Board Meeting Highlights – Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Celebrating the Elementary School Fair

GraceGrace Caldwell, the Elementary School Fair Ambassador for the 93 year old event formerly called the Belgrave-Blyth-Brussels School Fair was a guest of the Board. Grace provided trustees with some history of the event and talked about her role as the Fair Ambassador. She described some of the events and activities that take place each year and about some of the events from as far back as 1920.

The Elementary School Fair has been part of our community for almost 100 years! The fair began in 1920; and is the only remaining fair open only to exhibits and school work created by our local students.

In 1920 the fair included students from 9 schools across Morris and East Wawanosh Townships. Over the next few years more schools from East Wawanosh and Turnberry joined the fair. At one point 21 schools were participating.

A number of buildings in Belgrave such as the Women’s Institute Hall, Orange Hall, and local churches were used to house the students’ entries which included everything from cross stitch and milk stool building to home churned butter.

Some of the special competitions held were hitching a horse to a buggy, public speaking, music and class marching. Today marching into the fairgrounds is still a major part of our day and the winning grades are awarded with special prizes.

In 1967 local one-room school houses were closed and amalgamated into the Blyth, Brussels, and East Wawanosh Public schools. It was feared that this change may be the end of the fair but a small group of people rallied together and ensured the fair continued.

In 2012, with another amalgamation and a transition to The Maitland River Elementary School, FE Madill, and Hullet Central Public School; a new group, which includes grandchildren of the 1967 group, came together and with the continued support of the community and our amazing students, the Elementary School Fair will carry on strong for many more years.

Gilhula and Staffen Named Student Trustees

Aidan Gilhula of Stratford Northwestern and Ana Staffen of Stratford Central were elected the new Student Trustees for 2013-2014. Both are grade 12 students and were elected by the 8 member Student Senate.
AnaandAiden - StudentTrustees

The Student Senators all took their oath of service to the Board at the start of the regular meeting.

The 2013-2014 Student Senators are:

Nicole Willis of South Huron District High School
Farren Goos of Central Huron Secondary School
Mackenzie McGlavin of F.E. Madill Secondary School
Bailey Pines of Listowel District Secondary School
Katelyn Ludington of Mitchell District High School
Ana Staffen of Stratford Central Secondary School (Student Trustee)
Aidan Gilhula of Stratford NW Secondary School (Student Trustee)
Amelia Black of St. Marys D.C.V.I.

EQAO 2012/2013 Assessment Results: Primary, Junior

EQAOThe Board took a look at the EQAO Primary and Junior results released last week. The Junior results have increased in all areas, with an increase of 6 percentage points to 78% in reading, an increase of 5 percentage points to 72% in writing, and an increase of 3 percentage points to 56% in mathematics. Provincially, 77% met the standard in reading, 76% met the standard in writing and 57% of all students met the standard in Mathematics.

The Primary results have decreased in all areas, with a decrease of 4 percentage points to 61% in reading, a decrease of 5 percentage points to 66% in writing, and a decrease of 2 percentage points to 67% in Mathematics. The province scored 68% in reading, 77% in writing and 67% in Mathematics.

The grade 9 Math and OSSLT results are being released by EQAO tomorrow (September 25, 2013).

Future Board Meetings

(at Education Centre unless otherwise noted)
Please Note: The Board Meeting dates for October have been changed and are scheduled as listed below:
Tuesday, October 15, 2013 – 5:00 p.m. Committee of the Whole, Open Session, 7:00 p.m. Committee of the Whole, Closed Session, 8:00 p.m. Regular Board Session
Tuesday, October 29. 2013 – 7:00 p.m. Committee of the Whole, Closed Session, 8:00 p.m. Regular Board Session

Future Meetings/Events with Trustee Representation

(at Education Centre unless otherwise noted)
AODA: Wednesday, September 25, 2013 – 4:00 p.m.
SEAC: Wednesday, October 2, 2013 – 4:00 p.m.
PIC: Wednesday, October 2, 2013 – 6:00 p.m.
MPPs and Trustees: Friday, October 11, 2013 – 3:00 p.m.