Sheila Kublek, Coordinator
During the month of September, Student Services personnel have provided support to Program Planning Teams, classroom teachers, teacher assistants and students in the areas of programming, transition support and programming support for students with Autism. Several requests for teacher assistant support were received early in September which resulted in school visits to assess student needs.
The IPP Lead Team met to prepare training packages for IPP Modules 1 and 2. These packages will be implemented with two teachers from each school during the month of October. The two teachers will then return to their perspective schools and provide training sessions for IPP Modules 1 and 2 to classroom and itinerant teachers.
The Program Placement Committee met for the first time on September 25th. Members of the committee include Sheila Kublek, Genevieve Richardson, Louise Smith, Stephanie MacLellan, Judy Jackson and Melanie Dolan. The committee met this month to discuss student placement in a special class or program, to review and update student transfers or withdrawals from special classes or programs, to update the referral form for a special class or program placement, and to explore avenues for collecting student and school data for placements in the spring of 2010.
Genevieve Richardson provided half day IPP information sessions to Holy Angels High School and Tompkins Elementary on September 28th. Louise Smith provided STAR training at Glace Bay Elementary to Learning Centre teachers and teacher assistants from schools which implement the STAR program. The STAR Program teaches children with Autism the critical skills in areas of receptive language, expressive language, spontaneous language, functional routines, academics, and play & social skills.
Both the IPP template and the September monthly report forms are available to schools on the Support For Students data base. In the very near future, all referral forms and report forms will be accessed through this site.
Lynn Crawford, Coordinator
Mi’kmaq Education Consultant, Sheldon Googoo
This summer, Mr. Googoo was in contact with John Chabot (an aboriginal) coach of the New York Islanders. John recently visited the community for a period of a week and made presentations to students in the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional Victoria School Board. John Chabot focused much of his talk on empowering students to stay in school. John explained that school allows students to open doors to their future.
John Chabot and two students from Sydney Academy spent three days at the Coast Guard College exploring career choices. The students enjoyed the experience and plan to apply to the college.
Student Support Workers Programs
The Student Support Workers have been meeting with students to go over the available supports available to ensure each student has a positive schooling experience. Two schools have established student committees to organize and plan activities for the school year. These committees will support ANS (African Nova Scotian)learners and provide opportunities to share African history and knowledge with their peers.
Student involvement in the SSW program has increased this year by 40 students.
Rick Simm, Coordinator
Acting Assistive Technology Consultant (Tracey Dove)
Transitions: School visitations were made in accordance with student transition plans to the following schools: Memorial, Rankin, Jubilee, Tompkins, Thompson and Glace Bay Elementary. Based on the recommendations of the transition plans appropriate hardware and software were implemented into students’ curriculum.
Assessments: Assistive Technology assessments were performed at Greenfield, Sherwood Park Education Center, Breton Education Center, Seton, Robin Foote, Sydney Academy, J.B. Croak, Malcolm Munroe, MacLennan and Rankin. Based on the recommendations of the assessments appropriate hardware and software were implemented into students’ curriculum.
Professional Development: Professional Development sessions on Classroom Suite 4 were conducted with the learning center teachers from the following schools: Glace Bay Elementary, Dr. T.L. Sullivan, Cabot, Morrison, Harbourside, Brookland, Thompson, St. Mary’s, Jubilee and Bridgeport.
Meetings: A meeting was held on September 18, 2009 with the Department of Education to evaluate various software and hardware devices to be approved for the book bureau. A viewing of the Assistive Technology Video was also on the agenda. Meetings were held within the board with appropriate staff to discuss topics such as support in the learning centers, the delivery of resource services, the SFS (Support for Students) Database and IPP’s.
SIS/IT Professional Development Consultant (Kurt Kublek)
As the SIS/IT Consultant, most of Mr.Kublek’s time in this new position has been devoted to getting the SIS system for the Outcomes schools up and running. With new students, new teachers and other changes in the schools this procedure was very demanding. Besides the start-up process, Mr.Kublek has been working with Outcomes in other areas including H1N1 planning to track attendance in the Outcomes schools, working with schools to get student pictures on their systems, working with a provincial team as an SIS project manager and starting a ‘parent portal' to increase teacher parent communication. Furthermore, Mr. Kublek has visited many schools, helping them with the accreditation process. This entails providing them with data and helping them represent it though tables, graphs and reports.
