THE HAMILTON-WENTWORTH DISTRICT SCHOOL BOARD Minutes of the Meeting of the Board of The Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board held at the Board Offices, 100 Main Street West, Hamilton, Ontario, on May 27, 2002. Those present: Judith Bishop, Chair Robert Barlow Wes Hicks Eleanor Johnstone Wayne Marston Ray Mulholland Lillian Orban Laura Peddle Ian Thompson Bruce Wallace Reg Woodworth, Vice-Chair Graham Hillgren, Student Trustee In attendance: Merv Matier, Director of Education and Secretary Ken Bain, Superintendent of Education Marguerite Botting, Superintendent of Student Services Nora Campbell, Superintendent of Education Krys Croxall, Superintendent of Education Don Grant, Superintendent of Finance and Treasurer Wayne Joudrie, Superintendent of Education John Laverty, Superintendent of Education Chuck Reid, Superintendent of Education Dev Tyagi, Controller of Plant Services Jim Wibberley, Superintendent of Education The Chair called the meeting to order to 6:36 p.m. and read a poem by Timothy Winters. At this point in the meeting, Trustee Wallace paid tribute to the late Bill Sled, a former teacher, principal and Supervisor of Special Education who was a valued contributor to the heritage of The Board of Education for the City of Hamilton. 2. Public Question Period Nil. 3. Approval of Minutes RESOLUTION #02-85: It was moved by W. Hicks, seconded by W. Marston: That the minutes of the April 22 and May 6, 2002 meetings be approved as distributed. CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY. 4. Business Arising from the Minutes Nil. Regular Board -2- May 27, 2002 5. Approval of Agenda RESOLUTION #02-86: It was moved by W. Marston, seconded by I. Thompson: That the agenda be approved. CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY. Recognition: Outstanding Achievement Awards were presented as follows: ! Delta Secondary School Hockey: The team and coaching staff were honoured for winning the City championship for three consecutive years. ! Barton Cancer Dance-a-Thon: Representatives from Barton School and the community headed by Ron Mauro, School Principal, were presented the award for their efforts in organizing this event since 1985 in support of cancer patients/families and cancer preventative education. ! Dundas District Rap Video: Students Kate Bullock, Rachel Simpson, A. J. Sanges, Bill Valeriote, Anni Stone and teacher Andrea Rado were complimented for their efforts and collaboration in the production of the “Racism. Stop It” video. The video was a winner in a national anti-racism video competition and also made the 10-best list from 342 schools across Canada. 6. Reports from the Library Board Representatives The Chair introduced Glen Whitwell, the Board representative to the Hamilton Public Library Board. Prior to his presentation, G. Whitwell noted Anita Culley, the other representative, was unable to attend the meeting. He then distributed an information package which outlined the public library’s ongoing projects and activities. The report focused on issues around the (a) amalgamation of the Hamilton, Wentworth and Dundas public libraries, particularly budget concerns and cutbacks in library hours and staffing; (b) status of library facilities (Central, Stoney Creek, Locke Street and Picton areas); (c) automation (linking/sharing of information with the schools, bookmobiles in conjunction with school locations/activities); and (d) varied program initiatives for pre-school children, students and teens. J. Bishop remarked our community is quite fortunate to have a vibrant library system. In response to R. Barlow, G. Whitwell referred to efforts toward enhanced linkage/communication between the library and public school systems, particularly in providing easy access to the library cataloguing and automated systems. He affirmed further that the new Saltfleet Library would be able to respond to the needs at Green Acres School. On behalf of the members, the Chair thanked G. Whitwell for his informative presentation. 7. Reports of the Committee of the Whole RESOLUTION #02-87: It was moved by R. Woodworth, seconded by E. Johnstone: That the Reports of the Committee of the Whole dated May 6, 2002 be adopted as follows: DELEGATION 1. French Immersion in Waterdown It was moved by R. Mulholland, seconded by I. Thompson: That the French Immersion in Waterdown delegation be referred to Senior Officials. CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY. Regular Board -3- May 27, 2002 I ACTION ITEMS Program 2. Resolution from Waterloo Region DSB re returning environmental education to the curriculum It was moved by J. Bishop, seconded by R. Barlow: That The Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board write a letter to the Minister of Education in support of the environmental initiatives of the Waterloo Region District School Board. CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY. Human Resources 3. Verbal Report re Four-Man Painting Team It was moved by R. Mulholland, seconded by I. Thompson: That the Board continue utilizing the four-man painting team. CARRIED, 9 in favour, 1 abstention. Relationships 4. Child Care Policy It was moved by J. Bishop, seconded by W. Marston: That a committee will be struck to develop a draft Child Care Policy. CARRIED, 7 in favour, 2 abstentions. 