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School Council Executive Meeting Dates

Steve Cussons - Chair October 21, 2021

Wali Siddiqui - Treasurer and backup Secretary January 6, 2022

Sylvie MacLean - Secretary March 10, 2022

May 12, 2022

Minutes: Aldershot School Council Wednesday, May 18, 2022 7:00 p.m.

Virtual Meeting

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In Attendance:

Rebecca Newcombe, Principal Laura Toperczer, Vice Principal

Kerry Sagar (Staff) Vanessa Barreto (Staff)

Steve Cussons Denise Sisson

Stephanie Juby Sylvie MacLean

Marcella Chaverri Elizabeth Kurucz

Marcella Chaverri Mel Reffell

Anna Rehman (student) Archit Pandit (student)

Charlotte Bolduc (student) Emma Chowdhury (student)

Hibah Shaikh (student) Keerthana Srinivasan (student)

Keturah Muatha (student) Samuel Harris (student)

Taylor Chan (student) Taysen Victory (student)

Adita Datla (student)


Meeting Notes:


1. Welcome (Rebecca) Virtual Meeting called to order at 7:00pm


2. 2022 Student Equity At Aldershot Equity Club presentation:

  • Amazing presentation by the students of the Equity Club: 2022 Student Equity Presentation: Part 2 of the Equity Audit (there are 44 members)

  • Gender neutral washrooms: 2 staff washrooms off of main hall will be converted to gender neutral

  • A phys ed room will be gender neutral

  • Up and coming all gender sex-ed course for grade 9

  • Culture Day at Aldershot: embrace your culture and celebrate it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wlvfuqb0ke4. World Day on the 10th June.

  • Steve Cussons: suggested that the Council supports this in lieu of a Wellness Day


3. Paul Uzarowski (Staff): Motive Power Sector: new SHSM in September 2022:

  • transportation technology: SHSM - Specialist High Skills Major

  • new to Aldershot, different to other Motive Power is truck and coach, and engineering

  • For more information: uzarowskip@hdsb.ca, zissoc@hdsb.ca


4. Vanessa Baretto Grade 7-8

  • 7&8s have been enjoying the cafeteria twice a week

  • Graydon started a peer tutoring program that is held during breaks

  • Basketball wrapped up: Boys got to semi-finals

  • Flag rugby June 13th

  • Track and field tryouts started today; Track meet is May 30th

  • Treetop trekking June 16th

  • Grade 8 grad: June 23rd: All families will be getting three tickets regardless of whether they responded on the google form unless they requested less. We are trying to accommodate extra ticket requests as best we can.

  • Nathan - Student of excellence; Derya - Valedictorian; Callum and Sydney - MCs


5. Kerry Sager

  • Sports report: Spring Sports Update: Aldershot Lions

  • Jr Badminton - Silver Medal @ Halton Finals

  • Ultimate Frisbee - competed @ GHAC; placed 14th

  • SR Tennis - competed @ GHAC; no players advanced to OFSAA

  • SR Girls Soccer - Lost in Halton Semi Final; possibly going to OFSAA

  • SR Boys Soccer - Playing in Halton Final tomorrow; qualified for OFSAA

  • Track - 3 Athletes advanced to Regionals (May 26 & 27)

  • Baseball & Softball - Midseason; stay tuned!

  • Follow us on Instagram: @aldershotathletics

  • Stay up to date with schedules & results: hssaa.ca

  • I-STEM open-house successful

  • Exhibition of learning June 13: full school (invite coming on Friday)

  • Link crew applications are out: transition team (Grade 10-11 for next year)


6. Rebecca Newcombe

  • Athletic Banquet, June 2

  • Spirit Wear should be distributed tomorrow

  • Sarah Robertson: consortium - student led

  • Facility: front of school will be fixed by the end of July

  • From Door 36 and around to elementary replacing retaining wall, being fixed over the summer

