December Trustee Message

Message From Our Trustee

 In November, about 1,000 students, staff members and community partners came together from across the Board to form a Ring of Peace and stand together against hate, discrimination and intolerance. The student speakers at the event shared meaningful messages about the importance of feeling welcome, valued and respected.

At York Region District School Board, we are committed to listening to the voices of our students and communities. We will continue working with our school communities to ensure our schools provide safe, welcoming and inclusive environments for everyone.

Last month, our annual Quest conference brought together educators from across Ontario, Canada and around the world to share, learn and discuss how to foster well-being in schools. Some of the themes covered included equity and inclusivity, and safe and caring environments.

It was a wonderful opportunity to learn more about some of the positive things happening in our own schools and other districts. In recent months, we have had several international visitors come to our system and schools to learn more about the work in our system to support student achievement and well-being, including Qatar, the Netherlands, Texas and the United Kingdom.

We are pleased to have these opportunities to continue highlighting and sharing the great things happening in our schools thanks to our outstanding students, staff members, families and community partners. Your engagement makes a difference in our schools and I encourage you to continue getting involved in the life of your child’s school.

As we enter the holiday season, I am once again impressed by the generosity of our school communities and our students’ commitment to helping others.

Best wishes to everyone for a safe and happy holiday season and a wonderful start to 2018.

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Invitation: Coffee Chat with Trustees and Board Chair (September 27)

Dear Georgina families,

You’re invited for a coffee chat. Join us in an opportunity to meet your trustee and to discuss issues that matter to you. Refreshments will be served.

What: Georgina Coffee Chat

When: September 27, 2017

7p.m. – 9 p.m.

Where: Keswick High School: 100 Biscayne Blvd., Keswick, ON – Library

Who: Trustee Cynthia Cordova and Board Chair Loralea Carruthers

 

If you have any questions, please contact (905)727-0022 ext. 2272 or Communications@yrdsb.ca

Message from our Trustee

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.

Cynthia Cordova