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WCDSB Announces New Global Leadership in the 21st Century Course

Waterloo Region, ON – The Waterloo Catholic District School Board proudly announces the launch of its innovative new Global Leadership in the 21st Century course.

Quick Facts

  • Global Leadership in the 21st Century – which will be running at Monsignor Doyle Catholic Secondary School in Cambridge in the 2019-20 school year — is a one semester five-credit course combining Economics, International Business, Political Science, World Issues and English.

 

  • The course is a uniquely designed experience in which one class of students will remain together each day for the entire semester. This immersive style of learning will allow for more in-depth, challenging and engaging lessons, while also providing students the opportunity to focus on their futures in a more informed and creative environment.

 

  • Global Leadership students will use the latest in professionally developed eLearning simulations and role-play, as well as real world challenges and case studies connecting students to leaders in their community, their nation and even the planet at large. Students will learn how to face the challenges that await them as global citizens, and how to develop real solutions for their world.

 

  • The course is a university preparation course which will assist students in developing the competencies and skills necessary to succeed at the post-secondary destination of their choosing. Competencies of communication, collaboration, critical thinking and creativity will be core to the learning.  Skills related to effective case study writing, essay writing, various report styles, research and public speaking will be an asset.

Related Links

Monsignor Doyle Catholic Secondary School

WCDSB International Education Program

The Waterloo Catholic District School Board, representing more than 96,000 Catholic school supporters, operates 48 schools and five adult education facilities serving more than 40,000 elementary, secondary and continuing education students in Waterloo Region – continuing a 183-year tradition of quality, inclusive, faith-based education. Follow us on Twitter: @WCDSBNewswire – #WCDSBAwesome.

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For more information, please contact:

Dan Witt — Principal, International Education

(519) 578-3660 Ext. 2537 | Dan.Witt@wcdsb.ca

June 27th, 2019|

End of Year Message from the Director of Education

I will give thanks to you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.

Your works are wonderful.  My soul knows that very well.

Psalm 139:14

Once again we have arrived at the end of another school year.  As always I am filled with awe and wonder for all that has transpired between the bookends of September and June.  One only need pause for but a moment and think back on the year that was, to be filled with a sense of gratitude and accomplishment.  I am also conscious that it has not been a year without loss, some quite profound, as we have lost valued staff, students and Waterloo Catholic community members who we know have left voids in our lives.  Our remarkable faith gives us strength however, as we contemplate that they walk beside us in different ways now, but hopefully still giving us the strength and soul-nourishment we require.

I do spend the latter part of this month attending a number of graduations and you cannot help but feel a sense of pride as you observe the students being acknowledged and you listen to the various valedictorians speak to their diverse experiences, those that make them laugh, those that make them cringe and those that they will carry for the remainder of their lives.  While we most certainly value the learning and they do remark on those memorable classroom experiences, it tends to be the encounters of faith, their relationships, and their extra-curricular experiences which emerge as the most compelling of those memories.

In these final months I have had the good fortune to bring updates of our accomplishments at the Bishop’s Banquet, at our Community Leaders’ Breakfast and within our Strategic Plan Report Card to Board, to name a few.  In each case it was possible to point to a breadth of accomplishment where our pastoral plan theme of #CalledToBelong is authentically realized, where our desire for an integrated Well Being Plan is prioritized and where student achievement is thriving.

It has not been an easy year in every respect and the government announcements that informed our budget process have been challenging.  I am proud of the work of the senior team and grateful to them for their dedication throughout that difficult process.  Our system will continue to serve our students and serve them well, with love, with hope and with faith.  Our system is growing and confidence in our community that provides faith-based, quality, inclusive education remains strong.  For those that are transitioning to new roles or retiring altogether – gratitude for all you have contributed and best of happiness and fortune in your next chapter.