  • Armour stone to be placed on blacktop, seating

  • Asphalt full replacement in the plan

  • Dead tree gone end of May

  • Conceptual drawing for refreshing front of school

  • Library (and ceiling and paint) and cafeteria floors being replaced over the summer

  • Outdoor classroom, flat part outside of gym door (will be made accessible)

  • By wood shop, wood chip collector being replaced

  • Graduation: tickets see ROAR Tracey Shirk contact

  • Scholarships and Awards sent to Grade 12 Google Classroom: May 20th deadline for some. Ms. Mattos and Ms. Zizzo contacts


7. Laura Toperczer

  • Senate symposium being attended for 3 student leaders

  • Early June: feeder schools coming for tour visits

  • Thanks for Vanessa Barreto: replacement returning


8. Steve Cussons:

  • Recap from last meeting washrooms will continue to work on

  • Steve met with City and Ward 1 Councilor : will do a study on lights at Lasalle, parking, busing (new stop closer to the school)

  • Thanks to all the parents who participated!


Meeting closed: Denise Sisson, Steph Juby


This is the final meeting for 2021/2022.

See you in the new school year!

Dates of next council meetings: TBA

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Minutes: Aldershot School Council Wednesday, March 9, 2022 7:00 p.m.

Virtual Meeting

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In Attendance:

Rebecca Newcombe, Principal Laura Toperczer, Vice Principal

Susan Lamarre (Staff) Alyssa Burkus

Kerry Sagar (Staff) Sara Csordas (Staff)

Pamela Weppler Vanessa Barreto (Staff)

Benjamin Muatha Tracy Peeters

Steve Cussons Denise Sisson

Stephanie Juby Sylvie MacLean

Mel Reffel Aveeta Grewal

Marcella Chaverri Kate White


Meeting Notes:


1. Welcome (Rebecca) Virtual Meeting called to order at 7:00pm


Welcome and Introductions: (Steve Cussons, Parent Council Chair)


  • Welcome to all of the new parents and students taking part of our meeting today

  • Minutes from Thursday, September 23, 2021 and Thursday, October 21, 2021 approved by Steve and seconded by Denise


2. Student update: Emma Cook student can’t make it tonight.


3. Teacher Updates:


Grades 7-8 (Vanessa)


  • sports and clubs, more sports after March break, great spirits

  • Daniella’s Place virtual visit this week, confidence, body image, social media

  • After March Break, virtual guest: Burlington Hydro


Grades 9-12 (Kerry)


  • Sports are Back! And so are spectators! Winter sports are just wrapping up. Spring sports after March Break: Badminton (JR / SR), Girls Rugby, Boys Rugby, Girls Soccer (JR / SR), Boys Soccer (JR / SR), Boys Baseball, Girls Slow Pitch, Track & Field, Tennis

  • Boys BasketBall won the Halton championship tonight! Girls BasketBall finals tomorrow.


  • Grade 10 I-STEM students participated in the YPI program and donated $5000 to the Compass Point Food Market. See more information in the Globe and Mail last week.

  • Issue to be brought up with the City: students who take the Go Train are having to walk from Aldershot Go Station. The City bus schedule was changed and the timing doesn’t work anymore to get closer to the school. Steve will contact the City and ask for help with this.


5. Admin Updates:(Laura and Rebecca)


  • Parking and drop-offs are an issue still. Complaints from neighbours.. Steve will contact the City and Kate White will also help to find solutions. Suggestions: extra entrance? Other drop-off areas? Change lights frequency etc.

  • Learning Session with Chris Vollum was very informative: https://tinyurl.com/2jty3umt for all students, grade 7-12 and parents (pm session) February 23 re: Social media safety.

  • Clubs and councils up and running

  • Grade 8 graduation June 23, more info TBA

  • Grade 12 graduation June 9, more info TBA

  • The students want a semi-formal and if it’s allowed, it will happen.

  • Masks: mandates/regulations are changing (official notice will come from HDSB and other levels of government.

