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Sir Edgar Bauer and St. Nicholas Boundary Adjustment Notice

Sir Edgar Bauer and St. Nicholas
Boundary Adjustment Notice

*Please note that no existing students are affected.

 The change was made due to increasing enrolment pressures at Sir Edgar Bauer.

This boundary change was made in accordance with WCDSB procedure APF008: Pupil Accommodation Review Process which allows senior administration to change school boundaries where relatively few or no students are affected.

Appeals:

As per APF008, the public has the ability to appeal this decision to the Board of Trustees within 30 days.

  • If you wish to appeal this decision please contact Alice Figueiredo at 519-578-3660 ext. 2239 or alice.figueiredo@wcdsb.ca.

 

2018-06-19T11:19:19+00:00 June 19th, 2018|

WCDSB Celebrates 36 Certified Ontario EcoSchools!

Waterloo Region, ON – This year, schools across Waterloo Region are certifiably green!  Thirty-six schools in the Waterloo Catholic District School Board certified with the Ontario EcoSchools program, joining a growing movement of 1,900 schools across the province.

Ontario EcoSchools works with 58 school boards to nurture student leadership and foster environmental learning and action in school communities. Certification is based on a provincial standard of excellence and reaches 1,000,000 students across Ontario.

Quick Facts

  • For the 2017-18 school year, three schools achieved Bronze level, 18 Silver level, 13 Gold level, and 2 Platinum (St. Anne CES – Kitchener, and Saint John Paul II CES). It is the Board’s stated goal to have all 44 elementary schools and 5 secondary schools certified by the end of the 2018-19 school year. See complete list of WCDSB certifications further below.
  • The Board’s Sustainable Education, Stewardship and Sustainability Committee has established four key strategic priorities to guide its efforts over the next three-year period: Learning & Teaching; Staff & Student Engagement in Action; Operations & Communications; and, Community Connections & Partnerships. For more information, please visit the WCDSB EcoZone.
  • Ontario EcoSchools is an award-winning environmental education and certification program for grades K-12 that nurtures environmental leaders, reduces the ecological impact of schools, and builds environmentally responsible school communities. All publicly funded schools can access the EcoSchools program free of charge.
  • Visit ontarioecoschools.org/media/ for more information and for a full list of certified schools across the province.

WCDSB is proud to be part of this growing network, and supports ongoing environmental practices. In 2009, St. Nicholas CES in Waterloo became the first WCDSB school to certify, and has continued to certify as an EcoSchool for the past nine years.

Heidi Rudy, teacher and EcoTeam lead at St. Nicholas, reflects on what started their journey: “It all began when I was approached by two students who were concerned with everything they were seeing in the media about the problems with the environment. We decided to start an eco club:  K2OPS was the winning name and stands for Kids Keeping Our Planet Safe.”

Rudy was the teacher who led and began the club, and with her guidance, the students have run campaigns such as litterless lunches, Earth Hour activities, walk-to-school days, reusable water bottle campaigns, anti-idling campaigns, and lights-out initiatives. The school also planted gardens and shade trees as part of EcoSchools certification, and started up a vermicomposter.

Rudy notes that the Ontario EcoSchools program was instrumental in guiding their K2OPS ideas each year as well as providing incentive: “The importance of the program is immeasurable. The main reason I ever took it on was for the students.  I have learned so much through them. To see their passion about caring for our Earth is all of the impact that I need to see to keep the team going.”

Reflecting on the last nine years, Rudy notes the difference the program has made at her school and beyond: “I would say that everything we have done is a success story – bringing the awareness to everyone and their families is success in and of itself!”

Quotes

“We are so proud of the efforts our students staff have put into living greener lives at their schools and at home. The Ontario Catholic School Graduate Expectations call on all students to — among other things — be “collaborative contributors” and “responsible citizens” and their success in the EcoSchools program shows just how much they take their responsibilities to the environment seriously. Of course, without the dedicated leadership of our outstanding school staffs and the great work of our Facility Services department, being “green” would be a much bigger challenge”.

