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Programs and Student Services Report: March, 2010
Published by Marjorie Graham [Marjorie Graham] on 04/01/2010 (875 reads)
Programs and Student Services Report: March, 2010

March 2010


Education Week takes place April 18-24, 2010. This year’s theme is Equity in Education: Supporting all Students. Congratulations are extended to two CB-VRSB educators, Diane Lewis, Greenfield Elementary visual art circuit, and Mary Elaine Muise, guidance Thompson Jr. High, who will be honored at a ceremony in Dartmouth on April 19th as they are the board’s nominees for the Provincial Education Week Award.

Arts Education:

The annual exhibit of student artwork by students in Grades 4-12 of the CB-VRSB will be held in the CBU Gallery 11 from April 20 through to May 13th. Advanced artwork from senior high students will be displayed in the main Art Gallery. Entertainment on the opening evening, April 20th, will be provided by students of Riverview High School.

Heritage Fair

The annual Cape Breton-Victoria Regional Heritage Fair will take place at Cape Breton University on April 29th with the judging of student projects (Gr. 4-9) and visitations and award ceremony on April 30th.

We are honored that the Honorable Mayann E. Francis, Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia, will be attending closing ceremonies to be held on the 30th in the Canada Games Complex.


On March 29th, representatives from each elementary school will be attending a full–day session focusing on literacy and, specifically, comprehension strategies. These teachers will act as literacy liaisons for their respective school sites and be a conduit for information to be shared with their staffs during Learning Monday meetings.


Planning is taking place for the Summer Math Academies that will target Gr. Primary and Gr. 6 this August.

Library Services

The very successful pilot of the World Junior High Reading Challenge wraps up on March 31st with a celebration to be held at Bridgeport School,1:00pm. With over one million pages read, the six schools involved surpassed their school and board expectations. It has been a very successful endeavour with a great deal of hard work by the organizing team led by Carmelita Cousins, dedicated students and staff, partnerships with the community and a genuine display of the love of reading!


The Support for Students database continues to grow with the addition of the individual student program adaptation form and the IPP year end recommendation form. There was a swift and positive response from the majority of schools at the availability of a consistent and easy to use program adaptation form. Credit is given to Mr. Jim McNeil, Datamanager, and Ms. Sheila Kublek, Consultant for Assistive Technology, both of whom have spent countless hours in developing and modifying this resource for school use.


Work with the placement committee for the 2010-1011 school year continued in March. It is expected information on placements will be out to schools by the middle of April.

Meetings were held with teachers in the Severe Learning Disabilities program to plan for end-of-year reporting and practices. A meeting is set for April for all teachers of students with Learning Disabilities to share the proposals.

The Speech Language Pathologists and the Educational Psychologists met to review the new Psychology guidelines and the Teacher Assistant guidelines developed by the Department of Education.

The Assistive Technology DVD that was produced by the Department of Education and featured Elizabeth Leyte from our Board, has recently been nominated for a national award.


The remainder of our first round of schools involved in the NSSAP received their accreditation this month. Each of our six schools showed that they were improving schools by setting and demonstrating growth in the areas of student achievement and school performance. Congratulations to all six of our newly accredited school communities: Cabot Junior/Senior High School, Principal Barb Costello, Co-Chairs Fiona Fitzgerald and Donnie Simms; Bras D’Or Elementary School, Principal John Miles, Co-Chairs, Lyn McInnis and Jimmy Campbell; Shipyard Elementary School, Principal Betty Melanson and Co-chairs Joyce Lively, Kathy Coleman (retired) and Janet MacKinnon (retired); Dr. T.L. Sullivan Junior High, new Principal Charles Yorke and former Principal, Bruce MacDonald, Co-Chairs Jennifer MacLean and Darlene Bereta; MacLennan Junior High, Principal Redmond MacDougall, Co-Chairs Donald MacKinnon and Michelle MacAulay, and Breton Education Centre, new Principal Bruce MacDonald and former Principals Wendy King and Brian Spencer, Co-Chairs Marilyn MacGillivray and Michelle Steele-MacDonald. The official presentation of the plaques by an official from the Department of Education will take place later in May, specific dates yet to be determined.

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