A N N U A L 2001 R E P O R T What’s Inside Director’s Message Holy Angels Learning Centre 1 10 Living Our Values, Vision and Mission Special Education Highlights 3 11 Our Family of Schools Human Resources Update 3 12 Board at a Glance Collaborative Problem Solving 4 13 Business and Finance Report Media Resource Highlights 5 15 Financial Statements Catholic Curriculum Highlights 5 16 2001 System Improvement Plan Information Technology Highlights 7 19 Photo at top: St. Mark School senior kindergarten students show off puppets and books from the Jolly Phonics program. Holding the book is Stacie Cain. Puppeteers are, from left, Connor Nelson, Stephanie Cain, Justin Moore, and Matthew Yeo. NOTE: All right-hand page photo captions on inside back cover. Director’s Message As Director of Education, I am pleased to this, we can more effectively integrate present this annual report, capsulizing the technology into the classroom to improve many activities and achievements in our student achievement and take full school system during the year 2001. advantage of the latest innovations. This is our fourth annual report since the All teachers received the use of laptops in January 1998 inception of the Huron- the fall to help them become comfortable Superior Catholic District School Board. with technology. In the first few months of 2001 was a year where this school system 2002, these laptops may be used by really came of age. We are now a fully individual teachers or used in a pod or amalgamated school board. group, depending on the needs identified by the school team. Later in the year, the And, as an organization, the Huron- laptops will be collected and put in groups Superior Catholic District School Board has of 15 on mobile carts for use by our developed a high level of maturity in its students. short existence. Our Information Technology Committee is The strong foundation we have worked so meeting regularly to help guide this initiative. hard to build with the collaboration of all Given technology’s increased importance stakeholders from the very beginning has in today’s society, it will be vital that our paid huge dividends. Not only have we school system is on top of the latest achieved a collaborative Catholic culture, developments to ensure our students are but our efforts have given us a very positive graduating with the most relevant education image across Ontario, particularly when it and that our classroom educators are well comes to employee relations – an area in positioned to make this happen. which we are looked to as a leader in the province. Another important initiative is our focus on literacy. Special assignment teachers began Our school system has enjoyed many working this past fall directly with 21 successes in its short history. In fact, we classroom educators at the kindergarten have made huge strides from taking those and Grade 1 levels to implement our Early first steps as an infant board to a school Literacy pilot program. system that has developed its own reputation and character. The project is geared to giving classroom teachers additional strategies to help Our newest thrust is to become a leader in children learn how to read with confidence technology education to improve student and achieve the expectations for The achievement. To accomplish this, we have Kindergarten Program and the Ontario launched an exciting new initiative to Curriculum. ensure our students have the tools to be on the cutting edge when they graduate. We believe this early intervention will pay off when it comes to provincial testing in The first stage of this initiative was to invest Grade 3. In launching the pilot project, the a significant amount of money and effort board accessed $47,537 from the province into helping our classroom educators for literacy materials. In addition, another become technology leaders. As a result of $250,000 are being expended. 1 In order to maximize funding for the and consistent determinations, based on classroom, our school system is continually Gospel values. This practice has held us examining ways to make most efficient use in good stead and will continue. of its resources and to better serve For example, our $53.8 million 2001-2002 students. budget was set using the System As a result, one of the changes in the Improvement Plan to establish priorities. coming school year will be to move the The plan, which identifies Catholic Culture, elementary French immersion program in Continuous Quality Improvement and Safe Sault Ste. Marie from its two-campus Schools as key strategies, is founded on format - on Albert and Cathcart streets - to our values, vision and mission. the former St. Thomas school on Gibb We remain in the midst of the greatest time Street. With the move will be a different of change in Ontario’s history. emphasis on programming. During the past year alone, some of the We will continue to evaluate all other areas issues dealt with included co-instructional of our curriculum delivery to ensure our activities, Safe Schools legislation, program is strengthened to allow students provincial testing results, teacher testing, to reach new levels of achievement, the early reading strategy, curriculum including increased province-wide testing development, grants, criminal reference results. checks, teacher supply and demand, As a Catholic school system, our declining enrolment, special education, and curriculum is infused in all areas by Gospel College of Teachers initiatives. values. More change will unfold in the coming We must continue to celebrate our months and, through it all, we know our uniqueness as a Christ-centred, visibly employees can be counted on to guide our Catholic and student-focussed school future leaders to new levels of achievement system devoted to the spiritual, intellectual, by delivering an enriching program in a safe social, physical, and emotional and loving environment. development of students. The trustees and administration of the This board’s hallmark is putting kids first. Huron-Superior Catholic District School Our success has been built on the efforts Board look forward to working