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Meeting Minutes Sept 2019

LPCI School Council Meeting
September 16, 2019
MEETING MINUTES

 

Next Meeting:  October 28th, 7pm in the library

Attendees: Aiman Flahat, Suzanne Sparrow, Anna Richter, Liz Hanson, Anne Marie Armstrong, Ian Aukema, Julie Sole, Kelly Green, Erika Boone, Ann Moffat, John Hiddema, Resa Eisen, Greg Speirs, Dani Morrison, Jennie Petko, Alexandra Evans, Kate Thurston Dale, Sandra Pritchard, Dorothy Carson, Kristen Glenister, Kyra Kappele, Anne Maenhaut, Gillian Wyett, Jill Bellinger, Haley Overland, Pia Nummi, Veronica Bric, Jen Tse, Sue Valle Connop, Mary Romaniuk, Beth Wilkins, Jenn Harbinsen, Suzanne Duras, Josie Bohm, Tici Butler, Rob Inglis, Jean Choi, Dominca Larkin, Ann McDermott, Karen Barasch, Lily Jung, Mary Reddig, Jennifer Gotleib, Jacqueline Fry, Jennifer Dobson, Jodi English, Catherine Wong, Nicole Spence, Barb Allen, Edna Hussman, Rindy Bradshaw, Jennifer Wilmer, Bryan Seaton, Stuart Lewis, Veronica Bak,

  1. Student Council Update – Samanntha Lee, Ryan Knight
    • Korean delegates were in the school today, a group of students were involved in hosting, they showed them around school and discussed aspects of the school environment, shared
    • Planning now for Spirit week w/o Sep 30 – everyday activities like Orange Shirt Day, Pajama Day etc.
    • Buddies sessions and TOEC training Friday Sep 20th, Grade 9 TOEC Activity Day on Monday Sep 23rd.
    • Universities will be visiting the school in the coming weeks.
    • October costume ball – first big event, more updates in the next month
    • Club Carousel – good way to find out which clubs are available, meet the leaders and sign up, happening in September (date TBC watch for announcements)
    • Volunteer Fair Oct 2nd at lunch in south gym, chance to connect with volunteer organizations if looking for volunteer opportunities throughout the year

 

PARENT QUESTION – Is there a list of clubs online?

Answer – Yes online (parent/school council website from last year still up), also on social media accounts announced at assembly

PARENT QUESTION – How long do Wed buddy sessions go? Answer – First month every wed and then 1x/month after that

PARENT QUESTION – When is homeform rep elected? Answer unsure – coming soon, new: have to have been a homeform rep for at least one year to be part of Council in grade 11/12 (Steve Bibla commented that this may be reviewed)

 

Ruth Kelly – VP responsible for students with last names alphabet M-Z & Steve Bilba – VP responsible for students with last names alphabet A-L introduced themselves and then had to leave.

Introduction of Suzanne Sparrow – teacher rep, attends school council meetings, teaches geography/history, coaches field hockey, ice hockey and ultimate frisbee

  1. Chair & Executive Report – Anna Richter, Liz Hanson, Julie Sole, Ian Aukema, Kelly Green,

 

  • Approval of May 2019 minutes: Bryan Seaton motioned to approve, seconded by John Hiddema
  • LP School Council Executive Nominations for 2019-2020 year:
    • Liz Hanson – daughter in 2nd year and daughters in gr 10 & 12, nominee for chair, looking for co-chair and vice chair!
    • Anne Marie Armstrong, daughter in gr 12 & son in gr 10, nominee for secretary
    • Ian daughter in gr 10, treasurer
    • John Hiddema, vice treasurer and special treasury sub-committee – donations to be tax deductible
    • Julie Sole – daughter in gr 12, communications
    • Welcome Committee chair – Liz
    • Kelly Green – Wellness, son in gr 11
    • Ann Moffat daughter in gr 11, and daughter in gr 8 – Equity committee is new this year, Ann will be co-chairing with Alex, daughter in gr 11
    • Erika Boone – former chair before Anna, daughter in 2nd year, gr 12 and one in gr 8 – ward rep, will be attending meetings with Shelley Laskin, collaborate with other councils
    • Anna – community member and past chair, over previous 6 years had 2 children graduate from LP, parent commented thanks for great job last year
    • Resa Elsen – son in gr 9, Safe and Caring School Committee
    • Greg Speirs – Facilities committee, daughter in gr 9
    • Positions available – parent engagement, fundraising, French as a second language
    • Motion to acclaim positions: Dorothy Carson, seconded by Rindy Bradshaw
  • Welcome Event (Liz)
    • for new parents to school on Thurs Sep 12 – 150 parents, chance to meet new principal Aiman Flahat,
    • tips and tricks on being a parent at LPCI posted on school council website
  • Communications (Julie)
    • Please sign up for emails, encourage others to sign up
    • Looking to get Facebook page more active
    • Website traffic increased causing issues, migrated to new supplier, hoping this will allow more people to visit and we can build it out – looking for suggestions on what information parents would like to see
    • Sign up for Myschoolday app – using instead of agendas, looking to add a parent channel to communicate through this – download for free from app store, input kids schedules in manually, may be opportunity for school sports teams to use this as well, student handbook is in the app, announcements will be on app.
    • The Eye has been going out on Fridays, if not receiving send email to office
  • Treasurers Report (Ian)
    • report is on website
    • $15,806.47 provided to the school in the past year
    • Current account balance is almost $10,000
    • more funds to be allocated from carryover including $2500 for students in need (need identified by principal now- transit passes- will be released soon), probably over $5,000 for student enrichment; SC waiting to get funding request from principal
  • Wellness (Kelly)
    • has Council status aligned to board priorities.
    • Active student voice 60 students led by Angela Papanicolaou
    • Goal is to increase education, and information on mental health and reduce stigma. Planning right now for Terry Fox Run, sign up forms sent home, 15 minutes to walk the field with music, more of mental health initiative vs. athletic. Happening on Sep 27th periods 1 & 2.
    • Opportunity to join committee, they meet once/month.
  • Ward 8 (Erika):
    • Ward is larger,
    • Building a relationship with Shelley Laskin, only go to when needed.
    • Oct 7th first ward meeting, will be here at LPCI.
  1. Follow Ups from Last Meeting (Anna):
  • Funding Request: request from Mr Ho made after the last meeting, additional items allocated on May 17 (theodolites or digital transit stations for Math curriculum), funding allocation summary from last year is posted on SC website under tab “Your Donations at Work”
  • was approved: digital transit stations, details on
  • Facilities improvement (field and triple gym) passed board initial viability review, update phys-ed facilities with focus on physical and mental health – discussion with new principal to determine how and when that may go ahead
  • Special Treasury Committee has been working to obtain tax deductible receipts for school council, initially outside board, then dialogued with TDSB to work towards establishing a suitable method, pending support from principal
  • Teacher Hiring Practices – school council submitted a letter May 30th on Reg 274 (letter on school council website). Provincial government reviewing hiring practices, we generally support provincial changes:
    • good for LPCI
    • to permit greater teacher mobility between boards,
    • to get the right teacher for the job i.e. best qualifications instead of seniority;
    • to simplify the hiring process and avoid unnecessarily interviewing of less suitable candidates
    • reduce bias in teacher hiring practices
    • address diversity and equity in hiring decisions towards a more representative teaching staff
  • Recommendation re Timetable changes- to semestered system           
    • Should be an open process if it is going to be pursued, delivered recommendation for a more open process to the principal and superintendent at start of this school year as SC promised to parents previously in May;
    • Parents comments as received by school council over a 7 week period were shared with the principal
    • read August 24th emails from Shelley Laskin and Andrew Howard Superintendent, will try to post these on SC website – change is now on hold pending the Secondary School Review this year. Anna read part of an email response from Shelley Laskin stating that no decision will be taken until system wide review complete. The procedure is on hold until board receives report. Trustee Laskin commits to start open process from the beginning. New superintendent Andrew Howard also emailed indicating once report comes out then will discuss with school and process will start from the beginning.
  • SC Equity Rep– Following Equity presentation by staff at last meeting, as requested LP School Council exec has now introduced the Equity Rep role into the executive to support one of the board’s 3 foci (student achievement, equity and wellbeing). Important liaison role with the board & school, similar to Wellness Rep. (thanks to Ann & Alex for coming forward)
  • Parent Ilene Hyman – has raised a concern. Based on The Freedom of Information and Education Act: once a student turns 18 school staff must request the student’s permission to contact the student’s parent/guardian for all matters – academic, behavioral, health. This situation applies to half of the students in Grade 12 who turn 18 during the school year. The concerns:
    • Students in Grade 12 are not explained that once they turn 18 during the school year they are entitled to keep all information private and the implications of this ‘adult’ status.
    • Since the Acts only apply to half of Grade 12 students (turning 18 during the school year), this is an equity issue, as in situations where parental involvement and collaboration could improve academic success and access to appropriate disciplinary measures and mental health /addiction treatment services.
    • Ilene’s position is that while a student is in the secondary school system, students should be requested to sign a consent form allowing the school to share information with the parents to ensure student success and wellbeing. The TDSB legal department has developed a consent form for Adult students, but it is the discretion of each Principal to decide whether or not to implement it in individual schools. Ilene would be happy to speak to the Parent Council on issues related to information sharing once a student turns 18 and the potential consequences of having this information withheld.
    • Anna asked for a show of hands – there was interest from parents to know more.

 

  1. School’s Report – Principal Aiman Flahat
  • Aiman had a school pin designed, have to earn the pin, when graduate can wear it proudly
    • Thank you to Anna for her time and effort as Chair, she was earned the right to wear pin and wear it proudly – first parent to receive!
  • Aiman shared his impressions:
    • Has felt very welcomed.
    • Proud of our students, for example just today delegation of 20 superintendents from Korea here, students took charge, panel opportunity for many student leaders to present – confidence, engagement, pride in school, shared stories of how school has helped kids to participate, take risks, student voice as the driver to the programming (course selection)
    • Student voice very important, will be working with students and staff to make this central
    • Very confident kids, approach in hall, introduce themselves. This comes a great deal from parental support and engagement.
    • Great parent engagement, ~50 people here tonight and ~150 at Welcome Event – fantastic.
    • LPCI perceived not to be diverse but looked at data: we have students in school from 50 different countries. Equity, inclusion very important. Want to create an environment where kids can be who they are. Take risks, practice gift they’ve been given. We want to work with kids to help them develop those gifts. Create environment – students feel like they belong “I am in that curriculum” – in classrooms , students should experience culturally relevant pedagogy.
    • Fundraising – we become better when we look beyond ourselves, school wide campaigns about making a difference (in school, communities, city, country but also globally). How do we learn from other places that don’t share our life experiences or our values?
    • Aiman’s philosophy on school improvement planning: Research most impactful ways. By far most impactful way was collective teacher efficacy– for teachers to enter the school each day feeling that they can make a difference in the lives of kids. Most schools, there are disconnections, not everyone feeling engaged at same rate – how to build this? How do we engage our teachers? Empower through professional learning. Alignment is key across the community (home, school, admin, parents, teachers) approach as a team. Talk about division, challenges but remember always part of a team. We need to teach our children responsibility as well to deal with situations as they/if they arise.
    • Staffing: challenges – surplus teachers with more seniority have come to the school ‘bumping’ others out and are teaching subjects they may not have taught in years. There are some staff on medical leave, supply teachers covering but not necessarily qualified in subject. Working on improvements. If major concern, contact school.