Thank you for all you have done, regardless of your role in our system, to ensure that our students have enjoyed the very best education possible.  Our board is so multi-faceted and that diversity is truly beautiful.  Just as the students we serve are all so different, all our staff bring unique talents and gifts, that when realized in the service of our students, make Waterloo Catholic truly a place that is Heart of the Community, where there is Success for Each and A Place for All.  As the pace slows, take the time to fully embrace the gentler days and those for whom you care.  Know that you are valued as a member of our Waterloo Catholic family.  May God hold you in the palm of His hand until we meet again.

Sincerely,

Loretta Notten – Director of Education

June 27th, 2019|

Catholic Education Centres – Summer Hours

Canada Day and Civic Holiday

The Canada Day holiday will be observed on Monday, July 1, 2019. The Civic Holiday is Monday, August 5, 2019.  The CEC will be closed on these days.

Summer Office Hours (open to the public)

The following schedule reflects the times the CEC will be open beginning Monday, July 8, 2019:

Monday to Thursday – 8:30am to 4:30pm
Friday – closed

The regular schedule will resume on Monday, August 26, 2019.

CEC Summer Shutdown

While the CEC will remain open during the entire summer period, there will be significantly reduced business activity from July 22 to August 9, 2019 with a high level of vacation.

June 26th, 2019|

enCOMPASS Portals

The enCOMPASS Parent Portal and enCOMPASS Student Portal have been shut down for regular summer maintenance and will be available again to users on September 16th, 2019.

June 26th, 2019|

Temporary Custodian

Job Posting Number: UNIFOR 2019-03

 

Background:

The WCDSB maintains a pool of Temporary (Casual) Custodians who are called to replace permanent custodians who are absent from work.  A Temporary Custodian will work approximately 20 to 40 hours per week Monday to Friday.   Temporary Custodians are not assigned to one specific location and can be asked to work anywhere within Waterloo Region which includes Kitchener, Waterloo, Cambridge, Ayr, St. Clement, Maryhill, New Hamburg and Elmira, St. Agatha.  A temporary custodian position could lead to a permanent custodian position with the Board.

 

Responsibilities:

General Housekeeping Duties

  • Dusting and sanitizing surfaces
  • Wet and dry mopping
  • Polishing and scrubbing floors, operating auto scrubbers and buffers
  • Stripping and re-finishing floor surfaces
  • Garbage and recycle collection and removal (inside and outside)
  • Snow removal, salting and sanding as required for safety
  • Operation of equipment such as snow blowers, floor buffers, auto scrubbers, and vacuum cleaners.

 

General Responsibilities

  • Maintain cleanliness of the building and grounds in all respects.
  • Perform related duties as required for the daily operations of the site.
  • Assist with arranging physical set up for site rentals, in-school dances and activities
  • Maintenance of Logs and Files.
  • Follow assigned cleaning schedules to maintain expected standards of cleanliness.
  • Follow Board practices, procedures in relation to attendance, health and safety.
  • Co-operates with colleagues, staff and students to assist in creating positive working relationships.

 

Basic Qualifications:

  • High school (grade 12) diploma or GED – (Must provide proof of qualifications)
  • Previous commercial/industrial cleaning experience preferred
  • Basic computer knowledge (Word, Outlook, Excel)
  • Valid driver’s license and access to a vehicle
  • Able to communicate effectively
  • Good attendance record.
  • Must be physically capable to meet the physical demands of the job.
  • The Successful Candidate will be required to produce a satisfactory Criminal Background Check.

 

Salary: $19.47 per hour plus shift premium

Qualified applicants are invited to submit a resume and covering letter.  Applicants must attach diplomas/certificates required for this position to the resume in order to be considered a candidate for the position.

Applications will be received via email at recruiting@wcdsb.ca  for external applicants and internalrecruiting@wcdsb.ca  for internal applicants.  Please include your first name, last name and posting number (provided above) in the subject line. Further information on the application process can be found at:

https://www.wcdsb.ca/careers/how-to-apply/

 

Only those candidates selected for an interview will be notified.

