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Special Message from the Minister of Education

On Sunday, April 26 2020, the Ontario Government announced that schools will remain closed under emergency order until at least May 31, 2020 (Announcement).

Should schools be permitted to reopen at that time, school employees will have access as of May 29, 2020.

The extension was based on expert advice from the Chief Medical Officer of Health and health officials on the COVID-19 Command Table and is part of the government’s ongoing effort to stop the spread of COVID-19.

Today, the Minister of Education released this SPECIAL MESSAGE to parents.

As we move forward, please remember that on our WCDSB board website you will find from our home page a link to WCDSBLearn@Home where a host of additional resources for all learners will be found.  We also encourage you to continue to visit our WCDSBPray@Home webpage as well as our FAQ page.  You can also follow the #STEAMDays hashtag where lots of fun and engaging activities are being posted.

April 28th, 2020|

Library Technician Supply List    

Elementary Schools

Posting #C-2020-12

 

At the Waterloo Catholic District School Board, we believe that preparing students today for the challenges of an ever-changing world is our highest priority and our reputation is proof that we work hard to accomplish this. In meeting the demands of today’s educational needs, we invite all interested applicants to apply to this posting for consideration of our Library Technician Supply List.

 

General Description of Duties:

  • Supports the delivery of curriculum and the development of information literacy by helping patrons locate and use relevant print and electronic resources.
  • Maintain a physical collection by shelving materials, shelf-reading for shelf order.
  • Facilitate book exchanges, literacy initiatives, readers advisory, and reading aloud to groups.
  • Provide orientation and training to students and staff as well providing library services and literacy activities within the school through web pages, and newsletters.
  • Maintains the library budget and selects new library materials based on Board guidelines and the needs of the school community; communicate with the school administration on priorities.
  • Produce overdue notices to account for all library materials.
  • Develop school library collections considering needs of the school and operating within parameters set out in Board policies.
  • Catalogues and circulates library materials using the automated library system.
  • Maintains the AV equipment collection, and provides basic set-up and troubleshooting.
  • Maintains bibliographic records using reports and undertakes regular inventories of the library collection as outlined in Board policies.
  • Knowledge or training in library systems software including cataloguing and inventory, and online databases.

For a complete description of the responsibilities, refer to Elements of a Quality Elementary School Library Program.

 

Job Requirements:

  • Must have completed the Library and Information Technician Diploma in addition to possessing one (1) to two (2) years of experience working with children in a school or public library.
  • Proficient in computer applications; MS Office, library software.
  • Understand the cataloguing and inventory processes.
  • Possess excellent verbal and written communication skills and sound judgment.
  • Ability to plan work, multi-task and prioritize.

 

Hourly Rate:  $26.20 per hour

Only those candidates selected for an interview will be notified.

 

Applications will be accepted up until 4:00 pm on May 29, 2020.

Application Submission:

Applicants are required to apply directly through Apply to Education at: www.applytoeducation.comFor ApplytoEducation assistance, please contact 1-877-900-5627 (Monday – Friday, 7:30 am – 7:00 pm EST.)

 

In the application process, identify your qualifications and abilities, such as relevant experience, to perform the duties of this job.  Include your Diplomas/Certificates in your application.

 

Incomplete applications may not be considered.

 

Detailed information on the application process can be found at: https://wcdsb.ca/careers/how-to-apply/

 

Internal applicants must apply via internalrecruiting@wcdsb.ca.

Include your first and last name and the posting number (provided above) in the subject line.

 

The Waterloo Catholic District School Board is welcoming of candidates from diverse communities, backgrounds and identities and encourages applications from qualified members of these groups.

 

Applicants are invited to self-identify if you are First Nations, Metis, Inuit, a member of a visible minority group(s) or a person with disabilities. This information is collected under the authority of the Ontario Human Rights Code and will be used to keep track of recruitment information. No personal information will be included.

