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OCSB News from the BoardroomBoard 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).
Opening doors to new possibilities with the International Language Program
International Languages Programs prepare students of the Ottawa Catholic School Board (OCSB) for post-secondary studies and other pathways. Through the International Languages Program, students develop oral communication, reading and writing skills in languages other than English or French. For some, it’s a passport to global citizenship. Global learning celebrates multiculturalism and promotes equity and cross-cultural awareness.
OCSB among top two most generous school boards in Canada
The Ottawa Catholic School Board (OCSB) has been recognized as one of the top two most generous school boards in all of Canada for raising over one hundred thousand dollars for Haitian families affected by the 2010 earthquake. Development and Peace and the Bishops of Canada launched an emergency appeal and Catholic students and educators raised over 1.23 million dollars for Development and Peace’s Haiti relief effort.
The Ottawa Network for Education (ONFE) partnership
The Ottawa Network for Education (ONFE) partners with all four school boards in Ottawa and works alongside Teachers to meet the needs of students in both official languages. Heather Norris, President and CEO of ONFE attended the January 14, 2020 OCSB Board Meeting to outline the impact ONFE is having on OCSB students. ONFE currently delivers 77 programs across 56 OCSB schools.
ONFE’s School Breakfast Program is available in 53 OCSB Schools. Twenty-three hundred OCSB students benefit from this program daily. In total, ONFE’s breakfast and snack programs operate in 193 Ottawa schools, providing over 13,500 nutritious meals to students. That represents over 2.5 million meals per year!
St. Pius X High School commemorates the 75th anniversary of the end of WWII
Grade 10 St. Pius X High School History students teamed up with Grade 12 Photography students to design Pius Remembers, a collaborative postcard project commemorating the 75th anniversary of the end of WWII.
The street signs in their neighbourhood pay homage to the Battles of World War II. The students researched the battles and created commemorative postcards they delivered to their neighbours. This project marks the first of many activities the students will take part in this school year to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of World War II.
Principal Alex Belloni said the concept of Deep Learning is to provide students will relevant, hands-on activities that make a connection to the work they are studying. A key benefit of deep learning is it deepens the enthusiasm to connect with others to do good. Community outreach will continue February through April, and a Victory Ball is scheduled for May 8, 2020. Follow the students’ efforts on Twitter @StPiusXOCSB.
OCSB elects Chairperson and Vice-Chairperson at Annual General Meeting
The Ottawa Catholic School Board (OCSB) elected Trustee Mark. D. Mullan as Chairperson and Trustee Sandra Moore as Vice-Chairperson at its Annual General Meeting (AGM) held on Tuesday, December 3, 2019. Trustee Mullan has dedicated 22 years to serving Catholic students, winning his first election in 1997. He represents Zone 8, Alta Vista/Gloucester Southgate. He served three years as Vice-Chairperson of the Board of Trustees from 2008-2011 and is about to enter his fourth term as Chairperson of the Board of Trustees (2011-2012, 2012-2013 and 2018-2019).
Lest We Forget with Juno Award winner Frank Mills
Three-time Juno Award winner Frank Mills reached out to Divine Infant Catholic School. The choir— under the direction of Mary-Beth McGown and Michelle Seguin— is well known for their commitment to excellence. Both women described the offer to record with Mr. Mills as a once-in-a-life-time proposal.
The Canadian music icon wanted to record a musical version of “In Flander’s Fields” with their students. He believes it is essential for young Canadians to continue to honour and commemorate the sacrifices of our men and women in the Armed Forces.
The students recorded their voices in concert with a recording of a 45 piece orchestra. The end result was magnificent. The message, the music and the experience resonated with students and staff. It could be seen in their faces and heard in their voices.
Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) at the OCSB Manon Séguin, Superintendent of Special Education and Student Services Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) continues to evolve in OCSB staffrooms and classrooms. Educators are developing inter-departmental partnerships to...
Reaching out from Ottawa to Afghanistan
OCSB Trustees were delighted to welcome students from St. Patrick’s High School to hear about their participation in the global art project: The Memory Project. The Memory Project provided St. Patrick’s High School art students with the opportunity to brighten the lives of children living in a war-torn country. Each student received a picture of a child from Afghanistan. The high school student then drew the image of the child, creating a portrait that was sent to a child in Afghanistan.
Teacher Mirella Frost wanted her students to become global citizens, in word and in action. She described The Memory Project as Deep Learning at its finest. This project fostered a connection between students attending school at refugee camps in Afghanistan and the St. Patrick’s Art Club. The idea of reaching beyond the classroom was appealing to both the students and their teacher. Using the children’s photographs as a reference, the students carefully sketched the portraits of the children from Afghanistan. The drawings were then shipped overseas.
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.
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.
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.
Chapel Hill Catholic School is a Platinum EcoSchool
The Grade 4 Enviro-Busters from Chapel Hill Catholic School arrived at the Board table to outline how there school has become a top-level Eco-School: Platinum.
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.
St. Mark High School – Dominican Republic Experience
Trip organizer/teacher, Kerry Nolan, and two of her students spoke at the Board about lessons learned from 16 years of trips to the Dominican Republic.