September 25, 2012

Briefing - September 25, 2012

Peel board kicks off United Way campaign 
 
The Peel board's 2012-13 United Way campaign will kick off on Oct. 17 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the HJA Brown Education Centre. United Way chair Norm Black, principal at Green Glade Senior Public School, presented the campaign plan to the board.
 
The board acknowledged the hard work and effort that is put in by the Peel board volunteer United Way committee.
 
This year, the Peel board's goal is to raise $300,000. Further information is available by contacting Norm Black at 905-822-8386 or by email at norm.black@peelsb.com.

Peel Student Presidents' Council provides update report 
 
Executive members of the Peel Students Presidents' Council (PSPC) provided an update to trustees about the 2012-13 school year.
PSPC is a student-run organization that provides a way for student councils across the Peel board to network, share ideas, provide feedback to the board and access leadership opportunities.

Board recognizes United Achievers Scholarship recipients
 
Trustees congratulated eight Peel graduates who were selected by the United Achievers Club of Brampton to receive scholarships in recognition of their academic achievement and their dedicated service to the community. The following former students were presented with $1,000 scholarships during an awards event on September 15, 2012:

The Peel District School Board is proud to congratulate:

Rashaan Allwood Cawthra Park Secondary
Adam Fernandez-Criado Port Credit Secondary
Simone Guishard Louise Arbour Secondary
Faith Edem Fletcher's Meadow Secondary
Vanessa Lawrence Fletcher's Meadow Secondary
Patricia Lee Central Peel Secondary
Ashley Thompson Heart Lake Secondary
Sanique Walters Fletcher's Meadow Secondary

Peel board recognizes Oct. 5, 2012, as Teacher Recognition Day
 
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 with the theme "Quality Teachers for Quality Education"; and whereas Peel schools play a pivotal role in shaping the future for students; and whereas Peel students benefit everyday 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."
 
Schools and parents across the Peel board will participate in various activities to acknowledge teachers' contributions on this day.

Delegations

Rima Koleilat delegated the board, on behalf of Canadian Parents for French – Mississauga West, regarding the proposed changes to the French Immersion program

Imran Hasan delegated the board regarding flexible school boundaries for French Immersion

Kathy Parris-McDonald delegated the board, on behalf of the School Council for Agnes Taylor Public School, regarding the proposed changes to the French Immersion program

Board approves recommendations from French Immersion Review Committee

Trustees approved recommendations from the French Immersion Review Committee, Elementary,September 2012, which include the following:

1. That the board implement 50% daily instructional time in grades 1-8 FI, effective September 2013.
2.(a) That the board place an enrolment cap of 25 percent of the total annual grade one  enrolment number on the elementary French Immersion program.  This cap would  be in place for  students entering new to the French Immersion program commencing  September 2013.  The enrolment cap is to be reviewed by December 2017.
2.(b) That the board approve the implementation of a lottery system to identify students gaining entrance into the program. Students who have siblings in the elementary French Immersion program as of September 2012 would not be included in  the lottery. Upon registration younger siblings would be automatically accepted into the French Immersion program. This consideration of siblings would remain in effect as long as an older sibling remains in the elementary French Immersion program.
3. That the board consider the feasibility of appointing an administrator to facilitate the attraction and retention of French language staff.
4. That the staff consider the organization of both single track and dual track French immersion schools as a part of the 2012-13 annual planning process and annually thereafter.
5. That the board establish a committee to conduct a full review of the FI/EF program at the secondary level during the 2013-14 school year.

Retirements

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

Eric Bain, teacher, will retire Sept. 25
Trudy Barnard, vice-principal, will retire Sept. 30
Nina Feeney, teacher, will retire Sept. 30
Eleonora Gal, teacher, will retire Sept. 30
Fanny Marr, teacher, will retire Sept. 30
Latisha Pearylal-Maharaj, teacher, will retire Dec. 31
Mariagrace Pereira, school attendant, retired Aug. 31
Simon Stella, teacher, will retire Sept. 25
Tom Vovk, teacher, will retire Oct. 31
Pamela Tomasevic, Associate Director, will retire Dec. 31

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