Nov 7 – Middle School General Meeting Minutes

General Information  
Date Wednesday November 7th, 2018
Chairs of SLC Trinity Wolfe and Stuart Vickaryous
Location and Room Scott Creek Middle School, Multi-Purpose Room
Special Guests Assistant Superintendent Reno Ciolfi

Curriculum Coordinator Michelle Ciolfitto



Time Introduction



·         Introductions of Executive Council and Special Guests

·         Acknowledgement of the Territories

·         Logistics and making sure everyone signed in


Time Icebreaker




·         “House of Cards” activity started

·         Groups of 3-4 people from school groups work together

·         Students then discuss and reflect on the activity


Time Activities




















·         The students are read the novel “Oh the Places You’ll Go” by Dr. Seuss, which has a theme of resiliency

·         Reflection questions are handed out for the students to answer based on the novel

·         Students are then split up and put into “colour groups” based on the colour of their duo-tangs

·         Second icebreaker (share your name and favourite hobby)

·         Share-out with the group on the reflection questions

·         Then students share their responses to the entire group and reflect on them

·         Tarp activity – students work in groups to flip a tarp and test their levels of resiliency

·         Debrief on the activity is conducted after

·         Students then share their group’s responses to the entire group about challenges, struggles and strategies

·          Video on how our brains use resiliency is shown to give students more knowledge on the topic

·         As a group, students then talk about what resiliency is

·         PowerPoint about resiliency, the steps to be resilient and importance of it is shown

·         Group discussion on how resiliency was used in the meeting and activities today

·         Duo-tangs collected, and everyone is thanked for coming to the meetings


Oct 4 – Secondary General Meeting Minutes

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General Information  
Date Thursday October 4, 2018
Chairs of SLC Stuart Vickaryous and Trinity Wolfe
Location and Room Gleneagle Secondary
Guests (incl. Trustees) Trustee Carol Cahoon

Trustee Chuck Denison

Trustee Barb Hobson

Curriculum Coordinator Michelle Ciolfitto

Leadership Teacher Adam Hayes





4:10 Introduction of Executive Council members and guests

Acknowledgement of Territories

Icebreaker: Move Your Butt!

Presentation: What is SLC?

4:25 Renee reminds everyone of the key points from the last meeting: core values, and what it takes to be a leader. She encourages us to go back to the questions that we made for ourselves revolving core values. Students recall the questions they made about themselves. Students share how they used what they learned last meeting about their own values in their everyday life since. Renee reminds students to continue to think about their personal core values and incorporate them into their lives.

Goal: SLC is trying to support students with their initiatives and passions

4:30 Group breaks into smaller groups of about 5-7 for discussions.


* How did you approach the challenge from the last meeting?

* Have you met it?

* How can these meetings be planned to facilitate your personal growth


Students write down their answers to these questions

* What would you like to accomplish this year in SLC?

* What initiative(s) are you passionate about?

* What do you want to improve in your school? District?

Students write initiatives that they are interested in on cue cards. Students socialize and talk about plans, personal growth, and things they are passionate about.


Sara instructs students to start to build consensus. In their groups; students discuss common bonds between the initiatives they shared

Students choose 1,2, or 3 initiatives that they all agree on. Students hammer out and make the initiatives a little more concrete and detailed initiatives.

Students discuss initiatives that they can get involved in within their school.


Students are given two sticky notes and vote for two initiatives that they are most interested/passionate about.


Students now pick one initiative that they are very passionate about and would “stick with until June”. Students are in new groups, each group consisting of people with a common passion for their initiatives. Students discuss and exchange information with one another.

5:43 Students are given a sheet to fill out and bring with them for next meeting. Students are encouraged to take a lead and organize themselves. Goals: for November meeting to be prepared to start planning and taking action with their initiative.








