PSS Report May 2007
Category : Programs and Student Services Report
Published by Marjorie Graham [Marjorie Graham] on 10/01/2007

SCHOOL SERVICES

Ambrose White, Coordinator

Bobby Smith

‘Bobby Smith had been a law enforcement officer in Louisiana for nine years, when on the night of March 14, 1986, at point blank range, he was shot in the face and blinded by an armed, violent drug offender. He recalls lying face down on the centre lane of the highway, soaked in blood and thinking, ‘Will this be the day that I die?’ But Bobby chose to not give up; he chose not to die that day; he chose to live.’

‘Life from that day on, however, would not be the same. The days, weeks and even years following the trauma were filled with many fears about his future, daily struggles adjusting to blindness and financial hardships. The losses were staggering; eyesight, career, self-confidence, independence and marriage. Then tragically, in 1997, Bobby′s daughter, Kim, was killed at 22 years of age in an automobile accident’.

Bobby Smith spoke to our students at Riverview High, Memorial High, Sydney Academy, Holy Angels, Sydney Academy, Breton Education Centre and Glace Bay High. He was extremely well received and his message hopefully will have a long term effect on our students.

School Security

Sharon Johnston and Ambrose White attended a meeting in Halifax on April 26, 2007 regarding School Security. Constable Mark Young has been hired by the Department of Education to develop a draft policy on Security and School Boards. The schools will, in turn, design their own policy in line with the new department policy.

CAPSLE

Mr. White attended the annual CAPSLE Conference on Education and Law. It was very beneficial and the sessions were very informative.

PROGRAM SERVICES P-6

Brenda MacIsaac, Coordinator

Literacy Consultant P-6, Donna Robson

Department of Education

A lead team is preparing to go to Halifax for the roll-out of the TIA (Teachers in Action Resource 4-6). The dates for the event are May 24-25. Donna Robson will be one of four presenters for the Department. Literacy Mentors met in the Annapolis Valley on April 19-20 to share provincial mentoring practices. A team of seven literacy mentors from primary to nine attended.

Literacy Initiative for Teachers (LIFT)

LIFT′s implementation continues throughout our sites. Third year plans were due on May 1 for the following sites: Harbourside, Riverside, George D. Lewis, and St. Anne′s Schools.

Primary Promoting Understanding for Lifelong Success (PPULS)

This initiative is ready to go into the Florence site and begin the process of creating a model classroom designed around best teaching practices. The goal is to create a facility based on the ‘give-one, take-one’ philosophy. Practitioners will be encouraged to view the setting, take with them any ideas or supports, and upon returning bring an artifact from their own practice to display and share for others.

Promoting Understanding for Lifelong Success (PPULS 2-3, 4-6)

Informal conversations have started and teams have met to begin the process of creating model classrooms. Our primary goal is to have this site up and ready before the end of this school year. We would like to use this facility during the month of August for interested staff.

Mentors

Maxine Hardy, Michelle Solazzo, and Jason Kempt are all actively mentoring. A document is being created to define our long range mentoring plan.

Making Meaning

Membertou Trade and Convention Centre hosted this event on April 23. Participants included students from primary to grade twelve, community artists and our neighboring school in Membertou.

Primary Parent Fairs

Jubilee School hosted the first parent fair on April 30. It was followed by a second Fair at Brookland School on May 1, and a third at St. Anne′s School on May 2. Many community support groups were involved. The Primary Parent Fair brochure created for this event was a more effective means of communicating to parents.

Mathematics Consultant P-6, Sharon Boudreau

Grade Three Administration Session

At Membertou on April 2 & 3, the Assessment team from the Department of Education explained to the grade three teachers how to administer the Early Mathematics Literacy Assessment which is taking place in June. After talking to teachers, both experienced and new, they felt more comfortable about the prospect of administering those assessments.

Mentoring

A Mathematics and Literacy Mentor Workshop was held at Old Orchard Inn, Wolfville, on April 19-20. The two-day session was very informative. Lucy West, author of Content Focused Coaching, presented on day two of the session and we were fortunate to receive different perspectives. As a result we are looking at doing a Lesson Study with the math mentors in our Board. This Lesson Study, based on the Japanese model, provides professional development for the coaches on content, pedagogy, and coaching the coach.