 

At WCDSB, we are committed to respecting your privacy, and will take appropriate measures to protect any personal information you may share with us through the job application process. All personal information is collected under the authority of the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act and will be used to determine qualifications for employment. For more information about the Board’s Privacy Policy, please contact our Privacy Officer at 519-578-3660 Ext. 2381.

 

To request this file in large print, please email aoda@wcdsb.ca.  If you require a disability related accommodation to participate the recruitment process, please contact us at (519) 578-3677, extension 2368 to discuss your needs under the Human Rights Code.  Responses to inquiries will be provided within 72 hours.

 

The successful candidate will be required to produce a satisfactory Vulnerable Sector Criminal Reference Check.  For further information, refer to policy APS 038 on the website of the Waterloo Catholic District School Board.

April 27th, 2020|

Educational Assistant (High Needs) Supply List

Posting #C-2020-10

 

At the Waterloo Catholic District School Board (WCDSB), we believe that preparing students today for the challenges of an ever-changing world is our highest priority and our reputation is proof that we work hard to accomplish this responsibility. To meet the demands of today’s educational needs, we invite all interested applicants to apply to this posting for consideration of our Educational Assistant (High Needs) Supply List.

 

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • To assist with the implementation of Individual Education Plan/Behaviour Support Plan under the direction of the Classroom teacher and Special Education teacher.
  • To assist students with hygiene and personal care such as toileting, feeding, dressing and mobility devices.
  • To assist students who are experiencing behavioural difficulties.
  • To assist students who may be physically and verbally aggressive.
  • To assist with mobility and transferring from various positions (this may require lifting).
  • To assist operation of specialized equipment.
  • To assist in occupational and physiotherapy strategies as directed by school personnel in consultation with School Health Services.
  • To assist with the supervision of in-school and out-of-school activities for students with challenging needs.
  • To assist students with challenging needs in meeting/boarding the bus/taxi.
  • To assist with data gathering under the direction of the Classroom teacher and Special Education teacher.
  • Regular consultation/meeting with In-school team members.

 

Job Requirements for the supply list:

  • Minimum an Educational Assistant/Support Diploma; or
  • A college diploma/certificate in the following areas will be accepted: Developmental Services Worker/Social Services Worker Diplomas; or
  • Early Childhood Education college diploma with a Resource Teacher certificate or Personal Support Worker certificate*, along with related work experience with children with special needs.
  • The WCDSB will provide BMS (Behaviour Management System) training. If candidates have this training, it is considered an asset.

 

*Note: The Personal Support Worker (PSW) certificate is recognized for the Educational Assistant (High Needs) Supply List, but not for permanent Educational Assistant (High Need) positions. The WCDSB has a job classification of PSW that applicants with this qualification may wish to apply to be eligible for a permanent position.

 

Hourly Rate:  $24.05 per hour (Level 4)

 

Only those candidates selected for an interview will be notified.

 

All successful candidates will be required to pass a physical prescreening test as a condition of employment.

 

Applications will be accepted up until 4:00 pm on May 29, 2020.

 

 

Application Submission:

 

Applicants are required to apply directly through Apply to Education at: www.applytoeducation.comFor ApplytoEducation assistance, please contact 1-877-900-5627 (Monday – Friday, 7:30 am – 7:00 pm EST.)

 

In the application process, identify your qualifications and abilities, such as relevant experience, to perform the duties of this job.  Include your Diplomas/Certificates in your application.

 

Incomplete applications may not be considered.

 

Detailed information on the application process can be found at: https://wcdsb.ca/careers/how-to-apply/

 

Internal applicants must apply via internalrecruiting@wcdsb.ca.

Include your first and last name and the posting number (provided above) in the subject line.

 

The Waterloo Catholic District School Board is welcoming of candidates from diverse communities, backgrounds and identities and encourages applications from qualified members of these groups.

