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Monday, October 20, 2014

Oakwood Public School Council Meeting

  • Monday, October 20, 2014, 7:00 PM
  • Library, Oakwood Public School, 357 Bartos Drive, Oakville, Ontario L6K 3E5

The Oakwood School Council meets on the third Monday of the month.  For more information:

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

HDSB Committee Meetings

  • Wednesday, October 22, 2014,  6:00 PM
  • J.W. Singleton Education Centre – Board Room, 2050 Guelph Line, Burlington

The school board standing committee meet on the second and fourth Wednesdays of every month. Agendas, minutes are posted on the HDSB website.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Oakwood Public School Welcome Back Multicultural Evening

  • Thursday, October 23, 2014
  • Oakwood Public School, 357 Bartos Drive, Oakville, Ontario L6K 3E5

This event is supported by an Ontario “Parents Reaching Out” grant.  More information to come.


Fencing remains in place and secure between Gladys Speers PS and the neighbour’s home on Sandlewood damaged in yesterday afternoon’s gas explosion.

Gladys Speers Playground and House

The walk up Sandlewood this morning for students should be pretty normal with a few extra cars parked in front of the house where the explosion occurred and the neighbours on either side affected by debris. Stay safe and walk facing traffic!

Sandlewood reno damage

The following are Multifaith/Equity Days of Significance for November 2014.  Please refer to the HDSB web Calendar to view these dates and future dates.

  • Saturday, November 1 – All Saints (RC,P) – Christian
  • Sunday, November 2 – All Souls – Christian
  • Wednesday, November 5 – Tenth Day of Muharram, Ashura – Islam
  • Thursday, November 6 – Birth of Guru Nanak – Sikhism
  • November 11 – Remembrance Day
  • Wednesday, November 12 – Birth of Baha’u’llah – Baha’i
  • Sunday, November 16 – Louis Riel Day – Métis, First Nations
  • Thursday, November 20 – Universal Children’s Day
  • Monday, November 24 – Martyrdom of Teg Bahadur – Sikhism
  • Tuesday, November 25 – International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women
  • Wednesday, November 26 – Day of Convenant – Baha’i
  • Friday, November 28 – Ascension of Abdu’l-Baha – Baha’i

HDSB Faith Accommodation Guidelines can be found at www.hdsb.ca-Policy-FaithAccomodationProcedure2012.pdf

This information is provided by Suzanne Muir, the HDSB’s Equity and Inclusive Education Coordinator in the school board’s Community Engagement Department.

Public meetings of the Halton District School Board are held at 7:00 PM on the first and third Wednesdays of each month, in the Board Room at the J.W. Singleton Education Centre at 2050 Guelph Line in Burlington.  Complete meeting agendas, minutes and video recordings are posted on the HDSB website at http://www.hdsb.ca/BoardroomTrustees/Pages/BoardAgendaMinutes.aspx.  The public is welcome to attend.

Items of interest on this week’s agenda include:

Action Items

3.4.1 Report 14142 – 2014-15 LTAP School Boundary Reviews

  • With new schools slated to open in NE Oakville and S Milton two boundary reviews are in order for the affected communities.

3.4.2 Report 14148 REVISED – GOV11- Naming Schools Policy Recommendation for Final Approval

  • The Naming Schools Policy has been revised to take into account trustee, staff, and community feedback, and is before the board for final approval.

3.4.3 Report 14150 – GOV03H – Trustee Expenses Policy Draft Recommendation for Posting and Feedback

  • The draft  Trustee Expense Policy has been revised to schedule trustee technology expenses, and to include changes to recognize needs as the exceptional circumstance or needs as a result of disability.  This policy is posted for public consultation and return for final consideration November.

For Action: November 5, 2014

4.2.2 Report 14154 – High School Start Times

  • A proposed request to Halton Student Transportation  Services to look at starting high school later each day.

4.2.3 Report 14155 – Trustee Innovation Awards

  • A proposal to create an award recognizing staff innovation.

4.2.4 Report 14153 – OSTA-AECO Membership

  • A request that the board approve financial support for annual membership in the Ontario Student Trustees’ Association – l’Association des élèves conseillers et conseillères de l’Ontario (OSTA-AECO).

4.2.5 Report 14158 – Southwest Oakville (Pine Grove) Boundary Review Update 

  • Report recommending that student in the French immersion program in Southwest Oakville continue to be accommodated at Ecole Pine Grove public School.  This report as a result of direction from the board that:
    • staff make a recommendation to the Board no later than October 2014 when the 2014-2015 FI enrolments are known regarding the need to schedule a Boundary Review for 2015-2016.
    • the Superintendent of Education for the school address stakeholder concerns regarding the impact of no action on student achievement and student well-being at the school, as well as parking, safety, etc., including but not limited to meeting with the Pine Grove School Council in
      Spring 2014.

