Board Meeting Highlights - February 22, 2022

Good News

AMDSB Schools Acknowledge Mental Health Awareness Week and Bell Let's Talk Day

Superintendent Marotta was proud to showcase a slideshow of some of the activities that occurred throughout the district during Mental Health Awareness Week (last week of January) and on Bell Let's Talk Day (January 26). Check out the video below! 

Two Schools Organize Outdoor Storytime Trail to Engage Students

Superintendent Creery shared that Huron Centennial and Stephen Central took story time outside this fall and winter with Storytime Trail where a book is split into different pages and spread throughout a trail. This instructional tool from OneWorld Schoolhouse Foundation provides schools with outdoor story programming. Students enjoyed a break from the classroom, physical activity as they moved from one sign to another, increased fresh air time, and learning connected to equity and diversity.
Huron Centennial PS enjoyed a story called Trampoline Boy by Nan Forler, which highlights the importance and value of different perspectives. Stephen Central PS students experienced the book Where Oliver Fits by Cale Atkinson. This story explores all the highs and lows of learning to be yourself, and shows that fitting in isn't always the best fit. A full news article about this initiative is posted on the board's website. 
      collage of photos from Huron Centennial  Collage of photos from Stephen Central

Additional Support for English Language Learners

Trustee Geddes (on behalf of the Special Education Advisory Committee) was pleased to share that an additional staff member was recently hired to support secondary level English Language Learners.  

Stratford District Secondary School Student Art Exhibit

Trustee Bisutti reported that the Stratford Gallery re-opened at the end of January by highlighting an art exhibit featuring Grade 12 SDSS students. Full details were featured in a recent Stratford Beacon Herald article.  

Board Approves the 2022/2023 School Year Calendar

The Board of Trustees received and approved the 2022/2023 School Year Calendar. Once formatted, the calendar will be posted on the School Calendar page

Staff Presentations

Director's Work Plan Update (I Am Prepared)

Superintendent Creery presented the work that addresses the I am prepared pillar of the Strategic Plan. She highlighted the literacy professional development work happening around the Operational Sense Continuum for primary educators, a wide variety of online resources for K to 8 educators, and co-planning, co-teaching, and curriculum deconstruction for Grade 9 educators. She also highlighted literacy professional development around Leveled Literacy Intervention, Shared Reading, and K-12 Assessment for Learning Strategies. 

Student Trustee Update

Student Trustee Elizabeth Benoit reported that schools have made great progress with the mural project and are either currently painting or will be, in the coming days. There have been many events for Black History Month. One school has each class decorating their door with facts about an influential Black Canadian connected to their subject (e.g. Biology has a biologist). They are also in the early stages of creating a video similar to what was created last year to highlight this year's senators and projects they have worked on. Finally, they are starting to discuss recruiting senators for next year. 

Senior Staff Updates

North Perth Boundary Review Consultation Process

Superintendent Carter provided an update regarding the North Perth Boundary Review (NPBR) process.  
  • The external consultant, Watson & Associates, closed the second NPBR Committee survey on February 4, which was extended from the original January 31 deadline to allow a few final submissions from committee members. Since that time, Watson has been analyzing the responses and using the information to support their recommended solutions.
  • The preliminary indication from Watson is that we can expect that the final report to staff will include two viable recommendations emerging from the Committee’s work, which focus on moving Grade 7 and 8 students from North Perth Westfield (NPW), with adjustments also to the NPW and Listowel Eastdale boundaries. 
  • Staff expect the report and accompanying survey to be released to the public in March, and will ask Watson to hold the survey open for approximately two weeks in order to allow the North Perth community time to review the report and respond to the survey.
  • The results of this consultation will be then used to support the final recommendation coming forward to Trustees in April. 

Remote Learning Update

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Superintendent Morris reported that the temporary, short-term model of remote learning will end by March Break and impacted families will be contacted in the coming days. For the Avon Maitland Remote Learning School (full online learning), there are 250 students enrolled in the elementary panel (grades K to 8) and 176 in the secondary (grades 9 to 12). Another year will be offered and interest will be gauged via online survey in March. Families will have the option to switch learning models after the holiday break. 

Future Board Meetings

  • March 22, 2022: Committee of the Whole Closed Session at 4:30 p.m. and Regular Board Session at 6:00 p.m.
Meetings will be hosted online using Microsoft Teams until further notice. Links to join the meetings will be posted on the Board Meeting page.

Future Meetings/Events with Trustee Representation

  • Huron Perth Student Transportation Services – Tuesday, March 1, 2022 at 3:30 p.m.
  • Special Education Advisory Committee – Wednesday, March 2, 2022 at 4:00 p.m.
  • Parent Involvement Committee – Wednesday, March 30, 2022 at 6:30 p.m.
  • Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act – Wednesday, April 6, 2022 at 3:00 p.m.
  • Audit Committee – Wednesday, April 13, 2022 at 5:00 p.m.