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Programs & Student Services Report: October, 2008
Published by Marjorie Graham [Marjorie Graham] on 10/28/2008 (2654 reads)
Programs & Student Services Report: October, 2008

October 2008

Program Services – Instructional Support

Data Managers, Jim McNeil and Tom Baker, worked closely with the Human Resources department of CB-VRSB to ensure the recent successful implementation of the AESOP project. AESOP is an automated placement system for finding substitute teachers on a daily basis. In the area of assistive technology, the main focus for the month was supporting students, teachers, teacher assistants, program planning teams and parents in student transitions. This support has been a follow up to the transition plans that were established in the spring of 2008.

PD for IEI teachers at the grade 11 level is progressing well with startup workshops followed by onsite PD.

At Dr. T.L. Sullivan Junior High on Sept. 29, their school improvement plan included a day long workshop on integrating technology in every classroom. Not only was the daily operation of the hardware/software covered but also there was the opportunity to demonstrate and create lessons and resources. These ideas and resources will be posted on the CB-VRSB Technology Integrated Resource Web Page for other teachers to adapt and adopt for their lessons.

With the implementation of the new student information system ‘Outcomes’, all schools will create an electronic report card in the school year 2008-2009.

Program Services P-6

Matt Bamsey from the Canadian Space Agency was one of the presenters on October 16th for the Implementation Workshop for Grade Six teachers. He shared his knowledge and expertise in the area of space exploration, especially the study of sustaining life on Mars. Teachers in attendance were also involved in a ′hands-on, minds-on′ experience as they rotated through four learning centers that provided many teaching strategies for the classroom.

On October 17th, the official start of Science and Technology Week, two teams consisting of grade four and five students from the Cape Breton Victoria Regional School Board participated in the Nova Scotia Science Olympics at St. Mary′s University in Halifax. There were 28 teams participating in this provincial event that proved to be an excellent learning opportunity for all involved.

Teachers at the Grade Five level and those new to Grade Four were apprised of the process for completing the Mathematics Development Record and how best to track student progress.

Select students in Grades 9-12 will be receiving complimentary tickets to attend one of the concerts in the upcoming Cape Breton Post Concert Series which will feature young classical performers. There will also be four $250.00 scholarships available to students who successfully communicate how this award might further their music education.

Student Services, Educational Quality & Accountability

On October 21, the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board, Breakfast for Learning Program was honored with the Healthy Eating Active Living Cape Breton Award at the 19th Annual Excellence in Business Awards at the Membertou Trade and Convention Centre. This award is given by the Cape Breton District Health Authority in conjunction with the Sydney and Area Chamber of Commerce. Congratulations to Debbie Madore, CB-VRSB Dietician, and all schools who have breakfast programs for making this such a successful program.

Student Services

On September 30, Student Services teachers, psychologists, guidance teachers and social workers attended a full day workshop with Dr. Stan Kutcher. The topic for the day was childhood depression and anxiety. Dr. Kutcher provided an informative day and stayed after his session to answer individual questions and concerns.

On October 1, the remainder of the eligible schools in the Cape Breton Victoria Regional Schools Board were enrolled in the ‘No Child Without’ Program through Medic Alert Canada. The representative from ‘No Child Without’ indicated that we were the first school board in Nova Scotia to have complete enrollment.

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