Leadership Recognition

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


We are focusing on the development of student leadership across divisions and program areas. Students in all grades are encouraged to provide direction, suggest ideas, and to make a commitment for school-wide events that help to build and maintain a positive atmosphere. Grade seven and eight students help to organize Spirit Days, School Dances, and other activities that support our school. Our older students also assist with the annual Multicultural Luncheon which has been held for the last 13 years. Members of our Community Living class act as volunteers for our milk program, the Fajitas Fridays Project, and assist the school office by collecting attendance in the school. Funds raised from our Fajitas Friday program are used to fund artistic performances throughout the year. Our grade eight students attend the MacSkimming Outdoor Education Centre each fall for a one day team-building and leadership program. We provide informal recognition to our students on a regular basis and also acknowledge their contributions in our classrooms, and through school announcements, newsletters, assemblies, our principal’s report to school council, and end-of-year awards ceremonies. We also encourage our students in grades 6, 7, and 8 to join the Elite Concert Band which has been awarded bronze medals in the last four National Capital Music Festivals in a competition which includes schools with much larger populations.


The Carleton Heights staff has a wealth of professional qualifications including multiple degrees and experience in Arts, Fine Arts, Physical Education and Sciences, as well as additional qualifications in Special Education, English as a Second Language, Music, and Visual Arts. Staff participate in numerous board-wide professional development activities in literacy and numeracy, and willingly share their learning with others. We have a number of staff who take on leadership roles within the school, board, and community. Staff is recognized through personal interactions with one another, notes and letters of appreciation, school announcements, newsletters, assemblies, performance appraisals, and the principal’s report to school council. A Carleton Heights staff member was the 2008 Ontario Elementary Teacher of the Year and our school was selected by the OCEOTA as the 2009 “Most Welcoming School” as selected by our OCSDB supply teachers.


Our dedicated School Council meets monthly and supports the school in many ways. Financial contributions are made to such events as our grade eight commencement and other projects such as music program, technology enhancement, and acquisitions for the library. The Council organizes a bake sale at our annual holiday concert and works with the library technician to host the Annual Book Fair. Parents provide enormous support for school activities such as musical presentations, and sports days. We enjoy an excellent relationship with IBM (formerly Cognos), which provides volunteers for our OttawaReads. OCRI volunteers, student teachers from a variety of Faculties of Education, Algonquin College Co-op students and High School Co-op students also contribute to our school.
We enjoy and appreciate the assistance we receive from all our parents and community members who serve as volunteers in our school.


In addition to IBM, Carleton Heights has strong relationships with other groups and agencies which serve our community. The Andrew Fleck Child Care Agency works closely with the school. The Carleton Heights Community Association (CHARA) uses our gymnasium each week night of the school year. The local Boys’ and Girls’ Club at the Firehall and the Deborah Dynes Family House are located near to our school. In the spring of 2011, Carleton Heights School and the Boys and Girls Club created a new award for presentation at our Grade Eight Leaving Ceremony to the student who demonstrated a high level commitment to both the school and the B & C’s Firehall program. We also appreciate our connections with Brookfield High School, Algonquin College, the University of Ottawa, and Nipissing University all of which provide students who are working in various capacities and programs that support our school. Our community friends often participate in events like our annual September Barbecue which is held at the start of the school year. We are also involved in a project that provides pre-service dental hygienists opportunities to promote proper dental hygiene amongst our students.
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