Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board


PROGRAMS & STUDENT SERVICES UPDATE - May 2004

Archie MacEachern, Director


Program Services P-6

                                                                                                                                                           

Annette Currie, Coordinator

 

Historica Heritage Fair

 

The Fifth Annual Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board’s Historica Fair opened on Thursday, May 13, in Sullivan Field House, University College of Cape Breton.  Two hundred fifty students were led to the Field House by Piper, Robert Muir, where Cusack Elementary Choir, under the direction of music teacher, Kim Bungay, opened the ceremonies with the singing of ‘O Canada’.  During the evening, musical selections by Cusack Elementary Choir, fiddle tunes by Celtic Attack, as well as a presentation of music, song and dance by Celtic Attack provided a celebration of heritage and culture.  Each participant 4-6; English 7-9 and Français immersion 7-9, received a Certificate of Participation and a copy of Adventurers, Hudson’s Bay Company - The Epic Story, by Christopher Moore.  A team of forty-five ladies and gentlemen from all walks of life met with students as they explained their research and a particular piece of culture or heritage.  Each project was judged twice.

 

Special presentations were made to Kieran McKinnon, one of two Nova Scotian students whose winning entry in the Tattoo Our Moose contest earned him a souvenir plaque and a personal set of his original designed tattoo.

 

The Honorable Laurier L. LaPierre O.C. Medal, in recognition of exceptional enthusiasm and dedication to history and heritage was presented to six students whose 2003 projects met the criteria for the award:

 

· Daniel Boutilier, Donkin Morien

· Michael MacDonald, Breton Education Centre

· Steven Peters, Breton Education Centre

· Carrie MacDonald, Malcolm Munroe Memorial Jr. High

· Jenna Laurendeau, Malcolm Munroe Memorial Jr. High

· Amy Bagnell, Malcolm Munroe Memorial Jr. High

 

The names of schools who met the Early Bird Registration Deadline were entered in the Early Bird Entry Draw.  The draw, held in February, named Donkin/Gowrie as the winner.  A special presentation was made to Ms. Kelly McNenly and students from her school.

 

The following students were awarded with Certificates of Honorable Mention:

 

 

· Danielle Walker, Grade 6, Ball’s Creek, for her memorable account

  of the Westray  Disaster

· Emily Burke, Grade 8, for her profile of A Family Through Generations

· Emmanuel Xidos, Grade 6, for his use of artifacts in Greek Routes

· Shaena Lee Wilkie, Grade 6, St. Joseph (North Sydney) for creative use of space

   in Mi’kmaq Medicine

· Daniel Boutilier, Grade 5, Broughton for his unique study of Cape Breton Culture

· Evan MacLean, BEC, for his thorough knowledge of the Cape Breton Oilers

· Jessie MacNeil, Janine Muise, Kelsey Aucoin and Brittany Kerr for their originality in the

  Canadian Pacific Railway Project

· Maria Rizzetto, Allyson MacNeil and Kayla Rudderham, for capturing the audience’s

   attention with surprising detail in Famous Canadian Women

· Michael Wall for his unique study of Cape Breton Culture in Old Fishing Village

 

On Friday, May 14, projects and presentations were open to public viewing from 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.  More than three thousand visitors were able to celebrate living history with our students who impressed their guests will their knowledge, research, enthusiasm, and different modes of presentations.

 

Six workshops were available to our student presenters:

· Jewish Culture

· Milling Frolic

· Mi’kmaq Drumming & Dance

· Cape Breton Dialects

· Louisbourg

· Artifacts

 

A dramatic presentation by students from Bridgeport School, a lively performance of Cape Breton songs by Coxheath Elementary Choir, a visit to the Art Exhibit by CBVRSB students, grades 4-12, in Gallery II, completed the day’s event for visiting classes.

 

Members of the George D. Lewis School Fifes and Drums Band performed the opening number during ceremonies closing the Historica Fair at UCCB’s Sullivan Field House on Friday afternoon.  Eskasoni Mi’kmaq Dancers, under the direction of Ben Jeddore, delighted the audience.  The dancers are members of Denny family who have continued with its traditional dance since 1967.

 

 

This year, Historica has introduced the Hudson’s Bay Company Explorer Award in recognition of outstanding achievement in demonstrating an aspect of exploration that has influenced the history of Canada.  The Explorer Award Certificates were awarded to Allison MacNeil and Maeghan Murphy, Grade 8 students, Whitney Pier Memorial Junior High School, for their project.

