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April 11th Board Meeting News
Highlights from April 11th Board of Trustees Meeting
Posted on 04/18/2018
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April 18, 2018 (Brockville, ON) – Trustees with the Upper Canada District School Board (UCDSB) met on Wednesday, April 11th, 2018 to discuss several agenda items:

Queen Elizabeth Public School Presentation: Principal Mark Williams presented the Queen Elizabeth Public School Improvement Plan for Student Achievement and Wellness (SISPAW). His report laid out ways the school is improving math and literacy scores as well as staff and student wellness. In literacy instruction, the school is focusing in the junior level on non-fiction reading and writing with an emphasis on evidence-based writing – or encouraging students to use evidence to support their ideas in their own words, leading to greater comprehension. Instruction also urges students to write their ideas in well-structured paragraphs with attention to tense, proper punctuation and grammar. In mathematics, the focus for improvement is at the primary level. Instruction emphasizes thinking and inquiry style questions, particularly questions that encourage students to solve an unknown. These questions are laid out so that students must figure out the first level of an algebraic equation, before they can go on to solve the next one, building mathematical understanding. They do this through equations that explore concepts such as equality, or figuring out an element in a question that will balance the equation. The school encourages student wellness and the student voice through programs such as extracurriculars and school sports, the Big Brothers Big Sisters After School Club; the Me to We Club; the Student Voice Learning Tree; the Kelso’s Choice restorative justice program and other initiatives.

Board Improvement Plan for Student Achievement and Wellness: Superintendent Jodie Barrett gave an update on the Board Improvement Plan for Student Achievement and Wellness. The plan supports a process that is intentional, collaborative and reflects a precise approach for supporting student achievement in math, literacy and well-being. It is based on an instructional learning cycle focusing on literacy and numeracy, which includes relative dialogue around planning for student learning needs.  The plan calls for increasing the number of students achieving level three or four in Primary and Junior EQAO Reading and Writing by 3 per cent across the Board by the end of 2018. Over the same period, the goal is to increase the number of first-time eligible students achieving the provincial standard on the OSSLT by 3 per cent over last year as compared to their Grade 6 EQAO reading and writing results. In numeracy, the UCDSB goal over the same time frame is to close the achievement gaps and improve students’ learning outcomes in problem-solving in mathematics for all student by moving students up at least one level as evidenced by classroom and provincial/system assessments.

Safe Schools Policy Update: Trustees approved revisions to the Safe Schools Policy. The revisions focus on stating more specifically how the Board ensures a safe, respectful and caring environment for students in our Board in areas such as the Code of Conduct, support for pupil activities and events that contribute to a positive and inclusive school climate, clarification on who has access to school premises and measures to enforce these rules, and the principles of progressive discipline and disciplinary options.

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Stephen Sliwa
Upper Canada District School Board
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Jeff McMillan
Upper Canada District School Board

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