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Programs and Student Services Report: May, 2010
Published by Marjorie Graham [Marjorie Graham] on 06/01/2010 (1739 reads)
Programs and Student Services Report: May, 2010

May 2010


Arts Education

Many students had their art work displayed at the annual PierScape exhibit held at Whitney Pier Memorial School from May 10- 16, 2010.

Lots of spring concerts/exhibits/events have taken place and are taking place throughout the CBVRSB. Many of these are listed on the Arts Education website at

Cape Breton University’s Beaton Institute has officially launched its new website “Music: Cape Breton’s Diversity in Unity” at Some of our own teachers assisted in the creation of this valuable resource which includes a huge amount of material specifically for educators.

High school visual arts teachers have been invited to the Nova Scotia Community College’s Marconi Campus for a professional development day on June 4. Instructors at the facility will give a tour of the new facilities and provide opportunities for high school visual arts teachers to become more aware of the programs that are offered there for students.

Students from Bras d’Or Elementary will be performing for the Clipper Ships at the Joan Harris Cruise Pavilion on June 17 to welcome the ships and crew members, as well as for the public. Dance students from Holy Angels have been invited to participate in a Flash Mob dance at the Joan Harris Cruise Pavilion on the evening of Friday, June 18 as part of the Clipper Ships visit. This invitation came from the flash mob dance held during Nova Scotia Dance week by students in the CBVRSB.

Recipients of music scholarships from the Giant 101.FM music grant are as follows:


Curtis Dauphney – Baddeck Academy

Hilary MacAulay – Breton Education Centre

Nathan MacEachern – Sydney Academy

Daniel Marsh – Sydney Academy

Kenny Myers – Sydney Academy

Dennis Nicholson – Sydney Academy

Instrument Purchase

Robert Chapman – Baddeck

Alex MacLeod – Breton Education Centre

Nathan Peckham – Breton Education Centre

Taylor Chiasson – Holy Angels

Presley Hynes – Holy Angels

Danielle Casagrande – Malcolm Munroe

Allyson Chant - Riverview

Erica-Anne MacNeil – Riverview

Nicholas Peckham – St. Agnes

Music Camp

Kayla Cormier – Holy Angels

Donovan Macneill – Mountainview

Jonathan Smith – Sydney Academy

Literacy P-6

The Primary Parent Fairs were held as evening sessions early in May at four school sites: St. Anne’s (Glace Bay), Greenfield (New Waterford), Brookland (Sydney) and Ferrisview (North Sydney). Over two hundred children registered for school in September. Schools were pleased to have both students and parents/guardians attend the Fairs. In addition to representation from various school programs, upwards of eighteen community support service groups also set up display booths at the Fairs.


Autism Initiative - Department of Education School Board Visits

Over the last 4 years, the Department of Education has provided extensive training opportunities for Lead Teachers from each School Board in Nova Scotia. Training has focused on “best practice” with respect to programming and supporting students in public school who have been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. The DOE has continued to support developing and expanding “best practice” within individual school boards via targeted funding (SEIRC).

Recently, lead teachers from the DOE Autism Initiative (Yvonne Rafuse – Coordinator of Student Services SSRSB and Kym Hume – Autism Consultant AVRSB) traveled across the province, visiting individual school boards, to view first hand the progress being made with respect to programming for students diagnosed with ASD.

Yvonne and Kym visited CBVRSB on Wednesday, May 26th (afternoon) and Thursday, May 27th (morning). Louise Smith, Autism consultant, accompanied Kym and Yvonne to each of the sites visited on these days. On May 26th, they spent time at the TTAP demonstration site located at Dr. TL Sullivan Jr. High School. Feedback regarding this site and the CBVRSB TTAP initiative was extremely positive. They felt that this was the only such site in NS Schools and should serve as a model of Best Practice for other Boards and the Province. Louise Smith and Murdith Gillis (LC teacher/TTAP Lead Teacher) met with Kym and Yvonne to discuss the site and plan for TTAP assessment and transition programming within the Board.

On May 27th, Kym and Yvonne spent time in two schools implementing TEACCH methodology/structured teaching and using the STAR program: Glace Bay Elementary (two Learning Centers) and Coxheath Elementary (Inclusive grade primary setting). Once again the feedback received was extremely positive. The visitors indicated these sites were some of the best examples of programming seen across the province. GBE teachers Shauna MacKeigan , Lee Anne Astephen and their Teacher Assistants, as well as Coxheath Elementary teacher Arlene Vassallo and TA Pat MacKinnon, received high praise for their exemplary work..

The visit to CBVRSB was extremely positive – well deserved praise and recognition for the great work being done here. CBVRSB was certainly well represented.


Assistive technology in Nova Scotia was recognized this month when the assistive technology video developed by the Department of Education’s Student Services Division won the Canadian Network on Innovation in Education (CNIE) for the 2010 award for K-12 Excellence and Innovation Video. CBVRSB played a key role in the development of this video required a team effort from across the province.”

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