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Attendance Area Review - information for families Area Review - information for families<p style="color:#595959;font-family:arial, sans-serif;background-color:#ffffff;">​​Following are the contents of a letter being distributed to all families at Stayner Collegiate Institute, Byng Public School, Clearview Meadows Elementary School and Nottawasawaga and Creemore Public School regarding the upcoming attendance area review.​​</p><p style="color:#595959;font-family:arial, sans-serif;background-color:#ffffff;"><br> </p><p style="color:#595959;font-family:arial, sans-serif;background-color:#ffffff;">Dear Simcoe County District School Board Families,</p><p style="color:#595959;font-family:arial, sans-serif;background-color:#ffffff;">​This letter is to inform you that the Simcoe County District School Board (SCDSB) is reviewing the attendance areas of Collingwood Collegiate Institute, Nottawasaga Pines Secondary School and Stayner Collegiate Institute (SCI). The goal of this review is to align elementary feeder school boundaries with SCI’s attendance area. The decision to review the attendance areas was part of the outcome of a Pupil Accommodation Review involving SCI, Byng Public School and Clearview Meadows Elementary School that that took place last year. We expect minimal changes to the SCI attendance area and student population.</p><p style="color:#595959;font-family:arial, sans-serif;background-color:#ffffff;">The accompanying map shows areas that are under review and may be affected by boundary changes. SCDSB staff are currently considering the following:</p><div style="color:#595959;font-family:arial, sans-serif;background-color:#ffffff;"><ul style="margin:0px 0px 10px 25px;padding:0px;"><li style="line-height:20px;">Aligning the Clearview Meadows ES boundary entirely with SCI’s attendance area<br></li><li style="line-height:20px;">Aligning the Nottawasaga & Creemore PS boundary entirely with SCI’s attendance area<br></li><li style="line-height:20px;">Aligning the Nottawa ES boundary entirely with CCI’s attendance area<br></li><li style="line-height:20px;">Giving students from New Lowell that currently reside in the NPSS attendance area a choice between NPSS and SCI<br></li><li style="line-height:20px;">Giving students directly affected by changes the choice to stay at their current school at the time of implementation<br></li></ul></div><p style="color:#595959;font-family:arial, sans-serif;background-color:#ffffff;">​The SCDSB staff recommendation will be presented to our Board of Trustees for a decision in March 2017. Any approved changes will take effect in September 2018.</p><p style="color:#595959;font-family:arial, sans-serif;background-color:#ffffff;">A public information meeting has been scheduled to present the SCDSB staff recommendation and answer questions from members of the community.</p><p style="color:#595959;font-family:arial, sans-serif;background-color:#ffffff;">​Date: January 31, 2017<br>Time: 7 p.m.<br>Location: Stayner Collegiate Institute</p><p style="color:#595959;font-family:arial, sans-serif;background-color:#ffffff;">You are most welcome to attend this meeting to learn more about the proposed plan. If you are not able to attend this meeting and have questions about the proposed plan, please do not hesitate to contact me at 705-734-6363 x.11638.</p><p style="color:#595959;font-family:arial, sans-serif;background-color:#ffffff;">Sincerely,</p><p style="color:#595959;font-family:arial, sans-serif;background-color:#ffffff;">​Jackie Kavanagh<br>Superintendent of Education</p><p style="color:#595959;font-family:arial, sans-serif;background-color:#ffffff;">cc         Wayne Clements, Trustee</p>
SCDSB partners with Dell and Staples to provide affordable technology options partners with Dell and Staples to provide affordable technology options<p>​The Simcoe County District School Board (SCDSB) is excited to announce two partnerships for the 2017-18 school year. The SCDSB has worked with Dell Canada and Staples to provide affordable options for families considering a technology purchase. Both programs are approved by the SCDSB.<br><br>Information about both programs, including product details and how to order, is available below. If you have questions about the programs, please contact either a Dell Education Advisor or your nearest Staples store, as appropriate.<br><br><a href="">Dell Canada BYOD program letter</a><br><a href="">Staples BYOD program letter</a><br> <br></p>