with of people across the school system. A everyone in the school system in the continued commitment from all coming year to ensure we continue stakeholders will ensure this focus is Making A Difference. maintained. Our administration and board make decisions based on our values, vision and mission statements, which guide us to fair Dr. Cecile Somme, Director of Education Photo at top: St. Bernadette School students look spooktacular in their Halloween costumes. Front row, from left, are Mark Higgs, Phaedra Young, Colton Read, Morgan Parr, Sean Nicholls. From left, at back, are Sarah Pszeniczny, Kassy Woodcock, Carmen and Gaetano Coccimiglio. Living our Values, Our Mission Vision and Mission The Huron-Superior Catholic District The Huron-Superior Catholic District School School Board provides our students with trustees and senior management continue quality education by promoting Gospel to use values, vision and mission statements, Values and enriching experiences in a safe as well as a governance model adopted in and loving environment that will encourage 1998, to guide them in all deliberations. each student to grow to his/her potential - Following these ensures decisions are spiritually, intellectually, physically, consistent, just and reflect Gospel values. emotionally and morally. Our Values We believe in the sanctity of all human life Our Family of Schools and embrace the richness of our multi- Elementary Schools cultural heritage. Holy Family We believe in a system that is Christ- Our Lady of Fatima (Chapleau) centred and student-focussed. Our Lady of Fatima (Elliot Lake) Our Lady of Lourdes We believe in the need, individually and Our Lady of Lourdes (Elliot Lake) collectively, to live Catholic values such as Sacred Heart (Espanola) fairness, social justice, integrity, courage, St. Ann respect, dignity for each individual and St. Basil’s (White River) compassion, throughout the entire St. Bernadette system. St. Francis We believe in a learning organization that St. Hubert challenges all students, staff, parents and St. John trustees to achieve their potential in all St. Joseph (Wawa) aspects of their lives. St. Mark St. Mary (Massey) We believe in partnerships that involve our St. Mary’s (Blind River) shareholders in positively shaping our St. Mary’s French Immersion community. St. Patrick We believe in quality, excellence, and St. Paul accountability and WE COMMIT TO St. Pius X FOLLOWING ALL OF OUR BELIEFS AS St. Theresa EXPRESSED. Sister Mary Clare Our Vision Secondary Schools Mount St. Joseph College Our schools will be “Magical Places” that St. Basil Secondary instill Faith, Hope, Love, Optimism, and St. Mary’s College Determination - where all will actively be involved in learning in an exciting, enriching environment that is Christ-centred, visibly Adult & Continuing Education Catholic and student-focussed. Holy Angels Learning Centre 3 Huron-Superior Catholic International languages 125 District School Literacy program 49 Board At A Glance Preschool program 341 Ontario Youth Apprenticeship 48 Number of schools 26 Full-time employees 533 Elementary 22 Part-time employees 213 Secondary 3 Casual 232 Adult education 1 Total 978 Enrolment (October 2001) 2001-2002 Budget $53.8 million Elementary 5,439 Trustees 10 Secondary 2,182 (including native representative) 2001 graduates 355 Our board has student representatives Ontario scholars 91 from our three secondary schools and observer status for the Huron-Superior Co-op enrolment 238 Catholic Teachers’ Association, the Huron- Adult education 679 Superior Catholic Principals’ Council, the Night school 458 Canadian Union of Public Employees, and Summer school 261 a regional school council representative. Grade 8 summer program 106 Photo at top: The St. Mary’s French Immersion Sharks boys’ softball team have their game faces on! The team, composed of players from grades 5-8, was coached by vice-principal Donna Carricato and her husband, Robert. Inset Photo: From left to right: St. Paul educational assistant Michelle Weir, left, and noon-hour aide Bojana Amadio chat while monitoring a busy bus line. Business & Finance Report 2000-2001 Continuation of Balanced Financial Statements Budgets The 2000/2001 Financial Statements were The Huron-Superior Catholic District the third prepared under the New Funding School Board continued to enjoy the Model. It was also the third and final year benefits of sound fiscal management in of the phase-in period outlined by the 2000/2001, with financial results that met Ministry of Education. or exceeded Ministry of Education requirements. Expenditure in 2000/2001 was based on the Board’s System Improvement Plan, One-Time Capital Projects which incorporated our values, vision and In 1999/2000, the Board decided to invest mission. These are used to help set almost $2 million of its reserves on one- priorities within the funding model. time capital projects to benefit the students of the system. While most of this Priorities identified were: expenditure was incurred in 1999/2000, 1. Catholic Curriculum the balance – $654,393 – was expended 2. Safe Schools in 2000/2001 to complete these projects. 3. Accountability Surplus Accommodation 4. Staff Development The Board continued to be successful in 5. Partnerships disposing of surplus accommodation and Particular emphasis was placed on literacy, consolidating to make the most efficient use information technology, and meeting of the Board’s capital resources. Of the 12 student needs. properties previously deemed surplus, 11 For 2000/2001, the Huron-Superior have been sold and one is leased. Catholic District School Board ended the Accommodation Review and year by transferring $654,393 from the Planning Board’s reserve accounts to fund the The Board continues to plan the most balance of one-time capital projects appropriate accommodation to meet the commenced in 1999/2000. system’s program needs. As a result, in EXPENDITURE 2000/2001, the Board approved the relocation of the Sault Ste. Marie Classroom $31,396,290 Elementary French Immersion Program Academic from its present twin-campus arrangement Non-Classroom 7,886,884 