Santa is coming to Brookdale Public School for Breakfast again this Saturday (December 7) morning, so all the children must have been very good! Thanks to the Home & School, staff, student and community elves, and Mr. Pullen for keeping this tradition going.
This kind of quality journalism underscores the ongoing need for a National broadcaster like CBC, whose programming can be relevant and insightful as well as interesting and educational. Gotta love Paul Kennedy and Ideas: “The program is eclectic in form and content. Ideas covers social issues, culture and the arts, geopolitics, history, science and technology, biology and the humanities. Most of Ideas’ broadcasts are documentaries in which thoughts are gathered, contexts explored and connections made.
Tonight’s Episode “The Revolution Will Be Extruded” and accompanying web feature are a concise compendium of the promise and challenge of 3D Printing. A must-read and must-listen for kids and adults with an eye on the future.
Do you know what a hackerspace is?
Come on out this Saturday, December 7th to Burlington Central High School to watch 350 plus grade 7 and 8 students from across the Halton District School Board compete with their teams in this year’s HDSB VEX Super Saturday Robotics Championship. Supporting and mentoring this competition includes about 100 of our secondary FIRST robotics students from the 7 Halton FIRST Teams. This should be an exciting day for all involved. We will also be holding a special HDSB Pathways presentations for parents starting at 10:00 am. Please see below for detailed agenda. If you have any questions please contact Dave Hammel, Competition Coordinator at email@example.com or Dave Lewis, coordinator for technological education and pathways at firstname.lastname@example.org
HDSB Vex Robotics Super Saturday Championship Agenda
Saturday December 7, 2013
Burlington Central High School
8:00 Doors Open 8:45-9:00 Opening Ceremonies 10:00–10:45 Pathways Presentation for Parents 9:00-12:00 Qualifying Matches 12:00-12:30 Lunch 12:30-1:00 Alliance Selection 1:00-3:30 Elimination Matches and Division Finals 3:30-4:00 Silver and Gold Matches
Lunch hot dog, hamburger or veggie burger with a drink $5.00
Proceeds go to the Halton Learning Foundations – Eliminating Barriers to Learning.
Parents are invited to explore opportunities for students in high school and beyond during a Pathways Presentation by the HDSB Pathways Team
In the spirit of the holiday season charitable donations will be collected for “Rebecca’s gift”. This is a wonderful cause and it is done on behalf of Central High Schools former VP Gerard Herlihey (now Principal of Aldershot School) who organized this event in memory of his late daughter Rebecca. Each team is invited to bring an unwrapped gift which will go to families in need. If you already participate in a charitable event similar please do not feel obligated to participate.
Coordinator: Technological Education and Pathways,
New Street Education Centre
3250 New Street, Burlington, ON L7N 1M8
905-631-6120 ext. 424
The first wave of primary core French public schools were named at last night’s board meeting. Nine Oakville schools will be among the first 24 to implement 40 minutes/week of Grade 1 core French beginning September 2014:
- Captain R. Wilson PS
- Emily Carr PS
- Falgarwood PS
- Heritage Glen PS
- Maple Grove PS
- Oakwood PS
- Palermo PS
- Sheridan PS
- West Oak PS
For more information, Report 13182 – Primary Core French Schools – 2014-2015 is available here.
Yesterday’s episode of CBC’s The Current with Anna Maria Tremonti, “Is Canada failing the grade at math?” is worth a listen. Some interesting ideas on what should be taught and how. Great reporting on the recent PISA results and the reaction across Canada.
A quick reminder
All public schools in Halton will dismiss 90 minutes early on Thursday 19 December 2013, the last day of school before Winter Break. Board-provided transportation will be adjusted to reflect this early dismissal time. Check your school website for details.
Friday 20 December 2013 is a professional development day, and one of the unpaid days teachers are required to take during the school year in accordance with their new collective agreements.
School resumes on Monday 6 January 2014.
I can`t believe it`s almost 2014!
The Halton District School Board meets the first and third Wednesdays of the month during the school year. Agendas, minutes and video/voice recordings of these meetings are posted on the HDSB website under Board Agendas and Minutes. The Board Package, including agenda, minutes and reports, which trustees receive the Friday before a meeting, is available to the public on the website, usually the same day by 4:30 PM.
At board meetings, trustees receives three kinds of reports:
- For Decision – these are reports that require the approval of the Board of Trustees in order for staff or the board to take some action. Reports and recommendations for action are introduced at one meeting and considered at the next, providing two weeks (usually) for community feedback.
- For Information – these reports are received by the board, but do not require approval.
- For Monitoring – these are periodic reports providing evidence that the School Board is operating according to the law and meeting the expectations of the Ontario Education Act and Ontario Regulations regarding student achievement, well-being and fiscal responsibility.
This may be an oversimplification, but the Board By-Laws, also posted under Board Room & Trustees, provide additional insight for the interested. The Ed Act and all education related legislation is available on the Government of Ontario website.
Three items For Decision, all pretty interesting from a community perspective:
- Report 13170 “Supervision for Unstructured Time” introduced by Trustee Bateman Olmstead asks staff to a provide a plan to increase the number of trained Adult Lunchtime Student Supervisors in our schools.
- Report 13167 “2012-13 Financial Statements/Accumulated Surplus Balances” submitted by Superintendent Veerman speaks to the HDSB operating surplus from last year and provides recommendations for it use. A significant end of year surplus is relatively unique to growth boards. The Board develops its budget for the upcoming school year between January and June. This accumulated surplus, when there is one, is almost like a mini-budget. Trustees will receive staff recommendations for the use of the surplus as well as an explanation of the process.
- Report 13172 “Revised Timeline for the Preparation and Review of 2013-2014 LTAP” from Director Euale and Superintendent Veerman speak to rescheduling the introduction of the HDSB Long-Term Accommodation Plan from January to early April. It is expected that the Ministry of Education will have made its Capital Funding announcements by then.
Here are a few of the nearly a dozen items For Action on December 18 or For Information:
- Report 13175 “Multi-Year Plan Update – Mental Health” provided by Superintendent Boag and Director Euale reviews the HDSB’s progress on the Ontario government’s “Open Minds, Healthy Minds, Ontario’s Comprehensive Mental Health and Addictions Strategy”. An excellent read and presentation.
- But don’t stop there! Report 13176 “Multi-Year Plan Update – Safe & Inclusive Schools” presented by Superintendent Obeng looks at a number of our goal areas fro the HDSB’s Multi-Year Plan regarding Safe and Inclusive Schools and Student Engagement.
- Superintendent Cullen’s nearly-monthly “Capital Update” Report 13177 speaks to our progress on Capital Projects including new schools, renovations, and our Year 4 and Year 5 Full Day Kindergarten roll-out.
- And for the anyone with a penchant for circling dates in the calendar, the “Updated Board Report Schedule 2013-14″ from the Director, including dates for the “Closing the Gap Update”, the “Budget”, the “Annual Operational Plan Update”, the “Multi-Year Plan Update”, the “Self-Paced Learning Pilot”, “Bell Times”, etc. reports.
All HDSB board meetings are held in the Board Room of the J.W. Singleton Education Centre at 2050 Guelph Line in Burlington, just north of Upper Middle. Public session starts at 7:00 PM and the public is welcome.
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