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Board Meeting Highlights


February 21, 2006


MEMORANDUM TO:  Bluewater Administrators and Bluewater Staff

FROM:   Mary Anne Alton, Director of Education and Secretary

RE:     Highlights and Motions from February 21, 2006 Open Board Meeting

Highlights of Meeting
Reports
(All written reports can be accessed on the Board’s website: www.bwdsb.on.ca and clicking on the button “Board Meetings”.)


Excellence In Education
New View - Supervised Alternative Learning for Excused Pupils (S.A.L.E.P.) Centre, Walkerton
The New View S.A.L.E.P. Program in partnership with Grey Bruce Friends and Neighbours (F.A.N.) Club are performing puppet plays for students in grades one to five within Bluewater DSB and Bruce-Grey Catholic DSB.
F.A.N. Club is a program that operates under the umbrella of the Canadian Mental Health Association of Grey Bruce.  They provide mental health awareness and mental illness prevention programs using child sized hand and rod puppets to address social issues through lively and thought provoking puppet shows.  Each presentation includes short skits introduced with activities and followed by a question and answer period.
The F.A.N. Club has been specially designed to address social and interpersonal issues on topics such as Substance Abuse, Dealing with Bullies, Self-Esteem, and ADHD/ADD.  Each skit is approximately 15 minutes long and at each school three skits are usually presented.
Students from the New View S.A.L.E.P. Program were trained by Jackie Ralph twice a week for the month of November.  The students are working towards achieving a Drama credit through puppetry.
Lori Wilder introduced Beth Fischer, Teacher, Lori Martin, Educational Assistant, and Jackie Ralph, Coordinator/Trainer of Puppeteering. Beth Fischer then asked the nine students, who were showcasing their experiences with the Puppet Play Presentations to trustees, to introduce themselves and share their experiences in the SALEP program. Following the skits they were presented with the Board’s Lapel Pin of Excellence.
National Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week
Mary Anne Alton reported that to recognize National Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week (Feb. 6-10), the Board placed ads in the Sun Times and weekly newspapers in Bruce and Grey Counties expressing the Board’s appreciation of the work staff are doing. Her report also included a sample of activities in appreciation of staff that happened in Bluewater schools and were organized by either Home and School Associations, School Community Councils or Administration.
Bluewater Health and Wellness Newsletter (Second Edition)
Mary Anne Alton stated that the Second Edition of the Bluewater Health and Wellness Newsletter had been sent to the system and provided copies for trustees. She announced that two Bluewater schools are recipients of the Grey Bruce Health Unit “Beat Goes on Award”, namely, Georgian Bay Secondary School, Meaford and Macphail Memorial Elementary School, Flesherton.
The Foundations for Learning, Image of the Learner recognizes development of positive relationships. She introduced and welcomed Mary Ellen Smith, Education Officer, Barrie Regional Office, Ministry of Education, as a visitor to the meeting.
Mary Ellen expressed her appreciation of the hospitality extended by the Board and referred to a Toronto Star article about Bruce Peninsula District School being recognized for Healthy Eating.
Committee Reports:
1.
Policy Committee Report (Meeting of Jan. 24, 2006)
The Committee recommended two policies for Board Approval:
·      Policy BP 2313-D “Web Publishing” as amended
·      Policy BP 5450-D “Textbooks (Approval)” as amended
The Board approved the above policies (See motions below.).
The Committee also reviewed the following policies:
·      Policy BP 3801-D “Health and Safety” – endorsed as previously approved by the Board.
·      Policy BP 6951-D “Assessment and Evaluation” – referred to an initial review stage to be undertaken by the System Program Team and the Assessment and Evaluation Advisory Committee. Upon completion of the initial review stage, it would be referred to the Elementary and Instruction SAT Councils and the Secondary Principals, prior to being referred to the system for review. Following the review process it will be returned to the Policy Committee at their June 20th meeting.
·      Policy BP 6810-D “Safe Arrival” – referred to the Instruction and Business SAT Councils prior to being referred to the system and SCC and Home and Schools for review.
2.
Student Trustees’ Report
Sarah Sales (West Hill S.S.) and Becky McComb (O.S.C.V.I.) will be attending the The English Public Board Council Conference, Ottawa (March 3-4, 2006) entitled “Student Trustee: Taking Action in the Education Revolution”.
Information Reports:
1.
Community Education Annual Report 2004-2005