Nottawasaga and Creemore Central School 50 + Years : Very Fond and Happy Memories from Keith Balfour and Creemore Central School 50 + Years : Very Fond and Happy Memories from Keith Balfour<p>In the spring of 1966 I was invited to an interview for a teaching position in the new, yet-to-be built, central school in Nottawasaga Township's Creemore, Ontario. I had applied for a teaching position with the Nottawasaga Township School Board earlier that spring. I had just got engaged to my now wife of more than 50 years. I had one year's teaching experience at SS#1 Kilkenny, north of Lake Superior, on the shores of Lake Nipigon. (I now, at the end of June 2017, will be starting into my 20th year of retirement.)</p><p>My fiancée, Jane, and I drove to Creemore from London, Ontario with my mom, coming along as chaperone. My job interview was to be held at the Creemore Public School. My interview was held in the basement furnace room of the school with trustees (Jack Heslip. Dalton Middlebrook, Bill Vancise and one other) conducting the process. School Custodian, Tom Montgomery, opened the building for us.</p><p>My mother and future bride went downtown to George and Noni Price's snack bar and curio shop to have a break, a snack and to wait until the meeting was over.</p><p>I was hired there and then. I was told that I'd be in the new school when it was finished. In the meantime I'd be at the one room Cashtown School, north of Cashtown Corners, with Grade 5 to 8 students gathered together from other township one room schools which were being closed. The other Grade 5 to 8 pupils who would eventually come with my crew from Cashtown were also gathered together into other one room school locations in the Avening and Dunedin areas with teachers Audrey Timmons and Bessie Arnold who later, like those of us at Cashtown, would head for the new school upon its opening. The Creemore students from grades 5 to 8 and their teacher Jane Black would be based at the Creemore Public School until amalgamation time. Jane Black was to be our principal.</p><p>That fall was an exciting period for me who'd only seen, but not taught in, a one room school during my teacher training. It would also be my first experience with school buses. </p><p>The youngsters, too, who were to be my new students, had been gathered together from several other one room schools besides Cashtown and had new friendships to make, and for many, a new school to which to grow accustomed. Additionally they had a new teacher to break in, one who was an unknown commodity. That same situation was essentially true in two other of the future school's temporary sites and to some degree for the Creemore crew who were to join us when our new home was opened. </p><p>The excitement of a new school for us all with many new student and teacher faces was prominent in our minds all that fall of 1966. Delays, of course, occurred. The contractors stopped work so they could go hunting. The electrical system's transformers were not available when promised. The new heating system's state-of-the-art unit ventilators had some fine tuning issues. (I can still vividly remember Mr. Beselink from the unit ventilator's company puttering around with the system in each classroom during class time after we were finally in our new home.)</p><p>Recesses at Cashtown saw us all outside together getting to know one another and playing games like "Ante Over the Shanty" over the school's roof.</p><p>As Christmas approached we all realized that the hoped for move to the new building would not be late fall but, instead, after the Christmas break.</p><p>True to the hands-on and personal nature of rural school communities the move of the school furnishings and materials, including the kids' things, would happen over the holiday with the trustees, including the Secretary-Treasurer, W.D. McLeod, handling the bulk of the process themselves for all four to-be-re-located sites. They were aided, I know, by local farmers and other community members at times.</p><p>It's amazing how smoothly it all went!</p><p>The first school day of 1967, Canada's Centennial Year, saw us shuffling, searching, moving furniture and unpacking materials. It was organized confusion but it was great fun! The moving job had been very well done. Materials were usually located where they could be fairly easily found, for the most part. Very little could not be found and those things were of very little consequence.</p><p><strong>WE WERE,    AT LAST,    AS PROMISED, . . . . . . .  AND HOPED FOR,  . . . . . . . . AND DREAMED OF  . . . . . . . . . ALL ONE SCHOOL!     </strong></p><p><strong> </strong><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><em><strong>OUR NOTTAWASAGA AND CREEMORE CENTRAL SCHOOL</strong></em></span> <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><em><strong>!</strong></em></span></p><p><strong> NOTES:</strong></p><p><strong>1)  </strong>This was the spring of the release of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. A year of many auspicious beginnings, including our school's.</p><p><strong>2)</strong> Curiously, over the next number of years the few items which had apparently disappeared into a black hole, such as the collapsible community 12 foot wooden plank tables and benches from the Cashtown School's back storage lean-to, all resurfaced. Being as the new central school had no storage space to accommodate them they ended up in another community facility where they could still service the good folk of south Nottawasaga.