  • Heating system: fluctuations will affect but maintenance is very aware of the issues

  • Who owns the ravine? The city of Burlington and Condo Corp property

  • The Spirit wear site: "Welcome to the Aldershot High School Spirit Wear online ordering page. The sale closing date is March 14th at midnight.” If enough demand, there might be a graduating Grade 12 spirit wear produced. Students have requested it.

  • Eco-SHSM 2022 going well, trips planned and next year there will be two cohorts.

  • Updates from school can always be found on the website: https://ald.hdsb.ca/, on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AldershotSchool and the Instagram account: www.instagram.com/aldershotschool/?hl=en



6. New Business: (Steve)


  • Rapid Test distribution/organizing kits went really well and fast: thanks to all of the parents who volunteered

  • School Council Bursary: $500.00 will be in place, Educational Awards account has enough (~$1200.00 at the moment)

  • Clothing closet: well stocked for now. This is available for all who want to check it out.

  • Volunteering hours required to graduate this year again: 20 hours

  • Snack bins (Halton Food for Thought)

  • Marcela (parent): bathroom smoking, vaping, still looking for solutions, the school is very aware and there are consequences to those who get caught. New benches will be added for hang out spaces.


7. Closing Remarks:


Future Meeting Date for 2021/2022: May 18, 2022

Email Ms. Csordas at csordass@hdsb.ca for the Google Meet link. Notes are posted here: https://ald.hdsb.ca/news-board/school-council

Meeting adjourned: Proposed by Denise and seconded by Marcela


Minutes are added here: https://ald.hdsb.ca/parentsguardians/school-council


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Minutes Aldershot School Council Thursday, October 21, 2021 7:00 p.m.

Virtual Meeting


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In Attendance:

Rebecca Newcombe, Principal Mel Reffell

Susan Lamarre (Staff) Alyssa Burkus

Kerry Sagar (Staff) Pamela Weppler

Vanessa Barreto (Staff) Sam Eldiriny

Melissa Hickey (Staff) Benjamin Muatha

Jason Blair (Staff) Tracy Peeters

Steve Cussons Harwant Garland

Denise Sisson Penny Young

Stephanie Juby Parent of Brian White

Lorri Peever Aruna Kumaraswamy

Elizabeth Kurucz Fatima Farooqi

Sylvie MacLean Frankie Tai

Habib Ur Rehman Lorna Hainsworth-Popper

Marcella Chaverri Kate White

Emma Cook (student) Aisla Hylton (student)

Wyatt Hamilton (student)


1. Virtual Meeting called to order at 7:00pm

  • Honouring the Land and Territory: Kerry Sager and Sylvie MacLean: “Halton as we know it….their traditional territory with us.” Delve deeper to learn more about Turtle Island and our responsibilities as treaty people. Identify the impacts of Colonialism, Residential Schools, The Indian Act, and Canada’s history of environmental racism. Model personal connections to the Land and Territory Acknowledgement and encourage your students to do the same.

  • Actions: Assembly Grade 12: Truth & Reconciliation recommendations commitment to: https://www.ttalaga.ca/seven-fallen-feathers/, Sept. 20 Treaty Week: will activities. HDSB multi-year plan Indigenous Education Grade 11 English: Indigenous focus and uplifting perspective. Aldershot has 7 teachers with extra certification for: https://www.hdsb.ca/students/Pages/First-Nation-M%C3%A9tis-and-Inuit-Students.aspx

Welcome and Introductions: (Steve Cussons, Parent Council Chair)

  • Welcome to all of the new parents and students taking part of our meeting today


2. Student update:

  • Emma Cook: National Day of Reconciliation and the Terry Fox run went well, field hockey finals and other teams are getting back to normal, Clubs are very active. Grade 9-12: Halloween movies in caf, halloween wear contest, candy jar guessing contest, everyone helpful on the council, cafeteria food is good.

