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WCDSB Board Meeting Bulletin — December, 2018

Meetings

Inaugural Meeting of the Board of Trustees

Highlights

New Board of Trustees, Chair & Vice-Chair

On December 3, 2018 the Board of Trustees of the Waterloo Catholic District School Board 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.

Most recently Vice-Chair of the Board, Trustee Conway succeeds Cambridge / North Dumfries Trustee Wendy Price, who remains as a Trustee.

The Inaugural Board Meeting was preceded by a special Mass, celebrated by the Most Rev. Douglas Crosby, O.M.I, Bishop of Hamilton. The Mass featured a special Commissioning Ceremony of members of the Board of Trustees, who were elected in the October 2018 municipal elections.

As part of the ceremony, the Board warmly welcomed first-time Trustees Kevin Dupuis and Tracey Weiler, both of whom represent Kitchener / Wilmot.

The new Board of Trustees is comprised of the following representatives:

Bill Conway (Cambridge / North Dumfries)

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)

Tracey Weiler (Kitchener / Wilmot) **

Meghan Nemeth and Izabella Tyc are the Student Trustees.

**  =  first elected in 2018 election

At the December 10th Public Board Meeting, newly-elected Board Chair Bill Conway presented his first Chair’s Report. The report is available on page 33 via this link: Meeting Agenda Package

Director of Education’s Annual Report

The Multi-Year Strategic Plan provides the road map for the staff of Waterloo Catholic District School Board and proclaims to the broader community our goals and aspirations. Per Section 283(3) of the Education Act the Director of Education must submit an Annual Report at the first Board meeting of December of each year reporting on the progress of the Board against the stated goals. As was reflected when the June 2018 Report Card brought to board on the Multi-Year Strategic Plan 2015-2018, there has been strong progress against all nine of our strategic directions, within our three priority areas.

The report takes a primarily electronic format this year – which is to say, while there will be a limited number of hard copy versions of the report, the primary design was intended for web presentation, and the hope is that the points of celebration will be seen equally strongly in word and picture.

We are tremendously proud of the accomplishments of our staff and students, and the vibrant connection that exists between home, parish and school.

Please visit https://annual.wcdsb.ca/ to view the report.

New Multi-Year Strategic Plan

The Education Act requires school boards to develop multi-year plans that are 3 years or more in scope. The multi-year plan provides focus and direction to the board to achieve both the Ministry of Education goals but just as importantly, the vision of the board.

The province has clearly identified its aspiration that Ontario’s educators will be supported in learning continuously and will be recognized as among the best in the world.  The Waterloo Catholic District School Board’s Multi-Year Strategic Plan has endeavored to be faithful to these articulated priorities, as well to our Catholic Graduate Expectations and the principles of our Catholic Social Teachings.

The current three-year Multi-Year Strategic Plan (MYSP), approved in December of 2015, concludes at the end of December 2018. In the spring of 2018 a system survey took place to both inform the report card on the current plan and to inform direction for the next iteration of the MYSP.

The new plan continues to be anchored by the role our faith plays in all our experiences in our Catholic schools, our vision for equity and inclusion, the focus areas of graduation rates, numeracy achievement in grade 6 and 9 and secondary literacy achievement, as well as fostering and celebrating our strong culture of innovation.

For a summary of the 2018-2022 MYSP, please see pages 27-32 via this link: Meeting Agenda Package

Equity Action Plan

In Waterloo Region’s Catholic Schools our Equity, Diversity and Learning (EDL) Committee has set a goal of building educator capacity to serve all students and assist in removing identified barriers to success.  In our Catholic context, we employ a lens of liberation theology with a strong emphasis on the social teaching of preferential option for the poor.  Simply stated, this involves empowering students and their families to advocate for change so that they may not just survive but thrive in our school communities.  Additionally, we have committed to supporting our school administrators and educators in understanding and working to remove barriers that exist for students in accessing their learning.

