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Bravo Breakfast Awards – Brockville Area Schools

The Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario celebrated the second of four area Bravo Breakfast Awards this morning at St. Mary Catholic High School, recognizing students from the Brockville area schools with the prestigious award. One student from each elementary and secondary school is chosen to receive this award annually, which acknowledges the unsung heroes within CDSBEO Catholic schools.

Director of Education, Wm. J. Gartland, began the tradition of honouring these remarkable achievers nine years ago.

“Each of the young people here has been selected by their individual school communities for their special contribution,” explained Mr. Gartland. “You have made a difference in the lives of those around you. You have put others ahead of yourselves in many circumstances. Each of you represents what we hope all of our students aspire to do and be.”

Also in attendance were Vice-Chair Robin Reil, and Trustee Brent Laton, along with other local dignitaries.

The following students were recognized at the April 26th Bravo Breakfast:

Dominic Sacrey, Grade 6, J.L. Jordan Catholic School, Brockville
Aidan Chartrand, Grade 6, St. Francis Xavier Catholic School, Brockvile
Brielle Nielsen, Grade 5, St. John Bosco Catholic School, Brockville
Kyle Cooper, Grade 7, St. Joseph Catholic School, Gananoque
Sarah Whitmore, Grade 8, St. Joseph Catholic School, Toledo
Katherine Plummer, Grade 8, St. Mark Catholic School, Prescott
Montana Brady, Grade 8, St. Mary Catholic High School, Brockville
Bridgette “Birdy” Buchanan, Grade 12, St. Mary Catholic High School, Brockville

Bravo Award recipients – left to right: Dominic Sacrey, Aidan Chartrand, Katherine Plummer, Brielle Nielsen, Bridgette ‘Birdy’ Buchanan, Kyle Cooper, Montana Brady, Sarah Whitmore

Lenten Fundraiser at St. Gregory Benefits Classroom Project in Nicaragua

Students at St. Gregory’s Catholic School in Carleton Place, took part in a Lenten challenge this spring season which saw each student helping to raise money to build a classroom in Nicaragua with SchoolBOX (a local registered Canadian charity based in Almonte). Each student was challenged to bring in $5 and add a “brick” to the new classroom.

Matt Smart, a high school student at Sacred Heart Catholic High School in Stittsville made an amazing presentation to students to kick off the fundraising challenge, and proceeds were donated to the Matt’s Dream Classroom Fund.

In total, the school raised over $1800, surpassing their goal of $1,500, with more donations still coming in.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

National Day of Mourning – April 28

Please remember and pray for those who have lost their lives or been injured in the workplace on April 28.

Bravo Breakfast Awards – Smiths Falls Area Schools

The Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario celebrated the first of four area Bravo Breakfast Awards this morning at Hanley Hall in Smiths Falls, recognizing students from the Smiths Falls area schools with the prestigious award. One student from each elementary and secondary school is chosen to receive this award annually, which acknowledges the unsung heroes within CDSBEO Catholic schools.

Director of Education, Wm. J. Gartland, began the tradition of honouring these remarkable achievers nine years ago.

“Each of the young people here has been selected by their individual school communities for their special contribution,” explained Mr. Gartland. “You have made a difference in the lives of those around you. You have put others ahead of yourselves in many circumstances. Each of you represents what we hope all of our students aspire to do and be.”

Also in attendance were Vice-Chair Robin Reil, Trustee Nancy Kirby, and Trustee Brent Laton.

The following students were recognized at the April 19th Bravo Breakfast:

Laura Eden, Grade 8, Notre Dame Catholic High School, Carleton Place
Bailey McInnis, Grade 12, Notre Dame Catholic High School, Carleton Place
Grayson Papineau, Grade 6, Holy Cross Catholic School, Kemptville
Alyson Murray, Grade 8, Holy Name of Mary Catholic School, Almonte
Trinity Spinks, Grade 5, Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic School, Lanark
Aiden Kirst, Grade 5, St. Edward Catholic School, Westport
Matthew Conlon, Grade 8, St. Francis de Sales Catholic School, Smiths Falls
Colin Scollard, Grade 2, St. Gregory Catholic School, Carleton Place
Owyn Tetreault, Grade 3, St. James the Greater Catholic School, Smiths Falls
Jean-Luc Boucher, Grade 6, St. John Catholic Elementary School, Perth
Madison Larose, Grade 6, St. Mary Catholic School, Carleton Place
Emalee Mussell, Hanley Hall School of Alternative and Continuing Education, Smiths Falls
Natasha McGregor, Grade 7, St. John Catholic High School, Perth
Tyler Street, Grade 10, St. John Catholic High School, Perth
Anthony Scharf, Grade 12, St. Luke Catholic High School
Manveer Grewal, Grade 7, St. Michael Catholic High School, Kemptville
Chad Hogue, Grade 12, St. Michael Catholic High School, Kemptville

 

Left to right back row: Alyson Murray, Laura Eden, Natasha McGregor, Tyler Street, Chad Hogue, Anthony Scharf, Manveer Grewal

Left to right front row: Trinity Spinks, Jean-Luc Boucher, Madison Larose, Owyn Tetreault, Colin Scollard, Grayson Papineau, Aiden Kirst, Matthew Conlon

SEAC Parent Engagement Symposium – Building Resilient Children and Youth

The Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC) extends an invitation to all parents next Wednesday, April 19, to help connect, inspire, facilitate and empower children to become resilient and succeed.

