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OCSB News from the Boardroom

Board Meetings are held on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month during the regular school year, from September to June, with the exception of December. In December, the Annual General Meeting will be held the first Tuesday and the Regular Board Meeting on the third Tuesday. All meetings are open to the public, and take place in the Boardroom of the Catholic Education Centre (CEC) at 570 West Hunt Club Road in Nepean. After each meeting, our Communications Department produces a blog post summarizing major Board decisions (formerly known as Spotlight).

October 8, 2019 News From the Boardroom

From St. Elizabeth to farm to table

It all began with a small seed. At least that is how the Farm to Table (Ferme Urbaine) story goes at St. Elizabeth School. The seeds, hydroponic tower, and veggie-pod may have been the tools the students used to grow their garden, but the story behind the story is so much more collaborative!

Two teachers — Mary Allan and Teresa Charbonneau — applied for an Innovation Fund Grant unbeknownst to each other. When both received the funds, they decided to turn two small projects into one fantastic student-focused, student-run business adventure!

Ferme Urbaine allowed students the opportunity to care and nurture their garden from seedling to end product. That in itself is a hands-on Deep Learning experience, but the students weren’t satisfied with just “growing” the project. They wanted to create an authentic farm to table experience for their peers and the greater school community. The learning that started in just two classrooms is now embraced by the entire school population and the greater community.

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September 24, 2019 News From the Boardroom

More than a summer job with Focus on Youth

Focus on Youth (FOY) is a Ministry of Education funded summer youth employment program. The goal is to provide at-risk students with the opportunity to earn money, gain marketable skills and complete health and safety training modules. It does do that and so much more.

At the September 24 Board meeting, the Board of Trustees met with participant Liam Connelly, a proud graduate of the FOY program in 2019. This summer, through FOY, his confidence grew, his abilities multiplied, and his belief in himself was restored. Liam expressed his gratitude for the opportunity to participate in the program. He believes it helped prepare him to enter the world of work and pursue his dream of working in the trades one day.

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September 10 2019 – News from the Boardroom

September 10 2019 – News from the Boardroom

New School Year – New Student Trustees

“Student Voice” is valued and respected at the OCSB. Student Trustees Sagni Kuma from St. Joseph High School and Carols Sanchez from St. Mark High School were officially sworn in at the September 10, 2019 Board Meeting.

The grade 12 students are renowned for their ability to take an idea from concept to completion. As Student Trustees, their goals are to build a sense of community between OCSB schools and students; encourage students to care for and support their well-being and; promote embracing innovation in and out of the classroom.

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June 11, 2019 – News from the Boardroom

June 11, 2019 – News from the Boardroom

Presentation of 2019 OCSTA Student Trustee Alumnus Award

Dr. Trevor Arnason, a student trustee with the Ottawa Catholic School Board in 2002-2003, was the recipient of the 2019 OCSTA Student Trustee Alumnus Award in recognition of outstanding leadership and demonstration of Catholic values in work, community, and family life.

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May 14, 2019 News From the Boardroom

May 14, 2019 News From the Boardroom

Twenty Years of Blues in the Schools

In 1999, Corpus Christi School was one of two Ottawa-based schools to participate in the Blues in the Schools program. The Blues in the Schools program has now expanded to over 20 schools in Ottawa and is still going strong at Corpus Christi.

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April 23, 2019 News From the Boardroom

April 23, 2019 News From the Boardroom

Our Declaration for the International Decade for People of African Descent

Shelley Montgomery, Superintendent of Leading and Learning

The United Nations (UN) has declared 2015-2024 an International Decade for People of African Descent to strengthen national, regional and international cooperation in relation to the full enjoyment of economic, social, cultural, civil and political rights by people of African descent, and their full and equal participation in all aspects of society.

Consistent with Catholic teachings, the OCSB provides a loving and positive environment which respects and promotes the dignity of all people. Respecting the UN’s International Decade for People of African Descent Declaration, a committee was formed with the mandate to develop and support an OCSB Declaration for People of African Descent as well as to create tangible commitments that will be included in our Equity Action Plan. The committee membership consisted of OCSB staff and representatives from the Ottawa community.

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April 9, 2019 News From the Boardroom

St. Peter SHSM program connects Ottawa with Los Angeles, California

Students in the Arts & Culture Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) program complete a variety of certifications with industry professionals. These further expand partnerships within various industries and provide experiential learning opportunities for students. The Arts & Culture SHSM program at St. Peter High School shares a unique relationship with the Shenkman Arts Centre in Orléans.

Deborah Kealey, Principal of St. Peter High School, along with staff and students offered the Board a glimpse into #Be Innovative: Partnerships from Los Angeles to Ottawa. The presentation highlighted how students are being innovative as they explore a multi-year partnership with former student Arturo Perez Jr. and his wife Jayne. Both Arturo and Jayne are accomplished actors and directors now based in Los Angeles, California.

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March 26, 2019 News From the Boardroom

Immaculata High wins provincial video contest

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.

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February 26, 2019 News From the Boardroom

February 26, 2019 News From the Boardroom

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.

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February 12, 2019 News From the Boardroom

February 12, 2019 News From the Boardroom

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.

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January 22, 2019 News From the Boardroom

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.

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Mourning the loss of Trustee Thérèse Maloney Cousineau

Photo of Therese Maloney CousineauThe Ottawa Catholic School Board (OCSB) is saddened by the passing of Trustee Thérèse Maloney Cousineau on Friday, January 11, 2019 after 35 years as an OCSB Trustee. Trustee Maloney Cousineau represented the Rideau-Vanier, Rideau-Rockcliffe, and Somerset areas (Zone 10).

A strong advocate of Catholic education, faith initiatives were very much a part of her vision as an OCSB Trustee. She was also an early promoter of girls in sports and science. Trustee Maloney Cousineau was elected as Trustee to the Ottawa Roman Catholic Separate School Board in 1984, before the amalgamation with the Ottawa-Carleton Catholic School Board.

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January 8, 2019 OCSB News From the Boardroom

St. Benedict helps unveil Black Raven Park

Black Raven Park near St. Benedict School in Barrhaven was officially has been officially unveiled! The park was named in honour of the school mascot and was a community collaboration with the local builder, Mattamy Homes.

The opening event in October 2018 included a ribbon cutting by Councillor Jan Harder, and a speech by Mayor Jim Watson, who spoke to the crowd about the unique partnership and the great idea of naming the park after the school mascot. The school was able to expand on the ideas surrounding flexible learning environments, outdoor classrooms, and deep learning tasks during the ceremony — a wonderful example of the strategic commitment Be Community. View the presentation.

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