Shelley Moore Presents – Choosin’ Inclusion
Trustee Doug Pratley had the pleasure to attend the inspirational ‘Choosin’ Inclusion’ presentation with Shelley Moore on October 26, 2018. Moore’s presentation was both captivating and educational. She reinforced that ALL children need supports, and that special needs are human needs. A special thank you to the Learning Services team for organizing this wonderful event.
For more information on Shelley Moore: www.blogsomemoore.com, or you can Google ‘5 moore minutes’.
Trustee Robert Hunking shared good news surrounding grades 7-10 students in the gifted learning program. Students took part in an Accessibility Learning Module at Cowbell Brewing Co.
Founded on the principles of Universal Design, the goal of accessibility is to create an inclusive society for people with mobility, visual, auditory, and cognitive disabilities. By learning through those who experience these challenges every day, our students took part in various exercises and problem solving activities. This is the first module of its kind and we hope that our students left with a better understanding of why accessibility is so important to everyone in our community!
Trustee Alyson Kent delivered thanks to all of those who came out and supported the twenty-fourth annual Foundation for Education Gala Auction event hosted at the Revival House in Stratford on November 10th, 2018.
AMDSB has had the opportunity to work in partnership with the Foundation for Education – a charitable organization whose objective is to ensure that crucial arts-based workshops continue to enhance over 5,000 students in the Avon Maitland district throughout the year. The Gala Auction is the Foundation’s major fundraiser and it is estimated that in excess of $26,000 was raised at this year’s event.
Avon Maitland would like to extend thanks to the Foundation staff, Board of Directors, volunteers and sponsors for their commitment to enhancing school life for the students of Avon Maitland District School Board.
Trustee Robert Hunking highlighted the return of Will Richardson to Avon Maitland for professional learning and reflection on November 1st and 2nd.
Richardson, an outspoken advocate for change in schools and classrooms collaborated with the Program department to lead an interactive conversation regarding shared beliefs and values pertaining to teaching and learning. He also delivered a keynote address to all AMDSB secondary teachers, focusing on the change in schools and classrooms necessary to provide diverse, authentic learning opportunities for students.
His insight was thought-provoking and has led to many engaging conversations regarding the evolution of learning throughout AMDSB.
S.O.A.R – Huron County Museum Takeover
Trustee Robert Hunking also announced that students in the S.O.A.R program will be ‘Taking Over’ the Huron County Museum on November 17, 2018 from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Derived from Takeover Day England, Sinead Cox, the curator of engagement and dialogue at the Huron County Museum introduced the concept and since September, museum staff have been teaching students about all aspects of museum operations, including curatorial work, artifact care, exhibit creation and design, archives procedures, marketing, guest services and more!
Through inquiry and action, students have contributed to the creation of a new temporary exhibit titled “Dinner Back Then!” The students will then use their new knowledge to takeover management of the Museum, and hope the public will stop in to meet them and view their new exhibit.
At the request of the students, admission to Takeover Day will be by cash donation to the Huron County Food Bank.
The student exhibit Dinner Back Then will be on display at the Huron County Museum until December 1, 2018.
Follow the students progress on-line: #SOARTakeoverDay
Country Christmas Craft Show in Support of OSAID a Success!
Trustee Allan Sygrove recognized the efforts of students at GDCI and their staff leader Brenda McEwin who held their Country Christmas Craft Show on November 3rd, 2018 in support of Ontario Students Against Impaired Driving (OSAID). This year the show offered 120 vendors, and welcomed approximately 2,200 visitors!
Newly Approved Transportation Public Service Announcement To Be Released
Trustee Nancy Rothwell announced the release of a new PSA surrounding transportation safety. A series of Public Service Announcement’s have been developed to address the public not obeying stop signs at intersections.
See newly released video: “STOP MEANS STOP”:
Senior Staff Updates
Stratford Public Schools Renovation Project
Superintendent Janet Baird-Jackson brought forward the latest on the Stratford Public Schools Renovation Project:
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Board Approves the Consolidated Financial Statements for the 2017-2018 Fiscal Year
Superintendent Cheri Carter announced that the Board has approved the recommendation from the Audit Committee to accept the draft Consolidated Financial Stateme
Bullying Awareness & Prevention Week
Superintendent Jodie Baker reminds everyone that Bullying Awareness & Prevention Week is November 18 – 24, 2018. Students, staff and parents are encouraged to learn more about bullying and its effect on student learning and well-being. Schools are encouraged to use this opportunity to explain the different forms bullying can take. These forms include; physical, verbal, social or electronic (cyber-bullying). AMDSB has developed and is sending out a newsletter to all students as an awareness campaign to further promote a safer, more welcoming learning environment.
iAMme – Identity Based Data Collection
Laura Scott presented to the Board of Trustees on the launch of Avon Maitland District School Board’s first board-wide student identification survey. The student identification survey is part of a pilot project offered by the Ministry of Education, and is set to go live December 3rd – 7th, 2018.
AMDSB is committed to creating positive, inclusive learning environments, and maximizing outcomes for students. The results from this survey will help with this work; providing clarity to the diverse student population and enhancing the understanding of Avon Maitland students. Further information has been sent out to parents.
More Information on iAMme Student Survey
Future Board Meetings
(at Education Centre unless otherwise noted)
- November 27, 2018 – 4:30 p.m. Committee of the Whole, Open Session, 7:30 p.m. Regular Session
- Inaugural Meeting: Tuesday, December 4, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.
Future Meetings/Events with Trustee Representation.
- Indigenous Education Advisory Committee: Thursday, November 22, 2018 – 5:00 p.m.
- SEAC: Monday, November 26th – 4:00 p.m. via teleconference
- Joint Health & Safety Committee: Thursday, November 22, 2018 – 1:30 p.m.