Van de Walle Book Study

The sixth session of the book study was held on April 10. The final session will take place May 17 as a full day session.

School Visits

Several teachers at Seton met with Sharon Boudreau to discuss their concerns and have questions answered.

Parent Information Night

On April 16 at Brookland School and April 27 at Seton School, information sessions were held to give parents an overview of the new math strategies. Considering the time of year, the turn-out was very good. The response was very positive as indicated by the discussions and questions afterwards as well as the evaluation sheets. School Principals Doug MacSween and Sandra Kelly graciously allowed us to use their schools and were very supportive and helpful.

Parent Information Night

There was a session held for parents at Glace Bay Elementary on Monday, May 7.

Reading Recovery® Teacher Leaders / Early Literacy Consultants,

Paula Muise & Susan MacDonald

The Training Class had two inservice training sessions and each of the two Ongoing Professional Development groups met once in April. Teacher Leaders continue to support teachers with school visits and ongoing communication by e-mail, fax, and telephone. Teacher Leaders also teach children daily.

Teachers continue to take part in the Literacy Initiative for Teachers and support the teachers during the debriefing sessions after school. Schools visited this month were St. Joseph′s (Sydney Mines), Jubilee, & Mount Carmel.

Paula Muise continues to discuss Literacy Issues on CBC radio on the third Monday of the month at 4:35. This month′s topic for discussion will be ‘The Button Jar’ ( See Teaching Struggling Readers by Carol Lyons)

Teacher Leader Susan MacDonald attended PPULS on April 4. Both Teacher Leaders will be away from April 14-18, attending the Annual Teacher Leader Professional Development Forum in Alliston, Ontario.

Proposed Activities for May

Teacher Leaders will continue to take part in the debriefing sessions for LIFT; attend Primary Parent Fairs; attended a Regional Teacher Leader Meeting on May 11 in Prince Edward Island; and attend Consultants′ Meetings (May 7 & 28).

There are two scheduled training sessions and two ongoing professional development sessions scheduled for the month of May.

Arts Education Consultant, Cathy MacNeil

Many schools throughout the Board celebrated ‘Music Monday’ on Monday, May 7, at 2:00 p.m. At that time, they joined students across Canada in song, or instrumentally, as they celebrated music education in Canada.

Many music, visual arts and drama students were involved in the Making Meaning evening held on April 23 at Membertou Trade & Convention Center. This event highlighted the process of the arts integration within all areas of the curriculum.

The artistic work of students, grades 4-12, will be on display during the Annual Art Exhibit, Art Investigation 007, to be held in Gallery 11, Cape Breton University, during the month of May. The opening ceremony was held 7:00 p.m., May 1, and will also featured a performance by the BEC Jazz Band. Having the opportunity for our student artists to display their work in an art gallery setting is an important aspect of their art making experience. An additional feature this year is the display of work by exceptional senior high students. Their works will be on display in the Reading Room of the CBU Art Gallery.

There were 26 entries from CB-VRSB school bands in the recent Musicfest held at the Savoy Theatre. This is always such a great educational experience for our band students as visiting adjudicators work with each individual group raising the bar for their performance.

Historica Fair

Three students, Matthew Strang and Chelsea Kanne, both at Jubilee Elementary School, as well as Taia Mugridge, Malcolm Munroe Jr. High, are among winners in the National Tattoo Our Moose Contest. They will receive a plaque and letter of acknowledgement during this year′s award ceremony.

This 8th Annual CB-VRSB Regional Historica Fair took place May 3 & 4 at Cape Breton University. Over 150 projects celebrating Canada′s culture and history was presented. Two outstanding projects will be selected to travel to the National Historica Fair to be held in Lethbridge, Alberta, this summer.

Acting Literacy Support Consultant (Lyn McInnis)

On April 2, Lyn attended a Literacy/Math Assessment Inservice in Membertou. This was an excellent session with an Assessment Team from the Department of Education presenting and leading discussions.

