On the day of Glebe's TNT Event, Prime Minister Justing Trudeau and UN Secretary General Ban-ki Moon dropped by Glebe to meet the students. They took part in an afternoon student assembly.
In case you missed it here is the great CBC interview of staff and students this morning. Only a few more days!
Please note that our next school council meeting will be on Monday Feb 8th at 7:00 pm in the school library. At 6:00 pm on the same day, there will be a presentation on course selection for the 2016-2017 year in the auditorium. All our welcome to join us for one, or both, events.
Glebe parents, friends, and alumni,
It's time to buy your Glebe TNT tickets! We're counting on you to make this event a success.
Tickets for this event, Feb. 11 from 6:30-9:30, are $30 and are available at the Glebe school office or online.
If you are planning to come, please buy your tickets before this Friday so we can get numbers to our caterer. If you are unable to come, please consider donating $30 to the fund and get a full tax receipt.
The Learning Partnership has announced the recipients of this year's "2016 Outstanding Principals" award, and France is one of the winners.
From her bio on the site:
France has a wealth of expertise from positions at a variety of Ottawa schools as well as international experience. Her dedication to improving learning opportunities for students led to her founding of School-for-All, which trains volunteers and teachers in Kenya, Tanzania, and Mali. France is the consummate instructional leader, blending data and evidence-based practices. Teacher evaluations are more about professional learning and collaboration, than appraisals. The achievement of students at Glebe Collegiate Institute is at the forefront of everything that happens at the school. Over 90% of students are successful on the grade 10 provincial OSSLT. Progress for each student is tracked, monitored and there are ongoing interventions put in place for supports. Student success for all is France’s mantra reflected in the increase in the results of both the students in applied and academic programming. Frances motivates, inspires and generates trust among staff and students, leading to student success.
Our congratulations to France on a well-deserved win!
Family Services Ottawa provides over 20 parenting courses and seminars each school year.
Each year over 700 Ottawa parents participate in FSO’s parenting programs which cover everything from positive discipline techniques to parenting through high conflict divorce and separation. Programs run from one night to 10 weeks; many are offered twice a year. We also provide one to two-hour external parenting workshops to groups and organizations including Parent Councils.
Please find attached our 2015 – 2016 parenting programs catalogue, flyers for upcoming courses and a list of the workshops and presentations that we offer externally.
Every day we hear stories about America’s troubled education system. And we’re told that in order to fix what’s broken, we need to narrow our curricula, standardize our classrooms, and find new ways to measure students and teachers. But what if these “fixes” are making our schools worse.
In Beyond Measure, we set out to challenge the assumptions of our current education story.
Rather than ask why our students fail to measure up, this film asks us to reconsider the greater purpose of education. What if our education system valued personal growth over test scores? Put inquiry over mimicry? Encouraged passion over rankings? What if we decided that the higher aim of school was not the transmission of facts or formulas, but the transformation of every student? And what if this paradigm-shift was driven from the ground up? By students, parents, and educators? By all of us?
From an article in the Citizen on Friday:
Glebe Collegiate Institute has earned a city-wide reputation as a leader in the development and use of alternative testing methods.
Principal France Thibault says the school has embraced that effort as part of a drive to make the classroom experience more compelling. The school, she says, tries to inject critical thinking, problem solving, and student-based inquiry — an approach that capitalizes on students’ natural sense of wonder — into all of its classes.