Avon Maitland Students Perform at Stratford Studio Theatre
My Academy’s version of Us and Them debuted Saturday, April 14, at the Stratford Festival Studio Theatre. My Academy is a partnership between the Avon Maitland District School Board and Stratford Festival. It provided seventeen students from grades 7 to 12, from Stratford Central SS, Stratford Northwestern SS and South Huron District HS in Exeter, the opportunity to work with talented Festival artisans under the direction of the Festival’s Edward Daranyi. Participants spoke to the audience after their performance about the conflict in the play, the result of two factions confronted with each other and the common territory desired by both. Students believed there were lessons to be learned about judging others, and the suspicion and group think that influences people to act differently than they might as individuals.
Superintendent Jodie Baker expressed her gratitude to Daranyi and teacher Paul Finkelstein for their commitment and the work to organize the program. Students learned about costume selection, set design, lighting, and scriptwriting.
My Academy 2018 participants included South Huron’s Rebekah Pfaff, Stratford Northwestern’s Natalie Costa-Stokman, Kendall Lemire, Anthony Millar, Ciara Peicheff Kirkwood, Alison Doupe, Carmondy Gidge, and Sierra Pitts and Stratford Central’s Jonah Gribble, Drew Johnson, Brooke Tessmer, Raidyn Brodhagen, Ian Elliot, Felix Kropf-Untucht, Felicity Sibold, Jac Veenstra and Brent Sylvester.
Specialist High Skills Major Courses Approved
Five new secondary courses received the green light to go ahead. These courses can give students valuable work experience that will help build a resume for postsecondary programs and future employment. They include
- Business at Listowel District Secondary School
- Environment at Stratford Northwestern Secondary School
- Food Processing at Mitchell District High School
- Construction at St. Marys DCVI
- Agriculture at Central Huron Secondary School
2018/2019 School Year Calendar
The 2018/2019 school year calendar has been approved.
The school year commences Tuesday, September 4, 2018, with an instructional day and classes ending on Friday, June 28, 2019, with a professional development day.
Winter Break commences Monday, December 24, 2018, and concludes Friday, January 4, 2019. Classes resume Monday, January 7, 2019.
March Break commences on Monday, March 11, 2019, and concludes on Friday, March 15, 2019.
Seven professional development days are scheduled as follows:
- Friday, September 28, 2018
- Friday, November 2, 2018
- Friday, December 7, 2018
- Friday, February 1, 2019
- Friday, April 5, 2019
- Friday, June 7, 2019
- Friday, June 28, 2019
Please watch for a print-friendly version of the calendar.
Successful VP Conference
Vice Principals recently gathered as a group for a two-day conference on transitions conversations with the main theme of transforming education through leadership. The keynote speaker was Will Richardson. He is the co-founder of Powerful Learning Practice, a professional development company for schools. Initial feedback from the event has been positive.
Annual Music Event
The Loud and Proud 4 event is set to go Tuesday, May 1st. Hundreds of students from Grades 5-8 from across our district will attend music workshops in the day and then perform an evening concert for the public. Admission by donation. All are welcome to attend. The concert starts at 6:30 at Stratford Northwestern SS.
The annual Dance Showcase is now so successful there are going to be two productions instead of just one. The Showcase is an opportunity for schools to get together and perform their own routines for each other and the general public.
The first event will be held May 9th at Stratford Northwestern Secondary School at 7 p.m. The second event will be held May 16th at Seaforth Public School at 7 p.m. A mass routine involving all dancers and choreographed by students at Stratford Central Secondary School will be held both nights.
Save the date!
We are hosting a Pathways Night at the Stratford Rotary Complex on May 2nd from 7:00pm-8:30pm. Open to parents and students who want to learn more about the different career pathways available after graduation. We will also share information about the diverse courses students can take in secondary school. All ages are welcome.
Parent Surveys Available Now!
The OurSCHOOL survey deadline for parents and guardians has been extended until May 10th. Please contact your local school to access the survey. We are hoping for a good response. It is your chance to have a say in public education.
Student Trustee Update
Student trustee Natalie Moore LDSS shared #AMDSBShareYourVoice
Avon Maitland District School Board values the voice of their students. The Program Department has partnered with representatives from the AMDSB Student Senator committee to design a conference inspired by the Ontario Minister’s Student Advisory Council that will give an opportunity for AMDSB students in secondary schools to provide their thoughts and opinions about their educational experience. Students in grades 7-12 will be able to share and discuss their ideas pertaining to improving student engagement in secondary schools. The keynote speaker for the conference will be Will Richardson. Richardson is an outspoken advocate for change in schools and classrooms to provide diverse new learning opportunities for students.
Comparison of 2015/2016 Actual vs Tendered Prices
Trustees have requested an annual information report on how the actual prices of tendered projects compare to the original tendered prices.
Please see the report for comparison of actual vs tendered prices.
Expense Statements for September 1, 2017 to March 31, 2018
Please see the report.
Future Board Meetings
(at Education Centre unless otherwise noted)
Tuesday, May 8, 2018 – 5:00 p.m. Committee of the Whole, Closed Session, 6:00 p.m. Committee of the Whole, Open Session, 7:30 p.m. Regular Session
Tuesday, May 22, 2018 – 6:30 p.m. Committee of the Whole, Closed Session, 7:00 p.m. Student Advisory Committee, 7:30 p.m. Regular Session
Tuesday, June 26, 2018 – 3:00 p.m. Committee of the Whole, Closed Session, 3:30 p.m. Regular Session
Future Meetings/Events with Trustee Representation
(at Education Centre unless otherwise noted)
Recognition Committee: Tuesday, April 24, 2018 – 4:30 p.m.
Joint Health & Safety: Thursday, May 31, 2018 – 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.