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WCDSB Announces Langs as 2019 Community Partner Award Recipient

Waterloo Region, ON – The students, staff and trustees of Waterloo Region’s Catholic Schools proudly congratulate Langs — 2019 recipient of the WCDSB Community Partner Award.

The award has been presented since 2001 at the WCDSB’s annual Appreciation Night, in recognition of outstanding contributions made to Waterloo Region’s Catholic Schools by an individual or agency serving the students, staff and greater community of Waterloo Region.

QuickFacts

>> Formerly known as Langs Farm Village Association, Langs was established as a community development project in 1978 by a group of citizens and service providers concerned about vandalism and the lack of accessible services in the community. Since then, Langs has grown to become a dynamic, respected multi-service organization that uses a community development approach to provide comprehensive health, social and recreational services that are responsive to the changing needs of the community.

>> The Vision of Langs (“Changed lives, healthy communities”) and the organization’s values (Integrity, Respect, Accountability, Collaboration, Innovation & Excellence) complement and in many ways mirror the WCDSB’s own Vision (“Heart of the Community – Success for Each; A place for All”) as well as the Ontario Catholic School Graduate Expectations.

>> In 1978, Langs founders envisioned Langs as a place where partners worked together to bring health and social services under one roof. The HUB model evolved over several years beginning in 2011 when Langs moved into the HUB@1145, what is now known provincially as a ‘Community HUB’. Langs’ North Dumfries Community Health Centre Satellite Site is also a Community HUB, known as the HUB@2958.

Quotes

“We are honoured to be the recipient of the Community Partner Award from the Waterloo Catholic District School Board. Our partnership with WCDSB has been instrumental to our success for the past 40 years. By working together, we have made a difference in the lives of thousands of students and families.”

~~ Bill Davidson, Executive Director, Langs

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 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 ShewchukChief Managing Officer

(519) 578-3660

 

2019-04-16T12:34:26-04:00April 16th, 2019|

WCDSB Board Meeting Bulletin — March, 2019

Meetings

Committee of the Whole Board Meeting

Monday, March 4, 2019 – Meeting Agenda Package

Public Board Meeting

Monday, March 25, 2019 — Meeting Agenda Package

Highlights

Innovation, Learning and Engagement Update

Over the last few years the school board has focused specific attention on innovation and how we can best support the adoption of best practices in terms of pedagogy and technology infrastructure and learning environments. It is with intention that we look to the power of the learning task and how technology-enabled instruction can improve student achievement. There is thoughtful planning in system next steps to ensure decisions are evidence-based and focused on the instructional core.

In alignment with our Multi-Year Strategic Plan (MYSP), our goals are as follows:

  • Build capacity for greater experiential learning within and outside the classroom and create more diversified learning opportunities.
  • Ensure classroom pedagogy and pathway opportunities are relevant and provide transferable skills for student success.
  • Increased awareness of and responsible implementation of Digital Citizenship.
  • Continue to seek and support reciprocal partnerships with Community/Educational partners and leverage the mutual learning.
  • Increase in precise student programming and use of New Pedagogies for Deeper Learning resources to foster global competency development in the areas of critical thinking, collaboration, citizenship, communication, creativity, and character through access to professional learning opportunities.
  • Equitable access to learning opportunities and investment in global competency development and leading technologies

The full report is available on pages 9-21 via this link: Meeting Agenda Package

Assessment and Evaluation Practice in Schools

The system inquiry question that guides the Waterloo Catholic District School Board’s Board Improvement Plan for Student Achievement (BIPSA) establishes a clear emphasis on assessment:

“What impact will collaborative teaching and learning, that focuses on the assessment for learning process, have on increasing the number of students approaching, achieving at or beyond the provincial standard K-12?”

The BIPSA stresses the importance of assessment practices; the emphasis of assessment focuses on the process work where learning FOR and AS assessment become crucial to helping students move forward in their learning. This allows for responsive teaching, providing multiple opportunities for skill development and thus success.

Policy and best practice regarding the assessment, evaluation, and reporting of student achievement in Ontario has been, for nearly a decade, articulated and set by the provincial document Growing Success, Assessment, Evaluation, & Reporting in Ontario Schools.