<strong> That's great planning, folks! </strong></p><p><strong>3)  </strong>When the Creemore Public School held its Reunion several years ago it was heart-warming and somewhat amazing how many of those first year NCCSers my wife and I met again after all those years. One of the highlights of the formal event in the Creemore Legion Hall was the singing of our NCCS school song written by Audrey Timmons and company. It still makes me very proud to sing it again aloud or in my mind. Its words have indelibly etched a place in my memory. I needed no song sheet, then, to stand up and proudly sing: ---</p><p><em><strong>" ' twas in the town of Creemore 1900 and 67 </strong></em></p><p><em><strong>behold there were the ten of us one more would make eleven</strong></em></p><p><em><strong>they hauled us off to Creemore in those yellow trucks we're driven</strong></em></p><p><em><strong>our own Centennial school.</strong></em></p><p><em><strong></strong></em></p><p><em><strong>Avening, Banda, ad Mt. Zion.</strong></em></p><p><em><strong>Cashtown, Creemore, Maple Valley.</strong></em></p><p><em><strong>Bayview, Glen Huron, and Dunedin.</strong></em></p><p><em><strong>23 has joined us too.</strong></em></p><p> </p><p><em><strong>Many schools were joined together.</strong></em></p><p><em><strong>All for one be our endeavour.</strong></em></p><p><em><strong>May it continue on forever.</strong></em></p><p><em><strong>Our own Centennial School!</strong></em></p><p> </p><p><em><strong>So let us all cooperate, be Nottawasaga's pride,</strong></em></p><p><em><strong>and celebrate our union here with no regrets to hide.</strong></em></p><p><em><strong>We brought with us some memories </strong></em></p><p><em><strong>that always will be dear. Our own centennial school.</strong></em></p><p> </p><p><em><strong>Avening, Banda and Mt. Zion.</strong></em></p><p><em><strong>Cashtown, Creemore, Maple Valley.</strong></em></p><p><em><strong>Bayview, Glen Huron and Dunedin.</strong></em></p><p><em><strong>23 has joined us too.</strong></em></p><p> </p><p><em><strong>Many Schools are joined together.</strong></em></p><p><em><strong>All for one be our endeavour.</strong></em></p><p><em><strong>May it continue on forever.</strong></em></p><p><em><strong>Our own Centennial School."</strong></em></p><p><strong>3)  </strong>Our school's proud and spirited local history started there and then. Sock Hops, occasional Friday night school dances and film nights for our students, co-curricular and extra-curricular activities and other spirit and team builders would become common in the next few years, but that was in the future. Who can forget the tree plantings – circular glades on our front yard and individual trees along the south ridge of the playground  . . . .or the Tennis Club's courts being added to our playground? Those were the days!</p><p><strong>4)  </strong>Jane Black, who lived in Collingwood, decided later that 1st year to resign as principal. When the position opened the Nottawasaga Township School Board notified the other three teachers on NCCS's staff. I expressed my interest in applying for the now vacant principal's position. After some necessary deliberations the Board offered me the position. When our school re-opened for a second year in September of 1967 there were again four teachers on staff – Audrey (Mrs. Wallace) Timmons, Bessie (Mrs. Brinkman) Arnold, Donalda (Mrs. Charlie) Mackie, and myself. I was, as was the norm for those times, a teacher-principal.</p><p>       Over the next few years we saw the addition of other staff as our school's student population grew. Our first additions were itinerant music teacher Peter Coates and several French teacher itinerants in succession.</p><p><strong>5)</strong>  The 1960's had seen the drive to building central schools to replace one room schools. NCCS had been Nottawasaga's last necessary change to that new direction. All our one room schools were now but fond memories of our past. </p><p>      In the early 1970's more changes occurred in Ontario's provincial education system. The new provincial educational initiative was the creation of county school boards and the elimination of township and town school boards. The Simcoe County Board of Education came into being at that time. Gone were the township school boards and the town and city boards in Simcoe County. In our area it meant, besides our Nottawasaga Township Board, that the school boards of Sunnidale Township, the Town of Stayner and The Town of Collingwood were all amalgamated along with Barrie and Orillia and the rest of Simcoe County's public systems' boards.   </p><p><strong>6)  </strong>I was to spend 13 1/2 very happy teaching and learning years at NCCS. I saw and unofficially supervised through two major additions to our school in those years.