Superintendent′s Report Programs & Student Services April 2008
Programs & Student Services
On April 15th, junior high school math students from Sydney Mines Jr. High, Malcolm Munroe Jr. High, Sherwood Park Education Centre, Whitney Pier Memorial, Morrison Jr. High and Breton Education Centre participated in the Math Olympiad Competition held at Morrison Jr. High. Seventy-two students participated in the problem solving activities. The event was very successful. In teams of two, students were engaged in problem solving. They competed in grade level competitions. The top four teams from each grade level also competed in a challenge competition. Several ribbons, awards and prizes were given to successful participants. The winning school team, Malcolm Munroe Jr. High, received a school banner and has been invited to the Halifax Math Olympiad Regional Competition on May 3, 2008. This was a pilot project. Already two principals from other junior high schools have expressed an interest to participate in the 2008-2009 school year.
Supporting Success Parent Conference
A 'Supporting Success' Parent Conference was held at Memorial High School in Sydney Mines on March 29, 2008 and was organized by the Student Services division of the CBVRSB. This conference gave parents a chance to see what services are available from the school system and from outside agencies to address their childrens' needs. There were over 30 sessions provided and 22 information Kiosks for parents. Community organizations and agencies who support our students participated with school board staff to provide information to parents. The conference was open to all parents as well as any member of the community interested in learning more about what programs are available. Approximately 200 people took part in the day-long event. Response on the day of the conference and from the evaluations was very positive and contained suggestions for future sessions for parents.
The use of technology enables us to do things that we could not do before. CBVRSB has provided many resources to students in the area of assistive technology.
Recently it was reported that the grade one class at Sydney River Elementary and a young student being home schooled were utilizing a 'webcam' on a daily basis. The principal of the school stated that everything was working 'fantastically' and that the students interacted daily through the use of the web camera in the classroom and one at home with the student. The student being home schooled is now able to view what is going on in her classroom and participate in class activities. Once again, technology makes the impossible - possible.
Our twelve 2007-2008 Accreditation Schools are currently going through the External Review process. Twenty-seven educators, in teams of three or four, from other school boards in the province and the Department of Education have been visiting these school communities as part of their role in the External Review process. They discuss the school's Internal Review Report, interview staff and community with respect to their involvement in the process and provide feedback on the school improvement goals as determined by the Internal Review team's analysis and inclusive goal setting exercise. The External Review Team provides a written report which often includes recommendation and suggestions to enable the school to achieve their goals over the five year life of the cyclical school improvement plan. In addition to the visits to our schools by educators from other jurisdictions approximately twenty-eight of our educators will be visiting other schools throughout the province either as members of External Review Teams or serving as chairs of External Review Teams.
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