Throughout this school year, we are following the Ontario Education Equity Action Plan’s key priorities in four areas:

  • School and classroom practices
  • Leadership, governance and human resource practices
  • Data collection, integration and reporting
  • Organizational culture change

The report is available on pages 21-24 via this link: Meeting Agenda Package

Upcoming Board Meetings

Committee of the Whole Board Meeting

Monday, January 14, 2018

Regular Public Board Meeting

Monday, January 21, 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

2018-12-11T14:39:36+00:00December 11th, 2018|

Board Meeting Agenda for December 10, 2018

Regular monthly Board and Committee of the Whole Board meetings of the Waterloo Catholic District School Board’s elected Board of Trustees are open to the public, and members of the public are always welcome to attend.

Please CLICK HERE to view the agenda for the December 10, 2018 Regular Public Board Meeting.

Please CLICK HERE to visit the Board of Trustees page on our website.

Please CLICK HERE for the Waterloo Region Catholic Education Centre’s location information.

Meetings generally adhere to the following schedule:

Committee of the Whole
Second Monday of each month at 6:00 p.m.

Regular Board Meeting
Fourth Monday of each month at 6:00 p.m.

Special Education Advisory Committee
First Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m.

Delegations wishing to address a committee or the Board are required to e-mail alice.figueiredo@wcdsb.ca by the Wednesday prior to the meeting. Each delegation will be allowed ten minutes.

2018-12-06T15:30:33+00:00December 6th, 2018|

New Catholic Board of Trustees Elects Chair & Vice Chair

The Board of Trustees of the Waterloo Catholic District School Board has 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 3, 2018 at the Waterloo Region Catholic Education Centre.

Most recently Vice-Chair of the Board, Trustee Conway succeeds Cambridge / North Dumfries Trustee Wendy Price, who remains as a Trustee.

The Inaugural Board Meeting was preceded by a special Mass, celebrated by the Most Rev. Douglas Crosby, O.M.I, Bishop of Hamilton. The Mass featured a special Commissioning Ceremony of members of the Board of Trustees, who were elected in the October 2018 municipal elections.

As part of the ceremony, the Board warmly welcomed first-time Trustees Kevin Dupuis and Tracey Weiler, both of whom represent Kitchener / Wilmot.

The new Board of Trustees is comprised of the following representatives:

Bill Conway (Cambridge / North Dumfries)

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)

Tracey Weiler (Kitchener / Wilmot) **

Meghan Nemeth and Izabella Tyc are the Student Trustees.

**  =  first elected in 2018 election

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

 

 

2018-12-04T10:20:16+00:00December 4th, 2018|

WCDSB Board Meeting Bulletin — November, 2018

Meetings

Committee of the Whole Board

Monday, November 12, 2018 – Meeting Agenda Package

Public Board Meeting

Monday, November 26, 2018 — Meeting Agenda Package

Highlights

Teacher Learning & Leadership Program

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. The program funds proposals from classroom teachers who seek a peer leadership role in curriculum, instructional practice or supporting other teachers.

Goals:

  • 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

There has been no communication to school boards from the Ministry regarding requests for proposals for Teacher Learning and Leadership Program (TLLP) for 2019-2020. While this leaves the future of TLLPs uncertain, the WCDSB will continue to support current TLLPs and search for ways in which these collaborative endeavours align with other initiatives and priorities.

To view the complete report, please see pages 7-11 via this link: Meeting Agenda Package

Pastoral Plan Update

We began our three-year pastoral plan with the theme People of Love in 2015-2016. During the 2016-17 school year our focused theme was on People of Hope. Over this past school year our focus has been People of Faith.

Each year of the current pastoral plan has been animated across the district with the use of an artifact that is used in all our schools to unify our school communities around the common theme. In October of the 2017-18 school year, we used the experience of our annual Spiritual Development Day to launch the third year of our three-year pastoral plan, and to introduce the pilgrimage cross, the artifact selected to animate and amplify our theme throughout all school communities.

