May 22, 2012 - Superintendent's update to the Board

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May 22, 2012 - Superintendent's update to the Board

  1. 1. Report to Board [May 22nd, 2012]May 8: Met with Dr. Stan Kutcher and representatives with the BCMA rethe child and adolescent mental health issues.http://psychiatry.medicine.dal.ca/people/faculty/kutcher.htmhttp://www.iwk.nshealth.ca/index.cfm?objectid=6a9a3615-f349-00ec-b2f375747d066896See story in Vancouver Sun:http://www.vancouversun.com/health/Mental+health+services+need+major+overhaul/6576959/story.htmlMay 10: Kitsilano Secondary – Project Board meetingMay 10: Toured Kitchener with Randall Fielding and PrincipalRosemary Love. (Hard hats and boots)School visits:• Laurier Elementary• Churchill Secondary• Gladstone Secondary – exceptional visit to some amazingprograms – Robotics to active French to Broadway show tobiology dissection of squids to chef’s programsMay 10: VASSA year-end dinnerMay 11: Seismic announcement at the Shaker table at UBC: Weir,Kingsford Smith and Grenfell announced as part of a big seismicannouncement for 14 schools in 12 districts.Friday May 11: UBC Education Alumni Celebration with several newgraduates and previous graduates being recognized.May 15: Teacher Justin Borsato at Britannia Elementary was recognizedfor his outstanding work as an exemplary graduate of the UBC teachereducation program: Both the school and Justin received an award of$1000.May 15: Sector review consultations – May 8, 9, 15@ Hamber, Kitsilano, Britannia
  2. 2. May 17: attended the International Day Against Homophobia breakfastalong with Chairperson Patti Bacchus and other VSB staff. Some greatspeakers including a humourous, but very moving story of an individualas she experienced going through gender transformation.May 18: Attended a meeting of the Fraser Valley and Metro Chapters ofthe BCSSA – topics included implementation of the LIF, succession,retention and recruitment issues across the lower mainland. Key to thisis a renewed focus on leadership development in every school district.May 22: Joint meeting of the VSB and VPL senior staff – topics includedthe sectoral review and the notion of co-locating services as part of ourasset sustainability considerations, potential for common but parallelapproaches to library services, shared visioning from the largercommunity perspectives.May 23: Aboriginal Focus school discussionsMay 24: Val Overgaard nominated for the Women of Distinction award:http://www.ywcawomenofdistinction.org/May 24: Launch of the car sharing program- Kirthi Roberts and staffMay 25: Adult Education graduation ceremony:Surayya Jan: $40K UBC scholarshipMay 30: Joint VSAA retirement function where we honour retired andretiring VSAA members.

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