5. Volunteer Policy It was moved by R. Barlow, seconded by J. Bishop: That the Volunteer Policy Development Committee: Status Report and Update be received for information. CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY. II MONITORING ITEMS The following report was presented: Human Resources 6. Staffing Report – Full-Time Equivalent Positions The number of full-time equivalent positions in place for the Board as of April 30, 2002 is consistent with the number anticipated. Responding to L. Orban, K. Croxall advised she will present a report to the June 3rd Committee of the Whole regarding parents who expressed interest on French Immersion in Waterdown. Noting there were 25 names on the list provided by the delegation, she noted some of the names were double counted, 7 are from Mary Hopkins Senior Kindergarten, 2 currently attending a Catholic school, 2 not eligible – bottomline was that only 9 may be interested and this was quite below the required number. At this point in the meeting, It was moved by B. Wallace, seconded by R. Woodworth: That the following lost motion from the May 6, 2002 Report of the Committee of the Whole be moved into the main body of the report to become Clause 2.1: Regular Board -4- May 27, 2002 I ACTION ITEMS Program 2.1 Alternative Education It was moved by E. Johnstone, seconded by B. Wallace: That the Hamilton Alternative Program (An innovative community-based program rich in the arts and global education) be approved as a pilot project for the 2002-2003 school year. The program must not exceed 100 students in its pilot stage. A review of the pilot will be provided to the Board by May 2003. At the May 2003 meeting of the Board, a decision will be made on the continuation of the program as outlined in the ‘Alternative Program Decision- Making Protocol’ of the Board. Recorded vote: LOST. 5 in favour, 5 opposed Those in favour: B. Wallace, E. Johnstone, L. Peddle, R. Woodworth, J. Bishop Those opposed: W. Marston, W. Hicks, L. Orban, R. Barlow, R. Mulholland Abstentions: I. Thompson L. Orban requested this clause be voted on separately and expressed her intent to amend the motion. It was moved in amendment by L. Orban, seconded by R. Woodworth: That the following sentence be inserted after the phrase “2002-2003 school year”: For the pilot year only, home schoolers will be given priority to enrol in the program. Emphasizing she was not disregarding the value of parental volunteers and reading buddies at the school, L. Orban clarified the rationale behind the amendment was that the Board has no policy on pilot projects at this time. W. Hicks did not support the amendment nor the original motion. Recalling the case of Westmount School, he expressed his concern with a perception of giving preference to an exclusive group of children. R. Woodworth felt the amendment would be helpful in the evaluation of the first year of this pilot project. Voicing his opposition to the amendment, R. Barlow concluded this could set a precedent. L. Peddle said she would make a motion to develop evaluation criteria prior to the program start in September. To the amendment, CARRIED, 6 IN FAVOUR, 5 OPPOSED. Recalling his previous concern with the lack of community input, W. Hicks emphasized the importance of vetting this project across the system and the general public for input. He was concerned with raising expectations which could be difficult to address. Responding to I. Thompson, C. Reid said, if this pilot program is approved, the next step would be to get the acceptance and willingness from the school community to have this program. If more than one school expresses an interest, then the criteria will have to be developed. Regular Board -5- May 27, 2002 It was moved by R. Barlow, seconded by W. Marston: That the motion be referred to administration. LOST, 4 IN FAVOUR, 7 OPPOSED. C. Reid clarified for R. Mulholland the intent to run this pilot without accessing any portables and also looking at those schools with excess space. R. Mulholland said he would hope that the portables would be for this pilot and not the school population. B. Wallace remarked that once these students come into the system they are our students and entitled to all the services we provide. In reaction to L. Peddle’s query, C. Reid confirmed the criteria can be developed but he will require the assistance of a group of trustees with this undertaking. He noted the need to act quickly in advertising for this program. E. Johnstone called the question and it was CARRIED. W. Hicks requested a recorded vote. The following motion, as amended, was put to a recorded vote and was CARRIED: Program 2.1 Alternative Education It was moved by L. Orban, seconded by R. Woodworth: That the Hamilton Alternative Program (an innovative community-based program rich in the arts and global education) be approved as a pilot project for the 2002-2003 school year. For the pilot year only, home schoolers will be given priority to enrol in the program. The program must not exceed 100 students in its pilot stage. A review of the pilot will be provided to the Board by May 2003. At the May 2003 meeting of the Board, a decision will be made on the continuation of the program as outlined in the ‘Alternative Program Decision-Making Protocol’ of the Board. 