PROGRAMS & STUDENT SERVICES
Early in October, the IPP template was activated within our Support for Students database. School program planning teams and classroom teachers have been diligently developing the necessary individual programs for students. By the end of October, all Student Services personnel will be able to electronically complete end of the month reports in the Support for Students database. This will make tracking and collecting data throughout the year effortless.
The IPP Lead Team met to prepare training packages for IPP Modules 1 and 2. These packages are being implemented with two teachers from each school throughout the month of October. The two teachers are expected to return to their perspective schools and provide training sessions for IPP Modules 1 and 2 to classroom and itinerant teachers. The sessions are being very well received by the teachers and they are displaying a keenness to share the information with their peers.
PROGRAM SERVICES P-6
Arts programming began the year with the implementation of new curriculum at the junior high level. Fourteen junior high schools are implementing the new grade 7 curriculum through various course offerings of Band Instruments 7, Music 7 and Visual Arts 7. Five junior high schools will also pilot new Grade 8 Arts curriculum (MacLennan, Malcolm Munroe Memorial, Morrison, St. Michael’s and Sydney Mines Junior High). Support from the Department of Education for this curriculum implementation will take place with the provision of resources and professional development for teachers twice during the year.
Once again, the string program is being offered at Shipyard Elementary for students in the Southside area and at Jubilee Elementary for the Northside students.
Scholarships are available to music students in Grades 5-12 through the Giant 101.9 FM grant that was received last year. The first deadline for applications was Sept. 30th. Further information may be found on the arts website at www.cbv.ns.ca/finearts. GIANT 101.9 has also provided another grant of $30,000 for the 2009-2010 school year. This money is providing great support to students who wish to enhance their musical education.
Liaisons with community partners is continuing in order to provide the best possible opportunities for our students. Such groups include Cape Breton Centre for Craft and Design, Cape Breton University, the East Coast Music Awards, Membertou Trade and Convention Centre and the Savoy Theatre.
This year, there are two Reading Recovery training groups which include 24 teachers from the CB-VRSB and two teachers from Membertou and Eskasoni. The continuing contact group has 14 teachers who will receive ongoing support during the 09-10 term.
Having teachers trained in this highly recognized program of literacy support will benefit all students as the teachers transfer their learning to classroom practice.
The Teachers’ Resource Centre has been the scene of some changes in its collection. During this summer, with the assistance of a summer student, the Resource Centre has been eliminated of many items which were outdated and no longer effective resources for today’s curriculum. The collection has been made more user friendly and will support the needs of P-12 in a more complimentary style. A newsletter will be distributed to all schools early in the year highlighting the resources available.
The fourth and fifth math academies were held at Membertou Trade and Convention Centre this summer. Participants included classroom teachers, resource teachers, substitutes, and pre-service teachers, as well as teachers from other boards. The opportunity for professional conversations with like-minded colleagues was, in itself, invaluable.
STUDENT SERVICES – EDUCATIONAL QUALITY AND ACCOUNTABILITY
Last week, HPS teams from across the province, gathered in Halifax for the annual HPS Showcase. This event gives each board the opportunity to provide an overview of what is happening in their area and to ‘showcase’ something of which they are particularly proud. The CB-VRSB team presented the many areas they promote and support with HPS funding and showcased our new initiative for playgrounds called PowerPlay. The presentation included an opportunity for those in attendance to take part in some of the activities such as “Trangle Ball”, which was new to many and created quite a stir. Even the adults enjoyed having a chance to play.
We are proud to report that, Mary Lou Andrea, our Active Healthy Living Consultant, will be taking part in the upcoming ‘Torch Run’ for the 2010 Winter Olympics. Mary Lou will be running up Shore Rd., Sydney Mines, at approximately 8:30 am on Monday, Nov. 16th. Go Mary Lou!
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