Avon Maitland District School Board extends a warm welcome to Shelley Moore! On October 26, 2018 approximately 200 educators and guests will gather to be inspired by Moore, an inclusive education consultant from the University of British Columbia. Moore presents at conferences both nationally and internationally, and AMDSB is thrilled to have her in the district to further develop our strategic goal of creating positive, inclusive learning environments.
3rd Delegation from the Netherlands
Trustee Doug Pratley offered another welcome on behalf of Avon Maitland District School Board, to our 3rd delegation from the Netherlands. The group arriving comes from a large school board with childcare, kindergarten and elementary schools; and shares our goal of providing inclusive education. The 25 visitors will be touring schools, and engaging in conversation with Learning Services staff. AMDSB is pleased to once again have this opportunity, and will utilize this engagement as an opportunity to not only reflect on our own journey with inclusive education, but to assist us in finding our place in the global context of this work.
A Story of The Three Sisters
Trustee Robert Hunking brought good news surrounding the publication of A Story of the Three Sisters, with local art provided by indigenous storyteller, Brandon Mitchell. The recreation of the ancient aboriginal legend was published to continue the journey of reconciliation, and in recognition and celebration of the 10th anniversary of Kids First Huron Perth. The book is being distributed to schools across the board.
Congratulations & Warm Welcome to Our New Trustees!
Trustee Colleen Schenk extended congratulations and a welcome to the newly elected Avon Maitland District School Board Trustees, Colin Carmichael, Herb Klassen and Laura Bisutti!
School Bus Safety Week: October 22-26
Trustee Nancy Rothwell shared information surrounding School Bus Safety Week. In Ontario, more than 800,000 students ride safely in over 18,000 school buses each day. Huron Perth Student Transportation Services operates approximately 343 school vehicles, which transport 12,500 students across Avon Maitland and Huron Perth boards. That means there are 343 drivers on our roads, travelling a little over 36,000 kilometres each day.
Together, we continue to focus on safety, and with our operators have produced a new Public Service Announcement to address the public not obeying stop signs at intersections.
Senior Staff Updates
Stratford Public Schools Renovation Project
Superintendent Janet Baird Jackson brought forward the latest on the Stratford Public Schools Renovation Project:
We have launched thoughtexchange, an online tool to gather broad public input regarding our Stratford Schools Renovation project. The identity of all participants will remain confidential and all postings to thoughtexchange and star ratings are anonymous. The platform will remain open from October 22nd to November 5th. We have begun communication with Stratford Central Secondary School, Stratford Northwestern Secondary School, and to all feeder elementary schools regarding alternative access availability to ensure all stakeholders have a method to ensure their voices are heard.
Read more about thoughtexchange
Pathways Night – A Success!
Superintendent Jodie Baker delivered thanks to all of those who came out and supported the second annual Pathways event hosted at Central Huron Secondary School on October 17, 2018.
All of the 5 pathways – Community Living, Workplace, Apprenticeship, College and University – available to students were represented. Local employers and community partners showcased their work, and supports for school programs and future employees; and Lambton College’s welding simulator trailer was on site to students across our board throughout the week. With the coordinated efforts of Jim Brintnell, Dual Credit Teacher and school staffs, over 400 students passed through the trailer prior to Pathways Night!
iAM me Student Identification Survey
Avon Maitland District School Board launches first board-wide student identification survey.
The student identification survey is part of a pilot project offered by the Ministry of Education, with the purpose to enhance understanding of our students in order to create positive learning environments where student achievement, well-being and equity are prioritized. Further information will be sent out to parents in the weeks to come. The higher the response rate, the more effective the data will be to help us continue to develop programming and instruction suited specifically to our student’s needs.
Special Education Advisory Committee – Call for Members!
The Avon Maitland District School Board, under the direction of the Board of Trustees invites applications for community members to serve on the Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC). This committee is formed every four years, serving the same term of office as board members (Trustees). The first meeting of the new committee will be held on February 6, 2019 and will include training for SEAC members and their alternates. The Trustees are seeking membership from both Local Associations and individuals (Members at Large).
PPM 161 – Prevalent Medical Conditions & Medically-At-Risk Students
Superintendent Kim Black presented to the Board of Trustees on the implementation of Policy/Program Memorandum No. 161 – Supporting Children and Students with Prevalent Medical Conditions (Anaphylaxis, Asthma, Diabetes, and/or Epilepsy) in Schools. Avon Maitland District School Board wrote Admin Procedure 314, supporting students with prevalent medical conditions in schools to respond to this policy request.
AMDSB’s procedure is posted on the Board website and Superintendent Black reminded the Trustees to encourage all parents and guardians of children who have prevalent medical conditions, or other conditions that place the student medically at risk to report their child’s medical needs to the Principal in order to develop an individual medical management plan of care.
Future Board Meetings
(at Education Centre unless otherwise noted)
- November 13, 2018 – 5:30 p.m. Committee of the Whole, Open Session, 7:30 p.m. Regular Session
- November 27, 2018 – 5:00 p.m. Committee of the Whole, Open Session, 7:30 p.m. Regular Session
Future Meetings/Events with Trustee Representation
- SAL – Monday, October 29, 2018 – 8:30 a.m.
- Director’s Review Committee – Tuesday, October 30, 2018 – 4:30 p.m.
- SEAC – Wednesday, November 7, 2018 – 4:00 p.m.
- HPSTS – Tuesday, November 13, 2018 – 3:30 p.m.
- Audit Committee – Tuesday, November 13, 2018 – 4:30 p.m.