Clarkson Advisory Council Minutes
September 28, 2011 - 7:00 p.m.
Principal’s Conference Room
Debi Lawrence, Martine Brouillet, Mackenzie Schmidt, Cathy Patterson, Angela
Rotatore, Philip Morse, Margaret Morse, Sue Piotrowski, Brian Hudson, Meaghan
Quennell, Kessia Musgrave, Jennah Popauycz, Sarah Dolson, Jim Kardash, Anjum
Tariq, Guylaine Juteau
April 20, 2011 Minutes APPROVED
2011/12 Advisory Council Election
Martine Brouillet: Chair
Debi Lawrence: Treasurer
Guylaine Juteau: Secretary
Brian Hudson: Member at Large
Sue Piotrowski: Member at Large
• The Principal reported 2011 has been the best “back to school” in years, with a smooth
transition of new and returning students.
• The Grade 9 Info Night held September 21st was very well attended and was well received.
The Department Heads were available to parents and students for questions and a short
welcome and presentation took place in the auditorium.
• The school’s website update is imminent and she is optimistic it will be unveiled soon.
• Currently, the Ministry’s focus is on math and improving pass rate in grade 9 and 10 Applied
• The department heads attended a very well received retreat on Assessment for
• Our secretary will put the list of clubs and teams as an attachment to our minutes
• Clarkson is considered a ‘small’ high school with enrollment now at slightly less than 900.
The Principal added this small size allows for more teacher/student interaction and is
conducive to teachers having a better opportunity to know their students better.
• Enrollment remains constant, with English attendance dropping and being replaced by the
French Immersion students. She doesn’t envision any staffing changes for the year.
• The Principal noted that all school Clubs were open to Grade 9 students, with the exception
of PALS which starts as of Grade 10.
• See attached list of all Clarkson High school Clubs. ATTACHMENT
• Several events have already occurred. Grade 9 &12 Sports Day coming up on
Monday, Oct 3rd. This event is meant to help Grade 9’s transition into the school
and feel at ease in their new environment.
• Currently running the Terry Fox campaign with a goal of $2,000. It ends on Friday,
September 30th. Approximately ½ of the funds have been raised so far.
• Preparing for the Halloween events that last for a week leading up to Halloween.
Includes a lot of spirit events
• Current balance is $480.47 of which $430 was brought forward from last year.
• A Parent Donation Form was distributed. It was noted that donors may select where
they wish their donation to be directed or name an area of their choice.Martine to get
more details concerning the Bonpatron licence $900. The free version is currently
available in French, however the upgraded version is commercial free and offers
more resources and includes Spanish. (http://pro.bonpatron.com/)
• Questions were raised relating to the pool at Clarkson school property and we await
response from the City.
• Margaret gave a brief overview of the program and confirmed that we had sold
$1100, worth of subscriptions to date, which represents a fundraising amount of $300
to $400 for the school.
• More efforts will be made to promote this leading up to Christmas. A QSP flyer and
letter will go home with mid-term report cards and an announcement will be put in the
school newsletter stating our revenue to date and pushing the campaign.
• Margaret will get 900 more copies for that initiative.
• Sue will contact Hillside Public School to see if they would be interested in starting a
QSP campaign so that it can transition to Clarkson as the students move to our
school in subsequent years. Margaret will be happy to provide information as
• Thanks to Margaret for heading this campaign.
ARC (Accommodation Review Committee):
We will have representatives at the meeting on Oct 4th.. Sue Piotrowski and Brian
Hudson currently sit on the committee. The ARC recommendations were listed and
discussed concerning the recommendations for closures of schools feeding into
Clarkson and its impact if any on the school.
• The date of the next council meeting is Nov 22nd and will include a special
presentation by Chris Vollum, a recognized authority on Facebook, Twitter and
• Mr Vollum will do a daytime student presentation, followed by an evening
presentation to the parents. Several suggestions were made to promote the event to
parents and the Clarkson school community. Sue Piotrowski will liaise with Anita
Urbano to promote the events to feeders schools, the community via local
newspapers and community centre boards etc.
• A flyer will be sent to parents via homeroom to ensure parents are aware of this
• Possibility for mechanism to RSVP will be investigated in order to plan accordingly
for the size of audience.
Linda Luffman will be making a presentation on student success at the January 25th
• October 24th will be an Orientation Evening for School Council members at West
Credit Secondary. Information was distributed to all and those interested in attending
were encouraged to reserve a spot.
• The desired characteristics in a Vice principal were reviewed and approved.
• A question was raised around what resources are available and how bullying issues
are addressed at Clarkson. Mrs Patterson noted that because Clarkson is a small
school, teachers are able to be very attentive to students. Our community police
officers are in constant contact with the school and any issues are dealt with
• In order to further improve communication with parents, gathering of parent’s email
addresses will be promoted. There was a discussion around making it easier to have
parents submit this information so more families can be added to email
communication. Martine will ask Virginia where emails are maintained at Hillcrest
• Margaret Morse volunteered to trim and fix up the garden at the front of the school.
Meeting Dates for this school year are as follows:
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Council Meetings begin at 7:00 pm and take place in the Principal’s Conference Room.