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An extraordinary group of Grade 8 students from St. Paul High School were recently selected to present findings from their research study at the Ontario Education Research Symposium (OERS) in Toronto on March 2, 2018. The study explored how daily factors affect a girls’ interest in science and math.

Made of up five female students, the StAR (Students as Researchers) program participants were accompanied by their teacher, Tim Brennan, at the March 27 Board meeting to deliver the same presentation they did at the symposium. The engaging and dynamic presentation focussed on the research question: “Why is it that girls tend to lose interest in math and science and when does this drop-off occur?” View the presentation and view more photos of the StAR researchers on Facebook.

Strategic Commitments 2018-2021

Denise Andre, Director of Education

The proposed 2018-2021 Strategic Commitments were presented to the Board. The commitments guide the Board’s Multi-Year Strategic Plan, as well as our Board and School Innovation Plans. They were refined from input gathered during our S.O.A.R. (Strengths, Opportunities, Aspirations, Results) process, as outlined in a memorandum presented at the October 10, 2017 Board meeting. View the presentation.

“Our goal is for each commitment to resonate for all members of our school and department communities. By focusing our work on these three areas, we can continue to address strengths and needs in a faith-filled environment, ensuring safe, caring and inclusive schools, dedication to equity and well-being, as well as continued focus on excellence and deep learning.”

Denise Andre

Director of Education, OCSB

Secondary Indicators of Success

Debbie Frendo, Superintendent of Student Success, Intermediate/Secondary

Each semester, the OCSB produces a report of secondary school indicators for success. These indicators help outline the success we are witnessing in our secondary panel (grades 9-12) and provides data on credit accumulation, credit recovery, and course pass rates. This regular review of the data offers an opportunity to set direction and develop actions which can be incorporated into the cycle of school innovation planning. The Semester 1 2017-2018 report was presented to the Board of Trustees. View the presentation.

External Achievement Centres review

Debbie Frendo, Superintendent of Student Success, Intermediate/Secondary

Over the past year, the OCSB conducted a review of the Board’s four external achievement centres. A focus group met to discuss how we could better meet the needs of some of our high school students. The focus group was made up of secondary principals, the principal of McHugh, members of the Student Services and Special Education Department, the principal of Continuing and Community Education, and members of Intermediate/Secondary Student Success Department. The results and recommendations from the achievement centre review as well as those from the focus group were presented to the Board. View the presentation.

News from the Boardroom Summary (March 27, 2018)

This blog post covers the following topics:

  • Students as Researchers (StAR)
  • Secondary Indicators of Success
  • External Achievement Centres review
  • Strategic Commitments 2018-2021
  • Gifted Education Program Review
  • OSTA update
  • 2018-2019 Budget Process and Guidelines
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Briefs from the Boardroom

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Gifted Education Program Review

Manon Séguin, Superintendent of Special Education and Student Services, was accompanied by Nicola Benton, Chair of the Gifted Review Committee and Principal of McHugh Education Centre, and Dr. Lauren Figueredo, Research Officer, to provide a brief overview of the Program for Gifted Learners (PGL) program and review. The motion to receive the Gifted Education Program Review was tabled by the Board of Trustees.

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OSTA update

David Leach, Superintendent of Finance and Administration, presented an update on the progress of the Ottawa Student Transportation Authority (OSTA) towards its goals and objectives.

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2018-2019 Budget Process and Guidelines

David Leach, Superintendent of Finance and Administration, presented a review of the 2018/2019 Budget Process and Guidelines in accordance with Board policy.

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Kelly McKibbin is the Board Website Coordinator with the Ottawa Catholic School Board’s Communications Department, and manages all aspects of the Board’s district website. Kelly holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from the University of Ottawa, is the recipient of a United Way Ottawa Community Builder Award.


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