to the former St. Thomas School, effective Administration 2,077,433 September, 2002. Transportation 3,378,583 Pupil Accommodation 8,173,505 Other Non-Operating 131,700 $53,044,395 5 FINANCED BY REVENUE REVENUE Provincial Grants $35,993,437 Local Taxation 13,719,935 Tuition Fees 2,038,888 Recoveries from Other Boards 351,035 Transfer from Reserves 654,393 Other 286,707 $53,044,395 EXPENDITURES The charts to the right show revenue and expenditures in percentage form. Photo at top: Students from Vannessa Jaunzarin’s Grade 1 at Sacred Heart School in Espanola proudly display their hand-painted nativity scene. At back, from left, are, Chance Trudeau, Brooke Antonio, Jadyn Bousquet, and Jerrika Rydall. In front are: Stephanie Gour, Marissa Glofcheskie, Anthony Sadowski, and Carly Germain. Inset Photo: Grade 1 student Aiden Nauss embraces technology at Our Lady of Lourdes French Immersion School in Elliot Lake. He is using the computer to participate in reading comprehension exercises. 2001 System Our Catholicity: Improvement Plan • Faith Development • Retreats The System Improvement Plan, which • Support for Northern Ontario Catholic incorporates our values, vision and Curriculum Co-operative (NOCCC) mission, was used to help set priorities • Religious Education and Family Life texts within the funding model for the 2000- • Support of the National 2001 school year. Evangelization Team (NET) Priorities Identified Were: • Catholic Curriculum Co-ordinators • Catholic Curriculum in-service and 1) Catholic Curriculum implementation 2) Safe Schools • Liaison with deanery 3) Accountability • Staff in-service on NOCCC 4) Staff Development documents (update on content, skills, 5) Partnerships methodologies, evaluation strategies) • Opportunities for personal and For the 2001-2002 school year, the professional development (growth) priorities are Catholic Culture, • Implementation of the Ontario Continuous Quality Improvement and Curriculum ensuring congruence with Safe Schools. Our System Improve- Catholic values, vision and mission ment Plan can be evaluated in light of statements the Director’s three goals: • Participation in Jubilee events, World Youth Day 1. To promote a visibly Catholic Our Students: school system that is Christ- centred and student-focussed. • Support for the social/emotional needs of students 2. To lead with vision, • Purchase of effective learning compassion, and courage. materials, including computer software 3. To encourage a collaborative • Classroom Tutor Program culture that recognizes each • Ontario Youth Apprenticeship person and community. Program • Professional Development GOAL #1 – To promote a visibly opportunities to help improve student Catholic school system that is achievement Christ-centred and student- • Support for Secondary School focussed Reform • Enhanced Special Education Service Visible Signs (evidence) Delivery Model Continued focus on kids • An improved information technology service model Recognition of Board for • New direction in technology ‘exceptional’ relations with its education employees and other school system partners. Accountability • Continual monitoring of system Development/implementation/ improvement and school monitoring of a budget to support improvement plans our focus on: 7 • Continued involvement of schools in GOAL #2 – To lead with vision, decision-making compassion, and courage • Continued use of performance appraisals for growth for all Visible Signs (evidence) employees focuss on our vision in all decision- • Monitoring of Provincial Assessment making (e.g., students, budget, human results/establishment of action plans and monitoring of these relations) • Efficient use of resources reporting to Children’s Aid Society • Streamlined administration staff (CAS), re: child abuse allegations • ‘Flattened’ organization, less bureaucracy numerous ‘difficult’ issues resolved • Responding to concerns quickly successfully receipt of letters/calls from numerous “We appreciate you including us stakeholders (teachers, OECTA, as an integral partner in CPCO, Ministry, Trustees’ education.” – CUPE Plant Association, etc.) acknowledging this Executive harmonious relationships with stake- Safe Schools holders • Safe learning and working environments “The accomplishments of the • Workplace inspections Huron-Superior Catholic • Continued monitoring all Board policies District School Board are dealing with safety extraordinary.”– Eileen • Implementation of Bill 81 (Safe Schools Forestell, Act) former executive director of Staff Development Building An Extraordinary • Orientation sessions for new teachers, Community new trustees • Strong in-service support for all staff GOAL #3 – To encourage a Partnerships collaborative culture that recognizes • Consultation each person and community • Strengthening church and school partnerships system-wide Visible Signs (evidence) • Nurturing school partnerships (elementary, secondary, post-secondary) Meetings by various stakeholders • Strengthening the Board’s image in the (e.g., CUPE, OECTA, CPCO, parents, community school councils) Photo at top: Melissa Valente’s Grade 1 class at St. Francis School listen intently as Ontario Liberal leader Dalton McGuinty reads during a visit in November 2001. Occasional Teachers’ agreement (3yrs.) system that is Christ-centred and student- focussed; Non-Union ‘Terms and Conditions’ (3yrs.) Collective agreement with CUPE plant (3yrs.) 2. Lead with vision, compassion, and courage; and Approximately 60 school visits (most with the 3. Encourage a collaborative culture that former OECTA President) recognizes each person and community. Continued observer status at Board Meetings We have carried the process from four Catholic for OECTA, CUPE, CPCO and the regional school boards to one fully functioning Catholic school council representative school district very successfully. The Education Development, implementation, and Improvement Commission review team stated monitoring of a strong Communications Plan in its report to the Minister of Education: - Various communications’ vehicles, such as “The Huron-Superior Catholic newsletters, website, emails, teleconfer- District