PARENT QUESTION: having kids take responsibility is great but what about saying we were wrong.

Answer – it’s not always the student, human beings will make errors, please come to talk to us.

PARENT QUESTION – concerned about Grade 11 math, LTO not moving at same pace as last year, kids have to teach themsleves, no physical math books and access codes don’t work for online textbook

Answer – Mr Flahat will follow up.

PARENT QUESTION – math in general is an issue, teacher is struggling to teach. .

Answer: some supply, we can’t hire anyone we want, working with teachers to improve; call the school to discuss individual concerns.

PARENT QUESTION – can we move some of the stronger teachers from grade 9/10 to 11/12.?

Answer – it’s already all mixed up, few teachers teach only one grade. If have specific concern, please call and share.

PARENT QUESTION – impression on use of cell phones in classroom? Is there a role for parents? .

Answer – prefer kids not to be on phones, however opportunity to use them creatively in the classroom (e.g. websites, Kahoot etc). Teachers to manage, set the classroom rules and reinforce. Policies have not been made by the board yet regarding government’s ban of phones in the classroom. Parental involvement – will learn more about community before responding.

PARENT QUESTION – grade 9 parent, late calls for 4th period yet student didn’t know they were late, couldn’t physically get from gym to English. .

Answer – some teachers are on attendance right away. Will raise at staff meeting, be mindful particularly for grade 9’s

PARENT QUESTION – is attendance electronic? .

Answer – no. .

PARENT QUESTION – (follow up to prior cell phone question) is it up to teachers to set cell phone rules?

 Answer – Aiman: haven’t had time yet to talk with teachers. Teacher Rep: we follow TDSB policy, at the discretion of the teacher. Every teacher handles a little bit differently.

PARENT QUESTION – new school agenda app training?

Answer – we will post on school website, and send out with the Eye, maybe do a demo next meeting.

MEETING ADJOURNED motioned by Bryan Seaton, seconded by Suzan

Minutes – May 6 2019

 

LP SCHOOL COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES

May 6, 2019

 

Next Meeting:              Monday, September 16 2019

Attendees:, Domenica Larkin, Laura Schatz, Kirsten Glenister, Liane Downs, Josie Bohm, Anne Maenhaut, Gillian Wyett, Mary Romaniuk, Scott Morson, Xiaoli Tang, Rindy Bradshaw, Jennifer Wilmer, John Hiddema, Kathy Dumanski, Robin Conliffe, Sabah Hassan,  Kelly Green, Julie Sole,  Ian Aukema, Suzanne Sparrow, Joel Gorenkoff, Erika Boone,  Steve Bibla, Samira Sud, Sean Solomon, Atul Bahl, Ashley Melhuish, Anna Richter

 Some Important Dates Discussed:

  • Wednesday May 14th : Spring Fling
  • May 17– Student Council Election
  • Summatives – have started
  • June 4 -7 : Moratorium on new material
  • June 5 & 6th : EQAO Grade 9 Math –reminder that this is MANDATORY
  • June 10 –June 21: Exams: Schedule is out but will be revised- WATCH FOR CHANGES
  • June 24th at 9am is EXAM & Marks Review –* Very Important * students should attend
  • June 26th : Commencement
  • June 27th – 1pm – Report Card pick-up.

 

Students’ Council Report:           Will and Madeleine

  • Wellness week was last week – kickoff assembly, events, leadership, bbq cookie grams….
  • Spring Fling coming up (lunchtime event) includes mini events such as LPAC BBQ, soccer tournament, bucket hat sale, etc…
  • Election season (2 week campaign – next Friday, May 17 speeches and vote) 20 candidates
  • New* ballot for President this year – various questions to get students to think critically before casting their vote
  • Next year – an equity position is on the table to be added to executive positions
  • Leadership workshops took today – current LP leaders had Q&A in auditorium, and then break off sessions
  • Prom coming up this week on Friday!

Executive Council Report:          Anna, Julie, Ian, John, Kelly, Anne Marie, Erika

  • APPROVAL OF PREVIOUS MEETING MINUTES (April 8, 2019)
  • Julie Sole motioned to approve, Jennifer Wilmer seconds. Motion passed.
  • Anna asked for nominations or volunteers to join School Council exec for next year. No nominations.  Please see Anna if you are interested in getting involved next year.

FOLLOW UP TO PREVIOUS MEETING:

Communications Update:        Julie Sole

  • MYSCHOOL DAY app – up and running – school has been populating the app
  • Our website has the correct link: https://www.lpschoolcouncil.com. In future you can ask your child what their class schedule
  • Good place to go for last minute info (ie cancellations)
  • We have reached out to feeder schools (Glenview & Bedford Park grade 8 parents, Glen Park next) to have those families start to sign up (120 new emails so far)
  • Over the summer Julie will keep our site up to date with all new and relevant info
  • NEW section on the LP School Council website: “Our Education System”
  • New education reform and timetable changes to semestered system info in this section

Fundraiser Final Update:         Anne Marie Armstrong

NEW tally: $19,000 (last time did not include direct donations!)

– Applause

 

Funding Allocations:               Anna Richter

Follow up to previous funding allocations:

  • Electrician for stage lightsnot yet, VERY disappointing: Students have missed the benefit of our donation for Dance Show, Kiwanis festival, Sears Drama Festival, and School Play

Recommend that school and board prioritize delivery of services to students, allow approved suppliers to provide licensed electricians to install and/or revisit collective agreements

  • Graphics printer: arrived last week, should be set up this week and in action by next week. Watch for new banners!

Funding Allocation April 30, 2019 now posted on our website (under ‘Fundraising’, ‘ Student Enrichment Fund’)  $7,300 allocated

  • Additional jersey costs & coaches sweaters to build team spirit ($2,650 + $1500),
  • New girls’ flag football team jerseys ($2,400)

Note that our funding of jerseys allows the school to apply its budget elsewhere, where we can’t eg replacement teachers

  • Workshop dealing with stress to be presented in gr 10 Careers  $750 – started during Wellness week
  • ice cream machine request for $10,000 declined
  • No requests yet from students councils and clubs
  • May have another request coming from teachers soon

Treasurer’s Report:     Ian Aukema

Current balance as of May 6th (after receiving revenue from fundraiser and allocating funds mentioned above is: $13,009.20

 IN THE INTERIM

Track & Field Improvements:              Anna  

  • Little advancement since Viability Review Committee meeting Feb 22 2019
  • Started Google doc for proposal, principal uploaded outline, Anna uploaded data re anticipated usage from 250 Lawrence Study
  • Waiting for Chris Reid to identify TDSSAA requirements for facilities inc. fields, gyms
  • Development of proposal to continue with input from parents, school admin and staff
  • As previously noted, TDSB not interested in partnerships with private entities to operate or maintain facilities; Interested in ‘sustainable ‘solutions, including financially sustainable: TDSB may be interested in partnership with City and LP property is part of a stormwater management improvement area which may mean that a portion of our field may be remediated at city’s expense;
  • Feedback from city in the interim: probably too late for S 37 funds
  • Anna still in contact with Councillor Colle’s office but no definitive, positive response yet about funding coming to LP

Special Treasury Committee (Charitable Status):       John Hiddema & Anna

Meeting- Anna:

Committee members as per website: Ian, Sharon Gregory, Robin Conliffe, John Hiddema, Michelle Porlier, Chris Hill, Anna

  • Report on Apr 12 Meeting with board assistant comptroller and school principal to review TDSB options for collecting donations and monitoring the funds, accessing funds, etc.
  • Follow up letter on website:” Meeting with Board and School re Charitable Status”- letter on website with notes regarding collection and monitoring requirements

Tests/ Trials Activity: John

  • hard to create a URL on the TDSB’s site…easy for parents who already have an account to donate, but not others (grandparents, community, etc…) who are unfamiliar with schoolcashonline
  • challenging for employers matching employees donations
  • Going with this platform will allow for anyone who does not have a schoolcashonline account. It currently takes about 20 steps to make a donation if you do not have an account (not feasible). By September we will have a clear process and this allows us to be able to collect for specific initiatives.
  • Ultimate goal : tax deductible receipts for donors in a system SC can monitor and access

 

PARENT QUESTION:  Air conditioning – what can we do?? What is the policy? Who can we write? Health & Safety concern?  Can we as school council buy or donate air conditioners?

Answers (Erika): We provided some history on our past attempts at advocating for cooler classrooms. Board-wide, province wide issue – not just LP.  No plans for LPCI to have air conditioning any time soon.  Parents cannot buy air conditioners – this is capital improvement.  We can buy portable fans.

Can write to Fix our Schools; called John Malloy last year since it was 36°C in classrooms

(Joel): North Gym will be a cooling centre (currently computer lab and library are only areas with air conditioning) but can’t get 1200 students in north gym, not even 300. 

PARENT QUESTION: advocating for A/C?

Answer (Joel):policy cannot change status, that is if there was no air conditioning before then cannot introduce it (unless it’s a computer lab)

PARENT QUESTION: Library is currently closed for half the lunch hour.  Can it stay open? 

Answer (Joel): This is a voluntary role…they will try to have it open on hot days.

PARENT QUESTION: What is Board policy? How warm can classrooms get?

Answer (Joel): Policy is on the TDSB website. Will look further into it and let Anna know.

PARENT COMMENT: asked school council to not give up the fight; keep up the pressure.

