Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Student council to be saluted

The Student Leadership Council at Fort Frances High School will receive the Rainy River District School Board’s “Recognition of Excellence” during its regular meeting tonight at the Education Centre here (board office).
The council, which strives to create a welcoming, safe, and inclusive environment for all students and staff on a daily basis, once again hosted a Grade 8 day during “Education Week” in May.

The event offered a taste of the school’s culture as a way for students to feel more comfortable and aware when they enter Grade 9.
But this year, the council took the event a step further.
“[They] merged this event into what is called a ‘Mini We Day,’ which is a mixture of the same activities of the past but maintains a focus challenging each student to ‘Be the change you want to see in the world,’” noted a report to the board.
About 200 students attended.
Participants, staff, and student mentors began the day in the Townshend Theatre with a series of presentations about the activities and sports available at Fort High.
There also were musical presentations by current students, as well as a guest speaker named Molly Burke, who promoted the idea of overcoming obstacles, defining yourself, and helping others.
After a lunch prepared by the Hospitality classes at FFHS, the afternoon featured a series of tours and scavenger hunts to familiarize all incoming students with the school.
“The day was a success on many levels as students appreciated what life will be like when they begin as Grade 9 students in September,” the reported stated.
“The council worked hard all year to embed the belief that we can all respect and help each other out, empower one another, and “Be the change you want to see in the world,’” it added.
Also at tonight’s meeting, trustees will:
•hear a presentation on summer learning;
•vote to approve Policy 3.56 (Accessible and Healthy Workplace Program);
•vote to approve the several policies for stakeholder consultation—6.20 (School Attendance Zones), 2.14 (Student Voice), and 2.05 (Communications and Media Relations);
•vote to rescind several policies—3.00 (Employee Attendance Support Program), 3.95 (Modified Work Program), 8.34 (Advertising), 8.11 (Five-Year Capital Equipment Plan), and 3.36 (Employee Working Alone);
•look to appoint the board’s Compliance Audit Committee;
•look to renew the Ontario Public School Boards’ Association annual membership for 2014-15; and
•look to authorize administration to enter into a contract with Kenora-Rainy River Districts Child & Family Services to supply safe schools counselling services for an annual cost of $161,875.
Tonight’s meeting gets underway at 7 p.m.

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