School Board has been encing, and personal visits have helped to doing an exceptional job. In develop a ‘system’ identity particular, it has established a Partnerships, i.e., school and church, strong sense of its Catholic strengthened mission, which influences all areas of its work.” Pride, personal commitment and Paul Ménard, District Manager, Mid-Northern responsibility evident (by encouraging trust) Regional Office states that our last annual New partnerships fostered, i.e., multi-agency report, “reflects increasing focus on the coalition presenting Risk Watch Program classroom, in addition to the board’s Increased communication among all school strengthening partnership with its teachers. councils and between the Board and councils I am also impressed with the extremely positive relations that your board has developed with Enhancement of collaborative approach in all of its employee groups. The sound fiscal the delivery of programs & services for planning of your board should also be special needs students commended.” “Through the perspective of my We have used the EIC report as a benchmark most recent role as Education and built on this strong foundation through a Officer for the Ministry of Education, commitment to Continuous Quality Improve- I have witnessed an example of leadership within the Huron-Superior ment and Making a Difference, our board’s Catholic District School Board slogan. that is unparalled in terms of the We will succeed in moving our board forward positive relations with all by keeping our vision at the forefront: education partners.” – Tom Steele, Education Officer Our schools will be “magical places” that instill faith, hope, love, optimism, and determination – where all will be actively involved in learning Summary in an exciting, enriching environment that is In summary, we continue to: Christ-centred, visibly Catholic, and student- 1. Promote a visibly Catholic school focussed. 9 Holy Angels Learning Centre The Holy Angels Learning Centre opened In the new Co-op/OYAP office, the focus is on September 4, 2001 at 102 Wellington on experiential learning, through the co-op, Street East, under the direction of Principal apprenticeship, and school-to-work Gloria Yeo. The Centre relocated from the programs. Sacred Heart site, which was closed in Daily co-op responsibilities include June. monitoring students in their placements, The Learning Centre houses continuing finding spots for new students, and and alternative education programs, the arranging interviews with employers. The Literacy and Basic Skills program, the head government’s newly mandated reforms for office for Co-op Education and Ontario co-op programs were implemented, Youth Apprenticeship (OYAP), and a including updating all forms and paperwork, daycare. It is also home to night and conducting placement assessments, and summer school programming. designing personalized learning plans for students. The Centre provides an alternative setting for adults and teens to gain secondary There are about 120 students in the co-op school credits in English, math, science, program. Expansion is planned for the social sciences and business/computers. school-to-work program, which allows An average of 175 students are enrolled in students who are not planning on attending the education program, with continuous post-secondary school to take additional intake. co-op placements, preparing them for the career they wish to pursue. Literacy and Basic Skills is a literacy and numeracy program offered for those There are 45 students in the OYAP students who don’t yet have the academic program, including 26 second year achievement levels to begin credit courses. students, of which 14 are registered. The Centre’s computer lab is being New initiatives in the OYAP program upgraded with the installation of 20 new include the creation of an Employer Pentium II computers, and five iBooks are Association Partnership with six major on loan through the Board initiative for use employers, formation of a joint steering by students. Provincial networking with the committee with the Algoma District School Continuing Education School Board Board, ongoing promotion of the OYAP Administrators is ongoing. program to the Board, teachers, Photo at top: Students at Our Lady of Fatima School in Chapleau joined peers across the nation in catching Harry Potter fever last fall. Students in the grade 5/6 and 7/8 classes travelled to Timmins to watch the popular movie. Here, students display one of the many Hogwarts castles they created. community and parents, and exploration • Six schools are participating in the of alternative delivery of Apprenticeship Learning Disabilities Association of curriculum. Ontario’s Promoting Early Intervention Automotive mechanics, including marine Initiative during the current school year. and heavy diesel, and computer • The Women’s Directorate approved programming are the two most popular funding to continue the School Based trades students pursue for appren- Services Project on Preventing Family ticeships. Violence. In the coming year, school staff want to • The board’s new Special Education advance in the capabilities the centre can Advisory Committee has been very offer in the technology area. One active in fulfilling its mandate. possibility is developing a virtual learning • The Special Education Plan was program where students can complete rewritten to be in compliance with the courses via the Internet. Ministry of Education’s new standards Another priority is to improve the literacy for these plans. level of 16-20-year-old students. • The board supplemented its speech- language services by contracting the services of a Communicative Disorders Special Education Highlights Assistant to work under the supervision • The Independent Living Skills Program of a Speech-Language Pathologist. completed its first year of operation at • The board is contracting for St. Basil Secondary School. psychological services during the • The process of implementing the present school year. Ministry of Education’s standards for • Staff are involved in the 2001-2002 