Suggestion to form a sub-committee to advocate – see Kelly after the meeting

School Council Calendar on Website & Volunteering-            Anna

  • Next year’s meeting dates noted – all note 1st SC meeting is NOW scheduled for SEPTEMBER 16, 2019 (UPDATED RIGHT AFTER THIS MEETING) (previously noted as Sept 23, 2019 rescheduled to Sept 16 2019)
  • Welcome Committee Sign up – date of Welcome Event early in Sept. Also send tips for families new to LP to lpschoolcouncil@gmail.com
  • Please see Calendar of opportunities at lpschoolcouncil.com for ways in which you can volunteer
  • Policy 23 Fundraising Consultation – opportunity to influence TDSB policy, working group requested – no volunteers yet, no lead – some talk of amassing all donations raised and redistributing; Breadth of fundraising could to reviewed, including recommendations to permit delivery of services too eg – electrician or stage light installation

Wellness Update:        Kelly Green

  • Last week was the successful grand finale for Wellness Council (5th year). Kicked off by student assembly; focused on Student Voice. Topics included mindfulness, reducing stress, managing anxiety, etc.
  • Tuesday – Kindness Day (350 cookie grams)
  • SC funding pilot program via Civics/Careers in grade 10 about managing stress – well received
  • Wellness Wednesday – booths, David’s Tea
  • Thursday = PJ day
  • Friday : BBQ lunch 850 students were served hotdogs and drinks (free)
  • Fun Friday hallway popcorn stand; grade 9s treated to a play – “In Your Head” a good mix of info and entertainment

Interim Meeting with Superintendent: Erika Boone

  • Met with Diana for the first time since she took on the superintendent role in December. This is new role for Diana, she was previously principal at Don Mills and Victoria Park.
  • We asked her about our role in the School Improvement Plan and how this process should unfold going forward.
  • We raised concern over the lack of consistency in our LP Guidance Department over the past 5 years. We also discussed what we feel are ongoing issues at LP that arise from unexpected leaves of absences in subject areas such as Math.  Very hard to fill these openings quickly and with quality candidates.  Principal’s hands are tied.  Stressful for students and contributes to the issue at LP of students taking math outside (Blythe).
  • We discussed the notion of “Parents as Partners” and tried to get a sense of how she felt we could play more of an advisory role.
  • We raised the topic of entitlement versus engagement. There is a repeated concern of our school community’s entitlement and we need to address this and not confuse engagement with entitlement (or vice versa). We need to ensure we advocate on behalf of the student body and have all voices heard.

Timetable Change to Semestering:                 Anna

  • Refer to LPschoolcouncil.com Tab: “Our Education System”, drop down to “Timetable Changes at LPCI”
  • Reminder that parents, teachers, administrators and students we all have to move forward to work together in the future (as groups at least, if not the specific individuals in this room) after this issue is discussed, perhaps implement,
  • Each group to have its say, may not mean each will get its way
  • Many parents in attendance tonight had attended the April 25th meeting/presentation by principal, students and teachers to parents.
  • Quick recap:
  • Teachers have voted to proceed with change to semestering (May 2018)
  • Students were surveyed after assembly – about 140 responses to 3 questions:

1) What Grade are you in? 2) What are your concerns about semestering? 3) How would you be affected by semestering?

  •  Follow up to April 25th meeting
    • Highlights of parents comments
    • Lead to SC collective statement, not the cherry picked opinions of a select few
    • Beyond the statement, we will make a ‘recommendation’ for an open process at all times, which we are empowered to do by Reg 612.  A legislated obligation is invoked for the board and school to respond to us. This is a tool school councils have available for use.  This elevates our concern beyond the ‘whine and gripe’ category that is too readily dismissed by the school and board.

Post meeting note for clarification: The following statement was read by the School Council Chair at the meeting. It represents a summary of the comments received by email and less formal parent conversations that took place after the parent consultation meeting on April 25th.  While it has been referred to as a ’statement’ it was not intended to be received as an official position taken by the Council at this time, rather a summary of feedback with some specific quotes from parent emails. We continue to welcome all feedback on the process and the timetable change, and encourage all parents to bring their comments forward.

Anna, as SC Chair, read the following statement:

This School Council statement regarding the process of proposed timetable changes to a semestered system at LPCI is assembled with the input of parent comments regarding the process:

 We understand there are members on our School Council and in our parent population who are both for and against semestering, but LP School Council believes that we all agree that our school community deserves an open, respectful process with clear dialogue between all parties and substantiating data to make evidence based decisions. Ministry policies strive to encourage parent engagement.  The TDSB should support it, too. The TDSB and the School should welcome parent engagement in support of students’ academic achievements.

The TDSB OP 542 policy “Changing A Timetable” is the framework that offers parents an opportunity to engage in the process of the proposed timetable changes in the very first stage “Dialogue At the School”.  LP Parents and School Council were not afforded that opportunity here at LPCI before the spring 2018 staff vote on the issue (This staff vote is stage 2 “Recommendation by the School”.)  Our superintendent believes that we are at Stage 3 “When Approval is Granted” and that the final decision rests with the Principal. There has been no dialogue between staff and parents on this topic between May 2018 and March 2019. For 10 months teachers and staff were aware of the proposed change but did not discuss it with parents or students.

On the basis that there was no dialogue per OP 542 Stage 1, in advance of the staff vote, nor for 10 months following the vote per OP 542 stage 2, we have applied to have the approval revoked.  We have not yet received a decision.

Meanwhile, our Superintendent Diana Panagiatoupoulos has told members of this executive that proposed timetable change process is ‘on hold’ at LP right now, pending the outcome of the TDSB studies on Secondary School Reform and French Language studies.

 In any case, School Council clearly affirms its intention to engage with the remainder of the school community (teachers, school administration and students) in continuing dialogue should this timetable change be pursued in future.

Decisions made when these processes are not followed, struggle to be seen as objective and unbiased and will ultimately not be seen as legitimate. In order to make semestering work well, the support of the full school community will be required to successfully implement a change of this magnitude. If it means delaying things to ensure they are done properly, then things should be delayed.“

We expect respectful, balanced, substantiated, evidence based presentations in future and reject the one sided presentation of shallow, unsubstantiated comments. We object to the abrupt termination of any parent discussion and engagement at any time.   We assert our support for fact based, open discussion among all members of the Lawrence Park Collegiate Institute community so that we may discuss the concerns of LP students in French programming, music, sports and arts programmes that are successful and well established in the fabric of LPCI and this community.  We encourage parents to do their own research as well and encourage them to share it with us.

LP School Council in its capacity as an advisory body will be making this recommendation for an open process to the board and the school, as school councils are empowered to by regulation 612.”

 School Council also remains mindful that all communities within our school (students, parents, teachers and administrators) will have to continue to work together in the very near future on many challenges, regardless of timetable structure.

 

Comment: (ERIKA):  Clarified that the School Council Executive had not reviewed this statement prior to the reading during the meeting.

Comment: (ANNA): Clarified that input was invited from all parents and School Council Executives contributed to the statement as did other parents. This statement was initiated by another member of the SC Executive.

  • Parents’ comments (regarding the April 25th presentation) received by SC are being amassed into a document and will be provided to our principal and superintendent. They will also be posted on our website.
  • In addition, a list of links provided by parents to studies about the semestered system, sometimes compared to full year, and student success in semestered system is being posted on our website

 

PARENT COMMENT: Raised concern of not having faith in the process (regardless of outcome).  Had hoped that the school would have presented the three things they had listed at the outset of the meeting on the 25th. 1) Why are we going through this now? 2) An example of how similar high school(s) has recently handled the switch 3) given time at the end for Q & A

PARENT QUESTION: What is deadline for final decision?

ANSWER: Principal Gorenkoff: Answered by reviewing the school’s timeline:

  • Staff had considered change to semester system for years, but no previous decision made
  • Form was submitted May 2018
  • Given permission to investigate the change
  • December 2018, Kathleen Gardiner (superintendent at the time) provided permission to start consultation
  • Waited until March 2019 to begin (planning beforehand, waited until 18 months before implementation date of Sept 2020) and started with student assembly March 28, 2019
  • Process now halted until after Secondary School Reform and French Language Review is announced at June 19th Board meeting.
  • repeated that this is not a fait accompli…we have time, however, school must advertise by November what our model is for September 2020.
  • Should share the model – trend is towards semestering
  • Staff experience suggests improved equity; point was made that we are talking about kids that don’t feel they belong; there are kids in our community who need something else.

PARENT COMMENT: Research shows that kids at risk or who are challenged do better in full term education.

ANSWER (PRINCIPAL): about taking questions at the presentation on the 25th, parents questions were peppered in therefore not at the end.

PARENT COMMENT:  During the presentation you clearly stated you wanted to hear only from the ‘silent’ parents, not those who spoke up all the time. After one or 2 parent questions, remainder of parent comments and questions during presentation were deferred until the end, but at the end there was no Q&A, no opportunity for parent discussion. You stood up and put your jacket on to leave and invited Anna to announce the next SC meeting date.

ANSWER (PRINCIPAL): We have been asked to stop the process for now. September to November (2019) will be pivotal, lots of consultation to be done.

SC CHAIR COMMENT: At meeting with Superintendent, SC requested that board or school send written notification out to parent community to make parents aware that the timetable change process has been put on hold until after the June19th Board meeting. This has not happened. Nothing received yet.

STAFF COMMENT: Takes offense to wording in the statement above of “shallow & unsubstantiated” wording in the statement with regard to the school’s presentation. Reminded all that effort and thought based on experience was put into the presentation by the staff and that these are the teachers we entrust with our kids.

     SC CHAIR COMMENT: Certain that passionate and informed discussion had occurred amongst teaching staff previously but unfortunately may not have been apparent to some parents in the presentation on the 25th, as evidenced in comments received by SC from parents.

 LOOKING AHEAD:

3 Tiers of Factors and Agents Affecting LPCI:             Anna

  1. School: Proposed Timetable Changes to Semestered System

Website reference: LPschoolcouncil.com Tab: “Our Education System”, drop down to “Timetable Changes at LPCI

  1. Board: Secondary School Reform and French Language Studies due  June 19, 2019

-Board confirmed working with $54 Million in cuts

-principal has no updates yet

           

  1. Provincial Ministry: cuts and education reform:

Website reference: LPschoolcouncil.com Tab: “Our Education System”, drop down to “Education Reforms

  1. Regulation 274/ Hiring Practice Consultation Comments: open until May 31

Kelly is preparing a summary report

  1. Request For Petition From OSSTF please see website
    As no one in attendance had reviewed the petition, it was deemed premature to vote on whether to support as a School Council. Anna would welcome parent feedback via email.
  2. Class Sizes Consultation: open until May 31              

Ministry not making it easy- not just a survey; must compose comments and suggestions for improvements, but also more opportunity to state opinions

 

Looking forward to a Staffing Update from Principal

  • Update on Teaching staff, Librarians, ESL, guidance?.
  • previously “After April 23rd, grants come to the board and will know what additional staff they’ll have.” Do we know?
  • And “LP will be status quo unless they don’t allow librarians, guidance etc.”  Please advise
  • Online Courses –do we have facts yet?
  • No definitive info yet

Current Teacher’s Collective Agreement Ends Aug 31 2019

Stay tuned to LP School Council emails and website even if school issued communications are interrupted. There may be some confusion for parents at the start of the next school year.

