Spotlight February 23



February 23, 2016

Shining the Spotlight on Alexander Kuska Catholic Elementary School





The spotlight shone on Alexander Kuska Catholic Elementary School during the February 23 Board Meeting. Students and staff from the Rice Road school shared with Trustees and Senior Staff what makes their Catholic elementary school so special. In the photo above, students (Camille Peddle, front and Megan Patterson) deliver special gifts to Senior Staff and Trustees.




Trustees Approve Five Policies

During the February 23 Board Meeting, Trustees approved the revised Community Planning and Partnership Policy (800.6), Pupil Accommodation Review Policy (701.2), Dress Code – Secondary Uniform – Safe Schools Policy (302.6.6), Elementary Standardized Dress Code – Safe Schools Policy (302.6.10). The revisions were made following a vetting process with stakeholders, and is done as part of Niagara Catholic’s ongoing, cyclical review of policies to ensure they continue to meet the needs of the system and comply with Ministry of Education requirements.

The new French Immersion Policy was also approved.

Phase One of Long-Term Accommodation Planning Now Under Way

Getting ready to dig.

Getting ready to dig at the new St. Martin Catholic Elementary School in Smithville.

Trustees have approved Niagara Catholic’s Long-Term Accommodation Planning Principles, which were presented during the February 23 Board Meeting.

In March 2015, the Ministry of Education issued guidelines to school boards in Ontario, to support their efforts to effectively manage and the capital assets of school boards – our schools.

The Pupil Accommodation Review (PAR) Guidelines attempt to streamline and clarify the process school boards follow in order to close underutilized schools. The Community Planning and Partnership Guidelines were introduced to ensure that school boards regularly consult with community agencies to facilitate partnerships in underutilized schools.

Niagara Catholic’s Pupil Accommodation Review Policy (701.2) and Community Planning and Partnerships Policy (800.6) were approved at the January 26, 2016, Board Meeting. These revised policies reflect the spirit of the new Ministry guidelines, and comply with their respective requirements.

During the February 9, 2016 Committee of the Whole Meeting, Trustees received a report from Superintendent of Education Ted Farrell, Controller of Facilities Services Scott Whitwell and Manager of Facilities Services Kathy Levinski, which outlines the Board’s recent actions in long-term accommodation planning. This report is available as part of the February 23, 2016 Board Meeting agenda.

2016-2017 Elementary and Secondary School Calendar

Trustees have approved Niagara Catholic’s proposed 2016-2017 school year calendar.

The Ministry of Education requires 194 school days in an academic year. Within those days, seven days must be designated as Professional Activity Days and 10 days must be set aside for secondary examinations. The remaining days are instructional days.

The proposed 2016-2017 school year calendar was vetted through stakeholders in January 2016, and reviewed by Senior Staff. Trustees recommended bringing the proposed 2016-2017 school year calendar forward to the Board for approval at the February 23, 2016 Board Meeting. The Board-approved calendar will then be submitted to the Ministry of Education for approval.

Key dates in the proposed 2016-2017 calendar include the Christmas Break (December 26, 2015 – January 6, 2017 inclusive) and the March Break, which will take place from March 13-17, 2017.

Nominate a Graduate for a Distinguished Alumni Award

There is still time to nominate a graduate of Niagara Catholic for a Distinguished Alumni Award. Visit our Distinguished Alumni Award section of this website for nomination forms and criteria. The deadline for nominations is March 11. The 2016 Distinguished Alumni Awards will be presented during a Mass and luncheon at the Catholic Education Centre on Friday, May 6, as the culimination of the Board’s Catholic Education Week celebrations.

Catch Up With Our Good News!

If you haven’t checked out our Good News section in a while, be sure to take a look at some of the great stories we’ve had to share in December, including some pretty impressive musical performances by our students.

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