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October 2015
October 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.
 

Keswick High School Student Helps Create Change

Mitchell StarkLast year, Keswick High School student Mitchell Stark led his school’s fundraising campaign for “Change for Kids”, which supports Holland Bloorview Rehabilitation Hospital for Children. Mitchell has cerebral palsy and has used the services at Holland Bloorview for much of his life. With the guidance of his teacher, Ellie Faubert, the school has raised over $1,700 and will continue their work this year.

In June, Mitchell also volunteered to act as Master of Ceremonies at the York Region District School Board’s Pan Am / Parapan Am Games Torch Relay event.  He did a fantastic job welcoming distinguished guests, staff and students to the event and shared why the games were important to him, the community and the country.

Mitchell is a dedicated student, accessibility advocate and community builder. He is a valued ambassador of Keswick High School, Holland Bloorview Hospital, the school board, and the greater community. 

Minister's Student Advisory Council

Minister's Student Advisory Council
The Minister's Student Advisory Council (MSAC) is a group of approximately sixty students from all parts of the publicly funded education system and regions of the province. These students share their ideas and provide advice to the minister on a variety of topics regarding Ontario's publicly-funded education system. MSAC is a place where students have a voice and where they will be heard.
 
This year, 5 YRDSB students were selected to become council members:
  1. Hayley Zhong, H. G. Bernard Public School: Hayley is passionate about making school a place for students to feel they belong and feel safe; safe to express their thoughts, emotions, and passions without the fear of being judged.
  2. Roman Josevski, Castlemore Public School: Roman works with younger students with Autism and Asperger’s at school to help them have a voice and to understand their needs.
  3. Tsahai Carter, Pierre Elliott Trudeau High School: Tsahai works to inspire positive change and help marginalized students. She is the president of her school’s Gay Straight Alliance, a member of the West Indian Students Association and she participates in many equity related events.
  4. Cindy Wang, Bayview Secondary School:  Cindy hopes to address issues of gender equality and mental health and improve and increase the support that schools provide for students facing personal crises.
  5. Tanya Nguyen, Bayview Secondary School: Tanya wants to bring an end to sexism, racism and homophobia in the classroom and encourage everyone think about their futures more. 
During their one-year term, council members may create sub-committees on matters of interest and meet virtually to discuss them. Members are invited to participate in regional Student Voice programs and may also be invited to participate in consultations regarding policies or programs that have an impact on students.

North Star

North Star - Margaret Papageorge Huron Heights Secondary School teacher Margaret Papageorge is October’s North Star. Below is the nomination sent by her colleague Gwen McIver-Knox:

Margaret Papageorge brings her calm demeanour and excellent listening skills to a teaching staff that supports a wide range of students and programs. Staff members are responsible for students with special needs, gifted students, competitive student athletes, a strong tech program, an accomplished and widely recognized arts program, plus the diversity of students found in a traditional high school. Margaret generates a sense of trustworthiness that is critical when staff members feel the need to voice their concerns in matters of the classroom and the profession. Margaret listens without judgment and provides realistic guidance that nurtures feelings of optimism. She always has time to support the well-being of her peers and thus, contributes to an improved morale in the workplace. Margaret Papageorge personifies the exemplary colleague.

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