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Clarkson Secondary School

School Council

Meeting Minutes

January 18th - 7:00 p.m.



Present: Sandra Forsyth, Mary Zammit, May Wong, Christine Chung, Danny Bojic,

Mila Gawrysiak, Helen Song, Nicki Rossi, Guylaine Juteay, Anne-Marie May, Kathy

Geczi, Debbie Foss


Regrets: Brian Hudson, Angela Norris


1. SAC President Report


Kidfest was successful with craft station, Anna Elsa and Santa, cookie decorating.

Giving Tree not as big a success as last year. Mittens and other items were donated

to refugee family.


Winter Wonder Week: Egg nog flip, karaoke, Talent show Friday before break

where local and international students participated.


Photos and videos can be accessed at Instagram.com and Twitter.com – Clarkson



Upcoming – Chinese New Year celebration Feb 7, SAC and International Students

working on the event, food ordered.


Exams: Sending out tips on Instagram. Project Unity Grade 9 students brought in

therapy dogs, zumba, give aways during exam period to help students relax.


Peel Schools President Councils: Meet once per month, Feb meeting will include

younger grade members of Council so that they can understand the PSPC.


Monthly email blast has the most information on upcoming events and is distributed



To set up a club students can go to office with their suggested club idea and a staff

member can be found to support the topic.


Intramurals are twice per week and weight room twice per week.


2. Principals Report


Field has been delayed due to late design and tender. Some testing of soils has

started. Currently three months behind.


Europe trip in April.


Mindfulness Without Borders will be coming in to facilitate sessions with students

about reducing stress and managing difficult situations, for staff and students. It is

part of the Wellness theme. They meet every few weeks until the end of the year.


DECA – Business competition. Going to Toronto for provincial competition.


Football North recruitment will be starting. We have 50 students here for LEEP

program, likely 50-70 students for next year for a younger team. Extra students give

CSS opportunity to increase course options. Two Football North students have been

offered scholarships in USA.


Total CSS enrolment: 833 students. 56 staff.


Free the Children have been doing lots of fundraising. Sobey’s will support an

assembly in recognition of their work.


Assembly planned for Black History Month.


Feb 16, 20 grade nines will go to Power Up Conference on technology put on by



Art therapy will be running at lunchtime.


Clarkson Swim Team doing very well.


3. Treasurer’s Report


$272.29 in fund, plus $500 in parent engagement account.

Possible use of parent engagement funds, could go to music program who are

looking for new keyboards. Funds should be spent by end of May. Sandra will check


We need to watch for notification to apply for Parent Engagement funds.

Council members should bring purchase ideas to March meeting.


4. Criteria for Bursaries


“Student has achieved their secondary school diploma, has enrolled in post

secondary education, either apprenticeship, college or university. The student has

financial need.”

Guidance and Awards Committee make the decision.

Grad pictures will likely have retakes.


5. Other Business


QSP – we will advertise on email blast and website.

Mar 23 Parents’ Night, 5:00 – 6:30 prior to report card meetings. Christine and

Kathy will look into ideas for fundraising.

Tues May 2 – American National Teacher Appreciation Day


Next Council Meeting March 22/17 7:00

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