</p><p>            - The first saw two new classrooms and a very commodious back meeting hall added to our original building complement. It was in this hall that our now six classes of pupils and our staff congregated to watch the winning final game in the famed Canada-Russia hockey series. Paul Henderson's scoring the game and series winning goal was enthusiastically watched by all of us on the school's tall mobile TV. </p><p>            -  The second gave us all a wonderful new library, our gymnasium, and offices, storerooms, meeting rooms and a staffroom. WOW! This was heaven! ​</p><p><strong>7)  </strong>I was transferred to Collingwood Senior Public at the end of June 1980  but we, the Balfour family, continued to live, love, learn and grow in Creemore until my retirement in June of 1998. We raised our two boys, D'Arcy and Devlin, there. Both boys are proud graduates of NCCS.</p>
Ministry of Education seeks online engagement regarding implementation of First Nations, Métis and Inuit Education Policy Framework of Education seeks online engagement regarding implementation of First Nations, Métis and Inuit Education Policy Framework<div>​​The Ontario Ministry of Education is working with researchers to gather feedback and input to inform the development of the Third Progress Report on the implementation of the First Nations, Métis and Inuit Education Policy Framework.  <br><br>Students, parents/guardians and families, teaching and nonteaching staff, Indigenous communities, organizations and partners, and school boards are invited to participate in an online survey and/or online focus groups to capture successes and help to identify promising practices and opportunities to provide further support to enhance the achievement and well-being of Indigenous students.   <br><br>Third Progress Report - <a href="">English survey</a></div><div>Troisième Rapport D’Étape - <a href="">French survey​</a>  <br><br></div><div>It is important to note that:</div><div><ul><li>​​​Participation in this survey is voluntary.  </li><li>This survey is confidential. That means that all answers will be combined anonymously (without any identifying information) with the answers received from other participants. No one who sees the answers will be able to link them to any individual person.   </li><li>Anyone can stop doing this survey at any time without any repercussions.</li></ul></div><div>All stakeholders are invited to participate in the online focus groups. To participate, RSVP to indicating which session you would like to attend. Please note that while we will make efforts to accommodate everyone spaces are limited to 10-12 people per session on a first come, first served basis.  <br><br></div><div><table cellspacing="0" width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-default"><tbody><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:25%;"><strong>Students</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:25%;"><strong>Parents/Guardians</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:25%;"><strong>Teaching/Non-Teaching Staff</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:25%;"><strong>Indigenous Organizations & Partners</strong></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">Tuesday, May 23 </p><p style="text-align:center;">8-9pm EST (English)</p></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">Monday, June 12 7:30-8:30 pm EST</p><p style="text-align:center;">(English)</p></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">Thursday, May 25 6-7pm EST</p><p style="text-align:center;">(English)</p></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">Thursday, June 1   2-3pm EST</p><p style="text-align:center;">(English)</p></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">Thursday, June 1   7-8pm EST</p><p style="text-align:center;">(English)</p></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">Thursday, June 15 7-8 pm EST</p><p style="text-align:center;">(English)</p></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">Thursday, June 1</p><p style="text-align:center;">7-8pm EST</p><p style="text-align:center;">(English)</p></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">Friday, June 2</p><p style="text-align:center;">2-3pm EST</p><p style="text-align:center;">(English)</p></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">Monday, June 19   7-8pm EST</p><p style="text-align:center;">(English)</p></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">Wednesday, June 21</p><p style="text-align:center;">7-8pm EST</p><p style="text-align:center;">(English)</p></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">Thursday, June 15 7-8 pm EST</p><p style="text-align:center;">(English)</p></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">Thursday, June 8    2-3pm EST</p><p style="text-align:center;">(English)</p></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">Monday, June 19   7-8pm EST</p><p style="text-align:center;"> (French)</p></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">Monday, June 26</p><p style="text-align:center;">7-8pm EST</p><p