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Upcoming Board Meeting – Monday, December 9, 2019

The next meeting of the Board of Trustees is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. — Monday, December 9, 2019 — at the Waterloo Region Catholic Education Centre.

Meeting Agenda

General Information About WCDSB Board Meetings

Information About the Board of Trustees

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.

 

December 6th, 2019|

WCDSB Elementary & Secondary Schools Open & Running Normally on December 4, 2019

The Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation (OSSTF) has announced plans for a one-day strike on Wednesday, December 4, 2019.

OSSTF does not represent any staff working in our elementary and secondary schools, therefore all Waterloo Catholic District School Board elementary and secondary schools will be open and running on their normal schedules tomorrow.

WCDSB teaching staff are represented by the Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association (OECTA), and negotiations with the province are still on-going. We are hopeful the two sides will reach a fair and respectful collective agreement.

However, OSSTF does represent some staff working at our St. Louis Adult Learning and Continuing Education Centres, and the one day strike will result in the following programs and services being CLOSED on December 4:

  • English as a Second Language (ESL) classes at all campuses.
  • Language Instruction for New Canadians (LINC) classes at all campuses.
  • Literacy Basic Skills (LBS) classes – also known as CorE classes – at all campuses.
  • Spots for Tots childcare and LINC Childminding sites at both the both the Downtown Kitchener Main Campus and the Highland Road campus.

PLEASE NOTE: All other St. Louis programs will be running on normal schedules.

December 3rd, 2019|

WCDSB Trustees Re-elect Chair and Vice-Chair

Waterloo Region, ON – The Board of Trustees of the Waterloo Catholic District School Board has re-elected Cambridge / North Dumfries Trustee Bill Conway as Chair of the Board, and Waterloo / Woolwich / Wellesley Trustee Melanie Van Alphen as Vice-Chair of the Board. The meeting was held Monday, December 2, 2019 at the Waterloo Region Catholic Education Centre.

The Board of Trustees is comprised of the following representatives:

Bill Conway (Cambridge / North Dumfries) – Chair

Manuel da Silva (Cambridge / North Dumfries)

Kevin Dupuis (Kitchener / Wilmot)

Jeanne Gravelle (Waterloo / Wellesley / Woolwich)

Wendy Price (Cambridge / North Dumfries)

Greg Reitzel (Kitchener / Wilmot)

Brian Schmalz (Kitchener / Wilmot)

Melanie Van Alphen (Waterloo / Wellesley / Woolwich) – Vice-Chair

Tracey Weiler (Kitchener / Wilmot)

Meghan Cymbron and Rori Schaefer are the Student Trustees.

Detailed information about the Board of Trustees – including contact information, board agendas and minutes and board policies is available by clicking —–> HERE … Then click the “Our Governance” link.

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.

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For more information, please contact:

John Shewchuk – Chief Managing Officer

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

 

December 2nd, 2019|

St. David Catholic Secondary School Closed Due to Power Outage

December 2, 2019

Due to power outages at the school, St. David Catholic Secondary is closed for the remainder of the day, Monday December 2, 2019. Transportation is being arranged to transport bus students home. We expect busses to be arriving at the school at approx. 9:00. We expect business as usual for tomorrow. Continue to check the school website and social media for updates. Thank you for your cooperation.

December 2nd, 2019|

WCDSB Board Meeting Bulletin — November, 2019

Meetings

Committee of the Whole Board Meeting

Monday, November 18, 2019 – Meeting Agenda Package

Public Board Meeting

Monday, November 25, 2019 — Meeting Agenda Package

Highlights

Pastoral Plan Update

On February 11, 2019, at St. Anthony Daniel Parish, we launched Called to Belong, year one of our new three-year Pastoral Plan. The celebration featured students, parents, clergy and staff from across our system. The celebration highlighted images of Belonging from all our school communities, along with insights into how “All are One in Christ Jesus” can be lived out in our homes, schools and parishes. A Called to Belong video was shared system wide and used to animate discussions about our Pastoral Year.

Highlights of Called to Belong activities include the following:

  • Pastoral Plan banners placed in the entranceways of all WCDSB schools
  • Called to Belong mosaic artefacts designed by schools to represent the membership of each person in their school communities
  • Each school assigned a “prayer buddy” school to strengthen the bonds of community
  • Three “Theology on Tap” events at the Edelweiss Tavern to explore and celebrate the theme of Called to Belong
  • Overnight Staff Retreat at Mount Mary facilitated by Fr. Joseph de Viveiros entitled, “Praying with the Eucharist to help Deepen our Sense of Belonging”
  • Safe Spaces Retreats for students who identify as LGBTQ
  • Virtual Tour of Christ the King Cathedral that was featured in The Catholic Register and during Catholic Education Week by Bishop Crosby
  • Mount Mary Retreats for Grade 8 students have incorporated the theme of “Belonging”
  • Family of School Pastoral Team workshop/meetings to support the ongoing work of animating our pastoral year led by the Religion and Family Life Consultant

On December 6, 2019 we will celebrate Spiritual Development Day, again in a Family of Schools model, with Eucharist and activities that highlight the warm spirit of hospitality and welcome that characterizes the WCDSB community. Then, following the Advent season, we will launch Year 2 of our Pastoral Plan: Gathered to Become.