This policy defines for parents, students, and educators seven key principles of assessment, evaluation, & reporting. In order to ensure that these practices ensure validity, student engagement and achievement are the foundation of our work in Assessment and Evaluation:

  • Be fair, transparent, and equitable for all students.
  • Support all students, including those with special education needs, those who are learning the language of instruction (English or French), and those who are First Nation, Métis, or Inuit.
  • Be carefully planned, to relate to the curriculum expectations and learning goals and, as much as possible, to the interests, learning styles, preferences, needs, and experiences of all students.
  • Be communicated clearly to students and parents at the beginning of the school year or course and at other appropriate points throughout the school year or course.
  • Be ongoing, varied in nature, and administered over a period of time to provide multiple opportunities for students to demonstrate the full range of their learning.
  • Provide ongoing descriptive feedback that is clear, specific, meaningful, and timely to support improved learning and achievement.
  • Develop students’ self-assessment skills to enable them to assess their own learning, set specific goals, and plan next steps for their learning.

To read the full report, please see pages 22-25 via this link: Meeting Agenda Package

Student Success Plan

The Ontario Ministry of Education has developed a wide range of initiatives to facilitate Student Success. The Student Success/Learning to 18 (SS/L18) Strategy is designed to meet five inter-related goals focused on the secondary school system:

  1. Provide students with an effective elementary to secondary school transition
  2. Support a good outcome for all students
  3. Provide students with new and relevant learning opportunities
  4. Build on students’ strengths and interests
  5. Increase graduation rates and decrease dropout rate

On March 25, 2019, the Board of Trustees received a comprehensive report on the WCDSB’s Student Success Plan. Key sections of the report include:

  • Transitions (Grade 8-9)
  • Pathways
  • Student Success Consultants Intermediate (SSCI)
  • Experiential Learning
  • Literacy & Numeracy
  • Graduation Rates
  • Re-engagement Strategy

The full report is available on pages 20-27 via this link: Meeting Agenda Package

School Year Calendar

The Board of Trustees approved the annual WCDSB School Year Calendar on March 25, 2019.

In creating their annual calendars, school boards are required to identify a minimum of 194 school days between September 1 and June 30, of which a minimum of four and a maximum of seven days may be identified as PD days. Three of these must be for Ministry of Education priorities. The remaining school days shall be instructional days. Boards may designate up to 10 instructional days as examination days. Each school year calendar must be accompanied by a general outline of the activities to be conducted on PA days. The minimum number of instructional days is 187.

The first day of the 2019-20 school year will be Tuesday, September 3, 2019. The last day of the school year will be June 26, 2020. The last day of school in December (before Christmas) will be December 20, 2019 and the first day of school in the new year is January 6, 2020.

For further details about the 2019-20 School Year Calendar, please see pages 28-31 via this link: Meeting Agenda Package

Autism Update

In February 2019, the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services (MCCSS) made an announcement outlining changes to the Ontario Autism Program — to be implemented effective April 1, 2019. As a result of these changes, WCDSB Schools will be transitioning students currently in therapy during the school day into full time school over the coming months and into the 2019-20 school year.

Currently WCDSB has approximately 40 students who will transition to school full time school from therapy, many over the course of the next 4 months. Transitions for some of our students started at the end of February, with the majority of transitions occurring in May of 2019.

Effective transitions for students with autism are critical and at WCDSB we take great pride in ensuring positive transitions in order to set our students up for success. All our staff have been receiving varying levels of training regarding Universal Supports and we will continue to work with our families to ensure the success of all our students as we strive to be heart of the community, promoting success for each and a creating a place for all.

The full report on what is currently known regarding changes to the Ontario Autism Plan is available on pages 32-34 via this link: Meeting Agenda Package

Information on 2019-20 Education Grants and New Vision for Education

As has been well-documented via media reports, on March 15, 2019, the Government of Ontario announced its New Vision for Education. The announcement contained information on a number of program and budget changes, some of which are interrelated.

It is more than fair to say that there is much change happening simultaneously and that more information has to flow until a full understanding of impacts on WCDSB schools can be had. The government has indicated it is focused on the following five areas:

  • Student Achievement
  • Protect Front Line Staff
  • Fiscal Responsibility
  • Evidence Based Decision Making
  • Diverse Teaching Staff

As a school system, WCDSB will lead forward from a place of hope, collaboration and respect for all stakeholders, keeping students at the core of all our decisions.

