August 26, 2013

Briefing - August 26, 2013

Board congratulates scholarship winners

Trustees congratulated graduating students Stephanie Calhoun, Cawthra Park Secondary School, Lauren Koon, Lorne Park Secondary School, and Allison Ouellette, The Woodlands School, on being selected by the Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW Mississauga) to receive CFUW Mississauga University Entrance Awards in the amount of $2,000 to assist with their university tuition.

CFWU is an organization of women university graduates with both national and international affiliations. The CFUW club members raise and disburse over $11,500 annually for scholarships to promote university education for young women. Calhoun, Koon and Ouellette were identified as future leaders and recognized for their academic achievement and their demonstrated commitment to school activities and to community involvement.

Board congratulates Sheridan Park students on winning 2013 Don Wright Composition Competition

Trustees congratulated Sheridan Park Public School students Daniella Bredin, Dana Murdoch and Amelia Neto on winning first place in the K-5 category for student composers in the Don Wright Composition Competition, which is open to all schools across Canada. As Grade 5 students in Sheridan Park's music
program, Bredin, Murdoch and Neto jointly wrote a piece titled The Sunset Wind. The judges acknowledged that it is very difficult to share the role of composer and congratulated the three Sheridan Park students on their great teamwork. Trustees also thanked the students’ music teachers Jim Carswell and Claire Johnson, who encouraged them and helped them submit their award-winning entry.

Board recognizes adult education trustee award recipients

On June 20, 2013, Peel board Adult Education Trustee Awards were presented to four graduates of the Adult Credit programs. Trustees congratulated recipients Elena Apostu, Samuel Frimpong, Miranda Prager and Sabira Victor.

The daytime and evening Adult Credit program served approximately 4,400 students in 2012-13. The graduating class totalled close to 175 students, and 40 more graduates completed their diploma requirements in the summer program.

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.

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

Maria Amarela, school attendant, retired June 28
Diane Belo, teaching assistant, will retire Aug. 30 
Audrey Bennett, Peel Alternative Schools – outreach officer, will retire Aug. 31 
Peggy Borg, custodian, retired Aug. 19
Phyllis Cardona, office manager, will retire Aug. 30 
Elaine Crawford, office manager, will retire Aug. 31 
Peggy Daniels, office assistant, retired Aug. 26 
Laura Gini-Newman, resource teacher, retired July 31 
Alice Kret, school attendant, will retire Sept. 6 
Hor Lau, teacher, will retire Aug. 31 
Heather Law, head custodian, retired Aug. 9
Gloria Mastrofini, teacher, will retire Aug. 31
Shirley Millar, office manager, retired Aug. 23
Lucindo Pacheco, custodian, will retire Aug. 30
Mary Prus, custodian, retired July 31
Laura Roberts, teaching assistant, will retire Aug. 30
Mike Russell, teacher, retired July 31
Vivian Shortt, office manager, retired Aug. 23
Laurie Swanson, teaching assistant, will retire Aug. 31
Dragica Tomic, school attendant, will retire Sept. 3

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