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Programs & Student Services Report: September, 2008
Published by Marjorie Graham [Marjorie Graham] on 10/03/2008 (2531 reads)
Programs & Student Services Report: September, 2008

PROGRAMS & STUDENT SERVICES

September 2008

Accreditation – Riverview High

In September, Minister Karen Casey was in our board to participate in the ceremony for the Accreditation of Riverview Rural High School. Riverview was one of the first schools in the province to take part in the province′s Accreditation/School Improvement Program and last fall received their Accreditation, which we celebrated this month. This year, Riverview has begun the cycle again with eight other schools in our board. Well done and congratulations to everyone involved in the process and to those who took part in the ceremony which took place in the lovely new performance space at Riverview.

Programs & Student Services Initiatives

At this time in our schools we are busy preparing for two provincial literacy assessments at the elementary level; starting up our breakfast programs and monitoring implementation of the Nutrition Policy; implementing the new Physical Education 10 curriculum; working on an expanded ′Swim to Survive′ program for grade 3 students; and organizing school-based PEBS teams to promote a safe and positive learning environment for all students.

Programs P-6

The 08-09 school term has begin with many initiatives to support teachers as they provide optimal learning experiences in their classrooms. In September, grade four teachers were given information regarding the Mathematic Development Plan that is to be written for each student identified as requiring additional support in math. Mentors in both math and literacy are available to teachers who request this opportunity to work on best strategies to help meet curricular outcomes. Brookland, Coxheath, Cornwallis, and St Joseph, Sydney Mines will be participating in the PRIME training this term. Prime (Professional Resource and Instruction for Mathematic Educators) is a research-based professional learning initiative using a developmental approach and is gradually being implemented in the CB-VRSB.

In addition to the availability of mentors in literacy, teachers will be able to view the results of the Early Language Literacy Assessment (ELLA) which is administered to grade 3 English program students September 30-October 2. The purpose of the ELLA is to provide information about student performance relative to the early stage listening, reading, and writing outcomes of the Atlantic Canada English Language Arts Curriculum. Teachers can then use this information to inform teaching practice.

The Arts Education Department, specifically music, was presented with grant of $30,000 from GIANT 101.9 FM Radio to support instrument purchase, music festivals, music scholarships and instruction in the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board. This infusion of money is much appreciated and will give tremendous support to the music program for students.

Baddeck Academy will be the site of the Nova Scotia School Library Conference on October 24th. Carmelita Cousins, CB-VRSB System Library Technician, is the chair of this conference.

Providing effective teaching and best learning environments for students are the constant focus of teachers and principals as we begin this new year in the educational calendar.

Integrated Lesson Plans

Many educators are familiar with the repository of ICT integrated lesson plans on the provincial (LRTS) Learning Resource and Technology Services website. A wide range of additional, Nova Scotian lesson plans are offered by the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board at http://www.cbv.ns.ca/Teacher_Resources/. The LRTS quarterly newsletter, Branching Out, is happy to announce that CB-VSRB is now offering to share these technology integrated lessons with their provincial colleagues. These, like the LRTS lesson plans, are teacher team-developed resources reflecting Nova Scotian curriculum outcomes at most grade levels and in nearly all core areas.


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