigand)

Announcements Concerning
Graduating Classes of SDSS

SDSS logo

Please click on the links below to read announcements from the Board of Trustees and staff of Bluewater District School Board concerning graduation for SDSS students.

Announcement for  Grade 8 Class of 2020 Graduates

Announcement for Secondary Graduates of 2020

Protecting Ontarians Through Enhanced Testing

The Ministry of Education has asked for the assistance of school boards in making members of our school communities aware of Ontario’s new COVID-19 testing plan, including the availability of free testing for anyone who would like it. We are sharing this information with you to ensure our communities in Bruce and Grey counties remain safe for everyone.
The well-being of all members of our school communities, including students, families and staff, is a top priority for our school board. We are writing to let you know that the province released its testing plan on Friday May 29, 2020, Protecting Ontarians Through Enhanced Testing. Ontario now has the most open testing criteria in the country.

To read the rest of the letter from the BWDSB Director of Education, please click HERE.

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