October 23, 2019

Briefing - October 22, 2019

​​BRIEFING - HIGHLIGHTS OF THE OCTOBER 22, 2019​

​Special presentations

​The Peel Children's Aid Society presented regarding Child Abuse Prevention Month.

Peel schools celebrate Islamic Heritage Month in October

Throughout the month of October, schools across the Peel District School Board have been participating in a number of Islamic Heritage Month activities that recognize and celebrate the rich heritage, culture and contributions of Muslim Canadians as well as Muslim communities from around the world. Rick Hansen Secondary School in Mississauga set up displays in their atrium and library featuring Islamic calligraphy, posters, books and literature.  

​Students and staff from Malala Yousafzai Public School in Caledon attended the board meeting to share learning opportunities that took place at their school during Islamic Heritage Month, including, daily announcements and a school-wide Malala Day event on Oct. 10. Students shared that their school also screened the documentary 14 and Muslim, followed by a discussion with junior and intermediate classes. On Oct. 9, students participated in a dual-book reading where stories were read in Urdu and Arabic.

Board recognizes Peel Teaching Assistant and Early Childhood Educators' Appreciation day

The board will recognize Peel Teaching Assistant and Early Childhood Educators' Appreciation day on November 7, 2019—a day for staff, parents and students to participate in a variety of activities to express their appreciation for our teaching assistants and early childhood educators.

Delegations

Alexis Dawson, representing the Ontario Alliance of Black School Educators (ONABSE) delegated the board regarding concerns of systemic racism.

Faraz Saleem delegated the board regarding concerns of systemic racism.

Idris Orughu delegated the board regarding concerns of systemic racism.

Peel board approves tentative local agreement with CUPE Local 2544 (facilities, maintenance, AV repair, food services)

Trustees approved the tentative local agreement with CUPE Local 2544 upon ratification by CUPE Local 2544. The Peel board and CUPE Local 2544 reached a tentative agreement on September 24, 2019. CUPE Local 2544 is scheduled to conduct their ratification vote on October 26, 2019.

Graduation Rates 2017-2018

The province has reported that the graduation rate, province wide, for the 2017-2018 increased 1% from 86% to 87%. The Peel District School Board's graduation rate also increased 1% from 88% - 89%. The overall graduation rate is the ratio of the number of students who earned an Ontario Secondary Diploma (OSSD) to the number of students who were in the initial Grade 9 cohort. Specifically, the 2017-2018 Board graduation rate is based on the percentage of students in the 2013-2014 Grade 9 cohort who successful completed all the requirements for the OSSD and graduated from any PDSB secondary school within five years.

The following secondary principal assignment will be effective January 1, 2020:

Anu Arora from principal at Meadowvale Secondary School to Coordinating Principal, Student Success/Learning to 18 in Alternative Programs.

Trustees recognized the contributions and years of service of the following staff who have/are retiring:

George Allain, classroom teacher, will retire October 31, 2019
Barb Anger, transportation assistant, will retire November 30, 2019
Joseph Camilleri, maintenance a worker, will retire December 31, 2019
Sandra Dennis, head custodian, will retire December 31, 2019
Ken Dewar, classroom teacher, will retire October 31, 2019
Karen McFedries, office manager, will retire December 31, 2019
Joy Uniac, Superintendent of Education, will retire December 31, 2019
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