The IT component of Mr.Kublek’s position is also in full swing as he has been visiting schools and helping teachers with webpage software like Dreamweaver and XOOPS. These web-pages are used primarily to keep parents up-to- date of what is happening in their schools and for contact information. Mr. Kublek has also been involved with setting up Moodle sites for teachers for in-class use and for board consultants as well to use as a professional development tool (i.e. reading recovery training). As the SIS/IT consultant, Mr.Kublek has not only been working with principals and teachers in the schools, he has worked in conjunction with other departments within the school board to help them with their communication and technology integration plans.
IEI/PEBS Consultant (Trevor LeBlanc)
Under the IEIE initiative the following actions are currently in progress or have been completed
PROGRAM SERVICES P-6
Cathy MacNeil, Coordinator
Literacy Consultant P-6, Audrey Kyte Murphy
The Grade Primary Common Assessment is now being carried out in each of the grade primary classrooms. The teachers will use the data collected to plan their instruction. The results will be submitted to the Literacy Consultant by mid-October.
This school year, the Department of Education has allotted $77,000 to be used to purchase resources for each grade one class. With the cooperation of school administrators and grade one teachers, an inventory of the resources presently in the grade one classes is underway and when the information is received, purchasing of new resources will begin.
Elementary principals and teachers have been informed that a Department of Education grade one workshop is scheduled to take place at the Staff Development Center on November 5 & 6.
Donna Robson, Vice Principal at Brookland Elementary, has volunteered to work with grades primary to two teachers during after-school sessions beginning September 29 to support teachers in using various forms of assessment to guide their teaching.
The Primary to Grade Three English Language Arts Guide is under review, with Audrey Kyte Murphy being a member of the provincial team working toward this revision.
Requests to have literacy support for teachers has been significant, especially for teachers new to elementary and teaching combined classes. To assist in these situations, an inservice is being planned for teachers of combined classes in late October.
Audrey continues to meet with individual teachers to provide literacy support and is scheduled to facilitate school based professional development sessions.
Mathematics Consultant P-6, Sharon Boudreau
Mentoring has started off very quickly and very early this year. Elementary mentors Ron Muller, and Tara Colbert, will be available to provide support to teachers. In junior high, Theresa Devoe will be mentoring full time until the end of January.
The “Atlantic Canada Mathematics Assessment Resource Entry – 3” has been distributed to all P-3 teachers as of June 2009. This resource includes assessment responses and sample responses for the majority of learning outcomes. It is a tool to assist teachers in planning instruction to improve learning. One teacher from each school/complex attended a workshop on September 29, and will present this information to the other P-3 teachers at their schools.
PRIME (Professional Resources and Instruction for Mathematics Educators) is a three day module which is in the third year of implementation. This year, staff at Boularderie School has committed three days to complete this training. There will also be approximately ten more resource teachers trained.
Early Elementary Mathematics Literacy Assessment
The assessments were corrected this summer with a large number of teachers from our Board involved. Teachers have reported that it is excellent professional development. The results should be available to be downloaded in October.
Mathematics Development Records
The first group of grade three students who have written the EEMLA are now in grade six, and their teachers will complete MDRs for those students who require them. The grade five teachers will continue the MDRs and class tracking for the second group of students. When this year’s results are sent, grade four teachers will complete the class tracking and MDRs where applicable.
A workshop for all grade six teachers was carried out in early October providing teachers with information to support student learning based on information included in the EEMLA results.
Parent Information Sessions
There will be an information session on mathematics for parents at Marion Bridge school on October 29. Once presented with information on programming, the participants will visit grade leveled centres created by the teachers. Maureen Wadden, math mentor, will support the teachers as they prepare their activities.
