French Immersion Interest Survey Results
On June 9, 2015, the Board of Trustees passed a motion requesting that a Board report be completed by staff to summarize the current delivery model of French, to highlight factors for consideration should French Immersion expansion be considered, and to present a draft viability survey based on previous board surveys.
The report included the following categories for consideration: staffing, transportation, facilities, funding, enrolment, and alignment with priorities.
The French Immersion interest survey was finalized through consultation, paper copies were distributed and/or mailed to all current and incoming families of Kindergarten students outside of the current French Immersion program delivery area. This distribution was completed before December 10, 2015. Copies were shared for distribution through all school based communication (newsletters, social media, etc), on the AMDSB website and related social media accounts, and were shared with municipalities for distribution as they deemed appropriate. The survey link was closed on January 8, 2016.
Families were asked to identify their home school and were asked to express their interest in French Immersion expansion in specific communities. These communities were selected based on the locations of our high schools. Families were not restricted in the number of communities that they could select, so many families chose more than one location for possible expansion of French Immersion.
Between December 1, 2015 and January 8, 2016 a total of 178 surveys were completed.
Please see the results of the survey.
Outcome from tonight
After much discussion over the survey results, it was determined by the Board to hold a detailed analysis and deliberation at a Board of Director’s Open Session meeting in February (date to be determined).
Associate Superintendent Cheri Carter brought forward an update on the ongoing survey.
She reported that, with still almost three weeks to go on our Cashless Survey, we have received:
- 31 Administrator surveys
- 34 Secretary surveys
- 642 Parent surveys
Through this survey Avon Maitland District School Board is investigating the option of providing parents with online payment opportunities for school collected funds. Online payment systems provide parents with notification of school events/fundraisers and facilitate electronic payment, eliminating the need for paper order/permission forms and cash/cheques sent to school with students.
The survey will allow us to further assess the needs of our AMDSB school communities.
Please see the link to the survey.
Superintendent Jane Morris expressed her enthusiasm over the start of the new arts academy on Feb. 8.
My Academy is a partnership between the Stratford Festival and the Avon Maitland District School Board and combines the rigours of onstage performance practices and behind-the-scenes craftsmanship to create an experience unlike any other. Students will be able to enrich their existing high school arts programming by learning from and working closely with a broad variety of Festival personnel, from actors and artists, to crew members and administrative staff.
A total of 24 students have registered from Avon Maitland schools ranging from 12 to 18 years of age.
AMDSB and Fanshawe College Dual Credit Arts Program
Superintendent Paul Langis brought news that the AMDSB and Fanshawe College Dual Credit Arts Program celebrated the conclusion of another offering with a very successful and inspiring art exhibit today.
He proudly held up several pieces of work which he purchased on behalf of the Board.
Over the course of 15 classes, over 20 Grade 11 and 12 students from several different secondary schools came together weekly at the REACH facility in Clinton to engage in a painting class and sculpture class.
“We put an emphasis on encouraging the students to think outside the box when it came to their creative ideas,” states Tory Eckstein
Dual Credit Teacher for Avon Maitland District School Board. “If they saw a technique that worked for them they we encouraged to explore it, and not limit themselves to only one style – to keep an open mind.”
For more information on this Dual Credit program see our post regarding the program or for any of the other Dual Credit programs offered contact the guidance or student success counsellor at your home school.
School Year Calendar Amendment
Ontario Regulation 304, “School Year Calendar, Professional Activity Days”, made under the Education Act, sets out the requirements for school boards when planning school year calendars. At the commencement of the 2015-2016 school year, the regulation required that school boards designate two PA days per school year and permitted boards to designate up to four additional PA days per school year. Any school day not designated as PA days are instructional days.
A key term of the settlements that were negotiated recently with employee groups was the provision of an additional PA day each school year. The requirement for an additional PA day is effective immediately and, as such, applies to the current school year.
The School Year Calendar committee met on January 5, 2016, and following that meeting contact was made with Huron Perth Catholic DSB. Both committees have selected Monday, May 9, 2016 as the additional PA Day for all schools in Huron and Perth counties.
AMDSB’s Communication Department will work the School Year Calendar committee on making sure that families know of the addition to the calendar as soon as possible.
Future Board Meetings
(at Education Centre unless otherwise noted)
- Tuesday, February 9, 2016 – 6:00 p.m. Committee of the Whole, Open Session, 8:00 p.m. Regular Board Session
- Tuesday, February 23, 2016 – 7:30 p.m. Student Senate Committee and Trustees, 8:00 p.m. Regular Board Session
Future Meetings/Events with Trustee Representation
(at Education Centre unless otherwise noted)
- SAL: Tuesday, January 26, 2016 – 9:00 a.m.
- Joint Health & Safety Committee: Thursday, January 28, 2016 1:30 p.m.
- SEAC: Wednesday, February 3, 2016 – 4:00 p.m.
- PIC: Wednesday, February 3, 2016 5:30 p.m.
- Trustees and Senior Staff PD: February 16, 2016 – 4:30 p.m.