Each month our administration and teachers report about important events and happenings at school council meetings. Our school report can be found here each month.
School Report - October 2016
School Development Plan - Clapping for Assessment Demonstration
Ms. Holford led a demonstration of how Formative Assessment works to improve learning. The activity had 4 volunteers to illustrate how clear criteria, feedback, goal setting and repeated opportunities to learn greatly improve student performance. Formative Assessment is the focus of our School Development Plan for 2016 - 17. More information about details of our SDP will be presented at the November meeting.
Ms. Holford and Ms. El-Guebaly presented slides describing how our Grade 6’s performed on Provincial Achievement Tests (PAT’s) in the spring of last year. She highlighted the complexity of this particular cohort of grade 6’s compared to the province, previous year and the current year and explained. She further explained how the statistical impact of several children not writing the exam has made interpreting the results difficult. In order to meaningfully provide direction for school improvement, scores for PAT’s were reported only for students who actually wrote the exams. The following observations were offered:
CBE Resource Allocation Budgets came out last week. Our budget has room to purchase additional school personnel. Ms. Holford reviewed plans for utilizing the additional funds. An additional 0.4 teaching position will be created. It is hoped that we will be able to find a music teacher who will also support release time for Learning Leaders. Two Learning leader positions will be created and filled with existing staff members. Our bookkeeper, Irene Foote, will be retained one day a week to support our new Administrative Secretary in the office as she adapts to her role. Finally, a 20 hour EA position is being considered to support special needs learners in our school.
Community Engagement - Impacted Schools
Information about the process of deciding about future accommodations in Area 2 schools was shared. This information will be further explored October 25th at a Community Engagement meeting for parents at Colonel MacLeod School at 6:30 pm. Belfast parents are encouraged to attend as decisions made may impact some of our students down the road. The timeline for staff and community engagement was presented as well as the 3 scenarios being considered by the board. Ms. Holford and Ms. El-Guebaly will be attending the meeting tomorrow night as well.