Thank you to the 45 people who contributed to school council meetings and events this year. We had our final meeting May 5, and approved moving forward with a Parents Reaching Out grant and a legacy project.
The grant will be to bring a speaker to talk to parents about helping students study better and communicate more fully at home about school life. In honour of the school’s 15th anniversary and its growing excellence and continued dedication to its instrumental music program, council voted to give $500 to assist the senior TSMS Kiwanis band to compete in provincials. The council’s funds are from prior fundraising projects, such as bake sales and coffee/tea sales.
We also discussed the breakfast which will now be a gathering of school councillors and TSMS staff, made possible through donations of baked goods and other breakfast items. If you can join us, please do. We are starting at 7:30 a.m. on Wed. May 21.
Council also approved the minutes of last meeting. Mar 24 2014 tsms council minutes.
Additionally, we welcomed John Fraser SS Principal Mary Nanavati who explained the high school’s proposal to introduce an Advanced Placement (AP) program to the school. The AP program prepares students to earn university credits while still in high school. If the program receives provincial and board approval for JFSS, it will begin in September 2015 with Grade 9 students. Mary said she would expect to know this summer if the program will go ahead.
She also said the school would pursue offering two Specialist High Skills Majors–one for Health and Wellness and another for Arts. The programs would allow Grade 11 and 12 students to concentrate on healthcare or arts education. Mary explained that attracting new students through new programs will allow the high school to maintain or increase its resources for all students.
She also announced that the high school students had raised more than $17,000 toward building two Mandela schools in Africa. The fundraising effort was launched at humanitarian Marc Kielburger’s visit in February. TSMS will contribute to the amount to raise the total $20,000. On May 16, Scott Baker of Free The Children accepted the cheque from the high school from student leaders. Congratulations to all the students, and to the volunteers and staff that helped them achieve their goals.
Finally, this year is co-chair Cathy’s last year on TSMS council. Her daughter graduates in June. We are fortunate to have many dedicated volunteers. Co-chair Behshad remains at TSMS, so please continue to send mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Join us on Mon. Sept. 22 at 6:30 p.m. for the first meeting of the new school year!