May 28, 2013

Briefing - May 28, 2013

Board congratulates French public-speaking award winners

Three Peel students won awards at le concours/festival d’art oratoire, the annual French public-speaking event organized by Canadian Parents for French (Ontario) and the Ontario Modern Language Teachers’ Association. This event took place on May 11 at York University’s bilingual campus, Glendon College. Clarkson Secondary School students, Liam Bekirsky and Jounaid Lyaghfouri placed first, while Vivian Peng from The Woodlands School came in third place.
First-place winners win a $1,000 scholarship to York University, and advanced to the National Concours at the University of Ottawa on May 25.

Board approves Terms of Reference for the Committee of the Whole Board

Trustees approved the Terms of Reference for the Committee of the Whole Board. As part of the board's regular review of its by-laws, all committees of the board review and make any necessary changes to their Terms of Reference.

Board approves revised Policy #68 - Criminal Record Checks

Peel board Policy #68 has been revised to ensure that it reflects and supports current practice. There have been significant changes to the process for Criminal Record Checks since the policy was last revised in 2006.

The Peel board  has the responsibility, under law, to provide a safe and secure working and learning environment for students and employees. This policy is aligned with and supports the principles and expectations of the Board's Human Rights policy (Policy #51) and the Equity and Inclusive Education policy (Policy #54).

Board sets 7 key, inspiring goals through 2013-2017 strategic plan Report Card for Student Success

Everything we do as a system is driven by our strategic plan or what we refer to as the Report Card for Student Success. This proven, research-based method helps us turn our goals into action and focuses our resources where they will have the greatest impact to improve student achievement. Through the Report Card for Student Success, we measure and report on our progress in meeting our goals.

There are seven goals in the 2013-2017 strategic plan:

1. Set high expectations for achievement of students and staff, and measure the outcomes.
2. Encourage positive board/staff and school/community relationships.
3. Achieve equity for students and staff.
4. Use technology effectively with students and staff.
5. Attract, develop and retain a highly qualified, diverse staff of committed, dedicated and caring people.
6. Ensure students and staff have safe and appropriate places to learn and work.
7. Use resources effectively to enhance student achievement.

The updated plan will be available soon on www.reportcardforstudentsuccess.org

Superintendent Appointment

The board received the following superintendent appointment, effective Sept. 1, 2013:

Poleen Grewal from Acting Superintendent of Education for the schools in the Meadowvale and Streetsville Families of Schools and West Credit Secondary School to Superintendent of Education for the schools in the Meadowvale and Streetsville Families of Schools and West Credit Secondary School.

Retirements

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

Meredith Bamford, teacher, will retire June 30 
Adrienne Comrie, teacher, will retire June 30 
Janice Ford, office assistant, will retire June 28 
Marylou Hayden, office assistant, will retire June 28 
Ron Jasiuk, teacher, will retire June 30 
Beverley McKean, teacher, will retire June 30 
Ajodhiya Sankar, teacher, will retire June 30 
Debbie Sharp Ramsay, vice principal, will retire June 30
Christine Simpson, principal, will retire Aug. 31
Merrill Sooley, teacher, will retire June 30
Carol Sturup, speech-language pathologist, will retire June 30
Mary Tracy, teacher, will retire June 30
Prafulla Vyas, teacher, will retire June 30

 

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