During the May 28 Board Meeting, trustees approved six policies:
Employee Hiring and Selection (Teachers) Policy (203.1), Safe Schools Policy (302.6), Student Suspension – Safe Schools Policy (302.6.4), Student Expulsion Policy (302.6.5), Corporate Cards, Purchasing Cards and Petty Cash Policy (600.4) and Financial Investment Policy (NEW) are available on the Board website for the public to view.
2019-2020 System Priorities
During the May 28 Board Meeting, trustees approved the 2019-2020 System Priorities for Niagara Catholic.
This brings to a conclusion a process that began in January, when Niagara Catholic commenced the consultation process for the 2019-2020 System Priorities and Annual Budget.
As part of the process, members of Senior Administrative Council sought input from 17 groups of Niagara Catholic stakeholders throughout the winter, keeping trustees updated along the way.
The 2019-2020 System Priorities are designed to continue to provide focused initiatives for the Board’s two Strategic Directions: Build Strong Catholic Identity and Community to Nurture the Distinctiveness of Catholic Education, and to Advance Student Achievement for All.
After collating the feedback received, the draft Enabling Strategies are:
Provide Supports for Success
- Ensure that the principles of equity and inclusive education with a Catholic context support the needs and potential of all students
- Enhance career pathway planning and opportunities for all students
- Support the critical linkage between mental health and well-being and student success
Enhance Technology for Optimal Learning
- Improve the teaching and learning experience, through access and technology enabled active learning, to include global competencies
Building Partnerships and Schools as Hubs
- Enhance communication opportunities with parents, partners, schools and community
- Promote partnerships that align with the merging social service models and needs.
Strengthen Human Resource Practices and Develop Transformational Leadership
- Enhance key professional development opportunities and resources for staff to build teacher capacity and efficacy for student success
- Enhance and support staff wellness programs.
Ensure Responsible Fiscal and Operational Management
- Maintain financial stewardship
- Address Changing Demographics
Enhance community partners to access space in schools
- Optimize school utilization throughout the system.
Champion of the Arts Award Recipient
Dr. Christina LeRose, an Itinerant Arts teacher at St. Ann Catholic Elementary School in St. Catharines and St. Martin Catholic Elementary School in Grimsby was recently recognized by the Niagara Symphony Orchestra with the Paul van Dongen Award for Excellence in Music Education, one of three Champion of the Arts A
wards presented to educators in Niagara each year.
Dr. LeRose was recognized for integrating songwriting with language, theory with math, and composer biographies with history and geography, showing that music can be used to enrich and tranform the lives of people around the world. Dr. LeRose is the first Niagara Catholic teacher to receive this prestigious award, named in honour of gifted music educator Paul van Dongen, who died at the age of 89 in 2015.
National and Provincial Medalists
It’s that time of the year again – when we look back at the year that was, and honour students who excelled in academics, the arts, athletics and technology. The following groups were recognized at the May 28 Board Meeting:
2019-2020 School Year Calendar Approved
Niagara Catholic’s 2019-2020 School Year Calendar has been approved by the Ministry of Education, and is now available on the Board website for the community to access.
Have you checked out our Good News page lately? If you haven’t, you’re missing out on the great things happening in the system. We have some great stories and photos from Our Pathways Speakers Summit, FamJam4Wellness Event, and the Celebrating Excellence Award celebration, as well as news from Skills Ontario, the Niagara Industrial Association Trade Show and about our 2019-2020 Student Senators.