Arts Education Consultant, Lesley Ann Andrews
The music staff and programs of the CB-VRSB would like to extend a huge thank you to the Giant 101.9 FM radio station for providing a second $30,000 grant for programs. This money will be designated for curriculum support, instrument purchase, music festivals and scholarships. Some of these funds will be used to pilot The Rhythmic Arts Project (TRAP) in some schools. This is a program that uses percussion to further skills for anyone, and is also therapeutically designed for people of various intellectual and physical abilities.
Many of our grade 7 teachers are implementing new curriculum for Band Instruments 7, Music 7 and Visual Arts 7. Professional development was provided for these teachers at Shipyard Elementary on October 8 for Band & Visual Arts. Similar sessions for Music 7 will be held in Truro on October 19th.
Cape Breton University’s Art Gallery will be exhibiting the Great Book of Gaelic during Celtic Colours, with programming provided by poets and makers of the book.
Approximately 120 students from Mira Road Elementary and Rankin School of the Narrows will be attending interactive programming on October 14 & 16 to this effect.
Many of our teachers are involved in planning for the East Coast Music Awards to be held in Cape Breton in 2010. The Soundwaves program will include concerts, competitions and curriculum support that will be provided to schools.
Reading Recovery™ Teacher Leaders, Susan MacDonald & Joy Cookson
Bi-weekly training in Reading Recovery continues with twenty-three teachers. The continuing contact group, consisting of thirteen teachers, met on September 1 to review the Board’s data from last year, plan the emphasis for the upcoming year, and to introduce a new online student monitoring program. The most recent session was held on September 24 with the focus ‘Active from the Start’.
New trainees met for a full day of assessment training on September 2 at Shipyard Elementary and two, half-day assessment days on September 8 and September 14. The first training sessions were held on September 22 (Group A) and September 23 (Group B) where the trainees had the opportunity to view a live lesson by one of our trained Reading Recovery® teachers.
On September 11, Susan and Joy traveled to Halifax to meet with Teacher Leaders and Liaison Administrators from Nova Scotia, as well as Don Glover and Janet Bright from the Department of Education. Topics discussed included who was eligible for Reading Recovery®, pilot projects in various boards, and revision of booklists.
Updates, program progress and possible concerns with Reading Recovery® delivery will be discussed with Cathy MacNeil, Coordinator of Program Services and Sheila Kublek, Coordinator of Student Services on a monthly basis.
Susan and Joy will be attending the annual Reading Recovery forum in Richmond Hill, Ontario which is being held this year on October 20-21, followed by the national conference October 22-23.
Library Services Consultant, Carmelita Cousins
Coles Adopt A Library Program – Tompkins Elementary School has been selected by the two industrial area Coles stores as the school library which is being adopted during the Coles/Chapters National Adoption Initiative to support reading. During October, both stores will raise money to enable the school to purchase more books for their library. Watch for the program at our local stores and support this program. The hope is that this will become a yearly project and each year a different school will be selected.
Junior High Reading Challenge: A committee will meet to launch the Junior High Reading Challenge in partnership with the Adopt A Library program. Cst. John Kennedy will assist the group to support our Board in promoting literacy/reading for fun at the junior high level. Prizes will be awarded and some “big stars” will be involved – more to follow!
Nova Scotia Community College Graduates – Several of our library technicians have completed their LIT (Library Information Technology) diplomas from Online Learning with the Nova Scotia Community College. Graduates include Kathy Theil, Rachelle Brown, Michele Nicholson and Carla Warren. Several others are currently working diligently on various courses.
Library Standards (7-12) – The Board Library Committee is nearing the final draft of the Library Standards for the secondary level. Once completed, the grades P-6 as well as the grades 7-12 will be brought forward for approval by the Board’s Education Committee. These standards will create baseline outcomes for all students in regards to school libraries. The hope is to have them rolled out in the spring.
David Brennick, Coordinator
English Language Arts (7-12), Diane Brennick, Consultant
The first newsletter has been sent out to all 7-12 English Language Arts teachers and it features a writing strategy.