 

Applicants are invited to self-identify if you are First Nations, Metis, Inuit, a member of a visible minority group(s) or a person with disabilities. This information is collected under the authority of the Ontario Human Rights Code and will be used to keep track of recruitment information. No personal information will be included.

 

At WCDSB, we are committed to respecting your privacy, and will take appropriate measures to protect any personal information you may share with us through the job application process. All personal information is collected under the authority of the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act and will be used to determine qualifications for employment. For more information about the Board’s Privacy Policy, please contact our Privacy Officer at 519-578-3660 Ext. 2381.

 

To request this file in large print, please email aoda@wcdsb.ca.  If you require a disability related accommodation to participate the recruitment process, please contact us at (519) 578-3677, extension 2368 to discuss your needs under the Human Rights Code.  Responses to inquiries will be provided within 72 hours.

 

The successful candidate will be required to produce a satisfactory Vulnerable Sector Criminal Reference Check.  For further information, refer to policy APS 038 on the website of the Waterloo Catholic District School Board.

 

 

 

April 27th, 2020|

Child and Youth Worker Supply List

Posting #C-2020-11

 

At the Waterloo Catholic District School Board, we believe that preparing students today for the challenges of an ever-changing world is our highest priority and our reputation is proof that we work hard to accomplish this responsibility. To meet the demands of today’s educational needs, we invite all interested applicants to apply to this posting.

 

General Description of Duties:

  • Work with special education teacher and/or school administrator to develop a program to meet the student’s needs;
  • Assist school staff in developing and implementing crisis management plans to ensure the safety of all;
  • Maintaining records as required pursuant to policies and procedures;
  • Communicating to appropriate individuals on students’ needs and progress;
  • Constant supervision of student; implement proactive strategies to de-escalate negative behaviour;
  • Assist with daily behaviour management program;
  • Acting as a member of the Collaborative Team (CT) and attending CT meetings and Case Conferences as required;
  • Other duties as assigned.

 

Job Requirements:

  • Three (3) year Child and Youth Care Worker college diploma;
  • One (1) to Two (2) years of similar work experience;
  • BMS (Behavioural Management System) is an asset;
  • PMAB (Prevention & Management of Aggressive Behaviour) is an asset;
  • Sound decision making skills with the use of initiative, judgement and resourcefulness;
  • First Aid Certificate;
  • Experience supporting students with autism would be an asset;
  • Have a reliable vehicle and a valid Ontario driver’s license as travel throughout the Waterloo Region may be required.

 

Hourly Rate:  $26.20 or $30.03 per hour (dependent upon level of position)

 

Only those candidates selected for an interview will be notified.

 

All successful candidates will be required to pass a physical prescreening test as a condition of employment.

 

Applications will be accepted up until 4:00 pm on May 29, 2020.

 

Application Submission:

 

Applicants are required to apply directly through Apply to Education at: www.applytoeducation.comFor ApplytoEducation assistance, please contact 1-877-900-5627 (Monday – Friday, 7:30 am – 7:00 pm EST.)

 

In the application process, identify your qualifications and abilities, such as relevant experience, to perform the duties of this job.  Include your Diplomas/Certificates in your application.

Incomplete applications may not be considered.

 

Detailed information on the application process can be found at: https://wcdsb.ca/careers/how-to-apply/

 

Internal applicants must apply via internalrecruiting@wcdsb.ca.

Include your first and last name and the posting number (provided above) in the subject line.

 

The Waterloo Catholic District School Board is welcoming of candidates from diverse communities, backgrounds and identities and encourages applications from qualified members of these groups.

 

Applicants are invited to self-identify if you are First Nations, Metis, Inuit, a member of a visible minority group(s) or a person with disabilities. This information is collected under the authority of the Ontario Human Rights Code and will be used to keep track of recruitment information. No personal information will be included.

 

At WCDSB, we are committed to respecting your privacy, and will take appropriate measures to protect any personal information you may share with us through the job application process. All personal information is collected under the authority of the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act and will be used to determine qualifications for employment. For more information about the Board’s Privacy Policy, please contact our Privacy Officer at 519-578-3660 Ext. 2381.