7 IN FAVOUR, 4 OPPOSED. Those in favour: B. Wallace, L. Peddle, L. Orban, J. Bishop, I. Thompson and E. Johnstone. Those opposed : R. Mulholland, R. Barlow, W. Marston and W. Hicks. RESOLUTION #02-88: It was moved by L. Peddle, seconded by L. Orban: That a report regarding Evaluation Criteria for the Hamilton Alternative Program be brought to the June 10, 2002 Committee of the Whole meeting, prior to the school opening in September 2002. Concluding this pilot could provide a learning experience with considerable risks, L. Peddle would like to have reliable information on student achievement for comparative analysis, along with quarterly reviews/updates on this program. B. Wallace suggested the inclusion of financial impact report. To the motion, CARRIED, 8 IN FAVOUR, 1 OPPOSED, 2 ABSTENTIONS. Regular Board -6- May 27, 2002 The remainder of the Report was put to a vote and was CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY. RESOLUTION #02-89: It was moved by R. Woodworth, seconded by E. Johnstone: That the Report of the Committee of the Whole dated May 13, 2002 be adopted as follows: I ACTION ITEMS Program 1. EQAO System Action Plans It was moved by E. Johnstone, seconded by W. Marston: (a) That The Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board approve the Grade 3 and Grade 6 EQAO System Action Plan for Reading, Writing and Mathematics. (b) That The Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board approve the Grade 9 EQAO System Action Plan for Mathematics. CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY. Resource Allocation 2. Co-op Staffing (a) It was moved by R. Mulholland: That the following motion be tabled: It was moved by L. Peddle, seconded by J. Bishop: That the issue of Co-op Staffing be referred to administration and that a report be brought back when appropriate. CARRIED, 5 in favour, 4 opposed, 1 abstention 3. Background Report: Teacher Staffing It was moved by L. Orban, seconded by B. Wallace: That the Background Report: Teacher Staffing be distributed to significant system partners, including the parents. CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY. Relationships 4. Correspondence from Glenwood School re DARTS Transportation It was moved by J. Bishop, seconded by W. Marston: That the Board write to City Council expressing concerns about rescinding DARTS transportation for ambulatory people with disabilities. CARRIED, 8 in favour, 1 abstention II MONITORING ITEMS The following reports were presented: Resource Allocation 5. Enrolment Summary – March 31, 2002 Elementary and secondary enrolment summaries as of March 31, 2002 were included in this report. 6. 2001/2002 Average Class Size Report - Secondary The Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board is in compliance with Ministry secondary average class size requirements in 2001/2002. 7. 2001/2002 Financial Report – March 31, 2002 Budget to actual trends that have been identified to date were outlined in the report. Regular Board -7- May 27, 2002 III INFORMATION ITEMS: The following reports were presented: 8. Presentation on School Accountability Portfolio A brief synopsis of the School Accountability Portfolio draft resource document was attached to the report. 9. Presentation on Executive Council Structure The new structure reflects a re-alignment of leadership to address changing priorities in the education system. CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY. 8. Report of the Special Education Advisory Committee RESOLUTION #02-90: It was moved by E. Johnstone, seconded by W. Marston: That the Report of the Special Education Advisory Committee be adopted as follows: 1. Alternative Diploma It was moved by J. Bishop: That SEAC strongly endorse the concept of District School Board Diploma for Employment and District School Board Graduation Certificate. CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY. 2. Problems with Funding/Special Education Budget It was moved by R. Belch, seconded by R. Peters: SEAC wishes to offer its support to The Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board in their struggle to provide the required services for its students. The funding model for this district has proven to be an outstanding failure. The inappropriate funding benchmarks have resulted in large waiting times for the Identification, Placement and Review Committee (IPRC) process, long waiting lists for assessments, services and placement in a special class, larger self-contained classes, inadequate Educational Assistant (EA) allocations and resource support for students with mild and moderate needs not being addressed. We therefore move, That the Ministry of Education fund The Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board’s salaries and benefits and other expenditure benchmarks to reflect current realities. CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY J. Bishop clarified for L. Peddle that the first recommendation was an expression of SEAC’s support for the proposed Alternative Diploma concept. To the motion, CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY. 9. Appointment of Student Trustee, 2002-2003 The Director presented the report, noting this student had gone through the approved application process. He noted that, upon approval of her appointment, he and the Chair of the Board would meet with her for a brief orientation. Regular Board -8- May 27, 2002 RESOLUTION #02-91: It was moved by L. Orban, seconded by W. Hicks: That Derina Man, a student at Westmount Secondary School, be appointed to the position of Student Trustee for the school year 2002-2003, in accordance with the Student Trustee Policy. CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY. 10. Meeting Schedule – September to December 2002 RESOLUTION #02-92: It was moved by B. Wallace, seconded