Report from our School Trustee

Jerry Chadwick, TDSB Trustee Ward 22, Scarborough East

5050 Yonge Street
Toronto, ON M2N 5N8



March 2017


An excellent principal is key to school success


EQAO will be recognizing eight Ontario elementary schools (six from the English-language system and two from the French-language system) that have effectively used multiple sources of data, including EQAO data, to design math programs that helped more students meet the provincial standard

These schools all have in common a large proportion of students who did not meet the provincial math standard in Grade 3 but who improved to meet it when they were in Grade 6. These schools also maintained or increased the overall number of students meeting the provincial standard in math. Centennial Jr. P.S. is the only school in the TDSB to receive this recognition.


centennial road junior public school staff

Centennial Jr. P.S. staff from left to right: Susie MacKenzie-Teacher Librarian, Natalie Papulkas-French Teacher, Cathy Smart-Grade 1/2 Teacher, Karen Lim-Principal, Nancy Hodgkinson-Office Administrator, Elizabeth Smith-Education Assistant, Vivian Lui-Grade 1/2 Teacher

Ms. Lim and her teachers are committed to school improvement and have worked hard and are very deserving of this recognition from EQAO. It should also be noted that when Ms. Lim was principal of Heron Park Jr. P.S. (now closed) the school achieved similar results in EQAO testing.

An excellent principal is key to school success and student achievement and well-being. Congratulations to the students and staff of Centennial Jr. P.S.


Additional Congratulations
I am pleased to be able to announce that Janna Solman, who has had two successful placements as vice-principal at Charlottetown Jr. P.S. and Joseph Howe Sr. P.S., has been promoted to principal of Elizabeth Simcoe Jr. P.S.

Ms. Solman is known for her caring nature, her commitment to student success and her willingness to give whatever time and energy is needed to support the students and the community.

The students, staff and community of Elizabeth Simcoe were saddened by the retirement of their long-time principal Arlene Knights, but will be delighted to work with Janna Solman as their leader.

As Janna has left Joseph Howe, we welcome vice-principal Matt Johnston, a familiar face in the area.


More Recognition
Joseph Howe Sr. P.S principal Sherri Boland was recently nominated by her staff and community for the Canada’s Outstanding Principal Award. Although not chosen as a recipient, Sherri’s efforts deserve recognition. She has been a curriculum leader in her school and supported a school-wide focus on science, technology, engineering and math at her school. Students leave Howe prepared for high school and ready to face the challenges ahead of them. Congratulations, Ms. Boland!


United Hearts Program Delivers Care Packages
Throughout the month of January, more than 4,000 care packages were delivered to TDSB schools as part of Brands for Canada’s United Hearts Program. The care packages, containing personal care products and household supplies, have been purposefully created to alleviate the stress that many students and their families live with on a daily basis so they can focus on prospering intellectually, emotionally, socially and physically. In total, more than 4,000 care packages were delivered to TDSB schools in January as part of Phase 1 of the program. Over the next few weeks, Brands for Canada will deliver an additional 6,000 care packages. Thank you to Brands for Canada and the program donors and volunteers for supporting the United Hearts Program. 


I encourage all community members to contact me if you have questions or concerns about our schools or board. My email address is and you can call me at 416-395-8787.


Jerry Chadwick ~ TDSB Trustee Ward 22, Scarborough East