PROGRAMS & STUDENT SERVICES
Student Information System
The long awaited provincial student information system (SIS) is finally here. The Education Minister recently signed the contract with Pearson for the PowerSchool SIS for the entire Nova Scotia education system. This is a significant milestone in the SIS Project. We are now able to proceed with the work of readying our users for implementation in September 2010 in our Phase 1 schools. As the appointed SIS Project Manager for CBVRSB, Mr. Kurt Kublek will start his training sessions on Monday Jan 25th in Halifax. Subsequent to that, a “train the trainer” model will be used, as Phase 1 schools are readied for Powerschool, the replacement for the outdated Winschool product presently being used.
Throughout the month of January, both Sheila Kublek and Genevieve Richardson visited several schools to provide support in the area of IPPs to school program planning teams. These sessions proved to be very valuable, positive, and productive. Many of the schools appreciated the onsite and customized support designed to meet their specific needs.
At the beginning of January, all schools received a Placement Survey package. This package included a step by step process on how to refer a student for a special program or placement, an electronic placement survey to be completed by each individual school, a special program/placement referral form for students and a parental permission form for special program/placement. All schools are required to return the placement survey form to the placement committee by the first week of February.
During the month of January, afternoon professional sharing sessions were held for all resource, learning centre, learning disabilities and learning strategies teachers. Topics discussed were additions to the IPP for data collection, IPP reviews and reporting, student transitioning and placement for the upcoming school year and a sharing of practices for service delivery and reporting.
At the end of January, all Learning Centres received a copy of the book “You, Me and My OT” written by Paulette Bourgeois and illustrated by Kristi Bridgeman. The book was produced by the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists and written to inform children about occupational therapy services along with the varied adaptive tools that can be of assistance to many people. These books were purchased through an ATEC grant initiated by Mr. Rick Mac Kinnon, a Learning Centre teacher at Bridgeport School.
English Language Arts 7-12
Desk Blotters, outlining the English Language Arts Document (7-9) at a glance, are being sent out to schools. The Department of Education is sending them directly to the sites so that each English Language Arts teacher will have a copy. The Framework for English Language Arts 7-9 will be on the front with the backs outlining the specific curriculum outcomes for each grade level.
The Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board created a Curriculum map for English Language Arts 7-9, which is being sent for final proofing to the printers.
Program Services P-6
A team of teachers has been actively involved in the SoundWaves committee for the upcoming ECMA events being held in Cape Breton. A twenty-nine page educational resource was distributed to schools in the first week of January. This resource contains key-stage curriculum outcomes for language arts, music, social studies and technology, along with many lesson ideas and resources. Over twenty student groups applied to the SoundWaves competition with eleven being selected to perform as opening acts for ECMA performers in the schools. These eleven will remain in the competition until the finale concerts to be held at the Savoy Theatre on March 3 and at Membertou Trade and Convention Centre on March 4. Six of our schools are hosting ECMA concerts with seventeen schools attending SoundWaves concerts across the district.
The Cape Breton Centre for Craft and Design will be featuring the exhibit “Up Home” from February 4 to March 15, 2010. Susan Tooke’s images and the story in “Up Home” are based on models from the community of North Preston. As part of this project, students from Harbourside Elementary will be working through the PAINTS program with Kris Webster. Student work will then also be part of the exhibit. The official opening will take place on February 4 at 10:30 a.m. at the Cape Breton Centre for Craft and Design with students and the Lieutenant Governor in attendance.
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