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Immaculata High wins provincial video contest

Debbie Frendo, Superintendent of Student Success, Intermediate/Secondary

Each year, the Ontario Catholic School Trustees’ Association (OCSTA) invites students in the province’s Catholic schools to submit short-videos for their annual contest. The 2018 short-video contest theme was “Community Builders”. This year, Immaculata High School won the OCSTA provincial student contest in the secondary school category. Their video focuses on how the NBE3U course (English: Contemporary Aboriginal Voices) at their school builds community with Indigenous peoples. Students and staff involved in the project shared their experiences with the Board at the March 26, 2019 Board meeting.

Supporting experiential learning opportunities

Debbie Frendo, Superintendent of Student Success, Intermediate/Secondary

Experiential learning opportunities allow students to learn by doing, to reflect on and extract meaning from the experience, and to apply what has been learned. The Board received an outline of the many experiential learning opportunities available to students at the OCSB and the importance of community partnerships and their impact the programs.

“Community-connected experiential learning builds on research that indicates that students are more engaged, more motivated to learn, and more successful when they can connect what they are learning to situations they care about in their community and in the world. Research has also found that experiential learning that takes place in the community contributes to the development of 21st century competencies.”

Community Connected Experiential Learning Draft Policy Document, 2016

Deep Learning implementation update (#ocsbDL)

Thomas D’Amico, Associate Director of Education

The Board received an update on the progress of our Deep Learning (DL) framework implementation. Well into year five, the framework allows the OCSB to carry out our education mission in a way that engages students and makes them future ready. OCSB remains part of the global cluster and is recognized by Dr. Michael Fullan in his latest book, Nuance. Educators from the OCSB are featured at conferences and Deep Learning cluster meetings in Moncton and New Zealand as well as many other countries and events.

“Education must embrace a culture of innovation that will engage our students in critical thinking so they will be equipped to solve complex problems.”

Pope Francis

Review of suspension and expulsion data

Debbie Frendo, Superintendent of Student Success, Intermediate/Secondary

The Board’s 2016-17 and 2017-18 suspension and expulsion data was presented to the Board. The data is collected across our school board each year and is presented: by incident; by numbers of suspensions; by how many students are involved; by location; and by incident type. Modest changes in number of incidents mirror enrolment increases. Next steps include professional development for staff, strategies around progressive discipline, and assessment of school climate/mitigating factors.

Public input for the 2019-2020 budget

Lisa Schimmens, Superintendent of Finance and Administration

The Board is preparing its budget for the 2019-2020 school year. The budget is developed with input from our stakeholders including the Catholic School Council Parents’ Association (CSPA), the Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC), employee groups, and the Student Senate.

The OCSB invited all interested stakeholders to attend a public input session for the budget prior to the Board meeting. The Board of Trustees will be reviewing and discussing sections of the budget on the following dates at regularly scheduled public Board meetings: April 23; May 14; May 21; and June 11. Final approval of the budget is scheduled for June 11, 2019. Content of these meetings may be delayed or revised due to the late release of the Ministry accounting software and/or the status of Ministry consultations.

Photo (from left to right): Carol Sweeney, Teacher; Sean Power, Principal; Raylene Menendez, student; Eric Hamelin, student; Shelley Lawrence, RSCJ, Trustee, and Mark D. Mullan, Chairperson.

News from the Boardroom Summary

This March 26, 2019 blog post covers the following topics:

 

  • Immaculata High wins provincial video contest
  • Supporting experiential learning opportunities
  • Deep Learning implementation update (#ocsbDL)
  • Review of suspension and expulsion data
  • Public input for the 2019-2020 budget
  • Change of Board meeting date
  • Ottawa Student Transportation Authority (OSTA) update
  • Education Development Charges (EDC) by-law passed
  • Hydro easement at future Ottawa East school
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Briefs from the Boardroom

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Change of Board meeting date

Denise Andre, Director of Education

The Board approved a date change of the Regular Board Meeting of May 28, 2019 to May 21, 2019.

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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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Education Development Charges (EDC) by-law passed

Fred Chrystal, Superintendent of Planning and Facilities

Pursuant to the Education Act, and after holding two public input sessions, the OCSB passed the successor EDC By-law on March 26, 2019 for the period April 1, 2019 to March 31, 2024.

On October 12, 2018 the Province of Ontario passed O. Reg. 438/18 prohibiting school boards from enacting successor EDC by-laws that would impose EDC rates higher than the by-law rates in-force as at August 31, 2018, until such time as the Province has had an opportunity to review the EDC legislation. The EDC by-law and rates adopted by the OCSB reflect the requirements of this regulation, and the rates will remain the same in the new by-law, as follows:

  • $466 per residential dwelling unit
  • $0.34 per gross square foot on new non-residential development
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Hydro easement at future Ottawa East school

Fred Chrystal, Superintendent of Planning and Facilities

The Board approved a Hydro One easement at the future high school site in Mer Bleue, at Brian Coburn Blvd and Jerome Jodoin Drive. The requested easement will allow Hydro One to serve the future high school as well as residential developments in the area.


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