~ Loretta Notten, Director of Education

“Being a teacher at a certified Ontario EcoSchool has been a very rewarding experience for me. It has allowed me to connect with students whom I might otherwise not interact with in a meaningful and significant way. It is rewarding to work with students on things that will have a very significant impact on their lives and their future, apart from the day to day curriculum lessons and class work. Seeing students taking responsibility for bettering their own futures at such a young age inspires me to want to continuing doing as much as I can to help them achieve their goals.”

~ Angela Pagett, Teacher, St. Anne (Kitchener) CES

“We never had composting bins at home, and now we all have them at our homes. We have had students at our school who had never recycled before and used to throw everything in the garbage at home. Now everyone is recycling and composting.”

~ Emma, Anna, Giuse, Grace, Madison, Matthew, Grade 7 students, St. John Paul II CES.

“Ontario EcoSchools certification provides a framework for environmental learning and action, and school communities bring it to life. The program allows schools and school boards to benchmark their progress and celebrate achievements year-over-year. We are so proud of the 1,900 schools and 58 school boards that participated in the program in 2017-18. This is a record number over our 13-year history.”

~ Lindsay Bunce, Executive Director, Ontario EcoSchools

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2018-06-14T11:27:50+00:00 June 14th, 2018|

Board Administration Presents Catholic Trustees with $292.1 Million Balanced Budget

Waterloo Region, ON — Trustees of the Waterloo Catholic District School Board have received the Board’s $292.1 million 2018-19 school year budget. The budget vote is scheduled for 6 p.m., Monday, June 18, 2018.

The 2018-19 budget anticipates enrolment will continue to increase in both elementary and secondary schools in the upcoming year. This increased enrolment, along with a number of targeted provincial investments and funding for provincially-negotiated labour agreements, accounts for the significant year-over-year funding change for the Board. The planned expenditures are based on the Ontario Government’s Grants for Student Needs, and incorporate the aforementioned investments, along with new funding to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and continued supports to reach provincial student achievement goals.

Quick Facts

* The overall budget is as follows:

o Total Operating: $273.3 M (+ $20.7 million)

o Total Capital: $188 M (- $0.4 million)

o Total Operating & Capital: $292.1 M (+ $20.3 million)

* Key focus areas of the budget include:

o Ensuring students with special needs continue to receive the support and assistance they need to succeed. To that end, the proposed budget builds on the complement of workers established in the 2017-18 school year, by adding a new multi-disciplinary team of experts and other support workers focused on special education.

o Ensuring instructional practices support high levels of achievement.  New instructional coaches have been added to the budget. These specialized staff will support the use of best practices in schools across the Region.

o Earlier identification of graduation and career pathways for students. A new team of guidance counsellors has been added to assist with this goal, and will work with students starting in Grade 7.

o Ensuring our newcomers are supported as they transition into our school system. Additional ESL teachers have been included in the budget to assist with this important integration process.

o Increasing levels of technology in schools, as well as replacing old hardware, to ensure students can compete in an ever-changing world, following graduation.

* During the coming fiscal year, the board will closely monitor areas of pressure and create further alignment between risk areas and available funding. The budget plan aligns with the priorities identified for the next generation of the Multi-year Strategic Plan, which will be launched in the fall of 2018.

* The budget package presented to the Board of Trustees carries on an established staff practice of presenting the board’s financial information in a transparent and easily understandable format. Last year — for the sixth consecutive year — the board received the Association of School Business Officials International (ASBO) Meritorious Budget Award (MBA) for excellence in presentation of the 2017-18 school year budget. The WCDSB is the only school board in Ontario to receive this prestigious award.

Quotes

“While our enrolment continues to grow — increasing by an average of 3% per year over the past four years — with growth comes a need for additional teaching staff, learning resources, technology investments, and a carefully managed approach to adding temporary accommodations at many of our schools. This is challenging, and I am very pleased to report that the proposed budget is balanced, meets all legislative and regulatory requirements, fulfills contractual obligations, and addresses local priorities in the areas of improving graduation rates, encouraging well-being for students and staff, implementing a new pastoral plan, promoting equity throughout the system, ensuring ongoing investment in 21st century technologies, and promoting global competencies for students.”

