DCVI Teacher Receives Coaches Award
Teacher Annette Wrigley was recently awarded the CAO (Coaches Association of Ontario) Coaching Excellence Award in recognition of her outstanding coaching and her unique contributions to sport through coaching. She was honoured at a breakfast ceremony on September 21 in Toronto. Since the video above was released, Annette reported hearing from a number of athletes she has coached over her 20 year career. “I feel very honoured to receive the award, but I feel like it really is an award representing all of the coaches within our conference” she said, “I have been an athlete in this conference and my school coach, Harold Burgin, as well as many other coaches, within Huron Perth are amazing mentors who I have learned so much from.” Congratulations Annette!
Promoting Active School Transportation
Trustee Bisutti reported that she attended School Council meetings at Hamlet Public School and Anne Hathaway Public School and learned about the City of Stratford’s School Travel Planning Project for this school year. The program focuses on promoting walking/biking or taking the bus to school in order to reduce traffic congestion making it safer for our students in the school zone. Other benefits include daily physical activity and less air pollution from parents driving children to school. Samantha McGuinness is the City’s Facilitator and will be organizing the school surveys and walking tours to identify impediments to walking/biking to school.
In the spirit of reducing car usage and reducing barriers to transportation, Trustee Bisutti also attended a focus group to learn about an inter-community transportation pilot project, that will provide bus access from Stratford, Listowel, and St. Marys to inter-modal transportation hubs in Kitchener and London. It will also connect the communities of Atwood, Brunner, Gads Hill, Listowel, Millbank, Milverton, Mitchell, Monkton, Newton, Sebringville, St. Marys, and Stratford. It is hoped that the project will launch in the spring of 2020.
New Superintendent of Corporate Services
Trustee Schenk (and the entire Board) extended congratulations to Cheri Carter who recently accepted the Superintendent of Corporate Services position. Cheri has been with AMDSB since 1998 and her portfolios will now include Finance, Facilities and Transportation.
Exciting Work of the Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC)
Trustee Klassen reported that the SEAC recently met and heard details of how students with learning disabilities are supported in our schools. They were shown a film developed by Little Falls Public School in which students explained how they were assisted by a variety of technologies including book readers. One student reported huge improvements in her school experience after using the technology, and said that she now feels that she no longer experiences a disability that she can’t overcome. He also reported partnerships with a variety of local organizations that support students with learning disabilities to obtain life skills and specific certifications. SEAC is hoping to increase awareness of these organizations and the programs that they offer.
Stratford Project Update
The Board of Trustees have directed the senior team to prepare a consultation process for the vision decision of Stratford Central and Stratford Northwestern schools by the October 22 meeting so that trustees can make the final decision by November 26.
Senior Staff Update
Superintendent Baker discussed the Upper Thames Conversation Authority’s program called Stream of Dreams. It will be extended to additional schools throughout the Board.
A media release was sent to highlight World Mental Health Day on October 10. Students from grades seven to twelve will attend a Mental Health Symposium on November 26 at Central Huron Secondary School. That evening, families are invited to attend to learn about local mental health supports and hear information from a guest speaker about how families can support students with mental illness. On October 24, the Youth Justice Huron County is presenting an information night called You Matter to highlight the importance of healthy relationships.
Chair Activity Update
Trustee Schenk attended the Maitland River Elementary School Open House on September 25. She also toured Howick Public School and Maitland River ES to speak to staff about some of the initiatives happening in those schools. On October 8 she attended the all candidates debate at FE Madill and remarked how many excellent questions came from the students who attended.
Student Trustee Update
The student trustees reported that they are looking to apply for grants to assist with some of their expenses (food, travel, etc.) and that they have been finalizing their goals for this school year. They recognize the need for student voice and want to include this in the work that they do. They have heard on numerous occasions that students are overwhelmed by the number of surveys they are asked to complete. They discussed the option of social media to engage students but recognized that it is not entirely accessible. They also discussed visiting classrooms or talking to students one on one. They also highlighted their focus on waste reduction by working with school cafeterias to reduce paper and plastic, implementing the Crayola colour and recycle project (a program offered by Crayola where markers can be sent back to them for recycling) among all secondary schools. In order to enable all schools to participate they will utilize courier services. They are also planning a battery drive (initiative of the Me to We committees), electronic recycling bins at secondary schools, and the Human T-shirt campaign (plan to bring the idea to the school Gay Straight Alliance teams).There were several items of good news from their schools around the Board. These include:
- Terry Fox runs were well attended.
- Two schools (SSES and FE Madill) welcomed local federal election candidates to answer questions from students.
- Many students participated in Orange Shirt Day on September 30.
- Halloween fundraisers continue with their planning.
Future Board Meetings
(at the Education Centre in Seaforth unless otherwise noted)
- Tuesday, October 22, 2019 – 7:30 p.m.
- Tuesday, November 12, 2019 – 7:30 p.m.
- Tuesday, November 26, 2019 – 7:30 p.m.
Future Meetings/Events with Trustee Representation
(at Education Centre unless otherwise noted)
- Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) Committee – Wednesday, October 16, 2019 – 4:00 p.m.
- Supervised Alternative Learning (SAL) – Monday, October 28, 2019 – 8:30 a.m.
- Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC) – Wednesday, November 6, 2019 – 4:00 p.m.
- Audit Committee – Tuesday, November 12, 2019 – 5:00 p.m.