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Spotlight: Board Meeting Highlights - Dec 20, 2016

The Boardroom Spotlight provides a summary of what took place at each Board meeting. This issue covers the following topics:

  • #TeamMATEO - St. Cecilia and St. Joseph Schools 
  • Student Trustees' Report 
  • Literacy & Basic Skills Custodial Program - Video 
  • Associate Teacher Program at OCSB 
  • St. Patrick's High School Addition and Alterations 
  • Principals and Vice-Principals appointments and transfers 
  • Appointment of Audit Committee - Volunteer Community Members

#TeamMATEO - St. Cecilia and St. Joseph Schools

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Superintendent Brenda Wilson introduced the "Team Mateo" students Olivia Medina, Emmy McGillis, Ava Grimes, and Lauren O'Neil, the Principal of St. Cecilia School, Andrea Green, and acting Principal of St. Joseph High School, Julie Mathe. "Team Mateo" was formed to support their friend and classmate battling cancer to show him that he has an army of people supporting him. Students made and sold $2.00 bracelets. On the back of the wristband it says 'No One Fights Alone' to remind Mateo that his friends are there with wishes, prayers, and other fundraising events.

Left to right: Trustee Spencer Warren; students Olivia Medina, Lauren O’Neil and Emmy McGillis; Principal Andrea Green, Principal Julie Mathe, Superintendent Brenda Wilson, and Chairperson Elaine McMahon.

Student Trustees' Report

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Student Trustees Sam Morency and Sebastian Chavez were introduced by Superintendent Peter Atkinson to give their Fall report. Highlights included: 

  • The Archbishop's Charity Dinner 
  • The Global Vision round table 
  • We Day 
  • The Education and the Economy Summit 
  • Just Us Youth Day 

The Student Senate is a forum for collaboration between student populations and a platform for student agency. Students take part in the discussion around Deep Learning as it gives students options on how to learn with an emphasis on addressing the learning styles of all students. 

The upcoming Student Forums will address topics like student perspective on big-picture issues like technology in classrooms, experiential learning, mental health issues, bullying, and creating schools as communities. 

The Student Trustees thanked outgoing Superintendent Atkinson for his years empowering students and his dedication to working with student leaders.

Left to right: Student Trustee Sebastian Chavez-Cabrera, Superintendent Peter Atkinson, and Student Trustee Sam Morency.

Literacy & Basic Skills Custodial Program - Video

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Superintendent Peter Atkinson introduced Literacy & Basic Skills Coordinator Joyce Nolan and Continuing & Community Education Manager Marianne Kayed. The Board was shown a video about the Custodial Training program the Continuing & Community Education Department offers at St. Nicholas Adult High School West Campus. 

Created by the Ottawa Community Coalition for Literacy, the video featured program graduates and staff and was one of three funded by the Ontario Ministry of Advanced Education & Skills Development to highlight literacy programs in our region.


Associate Teacher Program at OCSB

Joan Barry, Principal and Grade 1 Teacher Andrea Gillis, from St. Rose of Lima School along with Melissa Mills, Teacher Candidate were introduced by Steve McCabe, Superintendent of Leading & Learning. The team provided an overview and benefits of the Associate Teacher Program which allows student teachers to be mentored by current educators to help them grow and develop as professionals through classroom practice. The Associate Teacher also works with the student teacher to improve classroom management, differentiated learning, assessment, and lesson planning. Associate teachers find they enjoy what the teacher candidates bring with them in terms of education, life experiences, and new ideas.

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In 2016-2017, there are 210 Associate Teachers working at the OCSB with students from University of Ottawa, Nippissing University, Potsdam University, and Queen's University. Teacher Candidates are integrated into the classroom and experience all aspects of the school community. This year's graduating teaching candidates will be the first cohort to complete the two year teacher's college programs in Ontario.


St. Patrick's High School Addition and Alterations

Superintendent of Planning and Facilities Fred Chrystal and Manager of Planning & Construction, Ken Kary shared preliminary architectural drawings for the 276 pupil place addition for St. Patrick's High School as it is joins with St. Patrick's Intermediate. 

Staffs at both schools were consulted in developing the plans as well as the Architects, the Principals of both schools, central planning staff and specialized staff in the Student Success Intermediate Department. 

Plans have also been approved to schedule alterations for the high school to accommodate the move including replacing an outdated fire alarm system. Once the approval processes are complete, construction could start in Summer of 2017 with a move in date at the end of Summer 2018.

Principals and Vice-Principals appointments and transfers

The Board has announced the appointments of Julie Mathe as principal of Frank Ryan Intermediate School and the appointment of Stacy Hovey as vice-principal of St. Joseph High School. 

Frank Ryan principal Philip Capobianco will be transferring as principal to Continuing and Community Education and St. Nicholas Adult High School. 

Director of Education Denise Andre said, "These are all excellent educators who are deeply committed to providing quality Catholic education for our students. I am sure they will provide dynamic leadership in their new positions. We look forward to working with these talented individuals in the months and years ahead." 

All appointments are effective January 31, 2017.


Appointment of Audit Committee - Volunteer Community Members

Michel Collette and Cathy Dempsey have been appointed as Volunteer Community Members of the Ottawa School Board Audit Committee effective January 2, 2017.

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