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Highlights from the February 2015 Board Meeting

The monthly meeting of the Upper Grand District School Board was held on Tuesday, February 24, 2015. The following are highlights from the meeting.

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Quebec trip immerses students in French culture and language

Students on the slopes at St DonatForty-eight students and four teachers from the Upper Grand District School Board were fully immersed in French Canadian culture and language during a four day trip to St Donat, Quebec, February 11-14, 2015.

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Students will take Warm Winter Wishes to Orlando

Matthew and Kaitlin with their first place awardTwo students from Wellington Heights Secondary School in Mount Forest took home a top honour from the 36th Annual DECA Ontario Provincials Competition, February 5-7, 2015 in Toronto.

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Guelph Fire Department and Upper Grand take fire safety lessons across Canada

Jacqueline Johnson, Tony Sabbatini and Sheila Nicholas receive plaques recognizing their effortsThe Guelph Fire Department has recognized two employees of the Upper
Grand District School Board who participated in the development of an
ESL (English as a Second Language) Fire Safety Program used in
classrooms across Canada.

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New elementary school in East Guelph to get head start in former Tytler PS

A new elementary school on Couling Crescent in East Guelph is beginning to take shape before shovels hit the ground. At a special board meeting on February 10 trustees of the Upper Grand District School Board voted unanimously to create an interim boundary for the proposed JK-8 French Immersion (FI) Centre. The motion passed by trustees was one of a set of staff recommendations designed to address the issue of rapidly increasing enrolment at École Edward Johnson Public School in Guelph.

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Celebrate the season – it’s Winter Walk Day on February 4

Cartoon badge of children walking and sledding in snow. Text reads: I'm a Winter Walking Superstar! Cool! I walked... on Winter Walk Day!Wednesday 4, 2015 February is Winter Walk Day – a day to embrace winter, bundle up, get outside and celebrate.

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Peter Leblanc of Erin Public School named one of Canada’s Outstanding Principals™

Peter LeBlancGUELPH, Ontario – Not only is he tech-savvy and data-driven, he can name every one of the 340 students at his school. Peter Leblanc of Erin Public School now has been named as one of Canada’s 40 Outstanding Principals™ for 2015.

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Highlights of the January 2015 Board Meeting

The regular monthly meeting of the Upper Grand District School Board was held on January 27, 2015. The following are highlights of the meeting.

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CHSS students build doghouses for northern dogs in Aboriginal communities

Two students work on assembling a dog house frame using a drillCollege Heights Secondary School (CHSS) students are building 30 doghouses over the next few weeks that will be shipped to Northern Ontario Aboriginal communities in a unique partnership with the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), Habitat for Humanity and the Upper Grand District School Board.

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French Immersion growth prompts board to look at accommodation options

Rapidly increasing enrolment at École Edward Johnson Public School in
Guelph has prompted the Upper Grand District School Board to consider a
number of options for relieving enrolment pressure, including temporary
use of the former Tytler Public School.

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