  • Aisla Hylton: Equity club planning: Revisiting the equity audit to see if anything has been addressed and still needs to be looked at or changed, event coming up on Dec.10 Human Rights Day. Thinking of doing a conference next semester 2022 to spread a awareness, take action and involve the whole school


3. Teacher Updates:

Ms. Hickey:

  • Well-Being club. The initiative is a clothing drive right now to set-up a walk-in closet in the school, a space in the school that functions like a closet, so that students who might need toiletries, warmer clothing (coats, hats, mits) can go get some without asking. New or gently used is appreciated. Winter Coats * Winter boots * Casual Boots * Shoes * Socks * Long sleeved shirts * Pants * Jeans * Sweaters * Sweatshirts * Jogging Pants * Mittens/Gloves * Hats/Tuques * Scarves Anything warm and cozy! Contact: hickeym@hdsb.ca. Other Clubs doing well that : Lion’s Pride, knitting and yearbook


Ms. Barreto (Grades 7-8):

  • things are going well, the Clubs are very popular. Student led Halloween activities: including a movie for the last two periods on Friday, Oct. 29 watched together on individual devices. Prizes for costumes, pumpkin (painting) ect.

  • Volleyball (girls and boys) girls games start next week.

  • Well-being clubs going well

  • Spanish Club 20+ participants; Coding Club is doing well and great collaboration.

All protocols are all followed and it helps that they join in even if in different cohorts.

  • Instruments are ready but holding off for now, the music room is brand new, must make sure we are following protocols: bucket drumming will be starting for now.


Ms. Sager:

  • I-STEM open-house virtual for students coming in 2022/23 co-hosting with Milton, as they are starting Grade 9 in Sept. 2022. The two locations will be called the North and South campus. Note to promote: Join us at the I-STEM Open House on Thursday, Oct. 28 at 7 p.m. at hdsb.ca to learn about the Sept. 2022 application for #HDSB’s regional high school program. Details here: http://bit.ly/ISTEMhdsb #ISTEMhdsb

  • There will be a virtual I-STEM virtual Open-House for current students in November for presentations from the students: after the Bay Restitution projects.

  • Winter sports list Winter sports are starting: Boys Basketball (Bantam/Jr/Sr), Girls Volleyball (Bantam/Jr/Sr), Girls Hockey, Boys Hockey, Ski/Snowboard, Curling.

  • Downhill Skiing: Mr. Blair: Dry Land Training starts Nov. 1: events/races: Jan., Feb. Mar.

  • Clubs: pretty exciting! For example, DECA, Debating, and United Nations clubs have more than 60 participants for each! Other clubs include: Athletic Council, Arts Council, Chess Club, I-STEM Council, Equity Team, Aldershot Positive Space, LINK Crew, Math Contest Club, Music in the Mornings, Hackathon Club, Well-Being Team, School Repair and Improvement Team, ECO Club/ EcoSchools. Lions Leadership! Student Council, DND Club, Lions Athletics, Yearbook Team, Comm Tech Club, Spanish Club, Choir, Art Club, Coding Club (Gr. 7 & 8), Muslim Student Union, Aldershot Newspaper, and Knitting Circle


Mr. Blair:

  • Applications for participants of the 2022/2023 session are being accepted now. There will be an information night probably in the 2nd week of December 2021. RBG eco studies video: 4 courses in the next semester. http://ecostudies.ca/. I-STEM students can apply.


4. Ms. Newcombe:

  • Social media successfully taking off Mr. Djurdjevic and Secretary Sara Csordas.

  • Sessions available for Parents if interested. For example: An Executive Functions support information session.

  • Code of Conduct: please find out more about the details here: HDSB Code of Conduct

  • Grade 11 English in 2022-23 will incorporate Aboriginal perspectives

  • Parent/Teacher Night (virtual) - Oct. 28th

  • Grades 9-12 Photo Days - Nov. 15 -16

  • A Future that Fits: afuturethatfits.ca: Grade 10’s on December 2: a morning class exploration of SHSMs: programs allow students to specialize their education around their chosen field of interest.


5. PIC representative needed: Steve Cussons: need a PIC rep for 2021/2022

  • Update from Sue Lamarre: re: PIC money: Funds in support of parent involvement: $2300.00 shared ideas that board would recommend: welcoming activity, education, guest speakers, internet safety, etc.