 

 

 

Eighteen projects were recognized with an Award of Excellence:

 

Grade 4          Salvation Army by Steven Gittens, Cusack Elementary

Grade 4          The Family Blacksmith by Rachael MacNeil, Rankin/Christmas Island

Grade 5          Maple Sugar Products by Hal English & Chris Keefe, Mountainview/East Bay

Grade 5*        Lobster Fishing by Jarrett Wall & Chad MacDonald, Riverside,

Grade 6          Cape Breton Music by Katy van Nostrand, Kelsey Orrell, Danielle Jackson, Coxheath

Grade 6          We Are Canadian by Gregory Warren, Donkin/Gowrie

 

FRENCH IMMERSION:

 

Grade 7          My famille by Ryan Smith, Malcolm Munro           

Le Patrimoine de mon grand-père, by Joey Walsh, Malcolm Munroe

Grade 8          JeopardY de la Nouvelle-Écosse, Shirley Dawn Jessome, Amanda Hines, Malcolm Munroe

Grade 8          L’Or, La Mort et le Trésor de Oak Island, Michelle MacDonald, Malcolm Munroe

Grade 9*        Ocean Ranger, Martin Hodder, Whitney Pier Memorial

Grade 9          Le Syrop d’érable, Steven MacKenzie, Malcolm Munroe

 

GRADES 7-9 ENGLISH:

 

Grade 7          War Brides, Shawnee Shepherd, George D. Lewis

Grade 7          My Holland Heritage & The Canadian Connection, Emily Yorke, Sydney Mines Jr. High

Grade 8*        Deaf in Canada, by Jared MacNeil, Rankin/Christmas Island

Grade 8          VON, Victoria McNeil & Jacklyn Maclean, BEC

Grade 9          Survivors, Melodie Elliott & Morgan McKinnon, Dr. T. L. Sullivan

Grade 9          Marguerite Bourgeois, Lindsey MacDonald, Malcolm Munroe

 

From this group of eighteen, three students will be invited to participate in the non-competitive national Historica Fair in Montreal, Quebec, from July 5 - 12.  Interviews for these three spaces have been scheduled for Tuesday, May 18, at Shipyard Elementary School.

 

 

Twenty-five local business donated monetary or prize items in support of Historica Fairs.  All participants were eligible for the draw which followed the Historica Awards.

 

Special thank you to Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board and staff as well as University College of Cape Breton and staff, judges, workshop facilitators and presenters, performers, teachers, administrators, parents, guardians, volunteers, local businesses.

 

Language Arts

 

Resource teachers, learning disabilities teachers, and learning strategies teachers attended a workshop on Assessment at the Staff Development Centre. Dorothy Tennant, Bill Tennant and Barb Mac Donald, teachers on the Active Young Readers Team, facilitated this workshop. Participants were given the Grades 4 - 6 Classroom Based Assessment Teachers Resource.  Feedback from participants was excellent.

 

The Grades 4-6 Focus Group met at Harbourside Elementary on April 19. The focus of this meeting, which was decided on by teachers at the previous meeting in March, was Literature Circles. A brief presentation was followed by a sharing of ideas session.

 

April is Poetry Month. As such,  teachers have been encouraged to provide their students with a variety of opportunities to experience reading and writing poetry. Online Poetry Scavenger Hunts were constructed for students to use by Brenda Mac Isaac, Literacy Facilitator, so teachers could integrate technology into their poetry lessons. A poetry package with ideas and websites was sent to all English Language Arts teachers

grades P-9. Principals received this package as well since a number of the activities suggested could be undertaken as a whole-school endeavor. A number of teachers have already shared some of the things they are doing in their classrooms such as a Beatnik Cafe´ held at Whitney Pier Memorial and a Hot Chocolate Poetry Slam at Harbourside Elementary. Teachers have been asked to submit poetry written by students as well as pictures of students and teachers engaged in poetry activities. These will be published in a Let’s Celebrate Poetry newsletter in May.

 

Four teachers from our Board (Jeannie Stone, Lynn Crawford, Kevin Linden, and Bill Tennant) as well as Brenda Mac Isaac, Literacy Facilitator, participated in an Elementary Literacy Assessment Writing Session in Port Hawkesbury on April 24/25. At this time, participants of the session worked on creating a bank of possible questions for the October 2004 Grade 6 Literacy Assessment. This experience provided teachers with the opportunity to experience first hand the process of constructing an assessment instrument which would be used to assess students from across the province.