~~ Shesh Maharaj, Chief Financial Officer

The Waterloo Catholic District School Board, representing more than 96,000 Catholic school supporters, operates 49 schools and five adult education facilities, serving more than 40,000 elementary, secondary and continuing education students in Waterloo Region — continuing a 182-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

 

 

2018-06-05T09:38:23+00:00 June 5th, 2018|

WCDSB Board Meeting Bulletin — May, 2018

Meetings

Committee of the Whole Board: Monday, May 14, 2018 – Meeting Agenda Package

Public Board Meeting: Monday, May 28, 2018 — Meeting Agenda Package

Highlights

Renewed Math Strategy Update

In a previous report, the Board of Trustees was made aware of the capacity-building priorities for 2017-2018, rooted in Ontario’s Renewed Mathematics Strategy (RMS). The report presented to the Board on May 14, provides an update on the implementation of the RMS in WCDSB schools January. The collaborative efforts of educators in the WCDSB ensure the six components of Ontario’s Renewed Mathematics Strategy are fully realized, and continue to show growth in measurable ways. A number of success stories are highlighted in the report.

Moving forward, the WCDSB’s Renewed Math Strategy will support staff to:

  • Continue to build capacity with Elementary Math Lead Teachers, and leverage this learning to support whole school capacity in mathematics
  • Deepen an understanding of the intentional intersection of content knowledge, pedagogical knowledge and technological knowledge to maximize student learning and achievement
  • Continue to seek opportunities for Elementary Math Lead Teachers to build whole school capacity at their school sites
  • Continue to explore in secondary schools how observations and conversations can be used to triangulate student achievement data
  • Continue our intentional attention to building cross-panel professional relationships and improving our understanding of big ideas within the continuum.

The full report is provided on pages 19-26 via this link: Meeting Agenda Package

School Travel Planner Update

Local governments — including school boards — have identified traffic flows around school sites to be problematic in the areas of congestion, parking, and pedestrian safety. Practices to manage traffic flows vary by school and by school board. It was agreed that a plan to address these issues was important, and that all stakeholders held some responsibility in this area.

The School Travel Planner has been in place now for two years and has been a very welcomed addition and support to all participating partners in the Region. The partners are:

  • Waterloo Catholic District School Board
  • Waterloo Region District School Board
  • City of Kitchener
  • City of Cambridge
  • City of Waterloo

The Province, through Green Communities Canada, has taken great interest in the way Student Transportation Services of Waterloo Region (STSWR) has rolled out the school travel planning program. Green Communities Canada has agreed to fund additional positions at STSWR in hopes of identifying a sustainable and effective model for other school boards and municipalities to follow as they embark upon active school travel programs.

Another exciting initiative being undertaken by the Waterloo Catholic District School Board is a system-wide refresh of bike racks, scooter racks, and storage for skateboards. It is hoped that these types of initiatives will remove barriers for active travel to school. More details will follow on this initiative as the project unfolds in the coming months.

Special Education Plan Update

In accordance with Ontario Regulation 306, the Waterloo Catholic District School Board (WCDSB) is required, every two years, to prepare and approve a report on the special education programs and special education services provided by WCDSB, and to submit it to the ministry. Each board is required to maintain a special education plan, to review it annually, to amend it from time to time to meet the current needs of students with special needs, and to submit any amendment(s) to the Minister for review.

One of the purposes of a school board’s Special Education Plan is to inform the Ministry of Education and the public about special education programs and services that are provided by the board in accordance with legislation and ministry policy on special education.

WCDSB builds capacity, skills and knowledge in educators to ensure that high quality programs and services are provided for our students. The Special Education Liaisons (SELs), the Chief Social Worker, Principal of Special Education and Senior Manager of Student Services play a pivotal role in building capacity with educators in our community who have the most contact with our highest needs students.

We are continuing to foster a system of inclusion that nurtures the whole student, ensuring wellness across their development; spiritually, emotionally, socially, physically as well as academically.

In compliance with Ministry priorities, the WCDSB Multi Year Strategic Plan (MYSP) and the WCDSB Board Improvement Plan for Student Achievement (BIPSA), students with an Individual Education Plan (IEP) — particularly students with a learning disability — has been a focus for professional development for our WCDSB staff. Building independence and resiliency in our students continues to be a priority to ensure positive outcomes for our students, so they are contributing and caring citizens upon graduation from WCDSB.

