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City of Thunder Bay Needs School Crossing Guards

As an equal opportunity employer, the City of Thunder Bay encourages applications from Aboriginal peoples, persons with disabilities, members of visible minority groups and women.

Reasonable accommodations are available upon request for all parts of the recruitment process.

Job Description

POSITION SUMMARY: Under the general supervision of the Field Supervisor - Crossing Guards, is responsible for the safety of children crossing the street at designated school crossings.

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES:

  1. Controls traffic and obeys all regulations to ensure safe crossing of school children at designated roadways.
  2. Documents incidents and reports same to supervisor.
  3. Uses and wears all required safety equipment and clothing.
  4. Abides by Highway Traffic Act, Health and Safety Act and City policy and procedures.

QUALIFICATIONS:

Skills/Abilities:

  • Must be capable of understanding the Highway Traffic Act and written instructions and procedures;
  • Must be able to stand outdoors for up to one and one half hours in any type of weather, and be physically capable of quick movement in case of emergency.

CONDITION OF EMPLOYMENT:

  • Must successfully undergo a police records check, Type 2
  • Must successfully undergo a work fitness test as required by the Corporation
  • Must meet Ministry of Transportation Vision Standards with respect to visual acuity and horizontal visual field (‘G’ Class)
  • Must execute an employment contract
  • Must be able to travel to various locations throughout the City, as required
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Sargent Named Superintendent

At a Special Board Meeting on May 17, 2017, the Board of Trustees approved the appointment of Allison Sargent as Superintendent of Education.

Ms. Sargent has a commitment to Catholic education that spans 19 years. She has taught at the primary and junior divisions. Most recently, she was Principal at Pope John Paul II Senior Elementary School.

She has served as Vice-Principal at St. Martin School and Bishop Gallagher Senior Elemen­tary School. In the past 6 years, she also served as Principal of St. Francis School and Our Lady of Charity School.

A lifelong learner, Ms. Sargent holds her Religious and Special Education Specialists. She has an undergraduate degree in Psychol­ogy, as well as a Master of Education. She completed her Supervisory Officer's Qualifi­cations in 2016.

A dedicated Catholic leader, Ms. Sargent is an active parishioner at St. Margaret Church.

She is married to Greg Sargent and they have two sons: Jacob, who is entering St. Ignatius High School and Samuel who is entering Grade 7 at Bishop E. Q. Jennings School.

St. Ignatius - Exceptional At National Science Competition

During the month of May, two St. Ignatius High School students placed exceptionally well in a nationwide science competition. Kevin Bai and Caleb Lamars competed in Regina at the 2017 Canada Wide Science Fair. The week-long event saw competition between Canada's top 500 young scientists. It concluded on Friday, May 20, with both Kevin and Caleb winning bronze medals in their respective fields.

Kevin won bronze in the Innovation category for his project "A Novel Eye Tracking System Robust to Head Movements". The goal of his project was to create a cost-effective eye tracking system that was robust to head movements and accurate. Creating a system unreliant on extra hardware would mean eye tracking could be easily integrated into countless applications in our everyday life.

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Caleb won the bronze medal in the Discovery category for his project "Zipf's Law Tested Across Age Groups". This project examined which age groups' speech patterns followed Zipf ’s law. He observed that the accuracy of Zipf's law is dependant on age with the frequency of commonly used words decreasing as people get older. He found that the only demographic that followed the law closely was teenagers.

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The two students did exceptionally well and each won bronze medals in their respective scientific categories. Although St. Ignatius High School has sent 10 students to the Canada Wide Science Fair in the past 11 years and won multiple medals, this is the first time that two students have accomplished this feat in the same year.

Two New Student Trustees

The two new Student Trustees were introduced at Monday night’s board meeting and will begin their term in September.

Aisha Igbinoghene is a grade 11 student at St. Ignatius high school and will be serving as one of two Catholic Student Trustees for the 2017/2018 school year. Honoured to have the opportunity to sit amongst board members, Aisha is looking forward to being able to speak on behalf of the students to make the school community a better place for everyone. During her term, Aisha hopes to gain leadership experience, as well as insight into the structure of the school system. Volunteer work and giving back to the community is particularly important to Aisha. Some organizations she has done work with include the Salvation Army, the RFDA, the Shelter House, Development & Peace and WE.

