Trustee for Northwest Huron Al Sygrove was impressed with the Friendship Games held on May 17 at Goderich District Collegiate Institute. He said, “It was a great day with approximately 170 athletes and almost 200 student volunteers participating. Special thanks to school staff for their support as well as GDCI student Kennedy Thom who took the lead role in organizing the Games. As I said initially it was a wonderful day with lots of smiles.” Before the participants started the outdoor games they were celebrated inside GDCI as many staff and students lined the walls applauding the participants, educational assistants and volunteers as they marched through the halls. Thankfully the weather cooperated outside.
Graphic artist, Disa, captured the thinking as people participated in the Student Engagement Conference Friday, May 11. The conference was an opportunity for students from grades 7 and up across the district to share their voices on several issues. Student Trustee Jesse Russell said the group was inspired by guest speaker Will Richardson who asked them to reimagine and analyze their school years. They also posted frequently on social media using #AMDSBShareYourVoice. Students, principals and vice-principals are examining the feedback from the event and will present the results to the Board on June 12th.
LDSS Impresses at Drama Festival
Drama students at Listowel District Secondary School presented an award-winning performance at the recently held National Theatre School Festival (formerly the Sears Drama Festival). Please see the story in the Listowel Banner.
Preliminary Accommodation Analysis Report for 2017/2018
Declining enrolment remains the biggest financial challenge for the Avon Maitland District School Board.
Elementary enrolment declines are lessening and are beginning to stabilize somewhat on a short-term, system-wide basis; although some schools continue to exhibit a moderate decline.
Secondary enrolment declines reflect the elementary pattern previously experienced with a moderate decline to the end of the 15-year projection.
Please read the Preliminary Accommodation Review
Five (5) Year Accessibility Plan Under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act
The purpose of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (AODA), is to benefit all Ontarians by achieving accessibility for people with disabilities. This will be done by developing, implementing and enforcing accessibility standards concerning goods, services, accommodation, facilities, buildings, and employment. Improvements will be phased in, in stages of five years or less, moving towards an accessible Ontario in 20 years. Please read the AODA 5 year Accessibility Plan
National AccessAbility Week (May 27 to June 2, 2018)
The Avon Maitland District School Board recognizes and celebrates National AccessAbility Week and works year-round on making schools more accessible. Installing accessible washrooms, installing accessible swings in playgrounds and using technology for people who have sight-impairments are just a few things being done.
The Parent Involvement Committee (PIC) is holding a special meeting for the public on June 6th called Let’s Talk Tech & Math Evening. Superintendent Jane Morris says it will be an interesting and informative event with several demonstrations of technology devices as they are used in math classes or for math homework. Demonstrations will be held in grade level groupings so that parents can see specific applications for primary, junior, intermediate and senior divisions. The Let’s Talk Tech & Math Evening is open to everyone. It is being held at the Seaforth Public School gym from 6:30 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.
Indigenous Education Advisory Committee
Superintendent Kim Black announced the formation of a new committee that will focus on providing all students with a greater understanding of our shared histories and knowledge about the cultures of our First Nations, Métis, and Inuit. Families, community members, and organizations that have these shared goals in mind are invited to attend the first meeting on Tuesday, May 29th from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. at the Education Centre, 62 Chalk Street, North, Seaforth. Please confirm your attendance by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org or calling Amy Kipfer 519 274 1934.
Approval of Tender – Renovations at St. Marys DCVI
As part of the ongoing infrastructure improvements to be funded through Ministry facility grants, upgrades to the cafeteria at St. Marys DCVI were identified. Work includes replacement of windows, exterior doors with accessible features, and lighting. Also included in this project is exterior walkway upgrades. Please see the report for renovations at St. Marys DCVI.
Approval of Tender – Renovations at Brookside Public School
As part of the ongoing infrastructure improvements to be funded through Ministry facility grants, renovations were identified at Brookside Public School. Please see the report for renovations at Brookside PS.
Future Board Meetings
(at Education Centre unless otherwise noted)
- Tuesday, June 12, 2018 – 5:00 p.m. Finance Committee, 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)
- Municipal and Community Partners: Tuesday, May 29th Municipal at 1:00 p.m. and Community Partners at 2:00 p.m.
- Tuesday, May 29th, Indigenous Education Advisory Committee, 5:30 p.m.
- SEAC: Wednesday, May 30, 2018 and Wednesday, June 6, 2018 at 4:00 p.m.
- Joint Health & Safety: Thursday, May 31, 2018 – 1:30 p.m.
- Finance Committee: Tuesday, June 5, 2018 – 5:00 p.m.
- School Year Calendar Committee: Wednesday, June 6, 2018
- Parent Involvement Committee: Talk Tech and Math Night – Wednesday, June 6, 2018
- AMDSB Recognition Reception: Monday, June 11, 2018
- Audit Committee: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 – 5:00 p.m.