To read the full report, please visit pages 10-38 via this link: Meeting Agenda Package

Energy Conservation Plan

The Waterloo Catholic District School Board has a long history of environmental protection and awareness, and of innovative action toward sustainable operations. The Board’s collective dedication for creating a better future for its students, staff, and community members stems from a deep appreciation of God’s world. WCDSB conservation measures to date are a broad sweep of inspirational ideas. The way in which these initiatives have been adopted and supported across the Board is a direct result of the Board’s successful history and optimism for the future. While these strategies have provided excellent resources for staff, if we are to truly “live our mission” then green thinking must be woven throughout all future planning and day-to-day operations. An action-based, goal-oriented Energy and Environmental Plan is needed.

The WCDSB Energy Conservation and Demand Management Report is written to satisfy legislative requirements as they relate to energy conservation, local commitments made to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG), a need to address budget pressures and the current state of our environment — supporting the creation of a sustainable future for younger generations, and in the context of the requirements contained in the Multi-Year Strategic Plan.

WCDSB is actively addressing long-term sustainability in the following key areas: Energy & Water; Purchasing & Waste; Buildings & Grounds; Food & Drink; Inclusion & Participation; and Local Well- Being. This is in keeping with the guidance of Pope Francis in his historic encyclical, Laudato Si’ – OnCare for our Common Home, as well as WCDSB’s own mission and vision.

In 2017, the Board’s Energy Conservation and Demand Management Plan was rewritten to align with the requirements of Ontario Regulation 397/11. The Regulation requires boards to publish data on energy conservation practices, and to set targets and a plan for energy management and usage reduction. WCDSB’s plan is updated annually, to reflect energy-conservation related work that has been completed, newly planned work, and to refresh tables that show annual spending.

To read the full report, please visit pages 39-72 via this link: Meeting Agenda Package

For further information regarding the Board’s commitment to environmental education, stewardship and sustainability, please visit the WCDSB EcoZone.

Student Trustees Report

Student Trustees Kate Jamieson and Meghan Nemeth presented their monthly report on activities in WCDSB’s secondary schools – with special emphasis on Catholic Education Week, and the annual election of secondary school co-presidents. Their full report is available on pages 81-82 via this link: Meeting Agenda Package

Upcoming Board Meetings

Special Public Board Meeting: Monday, June 4, 2018

Regular Public Board Meeting: Monday, June 18, 2018

The Waterloo Catholic District School Board, representing more than 96,000 Catholic school supporters, operates 49 schools and four adult education facilities, serving more than 40,000 elementary, secondary and continuing education students in Waterloo Region – continuing a 182-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

2018-06-01T10:27:18+00:00 June 1st, 2018|

St. David CSS Students Win $5,000 Youth and Philanthropy Initiative (YPI) Grant for Reception House

It’s very true when we say our #WCDSBAwesome @WCDSBNewswire schools “welcome the world”!

Two years ago, Maroush was a newly-arrived government assisted refugee at Reception House Waterloo Region. On May 29, 2018, she and her St. David CSS project partner Shealynn, presented their $5,000 Youth Philanthropy Initiative Award (YPI) to Reception House!

Every year, our WCDSB Newcomer Reception Centre (@WCDSBNewcomer) welcomes dozens and dozens of newcomer students into our #HeartOfTheCommunity school system. Much of that work is done in partnership with Reception House.

The Youth and Philanthropy Initiative (YPI) grants hundreds of thousands of dollars to community-based social service charities each year — 100% decided by thousands of high school students in the program’s school-based philanthropy project. YPI is offered free of charge to secondary schools, with one major enrolment requirement: it must be provided inclusively to all students across a grade level, as a marked project within any mandatory course. YPI currently works with secondary schools in Canada, Scotland, New York City and Northern Ireland.

2018-05-30T10:25:50+00:00 May 30th, 2018|

17th Annual Links FORE Learning Golf Classic – Thursday, August 23

The annual Links FORE Learning Golf Classic is one of the signature events each year for the Waterloo Region Catholic Schools Foundation. This year’s tournament on Thursday, August 23 at the Conestoga Golf & Country Club, marks the 17 annual edition of this not-to-be missed WCDSB gathering.

CLICK HERE for the registration form.