 

 

Brenda Mac Isaac, Literacy Facilitator, attended the NSELC Conference, Shining A Light On School Success held in Dartmouth on April 29 and 30.  Key note speakers were Andy Hargreaves, Robert Crocker, and Bruce Wellman.  The conference was very enlightening and definitely worthwhile.

 

 

Friends Forever XIII

 

Plans are being finalized for the thirteenth annual Recognition Night for Young Authors scheduled to take place on Thursday, June 10, 2004, at Centre 200.  Two hundred eighty two young authors across the regional will receive a personal copy of Friends Forever XIII.  Mountainview Elementary Choir and Coxheath School Band will provide musical/instrumental selections during the celebration of writing which will begin at 7:00 p.m.

 

 

Library Services

 

On April 23, the Library Technicains had a professional development session at the Staff Development Centre.  Much of the day was designated for reviewing a selection of books set up for display by Lorna Campbell, area rep for Usborne books.  After lunch, they received some pointers and ideas about hosting "Book Fairs" by the Scholastic Book Fair Rep Barbara Geddes.  Barbara informed the group about the benefits of book fairs as a funding raising project in addition to answering any questions/concerns from those who have participated in this program.  Each Library Tech received "Thank You" treats from Scholastic.  Many of those who have not had book fairs in their schools are considering this for the fall. 

 

Evaluation reports indicated that Library Technicians were very pleased with this PD day and many commented it was one of the best they have attended in years. 

 

Math

 

Grade three teacher were in-serviced on April 1st, 2nd, and the 5th.  The workshop concentrated on number sense and how to improve students’ number sense.

 

 

Meetings were held with Keith Jordan, SRSB, and Lisa Lunney, Mi’Kmaq  schools, to discuss the re-establishment of the AIM Summer Institutes.   The name will probably change since this acronym is used for several other groups including the group that rates schools.  Initial indications are that the institute will run for two days August 11th and 12th, and include workshops for teachers from grade primary to 12.  Plans are to hold the institute in Antigonish.

 

Math Facilitator, Ron MacLean, attended the NCSM and NCTM annual meetings and conferences in Philadelphia.  These are two of the leading bodies for math reform in America.

 

Workshops were held for high school math teachers in Baddeck on April 28th to 30th.  The main discussion centered on the curriculum documents and how teachers should use these documents as the guide for their courses.  Also discussed was the assessment of the students math with an emphasis on making sure teachers are assessing the curriculum outcomes for the course they are teaching.

 

There will be meetings in Halifax for the math consultants from the various boards across the province on May 6th and 7th.

 

Up coming events scheduled for this month include workshops for lead teachers and mentors.  The mentors will meet on May 12 at the Staff Development Centre, North Sydney.  Elementary lead teachers will meet on May 17th and 18th

 

Centre for Leadership Development

 

Approximately two hundred teachers/administrators from the Board participated in the Sixteenth Annual CLD Conference at the Canadian Coast Guard College on the evening of April 22 and on Friday, April 23.  Keynote speakers were Reverend Dale Lang, Taber, Alberta, and Honorable Myra Freeman, Lieutenant Governor, Nova Scotia.

 

This year’s conference, Caring For The Children We Share, included a curriculum component, Don’t Laugh At Me, which focused on character building, conflict resolution and teaching tolerance as well as establishing a classroom/cshool climate that reduces behaviors such as ridicule, disrespect, ostracism, bullying, and in extreme cases, violence. CLD committee members planned and facilitated activities which are introduced through a video, CD and teacher guide.  Each participant was provided with a copy of the Don’t Laugh At Me video, a CD of songs sung by Peter, Paul & Mary, and a teacher’s guide for grades 2-5 or 6-8 with activities carefully sequenced to build trust and community over time.

 

 

The Programs Services division, Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board, provided  schools who participated the April Conference with a copy of the multimedia presentation created by Bruce Colford, CBVRSB music teacher, with permission from Peter Yarrow, Don’t Laugh At Me Project.  He prepared his presentation for the Centre for Leadership Development Conference in April in such a way that teachers can now select from six segments those they wish to use on a particular day or with a particular group.  We certainly appreciate the time and effort Bruce gave to this project and for his willingness to share his presentation with his colleagues.

