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Board Meeting News for March 6
Highlights from March 6 Board of Trustees Meeting
Posted on 03/07/2019
Board of Trustees

March 7, 2019 (Brockville, ON) – Trustees with the Upper Canada District School Board (UCDSB) met on Wednesday, March 6, 2019 to discuss several agenda items. 

2018-2020 UCDSB Equity and Inclusion Plan
Superintendent David Coombs presented on the 2018-2020 Equity and Inclusion Plan for the Upper Canada District School Board. The goal of the plan is to ensure every student in the board has the opportunity to succeed personally and academically regardless of background, identity or personal circumstance. The plan seeks to offer these opportunities through initiatives in four key areas: school and classroom practices; leadership, governance and human resource practices; data collection, integration and reporting; and organizational culture change.

The plan outlines a variety of actions such as: implementing and building awareness of religious accommodation practices throughout the school board; building a data reporting cycle that includes data from the diverse populations served by the school board; providing training for school leaders and hiring managers to ensure equitable recruitment and hiring practices are implemented to reflect Ontario’s diverse society; and aligning human resources practices with the plan’s focus on equity. 

Iroquois Public School (IPS) Improvement Plan for Student Achievement and Wellness (SIPSAW)
Principal Jill Pensa and Vice-Principal Candy Campbell discussed how their school is enhancing student well-being and boosting math and literacy scores.

Through the school’s improvement plan (SIPSAW), the school is intending to make advances in math, focusing efforts on the junior level. Teachers assess the work of focus students to determine areas for improvement. As a result, the school is using math games such as Splats to help students better understand the basics of addition and subtraction. The game will show a black blob partially covering number dots displayed in a math question. A number is shown with the Splat and students must determine how many dots are hidden by the Splat to make up the designated number. This helps build addition and subtraction skills. 

When tackling a mathematics problem, teachers encourage students to break down large numbers into smaller units they can understand. This allows for easier addition and subtraction and a deeper understanding of numbers. 

The school’s plan also emphasizes a focus on reading and writing in its literacy goals. This begins early, with efforts to focus on literacy in Kindergarten, teaching students to recognize their letters and sounds, and differentiate words using the principles of an assessment and teaching guide called Sound Skills Screener. 

The school is striving to improve wellness though the use of programs such as Zones of Regulation, the Walk Away, Ignore, Talk it Out, Seek Help (W.I.T.S) antibullying program, and a counselling program run through the Cornwall Community Hospital. 

Bridgewood Public School (BPS) Improvement Plan for Student Achievement and Wellness (SIPSAW)

Principal Jennifer Perry spoke about her school’s efforts to improve academic results and student wellness through their school-based strategic plan.

In math, the focus is on students in Grades 4, 5, and 6. Teaching staff reviewed provincial assessment results and samples of student work to gain a baseline of student skills, and to identify areas where learning needed to improve. Staff determined students needed to focus on basic applications of multiplication, division, addition and subtraction and learn different ways to achieve results.  

In literacy, the school is advancing student learning through a balanced literacy model. A big part of that involves a focus on guided reading, where teachers tailor instruction to meet student’s specific reading needs. The school also offers the Empower Reading Program to help students who may require intensive support in this area of their learning. 

Regarding wellness, the school has the Zones of Regulation Program in place, which is used to help students manage their emotions and find constructive ways to cope with them. Big Brothers/Big Sisters also operates in the school, giving students a positive adult role model with which to associate, play games with, and talk. The Boys and Girls Club also runs an after-school club to provide fun activities and increase a sense of belonging. 

Perry was assisted in the presentation by Vice-Principal Julie Pollock-Iwachniuk.

For media inquiries, please contact:

Stephen Sliwa                                              
Director of Education
Upper Canada District School Board 
(613) 342-0371 ext. 1188

John McAllister 
Upper Canada District School Board
(613) 213-4094      

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