Proceeds from the tournament help the Foundation fund activities in its three focus areas:

  • supporting program enhancements important to our Catholic education community but no longer viable through Government funding
  • supporting equity and opportunity for all our learners
  • supporting the Faith component of Catholic education

2018-05-25T12:49:24+00:00 May 25th, 2018|

Nine WCDSB Schools Earn “Healthy Schools” Certifications

Waterloo Region, ON – Nine Waterloo Catholic District School Board schools have been awarded “Healthy Schools” certifications by the Ontario Physical and Health Education Association (OPHEA)Four WCDSB schools received Healthy Schools certifications in 2016-17.

GOLD LEVEL

  • St. Benedict CSS
  • Resurrection CSS
  • St. Joseph CES
  • St. Elizabeth CES

SILVER LEVEL

  • St. David CSS
  • Holy Rosary CES
  • St. Margaret of Scotland CES
  • St. Nicholas CES
  • St. Michael CES

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 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 49 schools and five adult education facilities, serving more than 40,000 elementary, secondary and continuing education students in Waterloo Region – continuing a 182-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

 

2018-05-18T10:57:52+00:00 May 18th, 2018|

St. David CSS Receives Premier’s Award for Accepting Schools

St. David Catholic Secondary School in Waterloo has been named one of just 10 Ontario schools to receive the prestigious Premier’s Award for Accepting Schools. The award is presented annually to recognize schools that have demonstrated exceptional initiative, creativity and leadership in promoting a safe, inclusive and accepting school climate.

Overcoming Barriers

St. David’s efforts to encourage staff and student participation and engagement in healthy schools activities have succeeded in building a safe and accepting school environment, with initiatives such as:

Student well-being clubs: The school has numerous student-led groups to promote all aspects of health. Clubs include Girls Rock, Dove Beauty campaign, Run Club, and Female Equality Club, where the focus is on mental health, self-acceptance, healthy eating and decision-making. There is also a “Together Table” which is a lunch initiative that encourages students to disconnect from their devices and connect with each other. Students sit together at a long table, play board games and socialize.

Spin Your Stress Away: This program offers 20-minute spinning sessions throughout the day for the week before exams. Students and staff learned a new activity and relieved exam-related stress. Participants were surveyed after each session for continuous program improvement. More than 95 per cent of students surveyed said they understood how exercise can be used to relieve stress.

Wellness Studio: An unused space in the school was transformed into a Wellness Studio to promote overall health and well-being. The studio is available throughout the day for use as a learning environment for mental health and well-being. Sessions are run by staff and community members and include yoga, Pilates, mindfulness and Tai Chi. A second stage of the Wellness Studio is in development and will offer a larger space for the program.

The growing number of students returning each week to activities promoting positive mental health indicates the strong level of student participation and the success of these efforts. One of the most successful clubs has been the “Together Table,” which has grown from 40 students to more than 160 after only two months.

The Waterloo Catholic District School Board, representing more than 96,000 Catholic school supporters, operates 49 schools and five adult education facilities serving more than 40,000 elementary, secondary and continuing education students in Waterloo Region – continuing a 182-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

2018-05-04T11:09:05+00:00 May 4th, 2018|

WCDSB Board Meeting Bulletin — April, 2018

Meetings

Committee of the Whole Board: Monday, April 9, 2018 – Meeting Agenda Package

Public Board Meeting: Monday, April 23, 2018 — Meeting Agenda Package

Highlights

Resignation of Trustee Amy Fee

On Monday, April 23, 2018, the Board of Trustees received the immediate resignation of Trustee Amy Fee (Kitchener-Wilmot).

Under the Education Act (Section 221), when a trustee vacancy occurs, the Board of Trustees must appoint a qualified person to serve the remainder of the current term of office. Further information will be provided once the process for replacement has been established.

French Immersion Review Update

 

French Immersion is an inclusive opt-in program that was first offered in the 2015-16 school year at St. Anne CES, Kitchener and Sir Edgar Bauer CES, Waterloo. In 2016-17, the program expanded to Cambridge and opened at Our Lady of Fatima CES.

As noted in previous reports to the Board of Trustees, the WCDSB has formed a committee, “…to examine the successes of the program pilot and determine next steps.”

