October 23, 2012

Briefing - October 23, 2012

New academy enhances options for international students

The new Peel Academy for International Students at Clarkson Secondary School welcomed more than 50 international students this September. The academy was developed during the last school year, and is the result of a collaborative relationship between the Peel District School Board, the University of Toronto Mississauga and Sheridan Institute for Technology and Advanced learning that aims to enhance the level of support provided to international students studying in the Greater Toronto Area. Students studying at the academy benefit from:
 
• partnerships with the University of Toronto Mississauga and Sheridan Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning to introduce students to the options available after high school and ensure motivated international students are prepared for post-secondary studies and success

• orientation and peer-mentoring programs designed to introduce and integrate international students with their Canadian peers

• superior English language programs custom-designed to help motivated international students acquire academic-level English at a faster pace

• extra-curricular activities that provide additional opportunities for international students to socialize with Canadian students to build cross-cultural understanding and further language development

The academy will celebrate its official opening on November 8 at 12:30 p.m. at Clarkson Secondary School, 2524 Bromsgrove Rd in Mississauga. More information about the academy is available at
www.studyincanada-peel.ca. To RSVP to attend the official opening, visit www.peelschools.org/international/rsvp.

Trustees appointed to Budget Development Committee

Trustees Stan Cameron, Steve Kavanagh and Jeff White were appointed to the Budget Development Committee, in addition to Chair Janet McDougald and Vice-Chair Suzanne Nurse.

New locations, boundary adjustments approved for French Immersion

The board approved the following new locations for the French Immersion program:

Effective Sept. 2013
• Brameast # 5 P.S. (Grades 1 - 8, subject to Board approval of Brameast # 5 in the 2012 Annual Planning Document, to be accommodated at James Grieve Holding School in 2013/14, phasing in, commencing with Gr. 1 -4 in 2013)
• Balmoral Drive Sr. P.S. (Grades 6 - 8, phasing in, commencing with Gr. 6 in 2013)
• Fairlawn P.S. (Grades 1 - 5, relocation of program from Eagle Plains P.S.)

Effective Sept. 2014

• Dundas Fairview P.S. (Grades 1 - 5, subject to Board approval of Dundas Fairview P.S. in the 2012 Annual Planning Document, phasing in, commencing with Gr. 1 - 3 in 2014)

Effective Sept. 2015

• Darcel Sr. P.S. (Grades 6 - 8, phasing in, commencing with Gr. 6 in 2015)

The board approved the following new boundary adjustments for the French Immersion program:

Effective Sept. 2013

• Folkstone P.S. (Brameast # 5 P.S.)
• Earnscliffe Sr. P.S. (Brameast # 5 P.S., Balmoral Sr. P.S.)
• Herb Campbell P.S./James Bolton P.S./Allan Drive M.S. (Housekeeping)

Effective Sept. 2014

• Corsair P.S. (Dundas Fairview P.S.)

Effective Sept. 2015

• Earnscliffe Sr. P.S. (Darcel Sr. P.S.)

View the report for full details, including boundary maps. Letters will be sent home to families affected by these changes.

Board approves tender for construction of Fairlawn Public School

Trustees approved a tender for the construction of Fairlawn Public School. The school will be built by Struct-Con Construction Ltd. at a cost of  $10,900,000 excluding HST.

Assignments and Appointments

The following elementary principal assignment will be effective December 3, 2012:

Suzana Budetic from principal on leave to principal at Middlebury Public School

Retirements

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

Sandra Forsyth, teacher, will retire Dec. 31
Randy Goldman, teacher, will retire Dec. 31
Bob Janozeski, building lead hand, will retire Dec. 31
Joan Slater, office manager, will retire Dec. 31

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