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Week of September 19, 2016 

TDSB Ratifies Local Agreement with High School Teachers Media Release - September 15, 2016
The Toronto District School Board (TDSB) has ratified a local agreement with the Board’s 5,400 permanent secondary teachers who are represented by the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF). Ratified local agreements have now been reached with all other employee groups, including permanent and occasional elementary teachers represented by the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario, secondary occasional teachers represented by OSSTF, support staff represented by the Canadian Union of Public Employees,  education workers (e.g. Child and Youth Workers, Speech-Language Pathologists, Social Workers and others) represented by the Professional Student Services Personnel Unit of OSSTF and skilled trades workers represented by the Maintenance and Construction Skilled Trades Council.
“We are very pleased to be able to report that local agreements are now in place for all TDSB employee groups and that the new school year will continue without any labour disruptions.”- John Malloy, Director
 
Update on Elementary Classroom Reorganization
As I wrote last week, every September, the TDSB reviews actual student enrolment in our schools (compared to April’s projections) and provides schools with updated staff allocation numbers. Remember, the number of teachers allocated to the system is directly dependent on the number of students. And the number of teachers allocated to a school is directly dependent on the number of students enroled in the school. As a system, we do our best to plan for the new school year, but there are always factors, such as new or departing students, that might affect how classrooms are organized. Read last week's article for details.
The official count date for elementary schools was Friday, September 16, 2016. These updated numbers are used to confirm the number of staff required in each school and begin the re-organization process in some schools. When schools are down enrolment, there is a real possibility a teacher will be reallocated to a school that has gone up in enrolment. The result is classes are required to reorganize.We know that for staff this is challenging and for students and parents, changing classes may be difficult .Students will be supported as they transition through these classroom changes to ensure a successful and rewarding school year. Thank you in advance for your patience and cooperation. You will hear directly from your school's Principal is reorganization is required.

The Child Care and Early Years Act, 2014: Phase Two Regulations
On May 9, 2016, the Ministry of Education filed new and revised regulations under the Child Care and Early Years Act, 2014 with the Ontario registrar. As of September 1, 2016, under the authority of Ontario Regulation 137/15, licensed child care centres and home child care agencies may no longer charge parents fees to have their child placed on a wait list. To support transparency, new requirements in section 75.1 of the Ontario Regulation 137/15 will require child care licensees to have a wait list policy that explains how licensees manage wait lists and to include this policy in its parent handbook. Licensed child care centres and home child care agencies must also provide parents with a best approximation of their child’s status on a wait list, when asked. These new requirements will come into effect on January 1, 2017. And starting with the 2017-18 school year, before- and after- school programs for 4-12 year olds will be made available at every publicly funded school serving children from JK – Grade 6 where there is sufficient demand. Changes have been made to the existing regulation on extended day and third party programs. This will support the delivery of before-and after-school programs including authorized recreational and skill building programs for 6-12 years olds, provided they meet specific programming requirements and standards. As with FDK, programming will vary locally and there may be more demand than programming available at individual schools. Details are still being worked out. More on the regulations themselves can be found here http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/childcare/infosheets.html. 

Long-Term Program and Accommodation Strategy 2016-2025 and Annual Planning Document  
As a reminder, in May 2014, the Tronto District School Board approved its first Long-Term Program and Accommodation Strategy (LTPAS). The LTPAS document is refreshed annually in order to ensure that the program and pupil accommodation needs of our students are being addressed in the most efficient way possible to improve learning opportunities and student achievement. The LTPAS document is presented to the Board every year for approval. The Annual Planning Document that accompanies the strategy document provides details about the specific studies that will be done during the next school year. It reflects the short-term work that will be done to execute the long-term strategy. The strategy is based on program and accommodation drivers including program choice; fair access to programs and schools; and minimal use of portables. The document identifies all program and accommodation studies that could lead to new programs, program relocations, school closures, boundary changes, and grade reorganizations that will be conducted over the next 10 years. It is a 10-year rolling plan.
I wanted to remind you of the studies within our ward as public meetings will be starting soon. Information will be on-line. Click here http://tdsb.on.ca/AboutUs/StrategyPlanning/CommunityInvolvement.aspx and from the drop-down menu, pick the type of study and the location of the review. To follow the Davisville/Spectrum rebuild project, click "Other Reviews".
 Ward 11 Studies

Year

Study Type

Description of Study

Underway

Pupil Accommodation Review

Explore a review of Vaughan Road Academy, York Memorial CI, Oakwood CI, John Polanyi CI and Forest Hill CI to address low enrolment, underutilization and secondary program viability at Vaughan Road Academy. 