by R. Woodworth: That the Board approve the following meeting schedule for the months of September, October and December, 2002: September, 2002 •Committee of the Whole – Monday, September 2 (cancelled) Labour Day •Committee of the Whole – Monday, September 9 •Committee of the Whole – Monday, September 23 - new •Board – Monday, September 30 - new October, 2002 •Committee of the Whole – Monday, October 7 •Committee of the Whole – Monday, October 14 (cancelled) Thanksgiving Day •Committee of the Whole – Monday, October 21 (new) •Board – Monday, October 28 December, 2002 •Initial Meeting of the 2003 Board – Monday, December 2 •Committee of the Whole – Monday, December 9 •Committee of the Whole – Monday, December 16 (cancelled for Board meeting) •Board – Monday, December 16 (new) CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY. 11. School Trips RESOLUTION #02-93: It was moved by B. Wallace, seconded by L. Peddle: That the following trip requests be approved: a) Ancaster High School, Grades 9-OAC, Sports/Educational trip to London, England on March 7- 17, 2003; inclusive. b) Ancaster High School, Grades 9-OAC and Adults, Arts/History trip to Italy, France and Monaco on March 7-18, 2003, inclusive. c) Parkside High School, Grades 10-12, Educational trip to France on February 28-March 14, 2003, inclusive. d) Sherwood Secondary School, Grades 11-OAC, Arts/History trip to Spain, Monaco and Italy on March 8-18, 2003, inclusive. e) Westdale Secondary School, Grades 10-OAC, Sports trip to Ohio, U.S.A. on September 5-7, 2002, inclusive. Responding to L. Orban, the Chair advised it would be appropriate to bring her concern regarding cancelled trips due to assessment requirements to the Committee of the Whole. In reply to questions, the following clarifications were provided with respect to the School Trip Policy: ! The School Trip Policy Review Committee, headed by Superintendent Wibberley, is continuing the review process. It is anticipated that the work will be completed at the next meeting of this committee. Regular Board -9- May 27, 2002 ! Although there is no School Council representative on the review committee, the school principals were requested to communicate directly with their respective School Councils on key issues/concerns. To the motion, CARRIED, 9 IN FAVOUR, 2 OPPOSED. 12. Chairs’ Reports The following activities were highlighted from the Ward trustees: ! Sanford School - Cathy Wever Memorial Bed-Race fundraiser The funds ($9000 from the Wever family, $500 from a policy team and the fundraising proceeds) will go towards the Free After-School Programs (a joint effort of Sanford Avenue School, the Police Department and Pinky Lewis Recreation Centre) as well as the computer lab in Pinky Lewis. ! Mayor Wade visited Roxborough Park School Students in Heather Clark’s Junior Communications Class. The self-contained class of ten exceptional children has been studying a unit on municipal government. ! Mountain and Delta Secondary School Students from the Cosmetology and Hairstyling programs recently won 4 gold, 2 silver and 2 bronze medals at the OCTA annual competitions in Toronto ! Sir Winston Churchill and the Golden Horseshoe Orienteering Club hosted an orientation competition in the King’s Forest and Red Hill Creek area. ! Lake Avenue School celebrated its 50th anniversary on May 3rd and 4th. Several Gr. 7 and 8 students worked with teacher Sandra Biljetina to create a commemorative quilt. ! Sir Isaac Brock School, in partnership with Earthangels and Ontario Power Generation, planted 10 trees on the playground. The students celebrated the event by writing poems and songs about their particular type of "tree". ! Glendale School won the midget boys basketball championship over Westdale ! Orientation Competition – King’s Forest and Red Hill Creek area. Adventure Challenge winner: Bantam Boys and Girls and Midget Boys – Elizabeth Bagshaw School ! Barton Secondary School was named by Junior Achievement as one of five finalists for the school participation award presented to the school that has the highest number of participants in the JA Company Program. ! Barton literacy presentation video taped for "discovery channel" - Guest speaker Bruce Pierie was videotaped by Discovery Channel who intends to use part of Bruce's talk as support material in their documentary on the "Development of Boys". ! Barton's Drama production of "Fish out of Water" was a huge success. The play was an original script by Barton's drama teacher Terry Micallef. ! Barton's Art department is proudly displaying works of art at the Hamilton Public Library until the end of the Month. ! Highview students purchased pies and threw them at the principal and staff raising $1,400 for the new textbooks fund ! Congratulations to Sherwood Secondary School staff for obtaining Canadian Hockey Skills Academy Association designation. Physical Education Department Head Ron Teufel credits Phys Ed Teacher Anthony Herrington with initiating the program and the principals for their support of the proposal. ! Burkholder School received a Big Thank you from the VON about the service and volunteer Work that 36 students who provide Meals On Wheels every week. The VON and the Senior citizens commented on the politeness and the enthusiasm of our Burkholder students. This volunteer program is set up and run by Mrs. Julie Warrnier a teacher at Burkholder Middle School. Regular Board -10- May 27, 2002 ! Bradley Coffie one of our Grade 6 students is