Ministry of Education (Ontario)
The Ministry of Education is the Government of Ontario ministry responsible for government policy, curriculum planning and direction in all levels of public education, including elementary and secondary schools. This Ministry is responsible for curriculum and guidelines for all recognized elementary and secondary schools in the province and some outside the province; the ministry is responsible for public and separate school boards across Ontario, but are not involved in the day-to-day operations. A number of ministers of education went on to become Premier, including Arthur Sturgis Hardy, George Ross, George Drew, John Robarts, Bill Davis, Kathleen Wynne; the current Minister of Education is Lisa Thompson. Prior to confederation, the supervision of the education system and the development of education policy of Canada West were the responsibilities of the Department of Public Instruction. Founded in 1850, the department was headed by the Chief Superintendent of Education, Egerton Ryerson, reported to the Executive Council and the Legislative Assembly through the Provincial Secretary.
In February 1876, the Department of Public Instruction was replaced by the Department of Education. The new department was presided over by the Minister of Education, assigned the powers held by the Chief Superintendent of Education. Responsibilities for post-secondary education were part of the department's portfolio prior to 1964 when the Department of University Affairs was created; the Department of Education continued to be responsible for post-secondary education in applied arts and technology until 1971 when the responsibility was transferred to the renamed Department of Colleges and Universities. In 1972, the Department of Education was renamed the Ministry of Education; the ministry again oversaw post-secondary education between 1993 and 1999. The Hall-Dennis Report titled Living and Learning, called for broad reforms to Ontario education, to empower teachers and the larger community, put students' needs and dignity at the centre of education; the Fullan Report titled Great to Excellent, calls for a focus on the 6 C's: Character, Communication, Critical thinking and problem solving and teamwork, Creativity and imagination.
The report calls for innovation in how these areas are learned. Ontario public schools use progressive discipline. Discipline is corrective and supportive rather than punitive, with a focus on prevention and early intervention, it is a whole-school, systemic approach, engaging students and the larger community, as well as classes and boards. Schools are to recognize and respect the diversity of parent communities, partner with them accordingly. Students are surveyed at least every two years about their experience of the school climate."For students with special education needs, interventions and consequences must be consistent with the student’s strengths and needs". While the school principal is responsible for discipline, all board employees who come into contact with students are responsible for stepping in if inappropriate behaviour occurs; the principal may delegate powers and duties related to discipline. Education in Ontario Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development List of school districts in Ontario Ministry of Education Biography of the Minister of Education
Ontario is one of the 13 provinces and territories of Canada and is located in east-central Canada. It is Canada's most populous province accounting for 38.3 percent of the country's population, is the second-largest province in total area. Ontario is fourth-largest jurisdiction in total area when the territories of the Northwest Territories and Nunavut are included, it is home to the nation's capital city and the nation's most populous city, Ontario's provincial capital. Ontario is bordered by the province of Manitoba to the west, Hudson Bay and James Bay to the north, Quebec to the east and northeast, to the south by the U. S. states of Minnesota, Ohio and New York. All of Ontario's 2,700 km border with the United States follows inland waterways: from the west at Lake of the Woods, eastward along the major rivers and lakes of the Great Lakes/Saint Lawrence River drainage system; these are the Rainy River, the Pigeon River, Lake Superior, the St. Marys River, Lake Huron, the St. Clair River, Lake St. Clair, the Detroit River, Lake Erie, the Niagara River, Lake Ontario and along the St. Lawrence River from Kingston, Ontario, to the Quebec boundary just east of Cornwall, Ontario.
There is only about 1 km of land border made up of portages including Height of Land Portage on the Minnesota border. Ontario is sometimes conceptually divided into Northern Ontario and Southern Ontario; the great majority of Ontario's population and arable land is in the south. In contrast, the larger, northern part of Ontario is sparsely populated with cold winters and heavy forestation; the province is named after Lake Ontario, a term thought to be derived from Ontarí:io, a Huron word meaning "great lake", or skanadario, which means "beautiful water" in the Iroquoian languages. Ontario has about 250,000 freshwater lakes; the province consists of three main geographical regions: The thinly populated Canadian Shield in the northwestern and central portions, which comprises over half the land area of Ontario. Although this area does not support agriculture, it is rich in minerals and in part covered by the Central and Midwestern Canadian Shield forests, studded with lakes and rivers. Northern Ontario is subdivided into two sub-regions: Northeastern Ontario.
