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November 2015
November 2015
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Applause! is the monthly recognition of significant achievements and contributions by staff, students and community partners at a York Region District School Board Public Board Meeting.
Recognition of achievements is based on alignment with the organizational goals outlined by the Trustees’ Multi-Year Plan in combination with the criteria set out in Staff Awards and Student Awards policies.

Mark Summary Project

Mark SummaryOver the summer, Donna Coates and Kim Heard organized and coordinated the creation of mark summary reports for approximately 80,000 York Region District School Board students. 

This was a significant undertaking in addition to the tremendous amount of work regularly completed by both individuals in their respective roles in Education and Community Services and Information Technology Services. Their successful project coordination ensured timely delivery of mark summary reports to schools for parent pick-up at no additional cost to tax-payers.

Thanks also goes out to many of our 12 month non-union employees who were asked to assist with the data entry. In addition, we also had the Director, Associate Directors and many Superintendents, Principals and Vice-Principals who made time to input data.

Connecting Generations - Cyber Seniors and Keswick High School

Connecting Generations - Cyber Seniors and Keswick High SchoolAs part of a project to connect generations through technology, eleven students from the Grade 11 Leadership Course at Keswick High School were paired up with seniors from the community’s local retirement home, Cedarvale Lodge. Every Tuesday afternoon, the seniors would arrive at the school by bus to learn with their student teachers. Students helped the seniors learn the basics of a computer and how to use programs like Google Maps, YouTube, Skype, FaceTime and iTunes. They also learned how to take a “selfie”.
At the end of the eight weeks, a graduation ceremony was held at Cedarvale Lodge for the seniors, student teachers, and families to attend. The seniors, dressed in their caps and gowns, were escorted down the aisle by their student teachers, with cameras flashing feverishly. During the ceremony, the students spoke about their senior and presented them with a diploma.
The students and seniors formed strong bonds, bridging the gap between generations and showing that no matter your age, you can make an impact on someone’s life and learn something new. The students plan to stay in touch with their senior through email and visiting Cedarvale Lodge.
The group was featured in a Cyber Seniors program video and two of the Keswick students put together a magazine to share their experiences and promote the program.
Students: Samantha, Ayden, Jennifer, Olivia, Savanah, Coleton, James, Kaylin, Faeren, Holly & Krystyn
Teacher: Doug Hickey

North Star

North Star - Debra HanffThornlea Secondary School teacher Debra Hanff is November’s North Star. Below is the nomination sent by her colleague Sean Stone:

Debra is the most cheerful and positive teacher in a sea of cheerful and positive teachers at Thornlea.  Any group that she leads is infused with her infectious energy and enthusiasm. She is one of the few people for whom the work 'perky' is not a pejorative.  She is, of course, a huge part of our "hearts and flowers" team that celebrates and supports teachers across the entire year.  She leads an outside-of-school staff Reading Club that combines her love of books (she is the head librarian after all...) and her love of people.  Even teachers who have retired from Thornlea continue to go because it's such a positive experience. In her many years at Thornlea, she has never ceased to be a support for others, to say a kind word when it was most needed, and to lend assistance to people and groups whenever she could.  She does all of this, and neither asks nor expects anything in return.  It would be lovely if this once, she could see the value that her unselfish energy brings to an entire school.


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