August 23, 2011

Briefing - Aug. 23, 2011

Peel students collaborate on song lyrics for The Voice

Peel District School Board middle school students had the opportunity to work with Jowi Taylor of Six String Nation on lyrics for The Voice. The students worked with Rowi at this year’s Peel Region Heritage Fair. Once written, the lyrics were sent to Mack Edwards, a student at Algonquin College in Ottawa, who composed and recorded music to accompany the lyrics, using Voyageur, the Six String Nation guitar. The Voice was first played on CBC Radio in Yellowknife in June. It is available on Youtube:

Board congratulates scholarship winners

The board congratulated Irina Sambroski, who graduated from Streetsville Secondary School, and Zainab Mahmood, who graduated from Cawthra Park Secondary School, on being selected by the Canadian Federation of University Women (Mississauga) (CFWU) to receive university entrance awards of $2,000 each.

CFWU is made up of female university graduates who raise and distribute more than $11,500 in scholarships annually. Sambroski and Mahmood were identified as future leaders, and were recognized for academic achievement and overall commitment to the school and community.

Peel schools receive Premier's Safe Schools Award

The board congratulated the Safe School Teams at Dunrankin Drive and Edenbrook Hill public schools, and Fletcher’s Meadow Secondary School for receiving the Premier’s Safe Schools Award. The awards were created last year to recognize Safe Schools Teams that have done exceptional and innovative work to create safe and inclusive school environments. Ten schools were selected from across Ontario.

Board approves OPSBA renewal

The board approved the renewal of its membership to the Ontario Public School Boards’ Association (OPSBA). OPSBA represents public district school boards and public school authorities across the province and advocates on behalf of the best interests and needs of the public school system in Ontario. OPSBA is seen as the credible voice of public education in Ontario and is routinely called on by the provincial government for input and advice on legislation and the impact of government policy directions.

Elementary vice-principal assignments and appointments

The board approved the following elementary vice-principal assignments, effective Sept. 1, 2011:

Michele East from vice-principal at Worthington Public School to vice-principal at Great Lakes Public School

Neil Garraway from vice-principal at Great Lakes Public School to vice-principal at Worthington Public School

Darryl Jones from .5 vice-principal at Fernforest Public School and .5 vice-principal at Springdale Public School to vice-principal at Springdale Public School

The board approved the following elementary vice-principal appointments, effective Sept. 1, 2011:

Lisa Evans from Washoe County School District, Reno, Nevada to vice-principal at Fletcher’s Creek Senior Public School

Sabina Freemantle from acting vice-principal at Settler’s Green Public School to vice-principal at Settler’s Green Public School

Patricia Holm from acting vice-principal at Conestoga Public School to vice-principal at Conestoga Public School


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

Zelia Amaral, school attendant, retired Aug. 14
Linda Clark, teaching assistant, retired June 30
Connie Critchley, office assistant, will retire Aug. 29
Nicola DiCesare, custodian, retired Aug. 14
Helen Jefferies, teacher, will retire Aug. 31
Dale MacCormack, teacher, retired June 30
Katharine Patterson, office manager, will retire Oct. 31
Susan Payne, office assistant, retired July 10
Eleonore Reinery, teacher, retired June 30
Ann Smith, office manager retired July 29
Jaime Sousa, head custodian, will retire Sept. 1
Sharon Taylor, teacher, will retire Sept. 30

The next regular meeting of the board of trustees is Sept. 13 at 7:30 p.m.


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