 List of SC Recommendations to School & TDSB  to be posted on website soon– watch for it

 Additional Parent Community Meeting

Should we reconvene after release of TDSB Secondary School Reform and French Language Study in late June?

Possibly June 24th? – This turns out to be Glenview Grad

Possibly June 25th? – This is Bedford & John Fisher Grad

No additional meeting date set at this time.

Principal’s Report:            Joel Gorenkoff

  • Thanked parents for their engagement throughout the year
  • Noted the beautiful artwork on display in the library – Art Show begins tomorrow, May 7th
  • Exam schedule has been posted. Stay tuned for slight revision over next few days –watch for changes!
    • Please start helping your child develop a study schedule
    • Moratorium June 4-7th. Still have classes, but no tests or new homework
  • EQAO Grade 9 Math – June 5 & 6th – reminder that this is MANDATORY
  • Please also note that June 24th at 9am is EXAM & Marks Review – LAST chance to look, review and be able to change marks before they go in. * Very Important * many students do not attend
  • June 26th : Commencement is held offsite to accommodate large number of students. School wants everyone there and hopes cost is never an issue – as always, please see guidance or administration for confidential financial support
  • June 27th – 1pm – Report Card pick-up. Reports are not mailed.  Office will be open the first weeks in July if you cannot go in on the 27th.

PARENT QUESTION: Can you still pass math if you fail the EQAO?

ANSWER (Steve Bibla) Clarified yes, unlike Grade 10 literacy, you do not have to pass math EQAO to finish high school.  EQAO results counts for 10% of math mark.  Final exam is 30% and EQAO is 1/3 of that final mark.

PARENT QUESTION: My child has an IEP. Does he have to arrange for accommodations?

ANSWER (Steve Bibla) The same accommodations provided to students with IEPs for assessments are provided for the EQAO.  Onus is not on the student to arrange for that; will be provided.

  • Principal Gorenkoff noted that there may be/have been issues getting last few ‘Eye on LPCI’ with “sympatico.ca” emails. They are aware of the problem and working to resolve it.

EQUITY WORK at LPCI  PRESENTATION (discussion)

Sean Solomon, Samira Sud, Atul Bahl, Ashley Melhuish

“RACISM IS IN OUR SCHOOL”

  • anti semitism, anti-black, etc…racism is alive and well at LP; it exists in the halls: CANNOT CONTINUE, need to strive for equity
  • racialized students feel that they do not belong
  • LPCI has established a strong Equity committee (staff); lots of teachers working together
  • Working with kids to dispel bias
  • Looking for parent participation in equity training
  • one of the first steps taken was to look at our building / the hallways. Work has been done to change the look and feel by removing old photos that do not reflect current student population and replacing them with quotes and murals that are more contemporary to LPCI (more oppressive looking historic things have been put aside and can still be accessed
  • LP Staff have had professional development during late starts on Wednesday and in conjunction with other schools. Some focus placed on how to recognize biases
  • Equity team working with kids to ensure training is in place for Buddies and others in leadership roles
  • Solomon cites “internal crisis mode.” We have students here who do not feel safe walking through the hallway. This is not isolated to LP; several schools experiencing this across the TDSB.
  • There is a noticable lack of representation in student clubs and councils
  • The Student Equity Council has given many students a voice they did not have before. Currently the students involved are those who feel marginalized- hoping to broaden membership next year
  • One idea by the council is to form a SUPER Council made up of students from neighboring high schools. LP recently hosted a conference and invited other high schools where students shared concerns and had the opportunity to voice their opinions
  • Next Steps – How can parents participate? We need to work together to stamp it out.  Suggestion that next year a Parent Representative sit on the Equity Committee (similar to our parent representative on Wellness)
  • TDSB Equity Advisor wanted to be at the meeting tonight.
  • Continued work to look at everything via an Equity lens
  • Idea is that whoever walks into LPCI feels like they belong

PARENT COMMENT: My child noticed that the Athlete of the Year photos displayed in the gym lack diversity, even over the most recent 2 – 3 decades.

ANSWER (Joel Gorenkoff):We are working to improve things.

PARENT QUESTION: Has there been any work done within the Assessment and Evaluation Committee?

ANSWER (Steve Bibla): I co-chair that committee with Ruth Kelly. We did look at the issues around teachers administering tests (this can take 4-5 days and several versions of a test due to all the different student absences: sports, illness, etc…challenges arise with regard to test integrity, etc..

PARENT QUESTION: address mark elevation and whether LP students’ marks are not on par with other schools, or hindered because marked too hard, may not get accepted (eg U of Waterloo Eng grade averages after 1st year vis-à-vis high school showed LP student declined by 10% whereas average was 16% drop in grades, therefore it seems that LP grades are discounted by 6%.)

A brief discussion ensued.

ANSWER (Joel Gorenkoff): It is more important to ensure kids are learning.

STAFF COMMENT: Staff working towards ensuring that within departments, teachers are using common assessments (mark book entries are weighted the same, etc…). Parents appreciated that reassurance.

MEETING ADJOURNED.

PARENT COMMENT:  With regard to the Timetable Change discussion “I think we can agree to disagree” – just wanted to add that she felt the teachers were present at the April 25th meeting with passion and integrity and was appreciative of the presentation.

 Next School Council Meeting: Monday Sept 16, 2019 (not the 23rd)- Save the Date!!!!

Minutes April 8, 2019

Meeting Minutes April 8 2019

LP SCHOOL COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES – DRAFT
April 8, 2019

Next Meeting: Monday, May 6 2019

Attendees: Erika Boone, Jordana Berger, Gillian Wyett, Dorothy Carson, Krista Glenister, Jean Choi, Beth Wilkins, Dorothy Larkin, Jill Bellenger, Bryan Seaton, Sharon Gregory, John Hiddema, Susan Shinkoda, Dawn Morris, Jean Pearson, Sabah Hassan, Jodi English, Andrew O’Malley, David Cargill, Veronica Bak, Will Barbour, Madeleine Pepper, Frances Sutherland, Scott Morson, Rindy Bradshaw,Jennifer Wilmer, Dani Morrison, Jocelyn Gomes, Anne Maenhaut, Nicole Spence, Colin Ground, Tara Benedetti, Tia Butler, Melissa Ngo, Suzanne Duras, Kelly Green, Julie Sole, Liz Hanson, Ian Aukema, Suzanne Sparrow, Joel Gorenkoff, Anna Richter

Some important dates discussed :
• April 11, 12th – LP Play “Little Woman” -Mr Stamp joined to share how the students are working very hard and it will be a great play. Come on out!
• May 2nd – May Lyrics – LP Spring Music Concert!
• May 3 – Identify if want to run for School Council Elections, Campaign May 6 to17.
• April 7 – Wellness Fair
• April 12 – Report Cards go out
• April 25th – 7pm LP Library / Auditorium – Discussion on Semestering at LP for 2020. Staff has final decision, Staff are in favour. Come out to hear more!
• April 29th – Wellness Week
Summatives – start in about 2 weeks.
Exam Schedules – Come out May long weekend.

Students’ Council Report: Will and Maddie

• LP Wear – is in, ready for pickup
• May 3week – School Council Nominations – Complete by Friday May 3
• May 6 and 17 – Campaign week, voting, election in second week on May 17th
• Originally was 1 week but some students were away for sports teams, so this way they had more time.
• School Play – Thursday & Friday, April 9& 10 – Little Woman – All come out.
• Youth Volunteer Committee – April 24th
• Music – May Lyrics – May 2nd
• Wellness Fair – tomorrow – April 9th

Executive Council Report: Anna, Julie, Ian, Kelly, Anne Marie, Liz

Approval Of Previous Meeting Minutes: Feb 4th, 2019 meeting
Motioned by: Jean Pearson seconded: Scott Morson
Ian Aukema is now Treasurer. Thanks Tina Eng for your volunteer time on LP School Council!!

Nomination Of John Hiddema As Community Member To LP School Council
John is the current Treasurer at Glenview, active on rebuild of Davisville PS, expressed interest in becoming involved in LP School Council, welcome to allow John to be active through summer months and leading into Fall 2019 which promises to be a challenging time for public education. We thank John for his early commitment to LPCI.
Motion to nominate John Hiddema as community member to LP School Council: Brian Seaton; Seconded by: Liz Hanson & Ian Aukema

Follow Up to Previous Meeting:

Calendar App: Julie Sole
• Communication Working Subcommittee – council parents (Julie, Anna, Kelly), school admin and students to develop mechanisms to improve communications
• Julie, Anna & Kelly attended Staff presentation for My School App on Feb 6, subsequently rolled out. Principal will speak about it later in this meeting
• Friesens was invited to present at our meeting tonight but not available, prefers daytime meeting; parents indicated they are not interested in daytime event. Joel suggested staff/students can do for parents in the fall.
Parent Question : Is there a website with tutorials:
Answer: School Council Website will have links on it to the company that makes the app.

Charitable Status – Ian & Anna :
Proposed Meeting with board assistant comptroller and school principal scheduled for Friday April 12th to review TDSB options for collecting donations and managing the funds, accessing funds, etc.

In The Interim

Follow Up To Previous Funding Allocations: Anna Richter
• From Dec allocations: goods obtained ( 3d printer, jerseys, panther of the week t-shirts, hot water urn) & receipts provided by school. The stage lights however, have not yet been installed; we are still waiting for an electrician, despite Anna contacting Shelley Laskin at the end of January and again after March break.
• VERY disappointing: Students have missed the benefit of our donation for Dance Show, Kiwanis festival, Sears Drama Festival, and now School Play, this week.
• Joel’s Comment – Someone was out to look at the job but no work done.
March 1 SC funding allocations posted on website, school has ordered the graphics printer, additional sport jerseys, VR goggles, and Shakespeare workshop
• Developing needs to be discussed with the principal ASAP
• Additional jersey costs had been requested ($2,650) and we can provide funds now that the fundraiser is done, allowing the school to apply its budget elsewhere, where we can’t eg replacement teachers.
• SC has received one request for a workshop dealing with stress to be presented in gr 10 Careers which sounds compelling.
• No requests yet from students’ councils and clubs
• Also put forth the suggestion that we could fund a bit of social equity, making it easier for a senior student in need to go to the prom and participate in this milestone event, message passed on to guidance but no one has made a request.