 

The Waterloo Catholic District School Board is welcoming of candidates from diverse communities, backgrounds and identities and encourages applications from qualified members of these groups.

Applicants are invited to self-identify if you are First Nations, Metis, Inuit, a member of a visible minority group(s) or a person with disabilities. This information is collected under the authority of the Ontario Human Rights Code and will be used to keep track of recruitment information. No personal information will be included.

 

At WCDSB, we are committed to respecting your privacy, and will take appropriate measures to protect any personal information you may share with us through the job application process. All personal information is collected under the authority of the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act and will be used to determine qualifications for employment. For more information about the Board’s Privacy Policy, please contact our Privacy Officer at 519-578-3660 Ext. 2381.

 

To request this file in large print, please email aoda@wcdsb.ca.  If you require a disability related accommodation to participate the recruitment process, please contact us at (519) 578-3677, extension 2368 to discuss your needs under the Human Rights Code.  Responses to inquiries will be provided within 72 hours.

 

The successful candidate will be required to produce a satisfactory Criminal Background Check.  For further information refer to policy APS 038 on the website of the Waterloo Catholic District School Board.

 

June 26th, 2019|

Fourteen WCDSB Schools Earn “Healthy Schools” Certifications

Waterloo Region, ON – Fourteen Waterloo Catholic District School Board schools have been awarded “Healthy Schools” certifications by the Ontario Physical and Health Education Association (OPHEA) – including all five WCDSB secondary schools.

Nine WCDSB schools received Healthy Schools certifications in 2017-18.

Quick Facts

  • Participating schools across Ontario completed the 6-Step Healthy Schools Process, which aligns with the Ministry of Education’s Foundations for a Healthy School resource document. This process guides a school community through planning and implementation of a range of activities for a selected priority health topic. The process is annual, repeating each school year, and flexible for all communities across Ontario to sustain year over year. School teams focus on one of the following six health topics:
    • Physical Activity
    • Healthy Eating
    • Personal Safety and Injury Prevention
    • Growth and Development
    • Mental Health
    • Substance Use, Addictions and Related Behaviours

 

  • While a healthy school community aims to promote health in all six of the interconnected health topics, selecting a priority health topic based on each school community’s needs and assets helps focus the work of the school team. By focusing on one health topic comprehensively across as many of the five Foundations for a Healthy School areas as possible, schools are better positioned to have a deeper impact on their broader school communities.

The Waterloo Catholic District School Board, representing more than 96,000 Catholic school supporters, operates 48 schools and five adult education facilities, serving more than 40,000 elementary, secondary and continuing education students in Waterloo Region – continuing a 183-year tradition of quality, inclusive, faith-based education. Follow us on Twitter: @WCDSBNewswire – #WCDSBAwesome.

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For more information, please contact:

John Shewchuk – Chief Managing Officer

(519) 578-3660 | john.shewchuk@wcdsb.ca

 

June 25th, 2019|

Service Quality System (SQS) – Facilities Operations Supervisor

Job Posting: PASS 2019-07

Service Quality System (SQS) – Facilities Operations Supervisor

 

This position reports to the Senior Manager of Facility Services.  As an SQS Facility Operations Supervisor, you will work within a supervisory team managing custodial staff providing a safe and clean learning environment for all students, staff and school communities.

 RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Responsible for executing the Service Quality System plan by providing the highest level of Service Quality in support of student learning
  • Assist in the hiring of new custodians including recruitment, interview and selection
  • Staffing of daily custodial absences and ensuring communications and paperwork is completed
  • Supervision of custodial staff in your assigned area, site inspections, performance evaluations, coaching and assessment recommendations. Work collaboratively with Administrators and Human Resource Services where necessary in disciplinary and grievance processes
  • Develop, monitor and revise school cleaning schedules
  • Develop and execute professional development for custodial staff including SQS protocols and training programs
  • Work collaboratively with Human Resource Services to develop modified and return to work plans. Monitor employee to ensure plans are being followed
  • Meet with external contractors and suppliers to review contract expectations and discuss any concerns that may arise
  • Assist the Senior Manager of Facility Services in the development and ongoing monitoring of custodial budgets.
  • Purchase cleaning supplies and equipment for custodial staff
  • Assist the Senior Manager of Facility Services in establishing priorities for the Board 3 Year Renewal plan
  • Ensure that excellent customer service is provided by responding to inquiries as a team within 48 hours or less
  • Work the afternoon shift (beginning at 3 pm) a minimum of 3 days/month on an identified schedule to ensure supervision is provided to afternoon custodial staff.
  • Must be available for 24/7 on call responsibilities on a rotational basis among supervisor staff*.
  • Complete any duties as assigned by Senior Manager

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Minimum of 5 years supervisory experience within a facility services team; preference will be given to individuals who have worked in an educational, multi-site and unionized setting, have SQS background and training and have training in management development courses
  • Community College certificate/diploma in business, management development, construction or facility management, or equivalent experience with concentration in building maintenance with supervisory duties
  • Basic computer competency – proficient in the use of computers and software including Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook), eBase
  • Demonstrate knowledge of custodial cleaning procedures and best practices
  • Demonstrate working knowledge of building systems, operations and components as well as building construction
  • Demonstrate working knowledge of Occupational Health and Safety Act and other applicable provincial regulations
  • Possess outstanding leadership, problem solving, interpersonal and negotiating skills
  • Possess excellent communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Possess a valid drivers’ licence and use of a reliable personal vehicle is required

 

Salary Level At: PASS Level 6, $70,327 pursuant to the PASS Terms of Employment

Hours of Work:  Full time, 35 hours/week Monday – Friday, *see note above regarding on call.

Location(s):  Dutton Dr., Waterloo

 

Qualified applicants are invited to submit a resume and covering letter.

Applicants must attach diplomas/certificates required for this position to the resume in order to be considered a candidate for the position.

Applications will be accepted until 4:00 pm on July 16, 2019

Only those candidates selected for an interview will be notified.

 

For external applicants: applications will be received via email at recruiting@wcdsb.ca while the internal applicants must apply  via internalrecruiting@wcdsb.ca

 

Please include your first and last name and the posting number (provided above) in the subject line. Further information on the application process can be found at: https://www.wcdsb.ca/careers/how-to-apply/

The Waterloo Catholic District School Board is welcoming of candidates from diverse communities, backgrounds and identities and encourages applications from qualified members of these groups.

Applicants are invited to self-identify if you are First Nations, Metis, Inuit, a member of a visible minority group(s) or a person with disabilities. This information is collected under the authority of the Ontario Human Rights Code and will be used to keep track of recruitment information. No personal information will be included.

At WCDSB, we are committed to respecting your privacy, and will take appropriate measures to protect any personal information you may share with us through the job application process. All personal information is collected under the authority of the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act and will be used to determine qualifications for employment. For more information about the Board’s Privacy Policy, please contact our Privacy Officer at 519-578-3660 Ext. 2381.

 

To request this file in large print, please email aoda@wcdsb.ca.  If you require a disability related accommodation to participate the recruitment process, please contact us at (519) 578-3677, extension 2368 to discuss your needs under the Human Rights Code.  Responses to inquiries will be provided within 72 hours.

 

The successful candidate will be required to produce a satisfactory Criminal Background Check.  For further information refer to policy APS 038 on the website of the Waterloo Catholic District School Board.

 

 

 

June 19th, 2019|

Multi-Year Strategic Plan Report Card

The Education Act requires school boards to develop multi-year plans that are three years or more in scope. The plans provide focus and direction to the board to achieve Ministry of Education goals and, equally as important, articulate the vision of the school board.

In June of 2018 the Board of Trustees accepted the final report card on the 2015-2018 Multi-Year Strategic Plan. Within that work was found stakeholder feedback regarding our previously identified Mission, Vision, Beliefs and three core Strategic Priorities.

