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Programs and Student Services Report: April, 2009
Published by Marjorie Graham [Marjorie Graham] on 04/30/2009 (1208 reads)
Programs and Student Services Report: April, 2009


APRIL 2009

Language Arts P-6

Department of Education Initiative:  A team of seven Literacy Mentors attended a provincial mentoring event April 2-3 in Halifax. This session addressed the various aspects of the mentoring process and allowed teachers to receive additional professional development.

Primary support for early entry 2008/2009:  Primary teachers will be receiving print material in the form of PM Gems to support consistency in primary practice.

Dates have been set for the spring fairs.  The team will meet in April and will also contact community partners who will participate in the evenings. Brochures will be mailed to each registered primary student by late April.

Primary Orientation Days:  Schools have scheduled their date for primary orientation which will provide new students entering school in September with an authentic experience in the primary class. The day will be supported by a 45 minute parent presentation that will be facilitated by reading recovery teachers, Board mentors, or the Language Arts Consultant.

Sessions will be held late in the spring for primary/one teachers, and one/two teachers. The purpose of these sessions is to focus on student assessment and to allow for instructional alignment.


Parent Information Sessions

The staff at Greenfield School presented a parent session on the evening of March 25.  The information was very well received by the parents as they increase their comfort level with current math practices.

On April 29th, Boularderie School will host a Parent Information Session for parents of elementary students in our Board.

Arts Education

The Cape Breton Regional Municipality’s Active Transportation committee announced the winners of their Active Transportation logo contest.  Presentations of these awards and the unveiling of this logo took place during Education Week.

Classroom music teachers received professional development from the Department of Education and Maria Alley on the music series “Do Re Me and Maria” which will compliment their primary programming.  Eleven schools attended the drama production called “In Pink” at the Savoy Theatre which was based on an anti-bullying.

Schools offered many activities to highlight this year’s Education Week theme of “Bringing Arts to Life” which took place April 19 - 25.  Cape Breton Regional MusicFest also took place at the Savoy Theatre during this week and involved many performing groups from the CB-VRSB.

The annual art exhibit takes place at Cape Breton University’s Gallery II from April 28 - May 21.  Opening ceremonies will be held on Tuesday, April 28, 7:00 pm at Cape Breton University. This year’s theme is ‘Celebrate the Arts ’09.

The official launching of the Cape Breton Victoria Regional School Board bookmark took place at George D. Lewis on April 23rd . It was designed by student Holly Rae Steylen and will be distributed to each student in the Board.

The 10th Annual CBVRSB Regional Historica Fair will take place April 30th and May 1st at Cape Breton University. Public viewing of the well-researched projects from students in Grades 4-9 will take place May 1st from 9-1:00.

Student Information System

There is a goal to have one single student information system (SIS) to be used by all educators in Nova Scotia. Recent actions towards that goal are encouraging in that province-wide management meetings are being held.  An SIS Team has been established for CB-VRSB to facilitate implementation and hopes are that Phase I will see a pilot of the recommended SIS in four of our schools this coming September.  Upon a successful pilot, the SIS will be established in all schools P-12.

Reading Strategies Workshop

Lyn McInnis, Literacy Support Consultant and Dianne Brennick, Secondary English Language Arts Consultant worked together on the following Professional Development workshop for teachers.

All English teachers, a core subject area teacher and the Literacy Support teachers from our junior high schools, attended a reading strategies in-service at the Staff Development Centre on April 15 and April 16. Funding was accessed through the “Raise A Reader” campaign.  The set-up of the day was modeled after Thompson Junior High School’s “Literacy Day” and two teachers from Thompson presented along with our team.  Ideas were shared around organizing a “Literacy Day”.

Teachers attended four workshops throughout the day where they were presented with various cross-curricular reading strategies to help students improve comprehension skills. They worked through activities that they would bring back to their classrooms to use with students.

The goal of the day was to encourage all teachers to use effective reading comprehension strategies in their classrooms. It was our hope, that by providing teachers with materials, instructional activities, and by posting all power point presentations on the Language Arts website, teachers would be able to go back to their schools and very easily share everything with all staff members.

All schools were given a copy of the resource, “Reading Strategies for the Content Areas-Volume 2”, which was appreciated.   Time was taken to re-visit the “Literacy Support Plan” and talk about next steps for students and highlighted the importance of teachers updating the LSP.

Comments about the days were very positive. Some teachers commented that this was the best in-service they had ever attended. Several teachers expressed how great they thought it was that they were leaving with all of the activities and materials to be able to do something right away at school level. Many teachers expressed an interest in trying their own “Literacy Day”.

Overall, it was a very practical and well received day.

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