Aisha is involved in groups in her school such as Common Bonds and Natural Helpers. She takes interest in leadership roles, being a leader in a 25 hour fast at the school, Catholic Leadership Day and facilitating a battery drive called Zinc Saves Lives. In October of 201,6 Aisha had the privilege of joining a small group of students on a trip to Toronto, they went to WE Day, an event in which you earn your tickets through volunteer work. This trip was remarkably inspiring and presented Aisha with the motivation and skills to be a good peer and leader. She believes being Student Trustee will be a positive learning experience and hopes to make the best out of it.

Thomas Brassard, a grade 11 French Immersion student from St. Patrick High School has also been selected as a Student Trustee for the Thunder Bay Catholic District School Board. During grade eight, Thomas served as a Legislative Page in Toronto for two terms. This experience provided Thomas with the opportunity to learn about politics and parliament. He was exceptionally fortunate to help deliver the Parliamentary Budget to the Members of the Legislature in 2014. During the past three years of high school, Thomas has completed over 345 volunteer hours with; Elk’s Minor Hockey, City of Thunder Bay, Shelter House and the Staal Foundation PGA Golf Tournament. He also organized an “RBC #make150count” public skate. This event helped raise over 180 pounds of food for the Regional Food Distribution Association and seven hockey bags of gently used equipment for youth living on northern reserves.

Before campaigning for Student Trustee, Thomas served as the spirit representative for St. Patrick’s Student Activities Council. In this role, he has lead and helped organize several school events and assemblies. He has also participated in school sports, drama productions, and leadership conferences.

When not at school or volunteering, Thomas has earned his Tae Kwon Do Black Belt and won several medals in tournaments. He has also just finished his fourth year playing for the Thunder Bay AAA Kings. Despite all the extracurricular activities, Thomas has been able to maintain Honour Roll status in French Immersion and takes both AP Math and AP English. “I am excited to be a part of the Thunder Bay Catholic School Board and am ready to speak on behalf of our students.”

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Here Campaign

They say it takes a village to raise a child. In this case, it is taking the efforts of an entire region to address a very serious issue in our schools. Eight district school boards in the Thunder Bay Region are working together to address a problem that is having a profound effect on student achievement – persistent student absenteeism. The “HERE” attendance campaign was launched at the Spring meeting of the Northern Ontario Education Leaders (NOEL) on Tuesday, May 9. The campaign was designed to build awareness around the attendance issue in Northwestern Ontario and to provide communications support tools to Boards and schools to help improve attendance.

According to data collected in the 2013-14 school year, students in the Thunder Bay Region (from Kenora to Manitouwadge) had the highest rates of persistent absenteeism in the province. Students are considered persistently absent if they miss 10% of the days they were expected to be in school. In the Thunder Bay Region, the rate of persistent absenteeism was 21.6%. A recent study, Every School Day Counts: Persistent Absenteeism in Ontario, 2016, indicates students who miss an average of two days per month in elementary school stand a 60% chance of dropping out in grade nine, potentially impacting their opportunities for success in the future.

“While the reasons for student absences are diverse and varied across the region, the issue of persistent absenteeism is creating significant consequences for both students and schools,” says David Tamblyn, Director of Education for Superior Greenstone District School Board and NOEL Representative. “If the absenteeism trend is allowed to continue, this issue will greatly impact students and their ability to achieve and prepare for their futures. The time to act is now. “

The reasons for persistent absenteeism across the region are diverse and varied and can include:

  • Mental health issues
  • Poverty issues
  • Sporting events
  • Illness
  • Medical appointments
  • Family travel
  • Family commitments

Persistent absenteeism is a multi-faceted issue that affects diverse groups of students and families. In order for solutions to be effective, they must be focused towards sparking action amongst key influencers including students, parents, school, staff and the community at large.