There was a high affirmation rate for each, and thus it was identified at that time that those would remain constant and provide a foundational framework for a new strategic plan that was approved in December, 2018.

Informed by the MYSP survey completed in the spring of 2018, the June 2018 MYSP report card, and a number of conversations throughout of the fall of 2018, the Director and Senior Staff worked to identify both new Strategic Directions and corresponding goals for each of the three pre-identified strategic priorities.

There was an eye toward reducing the number of strategic directions and the number of goals. Nine strategic directions were reduced to six and 32 goals were reduced to 17.

Each of the six identified Strategic Directions of the MYSP have two to four goals which provide a focus to assist in the attainment of our Mission and Vision. For each of those goals, there are also a number of finite actions that were identified within the plan, that are seen as integral to the attainment of the articulated goals.

Each of the WCDSB staff departments responsible for the MYSP’s goals has completed a Strategic Direction Action Status Report in which they have reported back on the activities undertaken under the auspices of the strategic direction priority area.

As we navigate the early months of our 2018-2021 Strategic Plan, we find that four of six Strategic Directions and 15 of 17 goals are progressing at an optimal level, having been rated at “Green” or “Effectively Meeting Standard”.

Two of the six Strategic Directions have some combination of “Green” (Effectively Meeting Standard) and “Orange” (Approaching Criteria), with the majority still being “Green”, as only two of 17 goals have been deemed to be “Orange.

There are no goals that have been assessed at “Red” (Not Meeting Criteria).

To review the detailed Report Card, please CLICK HERE and proceed to page 32.

We will be working diligently to ensure the forward momentum currently being experienced is maintained in the coming year. This will require a strong culture of collaboration, collective efficacy, high expectations and innovation.

There are many points of celebration and there is clear direction in terms of the work for the year ahead. We can be most proud that our Vision and Mission – which are firmly rooted in our faith and gospel values – are recognized as our strongest or most clearly affirmed indicator.

June 19th, 2019|

Administrative Assistant, Human Resources I – Temporary Assignment (12 months ending approximately July 17, 2020)

Job Posting – PASS 2019-08

 

Administrative Assistant, Human Resources I – Temporary Assignment (12 months ending approximately July 17, 2020)

Reporting to the Human Resource Services Officer accountable for Teaching Staff, the incumbent will be responsible for the following:

Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for assisting in the processing of collective agreements, HR information maintenance, and staffing for teaching staff as instructed by the Human Resource Services Officer;
  • Assist, monitor and maintain the posting process under Regulation 274;
  • Collaborate with the academic team in managing the supply teachers through the attendance and dispatch program, Smartfind;
  • Respond to inquiries and requests for leaves identified in the collective agreement;
  • Maintain databases and electronic files and preparation of correspondence;
  • Carry out ad hoc research projects as assigned;
  • Maintain confidentiality in all aspects of the position;
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications:

Minimum Requirements:

Two-year College level diploma in Human Resource Administration, Business/Secretarial or equivalency of Human Resource Certificate with related experience or experience in a related field;

Superior organizational skills;

Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite programs and relational databases;

Knowledge of the principles of human resource practices and administration;

Working knowledge of relevant legislation, the Employment Standards Act, Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) and the Human Rights Code;

Excellent interpersonal, organizational and communication skills (both written and verbal);

Demonstrated problem solving skills and analytical thinking and customer service commitment;

 

Salary Level At: PASS Level 1, $50,143 pursuant to the PASS Terms of Employment

Hours of Work:  Full time, 35 hours/week Monday – Friday

Location(s):  Catholic Education Centre

 

Qualified applicants are invited to submit a resume and covering letter.

Applicants must attach diplomas/certificates required for this position to the resume in order to be considered a candidate for the position.

Applications will be accepted until 4:00 pm on June 27, 2019,

Only those candidates selected for an interview will be notified.

