Key Contribution Awards 2010 - Nominations Now Being Accepted
The Key Contribution Awards are presented annually by the Trustees of the Avon Maitland District School Board to individuals who make or have made outstanding contributions to the achievement of the board’s goals. These annual awards are a public celebration of the extraordinary work and effort of individuals involved in education across the Avon Maitland district.
Nominations are now being accepted for the 2010 Key Contribution Awards which will be presented on Wednesday, March 24, 2010. Any individual in the Avon Maitland District School Board community, which includes students, parents, staff, community partners, and the trustees, may be nominated or participate in a nomination. All nominations must be supported by three non-related nominators. Deadline for nominations is Wednesday, February 11, 2010 at 4:00 p.m.
Local children and their families will benefit from an integrated day of learning and play when the first wave of full-day early learning comes to Perth County this September, John Wilkinson, MPP, Perth-Wellington announced today at Downie Central School. Over the next five years full-day early learning will become available at all elementary schools in Ontario. Enrolment is at the discretion of parents.
“Full-day early learning will help provide our children more opportunities for future success,” stated Wilkinson. “We’re taking these important first steps toward giving all of our four- and five-year-olds a firmer foundation for learning – and for life. Helping our young people as early as possible, is the very best investment our province can make.”
Full-day early learning for four- and five-year-olds in Perth County will be available at:
• Downie Central Public School, St. Pauls
• Milverton Public School, Milverton
• Romeo Public School, Stratford
Full-day early learning for four- and five-year-olds in Huron County will be available at:
• Clinton Public School, Clinton
• Howick Central Public School, Howick
Board Appoints Kim Black as
Superintendent of Education Responsible for Curriculum
The Avon Maitland District School Board announced today that System Principal of Curriculum Kim Black has been appointed Superintendent of Education for Curriculum effective February 2010. Ms. Black takes over the portfolio from Pat Stanley who announced her retirement in the fall after almost 40 years in education. ...read more
Getting There from Here - A Guide for Moving from Grade 8 to 9
Beginning high school is a very exciting time in your life. It is a time when your horizons are expanding, and you are beginning your transition into adulthood and the world of work. Secondary schools in the Avon Maitland District School Board offer a variety of programs designed to meet your needs and assist you in reaching your full potential.
Two Members of Avon Maitland's Team Launch Books
An Avon Maitland Trustee and a secondary school teacher from LDSS have made contributions to literacy with the launch of new books. Stratford Trustee Meg Westley
has released her first novel, the fantasy thriller Goddess Fire. At almost the same time Listowel District Secondary School Social Sciences teacher Wendy van Leeuwen has release the novel, "Terrific Tuesday".
This book for 8-11 year old readers and is a mystery about a plucky sixth grader, Tuesday Somerville, and her quest to save the best class trip ever. You can check out the book at www.wendyvale.com.
Melanie Jackson of Gumboot Books says “Terrific Tuesday is refreshingly free of outlandish plot, setting and gizmos. What you get is straight-up believable and warm-hearted: a simple yet very clever story early readers will easily relate to. You will ache and rejoice with Tuesday through her ups and downs. She is, very definitely, terrific.”
You can find out more about Meg Westley's "Goddess Fire" at www.megwestley.com. "It's fantasy," says Westley, "but not very far removed from the reality experienced by people living in totalitarian states today. It is not a book for children: it's scary, exciting and has it's grisly moments."
Goddess Fire immediately captivates its reader with the intrigue and drama of its fully realized, magical world" says Rebecca Coleman, author of Desperado City.
Versteeg Stays In the Chair - Pratley Remains Vice Chair
North Perth Trustee Jenny Versteeg will serve once again as Chair of the Avon Maitland District School Board during 2010. At its Inaugural Meeting held December 8, 2009 at the Education Centre in Seaforth, Versteeg was acclaimed as Board Chair. This will be her third term as Chair of the Board. She was first Chair in 2007 and followed that by a year as Vice-Chair.
Stratford Trustee Doug Pratley was acclaimed once again as Vice-Chair. Pratley has been a trustee since 2003 and is a former Avon Maitland secondary school principal.
During her inaugural address Chair Versteeg said, "We are in for a high energy year - one in which we will likely find ourselves skidding to a stop just in time for the election next fall. The work in front of us is significant." ....read more
On June 23, 2009 the board received a copy of a petition for an Administrative Review that was submitted to the Minister of Education over the process followed with last year's Central East North Huron Accommodation Review. The Minister appointed Margaret Wilson as the facilitator to carry out the review. Over the months of September and October 2009 Ms. Wilson met with members of senior staff, trustees, the petitioners, and members of the CENH ARC. She also toured the schools under review as well as F.E. Madill Secondary School.
On December 4, 2009, The Honourable Kathleen Wynne, Minister of Education, released the facilitators report to the public. Margaret Wilson found that the board did not violate board policy 18 re Pupil Accommodation Reviews. Further, Ms. Wilson found that policy 18 is “exemplary” and “written in plain, easy to understand language.” ...read more
Following the directions of the Government the Avon Maitland District School Board has applied for approval to launch the new Early Learning Program in 10 classrooms at 5 elementary schools across the district. If approved the Board will introduce the program at Clinton, Howick, Milverton, Downie and Romeo Public Schools for September 2010. .....read more
For Up to Date Information on H1N1: Perth County: Call Health Line at 519-271-7600 ext 267 Monday to Friday, 8:30am – 4:30pm www.pdhu.on.ca Huron County: Call 519-482-3416 Monday to Friday, 8:30am – 4:30pm www.huroncounty.ca/health
Daily Absence Report – Schools with Student Absence over 10%
# of Elementary Schools: 0
# of Secondary Schools: 1
On behalf of the Board of Trustees, Chair of the Board, Jenny Versteeg,
announced that a site has been chosen for the construction of a new JK - 6 elementary school for the North Huron Area. Funding for 515 student places was previously approved by the Ministry of Education and now the work has begun to bring this to a reality.
The 18 acre property is located east of and adjacent to F.E. Madill Secondary School in Wingham and straddles the municipal boundary between North Huron and Morris Turnberry. This means the new school will actually be part of both municipalities. ...read more