The Curriculum map for 7-12 English Language Arts is now in digital format and will be sent to be printed soon. It will then be distributed to all English Language Arts 7-12 teachers in the Board.
The Department of Education hosted an information session on the English 12 exam for all English 12 teachers in our Board on September 24th.
A presentation on assessment was given to the staff of Holy Angels High and most of the staff at Memorial High School. An overview of assessment terms and strategies was presented by Diane Brennick on September 28th.
Diane Brennick and Phonse Martell attended the provincial planning sessions for Literacy Success 12 in Halifax on September 16th-18th.
Mathematics (7-12), Arlene Andrecyk, Consultant
Students from grades 7-10 in the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board, that were not successful in mathematics in the 2008-2009 school term, had the opportunity to attend a Skills Building Program in July 2009. This program provides support to a student in the specific areas that are critical for the student to be successful in the next year.
On September 4, 2009, all math teachers at Cabot High School met with Arlene Andrecyk. Each junior high teacher met during the preparation period and all senior high teachers met together at lunch hour. Each meeting was an informal session in which the teachers had an opportunity to meet with the math consultant and discuss the delivery of the math curriculum. Teacher comments, suggestions and concerns could be raised at this time. Similar meetings were held with junior high math teachers at Donkin-Gowrie Complex, Baddeck Academy and George D. Lewis.
On September 21, 2009, Kevin Deveaux, coordinator of the Skills Building Program, Sharon Preeper, Guidance Counsellor at Glace Bay High School, Arlene Andrecyk, and David Brennick met to examine the math course selection for students in the transition from Grade 9 to Grade 10.
On October 14 and 15, 2009, grade 9 math teachers will attend geometry workshops at the Staff Development Centre, North Sydney to support teachers with the new geometry outcomes in the curriculum.
Community-Based Education/Options & Opportunities (Rhonda Smith, Consultant)
There are one hundred and thirty students involved in the Options & Opportunities program this year at four high schools. Breton Education Centre and Cabot Jr./Sr. High are in their fourth year, Glace Bay High is in its third year and Holy Angels is a second year school. There are thirty-one potential graduates for June 2010.
The expansion of Co-operative Education in our Board will see high schools offering Co-op in various size cohorts, from 50 to 75 students at Memorial and Sydney Academy, to 10-20 students at Holy Angels and Riverview. Riverview, new to the expansion, will offer Co-op to grade 12 students in the second semester. Co-op Education will also be offered at Breton Education Centre in the second semester to students outside the O2 cohort.
Workit Grants are available to junior and senior high schools for projects that promote student awareness and exploration of careers in the skilled trades. Information packages have been sent to the schools and funding can be accessed through the community-based learning consultant.
Building Futures for Youth program will be offered again this year to students registered in Co-op. This past summer, twelve students had the opportunity to explore work in the skilled trades through six weeks placement with an employer/mentor from Department of Transportation, Marine Atlantic, Pro-Tech Electric, Northair Windows & Doors, Superior Truss, Lorne Aucoin Renovations and Island Machining Ltd. The students earned a summer wage, three co-op credits, apprenticeship hours and valuable work experience for their participation.
Vocational Education (Ken Collier, Consultant)
Mr. Collier is very pleased to report that Kent Brewer, Electrical Construction Teacher, has been awarded the Prime Minister’s Award, Certificate of Achievement. Kent was nominated earlier this year as recognition for his dedication and the efforts that he demonstrates with the students in his program. This is a very prestigious award and the entire school community is very proud of Kent. Congratulations. A formal presentation will take place in the very near future.
Meetings were held with representatives from the Apprenticeship Division of the Department of Labour and Workforce Development with regards to the curriculum that is presently being followed in the Skilled Trades Programs. This was a great opportunity for staff to have any questions answered, and to ensure that they are up-to-date on changes within the curriculum. This proved to be a very beneficial session.
The Nova Scotia Skills Competitions are planned for April 8th, 2010. Competitions will be held in Carpentry, Motor Vehicle Repair, Electrical, Plumbing, and Graphic Design. Memorial is looking forward to once again hosting these competitions.