 

Stephen Muise and Jason Kempt, also music teachers with CBVRSB, were most instrumental in bringing Peter, Paul and Mary’s message to the stage.  Comments received on the evaluation forms have been very positive towards both keynote speakers and the

 

Don’t Laugh At Me Project gives students the skills and tools they need to resolve  controversy and disagreement respectfully, creatively and nonviolently.  As students become catalysts for change in their school and community, the circle of caring widens and an increasing number of young people can share in the experience of a caring community.

 

One of the highlights of the annual conference is the presentation of educational leadership awards to NSTU staff who have been recommended by their colleagues.  This year Cape Breton-Victoria recognized two individuals for their leadership in caring for the children we share:  Marvin Harvey, Coordinator of School Services, Central Office, and Jim MacPherson, Principal, St. Joseph Elementary School, Sydney Mines.  Both men  were recognized for the leadership they provided over the years to school, students and staff in Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board.

 

Spelling Bee

 

In conjunction with the Newspapers in Education Program, Cape Breton Post is sponsoring

Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board’s first annual Spelling Bee for grade six students.  Lead spellers from each class will be acknowledged by Cape Breton Post and will be eligible to enter the second round which will take place on Saturday morning, May 29th, at Shipyard Elementary.  Students will compete with lead spellers from one of six groups of schools.  The lead speller from each group of schools will then be eligible to compete in the third and final round for the title, Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board’s Grade Six Spelling Bee.  Awards will be presented by Cape Breton Post during the closing which is scheduled to begin at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, May 29, 2004

 

Program Services 7-12

 

David Crane, Co-ordinator of Program Services (7-12)

 

Committees

 

Two additional committees have been established: The Drug Awareness Committee and The Healthy Active Living Committee.  Both committees have representation from School Board Members, Central Office Staff, School Administrators, and teachers.

 

Nova Scotia International Student Program

 

Memorial High School has become the sixth school to join the Nova Scotia International Student Program.  With two Junior High Schools involved, there are now seven schools who are committed to this project.  Thus far, there are twenty-six new students and nine returning students for September (thirty-five students).  An additional homestay co-ordinator has been hired.

 

Healthy Human Sexuality

 

Twenty-five teachers will attend a Professional Development Day at the Canadian Coast Guard College. These PDR/CALM Teachers will discuss the:  Factors affecting capacity of teachers to deliver sexuality education within the local school region.  The Department of Education will pay the cost of substitutes, and lunch.  The Network for Children and Youth will cover the cost of the meeting room at the Coast Guard College.

 

Science / Technology Fair

 

The Canada Wide Science Fair is being held in Newfoundland, May 15-22, 2004.  Two teachers and three students are attending.  The Department of Education is paying the cost of substitutes.

 

Literacy (Brenda MacIsaac)

 

In January, Grade 9 teachers constructed mid-term exams for the first time in a

number of years. Teachers forwarded copies of their exams to Central Office. It

was found that, although progress had been made with respect to moving from a

traditional recall type of exam to an outcomes-based exam, there is still room

 

for improvement. The Grade 9 Exam Committee met to share feedback in the wake

of the Grade 9 exams. Plans are presently in progress for a second ELA Exam

Workshop in May to examine and reflect on the January exams and to move

teachers even closer to an outcomes-based exam format.

 

April is Poetry Month. As such, teachers have been encouraged to provide their

students with a variety of opportunities to experience reading and writing

poetry. Online Poetry Scavenger Hunts were constructed for students to use by

Brenda Mac Isaac, Literacy Facilitator, so teachers could integrate technology

into their poetry lessons. A poetry package with ideas and websites was sent to

all English Language Arts teachers grades P-9. Principals received this package

as well since a number of the activities suggested could be undertaken as a

whole-school endeavor. A number of teachers have already shared some of the

things they are doing in their classrooms such as a Beatnik Cafe´ held at

Whitney Pier Memorial and a Hot Chocolate Poetry Slam at Harbourside

Elementary. Teachers have been asked to submit poetry written by students as

well as pictures of students and teachers engaged in poetry activities. These

will be published in a Let’s Celebrate Poetry newsletter in May.

 

The Writers in Action and Active Readers 9 teams have been formed for 2004-2005

and  forwarded, as requested, to the Department of Education.

