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Clarkson Secondary School

School Council Meeting

November 15, 2017


In attendance: Angela Norris-Siemens, Sandra Forsyth, Mary Zammit, Brian Hudson, Debbie Foss, Anne-Marie May, May Wong, Kathy Geczi


Student Council Report – Presented by Sandra Bojic- School Council President

  • Halloween Event – first all school event this year
  • Two grade nines now on SAC to expand representation
  • Kidfest – Dec 5, grade one students visit planning for this event
  • Winter Wonder Week – the week before Winter Break, Spirit events planned for each day
  • Student Union Meeting – 2nd Monday of month, reps from clubs attend


Treasurer's Report- Sandra Forsyth

  • Still have funds available from two grants; one at 500 and other at 1000
  • Group brainstormed some possible ideas
  • Suggestion for a possible parent workshop
  • -treasurer reviewed how funds can be used


Principal's Report- Presented by Mary Zammit

  • Grade 8 Students Visited Clarkson as part of the Taste of High school program in September; good opportunity to learn about the school and build community; plan to expand visits from feeder school's to Clarkson for other events in grade 6- Adventures in Science and Grade 7- Cancer Drive Carnival; important for students and families to learn about their local high school early on
  • Overview of Football North Program and Elite Swim; Football Program is doing well – 47 students; Swim program is small – about 5 students to date; Football may expand to a second team next year
  • Open House was held for future students and parents on October 4- In future would appreciate School Council having a table and participating in the event.
  • In the past this was an opportunity for future Clarkson Parents to hear from current parents
  • Early Release Day for teachers was at end of September- Special Speaker was Garfield Gini- Newman who spoke about Critical Thinking and strategies to engage students
  • Asked parents for feedback on the Schools Response and communication to families regarding the "threatening, non –specific email" that was sent to some school staff; parents responded that they felt the situation was communicated effectively and that they did not have any specific recommendations
  • Shared with parents Bomb Threat Protocol- new to Peel; we are paying careful attention to students who may find this drill unsettling
  • Share information about the role of the School Success Teacher (SST) in supporting at-risk students and the role of  SST in delivering Mindfulness strategies to students in need; school has a mindfulness Room that resulted from a grant called the Dare to Dream Grant.
  • Looking to expand programming by having outside facilitator offer sessions at lunch


    Next meeting: January 8, 2018
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