Committee of the Whole Board Meeting

Monday, September 9, 2019 – Meeting Agenda Package

Public Board Meeting

Monday, September 23, 2019 — Meeting Agenda Package


Inaugural Service Learning for Credit Course

For the past number of years, WCDSB has given high school students the opportunity to have an experience in the global south, specifically in the Dominican Republic. The purpose of the trip is to seed students for service in the context of international and intercultural dialogue. The overall impact for students and staff who have had this experience has been consistently positive. That said, there has never been an opportunity to connect this experience to a credit bearing course experience.

In the 2018-19 school year, St. Benedict CSS and Monsignor Doyle CSS ran the Board’s inaugural three-credit service-learning experience. Students spent the year planning for their trip through local encounters and fundraising activities. In the second semester they began their formal course work which was intended to strengthen their knowledge base about the country they would visit (Kenya) — as well as the various dynamics impacting the specific community which they would visit. Seeing and understanding the interconnection of education to health, water, food and opportunity were critical points of learning. Mapping to a religion, social justice and co-op credit, students were able to experience a transformative learning experience which really does reflect our Board’s mission statement that “we educate and nurture hope in all learners to realize their full potential to transform God’s world.” This first group of students were pioneers in exploring the infinite possibilities that are borne of service learning for credit programs. This coming year Resurrection CSS will participate in the experience.

The full report is available on pages 8-9 via this link: Meeting Agenda Package

Summer Boost Program Report

The goal of Summer Boost is to provide an exciting educational program aimed at improving the numeracy and literacy skills of students through:

  • Having a variety of opportunities for hands on learning from science experiments to trips to the Outdoor Education center and Library;
  • Serving healthy snacks daily and engaging in regular physical activity that emphasizes teamwork, skills and fair play;
  • Engaging in fun literacy/numeracy activities at school and home with family members as part of the Home Numeracy/Literacy Program;
  • Receiving an integrated arts education – as cooperative activities are designed each week to promote creative thinking and expression through music, drama and visual arts;
  • Accessing technology including chromebooks;
  • Making new friends and developing a belief in themselves as learners through the power of perseverance.

In 2018 a total of nine classes, divided equally among three school sites, served 135 students.

The full report is available on pages 12-25 via this link: Meeting Agenda Package

Board Improvement Plan for Student Achievement (BIPSA) Update

The Waterloo Catholic District School Board’s Board Improvement Plan for Student Achievement (BIPSA) sets specific operational direction to ensure that the key components outlined in the WCDSB’s Multi Year Strategic Plan as well as other relevant initiatives and priorities are addressed.

Updated annually and responsive to shifting contexts and needs throughout the year, the BIPSA reflects our system’s continued commitment to improved student achievement and wellbeing. It assures that the board’s mission, “As disciples of Christ, we educate and nurture hope in all learners to realize their full potential to transform God’s world”, is embedded in all we do. It is rooted in the evangelical vision of Catholic education which is beautifully defined in our Ontario Catholic School Graduate Expectations (OCSGEs).

The Board Improvement Plan for Student Achievement provides the framework for each school’s School Improvement Plan for Student Achievement (SIPSA). The SIPSA allows for a more nuanced and focused plan that meets the specific needs of our unique and diverse school communities, each of which has its own metrics and targets that are monitored throughout the year and revised annually.

Key aspects of the 2019-2020 BIPSA are:

  • A call to “Know our learners”; “Respond to their needs”; and “Monitor our progress”
  • A focus on assessment for learning
  • A greater emphasis on leveraging technology to accelerate learning
  • A prioritization of experiential learning opportunities across all Pathways
  • A re-emphasis of Global Competencies that connect and align world-wide instructional priorities and OCSGEs
  • Greater attention to responsive small group instruction in math
  • Fostering math conceptual retention by building connections between math concepts

The 2019-2020 BIPSA takes the form of a two-sided “placemat”. This attention to brevity and clarity is intended to lead to greater engagement by all stakeholders and achievement by our students. The BIPSA can be read or approached in distinct manners and reflects a core focus, namely that we are committed to a) knowing our learners, b) responding to their needs, and c) monitoring their progress.

To view the full plan please see pages 26-30 via this link: Meeting Agenda Package

Enrolment Update


Budget Projection = 16,900

September 9, 2019 = 16,908

September 12, 2018 = 16,271

The year over year change is +637 elementary students. The change over the projected enrolment in the 2019-20 school year budget is +8 elementary students.

Kindergarten enrolment in September 2018 was 3,133. Kindergarten enrolment in September 2019 is 3,322, a year over year increase of 189 students.