style="text-align:center;">(French)</p></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">Tuesday, June 20</p><p style="text-align:center;">7-8 pm EST</p><p style="text-align:center;">(French)</p></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">Tuesday, June 27</p><p style="text-align:center;">7-8 pm EST</p><p style="text-align:center;">(French)​</p></td></tr></tbody></table><br></div><div><br></div><div>The Indigenous Education Office of the Ministry of Education would be pleased to respond to any questions you may have regarding the process of engagement and data collection to inform the development of the Third Progress Report. Please send any questions directly to Jennifer Feasby, Manager Education Policy and Programs Unit (<br><br><br></div><div><br></div>
TRUSTEE APPOINTMENT (County of Simcoe – Town of Collingwood and Township of Clearview) APPOINTMENT (County of Simcoe – Town of Collingwood and Township of Clearview)​The Simcoe County District School Board invites applications for the position of Trustee representing the public school ratepayers in the County of Simcoe – Town of Collingwood and Township of Clearview. As outlined in the Education Act, applicants must meet all of the following requirements:<div>- a Canadian citizen;</div><div>- age 18 or over;</div><div>- a resident within Simcoe County;</div><div>- a public school elector;</div><div>- not legally prohibited from voting; and,</div><div>- not disqualified by any legislation from holding school board office (e.g., an employee of any school board).</div><div><br></div><div>Applications with full details regarding qualifications, experience and interests should be submitted to the Director’s Office c/o Deb Foster, Executive Assistant - Board by 12 noon on Thursday, June 1, 2017. Applicants will be required to make a brief presentation to the Board before the appointment is made. </div><div><br></div><div>Please direct inquiries to Deb Foster, (705) 734-6363, ext. 11231 or at</div><div><br></div><div>Please forward your application either by mail, email or fax to:</div><div>Simcoe County District School Board</div><div>c/o Deb Foster, Executive Assistant – Board</div><div>1170 Highway 26</div><div>Midhurst, ON L9X 1N6</div><div>E-mail –</div><div>Fax – (705) 722-5647</div>
Netflix series 13 Reasons Why – information for parents/guardians series 13 Reasons Why – information for parents/guardians<div>​​Recently there has been significant media coverage of the Netflix series 13 Reasons Why. The show is a fictional account of one teen’s suicide and the factors leading to it.  <br><br>The Simcoe County District School Board (SCDSB) has advised staff that they are not to use the series as a teaching tool. This decision is based upon the advice of mental health professionals from across the province, who have stated that the material is graphic and potentially triggering for vulnerable young people. While the themes in this series may not pose a risk or potential harm to most students, for those struggling with mental health issues and/or suicide ideation, this series includes graphic content, glamourizes suicidal behaviours and portrays helpers (school guidance counsellors) in a negative way.  <br><br>We recognize that your children may watch the series on their own. If they do, we encourage you to talk with them about their thoughts and feelings. The SCDSB has supports in place for students and staff, and there are many community resources you can access as well. More information and contact details are available on the <a href="">SCDSB website​</a>.  <br><br>The National Association of School Psychologists has also developed <a href="">information regarding the series​</a>. You may also find this helpful in discussions with your children about suicide and mental health.   <br><br>If you have questions or concerns please contact your principal.</div><div><br></div>
Safe arrival on Inclement weather days arrival on Inclement weather days <p>On inclement weather days when buses are cancelled, like today, our system will call the home and cell number of the first parent on file for <strong>all students who are not at school</strong>.  This includes students who ride buses and those who walk to school. On these days, the message will ask you to call us back <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>only if</strong></span> your child should be at school.  Please listen to the entire message in order for the system to register that you have recieved it.  If we don't hear from you, we will assume you are aware your child is absent.    </p><p><strong>Opt out options</strong></p><p>​There is not an option to opt out of Safe Arrival on inclement weather days. Parents do still have the option to opt out of Safe Arrival completely. We provide the option for parents to opt out in our back-to-school materials at the start of the year. If you would like to opt out mid-year, please call the office. ​</p>



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