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April Board Meeting Highlights

17 Apr. 2015

Media Release - April 15, 2015

Trustees met at Valleyview Public School on Tuesday, April 14, 2015, for a regular board meeting.  Trustees also had the chance to visit with the staff and students of Valleyview earlier in the day.

The April “Students Come First” presentation titled ‘Kenora Grade 6 Transition Activities’ was received by Trustees.  Kenora area Vice-Principals Shannon Bailey (Valleyview Public School), Tracey Benoit (Beaver Brae Secondary School) and Lisa Achilles (Beaver Brae Secondary School), as well as Kenora area staff members Val Silvester (Evergreen Public School) and Patty Chisholm (Beaver Brae Secondary School), were joined by students from five of our Kenora area schools to share their experiences with the transition activities taking place this year.

The cross-panel activities play an important role in preparing students for the transition from Grade 6 to Grade 7 by easing anxiety students may feel, and ensuring both students and their families feel comfortable, welcome and connected to Beaver Brae’s staff, and the historic building itself, before they enter the school in the fall.  Trustees heard how the transition activities have created an incredible sense of community between Beaver Brae and our elementary schools, with students sharing their own individual experiences.  Many stated they were no longer nervous or anxious about the transition and were looking forward to becoming Broncos in the fall.  Some of the transition activities the students have been participating include wood and bike shop, court sports, cosmetology, foods lab, hockey academy, French language events, and several family information nights.  For more information about Beaver Brae Secondary School and the opportunities it offers to students in the Kenora area, please contact the school at 468-6401.

Michael Boos, Principal of Sioux Mountain Public School in Sioux Lookout, and Steve Dumonski, teacher at Sioux Mountain Public School, presented the Sioux Mountain Hockey Skills Academy Report.  In response to interest from students, the school’s parent council, and the community of Sioux Lookout, Sioux Mountain is offering a hockey skills academy to all interested students beginning in September 2015.  To date, 87 students in grades 1-8 have signed up for the program which will offer differentiated instruction for students based on their hockey skill level, with both an on and off ice component totaling between 100 to 250 minutes of instruction per week. The focus of the academy is to increase student academic achievement by addressing the whole student, including their physical, mental and emotional development.  An application has been submitted to have the academy accredited by Hockey Canada and the program is being offered for free thanks to partnerships with Jumpstart and local organizations.  For more information, contact Sioux Mountain Public School at 737-3480.

Lynn McAughey, Principal of King George VI Public School (Kenora), Wayne Mercer, Vice-Principal of Queen Elizabeth District High School (Sioux Lookout), and Rachelle Davenport, Vice-Principal of Ignace and Upsala Public Schools, presented the KPDSB Principals & Vice-Principals Efficacy Report.  The role of a KPDSB principal is vast and includes providing a safe and welcoming learning environment, ensuring the curriculum is being delivered and assessed appropriately, building and maintaining positive relationships with various stakeholders, and above all else, making sure students always come first.  Recent studies have shown that parents and families don’t always understand what school leaders do and by providing information on their roles to our communities, we hope to see increased engagement in our schools and with our administration.  For more information on the role of a KPDSB principal and how they can support families in our communities, please contact Sheena Valley at 223-5311.

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KPDSB's Lynn McAughey appointed to secondment with MOE

20 Apr. 2015

Media Release - April 20, 2015

The Keewatin-Patricia District School Board is both pleased and proud to announce that Mrs. Lynn McAughey, Principal of King George VI Public School in Kenora, has been appointed to a three year secondment with the Ministry of Education’s Literacy and Numeracy Secretariat. McAughey’s secondment will begin this September, 2015.

An experienced administrator in the KPDSB, McAughey began teaching in 1989 and since that time has worked with families, students, and staff at the former Lakewood, Valleyview, Keewatin, Beaver Brae, and Ignace Public Schools as an employee of the KPDSB. 

McAughey has worked as a principal leader within the Leading Student Achievement project with her colleagues in the KPDSB and has been a formal principal mentor and executive member of the Ontario Principals’ Council.  She also instructs Lakehead University’s Principals’ Qualification Program here in the northwest region.

McAughey stated “The KPDSB has been an incredible place to work as a life-long learner.  Over the years, I’ve had the opportunity to learn and work with a dedicated and talented group of teachers and support staff – always with the intention of having high expectations and putting our students’ first.”  She cites the graduations of her sons, Sean and Liam, from Beaver Brae Secondary School as highlights as a parent and leader in the KPDSB.

Dave Penney, Chair commented "The Board, and myself personally, would like to congratulate Lynn on this appointment.  Lynn is a valuable employee and we know that the experience she will gain will not only benefit her but will also prove to be beneficial to the Board.  We wish her all the best as she takes on these new challenges."

Sean Monteith, Director of Education added “We are proud of Lynn’s achievement and wish her well with this secondment to the Ministry of Education; she has a solid track record of furthering professional learning of teachers and principals, and she will undoubtedly excel in this new role.”

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GLC spring musical a tremendous success!

24 Apr. 2015

Media Release - April 20, 2015

The Keewatin-Patricia District School Board is both pleased and proud to announce that Mrs. Lynn McAughey, Principal of King George VI Public School in Kenora, has been appointed to a three year secondment with the Ministry of Education’s Literacy and Numeracy Secretariat. McAughey’s secondment will begin this September, 2015.

