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Students at Our Lady of Wisdom School have been busy building their very own French digital library, and the project is generating a great deal of interest. Amélie Roy, FSL Consultant, accompanied by Mary Donaghy Superintendent of Student Success, Elementary walked the Board through a new and interesting French digital resource which is the product of the initiative of Lina Bélanger, an FSL teacher at Our Lady of Wisdom School.

Lina and her students have begun creating the OCSB FSL Virtual Library. In the form of a website, this collaborative project allows students to share their love for writing and reading in French as a second language. Through this venue, the students share their success as writers while developing confidence in reading to other students. By using Google slides to create their stories in French, it allows readers to benefit from Google Read & Write by having the book read out loud to them.

This learning partnership is the beginning of a wide collection which will enrich the language competencies of our students. This deep learning opportunity will enhance our students’ ability to be creative and collaborative while connecting with each other on a more global level. This project aligns with the FSL Framework Provincial Goals and our OCSB 3 Year FSL Plan, in which we want to increase students’ confidence, proficiency, achievement, retention and engagement in FSL.

Our Lady of Wisdom school plans to celebrate the project during Catholic Education Week, May 6-11, 2018. Plans are underway to share this website resource with all OCSB students, inviting them to submit their own books to be edited and approved before they are published. View the presentation.

Celebrating the continued partnership with the Shepherds of Good Hope

Denise Andre, Director of Education

The OCSB has a long-standing partnership with the Shepherds of Hope. The Board welcomed Mr. Neil Leslie, Director of Philanthropy and Resource Development with the Shepherds of Good Hope to the April 10 Board meeting to make a presentation about our continued partnership. Denise Andre, OCSB Director of Education presented Mr. Leslie with a cheque from the proceeds of our Board-wide 2018 Jeans Day Campaign and CEC Lenten initiative. The success of the partnership is attributed to the generosity of Board staff and the OCSB community for opening their hearts to those in need. View the presentation.

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Ensuring equitable access to post secondary education

Debbie Frendo, Superintendent of Student Success, Intermediate/Secondary

As part of a Ministry strategy to address barriers to the access of post secondary education, the Student Success Department has applied for and received funding for a program to help our students overcome these obstacles. The funding received is being used to provide navigational support to students for post secondary pathways planning, to increase student awareness of the different career pathway options available to them, and to facilitate opportunities for students to explore these post secondary options. The Board received a presentation which presented the goals for this project, the strategies used, the results of this initiative, and planned next steps. View the presentation.

Gifted Education Program Review update

Manon Séguin, Superintendent of Special Education and Student Services

Manon Séguin, Superintendent of Special Education and Student Services, provided an update to the Board pertaining to the tabled motion of March 27, 2018 regarding the Gifted Education Program Review. An updated action plan will be brought to the Board before the end of the school year. Due to staffing and IPRC timelines, the Program for Gifted Learners (PGL) at the elementary level will be maintained, as currently offered, for the 2018-2019 academic year. However, the action plan we bring forward in June will address professional learning and programming enhancements for students identified as Gifted learners.

News from the Boardroom Summary (April 10, 2018)

This blog post covers the following topics:

  • Creating our own French Virtual Library — Bibliothèque virtuelle FSL
  • Celebrating the continued partnership with the Shepherds of Good Hope
  • Ensuring equitable access to post secondary education
  • Gifted Education Program Review update
  • Grants for Students Needs (GSN) 2018-2019
  • Pre-school retrofits and school additions
  • St. Mark High School easement for municipal sidewalk
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Briefs from the Boardroom

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Grants for Students Needs (GSN) 2018-2019

David Leach, Superintendent of Finance and Administration, presented an overview on Grants for Student Needs (GSN) for the 2018-2019 school year. The total projected education funding through the GSN is expected to increase from $23.91 billion in 2017-2018 to $24.53 billion in 2018-2019, an increase of 2.6%. Additionally, $246.9 million of EPO funding will be allocated to school boards and school authorities to support Ministry priorities.

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Pre-school retrofits and school additions

Fred Chrystal, Superintendent of Planning and Facilities presented a Final Summary of Accounting for the pre-school retrofits completed at Prince of Peace and St. Luke, Nepean schools, and the school addition completed at St. Francis Xavier High School.

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St. Mark High School easement for municipal sidewalk

The Board approved an easement to allow for the construction of a sidewalk along the north (Mitch Owens) and east (Dozois Road) sides of the St. Mark High School property. The sidewalk will connect all the way to the village of Manotick, a project for which the residents have been petitioning the City of Ottawa for quite some time. The City of Ottawa will pay 50% of the market value for the lands (approximately $42,000) which will be deposited into the Board’s Accumulated Surplus Internally Appropriated capital holding fund.

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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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