  • This is different from PRO Grant: this money has to be used in the year in which it was given. Application process to the Ministry each year. (Aldershot did not spend the funds last year due to the school closures and the pandemic - $500.00 sent back). Steve Cussons will apply for it this year when able to do so.

  • The only other fundraising needed is for the Student Award Grant ($500.00) to be discussed at future meetings.


Other:

Remembrance Day: No Stone Left Alone not able again due to Covid, once we can we will continue this tradition. Grade 10 classes are taking the lead, planning the same for the day.


Future Meeting Dates for 2021/2022:

January 6, 2022

March 10, 2022

May 12, 2022

Email Ms. Csordas at csordass@hdsb.ca for the Google Meet link. Notes are posted here: https://ald.hdsb.ca/news-board/school-council


6. Closing Remarks:

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Minutes: Aldershot School Council Thursday, September 23, 2021 7:00 p.m.

Virtual Meeting


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In Attendance:

Rebecca Newcombe, Principal Mel Reffell

Laura Toperczer, Vice Principal Nazish Abbas

Kerry Sagar (Staff) Pamela Weppler

Vanessa Barreto (Staff) Sam Eldiriny

Jean Durr (Staff) Daniel McKeown

Susan Lamarre (Staff) Gennifer Bates

Steve Cussons Harwant Garland

Denise Sisson Irene (parent)

Stephanie Juby Marcela Chaverri

Noeleen Gibbons Sam Eldiriny

Alyssa Burkus TheRye Family

Benjamin Muatha Tracy Peeters

Lorri Peever Ashiana Pater (student)

Sylvie MacLean Wali Siddiqui

Emma Cook (student)


1. Virtual Meeting called to order at 7:00pm

  • Honouring the Land and Territory: Kerry Sager: “Halton as we know it….their traditional territory with us.” Delve deeper to learn more about Turtle Island and our responsibilities as treaty people. Identify the impacts of Colonialism, Residential Schools, The Indian Act, and Canada’s history of environmental racism. Model personal connections to the Land and Territory Acknowledgement and encourage your students to do the same.

  • Rebecca bought the staff Orange shirts for September 30th National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.

  • Student Update: Emma Cook (student) talked about all of the clubs that had started, and the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and how they are looking into the “Gord Downie / Charlie Wenjack fund: Leave a Legacy of Love. Do something.”


2. Welcome and Introductions: (Steve Cussons, School Council Chair)

  • Welcome to all of the new parents and students taking part of our meeting today

  • The student population at Aldershot is now 1000+!


3. High School Report: Kerry Sagar:

  • Sports are back. Waiting to hear which ones will be competitive. No Football this year, Field hockey, Girls Basketball, Boys Volleyball, Cross Country At present all teams are training and practicing. Today, Halton announced that cross country meets will happen.

  • Many clubs this year! So many students are participating. https://ald.hdsb.ca/get-involved/aldershot-clubs

I-STEM progress update: (Kerry Sagar):

  • Growing again! October 28, 2021 Parent / Guardian Night New Brochure (Draft) HERE

  • I-STEM: 240 Grade 9’s, doubled the numbers. So knowledgeable and have a great thirst to learn. Grade 9 Program HERE: Rockets, Water restoration with organisms with Rotman School of Business

  • Grade 10’s Grade 10 Program HERE: getting involved in youth philanthropy initiative Grade 11’s (originals) Grade 11& 12 Program HERE: inter-study course Ashiana spoke about: Adobe After Effects skills, and new water filter project.

  • New staff with great summer training

  • Follow us on social media: Instagram and Twitter: @ISTEM_hdsb and www.hdsb.ca (search: I-STEM)


4. School Elementary Report: Vanessa Barreto

  • Rotation and back in school all new!

