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Clarkson Secondary School

Parent Advisory Council Minutes


September 22, 2015 - 7:00 p.m.

Principal’s Conference Room





Sue Piotrowski, Chair                         James Kardash, Principal

Antonio D’Silva, SAC Rep                  Debi Lawrence          

Margaret Morse                                  Nicky Rossi

Angela Norris                                      Brian Hudson

Debbie Foss                                        S.Steeler

Pat Huson                                           Sandra Forsyth

Emeline Layne                                    Janet Francis

Fay Allen                                             Richard Allen

Lynne Gallacher                                  Steward loft

Sharon Gerulath                                  Laura Smiley

May Wong                                           Shadab Khan



Approval of Previous Meeting Minutes


Minutes of April 21, 2015 ~ Motion to Approve (D. Lawrence) Seconded (S. Piotrowski)


Carried – APPROVED


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


Student Activity Council (SAC) Report

SAC President, Antonio D’Silva highlighted student activities:

  • Currently recruiting members from all grade levels to be part of SAC General
  • Planning the new Fall Fair (successor to the previous Grade 9/Grade 12 Activity Day)
  • Working on themes for the semi-formal (to be held next year)
  • Involved in planning a new gender neutral washroom. Clarkson will be the first High School in  the Peel Board to provide this.


Principal’s Report

  • The teacher labour dispute has been settled at the Secondary level, with acceptance of a 3 year contract. (The first year of this contract covers the last school year)
  • Staff continue to be supportive and involved in the many activities offered to Clarkson students.
  • Commencement for students who graduated in June will be held Friday, October 9.  (This had to be postponed to the fall at the direction of the Board)
  • Changes to the school over the summer include creation of a quiet study area off the library (previously the Principles Conference Room), relocation of the Principles Conference Room, and a refresh of the Guidance Office.
  • Reorganization will be happening across the Board next week.  Enrollment at Clarkson is lower than anticipated with 825 students, which will result in changes to many students’ timetables and the loss of some staff.  Students whose courses are impacted will meet with their Guidance Counsellors so that new timetables can be organized by Friday, October 2 and begin Monday, October 5.



  • Margaret gave an overview of what is involved in coordinating the QSP fundraiser
  • Previously information was sent out to parents in the form of flyers, but it is planned to change to electronic distribution via e-mail and Twitter
  • The amount raised last year was approximately $ 450.  (Other funds are received through Parent Donations that can be directed to specific items identified on the staff wish list)

Nomination and Election of School Advisory Officers

Thank you to outgoing council officers Sue Piotrowski, Martine Brouillet, Guylaine Jeuteau, and QSP rep Margaret Morse.  Martine and Guylaine will continue on council as Members at Large.  Anne-Marie May has volunteered to continue as coordinator for the Teacher Appreciation in the spring.

Nominations for Advisory Officers were received, and positions acclaimed:

      • Chairperson                          Brian Hudson
      • Secretary                              Nicky Rossi
      • Treasurer & QSP rep            Sandra Forsyth

Council Meeting Dates, 2015/2016

November 18, 2015

January 20, 2016

March 22, 2016

May 25, 2016

Jim will confirm there are no conflicts with the above dates


Selection of Topics for Upcoming Meetings:





Adopt a Charger

  • Jim Kardash reviewed this new initiative to raise funds that will be used to help subsidize the cost of extracurricular activities.
  • Clarkson offers a large number of clubs as well as the opportunity to participate on athletic teams. The cost associated with these activities continues to rise, and has become a barrier to some.
  • It is important that all Clarkson students should be included in the extracurricular activities they are interested in, and that cost does not prevent this. 
  • Last year council provided assistance to some students who were struggling financially, but the Adopt a Charger initiative is intended to provide ongoing support to all clubs and teams at Clarkson.
  • The initiative will be rolled out in 3 phases:  Alumni; parents; school website.


Next meeting   Wednesday – November 18, 2015

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

The meeting adjourned at 8:25 pm

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