Wellness: Kelly Green, Wellness Parent Volunteer Committee Lead
Pink shirt day report – Feb 27th, Opportunity for Students to discuss anti bullying, acts of kindness. Parents baked goods for the dessert table. Tons of donations from the generous parents. Thanks to the parents who baked.
Wellness Week – April 29th
• Kicks off with student assembly. Kids participate through dance/ speaking/ film making. They’re finalizing guest speaker. Rep from Stella’s place who is awesome.
• She’ll ask for donations of hot dogs.
Vaping presentation was hoping to have in wellness fair, but another time.
Wellness fair – April 9th – first annual LP Wellness Fair
• focus on inclusiveness and kindness. Gives education to students. 11,12 – 1st and 2nd period during class time; 9 &10- come down over lunch hour.
• Teachers participating also.
• Passport to encourage kids to go to each vendor, 5 tables = passport stamp, and they get some Starbucks cards.
Parent Comments:
1. Thank you from parent to Kelly and folks that help her. It’s important.
2. Request if Vaping is part of an assembly that everyone attends.
3. One committee member mentioned Juul = very profitable company.
4. Cartridges Juul produces have 3% nicotine cartridges = 1 pack of cigarettes.
5. As of today, link to be provided.

Ward 8 & Trustee News: Anna Richter
• Anna attended April 1 mtg and encouraged all to attend.
• WATCH FOR IT! Fundraising Policy (23) revision and parent consultation upcoming ‘Parent & Community Engagement’
• Calling all those who have had to navigate their way through this in the past: Please step up and be heard!
• Very important for school councils.
• We can do the survey individually but if someone is willing to champion this, since we have a deep knowledge base, by collecting positive suggestions from among our parents, we can embed our ‘institutional’ memory in this and present a clear set of goals, perhaps through a paper. We can work collaboratively with the board, resulting in a more robust policy, if we act pro-actively. Please come forward if you are willing to lead this.
• Current teachers’ collective agreement ends Aug 31 2019– may be some confusion for parents at the start of the next school year. School council here now can help by reaching out to gr 8 parents to get them on our mailing list so they will receive some communications and information even if the school issued communications are interrupted.
• Provincial cuts – as per later in this meeting

School Administration Interim Meeting – Liz Hanson
• English Public Speaking Contest will not be re-instituted- presentations are immersed in curriculum, provincial contest not as well organized
• Semestering –
• Online Agenda – more to come in notes. Idea to have this as the one platform for all communication with the school.
• OSSLT – Literacy Test – was March 27th Grade 10.
• Safe & Caring Schools Committee – no update meeting to follow
• Cafeteria – not best space, only seats 250 students. Looking for ways to use the space more creatively. Uber Eats is a problem with random people coming into the school and the school wants waste free lunches.
• Safe & Caring – Issue raised and being investigated for lighting outside the school. No other concerns raised by staff.
• Revenues and Funding for Student events – Good split with charity and retaining to operate the program.
• Dance Show – Raised $9000 – $1700 costs. $7000 went to external Charity (Boost?), $1000 kept for next year.
• Dance Festival – $900 raised – $400 used for show, $500 to school play.
• United Artists – Raised $2000 – $1500 went to charity, $300 to drama account, $200 costs
• Play – $3500 – $1700 went to next year’s play.
• 24 hour challenge – Raised $15,000 – $3000 to run it, pays for athletics.
• English Public Speaking
• Spending 3 months on the contest. Curriculum doesn’t expect English teachers to spend time on it. French more so
• Suggestion – move to more of a Ted talk approach. Focus on presentation skills
• One teacher (Elana?) works outside the box on global competencies, digital storytelling.
• French does have provincial contest; English provincial contest not as well run
• Track Improvements
• Interest in sustainability and what happens 10 years from now. No private partnership allowed but would consider the city
• Need more gym space – no visibility for viewing and can’t host spectators.
• School Sporting Events
• Hard to put on school calendar but parents encouraged and allowed to attend.
• The Eye and Calendar page used, new app will make it easier to have dates.
• Pro Grant – may lose the money for a speaker if none selected.

Track & Field Improvements: Anna Richter
• Meeting held with Viability Review Committee Feb 22 2019
• TDSB not interested in partnerships with private entities to operate or maintain facilities.
• Interested in ‘sustainable ‘solutions, including financially sustainable.
• LP property is part of a stormwater management improvement area which may mean that a portion of our field may be remediated by city anyway. TDSB may be interested in partnership with City. Development of proposal continues with input from parents, school admin and staff.
• Joel’s comment – expecting to look around Easter weekend. Anna said she’s been in contact with Councillor Cole and get info on storm water management for funding coming this way.

Other Building and Facility Considerations: Anna Richter
• cafeteria seating under review to improve. Anna did a walk around with Mr. Bibla to come up with benches along the wall.
• repaving contract awarded last week to lowest bidder of 17 bidders for $455,000 to repair paving in north and south parking lots. It has been tendered before at $750,000 but perhaps scope has changed
• Facility planners have determined what work goes ahead at the school eg paving repair vs Air conditioning.
• Joel’s comments = Staff will appreciate. Needed job.

Parent Social/ Fundraiser Follow Up!; Anne Marie Armstrong
Thank you to everyone that came out. 140 tickets were sold. 120 attended. Silent auction upstairs. LP Students jammed on the bottom level. Great news, positive feedback. Raised over $17,500. Up from last year ($13,500). Thanks to everyone that came out. Many bid online from home. About half bid online from home.

Request For Volunteers– Executive Transition Anna Richter
The council needs a chair or 2 co-chairs for the 2019/20 school year. It would be helpful for second co-chair to help transition through the summer. It will be a very busy and engaging period. Anna is a parent of a grade 12 student and leaving at the end of the school year. No co-chair to fill the spot next year. Please consider volunteering.

Principal’s Report: Joel Gorenkoff

• Thank you for large turnout tonight. Thanks for those that donated to the fundraiser social
• Communication is essential – Please always look at the Eye.
• Emails come home from the board and come home from the school.
My School Day = the app = Pilot phase. Full app live = September 2019.
• they want parents and teachers to try it out. It is “free”. Instead of paying for the paper planner, they’re paying for the app. As they’re implementing it, now Doug Ford is banning cell phones in classrooms. Nothing has changed yet with the ban, as the phones can come out for curriculum reasons. More to come.
• It’s live – so if anything needs to be added, you get a notification. The paper one gets printed in May for the following September.
• The most powerful aspect will be the channel – so each club/class/team can have a push of things going on.
• It is intended to be a one stop shop. Great to track homework.
Parent Question – Will teams get off facebook and just use this new app?
Answer – that’s the hope. FB not regulated.
Parent Question – Can parents download if the students don’t want to or don’t want the parents to see things.
Answer – Yes. Even if students don’t use it, parents can download and see.
Parent Question – Will it connect to google classroom?
Answer – app is capable. They’re working on figuring it out. Richview CI is fully functional, so look at their app for ideas how it works.
Student Comment – Google classroom has everything already, and can get google docs from google classroom. Google classroom does notifications. Rugby also uses google classroom.
Parent Question – why can’t they standardized on Google Classroom?
Answer – The school is trying. Google is the way going forward.
March Break Issue – Very disconcerting vile Instagram site set up. Police have the information. Hate Crime. School has co-operated with the police and still waiting for more action. Joel reminded that LP’s a safe place and no one should be judged. School was 84% white, now is 68% white, so the school is becoming more diverse, plus other representations LGBTQ and other groups. Sadly, there are kids who are afraid to come to school.
• They’ve changed the look on the walls to be more equitable.
• Thanks to parents who reached out to Joel that they agree this is not acceptable.
• LP can take the lead against exclusion.
• Thanks to the one Grade 10 student that emailed Joel and he got the ball rolling reaching out to the police.
Parent Comment – She commends the teachers for talking about it in class.
Maintaining Momentum – They may have the acceptance letter but without maintain their focus and their marks, every year kids come into guidance crying as they’ve dropped % and lost their scholarship or acceptance.
Report cards – Come out this Friday. Monitor lates and attendance. 1/3 of mark still ahead of them.
Summatives – start in about 2 weeks. They’re a big chunk of marks and need to attend, and do the first part and second part.
Exam Schedules – Come out May long weekend.
Play – “Little Women” this week. Come out and see our talented kids.

Timetable Review (SEMESTERING) – 2 years ago staff brought up going to semester, under former Superintendent Branko & former Trustee Arp.
• Staff set up a committee – and voted in favour to pursue semestering.
• Need parent help – if going ahead with semestering, it’ll be in Sept 2020.
• Many good reasons and cons of both timetables. Across province 85% of schools are semestered. In our board, there are less and less full year schools. Many others are looking into it.
• Reason – helps kids moving between schools if not doing well.
• Helps with more focused work, smaller number of classes. Less stress. He’s worked in both types of schools.
• French Review – Board is doing a French review: will FI be at LP going forward? May affect timetable change (semestering) decision.
• School wants to present both models – And wants feedback.
• April 25th – Parent Presentation: Staff will present the different semestering and full year models and student feedback and then enable parents to ask questions.
• Procedure = Staff decision to bring forward. Staff want parents to look at. If everyone doesn’t support it, it won’t happen. Over the next year look at answering those questions.
Parent Question – what does language look like, how do we keep the music program?
Answer: If everyone on board – they’ll look at that
Student Comment – Recent Student Survey – no spot to say for or against
Answer: they used the survey comments to determine if for or against.
Parent comment: student survey only open for 1 week. How many responses were received?
Answer: about 170 responses
Student Comment: ‘survey’ only asked what questions students had about semestering, not whether they were for or against it.
Parent Comment – How will the answer be made?
Answer: Final decision = staff. But if parents not in support, they won’t do it.
Parent Comment = April 25th meeting = how will you get a sense
Answer: You’ll hear about mental health, and will set up online opportunity to give feedback. And subsequent meeting to provide feedback.
Student Comment – Semestering wasn’t presented as an option, and sounded like it’s happening for sure.
Parent comments – all students thought the same, that it was a done deal.
Answer: the first assembly thought that, and the message was changed for the second assembly. But all consultations are not done yet.
Parent Question – April 25th – Will the evidence vs an opinion be presented? What have studies shown with an 8 month gap in math, language, music. Would like to have evidence based discussion.
Answer: Schools like ours tend to be full year yet 85% are semestered in province. If we don’t provide something in particular.

Semestering – School Council Comments
TIME LINE AT LPCI: PROCESS
4 years ago in 2015 April meeting, semestering was considered and rejected by teachers and students
SC Meeting April 2015 Minutes note:
“Many parents in attendance expressed their opinions on semestering. There is a strong interest in understanding the purpose and process (particularly who can request, the criteria for starting a review, how the review is done) and ensuring the transparency, notice period and communications to students, teachers and parents is improved for any future consideration of semestering. Some parents raised concerns about the impact on student achievement and extracurricular activities. Most parents in attendance are in favor of the traditional timetable (no semestering).”

Next mention about semestering to parents was 4 years later at the school council & admin interim meeting about a month ago on March 9, 2019 with Liz and Anna (exec): told by principal that teachers had voted in favour of semestering and he had received ‘approval’ to consult the students and parents – March 28 for students, April 25th for parents meeting at the school to hear about it and will include Bedford Park and Glenview parents (JG noted: Only 8 or 9 full year schools in the city are left, only in affluent areas – from LP Staff; 3 of 4 schools in province are semestered – from LP staff; music considerations required.)

