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KPDSB focuses on innovation and specialized programming in schools

11 Feb. 2016

Media Release - February 11, 2016

Trustees of the Keewatin-Patricia District School Board met at Dryden High School on Tuesday, February 9, 2016, for a regular board meeting.

The February “Students Come First” presentation titled ‘Beaver Brae Secondary School Wrestling Club’ was received by Trustees.  Matt Lawrence, Recreation and Wellness Coordinator for the Kenora area, accompanied by students from our Kenora area elementary schools, provided Trustees with a look into the pilot recreation program that began in September, 2015.  Lawrence runs a variety of programs for students in the Kenora area, including the Playground Activity Leaders is Schools program (PALS), the Kilometer Running Club, and a Wrestling Club.  Many of the recreation activities take place during nutrition breaks at schools allowing all students the opportunity to participate.  Trustees heard how the new programs are encouraging and supporting students in participating in physical activity each day, healthy eating, resolving conflicts, building confidence and developing leadership skills. 

Sean Monteith, Director of Education, presented the 2015 Director’s Annual Report.  The Director’s Annual Report is a report to the communities and stakeholders our schools serve, and highlights the progressive and innovative work of our staff.  2015 was a year of change in the KPDSB, with our Efficacy work and our commitment to always putting kids first bringing about much of that change.  The report speaks to the exhaustive work of our schools and staff to improve the lives of children in the North, and their families, by striving to offer every possible opportunity to students in our classrooms.  With a focus on specialized programming options, and celebrating the many partnerships that are crucial to the success of these programs, the report is a compilation of written documents and videos.  To view the report, please visit www.kpdsb.on.ca or click here.

Monteith said "I am pleased and proud to present to all of our communities and families the Director's Annual Report for 2015; it is an accurate reflection of the tremendous work undertaken across the entire Keewatin-Patricia District School Board over the past 12 months. It also gives very clear insight into the direction we will continue to take with added aggressiveness, as a learning organization built around Northern Ontario children and their futures."

Caryl Hron, Superintendent of Education, presented the 2016-2017 Draft School Year Calendar.  The calendar was approved by our Board of Trustees but remains as a draft calendar pending approval by the Ministry of Education.  To view the 2016-2017 Draft School Year Calendar, please visit www.kpdsb.on.ca or click here.

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ETFO offers workshop to staff to support and welcome refugee families to schools

05 Feb. 2016

Presented by the Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario, this workshop will give information and strategies to support elementary educators who will be welcoming refugees and newcomers into school communities.

Please click here to view the pdf.

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CBC News: The National - The KPDSB Hockey Solution

22 Jan. 2016

Our schools in Dryden and Kenora were visited by a news team from CBC's The National with Peter Mansbridge in early January to learn more about our Hockey Canada Skills Academies.  With nearly 350 students registered in Dryden, Kenora and Sioux Lookout in the first years of the accredited programs, we are planning expansions in Dryden and Sioux Lookout, as well as the launch of a new Hockey Canada Skills Academy in the Red Lake and Ear Falls areas for September 2015.

The report has received wide spread attention from across the nation with Canadian Olympians and athletes, public figures and even NHL players sharing the story.  These programs are about so much more than just hockey!  Below are links to both the CBC report and our Hockey Canada Skills Academy video.  

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KPDSB and ETFO reach tentative settlement

07 Jan. 2016

Joint Media Release - January 7, 2016

Wednesday, January 6, 2016 - The Keewatin-Patricia District School Board (KPDSB) and the Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario have reached a tentative settlement within the Local Bargaining Framework with both the Elementary Teachers and the Elementary Occasional Teachers’ Local Bargaining Units.

Ratification of the Occasional Teacher’s Memorandum has taken place while details of the tentative settlement with the Elementary Teachers remain confidential until ratification by the Local as well as the Keewatin-Patricia District School Board.

The parties acknowledge that the process took a great deal of time however both are very happy with the results of the hard work and look forward to its implementation and furthering the work of supporting our students.

For more information, please contact Sean Monteith, KPDSB Director of Education at (807) 468-5571 or Anne Saltel, President, Keewatin-Patricia Elementary Teachers Association of Ontario at (807) 737 2163.

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KPDSB and OSSTF Educational Support Personnel reach tentative settlement

09 Dec. 2015

Media Release - December 9, 2015

The Keewatin-Patricia District School Board (KPDSB) and the Educational Support Personnel Bargaining Unit of the Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation of Ontario, District 5A, have reached a tentative settlement within the Local Bargaining Framework.

Details of the tentative settlement remain confidential until ratification by the Local as well as the Keewatin-Patricia District School Board.  Ratification is scheduled to take place by both parties prior to December 18, 2015.

The local parties worked closely together to achieve this settlement and believe it will benefit staff as well as students throughout the system into the future.

For more information, please contact Sean Monteith, KPDSB Director of Education at (807) 468-5571 or Cindy Hayward, President, OSSTF at (807) 727-0988.

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