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Board Meeting Highlights

November 16, 2004


The “COOL SCHOOL” Contest
Principal, Barb Purcell, stated that as G.C. Huston P.S. prepared for its 50th Birthday celebrations, the school learned about OWL magazine’s contest for students to write or make a poster about why their school is “cool”. Many classes participated through the writing or poster option and then these works were displayed for the Birthday celebration. Principal, Barb Purcell, used Lindsay Plater’s poem in the formal moments of the afternoon as it conveyed all she needed to say from the students. After the celebration the students’ works were gathered and sent to Owl magazine as entries in the contest. Lindsay’s poem placed first across Canada in over 500 entries.

Lindsay’s Classroom Teacher, Chris Berry, connected the learning processes used in this particular task and stated that the contest showed them how important it is for their research team to study the learning needs of aboriginal students. The Arts approach to literacy helps students bring their experiences and feelings to their work. Their ways of thinking and sensing are forcing staff to critically examine their teaching practices.

Motions received from Closed Session held November 16, 2004:
Personnel Report #3 dated November 16, 2004.


Policy Committee Report
The Policy Committee Report of a meeting held October 19, 2004, was received. The Committee considered the following policies:
•     Policy BP 1410-D “Inclusive Language” - endorsed as previously approved by the Board.
•     Policy BP 1415-D “Smoke Free Environment: referred to Community Relations Council and Grey-Bruce Health Unit prior to being referred to the system for review.
•     Draft Policy BP 5451-D “Media Resources – Selection and Use” – referred to the system for review.
•     Policy BP 4201-D “Financial Reporting Structure” referred to the Business Council for review prior to being returned to the Policy Committee.
•     Policy BP 7150-D “Performance Appraisal” – referred to the Elementary and Secondary SAT Councils for review.
•     Policy BP 7905-D “Professional Growth Framework” to the Elementary and Secondary SAT Councils prior to being referred to the system for review.

Educational Issues Committee Report
The Board received the Educational Issues Committee Report of a meeting held November 2, 2004. The Committee celebrated the following:
•     Educational Assistant Apprenticeship Program Saugeen First Nations Group.
•     Canadian Parents for French - W.R. McGillivray Award presented to Mary Anne Alton.

The following information reports were received:
•     French Immersion Program Report
•     Community Requests 2003-04 Report
•     Ontario Scholars 2003-04 School Year Report

Business Committee Report
The Business Committee report dated November 2, 2004, was received. The Committee met briefly to approve minutes of the October 5th meeting before moving into Private Session.

Field Trip Requests
The Board approved the following field trips:
•     Chesley District H.S. (Cultural Tour to Chicago, Illinois, USA) from May 12-15, 2005.
•     Owen Sound Collegiate and Vocational Institute (Killarney Senior Science and Senior Art Field Trip) from May 14 - 18, 2005.
•     Bruce Peninsula District S.S. (Killarney Acid Rebound Study Trip) from May 12-16, 2005.
•     Kincardine District S.S. (First Robotics Championships – Atlanta, Georgia, USA) from April 20-24, 2005 (Contingent upon winning at the regional event(s) Waterloo and/or Mississauga).

Student Data: EQAO Grades 3-6 and Balanced Literacy K-6 Report
Provincial and Board data is used effectively to identify areas of strength and gaps in program. Staff development for teachers and principals is designed and provided, based on analysis of this data.

Trustees had an opportunity to review this year’s data which presents strong evidence that the support they have provided continues to impact student learning. A media release was distributed.

Director of Education
Judy Galoska
Jennifer Yenssen
David Armstrong

Next Meeting - December 14, 2004

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