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Pelagia Nickoletopoulos named EMSB Assistant Director General, Education & Innovation

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Montréal, July  15, 2021 – English Montreal School Board Director General Nicholas Katalifos has announced  the  appointment of Pelagia Nickoletopoulos as the new Assistant Director General, Education and Innovation. Ms. Nickoletopoulos has been with the EMSB and its predecessor, the Protestant School Board of Greater Montreal, for 30 years. Since 2015 she has served as a Regional/Sector Director. Prior to that she was a school principal, vice-principal and teacher. She has a Master’s Degree in Educational Administration from the Université de Montréal. Ms. Nickoletopoulos succeeds Evelyne Alfonsi, who will continue to play an important role at the   EMSB as a Hors Cadre/Senior Executive Advisor. Mr. Katalifos noted that the EMSB is fortunate to have someone with Ms. Nickoletopoulos’ wealth of experience.  She will oversee important dossiers such as education and student services, transportation, registration, nutrition and food services and the Board’s handling of the COVID-19 pandem

EMSB calls upon QCGN to challenge Bill 96

Montreal, June 29, 2021 – The English Montreal School Board Council of Commissioners has adopted a resolution calling upon the Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN) to challenge Bill 96 to the fullest extent of the law. If it becomes law, Bill 96, An Act respecting French, the official and common language of Québec , would make fundamental changes to the provincial’s education system, including:           Amending the  Charter of the French language , including sections pertaining to access to English language education;            Amending the Regulation respecting the exemption from the application of the first paragraph of section 72 of the Charter of the French language that may be granted to children staying in Québec temporarily;            Amending the  General and Vocational Colleges Act ; “We were elected to protect and defend the constitutional rights of the English-speaking minority in Quebec,” said EMSB Chair   Joe Ortona. “Similar to other legislation ena

An Interview with a talented FACE Graduate during the pandemic year

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Montreal, June 14, 2021 - The end of June 2021 marks the beginning of another chapter in the lives for all grade 11 students in Quebec as they graduate from high school. For EMSB’s grade 11 FACE student, Siobhan Kuzak, graduation means leaving the school that she has attended for the last 12 years of her life. "FACE is not for everyone," she says. "It is for students who are more creative in nature, and for students who find interests in the arts. Itis great for exploring one’s artistic abilities if that is something that interests you. It is great for people who are passionate for music, art, theatre, choir, dance …FACE’s most unique feature is that it is a public school that involves students in all art forms. I appreciate this because usually schools that practice music will require you to already play an instrument and schools don’t usually focus on every art form.”  Siobhan  performs. Siobhan admits that her parents made the right decision to sign her up for FACE’ k

EMSB Announces Measures for June 9 Professionals Strike

Montreal, June 3, 2021- On Wednesday, June 9 from midnight until 12:01 pm, members of the professionals union will be on strike. At the  English Montreal School Board, teachers will provide services remotely for their students as follows: o Online instruction from home will take place in the afternoon beginning at 12:01 p.m. for all students, and the school’s regular afternoon schedule  will  be respected. Teachers will work from home in the morning and will receive further instructions from their administration; •   Attendants and Technicians, will also provide services remotely with students and teachers as per the above schedule; • With the exception of Teachers, Attendants and Technicians, all employees are expected to report to work at their schools/centres on June 9 at 12:01 p.m. and assume their regular duties; •     Daycare services will be cancelled for students; however, the daycare staff is expected to report to school as per the above schedule and await instructions from t

EMSB to help coordinate COVID-19 vaccination appointments for eligible students

Montreal, May 31, 2021- The English Montreal School Board is working with local CIUSSS offices to coordinate COVID-19 vaccination appointments for students aged 12 to 17 beginning in mid-June. Some school buildings have been identified as vaccination centers for students between 9 am and  4 pm weekdays. Any staff who have yet to receive their first dose will be able to do so as well. Some EMSB facilities will also be open to the public after regular school hours, between 4 pm and 7 pm. In these cases, students aged 12 and 13 who had no consent forms or 12 year olds from nearby elementary schools can come as long as they are accompanied by a parent. Information sessions are being organized by CIUSSS offices. All COVID-19 safety protocols will be adhered to.  About the English Montreal School Board With a youth and adult sector population of more than 37,000 students, the English Montreal School Board (EMSB) is the largest English public school board in Quebec. Established on July 1, 19

EMSB plans for online learning May 26 and 27 in response to support staff strike action

Montreal, May 20, 2021 - The Association professionnelle du personnel administratif (CSN) has filed  an  official  notice  of  strike,  to  express  their dissatisfaction  with  how  the  negotiations of  their  collective  agreement  with  the  government  are unfolding. The strike is scheduled to begin at 12 p.m. on Wednesday May 26 and end at 12 p.m. on Thursday May 27.  Please note the following important information:  Teachers will provide services remotely for their students on both days as follows: o On May 26, 2021: Online instruction from home will take place in the morning until 11:59  a.m.   for  all  students,  and  the  school’s  regular  morning  schedule  will  be respected. There  will be no classes for students in the afternoon, however, teachers will continue to work from home  in the afternoon and will receive further instructions from their administration. o On May 27, 2021: There will be no classes for students in the morning, however, teachers  will   work  from 

“United We Care” cultivates kindness at Edward Murphy School

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By Wendy Singer   Montreal, May 18, 2021- Spiritual Community Animator Rocco Speranza and Special Education Technician Christopher Simeone (Mr. Chris), along with staff and admin. have been working hard to make sure that Edward Murphy Elementary School (EMS) in Hochelaga Maisonneuve is a place where kindness and unity thrive.   Mr. Speranza welcomes socio-community police officer, Jean Scalzo, from PDQ 48, every year to work and educate Grade 5 students as members “Unité sans Violence.” This anti-violence and bullying program   aims to promote kindness and unity.  Unfortunately, the SVPM was not able to officially run the program across Montreal this year due to the pandemic. To continue the program, reinforce kindness and combat the segregation and isolation that the pandemic has caused,  Mr. Speranza spoke with Principal  Rania Delis and Cycle 3 teachers to inquire if  they could still have the program in the school and he and staff would work with the students and train them. SPVM