Ambrose White, Acting Coordinator
School Services are working with others in Programs in relation to the recent Department of Education guidelines regarding Student Fees. Mr. White is on the Provincial Committee on Student Fees. A report should be ready for the Superintendents in December.
A focus group will be held on Wednesday, October 5th, from 9-12 to deal with issues on attendance. Ann Power from the Department of Education, Student Services Division, and others will be there to provide input and to gather information.
A focus group of 20-25
people will be held on Thursday, October 13th, from 3:30-5:00 at
§ STEPS to Success:
School Services, along with Student Services, held several meetings to hear applications for the STEPS to Success programs at both the elementary and junior high levels.
Schools will receive their budget statements in early October. School Services and Finance are working together to keep schools aware of expenditures and statements in general.
School Services works closely with Transportation and Operations in the day-to-day routines of our system. The co-operation and support of all groups is greatly appreciated.
Memos have been distributed to all schools for individuals wishing to volunteer for a library committee. This committee will be comprised of the Coordinator of Programs P-6, the Library Support Consultant, two principals, two parent volunteers, two library technicians, two teachers and two community representatives (one must be from the NSCC system). The committee will meet bi-monthly and develop a standardized library program for our Board with new policies, guidelines and frameworks.
A Board celebration to help the TD Financial Group’s Grade One Book Launch Campaign is being planned. Although all details have not been finalized, the event will include an author reading. The idea of a contest for a Board library logo has surfaced and will be further investigated.
following schools will be completing their library renovations from last
year: J.B. Croak,
Implementing the concept of mentoring in the areas of literacy and math throughout the province is a major initiative undertaken by the Department of Education. Donna Robson, Literacy Consultant P-6, has begun the process of training mentors to work with teachers in their schools. She is working with curriculum team leaders (social studies, science, math, health, and literacy) preparing them to be coaches/mentors in their particular subject areas. Their plan is for all professional development offered this year to have a mentoring component. All PD facilitators during workshop sessions will model the role of mentor. Mentors will also be trained to work with newly hired teachers to support them over the next three years.
Another focus of the Department is to build classroom library capacity. Donna Robson is working with teachers in conjunction with Carmelita Cousins, Library Support Consultant, to help teachers set up libraries in classrooms and choose print texts suitable with respect to students’ interests, reading levels, and age.
Math Mentoring Program will begin shortly. Sharon Boudreau, Math Consultant
P-6, informed elementary principals of the nature of the program.
Mentoring is a collaborative
arrangement between the mentor and participating teacher. It is an opportunity
for teachers to focus on the strand, lesson, strategy, etc., of their choice, in
a one on one situation. Mentoring can also provide an opportunity for teachers
to work in small groups as well as whole school sessions. All mentoring
sessions are strictly confidential and non-evaluative. Teachers may arrange for
substitutes for up to three days by applying to the Professional Development
Fund Committee (Peer Coaching Program Funding). Other options are mentoring
during teacher preparation periods or after school, whichever is more
convenient for the teacher.
All professional development for 2005-2006 is anchored in the Department of Education’s Learning for Life II Document and CBVRSB’s Strategic Plan.
PD done in September:
Grade 4 Teachers
Implementation of the New Grade 4 Math Text
Principal as Educational Leader
Grade 3 Teachers
Soil – facilitated by Marilyn Webster; DOE Science Consultant
PD planned for October:
Classroom Learning Environment
5 after-school sessions
Teachers New to Elementary
5 after-school sessions
Teachers New to Elementary
Comprehensive Literacy Program
Mi’kmaq Culture & History
Practical Issues & The Big Six
In keeping with the sixth
theme in the Department of Education’s Learning For Life II Document, Strengthening
Partnerships for Students’ Benefit, the CBVRSB has
become involved in an initiative that has been proposed by the Cape
Breton Regional Library entitled Reading is Fundamental. CBVRSB and the
Cape Breton Resource Centre will serve as partners in this project initiative.
The project is slated to start December 1, 2005, and end June 30, 2006. The
target group is students in grades P-6 in the CBVRSB. The goal of this project
is to help foster a love of reading in elementary-aged school children and
promote the public library to them as a resource for life long learning.