Grade 9 Career Awareness Tours will be starting soon with Memorial’s feeder schools being brought in first. Plans are underway to change the traditional tours with the other Grade 9 schools as plans are leaning towards a Skilled Trades/Vocational Showcase in the gym. Plans are still ongoing.
Nova Scotia International Student Program (Tammy Sampson, Consultant)
Welcome to a new year of fun and adventure with the Cape Breton Victoria Regional School Board International Student Program. This year, there are 14 returning students and 66 new students for a total of eighty international students in our school board. Participating students, this year, represent 14n countries including:, Brazil, Colombia, China, Germany, Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Mexico, The Czech Republic, The Netherlands, Japan, Belgium, Spain, and Turkey. Belgium, Spain, and Turkey are new countries added to the program this year.
Many exciting events are planned for students and host families in the upcoming months. So far, students have been getting to know their families, schools, and communities. Homestay coordinators hosted welcome barbeques during the month of September. The New Student Orientation took place September 19th – 20th in Baddeck.
Support personnel are in place for our students including two new English Second Language teachers, and school liaison staff in most schools.
The Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board is preparing to host two teachers from Colombia for the month of November. The plan is to have the visiting teacher live with one of our teachers and accompany them to their school each day. The teachers can do activities such as dancing, Spanish lessons, Colombian history, culture, geography. They would be available to work with several area schools during the month. One teacher has been placed and a second home for a female elementary math teacher is currently being pursued.
Preparations are also underway for agent and principal visits to the area. These visits will begin in October with the arrival of Juan Antonio Casas. He is the principal of Campestre, a school in Bogota. He is coming to visit his students studying in the Board: Malcolm Munroe Memorial Junior High, Whitney Pier Memorial Junior High, and Breton Education Centre.
French Second Language (Laurie MacIntosh, Consultant)
Oral pre-interviews of grade 6 Intensive Core French students, as well as students in the three experimental French classes have been completed by Laurie MacIntosh, French Second Language Consultant, Suzanne Aucoin, teacher, Malcolm Munroe Jr. High, and Gérald Félix, Nova Scotia Department of Education. Alaine MacFarlane observed the pre-interview process carried out by Laurie MacIntosh and students at Glace Bay Elementary. Ms. MacFarlane is a researcher contracted by the Nova Scotia Department of Education to conduct a review of the Intensive Core French Delivery Model of the Core French Program in Nova Scotia. She will examine student performance in both oral and written French and make recommendations as to the future status of the model in Nova Scotia.
Core French pilot teachers (experimental classes) attended a one-day workshop in Halifax on September 25. Barb Al-Khouri, Allan Nicholson, Bernice Burke, and Laurie MacIntosh participated in this follow-up session.
David Brennick, Laurie MacIntosh, and five French Second Language teachers from the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board (Heather Urquhart, Hélène Crane, Scott Murchison, Laura Dunlop, and Marie Andrews) participated in a two-day colloquium on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFRL), the European Language Portfolio, and the DELF (Diplome d’études en langue française) on October 5-6, in Dartmouth. The CEFRL and DELF will have many applications in teaching, learning, and assessing French Second Language in the near future in Nova Scotia.
Upcoming initiatives for French Second Language Program:
Susan Kelley, Coordinator
September was a very busy month for everyone. Thirteen new schools entered the NSSAP (Nova Scotia School Accreditation Program) and the principal and co-chairs from these schools attended a two-day workshop put on jointly by the Department of Education and Board personnel. There are also six schools getting ready for their final accreditation visit. These visits will happen in late November.
A workshop was held for all grade 12 English and English Communications teachers on the changes to the NSE English. These teachers were all trained on using the new rubrics for the writing tasks during this session.
Work continues on the Achievement Gap Initiative from the Department with the surveys set to be completed on November 25th.
Active Healthy Living, Mary Lou Andrea, Consultant
A session was recently attended by the consultant on backward design (working from how we assess and going in reverse to look at how we should teach to ensure students know the concepts) of the elementary physical education outcomes. The group is looking at the outcomes and discussing what they actually mean and putting suggested activities and assessment ideas to match. This information will be used to mentor a teacher in our board to create best practice in the area of gymnastics.
