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Clarkson Secondary School

Parent Advisory Council


Meeting Minutes

November 16th - 7:00 p.m.


Present: Brian Hudson, Danny Bojic, Zelco Bojic, Amela Bojic, Jim Kinnie , Mary Zammit, Sandra Forsyth, Mae Wong, Angela Norris, Anne-Marie May, Christine Chung, Nicky Rossi


Regrets: Mila Gawrysiak


1. Minutes from October meeting passed, moved by Sandra, seconded by Mary.


2. Report from SAC President, Danny Bojic, gr 12. Grade Nine orientation was a great success and they plan to do it again next year. Fall Fair was a visit from the feeder middle schools. They had a tour, saw a wide variety of school events. A visit from grade one students is planned, Dec 6, some supplies free from the Creative Zone. Holiday Spirit Week is the last week before winter break with events planned daily. Chargers in Charge will do an event on "Choose Action" as part of anti-bullying week, coordinated by Climate Team.


3. Accommodation Review Committee: CSS was identified as a less than 60% capacity school last year. CSS is not at risk of closing.


4. School Start Time – Research shows adolescents do better with later start time. Last year Mary had support of staff, superintendent and trustee requesting a later start time from Transportation, but that was denied. The busses are organized for both boards and includes PDSB and DPCDSB elementary and secondary schools. Angela suggested younger students might do better with earlier start time.


5. Report from Guidance from Jim Kinnie – Oct 13 Post Secondary Fair with representatives from colleges and all Ontario universities. Guidance organized Oct 19 , Taste of High School . Nov 11 Guidance gave out university PINs. College applications are out.


CSS students will start selecting next year courses and be completed by Dec 15.


Grade 12 exit interviews are starting.


Guidance will visit gr 12 classes to discuss college applications.


Guidance plan to start meeting with gr. 9’s re: my Blueprint.


Jan 11 is deadline for university applications.


Feb 1 is deadline for college applications.


Acceptances start Feb 1 from college, university acceptances are late April and May.


French and English study abroad meeting Dec 1, 6:30, Elm Drive.


Breakfast café run by Guidance, Linda Lufman and Jim Kinnie plus staff and student volunteers. Average 80-100 kids every morning. Always in need of donations. All students are welcome. Fund raising basketball game, $5 per ticket.


6. Principal’s Report – Five school based teams: numeracy, literacy, climate, technology and assessment team plan relevant PD events. Dec 2 Skills Canada Assembly – gr. 9 and 10 introduction to skilled trades. Financial literacy presentation (Funny Money) Dec 16, teachers will sign up classes, geared to gr 11 and 12.


7. Climate Team includes teachers and students. Would like a parent to volunteer to join. They meet first Wed of month at lunch.


8. Treasurer’s Report – QSP $129.94. Bake Sale: $140. Balance $272. Parent Engagement fund is $500.


9. Great Start Workshop – Sandra attended. Very productive meeting, great turn out, attended workshops including 21st Century Learning. Recommends Will Richardson TED Talk informative. Fundraising workshop: fundraising has to have goals and be student related. Money has to go to the children, not to staff events. No lotteries, no 50/50 draws. Fundraising has to enhance student learning.


10. Bursary Recipient Criteria – A student who is graduating and pursuing university or college and shows financial need. To be refined next meeting.


11. Principal/Vice Principal Profiles: Brian will send last year’s via email to non PDSB employees. Could Council members please add or delete comments and return to Chair for amalgamation and submission.


Agenda: Jan 18 meeting – School Start Time, Bursary Recipient Criteria

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