School visits continued throughout the month as follows: April 3 at Malcolm Munroe Junior High and Riverview High, regarding Professional Learning Communities; April 5 at St. Michael Junior High with Literacy Support Teachers on Reading Records; on April 10 with Susan Kelly and Janet Porter to Literacy Support Schools.

On April 11, Lyn worked at Marion Bridge School on Literacy Support Plans and support with IPP′s. Assistance to schools regarding IPP′s continued at Bras d′Or School on April 13.

On April 14-15, Lynn attended a session entitled ‘Item Writing’ in Port Hawkesbury. She attended a sharing session with consultants on April 16 at the Staff Development Centre.

Library Services Consultant, Carmelita Cousins

Surplus Library Resources

The surplus library order is finally complete and items wills be distributed as they are processed. Approximately one-third of the items have been sent to the respective schools. Time and floor space are the only two factors hindering the completion of getting these books all catalogued and sent to the schools. Overall, the quality and appropriateness of the resources has been well received. The company S & B Books have worked hard and diligently to facilitate this project with speedy delivery and top quality resources.

Elementary Library Outcomes

The Board Library Committee has completed their draft of library outcomes for P-6 in areas of knowledge, skills and literature. These outcomes will be the foundation of the library program in all elementary grades. Secondary outcomes will be developed after the elementary outcomes have been approved and implemented.

Elementary Library Technicians

Schools have begun to reap the benefits of having Library staff. All schools have had the pleasure of meeting their new Library Technician. Weeding and organization is under way and schedules are already in place for class visits.

For May:

- Continue working on Insignia proposal for automation software. Continue distribution and cataloguing of surplus materials for school. Prepare and present at upcoming Primary parent Fairs in May.

- Continue reading book reviews of 2007-2008 selection guides. Address other items that arise.

PROGRAM SERVICES 7-12

David Crane, Coordinator

English Language Arts (7-12), Diane Brennick, Consultant

The annual Public Speaking Event was held again this year and it was a huge success. We had a great number of students participating this year. Our high school numbers were much higher than in the previous years. Attendance at the event seemed to be up as well.


An in-service day was held with high school Math and Science department heads and it was a great day. Strategies using literacy across the curriculum were discussed and presented.


A grade 7 student from Sherwood Park Education Centre, Moira MacArthur, placed first in Caregivers of Nova Scotia Essay Contest and has won a trip for four to Florida.

The Literacy Success 10 books have arrived at the adult high schools and they are now
being put to good use.

The team for Writers in Action 9 will be going to an implementation session at the Old
Orchard Inn. Carl Anderson and Diane Brennick will be doing a session on Write Traits tied
to curriculum outcomes.

Meetings will be held in Halifax in May regarding Literacy Success 11.

Nutrition for Learning, Debbie Madore, Dietitian

A meeting was held in Halifax for Health Promoting Schools with Dwayne Provo. Two representatives were present from each board. This is now called the HPS Steering Committee. There is a new formula for funding Boards for HPS including core funding, funding based on population and funding based on level of readiness.

Healthy Henri project was launched and awards were received by 8 school cafeterias.

A new Breakfast Program is up and running at Shipyard Elementary. It is our 50th school!

Ms. Debbie Madore, Dietitian, did a taping with Lars Willum, Chef, under the Boularderie project. He is recording a series of food shows. One taping was regarding the Breakfast Program/Food Policy. The second taping was at Boularderie, teaching children about healthy eating.

Active Healthy Living, Cynthia McCormick, Consultant

True Colors workshops have been presented to leadership students at Holy Angels, junior high students at Bridgeport school, and the staff of Bridgeport School.

A program to promote Active Recess was started at Bridgeport School. Grade 6 students were trained in a variety of games, how to involve students in activities, and dealing with conflict on the playground. They are presently scheduled to run Active Recess activities two days a week. There will be further contact with the students to update games and discuss issues. A date will be set to establish this program at Greenfield with the grade 5 class.

Planning and preparation is ongoing in schools for both the Junior High Track and Field meet scheduled for June 8th and the Elementary Athletic Day scheduled for June 15th.

