Young Women in Skilled Trades
Board Chair Colleen Schenk highlighted last week’s 3rd Annual ‘Young Women in Skilled Trades’ event in Clinton, ON last week. Over 100 young women in grades 9 through 12 had the opportunity to meet and network with tradeswomen from Huron and Perth counties along with colleges, career agencies and local industry partners. To bring home the message that young women should consider a career in a non-traditional area, Ironworker and Tradeswoman Jamie McMillan, keynote speaker, shared her story of success in primarily a male dominated industry and reveal why more women should consider a career as a building tradesperson. A panel discussion involving Alex DeClerck (electrician), Tammy Fluttert (millwright) and Nikki Leyser (heavy equipment mechanic) and hands-on competition led by Skills Ontario was also a big part of the experience for students.
The event was hosted by the Foundation for Education, Avon Maitland District School Board and the Huron Perth Catholic District School Board with support from the Four County Labour Market Planning Board, Stratford & Area Builders’ Association, Huron Manufacturing Association, Skills Ontario and the Technical Training Group.
My Academy’s Twelfth Night
Trustee and Board Vice-Chair Alyson Kent and Trustee Doug Pratley both expressed their pride in ‘My Academy’s’ inaugural production last week. In a groundbreaking collaboration between the Stratford Festival and the Avon Maitland District School Board, ‘My Academy’ students worked closely with a wide variety of Festival talent, including actors, designers, prop builders, coaches and teaching artists, to develop their skills and broaden their knowledge of the performing arts over the last three months. Last week’s impressive production of William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night was a culmination of all they learned. The production was presented at the Festival’s Studio Theatre.
First Nations, Metis, Inuit Gathering
Student Trustee Shannon Edwards told the Board about a recent cultural celebration experience.
Lunch at Stratford Northwestern Secondary School last Wednesday consisted of arctic char, caribou, seal, seaweed, beluga whale, elk stew and bannock as the school hosted a First Nations, Metis, Inuit gathering to celebrate heritage and culture.
About 90 students participated in the celebration that had them carving antler key chains, making Wampum belts and learning about Metis fiddling. The idea was to provide a cultural exchange for students across the Avon Maitland District School Board. There are currently five students from Cape Dorset attending Northwestern and South Huron secondary schools and 12 students from Pangnirtung, Nunavut arrived May 14. There are also students who are First Nations and Metis spread out across the district. The gathering was an opportunity for kids with First Nations, Metis and Inuit heritage to share their traditions proudly with non-indigenous students and with each other.
More can be read about the event in a recent Stratford Beacon Herald article.
Avon Maitland Teacher Highlighted in Ontario College of Teacher’s Magazine
Superintendent Jane Morris proudly pointed the Board to a publication called Professionally Speaking. It’s June 2016 issue features Avon Maitland’s Joey Jackson.
Ms. Jackson is a Grade 7 teacher at Mitchell District High School and uses technology in her classroom to boost students’ knowledge of literature and enthusiasm for public speaking.
Excerpt from the article:
The positive results she has seen affirm Jackson’s belief that teachers don’t need to know everything about technology to use it in the classroom. Take the risk, embrace the tech and let the students lead. “The kids know the technology. I know literature and how to analyze it. I wouldn’t be able to teach somebody how to build a world in Minecraft. But I can teach them what they need in that world.”’
Please see the article on page 47 from Professionally Speaking’s June Edition.
From Superintendent Paul Langis:
“Skills Ontario Provincial competition took place from May 2nd and 3rd at RIM Park in Waterloo. Fantastic weather welcomed students from across the province to engage in what is often described as the Olympics of Skilled Trades events. After many years at RIM Park the competition will now move to the Toronto Congress Centre in Toronto.”
- AMDSB was well represented at Skills Ontario this year with 26 competitors
- 18 secondary school competitors and for the first time 8 elementary school competitors
- 1 Top 3 finish (Nick O`Grady from LDSS) in Welding.
- 2 Top 5 finishes
- 17 Top 10 finishes, including 8 from elementary.
Thank you to Avon Maitland’s Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP) for the allowing students to explore and consider the Apprenticeship Pathway as a post-secondary first choice for many students as well as the many teachers and staff who are working behind the scenes to prepare these individuals for this amazing opportunity.”