For further information on the government announcements – and potential impacts on WCDSB schools, students and staff, please see pages 35-39 via this link: Meeting Agenda Package

Student Trustees Report

Student Trustees Izabella Tyc and Meghan Nemeth presented their monthly report on activities in WCDSB’s secondary schools. The report is available on page 40 via this link: Meeting Agenda Package

Board Chair’s Update

Each month, Board Chair Bill Conway reports on the activities of the Board of Trustees. The report for March 2019 is available on page 41 via this link: Meeting Agenda Package

Upcoming Board Meetings

Committee of the Whole Board Meeting

Monday, April 8, 2019

St. Benedict CSS, Cambridge

Regular Public Board Meeting

Monday, April 29, 2019

St. Benedict CSS, Cambridge

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 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

 

2019-03-26T09:21:06-04:00March 26th, 2019|

Catholic Education Centre Moved Until September

In 2005, the Waterloo Catholic District School Board relocated its head office from the former Sacred Heart Catholic Elementary on Moore Avenue in Kitchener to the retrofitted former St. Mary’s High School on Weber Street. The oldest portion of the St. Mary’s building dates from 1928, with other portions dating from the early 1960s and late 1970s.

After 14 years in the Weber Street building, significant renovations are needed to ensure our staff are able to maintain the highest possible level of service for our schools.

To accommodate the construction process, our headquarters staff have relocated to several different locations across Waterloo Region. Staff are expected to be returning to Weber Street in September, 2019.

Until then, staff are now located at the former St. Francis CES in Cambridge, the former St. Agatha CES in St. Agatha, St. Luke CES in Waterloo, and several other locations.

A complete list of which departments are located where is available online at: https://www.wcdsb.ca/about-us/contact-information-location/

2019-03-06T11:03:09-04:00March 6th, 2019|

Have Your Say: 2019-20 School Year Budget Survey Now Open

Dear WCDSB families, students, staff, and interested community members:

We are busy preparing our budget for the next school year!  Each year, as part of our budget development process, we ask stakeholders for input on areas of the budget that have the flexibility to incorporate community feedback into our financial planning.

The budget survey will take approximately 10 minutes to complete and anyone and everyone with an interest in Catholic education in the Region of Waterloo is welcome to fill it out.

The survey is open now and will close on March 25, 2019.  Results of the survey will be shared as part of the 2019-20 budget presentation which will take place at Resurrection Catholic Secondary School in Kitchener on June 3, 2019.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/wcdsbbudget19-20

Last year’s (2018-19) board budget is available by clicking HERE.

We thank you for your feedback — and for your ongoing support of Waterloo Region’s Catholic schools!

2019-02-28T09:22:28-04:00February 28th, 2019|

WCDSB Board Meeting Bulletin — February, 2019

Meetings

Committee of the Whole Board Meeting

Monday, February 11, 2019 – Meeting Agenda Package

Public Board Meeting

Monday, February 25, 2019 — Meeting Agenda Package

Highlights

Annual Report – Student Transportation Services of Waterloo Region (STSWR)

Student Transportation Services of Waterloo Region (STSWR) has been serving the Waterloo Catholic District School Board since 2007 through the provision of home to school transportation services for our students. This is accomplished by contracting with school bus and taxi operators to service routes built by STSWR transportation technicians. STSWR is owned by the Waterloo Region District School Board and Waterloo Catholic District School Board. Each board pays an equal share of management costs. In addition, each board pays for their direct costs of transportation and a prorated share of overhead (based on ridership).

Many jurisdictions in Ontario are struggling with transportation, be it significant increases in rates charged by operators, driver shortages, or legal issues. STSWR has not been immune to these challenges (driver shortages being one of them), but for the most part costs have been reasonable and service levels have been stable.

Progress was made during 2017-18 in the following areas:

  • Significant reduction in incidences of speeding through the use of GPS technology
  • Expansion of the School Travel Planning program using provincial grants
  • Bus evacuation training (introduction of a new program)
  • Installation of alcohol sensors on school vehicles
  • Better compensation for bus drivers

The full report is available on pages 11-27 via this link: Meeting Agenda Package

Kindergarten Program Update

For most Waterloo Catholic District School Board students and their families, the initiation to Catholic education begins in Kindergarten. For decades, the WCDSB has been at the forefront of educational excellence and progress at this key developmental stage. This two-year program, “…is a child-centred, developmentally appropriate, integrated program of learning for four- and five-year-old children. The purpose of the program is to establish a strong foundation for learning in the early years, and to do so in a safe and caring, play-based environment that promotes the physical, social, emotional, and cognitive development of all children.” (The Kindergarten Program, 2016, p. 8)

Within the WCDSB’s Board Improvement Plan for Student Achievement (BIPSA), Kindergarten is addressed in many ways:

  • A focus on supporting students in reading, comprehending and producing increasingly complex texts using meaning cues, syntax cues, and visual cues (semantics, syntax, phonology, pragmatics, and morphology).
  • A focus on increasing student achievement in Mathematics within the Number Sense and Numeration strand (NSN). Specifically, we are working on developing a deep understanding of quantity and magnitude.
  • A prioritization of community partnerships and early interventions to support children and families as they prepare for success in our schools.