The following recommendations were approved by the WCDSB’s Executive Council and presented to the Board of Trustees as information on April 9, 2018:

General Recommendations

That the Board update its French Immersion Plan by 2023, including a plan related to secondary school French Immersion.

That the entry point for French Immersion remain as Grade 1.

That the Board prioritizes offering French Immersion at the same school for Grades 1 to 8.

Accommodation

That, to address enrolment pressure, portables, boundary changes, and opening new French Immersion sites are contemplated before any other accommodation solution.

That the following criteria be prioritized when selecting schools for French Immersion:

  • Empty/underutilized space
  • Traffic impacts on school
  • Easily accessible location (close to highways/major road)

That the following new sites be considered for French Immersion:

  • Holy Rosary ‐ 2019
  • St. Luke ‐ 2019
  • Huron Brigadoon ‐ 2020
  • St. Peter ‐ 2020
  • New southeast Galt school ‐ TBD

That French Immersion boundaries are modified to reflect the addition of new schools.

Registration

That the registration process remains the same until additional sites make prioritizing in‐boundary students more practical.

Transportation

That the Board continues to allow students to attend the French Immersion program from outside of the school’s English boundary, subject to parents/guardians providing their own transportation. (No bussing will be provided for French Immersion)

That the Board work with municipalities and the school community to identify alternate drop‐off/pick‐up points to alleviate traffic congestion and safety issues immediately adjacent to the school.

Staffing

That a two‐teacher model be used wherever possible for straight grade French Immersion classes and a one ‐ teacher model be used wherever possible for split grade classes.

That the postings for French Immersion be included in the first round of postings in the teacher transfer process.

That French assessments for teaching staff continue to be done centrally and kept on file so no repeat assessment is necessary, and that DELF B1 level certification (Diplôme D’études de Langue Française) be accepted in lieu of the French assessment.

The full report is provided on pages 8-81 via this link: Meeting Agenda Package

Information Technology Strategic Plan

In 2017, the WCDSB’s Information Technology Multi-Year Strategic Plan was revamped and updated to reflect current conditions concerning hardware refresh requirements, software upgrades and various other initiatives to support student learning. The information in that plan has been used to guide budget preparations for the 2018-19 school year.

IT resources are aligned with the academic and administrative objectives of the WCDSB, which are outlined in the Board’s Multi-Year Strategic Plan. For these Board objectives and priorities to be met, it is important that an inclusive decision-making model be employed to best inform Information Technology Services staff on priority areas of focus.

The IT Governance structure ensures that the needs of stakeholders across the system are considered, and, as appropriate, guides the development of IT system priorities for technology and IT budgets. It is also important that this structure supports accountability to ensure that critical standards, privacy and security requirements are met. The IT Multi-Year Strategic Plan will be refreshed on an annual basis to match the speed of change within the sector and will be brought to the Board of Trustees in the spring of each year.

The plan is provided on pages 82-124 via this link: Meeting Agenda Package

Long Term Accommodation Plan (LTAP) – 2018

The Long Term Accommodation Plan is required to be presented to the Board of Trustees annually to satisfy the provisions Board Policy IV 010 “Facilities/Accommodations” and Board Policy IV 009 “Asset Protection”.

This year, planning and facilities staff have collaborated to prepare a refreshed version of this important planning document. The 2018 LTAP contains the following changes:

  • A new refreshed look has been adopted that is more user-friendly and informative.
  • The content of the report has been updated to reflect current assumptions and demographic information.
  • The LTAP now contains a dedicated page for each school which profiles enrolment projections, upcoming boundary reviews (if any), facility condition indices, and a list of renewal work planned at each site.
  • The Multi-Year Capital Renewal Plan has been incorporated into the LTAP and will no longer be presented as a separate planning document.

