Student Success

My commitment to providing Catholic Education that serves the unique needs of every child while minimizing the impact of chronic under-funding

Catholicity       

Chapel at St. Maximilian Kolbe CHS

Chapel at St. Maximilian Kolbe CHS

Fr. Martell 50th Anniversary and Retirement Celebration

Fr. Martell 50th Anniversary and Retirement Celebration

  • All Principals are now required to hold a Specialist in Religious Education

  • New Religious Education Curriculum approved by the Assembly of Catholic Bishops of Ontario: digital and print resources purchased for elementary grades as they become available, secondary program roll-out September 2018

  • Every high school and elementary school (where possible) has a chapel

  • Every classroom has a prayer center

  • Annually host one Priest Zone meeting at Board office

 

Ms. Crowe’s level of commitment and dedication to YCDSB students is truly inspiring. She has always taken the time to listen to the voice of the students, as well as provide us with new ideas and opportunities. I loved working with Ms. Crowe as she treated not just me, but all students as her equal and was always an encouraging mentor.
— Natasha Iaboni, former Student Trustee, St, Maximilian Kolbe CHS alumni, Aurora resident
Home/Church/School Partnership in action at Holy Name CES

Home/Church/School Partnership in action at Holy Name CES

Groundbreaking for the addition to St.Mark Church

Groundbreaking for the addition to St.Mark Church

Student Achievement

Promoting Active Living, Activate Aurora Launch at Our Lady of Grace CES, Sept 2017

Promoting Active Living, Activate Aurora Launch at Our Lady of Grace CES, Sept 2017

Attending the Special Olympics at Jean Vanier CHS

Attending the Special Olympics at Jean Vanier CHS

  • Board consistently ranked top four in province on EQAO.

  • York Catholic DSB has highest graduation rates of all English Boards in the province

  • Implemented 21st Century Learning Strategy

  • Libraries are transforming into Learning Commons and Technology hubs

  • Implemented Phys-Ed and Music specialists in all elementary schools

  • Approved four-year plan to buy Orff Instruments and create dedicated music/drama rooms in all elementary schools.

  • September 2018, itinerant grade 7/8 Pathways teachers added as part of initiative to help students with transitions to high school

  • French Immersion expanded into the secondary panel, with grade 9 starting at St.Maximillian Kolbe CHS in September of 2018

  • IB program at Cardinal Carter CHS is a success

  • Expanded Specialist High Skills Majors options available to high school students

  • Implemented Secondary Exam Review days

  • Despite chronic under-funding in Special Education the Board continues to support the unique needs of all of our learners adding for September 2018: educational assistants, a Transition Diagnostic Center, an Intensive Support and Diagnostic (ISA) Center.

  • Implemented anti-bullying and mental health strategies to ensure students feel safe and develop strategies to deal with anxiety and stress

  • Developed Indigenous Education Plan as part of recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission

  • Approved Accessibility plan

  • Expanded Student Government policy

  • Implemented late run bus for Stouffville students attending St. Brother Andre CHS until new high school is built in the community

St. Patrick CES Schomberg, 50th Anniversary

St. Patrick CES Schomberg, 50th Anniversary

Supporting St.Max FRC 4343 robotics team.

Supporting St.Max FRC 4343 robotics team.

I have known Elizabeth Crowe for the 24 years she has served as the trustee for Aurora, King and Whitchurch-Stouffville. She has been an instrumental leader in spearheading the construction of new schools and additions, actively lobbying the government for funding. Elizabeth is able to “act” as your full-time trustee and has been an enthusiastic and dedicated Chair of the school board for 18 years. She has proven her commitment to the rich history of the communities she serves but she is also a forward thinker. Her experience and knowledge with the operation of the school system is an invaluable asset for the future of your children’s Catholic education in the 21st century. I whole-heartedly support her reelection for trustee.
— William Foran, retired teacher, resident Schomberg, founding Principal St.Patrick CES and Vice-Principal Light of Christ CES

Fiscal Responsibility

  • Lobbied local MPPs to inform them of budgetary pressures: reduced enrollment due to demographic changes (less Catholics, high cost of housing), unfunded increases in Special education needs/costs, underfunded transportation costs

  • Implemented joint purchasing and tendering for supplies and services wherever possible

  • Achieved reductions of administrative staff at the Board offices through attrition and realignment

  • Audit committee initiated review of Maintenance Department with recommendations to improve accountability, efficiency and timeliness of repairs

  • Empty classroom space addressed by mothballing classrooms

  • Relocated some central staff to school based offices to free up space at Board office for lease

  • Welcomed stakeholder input into Budget Development by creating opportunities both online and by delegation

Attending the York Cooperatives Buyers Luncheon

Attending the York Cooperatives Buyers Luncheon

Supporting York CDSB Track and Field Athletes at OFSAA

Supporting York CDSB Track and Field Athletes at OFSAA

I have had the pleasure of working with Elizabeth over the course of the past year. Elizabeth was instrumental in obtaining Board approval for a critical service for our Stouffville students, a late-run bus for St. Brother Andre CHS. Her extensive experience and knowledge are indispensible in getting things done. Lastly, Elizabeth is very responsive to the needs of the community. She is very approachable and has the interest of both the Board and the communities she serves in all she does as Trustee.
— Maggie Wallace, Stouffville resident and Co-Chair St. Brother Andre CHS CSC

On the Horizon

  • Develop strategies to improve school-parish relationships

  • Increase Chaplaincy to a full-time position in all high schools

  • Work with the Office of Vocations of the Archdiocese of Toronto to promote discernment and religious life

  • Participate in Ministry Curriculum Consultation advocating for: revisions to the math curriculum, funding to upgrade science labs, more opportunities for students to explore technology and skilled trades in grades 7-9, making co-op an M course so it is recognized by universities, revising the Careers course to include financial literacy and ensuring that teachers get the needed training to teach this unit, and making a second phys ed credit compulsory in high school

  • Advocate for Advanced Placement (AP) Program at St. Maximilian Kolbe CHS -approved October 2018 for implementation September 2020

  • Advocate for both Advanced Placement (AP) and French Immersion programs at St. Katharine Drexel CHS, as well SHSM programs that meet student needs

  • Ensure that a Regional Arts program is successfully implemented in one of the high schools in Aurora or Newmarket - approved October 2018 for Sacred Heart CHS with implementation September 2020

  • Advocate for a late start bell time at St.Katharine Drexel CHS

  • Expand Continuing Education programs

  • Implement Equity and Inclusion Framework

  • Attend Ministry training in Human Rights, Ethical leadership and Good Governence

  • Implement next phase of Mental Health Strategy

  • Increase spending in Special Education and continue to lobby for more funding for Special Education and Transportation

  • Implement On-line payment options for parents: field trips, hot lunches, fundraising