The Boardroom Spotlight provides a summary of what took place at each Board meeting. This issue covers the following topics:
- Investiture of Student Trustees
- Update on school start-up
- School profile - Summer Math Camp
- Principal and vice-principal appointments
- Summer Institute
- Summer Programs report
- Schools sparkle after a productive summer
Investiture of Student Trustees
Two new student trustees for the Ottawa Catholic School Board took the investiture pledge at the Board meeting of September 13. Student trustees are leaders in their school communities and are elected by their peers for a one-year term, to be the voice of the OCSB's 40,000 students at the Board table.
Update on school start-up
Denise Andre, Director of Education, reported a good start to the first day and week of school. Trustees expressed hopeful wishes for the new year - for example, hoping each student feels a sense of belonging in our schools. Students were greeted by 112 excited newly hired teachers and 56 new non-teaching hires.
School profile - Summer Math Camp
Principal Joan Barry shared the successes of the OCSB Summer Math Camp held in seven school communities for 227 students. It is a short duration, targeted intervention program developed to address summer learning loss for students in Kindergarten to Grade 5.
Students work on numeracy skills in a fun, but challenging camp-style environment that also helps students with confidence, risk-taking and other life skills.
"This is the best summer I have ever had." (St. Rose of Lima student) "She looks forward to coming every day. Math is not her favourite subject but you made it fun and now she loves math." (St Michael Ottawa parent)
Principal and vice-principal appointments
The Board has announced the appointment of:
- Joanne Blackburn as Principal assigned to St. James School and,
- Debbie Lloyd as Vice-principal assigned to St. Thomas More School.
The appointments were effective September 6, 2016
Summer Institute 2016 was the sixth year that summer learning opportunities for staff were offered in the month of August. This past August, coordinated by Education Consultant Bill Corcoran, 45 sessions were led by OCSB staff members who designed PD sessions for their colleagues. Over 900 staff members participated in the program this year in a wide variety of topics. Examples:
- Using Green Screening in your Class
- Using the Hapara Workspace
- A Catholic Approach to Junior and Intermediate Novels
- Using Dreambox to support learners in your Math classroom
Summer Programs report
Peter Atkinson, Superintendent of Continuing and Community Education, introduced Marianne Kayed, Manager of Continuing and Community Education, and Gino Milito, Principal of Continuing and Community Education. The team outlined the successful summer programs that met the needs of 10,359 students. For full details see pages 28-29 of the September 13, 2016 Board agenda.
- Summer school credit program – There was a significant increase in enrolment this summer, particularly in the non-credit literacy/numeracy program for grades 7&8 students and in e-learning courses.The course completion rate remained very high again this summer.
- Developmental Education program – Partnering with the Student Services Department, 70 high-needs special education students at ten sites remained in school for the month of July.
- Summer Camps – These successful programs continue to grow, with 4,882 participants this year. A popular new camp this year was the Aspiring Teenage Artists.
- Summer International Language Elementary program – This year,1,095 elementary students took part, learning Mandarin, Japanese, Spanish, Punjabi, Farsi, Cantonese, Dutch, Korean, Italian, and Russian.
- Summer adult non-credit ESL – English language improvement courses were taught at four sites and this year 1,515 students participated
- Focus on Youth – Employment and leadership opportunities were offered to 89 high school students who trained and worked as camp counsellors and custodial assistants.
- Summer Learning Program offered for the fourth year to 227 students at seven sites. Students in this program attended Math Camp and enjoyed a healthy breakfast, empowering instruction in math, and participated in many other "camp" activities.
Schools sparkle after a productive summer
Fred Chrystal, Superintendent of Planning and Facilities and Chris Murphy, Manager, reported on the hundreds of facility projects completed over the summer. Caretaking and trades staff worked tirelessly to prepare schools for the first day of school and the coming new year.
- Opening of new St. Benedict JK-6 school in Half Moon Bay, South Nepean (see the photos!)
- Phase 1 of renovations at Holy Family School
- Addition begins at St. Francis Xavier High School
- Readying all schools for start-up and many other major projects
- School improvement and renewal projects including Dr. F.J. MacDonald administration area; upgrades at Our Lady of Peace; two new learning commons at Assumption and Thomas D'Arcy McGee; St. Patrick's High School offices made more accessible; and, 30 shot clocks in all high schools.
- Improvements to major building components like roofs, windows, lighting fixtures, ceilings, flooring, millwork, as well as annual renewal works and preventative maintenance.
Complete details of summer activities on pages 42-49 of the September 13, 2016 Board agenda.