performing in , The Great Big Theatre Co.'s production of " The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe". The whole school attended the May 2 performance. ! Congratulations to Katie Hui, a Grade 12 student at Westmount Secondary School. Katie is the winner of the Zonta Club’s district award for young women in public affairs. This is the first time in the award’s eight-year history that a Hamilton resident has won the district title, which encompasses a region including New York and Pennsylvania states and parts of Ontario. Each of the winners from the 30 districts will compete for the International title, a prize that includes a trip to Sweden in July. Best wishes to Katie. ! Congratulations to Westmount School (along with Janet Lee School) for their participation in the PULSE page of the Hamilton Spectator. ! Holbrook School was featured on CH Morning Live for Turn Off TV week. Holbrook school has been awarded level 6 “Activ 8” for healthy activity level by the Ontario Physical Health Educators Association(OPHEA), the highest ranking given to a school by OPHEA based on extracurricular activities, healthy snacks and an emphasis on healthy body-healthy mind. ! Orientation Competition – King’s Forest and Red Hill Creek area. Adventure Challenge winners: Midget Girls: R. A. Riddell School Junior and Senior Boys and Girls: Westmount School On Friday, May 17, the high schools across the city competed in the track and field events . . . and the winners are: Girls: Midget Carla Dangelo from Barton – discus and shot put Shayla Gibbs from Waterdown – 80 meter hurdles and the 200 meters Katherine Morlog from Highland – the 400 meters, 800 meters, and 1500 meters Junior Kendra Hummell from Ancaster – 400 meters and 300 meter hurdles Laura Moulton from Westdale – 1500 meters and 3000 meters Tara Mehlenbacher from Parkside – the triple-jump and long jump Leah Mochrie from Hillfield – the discus and high jump Brittnaye Warriner from MacNab – the 100 meters and 200 meters Senior Girls Evelina Kadic from MacDonald – 400 meters and 800 meters Cat Panabaker from Westdale – shot put and steeple chase Boys: Midget Brad Crawford from Barton – 100 meters hurdles and 300 meter hurdles Cory Nicholls-Cave from Barton – the 100 meter and 200 meter Andrew Schmidt from Westmount – the 800 meters and 1500 meters Junior Mike Barnes from Saltfleet – discus and shot put Samir Hasan from MacDonald – the 100 meter and 200 meter Mike Lukas from Ancaster – 300 meter and 400 meter hurdles Dan Wylie from Highland – 800 and 1500 meter Senior Erind Hametaj from MacDonald – the 1500 and 3000 meter ! Saltfleet High School students will be presenting the musical Fame on May 2 and 3. Regular Board -11- May 27, 2002 ! Orchard Park High School’s Hughena Matheson has been awarded a Certificate of Achievement for the 2001-02 Prime Minister's Awards for Teaching Excellence. She will receive a certificate, as will the school and a cash award of $1,000. ! Congratulations to Janet Lee School (along with Westmount School) for their participation in the PULSE page of the Hamilton Spectator. ! Both Saltfleet and Waterdown finished their soccer seasons 8-0, Jennifer McMullen from Saltfleet had a 26-0 record for the season as goalkeeper ! Orchard Park School Girls Rugby Team had two intense games winning against Parkdale School, however being defeated by Beamsville; Laura Robertson and Adam Franklin were Orchard Park’s Athletes of the Week. ! Ancaster High School students held a 30 hour famine in the hopes of raising $10,000 for World Vision . ! Congratulations to the following students nominated for 2001 Ancaster Youth Volunteer: Adriana Brook, Zach Szreszewski, Mike Lukas and Heather Butters, all students from Ancaster High School. ! On May 9 to 17, Ancaster High School presented the musical production of the Wiz. ! Congratulations to the Ancaster High Sport Aerobics team who won gold at OFSSA in gymnastics. April Hewson won silver in floor and bronze in beam competition and a gold meal as a member of Ancaster’s five person sports aerobics team at the OFSAA gymnastics competition at the University of Windsor. All of the nine team members placed in the top 20 of their individual events. Ancaster Coach Lynne Smiley who was instrumental in introducing sports aerobics competition into Ontario high school ranks and the teams placement, will retire at the end of June after a 30 year teaching and coaching career. ! Ancaster High School students in Communications and Technology captured two provincial titles in less then a week The Skills Ontario Competition captured the title for producing the best video in Ontario - students included Claire Szatmari and Steve Szolcsanyi At The Workplace Safety and Insurance Board competition, students captured first place of $1000 and an honourable mention of having a second submission. The winning team consisted of Joel Dembe, Adriaan Smith, and Steve Szolcsanyi Katie Trainor of Ancaster High won the Girls Golf Championship at Kings Forest. ! Rebecca Hammond, a Grade 8 student at Ancaster Senior Public will be starring as Snow White in the production of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, presented by the Harmony Children’s Chorus. ! Approximately 45 Gr. 6 students at Fessenden signed up for a training program to become Peer Mediators. Principal Annette Rhodes notes that Peer Mediators are handling smaller problems during recess and lunch hour before they become bigger problems. ! Grade 4 student held their annual Bake sale for the Children’s Wish Foundationraising $525. In the last six years, Gr 4 classes have raised over $1800. A special plaque will be presented by the Children’s Wish Foundation at an assembly in May. ! 