Individual Education Plans(IEPs) was Intensive Support Amount (ISA) initiated. Comprehensive Review conducted by • The IEP Engine, a computer program the Ministry of Education. The purpose to facilitate the development of IEPs, of the review is to make special was purchased by the board, and is education funding process more stable, being gradually implemented at the more responsive to need, and less of elementary school level at this time. an administrative burden. • A number of staff participated in the • A number of special education teachers Ministry of Education’s review of and support staff have participated in programs for students with different professional development workshops on exceptionalities. The purpose of the such topics as the Associative Method reviews is to identify best practices of Reading, the IEP Engine, Special provincially, and then use these best Education Funding, Attention Deficit practices to develop standards for each Hyperactivity Disorder, Missing area of exceptionality. Protector Strategy, Counselling 11 Students at Risk, Reading Skills for courses in the area of Special Deaf/Hard of Hearing Students, Education, and Special Education Picture Exchange Communication funding. System, Safe Schools, Auditory Technology, and the 45th Annual Human Resources Update Provincial Council for Exceptional The Human Resources Department is Children Conference. committed to providing quality service • Various workshops were presented at to its employees. In an effort to maintain the school staff level by Special a high level of service, practices and Education Department Staff on the procedures are continuously reviewed development of IEPs and and amended in order to ensure this programming for children with occurs. Attention Deficit Disorders and other Regular labour management meetings behavioural issues. with employee groups, as well as • Input was provided by Special information sessions as required, have Education Department staff to the occurred. Ministry of Education with respect to Training and development for staff assessment, the “borderline” student, continues to be a high priority. the quality of Additional Qualifications Photo at top: Mount St. Joseph girls’ basketball team members clown around for a “Royal” photo opportunity. Clockwise from bottom left corner are: Coach Toni Lukenda, Justine Rogers, Melissa Braido, Ashley Garside, Kerri Ostroski, Julia Colizza, Lauren Catania, Melissa Diaz, Sarah Malleau, Krista Morrow, Kim LeClair, and Alicia Broncheski. Board-Teacher Problem- “Thank God, we work with a Board where we can express our Solving Approach concerns knowing that they will Continues be heard, where we can try to make our daily work lives better, Weekly discussions continued during knowing that our Board will help 2001 between Cecile Somme, Director us accomplish this, if at all of Education, and the president of the possible.” – Ernie Millward, Huron Superior Catholic Teachers’ president of the Huron Superior Association. Following his election to Catholic Teachers’ Association. the presidency in May, Ernie Millward succeeded Art Callegari in these Here are some of the topics dealt with in discussions. discussions between the Director of Education and the teachers: Dozens of issues and concerns were discussed and dealt with swiftly and • Harmonization effectively, reducing the potential for • Wellness negative situations to develop. • Harassment allegations • Health and safety concerns The board and teachers work in this • Acting administrators collaborative manner in an effort to • Secondary school reform ensure this school system is a positive • Secondary school workload issue place to work and learn – and in doing • Liability so, the focus is on putting kids first. • Co-instructional activities Although there will be differing beliefs • Report cards from time to time in these sessions, • Increased social/emotional behavioural meetings are conducted in an open and concerns honest manner with a commitment to • Children’s Aid Society find solutions. • Issues related to the collective agreement For example, an agreement was • Relationship issues reached on the workload at the • Personnel issues secondary level. • Re-Certification of Teachers In addition to the ongoing discussion between This ability to develop solutions, even the Education Director and the teachers’ on contentious issues, has led to a association president, meetings were held generally positive morale among with all teaching staffs throughout the school teachers, thereby ensuring the system. classroom environment is most conducive to learning. Students can As well, the board and the local OECTA unit focus on their studies and school lives were partners in presenting the Faith and not be disrupted by discord Development Day and Pub Night, held a joint between their teachers and the board. retreat in November, co-operated on the collection of funds following the Sept. 11 tragedy, and on the Employee Assistance Program. 13 Board, CPCO Enjoy Strong Partnership consensus building so we can be The Huron-Superior Catholic Principals’ paddling in the same direction, reflecting Council meets four to six times per year the focus on the school system’s values, and invites the director or a member of vision and mission statements.” senior administration to discuss issues Some of the key areas of collaboration and share information, with the aim of over the past year have included focusing on enhancing student information technology in-service, safe performance. schools and the increased role of school The CPCO represents principals and councils. vice-principals within the board. “We are the key link bridging students, “This is a collaborative effort to provide parents and senior administration,” Folgo the best possible Catholic education to notes. our students,” says Folgo Della Vedova, The CPCO is also a partner in board local CPCO president during the 2000- events and celebrations, such as pub 2001 school year. nights, and assisted in the collection of “We and the board recognize the donations following the Sept. 11 terrorist importance of