March 17th, 2013 | Comments (0)
The Fraser Institute’s annual secondary school rankings are out. Seven public and six catholic schools are among the fastest-improving in the GTA, while 75 in the province are showing some type of improvement. The report card includes information about each school’s make-up, like parents’ average income, and the percentage of ESL and special needs students. Director of School Performance Studies Peter Cowley says their report card shows improvement is happening all over Ontario. Schools with top ratings include, London Central, Cardinal Carter in Toronto, St. Joseph’s in Renfrew and Bayview in Richmond Hill. Click here for a full list of results.
March 16th, 2013 | Comments (0)
A new event hopes to encourage more girls to go into the science and technology fields. On March 24th, Durham College is offering hands-on activities for girls aged 7-14. Sheila Rhodes of the UOIT Faculty of Education says they will be making slime, playing with robots and learning how to make lip balm. Anyone interested in attending should RSVP to email@example.com.
March 12th, 2013 | Comments (0)
The Durham Regional Police Kids Safety Village is inviting families to an Easter egg hunt on Saturday March 30th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. . The Eggstravaganza is a free event that will feature many activities for children, including an Easter egg hunt, balloons, and face painting. There will also be displays from Whitby Fire, Neighborhood Watch, Durham Health Department Helmet Safety and more. There will also be drinks, hot dogs and treats for sale. The village, located at 1129 Athol Street in Whitby, is a miniature neighborhood that allows kids to learn about safety in a controlled supervised environment. Guests are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food donation. For more information please contact Constable Astrid Morse at (905)-668-9838.
March 7th, 2013 | Comments (0)
Toronto police say a west-end high school lockdown has ended after a shot was fired during a robbery Thursday. The Toronto district school board says all students of Thistledale Collegiate are safe and that police continue to investigate.
March 7th, 2013 | Comments (0)
Hundreds of jobs are being cut at the Toronto District School Board in hopes of trimming a $55 million deficit. The board has voted to eliminate 248 secondary school teacher positions, as well as eight vice-principals and several special education teachers and guidance staff. The cuts are expected to save the board about $27 million. Despite those job losses, the board also decided to add nearly 63 elementary teacher positions and 338 in early childhood education to reflect the shifting demographics and enrolment at schools.
March 2nd, 2013 | Comments (0)
Durham College is experiencing one of its best winter semesters ever with a 10.7 per cent increase in enrollment and nearly 9,000 full-time students attending. President Don Lovisa says the numbers don’t lie, and the college is on a fast track to reach goals originally thought to be several years away. The college recently decided to offer January start dates for several high demand programs and is now the fastest growing college in Ontario. While a three phase expansion of the Whitby campus has made them a provincial leader.
March 1st, 2013 | Comments (0)
Students in Ontario’s public elementary schools won’t get their extracurricular activities back any time soon. The union representing public elementary school teachers won’t ask its members to resume the voluntary activities, like sports teams and clubs. The Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario says it will take “real actions” for the government to regain the confidence of teachers. ETFO is going in the opposite direction from the union representing public high school teachers, which urged its members last week to return to voluntary activities. But the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation says the majority of teachers don’t want to go back because they’re still too angry with the government for imposing contracts.
February 28th, 2013 | Comments (0)
Board officials are trying to tackle a $55-million budget deficit and are considering slashing nearly 250 high school teaching position. Premier Kathleen Wynne says the board must face the reality of declining enrollment while PC Leader Tim Hudak says the Liberals are to blame for the board’s financial problems, saying they’ve overspent on teachers’ salaries for years.
February 28th, 2013 | Comments (0)
The Ontario Public School Boards’ Association says new provincial hiring rules will hamper diversity among teaching staff. Officials say ‘Regulation 274′ forces school boards to hire from the most five senior applicants, and president of OPSBA Michael Barrett says this doesn’t necessarily mean the right person will be chosen for the job. Barrett says they support an improved hiring process, but not when the cure is worse than the symptoms. The new regulation can be found by clicking here.
February 27th, 2013 | Comments (0)
The battle against bullying will be front and entre in schools around Durham Region today, it’s “Pink shirt day” within the Durham District School Board, and safe schools facilitator Kendra Godin-Svoboda says the annual event began in nova scotia, and their biggest message to anyone who may be a victim of bullying, is to ask for help and not suffer in silence. In addition to the fashion statement, staff members have been encouraged to engage in a conversation, activity or lesson that addresses bullying prevention.
February 22nd, 2013 | Comments (0)
Ontario’s public high school teachers appear to be getting ready to resume extracurricular activities. The Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation held a vote Friday afternoon and decided to suspend their political action. Officials are urging members to consider resuming extracurricular duties. Teachers across the province have been protesting the Liberal Government’s decision to impose two year contracts on them and forcibly end months of bitter labour negotiations.
February 17th, 2013 | Comments (0)
64 GTA schools are showing some improvement in academic performance in the past five years, according to the Fraser Institute’s Annual School Ranking. Fifteen schools scored a perfect 10, including nine Toronto schools. A few Durham Region schools also are showing improvement in the report, including Colonel J E Farewell and Ormiston in Whitby, High Bush in Pickering, Dr. Emily Etowe and Mother Teresa in Courtice, along with Sherwood in Oshawa. Over 2,000 schools were ranked, and a total of 167 elementary schools in the province showed improvement. Fraser Institute Director of School Performance Studies Peter Cowley says the report shows all schools are capable of improvement, regardless of the personal or family challenges their students might face. Click here for the full list.