This project would involve a reading resource person hired by the Cape Breton Regional Library to develop and facilitate a number of book talks for students in grades 2-6. For children in the primary and grade one classes, the reading resource person will use Story Sacks that have been developed by the Cape Breton Family Resource Centre to provide reading sessions within the classroom. In all instances, the reading resource person will have displays of books and magazines available to children through the Cape Breton Regional Library. Story sacks and book talks are great ways to create a relaxed and entertaining atmosphere that will introduce children to new books and encourage them to develop a love of reading that will ideally last throughout their lives.
During the work term, a goal of the reading resource person will be to visit every elementary classroom in the Cape Breton Victoria Regional School Board with the book talks and story sacks. In the month of June, the reading resource person will concentrate on promoting the Summer Reading Program to students to encourage them to continue reading throughout the summer.
The second theme in the Learning for Life II Document, Closing the Gap, recognizes that some students need additional or different supports to succeed in the school system. One of its aims is to improve educational experiences, and therefore outcome achievement, for First Nations children. This begins with cultivating an improved relationship with the First Nations community in our Board, Membertou, as well as educating educators about the culture and history of the Mi’kmaq to better understand the children we teach from that community. Sr. Dorothy, former Mi’kmaq consultant for the Department of Education, and Brenda MacIsaac, Programs Coordinator P-6, are planning a number of co-projects and events for 2005-2006.
On October 25, an in-service to be facilitated by
The Programs P-6 website has been revised and updated. There are a number of new links such as: Events/Programs/Initiatives, Professional Development, What’s New, For Principals, Favorite Websites, and Shining a Spotlight On…
The purpose of the site is to improve the flow of communication between Programs Services P-6 and the schools, to provide a forum for teachers and principals to share and access ideas as well as offer suggestions and feedback, and to make teachers aware of information on a timely basis. The P-6 link can be accessed by going to the main website and following the links or going directly to: http://www.cbv.ns.ca/Departments/ProgramsStudentServices/P-6/
David Crane, Co-ordinator
o Memorial Composite High: The students report that they are enjoying their
school and that everyone is very friendly.
Yuen Yee (
· September has been an extremely busy month with regards to English Language Arts. Dianne Brennick, Literacy Consultant, met with Brenda MacIsaac to go over what has been done to date in English Language Arts, 7-12.
· Ms. Brennick had set up a “blog” spot (online) for English Language Arts, 7-12 to keep teachers updated.
Ms. Brennick went to
· Ms. Brennick has spoken to Principals and teachers regarding materials, programs and needs at their schools. She has reviewed professional resources and Writers Companion for sharing with other teachers.
· Ms. Brennick attended the Grade six-literacy assessment session, September 22, 2005, at the Northside Staff Development Centre, to get an idea of the implications for grades seven and eight.
· Ms. Brennick also attended the School Accreditation session in Baddeck, September 25-26, 2005, to define a support role for the participating schools.
· Ms. Brennick provided the Department of Education with numbers of students and teachers for distribution of materials.
· Ms. Brennick met with Cathy MacNeil, Fine Arts Consultant, to discuss cross-curricular possibilities and Public Speaking.
Ms. Brennick hosted an update/refresher session
for the Active Readers 9 lead team. She
has set up dates and lined up presenters for upcoming in-servicing regarding:
AR9, WIA 10 and Write Traits 7,8. She
also prepared a display of English Language Arts (senior high) at the Northside
Staff Development Centre in
· On Sept. 26th and 27th Ms. Kelley attended a workshop on the ‘School Accreditation Process’.
Active, Healthy Living (Physical / Health Education) (Mary Lou Andrea)
· The teacher resource in mathematics has been distributed to all Junior High teachers. This resource is an excellent supplement to the curriculum documents.
The students in grade six Intensive Core French
are progressing well. There are
currently three schools offering this unique delivery of Core French and the
grade six curriculum: Riverside
Elementary (Celeste Foisy), Harbourside Elementary (Janet Sullivan-MacIntyre),
and Greenfield Elementary (Colin Landry).
The teachers involved attended training sessions in
The Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board
is once again participating in the Odyssey Program (formerly known as the
French Second Language Monitor Program).