Donkin female students in grades 5-9 are presently taking part in a Girls Only Program each Thursday. They are participating in Tae Bo, Self-defense and Pilates.

Discussions have begun to address professional development, this coming fall, in the areas of Sexual Health and Fitness Assessment.

Mathematics (7-12), Arlene Andrecyk, Consultant

The final game of the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board Math League took place on Saturday, March 31st from 9 a.m.-noon. Cape Breton University provided the venue and a nutrition break. The event was well attended. The three teams going to the provincial math league game in Halifax on May 12th are (in order): Sydney Academy: Team A, Sydney Academy: Team B, and Glace Bay High School: Team A. The first place team received a plaque. Three participants′ names were randomly drawn and each student received a TI-83 Plus graphing calculator.

On April 4th, junior and senior high resource teachers attended a math in-service, facilitated by Arlene Andrecyk. On this day teachers reflected and collaborated on their experiences using the resources and strategies they had acquired on February 9th. They also related how the students were responding. Then teachers were engaged in further activities to continue to increase their comfort level. They also received math resource books.

On April 25, Grade 7 Math Teachers were introduced to the new grade 7 math textbook, ‘Mathematics 7: Focus on Understanding’. Teachers also received the Teacher′s Resource for this text and were guided through the binder. Sharon McCready, Mathematics Strategy Consultant, Department of Education, facilitated the in-service. Teachers were encouraged to use the junior high mentors in the board, if they wanted support with setting up and delivering the math curriculum.

Nova Scotia International Student Program, Tammy Sampson, Manager

April is a busy month for everyone at the Nova Scotia International Student Program. The students are happy to be welcoming the warmer weather and taking part in many activities. The skating party was a success – we had a great turn out.

The six spots for the upcoming student conference at the Annapolis Basin have been filled. We were also allotted a seventh spot which has been filled. Each student will bring a Canadian friend. Ms. Tammy Sampson, Program Manager, will be traveling with students to act as a chaperone.

Our spring potluck was held on Sunday April 15th, 2007. There was a good crowd and students treated their families to some great cultural dishes.

The Ottawa/ Quebec City trip went well – all of the students were well behaved and had a great time.

Plans are underway for a host parent appreciation dinner at the Meridian Hotel on May 17th, 2007.

We have received some applications for the September intake. Twelve current students are also planning to return next year.

A student conference was held in the South Shore, May 3-5, 2007, and their Ottawa trip was March 28 - April 2nd.

Sydney Academy has welcomed Heather Urquhart back as school liaison. Heather has been busy arranging many activities for the students including a Mexican theme day in the cafeteria, a bowling night, monthly pizza and birthday lunches and updates to the Nova Scotia International Student Program student profiles and picture display.

Glace Bay High continues to host their monthly pizza parties.

Holy Angels High′s Nova Scotia International students enjoy special lunches once a month. Each new student receives a school T-shirt of their choosing.

Riverview students put on a multicultural presentation for fellow students. Others led the Dance 11 class in a salsa dancing presentation. The international students have been very active in school activities this year. A few have played on sports teams – cheerleading, volleyball, and soccer. Others are active in clubs such as Interact and Decorating.

Breton Education Centre continues to host their monthly pizza parties.

Notable Student Accomplishments:

After three years of hard work we were happy to hear that Ray (Jui Lin) Wang (Riverview Rural High student from Taiwan) was accepted to St. Mary′s University.

Natalia Salmon (Malcolm Munroe student from Mexico) won 4 gold medals at the Atlantic Championships: Gold on the beam, Gold on floor routine, Gold for overall winner of her division. The fourth Gold was for her team, Team Nova Scotia, who captured the team competition.

Oak Konkaew (Riverview Rural High student from Thailand) has a part in the school's musical production of Grease coming up at the end of the month.

Vocational Education, Ken Collier, Consultant

April has been a busy month for the Vocational Department at Memorial Composite High School:

April 3/07-A representative from Air Liquid Canada visited our school to perform an audit on our compressed gases. All was in order, and he was very impressed with our facility.

