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Clarkson Secondary School

Parent Advisory Council Minutes


May 25, 2016 - 7:00 p.m.

Principal's Conference Room




Mary Zammit, Principal                                        Debi Lawrence

Brian Hudson                                                       May Wong

Nicky Rossi                                                          Steven Chan




Anne-Marie May

Angela Norris




  • Mr. Steven Chan, Head of the Science & Technology Departments, was welcomed to the meeting.

Approval of Previous Meeting Minutes

Minutes of meeting held March 22, 2016 ~ one change was noted: Grade 9 Orientation Day - last point should state "The first regular day of school for other students will be held on Day 2" 

Motion to Approve: M. Zammit  


Seconded:  D. Lawrence                        Carried – APPROVED

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


Principal's Report


  • Cashless School:  Clarkson will be participating in a Cashless School Pilot Project.  It is hoped to have things in place ready for the new school year, allowing families the option to pay the student registration fee on-line.  Payment for future field trips, etc. would also offer an on-line payment option.  
  • Year Book:  Several Focus Groups, as well as an on-line survey, were held to get input on the proposal to increase the student registration fee and provide a Year Book to all students.  Although 60% of respondents were in favour of this change, it was decided that this was not a sufficient number to move forward.  Therefore the registration fee will remain $40, and the Year Book can be purchased for an additional $30.
  • School Start Time:  A change in start time to 8:15 am was initially approved, but this decision has been reversed due to logistical concerns. 
  • Principals Reception:  The next Principals Reception will be held tomorrow, May 26.  Following feed-back from Council there are 141 students nominated, and a broader representation of achievements being recognized.
  • Cancer Drive:  Cancer Drive was hugely successful again this year, with every student and staff member participating in some way. The celebratory Cancer Drive Assembly was held today where it was announced the total raised was an amazing $ 40,020.16!  The Coordinator of Camp Oochigeas    was on hand to receive the donation cheque, and made a point of recognizing the unique support provided by the school.
  • Mental Health Week:  A small group of students helped organize events focussing on Mental Health and Wellness.  This included Art Therapy, Volley Ball, Basketball, Zumba, Yoga, Therapy Dogs, a Speakers Panel, and Kids Help Phone presentation.
  • Arts Week:  A variety of events were held, including a field trip to the show "Kinky Boots", a Combat Workshop, Music Workshop, and a Chef Demonstration.
  • Spring Concert:  The concert was held last week.  The quality of the performances was excellent.
  • PDSB Media Shoot:  A number of Clarkson staff recently participated in a media shoot for promoting the Peel District School Board.
  • Clarkson Visitors:  Several visitors have toured the school recently due to interest in the International Program, the new Football North program, or the recently announced Elite Swim Program.
  • Enrolment for the Football North program is going well.
  • It is anticipated the Swim Program will initially be small, with just 10 – 20 students, mostly from Europe.  Many of these students will be billeted with local families,
  • Spring Fling:  This carnival-type event was held last week.  Grade 7 and 8 students from local Feeder Schools were invited and thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon of fun activities.
  • Duke of Edinburgh Awards:  Three students have successfully completed their Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award.
  • Scholarships and Awards:  A number of students have been awarded significant scholarships and awards in recognition of their academic and athletic achievements. 
  • Clarkson students have also done extremely well in recent French and Spanish competitions.


  • Margaret Pham has been named the female Mississauga High School Athlete of the Year.
  • ROPSSAA leagues; both the boys and girls baseball and soccer teams have been participating in league play, as well as Clarkson's first lacrosse team. The girls soccer team will be playing in the ROPSSA Championship game tomorrow, and have a good chance of making it to OFSSA. 
  • Track and Field athletes have been competing at various meets.
  • Bike to School Week:  Will be held the week of May 30. 
  • Community Capture Magazine:  The April edition of Community Captured included an article about Cancer Drive, written by Clarkson student, Kaitlyn Mun.  Moving forward it is hoped to provide monthly content about life at Clarkson for this magazine.
  • Multifest:  Everyone is welcome to attend this community event that will be hosted on Friday,

    May 27, 2016.  Multiculturalism will be celebrated through a pot-luck supper, music, dance, etc.  Entrance fee is $3 for advance tickets and $5 at the door. 
  • Teacher Appreciation Day:  Staff very much appreciated this event.  Thank you to all parents who contributed to the event.  Special thanks to Anne-Marie May for all her work in coordinating the day.

Treasurer's Report

  • There has been a small increase in QSP revenue since the last meeting. 
  • Current balance: $ 629.94

Council funds include the $500 Parent Engagement Grant.


SAC Report

  • Miss May Wong gave an overview of recent SAC activities. 
  • Elections results for the new executive were announced today.  Danny Bojic was elected as the new SAC President.

Science Department Presentation

  • The Head of the Science and Technology Departments, Mr. Steven Chan, who joined the Clarkson staff last September, gave an overview of initiatives introduced during the school year.
  • Engineering Idol, where a team of students designed a prototype prosthetic hand. 
  • Eco Schools, where a team of students has led work in waste diversion and energy conservation towards accumulating the required number of points for Clarkson to become recognized as a Bronze level Eco School.   The team is currently awaiting the result of their submission.
  • Clarkson offers a Regional Specialist High Skills Major in manufacturing for Grade 11 and 12 students, which is a popular course selection.  

Parent Engagement Fund

Council has $ 500 to utilize for Parent Engagement.  It was proposed this should be used towards Multifest.


Motion to Approve:  B. Hudson              

Seconded:  D. Lawrence                        Carried – APPROVED



Parent Reaching Out (PRO Grant)

  • Deferred

Parent Council Scholarships

Traditionally Council has awarded a scholarship to one female and one male Grade 12 graduate from Council funds.  This year there are insufficient funds to provide these, but the awards will be covered by the Principals Fund.

  • Council will need to review if this scholarship should continue and, if so, how to fund it.


Teacher Appreciation Day

  • Teacher Appreciation Day was held on May 3rd.  Thank you to all parents who contributed to this event. 
  • Brian acknowledged all the time and effort put in by Anne-Marie to make the day so successful; coordinating food, donations, setting up the room, etc.  Everything was very well done. Thank you!
  • Several of the parents who have helped in the past, no longer have children in the school, which resulted in Anne-Marie doing much of the work herself.  For this event to continue, Council will need to form an organizing committee early in the school year, as well as consider the best way to cover any associated expenses.


Council Meeting Dates (2016 – 2017) 

Meeting dates for Council during the next school year are planned for the following dates:

  • Wednesday, September 21, 2016
  • Wednesday, November 16, 2016
  • Wednesday, January 18, 2017
  • Wednesday, March 22, 2017
  • Wednesday, May 24, 2017.

Next meeting:   Wednesday – September 21, 2016


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




The meeting adjourned at 8:35 pm

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