Chair of the Board Colleen Schenk brought news that over $57,000 was raised at the Evening of Connections Gala – a community-led Gala Dinner and Auction held April 30th in support of the refurbishment of the sports field and track at F.E. Madill Secondary School in Wingham with a focus on accessibility. Guest speakers at the sold-out event included Julie Sawchuk (F.E. Madill Science Teacher), David Greig (Paralympic Track & Field Coach) and David Willsie (Paralympic gold Medal Champion). Congratulations to Karri-Anne Cameron, Teresa Becker and the entire Building Bridges to Our Future Committee on the success of the event.
Vice-Chair Alyson Kent shared with the Board that over 350 students from across Avon Maitland District School Board from Grades 5 through 8 participated in AMDSB’s second annual Loud and Proud 2 Mass Band event.
On Tuesday, May 3, students from several elementary schools across both Huron and Perth counties gathered at Stratford Northwestern School for an afternoon of instrumental workshops with guest clinicians and rehearsals. The event concluded with a stellar 6:30 pm concert featuring all students performing several numbers as a mass band.
This second annual event has been organized by a group of teachers belonging to the instrumental music professional learning community for elementary educators. The aim of Loud and Proud is to promote music education in our elementary schools and to feature the unique opportunity of instrumental music that many of our elementary schools afford AMDSB students.
Students had the opportunity to meet other students engaged in music learning, as well as have the opportunity to work with local musicians and instrument specific educators. This year, several guest clinicians worked directly with students, including Ross Edwards, Principal Clarinet of Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, Instructor at Wilfred Laurier University; and Philip Seguin, trumpeter with Stratford Festival Orchestra, Windsor Symphony, Instructor at York University.
- Downie Central Public School
- Anne Hathaway Public School
- Bedford Public School
- F.E. Madill Elementary
- Howick Central Public School
- Huron Centennial Public School
- Listowel Central Public School
- Maitland River Elementary School
- Stratford Northwestern Elementary
- Stratford Central Elementary
- South Huron Elementary
My Academy Presents: Twelfth Night
Come see the first collaboration with the Stratford Festival and Avon Maitland District School Board! After a successful launch of My Academy, an exciting new arts enrichment partnership, the program will culminate in a production of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night at the Festival’s Studio Theatre from May 19 to 21, featuring students from around the local region. Learn more about the production.
Tickets are $10 for general admission and $5 for students and available via the Stratford Festival box office at 1.800.567.1600 or stratfordfestival.ca/myacademy.
Election of the Board’s Delegate to the Ontario Public School Board’s Association
Trustee Robert Hunking was acclaimed as the Board’s delegate to OPSBA and Vice-Chair Alyson Kent was acclaimed as the alternate.
Employee Engagement Survey
The Director contracted Flex Surveys to conduct a confidential survey of employee engagement and to gather feedback on the Board’s Strategic Plan. Up to 78% of permanent staff completed the survey and AMDSB scored in the average range for all organizations when it comes to employee engagement and the above average range when compared to educational organizations.
Highlights of the Employee Engagement Survey
Following are areas that generated positive results:
- Staff are willing to give extra effort at work
- Staff feel that their fellow workers are committed
- Staff know what is expected of them at work
Following are areas to investigate:
- The system does a good job helping poor performers improve.
- Employees feel that their efforts are properly recognized
- The system does a good job of honouring all voices
“Overall the results are very positive,” said Director of Education Ted Doherty. “However, the focus is not on the raw scores but on finding ways to improve.”
Based on the results of the survey and follow up meetings with union leaders, principals and vice-principals and managers, senior staff will develop an action plan to work on areas of collective interest and increase overall staff engagement.
Future Board Meetings
(at Education Centre unless otherwise noted)
- Tuesday, May 10, 2016 – 5:45 p.m. Committee of the Whole – Open Session, 8:00 p.m. Regular Board Session
- Tuesday, May 24, 2016 – 8:00 p.m. Regular Board Session
- Tuesday, June 14, 2016 – 5:45 p.m. Committee of the Whole – Open Session, 8:00 p.m. Regular Board Session
- Tuesday, June 28, 2016 – 4:00 p.m. Regular Board Session
Future Meetings/Events with Trustee Representation
(at Education Centre unless otherwise noted)
- SEAC: Wednesday, May 11, 2016 – 4:00 p.m.
- Finance Committee: Tuesday, May 24, 2016 – 5:00 – 6:30 p.m.
- GAFE Training: Tuesday, May 31, 2016 – 5:00 p.m.
- Audit Committee: Tuesday, June 7, 2016 – 5:00 – 6:30 p.m.
- Finance Committee: Tuesday, June 7, 2016 – 7:00 – 9:30 p.m.
- Finance Committee: Tuesday, June 14, 2016 – 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.
- Board Recognition Reception: Wednesday, June 8, 2016 – 5:30 p.m. at Central Huron Community Complex, Clinton