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Board Meeting Highlights


October 21, 2008

DECLARATIONS
Two student senators, Anna James and Sammi-Jo Thompson made their declaration in unison.
EXCELLENCE IN EDUCATION
Markdale Arts for Youth "MAFY"
Alana Murray stated that it was a pleasure to bring this item to the board as it is a program that is a program that is an exemplary model of partnership with the communtiy that benefits students.  "MAFY" builds connections between students, local musicians, parents and communtiy members through music.  It is a partnership developed with the support of Leigh Morris, principal, Beavercrest Community School, community member, David Fries and Beavercrest music teacher, Bill Legate as well as many community, parent and student volunteers.  Leigh Morris infomed trustees that this unique and special program benefits students enormously and that student achievement has shown significant improvement.  Two students, Justine Mayne and Elena Zago provided trustees with an overview of this program that gives them a headstart in music and also provides them with an alternative form of expression.  Bill Legate provided a brief slide show of various performances that have been given by the students.  Through community donations and concerts, funds are raised that allows every student to have free instruction and the use of a rental instrument of their choice for the year.  Students are then required to volunteer one hour in the communtiy or at school for every hour of musical instruction they receive.  MAFY is a program that truly demonstrates Bluewater's Foundations for Learning and character attributes and the Markdale school community is living the belief that it takes a village to raise a child.

BUSINESS COMMITTEE
Trustees received the October 7, 2008 report from the Business Committee.   At that meeting a delegation from Macphail School Communtiy Council, thanked the board for the construction of a fence at the school.  A report was also received indicating that no schools qualified for the accommodation review process in 2008-09.  The report also recommended that a business case be prepared for the replacement of John Diefenbaker Secondary School and submitted with the 2008 Capital Plan.  

EDUCATIONAL ISSUES REPORT
The Educational Issues Committee Report from the September 16, 2008 meeting was received by the Board.   Reports were received pertaining to School Health Environment Survey (SHES) and School Health Action, Planning and Evaluation System (SHAPES) and Healthier Secondary Schools. The report provided the overall findings and recommendations to assist in developing processes and protocols to support healthy eating and physical activity.  Release of this report as well as the Ministry of Education's release of Trans Fat Standards has intitiated steps in reducing the sugar and fat content in food and beverages sold in secondary schools.  Effective February 1, 2009 pop will no longer be sold in cafeterias and school beverage machines and effective September 1, 2009, deep fat fryers will no longer be used in Bluewater schools.

POLICY COMMITTEE REPORT
The Policy Committee Report from the October 7, 2008 meeting was received by the Board.  The committee reviewed and recommended to the Board that they endorse Polcy BP 5910-D "Driver Education" and BP 7150-D "Performance Appraisal as previously approved.  Several policies were also referred to other councils and committees for review prior to being returned to the Policy Committee.

SPECIAL EDUCATION ADVISORY COMMITTEE (SEAC) REPORT
The SEAC report from the September 22, 2008 meeting was received. An update was received on sessions provided at summer institute.  Information was also received on the LRT/Administrators' symposium that focused on children's mental health.  The evolution of the TRAIL program was discussed.  The Grey-Bruce Children's Alliance's Poverty Forum to be held in Owen Sound on October 27th was discussed and the free play "Danny, King of the Basement" at OSCVI was highlighted.

EDUCATIONAL ISSUES
Field Trips and Exchanges
Bruce Peninsula District School - Outers Winter Camp - February 26-28, 2009
Megan Myles, Student Senator presented this trip to the Board requesting approval for students from grades 10 and 12 at Bruce Peninsula District School to participate in the Outers Winter Camp in Bruce Peninsula National Park from February 26-28, 2009.

Bruce Peninsula District School - Senior Outers Extended Winter Camp - January 14-17, 2009
Megan Myles, Student Senator presented this trip requesting approval for students from Grade 12 at Bruce Peninsula District School to participate in the Senior Outers Winter Camp in Bruce Peninsula National Park from January 14-17, 2009.

Chesley District High School - Geography Club - Washington/Baltimore Trip - April 16 to 20, 2009
Peter McCombie, Student Trustee presented this trip requesting approval for students from grades 9 to 12 at Chesley District High School to participate in the Geography Club - Washington/Baltimore Trip from Aril 16-20, 2009.

West Hill Secondary School - Heritage Music Festival, New York City Trip - March 26-29, 2009
Riel Warrilow, Student Trustee presented this trip requesting approval for students from grades 9 to 12 at West Hill Secondary School to participate in the Heritage Music Festival, New York City Trip from March 26-29, 2009.

West Hill Secondary School - Le Massif and Quebec Winter Carnaval Trip - February 10-15, 2009
Riel Warrilow, Student Trustee presented this trip requesting approval for students from grades 9 to 12 at West Hill Secondary School to participate in the Le Massif and Quebec Winter Carnaval Trip from February 10-15, 2009.

Georgian Bay Secondary School - Le Massif and Quebec Winter Carnaval Trip - February 10-15, 2009
Alexandria Nickels, Student Trustee presented this trip requesting approval for students from grades 9 to 12 at Georgian Bay Secondary School to participate in Le Massif and Quebec Winter Carnaval Trip from February 10-15, 2009.

Georgian Bay Secondary School - Washington, D.C. Music Trip - May 13-17, 2009
Alexandria Nickels, Student Trustee presented this trip requesting approval for students from grades 9 to 12 at Georgian Bay Secondary School to particpate in the Washington, D.C. Music Trip from May 13-17, 2009.

STUDENT TRUSTEE/SENATORS’ REPORT                      Peter McCombie, Student Trustee presentated the student senate report.  In their meeting previos to the board meeting the issue of out dated reading material in school libraries was discussed in context with discussion on how students could particpate in culling material that was no longer academicly or culturally relevant.  Due to time constraints this issue will be discussed further by the student senate.  Two representatives from the Family Health Unit met with the student senate to gain insights about barriers to healthy eating and physical activity.  Two of the barriers identified were convenience eating for students and lack of access to intermurral sports in larger schools.

STAFF REPORTS
Director's Annual Report
The Director of Education distributed copies of the Director's Annual Report 2007-2008.  The report has traditionally been presented in December but through planning and preparation the document was made available last year in November and now this year in October, which makes the document much more timely in the reporting process.  The trustees, student senate and system administrative team participated in a guided activity based on the content of the report. The report celebrates the successes of Bluewater and demonstrates Bluewater character traits as well as identifying key priorities of the Ministry and how they are being addressed in Bluewater.

PD Day Reflections
Trustees Gail Nadjiwon, Jennifer Yenssen and Marg Gaviller provided their reflections on the System PD Day held on September 26th. They all stated that there was value in the day and were pleased with the format of the day as each venue did have the opportunity to hear Dr. Pamela Toulouse live and all were impressed with the amount of information presented.

New Character Development "Four Language" Poster
Background information pertaining to the development of the "Four Language" Character Development poster was provided. The character attributes appear on the poster in English, French, Michif and Ojibwa.

COMMUNICATIONS
Letter to Honourable Kathleen Wynne, Minister of Education
Trustees were provided with a copy of a letter that was sent to the Minister in response to the Ministry of Education's release of Trans Fat Standards.  The letter is applauds the Ministry initiatives related to Healthy schools but also points out the financial impacts that these decisions will have on schools and that the loss of revenue can impact on co-instructional opportunities for students.





Chair
Vice-Chair
Director of Education
Ross King
Jennifer Yenssen
Mary Anne Alton


Next Board Meeting – November 18, 2008


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