Thanks to Chair Ed, rest of Council, and Principal Polowy for the opportunity to participate in tonight’s meeting. Glad to hear the District’s commitment to equity has provided some new chromebooks to the school. In the past, School Council provided these so the iinvestment saves Council funds for other initiatives. It was interesting to learn that the Young Engineers program has a waiting list, and that the School is offering parents nights for numeracy (March 21 for Division 1, March 22 for Division 2). First up is a junior high transition evening for Monday February 23rd. The discussion around the educational possibilities for the outdoor classroom / playground update was also very interesting.
Thanks to Colin, the rest of Council, and Principal Sauder for the opportunity to attend. I was pleased to hear that the District commitment to equity in technology was providing 30 new chromebooks that, in the past would have been funded by the parent fundraising society. I was intrigued to hear that MyBlueprint is also being used in the school.
Excellent presentation by Assistant Principal Donna Prato sharing many resources including www.teenmentalhealth.org
Key message: Stress is part of life and at healthy levels, contributes to personal growth. It’s not about stress reduction, it’s about stress management for building resilience.
The proposed change in Ward boundaries received 3rd and final reading. The Minister of Education has final approval, which is scheduled to be dealt with by March 1st. Aldergrove, Belmead, Laperle, Thorncliffe, Terra Losa, and Summerlea will be part of Ward C next election.
Board policy requires the Governance and Evaluation Committee to review trustee compensation once a term. Trustees approved adjusting compensation for the next Board to be elected October 2017. Trustee remuneration had been unchanged since 2010-2011. An outside consultant reported that remuneration for Edmonton Public was near the bottom compared to Edmonton Catholic, Calgary Catholic, and Calgary Public. The change will see the Trustee remuneration increase to the current average of the 4 metro boards, with an annual adjustment based on an objective measure of the change (including decreases) in cost of living. Total cost of the change is approximately $50,000 in the first year.
The Policy Review Committee presented policy IJA.BP Electioneering and Politically Motivated Communications for first reading. While the content has not substantively changed, it is important to finalize the policy so that all candidates have the policy in advance of the election October 2017. Revisions include:
o additions of three sections: Purpose, Definitions and Accountability
o adjusting language to ensure consistency with current Board policies and the School Act
o ensuring clarity and eliminating repetition
The policy will be posted to the District website to receive stakeholder feedback.
The Policy Review Committee presented a new policy, AE.BP Welcoming, Inclusive, Safe and Healthy Learning and Working Environments, for first reading. The development of AE.BP Welcoming, Inclusive, Safe and Healthy Learning and Working Environments was initiated to serve as a parent policy to a set of policies related to learning and working environments. This set of policies align to the requirements of the School Act, reflect the diversity our student and staff populations and are intended to foster a sense of belonging, safety and wellness for all students and staff. The work to complete Policy AE.BP and revise all related policies is included in the Annual Policy Review Work Plan 2016—2017. The policy will be posted to the District website to receive stakeholder feedback.
Based on dialogue with parents at recent school council meetings, and a questionnaire circulated with residents living near Ward E schools, I made the following Requests for Information at the January 31st Board meeting (RFIs are the official way to ask the Administration to formally respond):
1. Can the administration post the list of schools that the City of Edmonton has worked with to improve traffic safety, and the list for the next set of schools to receive traffic safety improvements.
Thanks to Chair Gaylene, rest of Council, and Principal Yule for allowing me to participate in the meeting. I found the discussion on Career Pathways very interesting. The student work to build a portfolio, identify learning preferences, and create a resume on My Blueprint is valuable, and the alternate learning opportunity for all Grade 9 students at Jasper Place High School is a great initiative.
Beyond Career Awareness, speaker Jesse Lipscomb is presenting the anti-racism awareness Make It Awkward message.
It was interesting to learn of student voice influencing the school decision to space the mid-terms further apart to reduce student anxiety.
We discussed traffic safety issues, including the issue of drivers creating multiple lanes at the 4 way stop.
Finally, I am looking forward to learning at the Parent sessions February 8 (Student Anxiety) and March 8 (Technology and Social Media). Hopefully lots of interested parents attend both sessions!
Thanks to Catrina, rest of Council, and Principal Collier for the invitation to the meeting. Parents wished to discuss their concern about the long travel times and transfer at West Edmonton mall for bussing of their students after Grade 6 to their designated junior high at Parkview. I was able to share that District Planning wishes to meet with parents to explore options to improve travel bussing or attend a nearby junior high school.
Thank you to Mr. Stephen Tsang, Chair of the Edmonton Chinese Bilingual Education Association for the invitation to attend today’s celebration at Bonnie Doon Mall. This year of the Rooster holds special significance as it will be the start of celebrations for the 35th anniversary of Edmonton’s Chinese Bilingual Program and the ECBEA.
Chinese history and culture was showcased through music, performances, dances, drumming, traditional lion and dragon dances, carnival games, arts and crafts with the involvement of Chinese bilingual schools and other community organizations.
Thanks to acting Chair Lori, rest of Council, and Principal Fonseca for letting me join the meeting. Principal Fonseca reported on the numerous after school activities and clubs, the Grade 9 science trip to Bamfield, Vancouver Island, and the trip to China. He also mentioned the tutorial support being provided through the House of Learning. Open House is March 9.
One question from parents for the District, Rio and Quesnell students are designated to Patricia Heights for elementary, but are designated to Laurier Heights junior high rather than Hillcrest as the other Pat Heights students. Is this something the District could look at? I will look into this.
Thanks to Chair Joyce, rest of Council, and Principal Kope for the opportunity to participate. Council invited Principal Fonseca of Hillcrest junior high to introduce Hillcrest to the Pat Heights parents, with a Hillcrest open house scheduled for March 9. Principal Kope reported on the benefits of parental support for the Artist in Residence program and Alberta Opera Hansel & Gretel. Principal Kope also discussed upcoming staff professional development for First Nations, Metis, and Inuit education for all students. We also discussed emergent repairs for the school.
Thanks to Co-Chairs Leanne and Jason, rest of Council, and Principal Kroeker for letting me participate in tonight’s meeting. It was great to learn that the District was able to provide funding towards the painting and the sensory room. I am interested to learn more about MAK’s development of a problem-solving mathematics interim assessment, and look forward to the Parent Night on Numeracy. I also appreciated the feedback about the feasibility of working with a single bank to see if we collectively could realize higher interest rates. Congrats on raising $5609 for E4C through the Santa’s Workshop!