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Enrolment Numbers Up System Wide - ADSB

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September 11th, 2012 at 9:02pm


On Tuesday, September 11th, 2012, Director of Education Lucia Reece welcomed all Trustees and Administrative Council members back to the first Algoma District School Board (ADSB) Committee of the Whole Meeting for the 2012 / 2013 school year.


Superintendent of Education Asima Vezina provided an update on the Chapleau Secondary and Elementary School. Over the summer, work progressed steadily on renovations both inside and outside the JK-12 school. An Open House will be held on Tuesday October 23rd, so that parents, partners and community members can tour the newly renovated school and have a chance to meet staff and administration.

Over the summer, parking lot upgrades have been completed. The changes implemented by the ADSB, through consultation with consultants Elliot Engineering, focused on streamlining traffic flow, bus loading and unloading, and student pick-up and drop-off areas. Staff from the school were visible for the first week of school, to help guide students, parents and staff through the bus and parent pick-up and drop off changes. A new basketball court area has also been installed to enhance the play area. Feedback from the staff and community has been very positive on the changes to the outside of the building.

Inside the school, renovation highlights include a new JK/SK and Grade 1-2 classroom located next to the main office. These rooms are attached and have their own new washrooms and adjacent outdoor play area. New change rooms and washrooms off the gymnasium have given a wonderful facelift to the building. New meeting spaces have been created for both staff and students and additional storage upgrades have been provided throughout the JK- 12 building.

Both the elementary and secondary Principals (Lorrie Morley and Ross Hryhorchuk respectively) will be located in the same office allowing administration to work more closely together as they focus on building a JK-12 community. Two teaching Vice-Principals have been appointed to assist with leadership and transition. Brandi Granger is the new Elementary Vice-Principal and Nicolle Schuurman is the Secondary Vice-Principal at Chapleau School.

The Board wishes to thank the Ministry of Education staff for recognizing and supporting the renovations required for a JK-12 school facility in the Chapleau community. The Board would also like to acknowledge the partnership and hard work / dedication of all students, parents, community members, staff, and contractors who have been instrumental in the consultation, planning and construction/renovation required for the JK-12 Elementary and Secondary School.


Superintendent Asima Vezina reported that opening enrolment numbers are up over 200 students JK-8 across the system and 50+ students Grade 9-12 from the April projection. Board staff have added classes as required. Senior Administration indicated that new enrolments have been arriving daily – clearly reflecting the quality of programs, dedicated staff and welcoming school environments in ADSB. A more detailed enrolment report will be presented at the next Board Meeting (September 25, 2012).


Superintendent Kime Collver introduced and welcomed Dona Menard-Calder to the position of ADSB Mental Health Leader. Dona is a Psychological Associate and has been a member of the College of Psychologists of Ontario since 1995. She brings 28 years of experience in the mental health field to the position, most recently as a Psycho educational Consultant with the Peel District School Board.

Dona is one of 15 provincial Mental Health Leaders working in collaboration with the Ministry of Education on the “Open Minds, Healthy Minds Ontario Health and Addictions Strategy”. This strategy has been put in place to:

 phase in supports for school boards in the areas of mental health and addictions

 focus on strengthening services for children and youth

 build awareness and capacity within the education system to support students and families

 focus on leadership and educator capacity-building

Dona will serve as a liaison for provincial mental health initiatives, collaborating and planning with community partners and other Mental Health Leaders to share and provide input into the development and implementation of provincial resources. On a more local level, Dona will help to coordinate the delivery of mental health awareness and literacy programming as well as clinical consultations and support for a range of board staff and stakeholders.


In addition to wrapping up the three new school projects for Hornepayne JK-12 school, FH Clergue French Immersion Public school and Superior Heights C & VS, the Board was also able to wrap up the extensive renovations and addition on Grand View Public school. Grand View now has the addition of four Junior / Intermediate classrooms which features Art, Music and Science specialty areas.

Following the Ministry announcement in June, the Board was able to accelerate a plan for renovations in Chapleau for the JK-12 school. Work has occurred over the summer and will continue throughout the year and into the summer of 2013. The improvements feature parking lot upgrades, a new JK/SK and Grade 1/2 classroom equipped with new washrooms and an outdoor play area. The gymnasium has also received significant improvements. We look forward to further improvements of the JK- 12 school within the community of Chapleau.

Also, through special Ministry funding, HM Robbins, Isabel Fletcher, Parkland, RM Moore, Greenwood, Kiwedin, Queen Elizabeth and Riverview Public school all received facelifts and now feature modern Kindergarten classrooms. Classrooms have been fitted with new washrooms, drinking fountains, millwork and program design features that will provide students with a wonderful learning environment in a play-based setting.

A number of other schools had enhancements over the summer. Some of these included:

 Elliot Lake Secondary School – Ventilation and air quality upgrades

 Michipicoten High School - ventilation and air quality upgrades

 WC Eaket Secondary School – roof improvements

 Korah Collegiate - exterior lighting and bleacher upgrades

 Greenwood Public School – parking lot upgrades

 Pinewood Public School – parking lot upgrades


Superintendent of Education Brenda O’Neill shared with the Board information about an upcoming event that will be attended by a group of ADSB students and staff this month. On September 28th, We Day will be held in Toronto at the Air Canada Centre. Davey Taylor, the Grade 7/8 teacher at Northern Heights will be attending along with a group of students who will be selected in the next week or two. They will be part of a day-long event that kicks off a year-long program for change, called We Schools in Action.

We Day brings youth together in a stadium setting where they hear from ground breaking speakers and performers who range from Olympic athletes to humanitarians, politicians to recording artists. Importantly, We Day brings some of the greatest social issues of the day to the forefront, and provides ways in which young people can find their place and become engaged within the movement to create global change.

This is the fifth year that We Day is being held and it will be the first time Algoma District School Board is sending a youth contingent to the event. Our students will be asked to bring back what they learn and experience in Toronto to their respective schools and community and to mobilize their peers to take action, through existing initiatives or new ones that have been sparked from the event.

We Day first began in 2007, an event created by Craig and Marc Kielburger, the brothers who spearheaded Free the Children. Free the Children was founded in 1995 by then 12-year old Craig Kielburger who gathered 11 school friends to begin fighting child labour. Today, Free the Children is the world's largest network of children helping children through education, with more than one million young people involved in education and development programs in 45 countries.

The Kielburger brothers’ message has been consistent in all their endeavours (Free the Children, Me to We, and We Day): to help young people understand that anything is possible - injustices can be stopped, local and global communities can be transformed for the better, and hope for the future can be sustained.


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