March 2011

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March 22, 2011

Graduation Rate Rises Again

Earlier this month, the Premier announced that the provincial graduation rate rose to 81 per cent for 2009-10. This means that about 72,000 additional students have graduated since 2003-04.

The province has seen a steady improvement in the number of high school graduates year after year. We recognize that this is a result of the support we have received from our outstanding educators and our Student Success programs.

Thank you for all your hard work!

Full Day Kindergarten

By September 2012, around 1,700 schools will offer full-day kindergarten. This means that almost half of Ontario's four- and five-year olds — about 120,000 children — will benefit.

I have also attached two tools that may be of use.

1. A revised web button that directs parents to the ministry website to see the full list of schools plus other information about full-day kindergarten.

2. A matte article to promote your board's Year 3 schools and provide parents with other information about the program.

Outdoor banners have been produced and shipped to all schools offering full-day kindergarten for the first time in fall 2011 and 2012.

Full Day Kindergarten

Earth Hour Challenge

Earth Hour is taking place on Saturday, March 26, from 8:30 – 9:30 p.m. We are encouraging boards and school communities to lead the province into Earth Hour on Friday, March 25.

You can use the attached article to promote the World Wildlife Fund's Earth Hour Challenge. You can also go to and download environmental education resources for use in schools.

Let's make this year's Earth Hour a celebration of our commitment to environmental education – and a global statement that together we can make a difference.

Premier's Safe Schools Awards

Time is running out! Nominations for the Premier's Safe Schools Awards close March 31, 2011.

This award recognizes teams that have done exceptional and innovative work in creating a safe and inclusive school environment.


Thank you
Murray Leaning