The full report is available on pages 12-15 via this link: Meeting Agenda Package

Teacher Learning and Leadership Program (TLLP)

The Teacher Learning and Leadership Program (TLLP) is an annual project-based professional learning opportunity for experienced classroom teachers. Through the TLLP, the Ministry of Education has, for the past decade, supported hundreds of teacher-led projects across the province. WCDSB has benefitted greatly from these grants, with truly innovative work resulting, so it was with regret that we learned there is not support provincially for any projects for the current year.

The program funds proposals from classroom teachers who seek a peer leadership role in curriculum, instructional practice or supporting other teachers. The goal of the program is to provide an opportunity for teachers to engage in advanced professional learning and to share their learning with others.

Goals of the program are to:

  • create and support opportunities for teacher professional learning.
  • foster teacher leadership.
  • facilitate the sharing of exemplary practice with others for the broader benefit of Ontario’s students.

On November 18, 2019 Board staff provided the Board of Trustees with an overview of the 2018-19 projects. The report is available on pages 8-11 via this link: Meeting Agenda Package

English as a Second Language Update

Since its inception, the Waterloo Catholic District School Board has celebrated the contributions of its English Language Learners (ELLs) and worked to meet their needs in a variety of settings. English as a Second Language (ESL) teachers continue to work in all our schools to support staff, students, and families in developing language skills necessary for success in a changing society.

English Literacy Development (ELD) programs are for students whose first language is other than English or is a variety of English significantly different from that used for instruction in Ontario schools. Students in these programs are most often from countries in which their access to education has been limited, and they have had limited opportunities to develop language and literacy skills in any language.

English as a Second Language (ESL) programs are for students whose first language is other than English or is a variety of English significantly different from that used for instruction in Ontario schools. Students in these programs have had educational opportunities to develop age-appropriate first-language literacy skills.

There are more than 600 elementary students in the WCDSB who are in their first two years in Canada and more than 1,000 students in their first four years in Canada.

The full update is available on pages 43-46 via this link: Meeting Agenda Package

Autism Support Plan Update

Within the Waterloo Catholic District School Board, there are many support services available for students with a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Collaboratively, the classroom teacher works alongside the Special Education teacher to develop and provide appropriate programming for students diagnosed with ASD. Other school level support staff involved may include an Educational Assistant and/or Child and Youth Care Worker. Additional supports are also available for students who:

  • are arriving from another school or school board.
  • are transitioning from a preschool setting.
  • are newly diagnosed.
  • have updated assessment results that call for a review of strategies.
  • require Individual Education Plan (IEP) revisions.
  • require the development of an IEP (e.g., students who may be experiencing challenges with transitions).

In October 2019, all Special Education teachers, Principals and classroom teachers were presented information on the topic of Universal Supports for Executive Functioning. Classroom teachers were provided with practical tools to guide them in determining and developing universal supports to promote student achievement and well-being. WCDSB has obtained a supplementary grant to support students with ASD. The Board has hired an additional Board-Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) to develop and implement lunch-time social skills development programs in all five secondary schools (St. David, Resurrection, Monsignor Doyle, St. Mary’s, and St. Benedict). The programs will begin in January 2020.

The full report is available on pages 47-50 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 September 2019 is available on page 59 via this link: Meeting Agenda Package

Student Trustees Report

Student Trustees Meghan Cymbron and Rori Schaefer presented their monthly report on activities in WCDSB’s secondary schools. The report is available on pages 56-58 via this link: Meeting Agenda Package

Upcoming Board Meetings

Inaugural Board Meeting

Monday, December 2, 2019

Waterloo Region Catholic Education Centre

Regular Public Board Meeting

Monday, December 9, 2019

Waterloo Region Catholic Education Centre

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

November 26th, 2019|

Evening Cancellations Due to Weather Conditions

November 11, 2019

Due to deteriorating weather conditions…..

All St. Louis Adult & Continuing Education programs scheduled for this evening are cancelled.

All after hours community use permits for this evening are cancelled.

WCDSB secondary school volleyball championship games have been postponed until tomorrow: TUESDAY November 12 @ St. Benedict CSS

All  WCDSB elementary school basketball and volleyball games today are cancelled and will be rescheduled to a later date.

November 11th, 2019|

Upcoming Board Meeting – Monday, November 11, 2019

The next meeting of the Board of Trustees (Committee of the Whole) is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. — Monday, November 11, 2019 — at the Waterloo Region Catholic Education Centre.

