2021 - 2022 School Learning Plan

 

THE CURRENT CONTEXT
Connaught Heights Elementary School has a diverse group of one hundred fifty-one learners, from Kindergarten to Grade 5.

We provide two educational programs, the regular program and the program of choice Montessori program. Many of our learners

come from out-of-catchment to participate in the Montessori program.

After carefully curating and engaging with school data (SLS, FSA, Family Survey, Anecdotal Observations, Report Cards) on multiple occasions, literacy continued to be a primary area of need and importance.  This year, the staff at Connaught also noticed that the data indicated that integration of Indigenous content, knowledge and ways of knowing was an area for growth.

Due to Covid-19, all students’ learning, and lives, has been disrupted which has impacted their learning progress. We began our literacy goal two years ago and will continue this year, since Covid-19 has impacted our ability to fully implement our School Learning Plan.  In addition to continuing our literacy focus, embedding Indigenous learning into our literacy practices will be central to our School Learning Plan for the 2021-2022 school year.

OBJECTIVE:  WHAT WE HOPE TO ACHIEVE
·Big Idea: We will encourage each student’s confidence, engagement and competence in literacy.

·Competency 1: We will integrate and embed Indigenous content, knowledge and ways of knowing into our literacy instruction/learning

·Competency 2: We will focus staff collaboration on writing instruction, writing assessments and matching writing samples with the proficiency scales to improve students’ writing skills

DESIGN: HOW WE PLAN TO MEET OUR OBJECTIVE
Action Plan

Staff have collaboratively developed a detailed month-by-month action plan. It is centered around 4 key areas: students, staff, community and Teacher Coach. Each month there are actionable steps that will be taken in each of these areas. Central areas of focus are:

-Baseline assessments for reading and writing completed and then staff collaboration around proficiency scales

-School wide story stones project (oral language)

-School wide Speaking and Listening Day

-Family Literacy Night

-School wide button blanket project, in collaboration with our Indigenous Support Worker (writing)

-School Wide Wonderful Writing Workshops

-End of year assessments for reading and writing completed and then staff collaboration around proficiency scales

Timeline

Since this is the third year that Connaught has engaged in a literacy focused School Learning Plan, we predict that this will be our final year focusing on literacy. For this reason, we have developed a detailed month-by-month schedule to ensure that we are able to engage in all the areas of learning that we feel are necessary and meaningful for student progress.

SUCCESS INDICATORS: HOW WE WILL KNOW THAT OUR ACTIONS ARE HAVING THE DESIRED IMPACT
All students would report and demonstrate feeling more confident and skilled in writing

Student writing assessments would show significant growth from the baseline to the end of year assessment (particularly for students receiving direct intervention)

Families would share through conferencing, informal conversations, and the end of year survey that they have noticed growth in their child’s writing abilities

Students and families would express that throughout the year they consistently engaged in authentic and meaningful learning of Indigenous content, principles and ways of knowing

 

COMMUNICATION:  HOW WE WILL SHARE OUR LEARNING JOURNEY WITH OUR COMMUNITY
·         Poster print materials to highlight our SLP statement

·         Monthly update through email

·         Discussion at 3-way conference dates

·         Monthly verbal updates to the PAC

·         Report Card school message box

 

Highlights at Connaught Heights Elementary School

Our Outdoor Space

At Connaught Heights, we make good use of our outdoor spaces throughout the year including our courtyard, playgrounds, covered areas, park and courtyards. more

Small School…Big Education!

At Connaught Heights we are proud to offer both Mainstream and Montessori programs for students in Kindergarten to Grade 5.  We are excited to welcome you to our school and look forward to learning together this year! more

Our Learning Commons

Our learning commons at Connaught Heights is a great place to indulge your sense of curiosity and wonder.   more