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The Ontario Ministry of Education is reviewing its strategy, refreshing its vision for students and schools in the province and they want our help.
Until November 15th input is being accepted through the ministry website
on the best ways to proceed and ideas that can be adopted to build on the success of the last 10 years.
It's called From Great to Excellent: The Next Phase in Ontario's Education Strategy and I encourage everyone to lend their opinions. The seven key questions that are being asked require some thinking and there are no definitive answers, but I think if we respond to the challenge it will help improve what we do for students and the community.
It's time to nominate your principal for the Canada's Outstanding Principal Award !
The award acknowledges the unique and crucial contributions of Principals in publicly funded schools and the selected Principals are able to travel to Toronto to participate in a gala evening and a 5 day executive leadership program at the Rotman School of Business.
In 2009, Mrs. Susan Moroz, Principal of Queen Elizabeth Public School, was chosen as one of Canada's Outstanding Principals by The Learning Partnership
If your Principal goes above and beyond and shows a special concern for students, then rewarding that appreciation is just a nomination away.
I enjoyed participating in my first Board meeting as the Director of Education of the GECDSB (on Tuesday, Sept. 17).
It was special witnessing the presentation of Service Awards for 20 Years to Trustee Gale Simko-Hatfield and 10 years to Trustee Dave Taves.
They should be recognized and appreciated for everything they have contributed to our Board and to public education, in Ontario.
It was also a pleasure presenting my Director's Report 09-13.pdf about some of the wonderful things that have been happening throughout the district during the first weeks of school.
I hope everyone will spread the word among family, friends and in your neighbourhoods about the Children's Block Party sponsored by our Parenting and Family Literacy Centres.
This year's event is once again at John Campbell Public School. There's lots of fun and interesting things for children and families to do. It starts at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, September 28th.
and of course there is no admission charge.
Thanks to Principal Ron Brown and everyone at Marlborough PS for the wonderful welcome and the great show they put on today for MPP Teresa Piruzza and our friends in the local media.
Mrs. Piruzza was there to reveal some great information about the Full Day Kindergarten program...that a recent study confirms it is working. The students in Mrs. Dennis' Grade 1 class demonstrated convincingly what we have thought all along, that students who have the full day experience are learning at an accelerated rate.
It was so wonderful to see the children jump right into things on just the first day of school. We did some activities from the Math kit (picture - right) and a few students read to Mrs. Piruzza (picture-below).
It was a fun way to spend the morning of my first day of school in the GECDSB.
The recipients of the inaugural Rocky Campana Annual Gay Straight Alliance Leadership Memorial Scholarships were announced today at Windsor Pride in a moving presentation by Nancy and Rob Campana in memory of their son. Congratulations to Caitlyn Reimer, Kingsville District High School; Rachel Easterbrook, Vincent Massey Secondary School; Jacob Godfrey, Essex District High School; Shane Chappus, Sandwich Secondary School and Michael West, General Amherst High School. The graduating students were honoured for outstanding leadership in their schools’ GSAs, advocacy for equal rights and support of their peers.
The scholarships are made possible by generous donations to the Run for Rocky held earlier this year. Thank you to Mr. Bob Williams, Executive Director of Windsor Pride and Mr. & Mrs. Campana for their support of our GSAs and our students.
Koolamalsi, Shekoli, Boozhoo Kina Weya, Hello Everyone,
June 21st is National Aboriginal Day, Canada’s annual celebration of the unique heritage and outstanding achievements of our First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. National Aboriginal Day gives Canadians the opportunity to celebrate the distinctive cultures, values, customs and languages of our founding peoples. Celebrations take place in schools and communitites across the country to recognize this day. A few local celebrations include:
· David Maxwell Public School, in collaboration with the Ska:na Family Learning Centre, will celebrate National Aboriginal Day with an assembly consisting of teachings, song, dance and celebration.
· Eastwood Public School, home of the Eagles will also celebrate today. The eagle is revered by Anishinabe people, as the all-seeing messenger of the Creator. In the Anishinabe culture, the eagle feather is given as the highest honour for doing good deeds for the community.
· A community celebration will take place at Mic Mac Park today with entertainment, food and games for children.
Canada has celebrated National Aboriginal Day since 1996. June 21 marks the summer solstice, the symbolic date of traditional celebrations among Canada’s Aboriginal peoples for many generations.
Thank you to our staff for raising over $4,000 for the Canadian Cancer Society during the 2013 Daffodil Campaign. Donations to the society support life-saving research, patient and family support programs and information services. For more information on the Canadian Cancer Society, call the local office at 519-256-5116. Thank you once again to everyone for your generosity.
I want to thank and congratulate all the organizers of the annual Edex Cup golf trournament last weekend at the Kingsville Golf Club. I've been a regular since joining the GECDSB and it's fun to spend a day with people from every area of education with no agenda but to enjoy some friendly competition in the fresh air.
The added attraction is that we raise money for a worthy organization. Childcan assists families to cope with childhood cancer, helping with things like travel and living expenses when they have to go for treatments.
My team had a great time once again and we look forward to next year's event.