Foundation for Education Celebrates 25th Gala Auction
Trustee Schenk (Chair of the Board) reported that our charity partner, the Foundation for Education, is celebrating its 30th year and held its 25th Gala Auction on November 10th. Every year, Foundation events like the Gala gather the funds needed to provide our students with over-and-above opportunities through specialized mentorship, life skill development and arts-based learning. Over $30,000 was raised at this year’s Gala!
On behalf of the students, Avon Maitland would like to thank all of the community, business and corporate donors that annually join in to help fuel the Foundation’s good work.
More about the Foundation can be found at foundationforeducation.ca.
You Matter! An Event Showcasing the Importance of Healthy Relationships
On October 24, close to 80 people attended an evening that featured discussion and available resources about preventing dating violence and sexual violence/harassment, as well as encouraging healthy relationships, consent and bystander intervention. A guest speaker from the Sexual Assault Centre of Waterloo Region shared his advice on knowing limits and the details of consent.
FE Madill Hosts Dinner to Showcase Robotics and Eco Exeter Continues their Work
Trustee Sygrove recently had an opportunity to attend two very special school events. On October 23rd the FE Madill robotics team held a dinner to celebrate community support for their “Iron Stallion” project. On November 5th Eco-Exeter from South Huron District Secondary School hosted approximately 200 Avon Maitland secondary students for a day of eco-friendly activities.
Schools across Avon Maitland celebrated Remembrance Day on November 11th. We are proud of our students as they were able to learn, understand, empathize and remember. Lest we forget.
Take our Kids to Work Day (TOKTWD)
Superintendent Baker shared that Grade 9 students from across AMDSB participated in TOKTWD. The day was hosted on November 6th and is an annual event where students step into their future for a day and get a glimpse into the working world. Students spent the day in the workplace of a parent, relative, friend or volunteer host, where they experienced and learned about the world of work. This year marked the 25th anniversary.
Board Approves the Consolidated Financial Statements for the 2018-2019 Fiscal Year
The Board approved the recommendation from the Audit Committee to accept the draft Consolidated Financial Statements for the period September 1, 2018 to August 31, 2019, as presented by the Financial Services Management Team and the External Auditors at the November 12, 2019 Audit Committee meeting. The Consolidated Financial Statements represent the financial position of the Board at August 31, 2019. The Consolidated Financial Statements and Audit Findings Report for 2018-2019 have been posted on the Board website.
Stratford Project Update
Superintendent Morris provided an update on the consultation process. A public meeting was hosted on November 6th and the online survey was launched on November 7th. On November 12th and 13th, students at Stratford Secondary and Elementary Schools were visited by the administration team to explain the details of the two Options and how to submit feedback (online survey, graffiti wall, online form for questions). Grade 7 and 8 students that will attend secondary school in Stratford were also provided information about the Options and given time to complete the online survey and/or submit questions. So far over 850 staff, students, parents/guardians and community members have completed the online survey.
Director’s Work Plan Update
A presentation outlining progress on the 2019/2020 Director’s Work Plan was given by Superintendent Black. She outlined progress in the Continuous Learning for All pillar by discussing the 12+ program (a program that will establish community partnerships to create certifications for students).
Senior Staff Update
Superintendent Baker shared that Listowel District Secondary School (LDSS) hosted “Apps and Apprenticeships” to outline some of the amazing opportunities for LDSS students. She also shared that a new e-magazine is being launched for the Pathways program. It will showcase the various options throughout AMDSB from the Ontario Youth Apprentiship Program (OYAP), Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM), Co-op and Dual Credit. Finally she confirmed that the mental health team continues its promotion leading up to Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week (November 17-23) by sending staff and family editions of a mental health newsletter and by organizing a mental health symposium for students (during the day) and families (in the evening) on November 26th at the Libro Community Hall in Clinton.
Future Board Meetings
(at the Education Centre in Seaforth unless otherwise noted)
- Tuesday, November 19, 2019 – 6:30 p.m. (Special Meeting to hear School Council delegations about the Stratford Project. To be held at Stratford Secondary and Elementary Schools; 428 Forman Ave. Stratford)
- Tuesday, November 26, 2019 – 4:00 p.m. Committee of the Whole Open Session, 7:00 p.m. Regular Session
- Tuesday, December 10, 2019 – 7:30 p.m.
Future Meetings/Events with Trustee Representation
(at Education Centre unless otherwise noted)
- Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Committee – Wednesday, November 13, 2019 – 4:00 p.m.
- Supervised Alternative Learning Committee – Monday, November 25, 2019 – 9:00 a.m.
- 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.