April 7th: (last night) From trustee Shelley Laskin, Anna found out that the application to change timetable had been submitted almost 2 years ago (2017)
“the process began almost two years ago and an application was submitted by the Principal to the Superintendent last year (i.e in 2018) as required 18 months before target date.”
The TDSB procedure requires an open dialogue at the school with the students and school council, among others, about timetable changes (inc semestering) that are under consideration PRIOR to staff and admin holding a vote to accept the change. The admin & staff vote initiates the process.

LP School Council requests that due process is followed from here forward with regard to proposed timetable changes, including the proper consultation of students and parents.

SC CONSIDERATIONS
• 70% of all private schools are not semestered.
• 7 of 10 of high performing schools are not semestered.
• Process per TDSB operational procedure involves school committee to guide this. Expectation from council is that students and parents represent their views
• Need to investigate models, visit other schools
• Consider impact on special education, IEP students
• Other staff from other schools to come to talk to students/teachers.
• Investigating committee needs to share everything before point of recommendation.
• Needs to hold this process as parents were not made aware of this by principal, until students were told about it.
Application submitted 2 years ago, and another application last year. Yet the parent council didn’t know about it. Parents were not consulted or made aware of. Moving forward the parent council would like a more transparent process and follow the guideline / policy.
Principal’s comments: once school staff have decided to change, the form gets submitted, and school driven decision to do this, yet was not shared at all. Flights to Blyth – expected to be eliminated if go with semestered school.
Parent Question – Language acquisition – if semestered would we lose immersion?
Answer – Not sure what will happen to immersion in TDSB.

Semestering – Student Comments
Very last minute, School Council invited students to speak to parents re pros and cons of semestering and full term. Could not find a student to present ‘pro‘ semestering for tonight. Hope to have one for the May meeting.

FRANCES SUTHERLAND (Student) – here to talk tonight
Pro Full Year
• Majority of full year students go to university.
• Improves time management: used to studying for 6-8 courses, prepares students well for university 5 course (ie reduced) load; greater chance for success
• If semestered, students become used to only 3 or 4 courses at a time then have to increase to 5 course
• Long gaps between learning in different subjects.
• French immersion – sometimes hard to remember over 2 month of summer. 8 month gap would be more detrimental, especially to lower level French classes; they’d lose language skills.
• Music – Fall winter musicale – tough to make it work, when to practice
• Semestered schools – go through a lot of stuff faster, so if you’re away you’d lose a lot of content. Miss a day, hard to catch up.
• Working part time– works after school, ok with non-semestered, has time to catch up, but in semestered would not have the time to catch up as wouldn’t have 2 days to complete the homework.
• Semestered often promoted as reducing work, but not true for students; only half the subjects but twice as much work in each
• On semestered schedule testing is accelerated: since classes are every day, testing will be more frequent because a unit of math will be covered in 1 week instead of 2. Could have same number of tests in a day, same number of evaluations as full year, each at 4 classes per day.
• Full day better for sports teams – non – semestered – as not always missing the same day, so not missing the same classes.
• Problem with semestered – final marks get sent to university. So if you have tough classes first semester, those marks would be sent to university and student may not get in.
• Semestered often promoted as reducing stress – students are stressed no matter which schedule is followed. Harder to get into university than before.
• Parents are highly educated – so adds stress to students to acheive and that stress isn’t reduced by moving to semestered. More work to manage 8 courses, but semestering is not a reduction in workload / stress.
(Frances did an excellent job expressing her point of view. Thank you Frances!!)
Parent Comment – Students with IEP – today kids have 3 days to find help. More opportunity to find the help you need in a non-semestered program as more days available to get help to review.
Parent Question – why is it a teacher decision?
Principal’s Answer – board policy.
Parent Question – How to help the kids transitioning in grade 11 / 12, as they’ll be affected the most.
Principal’s Answer – we can check with York Mills/ Leaside – see how they have overcome IEP, music issues.
Parent Comment – not fair to say students were consulted as they were just asked to comment how their learning would be affected
Parent Comment – If it any broke, don’t fix it.
Principal’s Answer – Full presentation on April 25th. There are problems. He wants to hear. 2/3 staff in favour.
Parent Question – Another complicated factor – increasing class sizes. Sense is that the changes will put a lot of arts elective classes at risk. If already fewer classes. Music Program – Vocal – think there will be smaller group as less than the average. If averages increase, we won’t be able to keep classes at risk. And if only 1 music class we can take, then will only have ½ music teacher.
Principal’s Answer – One teacher had 220 Student Contacts. Semester school enables teachers to deal with less students at a time.
Student Comment – if only 4 classes – you only see those students for half year; then you see another group for the next half year; harder to make and keep friends.
Principal’s Answer – If Frances could talk to him there could be a student view at the April 25th event.
Parent Comment – Sensing that Joel is in favour based on his experience.
Answer – Joel’s interested as the staff want it.
Parent Council Comment – If the April 25th event is being chaired by teachers on the pro’s and con’s, could we not have it represented by people passionate about both sides to have a more equal conversation vs from just folks that are pro-semestering.
Principal’s comment – If Frances would like to talk to him, he’ll look at having student input as part of the event.

LOOKING AHEAD:

Proposed Provincial Changes:
(Note: Thanks to those who have shared their letters to MPP Robin Martin, who was invited to our meeting tonight on short notice but has not responded)
Factual Summary :
• Joel still waiting for the facts, as conveyed to TDSB, knows that staffing considerations are underway, seniority decisions being made
• From Ward 8 meeting: Anna
• reduced staffing: provincial policy 1 aspect, board agreement with teachers is another, right now max ~23.5 students/teacher locally and probably won’t change much; however, if prov government won’t supplement teaching in TDSB, TDSB will need to find about $9.5 Million to fund teachers in first year; could be a $40-50,000,000 shortfall overall due to other cuts
• fewer elective courses
• 4 E-learning courses – how delivered?
• Nb: regulation 274 still in place for this year

Principal’s noted:
• School has initial draft of staffing model for next year
• 1000 surplus teachers across the TDSB.
• Some schools have 20 surplus teachers. LPCI has half of that. LPCI is not as bad as others.
• Still not known what will happen with Libraries, ESL, guidance .
• Don’t know if they’ll have central staff managing curriculum distribution.
• Teachers may teach in subject areas that are not their subject areas
• After April 23rd, grants come to the board and will know what additional staff they’ll have.
• Online Courses – concerns – in terms of facts, Joel doesn’t have any.
Parent Question – if average class size = 22, are we allocated based on that.
Answer: No – sliding scale for school. Many university bound programs have larger class sizes so we get less teachers. Impact on LP is less than other schools that are more tech. We have 62 teachers others may have 90 teachers based on same amount of students.
• Ward Meeting – Locally 23.5 students per teacher. (Not at LP) and fewer elective courses (also not expected at LP to be affected). LP will be status quo unless they don’t allow librarians, guidance etc.
Teacher Comment: Teachers can not have more than 180 students per teacher, but collective agreement is up in August.
Parent Question – what would affect be on semester school?
Answer: Semestered System is more work for the school as it’s like running 2 school years in one. January is then an entry point, but then could be a time that we lose students too.
Parent Question – with this disruption of Ford changes, collective bargaining actions, proposing semestering for 2020 semester, and what we now know over the last few years, will it not be a lot of tremendous change and is it fair to impose all these on one group of students?.
Answer: if next year is a work-to-rule year that they can’t meet and can’t consult, then it would be crazy to implement. The seed for it was planted 2 years ago before Ford.
General Question from Exec: How active are parents to protest the school changes? – did they join the rally at Queens Park, have you sent notes to Robin Martin. Has anyone taken action?
School Council Parent Comment – came to student walk out to take photo to send to Robin Martin. Nothing to take a photo of. Students didn’t really protest, they just took the time off to Starbucks. Thinks we should encourage our students to see other schools what other schools think and care about the changes. Two parents went to rally at Queen’s Park
Parent Comment – hard to gain momentum but if there is a letter parents / students could use. Who do we write to?
School Council Answer – we will put letters and links on the school council website.
Parent Council Comment – Talked about Robin Martin “retweets” as generally retweets other peoples thoughts. High class sizes is not our issue at LP, so we need to ensure we are addressing the issues we have here. The Board average is 22, yet at our school we’re a lot higher. So those at 22 go to 28 . it could mean we go to 40 to get that average. 37 kids can go in gym class, but that amount can’t fit in pool. Issue is the board could raise the sliding scale. At risk – social science, arts, music .
• Potential SC actions at LP to support our students through the proposed changes: Anna:
• consideration of technology to support e-learning; extra-curricular support required given there will be fewer staff advisors; mental health support given there will be fewer (no?) board psychologists, etc .
• As we hear about the details of the cuts, be sensitive to how we can help students at LP and perhaps elsewhere.
• Eg extra curricular support, mental health support (as not pyscologists), and be aware and sensitive that these changes are happening. There will be a lot we can not do. And based on collective agreements, parents can’t run the library. And how can we support our teachers.
Parent Comment – when teachers are happy everything runs a lot better.
Parent Council Parent Comment: Trustee has said that the federation warned teachers to undertake major financial commitments which could be at risk due to job action. People should be cautious.

Motion to Adjourn: – Jean Pearson Seconded – Jennifer Wilmer

February 4, 2019 Meeting

LP SCHOOL COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES

February 4, 2019

 

Next meeting:          Monday April 8th, 7pm  

 Attendees:  Bryan Seaton, Ian Aukema, Kelly Green, Anne Marie Armstrong, Erika Boone, David Cargill, Julie Sole, Jacqui Zender, Dominica Larkin, Jill Bellenger, Anne Maenhaut, Kyra Kappele, Candy Dinnick, Jacqueline Fry, Liz Hanson, Anna Richter, Claire Murphy, Vanessa Bond, Veronica Bak, Tia Butler, Tara Benedett

Contact:       lpcshoolcouncil@gmail.com

Important Dates coming up:   (For full list look at the LP Calendar)

  • Feb 8th – 24 hour challenge this Friday.
  • Feb 11th – Matchmakers Survey run by Student Council
  • Feb 12th Parent teacher interviews
  • Feb 14th – Cupid’s café – $2
  • Feb 27th – Pink Shirt Day Wellness Committee – This is a national event with the goal of raising bullying awareness and fostering positive self-esteem. Parent Council will accept donations for the dessert table.
  • March 27th – Literacy test for Students in Grade 10 including retakes ( Mandatory to pass)
  • April 4th – *Save the Date* for Parent Social,
  • Week of April 29th – Wellness Week

 

Students’ Council Report:       Will and Maddie

  • Thursday Jan 31 & Friday Feb 1– Annual dance show, Huge turnout, successful event, and funds went to Boost for kids, a Charity to eliminate abuse
    • Theme Charlie & the Chocolate Factory – sold most tickets. Feedback was awesome.
  • LP Wear – In process of collecting LP wear. No more purchases can be done at this time. Order will go in soon and should be delivered before March break.
  • Feb 8th – 24 hour challenge this Friday. Compete in various athletic challenges. Proceeds to athletic department.
  • Feb 11th – Matchmakers – participating students fill out survey in home form. Boys & girls get matched up with kids based on set criteria in the survey – in same birth month/etc.. pay $2 and get list of who you match with.
  • Feb 14th – Cupid’s café – New event for this year. South end of Cafeteria. Valentine’s theme. Music, magic act and much more. $2 entry or bring someone on your matchmaker list and get in $2 for both.

