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Parent Advisory Council Minutes

 

November 25, 2014 - 7:00 p.m.

Principal's Conference Room

 

Present:

 

Sue Piotrowski, Chair                                        Guylaine Juteau, Secretary

James Kardash, Principal                                  Dylan Matthews, SAC Rep

May Wong, Teacher Rep                                   Laura Smiley, Teacher Rep

Debi Lawrence                                                   Ferzana Chaze

Kathy Zhao                                                        Anne Scurry

Anne-Marie May                                                Nicky Rossi

Margaret Morse                                                 

 

                                                                             

Minutes of September 17th, 2014 ~ Motion to Approve (N. Rossi) Seconded (D. Lawrence)

Carried – APPROVED

 

Council Minutes are posted on the school's website under the School Council tab for all to review at their leisure.

 

Council business

 

Treasurer vacancy ~ Kathy Zhao has come forward for position of Treasurer. Updated council listing:

 

2014/15 Advisory Council Election

 

Sue Piotrowski: Chair

Martine Brouillet: Past Chair

Guylaine Juteau: Secretary

Kathy Zhao: Treasurer

Debi Lawrence: Member at Large

Michael Tadgell: Member at Large & Sub-committee Volunteer

Kathy Zhao: Member at Large

Anne Scurry: Member at Large

Nicky Rossi: Member at Large

Mira Todosifovic: Member at Large

Vera Ndaba: Member at Large

Ferzana Chaze: Member at Large

Margaret Morse: QSP Organizer

Anne-Marie May: Organizer, Teacher Appreciation Day

 

SAC Report

 

  • SAC President Dylan Matthews on Clarkson's events, namely 'Taste of High School' which helps to integrate Grade 8 students with the next phase of school
  • Peel schools have established a 'General Council' to encourage representation at every grade of secondary school so all can have a voice not just senior students; a few volunteer representatives from every grade are welcomed to participate in meetings
  • Today (Nov 25th) is Charger in Charge day with a focus on equity and exclusivity; students participated in a Talent Show
  • Kidsfest pairs grade 1 & grade 11 students in assorted activities
  • SAC goal is to organize bigger events and involve more of school body

 

Treasurer

  • PRO grant                   $724.26
  • Parent Engagement    $500.00
  • QST Mag Fundraiser  $198.04                       TOTAL $1,422.30
  • Clarkson joined with 6 other schools to fund an Innovation & Creativity presentation by George Couros
  • QSP magazine fundraiser is expected to raise approximately $400

 

Principal's Report

  • School is now equipped with televisions that continuously update current events including CTV/RSS newsfeed; weather; upcoming school events and our Twitter feed
  • Upcoming sporting events to include scores and more promotional information
  • Numerous events including a Holiday Concert; photo contest
  • Various activities with feeder schools and outreach advertising include promotional giveaways include Clarkson Charger phone chargers and USB bracelets
  • Yearbook to include an embedded video
  • Newsletter is available online via video – see school website
  • Grade 9 & 10 math curriculum is the most challenging and we are working to address the gaps; Hillcrest & Hillside math teachers are working with Clarkson to identify strategies for success; Math Senior Scholars – students assist others during lunch hour
  • Flip class concept was discussed – lesson on YouTube; students view this at home and do homework at school and receive teacher support at that time
  • Miss Wong to outline 'Flip' class process at January council meeting
  • Counting on You program for afterschool support
  • Exams & final report cards coming up in January/15

 

Topics for upcoming meetings

  • Guidance department: January
  • International program: April

 

Meeting Dates for next school year are as follows:

 

Wednesday – January 21/15

Tuesday – April 21/15

 

Council Meetings begin at 7:00 pm and take place in the Principal's Conference Room.

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