70 students from Dundas Central Public School performed in a play retelling the classic fairytale Hansel and Gretel. Parkside High student Rachel Shupe provided choreography design. ! Dundas District students conducted their annual environmental clean up of nearby ravines. ! Dundas students skipped during their Jump Rope for Heart and raised $9,300 for the Heart and Stroke Foundation. ! Earth Day celebrations include: Dundas School students took part in the Earth Day celebration by staging a play entitled “Environment Earth, What Kids Can Do to Save the Planet”. Regular Board -12- May 27, 2002 Yorkview School’s student council planted a tree to mark both Earth Day and the completion of their schoolyard rejuvenation. Over the past couple of years, the school and student councils have worked together to fundraise for climbers, benches and trees. ! Eva Vertes, Highland Secondary School student won the national science competition winning $8,000 and a full tuition scholarship to the university of Louiseville, Kentucky for her research on Alzheimer's. ! At The Java Fair Café in downtown Dundas, Amy Kellner of Highland Secondary School displayed her art work and the Highland band serenaded the guests and had people juggling to entertain ! Brenda Dufour’s Grade 4 class at Pleasant Valley School reviewed YTV’s latest CD “Party Mix 3, for the Hamilton Spectator and their review was included in the Weekend Kids section. ! Twelve Pleasant Valley students participated in the Brantford Classic 5K race and helped to raise funds for the W. Ross Macdonald School for the Blind in Brantford. ! Parkside High School students participated in an annual literacy festival which exposes students to many different types of writing. Festival presentation included: Hamilton Spectator reporter Wade Hemsworth, the publication of a 150 page anthology of student writing and the one woman play “Spirits of Shakespeare’s Women”, in which several of the playwright’s most famous female characters recite portions of their speeches and then argue why they should be granted a real life beyond the pages of their plays. ! Parkside Secondary students headed into Dundas Driving Park with gloves and garbage bags to get rid of the litter left in the park over the winter ! Congratulations to the Parkside student, Bikramjit Nahal, who was the winner of the Dundas Youth Volunteer of Year Award. ! Andrew Ross a Parkside graduate has been ranked among the best junior golfers in the province and will be going to Arkansas University on a golf scholarship ! Earth Day celebration: ! Greensville School was the recipient of a tree for their front lawn courtesy of the Hydro One forestry department. Each year a school in the area is chosen to plant a tree on Earth Day. In addition, each student is given a sapling to plant at home. On Monday, May 13th Waterdown High School hosted the "Cops for Cancer" fund-raiser. 14 local police officers, 4 teachers, and 12 students all had their heads shaved to raise money for the Cancer Research Foundation. A total of $24,000 was raised. ! For the third year in a row, Waterdown captured a finalist position with the Wendy's Classic Achiever Awards. 11 finalists from 900 nominations from 600 secondary schools attended the gala weekend and luncheon in Toronto this past weekend. Nick Beaver, from Waterdown High School, an exemplary student, athlete, community volunteer was named one of the finalists. $2000 is awarded to each finalist. ! Waterdown’s mock trial team took first place in the Halton Catholic Board Mock Trial Competition. This competition involves a group of student "pretending" to prosecute or defend a fictitious case. Congratulations to the six students and the teacher, coach - Mr. Peter Brent. ! Waterdown High School had two of Canada’s Olympic hopefuls to challenge the schools volleyball teams. The event, which allowed students to miss their fifth period class raised $800 for the athletes. ! Congratulations to Waterdown students Jacqueline Akimoto and Drew Williams who were honoured for their athletic achievements at a recent Flamborough Rotary Sports Celebrity Dinner. Williams plays a variety of sports: soccer, lacrosse, football, and volleyball ! Waterdown’s Amy Charlesbois and Laura Cranna placed second in the junior ladies’ doubles (SOSSA Midget and Junior Badminton Championships in Dunnville). Regular Board -13- May 27, 2002 ! The students at Sheffield Public School held their first annual jump-rope for heart. ! Tom Cowles, teacher at Flamborough Center, has just released an 11-song CD. ! Westdale hosted a successful Sears Regional Drama Festival where David Dayler received the prestigious Michael Spence 30th Anniversary Award from Theatre Ontario.. ! The Westdale History Department and the Westdale History Club organized and hosted a Symposium on the topic of Privatization. Congratulations to Barry Smith, Karen Dick, Gary Pollock, and Richard Moll, and the Westdale History students on their fine work. ! Westdale math students earned outstanding results in the recent round of math contests. In the Canada-wide contests (Pascal, Cayley and Fermat), Westdale received 44 Certificates of Distinction from the University of Waterloo. Westdale placed first in our zone in all