April 11/07-A representative from Hilti performed a training session for the students from the Carpentry, Plumbing, and Electrical shops. Students received their accreditation for using particular Hilti tools.

April 12/07-A presentation was made to participants from the Employment Development Center in Sydney.

April 13/07-The business agent for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), Brian Tobin, visited our school and made a presentation to the electrical students.

April 16/07-In conjunction with Education Week, Memorial hosted an ‘Open House’ for our Vocational Department. A large amount of advertising was used to promote this endeavor, and although our numbers were relatively small, we still considered this a success. We had about 50 people attend, and all that attended were interested in the Vocational Programs. Thanks to the staff and students for their participation.

April 18/07-Students attended the Skills Nova Scotia Competitions held in Halifax. Seventeen students participated winning eleven medals. The medal winners are as follows:

Carpentry: Michael Morrison-Silver; Michael Herridge-Bronze

Workplace Safety: Billy Sampson-GOLD

Women's Apparel: Holly Hodder-Silver

Graphic Design: Andrew Patterson-Silver; Johnathan Stephenson-Bronze

TV Video: Team of Barry Arsenault and Blaire Mancini-Bronze

Motor Vehicle Repair held at our school: Brad MacIntosh-Gold; Jordon MacDonald-Silver; Steve Pilon-Bronze

April 27/07-Staff attended an inservice on the use of ‘Smart Boards’. This was very informative and will be utilized throughout the vocational classrooms.

‘Career Awareness’, Grade 9 tours continue each Tuesday.

Staff continues to implement the new equipment that arrived in March. Although we are still waiting for electrical work to be completed, much of the equipment is being utilized.

English Second Language, Stephanie Hynes, Teacher

Stephanie Hynes and Rochelle Whitney, Itinerant English Second Language teachers, have been working together to create new schedules for the remainder of the year. This is just in time for exam preparations.

Professional Development:

Meetings were held, the first of which took place on April 23. The following people were in attendance; Ed Davis (Superintendent CBVRSB), David Crane (Coordinator of Programs 7-12), Stephanie Campbell (VP MacLennan Jr. High), Darlene Boone (ESL Coordinator CBU), Susan Burchill (ESL Teacher HRSB), Betty Farrell (Principal, Boularderie Elem.), Susan Clarke-Tizzard (Parent Advocate), Stephanie Hynes and Rochelle Whitney (Itinerant ESL Teachers, CBVRSB). The outcome was a session of brainstorming and gaining insight on how to further develop the ESL program. The following issues were addressed; direction on curriculum allocation, student/parental support, organization of resources, expectations for the end of June.

A second meeting took place on Friday, April 27th at CBU with Darlene Boone. Rochelle Whitney and Stephanie Hynes initiated this meeting as a mentoring session for their benefit on topics of curriculum allocation and how to be more effective in choosing appropriate resources.

Activities for Students:

April was the month of the Heritage Fair for schools throughout the region. This proved to be an interesting challenge for our English Second Language students. All students participated in some way with much help and support from their teachers, and teacher assistants, and fellow students. Two projects were very impressive. Sammy and Sally, students from St. Michael Junior High, completed a project on the Chinese Zodiac. It was accompanied by an elaborate display of pictures, origami, and summaries of information. What proved to be most beneficial to them was the opportunity for interpersonal communication. Jenny, from Rankin School of the Narrows, also did well, preparing and presenting her project on Canada Day.

Lynn Fraser, TA for Sammy and Sally, has partnered with Glace Bay Elementary′s Learning Center teacher Kim Turner. Together they have been able to arrange community activities for Sammy and Sally once a month, the most recent being a visit to the local bakery and bowling. Ms. Hynes was able to attend this outing and a good time was had by all!

Ms. Hynes also attended potluck for Nova Scotia International Student Program students at Sydney Academy cafeteria. It was very enjoyable. Each student prepared and brought traditional dishes.

Upcoming Events for Itinerant English Second Language Teacher:

-Preparation for English 12 Provincial Exams;

-Introduction and orientation for 7 new students at Baddeck Academy;

-Caseload has recently been shared with new ESL teacher Rochelle Whitney;

-Upcoming meeting with Minister of Education.