The unpopulated Hudson Bay Lowlands in the extreme north and northeast swampy and sparsely forested. Southern Ontario, further sub-divided into four regions. Despite the absence of any mountainous terrain in the province, there are large areas of uplands within the Canadian Shield which traverses the province from northwest to southeast and above the Niagara Escarpment which crosses the south; the highest point is Ishpatina Ridge at 693 metres above sea level in Temagami, Northeastern Ontario. In the south, elevations of over 500 m are surpassed near Collingwood, above the Blue Mountains in the Dundalk Highlands and in hilltops near the Madawaska River in Renfrew County; the Carolinian forest zone covers most of the southwestern region of the province. The temperate and fertile Great Lakes-Saint Lawrence Valley in the south is part of the Eastern Great Lakes lowland forests ecoregion where the forest has now been replaced by agriculture and urban development. A well-known geographic feature is part of the Niagara Escarpment.
The Saint Lawrence Seaway allows navigation to and from the Atlantic Ocean as far inland as Thunder Bay in Northwestern Ontario. Northern Ontario occupies 87 percent of the surface area of the province. Point Pelee is a peninsula of Lake Erie in southwestern Ontario, the southernmost extent of Canada's mainland. Pelee Island and Middle Island in Lake Erie extend farther. All are south of 42°N – farther south than the northern border of California; the climate of Ontario varies by location. It is affected by three air sources: cold, arctic air from the north; the effects of these major air masses on temperature and precipitation depend on latitude, proximity to major bodies of water and to a small extent, terrain relief. In general, most of Ontario's climate is classified as humid continental. Ontario has three main climatic regions; the surrounding Great Lakes influence the climatic region of southern Ontario. During the fall and winter months, heat stored from the lakes is released, moderating the climate near the shores of the lakes.
This gives some parts of southern Ontario milder winters than mid-continental areas at lower latitudes. Parts of Southwestern Ontario have a moderate humid continental climate, similar to that of the inland Mid-Atlantic states and the Great Lakes portion of the Midwestern United States; the region has warm to cold winters. Annual precipitation is well distributed throughout the year. Most of this region lies in the lee of the Great Lakes. In December 2010, the snowbelt set a new record when it was h
Harrow District High School
Harrow District High School was located in Harrow, Ontario and is Canada's most southern high school. It has a population of about 350 students; the high school contains students from grades 7-12. The school's 100th anniversary was celebrated in 2004; the school's mascot is Harry Hawk. Their colours are white; every year they hold an annual Iron Hawk to help those suffering from mental health. The school was closed after the 2015/2016 school year. List of high schools in Ontario Greater Essex County District School Board Harrow High School
Windsor is a city in Southwestern Ontario, situated on the south bank of the Detroit River directly across from Detroit, Michigan. Located in Essex County, it is the southernmost city in Canada and marks the southwestern end of the Quebec City–Windsor Corridor; the city's population was 217,188 at the 2016 census, making it the third-most populated city in Southwestern Ontario after London and Kitchener. The Detroit–Windsor urban area is North America's most populous transborder conurbation, the Ambassador Bridge border crossing is the busiest commercial crossing on the Canada–United States border. Windsor is a major contributor to Canada's automotive industry and has a storied history and a diverse culture. Known as the "Automotive Capital of Canada", Windsor's industrial and manufacturing heritage is responsible for how the city has developed through the years. At the time when the first Europeans arrived in the 17th century, the Detroit River region was inhabited by the Huron, Odawa and Iroquois First Nations.
