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Achievement and School Learning Plan

Measures of Student Achievement

Our school follows the guidelines set out in the OCDSB Policy and Procedure for Assessment, Evaluating and Reporting and the Ontario Ministry of Education’s Growing Success document. All grade 6 students take part in the provincial EQAO testing. Teachers use a variety of tools to measure the achievement of our students. Daily observations, checklists, formal assessments such as tests and rubrics are used to measure progress and plan instruction.

Balanced literacy and differentiated instruction are key components of the various parts of the curriculum in grade 6, 7 and 8. Our teachers also work collaboratively to develop common assessment tasks and rubrics for consistency across grade levels and programs.

School Learning Plan (SLP)

Our School Learning Plan (SLP) involves all staff members and works within the School Effectiveness Framework. Our school team meets regularly to discuss ways to improve student achievement through the development of an action plan to implement curriculum. We also discuss ways to promote excellence by facilitating wellness within a positive school climate. We continue to make improvements to our facility to enhance student safety and participation in a variety of activities.

During the 2017-2018 year our SLP will focus on the following:

  • Number Sense & Numeration – the language/vocabulary of and in problem solving

    Theory of Action: If teachers explicitly plan for and teach problem solving and key content vocabulary using word walls, then students will be able to acquire, internalize and apply this knowledge to solve problems effectively in Number Sense and Numeration and across other settings.

  • Student Resiliency – increasing resiliency in our students so they are better able to manage anxiety

    Statement of Well-Being Goal: If we explicitly teach our students resiliency strategies, then our students will demonstrate increased levels of stamina and perseverance when faced with challenging situations.

Specifically, we will be explicitly teaching problem solving vocabulary through the use of word walls and other high yield strategies. The use of growth mindset strategies will be used to help our students develop increased levels of resiliency.

Our SLP is supported through district and school-based workshops, staff training and other initiatives. These include:

  • Participation in the Ontario Library Association’s Silver Birch and Red Maple Reading programs
  • Student success initiatives to bridge the transition between grade 5 and 6 and grade 8 and 9
  • Participation in Me to We projects along with a school-based We Day that has a focus on resiliency and growth mindset
  • Opportunities for involvement in a variety of extra-curricular activities that span many areas (i.e. band, singing club, sports teams, Rainbow Club, Writing Club, AV Club, announcement team, Anime Club, etc.)
  • District Math networks and other on-going professional learning
  • School-based examination of vocabulary development and high yield strategies to support growth in this area
  • Consultation with Emily Carr’s Special Services Team for ideas to help students increase their resiliency to help manage anxiety
  • Teaching and application of The Zones of Regulation to our grade 6 English program students
  • Enhancement of our Body Break room to better meet the needs of the students who access the room
  • Participation by all grade 8 students in MacSkimming’s Outdoor Education leadership program
  • Two days of winter activities to help our students appreciate the Ottawa area and weather


 

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