collaboration and attacks. Photo at top: Grade 2 students at St. Patrick School show bingo is fun for all ages. Here, students in Joyce Keleher’s Grade 2 class participate in a game put on by the school’s student council as a fundraiser. From left are, Janine Davies, Lenllie Smith, Jordan Tomasone, and Samantha-Jo Schryer. Photo Inset: St. John School students (l-r) Jason Genua, Ryan Dube, and Buddy Jones prepare for a school mass. Collaboration Focus of Board, CUPE Relations Meetings with the co-ordinator of personnel A three-year agreement negotiated between services are respectful and comfortable, the Board and its caretakers and plant staff, Susan says. represented by Canadian Union of Public The enhanced level of communication has Employees Local 4148, symbolizes the high reduced the number of grievances over the level of collaboration that has been reached past few years and there has also been in recent years. increased invitation for CUPE to participate The pact was ratified after just 1.5 days of in board community events, she notes. contract talks last summer. CUPE has also partnered in board events, “That was unbelievable,” says Lucio such as the Faith Development Day and Pub Secondi, vice president of the unit. “It was Night. the first time there has been a three-year agreement.” The board and CUPE have forged a strong Media Resource Centre communication link, with the Director of Highlights Education and union representatives The Media Resource Centre’s electronic meeting regularly to share information. data management and reservations system As a result of open communications, “Medianet” was upgraded. With ease of concerns are dealt with head on to reach a searches and on-the-spot confirmation, staff resolution, with even grievances not moving can access over 16,000 learning materials past the labour-management meetings, on-line, 24 hours a day, seven days a week Lucio notes. from home or school. “Medianet” is accessible via the Media Resource Centre’s “There is a feeling that the Director listens website at: http://media.hscdsb.on.ca and takes issues into consideration,” he says. “We appreciate the open-door policy.” The Resource Centre’s website was also updated and highlights many new The Clerical and Educational Assistants educational resources and links for group, also represented by Local 4148, were teachers, staff and students. to begin contract meetings with the board early in 2002. The Resource Centre staff assisted teachers with their on-line registration to the Susan Metzger, negotiating committee chair, Educational Network of Ontario (E.N.O.), says she is encouraged by the new level of and provided computer set-up configuration communications and partnership that has instructions for the new iBooks, PC or MAC. emerged in recent years. This free Internet service is available to all “We fervently hope this is built upon and staff who work in Ontario education. continued,” she says. The Media Resource Centre strives to She says the emphasis in discussions with provide excellent service to staff of the the board is on “what is best for students as Huron-Superior Catholic District School well as what is fair and just for our Clerical Board. and Educational Assistant members.” 15 Catholic Curriculum Department Highlights in the administration and marking of the • Literacy Committee consisting of Science and Math exemplars to be principals, support staff, and classroom used in the Ministry Exemplar teachers was established documents • Curriculum Information session • An Education Improvement Com- provided to the parents of the mission (EIC) planning session was Batchewana Band held for principals and coordinators • Grade 5 and 6 teachers attended a • Classroom teachers took part in Growth and Development Workshop Curriculum Planner Workshops facilitated by the Algoma Health Unit • Grade 3, Grade 6 and Resource • Care for Kids training was provided to teachers new to the administration of the teachers new to the Primary the Education Quality and Account- Division ability Office (EQAO) were trained • The Board Contact and Grade 1-8 • Various staff members took part in an teacher participants received training Effective Schools Task Force Photo at top: The St. Basil’s White River girls’ volleyball team display their medals after winning gold in a Manitouwadge tournament. Front, from left , are: Larisse McWatch, Ashley Colbey, Heather Parise, Shanna Simpson, Natalie Godin, and Jessica McWatch. Back, from left, are: Coach Dianna Francoeur, Amanda Morgan, Jennifer Charbonneau, Sarah Story, Kristine Godin, Jessie Mura, and Heather Moore. Photo Inset: Phillip Thomspon, a Family Support Worker with the Michipicoten First Nation, demonstrates the many artifacts of the Native culture to students in the grade 6-7 class at St. Joseph School in Wawa. The school held a Native Appreciation Week in May 2001. • Bob Tuck presented Mathematics Early Reading Strategy sponsored by Literacy Workshops to primary and the Ministry of Education junior grade and occasional teachers • EQAO information session was held for • Dr. Elizabeth Thorn conducted a Literacy Grade 3 and Grade 6 teachers new to Course with primary teachers beginning the administration of the EQAO in April and May and continuing into a province-wide tests four day Summer Institute in August • The Eastern Ontario Catholic Curriculum • Various staff members were in-serviced, Cooperative (sponsored by NOCCC) in- and then as the Safe Schools serviced teachers from each division on Implementation Team they provided the Arts Curriculum documents used in input into the Safe Schools Policy our schools • Various staff members provided input • All teachers participated in a variety of regarding Curriculum and Computers workshops aimed at their division on the from Apple and IBM October 26 Professional Development • An IT Visioning session was conducted Day (eg., Early Literacy, Curriculum for various staff members Planner, Choices Into Action, Rubric Builder) • An Early Literacy Team was established to support K-Grade 1 students and their • Several teachers attended the teachers in the classroom Checkmark