Underway

Grade Change

 

Explore a review of introducing a grade expansion to JK-8 at Whitney Jr. PS, to which Rosedale Jr. PS could become a feeder school. Currently both schools feed into Deer Park Jr. & Sr. PS for Grades 7 and 8.

2016-17

Emerging Capital Priority

Submit a business case to support the construction of a 12-classroom addition at Hodgson Sr. PS to accommodate a grade change from a Grade 7-8 school into a Grade 6-8 school. The Yonge-Eglinton PART has concluded with a Board-approved recommendation to convert Hodgson Sr. PS into a Grade 6-8 school.

2016-17

Emerging Capital Priority

Submit a business case to support a renovation at Eglinton Jr. PS to support the construction of 2 additional classrooms within the open atrium area.

2016-17

Boundary Change

Explore a boundary change review to address overutilization at Brown Jr. PS, which is situated on a constrained school site. This review will examine a boundary change with Cottingham Jr. PS.

2016-17

Boundary Change

Explore a boundary change review involving Deer Park Jr. & Sr. PS and Jesse Ketchum Jr. & Sr. PS to establish an appropriate middle school pathway for Cottingham Jr. PS. Note that this review will coincide with the boundary change study of Brown Jr. PS and Cottingham Jr. PS.

2016-17

Boundary Change

Explore the legacy technical and commercial attendance areas and rationalize the program scope of the schools where these legacy boundaries currently exist.

2016-17

Child Care Occupancy Review

Subject to an annual review of enrolment at Deer Park Jr. & Sr. PS, explore the existing occupancy arrangement with the on-site child care centre to determine if some space can be reclaimed for school use.

2017-18

Program Priority

Proceed with the implementation of Phase 2 of the Centres of Innovation for Skills and Technologies at Northern SS.

2017-18

Pupil Accommodation Review

Explore a review with George Harvey CI, York Memorial CI, Weston CI, Runnymede CI, Humberside CI and Oakwood CI to address underutilization at George Harvey CI.

2017-18

 

Boundary Change

Explore a review of shared attendance areas that are currently directed to either Northern SS or York Mills CI to determine a single home school. The impacted feeder schools are St. Andrews JHS, Bedford Park PS and Glenview Sr. PS.

2017-18

 

Boundary Change

Explore a review of shared attendance areas that are currently directed to either Northern SS or Lawrence Park CI to determine a single home school. The impacted feeder schools are Ledbury Park E & MS, St. Andrews JHS and Glenview Sr. PS.

2017-18

New Program

Continue with the second phase of the Yonge-Eglinton PART as a means to address continued projected enrolment growth and accommodation pressure at local elementary schools in the area (Ward 8, 11 and 13). This review should determine the future program to be delivered within the Bannockburn building.

2021-22

Grade Change

Explore a grade change to determine the long-term

accommodation solution for the Grade 6 Davisville students

(regular-track) accommodated at Hodgson Sr. PS.

2022-23

Boundary Change

Explore a boundary change between Eglinton Jr. PS and Maurice Cody Jr. PS to address projected accommodation pressure at Eglinton Jr. PS. This review is contingent upon space being available at Maurice Cody Jr. PS.

TBD

Grade Change

Explore the merger of school administrations at McMurrich Jr. PS and Winona Drive Sr. PS, which share the same building.