As we prepare to conclude our present pastoral plan, we are encouraged by the fact that in our most recent Multi-Year Strategic Plan (MYSP) survey, 87% of survey responders agreed or strongly agreed that school communities were engaged in understanding and living our three-year pastoral plan. Our goal with the soon-to-be-released new Pastoral Plan will be to carry this same momentum forward.

For a complete summary of the 2016-2018 Pastoral Plan, please see pages 12-14 via this link: Meeting Agenda Package

Autism Support Plan

Within the Waterloo Catholic District School Board, there are many support services available for students with a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder. Through a collaborative approach within a school team, 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
  • transitioning from Preschool
  • newly diagnosed
  • covered by an updated assessment result that calls for a review of strategies
  • needing Individual Education Plan (IEP) revisions
  • needing an IEP (e.g. students who may be experiencing challenges with transitions and the classroom environment).

To view the full report, please see pages 53-55 via this link: Meeting Agenda Package

English as a Second Language Update

Trends in the number of newcomer students processed through the Newcomer Reception Centre continue to increase year over year. The vast majority of these students have English as an Additional Language learning needs.

There are more than six hundred students at the WCDSB who are in their first two years in Canada and almost 1,000 students in elementary schools who are in their first four years in Canada. The board currently serves students from 114 different countries who speak a total of 118 different languages.

To view the full report, please see pages 56-59 via this link: Meeting Agenda Package

New Ontario Human Rights Policy

The Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) released its new policy on accessible education for students with disabilities, along with recommendations on how to best meet legal obligations under Ontario’s Human Rights Code.

The policy:

  • recognizes that education is vitally important to a person’s social, academic and economic development
  • reflects a broad definition of disability
  • provides students and families with up-to-date information about their human rights and responsibilities
  • offers practical guidance to education providers to meet their legal duty to accommodate
  • reminds schools of their obligation to maintain accessible, inclusive, discrimination and harassment-free spaces

On November 26, 2018 the Board of Trustees received a detailed report on how the WCDSB plans to address the requirements of this new policy. The report is available on pages 60-63 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 pages 64-65 via this link: Meeting Agenda Package

Upcoming Board Meetings

Inaugural Meeting

Monday, December 3, 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

2018-11-27T10:55:43+00:00November 27th, 2018|

Advanced Placement (AP) Program

The WCDSB is proud to announce that 83 Advanced Placement (AP) exams were written by the board’s students last May in a variety of subject areas. AP is an internationally recognized program that provides highly able students with academic enrichment which prepares them for university and helps them earn university equivalency credits while enrolled in secondary school.

Visit the Advanced Placement website for more information.

2018-11-26T11:41:49+00:00November 26th, 2018|

Commissioning 2018

Wonderful capturing of our School Council Chair and Administrator Commissioning. Grateful to our People of Faith who respond to the call to be joyful disciples! Enjoy…

 

2018-11-19T13:41:08+00:00November 19th, 2018|

Specialist High Skills Major students are learning to improve their soft-skills

Grade 11 & 12 students in the SHSM Program spent a day learning how to effectively communicate, problem solve, and lead through initiative tasks, low and high ropes courses at the outdoor education centre with the YMCA in St. Clements.  See the students in action onsite through a replay of our live stream: https://www.facebook.com/SHSM.WCDSB/

More Information:: The Specialist High Skills Major program is a Ministry Approved, student success initiative which helps to prepare our youth for the next steps after high school through certification and training opportunities, co-op placements and a bundle of credits all within a students intended “Major”. The SHSM program has 13 different majors across the 5 high schools at the Waterloo Catholic District School Board and is a leader in the Province for its impact of student involvement. For more information, please also visit: www.highskills.ca

2018-11-01T11:54:23+00:00November 1st, 2018|
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