BRIEFING - HIGHLIGHTS OF THE JANUARY 27, 2015
MEETING OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Board congratulates recipients of Premier’s Award for Safe and Accepting Schools
Trustees congratulated Agnes Taylor Public School, Erindale Secondary School and Stanley Mills Public School for being recipients of the 2013-2014 Premier’s Award for Safe and Accepting Schools. The Premier’s Award recognizes up to 11 Safe Schools teams across Ontario that have demonstrated initiative, creativity and leadership in promoting a safe and inclusive school climate.
Peel board sends letter to Minister Sandals to share concerns regarding recent parent survey addressing the Health and Physical Education (HPE) curriculum
Chair Janet McDougald sent a letter to the Honourable Liz Sandals on Jan. 27, 2015 to share concerns raised by parent communities and school councils regarding the recent parent survey addressing the Human Development and Sexual Health Component of the elementary HPE curriculum.
“As the HPE curriculum has not been revised since 1998, the Peel District School Board strongly supports the need for an updated curriculum, and appreciates parents being consulted on these changes,” said McDougald in the letter. “We recognize and appreciate the Ministry of Education’s commitment to open and wide-reaching consultation processes, particularly with parent groups. In the spirit of collaboration, we suggest, in the future, a longer, more comprehensive, more inclusive and transparent consultation process with parents.”
For a full copy of the letter, see section 6.2 of the January 27, 2015 board agenda.
Board approves Policy #84 – Concussion Prevention and Intervention
Trustees approved Policy #84 – Concussion Prevention and Intervention. The aim of the policy is to promote student health and safety and to foster healthy and safe environments in which students can learn. It is expected that this will be the joint responsibility of parents, students, school staff and the community. The concussion guidelines provide the operational procedures for implementing the policy and will be reviewed on a regular basis as new information becomes available.
In March of 2014, PPM 158 was issued by the Ministry of Education directing all school boards in Ontario to develop and maintain a policy on concussion by January 30, 2015.
Board expands and rebrands program for international students
Peel Associate Director Scott Moreash provided trustees with an update on the board’s program for international students. The program at Clarkson Secondary School, entitled The Peel Academy for International Students, is highly successful and is gaining an excellent reputation in the international student community, particularly in Southeast Asia. The current student population is approximately 175 students, with each semester seeing increased enrolment. By September 2015, it is expected to top 200 students.
As the program continues to expand, Applewood Heights Secondary School will begin, in September 2015, to accept higher numbers of international visa students at their site. Given that the board’s international program for international visa students will now be provided at multiple locations, the program will be rebranded to Peel Schools for International Students.
The following elementary vice-principal appointment will be effective March 2, 2015:
Julia Amyotte from teacher at Walnut Grove Public School to vice-principal at Queen Street Public School
The following elementary vice-principal appointments will be effective March 23, 2015:
Ian Clark from .5 acting vice-principal and .5 teacher at Ingleborough Public School to vice-principal at Ingleborough Public School
Anna Taormina from Elmbank Junior Middle Academy, Toronto District School Board to vice-principal at Gordon Graydon Senior Public School
Margo Reid from Rivercrest Junior School, Toronto District School Board to vice-principal at Sir Winston Churchill Public School
Vida Gardener from Westmount Junior School, Toronto District School Board to vice-principal at Cherrytree Public School
The following elementary principal assignments will be effective March 23, 2015:
Annesia Khan from principal at Dolphin Senior Public School to principal at Birchbank Public School
Philip Wilson from principal at McBride Avenue Public School to principal at Dolphin Senior Public School
Michael Odd from principal at Allan Drive Middle School to principal at Belfountain Public School
Lee Partridge from principal at Shaw Public School to principal at McBride Avenue Public School
The following elementary principal appointments will be effective March 23, 2015:
Sara Damaso from vice-principal at Ingleborough Public School to principal at Ridgeview Public School
Felicia Hiscock from vice-principal at Sir Winston Churchill Public School to principal at Allan Drive Middle School
Sally Ann Gibson from vice-principal at Cherrytree Public School to principal at Shaw Public School
Trustees recognized the contributions and years of service of the following staff who have/are retiring:
Kendra Blair Gillmoure, teacher, will retire Feb. 28
Kevin Dobson, teacher, will retire Feb. 28
Raymond Donatelli, teacher, will retire June 30
Barbara Fraser, teacher, will retire Feb. 28
Roger Gallant, teacher, will retire Apr. 30
Dianne Gray, resource teacher, will retire June 30
Michael Mardus, teacher, will retire June 30
Angel Polinario, custodian, will retire Feb.27
Heather Richardson-Mowat, office assistant, will retire Feb.27
Craig Turner, teacher, will retire June 30
Marion Vincent, teacher, will retire Jan.31
Gail Whyte, teacher, will retire Feb. 28