 

Junior High School principals, guidance counselors, and resource teachers

attended an informative session at Breton Education Centre on April 27.  At this time Brenda MacIsaac and John Astephen did a presentation on the 

Grade 6 Elementary Literacy Assessment and the nature of the student support

plans. A timeline with respect to future ELA assessments over the next 6-7

years was shared. Also discussed were plans the Board has to help transition

students from grade 6 to grade 7 as well as plans to continue to support

teachers through professional development endeavors.

 

Brenda MacIsaac, Literacy Facilitator, attended the NSELC Conference, Shining A

Light On School Success held in Dartmouth on April 29 and 30. Key note speakers

were Andy Hargreaves, Robert Crocker, and Bruce Wellman. The conference was

very enlightening and definitely worthwhile.

 

Literacy Support Plan

 

As a precursor to the implementation of the Literacy Support Plan, the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board has provided a workshop for all Junior High / Middle Level Principals, Guidance Counselors, and Resource Teachers.

 

 

_    Junior High / Middle Level Schools will begin to construct Literacy Support Plans in the spring.

_    A "Transitional Process"  will occur between all Elementary and Junior High / Middle Level Schools.  The Principals of these schools, the Resource Teachers of these schools and the Grade Six Teachers will identify those students who need help (late May, early June).

_    All Grade Seven Language Arts and Grade Six Homeroom Teachers will meet in September to share information and collaboration on the Literacy Support Plan.

_    Literacy Mentorship and Colleague visits will occur throughout the Region.  This is to support and encourage best practices.

 

_    Schools will purchase classroom resources that will meet the needs of the struggling reader.

_    Schools will utilize the co-teaching model (resource teacher) for literacy support.

_    Literacy Workshops for grade seven content area teachers will be provided to help them understand and support literacy.

 

 

Model Legislature

 

The Department of Education will be holding the second annual Model Legislature on May 21-23, 2004, in Halifax.  The Model Legislature will involve 52 high school students from across Nova Scotia - with one student representing each of the province’s constituencies.  This three-day event will give student participants the opportunity to debate timely topics and to better understand our legislative process.  There will be seven student participants representing the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board at this event, from the following schools: Breton Education Centre, Sydney Academy, Riverview Rural High School, Glace Bay High School, Memorial High School, Holy Angels High School, and Baddeck Academy.   

 

Newspapers In Education

 

As part of the Newspapers In Education Month celebrations, the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board, in conjunction with the Cape Breton Post, will offer a unique opportunity for all schools in the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board.  In June 2004, the Cape Breton Post will publish our very own Cape Breton Post, Special School Edition.  This Special School Edition will be identical to the Cape Breton Post.  It will include: Front Page, Local News, District News, Sports, Art & Entertainment, etc.  In fact, the only thing different about this publication is it will feature our schools and nothing else.

 

 

 

Surveys

 

Healthy Sexuality:  Factors affecting capacity of teachers to deliver sexuality education within the local school region (in PDR and PAL/CALM). - Janet Bickerton, RN Med, Community Health Promotion Coordinator, Cape Breton Wellness Centre, University College of Cape Breton;

 

Physical Education:  Inclusion of Students with Special Needs in Physical Education- Dr. Heidi Stanish, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Human Kinetics, St. Francis Xavier University;

 

Drug Survey:  Doom and Oxycontin: The research. - Katherine Covell, Professor of Psychology , Director, Children’s Rights Centre, University College of Cape Breton;

 

Nutrition for Learning:  Cafeteria and Canteen Survey - Debbie Madore, Nutrition for Learning Coordinator, Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board Nutrition for Learning Committee.

 

Mathematics (Ron MacLean)

 

Meetings were held with Keith Jordan, SRSB, and Lisa Lunney, Mi’Kmaq schools, to discuss the re-establishment of the AIM Summer Institutes.   The name will probably change since this acronym is used for several other groups including the group that rates schools.  Initial indications are that the institute will run for two days August 11th and 12th, and include workshops for teachers from grades Primary to twelve.  Plans are to hold the institute in Antigonish.

 

Mr. Ron MacLean, Mathematics Consultant, attended the NCSM and NCTM annual meetings and conferences in Philadelphia.  These are two of the leading bodies for math reform in America.

 

Workshops were held for high school math teachers in Baddeck on April 28th to 30th.  The main discussion centered on the curriculum documents and how teachers should use these documents as the guide for their courses.  Also discussed was the assessment of the students math with an emphasis on making sure teachers are assessing the curriculum outcomes for the course they are teaching.