Executive Council Report: Anna, Julie, Ian, Kelly, Erika, Anne Marie, Veronica, Liz

  • Approval of Previous Meeting Minutes: Anna Richter
    • Dec 3rd 2018 meeting: motioned by: Veronica Bak  seconded by Vanessa Bond
    • Jan 21st 2019 meeting: motioned by: Veronica Bak  seconded by Bryan Seaton

 

FOLLOW UP to previous Meetings on Dec 3, 2019 and Jan 21. 2019

 

Welcome Ian Aukema as new co-treasurer              Anna Richter

  • Transition between now and next meeting on April 4th 2019
  • Motion for Ian Aukema to become treasurer since Tina Eng wishes to resign from position. Thank you to Tina for her work on LP school council.
  • Motioned by Jaqueline Fry, seconded by Julie Sole.

 

Improving CommunicationsJulie Sole

  • Previous meeting suggestion to improve format of Eye email with more info in the cover note especially for phone format.
  • Developing a communication working subcommittee: council, admin and students
  • We continued to add information to our website as things occur/changing with school council.
  • If information missing please let us know.
  • Getting emails out as fast as we can, apologize for late getting the agenda out but working volunteers.
  • Created a small working group Anna, Kelly and Julie to discuss digital footprint they want for the school. New app being considered by TDSB for online calendar journal and other programs. Anna, Julie & Kelly will attend presentation with staff Wed. Feb 6th.
  • Tough to get wrap around everything going on at the school and look at an online tool to take advantage and manage everything that’s going on. Joel has been talking about it and invited parent group to look at a solution.
  • Parent Question – Any apps being looked at, can they be shared for parents to perhaps provide feedback.
  • Joel’s answer: Last year there was a real lack. Freisens who does yearbook has an app that they’re going to look at. Very responsive. It’s very neat and would replace student agenda book. Calendars would be live, so if meetings were cancelled the notification could go out immediately.
  • Kelly’s comment: App called – Myschoolday – and in 8 TDSB schools today. Rave reviews so far.

 

Safe & Caring Schools  –  Veronica Bak

  • Committee hasn’t met again due to cancellation last week with the snow. Meeting tomorrow. Looking into Vaping talk from Lung Association.
  • Parent comment – Glenview brought in someone on vaping that heard was very good. Other comment was it may have been phys-ed teacher.

 

Facility Repairs  – Anna Richter

  • quite a few done in December; Principal will update us later in meeting

 

Sense of Engagement in Fine Arts  – Anna Richter

  • Anna to follow up – carried over from Dec 3rd meeting – will reach out to ASL and hopefully high quality graphics printer can enhance students experience and engage them better.

 

Family Navigation Project            Anna Richter

  • followed up with additional materials which Anna provided to Guidance

 

Charitable Status – Ian Aukema

  • From Jan 21, 2019 Meeting, a decision was made to seek charitable status to provide charitable receipts, parent participation, matching donations from companies (needs to be registered charity), parent expectations to get a tax receipt. Parents can attend meeting and see how their funds are used, vote and encouraged to participate.
  • Tax receipts need to be issued. Tax returns need to be filed and information stored at LP.
  • Parent Question: Timing = Application in about 2 weeks. Timing depends on CRA.
  • Joel’s comments: Ask that we don’t rush into it, but to review school council mandate on whether this is permissible before we proceed. He’ll hear back from the comptroller and get back to us.
  • Parent Question – why can other schools do it?
    • Joel – nothing to permit people being in a group and do it.

 

IN THE INTERIM:

 

Donation Drive Update   Anne Marie Armstrong

  • Goal $12,000. To Date raised $4,700. Our donation drive does continue and going to address outstanding balance of request for fundraising.
  • Met with Joel and optional collection in fall of 2019 as optional charge / unit to be added onto SAC to support student council. This may be supported by changes from TDSB. That may involve set up individual accounts for schools and councils.
  • Direct donation drive is not a direction on parent engagement. Winter Musicale, there was a fund of approximate $6000 raised, paid for by parents which is retained in support of the music program. United Artists proceeds went to charity, Rainbow Railroad and was well attended and Dance show (400 Thursday, 300 Friday) at $12 is about $7000, proceeds to charity estimate about $7,000, so the parent community is donating to the school in multiple ways to the parent body.  
  • Parent Question: There are interest points like musicale, can the money be split between an outside charity and support the arts at LP, vs it give all to an outside event. Eg Friday night lights, could half go to support athletics and half to charity of kids in need.
  • Response – Valuable message to get out there. Parent Council doesn’t have any control over.
  • $125/student for 24 hour challenge, 100% is going to the physed dept as their budgets were reduced and they needed to
  • Response – Dance show – makeup, costumes, so some money does get put back into the school.
  • Teacher Comment: 100% charity for 24 hour challenge, has changed over the years to 100% to the school. Dance Show, some funds held back to buy lights/backdrop and part to charity.
  • Parent Question: Can Parent Council get the numbers to share how much is going back to the school and to charities.
  • Response: Joel said he can look into.
  • Parent Question – If we’re raising money to the school, does it affect how much we get from TDSB?
  • Response – it has no bearing. LP gets very little extras. Snowboarding, hockey would all be cancelled if no extra funding from parent support. Basketball = $1200 to run. $7000 from the school, so that only supports a few teams.
    • Parent Question – does everyone get the same budget from TDSB?
  • Response: No, some innercity schools get $1M and have brand new fields and gyms. LP has to report every dollar spent.
    • Parent Question – How is this year 100% of 24 hour challenge is going to the athletic council. Is there influence for that decision to be made and should it be raised as an option for students to consider donating back to the school.
  • Response: – it was a need /education. Last year fitness room. This year it’s to run the athletic program.
    • Parent Question – Direct Donation – do we know why people aren’t donating.
  • Answer – charitable status. Joel says we don’t need it. If we give to the school. Last year TFSS was used to provide tax receipts and still only raised $6700 in tax receipts for 2017/18.
    • Minutes from last meeting are posted on the LP Parent Council Website.
    • Parent Question – Isn’t it at Glenview where they suggest a dollar value per student.
      • Response – that’s being looked at for next year and donation will remain optional.

 

Wellness:      Kelly Green

  • LP’s Wellness Council is composed of a group of very enthusiastic students, who under the guidance of Angela Papanicolaou, organize educational and social activities aimed at increasing mental health and well being at the school. I am a part of the team of administrators and teachers who meet with the students monthly and assist them with these initiatives.
  • Mindfest This past month, 20 of our wellness council members were invited to attend a conference at U of T, dedicated to increasing leadership at the high school level on a variety of wellness topics.  Our students attended sessions which included looking at the impact of the legalization of cannabis, anti-bullying campaigns with youth, especially marginalized youth, and peer support training for recognizing and assisting with mental health issues. Our students also had the chance to meet with U of T students to talk about the transition from high school to university and dealing with any anxiety that can cause…the feedback was that they found this really helpful
  • Bell Let’s Talk Day was this past Wednesday January 30th. Many staff and council members could be seen wearing their Bell hats and talking to the students about the importance of supporting one another. The council organized a photo booth in the main foyer where students could have their pictures taken and post on social media as part of Bell’s fundraising campaign. They served free hot chocolate and cookies to students and everyone participating joined in writing positive messages on Bell print outs for display. And a draw was held for 10 free hats as giveaways. The council was pleased with turnout – over 250 students participated.
  • The next event coming up is Pink Shirt Day on February 27th.  This is a national event with the goal of raising bullying awareness and fostering positive self-esteem. It is always a hugely successful day as students are encouraged to come to school wearing pink and practice kindness. The council will be hosting a pink dessert table again this year, so we will be looking for contributions. If you’re interested in helping, we have a sign up sheet here.
  • Lastly, Students are in the process of planning for Wellness Week which takes place during the week of April 29th. It’s a dedicated week to wellness activities and education including an assembly organized by the students.  This year will focus on anxiety and depression, the two key issues that came up in the TDSB student survey, and will feature the student voice during the assembly.
  • TDSB Parent Conference is coming up Saturday March 3. Great day. On TDSB website. Wellness session will be about 20 events, plus many others.

 

Staff Breakfast   Erika Boone

  • Snowy staff breakfast with Hawaiian theme. Teachers had zero place to park due to snowstorm. They came in a little stressed, but was a great breakfast. Thanks to all the parents that baked and helped set up and clean up.
  • Teacher Response – It was lovely! Decorated so nicely, thank you very much!

 

Ward 8 & Trustee News – Anna Richter

  • Attended Jan 22nd, 2019 meeting: New PAIC Rep for new Ward 8 – elected Kaydeen Bankasingh (Baycrest & Polyani); alternate: John Bakous (North Prep)
  • Multi-year strategic plan: School Improvement, Service Excellence And Governance ; under school improvement , this includes “Transform Student Learning” : deep learning – global competencies; deep learning – mathematics; deep learning- literacy; Grade 9 & 10 Academic; indigenous education; toward excellence in the education of black students
  • Rep from LPCI requested to attend Ward 8 meetings – next one will be Thursday March 7, 7 pm at Hodgson Sr PS, followed by morning meeting first week of April 1; attend either or both and report back to us at our Apr 8 meeting
  • Will have a development and enrolment meeting later in the year dealing with 3 year projections
  • Also provides opportunity for exposure to finance committee where contracts approved for improvements to LPCI
  • Includes parents from other schools as well as some teachers, principals and vice principals (nb: about 15-20 people so not too huge a group), an opportunity for a quick chat with the trustee or possibly school superintendents
  • Anyone interested? Please email lpschoolcouncil@gmail.com

 

School Administration Meeting Jan 25, 2019:          Anna Richter

  • Few student run councils requests for funding – AR pursing this and sent out renewed email directly to all staff advisors
  • Possible English language public speaking contest or festival reintroduced (following Council’s grad survey suggesting that public speaking skills development would be beneficial), considering less memorization, more ‘Ted talks’ format
  • Regarding 3rd Teacher enhancements outside the classroom, some interest by VP Bibla in developing the cafeteria area as an alternative studying/teaching space as well improving social atmosphere
  • Difficulty filling teaching positions ( leaves, etc)– suggests parents advocate to alleviate limitations of right 274 (defers to seniority) to bring current, vibrant teachers to LP
    ANYONE WILLING TO WRITE TO ONT GOVT?
  • Right 274 – hire by seniority. If anyone happy to email provincial gov’t. Provincial Bill. Tories are reviewing it. Hard to replace a teacher when they go on a leave.
  • Parent Question: Would that be a labour law?
    • Response from Joel: No. There are few qualified teacher for French, math and hard to get a qualified teacher at times. Sometimes takes 3 weeks to find a teacher.

