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Programs and Student Services Report: September, 2010
Published by Marjorie Graham [Marjorie Graham] on 10/08/2010 (578 reads)
Programs and Student Services Report: September, 2010


September 2010


Since the beginning of the school year, 15 schools in CB-VRSB have started registering and managing student information on PowerSchool, the new provincial (SIS) student information system. Teachers have been trained on PowerTeacher and are using the system to track attendance. Many teachers have been tracking assignments on PowerTeacher Gradebook since day one, while others are still familiarizing themselves with this new tool. Some Phase I schools will start tracking behaviour incidents on PowerSchool in the coming weeks. Our new incident tracking module aligns with our PEBS philosophy and Provincial Code of Conduct.

The team led by Kurt Kublek, consisting of Brad MacNeil, Tracie Collier and Sheila Kublek, supported by Datamanagers Jim McNeil and Tommy Baker have been working diligently to deliver this major project.

All in all, it’s going well. As expected during Phase I, there have been some bumps in the road, but with everyone’s cooperation we’ll continue to work through them.


Congratulations goes out to one of our Music teachers, to Margaret Miles at Dr. T. L. Sullivan Jr. High School, as a recipient of the NSTU Golden Leaf Award at the Annual General Meeting of the Canadian Educational Press Association during its annual meeting on June 14. Margaret received an award in the category of Writing: Feature Article for her piece 'Understanding Gender Differences - An Education Perspective’ (Aviso Fall 2009).

Audrey Kyte-Murphy and Lyn McInnis presented a two-day workshop for all grade six teachers in preparation for the ELA assessment and focusing on teaching comprehension strategies.

Two fulltime mentors for P-6 have been hired. Their focus for the initial part of the year continues to be to support teachers new to elementary or new to a grade level. The mentors are very busy trying to schedule time to respond to numerous requests.

The grades three and six math resources have been sent from the Department of Education and now all grades have this support document.

The Celtic Colours in the Schools program has returned to our schools. Twenty-seven schools are participating in the program which started on September 20 and continues until October 25. Schools were sent out educational information and programming to go with the concert that would be in their school during this International Festival. A session for teachers will also take place featuring Maire O’Keeffe on October 14 in the afternoon at Sherwood Park Education Centre.

Three schools have been selected to take place in a collaborative project with ArtsSmarts, ArtReach and the Cape Breton Centre for Craft and Design. The three schools chosen to participate are Bras d’Or Elementary, George D. Lewis and Holy Angels High School. Further opportunities associated with the ArtReach component of this program will be available for students, teachers and school in March 2011.

This year our Reading Recovery® teachers have been divided into four continuing contact groups for professional development. Susan will be leading groups B and D and Joy will be leading groups A and C. Each group contains either nine or ten Reading Recovery® teachers. These groups will meet nine times during the school year for ongoing professional development sessions as mandated by the Reading Recovery® Standards and Guidelines.

With the assistance of our partners the Cape Breton Regional Library and the Cape Breton Police Services, the Adopt-A-Library program raised over $1500 at a "Boot Drive" at Walmart in Sydney River on Saturday, September 18. This fundraiser will help start up our program this school year. In November, the Elementary division of the program will begin in several schools in our Board. This will be another first for the program and it is anticipated that it will be as successful as our Junior High Reading

Challenge last year.

The elementary component will end in early April. In January, the Junior High division
will begin a second challenge with more schools already joining the challenge.

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