 

There will be meetings in Halifax for the math consultants from the various boards across the province on May 6th and 7th.

 

 

Up-coming events scheduled for this month include workshops for lead teachers and mentors.  The mentors will meet on May 12 at the Northside Staff Development Centre.  Junior high lead teachers will meet at the Northside Staff Development Centre on Thursday May 13th and the Elementary lead teachers will meet on May 17th and 18th

 

The grade 9 math teachers will meet on May 10th to examine and discuss the grade 9 math exam.

 

The resource teachers from junior high schools will be in-serviced in mathematics on May 20th and May 21st.  They will also receive a kit of manipulatives and resource materials from the Department of Education at this time.

 

On May 26th and 27th there will be a training session for six secondary teachers on Geometry Sketch Pad.  Nancy Chisholm will be working with the teachers at this session.  The intention is to use these teachers to assist or mentor other teachers with sketchpad next year.

 

There will be five teams competing in the Nova Scotia Math League on May 15th in Halifax.  We have representatives from Glace Bay High, Riverview, Holy Angels, Cabot, and Sydney Academy.

 

Physical Education (Mary Lou Andrea)

 

Sexual Health Network - Ms. Mary Lou Andrea, Physical Education Facilitator, attended a meeting on May 13th to finalize plans for the May 19th inservice for PDR/CALM teachers at The Coast Guard College.

 

Staffing Requirements - Continuing to work on staffing requirements for the upcoming school year.

 

April 23th Professional Development Day - A physical education inservice was organized for P-9 physical education teachers in the board.  Ms. Andrea did a presentation on pedometers to the group.  The numbers were down however the teachers enjoyed the day and would like to have more of the same type of inservices. Sessions included Healthy Active Lifestyles week, extracurricular guidelines, pedometers and track and field.

 

Active Healthy Lifestyles Week May 7th -14th - Sent out a package to all schools some ideas/activities for the week.  Will be sending out a fax to all schools asking for a summary of what went on during this week.

 

Sport Fair- Ms. Andrea attended the sport fair in Halifax on May 5th .  It was great way to network with other people  involved in sport.  She made some important contacts especially when I am organizing inservices.

 

 

Active School Communities- Ms. Andrea attended a two day conference on May 6/7  in Debert on this topic to share what is happening with each pilot site.  Again this was great for networking.

 

Healthy /Active Living Committee- Ms. Andrea has been appointed to this committee which will meet on June 2nd.

 

Physical Education and Technology Workshop- Ms. Andrea spent two more days looking at effective ways classroom teachers and itinerant teachers can become more involved in integrating their curricula through co-teaching.

 

CLD Conference April 23rd - Ms. Andrea assisted with the planning as well as making a presentation at this conference.

 

French Second Language (Laurie MacIntosh)

 

One hundred and thirty students from grades five through twelve competed in Canadian Parents for French’s annual French Public Speaking Contest (Le Concours d’art oratoire) on Saturday, May 1, 2004, at Mount St. Vincent University, Halifax.  Once again, students from the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board were very successful at the competition.

 

Medal winners include:

5/6 Core French -                              Mark Oliver, Greenfield Elementary (Silver Medal);

7/8 Extended Core French -            Melissa Caume, Breton Education Centre (Gold Medal);

9/10 Late French Immersion -         Brenden Doyle, Riverview Rural High (Gold Medal);

11/12 Late French Immersion -       Lori Anne Deveaux, Riverview Rural High (Silver Medal).

 

Approximately 1, 250 grade four, five, and six students enjoyed a French performance of the children’s group “Razzmatazz” on April 27, 2004.  This event was a joint effort of the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board and Canadian Parents for French.

 

Dr. Joan Netten (Memorial University, Nfld.), and Dr. Claude Germain (Université de Québec à Montréal), founders of Intensive Core French, will be visiting our Board on Thursday, May 20, 2004, at 9:30 a.m. to discuss the success of Intensive Core French across Canada.  All Board Members, Directors, and Co-ordinators are invited to attend.

 

Anne Doyle, Whitney Pier Memorial Junior High, represented the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board at a training session in Halifax on May 14, 2004. The focus of the session was the new classroom assessment resource for French Language Skills of grade nine French Immersion Students.

