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OCSB News from the Boardroom

Board Meetings are held on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month during the regular school year, from September to June, with the exception of December. In December, the Annual General Meeting will be held the first Tuesday and the Regular Board Meeting on the third Tuesday. All meetings are open to the public, and take place in the Boardroom of the Catholic Education Centre (CEC) at 570 West Hunt Club Road in Nepean. After each meeting, our Communications Department produces a blog post summarizing major Board decisions (formerly known as Spotlight).
October 9, 2018 OCSB News From the Boardroom

October 9, 2018 OCSB News From the Boardroom

The Ottawa Catholic School Board (OCSB) is pleased to introduce the OCSB Mental Health and Well-Being Strategy 2018-2021, which is the first document produced aligning with our Board’s new Strategic Commitments. This resource reflects what we value and have accomplished and supports our work going forward.

At the centre of our new Strategic Commitments is Be Well, which states, “…honouring the dignity of every person, we care for and support the well-being of all.” This commitment begins with the fundamental belief that we are all created in the image and likeness of God, deserving of dignity and respect, of care for our mental, physical, and emotional well-being.

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September 25, 2018 OCSB News From the Boardroom

This blog post covers the following topics:

  • 300 students thrive during Summer Learning Program
  • OCSB students outperform provincial averages on all EQAO tests
  • Staff workshops provided by the OCSB Summer Institute
  • School start-up classroom sizes
  • Bank borrowing by-law approval
  • Drawdown of accumulated surplus
  • Financial statements and legal fees
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September 11, 2018 OCSB News From the Boardroom

September 11, 2018 OCSB News From the Boardroom

Welcoming the 2018-2018 Student Trustees to the Boardroom table Family gathered to witness the new student trustees sworn in at the first OCSB Board meeting of the 2018-2019 school year. Caleb Reid from All Saints High School and Nate Waddell from St. Mark High School...

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News From the Boardroom (June 26, 2018): Parent involvement improves because of devoted volunteers

News From the Boardroom (June 26, 2018): Parent involvement improves because of devoted volunteers

During the last Board meeting of the school year, the Board of Trustees and senior administration from the OCSB bid a fond and thankful farewell to outgoing members of the Catholic School Parents’ Association (CSPA), Cathy Philpott and Susan Elsdon. Photo above (from left to right: Joanne MacEwan, Vice Chairperson; Susan Elsdon; Elaine McMahon, Chairperson; and Cathy Philpott.

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News From the Boardroom (June 12, 2018): An OCSB teacher’s experience towards Canadian citizenship

News From the Boardroom (June 12, 2018): An OCSB teacher’s experience towards Canadian citizenship

Yvette Mouafo Soh, her husband, and two young children left Cameroon in 2013 looking for opportunity in Ottawa. Leaving behind friends and family, arriving with no English, and with finances a struggle, Yvette worked hard at University of Ottawa and is now a full time FSL teacher at Prince of Peace School, a Canadian citizen, and the mother of three. She chose to be a teacher because she has a strong Catholic faith and knows she can share her faith here with no fear.

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OCSB appoints Zone 9 Trustee – Regan Preszcator

OCSB appoints Zone 9 Trustee – Regan Preszcator

Due to the unfortunate passing of Trustee Kathy Ablett, R.N. on May 12, 2018, the OCSB sought applications from individuals qualified to serve as a Board Trustee. The Board of Trustees appointed Regan Preszcator (photo: middle right) as the Trustee for Zone 9 (River/Capital) from June 18, 2018 to November 30, 2018. Justice of the Peace, Paulina Brecher officiated at the swearing-in ceremony. Trustee Prezcator has worked for an MP, now works in the Senate of Canada in communications, and is bilingual. Ms. Preszcator is a member of Blessed Sacrament Parish in Zone 9 (River/Capital). View the news release NR 18.07.

Trustees are members of the school board. They provide an important link between local communities and the school board, brining the issues and concerns of their constituents to Board discussions and decision making. “We look forward to Trustee Preszcator’s contributions as we go forward in our mission of Catholic education. We welcome her to our Board,” said Chairperson Elaine McMahon.

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News From the Boardroom (April 24, 2018): Monique Haché wins IDÉLLO French teaching award

IDÉLLO is a multilevel digital platform designed to cater and adapt to different types of learning. The platform brings teachers, early childhood educators, students and parents an array of resources and functions that offers thousands of rich, up-to-date educational resources in French.