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April 26 Minutes

SLC Secondary School General Meeting Minutes – April 26-13s7f9p



General Information  
Date Tuesday, February 27, 2018
Chairs of SLC Sara Parker and Kelsey Stewart
Location and Room Gallery Room, Winslow Centre
Guests (incl. Trustees)





6:10-6:15 Acknowledgement of territories

Review of agenda


6:15-6:30 Anne Youdell and Charles Lee from Gleneagle Secondary spoke about their Talk to Me 5.0 event.

Goals of the event were:

–       To help end the stigma around mental health and illness

–       Benefit the Canadian Mental Health Association

School-planned event available to community

Guest speakers and a student speaker presented at the event

6:30-7:20 Anna Lemmo and Rachel French delivered a presentation they intend to show to schools on mental health.


–       Mental Health Literacy

–       Increasing coping skills

–       Accessibility to help in the community

Stigma Busters:

–       Language (expand people’s vocabulary to use right and respectful language)

–       Educate Yourself (basic understanding of mental illnesses)

–       Be Kind (be available, show compassion)

–       Listen and Ask (don’t need to know answers, invite them into a conversation)

Differences between mental health, mental wellness, mental health problems, mental distress, and mental illness

Brain Health = Mental Health

“Healthy Mind Platter”

–       Focus time: when we closely focus on tasks in a goal-orientated way, taking on challenges that make deep connections in the brain

–       Play time: Allow ourselves to be spontaneous or creative, playfully enjoying novel experiences, which helps make new connections in the brain

–       Connecting: Connect with other people, ideally in person, or take time to appreciate our connection to the natural world around us, richly activating the brain’s relational circuitry

–       Physical: Move our bodies, aerobically if possible, which strengthens the brain in many ways

–       Time in: Internal reflection, focusing on sensations, images, feelings and thought, heling to better integrate the brain

–       Downtime: we are non-focused, without any specific goal, and let our mind wander or simply relax, which helps our brain recharge

–       Sleep time: give the brain the rest it needs to consolidate learning and recover from the experiences of the day

Table discussions – how large are the portions on your mental health platter?


7:20-7:45 How do we create conversation around positive mental health/stigma/common language?

How to bring this back to schools?

–       Event with students from all over the district – connect groups that are doing this kind of work – bring awareness

–       Followed by in-school seminars with grades or in-class stuff (e.g spoken word)

–       Timing is key!

–       Student-run would hold more appeal

–       Incorporate in to school culture (e.g Centennial musicals – art programs) – This increases engagement as well

–       Don’t necessarily tag it as “mental health” – collaborate

–       Talk about it with creative expression

–       Showcase coping strategies

Questions to think about:

What are some ways you can be a little bit kinder/decrease the stigma around mental illness/improve your own mental health/talk about this more?

How can you “ride the wave”? (Deal with mental stressors and become stronger)








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April 10 – Agenda

SLC Meeting Planning Template

Component Details Who will Time & Supplies needed
1.       Introductions Welcome, acknowledgement

Who is in the room, guests

Logistics (food, washrooms, etc)

Shape of the day

Sara and Kelsey
2.       Purpose/ Intentions Intention: Understanding how you apply growth mindset in your life enough that you are able to teach it to others through your activity or presentation.


Intention: Maximize the impact they are able to make within their schools


Intention: Applying Mindset



Kate Lee
4.       Content          i.            How to give an effective presentation within your school

ii.            Friendly Dragon’s Den

iii.            How to provide feedback and peer editing (three stars and a wish)

iv.            Time for planning their presentations



Kelsey Presentation about how to give an effective presentation along with feedback and editing.
3.       Leadership activity

(Cup/Rubber            band game)

         i.            Play the cup/rubber band game without “reminding” them about growth mindset

ii.            Debrief

iii.            Play the cup/rubber band game again with a growth mindset

iv.            Survey



Kate Kim


Sara, Kelsey and Mrs. Ciolfitto will bring cups. Mrs. Ciolfitto will bring rubber bands and string.
Debrief / Journal What sticks? What challenges?  How did the activity connect to the purpose for you as an individual?




Closure Thank you

Tasks / homework to do before next meeting

Collect duotangs

Check you have all belongings.