 

To request this file in large print, please email aoda@wcdsb.ca. If you require a disability related accommodation to participate the recruitment process, please contact us at (519) 578-3677, extension 2368 to discuss your needs under the Human Rights Code.  Responses to inquiries will be provided within 72 hours.

 

The successful candidate will be required to produce a satisfactory Vulnerable Sector Criminal Reference Check.  For further information, refer to policy APS 038 on the website of the Waterloo Catholic District School Board.

 

 

 

April 27th, 2020|

Upcoming “Virtual” Board Meeting – Monday, April 27, 2020

The next meeting of the Board of Trustees is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. — Monday, April 27, 2020.

Due to the current State of Emergency resulting from the COVID-19 epidemic, this meeting will be streamed live on Youtube at: https://youtu.be/M0uh4N1Vn4c

Meeting Agenda

General Information About WCDSB Board Meetings

Information About the Board of Trustees

The Waterloo Catholic District School Board, representing more than 96,000 Catholic school supporters, operates 48 schools and five adult education facilities serving more than 40,000 elementary, secondary and continuing education students in Waterloo Region – continuing a 184-year tradition of quality, inclusive, faith-based education. Follow us on Twitter: @WCDSBNewswire – #WCDSBAwesome.

April 24th, 2020|

Special Message from the Chair of the Board & Director of Education

Dear Waterloo Catholic Community –

It has been a few weeks since we have connected, so we thought it important to offer you a few important updates as we continue to navigate this time of school closure and distance learning.  Let us begin by saying that we truly hope that you and your families are well and that you are finding ways to stay healthy and positive.  As an Easter people we pray that the hope of the season is alive in your homes.  But these are unsettling times for everyone and we believe it is absolutely OK to feel that you are not OK.  We know that each of us has a unique reality and that will position us differently in terms of our ability to walk through this time and to support our children’s learning journey right now.

For the past three weeks we have begun the journey into Educator-led learning and it could not have been done without the tremendous efforts of so many.  We are most appreciative to our staff who have worked so hard to put provisions in place so that we could reach all of our students.  We hope that every student continues to have contact with their teacher(s) and that each one knows that we care for and value each of them.  Your teachers are truly amazing and they are definitely here for you. We will reiterate that our most pressing concern remains student well being – both mentally and physically.  As we have said before, it is not “business as usual”, but we do hope that students are connecting with their teachers as this is our “new normal” for the time being.

We wanted to provide you updates on a few different topics of interest to you and your children.  Know that this is a rapidly changing landscape and with many uncertainties, and as there are many players to both consult and work with, as well as others who provide us vital direction or information, sometimes full clarity takes a little time.

As always, on our WCDSB board website you will find from our home page a link to WCDSBLearn@Home where a host of additional resources for all learners will be found.  We also encourage you to continue to visit our WCDSBPray@Home webpage as well as our FAQ page.  You can also follow the #STEAMDays hashtag where lots of fun and engaging activities are being posted.  With that said, a few updates:

Length of the closure: 

We are awaiting direction from the government and Ministry of Education on this point.  We expect it will be forth coming soon.  While it is unlikely we will be returning to our buildings in the short term, full clarity about our return or what that might look like when we do return, may still be a while in coming.

Expectations During Distance Learning:

We realize there are different realities for all of our students and all of our educators.  For that reason, each student and teacher is held to the guidelines the Ministry has provided for minimum hours.  To review what we have shared previously – the suggested hours reflect both the time a teacher might use in providing formal instruction or guidance, as well as the time the student will spend completing the learning task or activity.  There is not a firm expectation that all students have to be “online” at the exact same time, although in some cases that might happen on occasion.