Assessment conference in North Bay • Students participated in the Algoma Fall Festival, the Grade 5 swim program, • The Early Reading Strategy Resource Rome’s Healthy Eating classes for Initiative funding which allows all schools Grades 7 & 8 and Rome’s musical to purchase early reading resources and presentations. manipulatives from a Ministry approved list for Grades JK - 3 has been secured. • Staff celebrated Faith Day with Sister Claire Fitzgerald • Information sessions on Target Setting using EQAO and contextual data were • True Colors workshops were presented held for all principals to secondary and elementary students upon request • Nancy Leonard presented a full day workshop addressing “Literacy and • A series of IEP information in-services Classroom Strategies” for Grade 6, 7 was conducted and 8 teachers • Principals, Teachers, and Vanguard • Training sessions for administrators of teachers participated in on-going iBook EQAO’s Grade 10 Reading and Writing training from September to December Test and the Grade 9 Mathematics • The Huron-Superior Catholic District Assessment occurred School Board sent representatives to the 17 • Facilitators provided training for Grades Program and the Prior Learning 9 to 11 Report Cards and created a bank Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) of comments for Grade 11 subjects • Grade 11 subject-specific meetings in • Grade 9 teachers networked with Sudbury attended by 15 teachers trainers for Grade 9 Exemplars in each • Coordinated ordering of new Grade 11 subject for which the M.E.T. created a textbooks for ten new courses guideline • In-service for seven Secondary teachers • Facilitators and Student Services on Live Safe! Work Smart Resources for combined to develop high schools’ health and safety in the classroom guidance plan • Science North Workshops for Grade 10 • Curriculum Planner in-service by M.E.T. Science Teachers were provided to Facilitators and selected Secondary teachers • In-service on Rubric Builder software program for all secondary teachers • Ontario Student Counselors Association workshops in Sudbury for Facilitators • Three Secondary teachers participated and Student Services on the Career in 5 day Exemplar task project. Samples Studies course, the Teacher Advisor to be used by M.E.T. Photo at top: Alberta Floyd’s Grade 1-2 at St. Mary’s School in Massey prepare to construct ice sculptures. From left, are, Kenzi McNally, Sophie Foster, Cindy Budge, and Kayla Contant. Inset Photo: Students and staff from St. Basil Secondary School’s Independent Living Program enjoyed an outing at Camp Korah, the board’s outdoor recreation centre on the northwest edge of Sault Ste. Marie. From left are teacher Heidi Zagordo, student Cindy Novello, teacher Mary Kay Golesic, Frances Houle, and Jennifer DiLabio. Information Technology Highlights The Wireless WAN (Wide Area Network) the system and has become integrated into was completed to the eastern district School Improvement Plans, in alignment schools; a partnership with Algoma District with our Board’s System Improvement Services Board was established to share Plan. An IT Steering Committee was the wireless backbone in the eastern established in August and met regularly district. through the fall to steer the iBook project Helen Collins worked with staffs and and implementation of the IT Vision/ schools to keep websites current and to Strategic Plan. inservice students and teachers on An extensive process of consultation took application software such as Corel place during the summer in order to Presentation, Power Point, School Vista, upgrade the WAN (Wide Area Network) in Claris Homepage, Launch-pro, software on the city and district and to strengthen and bookshelves, as well as the use of web improve the network infrastructure. The search engines and email. Helen Collins network was upgraded to a layer three assisted schools, such as St. Patrick, in the status with a routed configuration. PUC/ acquisition of grants from the Grassroots ONTEL was contracted to upgrade key Initiative. parts of the network to fiber optic lines. As New purchasing methods and inventory well, maintenance and upgrades to the procedures were established with the use wireless components of the city and district of asset tracking software. Existing and networks occurred. These improvements new equipment has been bar coded and have virtually eliminated network traffic the software provides fast, error free data problems, resulting in high-speed, reliable, collection and information retrieval. network operation. Meetings occurred with curriculum co- Schools in Chapleau and White River will ordinators, consultants, and facilitators to have network connections enhanced discuss software needs in the schools, through the use of satellite technology. It particularly with the installation of Ministry is anticipated that this phase will be licenced software (OESS). Updated completed by February 2002. software images were installed in the The IT Department meets weekly to schools through September and October. troubleshoot, to refocus on efficient service A process for the development of an delivery to the schools, to implement the updated IT Vision/Strategic Plan began in network upgrades and software install- May 2001. Presentations by vendors such ations, and to support the extensive as IBM and Apple Canada set the stage teacher in-service which occurred during for the convening of a group of over 35 the fall. Their commitment and hard work educators, administrators, trustees, and have contributed to the reliability of the technical support personnel in early June network and to the prompt response to the to develop the IT Vision/Strategic Plan. The needs in the schools. Feedback from the plan was shared with all stakeholders in stakeholders has been positive. 