A French agricultural settlement was established at the site of Windsor in 1749. It is the oldest continually inhabited European-founded settlement in Canada west of Montreal; the area was first named la Petite Côte. It was called La Côte de Misère because of the sandy soils near LaSalle. Windsor's French-Canadian heritage is reflected in French street names such as Ouellette, François, Langlois and Lauzon; the current street system reflects the Canadien method of agricultural land division, where the farms were long and narrow, fronting along the river. Today, the north–south street name indicates the name of the family that once farmed the land where the street is now located; the street system of outlying areas is consistent with the British system for granting land concessions. There is a significant French-speaking minority in Windsor and the surrounding area in the Lakeshore, Tecumseh and LaSalle areas. In 1797, after the American Revolution, the settlement of "Sandwich" was established, it was renamed Windsor, after the town in Berkshire, England.
The Sandwich neighbourhood on Windsor's west side is home to some of the city's oldest buildings, including Mackenzie Hall built as the Essex County Courthouse in 1855. Today, this building is a community centre; the oldest building in the city is the Duff-Baby House built in 1792. It is owned by houses government offices; the François Baby House in downtown Windsor was built in 1812 and houses Windsor's Community Museum, dedicated to local history. Windsor was the site of a battle during the Upper Canada Rebellion in 1838, it was attacked by a band of rebels from Detroit. Windsor served as a theatre for the Patriot War that year. In 1846, Windsor had a population of about 300. Two steamboats offered service to Detroit; the barracks were still manned. There were various types of a bank agency and a post office; the city's access to the Canada–US border made it a key stop for refugee slaves gaining freedom in the northern United States along the Underground Railroad. Many went across the Detroit River to Windsor to escape pursuit by slave catchers.
There were estimated to be 20,000 to 30,000 African-American refugees who settled in Canada, with many settling in Essex County, Ontario. Windsor was incorporated as a village in 1854 became a town in 1858, gained city status in 1892; the Windsor Police Service was established on July 1, 1867. A fire consumed much of Windsor's downtown core on October 12, 1871, destroying more than 100 buildings. Sandwich, Ford City and Walkerville were separate legal entities until 1935, they are now historic neighbourhoods of Windsor. Ford City was incorporated as a village in 1912. Walkerville was incorporated as a town in 1890. Sandwich was established in 1817 as a town with no municipal status, it was incorporated as a town in 1858. These three towns were annexed by Windsor in 1935; the nearby villages of Ojibway and Riverside were incorporated in 1921 respectively. Both were annexed by Windsor in 1966. During the 1920s, alcohol prohibition was enforced in Michigan. Rum-running in Windsor was a common practice during that time.
On October 25, 1960, a massive gas explosion destroyed the building housing the Metropolitan Store on Ouellette Avenue. Ten people were at least one hundred injured; the 45th anniversary of the event was commemorated by the Windsor Star on October 25, 2005. It was featured on History Television's Disasters of the Century; the Windsor Star Centennial Edition in 1992 covered the city's past, its success as a railway centre, its contributions to World War I and World War II fighting efforts. It recalled the naming controversy in 1892 when Windsor aimed to become a city; the most popular names listed in the naming controversy were "South Detroit", "The Ferry", Richmond. Windsor was chosen to promote the heritage of new English settlers in the city and to recognize Windsor Castle in Berkshire, England. However, Richmond was a popular name used until World War II by the local post office. Windsor has a humid continental climate with four distinct seasons; the mean annual temperature
Leamington District Secondary School
Leamington District Secondary School is a public high school in Leamington, Ontario. Home of the Lions, it has an enrollment of 950 students. In 2018 LDSS became. LDSS feeder schools are located throughout Leamington and neighbouring town Ontario; this includes: Queen Elizabeth Public School, Gore Hill Public School, Margaret D. Bennie Public School, Wheatley Area Public School, Mt. Carmel-Blytheswood Public School and East Mersea Public School. Opened in 1953 to replace obsolete 1923 high school. After expansions in 1958 and 1961 enrollment reached a peak of 1,500 students before declining with the opening of Cardinal Carter Catholic High School. Located at 80 Oak St. West, Leamington Ontario, Leamington District Secondary School is minutes away from the downtown core, the Leamington Kinsmen Recreation Complex. LDSS competes in the Windsor & Essex County Secondary School Athletic Association athletic division and offers a variety of sports opportunities including boys and girls volleyball, basketball and soccer, boys baseball, girls softball, as well as cross country, badminton and swimming.