All is going well, both the students and Ms. Hynes appreciate the extra support Rochelle has brought to the program.

Literacy Support, Susan Kelley, Consultant

During April the Literacy Support Teachers working with classroom teachers, continued to provide support for the students on Literacy Support Plans in their schools. Janet Porter, Literacy Support Consultant for the Department of Education, spent a day and a half visiting some of our junior high schools, and was very impressed with how we are achieving support for these students. All junior high schools have registered with the Department to receive regular information and updates on the upcoming grade 9 literacy assessment. Grade 6 teachers have begun meeting with students and parents, and writing the literacy support plans for the students who didn′t meet expectations on this year′s assessment. Literacy strategy e-mails continue to be well-received by teachers.

All of the eight schools in year one of the Accreditation Process have undergone an External Review Process and are now ready to begin working on carrying out the School Improvement Plan. Schools in year two of the process are working on their annual reports which are due in June. Next year′s schools are gearing up to begin gathering the data via the Department of Education surveys, which will be distributed in May.

Cape Breton Regional Science Fair 2007

The science fair was very successful this year with 87 participating students. Many schools from the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board participated and everyone enjoyed the day. The fair saw a growth from four schools participating last year to 10 schools participating this year. A powerpoint presentation was shown at the awards ceremony highlighting the winning students.

The students who will attend and represent our Board in the Canada Wide Science Fair in May are:

- Sheralynne Deveaux – Grade 12 student in the Senior Division

- Mike MacIsaac and Todd Mercer – Grade 10 students in the Intermediate Division

- Erin McKenna – Grade 9 student in the Intermediate Division

PROGRAMS (INSTRUCTIONAL SUPPORT)

Rick Simm, Coordinator

The ‘Instructional Support Team’, consisting of Sheila Kublek, Bill Tenant, Dorothy Tenant and Rick Simm, meets on a weekly basis for discussion and planning of instructional support/technology initiatives. The Team report follows.

IEIE Consultant (Dorothy Tenant)

The ‘Situated Teacher Development’ PD model was used at one of our elementary schools, J. B. Croak Elementary. An integrated unit was planned on site with PD consultants and teachers. The main thrust of this project was to find and use successful strategies for technology and curriculum integration in a computer cluster classroom. The students used digital microscopes, cameras, fingerprinting techniques, data studio and Writer′s Companion in designing and solving a crime scenario. Teachers on staff were released from their regular teaching assignment, in order to observe best practices in an authentic learning situation.

A series of workshops for upper elementary and junior high teachers is planned for May 9, 10, 14, 15. The topic is ′Teaching Strategies and Classroom Management in a Cluster Classroom with Technology Integration’. The teachers will use and discuss classroom management and technology integration strategies at these workshops. Teacher teams are working on lesson plans for the grade 4 – 6 lessons on the Teacher Resource Web Page.

PD Consultant (Bill Tennant)

During the month of April, workshops were provided to classroom teachers from grades P to 9 covering various technology topics. Technology integration was the main focus. Use of different grade level software and multimedia techniques were of particular interest to all teachers.

As a result of collaboration and teamwork, the grade 9 classrooms teachers developed and posted close to thirty technology integrated lesson plans on the CBVRSB web site. Added to the number of other lesson plans and units, the Teacher Resource page is an area where any teacher can explore and use these resources at their own discretion.

Multimedia is important to teachers especially when they can augment and enhance their teaching strategies to meet the curriculum outcomes on a daily basis. Brian Tierney′s grade 8 class won a ‘no- smoking’ provincial contest. Through the taping and video editing of their project, they provided a fine example of why multimedia is a necessary element in delivering and implementing the curriculum. Brian and his students were honored with a special award granting ceremony at Rankin with representatives in attendance from Theatre Halifax, Health Canada, Pink Dog TV productions, and other media personal and family.

In grades P-9, a number of other multimedia projects and assignments have been completed and viewed. These projects range from simple presentations to more complex audio-visual examples, all relating to the successful completion of technology integrated curriculum outcomes in their respective classrooms.

