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Highlights from January 24th Board of Trustees Meeting
Highlights from January 24th Board of Trustees Meeting
Posted on 01/29/2018
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January 29th, 2018 (Brockville, ON) – Trustees with the Upper Canada District School Board (UCDSB) met on Wednesday, January 24th, 2018 to discuss many agenda items:

Lombardy Public School Presentation: Principal David Morrison presented on how his school is improving math and literacy scores, as well as student wellness through the Lombardy Public School Improvement Plan for Student Achievement (SIPSA).

Teachers are increasing students’ reading comprehension by modelling how to draw supporting details from their reading, so to better understand it. Lessons focus on teaching pupils to draw inferences from captions, subheadings, words in bold, and pictures within a story. The school is also using specific student results from literacy assessments to further the staff’s understanding about what learning needs prevail after students complete a key task in their learning.  In mathematics, staff have found that students' experience difficulties understanding concepts related to measurement. The school has responded with hands-on learning opportunities to help them increase their understanding. Students are provided with tools such as pylons, trundle wheels and metre sticks so they can better experience and learn about measured distances in a practical way. The school has responded to student concerns to enhance wellness at Lombardy. Through the Tell Them From Me survey, students have asked for more non-sport extracurriculars. The school has introduced a Glee Club, a gaming club called Masters of the Universe, the “Move It” fitness program, and other fun activities.

The Stewart School Presentation: Principal Dean Fournier discussed The Stewart School’s success in math and literacy and how the school is improving staff and student wellness.
Through the school’s School Improvement Plan for Student Achievement (SIPSA), staff are striving to improve students’ reading by using specialized testing to determine students’ current abilities and then adjusting classroom strategies to enhance reading comprehension. In the primary grades, these strategies might involve teachers reading to students in smaller groups and then phonetically teaching how different letter combinations sound, so to help students recognize words. In the higher grades, the strategies of choice could involve group discussions about the topic from their reading. The approach teaches pupils to think critically and helps them gain a deeper understanding of the text being studied.  In math, the school is using materials that provide students with problem-solving techniques and guide them through the steps necessary to solve a math problem, as well as to justify and explain their thinking.  The materials help pupils dissect a math problem so they can understand what a problem is asking them, make a plan to solve the question, and do the math necessary to reach a solution. Staff are improving student wellness in several ways, such as creating a caring learning environment. The school runs programs that teach students to resolve conflicts and keep them safe, as well as a variety of extracurricular activities ranging from Lego Club to Fitness Nights to increase students’ sense of belonging to this special school community.

Report of the Special Education Advisory Committee
: Superintendent Valerie Allen presented the January report of the Special Education Advisory Committee. Allen told Trustees about the committee’s recent organizational meeting at which Trustee Bill MacPherson was acclaimed as chair for 2018, and Kimberley Wright was acclaimed as vice chair. The meeting also included discussions regarding the Director’s Work Plan, preparations to revise the Board’s accessibility plan, and the Special Education Plan.

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Stephen Sliwa
Upper Canada District School Board
613-342-0371 ext. 1234                                                

Jeff McMillan
Upper Canada District School Board

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