Each year, IDÉLLO honours teachers who practice teaching strategies that are original and relevant, enhance the French language culture and are representative of the diversity of the school community. The IDÉLLO award is open to all certified teachers working in Ontario-funded schools. The 2017 award winner in the category of French as a second language, was Monique Haché, French-Immersion teacher at All Saints High School. Congratulations!

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News From the Boardroom (April 10, 2018): Creating our own French Virtual Library — Bibliothèque virtuelle FSL

News From the Boardroom (April 10, 2018): Creating our own French Virtual Library — Bibliothèque virtuelle FSL

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. French as a Second Language (FSL) Teacher, Lina Bélanger, 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. Students are given the opportunity to 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 features by having the book read out loud to them.

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.

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News From the Boardroom (March 27, 2018): Students as Researchers (StAR)

News From the Boardroom (March 27, 2018): Students as Researchers (StAR)

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?” 

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News From the Boardroom (February 27, 2018): Proposed School Year Calendar Dates for 2018-2019

News From the Boardroom (February 27, 2018): Proposed School Year Calendar Dates for 2018-2019

The OCSB has submitted proposed school calendar dates for the 2018-2019 school year to the Ministry of Education. These dates are not to be considered final until the Ministry approves the proposed calendar sometime in May 2018.

The Ministry of Education stipulates that the school year calendar shall include a minimum of 194 school days, of which school boards are required to designate three mandatory Professional Activity (PA) days for provincial education priorities and may dedicate up to four additional PA days per school year, for a maximum total of seven PA days. The remaining school days shall be instructional days and a total of ten instructional days may be designated as examination days.

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News from the Boardroom (February 13, 2018): Immaculata High partners up for new artificial turf field

News from the Boardroom (February 13, 2018): Immaculata High partners up for new artificial turf field

The OCSB is partnering with Ottawa Footy Sevens to improve the athletic facilities at Immaculata High School. Improvements include the installation of an artificial turf field, LED lighting, and improved fencing on the sports field. Footy Sevens is covering $2 million dollars in costs associated with the field improvements, including design, construction, and maintenance-related expenses.

As part of this project, the OCSB will also refurbish the existing walking/running track with a synthetic surface. Renovations are expected to begin in mid-April 2018, with an estimated completion date of August 2018.

As part of the agreement, Footy Sevens will have the opportunity to use the facility for their leagues and to rent the field out to community groups outside of regular school hours. Immaculata High School teams will benefit from the revitalized field for sports training and team games. The school will have exclusive use of the turf field on all school days until 6:00 pm, and the right to additional times on evenings and weekends where required for special functions.

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News From the Boardroom (January 23, 2018): St. Pius X Oaks Residence project helps raise awareness

News From the Boardroom (January 23, 2018): St. Pius X Oaks Residence project helps raise awareness

What began as a community outreach project for 38 students in Grades 10-12 from St. Pius X High School has turned into something that is being widely shared an embraced throughout both the school board and greater community. St. Pius’ School Resource Officer, Ottawa Police Service Constable Phong Le, challenged the students to make a difference by getting to know a part of their community that is often marginalized and misunderstood.

The students then undertook “The Oaks Residence Project” along with five OCSB teachers to reach out beyond their school community to collaborate with residents and staff of The Oaks, Shepherds of Good Hope supportive housing. The end result was a calendar which is being sold to raise awareness about The Oaks and raise funds to support it.

The were interested in communicating an important message: that all people are important and it is our responsibility to make sure everyone gets what they need, such as a safe place to live, food, clean water, access to medical care, and, most importantly, a sense of community.

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News From the Boardroom (December 19, 2017): Lester B. Pearson students find deep meaning in our spiritual theme

Lester B. Pearson Catholic High School has many examples of our Board’s spiritual theme, Sent to be the Good News, in action. With a high population of newcomers to Canada and English language learners, the students in this school community have worked hard to interpret and make meaning of the spiritual theme and put thought into action in different ways.

Thanks to a donation from Divine Infant Parish, the school created a Stations of the Cross experience outside on school grounds to benefit both the student population and the greater community. Shop class students built weather-proof cases for the artifacts which were installed in an area of the school property surrounding their vegetable garden, which is regularly harvested to help supply food for families in need.

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