Assessment and Evaluation:

Equity has been a significant consideration in this new landscape as not all children are equally positioned to succeed to the best of their ability when learning from home.  We also know that students learning from home can place added pressure on a parent who may be juggling their own work or family related responsibilities.  For these reasons, assessment in elementary is taking the form of feedback or formative assessment, rather than grading.  Students can benefit and continue progressing through this feedback.  For our students in secondary, they will receive both formative and summative assessments – that is feedback and grades, but teachers will be working to support a student’s best outcome and will not be penalized if the current circumstances detract from their ability to succeed.  Marks will not drop below that attained on March 13th, when schools were declared closed.  There is however every opportunity for a mark to improve, and for learning and achievement to be enhanced.

Report Cards:

There will be a report card in June for all students and they will contain grades.  As noted above, those grades will be largely informed by the marks students had attained prior to March 13th, but there is every opportunity for those grades to improve based on any work submitted during this time of distance learning, if there is evidence of growth and/or improved performance.  In the case of graduating students, midterm marks were sent to the Universities and Colleges to assist with post-secondary admission.

Graduation:

We know that graduation is a significant event in the life of a student and his/her family. For this reason, this has been a difficult decision.  Our secondary schools have no option but to postpone graduation ceremonies as a result of venues not being available to us.  As you can appreciate secondary graduations are often large events and so they are not easily accommodated in alternate settings.  We have made the decision that all of our secondary schools will hold their graduations in the fall.  This will in no way impact a student’s ability to actually graduate from high school should they have met the requirements.  We are still in the process of finalizing our decision in relation to grade 8 graduations and will communicate that information as soon as a final decision has been achieved.

Thought Exchange – Your Voice

As most of you will be aware, we recently engaged our stakeholders in an exercise of asking them what questions or concerns they had after one-two weeks of distance learning.  Our survey closed on Tuesday April 21st in the evening and we are now starting to unpack that feedback.  We are thrilled that you took us up on this invitation.  We had just under 2000 participants and approximately 37,000 ratings from all our stakeholders.  We know that at a very high level elementary parents are expressing thoughts about the home learning environment and the types of tasks students are assigned, about feedback and assessment, and about equity.  Secondary parents are sharing thoughts about the nature of student and educator contact, and also about feedback and assessment, as well as issues related to equity.  There are roughly 14 sub-themes in the Thought Exchange feedback that we have identified and there is much more analysis we can do, and it will help to inform our thinking and actions moving forward.  A high level report on parent feedback is available at these two links, but much more will be shared in the weeks to come, that will map to themes and the take-aways from the feedback.

Parent/Guardian for an Elementary Student

Parent/Guardian for a Secondary Student

Finally – we encourage you to closely follow any and all directives from our governments and Region of Waterloo Public Health.  As a local and global community – we have never been more connected by an event or issue and now is the time to do everything we can to ensure we can soon return to life as we knew it not so long ago.  As an Easter people we believe in the power of the resurrection and the promise of new life.  Certainly this signs of the season affirm that promise.  Please reach out to us if you need help or guidance, and remain confident that we are here to support you, as we walk together as a hope-filled community.  #WCDSBTogether.

Sincerely,

Loretta Notten                                                Bill Conway

Director of Education                                  Chair of the Board

April 23rd, 2020|

WCDSB Announces Chair’s Award, Community Partner Award and Distinguished Graduate Award Recipients

Each year, the Waterloo Catholic District School Board proudly announces the recipients of three major awards: Chair’s Award, Community Partner Award and Distinguished Graduate Award.

This year’s recipients of those respective awards are Paul Cox (Principal of the St. Louis Adult Learning and Continuing Education Centres), the Sister Servants of Mary Immaculate, and Michael Dopp (Co-founder of Mission of the Redeemer Ministries). The awards will be presented at a suitable time following the conclusion of the current COVID-19 state of emergency.

Chair’s Award:

Presented to a person or persons in the school system who has contributed significantly to Catholic Education. It is given annually in recognition of outstanding contributions made to the Catholic school system serving the students, staff and greater community of Waterloo Region or to the betterment of Catholic Education in Ontario in general.