4.2.6 Report 14159 – Safe and Inclusive Schools Policy

  • This policy is back at the board table for final approval after being referred to committee for additional review.

For Information

4.2.7 EQAO Results – (S. Miller) presentation

  • A presentation on board-wide EQAO results for grades 3, 6, and 9 students.

4.2.8 Report 14152 – Internet Filtering

  • This report comes from CIO Smith, providing details of the implementation of Internet Filtering at the HDSB.

4.2.9 Report 14156 – Drinking Water Report 2014

  • All school boards are required to test the water in their schools.  “Ten (10) schools; Milton District HS, Abbey Lane PS, Tecumseh PS, Oakwood PS, Gary Allan HS, EC Drury HS, Dr. Frank Hayden SS, Brookdale PS, Garth Webb SS and Howard Wrigglesworth PS had lead exceedances that were above the Ministry of Environment acceptable levels for lead, before and after regular flushing. Schools that had lead exceedances before flushing required the school to flush daily for five (5) minutes. Schools that had lead exceedances on the flushed samples requiredadditional testing and corrective actions to be compliant with Ontario Reg.243/07.”

4.2.10 Report 14145 – Preventative Maintenance Inspections of Portable Classrooms – No. 88

  • Since 1999 the HDSB has had protocols in place to inspect portable classrooms and remediate conditions that could result in mould growth.

4.2.11 Report 14157 – Board Report Schedule 2014-15

  • This schedule of staff reports will provide some significant insight into the board’s annual planning and monitoring cycle, for example: Renewal, Capital Priorities, Budget, Long-Term Accommodation Plan (LTAP), Special Education Plan, Budget Approval, Education Development Charges.

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Monday, October 13, 2014

Thanksgiving Day

  • Monday, October 13, 2014, All Day

No school today. Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Tuesday, October 15, 2014

HDSB Student Senate Meeting

  • Tuesday, October 14, 2014, 5:30 PM
  • J.W. Singleton Education Centre – Board Room, 2050 Guelph Line, Burlington

The HDSB Student Senate is a group of students dedicated to ensuring that the voice of the students in the HDSB is represented at the Board level.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

HDSB Board Meeting

  • Wednesday, October 15, 2014, Private – 6:00 PM, Public – 7:00 PM
  • J.W. Singleton Education Centre – Board Room, 2050 Guelph Line, Burlington

The school board meets on the first and third Wednesday of every month. Agendas, minutes and video/voice recordings of all board meetings are posted on the HDSB website.

Social Media Fitness – You will be Googled!, Chris Vollum

  • Wednesday, October 15, 2014, 7:00 PM
  • Westoak Public School, 2071 Fourth Line, Oakville, ON  L6M 3K1

Please bring your mobile devices and tablets for hands-on learning.

  • Understand digital citizenship: respect, integrity, honesty, boundaries & legal risks
  • Become “Googleable”: building a compelling online reputation and inspiring presence
  • Walk-through of privacy settings on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Vine & SnapChat
  • Minimize online risk and the threat of cyber-bullying: a step-by-step approach
  • http://static.ow.ly/docs/Social%20Media%20101%20Flyer_2Ahv.pdf

Friday, October 17, 2014

Greg Westlake induction into T.A. Blakelock Hall of Fame

  • Friday, October 17, 2014, 10:00 AM
  • T.A. Blakelock High School, 1160 Rebecca Street, Oakville, ON L6L 1Y9

TAB grad, and Team Canada sledge hockey player and captain, Greg Westlake will inducted into the T.A. Blakelock Hall of Fame at a ceremony this Friday.

Groundbreaking ceremony for new Milton elementary school

  • Friday, October 17, 2014, 12:00 noon
  • Intersection of Farmstead Drive and Louis St. Laurent Boulevard (On the south side of Louis St. Laurent, west of Regional Road 25)

This new two-storey, 71,000-square-foot elementary school will accommodate nearly 800 students and include eight Kindergarten rooms, two Life Skills rooms, a Special Education room, as well as Science, Art, Music and Technology rooms. Construction will begin immediately, with the official opening anticipated for September 2015.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

HDSB PIC Conference for Parents

  • Saturday, October 18, 2014 at 8 AM – 2:30 PM
  • White Oaks Secondary School, 1330 Montclair Dr., Oakville L6H 1Z5

Keynote Speakers: Mary Jean Gallagher and George Couros

Conference program: http://www.hdsb.ca/Community/PIC/Downloads/PIC%20Conference%20Poster%202014.pdf

  • A light breakfast and lunch will be provided (FREE)
  • FREE child minding, upon request, at White Oaks Secondary School
  • Community awareness displays
  • Interpreters will be provided upon request – American Sign Language

Register at your child’s school or online at http://www.hdsb.ca/Community/PIC/Pages/welcome.aspx
For additional information, please contact Joanne Basta at 905-335-3663 ext. 3294 or bastaj@hdsb.ca

$72,000 Boondoggle???

