Picture of Tim Simmons - Chair of the BoardMessage from Tim Simmons, Chair of the Board of Trustees

My second year as Chair continued to be positive and exciting at Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board.As you will see in this report, at HWDSB we are fortunate that a clear set of Strategic Directions guide us in our commitments that achievement, engagement and equity matter.In this pursuit, Trustees have a significant role. We keep lines of communication open with our community, we engage in collaborative decision making, and we strive to always make informed decisions that will bring the greatest benefit to our students and our community.

That’s why it’s so encouraging to see progress at HWDSB when it comes to student achievement. We want out students to excel in the classroom, on the sports field, in their community service experiences and in the arts.

This is only possible thanks to the support that Board staff provide. Staff know that each student is unique, and that we must support students who may be from a vulnerable population, or re-engaging with school. This is the only way we can carry though on our vision of all students achieving their full potential.

Trustees hear when students have found a program they love, when young learners are reading like never before and when adults find a new path in life. This is what makes holding this office so rewarding.

We are a strong team of elected officials working closely with a talented staff, as well as a community of parents and supporters who make possible everything from childcare to social services, nutrition and more.

We have a great story to tell.

Thank you for letting us share it with you.

John Malloy - Director of the BoardMessage from Dr. John Malloy, Director of Education

We began the 2011-2012 school year with cause for celebration, as we were already seeing our 2009-2013 strategic directions come to life.We hope to bring our work to life using the same pillars from our strategic directions: Achievement Matters, Engagement Matters and Equity Matters.We will explore each, as we demonstrate how we are preparing students for the next steps in life, whether it involves secondary school, post-secondary pathways or academic and professional success for our adult learners.

We continued to focus on several key areas: Our pre-K to Grade 2 oral language and literacy strategy, full-day kindergarten, our data mobilization strategy, our program strategy and facilities master plan, our mental health strategy, 21st-century fluencies as well as the Ontario Leadership Framework.

Knowing our students, staff, parents and communities continued to be a priority, so that we could understand their strengths and their needs. Only by doing this, and responding in effective ways, will we truly support our students.

We have a lot to celebrate in HWDSB because we are making great things happen. And we believe that our students will achieve their full potential because of the exemplary efforts by our staff, students, parents and community.