“Fortunately, the eight district school boards are HERE for our students and their families,” says Tamblyn. “We recognize that there is a not a one size fits all solution to solve the issue of persistent absenteeism and we have worked collaboratively to develop a campaign with communications resources that can be used in all parts of the region.”

The HERE campaign is supported by the development of the HERE website – heretoolkit.com. School board and school staff will be able to log into the site and access the following resources to support their efforts to address attendance issues within in their Boards and schools:

  • Print ad templates
  • Digital ad templates
  • Social Media ad templates
  • Posters
  • Video
  • Radio ad template
  • Roll up displays and Banner
  • Toolkit newsletter template
  • Presentation Template

The HERE website will also provide background information on the issue of persistent absenteeism, guidance on how to use the resources, a section for school staff to share best practices on improving attendance and a section where school staff can receive answers to questions about the HERE campaign. In addition, each NOEL Board will receive a special Here Toolkit Box containing posters, buttons, jump drives loaded with resources including the video and special HERE lanyards.

“The efforts to address persistent absenteeism does not start and end with the HERE attendance campaign,” says Colleen Kappel, Lakehead Public Schools Superintendent of Education and HERE Campaign Team Member. “Through the Managing Information for Student Achievement (MISA) initiative, we have also started a persistent absenteeism research project with a Lakehead University Researcher to take an in-depth look at the issue and the related causes and effects. It is anticipated that the findings will provide the basis for further opportunities to address the issue.”

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Conversations About 13 Reasons Why and Suicide

Despite the graphic content and the show’s rating, many middle school (grade 7&8) and young teenagers are viewing the series. If your children fall within this age group, know that your children have likely heard of and possibly already watched this popular series, based on a book about the same topic. So, it is important that parents be prepared to talk about the series in order to answer questions or concerns that the series raises.

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St. Ignatius Students Profiled in the Toronto Star

As sage smoke spiraled into the rafters at the University of Toronto’s Hart House, Cayuga elder Cat Criger offered a teaching.

“A hawk is still a hawk, whether it lives in the city or it lives in the forest,” Criger said.

For Ashley King and the two dozen other youth gathered around Criger, that message is a comfort.

As indigenous students they are significantly underrepresented at post-secondary schools across the country.

According to the most recent Statistics Canada data, only about 10 per cent of indigenous people in Canada between the ages of 25 and 64 have a university degree at the bachelor level or higher, compared to almost 30 per cent of non-indigenous Canadians.

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Major Facility Upgrades Announced

The football fields at St. Patrick High School and St. Ignatius will soon be replaced with artificial turf. The Thunder Bay Catholic District School Board held a news conference on Thursday morning to announce the major facility upgrades.

Director of Education Pino Tassone said it’s a $4.5-million investment at both facilities to install FIFA quality artificial turf and rubberized 400-metre tracks. “They are going to start as early as spring,” Tassone said. “They are going to start excavation, which will begin right away and hopefully the ground will not be frozen.”

Tassone said the general contractors have worked on many artificial turf fields all over Ontario and they have promised, weather permitting, the fields will be complete no later than Sept. 1. The contractors could have both fields complete by August, but the board provided the extra month in case they encounter any issues with installation.

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Why choose a Thunder Bay Catholic School?

Catholic schools are a successful part of publicly funded education in Ontario. Our schools and school boards consistently meet or exceed provincial expectations in student achievement, program delivery, class size and character development. Our curriculum is purposely designed to produce graduates with good moral character who are responsible citizens, caring family members and collaborative contributors to the common good of Ontario's society. These are values that we celebrate and share with all Ontarians.

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Board Improvement Plan

Catholic education addresses the search for meaning and the desire of the person to understand human life as an integration of body, mind and spirit. Rooted in this vision, Catholic education fosters the search for meaning as a lifelong spiritual and academic quest.

We are committed to building equitable, inclusive and engaging environments in which all students have the opportunity to learn. In classrooms, this is expressed through the inclusion of every learner, using differentiated instruction and student voice as well as culturally sensitive models of pedagogy and assessment for learning.

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