Catholic board to discuss revised calendar

The Northwest Catholic District School Board will review a modified school calendar for the 2004/05 school year at its regular monthly meeting Tuesday night.
As a member of Curriculum Council West, which also includes the Rainy River District School Board, the Kenora Catholic District School Board, and the Keewatin-Patricia District School Board, the NCDSB sat on a committee that discussed a calendar that would be appropriate for all four boards.
The proposed calendar includes 190 instructional days and four professional activity days.
The school year officially would begin on Aug. 31, 2004, with classes starting Sept. 1. The last day of classes under the revised calendar would be June 23, 2005.
If the board approves the calendar, it will be submitted to the Ministry of Education for final approval.
Also at Tuesday night’s meeting, which gets underway at 7 p.m. in the board office next to St. Francis School, the board will hear a presentation from David Sharp, assistant to Education Director John Madigan, on the Students-at-Risk initiative.
Last April, the Ministry of Education asked all school boards to appoint At-Risk leaders to work closely with teachers and administrators to ensure there are programs and services in place to support students who need extra help.
Sharp will outline what has been done locally for students deemed to be at-risk—and what is planned for the future.
Also Tuesday night, the board will:
•review the EQAO board action plan for 2003-04;
•have a follow-up discussion regarding the board’s self-evaluation instrument, which was presented at last month’s meeting; and
•review the impact of capped class size in the primary grades.
(Fort Frances Daily Bulletin)