 

 

A competition for grade eight French Immersion Students (Face aux Questions) will take place on May 29, 2004, at Shipyard Elementary School.  Two teams of five students will represent each Junior High Immersion School at the competition, which will be similar to “Reach for the Top”.  This initiative is a joint effort of the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board and the Cape Breton Post.  The organizing committee of the event consists of Laurie MacIntosh, Suzanne Aucoin (Malcolm Munroe Memorial Junior High), and True Burke (Malcolm Munroe Memorial Junior High).

 

Several successful professional development inservices took place recently: 

 

The “Lecteurs Actifs 7/8" workshop was held on April 29, 2004, at Malcolm Munroe Memorial Junior High School for all grade seven, eight, and nine Late French Immersion Teachers.  Facilitators were Suzanne Aucoin, Anne Doyle, and Laurie MacIntosh.  On May 13, 2004, Late French Immersion teachers (7-12), and Extended Core French teachers (10-12), gathered at Whitney Pier Memorial Junior High to attend a Literacy workshop presented by Ms. Susan MacDonald, Literacy Consultant, Strait Regional School Board.

Grade eight Core and Extended Core French Teachers participated in an inservice on May 14, 2004, at Greenfield Elementary School.  The focus of the inservice was new curriculum materials by Thomson/Nelson purchased to support our Junior High Core and Extended Core French Programs.  Facilitators were Amanda O’Regan, Strait Regional School Board, and Laurie MacIntosh.  Elementary Core French Teachers (4, 5, 6) will attend a professional development day on May 28, 2004, at Greenfield Elementary School.  Facilitators will be Monica Rafuse, French Consultant, Department of Education, Prince Edward Island, and Laurie MacIntosh, French Consultant, Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board.

 

 

Student Services

 

Kevin MacNeil, Coordinator of Student Services

John Astephen, Coordinator of Student Services

 

Speech Language Pathologists

 

May is Hearing and Speech Month 2004.  It is estimated that 8 to 10 % of school- aged children have communication difficulties.  The Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board speech-language department is planning two activities to promote “May is Speech and Hearing Month” this year.

 

 

 

 

-           May calendars will be distributed to every elementary school.  These will display the “May is Hearing and Speech Month” caption and have information regarding speech and hearing skills on the reverse side.  Schools will be encouraged to use these as their monthly calendars for their students.  Schools/teachers can fill in important dates for their students.

 

-           We are planning a trivia contest with K94 radio for the month of May.  Questions regarding speech and hearing will be aired each day, and listeners can phone in with the correct answer to win a prize.

 

Junior High Mathematics: Resource Teachers Workshop

 

As a part of the Mathematics Strategy, English Program Services and Student Services have developed an initiative to provide professional development and resources for resource teachers who will be working with students in grades 7 - 9.  The workshop will take place on Thursday, May 20, and Friday, May 2, at the Northside Staff Development Office in North Sydney.  Each Junior High school will select one participant to attend.

 

Student Services Coordinators Meeting

 

The Student Services Coordinators held two days of meetings in Liverpool on April 26, and April 27, 2004.  The agenda included a discussion of the Provincial Student Services Survey, priority areas for 2004 – 2005, Literacy Support Plans, the School Psychology Handbook, Math In-servicing, and the development of an Autism document.  The final provincial meeting will be held in mid-June.

 

Masters in Resource Program

 

Approximately twenty teachers from the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board graduated with their Master’s in Education – Resource Concentration on May 2, 2004, at St. Francis Xavier University.  In addition, approximately six teachers will graduate in the fall.

 

A new cohort of twenty teachers from the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board began a Masters Resource Cohort this spring through Mount Saint Vincent University.

 

Elementary Literacy Assessment/Literacy Support Plans

 

 

Results of the Elementary Literacy Assessment were reported to parents on Wednesday, March 24.  87% of students in our board met or exceeded expectations in reading, while 79% met or exceeded expectations in writing.  Elementary teachers met with the parents of students who did not meet expectations in reading and/or writing to interpret the results and to develop a support plan for their child.  Individual support plans are in place for each child identified as having difficulty in reading and/or writing.

 

Elementary teaches will communicate these Literacy Support Plans to junior high school teachers in June and, after staffing is complete in the fall, transition meetings will be scheduled for grade six and grade seven teachers to ensure a smooth transition and continued support for students requiring a support plan.

 

In preparation for the transition from elementary to junior high school, an in-service was held on April 27, for principals, resource teachers, and guidance teachers from all junior high schools.  Junior high school staff were provided an overview of the Elementary Literacy Assessment and the Student Support Plan, as well as information on the results of the assessment and implications for junior high school.

