Student Sensory Paths at Exeter Elementary School
Trustee Al Sygrove recently had the opportunity to visit Exeter Elementary School and experience their student sensory paths. They are currently developing a third path for older students with input from OT & PT staff as well as students themselves. These paths are part of an overall school plan to support and enhance student well-being.
There are a growing number of schools experimenting with this. See the online article titled, “Feeling fidgety in class? Go stomp, jump or hop down this school’s sensory hallway”.
Superintendent Jane Morris shared that educators from GDCI have been part of the New Pedagogies for Deeper Learning global research project fronted by Michael Fullan for the past five years. This past fall, the work of GDCI intermediate teacher Rhonda Fritzley, and her Grade 7 students was selected to represent the Canadian submission to a global moderation panel. The work of her students was developed from a Deep Learning task that members of the AMDSB Program team launched at the Global Deep Learning Lab in Vancouver last spring. Students and educators from New Zealand, Finland the United States and across Canada took part in an international Twitter chat about the UN’s Sustainable Goals. Rhonda and her class continued their learning after contributing to the international conversation by choosing and supporting one of the UN goals. Her students planned and implemented many awareness and fundraising activities in the Goderich community last spring. Rhonda documented her professional learning and highlighted some of her students’ Deep Learning projects in a presentation. Avon Maitland educators and students continue to be provincial and international leaders in student-led authentic learning.
Superintendent Jodie Baker recognized that this week is Children’s Mental Health week. Schools across Avon Maitland are participating in their own “Wellness Days”, where students and staff engage in activities to promote positive mental health and well-being and reduce the stigma of addictions. These activities range from dance, music, yoga, culinary, comedy events and more. The goal is for students to take a step back from their studies and engage in activities that will better their mental and physical health, all while learning something new!
See how some of our schools are raising awareness about the importance of mental health:
Superintendent Morris reported that over 400 students from the Avon Maitland District School Board came together today to be loud and proud.
Students from grades 5 to 8 took part in the fifth annual Loud and Proud V Mass Band event at Stratford Northwestern School.
The organizers, AMDSB music educators, say that students enjoyed an afternoon of instrumental workshops with guest clinicians and rehearsals. The event concluded with a concert featuring all students performing several numbers as a mass band.
The aim of the event, according to organizers, is to promote music education in elementary schools.
Trustee Hunking offered congratulations to Huron Centennial School students Evan, Preston, Kurtis and Nathan. They took the award ‘Most Community Oriented Project’ at the the CONNECT Conference held in Niagara Falls for their ‘Deforestation’ presentation.
Stratford Central Students Donate Trees
Trustee Bisutti gave kudos to Stratford Central SS students who dug up trees that would have been destroyed as a result of the upcoming renovations, and donated them to The Local Community Food Centre.
Foundation For Education Production Success
Chair Schenk reported that the recent production of ’New Friends Old Friends’ put on by McGregor & Friends in Blyth raised $10,000 for the Foundation For Education for student enrichment programs.
Student Trustee Update
Student Trustee Vleeming announced that Mitchell District High School student Emma Badley has been elected as the incoming trustee to replace Student Trustee Moore in 2019-2020. Trustee Vleeming went on to report that student senators have prepared materials to help improve the transition for incoming senators next year. She also indicated that Student Trustee Moore, Emma Badley and herself will be attending the annual general meeting of OSTA-AECO at the end of the month.
The following Tenders have been awarded:
- Stratford Northwestern Secondary School Two Classroom Renovations
- Mechanical Listowel Eastdale Public School Rooftop Units
- Mechanical Elma Township Public School Rooftop Units
- Procurement of IT Servers
Senior Staff Updates
Overview of GSN Announcement
Associate Superintendent Carter expanded upon a summary email she sent to trustees last week regarding the Grants for Students Needs (GSN) funding announcement made by the Ministry of Education on April 26, 2019. She reiterated that we are waiting for promised documentation from the Ministry regarding agreements, etc. in order to proceed with decision making. Some key points include: a continuance of the Rural Education Fund and new adjustments for International Education enrolment.
Initial Input-Gathering to Begin for 2020-2024 Strategic Plan
Avon Maitland District School Board will be inviting parents, students and community members to share their thoughts and ideas as part of the first step toward the 2020-2024 strategic plan.
An innovative online tool called thoughtexchange will be used to gather confidential feedback and allow broad consultation. The thoughtexchange input process will launch May 17 and run through June 7, 2019.
thoughtexchange allows those giving input to respond to an open ended question, and then anonymously rate the responses of others out of 5 stars. All collected information is confidential.
The Friendship Games
Superintendent Black announced that The Friendship Games will once again be held at GDCI on May 16 (rain date May 17), and that 25 schools are registered to participate. GDCI has graciously agreed to host the whole board again, because the event was so successful last year. She expressed thanks to GDCI for their willingness to host.
Future Board Meetings
(at Education Centre unless otherwise noted)
- May 13, 2019 – 9:00 a.m (tele-conference)
- May 28, 2019 – 7:00 p.m.
- June 11, 2019 – 7:00 p.m.
- June 25, 2019 – 3:00 p.m. (to accommodate Trustee attendance at Grade 8 graduation ceremonies)
Future Meetings/Events with Trustee Representation
(at Education Centre unless otherwise noted)
- SEAC: Wednesday, May 8, 2019 – 4:00 p.m.
- SAL: May 27, 2019 – 9:00 a.m.
- Joint Health & Safety: Thursday, May 30, 2019 – 1:30 p.m.
- HPSTS: Tuesday, June 4, 2019 – 4:00 p.m. conference call
- Audit Committee: June 4, 2019 – 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.
- Parent Involvement Committee (PIC): Wednesday, June 5 – 5:30 p.m.
- AMDSB Recognition Reception: Monday, June 10, 2019 – 5:30 p.m. at Central Huron Community Complex – Libro Centre
- Finance Committee: June 11, 2019 – 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.
- Student Advisory Committee: June 11, 2019 – 7:00 – 7:30 p.m.
- Finance Committee: June 24, 2019 – 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.