Student Senator’s Declaration of Office/Oath of Allegiance
Jesse Russell (Stratford Northwestern Secondary School) and Shannon Edwards (Goderich District Collegiate Institute) were sworn in as Student Trustees for 2016/2017
Approval of Tender: Washroom Upgrades at Goderich District Collegiate Institute
As part of the ongoing infrastructure improvements to be funded through Ministry facility grants, washroom upgrades were identified at Goderich District Collegiate Institute. The work includes upgrades to two student and six staff washrooms located in A hall and the gym corridor, which were all original to the building. The existing high flow fixtures will be replaced with new water efficient and economical fixtures that will result in savings to the Board in water consumption. Ventilation updates to the staff washrooms are also included in the scope of work. The Avon Maitland District School Board accepted the tender from Lannin Electric Ltd. for washroom upgrades at Goderich District Collegiate Institute in the amount of $91,459.54.
Preliminary Accommodation Analysis Report
Declining enrolments remain the Board’s biggest financial challenge. As enrolment declines, so does revenue. As a result, the Board must continue seeking efficiencies in its operations to free up financial resources which facilitate the achievement of board goals.
The Ministry of Education’s priority focus on “right sizing’’ of schools, and related grant changes is pushing boards in the direction of consolidation. Changes in school accommodation must remain an option in the Board’s plan to ensure that it is fiscally responsible and accountable and provide the best possible programs for its students.
Staff continues to explore partnerships and alternate use of empty space in an effort to sustain the viability of vulnerable schools. In rural areas municipalities are likely the best, if not only, partnership opportunity. Board staff will continue to explore the possibilities through our annual municipal partnership meetings that provide opportunities for exploration and discussions. Staff will continue to explore innovative approaches to program delivery at our secondary schools to sustain the quality of the secondary school experience for our students as enrolment declines.
While staff did not recommend any schools for further review at this time, a further report with possible recommendations may come forward in the Fall.
Please see the Preliminary Accommodation Analysis Report for 2015/2016.
Effective September 1, 2016:
- Kathy Boyd
Principal Listowel Central PS to Principal North Perth Westfield ES
- Erin Cassone
Principal North Easthope PS to Principal Little Falls PS
- Christina Van Poucke
Leave of Absence to Principal Bluewater Coast ES
- Jane Morton
Principal Wallace PS to Principal Downie Central PS
- JoAnne Knechtel
Principal Bluewater Coast ES to Principal North Easthope PS
- Jana Bayer-Smith
Vice Principal, Central Huron SS to Principal South Huron District HS
- John Herbert
Vice Principal St. Marys DCVI to Principal (Acting), St. Marys DCVI
- Jeremy Brock
Vice Principal, Ed Centre to Vice Principal Upper Thames ES
- Lynda Hemming
Vice Principal, Stratford Northwestern SS to System VP Program Department
- Kim Crawford
Vice Principal, Mitchell District HS to Vice Principal Stratford Northwestern SS
- Adrienne Jacques
Literacy/Numeracy Resource Teacher, (Early Learning) Ed Centre to System Vice Principal Program Dept.
- Missy Pfaff
Learning for All Coordinator,Ed Centre to System Vice Principal Learning Services
- Amy Crummer
Learning for All Coach, Ed Centre to Vice Principal St. Marys DCVI
- Helena Finch
Vice Principal (Acting) FE Madill SS to Vice Principal (Acting) Central Huron SS
- Jenalyn Ignor
Learning for All Coach, Ed Centre to Vice Principal Mitchell District HS
- Jean Stacey
Vice Principal Listowel Central PS to Vice Principal North Perth Westfield ES
- Shannon Hughes
Vice Principal Seaforth PS to Vice Principal Elma PS
- Tracey Swart
Vice Principal (Acting) Elma PS to Vice Principal FE Madill SS
- Katie Padfield
External to Vice Principal Seaforth PS
Future Board Meetings
(at Education Centre unless otherwise noted)
- Tuesday, May 24, 2016 – 7:30 p.m. Student Advisory Committee, 8:00 p.m. Regular Board Session
- Tuesday, June 14, 2016 – 6:30 p.m. Committee of the Whole, Open Session, 8:00 p.m. Regular Board Session
- Tuesday, June 28, 2016 – 4:00 p.m. Regular Board Session
Future Meetings/Events with Trustee Representation
(at Education Centre unless otherwise noted)
- Finance Committee: Wednesday, May 24, 2016 – 5:00 p.m.
- Ad Hoc Policy Committee: Tuesday, May 31, 2016 – 4:00 p.m.
- GAFE Training: Tuesday, May 31, 2016 – 5:00 p.m.
- SEAC: Wednesday, June 1, 2016 – 4:00 p.m.
- Audit Committee: Tuesday, June 7, 2016 – 5:00 – 6:30 p.m.
- Finance Committee: Tuesday, June 7, 2016 – 7:00 – 9:30 p.m.
- Finance Committee: Tuesday, June 14, 2016 – 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.
- Board Recognition Reception: Wednesday, June 8, 2016 – 5:30 p.m. at Central Huron Community Complex, Clinton