Nutrition for Learning, Debbie Madore, Dietician
Breakfast programs are starting up again in 59/60 schools within the Board. A visit was made to Gowrie school, and a separate program will be beginning at this site this upcoming week. They have a strong support group with the parents.
Presidents Choice Children’s Charity (PCCC) has chosen Coxheath Elementary as one of ten breakfast programs across the Country to sponsor. Ms. Madore met with the manager at the Sydney River Superstore to plan an event around the partnership.
A successful golf tournament was held on June 12, 2009 as a fundraiser for Breakfast for Learning. Approximately $18,000 was raised, and a participant was successful in making a Hole in One at an insured par 3, winning $10,000. Intact insurance also gave an additional $2000 to Breakfast for Learning.
HEAL Cape Breton
Meetings continue to be held with the Healthy Eating subcommittee of HEAL. Ms. Madore is now the Chair for this subcommittee. Its logo has been launched and plans are underway to maintain the Healthy Henri program.
Nova Scotia Council, Breakfast for Learning
Ms. Madore continues to participate as Co-chair for this council. Grants for various schools were reviewed in September, including the application from CB-VRSB. Funding amounts will be announced in October.
Meetings continue to be held with a Provincial subcommittee to look at modifying the traditional formula for determining funding to boards so that the formula accounts for the number of breakfast programs and other health determinants. Various issues were raised, and statistically it became difficult to capture information from Counts Canada for the CSAP board, which is spread throughout the Province. The committee will continue to meet to provide recommendations for funding for 2010-11 school year. In addition, a second subcommittee was organized to look at a new Model for Breakfast Programs in the Province as the partnership with National Breakfast for Learning is now ended.
Health Promoting Schools:
The Provincial Showcase planned for May 13, in Dartmouth was canceled and changed to October 16, 2009. Our Board will be presenting Power Play and outlining how we have moved forward with Health Promoting Initiatives in our schools. For this 09-10 school year, the Board has received $81,000 in funding to support HPS initiatives.
A logo has been developed for HPS (Health Promoting Schools) and will be utilized for HPS programs.
Health Promoting Schools Applications
Applications have been received from 31 schools looking for funding to support healthy living initiatives. Applications will be reviewed Sept 29 & 30 with the HPS review committee.
Food and Nutrition Policy:
Strive for Five
Four Cafeteria Staff attended the food show in Dartmouth, with funding from Ideal Foods. The food show provided them with the opportunity to try new products that fit the Food and Nutrition Policy.
This is a nutrition program that promotes healthy menu choices in restaurants and cafeterias. This program has been placed on hold pending funding. Funding is shared with Public Health and District Health Authority.
PEBS Initiative, Trevor LeBlanc, Consultant IEI/PEBS
Sport Animator, Jim MacEachern
Literacy Support, Lyn McInnis, Consultant
The month of September began with visits to schools in preparation for the upcoming Early Language Literacy Assessment (ELLA) which was written on September 29th-October 1st. Individual support was given to new to grade 3 teachers upon request. All grade three teachers received their practice materials for the ELLA. On October 27th and 28th teachers in our board will attend the marking session for ELLA. The Elementary Literacy Assessment (ELA) was written by grade 6 students from October 6th – 9th.
A Literacy Support Advisory Group meeting was attended early on in September. Highlights included: Round table sharing of literacy support provided by Nova Scotia School Boards, updates with ELLA, ELA, JHLA, and LTL at the high school level.
New plans are underway with junior high principals around the Literacy Support Plan process. We are identifying best practices to meet the needs of students identified as “not yet having met expectations” on the Elementary Literacy Assessment. In-servicing for junior high teachers has been planned with reading comprehension strategies being highlighted.
Numbers of teachers to be in-serviced on the Learning through Literacy document at the high school level have been compiled and site-based in-servicing will begin in October.
New to grade 4 teachers and all grade 5 teachers will be receiving in-servicing around the response to ELLA in the near future.
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