The Ottawa Catholic School Board has elected Trustee Mark D. Mullan as Chairperson and Trustee Jeremy Wittet as Vice-Chairperson of the Board of Trustees. Trustee Mullan is the trustee for Zone 8, Alta Vista/Gloucester-Southgate. He was first elected 1997, and served previously as Chairperson in 2011-2012 and 2012-2013. Trustee Wittet represents Zone 7, Kitchissippi/Bay and has served as Trustee since 2017.read more
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).
November 27, 2018 marked the last Board meeting as Chairperson for Trustee Elaine McMahon after four years leading the OCSB Board of Trustees. Best known for living fearlessly though her heart, Trustee McMahon gained unrelenting support from the OCSB community during her tenure.read more
Joining forces with the Ottawa Food Bank
The Ottawa Catholic School Board (OCSB) and the Ottawa Food Bank signed a memorandum of understanding at the November 13 Board meeting as a demonstration of our continued commitment to work together to serve our families and school communities. “OCSB schools have supported the Ottawa Food Bank for many years as a means of helping the community while providing experiential learning to our students based on Catholic social teachings,” said Denise Andre, Director of Education.
There is a coherence with the OCSB’s goal of alleviating poverty in the school system and the Ottawa Food Bank’s mission of working in partnership to create a healthier city by empowering people, increasing access to healthy food, and advocating for systemic changes that reduce food insecurity. “For many of our clients, every day is an emergency. Building relationships with organizations like with the OCSB gives us the opportunity to improve the quality and quantity of food available to our clients,” said Michael Maidment.
Both signatories to the agreement believe that through collaboration between education and appropriate food bank services, we can achieve greater collective impact to create healthy schools and overall communities that foster well-being and success.read more
Supporting new students with the Kinder Assessment Program
The Kinder Assessment Program has been established to support students who are age appropriate for Kindergarten and who present with generalized developmental delays. The program is designed to clarify student functioning and help students develop skills that will allow for integration into a school community. Seven OCSB schools currently offer the program. Each class has six students per staff member (6:1 students to staff ratio) to ensure individualized attention and programming. School and classroom routines and self-help skills are taught through language development and self-regulation programs, as needed. Each class is supported by multi-disciplinary teams and most have two full-time Education Assistants (EAs). The Board of Trustees received written comments from families sharing their positive reflections and gratitude for the OCSB program.read more
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
Welcoming the 2018-2018 Student Trustees to the Boardroom table Family gathered to witness the new student trustees sworn in at the first OCSB Board meeting of the 2018-2019 school year. Caleb Reid from All Saints High School and Nate Waddell from St. Mark High School...read more
During the last Board meeting of the school year, the Board of Trustees and senior administration from the OCSB bid a fond and thankful farewell to outgoing members of the Catholic School Parents’ Association (CSPA), Cathy Philpott and Susan Elsdon. Photo above (from left to right: Joanne MacEwan, Vice Chairperson; Susan Elsdon; Elaine McMahon, Chairperson; and Cathy Philpott.read more
Yvette Mouafo Soh, her husband, and two young children left Cameroon in 2013 looking for opportunity in Ottawa. Leaving behind friends and family, arriving with no English, and with finances a struggle, Yvette worked hard at University of Ottawa and is now a full time FSL teacher at Prince of Peace School, a Canadian citizen, and the mother of three. She chose to be a teacher because she has a strong Catholic faith and knows she can share her faith here with no fear.read more
Due to the unfortunate passing of Trustee Kathy Ablett, R.N. on May 12, 2018, the OCSB sought applications from individuals qualified to serve as a Board Trustee. The Board of Trustees appointed Regan Preszcator (photo: middle right) as the Trustee for Zone 9 (River/Capital) from June 18, 2018 to November 30, 2018. Justice of the Peace, Paulina Brecher officiated at the swearing-in ceremony. Trustee Prezcator has worked for an MP, now works in the Senate of Canada in communications, and is bilingual. Ms. Preszcator is a member of Blessed Sacrament Parish in Zone 9 (River/Capital). View the news release NR 18.07.