There are several important items to note:

  1. Accommodation for French Immersion has now been included in the LTAP.
  2. The need for a new secondary school in East Kitchener continues to be highlighted in the plan. Enrolment is forecasted to grow significantly in the catchment area of St. Mary’s HS, which is already over-subscribed.
  3. Enrolment will grow in South West Kitchener necessitating the need for a re-alignment of boundaries in the near future as well as the potential for application for two new elementary schools.
  4. A rebuild of St. Clement CES is proposed, subject to approval of the Ministry of Education, using the Board’s own resources.
  5. Significant work to the St. Francis K campus of Con Ed is proposed, consisting of extensive renewal work, a new EarlyON Centre, a new childcare facility, and, subject to the approval of the Ministry of Education, an addition to house up to eight new classrooms.
  6. Up to nine new schools and two replacement schools are proposed.
  7. No school closure reviews are planned.
  8. Several co-building opportunities with the Waterloo Region District School Board have been identified. No discussions have started (with the exception of the Southeast Galt joint campus).
  9. The first boundary review will likely take place within the 2019 calendar year to revise the Huron-Brigadoon school boundary determined in 2009.
  10. Staff are actively working on acquiring land for the St. Boniface CES replacement school in Breslau and land for the new East Kitchener Secondary School.

The plan is provided on pages 133-248 via this link: Meeting Agenda Package

Safe Schools Update

The WCDSB recognizes that an inclusive, restorative, respectful and Christ-centered environment where all members of the school community feel safe, welcomed and accepted is most conducive to learning. Positive behaviour is promoted through the Catholic Values lens as students are provided many opportunities to correct behaviours, seek reconciliation and be given opportunities to redeem themselves. Progressive discipline is an entire school approach that requires all stakeholders to guide, support and model proper behaviour for the students.

Suspensions and expulsions are part of the progressive discipline continuum with an increased level of supports, interventions and strategies. The measurable goal for Safe Schools at WCDSB is the reduction in the number of suspensions and expulsions issued to students though effective utilization of restorative justice, progressive discipline and careful consideration of mitigating and other factors. From a system level perspective, the analysis of data permits measurement of progress in areas of concern, identification of needs or issues, and assists with monitoring, reviewing and evaluating the effectiveness of board policies, procedures and practices.

On April 9, 2018 the Board of Trustees received a detailed presentation on the efforts noted above. Of particular note is the overall downward trend in the number of suspensions since 2012-13.

The full report is provided on pages 125-132 via this link: Meeting Agenda Package

St. Louis Adult Learning & Continuing Education Update

Based on the adult education research reports spanning the last decade, the social, economic and health and wellness impact of adults earning a high school diploma or participating in ‘second chance’ post-secondary education has proven to be extremely beneficial. Students experience improved opportunities in the labour market with lower chances of unemployment and higher status jobs.

For more than 30 years — and most dramatically in the last 10 years — St. Louis has committed to supporting adults to earn secondary school credits toward an OSSD, develop literacy and basic skills, gain practical employment skills training and improve English Language proficiency. St. Louis adult programs directly connect with these social and economic impacts, so no one gets left behind. The recent Provincial Adult Education Strategy aims to find efficiencies and best practices among regional adult education providers. Indirectly, St. Louis has also been a support to children under 18 who have benefitted from additional literacy and numeracy programs, summer school credits, learning languages and early childhood development.

On April 9, 2018 the Board of Trustees received a report on the highlights from the 2016-17 school year, covering the following areas:

  • Secondary School Credits
  • Core Essentials – Literacy and Basic Skills
  • Personal Support Worker Program
  • Hairstyling / Barbering Program
  • Culinary Arts Program
  • English Language Programs (Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada – LINC and English as a Second Language – ESL)
  • International Languages – Elementary (IL)
  • Literacy & Numeracy, Continuing Education
  • Childminding (Care for Newcomer Children – CNC) and Licensed Child Care

The full report is provided on pages 249-255 via this link: Meeting Agenda Package

Student Trustees Report

Student Trustees Kate Jamieson and Meghan Nemeth presented their monthly report on activities in WCDSB’s secondary schools – with special emphasis on the annual Elementary Student Leadership Conference (ESLC), held on Friday, April 13, 2018. The theme of the conference was “Global and Local Leadership.” Their full report is available on pages 23-24 via this link: Meeting Agenda Package

Upcoming Board Meetings

Committee of the Whole Board Meeting: Monday, May 7, 2018

Regular Public Board Meeting: Monday, May 28, 2018

The Waterloo Catholic District School Board, representing more than 96,000 Catholic school supporters, operates 49 schools and four adult education facilities, serving more than 40,000 elementary, secondary and continuing education students in Waterloo Region – continuing a 182-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

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