three competitions. Special congratulations to Amy Goa who got a perfect score of 100%. She placed first out of 40,000 students in Canada. Illana Ludwin and Shawn Grover placed in the top 1% in Canada. ! Westdale Language students also performed exceedingly well in the recent French contest at the University of Waterloo. Eva Feldman placed second, Emily Wall placed 17th and Bonnie Krenciglowa placed in the top half. Emily won the prize for the district and Westdale placed first among the 70 schools in the competition. ! Aidan Johnson, who graduated from Westdale, has been named a Fulbright Scholar receiving $15,000 US to study in New York ! Colin Flynn from Westdale won one of the fifteen $1,000 prizes at the National Science Competition for his work on artificial intelligence. ! Westdale received confirmation that it has been named the host site for the OFSAA SENIOR BOYS "AAAA" VOLLEYBALL CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT, in November. ! Congratulations to participants in the recent SOSSA midget and junior badminton championships in Dunnville: Chandrahas Satsangi and Yubo Kang of Westdale won the midget men’s doubles title Westdale’s Jess Foster and Dan Deruyter placed second in junior mixed doubles. ! Kellen Barber from Westdale won the golf championship shooting a par72 at Kings Forest, Adam Redbourne and John-Henry Gray tied for second with at 76 ! Ryerson students did very well at the Bay Area Science and Engineering Fair. Sarah McCallum won the silver and McMaster Engineering society award, and Meghan Lawson won bronze and Richard Gorrin and Stephan Mirkovic won honourable mentions. ! Prince Philip students did very well in the City Wide Spelling Bee competition. Andy Wang captured first place, Weiyi Yin second, and Joshua Yeo third place and will go on to the provincial finals. ! Brabant Papers recently ran special “Forever” editions in which a number of board people were honoured for their contribution to the community over the years: Reg Woodworth – retired teacher and school trustee Robert Williamson – retired principal Sonja Varma – student Ancaster High Sue Tkachuk – teacher Ancaster High Betty Kobayashi – teacher Ancaster High Dana Baxter – student Ancaster High Ann Sloat – former Wentworth County Board trustee and Chairman System Programs ! 10 students from our Board will be completing their first level of "in school" apprenticeship training at Mohawk College in June. Regular Board -14- May 27, 2002 ! There are over 30 signed Apprentices in various trades who have been able to start their apprenticeships through the OYAP program. These students are HWDSB students with a head start in their chosen careers. (this year we will have had over 300 students take part in OYAP) ! The HWDSB Cooperative Education Student Theatre Troupe performed at the Hamilton Public Library The play "Trader Crusader" was researched and developed by HWDSB students under the leadership of Theatre Ancaster. The play is designed to encourage students in grades 6-10 to consider the terrific career opportunities available to them in the skilled trades. The troupe is in the midst of a 26 date performance schedule, delivering this message to over 4,000 HWDSB students. Funding for this project has been obtained through the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities and our HWDSB OYAP program. ! Recently the Board hosted a Trades Symposium at LIUNA Gardens in collaboration with the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program, LIUNA, Dufferin Construction, King Paving and Lefarge Construction. Secondary students from across the area were invited to the day-long symposium which focussed on the high career potential in skilled trades. ! The Board organized a two-day workshop partly funded by the Hamilton Training Advisory Board and OYAP and proceeds from Yves Landry Award. More than 100 people from business and two Hamilton school boards were at the seminar. The focus was the number of students that enter the workforce after high school and the stigmas and myths surrounding them not going on to post- secondary education. School-to-work transition programming encourages students and educators to consider school-to-work transition options and to reconsider attitudes about on the job learning. ! Elementary public school students from across the system participated in the annual Science Olympics, held at two locations. Teams of students work in a collaborative environment to solve six science and technology activities including creation and testing of catapults, cars and ramps, pulley system and hot air balloons. ! Ora Markstien spoke to high school students from across the city about her experiences in the Holocaust. She was taken from her home in Hungary to a Jewish ghetto and then on to the camps. 