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Spotlight: Board Meeting Highlights - Mar 28, 2017

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

  • School Profile - All Saints High School Reconciliation Project - Honouring Chanie Wenjack 
  • Diversity Day 2017 
  • Indicator and Credit Recovery Report, Semester 1, 2016-2017 
  • French Second Language Trends and Certificates 
  • EQAO Assessments 
  • 2017/2018 Budget Process and Guidelines

School Profile - All Saints High School Reconciliation Project - Honouring Chanie Wenjack

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Classroom teachers from Kindergarten to Grade 12, with guidance from OCSB Indigenous education consultants, are focusing on this inquiry question: "How can we build capacity and cultural confidence with our educators that will result in greater infusion of First Nations, Métis and Inuit content in their regular curriculum to improve engagement and achievement?" 

Graham Mastersmith, Visual Arts teacher at All Saints High School, embarked on a journey with his grade 9 students and local Mohawk artist Kirk Brand. Their vision resulted in a powerful collaborative project that acknowledges the legacy of the residential school system in Canada and that reconciliation matters. 

The pictured acrylic portrait honours Chanie Wenjack, a First Nations youth, and the other Indigenous students who never returned home from residential school. Hope resides in the work itself as the students scribed in the 94 Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

Teacher/artist Graham Mastersmith, Student Erika Hanner, and Student Ashley Smilde with the portrait of Chanie Wenjack.

Diversity Day 2017

Presented by Brenda Wilson, Superintendent of Learning Technologies
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Diversity Day provides an opportunity for students from all our high school Diversity Clubs to participate in a full day of activities designed to address a key aspect of the Board's Equity and Inclusive Education Strategy. This year's area of focus was #6: School and Board Climate and Prevention of Discrimination and Harassment. 

Religious Education and Family Life Coordinator Jan Bentham and Chaplaincy Leader Sean McElhinney shared highlights of the day: 

  • Student theme choice: All you need is love 
  • Lena Hassan, National Council of Canadian Muslims 
  • Feeling Loved with Dave Zackrias, Ottawa Police Services Diversity Unity 
  • Small group work with thought exchange 
  • Speak Love: What is diversity? What are the roadblocks? 
  • Be Love: Sent to be the Good News (and the Good News is LOVE) 

Superintendent/OCSB Equity Lead Brenda Wilson shared that the day grows more powerful each year and student feedback will be welcomed before next year's event is planned.


Indicator and Credit Recovery Report, Semester 1, 2016-2017

Presented by Manon Seguin, Superintendent of Student Success, Intermediate/Secondary

CREDIT ACCUMULATION

  • This year, 93.8% of Grade 9 students achieved 4 or more credits by the end of Semester 1.
  • 87.4% of our students in Grade 10 achieved 12 or more credits by the end of Semester 1.
  • Credits accumulated in Grade 11 was 81.9% of students at 20 or more credits. Furthermore, 92% of Grade 11 students achieved 18 or more credits (still considered on target to graduate).
  • Grade 12 credit accumulation gives us some indication of our projected graduation rate (note: this is not a cohort grad rate). At the end of Semester 1, 91.3% of our Grade 12 students had achieved 26 or more credits.
  • On average, the gender gap in credit accumulation is approximately 2.3%, with females earning more credits than males across all grade levels than males.

PASS RATES

  • Pass rates continue to be high in compulsory academic level courses. 
  • Pass rates in applied level English (ENG1P & ENG2P) and Geography (CGC1P) are slightly lower.

CREDIT RECOVERY

  • Credit recovery in summer school is in its second year. Out of 202 credits attempted, 165.5 were successfully completed among our high school students.
  • 254 credits (279 courses) were attempted this semester by Credit Recovery, with 91.5% of credits successfully completed. The significant growth achieved in the last two years was sustained this year even with summer school Credit Recovery.
  • History and Civics were the most frequently recovered courses, followed by English and Math.

SUMMARY

  • Grad rate data from last year (2015-16): 91%
  • The estimated grad rate for this year (2016-17): 91.5%
  • This indicator report is shared with Family of Schools Superintendents, Principals, Student Success Teachers, Department Heads and Student Success Consultants.
  • The data is discussed, analyzed and next steps are determined. Purposeful staffing is considered, pedagogical strategies are reviewed, credit recovery is established. Students' credit accumulation is discussed and aligned.
  • The monitoring of credit accumulation is done after each semester, twice a year, and has been done for the past 10 years.

French Second Language Trends and Certificates

Presented by Manon Seguin, Superintendent of Student Success, Intermediate/Secondary
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Over the past few years we have seen a steady increase in the number of French Immersion certificates being awarded, possibly due to the slight decrease in the number of Core French certificates being awarded. This trend for high school French certificates has been summarized for the past nine school years and is included in the presentation.


EQAO Assessments

Presented by Simone Oliver, Superintendent of Student Success, Elementary and Manon Seguin, Superintendent of Student Success, Intermediate/Secondary
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Our Board Innovation Plan for Student Achievement and Well-being outlines networks of professional learning to support both the educators in the administration of these province-wide assessments and the students in achieving success in the completion of these assessments.

Highlights from the presentation include how schools are supported to ensure success in the assessments, elementary literacy support, literacy needs at grades 7-12, and a renewed math strategy for intermediate-secondary schools.

For full details, see pages 42-54 of the March 28, 2017 Board Agenda.


2017/2018 Budget Process and Guidelines

Presented by David Leach, Superintendent of Finance & Administration

The Board is preparing its 2017/2018 Budget, using input from constituent groups, including unions, the Catholic School Parents' Association, Parent Involvement Committee, and the Special Education Advisory Committee. The Board held a public input session on Tuesday, March 28th.

The Board of Trustees will be reviewing and discussing sections of the Budget on the following dates at the regularly scheduled public meetings:

  • April 25, 2017
  • May 9, 2017
  • May 23, 2017
  • June 13, 2017

Final approval of the 2017/2018 budget is scheduled for June 13, 2017. Full details on the on the process can be found on pages 60-65 of the  March 28, 2017 Board Agenda.

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