Frédéric Amyot, from Deschambault, Québec has been assigned to Riverview
Rural High. The aim of this program is
to foster the use of
Some of the provincial professional development
sessions planned for September have been postponed by the Nova Scotia
Department of Education due to sickness of several of the French Second
Language Consultants. These training
sessions will take place at a later date in
· Some of the local initiatives planned for October include a presentation by Jan Claes (Halifax Regional School Board) and Léo-James Levesque (Pearson Education) for Junior High Core French, as well as Suzanne AuCoin, Alysha Roach, and Laurie MacIntosh (grade nine Immersion, Lecteurs actifs). The November 4th Professional Development Day will host a “CASLT chez vous” at the North Star Inn. Guest facilitator will be Nicole Thibault, Executive Director of CASLT (The Canadian Association of Second Language Teachers).
Plans are underway for a “Regional” Professional Development Day for all grade levels on November 4th, 2005.
Healthy Sexuality Resource
The Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board will survey Junior High Principals to ask for recommendations regarding the possible distribution directly to grade eight students this year. We will collaborate with the Nova Scotia Department of Public Health before presenting final plans to the Education Committee for approval. Ann Blackwood, Director of Program Services, Department of Education, has been apprised of this plan.
Regular meetings are taking place with Program Consultants to plan and implement Provincial and Regional Board initiatives.
International Baccalaureate Program
are ongoing with Principal Brian Dwyer and teachers at
Vocational Education (Fred Martell)
· We have approximately 330 students in our twelve core programs with an additional 25 students in our Workshop program. The construction trades, Carpentry, Plumbing and Electrical are filled to capacity. Although there is limited space in some vocational programs, scheduling cannot accommodate their academic needs.
· As is the case in September, students are transferring in and out of Memorial vocational programs and waitlists are used to fill openings.
· During the month of September many parents show up unannounced with the child requesting vocational programs. There also seems to be several requests from junior high schools for workshop openings. Under normal conditions sections in Workshops are based on numbers in June and in many cases cannot be accommodated in September.
· Also noted in the last couple of years there are fewer and fewer openings for graduates of high school. Students appear to be considering vocational technical training during their high school years rather than after.
· Fred Martell, Vocational Education Facilitator, does see increased awareness of the programs and also sees increased enrolments as a result.
October 4th is the cut-off date with regards to program registration and Mr. Martell does not expect any further increase in enrolment.
Sports Animator (Jim MacEachern)
Technology PD (Bill Tennant)
After having meetings with the Technology team during the first weeks of this new school year, many issues surfaced to be addressed throughout the month of September. They included such topics as Web pages, Grade 8 Roll- out, Web mail, software selection, online registration, databases and Professional Development.
Many principals made requests for help with Web pages and Newsletters. Ongoing plans and action to resolve these items are being addressed on a daily basis.
In regards to the Grade 8 roll-out, a week was spent visiting all junior high schools to make contact with the principals and see first hand the set up of the clusters in the classrooms. There were also visits to some elementary schools to address some of their concerns.
On request from the principal at Balls Creek, web mail accounts were setup and PD at the school after hours was accomplished. There was also other staff requiring accounts from various schools throughout the Board.
There were meetings to discuss software and past achievements with PD on the different software in the schools. Also, we made progress with upcoming PD for Grades 4 to 8, with emphasis on the provincial IEI initiatives for Grade 8.
Canadian History 11 online registration was a concern for some principals. Contact with Wayne Hamilton to receive a logon/ password was accomplished. At the local level, support for those who need help will be given.
There was a two-day workshop on the database, Maplewood. It was necessary to become familiarized with this system.
Eight plus PD days have been scheduled for the month of October. Technology Integration is a major focus for all teachers in our board. PD will span Grades 4 to 8. The Grade 8 teachers will be in serviced more because of the IEIE initiatives. Preparations for all of these PD days are ongoing.
Assistive Technology (Liz Mahoney)
Meetings were held with Program Planning teams or with other staff from St. Mike's Jr. High, G.D. Lewis, Rankin, MacLennan Jr. High, Holy Angels’ High, Memorial High, BEC, Baddeck Academy and Tompkins regarding Assistive Technology adaptations for students in their Buildings.
Workshops have been done with Tompkins and there are workshops planned for WPMJH. Several members of the Assistive Technology teams are evaluating some "open source" software which we will consider for all schools. Finally 4 members of our staff have just attended a workshop on using Assistive Technology in teaching students to be active readers.