To read the full program update, please see pages 28-32 via this link: Meeting Agenda Package

Parent Engagement Update

Ontario’s Parent Engagement Policy recognizes many different forms of parent engagement, and that each is an important contributor to student and school success. Within the policy, parent engagement includes:

  • Providing a positive learning environment at home, actively working with children to support what they are learning in school, and making learning an important part of the day
  • Having productive conversations with teachers so that there is clear communication between the school and the home
  • Becoming involved in school activities and volunteering to help with school events, trips and other activities
  • Participating in School Councils at the school level and Parent Involvement Committees at the board level to provide perspective.

The WCDSB has continually focused on supporting the partnership between home and school to meet the various forms of parent engagement as presented in the Ontario Parent Engagement Policy by promoting and supporting:

  • Celebration of our Catholic School Advisory Council Chairpersons through our WCDSB annual commissioning ceremony
  • Parent Reaching Out Grant applications, system and regional
  • Supporting Schools and Parent Involvement Committees through “Grassroots Sharing Events”

The complete Parent Engagement Update is available on pages 33-37 via this link: Meeting Agenda Package

Special Education Foundational Math Update

WCDSB builds capacity, skills and knowledge in educators to ensure that high quality programs and services are provided for all our students. The Special Education Liaisons are responsible for building capacity with educators in our WCDSB community.

We are continuing to foster a system of inclusion that nurtures the whole student, ensuring wellness across their development; spiritually, emotionally, socially, physically and academically. During the 2016-17, 2017-18 and 2018-19 school years, Learning Disabilities and Mathematics has been a focus for professional learning for our WCDSB staff. The WCDSB support model is based on the “Learning for All” Ministry Document, which uses a tiered approach for supporting student learning in Mathematics.

Our goal for this 2018-19 school year is to create socially and academically inclusive classrooms through a collaborative model of Resource Teacher Support. By developing the role of the resource teacher through a collaborative model of support in Mathematics, we will endeavor to ensure that Mathematics is accessible for all learners.

The complete update is available on pages 12-17 via this link: Meeting Agenda Package

Student Trustees Report

Student Trustees Izabella Tyc and Meghan Nemeth presented their monthly report on activities in WCDSB’s secondary schools. The report is available on page 21 via this link: Meeting Agenda Package

Board Chair’s Update

Each month, Board Chair Bill Conway reports on the activities of the Board of Trustees. The report for February 2019 is available on page 22 via this link: Meeting Agenda Package

Upcoming Board Meetings

Committee of the Whole Board Meeting

No Meeting

Regular Public Board Meeting

Monday, March 25, 2019 — Cafeteria: St. Benedict CSS, Cambridge

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 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

2019-02-26T08:55:21-04:00February 26th, 2019|

Board of Trustees Meeting – Monday, February 25, 2019

The next meeting of the Board of Trustees is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. — Monday, February 25, 2019 — at the Waterloo Region Catholic Education Centre.

Meeting Agenda

General Information About WCDSB Board Meetings

Information About the Board of Trustees

Directions to the Catholic Education Centre

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 183-year tradition of quality, inclusive, faith-based education. Follow us on Twitter: @WCDSBNewswire – #WCDSBAwesome.

2019-02-21T15:10:43-04:00February 21st, 2019|

Nominations Open for WCDSB Distinguished Graduate, Community Partner & Chair’s Awards

Nominations are now open for the annual WCDSB “Distinguished Graduate Award”“Community Partner Award” and “Chair’s Award”. Information about the awards (including the Distinguished Graduate Award nomination form) is available HERE. There are no nomination forms for the Community Partner and Chair’s Awards.

If you wish to make a nomination in any of the categories, please submit your rationale in writing along with any supporting documentation you feel appropriate, to Alice Figueiredo by Wednesday, March 20, 2019. Hard copy or emailed nominations are equally acceptable. Alice can be reached via email at alice.figueiredo@wcdsb.ca.