13. O.P.S.B.A. Report Nil. 14. Notice of Motion Nil. 15. CORRESPONDENCE RESOLUTION #02-94: It was moved by R. Woodworth, seconded by I. Thompson: That the Board send a letter to the Ministry of Education supporting the resolution from the Trillium Lakelands District School Board re amending the funding formula. CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY. RESOLUTION #02-95: It was moved by R. Woodworth, seconded by I. Thompson: That the Board send a letter to the Ministry of Education supporting the resolution from the Trillium Lakelands District School Board re amending the funding formula. CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY. RESOLUTION #02-96: It was moved by R. Barlow, seconded by L. Orban: That the correspondence from Windsor-Essex Catholic District School Board re delaying hydro deregulation in Ontario be received and filed. CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY. Regular Board -15- May 27, 2002 RESOLUTION #02-97: It was moved by B. Wallace, seconded by W. Marston: That correspondence from Halton District School Board re review of the funding formula be received and filed. CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY. RESOLUTION #02-98: It was moved by L. Orban, seconded by E. Johnstone: That the letter from G. Kalil and R. RaoPeters re French Immersion in Waterdown be referred to administration for review. CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY. RESOLUTION #02-99: It was moved by L. Orban, seconded by B. Wallace: That the letter from R. Tziougras re 123 Class at Lynden School be referred to administration for review. CARRIED, 9 IN FAVOUR, 2 OPPOSED. RESOLUTION #02-100: It was moved by B. Wallace, seconded by R. Woodworth: That the letter from B. Pupols re her resignation as Chair of SEAC and Representative for the Down Syndrome Association of Hamilton be received for information and a letter of thanks be sent for her contributions. L. Orban noted the concerns about Special Education programming, which B. Pupols outlined in her letter that prompted the decision to transfer her daughter to The Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board. She suggested administration look into this specific area, particularly given her position as Chair of SEAC. To the motion, CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY. RESOLUTION #02-101: It was moved by L. Orban, seconded by B. Wallace: That the concerns regarding Special Education programming outlined in the letter be referred to the officials for review and consideration of areas for improvement. Stating a verbal report will be acceptable, L. Orban would like to know the Separate Board’s programming options for special needs students at the secondary level which our board does not provide and information on the range of placement options. E. Johnstone voiced her concern, particularly as the writer outlined specific concerns about her child. Expressing her opposition to the referral motion, she stressed the Board cannot guarantee providing for every need of its students. B. Wallace saw the need to look into the validity of the allegations and consider ways of addressing the issue. R. Woodworth supported the referral and, noting his long association with B. Pupols, expressed his surprise about her decision. In supporting the motion, L. Peddle remarked the Board is still measuring the needs out there and this task is far from over. She recognized the merits of B. Pupols’ concerns and concluded our board should consider these closely. To the motion, CARRIED, 7 IN FAVOUR, 4 OPPOSED. Regular Board -16- May 27, 2002 RESOLUTION #02-102: It was moved by R. Barlow, seconded by L. Orban: That the correspondence from the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario re Teacher Recertification be referred to administration for review. The Director agreed to provide a verbal update at the next meeting. To the motion, CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY. RESOLUTION #02-103: It was moved by R. Woodworth, seconded by B. Wallace: That the following correspondence be received and filed: (a) Letter of support for “Problems with Funding of the HWDSB” (b) Copy of letter to Minister of Finance from MP B. Phinney re the GST Rebate (c) Copy of letter to Minister of Education from MPP D. Agostino re funding shortfalls CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY. RESOLUTION #02-104: It was moved by B. Wallace, seconded by L. Orban: That the response letter from the Premier of Ontario re Education Funding be received for information and that a copy be sent to the Ontario Public School Boards’ Association. CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY. 16. Distribution OPSBA Fast Reports, dated April 29 and May 6, 2002. 17. Public Questions for clarification A member of the audience asked if there will be a more formal and proactive approach to monitor the number of calls expressing interest for French Immersion in Waterdown. K. Croxall responded she will be pleased to have the list for Mary Hopkins School as well as petition from the parents in the area. Responding to a further question, K. Croxall advised that data collection is facilitated through Claudette Sims, French Immersion Consultant. When R. RaoPeters inquired about a September 2002 implementation of French Immersion for Grade 1 in Waterdown area, J. Bishop noted the issue will be back on the Committee of the Whole agenda in June, suggesting further that she may wish to discuss her concerns with Superintendent Croxall. It was moved by R. Woodworth, seconded by W. Marston: That the committee meet in- camera at 8:45 p.m. CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY. The open session reconvened at 9:05 p.m. Regular Board -17- May 27, 2002 18. In-camera Session Report RESOLUTION #02-105: It was moved by R. Woodworth, seconded by B. Wallace: That the Report of the Board in-camera session be adopted as follows: C.-1 Reports of the In-camera Committee of the Whole 1. Motion as adopted. CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY. The meeting then adjourned at 9:11 p.m.
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