The school mascot is a lion named Snoil, seen at school events. The school's most prominent rival is Leamington's second high school Cardinal Carter Catholic High School; the construction of a new Leamington District Secondary School was started on May 25, 2016, with a completion date of September 2017. The current location for LDSS will be closed upon completion of the new site. Darren McCarty David Suzuki Nino Ricci https://publicboard.ca/schools/ldss/Pages/default.aspx List of high schools in Ontario
J.L. Forster Secondary School
John L. Forster Secondary School referred to as J. L. Forster or Forster, was a high school in the west end of Windsor, Canada. Founded in 1922 as General Byng Elementary School, it was repurposed as a secondary school, it was located within the authority of the Greater Essex County District School Board and was assessed at 2.1 out of 10 in academic performance by the Fraser Institute. Forster was built in 1922 as an elementary school to service Sandwich. Designed by Andrew J. Riddell and named after General Julian Byng, the original building cost CAD 250,000 to build and included ten classrooms, an auditorium, a gymnasium, a swimming pool. John L. Forster was chosen as its first principal; as the community expanded, it was renamed Sandwich Collegiate. During World War II, 421 students and alumni served in the Canadian Armed Forces; those casualties are memorialized with a plaque in the main hall. In 1950, the first of seven additions was made, in 1954 Forster retired, with the school being renamed in his honour shortly afterwards.
In 1966, a fire in the auditorium caused it to undergo remodeling. The music program was started in 1960 by Ernie Geranda, who continued to supervise it until 1980. Between 1967 and 1972, Forster's 90-member band went to Montreal for Expo'67, Japan, for Expo'70, Windsor, England to perform in the Windsor Royal Music Festival for Queen Elizabeth II. Forster was chosen to host Essex County's English as a Second Language program, it hosts the Sandwich Community Health Centre. In August 2011, the band held a reunion. Held as a fundraiser to establish a scholarship for Forster students wishing to study music at the University of Windsor, it reunited 185 former members; the school was closed in May 2014, due to declining enrolment. Students were transferred to Westview Freedom Academy 1.3 kms away. The building is being used as a community centre for the west end of Windsor. In 2011, Forster was rated 2.1 out of 10 in academic achievement by the Fraser Institute. The score was based on data from the Education Quality and Accountability Office, which reported that 53.2 percent of Forster students scored below average in the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test and the standardized math testing.
The results were rejected by John Howitt, superintendent of the GECDSB, who indicated that the large ESL program had skewed the results. In 2011, Forster has 480 students, with 51 percent recent immigrants taking an ESL or English Language Development course. A total of 55 countries are represented. John Millson, former mayor of Windsor Ali Haidar, basketball player List of high schools in Ontario J. L. Forster Secondary School
Vincent Massey Secondary School
Vincent Massey Secondary School known as Massey, is a public high school located in the South Windsor neighbourhood of Windsor, Canada. The school is under the jurisdiction of the Greater Essex County District School Board, one of the four school boards in Windsor–Essex; the school was named after the first Canadian-born Governor General of Canada. The school has a population of over 2000 students; the school offers both non-semestered courses. It is notable within Windsor for offering the enriched program; the school was opened in the fall of 1960 under the name of Vincent Massey Collegiate Institute. The school was opened under the direction of the Windsor Suburban High School Board and the Windsor Board of Education. During the late 1960s and the early 1970s, Morris the Mustang, the school's mascot, would be paraded around South Windsor's Norfolk Street to celebrate the commencement of the football season. In the fall of 1966, a swimming pool, a second gym, a cafeteria and business areas, the library and labs were opened to accommodate an increasing student population.