A team of teachers has been assembled to plan and deliver training in the use of different multimedia techniques for classroom teachers. Planning for upcoming PD integration initiatives in May and June is ongoing.

Assistive Technology Consultant (Sheila Kublek)

Throughout the month of April a series of different workshops on Assistive Technology was held for junior high and elementary resource teachers. An Intellikeys workshop was provided to learning centre teachers, teacher assistants and a few Speech Language Pathologists employed by the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board.

Ms. Kublek was very fortunate to be able to participate in an External Review for School Accreditation. Three full days were spent at Brookhouse Elementary in Dartmouth. The experience was highly rewarding and informative.

Many teachers have participated in the Kurzweil Situated Teacher Development at the Southside Learning Centre. We have received very positive feedback on this professional development initiative.

At the last principal′s meeting the document Assistive Technology: Supporting Student Success was presented to all school principals. Each school received the document along with an Assistive Technology Fact Sheet and a Quick Wheel Reference Guide. The principals responded favorably to the document and provided some useful suggestions in the Assistive Technology referral process.

STUDENT SERVICES

Cathy Viva, Coordinator

The information sessions for ‘Program Planning Process: A Guide for Parents’ were completed in April with sessions at Boularderie School, Baddeck Academy, and Cabot High. Sessions were also completed at Horizon Achievement Centre and at Shipyard school for the Autism Society and the Society for the treatment of Autism.

The Transition Lead Teacher conducted after school sessions for teachers on the transition process and the guide for transitioning from the Department of Education. The sessions were well attended and a request has been received to have the workshop provided to the guidance department from our board.

The Student Services Coordinator and the Transition Lead Teacher presented at the Nova Scotia School Board′s Association Conference Day ‘Innovative Partnerships for Success’ on April 20th, 2007. The topic of the presentation was secondary transition practices in our district. Response to the presentation was very positive and the presenters were able to see other school board′s presentations and to get ideas for improving and adding to existing programs within our board.

David Brennick, Coordinator

French Second Language, Laurie MacIntosh, Consultant

Grade seven Integrated Core French teachers from across the province participated in a two-day inservice in Halifax on April 30-May 1, to become familiarized with literacy based on strategies in second language learning and subject integration. Dr. Claude Germain (UQAM) and Dr. Joan Netten (MUN) were guest facilitators. An interactive session was also facilitated by Laurie MacIntosh, French Second Language Consultant, and Celeste Foisy, Riverside Elementary, of the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board.

Parent meetings are on-going to familiarize them with the Intensive Core French Program, grade six. The new pilot site for 2007-2008 will be located at Glace Bay Elementary School.

The annual Provincial Concours d′art oratoire (French Public Speaking Contest) was held on Saturday, April 28th, at Mount St. Vincent University in Halifax. The Concours allows Canadian Parents for French, Nova Scotia, to sponsor an activity where students from across the province express themselves and are recognized for their talents in French public speaking. Students from the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board proved very successful in the competition. Winners include:

5/6 Core French, Silver Medal: Anna Elizabeth Morrison, Robin Foote Elementary;

5/6 Intensive French, Gold Medal: Melanie Campbell, Greenfield Elementary;

7/8 Late French Immersion, Silver Medal: Sarah March, Malcolm Munroe Memorial Junior High;

9/10 Late French Immersion, Gold Medal: Allistair MacLellan, Riverview Rural High;

11/12 Late French Immersion, Gold Medal: Gary Hood, Riverview Rural High;

11/12 Late French Immersion, Silver Medal: Brandon Fry, Memorial High.

On June 7th, Elaine Melanson, Gerald Felix, and Jean Claude Bergeron, Nova Scotia Department of Education, will return to our board to observe French Second Language teaching strategies utilized in the Intensive Core French Program.

Linda Negulic, Nova Scotia Department of Education, will visit French teachers of the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board, on May 30-31, to discuss available French library resources.

Celeste Foisy, Riverside Elementary, will attend a Department of Education sub-committee meeting to review and develop new follow-up resource materials for students who have gone through the Intensive Core French Program. The working session will be held in Montreal May 7-12, 2007.