As we begin the 2017-2018 school year, I would like to take this opportunity to welcome all of our new and returning students and families. This is an exciting time of year and I hope you are starting this new school year like me – with optimism and a commitment to working together to continue advancing student achievement and well-being.
An important part of that commitment is working together with staff members, families and communities to ensure our schools provide an environment that is safe, welcoming and inclusive. This takes on increasing importance given recent local and global events. We take pride in the diversity of our communities and will continue striving to uphold the values of equity and inclusivity in our system.
As your new trustee, I have had a busy summer working with other trustees, the Board, welcoming our new Human Rights Commissioner and beginning the process of selecting a new Director of Education. We have also been hard at work implementing the Minister of Education’s other directives.
For me, an important part of the director recruitment and selection process includes collecting input from students, staff, families and community members, input that will be used to shape the job description, interview questions and more. I encourage everyone to share their thoughts through the survey which will be made available this September. Board staff and I will continue to keep you updated as this work progresses. Our schools are stronger when we work in collaboration with families and communities.
I firmly believe partnerships with parents and families are essential to achieving the goals we all have for our students, and I hope that you will find opportunities to get engaged with the school and your child’s learning this year.
I wish you all the best for the upcoming school year. Feel free to contact me should you have any concerns or questions about YRDSB.