Trustees Approve Policies
During the June 9, 2015 Committee of the Whole Meeting, Trustees recommended the following revised policies be sent to the Board for approval: Progressive Student Discipline – Safe Schools Policy (302.6.9), Admission of Elementary and Secondary Students Policy (301.1), Safe Physical Intervention with Students Policy (301.8), Equity and Inclusive Education Policy (100.10), Purchasing/Supply Chain Management Policy (600.1) and Retirement and Service Recognition Policy (201.2).
The policies will be considered by the Board at the final meeting of the 2014-2015 school year, on Tuesday, June 16, 2015.
Trustees Recognize Student Medallists
During the June 9, 2015 Committee of the Whole Meeting, Trustees recognized three Niagara Catholic students who had outstanding accomplishments on the national stage.
Bethany Poltl, a Grade 7 student at St. Michael Catholic Elementary School, won a bronze medal from the Canada-Wide Science Fair in Fredericton, New Brunswick, in May for her project Jitter Bug: How HFCS Affects the Longevity, Fertility & Behaviour of Drosophila. Bethany earned her place at the national event following a gold-medal win at the Niagara Regional Science and Engineering Fair earlier this year. See more about Bethany and her project here.
In addition to Bethany’s success, two Niagara Catholic secondary school students travelled to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, in late May to compete in the Skills Canada 2015 competition and brought home medals. Alex Powell, a Grade 12 student at Saint Michael Catholic High School, and Alex DiPaola, a Grade 11 student at Notre Dame College School, achieved national medals.
Alex Powell won Gold in the Electronics event. His outstanding performance bested students from across Canada in the competition. Alex DiPaola won a Bronze Medal in Mechanical CADD (Computer Assisted Design and Drafting).
Bethany, Alex Powell and Alex DiPaola were recognized by Trustees and Senior Staff during the June 9, 2015 Committee of the Whole Meeting. Each received an Excellence in Education pin.
Trustees Meet New Student Senate Co-Chairs and 2015-2016 Student Trustees
Niagara Catholic Trustees were introduced to Michaela Bodis and Aidan Harold, Niagara Catholic’s 2015-2016 Student Senate Co-Chairs and Student Trustees during the Jun
Aidan is a Grade 11 student at Notre Dame College School in Welland, and Michaela is a Grade 11 student at Lakeshore Catholic High School in Port Colborne. They were elected during the 2015 Niagara Catholic Student Leadership Symposium at Club Roma May 20.
Trustees also thanked outgoing Student Trustees Chloe Demizio an Jess DiPasquale for their service to Niagara Catholic and wished them well as they embark on their next journeys at university in September.de 11 student at Notre Dame College School in Welland, and Michaela is a Grade 11 student at Lakeshore Catholic High School in Port Colborne. They were elected during the 2015 Niagara Catholic Student Leadership Symposium at Club Roma May 20.
Niagara Catholic Summer Learning Program
Niagara Catholic will host a school-based literacy and numeracy instructional program for students in ELKP Year 2 through Grade 5 during the month of August, 2015.
Summer Learning is part of a significant research study taking place in Ontario school boards to examine the factors that minimize summer learning loss. In the past four years, it has been determined that summer learning programs reduce achievement gaps and, in many cases, increase literacy and numeracy achievent. This year’s Summer Learning Program will take place from August 10-28, 2015, at seven Catholic elementary schools: Our Lady of Victory Catholic Elementary School, St. Therese Catholic Elementary School, St. Mary Catholic Elementary School (Welland), St. Andrew Catholic Elementary School, St. Denis Catholic Elementary School, St. Joseph Catholic Elementary School (Grimsby) and Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Elementary School in Grimsby.
Niagara Catholic received $105,000 for this program from the Council of Ontario Directors of Education (CODE).
More information about this program is available in the June 9 Committee of the Whole Meeting Agenda.
Larkin Estate Awards Recommended
The Larkin Estate Award was created out of a bequest from the estates of Maria Eveleen Larkin and Aimee Theresa Larkin. Beginning in 1969, Trustees in the former Lincoln County Roman Catholic Separate School Board administered the Larkin Estate Award to students registered in St. Michael’s College at the University of Toronto, or a school of nursing, social work or a college or university offering such a course.
During the June 9, 2015 Committee of the Whole Meeting, Trustees recommended that seven graduating students should selected to receive a $225 Larkin Estate Award as they embark on their post-secondary educations: Kristen Anderson (Blessed Trinity Catholic Secondary School, Nursing); Ariel Michael Morales (Denis Morris Catholic High School, Nursing); Zoie Ward, Jennifer Korsmit and Marta Wasak (Holy Cross Catholic Secondary School, Nursing); Michelle Desrosiers (Lakeshore Catholic High School, Women & Gender Studies) and Sean Michael Thompson (Notre Dame College School, Nursing).
Five alumni had their $125 Award repeated this year: Adriana Sansotta (Brock University from Holy Cross Catholic Secondary School, Nursing); Aryn Richardon (McMaster University from Denis Morris Catholic High School, Bachelor of Science, Nursing); Bianca Benincasa (University of Toronto from Lakeshore Catholic High School, Criminology/Criminal Sciences); Denise Ehi (University of Windsor from Saint Michael Catholic High School, Nursing) and Melissa DellaSmirra (Brock University from Notre Dame College School, Nursing).
The recommendation will be considered at the June 16, 2015 Board Meeting.
Captial Projects Submission 2015
Each year, the Ministry of Education invites school boards to submit their Capital Priorities for the coming year.
Submissions for the 2015-2016 school year are due on July 15, 2015.
Senior Staff reviewed a number of possible capital projects for funding, and created a list of those deemed most necessary.
During the June 9, 2015 Committee of the Whole Meeting, Trustees recommended the following Capital Projects, in order of priority, be considered by the Board for submission to the Ministry:
- An addition to Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Elementary School in Grimsby to relieve accommodation pressure
- An addition to St. Christopher Catholic Elementary School to relieve accommodation pressure (as a result of the Accommodation Review as approved on May 24, 2014)
- Alterations to St. Theresa Catholic Elementary School – a proposed retrofit to conver an open-concept classroom to a regular classroom configuration (as a result of the Accommodation Review as approved on May 24, 2014)
- An addition St. Michael Catholic Elementary School to relieve accommodation pressure
The proposed submissions will be considered by the Board at the June 16 meeting.