Meeting Agenda

General Information About WCDSB Board Meetings

Information About the Board of Trustees

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.

 

November 7th, 2019|

St. John CES School Boundary Review

St. John CES is WCDSB’s fastest growing elementary school. It is one of the largest schools and has one of the smallest sites, at 2.9 acres. The school has a capacity of 502 pupil places and enrolment is currently at 641 students. Enrolment is projected to continue increasing and may reach 886 students by 2024.

A request for capital funding to support enrolment growth at this school has been submitted to the Ministry of Education, but as there is no guarantee our request will be approved and because enrolment continues to grow, planning for September 2020 and beyond is required.

As a result, on October 28, 2019 the Board of Trustees initiated a boundary review involving Holy Rosary CES, Our Lady of Lourdes CES, St. John CES, and St. Nicholas CES, with the purpose of reducing enrolment pressure at St. John.

The preferred option (shown below) focuses on balancing enrolment between all four schools. Specifically, it proposes to:

  • Move sub-areas D and G (110 students) from St. John to Holy Rosary;
  • Move sub-areas E and B (61 students) from St. John to Our Lady of Lourdes; and,
  • Move sub-areas X and Y (140 students) from Our Lady of Lourdes to St. Nicholas.

It is anticipated that the review will be completed no later than April 27, 2020.

 

For more information, please click here: St. John CES Boundary Review

Email: StJohnReview@wcdsb.ca

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October 31st, 2019|

WCDSB Board Meeting Bulletin — October, 2019

Meetings

Committee of the Whole Board Meeting

Monday, October 7, 2019 – Meeting Agenda Package

Public Board Meeting

Monday, October 28, 2019 — Meeting Agenda Package

Highlights

Math Strategy Update 

On March 15, 2019, the Ministry of Education announced a new four-year math strategy to ensure students have a strong understanding of the fundamentals of math and how to apply them. This strategy will:

~ Improve student performance in math;

~ Help students solve everyday math problems;

~ Increase students’ employability into the jobs of tomorrow.

Additionally, the math strategy will be supported by strengthening math teaching and fostering learning environments that will lead to improved student performance for all students, including students with special education needs. In support of the math strategy, the goals of this funding are to:

~ Effectively prepare for the implementation of the math curriculum;

~ Increase the performance of students in targeted schools;

~ Continue to build educator math content knowledge and pedagogy on the fundamentals of math to ensure that students are prepared for success in the classroom and in their future;

~ Ensure that students, parents, teachers, as well as school and school board leaders have the supports, tools and resources they need to advance student learning and confidence in math;

~ Continue to respect parents and families and ensure that they are aware of what their children are learning in school.

WCDSB’s plan to provide math support for all elementary schools takes in a “tiered” approach:

  1. Ministry targeted support
  2. Board identified support
  3. Intermittent support
  4. Periphery support.

The tiers are categorized by number of coaching days and frequency of service as well as the nature of the support (coaching vs consulting).

The full report is available on pages 19-28 via this link: Meeting Agenda Package

EQAO / OSSLT Update

On September 25, 2019 the WCDSB released the Board’s 2018-19 Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) assessment results for reading, writing and mathematics in grades three, six, nine and ten. Grade nine students are only assessed in mathematics. Grade 10 students participate in the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT).

For the 4th consecutive year, WCDSB students met or exceeded the provincial average in Grade 3, 6 & 9 math. This includes standing 11% above the provincial average in Applied Level Math.

QuickFacts

  • The Grade 3 WCDSB to Ontario comparison shows WCDSB ahead of the province by +1% in reading (75%), +2% in writing (71%) and +4% in math (62%).
  • The Grade 6 WCDSB to Ontario comparison shows WCDSB reading and writing scores level with the province (at 81% and 82% respectively) — while math (49%) stands +1% above the provincial average.
  • The Grade 9 WCDSB to Ontario comparison shows WCDSB’s Applied Level Mathematics students ahead of the province by +11% (at 55%) — while the board’s Academic Level Mathematics students stand above the provincial average by 1% (85%)
  • The WCDSB to Ontario comparison of OSSLT results shows WCDSB students topped the provincial average by 2% — with 82% of students achieving success.

