R.N. CHALMERS AWARD 2013 FOR GRADUATING SECONDARY STUDENTS

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________________________________________________________________________________________ R.N. CHALMERS AWARD 2013

FOR GRADUATING SECONDARY STUDENTS

________________________________________________________________________________________ February 6, 2013

TO: All Secondary Principals

FROM: Jan Courtin, Superintendent of Education RE: R.N. Chalmers Award

________________________________________________________________________________________ Attached please find the following:

• Terms of Reference – R.N. Chalmers Award 2013

• Application Form – R.N. Chalmers Award 2013

The co-operation of secondary school staff is requested in carrying out the following actions in support of this generous Award:

1. Publicize the Award to appropriate students in your school and make available copies of the TERMS OF REFERENCE and APPLICATION FORM.

2. Collect Application Forms from eligible students, or from staff nominator, by the deadline of April 26 2013.

3. Select one student’s Application Form to submit to the Regional Selection Committee on behalf of your school. Complete, as thoroughly as possible, the principal’s section of the Application Form. 4. Submit the completed Application Form by May 3, 2013 to:

Jan Courtin

Superintendent of Education North Field Office

Any questions regarding this Award should be directed to Jan Courtin, Chair, R.N. Chalmers Award Regional Selection Committee at 905-451-2862 extension 4370.

C Head - Guidance

North Field Office Telephone: 905-451-2862 / 1-800-799-3339 215 Orenda Road Fax: 905-451-3127

Brampton, ON L6T 5L1

Jan Courtin, Superintendent of Education Bramalea, Chinguacousy, North Park Families

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________________________________________________________________________________________ R.N. CHALMERS AWARD 2013

TERMS OF REFERENCE

FOR GRADUATING SECONDARY STUDENTS

________________________________________________________________________________________ BACKGROUND

Mr. R.N. Chalmers served the Peel District School Board as a Principal, Superintendent of Schools, Superintendent of Special Services and Associate Director of Education. In January 1996 at a regular meeting of the Peel District School Board the following motion was approved:

that, the Peel District School Board establish an award to honour the contribution to the education of youngsters in Peel by Mr. R.N. Chalmers to be awarded annually to a student or students who show outstanding ability and aptitude in a special education program within the secondary school;

that, monies be placed in a reserve fund, the interest of which will constitute the award or awards;

that, an invitation be extended to all interested parties to contribute to the development of this fund. PURPOSE

The R.N. Chalmers Award is intended to recognize and honour a senior graduating student registered in a Peel Secondary School who has been deemed ‘Exceptional’ and demonstrated leadership, educational progress and who has made an outstanding contribution to the quality of life in his/her school. Each Peel Secondary School may select one candidate. The name of this candidate will then be submitted to a Regional Selection Committee who will select the recipient of the regional R.N. Chalmers Award from the list of candidates submitted.

QUALIFICATIONS

The successful candidate for the regional R.N. Chalmers Award must:

be an ‘exceptional’ student who received Special Education programming (i.e. ISSP, Behavioural, Vocational, Gifted) during their years in a Secondary School,

be a graduating student registered in a Peel Secondary School;

have demonstrated improved educational progress and have made an outstanding contribution to the quality of school and community life during his/her senior year while attending a Peel Secondary School;

SELECTION PROCESS

A single exceptional (ISSP, Behavioural, Vocational, Gifted) candidate from each of the Peel Secondary Schools may be selected each year by an in-school committee.

North Field Office Telephone: 905-451-2862 / 1-800-799-3339 215 Orenda Road Fax: 905-451-3127

Brampton, ON L6T 5L1

Jan Courtin, Superintendent of Education Bramalea, Chinguacousy, North Park Families

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Candidates in each school may be nominated by a staff member or may submit their own Application Form to the Principal of the school by April 26th. Students who graduate in January are eligible to be candidates for this award.

Principals should forward the Application Form of the candidate selected by the in-school committee to the Chair of the Regional Selection Committee, Jan Courtin, Superintendent of Education, North Field Office by May 3rd.

The following recommendations should be considered in the application process:

1. The student’s Application Form should be typed by the school secretary to prevent initial bias based on the writing syntax.

2. The Application Form should differentiate clearly between school and community activities so that the Regional Selection Committee can focus on direct contributions to the school.

3. The Application Form should highlight improvements made during the student's years at Secondary School.

4. The Application Form should differentiate clearly between participation in a school activity and actual leadership in that involvement.

5. The Head of Student Services/Guidance should review the submission and share the information on the Application Form with the nominated student and seek to solicit further data from the student’s perspective prior to the final submission.

A Regional Selection Committee will meet in June to review the Application Forms submitted by the schools. Candidates may be interviewed if deemed necessary by the Committee.

The recipient of the regional R.N. Chalmers Award will be notified by the Regional Selection Committee that he/she will receive the award at the student's school Awards or Commencement.

AWARD

The R.N. Chalmers Award - The winner of the R.N. Chalmers Award, selected by the Regional Selection Committee, will receive:

• a $500 cheque to assist in furthering his/her educational opportunities. COMMITTEE COMPOSITION

In-school Committee: - The In-school Selection Committee will be composed of: Principal

Vice Principal Head of Guidance

A representative appointed by the Principal

Regional Selection Committee: - The Regional Selection Committee will be composed of: Superintendent - Field Office

Superintendent - H.J.A. Brown Education Centre Secondary School Principal

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R.N. CHALMERS AWARD

2013

ELIGIBILITY INFORMATION

AND

APPLICATION FORM

APPLICATION FORM R.N. CHALMERS AWARD 2013

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Please print using black ink

Student's Name:

Home address:

City:

Postal code:

Telephone number(s):

Secondary school:

Principal:

Exceptionality:

****************************************************************************************************************************** Deadline for submission to school Principal: April 26, 2013

It is recognized that the information in this document (sections 1 and 2) will be made available to the members of the Regional Selection Committee in order to select the recipient of the award.

GENERAL INSTRUCTIONS Candidate

Please complete the personal information section of the Application Form. The Application Form must be submitted to the Principal by April 26th. Instructions to the School

The academic achievements and involvements of the student should be indicated on the Application Form and verified by the Head of Guidance/Head of Student Services.

The Principal should provide additional personal comments to assist the committee whenever possible. All Application Forms should be submitted to Jan Courtin, Superintendent of Education, North Field Office by May 3rd.

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SECTION ONE

ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT (to be completed by Counselling)

Please –

• Attach a Transcript of the student's marks • List any awards achieved by the student

• List any co-op education and/or work experience activities this student has been involved in

The submitted marks attest to the candidate's achievement in all courses undertaken in his/her secondary program.

(To be completed by student and counsellor)

SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENTS (Awards/Recognitions)

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LEADERSHIP ROLES AND CONTRIBUTIONS (within the school) ________________________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________________

CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE QUALITY OF THE SCHOOL

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POST SECONDARY EDUCATION OBJECTIVE

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SECTION TWO Principal's Comments ________________________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________________

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