Minutes of Regular Meeting January 18, 2007
Locke, Christine Hoyt,
O’Rourke, Mary Stilwell, Nancy Jones,
Guests: Melissa Wright, Lauren Estey
The meeting was called to order at 7:05pm.
The agenda was approved as revised.
The minutes of November 16, 2006 and December 7, 2006 were adopted as circulated.
Melissa Wright explained the Renaissance project which recognizes and rewards positive behaviour. There are six executive members assisted by ten to fifteen students. They held a penny drive to fund their activities. They held a kick-off rally in September. They have held Random Acts of Kindness Awards, a Teacher Cart Day (treats for staff) and recently had a Doughnut Day rewarding punctuality. They have discussed a Golden Trash Can Award for beautification of the school and a spring recognition barbeque.
There was a good turn out for the variety show.
Good school spirit was displayed at the Riverboat Tournament.
Auditions have been held for the spring musical.
The grad class bingo is this week.
Exams are next week.
There is pre-exam tutoring every day this week.
The Chinese exchange students leave February 3rd.
Update on Traffic / Parking
A response to our letter has been received from District office. They are pleased with the improvements made last summer and have no current plans for additional work.
Report by Ad Hoc Tech Committee on School Website
Mr. Gallant is the teacher in charge of the website. He prefers not to have other people editing the website. Second semester he is in charge of distance education so it is hoped he will have more time to update the website.
Lauren Estey explained the Making Waves program. It is a provincial
organization that addresses dating, violence and abuse. It is a student led program
that initiates projects in the school. They perform a play annually for the grade
nines to create awareness of different kinds of abuse and have been invited to
perform at other schools. The are considering adding bullying elements and
performing at middle schools. This group does not have a budget and must raise
funds for their initiatives. The teacher advisor is Kate Emrich. Additional
information can be found at www.mwaves.org.
School Attendance and Discipline Policies
Attendance is semestered while discipline is year long. Even when students reach twelve absences they are usually given one extra day to comply with strict guidelines. The school retention rate is almost 98%. The step policy was explained.
It was suggested that our goal should be “to improve the sensitivity of our school community and how our actions affect others” through the promotion of healthy self-esteem. This goal should be measurable through statistics. Patty will contact our feeder schools to determine what programs they are using. Gina reported that
QMS has an inclusive policy that students be involved in at least one extra curricula activity although it did not work well last year.
Staff appreciation is the week of February 12 to 16. Nick has offered to cook for
the breakfast on the 14th. Betty will contact Nick to determine what he needs. An invitation will be extended to the bus drivers through District office. Francine and Patty volunteered to help Sandra with set up Tuesday evening. Nancy L, Sandra, Vasoula and Betty will help with the breakfast. Additional students will be asked to help. Treats for the rest of the week will be organized by Betty.
The District is planning to host a public session on cyber awareness.
The agendas are not well used and may not be made available next year. It was
suggested that the information currently found in the front of the agenda should be posted on the school website. It was noted that a school policy on cell phone use and camera phones is needed.
We will be participating in a research survey on how extra curricula activities affect high risk behaviours.
Meeting adjourned at 9:43pm.
Next meeting: Thursday March 1, 2007 at 7pm.