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Spotlight: Board Meeting Highlights - Oct 11, 2016

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

  • Journey Up!
  • Learning Technologies Resources - update
  • Minor boundary change proposals - west end
  • Trustee Honoraria for 2016-2017 
  • High school international excursions

Journey Up!

Superintendent Manon Séguin, Educational Consultant Liana Pagotto, and St. Peter High School apprentice, Britney Keenan, presented a new resource that supports our school community and the soon-to-be introduced Community-Connected Experiential Learning. 

Journey Up! is a new internal website for teachers at the OCSB to access a network of female mentors in the skilled trades in Ottawa. The goal of the site and the program is to have these women mentor youth in the classroom to normalize the presence of females in non-traditional trades. 

Funding has been provided by the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development, and the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program.

Left to right: Liana Pagotto, Educational Consultant; Kimberly Kelso, parent; Britney Keenan, student & apprentice; Brian Coburn, Trustee; Manon Séguin, Superintendent; and Elaine McMahon, Chairperson.

Learning Technologies Resources - update

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Coordinators of Learning Technologies (LT), Rob Long and Angelina Glynn, and LT Consultant Stephanie Myers joined Superintendent Brenda Wilson at the Board table to review resources planning and the use of system-wide software.


  • Digital resources are leveraged throughout the system to support Deep Learning and are reviewed yearly, including a survey of staff and data collected through dashboards (organized and presented information that is easy to read). 
  • Using online workspaces (Hapara) allows teachers to share a collaborative, differentiated online board of resources, and allows students to submit digital evidence of learning. 
  • Supporting game-based, adaptive learning platform (Dreambox) to support Math learning. Aligned to the Ontario curriculum, virtual manipulatives aid conceptual understanding, while audio supports struggling readers and English language learners. 
  • Available to all Grade 7-12 students at school and at home, Mathletics gives students choice of activities, videos and interactives to build conceptual understanding. 
  • For all students from K-12, Explain Everything is an equation editor on a digital whiteboard that captures mathematical notations and thinking. Student work can be shared to Google Drive and accessed through Hapara workspace.
For more details, please see pages 23-32 of the October 11, 2016 Board agenda.

Minor boundary change proposals - west end

Superintendent of Planning and Facilities Fred Chrystal, and Manager Ken Kary, reviewed a memo outlining a proposed consultation process regarding suggested changes to attendance boundaries/option areas for three areas:

  1. ​Minor adjustment to direct more new developments to Holy Spirit from current Guardian Angels boundary.
  2. Eliminate the option for Winding Way to attend St. Monica, and direct students to St. Andrew. Existing students who now attend Frank Ryan and St. Pius X, will be grandfathered (remain at their current school when designated attendance area school has changed).
  3. Provide an option for part of the St. Anne boundary to attend St. James.

The proposed changes will have no impact on existing students, except as noted above, where two (2) students would be grandparented, and where parents from St. Anne may choose the option to attend St. James. The proposed consultation would occur through the School Councils at the affected schools, as well as with OSTA (Ottawa Student Transportation Authority). The proposed changes attempt to distribute development to existing schools with space and contribute to stable and supportive boundaries for long-term viability.

The Board authorized Administration to conduct consultation through the School Councils at the affected schools on the proposed changes. For full details, please go to pages 33-39 of the October 11, 2016 Board agenda.

Holy Spirit - Guardian Angels boundary change. (Click image to view)
St. Monica - St. Andrew boundary change. (Click image to view)
St. Anne - St. James boundary change. (Click image to view)

Trustee Honoraria for 2016-2017

In alignment with the Trustee Honoraria Payment Policy, the Board approved the following Trustee Honoraria amounts for the period December 1, 2016 to November 30, 2017. 

  • Chairperson - $19,707 per annum 
  • Vice-Chairperson - $16,229 per annum 
  • Trustee - $12,750 per annum 

For details on the Policy and Trustee Honoraria see  pages 44-47 of the October 11, 2016 Board agenda.

High school international excursions

The Board approved the following high school international trips in the 2016-2017 school year. 

  • Students from St. Paul High School will travel to Consuelo, Dominican Republic for the annual social justice trip from February 4 -11, 2017. 
  • Students from Holy Trinity High School will travel on the annual El Salvador social justice trip from February 16-24, 2017. 
  • Students from St. Francis Xavier High School will travel to Italy, March 8-16, 2017, visiting religious and historical sites. 

For full details, go to pages 48-75 of the October 11, 2016 Board agenda.


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