Paul Cox has been Principal of the WCDSB’s St. Louis Adult Learning and Continuing Education Centres for the past 15 years. In addition to being recognized for his long record of outstanding service, Paul is also saluted for his positive and energetic nature and his willingness to fearlessly seek and accept new opportunities for St. Louis’ diverse population and program base.

For more information about St. Louis, please CLICK HERE.

Community Partner Award:

Presented annually in recognition of outstanding contributions made by a community partner or agency to the Catholic school system serving the students, staff and greater community of Waterloo Region.

For 74 years the Sister Servants of Mary Immaculate have run Mount Mary, which over the past 44 years has served more than 55,000 WCDSB students.  Their Grade 8 retreat experience has long been a treasured culminating activity of the WCDSB elementary years experience.

For more information about the Sister Servants of Mary Immaculate, please CLICK HERE.

Distinguished Graduate Award:

Presented to a graduate of more than 10 years from our school system who has demonstrated outstanding examples of the Ontario Catholic School Graduate Expectations. Awarded at the graduation exercises of the recipient’s Secondary School or other appropriate public venue.

A co-founder, along with his wife, of Mission of the Redeemer Ministries in Ottawa, Michael Dopp has been noted as a “trail blazer” by Ottawa Archbishop Terrence Prendergast.  A sought-after speaker, Michael is a graduate of St. Boniface CES and St. Mary’s High School and has dedicated his efforts to evangelization both locally, nationally and internationally, thus exemplifying the very best of the Ontario Catholic School Graduate Expectations.

For more information about Mission of the Redeemer Ministries, please CLICK HERE.

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April 17th, 2020|

Upcoming “Virtual” Board Meeting – Monday, April 20, 2020

The next meeting of the Board of Trustees (Committee of the Whole) is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. — Monday, April 20, 2020.

As a result of the current State of Emergency resulting from the COVID-19 epidemic, this meeting will be streamed live on Youtube at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HCv0UF2Eimw&feature=youtu.be 

Meeting Agenda

General Information About WCDSB Board Meetings

Information About the Board of Trustees

The Waterloo Catholic District School Board, representing more than 96,000 Catholic school supporters, operates 48 schools and five adult education facilities serving more than 40,000 elementary, secondary and continuing education students in Waterloo Region – continuing a 184-year tradition of quality, inclusive, faith-based education. Follow us on Twitter: @WCDSBNewswire – #WCDSBAwesome.

April 16th, 2020|

WCDSBLearn@Home – How Are We Doing…?

Thank-you for joining this important conversation! We are interested in learning about how WCDSBLearn@Home is going.

The tool we are using is called ThoughtExchange. Your participation is voluntary, and your feedback will be very important for helping us make sure that we are providing the needed supports for students, staff, parents and community members.

To make sure that the conversation is about the topics most meaningful to you, we have set up separate conversations for different groups. This is why you are asked if you are a student, parent, staff member, administrator, or community member.

Here is the link: https://my.thoughtexchange.com/763676673

Once you have shared your thoughts, you will have the opportunity to read the thoughts of others and assign *STARS* based on how much you agree (5 Stars) or disagree (1 Star).  This helps us determine the ideas that are most important to the group.

We encourage all participants to read and consider 20-30 thoughts.

You can return to the exchange as often as you like to *STAR* thoughts.

PLEASE NOTE:  If you would like to join more that one conversation – choose a new group by opening the invitation link in a new tab in your web browser.

The Survey will remain open until Tuesday April 21, 2020.

If you have any difficulty with the survey, questions can be sent to: wcdsbresearch@wcdsb.ca

Parents/guardians who consent, are also welcome to share this link with their child(ren) to participate in the thought exchange.

For younger children (Grades K-8), please support them in participating as their feedback will be very important during this process.

Thank you in advance for your participation in helping us make WCDSBLearn@Home a success!

April 14th, 2020|