Distinguished Graduate Award

The Distinguished Graduate Award was established in 2005 under the Board’s “Celebration of Excellence” policy. It is presented annually to a graduate of 10 or more years from Waterloo Region’s Catholic Schools who has provided an outstanding example of the Ontario Catholic School Graduate Expectations in action. The award is presented at the graduation exercises of the recipient’s Secondary School or another appropriate public venue.

Recipients

  • 2018 – Paul Heinbecker, former Canadian Ambassador to the United Nations
  • 2017 – Most Reverend Bishop Daniel Meihm, Bishop of Peterborough
  • 2016 – Michael Schmitt, Former WCDSB teacher, Principal, Superintendent & Director of Education
  • 2015 – Douglas Letson, C.M., Former President & Vice-Chancellor, St. Jerome’s University
  • 2014 – Katherine Bergman, President & Vice-Chancellor, St. Jerome’s University
  • 2013 – Mary Jo Fedy, Managing Partner, KPMG — Waterloo
  • 2012 – Toby Collins, C.R., Vocation Director for the Congregation of the Resurrection
  • 2011 – Teacher / missionary Sister Barbara Paleczny, SSND
  • 2010 – David Eby, Executive Director of the B.C. Civil Liberties Association – and current Attorney General of British Columbia
  • 2009 – Paul Voisin, C.R., Vicar General of the Diocese of Hamilton (Bermuda)
  • 2008 – Former Ontario cabinet minister – and current Wilfrid Laurier University Professor —John Milloy
  • 2007 – Lisa LaFlamme, Anchor – CTV National News with Lisa LaFlamme
  • 2006 – University of Waterloo professor Brian Orend
  • 2005 – Ontario Superior Court Justice Patrick J. Flynn

Community Partner Award

The Community Partner Award is presented annually in recognition of outstanding contributions made to Waterloo Region’s Catholic Schools by a community partner or agency serving the students, staff and greater community of Waterloo Region.

Recipients

  • 2018 – St. Vincent de Paul Store (Cambridge)
  • 2017 – Settlement and Education Partnership of Waterloo Region
  • 2016 – Conestoga College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning
  • 2015 – Waterloo Region Suicide Prevention Council
  • 2014 – Strong Start Charitable Organization
  • 2013 – Barrday Inc.
  • 2012 – Junior Achievement of Waterloo Region
  • 2011 – Nutrition for Learning
  • 2010 – Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada
  • 2009 – Rex Barger
  • 2008 – Reid’s Heritage Homes
  • 2007 – Congregation of the Resurrection in Waterloo Region
  • 2006 – Region of Waterloo Public Health
  • 2005 – Waterloo Region Catholic Schools Foundation
  • 2004 – St. Jerome’s University
  • 2003 – Waterloo Regional Police Service
  • 2002 – Catholic Family Counselling
  • 2001 – Waterloo Region Catholic Community Foundation

Chair’s Award

The Chair’s Award is presented to a person (or group of people) in the school system who has contributed significantly to Catholic Education. It is given annually in recognition of outstanding contributions made in serving the students, staff and greater community of Waterloo Region and/or to the betterment of Catholic Education in Ontario in general.

Recipients

  • 2018 – Tom Denomme
  • 2017 – Glenda Leusink
  • 2016 – Nancy Sabo
  • 2015 – Joni Grundy
  • 2014 – Marianna Worth
  • 2013 – Michelle Flood and Mary Stevens
  • 2012 – Bruce Cameron
  • 2011 – Gai Brown
  • 2010 – Theresa Horan
  • 2009 – Jeannie McCarroll
  • 2008 – Angela Davis
  • 2007 – Thomas Forestell, Mervyn J. Villemaire, Charles Van Alphen
  • 2006 – Deb Zettel-Schmitt
  • 2005 – Allan Hoch, Jennifer Rodrigues, Louise Ervin
  • 2004 – Gary Leduc
  • 2003 – Pat Brannigan, Michael Schmitt
  • 2002 – School Sisters of Notre Dame / Sisters of St. Joseph
  • 2001 – Dave Schnarr, Bill Brazeau, Pat Cannon, Warren Grafton, Horst Schweinbenz
  • 2000 – Fr. Fred Scinto, C.R.
  • 1999 – Ann O’Donnell-Beckwith
  • 1998 – Bob Anderson
2019-02-19T18:44:10-04:00February 19th, 2019|
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