It is hard to tell whether the attention to the Halton District School Board’s leadership conference is motivated by concern, or because this is an election year, by political opportunism.  To set aside the hyperbole and vitriol, Director David Euale spoke with Global News this week. The two minute interview can be watched online at http://globalnews.ca/news/1603525/halton-principals-go-on-72k-summer-retreat-at-alliston-resort/ if not available here:

In my opinion, money spent on leadership development is valuable for student success and well-being. At this retreat we had the rapt attention of 320 principals and teachers for 12 hours the first day and another 4 hours the following morning. There were no cell-phone interruptions and no dashing off to deal with crices at home or work.  In my former work life downtown, I participated in and supported leadership development and team building events that were similarly crucial to the infusion of a corporate vision, and to the creation of the leaders and leadership to effect that vision, in order to create and promulgate the culture of the corporation.  The HDSB’s intent is no different.  

Who do you want leading your schools and classrooms?  Studies show that while the teachers have the most direct impact on students’ success and well-being, principals are a close second.

This term, the board has been particularly frugal regarding its support of Summer Leadership Conferences. During the 2007-2010 term, these events were held at centres in Niagara on the Lake or Niagara Falls (with room rates are as low as $50). At the outset of the current term, the 2011-2014 board established a 1 in 4 rule whereby three of four conferences would be held locally – at the Oakville Convention Centre in 2011, or the Burlington Holiday Inn in 2012 and 2013.  As has been reported, the 2014 retreat was held at the Nottawasaga Inn (there was room as no kids hockey teams were booking yet). The board has a leadership development plan and the leadership conventions are an integral component of that plan.  Each year’s deliverables can be easily recognized in the keynote speakers – 2011: Mark Prensky, David Booth; 2012: Doug Willms, Mawi Asgedom; 2013: Karen Mapp, Steven Kratz; 2014: HDSB staff and the Multi-Year Plan.  The workshops are either sharing of best practices, education on new initiatives, or focus sessions with the keynote speakers.

In 2007 we developed the Board’s Strategic Plan, in 2011 it was refined, and in 2012 it became the basis for the HDSB’s Multi-Year Plan.  I hope our schools are excellent places to learn, teach and volunteer.  I hope that the ongoing improvements have been obvious in spite of some of provincial austerity and labour initiatives. I believe what goes on in our schools is intentional, and that staff feel supported by their administrators, by their peers, by the board, and by parents and communities; and that our students thrive in a culture of respect, inspiration, safety, wellness, inclusion, engagement, challenge and choice in every school across Halton.


Facts for 2014-2015:

  • HDSB Student Enrolment   61,300 students
  • HDSB Operating Budget  $664.3 million (100% of total)
  • HDSB Budget for Administration and Governance   $15.3 million (2.3% of total)
  • HDSB Leadership Conference 2014   $72,000 (0.01% of total)
  • HDSB Leadership Conference 2014 per attendee   $225 (0.00003% of total)

The Halton District School Board is pleased to invite you to…

Dealing with Challenging Behaviour in Children and Teens:
J. Stuart Ablon, Ph.D.,

  • Tuesday, October 7th, 2014, 7:00-9:00PM
  • The Burlington Performing Arts Centre
    440 Locust Street, Burlington, ON
  • Free Admission – No Registration Required
  • Free Parking After 6:00PM

stuart_ablonExplosive/noncompliant children and adolescents exhibit intense temper outbursts, oppositionality, and verbal and physical aggression.    These behaviors have extremely adverse effects on family life and functioning at school.

Dr. Ablon provides an alternative conceptualization of the difficulties of these children and adolescents; namely, that their difficulties are a byproduct of lacking cognitive skills in the domains of flexibility/adaptability, frustration tolerance, and problem‐solving.    Based on this conceptualization, he provides an overview of a model of treatment called Collaborative Problem Solving (CPS).    The CPS model helps adults teach these lacking cognitive skills while reducing the frequency and intensity of explosive/noncompliant episodes in diverse
settings, including families, schools, group homes, and inpatient and juvenile detention facilities.

Contact Rebecca Newcombe for additional information: newcomber@hdsb.ca

Printable Poster: http://thinkkids.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/Family-and-Community-Night-2014.pdf


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