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Leadership Recognition

“Leadership in the OCDSB is the demonstration of personal initiative to achieve a positive outcome.”

Students

Our students have a variety of opportunities to become involved in the life of the school and to develop their leadership capabilities. Blossom Park has an active Student Council, made up of volunteers from Grades 5 to 8. The Student Council organizes activities such as Spirit Days and School Dances. Proceeds from these activities are used to fund special events such as the Grade 8 Celebration in June and end-of-year trips. We seek input and support from Student Council when planning school events.

The Blossom Park Environmental Team actively supports the school’s participation in the Board’s EarthCare initiative. For example, student members ensure that lights and computers are turned off at the end of the day. The members are not only responsible for the recycling and composting programs in the school, but also for educating their fellow students about the importance of conservation. They also ensure that our school grounds remain attractive by picking up litter, raking leaves and planting flowers and shrubs. Each year our students volunteer at National Capital Marathon, setting up and running the water station for runners at Hog’s Back.

The Blossom Park We Team, comprised of Grade 7 and 8 students, make tangible actions for a better world through Free the Children’s campaigns to raise awareness and funds. Donations raised build schools and provide clean water and alternative income streams for some of the most remote and impoverished people in the world. Our students also engage in fund-raising for the victims of natural disasters. In recent years, our students have collected funds for the victims of Hurricane Katrina and the earthquake in Pakistan and Haiti. More recently, our students raised funds to support those affected by the hurricane in the Philippines. . In addition to informal recognition on a regular basis, we also acknowledge student contributions in our classrooms, school announcements, newsletters, monthly assemblies, our principal’s report to school council, and end-of-year awards ceremonies.

Staff

Our staff members have a wealth of professional qualifications including Bachelors and Masters degrees in Arts, Counselling, Industrial Design, Physical Education and Sciences, as well as additional qualifications in Special Education, Reading, English as a Second Language, French as a Second Language, Music, Guidance, Drama, Visual Arts and Computers in Education. They actively participate in numerous Board-wide professional development activities in literacy and numeracy. In addition, our staff is involved in professional learning groups with other schools in the board.

Our teachers regularly share their expertise with student teachers from the University of Ottawa and Nipissing University; and ECE and DSW students from Algonquin College. Our staff members willingly take on additional responsibilities to enhance student success, including: division leadership; participation in planning groups for special events such as Literacy Week, Parents as Partners information sessions, Remembrance Day and the Volunteer Breakfast; and coaching team sports. We recognize the initiative of our staff members by providing and supporting opportunities for further professional growth. We acknowledge staff leadership at staff meetings and in assemblies as well as via the school board’s employee recognition programs, letters of thanks, school announcements, school newsletters, performance appraisals, and our principal’s report to school council.

Parents/Guardians/Volunteers

Parents and volunteers provide invaluable support to school programs at Blossom Park. Our School Council meets regularly and provides input and feedback on a variety of school initiatives. The School Council efforts have contributed funds to purchase library resources, classroom air conditioners, to support class field trips, to facilitate student leadership opportunities and to provide additional resources for special programs. Our School Council has applied for and received a Parent Involvement Grant from the Ministry of Education. The funds were used to purchase dual language books for our Take Home Reading program, as well as to support our parent information evenings.

We recognize the contributions of our parents, guardians and volunteers on an on-going basis, and look for opportunities to acknowledge them in school announcements, our Principal’s report to school council, school newsletters, and at our annual Volunteer Breakfast.

Community

Blossom Park benefits from the support of several community partners. Through the Ottawa Reads program, Blossom Park is partnered with a local writing company, Stiff Sentences. Volunteers from Stiff Sentences spend an hour a week reading to our primary students. We have an in-school mentoring program in which we partner with Big Brothers and Big Sisters. We work with MASC, a local Arts organization, to provide arts experiences, such as drama and music presentations, at minimal cost to students. Kids Helping Kids has provided us with funds for special school projects. Through the Healthy Active Schools initiative, Ottawa Public Health is providing staff support to encourage our students to participate in regular physical activity. Blossom Park actively partners with the Ontario Early Years centre to offer free playgroups and growing clinics. We recognize our community partners through our school announcements, school newsletters, the school web site, principal’s report to school council, and thank you cards. We also invite them to special events, assemblies, and the Volunteer Breakfast.

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