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Black History Month highlights from St. Mother Teresa High School

Shelley Montgomery, Superintendent of Leading and Learning

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 — Jada Baptiste and Dana Amegaste — 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.

“Black history is more than suffering. It is about love, power, beauty, and equality. Black history is Canadian history.” 

Dana Amegaste

OCSB Grade 12 student, St. Mother Teresa High School

Personalized learning paths at M.F. McHugh Education Centre 

Manon Séguin, Superintendent of Special Education and Student Services

As the lead Board, the OCSB manages the M.F. McHugh Education Centre and its Care, Treatment, Custody and Correction Programs at 19 sites in collaboration with many community agencies and partners. Principal Nicola Benton and Superintendent Manon Séguin outlined the Centre’s education plan which focuses on social and emotional learning (SEL) with a personalized learning path for each student. Programs include the city’s most complex and fragile students; those already in medical treatment programs, custody units, hospital situations, and residential/day programs.

“On behalf of the Board, we congratulate the McHugh administration for serving our most vulnerable students with a positive and ‘whatever works, we do it’ attitude.”

Cindy Simpson

Trustee, OCSB

The Third Path: A Relationship-Based Approach to Student Well-Being and Achievement

Manon Séguin, Superintendent of Special Education and Student Services

Dr. Elizabeth Paquette, Mental Health Lead, presented an overview of The Third Path: A Relationship-Based Approach to Student Well-Being and Achievement. The Third Path integrates well-being and academics by shifting the classroom focus from tasks to relationships. The OCSB currently has many elements of this third path in place to ensure well-being and achievement for students.

System initiatives continue and include: collaborative inquiry with 11 elementary schools, staff presentations, book clubs, and supporting school teams in planning their roll out of Third Path initiatives.

“The Big Ideas: Well-being and academic achievement should not be done separately. Teaching, in any subject area, can be taught in a way that promotes well-being. Well-being can be embedded in everything that schools do.”

Dr. David Trantor, Lori Carson, and Tom Boland

The Third Path

Proposed calendar dates for the 2019-2020 school year

Denise Andre, Director of Education

The Board approved the proposed school calendar dates for the 2019-2020 school year. The dates will not be considered final until approved by the Ministry of Education sometime in May 2019. The calendar lists professional activity days, holidays, exam periods, as well as instructional days.

The development of the calendar is the result of deliberations by the Executive Committee, in consultation with the superintendent responsible for the school year calendar at our co-terminus board, the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board (OCDSB). The Ottawa Student Transportation Authority (OSTA) is kept apprised of our process. Input on the proposal was received from the school year calendar committee, comprised of representatives from the Catholic School Parents’ Association, the Parent Involvement Committee, the Catholic Principals’ Council–Ottawa, represented union groups and non-affiliated groups, as well as the Board’s student trustees.

Growing participation in eLearning courses

Debbie Frendo, Superintendent of Student Success, Intermediate/Secondary

OCSB students have had the opportunity to take their courses through a broad-based e-learning program since September 2013. The number of students accessing e-learning has continued to grow each year, providing flexibility in scheduling and a greater variety of courses and pathways available to our students.

  • OCSB students are enrolled in 70 unique e-learning courses across all pathways
  • each school has support for e-learning courses
  • every OCSB high school has at least one educator teaching an e-learning course
  • success rate in e-courses are 94-99%

News from the Boardroom Summary

This 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
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Briefs from the Boardroom

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Nomination of alternate SEAC member

Manon Séguin, Superintendent of Special Education and Student Services

The Board approved Carlos Probst as the alternate representative for the Down Syndrome Association on the OCSB’s Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC).

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Ottawa Student Transportation Authority (OSTA) update

Lisa Schimmens, Superintendent of Finance and Administration

The Board received an update regarding the Ottawa Student Transportation Authority’s (OSTA) progress towards its goals and objectives.

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Review of legal fees by category

Lisa Schimmens, Superintendent of Finance and Administration

The Board reviewed the summary of legal fees (by category) incurred for the period September 1, 2018 to January 31, 2019.

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Annual review of Trustee conference expenditure limits

Lisa Schimmens, Superintendent of Finance and Administration

The Board reviewed the Trustee conference and expenditure limits to seek approval of the proposed annual budget amounts for the upcoming 2019/2020 fiscal year.

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Lynne Charette of St. Benedict School named one of Canada’s Outstanding Principals

The Learning Partnership has recognized our very own, Lynne Charette, Principal of St. Benedict School, as one of Canada’s Outstanding Principals for 2019. Lynne is among 30 exceptional Canadian educators who are being celebrated by The Learning Partnership for demonstrating innovation, having an entrepreneurial spirit and for employing creativity in finding solutions and opportunities.


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