Diane Murphy, Supervisor of Community Education presented the report on the many initiatives that Community Education supports and responded to questions. Trustees expressed their appreciation for the fine work of the small department.
2.
CODE WRAP: A Thinking Together Approach
Lori Wilder reported that in the fall of 2005 a proposal was submitted to The Council of Directors of Education (CODE) in response to their request for projects highlighting the “Education for All” document that featured partnerships. The submission proposed to extend our “Thinking Together for Children” pilot project with Bruce Grey Children’s Service to more schools. The inclusion of the Bruce Grey Catholic District School Board extends the partnership even further. She presented additional detail and responded to questions.
3.
Early School Leavers Final Report
Alana Murray presented a summary report Early School Leavers: Understanding the Lived Reality of Student Disengagement from Secondary School – Final Report. The report details the finding of a qualitative study designed to understand the processes of disengagement from school, and of early school leaving, from the point of view of 193 young people in Ontario who have themselves left school or are at risk of doing so. It also provides data on the process from the perspective of groups of parents/guardians of early leavers, and of Ontario educators. This data fills a gap in the research and policy literature on the process as told from these unique perspectives.
Four categories of recommended strategies for policy and practice are offered which could most usefully be adapted for the Student Success Plan to inform the work of the Student Success “rescue teams” and the Learning Opportunities Grants in working with disengaged youth and sorted into strategic foci labelled “Curriculum and Structure”, “Pedagogy” and “School Culture”. The summary of the Final Report was presented for review and discussion.
The full Ministry report can be accessed at: www.edu.gov.on.ca./eng/parents/schoolleavers.pdf
4.
Planning Entry to School – A Resource Guide
Lori Wilder stated that the Ministry of Education publication is a resource for school board to use with their professional staff, parents and community partners. The guide is to help enable boards to:
·      Explore different ways to facilitate successful entry to school for all children, including children with special needs; and
·      Enhance their entry-to-school process.
She stated that Bluewater Let’s Learn Kindergarten Registration (pg. 32-33) and Outline of Services and Programs for the Grey-Bruce Children’s Alliances (pg. 46-47), are highlighted within this document.
Action Items:
Field Trip Approval (See motion below.)
Approved Chesley District H.S. students’ trip to France from April 3 - 12, 2007, to attend the 90th Anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge.
Motions:
Moved by John Chapman, Seconded by Jean Sullivan
That the agenda for the meeting of February 21, 2006 be approved as printed.
Carried
Moved by Margaret Gaviller, Seconded by Carolyn Day
That the minutes of the Meeting of January 24, 2006 be approved as printed.
Carried
Motion brought forward from Committee-of-the-Whole (In Closed Session), February 21, 2006
Moved by Jean Sullivan, Seconded bv Margaret Gaviller
That Bluewater District School Board receive Personnel Report #6 dated February 21, 2006.
Carried
Moved by Carolyn Day, Seconded by Jean Sullivan
That Bluewater District School Board receive the Policy Committee Report dated January 24, 2006.
Carried
Moved by Jennifer Yenssen, Seconded by Margaret Gaviller
That Bluewater District School Board approve Policy BP 2313-D “Web Publishing” as amended.
Carried
Moved by Jean Sullivan, Seconded by John Chapman
That Bluewater District School Board approve Policy BP 5450-D “Textbooks (Approval)” as amended.
Carried
Moved by Carolyn Day, Seconded by Jennifer Yenssen
That Bluewater District School Board approve Chesley District High School students to travel to France from April 3 - 12, 2007 to attend the 90th Anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge in France.
Carried
Moved by John Chapman, Seconded by Jennifer Yenssen
That Bluewater District School Board receive the 2004-05 Community Education report.
Carried
Moved by Jean Sullivan, Seconded by Margaret Gaviller
That Bluewater District School Board receive the report, CODE WRAP: A Thinking Together Approach, for information.
Carried
Moved by Jennifer Yenssen, Seconded by Carolyn Day
That Bluewater District School Board receive the report re the Early School Leavers Final Report.
Carried
Moved by Margaret Gaviller, Seconded by Jean Sullivan
That Bluewater District School Board receive the report, Planning Entry to School – A Resource Guide, for information.
Carried
Moved by John Chapman, Seconded by Margaret Gaviller
That Bluewater District School Board adjourn at 4:16 p.m.
Carried

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