Superintendent Jodie Baker announced the open house of Riverside Learning’s portable at Mornington Central P.S. on October 25 from noon to 2 pm and 6 pm to 8 pm.
Riverside Rural Learning provides publicly-funded secondary education resources and support to Ontario homeschool families in Huron and Perth counties.
Course selection is decided individually to meet the student where they are at in their learning and future goals. On this pathway of learning, students are able to obtain an Ontario Secondary Diploma or take certain courses within the program to add to their background of learning experiences.
Riverside staff are experienced and caring teachers who have worked for many years to provide alternatives to mainstream education for local families, particularly those from homeschool and private school backgrounds.
Find out more about Riverside Learning.
Superintendent Janet Baird Jackson welcomed AMDSB’s new Manager of Communications and Public Relations Dani Rathwell.
Dani brings with her over ten years experience with Tuckersmith Communications, with extensive knowledge in marketing, branding and communications strategies.
She presently resides in Bayfield with her husband and two young children and is looking forward to accentuating the good work of Avon Maitland.
Elementary Class Size Reporting – Requirements and Compliance
Avon Maitland DSB’s filing of the Elementary Class Size Report on September 28, 2018, based on actual student enrolment at September 28, 2018, indicates achievement in all areas required by the Ministry. Specific results are as follows:
- 94.1% of Primary classes (Grades 1 to Grades 3) have 20 or fewer students;
- 100% of all Primary classes (Grades 1 to Grades 3) and Grade 3/4 classes have 23 or fewer students;
- The Board-wide average size of FDK (Full-Day Kindergarten) classes is 24.62 students; and
- The Board-wide Junior/Intermediate (Grades 3/4 to Grades 8) average class size is 25.38 students.
All Collective Agreement class size requirements have been met at this time.
Updated enrolment data will be shared with the Board following the October 31, 2018 Ministry submission.
A further formal review of elementary class sizes will be conducted using enrolment data as of October 31, 2018, to ensure that class sizes continue to be in accordance with Collective Agreement requirements.
Please see the Elementary Class Size Report.
Senior Staff Updates
Stratford Public Schools Renovation Project
Superintendent Janet Baird Jackson brought forward the latest on the Stratford Public Schools Renovation Project:
We are currently working on a confidential, electronic input-gathering platform, called ThoughtExchange, for broad public input to our Stratford process. The launch is planned for October 22nd to run through November 5th, a two-week window, which we’re advised is ideal for input. There will be communication to the two Stratford schools and feeder elementary schools providing the access link to the platform, information on homeschool and public library access in case people do not have good Internet connections at home, along with email reminders to access ThoughtExchange.
After reviewing input and analysing options for the configuration of the Transition Year, we have made the decision to proceed with the Transition Year, beginning next September (2019), for grades 7-12, at SNSS with the possible use of satellite campuses in a few locations for specialized programs, such as physical education activities.
Read more about the Stratford Public Schools Renovation Project
Superintendent Jane Morris highlighted an opportunity for Grade 8 and 9 French students to spend 5 days in St. Donat, Quebec.
Interested students should apply to be selected to attend 5 days of workshops and outdoor activities such as skiing, snowshoeing, skating and cooperative games tout en français!
The cost to students will be $200.00 with cheques payable to the Avon Maitland District School Board. Payment information will come at a further date. The remaining cost of the trip will be funded by a Ministry of Education grant. Equipment rentals are extra and will be paid for at the Ski Lodge upon arrival.
Interested applicants along with your Parents/Guardians: please complete the application form via this link before Friday, November 16th, 2018.
We will email students who have been selected before the holiday break.
This year, there will be no formal Information sessions. Please contact your child’s French teacher or Lindsay Stewart at firstname.lastname@example.org for questions or further information.
Superintendent Jodie Baker also announced that next Wednesday, October 17, from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm, the second annual Pathways Night will be held for students in all Huron County schools and families of all ages at Central Huron Secondary School in Clinton.
Pathways Night honours all pathways to future careers. Expect to see many interactive opportunities and demonstrations from AMDSB board staff as well as community partners. Learn more about OYAP, the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program, Specialist High Skills Majors and Dual Credit courses available at the high school, as well as the 40 hours required to graduate. Some local post-secondary institutions will be present, along with associations such as the Home Builders Association.
Find out more about Pathways Night.
Future Board Meetings
(at Education Centre unless otherwise noted)
- October 23, 2018 – 6:00 p.m. Committee of the Whole, Open Session, 7:00 p.m. Student Advisory Committee, 7:30 Regular Session
- November 13, 2018 – 6:00 p.m. Committee of the Whole, Open Session, 7:30 p.m. Regular Session
Future Meetings/Events with Trustee Representation
(at Education Centre unless otherwise noted)
- SAL – Monday, October 29, 2018 – 8:30 a.m.
- Director’s Review Committee – Tuesday, October 30, 2018 – 4:30 p.m.
- SEAC – Wednesday, November 6, 2018 – 4:00 p.m.
- HPSTS – Tuesday, November 13, 2018 – 3:30 p.m.