Regular Board Meeting January 27, 2015
Principal Emeritus Award
Retiring Principal Sheila Nyman was acknowledged at Tuesday night’s board meeting and was presented Principal Emeritus. Sheila is the Principal of W.C. Eaket Secondary School in Blind River.
Sheila began her career as an educator in 1987 as an LTO at the then North Shore Board of Education. She spent four years with the Etobicoke Board of Education before returning to teach Geography and the LEAD class at WC Eaket. She was a Vice Principal at Michipicoten High School and Blind River Public School before returning once again as VP to WC Eaket. She has been Principal at Eaket for the past 7 and a half years.
Sheila has participated and contributed to many board committees - Mental Health Team, Parent Involvement Committee, Hiring Procedure Committee, Aboriginal Focus Group, SSI team, interview committee, mentoring committee (Board Leadership). She has made presentations at the school, board, provincial (Thunder Bay and Sudbury) and national levels (presenting nationally at the Indigenous Summit in fall of 2012 in Toronto).
Sheila has been a strong support in developing and implementing First Nation, Metis and Inuit programs as well as an advocate for supporting the learning needs of all learners. She has worked closely with the First Nation community partners – bringing the school to the First Nation community. Committed to her own professional learning, Sheila has engaged in numerous professional development opportunities and has acted as a mentor for new administrators.
Sheila’s smile, energy, sense of humour and enthusiasm for learning will be greatly missed.
Golly Gee Whiz
Trustees were treated to a musical number from White Pines students, their teacher Erica Strom and White Pines Intermediate Vice Principal Sandi DalCin. This February White Pines Onstage will be presenting the musical “Golly Gee Whiz!” Winner of the National Youth Theatre Award for Outstanding New Musical, Golly Gee Whiz! is “the quintessential backyard musical. It’s a loving tribute to the terrific Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland Hollywood film musicals of the 1930s and 40s that portrayed the “can do” attitude of the younger generation.”
School shows will be presented from Wednesday February 4th to Friday February 6th inclusive. Evening public performances will be staged from Thursday February 5th to Saturday February 7th inclusive. Evening performances will run from 7 to 8:15pm at the Kiwanis Community Theatre Centre and tickets are $5 for students and $10 for adults.
This show is suitable for all ages. This production includes our White Pines Intermediate program students along with students from the secondary program.
Phantom of the Opera
Evan Williams who plays the Phantom and music teacher Denine Williams were on hand to entertain at the Board Meeting. Korah Musical Theatre is presenting Phantom of the Opera from February 11th to 14th. All performances will be at the Korah Auditorium. The first three shows (Feb 11th, 12th and 13th) have a 7pm start time and tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students and seniors.
On February 14th the production is at 3:00pm followed by a Masquerade Dinner at the Northern Grand Gardens. Show tickets are the same price ($15 and $10) and the masquerade dinner ticket is sold separately. This is a fundraising event for the musical theatre program at Korah. Tickets for the dinner are limited and are available at the school and by phone at 705-945-7180. Tickets for all other shows are also available at Korah or through the Community Theatre Box Office at Station Mall (where a surcharge is applicable).
Phantom of the Opera is Broadway’s longest running musical. The musical opened at Her Majesty’s Theatre in London, England in 1986 and is now in its 29th record-breaking year. It has been the Broadway musical all others are measured against. With music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, the score includes the memorable numbers such as “Think of Me” and “Music of the Night” which Evan performed for the Trustees.
Right To Play
The ADSB held a Play Academy at FH Clergue on January 20 & 21. This event is part of our alignment with Right to Play (RTP), an
organization that promotes character building, social justice, physical activity and giving back to the community. Through simple games and instruction provided by RTP facilitators Callie and Kirby from Toronto, the students developed leadership skills to bring back to their own schools and to empower other students to get involved. By the end of a busy and interactive day at the Academy, the students became Junior Leaders. These junior leaders, along with a teacher champion – created an action plan to take back to their school. In the spring, all schools will participate in Today We Play – a celebration of leadership and community within their schools. This event is completely run by the students, as they teach the games to their school peers.
Last year the ADSB had 10 schools participate in the program with tremendous positive feedback. This year we have 23 participating schools and 240 junior leaders were trained over the 2 day academy. Davey Taylor, ASDB Well-Being Assignment Teacher participated in the event and was thrilled with the respect and cooperation that the junior leaders demonstrated. “The students from grades 3 – 8 really demonstrated tremendous character and came up with some great ideas. It was incredible to watch the students step out of their comfort zone as the day progressed and take on the leadership role.”
Occasional teacher volunteers including Sam Elliott, Andrew Ferguson, Erin Rajala, Lauren Amin and Mark Hollingsworth were critical to the success of the day and were thanked by Director Reece (pictured left). Davey also thanked the team at FH Clergue for hosting the event, as the group used all 3 gym spaces and the library.
Receipt Of Administrative Recommendations Report For Wm Merrifield VC Public School
On January 27, 2015, following the completion of four public meetings, the Director’s office received the local Accommodation Review
Committee Report from the Wm Merrifield Accommodation Review Committee (ARC). The report is based on public input received during
each of the four public meetings.
Senior Administration has prepared the Administrative Recommendations Report after carefully reviewing all information associated with
the Wm Merrifield Accommodation Review.
At Tuesday night’s Board meeting, the Board approved receipt of
i. The local Wm Merrifield Accommodation Review Committee (ARC) Report
ii. supporting documentation collected during the Accommodation Review process; and
iii. the Administrative Recommendations Report.
The Administrative Recommendations Report agrees with the Wm Merrifield ARC’s recommendation that Wm Merrifield VC Public School
be closed and that students be accommodated in nearby existing elementary schools and intermediate programs for September 2015.
Receiving schools would include: HM Robbins, Isabel Fletcher, Kiwedin, Northern Heights, Korah Intermediate and Superior Heights
Trustees will vote on the recommendation provided by Senior Administration. The earliest the Board could vote on the recommendation is
April 7, 2015.
Joe Maurice publicly thanked the members of the Wm Merrifield ARC for their dedication and the work they completed during the public
consultations as well as the creation of the Wm Merrifield ARC Report.