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Programs and Student Services Report: March, 2009
Published by Marjorie Graham [Marjorie Graham] on 04/07/2009 (1863 reads)
Programs and Student Services Report: March, 2009


March 2009

Program Services – P-6

Parent Information Math Sessions

Parent information math workshops at Mira Road School are continuing under the leadership of Ron Muller, math mentor. In these sessions parents have the opportunity to experience math instruction as it unfolds for their children.  On March 26, Greenfield School hosted a Parent Math Information Session for parents of elementary students in our Board.

Summer Math Academy

Plans are underway to present two Summer Math Academies again this year.  On August 10-13, there will be an Academy based on the grade one curriculum; a second Academy on August 17-20 will be based on the grade five curriculum.  Due to limited space, participation in the academy will be offered first to CB-VRSB staff, with any remaining seats offered to substitute teachers, pre-service teachers, as well as teachers from other Boards. 

Arts Education

The Stadacona Band performed for Malcolm Munroe Junior High School and Glace Bay High School on February 5 as a thank you for loaning the band a bass clarinet during a Christmas performance in Membertou.  The Stadacona Band has also offered to return to Sydney for school performances in the future.

A scholarship committee met and decided on four $250 scholarships to be awarded to Cape Breton music students as part of the Cape Breton Post concert series.  The scholarship recipients are:  Stephen Gallant from Riverview, Anita MacDonald from Rankin, John Stephenson from Breton Education Centre, and Amanda Williams from Memorial High.  These scholarships will be presented at the Savoy Theatre during the concert series.

The “Art Dramatique” class at Holy Angels recently presented their black light “Beatlemania” performance to students, staff and parents.

Students at Memorial High School presented an art show in February as part of a fundraiser which featured work from Memorial along with its feeder schools.

Grade three music students from Sydney River Elementary were filmed by a team from the Dept. of Education to demonstrate how movement is incorporated in their music class.  This demonstration will be part of a promotional DVD that will be released by the Department of Education during Education Week which has “Bringing the Arts to Life” as the theme.

Students from Baddeck and Glace Bay High are involved in a project with composer Scott MacMillan entitled “Sky’s the Limit” in celebration of the anniversary of the Silver Dart.  Students will work with Scott to compose music in Baddeck.  Scott will then make a master composition and arrangement of the work to be performed by Symphony Nova Scotia at Celtic Colours in the fall of 2009.

As part of a grant from the “Giant 101.9 FM” radio station, authentic Mi’kmaw drums, dancing sticks and CDs were purchased for use in our schools.  These instruments will be kept at Shipyard School with the intention that teachers who have had training with them will be able to borrow them for use in their schools.  Training for teachers took place on March 9 with Leroy Denny.  Leroy will return for a workshop on Mik’maq drumming with the music teacher and students at Shipyard School.

Plans are underway for the annual Art Exhibit of student work to take place from April 28 to May 21 at Cape Breton University’s Gallery II.

CB-VRSB  Regional Historica Fair 2009

To date, thirty schools have registered for the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board Historica Fair to be held at Cape Breton University April 30th and May 1st. The general public is invited to visit the display and view the informative projects on Friday, May 1st , 9:00-11:30.

Reading Recovery

Schools are continuing to advance through the various stages of the LIFT sessions (Literacy Initiative for Teachers).  Year 2 schools recently focused on the Teaching in Action P-3 Document and the different types of writing that should be seen in classrooms.   Heather Janes-Pederson, trainer for the Eastern Canadian Institute of Reading Recovery, will be spending March 31 in the board observing various teacher/student reading recovery sessions and meeting with personnel. 

There was an information session on March 25th for teachers interested in being trained as a Reading Recovery teacher in the 09-10 year.

Library Services

Cory Williams, Library Technician at North Highlands School, has been leading a very successful ‘Author of the Month’ project for students.

Library policies have been developed by the Board Library committee and are awaiting final approval. These policies will be the first of their kind that reflect school library programs in the province.

Student Services

On March 10th, principals received the first three modules of the four modules created by the Department of Education for IPP development.  The fourth module will be offered to the principals later in the spring.  Additional teachers will be trained to facilitate the IPP modules in April.  This is a joint effort with the Strait Board.  Since the February 3rd inservice day, numerous requests have been received from school sites, and with only four trained people, it is difficult to meet the requests.

Program Services – Instructional Support

The Core Technology Committee, consisting of one coordinator and one representative from each department of the CB-VRSB, has been meeting bi-weekly to implement the recommendations of the Core Technology Review.  Already, 50% of the recommendations have been achieved.   A major accomplishment is the acquisition of a second Data Manager.  A “draft” communications plan will be brought forward very soon.

Student Services (Educational Quality and Accountability)

The textbook for the new high school Physical Education credit (Active Healthy Living – Physical Education in Nova Scotia) was received last month by Nova Scotia high schools.  This book was written specifically for our schools and contains not only Nova Scotia content but features schools and students from across the province.  The author, Ted Temertzoglou, was in our Board in October presenting a workshop to our high school physical education teachers.  He also travelled throughout our Board with Mary Lou Andrea, Active Healthy Living Consultant, visiting our schools and taking pictures of our students “in action.”  If you peruse this wonderful textbook, you will see our schools and students featured throughout.  Congratulations to Mary Lou and to our high school physical education teachers for being such an integral part of this process and product.

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