  • Clubs and sports will start next week. All are excited to participate in activities

  • 1 grade 7 French Immersion, 1 grade 8 French Immersion

5. Administration Reports: Laura Toperczer

  • Working towards school wide ideas and events through grade 7 -12

  • Virtual Open House dates coming soon - allow families to meet teachers and see spaces virtually


Principal’s Report (Rebecca Newcombe) (and maintenance update)

  • Exciting new year! The Four Pillars: #1 - Relationships! Our Re-Launch into 2021 will focus on RELATIONSHIPS and community building in every classroom. Staff will be spending intentional time during September to cultivate positive classroom environments and relationships. #2 - Equity & Inclusion: We need to take ACTION on all forms of hate. Classrooms MUST be responsive and reflect ALL learners.The Way Forward - HDSB Human Rights Equity, Action & Accountability Plan. Discriminatory & Harmful Language Protocol #3 - Innovative Instruction Focus on ‘doing’ school differently to engage and empower students in their learning, so all students are excited to return the next day! #4 - Student Well-Being & Mental Health Amplify mental health awareness and literacy and protective factors. Recognize and support resilience. Provide a circle of support. Significant 72 seconds a month, to continue to build relationships; daily announcements; The Weekly “Roar”: emailed home Fridays

  • Link Crew: CBC Hamilton: help support the grade 9’s: we made the news! https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/hamilton/ontario-schools-burlington-1.6167797

  • Back parking is only for staff please. Parents, students and members of the community are encouraged to park at the front. Also, the community will be asked to refrain from walking their pets during on the property Monday to Friday from 7am to 4pm (safety for all)

  • Of note: Student initiative: #lionswear purple, Monday, September 27th to show support for the survivors of the events at Western University

  • Parent FB group: Parents are encouraged to join. Private group so approval from the Admin Vanessa will be required. https://www.facebook.com/groups/908569779209534

  • Principal Newcombe would love our suggestions on how to improve communications: please contact her with your ideas.

  • Online look for: https://ald.hdsb.ca/

5. Congratulations to our Voting Members:

Kate White, Tracy Peeters. Stephanie Juby, Melanie Refell, Marcela Chaverri, Denise Sisson


Congratulations to our Executive:

Steve Cussons - Chair

Wali Siddiqui - Treasurer (& back up Secretary) can connect with Sue Bus.Mng. Aldershot

Sylvie Maclean - Secretary


Future Meeting Dates for 2021/2022:

October 21, 2021

January 6, 2022

March 10, 2022

May 12, 2022


6. Student Council: See above in introduction. Student Leadership team (Emma Cook)


7. Fundraising Reports: (Steve Cussons)

  • Fundraising is curtailed due to COVID-19. Might have more opportunities later Example bursary fundraising)

  • Not sure about PIC grant yet - no update

  • Not sure about the breakfast program right now: -with Covid we're doing grab and go snacks in a snack bin in the classrooms. Currently there's applesauce, but will be added to next with additional options.


8. Open Floor:

  • Environmental: garbage around the facility, new receptacles added on the property

  • Eco-program at Aldershot: SHSM only one at Halton: will present at a later time

  • Photo dates: October 6 for grade 7-8 and November date for high school: TBD

  • Drop-offs: email sent out and the parking situation is better. After Thanksgiving, arrows on the pavement and more signage.

  • Marcela Chaverri: asked about the cafeteria and other places to eat: different grades everyday at first but this may change as it is well managed. The cafeteria and library have to be at 50% capacity, so max 150 caf. As long as there is space, students can enter. Once seats are full, this indicates the max. There is monitoring.

  • Bathrooms, 3 at a time requested but this isn’t always followed by students: there are hallway monitors. Boys washrooms continue to have issues. Principal Newcombe encourages the students to tell the parents and have the parents call the school. A reminder that there is a gender-neutral washroom near the office.

  • A request: can the Grade 10’s get some orientation? Will be suggested to LINK crew


9. Closing Remarks:

Next Meeting Date: Scheduled for October 21, 2021 @ 7p.m. Please email Mrs. Csordas at csordass@hdsb.ca for the Google Meet link