 

Track and Field improvements

  • initial step taken, board will review our request for viability review and visit planned for Feb 22 2019, including distant future possibility of new gym too

 

Fundraiser    Anne Marie Armstrong

  • Parent Social – Fundraiser – Terrific response last year. Last year was the first parent Social and we raised $13,000. Goal for 2019 Social is $10,000 to go towards list of initiatives already drawn up by the school.
  • Thursday April 4th – Save the Date will be going out! We’ll be calling for donations – to Candy and Jacqueline who will run that
  • Online Auction again this year. Some will be online again this year.
  • Jam 0 Students from LP were performing on main floor. The kids loved it. Location moved to Drums and Flats. Teacher band may happen.
  • Donate items. Call for silent auction items will go out this week so if you have any good bottles of wine, or access to good items, or experiences.
  • Field – A lot of support in the room in the past to get the track replaced. Initiation to have board look at track, and gym. Viability request form filled out by Joel. Feb 22nd they’ll be coming onsite to review. Application is in ‘large and complex’ category; could intiatte development of master plan . We’ll get more information on next steps after that. Expectation that will be a whole bunch of next steps and initiatives. Many things we can do to get alumni, corporations involved.
  • Anna Comment – LP would benefit from a clear master plan which includes design for long term growth and increased attendance. It should also be phased for development in suitable stages. This viability review could trigger development of master plan for LPCI.

 

Welcome Committee    Liz Hanson

  • Anyone interested in being on the Welcome Committee, please email parent council email at: lpcshoolcouncil@gmail.com for Liz Hanson. It won’t take a lot of time and if ideas to do something else please let us know.
  • There was a parent social for new parents at end of 2018. Comment back were there wasn’t enough notice. It was a snowy night but about 30-35 parents did come out to Safari’s.
  • Interest in having a new event in September for parents and children in Grade 9 or new to the school.
  • Parent Social for all parents coming up April 4th.

 

Volunteer Outreach –        Anna Richter

  • Expanding executive, overlap in tenures would be helpful to incoming executive.
  • If want to bring an alternative voice, to add some diversity of vision to reflect you child’s experience or enhance your child’s experience, there is no time like the present.
  • It is our council and can perhaps be more ‘your’ council with your active participation. Best to start soon to become more involved.
  • If you have offered to volunteer and have not been contacted, please speak to me or email me at lpcshoolcouncil@gmail.com Apologies if we have not reached out sooner.
  • Looking for Nicole Spence. She kindly offered to volunteer but Nicole’s email address was misplaced – please reach out again
  • Volunteers needed re upcoming parent social fundraising event, welcome committee (tips and social subcommittees), re PIAC and Ward 8 Rep, council administrative functions, letter re right 274

 

Principal’s Report:         J. Gorenkoff

 Share a couple quick dates

  • African Heritage Month has begun – guest speakers,
  • PD Day Feb 15th and Family Day Feb 18th
  • Feb 7 – report cards> There will be a white one / blue one or both. Blue is only for math class in Grade 12 or Civics and Career in gr 10.
    • If not what you expect check screen time.
    • Talk about resilience if mark isn’t as good and how can you improve it. Don’t bail from courses but figure out
  • Feb 12th Parent teacher interviews.
    • Assess attendance – across the province being late is being impacted.
    • Homework – if child says no homework he guarantees they have homework or studying. You can always call the teacher.
  • Arts – alive and well at LP. Kiwanis Music Festival for music and drama
  • March 27th – Literacy test for Students in Grade 10 or if they didn’t pass it when they were in Grade 10. Mandatory to pass.
  • TDSB website – Parent Concern Protocol. Issues come up with parents about teacher. It talks to order of events. Call teacher first, not the principal/ trustee. Start with the teacher. If you don’t get satisfaction from the administration, then move to the next step. It’s important to go in order. What if not happy with what’s going on in the classroom – pass to College of Teachers. It’s very rare and none have happened in the school. Also remember there are great guidance counselors. Every student has a guidance counselor and VP assigned to them.
  • Parent Question – If students away Feb 7th how do they get their report card
    • In the Office when they’re back.
  • Parent Question: Finding supply teachers. We lost a Grade 11 math teacher. It seemed to be resolved very quickly. Comment was for admin to communicate what was going on as the rumors caused anxiety, worse if parents who were involved were told on a staggered level. Understandable that the Principal’s hands are tied on what can be said when, so perhaps info could be communicated through parent council
    • Response: Hesitates as there are frequent staffing changes. Often the replacement will share with that class. He could put in the Eye. It only affects a small group.
  • Parent comment: 1 teacher on leave affects about 180 students, not such a small number.
  • Parent comment: Their child didn’t have a digital media teacher and didn’t know why. Perhaps staffing news section at the bottom of Eye. “Eg Digital Media teacher on leave”.
    • Response: there is a fantastic teacher in there now.
  • Course Selection – Visits to the classrooms have been finished. Was communicated in The Eye so check there.

 

***    8PM PRESENTATION  *************************************************************

 21st C Learning and Global Competencies:      

Introduction          Anna Richter

Davos 2019: Globalization in a digital age  – D McKay Davos summary excerpt:

“This year’s theme was Globalization 4.0, a concept hatched at Davos to explain the coming age of intelligent and ubiquitous technologies that will connect everyone and everything in ways the previous engines of globalization  – steam, electricity and computing – could not. In this new era, smart machines will shape our companies and communities and advance technologies will be embedded in every object, and perhaps every person we encounter.  It will be an age when data isn’t just the new oil; it will be the new water; the lifeblood of everything our society will want and need. The prospects can be unnerving, but I came away encouraged, with more clarity about how transformative technologies and a new generation of thinking can take our world into the next stage of globalization, and make it more decent, democratic, and distributed.”

 

 

Christina Shin (ACL of Digital Literacy and School Wide Initiatives)

Suzanne Sparrow (Teacher in Canadian & World Studies Department)

  • Global competencies introduction shared at prior parent council meeting.
  • 5 Global Competencies they’ve been working with:
  1. Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
  2. Global Citizenship and character
  3. Communication
  4. Collaboration and leadership
  5. Creative Inquiry and entrepreneurship

 

Examples: Canadian World Studies

  • Grade 9 students did a vote – they did a poster looking at the election and the mayor. They had to do research and post in the school.
  • Grade 10 in Civics – put for political candidate’s information.
  • Day of the election the students had a vote and compared with what the city did. The whole school was involved by voting.
  • The vote was similar to the results from the city.
  • Podcasts
    – History dept is doing podcasts created by the student, or kids could create a video.

    • VR Goggles – App = Expedition. Approved for new set of goggles.
    • Rule in classroom = sit in chair when wearing the VR Goggles. So they can travel in class to expeditions etc.
  • PSA – Public Service Announcements.
    • Grade 9s made PSAs with music, the transitions, they did an outstanding job.
  • Parent Question – For the students that are struggling without strong sense of self, do those competencies act as a barrier. What has been done for those that may be struggling or have lower sense of self.
    • Answer: Many teachers also struggle with the competencies. We’re relearning as some teachers are still learning as iPad came out just 14 years ago. Give people an opportunity to play. Leadership and communication. Google classroom is good for kids to do things on the google classroom instead of verbal.
  • Business and Social Science Program – DECA (deca.org/about/)
  • Science
    • Challenging to have speakers so doing Virtual Researchers on Call (VROC). They speak to researchers live. Anyone can register an account. They’re all vetted and police checked. Research roles to keep grants, so they’re interested. One was brain surgery; robot dogs to detonate bombs, etc.
    • Library – trying to set up communal space.
    • One example the kids hung out for 75 minutes with a particle physicist
  • English
    • Fairytale Videos. – Entire English department trying to do many things.
  • Technology
    • Tej Engineering 9 and 10, Communication Tech, but in this area it’s about creating a prototype. The engineering design process. They did the wind turbine, video game creation, tetrix robotics, parallax robotics, 3d Printing, smart environments, wearable technology assistive technology. Race car, eCar, SMART transportation.
    • It’s been important to raise kids confidence and try things that are new, and get over the fear of failing.
    • Shinny award – everyone wins a shiny – best speed/design/.. so everyone builds upon each others ideas.
    • SMART Environment – the made their own VR environment. Girls came up with a smart closet – based on the weather what to wear. Talked about people walking across cross walks looking at their device vs the cars.
    • Wind Turbine – from the story “The Boy that Harnessed the Wind”
    • Arduino – basic circuitry / circuit boards. They consulted with U of T engineering that other areas other than Toronto had computer experience with circuitry but not this experience. You can get good kits for home.
  • Math – Hour of code
  • Characteristics of an Innovative Leader
    • Value diversity and inclusion
    • Excel at teamwork
    • Build trust
    • Have deep expertise
    • Set high goals
    • Set things in motion sooner than later.
  • Professional Development Training for Staff
    • Had Math focused PA Day – Dec /18
    • 6 threads of Inclusive design with learning coach
  • Their second 3D printer was purchased from the Parent Council Donations. It’s really helped the program.
  • Parent Question: Everything you’re doing is exciting. You had a whole wealth of knowledge that we could send our kids out to in STEM or one day events for students to attend. How to find them.
    • Joel’s comment – our school is further along.
    • Response: Students in grade 9 are more into this global competency that prior years, so perhaps more exposure to STEM. Many teachers comfort level has improved. TDSB STEM dept and STEM coordinator but mainly focused on elementary level. U of T engineering has enriched forensics engineering. Economically priced and real enrichment.
    • Perhaps if they can do a guidance blast that is STEM oriented.
    • Parent Question: Difference between the two:
      • Response: Taj Engineering – building/robotics; Digital media – photo shop, graphic design and critical art. The smart closet they started in mindcraft.

 

REMINDER : Save the date: April 4th 2019 PARENT SOCIAL

 

Motion to Adjourn the meeting:    motioned by   Bryan Seaton  seconded by: Julie Sole