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Category Archives: Student Success
January 8, 2014Posted by on
We are grateful to our staff for their work in our classrooms each day. We are also thankful when staff volunteer to provide opportunities outside of the instructional day. Currently, there are many additional opportunities for your children to be involved in, including:
– Primary soccer intramurals that take place Mondays at lunch.
– Junior boys and girls volleyball teams.
– Intermediate floor hockey intramurals that run Wednesdays and Fridays.
– Homework club for junior and intermediate students taking place on Wednesdays.
– Extra help sessions run by teachers at recesses or during the lunch hour
– Our School Eco Team runs each day at lunch.
– Our school Positive Climates for Learning committee meets a few times a month.
– We have junior helpers for our primary classrooms at lunch and for our Learning Commons.
– Our school Sign Language club runs weekly for all grades.
– A social skills leadership team run by our Educational Assistants and CYWs.
– An intermediate Girls’ Group runs Thursdays at lunch.
– Our Healthy Snack program includes student helpers.
– We have a student blog team that meets weekly.
– Intermediate Student Council meets monthly.
We again thank the staff for their time and effort organizing and running these varied opportunities.
We also want to thank the students for their enthusiasm, initiative and commitment towards these opportunities.
If your child has not yet become involved please talk with them about trying something special and fun at our school.
Mr. Collins & Ms. Bongard
October 16, 2013Posted by on
This year, we are fortunate to have four Educational Assistants assigned to our school. Educational Assistants support our school’s work and the work as outlined in our board’s Special Education Plan. We have two special education assistants: Ms. Kim and Ms Massaro. We also have two Child and Youth Workers: Mr. Van Horne and Ms McKenzie. Each staff member brings different skill sets to our school, but the overall work remains the same: supporting all of our students to improve student achievement, success and well bring.
Our educational assistants hired by our Board are also trained in a number of ares including:
– Working as part of a school team;
– Behaviour management, de-escalation strategies, and developing safety plans;
– Supervision of students;
– Physical care of students;
– Health and safety of staff and students;
– Accommodations for students with special education needs.
Our educational assistants work in different classrooms and assist with yard supervision throughout the day. This year, all four of our educational assistants are new to our team. Both Ms Bongard and myself have been so impressed with how they have quickly become active members of our school community and have supported our school improvement plan so readily. We appreciate the hard work they do for all of our students each day. We also want to thank them for attending our Meet the Staff event at the beginning of the month.
If you haven’t had a chance to meet our Educational Assistants yet, please do. Feel free to introduce yourself to them at either the beginning or end of our school day.
Mr. Collins & Ms Bongard
June 17, 2013Posted by on
We are most excited about tomorrow.
Tomorrow afternoon we welcome students from Elder’s Mills P.S to our school to meet us and help them learn more about our school. This will follow a morning session working with grade 7s from Elder’s and Lorna Jackson P.S to help draft our school touchstone. Over the past month we have collected data from our students, our staff and from our community. Our touchstone will build on our ongoing focus on Character Traits, equity and inclusivity.
Developing a common language of character and identifying the values and goals of a school community solidifies a school’s character initiative. When everyone — students, staff and parents– use the same words to describe behaviours and expectations, talking about how we interact becomes easier. A touchstone is a document which outlines these values, goals and behaviours.
Going through this process of identifying these core values unites a community around the way we believe people should behave, interact, and be.
Tomorrow, the exciting work begins on capturing what we value in our touchstone.
We can’t wait to share the results.