19 A major initiative in 2001 was the iBook The iBooks will remain with teachers Project. iBooks are wireless laptop through to June 2002 and will be used in a computers manufactured by Apple variety of ways with students to explore Canada. The premise behind the project effective integration of technology in the is that mobile carts of iBooks can be moved classroom. Staff training will be ongoing into classrooms and be wirelessly from January to June 2002. The IT Vision/ connected to the network and Internet. Strategic Plan for September 2002 calls for each school to have one mobile lab of A major objective of this project is to use iBooks, CD burners, airport base stations, this technology to enrich teaching and a wireless printer, and a lockable storage learning, and to ultimately support student cabinet. achievement. Four hundred and fifty iBooks have been purchased and have been There was a continuation of upgrading distributed to all teachers in the Board as classroom personal computers (PCs), part of extensive teacher training. school printers, and scanners. As well, each school purchased digital cameras to Trainers from Apple Canada, in conjunction be used with the iBooks and PCs. with Board Curriculum and IT staff, provided initial iBook in-service through Planning and consulting for upgrading a September and October. As well, two new interactive Huron-Superior Catholic teachers from each school (Vanguard District School Board website occurred, Teachers) along with their principals, with the website launch scheduled for early participated in workshops and project 2002. planning sessions in mid-November. Photo at top: Our Lady of Fatima, Elliot Lake Junior Kindergarten teacher Connie Dumont teaches children that prayer is a gift and that God always has time to listen. From left, at back are, Charlie Flintoff, Alina Yli-Juuti and Sheldon Shaw. In front are Paul Phelan, Ashley Riopel and David Moorhouse. Inset Photo: St. Pius X student Brandon Syms was thrilled to get an autograph from Soo Greyhound forward Brent Theobold during a visit to the school last season. Page 1 Photo: Dr. Cecile Somme, Director of Education Page 3 Photo: Staff at Sister Mary Clare School decided to enhance the entrance of the school by increasing the Catholicity image. Teachers Lisa Coccimiglio, Marianna DeAmoriam and vice-principal Gail Biocchi-Rebek took charge of the project. Page 5 Photo: Melanie Schmidt and Danielle White, Grade 4 students at Holy Family School, sort canned foods for Christmas Cheer. Page 7 Photo: St. Basil Secondary School students Laura Caria and Jessica Paciocco ham it up at a Grade 9 orientation session. Page 9 Photo: St. Hubert School’s ‘Making the World a Better Place’ team responded to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks by raising funds for the victims. Monies raised from the creatively painted rocks decorated by the students were donated to charity. At back, from left, are student support worker Anna Riseng, and students Marlys Corbiere, Stephanie Seguin, Melissa Charron, Jacqueline Desa, Chantel Curtis, and Sheena Coghill. In front are, Clay Tessier, Greg Corbiere and Sara Williams-Jones. Page 11 Photo: Holy Angels Learning Centre graduate Terry Gauthier discusses a novel with English teacher Joe Charters. The centre relocated from the Sacred Heart School site in September 2001 under the direction of principal Gloria Yeo. Page 13 Photo: Developing a greater love for literacy and celebrating writing skills has been a focus for students and staff at Our Lady of Lourdes School in Sault Ste. Marie. Shown here is one of several cross- age partnerships where students were paired with older peers. Here, Mario Rocchetta, a student from St. Basil Secondary, is sharing a book he published with Ryan Dagenais. The buddy system has been one strategy at the school to fuel a love of reading. Page 15 Photo: St. Mary’s College Yearbook Photos above: Committee members take a break for a photo opportunity of their own. From left, at back, are Student Representatives Jeannie Becker, Christina DuBois and Desiree Our student representatives are, clockwise, from left, Lindsay LaFleur Scornaienchi. In front is Catherine Bloye. (St. Mary’s College), Stephanie McMillan (Mount St. Joseph College) and Luciann Guzzo (St. Basil Secondary). Page 17 Photo: St. Theresa School student Marnie Belair imagines herself as a firefighter, in a visit to the Our Leadership Team No. 1 Fire Station in Sault Ste. Marie. Firefighter Mark Front row, from left, are Superintendent Maria Esposito, trustee Laurie McLean gives her a tour of a fire truck. Aceti, Dr. Cecile Somme, Director of Education, Tim Holmes, Superintendent of Business, and trustee Sandra Turco. Back row, from Page 19 Photo: Good behaviour earned St. Mary’s left, are trustee Marchy Bruni, System Administrator Art Callegari, School in Blind River Grade 2 student Veronica Superintendent John Stadnyk, trustee John Caputo, trustee Donald Morningstar, left, and Grade 6 counterpart Morgan Sunstrum, Board Chair Regis O’Connor, Vice-chair Gerald Beerkens, Dunbar a lunch at McDonald’s with principal Agnes trustee Lindsay Liske, and trustee Terry Sheehan. Missing from photo: Cudmore. The school has draws twice yearly of Native Representative Conrad Bobiwash. names of students who have not had a negative referral to the office. Six students, two from each level, Partners In Education have their name drawn. Board Chair Regis O’Connor, seated, and Vice-chair Gerald Beerkens, far right, are shown with representatives of our education partners. Back Cover Photo: Brianna Mann and Jordan Pistor From left, at back, are Ernie Millward, president of the Huron Superior (left to right at front), and parent Lucy Day had a great Catholic Teachers’ Association, Tony Gallagher, regional School time during a St. Ann School junior-senior Council representative, and Toni Nanne-Little, president of the Huron- kindergarten sleigh ride. Superior Catholic Principals’ Council. 90 Ontario Avenue Sault Ste. Marie, ON P6B 6G7 Phone: (705) 945-5400 Toll Free: 1-800-267-0754 www.hscdsb.on.ca The 2001 Annual Report The Director’s Annual Report is a requirement of the Ontario Education Act. The report is to be submitted early in the year following the period it covers. Additional copies of the report are available by calling the Director’s Office at (705) 945-5600 or 1-800-267-0754. 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