 

Schools are in the process of reviewing and interpreting their school results to assist them in developing school improvement plans.

 

CAYAC Transition Committee Update

 

On Thursday, May 13, 2004, I attended the first meeting of a Provincial  Transition Committee as a representation of other Student Service Coordinators from boards throughout the province.  The committee is chaired by Don Glover, Students Services Consultant, for the Department of Education. The nineteen other committee members represent various other government departments and community agencies.

 

The committee will be guided by the Department of Education Transition Planning Guidelines, research, best available evidence and best/promising practices.  It will access external expertise and advise on an ad hoc/as needed basis and it will monitor and evaluate three pilot transition program models, one of which is to be established in our board.

 

The committee’s mandate is to bring forth, by March 31, 2005, recommendations regarding agency, community and government support for transition planning for students with special needs that will:

 

- build the three pilot programs

- inform stakeholders of a range of transition options

- support school boards in their transition proces

- identify partnership opportunities among Government, NGO’s, other service providers and community stakeholders in transition endeavours.

 

 

In its recommendations, the Committee will address the isues of accessibility and accountability for transition planning.

 

Committee members were provided a draft copy of Transition Planning in Nova Scotia: The Early Years through to Adult Life and were asked to review the document before the next meeting scheduled for June 24, 2004, in order to provide input, reaction, and feedback.  The Department of Education’s goal is to publish the final draft by the fall of 2004.

 

 

PROGRAM SERVICES (INSTRUCTIONAL SUPPORT)

 

Rick Simm, Coordinator

 

The new Datamanager, Jim McNeil, has done considerable work on a process for the Human Resources Department to accept online applications.  It is anticipated that the next Voluntary Transfer process will have an online component.  Teachers will have applications validated according to their e-mail address and professional number.

 

The “Information Technology Team”, consisting of Liz Mahoney, Reg Johnson, Peter MacKinnon and Rick Simm, meets on a weekly basis for discussion and planning of technology initiatives.  The IT-Team report follows:

 

Assistive Technology (Liz Mahoney)

 

Two members of our Assistive Technology Team (Liz Mahoney and Suzanne Brown) have just returned from a Leader Summit in Illinois.  It was an opportunity to understand how to help others by effectively using the Don Johnston products for literacy solutions.  It was also an excellent opportunity to network with eighteen other educators from across Canada on the delivery of Assistive Technology to our students.  Liz is happy to report that our board is among the leaders in this area.

 

We have had a number of requests for the Assistive Technology Team to mentor Resource and Learning Centre teachers.  The plans are being developed and the mentoring will take place before October of 2004.

 

 

IEI Extension (Peter MacKinnon)

 

 

The five grade four units of work developed by twenty grade four teachers were given to the elementary principals on April 28th.  A copy of each of the five units was also sent to each teacher who worked on the project. The units are available at the SDC and will be put on the IEIE web page in the near future.

 

On April 30th we video-taped Ken Mac Donald’s grade 4 class at Riverside using part of the unit created on Explorers.  Lowell Cormier edited the tape and we now have a seven minute snapshot showing our teaching strategies model integrating technology in a four computer classroom.

 

The IEI-E budget for next year took a major cut by approximately 33%.  We had to create a plan for Halifax on how the reduced funds would be used.  The 2003-04 year end report for has been posted to the IEIE web site.

 

Mentorship (YEI)

 

We just received our funding ($37,500) from Ottawa for 2003-04 this week. We have also been told the program will continue next year and will wait to hear how much funding our board will receive.

 

Brookland Elementary

 

The committee for PD planning at Brookland Elementary met and submitted some ideas on the direction they would like to go. I hope to sit down with them next week to put some timelines on what we want to accomplish.

 

Data Management

 

We plan on doing an update of school data for both systems. We are going to try to get standards for entry-level data before September

 

 

Technology PD (Reg Johnston)

 

 

_    Have been working with a number of teachers in the junior high and high schools on integrating technology into their courses

_    Attended a meeting at the DOE regarding Online Course Delivery

_    Met with principals of Rankin, Cabot and Baddeck high schools re online course survey

_    Assisted Board administrators in developing a protocol for online course delivery

_    Visited schools during Education Week to observe the usage of technology in the area of science.

_    Assisted teachers at Bridgeport School with developing webquests

Will be assisting in developing a technology plan for IEI and Mentorship