PROGRAMS & STUDENT SERVICES
Program Services – Instructional Support
All schools within CB-VRSB are maintaining a school website to facilitate communication. In addition, all junior high schools and many elementary and high schools utilize the CB-VRSB online homework site to inform students and parents of homework assignments. This site is very well used with some sites garnering thousands of visits each year.
Student Services, Educational Quality & Accountability
On November 4th, the Nova Scotia House of Assembly passed a motion to congratulate the elementary students of Cape Smokey Elementary School, North Highlands Elementary and their physical education teacher, Mr. Joe MacNeil, on their ′impressive physical education exercise′. This exercise involved students being outfitted with pedometers to register their steps and then walking 16.6 million steps to equal the distance outlined on the map of Canada. This project began in early September and continued until June. We would like to add our congratulations to these students and their teacher, Mr. Joe MacNeil. Well done!
Program Services – P-6
Programming at the primary level has been an important focus of the Department of Education and our Board this year. Primary teachers and principals attended a workshop presented by the Department of Education on October 8-9, discussing the importance of developmentally-appropriate practice (DAP), oral language, and play with a purpose in the primary classroom. October and November saw an infusion of materials to each primary classroom to support this programming. Items received to promote learning and creativity include kitchen sets, utensils, play food, wooden blocks, musical instruments, learning easel, and sand tables.
Literacy mentors have been chairing after-school LIFT (Literacy Initiative for Teachers) sessions to discuss relevant strategies to support student learning. The literacy mentors continue to meet with teachers who request support in their classroom practice.
EEMLA (Early Elementary Mathematics Literacy Assessment) results will be made available to teachers in November.
Two professional development days focusing on the Math Development Records have been completed for teachers new to grade four and all grade five teachers.
Brookland, Coxheath, Cornwallis, and St Joseph, Sydney Mines are participating in PRIME (Professional Resource and Instruction for Mathematics Educators) - This training will assist all teachers in working with struggling math students.
The Adult Learning Association and the Cape Breton Regional Library are sponsoring a series of workshops aimed at enhancing parents′ ability to help their children with their homework P-6. Sharon Boudreau was approached to become part of the project and she, along with several mentors, will present a workshop at the McConnell Library on November 26 from 7:00 – 9:00 pm. It has been advertised in the Fall Adult Program Brochure that has been distributed throughout the municipality.
Over 1,600 of our students from grades four to twelve attended Symphony Nova Scotia′s Democracy 250 concert held at Membertou Trade and Convention Centre on October 20. Our students were treated to a wide variety of music as well as joint numbers with vocalist Jordan Croucher.
Coxheath Elementary Choir along with Riverview Band students were invited to perform at the Cape Breton Regional Municipality′s swearing-in ceremonies held at Centre 200 on November 6.
During the months of October and November meetings have been held with Resource teachers and Learning disabilities teachers to review practice in the two services and to develop direction for professional development. Topics for the meetings included successful practices and assessment procedures.
The Student Services Consultant, Assistive Technology Consultant and the Lead Teacher for Transitioning, along with three teachers attended the IPP module training in Halifax. A plan is being formulated to offer the modules to administration and staff in our district.
The Lead Team for Student Services have been revising the Success for Students site with the assistance of the Database Manager. The Student Services handbook and policies are also being reviewed.
JOSH (Joint Occupational, Safety and Health Committee)
Mr. Sheppard attended the joint occupational health and safety committee meeting and shared with them our report from SIP (School Insurance Program), which looks at the accidents that occur in our schools.
Remembrance Day Ceremony
Mr. Sheppard was honored to attend a number of ceremonies held at various schools throughout the Board which remembered the sacrifice of those men and women who gave their lives for our country. Every school in the Cape Breton Victoria Regional School Board celebrated this memory through various ceremonies involving veterans from the community and through discussion in class on the importance of this day.
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