June 15, 2016

Briefing - June 15, 2016

BRIEFING - HIGHLIGHTS OF THE JUNE 15, 2016
MEETING OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Delegation

Karamveer Hundal and Sukhvir Hundal delegated the board regarding a request for transportation for Churchville Public School students living on Fairmont Close due to coyotes in the area.

Board recognizes 2016 Excellence in Eloquence winners

The board congratulated Alysha Frey from Williams Parkway Sr. Public School and Hayla Howat from Alton Public School for winning the 2016 Excellence in Eloquence speaking competition. Frey and Howat performed their winning speeches for trustees.

Trustees thank outgoing student trustees

Chair of the board Janet McDougald thanked the student trustees for their service in 2015-16. Arunoshi Singh represented students north of highway 401 and Kaustav Chaudhuri represented students south of highway 401.

Trustees approve Peel Region High Performers Program for student athletes, artists—opens September 2017

As of September 2017, high-performing student athletes and artists will be able to attend the Peel District School Board’s Peel Region High Performers Program. Open to students in grades 4 to 12, the program will offer flexible timetabling to accommodate demanding practice, competition, rehearsal and/or performance schedules that happen during the regular school day. The program will be offered at Britannia Public School (grades 4 to 5), Dolphin Sr. Public School (grades 6 to 8) and Mississauga Secondary School (grades 9 to 12).

To qualify for the program, high-performing students must be recommended by a coach, agent or instructor who can verify the students’ levels of competitiveness, training hours and schedules. There is no fee to attend the program.

Students in the Peel Region High Performers Program will have the opportunity to participate in school activities and will be supported as they work towards meeting the expectations of the Ontario curriculum. Students will develop academic skills through online and in class learning. They will be on a modified timetable that reflects each student’s individual training and competition schedules.

Information about the registration process and the number of spots available in the Peel board’s Peel Region High Performers Program will be posted on www.peelschools.org/HighPerformers this fall. Individual student applications, including a $40 application fee, will be accepted beginning Fall 2016—intake into the program will be ongoing and students can apply at any point during the year.

Trustees approve revisions to Report Card for Student Success

Trustees approved revisions to the Peel board’s strategic plan, the Report Card for Student Succeess. The new five-year plan (2016-21) will now be called the Peel District School Board Plan for Student Success and will focus on four new goal areas:

• High Expectations for Achievement - Set high expectations for staff and students to ensure all students achieve personal excellence.
• Parent, Community and Staff Engagement - Engage staff, parents and communities to support student success.
• Equity and Inclusion - Achieve inclusion for all through continuous progress on equity.
• Safe, Positive, Healthy Climate/Well-Being - Build safe, positive, healthy climates for learning and working to nurture student and staff well-being.

Trustees approve writing letter to Minister of Education regarding addition of coding to Ontario Curriculum

The board of trustees will write a letter to the Minister of Education requesting an update to the Ontario Curriculum (K –Grade 8) to embed the skill of coding into instructional programs.

Trustees approve writing letter to Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) regarding EQAO tests for Syrian refugees
 
The board of trustees will write a letter to Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) regarding concern over Syrian refugees and the writing of the EQAO tests.

Trustees approve writing letter to Minister of Education, Minister of Child and Youth Services regarding Ontario Autism Program
 
The board of trustees will write a letter to the Minister of Education and the Minister of Child and Youth Services. As the board anticipates increases in the numbers of students with autism who will be entering the school system without having received Intensive Behavioural Intervention (IBI), trustees seek to understand:

• if there will be increased funding for school boards for staff to be able to continue to offer these services to students

• what supports will be available to school boards from the ministries so that we can continue to support students with autism, especially when they first arrive in kindergarten

• how we respond to parents/guardians who seek clarification about what types of supports—Applied Behaviour Analysis, IBI or both—their children will receive at school

Trustees recognized the contributions and years of service of the following staff who have/are retiring:

Margaret Joyce, teacher, will retire June 30
Andrea King-Judge, teacher, will retire Sept. 30
Debbie Lee, teaching assistant, will retire Aug. 31
Diane Rydtschenko, office manager, will retire June 30
Christine Sheppard, teaching assistant, will retire July 1
Craig Walsh, teacher, will retire June 30
Linda Weaver, office manager, retired May 31
Shirley Wells, teacher, will retire June 30

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