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Spotlight: Board Meeting Highlights April 12, 2016

​​​​The Boardroom Spotlight provides a summary of what took place at each Board meeting. This issue covers the following topics:

  • Re-engagement teachers
  • Social Emotional Learning update
  • Principals, Vice-principals appointed
  • Principals, Vice-principal reassignments and transfers
  • #OCSBcelebrates​
  • Appreciation for the service of Simone Oliver as OCSOA President​
  • Grants for Student Needs and the Budget Process 2016 - 2017​

Re-engagement teachers

Re-engagement presentation

​The Board's Re-engagement teachers, Paul Voisin, Fran Kelly and Gino Bentivoglio, provide support to students who have not graduated, and encouragement for them to continue their studies. The teachers contact each student individually to create a back-to-school program that works. The Re-engagement team meets regularly with the St. Nicholas Adult High School team. Together, the teams track students who were born in 1997 or 1996 and have not received a high school diploma, and develop a plan for success. For more information, please visit pages 5-13 of the board agenda

Social Emotional Learning update

SEL presentation

This year, the Board introduced a Social Emotional Learning (SEL) program in many elementary schools. The goal is to, first, ensure students have an environment conducive to learning. In the inception year of the program, the goal has been to raise awareness about self-regulation so students acquire the skills to put themselves in a calm and alert state to learn.

SEL goals are also reached by working with teachers on reframing behaviour, adult self-regulation, and treating the environment as the "third teacher."

The Board will take 3-5 years to fully implement the SEL program, with a move to all elementary and high schools in the near future. The long-term goal is sustained and well-integrated social and emotional learning being practiced in every school.

For more information, please visit pages 38-52 of the board agenda.

Principals, Vice-principals appointed

The Board has announced the appointment of the following as high school principal:

Deborah Kealey as principal of St. Peter High School.

The Board has announced the appointment of the following as elementary school principals: Tania Gonsalves as principal of Holy Family, and Margarita Ziroldo as principal of St. John Paul II.

The Board has announced the appointment of the following as intermediate/secondary school vice-principals: Philippe Cossette as vice-principal of St. Matthew High School, and Rita Lauricella as vice-principal of St. Peter High School.

The Board has announced the appointment of the following as elementary school vice-principals: Catherine Gasper as vice-principal of St. Martin de Porres, and Julie Kerr as vice-principal of St. Bernard.

All appointments are effective September 6, 2016.

Principals, Vice-principal reassignments and transfers

The Board announced the following reassignment of high school principals: Norma McDonald to Immaculata High School.

The Board announced the reassignment of elementary school principals: Catherine Byrne to Our Lady of Wisdom; Sean Crookshank to St. Brother André; Elizabeth Dean to Monsignor Paul Baxter; Jane Hill to St James; Mary-Ellen MacPhee to St. Jerome; Martine Mitton to St. Clare; Steve McGarrity to St. John the Apostle; Shelley Montgomery* to St. Gabriel; Barry Oliver to St. Monica; Deanna Perry to St. Theresa; Lise Powell to Chapel Hill; and Victoria White to St. Michael (Ottawa). *Shelley Montgomery comes to us from the Renfrew County Catholic District School Board.

The Board announced the reassignment of high school and intermediate vice-principals: Marcy Cooper to St. Francis Xavier; Julie Mathe to St. Joseph; Linda Meulenbroek to St. Francis Xavier; Jeannette Séguin to Notre Dame; John Stewart to Holy Trinity; Alison Strucchelli to St. Paul; and Leisa Villeneuve to Mother Teresa.

The Board announced the reassignment of elementary school vice-principals: Joanne Blackburn to Assumption; Tracey Jemmeson to St. Emily; and Katherine O'Brien to St. Leonard.

All reassignments and transfers are effective September 6, 2016


#OCSBcelebrates presentation

For the second year in a row, the Ottawa Catholic School Board was named one of the Ottawa Region's Top Employers. The good news was shared locally and provincially in the Ottawa Citizen and Board communication channels.Our entire community was invited to participate in an #OCSBcelebrates social media campaign. During this campaign, employees, parents and students were invited to nominate someone in our organization, shining a spotlight on something about the person that inspired them. Over 2,000 nominations were received, doubling last year's entries. See the embedded slide show for entry examples. For more information, please visit pages 53-60 of the board agenda.

Appreciation for the service of Simone Oliver as OCSOA President

Pictured from left to right: Denise Andre, Simone Oliver and Elaine McMahon.

​The Board formally recognized the contribution Superintendent Simone Oliver made during her four years in a leadership role with the Ontario Catholic Supervisory Officers' Association (OCSOA), including President. OCSOA sent a letter of appreciation regarding Mme. Oliver's service and gave a gift of foster paintings depicting the Easter Story by Ovide Bighetty, a Cree artist. The paintings will be displayed in the Assumption School Learning Commons. For more information, please visit pages 61-62 of the board agenda

Grants for Student Needs and the Budget Process 2016 - 2017

On March 24, 2016, the Ministry of Education released details concerning the 2016-2017 Grants for Student Needs (GSN) and "Projected School Board Funding for the 2016-2017 School Year" report. See details on pages 63-69 of the Board agenda. Total projected education funding through the GSN is expected to increase 1.3% province-wide.

The Board of Trustees will be reviewing and discussing sections of the budget on the following dates at their regularly scheduled public meetings:

  • April 26, 2016
  • May 10, 2016
  • May 24, 2016
  • June 14, 2016

Final approval of the 2016-2017 Budget is scheduled for June 14, 2016.


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