Committee of the Whole Board Meeting

Monday, October 7, 2019 – Meeting Agenda Package

Public Board Meeting

Monday, October 28, 2019 — Meeting Agenda Package


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


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.


  • 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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