Trustees are members of the school board. They provide an important link between local communities and the school board, brining the issues and concerns of their constituents to Board discussions and decision making. “We look forward to Trustee Preszcator’s contributions as we go forward in our mission of Catholic education. We welcome her to our Board,” said Chairperson Elaine McMahon.read more
The OCSB has adopted a rich and meaningful passage from Micah 6:8 as the Board’s Spiritual Theme for the next three school years. This three-year approach will focus on Catholic social teachings to align with global competencies and encourage learners to think globally and act locally.read more
IDÉLLO is a multilevel digital platform designed to cater and adapt to different types of learning. The platform brings teachers, early childhood educators, students and parents an array of resources and functions that offers thousands of rich, up-to-date educational resources in French.
Each year, IDÉLLO honours teachers who practice teaching strategies that are original and relevant, enhance the French language culture and are representative of the diversity of the school community. The IDÉLLO award is open to all certified teachers working in Ontario-funded schools. The 2017 award winner in the category of French as a second language, was Monique Haché, French-Immersion teacher at All Saints High School. Congratulations!read more
News From the Boardroom (April 10, 2018): Creating our own French Virtual Library — Bibliothèque virtuelle FSL
Students at Our Lady of Wisdom School have been busy building their very own French digital library, and the project is generating a great deal of interest. French as a Second Language (FSL) Teacher, Lina Bélanger, and her students have begun creating the OCSB FSL Virtual Library. In the form of a website, this collaborative project allows students to share their love for writing and reading in French as a second language. Students are given the opportunity to share their success as writers while developing confidence in reading to other students. By using Google slides to create their stories in French, it allows readers to benefit from Google Read & Write features by having the book read out loud to them.
This deep learning opportunity will enhance our students’ ability to be creative and collaborative while connecting with each other on a more global level. This project aligns with the FSL Framework Provincial Goals and our OCSB 3 Year FSL Plan, in which we want to increase students’ confidence, proficiency, achievement, retention and engagement in FSL.
Our Lady of Wisdom school plans to celebrate the project during Catholic Education Week, May 6-11, 2018. Plans are underway to share this website resource with all OCSB students, inviting them to submit their own books to be edited and approved before they are published.read more
An extraordinary group of Grade 8 students from St. Paul High School were recently selected to present findings from their research study at the Ontario Education Research Symposium (OERS) in Toronto on March 2, 2018. The study explored how daily factors affect a girls’ interest in science and math.
Made of up five female students, the StAR (Students as Researchers) program participants were accompanied by their teacher, Tim Brennan, at the March 27 Board meeting to deliver the same presentation they did at the symposium. The engaging and dynamic presentation focussed on the research question: “Why is it that girls tend to lose interest in math and science and when does this drop-off occur?”read more
The OCSB has submitted proposed school calendar dates for the 2018-2019 school year to the Ministry of Education. These dates are not to be considered final until the Ministry approves the proposed calendar sometime in May 2018.
The Ministry of Education stipulates that the school year calendar shall include a minimum of 194 school days, of which school boards are required to designate three mandatory Professional Activity (PA) days for provincial education priorities and may dedicate up to four additional PA days per school year, for a maximum total of seven PA days. The remaining school days shall be instructional days and a total of ten instructional days may be designated as examination days.read more
News from the Boardroom (February 13, 2018): Immaculata High partners up for new artificial turf field
The OCSB is partnering with Ottawa Footy Sevens to improve the athletic facilities at Immaculata High School. Improvements include the installation of an artificial turf field, LED lighting, and improved fencing on the sports field. Footy Sevens is covering $2 million dollars in costs associated with the field improvements, including design, construction, and maintenance-related expenses.
As part of this project, the OCSB will also refurbish the existing walking/running track with a synthetic surface. Renovations are expected to begin in mid-April 2018, with an estimated completion date of August 2018.
As part of the agreement, Footy Sevens will have the opportunity to use the facility for their leagues and to rent the field out to community groups outside of regular school hours. Immaculata High School teams will benefit from the revitalized field for sports training and team games. The school will have exclusive use of the turf field on all school days until 6:00 pm, and the right to additional times on evenings and weekends where required for special functions.read more