As a student senator for the Avon Maitland District School Board, I will truly, faithfully, impartially and to the best of my ability execute the office of student senator by endeavouring to represent the interests of students in the Avon Maitland District School Board in a forthright and objective fashion, and by participating in discussion and debate on all relevant matters.
Our Senators for 2018-2019 are:
Jack Campbell, Central Huron S.S.
Grace Mayhew, Central Huron S.S.
Grace Caldwell, F.E. Madill S.S.
Hannah Wheeler, F.E. Madill S.S.
Alyssa Sturdy, Goderich District C.I.
Kyleigh Rosset, Goderich District C.I.
Jolene Horn, Listowel District S.S.
Natalie Moore (TRUSTEE), Listowel District S.S.
Eric Dearing, Mitchell District S.S.
Emily Ruby, Mitchell District S.S.
Zoe Klein, St. Marys D.C.V.I.
Cameron Stanger, St. Marys D.C.V.I.
Emma Papple, South Huron D.H.S.
Madison Strang, South Huron D.H.S.
Kristin Vleeming (TRUSTEE), Stratford Central S.S.
Ethan Elliott, Stratford Central S.S.
Madison Baillie, Stratford Northwestern S.S.
Brock Beatty, Stratford Northwestern S.S.
Avon Maitland and the Terry Fox Run
Superintendent Jane Morris highlighted the fact that many Avon Maitland schools celebrated the Terry Fox Run this week. Funds raised through the Run go towards cancer research and many of our schools have participated in the run for over 30 years. The truly good news is that the Terry Fox Foundation has confirmed that, since the establishment of the Run, Avon Maitland has contributed $977,736.28 to the cause.
We Day Event – Toronto
Trustee Julie Moore brought thanks to school staff for organizing the opportunity for several busloads of Avon Maitland students to attend the We Day Event in Toronto on September 20.
From the We Day website:
WE Day is the manifestation of the WE movement, an ocean of people coming together to create impact. This year alone over 200,000 young people will come together in 17 cities across the United States, Canada, the UK, and the Caribbean to take part in this unparalleled educational initiative. WE Schools prepares students for success in life. Through educational resources and service campaigns, students further their curricular learning and develop the life skills for success. Together they offer young people the tools and the inspiration to take social action, empower others and transform lives—including their own.
Special Education Plan
The Avon Maitland District School Board (AMDSB) continues to maintain a Special Education Plan. Each year the AMDSB Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC) reviews the plan to ensure that it accurately reflects Special Education programs and services provided by the school board. The Special Education Plan is submitted to the Ministry of Education on an annual basis.
Please see the revised plan.
Update on Stratford Public Schools Renovation Project
Superintendent Janet Baird Jackson informed the Board that a steering committee and staff refined the criteria for analysis of the options to improve the facilities and enrich the programming for all grade 7-12 populations in the Stratford. She confirmed that Avon Maitland will use an electronic tool for comprehensive and confidential input. Details will be finalized and a timeline will be presented at a future meeting.
More on the Stratford Project, along with FAQs, Data and a feedback form for the community to provide input on new and possible programs that could be possibly added to Stratford schools for 2020, can be found on Avon Maitland’s Stratford website HUB.
Letter to Ministry Regarding Curriculum Revisions and Cancellations
During the summer months the Ministry of Education cancelled curriculum writing sessions that would have continued the work in meeting the Calls to Action #62 and #63 from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission whereby the Ministry was asked to “make age-appropriate curriculum on residential schools, treaties, and Aboriginal peoples’ historical and contemporary contributions to Canada a mandatory education requirement for Kindergarten to Grade Twelve students.”
Superintendent Kim Black brought a letter to the Board, supported by the Indigenous Education Advisory Committee (IEAC), asking for the support of the Board of Trustees to add their name in support of the letter.
The motion was passed and the letter will be sent to the Minister of Education.
Please see the letter.
EQAO Assessment Results for 2017/2018
If you have children or grandchildren at school you have most likely heard of EQAO testing.
The EQAO (Education Quality and Accountability Office) is an independent agency that creates and administers large-scale assessments to measure Ontario students’ achievement in reading, writing and math at key stages of their education. The tests are written in the following grades:
- Grade 3, Primary Division (reading, writing and math)
- Grade 6, Junior Division (reading, writing and math)
- Grade 9 Math
- Grade 10, Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT)
Data from EQAO is a key component in helping school board’s see the larger picture, which includes report card data, classroom assessments, along with teacher and student perceptual data. These findings are collectively used to tell us how we’re doing at the Board, school and classroom level.
Last week, the Provincial and local EQAO results for all key assessment stages were released and it shows that Avon Maitland continues to mirror provincial gains in literacy in both the Primary and Junior Assessments of Reading and Writing (EQAO).
Superintendent Jane Morris shared about Avon Maitland’s excellent season of summer learning for students.
Please see the presentation from tonight’s meeting.
Future Board Meetings (at Education Centre unless otherwise noted)
- October 9, 2018 – 6:00 p.m. Committee of the Whole, Open Session, 7:30 p.m. Regular Session
- October 23, 2018 – 6:00 p.m. Committee of the Whole, Open Session, 7:00 p.m. Student Advisory Committee, 7:30 Regular Session
Future Meetings/Events with Trustee Representation (at Education Centre unless otherwise noted)
- Audit Committee – Tuesday, September 25, 2018 – 5:00 p.m.
- SEAC – Wednesday, October 3, 2018 – 4:00 p.m.
- SAL – Monday, October 29, 2018 – 8:30 a.m.