The schools experiencing the largest increases in enrolment are:

  • John +87
  • Daniel +54
  • Agnes +54
  • Gabriel +49
  • Anne (K) +46
  • Dominic Savio +35
  • Paul +32


Average Daily Enrolment Budget Projection = 6,775

Average Daily Enrolment 2018-2019 = 6,550

Average Daily Enrolment Projected with September 13, 2019 Full Time Equivalents = 6,800

The Average Daily Enrolment projection will be calculated again after October 31, 2019.

The year over year increase in enrolment in both elementary and secondary is projected to be 887 students.

To view the full report please see pages 27-28 via this link: Meeting Agenda Package

Summer Construction Update

During the 2018-2019 school year, numerous construction projects were undertaken at many schools throughout the Region. All projects were funded by the Ministry of Education and were associated with building renewal, school priorities and capital projects. School renewal projects which capture non-building envelope items such as painting, flooring and millwork, totaled approximately $3.49 million. School condition improvement (SCI) which includes repairs to building components, improving accessibility and energy efficiencies totaled approximately $5.44 million. The majority of the work was carried out during an eight-week period over the summer months.

In addition to the school construction projects, a full renovation to the office spaces as well as mechanical, electrical and HVAC upgrades continue at the CEC. The majority of the renovations will be completed by September 30. The Parish Hall/New Board Room will be completed for November 1, 2019.

To view the full report please see pages 19-23 via this link: Meeting Agenda Package

Changes to HPE/Sex Ed Curriculum

In 2015, the Ontario Ministry of Education introduced an updated Ontario Curriculum, Grades 1-8: Health and Physical Education, with significant revisions to the Human Development and Sexual Health strand. In Catholic schools, the content about human sexuality is not delivered as part of the Health and Physical Education program, but rather is incorporated as one aspect of the Family Life Curriculum. While the majority of content introduced in the 2015 version of the provincial HPE curriculum was already a part of FLE curriculum, additional resources were developed in 2015-2016 to ensure full alignment with the curriculum requirements of the day. Changes recently introduced to the HPE curriculum will continue to be fully addressed through the Family Life Education program in a way that is consistent with Church teachings, and our faith tradition. We teach the curriculum established by the Ministry of Education, and curriculum across all subject areas through the lens of our Catholic faith.

The revised curriculum largely restores the content put in place in 2015, with some further updates, and some modest changes:

  • The 2015 Curriculum had three strands (A: Active Living; B: Movement Competence: Skills, Concepts and Strategies; C: Healthy Living). Additionally, the curriculum identified “Living Skills”, with a note that the skills expectations were addressed across the HPE curriculum and that they should be assessed and evaluated within the other three strands.
  • The 2019 curriculum has 4 strands (A: Social Emotional Learning Skills; B: Active Living; C: Movement Competence: Skills, Concepts and Strategies; D: Healthy Living. “Social Emotional Learning Skills” is introduced as an additional strand, replacing “Living Skills” expectations.
  • The 2019 document includes concussion education from kindergarten through to grade 8 including explicit education on Board concussion protocols.
  • Concentrated focus towards online safety and bullying from kindergarten through to grade 8.
  • Concentrated focus on vaping education from kindergarten through to grade 8.
  • The 2019 curriculum expectations in the Healthy Living strand focuses on five health topics:

✔ Healthy Eating

✔ Personal Safety & Injury Prevention

✔ Substance Use, Addictions & Related Behaviours

✔ Human Development & Sexual Health

✔ Mental Health Literacy (New – 2019)

To view the full report please see pages 24-26 via this link: Meeting Agenda Package

Capital Priorities

The Ministry of Education has requested business case submissions for capital project funding. The submission deadline is September 30, 2019. Board staff will be submitting six capital priorities to the Ministry of Education.

East Kitchener — New 1400 pupil place school (400 Elementary and 1000 Secondary) to alleviate enrolment pressure at St. Mary’s HS, St. Daniel, Saint John Paul II, St. Anne Kitchener, and Canadian Martyrs. Proposed opening: 2022-2023

Huron-Brigadoon — New 564 pupil place school. Proposed opening: 2021-2022

St. John — Addition – 8 classrooms + childcare. Proposed opening: 2021-2022

Southeast Galt — New 350 pupil place school. This is part of a joint partnership with WRDSB and the City of Cambridge. Proposed opening: 2023-2024

St. Agnes — Addition – 8 classrooms + gymnasium + library. Proposed opening: 2020-2021

Rosenberg — New 400 pupil place school + community centre. The City of Kitchener is interested in partnering with WCDSB to construct a community centre along with the school. Proposed opening: 2023-2024

To view the full report please see pages 29-31 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 32 via this link: Meeting Agenda Package

Upcoming Board Meetings

Committee of the Whole Board Meeting

Monday, October 7, 2019

St. Benedict CSS, Cambridge

Regular Public Board Meeting

Monday, October 28, 2019

St. Benedict CSS, Cambridge

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