Gain an understanding of what we are doing in our schools to promote resiliency and well-being and how families, schools and community agencies can work together to support children and youth.

The evening will include four workshops for attendees to choose from:

  • Building Trust and Growth Mindset: So All Kids Can Succeed
  • The Importance of Youth Engagement: Panel Discussion Students
  • Teachers, Psych Staff, Navigating Agencies: Getting the Help You Need
  • Recognizing Anxiety: What To Do and Not To Do

Booths and displays will be open at 5:30 p.m., along with a light dinner.

Over 25  agencies and organizations will be in attendance with booths and personnel for parents and staff to speak with.

Free resources will also be available for attendees, and schools. Prize draws will also take place, including a draw for an iPad mini!

Click here to view our invitation.

Click here to view our program.

St. James Lenten Project Brings Water Awareness, Funds Schooling for Student in Zambia

Grade three students from St. James the Greater Catholic School in Smiths Falls, participated in activities on World Water Day, which helped the children learn about the importance of clean water, and the difficulty some children must endure to have access to this precious resource.

In the school gymnasium, students carried large containers of water, and weighted backpacks, through simulated natural barriers.

“Walking around our gym 90 times is the same distance some children have to walk in the morning,” explained Aaron Stanistreet.

All of the classes from Kindergarten to grade three went to the gym and spent half an hour doing the exercise in a relay fashion.

“One of the students dropped the jug which broke, and the water went all over the floor,” noted St. James Principal Sue Forbes. “The teacher took this as a teachable moment and explained how if this happened, the child would have to either go back home to get another container, or walk back to the water supply where the jug could be refilled.”

The school is raising funds through their Lenten project for a 6 year old student from Zambia who is sponsored through Chalice.

“We have raised $800 for her schooling this year, and it costs $444 for her to go to school in Zambia for one year,” explained student Malcolm Forbes.

Each of the classrooms has a picture of the sponsored student, and the school receives correspondence from her each year. Other activities such as a movie afternoon and student raffles for prizes including “principal for a day,” were held to raise funds for the Lenten project.

 

Photo: Grade three students Aaron Stanistreet, Malcolm Forbes, and Owyn Tetreault, with St. James Principal Susan Forbes, Director of Education Wm. J. Gartland, and Vice-Chair Robin Reil at the Board Meeting held April 4, 2017. The students presented information about the school’s Lenten project to the Board of Trustees.

Adult & Continuing Education Program Expands

In the spring of 2016, the Board approved to amalgamate all continuing education programs under one school – Hanley Hall School of Alternative and Continuing Education. Continuing education comprises the schools of eLearning, adult day school, evening continuing education courses, summer school and the literacy and numeracy register.

“The program has two directions,” began Mr. Chaplin. “One at Hanley Hall itself, and one board-wide. The school has developed significantly this school year, and has become more of a real school, which has contributed to more of a lively environment.”

Principal Chaplin outlined the programs offered through the School of Alternative and Continuing Education, “The Turning Points Program and ABLE, an alternative to suspension program, as well as eLearning, adult day school, evening continuing education courses and summer school courses for adult learners and secondary students are all offered through the school.”

“The various offerings allow adult learners to return to upgrade their education and potentially get their Ontario Secondary School Diploma through eLearning courses, PLAR or our adult PSW day school program.”

The Personal Support Worker Program, which has become very successful, is an intensive five month certification program consisting of seven high school credit courses. Students leave with theoretical, clinical, and practical knowledge and skills required for the profession, as well as seven different certifications. Over 95 per cent of graduates are working within the first three months of graduation, many at the same organization where they completed a co-operative education placement. Plans for program expansion include the addition of the Smiths Falls location, as well as a part-time program set to begin in September 2017.

“In 2015-2016 the PSW program had 106 graduates, and offered courses in 5 locations including Cornwall, Vankleek Hill, Kemptville, Gananoque and Brockville,” noted Vice-Principal Jennifer Lentz.

“The reach ahead evening course credits are offered to grade 8 students within our Board outside of the school day, by teachers. These reach ahead credits allow grade 8 students the opportunity to begin earning grade 9 high school credits towards their OSSD to help with student success. The most popular course is the Learning Strategies course,” continued Mrs. Lentz.

The eLearning program offers a mix of prerequisites and courses not offered at local high schools. The courses meet the needs of both adult learning and day school students. This school year CDSBEO had close to 500 students enrolled in online courses, with a significant portion of adult learners.

Summer school eLearning programs served 1059 students last year, with over 65 course sections offered.

“The Continuing Education and Alternative Education streams have 2027 students per year. The program meets the needs of many students through varied and specific course programs and offerings,” concluded Mr. Chaplin.