Update on the Yonge-Eglinton Program Area Review
As promised in a communication ot the affected schools last June, over the course of the 2016-2017 school year, the Principals of Hodgson, Davisville, Eglinton, Maurice Cody and Oriole Park will engage in a series of meetings along with Superintendent of Schools Ian Allison to discuss the appropriate transitions considerations (academic, social and emotional) for students who will be going to Hodgson Middle School effective September 2017. These meetings will include, but will not be limited to, the following considerations:
  • Understanding some of the issues at each individual site and seeking possible solutions to these issues
  • Timing of changes, readiness of students, before and after care issues, quality of program and contingency plans based upon anticipated, continued future growth in the area
  • Preparing a transition plan for the double cohort of students both from the perspective of sending and receiving schools
  • Readiness of sending schools and readiness of receiving schools as it relates to the transitions
  • Opportunities for students to attend Hodgson in advance of the 2017-2018 school year to help familiarize themselves with routines
  • Opportunities for students to meet with other 2016-17 Grade 5 and Grade 6 students who will also be transitioning to Hodgson starting in the 2017-2018 school year
The first meeting was held on September 15 and follow-up from these meetings will be shared with parents from each school, through each school’s School Advisory Councils (SAC), in order to receive some feedback from parents as it relates to implementing the most effective transition plan.Some schools have chosen to have a Transitions Sub-Committee of School Council to assist the Principal more directly. Should you have any questions, please speak with your Principal.

2016-17 Senior Team Leadership Directory
The 2016-17 Senior Team Leadership Directory is now available on-line. It includes all current contact information under the Learning Centre model and will provide you with a good snapshot of the system following reorganization into the Learning Centre model of the Associate Directors, Superintendents, and Executive Officers. For more details about the structure and the staff in each role, please refer to the documents below:

New Invitations

West Prep P.S. 75th Anniversary - October 20
Have you saved the date?  On Thursday, October 20th, from 7-10pm, West Preparatory P.S. will be celebrating 75 incredible years. Student and staff alumni are invited celebrate. Come tour the school and reminisce as you browse through  “Decade Rooms” prepared by current staff and students. There will be video presentations, guest speakers and refreshments. To learn more or to volunteer, join our Facebook group West Prep 75th anniversary or email the reunion event team at wp75mail@gmail.com
 
HOLD the Date - First Ward 11 Forum September 29, 7-9pm at Hodgson Sr PS
Our first Ward Forum of the 2016-17 school year will be held on September 29th, at Hodgson Sr PS.It is an opportunity to meet our new Superintendents and each other. I am so pleased that Zélia Capitão-Tavares, a Grade 6 teacher from McMurrich Jr PS (who is a Google Education Certified Innovator) with a few of her students will share their final projects using coding and then they will support parents as they explore the code.org site. DIdn"t you always want to learn Computer Science?!
We will also need to elect new Ward representatives to both the Parent Involvement Advisory Committee (Information on PIAC is available by clicking here) and the French as a Second Language Advisory Committee (information on FSLAC here). it is important that our Ward is represented at the table. If you are an interested parent who would like to interact directly with trustees and senior staff at the Board level to provide us with your best advice, please contact me for more information. 
Please hold November 28th for the next Ward Forum. Do you have any ideas for a presentation or topic you wish to be discussed? I'd be happy to hear from you.

Worth Repeating...
Public Open House Concerning New School, Child Care and Midtown Hub at Davisville Junior Public School/Spectrum Alternative Sr School - Tuesday, September 20, 2016 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. at Hodgson Senior Public School 282 Davisville Drive (Gymnasium) Parents and residents of the Davisville/Spectrum community are encouraged to attend a public open house at Hodgson Sr PS to receive information about the status of the project and provide community feedback on site planning parameters for the design of a new school, child care and midtown hub. Shortly following this public open house, consultants will begin preparing options for review by TDSB and narrowing of options.  A New School Review Team (NSRT), including representatives from the school and local community, will be formed to review, comment on and sign off a preferred option.
Model Parliament - Applications will be accepted from September 15th to November 8th, 2015 for the Program February 22-24, 2017 The Legislative Assembly of Ontario Model Parliament is an educational program designed for civic-minded high school students in grades 10 to 12, who are interested in current events and provincial issues. This unique educational experience will bring together 107 students, representing each of the province’s ridings, for a three-day Model Parliament Program in Toronto.  To apply, click here.
   
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