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Board Meetings

February 17, 2009

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Cindy Aitken (Committee Chair), John Chapman, Rick Galbraith, Marg Gaviller, Jan Johnstone, Ross King, Marilyn McComb, Gail Nadjiwon, Tim Reaburn, Theresa Root and Jennifer Yenssen
Student Senators:
Megan Myles, Riel Warrilow
Jean Stephenson (Co-ordinator), Mary Anne Alton, Alana Murray, Richard Gerson, Lori Wilder, and Joan Farrow (Executive Assistant)
ABA Representative:
Dave Waddington


Moved by:  John Chapman
THAT nominations for the position of Chair of the Educational Issues Committee for 2009 be open.
Moved by:  John Chapman
THAT Cindy Aitken be nominated for the position of Chair of the Educational Issues Committee for 2009.
Moved by:  Gail Nadjiwon
THAT nominations for the position of Chair of the Educational Issues Committee for 2009 be closed.
Jean Stephenson, Committee Co-ordinator, declared Trustee Cindy Aitken as Committee Chair of the Educational Issues Committee for the 2009 year.

The Educational Issues Committee received the following reports:
•     Performing Arts
•     Math Common Assessment

Celebration:   Performing Arts
Mark Kolohon, System Lead Teacher, shared an overview of the Performing Arts Showcase that provides the opportunity for each elementary student in Bluewater District School board to experience live theatre by a professional troupe of actors.  The productions are carefully selected to align with expectations from disciplines across the Ontario Curriculum and current Bluewater initiatives.  For the 2008-2009 Showcase, the performances and accompanying resource available to classroom teachers provides direct links to Character Development and connects to the September 2008 Professional Development day, “Showing Respect – Building Trust”.  Shannon Thunderbird, Daughter of the Copper Shield is a musical stage show that is a fusion of theatre and song performed live to a soundtrack to illustrate the First Nations creation stories.  Theatre Beyond Words – Potato Chips celebrates lessons that all children go through related to integrity, responsibility, cooperation, empathy and inclusiveness.

Pepsi-Cola Canada Beverages Company continues to generously support the Performing Arts Program in Bluewater Schools.  Trustees were encouraged to attend any of the performances by contacting the host school.
Staff Reports – Math Common Assessment
In response to a previous trustee request for more information regarding the BWDSB Math Common Assessment, Jacqui Traverse-Thomas, Principal of Program, provided an overview of the process that is currently under way in Bluewater.  Now in it’s third year, the Math Common Assessment was developed to improve instruction in mathematics in order to increase student achievement.  Many teachers from across the district have had an opportunity to be actively involved in this process and the feedback from those who have played a role continues to be predominantly positive. Overall the MCA has really met its goals including enhancing professional dialogue and collaboration, provision of system data about school performance in mathematics and use of this data to drive classroom instruction.
Trustees had the opportunity to participate in sample mathematics problems developed by Bluewater teachers for grade 2, grade 4 and grade 8.  

Submitted to:
Bluewater District School Board
17 February, 2009       
For further information please contact
Cindy Aitken, Chair or Jean Stephenson, Superintendent of Student Success


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