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April 19-22, 2019 Easter Break
All OCSB schools are closed on Good Friday, April 19 and Easter Monday, April 22, 2019. School resumes on Tuesday, April 23, 2019. Sync with our calendar. View ocsb.ca/calendar.
Proposed calendar dates for the 2019-2020 school year
The Ottawa Catholic School Board (OCSB) has submitted its proposed calendar dates for the 2019-2020 school year to the Ontario Ministry of Education for approval. The dates cannot be considered until final approval is granted by the Ministry in May 2019. The approved dates will be posted to this webpage. View the dates at ocsb.ca/proposed-calendar.
EDC meeting on March 26
Public Meeting In Consideration of By-Law Adoption: Tuesday, March 26, 2019 at 7:30 pm, OCSB Boardroom
TAKE NOTICE that at the regular meeting of the Board on Tuesday March 26, 2019, the OCSB will hold a public meeting to consider the enactment of a successor Educational Development Charges (EDC) by-law in the City of Ottawa.
Visit ocsb.ca/planning for more detailed information, or if you wish to make a presentation.
Budget Public Input Session on March 26
The Ottawa Catholic School Board (OCSB) invites all interested stakeholders to attend a public input session regarding the OCSB's 2019/2020 Budget. Budget presentations from the public will be heard commencing at 6:45 pm on Tuesday, March 26, 2019 in the Boardroom at the Catholic Education Centre, 570 West Hunt Club Road, Nepean, Ontario, K2G 3R4.Please notify the Director’s Office by phone to 613-224-4455 Ext 2271 at least 24-hours in advance of the meeting if you wish to make a presentation. View the Board’s current 2018/2019 Budget.
Distinguished Catholic Alumni Award nominations
Now accepting nominations for the Distinguished Catholic Alumni Award at the OCSB.
The deadline for nominations is March 31, 2019. The Distinguished Catholic Alumni Award acknowledges an alumnus who has achieved a high level of distinction and recognition in his or her chosen field, while exhibiting positive Catholic values reflecting the characteristics described by the Ontario Catholic Graduate Expectations. The OCSB presents the award annually during a Christian Community Day celebration each October. A $5,000 donation will be made, on behalf of the recipient, to the Catholic school of his/her choice, and a plaque of recognition will be maintained at the OCSB.
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Black History Month highlights from St. Mother Teresa High School
Each February, we celebrate the many contributions of people of African descent to our Canadian culture and traditions. Numerous events have taken place in OCSB schools to honour the legacy of black Canadians past and present.
Students from St. Mother Teresa High School — Leah Daly and Jada Baptiste — spoke to the Board of Trustees about what Black History Month looked like at their school as they celebrated the diversity of Canadian culture featuring music, drama, multi-media, and dance. The school celebrated the successes of those who have struggled for freedom and equity in our community and country.read more
OCSB appoints Cindy Simpson as Zone 10 Trustee
The Board of Trustees for the Ottawa Catholic School Board (OCSB) has appointed Cindy Simpson as the Board Trustee for Zone 10, which encompasses the Rideau-Vanier, Rideau-Rockcliffe, and Somerset wards of Ottawa. Justice of the Peace, Paulina Brecher officiated at the swearing in ceremony in the OCSB Boardroom at the February 12, 2019 Board meeting.
Trustee Simpson served as a Catholic educator for 21 years, Catholic school principal for an additional 13 years, and Executive Director of the Youville Centre. She has participated in numerous community networks and committees such as the United Way Ottawa, the Child and Youth Mental Health Network of Ottawa, and the Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Steering Committee of Ottawa. With a proven career commitment to children and youth, Trustee Simpson is a strong advocate for equitable resources throughout the education system.read more
Immaculata High School hosted its first annual Girls Day Out for Wellness on November 30, 2019. All female students in Grades 7 & 8 were invited to participate in various activities to come together to “Be Community” and “Be Well” physically, mentally and spiritually. Our day of wellness began with senior students and recent graduates sharing their insights about getting involved in the school community in order to thrive at Immaculata. We thank these young ladies for sharing their personal experiences not only about their successes but also their hardships. They taught us that struggles can help us become stronger and more resilient!read more
Sharing inspirational Personalized Learning Centre (PLC) success
In September 2018, a new alternate program was launched in the OCSB. The Personalized Learning Centre (PLC) is comprised of two classrooms situated in the St. Nicholas Adult High School Admiral campus. The Board received an update on the program’s success and vision for the future.
There are currently 30 students enrolled in the program. Both the Grade 9/10 class and Grade 11/12 class benefit from a Teacher and Educational Assistant (EA), along with the resources of a Psychologist and Social Worker. Students enrolled in the unique program have a variety of diagnoses, exceptionalities, substance abuse issues, gaps in learning, or a history of attendance issues. Others are behind in credit accumulation. The curriculum is linked to “real life” and embeds the global competencies within the 22 different course being offered. Students can also benefit from co-operative learning, e-learning, and dual credit programs.read more
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February 26, 2019 News From the Boardroom Summary
The February 26, 2019 blog post covers the following topics:
- Black History Month highlights from St. Mother Teresa High School
- Personalized learning paths at M.F. McHugh Education Centre
- The Third Path: A Relationship-Based Approach to Student Well-Being and Achievement
- Proposed calendar dates for the 2019-2020 school year
- Growing participation in eLearning courses
- Nomination of alternate SEAC member
- Ottawa Student Transportation Authority (OSTA) update
- Review of legal fees by category
- Annual review of Trustee conference expenditure limits
- Lynne Charette of St. Benedict School named one of Canada’s Outstanding Principals