The full report is available on pages 29-41 via this link: Meeting Agenda Package

Information Technology Summer Update

The Information Technology Services (ITS) department had a very busy Summer preparing for the 2019/20school year. ITS successfully completed many technology related projects and initiatives that aligned with the Multi-Year Strategic Plan which will enable staff and students to excel in the coming year. The myriad projects were divided into three categories:

~ Classroom Support Team Projects

~ Administrative Team Projects

~ Data, Systems and Information Support Team Projects

Key highlights include:

~ Improved Web Environments and Updated Branding for WCDSB

~ Refresh Classroom Data Projector

~ Technology Removal, Moving and Re-installs for Cleaning Construction Projects

~ Phone System Refresh

~ Microsoft Teams Implementation

~ Security and Privacy Staff Training and System

~ Student Management System Transition

~ Implementation of School Messenger for Elementary Schools

The full report is available on pages 8-18 via this link: Meeting Agenda Package

Well Being Plan

With the collaboration of several working committees: Safe Schools, Mental Health and Wellness, Heathy Schools, and Equity/Inclusion, the WCDSB has developed a three-year Well Being Strategy for all schools and staff within the Waterloo Catholic District School Board.

The Well-Being Strategy goals are aligned with our Pastoral Plan:

  1. Students and staff feel a sense of belonging and inclusion in their learning community. Pastoral Plan (Belonging).
  2. Students have equitable access to learning opportunities. Pastoral Plan (Becoming).
  3. Building a culture of well-being that supports success for all in the WCDSB community. Pastoral Plan (Building).

Attention to the prayer and spiritual life of staff and students are embedded in the strategies.

Each goal also identifies key performance indicators that will be used to monitor and evaluate the success of each school community in meeting the goals of overall wellbeing.

School Climate Survey results from MDI Survey administered this past Spring have been shared with all school administrators to help inform the specific strategic areas of focus for each school community and Wellbeing Plan templates have been shared with all school administrators to be used to complete their 2019-20 plans.

The report is available on pages 34-38 via this link: Meeting Agenda Package

St. John CES Boundary Review

St. John CES is WCDSB’s fastest growing elementary school. It is one of the largest schools and has one of the smallest sites, at 2.9 acres. The school has a capacity of 502 pupil places and enrolment is currently at 641 students. Enrolment is projected to continue increasing and may reach 886 students by 2024.

A request for capital funding to support enrolment growth at this school has been submitted to the Ministry of Education, but as there is no guarantee our request will be approved and because enrolment continues to grow, planning for September 2020 and beyond is required.

As a result, on October 28, 2019 the Board of Trustees initiated a boundary review involving Holy Rosary CES, Our Lady of Lourdes CES, St. John CES, and St. Nicholas CES, with the purpose of reducing enrolment pressure at St. John.

The preferred option (shown below) focuses on balancing enrolment between all four schools. Specifically, it proposes to:

  • Move sub-areas D and G (110 students) from St. John to Holy Rosary;
  • Move sub-areas E and B (61 students) from St. John to Our Lady of Lourdes; and,
  • Move sub-areas X and Y (140 students) from Our Lady of Lourdes to St. Nicholas.

It is anticipated that the review will be completed no later than April 27, 2019.

The report is available on pages 39-53 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 September 2019 is available on page 57 via this link: Meeting Agenda Package

Student Trustees Report

Student Trustees Meghan Cymbron and Rori Schaefer presented their monthly report on activities in WCDSB’s secondary schools. The report is available on pages 54-56 via this link: Meeting Agenda Package

Upcoming Board Meetings

Committee of the Whole Board Meeting

Monday, November 11, 2019 – Waterloo Region Catholic Education Centre

Regular Public Board Meeting

Monday, November 25, 2019 – Waterloo Region Catholic Education Centre

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

October 30th, 2019|

Build a Dream

On behalf of Build a Dream and Waterloo Catholic District School Board, we invite you to our FREE Build a Dream Young Woman and Parent/Guardian Career Discovery Expo for grades 7-12.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2019
5:30 PM – 9:00 PM (Doors open at 5:00 PM)
BINGEMANS
425 Bingemans Centre Dr, Kitchener

We are thrilled to welcome #DreamMakers from around the community to speak about their career journey’s and successes in a high-powered 30-minute workshop!
We know you will enjoy all that Build a Dream has to offer, including:

* EMPLOYER CAREER FAIR! Meet 50 employers and explore careers in Skilled Trades, STEM,
Emergency Response, and Entrepreneurship.

* Conestoga College’s DREAMZONE! This interactive space is the perfect opportunity to get your
hands dirty, build something and have fun!

* FEMALE MENTORS who will chat one-on-one with you and answer your questions.

* DRESS UP and SMILE at the PHOTOBOOTH!

* Prizes, Swag, Scholarships, a light evening meal, and MORE!

We will be highlighting opportunities in a number of careers to better assist you in making career informed career choices. As a community, we recognize the critical role parents/guardians play in the development and education of their child, which is why we are providing this opportunity for you to come with your daughter and learn more about careers in these growing sectors!

P.S. Space is limited – 3 per household. Register today to secure your tickets to this FREE event!

REGISTER HERE: https://buildadreamkw2019.eventbrite.ca

WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU THERE!
For additional information, please contact: info@webuildadream.com

Build a Dream Expo

October 17th, 2019|