Moving forward the Board plans to expand blended learning night school courses, as well as to expand the PSW program to offer a Smiths Falls site. In addition, the school is working with principals to expand course offerings based on need. The Hanley Hall program and blended learning model will also be expanded to offer additional courses. The school is currently working with Regional Partnership of Adult Education to identify areas of need and to offer courses which fulfil the requirements of the community. Additionally, plans are in place to offer adult general interest courses in areas such as the arts, woodworking, and culinary skills.

Leaders in the Middle Mathematics Professional Learning

The Curriculum team facilitated a day of professional learning on Thursday, March 23rd at the Equinelle Golf Club to further educator knowledge and skill in the area of mathematics. School teams gathered to strengthen and support both assessment and instruction in monitoring student learning.

Teams were engaged in cross-school discussions during the morning, which allowed them to share effective practices, decide what is working well, what barriers still exist, and what next steps could be implemented moving forward.

This team sharing was followed by Ministry of Education Student Achievement Officer, Helene Coulombe, who connected the components of the Vision for the Mathematics Learner and the Pedagogical System to the Pillars created by Doug Fisher, and adopted by educators.

The remainder of the morning was dedicated to “doing the math”. The Curriculum team shared four very rich math tasks to be brought back to schools. Teams had time to work on the problem, discuss their solutions, reflect on how their students might approach the problem, and dissect where students may fall on the learning trajectory from additive to multiplicative thinking. The morning wrapped up with teams planning how best to present these board wide math tasks to their staff.

For the afternoon, the group participated in breakout sessions specific to principals, secondary teachers, elementary teachers and SERT/ DI teachers, designed to build professional learning in regards to monitoring and specific to each role. Teams then returned to the large group to share their learning experience with their colleagues. Inspirational success stories were shared by four schools throughout the day.

Feedback from the session was extremely positive:

“The richness of the day resided in the thought provoking and collaborative ways to deepen our professional noticings. Our Leaders in the Middle Team is excited to share the learning and continue on our Math journey with the new board-wide Mathematics problem that will guide us in the monitoring of student learning.” Elementary Principal

“Today was one of the best sessions I have ever attended. Your focus on professional collaboration and the modelling of this was well received and, through this process, we all deepened our understanding of monitoring (noticing and naming) and how this supports assessment and instructional strategies.” Special Education Department Consultant

“I have gained some inspiring ideas. I really enjoyed having the opportunity to reflect on what is working and what isn’t.” Secondary Teacher

“I received practical strategies that can be used immediately.” Elementary Teacher

“Thanks for the energy and enthusiasm. I received diverse ideas and so much to think about.” Secondary Vice-Principal

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

11th Annual Bishop Cup

The 11th Annual Bishop Cup, held on Wednesday, March 8 at the Cornwall Civic Complex drew a packed house again this year. The St. Joseph’s Secondary School (Cornwall, Ontario) Panthers beat out the Holy Trinity Catholic Secondary School (Cornwall, Ontario) Falcons with an 8-3 final score.

The energy and school spirit was abundant and it was an exciting evening for everyone for a great cause! Donations for St. Vincent de Paul Food Bank were collected by the two participating high schools, as well as admission donations at the door.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CDSBEO Pupil Accommodation Review – Cornwall Area – Public Delegations

At its October 4, 2016 meeting, the Board of Trustees of the Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario (CDSBEO) approved the commencement of a Pupil Accommodation Review for the Cornwall area schools. The Cornwall area has been identified as being under capacity in 2015-2016, with forecasted continued enrolment decline necessitating a Pupil Accommodation Review.

The Cornwall Area Pupil Accommodation Review Committee (ARC) has been meeting on a regular basis to review information presented in the Initial Staff Report to the Board. It has also reviewed comments and information collected from Public Meeting #1, Public Meeting #2, correspondence from the community, and all other information requested and presented at the ARC working group meetings.

The Staff Report – Report 2, which includes all input/feedback received from the ARC working committee and the public meetings will be received by the Board of Trustees on March 7, 2017. On Tuesday, April 4, 2017, there is an opportunity for the public to make delegations before the Board of Trustees.

Public Delegations are scheduled for Tuesday, April 4, 2017 at the Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario Central Office, 2755 Highway 43, Kemptville. The meeting will be held in the Greg McNally Boardroom, starting at 6:30 p.m.

Members of the public interested in making a public delegation before the Board of Trustees are invited to complete and submit the necessary application form that can be found on the CDSBEO website at www.cdsbeo.on.ca no later than 4 p.m. on Friday, March 24, 2017. The application and supporting delegation documents are to be submitted to PAR@cdsbeo.on.ca.

Policy documents, the Initial Staff Report, Q & A’s, meeting information, minutes from ARC working group meetings, Staff Report – Report 2, and other materials are posted on the CDSBEO website at www.cdsbeo.on.ca.

Public Delegations
Tuesday, April 4, 2017, 6:30 p.m.
Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario
Greg McNally Boardroom
2755 Highway 43, Kemptville, ON

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