“Leadership in the OCDSB is the demonstration of personal initiative to achieve a positive outcome.”
Every day, select students carry out morning announcements for the school and help out in our commercial kitchen and recycling program. In addition to informal recognition on a daily basis, we also acknowledge their contributions in our classrooms, newsletters, assemblies, the principal’s report to school council, and end of year awards ceremonies. We also provide students with tangible rewards for a job well done.
Our staff members have a wealth of professional qualifications. For teachers this includes Bachelors and Masters degrees as well as additional qualifications in Special Education, English as a Second Language, Reading, and Music. For Educational Assistants this includes, Developmental Service Worker Diploma as well as Bachelor Degrees. All staff have actively participated in numerous Board-wide professional development activities in literacy and numeracy, and we recognize their initiative by providing and supporting opportunities for further professional growth. At the same time, we promote leadership from within by adopting a train the trainer model whereby staff with expertise train others in on-going training sessions that are pertinent to Crystal Bay’s population. We recognize staff leadership via personal interactions with one another, letters of thanks, performance appraisals, staff meetings and our principal’s report to school council. As we are a congregated site, staff often initiate new programs for our students and support each other in these new initiatives. We also provide staff with tangible recognition for their contribution
Our parent council worked diligently raising funds to improve both programs and materials needed to support students. As a result of their avid efforts, council was able to replenish resources and support classroom initiatives. Being a small school unable to have its students raise money, the council has reached out to OCDSB schools for their support. This has resulted in partnerships with Bell HS, Mary Honeywell PS, Farley Mowat PS and W.O. Mitchell.
As invaluable partners, we thank our parents, guardians and volunteers on an on-going basis, and look for opportunities to acknowledge them such as school announcements, thank you letters, our principal’s report to school council, school newsletters, and our annual volunteer appreciation event.
Our partners have contributed thousands of dollars to improve both our site as well as our programs. We have been supported by AVIVA, the SENS Goodwill Ambassadors, Community Foundation of Ottawa, the Education Foundation, the Ontario Principal Council, Nortel Community Volunteers and the Cummings family.