Honouring Long-time Custodian with a Garden Dedication
North Woods Elementary School dedicated a new flower garden at their annual Open House on September 23, in memory of custodian Alan Baker, who passed away in June. Al served as custodian at the school for 31 years and his wife Shirley continues to perform the duties.
Eco-Exeter Brings Fellow Schools Together
On September 12 Trustee Sygrove had the opportunity to attend the Eco Exeter symposium at South Huron District High School involving students from a number of Avon Maitland secondary schools. Eco Exeter is a group of grade 9 and 10 students from Amanda Keller’s science class who came together in May 2019. They were inspired by Blue Bayfield and have made a big impact on reducing single-use plastics in their community. At the symposium, students attended four workshops to learn about Eco Exeter and become inspired to start similar initiatives in their own communities. As follow-up, each attending class will develop their own eco plan and return to South Huron in November to share. #AMDSBisGreen
MyFM Exeter news story
Exeter Lakeshore Times-Advance news story
Exciting upgrades for Shakespeare Public School
Trustee Bisutti witnessed recent upgrades to the playground and yard at Shakespeare Public School in Stratford. The project was completed over the summer and the School Council is focusing on further beautification of the area.
AMDSB Students Attend We Day Toronto
Over 200 students from 21 schools attended We Day Toronto on September 19. The Me to We team from Central Huron Secondary School (pictured right) wrote a summary of their experience:
Our We Day experience was truly motivational and empowering. It was a great opportunity to further our understanding on many ideas and world issues. Hearing about these issues from different celebrities enhanced our experience as well. The climate crisis is one worth mentioning. David Suzuki spoke about how we need to take care of our mother Earth, because she is the only one we have. Other celebrities including Rupi Kaur talked about the importance of self love and how to deal with facing discrimination and Emilio Estevez shared his story about facing your fears, and how all voices matter. We also learned about youth entrepreneurship from two girls who created their own business where they sell ice cream and plant trees with the profits. Listening to students our age that take the initiative to start their own business really puts into perspective that we are capable of making a difference. We learned about an environmental problem as simple as our cell phone cases, children’s zinc deficiencies in Africa, people facing discrimination toward their race, disabilities, etc. We Day was a really great way of seeing all of the amazing things people are doing around the world and how we can contribute. Our group is starting to put into motion the initiatives that have been set out for us this year.
Submitted by: CHSS students Maitland Roy, Jenna McClure, Sara Cowman and Madaline Henderson
Students Take Action
Trustee Bisutti attended a recent event in Stratford to highlight the need for immediate action on climate change (#FridaysforFuture). She reported a good turn out of students as well as adults with creative signs and costumes. The event was organized by a cross-generational planning team of 40 volunteers who pulled together over the last few weeks and organized an excellent parade, rally, and information fair.
Senior Staff Updates
Superintendent Black presented results from the Student Identification Survey project. The survey was completed in the 2018-2019 school year and examines student identities across the district. The survey results bring clarity to our diverse student population and will then support equity and student achievement through evidence-informed decision making in three action areas:
- Better understand and respond to diverse student populations and communities
- Identify and respond to barriers to student success
- Enhance the creation and distribution of programs and services
Chair Activity Update
Chair Schenk attended a planning meeting for the Foundation for Education annual gala. She reported a variety of other meetings (including School Councils) and correspondence activities.
Student Trustee Update
The student senators for the 2019-2020 school year read their Declaration of Office/Oath of Allegiance. Student trustees reported that they participated in their first meeting of the year where they discussed ways to decrease their annual budget (including reducing travel and food costs). They also reported hoping to continue with their focus on student mental health and well-being as well as trying to expand their variety in student voice and working on environmental sustainability projects (expand the work of Eco Exeter). They also reported that schools have already began planning for Halloween for hunger events (collecting non-perishable food items), participation in Terry Fox walks/runs, mental health initiatives (including an event and other celebrations) and activities to reduce environmental impact.
Future Board Meetings
(at the Education Centre in Seaforth unless otherwise noted)
- Tuesday, October 8, 2019 – 7:30 p.m.
- Tuesday, October 22, 2019 – 7:30 p.m.
- Tuesday, November 12, 2019 – 7:30 p.m.
Future Meetings/Events with Trustee Representation
(at Education Centre unless otherwise noted)
- Joint Health & Safety Committee – Thursday, September 26, 2019 – 1:30 p.m.
- Supervised Alternative Learning – Friday, September 27, 2019 – 8:30 a.m.
- Special Education Advisory Committee – Wednesday, October 2, 2019 – 4:00 p.m.
- Parent Involvement Committee – Wednesday, October 2, 2019 – 5:30 p.m.
- Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) Committee – Wednesday, October 16, 2019 – 4:00 p.m.