FunTECH Ignites Students
Nearly 130 students aged 7-14 visited Stratford Secondary and Elementary Schools (SSES) to participate in FunTECH. Students were able to explore construction, foods, cosmetology, tech design, robotics, horticulture, manufacturing and welding. Participants were also able to take home anything they crafted (unless they had already eaten it!). The event would not have been possible without the support of Technical Training Group (TTG), SSES staff and most importantly, SSES students.
Huron Centennial Students Make a Difference
Trustee Sygrove recognized a group of students at Huron Centennial Public School who are knitting mittens and hats as well as making mats out of milk bags for the less fortunate. This initiative, supported by students from K to grade 8, has been working with Berea Lutheran Church in Goderich for the past several years.
You Matter! A Mental Health Symposium for Students and Evening for Families
On November 26, students in grades 7 to 12 (along with staff) from across the District were invited to a day focused on mental health and well-being. Students were inspired by guest speaker Fahd Alhattab, engaged in a variety of learning opportunities provided by jack.org, research staff from the University of Western and Queen’s, and Mindful Mike. They also had the opportunity to learn about local supports and services. The event was hosted by AMDSB and Rural Response for Healthy Children with support from a Trillium grant and the Tanner Steffler Foundation.
North Perth Westfield Hosts Successful Math Night
Trustee Schenk reported that North Perth Westfield hosted their 4th Math Night and welcomed approximately 400 people. The event involved about 150 different math games and activities suitable for JK to Gr. 8 (Dominoes, Drawing with Mira, Perfection, tangram puzzles, building challenges, etc). Parents brought their kids and families played the games together. Volunteers (including high school students) and staff members kept the event running – thank you to all those involved!
Stratford Project Update
The trustees discussed the report from the Community Consultation that was presented by researchers from the University of Western Ontario and Queen’s University. The following motion was proposed and unanimously accepted by the Board: “that the Avon Maitland District School Board resolves that Stratford Secondary and Elementary School continue to be combined as one Stratford school with two campuses, names to be determined. The former Stratford Central Secondary School will consist of grades 7 and 8 students; and Stratford Northwestern Secondary School will consist of grades 9 to 12 students, effective upon completion of the Stratford Central building.” An additional motion was passed: “Resolve that the AMDSB impose a two-year board moratorium beginning September 1, 2020 to September 1, 2022 on moving grade 7 and 8 students from Stratford area rural feeder schools into the current Stratford Central site.” The decision is being announced via media release which will be posted via direct email to media contacts, social media and the Board’s website. Staff and students also received an email from senior staff to outline steps for moving forward. Finally, a letter will be sent home to families.
Student Trustee Update
Environmental sustainability work is continuing (Crayola marker recycling, other recycling initiatives including batteries, etc.) They also received a grant from the United Way to help fund some of their work.
Chair Activity Update
Trustee Schenk discussed the “Umbrella Project” that is being launched at FE Madill Secondary School and Maitland River Elementary School. The project focuses on student mental health and well-being.
Future Board Meetings
(at the Education Centre in Seaforth unless otherwise noted)
- Tuesday, December 10, 2019 – 6:30 p.m.
Future Meetings/Events with Trustee Representation
(at Education Centre unless otherwise noted)
- Joint Health and Safety Committee – Thursday, November 28, 2019 – 1:30 p.m.
- Special Education Advisory Committee – Wednesday, December 4, 2019 – 4:00 p.m.