An experienced administrator in the KPDSB, McAughey began teaching in 1989 and since that time has worked with families, students, and staff at the former Lakewood, Valleyview, Keewatin, Beaver Brae, and Ignace Public Schools as an employee of the KPDSB. 

McAughey has worked as a principal leader within the Leading Student Achievement project with her colleagues in the KPDSB and has been a formal principal mentor and executive member of the Ontario Principals’ Council.  She also instructs Lakehead University’s Principals’ Qualification Program here in the northwest region.

McAughey stated “The KPDSB has been an incredible place to work as a life-long learner.  Over the years, I’ve had the opportunity to learn and work with a dedicated and talented group of teachers and support staff – always with the intention of having high expectations and putting our students’ first.”  She cites the graduations of her sons, Sean and Liam, from Beaver Brae Secondary School as highlights as a parent and leader in the KPDSB.

Dave Penney, Chair commented "The Board, and myself personally, would like to congratulate Lynn on this appointment.  Lynn is a valuable employee and we know that the experience she will gain will not only benefit her but will also prove to be beneficial to the Board.  We wish her all the best as she takes on these new challenges."

Sean Monteith, Director of Education added “We are proud of Lynn’s achievement and wish her well with this secondment to the Ministry of Education; she has a solid track record of furthering professional learning of teachers and principals, and she will undoubtedly excel in this new role.”

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Celebrating alumni and French Immersion at New Prospect Public School

11 Mar. 2015

Media Release - March 11, 2015

Trustees met at Dryden High School on Tuesday, March 10, 2015, for regular board meeting.

The March “Students Come First” presentation titled ‘Celebrating KPDSB Graduates – Where Are They Now’ was received by Trustees.  The video, presented by Sean Monteith, Director of Education, featured KPDSB graduates from Dryden High School, Red Lake District High School, and Beaver Brae Secondary School in Kenora.  Trustees heard how the students’ experiences in our elementary and secondary schools not only helped to guide and prepare them for their futures, but that many of our programs and staff had lifelong impacts on them.  Many of the alumni wished to give thanks to school staff through the video, a testament to the influence of our schools and staff and the work they do every day for our students.   We are extremely proud of our students and alumni’s achievements and hope to share more of their stories in the future.  To watch the video, please click here or visit our website at www.kpdsb.on.ca.

Brad Bartlett and Jen McMaster, Dryden High School vice-principals, and Bob Kowal and Tracey Benoit, Beaver Brae Secondary School vice-principals, presented the Secondary School Academic Excellence report.  The report detailed the programs and supports offered by our secondary schools and how those programs go hand in hand with the highest of expectations for both our students and staff.  Using a wide variety of learning platforms such as e-Learning, web-based, experiential, outdoor, alternative programming, or traditional classroom structures, each of our secondary schools strives for academic excellence that meets the holistic needs of our students, while ensuring academic achievement is at the forefront. 

Caryl Hron, Superintendent of Education, presented the Dryden Area French Immersion report.  Following a community survey and French Immersion Kindergarten Registration Night on March 3, Hron informed Trustees that as of Tuesday morning, 16 families have registered for a French Immersion Full-Day Early Learning Kindergarten Program (FDELKP) at New Prospect Public School.  Having met our goal for registrations within the first week, we are encouraged as to the future success of the program and Trustees voted to implement the program for September 2015.   The program will expand with the students through their elementary school years and next steps include ensuring the right staff are in place and preparation for a fall start up.  Interested families can still register for the program by contacting New Prospect Public School at 223-4713.  For more information on this new program, or our extremely successful French Immersion program at Valleyview Public School in Kenora, please visit our website.

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OFSAA Gold and Bronze

12 Mar. 2015

Media Release - March 12, 2015      

We are extremely excited to announce the Girls’ Curling Team from Queen Elizabeth District High School (QEDHS) has won Gold at OFSAA!  Congratulations to the girls and school from all of us across the KPDSB.

Steve Poling, Principal of QEDHS, said “I just want to say that we are super proud of the girls, the coaches, and the parents who have supported this team.  This is an extremely exciting moment for all of us at QEDHS.  This Gold medal is the first OFSAA Gold for us and we couldn’t be more proud!” 

We would like to also congratulate and celebrate the Girls’ Hockey Team from Dryden High School (DHS) who won Bronze this morning in Kenora.  It is unprecedented that KPDSB schools have won two OFSAA medals on the same day, and we continue to demonstrate ourselves as an athletic power, both regionally and provincially.

Kathy McConnachie, Principal of DHS, stated “We’re all so proud of the girls.  We were behind them right from the start and we are very excited for them.  They played very strong games and deserved to earn a medal today.”

Sean Monteith, Director of Education, added “It has been an amazing and memorable week for several KPDSB secondary schools. With Dryden High School hosting OFSAA Volleyball, Dryden High School and Beaver Brae Secondary School participating in OFSAA Hockey in Kenora, and with Queen Elizabeth District High School competing in OFSAA Curling, this week has been as much about athletics and competition as it has been about celebrating achievements in all of our high schools. Having watched personally as DHS won their Bronze medal this morning, and now hearing of the QEDHS Gold medal championship win, it underscores that no matter who you are or where you come from, our students can persevere and accomplish their dreams. Cassidy, Ashlyn, Kacie, Jenna, Taylor and Coaches Glen Poirier and Angela Edmond: many dream of competing at the provincial level, a very few qualify, and only the best can call themselves “Provincial Champions”. We are all very proud of you, you have made QEDHS and the KPDSB very proud today!”  

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