September 27, 2016

Briefing - September 27, 2016

BRIEFING - HIGHLIGHTS OF THE SEPTEMBER 27, 2016
MEETING OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Peel board kicks off United Way campaign
 
The Peel board's United Way Giving Day will be held on Oct. 26, 2016. The employee giving campaign will run from Oct. 26 to Nov. 25, 2016. United Way chair Aileen Padua, principal at Credit Valley Public School, presented the 2016-17 campaign plan to the board.
 
The board acknowledged the hard work and effort that is put in by the Peel board’s volunteer United Way Committee. This year, the board's goal is to raise $300,000. Further information is available by contacting Padua at aileen.padua@peelsb.com or United Way vice-chair Lea-Anne Greene-Smith, vice-principal at Judith Nyman Secondary School, at leaanne.greenesmith@peelsb.com.

Peel board recognizes Teacher Recognition Day on Oct. 5
 
The board formally acknowledged that Oct. 5 be adopted as Teacher Recognition Day in Peel. Formally declared 'United Nations World Teachers' Day,' the Peel board highlights this day with the following formal proclamation:
 
"Whereas October 5 is United Nations World Teachers' Day; and whereas Peel District School Board trustees unanimously proclaimed October 5 as Teacher Recognition Day in Peel; and whereas Peel schools play a pivotal role in shaping the future for students; and whereas Peel students benefit every day from the efforts of Peel staff; and whereas Peel schools and learning centres stand for educational excellence, thanks to the work done by Peel staff; and whereas Peel staff, through their contribution to the education of young people, play a major role in our development as a community, province and nation – Be it resolved that Teacher Recognition Day is our way of saying well done and thank you."
 
Trustees write to Minister of Education regarding EQAO assessment reporting

Trustees sent a letter to the Honourable Mitzie Hunter encouraging Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) to release assessment method two reports that exclude non-participating students to the public in order to provide a more accurate reflection of student performance. The letter is available in section 6.2 of the Board Meeting Agenda at http://www.peelschools.org/Documents/Open%20Session%20Board%20-%20September%2027,%202016.pdf
 
School day, board-hosted events to begin with acknowledgement of traditional territory of the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation

Trustees approved that each school day at all Peel District School Board schools and all board-hosted events at which the Canadian national anthem is played will begin with the following statement: We would like to acknowledge that we are on the traditional territory of the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation. As a support to schools, the board will provide the following support materials:
• an explanation of the reasons for this acknowledgement, written in student-friendly language for primary, junior and intermediate/senior-level students. This can be adapted for announcements, newsletters, etc.
• a DVD (for schools who tele-broadcast announcements) or CD (for schools who make audio announcements) that includes the acknowledgement along with the Canadian national anthem. Future plans include students of varying ages on different versions of the DVD/CD.
• A script of the acknowledgement for schools who choose to have it spoken “live” on a daily basis.

Board approves community representatives for membership on SAL Committee

Membership on the Supervised Alternative Learning (SAL) Committee is updated on an annual basis. Superintendents of education determine the continued interest and availability of members who served the previous year and recruit new volunteers. Trustees approved the following community representatives for membership on the 2016-17 SAL Committee:

Don Ablett, Retired Secondary Principal, Peel District School Board
Lisa Bachmeier, Associated Youth Services of Peel
Anne Boissinot, Volunteer, Library Board
Teanna Brun, Associated Youth Services of Peel
Dan Carrier, Police Officer, Peel Regional Police
Avtar Dhindsa, Retired Teacher, Toronto District School Board
Rachel Ferreira, Youth Probation Officer, Ministry of Children and Youth Services
Beryl Ford, Former Trustee, Peel District School Board
Lisa Gray, Police Officer, Peel Regional Police
Judy Hughes, Retired Teacher, Peel District School Board
Cathy Matthews, Retired Secondary Vice-Principal, Peel District School Board
Janice MacKay, Youth Probationary Officer, Ministry of Children and Youth Services
Dana Riddell, Retired Chief Social Worker, Peel District School Board
Joyce Temple-Smith, Retired Executive Director, Malton Neighbourhood Services
Jeff White, Former Trustee, Peel District School Board

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

Jennifer D’Angelis, office assistant, will retire Sept. 29
Wendy Farion, assistant to manager, will retire Sept. 30
Joanne Howell, teacher, will retire Dec. 31
Deborah Keefe, teacher, will retire Sept. 30
Sherri Narday, office assistant, will retire Sept. 30
Michael Odd, principal, will retire Oct. 31
Linda O’Rourke, office manager, will retire Sept. 30
John Woodley, teacher, will retire Jan. 31

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