Tennis courts were planned on the parcel of land that sits along Rankin Avenue, but neighbours complained about the project during the 1960s and the land is now used as a bus stop. During this time, the name "Collegiate Institute" was replaced by "Secondary School" to reflect the fact that Vincent Massey had become a composite school. Enrollment was so high at the school during the early 1960s – peaking at over 2,200 students – that a second high school was constructed in South Windsor. Opened in 1970, Centennial Secondary School created a new learning institution and lowered the enrollment numbers. In 1984, Vincent Massey became a magnet school for its enrichment programs in mathematics, science and French. By the 1980s, the demographics of South Windsor changed and the baby boom population had moved on, leaving Massey with 800 students. In September 1986, most students from Centennial Secondary School relocated to Vincent Massey after Centennial was chosen to be closed due to dwindling enrollment in both schools.
Vincent Massey added Orange to its school colours in honour of Centennial, whose school colours were Black and Orange. Their sports teams were known as the Mustangs. In 1998, Vincent Massey became a part of the Greater Essex County District School Board after the amalgamation of the Windsor Board of Education and the Essex County Board of Education. In 2000, Vincent Massey welcomed students from W. D. Lowe High School after it closed down in June of that year. From 2001 to 2006, Vincent Massey admitted Grade 7 and 8 students within their own area of the school named Massey Elementary. Located in the heart of the South Windsor neighbourhood, the campus sits on five acres of land; the school's front doors are located along Liberty Street, while its rear is located near Norfolk Street. The rear of the campus features an oval track; the building itself has two gyms, a closed swimming pool, a weight room, a new workout room, a library housed in a circular building, a moderately sized cafeteria, a wood shop, a metal shop, as well as several classrooms and offices for students and staff.
In the spring and summer months of 2017, the cafeteria and the closed swimming pool were renovated into 6 new classrooms and a larger cafeteria to make room for the growing number of students. In the Fraser Institute's 2014 Report Card on Ontario's Secondary Schools, Vincent Massey was ranked at 48 out 740 secondary schools in Ontario in terms of academic performance. In the same report card, Vincent Massey was the first place out of all secondary schools in Windsor and first in the Great-Essex County. Over the last five years, Massey had been ranked on average at 91 out of 691 in the Fraser Institute's report cards. Vincent Massey is one of the three schools within Windsor that offers the Advanced Placement program referred to as the Enriched program. Massey has been known for its strong mathematics program and its excellent performance on University of Waterloo's CEMC-administered Pascal, Cayley and Euclid mathematics contests, winning the team Champion for Euclid, it competes in other Canadian and American mathematics competitions, such as the American Mathematics Competitions and the American Invitational Mathematics Examination.
Mathematics teacher Bruce White was one of the recipients of the 1993 Prime Minister's Awards for Teaching Excellence. The award, awarded by former Prime Minister Jean Chrétien, was presented to White by former Member of Parliament Herb Gray. White was a recipient of the Edyth May Sliffe Award in 1993, 1999 and 2003. Mathematics teacher Christopher Ing, a former Massey student as well as former pupil of Bruce White, was one of the recipients of the High School Sliffe Award in 2008. A computer science teacher, Ronald McKenzie received this award in 2009. Business teacher Ross Ferrara won an award of merit from the Ontario Business Educators' Association in 2010 for promoting and increasing awareness of business studies. Ferrara was selected by the Ontario Ministry of Education, as the high school teachers representative, to the Financial Literacy Working Group. Vincent Massey has always had a strong athletics program. All of Massey's teams are proud owners of many SWOSSA and OFSAA titles; the Boys Baseball Team won the 2010 OFSAA Championship, beating St. Anne 4 to 3.
In the 1987–88 season, the Senior Boys Basketball Team went undefeated during the regular season, only to lose a playoff game later. The school has been doing well with the Senior Boys Team winning the OFSAA championship from 2007 to 2009. In 2010 both