 

For external applicants: applications will be received via email at recruiting@wcdsb.ca while the internal applicants must apply  via internalrecruiting@wcdsb.ca

 

Please include your first and last name and the posting number (provided above) in the subject line. Further information on the application process can be found at: https://www.wcdsb.ca/careers/how-to-apply/

 

The Waterloo Catholic District School Board is welcoming of candidates from diverse communities, backgrounds and identities and encourages applications from qualified members of these groups.

Applicants are invited to self-identify if you are First Nations, Metis, Inuit, a member of a visible minority group(s) or a person with disabilities. This information is collected under the authority of the Ontario Human Rights Code and will be used to keep track of recruitment information. No personal information will be included.

At WCDSB, we are committed to respecting your privacy, and will take appropriate measures to protect any personal information you may share with us through the job application process. All personal information is collected under the authority of the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act and will be used to determine qualifications for employment. For more information about the Board’s Privacy Policy, please contact our Privacy Officer at 519-578-3660 Ext. 2381.

 

To request this file in large print, please email aoda@wcdsb.ca.  If you require a disability related accommodation to participate the recruitment process, please contact us at (519) 578-3677, extension 2368 to discuss your needs under the Human Rights Code.  Responses to inquiries will be provided within 72 hours.

 

The successful candidate will be required to produce a satisfactory Criminal Background Check.  For further information refer to policy APS 038 on the website of the Waterloo Catholic District School Board.

 

June 19th, 2019|

Catholic Trustees Approve $299.9 Million Balanced Budget

Waterloo Region, ON – Trustees of the Waterloo Catholic District School Board have approved the Board’s $299.9 million 2019-20 school year budget.

Government policy changes involving class sizes, reduction in per-pupil funding, and cancellation of the Local Priorities Fund have led to an overall reduction across the school system of approximately $10 million, impacting staff as well as student programming and resources.

The government continues to consult with stakeholders on specific policy changes. As a result, further funding amendments may be introduced in the coming months.

Quick Facts

  • The overall budget is as follows:
    • Total Operating: $278.9 M (+ $5.6 million)
    • Total Capital: $20.9 M (+ $2.2 million
    • Total Operating & Capital: $299.9 M (+ $7.8 million)

 

  • Some of the strategies used to balance the budget include:
    • Reduction of support staff and academic staff throughout the system
    • Reduction of school budgets
    • Reduction of maintenance budgets
    • Deferral of equipment purchases including laptops, Chromebooks, vehicles, furniture, and custodial equipment
    • Reduction of departmental PD budgets and PD requiring release time

 

  • Further, a spending freeze was implemented in 2018-19 to increase surpluses available for 2019-20 and future years, should they be needed.

 

  • While the depth and breadth of the proposed reductions may seem daunting, WCDSB Senior Administration believes the school system is resourced in a way that provides students with opportunities, experiences, and instruction that are the envy of most jurisdictions in the world.

 

  • The WCDSB continues to be proud of our strong graduation rates and EQAO scores, a diverse and supported student population whose families value faith-based education, and staff committed to student success and wellness.  Additionally, enrolment continues to grow at record rates, with a projected 3.3% increase over 2018-19 and a gain in student market share over 2017-18.

Related Links

WCDSB 2019-20 School Year Budget Package

WCDSB 2018-2021 Multi-year Strategic Plan

Ontario Grants for Student Needs

The Waterloo Catholic District School Board, representing more than 96,000 Catholic school supporters, operates 48 schools and five adult education facilities serving more than 40,000 elementary, secondary and continuing education students in Waterloo Region – continuing a 183-year tradition of quality, inclusive, faith-based education. Follow us on Twitter: @WCDSBNewswire – #WCDSBAwesome.

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For more information, please contact:

Shesh Maharaj — Chief Financial Officer

(519) 578-3660 | Shesh.Maharaj@wcdsb.ca

 

June 17th, 2019|