IEI PD (Peter MacKinnon)
IEIE 8: The focus for IEIE this year is grade 8. Equipment was received and deployed to schools early in September, but some wiring and electrical remains to be done. We will be experimenting with some wireless technology at Thompson Junior High, Sydney Mines Junior High, Morrison Junior High and St. Michaels Junior High. The use of this technology solves some space issues and saves on wiring and other infrastructure costs.
The software order for IEIE 8 is being worked on and will be sent to Halifax by mid October.
All necessary information for financial report to Halifax due the end of September was given to Nancy Costigan.
RBTS meeting was held on September 22nd and 23rd.
Student Information System (SIS)
Student data for Jubilee is being updated and is about ready to use. Training for the administration and staff of the school will take place by mid October. Jubilee will run the full SIS called Outcomes that is web based and replaces Dadavan. Jubilee will again do the provincial standardized report card electronically.
Contact was made with the Chignecto School District regarding their SIS that will be piloted at Cusack Elementary. The data has been entered and will be updated early in October with training to administration and staff to follow.
We are still waiting on information regarding a product called Insignia, an SIS we will pilot at Brookland Elementary and Sherwood Park Education Center.
Dates will be set up for the IEIE-8 workshops throughout the year. We also planned a workshop for a representative from each school at the grade four, five and six on Writers Companion. (Oct.4thand5th) A two-day session for teachers new to grade seven on integration skills and Writers Companion will be held October 12th and 13th. Grade eight workshops, by subject area dealing with integration, are scheduled for October 17th, 18th, 19th, and 20th.
A meeting was held with the administration of Brookland Elementary School on Sept. 21 at Brookland to discuss staff professional development for all grade levels. Ideas formulated at this meeting will be developed as training sessions for the teachers.
RACE RELATIONS, CROSS CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING AND HUMAN RIGHTS
Charles Sheppard, Coordinator
On September 30, 2005, we had a system wide shut down day to hold an inservice on the Respectful Workplace and Child Abuse Policy. All personnel employed by the Board were required to attend these sessions, and by all indications the inservice was well received by those present.
In October, we will see the celebration of Mi’kmaq History Month in our province, with all schools in the Board participating in the contributions and achievements of our First Nations Peoples.
The Department of Education will be continuing to roll out its Racial Equity Policy by holding province wide school board inservicing at the junior high level. The CBVRSB will be holding their inservice on November 8, 2005 – location to be determined.
Plans are underway to look at the Board policy on Race Relations, Cross Cultural Understanding & Human Rights. Once completed, a School Board Members’ inservice will be held.
John Astephen, Coordinator
David Brennick, Coordinator
A two-day training seminar for our six Accreditation schools (Bras d’Or, Shipyard, MacLennan, Dr. T.L. Sullivan, Cabot Jr./Sr. High, Breton Education Centre) with resource personnel from the Department of Education was held in Baddeck in late September. This session was designed to support the work of the schools’ internal review teams in their development of a school improvement plant.
An update session on the Grade 6 Literacy Assessment Initiative was held recently in North Sydney. Eight teachers and administrators shared in the latest refinements of this process with Tom Henderson, Literacy Assessment Consultant with the Department of Education.
Reports from the two schools housing the Pre-Primary pilot classes (Boulardarie and Riverside) indicate that the program has been well received by both school communities and the children have been integrated into the life of the school.
Preparations are underway for Guidance personnel to meet with Department of Education Guidance Consultant, Lee Anne Arsenault on October 12, 2005. Ms. Arsenault will provide an update on the Positive Effective Behavioral Supports initiative as well as the Comprehensive Guidance and Counselling program. Upcoming initiatives include the second stage of Suicide Prevention training for eight counselors and a Health Career Fair scheduled for November 26, 2005.
A workshop entitled “Transporting Students with Autism” was provided for all bus drivers on September 6th at Malcolm Munroe Junior High School. Facilitators for this session included Louise Smith and Alisa Cantwell, Speech-Language Pathologists and members of our Autism Team. The agenda included:
§ What Autism Is and Is Not
§ Characteristics of Autism (behaviors you may see on the bus)
§ Strategies to Improve Behaviours
§ Group Work
§ Questions and Group Feedback
According to evaluations provided by the bus drivers, the workshop was very well received. Drivers’ feedback provided us with helpful information that will assist us in our goal of providing safe transportation for all students.