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300 students thrive during Summer Learning Program

Ben Vallati, Continuing and Community Education

Jeannie Armstrong, Principal of the Summer Learning Program, and Kathy McCord, Learning Partner, Student Success Elementary, reported on the Summer Learning Program 2018 and the excellent learning that happened over the summer. Over 300 students at six sites participated in the Math Camp across the city, including lessons in robotics, coding, and experiential learning. View the presentation. View the video.

OCSB students outperform provincial averages on all EQAO tests

Mary Donaghy, Superintendent of Student Success, Elementary
Debbie Frendo, Superintendent of Student Success, Intermediate/Secondary

OCSB students continue to surpass provincial scores on the annual Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) standardized tests. The standardized tests were conducted in the school year 2017-2018 in Grades 3, 6, 9, & 10 and assess reading, writing & mathematics. Our Board results have been consistently higher than the province in all of the assessments for the last five years that provincial results have been available. Our educators continue to work diligently to ensure literacy and numeracy are system-wide priorities. View the presentation. Read more at

“With a focus on each child, our students are provided opportunities to deepen their literacy and numeracy skills in supportive and innovative learning communities.”

Denise Andre

Director of Education, OCSB

Staff workshops provided by the OCSB Summer Institute

Stephen McCabe, Superintendent of Leading & Learning

Summer Institute 2018 is the eighth year that summer learning opportunities for staff have been offered during the month of August. This past August, 40 workshops were led by OCSB staff members who designed professional development sessions based on their own learning and experience. Over 1.000 staff members participated in the program this past summer. View the presentation. 

School start-up classroom sizes

Cindy Owens, Superintendent of Human Resources

Over the summer, we have many new registrations and many students change schools. It normally takes two weeks into September before actual class sizes have settled and at that time we can look at schools that may require additional staffing to address compliance. In order to be fiscally responsible we also must look at schools that have had significant decreases over the summer that may result in a teacher being declared surplus. Surplus teachers are moved in September into schools where they can be used to address compliance issues. The following is an outline of the provincial class size regulations for the 2018-2019 school year:

Kindergarten*** ……………………. 26 (average class size)*
Primary classes (Grade 1,2,3) ..  20 **
Combined grade 3/4 ……………..  23
Junior classes (Grade 4,5,6)…..  24.5 (average class size)
Grade 7&8 …………………………… 24.5 (average class size)
Grades 9-12 ………………………….22 (average class size)

* At least 90% of kindergarten classes must have 29 students or fewer.
** At least 90% of primary classes must have 20 students or fewer.
*** Early Childhood Educators are assigned to Kindergarten classes above 15 students

News from the Boardroom Summary (September 25, 2018)

This blog post covers the following topics:

  • 300 students thrive during Summer Learning Program
  • OCSB students outperform provincial averages on all EQAO tests
  • Staff workshops provided by the OCSB Summer Institute
  • School start-up classroom sizes
  • Bank borrowing by-law approval
  • Drawdown of accumulated surplus
  • Financial statements and legal fees

Briefs from the Boardroom


Bank borrowing by-law approval

A report was presentation and approved to authorize, by way of a bank borrowing by-law, the borrowing of up to 60 million dollars through the 2018-2019 fiscal year.


Drawdown of accumulated surplus

The Board approved the carry over of the unexpended portion of the approved 2017-2018 $3.0 million drawdown of accumulated surplus, as at August 31, 2018, to the 2018-2019 fiscal year. The presentation highlighted how those monies were invested in our schools. View the presentation. 


Financial statements and legal fees

The Board approved the financial statements for he 10 months ended June 30, 2018, and reviewed the summary of legal fees (by category) incurred for the period September 1, 2017 to Auugust 31, 2018.

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